Mardi Himal Trekking

5 Based on 5 Reviews

Mardi Himal is an unseen gem and an unexplored trekking destination in Nepal. Lying south to one of the most popular trekking trials which is the Annapurna Base Camp trail, not many have set foot on the trail of Mardi.

The Mardi Himal Trek is a new trekking trail that was officially opened in 2012 and is still pristine. Situated to the southerly high point of Mt.Annapurna massif, this 10-day hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp is an excellent choice for travelers who are looking for an ‘off the beaten path’ trekking experience in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is one of the rare trekking trails of Nepal.

This 10-day Mardi Himal trek is an adventurous and pristine trekking trail. It offers us an experience of trekking through verdant forests, interesting villages, valleys, terraced farms, and dazzling rivers. It also provides extraordinary views of the Annapurna, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchre (Fishtail), the Forbidden Mountain.

Mardi Himal Trekking Overview

Our Mardi Himal trek route starts from Pokhara, we trek to Pothana, and we pass through the traditional culture of Gurung village’s Forest camp, High camp, before reaching the Mardi base camp.

This is the high point of this amazingly beautiful trek(4,500 m). Here you will enjoy stunning panoramic views of the mountains and landscape. We then trek back to Siding Village, making our way back to Pokhara.

The Mardi Himal walking trail is remarkable and enticing, with wonderful routes and vistas that also provide a golden opportunity to discover traditional villages with their traditional and original ethnic customs.

All in all, the Mardi Himal trek is short and easy in the Annapurna region. We accommodate in local teahouses, explore the local cuisine, enjoy the excellent landscape; and wonder at the panoramic views of the massive peaks including Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Hiunchuli, and Mardi Himal.

Note :

The hotel is a 2-3 star hotel that may adapt to meet the needs of the visitors. Furthermore, we can update and modify the itinerary which is a fundamental framework of a trek on demand.

 

  • Trip Starts: Kathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Transportation: Road
  • Trip Duration: 10 days
  • Trip Activity: Trekking
  • Trekking Guide: Available (Male)
  • Group Size:2 - 20 pax
  • Fixed Departures: Yes
  • Min Age: 12 years or above
  • Security: 100% Guaranteed!
  • Customized Trip Route: Available
  • Best Season: Basanta Ritu (Spring),Sharad Ritu (Autumn)

Mardi Himal Trekking Itinerary

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Your adventure begins as you land at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu at an elevation of 1,300 meters. Upon arrival, our friendly airport representative will be there to greet you. Look out for the “Adventure White Himalaya Treks” signboard held up outside the airport terminal. From there, you’ll be comfortably transported to your designated hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Important: Your first day also includes a pre-trek meeting where you’ll be introduced to your trek leader or guide. This meeting is an excellent opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the upcoming trek. We will provide you with a trek duffel bag and cap during this session. Make sure to bring your passport, three passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Additionally, we’ll ask you to sign a trip form and a non-liability disclaimer.

Rest well and overnight in Kathmandu, gearing up for the exciting journey ahead.

  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Hotel
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast

Today, we start on a scenic drive to Pokhara, known as the city of lakes. Hop on an early morning tourist bus for a comfortable ride to this picturesque destination, situated 820 meters above sea level. The drive covers a distance of 198 km and typically takes around 6 to 7 hours.

During the journey, you’ll be treated to a visual feast of Nepal’s natural wonders. Marvel at the diverse landscape, observe the local flora and fauna and catch glimpses of the stunning mountain ranges. The route also takes you alongside the lively Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers, with numerous rivulets adding to the scenic charm.

Upon reaching Pokhara, our team will ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel. Take a moment to relax and soak in the tranquil atmosphere of this lakeside city.

Rest comfortably overnight in Pokhara, getting ready for the exciting experiences that await in the days ahead.

  • driving-icon Driving Hours: 7 - 8 Hrs
  • distance-icon Trek Distance: 201 km
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Hotel
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast

After a hearty breakfast, we set off for Kande in a comfortable jeep. Kande serves as the starting point for our trek, and the scenic journey from Pokhara takes approximately 1 hour. Once we reach Kande, the real adventure begins as we start on a captivating trek to the Australian Base Camp.

The trek unfolds over a 3-hour journey, leading us along a picturesque trail. Australian Base Camp, nestled in the mountains, is renowned for its breathtaking views. On clear days, you can marvel at the unobstructed sight of the Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu range, and the lush green hills surrounding the area.

