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Mardi Himal Trek - 10 Days

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  • Annapurna Region , Nepal
  • 10 Days
  • Trekking in Nepal
  • USD 895 USD 695
  • 4100m
Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

USD 695 Per Person

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Trip At Glance

Duration

10

Max Altitude

4500

Best Season

Autumn & Spring

Trip Type

Tea house

Transportation

Private Car flight

Accomodation

Hotel Lodge

Overview And Highlights

Mardi Himal trek is the short and spectacular in the Annapurna region of Nepal where we stay in tea house, try local food.

We can get opportunity of close look to excellent hill and mountain landscape. Not only that, we can observe massive Himalayan mountains including Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Hiunchuli and Mardi Himal. The trail goes along small winding paths, through magical rhododendron forests.

Mardi Himal Trek provides a great experience to the mountainous environment soaked view of greens hills, snow-capped mountain and walks into  dense forest of lovely rhododendron and oak. In the trail, we walk through the path with the constant view of Annapurna mountain range and Dhaulagiri at the west.

Mardi Himal is located beneath Mt. Machhapuchre which is one of the forbidden mountain and unclimbed peaks up to now. You will get a marvelous outlook of Mt. Machhapurchre , Mt Hiunchuli and colorful Rhododendron forest will steal your heart.

You will get a great chance to know social-cultural values and lifestyle of Magar and Gurung community. During the trek, the astonishing sunrise and sunset views are outstanding.

If you are passionate about solo trekking then you will certainly love Mardi Himal trek Package. During the trek you first reached to Kande and you trek to Deurali which is at the altitude of 2232m.

From Deurali you can get chance to observe Annapurna range and Pokhara valley . From deurali you will headed towards the main Annapurna trekking trail and fallow the forested path to forest camp.

As it is new trekking destination you need to carry pack lunch and sufficient water. After passing through rhododendron forest can reached to low camp. The view of Mt. Fishtail and Mardi Himal appears closer. From that it takes 1 hours more to reach outstanding hill called Badal Bandal (cloud hill).

After a short walk you can reach to high camp. From there you can reached to Mardi Himal Base Camp where trip is more difficult then other days with steep climb and longer walk. From base camp we trek back to forest camp along the Lwang Ghale village at the altitude of 1500m.

At village you can observe organic farming and return back to pokhara. During the trek, within short period of time you can get chance to observe outstanding view of mountains and Mardi Himal.

Majestic Mountain Views: One of the primary highlights of the Mardi Himal Trek is the breathtaking views of the Annapurna Range, including iconic peaks like Annapurna South, Machapuchare (Fishtail), Hiunchuli, and, of course, Mardi Himal itself. These snow-capped mountains provide awe-inspiring scenery throughout the trek.

Peaceful Trail: Unlike some of the more crowded trekking routes in the Annapurna region, the Mardi Himal Trek offers a quieter and more peaceful experience. You'll often find yourself surrounded by tranquil forests, serene meadows, and remote villages, allowing for a more intimate connection with nature and culture.

Cultural Immersion: The trek passes through traditional Nepali villages inhabited by Gurung and Magar communities. This provides an excellent opportunity to interact with locals, experience their hospitality, and learn about their unique customs, traditions, and way of life.

Rhododendron Forests: During the spring season (March to May), the trail is adorned with vibrant rhododendron forests in full bloom, creating a colorful and enchanting atmosphere. Walking through these forests is a memorable experience, especially when accompanied by the sound of birdsong.

Mardi Himal Base Camp: The trek culminates at Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 meters), where trekkers are rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and glaciers. It's a serene and peaceful spot to relax, take photographs, and soak in the beauty of the mountains.

Variety of Terrain: Throughout the trek, you'll encounter a diverse range of landscapes, including lush forests, alpine meadows, rugged terrain, and high-altitude snowfields. This variety keeps the trek interesting and ensures that each day brings new and exciting experiences.

Short Duration: The Mardi Himal Trek can typically be completed in 5-7 days, making it an excellent option for those with limited time or seeking a relatively shorter trekking adventure in the Himalayas.

Access from Pokhara: The trek starts and ends in Pokhara, a charming lakeside city known for its natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere. Pokhara serves as a convenient and accessible gateway to the Mardi Himal Trek, with plenty of accommodation options and amenities available for trekkers.

Overall, the Mardi Himal Trek offers a perfect blend of natural splendor, cultural immersion, and adventure, making it a highly rewarding trekking experience in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

Day to Day Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu airport and transfer your Hotel

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

From Tribhuban International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel room. In the afternoon you will invited to our office for briefing about the each day program. Today you will receive your Sagarmatha National Park Permits and TIMS.

Drive to Pokhara

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
900

Today, in the morning our guides will come to pick you up at your hotel and accompany you to the bus station to catch an early morning, comfortable tourist bus to Pokhara.

The bus will head towards the west of Kathmandu Valley and continue the journey towards the western part of Nepal following the Prithvi Highway along the Trisuli River. The bus will stop twice – one for breakfast and one for lunch and then continue until we reach Pokhara. The evening can be utilized to explore the lake area.

The night will be spent at a tourist hotel in Pokhara.(Highlights of the day: Comfortable tourist bus, windy highway along the Trisuli River, breathtaking view of waterfalls, rivers, jungles, hamlets higher up on the hills, terraced fields with seasonal crop, different vegetation, curious faces of people running motels, restaurants and lodges, Lake area in Pokhara.)

