Sometimes the path less traveled is a far better way to go than the more popular routes. And when it comes to the beautiful Annapurna Mountains, the best way to see them is on the newly opened Mardi Himal Trekking route.Situated west of the beautiful Lake
DAY 1 – TRAVEL TO KANDE; TREK TO DEURAULI (elev. 2060 m/6,759 ft.)
The journey leaves Pokhara by local vehicle for a 45 minute ride to the village of Kande. From here, the trek begins to the little village of Deurauli. The trail is challenging as we are quickly gaining elevation. We arrive at Deurauli after 3 – 4 hours, spending a night at a local tea house.
DAY 2 – TREK TO FOREST CAMP (elev. 2500 m/8,202 ft.)
The air smells as alive as we walk through beautiful pine forests for part of the day! This area has been newly opened for trekking which makes it virgin territory. We arrive at Forest Camp to stay at a little tea house. Because it’s a new trekking route, the accommodations are rather basic, but the food is good after a hard day’s trek. Trekking time is around 4 -5 hours.
DAY 3 – TREK TO HIGH CAMP (elev. 3580 m/11,745 ft)
Today is a day of climbing as we move above the tree line to see incredible vistas. Before us are the amazing Annapurna Mountains in sensational glory. We can easily see three of the 10 tallest peaks in the world. We make our way to High Camp after trekking for around 5 hours, staying at a local tea house.
DAY 4 – TREK TO MARDI HIMAL BASE CAMP (elev. 4500 m/14,764 ft), THEN BACK TO BADAL DANDA (elev. 3200 m/10,499 ft.)
Mardi Himal is becoming a popular climbing peak and Mardi Himal Base Camp is the place they start. We make our way to Base Camp to get some of the best views of the mountains. Mt. Mardi Himal stands as a beautiful snowcapped peak rising to an elevation of 5,587 m (18,330 ft.) Trekking time today is long, around 7 – 8 hours.
DAY 5 – TREK TO KALIMATI
We start to leave the alpine regions behind as we make our way toward the little village of Kalimati. It’s a tiny little village, but offers a quaint little tea house with wonderful owners. The wife is a good cook. We start seeing trees again as we cross under the tree line. We will spend between 5 – 6 hours trekking.
DAY 6 – TREK TO LONG VALLEY HOME
We are now approaching beautiful green valleys, and our destination is Long Valley that is nestled between the snowcapped peaks. This is fertile farm country and we will see some small villages and beautiful farms with fields of yellow mustard in season. Because of the newness of this trek, no tea house has yet to be established in Long Valley. However, we know of a really nice home stay where a local family has a guest room where our clients can spend the night. n. Trekking time is 4 – 5 hours.
DAY 7 – RETURN TO POKARA
It’s a short distance from Long Valley to where we can pick up a jeep or local bus to return to Pokhara. It’s a beautiful ride of just 2 ½ hours to reach Pokhara, the end of our journey.
English speaking guide,Porter (2:1),All meals while on trek.,Local transportation,Tea House or Home Stay while on Trek,Your choice of coffee or tea,ACAP and TIMS permit,Fuel surcharge,Landing and facility fees,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner