Mardi himal ghandruk trek is a remote walks to the base of the sacred, fluted peak of Machapuchare. This trek offers an opportunity to escape from touristic trekking trails to venture into the deep forests and roam the high alpine pastures to the base of the sacred, fluted peak of mount Fishtail. 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 Machhapuchhare provide a further highlight before a delightful return through Gurung villages to Pokhara.
This is not the well developed trekking trail, so we sleep on basic tea house on the trail. This is a moderate level of trekking; a good physical fitness is required for this trekking. Bring good trekking equipment; it is essential for Annapurna Machapuchare trekking. Autumn and Spring is the best time for this trekking. The temperature is dropped to 4 to 5 at night and in the day time it is about 12 to 25 degree. It is sunny and warm when sun comes.
ACAP permit and TIMs card is necessary for mardi himal trekking. For your kind help, here is Mardi himal ghandruk trek itinerary. The itinerary is not fixed, it is flexible. We follow your suggestion and advice.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu Nepal
You will be met by us and transferred to hotel. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given in the afternoon at 5pm.
Day 2: Kathmandu (1330m) Tour
Kathmandu sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu to Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, Swoyambhunath stupa and returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Swayambhunath stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.
Day 3: Kathmandu Pokhara (980m)
Either by flight or drive to Pokhara are Nepal’s second largest town and our first night camp.
Day 4: Trek to Australian Camp (1900m, 6 hours).
We drive a short distance passing a Tibetan Refuge Camp to Phedi and then commence our trek. We ascend steeply towards the ridge to Australian camp where we gain panoramic views of Machhapuchhare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m). We stop at Dhampus for lunch and continue trek to Australian camp which offers us opportunities for sunset photographs.
Day 5: Trek to Kooker (2590m, 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 we reach Deurali (2200m) we can get our first views of Dhaulagiri, the 6th highest peak in the world. We take lunch at Forest Camp, and after our longer uphill morning session, this afternoon will be a more gradual ascent to camp.
Day 6: Trek to Humaal (2950m, 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 Machhapuchhare.
Day 7: Trek to Guhe (3680m, 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 Machhapuchhare 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.
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 camp today you have a choice to relax at camp 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.
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 to Ghandruk (1940m, 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. After lunch stop at Landruk, 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 photographers delight. 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: Ghandruk Pokhara via Nayapul.
After soaking in the early morning views of Annapurna South, we head down the Modi Khola to Syauli Bazaar 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: Pokhara Kathmandu
Either by scenic drive or by flight to Kathmandu, a spectacular mountain flight along the face of the Himalaya.
Day 13: Kathmandu Airport.
Trip concludes with the final transfer to Kathmandu airport to get flight back to home or onward destination.