As the day comes to a close, find comfort in a local teahouse in Australian Base Camp, where you can relish the tranquility of the mountains and prepare for the adventures that lie ahead.

  • driving-icon Driving Hours: 2 Hour's
  • duration-icon Treks Duration:3-4 hrs
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Guest House
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Start your day with an early breakfast at Australian Base Camp, gearing up for an exciting trek to Forest Camp. The journey spans approximately 6 to 7 hours.

The trail initially descends slightly from Base Camp to Pothana (1,950 m) and then leads to steep ascents towards Deurali (2,100 m). At Deurali, a signboard points to the right, indicating the way to “Forest Camp.” Following this path, you enter a serene jungle adorned with oak trees, maples, rhododendrons, and more. As you continue walking through this quiet forest for a few more hours from Deurali, you’ll eventually arrive at the enchanting Forest Camp.

Enjoy a peaceful overnight stay in a local teahouse in Forest Camp, surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature. This trek provides not only a physical challenge but also a chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of Nepal’s diverse landscapes.

  • duration-icon Treks Duration:5 - 6 Hrs
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Guest House
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today’s trek takes us from the peaceful Forest Camp to the elevated High Camp, a journey lasting about 5 hours.

The adventure begins with a steep climb, leading us out of the forest and onto a grassy ridge. The ridge, sometimes covered in snow, offers a captivating view, especially during the winter season. As you make your way towards Low Camp, the mountains seem to draw closer, creating a breathtaking scene.

After approximately 3 to 4 hours of trekking, you’ll reach Low Camp around lunchtime. Take a break, enjoy a satisfying meal, and soak in the serene atmosphere. The journey continues towards High Camp, and the trail remains uphill throughout. Walking above the tree line, you’ll notice a drop in temperature, indicating the high altitude. After another 2 to 3 hours of trekking, you’ll arrive at the stunning High Camp.

Embrace the tranquility of the mountains as you settle into a local teahouse for an overnight stay. The journey to High Camp not only offers physical challenges but also rewards you with awe-inspiring landscapes along the way.

  • duration-icon Treks Duration:4 - 5 hrs
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Guest House
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today starts early as we embark on a trek to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp. The journey takes a few hours, and upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the breathtaking views of the Annapurna Sanctuary. The panoramic scenes of the South face of Mt. Annapurna and the majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) will make every step taken to the Base Camp truly worthwhile.

After spending some memorable moments at the Base Camp, we trek back to the High Camp. The day is filled with awe-inspiring landscapes and the sense of accomplishment that comes with reaching the Base Camp.

Settle in for a peaceful overnight stay at a local teahouse in High Camp, reflecting on the incredible sights and experiences of the day.

  • duration-icon Treks Duration:6-7 Hrs
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Guest House
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today’s journey leads us from High Camp to the picturesque Siding Village, a trek that lasts approximately 7 hours.

We opt for a different route from High Camp, adding a touch of excitement to our adventure. The trail takes us through varied terrain, allowing us to experience something new. The elevation changes dramatically as we descend to the Siding.

Siding, a charming Gurung village, welcomes us with traditional houses and offers stunning views of the snow-capped Annapurna South. After walking for about 7 hours, we reach the village, where we can immerse ourselves in the local culture and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings.

Enjoy an overnight stay in Siding, relishing the unique experiences of the day’s trek.

  • duration-icon Treks Duration:8 hrs
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Guest House
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today marks the final day of our trek. We’ll journey back to Pokhara in a comfortable jeep, enjoying scenic views of hillocks and traditional villages along the way. The drive takes approximately 3 hours, providing a relaxed and picturesque return to Pokhara.

Upon reaching Pokhara, take a moment to celebrate the success of the Mardi Himal trek. Reflect on the beautiful landscapes, the challenges overcome, and the memories created during this adventurous journey.

Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in Pokhara, savoring the accomplishment of completing the trek to Mardi Himal.

  • driving-icon Driving Hours: 2 hrs
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Hotel
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today, we set out for Kathmandu on a tourist bus, cherishing the final views of the majestic Himalayas as we make our way back. The journey will take a total of 7 hours. Once we arrive in Kathmandu, our representative will be there to meet you and arrange your transfer back to the hotel.

