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Mardi Himal (5,587 m/ 18,330 ft) is a mid-range mountain in the outskirts of the Annapurna Sanctuary. A ridge connects the Mardi mountain with the majestic Machhapuchhre mountain (6,993 m) adjacent to it. This region was completely unexplored by outsiders up until a few decades ago. When Colonel Jim Roberts and his British team ventured past the ridge across Mardi in the 1960s, they named it the ‘Other Sanctuary’, with the Annapurna Sanctuary being the first one.
Very few trekkers visit the Mardi Himal region even now compared to the more popular Annapurna Circuit. There were only a few far-flung tea houses in the route priorly but few guesthouses have opened up after tourists have started to trickle down in this route. Despite the recent rise in popularity, the Mardi trail is still much peaceful and lacks motor roads and vehicle sounds which are more frequent in the lower belts of the Annapurna treks.
We will get a stunning view of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, and other peaks from the top of Mardi High Base Camp. After exploring the Mardi region, we will head towards Khopra Ridge (4,500 m) or Khopra Danda (with danda meaning hill). The beautiful Khayar Lake (4,600 m/ 15,091 ft) lies near Khopra Ridge. Because of the close proximity of the lake and the ridge, this trek is also known as the Khopra Ridge Trek. We will also get an opportunity to see the high grasslands and pastures during our trek to the Khopra Ridge and Khayar Lake. There are numerous other water holes in the vicinity of Khayar Lake.
We will walk across the beautiful villages of the Gurung people throughout our journey. Villages like Badal Danda, Dovan, Chistibung, Tadapani, and Tikhedhunga are the main attractions of the region. These villages provide a glimpse into the ancient culture of these people which has remained intact even up to this point. The path between these villages is covered in dense forests and sprawling grasslands. We will come towards Nayapul via villages like Santa and Tikhedhunga after completing the tour around Khopra Ridge. We will board a bus from Nayapul to Pokhara and then end our trip with another bus ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Flight to Pokhara and drive to Sidhing village (1,700 m/ 5,577 ft) by Jeep. Thirty minutes of flight and three and a half hours of drive. Overnight at a guest house.
Trek to Mardi Himal Low Camp (2,970 m / 9,744 ft). Five hours of walk.
Trek to Mardi Himal High Camp (3,700 m / 12,139 ft). Five hours of trek.
Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m/ 14,763 ft) and trek to Badal Danda (3,210 m/ 10,531 ft). Seven hours of walking. Overnight at a guest house.
Trek to Landrung (1,625 m/ 5,331ft) Six hours of walk.
Trek to Tadapani (2,830 m/ 9,284 ft). Five hours of walk.
Trek to Dobato (3,448 m/ 11,312 ft). Five and a half hours of walking.
Trek to Chistibung (3,074 m/ 10,085 ft). Five and a half hours of walking.
Trek to Khopra (3,660 m/ 12,007 ft). Five and a half hours of trekking.
Trek to Khopra Ridge (4,500 m/ 14,763 ft) and Khayar Lake (4,600 m/ 15,091 ft) and back to Khopra village. Six and a half hours of walking.
Trek down to Swanta (2,277 m/ 7,306 ft). Five and a half hours of walking.
Trek to Tikhedhunga (1,010 m/ 3,313 ft). Eight hours of walking.
Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara by car. Overnight at hotel.
Dive to Kathmandu by bus after breakfast. End of the trip.
We will begin our trek with a short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The early morning flight provides us with the first glimpse of the Himalayan mountains of Nepal. We will get to see the mountains of the Langtang and Lakpa Dorje range during the first part of the flight the mountains of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range during the second part. We will land at the Pokhara airport. During the landing, we will get a spectacular view of the Phewa, Rupa, and Begnas lake from mid-air.
A jeep will be waiting for us at the Pokhara airport. We will board on that jeep and head north towards the village of Sidhing. The road goes along beautiful terraced fields and villages. The ride is three and a half hours long. We will not set on foot today and stay at a guest house in Sidhing for the night.
Our trek begins from today as we set foot on the beautiful canopy forests ahead of Sidhing. The forest starts to get completely silent as we move further ahead of the settlements, except for some chirping of rare birds. We will see the Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) and Mardi Himal get closer as we move towards the Mardi Himal Low Camp. We can also get a crystal clear view of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri mountain from our way. The vegetation turns into alpine as we move further up along the road.
When we reach Mardi Himal Low Camp, we can hike up to the top of Badal Danda if we are interested. It is located nearby the low camp and offers an even better view of the surrounding. There are only a few lodges in low camp. We will stay at one of these for the night. The low camp also provides an amazing view of the starry night sky. We can get out of our beds to catch this spectacle if we are interested.