Pokhara to Pothana. (5 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1970

Pothana is the destination set for the day. After having breakfast, the trip continues with a 40 minute bus ride to Phedi.

The upward hike begins from here. A climb through the jungle, passing several small villages takes us to the beautiful Gurung village -Dhampus. From Dhampus, a steep climb will first take us to the Australian Camp, passing Deurali.

We further walk up to Pothana situated on the Annapurna Circuit trail. The evening can be spent exploring Pothana and enjoying the views of the mountains. The night will be spent guest house at Pothana.(Highlights of the day:

Spectacular view of the Annapurna Mountain range and Machhapuchchhre, a number of beautiful Gurung settlements; their lifestyle and traditional houses surrounded by the farmland.)

Pothana to Forest Camp. (7 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2550

The Forest Camp is the destination set for the day. From Pothana, the upward hike continues on the stone paved trail till Deurali. On reaching Deurali, we leave the circuit trail and catch an off-the-beaten trail that heads east.

The trail passes through the dense forest, presenting the glimpses of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif and some wildlife en route to the Forest Camp. We reach the forest Camp around the afternoon, where we set up the tent for overnight stay.

The night will be spent Lodge at the Forest Camp.(Highlights of the day: Magnificent, closer view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, glimpses of leopard, deer, monkeys and various species of birds, dense forest and the experience local culture

Forest Camp to High Camp. ( 6 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4100

The High Camp is the destination of the day. Leaving the Forest Camp you proceed towards the High Camp. Though the distance is short the climb through the forest of Rhododendron and Juniper forest is quite steep.

The settlement is almost nil around this area. You first pass Manjh Danda to reach the low camp, and then we pass the Nangge Danda to reach the high camp. The top greets you with the most spectacular view of Machhapuchchhre, the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal.

The night will be spent  guest house at  High Camp.(Highlights of the day: Dense forest of Rhododendron and Juniper, splendid views of Machhapuchchhre, the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal.)

High Camp, trek to Base Camp.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

Mardi Himal Base Camp is the destination set for the day. Today you wake up earlier than usual to enjoy the sunrise view from the High Camp.

Today is a challenging day as the day requires walking on a narrow, rocky trail. Leaving the High Camp, we ascend for about 4 hours to reach the base camp of the Mardi Himal. After enjoying the views from the base camp, you walk back to the High Camp.

The night will be spent lodge at the High Camp.(Highlights of the day: The spectacular sunrise view from the High Camp, view of the great ice fields and the blue glaciers of the Sanctuary wall, the stunning Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal with a dozen of glistening snow-bound giants and also the hovering Lhophophorous above you.)

High Camp to Siding Village. (7 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1280

Siding Village is the destination set for the day. From the High Camp crossing the Nangge Danda, a steep descent brings us back to the Low Camp.

From the Low Camp, you  leave the trail used earlier and head towards the Mardi Khola River through the dense forest. The walk continues till Sidhing.

The night will be spent guest house at Sidhing.(Highlights of the day: Dense forest, friendly little settlements, lovely fields and the experience of pristine Nepali countryside.)

Siding Village to Pokhara. 2.5 hours trek and 1 hour drive

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
900

Pokhara is the destination set for the day. Leaving Sidhing, you now hike down following the line of the river valley, passing various small settlements of Gurung and Tamang people until we reach Lumre.

At Lumre, you catch a vehicle that will take us to Pokhara in one hour. The evening can be spent exploring the Lake area. The night will be spent at a tourist hotel in Pokhara (Highlights of the day: Beautiful view of mountains, and the cute little settlements of Tamang and Gurung people, attractions of Lakeside in Pokhara.)

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer your hotel, spare time for your family shopping evening celebrate farewell dinner with Nepali Family.

Departure for your onward flight.

Food
Breakfast

After breakfast you will transfer your international flight for your home. You will say good bye for Nepal until return back to next time.

What Is Included ?

 

  • Airport pickup and drop by private car 
  • Two night 3* category Hotel in Kathmandu and 2 night in pokhara on B/B.
  • Office paper works Annapurna Conservation park entry permit
  • Trekking information management system (Tims) permit.
  • Private Car from Kathmandu to Pokhara/ Kathmandu
  • A helpful, knowledgeable, friendly,well English speaking  trained, government license holder guide With all his salary, food, drinks and insurance
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people)
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Suvenir : something from Nepal give you mmory for long life 
  • Mardi Himal Trekking route map.
  • seasonal fresh fruit during the trek
  • Trekking Certificate after successful of Mardhi Himal  Trek

 

What Is Excluded?

 

  • International airfare/Your Travel insurance
  • Lunch/ Dinner in Kathmandu/pokhara
  • Tea/ coffee/bottles drinks/ Sweet things
  • Hot shower/Camera’s battery charge during the trek

Altitude Graph

FAQs

Yes, you can get it in Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. As you arrive to airport fill the form and proceed to the visa line. You have to pay 30US$ for 15 days of visa from the day of issue, 50US$ for 30days and 150US$ for 90 days of tourist visa. For this you have to bring two passport size photos.

The Mardi Himal Trek is a picturesque trekking route situated in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range, including iconic peaks such as Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Mardi Himal itself. The trek takes its name from Mardi Himal, a relatively lesser-known peak in the region.

The trail winds through lush rhododendron forests, charming villages, terraced fields, and high alpine landscapes. Unlike some of the more popular trekking routes in the Annapurna region, the Mardi Himal Trek remains relatively quieter and less crowded, offering a serene and peaceful trekking experience.

