MARDI HIMAL TREK

  • DURATION12 Days
  • DIFFICULTY-LEVELModerate
  • GROUP SIZE1-12

Highlights

  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Explore Pokhara, the city of lakes
  • Trek through picturesque villages and dense forests
  • Experience rich culture and lifestyle of the locals
  • Witness the stunning view of the Himalaya

Trip Overview

The Mardi Himal Trek is an amazing trek in Nepal that offers great views of Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machapuchare, and many other Himalayas. Mardi Himal base camp trek is a relatively new trekking trail in Nepal and becoming more and more popular day by day cause of its uniqueness and virgin trails in Nepal.

The Mardi Himal is an ideal trekking trail for those looking for an ‘off the beaten path’ trail to experience in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Mardi Himal is perhaps the least visited trails and has become the best alternative of Ghorepani Poon hill trek that is one of the busiest trekking trails in the region.

Mardi Himal base camp trek is one of the hidden gems Annapurna region, Nepal. The Mardi Himal route takes you to the base camp of Mardi Himal, right in the laps of Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre and fishtail. With authentic teahouses/lodges, stunning forests, and Awesome views of the Annapurna Mountain Range, the Mardi Himal Trek should be on your bucket list.

We have 12 days itinerary to complete the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek. Mardi Himal Trek starts from Phedi after a short drive from Pokhara. The trek then goes to Mardi Himal base camp and finally to the high camp through many villages. As such, Deurali, forest camp, Low camp, and High camp. You get to appreciate the solitary trails with verdant forests, Interesting villages, valleys, terraced farms, Dazzling rivers, and extraordinary views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail), and Hiunchuli mountains.

Mardi Himal Trek goes down to Pokhara after visiting the Mardi Himal Base Camp through Sidhing and Lumre village. You then return to Kathmandu to take your international flight home.

Itinerary

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You arrive at Kathmandu airport, where one of our airport representatives/driver pick you up and takes you to the hotel. 

He will inform you about the program and leave you to rest for a few hours. You are free in the evening to explore yourself.

  • Hotel
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

After breakfast at the hotel, You go on a guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu that includes a visit to Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You are guided by an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide who briefs you about the landmarks.

All of these monuments present you with a deep insight into Nepali culture and history. You will return to the hotel after the tour is complete, and you can prepare for the trek and check all the gears and buy if you need to buy any in the evening.

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  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

After having a warm breakfast early in the morning, you meet with your trek guide at the hotel lobby at 6:30 am. you are taken to the bus station to drive to Pokhara. The drive follows the Trishuli and Marshyangdi River valleys and offers scenic views of lush green hills, terraced fields, small settlement areas, and waterfalls.

You reach Pokhara after about 6 - 7 hours' drive (depends on traffic). Upon reaching Pokhara, you move to the hotel, and the rest of the day is free. You can explore the lakeside in Pokhara in the evening.

  • Hotel
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  • 830
  • Pokhara

Today, after having breakfast, you take a short drive to Phedi. The trekking begins here and goes through stone steps and terraced fields.

The trail further passes by small villages and takes you to Dhampus. You have a lunch break here and continue trek towards Deurali.

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  • Deurali

The trail ascends through lush forests of rhododendrons today and heads towards Forest Camp. You also pass by a few scattered settlement areas enjoying beautiful landscape views on the way.

Upon reaching Forest camp, Check in to the lodge and fee evening to walk around.

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  • Forest Camp

Today begins after a delightful breakfast at the lodge, and the trekking goes through dense forests towards Low Camp. You can see impressive views of Mt. Machhapuchhre and the other Himalayas on the way.

Upon reaching low camp, Check in to the lodge and fee evening to walk around.

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  • 2970
  • Low Camp

The trek today start after a hot breakfast at the lodge. You get to see tempting views of Himalayan mountains like Annapurna South and Mt. Hiunchuli today.

The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge through the grassy path and isolated rhododendron forest. You check in to the lodge, and the rest of the day is free to explore.

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  • 3540
  • High Camp

Today, you wake up early in the morning to catch gorgeous sunrise and breath-taking views of several snow-capped peaks.

The trail gradually ascends towards the Upper Viewpoint from High camp. You get to see views of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Mardi Himal, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Tent Peak, Mt. Singhachuli, and Baraha Shikhar from Mardi Himal Base Camp.

You then descend to High Camp to spend the night.

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  • High Camp

The trek starts after a hot breakfast at the lodge. Today, the trail further drops down to Sighing village. You walk through lush forests and small settlement areas to reach the village.

