Mardi Himal Trek

USD 555
  • Activities
    Trekking
  • Max Elevation
    4500m
  • Trip Duration
    5 Days
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate
  • Lodging
    Tea House/Lodges
  • Meals
    BLD During Trek
  • Transportation
    Private /Public Vehicle
  • Communication
    ENGLISH
  • Group Size
    1-7 PAX
  • Best Season
    Autumn and Spring
  • Per Day Walk
    5-6 hours

Mardi Himal Trek, a short and thrilling Himalayan trekking adventure that takes place in one of the most popular and mainstream trekking regions of the country, the Annapurna region, has been in the hype in recent years. Popular as the most ideal introductory trekking experience for the Himalayas, this trekking route doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to charming adventurers with its natural allurements.

The epic trekking trails traversing across the diverse lush landscapes, exploration of the Annapurna Conservation Area, phenomenal views of Himalayan massifs, and the immersive cultural prospects of the adventure make it one of the most fulfilling and gratifying Himalayan trekking experiences.

So whether you are looking for an introductory trek that perfectly accumulates a Himlayan adventure or you want to widen your Himlayan prospects with the limited time on your hand, this short Mardi Himal Trek is the perfect package for you.

Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek

  • A unique mixed exploration of both the mainstream Annapurna Circuit Trekking route as well as Mardi Himal
  • Phenomenal views of the Himalayan massifs like the Annapurna Massifs, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Mardi Himal, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu
  • Exploring newly developed trekking that is gaining popularity quickly
  • Beautiful culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the charming Magar and Gurung settlements across the trail
  • Camp adventure from Forest Camp to Low Camp, High Camp, and Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Epic sunrise views from the Mardi Himal View Point
  • Diverse species of flora and fauna inside the Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Day 1: Drive From Kathmandu To Pokhara

    Kathmandu Elevation: 1,320 meters/ 4,330 feet

    Pokhara Elevation: 820 meters/ 2,723 feet

    Elevation Loss: 500 meters/ 1,640 feet

    Driving Hours: 6- 7 hours

    You will start your Mardi Himal Trek with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the popular tourist hub of Nepal, Pokhara. After an early morning breakfast, you will take a comfortable tourist bus and drive on the Prithvi Highway making your way toward Pokhara.

    In this delightful driving experience, you will follow the driving trails alongside the Trishuli River and Marysangdhi River. You will also pass several charming waterfalls, vibrant settlements at the banks of the rivers, high hills, and lush forests as you move ahead the route enjoying the stunning views of the Himalayas at the far right corner.

    After your arrival at Pokhara, you will be transferred to your respective hotels so you can freshen up and get some rest. In the evening you can stroll around the lakeside enjoying the picturesque views of the Annapurna Massifs, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu which are clearly visible from this beautiful city.

  • Day 2: Drive to Dhampus Trek to Forest Camp

    Pokhara Elevation: 820 meters/ 2,723 feet

    Dhampus Elevation: 1,640 meters/ 5,380 feet

    Forest Camp Elevation: 2,600 meters/ 8,530 feet

    Elevation Gain: 1,780 meters/ 5,839 feet

    Driving Hours: 2 hours

    Trek Duration: 4- 5 hours

    Starting your adventure early in the morning on the second day of Mardi Himal Trek, you will take a convenient vehicle to Dhampus after breakfast. It is a short drive and will take about 2 hours to reach Dhampus from Pokhara, after stretching your legs you will proceed along with the second part of this day’s adventure, the Dhampus to Forest Camp trek.

    Leaving the charming Gurung village Dhampus, you will follow the ascending trails with stone steps 500 meters higher on the ridge moving along the trekking route. It’s a scenic day’s trekking adventure as you pass through the lush rhododendron, birch, maple, oak, and hemlock forests.

    Moving further ahead in your trekking trail, you will pass Pothana Village from where you can enjoy phenomenal views of the Annapurna Massifs. Then, the trekking path again passes the dotted rhododendron and pine forest as you pass Deurali to finally arrive at Forest Camp.

