Mardi Himal is the name of the long rising ridge and its summit (5,588m), that forms the south westerly slope of Mt. Machhapuchhre, immediately below its sheer south face. Machhapuchhre, which towers majestically over the Pokhara Valley, is best known as "Fishtail Mountain" because of its twin peaks that mirror the image of a fish tail. It is superbly beautiful and is considered sacred. Permission to climb it has, so far, always been denied.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu, Alt: 1,350m.
At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by a Trek Nepal representative and transferred to your hotel. There will be a full tour briefing in the evening.
Day 2: Pokhara
Overnight Hotel. Alt. 820m.
We drive out of the Kathmandu valley following the Prithvi highway, which descends to the scenic and tranquil town of Pokhara. En route we will have outstanding views of the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges of the Himalayas, along with river valleys, terraced fields and local villages. Pokhara is set on the banks of Phewa Tal (lake) beneath the Annapurna range, which create a spectacular backdrop for this serene town. On arriving you are free to explore the town, take a boat out on to the lake, walk up to the peace pagoda, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere by the lake.
Day 3: Pothana
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 1,890m. Trek 5 hours.
To reach the start point of our trek we take a short drive west of Pokhara to Phedi. The trek starts with the climb of a steep stone staircase as we follow the main trail to Dhampus. From here, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South reveal their magnificence with spectacular views. Continuing upwards through pastures and forests we reach the Gurung village of Pothana, where we stay the night. We have stunning views of Annapurna ll (7,937m), Annapurna lll (7,555m), Annapurna lV (7,525m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Lamjung (6,983m) and Macchapuchhre (6,997m).
Day 4: Forest Camp
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 3050m. Trek 5 hours.
Mornings usually offer stunning views of the mountains particularly at dawn, and this morning is no exception as the sun rises over Annapurna South. An easy walk along a slightly ascending trail through a lightly populated rhododendron forest, with views of the Annapurnas, leads us to Deurali. On approaching the village Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world, comes into view for the first time. The forest becomes denser with giant rhododendron, birch, oak, maple and hemlock as the trail initially ascends for an hour then eases to a winding path with a series of ascents and descends to Forest Camp. This enchanting forest is inhabited by deer, monkeys, and occasionally leopards and black bears, which we may encounter. Forest Camp where we will spend our night is appropriately named, it lies in a beautiful area almost enclosed by forest, and to the west there is an opening from where we will view Ghandruk, one of the biggest and oldest villages in the Annapurna region.
Day 5: Low Camp
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 3050m. Trek 4 hours.
Continuing to be surrounded by forest the vegetation changes to suit the higher elevation notably tree ferns mosses, lichen and alpine trees. The trail through the forest is a gradual ascent. Throughout the trail there are natural openings that look out to distant views of Macchapuchhre, and terraced fields and villages clinging to the hillsides. Still enclosed by forest at Low Camp, in the north east there is an opening offering an impressive view of Machhapuchhre, making us believe that will be able to reach out and touch this revered mountain in the coming days. A short day that allows us to acclimatize.
Day 6: High Camp
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 3900m. Trek 5 hours.
Today is another short walking day that enables a relaxed start. A short steep climb leads us out of the forest on to an open grassy ridge. The ridge, sometimes under snow, provides spectacular views of Annapurna South and Macchapuchhre. Occasionally the trail drops and at these times we will see a different kind of higher altitude rhododendron, the dwarf rhododendron. As we continue our ascent, and the forest is left behind, imposing views of the Annapurna Himal come in to view. The trail’s final section to High Camp is an easy walk. Throughout today’s trail with each step the mountains were magnified, everything came so much clearer and closer, at High Camp you are left feeling the magnifier is at maximum strength as the views of Macchapuchhre and Annapurna South are so impressively close up.
Day 7: Low Camp via Viewpoint
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 3050m. Trek 7 hours.
The mountain view this morning is breathtaking, and is one of the world’s best. The climb to the Mardi Himal viewpoint is subject to weather conditions, all being favourable we will reach over 4,500m. An early morning start, the trail climbs steeply with the occasion respite bite of gradual ascents, as we head closer to the immense face of Macchapuchhre. As we ascend to 5,000m the climb is challenging but the rewards make it all worthwhile. Ahead of us are breathtaking views of Huin Chuli (6,441m) and Annapurna South (7,219m) which both seem close enough to touch. Machhapuchhre (6,997m) is the next closest in view and behind are many other Annapurna peaks such as Ganggapurna (7,454m), Tera Kang (7,069m), and in the far distance lies Tilicho Peak (7,134m) - a horizon that is undeniable mesmerizing. Whilst below us are the ice fields and glaciers of Annapurna Base Camp. Time permitting you may be able to traverse close to the nearby glaciers. The remote landscape, the awe-inspiring views make this area almost impossible to equal. We lunch at High Camp, and then retrace our steps of mild and steep descents to Low Camp.
Day 8: Lwang
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alt. 2200m. Trek 7 hours.
The trail today heads towards the Mardi Khola, descending we retrace our steps through the enchanting dense forests. In parts the trail is challenging where it drops steeply. Emerging out of the forest onto terraced fields where we continue to Ghalel, a picturesque village. The landscape is a striking contrast to previous days, lush vegetation amongst farming land. With the gradients leveling it becomes an easy walk along winding, undulating trails through pleasant and friendly villages, and farmlands. As we continue we pass through the famous tea plantations of Lwang before entering the village.It is here where we will stay the night in a local home. The village is one of the oldest in Nepal, surrounded by dense forest inhabited by a variety of wildlife such as munal, wild peacock and peahen, bear and cheetah. There are clear views across the valley of Dhampus in the east and Kahun Dada in the west, and the snowcapped mountains of Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna Himal. Upon request we can see a traditional local dance for a small donation.
Day 9: Pokhara
Included meals breakfast and lunch. Alt. 820m. Trek 6 hours.
There is an optional excursion to a tea planation to see how tea is produced; it takes around 45 minutes uphill to reach. The trail to the end of our trek takes us pass the village tea factory, which we can visit and purchase the freshly grown tea we have enjoyed since arriving in the village. We exit the village down stone staircase that leads on to established paths that take us to Anante Thati. From here we drive back to Pokhara where your tour ends.
- All ground transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
- Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis local lodges / guesthouses.
- 3 meals a day while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as indicated by the itinerary.
- Activities according to the itinerary
- Sterilized drinking water
- All trekking and permit fees
- English speaking guide and porters
- First Aid Kit
- Trek Nepal t-shirt
- 13% VAT
What's not included
- International air fare to/ from Nepal.
- Entry Visa fees – at present US$ 25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
- Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
- Lunch and dinner prior to the trek, please allow US$ 20 per day.
- Meals in Pokhara
- Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
- Personal gear and expenses
- Drinks: both alcoholic and bottled other than sterilized drinking water.
- Laundry fees, hot water, hot shower, charging mobile and batteries, using WI-FI
- Optional single accommodation supplement
- Tips and gratuities
Making a booking
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