Typically lasting around 5 to 7 days, the trek starts from the scenic town of Pokhara and follows a route that passes through villages like Dhampus and Forest Camp before reaching High Camp and eventually Mardi Himal Base Camp. The journey offers opportunities to experience the rich cultural heritage of the region, interact with locals, and witness stunning natural landscapes at every turn.

Due to its moderate difficulty level and shorter duration compared to some other treks in the region, the Mardi Himal Trek is suitable for trekkers of various skill levels, including beginners with a reasonable level of fitness. However, it's essential to be adequately prepared, especially in terms of clothing, gear, and acclimatization, to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.
 

The duration of the Mardi Himal Trek typically ranges from 5 to 7 days, depending on various factors such as the starting point, trekker's pace, and itinerary chosen. Here's a general breakdown of the trek's itinerary:

Day 1: Pokhara to Kande (1-2 hours drive) and trek to Deurali or Pothana

The trek usually begins with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kande, followed by a trek to Deurali or Pothana, where trekkers can spend their first night.
Day 2: Deurali/Pothana to Forest Camp

Trekking from Deurali/Pothana, the trail leads through lush rhododendron forests to Forest Camp, where trekkers can stay overnight.
Day 3: Forest Camp to Low Camp or Badal Danda

Continuing through the forested trails, trekkers ascend to Low Camp or Badal Danda, where they can enjoy stunning views of the Annapurna range and spend the night.
Day 4: Low Camp/Badal Danda to High Camp

Trekking further uphill, trekkers reach High Camp, situated at a higher altitude. This day's trek may be shorter but involves more ascent.
Day 5: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp and back to High Camp

Trekkers hike to the mesmerizing Mardi Himal Base Camp, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. After exploring the area, they return to High Camp to spend the night.
Day 6: High Camp to Siding Village or Low Camp

Descending from High Camp, trekkers head towards Siding Village or Low Camp, depending on the chosen itinerary, for the night's stay.
Day 7: Siding Village/Low Camp to Lumre and drive back to Pokhara

The final day involves trekking downhill to Lumre and then driving back to Pokhara, marking the end of the Mardi Himal Trek.
It's important to note that this itinerary is just a general guideline, and variations are possible based on trekker preferences, acclimatization needs, and additional side trips. Some trekkers may choose to extend or shorten the trek according to their time constraints and preferences.

The Mardi Himal Trek is generally considered to be of moderate difficulty. Here are some factors that contribute to its difficulty level:

Altitude: While the highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek is not as high as some other treks in the region, reaching an altitude of around 4,500 meters (14,763 feet) at Mardi Himal Base Camp, there is still a significant altitude gain involved. Altitude-related symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue can affect trekkers, especially if they ascend too quickly without proper acclimatization.

Terrain: The trek involves varied terrain, including steep ascents, descents, and narrow trails. Some sections of the trail may be rocky or uneven, requiring careful footing. Trekkers should be prepared for the physical exertion required to navigate these terrains, especially at higher altitudes.

Weather: Weather conditions in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, with changes occurring rapidly. Trekkers may encounter rain, snow, or strong winds, particularly during the monsoon season (June to August) and the winter months (December to February). Proper gear and clothing are essential to cope with the changing weather conditions.

Length of Trekking Days: While the Mardi Himal Trek is shorter in duration compared to some other treks in the region, trekking days can still be long and challenging, particularly as trekkers ascend to higher altitudes. It's important for trekkers to have a reasonable level of fitness to endure several consecutive days of hiking.

Remote Location: The Mardi Himal Trek takes trekkers through relatively remote and less-developed areas of the Annapurna region. Facilities such as accommodations and medical services may be limited or basic compared to more popular trekking routes. Trekkers should be prepared for rustic accommodations and be self-sufficient to some extent.

Overall, while the Mardi Himal Trek is achievable for most reasonably fit trekkers, it's essential to be adequately prepared, physically and mentally, for the challenges it presents. Proper acclimatization, physical conditioning, and a positive mindset can contribute to a successful and enjoyable trekking experience.


 

Packing appropriately for the Mardi Himal Trek is crucial to ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable and safe journey. Here's a comprehensive packing list:

Clothing:

Moisture-wicking base layers (long-sleeve shirts and pants)
Insulating layers (fleece jacket or down jacket)
Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
Trekking pants/convertible pants
T-shirts
Undergarments and socks (wool or synthetic)
Warm hat or beanie
Buff or scarf
Gloves or mittens
Hiking boots or sturdy trekking shoes
Camp shoes/sandals (for wearing around teahouses)
Gaiters (optional, for keeping snow and debris out of boots)
Gear and Equipment:

Backpack (40-50 liters)
Sleeping bag (3-season or 4-season, depending on the time of year)
Sleeping pad or insulated mattress
Trekking poles
Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
Sunglasses with UV protection
Water bottles or hydration system (at least 2 liters capacity)
Water purification tablets or filter
Personal first aid kit (including basic medications, blister treatment, and any prescription medications)
Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper)
Quick-dry towel
Sunscreen (high SPF)
Lip balm with SPF
Insect repellent
Personal identification and travel documents
Money (cash) and credit/debit cards
Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
Portable charger/power bank
Miscellaneous:

Lightweight trekking towel
Small daypack or waist pack for day hikes
Lightweight dry bags or stuff sacks for organizing gear
Trekking snacks (energy bars, nuts, dried fruits)
Notebook and pen
Multi-tool or pocket knife
Trekking map and guidebook
Whistle and emergency signaling device
Plastic bags for waste disposal and waterproofing
Optional Items:

Lightweight camp chair or seat pad
Solar charger or portable solar panel
Binoculars
Travel pillow
Deck of cards or other entertainment
Portable oxygen canister (for altitude sickness prevention)
Remember to pack light but efficiently, considering the weight and space limitations of your backpack. It's also essential to check the weather forecast and pack accordingly, layering clothing for varying temperatures and weather conditions.
 

