The Mardi Himal with Khopra Ridge Trek is a 15-day adventure that takes trekkers on a remarkable journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal. This trek offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience, showcasing the hidden gems of the Himalayas.
One of the highlights of this trek is the scenic beauty that unfolds along the trail. From the lush forests of rhododendron and oak trees to the alpine meadows and panoramic viewpoints, the landscapes are diverse and awe-inspiring. Trekkers are treated to stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, as well as the majestic Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peak. The beauty of the surroundings is truly captivating and provides countless opportunities for photography and taking in the natural splendor.
What sets the Mardi Himal with Khopra Ridge Trek apart is its off-the-beaten-path experience. Unlike the popular treks in the Annapurna region, this route offers a more peaceful and secluded journey. Trekkers have the chance to explore lesser-known trails, encounter fewer crowds, and immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature. This sense of solitude allows for a deeper connection with the surroundings and a more intimate experience of the mountains.
In addition to the scenic beauty, the trek also provides an opportunity for cultural immersion. Along the way, trekkers pass through charming villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar communities. These villages offer a glimpse into the rich local culture and traditions of the people. Trekkers can interact with the friendly locals, learn about their way of life, and experience firsthand the warmth and hospitality of the Nepalese people.
The trek reaches its pinnacle at the Mardi Himal Base Camp, situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters (14,763 feet). The base camp offers a rewarding view of the majestic Mardi Himal and the iconic Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peak. This is a truly magical moment, with the towering peaks standing tall against the clear blue sky. It is an experience that leaves trekkers in awe of the power and beauty of the Himalayas.
Another major highlight of the trek is the visit to Khopra Danda (Ridge). This stunning viewpoint provides a close-up view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The panoramic vistas from this ridge are simply breathtaking, and trekkers can revel in the grandeur of the surrounding peaks.
A visit to Poon Hill, a famous viewpoint renowned for its sunrise views, is also included in the itinerary. Witnessing the sunrise over the Himalayas is a truly magical experience. The mountains are bathed in golden hues, creating a surreal and unforgettable moment.
Throughout the trek, trekkers have the opportunity to stay at community lodges. These lodges not only provide comfortable accommodation but also contribute to the sustainable development of the local communities. This allows trekkers to support the local economy and have a more authentic cultural experience.
The Mardi Himal with Khopra Ridge Trek is a journey that combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and off-the-beaten-path exploration. It is a chance to explore the hidden gems of the Annapurna region, away from the crowds, and appreciate the grandeur of the Himalayas. With stunning landscapes, unique cultural encounters, and unforgettable viewpoints, this trek offers an adventure of a lifetime.
Scenic beauty: The Mardi Himal with Khopra Ridge Trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. From lush forests and rhododendron trails to alpine meadows and panoramic viewpoints, the trek showcases the diverse and breathtaking landscapes of the region.
Off-the-beaten-path experience: This trek takes you away from the crowded trails and offers a more peaceful and secluded experience. You will explore lesser-known routes, encounter fewer trekkers, and have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature.
Cultural immersion: Along the trekking route, you will pass through charming villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar communities. This provides a chance to experience the local culture, interact with friendly locals, and witness their traditional way of life.
Mardi Himal Base Camp: The trek takes you to the base camp of Mardi Himal, situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters (14,763 feet). This is the highlight of the trek, offering breathtaking views of towering peaks, including Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).
Khopra Danda (Ridge): Another major highlight is Khopra Danda, a stunning viewpoint that provides a close-up view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The panoramic vistas from this ridge are truly awe-inspiring.
Sunrise from Poon Hill: A visit to Poon Hill, a famous viewpoint, offers the opportunity to witness a mesmerizing sunrise over the Himalayas. The panoramic views of the mountains glowing in the morning light are simply unforgettable.
Community lodges and sustainable tourism: Throughout the trek, you will stay at community lodges, which not only provide comfortable accommodation but also contribute to the sustainable development of local communities. This allows you to support the local economy and have a more authentic cultural experience.
Flora and fauna: The trekking route is rich in biodiversity, with diverse flora and fauna. From blooming rhododendron forests to rare bird species, you will have the chance to appreciate the natural beauty and wildlife of the region.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative who will assist you in transferring to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the vibrant streets of Kathmandu and preparing for your trek. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Duration: Driving Hours: (200 km /127 miles) 6-7hrs
After an early breakfast, you will embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna region. The journey offers breathtaking views of the countryside, terraced fields, and picturesque villages. Upon reaching Pokhara, you can enjoy the serene beauty of Phewa Lake and explore the lively lakeside area. Overnight at hotel on Pokhara.
Duration: Driving Hours: 2hrs/ Trek Distance: 9km / 5.5miles
After breakfast, you will take a short drive to Dhampus, a beautiful Gurung village that offers panoramic views of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges. From Dhampus, you will start your trek and ascend through forests and rhododendron trails to reach Deurali, where you will spend the night. overnight at Deurali.
