Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Facts

Package: Mardi Himal Trek
Duration 10 Days
Price USD 990 per person
Transportation Flight/Private vehicle or tourist bus
Group Size 2+
Difficulty Easy
Max Elevation 4500 m
Accommodation Hotels/Mountain Lodges and Camp
Meal Full board in trek and breakfast in Kathmandu
Trip Start / Ends Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Trip Note: Price offered is full inclusive and it is quoted in USD. Trip will only starts when you will arrive to Kathmandu International Airport. The given itinerary is just a standard itinerary and could be customized on request.
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Trip Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is relatively new Annapurna trek—shorter and slightly challenging with amazingly close vistas of the popular peaks in the Annapurna range.

The Mardi Himal trekking offers a taste of wilderness and feeling of solidarity with nature. The trail begins from Phedi with a mild uphill and weaves through paddy field, beautiful rhododendron forest, and communal villages. The well-marked trail climbs along stone-paved trails and intersects beautiful villages inhabited by the Gurung, Tamang and Magar communities, indigenous to the mid-hills of Nepal. As you eventually make your way alongside ridges and get closer to the Mardi base camp, greenery becomes rare, but the vivid Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail) and Mardi peak along the horizon invigorate the trekkers’ spirits. From the viewpoint above the High Camp, you can witness Himchuli (6,441m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Machhapuchchhre (6,997m) and Mardi (5,553m). Rare animal and bird sightings 

A major section of the trail lies inside the biologically diverse Annapurna Conservation Area. Rare bird and animal species are known to frequent the forests and the high mountains of the Mardi trekking route. Although several media to short trails directed to the Annapurna Base camp exist and are frequently walked, the Mardi Himal trek with its distinct charm, seclusion and easier trail appeal to trekkers of varying degree of experience and skill.

Trek to Mardi Himal Base is an outstanding alternative route to the classic Ghorepani Poon Hill or Annapurna Base Camp Trek in the Annapurna region. The recent favorite trek to Mardi Himal is a great short hike near Pokhara offering one of the best views of the Annapurna Himalaya

Mardi Himal is an extended, increasing crest on the southwest angle of Macchapuchare Mountain. Machhapuchare Mountain has a height of 6993m. It makes a fishtail with its twin peak. So, the Nepali name is machhapuchare which means “Fishtail”. The ridge of Mardi Himal leads to a High camp, which is located at an altitude of 3,620m. We spend the second afternoon acclimatizing and seeing the views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchare himal, Himchuli, and many more beautiful peaks. You will get a glance at other famous mountains like Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

En route to Mardi himal, the site is populated by Gurung, Magar, chhetry people. You will notice that they have a mix of culture and tradition and get to know about their lifestyle and other things. In the early days, you will trek into the lovely forest, and after your trek to low camp, you will get a good view of Machhapuchhre (fishtail), Annapurna south and Himalchuli Mountain. We will continue our few days to get a great view of the whole Annapurna range and Mardi Himal.

Mardi Himal Trekking Highlights

  • Rewarding mountain views within a short trek
  • The astounding Mardi viewpoint that places you right in front of Himchuli (6,441m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Machhapuchchhre or Fishtail (6,997m) and Mardi (5,553m). Mt. Machhapuchchhre seems beautifully within reach from here.
  •  An equally good panorama from the Mardi Himal base camp
  • Cultural exploration at villages like Dhampus and Deurali that are beautifully placed in front of pleasant panoramic views

MARDI HIMAL TREK FACTS

1. Connected with Annapurna Circuit Trek and Poon Hill Trek

Mardi Himal Trek is a perfect blend of two most famous trekking trails of Nepal; Annapurna circuit trek and Poon Hill Trek. The trail goes through many sections where one can connect with the Poon Hill Trek. You can always extend your trek to these destinations. This trek is also well connected with the longer route of Poon Hill.

