Mardi Himal Trek 7 Days

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Trip at a Glance

Trip code
NNTR-1019
Duration
7
Max. Altitude
4500.00m
Level
EASY
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Accomodation
3-Star Hotel In Kathmandu/Pokhara and the Best Available guesthouses during the trek.
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu/Pokhara and All meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners) during the Trek.
Transportation
Private tourist Vehicle and Deluxe Tourist Bus
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kande-Pritam Deurali- Landruk-Forest Camp-Low, High Camp-Mardi Himal base camp-Sidhing-Pokhara Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Trek into the heart of the Annapurna massive

  • Stunning view of the peak of Machapuchare, the abode of the Hindu god Shiva.

  • Blooming rhododendron forests and landscapes of the Alpine zone. The rhododendron flower is the symbol of Nepal

  • Magical dawn from the observation deck overlooking the mesmerizing panoramas of the mountainous snowy peaks of the Annapurna massive

  • Experience Authentic villages and mountain tourist shelters

  • Pass through the beautiful farming villages of Dhampus, Sidhing, and Lamure

  • Witness the impressive high mountain peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna 1st, Annapurna South, Machhapuchre, Himchuli, and many more

  • Experience wonderful Nepali Culture and their daily lifestyle in Locle Homestay.

Overview

A short and medium trek of just 7 to 8 days to the Mardi Himal base camp trek is something everyone should try once. The Mardi Himal Trek is a newly opened trekking trail and hidden treasure in the Annapurna region. While trekking trails such as Everest Base Camp and Annapurna circuit / Base Camp tend to capture the attention of mountain lovers, Mardi Himal trek offers a fantastic Himalayan trekking and magnificent mountain scenery experience without the impact of high volume trekking groups. This makes the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek one of those “best-kept secret” locations that only some trekkers get to experience. The Mardi Himal trek is full of surprising views every day. The Mountain Panorama of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Manaslu, and Mardi will sine above everything else. Mardi Himal base camp, Badal Danda, & Siding village are the major attraction of this trek.

The short adventure to the Mardi Himal base camp starts at Kande after about 1 hour of driving from Pokhara. After about an hour of the steeper climb from Kande, we reach Australian Camp (2060m), then we trek slightly downhill to Pothana (1950m) then up again to Deurali (2100m) and continue trekking to the Village of Landruk.  This iconic Gurung village has so many cultural vibrant to offer!  From Landruk we turn right to the forest camp. Most of the trek goes to the left which leads to the Annapurna base camp side. The trail is through the jungle, at first up then undulating on the top of a ridge, there is a section just over halfway where the trail drops steeply. As we continue the trek, the trail goes gradually up into the ridge. Soon we will arrive at the beautiful campsite of Forest Camp at the altitude of 2600 meters. The trail is, to begin with quite steep from Forest Camp but soon gets less steep as you again get up on the ridge. The trail leaves Low Camp again in the jungle, but the trees soon start to get smaller, and after about one-hour trekking broke out of the jungle and onto the open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to the left. From High Camp, the trail along the grassy ridge to Mardi Himal Base Camp takes about 4 hours at the altitude of 4500 meters.  The final destination of the trek. From here we trek down to Siding village via Low Camp, where we will experience homestay. From Siding, we drive back to Pokhara.  then to Kathmandu.
This whole trip will always remain in the most sacred part of your heart, you will always cheer these memories and you will want to make more of them. Happy Trekking...

