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Mardi Himal Trek

“Take a popular trail to Annapurna region that is full of lushness and astonishing mountain views. Mardi Himal Trek allows you to explore the spectacles to Annapurna massif along a quaint and less crowded trail. The ethnic villages, local people and their lifestyle is totally a different must experienceaspect of this journey.”

Mardi Himal Trek – a delightful journey to Annapurna region

Mardi Himal Trek is a recently opened trek to the Annapurna region of Nepal. Owning to its lush landscapes, mountain views and less crowded trail, the trek has gained a lot of attention from fellow travelers lately. It showers us with amazing forms of mother nature in a single go. The trek initiates from the foothills of Annapurna massif. We walk along a lush environment and pass charming villages and farmlands on the way to Deurali. From Deurali, we traverse through an isolated trail that goes all the way to forest camp.

The trail passes through the dense jungles of rhododendron, pine and juniper. As the trail ascends to High Camp from Forest Camp and Low camp, we can notice a slight change in atmosphere. The trees changes to shrubs and then to bushes. Finally, we reach to no tree area. As we open up to the no tree area, we will be rewarded with some stunning views of mountains. The close of views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Maccchapucchre, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, etc. from that point are spectacular. The sunrise views from the Mardi Hiaml Base Camp is even more enriching and reviving experience.

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Mardi Himal Trek is a best alternative of Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

These days’ travelers are taking Mardi Himal Trek as a best alternative of Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. Poonhill is often considered as a best vantage point in Annapurna region for close up views of mountains and glorious sunrise views. Being an easy trek and very accessible from Pokhara city, the trek is one of the most frequented treks in Nepal.  In the peak season, the trail to Ghorepani Poonhill is very crowded with tourists all around. So, people are most diverted towards Mardi Himal Trek. Both of the treks are comparatively equal in terms of natural glory, mountain views and sunrise/sunset views. But the trail to Mardi Himal Trek is less crowded then Ghorepani which makes walking more relishing and delightful. Also, the new route i.e. route to Mardi Himal has been able to maintain its pristinely environment intact.

How to get there to Mardi Himal?

Like every other trekking journey to Annapurna region, Mardi Himal Trek initiates from the lakeside city of Pokhara. From capital city of Kathmandu, a drive for around six hours along a scenic route takes us to Pokhara city or short lifetime experience flight. From Pokahra city, we further drive to Kanche which the actual starting point of our trekking journey.  From Kande, we follow a trail that goes through some lush villages, farmlands and forests to Deurali. From Deurali, we diverse from the trail that leads us to the Annapurna Base Camp. Leaving the trail, we take a path that leads us to Forest Camp. Further, we head to low camp and then to high camp. Finally, we ascend up to Mardi Himal from where we will be rewarded with some close of views of mountains in Annapurna panorama. Even the sunrise views amidst the mountains from Mardi Himal is mesmerizing. From Mardi Himal, we descend down via Siding and Lumre to Pokhara.

Some interesting facts about Mardi Himal Trek
 It is a newly opened trekking trail to Annapurna region
 It beauty if this trek is often compared with Ghorepani Poonhill trek
 Mardi Himal is an amazing location for the mountain views
 You will be rewarded with the outstanding views of mountains in Annapurna massif like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Macchapucchre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Nilgiri, etc.
 The trail is less crowded in comparison to other trekking trails in Annapurna region

What is the best time to opt for this trek?

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Autumn season (September to November) is the best time for Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal. Spring (March to May) is equally popular season for this trek. You will be blessed with the vividness of flower blossom. The entire forests will look colorful with rhododendron flower blossom. Summer (May to June) marks pre- monsoon. If warm weather is not a problem, then it is still a good time to trek. Monsoon (June to Mid-September) is not so recommended for this trek as the weather is wet and there are patches of clouds in sky that acts as an obstacle for clear mountain views. Even leeches are very active in monsoon that ruins the taste of entire trekking journey.

Is the trek suitable for you?

