Mardi Himal Trekking Nepal

Mardi Himal is the name of the long raising ridge and its summit (5,588m) that forms the southwesterly slope of Mount Machhapuchhre, immediately below its sheer south face.  Machhapuchhre, which towers majestically over the Pokhara Valley, is best known as Fishtail Mountain because of its twin peaks that mirror the image of a fish tail.  It is superbly beautiful and is considered sacred, permission to climb it has, so far, always been denied.  This trek climbs through forests, and above the tree lines to follow the ridge that takes us up to 'High camp'.
  • Grade:
  • Comfort: Mixed / House
  • Start/Finish: Kathmandu
  • Distance:
  • Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Availability: Please call for details
  • Altitude: +/- 4,500/14,760ft

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Overnight Hotel. Alt: 1,350m.
At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by a Trek Nepal representative and transferred to your hotel. There will be a full tour briefing in the evening.

Day 2: Pokhara
Overnight Hotel.  
Alt. 820m.  
We drive out of the Kathmandu valley following the Prithvi highway, which descends to the scenic and tranquil town of Pokhara.  En route we will have outstanding views of the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges of the Himalayas, along with river valleys, terraced fields and local villages.  Pokhara is set on the banks of Phewa Tal (lake) beneath the Annapurna range, which create a spectacular backdrop for this serene town.  On arriving you are free to explore the town, take a boat out on to the lake, walk up to the peace pagoda, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere by the lake.

Day 3: Forest Camp
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.   
Alt. 2500m. Trek 6½ hours.  
To reach the start point of our trek we take a short drive west of Pokhara to Phedi. The trek starts with the climb of a steep stone staircase as we follow the main trail to Dhampus.  From here, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South reveal their magnificence with spectacular views.  Continuing upwards through pastures and forests we reach the Gurung village of Pothana, where we stay the night.  We have stunning views of Annapurna ll (7,937m), Annapurna lll (7,555m), Annapurna lV (7,525m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Lamjung (6,983m) and Macchapuchhre (6,997m). An easy walk along a slightly ascending trail through a lightly populated rhododendron forest, with views of the Annapurnas, leads us to Deurali. On approaching the village Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world, comes into view for the first time.  The forest becomes denser with giant rhododendron, birch, oak, maple and hemlock as the trail initially ascends for an hour then eases to a winding path with a series of ascents and descends to Forest Camp. This enchanting forest is inhabited by deer, monkeys, and occasionally leopards and black bears, which we may encounter. Forest Camp where we will spend our night is appropriately named, it lies in a beautiful area almost enclosed by forest, and to the west there is an opening from where we will view Ghandruk, one of the biggest and oldest villages in the Annapurna region.

Day 4: High Camp
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay.  Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.  
Alt. 3620m.  Trek 6 hours.
Continuing to be surrounded by forest the vegetation changes to suit the higher elevation notably tree ferns mosses, lichen and alpine trees.  The trail through the forest is a gradual ascent.  Throughout the trail there are natural openings that look out to distant views of Macchapuchhre, and terraced fields and villages clinging to the hillsides.  Still enclosed by forest at Low Camp, in the north east there is an opening offering an impressive view of Machhapuchhre, making us believe that will be able to reach out and touch this revered mountain in the coming days.  A short steep climb leads us out of the forest on to an open grassy ridge.  The ridge, sometimes under snow, provides spectacular views of Annapurna South and Macchapuchhre.  Occasionally the trail drops and at these times we will see a different kind of higher altitude rhododendron, the dwarf rhododendron.  As we continue our ascent, and the forest is left behind, imposing views of the Annapurna Himal come in to view. The trail’s final section to High Camp is an easy walk.  Throughout today’s trail with each step the mountains were magnified, everything came so much clearer and closer, at High Camp you are left feeling the magnifier is at maximum strength as the views of Macchapuchhre and Annapurna South are so impressively close up.

Day 5: High Camp via viewpoint
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.   
Alt. 3620m.  Trek 5½ hours.
The mountain view this morning is breathtaking, and is one of the world’s best.  The climb to the Mardi Himal viewpoint is subject to weather conditions, all being favourable we will reach over 4,500m. An early morning start, the trail climbs steeply with the occasion respite bite of gradual ascents, as we head closer to the immense face of Macchapuchhre.  As we ascend to 5,000m the climb is challenging but the rewards make it all worthwhile.  Ahead of us are breathtaking views of Huin Chuli (6,441m) and Annapurna South (7,219m) which both seem close enough to touch.  Machhapuchhre (6,997m) is the next closest in view and behind are many other Annapurna peaks such as Ganggapurna (7,454m), Tera Kang (7,069m), and in the far distance lies Tilicho Peak (7,134m) - a horizon that is undeniable mesmerizing.  Whilst below us are the ice fields and glaciers of Annapurna Base Camp.  Time permitting you may be able to traverse close to the nearby glaciers.  The remote landscape, the awe-inspiring views make this area almost impossible to equal. 

