Days: 10 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Mardi Himal Trekking in Nepal is the perfect Family adventure and other adventure travellers. At the same time, this short trek is really fantastic choice for those who loves to trek through the jungle, seeing wild animals, fantastic trees, fairytale forests, sleeping in local Lodges and exploring the surrounding mountains. During this 10 days trek you make real contact with nature and your children will experience the snowwhite peaks of the Himalayas from close.
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Facts of the Mardi Himal Trekking
Trip Region: Annapurna Region
Types of Trip: Trekking
Duration: 10 Days
Highest Elevation: 4450m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Average Walking: 5-6 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and normal tea-houses/lodges during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Gurung and mix culture
Major Himalayan Sights: Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) 6993m, Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Hiun Chuli 6441m, Mardi Himal 5553m, Annapurna III 7555m, Gangapurna 7454m.
Highlights of the Trekking: Panoramic and closed views of Annapurna massif, explore in the valley, unobstructed sunrise and sunset view, pictureaque villages, experiencing with life style and culture of Gurung people who is very famous for Gorkha arm, walking in the narrow and stone paved trail, waterfalls, scenic mountain flight to and from Pokhara, explore lake city of Pokhara, walking through dense Rhododendron forest and even more beautiful in Spring.
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Mardi Himal Family Trek Itinerary in detail
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m/25minutes and drive to Kande and trek to Pothana 1950m/3hours,
Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the morning with scenic mountain views including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna Massif. Then drive from Pokhara to Kande by private car. Our trekking trail goes right hand side and slowly continue further, through small villages and houses; soon we will start ascending and enter the bushes and forests of rhododendron and red sandalwood with beautiful southern views. We will reach Australian Camp, a very beautiful little village. From there we can see the Annapurna mountain range, and a little of Manaslu and the Dhaulagiri range including Fishtail Mountain and Pokhara valley in the south. Here we find good campsites and four nice lodges. It would be nice to sleep here, but for a first day the trek to Pathana is often nice. Australian Camp is famous around Pokhara for a picnic spot with easy access and a beautiful mountain scene. This place is surrounded by red sandalwood and rhododendron forest. The trail begins through a beautiful and pleasant short descent in the red sandalwood forest, and then let’s says, “Nepali flat “to Pothana. The view of Fishtail mountain is really awesome in sunrise and sunset time. There is an ACAP permit check point + tourist information center as well. Here we check in our permits in counter. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 3: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp 2550m/5-6hours,
Today after breakfast, trek from Pathana to Pitam Deurali is a wonderful hike in the red sandalwood and rhododendron forest and with some little open land between, known as buffalo pasture. After some minutes on the flat there is a slow, gentle climb up and then a bit more uphill until the flat resting place at Pitam Deurali. Now on we go up the steps, we immediately turn to the right and go straight, entering the scrubby forest. We climb gently and in 15 — 20 minutes, we reach a little area of open land, which is buffalo pasture. After the pasture we enter a dense forest and we will gradually climb up (for 2 to 3 hrs). Then most of the time you hike on Nepali forest” flat “(a little up and down). Finally, after a short, gentle descent you reach the flat at Forest Camp. From some places between Pitam Deurali and Forest Camp, we will have the chance to see vistas of Dhaulagiri and the Manaslu range. Forest Camp, little village is surrounded by beautiful green forest. They have nice campsites as well and lodges. On the western side you can see Ghandruk and surrounding villages and Modi valley. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp 3000m/4-5hours,
The trail goes through the courtyard of last lodge. The hike is an easy uphill start from right behind the Forest Camp. After 7 to 10 minutes, we will turn right and walk straight, going gently up and down. Finally we will climb up and we will reach Rest Camp. The trail starts from the end of the right corner of the teahouse. Most of the time it is a gradient ascent, after just a few meters, turn right and continue straight; there is some uphill and “Nepali flat” then later there are mostly gradual trails, ascending into the dense rhododendron forest. Before 15 — 20 minutes; we reach a flat trail; finally we are at Low Camp. There are two basic teahouses with restaurants with similar menus to Forest Camp. This is a very beautiful place with a beautiful campsite as well. It is surrounded by a beautiful rhododendron forest, a very quiet and peaceful environment, with a view of Machhapuchre and Mardi Himal, when the weather is clear. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Low Camp to High Camp 3900m/4-5hours,
