Mardi Himal Trek - 9 Days

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Know before you go
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season Sep - Dec and Feb - May
  • Trip Area Annapurna Region
  • Maximum Altitude 4,500m.|14,760ft.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a storybook-like scenery while traveling to the trailhead
  • Explore the hidden corner around Mt. Annapurna and embark on a uncrowded, offbeat trail
  • Ascend through dense forests, cross cold streams, and pass by picturesque villages
  • Come across a diverse range of flora and fauna along the way
  • Reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp and relish a stunning sunrise
  • Witness breathtaking Himalayan mountain views throughout the trek

Introduce yourself to the Himalayan mountains of Nepal and experience an adventurous trekking venture on our Mardi Himal 9 Day Trek. Explore the offbeat trail, lush forests, and picturesque mountain villages.

After the opening of the Mardi Himal Trek route in 2012, this trek has seen huge popularity among trekkers in the Annapurna region. Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is a gem that offers an equally rewarding journey in the Annapurna Himalayas and some of the most sensational Himalayan mountain views in a matter of a few days. 

Unlike the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Mardi Himal Trekk is unspoiled and lets you enjoy a peaceful walk in nature. In recent years, teahouses have opened along the trekking route of Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m/14,760 ft), which allows trekkers to trek without carrying camping and food essentials. 

Moreover, our Mardi Himal Trek 9 Days lets you experience off-the-beaten trekking, perfect for adventurous souls. The trails ascend through dense forests, where you can see a diverse range of flora and fauna. Likewise, the small settlement areas along the Mardi Himal Trek route let the trekkers have a glimpse of the daily lifestyle of the mountain people.

What about the views?

The scenery and mountain views during the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek are breathtaking. Towering peaks like Mt. Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mardi Himal (5,587 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), and numerous others decorate the trekking route with their majestic presence. 

What makes Nepal Nirvana Trails unique?

Our more than two decades of trekking experience in the Himalayas, organizing adventurous trips, and offering satisfying journeys to our guests make us special. Being a Nepali trekking company, we actively participate in promoting the local destinations and uplifting the mountain community.

While trekking with us, you will be accompanied by some of the most experienced trekking guides in the industry. We take the safety and security of our guests seriously. Therefore, we assure you that Nepal Nirvana Trails will become the best trekking partner for you and your loved ones.

We have started to prepare and take bookings for Mardi Himal Trek 2022. Contact us anytime for more information regarding our Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek Spring/Autumn booking. 

Check out our Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Gokyo Lake Trek, Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, etc for more adventurous ventures in the Himalayas.

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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We advise you to schedule your arrival time in Kathmandu in the morning or daytime and keep some spare time on your hand to prepare for the trek. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, our team representatives will pick you up and take you to the hotel.

Later in the day, you will meet your guide and do some last-minute shopping if required. The trek leader will briefly inform you about the trail and give you a short picture of the trek. In the late evening, you will join our team over welcome dinner and end the day exploring the bustling streets of Thamel.

 

  • 4-star Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner
  • 1,400m.|4,593ft.

Duration:  45 minutes drive & 5 hours trek

After having breakfast, our team members will escort you to the domestic airport. The flight to Pokhara is short and offers breath-taking views of the snow-capped mountains. From Pokhara, we will use a private vehicle and drive to the starting point of the trek, Kande. 

From Kande, the trail steeply ascends through lush forests and passes by small villages. Soon, you will reach Pothana passing through Australian Camp. If the sky is clear, you can see stunning views of the Annapurna Range.

 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 1,990m.|6,528ft.

Duration: 6-7 hours

From Pothana, the route continues to Pitam Deurali. The trail further joins Annapurna Sanctuary and goes through dense forests. You will be walking on a secluded path that mostly passes by forests of oak, rhododendron, hemlock, and maple. After a good walk, the trail finally takes you to Forest Camp. Forest Camp is also known as Kokar.

 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 2,600m.|8,531ft.

Duration: 4-5 hours

The route from Forest Camp to Badal Danda is short. However, it involves some steep climbing through forests of juniper and rhododendron. Along the way, you will get to see beautiful views of Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Gangapurna, and Mardi Himal.

 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3,210m.|11,528ft.

Duration: 4-5 hours

Another short trekking day to High Camp with fantastic views of the snow-capped western Himalayan mountains. Today, you will be blessed with some of the most sensational views of mountains like Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Tare Kang, etc. 

