Mardi Himal Trek

Trekking and Walking

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USD $ 599 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    Upper Viewpoint 3,850 m

  • Difficulty

    moderate

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private vehicle drive/ flight (KTM-Pokhara-KTM)

  • Region/Type

    Annapurna Treks
  • Best Season:

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

Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is a hidden jewel located at 5,587 m/18,330ft, is adjacent to the holy peak of Mt. Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) in the Annapurna Region. It is the Annapurna range's farthest southerly mountain. Mardi is the lowest of Nepal's trekking peaks, and arguably the least climbed or visited. The Mardi Himal Trek is a freshly opened route. The primary route ascends the East Face through snowy terrain, passing a plateau at 5,200 meters.

Like all the trekking trails of the Annapurna region, the Mardi Himal trekking trail has allured many travelers with its majestic mountain views and surroundings. The landscapes of this Mardi area truly creates a sight that to behold.

No wonder so many tourists visit these wonderful areas with outstanding natural beauty surrounded by majestic peaks of Annapurna ranges in Mardi peak.

Mardi Himal trekking takes you through the least trodden trails. You can see the beautiful Modi Khola and the Hiunchuli Valley as well. In route, you will be amazed by the view of the entire Annapurna Himalayan range which includes Annapurna I (8091m), II (7937m), III (7855m), IV (7525m), Annapurna south(7,819 m), Himchuli(6,441 m), Dhaulagiri I, II (8,163m/7751m), Machhapuchhare(6,991m), Mardi Himal(5,588 m), Nilgiri(6,940 m), Varaha Shikhar(7,847 m), Thapa Peak(6,015 m), Tukuche Peak(6,920 m), Singu Chuli(6,500m), Tharpu Chuli(5,663 m), Gangapurna(7,483 m) and Lamjung Himal(6,931m), etc.

You will walk through the amazing rhododendron forest and cross some pristine landscape, terrace farms, lush green valley, and the waterfalls & cascade. 

Mardi Himal Trek is also a cultural retreat as you get accustomed to different ethnic groups of Magars, Tamangs, Gurungs, Brahmins, on the trekking route.

This particular package has a precise 5 days of trek excluding Kathmandu sightseeing, arrival and departure days leading you all the way up to an altitude of 4500 m (Mardi Himal Base Camp).

Often regarded as an "off-beaten trek", nevertheless, provides mesmerizing views of snow-capped peaks of Annapurna South (7219 m), Annapurna III (8091 m), Machapuchare (6993 m), plus other peaks including lush green forest, scenic landscape, and some wilderness around.

Mardi Himal Trek Route

You begin your journey from Pokhara, in keeping with the Annapurna region's tradition. Kande is the starting point for footwork, which continues through Australian Base Camp and Deurali. Then, after some time in the woods, you arrive at the forest camp, which is surrounded by pine, rhododendron, and juniper forests.

You simply relax and enjoy the amazing vista of the Mardi Khola valley with the southern face of snow-covered Annapurna while sharing a meal with friends and strangers after you reach the Mardi Base Camp (4500 m) after acclimatizing at the two high camps.

There is also the option of camping. Spring and autumn are the finest seasons for trekking in Mardi Himal. The blooming rhododendron blossoms might make you fall in love with nature during these seasons.

Trek HighLights

  • Trekking in the less explore route and destination
  • Delightful view of the small pretty stone-built human settlement 
  • Incredible view of Mountain peaks including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Mardi Himal, and other more
  • New & unique culture and traditions of the local community
  • A very heartwarming hostility of the local people of Annapurna Region
  • Get the perfect view from Low, High, and Base Camp
  • Experience the local’s daily lifestyle and their warm hospitality

The experience of the Mardi Himal trail is the one that will always be stored on the panorama of your mind. The scenic beauty and the enthralling atmosphere will always be a thing for you to cherish. Though Mardi is not as popular as the ABC trail; but we can assure you that you will have the most amazing experience on this trip.

Trek Difficulty

The Mardi Himal Trek is a short and intermediate climb that requires very little technical knowledge. The trek's lower levels are characterized by lush green forests, while the top levels are more exposed and rugged.