Outline itinerary


Our suggested itinerary starting from Kathmandu and ending at Kathmandu for 10 days is one of the best ways to explore the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek. If you are short of time you can also make this trek shorter by skipping 1 or 2 days during the trek. And if you are looking for a more challenging trek should look for NNTR's Annapurna base camp trek, and if you want to trek longer you can add Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.  We will be more than happy to know your preference and or style of traveling. Just let us know how we can help you to customize and make your trek a lifetime experience.
DayItinerary
Elevation in Meters &  Feet
Trekking / Walking
1Arrive at Kathmandu
1,400m / 4,600 ft
30m Drive
2Drive to Pokhara
822m / 2,697 ft
8 hr Drive
3Drive to Kande Then Trek to Landruk
1,500 m / 4,921 ft
4-5 hr Trek
4Trek to Rest Camp
2,650 m / 8,694 ft
4-5 hr Trek
5Trek to High Camp
3,580 m / 11,745 ft
4-5 hr Trek
6Day hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m / 14763 ft) and return to High Camp
3,580 m / 11,745 ft
6-7 hr Trek
7Trek to Siding then drive to Pokhara
822 m / 2697 ft5-6 hr Trek
8Drive to Kathmandu
1,400m / 4,600 ft
8 hr Drive
9Final departure

30m Drive

Why should you go to Mardi Himal Base Camp?


  1. The Mardi Himal trek is ideal for beginners traveling to Nepal for the first time. It's designed just for you. The highlight of the trek is the unique views of the sacred peak of Mt Machapuchare, the abode of the Hindu god Shiva. Shiva chose the most beautiful peak for his home, and we will look at it from all sides. Even the most experienced trekkers who have been to the Everest base camp and walked around Annapurna will be amazed by the unique views.

  2. There are no crowds of tourists, so here you can enjoy truly wild nature, silence, and almost no civilization. Only paths trodden by shepherds, rare simple loggias, and authentic mountain villages will remind you that there are people here. Smooth climbs without sharp drops, as the trail runs along the ridge. You will be accompanied by experienced Nepalese guides, as well as a porter who will take on the extra load. We have more than 20 years of experience in organizing such trekking trips.

  3. In  March, April, and May, everything in Nepal blooms turns green, and brims with life. We will go through beautiful rhododendron forests that will not leave anyone indifferent, especially lovers of flowers, photos, and romance.

  4. After a hard year, you will have a great opportunity to reboot and get a lot of positive energy. 

  5. And also we will be witnessing monuments of world importance under the protection of UNESCO in Kathmandu, ancient sacred stupas and temples, and the capital of travelers from all over the world with a romantic lake city - Pokhara, where you can paraglide with eagles over mountain peaks.

  6. On top of that, before the trip, we will advise you on the preparation and planning of the trip. During the trek, our guide will always come to your rescue, help with advice, explain about flora, fauna, culture, and interesting facts about the Trek, tell you the plan for tomorrow, and advise what to wear. He will tell you what mountains are around and basic information about the sights.

Accommodation in Mardi Himal Trek


In Mardi Himal Trek, Most of the teahouses have comfortable shared toilets and washing facilities. As the trail is newly opened the facilities of the accommodation are getting better every day. In Deurali, Labdruk, and Sidhing Village, you can also find rooms with Attached bathrooms. There is nothing like falling asleep after a long day on the trails to a panoramic display of mountains outside your bedroom window. On the inside, the accommodation is simple, yet clean, cozy, and functional. The rooms usually include single-sized beds with comfortable sheets, pillows, and blankets. All the Accommodation for your trek is twin sharing basis. If you wish to get a single supplement, it will be available but you will have to let us know in advance.

Food in Mardi Himal Trek


During the Mardi Himal Trek, you can enjoy traditional Nepali food “Daal Bhaat”, which is a platter of boiled rice, curry, Greens, lentil soup, meats, and pickles are available everywhere, as well as many types of International (Indian, Chinese, Italian, Continental, Tibetan, etc) foods.
For breakfast, you can choose items of bread, eggs, porridge, muesli, Corn flakes, pancake, hash browns, fries, Chapati, etc. The lunch and dinner menu is the same, which includes items of some vegetables and meats (limited option), spaghetti, pizza, noodles, sandwich, burgers, Soup, momo, etc are common foods. The fruit is rare and you don’t find any seafood items on the menu.
You can also find simple choices of hot beverages that include different types of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, hot lemon with Ginger and honey, etc. In some places, you can also find a simple dessert menu that includes apple pie, chocolate roll, custard, and pudding. Breakfast and Dinner you will take wherever you stay and Lunch you will take on the way to your Destinations.

