Mardi Himal Trek - 12 Days

Sightseeing, Trekking, Hiking, Climbing, Bushes Walk, High Altitude Walk, Camping, Photography, Cultural Insight, Food and Cuisine, and so on
Country
Region
Activity
Group size
Minimum 2
Duration
12 Days Days
Mode
Tea-House/Lodge
Max-Altitude
4,450m/ 14,599 ft
Daily Walking
5 hrs
Grade
4
Culture
Gurung / Mixed
Best season
Spring and Autumn
Best season
Spring and Autumn

Why choose the Mardi Himal Trek when selecting the best hiking holidays in the Himalayas?

Nepal’s Mardi Himal Trek is certainly worth considering if you want a trekking holiday of fewer than 14 nights that still takes in an incredible array of sights and experiences.

Mardi is one of Nepal’s “best-kept secrets” as keen hikers and climbers tend to go to the better-known mountain routes for trekking expeditions.

For example, many trekking holiday enthusiasts head for a different part of the Annapurna range to enjoy panoramic views and climb to Annapurna base camp, following the snow-crusted footsteps of other adventure-seekers and altitude enthusiasts.

Just east of the popular Annapurna Circuit is the Mardi Himal, which offers a relatively new option for trekking and largely unexplored mountain terrain. 

From Mardi Base Camp, you will experience truly jaw-dropping sights across the Annapurna range, as well as iconic views of Machapuchhre and Hiunchuli.

In a relatively moderately-challenging climb – from High Camp (3580m) to Mardi Base Camp, you can soak up the incredible experience of seeing a sunrise or sunset in the Himalayan mountains; memories that will stay with you forever.

1. Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

  • Meals:Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Evening Walk at Thamel
  • Preparation for trek

2. Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara(820m/2,690ft)

  • Duration:200km (5-6hrs Drive)
  • Meals:Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Kathmandu
  • Dhading
  • Muglin
  • Damauli
  • Pokhara

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive
  • Walk to Lakeside
  • Preparation for trek

3. Pokhara – Khande – Potana (1,950m/ 6,397 ft)

  • Duration:29km (1hr Drive) and 8km (4hrs walk)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Ascend:300m/984ft

  • Pokhara
  • Nau Danda
  • Khande
  • Potana

Highlights:

  • Preparation for trek
  • Scenic Drive
  • Walk through Village
  • Mountain View
  • Incredible Nature

4. Pothana – Forest Camp (2,600m/ 8,530 ft)

  • Duration:11km (7hrs walk)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Ascend:650m/2,132ft

  • Pothana
  • Deurali
  • Forest Camp

Highlights:

  • Jungle Walk
  • Annapurna South
  • Himchuli and Machhapuchhre Views
  • Flora and fauna
  • Rhododendron and Oak Forest 

5. Forest Camp to Low Camp (2,990m/ 9,809 ft)

  • Duration:8km (4-5hrs walk)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Ascend:400m/1,312ft

  • Forest Camp
  • Low Camp

Highlights:

  • Astonishing view Annapurna Range and Mardi Himal
  • Steep and challenging trails
  • Natural ‘window’ in the dense forest
  • Marvellous view of Fishtail Mountain
  • Flora and fauna 

6. Low Camp to High Camp (3,580/ 11,745 ft)

  • Duration:9km (5-6hrs Drive)
  • Meals:Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Ascend:630m/2,066ft

  • Low Camp
  • Badal Danda
  • High Camp

Highlights:

  • Grassy Landscape
  • Alpine Vegetation
  • Marvellous view of Annapurna Ranges
  • Machhauchhre and Mardi Himal
  • Feeling of being above the clouds

7. High Camp – Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,450m/ 14,599 ft) – Badal Danda(3,438m/11,279ft)

  • Duration:12-13km (7hrs walk)
  • Meals:Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Ascend:900m/2,952ft
  • Descend:1,012m/3,320ft

  • High Camp
  • Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Badal Danda

Highlights:

  • Sunrise view from High Camp
  • Spectacular view of Mardi and Pyramid View of Machhapuchhre
  • Distant view of Annapurna I, Annapurna III and Gaganpurna
  • Narrow and Rocky Trails
  • Fantastic View of Blue Glaciers of Sanctuary Wall
  • Himalayan Monal

8. Badal Danda to Siding Village (1,885m/ 6,184 ft)

  • Duration:12km (5hrs walk)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/ Hotel
  • Descend:1,730m/5,675ft

