Mardi Himal Trek
Lying at the base of the iconic Mt. Machhapuchhre(Fishtail) (6997m), Mardi Himal trail gives a feeling of trekking in the Annapurna region with fewer tea-houses and trekkers en route. An extension of the southwest section of Machhapuchhre, it takes less than a week to trek through the lush Bamboo and Rhododendron forests to reach the vantage point of Mardi Himal Base Camp. Although the landscape on the trek changes ruggedly from hills to lower mountains in a short span of time which offers astounding beauty of the Annapurnas and their residents.
The 11-day trek begins upon your arrival in Kathmandu. After initial preparation and full-day sightseeing of the UNESCO historical Kathmandu City, you’ll embark on a road journey west to the touristic city of Pokhara. The trek destinations lie 20km north of Pokhara, hence, you’ll take a short commute to Kande village and commence trekking through the quaint villages in the Annapurna region. You’ll pass through Australian Base Camp, Deurali, Low Camp, and High Camp before reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m). Although considered the base camp, you can choose to trek 2hr further to reach the Upper View Point. From there you will enjoy the closer view of the scenic Annapurna massif, Machhapuchhre (6997m), and Mardi Himal summit (5553m).
Afterward, it’s a continuous descent through the alpine shrubs, and lush Bamboo and Rhododendron forests until Lumre. Then, you’ll retrace your path and trek back through High Camp to Siding village. You’ll descent along the Kalimati and Ghalel villages en route to Lumre; from where you’ll catch your commute back to Pokhara. The trip concedes at Kathmandu upon your return from Pokhara. Mardi Himal Trek is accessible throughout the year, however, spring (Mar-Jun) and autumn (Sep-Nov) seasons are considered the best.
Danphe Adventure Treks has been specializing in travel packages around Nepal. We aim to provide the best services to our clients and ensure that we help them to have a safe and memorable journey. In the Mardi Himal Trek; we have designed the trek in such a way that it allows you to explore the Annapurna region.
- Explore the Annapurna Conservation Area as you trek the enchanting trails.
- Enjoy the Gurung hospitality and culture.
- Withness the sights of glotious Annapurna Peak.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
One of our representatives will warmly receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport, and escort you to your hotel. After checking-in, you’ll meet your trek guide and discuss the trip. Afterward, you can go out to shop for essential trek gear, equipment, or accessories. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
This day, you get on a sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu Valley. The major destinations on the tour will be the UNESCO world heritage sites. Beginning from Swayambhunath, you explore the Monkey Temple and head to the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Then, the tour leads you to Pashupatinath followed by an evening at the Boudhanath Stupa. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara | 820m
After breakfast, you’ll embark on a road journey to the west of Kathmandu. You’ll drive through Prithvi Highway along the massive Trishuli River, lush forested hills, and colorful
towns en route. The scenic ride will offer a unique experience of riding through the serpentine roads of Nepal. Upon your arrival at Pokhara, you’ll be welcomed with the magnificent views of Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Annapurna I (8091m). Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive to Kande, trek to Forest Camp (2,500m)
After an early morning breakfast, you’ll drive around 40 minutes from Pokhara to Kande village. After a brief rest, you’ll commence the trek towards Mardi Himal. You’ll begin the ascent through the scenic lush forests of Annapurna region towards Australian Camp from where you can enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of Annapurna range along with Pokhara valley. After a brief stop, you’ll resume the trek and continue through the forested ridge towards Forest Camp. Overnight stay at Forest Camp.
Day 05: Trek to Low Camp (2,970m)
You’ll continue along the trail that gradually climbs through the lush rhododendron forest towards Low camp. The Low Camp has few tea-houses and the vantage point offers a scenic view of Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Mardi Himal (5553m) appears much closer. You can choose to trek an hour more towards Badal Danda just above Low Camp to enjoy a clearer and closer view of the mountains. Overnight stay at Low Camp.
Day 06: Trek to High Camp (3,550m)
The trail climbs closer to the ridge towards Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre. Through Low Camp, you’ll leave the forested area and arrive at a shrubby alpine zone. From here, you can witness the majestic snowcapped peaks of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and Machhapuchhre (6997m) looming in a distance. Overnight stay at High Camp.
Day 07: Hike up to Upper View Point (4,500m), back to High Camp
You’ll continue the final ascent through a steeper trail which can prove to be difficult. You’ll trek longer today as you approach the Mardi Himal Base Camp. It consists of a steeper climb which takes about 2hrs to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp. However, you’ll further ascend for a couple of hours to reach the Upper View Point which offers a close look into the Mardi Himal summit (5553m) along with Machhapuchhre (6997m), Annapurna I (8091m), Gangapurna (7454m), and Annapurna III (7555m). You’ll descend back to High Camp for the overnight stay.
Day 08: Trek to Siding Village (1,750m)
While descending you’ll take a different route and make way towards Siding village that lies close to Low Camp. All throughout the trek, mesmerizing landscapes will accompany you. The Annapurna Conservation Area and its abundance of floras and faunas make the trail even more enticing. Siding is a quaint traditional village lying amidst the lush forest in the foothills of Himalaya. Overnight stay at Siding.
