Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1350m/4430ft]
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street
Day 02 - Fly to Pokhara and explore...[827m/2,714ft]
After breakfast, we hop on a twenty-minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu airport. During the flight, the views from your window seat give you mesmerizing views of glorious Manaslu and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. Upon arriving Pokhara, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check in, have lunch and rest of the evening is free to explore. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: -532m/1,716ft
Day 03 - Drive to Kande and trek to Deurali [2,100m/6,888ft]
Initially, we drive on the Pokhara-Baglung Highway and reach the starting point of the trek, Kande. The trail goes on top of a ridge and, after a while, we arrive at Australian Base Camp. It is basically a lodge in the middle of the forest. The route later arrives at Deurali, which is a mountain pass that overlooks the Modi Khola valley and Mardi Himal. Overnight stay at Deurali. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night:[1,273m/4,175ft]
Day 04 - Trek to Forest Camp [2,550m/8,364ft]
From Deurali, we will walk on the trail to the Forest Camp. The journey lasts for approximately 4 hours and we shall leave the main Annapurna sanctuary trail. Traversing through forests, we arrive at Forest Camp or Kokar. After having lunch, we head to Forest Camp, which comprises of small teahouses and lodges. Overnight stay at Forest Camp. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: [450m/1,480ft]
Day 05 - Trek to Low Camp [3,050m/10,005ft]
Today the trail sees an increase in the rhododendron forests and, later, transcends into the sparse landscape. The low camp is a clearing in the forest and contains some teahouses. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: [500m/1,640ft]
Day 06 - Trek to High Camp [3,600m/11,810ft]
From Low Camp our trek continues to high camp today. The High Camp is pasture land and boasts of gorgeous sceneries all around. The high camp provides amazing views of Annapurna (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and Machhapuchhre (6997m). Overnight stay at High camp. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: [550m/1,810ft]
Day 07 - Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp/View Point [4,500m/14,760ft] and retrace to High Camp for overnight
Today is the major highlight of the trek which involves going to the Viewpoint or often called as the Mardi Himal Base camp. The ascent takes about 3 hours and if involves walking on the steep trail which goes through pastures and narrow ridges. The Mardi Himal base camp provides a panoramic view of the colossal mountains like Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m) and, Hiunchuli (6441m). After spending some time in the viewpoint, we shall retrace our steps back to the high camp. Overnight stay at High Camp.
Day 08 - Trek to Sidhing [1,850m/6,070ft]
We have our breakfast in the High Camp and head towards the Rest Camp for today. The trail sees a decrease in altitude and the trail is mostly downhill. Traversing these lush forests, we make us a refreshing walk with numerous streams and abundant wildlife of the region. The Siding village is the last stop in the Mardi Himal Trek and is a fairly lively settlement. The residents here are mostly of Gurung community and practice Buddhism. Overnight stay at Siding.
Day 09 - Trek and Drive to Pokhara [827m/2,714ft]
The initial leg of the trek involves walking for about 3 hours to reach Lumre. From here, we catch a bus and drive to Pokhara. The drive to Pokhara is short and upon arrival in Pokhara, you will have lunch. If you have time, then you can visit the Bat Cave and the Bindyabasini temple in Pokhara. Other major attractions in the city are Mahendra Cave, Davis Falls, and the World Peace Pagoda. Overnight stay at Pokhara.
Day 10 - Fly back to Kathmandu
We catch a plane from Pokhara airport and fly to Kathmandu. The flight lasts for 30 minutes and is filled with mesmerizing sights of the hilly and Himalayan landscapes. After arriving in Kathmandu, you can stroll around the local markets. You can also sightsee around some of the tourist attractions as well. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Day 11 - Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
Free and easy day to spend, perhaps doing shopping or rest at hotel’s beautiful court-yard. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.
Day 12 - International Departure
Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.
- All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu whilst on trek with tea & coffee.
- Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 3 nights with breakfast
- Twin sharing accommodation at Hotel Dandelion or similar category for 2 nights
- Internal flight (PKR-KTM)
- All required permits for trek (ACAP & TIMS card)
- Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
- Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
- Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts on private A/C vehicle
- All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private A/C vehicle
- Comprehensive first aid kit.
- Duffel bag, Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
- Staff equipment, insurance and allowances
- Trek completion certificate (Upon request)
- Group welcome dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant
- International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
- Meals at Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities for staff