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Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking

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Duration Duration
11 Days
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
4500m
Activities Activities
Sightseeing Tour | City transfers | Trekking
Destination Destination
Nepal
Start/End Point Start/End Point
Kathmandu - Kathmandu
Transportation Transportation
Airport & City Transfers | Tourist Coach | Private vehicle for Sightseeing
Grade Grade
Moderate
Nature of Trip Nature of Trip
Lodge to Lodge trek
Meals Meals
9 Breakfast | 5 Lunch | 6 Dinner
Group Size Group Size
2-10 People
Best Seasons Best Seasons
Sept - December | March - Jun
Accommodation Accommodation
2 Nights in 3* Hotel | 2 Nights in 4* hotel | 5 Nights in Teahouse Eco Lodge

Overview of Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking is a new and less busy hiking location in Nepal. It is a short and simple trip. In a short period of time, it has grown in popularity. The trail was first established in 2012, and it is still in excellent condition. This trip in the Annapurna range is considered off-the-beaten-path. Because compared to other peaks in the Annapurna range, Mardi Himal Base Camp has comparatively few visitors. The remoteness, the striking south face of the Mardi Himal, the Annapurna ranges, and Mt. Machhapuchhre are all highlights of this expedition. Aside from that, the trek’s main draw is the everyday lives of the local indigenous inhabitants, as well as the lush alpine woods.

Highlights of Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking

  • Views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and other peaks are stunning.
  • Hike through rhododendron groves that are in full bloom (in March-April)
  • Take in a breathtaking vista of a simple hike that many tourists overlook.
  • Experience Nepali culture by staying at a small homestay in the highlands.
  • Observe the indigenous community’s daily activities.
  • Explore the vast wilderness and deep alpine forest.

This is great for individuals who want to view stunning scenery without the throng and appreciate the true tranquility of nature. This journey has grown popular among people looking for something less hard that can be completed in a shorter amount of time while yet providing spectacular views.

Route Map

Mardi Himal Trekking Route Map

Perfect viewpoints of Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking Trail

The whole Mardi Himal hike path follows the ridge, providing spectacular views on all sides. The route’s campgrounds and rest stops, on the other hand, are at an ideal location in terms of landscape and surroundings. On the first day, you’ll drive via the lovely hamlet of Dhampus on your approach to Potana, taking in the spectacular mountain views to the north and east. In the same way, Austrian Camp, Pothana, Pitam Deurali, and Forest Camp are unmatched. You go to the high camp, taking additional steps to get a better view of Mt. Fishtail, popularly known as Machhapuchre. Your track appears to travel along the slope of Mt. Annapurna South from the summit of Badal Danda to Highcamp. The route continues to the Mardi Himal Base Camp the next morning, with a spectacularly beautiful view of the Annapurna massif and Madi river valley on the left and the Mardi Himal Base Camp on the right.

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking demands a good physical fitness

Because it is a short and simple journey, it has become a popular alternative for enthusiastic hikers who can walk for 4-5 hours each day. As a result, a few weeks of daily exercise and running ahead to trekking can help you improve your strength and stability. If you have previous hiking or trekking experience, it will be beneficial to you on the journey. The hike does not need any technical abilities because it is less difficult in nature. Participants with pre-existing medical issues, such as lungs, hearts, or blood illnesses, should seek medical advice before embarking on the journey to ensure their safety.

Best time for trekking

The optimum seasons to walk the Mardi Himal Base Camp are autumn (September-November) and spring (March-May). The weather is beautiful throughout this time, and the Himalayan vistas are spectacular. Winter (December, January, and February) is a good season to visit if you want to escape the crowds. However, the cold may be brutal at times throughout the winter. Rain will impede trekking throughout the summer and monsoon seasons.

 Level of Difficulty

The Mardi Himal trekking is one of Nepal’s short trekking programs. A moderate incline leads to the Forest Camp. The entire journey takes you through the forests to Badal Danda. The path from Badal Danda to High Camp is a gradual ascent along the ridge. The final leg of the trail from the high camp to the Mardi Himal Base Camp crosses a steep slope. When it’s pouring or snowing, you have to be extra cautious. As a result, the hike is easy to moderate in difficulty.

The downhill section, on the other hand, is more tough. The extra tension on your knees will be felt when the walk follows the suitable downhill course. A jogging practice or other basic physical training may help you finish the walk with a positive mindset.

Meals

You may eat traditional Nepalese food as well as Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, and other foreign cuisines. Breakfast and supper will be given by the tea-house or lodge where we will be staying for the night, while lunch will be served on the way to the next stop. During the hike, a full board meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided, with breakfast available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In addition, the firm will provide a welcome or departure meal.