  • Day 3: Forest Camp to High Camp

    Forest Camp Elevation: 2,600 meters/ 8,530 feet

    High Camp Elevation: 3,600 meters/ 11,811 feet

    Elevation Gain: 1,000 meters/ 3,280 feet

    Trek Duration: 4- 5 hours

    Diving deeper into the ambiance of the Annapurna region on day 3 of your Mardi Himal trek, you will leave Forest Camp behind moving toward one of the highest elevation points of this trekking expedition. During the first part of this day’s trekking adventure, you will make your way toward the Low Camp (3,000 meters) traversing across the lush terrains decorated with dotted rhododendron, pine, and oaks forests.

    From its vantage point, you will also be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the Himalayan gems like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Mardi Himal, and the Annapurna Base Camp Valley. Moving further ahead in your trekking trail you will climb a narrow ridge during the final stretch which will reward you with stunning views of two deep valleys; Modi Khola River Valley on the left and Mardi Khola and Set River Valley on the right.

    Enjoying the magnificent views of both valleys and relishing the magical Himalayan adventure, you will move along the ascending narrow ridgeline that stretches all the way toward High Camp.

  • Day 4: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek to Badal Danda

    High Camp Elevation: 3,600 meters/ 11,811 feet

    Mardi Himal Base Camp Elevation: 4,500 meters/ 14,763 feet

    Badal Danda Elevation: 3,210 meters/ 10,531 feet

    Elevation Gain: 900 meters/ 2,952 feet

    Trek Duration: 7- 8 hours

    Today, you will finally move toward the main objective of this day’s trekking adventure, leaving the High Camp early in the morning after breakfast on Day 4 of your Mardi Himal Trek, you will make your way toward the Mardi Himal Base Camp. It will take approximately 2 hours to reach the Mardi Himal View Point from High Camp, the sunrise view from this vantage point is epic as it illuminates the nearby Himalayan peaks like Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Mardi Himal, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre including several other adjacent peaks.

    After enjoying the remarkable sunrise view amidst the Himalayan peak, you will move along your trekking route over the ride ridge to the Upper Viewpoint from where the trail stretches all the way toward the Mardi Himal Base Camp. Then, after immersing in the Himalayan magnificence at its foothills to your heart’s content, you will prepare for your descent to the Badal Danda.

    It takes about 4- 5 to trek from High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp, and your descent trek will take approximately 3- 4 hours. Thus, by taking the timeframe into consideration and soaking in the Himalayan beauty from up close, you will return to the High Camp following the same trekking route, and after collecting your belongings from the teahouse, you will descend down to Badal Danda concluding this amazing adventure.

  • Day 5: Badal Danda to Siding and Drive to Pokhara

    Badal Danda Elevation: 3,210 meters/ 10,531 feet

    Siding Elevation: 1,750 meters/ 5,741 feet

    Elevation Loss: 1,460 meters/ 4,790 feet

    Driving Hours: 2 hours

    Trek Duration: 4- 5 hours

    It is finally time to bid farewell to this exhilarating and exciting Himalayan adventure, on the Day 5 of your Mardi Himal Trek. After an early morning breakfast, you will move along with your trekking alongside the lush rhododendron, oak, and pine forest you push toward the Siding Village during the first part of your adventure.

    Siding Village is a charming Gurung settlement and a highlight of the Annapurna region, after your arrival here, you will take your time to relish the serene Himalayan ambiance before you move on two the second part.

    On the second part of this day’s adventure in your Mardi Himal Trek, you will drive back to Pokhara in a comfortable and convenient vehicle. The drive will take only about 2 hours as you re-enter the vibrance of the ‘city of lakes’.

    On your arrival, you will be transferred to your respective hotel, you can stroll around the delightful tourist hub of the country in the evening after getting enough rest. Today, we will celebrate your successful completion of the Himalayan adventure.

    Thank you for trekking with Nepal Guide Treks, we hope to see you again. Have a safe journey back home!!