You get to observe the daily lifestyle of locals in Sidhing village.

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  • 1700
  • Sidhing Village

After having breakfast at the lodge, you start the trek towards Lumre. The trail descends from Sidhing village. Upon reaching Lumre, you drive back to Pokhara.

You can use the rest of the day as per your wish. Explore the nearby areas and dine in the beautiful restaurant enjoying the sunset.

  • Hotel
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  • 830
  • Pokhara

Today, you drive back to Kathmandu. The drive follows the same route as before. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you head to the hotel.

As the remaining day is free, you can stroll on the vibrant streets of Thamel for shopping.

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  • Kathmandu

You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home. One of our team members will take you to the airport as per your flight departure time. 

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What's Included

  • Airport transfers
  • 3-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • A day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • 2-night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on the trek
  • Accommodations in lodges on the trekking
  • A guide & porters (1 porter for every two trekkers and a porter carry about 20-22 KG from 2 of you)
  • Paper works, National park entry permits, & TIMS permit
  • Ground transportation Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, which will be paid by your travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffel bag – if Necessary (return after the trek)

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara)
  • Your personnel expenses drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Entrances fees while visiting Kathmandu on the second day
  • Tips for the guide and porters
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Check Available Dates

  • We have set a date to depart Mardi Himal trek so, select your date and book.
  • Contact us if the given itinerary is not suitable for you and need to have a customized itinerary or, the given dates are not suitable for you and need to travel on a different date as any date is available for the Mardi Himal base camp trek.
Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice 
Start Date10 Jan, 2021End Date21 Jan, 2021AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$650
Start Date24 Jan, 2021End Date04 Feb, 2021AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$650

Useful Information

Extra nights in Kathmandu Pre or post the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

Extra nights hotels in Kathmandu, when needed for the pre or post the Mardi Himal trek, is available. If you arrive in Nepal earlier and stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates, then an Extra night in Kathmandu can be booked at the US $55.00 per night with breakfast and airport transfer.

Transportation Used on Mardi Himal Trek

We provide a private vehicle for airport transfers and sightseeing in Kathmandu and a tourist bus from Kathmandu- Pokhara – Kathmandu.

You also have options to drive by private car/jeep to Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu or a short flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu.

Please, do let us know if you want to upgrade the modes of transport to private transport or flights.

Electricity and Battery Charge in Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

There is electricity available in Kathmandu & Pokhara and in most of the villages of Mardi Himal Trek, where you can recharge your camera/mobile batteries. You may have to pay a little charge to recharge, and we strongly suggest you have spare batteries in case the charging facility is not available.

Guide and Crew on Mardi Himal Trek

You have a professional tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day two and a trained/certified trekking guide for the whole trekking, who handles the logistics and guide you and your team throughout the trekking.

We provide a Sherpa (assistant guide) when there are eight or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage, and a porter for every two members and a porter carries about 20 - 22kg, which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation on Mardi Himal Trek

In case of a serious sickness or injury, while you are on Mardi Himal Trek, we do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital.

And, you will be liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before departure to Mardi Himal Trek.

FAQs

The Moderate level of fitness level is required with daily walking/trekking between 3 hours to 8 hours for Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek. You reach an altitude of 4120m above sea level on this trek.

You do not need to have previous trekking experience. However, if you have, then it is an extra benefit. You need to have good health and a strong desire and stamina to complete the trek with positive thoughts. If you have any health concerns please consult your doctor before the booking of Mardi Himal Trek.

Yes, You need to have trekking permits to trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp. You are required to have Annapurna conservation area entry and TIMS. We at Escape Nepal apply and get these permits for you once you book the trek from us.

The Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is doable throughout the year. However, Autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and Spring (from the beginning of March until May end) are the best time in terms of weather and visibility.

The temperature is stable at this time. The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C), but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappearing at night.

A total of 25 meals (11 breakfasts, seven lunch, and seven dinners) are provided on the Mardi Himal Trek package. These meals are taken in lodges. The breakfasts and dinners are taken at the Lodges where stay overnights. And, lunch at the Lodges available along the trail, our guide will stop and provide at lunchtime.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals on this trail. However, Nepali set meals ( Dal Bhat is available everywhere). The drinks like coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer, etc.. are also available in all places and note that these drinks are not included in our price.

We suggest you bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Mardi Himal Trek. You can have normal water for free. So, you use the Medicine and drink, or you have the option to buy bottled water or boiled/safe water to drink.