2. Natural & Cultural Diversity

Mardi Himal Trek is full of natural phenomenon and ancient culture. The whole region is rich in biodiversity and panoramic landscapes. You will see picturesque villages, beautiful waterfalls, rivers, green hills, dense forest of rhododendron, oak, and juniper, several species of animals and birds, and stunning snow-capped mountains. Along with these, you will get to see the blend of Hinduism and Buddhism. Trekking in this region will offer you to experience the lifestyle, culture, and tradition of the ethnic groups like Chhetris, Brahmins, and Gurungs.

3. Off the Beaten Trail

Mardi Himal Trek is one of the less exposed regions of Nepal in comparison with the other regions. The trail is less crowded and very few trekkers have gone through this isolated trail to the high and mysterious valley of Mardi. Even though the trail is off-beaten, it is not challenging as few other treks. The trail will be rocky and full of ascents and descents.

4. Closet view of Annapurna Himalayas

Trekking in this region will offer you to witness the closet views of gorgeous Annapurna Ranges and other surrounding Himalayas. You can go on the separate expedition to these Annapurna Ranges and Himalayas as well. Throughout the trail, you will see spectacular views of snow-capped mountains and hills. However, the main highlight of this trek is the breath-taking views of massifs like Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,010 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), and Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m).

5. Two Routes

Most people don’t know that there are two routes to reach the High Camp. First one is for those who have enough time on their hands and want to trek safely. You will drive to Phedi and trek to Australian Base Camp. Further, the trail will continue towards High Camp by going through Deurali, Forest, and Low Camp. Or, you can reach Forest by going through Pothana Nayapul, Ghandruk, Landruk, and continue towards Low Camp and reach High Camp.

The second route is short yet more adventurous and thrilling. The trail is dangerous, and you need to have the technical climbing knowledge to go on this route. The majority of the trail includes steep climb on the rocky path. You will trek to Sidhing and continue towards High Camp.

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

A representative from Hiking Annapurna receives you at the airport and accompanies you to your hotel. You may sit back and relax. Later, in the evening we meet you at the hotel to brief you on the plans for the trek. A welcome dinner serving Nepali cuisine is hosted for you along with cultural programs. You are dropped off at your hotel for the night’s rest.

Included: Airport pick-up, Welcome Dinner, Accommodation with breakfast

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara 200km 827m / 2713ft [6-7 hrs]

PokharaWe board a tourist bus to Pokhara in the morning for a drive along the Prithvi Highway to Pokhara. The Trishuli River along the highway, roadside markets, farms, and bridges make the road trip enjoyable. We check in to our hotel in Pokhara. In the evening, we take a pleasant stroll around the lakeside area and explore nearby places of interest. Overnight in Pokhara.

Included: Tourist bus to Pokhara, Accommodation in a tourist standard hotel with breakfast

Day 03: Drive to Phedi (1130m / 3707ft ), Trek to Pothana (1990m / 6529ft ) [3-4 hrs]

We get ready for a short road trip after breakfast. The drive is along the Pokhara-Balgung Highway for an hour to Phedi, the Mardi Himal trek start point. We start climbing the stone-paved trail weaving through terraced fields, small villages, and forests to reach Dhampus. The trail that follows makes for a pleasant walk through beautiful rhododendron forests and settlements. Macchapuchchhre makes a pleasant appearance as we approach Pothana. A neatly lined traditional styled lodges with impressive gardens and Fishtail in the northern skyline makes Pothana a beautiful place to stop for the night.

Included: Lodge accommodation with a full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 04: Trek to Forest Camp (2550m / 8366ft) [5-6 hrs]

We continue along the trail adorned with colorful rhododendron flowers. A few hours later, we reach Pitam Deurali where we are treated to a wonderful vista of South Annapurna, Himchuli and Machhapuchchhre. A pleasant feeling of tranquility can be sensed as the trek continues deeper into the forests with a few clearings along the trail. More rhododendrons and the possibility of rare bird sightings excite us. Forest camp (locally, Kokar) is a clearing amidst the forest and welcomes us with a small lawn. We can see the Mardi trail winding high up ahead. Overnight at Kokar.

