Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 15
  • Max Elevation: 4100m
Highlights

- Pokhara valley and its natural and cultural blessings like lakes, caves, falls, and temples

- Pleasant walk via lush rhododendron and other vegetations

- Picturesque ethnic settlements and their unique culture

- Experience of core Remoteness and wilderness

- Rhythmic natural waterfalls and creeks

- locally grown organic food items

- Annapurna Conservation Area, the largest conservation area in the world, and its diverse species of flora and fauna

- Spectacular mountain views include Annapurna- I, Annapurna-IV, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and some parts of Dhaulagiri

Mardi Himal Trek is popularly famous as a hidden gem in one of the most popular trekking trails in Nepal. It is located to the East of Annapurna Base Camp trek.

Mardi Himal Base Camp itself offers you spectacular views of snow-capped mountains in the Annapurna region. Your climb to the summit of Mardi Himal trekking  (3-4 hours)  will be more rewarding. It offers a more fantastic and stunning mountain panorama.

It is one of the perfect vantage points to witness breathtaking views of the Himalayas closer up on the horizon. The classical Mardi Himal trek takes you to a mysterious lap of the mountain where Annapurna South, Mount Machhapuchhre (also known as Fishtail), and Mount Hiunchuli will warmly be welcoming to be seized with your eyes and camera as well. Itinerary also easiest,

Like other trips to the Annapurna region, Mardi Himal trekking also commences after a short and scenic drive from Pokhara to Phedi. Pokhara itself offers you some amazing experience of natural splendor.

The trails then ascend along the small winding path through the various deep forest.  Especially, beautiful rhododendron will be more beautiful during March and April.

since the entire hill will be reddish with flowering rhododendron. Then, you will begin to experience rugged mountain landscape with some amazing mountain views including ‘a hidden gem’, Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Mount Machhapuchhre (also known as Fishtail), and Mount Hiunchuli.

From High Camp (3580m.) we climb up to Mardi Himal Base Camp following the rocky trail in about 3-4 hours. Mardi Himal Base Camp offers magnificent close-up views of the entire Annapurna Range, Mardi Himal, and alluring Machhapuchhre. Actually, there used to be no local lodges on the Mardi Himal Trekking trail when it was newly discovered for trekking. But, nowadays, you can find teahouse accommodation easily while trekking to Mardi Himal Base Camp.

Itinerary

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Day 01:On arrival at Airport in Kathmandu [1,338m]

Our representative will receive you at the airport. You are greeted by our team and transferred to the hotel. People may be offering taxi and other help to you at the airport, in this case, you are suggested not to go with them. Sometimes, you will be in trouble. Take good care of your luggage while coming out of the airport. After you arrive at the hotel, you will get refreshed and we will have a short orientation about the trip  you are going to join from the next day. You are briefed on the preparation and the required equipment from your trip.  During this short meeting, we will let you know your guide too. -Overnight in Hotel

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

This Kathmandu city sightseeing tour begins after breakfast at around 8. This city tour takes you to the major religious and historical sites  including Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, and Pashupatinath which are UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu  valley.  Your guide will tell you everything about these site you visit today. We end this city tour  between 3-4 pm-Overnight in Hotel in Kathmandu

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

 It is a 25 minutes spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The domestic airport from Thamel is 30 mins drive. After we arrive in Pokhara, you will go for a city sightseeing tour. Your guide take you to visit David Falls, Fewa lake and  holy Gupteswor Cave. Enjoy the evening walking  in the street of Lakeside and have the dinner in your favorite restaurant. Overnight in Hotel in Pokhara.

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 884m

It takes one hour to get Kande from Pokhara. Now, we begin our walk from Kande . This is the beginning point of this trek . We climb all the way up till we get Australian Camp. Optionally, we can trek to Pothana from Phedi via Dhampus. Have lunch at Australian Camp and enjoy the mountain views including Annapurna massif and Machhapuchhre. The trail, next is via lush woods, is mild for you till you get Pothana. Walk via lush rhododendron and other woods. Today’s trek ends with your arrival at Pothana. -Overnight in Lodge

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Pothana
  • 1620m

The trail, initially, is flat passing via traditional settlement including Landruk.  From Landruk, you will walk all the way up till you arrive at Forest Camp. The trail , now, turns to be steeper but you will enjoy the walk via birch, rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, hemlock etc. You will also capture magnificent  view of Annapurna II and other snow fed mountain summits.  Overnight in local lodge in Forest Camp. 

