Mardi Himal Trek

  • Duration 11 Days
  • Max. Altitude 5,587 m
  • Trip Start Kathmandu
  • Trip End Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Annupurna Region
  • Nature of Trip Adventures
  • Major Activities Hiking & Trekking
  • Best Season Mar To May & Sep To Nov

Highlights

  • Panoramic vie of Annapurna Range
  • Mardi Himal 5,553 m.
  • Amazing view of three mountains over eight thousand meters high, Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Manaslu (8,163 m), and Annapurna I (8,091m
  • Eco-friendly environment and substantial wilderness hike of rhododendron forest.
  • Get to know about Magar and Gurung ethnicity and their local culture.
  • if the customer has additional days then can continue to Sikles Village Trek via Dhibrang

Mardi Himal trek is one of the best short trekking destinations in the Annapurna region. Being the hidden treasure in the Annapurna region, this trek offers trekkers the closest look at various majestic mountains like Annapurna South(7,219 m), Machhapuchhre(6,993 m), Hiunchuli(6,441 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Mardi Himal (5,553 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m), Dhaulagiri Himal (8,167 m), etc.  Mardi trekking destination lies just east of one of the most popular treks of Nepal,  the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

Mardi Himal Base camp trek starts after a short drive to Phedi from Pokhara city. The trail will lead uphill to a beautiful landscape of Dhampus village, which is well known for the beautiful and vibrant culture of Gurung indigenous peoples inhabiting the town. It is a good place to stay overnight for the view of the beautiful town, surroundings with the snow-capped mountains and green hills around.

Mardi Himal Trail trail will lead you through winding paths in, a magical rhododendron forest at an elevation of around 3,300 m. Ascending slowly towards the hilltop, you will notice a change in vegetation and the landscape of the area. Mostly you will have to walk into the forest with different kinds of trees, bamboo, and the chirping of different kinds of birds. You will be staying overnight in small teahouses with typical Nepali food and can get a chance to interact with local people. This trek covers the Annapurna region offering magnificent views of tall snow-capped mountains peaks and crystal clear blue sky views within a short time frame. Walking through the lush jungle may provide a chance to see creatures like Himalayan Thar, monkeys, butterflies, birds, Lophophorous, Himalayan Monal, etc.

Though being a short hike, this trail provides you with an amazing hiking experience and memories to fill your, adventurous soul.

Itinerary
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  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsDinner
  • Altitude/Time1400 m

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International  Airport, one of our representatives will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. Take good rest and get refreshed from the jet lag. In the evening, you will be joining a welcome dinner organized by our team in an authentic Nepali restaurant with a cultural program. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1400m

On our second day, we will start preparing for your trek. One of our representatives will remind you to get all the permits necessary for this trek. You will be reminded to check your trek insurance policy and provide us with a copy of it. You will meet your Team leader and other support professionals who will check your trekking gear to make sure they meet the requirements. After a brief introduction with the crew, one of our tour operators will take you on a city tour. You will be visiting 4 heritage sites, that hold historical, religious, and cultural significance namely Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Patan Durbar Square, and Swoyambhu (also known as monkey temple by the foreigners

  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time822 m

After early morning breakfast, we will take a public tourist bus to Pokhara. The drive will take approximately 7 hours which takes you through the scenic and winding road of Prithvi Highway that runs adjacent to Trishuli river up to Mugling and from Mugling, your trip is accompanied by Marsyangdi river. 

**option to take a 30 minutes flight to Pokhara is provided upon request.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time2100 m

After breakfast, we will continue our trip to Phedi in a vehicle for 1.5hr. From Phedi, we will start our first-day trek. We will walk on stone-paved steps, through terraced fields, and through small villages and lush green forests before reaching Dhampus. We will stop at Dhampus for lunch and some rest and continue our hike toward Pitam Deurali. Pitam Deurali is a small and beautiful village located on a ridge of a hill. It provides a good viewpoint for seeing Annapurna South, Mardi Himal, and Machhapuchhre. Overnight at Pitam Deurali. 

