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Mardi Himal Trek - 11 Days

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Duration11 Days
CountryNepal
Trip GradeModerate
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleTrekking

Thinking of a vacation in the base of the Himalayas in Nepal, Mardi Himal Trek can be an option. This trek is one of the most wonderful and shortest treks. A newly opened, untouched trail to Mardi Himal in the Annapurna region offers you splendid views of the amazing ranges of Mt. Annapurna massif, Mt. Machapuchhre, Mardi Himal, and others. Selecting this trek will give you a closer look at this region’s natural and cultural aspects. Not only you will trek and enjoy the beauty but also you will experience the living style, the local ancient customs and traditions. Since this trek has recently opened as a trekking route, Recreation Holidays proposes the best affordable itinerary to make your trek easier and comfy. A hassle-less trek to Mardi Himal is worth enough to make an unforgettable memory in Nepal.

Mardi Himal Trek lies at an altitude of 5,587 m above the mean sea level. Walking up to reach the camp, you will enjoy the sights of the Annapurna Himalayan ranges along with the unique landscapes. The forest of rhododendrons, juniper, pines, and oaks with the alpine climate and the clear blue sky will please your walk. The frozen emerald glaciers, the exotic nature, the wet plantations of mustard and rice in the fields, and the beautiful settlements on the way are beguiling. As some portions of the Annapurna Himalayan region are incorporated into the limits of the Annapurna Sanctuary, you might get a chance to see the endangered species of wildlife and plants. This hidden trail of Mardi Himal will lead you to one of the best places enriched with unique topography and a serene environment. Trekking to Mardi Himal is simply a hidden gift of nature.

"To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles"

The preferred months for the Mardi Himal Trek are September to December and February to April. During August and early September, there is a possibility of downpours and avalanches. So, it is riskier and not recommended to trek during these months. Since, the roads are not crowded and less steep, novice trekkers and those who have medium fitness levels can choose this trek. You should be able to walk for about 4 – 5 hours per day. You will surely enjoy the friendliness of the local people and the preserved ancient traditions. You will be amused by the kind hospitality of the local people of this region. The guide and the porter will always accompany you and look after your every need. Come along with Recreation Holidays to enjoy the ravishing beauty and be free of the documentation and arrangements. We assure you we to give our best. 

Highlights:

  • Discover stunning panoramas of the Annapurna range, including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare.
  • Traverse diverse ecosystems, from lush forests to alpine meadows and rocky highlands.
  • Encounter a rich array of flora and fauna, including exotic bird species and wildlife.
  • Enjoy serene trails with fewer crowds for a peaceful trekking experience.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting traditional Gurung and Magar villages
  • Witness the perfect breathtaking scenario of High Camp and Mardi Himal Base Camp 
  • Capture spectacular landscapes and cultural moments with endless photography opportunities
  • Explore the beautiful villages and taste the authentic cuisines 

Thinking if you are fit enough for Mardi Himal Trek?

The Mardi Himal Trek is considered a moderate trek in terms of difficulty, which means it's accessible to individuals with a good basic fitness level. However, like any high-altitude trek, it poses certain physical demands and challenges. A novice or experienced trekker should possess a good level of physical fitness as the trek involves walking for several hours every day across varied terrain, from dense forests to steep mountain paths. 

Mental readiness is equally important along with physical preparedness. A positive mindset throughout the journey is expected for the success of the Mardi Himal trek. If you possess a solid foundation of physical fitness, along with a flexible and adventurous spirit, you are likely well-prepared to enjoy the remarkable experiences the Mardi Himal Trek has to offer. 

The trek also offers the opportunity to disconnect from everyday conveniences and immerse in the natural and cultural beauty of the Mardi Himal, which requires an openness to new experiences and a respect for local customs and communities. The internet is not very good in the mountains as you go higher and higher. So, you will be disengaged from the world which is quite supportive and better for your mental peace. You will be away from your digital world for almost 9 to 10 days. By the end of the Mardi Himal Trek, you surely will replenished and reborn. You might even lose some weight as you will be walking 6 to 7 hours daily with a balanced meal schedule. 

