Trip Facts

  • Duration:12 Days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Max Altitude:4,500 Meter
  • Min group size1
  • Best TimeFebruary to may and September to December
  • Holiday typeTrekking

About Mardi Himal Trek

Despite being a short trek in the Annapurna region, Mardi Himal Trek 12 Days offers great views and a wonderful trekking experience. The Mardi Himal Trek route explores an adventurous off-beat trail that leads to the Mardi Himal Base Camp in the east of the popular Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Mardi Himal Trek opened in 2012 and gradually got known for its breathtaking landscapes. 

Mardi Himal Trekking is one of the best trekking packages in the Himalayas if you are new to trekking. The trek offers an inclusive introduction to the mountains in Nepal and the off-the-beaten Himalayan trail. The trail goes through the dense forests of bamboo, pine, and rhododendron. 

You will stop in various beautiful villages along the Mardi Himal Trek route to spend the nights. During that, get to enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals and have a glimpse of their daily lifestyle. Trust us, their simple way of life and kindness will amaze you.

Short Mardi Himal Trek offers stunning panoramas of Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Mardi Himal (5,587 m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993 m), and numerous other snow-capped mountains. Not many people go on Mardi Himal Trek, which makes the trail less crowded and perfect for travelers looking for tranquillity.

You will ascend to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m), which is the highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek 12 Days. The Mardi Himal Trek route from Pokhara drives to Kande and ascends through Deurali (2,232 m), Forest Camp (2,600 m), Low Camp (2,950 m), and High Camp (3,550 m) before ascending towards the base camp. The overall Mardi Himal Trek distance is 41 km. 

At Adventure White Mountain, we offer an all-inclusive Mardi Himal Trek package at the best price and top-notch service. Contact us anytime to book Mardi Himal Trek 2022. 

Khopra Danda Trek is another great less-crowded trek in the Annapurna region. Also, check out the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek and Tilicho Lake Trek

Why go on Mardi Himal Trek with Adventure White Mountain?

Our expert and friendly team make Mardi Himal Trek safe and exceptional. While trekking with us, you will get high-quality service and in-depth knowledge about the trekking route. We have designed our Mardi Himal Trek itinerary, maintaining a steady rise in elevation, which decreases the chance of altitude sickness.

Likewise, you will be guided by a professional trek guide. All of our trips, including Mardi Trek, are eco-friendly. We actively take part in developing the mountain community. We have been certified by prestigious companies like TripAdvisor for our authenticity. 

Trip Highlights

  • Take a long, scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kande
  • The trail ascends through dense forests and remote settlement areas
  • Come across a range of flora and fauna along the trail
  • Less-crowded and adventurous trail
  • Enjoy an off-beat trek and stunning views of snow-capped mountains
  • Perfect for beginner trekkers or as a short trek to relieve your stress
  • Witness gorgeous sunrise from Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Get to see breathtaking landscapes

Itinerary

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We would like to inform our valued clients that the time duration is depending on the trekker and their physical fitness.
B L D means Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport. Our staff will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Later in the day, you will be given a briefing about the tour.

  • Accommodation Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1345 Meter

After breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Later in the day, spend time in the beautiful Laketown of Pokhara. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Accommodation Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time6 Hours Drive
  • Altitude820 Meter

After breakfast, drive for about 40 minutes to Kande on Pokhara Baglung highway. The trail climbs for about 1 ½ hrs to the ridge at 2,060 m. The clearing in the forest with lodge settlement is known as the ‘Australian camp’. The place is scenic with a panoramic view of the Annapurna range and Pokhara valley. The trail further winds through the rhododendron forest to the mountain pass called ‘Deurali’. Deurali is overlooking the Modi Khola valley wedged between Annapurna South and Mardi Himal / Mt Fishtail.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB LD
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude2,232 Meter

After spending the beautiful morning in the ridge-top village of Deurali, we head off the main Annapurna trekking trail and follow the forested ridge to Forest camp. Since this is a new trekking destination, there are no teahouses along the way and we need to carry a pack lunch and sufficient water. The day’s walk in the rhododendron forest is beautiful with gradual uphill.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude2,600 Meter

The trail gradually climbs through the rhododendron forest following the ridge. The low camp has got a couple of tea houses in the clearing of the forest. The view of Mt Fishtail and Mardi Himal appears much closer. You find yourself closer to a clear blue sky with a view of layers of Himalayan foothills and a sweeping valley towards the south. Note: You can trek 1 more hr to Badal Danda (Cloud Hill) above the tree line in consent of a guide for a better view. There is only one lodge in Badal Danda.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time3 Hours
  • Altitude2,950 Meter

