Trek to Mardi Himal
This is one of the classic trek around the Annapurna conservation area. Now a bit hampered by access of rough motor able road. Though, some alternative routes are in process to protect the old charm of it. One of the largest conservation area of Nepal Annapurna conservation area 7629 sq. km is enlisted from the objective of preserving it’s ecology flora fauna wildlife and to use them in a sustainable way for the betterment of people and to hand it over to the future generation. If you did all of it round Annapurna you can experience the whole setting of the lowland and highland from green mid hills to the high arid mountains. That is why it is quite popular as it caters the diverse culture and landscape. Way of life of the people. Wild animals also can be observed during the trek.
Departure TimePlease arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
Return TimeApproximately 5:30 PM.
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and light jacket.
IncludedRound Annapurna TrekMeals + RoomAll necessary permits( ACAP & TIMS) Guide and porter
Not IncludedIf incase rescue costs eg. Helicopter costBeverages items (Eg. cola, Beers, water etc.)Transportation to and from starting and ending point of the trek.
Day 1: Besi sahar to Bahun Danda
Day 2: Bahun danda to Ghermu
Day 3: Ghermu to Upper Chipla(2400meters) or Jagat Jagat (1300 meters) Time: Upper chipla around 5 hours Jagat via upper chipla 6 hours
Day 4: Upper Chipla to Taal(1700 meters) Time: 5 hours
Day 5: Taal to Timang(2700 meters) Time: 6 hours
After breakfast we will leave Taal heading toward Chame Dharapani on the roadside. The old path from right hand side and could be closed because of landslide and rocks otherwise this side of the river is pleasant to walk. Till lower Dharapani, we can follow this other option is to climb up to Nache village to observe local people and way of life. Then continue to upper Dharapani. If we follow this have climb up steep to Nache and follow through forest and one gumba can be visited during the walk and again have to descend down to Upper Dharapani and continue to Timang from the same right hand side of Myarsangdi there is rough road also but not disturbing like of the left. Then we have to join to Danaque on road after some time walking on road follow the old trail. Still have to cross road few time before entering the forest trail.
Day 6: Timang to Upper Pisang(3300 meters) Time: 6-7 hours
Day 7: Upper pisang to Nagwal(3650) Time: 5-6 hours
Day 8 : Nagwal to Braga (3450meters) Time:4-5 hours
Now there are two options to get to Bragha village. one is old side which is shorter and now most of the part we have to walk on the rough road. another is newly opened alternative route. which is more longer.But very scenic if we follow this side we have to walk on the river while crossing in one place. In this case of high route we may not have option to eat on the way. so have to be prepared for the necessary food for the day. then we will reach to Braga village which is nice. some old monasteries can be observed here.
Day 9: Rest day for acclimatization
It would be a rest day in order to adapt the weather around here before we start going high. in this rest day, either just rest and relax or there are options to do something. options are visit to Ice lake located at 4600 meters which is another nice fact before crossing high pass. or Milarepa cave, and a monastery above Mungi. or visit to Gangapurna lake below Manang.
Day 10 : Braga to Yak kharka(4050) Time: 4-5 hours
After breakfast we will leave first manang village comes after 30 minutes then tanki manag and then Ghunsang and comes yak kharka. the trail in this side is very scenic if you keep turning back to see mountains if weather permits to appreciate the glorious height of Annapurnas and Khangser. We wills stay in yak kharka. during summer sometime we can see peoples who comes to search Yarcha gumba ( a kind of mushroom or fungus half animal during winter and plant during summer)
Day 11 : Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi(4500 meters) Time: 3-4 hours
After breakfast we will ascend slowly following and leaving bit grassy and thorny bushes till we cross the Marshyangdi river then have to follow through the scree or landslide. Before landslide area there is a temporary day tea shop in between on the slope. From here more or less one and half hours it takes to reach to thorang phedi. Our night stay would be here where there were 3 lodges till we update this itinerary.
Day 12: Thorang Phedi to High Camp(4800 meters) Time:1.5-2 hours
After breakfast we can stroll around the phedi or go to the river side to look around if fortune favour a rare species of vulture can be seen around this cliffy area. as it is a short day today to get to High camp. we can spend more time around thorang phedi or we can go right after breakfast to be safe to secure the rooms at High camp and we can stroll around there if we are lucky enough sometime flocks of blue sheep or flock of Tibetan snowcock can be found. more or less it is one and half hours to two hours walk up to High camp from Thorang phedi. we are doing this to make it easy and another acclimatization process before crossing high pass.
Day 13 : Thorang High Camp to Muktinath(3800 meters) Time: 7-8 hours
Day 14 : Muktinath to Lubra(2790 meters) Time: 4-5 hours
Early in the morning we can go to Muktinath temple to see around and can observe how hindu Devotees take bath on ice cold 108 spouts on the back side of Muktinath Temple. This God is worshipped as a god of salvation. until and unless you do not worship Muktinath you will not be salvated that is the hindu belief. But, these tibeto people of Nepal who are living in Mustang they worship as a form of Buddha. as it is worshipped by hindu also there is not a male priest in the temple. there are nuns only who is the head priest there. after seeing temple. we can go to observe a natural blue flame. which is inside the nunnery in the premises of Muktinath temple compound. After that we can return back for breakfast.
Day 15 : Lubra to Marpha and continue to Sauru (2400 meters) Time: 6-7 hours
After breakfast we can set off for Jomsom or Marpha which is more or less 3-4 hours walk. If we are in lubra have to come to main road to jomsom catch a bus to jomsom or invite private jeep to bring to Marpha. Jomsom is the district headquartor of Mustang. and there is a small domestic airport also to facilitate the transportation option for people. in the past that was the only alternative option for journey on foot to Beni. now already the road access is available . now it is a busy town. if you like to skip the crowded Jomsom to stay. if we continue another one and half hour further there is another nice village called Marpha. There is apple garden and apple there available in season are popularly known as Marphali apple or Mustange Apple. If you still like to explore this lower mustang there are few villages around near to marpha. Thini village and Dumba lake opposite to Jomsom. opposite to Marpha Chhimang and Chhairo. etc. If you would like to skip these aforementioned side trips around Jomsom and marph we can continue to Sauru from the left hand side of river via mulpani. Which is arojnd 4 hours walk from Marpha. From sauru Dhailagiri can be seen clearly and tukuche peak and some other mountains too.
Day 16 : Sauru to Kopchepani (1615meters) Time: 4-5 hours
After breakfast we will continue the walk as usual we will pass through Sirkung in between. Or if the river is not swollen left bank of kali gandaki could be used to get to Kokhethati (another small village) then continue to Kalopani to join to road and continue on road till Ghasa register on entey point and continue after some minutes walking hace to cross the river kali gandaki again using suspension bridge from here another one to one and half hour to Kopchepani where there are basic lodges we can adjust on.
Day 17 : Kopchepani to Tatopani( 1200 meters) Time: 4-5 hours
After brekfast we will continue the day again. First about an hour will be uphill then downhill and gentle walk by the same side of the river. And beforw we reach to Narchyang phedi we will cross the river to join to the road and continue to Tatopani. Tatopani means hotspring. This would be the relaxing day i believe when you can lay on natural horspring pool to loosen your tight and tired muscles. Our night stay would be in Tatopani. Actually area’s name was given from the Hotspring means tatopani.
Day 18 : Tatopani to Pokhara (830 meters) Time: 6 hours in general
After breakfast we will catch either public bus or arrange a pricate jeep to drive back to Pokhara. Currently even vehicle will take 6 hours in general. Jeeps would be bit faster than the bus. Because jeeps stops less or if used private not at all for local passangers.