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Mardi Himal and Khopra Ridge Trek

Mardi Himal and Khopra Ridge Trek

Mardi Himal and Khopra ridge trek is a good combination of the two famous treks - Mardi Himal and Khopra ridge trek. Only Mardi Himal trek is short and pristine trek that was only open for teahouse trekking in 2013. The trail mostly follows the ridge climbing gradually to the buttresses of Mardi Himal making it relatively easier climbing and more scenic trek in Annapurna. Just doing Mardi Himal or Khopra ridge is not enough but if you make both treks at once visit will be fantastic journey in peaceful areas of Annapurna region. First go to Mardi Himal and summit the Mardi Himal Base Camp then trek to Khopra ridge is more common and easier. Khopra ridge with Khayer Lake or just visit the Khopra Danda is the option of Khopra ridge trekking. Khopra danda and Khair Lake trek is the most scenic and unspoiled short trek in the Annapurna Himalayas. The trek goes off the busy trekking trail and offers brilliant mountain scenery, wilderness, landscape and classic trekking adventure in the Himalayas. The trail goes even through off the busy routes of Annapurna - basic community run teahouses make the trek cost effective and ethical by paying locals people.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (1350m)
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (850m), explore lakeside in the evening
Day 04: Drive to Dhampus Phedi then trek to Pothana (1900m)
Day 05: Pothana trek to Forest Camp (2554m)
Day 06: Pothana Trek to High Camp (3900m)
Day 07: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and back to High Camp
Day 08: Trek to Landruk village (1565m)
Day 09: Landruk trek to Tadapani (2610m)
Day 10: Tadapani trek to Bayeli Kharka (3450m)
Day 11: Bayeli Kharka trek to Chistibung (2975m)
Day 12: Chistibung trek to Khopra Danda/Ridge (3660m)
Day 13: Khopra excursion trip (maximum 4600m)
Day 14: Khopra trek to Swanta Village (2270m)
Day 15: Swanta village Trek to Ulleri (2020m)
Day 16: Ulleri trek to Nayapul (1010m.) and Drive back to Pokhara (820m)
Day 17: Kathmandu drive to Kathmandu
Day 18: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 19: Depart Kathmandu


Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Dhampas Phedi
Trek End Point: Nayapul
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse/Community lodge
Trekking Grade: Medium
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 4600m
Duration: 19 Days

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (1350m)
Arrival in Tribhuvan international airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with your name printed paper outside the main airport. From there you will be transfer to the Hotel by private vehicle. Refresh at your Hotel, if enough time visit Alpine Adventure Club office to pay the rest of bill or somebody come to your hotel collect the rest of payment. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square sheds light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At late afternoon, we introduced with mountain/trek guide. Overnight Hotel

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (850m), explore lakeside in the evening
Not sure if the hotel will be able to prepare our breakfast before we head to tourist bus station to catch our transport. The drive is pleasuring through beautiful countryside of this country. The road mostly takes on nearby the thundering rivers that might give us some views of rafters enjoying another part of Nepal. We will be driving via several green hills with views of houses and villages in the cliffs. We will be also welcomed by snowy peaks from the distance in some places. It's beautiful drive though the road condition is not good everywhere. We will basically have two stops for snacks and lunch along the way. Finally, after reaching Pokhara bus station we will take a taxi to drive to hotel. If time permits then we can walk around local markets and lakeside in the evening.

Day 04: Drive to Dhampus Phedi then trek to Pothana (1900m)
We will start our day early and take an hour long drive to Phedi, from where we will commence our Mardi Himal trek. We will start the trek by climbing the stairs from Phedi. The trail ascends all the way to Pothana through the rhododendron and pine forests until we reach Dhampus, a Gurung village known for its magnificent views of Annapurna ranges, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu. We will continue our ascent until we reach the small village of Pothana, surrounded by forests and exhibiting marvelous mountain views. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 05: Pothana Trek to Forest Camp (2554m)
After a hearty breakfast, we start our trek with a steep uphill climb through thick forest along the beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. The forest is home for many rare wildlife and we may see rare birds and animals along the way. After walking for around five hours, we will reach Forest Camp. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 06: Forest Camp trek to High Camp (3900m)
The trail from Forest Camp to the high camp follows a steep ascent through rhododendron and Juniper forests. The pattern for the day is a steeper climbing to get over a hillock, then relatively flat for a while and again start the ascent. On reaching the top, we will be highly rewarded with the magnificent, breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and Mount Macchapuchre. Overnight at teahouse

Day 07: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and back to High Camp
Today we get up early in the morning. After breakfast and with a lunch packet in our bags we hike to the absolute highlight of our trek, the Mardi Himal Base Camp located at 4500m. We walk steeply upwards on the grassy slopes. Reaching the Upper View Point the path becomes very narrow for some hundred meters. When it is covered by snow it could be difficult and slippery because both sides of the ridge are very steep. If the weather is good we will see the magnificent peaks of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchre and Mardi Himal. From the Upper View Point it takes around 30 minutes to Mardi Himal Base Camp. Coming down to the High Camp it would take us 3 to 4 hours. We stay overnight in High Camp at teahouse