What's included?
  • Full-board meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) provided during the trek.
  • Accommodation in comfortable tea houses along the trekking route.
  • Transportation from Pokhara to Kande for the trek’s start and a return journey from Phedi or Kande (depending on the chosen route).
  • An experienced, English-speaking trekking guide with insurance, meals, and lodging.
  • Essential first aid supplies for any medical needs.
  • Permits for trekking, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) fees.
  • Provision of a company duffel bag (if required).
  • All official fees required for the trek.
What's not included?
  • Travel insurance.
  • Visa fees and International airfare.
  • Personal expenses (such as souvenirs and snacks).
  • Optional activities.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu or
  • Pokhara before or after the trek.
  • Extra charges for additional services or amenities during the trek.

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Best Time to Do Mardi Himal Trek

Best time to do Mardi Himal Trek If you are keen on taking part in this short but glorious Himalayan adventure, the best time to do this trek would be during the peak seasons like autumn season (September, October, and November) and spring season (March, April, and May).

Both of these seasons are an ideal period for any kind of Himalayan adventure in the country, the stable weather factors, dry land, warm temperature, and the unique specialty of each season make the Mardi Himal Trek in these months a truly exhilarating experience.

The autumn season is particularly known as the most favorable season for high-altitude and outdoor adventures. The moderate temperature which is around 10°C to 18°C on average makes it the most suitable time for trekking adventures, it’s neither too cold and freezing nor too hot which can result in excessive sweating.

Similarly, the wide clear unobstructed views of the Himalayan vistas blending well with blue sky, lush landscapes, rivers and waterfalls nourished by the monsoon rain, and wildlife exploration, makes this one of the most suitable time for the Mardi Himal Trek. Trekkers will also have the opportunity to immerse in the festival vibe of the country as some of the grandest festivals like Dashain, Tihar, Chhatth etc are celebrated in the autumn season.

On the other hand, the spring season can be a tad bit warmer than the autumn season as the temperature of the region hovers around 15°C to 21°C, but the exploration and the magical moments in this season are limitless.

Known as the blooming season, the spring season welcomes the trekkers with finely lit natural trails dotted with rhododendrons and wildflowers. The weather is stable, temperatures are on the warmer side, there is lush greenery everywhere and you will also have higher chances of witnessing the endangered Himalayan wildlife enjoying the blooming season in their natural habitat.

Furthermore, if you want to take the perfect shot of the scenery in the perfect vibrant natural color setting or of wildlife in the region, nothing beats the photography prospects of this season.

How Challenging is Mardi Himal Trek?

How Challenging is Mardi Himal Trek?

The Mardi Himal Trek has been graded as a ‘moderate’ trekking experience, so you won’t need any kind of technical skills or prior trekking experience to do this trek. But, still, this is an Himalayan exploration that takes you on a high-altitude adventure to the secluded part of the region.

So, you will still need a good amount of preparation to do this trek, generally, anyone with a basic level of fitness and good health conditions can easily complete this delightful trekking experience.

In case you are curious about the difficulty factors of the adventure and what you have to deal with while doing this Himalayan adventure, we have broken down the major challenges in this trek so you have a proper understanding of the overall adventure.

High Altitude

As this is a Himalayan adventure that takes place in the higher region of the country, the altitude can be a major challenge in this adventure. As the high altitude and altitude go hand in hand, it is one of the major obstacles that the trekkers have to overcome in their adventure.

There are high risks for the human body to get affected by altitude sickness over the altitude of 2,500 meters, thus you need to be wary of any signs of altitude sickness like headache, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, dizziness, loss of appetite, etc.

Starting your adventure from Pokhara at 820 meters, you move along the gradual inkling trekking route overcoming Forest Camp (2,600 meters), Low Camp (3,000 meters), High Camp (3,600 meters), and the highest elevation point of the entire expedition, Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4,500 meters (14,763 feet).

It all comes down to how well your body is able to cope with the rising altitudes, if you live in a high-altitude region then acclimatizing might not be of big deal for you. However, people living at low sea levels might have a hard time dealing with it.

That’s why proper training, eating a balanced diet, and staying hydrated throughout the adventure is the most effective way to deal with this difficulty factor.

