Mardi Himal is the name given to the feature of the long rising ridge and its summit that from the southwesterly lower slope of Mount Machhapuchhare, the famous triangular skyline that is seen from the Phewa Lake at Pokhara.
This is one of the exotic and interesting treks in Nepal , uncrowned terrains providing the golden chance to explore traditional villages, incredible scenery, infinite and diversity of culture, spectacular views of silvery mountains and tempting views of river and exotic valley can be seen on the way of trekking trail.
Highlights of the Trekking
Himalayan sights : Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri , Lamjung himal, Fish tail, etc
Most Attraction of the Trek : Mountain View and culture
Fact of The Trekking
Starting from : Kathmandu
Ending at : Pokhara
Duration :13 Days
Grade : Moderate - Difficult
Highest access of the Trek : 4120m (Thulo Kharka)
Culture : Mixed
Mode of Trekking : Camping
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu , meet our airport representative and transfer to the hotel .Overnight at Kathmandu .
Day 02: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
In the morning, after breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu , the most popular Place in the kingdom was known as kantipur in earlier times. The tour highlights are the Living Goddess "Kumari" who appear on the balcony of her temple to greet her devotees, Kastamandap temple, the temple made out of single tree and name Kathmandu , Durbar square and drive to Soyambhunath which lies on top of hill is the Buddhist sanctuary said to be nearly 2000 years old. The hill itself is pleasant place overlooking the entire valley of Kathmandu . The all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha painted in prominent blue atop the dome are visible from long distance from around the Kathamandu city.
DAY 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara
You will have breakfast in the early morning before 7:00 AM . This morning you will be drive to Pokhara (200km), depart 7:00 AM in the morning, approximately 7hrs away by tourist bus. Lunch spot on the way to Pokhara. You will be arrived late afternoon at Pokhara approximately 2:00 O'clock . Pokhara lakeside village's sites, "front row centre" to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. Overnight at Pokhara
Day 04: Pokhara to Odane Hill [2,510m]
after breakfast leaving the Mardi Pul, the trail then follows the east bank of the Mardi upstream before turning right up the hill to the Gurung village of Riban [1,676m]. You move ahead along the route which now becomes much steeper as it climbs uphill from the village, past a chautara, shortly after which the trail divides. You take the right-hand fork which leads past some cow sheds. Until now the trail has been steep, it further becomes even steeper. You climb through bamboo forest towards a massive slab of grey rock. The path bears around to the left on to the rhododendron-covered ridge.
Despite the steepness of the route, the ridgeline path offers ever-increasing views of the surrounding country. The path passes through a small clearing, Lalghar Kharka, and continues along a faint track to another clearing marking a high point on the ridge, which is Odane Hill.
Day 05: Trek to Kumai [3,049m]
The route continues along the ridgeline, but you need to be careful of false trails that can lead you astray. Today you are rewarded of the previous day's hard work with cool mountain air and a stunning panorama, with Machhapuchhre [6,997m] straight ahead. To the west is the Annapurna I [8,078m], towering above Annapurna South [7,273m] and Hiunchuli [6,336m], the western bastion guarding the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary. To the east are views of the granite mass of Annapurna II [7,937m], Annapurna IV [7,525m] and Lamjung Himal [6.986m], like the bulk of a sleeping elephant. Further east beyond the Marshyangdi are the triple giants of Manaslu [8,156m], Peak 29 [7,835m] and Himalchuli [7,540m]. Given that the distant summit snows of Dhaulagiri [8,167m] can also be seen, three of the world's highest mountains are on view along this trek.
Eventually, a short, sharp climb leaves the main forest behind and leads you to a fine camping area amid alpine grassland. Today, you trek for about seven hours.
Day 06: Trek to Khorchon [3,568 m]
Leaving Kumai, you continue climbing steeply along the ridgeline to grazing pastures called Khorchon at around 3,568 meters. Today is a relatively short, although once again, steep trek.
Day 07: Trek to Base Camp [4,100m]
The trail now leads steeply across a ridgeline to a hidden plateau beneath the south face of Mardi Himal and the South-West Ridge of Machhapuchhre; this is the 'Other Sanctuary', so called by Jimmy Roberts. You then trek along the trail to reach the Base Camp at around 4,100 meters.
Day 08: Climb to the Summit of Mardi Himal [5,555 m] and Return to Base Camp [4,100m]
Today, you climb to the Summit of Mardi Himal. This climb is of little technical difficulty, where route finding and effort are the major problems. The difficulties can be found in the couloir leading to the col below the East Face. Late in the day, this might present avalanche danger under fresh snow conditions.
From the Base Camp, you ascend steeply towards the col between the East Face of Mardi Himal and the connecting ridge of Machhapuchhre. A high camp can be placed at 4,650 meters. From camp, you reach a snow couloir leading to the col with a steep section of perhaps 45 degrees. At the col further steep snow slopes lead to the summit of Mardi Himal at around 5,555 meters. Grade: Alpine F.
After enjoying your hard earned climb, you then descend by the same route to the Base Camp.
Day 09: Trek to Kumai [3,049m]
Leaving the Base camp, you descend through the high grazing country called Khorchon and follow the same trails back to Kumai.
Day 10: Trek to Ghachok [1,067m]
Today, you descend from Kumai which is relatively hard for weary knees, as much of the altitude gained is lost on the return to the valley. Descending on the ascent route you reach Odane Hill. Just before the high point a small track goes left down the east flank of the ridge, dropping steeply to grazing country and a good lunch spot at Hile. Later, the trail further descends more steeply to the prosperous farming village of Ghachok , in the valley of the Seti River . Today you descend for nearly eight hours o reach Ghachok.
Day 11: Trek to Pokhara
Today is the last part of your trek, as you continue along the direct route crossing the Seti to the east bank and follow the main trail south. Descending down the east bank of the Seti, you finally reach Pokhara in about five hours. Once you reach Pokhara, you can relax amidst the stunning natural beauty of the city
DAY 12: Pokhara City Tour
After breakfast we've sightseeing around Pokhara valley. You're free in Pokhara Valley also called " Magic Land " or Dreamland" of Nepal , to explore the various interesting place like a boating in Fewa Lake over looking the region of Annapurna Areas, David Falls , Mahendra Cave and some Temples . After lunch you're free to shop for souvenirs or rest overnight at Pokhara.
Day 13 :-pokhara - Kathmandu or Extend other activities.
Drive to Kathmandu and next day transfer from hotel to international airport to board onward journey flight. Or combine with other trip from Pokhara like white water rafting or safari tour at Chitwan Park . The cost would be extra for rafting & safari