• Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Sight Seeing & Trekking
  • Transport: Private Tourist vehicle & Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner on Trek & Breakfast in Cities
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel and Mountain Guest House
  • Group Size: 1-12

Highlights:

  • Visit 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Enjoy the scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Explore Pokhara, the city of lakes
  • Trek through picturesque villages and dense forests
  • Hike on the lesser explored trail of Mardi
  • Witness the stunning view of the Himalayas up close
  • Watch the golden sunrise over Mt. Machhapuchre and Mt. Annapurna

 

About Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek - 11 Days

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is a new and trendy trekking route in the Annapurna region, offering tempting Himalayan landscapes. Opened in 2012, Mardi Himal Trekking is a relatively less-explored trail that goes through beautiful villages, dense forests, and steep barren hills to the base camp of Mardi Himal at 4500 meters.

This short trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp presents a perfect blend of adventure and comfort on the trail. Mardi Himal 11-days Trek is the best option for travel enthusiasts who are tight on time and still looking to behold the stunning beauty of the Annapurna region. Likewise, the Mardi Himal Base Camp trek is a good choice for beginners putting their feet into the trekking world, as it is short and less challenging while still serving you the real trekking adventure as you climb 4500 meters in just a few days.

You trek through lush woods and high alpine pastures to make your way to the Mardi Himal View Point, where you can enjoy stunning sunrise views reflecting a golden hue on the snow-capped Himalayan mountains of Annapurna and Machhapuchre. Now that the Mardi Himal Trek route has some basic lodges and tea shops, the walk is much easier to access. What could be better than a less traveled trail with the most astonishing views?

Be a part of the Mardi Himal 11 Days Trek with us, Outfitter Nepal Treks & Expedition, and experience the most authentic trekking adventure in the Nepalese Himalayas. We organize both private and group departures. Suit yourself with one of our departure dates, or contact us for a customized Mardi Himal itinerary. We assure you to give the finest service in the market.

There are a few things you will experience during the Mardi Himal Trek that are unique to this hike and will stay in your memory as a beautiful part of your Nepal visit. Let's explore these highlights in detail.

Reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500 meters

The primary attraction of the Mardi Himal Trekking is Mardi Himal Base Camp, which is situated at 4,500 meters above sea level. The hike to the base camp is moderate except for the occasional tiresome steep uphill climb and the tricky trails on the slanting cliffs towards the end. Mardi Himal Base Camp offers you breathtaking views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchre, and the surrounding Himalayan region without having to embark on a strenuous and lengthy trekking journey.

Witnessing the exceptional view of the Himalayan mountains

Throughout the Mardi Himal Trek, you will witness breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna range, beginning from the first day of the trek. Every next village will open a new view of snow-capped mountains to you, and the mountains get closer and closer every passing day. You will witness mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Annapurna South, Mardi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Tent Peak, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Fang, Mt. Singhachuli, etc.

Embracing the gorgeous sunrise over Annapurna and Machhapuchre

On day 7 of your trip and the 4th day of the actual hike, you'll experience the most stunning sunrise casting golden shadows all over the Himalayas. You wake up at High Camp early in the morning and start your hike uphill for approximately 2 hours, when it's still dark, to reach Mardi Himal View Point. Right from the viewpoint, you'd see the rising sun casting its rays on the white mountains creating a breathtaking view that only lasts for a short period of time. To be able to embrace such beauty up close after walking for days on the tiring trail is an out-of-the-world experience.

Passing by lush forests abundant with wild flora and fauna

The Mardi Himal trekking trail passes through numerous lush and dense forests, where you find various species of plants ranging from tropical to sub-alpine. More than 1000 plant species occupy these woodlands, among which about 50 are native to Nepal. In spring, some parts of the forests are covered with Rhododendron flowers turning green vegetation red. Likewise, these jungles are home to various species of animals and birds. You might be able to witness some unique fauna if you're fortunate enough.

Exploring newly established and less-traveled trekking trails of the Annapurna region

Mardi Himal Base Camp only opened its doors to visitors in 2012, making it one of the newest trekking trails in the Nepalese Himalayas. As a result, the trail is yet to be explored to the fullest. You'd find fewer hikers on the route to Mardi Himal compared to other popular trekking destinations like Annapurna Base Camp. However, given its short duration and comparatively easier hike, it has become more popular among domestic hikers, which again opens up the opportunity to interact with the local youths.

