Mardi Himal Model Trek ‘is one of best trekking adventure holiday in Nepal to discover fascinating Himalayan vistas and deeply spiritual ethno culture that is yet to be explored. This trek is designed for keen naturalist who wants to explore the beauty of Annapurna region while taking less-trodden trail. Trekkers get exceptional opportunity to witness looming Mardi Himal in front sacred Machhapuchhre (fish tail), seen from Pokhara.
Madri Himal Trail rises through torrent streams and emerges through dense forest of oak, rhododendron and bamboo to the ridge. The scenery becomes magical as we rise high from forest camp and expands further as we climb to high camp: Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna group I (8,091m), II (7,937m), III (7,555m), IV (7,525m), South (7,219m) and Hiunchuli (6,441m). You can see more than 60 (6,000m+) peaks from higher viewpoint. Very few other treks in Nepal offers such majesty.
The villages along the trekking routes sees very few trekkers and thus offers you warm hospitality and personalized care. There are very few guesthouse along the trail which offers very basic facilities (but improving). If you are wishing to trek Mardi Himal in winter, do check the availability of teahouse.
(April – May) during spring and (September – October) during autumn are the best season for Mardi Himal Model Trek. Mardi Himal Model Trek package offered by Crown Himalaya Treks covers all the permits, transport to and from Kathmandu, porters, accommodation and meals during the trek.
Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu(1400m) to Pokhara(850m)
Duration of time:7-8 hours
After breakfast, you will drive northwest from Kathmandu along the emerald hills, gorges, terraced fields and countryside villages. Alsom, you will enjoy the magnificent Trishuli flowing on the right side of the trail. You stop at Malekhu for lunch and drive for four hours to reach Pokhara.
Overnight at Lodge in Pokhara
Day 02:Drive from Pokhara(850m) to New Phedi and then trek to Pothana(1890m)
Duration of time:7-8 hours
After breakfast, you take a drive to New Phedi in a private car and then start your trekking to Pothana. You ascend through stone steps, terraced fields and then after you walk through the villages and forests before you reach Australian Camp which is a pretty village with stunning views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri ranges. A total 3 hours walk takes you to the charming village of Pothana.
Overnight in Pothana
Day 03:Pothana(1890m) to Rest Camp
Duration of time:5-6 hours
From Pothana, you walk through the rhododendron forest and trek uphill with the view of Machhapuchhre(6993m) to Pitam Deurali. You then continue on flage-stone steps and rise with view of Gurung village of Landruk. After trekking for 5 – 6 hours, you will reach Rest Camp.
Overnight in Rest Camp
Day 04:Trek from Rest Camp to High Camp
Duration of time:5-6 hours
After breakfast, you depart from the Rest Camp and then walk through the dense forest enjoying the rich biodiversity of the areas and reach the High Camp. Today, you get the outstanding view of Mt. Machhapuchhre(Mt. Fishtail) which is very fascinating.After reaching High Camp, you can take some rest.
Overnight in High Camp
Day 05:Acclimatization Day at High Camp and return back to High Camp
Duration of time:3 hours
Today, you acclimatize at High Camp. After having lunch, you rise and drop and sometimes follow the narrow alleyway to reach Upper Viewpoint. The view of Himalayan vistas includes Mardi Himal (5,587m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m), Tent Peak (5,695m), Mt. Singhachuli (6,501m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Mt. Gangapurna and others. You then trek back to the High Camp to stay overnight. You can choose to take rest this day as well.
Overnight in High Camp
Day 06:High camp to Kalimati(1519m)
Duration of time:5-6 hours
Today you hike down through different routes that take you to Kalimati instead of taking the same route. The different route allows you to get great experience of local culture and lifestyle. You can also relish the views of Annapurna range as seen from the way to Kalimati.
Overnight at lodge in Kalimati
Day 07:Trek to Lumle(1740m) and Drive to Pokhara(850m)
Today, after having lunch you trek towards Lumle. It takes about 1-2 hours to reach Lumle. You can explore the rivers, lakes and forests along with views of mountains in between. Then you take a scenic drive to Pokhara from Lumle in a private car. It takes about 1 and half hours to reach Pokhara. Since you will arrive at Pokhara in the day, you might also walk through the streets of Pokhara.
Overnight at lodge in Pokhara
Day 08:Drive to Kathmandu(1400m) from Pokhara(850m)
After breakfast, you bid farewell to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. It takes about 6 hours to reach Kathmandu valley. After reaching Kathmandu, you can choose whether to take rest or do some souvenir shopping.