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Forest Camp
  • 2550m

 The trail, today,  turns to be steeper than the previous day. However,  you will fully enjoy this spectacular adevnturous walk into the core wilderness which will delight you every pace of your trek. You will be trekking again through beautiful Himalayan flora including the tree fern and orchid forests, Modi Khola valley. Overnight at Low camp at local guesthouse (3,400m.)

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Low Camp
  • 3400m

Relatively, the trekking today is tougher to climbing steeply up out of the forest crossing the tree line. Hydrate sufficiently prior to today’s walk. However, the climb will totally be pleasant. Overnight at Camp (4,100m.)

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • High Camp
  • 4100m

This is the special day for exploring the entire surrounding. You will trek up to the (4200m.) altitude from where you witness the spectacular glimpse of the Mountain peaks including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare and many alluring snow-fed summits. The mountain views and exploration of the region will be marvelous for today.

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • High Camp
  • 4200m

 We are following the new trail today till we get Sidding Village. This is a walk through the picturesque terraced fields and beautiful traditional settlements exploring the region further. The trek today is all the way down to Sidding village. Overnight in Lodge- (1,700m.)

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Siding Village
  • 1700m

Today, you will be walking through beautiful pastureland, ethnic Tamang, and Gurung villages. On the way you will enjoy Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. Spend Within hours on walk, soon, you will get the road at Phedi and from where you take private van or jeep or car to Pokhara. It is a one-hour drive from Phedi to Pokhara. Enjoy the evening at your favorite restaurants and celebrate the victory of your adventure trip. Overnight in Hotel

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 884

The tourist bus station is  15-20 mins. from Lakeside if you walk, optionally, you can catch the taxi to the tourist bus stand. The leader will help you to get the bus. The tourist bus leaves at 7.30 for Kathmandu from Pokhara every morning. It is 7-8 hours drive along Prithvi Highway to get Kathmandu from Pokhara. There will be a few stops on the way for snacks, toilets and lunch. In order to escape this long drive you, some people,  optionally,  go with flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. If you do so, it is a 25 minutes spectacular flight. 

In the evening, our team will offer you a cultural farewell dinner to end this trip beautifully.  Overnight in Hotel in Kathmandu. 

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

According to your flight schedule, we will drop you to the airport for your onward flight towards your country or next destination.

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Non
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

What to Expect

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 3-night hotel in Kathmandu and 2 night in Pokhara
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Tourist Bus/Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • Airport departure tax (Rs. 170 per person)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu or Pokhara (Main city)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)

Useful Info

Necessary Trekking Equipment

To fully enjoy your trek, having the right trekking equipment is essential for both safety and comfort. The trekking equipment necessary depends on the type of trek, the time of year, weather conditions, landscape, and the maximum altitude of the trek.

A properly packed trekking backpack is light and also includes multipurpose clothing items. It is important for you not to forget the essential equipment for your safety and comfort on your trek. Please make sure that you bring sufficiently warm clothes, especially during the winter season (Dec – Feb). Not having the required trekking equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking, but could also worsen case scenarios that could be life-threatening. It will also be a burden to you if you pack unnecessary equipment. For your ease, the following are the equipment that you have to bring with you. 

Footwear

  • Trekking Boot: one Pair
  • Socks: 4, Light socks : 3, Sandle: 1

Clothing

  • Down  or Fiber-filled water and windproof jacket and trouser: 1
  • Fleece Jacket / Pullover: 1
  • Warm cotton trousers: 2
  • Shirt and T-shirts: 4
  • Lightweight cotton long trousers :3
  • Long underwear: 2,  Short underwear: 4
  • Sun hat / Scarft/ Woolen hat :1
  • Lightweight gloves: 1, Raincoat:1
  • Heavyweight glove or mitten with a waterproof: 1

Medicinal

  • Basic first-aid box
  • Diamox tablets to reduce altitude sickness
  • Insect/anti-itch Ointment
  • Non-prescription medicine such as pain reliever, fever reducer, antibiotics, and ointments
  • Prescription medicine traveler's diarrhea, Avmoine 
  • Female Sanitary pads
  • Hand Sanitizer and wet wipes
  • Medicine for Cough and Heartburn (It mainly happens when you go to higher altitudes)
  •  Band-aid
  • Ibuprofen and also paracetamol in case of fever 

Other Equipment

  • Day Pack at Least 25 kg
  • Water Bottle 1
  • Sun Cream 1
  • Sun Glass 1
  • Towel
  • Flashlight with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
  • Laundry soap
  • Swiss Knife
  • Sewing Kit, Camera, Film, Cards, and Personal Medical Kit.

