The Mardi Himal Trek is a newly opened route and hidden treasure in the Annapurna region. This trek is best destination to avoid the crowd. Mardi Himal trek offer imaging view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre and Manaslu ranges. Mardi Himal base camp, Jhinu Hot Spring and Ghandruk village is the major attraction of this trek.
The trek starts at Kande after 1 hours driving from Pokhara. The trail is good, first slowly up, then a bit steeper to Australian Camp (2060m – About one hour), then after that slightly downhill to Pothana (1950m) then up again to Deurali (2100m). There is a right turn in Deurali sign posted “Forest Camp” the trail is through jungle, at first up then undulating on the top of a ridge, there is a section just over half way where the trail drops steeply and then slowly gains height and then back onto the ridge and into Forest Camp (2600m). The trail is initially quite steep leaving Forest Camp but soon gets less steep as you again get upon the ridge. The trail leaves Low Camp again in jungle, but the trees soon start to get smaller and after about one hours trekking broke out of the jungle and onto the open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to my left. It is possible to continue trekking along the ridge for another 4 to 5 hours to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and return to High Camp in around 4 hours – This makes a long day but there is also a viewpoint about half way, the imaging view can be from here. After that, we return all the way down to Forest camp. When we arrive to Forest Camp, we trek to Jhinu Hot spring where you can explore at natural hot spring via Landruk. After this, you will end your trek at Nayapul via Ghandruk village which is one of the popular gurung villages in this region.
You will be welcomed on your arrival by our representative at Tourist Buspark or Airport, Pokhara. You will be transferred to your hotel. Once you check into the hotel, find some free and relaxing time until we meet for the briefing at some point in the evening. You will be informed about the time for the briefing at your hotel.
Take a 30min drive to roadside shacks of Phedi. The start of the trail heads up the hill on a set of steps across the road. The main part of Dhampus valley is on the top of the ridge, more than 500m above. The area is inhabited by Brahmins, Chhetris and few Gurungs. Crossing the dirt road a couple of times and stone staircases makes the trail more adventuring. The spectacular panoramic view of Annapurna Himalayan range makes your overnight camping much greater.
It’s a total of 6 hours work today. The trek enters an enchanted forest of birch, giant rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, hemlock, and daphnia. The overnight camping here enjoys relaxation after a long tough but adventuring trail.
As we climb, the flora has turned to classic 'cloud forest' with mosses and lichen, tree ferns and orchids hosted by the hardier trees. There are windows in the woods that look out onto the thrilling panorama - close up dramatic scenery of sacred Mt. Machhapuchhare, Mardi Himal and Annapurna chains.
We have our early breakfast and start trekking to reach our highest point of the trek. If conditions are favorable we will climb up to 15,000/16,000 ft. The great ice fields and the blue glaciers of the Annapurna sanctuary walls lie below us. The view we capture today will be never forgotten. We will return to our camp in the evening.
Today will be our rest day as we hike a lot on the previous day. Also you can make a short hiking over around viewing and have an essence of discovery expedition.
After breakfast, today journey start an unhurried descent through the shade of the forest and out on to the terraced fields, down 1600m. This is a different route down to the upper Mardi Khola. Here, as we make our way along the banks of the Mardi Khola from the hill-side village of Siding, down through the lovely fields, passing the simple farms and over the interesting suspension bridges. There is no doubt that this is indeed the idyllic Nepal Countryside. Overnight at camp.
After a short walk now the trail skirts an outcrop- there's the road and transport. We will be back to Pokhara by the lunch. You're free here to feel the moderate climate and sceneries of this Magic land or Dream Land of Nepal. Explore the various interesting places like Mahendra Cave, David's fall and the various lakes of course.