Mardi Himal & Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 18 Days

Mardi Himal & Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 18 Days

Trek to the base camps of two of the most stunning mountains in the Annapurna range on this thrilling adventure through some of the most pristine landscapes in the Himalayas.

The Annapurna range stretches the skyline for 34 miles, and at its highest point reaches 26,500 feet in elevation! This impressive mountain range is composed of 30 peaks over 20,000 feet. On this circuit we will hike to the western end known as Annapurna Sanctuary and from there to the southern end at Mardi Himal Base Camp.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu

You will be picked up from the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. We take a short drive from the airport to our hotel. We can have a rest day today. In the evening we will have a brief description of the trip.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Evelvation: 1,350 m / 4,428 ft

We tour UNESCO World Heritage Sites today. These sites highlight Nepal’s cultural and religious heritages. Our first stop will be Kathmandu Durbar Square which showcases Kathmandu’s rich architectural prowess during the Malla dynasty (c1201–1769),and then Swayambhunath Stupa which tourists commonly refer to as the ‘Monkey Temple’ owing to a large number of the monkey population in the vicinity. Next is Pashupatinath Temple which is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus all over the world followed by the Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath which is one of the largest stupas in the world.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Travel to Pokhara

Elevation: 800 m / 2,624 ft
Drive Time: 8 hours

We can enjoy the beautifully terraced farms, little shops by the side of the road and the raging Trishuli River on our drive to Pokhara also referred to as the ‘City of Lakes.’ From the city, we get great views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna. Pokhara is also a tourist destination, so we take some time out in the evening and enjoy!  

Overnight in Pokhara

Day 4 & 5: Pokhara to Deurali to Badal Dada

Day 4 Pokhara to Kade Drive and hike to Deurali 1 hour drive 3 hours of hike

After an early morning breakfast, we start our adventure with a drive to Phedi and start trekking from there. We walk on stone steps, terraced fields and through villages and forests before reaching Dhampus where we have lunch. We continue our walk to Deurali which is a small village beautifully located on a ridge with good views of the Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhare.

Overnight in Deurali.

Day 5: Deurali to Badal Dada 3,150 m/  6-7 hours

Our trail passes through lush forest dotted with the red rhododendrons. The flowers are a common sight in Nepalese hills and it is no surprise that its Nepal’s national flower. Our trail is very quiet until we reach a clearing of the forest camp. We can take rest and have lunch at the area Kokar or Forest camp. After lunch we start following the forest for another 2 hours to get to the Badal Dada

Day 6 & 7: Badal Dada to Base Camp

Day 6: Badal Dada to High Camp 3,500 m / 3-4 hours

We trek uphill alongside a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhre. The tree lines start getting thinner and the area mostly consists of shrubs with isolated rhododendron bushes along the trail. If lucky, we might even come across the Daphne pheasant (national bird of Nepal) on our way to high camp. We ascend up to the high camp, which the final destination of the day. From here the mountain views are stunning.

Overnight in High Camp

Day 7: High Camp to Base Camp to High Camp 4,300 m 6 hours

On our trek to the upper viewpoint we ascend and descend, and sometimes on a steep and narrow trail. Our trail passes through pastures and we hike along a narrow ridge before reaching the Upper Viewpoint. The view of the Himalayan vista from here is astonishing. We see Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and others. We trek back to the high camp for an overnight stay.

Day 8 & 9: High Camp to Chomrong

Day 8: High Camp to Landruk 1,900 m 6-7 hours

Today we start descending from high camp straight to Landruk it will be the same way back until Forest Camp but from there we take right down hill. Landruk village is one of the largest Gurung villages we see on our trek.

Overnight in Landruk

Day 9: Landruk to Chomrong 2,100 m

At this juncture, we climb down to the river called Modi river coming down from Annapurna Base Camp.On the way, we can enjoy great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre) and Ganggapurna. A steep descend for a while and then it’s a gentle walk to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive.

Overnight in Chhomrong.

Day 10 & 11: Chomrong to Deurali

Day 10: Chomrong to Bamboo 2,300 m

We descend via 2500 stone steps and cross the bridge above Chhomrong Khola. From here it is an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.

Day 11: Bamboo to Deurali 3,200 m

We pass through a bamboo forest which is damp and cold then ascend steadily with a few steep sections. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock-face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls.

Overnight in Deurali.

Day 12 & 13: Deurali to Bamboo

Day 12: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp 4,180 m

Climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From Annapurna base camp we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South , Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks.

Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 13: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo 2,300 m

From the Annapurna base camp we retrace our steps to Bamboo. Today’s trek is downhill, so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary landscape to cheer us up.  

Overnight in Bamboo.

Day 14 & 15: Bamboo to Pokhara

Day 14: Bamboo to Jhinu 1,900 m

From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs which is just a 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to soothe our aching body.

Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

Day 15: Jhinu to New Bridge and drive to Pokhara 820 m

On our way to Naya Pul from Jhinu Danda, we get to enjoy the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal. We have lunch on the way. Our trek will end at Naya Pul where we board our vehicle to Pokhara.

Overnight in Pokhara

Day 16: Explore Pokhara

Today we have a very relaxing day after breakfast a van will pick us up to take us up to World peace Pagoda is a Buddhist Stupa monument to inspire peace , designed to provide a focus for people of all races and Creed's, and to help to unite them in their search for world Peace. Then we stopped by the Davis Falls and a cave on our way back to Lake side

Overnight in Pokhara

Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Drive back to Kathmandu

Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 18: Final Farewell

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal

Additional Trip Info

  • Airport Pick up/drop
  • Transfer to Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu
  • All the paper works, (TIMS, ACAP)
  • Hotel room in Kathmandu (Kathmandu Guest House)
  • Hotel in Pokhara (Dandelion)
  • 3 meals a day with a cup of hot drinks
  • An experienced, English speaking and government licensed mountain sherpa
  • Assistant Guide
  • Trekking Map
  • Entrance fees sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Porters
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • Extra food and drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (Phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, extra tea, shower etc.
  • All room will have 2 beds if you want to have your own room in Kathmandu an in Pokhara there is a supplement charge (please inquire).

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