Among the hardest available treks but still these treks are in reach of most people however one must be fit. These trips go above 5000 meters and for the duration of 15 – 20 days walking up to 6-7 hours in a day.
This is an expedition to the base camp of a Himalayan peak and our strategy will be aim for the target and keep moving. You will be in and out of the Himalayas in this short but exciting journey.
Mardi Himal stands 18,330 feet above the sea level so it is a massive mountain. The trip has been arranged like a military expedition travelling from one camp to another till we reach our target in one week, gather intel and take the quickest route back. Walking in forests, crossing rivers and chance encounters with Himalayan wildlife are some of the perks of joining this expedition. And the views throughout the trip provide a unique perspective of looking at life and many travellers have said they have come out of the journey a better person.
We will receive you at the airport in Kathmandu (4,600 feet) and take you to your hotel.
We will take you around Kathmandu to different heritage sites and happening places to make you see why this ancient city is so popular among tourists. Kathmandu is rich in culture and the ancient parts of the city have not changed for hundreds of years. A pre-trip meeting will be held in the evening to run you through the itinerary.
A tourist bus will take you to Pokhara, the famous tourist town on the bank of the Phewa Lake. We reach Pokhara in seven hours and have to pass green hills after hills to get there. Everyone going to or returning from Annapurna stays at Pokhara, so you will meet plenty of travellers like yourself here. The lakeside area offers an amazing nightlife to relax you ahead of your trekking trip.
We will begin the day with a short drive to Nayapool village where the trekking circuit around Mount Annapurna begins. The Australian Camp is only a couple of hours away. We will pass through villages and forests to get to this camp on the foot of Mount Annapurna. It is a great place to watch the sun set over and beyond the Himalayas.
As the name suggests, Forest Camp is a village in the middle of a forest. The locals call it Kokar and it is about six hours of hiking away from Australian Camp. You will enjoy walking in the forest to get there and spending a night here is an amazing experience.
We gain quite an altitude this day, about 3,500 feet. You have to walk all day through forests. If you are lucky, you might get to see an exotic Himalayan animal like the snow leopard. Most travellers rest for the day at the Low Camp (9,744 feet). But since we will be fully acclimatized after so many days in the mountains, we trek further uphill to the High Camp.
You will climb non-stop for four hours to reach the base camp of Mardi Himal. The mountain is in the southern end of the Annapurna range. We will return to High Camp before night.
We leave the Himalayas and walk all the way down to the lowlands. We climb down to Low Camp in about three hours. After that, the village of Sidhing is one hour away through forests and farmlands. At Sidhing, we will stay at the home of one of the locals and get to experience their culture and food.
The farmlands between Sidhing and Lawang with the Himalayas in the background make a beautiful trail. We have to walk down for six hours but the beauty of the landscape will heal your fatigue a little. At Lawang, we again opt for homestay.
This is our last day of trekking. You will reach Khola Much in a few hours. We drive back to Pokhara and go see some tourist attractions before leaving. There are lakes, rivers and caves to see in Pokhara while there are also temples, pagodas and museums. The happening lakeside area in the city is the perfect place if you wish to go for an end-of-trek party and drink away your pain.
We will leave for Kathmandu in the morning passing through the same towns and villages that greeted us when we had first arrived more than a week ago. There is a complementary farewell dinner in the evening to officially end your trip.
We will drop you to the airport. Return home amusing yourself with memories of beautiful Himalayas and the Himalayan villages.
In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 230.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
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Note: The lists have been prepared by our guides based on experience and are meant as suggestion for an average trekker. Each trekker will have his/her own preferences and necessities and we recommend carrying everything that you think you might need. You will find several options for each equipment and we advise to select the best match for your particular trip. You can purchase almost everything on the lists in Kathmandu and we are happy to help you choose.
We give you the power to choose the departure date that suits your group best. A private trip is a perfect solution if you can’t find a published departure date that you and your companions agree on. You can set up a private departure for most of the trips we offer.
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