The Mardi Himal Trekking trial is situated in the Annapurna region and incorporates exquisite views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Manaslu ranges along with the Mardi Himal Base Camp. This adventurous and challenging trail is devoid of modernization and is a newly found, off beaten, exotic trekking location. Proper lodging facilities aren’t much available having to rely upon camping.
A drive from Pokhara to Phedi marks the commencement of this trekking trial which falls east to the traditional Annapurna Circuit Trek. Tantalizing views of rhododendron and oak forests and some villages brings Dhampus. A decline through Dhampus accompanied by the views of the Annapurna Mountain range brings Pothana. This is followed by a walk through Deurali and the Forest Camp and then a steep climb through the rhododendron and Juniper forests to reach the High Camp. The High Camp offers spectacular scenery of the pristine Annapurna Range and the Mardi Himal and is a perfect sunrise and sunset viewing viewpoint. To reach the peaceful Mardi Himal base camp, a steep trek needs to be carried out. Mardi Himal has not been ever climbed as of now.
The same path is retraced back to reach Deurali after which a visit can be planned to the amazing Jhinu Hot Springs via Tolkha. As the name suggests, the Jhinu Hot Springs is home to natural hot water from the springs which are best to relax and soothe the tired and aching muscles. The trek can be further extended into the Gurung Village of Ghandruk which is another destination for close up views of the Mountain ranges including the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Macchapuchre etc.
This trek, being an off beaten, challenging and unique one, provides trekkers with a never before experience and will certainly be worth all the time and money spent.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.Bold Andventures representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and meeting with your trekking guide.
We will show you the delights of Kathmandu, taking in some of the wonderful historical, cultural and religious sites of the city. Kathmandu Durbarsquare,Pashupatinath,Swayambunath and Bauddhanath.You will also meet with your trekking guide to discuss the itinerary. Overnight in Kathmandu hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara. (850m/6 hours.)
A seven-hour drive by tourist bus to the pretty lakeside town of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara hotel.
Day 4: Pokhara to Pothana. (1970m/5 hours.)
We will take a private vehicle to Phedi (40 minute drive) and then begin our trek with a steep climb through the jungle, passing local villages until we reach Dhampus, our lunch stop. If the weather is clear, we will be able to see magnificent views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Dhampus is a Gurung village; you will be able to see traditional Nepali houses and surrounding farmland. A gentle incline after lunch brings us to Pothana where we will camp for the night.
Day 5: Pothana to Forest Camp. (2550m/ 7 hours.)
A steep uphill climb for most of the day through thick jungle with beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We may be lucky to catch glimpses of some of the abundant wildlife; leopards, deer, monkeys and many species of birds all live in this dense jungle. We reach forest camp in the afternoon and set up camp for the night.
Day 6: Forest Camp to High Camp. (4100m/ 6 hours.)
Today is a short distance but a steep climb through the rhododendron and juniper forest. As you reach the top, you will be rewarded with the most breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre (fishtail mountain), the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annaurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal. Camp for the night.
Day 7: High Camp, trek to Base Camp.
An early wake up call today so you can appreciate the most spectacular sunrise views of the mighty Himalayas. After breakfast, we climb to Mardi Himal Base Camp, which stands at 5300 meters. A challenging day walking along narrow, rocky trails, but all will be worth it for the awesome views of this majestic mountain environment. Mardi Himal is a sacred mountain for both Hindus and Buddhists and nobody to date has managed to reach the summit. Today, we should be able to see Nepal’s national bird: the lophophorus, flying above our heads. Camp for the night.
Day 8: High Camp to Siding Village. (1280m/ 7 hours.)
A steep descent to low camp following the same trail we went up. We then leave the trail and trek into the forest, heading to the Mardi Khola River. We descend further to Siding and set up camp for the night.
Day 9: Siding Village to Pokhara. (850m/2.5 hours trek and 1 hour drive.)
The trail now follows the contour of the river valley, gradually down between the pastures and through Tamang and Gurung villages. An easy hike today will take us to meet our transport in Lumre, from here we will drive back to Pokhara.
Day 10: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
We will take a late morning flight back to the capital.
Day 11: Departure to destination.
A Bold Adventures representative will transfer you back to the airport.
TREKKING SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT UP TO 5,500m.
1 pair strong mountain /hiking boots
1 Sleeping bag(comfortable to 15C)
1 Medium/Large rucksack/backpack
1 Down Jacket/all weather Anorak
1 Light water & windproof jacket
1 Pair waterproof gaiters/ overtrouser
1 or 2 1-litre water bottles.
1 Inner sleeping sheet.
1 Torch/Flashlight and spare bastteries.
2 Long sleeve cotton shirts
1 Medium sized towel
1 Washing kit:Inlude personal toiletries,Talcum power
Moleskin for blisters
Bio degradable soap/shampoo
Any personal medication
1 Pair shorts.
1 Fleece/warm sweater
1 Pair sports shoes/sandals
2 Pair lightweight trousers
1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
1 Small day pack
2 Pairs light socks
3 Pairs heavy wool socks
1 cotton Headscarf/bandanna
1 Warm hat/Gloves(waterproof)
1Sunglasses and sunhat
1 Money belt
3/4 Plastic bags for wrapping clothes
Water purification tablets/solution(Preferably Iodine)
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