Our Trekking Team for Mardi Himal Trek


Your safety is our first priority. To make your dream adventure come true and successful there will be 1 professional trekking leader/guide, 1 assistance trekking guide (1 assistance trekking guide for every 7 trekkers), and support staff / Sherpa porters (1 support staff for every 2 trekkers). These arrangements will make sure that if anybody on the group gets any issue (emergency return, Altitude sickness, physical damage, sickness, etc) in the middle of the trek and can’t continue rest of the group can still go ahead as planned as to the destinations.

Best Time for Mardi Himal Trek


Mardi Himal Trek is the forever trek, you can do this trek any time of the year. But Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best months. The air, freshly washed by the monsoon rain, is crystal clear, stunning mountain scenery, and the weather is still comfortably warm. Although Mardi Himal Trek can be taken during winter and monsoon too, but the cold can be bitter around the High Camp and Lo Camp area. And the trails can be slippery due to the monsoon rain, Nepal’s famous Juka (leeches) are an unpleasant feature of the wet season, but with care, trekking can still be possible and there are certainly fewer trekkers on the trail.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1

Arrive at Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,600 ft)

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative from Namaste Nepal Trekking & Research Hub will pick you up from the airport. He will be displaying your full name sideboard outside the airport's arrival terminal. Transfer to the selected hotel.

In the afternoon the pre-trip meeting will be held. During this meeting we will introduce your trek and or tour leader/guide, so please make sure that you ask all the questions and concerns. For the meeting please make sure you bring your passport, 2 copies of passport-size photos, and your travel insurance policy copy (if you haven’t sent it by email before).  And sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

Then head out and visit one of Kathmandu's cultural highlights. In the evening, the tourist hub of Thamel is a good place to grab your first meal, with a variety of restaurants to choose from offering both Western and local Nepali dishes.

Day

2

Drive / Flight to Pokhara (822m / 2,697 ft)

A road trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara is a truly unforgettable experience. With its awe-inspiring landscapes, riversides, cultural treasures, and the chance to witness Nepal's natural beauty up close, this journey offers a captivating adventure. So, sit back, relax, and let the road unveil the wonders of Nepal as you embark on this remarkable expedition.

Pokhara is also known as the gateway to the Annapurna region, Pokhara is blessed with stunning lakes, including the famous Phewa Lake, and magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna, and Lamjung Himal. Upon arrival, you can indulge in a range of activities, such as boating on the lake, paragliding from Sarangkot, or simply strolling along the lakeside promenade, enjoying the tranquility and majestic views.

Day

3

Drive from Pokhara to Kande then Trek to Landruk Village (1,500 m / 4,921 ft)

Our Mardi Himal Base Camp journey begins here. After the morning breakfast, the 1-hour drive will take us to Kade, the trekking starting point. The trek from Kande to Landruk Village is renowned for its diverse terrain, magnificent views, traditional villages, and the warm hospitality of the locals. The trail stretches for approximately 10 kilometers. 

As we begin the trek from Kande, you'll find yourself surrounded by lush green forests, where rhododendron blooms in vibrant colors during the spring season. The trail gradually ascends to the Australian Camp and further to the Potana and Pritam Deurali Village, offering stunning panoramas of the Annapurna mountain ranges. The snow-capped peaks include Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Annapurna South, Himchuli, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and many more. from Prittam Deurali it's an easy Downhill & flat to reach Landruk Village.

The Landruk village offers a serene and tranquil atmosphere, allowing you to unwind and connect with nature. This charming Gurung village also offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and experience traditional Nepalese hospitality with terraced fields, picturesque traditional stone houses, and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Day

4

Trek from Landruk Village to Rest Camp (2,650 m / 8,694 ft)

Our second day of the trek. We already left all the city crowd, village, and Roads. Yes, we are all in nature.  The trail ascends gently through the deep mixed forest of Rhododendrons, Oak, maple, hemlock, and many more flora and faunas. After about 3 hours of ascending into the dense forest, the small settlement of Forest camp will be welcoming us for a filling lunch. From where we can have a stunning view of Annapurna massive on one side and the beautiful village of Ghandruk on the other side. 

