Mardi Himal Trek

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Duration

7 Days 6 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Mardi Himal Trek is a relatively new and popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Situated to the east of the renowned Annapurna Base Camp trek, this trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, along with an opportunity to experience the rich cultural heritage of the region.

The trek takes you through picturesque villages, lush forests, and rugged terrains, providing a diverse and awe-inspiring landscape. The highlight of the trek is reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp, which offers breathtaking views of the towering peaks, including Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli.

Unlike other popular treks in the Annapurna region, the Mardi Himal Trek provides a peaceful and off-the-beaten-path experience. The trail takes you through rhododendron forests, charming villages, and serene landscapes, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and tranquility of the Himalayas.

The trek usually starts and ends in the lakeside city of Pokhara, which serves as a gateway to the Annapurna region. The total duration of the trek is around 7-10 days, depending on the itinerary chosen. The trekking route involves easy to moderate uphill climbs, making it suitable for trekkers with a moderate level of fitness.

Essential Tips for a Successful Mardi Himal Trek
  • Pack light and carry essential items such as trekking boots, layers of clothing, a waterproof jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, first aid kit, toiletries, and a refillable water bottle.
  • Obtain the necessary trekking permits (ACAP and TIMS).
  • Consider hiring a local guide or porter for assistance and safety.
  • Choose the best time to trek, typically spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).
  • Be prepared for basic accommodations in teahouses along the trail and book in advance during peak seasons.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating well to maintain energy levels.
  • Respect the local culture, customs, and traditions of the Gurung villages you pass through.
  • Practice responsible trekking by leaving no trace, properly disposing of waste, and respecting the natural environment.
Mardi Himal Trek Safety Considerations
  • Hire an experienced and knowledgeable local guide.
  • Stay informed about weather conditions and avoid trekking during extreme weather.
  • Take necessary precautions to prevent altitude sickness.
  • Stay hydrated and use water purification methods.
  • Ensure you have appropriate trekking gear and equipment.
  • Be cautious on the trail and watch your step in challenging sections.
  • Carry out a list of emergency contacts and share your itinerary.
  • Obtain comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities.
  • Respect local guidelines and cultural practices.
  • Listen to your body, pace yourself, and take care of your physical well-being.
Mardi Himal Trek Cost

Going on the Mardi Himal Trek has some costs, and it’s important to know what they include. There are a few things to think about for the budget, like permits, transportation, where you stay, food, and if you want a guide. You need a permits, like the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card, to go on the trek. The money for transportation covers the trip from Kathmandu- Pokhara, where the trek starts, to the beginning of the trail. Where you sleep can be basic or more comfortable, and the cost depends on your choice.

Food is usually part of the trek, but the price may change based on what you like to eat and if you want extra snacks or drinks. While having a guide is optional, it’s a good idea for directions and safety. The total cost of the Mardi Himal Trek is from 700$-1200$ depends on how long you trek, where you stay, and if you want extra services. Planning for these expenses helps make sure you’re ready and have a great time in the amazing landscapes around Mardi Himal.

Mardi Himal Trek Distance

The Mardi Himal Trek covers different distances, taking trekkers on a trip through the beautiful land of the Annapurna region in Nepal. It starts in the pretty city of Pokhara, and the path goes through green forests, nice villages, and meadows in the mountains. The exact distance can change based on the way you go and if you take any extra side trips, but a usual trek is around 64 kilometers (40 miles) in total. How long it takes depends on the plan you choose and how fast you walk, but most people finish the trek in about 6 to 10 days. The Mardi Himal Trek has a good mix of challenges and peaceful views. As you walk, you can see the surroundings change from forests to higher mountain areas. The trek ends at the Mardi Himal Base Camp, where you get amazing views of the Himalayan peaks

Mardi Himal Trek Package
The Mardi Himal Trek package usually includes important things like permits, transportation, a place to stay, food, and guide services. Trekkers usually get the needed permits, like the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card, as part of the package. The package also covers the ride from Kathmandu- Pokhara, a lively city, to the starting point of the trek, making it easy to begin the journey. There are different places to stay, from basic teahouses to more comfortable guesthouses, so trekkers can choose what they like.
Meals are usually part of the trek, and they think about what you like to eat and if you want extra snacks or drinks. While on package a guide is included, it’s a good idea to hire for directions and safety. This package makes sure everything is well-organized, so trekkers can enjoy the amazing views, varied landscapes, and the gradual climb to the stunning Mardi Himal Base Camp.
Mardi Himal Trek Altitude

The Mardi Himal Trek goes through different heights, giving you a special journey through the beautiful landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal. It starts in the city of Pokhara at about 827 meters high, and as you walk further into the Himalayas, the path goes up. A key point on the trek is the high camp, which is at around 3,580 meters. From there, you can see amazing views of Mardi Himal and the nearby peaks. While it’s not as high as some other treks, This Trek still takes you up quite a bit, letting you experience different climates and plants.

