Mardi Himal Model Trekking

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This trek offers the opportunity to escape Nepal's tourist trails, to venture into the deep forests and roam the high alpine pastures to the base of the sacred, fluted peak of Machapuchare. The emphasis of this trek is on the forest and wilderness zones, combined with a sense of exploration. We ascend through Hindu villages and pristine forests (magnolia, oak and rhododendron) to the superb alpine campsite at Guhe for sweeping panoramic views of the Annapurna Range. Forays to the base of Machapuchare provide a further highlight before a delightful return through Gurung villages to Pokhara.

Trip Fact:-

  1. Required Group Size:- 01-15 People
  2. Trip Route: - Kathmandu-Pokhara-Mardi himal base camp-Pokhara-
  3. Fitness Level:- Moderate Fitness
  4. Max Altitude:- 4210 m / 10531 ft
  5. Arrival on:- Kathmandu, Nepal
  6. Trip Departure from: - Kathmandu, Nepal
  7. Meals:- Breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara and all meals during the trek
  8. Accomodation:- Hotel accomodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and teahouses during the trek
  9. Best season:- February to May / September to December
  10. Activities:- Sightseeing , Trekking and Jungle Safari

Trip Highlight:-

  • City tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Sunrise and sunset with excellent mountain views from Mardi himal base camp
  • Explore Gurung culture in Ghandruk village
  • Walking through colourful rhododendron forests
  • Short and easy trek in Annapurna Himalayas
  • Jungle safari activities in Chitwan National Park

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu

We will receive you from Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to your respective hotel. You will meet our airport representative there with your name board outside the airport terminal. Overnight at Hotel. (Accommodation only, No meals included)

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, Massif Holidays arranges a pre- trip meeting at the lobby of your hotel or at our office. During this meeting, we introduce your trip guide, and talk in brief about the trip. You can ask questions with our trip leader to make sure that you are fully prepared for this trip. Please bring four passport size photographs, copy of your insurance policy for the legal formalities and documentation of the trekking. After the meeting we start sightseeing of Kathmandu valley with our expert and knowledgeable tour guide and private transportation. You will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Pasupatinath during the day tour. You can explore the free evening and enjoy the dinner somewhere at your interested place. Overnight at Hotel. (Accommodation & Breakfast included).

Day 03 - Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by tourist bus - 7 hrs.

Our trekking staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30am and escort you to the bus station. The ride will be pleasant and go through one of Nepal’s major highways. For much of the ride’s duration, you will see gorgeous hills and the gushing Trishuli river. Once you reach Pokhara, you will be awestruck by the city’s natural beauty. The gorgeous Phewa lake overlooking the Annapurna range, Macchpuchare “Fishtail” mountain more prominently, will take your breath away. Pokhara is the perfect place for relaxation and adventure activities as well. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at Hotel. (Accommodation & Breakfast included).

Day 4- To Australian Camp 1900m. Walk approximately 5 hours

We drive a short distance passing a Tibetan Refuge Camp and then commence our trek. We immediately leave the main road and ascend steeply towards the ridge where we gain panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain range in the distance. The scale of the imposing mountains astounds us as we gaze at the adjacent peaks of Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m). Following a ridge through fields and clumps of bamboo we soon arrive at a pleasant location for our picnic lunch at Dampus. Villagers greet us with "Namaste", the traditional Nepalese greeting as we pass through Chetri and Brahmin settlements and onto the ridge top. After lunch we head towards our camp, which offers us opportunities for sunset photographs. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 5- Trek to Kooker (2590m). Walk approx 6 hours.

The views from our campsite are excellent, and morning generally offers the best opportunity to view the huge peaks. As we walk, the peaks of the Annapurnas will be visible through the scattered rhododendron forest, offering a sample of the trek to come. As you reach Deurali (2200m) you can get your first views of Dhaulagiri, the world's 6th highest peak. We take lunch at Forest Camp, and after our longer uphill morning session, this afternoon will be a more gradual ascent to Kooker. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 6- Trek to Humaal (2950m). Walk approx 4 hours.

We start the day with a gradual ascent, enjoying the impressive views of the distant steep terraced paddy fields and villages that cling to the hillsides. This is followed by a climb through forest to our dramatic campsite, high on a grassy knoll, providing spectacular views of Annapurna and Machapuchare. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 7- Trek to Guhe (3680m). Walk approx 5 hours.

The mountain views this morning are among the best on earth. We have time to appreciate the enormity of these mountains, with their jagged profiles and huge tumbling glaciers. The views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machapuchare get better with each step we take upwards through the lush forest of rhododendron and birch. We enter a zone of dwarf rhododendron before breaking into the grass hills above the tree line to our ridge-top campsite. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 8- Day hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp. Walk approx 6 hours

We wake this morning to even more spectacular mountain views. As we are not moving teahouse today you have a choice to relax at teahouse and savour the views in the vicinity, or join a day hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp. The options are of course weather dependent, but which ever you choose you will be well rewarded with an exceptional day in the mountains. As you climb you get closer to the gigantic face of Machapuchare. If time allows, you may be able to traverse close to the glaciers, or view the giant sanctuary of Annapurna 1 or Annapurna 4. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 9- Trek back to Kooker (2590m). Walk approx 5 hours.

After a relaxed breakfast we descend reluctantly, stopping often to soak in the mountain views. This is a leisurely day as we return through the forest.

Day 10- Trek o Ghandruk village (1940m). Walk approx 7-8 hours.

We descend steeply towards the Mardi Khola today, trekking through dense forest of rhododendron, oak and birch until we reach the terraced fields of Landruk. Our destination today is easily seen across the valley, the attractive Gurung village of Ghandruk, We descend the valley floor through terraced fields and cross steel suspension bridge to commence our ascent. As we trek up the staircase, we enjoy the beauty of Himalaya at a relatively close range and observe the glaciers flowing from them to form the river below us. It really is a magnificent location and a photographer's delight. On our approach along these ridges we savor the magnificent scenery with fine mountain views. Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal and provides a further insight into the lifestyles of villages that have traditionally provided the backbone of the famous Gurkha regiments. The afternoon can be spent at leisure, or take a tour of the old village.

Day 11- Trek down to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara

After soaking in the early morning views of Annapurna South, we head down the Modi Khola to Syauli Bazar where we stop for lunch by the river side. We pass through the village of Birethanthi and cross a steel suspension bridge before continuing a short distance to board our bus to Pokhara. We will have the afternoon at leisure in Pokhara before our final dinner with our trekking crew.

Day 12 - Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m) and farewell dinner.

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.) Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure

The trip concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal. (Breakfast included). Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Fix Departure and Cost:-

The trip can be operated any time as per the request of the client throughout the year. Please feel free to contact us for package price and departure date.

Includes & Excludes:-

  • The cost includes the following services during the trip:-
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 nights)
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in three star hotel in Pokhara; Breakfast included (2 nights)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • Local licensed English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by the company (which need to be returned after the trek).
  • Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist coach.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
  • All our government taxes, vat and service charges.

The cost doesn’t include the following services during the trip:-

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation
  • International Airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Alcoholic, hot, cold drinks, any bottle drink.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal trekking / tour equipments.
  • Tips for tour, trekking staff, nature guide and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on “cost Includes” section.
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