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking - Accommodation

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will stay in a 3-star hotel for your Mardi Himal Trekking. Teahouses (lodges) with modest facilities will be your lodging. In Kathmandu, stay at the Thamel Eco Resort, Samsara Resort, or Hotel Thamel, or a similar grade hotel, while in Pokhara, stay at the Kuti resort. The lodging will be on a twin-sharing arrangement throughout. On request, however, a single supplement would be supplied. You must pay an additional fee for the single supplement. During the trip, Oriental Journeys will book the best available tea houses; nonetheless, the tea houses in Mardi Himal are inadequate. As a result, getting a single room during the walk might be challenging at times.

Days Hotel/Lodge Category Place
01-02, 11 Samsar Resort / Hotel Thamel or Similar 3 Star Kathmandu
03, 10 Hotel Thirdpole or Similar 3 Star Pokhara
04-09 Tea House Lodge Lodge en route

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    Oct 4, 2019
    by Mason Outhwaite on Oriental Journeys

    This is a beautiful off tourist trek in Annapurna region. Both guide and porters were amazing. They shared the goodness of the mountains and the culture of Nepal. We were 11 in a group and they both were very attentive for our safety. We made a trip as once in a lifetime trip. We made beautiful friend in Nepal. Trekking to Mardi Himal was awesome with spectacular scenery.

    Sep 4, 2019
    by Beau Paschke on Oriental Journeys

    I and my fiance did Mardi Himal Trek with Oriental Journeys on September, 2019. The trek was really nice. It was not too touristic and crowded trail. The guide was well-equipped and took great care of us. The guides and porters were friendly and fun. We have to walk through the village and it was already beautiful and calm. Thank you Oriental Journeys for this wonderful trek.

    Sep 9, 2018
    by Martin M. Salas on Oriental Journeys

    Mardi Himal Trek is one of the beautiful trek in Annapurna range. It was really beautiful trek with wonderful scenery. Our guide Aneel and porter Sanjay were wonderful. Machhindra and Radhia were responsive to all questions in the planning phase and they have provided very solid answer of our every queries, clear information and feedback. In addition to this, we did Chitwan National Jungle safari and it was awesome. We encounter many birds and wild animal during safari. We really enjoyed the trek and safari. Both trip was excellent.

    Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking - Detail Itinerary

    01

    Day 01 : Arrival in /Welcome to Kathmandu(1,300m/4,264ft)

    The representative of Oriental Journeys welcomes you at the airport and takes you to the hotel after a short drive. In the hotel, you will be provided the details about the trek. In the evening, you can visit the Tourist hub-Thamel city, and overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Meals included: None

    02

    Day 02 : Explore Kathmandu

    Today, you can explore Kathmandu. In the early morning, the atmosphere is good. After breakfast, the city guide will take you to the Kathmandu Durbar Square for sightseeing on foot. In the evening, you will enjoy dinner around your place.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    03

    Day 03 : Drive to Pokhara (2713 ft. / 827 m.) 6- 7 hours

    The bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara departs early in the morning. During the drive, you can enjoy the beautifully terraced farms, little shops on the roadside. After 6 to 7 hours of drive, we will reach the Pokhara “City of Lakes”. Pokhara city offers great views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, and the five peaks of Annapurna. Since Pokhara is a tourist city, you can enjoy the beauty of Pokhara in the evening on the lakeside.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    04

    Day 04 : Drive to Kande and trek to Pothana (6233 ft. / 1900 m)

    After the early morning breakfast, drive to Kande. The trek starts from Kande. This is your first day on the trek. From Kande, the trek ascends through the forests of rhododendron, oak, sandalwood, Magnolia, and pine until reaching the village called Dhampus.  Before Dhampus, you will get an Austrian camp, from where you can observe the mountain views and Himalayan valley. Dhampus is the village where the Gurung community stays and the village provides you a magnificent view of the Annapurna ranges along with the beautiful scenery of Lamjung Himal. The trek further ascends along the stone-paved path and mossy trees. After this, you will get Pothana village where you will find the shops, tea houses, and eateries along with trekking-related facilities. Overnight stay at tea house.

    Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    05

    Day 05 : Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (8202 ft/ 2500 m.)- 5 hours

    Today, you will leave Dhampus and head off towards the off-the-beaten trail. Once you start trekking, you will enter the enchanted forest of birch, giant, rhododendron, oak, and hemlock. Besides this, you will get stunning views of the mountain view throughout the day. Overnight stay at the teahouse in Forest Camp.

    Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    06

    Day 06 : Trek from Forest Camp to Badal Danda (10,532 ft. / 3210 m.)- 5 hours

    Low Camp - Mardi Himal Trekking
    Low Camp – Mardi Himal Trekking

    The most charming point of today’s trek is that it offers you fabulous views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Himal. When you ascend up you will reach the forest which offers really enjoyable panoramic views of Hiunchuli and knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. On your left, you will see the Modi Khola valley into the Annapurna sanctuary. As the trek continues, you will reach the forest camp during lunchtime. Although the camp is surrounded by the forest, it will offer you spectacular views of Machhapuchhre to the north.

    Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    07

    Day 07 : Trek to High camp (11,745 ft. / 3580 m.) - 4 hours

    On the way to Mardi Himal Base Camp from High Camp
    On the way to Mardi Himal Base Camp from High Camp

    After the short and steep climb from Badal Danda, you will reach High camp during lunchtime.  The high camp is out of the forest. The high camp offers mesmerizing views of Annapurna south. In the evening, enjoy the spectacular views of the mountain scenery and feel the cold breeze of the mountains. Overnight stay at High camp.

    Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    08

    Day 08 : Hike up to Mardi Himal Base camp ( 14,763ft. /4500m) and back to Low Camp - 6 hours

    Today, you will have to be prepared for the trekking quite earlier than other usual days. Have an early morning breakfast and take a packed lunch and set off to the Mardi Himal Base camp. If the weather is fine and so is your physical fitness, we will reach up to 5000m. Once you reach an altitude of 5000m, you see that the great ice fields and blue glaciers of the sanctuary wall remain below you. Furthermore, you will enjoy yourself with the dozen of snowbound giants.

    Today, you have reached the ultimate goal of your trek and you will enjoy the most unique and mesmerizing views of the mountain. After enjoying the greatest mountain vistas, we will descend down towards middle camp. Overnight stay at the tea house at Middle Camp.

    Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    09

    Day 09 : Trek to Siding and Drive back to Pokhara

    After a relaxed stay and breakfast at Low camp with an energizing mood, we will descend down Siding Village. Enjoy your Luch at Siding

    Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

    10

    Day 10 : Drive to Kathmandu

    After a pleasant moment in Pokhara, you will drive to Kathmandu after having breakfast. The road follows the valley and the riverside while heading towards Kathmandu valley. During the drive, you will have time to stop for breaks and snacks along the way.

    Meals Plan: Breakfast

    11

    Day 11 : Departure from Kathmandu

    It’s time to say goodbye to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu and visit the market for souvenir shopping. A representative will meet you at your hotel and takes you to the airport 3 hours of your scheduled flight. We will be waiting for you for your next trip to Nepal.

    Meal Plan: Breakfast

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How difficult is Mardi Himal trek?

    Mardi Himal trekking is a short trek. It includes a gradual ascent up to the Forest Camp. The entire trail goes through the jungle up to Badal Danda. The trek from Badal Danda to high Camp is a gradual ascent along the ridge. The final part from high camp to the Mardi Himal Base Camp is a trail that follows the sharp ridge. You have to be more careful when it is raining or snowing. Hence, the trek includes an easy to moderate grade of hiking.

    However, the downhill part is more challenging. As the walk follows the perfect downhill, your knees will feel more pressure. A jogging practice or a simple physical training helps you to complete the trek in a jolly mood.

    How expensive is Mardi Himal Trek?

    The cost of any travel basically depends on one’s spending behavior. Besides, that the length of stay and services you choose are the major affecting factors to determine costs.

    You don’t’ have much choice for the accommodation during your Mardi Himal Trekking. Since the destination is newly introduced, It has got limited numbers of lodges and has basic facilities. You will get accommodation for US$5 per night. You can choose luxury accommodation in city areas only.  A package trip includes guide & porter services, transportation, food & accommodation, and all the necessary documentation. An average expenses of US$80-US&95 per day will be a modest cost for a packaged trip to Mardi Himal Trek. You may write a quick inquiry to grab special discounts & group discounts.

    What preparation should I make before trekking?

    It is always good to make yourself physically fit with regular exercises prior to Mardi Himal trekking. But trekking never demands that you should be athletic and strong. However, trekking requires an average level of physical fitness. Trekking without any physical exercise would cause sore muscles, joint pain, and back pain. But a month’s exercise prior to trekking may reduce those problems. The exercises like running, walking, jogging, cycling, and swimming would be helpful. Furthermore, you can also do the gym but never do it over. In addition to this, you can carry a light backpack along with you therefore you will be habitual for carrying a backpack.

