Mardi Himal Trek

Duration: 10 Days Trip Difficulty: Moderate

  • Trip Duration 10 Days

  • Destination Nepal

  • Group Size 2-12 People

  • Accomodation Hotel and Tea house

  • Altitude4500m

Overview of Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek is relatively a newly opened trekking route in Annapurna region on the east of the legendary Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Very few trekkers make their way to this route every year hence the trek remains unspoiled and hidden among the most visitors. Mardi Himal Trek is still an unseen gem for the most of the visitors. It is a tranquil route comparing to other crowded commercial routes like Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp trek. This serene trek offers you a close up view of astonishing Annapurna ranges, several rural villages inhabited by diverse native ethnic groups following different religious beliefs but living together in peace and harmony; stunning landscape views, diverse natural vegetation with rhododendron forest and many more.

Mardi Himal Trek is a moderate to adventurous trek. The trail is easy and you will gradually gain the altitude hence, there is very less chance of getting altitude sickness. Because of the few numbers of trekkers in this route, we find simple teahouses or home-stay offering very essential facilities only. The adventurous trek begins after we reach at the lake city Pokhara. The trail follows small zigzag paths through small villages, terraced fields, green hills and captivating rhododendron-magnolia-oak-pine forests. As you gain the height, the landscapes change into a rugged high mountain landscape. From the High Camp, you need to climb up for about 3-4 hours that takes you to the Mardi Himal Base Camp marvelously located at the lap of Mardi Himal and the most iconic Mt. Machhapuchchhre from where you will experience an eye-catching view of the entire Annapurna ranges including Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. Dhaulagiri to the west and Mt. Manaslu in the east with towering south face of Mt. Machhapuchchhre along with Mardi Himal itself and the Hiunchuli.

Physical Fitness Requirement:

This trek doesn´t require super fitness but however moderate level of fitness is necessary though there is no direct climbing involved. You will need to trek over some rocky section near high camp and base camp. Wilderness Excursion advises our clients going trekking to see a doctor before they go for a check-up and to talk about dealing with altitude sickness. For pure trekking along the Mardi Himal trek in Nepal you´ll need to consider the amount of day you´ll be out trekking to get an idea of how fit you should be. Most days include 4-7 hours of slow hiking. If you plan to do the trek in 4-5 days (which you can)

Outline Itinerary of Mardi Himal Trekking from Kathmandu

Day 1: Arrival Nepal and our representative assist to you hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trekking preparation day.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. (Optional flight)
Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Kande and trek to Deurali.
Day 5: Trek from Deurali to Low camp.
Day 6: Trek from Low camp to High camp.
Day 7: Early morning High camp to Mardi Base camp and Trek down to Low camp.
Day 8: Trek from Low camp to siddhing or Lumre and drive back to Pokhara.
Day 9: Drive from Pokhara to kathmandu (Optional Flight)
Day 10: Final Departure.

Outline itineray of Mardi Himal Trekking From Pokhara

Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Kande and trek to Pitam Deurali (2100m)
Day 2: Trek from Pitam Deurali to Low Camp (2900m).
Day 3: Trek from Low Camp High Camp (3550m)
Day 4: Trek from High camp Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and back to Low camp
Day 5: Trek down from Low Camp to siddhing or lumre and drive back to Pokhara

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1360m)

Accommodation: Tourist Hotel

Meals: Dinner

Welcome to the land of Himalaya-Nepal. One of our officials will be at the airport as per the schedule you provided to us. You will be greeted and board to your hotel. You will hang around the most famous tourist spot in Kathmandu-Thamel if you arrive early. We will arrange a welcome dinner for you in one of the typical Nepali restaurant and will have discussion about your trip to Mardi Himal.

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Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (Altitude: 900m)

Accommodation: Tourist Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Drive: 6-7 Hours

We will take an early breakfast to board in our tourist coach at 7 am. The 128 miles long drive is full of joy that follows the Marsyangdi and Trishuli River banks with various changing natural sceneries of rivers, hills, paddy fields, villages and small market places. Upon your arrival at Pokhara, you will be transferred to hotel. You can hang around Lakeside- the popular tourist spot in Pokhara. Stay overnight at Pokhara.

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Day 03: Drive to Kande and Trek to Deurali (Altitude: 2200m)

Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drive/Walk: 1 Hour/4-5 Hours

We will have an early breakfast to start the day. We will drive to Phedi for an hour from where the actual trek begins. We will follow the trail gently uphill on stone steps passing terraced fields and villages with beautiful forest that leads us to Dhampus-Australian Camp-known best short trek destinations around Pokhara valley. The uphill pleasant walk ahead brings us to Pothana and continuous walk of around 2 hours brings us to Deurali. You will enjoy the views of towering snowcapped mountains including Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Fishtail. Stay overnight at Deurali.