Day 09: Siding Village to Pokhara (820m)
Today, you’ll descend to Lumre village and catch a commute back to Pokhara City. You’ll pass through Kalimati and Ghalel villages en route. Kalimati mostly comprises of Brahmin inhabitants while Ghalel is mixed with Brahmin and Gurung inhabitants. You’ll find a jeep at Lumre waiting for you which will take you back to Pokhara. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu | Farewell Dinner
Leaving Pokhara, you get on a ride to head Kathmandu. The views of Annapurna I (8091m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m) will offer you a final goodbye. Stepping on to the Prithvi Highway, the drive continues along the Trishuli River to reach Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you can spend your time exploring the city. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 11: Departure to International Airport
- Airport Pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
- Hotel in Kathmandu and with breakfast as per the Itinerary.
- Cultural tour at Kathmandu with Guide in private vehicle.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
- All Ground and Air Transportation during the Trek.
- An experienced, English speaking, and friendly guide and Porter (1 Porter 2 trekkers).
- Salary for the staff including their food, drinks, accommodation, and transportation.
- All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, and TIMS card.
- An arrangement for emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance.
- Sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking map, if necessary,( to be returned after the trek)
- All government taxes, vat, and local taxes.
- Nepal entry visa fee. (You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport (Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos & 25 USD.
- International airfare.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory).
- Meals in Kathmandu
- Entry fees for cultural tours.
- Personal expenses (alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks bar bills, battery charge, extra porter, boiled water shower, etc.).
- Tips for guide, porter and driver
List of Equipments required for Mardi Himal Trek:
- One Warm winter hat/beanie
- One Sun hat
- 1 Headband/buff
- 1 Sunglasses with UV protection
- One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries
- Two pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
- Two pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
- Three pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
- One pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
- One pair of trekking shorts
- A pair of trekking trousers
- One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
- One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
- One pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
- One pair of lightweight warm gloves
- A pair of poly-liner glove
- One pair of trekking boots
- A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
- One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
- Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
- Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
- Gaiters (only in winter)
- One Sleeping Bag
- 12 1 Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- 1 pair of trekking poles
- Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
- 1 quick drying towel
What are the visa requirements?
Currently, all the foreign nationalities (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu’s Airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the $50 USD fee for 30 days.
What are the physical requirements for Mardi Himal Trek?
Mardi Himal Trek requires you to trek at an altitude of maximum 4500m and up to 5-7 hours per day, with a small 5-7kg bag. We recommended you to train with long hikes and/or a sport of your choice (e.g. jogging).
How old do I need to be?
There is no age restriction for doing this trip, but if you are under 16 it will better to trek with your parents. You must be health-conscious during the trek.
What is included?
- Guides and Porters
- Transportation (including airport transfers)
- Permits & national park fees
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- All meal during the trek
- Seasonal fruits
- International flights to Kathmandu
- Food – (while you are in City)
- Showers on Trek
- Visa fees (typically $50 USD)
- Personal travel/rescue insurance
What is the accommodation like?
You will stay in the Hotel while you are in the city of Kathmandu, which is like a 3-star category. The hotel has access to showers and intermittent internet.
But while you are in trekking Tea House/lodges are the place where you spend the night during the trek, which is very basic. The room is pretty small with twin sharing and a common washroom. Some places have squat style toilets, whilst others have a western style. Shower does not always offer warm water and most teahouses will charge you for use of a hot shower.
Which meals are included?
Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse/lodges. Where you can find a variety of dishes like Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Continental, etc, to choose. Tea, coffee, bakery items, snacks, bars eggs, etc can also be found easily.
What currency should I take?
The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees (NPR). You are unable to get NPR outside of Nepal and therefore you will need to exchange money in Kathmandu. The easiest currency to exchange is USD and Euro. You can also withdraw NPR from the ATM but check with your bank about the relevant charges to do this.
Is there any Bank or ATM facility during Mardi Himal Trek?
Yes, there is a good facility of bank and ATM in Pokhara.
What kind of problems can arise at a higher altitude during Mardi Himal Trek?
There is a huge change of AMS problem i.e. Acute Mountain Sickness problem. It may cause some problems as you trek higher above 3500-meter altitude (11,482 ft.). But don’t worry about that. We have carefully designed our Mardi Himal itinerary with sufficient time for acclimatization and less walking time each day. And our experienced trek guide will be helping you with it.
Do I need insurance before the Mardi Himal Trek?
Yes, you need to be insured before the adventure trekking in Nepal from your home country. However, we will be always with you taking care of throughout the whole Mardi Himal trek.
What should I pack?
- Travel insurance details
- 2 passport photos
- Cash USD
- Credit/Debit Card
One Warm winter hat/beanie.
One Sun hat
1 Sunglasses with UV protection.
One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries.
2 pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
2 pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
3 pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
1 pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
One pair of trekking shorts
A pair of trekking trousers
One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
Two pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
A pair of lightweight warm gloves
A pair of poly-liner glove
One pair of trekking boots
A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
Gaiters (only in winter)
One Sleeping Bag
One Sleeping bag liner (optional)
A pair of trekking poles
Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
One quick-drying towel
What is the best time of year for Mardi Himal Trek?
Mardi Himal Trek is possible for the whole year, but the best time to doing this trek is spring season (March to June) and autumn season (September to November).
However trekking in winter season to chance to see snowfall with magnificent views of mountain, and in monsoon time you will see waterfalls.
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