Mardi Himal Budget Trek

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USD $ 365 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    9 Days

  • Difficulty

    moderate

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Car/Van/Bus

  • Region/Type

    Annapurna Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is a challenging adventure trek route of the the Annapurna region and is quickly gaining popularity among hiking enthusiasts. It is located east of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek route and on the lap of Mount Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) offering a relaxing hiking experience through beautiful villages, lush green forests, small huts, and some of the best landscape views of the the massive Annapurna ranges displaying nature's grandeur and beauty.

Mardi Himal Budget Trek journey takes you through alpine forests, tranquil waterfalls, and challenging hilly terrain. The views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu Himalayas in broad open spaces dominate the whole region. In a short amount of time, trekkers will be able to discover the region's natural landscapes. Aside from the natural beauty, the Mardi Himal Inexpensive Trek allows you to see distant ethnic settlements in this region that are far from modernization. 

This specially designed budget trek to Mardi Himal is a mix of adventure and enjoyment. Low camp is the major highlight of this Mardi Himal Budget Trek as it has the greatest views of Machhapuchhare Himal along with sunrise and sunset vistas. The trails are full of beautiful sights as we make our way to the base camp and offer spectacular views of the Mardi Himal (5,500 meters), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 meters), and some parts of Annapurna. 

Furthermore, this stunning walk is great for hikers on a budget and with limited time on their hands. We offer this walk at a fair price and take care of all logistics so you can relax and enjoy your journey.

Trip Highlights

  • Hike in the Annapurna’s off the beaten track that is still relatively new is less crowded
  • Relish the views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Machapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and other peaks 
  • Traverse through rhododendron groves that are in full bloom (in March-April)
  • Get insights into the Nepali culture indulging in the daily lifestyle of the locals
  • Picture-perfect vistas from the low camp, high camp, and base camp
  • Get a glimpse of traditional Nepali villages and taste of warm hospitality of the localities

Mardi Himal Budget Trek Difficulty

The Mardi Himal Budget Trek is a reasonably short and moderate trek that requires minimal technical skills. The lower part of the trek is dominated by lush green trees, while the upper levels have more exposed and rocky terrain.

The journey from the High Camp to the Mardi Himal Base Camp is the most difficult part of this trek as the trail becomes steeper and rougher on this day. However, the majority of the hike is comfortable, making for a pleasant and pleasurable walk.

Although this trip is appropriate for the novice and does not require any experience, they are suggested to complete the necessary preparation and do cardio-related training.

Permits for Mardi Himal Budget Trek 

Mardi Himal lies in the Annapurna region so, trekkers must obtain Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) to trek in the Mardi Himal Trail. Along with ACAP, you will need Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS). The cost of these permits are:

  • ACAP: NRP. 3000 (~USD 30) p/p for foreigners, NRP. 1000 (~USD 10) p/p for SAARC Nationals
  • TIMS: NRP. 2000 (~USD 20) p/p for foreigners, NRP. 600 (~USD 6) p/p for SAARC Nationals

The permit fees are within the package cost. So, the trekkers must not worry about this subject. 

Best Season

Mardi Himal Trek is considered an easy to intermediate level trekking location in Nepal, due to which it is accessible throughout the year (spring, Summer/Monsoon, autumn, and winter).

However, the ideal time to trek the Mardi Himal is during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) seasons. During this time, the weather will be constant, and you will have the best views of the scenery. The clear sky and tranquil setting allow you to take in the best views of the surrounding foliage and snow-capped peaks. Because the weather is neither too hot nor too cold these seasons, you'll be able to trek at the ideal time of year in the region. In addition, the rich Rhododendron forests blossom in reds and whites during the spring season.

If you wish to avoid the crowds and experience the hike in complete isolation, go during the monsoon/summer (June-August) or winter (December-February). 

During the summer and monsoon, it rains almost every day, making the trails and route muddy and slippery, making this the most challenging part of your walk. The Annapurna region, on the other hand, appears spectacular after the rain, with a stunning panorama of natural beauty.

