Mardi Himal Trek - 11 Days

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  • Duration 11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Type Lodge Based Trek
  • Best Season Mid Feb - May & Sept - Dec
  • Group Size 16
  • Maximum Altitude 4,450 m

Highlights

  • Enjoy an off-beat, less crowded trekking route in the Annapurna Himalayas
  • Adventurous trail and friendly locals
  • Locals from different communities reside along the trail. Enjoy their heartwarming hospitality
  • Stunning mountain views and landscapes
  • Trek through dense forests of rhododendron, crossing thrilling bridges
  • Witness breathtaking panorama and gorgeous sunrise from Upper View Point
  • Perfect for beginner trekkers

Mardi Himal Trek is one of the finest trekking routes in the Annapurna region that explores the off-beaten trekking trail to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. Even though Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is not as famous as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek, the newly opened Mardi Himal Trek route lets you experience tranquil trekking & unspoiled, stunning Himalayan mountain views. 

Mardi Himal Trek 11 Days is a perfect trekking package that has a great balance of adventure & off-beat route yet maintains a moderate difficulty level. An excellent venture for beginner trekkers who are looking for subtle changes in the Himalayas.

Located east of Modi Khola across the valley from Hiunchul, Mardi Himal Trek 11 Days is an adventurous venture that goes through pristine rhododendron forests and beautiful villages. Along the Mardi Himal Trek route, you will stay overnight in simple tea houses or lodges. 

The settlement areas along the trail are small and remote. Resided by the welcoming locals, you will get to see their lifestyle and tradition. Apart from the adventurous side of the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek, you will encounter a rich cultural heritage.

Mardi Himal Trek is a beginner-friendly trek, and the trail is easy to moderate. Just because we mentioned the word easier, don't take the trek lightly. What we want to say is there is no technical walk involved, and the steep ascent & descent are also less. 

Views during the Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trekking offers incredible views of the green hills and snow-covered mountains. The trek offers views of Mardi Himal (5,587 m), Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993 m), and many others.

How difficult is Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal Trek 11 Days is a moderate trek. It means the trail is doable for beginner trekkers. Anyone can trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp with guidance, a well-planned itinerary, and pre-preparation.

The trail has many ascents and descents throughout the trek, which can be exhausting. There are many trodden and steep paths that you have to be careful about. You will be trekking 5 to 6 hours a day, therefore good stamina is needed. 

You will be traveling in remote areas, where people live a simple lifestyle. Away from the bustle of the modern cities, the trail has very little to offer in terms of modern facilities but a lot to offer naturally. The services in the lodge or teahouse are limited, and the food option is limited too.

Check out our Mardi Himal Trekking Route Map to have a pictorial view of the trekking route.

What do we offer?

As a local Nepali trek & tour operator, we take special care of our ventures in the Himalayas. Along with that, you will be trekking with like-minded individuals who love to travel. You will trek with a reliable and professional trek guide and porters. 

From genuine Mardi Himal trek package cost to full support during the trek, Nepal Gateway Trekking makes the trek experience the best. For more information regarding the Mardi Himal Trek package, contact us.

Join our Mardi Himal Trek 2022/2023 and allow us to show you the mesmerizing beauty of the Himalayas.

Check out our other similar packages - Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Pikey Peak Trek etc. 

Itinerary

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We will see you at the Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival day. Our team will take you to the hotel in a private car and help you check in. We will have a short get together later in the evening in group meeting program.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

After having breakfast, we will leave Kathmandu and drive towards Pokhara. The beautiful landscape along the route will make the journey less stressful. Pokhara is the second biggest city in Nepal and is hugely loved by travelers. Spend the evening around Phewa Lake and explore Lakeside Market.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude820 m

The trek begins from Kande. From Pokhara, it takes another short drive to reach the starting point of the trail. Following a forested path, we will ascend to Australian Base Camp. It is a popular viewpoint that offers stunning mountain views. From here, walk along the lush green hills to Pothana.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,950 m