After the lunch break, we will continue our way to the Rest Camp which will take about an hour from Forest Camp. Along the way, keep an eye out for unique flora and fauna, including colorful birds and elusive wildlife, adding to the trek's natural allure. 

Rest Camp, serves as a resting point for trekkers on their journey to Mardi Himal Base Camp. The camp offers a comfortable teahouse, providing cozy accommodations and nourishing meals to refuel your energy. Engage in conversations with fellow trekkers, share stories, and relish the warmth of the teahouse ambiance while taking in the breathtaking views of the Annapurnas and surrounding hills.

Day

5

Trek from Rest Camp to High Camp(3,580 m / 11,745 ft)

After enjoying the sunrise view and breakfast, we start to ascend alongside a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Machhapuchre mountains. Soon the forests will start to get thinner and the sky opens more and we get to see more views.  As we look down the left, we see the Modi River valley and the Annapurna sanctuary area until the horizon. This area is also famous for many different varieties of flowers, Birds, and Wildlife. We might be able to spot the national bird of Nepal Danphe/Lophophorus. The low Camp offers the towering overhead views of Machhapuchere, where you can spend hours even without realizing it, so Close, but at so far!

Leaving the mesmerizing campsite of Low Camp is almost heartbreaking. It was being incredibly photogenic spot but soon we will be getting closer to the mountains and the views will be even more beautiful.

After about 1:30 hours of a gradual climb through the forest, we will get into the Badal Dada one of the finest views of the trek, from where we can have delightful views of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Mardi Himal itself. Soon we will be trekking above the tree line. The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge. We should be able to kick high camp. The high camp also offers a wide range of mountain views. We will have enough time to acclimatize, rest and explore the awesome spot on the lap of the mountain.

Day

6

Day hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m / 14763 ft) and return to High Camp (3,580 m / 11,745 ft)

We wake up early today for sunrise view. After enjoying the beautiful sunrise view with a hot cup of tea and the breakfast we start our day to Mardi Himal base camp. It is almost 1 km up from here but no worries, about 3 hours of walk through the well-established trail on the grassy ridge will take us to the dreaming Mardi Himal base camp. a pleasing view of the Mardi Himal (5,587m / 17,060 ft), Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545 ft), Annapurna South (7,219m / 23,684 ft), Hiunchuli (6,441/ 21,132 ft), Bhara Shikhar (7,647m / 25,088 ft), Tharpu Chuli/Tent Peak (5,695 m / 18,684 ft), Gandharba Chuli (6,248m / 20,498 ft), Machhapuchhre / Fishtail (6,997m / 22,956), Annapurna base camp (4,130m / 13,550 ft) and many others will sine above everything else. After spending some time in this awesome site we will trek back to High Camp and enjoy the rest of the evening glance at the unique site sorrowing.

Day

7

Trek to Sidhing (1,850 m / 6,069 ft) then drive to Pokhara(822m / 2,697 ft)

It’s again heartbreaking to leave the unforgettable sight of High Camp. Trekking back to sidhing is mostly easy downhill. From low camp, we take left and continue descending. It’s about 1600 meter down on the count. Soon we will be in a different geographical land with a warmer Slade with friendly and welcoming villages.  Siding village also offers homestay facilities where you can experience wonderful Nepali culture, their daily lifestyle and spending time with Host family members. By the time you finish your Lunch at Shiding our private tourist vehicle will be waiting for us to spin back to Pokhara.

Upon Your arrival at Pokhara, It's Time to celebrate a sucessful trek to the Mard Himal Base Camp with your Trekking Team.

Day

8

Drive/flight to Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,600 ft)

We will take an early morning deluxe tourist bus/afternoon flight to Kathmandu. If you have time and interested in extending the trip, White water rafting, Chitwan jungle safari, visit Lumbini: Birthplace of Lord Buddha, paragliding, sightseeing will be ideal.