The trail further climbs along the ridge towards Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail. From Badal Danda, we leave the tree line and arrive in the shrubby alpine zone. Snowcapped peaks of Annapurna South, Huinchuli, and Fishtail loom in a distance above the deep valley on either side. High camp is a small pasture after the climb with 3 lodges. Here you find yourself above the clouds and closer to snowcapped peaks.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time3 Hours
  • Altitude3,550 Meter

The day trip is more difficult than other days with a steep climb and longer walk. The trail becomes more vertiginous at some points with uneven and steep rocky steps. The first steep climb will take about 2 hrs to the ridge top which is marked as MBC (Mardi Himal Base Camp). However, the real base camp will take about another 2 hrs along the ridge. The view is amazing all along the ridge. While Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail appear right above us, the view of Annapurna I, Gangapurna, and Annapurna III also appears at a distance.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time7 Hours
  • Altitude4,500 Meter

Even though the scenery is stationary, the season and sunlight make it different and interesting. Spend another morning watching the change that the sun rays bring. Walk down to forest camp after breakfast and spend the night there.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time4 Hours
  • Altitude2900 Meter

The trail climbs down steeply through rhododendron and Maple forest to the permanent settlements closer to the valley basin. Lwang is a self-sufficient Gurung village with rich culture and happy people. The village is the best place to watch the Nepalese countryside lifestyle and enjoy organic food. The village farmers also grow organic tea in 50 hectares of land. Farmers offer homestay accommodation. The waterfall in the outskirt of the village offers one of the most exciting canyoning adventures.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time4 Hours
  • Altitude1,500 Meter

Trek down to the Mardi River basin and drive to Pokhara. It will take about 1½ hrs to get to Pokhara in an off-road vehicle.

  • Accommodation Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch
  • Time4 Hours
  • Altitude820

You can either take a flight or drive to Kathmandu. The flight take around 30 minutes while the drive will take 7 hours. In the evening, you can spend around Thamel or in a Nepalese dinner.

  • Accommodation Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time6 Hours Drive
  • Altitude1345 Meter

After breakfast, we will take you to the airport a few hours before your scheduled flight time thank you for booking your trip with us see u again Namaste!

  • MealsBreakfast

What's included

Included

  • Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes.
  • 2  nights in a hotel in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Pokhara 
  • 7 nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek with breakfast, lunch, and Dinner 
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (on hire ) and trekking map.
  • All permits and necessary paper work (National park permit, TIMS )
  • First aid kit.

Excluded

  • Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • All conservation areas and cultural heritage sites entrance fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • International or domestic flights
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Government Tax 13% Extra on the given Price 

Departures & Dates

Fixed departure group available for 2022/ 2023 Find your dates to join your trips with us all dates are guaranteed. or if you are interested in the private trip, please contact us 

Start DateStatusPrice 
Trip dateJanuary 29, 2022 - February 09, 2022StatusAvailable priceUS$700

FAQs

Our Mardi Himal Trek is 12 days long. It includes your arrival and departure too. From Pokhara, it takes 7 to 8 days to trek and return back to Pokhara. Experienced trekkers who can walk long hours can also complete this trek in 5 to 6 days.
 
 

Mardi Himal Trekking is a moderate trek. The route is rugged and steep. You will get to experience a subtle off-beat trekking experience during Mardi Himal Trek. It is a good trek for beginner trekkers.
 

Mardi Himal Trek cost depends upon your Mardi Himal Trek itinerary. You can expect it to range between USD 600 to USD 800. The numbers may vary as per the company and services they are providing during the venture.

The post-monsoon from October and November (autumn) is the best time for Mardi Trek. The clear blue sky, fresh air, and moderate climate make the trek fantastic. The trail is blooming with flowers and trees. Another ideal time to do Mardi Himal Trek is in spring- March to April.
 

Mardi Himal Trek's distance from Pokhara is approximately 41 km (25 miles). The starting point of the trek is usually Kande, which is located 27 km north of Pokhara. The trail then goes through different villages to Mardi Himal Base Camp and ends at Siding Village or Lwang Ghalel village. 

If you are well known about the Himalayan trail, then you can do the Mardi Himal Trekking without a guide. If you are a new trekker, then it is recommended to not trek alone to Mardi Himal because of its off-beat trail. 

