Mardi Himal Trek

Duration: 7 Days Price from: US$725
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: As per Itinerary
  • Food: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner(BLD)
  • Accommodation: Hotel and teahouse
  • Group Size: Min 1 Pax
  • Max Elevation: 4,250 m
  • Best Time: March - May & October - November

Highlights

  • Adventurous and off-the-beaten trail
  • Trek through several dense forests and chain of green hills
  • Observe diverse vegetation
  • Spend nights in beautiful villages
  • Interact with locals and see their daily lifestyle
  • Witness gorgeous sunrise from Upper Viewpoint
  • Stunning views of Himalayan mountains like Annapurna Range, Mt. Nilgiri, Mardi Himal, Mt. Fishtail, Tent Peak, etc

About Mardi Himal Trek

Officially opened in 2012, Mardi Himal Trekking is still an unspoiled part of the Annapurna Region. Located in the east of a very famous trekking trail of Nepal, Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal Trek is a marvelous journey. This trek offers off-the-beaten trekking experience without going far away to the most secluded parts of Nepal. The trail traverses beneath the virgin Mt. Machhapuchhre and goes through several dense forests, crossing rushing Himalayan rivers and picturesque villages. Mardi Himal Trek 12 Days offers breath-taking scenery and stunning views of the Himalayas.

We have designed the Mardi Himal Trek itinerary including a lovely village rich in cultural heritage. During your stay in these villages, you get to experience the rich culture and tradition of locals. People from communities like Rai, Limbu, Gurung, etc reside here. You get to look into their daily lifestyle. Overall, Mardi Himal Trek is a perfect package that offers a blend of adventure and experience in one go. As you will walk along the chain of green hills, the tranquil environment will confer a sense of peace in your mind and heart.

Mardi Himal Trek is a short 12 days venture. If you are someone with tight on time, and couldn't bear to go on long trekking than this trek is an ideal option for you. In a short period of time, you get to witness tempting beauty of Himalayas, get to see the spectacular landscape, walk on the trodden trail, and spend time observing ancient practices. Moreover, upon reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp also known as the Upper Viewpoint, you get to see a glorious sunrise.

If you are thinking to go on this trip, then do contact us. We are a team of active climbers and trekkers working in the industry for many years. We will help you organize the best venture for you as per your needs.

Itinerary

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Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport and complete the visa process. You will find one of our team representatives at the terminal gate holding your nameplate. He will take you to the hotel. In the evening, you meet with other team members over traditional welcome dinner and end your day enjoying the cultural dance. 

  • Meals: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

We have arranged a guided sightseeing tour for you. You will be accompanied by a professional tour guide who will brief you about the landmarks. You will visit places like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhuanth, Boudhnath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. 

  • Meals: Breakfast only
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Driving along the Kathmandu Pokhara Highway, you move towards the second biggest city of Nepal, Pokhara. The drive is going to be long. You get to see rolling green hills, rivers, and terraced fields on the way. Upon reaching Pokhara, you head to the hotel. Explore the nearby area and do boating in Fewa Lake.

  • Meals: Breakfast & lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel

From Pokhara, you take a short drive to Kande. This is the starting point of the trek. From here, you trek through small villages and lush forests to reach Pothana. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

Leaving Pothana behind, you gradually ascend through dense forests of maple, hemlock, birch, oak, and rhododendron. The trail will take you to Forest Camp, which is also known as Kokar. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

The trail moves along a dense forest and leads you to Low Camp. Upon reaching Low Camp, you get to see fantastic views of Mt. Machhapuchhre. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

Ascending along a ridgeside, you move towards the High Camp. The tree line begins to fade away as you will gain altitude. The trail further passes through lovely rhododendron bushes and take you to high camp for night stay.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

Today, you wake up early in the morning and begin ascending towards the Upper Viewpoint aka Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trail follows the narrow steep path and passes through a ridge. You get to see stunning views of Annapurna Range, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Fang, Tent Peak, and numerous other mountains. After spending some time at the base camp, you descend to High Camp.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

Following a different route, you trek towards Sidhing village. The route will present you with a unique landscape. The trail is quiet and peaceful. In Sidhing, you get to see the daily lifestyle and culture of locals.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

The trail descends to Lumre from where you drive back to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, you head to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore and rest.

  • Meals: Breakfast & lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Today, you drive or fly back to Kathmandu. Either way, you get to see stunning scenery. Upon reaching Kathmandu, head to the hotel. The rest of the day is leisure. In the evening, you join the farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • Meals: Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

With lots of memories, you fly back to your home today. You get assisted by our team members at the Airport terminal gate.

