Mardi Himal TrekMardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Summary
  • Trip Duration9 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • The beautiful Annapurna region of Nepal, with stunning mountain views, offers a great trekking experience for those interested in trekking in Nepal.
  • The Mardi Trek is a challenging yet rewarding option for beginner trekkers looking to test their abilities and gain unforgettable memories and great stories to tell.
  • Along the trek, trekkers will have the opportunity to pass through traditional villages and experience local culture, providing a unique cultural trek experience.
  • The ultimate goal of the trek is to reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp, offering a thrilling base camp trek experience.
  • The best time to embark on the Mardi Himal trek is between September to November and March to May, making it an ideal trekking season.
  • It is recommended to take the assistance of a guide and porter to help navigate the route and carry gear, ensuring a safe and comfortable trekking experience.
  • The opportunity to pass through traditional villages and experience local culture.

The Mardi Himal Trek is a must-visit trail in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range and its well-known peaks, including Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

This trek is considered moderate difficulty and can be completed in 5-9 days. It's an excellent option for those looking for an exciting adventure while taking in the beauty of Nepal's mountains.

The journey begins from the small village of Kande and takes trekkers through lush rhododendron forests, quaint Gurung villages, and terraced farmland. As you hike higher, the panoramic views of the mountains become more spectacular.

Reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp 4500m is the climax of the trek, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding peaks. The trek is best completed during spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) when the weather is optimal. The trek can be tailored to suit your itinerary and fitness level.

It is also an excellent choice for those who want to experience the Annapurna region but don't have the time for longer treks like Annapurna Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit.

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On the first day, travelers arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Upon arrival, they need to complete the immigration and customs formalities, which include submitting their passport and visa for stamping.

After completing these procedures, you can collect your luggage and proceed to the hotel. Our representative will be waiting for you at the arrival gate, and he will drop you to the hotel. The hotel provides a comfortable and relaxing environment after a long journey; you can take some time to freshen up and rest. An overnight stay in the hotel allows you to get a good night's sleep and be ready for an exciting adventure.

    On the second day,you will have a full day in Kathmandu to explore the city and prepare for the upcoming trek. They can visit famous temples, museums, and historical sites. You will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhu Temple (Monkey Temple), Bauddhanath, and Pashupatinath Temple. In the evening, you can go shopping around the Thamel area and return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

      On the third day, we will head for Pokhara from Kathmandu, which takes approximately 6-7 hours. The journey offers scenic views of the mountains, forests, and countryside. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you can check into a hotel, explore the Lakeside, and enjoy the nightlife of Pokhara.

        On the fourth day of your adventure, you will drive to the small village of Dhamus and start your trek to the Forest Camp, located at an altitude of 2,600 meters. The trek will take approximately 5 to 6 hours, passing through stunning forests and breathtaking landscapes. Along the way, you can take breaks and enjoy the scenic views.


        Once you reach the Forest Camp, you will be greeted with a warm welcome at the tea house, where you can relax and unwind after a long day of trekking.

        • Max. Altitude:2600m
        • Duration:5-6 hrs

        On the fifth day of your adventure, you will continue your journey from the Forest Camp to the High Camp, located at an altitude of 3,550 meters. The trek will take approximately 6 to 7 hours, and you will traverse through rugged terrains, forests, and picturesque landscapes.

        The highlight of this day's trek will be reaching the High Camp, where you will spend the night in a local tea house. Here, you can soak in the surrounding mountains' serenity and relax.

        • Max. Altitude:3,550m
        • Duration:6-7 hrs

        Viewpoint altitude: 4200m

        Mardi Himal Base Camp Altitude: 4300m

        Badal Danda Altitude: 3250m

        On the sixth day of your expedition, you will embark on an early morning trek to reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp, located at an altitude of 4,500 meters. The trek will take approximately 7 to 8 hours. It will be 2 hrs hard climb to reach Viewpoint. From your viewpoint, you will reach Mardi Himal Base Camp in around two and a half hours.

        Upon reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp, you will have the opportunity to bask in the splendor of the majestic peaks and glaciers surrounding you. You will see Annapurna III, Pisang Peak, Hiunchuli, Mardi Himal, and their glaciers. After taking in the views and capturing memories, you will retrace your steps and make your way back to Badal Danda, located at an altitude of 3,250 meters.

        At the end of the day, you will spend the night at a local tea house, where you can relax, unwind and enjoy a warm meal before preparing for the next day's journey.

