Springtime in the Himalayas, trekking Annapurna, exhilarating views!

Join us for a week-long journey in the hikers’ paradise of Nepal when in full bloom. Trek through the beautiful rhododendron forest and breakout to views of rugged snow-capped Himalayas. Walk along the ridgeline and indulge in views of the most region’s most distinctive peaks.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Off the beaten path with spectacular views all to yourself
  • Beautiful forested area, rocky mountain terrain, possible snow cap base camps
  • Varied terrain, going from low to above tree line and emerging to spectacular views of 3 of the region’s most distinctive and storied peaks (Macchapuchhre, Annapurna South, Mardi Himal)
  • Accommodation spots specially selected for their scenic beauty
  • Traipsing across the Annapurna foothills accompanied by the Nepali national flower, the rhododendron and snow-capped peaks
  • Healthy, delicious food prepared by a trekking chef

Mardi Himal is located to the east of the Annapurna Base camp virtually under the spectacular (and most distinctive) Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Ascend from forest trail to mountain vistas in 3 days. Witness the sunrise over the Annapurna peaks from High Camp. Leave behind civilisation for 6 days as you take in the soul of the Himalayas.

This trek takes you away from the busier Annapurna base camp route while providing the best the region has to offer. Hike up to 3,550m with Macchapuchre, Annapurna South and Himchuli peaks as your constant companions.

If you are up for some adrenaline-fuelled activity, there is an option to paraglide in Pokhara with the Nat Geo Adventurer of the Year (2012) at a supplement.

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DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONKathmandu, Nepal
DEPARTURE TIMEMay – October
RETURN TIMEMay – October
WEARSturdy hiking boots, warm trekking clothes, comfortable yoga attire
EXPERIENCE LEVELExperience level: Suitable for all levels.

Trek grading: 2b

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Day 1 : Arrival

Pickup from Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel
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Day 2 : Fly to Pokhara, Trek to Pothana

After breakfast, you have a scenic domestic flight to Pokhara and then start the trek, an easy walk through the forest to Pothana (1,900masl) (3-4hours).
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Day 3 : Pothana to Forest Camp

You will begin the morning climbing gradually with occasional steep ascends to Pitam Deurali. From here you will leave the main Annapurna trail and start climbing in the Rhododendron forest. After lunch in a forest opening, walk on the ridge of the forest, mostly ascending with occasional descents. You stop for the night in one of the lodges at beautiful Forest Camp. (5-6hours) Forest camp (2,600masl)
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Day 4 : Forest Camp to High Camp

This is the longest day as you ascend approximately 1,000m. The climb continues to climb through the Rhododendron forest. You will reach Low camp in about 3 hours. Pushing upwards, you will come to Badal Danda. On clear days, spectacular views of Machapuchare, Mardi Himal and Annapurna South can be admired from here. The sunset at High Camp and sunrise above the lodge are equally stunning. (3,250masl).
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Day 5 : Mardi Himal Camp

Today is a gorgeous day trip to Mardi Himal Camp, returning to High Camp for the night.
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Day 6 : High Camp to Siding

Begin the descent to Siding village, retracing your footsteps to Low Camp. From Low camp you will take a different route descending steeply in a forest most of the way to Siding village. You may stay in a homestay with a family to experience Nepali lifestyle. (1,400masl) (4-5hours)
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Day 7 : Siding to Pokhara

Farewell to the Annapurna Conservation area! You will hike through the villages to the trail’s end. From here, a jeep will pick you up and drive you to your hotel in Pokhara for a well-deserved shower. Spend the evening in the beautiful mountain town of Pokhara.(2-3 hours).
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Day 8 : Return to Kathmandu

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the morning return flight to Kathmandu. If returning home, schedule your flight for anytime after 12:00noon
IncludedServices of experienced trek leader

Domestic flights in Nepal

Private ground transport to/from airport, hotels, and trailhead

1 night 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

1 night 3-star hotel in Pokhara

Porter service (1 per 2 trekkers)

All meals during the tour

Accommodation in community lodges during the trek (twin share)

Kit bags for personal gear during trek (please limit to 10kg)

Porter and guide insurance

All trekking permits

ExcludedFlights to Nepal

Soft drinks, bottled drinks, alcohol

Accommodation, transport, and meals outside of programme

Any optional activities

Tips for guides and porters, recommended $10 USD per day

Tourist visa

Mountain/adventure insurance

*Please note it is mandatory to show evidence of insurance that covers helicopter evacuation. Check with your insurance provider, and if you need adventure insurance for mountain activities, we recommend World Nomads

It’s important to stay comfortable and bring the correct items, without overloading your backpack. At Wildfire we want to keep you prepared as well as comfortable on the trail.

Personal equipment:

Daypack (enough for jacket, warm layer, water and personal kit)

Personal kit (including insect repellent, sunscreen, blister kit)

Drink bottle (1-2 litre capacity)

Torch/flashlight and spare batteries

Trekking Poles

Clothing:

It is important to have a change of clothes at the end of the day to get out of the clothes you wear for the hike.

Hiking boots or firm footwear (should be comfortable and well broken in)

Socks (3 pair, wool or polypropylene)

Shorts or zip-off hiking pants (quick dry material)

Shirt (wool or polypropylene)

Under layers, top and bottom (wool or polypropylene)

Mid-layers (wool or polar fleece)

Raincoat (waterproof, windproof with hood)

Rainpants (wind and water proof)

Warm hat and gloves

Sunhat and sunglasses

Quick dry towel

Optional:

Earplugs and eyemask

Gaitors

Small binoculars

Camera

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The cost of the Mardi HImal trek is $1800.00 SGD per person.

A minimum of 2 persons is required to run this trip.

Cancellation Policy:  Due to the booking of government and operator permits, Wildfire Expeditions has the following refund policy:

  • 50% of the price is due at the time of booking to secure your spot.
  • The full trek price is due 60 days prior to trip start date unless otherwise specified.
  • 50% refund may be requested 60-89 days prior to trip start date.
  • No refund request will be considered thereafter.
  • All refund requests must be made in writing within the deadlines stated above.
  • Each deposit, includes a $100.00 non-refundable registration fee.

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