Today, entering the scrubby rhododendron forest by a gentle ascent of 10 — 20 minutes, and then start going up the trail in the dense forest till reaching the lower viewpoint (3289m). This will take 1 ½ — 2.00 hrs. Now begins a grassy slope. From here we can also see many wonderful mountain views, especially at sunrise and sunset. Now, we continue further up to High Camp, hiking mostly on the grassy slope, up steep and some narrow paths and into some little rhododendron forests. During the clear weather, this hike is also one of the nicest, because we have the chance to walk along the yak beaten trail on an open ridge with great mountain views: the Annapurna range , Machhapuchre,and the southern green landscape; below, also can be seen the very deep Modi river valley, including Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Sinuwa and Dovan. This place itself is a natural viewpoint tower. In all directions we can see breathtaking views, including Machhapuchre, Mardi Himal, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Baraha Shikhar, Himchuli and the southern slope including Pokhara valley. This place is also very suitable for yak and sheep-you can see many yaks around. There are a couple of yak shelters and Mani Walls, we pass during our walking to High Camp. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 6: Explore from High Camp — Upper View Point 4450m — High Camp, 5-6 hours
Today after breakfast, we hike 20 to 30 minutes, there is a trail junction at the bottom of a high hill. Though it seems the real trail goes directly up through the steep hill. Immediately from this junction we can turn to the right and you will see a flat, wide place, looking like a little dried up pond. In another 30 minutes, we will reach a little pasture, then turn towards the left hand side and trek continually and gradually up the grassy slopes. In 15 — 20 minutes, we will join the trail junction coming up through the little difficult path until reaching the Upper View Point; for some hundred meters the path is very narrow. When it is covered by snow, it will be especially difficult and slippery, because both sides are very steep and we hike just along the ridge. In very clear weather, we will get a great chance to view the Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna south 7219m, Himchuli 6441m, Baraha Shikhar (Fang) 7647m, Tent peak 5695m, Singachuli 6501m, Gangapurna 7454m, Gandarvachuli 6248m, little summit of Annapurna III 7555m, both peaks of Machhapuchre (Mt. fishtail) 6993m — 9997m and Mardi Himal 5553m, MBC (Machhapuchre Base Camp), Deurali, Dovan, Sinuwa, Chhomrong, Ghandruk and the southern slope, including Pokhara valley and MHBCW (Mardi Himal Base Camp W) 4500m, to go from the upper view point Mardi Himal Base Camp will take about 30 minutes only. Coming down to High Camp would take 3 — 4 hours maximum. Except for some hundred meters of narrow path, it is not that difficult, as long as there is no snow on the way. This day trip is quite adventurous, beautiful, joyful and definitely worth it. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from High Camp to Siding village 1,750m/5-6 hours
In the morning after breakfast and great views itself from the High Camp, we walk down to Low Camp and we take a different route so completing a circuit, from Low Camp there is a trail that goes down to Siding village rather than going back down Mardi Himal back to Kokar. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village and still very much away from the busier tourist treks and it is likely we will stay at Lodge owned by High Camp Hotel. It is a wonderful cultural experience finding out more about village life and we will probably eat dhal baht in the evening with the family in their kitchen. If time permits, we walk through the village to see the culture and their traditional houses. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 8: Trek from Siding to Lumre and drive to Pokhara- 3 hours walking and 2 hours driving.
From Siding we walk out to the road head at Lumre, on the way from Siding you will pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. Kalimati is mainly a Brahmin village with Ghalel and Siding mixed Brahmin and Gurung. At Lumre we will meet our jeep organized by us in advance to drive you back to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 9: Morning Hike to World Peace Stupa and afternoon fly back to Kathmandu,
In the morning after breakfast, we will go to world peace stupa by car. We can see panoramic view of high Himalayan range from Manaslu to Dhaulagiri range including Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Massif as well as scenic Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake. Then, we will walk down to Phewa Lake through the forest which takes about 1 hour and take a boat to cross a Phewa Lake passing the small Island where Temple Barahi is situated middle of the Lake. Afternoon transfer to airport, and then fly back to Kathmandu. Our car will be ready to pick up in the airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 10: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Depending on the ages of children, they get discount in trek cost and domestic flight ticket cost accordingly.
Our Mardi Himal Trekking Package includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 3 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu and standard hotel in Pokhara.
* Domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the Lodge trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
* All necessary permits.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Mardi Himal Trekking Package doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal
Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
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In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by clients themselves.
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