Included: Lodge accommodation with a full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 05: Trek to High Camp (3600m / 11811ft) [5-6 hrs]

We resume after breakfast with a winding climb through dense forests of oak and scattered rhododendrons. The forested trail ahead heighten the possibilities of rare wildlife sightings. We cross a small stream just before Low Camp. From here, the trail takes a steep ascent and we significantly start to gain altitude. The forests around get a little sparser with slim-trunked trees highlighting the gradual change in vegetation. The ascent gets more significant before Batase Danda after which, greenery is reduced to only grasses and shrubs. We now walk along the ridge making brief ascents on stone steps, the mountains appearing unbelievably close. Finally, Machhapuchchhre dramatically appears above the High Camp where we spend the night.

Included: Lodge accommodation with a full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 06: Trek to Mardi Base Camp (4500m / 14764ft) [2-3 hrs], return to High Camp [2-3 hrs]

We start very early in the morning to enjoy favorable weather and purity. We start with an ascent along the narrow ridge. The hike along the slopes also has a few descents. The trail is generally covered in snow. On reaching the top, the magnificence of the mountains is captivating. A vista of mountains: Himchuli (6,441m), Annapurna I (8091m), Singhachuli (Fluted peak) (6501m) Annapurna III (7,555m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Machhapuchchhre or Fishtail (6,997m) and Mardi (5,553m) open up in front of us. Behind us, the valleys look stunning and give us an idea of how much we have climbed in the last few days. We descend down to High Camp, have lunch and rest through the afternoon. Overnight at High Camp.

Included: Lodge accommodation with a full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 07: Trek to Sidhing (1850m / 6070ft) [6-7 hrs)

After breakfast, we start our return trek along the descending trail from High Camp. The trail descends alongside sparse forests and pastures to reach Sika Kharka and continues through more forests, farmlands and small villages to reach Sidhing, our stop for the night. Sidhing is a quiet place to spend the night and enjoy an amazing morning view of Machhapuchchhre.

Included: Lodge accommodation with a full board of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 08: Trek to Lumre [2-3 hrs] Drive to Pokhara [up to 1 hour], Fly to Kathmandu [up to 30 minutes]

We wake up to a delightful view of Mt. Machhapuchchhre. We resume our trek and crisscross the graveled road arriving at Lumre. We are picked up from here and driven to Pokhara. We have lunch and head to the Pokhara domestic airport to board a flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu, we are received by a staff member who escorts us to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Kathmandu.

Included: Breakfast, Accommodation in Kathmandu

Day 09: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

After a gratifying trek in the natural heritage of the Annapurnas, we have set organized a wonderful trip in the cultural heritage of the historic Kathmandu Valley. A city sightseeing tour of the four UNESCO world heritage sites: Pashupatinath, Baudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swoyambhunath starts in the morning. Our city tour guide picks you up from the hotel after breakfast.
In the evening, a farewell dinner is hosted by Hiking Annapurna for the team to celebrate the success of the trek. The dinner is a great time to share our wonderful trek experiences before we part ways. Last night in Kathmandu.

Included: Breakfast, Accommodation in Kathmandu

Day 10: Final departure

Your final day in Kathmandu. You may take your time relaxing at the hotel or enjoy a day out shopping, trying out local cuisines or exploring other interesting places in the city. Drop-Off service to the airport for your return flight is arranged. We wish you a pleasant flight and hope to see you again.

