Mardi Trek

Price

USD 887

Trip Duration

10 days

Trip Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

4500m

Accommodation

Tea House, Hotel

Transportation

Bus, Jeep, Car

Group Size

1-10

Best Season

All around the year

Mardi Trek Introduction

The Mardi Trek is a relatively new and less crowded trekking in Nepal. It offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the pristine beauty of the Annapurna region and witness stunning views of the Himalayas, including the majestic Mardi Himal itself. This trek takes you through remote villages, lush forests, and alpine landscapes, providing an off-the-beaten-path experience for trekkers.

The Mardi Himal Trek usually begins from Kande, which is a short drive away from Pokhara. From Kande, the trail ascends through rhododendron forests and charming villages, gradually gaining altitude. The route passes through Deurali and Forest Camp, offering serene forested trails and occasional glimpses of the Annapurna and Machapuchare (Fishtail) peaks.

As you continue your ascent, you’ll reach Low Camp and then High Camp, where the tree line diminishes, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by open alpine meadows. From High Camp, a steep and thrilling climb takes you to the Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m), which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna range, including Annapurna South, Machapuchare, Hiunchuli, and Mardi Himal itself.

The trek also provides an opportunity to explore the culturally rich village of Siding, where you can interact with the warm and friendly locals and experience their unique lifestyle. The villagers are primarily Gurungs, known for their rich cultural traditions and warm hospitality.

The Mardi Himal Trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural encounters, and stunning mountain views. It is an ideal choice for trekkers seeking a relatively shorter and less crowded trek in the Annapurna region, while still being able to witness the grandeur of the Himalayas and experience the tranquility of the mountains.fa0511c1 0966 4af4 a9e8 a5dd9fd56769

Highlights

  • Trekking to the Mardi Himal Base Camp Itself
  • Experiencing Gurung Hospitality & culture
  • Beautiful Landscape, Nature & Rivers
  • Most amazing Landscapes &views of the Himalayas from ridge trekking
  • From High Camp view of the Himalayas & sunrise
  • Visit & sightseeing in Pokhara
  • Seeing the World Heritage of Kathmandu

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival Day in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 3: Pokhara to Kande and trek to Pitam Deurali
  • Day 4: Deurali to Forest Camp
  • Day 5: Forest Camp to Low Camp
  • Day 6: Low Camp to High Camp
  • Day 7: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp and back to High Camp
  • Day 8: High Camp to Siding Village
  • Day 9: Siding Village to Lumre and drive to Pokhara
  • Day 10: Free Day in Pokhara
  • Day11: Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 12: Departure day

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day in Kathmandu

Welcome to The capital city of Nepal Kathmandu. Rest and prepare for the trek. Explore the vibrant streets and immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of the city, Evening 5 pm join for a trip briefing & meeting with your crew. Stay at Kathmandu(1250m)

Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Take a scenic drive (or flight) from Kathmandu to Pokhara, a beautiful lake city and the gateway to the Annapurna Himalayas and so many different trekking destinations. driving through villages, and terraces, rivers, hills & the views of the Himalayas.  Spend the day exploring Pokhara and enjoy its serene ambiance. Stay at Lakeside(850m). 

Day 3: Pokhara to Kande and trek to Pitam Deurali

Drive from Pokhara to Kande (approximately 1 hour). Start your trek from Kande and ascend through terraced fields to reach beautiful villages & viewpoints at Australian Camp,  then continue to Pothana and then hike through rhododendron forests to reach Deurali. Enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Overnight stay at Pitam Deurali (2100m)

Day 4: Deurali to Forest Camp

Today we Continue trekking through lush forests of oak, rhododendron, and bamboo. The trail gradually ascends, passing through the beautiful village of Forest Camp. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings and serene forested trails. Overnight stay at Forest Camp (2600m)

Day 5: Forest Camp to Low Camp

Trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp. The trail offers mesmerizing views of the Annapurna and Machapuchare peaks. As you climb higher, you’ll notice the tree line diminishing, giving way to alpine meadows. Overnight stay in Low Camp (3050m)

Day 6: Low Camp to High Camp

Trek from Low Camp to High Camp. The trail becomes steeper as you ascend, offering stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. Arrive at High Camp, where you’ll be surrounded by open alpine meadows and breathtaking mountain views. Overnight stay in High Camp (3600m)

Day 7: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp and back to High Camp

Embark on an early morning hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m). Enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna range, including Annapurna South, Machapuchare, Hiunchuli, and Mardi Himal. After taking in the majestic scenery, descend back to High Camp. Overnight stay in High Camp (3600m)

