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Mardi Himal Trekking

Trip Level
Moderate
Destination
Nepal
Max Altitude
4500 meter
Trip Duration
10 Days

Overview

One of the most popular treks of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem. Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the impressive Machapuchhre. The trail goes along small winding paths, through magical rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 m. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

From High Camp (3580 m; some maps incorrectly mention 3900 m) you can climb up to Mardi Himal Base Camp in about 3-4 hours, which offers spectacular close up views of the entire Annapurna Range. There are simple guesthouses and homestays along the entire route. For the winter trek we may have to use tent and some fast foods.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,264ft) and hotel transfer

  • Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (827m/2,700ft) 6-7 hours

  • Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2100m/6,720ft) 30 minutes drive, 4-5 hours trek

  • Day 04: Deurali to forest camp (2,520m/8064ft) 6-7 hours

  • Day 05: Forest Camp to low camp (2970m/9504ft) 5-6 hours

  • Day 06: Low camp to high camp (3580m/11,745ft) 3-4 hours

  • Day 07: High camp to upper viewpoint (4500m/14750ft), return back to high camp 2-3 hours

  • Day 08: High camp to Sidhing Village (1700m/5440ft) 6-7 hours

  • Day 09: Trek to Lumre, drive to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu: 2-3 hours trek, 2 hours drive, fly back to Kathmandu 25 minutes

  • Day 10: Final departure from Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,264ft)
After arrival in Kathmandu Airport, our representative will picks up you and transfer to hotel. We will have trip briefing in the evening with dinner and Nepalese culture show.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (827m/2,700ft) 6-7 hours
We will have scenic drive to Pokhara, referred as the ‘City of Lakes' from there we get great views of the mountains including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2100m/6,720ft) 30 minutes drive, 4-5 hours trek
After the breakfast in the morning, we start our trip with a drive to Phedi and trekking from there. We walk on stone steps, terraced fields and through villages and forests before reaching Dhampus where we have lunch. We continue our walk to Deurali which is a small village beautifully located on a ridge with good views of the Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhare. Overnight in Deurali.

Meals Included :Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 04: Deurali to Forest camp (2,520m/8064ft) 6-7 hours
Today, our trail passes through lush forest dotted with red rhododendrons forest and flowers. Our trail is very quiet until we reach a clearing of the forest camp. We can take rest and explore the area.

Meals Included :Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 05: Forest Camp to Low camp (2970m/9504ft) 5-6 hours
We continue to walk through dense forests and reach the low camp. From here, the fantastic view of Mt. Fishtail. We can spend some time in the evening observing the local lifestyle.

Meals Included :Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 06: Low camp to High camp (3540m/11,328ft) 3-4 hours
After breakfast, our trek goes uphill alongside a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhre. The tree lines start getting thinner and the area mostly consists of shrubs with isolated rhododendron bushes along the trail We may have chance to see Daphne pheasant, which is also the national bird of Nepal on the way to high camp from where we can see the beautiful mountains.

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 07: High camp to Upper viewpoint (4250m/13600ft), return back to High camp 2-3 hours
After breakfast, we continue to Upper viewpoint we ascend and descend on a steep and narrow trail. Our trail passes through pastures and we hike along a narrow ridge before reaching the Upper Viewpoint. The view of the Himalayan vista from here is astonishing. We see Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and others. We have overnight in High camp

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 08: High camp to Sidhing Village (1700m/5440ft) 6-7 hours
We take a different route in high camp that takes us to Sidhing instead of going back down to Mardi Himal. The different route lets us experience something different and makes our trek exciting.  Siddhing offers a quiet stay for trekkers as it is tucked away from the busier trails.

Meals Included :Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 09: Trek to Lumre, drive to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu: 2-3 hours trek, 2 hours drive and 25 minutes flight
After an early breakfast, we walk towards Lumre, where we will have road for our drive to Pokhara. We will directly transfer to Pokhara Airport for your flight to Kathmandu. We will pick up from Domestic Airport and transfer to hotel. In the evening we will have farewell Dinner.

Meals Included :Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 10: Final departure from Kathmandu
After breakfast you will be free till your departure. One of our representative will picks up you from hotel and transfer to International Airport.

Cost Details

    • Arrival and departure airport transfers in Kathmandu by private vehicle
    • Night's in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast
    •  Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara (optional)
    • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period in the lodges/restaurents
    • Local fresh fruits where available
    • Surface Transport to and from Kathmandu by private vehicle
    • Twin sharing acommodation at the tea house lodges
    • Annapurna base camp trekking map
    • An experience guide and one trekking helper between 2 persons
    • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) when required
    • All required special trekking permits and conservation fee
    • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
    • All government taxes and our service charges
    • Farewell Dinner before departure
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Your Travel insurance
    • Any International and Domestic airfare and taxes
    • Nepal entry visa fee (available at Kathmandu airport on arrival)
    • Tips for trekking staff and driver (tipping is expected but not mandatory)
    • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
    • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone calls and internet service.
    • Personal trekking Equipments.
    • Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara if doing sightseeing
    • Any others expenses not mentioned on package Includes section

Equipments Checklist

Clothing
    Warm jacket or down jacket
    Water and windproof jacket, poncho or umbrella
    Long sleeved synthetic fleece
    Thermal underwear
    Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
    Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
    Shorts and trousers, or skirt
    2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
    2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
    Proper hiking boots
    Running shoes and flip-flops
    T-shirts

During winter season, additional clothings may include:
    The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
    Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
    Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
    Snow gaitors

Trekking Gear
    Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
    Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
    Map of the trekking area
    Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
    Sleeping bag and silk liner
    Water bottles

Miscellaneous
    Toiletries
    A small light weight and quick drying towel
    Bar of soap
    Sunscreen (at least SPF +20)
    Earplugs
    Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
    First aid kid
    Water purification tables or a water filter
    Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
    Toilet paper

Optional items
    Camera, battery etc
    Altimeter
    Compass
    Binoculars
    Books/magazines
    Trekking poles
    GPS unit
    Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
    Sewing/repair kit
    Pocket knife
    Candles (for lodges)
    Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen

Camping

    Tent
    Stove and fuel
    Cooking, eating and drinking utensils
    Sleeping mat
    Food and water (for the very remote trekking areas)

Map

map

Departure Dates

No fixed departures.