In the evening, we’ll gather for a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant, where you can enjoy cultural performances.

Rest peacefully overnight in Kathmandu, reflecting on the incredible journey and bidding a fond farewell to the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.

  • driving-icon Driving Hours: 7 -8 hrs
  • distance-icon Trek Distance: 201 km
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Hotel
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast

Today is the day of your final departure. Our representative will take you to the airport, ensuring a smooth and comfortable journey. We believe that the memories of this trek will inspire you to visit Nepal again. If you decide to explore more of this beautiful country in the future, we would be honored to plan your next adventure. Safe travels, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Nepal!

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Mardi Himal Trekking Includes/Exclude

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up (Company Name Plate) & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All your standard Meals during the lodge to lodge during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • All trekking and climbing related permit & fees, (Entry Permit Mardi Himal Base Camp fees).
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Adventure White Himalaya Treks duffel bag/kit bag and T-shirt.
  • Nepal Government license on holder English speaking trekking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests below 25 kg.).
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses Insurance for guide and porters
  • Salary for guide and porters
  • All information about trekking, tour and expeditions.
  • Certificate of achievement

Cost Exclude

  • International air fare your home Country to Nepal.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fees.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
  • Emergency mountain medical rescue (provided by your insurance company please buy it in your country you can’t buy it in Nepal).
  • Meals while not on the trek.
  • Personal Porter Personal expenses such as snacks, all drink, Wi-Fi, hot shower, gear, laundry, phone calls, etc.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.
Note:  

Note:

  • Travel insurance: Travel Insurance covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (you can buy it in your country you can’t buy it in Nepal)
  • Nepal entry visa: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Tourist Visa with Multiple entries for 30 days: This VISA can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency.
  • Tourist Visa with Multiple entries for 90 days: This VISA can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

Hint: Tips for the guide and porter (tips are not compulsory but this is your satisfaction with them if you are really happy with them service of them you can give as respect as tips). This itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not able you can customize your own.

Mardi Himal Trekking Information

Physical Level and Preparation

To go on the challenging hike to Mardi Himal Trekking, one must possess extensive physical conditioning. A moderate to high degree of fitness is required for the walk because it entails walking for extended periods and climbing to high altitudes.

Preparation Tips:

  • Cardiovascular Fitness: Trekking, jogging, and cycling are regular aerobic exercises that improve endurance.
  • Strength Training: For difficult terrain, strengthen your legs, core, and upper body.
  • Altitude Acclimatization: To prevent altitude sickness, consider rest days in your plan for acclimatization.
  • Pack Light: Make sure your backpack is as light as it gets. Bring only what you need.
  • Mental Preparedness: It’s a mental as well as a physical trip, so mentally prepare yourself for the hardships.

Group Size

Mardi Himal Trekking is usually undertaken by groups of two to twenty people who are assisted by local staff and led by a certified guide. The intimate group size fosters friendships and one-on-one interactions.

Accommodation

  • Depending on your tastes and what’s available along the way, you can stay anywhere from budget-friendly teahouses to opulent hotels while trekking the trail. Here is a list of well-liked lodging options:
  • Teahouses: These are simple, family-run lodges offering a bed, simple food, and a cozy setting.
  • Lodges: There are communities with resorts along the route that provide extra amenities like hot showers and adjoining restrooms.
  • Tented Camps: Another choice for staying in far-off places is a tent camp; these offer a more adventurous experience.

Luggage

When trekking, it is important to pack light. Just a small daypack with the essentials (water, snacks, clothing, camera) should be brought; a porter or yak will carry your bulky gear between the lodges.

Spirit of Travel

Enjoying the experience and the route is more important than reaching the summit of the Mardi Himal hike. You will see Sherpa culture, marvel at the breathtaking landscape, and form enduring connections with other hikers along the route. On this journey that tests your physical limits and lifts your soul, the wonder and tenacity of the natural world never stop to amaze and inspire you.

Season of trekking, distance traveled, services selected, and guide availability all affect the price.

Guided Trek: Usually contains a guide, hotel, meals, and permits. The price range is $800 to $1,000.

Independent Trek: Budget-conscious hikers can complete the trek for about $500 to $800 without permits and equipment.

Peak vs. Off Season: Trekking gives better weather during peak seasons (spring, autumn), but it is more expensive during off-peak seasons (winter, monsoon).

