Mardi Himal Trek - 12 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 12 days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: 4,450m/ 14,599 ft. Walking Per Day: 5 hrs
Accommodation: N/A Grade: Fair Strenuous
Best Season: Spring and Autumn Group Size: Minimum 2
Mode: Tea-House/Lodge Culture: Gurung / Mixed

Why choose the Mardi Himal Trek when selecting the best hiking holidays in the Himalayas?

Nepal’s Mardi Himal Trek is certainly worth considering if you want a trekking holiday of fewer than 14 nights that still takes in an incredible array of sights and experiences.

Mardi is one of Nepal’s “best-kept secrets” as keen hikers and climbers tend to go to the better-known mountain routes for trekking expeditions.

For example, many trekking holiday enthusiasts head for a different part of the Annapurna range to enjoy panoramic views and climb to Annapurna base camp, following the snow-crusted footsteps of other adventure-seekers and altitude enthusiasts.

Just east of the popular Annapurna Circuit is the Mardi Himal, which offers a relatively new option for trekking and largely unexplored mountain terrain. 

From Mardi Base Camp, you will experience truly jaw-dropping sights across the Annapurna range, as well as iconic views of Machapuchhre and Hiunchuli.

In a relatively moderately-challenging climb – from High Camp (3580m) to Mardi Base Camp, you can soak up the incredible experience of seeing a sunrise or sunset in the Himalayan mountains; memories that will stay with you forever.


Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Tribhuwan International Airport
      • Thamel
    • Highlights :
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
      • Welcoming with Marigold Flower Garland
      • Group Photo
      • Introduction with group members and trekking crew
      • Evening Walk at Thamel

     

  • Day 2 Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara(820m/2,690ft)
    • Duration :200km (5-6hrs Drive)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Kathmandu
      • Dhading
      • Muglin
      • Damauli
      • Pokhara
    • Highlights :
      • Scenic Drive
      • Walk to Lakeside
      • Preparation for trek

     

  • Day 3 Pokhara – Khande – Potana (1,950m/ 6,397 ft)
    • Duration :29km (1hr Drive) and 8km (4hrs walk)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :300m/984ft
    • Location :
      • Pokhara
      • Nau Danda
      • Khande
      • Potana
    • Highlights :
      • Preparation for trek
      • Scenic Drive
      • Walk through Village
      • Mountain View
      • Incredible Nature

     

  • Day 4 Pothana – Forest Camp (2,600m/ 8,530 ft)
    • Duration :11km (7hrs walk)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :650m/2,132ft
    • Location :
      • Pothana
      • Deurali
      • Forest Camp
    • Highlights :
      • Jungle Walk
      • Annapurna South
      • Himchuli and Machhapuchhre Views
      • Flora and fauna
      • Rhododendron and Oak Forest 

     

  • Day 5 Forest Camp to Low Camp (2,990m/ 9,809 ft)
    • Duration :8km (4-5hrs walk)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :400m/1,312ft
    • Location :
      • Forest Camp
      • Low Camp
    • Highlights :
      • Astonishing view Annapurna Range and Mardi Himal
      • Steep and challenging trails
      • Natural ‘window’ in the dense forest
      • Marvellous view of Fishtail Mountain
      • Flora and fauna 

     

  • Day 6 Low Camp to High Camp (3,580/ 11,745 ft)
    • Duration :9km (5-6hrs Drive)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :630m/2,066ft
    • Location :
      • Low Camp
      • Badal Danda
      • High Camp
    • Highlights :
      • Grassy Landscape
      • Alpine Vegetation
      • Marvellous view of Annapurna Ranges
      • Machhauchhre and Mardi Himal
      • Feeling of being above the clouds

     

  • Day 7 High Camp – Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,450m/ 14,599 ft) – Badal Danda(3,438m/11,279ft)
    • Duration :12-13km (7hrs walk)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :900m/2,952ft
    • Descend :1,012m/3,320ft
    • Location :
      • High Camp
      • Mardi Himal Base Camp
      • Badal Danda
    • Highlights :
      • Sunrise view from High Camp
      • Spectacular view of Mardi and Pyramid View of Machhapuchhre
      • Distant view of Annapurna I, Annapurna III and Gaganpurna
      • Narrow and Rocky Trails
      • Fantastic View of Blue Glaciers of Sanctuary Wall
      • Himalayan Monal