    What are the necessary equipment for this trek and what should I carry in my backpack?

    You need long lists of things to carry out for the trek. However, you should be careful while packing your backpack. We recommend you to buy high quality and popular brand trekking gears. Always filter out the list and think that you have not missed anything most essential for you and at the same time, you are not packing the more unwanted things with you. Check our equipment list for the essential gears to care for Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking.

    Do I need a permit for this trek?

    The entry permit is a must for the foreign trekkers in all trekking regions of Nepal. Tour operator manages all the necessary documents and permits for your packaged trip. One requires Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit (ACAP) – US$30 and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card – US$10 to trek the Mardi Himal Base Camp.

    Do I get drinking water easily?

    Drinking water is easily available in the trekking trails and getting water is not a problem. You need to take a water purifying tablets to ensure germ-free drinking water.  You can fill your water bottle directly from the tap and use a water purifier to make it germ-free. Bottled water is more expensive with gain in altitude. We encourage our clients to not use bottled water as it carries plastic waste in the conservation area. Instead, you can ask for hot water in the lodges on the way with little payment. Fill your bottle and support to leave no trash.

    What kind of food is available during trekking?

    The lodge of Mardi Himal Trek provide a variety of meal option. They have a food menu and trekkers can order from the menu. You will get a variety of food during the trek. Breakfast will have the option of pancakes, bread butter, Tibetan bread, Chapati, Omelet, tea/coffee, and so on. Besides this, trekkers can choose pizza, pasta, dumplings, noodle, and many other items. However, Dal Bhat is the most common Nepal meal. Dal Bhat is a Nepali meal in which rice is served with lentil soup, vegetable curry, tomato pickle, mixed pickle, salad, and sometimes along with meat. The Nepali staff and porter who work hard prefer to eat Dal Bhat twice a day. Dal Bhat set is a heavy and balanced meal.

    How is the accommodation during the trek?

    Mardi Himal trek is a teahouse trekking. You will be walking lodge to lodge every day. The accommodation is basic and generally are twin sharing. They are equipped with a common bathroom. The rooms are warm and equipped with a mattress, pillow, and blanket. You may carry a sleeping bag for your comfort.

    What are the risks associated with this trekking?

    Mardi Himal Trek falls under the category of short and easy trek. However, we have some records of accidents on the trail. Any type of negligence is not acceptable in the nature. Especially, the upper part of the trail riskier as it follows the steep ridge. It might get slippery during rain or snow melting time. Take good hiking shoes, crampons to ensure a safe walk. Travel with local guide, follow acclimatization procedure and ascent gently are the rules that helps to overcome the associated risk.

    How can we avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

    There are not any solid things that you can do to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness. However, you can obtain a few precautionary measures to avoid it. Please follow the things given below to avoid AMS:

    • Climb or hike to the high altitude gradually and slowly.
    • When you reached over 2000m, reduce the no. of walking hours and walk slowly
    • Drink plenty of water
    • Take ample rest. If you find your body is still not ready for walking, keep on resting until you feel comfortable to walk.
    • Eat high calorie consumed food
    • Avoid smoking and drinking
    How do we know that we have AMS?

    The certains symptoms are developed when you have Acute Mountain Sickness. Therefore, you must be familiar with the symptoms of AMS before going on a high altitude trek. The symptoms are as like below:

    • Headache
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea and Vomiting
    • Tiredness
    • Loss of appetite
    • Upset stomach
    • Feeling Unsteady
    • Shortness of breath
    • Increased heart rate
    • Difficulty sleeping

    If you have any of the above-mentioned symptoms, please take immediate precautionary measures:

    • Do not climb any higher altitude for the next 48 hours
    • Take complete rest until you feel well
    • Descend down to a lower altitude if possible
    • Do not exercise
    • Do not smoke
    • Drink Plenty of water
    • Take external oxygen supply if necessary
    • Take anti-sickness medicines

    If you have not seen improvement after enough rest within the next 48 hours, you have to be deported to Kathmandu in a Helicopter. Therefore, always do insurance that will cover your helicopter rescue before the trip.

    Do I Need guide /porter for this trek?

    Trekker can do the trek in Mardi Himal without having a guide. However, in order to minimize and reduce the possible risks and threats, you are highly recommended to accompany the guide and porter along with you.