Brief Summary of Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

The Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek starts with a drive or flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. From Pokhara, drive to Dhampus-Phedi and begin trekking toward the Mardi Himal. Deurali is the first place where you stay overnight. Further, the trail passes through numerous dense forests and takes you to Low Camp, your stay for the 2nd night of the trek. You climb up from the Low Camp to the High Camp on your day 3 of trekking, passing by Badal Danda on the way.

Early morning on the next day, you reach Mardi Himal Viewpoint for an outstanding sunrise view over the mountains. The trail leads further up to Upper View Point and finally to Mardi Himal Base Camp, at 4500 meters, the highest point of the trek. You return back to High Camp to spend the night.

The next day descends to Low Camp via the same route; then, the trail separates to Siding village, where you experience the beautiful village life of the locals. The hiking trip continues to Lumre, the following day and drives you back to Pokhara. Your return to Kathmandu marks an end to this adventurous Mardi Himal Trek.

    Itinerary

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    Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel

    The trip begins with your arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Our airport representative will be on standby to pick you up and transfer you to the hotel in Thamel. After checking in at the hotel, you can stroll around Thamel or explore nearby places. The day is basically yours to relax and enjoy this ancient city of Kathmandu.

    • Accomodation:Hotel
    • Place:Kathmandu
    • Altitude:1345

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will take you on a sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. A knowledgeable tour guide will escort you to some historical and religious landmarks that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. After exploring the Pasupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square, you'll be dropped back at your hotel. You can use the remaining time in the evening to shop for your trekking supplies if you've missed any.

    • Walking Hours:6
    • Food:B
    • Accomodation:Hotel
    • Place:Kathmandu
    • Altitude:1345

    We take the scenic route to Pokhara, driving along Trisuli and Marsyangdi Rivers. It's a fun drive as we go by the beautiful river between two giant hills. We can also see Ganesh Himal and Manaslu peak during our ride. Pokhara is a tourist's paradise full of natural and cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, & temples of Buddhists and Hindus, along with lovely mountain views of the Annapurna range. After 6-8 hours of driving, we arrive in the city of lakes, Pokhara.

    Option: If you are interested in rafting, you can take a 3-hour rafting trip in the Trisuli river on the way to Pokhara. You do not need an extra day to do this activity as we can stop and do the rafting and continue on our journey.

    • Walking Hours:6
    • Food:Breakfast
    • Accomodation:Guest House
    • Place:Pokhara
    • Altitude:850

    After breakfast at your Pokhara hotel, we take a brief drive to Phedi, where the actual hike begins. You'll trek past villages, terraced fields, and stone steps along the way. After stopping for lunch at a traditional Gurung village, Dhumpus, at 1650 m, you'll continue your trip to Pothana village and then Deurali, where you will spend the night.

    Alternative route: Drive from Pokhara to Kande and Trek to Deurali via Australian Camp

    We can also drive from Pokhara to Kande instead of Phedi and take an uphill hike for an hour to the Australian Camp (2060 m) instead of Dhampus. You can enjoy a delicious lunch at the Australian Camp with a gorgeous mountain view and head to Deurali for dinner and bed.

    • Walking Hours:5
    • Food:B, L, D
    • Accomodation:Guest House
    • Place:Deurali
    • Altitude:2100

    You begin your hike today after having breakfast at the lodge in Deurali. The trail passes through a lush forest scattered with rhododendron trees until Forest Camp (2600 m), where you stop for lunch. After lunch, you can rest for a while, stretch your body, and continue walking.

    A couple of hours' hike from Forest Camp will take you to Low Camp, at 3000 meters. On the way, the lovely views of Mt. Machapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) will compensate for your exhaustion from the walk. You can stop by, take some pictures and enjoy the view. You'll stay the night at a nice teahouse in Low Camp with an even better sight of Mt. Machhapuchre.

    • Walking Hours:7
    • Food:B, L, D
    • Accomodation:Guest House
    • Place:Forest Camp
    • Altitude:2520

    You wake up to the golden hue of sunrise over Mt. Machhapuchre and enjoy your delicious breakfast under the warm sun. You head out for your 3rd day of the hike along the steep stone-carved stairs up until Badal Danda, at 3210 meters, enjoying an up-close view of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Badal Danda, translated in English, means cloudy hill. The name gives the place justice, as the hilltop is always covered in clouds after noon.

