MARDI HIMAL TREK

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

Highlights

  • 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 relatively new trekking trails in Nepal and becoming more and more popular day by day cause of its uniqueness and virgin trekking trails in Nepal.

The Mardi Himal is an ideal trekking trail to those looking for an ‘off the beaten path’ trail to experience in 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 trail 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 an authentic teahouses/lodges, stunning forests and awesome views of the Annapurna Mountain Range, the Mardi Himal Trek should be in your bucket list.

We have 12 days itinerary to complete the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek. Mardi Himal Trek starts from Phedi after short drive from Pokhara. The trek then goes to Mardi Himal base camp and finally 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 to home.

Itinerary

Open All DaysClose All

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

You  will go on a guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu  that include tour of Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You will be guided by an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide who will brief you about the landmarks.

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

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

After having a warm breakfast early in the morning, you meet with your trek guide at hotel lobby at 6:30 am. you are taken to 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 trarric). Upon reaching Pokhara, you move to the hotel and the rest of the day is free. You can explore the lake side in Pokhara in evening.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 830
  • Pokhara

Today, after having a breakfast, you take a short drive to Phedi.  The Trek begin trekking from here and goes through 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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2100
  • 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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2520
  • Forest Camp

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

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

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2970
  • Low Camp

The trek today start after hot breakfast at 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 rest of the day is free to explore.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 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, Baraha Shikhar, etc from Mardi Himal Base Camp.

You then descend to High Camp to spend the night.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 4120
  • High Camp

The trek stats after hot breakfast at 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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 1700
  • Sidhing Village

After having breakfast at lodge, you  start 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
  • B, L
  • 830
  • Pokhara

Today, you drive back to Kathmandu. The drive follow 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 and do shopping.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • 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. 

  • B

What's Included

  • Airport transfers.
  • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • A day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • 2 night hotel in Pokhara including breakfast.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek.
  • Accommodations in lodges on trek.
  • A guide & porters (1 porter for each 2 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 (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport - Kathmandu).
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara).
  • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills.
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge.
  • Entrances fees while visiting Kathmandu on second day.
  • Tips for the guide and porters.
  • Anything not mentioned in included section.

Check Available Dates

  • We have set date to departure Mardi Himal trek so, select your date and book.
  • Contact us if the given itineray is not suitable for you and need to have costomized itinerary or the given date is not suitable for you and need to travel in different date as any date is available for Mardi Himal base camp trek.
Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice 
Start Date24 Sep, 2020End Date05 Oct, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$650

Useful Information

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

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

Transportation Used on Mardi Himal Trek

  • We provide private vehicle for airport transfers and sightseeing in Kathmandu and tourist bus from Kathmandu- Pokhara – Kathmandu.
  • You also have options to drive by private car/jeep to Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu or 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 are able to re- charges your camera/mobile batteries. You may have to pay little charge to recharge them and we stringly suggest you to have spare batteries incase charging facility is not available.

Guide and Crew on Mardi Himal Trek

You have professional tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day two (the tour guide for this day may different from the trek guide you trek) and trained/certified trekking guide for the whole trek who handles the logistics and guide you and your team through out the trek.

A Sherpa (assistant guide) are provided when there are 8 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there is 1 porter for each 2 members and a porter carry 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.

You will be entirely 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

Moderate level of fitness level is required with daily walking/trekking from 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 really need to have previous trekking experience however if you have then it is extra benefit.

You need to be healthy and strong desire and stamina to complete the trek with positive thoughts. If you have any health concerns please consult your doctor prior to book 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 TIM’s permit. 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 all through out the year, however the autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end) at the best time in terms of weather and visibility. The temperature is stable in these 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.

Total of 25 meals (11 breakfast, 7 lunch and 7 dinner) are inlcuded and provided on our Mardi Himal Trek package. These meals are taken in lodges as breakfast and dinner are taken at the lodge where stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail, our guide will stop and provide in lunch time.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals on this trail however Nepali set meal ( Dal Bhat is available every where). 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 our price.

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

We provide good hotel for 5 nights (3 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara) and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for rest of the 6 nights on Mardi Himal Trek and The rooms are basic, normally 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 mentioned hotels are not available then we provide you another similar hotels.
  • Accommodation will be on double/twin share mostly (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, your main luggage on Mardi Himal Trek is carried by porter. You simply carry your day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. as a small load allows full enjoyment of the trek.

A trek bag or duffle bag is ideal for your main luggage for Mardi Himal Trek, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need on Mardi Himal Trek that you can leave/store at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu or in Pokhara for free of charge.

Yes, you need some extra money for your private expenses on Mardi Himal Trek and the personal expenses are depend largely on your habit. As 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, hot shower (you have to pay in some places) etc.

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

Yes, Tipping for all services provided on Mardi himal trek is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.

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

And about total of US 80.00 from each members for the trek part to divide guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you traveling). The trek guide will give you 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 risk of AMS (Altitude mountain sickness) while going on high mountain trek, so, we have to be careful about it.

Our guide provide you information to avoid the AMS while on trek however if incase if you or any member of group get AMS then we do everything to bring you back safely and the action depends on the situation and the place you get sick as such if you get AMS and still able to walk up then we take a day rest at the place (while other continue the trek) with one of the porter/guide and we see how the situation will improve and we continue trek from next day if the situation gets better.

If there is not any improvement or even worse, we do not have other option rather return the same trail as descending down is only the medicine of AMS or if the situation gets really worse when you either can go up or down then we rescue/evacuate and bring you back to Kathmandu to visit doctor.

The cost of Evacuation by helicopter is expensive in Nepal and it is almost impossible to pay by the people so, we strongly suggest you to buy insurance policy that covers the evacuation in the worst situation.

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

Escape Nepal’s representative/driver will be stand by at the airport pick you up and transfer to designate hotel. He will have 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 tip at the end (These people are not belong to us). So, be careful of them and we advise you not let them to carry your bag/luggage. We suggest you to take your bag/luggage yourself until you put them on our vehicle as there are many trolleys that you can use free of cost.

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

Equipment play vital role to have comfortable and successful trek. So, you need to pack your gear carefully and carry only the things that you need and use on trek. You should have pack anything that you do not need on trek and should not miss anything that you need for the trek.

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

General

  • Four seasons sleeping bag (we provide you one if required and it to be returned after the trek).
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep all your gear and this will be carried by the porter.
  • Daypack for yourself to keep your personal things such as camera, water, things that you need for the day and this is carried by you.
  • A small lockable bag to keep your extra stuff that you do not use on trek and this can be kept at the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara and get return after you return from the trek.
  • A down Jacket (we provide you one if you do not have and it is returned at the end of the trek).
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2-3 pieces
  • Light weight thermal tops
  • A fleece jacket
  • Raincoat (if you are traveling in monsoon time)
  • A pair of quick-drying nylon hiking shorts
  • A pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • Four pairs of liner warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair 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 to consult 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 is recommended
  • Pocket knife
  • 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.