What's Included

  • Airport pickups/drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner with tea & coffee) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights as per the itinerary(KTM-PKR-KTM)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide  and assistant guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service 
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag if you need (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Free Ascent Trails T-shirt, cap or duffel bag
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek guide)
  • All government and local taxes

What's Excluded

  • Airfare of international flights
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu)
  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu & Pokhara (except for the welcome & farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking
  • Any personal expenses like laundry, charging, etc
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc
  • Extra transportation out of the itinerary program
  • Any additional staff other than specified
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses
  • Travel Insurance (which it should include coverage for trekking)
  • Wallie-talkies & filming permit (if any special camera or walkies-talkies are taken on the journey)
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone & Internet expenses
  • Tips and gifts for staff & porter 
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any other item not included in the “COST INCLUDES” section

Useful Info

What to expect during Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal Trek presents a perfect blend of adventure and wilderness. As the trail passes through several dense forests, you will get to see many unique vegetations and climatic conditions. You get to see several Himalayan mountains like Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Hiunchuli, (6,441 m), Annapurna South (7,010 m), Mardi Himal (5,587 m), Tent Peak (5,695 m), Singhachuli (6,501 m), etc.

How difficult is Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal Trek is a moderate trek. Thejn trail does include steep ascends and descends through dense forests and rocky areas. There are no technical sections. Anyone can go on this trek. Moreover, it is a very good option for beginner trekkers. Just remember to exercise and go on a small hike before starting the trek.

Can I Choose Solo Trek to Mardi Himal?

Yes, you can do the solo trek to Mardi Himal. It is less costly and you can bargain for your food & accommodation. On the trails, you will find many teahouses, so there will be no problem to get a room. Moreover, if you are an experienced trekker, you can easily go on Mardi Himal Trek solo. However, do know that while traveling solo, you have to arrange all of your permits by yourself, book lodging, and meals as well. Also, if you get sick on the way, there will be no one to care for you. Trekking in a remote area and especially in the Himalayas in no joke. Things can get hard.

Mardi Himal Trek route map

You can check our map section to know about the Mardi Himal trek route map. The map is designed as per our itinerary and route that you will follow during the trek. This map will help you a lot to understand the trail.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) Symptoms & Prevention

High altitude is the main reason that triggers acute mountain sickness. It is also known as altitude sickness. There are a few measures that you have to apply during your high altitude journey to avoid this. Read below to know more about acute mountain sickness.

Symptoms of altitude sickness

  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath with exertion

Preventive measures

  • Include an adequate number of rest days in the itinerary
  • Keep yourself hydrated
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages
  • Do not gain more than 500 meters in a day
  • Try to spend the night in lower altitude
  • Acclimatize properly at a lower altitude
  • Inform your guide immediately if any of the symptoms you see
  • Do not push yourself

Mardi Himal Trek best season

Mid-September to early-December is the best time to go on Mardi Himal Trek. The weather up there at the Himalayas is unpredictable. However, as per data, above mentioned months has the most stable weather in the year. These months are the peak time to go on Mardi Himal Trek.

March to May is the second most preferred time to go on this trek. the skies are clear, and hundreds of flora and vegetation begin to decorate the trail. June to early-September is the rainy season, not good to go on the trek because of slipper trail and unclear views.

Accommodation during Mardi Himal Trek

You stay overnight either in the guesthouse or teahouse. The accommodation is very simple. Rooms are given on a twin-sharing basis. And, if you are looking for a single room then you have to pay double. In most of the places, you will only get common washrooms. As the altitude gets higher, the option also gets limited. In any case, we will book you the best possible place to stay overnight.

Food & Water on Mardi Himal Trek

During Mardi Himal Trek, you can find Nepali food like dal bhat tarkari, momo, chowmin, etc. You will also find other options like pancakes, pudding, pasta, bread, eggs, curries, veggies, etc. Drinks like hot lemon, tea, coffee, soda, beer, etc are also available on the trail. Even though alcoholic drinks are available on the trail, we highly recommend you to not consume it as it can lead to altitude sickness.

Boiled water is available in every guesthouse. You can refill your reusable water bottle whenever it gets empty. For extra safety, you can also carry water purification tablets. You can also find a plastic water bottle on the trail. It is processed water, not mineral water. We request you to not buy these water bottles as it will help to preserve the environment.

Tailor-Made Options

If you want to create your custom made Mardi Himal Trek itinerary or our given itinerary and departure dates doesn't meet your requirements, then feel free to contact us. We are open to creating tailor-trips as well. This will not only help you to have your dream trip but also help us to provide the best service. You can reach out to us anytime.

Environmental Practices

Most of our trips occur in nature and its wilderness. We have to spend a huge part of our life trekking, climbing, and traversing in the Himalayas and nature. We are deeply attached to it and are willing to do everything to protect and preserve it. All of our trips have been running in an eco-friendly way. We are opting for sustainable equipment and tour type as much as possible. While traveling with us, you are not harming nature, instead of contributing to protecting it.