- Star hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- All the meal during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- All the ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English speaking and government-licensed trek guide and assistant trek leader (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Salary, insurance, food, accommodation and equipment for all the staffs
- Down jacket and sleeping (to be returned after completion of the trek)
- All the necessary paper work and permit (ACAP & TIMS)
- All the governmental, official and local taxes
- Medial kit with necessary medicines (to be carried by trek leader)
- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
- International Flight
- Nepal entry visa fee
- Personal nature expense – alcoholic beverages, phone calls, shopping etc.
- Travel insurance
- Tips and Gratuities
We will be accommodated in star hotel or similar in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and teahouse during the trek. All the accommodation are offered on twin-shared basis. Single accommodation can be provided on request and will cost an additional charge. The charge depends on the hotel you are staying.
Private rooms are readily available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and the trekking region, except in high altitudes where there will be just dormitories. Usually there are no heaters in teahouse; they provide warm blanket. You can bring sleeping bag with extra liner for more comfort and warm. There is normally on electricity connection in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric powers. The rooms and dining halls are connected with solar lighting. Most teahouses now have source of power to charge small appliances – mobile phones and cameras.
During Mardi Himal Model Trek (08 days), we get to taste authentic Nepalese cuisine and as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) but the choice of foods are limited. We provide the “Breakfast & Dinner” from the teahouse or lodge where we will be spending overnight and lunch will be served on the way to next destination.
We also offer welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. All the meals (B, L, D) will be provided during the trek but only the breakfast will be served in Kathmandu and Pokhara (except for welcome and farewell dinner).
Crown Himalaya Trek offers Chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All the teahouses provide mineral water and boiled water for trekkers on additional charge. We suggest you not to buy mineral water or bottled water while on the trek as plastic bottles are difficult to dispose- off.
What to bring
Firstly, you need to carry some documents to purchase Annapurna conservation permit (ACAP) and TIMS. Passport size phots and valid passport are required for ACAP. For Mardi Himal Model Trek, you have to bring hiking boots, trousers, wind and water proof jacket and trousers, down jacket, sun glasses, hat, flash light, water bottle, refillable water and positive attitude. As it is difficult to find the charging port in high mountains, you need to bring back-up for your camera and mobile phones. Crown Himalaya Treks will arrange comprehensive medical kit for the trekkers.
This is very physical trip, meaning you will be walking on rough terrain, so pack as lightly as possible. Crown Himalaya Trek provide an experienced porter on (2 trekkers: 1 porter) basis. Your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag; the maximum of 15 kgs are carried by porters – 30 kgs by 2 porters. You can stock your unnecessary luggage in Kathmandu on absolutely free of cost.
Altitude sickness is the unusual physical condition that occurs at higher elevation (more than 2,000m) due to change in air pressures. The symptoms are nausea, diarrhea, dizziness and loss of appetite that may lead to fatal conditions.
The Mardi Himal Model Trek (10 days) itinerary offered by Crown Himalaya Treks offers ample time to acclimatize and rest. We walk on slow pace; taking proper rest which lets your body acclimatize well. We ensure our “trekkers” zero risk of altitude threat.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
ABC trek is a moderate trek perfect for passionate hikers with the ability to walk at least 5 – 7 hours on mountain terrain with a light rucksack. With excellent physical condition, positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination, anyone regardless of size and age can accomplish the trek successfully.
We suggest you to engage on physical training for few weeks prior the trip to boost your strength, stamina and confidence. Cardio, swimming, running and leg exercise are few recommended physical training to prepare yourself for the trek. Previous trekking experience is always an asset but not mandatory. And no technical skills are required as well.
Trekkers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lung and blood diseases are suggested to consult their doctor prior the trip.
Best Time to Trek
Mardi Himal Model Trekking is possible to conduct throughout the year but autumn (Sept to Nov) and spring (March – May) are considered as the best time of the year for the trek. If you want to avoid the traffic, you can enjoy the trek during winter (Dec, Jan and Feb). However, the extremely cold temperature and frequent snow-fall might distract the trek. Trekking in summer or Monsoon seasons (June – August) are full of rain; which might invite the risk of landslide and flood. But the rainy season could be paradise for keen botanist.
Crown Himalaya Treks will provide the complementary route map and T-shirt for the trekkers.