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time2520m

On this day we will continue ascending toward Forest Camp. The trail passes through the green forest with rhododendron trees scattered here and there. The trail is thoroughly unique until we reach Forest Camp. After reaching forest Camp, we will take some rest and wander the area locally known as Kokar. Overnight stay at Forest Camp.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time3700m

We will start our trek toward high camp early as usual. The trail passes through a vibrant forest of rhododendron and sub-alpine vegetation. As we pass the low camp, we will see the majestic fishtail/ Machhapuchhre mountain. The trail from the low camp starts ascending alongside the ridge towards Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre. As we continue ascending, the tree line starts getting thinner leading to more shrubby areas. We might even be able to see Himalayan Monal along the way. Upon reaching High camp, we will take a little rest and continue exploring the areas. The mountain views from High camp will amaze you. Overnight at High camp.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time4,500m

Comparatively, a long trekking day. Today we will start our trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp as early as possible. The trail to here is winding with some ascents and descents on steep and narrow trails. We will trek through pastures and a narrow ridge before reaching the Upper viewpoint, Kali danda. The mesmerizing view of the Himalayan snowscape from here is admiring. The view of Mardi Himal(5587 m), Annapurna I(8091 m), Annapurna South(7219 m), Baraha Sikhara(7647 m), Hiunchuli(6441 m), Tent peak(6501 m), Singhachuli(6501 m), Machhapuchhre(6993 m) and many other mountains is one of the greatest rewards. After spending some time at Mardi Himal Base camp, we will trek back to High camp. Overnight at High Camp.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time1,700 m

From High Camp this day we will trek to Bhiujung via low camp. We will stay overnight at Bhiujung.

  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time822 m

From Bhiujung we will first descend to Sidhing. From Sidhing, we will drive back to Pokhara. In Pokhara, we can walk around the city in our free time. Overnight at hotel.

  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1400 m

Travel back to Kathmandu overland to see the green hills. We will have enough time for rest and some gift shopping. 

Option: you can also return by flight Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Accommodation.......
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1400 m

You will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport to catch your returning flight.

Not satisfied with this regular itinerary?

Are you interested on planning custom trip? Feel free to contact us.

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Mardi Himal Trek map
Cost Details
What's Included
  • Airport pick up drop off by a private vehicle
  • 2 Nights hotel in Kathmandu at 3-star category hotel with breakfast in twin sharing basis
  • Transportation by tourist bus (Kathmandu-Pokhara, and Pokhara-Kathmandu) by tourist bus
  • Transportation (Pokhara-Kande and Lumre-Pokhara) by a private vehicle
  • 2 Nights hotel in Pokhara at 3-star category with breakfast in twin sharing basis
  • 4 Nights teahouse accommodation during the trekking
  • Full board food during the trekking
  • An experienced English-speaking guide and his all expenses during the trekking and tour including insurance
  • Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers and carries 15-20 kgs.) and their all expenses including insurance
  • Trekking route map
  • Complimentary sleeping bag and down jackets (return after the trekking)
  • First aid kit
  • All the government taxes and service charges
What's Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and on the way to Pokhara, Pokhara, and Kathmandu
  • Extra nights accommodation in Pokhara, Kathmandu in case of change of plans, unforeseen circumstances, and others.
  • Personal expenses (WIFI, Device charging during the trekking, laundries, bar bills, etc).
  • Tipping to the guide(s), porter(s) and driver (s)
  • Anything does not include in the cost.
Useful Info

Alternate trekking trail for Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trek can be started from several points. 

From Siding Village: 3 hours drive from Pokhara, the way to Siding village is filled with many beautiful waterfalls and traditional Gurung houses. The road is mostly off-road so a bumpy ride is expected. Since the trekking route is new, the trials are not finished yet. However, this path is used mostly to supply logistics and supplement Low camp using mules and donkeys. The trail joins up with the traditional trail at Low camp. 

