Key Information

  • Trip Duration Trip Duration 10 Days
  • Trip Cost Price from US$ 599
  • Trip Grade Trip Grade Moderate
  • Trip Style Trip Style Trekking
  • Group Sizes Max Person 02 - 16
  • food Meals Breakfast in cities & full board meals in trek
  • Accomodation Accomodation 2 star hotel in cities & tea house / Lodge on trek
  • Transportation Transportation Private Vechiles & Tourist Bus
  • Destination Nepal
  • Max.Altitude 4500 M
  • Single Supplement 120 USD

About Mardi Himal Trekking

Mardi Himal Trekking is a hidden gem of the Annapurna region. The trek is an ideal choice for travellers looking to explore the off-beaten trekking paths. Situated eastwards of the well-famed Annapurna Base Camp route, it was once only accessed by local shepherds and limited trekking groups until the government officially opened it as a trekking route in 2012.

The route sees relatively less traffic of tourists due to its recent opening. This makes the route pristine and untouched from the outside world. The journey takes you through winding off beaten paths, verdant landscapes and glistening rivers with the gigantic mountains glazing in the backdrop.

The trek commences from Pokhara where we drive early to Kade and trek towards the Forest Camp. We start to ascend along the winding paths as we pass through the lush rhododendron forests until we exit the forest at an elevation of 3200m.

Then we continue ascending the trail towards the Base Camp. The landscapes slowly turn more rugged and stony as we get closer to the Base camp. At the top, the base camp rewards you with majestic views of Mt. Macchapuchre, Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Hiunchuli.

Since it is a relatively easier trek, both novice and expert hikers can opt for it. The trails are smooth and uncomplicated. Thus, you can complete the trek within a few days. Also, there are some simple guesthouses and lodges along the way, so accommodation will not be a hassle!

So, if you are looking for a short trek away from the bustling crowd, to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Himalayas in absolute solitude and tranquillity, then the Mardi Himal Trekking is a perfect option for you!

Highlights Of Mardi Himal Trekking

  • Majestic views of the Annapurna Mountain Range, namely Annapurna, Machapucchre Mardi and Dhaulagiri.
  • Opportunity to walk through the off-beaten trails of the Annapurna region.
  • Chance to witness the pristine and untouched wildlife.
  • Witness the stunning countryside landscapes, terrace farming and lush green forests.
  • Marvellous views of sunrise and sunsets from different viewpoints along the trail.
  • Visiting the base camp of Mardi Himal situated at an elevation of 3,580m.
  • Observe the unique traditions and lifestyle of the Gurung and Magar tribes.

Best Time For Mardi Himal Trekking

Since Mardi Himal is a relatively new trek, it has few accommodations that are not available at unfavourable conditions. So travelling at adverse circumstances can create a problem for navigation and accommodation.

Due to its proximity to the mountains, Mardi sees different conditions of weather throughout the year. However, spring and autumn remain the most favourable months. During these seasons, when the weather is stable, and the skies are clearer, contributing to a fantastic experience.

Mid-September to Early December is the best time to opt for Mardi Himal Trekking. The skies are more apparent and being the post-monsoon season the peaks are fully snow-capped providing a majestic view!

February to April is the second most favourable time after September-December. It is the end of the winter season and starting of the spring season. The climate is warmer, and the flowers are in full bloom, which allows you to witness lush vegetation.

Winter is not suitable as most of the accommodations remain closed during this time of the year. Thick layers of snow also make the trek quite challenging than it usually is. The monsoon season isn’t any better either as heavy rainfall can obstruct your trekking plans. Also, wet trails and landslides add potential risk while trekking.

Difficulty Of The Mardi Himal Trekking

The Mardi Himal Trekking is a moderate level of trekking, and both novice and expert climbers of all age groups can opt for it. The walking distances are short and comfortable, with frequent rest stops along the way.

The most challenging part of the trek is the trek from High Camp to the Mardi Himal Base Camp which is a steep uphill walk through rocky surfaces. Other than that, the trails are quite smooth, and they fluctuate between steep and plain surfaces.

Since we will not be at high altitudes for longer durations, you will have very less chance of catching altitude sickness. However, there are some reported cases of it. So it is better to acclimatize and climb slowly to get your body used to the climate. Proper acclimatization not only helps you to prevent altitude sickness but also eliminates unwanted fatigue.

The only significant difficulty during this trek is to find accommodation facilities if you happen to be travelling in a peak season. Due to the limited teahouses and lodges, you have to pre-book accommodation to avoid the hassle of not finding shelter during your trek.

Highest Point During The Mardi Himal Trekking

The highest point you will be venturing during the Mardi Himal Trekking is the viewpoint of the Mardi Himal Base Camp. It lies at a staggering elevation of 4,500m.

 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 03: Drive to Kade and trek to Forest Camp
  • Day 04: Forest Camp to High Camp
  • Day 05: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp back to High Camp
  • Day 06: High Camp to Dhampus
  • Day 07: Trek down to Phedi and drive back to Pokhara
  • Day 08: Pokhara To Kathmandu
  • Day 09: Departure to International Airport.
Detail Itinerary

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Tourists class transportation to and from the airport and hotel.
  • Tourist bus Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
  •  Private transports Pokhara-Kade  & local sharing jeep Lumre- Pokhara.
  • 2 Nights standards Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 2 Nights standards Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Trekking lodge / Teahouse accommodations during the trek.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Government Licensed Holder trekking guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Porter during the Trekking (1 Potter for 2 trekkers) with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Supporter guide group size above 8+ people.
  • All necessary paperwork and entry permits (ACAP), Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) including local Tax, Government tax & official expenses.
  • Sleeping bag & Duffel Bag (if you do not have your own, to be returned after trip completion).
  • The arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag.
  • Farewell & Trekking Achievement Certificate.

Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara city.
  • Extra night accommodation and meals if early departure from the mountain.
  • Nepal visa fee (You can apply for Online or you can easily issue the visa on arrival at International Airport Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance (necessary).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks & all desserts sweet things.
  • Hot shower and battery charging in trekking Mountains.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (Tipping is voluntary).
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FAQs

How to enter Nepal, via road ways or air ways?

If you are travelling through air then you can only enter Nepal through Tribhuvan International Airport; is the only international airport in Nepal that operates several international flights on a daily basis. The airport is located in the capital city: Kathmandu, which is a popular hub for tourists visiting Nepal.

If you are travelling through road ways then you can either enter from China Border and India Boarder but before entering Nepal you should report yourself to Nepal Entry/Exit Points. Some of road entry/exit points are:

From China: Rasuwagadi Border & Kodari Border.

From India: Dhangadi, Kanchanpur, Nepalgunj, Birgunj, Kakarvitta, Bhairahawa

Reference: http://nepalimmigration.gov.np/content/immigration-offices--entry--exit-points-1.html