Trekking Route

The trekking roads in the remote part of the Himalayas are not well-developed, you will mostly walk on the rocky trails, dirt, and loose soil segments in your Mardi Himal Trek. The steep trekking parts with several ascending and descending sections are another difficulty factor that can be really draining.

During this Himalayan adventure, you will cover an approximate distance of 40- 50 km (25- 31 miles), thus you will be covering 5- 6 hours of trekking distance during each day of your adventure. Moreover, you will be walking on the rugged rough trails ascending to the higher altitudes, just a note here that even just simple walking at higher altitudes can be more draining than the lower sea level.

Unless you have prepared adequately for the adventure, trekking on the remote rugged trail stretching to higher elevation points carrying your baggage can vexing. And you might have to drag yourself from one to another without being able to truly relish the experience.

Weather Factors

Although it is true that Mardi Himal Trek is a remarkable adventure in the peak seasons like autumn and spring, it can also feel like eternal damnation during the off seasons like winter season (December, January, February) and monsoon season (June, July, August).

Even if the Mardi Himal Trek is a year-round adventure, you also need to understand the weather difficulty factors of the off-seasons before doing this Himalayan adventure. The monsoon season in particular is considered to be the most unfavorable season for the Himalayan adventures.

Continuous downpour doesn’t only dampen the adventurous spirit, but it also makes the trekking trails muddy and you will have to spend a significant amount of time scraping the mud off your boot. Similarly, the slipper terrains at high altitudes carry the potential risk of injuries and even fatality.

On top of that, natural disasters like landslides and flooding further elevate the risk factors of the monsoon season. Compared to that, the winter is a stable season however, the harsh climatic conditions make the trek extremely difficult.

Not only you will have to deal with the snow-covered trails, but you will also find yourself often struggling to keep yourself warm. Nonetheless, with the right clothes and equipment, Mardi Himal Trek is doable in the winter, but if you are new to Himalayan trekking, it would be wise to avoid the off-seasons.

Remoteness

When people hear about the Himalayan adventure, the first thing that comes to their mind is the epic journey to the foothills of the majestic Himalayas. But, what many fail to realize is that it is a remote exploration farther from the comfort of modernity.

The trails of Mardi Himal Trek follow the remote part of the region, you cannot expect services and amenities like an exotic vacation destination. Due to the lack of proper transportation modes in the region infrastructural and technological development of the region is at a minimum.

The lower region of the trekking trail is adequately equipped with medical facilities, electricity, internet, and other telecommunication services. But, as you ascend to the higher altitudes these facilities including other services are at a bare minimum or non-existent at all.

So for the Mardi Himal Trek, you need to prepare yourself for the discomfort and inconveniences that you have to face on the trekking trail.

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Training and Preparation for the Trek

Training and Preparation for the Trek

The best way to overcome the trek difficulty and truly relish the Himalayan ambiance rather than being burned out by every day’s adventure is to train and prepare adequately for the expedition.

It is recommended that you should prepare at least 4- 6 weeks prior to the trekking experience so your body will get accustomed to the physical activity. As you have to overcome rough terrains with several steep sections during the Mardi Himal Trek, it is recommended that you do some practice hikes on the naturally steep landscapes.

This way you will be able to properly understand the day-to-day trekking adventure more effectively. As for the training period you can adjust it after doing a proper physical assessment, if you are in sports or you workout almost on a regular basis, you might not have to put in a lot of hours for the training.

However, if you barely workout, then you need to strictly follow your training regime for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Here are some training exercises that you can include in your training program for the Mardi Himal Trek.

For Strength and Endurance Training

Mardi Himal Trek is a demanding trek with a moderate difficulty level, so you can include these exercises to enhance your physical capabilities.

  • Push up
  • Pull up
  • Planks
  • Weightlift
  • Deadlift
  • Lunges
  • Bicep curl
  • Barbell curl
  • Push down
  • Leg press
  • Leg extension
  • Lateral raise
  • Bench press
  • Power training

For Cardiovascular Training

As for cardiovascular training, these exercises help your body to efficiently deliver oxygen to your muscles making it easier for you to acclimatize properly in the rising altitude. These exercises also improve your hiking performance and decrease the stress level on your joints.

