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Mardi Himal 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 Trekking

Mardi Himal trekking is a new and less crowded, short, and easy trekking destination in Nepal. It has gained its popularity in a short period of time. The trek was officially opened in 2012 and this is still pristine. This is considered as the off the beaten trek in the Annapurna range. Because Mardi Himal Base Camp is relatively least visited compared to other peaks of the Annapurna region. This trek offers the wilderness, eye-catching south face of Mardi Himal, Annapurna ranges and Mt. Machhapuchhre. Besides this,  the daily lifestyle of the local indigenous community along with the dense alpine forests is the attraction of this trek.

Highlights of Mardi Himal Trekking

  • Fun with spectacular view of white-water on the Trisuli River
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and other peaks
  • Trek through blooming rhododendron forests (in March-April)
  • Enjoy a spectacular view of this easy trek that many visitors overlook
  • Engage yourself in Nepali culture with a local homestay in the hills
  • Witness the daily life of the local indigenous community
  • Wonder around the wilderness and dense alpine forest

This is ideal for those who have an interest in seeing breathtaking scenarios without having more crowds and enjoy the real peace of nature. This trek has become popular among travelers who want less challenging, can be done in a shorter time with stunning scenery.

Route Map

Mardi Himal Trekking Route Map

Perfect viewpoints of Mardi Himal Trekking Trail

The entire route of the Mardi Himal trek route follows the ridge with fantastic views on both of the sides. However, the camps and rest points of the route are in the perfect location in terms of view and surrounding environment. You will pass through a very beautiful village of Dhampus on the way to Potana on the first day, enjoying the fantastic mountain view towards north and east. Similarly, Austrian Camp, Pothana, Pitam Deurali, Forest Camp are incomparable with each other. You move forward to the high camp with more steps to ascend with the closer view of Mt. Fishtail also called Machhapuchre. From the top of Badal Danda up to Highcamp, your trail feels to move along the side of Mt. Annapurna South. The following morning trail continues to the Mardi Himal Base Camp with the amazing scenic view of Annapurna massif and Madi river valley on the left hand and Pokhara valley on the right-hand side. All the way to Mardi Himal Base Camp, you face directly to Mt. Fishtail as the main target.

Physical condition for the Mardi Himal trekking

Since this is a short and easy trek, it has become an ideal choice for the passionate walkers who have the ability to walk for around 4-5 hours a day.  Therefore, regular exercising and jogging for a few weeks prior to the trekking would help you in enhancing the strength and stability. If you have past hiking or trekking experience, that would be an asset for the trek. Since the trek is less challenging in nature, it does not require any technical skills. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as lungs, hearts, and blood diseases should consult the doctor before the trip for safety purposes.

Best time for trekking

Autumn (Sept-Nov) and Spring( March to May) are the best seasons to trek the Mardi Himal Base Camp. During the time, the weather is sunny and it provides outstanding views of the Himalayas. If you want to avoid the crowd, Winter (December, January, and February) would be a suitable time for you. However, sometimes the temperature during the winter could be harsh. Trekking during the summer and monsoon will be affected by rain.

Meals

You can enjoy the authentic Nepalese food as well as international cuisine including Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.  You will get breakfast and dinner from the tea-house or lodge where we spend the nights whereas lunch will be provided on the way to the next destination. The full board meal (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) will be provided during the trekking while breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In addition to this, there will be either welcome or farewell dinner from the company.

Mardi Himal Trekking - Accommodation

During the Mardi Himal Trekking, you will accommodate in a  3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You will be staying at teahouses (lodge) with basic facilities. Thamel Eco Resort, Samsara Resort or Hotel Thamel or similar standard hotel in Kathmandu and Kuti resort in Pokhara. All the accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis. However, a single supplement would be served on a request. For this,  you need to pay an extra cost for the single supplement. Oriental Journeys will book the best available tea houses during the trek however, the tea-houses are with basic facilities in Mardi Himal. Therefore, sometimes it is very difficult to get a single room during the trek.

DaysHotel/LodgeCategoryPlace
01-02, 11Samsar Resort / Hotel Thamel or Similar3 StarKathmandu
03, 10Hotel Thirdpole or Similar3 StarPokhara
04-09Tea House LodgeLodgeen 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 Trekking - Detail Itinerary

01

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

The representative of Oriental Journeys welcome 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 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 the breakfast, the city guide will take you to the Kathmandu Durbar Square for sightseeing on foot. In the evening, you will enjoy the 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 road side. After 6 to 7 hours of drive, we will reach 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 the tourist city, you can enjoy the beauty of Pokhara in the evening in the lake side.