        • Max. Altitude:4300m

        The seventh day of your adventure brings you from Badal Danda to Siding and then a thrilling jeep ride to the picturesque city of Pokhara. After a week of strenuous trekking, you'll finally be able to put your feet up and enjoy a well-deserved break.

        The trek from Badal Danda to Siding will be a 4-5 hrs straight downhill walk. Most of the trails are covered by the jungle.

        Once you reach Siding, it's time to hop into a jeep and hold on tight as you make your way to Pokhara. This scenic drive will give you a glimpse of rural life in Nepal, with stunning views of the Himalayas in the background.

        You'll arrive in Pokhara feeling refreshed and ready to tackle anything that comes your way. It's time to bid farewell to the mountains and start planning your next adventure!

          The final day of your trip brings you back to the bustling city of Kathmandu. After a week of exploring the mountains and immersing yourself in the local culture, you will be transported back to the city in the comfort of a private vehicle.

          The drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes approximately 6-7 hours and provides you with stunning views of the countryside, villages, and landscapes along the way.

          Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will check into a hotel where you can relax and unwind after a fulfilling week of adventure. You can spend the evening exploring the city and its vibrant culture.

            It's time to bid farewell on the ninth day and return to the hustle and bustle of daily life. Take a moment to reflect on the breathtaking views of the Himalayas, the unforgettable memories you've made, and the personal growth you've experienced along the way.

              Essential Information

              Why Choose Mardi Himal for a Trek?

              • The Mardi Himal trek is the hidden gem of the Annapurna region.
              • The trek offers a perfect blend of adventure, culture, and nature.
              • You'll get to hike through lush rhododendron forests, traditional Gurung villages, and terraced farmland.
              • The highlight of the trek is reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp, where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
              • It's a moderate trek and can be completed in 5-9 days, perfect for those short on time.
              • Trek can be tailored to fit your schedule and fitness level

              Overall, it's an excellent choice for those looking for a unique and unforgettable trekking experience in the Annapurna region.

               When is the Best Time for Mardi Himal Trek?

              The best time to trek in the Mardi Himal is spring and autumn. The weather during these seasons is typically warm and pleasant, with clear skies and minimal precipitation, providing ideal conditions for trekking.

              The spring season, in particular, is a great time to trek as the rhododendron forests are in full bloom, adding to the already spectacular scenery.

              In spring, the temperature ranges from 15-20 degree Celsius during the day and 5-10 degree Celsius during the night.

              Autumn is also an excellent time for trekking, as the monsoon season has passed, and the weather is dry and clear. The temperature ranges from 10-15 degree Celsius during the day and 0-5 degree Celsius during the night. The visibility of the mountain is also clear, giving the trekkers a chance to witness the beauty of the mountain ranges.

              It's important to note that the winter (December-February) can be quite cold and unpredictable, with snowfall and icy trails making the trek more challenging. Also, the Summer season (June-August) is monsoon season in Nepal, and trekking during this time is not recommended as the trails can be muddy and slippery, and clouds can obscure the views.

              It is always recommended to check the local weather forecast before planning the trek and to be well-prepared with the necessary gear and equipment. Hiring an experienced guide and/or porter for the trek is also advisable to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

              How Difficult is the Mardi Himal Trek?

              The Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem in the Annapurna region that offers stunning views of the Annapurna range, including the famous peaks of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain.

              But don't let that fool you, this trek is not a walk in the park, but it's not as difficult as you might think.

              It is considered a moderate-difficult trek, perfect for those with previous trekking experience who don't want to go all out. The trek starts from the small village of Kande, passing through traditional Gurung villages, terraced farmland, and lush rhododendron forests.

              The trek is best done during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) seasons. It is ideal for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path trek in Nepal that will provide an unforgettable experience and those who want to say, "I trekked to the Mardi Himal Base Camp" without breaking a sweat.

              Can You Do Mardi Himal Trek?

              Of course! The Mardi Himal Trek is a journey that will test your physical and mental strength, but don't let that scare you! With the right preparation and mindset, this trek is within the grasp of any adventurer.

              Hone your fitness, pack wisely, and train your mind for the rugged terrains ahead. Remember, the best things in life are earned through hard work, and the views from the summit will be a sweet reward for all your efforts. So, don’t question your strength. Just tell yourself that “ I can do it!!”

              If you are still confused! Hey, that’s alright too! Don’t lose hope. You can take help from a professional. They will guide you and consult you in the best way possible.

