Grade

Easy

Max. Altitude

3580 m

Transportation

Car, Bus

Best Time to Go

Sept to June

Accommodation

Hotel & Guest House

$940 $820

The trail was accessed only by limited trekking groups for a long time until it was officially opened in 2012 but is still pristine.

Solitary trails accompanied by verdant forests, interesting villages, valleys, terraced farms, dazzling rivers and the breathtaking views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Hiunchuli mountains makes this trek one of the most appealing trek experience.

Stunning views of highly diverse with cultural insight places and beautiful forest walks and alpine landscape will make your journey worthwhile.

We don’t have to backtrack over the same terrain as the trail makes a small circuit up to the base camp of Mardi Himal. There are limited teahouses with basic facilities.

  • Location
  • Grade
  • Days
    13
  • Nights
    12
  • Max. Altitude
    3580 m
  • Transportation
    Car, Bus
  • Best Time to Go
    Sept to June
  • Accommodation
    Hotel & Guest House
Day 1
Arrival, pickup by bus to hotel
After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel.
Day 2
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara - 7 hours.
After we have breakfast, we will leave our hotel early morning for a drive with scenic views to Pokhara through Prithivi national highway. The drive may take about 7-8 hours. We also have the option for a short flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. We tour some beautiful places in Pokhara that includes Davids fall and the Phewa Lake. Overnight stay at our hotel by the lakeside.
Day 3
Drive to Kande and trek to Deurali(2232m)
In the morning, after breakfast, we will go for a drive about 40 mints to Kande on PokharaBaglung highway. We will be climbing the trail for about 1 ½ hrs to the ridge at 2,060 m. The cleared ground in the forest with lodge settlement facility is known as ‘Australian camp’. The place is picturesque with stunning panoramic view of Annapurna range and Pokhara valley. The trail now further winds through the dense mesmerizing rhododendron forest to the mountain pass called ‘Deurali’. Deurali is overlooking region into the ModiKhola valley wedged between eye-catching Annapurna South and iconic Mardi Himal / Mt Fishtail
Day 4
Trek to Forest Camp (2600m)
We start off to the main Annapurna trekking trail after spending beautiful morning in the ridge top village of Deurali. Then we will follow the forested ridge to Forest camp. Since this is newly opened trekking destination, there are no teahouses along the way. We will need to carry packed lunch and sufficient water for the day. The walk through the rhododendron forest is splendid with gradual uphill the trail.
Day 5
Trek to Low Camp (2950m)
The trail climbs gradually through the soothing rhododendron forest following the dramatic ridge. We can find couple of tea houses in Low camp in the clearing of the forest. Mt Fishtail and Mardi Himal now appears much closer to us, this iconic scene will swipe your feet away. Closer and closer to clear blue sky with awe-inspiring views of layers of Himalayan foothills and flawless valley, we head towards south. You can also trek one more hour to BadalDanda (Cloud Hill) above the tree line with consent of guide for more better view
Day 6
Trek to High Camp(3580m)
The trail now further climbs along the dramatic ridge towards Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail. From BadalDanda, we will leave the tree line and soon arrive in shrubby alpine zone. Snowcapped peaks of majestic Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Fishtail looms from a distance above deep stunning valley on the either side of the trail. High camp is a small pasture region. Here you will find yourself above the clouds and closer to breathtaking snowcapped peaks, a heavenly experience of your lifetime.
Day 7
Explore Mardi Himal Camp
Today’s trip is much more difficult than other days of the trek. With the steep climbing and longer walk, the trail becomes more vertiginous at some points with uneven and steep rocky steps. The first steep climb of about 2 hours to the ridge top is marked as Mardi Himal Base Camp. But the real base camp will take another 2 hours along the dramatic ridge. Walking along the ridge with stunning peaks of Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail right above us along with distant view of eye catching Annapurna I, Gangapurna and Annapurna III is one hell of an unforgettable journey to the destination.
Day 8
Trek back to Forest Camp
Although the scenery is bit a stationary, refreshing season and glazing sunlight makes it indifferent and much more interesting. We will spend another splendor morning watching the dramatic change that the sunrays bring into the natures breathtaking gala. After that, we will start walking down to forest camp after having breakfast.
Day 10
Trek to Lwang Ghalel Village(1500m)
The trail now again climbs down steeply through dense rhododendron and Maple forest to the permanent settlements which is closer to valley basin. Lwang is a self sufficientGurung village full of rich culture and happy content people. The village is one of the best place to explore unique Nepalese countryside lifestyle and enjoy the delicious organic food. The village farmers grow organic tea in 50 hectors of land which is one of a kind. Farmers also offer homestay accommodation. The waterfall in the outskirt of the village gives us one of the most exciting and thrilling canyoning adventures
Day 11
Trek back to Pokhara
Down to the Mardi River basin, we will drive back to Pokhara. It will take about 1-2 hours to get to Pokhara. The first 1 hour drive to Pokhara is on the dirt road.
Day 12
Drive back to Kathmandu
You may take a fight or a drive to Kathmandu. In the evening you will have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepalese unique cultural dinner show and taking some beautiful memories with you.
Day 13
Fly back to Home
Our guide will transfer you to airport then fly back home.

Checklist

  • Hiking Boots
  • Trekking socks
  • Trekking Poles
  • Hiking Pants
  • T-shirts
  • Fleece Jackets
  • Down Jacket
  • Wind/Waterproof
  • Jacket
  • Muffler and gloves
  • Underwear
  • Sun Hat and Warm Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Trekking Bag and Day use bag
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Sunglasses
  • Medicines for AMS, Diarrhea, Headache, Food Poisoning, fever etc
  • Sunscreen
  • Pocket Knife
  • Headlamp
  • Notebook
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash.

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Included
  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • All Ground Transportation as per the itinerary
  • Private Transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • 8 nights in standard lodges/tea houses during the trek
  • Farewell dinner
  • Three-time Meal ( breakfast, lunch & dinner)  during the stay in the trek
  • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes
Not Included
  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
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