The trail moves above the tree line and continues along the Mardi Himal ridge. You will be walking mainly on the grassy slopes and reach the High Camp. On the way, you may get to see Danphe, the national bird of Nepal.

 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3,600m.|11,810ft.

Duration: 7-8 hours

You will begin trekking early in the morning to catch a gorgeous sunrise from the Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trail ascends along the ridge towards the base camp of Mardi Himal. You will be following a grassy trail, further crossing a couple of steep sections. 

On the way, you can see dzokpo, a crossbreed of cow and yak, along with Danphe. Likewise, sheep and goats are also seen grazing around the area. The Mardi Himal Base Camp will welcome you with a sensational landscape that will make you forget all the pain you got while climbing up here. Later, we will trek back to Low Camp, following the same trail to spend the night. It's going to be a long day.

 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 4,500m.|14,760ft.

Duration: 5-6 hours

Instead of descending back to Kokar from Low Camp, you will complete the circuit following a downhill route to Sidhing village. As there are not many good local villages along the route to Mardi Himal Base Camp, Sidhing village will overcome this absence with some intimate interactions with the locals. 

From here, you will drive to Pokhara, where you will be spending the night. In the evening, explore the famous Lakeside Market and end the day dining as per your wish.

 

  • 3-star Hotel
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • 1750m.|5741ft.

After having a warm breakfast, you will catch the tourist bus and drive to Kathmandu today. The drive offers amazing scenery and hill views. The drive will be around 7 hours. In the late evening, the company will organize a farewell dinner for you.

 

  • 4-star Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • 1,400m.|4,593ft.

Mardi Himal Trek comes to an end. It is your last day in Kathmandu. Today, you will fly to your home. Our team will drop you at the airport on your flight schedule and bid you our last goodbye or we can extend your tour if you want to explore other places in Nepal.

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    Route Map

    Mardi Himal Trek - 9 Days map

    What's Included

    • Airport transfer services arrival and departure and local flight schedule
    • 4-starhotel twin sharing basis
    • One-night 3-star hotel at Lakeside Pokhara
    • Accommodations during the treks twin sharing basis 
    • Standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and tea or coffee while on the treks
    • Experienced English speaking government Licensed trekking guide and 1 porter between 2 trekkers
    • Guide and porter salary, food, equipment, and insurances 
    • All applicable permits, ACAP, TIMS, and Local permits
    • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara
    • Pokhara to Kathmandu Tourist Bus
    • Pokhara to Kande, Sidhing to Pokhara private vehicle service.
    • Sleeping bag down jacket if needed (It’s refundable)
    • Nepal Nirvana Trails Duffel Bag, T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purifications drop Complimentary
    • First aid kit with Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate (Very useful to check Altitude sickness symptoms)
    • Farewell Dinner in a fine Restaurant
    • Official expense and government tax and vat.

    What's Excluded

    • International flight tickets
    • Nepal entry visa
    • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations
    • During trekking time personal expensive snacks, drink Beer coke, juice, water, WI-FI, etc.
    • Lunch, dinner and extra night hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara 
    • Tips for treks guide and porter (it is expected)

    Useful Info

    Mardi Himal Trek difficulty

    Mardi Himal Trek is not a difficult trek but does involve a few off-the-beaten sections along the trekking route. Overall, the Mardi Himal Base Camp trek is moderate. The trail explores the hidden corner of Annapurna massif. 

    Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp is all about continuous ascents and descents through forested and rugged paths. Therefore, the trekkers have to be physically fit to walk long hours, carrying their day pack. Previous trekking experience is not needed for Mardi Himal Trek 9 Days, however strong determination and will to complete the journey is crucial.

    Altitude Sickness

    You will hike up to 4,500 meters/14,760 ft during the Mardi Himal Trekking. As it is a pretty high elevation, there is a chance of altitude sickness if your body does not acclimate properly during the trek. 

    Our Mardi Himal Trek itinerary is composed, maintaining the rise in elevation that allows the trekkers to adapt to the altitude as they move further towards the final destination.

    You can do the following things to stay away from altitude sickness:

    • Never consume alcoholic drinks or anything that may dehydrate your body on the way. Dehydrated bodies are prone to altitude sickness. With that being said, keep yourself hydrated, drink plenty of water and other fluids like soup. 
    • Meet your doctor and get prescribed medicine for altitude sickness, food poisoning, headache, cold, etc to carry while trekking.
    • Do not ascend more than 500 meters in a day.
    • Difficulty in breathing, headache, insomnia, dizziness, etc, are a few early symptoms of altitude sickness.

