The trail goes along small paths through magical rhododendron forests, until you climb out of the forest around 3,300 m. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rough high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Mt.Machapuchre, Mt.Annapurna South and Mt. Hiunchuli.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and meeting with your trekking guide:We will show you the delights of Kathmandu, taking in some of the wonderful historical, cultural and religious sites of the city. You will also meet with your trekking guide to discuss the itinerary. Overnight in Kathmandu hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara. (850m/6 hours.):A seven-hour drive by tourist bus to the pretty lakeside town of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara hotel.
Day 4: Pokhara to Pothana. (1970m/5 hours.) :We will take a private vehicle to Phedi (40 minute drive) and then begin our trek with a steep climb through the jungle, passing local villages until we reach Dhampus, our lunch stop. If the weather is clear, we will be able to see magnificent views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Dhampus is a Gurung village; you will be able to see traditional Nepali houses and surrounding farmland. A gentle incline after lunch brings us to Pothana where we will camp for the night.
Day 5: Pothana to Forest Camp. (2550m/ 7 hours.):A steep uphill climb for most of the day through thick jungle with beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We may be lucky to catch glimpses of some of the abundant wildlife; leopards, deer, monkeys and many species of birds all live in this dense jungle. We reach forest camp in the afternoon and set up camp for the night.
Day 6: Forest Camp to High Camp. (4100m/ 6 hours.):Today is a short distance but a steep climb through the rhododendron and juniper forest. As you reach the top, you will be rewarded with the most breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre (fishtail mountain), the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annaurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal. Camp for the night.
Day 7: High Camp, trek to Base Camp:An early wake up call today so you can appreciate the most spectacular sunrise views of the mighty Himalayas. After breakfast, we climb to Mardi Himal Base Camp, which stands at 5300 meters. A challenging day walking along narrow, rocky trails, but all will be worth it for the awesome views of this majestic mountain environment. Mardi Himal is a sacred mountain for both Hindus and Buddhists and nobody to date has managed to reach the summit. Today, we should be able to see Nepal’s national bird: the lophophorus, flying above our heads. Camp for the night.
Day 8: High Camp to Siding Village. (1280m/ 7 hours.):A steep descent to low camp following the same trail we went up. We then leave the trail and trek into the forest, heading to the Mardi Khola River. We descend further to Siding and set up camp for the night.
Day 9: Siding Village to Pokhara. (850m/2.5 hours trek and 1 hour drive.) :The trail now follows the contour of the river valley, gradually down between the pastures and through Tamang and Gurung villages. An easy hike today will take us to meet our transport in Lumre, from here we will drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara hotel.
Day 10: Sightseeing and relaxing Pokhara:A full day to relax and take in the wonderful sights of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara hotel.
Day 11: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu:We will take a late morning flight back to the capital.
Day 12: Departure to destination.: Himalayan High spirits Adventures representative will transfer you back to the Airport and bid you farewell.
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