The trek is famous for its wide views, especially at the stunning Mardi Himal Base Camp, which is at about 4,500 meters. From there, you get a close and amazing view of Mardi Himal and the Annapurna range. The different heights on the Mardi Himal Trek make it special, giving you a mix of lush landscapes and high-up views for a trek you won’t forget.

Mardi Himal Trek Combine with Ghorepani Poonhill

You Can also Combine two different trekking with one adding little more days. If you want combine trek then please visit Ghorepani Poonhill With Mardi Himal Trek for full detail

Highlights

  • Breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
  • Serene and less crowded trekking route, offering a sense of tranquility.
  • Diverse landscapes, including lush forests, alpine meadows, and rocky terrains.
  • Encounters with traditional Gurung villages and their unique culture and hospitality.
  • Reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp, providing awe-inspiring viewpoints of the surrounding peaks.
  • Vibrant rhododendron forests, especially during the spring season.
  • Wildlife sightings, including Himalayan Thar, musk deer, and various bird species.
  • Immersion in the local culture through staying at teahouses run by local communities.
  • Capturing stunning sunrise and sunset views over the mountains.
  • Abundant photography opportunities showcasing the natural and cultural beauty of the region.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

Take a scenic drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. The journey takes approximately 6-7 hours. Alternatively, you can opt for a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, check into your hotel. Enjoy leisure time and explore the lakeside area. Overnight stay in Pokhara. Breakfast At Pokhara

After breakfast, drive to Kande (approx. 1 hour) from Pokhara. Begin your trek from Kande and hike to Potana. The trek takes around 4-5 hours. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Annapurna region and immerse yourself in the natural surroundings. Overnight stay in Potana. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

Start your trek from Potana and head towards Forest Camp. The trek takes approximately 4-5 hours. Pass through beautiful forests, streams, and terraced fields along the trail. Enjoy the serene atmosphere and the views of the Himalayan landscapes. Overnight stay in Forest Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

Continue your trek from Forest Camp to High Camp. The trek duration is around 5-6 hours. Ascend to higher altitudes and witness the changing scenery. Enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountains. Overnight stay in High Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

Today's trek is challenging but rewarding. Hike to Mardi Base Camp (4500 m) or the Upper Viewpoint (4450 m) depending on the weather conditions. Take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and the Mardi Himal. Descend back to Low Camp, which takes approximately 7-8 hours. Overnight stay in Low Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

Start your descent from Low Camp to Siding, which takes around 3 hours. Drive back to Pokhara from Siding, approximately 2-3 hours. Upon reaching Pokhara, check into your hotel. Rest and relax or explore the city at your leisure. Overnight stay in Pokhara. Breakfast and Lunch  You Can Stay and Explore Pokhara on Your Own without Return Back to Kathmandu 

Take a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus. The journey duration is approximately 6-7 hours. Alternatively, you can opt for a 30-minute flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city or shopping for souvenirs. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Durations

7 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The Mardi Himal Trek is considered a moderate-level trek. It involves uphill climbs and varying terrains, but it is manageable for individuals with a reasonable level of fitness and some prior trekking experience.

The best time to do the Mardi Himal Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures. However, trekking is possible during other times of the year as well, but it may be affected by monsoon rains and winter snowfall.

Yes, trekking permits are required for the Mardi Himal Trek. You will need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

It is possible to do the Mardi Himal Trek independently. However, hiring a local guide is recommended for better navigation, cultural insights, and added safety. A guide can also assist with any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies along the way.

Along the Mardi Himal Trek, you will find teahouses and lodges for accommodation. These offer basic facilities such as a bed, blanket, and meals. The teahouses are run by local communities and provide a cozy and welcoming environment for trekkers.

Altitude sickness is a potential concern on any high-altitude trek, including the Mardi Himal Trek. It is important to acclimatize properly, ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and be aware of any symptoms of altitude sickness. If symptoms persist or worsen, it is recommended to descend to a lower altitude and seek medical assistance if necessary.

The Mardi Himal Trek requires a reasonable level of physical fitness. Regular exercise and cardiovascular training, such as hiking, jogging, or cycling, can help prepare for the trek. It is also recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before undertaking any trekking adventure.

While there are no strict age restrictions, the Mardi Himal Trek is better suited for individuals in good health and with a reasonable level of fitness. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional and assess personal capabilities before deciding to undertake the trek.

Some essential items to pack for the Mardi Himal Trek include sturdy trekking boots, comfortable clothing layers, a waterproof jacket, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a first aid kit, toiletries, a refillable water bottle, and a good-quality sleeping bag. It is important to pack light and carry only necessary items.

Most teahouses along the Mardi Himal Trek offer charging facilities for electronic devices, but it may come at an additional cost. It is advisable to bring a portable power bank as a backup for charging, as electricity availability can vary along the trail.

Tour's Location

Mardi Himal Base Camp

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