  • Jogging
  • Swimming
  • Jumping rope
  • Cycling
  • Rowing
  • Dancing
  • Aerobics
  • Cardio

Food and Accommodation

As the Mardi Himal Trek takes place inside the Annapurna region, one of the mainstream trekking routes of the country, you can expect a moderate level of food and accommodation facilities during your trek.

Even though the eatery menus are not as extensive as you would find in a luxurious restaurant, you will still be able to enjoy the healthy sourced, nutritious balanced local delicacies, Tibetan culture-influenced dishes, and some continental menus as well.

You can expect the following menus during your Mardi Himal Trek:

For Breakfast

  • Fresh juice, tea, coffee
  • Eggs
  • Bread, Tibetan bread, toast
  • Oatmeal
  • Corn flakes
  • Cereals
  • Pudding
  • Porridge
  • Paratha
  • Chappati
  • Pakoda
  • Spring roll
  • Pancake

For Lunch and Dinner

  • Dal bhaat tarkari (steamed rice, lentil soup, vegetables, and side dishes)
  • Noodles, spaghetti
  • Chowmein
  • Momo
  • Pizza
  • Pasta
  • Macaroni
  • Sandwich
  • Soup
  • Steak
  • Fries
  • Lasagna
  • Shyphale
  • Thukpa
  • Rhildu
  • Tingmo
  • Rikikure

As for the water, drinking from the tap directly isn’t safe, and buying bottled mineral water bottles in the higher region can be costly. So, the best way to drink safe water during your trek is to use purification solutions or tablets in the boiled water at the teahouses.

**Note: A minimum of 2- 3 liters of water consumption is recommended for the Mardi Himal Trek**

Accommodation

The teahouses along the trail in the Mardi Himal Trek are run by the local natives, so you can expect the accommodation to be cozy and comfortable of course with few homely touches. Mostly you will be using shared bedrooms with 2 to 3 adjacent beds which are well-equipped with comfortable linens, mattresses, and pillows.

Although the accommodation facilities in the teahouses are warm and cozy, you are recommended to carry a four-season sleeping bag to comfortably settle in for the night.

As for the bathroom facilities, the bathrooms in the lower region of the trekking trail are Western/European-style with showers and a flush system. However, as you ascend to the higher altitudes, you will have to make do with the traditional style bathroom facilities and buckets of hot water for baths.

How long Does it Take to Complete the Mardi Himal Trek?

It will take you around 5-7 days to complete the Mardi Himal Trek. The duration of the trek depends upon several factors, such as the route chosen, mode of transportation, starting point, acclimatization needs, weather conditions, fitness and experience level, and the pace of each individual trekker.

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Meet with Prakash Chandra Devkota, Managing Director and Team Leader

Mr. Devkota hails from the beautiful hilly region of Gorkha District. He started his career as a guide in 1997 and quickly became a reputed figure in the Tourism Industry because of his extensive experience. He has gathered impressive experience in all Trekking and Climbing Routes, such as Mera, Island, Lobuche, Ama Dablam etc.

His success also lies in his brilliant mind and hospitable nature. He is fully dedicated to providing excellent services and introducing innovative concepts. With more than 15 years of experience in trekking and expedition operations in Nepal, Tibet, India, and Bhutan, he has earned a reputation as a renowned leader in the field. He understands the importance of personalized service for creating memorable experiences for his clients and constantly seeks innovative company operation methods.

Mr. Devkota has always been an avid practitioner of eco-friendly tourism and has always promoted environmental conservation throughout his career. He motivates his staff to embrace eco-friendly tourism through responsible tourism practices.

GLIMPSES OF   Mardi Himal Trek

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View from Badal Danda v
View from Upper viewpoint
Beautiful machha puchhre
annapurna range view
View from Dhampus
Sunset view from badal danda

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