    Cost Includes

    • Airport transfers
    • 3 meals a day during the trek
    • 2/2  nights hotel in  Kathmandu and Pokhara in 3-star hotel on B&B basis
    • Teahouse lodge accommodation during the trek
    • Transportation to/from trailheads
    • An experienced English speaking guide
    • One porter for two trekkers
    • A trekking route map
    • Permits and entry fees

    Cost Excludes

    • All kinds of drink including mineral water, beer, juice, Fanta, coke and other alcoholic items
    • Sweet things like chocolate and others
    • Personal expenses
    • Extra night accommodation
    • Tips and Gratitude

    Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking - Fixed Departure Cost & Dates


    There is no fixed departure trip for this month. You can request for a private group trip.

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    Duration Duration
    11 Days
    Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
    4500m
    Activities Activities
    Sightseeing Tour | City transfers | Trekking
    Destination Destination
    Nepal
    Start/End Point Start/End Point
    Kathmandu - Kathmandu
    Transportation Transportation
    Airport & City Transfers | Tourist Coach | Private vehicle for Sightseeing
    Grade Grade
    Moderate
    Nature of Trip Nature of Trip
    Lodge to Lodge trek
    Meals Meals
    9 Breakfast | 5 Lunch | 6 Dinner
    Group Size Group Size
    2-10 People
    Best Seasons Best Seasons
    Sept - December | March - Jun
    Accommodation Accommodation
    2 Nights in 3* Hotel | 2 Nights in 4* hotel | 5 Nights in Teahouse Eco Lodge

    Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking is a new and less busy hiking location in Nepal. It is a short and simple trip. In a short period of time, it has grown in popularity. The trail was first established in 2012, and it is still in excellent condition. This trip in the Annapurna range is considered off-the-beaten-path. Because compared to other peaks in the Annapurna range, Mardi Himal Base Camp has comparatively few visitors. The remoteness, the striking south face of the Mardi Himal, the Annapurna ranges, and Mt. Machhapuchhre are all highlights of this expedition. Aside from that, the trek’s main draw is the everyday lives of the local indigenous inhabitants, as well as the lush alpine woods.

    Highlights of Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking

    • Views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and other peaks are stunning.
    • Hike through rhododendron groves that are in full bloom (in March-April)
    • Take in a breathtaking vista of a simple hike that many tourists overlook.
    • Experience Nepali culture by staying at a small homestay in the highlands.
    • Observe the indigenous community’s daily activities.
    • Explore the vast wilderness and deep alpine forest.

    This is great for individuals who want to view stunning scenery without the throng and appreciate the true tranquility of nature. This journey has grown popular among people looking for something less hard that can be completed in a shorter amount of time while yet providing spectacular views.

    Route Map

    Mardi Himal Trekking Route Map

    Perfect viewpoints of Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking Trail

    The whole Mardi Himal hike path follows the ridge, providing spectacular views on all sides. The route’s campgrounds and rest stops, on the other hand, are at an ideal location in terms of landscape and surroundings. On the first day, you’ll drive via the lovely hamlet of Dhampus on your approach to Potana, taking in the spectacular mountain views to the north and east. In the same way, Austrian Camp, Pothana, Pitam Deurali, and Forest Camp are unmatched. You go to the high camp, taking additional steps to get a better view of Mt. Fishtail, popularly known as Machhapuchre. Your track appears to travel along the slope of Mt. Annapurna South from the summit of Badal Danda to Highcamp. The route continues to the Mardi Himal Base Camp the next morning, with a spectacularly beautiful view of the Annapurna massif and Madi river valley on the left and the Mardi Himal Base Camp on the right.

    Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking demands a good physical fitness

    Because it is a short and simple journey, it has become a popular alternative for enthusiastic hikers who can walk for 4-5 hours each day. As a result, a few weeks of daily exercise and running ahead to trekking can help you improve your strength and stability. If you have previous hiking or trekking experience, it will be beneficial to you on the journey. The hike does not need any technical abilities because it is less difficult in nature. Participants with pre-existing medical issues, such as lungs, hearts, or blood illnesses, should seek medical advice before embarking on the journey to ensure their safety.

    Best time for trekking

    The optimum seasons to walk the Mardi Himal Base Camp are autumn (September-November) and spring (March-May). The weather is beautiful throughout this time, and the Himalayan vistas are spectacular. Winter (December, January, and February) is a good season to visit if you want to escape the crowds. However, the cold may be brutal at times throughout the winter. Rain will impede trekking throughout the summer and monsoon seasons.

     Level of Difficulty

    The Mardi Himal trekking is one of Nepal’s short trekking programs. A moderate incline leads to the Forest Camp. The entire journey takes you through the forests to Badal Danda. The path from Badal Danda to High Camp is a gradual ascent along the ridge. The final leg of the trail from the high camp to the Mardi Himal Base Camp crosses a steep slope. When it’s pouring or snowing, you have to be extra cautious. As a result, the hike is easy to moderate in difficulty.