The best time to do the Mardi Himal Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the most favorable weather and optimal trekking conditions. Here's why each season is considered ideal:

Spring (March to May):

Spring is one of the most popular times for trekking in Nepal, including the Mardi Himal Trek. During this season, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies and moderate temperatures.
The spring months also coincide with the blooming of rhododendrons, Nepal's national flower, adding vibrant colors to the landscapes along the trekking route.
Trekkers can enjoy stunning views of the snow-capped peaks and lush greenery, making it a visually rewarding experience.
Autumn (September to November):

Autumn is another excellent time for the Mardi Himal Trek, with clear skies, mild temperatures, and less chance of precipitation.
The post-monsoon period brings crisp, clear air, providing excellent visibility of the majestic Himalayan peaks.
The weather during autumn is conducive to trekking, with comfortable daytime temperatures and cooler nights, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities.
Both spring and autumn offer stable weather conditions, making trekking more comfortable and enjoyable. Additionally, these seasons attract fewer insects and leeches compared to the monsoon season, further enhancing the trekking experience.

It's important to note that while spring and autumn are considered the best times for the Mardi Himal Trek, trekking is possible throughout the year. However, trekkers should be prepared for varying weather conditions and potential challenges during other seasons, such as monsoon rains in summer and cold temperatures in winter.
 

Research and Planning: Regardless of gender, thorough research and planning are essential for safe travel. This includes researching destinations, accommodations, transportation options, local customs, and safety tips specific to the region you plan to visit.

Choose Reputable Travel Companies: If you decide to book through a travel company or tour operator, choose reputable and well-established companies with positive reviews and a track record of prioritizing customer safety and satisfaction.

Solo-Friendly Destinations: Consider destinations that are known to be solo-friendly and relatively safe for women travelers. Some destinations have a reputation for being particularly welcoming to solo female travelers and may offer supportive communities or networks.

Stay Informed: Stay informed about local customs, cultural norms, and safety guidelines specific to the destination. Be aware of any potential risks or areas to avoid, especially when traveling alone.

Communicate Your Itinerary: Keep someone informed of your travel itinerary, including details of your accommodations, transportation, and contact information. Check in regularly with family or friends back home to let them know you're safe.

Trust Your Instincts: Trust your instincts and intuition. If something feels unsafe or uncomfortable, remove yourself from the situation and seek assistance from trusted authorities or local resources.

Practice Caution with Alcohol: Be cautious when consuming alcohol, especially when traveling alone. Excessive drinking can impair judgment and increase vulnerability to risks.

Use Reliable Transportation: Opt for reputable transportation options and avoid traveling alone late at night, especially in unfamiliar or poorly lit areas.

Dress Appropriately: Respect local customs regarding dress and behavior, especially in conservative or traditional cultures. Dressing modestly can help minimize unwanted attention or cultural misunderstandings.

Learn Basic Self-Defense: Consider learning basic self-defense techniques or carrying personal safety devices such as a whistle or pepper spray, though be aware of legal restrictions on such items in certain countries.

Ultimately, while there are inherent risks associated with solo travel, many women successfully and safely travel alone around the world. By taking precautions, staying informed, and trusting your instincts, you can minimize risks and enjoy enriching and rewarding travel experiences.
 

All of our guides are trained with first aid and have basic idea about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

Accommodation along the Mardi Himal Trek varies from basic teahouses to lodges, with options available at different points along the route. Here's what you can generally expect in terms of accommodation:

Teahouses/Guesthouses: Along the Mardi Himal Trek, there are several small settlements and villages where teahouses or guesthouses offer accommodation to trekkers. These are typically basic but cozy establishments run by local families. Rooms may be simple, with twin beds, basic bedding, and shared bathroom facilities (often squat toilets). Heating may be provided in communal areas, and some teahouses may have hot showers available for an additional fee.

Lodges: In larger villages or popular trekking stops along the route, you may find slightly more comfortable lodges or guesthouses offering better amenities. These may include private rooms with attached bathrooms (with Western-style toilets and hot showers), electricity, and possibly Wi-Fi in common areas. However, facilities can still be basic compared to urban accommodations.

Tented Camps: At higher altitudes, particularly near High Camp or Mardi Himal Base Camp, there may be options for tented camps. These are usually set up during peak trekking seasons to accommodate the influx of trekkers. Tented camps provide shelter in the form of sturdy tents and communal dining tents, offering a more rustic but adventurous lodging experience.

Homestays: In some villages along the trekking route, you may have the opportunity to stay with local families in homestays. This offers a unique cultural experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local way of life and interact closely with the host family. Accommodations in homestays are typically simple but authentic, providing insight into traditional Nepali hospitality.

It's important to note that while accommodation options may vary, especially in terms of comfort and amenities, most lodges and teahouses along the Mardi Himal Trek provide basic necessities such as meals, bedding, and shelter from the elements. Trekkers should be prepared for rustic conditions and embrace the simplicity of mountain living during their trek. Additionally, it's advisable to carry a sleeping bag and other essential items for added comfort and warmth, especially at higher elevations.