From Dhampus: Just 45 minutes drive from Pokhara, there lies a beautiful traditional Gurung village of Dhampus. Dhampus offers amazing panoramic mountain views of the Annapurna range. The trail from Dhampus is relatively easy compared to the trail from Siding. The trail was mostly used by trekkers to reach the Australian camp until Mardi Himal Trail was discovered. The Dhampus trail meets up with the traditional trail at Pothana. 

From Ghandruk: If you have 3 more extra days, you can start your trek from Nayapul up to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is one of the most beautiful Gurung villages in the Annapurna region.  Ghandruk reflects the cultures and traditions of the Gurung people and is famous for its film shooting. From Ghandruk, you can see the beautiful views of mountains in the Annapurna range. Ghandruk provides not only scenic views but a beautiful culture of highlanders. From Ghandruk, you will trek down to Landruk and the trail meets up with the traditional trekking route at Pitam Deurali. 

 

Permits required to do Mardi Himal Trek: Since Mardi Himal Trek lies in the Annapurna region, an Annapurna Conservation Area permit is required. Permits can be obtained from the tourism office in Kathmandu or Pokhara. The required documents required to obtain permits are a copy of a valid passport with an expiry date of more than 6 months, and two passport-sized photos. Another permit required is the Tourists Information Management System.

The Best time to trek Mardi Himal: This trek can be done during any season, but we recommend our clients to do this trek during the autumn season(mid-September to mid-November). Apart from autumn, this trek can be done during spring but prepare yourself for a little warm temperature. The best thing about doing this trek in spring is weather is stable with deep blue skies and greenery all around along with dense blooming rhododendron forests up to the base camp.

Difficulty Level: This trail is considered easy for a beginner. Like all the treks in the Himalayas, this trek also requires you to walk up and down mostly. The difference is you will do this at a high altitude which requires normal physical fitness. 

Equipment and packaging lists for Mardi Himal:

Clothing: Trekking boots, Short-sleeved Trekking shirts, Trekking pants and jackets, Thermals underwear, Long-sleeved Trekking shirts, Insulating down jackets, Woollen cap, Trekking Gloves, Raincoats, Crampons 

First Aid: Diamox (Acetazolamide tablets for preventing High Altitude Sickness), Sanitary pads / Tampons, Anti-nausea Medicines, Band-aids, Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries: Soap, Toilet Paper, Shampoo, Sunscreen, Hand sanitizer

Accessories: Sunglasses, Sleeping bag, Camera Batteries, Water Bottle, Solar Charger, Hot water Thermos

Important Documents: Passport, Travel Permits

Transportation: Transportation is mainly by luxury tourist bus up to Pokhara. But if you want a private vehicle, we can provide you with a little extra cost. There is also an option to take a flight to Pokhara upon request. It will take 30 minutes to reach Pokhara via plane. From Pokhara, we will take public vehicles (private vehicles upon request) up to Kande from where our trek will commence. It will take 1 hour to reach Kande from Pokhara by private vehicle.

Meals and Accommodation: Accommodation is better compared to treks like Everest base camp, and Manaslu Base camp. Though you will stay overnight at local lodges and tea-houses, they are facilitated with better beds, better toilets, and all-time electric power. Most of the accommodation is facilitated with electricity. Some of the teahouses also provide internet. You will find a variety of dishes, from traditional Nepalese to continental, Italian, etc. But everything turns basic as we go higher. 

Why choose Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek?

There are many reasons to choose Mardi Himal Trek. This is the shortest trek in the Annapurna region that takes you close to Mount Machhapuchhre. The trek completes in 1 week so this trek is ideal for those who have less time but want to experience the amazing up-close view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurnas, Mardi, Gangapurna, Gandarbha mountains, etc. In April, the whole trekking trail is covered with blooming rhododendron forests adding natural beauty to the trip. Being a relatively new trekking route, the Mardi Himal Trek is relatively less crowded so you can do this trek in a calm and quiet environment. Since it is considered a beginners trek, any people including old and children can do this trek without any difficulty. The trek also offers a unique wildlife experience. After reaching over 3000 m, you might see bharal ( blue sheep ), spotted deer, and yaks. 

So, if you have less time but want to experience the natural beauty filled with mountains, dense forests, and rhododendron flowers with ease, then Mardi Himal Trek is the best option.