    The downhill section, on the other hand, is more tough. The extra tension on your knees will be felt when the walk follows the suitable downhill course. A jogging practice or other basic physical training may help you finish the walk with a positive mindset.

    Meals

    You may eat traditional Nepalese food as well as Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, and other foreign cuisines. Breakfast and supper will be given by the tea-house or lodge where we will be staying for the night, while lunch will be served on the way to the next stop. During the hike, a full board meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided, with breakfast available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In addition, the firm will provide a welcome or departure meal.

    Day 01 : Arrival in /Welcome to Kathmandu(1,300m/4,264ft)

    The representative of Oriental Journeys welcomes you at the airport and takes you to the hotel after a short drive. In the hotel, you will be provided the details about the trek. In the evening, you can visit the Tourist hub-Thamel city, and overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Meals included: None

    Day 02 : Explore Kathmandu

    Today, you can explore Kathmandu. In the early morning, the atmosphere is good. After breakfast, the city guide will take you to the Kathmandu Durbar Square for sightseeing on foot. In the evening, you will enjoy dinner around your place.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 03 : Drive to Pokhara (2713 ft. / 827 m.) 6- 7 hours

    The bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara departs early in the morning. During the drive, you can enjoy the beautifully terraced farms, little shops on the roadside. After 6 to 7 hours of drive, we will reach the Pokhara “City of Lakes”. Pokhara city offers great views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, and the five peaks of Annapurna. Since Pokhara is a tourist city, you can enjoy the beauty of Pokhara in the evening on the lakeside.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 04 : Drive to Kande and trek to Pothana (6233 ft. / 1900 m)

    After the early morning breakfast, drive to Kande. The trek starts from Kande. This is your first day on the trek. From Kande, the trek ascends through the forests of rhododendron, oak, sandalwood, Magnolia, and pine until reaching the village called Dhampus.  Before Dhampus, you will get an Austrian camp, from where you can observe the mountain views and Himalayan valley. Dhampus is the village where the Gurung community stays and the village provides you a magnificent view of the Annapurna ranges along with the beautiful scenery of Lamjung Himal. The trek further ascends along the stone-paved path and mossy trees. After this, you will get Pothana village where you will find the shops, tea houses, and eateries along with trekking-related facilities. Overnight stay at tea house.

    Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Day 05 : Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (8202 ft/ 2500 m.)- 5 hours

    Today, you will leave Dhampus and head off towards the off-the-beaten trail. Once you start trekking, you will enter the enchanted forest of birch, giant, rhododendron, oak, and hemlock. Besides this, you will get stunning views of the mountain view throughout the day. Overnight stay at the teahouse in Forest Camp.

    Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Day 06 : Trek from Forest Camp to Badal Danda (10,532 ft. / 3210 m.)- 5 hours

    Low Camp - Mardi Himal Trekking
    Low Camp – Mardi Himal Trekking

    The most charming point of today’s trek is that it offers you fabulous views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Himal. When you ascend up you will reach the forest which offers really enjoyable panoramic views of Hiunchuli and knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. On your left, you will see the Modi Khola valley into the Annapurna sanctuary. As the trek continues, you will reach the forest camp during lunchtime. Although the camp is surrounded by the forest, it will offer you spectacular views of Machhapuchhre to the north.

    Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Day 07 : Trek to High camp (11,745 ft. / 3580 m.) - 4 hours

    On the way to Mardi Himal Base Camp from High Camp
    On the way to Mardi Himal Base Camp from High Camp

    After the short and steep climb from Badal Danda, you will reach High camp during lunchtime.  The high camp is out of the forest. The high camp offers mesmerizing views of Annapurna south. In the evening, enjoy the spectacular views of the mountain scenery and feel the cold breeze of the mountains. Overnight stay at High camp.

    Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Day 08 : Hike up to Mardi Himal Base camp ( 14,763ft. /4500m) and back to Low Camp - 6 hours

    Today, you will have to be prepared for the trekking quite earlier than other usual days. Have an early morning breakfast and take a packed lunch and set off to the Mardi Himal Base camp. If the weather is fine and so is your physical fitness, we will reach up to 5000m. Once you reach an altitude of 5000m, you see that the great ice fields and blue glaciers of the sanctuary wall remain below you. Furthermore, you will enjoy yourself with the dozen of snowbound giants.