Day 8: High Camp to Siding Village

Trek from High Camp to Siding Village. Descend through rhododendron forests, passing by quaint villages and terraced fields. Interact with the locals and experience their warm hospitality. Overnight stay in Siding Village (1700m) 

Day 9: Siding Village to Lumre and drive to Pokhara

Trek from Siding Village to Lumre. The trail gradually descends, offering views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Reach Lumre and take a drive back to Pokhara. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the lakeside or exploring Pokhara’s attractions. Overnight stay at Pokhara(850m) 

Day 10: Free Day in Pokhara

We will provide you with a half-day Pokhara sightseeing tour including Pumdikot Shiva Statue, world PeaceStupa, Devis Falls, Gupteshower Cave & Tibetan RefugeeCaps.(3-4hours)

Also, today is your adventure sport day in Pokhara, there are many things to do around like Paragliding, Bungy Jumping, Zipline, ultra-light flight to the Himalayas, sightseeing, cycling, Boating, etc.

Day11: Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast, drive (have the option to Fly) back to Kathmandu by Tourist bus for 10 hours approximately enjoy the scenic ride on the mid-hill range with fields, rivers & lifestyles. Stay at Kathmandu

Day 12: Departure day

After breakfast we will drop you off at the airport for final departure for your home or your next destination we bid our see you again until next time

Includes

  • Simple tea houses in trekking on a twin-sharing basis with 3 times of meals. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner with 3 cups of tea each)
  • A professional trekking guide & necessary number of porters (2:1) with their salary, meal, accommodation, transportation & insurance. 
  • Necessary permits & TIMS card, Annapurna Conservation area permit & local Municipality fees.
  • Both-way Tourist Bus(Coach) transportation Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Pokhara-Kade- Sidind-Pokhara(local bus/Jeep/Car)
  • 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara with Breakfast
  • All grounded transportation like pickups & drops  by Private vehicle 
  • A group medical kit

Excludes

  • All Kinds of beverages. 
  • All extra expenses such as shopping and trekking gear. 
  • International/domestic flights. 
  • Early arrival / late departure. 
  • Travel insurance ( must be purchased before the trek) 
  • Rescue evacuation if needed (it can be helped to arrange)
  • Tips for driver, guide& porters. 
  • If the plan is changed by any other problem such as a landslide, political disturbance, changing plan, or cancellation of flight. Or the things not mentioned above 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the The Mardi Himal Trek?
The trek to Mardi Himal typically takes around 6 to 10 days, depending on the chosen route, starting & ending point & your flexibility of time.
What is the best time to trek to Mardi Himal?
The best time to trek to Mardi Himal is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. But doing the trip in winter (Dec-Feb) also offers great views clear skies but very cold nights.
What is the level of difficulty for the Mardi Himal Trek?
The trek is considered moderately challenging. It is not very high altitude trek like Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit. It involves both uphill and downhill walking through steps, good physical & mantle conditions is crucial for the trekker.
Do I need a guide and porter for the trek?
We recently ban an independent trekker in Nepal while it's not implemented it well & you may see very few people trekking independently. It is highly recommended to have an experienced Guide, especially for those unfamiliar with the terrain. A guide can provide valuable information, cultural insight & safety briefings, and a porter can lighten your load so you can do the trip comfortably. & most importantly it supports to their family as well.
What permits are required for the trek?
Trekkers need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. These can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara before you start your trek. Happy Mountain Nepal will be helping you to obtain it.
What is the accommodation like during the trek?
Tea houses and lodges are available along the trekking route, providing basic but comfortable accommodation with Indian, continental & Nepali food. It's advisable to book in advance during peak seasons as they have limited number of lodges after Pitam Daurali.
Is altitude sickness a concern on the Mardi Himal Trek?
While the trek is not extremely high, altitude sickness can still be a concern. It's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of symptoms like headaches and nausea. Our experienced guide will be measuring your oxygen saturation & pulse to make sure everyone in the trip is doing great.
What should I pack for the trek?
Pack essentials like comfortable trekking boots, warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, a first aid kit, and a water purification system. Happy Mountain Nepal is providing a check list for packing.
Is it possible to do the trek independently or should I join a guided group?
Recently we ban the independent trekkers, however you can see very few people trekking independently as the ban is strictly not implemented. Joining a guided group offers you a support, local insights, and can enhance the overall experience so we highly recommend joining the group.
How do I reach the starting point of the Mardi Himal Trek?
The trek usually starts from Kande, which is a few hour drives from Pokhara. Happy Mountain Nepal will be providing the private transportation to & from Trek Starting point.

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