The trip from the High Camp to the Mardi Himal Base Camp is the most challenging stage of the trek because the terrain grows steeper and more strenuous on this day. The majority of the walk, though, is comfortable, providing for a lovely and enjoyable stroll.

Although this excursion is suitable for beginners and requires no prior experience, it is recommended that they complete the necessary preparation and cardio-related exercise.

Permits

Since the Mardi Himal Trail is accessible in the Annapurna region, trekkers must first get an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). You'll also need Trekkers Information Management System in addition to ACAP (TIMS). The fees for these permits are as follows: 

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): NRP. 3000 (~USD 30) p/p for foreigners, NRP. 1000 (~USD 10) p/p for SAARC Nationals

TIMS Card: NRP. 2000 (~USD 20) p/p for foreigners, NRP. 600 (~USD 6) p/p for SAARC Nationals

Best Season for Mardi Himal Trek

Trekkers can visit the Mardi Himal at any time of year. However, most trekkers and travelers prefer to trek in Mardi Himal during the spring and autumn seasons. The weather will be very pleasant throughout this season, with bright blue skies and happy days, as well as greenery and blooming flowers on the trekking routes.

Autumn and Spring are the finest time to travel since nature is at its most beautiful. The view of the Himalayan peaks is breathtaking, and both seasons bring a slew of festivals to Nepal.

If you want to avoid the crowds and hike in perfect solitude, go during the monsoon/summer (June-August) or winter (December-February) (December-February).

It rains practically every day throughout the summer and monsoon, making the paths and route muddy and treacherous, making this the most arduous phase of your walk. After the rain, the Annapurna region, on the other hand, seems fantastic, with a breathtaking panorama of natural beauty.

Most of the paths going to the Mardi Himal may be covered with snow during the winter, and the climate becomes exceedingly dry and frigid. As a result, most visitors avoid visiting the Mardi Himal in the winter. However, the region's visual splendor and snow-covered mountains are breathtaking at this time. One disadvantage of this season is that due to significant snowfall, several pathways may be buried in snow, prohibiting tea establishments from operating.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 mins

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, a representative from Himalayan Trekkers will be there to greet and assist you to the hotel. Completing the check-in process you can rest and relax in the hotel. In the evening you can stroll around the Thamel area and enjoy the night. Overnight stay in hotel. 

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

Today After having the morning breakfast, we will begin the Kathmandu City tour. The first stop will be Pashupatinath Temple (the holiest place for Hindus), after that, we will head to Bouddhanath stupa (One of the biggest stupa in Asia). Finally, we will be visiting the Monkey Temple of Kathmandu Swoyambhunath Stupa. From there you can see the amazing view of Kathmandu City. 

Our last destination will be Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square (one of the historical palaces). While exploring durbar square, you can stroll around new road & Ason, where you can do the shopping and eat a lot of different foods. 

After the tour, we will visit the office to do some discussion and preparation about the trek. You will meet the guide another team member. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3: Drive to Kande & trek to Australian Camp

🕑 7-8 hrs drive & 2 hrs easy trek

Max Altitude: 1,800 m

We will drive towards Kande, after having our delicious morning breakfast. It will take 7 to 8 hours to reach Kande. While driving towards Kande, you can see the amazing view and enjoy the drive with some music. 

You will have Lunch in Kande and from there trek to Australian Camp. The walk would be pretty easy and it will take around 2 hours to reach Australian Camp and stay overnight in a tent with enjoying the campfire and barbeque. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 4: Trek to High Camp

🕑 7-8 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,054 m

After having breakfast, we will head towards Mardi Himal High Camp. Walking through the grassy land, under the snow and some of the smooth & twisted trails and crossing the Deurali, Forest camp, and Low Camp, we will finally reach the High Base Camp. Overnight stay in Lodge. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges

Day 5: Trek to view point and free day at the High Camp

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,850 m

Today you will have to get up early to see the most beautiful sunrise views of the towering Himalayas. After breakfast, we begin our ascent to the 4,500 m Mardi Himal Base Camp. 

