Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You may arrive in Kathmandu at any time. When you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by one of our team members. He will escort you to your Hotel. Overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m and transfer to Hotel.
From Kathmandu, you will have the earliest flight to Pokhara- the starting point of many of Annapurna region's trekking journeys. Upon arriving in Pokhara, you can see the views of the Machhapuchhre (6997m) and the Annapurna peaks looming over the skyline on the outskirts of the city. Our guide will also make sure that you are prepared for the peak climbing journey tomorrow. In the evening, you can also enjoy a leisurely boat ride in the pristine Phewa Lake beside the city as well. Overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara.
Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Mardi Pul 1000m/2hours and trek to Ghachowk 1260m/3-4hours,
From Pokhara, you will drive to Mardi Pul, a small settlement via the village of Hyangja. The trail forks into two as you arrive at the original Tibetan refugee camp at Mardi Pul. Taking the route on the right, you will cross paddy fields From Mardi Pul and then trek through the alpine landscape of pine woods and rhododendron trees to Ghachowk, crossing a suspension bridge over the Mardi Khola and again crossing the Seti Khola further along the way. Overnight stay at a tented camp.
Day 04: Trek from Ghachowk to Dhiprang 1440m/5-6hours,
From Ghachowk, you will then continue the journey, walking on the uphill terrain through the juniper hamlets and verdant terrace farms of rice and barley towards the village of Dhiprang, a Magar-Chhetri settlement with traditional houses set against the terrace fields. The village lies at an altitude of 1,200 meters in the Seti River Valley and from here, you can see amazing views of the Lamjung Himal (6983m). Overnight stay at tented camp.
Day 05: Trek from Dhiprang to Chichemle Kharka 2645m/5-6hours,
You will be gaining a significant amount of altitude today, trekking upwards through the Seti valley to Chichemle Kharka. Along the way, you will be passing by several small settlements and making your way through the lush acreages of red rhododendrons. You Small brooks and streams line the trail and you can also see the gaping valley open outwards with the view of the Seti River below. Overnight stay at Chichemle Kharka.
Day 06: Trek from Chichemle Kharka to Khumai Danda 3245m/5-6hours,
Further from Chichemle lies Hile Kharka. The view of the Dhaulagiri Peak (8167m), Mount Annapurna (8019m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m) from the ridge is amazing. Walking on an uphill-and-downhill trail, most of which winds through the forest, you will reach Samsur Deurali from where the trail reaches towards Khumai Danda where you can enjoy the panoramic sight of the Annapurna peaks. Overnight stay at Khumai Danda.
Day 07: Trek from Khumai Danda to Korchon 3682m/4-5hours,
Khumai Danda, due to its high location, offers stunning views of the rising sun changing the color of the Annapurna peaks. As such, early in the morning, you can watch this outer-worldly phenomenon from the ridge of the Danda. From Khumai Danda, you will move towards Korchon- another serene location blessed with the looming sight of the Mardi Himal (5553m) and the Machhapuchhre Peak (6997m). Overnight stay at Korchon.
Day 08: Exploration Day,
This day is set aside for rest and acclimatization. You can enjoy the peaceful settlement of Korchon with its sparse population going about its day working in the fields or tending to the cattle. Throughout the day, the mountain views from the settlement are impressive in their full display of magnificence. You can enjoy rest at the pastures amidst the rhododendron blooms or can even opt to hike to near locations if you want. Overnight stay at Korchon.
Day 09: Trek from Korchon to Mardi Himal Base Camp South 4120m/6-7hours,
From Korchon, you will make your way through the terrain to the base camp of Mardi Himal South. The terrain begins to change as you move up the elevation, with the grasslands replaced with snow and fewer trees. All along the journey, the view of Mardi Himal (5553m) and the Annapurna peaks like Lamjung (6983m) and the Machhapuchhre (6997m) decorate the horizon up front. After about 6 to 7 hours of trekking through the glacial terrain, you will reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp. Overnight stay at the base camp.
Day 10: Climb from Base Camp to High Camp 5120m/6-7hours,
It is best to start early in the morning and make your way carefully, navigating your way slowly along the snowy vastness following your guide up ahead. The open sky above and the vastness of the snowy landscape on all sides makes the climb a challenge but it is totally worth it as the views of the peaks from High Camp are quite spectacular and different than their view seen from the valleys. From High camp, the mountain peaks are much closer and the landscape does not contrast against the green valley but blends in with the monochrome terrain of snow and ice. Overnight stay at High Camp.
Day 11: Summit to Mardi Himal 5553m and back to Base Camp 4120m/7-8hours,
You will make the ascent to the summit of the Mardi Himal early in the morning, carefully following the same routine of navigating through the thick ice and glacial sludge to the top of the peak. The climb is quite thrilling and the summit of the peak presents you with a view that is nothing like anything else on the planet. The vast openness of the sky and the world is below seen from the summit is simply indescribable. After summiting the Mardi Peak, you will carefully make your way back down to High Camp. Overnight stay at Base Camp.
Day 12: Reserve Day for Climbing due to Bad weather,
This day is reserved for contingency in case of bad weather. The weather in the mountain is unpredictable and thus, it is best to have this day in the schedule in case of any delays due to any reason. If there are no delays then this day is not needed.
Day 13: Trek from Base Camp to Meshrom Kharka 2960m/6-7hours,
From the Basecamp, you will be making your way back down the terrain, passing the Khumain Danda to Meshrom Kharka. It is a steep climb downhill for the initial part of the journey through the snowy landscape, but once you reach back into the lower valley, the trekking trail winds through pastures once again. Overnight stay at Meshrom Kharka.
Day 14: Trek from Meshrom Kharka to Takru 1450m/5-6hours,
From Meshrom Kharka, you will be trekking through the pine and cedar woodlands and rhododendron-covered terrain to Takru- another far-off village situated at the bottom of the Seti River valley. It is occupied by Gurung people and you can enjoy walking through the potato farmlands cultivated quite beautifully into hillside terraces. Overnight stay at Takru.
Day 15: Trek from Takru to Lwang 1460m/6-7hours,
The trek gradually descends down further into the valley today as well. You will be trekking alongside the Mardi River and smaller tributaries of the Seti. Further making your way through the small settlement of Saiti Ghatta, where you can see water-powered grinding mills, you will head towards the Kujbang and the Lumre village and finally cross the Mardi river to reach Lwang. Overnight stay at Lwang.
Day 16: Trek from Lwang to Lachok 1160m/5-6hours,
From Lwang, you will have a relatively easy trek towards Lachok today, with the trail coruscating through the woodlands and occasional settlements with horse and yak caravans making their way up and down the pathway throughout the day. The trek follows the Mardi River for the entirety of the trek and passes Anante before arriving at Lachok. Overnight stay at Lachok.
Day 17: Trek from Lachok to Mardi Pul and drive back to Pokhara, transfer to Hotel.
From Lachok, you will make your way back to Mardi Pul and then drive back to Pokhara from there. It is an easy trek through the verdant forests of maple and junipers to Mardi Pul and a short drive back to the city. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will be transferred to your Hotel. You can rest or explore the city for the rest of the day. Overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara.
Day 18: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
From Pokhara, you will say goodbye to the Annapurna Himalayas and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon landing at Kathmandu, you can spend the rest of your day as you please, relaxing at the Hotel or sightseeing around the city or shopping. Overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Final Departure to International Airport.
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the airport for your final departure.
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