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Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek  

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Mardi Himal is considered to be an ideal introduction to mountaineering in the high Himalaya, particularly if you have limited time available. No previous experience of high altitudes is necessary, as every precaution will be taken to ensure gradual and thorough acclimatization during the trek to the mountain.

 
Although Mardi Himal is the shortest and probably the easiest of expeditions to Nepal, a major benefit of Mardi Himal is the ability to climb it in a round trip of a little over two weeks. It therefore makes a visit to the Himalaya a real possibility for those who hither to have not been able to find the time to join a longer expedition. This is one of the most exotic and interesting offbeat trekking routes in the Annapurna region. Uncrowned terrain provides a chance to explore traditional villages, incredible scenery, cultural diversity, spectacular views of mountains, tempting views of rivers and exotic valleys. The first few days the route is quite uphill along the ridge through rhododendron and pine forests. No other trekkers are seen on the route for six days and camping should be self-sufficient. The entire trek will be highlighted with the mesmerizing views of the Annapurna range, Mount Machhapuchhre, Mount Manaslu and Mount Dhaulagiri. 
 
This peak is located in the east of the Modi Khola, across the valley from Hiunchuli. It is separated from Machhapuchhre ridge by a col. and usual route of ascent reaches this col (about 5,200m/17,060ft) and reaches the summit via a route on its east flank. Although the mountain rises above the entrance to the Annapurna sanctuary it is not often visited. The trek reaches and then follows the Mardi Khola for 2 days before turning and climbing the ridge line for 3 more days before reaching base camp around 4,100m/13,451ft.
 
The total duration of the trek will be 14 days. 
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 03: Fly/drive to Pokhara 
Day 04: Trek to Mardi Pul 
Day 05: Trek to Odane Hill 
Day 06: Trek to Kumai 
Day 07: Trek to Khorchon 
Day 08: Trek to Mardi Base Camp 
Day 09: Trek to Kumai 
Day 10: Trek to Ghachok 
Day 11: Trek to Pokhara
Day 12: Sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 13: Fly/drive to Kathmandu
Day 14: Depart Kathmandu
 

Name: Mardi Base Camp Trek

Duration: 14 days
Grade: Soft Trek
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking
Accomodation: Hotel, Camp,Teahouse
Transportation: Private car/Flight
Maximum altitude: 4,100m
Per day walking: 5-6 hours
 
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our Fishtail representative and driver will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you to check into your hotel. In the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities during the trek.
 
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu valley is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The valley offers you a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. In the morning, after breakfast, you will visit renowned and one of the largest Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Swoyambhunath Stupa. After lunch, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.
 
Day 03: Fly/Drive to Pokhara 
This day will mark the beginning of your trek. For this, in the early morning, after having breakfast you will be driven to Pokhara city, 200 km west from Kathmandu. It takes 5-6 hours on a tourist vehicle or you can take a flight as well. We will be passing through beautiful forests, deep gorges and Nepali villages on our way to the destination.
 
Day 04: Trek to Mardi Pul - Bridge (1,050m)
This trek begins through the busy trail to Hyenja Pass through the periphery of Pokhara and the water irrigation project. This trail is busy trading route. The trail divides as we arrive at original Tibetan refugee camp. We will go towards the right side route and it leads us to north across the paddy field. The trail then passes along the west bank of the Seti Khola and then further drops down at the river.
 
Day 05: Trek to Odane Hill (2,510m)
After leaving Mardi Pul, the trail goes along the east bank of the Mardi upstream and comes across the Gurung village. The trail further leads us to the route which then becomes steeper. Several rhododendrons forests can be witnessed while on the day.
Despite the steepness of the route, the ridgeline path offers ever-increasing views of the surrounding country. The path passes through a small clearing, Lalghar Kharka, and continues along a faint track to another clearing marking a high point on the ridge known as Odane Hill.
 
Day 06: Trek to Kumai (3,049m)
Today, the trek will continue along the ridge line. However, you have to be careful of the false trails that can lead you off track. This trip is worthwhile as you will be rewarded with the cool mountain air and stunning panorama there. The Annapurna-I is on the west side, towering above Annapurna south (7,273m) and Hiunchuli (6,336m), the western bastion guarding the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary. You can also see spectacular views of mountains such as Annapurna-II (7,937m), Annapurna-IV (7,525m) and Lamjung Himal (6,986m), like the bulk of a sleeping elephant. You can also see stunning views of Manaslu (8,156m), Peak 29 (7,835m) and Himalchuli (7,540m) beyond Marsyangdi. Given that the distant summit snows of Dhaulagiri (8,167m) can also be seen, three of the world’s highest mountains are on view along this trek. 
 
Day 07: Trek to Khorchon (3,568m)
Leaving Kumai, you will continue climbing steeply along the ridgeline to grazing pastures called Khorchon. Today’s trek will be quite steep and relatively short.
 
Day 08: Trek to Mardi Base Camp (4,100m)
Today the trail goes across the ridgeline to plateau below the south face of the Mardi Himal and south west ridge of Mount Machhapuchhre until we reach the base camp. 
 
Day 09: Trek to Kumai (3,049m)
After leaving the base camp, we will descend through the grazing land named Khorchon and follow the same trail back to Kumai.
 
Day 10: Trek to Ghachok (1,067m)
Today we will descend from Kumai which is relatively hard for weary knees, as much of the altitude gained is lost on the return to the valley. Descending on the ascent route, we will reach Odane Hill. Later, the trail further descends more steeply to the prosperous farming village of Ghachok, in the valley of the Seti River. 
 
Day 11: Trek to Pokhara
Today is the last part of our trek, as we continue along the direct route crossing the Seti to the east bank and follow the main trail south. Descending down the east bank of the Seti, we will finally reach Pokhara in about five hours. Once we reach Pokhara, we can relax amidst the stunning natural beauty of the city and go for brief sightseeing as well.
 
Day 12: Sightseeing in Pokhara
Pokhara is a globally renowned tourist destination for its natural beauty. Firstly, you will visit Fewa Lake where you can enjoy boating. If the weather is clear, you can see the reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre in the lake. The lake also houses Barahi Temple located in the middle of the lake. Other interesting destinations would be Devi’s Waterfall, Tibetan Refugee Settlement, Gupteshwor Cave, International Mountain Museum, and Bindabasini Temple.
 
Day 13: Fly/drive to Kathmandu
Today after breakfast, you will either take a flight to Kathmandu or will be driven to Kathmandu via tourist vehicle.
 
Day 14: Depart Kathmandu
After checking out of the hotel, our representative will take you to the international airport for your flight towards onward destination. If you want to continue your stay in Nepal for short tours i.e. National parks, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, etc., please do let us know. We will be proudly serving your needs.

 

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