Pre-trek training and preparation, ideally starting at least two months before the trek, can make a significant difference in your trekking experience and enjoyment. 

Imagining daily routine while on Mardi Himal Trek?

On the Mardi Himal Trek, each day unfolds in a rhythm designed to maximize the trekking experience while accommodating the demands of high-altitude walking. Your day typically begins early, with the stirring sounds of the Himalayas beckoning you to start anew. After freshening up, you gather for a hearty breakfast, fueling up on a mix of local and Western fare, essential for the day's exertion. Enjoy the cool morning air and the crisp clarity of the mountain views. The trek's pace is steady but measured, allowing for ample breaks to hydrate, rest, and capture photographs of the breathtaking scenery. Meeting other trekkers en route gives the inspiration to reach Mardi Himal. 

Lunch around noon provides a well-deserved pause, often in a teahouse along the route, where you can enjoy traditional Nepali dishes and recharge for the afternoon's trek. The journey resumes, leading you through changing landscapes, from dense forests to alpine meadows, each step bringing new wonders. 

By mid to late afternoon, you arrive at the day's destination, a teahouse in one of the picturesque villages, where you have time to relax, explore, and soak in the surroundings before dinner. The communal evening meal is a golden chance to connect with fellow trekkers and share experiences. 

Following dinner, your guide will brief you on the next day’s route, setting the stage for another day of adventure. The villagers are amiable and kind-hearted. They are very generous and friendly to mingle with. Enjoying traditional foods, learning about local lifestyles, and understanding their culture are part of the Mardi Himal Trek. Nights on the Mardi Himal Trek are for rest, reflection, and anticipation of the next day's journey, under the serene watch of the Himalayan stars. 

This balanced daily routine of physical and mental peace, marked by the rhythm of trekking, resting, and communal living, is punctuated by the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Mardi Himal Trek, making each day a memorable part of the trekking experience.

Take a note: "The Mountains always teach you the meaning of patience, determination, and perseverance"

Mardi Himal Trek cost 2024/2025

Mardi Himal Trek is specially designed for trekkers who have time constraints and need a perfect budget outing. While booking this trek, you have add-on options as well. The price for Mardi Himal Trek starts from USD 640 per person depending upon the group size and might go up to 880 per person. Here is a table for Mardi Himal Trek price range. Please contact us if any questions.

No. of trekkers Package Cost 2024/2025 Booking
1 USD 880 per person Contact Us
2-4 USD 690 per person Contact Us
5-8 USD 660 per person Contact Us
9+ USD 640 per person Contact Us

Note: Please remember the price difference mentioned in the table is for group and private-based tours depending upon your choices and preferences. 

Why Choose Recreation Holidays to guide you to Mardi Himal Trek?

Recreation Holidays always wants their clients to have a hassle-free stay in Nepal. We believe our guests are the "forms of God – Athiti devo bhava" and serving them the best packages is our goal. The packages have been tailored to meet all your expectations. 

Our team will take care of obtaining all the necessary permits for you, allowing you to maximize your time and ensuring you have ample time to immerse yourself in the diverse range of activities awaiting you in Nepal.

Likewise, our packages are designed to be both budget-conscious and time-efficient. Feel confident in selecting the Mardi Himal trek with us, as we provide transparent breakdowns of all costs involved. Any additional expenses will be undoubtedly communicated and explained.

Ultimately, ensuring your safety remains our paramount concern, and this commitment is upheld by our extensively trained mountain guides. Your well-being is non-negotiable, and our experienced leaders are dedicated to providing a secure and worry-free trekking experience. Count on us to prioritize your safety every step of the way, allowing you to fully enjoy the adventure knowing you're in capable hands.

