Mardi Himal 13 Days ( Panchase and Mardi Himal)
Duration: 13 days
Trip level: moderate
Maximum altitude: 4450 m (info?)
Season: February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December
The Mardi Himal trek is a relatively new trek in the Annapurna region. The route was officially opened in 2012. Before 2012 this hike was only accessible as a camping trek. Recently teahouses have appeared along the Mardi Himal route. This trail is located next to the Annapurna Base Camp route, but the differences between the two routes are enormous. Annapurna is a congested area with many backpackers. Both at the Mardi Himal and Panchase trek you will find no hordes of busy tourism, but peace, quiet and little fellow trekkers. The view of the mountains from this trek is phenomenal. Especially the familiar shape of the Fishtail the Machapuchre comes impressively close. The path goes through oak and rhododendron forests and along a valley. From 3300 meters on the landscape changes abruptly in a rugged alpine scenery. From this point the mountains are close and you can almost touch the blue glaciers of Annapurna South.
The first days you will hike the lovely Panchase trek. It starts with a relaxing boat tour to the other side of Lake Phewa. From the bank it is a short climb through a lushy forest to the World Peace Pagoda. At the Pagoda you will have time to breathe in this peaceful place and enjoy the panoramic view of the Annapurna Mountain range. Along the Panchase trail you will see authentic Gurung villages. The first night you will stay at the remote teahouse of Bhumdi. Situated in the middle of the farmlands you will a have a wide view of the mountains and the surrounding area. After Bhumdi you hike a full day through a dense forest of rhododendron with local orchids hanging from the trees. This forest trail ends at the comfortable and lovely teahouse of Panchase Bhanjyang. Weather depending, we will climb early in the morning to Panchase Hill for a breath taking sunrise of the entire Annapurna Mountain range. After the sunrise you descend to the village of Badhaure. In Badhaure Panchase ends and you will join the Mardi Himal trek towards Pitam Deurali. At this day you hike through an area which is inhabited by the Gurung and Magar people. In this region both Buddhist and Hindu influences are found in varying degrees. The route follows winding paths through forests of oak and rhododendron until you land abruptly in an alpine landscape. At the Middle Camp the sunrise and sunset are the most spectacular you will ever experience. The route continues along the Mardi Himal ridge where you primarily walk on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes. Look for the colorful Danphe pheasant, for your travelling through its natural habitat. In one day you walk through a desolate mountain landscape, to the High Camp. From the High Camp you can see far towards Annapurna Base Camp. You have a view of the peaks of the Annapurna South, Annapurna I, the Hiunchuli and beautiful Machapuchre. From here on it is only a four hour walk to the viewpoint of the Mardi Himal Base Camp. At the viewpoint you will have a grand view on the entire Annapurna range. After admiring all the mountain giants, you descend through the rhododendron forest back towards Sidhing and Lwang. At Lwang it is nice relaxing at a local teagarden and homestay. From Lwang you will drive back to Pokhara.
Day 01 Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara, flight is optional ( 6 hrs.)
Day 02 Cross with boat Phewa Lake, and trek to Bhumdi (1520 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang (1945 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 04 Climb to Panchase Hill (2470 m) for sunrise view and trek to Badhaure (1530 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Pitam Deurali (2100 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Forest Camp (2550 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 07 Trek to Middle Camp (3220 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to High Camp (3550 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 09 Visit Mardi Himal Base Camp view point (4450 m), and trek to Middle Camp (3220 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Sidhing (1850 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 11 Trek to Lwang (2050 – 5 hrs.)
Day 12 Trek to road (0,5 hrs.) and drive to Pokhara (2 hrs.)
Day 13 Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu, flight is optional ( 6hrs.)
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
The starting price for Mardi Himal 13 days is:
€ 325,00 per person ( party of 4 persons)
€ 440,00 per person ( party of 2 persons)
We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Return drive by tourist bus with A/C Kathmandu to Pokhara, private drive to start and from end trek
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return drive Kathmandu to Pokhara
-One night in guesthouse in Pokhara before and after trek
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide
-Free use of waterproof bag ( only available with porter service)
-ACAP fee, TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-All meals in Pokhara
-Lodging and food during trek
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 10 kg. per person
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porter)