    The path from Badal Danda to High Camp (3580 m) is even steeper and goes mainly through grasslands, but the view of the mountains above and the deep gorge below makes the hike thrilling and exciting. Today is a short hike, but it will be challenging as you climb about 600 meters in just 3-4 hours.

    You have your lunch after reaching High Camp, check into your room at the teahouse, explore around, or just chat with your fellow hikers at the lodge. It gets chilly in the evening, so having dinner by the fireplace is an excellent way to warm you up. After dinner, you go to bed early for an early morning hike the next day.

    • Walking Hours:7
    • Food:B, L, D
    • Accomodation:Guest House
    • Place:Low camp
    • Altitude:2970

    On the 5th day of the hike, you reach the highest point of the trek, also your destination, Mardi Himal Base Camp, at 4500 meters above sea level. The day has finally come when you'll get closest to the mountains and enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna range up close. The sight of the valley below is just as mesmerizing.

    You wake up early morning and begin to hike up at 3 am to Mardi Himal View Point. You will witness an astonishing sunrise casting golden light on the adjacent snow-capped mountain peaks, including Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and many more.

    After experiencing the Himalayan sunrise, you head further to Upper Viewpoint and then to Mardi Himal Base Camp, walking over a ridge. It's a 4-5 hours hike from High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp and a 3-4 hours hike back to High Camp again. You spend the rest of the day and night in High Camp.

    • Walking Hours:6
    • Food:B, L, D
    • Accomodation:Guest House
    • Place:High camp
    • Altitude:3540

    Today is the day of descent. By now, you've covered the challenging patches of the Mardi Himal trek, and today you enjoy an easy downhill hike to Sidhing Village, which is the place for your overnight stay.

    After breakfast, you leave High Camp and descend the same route until Low Camp. You have your lunch at a teahouse in Low Camp, rest for a bit, and continue a separate downward path to Sidhing via a lavish forest with a few small water streams making your hike more fun.

    • Walking Hours:7
    • Food:B, L, D
    • Accomodation:Guest House
    • Place:High camp
    • Altitude:4120

    Following breakfast at the lodge in Sidhing, you begin your couple hours' hike toward Lumre, where you come across a road that takes you to Pokhara. The remaining day is free to spend at your leisure, exploring Pokhara. Boating or kayaking on Phewa Lake and chilling at a restaurant by the lake with some good food and music is what we recommend you do.

    • Walking Hours:7
    • Food:B, L, D
    • Accomodation:Guest House
    • Place:Sidhing
    • Altitude:1700

    We board a tourist bus at 8 am after breakfast and travel for 6-8 hours to reach Kathmandu, where you spend the night at a 3-star hotel. It is your last day in Kathmandu, so feel free to spend the evening on your terms.

    • Walking Hours:6
    • Food:B, L
    • Accomodation:Hotel
    • Place:Pokhara
    • Altitude:850

    On the last day of the trip, we will drive you to the international airport for your scheduled departure to the next destination.

    At Outfitters Nepal, we take pleasure in serving you with the best possible trekking adventure you could experience in Nepal at a reasonable cost. We hope you had a pleasant trip with us, and please remember us for your future travels in Nepal.

    Thank you for choosing us. Have a safe trip back home.

    Note: The above itinerary is a standard itinerary for the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek. If you want changes to the itinerary, feel free to contact us with your request. We can extend or reduce the number of days on the itinerary according to your convenience. Prices are subject to change accordingly.

    • Food:B

    Trip Map

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    What's Included

    • Airport transfers.
    • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
    • A day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
    • 2 night hotel in Pokhara including breakfast.
    • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek.
    • Accommodations in lodges on trek.
    • A guide & porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers and a porter carry about 20-22 KG from 2 of you).
    • Paper works, National park entry permits, & TIMS permit.
    • Ground transportation Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus.
    • Arrangement of emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
    • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffel bag – if Necessary (return after the trek).
    • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport - Kathmandu).
    • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
    • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara).
    • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills.
    • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge.
    • Entrances Fees while visiting Kathmandu on second day.
    • Tips for the guide and porters.
    • Anything not mentioned in included section.