The trail from Pothana leaves the Annapurna Sanctuary and joins the Mardi Himal route. We will ascend to Pritam Deurali and trek through dense forests of maple, rhododendron, hemlock, and oak. Soon, we will pass by Deurali and reach Forest Camp, which is also known as Kokar by the locals.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,500 m

The route gets thrilling as it passes by dense forests covered with rhododendrons and different other trees. Mountains like Annapurna South and Hiunchuli are seen from time to time. You can see stunning views of the northern face of Mt. Fishtail as Low Camp gets closer.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,990 m

The trek continues through dark dense woods to the Middle Camp. We will climb our way above the treeline over the ridges to Badal Danda. The view today is fantastic and will bless our eyes. At Badal Danda, we can touch the clouds and join the course to the High Camp. Annapurna South and Mt. Fishtail are constantly seen along the way. Before reaching the High Camp, we will come across steep ups & downs.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,580 m

Early in the morning, we will trek towards the Mardi Himal Base Camp. After a short climb, the trail gets steeper, and we will be ascending to the top following the rugged ridges. Today, the route will be the toughest, but the views of snow-capped mountains like Mardi Hima, Annapurna Range, Fishtail, and others will mesmerize our eyes with their looming presence. After spending some time at the top, we will descend back to Low Camp.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,450 m

The day begins with rapid descent. The trail passes through lush forested slopes and further through terraced rice fields. We will see more locals along the way. From Kalimati, it takes another two hours to reach Lwang village.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,460 m

It is the last day of our trek. We will begin trekking through the tea garden, enjoying an excellent mountain panorama. The trail drops down to Khora Muk. We will be walking alongside the bank of the Mardi River before reaching Khora Muka. Here, we end our Mardi Himal Trek and drive to Pokhara.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Lunch
  • Maximum Altitude820 m

We will be driving back to Kathmandu. The drive will be long, but the views will keep us calm. Upon reaching, we will drop you at the hotel. You can take your time to unwind and unpack. Later in the evening, there will be a farewell dinner with the team, and we will mark our trip ending here.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Farewell Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

Our airport team will take you to the international airport three hours before your flight departure time.

  • MealsBreakfast

This is our regular and recommended itinerary. If this itinerary doesn’t suit your time-frame and requirements, please click here for tailor-made program

Includes

  • All grounded transportation as per program.
  • Two nights' accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.
  • Two nights' accommodation in Pokhara inclusive breakfast.
  • Your three times meal (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) and accommodations during the trekking.
  • A highly experience well trained government license holder English speaking trekking guide and required porters and their meals, accommodations, salaries, insurances and equipments.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit
  • TIMs card (Trekkers information management system)
  • Mardi Himal Trekking map
  • Nepal Gateway Trekking company T-shirt and achievement certificate
  • First Aid kit.
  • Fresh local fruits.
  • All government taxes.

Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International flight tickets to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, which is easily issued upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Your personal first aid kit, equipment and items of personal nature.
  • All kinds of drinks (Water/Coke/alcoholic beverage and hot drinks).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)

Dates & Price

Date StatusPrice 
Start DateStart: WednesdayDecember 14, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayDecember 24, 2022StatusAvailablePriceUS$870
Start DateStart: WednesdayDecember 21, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayDecember 31, 2022StatusAvailablePriceUS$870
Start DateStart: WednesdayDecember 28, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayJanuary 07, 2023StatusAvailablePriceUS$870

This is our set fixed departure date, arrival and departure to/from Kathmandu, Nepal. The dates and price are specified for group joining. 
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Useful Info

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Mardi Himal Trek 11 Days is a moderate trek. It means the trail is doable for beginner trekkers. Anyone can trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp with guidance, a well-planned itinerary, and pre-preparation.

The trail has many ascents and descents throughout the trek, which can be exhausting. There are many trodden and steep paths that you have to be careful about. You will be trekking 5 to 6 hours a day, therefore good stamina is needed.

You will be traveling in remote areas, where people live a simple lifestyle. Away from the bustle of the modern cities, the trail has very little to offer in terms of modern facilities but a lot to offer naturally. The services in the lodge or teahouse are limited, and the food option is limited too.

Check out our Mardi Himal Trekking Route Map to have a pictorial view of the trekking route.

