Mardi Trek is a relatively new trek that is already growing in popularity with each passing day. Mardi trek can be called an alternative to Annapurna Base Camp trek both the route almost run parrarel to each other. Mardi trek offers an great opportunity to view the mighty Annapurna Range including mountains such as Annapurna II, III, IV, Annapurna South, Machapuchare and Hiunchuli mountains. The trek passes through dense forests which provides opportunity to observe various species of flora and fauna. The trek is also a dream journey for bird watchers as different species of birds such as Munal, Vulture, Eagles and other species of birds can be spotted in this trek. The itinerary we have created is also relatively moderately challenging and well-balanced trek, which makes walking in this trail very pleasant.
After you have your breakfast in Hotel in Pokhara, we will have a one-hour drive to Kande (1765m). Kande will be the staring point of the trek. Today’s trek will be relatively short with uphill climb from the start. We will pass through Australian camp and we can see the whole Annapurna range including Machapuchare himal, Annapurna South, Annapurna II, III, IV and others. After walking for around 2 hours 30 minutes we will stop at Pothana (2075m) for lunch while enjoying the majestic view of the Himalayas. After lunch we will walk for another 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach lovely hill (2250), which will be the stop for the day. Overnight in trekking lodge.
Today’s trek will also be short so there will be no need for early breakfast. After breakfast at around 8-9 we will start our trek. Today we will be walking through the forest the whole day. This day can be a good opportunity for bird watchers as the forest is full of various species of birds will lust forest on both sides of the trail. After 3 hours of trek we will stop at Forest Camp (2430m) for lunch. After lunch we will have a short walk of one hour to reach Rest Camp (2600m), which will our resting place for the night. We prefer to stop at Rest Camp rather than Forest Camp because of the amazing view of the Annapurna range especially Machapuchare that is visible from Rest Camp. Overnight in trekking lodge.
After breakfast, we will keep walking through the forest. This region provides a good opportunity to spot Munal bird and other flora and fauna. After walking for 4 hours we will have crossed the forest region and reached a more Alpine climate and also we will have reached Badal Danda (3200m), which will be lunch stop. After lunch it will take us 2 hours to reach High Camp (3500), which will be our stop for the day. High Camp will also the highest elevation overnight stay in Mardi Trek. Overnight in trekking lodge.
We will wake up very early and start walking at around 4am. It will take around 2 hours to reach View Point (4200m). View Point offers an amazing vintage point to witness sunrise while being in the heart of Annapurna region and the Himalayas. The sunrise is mesmerizing and will surely provide some of your best pictures of the trek. There is also the option of reaching the Mardi Himal base camp which will be another 1-2 hour from View point. After watching the sunrise we will return to High camp for breakfast. After breakfast we will head down to low camp where we will have our lunch. After lunch we will continue for another 2 hours and reach Forest Camp. Overnight in trekking lodge.
After breakfast, we will will head down the long steps to Landruk(1500m) for lunch. The downhill is around 3 hours and can be quite tiring to the leg. You will pass through dense forest during this path. Here you can get the opportunity to see various kinds of flora and fauna. We will stop for lunch in Landruk while having amazing view of Annapurna South and also a deserved rest from the long straight downhill path. After lunch we ill continue on the gravel road for another 1-2 hours and than reach Tolka, which will be the rest point for the day. Overnight in trekking lodge.
Today will be the last day of the trek and will be relatively very easy. After a relaxed breakfast we will we will head towards Dhampus (1650m). First 30 minutes of the road will be gravel vehicle road, after which we will take a trekking route. After around 3-4 hours of walking we will reach Dhampus. In Dhampus we will have our lunch, after lunch it is around 1-2 hours of downhill, at which point we will reach Phedi (1130). Phedi will be the end point of your Mardi Trek. Our Vehicle will be waiting for you in Phedi and it will drop you to your hotel in Pokhara. End of Trip
Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacket
Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.
Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.
Sleeping bag (5 seasons), lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.
Itinerary and Dates: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions and the health of trekkers can all contribute to changes. Your guide, and their Sherpa assistants, will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. Our aim is to return you safely to Kathmandu in time for your departure flight booking.
Experience Required: This Trek is suitable for keen walkers who are able to walk for 6 – 7 hours each day, with a light rucksack. Some of the days are quite long, and walking feels more strenuous at altitude. Generally, the trail is a good quality, but occasionally it will be uneven and rocky.
Food & Accommodation: You will be accommodated in a teahouse each night, unless the itinerary stipulates tent camping is necessary on some nights. Teahouses are simple, locally-run guesthouses with twin-share or single rooms. Toilets and showers are of varying standards. Typical food available for lunch and dinner is Nepali rice & lentils, pasta, potato dishes, soups or pizzas. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will probably be pleasantly surprised by the variety of food at the lodges.
What about our luggage: One porter will be shared between two trekking clients. Porters will carry a maximum of 12kgs per client. If you wish to, you may keep excess clothing and items in a storage room at your Kathmandu hotel.
What will the temperature be like: The weather obviously varies considerably by season and may also change drastically within a single day, particularly at high altitude. If your itinerary takes you above 3,000m need to be prepared for conditions that may range from -10 to 25 degrees on any day. Some useful weather data is available here: https://bit.ly/3vi7rHX You will also need good protections from sun and wind exposure. Contact us for a suggested trek packing list to suit your itinerary.
How much money should we bring: You will need to carry Nepali Rupee to pay for things not covered by your itinerary package. This may include bottled water; evening hot showers; additional food treats; additional hot drinks; equipment replacement or repairs; battery charging and gifts and tips. Shopping can also be done on your last day in Thamel. Talk with us in our office before departing on your trek and we can provide more advice and currency exchange.
What about Acute Mountaineering Sickness (AMS): AMS is essentially impossible to predict. Some people are affected, and other not. Only a very small percentage of people suffer serious effects. Effects may become apparent at any altitude, not just at the extremes of your itinerary.
Signs of AMS includes:
Prevention of AMS:
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