It will be a difficult day traveling uptight, rocky trails, but the breathtaking vistas of this magnificent peak will make it all worthy. If the climate allows, you will be able to see Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Tare Kang, Khangsar, Annapurna III, and Fish Tail up close on this day. Overnight stay in High Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges

Day 6: Trek to Sidhing & drive to Pokhara

🕑 6-7 hrs trek & 1 hr drive

Max Altitude: 1,700 m

Today we begin our descent to Sidhing Village. We proceed from high camp and return to low camp, where we will have lunch. We travel through the woodland, losing the wonderful mountain vistas but being compensated with glimpses of terraced fields and stunning valley views. 

Sidhing 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. From Sidhing village, we will drive towards to “City of Lake” Pokhara and stay overnight in Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Pokhara

Day 7: Fly/drive to Kathmandu

🕑 30 mins flight/ 6-7 hrs drive

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

Today either you can fly to Kathmandu, which will be 30 minutes scenic flight; you can see the changing natural vegetation with Himalayan Range. Otherwise, you can drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The drive will also be scenic.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 8: Final Departure

🕑 30 mins

Our representative will transfer you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight back to your home country or other destinations. You can also extend the trip to other places within or outside Nepal.

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • All airport transfers in a private vehicle
  • All sightseeing’s in A/c vehicle
  • 1-night accommodation on BB basis in Pokhara and 3-night accommodation on BB basis in Kathmandu
  • 3-nights Accommodation in a standard tea house, during the trek
  • All permits & entrance fees
  • Guide fees
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All applicable taxes and office charges

Excludes

  • International Airfares
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Trekking Equipment
  • All personal expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills, phone bills, laundry, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Any extra cost occurring from Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes section

FAQ'S

Q. Is Mardi Himal Trek safe to travel after Covid-19?

Mardi Himal Trek is safe to travel after Covid-19 being one of the least infected regions in Nepal.

Q. Do I need to be vaccinated for Mardi Himal Trek?

It is mandatory to be vaccinated and have a negative PCR report for Mardi Himal Trek. Similarly, Apart from the Covid-19 vaccine, we advise trekkers to consult with a medical counselor and your local trek operator for other medications/vaccines. 

Q. How long is Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal Trek is roughly 40 kilometers from your trek starting point to the ending route excluding the rides. 

Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to provide quality twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On request, you can book a single supplement, albeit it will most likely cost more than the regular prices.

Teahouses are used as twin-sharing housing during the trekking season. Teahouses along the Mardi Himal route offer modest amenities such as a room with a wooden bed, a plain mattress or foam pad, a cotton pillow, and a blanket or quilt, among other things.

There are electric lights in each room, as well as a huge dining room lounge. The restrooms are usually communal, and there is no running hot water for the duration of the walk. A pail of warm water, on the other hand, can be purchased for a charge.

Meals

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, your hotels will serve you breakfast. You will have to pay extra for lunch and dinner, and you will be able to select cuisine from any part of the world.

The teahouses along the trail do not have the same variety of cuisine as other commercial treks, but they do have a sufficient selection. Dal Bhat (rice with lentil soup and seasonable vegetables), Thukpa (soup noodles), mo:mo (dumplings/potstickers), spaghetti, chapatis, eggs, and fries are also popular.

The traditional trail refreshments are tea and hot lemon, but coffee is accessible everywhere. Bottled soft drinks, bottled water, and even beer are available, however, the price of each bottle rises with the number of bottles purchased.

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

Reviews

Marc

Spain

Experience of my life - I was travelling alone during two weeks in Nepal, i've spent one week just sightseeing Kathamndu and Surroundings! But the best part of my whole trip was the trekking i did along with my awesome guide Madan! We did the Mardi Himal Trek, just stunning! I really recommend this guys, they are really kind and professional! If i come back i hope to do a trekking again with him!  Greetings from Barcelona!

Arun

India

Wow wow wow, what a experience I had incredible. I am more than totally satisfied with what I payed for, 3 weeks of nepal trip & unforgettable moments because of this people service, starting from receiving me in airport to transportation, food, accommodation, guiding in the trekking all is perfect. The trekking in Mardi himal is exceptional - they organized with good timing to view all breathtaking mountains views & guide knows how to maintain stamina, health, catalyze weather so it was totally fun packed with care.

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