We will trek towards the Mardi Himal High camp today. The Rhododendron, Juniper, Pine, and Fir forest creates an amazing atmosphere for trekking. If we happen to be trekking during spring the entire forest is turned red by the blooming Rhododendron. We can get a beautiful view of Mardi, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Himchuli peaks throughout our journey.
The weather starts to get chillier as we move up. A cold breeze also blows from the mountain. If we are lucky we can see the beautiful Danphe bird, which is the national bird of Nepal. We will be right at the lap of Mardi Himal by the time we reach the high camp. We will stay at a guest house in high camp for the night.
We will start the trek towards one of the prime attractions of our journey – the Mardi Himal Base Camp. We will walk gently for a short while from the high camp until the path starts to go significantly uphill. The first part of the trek takes us through beautiful grasslands on the mountain slope. The road leading up to the base camp goes through a narrow and slippery pass therefore we must tread with care during the last one-third part of the trek.
Mardi Himal Base Camp offers a spectacular view of the nearby mountains like Mardi, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. We will spend some time at the Base Camp and then restart our trek. We will head towards Badal Danda from the Base Camp and rest at a guest house there.
We will start the day with an easy stroll among the forest and grasslands. The trail mostly goes level or downwards during today’s part of the trek. We will once again meet with the wonderful forests of Rhododendron and conifers on our descent. If we are lucky we will get an occasional sightings of the Danphe bird, the national bird of Nepal, mountain Eagles, deer, langurs, mountain fox, and boar.
We will reach the stunningly beautiful village of Landrung at the end of the day. Landrung village is known for its spectacular view of the mountains in the Annapurna massif. It also provides a beautiful view of the Dhaulagiri mountain. The Landrung village is also often known as the twin city of the Ghandruk village, which lies in another hillside in the west across the Modi river. We will stay at a guest house in Landrung today.
We will trek towards the beautiful thoroughfare town of Tadapani today. The town is a meeting point for trekkers from Ghorepani, Ghandruk, Landrung, and Annapurna Base Camp. It sits at the rim of a mountain on the two sides of which lie glorious green river valley varved by the Kimrong Khola and the Modi Khola.
We will get a crystal view of the mountains on our right throughout today’s part of the trek. We will enter inside the canopy Rhododendron forests a number of times and get out of it often to find ourselves in small villages at the center of which lie beautiful tea houses which help us freshen up. We stay at a guest house in Tadapani for the night.
We will begin our trek with a beautiful walk along with the Rhododendron forests which provide a glorious end to end view of Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Nilgiri (6,940m), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Varaha Shikhar (7,847 m), Annapurna III (7,855 m), Machhapuchhare (6,993 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m.), Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Lamjung Himal (6,931 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m) and numerous other peaks.
We will reach Dobato at the end of the day. Dobato is a small village of the closely clustered houses which is known for its traditional home-stays. We will learn and explore the culture and tradition of the local Gurung people today and rest at a homestay or a guest house for the night, the destination depending upon your choice.
We will move towards the village of Chistibung today. The village is divided into upper Cjistibung and lower Chistibung. Upper Chistibung is a settlement of Yak herders. There are wide and green pastures as we reach Chistibung. The herder’s settlement of upper Chistibung is much smaller compared to the village of lower Chhistibung, wherein lies the homes of the people in the region, including those who are temporarily staying at Upper Chistibung for animal husbandry purposes.
If we are lucky during today’s trek we can catch an occasional glances of the Danphe bird, the national bird of Nepal, and the Himalayan Tahr. We will also get a beautiful view of the mountains throughout our trek. We will rest at a guest house in lower Chhistibung tonight.
We will trek towards the Khopra Danda today. The village of Khopra lies at an altitude of 3,660 m and is among the last settlements before we reach Khayar Lake (4,600 m). The trek takes us through some of the most beautiful forests in the Annapurna Sanctuary. These forests are home to many rare species of flora and fauna. Different kinds of birds including the mountain eagle, Danphe – the national bird of Nepal, Kalij, and Kite are found in the region.
We will reach the Khopra village during the second part of the day when the setting sun turns the entire northern Himalayan range into the red. The view of the Annapurna Massif in its entirety from Khopra is spellbinding. We will rest at a guest house in Khopra for the night following a choice between exotic local food and regular food.
We will begin an uphill trek towards the Khopra ridge. The first part of the trek until we reach near the top end of the ridge is challenging as we will have to go significantly uphill in a short period of time. As we reach the top of the Khopra Ridge, the highest point being 4,500 m in altitude, we will see mountains shooting up towards the sky from all sides. This view of the Himalayan peaks while walking along the Khopra Ridge is one to behold for a lifetime.