Yes, you can bring some food from home for the Mardi Himal Trek, especially if you have specific dietary preferences, allergies, or if you want to supplement your meals with familiar snacks or treats. Here are some considerations and suggestions for bringing food from home:

Pack Lightweight and Non-Perishable Items: When selecting food items to bring from home, prioritize lightweight and non-perishable options that won't spoil or weigh down your backpack. Examples include energy bars, nuts, dried fruits, trail mix, instant noodles, dehydrated meals, and packets of instant coffee or tea.

Consider Dietary Needs: If you have specific dietary requirements, such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or food allergies, bringing your own food ensures you have suitable options available during the trek. Pack items that meet your dietary needs and preferences, as local teahouses may have limited options.

Local Cuisine: While bringing some food from home is convenient, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine along the trekking route. Teahouses and lodges typically serve hearty meals such as dal bhat (rice with lentil soup), noodles, pasta, and momos (dumplings), which provide the necessary energy for trekking.

Respect Local Customs and Regulations: Be mindful of local customs and regulations regarding importing food items into Nepal. Avoid bringing fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products, as these may be subject to inspection or restrictions at customs checkpoints. Stick to packaged and non-perishable foods to avoid any issues.

Packaging and Waste: Dispose of packaging responsibly by carrying out any waste generated from the food items you bring from home. Minimize single-use plastic and opt for reusable containers or eco-friendly packaging whenever possible to reduce environmental impact.

Share with Fellow Trekkers: Bringing extra snacks or treats from home can be a thoughtful gesture to share with fellow trekkers or offer as a token of appreciation to your guides and porters.

Overall, bringing some food from home can provide familiarity and convenience during the trek, but it's essential to balance this with supporting local businesses and enjoying the culinary offerings of the region.
 

TIMS Card (Trekkers' Information Management System):

The TIMS card is required for all trekkers entering Nepal's trekking regions, including the Annapurna region where the Mardi Himal Trek is located. It helps to ensure the safety and security of trekkers by providing their details to the authorities.
There are two types of TIMS cards: Green TIMS card for independent trekkers (costing around USD 20) and Blue TIMS card for trekkers traveling with organized trekking agencies (costing around USD 10). Trekkers can obtain the TIMS card from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP):

The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is required for all trekkers entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, which includes the Mardi Himal Trek route. The permit fees contribute to the conservation and sustainable development of the area.
The cost of the ACAP varies depending on the nationality of the trekker. For foreigners, it typically costs around USD 30 per person.
Trekkers can obtain the ACAP from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or Pokhara, or from the checkpoint at the entrance of the conservation area.
It's essential for trekkers to carry these permits throughout their trek and present them when required at various checkpoints along the route. Failure to obtain the necessary permits may result in fines or other penalties. Additionally, trekkers are advised to keep a photocopy of their permits as a backup and to ensure they have all required documentation before beginning their trek.
 

Hiring a guide or porter for the Mardi Himal Trek is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended, especially for those who are less experienced in trekking or unfamiliar with the region. Here are some reasons why you might consider hiring a guide or porter:

Navigation and Safety: The Mardi Himal Trek, while not as heavily trafficked as some other routes, still involves navigating through varied terrain and potentially challenging conditions. A guide can help ensure you stay on the correct trail, especially in areas where the path may not be well-marked. They can also provide valuable assistance in case of emergencies or unforeseen circumstances.

Local Knowledge and Insights: Guides are typically locals or have extensive experience trekking in the region. They can offer valuable insights into the local culture, customs, and flora/fauna, enriching your trekking experience. They may also be able to point out interesting landmarks, viewpoints, or hidden gems along the route.

Language and Communication: If you don't speak Nepali or the local dialect, having a guide who can communicate effectively with locals can be incredibly beneficial. They can help facilitate interactions, negotiate prices, and provide translations when needed.

Logistical Support: Guides can assist with logistical aspects of the trek, such as arranging accommodations, meals, and permits. They can also help plan the itinerary based on your preferences, pace, and fitness level, ensuring a smoother and more enjoyable trekking experience.

Porter Services: If you prefer to trek with lighter loads or if you have physical limitations, hiring a porter to carry your backpack can significantly reduce the strain on your body. This allows you to focus more on enjoying the trek and soaking in the scenery.

That being said, some trekkers prefer to trek independently, enjoying the freedom and solitude of the trail. If you have prior trekking experience, are confident in your navigation skills, and have thoroughly researched the route, trekking without a guide or porter can be a viable option. Ultimately, the decision to hire a guide or porter depends on your individual preferences, experience level, and comfort level with independent trekking.

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), can be a concern on the Mardi Himal Trek, especially as the trek reaches higher elevations. While the highest point of the trek is around 4,500 meters (14,763 feet) at Mardi Himal Base Camp, altitude-related symptoms can occur at lower elevations as well. Here are some factors to consider regarding altitude sickness on the Mardi Himal Trek:

Altitude Gain: The Mardi Himal Trek involves a significant altitude gain over a relatively short period, especially during the ascent to High Camp and Mardi Himal Base Camp. Rapid altitude gain can increase the risk of altitude sickness, as the body may not have enough time to acclimatize properly.

Individual Susceptibility: Altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or fitness level. Some individuals may be more susceptible to altitude-related symptoms than others, and there's no way to predict who will be affected.

Symptoms: Common symptoms of altitude sickness include headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. More severe forms of altitude sickness, such as high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high altitude cerebral edema (HACE), can be life-threatening if left untreated.