  • Badal Danda
  • Low Camp
  • Siding Village

Highlights:

  • Terraced Field
  • View of Mardi and Machhapuchre
  • Jungle Walk
  • Mixed Culture
  • Dense Rhododendron Forest

9. Siding Village to Lwang village (1,460m/ 4,790 ft)

  • Duration:10km (4-5 hrs walk)
  • Meals:Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Home Stay
  • Descend:240m/778ft
  • Ascend:200m/656ft

  • Siding Village
  • Kalimati
  • Keshbang
  • Lwang Village

Highlights:

  • Traditional Village
  • Tea Garden
  • Gurung Culture

10. Lwang Village - Khora Muk - Pokhara(820m/ 2,690 ft)

  • Duration:2km (40mins walk) and 30Km(2hrs Drive)
  • Meals:Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Lwang Village
  • Khora Muk
  • Pokhara

Highlights:

  • Vicinity of Mardi Himal
  • Panoramic View of Tea Gardens and Peaks

11. Pokhara - Kathmandu

  • Duration:200km (5-6hrs Drive)
  • Meals:Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Pokhara
  • Muglin
  • Dhading
  • Kathmandu

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive
  • Farewell Dinner 

12. Departure Day

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
  • 3 nights Hotel in Pokhara
  • All lodging and foods during the trek (B, L, D included)
  • Transportation costs: Either drive or domestic flight in (Ktm – Pkr- Ktm) with other driving fares.
  • Professionally trained and highly experienced English speaking trekking guide and porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 30kg) along with their salary, lodging, food and insurance
  • Trekking Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System(TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • First aid medical box
  • 13% VAT and 10% company service charge
  • Farewell Dinner

COST EXCLUDE

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses
  • Tip for guides and porters

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“Namaste” is the common form of greeting in Nepal which is often spoken as Namaskar. It is a traditional Hindu greeting and it is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.

The bathrooms are not so well furnished but still, you can get a good experience on Mardi Himal Trek.

 

While you are on Mardi Himal Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring converter plug or another converter if your device is not suitable with two-pin plug.
 

Yes, you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges(might charge you extra cost for the service) and also mobile data during Mardi Himal Trek for Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.

The trekking trails of Mardi Himal Trek is mostly less crowded but during the trekking seasons, the trails get flooded with the number of tourists which result in making the trails busy. But since they are all trekkers, it would be fun joining along your trek and it won’t affect your trekking experience at all because of the pace of each trekker/groups.

Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.

You can bring any of the currencies authorized by the Government of Nepal. Nepal Mountain Trekkers provide you with the facility of exchanging foreign currency at the market rate without any commissions and extra charge.

ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Mardi Himal Trek, you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are on Kathmandu or Pokhara.

There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Mardi Himal Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.

Mardi Himal Trek is graded fairly difficult and not so challenging except for several portions of the trails. 

The herbs and vegetations preserved at Annapurna Conservation Area are Silver firs, Birch, Rhododendron and Juniper trees whereas the wildlife inhabitant at Annapurna Conservation are Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Serow, Wolf, and even the Himalayan Black Bear and if you are very lucky you can also spot snow leopard, red panda, two varieties of dazzling pheasants – the Crimson-horned and the Impeyan Pheasants(national bird of Nepal), Marmots, Pikas, and Marten as well.

The Annapurna Region lies at the border of Nepal and Tibet and is highly influenced by the lifestyle and culture of Tibetan people. There are mostly Sherpa people, who are often considered as “the born Mountaineers”, as well as Gurung, Magar, and other ethnicities like Tamang, Brahmin and Kshetris etc and almost everyone in this region practices Buddhism which is the reason you can see Monasteries, Chortens, Prayer flags, Prayer wheels, Mani walls and Mani Stones abundantly along the trails. In a nutshell, there is a mixed culture in the Annapurna Region of Nepal.

 

Yes, you will need a special permit for Mardi Himal Trek because of its existence within the Annapurna Conservation Area, you would need to request for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).

 

Of course, since Mardi Himal Trek is one of the most accessible treks and very popular among the trekkers, one can go for solo trekking without any worries. Because the people in there are very friendly and co-operative and you can also meet other trekkers along the way so that there won’t be any risk for solo trekkers or solo female trekkers to go for Mardi Himal Trek. Furthermore, our trekking staffs (guides) are highly experienced and dedicated to their job, so our company will be fully responsible for that note.

Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.

