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: Arrival and transfer to Hotel
Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, Our representative will be waiting on the arrival gate to greet you and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Overland to Pokhara - Trishuli River Rafting
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 a couple of hours drive, stop to enjoy some rafting! It is not too wild and provides a great introduction to the sport, while still giving some splashes and thrills. Then, enjoy lunch after the completion of Trisuli River with outstanding views.
After Lunch we keep drive 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 Himalaya.
Day 03: Drive to Phedi - Trek to Pothana (1950 m)-4 hrs
After breakfast, drive for about an hour from Pokhara to the starting point of the trek. After an unhurried lunch with awesome mountain views at the Dhampus, ascend to Pothana (1950 m.). Your first night's accommodation has a wonderful view of Machhapuchare
Day 04: Pothana trek to Forest Camp (2600 m), 5hrs
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 (5 hours), 2950 m
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: Trek to High Camp (3550 m), 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: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp and back to Middle Camp (2750 m) 5hrs
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 -Trek to Forest camp
We are following the same route until forest camp. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 09: Forest Camp-Trek to Hot Spring (1900 m)-6hrs
After having the breakfast, we will trek through the forest to hot spring. The jungle walk is beautiful and pleasant with the moss, Orchid, bamboo and many more. Once we reach Jhinu Danda, take a room and leave for hot spring which will take about half an hours. Enjoy your time!
Day 10: Hot Spring-Trek to Birethanti and bus to Pokhara
Wake up and have a breakfast then process trek to Berethanti for 4 hrs and take a bus to Pokhara. Once you reach Pokhara then you can go for looking around the lake and enjoy your dinner in the lake side.
Day 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus-7hrs
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 to Airport
On your required time schedule we will organize a transfer to Kathmandu airport for your final departure