Mardi Himal Trek doesn’t demand any kind of fitness level. You do not have to be super fit for accomplishing this trek. You just have to be able to walk for five to six hours a day through a path that undulates up and down via a well-marked path. A little consciousness can be given to altitude sickness and your present health condition i.e. whether your health condition allows you to walk for five to six hours a day for a week or not. For rest, anyone is suitable for this trek. You just need that – can do attitude.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (850m) – 6/7 hours
  • Day 04: Drive to Kande and trek to Deurali(2100m) – 4 hours
  • Day 05: Trek to Forest Camp (Kokar 2425m) - 4/5 hours
  • Day 06: Trek to Low Camp (2995m) - 4 hours
  • Day 07: Trek to High Camp (3500m) - 5 hours
  • Day 08: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m) and return to High Camp - 5 hours
  • Day 09: Trek to Sidhing (1,900 m) - 6 hours
  • Day 10: Trek to Lumre 2.5 hours and jeep drive to Pokhara 1.5 hour
  • Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu - 6/7 hours
  • Day 12: Farewell

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Nepal Intrepid Treks will be your dedicated travel companion until you return to your home country. Once you arrive at Kathmandu airport, we will be there to pick you up and take you to your hotel. Accommodation for our valued customers includes room and breakfast in a three star hotel in Kathmandu.

Take in the impressions of Nepal as we drive you from the airport to your hotel. We will assist you with the check-in and provide you with further information regarding your trek. You may then have a rest or stroll through the bustling, colorful streets and alleys of Kathmandu.

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Prepare for a day of immersion into the Nepalese culture, while visiting the most important landmarks of this fascinating city and its outskirts. Our experienced guide will take you to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO heritage site which represents the political and historical values of Nepalese civilization.

We then proceed to Swayambhu Nath Temple, also known as ‘Monkey Temple’ thanks to its adorable colony of monkeys that run free. This temple is the symbol of harmony between Buddhists and Hindus. At the top of the stupa you will have a splendid birds-eye view of Kathmandu Valley and its surroundings.

We continue to the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, a holy place for Hindu devotees. Especially interesting is the holy cremation area where preparations and daily cremation ceremonies take place. From here we return to the hotel.

 
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We start our day early! Enjoy your breakfast and your guide will pick you up at your hotel for the journey ahead. Today, we take a drive along the Trishuli river to Pokhara. We pass a country side landscape all along which is a beautiful experience in itself. After around six hours drive from Kathmandu, we reach the lakeside city – Pokhara. We stop at a hotel in Pokhara. Check in to your room and enjoy rest of the evening wandering around the Phewa lake placed in an appealing location. Spend your night at a hotel in Pokhara! (Breakfast included).

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Get set for an exciting day ahead where we actually start our trekking journey. Around one and half hour drive from Pokhara, we reach Kande from where we leave our vehicle and start walking on our foot for our ultimate destination – Mardi Himal Base Camp. We walk through the foothills of Annapurna for around three hours today. We will ascend up to Australian Camp which is very famous place nowadays. After that we pas through the forest and Pothana village with chirping sound of birds. Today, we stop at Deurali for overnight. (Breakfast, lunch and  dinner included).

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Leaving Deurali, we head off to Forest Camp. Today, we will be walking along the forested area that is full of rhododendron trees. At the season of flower blossom, the whole forest looks vibrant with colourful flowers. The path is quite easy and it leads us to Forest Camp which will be our stopping point for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

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From Forest camp, we continue our walk through a forested area. The forest is dominated by the rhododendron forest and is a home to diversity of floras and faunas. As we move through the forest, we can get a glimpse of mountains in Annapurna range through the gaps in between the trees. It is one of the awesome experiences one can ever have. We continue walking through the trail until we reach the low camp. We stay at a guesthouse in Low Camp for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

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After breakfast, we again head off through a forested area to    High Camp. Our walk would be short to adjust ourselves with the rising altitude. We then start ascending up along the ridge to Mardi Himal. The Mardi Himal and Mt. Macchapucchre looks spectacular as we ascend up towards the High Camp. Today, we spend our night at a guesthouse in High Camp. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

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After breakfast, we again head off through a forested area to    High Camp. Our walk would be short to adjust ourselves with the rising altitude. We then start ascending up along the ridge to Mardi Himal. The Mardi Himal and Mt. Macchapucchre looks spectacular as we ascend up towards the High Camp. Today, we spend our night at a guesthouse in High Camp. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

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Today, we descend down Sidhing through rhododendron and Sal forests. It’s a five to six hours walk down from the High Camp. The walk is accompanied by beautiful views of mountains and scenery all around. We spend our night at a guesthouse in Sidhing for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

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We are at the final stage of our trekking journey. We walk down to the village of Lumre and take a drive to Pokhara city. As we reach Pokhara, we can either spend rest of the day, exploring the Pokhara city or take a rest at the hotel. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara (Breakfast and lunch included).

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After exploring the glory of Pokhara and Annapurna region of Nepal, we drive back to Kathmandu with the scenery of country side landscape all along which is a beautiful experience in itself.