Cancellation Fees:

It’s important to know about any possible cancellation penalties before starting the Mardi Himal Trekking in case your plans change. Because different tour operators may charge varying cancellation costs, it is imperative that you read and comprehend the cancellation policy before making a reservation. Generally speaking, cancellation fees may increase the closer your departure date is. To lessen possible losses, think about getting cancellation coverage when getting travel insurance.

Tips

  • Pack Light: You can avoid paying porter costs by packing lightly. Bring only clothing and necessities.
  • Local Currency: For modest purchases along the trail, bringing small quantities of Nepalese Rupees is advised. There are ATMs in larger towns like Pokhara.
  • Split Costs: To cut down on individual spending, if you’re traveling in a group, think about splitting the cost of lodging, food, and guides.

What Justifies Getting Insurance?

When going on an adventurous excursion, like climbing the Mardi Himal, insurance is a must. Although it could seem like an additional expense, the security and comfort it offers are invaluable. Strong reasons to consider purchasing insurance for your hike are as follows:

  • Emergency Medical Coverage: There are certain dangers associated with hiking at high altitudes, such as the potential for altitude sickness and injuries, as the Mardi Himal expedition discovered. Emergency medical costs are covered by travel insurance, including, if needed, helicopter evacuation.
  • Lost or Stolen Property: Personal belongings can be lost or stolen anywhere, even on a hiking trip. Insurance may pay for the cost of replacing lost or stolen property, including electronics, equipment, and passports.
  • Emergency Evacuation: You might need to be flown by helicopter to a medical center in the event of a serious illness or injury. Although these evacuations can be expensive, travel insurance frequently pays for them.
  • Search and Rescue: Insurance may be able to assist with the costs associated with conducting a search and rescue operation in certain, uncommon circumstances.

The thrilling journey of trekking to Mardi Himal takes you through a variety of landscapes with erratic weather. It is essential to have the right gear if you want to enjoy, stay safe, and feel comfortable on the journey. The whole list of instruments you’ll need is as follows:

Small Personal Equipment

  • Backpack: A cozy, well-fitting backpack (30–40 liters) to hold water, snacks, additional clothing, and personal goods, among other everyday necessities.
  • Trekking Boots: Well-made, waterproof, cozy boots that provide supportive ankles.
  • Hiking Socks: Warm, moisture-wicking socks that keep your feet dry and blister-free.
  • Headlamp: For usage at night and in lodges with low lighting, a headlamp with additional batteries.

 

Personal Pharmacy

  • Prescription Drugs: Please include a copy of your prescription for any prescription drugs you may require.
  • Painkillers: Over-the-counter analgesics such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Antibiotics: Wide-spectrum drugs to treat common ailments.
  • Medication to prevent diarrhea: Imodium or a comparable drug.
  • First Aid Kit: Contains tweezers, gauze pads, adhesive tape, and antiseptic wipes.
  • Personal Prescriptions: Any other prescription drugs you may need.

 

Trekking Gear and Clothing

  • Base Layers: Breathable, moisture-wicking base layers for insulation and control of moisture.
  • Insulation: For lower temperatures, a cozy fleece or down jacket.
  • Outer Layer: A windproof, waterproof jacket with a hood to ward off the weather.
  • Trekking Pants: Versatile trekking pants with zip-off legs that are lightweight and quick to dry.
  • Gloves: For cold weather, mittens or gloves with insulation.
  • Hat: For protection from the heat, wear a sun hat or a thick beanie in chilly weather.

Passport

Validity of Passport: Ensure that your passport is valid.

Nepal visa: To enter Nepal, the majority of visitors are required to possess a valid visa. Visas can be obtained at various border crossings or at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. It’s advisable to check with the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your home country for the latest and accurate information on visa requirements and fees, as these details may change.

Medications

  • Altitude Sickness Medications: If you want to prevent or treat altitude sickness, talk to your doctor about taking medications like acetazolamide, sometimes known as Diamox. It’s imperative to discuss the appropriate dosage and any potential side effects.
  • Personal Prescriptions: Make sure you always carry a copy of the prescription with you, along with an adequate supply of prescription prescriptions.
  • First Aid Kit: Always have a basic first aid kit with you that contains bandages, sterile wipes, pain relievers, and any prescription medications you may need.
  • Water Purification: To guarantee that you have safe drinking water while on the trek, pack tablets or portable water filtration equipment.

