Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
Mardi Himal Trek is newly opened popular trek in the Annapurna region. It is located to the east of the Annapurna Base camp virtually under the spectacular Machhapuchhare(Fishtail). This trek is the best destination to avoid the crowd. The trek goes through quiet stone built villages past wonderful rhododendron forests blooming in many different colours. The forest path continues until about 3,300m. On the way you can see astonishing mountain views and landscape. When the trail takes on a rugged mountains setting with spectacular views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna south. There are simple guesthouses and Homestays along the entire route. The trail takes you to a very close distance of Mount Macchchapuchhre. The Mardi Himal provides everything like a local cultural experience, beautiful forests, hilly terrain, and panoramic views similar to classic Nepali trek.
Mardi Himal Trek can be completed between 4-7 days depending on your requirement.
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel
On the first day we will be there to greet you with our traditional khata and the fresh flower. Our staff will drop you to the hotel where you can take rest and feel good for the new journey. Will see you next morning.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and preparation for the Tour
After having breakfast, our staff will be there to pick you to the head office where you can meet trekking guide and he will let you know about the trekking routes, activities and destinations along with schedule of the time period. If you have any confusion, then you can directly ask to the guide.
After that our staff will take you for the sight-seeing of history palace, religion place etc. Some of the places were listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. For instance; Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swyambhunath and so on. After completing our today’s program will see you early in the morning.
Note: Before going to the bed please check your trekking equipment and the important documents so that journey will be fruitful.
Day 3: Drive to pokahara and trek to Dhampus 8 hours drive
On the third day we will drive to pokhara and trek to Dhampus with the help of local buses. After we reach to Pokhara we will drive to Phedi. On the way of Phedi we will have breakfaskkkt and lunch. From Pedi we will start our trek and it takes 2 hours to reach Dhampus Phedi. We will stay at hotel of Dhampus Phedi.
Day 4: Phedi to Forest camp (3150m) Duration –five hours
After your breakfast at, we will do the hotel; we will start our journey to Forest camp. After walking three hours from Dhampus, we will be in Deurali. We will have lunch there. After Lunch, our trails pass through the forests of Rhododendron, oak, Maple, and Hemlock. We will stay overnight there.
Day 5: Trek to Badak Danda
From the forests to Low camp, trekking passing more jungle with a superb of Annapurna south before getting into low camp. After one and half hour walk from forests camp, we will be at Badak Danda. There are about four teahouses in Badal danda, but they are very simple. From Ddanda, we leave the three lines and arrive in the shrubby alpine zone.
Day 6: Trek to High Camp
In this day we will wake up early and have our breakfast. After our breakfast we begin our trail. After Badal Danda, the trail breaks out above the tree line and towards the west. From there we can see good views of Annapurana south and Hinchuli. On the way of High camp, we can see the national bird of Nepal called Daphne. Overnight the lodge of high camp is larger than the lodge of at low camp and forest camp, this one has eight rooms and a separate dining room with heater. The view from the lodge is superb to Annapurna south, Hinchuli and Machhapuchhre. Overnight at local lodge.
Day 7: Trek to Mardi Himal Base camp and trek to Low Camp (4250 m) Duration-6 hours
The day started early with a cold frost covering. The impressive mountainous view form high camp was slowly replaced by the rocky tundra along the ridge ahead. We hike along narrow way before reaching the upper viewpoint. We will see Mardi himal(7219m), Hiunchuli(6441), Annapurna l (8091m),Barahara shikhar (Annapurna Fang) (7647m),Tent peak (5695 m), Sinchuli(6501m)and more others . We Trek back to High camp for an overnight stay. After around three and a half hours we will reach to Mardi base camp where one can see Annapurna range and the Panaorama view of Annapurna south, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre and other mountains of Annapurna.
Day8: Trek to Lumre and Drive to Pokhara -5 hours walking and 2 hours driving
From low camp to siding is steep down trail. It takes approx. three hours to reach siding from low camp Hotel. From Siding to Lumre is easy way because the trekking trail is the road which takes about two hokurs to reach there. On the way to Lumre, we will see the beautiful waterfall and landscape. From lumre we can use transportation according to our choices to reach pokhara. Overnight at hotel of Pokhara.
Day 8: Farewell
Today you will say goodbye to the soul Himalayan treks and tour. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from soul Himalayan treks will take to the airport approximately 3 hours scheduled flight.
Your safety is of paramount concern while travelling with soul Himalayan treks. please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary ; however , since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions , we cannot guarantee that will not deviate from it. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to the plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Airport picks up s and drops in private vehicle
Good hotel accommodation during the trek
All meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
All ground transportation on the comfortable private vehicle as per the
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced English speaking and government likened trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Power service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staffs cost including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
Soul Himalaya trek bag/duffel bag, t-shirts and trekking map are yours to take
All necessary paperwork and trekking permit (national park permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local tax
Personal equipment for trekking
Personal insurance for travel to Nepal
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Emergency rescue evacuation
Tipping (tips) for guide and porter
Bar and Beverage bills
Upper body layers
Walking t-shirts -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is quick dry
Sleeping t-shirt -1 it can be cotton.
Thermal base layers top-1weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester, capelin or polar Tec power dry.
Insulating layers -1 mid weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
Fleece vest optional-advisable for those who feel cold
Rain jacket -1 essential
Down jacket -1 essential it’s very cold above 4,000 meter
Lower body layers
Underwear-enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)
Hiking ttousers-2 quick dry and light weight trousers no cotton, but zip offs are good.
Sleeping trousers 1 light weight yoga style evening sleeping, but no jeans.
Trekking shorts-1 if no zips off trousers below the knee for ladies.
Rain pants-1 advisable
Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping
Packs and bags
Duffle bag packs 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. Soul Himalaya provides duffel bags for the duration of the trek. These are easier for the porters to carry.
Day pack with rain cover-1 to carry your personal items during the treks e.g. Camera and chocolate, water.
Sleeping bag-1 3 season (4 season oct-feb)
Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags
Trekking boots – 1 must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support.
Socks-3 good and warm enough and worth spending money on quantity socks.
Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light weight for evening use.
Water bottles -2 (one or two liters) Nalgene or sig style or a bladder. Bladder is preferred
Water purification drops – 1 it is cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (pious)
Lip balm- 1 with SPF 30 greater
Bandana – 1 this useful for a variety of purposes.
Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking.
Warm woolen hat-1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.
Flash light or head torch-1 head light is best as it leaves your hand freehand extra batteries
Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).
Travel towel-1 light weight and compact.
Wash kit-1 travel items for the trek.