Guides and Porters: 

The team of Adventure Altitude Treks and Expedition co. is one of the most experienced, reliable, hospitable, and respected in Nepal. The agency and team members are all affiliated with Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association(NMA), Nepal Tourism Board, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil  Aviation of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, and Himalayan Rescue Association. We will provide a professional and experienced English-speaking guide with sound knowledge of place and trek. With an experience of more than 10 years in this field, we can guarantee your satisfaction. If you need a porter, we will provide you with 1 porter/2 guests. The porter will be carrying 25 kg maximum(12 -13 kg per person). You will need to carry your day pack yourselves to keep your personal belongings like wallet, mobile and accessories, cameras and accessories, water bottle, dry snacks, torch/headlights, and other personal belongings. For us, the safety of our clients and members comes first. And it is our collective responsibility to ensure safety and security for porters, guides, and guests. You can help to bring safety to our team members by taking only those things which are necessary. We will always be thankful for your acknowledgment.

FAQs
  • The Annapurna Base Camp Trail is classified as moderately difficult because of too many ascends and descends . For trekkers who are experienced can find this trail rather easy but for those who are amateur , this trail can be challenging as they to stop time and again to catch breathe. As mentioned earlier , the trail has too many ascends and descends along the stone paved route which may make trekkers feel fatigued early. However , if you have a well-planned itinerary , any challenging trails can be conquered. At Adventure Altitude Treks and Expeditions , we help our customers to get the best suited itinerary.

  • Being one of the most popular trekking region of Nepal , Annapurna Base Camp trek is safe to trek. You will find lots of other trekkers on the way . There are adequate amount of accommodations and hotels along the route. However , there always scammers who pry on trekkers . So , we recommend you hiring a guide.

  • Trekking can be done any time in Nepal because of its diverse geography . But the best time to do this or any of the trek in Nepal is from March to May and September to November. During these times , the visibility is perfect with clear blue skies , clear and pleasant weather. During rainy season, the trails are slippery and muddy thus making it hard to trek , And in winter , the Himalayan region experience heavy snowfall up to 4 feet deep. The temperature can go below up to -15 degrees . The visibility is low and the trails are covered with snow . You may get lost so its better to hire a professional guide and porter .

  • The maximum altitude gained while trekking Annapurna Base Camp is 4,315 m.

  • To do Annapurna Base Camp Trek , two permits are required. A TIMS ( Trekkers Information Management System ) and one Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit. Both permit can be obtained at tourism office in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Local trekking agents will get you these permits if you are going through an agency . Be sure to keep permits with you or give it to your guide as it is checked in various places along the way. The permits works only for one trek . So if you want to do another trek , you need to apply for another permit .

  • While you are at Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can find any type of accommodation , from cheap to expensive. While on the trail , your most of the accommodation will be tea houses with electricity , hot shower , internet . Food is typical Nepali food that includes lentils , rice, curry (veg and non-veg) , pickles etc. But you can also have other foods like MO: MOs . Chowmin, Spaghetti , Burger etc. Hot Shower and internet may cost you a small amount depending on the hotel you are staying. The beds are comfortable and some rooms may have attached bathroom. Most of the rooms are designed on twin sharing basis so mostly a room is equipped with two beds , one table , a pair of slippers . You can request an extra blanket with no charge.

  • Depending on the itinerary , the trek may take from 7 to 12 days to complete. 

  • Anyone can trek Annapurna Base Camp as it is the most famous trekking destination of Nepal. The trail is filled with lots of tea houses , trail marks and you also encounter may trekkers during the trek. Also if you are an experience trekker , this trek should be easy . 

    However , we recommend our guests to hire a porter and a guide . A porter will carry your belongings so that you don't have to carry all the weight in such harsh landscapes. A guide will tell you every bit of information you will need during the trek. There are many places of interests which carry cultural and historical values. We provide you guides with exceptional knowledge about the places . Not only that , a guide will take care of your accommodations and food so you don't need to roam around searching for accommodations. 

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