Day 08: Trek to Landruk village (1,565m)
Today we follow a trail to Landruk village. This is huge village that is on the way to Annapurna Base Camp. We will come to a junction that separates us between the trail heading to Low Camp on the left and Landruk on the right so we take the right one. Descending further will again bring us back inside the forest where the trail is so peaceful and quiet. Turning one and another circle we will then reach Landruk village for overnight stay. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 09: Landruk trek to Tadapani (2610m)
Today first part we walk down to the river side then steep climb up to Ghandruk Village and continue trek to Tadapani, it is quite long walking. Ghandruk is quite a big village in the Annapurna, Nepal. Ghandruk is a popular place for treks in the Annapurna range of Nepal, with easy trails and various accommodation possibilities. After Ghandruk village we are walking through the huge green jungle with different trees and animals. Finally you reach at Tadapani; most of walking time sees the excellent mountains views and vistas. Overnight at teahouse

Day 10: Tadapani trek to Bayeli Kharka (3450m)
After breakfast, you will leave the main trail for next five days we will walk in a more remote area on the Annapurna region. We begin our trek by entering into the beautiful rhododendron and oak forest on upward trail. Then after small decent we continue climb gradual and soon you will emerge above the tree line to superb views of the Annapurna range. You will take lunch on the way and then continue to climb gradually we cross several pass, where the trail descends through rhododendron to an open clearing known as Bayeli Kharka, and the lodge. From the lodge, we enjoy great views of Dhaulagiri which is the seventh highest mountain in the world. Overnight at community lodge

Day 11: Bayeli Kharka trek to Chistibung (2975m)
After breakfast, we will descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach pastures of Lower Chistibung. Then the trail continues through forest, ascending gradually and passing through several buffalo grazing pasture before reaching Upper Chistibung which is a temporary herder´s settlement. It is high chances to see the Himalayan pheasant and Himalayan Thar on the grassy ridge above the trail. Overnight at community lodge

Day 12: Trek to Khopra Ridge (3660m)
To reach the ridge of Khorpa, we embark on a steady climb above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures. This area is noted for wildlife. As we approach Khopra, we go for a short walk down to viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in the deep valley and we can see the majestic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Overnight at community lodge

Day 13: Khopra excursion trip (maximum 4600m)
Today is long exploring day to Khayar Lake (4600m) from where we attain excellent views of mountains, green valley and river George but it is long day trip and only strong people able to do this trip. Khayar Lake is very famous for Hindu belief on the occasion of Janai Purnima. It is also believed that bathing in the lake will help attain Nirvana. Along the side of lake, we can see a number of Hindu and Buddhist shrines. The views of nature´s beauty are mesmerizing. The client who does not want to walk all the way to the lake, a half day walk from Khopra can also be arranged. Overnight at community lodge

Day 14: Khopra trek to Swanta Village (2270m)
After Khopra you will descend off the hillside and continue downhill on steep trail. You will retrace the route back to Chistibung. You will then head to the village of Swanta, where you will stay overnight. Along the way we get more views of Dhaulagiri with lovely terraced fields and traditional houses in the village. We will explore local school and nearby area and have supported the local school over the years, and there is time to pay a quick visit and Stay overnight at Teahouse

Day 15: Swanta village Trek to Ulleri (2020m)
After breakfast from swanta the trail descend through the crop fields to a small river, which we will cross and pass along the site of water mill to suspension bridge. We will upward to Chitre village where we will join the main trekking trail at Ghorepani village. After that we will down through rhododendron forest to Nangethanti. Trail continues to Ulleri village. Overnight at teahouse

Day 16: Ulleri trek to Nayapul (1010m.) and Drive back to Pokhara (820m)
On our way to Nayapul we will take steeply down through stone steps to Bhunungi khola. We will cross the suspension bridge and reach Tikhedhunga. After that we continue our trek lower down further to Birethanti we will exit our permit here and 20 minutes walk to reach Nayapul. We will take an hour of drive back to hotel in Pokhara. Overnight at hotel

Day 17: Kathmandu drive to Kathmandu
We are leaving for Kathmandu from Pokhara today. It is again pretty long drive by a tourist bus. In the beginning, we get amused by the Marshyangdi river valley and its surrounding scenarios and of the Trishuli river valley in the second part. After reaching Kathmandu, you transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 18: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel

Day 19: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

PRICE INCLUDES :-

  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Historical monuments cities sightseeing with tour guide
  • Sightseeing transportation by Non A/C comfortable vehicle
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for historical cities sightseeing
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara & Pokhara to Kathmandu overland transportation by tourist bus
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Twin sharing trekking accommodation in normal Teahouse/Community lodge
  • Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara transportation by car/van/bus depend on group size
  • Three time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Desert /fruit after having diner as company provide
  • Government license holder trekking guide /leader for the team
  • One porter who will carry your luggage during the trekking ( Two person get one porter)
  • Annapurna Conservation area project entry fee
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nayapul to Pokhara transportation by car/van/bus depend on group size
  • Nepal Government tax and Office service charge

PRICE EXCLUDES :-

  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • International or domestic air tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15 days ) and US$ 40 (duration 30 days )
  • Personal trekking equipments and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and  all type of hot drinks
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

The price will be depending on service quality that you are going to use accommodation (Deluxe, Standard & Budget) in cities and entire the trekking either way normal teahouse or best available or Camping (Fully tented camp) so better to mention us what you are expecting? Please click here to request the price.

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