Day 6: Sidhing
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay.  Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.   
Alt. 1700m.  Trek 5 hours.
Today we follow Sidhing Khola and sometimes through enchanting dense forest to reach Sidhing. In parts the trail Is challenging where it drops steeply.  

Day 7: Trek to Saiti Ghatti and drive back to Pokhara
Overnight Hotel. Included meals breakfast and lunch.  
Alt. 820m.  Trek 2 hours. Drive 2 hours
Today we descend to the Saiti Village following the Mardi River. From here we drive back to Pokhara.

Day 8: Kathmandu
Overnight Hotel. 
Drive 7 hours.
Morning: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Afternoon: Free time to further explore Kathmandu and shops.

Day 9: Depart Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport

Key Details:

  • Nine day, ten night itinerary.
  • This tour will start and end in Kathmandu.

There are some wonderful highlights included in our Mardi Himal Nepal trekking tour including:

  • Experience vantage points where there are the most incredible close-up mountain views  
  • Enjoy a wilderness experience in a less explored area
  • Explore pristine traditional villages following centuries old farming methods
  • Absorb undisturbed wildlife, flora and dense forests
  • View the spectacular Annapurna Range

Getting to Nepal:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in Nepal.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to Nepal including Tribhuvan International Airport.

For more information on getting to Nepal please visit the Nepal Tourism website.

Included
  • All transfers to and from the airport accompanied by an English speaking representative 
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing as detailed in the itinerary. Twin rooms are provided for non-couples as well as couples
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Activities as shown in the itinerary, note this may vary from day to day
  • Sterilized drinking water during trek
  • All necessary transportation, whether private or public
  • All trekking related permits and fees
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Assistant guides and porters to support the group size
  • Trek Nepal T-shirt
  • 13% VAT
Excluded
  • International airfare, airport taxes, visa fees, passport costs, insurance premiums of any kind and excess baggage charges
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal Travel Insurance (cover your adventure activity as well as medical, emergency evacuation and personal belongings).  It is imperative to be insured with suitable cover
  • Personal clothing and footwear such as down jackets, waterproofs, hat, gloves, hiking boots
  • Personal equipment, for example rucksack, day backpack, torch, water bottle, sleeping bag and mat
  • Personal medical supplies and vaccinations
  • Optional single accommodation supplement
  • Personal expenses such as phone bills, room service charges, porterage, bar bills (meals exclude bottle and alcohol drinks), tips to guides, porters and drivers, laundry
     
  • Expenses incurred during emergency evacuation due to any reason
  • Optional tours, excursions and activities
  • Any item not detailed in the “What Is Included”

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Overnight Hotel. Alt: 1,350m.
At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by a Trek Nepal representative and transferred to your hotel. There will be a full tour briefing in the evening.

Day 2: Pokhara
Overnight Hotel.  
Alt. 820m.  
We drive out of the Kathmandu valley following the Prithvi highway, which descends to the scenic and tranquil town of Pokhara.  En route we will have outstanding views of the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges of the Himalayas, along with river valleys, terraced fields and local villages.  Pokhara is set on the banks of Phewa Tal (lake) beneath the Annapurna range, which create a spectacular backdrop for this serene town.  On arriving you are free to explore the town, take a boat out on to the lake, walk up to the peace pagoda, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere by the lake.

Day 3: Forest Camp
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.   
Alt. 2500m. Trek 6½ hours.  
To reach the start point of our trek we take a short drive west of Pokhara to Phedi. The trek starts with the climb of a steep stone staircase as we follow the main trail to Dhampus.  From here, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South reveal their magnificence with spectacular views.  Continuing upwards through pastures and forests we reach the Gurung village of Pothana, where we stay the night.  We have stunning views of Annapurna ll (7,937m), Annapurna lll (7,555m), Annapurna lV (7,525m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Lamjung (6,983m) and Macchapuchhre (6,997m). An easy walk along a slightly ascending trail through a lightly populated rhododendron forest, with views of the Annapurnas, leads us to Deurali. On approaching the village Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world, comes into view for the first time.  The forest becomes denser with giant rhododendron, birch, oak, maple and hemlock as the trail initially ascends for an hour then eases to a winding path with a series of ascents and descends to Forest Camp. This enchanting forest is inhabited by deer, monkeys, and occasionally leopards and black bears, which we may encounter. Forest Camp where we will spend our night is appropriately named, it lies in a beautiful area almost enclosed by forest, and to the west there is an opening from where we will view Ghandruk, one of the biggest and oldest villages in the Annapurna region.