              Tips for Mardi Himal Trek

              The Mardi  Himal Trek is a high-altitude trek that takes you above 4500m, so it's important to prepare well for the journey. Some essential tips to keep in mind include:

              • Trek early in the morning to avoid the heat and to reach your destination in time.
              • Acclimatize appropriately during the trek.
              • Stay hydrated by drinking water at regular intervals to prevent altitude sickness.
              • Train well ahead of the trek by doing proper exercises.
              • Pack only the essentials for the trek.
              • Book all accommodations and meals in advance, especially during peak seasons.
              • Bring water purification tablets to ensure safe drinking water.
              • Carry snacks like protein bars and chocolate for energy during the trek.

              Is Mardi Himal Trek Suitable for the Beginners?

              Absolutely! The Mardi Himal Trek is the perfect beginner-friendly adventure; remember to bring your “can-do attitude,” 'A' game, and a sense of humor. It may be challenging, but the views and memories will be worth the sore muscles.

              Why is Acclimatization Necessary for Mardi Himal Trek?

              Acclimatization, it's like giving your body a warm-up before the main event. Think of it as training for a marathon, but instead of running on a treadmill, you're trekking to new heights.

              It may seem like a hassle, but trust us, taking the time to acclimate is worth it. Your body will thank you, and you'll be able to enjoy the breathtaking views from the top fully.

              Side Trek with Mardi Himal Himal Trek

              The Mardi Himal Trek is not just a one-trick pony; it offers a plethora of side trek options as well. Imagine getting a bonus level on a video game. Still, instead of virtual landscapes, you'll be exploring picturesque villages, relaxing in sacred hot springs, or gazing at the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from a viewpoint on Poon Hill.

              It's like getting two adventures for the price of one!  If you want to do Mardi Himal and poon Hill trek simultaneously, contact us, and we will customize the itinerary for you.

              Food and Accommodation Cost during Mardi Himal Trek

              Trekking to Mardi Himal is a cost-effective adventure due to its short duration. During peak season, accommodations may cost slightly more, around $3-5 per night per bed. As you trek to higher elevations, food prices increase, with breakfast averaging $3-4 and main meals around $4-5.

              You can enjoy a hot tea or stay hydrated with water for just $0.5 to $2 per cup or liter, respectively. Basic amenities may be limited during the trek, and additional fees may apply for services like Wi-Fi, hot showers, and electricity. Some higher-elevation locations may not offer these amenities.

              Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

              How long is the Mardi Himal trek?

              The Mardi Himal Trek typically takes around 5-9 days to complete, depending on the itinerary and the pace of the trekker. Some trekkers may add additional days for acclimatization or explore the surrounding areas.

              However, it's important to note that the duration of the trek can vary based on factors such as weather conditions, physical fitness level, and group size. It's always best to consult with a guide or trekking agency to plan an itinerary that suits your needs and abilities.

              Which month is best for the Mardi Himal trek?

              When it comes to trekking in the Mardi Himal region, the ideal time to go is typically between September and November or March and May. These months offer the best weather conditions with comfortable temperatures, minimal precipitation, and clear skies, making for great views.

              It's best to avoid the monsoon season (June-August) as the trails can be muddy, and clouds often obscure the views. Also, trekking during the winter (December-February) can be challenging due to the cold temperatures and snow on the trails.

              So, the best time to go is spring or fall for an optimal trekking experience.

              Do you need a guide for the Mardi Himal trek?

              Trekking to Mardi Himal does not require a guide, but it is highly recommended for a safe and enjoyable experience. A guide can provide valuable information about the local culture and history, help navigate the trail, and assist with planning and preparation.

              They can also ensure your safety and handle emergencies. Hiring a guide for the Mardi Himal trek can provide a better trekking experience, and it's one of the best ways to explore this beautiful region safely.

              How to get to Mardi Himal?

              To reach Mardi Himal, one can take a bus from Pokhara to Kande, which takes 1.5 hours and costs around NRP 500 (or $5). Buses run all day, but road conditions can affect the trip time during heavy rains.

              If starting in Landruk, buses or jeeps can be taken in the morning (8-9 am) from a different bus station outside of Pokhara, with a cost of NPR 500 ($5) for a bus and NPR 1000 ($8) for a jeep. However, transport may be limited during the monsoon season.

              Some tips for saving money on the Mardi Himal trek

              Here are a few tips for making your Mardi Himal trek budget-friendly:

              • Stock up on snacks and chocolate as food prices increase with altitude.
              • Bring a water filtration system to save $2-4 per day on the water.
              • Consider negotiating the price of accommodation if it seems high. Mentioning that you'll be eating three meals there and staying the night can sometimes lower the cost.

              Don't forget to bring enough cash, as there won't be any ATMs on the route.

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