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The Mardi Himal trek begins at Kande (45 minutes drive), near Pokhara, a short and spectacular trekking trip in the Annapurna region. It is newly opened ( 2007) and hidden treasure in Annapurna region, which is the best trip to avoid the crowd. It offers the awesome view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Manaslu mountains during the trek.
The Mardi Himal trek goes through the miraculous Rhododendron (The national flower) forest at the initial portion and eventually, the setting turns on the rugged trail dominated by the hard rock formations. The forest path continues until about 3300m. from Mardi Himal, we can see the best view of Machhapuchhre along with accommodation for those all-important sunrise and sunset views. Besides this, at 3580m is High camp, which again offers a spectacular view overlooking Annapurna Base Camp.
Our staff from Adventure Gandaki Treks will pick you up from the Airport and transfer you to 3 star hotel in Thamel,Kathmandu
After an early breakfast we go to Pokhara by a tourist bus (6-7 hours drive). On our way we can see the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers.Pokhara is a beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake,also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal in the east. Pokhara is a lakeside tourist’s paradise with many facilities for travelers.
After we arrive at Pokhara via tourist bus from Kathmandu, we’ll get into a private vehicle and head to Kande (1,770m). Pursuing the trail across the verdant terrain, we’ll advance past the Australian Camp and continue our trek to the settlement of Pothana. Through the woodland of birch, rhododendron, and oak, we’ll make our way to Pitam Deurali (2,100m). En route, we’ll witness the initial glimpses of majestic snow-capped summits of Annapurna Mountain Range.
This segment of trekking trail is fairly easy and progresses across the seductive woodland comprising rhododendron, hemlock, birch, maple and oak for the most part. Accompanied by the damp soil, the smell of decayed leaves and woods, and the sounds of various insects such as Cicadas, we’ll move forward along the tranquil trail enjoying the delightful landscapes. Eventually, we’ll arrive at Forest Camp (2,520m).
Today, we’ll tie up our shoelaces and climb through the dense woodlands to Rest Camp. The trekking trail then continues to ascend across the area covered by trees that renders a safe haven to mosses, lichen, tree ferns and orchids. The lush greenery along the way is an oasis of serenity amidst the exhausting trekking venture. In between these closely set woods, there are natural apertures which bestow a window of opportunity to gaze at the spectacular scenery encompassing Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal and Annapurna mountains. Subsequently, we’ll make it to Mardi Himal Low Camp (3,150m)
We’ll now move up to the Middle Camp then proceed to Badal Danda (3,250m) where we can catch the sight of snowy mountains above and floating clouds below us. Keeping up with the trek, we’ll make an ascent beyond steep ridges and reach Mardi Himal High Camp (3,540m) at the end of the day.
The Mardi Himal high camp flaunts sublime vistas of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre in a clear day. Even during night time, these snow-clad mountains shine with moonlight and present a pleasing view. Early in the morning, we’ll forge ahead on the rugged as well as the precipitous trail to Mardi Himal Viewpoint (4,200m). From here, we can take pleasure of awe-inspiring Himalayan outlooks embracing snowy peaks of Mardi Himal (5,587m), Annapurna South (7,219m) and Annapurna I (8,091m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), Tent Peak (5,695m), and Machhapuchhre (6,993). Thereupon, we’ll stay with the steep and stone-strewn trail to set our foot in Mardi Himal Base Camp. With the pride and joy of being at the foothills of a lofty Himalayan peak in our hearts, we can take delight in surrounding snowscapes. After spending some time in the Base Camp, we’ll gradually return to Low Camp.
Pushing forward on the well-marked trail, we’ll trek down the woods and appear out on the region touched by modern civilization. We’ll proceed along the banks of Mardi Khola, leaving behind terraced farmlands and lovely meadows. At last, we’ll traverse a suspension bridge across the river and end up at the exquisite Sidding Village (1,700m).
Today we will trek back to the Pokhara. After the lunch, we will visit Pokhara as it is known as the most beautiful place near to the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at the Hotel.
We will return to Kathmandu and attend the Farewell dinner organized by Adventure Gandaki Treks and Expedition
Our staffs from company will drop you to airport in a private vehicle