Ultimate Guide to Mardi Himal Trek-2023

Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal

The Mardi Himal Trek is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Nepal’s Annapurna region. Situated to the east of the classic ABC Trek, it stands out as one of the most rewarding short treks in the entire Himalayan range. Along the rugged Mardi Himal trail, you will be immersed in a picturesque landscape adorned with rhododendron forests, charming stone-built teahouses, diverse terrains, high valleys, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas.

Our meticulously crafted 6-day itinerary for the Mardi Himal Trek is the perfect choice for those with limited time who refuse to compromise on the authentic Himalayan experience. During this journey, you will be treated to breathtaking views of iconic peaks such as the Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Lamjung Himal. What sets Mardi Himal apart is its relative lack of crowds compared to destinations like Annapurna Base Camp or Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

Your adventure commences with a quick 25-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, followed by a scenic drive to Kande. From there, you will embark on a trek through some of the Annapurna region’s most pristine and secluded trails. On route to Mardi Himal Base Camp, you’ll pass by renowned villages like Australian Base Camp, Pothana, Deurali, Forest Camp, and Badal Danda. Upon reaching the base camp, you’ll be treated to an up-close view of the majestic Machhapuchhre Himal, with distant vistas of immense ice fields and glaciers cascading down the Annapurna wall.

Reaching an elevation of 4,500 meters, Mardi Himal Base Camp stands as the highest point of the trek, offering exceptional opportunities for stargazing. High Camp, Low Camp, and Badal Danda provide the ideal vantage points if you’re eager to gaze at the constellations. After your trek, you’ll also have the chance to explore Pokhara and immerse yourself in the rich diversity of this enchanting valley.

The teahouses along the Mardi Himal Trek offer reasonably comfortable accommodations, including cozy rooms, hearty meals, WiFi access, charging facilities, and hot showers.

Our 6-day Mardi Himal Trek itinerary caters to both novice and experienced trekkers seeking an authentic Nepalese trekking experience. Furthermore, you can extend your adventure by combining the Mardi Himal Trek with the classic Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

Short Itineary:

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, then drive to Kande (1,770m) and trek to Pitam Deurali (2,100m) 

Day 2: Trek from Pitam Deurali to Low Camp (2,990m) 

Day 3: Hike from Low Camp to High Camp (3,540m) 

Day 4: Morning trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m), then return to High Camp 

Day 5: Trek from High Camp to Sidhing (1,700m) 

Day 6: Trek from Sidhing to Lumre (1,206m), followed by a 6-hour drive to Pokhara.

Mardi Himal Trek Permit Requirements

To begin on the Mardi Himal Base Camp trek, you’ll need two essential trekking permits, which we will assist you in obtaining:

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card

Where to Obtain:

  • Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu.
  • Nepal Tourism Board Service Center in Damside, Pokhara.
  • TAAN Lakeside Office in Shanti Patan, Pokhara.

Cost:

  • US$20 for individual trekkers.
  • US$10 for group trekkers
  • For SAARC nationals, US$6 for individual trekkers.
  • For SAARC nationals, US$3 for group trekkers.

Documents Required:

  • Permit fees.
  • Photocopy of your passport.
  • Passport-size photographs.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

Where to Obtain:

  • Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu.
  • Nepal Tourism Board Service Center in Damside, Pokhara.

Cost:

  • US$30 for international travelers.
  • US$2 for SAARC travelers.

Best Time for Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek is a year-round trekking destination nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. Indeed, you can embark on this trek during any season, each offering unique experiences and advantages.

Like many other treks in Nepal, the most favorable times for Mardi Himal trekking are spring and autumn. During these seasons, the skies remain exceptionally clear, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes and mountains. Moreover, the weather remains pleasantly moderate throughout the day, making it ideal for extended hiking.

Nevertheless, you can also undertake this trek during the monsoon or winter season. It’s important to note that the trail can become wet and slippery during the monsoon, so exercising caution and wearing high-quality trekking shoes with grippy soles is essential. Additionally, pack ample waterproof layers and a raincoat to shield yourself from the damp conditions.

The trail may be blanketed in thick snow in winter, and temperatures can drop below freezing in higher elevations. Therefore, keeping warm by wearing multiple layers and carrying all the necessary gear to safeguard yourself against challenging weather conditions is crucial.

Mardi Himal Trek Cost

INCLUDES:

  • Arrival Transfer for International Flights
  • Accommodation at 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Annapurna (Mardi Himal) Trekking Map
  • Teahouse Accommodation During the Trek
  • Three Meals Per Day During the Trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit
  • Group Medical Supplies (First Aid Kit)
  • Farewell Dinner in Pokhara
  • Licensed Trekking Guide with Necessary Staff and Porters
  • Food, Accommodation, Salary, Insurance, and Equipment for All Our Staff
  • Insurance and Required Transportation for Support Staff
  • All Government Taxes

EXCLUDES:

  • International Flight Ticket and Airport Tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees
  • Personal Trekking Gear and Equipment
  • Tips for Trekking Guide, Porters, and Local Staff
  • Travel and Medical Insurance in Case of Emergency
  • Emergency Rescue Evacuation
  • Personal Expenses Such as Battery Charging, Laundry, Alcoholic Beverages, Cold Drinks, Hot Showers at Teahouses, etc.
  • Unforeseeable Costs Incurred Due to Accidents, Strikes, Natural Calamities, Political Unrest, etc.

Accommodation

The Mardi Himal Trek is a newly established teahouse trek located in the heart of the Annapurna region. While you will enjoy 3-star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara, it’s important to note that the lodging facilities during the trek itself are relatively simple. Although Mardi Himal is situated in one of Nepal’s most renowned trekking areas, the teahouses along the trek route are still in the process of development due to its recent establishment. Nevertheless, the available teahouses are cozy, comfortable, well-managed, and welcoming.

If you prefer to embark on the Mardi Himal Trek with Amble Himalaya, rest assured that we will prioritize your comfort and ensure the best available teahouse accommodations at each stop along the trek. It’s worth keeping in mind that teahouses in mountainous regions are not on par with the luxury hotels found in urban areas. They offer essential amenities such as rooms, blankets, food, restrooms, WiFi, charging facilities, and access to hot showers.

How difficult is the Mardi Himal Trek? 

The Mardi Himal Trek is rated as moderately difficult. Nevertheless, it should not be underestimated or taken lightly. While it may be considered less demanding compared to treks like the Manaslu Circuit or the Everest Base Camp Trek, it still includes highly challenging segments and the potential risk of altitude sickness.

This trek is suitable for both newcomers and seasoned trekkers, and it does not demand any technical climbing skills or prior trekking experience. However, it does require physical fitness and mental preparedness. We strongly advise thorough training and preparation before embarking on your Himalayan adventure. Engaging in cardio-focused exercises such as swimming, running, biking, and jogging for at least a month prior to the trek is highly recommended.

Trek to Mardi Himal With Amble Himalaya

Embark on the Mardi Himal Trek with us. At Amble Himalaya, we take great pride in offering distinctive and genuine travel experiences that enable you to fully engage with the local culture and surroundings. Our team of skilled and well-informed guides is dedicated to delivering outstanding service while prioritizing your safety and well-being during the entire expedition.

Come along with us for an unforgettable expedition through the Himalayas, where you can uncover the enchantment of this awe-inspiring region. Get in touch with us today to commence planning your adventure with a company that takes pride in being led and operated by women.

 

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