Mardi Himal trek is wilderness and pristine trekking, suit for moderately fit trekkers. October/November and April/May is the best season for Mardi Himal Trekking. For cost and other information of this trekking, write to the team of trekking guide and tour leader.
The wilderness Mardi Himal trek is for you if you have longed for remote wilderness, pristine beauty, peace and tranquility. You will feel like the first adventurers while ascending to isolated high ridges that offer spectacular views of Machapuchare, Annapurna, Lamjung Himal and Dhaulagiri. There are no villages along Mardi Himal track. So our camp is in wonderfully remote areas. The trail is bit steep on some points. The 8 days Mardi Himal trek is suitable for the moderately fit people, and the best time for trekking is: October to November and April to May.
Mardi Himal is access trekking route and is the name given to the long raising ridge and its crest that forms the southwesterly lower slope of mount Machhapuchare meaning fishtail. This is a 8 day trekking climbing through the forests to above the tree line and on up to our high altitude camp at 4100m. We establish this high camp with a view to climbing up towards the knoll of Mardi Himal (5500m) from which vantage point there are the most amazing close quarter views of all. The trek program is – because of weather or unforeseen events – subject to change.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport, we receive you there and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. A short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your itinerary. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.
Day 2: Kathmandu city tour.
Half day sightseeing around UNESCO Kathmandu. Your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines that reflect the ancient local traditions. There is time to explore the city’s many places of interest on your own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalized. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day3: Kathmandu Pokhara
Drive or fly to Pokhara, where the afternoon is free to enjoy the views of Lake Phewa. Take an optional boat trip on the lake or a micro flight to see the Himalayas up close.
Day 4: Drive to Khade and trek to Deurali (2100m, 3-4 hours trek).
A quick drive from Pokhara to Khade Valley and you will be trekking in less than an hour. From Khare (1700m) we pass first through Brahmin villages where homes are closely bordered by fields of millet and rice. The trail climbs steeply for about an hour until cresting at Thula Karkha (also known as Australian Camp) where you are greeted by your first panoramic views of the Annapurna peaks. The trails are very well-constructed in this area so it’s an easy half-hour hike to Pothana and the checkpoint for the Annapurna trekkers. We continue on broad stone trails to Deurali (2100m) where the views of Annapurna South loom before us. Overnight is at a teahouse along the narrow ridge separating two deep valleys.
Day 5: Trek to Forest Camp (2600m, 5/6 hours trek)
The trail becomes very steep and you will need to be careful as you navigate over exposed roots and rocks. As you climb there will be flashes of white showing through the trees – these are the high glaciers of one of the greatest Himalayan peaks – Annapurna South – looming in the distance. We will stay here overnight at a simple mountain lodge or camp on the broad field adjacent to the lodge.
Day 6: Trek to Low Camp (3100m)
Day7: Trek to High Camp 
Day 8: Trek to Mardi Himal (4500m, 7 hours trek) and return to Low camp
We will rise early in the morning to start our climb along the narrow Mardi Himal ridge up to the high viewpoint (4500m). From here the sun will be lighting up the full face of Annapurna South while Fishtail Mountain looms directly overhead. From here it’s a challenging descent back to High Camp for a mid-day meal before descending down to Low Camp where we’ll spend another evening. (7 hrs)
Day 9: Trek to Luwang (1500m).
We descend from Low Camp down a very steep and at times difficult trail through the forest. We pass a Shepard’s hut in a broad clearing after an hour’s hike where we can stop to rest our legs. The trails continue down steeply to the hillside village of Siding, about 500 meters above the river valley. We can stop for lunch at the home of the owner of the lodge at Low Camp. From Siding we continue along the western wall of the valley, crossing several streams and rivers, and passing idyllic little waterfalls that spill across the trail. We pass the charming village of Ghalel, trek through rice fields, and stop along our way at resting spots with commanding views of the Mardi Khola. By late afternoon we arrive at Luwang, a quaint and friendly Gurung village where we will stay with a very hospitable local family. (7 hrs)
Day 10: Trek to Khora Mukh; drive to Pokhara
Luwang is the site of a tea plantation which we can visit in the morning before our breakfast while the weather is still cool and the mountain views are best. There are over 1000 steps leading up from the village to the plantation. After a 30 minute climb we’re rewarded with spectacular view of Machepuchare looming at the head of the valley. In the tea fields there are often local women in colorful costumes picking the tea leaves. After returning to Luwang for breakfast we will descend down to the valley floor, stopping on the way to visit the local tea factory. We will arrive at Khora Mukh within an hour and then take a jeep over rough road for one hour to Humja. From here it is only 30 minutes back to Pokhara where we can celebrate our trekking adventure. Overnight is at a lakeside hotel.
Return to Kathmandu by drive or flight
Day12: Kathmandu Airport.
Final transfers to Kathmandu airport to catch flight back to home.