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9 Days
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Are you looking to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the Himalayas? The Mardi Himal Trek beckons with its serene trails and breathtaking vistas. As a lesser-known alternative to the popular Everest Base Camp trek and thrilling Mustang Jeep Tour, this trek offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience.

The Mardi Himal Trek is a perfect combination of culture and nature. As you trek through the remote villages, you’ll have the chance to interact with the local people and learn about their way of life. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience the rich culture and tradition of the Gurung community.

The Mardi Himal Trek stands as an excellent choice for adventurers seeking a distinctive and demanding journey within the Annapurna region, far from the bustling crowds. If you’re also considering the Annapurna Base Camp, Ghorepani Poon Trek, or Khopra Danda Trek, you’ll find them equally enticing options to explore.

Transport for Mardi Himal Trek

For the Mardi Himal Trek, you can typically reach the starting point, which is often Phedi or Kande, by taking a private vehicle or a local bus from Pokhara. The journey to the trek’s trailhead is quite accessible, making it convenient for trekkers to begin their adventure. And when you back take local jeep from Siding village to Pokhara.

Permits for Mardi Himal Trek

  1. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): This permit is required as the trek falls within the Annapurna Conservation Area. It helps fund conservation efforts and supports local communities in the region.
  2. Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card: The TIMS card is another mandatory requirement for trekking in Nepal. It assists in tracking trekkers and providing necessary assistance in case of emergencies.

Telephone and Wi-Fi during Mardi Himal Trek

While some lower-altitude areas may have weak signals from providers like Ncell and Nepal Telecom, higher altitudes offer little to no connectivity. Teahouses in larger villages might offer paid Wi-Fi, but it can be slow.

Map of Mardi Himal Trek

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Outline Itinerary of Mardi Himal Trek

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara210KM, 7hr
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana(1890m)5.8KM, 4hr
Day 04: Trek to Forest Camp (2540m)8.3KM, 6hr
Day 05: Trek to High Camp (3590m)7.9KM, 6hr
Day 06: Trek back to Badal danda (3210m)12.8KM, 6hr
Day 07: Back to Pokhara
Day 08: Drive to Kathmandu210KM, 7hr
Day 09: Home
Outline itinerary of Mardi Himal Trek. Please more details and itinerary of trek

Is Hiking or Trekking to Mardi Himal Base Camp Difficult?

The difficulty of hiking or trekking to Mardi Himal Base Camp depends on your fitness level and experience. While it’s considered a moderately challenging trek, it’s accessible to most trekkers with reasonable fitness.

What is Different About Doing the Trek?

The Mardi Himal Trek offers a less crowded and more off-the-beaten-path experience compared to more popular treks like Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit. It provides unique views of the Annapurna and Machapuchare mountains.

Itinerary of Trek

A typical itinerary includes 8 days, starting from Kande and ending in Pokhara. It covers various scenic spots and allows for acclimatization. Check more Itinerary

What about Trek Map

You can Check Detailed trekking maps of the Mardi Himal route are available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and from trekking agencies.

How safe is it to do the Trekking?

Mardi Himal Trek is generally safe, but it’s important to trek with a reputable guide or agency, follow safety guidelines, and be prepared for potential altitude-related challenges.

What does the Mardi Himal Trek cost?

The cost of the Trek can vary depending on factors like the trekking agency, duration, and the level of service. It typically ranges from $500 to $1,200 USD per person.

How do you select a reliable trekking operator for the Trek?

To select a reliable operator, read reviews, check their credentials, and ensure they follow ethical and safety standards. Recommendations from fellow trekkers can also be helpful.

Trip info

  • 4500 m
  • Sep-Nov | March-May
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 41 km
  • Hotel | Tea house
  • Private Vehicle
  • All meals during the trek
  • English, Hindi, Chinese

Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is one of Nepal’s best trekking adventure holidays to discover fascinating Himalayan vistas and deeply spiritual ethnic culture that is yet to be explored. This trek is designed for a keen naturalist who wants to explore the beauty of the Annapurna region while taking a less-trodden trail. Trekkers get an exceptional opportunity to witness the looming Mardi Himal in front of sacred Machhapuchhre (fishtail), as seen from Pokhara.