During the winter, most of the paths leading to the Mardi Himal may be covered in snow and the environment gets extremely dry and chilly. As a result, most tourists avoid trekking to the Mardi Himal during the winter. But, the region's visual splendor and snow-covered mountains, during this time are stunning. One disadvantage of this season is that some passages may be covered by snow due to heavy snowfall, preventing tea houses from operating.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu

🕑 20 Min Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1,400 m

One of the Himalayan Trekkers’ representatives will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport’s terminal and escort you to the designated hotel in a private vehicle. 

After you check-in, get relaxed and refreshed and visit our office for the short discussion meeting regarding your Mardi Himal Budget Trek. In the evening, you can roam around the streets of the tourism hub of Nepal, Thamel, and Thahity. 

Accommodation: Tourist/Travelers Standard Hotel

Day 2: Drive to Kimche via Pokhara & trek to Ghandruk

🕑 10/11 Hrs

Max Altitude: 1,960 m

After breakfast, we will leave Kathmandu and proceed towards the second-largest city in Nepal, Pokhara which is also the gateway to the famous Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. We reach the city of lakes after 6-7 hours of drive via the highway on a tourist bus. After a short break in Pokhara, we further drive 3 hours to Kimche, our trekking starting point. It is one hour uphill walk from Kimche to Ghandruk. 

The short walk on a dirt jeep road and the stairs take us to the settlement of Gurungs and Magars namely Ghandruk. The village's 'central' up on the hill may be seen from the nice colored entrance and the first-panel showing motels. The scenery is stunning, with rice terraces, soaring mountains, lovely buildings, and stone-paved alleyways.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tourist/Travelers Standard Hotel

Day 3: Trek to Forest Camp via Landruk

🕑 5/6 Hrs

Max Altitude: 2,460m

We head out of the village and make our way down the hill to a river. From here, we'll follow the trails to Kyuni, where we'll have lunch. Then we climb steeply up the trails till we reach Landruk. We take a short break before continuing on the trails for a long and steep climb. 

The trip to Forest Camp will be strenuous, but the breathtaking scenery along the route is rewarding. We enter stunning woods filled with birch, gigantic rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, and hemlock trees. If the weather is clear, we get to enjoy the breathtaking mountain vistas. 

Note 1: On the track from Landruk to Forest Camp, there are no shops. As a result, it is preferable to refill or purchase water at your final stop.
Note 2: There are no locals at the forest camp, so the number of lodges is limited.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 4: Trek to High Camp

🕑 4 Hrs

Max Altitude: 3,550m

We start our trek by climbing uphill toward Low Camp. As we approach Low Camp, various snow-capped mountains appear in front of our eyes. The hike is strenuous but not as strenuous as the previous day; the ascent is long, but not as steep or exhausting as the hike to Forest Camp. 

The exquisite Danphe Pheasant (Himalayan Monal), with its spectacular brilliant coloration, may be seen. En route, we halt at Badal Danda for some hot drinks and to admire the panoramic views of Machhapuchare, Mardi Himal, Himchuli, Annapurna ranges, and many others. 

We continue going uphill to high camp after our tea break. We eat lunch, unpack our belongings, and rest while taking in the breathtaking mountain views. The view is very stunning.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

05: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp & back to High Camp

🕑 6 Hrs

Max Altitude: 4,500m Base Camp & 3,550m Campsite

Today's trek will take you to Mardi Himal Base Camp, the highest point on the route. Before reaching your destination, you must first climb the trails and walk along the slope.

The majestic peaks of Machhapuchhre South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal, and others can be seen from the base camp. After spending some time there, we retrace our steps back to High Camp.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 6: Trek High Camp to Forest Camp

🕑 4/5 Hrs

Max Altitude: 2,460 m

We eat our breakfast, leave high camp and return to the Forest Camp via a mountain pass with a view of the Modi Khola Valley, which is sandwiched between Annapurna South and Mardi Himal/Mt Fishtail. You may enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna I and South, Huinchuli, and Lamjung Himal while on your today’s walking journey. Upon arrival in Forest Camp, you can rest for the remainder of the day. 

Note: We Can follow the trek and Drive route as below too.

