Mardi Himal Trek  

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Trip Duration: 12 days

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Trip at a Glance

  • Trip Name: Mardi Himal Trek
  • Trip Code: TC-MHD-01
  • Trip Duration: 12 days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate to Difficult
  • Activities: Trekking, sightseeing, hiking
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Tea/Coffee
  • Transportation: Car/Jeep/Bus/Van
  • Best Season: March-May | October-December
  • Country: Nepal
  • Max Altitude: 4500 meters
  • Group size: 2-max

Trip Overview

Located just east to the most thrilling trekking destination of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek can be called as a hidden gem. Even though only a few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal base camp, those who go out there are never disappointed. This short trek provides you with the opportunity to view outstanding peaks and go through villages of Annapurna region to know the culture and traditions of that village.

The route of this region is a new one so you won’t be able to see lots of trekkers and the tea house and hotels are simple compared to other places in that region. Due to the less-developed place, it is less touristic and you can see the fantastic scenery of that region. The trek makes a small circuit up to the base camp of Mardi Himal. Hence, it also has advantages that you don’t have to backtrack over the same terrain.

At first, the trail starts out in the forest but after a few days you will have great views of the big peaks like Annapurna South and  Machhapucchre or Fish Tail and the trek ends at the Mardi Himal base camp and if you have a few extra days you might even consider extending this trek and climb Mardi Himal  (5,587 m)which is one of the same ridgelines as Machhapuchhre

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel, welcome dinner

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, our representative will welcome you holding a clear sign displaying your name. You’ll then be taken to your chosen hotel in the center of the city. That evening we will provide a welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant where you can taste authentic Nepali food and experience a cultural dance presentation. 

  Hotel

  Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation

Our second day is for a sightseeing tour to several of the cultural UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu city. An expert city guide will guide us to sacred Hindu temples, Buddhist shrines, and historical monuments as you become acquainted with Nepalese culture and traditions. Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, and their extreme art and architecture are our center of attraction. Thereafter, Trekking Mart will organize a trek orientation program and also assist you on trekking preparation (equipment’s packing, etc).

  Hotel

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (827m): 6-7 hours

Our journey to the hidden gem starts by driving to the beautiful city of Pokhara. We can enjoy the beautifully terraced farms, little shops by the side of the road and the raging Trishuli River on our drive to Pokhara also referred to as the ‘City of Lakes.’ We can view the Himalayas like Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Macchapuchhre, and Annapurna. Overnight in Pokhara will allow us to enjoy the nightlife of Pokhara.

  Hotel

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2100m): 30 minutes drive, 4-5 hours trek

After early morning breakfast, we start our adventure with a drive to Phedi and start 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.

  Hotel

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Deurali to forest camp (2,520m): 6-7 hours

Our trail passes through lush forest dotted with the red rhododendrons. Regarded as the national flower of Nepal, these flowers are beautiful and a common sight in Nepalese hills. We can take rest and explore the area which is also known locally as Kokar. Overnight in Forest Camp.

  Hotel

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Forest Camp to low camp (2970m): 5-6 hours

We continue our journey walking through the dense forests which will give us an opportunity to view and admire Nepal’s rich biodiversity. After reaching the low camp, we can get to see the fantastic view of Mt. Machapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) up the valley. We can spend some time in the evening observing the local lifestyle. Overnight in low camp.

  Hotel

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Low camp to high camp (3540m): 3-4 hours

We trek 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. If lucky, we might even come across the Daphne pheasant (national bird of Nepal) on our way to high camp. We ascend up to the high camp, which the final destination of the day. From here the mountain views are stunning. Overnight in high camp.

  Hotel

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: High camp to upper viewpoint (4250m), return back to high camp: 2-3 hours

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 trek back to the high camp for an overnight stay.

  Hotel

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: High camp to Sidhing Village (1700m): 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. Overnight in Siddhing.

 

  Hotel

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Trek to Lumre, drive to Pokhara

After an early breakfast, we walk towards Lumre finally reaching the road from where we begin our drive to Pokhara. After reaching the beautiful city of Pokhara, you will then be taken to a hotel where you can take your lunch along with the mesmerizing view of the mountains. You can then rest until your energy restores

  Hotel

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Drive/fly to Kathmandu

After breakfast we’ll then return back to Kathmandu. We’ll either return by tourist bus which takes around 7-8 hours or return by flight which takes around 30 minutes.

  Hotel

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Final departure

Our friendly representative will drop you off at the airport. We are sure that you will be inspired to visit Nepal again after this trek. We hope that you choose us to plan your next trip to Nepal. 

What is included?

  • Airport pickup and drop
  • Kathmandu city tour
  • Licensed trekking Guide
  • Porter to carry Luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter)
  • Lodge to Lodge accommodation during trekking
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the trek
  • Salary, Insurance, food and lodging for guide and porter
  • Trekking Mart sleeping bag and down jacket.
  • Trekking permit
  • Necessary insurance for your guide and porter.
  • Local Gov. Tax
  • Welcome Dinner

What is not included?

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except welcome dinner.
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses ( phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, Bottled or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters.

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