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Day 04: Trek from Deurali to Low Camp (Altitude: 2900m)

Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 6-7 Hours

After having breakfast, we will head towards Low Camp. We will leave the main trekking trail that follows to the Annapurna Base Camp and take a less travelled quiet trail that follows to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. A long day walking is followed by the dense rhododendron, oak, maple and hemlock forest for around 4 hours that takes us to the Forrest Camp. Enjoy Nepal’s rich bio-diversity. We take a short break here for our lunch. After lunch, we continue our walk until we reach at Low Camp. As we gain the altitude, the vegetation seems changed. The trees are covered with lichen, ferns and moss. The view of the Mt. Machhapuchchhre up the valley is mesmerizing. Stay overnight at Low Camp enjoying the sceneries.

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Day 05: Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (Altitude: 3550m)

Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 5-6 Hours

After the breakfast, we head towards High Camp. We leave behind the beautiful dense forest and follow the trail to Middle Camp then to Badal Danda from where the magnificent views of the Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Fishtail, Gangapurna and Hiunchuli are just marvelous. The changes in topography clearly seem as we head upward hill mainly grasses and isolated rhododendron bushes on our way to High Camp. This is where you may encounter with the colorful bird Danphe-the national bird of Nepal. We stay at relatively well maintained lodge at High Camp from where the views of Annapurna South, Fishtail and Hiunchuli are superb.

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Day 06: Trek from High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp (Altitude: 4500m)

Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hour:

We will leave early in the morning having breakfast before the sunrise so that we will have magnificent views of the Himalayas ranges with the rising sun. The trail is well travelled through grass and steep uphill climb in some places. You may encounter with the national colorful bird Danfe. You will cross number of grazing lands and herder’s huts along the trail. Continuous walking of around 3 hours, you will reach at the base camp from where you can have a glance of the Annapurna Sanctuary and the snowcapped Himalayas panorama. The south face of Annapurna and all other peaks are so mesmerizing including the Mardi Himal itself, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchchhre. After enjoying enough the scenery from the Mardi Himal, we retrace back to Low Camp. We will stay at Low Camp for the night.

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Day 07: Trek from Low Camp to Pokhara (Altitude: 900m)

Accommodation: Tourist Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Walking Hour: 6-7 Hours

We will descend down to a different route that we climbed earlier to the Siding village. Siding village is a traditional Nepali village. You will have a wonderful experience of lifestyle of the village people, their culture and traditions being through this village. The trail then descends down to Kalimati and Ghalel villages (Inhabitated by Brahmin and Gurung) and reaches Lwang. From Lwang, we head to Lumre and take vehicle service for Pokhara. Stay overnight at Pokhara.

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Day 08: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Accommodation: Tourist Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

The six-hour drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu or we can say the scenic drive. We get beautiful views of different mountains, and cultural villages with beautiful surrounding scenes on the way.  Your long trek is complete: it’s time for some rest! After an afternoon to nap and relax, we’ll meet up one last time for a celebratory dinner at one of the town’s finest Nepalese restaurants at Kathmandu, where you can give us your feedback on the trek. We stay overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 09: Kathmandu: Departure Day

Every great journey with wonder, unfortunately, comes to an end. After breakfast at your hotel, there’ll be a last bit of time to return any rental equipment, pick up souvenirs, and grab your things. We’ll get you to the airport for your flight home with time to spare with wonderful memories in your mind and beautiful picture grab in your camera.

If you are staying more in Nepal, you can share us; we would love to provide our services to satisfy you in any manner.

Important Note: 

Itinerary is supposed to change if there is change in weather; health of trek members or any unexpected problems arises. Our team leader has right to change, amend or even cancel the itinerary regarding the safety of the crew members. We will put every possible effort to keep with above itinerary. We request you to follow his instructions or suggestions strictly for the purpose of safety and wish you to allot some more extra days to meet such emergencies.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop with an escort
  • Local transportation with private service
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara by bus, car or by flight as per your request
  • Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, ) during trek,
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with BB plan
  • City tour guide in Kathmandu
  • English speaking with license Holder Trekking guide
  • Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) permit
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)
  • All government tax
  • First aid kid

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Your travel insurance
  • International flight and departure tax
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Nepal entry visa fee US 30 (Duration 60 days from date of issue)
  • Your personal nature expenses such as bar bill, laundry, beverages
  • Any evacuation cost
  • Bar Bill (Beer , whisky, cola, mineral water and tea, coffee )
  • Tipping for guide ,Porter and driver
  • Doesn’t mention service included.

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