Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport (1,350m/4,429ft)
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, a staff or representative of Orbit Alpine will receive you at the Airport and drive you to your hotel. If ample time is available on this day, you can take a stroll around Thamel, the tourist hub until dinner. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 02 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2,986ft)
Immediately after an early breakfast we leave Kathmandu by bus for Pokhara. The drive takes around six to seven hours with scenic views of Trishuli river along the winding way. to reach Pokhara. On a clear day you can see Mt. Fishtail as soon as you reach Pokhara in mid-afternoon. Spend some time around Lake Fewa and catch a drink in one of its numerous bars before dinner.
Day 03 : Drive to Kande (1,700m/5,577ft) and Trek to Deurali (2,232m/7323ft) -4 Hours
After breakfast, drive for a little less than an hour to Kande from where the actual trek begins. As soon as we reach the “Australian Camp”, a clearing in the forest with dotted lodges, we are well into the beauty of the trek. We stay here for the night.
Day 04 : Trek to Forest Camp (2,600m/8,530ft) -6 Hours
After a good breakfast at Deurali, we prepare for trek of about 5 hours for the day. We begin the morning by following a ridge in a forest and walk along continuously until we arrive at Forest Camp, where we will camp for the night.
Day 05 : Trek to Low Camp (2,960m/9,711ft) -4 Hours
The route makes a gradual climb through more rhododendron forests. There are few clearings here and there, with one or two tea houses along the way. As we reach deep into the forest, a turn here and there will reveal closeup views of Mardi Himal itself. The walking duration on this day is around four hours.
Day 06 : Trek to High Camp (3,550m/11,647ft) -4 Hours
As we come closer to the peak itself, today, the trail goes uphill towards Mardi Himal. Views of both Mardi Himal and Fishtail become more and more spectacular. Leaving Badal Danda and the forest, we suddenly seem to arrive at a dramatically different landscape – that that is alpine in nature – with rocky and mountainous terrains. The first views of snowcapped peaks become real, as we see some majestic mountains such as Anapurna South, Fishtail, and Huinchuli prominently. We stay at the High Camp for the night.
Day 07 : Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m/14,764ft) 7 Hours
Trekking from the High Camp to the Base Camp is a little more challenging as the climbs are steep and the walking hours are long. The trail takes a more vertical ascent, which is where the expertise of a good guide is required. Needless to say, the views from the base camp are amazing; and some of the least photographed scenes in the country.
Day 08 : Trek Back to Forest Camp -7 Hours
Early morning is a time to photograph or view the mountains. After a late and leisurely breakfast, we begin retracing the route to Forest Camp. It takes a little more than four hours to arrive at the clearing of the Forest Camp. For the rest of the day, you can either spend it on your own, or share experiences with people staying the night at Forest Camp.
Day 09 : Trek down to Lwang (1,500m/4,921ft) -4 Hours
As we near the end of the trail, we make a descent across thick forests, to the lower areas of the valley. Lwang is one such village where you will see the unique culture of the Gurung people. You will stay as a guest in one of the houses in a village that looks like it’s right out of a fairy-tale setting.
Day 10 : Return to Pokhara
After breakfast, we descent the trail until we arrive at the Mardi River basin. From there, we drive to Pokhara and spend the night relaxing in a hot bath and some drinks.
Day 11 : Fly back to Kathmandu and sightseeing.
After breakfast, catch a flight to Kathmandu. In the afternoon, you will go on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. At night, you can join a typical Nepalese dinner before returning to the hotel.
Day 12 : Fly back home.
After breakfast, we will take you to the airport on time.