ItineraryExpand All
Day01

You will arrive today at Tribhuwan International Airport. The representative of Recreation Holidays will welcome you at the arrival gate. You will then be taken to the hotel and after checking in; you can rest for the day. No any activities planned today but you can roam around the local markets. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel
Day02

Your guide will take you to the bus station to catch the tourist bus to Pokhara in the early morning about 6.30 am. The scenic drive is rewarding with the amazing views of the countryside, rivers, forests, waterfalls, and the majestic Himalayas. As soon as you arrive at Pokhara, you will check into the hotel and rest. In the evening time, you can go boating, cycling or just roam around the city. Stay overnight at the hotel with breakfast included.

Max Altitude: 2,789ft/827mMeals: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel
Day03

You will drive to Phedi today and then trek to Pothana. It will take about 4 – 5 hours to reach there. Stay overnight in a tea house or guest house including all 3 meals.

Max Altitude: 1890m/6200ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day04

After having an early morning breakfast, you will trek to Forest Camp at Kokar. Then you will arrive at the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and pass through the dense forest of Rhododendron, Oak, Maple, and Hemlock. After reaching Kokar, you will stay at the lodges like a homestay. Having meals with the owner in the same kitchen. The locals are friendly so need not worry; you will feel a homely environment. Stay overnight with all 3 meals included.

Max Altitude: 2550m/8366ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day05

Today’s destination is to reach Low Camp passing through the forest of rhododendrons and oaks. There are two basic lodges available here i.e. one is with a dining room with an open fire. The view of the Himalayas like Mt. Machhapuchhre from the Low Camp is mesmerizing. Stay overnight with all 3 meals included.

Max Altitude: 2990m/9809ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day06

The trek from the Low camp to the High camp will take about 4 – 5 hours on foot. The trail offers amazing views of Mt. Hiunchuli and Mt. Annapurna South. Continuing the walk along the ridge of Mardi Himal, you will pass through small settlements. If you are lucky, you might encounter the colorful Danfe birds. The lodges at the High camp are much larger and better than those at the Low camp and Forest camp. There is a dining room with a heater. You order your food at least 30 – 45 minutes before so that you can have your food on time. Stay overnight with all 3 meals included.

Max Altitude: 3580m/1145ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day07

The destination today is to reach the Upper Viewpoint. You will wake up early for the beautiful sunrise view of the Himalayas. You will walk along the ridge towards the Mardi Himal. It is a well-established route with some steep roads. You can see the cattle, goats, sheep, etc. on the way. After walking for about 3 – 4 hours, you will reach Upper View Point at about the height of 4200m. From here, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Machhapuchhre, and other peaks. Stay overnight with all 3 meals included.

Max Altitude: 4250m/13943ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day08

You will reach Siding Village today after walking for about 6 hours from the Upper viewpoint. Siding is a beautiful village. You will stay in the tea houses like at home. Stay overnight with all 3 meals included.

Max Altitude: 1885m/6184ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day09

You will trek down to Lumre from Siding Village after having breakfast. On the way, you come across many villages like Kalimati, Ghalel, etc. The local people are mostly Brahmin and Gurung here. Upon arrival at Lumre, you will take a jeep to reach Pokhara. The drive is for about 2 hours. Stay overnight at Pokhara.

Max Altitude: 827m/279ftMeals: Breakfast & lunchAccommodation: Hotel
Day10

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu will take about 6 – 7 hours by tourist bus. After arriving in Kathmandu, you will be taken to the hotel with breakfast included.

Meals: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel
Day11

Farewell day of the trek. You will reach the Tribhuwan International Airport at least 3 hours before the flight. A representative from Recreation Holidays will escort you to the airport. Have a safe flight.