Madri Himal Trail rises through torrent streams and emerges through a dense forest of oak, rhododendron and bamboo to the ridge. The scenery becomes magical as we grow high from the forest camp and expands further as we climb to the high camp: Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna group I (8,091m), II (7,937m), III (7,555m), IV (7,525m), South (7,219m) and Hiunchuli (6,441m). You can see more than 60 (6,000m+) peaks from a higher viewpoint. Very few other treks in Nepal offers such majesty.

The villages along the trekking routes see very few trekkers and thus offer you warm hospitality and personalized care. There are very few guesthouses along the trail which offer very basic facilities (but improving). If you wish to trek Mardi Himal in winter, do check the availability of the teahouse.

(April – May) spring and (September – October) autumn are the best seasons for Mardi Himal Trek. The Mardi Himal Trek package offered by Himalayan 360 covers all the permits, transport to and from Kathmandu, porters, accommodation and meals during the trek.

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including a close-up of the Mardi Himal peak.
  • Trekking through lush rhododendron forests, passing by cascading waterfalls, and traversing steep ridges.
  • Exploring the traditional villages of the Gurung people and getting a glimpse into their unique culture and way of life.
  • A chance to experience the beautiful culture and local hospitality of the people living in the surrounding villages.
  • The trek ends in Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal, which offers a wide range of activities to explore, such as paragliding, boating, and sightseeing.

Itinerary

Day 1:
Arrived in Kathmandu

Upon landing at Tribhuwan International Airport, a Himalayan 360 representative will be there to greet you and escort you to your hotel. After checking in, you can take some time to rest or, with the assistance of your guide, explore the Thamel in Kathmandu. Here, you’ll find a plethora of shops and restaurants, offering a variety of goods such as pashminas, trekking equipment and felt items, as well as delicious meals from Chinese, European and Nepalese cuisines. There will also be ample ATMs available for your convenience. To cap off the day, Himalayan 360 will host a welcome dinner for you, where you’ll be treated to a delicious taste of authentic Nepalese cuisine.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2:
Drive from Kathmandu(1400m) to Pokhara(850m)

After breakfast, you will drive northwest from Kathmandu along the emerald hills, gorges, terraced fields and countryside villages. Also, you will enjoy the magnificent Trishuli flowing on the right side of the trail. You stop at Malekhu for lunch and drive for four hours to reach Pokhara.

Drive duration:6-7 hours
Overnight at hotel in Pokhara

Day 3:
Drive from Pokhara(850m) to New Phedi and then trek to Pothana(1890m)

After breakfast, you take a drive to New Phedi in a private car and then start your trekking to Pothana. You ascend through stone steps, and terraced fields and then you walk through the villages and forests before you reach Australian Camp which is a pretty village with stunning views of the Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri ranges. A total 3 hours walk takes you to the charming village of Pothana.

Drive duration: 1hrs
Trek duration : 3-4 hours
Trek Distance : 5.8 Km/ 3.6 miles
Overnight at tea house in Pothana (B,L,D)

Day 4:
Trek from Pothana(1890m) to Forest Camp (2540m)

From Pothana, you walk through the rhododendron forest and trek uphill with the view of Machhapuchhre(6993m) to Pritam Deurali. You then continue on flag-stone steps and rise with a view of the Gurung village of Landruk. After trekking for 5 – 6 hours, you will reach Forest Camp (2540m)

Trek duration:5-6 hours
Trek Distance : 8.3 Km/ 5.1 miles
Overnight at a tea house in Forest Camp (B, L,D)

Day 5:
Trek from Forest Camp(2540m) to High Camp (3590m) via Low camp (2970m)

After breakfast, you depart from the Forest Camp and then walk through the dense forest enjoying the rich biodiversity of the areas and reach the High Camp. Today, you get the outstanding view of Mt. Machhapuchhre(Mt. Fishtail) which is very fascinating. After reaching High Camp, you can take some rest.

Trek duration:5-6 hours
Trek Distance: 7.9 Km/ 4.8 miles
Overnight at a tea house in High Camp (B, L, D)

Day 6:
Trek up to 4500m for breath taking views then trek back to Badal danda (3210m)

Today, you hike up to 4500m for breathtaking views (Mardi Himal viewpoint). The view of Himalayan vistas includes Mardi Himal (5,587m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m), Tent Peak (5,695m), Mt. Singhachuli (6,501m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Mt. Gangapurna and others Himalayan range. Then trek back to Badal Danda to stay overnight.

