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Mardi Himal Trek – 8 Days

8 DAYS - 7 NIGHTS

Mardi Himal trek was only accessed to very limited trekking corps who specialised with a team who took care of tents and catering. The trail used during the trek was the same trail used by the shepherds of that reason who took their cattles to the higher altitudes (Lekh) during the summer. Mardi Himal Trek is one of the newest trekking route that was introduced officially only in 2012 and therefore is an authentic destination with originality. It is a short trek and is not so far from Pokhara. This trek is relatively easy. You will be able to make your way through beautiful rhododendron forests, staggering alpine landscapes and diverse cultural settlements. You see dramatic change in your trail as soon as you cross the rhododendron forests and then you will be able to see the glorious views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Hiuchuli and of course Mardi Himal itself. The trail is lined along the ridges and
From High Camp situated at 3900m although some maps have mistakenly mentioned 3700m, you shall reach Mardi Himal Base Camp in about 4 hours. You shall have a spectacular close up views of the whole Annapurna Base Camp Himalayan Range. In these days you will be able to find some simple teahouses and homestays with basic fooding and lodging facilities. You shall be able to reach Kathmandu on the 8th for for the next day flight if everything goes well planned during the trek.

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Day 1: Drive to Kande – Trek to Deurali – 2232m

We shall be able to take a Flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu early after we have had our breakfast at the Hotel in Kathmandu. We shall then take a 40 minutes drive from Pokhara to Kande. From their our trek begins with upward trail that shall last for 1.5 hours. We will be able to witness a clearing in the forest we pass through which is also known as Australian Camp. From there we will have the opportunity to witness the mesmerising views of Annapurna Range and the valley of Pokhara. The trail then further goes winding into the rhododendron forest and gradually leading to the pass called Deurali. Deurali overlooks Modi Khola Valley surrounded by Mardi Himal, Mt. Machhapuchre and Annapurna South.

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Day 2: Trek to Forest Camp – 2600m

After basking in the sun in this beautiful morning at Deurali, we take the main trail used for Annapurna trekking. We stroll through the forest range to reach Forest Camp. We should be more careful in this day’s trek . Since it is a new trekking trail we will not be able to find any teahouses in between. We will have to carry out own lunch in our backpack and also sufficient drinking water for the way. We shall trek for approximate 5 hours and through the rhododendron forest.

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Day 3: Trek to Low Camp – 2950m

Following the ridge we shall gradually climb the rhododendron forest. We shall find some tea houses on the way to Low Camp. Low camp is located in the clearing of the rhododendron forest, requiring 3 hours of trek, form where Mardi Himal and Mt. Machhapuchhre seems prominently closer. If we manage to climb for another hour we shall be able to reach Badal Danda (Cloud Hill) which is above the forest line and shall have a clearer point of view of scenery. We can even camp at Badal Danda if everything turns to our favour.

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Day 4: Short hike to High Camp – 3550m

The trail extends further along the ridge towards Mt. Machhapuchhre and Mardi Himal. Leaving Badal Danda we leave the forest landscape and head towards shrubby alpine grasslands.The looming views of snow capped Hiuchuli, Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre shall entertain you on this 3 hour trek. High Camp is a small pasture land and has some lodges to accommodate trekkers and backpackers. You shall love to be just above the clouds at your night’s stay at High Camp.

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Day 5: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp – 4500m

Since this is going to be a long hike of 7 Hours with a steep trail you will find it extra difficult than other days of the trek. You will really feel the adventure while facing some steep uneven rocky steps on your trail. You shall first climb a very inclined trail for 2 hours leading to a mark with Mardi Himal Basecamp (MBC) written on it. However the actual Base Camp will cost you another 2 hours of trek. You will not be bored for a single instance as there will be amazing views of the Himalayas along side the trail. While there will prominent views of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Mardi himal, views of Gangapurna, Annapurna I and Annapurna III will also be clear at the background.

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Day 6: Trek back to Forest Camp

Although the mesmerising scenery from the Base Camp seems to be eternal, the views are ofter subjected to the clarity provided by the weather depending upon the seasons. We shall take a 4 hours stroll back to Forest Camp after we have had our breakfast at MBC.

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Day 7: Walk to Lwang Ghalel Village – 1500m

There is a steep trail down the Maple and Rhododendron forest leading to a Gurung village which will take us about 4 hours. Lwang Ghalel Village is a self sufficient, culturally rich village full of happy people. It’s the best place to learn about authentic off grid Nepalese lifestyle. You shall enjoy the organic food the villagers grow on their own. You can even take away a token of organic tea grown in the 50 hector tea plantation to revitalise the feeling of the adventure after you get back home. These farmers are very welcoming and will accommodate us in their homes. The waterfall just outside the village will offer you a great cannoning experience if we all agree upon to stay a little longer.

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Day 8: Back to Pokhara / Kathmandu

We will take a stride to Lumre from Lwang Ghalel village then catch a 4WD vehicle taking us to Pokhara in 1.5 Hours. We can then take a plane to Kathmandu or stay at Pokhara to refresh after the long trek.