Trekking to Mardi Himal provides the chance to witness the stunning scenery of Nepal, celebrated for its friendly inhabitants, rich cultural heritage, and impressive Himalayan peaks. This guide offers valuable insights into regulations, traditions, ecology, wildlife, safety measures, and other essential aspects for your journey.

Usages & Customs

Honor Local Culture: Nepal is a multicultural country where Hindu and Buddhist traditions coexist. It’s important to honor local customs, which include removing your shoes before entering homes or temples and wearing them modestly.

Namaste: In Nepal, a short bow and a courteous “Namaste” are customary ways to welcome someone. Learn a few basic words in Nepali to facilitate conversations with locals.

Regarding Your Strolls:

Teahouse Lodging: There are teahouses along the walk that offer lodging and meals. It is common to order food from your lodging establishment, as many establishments rely on hikers for their income.

 

Fauna and Flora

Biodiversity: Snow leopards, Red pandas, Himalayan tahr, Musk deer, Himalayan monals, and several bird species are among the many species of animals that inhabit the Annapurna region. Traveling requires respect for the local wildlife and habitat.

Environmental Situation:

Leave No Trace: To minimize your influence on the environment, abide by the Leave No Trace philosophy. This includes properly disposing of rubbish and eliminating single-use plastics.

Local Initiatives: To encourage local environmental and conservation initiatives and increase the area’s sustainability.

Minimize Our Carbon Footprint

Hikers are recommended to steer clear of single-use plastics and to use reusable water bottles.

We recommend using as little gasoline as possible when trekking and lodging in energy-efficient buildings.

When feasible, we advise using public transportation as an environmentally friendly form of mobility.

Preserve Wildlife:

We prohibit harming or endangering animals while on the walk and place a major emphasis on its conservation.

The biodiversity of the region is preserved thanks to our support of regional conservation initiatives.

The Commandments of Responsible Travel:

Before the trip

Respect and Research: Get as much knowledge as you can about the local way of life, ecology, and culture. Recognize and abide by regional traditions out of respect for them.

Pick Ethical Operators: Make sure that the hotels, tour companies, and other services you choose are firmly committed to sustainable tourism and ethical travel.

Pack With Thought: Don’t overpack; only bring what you really need. To limit waste, stay away from single-use plastics and disposable items.

 

During the trip

Respect local culture: At sites of worship or cultural significance, get permission before taking pictures, dress modestly, and engage in polite conversation with the locals.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: To cut down on waste, use reusable items and recycle as much as you can. Place trash in the proper container.

Energy and Resource Conservation: To save energy, turn off the air conditioner, heaters, and lights when not in use. Reduce water use and lengthen your showers.

After the trip

Exchange Knowledge: To encourage moral travel behavior, impart to others your understanding of and experiences with responsible travel.

Think and Learn: Consider how you can travel more responsibly in the future after your experience.

Positive and constructive criticism regarding tour operators’ and lodgings’ efforts at responsible tourism should be directed towards them.

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Mardi Himal Trekking Reviews

5.0 Based on 5 Reviews
Sherman

Mardi Himal Trek

Excellent team, very good , always helping….never in real danger while on trek. Highly recommend for all hikers and first timers…for a first timer like me…it’s was very difficult to hike but thanks to the team I manage reach the view point. The guide provided so many advise during the hike which make it easier for me… everything from accommodation to food was taken care of.

Adrian N.

Mardi Himal Hiking Trek

The best hiking agency ever. Very friendly guide, porter and manager. Thank you for everything!! Mardi Himal Trek was amazing toooo… The view from the view point was stunning.

Aryl Rosli (Malaysia)

Mardi Himal Trek

Ganesh and his team were great and really friendly! Our guide Jiban helped us through the Mardi Himal Trek and was very supportive. The views are also quite breathtaking! Definitely a great winter trekking experience!

fakhrulaizat (Malaysia)

Mardihimal Basecamp

Good service
Good guide
Good assistant guide
Stronger porter
Stronger team
Awesome management
Awesome mountain view

Ihsan R

MARDIHIMAL TRIP 2018

Great service by Ganesh and team! Very helpful guide like Sonam Sherpa & Suraj. Friendly and easy going! We ended up like family! No one leaves behind. Love you guys! XOXO

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