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.
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.
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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.
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?
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.