Mardi Himal Trek (Annapurna Region)

Mardi Himal Trek (Annapurna Region)

Overview

The Mardi Himal Trek is a newly opened route in the Annapurna region, located east of the Modi Khola River, across the valley from Hiunchuli. We ascend through traditional villages and pristine oak and rhododendron forests to an alpine site that has an up-close view of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal, and Mount Annapurna. The great rice fields and the blue glaciers of the Annapurana Sanctuary lie below the trail. Descent is via a different route, through a lush valley and picturesque villages along the bank of the River Mardi.

The trail climbs from fast flowing streams in forests of dense bamboo, rhododendron, and oak to ridge crests where small and hospitable farming communities work their terraced lands. These village people have not felt the impact of mass tourism and thus offer an opportunity to experience their warmth, hospitality and customs that have remained largely unchanged for generations.

The scenery expands as the trail rises, offering stupendous views of Himalayan giants from Dhaulagiri (8167m) to the Annapurna group: I (8091m), II (7937m), III (7555m), IV (7525m), South (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). Over 60 peaks in this region are higher than 6000m. Few other locations can offer such a close encounter.

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu/Pokhara flight (25 min flt). Drive to Phedi. Trek to Potana.

Day 03: Trek to Forest Camp (3150 m.)

Day 04: Trek to Low Camp (3150 m.)

Day 05: Trek to High Camp (4100 m.)

Day 06: Explore day and walk down to Low Camp (3150 m.)

Day 07: Trek to Siding (1750 m.)

Day 08: Drive from Siding (1750 m.) to Pokhara.

Day 09: Drive/flight back to Kathmandu

Day 10: International departure

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu.

A Snow Leopard Trek representative will be there at the airport to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu/Pokhara flight (25 min flt). Drive to Phedi. Trek to Potana.

Drive from Pokhara to Phedi takes half hour. Trek from Phedi to Deurali takes about 5 hours. From Phedi we ascend steeply up to the Potana. We will pass through the jungle, village and forest. You have lunch in Dhampus. Stay overnight at Potana (1890 m.).

Day 03: Trek to Forest Camp (3150 m.)

Trek from Forest Camp to Base Camp. It takes about 6 hours. It is mostly a panaromic day up to 3550m till viewpoint. You have lunch in low camp. Stay overnight at High Camp.

Day 04: Trek to Low Camp (3150 m.)

The trail goes into the forest and it takes about 4-5 hours to reach Low Camp. There are only two small guest houses for overnight with basic standard.

Day 05: Trek to High Camp (4100 m.)

Trek from Base Camp to high camp. It takes about 6 hours. It is mostly a panaromic day up to 4550 m till viewpoint. Stay overnight at high camp.

Day 06: Explore day and walk down to Low Camp (3150 m.)

Trek from high camp to Siding takes about 6 hours. You trek all the way down to the village and have lunch at Low Camp. Stay overnight at Siding.

Day 07: Trek to Siding (1750 m.)

Day 08: Drive from Siding (1750 m.) to Pokhara.

From Siding it takes about 4 hours drive to reach Pokhara. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara or return by flight same day at Kathmandu.

Day 09: Drive/flight back to Kathmandu

Drive will be around 7 to 8 hours of scenic beauty if flight than it will be of 25 minutes.

Day 10: International departure

Snow leopard Trek representative will pick you up from the hotel to leave you to the international airport.

 

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