 
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After this wonderful adventure, it’s finally time to bid you a farewell. We will pick you up from the hotel and escort you to the airport for your journey home! We hope with all our hearts that we served you well and look forward to seeing you or your friends again someday.

 
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You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

April/May 2019 16-Day Trek to EBC

Had an extraordinary trek with Nepal Intrepid to Everest Base Camp. I got sick from the food in Kathmandu, and by day 4 I was too dehydrated and weak to continue. One of the guides stayed with me as my group continued so that I can rest. We eventually caught up with the group and made it to EBC! Such excellent and professional guides and porters!

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whysoscherious,

You Need This Team To Make It To The Top. 100% Mera Peak Summit Success Rate. Looked After From Day 1.

I owe our success in reaching the Mera Peak summit safely to our amazing guide Lal and his amazing team of porters! We were a team of four women and we had a 100% summit success rate.

Lal went above and beyond from Day 1 when I missed my connecting flight to Kathmandu from Guangzhou due to bad weather in China. I finally arrived in Kathmandu late at night, tired and stressed out about my bags since it did not make my flight. As soon as Lal found out that I made it to Kathmandu, he made it to the airport in a flash, waiting to pick me up and take me to the hotel with a warm smile and a big welcome - and this was really late at night! When my airline failed to get my bag in time for the trek, Lal organised my luggage to arrive in Lukla before I even made it to Lukla! My luggage had all my gear and summit clothing, without this luggage I could not have started the trek. It was a huge relief seeing my luggage and it was all thanks to Lal and his efficiency for getting my luggage in time. There would have been no other way.

This was my first time doing a multi day trek, let alone climbing a mountain, I was nervous but Lal made sure I enjoyed the trek and most importantly I was safe. Lal and his team made sure it was their priority to make sure we were well prepared, safe, looked after and most importantly we all make it to the top. Little things like telling us to slow down while ascending to make sure we don't get altitude sickness, while other groups sped in front of us and did not make the summit because they were sick, making sure we were all well fed so that we had all the energy to endure the full 13 days, giving us water when we ran out of our own and believing in us all added up to our successful summit! His porter team Bupendra and Tula Raj all took turns to lead the party and helped us to carry our gear.

Every morning we would wake up and see their smiley faces ready to start the day trekking, while they were getting ready to carry our 50kg bags in tough terrain. Without hesitation, Lal and his porter team always offered a hand when us ladies weren't comfortable going down a steep hill and believe me the passes were insane! They made the trip much more enjoyable and memorable as we all had our funny and scary moments together.

Summit day was unbelievably the hardest and craziest day of my life! One to remember for the rest of our lives but we couldn't have made it without his team, his positivity and his patience. It took us 6 hours to reach the summit and Lal was with us every step of the way - feeding us snacks, opening our water bottles so that we can drink, carried our back packs to putting our polarised sunglasses on our faces to protect us from the sun. His team absolutely went above and beyond! Making the summit was an epic experience and to do it with a team that we grew closely with, who supported and believed in us made the experience even more special.

Lal and his team were always looking out for us and I could not be more grateful. We were constantly surrounded by positive attitude the whole way up and the whole way down, even after our summit day.

Although, we successfully summited and made it to Lukla, Lal did not stop working. Leaving Lukla was such a mess and super stressful as I had an international flight to make. Lal was always alert, always on call to see if there was an available seat for me on any of the outgoing flights.

Lal is honest and professional and I would definitely choose Nepal Intrepid Treks again. What an incredible ascent. I will never forget this trip. Until then my friend!

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Tina N,
Sydney, Australia

Mera Peak 14 day hike & 100% Success Rate!

This was my first trip to Nepal, and thanks to Lal and his amazing team, climbing Mera Peak was an awesome experience. Our group of 4 had a 100% success rate, when a lot of other travelers we met along the way, did not make it to the top.

Nothing was a problem for Lal, we had lost luggage and bad weather delays – which meant he had to reschedule accommodation/flights several times for us. He was so gracious, professional, and incredibly helpful every step of the way (literally!). Both him and our two incredible porters, really made our trip, going above and beyond on so many occasions.

Summit day was tough, but the support of Lal and his team – helped us all get through and make it to the top!

Lal always made us feel safe, supported and that nothing was a problem – and there was always a smile on his face. I would absolutely recommend trekking with Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions, I’m so grateful for the experience, and can’t wait for my next adventure with Lal and his team.

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Lyn K,
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Patan historic and good adventure

Was such an awesome trip and loved getting to try local cuisine. Our guide Amit was very knowledgeable and showed us many spiritual sites which were really cool. A must do if in the Kathmandu area.