Altitude Sickness

Mardi Himal Trek route has a sheer altitude gain. You will have lots of opportunities to rest and acclimatize with the elevation, so the chances of altitude sickness are pretty low.

Altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness is a disease caused during high-altitude journeys. It happens if your body does not acclimatize with the altitude. It is not something you should take lightly if altitude sickness can be life-threatening too.

Below are the precautions for altitude sickness:

  • Drink at least 2 liters of water every day. You have to keep yourself hydrated, which means no consumption of alcoholic drinks or smoke as well.
  • The elevation gain should not be more than 500-600 meters in a day.
  • Meet your doctor and get essential medicine for altitude sickness, body aches, and headaches.
  • Make sure to include rest days in your itinerary.
  • If you find any difficulty in breathing, feel dizziness, or feel a loss of appetite, then spend the night at a lower altitude until the symptoms get better.
  • Do not feel shy to ask for help with the guide. Our team is there to make sure you are comfortable and safe while trekking.

Preparation for the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking

Training is important before the beginning of the trek, especially if you are a novice trekker or do not exercise. You do not have to go out of the way to train yourself for the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek.

An easy hike with a backpack twice the week will do a lot. If there is no hiking trail around you, you can also go swimming, cycling, and running. All of these activities will help you to increase your stamina, which is crucial.

Likewise, you can also go to the gym and focus on increasing core body strength. The main point is, you should walk 5 to 6 hours a day on a trodden trail carrying a daypack.

Then comes the metal preparation. Your determination will define the success of the trek. As you may have already got the idea that Mardi Himal Trek explores the remote area, which means you have to be able to live in basic accommodation and eat what is available.

Do not worry, you will be able to do Mardi Himal Trek 11 Days smoothly with us. There can be a few difficulties because of the terrain, but overall it will not be that challenging. Stick to your pace and keep walking.

Mardi Himal Trek Cost

Mardi Himal Trek cost ranges from USD 750 and above. You will see a different price range for the trek. The Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek package cost depends on the itinerary, services, and accommodation standard. If you are customizing the trek, then the price may differ too.

You can do Mardi Himal Trekking on budget or luxury as per your wish. One thing we want you to consider is while going for a budget-friendly option, you have to cut off many services when already the Himalayas have less to offer.

The package cost often includes transportation fare as per the itinerary, accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all accommodation and meals during the trek, permits, taxes, and expenses of the guide/porter. Things like travel insurance, international flight, personal expenses, tips, etc, are not included in the package cost.

You can check our Mardi Himal Trek cost include and exclude for more information. The Mardi Himal Trek cost for Indians is almost similar. We guarantee you, with us, you will get the best price.

You can get in touch with us here anytime for more information regarding the Mardi Himal Trek cost from India.

Permits Required for Mardi Himal Trekking

To go on Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek, you have to get two permits. One is an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit, and the second is TIMS Card. Both permits are available in Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu.

ACAP permit cost for foreigners: 3,000 NRS (Approx. USD 30)

ACAP permit cost for SAARC nationals: 200 NRS

TIMS card cost: 1,000 NRS (Approx. USD 10)

*Note: If you are traveling with a trekking agency, then they will get all necessary permits for the trek for you in advance.

Best Time to do the Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek time is from March to April (spring) and October to November (autumn). Spring and autumn are two peak seasons to trek in the Annapurna region. Both of these have stable weather and moderate climate, which is essential for a smooth trek.

The visibility is clear. The views of mountains, hills, and valleys are fantastic. You may feel a little cold in the night and morning, so carry a few warm pieces. The temperature ranges from 18°C to 12°C. Likewise, the trail sees travelers from all around the world. It gets a little crowded sometimes, but the ambiance is pleasing.

You can also do Mardi Himal Trekking in winter (December to February). Winter is off-season for this trek, however some trekkers love the striking beauty of snow-covered mountains in the winter. You may trek in the early months, but get ready to face extreme cold. The temperature falls below -15°C. Likewise, the trail may get blocked due to heavy snowfall, and there is always a chance of an avalanche.

