Take on this 12-day Mardi Himal trek with Mardi Himal- a new and less traveled route in the Annapurna region
Mardi Himal and Hot Spring Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu- Arrival and transfer to Hotel
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu International airport, Our representative will be welcomed to you with the vibrant garland of marigold flowers. And transfer to the Hotel for the enjoyable and comfortable stay.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara - By Tourist Bus 200 km./124 miles
After breakfast, leave the Kathmandu Valley and travel overland to Pokhara. En route, follow the banks of the Trisuli River, past traditional villages and terraced fields. If the weather is good there will be picturesque views of the Himalayan Range.
After Lunch on the way, we keep driving to Pokhara, check into your hotel, and then head out to explore the lakeside and relax over dinner. Pokhara, set on Phewa Lake, is an enchanting city. From there, you can see Mt. Machhapuchhare(22,890 ft. / 6977 m.), also known as Fishtail Peak. The city is the starting point for many treks in Nepal. The valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, clear lakes, and world-famous views of the Himalayas.
Day 03: Pokhara to Kande - Trek to Pothana (1,950 m./6,396 ft.):9 km-4 hrs.
As you finished breakfast, You will have Picturesque landscapes and Mountain views drive along the way. It is just a short drive, once you are at the Kande, we will start your hike to pothana through the vibrant Australian camp. It is about 3 hours walk to pothana. (1,950 m.) Your first night's accommodation has a wonderful view of Machhapuchare and Annapurna range.
Day 04: Pothana to Forest Camp (2,600 m./8,528 ft.)= 5 hrs.
Today's trek heads off into the wilderness, leaving tourists, other trekkers, and even villagers behind. Enter an enchanted forest of birch, giant rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, and hemlock. If the weather is clear there will be stunning mountain views while trekking
Day 05: Forest Camp to Badal Danda (2,950 m./9,676 ft.): 7 km./5 hrs.
As the route climbs, the flora turns to classic ‘cloud forest’ with mosses and lichen, tree ferns, and orchids hosted by the hardier trees. There are natural windows in the woods that look out onto thrilling panoramas, towards Hiunchuli and the knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. Far below, to your left, you will be able to see the Modi Khola Valley leading up into the Annapurna Sanctuary.
Reach camp for lunch—this is our destination for the day, spending the afternoon at altitude for acclimatization. Though still surrounded by forest, there are spectacular northerly views of the ever-closer ‘Fishtail’
Day 06: Badal Danda to High Camp (3,550 m./11,644 ft.): 5 km./3 hrs.
Just a short, steep climb and you are out of the forest. A ridge, grassy and sometimes under snow, leads up to High Camp. Reach by lunchtime and spend the afternoon acclimatizing with awesome views. Annapurna South will seem a stone's throw away, and Machhapuchare close enough to touch
Day 07: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m./14,760 ft.) And back to Middle Camp (2,750 m./8,856 ft): 8 km./5 hrs.
Have an early breakfast and then set off for Mardi Himal Base Camp. If conditions are favorable you will trek up to 4,500 m where only the crest of Mardi Himal separates you from the south face of Machhapuchare. The great ice fields and blue glaciers of the Sanctuary Wall lie below. Annapurna I, highest of all, is beyond, and the surrounding panorama sweeps from Dhaulagiri to Ganesh Himal. In the early afternoon, it will be time to descend. Enjoy a warming drink and hot food at your tea house at Middle Camp
Day 08: Middle camp to Landruck (1,646 m./5,00 ft.): 10 km./5 hrs.
Today, we are only descending all the way to Landruck through the dense forest. It is about 8 to 10 km. walking, which takes around 4 hours. Landruck is a vibrant and fascinating village with multi culture people living there. You will have more facilities here as this is the part of Annapurna base camp trek.
Day 09: Landruck to Hot Spring (1,900 m./6,232 ft.):7 km./4 hrs.
After having breakfast, we will trek through the rice terraced fields to forest, cross the Modi river and the trail goes uphill all the way to the hot spring. The jungle walk is beautiful and pleasant with the moss, Orchid, bamboo and many more. You will cross the longest suspension bridge of Nepal, just before Jhinu Danda. Check in at the Guest House and get ready for the natural hot spring, which will take about half an hour down hill to the spring which is just at the bank of Modi river. Enjoy your bath into the nature.
Day 10: Hot Spring to Birethanti (3 hrs. walking) and Bus to Pokhara 65 km./1:30 min.
As soon as, breakfast done, we will start our trek, it is a beautiful day hike to Berethanti for 3 hrs. Along the way, you could see picturesque landscapes, river, waterfall and small settlements. You will stop at the Birethanti for the lunch, which is a vibrant town, and it is the gateway to Annapurna base camp trek. Take a bus/car to Pokhara which is about 45 km. Once you reach Pokhara, Evening explore in the Lakeside and enjoy your last night with your trek team.
Day 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu by Toursit bus-7 hrs.
You have an option whether you prefer to have a regular 7 hrs tourist bus to Kathmandu or you can buy the flight tickets to return back to Kathmandu. Flight takes about a half an hours. Evening participate for farewell!
Day 12: Final departure from Kathmandu Airport for your next chapter
Global Adventure Trekking Team is always there for your farewell greetings with the hope to see once in Nepal for another great time. As we promised, we arrange your airport transfer as per your schedule. Thank you for taking our services and wishing you safe and pleasant journey to your onward destination.