Duration: Trek Distance: 6km / 3.7miles; Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
Leaving Deurali, you will continue your trek through lush forests, enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the region. The trail gradually ascends, and you will pass by small settlements and terraced fields until you reach Forest Camp. Here, you can relax and enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding nature. overnight at forest Camp.
Duration: Trek Distance: 8.5km / 5.2miles/ Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hrs , Walking Distance: Trek Distance: 8.5km / 5.2miles/ Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
Today’s trek takes you through enchanting forests, offering glimpses of the stunning snow-capped peaks. As you ascend higher, the vegetation becomes sparse, and you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and the Annapurna range. You will reach High Camp, where you will spend the night. overnight at Highcamp.
Duration: Trek Distance: 10km / 6.2miles/ Trek Duration: 7 hrs
The highlight of the trek awaits you today as you trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trail winds along the ridgeline, offering awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. After reaching the base camp and soaking in the majestic scenery, you will descend to Low Camp for overnight stay.
From Low Camp, you will descend through beautiful forests to reach Landruk, a charming village inhabited by the Gurung community. Enjoy the traditional hospitality of the locals and immerse yourself in their rich culture and traditions.
The trail from Landruk to Tadapani takes you through dense forests of rhododendron, oak, and bamboo. Tadapani offers magnificent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre. You can relax and enjoy the panoramic vistas from your lodge.
Duration: Trek Distance: 5.8km / 3.6miles/ Trek Duration: 5-7hrs
On the ninth day of your Mardi Himal with Khopra Ridge Trek, you will set out on a scenic trek to Bayeli Kharka. After a hearty breakfast, you will begin your journey, leaving behind Tadapani. The trail initially descends through beautiful forests filled with rhododendron and oak trees, offering a refreshing start to your day.
As you continue your trek, the path gradually ascends, and you will be treated to stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. The trail takes you through charming villages, where you can witness the daily lives of the local people and get a glimpse into their unique culture and traditions.
Bayeli Kharka, situated at an altitude of 3,450 meters (11,318 feet), is a picturesque grazing pasture for local shepherds. This tranquil location provides an excellent opportunity to rest, rejuvenate, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Annapurna region.
Upon reaching Bayeli Kharka, you will be greeted by the panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). The vast meadows of Bayeli Kharka make for a perfect spot to relax and soak in the breathtaking surroundings. You can spend your evening exploring the area, interacting with fellow trekkers, or simply enjoying the serene ambiance.
Overnight, you will be staying at a community lodge, which not only provides comfortable accommodation but also contributes to the sustainable development of the local communities. Here, you will have the opportunity to savor delicious meals prepared with local ingredients, providing a taste of traditional Nepalese cuisine.
As you prepare for a restful night’s sleep, take a moment to reflect on the incredible landscapes and experiences you have encountered so far on your Mardi Himal with Khopra Ridge Trek. The next day, you will continue your journey towards Khopra Danda, ready to embrace new adventures and witness more of Nepal’s natural wonders.
Duration: Trek Distance: 8km / 4.9miles/ Trek Duration: 5 hrs
Today, you will continue your journey towards the beautiful Khopra Danda. As you ascend higher, the landscape transforms into alpine meadows with panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Khopra Danda is a stunning viewpoint that offers a close-up view of the magnificent mountains.
Duration: Trek Distance: 9.6km / 5.9miles/ Trek Duration: 4 - 5 hrs
Leaving Khopra Danda, you will descend through terraced fields and charming villages. The trail takes you through the village of Swanta, where you can experience the local culture and interact with the friendly villagers. Enjoy the serene atmosphere and relax for the night.
Duration: Trek Distance: 8km / 4.9miles/ Trek Duration: 5 hrs
As you continue your trek, you will pass through rhododendron forests and picturesque landscapes. The trail gradually ascends to Ghorepani, a popular stopover for trekkers. Ghorepani offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, especially during sunrise and sunset.
Duration: Trek Distance: 12.5km / 7.7miles/ Trek Duration: 4-5 hrs/ Driving Hours: 2hrs
Today, you will wake up early and hike to Poon Hill, a famous viewpoint renowned for its panoramic sunrise views over the Himalayas. After capturing the breathtaking sunrise, you will descend to Birethanti through beautiful forests and terraced fields. From Birethanti, you will drive to Pokhara and spend the night there.
, Drive: Driving Hours: (200 km /127 miles) 6-7hrs
After breakfast, you will embark on a scenic drive back to Kathmandu, enjoying the picturesque landscapes and rural settlements along the way. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can relax at your hotel or explore the bustling streets of the city.
It’s time to bid farewell to the beautiful land of Nepal. Our representative will assist you in transferring to the airport for your departure flight. You can cherish the memories of your Mardi Himal with Khopra Ridge Trek as you head back home.