Prevention and Acclimatization: To reduce the risk of altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly by ascending gradually and allowing your body time to adjust to the decreased oxygen levels at higher altitudes. This may involve taking rest days, staying hydrated, and avoiding alcohol and strenuous physical exertion.

Treatment: If you experience symptoms of altitude sickness, it's crucial to descend to a lower altitude immediately. Resting, hydrating, and using supplemental oxygen, if available, can help alleviate symptoms. In severe cases, evacuation to lower elevations may be necessary for medical treatment.

Preparedness: Trekkers should be aware of the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness and monitor their own and their fellow trekkers' condition closely. It's also advisable to carry a basic first aid kit with medications for altitude sickness and consult with a healthcare professional before embarking on the trek.

While altitude sickness is a potential concern on the Mardi Himal Trek, most trekkers do not experience severe symptoms if they acclimatize properly and follow recommended guidelines. However, it's essential to be vigilant and prioritize safety when trekking at high altitudes.
 

Yes, you can extend the Mardi Himal Trek or combine it with other treks in the Annapurna region to create longer itineraries or customize your trekking experience according to your preferences. Here are some options for extending or combining the Mardi Himal Trek:

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek: Many trekkers choose to combine the Mardi Himal Trek with the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek, another popular trekking route in the region. This extension adds several more days to the itinerary, allowing trekkers to visit the stunning Annapurna Sanctuary and reach the base camp of the world's tenth highest mountain, Annapurna I.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek: The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is another scenic trek in the Annapurna region that can be combined with the Mardi Himal Trek. Trekkers can start from Nayapul, the common starting point for both treks, and follow the Ghorepani Poon Hill route before branching off to Mardi Himal or vice versa. This combination offers diverse landscapes, cultural experiences, and panoramic views of the Himalayas.

High Camp Extension: Instead of turning back from High Camp after visiting Mardi Himal Base Camp, some trekkers choose to extend their trek by exploring other nearby areas or peaks. Options include trekking to the Upper Viewpoint for even better views of the surrounding mountains or continuing on to other high-altitude destinations in the area.

Cultural Tours: After completing the Mardi Himal Trek, you can also extend your stay in Nepal to explore cultural attractions in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Popular activities include visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, exploring ancient temples and monasteries, and experiencing the vibrant local culture and cuisine.

Customized Itineraries: If you have specific interests or preferences, you can work with local trekking agencies to create a customized itinerary that combines the Mardi Himal Trek with other trekking routes, cultural tours, or adventure activities in Nepal. This allows you to tailor your trekking experience according to your schedule, fitness level, and interests.

Whether you choose to extend the Mardi Himal Trek, combine it with other treks, or explore cultural attractions in Nepal, there are plenty of options to create a memorable and rewarding trekking experience in the Annapurna region.
 

People choose to do the Mardi Himal trekking for several reasons:

Scenic Beauty: The Mardi Himal trek offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range, including the iconic Machapuchare (Fishtail) peak. Trekkers are treated to panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and alpine landscapes, making it a paradise for nature lovers and photographers.

Less Crowded: Compared to more popular trekking routes in the Annapurna region, such as the Annapurna Circuit or the Everest Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trail is relatively less crowded. This appeals to travelers seeking a quieter and more serene trekking experience away from the crowds.

Cultural Experience: Along the trekking route, trekkers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich culture and traditions of the local communities, including the Gurung and Magar ethnic groups. Interactions with villagers, visits to monasteries, and experiencing traditional ceremonies enrich the cultural experience of the trek.

Moderate Difficulty: The Mardi Himal trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty, making it accessible to a wide range of trekkers, including beginners and those with limited trekking experience. The gradual ascent and well-defined trails allow for proper acclimatization and a comfortable trekking experience.

Off-the-Beaten-Path: For adventurous travelers looking to explore lesser-known trekking routes, the Mardi Himal trek offers an off-the-beaten-path experience. The trail takes trekkers through remote villages, pristine forests, and tranquil landscapes, providing a sense of exploration and discovery.

Teahouse Accommodation: The availability of teahouses and guesthouses along the trekking route provides convenience and comfort for trekkers. Accommodation and meals are readily available, eliminating the need to carry camping gear and supplies.

Overall, the Mardi Himal trek offers a perfect blend of stunning natural beauty, cultural immersion, moderate challenge, and tranquility, making it a popular choice for trekkers seeking a memorable Himalayan adventure in Nepal.
 

Less Crowded: Compared to more established trekking routes in the Annapurna region, such as the Annapurna Circuit or the Everest Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trail is relatively less crowded. This appeals to travelers seeking a quieter and more serene trekking experience away from the crowds.

Scenic Beauty: The Mardi Himal trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range, including the iconic Machapuchare (Fishtail) peak. Trekkers are treated to panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and alpine landscapes, making it a paradise for nature lovers and photographers.

Cultural Experience: Along the trekking route, trekkers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich culture and traditions of the local communities, including the Gurung and Magar ethnic groups. Interactions with villagers, visits to monasteries, and experiencing traditional ceremonies enrich the cultural experience of the trek.

Moderate Difficulty: The Mardi Himal trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty, making it accessible to a wide range of trekkers, including beginners and those with limited trekking experience. The gradual ascent and well-defined trails allow for proper acclimatization and a comfortable trekking experience.

Off-the-Beaten-Path: For adventurous travelers looking to explore lesser-known trekking routes, the Mardi Himal trek offers an off-the-beaten-path experience. The trail takes trekkers through remote villages, pristine forests, and tranquil landscapes, providing a sense of exploration and discovery.