    Today, you have reached the ultimate goal of your trek and you will enjoy the most unique and mesmerizing views of the mountain. After enjoying the greatest mountain vistas, we will descend down towards middle camp. Overnight stay at the tea house at Middle Camp.

    Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Day 09 : Trek to Siding and Drive back to Pokhara

    After a relaxed stay and breakfast at Low camp with an energizing mood, we will descend down Siding Village. Enjoy your Luch at Siding

    Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 10 : Drive to Kathmandu

    After a pleasant moment in Pokhara, you will drive to Kathmandu after having breakfast. The road follows the valley and the riverside while heading towards Kathmandu valley. During the drive, you will have time to stop for breaks and snacks along the way.

    Meals Plan: Breakfast

    Day 11 : Departure from Kathmandu

    It’s time to say goodbye to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu and visit the market for souvenir shopping. A representative will meet you at your hotel and takes you to the airport 3 hours of your scheduled flight. We will be waiting for you for your next trip to Nepal.

    Meal Plan: Breakfast

    How difficult is Mardi Himal trek?

    Mardi Himal trekking is a short trek. It includes a gradual ascent up to the Forest Camp. The entire trail goes through the jungle up to Badal Danda. The trek from Badal Danda to high Camp is a gradual ascent along the ridge. The final part from high camp to the Mardi Himal Base Camp is a trail that follows the sharp ridge. You have to be more careful when it is raining or snowing. Hence, the trek includes an easy to moderate grade of hiking.

    However, the downhill part is more challenging. As the walk follows the perfect downhill, your knees will feel more pressure. A jogging practice or a simple physical training helps you to complete the trek in a jolly mood.

    How expensive is Mardi Himal Trek?

    The cost of any travel basically depends on one’s spending behavior. Besides, that the length of stay and services you choose are the major affecting factors to determine costs.

    You don’t’ have much choice for the accommodation during your Mardi Himal Trekking. Since the destination is newly introduced, It has got limited numbers of lodges and has basic facilities. You will get accommodation for US$5 per night. You can choose luxury accommodation in city areas only.  A package trip includes guide & porter services, transportation, food & accommodation, and all the necessary documentation. An average expenses of US$80-US&95 per day will be a modest cost for a packaged trip to Mardi Himal Trek. You may write a quick inquiry to grab special discounts & group discounts.

    What preparation should I make before trekking?

    It is always good to make yourself physically fit with regular exercises prior to Mardi Himal trekking. But trekking never demands that you should be athletic and strong. However, trekking requires an average level of physical fitness. Trekking without any physical exercise would cause sore muscles, joint pain, and back pain. But a month’s exercise prior to trekking may reduce those problems. The exercises like running, walking, jogging, cycling, and swimming would be helpful. Furthermore, you can also do the gym but never do it over. In addition to this, you can carry a light backpack along with you therefore you will be habitual for carrying a backpack.

    What are the necessary equipment for this trek and what should I carry in my backpack?

    You need long lists of things to carry out for the trek. However, you should be careful while packing your backpack. We recommend you to buy high quality and popular brand trekking gears. Always filter out the list and think that you have not missed anything most essential for you and at the same time, you are not packing the more unwanted things with you. Check our equipment list for the essential gears to care for Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking.

    Do I need a permit for this trek?

    The entry permit is a must for the foreign trekkers in all trekking regions of Nepal. Tour operator manages all the necessary documents and permits for your packaged trip. One requires Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit (ACAP) – US$30 and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card – US$10 to trek the Mardi Himal Base Camp.

    Do I get drinking water easily?

    Drinking water is easily available in the trekking trails and getting water is not a problem. You need to take a water purifying tablets to ensure germ-free drinking water.  You can fill your water bottle directly from the tap and use a water purifier to make it germ-free. Bottled water is more expensive with gain in altitude. We encourage our clients to not use bottled water as it carries plastic waste in the conservation area. Instead, you can ask for hot water in the lodges on the way with little payment. Fill your bottle and support to leave no trash.

    What kind of food is available during trekking?

    The lodge of Mardi Himal Trek provide a variety of meal option. They have a food menu and trekkers can order from the menu. You will get a variety of food during the trek. Breakfast will have the option of pancakes, bread butter, Tibetan bread, Chapati, Omelet, tea/coffee, and so on. Besides this, trekkers can choose pizza, pasta, dumplings, noodle, and many other items. However, Dal Bhat is the most common Nepal meal. Dal Bhat is a Nepali meal in which rice is served with lentil soup, vegetable curry, tomato pickle, mixed pickle, salad, and sometimes along with meat. The Nepali staff and porter who work hard prefer to eat Dal Bhat twice a day. Dal Bhat set is a heavy and balanced meal.