Accommodation

Most of the accommodations are very basic, cold, and somewhat clean. This is the Himalayas, and because of no transportation, everything is hard to get here, which ultimately increases the price and lowers the quality.

But the rooms will be comfortable enough to spend the night. Do not forget to carry a sleeping bag. The rooms usually have two single beds with a sheet, pillow, pillowcase, and blanket. Bathrooms may come attached with the room, but you have to share the toilet. Always carry your toilet paper and soap.

Accommodations sound a little off, but trust us, they are very cozy and give a home vibe. What more can you expect in the Himalayas?

Food

Get ready to eat a lot of potatoes. You can get potatoes for breakfast and heavy meals cooked in different ways. Likewise, eggs and meat are also available. Other than potatoes, there are dal bhat, momos, Tibetan bread, noodles, and normal pasta with sauce. Plenty of soup options are available but not enough to fill you. You can get more food options like bakery items, steak, curries, porridge, bread, etc too.

FAQs

  • Q1. How long is the Mardi Himal Trek?

    Mardi Himal trek is one of our short trekking packages in the Annapurna region. The trek lasts for 11 days, including your arrival and departure from Nepal. Without arrival and departure, you can do this trek in seven days.

  • The Mardi Himal trekking costs around USD 600 and above per person in a group. It is a fantastic trek to do on a budget.

  • You will get the best Mardi Himal trek experience from October to November. In late November and ear December, the region sees its first snowfall, which makes the journey even more magical. Another great time for Mardi Himal trekking is from March to April.

  • To reach Mardi Himal Base Camp, you have to first drive or fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu. From Pokhara, another short drive (45 minutes) will take you to Kande. The trail begins from here. You will walk through multiple camps (Forest Camp, Low Camp, and High Camp) before reaching Mardi Himal Base Camp.

  • Mardi Himal is situated in the Annapurna region, Gandaki zone near Pokhara. It is located on the east side of Annapurna Base Camp.

  • It depends on you and your trekking experience. You can do the Mardi Himal trek with or without a guide as per your wish.

  • It takes around 4 to 5 days to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp from Pokhara. If you want to ascend further to the top of Mardi Himal, then one more day is added to the itinerary.

Client Reviews

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  • Mardi Himal Trek October 2018

    I have been meaning to write this since the day I returned, as usual life got in the way (weak excuse I know) and I really wanted to add some pictures but still haven't sorted them out, I will add them later but I couldn't wait any longer to write a review about Raj.
    So I had just completed a 400-odd km Charity Bike Ride in Nepal and decided to stay on and trek for the first time in my life. I had read a review, actually not about Raj but about another tour group however, Raj was mentioned as he helped them out in a serious situation that was beyond their guide's capabilities. I then contacted Raj and there were so many obstacles to us actually meeting up but something inside me just knew I had to have this man as my guide and eventually we met up in Pokhara. He did indeed travel up from Kathmandu to meet me.
    Raj has so many wonderful qualities but his demeanor and the way he calmly deals with all situations were a blessing to me. My boots, both of them, split, within only a few hours of our 6-day trek, I was flapping like a helpless child but he helped me fix them, and in fact, they actually lasted all the way to the hotel after the trek, lol. Raj is a wealth of information about nearly everything that you see, hear and taste and many of the other guides would consult with him during our time together. He loves and cares for his environment and shares his knowledge willingly. He seems to know your limits better than you and encouraged me to do things I would never usually have done, successfully I must add. He is open to changing plans and in fact, our best section of the trek was a day we went off the usual tracks and he used his natural tracker abilities to navigate us to our destination through a truly untouched route. Even after the trek, Raj continued to assist me with my plans in Nepal. I could go on and on waxing lyrical about this man who I now call a friend. All I can say is wouldn't hesitate for a single second to recommend Raj to anyone of any age for any trek with any number of people. Raj is not only a true professional but an absolutely lovely gent and I am already planning my return to Nepal and I wouldn't trek with anyone else. When it comes to Nepal, Raj, he is Da Man...

    David Lewis
    David LewisUnited Kingdom, Travel Date: 28/11/2018

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