Infrastructure Development: With the increasing popularity of the Mardi Himal trek, there has been some development in infrastructure along the route, including the establishment of teahouses, guesthouses, and improved trail conditions. This has made the trek more accessible and comfortable for trekkers.

Overall, the Mardi Himal trek continues to attract travelers looking for a unique and rewarding trekking experience in the Himalayas of Nepal, characterized by stunning natural beauty, cultural immersion, and moderate challenge.

Additional Information

Trekking to base camps in Nepal, whether it's Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, or others, requires careful consideration of gear due to varying altitudes, weather conditions, and terrain. Here's a list of essential trekking gear for base camp treks in Nepal:

Clothing:

Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)
Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants
Trekking pants (convertible pants are versatile)
Waterproof hiking boots
Synthetic or wool socks
Warm hat and gloves
Sun hat and sunglasses
Backpack and Accessories:

Comfortable backpack with a rain cover (30-40 liters capacity for daypack, 60-70 liters for multi-day trekking)
Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures (0 to -10 degrees Celsius)
Trekking poles for stability and support
Sleeping and Accommodation:

Lightweight tent (if camping along the trail)
Sleeping pad or mattress for insulation and comfort
Accommodation reservations for teahouses or lodges (if not camping)
Hydration and Nutrition:

Water bottles or hydration system (consider a filtration system for refilling)
High-energy snacks (nuts, trail mix, energy bars)
Rehydration salts or electrolyte supplements
Safety and Health:

First aid kit (including medications for altitude sickness, diarrhea, pain relief)
Personal toiletries and hygiene products
Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF
Insect repellent
Navigation and Communication:

Detailed trekking map or guidebook
Compass or GPS device
Fully charged mobile phone with local SIM card (available for purchase in Nepal)
Portable power bank for charging electronic devices

Yes, the Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal is generally considered suitable for beginners, although it does involve some moderate hiking. It's not as challenging as some of the longer and more strenuous treks in the region, such as the Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit treks. However, it still offers stunning views of the Himalayas, including peaks like Machapuchare (Fishtail), Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri, making it a rewarding experience for those looking for a relatively easier trekking option.

It's always advisable for beginners to be in good physical condition and to undertake some preparation and training before embarking on any trekking adventure. Additionally, hiring a local guide can enhance safety and navigation, especially for those with limited experience in trekking.

Yes, as a female trekker, you can absolutely travel to Mardi Himal Trek. Nepal is a popular destination for female trekkers, and many women from around the world embark on trekking adventures in the Himalayas, including the Mardi Himal region.

It's important for female trekkers to take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety and comfort during the trek. This may include traveling with a reputable trekking agency or guide, being mindful of cultural norms and customs, packing appropriate clothing and gear, and being aware of potential health and safety concerns while trekking at high altitudes.

Overall, with proper preparation and precautions, female trekkers can have a fulfilling and enjoyable experience trekking in the Mardi Himal region, just like their male counterparts

Trip Reviews (8)

After seeing a lot of videos and recommendations about trekking routes in Nepal we found Devi. Baral He was highly rated and with a variety of positive comments, not only about him but his whole team.

We sent him several emails with our questions, suggestions, details of time disposition and of course our decision about the route. He, based on the time we had suggested Mardi Himal which is described in YouTube and other places as "the hidden gem of the Himalayas"

Devi and his team, Tilak the tour guide and Thir the porter were outstanding in every single aspect of our trip.

Devi: His logistics are flawless! Transportation, accommodation, flights, communication, kindness. He is onto everything. (Without any prior payment he responded to every single email)

Tilak: He has been in these trails for quite long, originally from Everest region and living in Kathmandu for a while being a guide for more than half his life. He was everyday ready to provide every single thing we needed from every meal to the zip of water for our tooth brushes, got us extra blankets, hot water for showers, trying to please our food needs, during trails assisting, chatting, you name it! Was his intention not to make you move a finger while we were resting.

Thir: The porter, what a strong dude! He doesn't speak much of English but he carried 20 kg on his back with a smile on his face. As well ready to help at any time. Thir is Nepalese skinny Thor!

The trekking: it was set for 6 days and not expecting rain yet. Bummer, monsoons got earlier this year!

We were picked up by Tilak and Thir at the airport ready for the trek, drove almost 40 min until the starting line and from we started such an amazing experience. It was my wife's suggestion not to tell you the details so you can discover it for yourselves. So I will only say this, unless you are certain of warm weather bring winter gear with you, sleeping bags, silver bags, snow gloves, flashlights, towels, solar batteries ( there is 2 kind, .. one is like a spare battery and the other one works line a solar panel .. bring both) rain poncho, rain covers for the backpacks, water purifiers, flip flaps to take showers. Probably you are gonna laugh but I took my iPad loaded with movies... you spend long time in camps without much to do, some nights were long due to the storms so those movies helped a lot! Any question feel free to shoot a DM! Enjoy your trekking, be safe!! Always go with a guide!!!!! You might find lots of people saying not to but is safer ... people get lost, injured etc.

Mardi Himal Trek October 2019!!!

15th Mar, 2022


We recently completed a nine day trek with Adventure Nepal Eco Treks. We hiked with our two children, age 7 and 10, to Mardi Himal Trek. It was fantastic. Devi had every detail organized. Our guide, Kumar, was amazing and really connected with all of us, especially the children. Our porters Min and Raju were also fantastic and went out of thier way to interact with all of us and the children had a lot of fun with them.