     

  • Day 8 Badal Danda to Siding Village (1,885m/ 6,184 ft)
    • Duration :12km (5hrs walk)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/ Hotel
    • Descend :1,730m/5,675ft
    • Location :
      • Badal Danda
      • Low Camp
      • Siding Village
    • Highlights :
      • Terraced Field
      • View of Mardi and Machhapuchre
      • Jungle Walk
      • Mixed Culture
      • Dense Rhododendron Forest

     

  • Day 9 Siding Village to Lwang village (1,460m/ 4,790 ft)
    • Duration :10km (4-5 hrs walk)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Home Stay
    • Descend :240m/778ft
    • Ascend :200m/656ft
    • Location :
      • Siding Village
      • Kalimati
      • Keshbang
      • Lwang Village
    • Highlights :
      • Traditional Village
      • Tea Garden
      • Gurung Culture

     

  • Day 10 Lwang Village - Khora Muk - Pokhara(820m/ 2,690 ft)
    • Duration :2km (40mins walk) and 30Km(2hrs Drive)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Lwang Village
      • Khora Muk
      • Pokhara
    • Highlights :
      • Vicinity of Mardi Himal
      • Panoramic View of Tea Gardens and Peaks

     

  • Day 11 Pokhara - Kathmandu
    • Duration :200km (5-6hrs Drive)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Pokhara
      • Muglin
      • Dhading
      • Kathmandu
    • Highlights :
      • Scenic Drive
      • Farewell Dinner 

     

  • Day 12 Departure Day
    • Meals :Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Location :
      • Thamel
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
    • Highlights :
      • Souvenir Shopping
      • Airport Drop with Khata/Khatag as a Symbol of Wishing Safe Journey
      • Group Photo

     

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Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop service
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon)
  • 3 nights Hotel in Pokhara
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; any items in the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you to not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • Transportation costs: Drive(Ktm – Pkr- Ktm) with other driving fares.
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade in working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kind of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staffs.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belongs to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System(TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag and Trekking Map with the company logo.
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • 13% VAT and 10% company service charge
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Airport pickup and drop service
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon)
  • 3 nights Hotel in Pokhara
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • Breakfasts during the trek
  • Transportation costs: Drive(Ktm – Pkr- Ktm) with other driving fares.
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade in working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kind of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staffs.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belongs to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System(TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag and Trekking Map with the company logo.
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • 13% VAT and 10% company service charge
  • Farewell Dinner

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses
  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • All meals during the trek except for breakfast
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses

Route Map

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for 12 days Mardi Himal Trek

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

UPPER BODY

Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket

LOWER BODY

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Inner thermals

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Shower sandals

HANDS

Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Creams
Sanitizer

ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits 

Personal Regular Medicines
Knee Caps
Bandages
Ointments
Blister Tape

MISCELLANEOUS

Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Light-weighted Towel
Swiss Knife
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

Review

Mindblowing experience!

Ralph E
Ralph E
Source:Trip Advisor

 

NMT is a professional agency when it comes to adventure and trekking in Nepal. Owner Ramesh is a warmhearted person that listens to your wishes and provides alternatives you probably wouldn't have come up with. Above that he also takes good care of his personnel and the area you go to. You can choose if you want him to arrange everything on your trip (like food, housing, etc), or that you want some freedom in there. Our preference is in the latter. In dialogue with Ramesh we decided to do the less popular, more adventurous Mardi Himal trekking in the Annapurna Mountain Region. It turned out to be everything an adventurous trekking is supposed to be. Actually, it was even more than that! We left for a 2 week trekking with our porter Amar, who in the beginning was a bit quiet. Later on, he turned out to be a wonderful entertainer and a very considerate person when we needed some extra care. The trekking was an unforgettable experience through the wild, pristine and amazing nature of Nepal, combined with the life in the mountains. The only glitch in the trekking was that sometimes we had a tough schedule for the day and the trekking was meant to reach the next destination. Doing this trekking in more days - slowed down - will provide you to more fully enjoy the beautiful surrounding and breathe the atmosphere. The fact that you stay in quite some places without wifi or electricity really makes you escape the demands and pressures of our wired, western world! A highly recommended experience at a heartedly recommended agency.

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