Mardi Himal Trek - 9 Days

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US$ 1099/pp  

Mardi Himal Trek - 9 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 1099
  • Duration:
    9 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Annapurna
  • Seson:
    Spring and Autumn
  • Difficulty Level:
    Moderate
  • Max Altitude:
    4500 m

Highlight

  • Experience the Annapurna Region in solitude and tranquility
  • Rich variants of flora
  • Experience authentic Nepali rural lifestyle
  • Sunrise from Mardi Himal View Point
  • Learn about Gurung communities of Annapurna
  • Sightseeing in Pokhara

Overview

On the outskirts of the Annapurna Base Camp trekking route, the Mardi Himal Trek remains one of the least explored trails, yet it boasts equally stunning views found in the Annapurna Region. The dense woodlands, narrow trails, lush forest of juniper and rhododendrons, and the melody of birdsong mingling with the rustle of leaves as one walks beneath the canopy of trees characterize this trek with a unique essence that is hard to replicate. 

 

A trek perfect for those who seek tranquility, you'll have more space to enjoy the serenity of the mountains and get a more of an authentic experience. This trek has a blend of muddy and rocky pathways in a ridge trail. As we gradually ascend, the trek starts getting steeper and more strenuous.  

The Mardi Himal Trek promises an adventure that will fill your heart with every sense of awe. With its expansive panorama of towering mountains, including the iconic Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Himchuli, and Annapurna South, the trek offers a visual feast that is sure to leave a mark in your heart for years to come.

 

Itinerary (Plan)

Time : NA
Max Altitude : 1400 m
Guesthouse
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  • Arrive in Kathmandu
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : Flight - 25 mins. Drive - 45 minutes. Trek - 2 to 3 hours
Max Altitude : 2060 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We take an early flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu
  • Drive from Pokhara to Kande.
  • Trek from Kande to Australian Camp where we can get our first glimpse of Annapurna South (7,219m)
  • Overnight in Australian Camp

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 2600 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin the descent from Australian Camp towards Pothana, following a trail that winds through diverse landscapes.
  • Ascend again towards Deurali at 2100 meters, passing through scenic vistas and enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Listen to the soothing sounds of nature, including the chirping of birds, as you hike further under the shade of trees.
  • After a few more hours of trekking through the forest, arrive at Forest Camp, your destination for the night. Check-in at your accommodation and settle in, enjoying the peaceful ambiance of the forest surroundings.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 3550 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Enjoy an early breakfast at Forest Camp, preparing for an exciting day of trekking ahead. We then trek from Forest Camp towards High Camp, following the trail through the lush rhododendron and juniper forest.
  • Enjoy the shade provided by the lush foliage as we make your way towards Badal danda, where we can get a view of Annapurna Sanctuary towards our left.  
  • Trek steadily towards High Camp, enjoying the scenic vistas of the surrounding landscape, narrow trail and distant peaks.
  • Explore the area around High Camp, taking leisurely walks to soak in the stunning mountain views. Relax and unwind amidst the tranquility of the high-altitude landscape, enjoying the peace and serenity of the Himalayas.

Time : 7 to 8 hours
Max Altitude : 4500 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We wake up early and start our steep ascent towards Mardi Base Camp, our path has stairs carved of stone up to Upper View Point (4,200m), where we rest a little and watch beautiful sunrise.
  • Marvel at the panoramic views of the Annapurna Sanctuary, with the majestic South face of Mt. Annapurna, Himchuli, and Machhapuchhre from Mardi Base Camp in clear sight if weather allows. 
  • Descend back to High Camp for breakfast and lunch.
  • After some rest in High Camp we further descend to Low Camp for overnight.

Time : Trek - 4 to 5 hours. Drive - 2 hours
Max Altitude : 822 m
3 Star
Breakfast and Lunch
  • Lunch in Low Camp and descend to Sidhing
  • Drive from Sidhing to Pokhara 
  • Free evening to explore around Lakeside

Time : Sightseeing
Max Altitude : 822 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Have breakfast at the hotel and start your day exploring Pokhara.
  • Visit David’s Fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev, World Peace Pagoda. 
  • From World Peace Pagoda we’ll ride a boat in Phewa Lake, offer prayers in Tal Barahi Temple and return to Lakeside.
  • Enjoy leisure time in Lakeside Pokhara. You can explore the local markets, dine at a lakeside restaurant, or simply relax by the lake.
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

Time : Flight - 25 mins
Max Altitude : 1400 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Transfer to Pokhara Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel.
  • Depending on your preference and energy level, you can either rest at the hotel or explore nearby attractions in Kathmandu.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.

Time : NA
Max Altitude : NA
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Breakfast

The grand finale of our adventure to the Mardi Himal has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 9-day trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp. Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home.

 

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

Live Weather

Real Tempreture
3.42 °C
Feels Like
3.42 °C
Humidity
95%
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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 05-night trek in the Annapurna Region.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide .
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS - Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • Filtered water during included meals
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides and porters.

Additional Information

Physical Fitness

  • Mardi Himal Trek is a physically demanding trek, involving long hours of walking at high altitudes. Prioritize cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance in your training routine.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

 

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

 

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily on a twin-sharing basis.

 

Connectivity

  • Be aware that internet connectivity is limited, and you may not have access to it in certain areas.
  • Mobile Networks are unreliable.

 

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

 

Weather Condition

  • During springtime, the average temperature is 18° C (64.4° F), with a maximum of 24° C (75.2°F), during sunny days and around 3° C (37° F), in the morning and at night.
  • In the prime season of Autumn the temperature is around 21° C (69.8° F), with a maximum temperature of 26° C (78.8° F), during sunny days and around 4° C (39.2° F), in the morning and at night. 
  • In the winter we can expect the temperature to be around 8° C (46.4° F), with a maximum temp of 17° C (62.6° F), during sunny days and a minimum of -4° C (24.8° F), in the morning and at night.

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit - USD 25 (For SAARC and Foreigners) Rs 150 for Nepalese Citizen

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

 

Trek Length

  • 5 Days 
  • 2 Nights in Pokhara
  • 2 Nights in Kathmandu

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Equipments

For the Mardi Himal trek, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

 

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions for the trek.

Route Map

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Freqeuntly Asked Questionnaire

The most common way to start the Mardi Himal Trek is by flying to Pokhara from Kathmandu and then driving to Kande from there you can trek to Australian Camp. The trek typically takes around 5 days.

The best time to trek Mardi Himal is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need one permit: ACAP Permit. Additionally, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

The trek is quite challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training are recommended to prepare for the altitude and the demanding terrain.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (50°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

Mountain Tiger Nepal has cancellation and refund policies. Please visit our terms and conditions page for more information.

The most common way to start the Mardi Himal Trek is by flying to Pokhara from Kathmandu and then driving to Kande from there you can trek to Australian Camp. The trek typically takes around 5 days.

The best time to trek Mardi Himal is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need one permit: ACAP Permit. Additionally, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

The trek is quite challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training are recommended to prepare for the altitude and the demanding terrain.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (50°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

Mountain Tiger Nepal has cancellation and refund policies. Please visit our terms and conditions page for more information.

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