Day 4: High Camp
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay.  Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.  
Alt. 3620m.  Trek 6 hours.
Continuing to be surrounded by forest the vegetation changes to suit the higher elevation notably tree ferns mosses, lichen and alpine trees.  The trail through the forest is a gradual ascent.  Throughout the trail there are natural openings that look out to distant views of Macchapuchhre, and terraced fields and villages clinging to the hillsides.  Still enclosed by forest at Low Camp, in the north east there is an opening offering an impressive view of Machhapuchhre, making us believe that will be able to reach out and touch this revered mountain in the coming days.  A short steep climb leads us out of the forest on to an open grassy ridge.  The ridge, sometimes under snow, provides spectacular views of Annapurna South and Macchapuchhre.  Occasionally the trail drops and at these times we will see a different kind of higher altitude rhododendron, the dwarf rhododendron.  As we continue our ascent, and the forest is left behind, imposing views of the Annapurna Himal come in to view. The trail’s final section to High Camp is an easy walk.  Throughout today’s trail with each step the mountains were magnified, everything came so much clearer and closer, at High Camp you are left feeling the magnifier is at maximum strength as the views of Macchapuchhre and Annapurna South are so impressively close up.

Day 5: High Camp via viewpoint
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay. Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.   
Alt. 3620m.  Trek 5½ hours.
The mountain view this morning is breathtaking, and is one of the world’s best.  The climb to the Mardi Himal viewpoint is subject to weather conditions, all being favourable we will reach over 4,500m. An early morning start, the trail climbs steeply with the occasion respite bite of gradual ascents, as we head closer to the immense face of Macchapuchhre.  As we ascend to 5,000m the climb is challenging but the rewards make it all worthwhile.  Ahead of us are breathtaking views of Huin Chuli (6,441m) and Annapurna South (7,219m) which both seem close enough to touch.  Machhapuchhre (6,997m) is the next closest in view and behind are many other Annapurna peaks such as Ganggapurna (7,454m), Tera Kang (7,069m), and in the far distance lies Tilicho Peak (7,134m) - a horizon that is undeniable mesmerizing.  Whilst below us are the ice fields and glaciers of Annapurna Base Camp.  Time permitting you may be able to traverse close to the nearby glaciers.  The remote landscape, the awe-inspiring views make this area almost impossible to equal. 

Day 6: Sidhing
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay.  Included meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.   
Alt. 1700m.  Trek 5 hours.
Today we follow Sidhing Khola and sometimes through enchanting dense forest to reach Sidhing. In parts the trail Is challenging where it drops steeply.  

Day 7: Trek to Saiti Ghatti and drive back to Pokhara
Overnight Hotel. Included meals breakfast and lunch.  
Alt. 820m.  Trek 2 hours. Drive 2 hours
Today we descend to the Saiti Village following the Mardi River. From here we drive back to Pokhara.

Day 8: Kathmandu
Overnight Hotel. 
Drive 7 hours.
Morning: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Afternoon: Free time to further explore Kathmandu and shops.

Day 9: Depart Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport

Key Details:

  • Nine day, ten night itinerary.
  • This tour will start and end in Kathmandu.

There are some wonderful highlights included in our Mardi Himal Nepal trekking tour including:

  • Experience vantage points where there are the most incredible close-up mountain views  
  • Enjoy a wilderness experience in a less explored area
  • Explore pristine traditional villages following centuries old farming methods
  • Absorb undisturbed wildlife, flora and dense forests
  • View the spectacular Annapurna Range

Getting to Nepal:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in Nepal.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to Nepal including Tribhuvan International Airport.

For more information on getting to Nepal please visit the Nepal Tourism website.

Included
  • All transfers to and from the airport accompanied by an English speaking representative 
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing as detailed in the itinerary. Twin rooms are provided for non-couples as well as couples
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Activities as shown in the itinerary, note this may vary from day to day
  • Sterilized drinking water during trek
  • All necessary transportation, whether private or public
  • All trekking related permits and fees
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Assistant guides and porters to support the group size
  • Trek Nepal T-shirt
  • 13% VAT
Excluded
  • International airfare, airport taxes, visa fees, passport costs, insurance premiums of any kind and excess baggage charges
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal Travel Insurance (cover your adventure activity as well as medical, emergency evacuation and personal belongings).  It is imperative to be insured with suitable cover
  • Personal clothing and footwear such as down jackets, waterproofs, hat, gloves, hiking boots
  • Personal equipment, for example rucksack, day backpack, torch, water bottle, sleeping bag and mat
  • Personal medical supplies and vaccinations
  • Optional single accommodation supplement
  • Personal expenses such as phone bills, room service charges, porterage, bar bills (meals exclude bottle and alcohol drinks), tips to guides, porters and drivers, laundry
     
  • Expenses incurred during emergency evacuation due to any reason
  • Optional tours, excursions and activities
  • Any item not detailed in the “What Is Included”
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