Khayar Lake is located at a slightly more altitude than Khopra Ridgetop. We will walk along with the grasslands on the mountain slope to reach Khayar Lake. Khayar is a beautiful lake, the surface of which reflects the nearby mountain peaks in vivid clarity. We will take a short tour of the grasslands and other smaller water holes nearby Khayar lake and return to the village of Khopra for the night’s stay.
We will trek down towards the village of Swanta today. The path starts to go downhill, providing a welcome respite for our weary legs. We will get a majestic view of Mount Dhaulagiri from our way.
We will reach Swanta after five and a half hours of the easy trek along with the dense forests of Rhododendron and other conifers. We will enjoy a wonderful evening by the fireplace with the local people, learning more about their culture, history, and way of life. We can also taste local brew tonight since we are already down from the high mountains and altitude sickness should not be a problem from now on.
We will start our trek towards the lower outskirts of the Annapurna Sanctuary tonight. We will
Walk along stone pavements for the most part of today’s trek, which makes our descent easier. We will often come across the herds of a mule on our way as a mule caravan is the only mode of transport in the region.
Beautiful terraced fields of the local people welcome us as we approach Tikhedhunga. The village is a small typical Gurung village located at the slope of the hills that go steeply up northwards. We will stay at a guest house in Tikhedhunga and enjoy the local cuisine made by the guesthouse owners.
We will go down towards Nayapul today, on what is the last day of our trek. The trek takes place along river banks, paved roads, and motorways. We will see beautiful villages of local people abound in citrus fruits, vegetables, and fields of paddy, corn, barley, and millet.
A car will be waiting for us as we reach Tikhedhunga. We will drive along the highway which goes up and down through green hills and forests. We will reach Pokhara after a three-hour drive. We will stroll by the Fewa lakeside during the evening and rest at our hotel during the night.
We will embark on a bus trip via Prithvi Highway to Kathmandu following an early morning breakfast. The ride on the tourist coach is a pleasant affair through the mid-Mahabharata hills of Nepal. The Trishuli river follows us for most of the journey.
We will check into our hotel upon reaching Kathmandu. Our trip formally ends after you check back into your hotel.
Above 14 days Mardi Himal Khayar Lake Trek itinerary has included only trekking period. It does not include your arrival day in Nepal and departure day from Nepal. In this regards, you need to allow at least 16 days holidays.
The full board package includes your meals 3 times daily in trekking where as budget packages does not include meals. Please do let us know which package that you would like to book we are here for your service.
Trekking is essentially day hiking and doesn't require any special training. However, good physical condition, a love of walking, and a desire to enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains and encounter village life are essential. We offer a diverse range of easy treks. Categorizing a trek as easy means that no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes is involved. They take usually no more than a week and are suitable for anyone. Be assured that a loss of altitude in no way means a loss of interesting things to see and experience. While our more challenging treks get you closer to a small number of mountain ranges, lower altitude treks often provide better viewpoints from which to enjoy the colorful horizons of a whole series of ranges. The duration of a trek can be from 4 to 9 days with an average of 4 to 5 hours walking per day. The elevation of the trail will be between 800m/2624ft and 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level.
These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.
Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should except to trek above 5416m/17872ft.
These real adventure treks are both technical and highly strenuous. Excellent physical condition is essential and mountaineering experience is preferable. Following rough terrain, they involve steep ascents to high altitudes with the possibility of some rope climbing. Stamina is needed to complete one of these treks, as it can take from 20 to 28 days to reach the heart of the wildernesses that they transverse. Participants should except to trek above 5600m/18480ft
Please note that the grade of treks can vary throughout the year as weather and ground conditions change. These can vary on a day-to-day basis as well as season to season. You should be aware of this and take it into consideration when you choose the level of trek that is suitable for you.
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|Soup||TomatoSoup, Vegetable Soup, Mushroom Soup, Chicken Soup, Chicken -, MushroomSoup, Onion Soup, Garlic Soup, Potato Soup, French Onion Soup, MixSoup( Veg, Chicken, Mushroom, Cheese), Noodle Soup, Egg-Veg-Noodle Soup|
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|Nepali Traditional Special||Rice, Veg & Dal soup (serve with Picle, Papad , Salad)|
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|Mouth Watering Desert||Apple Pie, Custard pudding, Rice Pudding, Lemon Sugar Pancake, Chocolate Cake|
|Occasional Teste||Chicken Sizzler, Chicken Fried, Chicken Tawa, Chicken Curry, Chicken Steak, Yak Steak.|