Mardi Himal is the name given to the feature of the long rising ridge and its summit that from the southwesterly lower slope of Mount Machhapuchhare, the famous triangular skyline that is seen from the Phewa Lake at Pokhara.
As we shall soon see from a closer and more westerly vantage point, the mountain hold win peak - thus its name, Machhapuchhare, which is English means "Fish tail". Machhapuchhare is the most southerly high point of the Annapurna Massif, the awesomely majestic grouping of mountains in the central Himalaya that includes 5 of the 12 highest mountains in the world - all at close of very close quarters to our route.
An eight-day hiking through the forest and on above the tree line and on up to from our high altitude camp at 4,100 m. from where there are the most amazing close quarter's views of all.
Day 01 : Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu, meeting with guide and last minute preperation.
Day 02 : Sightseeing and fly to Pokhara
We would do short sightseeing around Kathmandu valley and fly to Pokhara with late afternoon flight. Evening free to explore around Lake Side (famous town in Pokhara)
Day 03 : Pokhara to Pothana
Drive to the Tibetan Refuge Camp at Kaski. Then set off by foot to Suiket and in the afternoon, after an unhurried lunch, we climb from Phedi steeply up to the main trail along the ridge to Dhampus. The first night's camp at 1620m (5314 ft) is in full view of Machhappuchare.
Day 04 : Pothana to Forest Camp
Dawn usually brings a spectacular sunrise with the Fishtail tuning from pink to gold and the bare rock wall of Annapurna II still in shadow. Now we start on the 'secret trail' leaving tourist, other trekkers and the villages behind. We enter an enchanting forest of birch, giant rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, hemlock and daphnie. That evening we camp in a small clearing at 2550m (8360 ft) far from the beaten trail.
Day 05 : Forest Camp to Low Camp
As we climb the flora changes into classic cloud forest with mosses and litchen, tree ferns and orchids. Now and then there are windows through the woods that look that look out onto the thrilling panorama, towards Hiuchuli and the knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. Far, far below, we can see the Modi Khola Valley leading up into the Annapurna Sanctuary. We stop climbing at lunch so as not to go too high too fast. The afternoon is at leisure, camped at 3400m (11020 ft) and through the forest, we have mesmerizing views of the ever-closer Fishtail.
Day 06 : Low Camp To High Camp
After just a short steep climb we are out of the forest, above the tree-line. A ridge, either grassy or under snow depending on the season, takes us up to our 'High Camp', which we reach at lunch. We take another afternoon at leisure to acclimatize, at 4100m (13,550 ft). The views here are awesome. Annapurna South seems close enough to throw a rock at while Machhapuchare seems close enough to touch.
Day 07 : High Camp, explore around
Breakfast will be earlier than usual and with packed lunches, we set off to reach our objective. Conditions being favorable we should reach up to 5,000m to 5,300m (16,400 ft to 17,400 ft) and attain our absolute goal, the crest of Mardi Himal. It's the only thing separating us from the south face of Machhpuchare, looming now just in front of us. This is the sacred mountain and permission to reach the summit is never given. The great ice fields and blue glaciers of the Sanctuary Wall lie below and Annapurna I is beyond. In an area from horizon to horizon, from Dhaulagiri to the Ganesh Himal are a dozen or more glistening snow-bound giants of the Himalaya. You are standing on a spot that has been your constant aim for days, a place a time a view that is almost impossible to equal and you've earned it! Whatever our achievement, by 1pm we need to descend back to 'High Camp.
Day 08 : High Camp to Siding Village
After a relaxed breakfast we make an unhurried descent down through the shade of the forest and out onto the terraced fields near the Siding Village. We continue down to our camp at 1750m 95740ft) near the Mardi Khola.
Day 09 : Siding Village to Pokhara
The trail from siding now follows the contour of the river valley, gradually down between the pastures and through Tamang and Gurung villages at 1,160m (3,800 ft). With just a few hours of walking, we meet the road and our transport takes us Pokhara within a lunch time.
Day 10 : Pokhara
Take some time to get yourself relaxed in Pokhara. Visit Phewa lake and do some boating, drive to World Peace Stupa to glimpse view of Pokhara valley & Himalaya, and visit Mountain Museum.
Day 11 : Pokhara - Kathmandu
In the morning ride a tourist bus to Kathmandu. Approximately 7 hours drive.
Day 12 : Departure to destination
Transfer to airport according to flight departure time.
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