    How is the accommodation during the trek?

    Mardi Himal trek is a teahouse trekking. You will be walking lodge to lodge every day. The accommodation is basic and generally are twin sharing. They are equipped with a common bathroom. The rooms are warm and equipped with a mattress, pillow, and blanket. You may carry a sleeping bag for your comfort.

    What are the risks associated with this trekking?

    Mardi Himal Trek falls under the category of short and easy trek. However, we have some records of accidents on the trail. Any type of negligence is not acceptable in the nature. Especially, the upper part of the trail riskier as it follows the steep ridge. It might get slippery during rain or snow melting time. Take good hiking shoes, crampons to ensure a safe walk. Travel with local guide, follow acclimatization procedure and ascent gently are the rules that helps to overcome the associated risk.

    How can we avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

    There are not any solid things that you can do to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness. However, you can obtain a few precautionary measures to avoid it. Please follow the things given below to avoid AMS:

    • Climb or hike to the high altitude gradually and slowly.
    • When you reached over 2000m, reduce the no. of walking hours and walk slowly
    • Drink plenty of water
    • Take ample rest. If you find your body is still not ready for walking, keep on resting until you feel comfortable to walk.
    • Eat high calorie consumed food
    • Avoid smoking and drinking
    How do we know that we have AMS?

    The certains symptoms are developed when you have Acute Mountain Sickness. Therefore, you must be familiar with the symptoms of AMS before going on a high altitude trek. The symptoms are as like below:

    • Headache
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea and Vomiting
    • Tiredness
    • Loss of appetite
    • Upset stomach
    • Feeling Unsteady
    • Shortness of breath
    • Increased heart rate
    • Difficulty sleeping

    If you have any of the above-mentioned symptoms, please take immediate precautionary measures:

    • Do not climb any higher altitude for the next 48 hours
    • Take complete rest until you feel well
    • Descend down to a lower altitude if possible
    • Do not exercise
    • Do not smoke
    • Drink Plenty of water
    • Take external oxygen supply if necessary
    • Take anti-sickness medicines

    If you have not seen improvement after enough rest within the next 48 hours, you have to be deported to Kathmandu in a Helicopter. Therefore, always do insurance that will cover your helicopter rescue before the trip.

    Do I Need guide /porter for this trek?

    Trekker can do the trek in Mardi Himal without having a guide. However, in order to minimize and reduce the possible risks and threats, you are highly recommended to accompany the guide and porter along with you.

    Cost Includes

    • Airport transfers
    • 3 meals a day during the trek
    • 2/2  nights hotel in  Kathmandu and Pokhara in 3-star hotel on B&B basis
    • Teahouse lodge accommodation during the trek
    • Transportation to/from trailheads
    • An experienced English speaking guide
    • One porter for two trekkers
    • A trekking route map
    • Permits and entry fees

    Cost Excludes

    • All kinds of drink including mineral water, beer, juice, Fanta, coke and other alcoholic items
    • Sweet things like chocolate and others
    • Personal expenses
    • Extra night accommodation
    • Tips and Gratitude

    There is no fixed departure trip for this month. You can request for a private group trip.

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    Oriental Journeys
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    Oct 4, 2019
    by Mason Outhwaite on Oriental Journeys

    This is a beautiful off tourist trek in Annapurna region. Both guide and porters were amazing. They shared the goodness of the mountains and the culture of Nepal. We were 11 in a group and they both were very attentive for our safety. We made a trip as once in a lifetime trip. We made beautiful friend in Nepal. Trekking to Mardi Himal was awesome with spectacular scenery.

    Sep 4, 2019
    by Beau Paschke on Oriental Journeys

    I and my fiance did Mardi Himal Trek with Oriental Journeys on September, 2019. The trek was really nice. It was not too touristic and crowded trail. The guide was well-equipped and took great care of us. The guides and porters were friendly and fun. We have to walk through the village and it was already beautiful and calm. Thank you Oriental Journeys for this wonderful trek.

    Sep 9, 2018
    by Martin M. Salas on Oriental Journeys

    Mardi Himal Trek is one of the beautiful trek in Annapurna range. It was really beautiful trek with wonderful scenery. Our guide Aneel and porter Sanjay were wonderful. Machhindra and Radhia were responsive to all questions in the planning phase and they have provided very solid answer of our every queries, clear information and feedback. In addition to this, we did Chitwan National Jungle safari and it was awesome. We encounter many birds and wild animal during safari. We really enjoyed the trek and safari. Both trip was excellent.

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