    Mardi Himal Trek distance

    Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek covers a total distance of 41 km (25 miles). Kande, the starting point of the trek, is situated 27 km (16.7 miles) north of Pokhara. 

    Mardi Himal Trek route

    The Mardi Himal Trek route starts at Kande. From here, the trail winds through dense forests to Pothana. This place is also known as Australian Camp. Continue ascending towards Pritam Deurali and join the Annapurna Sanctuary. You will go through lush forests of oak, rhododendron, maple, etc to Forest Camp, also known as Kokar, by the locals. 

    The next destination from here is Badal Danda at 3,210 m/11,528 ft that offers stunning mountain views. Further, you will climb along the grassy slopes to High Camp. 

    The last stop from High Camp is the Mardi Himal Base Camp. You will cross two steep sections before reaching the base camp. On the way back, follow a different route to Sidhing village, from where you will drive back to Pokhara.

    Training for the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

    Mardi Himal Trek is a moderate trek. Trekkers do not need to follow any strenuous training for the venture. The Mardi Himal Trek route is little on the rough side than any other moderate treks in the Himalayas, therefore the trekkers have to be fit.

    To prepare for Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking, you can go on hikes that include 5 to 6 hours of walking minimum. The main focus point while preparing for Mardi Trek should be increasing your walking hours and core body strength. You can also do other activities like swimming, cycling, or make a routine in the gym to get you ready for the trek.

    Mardi Himal Trek Solo/Private/Group

    For trekkers who are looking to do Mardi Himal Trek solo can opt for our private trek option. We will help you create the perfect Mardi Himal Trek itinerary.

    Likewise, you can join our existing group and trek with like-minded people. Or, if you have your own group, then let us organize the Mardi Himal Trek and enjoy the perks of trekking with a company that has over two decades of running treks in the Himalayas.

    Last Minute Booking for Mardi Himal Trek

    Last-minute booking for Mardi Himal Trek can get sloppy, especially in the peak season. Thankfully not many trekkers choose Mardi Himal, therefore arranging accommodation and other essentials at the last minute is relatively easy.

    To book the Mardi Himal Trek package with us at the last minute, you have to pay the 100% of the Mardi Himal Trek cost. After the confirmation from our side, one of the team representatives of Nepal Nirvana Trails will assist you with the preparation.

    Mardi Himal Trek Permits

    The permits for Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek are the same as Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You have to obtain Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit and TIMS card to trek. 

    ACAP permit costs for SAARC nationals: USD 2, per person + 13% VAT

    ACAP permit costs for other nationals: USD 20, per person + 13% VAT

    TIMS card costs: USD 20 per person

    *Note: Your Mardi Himal Trek permits are covered in our Mardi Himal Trek package cost. Moreover, our team will obtain all the permits on our behalf in advance and save you the hassle of dealing with the specifications of the permit offices.

    Mardi Himal Trek time

    The perfect time of the year to do Mardi Himal Trekking is from March to April in spring and October to November in the autumn when the weather is mostly stable. In these two seasons, you will get to enjoy the best views of the mountains, and the mild temperature makes the walking fantastic. 

    The temperature varies from 18°C at the lower elevation to 5°C or below at the higher elevation (especially in the mornings & nights). The daytime is generally warmer than dusk.

    Accommodation 

    On our Mardi Himal Trek 9 days, you will be spending nights in the tea house during the trek. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we will book you a nice tourist standard hotel. The tea houses along the Mardi Himal Trek route are very basic. You cannot expect anything fancy or modern amenities. 

    Twin sharing rooms are booked unless you ask for a single room. The washroom can be private or common, depending upon the tea house. Usually, rooms in the tea houses are small with a couple of beds, blankets, pillows, and a few other types of furniture. 

    Food

    While trekking, you will mostly get dishes like dal bhat (a staple meal for Nepalese), curries (veg/non-veg), chapati, momo, noodles, thukpa, sandwich, porridge, curry, mashed potatoes, etc have as a meal. Similarly, for breakfast, you can expect muesli, oatmeals, toast, egg, corn, tea, coffee, etc. Our Mardi Himal Trek package offers three meals during the trek.

    We recommend you to choose dal bhat and veggies in at least one meal a day because it is the most healthy and fresh food option you will get during the trek. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will get breakfast and a welcome & farewell dinner. For other meals, you are free to choose and dine in whatever place you want. 

