Trek through pretty Rhododendron forests with stunning views of Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Machapuchare (Fishtail) on this multi-day Nepal trek. Book the Mardi Trek online.
Trek & tandem paragliding in Pokhara
Imagine hiking up to the height of 4,500 meters to Mardi Himal Basecamp and then flying off tandem on a paraglider to Pokhara. Yeah! It is now a reality. Responsible Adventures has teamed up with the best paragliding pilots in Nepal to do a unique adventure combination of trekking and paragliding.
The paragliding pilots were named the NATGEO adventurers of the year in 2012. They are Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tseri Sherpa. These two Nepali guys climbed Everest, took off on a paraglide from the summit to the Sun Koshi River, and kayaked to the Bay of Bengal, setting a new world record. You will be paragliding with the adventurer legends. The paraglide pilot meets us on day six, hiking from Pokhara for the flight the next day.
The Trek to Mardi Himal has only been a favorite in recent years. Previously, only expedition-style trekking used to be run on this route by some trekking companies of Nepal, and the individual hikers stayed off the trail as there were not many lodging facilities.
Thanks to some enterprising locals, now the path has some lodges and guest houses, making it possible for FIT to trek in this route. The trail takes you east of Annapurna Base camp trail and eventually to the Mardi Himal Basecamp very close to Mount Fishtail.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu to be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara. Pothana 1,900 meters or Pitam Deurali 2,300 meters.
Day 03: Pothana to Forest Camp (Kokar) 2,600 meters.
Day 04: Forest Camp / Kokar to Badal Danda 3,250 meters.
Day 05: Badal Danda to High Camp 3,550 meters.
Day 06: Mardi take-off point 4,500 to Pokhara.
Day 07: High Camp to Pokhara
Day 08: You have the option of either just chilling out, shopping, taking a boat ride. Late afternoon flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 09: Morning tour of Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Ason Market ending in Thamel – the tourist hub for lunch.
Day 10: Breakfast at hotel and free until international departure.
- Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
- Boutique hotel in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis
- Hotel/lodges on twin sharing basis
- All transportation
- Responsible Adventures’ expert trek leader or trek with Raj
- Complimentary T-shirt
- Use of trekking kit bag during the trek
- One porter between two trekkers
- Proper clothing for porters and crew
- Food for porters & crew members (we are less than a handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)
- Insurance for crew and porters
- All permits
- Twin sharing room on the trek
- All meals on the trek (best trekking meals in the whole of the Himalaya)
- Paraglide flight from High camp to Pokhara
- Domestic airfare
- International airport taxes
- All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Transportation outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance (Compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
- Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only); Leader’s tips at your discretion
- Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir, etc
Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s, have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel names.
Do I need a Visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being correctly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.