We provide hotel accommodation for 5 nights (3 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara) and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for the rest of the 6 nights on Mardi Himal Trek. And, The rooms are basic, just a bed with a pillow and blankets on available lodges. So, remember that some of them are very basic, and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Hotel list we provide:

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Samsara Resort: 3 nights
  • Hotel in Pokhara: Hotel splendid view: 2 nights
  • Hotel on Trek: Simple Mountain lodge: 6 nights

Notes:

  • If the above hotels are not available, then we provide you other similar hotels.
  • Accommodation will be on double/twin share (triple share available in most places also).
  • Hotel upgrade in Kathmandu and Pokhara is available as there are luxury 4 & 5-star hotels available in these cities so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara.

No, You do not have to carry your luggage yourself. Your main luggage on the Mardi Himal Trek is carried by a porter. You simply carry your day pack with a water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc.

Yes, you need some extra money for your private expenses on Mardi Himal Trek, and the personal Expenses depend on your habit. Most of the meals are included in the price. You only need some money for table drinks (alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (some smaller shops are available along the trail), souvenirs, a hot shower (you have to pay in some places), etc.

If you do not drink alcohol and do not shop, then about the US $12-15 per day per person should be enough for these expenses.

Yes, You have to tip the staff of Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek. However, the tipping for all services provided on Mardi Himal trek is always a matter of personal discretion. However, be aware that tipping is considered to be a part of their remuneration, and they may approach you for payment.

The tips are not included in the price for the services tour guide, trekking guide, trekking porter, and driver. The recommended tip is the US $5 from each member for the tour guide (day 2) and the US $3 from each member for the driver (day 2).

And about a total of US 80.00 from each member for the trekking part to divide guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you traveling). The trek guide will give you a clearer idea when the trek come to end).

We wish that you won’t have AMS or any other sickness on Mardi Himal Trek. However, there is always a risk of AMS (Altitude mountain sickness) while going on a high mountain trek. So, we have to be careful about it.
Our guide provides you with information to avoid AMS while on a trek. However, If you or any member of the group gets AMS, then we do everything to bring back safely. And, It depends on the situation and the place you get sick. As such, if you get AMS and still able to walk, then we take a day rest (while others continue the trek) with one of the porter/guides, and we see how the situation will improve. You continue the trekking from the next day if the situation gets better.

And, If there is not any improvement or even worse, we do not have other options rather than return the same trail. The descending is only the medicine of AMS, or if the situation gets worse when you either can go up or down, then we rescue/evacuate and bring you back to Kathmandu to visit a doctor. The cost of rescue by helicopter is expensive in Nepal, and it is almost impossible to pay by the people so, we strongly suggest you buy an insurance policy that covers the evacuation in the worst situation.

Yes, you get an airport pick up on your arrival at Kathmandu airport once you book Mardi Himal Trek from us. However, the free service is available only if you arrive and depart on our scheduled dates. If you arrive or return on different dates, then some extra costs will apply for these transfer services.

Escape Nepal’s representative/driver will be standing by at the Airport pick you up and transfer to the hotel. He will have an Escape Nepal placard or your name written in the paper so, find him when you exit from the Airport.

Important note on Arrival: There can be many people around you to support you to carry your luggage or to put your luggage in the vehicle when you exit from Airport, and they ask for money as a tip at the end (These people do not belong to us). So, be careful of them, and we advise you not let them to carry your bag/luggage. We suggest you take your bag/luggage yourself until you put them in our vehicle as there are many trolleys that you can use free of cost.

No, International flights to arrive in Nepal and to return from Nepal are not included in our itinerary and price of Mardi Himal Trek. You have to search and book a suitable flight to arrive in Nepal and return yourself. There are plenty of international airlines that make the flight to Nepal.

Equipment plays a vital role in a comfortable and successful trek. So, you need to pack your gear carefully and carry only the things that you need and should have pack anything that you do not need on the trek.

To help you to pack your gear, we have given some list that you should not miss while you are packing for the Mardi Himal trek.

General

  • Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional), we can provide you one if required
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep all gear, which will be carried by the porter.
  • Daypack for yourself to keep your things such as a camera, water, and things that you need for the day.
  • A down Jacket (we provide you one if you do not have
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2-3 pieces
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket
  • Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • A pair of quick-drying nylon hiking shorts
  • Two pairs of trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees
  • Four pairs of warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair of light trekking shoes or sandals for camp/lodges
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium-size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend consulting with your doctor for medication suggestions to take for these regions.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies), these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm at least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun cream with SPF 40
  • Water purification Iodine tablets (optional)
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.