Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.
Situated just east of one of the most popular treks of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem. As it is hardly known, few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp, spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the impressive Machapuchhre.
The trail goes along small paths through magical rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest around 3,300 m. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rough high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
From High Camp (3580m some maps incorrectly mention 3900m), you can climb in about 3-4 hours to Mardi Himal Basecamp, which offers spectacular close up views of the entire Annapurna Range.
There are simple guesthouses and homestays along the entire route.
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel; We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage. Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel; here you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.
Here you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days.After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) the tour will give you a taste of our vivid Nepali culture and history. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey Temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is a Buddhist religious complex with a history dating back over 500 years. Located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu it is now a site of great pilgrimage for Buddhist followers who circle its massive stupa, spin its many prayer wheels and visit its beautiful monastery. The main feature of Boudhanath is its huge hemispherical white stupa with central golden tower and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Visitors should circle the stupa in a clockwise direction and spin prayer wheels for good fortune and a good life. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the thangka painting school within the complex to see highly skilled artists at work on religious mandala paintings.
Pashupatinath: This Hindu Temple is a very large complex and focal point for the Hindu religion in Nepal. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. This has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated here through the year.
Swayambhunath: You will first visit the Swayambhunath temple complex that sits atop a high hill overlooking Kathmandu and the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. It consists of a very large white stupa with the all-seeing-eye of Lord Buddha plus many small stupa and beautifully carved stone shrines. This is a wonderful place to catch your breath and start to understand and appreciate the deep importance of Buddhist belief to the people of Nepal and the Himalaya region. Make sure you ring the many bells to awaken the gods and let them know you are in Nepal. Take the time to enjoy the view over Kathmandu and have your guide point out the many other highlights of the city. In the far distance to the east you may also be able to see the hills of Nagarkot. If you feel energetic you might also like to try some or all of the 350 steps that lead all the way from Kathmandu city up to your Swayambhunath temple vantage point.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: The next stop today is the beautiful Kathmandu Durbar Square, or the royal palace square of the ancient Malla Kings of the Kathmandu Valley. This square and all its architectural treasures are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While some damage to buildings occurred in the 2015 earthquake the site still contains many stunning architectural gems. The original royal palace courtyards are open to visitors and you will marvel at the intricate timber carving and beautifully crafted brickwork of the palace. The open square outside the palace has many beautiful multi-storey pagodas and temples with ornate carving and carpentry artwork that tells some of the story of the ancient kings and their mystical time and beliefs. The square also contains many important Hindu temples and statues such as to Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Durbar Square also contains the unique and intriguing Kumari Chok. This is an ancient and ornate house where resides the Raj Kumari – the Living Goddess. She is a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you are in the courtyard of her home at the right time in the afternoon you may see a brief glimpse of the Goddess at her window.
We have both drive and fly options to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The drive to Pokhara will normally take 6-8 hours while the flight takes just 25 minutes. The flight is an optional extra for this itinerary. Pokhara is located about 200km west of Katmandu on the shores of the beautiful Lake Fewa. Pokhara is normally not as crowded as Kathmandu but still busy with lots of visitors since Pokhara serves as hub for the entire Annapurna trekking region. It has the atmosphere of a relaxed “resort town”. The option to drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara provides an opportunity to experience more of the real Nepal beyond the national parks and trekking trails. The scenery and people you will meet on the drive is also worth the experience.
After the breakfast at hotel, we drive you for about one hour and forty five minutes on graveled and bumpy road until we reach Phedi from where we start our trekking journey. From Phedi we trek for about 4 hours on gradually uphill trail passing rhododendron forests and witnessing diverse bird species to reach Pothana; beautiful place at the elevation 2005 meters from sea level, for overnight stay.
After the breakfast at hotel, we continue our trek following the flat route through forest for initial 3 hours of the journey then trek on sloppy and slippery downhill trail for 1 hour to reach Landruk village for overnight located at the height of 1565 meters from sea level. During the trek we can seen the culturally adorned village Ghandruk.
After the breakfast at hotel, we leave Landruk taking gradually ascending trail for beginning 1 hour then after climb stony steps for 4 hours to reach Forest Camp Forest camp; located at the elevation of 2520 meters from sea level, for overnight stay. During the trek, we would have chance to encounter different animals like bear, tiger, deer, cervine and many more.
After the breakfast, today we trek for almost 6 hours to reach High Camp for overnight stay. At the starting phase we continue journey trekking on steep uphill trail for 2 and half hours that runs through dense forest until we reach Low Camp then take rest for 30 minutes at Low Camp and proceed our journey walking on steep ascending trail for 1 and half hours to reach Badaldada where we would have our lunch at tea houses. After having lunch we trek for 2 hours to reach high camp at the elevation of 3550 meters. During the journey we perceive the vision of Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, and Mardi Himal.
Today is special day as you would climb uphill trail to reach the final destination Mardi Himal base camp at the altitude of 4500 meters and enjoy the achievement you have got reaching the main point of destination where you would forget all the pains you have felt on your muscles during the journey and take the snaps on signature pose as memoir for life time then after spending some time at Mardi Himal Base Camp you descend to High camp for overnight stay.
After the breakfast at hotel, we continue our return journey trekking on steep sloppy and slippery trail for 4 hour to reach Sidding; located at the height of 1700 meters, for overnight stay. Along the way we would take tea break for 30 minutes at the place nearer to Low Camp then continue the journey towards the Sidding. During the trek we would share the trail with Yak, Horse and mule as well as receive the greetings of “Namaste” from hospitable locals.
After the breakfast at hotel, we continue our trek towards Lumre walking for 5 hours to catch the jeep for return drive to Pokhara. At beginning we trek on gradually downhill trail for 1 hour until we reach Kalimati River then cross the river and follow the flat route for 4 hours to reach Lumre crossing small villages Kalimati and Ghalel and enjoying the awesome scenery of Limrung waterfall that is falling from the top of hill creating rhythmic sound. From Limrung we would catch Jeep and engage on 3 hours return drive to reach Pokhara for overnight stay.
After breakfast in the morning you say goodbye to Pokhara and head back to bustling Kathmandu by road. You may also choose to fly back to Kathmandu as an optional extra to your itinerary. You will be delivered back to your Kathmandu hotel at the end of today’s travels.
Our representative will pick you up from your hotel 3 hours prior of your flight time for your departure to your home country.
Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacke
Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes
Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.
Other equipment: Sleeping bag (5 seasons), lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
Other items: Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, memory cards, charger and personal medical kit.