Included: Breakfast, Airport drop-off

Mardi Himal Trekking Alternative Itinerary 2020

5 Days Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1 Drive to Dhampus and trek to Low Camp
  • Day 2 Trek to High Camp
  • Day 3 Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp to High Camp
  • Day 4 Trek to Forest Camp
  • Day 5 Trek down to Phedi and drive to Pokhara

4 Days Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary via Shiding from Pokhara

  • Day 1 Drive to Dhampus and trek to Low Camp
  • Day 2 Trek to High Camp
  • Day 3 Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp to Shiding
  • Day 4 Drive to Pokhara via Milan Chowk

Trip Includes/Exclude

FAQ

Mardi Himal Trekking is a newly opened trekking trail and you can do it for the very first time. Having adequate information on Mardi Himal will help you in preparations and formulate a strategy. Through this blog, we attempt to cover all tips for Mardi Himal trekking. Find answers to all FAQ about Mardi Himal Trek !!

How Much Does the Mardi Himal Trek Cost?

There are various ways to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp. The price will be higher if you fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Domestic flight (Ka Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu) is quite expensive in Nepal as compared to Europe or America. The price goes down if you take a Tourists Bus for Kathmandu – Pokhara -Kathmandu. In Mardi Himal trek foods are not expensive as Everest Base Camp trek or Kanchenjunga Trekking. If you are looking for the best price for this trek then never hesitate to visit Master Himalaya Treks.

How hard is Mardi Himal Trek? Do we need a physical train?

There has been a myth regarding Mardi Himal Trek as the difficult trekking. Mardi Himal Trek is just easy. If you have proper trekking equipment, a well-planned itinerary, proper logistic support, you will easily reach the Mardi Himal base Camp before you know it. Remember that acclimatization is the key factor but you are not going such a high trek. Even a beginner traveler has gone to Mardi Himal without any difficulty from our trekking agency. A total of 45km distance is covered with an average walking hour per day of 5 to 6 hours. There will be some steep ascend and descend through boulders and stone steps. Always travel light. We offer porter to carry your bag if you are in a family or a group (if you need them).

What is the reason to choose local agencies?

Well, Nepal is the landlocked country, the country of Himalaya and no one knows it better than the locals. Also, you would choose Nepali agents if you want to save extra bucks. You can save your money by almost half if you choose Nepali travel agency. Also the money you pay it directly goes to the local. Not only money it’s about your service, safety and your holiday which must be perfect. Our team serves guest as a god!

What is the altitude of Mardi Himal base Camp?

Mardi Himal Base camp is in 4500m from sea level but we are sleeping at High Camp, High Camp is 3900m from sea level.

What kind of weather is in Mardi Himal Trek?

In Mardi Himal Trekking temperature reaches up to 15-20 °Celsius (59-68 ° Fahrenheit) during a day, it can drop down to -5 ° Celsius (23 °Fahrenheit) during night. Spring season continues for March to June and is the best trekking season to visit Mardi Himal but people do it for all the time in a year. Monsoon continues from July to   Mid-September and is not highly recommended for the trek.  Autumn season continues from of September to November.

Can I Camp at Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal Trekking is a teahouse (lodge) trek, If you are interested in camping then we can offer you a tent, but you are going to have your dinner in the tea house. We will fix your tent just next to the tea house.

Can I Drink tap water during the trek?

We are not recommended you to drink tap water directly. You can use water purifying tablets, water filatures. Water are clean but you are not used to it. Water remains freezing at high altitude during cold season So, it is a nice idea to have a good water bottle.

Mountain Landscape in Himalaya. Piramid of stones. Annapurna South peak, Nepal, Mardi Himal track.

How dangerous is Mardi Himal Trekking?

Mardi Himal Trek is just the easy trek, Only one or two days you are going to walk in a jungle so always walk in a group. You might meet wild yak, leopard and some others wild animal. When you reached Mardi Himal base Camp just careful with the avalanche.

What are the Tips to prevent  High Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

Mardi Himal is not that high altitude trek. The golden tips to prevent high altitude sickness is not to stay overnight at an altitude more than 3500m from the altitude of the previous night. For extra safety, it is always better to take one acclimatization day after you conquer every 1000m.