Trek duration:5-6 hours
Trek Distance: 12.8 Km/ 7.9 miles
Overnight at a tea house in Low Camp (B,L, D)

Day 7:
Trek from Badal Danda to Siding and Drive to Pokhara

Today you hike down through different routes that take you to Siding. The different route allows you to get a great experience of the local culture and lifestyle. You can also relish the views of the Annapurna range as seen from the way to Siding.

Trek duration:5-6 hours
Trek Distance: 8.1 Km/ 5 miles
Drive hour: 3.5Hr
Overnight at a tea house in Kalimati (B,L, D)

Day 8:
Drive to Kathmandu(1400m) from Pokhara(850m)

After breakfast, you bid farewell to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. It takes about 6 hours to reach Kathmandu valley. After reaching Kathmandu, you can choose whether to take a rest or do some souvenir shopping.

Duration of time: 6-7 hours
Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu

Day 9:
Final Departure

Today is the last day of our Trip, it is the time to say goodbye and return to the real world. If you have some time left, you can do some souvenir shopping or sightseeing around the hotel. A representative from Himalayan 360 will collect you from the hotel and take you to the airport 3 hours before your departure.

Cost

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfer by Private Vehicle
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Pokhara - Phedi trekking starting point by private car
  • Siding - Pokhara by sharing jeep (Route jeep)
  • Hotel accommodation as per itinerary on BB (4Nnights)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek (4Nights)
  • Guide for whole trek
  • Salary, insurance, food, accommodation and equipment for all the staffs
  • All the necessary paper work and permit (ACAP & TIMS)
  • All the governmental, official and local taxes
  • Local sim card with 9GB Data
  • Medial kit with necessary medicines (to be carried by trek leader)

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Food during the trek
  • International Flight
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Personal nature expense – alcoholic beverages, phone calls, shopping etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • All the service which is not mentioned in including list

FAQs of mardi himal trek

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What is the best time to go for the Mardi Himal Trek?

The best time to trek Mardi Himal is during the months of September to November and March to May. The weather is clear, and the views are spectacular during these months.

How long is the Mardi Himal Trek?

The Mardi Himal Trek is a 5-7 day trek that takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Annapurna region.

Do I need to have previous trekking experience to do the Mardi Himal Trek?

Previous trekking experience is not necessary, but having a good level of fitness and being comfortable with walking for long periods of time is recommended.

Is it necessary to hire a guide or porter for the Mardi Himal Trek?

While it is not necessary to hire a guide or porter, it is highly recommended. Guides have knowledge of the trail and can help you navigate the route, while porters can carry your heavy bags, making your trek more comfortable.

What is the highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek?

The highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek is at 4,500 meters.

What should I pack for the Mardi Himal Trek?

You should pack warm and waterproof clothing, a good pair of hiking boots, a first aid kit, a water bottle, a headlamp, and a sleeping bag. Also, it’s important to take sunscreen and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.

Are there any ATMs or banks along the Mardi Himal Trek?

There are no ATMs or banks along the Mardi Himal Trek, so it is essential to carry enough cash for the duration of the trek.

Will I be able to charge my electronic devices during the Mardi Himal Trek?

There are some places where you can charge your electronic devices along the Mardi Himal Trek, but it is best to bring a portable charger as a backup.

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  1. Mardi Himal: A Trekkers' Paradise
    (2 weeks ago)
    The Mardi Himal Trek was my first trek in Nepal and it was undoubtedly an amazing experience that unfolded like a dream. From the beginning till the time I was dropped off at the airport for my departure flight, the team did an excellent job in making my trip a success. I could tell how professionally they worked as they made sure that everything was working out perfectly for me. The best part of the trip for me was the feeling of intimacy with nature that I experienced throughout the trek. The trek was challenging but reaching the Mardi Himal at the end, after days of trekking felt like a huge achievement. I probably had the best experience in my life and I am eager to return for another exciting trek with Himalayan 360. Highly recommended!
    Mohamed
    Date of Experience: September, 2023

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