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 of 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 Gurung community stays and the village provides you a magnificent views 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 in the enchanted forest of birch, giant, rhododendron, oak and hemlock. Besides this, you will get the 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 the 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 at the forest camp during lunchtime. Although the camp is surrounded by the forest, it will offer you the 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 at High camp during lunch time.  The high camp is out of the forest. The high camp offers the 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 as 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 with the dozen of the 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 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 the 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 the 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 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 trekking is a new and less crowded, short, and easy trekking destination in Nepal. It has gained its popularity in a short period of time. The trek was officially opened in 2012 and this is still pristine. This is considered as the off the beaten trek in the Annapurna range. Because Mardi Himal Base Camp is relatively least visited compared to other peaks of the Annapurna region. This trek offers the wilderness, eye-catching south face of Mardi Himal, Annapurna ranges and Mt. Machhapuchhre. Besides this,  the daily lifestyle of the local indigenous community along with the dense alpine forests is the attraction of this trek.

Highlights of Mardi Himal Trekking

  • Fun with spectacular view of white-water on the Trisuli River
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and other peaks
  • Trek through blooming rhododendron forests (in March-April)
  • Enjoy a spectacular view of this easy trek that many visitors overlook
  • Engage yourself in Nepali culture with a local homestay in the hills
  • Witness the daily life of the local indigenous community
  • Wonder around the wilderness and dense alpine forest

This is ideal for those who have an interest in seeing breathtaking scenarios without having more crowds and enjoy the real peace of nature. This trek has become popular among travelers who want less challenging, can be done in a shorter time with stunning scenery.

Route Map

Mardi Himal Trekking Route Map

Perfect viewpoints of Mardi Himal Trekking Trail

The entire route of the Mardi Himal trek route follows the ridge with fantastic views on both of the sides. However, the camps and rest points of the route are in the perfect location in terms of view and surrounding environment. You will pass through a very beautiful village of Dhampus on the way to Potana on the first day, enjoying the fantastic mountain view towards north and east. Similarly, Austrian Camp, Pothana, Pitam Deurali, Forest Camp are incomparable with each other. You move forward to the high camp with more steps to ascend with the closer view of Mt. Fishtail also called Machhapuchre. From the top of Badal Danda up to Highcamp, your trail feels to move along the side of Mt. Annapurna South. The following morning trail continues to the Mardi Himal Base Camp with the amazing scenic view of Annapurna massif and Madi river valley on the left hand and Pokhara valley on the right-hand side. All the way to Mardi Himal Base Camp, you face directly to Mt. Fishtail as the main target.

Physical condition for the Mardi Himal trekking

Since this is a short and easy trek, it has become an ideal choice for the passionate walkers who have the ability to walk for around 4-5 hours a day.  Therefore, regular exercising and jogging for a few weeks prior to the trekking would help you in enhancing the strength and stability. If you have past hiking or trekking experience, that would be an asset for the trek. Since the trek is less challenging in nature, it does not require any technical skills. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as lungs, hearts, and blood diseases should consult the doctor before the trip for safety purposes.

Best time for trekking

Autumn (Sept-Nov) and Spring( March to May) are the best seasons to trek the Mardi Himal Base Camp. During the time, the weather is sunny and it provides outstanding views of the Himalayas. If you want to avoid the crowd, Winter (December, January, and February) would be a suitable time for you. However, sometimes the temperature during the winter could be harsh. Trekking during the summer and monsoon will be affected by rain.

Meals

You can enjoy the authentic Nepalese food as well as international cuisine including Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.  You will get breakfast and dinner from the tea-house or lodge where we spend the nights whereas lunch will be provided on the way to the next destination. The full board meal (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) will be provided during the trekking while breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In addition to this, there will be either welcome or farewell dinner from the company.

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

The representative of Oriental Journeys welcome 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 hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals included: None

Day 02 : Explore Kathmandu

Today, you can explore Kathmandu. In the early morning, the atmosphere is good. After the breakfast, the city guide will take you to the Kathmandu Durbar Square for sightseeing on foot. In the evening, you will enjoy the 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 road side. After 6 to 7 hours of drive, we will reach 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 the tourist city, you can enjoy the beauty of Pokhara in the evening in the lake side.

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 of 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 Gurung community stays and the village provides you a magnificent views 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 in the enchanted forest of birch, giant, rhododendron, oak and hemlock. Besides this, you will get the 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 the 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 at the forest camp during lunchtime. Although the camp is surrounded by the forest, it will offer you the 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 at High camp during lunch time.  The high camp is out of the forest. The high camp offers the 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 as 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 with the dozen of the 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 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 the 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 the 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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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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