Option 2: Trek to Sidding from High Camp - 4/5 Hrs Walk

Today we begin our descent from High Camp to Sidding Village. We depart high camp and leave for low camp, where we will have lunch. We travel through the woodland, losing the wonderful mountain vistas but being greeted with glimpses of terraced fields and stunning valley views. Sidding is a village with a diverse cultural mix. This is the largest village on the Mardi Himal Trek, so take a look around and learn about the local culture.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 7: Trek to Phedi via Pothana and Dhampus & drive to Pokhara

🕑 4/5 Hrs Walk and 1 Hr Drive

Max Altitude: 830m

After breakfast, our walking resumes towards the village called Pothana, a little settlement in the heart of the alpine wilderness through the dense forest of rhododendrons. From here, we walk on the forested trail and reach the Australian Camp also known as Thulo Khara locally. It is a grazing pasture with a spectacular view of the Annapurna range, including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Machhapuchare. 

An hour downhill from the camp and we stand at Kande from where we take a 40 minutes drive to Pokhara. You can spend your evening strolling around the lakeside markets. 

Note: If We follow the Trek route to Sidding, 3 Hrs Walk and Drive

We will walk from Siding to Lumre's road head, passing through the settlements of Kalimati and Ghalel on the route. Kalimati is primarily a Brahmin settlement, Ghalel and Siddhing are villages that are home to Brahmin and Gurung population. From Lumre, we will drive to Pokhara. Once in Pokhara, check-in at your lodging and get refreshed. In the evening, you can take a walk around the lakeside and appreciate the beautiful sunset view and beautiful and clear reflection of Himalayan peaks like Annapurna in Phewa Lake.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tourist/Travelers Standard Hotel

Day 8: Drive to Kathmandu

🕑 6/7 Hrs

Max Altitude: 1300m

The trip to the Annapurna region ends here. After breakfast, we will take our tourist coach ride back to Kathmandu along the gushing Trishuli River and stunning topography. Check-in at the hotel and the remainder of the day is at your own. You can roam around the Thamel streets, and pick out some items as souvenirs for the friends and family back at home. At the dinner time, we will gather at an authentic Nepali restaurant for the farewell dinner organized for you. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tourist/Travelers Standard Hotel

09: Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 20 Min Drive to Airport

Max Altitude: 1,400 m

One of our team members will transport you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward flight 3 hours prior to it. We look forward to assisting your next holiday trip. 

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • Airport transfers (pick-ups and drop-offs)
  • Travelers/tourist standard twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Daily Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara at Hotel
  • Twin sharing tea house accommodation throughout the trekking journey
  • Daily Breakfast at Tea House during the trek
  • Transfer from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card
  • An Experienced Mountain Guide
  • All Wages, Fees and Travel and Medical Insurance for Guide
  • First Aid Kit
  • Farewell Dinner
  • All government taxes

Excludes

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner)
  • All personal expenses like bar bills, phone bills, laundry, hot showers, Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Your travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and drivers
  • Any expenses caused by unforeseen occurrences like flight delay, landslide, strike, political condition, health issues, etc.
  • Extra accommodation
  • Other expenses other than mentioned in the includes

Accommodation

For this low-cost tour, travelers/trekkers will be supplied with standard accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a twin-sharing basis. You can also book a single supplement on request, although it will likely cost more than the standard rates.

During the trekking period, teahouses are used as lodging on a twin-sharing basis. Teahouses along the Mardi Himal trail provide basic facilities or services, such as a room with a wooden bed, a plain mattress or foam pad, a cotton pillow, and a blanket or quilt. They all have electric lights and a large dining room lounge. The bathrooms are generally shared, and there is no running hot water throughout the walk. But, a bucket of warm water can be purchased for a fee.

Meals on Mardi Himal Budget Trek

Your hotels will provide you with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. For lunch and dinner, you will have to pay extra and can choose the menu from any corner of the world.

Although the teahouses along the trail do not offer the same range of cuisine as other commercial treks, they do have a sufficient selection. Dal Bhat (rice with lentil soup and seasonable veggies), Thukpa (noodles with soup), mo:mo (dumplings/potsticker), pasta, chapatis, eggs, and fries, are all commonly available. 

Tea and hot lemon are the usual trail refreshments, however, coffee is available everywhere. Bottled soft drinks, bottled water, and even beer are available, but the price of each bottle increases with each passing day.

GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing

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