Meals: Breakfast
Trip Service Details
Includes
  • Airport transfers in private transport
  • 4 nights Accommodation in Kathmandu(2 night) and Pokhara (2night) on BB basic
  • Twin sharing accommodating during the trek
  • 3 Meals(7B/F,7L, and7D) during the trek as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All the local and government taxes
  • All the permits, entrance fees
  • English-speaking guide with first aid knowledge and medical kit
  • Comprehensive insurance for the field staff and their salary
  • Sharing JEEP to Pokhara from Lumre village (Mardi Himal Trek endpoint)
  • Tourist Bus Ticket to Kathmandu from Pokhara
  • Achievement certificate upon request
  • Farewell dinner in Thamel, Kathmandu
  • Complimentary luggage storage during the trek
  • Departure airport transfer service
Excludes
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee with 2 copies of Passport size photos
  • Medical and Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses: beverages, mineral water, hot showers, laundry, mobile charging, internet, etc.
  • Porter service during the trek (USD 180 per porter, 20-25 KG max.)
  • Meals that are not specified in the itinerary
  • International air tickets
  • Tips and gratitude (Expected)
Dates & Availability
April 2024
May 2024
June 2024
September 2024
October 2024
November 2024
December 2024
January 2025
February 2025
March 2025
StartsApril 17, 2024
EndsApril 27, 2024
StatusGuaranteed
Price
US$880
StartsApril 24, 2024
EndsMay 04, 2024
StatusGuaranteed
Price
US$880
Additional Info

What are the permits required for the Mardi Himal Trek?

TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card: 

Cost: USD 20 for individual trekkers 

Cost: USD 10 for trekkers organized through a trekking agency

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP):

Cost: NPR 3,000 (approximately USD 25) for foreign trekkers

Cost: NPR 1,000 for SAARC nationals

Please note that permit costs are subject to change, and it's essential to verify the current fees before commencing your trek. These permits can typically be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara through registered trekking agencies or directly from the Nepal Tourism Board. Additionally, local entry permits may be required depending on the specific route or entry point chosen for the trek, and their costs can vary.

When is the best time to choose Mardi Himal Trek?

The Mardi Himal Trek presents a distinct experience with each changing season, catering to diverse preferences and expectations. For those prioritizing comfort, expansive views, extended daylight, and consistent weather, the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons are the best choices. During spring, the trail comes alive with blooming rhododendrons and other wildflowers, presenting trekkers with a vibrant palette of colors against the backdrop of majestic snow-capped mountains. The weather is generally clear and stable, offering excellent visibility and comfortable temperatures for hiking. This season is ideal for those looking to capture the natural beauty of the Himalayas in full bloom and enjoy clear mountain views.

Autumn is equally favorable for trekking to Mardi Himal due to its clear skies and moderate weather conditions. Post-monsoon, the air is clean and fresh, enhancing visibility and allowing for breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The temperatures during this period are cool, making it pleasant for trekkers to navigate the trails. Additionally, this season coincides with several local festivals, offering a unique opportunity to experience the rich culture and traditions of the Nepalese people. Both spring and autumn seasons avoid the heavy rains of the monsoon and the harsh cold of winter, providing the most comfortable and rewarding trekking conditions.

For adventurers who don't mind braving a chill, the initial two weeks of December can be an appealing period. This time offers the advantage of less crowded trails and reduced accommodation rates, despite the weather being somewhat unpredictable. However, it remains suitable for trekking. On the other hand, January, and February, along with the monsoon months of June, July, and August, are less than ideal for the Mardi Himal trek due to the challenging weather conditions prevalent during these periods.

What can you expect about accommodation during Mardi Himal Trek?

Accommodation during the Mardi Himal trek highlights the simplicity and authenticity of the trekking experience in Nepal. 

Tea houses are small, family-run guesthouses that provide basic lodging facilities to trekkers and climbers in Nepal. They are an integral part of the trekking experience, especially on popular routes like the Mardi Himal.

The facilities in tea houses can vary greatly from one place to another. Generally, they offer simple rooms, often with two single beds, a shared bathroom, and sometimes a communal dining area. The more remote the tea house, the more basic the facilities might be. It's common to find shared toilets, and in some places, you might find squat toilets rather than Western-style toilets. Hot showers may be available for an extra fee, but in more remote or higher-altitude locations, even warm water can be a luxury.