I would highly recommend Adventure Nepal Eco treks to arrange your Nepal trek. Ask for Kumar as your guide. He has a lot of experience and is a very special person.

Thanks Devi and Kumar for an unforgettable experience. We will be back soon!

Amazing family trek Mardi Himal!!

15th Mar, 2022


Mr. Kumar Khadka is the best Guide in the world! This is our first time in Nepal and trekking to mountain we communicated with Devi Prasad Baral on internet and we asked some short trekking information with beautiful mountain also not very difficult. He replies our entire question promptly and we thought him very much knowledgeable and friendly to answer our all question.  Also he provides a lot of information and we choose to do Mardi Himal Trekking.Thanks Adventure Nepal Eco Trekking team!! Soonest we will come back next year for Manaslu and tsum valley.

Mardi Himal Trek Life time memory!!! December

15th Mar, 2022


We had wonderful time in Nepal with Adventure Nepal Eco Trek!! We were in Nepal 10 days and first day in Kathmandu because of our long flight from Canada. Next day car drive to pokhara and continue trekking to Dhampus. We had great views from Dhampus over the Himalaya of Nepal!! The guide was Ramesh and Porter Som. Both were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the Mardi Himal trekking route. This is our first time in Nepal and trekking to mountain as well. We communicated with Devi  Baral on internet and we asked some short trekking  information  with beautiful mountain  also not very difficult. He replies our entire question promptly and we felt him very much knowledgeable and friendly to answer our all question. Thanks Adventure Nepal Eco Trekking team!! Definitely we will come back next year for Everest base camp trek.

Wonderful Mardi Himal Trek!!! November

15th Mar, 2022


Great job of organizing!! Thanks Adventure Nepal Eco Treks. The trek started at Pedi 1770m) traveling through beautiful forest & ridge trails to the 4300m ridge at the foot of the Mardi Himal. This vista point provides an excellent close-up view of the magnificent 6995meter Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) plus 10 other beautiful snow covered peaks. Trek final night at a home-stay in historic, fascinating, & charming village of Lwang (1460m). Was a truly fabulous trek!

Awesome 6-day Mardi Himal Trek 2018

15th Mar, 2022


Kumar Khadka  is a guild; he is the best guild I ever met.

Kumar is knowledgeable he tells me what I should or shouldn't do.

Kumar is considerate he knows what I need and always fulfill my needs.

Kumar loves to help he always hand out his hands for people in need.

Kumar loves to sing he makes the hardest trail enjoyable.

Kumar loves animals he talks to doggie, donkey and pony.

Kumar loves environment, he never litter or do harm to the mountain.

Kumar belongs with mountains he moves quickly on every terrain.

Kumar never get tired, and I will never get tired of him.

Kumar says you are beautiful don't trust him!

Thanks Adventure Nepal Eco Treks for preparing our 7 days Mardi Himal Trek.

Also thanks Bisnu for carrying our burdens!!!

5* for Adventure Nepal Eco treks 7* for Kumar Khadka!

15th Mar, 2022


After seeing a lot of videos and recommendations about trekking routes in Nepal we found Devi. He was highly rated and with a variety of positive comments, not only about him but his whole team.

We sent him several emails with our questions, suggestions, details of time disposition and of course our decision about the route. He, based on the time we had suggested Mardi Himal which is described in YouTube and other places as "the hidden gem of the Himalayas"

Devi and his team, Pancha the tour guide and Thir the porter were outstanding in every single aspect of our trip.

Devi: His logistics are flawless! Transportation, accommodation, flights, communication, kindness. He is onto everything. (Without any prior payment he responded to every single email)

Pancha: He has been in these trails for quite long, originally from Everest region and living in kathmandu for a while being a guide for more than half his life. He was everyday ready to provide everysingle thing we needed from every meal to the zip of water for our tooth brushes, got us extra blankets, hot water for showers, trying to please our food needs, during trails assisting, chatting, you name it! Was his intention not to make you move a finger while we were resting.

Thir: The porter, what a strong dude! He doesn't speak much of English but he carried 20 kg on his back with a smile on his face. As well ready to help at any time. Thir is Nepalese skinny Thor!

The trekking: it was set for 6 days and not expecting rain yet. Bummer, monsoons got earlier this year!

We were picked up by Pancha and Thir at the airport ready for the trek, drove almost 40 min until the starting line and from we started such an amazing experience. It was my wife's suggestion not to tell you the details so you can discover it for yourselves. So I will only say this, unless you are certain of warm weather bring winter gear with you, sleeping bags, silver bags, snow gloves, flashlights, towels, solar batteries ( there is 2 kind, .. one is like a spare battery and the other one works line a solar panel .. bring both) rain poncho, rain covers for the backpacks, water purifiers, flipflaps to take showers. Probably you are gonna laugh but I took my iPad loaded with movies... you spend long time in camps without much to do, some nights were long due to the storms so those movies helped a lot! Any question feel free to shoot a DM! Enjoy your trekking, be safe!! Always go with a guide!!!!! You might find lots of people saying not to but is safer ... people get lost, injured etc.

 

Mardi Himal trek May 2018

15th Mar, 2022


I just got back from my trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp with Adventure Nepal Eco Treks, and I am already missing it!

My guide Kumar made it such an unforgettable experience and I am looking forward to more treks with him.

 

Awesome Mardi Himal Trek with Amazing Guide! 2018

15th Mar, 2022


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