Mountain Landscape in Himalaya. Piramid of stones. Annapurna South peak, Hiun Chuli, Nepal, Mardi Himal track.

Can I do Mardi Himal Trekking with Child?

Off-Course, Mardi Himal Trek is possible with a child as well. Many families have taken their child to Mardi Himal Base Camp. But you should be sure that your child can properly express himself in the case of high altitude sickness and other problems. If you take enough rest days, bringing your child to Annapurna/Mardi Himal is a fine idea as there are many things to explore and see including snow-clad mountains and the Himalayan wildlife.

Is there Electricity in Mardi Himal area?

Yes, there is electricity. You can charge the camera battery, phone at the lower places and at high Camp they have solar power. But they will charge a few bucks for charging a battery, wifi, hot shower, etc.

Is there internet access at Mardi Himal region?

Yes, you have internet access at Mardi Himal trek. Furthermore, you can also find 3G mobile phone coverage at Mardi Himal trail. So, you can now make video calls and you can also surf the internet on Ncell and NTC mobile phones.

How long does it take to complete Mardi Himal trekking?

It takes around 7 to 12 days in total.

Do I need the guide or can I do solo trekking?

Mardi Himal trek is newly opened trail and not many people doing this trek so we always recommend you to take at least a local guide and also a change in Nepal Government policy has made it compulsory that all trekkers must be accompanied by a guide for most of the trekking area.

What kind of trekking gear do I need for Mardi Himal Trek?

Trekking gears for Mardi Himal trekking.

What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me?

Mardi Himal trek is suitable for any kind of person who is moderately fit, no previous experience is required. To condition, yourself for the trek, some physical fitness programs such as walking, running, swimming and hiking are recommended before you embark on your journey. Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or diseases must seek medical advice before considering any trek.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport?

Yes, our company representative will be there to greet you. He will be displaying your name outside the airport terminal. You will be transferred to your hotel by our private vehicle.

What is the best season for this trekking?

Best season for trekking is usually March-April and October-November but Mardi Himal trek can be done in February, June, April, May, and December as well.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?

Weather in the mountains is very difficult to predict. At night it is generally cold and the days are generally warm. The temperature could be as high as 30 degree Celsius to minus 15 degree Celsius low.

What mode of transportation do you use?

Depending on the nature of travel we provide different vehicle service. we provide tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours, and airport pickups-drops. We provide tourist bus transfer service from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu. We book a flight ticket through Simrik Air, Buddha Air, Yeti air for the flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice versa.

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

There is landline telephone in some village along the trekking routes from which you can contact with your family and friends. Someplace there is also internet access which you can use by paying some charges. Also, you can buy a sim card for your cell phone by giving your Xerox copy of your passport and PP size photo.

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?

In the cities, off course, yes but once you are outside of the cities, all you have to pay in cash. Also, you have exchanged the currency in Nepali rupees before you go outside the cities.

Can I charge my mobile, camera or other gadgets during my trekking?

Yes, charging facilities will be available in every guesthouse & lodges but sometimes there may be load shedding problem so it’s better to bring a power bank or spare batteries.

What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

There are many restaurants available in Kathmandu and Pokhara city where you can find any delight of your choice. But in trekking route most teahouses. On the menu, you may find noodles soup, steam mo: mo, daal bhat, green salad, finger chips, eggs, potatoes, fresh vegetables. You can get tea, coffee, hot lemon, hot chocolate. Everyday breakfast, lunch, dinner will be at a lodge.

I'm a vegetarian, is that a problem?

Lodges mostly serve vegetarian meals so there is no problem at all for vegetarian. Also, we always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning. Non-veg meals at a high altitude are not safe for the stomach.

What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?

Hot water in the bucket will be provided for the shower and you have to pay for hot water.

Do your guides have trekking guide certificate? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?

Yes, they have received training from NATHM (Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management). They have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

Do I need to tip my guide and porters?

Actually tipping is not compulsory, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes, there are plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. 

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