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to the selected hotel. In the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey, the farewell dinner will be served in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

Day

9

Departure Day

Your adventure to Nepal comes to the end today! It’s time to say goodbye to Nepal until the Next Time! Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu, a city stroll, and-or souvenir shopping. NNTR representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. On the way to your home, you have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful land of the mystic Himalayas.

Inclusions

What is included?

  • All Airport hotel transfers by private vehicle

  • 2-night 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

  • The farewell dinner in Kathmandu

  • 2-night 3-star hotel in Pokhara

  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by Deluxe tourist Bus.

  • Pokhara - Kande by Private tourist vehicle

  • Shiding to Pokhara by Public Jeep

  • All the twin-sharing accommodations during the trek

  • All the meals (Breakfast, Tea break, Lunch, and Dinner) with seasonal fruits during the trek.

  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Permit

  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) Permit

  • All government and local  taxes

  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, 

  • And Sherpa porters/Support staff  (1 Support staff for every 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, transports food and lodging.

What isn't included?

  • Nepal visas fee (lowest fee available is for a 15-day visa costing 30$/person)

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu

  • Excess luggage charges

  • Extra night accommodating in Kathmandu/Pokhara (if in case of early Arrival/return from mountain then the scheduled itinerary)

  • Travel and rescue insurance

  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, personal drinks, battery charge, bottle or boiling water, hot shower, wifi and or internet, etc)

  • Tips for guides and porters

Complimentary

    • Down jacket and seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after completion of the trip).

    • Namaste Nepal’s duffle  bag

    • Namaste Nepal’s  T-shirt

    • Trekking map

    • Trekking Pools (to be returned after completion of the trip).

    • A self-sufficient medical first aid kit containing vital medications.

    • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check AMS symptoms)

Date & Price

Upcoming Departure Dates

Start Date End Date Offer Price Status
2nd Apr, 2023 8th Apr, 2023 USD 783 Limited Book now
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24th Dec, 2023 30th Dec, 2023 USD 783 Limited Book now

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I need to leave/cancel the trek early?

Anything can happen anytime during the trek. If you need to leave your trek on the middle of the trail we will provide maximum effort to make sure your safe return to Kathmandu. And we will assist with your travel arrangements for your home. you have to know that we will not be able to refund any money to you.

Do I need to get Trekking Permits for the Mardi Himal trek?

Yes, it’s our job – Leave it to us! every trekker who wants to trek in around Annapurna's reason of Nepal needs to get 2 different permits. 1) TIMS Card, and 2) Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit(ACAP) All of them will cost 40 us dollars for foreigners, 13 us dollars for SAARC Nationality, and 50 us dollars for the free individual trekkers.

Are there any extra costs that I have to pay on top of the package price?

This package, you will find that most of the things are included. However, we suggest you estimate $ 10 to $15 per person per day as your miscellaneous expenses.

Following are the major expenses they are extra on top of the package price.

Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu and or before start the trek: Except the welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu, your lunch and dinners are not included, from the day you start the trek everything will be included, check your quote to see which meals are included.

Drinking-Water: drinking water for your entire trip is not included in our package. We are Eco-friendly Trekking Company, we encourage you to keep mountains safe from garbage and use the reusable bottles and water purification tablets.

Other Drunks: Every meal included in the itinerary comes with a cup of tea or coffee, Apart from that any of your hot/cold drinks will be your own.

Overweight backpack: NNTR provides 1 support staff for every 2 trekkers, if one of your backpacks weighs more than 15 kg, you will need to pay a bit extra to compensate your porter or get another porter.

Tips for your guide and support staff.

Optional extra expenses on your guesthouses: Nowadays most of the famous trekking trails of Nepal have got the internet and electricity asses, it is normal for guesthouses to charge extra for wifi and battery charging, most of the guesthouse offers hot showers (or hot buckets), you will have to pay extra for the shower too.

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