Mardi Himal Trek explores the Annapurna region. The trail ascends along with lush forests and ridges to 4,500 meters to the base camp of Mardi Himal.

Useful Information

 Mardi Himal Trek season

Mardi Himal Trek season is spring and autumn. March to April and October to November are the peak time to trek to Mardi Himal because of stable weather and moderate climate. The trail offers gorgeous mountain views, and the temperature ranges from 5°C to 18°C. The clear warm daytime with a hint of crisp air is perfect for walking. Nights and mornings are quite cold comparatively.

Other seasons like winter and monsoon are considered off time to go on Mardi Himal Trek. You can trek in early May and December. You have to be extra careful and attentive while trekking in the off-season. The monsoon rainfall and heavy snowfall in the winters make the trail slippery and strenuous. 

Mardi Himal Trek difficulty

Mardi Himal Trek 12 Days is one of the best treks for beginner trekkers in the Himalayas. The Mardi Himal Trek route is moderate, which means you have to be physically fit to go on this trek. The trail is remote, with a few tea shops and limited facilities. You will be walking 6 to 7 hours a day, so your stamina and will to complete the trek is very important.

The terrain is steep, rugged, and passes by dense forests. Likewise, the risk of altitude sickness is always there because of elevation. Our Mardi Himal Trek itinerary has ample rest days that lowers the chances of altitude sickness. To prepare for the trek, you can go on a few short hikes and exercise to increase your stamina and core body strength.

Symptoms of altitude sickness

  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath with exertion

Preventive measures

  • Inform your guide if you see any symptoms of altitude sickness
  • Take plenty of rest and drop to a lower altitude to spend the night
  • Keep yourself hydrated
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks
  • Maintain your ascent under 500 meters a day and include ample rest days in your itinerary

Mode of transportation during the trek

You will be using private vehicles during the Mardi Himal Trek. From Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice versa, we have a comfortable tourist bus. Kande is the starting point of the trek, where you will reach in 40 minutes of drive from Pokhara. 

Likewise, the trek ends at Mardi River Basin, from where you will drive back to Pokhara in an off-road vehicle. It will be a one and half hour drive. There is also airport pick up and drop available in a private vehicle, as per our Mardi Himal Trek itinerary.

Electricity & Charging Facilities 

To charge your electronic devices, you can use charging booths available in the teahouses. You may have to pay a few extra bucks to use the service. Carry spare batteries or a solar charger for your convenience.

Sim Card & WiFi

You will get WiFi in most of the tea houses along the Mardi Himal Trek route. However, due to height and weather, the connection may not be stable all the time. Be informed that you may be asked a few bucks for the service. 

If you want, we will arrange a Nepali SIM card with data for you. Do not high your hopes. The cellular network connection will not be stable either all the time.

Luggage

During the trek, every member of the group packs their stuff in a duffel bag with a weight limit of 10kgs per trekker. The porters will carry the duffel bag, whereas trekkers carry a day pack with essentials. Any extra clothing or luggage you can leave in the hotel's locker room during the trek for free. 

Child policy

When it comes to trekking for children or underage people, we have a different policy. The underage trekker has to be exposed to some sort of previous high-altitude ventures to join Mardi Himal Trek. Likewise, he or she has to trek with a verified guardian. 

Other than this, we will also need a few additional information before we can confirm the booking for the kid. Get in touch with us to know more about our child policy.

Tipping to crew members

Don't take tipping awkwardly. It's the best way to show your gratitude towards the crew after the completion of the trek. You can tip any amount you wish. Usually, trekkers tip USD 5 to drive, USD 10 to tour guide, and USD 150 to trek guide/porters (by every member of the group). The above numbers are only an example.

Personal expenses 

Personal expenses are not included in the Mardi Himal Trek cost. Any extra snacks, beverages, or use of services like hot shower, WiFi, etc during the trek are not covered in the package cost. Likewise, travel insurance, souvenirs, tips, and international flights are also not covered in the package cost. 

Insurance/rescue/evacuation

Travel insurance is necessary while trekking in the Himalayas. Mardi Himal Trek explores a remote area where there are no hospitals or any other modern infrastructures. Therefore in case of any emergency, our last resort to offer you medical assistance is through air evacuation. Make sure your travel insurance covers medical bills and emergency air evacuation up to 6,000 meters. 

Travel insurance is only for the worst case. As you will be trekking with an experienced trek guide, you don't have to worry about anything. Our guides are trained to offer first aid and exposed to handle the crisis in the Himalayas.