    Price & Dates

    Group Price
    No. of peoplePrice P.P
    1 - 1 US$ 850
    2 - 5 US$ 775
    6 - 12 US$ 650
    Departure Note:
    • We have set date to departure the Mardi himal base camp trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
    • If your preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
    • We have listed the price for up to 12 people only so, if you are more than 12 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
    • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
    • Guaranteed dates are guaranteed to departure and we already have people booked for date.
    • Available dates are available to book and become guaranteed once you book for that date.
    • Closed dates are closed and not bookable on that date however if you are available only on that date then contact us as we may have some other alternatives.
    • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
    DatesStatusPrice FromNote  
    08 Dec, 2022 - 18 Dec, 2022AvailableUS$650
    14 Dec, 2022 - 24 Dec, 2022AvailableUS$650
    20 Dec, 2022 - 30 Dec, 2022AvailableUS$650
    26 Dec, 2022 - 05 Jan, 2023AvailableUS$650

    Useful Information

    Maximum Altitude

    Mardi Himal Trek takes you to the base camp of Mardi Himal, situated at an altitude of 4500 meters, which is the highest point of the trek. The Mardi Himal itself is elevated at 5587 meters above sea level.

    Mardi Himal Trek Location

    The Mardi Himal trekking trail is located in the Annapurna region, east of Annapurna Base Camp, beneath stunning Machhapuchhre. Mardi Himal Trek leads you to the base camp of Mardi Himal. On the way, you will come across the best views of Mt. Machhapuchre (Mt. Fishtail) and Annapurna South.

    Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek Difficulty

    Mardi Himal Trek is moderately difficult. The majority of the trail winds through a forest. The trail is not difficult, yet it includes a few steep parts. Altitude illness is very unlikely. You need to walk for about 5-7 hours each day; therefore, you must be physically fit. For first-time trekkers, Mardi Himal Trek is a wonderful choice.

    However, beware that trekking in the Himalayas always comes with a risk. The weather being unpredictable in the Himalayas, there's a possibility you may encounter extreme weather conditions. We have to prepare our minds for any situation beyond our control.

    Transportation

    When you're not hiking on the trail, you'd be traveling by bus.

    You'd cover the journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back in a tourist bus. The Kathmandu – Pokhara drive is pleasant, with stunning views of pristine rivers, lush green hills, and snow-capped mountains. The roads aren't as scary as the remote location so you can expect a comfortable ride. However, you might encounter some obstacles on the way due to landslides in monsoon.

    The drive from Pokhara to Phedi/Kande is done by local busses, and so is the drive from Lumre to Pokhara.

    Note: If you're not comfortable traveling by busses, we can arrange a private jeep for you at some additional cost.

    Accommodation on the Mardi Himal Trek

    Like most trekking destinations in Nepal, Mardi Himal Trek is a teahouse hike. The tea houses on the trail offer basic facilities and clean but compact rooms to spend the night. You will get a comfortable bed with a mattress, warm blanket, pillow, bed sheet, and a few essential furniture pieces in the room.

    Restrooms are available on a shared basis with running water and ordinary soap. It's always wise to carry your own toiletries for hygiene reasons.

    Meals served on the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

    The meals will be served as per the menu of the tea house. The menu enlists most Nepalese and International meals, but not all of them might be available due to the remote location.

    You get to choose between Tibetan bread and white bread toast for breakfast, along with potato curry, an egg, and tea or coffee. Dinner is basically a typical Nepali Daal Bhat, which is full of nutrients to regain the energy you lost during the hike. You can expect other dishes like momo, noodles, rice, curries, soup, tea, coffee, etc.

    Drinking Water Facilities

    We don't encourage our hikers to buy bottled water on the way to minimize plastic waste. Instead, you can carry a water bottle to fill at the tea houses and add some purifying tablets if you're concerned about its safety. You can, otherwise, get a water bottle with internal filtration to fill it on the way as you walk.

    When you're at the tea house you're staying for the night; you can get hot water on request. If you intend to drink hot water during the hike, you have to pay a certain amount for it.

    Connectivity during the Mardi Himal Trek

    Some teahouses on the Mardi Himal trekking trail offer free WIFI, which is usually unreliable. If you intend to use the internet or make phone calls during the hike, we advise bringing an NCell or NTC 4G SIM. These networks provide good coverage in remote locations in Nepal, especially NTC. You'd be able to connect with your friends or family back home from most places while on the Mardi Himal trek.

    Electricity and Battery Recharge

    People here use solar power as a source of energy. When it's not sunny, you might not have enough power, so be mindful of the power you're consuming. You can charge your phone and camera batteries at the place of your stay for free. If you need to charge your phone on the way, you can charge in the tea houses for some additional cost.