Yes, it is possible to get hot showers during Mardi Himal Trek on the lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.  

Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.

 

CLOTHING
a.    Down or fiber filled waterproof/ wax jacket and trousers
b.    Fleece jacket or pullover 
c.    Warm cotton tracksuit-pants
d.    Shirts and T-shirts
e.    Lightweight cotton long pants (3 pairs)
f.    Long underwear 
g.    Short underwear 
h.    Lightweight gloves 
i.    Rain gear (coat, rain cover for bag) 
j.    Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof 
EQUIPMENT
k.    Sleeping bag
l.    Down jacket 
m.    Daypack 
n.    Flashlight with spare bulbs, batteries, gaiters
HEAD
o.    Sun hat or scarf
p.    Warm fleece hat
q.    Sunglasses with UV protection
r.    Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor (100+)
s.    Lip balm
FOOTWEAR
t.    Trekking boot: (Sturdy, ankle –support, water-resistant, well broken in)
u.    Gaiters (for high pass above 3500 meters)
v.    Thick socks 
w.    Light socks
x.    Camp shoes/ Crocs 
y.    Sandals (1 pair)
DRINKING WATER
z.    Water Bottle, Purification equipment or purification tablets
    
MISCELLANEOUS 
aa.    Cameras, Torch Light, Binoculars, Reading book, Travel games
 

Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottle waters or should have a water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.

 

Though it is not compulsory to take a guide with you but if you are trekking for the first time with a purpose of exploring the best of Mardi Himal Trek and each aspect of this trek, then a highly experienced and licensed guide is the most to instruct you, help you explore as well as to take care of you.

 

Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with Nepal Mountain Trekkers only.

During Mardi Himal Trek, you would be staying overnight at tea-houses or lodges and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat.

In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.

Mardi Himal Trek is suitable to go for any time around the year but to escape the risk of blockades from snowfall, rainfall and extreme cold as well as attacks of leeches, Autumn and Spring would be the best seasons to go for this trek since with the clear weather and perfect sceneries; you can also enjoy the blossoms of Rhododendron flowers of various species along with other vegetations. 

 

Of course, it is safe to go for Mardi Himal Trek because the impacts of Earthquake don’t exist anymore in the trails of this trek after the recovery and reconstructions. Well, the locals are still having some trouble to rise again after the devastation but for the trek, it is safe and fine now.

The difficulty of this trek depends upon the physical fitness of the trekkers. If you have previous experience of trekking then you might rate it as easy trekking because the trails are not so difficult except for fewer sections. There are no verticle climbings but some portions are steep and slippery while it rains. But, for the beginners, the trek might be moderately difficult because it would the first time they would be climbing up to the high altitude of 4,500 m and walking approximately 5-6 hours each day.

There are no words to define why the Mardi Himal Trek is special. Simple, it is one of the must-experience treks in Nepal due to the adventure and excitement it provides along with the spectacular views of Mountain ranges including the Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre (fishtail) as well as Hiunchuli Mountains. You will be walking through several forests, rivers and the small settlements. Moreover, it also offers to soak into the cultural insights of the locals and discover the lifestyle and traditions in there.

Reviews
Ralph E
Ralph E
Source:Trip Advisor

 

NMT is a professional agency when it comes to adventure and trekking in Nepal. Owner Ramesh is a warmhearted person that listens to your wishes and provides alternatives you probably wouldn't have come up with. Above that he also takes good care of his personnel and the area you go to. You can choose if you want him to arrange everything on your trip (like food, housing, etc), or that you want some freedom in there. Our preference is in the latter. In dialogue with Ramesh we decided to do the less popular, more adventurous Mardi Himal trekking in the Annapurna Mountain Region. It turned out to be everything an adventurous trekking is supposed to be. Actually, it was even more than that! We left for a 2 week trekking with our porter Amar, who in the beginning was a bit quiet. Later on, he turned out to be a wonderful entertainer and a very considerate person when we needed some extra care. The trekking was an unforgettable experience through the wild, pristine and amazing nature of Nepal, combined with the life in the mountains. The only glitch in the trekking was that sometimes we had a tough schedule for the day and the trekking was meant to reach the next destination. Doing this trekking in more days - slowed down - will provide you to more fully enjoy the beautiful surrounding and breathe the atmosphere. The fact that you stay in quite some places without wifi or electricity really makes you escape the demands and pressures of our wired, western world! A highly recommended experience at a heartedly recommended agency.

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