Optional

  • Notebook and Pen
  • Toilet articles
  • Toilet Roll

For additional information, you can check our article  Trekking Gears Checklist

GateWay For Mardi Himal Trek:

If you are planning to do Mardi Himal. You need to drive 200km from Kathmandu will take an 8hrs drive to reach to Pokhara. And from Pokhara again drive to Nayapul. So Nayapul is the gateway from where you will step up to Dhampus.

Type of Accommodation During Mardi Himal Trek:

To go to trekking means you are visiting a remote area so please do not expect every trekking route you will get luxurious room same as in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During trekking, you will sleep at the Tea House. The Tea house means normal Local Lodges. where you will get a normal Bed, Blanket, and Common Bathroom. Even a hot shower also needs to pay extra.

Food And Drinks:

During Trekking in Nepal. Most of the places you will get Local Foods like Nepali Thali ( Dal Bhat), MoMo, Chowmin, Thukpa, Fried Rice, etc and some international food Like Spaghetti, Macaroni, Pizza, Pan Cake, Fried Eggs, etc you will get according to the menu. In drinks you can get Local Tea, Coffee, and also even if you request for the water to drinks need to pay extra.

Highlight Of The Trekking:

  • Our guides are Trained And Licensed certified by the Government. So you are accompanied by Local experience and hospitable guides and porters during the trek.
  • When you reach the base camp of Mardi Himal. You will be surrounded by snow-capped pikes like Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang, Mt. Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang, and Mt. Fishtail.
  • Culinary Experience: During your trek, you will get chances to experience the fresh Local traditional Nepali food Dal Bhat (the combination of  Steam rice, Lentil soup, mix veg ) also mount watering MoMos and homemade desserts Apple Pie can get to taste.
  • Hot Spring: When you return from the Trek in the place called Jhinu. There is a natural shower Pool to wash off the blood, sweat, and tears from the trek.

How will I get rescued if I am critically ill during the trek?

Mardi Himal Trek is a trek where the elevation starts from 1350m to 4100m. Altitude sickness mainly occurs after you head above 2500m. You will not get altitude sickness symptoms below 2500m. Some of the altitude sickness symptoms are Nausea, Headache, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, and dizziness. Acclimatization is the main thing that helps to prevent altitude sickness. But you can still prevent altitude sickness by drinking more water, avoiding strenuous exercise for 24 hours, and by having a rest day every 600m-900m you go up. However, one out of 10 people may catch altitude sickness even with all the preventions. We can take DIAMOX if we suffer from altitude sickness. But if the condition does not get well even after taking the Diamox, the guide will immediately inform the travel company. If you will be ill at any point of the trek you will be slowly taken to the lower elevation. If you are ill, then you will be taken to the lower altitude and seek basic medical where our guide will help you, and then if it’s necessary or emergency you will be immediately sent to Kathmandu by emergency helicopter service. This is how you will get rescued if you will be critically ill during the trek.

The importance of insurance in Mardi Himal Trek

Travel insurance plays an essential role. The right travel insurance will protect you from the unique risks while traveling to Nepal or Climbing to Mardi Himal Trek. Find the best policies that cover all the necessary events associated with Mardi Himal Trek or other trekking areas. There will not be a relaxed trip without travel insurance. It is very necessary to be careful while choosing policies because some insurance companies do not include adventure trekking. Mostly many of the travel insurance covers only up to the elevation of 3000m but the Mardi Himal Trek trek will go beyond 3000m standing at the highest point which will be above 4000m. We suggest you choose Your travel insurance that covers up to 5000m which you will be covered for the entire trek and shouldn't be worried about evacuations or medical assistance costs. Before buying your insurance, your insurer should be aware of the Itinerary of Magic Expedition and Tours. If you are planning for trekking in the Himalayas, Your insurance should cover emergency air service Helicopter and should include all the medical expenses. The emergency helicopter service would be very costly so If you have your insurance done you wouldn’t be worried. Your travel insurance should cover the cancelation policy because if you have to cancel a paid trek due to weather conditions, They can cover this expense. You should double-check that it is included on the top of the standard hospitalization cover. Some of the Travel insurances that are recommended are:-

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