Mardi Himal Trek - 11 Days

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  • Duration 11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Type Lodge Based Trek
  • Best Season Spring (March - May) & Autumn (Sept - Nov)
  • Group Size 16
  • Maximum Altitude 4,450 m

Mardi Himal Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Annapurna region that explores the off-beaten trekking trail to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. Even though the 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 and unspoiled, stunning Himalayan mountain views. 

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

Located east of Modi Khola across the valley from Hiunchuli. 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. You will get to see their lifestyle and traditions. 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 easy, don't take the trek lightly. What we want to say is that there is no technical walk involved, and the steep ascent and descent are also less.

The facts of Mardi Himal Trekking

  • Enjoy an off-beat, less-crowded trekking route in the Annapurna Himalayas.
  • Adventurous trails 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 rhododendrons, crossing thrilling bridges.
  • Witness a breathtaking panorama and gorgeous sunrise from Upper View Point.
  • Perfect for beginner trekkers

Views during the Mardi Himal Trek Route

Mardi Himal Trek Route 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.

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking Route Difficulty

Mardi Himal Trek 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 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 for 5 to 6 hours a day; therefore, good stamina is needed.

You will be travelling in remote areas where people live a simple lifestyle. Away from the bustle of 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 options are limited too.

Check out our Mardi Himal Trekking Route Map to get a pictorial view of the Mardi Himal Trekking Route.

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 your way to train yourself for the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek.

An easy hike with a backpack twice a 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 that 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. You may already have the idea that Mardi Himal Trek explores a 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 the Mardi Himal Trek for 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.

The Cost for Mardi Himal Trekking Package 2024

The cost of the Mardi Himal Trek Package 2024 starts at USD 840. You will see a different price range for the trek. The cost of the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek package depends on the itinerary, services, and standard of accommodation. If you are customizing the trek, then the price may differ too.

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

The Mardi Himal Trekking Package 2024 cost 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 or porter. Things like travel insurance, international flights, personal expenses, and tips are not included in the package cost.

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

What do we offer in our Mardi Himal Trekking Package 2024?

As a local Nepali trek and 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 costs 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 Trekking Package 2024 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 standard and recommended itinerary. If this itinerary doesn’t suit you, we customize your holiday as per your requirements and time-frame. Click for Tailor-Made Program

Map

Mardi Himal Trek - 11 Days map

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 
  • 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: WednesdayMay 22, 2024End DateEnd: SaturdayJune 01, 2024StatusAvailablePriceUS$840
Start DateStart: SaturdayMay 25, 2024End DateEnd: TuesdayJune 04, 2024StatusAvailablePriceUS$840
Start DateStart: WednesdayMay 29, 2024End DateEnd: SaturdayJune 08, 2024StatusAvailablePriceUS$840

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

Altitude Sickness during the Mardi Himal Trekking

The 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 to 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 litres 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.

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 a TIMS Card. Both permits are available in the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu.

ACAP permit cost for foreigners: 3,000 NRS 

ACAP permit cost for SAARC nationals: 200 NRS

TIMS card cost: 1,000 NRS 

*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 a 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 travellers from all around the world. It gets a little crowded sometimes, but the ambience 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 in Trek To Mardi Himal Route

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 cosy and give a home vibe. What more can you expect in the Himalayas?
 

Food available during the Mardi Himal Trekking

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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  • Great Company - Outstanding Trek!

    Great company and great choice for trekking in the Himalayas! Our trip to Mardi Himal was worry-free and expertly executed. We were able to focus on the trek itself without concern for food, lodging, or safety. Nepal Gateway Trekking is highly recommended! Ram is outstanding!

    Paula Bairos Eggert
    Paula Bairos EggertUnited States, Travel Date: 13/05/2023
  • Annapurna Mardi Himal Trek--You won't find a better company

    This was our third trek with Ram and we will never trek with another company. Ram and Raj are extremely communicative during the entire planning process and the guides and porters they hire are conscientious and professional to the extreme. They make trekking such a joyful and relaxing experience. My husband and I love to travel and rarely go the same place twice, but Nepal is so incredible and Nepal Gateway Trekking makes the trip so easy that we keep going back again and again. Can't wait until next time!

    Mrs. Lisa Alice Ansley
    Mrs. Lisa Alice AnsleyUnited States, Travel Date: 07/05/2023

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