The Mardi Himal Trek is a newly opened trekking route and hidden treasure in the Annapurna Himalaya Region. This trek is best destination to avoid the high touristic crowd. Mardi Himal Trek offer amazing view of Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre and Manaslu ranges. Mardi Himal Base Camp, Jhinu Hot Spring and Ghandruk Gurung village is the major attraction of this trekking.
The trek starts from Kande after 1 hours driving from Pokhara. The trail is good, first slowly up, then a bit steeper to Australian Camp (2060m)(About one hour), then after that slightly downhill to Pothana (1950m) then up again to Deurali (2100m). There is a right turn in Deurali sign posted call “Forest Camp” the trail is through jungle, at first up then rolling on the top of a ridge, there is a section just over half way where the trail drops steeply and then slowly gains height and then back onto the ridge and into Forest Camp (2600m). The trail is initially quite steep leaving Forest Camp but soon gets less steep as you again get upon the ridge. The trail leaves Low Camp again in jungle, but the trees soon start to get smaller and after about one hours trekking broke out of the jungle and onto the open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to my left. It is possible to continue trekking along the ridge for another 4 to 5 hours to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and return to High Camp in around 4 hours – This makes a long day but there is also a viewpoint about half way, the imaging view can be from here. After that, we return all the way down to Forest camp. When we arrive at Forest Camp, we trek to Jhinu Hot spring via Landruk where you can explore a natural hot spring. After this, you will end your trek at Nayapul via Ghandruk village which is one of the popular Gurung villages in this region.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, pick up & transfer to the Hotel and free activities in the evening.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Day 03: Pokhara to Deurali.
Day 04: Deurali to Forest Camp.
Day 05: Forest Camp to Low Camp.
Day 06: Low Camp to High Camp.
Day 07: Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and return to same place.
Day 08: High Camp to Forest Camp
Day 09: Forest Camp to Jhinu Hot Spring.
Day 10: Jhinu Hot Spring to Ghandruk.
Day 11: Ghandruk to Pokhara.
Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu evening farewell dinner.
Day 13: Depart Kathmandu for home.
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NOTE: On adventure trek of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything our best to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
Day 1 – Arrive at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu, transfer to the Hotel and free activities in the evening.
Day 2 – Kathmandu to Pokhara
Drive to Pokhara (200 km. 6/7 hours driving) by tourist bus / Car (at 7:00 AM) in the morning from Kantipath and then overnight at the Hotel in Pokhara.
Day 3 – Pokhara to Deurali
You drive to the trailhead, the route from Kande is a good one and very few trekkers choose to start the trek from here. The trail is good, first slowly up, then a bit steeper to Australian Camp (2060m – About one hour), then after an early lunch slightly downhill to Pothana (1950m) and the ACAP / TIMS checkpoint, then up again to Deurali (2100m). And then overnight at Lodge.
Day 4 – Deurali to Forest Camp
There is a right turn in Deurali signposted “Forest Camp” the trail is through jungle, at first up then undulating on the top of a ridge, there is a section just over half way where the trail drops steeply and then slowly gains height and then back onto the ridge and into Forest Camp (2600m)after about 4 hour trekking. There are now 3 lodges in Forrest Camp. Simple but clean so again a good choice.
Day 5 – Forest Camp to Low Camp
The trail is initially quite steep leaving Forest Camp but soon gets less steep as you again get upon the ridge. From Forest Camp to Low Camp is only a short days trekking through more jungle with occasional glimpses of Annapurna South before getting into Low Camp (2970m) after around 3 hours. Although there are 2 lodges in Low camp, the lodges are very simple.
Day 6 – Low Camp to High Camp.
The trail leaves Low Camp again in jungle, but the trees soon start to get smaller and after about one hours trekking broke out of the jungle and onto the open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to my left. The trail then undulates along the ridge and after about 3 hours trekking we arrived at High Camp (3550m).and then overnight at Lodge.
Day 7– Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and return to same place.
It is possible to continue trekking along the ridge for another 4 to 5 hours to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and return to High Camp in around 4 hours – This makes a long day but there is also a viewpoint about half way. And then overnight at Lodge.
Day 8 – High Camp to Forest Camp
This day, we trek down to Forest Camp. We stopped for tea at Low Camp then continued on down to Forest Camp arriving there after around 4 hours trekking. And then overnight at Lodge.
Day 9 – Forest Camp to Jhinu Hot Spring via Landruk
This day, we trek down to Landruk and New Bridge. From New Bridge, the trail is gradual up to Jhinu Dada. This afternoon, we relax on natural hot spring. It takes 5 hours walking from Forest Camp to Jhinu Hot Spring. And then overnight at Lodge.
Day 10 – Jhinu Hot Spring to Ghandruk
This day, the trail is down to Kimrong Khola. After that, you will hike all the way up to Ghandruk Village. It takes 5 hours walking from Jhinu Danda to Ghandruk. You will explore Ghandruk Village rest of the day. And then overnight at Lodge.
Day 11 – Ghandruk to Pokhara
In the morning, if you are lucky, you have chance to see Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli etc. you will hike from Ghandruk to Nayapul. It is 4 hours walking to get there. From Nayapul, you will drive to Pokhara.
Day 12 – Pokhara to Kathmandu
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (200 km. 6/7 hours driving) by tourist bus at 7:30 am. And stay overnight at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 13 – Departure to home.
Every day’s Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is included in the package during the trek. This will be a dish of Nepali, Indian or Continental source cooked by the lodging you stay at.
While packing for “Mardi Himal Trek” warm clothing is important to ensure comfort and safety, while non-essential gear such as a knife may simply come in handy. Here we have a suggested packing list to guide you in preparation:
(This is just a guideline to help on your preparation)
Keep in mind that you will be passing above 4000m during the journey to Mardi Himal. Walking fast at such elevation could lead to medical complications (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be serious. There is less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places. The higher, altitude will be the less oxygen in air. Although we provide information regarding AMS insurance, the only option for treatment is descending (evacuation). We advise that clients with known heart, lung or blood diseases, or clients over the age of 60 to discuss with their doctor before traveling with us.
HEALTH & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
This trekking involves five to seven hours walking per day. However, it is some part of this trek at very high altitude, which will take a physical toll. There are no special physical or training requirements, but high altitude experience & walking is a benefit.