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melissabartonnn,

Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp 19days

Unreal experience! I opted for the longer trek as I wanted to see as much as possible in the time I had. I'm so glad I did.
My wonderful Guide Prem Karki and my assistant guide Lukpa were sensational! We laughed so much on the trek, with these 2 guiding us there was never a dull moment. Our success in reaching the Lakes and Everest Base Camp are purely down to their hard work and dedication. Plus I was lucky enough to meet another 6 legends who also opted for this unreal trek. We are now all the best of mates.
The trekking was hard at times and and some days were super easy. We had rain, snow, sunshine and everything in between. Each day we witnessed another insanely beautiful mountain and watched the landscape change the higher we went.
The Gokyo Lakes were stunning, I'm so glad we opted for this trek. The pictures attached are unfiltered!
Everest Base Camp was great! Such an amazing feeling to finally get there. We just sat and took it all in. Photos don't do it justice.
All the villages and places we stayed along the way were awesome! These tiny lodges and tea houses in the middle of the mountains were so cosy and the food is delicious. We met quite a few Sherpas who had summited Everest and we spoke to them at length about their expedition. Great bed time stories :)
Do yourself a favour and get on board this trek, you wont regret it!

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Jade C,
Orange, Australia

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo 925-1010/2019

Kamal, Tilak and Prince were our guide. They have done an excellent job in ensuring we had everything we needed - water, wifi, food and so on. They explained Nepalese culture and identified the peaks for us as we were asking for the names every day, it is one of the most precious thing about having the locals with us. The tour was a huge success and thank you guys and team for making it happen, it would not be the same without you. I had really enjoyed every moment on the trek. Highly recommend the agent and guides to anyone considering paying a visit to the beautiful Himalayas.

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olivieryiu,

Perfection EBC trekking

Professional risk control on EBC trekking. About airplane change the landing place on lukala or change the trekking schedule, your team also can find good guest house and restaurant.

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Iverroce Tu,

Wonderful experience

It was wonderful experience in my life. Our guide Kamal is professional, patient, and kindly. In this trekking journey still had some situation from uncontrollable mother nature. But this team also can control and change it perfectly. If you will come to Nepal to explore, don't miss Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions!

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Nora H,

Our Visit to Nepal

I dont know where to Start. There are barely any bad points to talk about. The service was exceptional and everbody was so polite and friendly. Everything was well organized. The places we used to rest and eat where always nice and clean. The employees and shepards where dedicated for their jobs and tried to accomplish our goals in the best way possible. I want to send my best wishes Lal, Ram, Tulla and Santos.

Best Regards
Luca & Ludovico

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Bahadir E,
Koenigswinter, Germany

Unforgettable solo trek in Nepal

I did the Mardi Himal trek with Nepal Intrepid Treks as a solo hiker in November 2019. I learned that I would be traveling in the region on business only a few weeks in advance, and after some research I reached out to Lal for help in customizing an add-on personal trip that worked for my tight schedule and my desire to do a beautiful and challenging trek in the iconic Annapurna region. Mardi Himal was the perfect trek:
- It offered epic views of Annapurna South and Fishtail nearly the entire time, getting closer and closer each day until High Camp and Base Camp when you’re right in between them and it feels like you can reach out and touch them!
- It offered a good balance of physically demanding sections and relatively easy sections, as well as spots to catch your breath, have some masala tea and take in the scenery.
- It offered great elevation gains, so that you can experience firsthand the way the environment, weather, and level of exertion changes as you climb higher and higher.
- The trekking camps were comfortable and the meals were very good. The people who ran the camps as well as the other guides and trekkers were lovely.

Lal put together my entire itinerary, including a couple nights in nice hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and a yoga class at a beautiful retreat outside Pokhara. He ensured that every detail was covered during my stay, and he was in touch throughout to make sure everything was going smoothly. As an experienced hiker and marathon runner we were able to shorten the trek to 5 days by combining some days for greater distance each day; this was great for me both for the level of difficulty I was seeking as well as my tight schedule. My guide Nisan and my porter Prabin were skilled, knowledgeable, professional, extremely helpful and attentive, and fun to be around (not to mention they were great sports about the fast pace).

I’m beyond thrilled with the experience and the service level of Nepal Intrepid Treks. I will definitely come back for a longer trek, and I recommend them to anyone seeking an unforgettable experience in the Himalayas. Thank you Lal, Nisan, Prabin, and the entire Intrepid team for being excellent guides in every sense of the word, going above and beyond to make my unique solo trip a success and a truly life-changing experience.

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dietrich325,
New York City, New York

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