    Guide and Potter

    Whether you hire a guide or a potter is entirely your decision. There's no compulsion on a guide or a potter for Mardi Himal Trek. If you're fit and believe you can carry your own luggage during the 6 days of hiking in the mountains, you're free to do so. However, we always recommend hiring a certified trekking guide to assist you in your journey.

    Not only to navigate the path, but you might also need a guide to help you during unfortunate circumstances, as the Himalayas can get pretty tricky in terms of weather conditions. At Outfitter Nepal, we provide a knowledgeable licensed guide who knows the path very well and has the skills to assist you during medical or weather emergencies.

    Permits required for Mardi Himal Trekking

    To go on Mardi Himal Trek, you must obtain 2 permits. One is the Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit, and another is TIMS Card. We will arrange both permits for you in advance.

    Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit (ACAP): US$ 30

    Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS): US$ 10

    Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek Cost

    Mardi Himal Trek cost varies as per your requirements during the trek. You can expect the cost to range from 900 USD to 1100 USD. This is the basic cost of the package and is subject to change if there are any alterations in the standard itinerary and facilities. You can check out the "Costs Includes" and "Cost Excludes" sections for more details.

    Packing list for Mardi Himal Trek

    Since the Mardi Himal Trek is a short hike, you do not need to stuff your backpack with unnecessary weight. However, make sure you got all the essentials and double-check them before you begin the trek. You're free to get your own trekking gear from home or buy them in Kathmandu, whichever is preferable.

    Here's a list of some essential trekking gear that you must pack.

    • Trekking Boots
    • Sandals/Crocs
    • Few pairs of undergarments
    • High-quality down jacket and pants (for winter)
    • Thermal wears
    • T-shirts and trousers
    • Fleece jacket
    • Backpack or day-pack (depending on whether you hire a potter)
    • Trekking poles
    • A pair of gloves
    • Woolen hat
    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottles and water-purifying tablets
    • Energy bars or snacks
    • Face/body wipes
    • Small/medium drying towel
    • Toiletries

    FAQs

    • Q1. Is Mardi Himal Trek a beginner-friendly hike?

      If you're new to trekking in high altitudes, there cannot be a better hike than the Mardi Himal Trek. This moderately difficult trek takes you to as high as 4500 meters within a span of just a few days, and the mountain views are the best. The trails are well-paved for your convenience, so you don't need prior trekking experience. However, the trail can get steep at times, so it's best to have sound physical and mental health before commencing the trek. Some basic cardio activities like running, jogging, swimming, etc., would prepare you well.

    • The best season to embark on the Mardi Himal Trek is Spring (from March to May) and Autumn (from September to November). The weather in the Nepalese Himalayas is mostly stable, and the sky is clear, particularly at this time. Moreover, the warm sunny days of Spring and Autumn with little to no snowfall and rainfall make the journey pleasant and enjoyable.

    • The weather in the region is pleasant and stable during the trekking seasons of Spring and Autumn, with little-to-no rainfall and snowfall. The daytime temperature can go up to 20 degrees Celcius and the temperature may drop to 5 degrees Celcius at night. In contrast, temperatures can go as low as -5 degrees Celcius during winter nights.

    • As the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is short, you won't be spending many days in high altitude, saving you from the severe symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or Altitude Sickness. Furthermore, the maximum elevation you'd be reaching is 4500 meters which isn't that high to suffer from AMS. However, taking care of your body is best by getting enough rest, eating well, and hydrating your body by drinking water frequently. Remember to avoid alcohol during the hike, as it dehydrates your body.

    • Although it is a short hike, we highly recommend you get travel insurance from a reliable company for your own safety. The Himalayas is full of uncertainties. You never know when the weather will get rough or your health will be compromised. So, no matter the duration of the trek, all Outfitter Nepal trips require travel insurance that covers the use of an air ambulance, lost belongings, legal responsibilities, helicopter rescues or emergency evacuations, and medical issues in the event of unfortunate circumstances.

    • There are numerous ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara to withdraw money. However, you wouldn't find any ATMs once you begin the hike. So, we advise you to withdraw the cash you require before the hike in Pokhara or Kathmandu itself.

    • Being in the trekking industry for more than 20 years, we've established a reputation for going above and beyond to provide the best services when it comes to trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas. In addition to a safe and reliable trekking experience, we guarantee the best package cost in the market. We also help support local economies by employing qualified English-speaking Nepalese guides.

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