Staying in tea houses allows trekkers to experience Nepalese hospitality and learn more about the culture of the mountain communities. It's also an opportunity to meet other trekkers and share experiences. The simplicity of these accommodations is part of what makes trekking in Nepal a unique adventure.

What kind of foods are available in Mardi Himal Trek?

When trekking to Mardi Himal, embracing the simplicity of accommodation and the local cuisine can enrich your experience, providing a deeper connection to the landscapes you're exploring and the communities that make these treks possible. The basic yet warm hospitality found in the tea houses and the hearty, simple meals you'll share will be integral parts of your trekking memories.

The staple meal you'll encounter is dal bhat, a nutritious and filling meal consisting of lentil soup (dal), and boiled rice (bhat). It usually comes with a side of vegetables and sometimes pickled condiments. It's served almost everywhere and is known for being energy-packed, which is essential for long days of trekking. Boiled water is always in every tea house. So, carrying a reusable water bottle is better. It is safe and reduces your expenses in buying water bottles. 

Preparation of Mardi Himal Trek after booking confirmation

After confirmation of the Mardi Himal Trek, start packing your essentials. Maintain your physical fitness with at least a week to a month's training improving your endurance level. Keep focused on your training and determination to walk through the varied terrains of Mardi Himal Trek.

One of the most important things is to get your trekking boots into yourself. Start wearing them for a few days before trekking, so that you will be comfortable in them. Select the clothes and required equipment and gear according to your needs and the checklist provided by Recreation Holidays. You have the flexibility to rent or purchase gear, aligning with your budgetary preferences in Kathmandu. 

Thinking of Packing essentials for Mardi Himal Trek?

  • A comfortable, durable backpack (30-40 liters) for daily use, with a rain cover.
  • A good-quality sleeping bag is rated for temperatures as low as -10°C, depending on the season.
  • High-quality, waterproof, and broken-in trekking boots for comfort and support.
  • Adjustable trekking poles for added stability and support on varied terrain.
  • Water Purification Tablets to ensure access to safe drinking water.
  • Water Bottle to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
  • Layered Clothing includes moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and a waterproof and windproof outer layer.
  • Down Jacket for warmth during chilly evenings and mornings.
  • A warm hat and gloves for protection against cold, especially in the morning and evening.
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen to protect against UV radiation at high altitudes.
  • Headlamp with extra batteries for early starts or late arrivals at the teahouse.
  • Personal Toiletries including biodegradable soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other personal hygiene products.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Snacks like Energy bars, trail mix, and other lightweight snacks 
  • Camera with extra batteries/memory cards to capture the stunning landscapes.
  • Extra Cash for purchases and tips in areas where electronic transactions are not available.
  • Portable Power Bank to charge electronic devices when electricity is unavailable or limited.
  • Quick-drying and compact, lightweight Towel
  • Thermal Flask
FAQs

It's considered moderate in difficulty. While physically demanding due to daily long walks and elevation gains, it's achievable with proper preparation.

A guide isn't mandatory but highly recommended for safety, navigation, and gaining insights into local culture and nature.

You'll need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.

Yes, most teahouses offer charging facilities for a small fee, but bringing a portable power bank is wise.

Acclimation is always necessary. It is the key to successful trekking. It particularly occurs above 2,500 meters. Always keep yourself hydrated, get ample rest for your sore body and legs, and maintain your walking pace. If you feel any symptoms of altitude sickness, do not hesitate to inform your trekking guide.

Carrying cash during the Mardi Himal Trek is always recommendable. You might have to pay for your hot showers or Wi-Fi or charge your electronic devices. A minimum of USD 100 to 150 would suffice for the entire trek.

Yes, a family tour is preferable. Get your children trained for walking a few hours, and teach them to adjust to environmental changes with higher elevations.

Yes, of course. Prepare for your adventure by incorporating simple daily exercises and short hikes into your routine; book with us now to kick-start your preparation journey.

Yes, please. You can extend as many days as you want to. Please let us know so that we can make your arrangements accordingly. Also, it charges extra for extending your stay. We will brief you about it.

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