    Trek Responsibly

    To trek responsibly, the first thing you can do is to travel with a local trekking agency and buy as much trekking clothing/gear from Nepali brands as possible. By doing so, you will be promoting Nepali=’s businesses and contributing to the economy of the country.

    Likewise, make sure to check how the trekking agency organizes their trips in the Himalayas and what sorts of measures they take for sustainable travel. Other than this, you can carry reusable water bottles instead of buying plastic water bottles on the way and do not throw trash on the trail.

    Travel Insurance

    Because Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking is a high-altitude journey in a remote area, we recommend getting travel insurance to our guests. If an emergency occurs while trekking (rare scenario), then the travel insurance gives us the power to provide immediate medical assistance to our guests. Your travel insurance should cover air evacuation up to 6000 meters and medical expenses. 

    Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)

    • You may need little spare cash to buy extra drinks, snacks, or services like a charging booth, hot shower, etc during the trek. There is no ATM on the way to Mardi Himal Base Camp, so withdraw enough in Pokhara or Kathmandu.
    • To charge your electronic devices, you can use the charging areas in the teahouses or carry spare batteries.
    • Internet service is not great while trekking. You can get a Nepali sim and use cellular data where the network seems stable. It's better to keep your expectations low for a good internet connection during Mardi Himal Trek.
    • During the trek, our porters will carry the main luggage. Every member of the group is allowed to pack up to 10 kgs as main luggage. The trekkers can carry a day pack with other essentials.
    • Tipping is a custom in Nepal after the completion of the journey. As per your satisfaction level, you are free to tip whatever amount you like. It is mandatory.
    • Personal expenses like travel insurance, tips, shopping, international flight fare, etc, are not included in the package cost.

    FAQs

    • Mardi Himal trek can go from four days to a week long. Our Mardi Himal trek itinerary is nine days long and involves your arrival & departure. As per your availability, you can tailor-make the Mardi Himal trek with us.

    • Mardi Himal trek cost varies from USD 500 to USD 700 and above. The cost of the Mardi Himal trek package entirely depends upon the itinerary and the accommodation standards. The good news is, you can trek to Mardi Himal in both budgets and extravagantly as per your wish.

    • If you follow our itinerary, then you can reach Mardi Himal from Kathmandu by taking around 45 minutes to drive to Kande. From here, you will trek through Pothana, Forest Camp, Badal Danda, and High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp and descend back to Low Camp and reach Pokhara via Sidhing.

    • Mid-September to Mid-December is the best time of the year for the Mardi Himal Trek. Likewise, February to May is another great time of the year to enjoy the wonders of Mardi Himal trekking.

    • Mardi Himal is situated in the Kaski district in Nepal. The trail is part of the famous Annapurna region and explores the east side of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek route.

    • Yes, you can camp during the Mardi Himal trek. We offer a special Mardi Himal camping trek for those who are interested. Contact us for more information.

    • Mardi Himal Trek is not a dangerous trek, to be frank. The trail is slightly on the off-beat and less-crowded side, therefore professional guidance will make the overall journey fantastic. Be careful while crossing the avalanche-prone areas while trekking, and do not consume any plants or flowers on the way. 

    • Yes, you can do the Mardi Himal trek with the child. The Mardi Himal trek is one of the family-friendly treks in the Himalayas. One thing you have to be careful of is altitude sickness while trekking. Make sure your child properly acclimatizes as you gain elevation. Our expert team will take care of you and your loved ones while trekking.

    • If you want to do the Mardi Himal trek solo, then there is no prohibition on that. However, do know that the Mardi Himal trek route is not traveled by many tourists, so you might get alone in many parts of the trail while trekking. Better trek with a local guide to be safe and enjoy every second of the journey.

    Client Reviews

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      Yoni DoaniUnited KingdomJune 23, 2022

      Annapruna and Mardi Himal

      I did the annapruna circuit and mardi himal with nirvana trails. The best and most competitive trekking company in nepal no doubt. From organisation to the actual trek itself, KP and his team will arrange everything for you. The guides are amazing and couldn't be happier to help you and answer any questions. I would only trek with this company in the future, they make you feel more like friends then customers. 10/10 :D

      Dear Yoni,
      Thank you so much for reviewing our service via TripAdvisor. We are pleased to know that you are satisfied with our service at Annapurna Circuit and Mardi Himal Trek. Hopefully, we can assist you soon with the next adventure in Nepal.
      Best regards,
      Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.

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