Mardi Himal Trek 7 Days

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Overview

Trip code
NNTR-1019
Duration
12 days
Max. Altitude
4500m
Level
EASY
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Accomodation
3-Star Hotel In Kathmandu/Pokhara and Best Available guesthouses during the trek.
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu/Pokhara and All meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners) during the Trek.
Transportation
Private tourist Vehicle and Deluxe Tourist Bus
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kande-Pritam Deurali-Forest Camp-Low, High Camp-Mardi Himal base camp-Sidhing-Pokhara Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Trek into the heart of the Annapurna massive,
  • Pass through the beautiful farming villages of Dhampus, Sidhing and Lamure.
  • Witness the impressive high mountain peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna 1st, Annapurna South, Machhapuchre, Himchuli, and many more
  • Experience wonderful Nepali Culture and their daily lifestyle in Locle Homestay.

A short and medium trek of just 7 to 8 days to Mardi Himal base camp trek is something everyone should try once. The Mardi Himal Trek is a newly opened trekking trail and hidden treasure in the Annapurna region. While trekking trails such as Everest Base Camp and Annapurna circuit / Base Camp tend to capture the attention of mountain lovers, Mardi Himal trek offers a fantastic Himalayan trekking and magnificent mountain scenery experience without the impact of high volume trekking groups. This makes the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek one of those “best-kept secret” locations that only some trekkers get to experience. Mardi Himal trek is full of surprising view every day. Mountain Panorama of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Manaslu, and Mardi will sine above everything else. Mardi Himal base camp, Badal Danda, Siding village and Lwang are the major attraction of this trek.

The short adventure to Mardi Himal base camp starts at Kande after about 1 hour driving from Pokhara. About an hour of the steeper climb from Kande we reach to Australian Camp (2060m), then we trek slightly downhill to Pothana (1950m) then up again to Deurali (2100m). From Deurali we turn right to forest camp. Most of the trek goes to the left which leads to Annapurna base camp side. The trail is through the jungle, at first up then undulating on the top of a ridge, there is a section just over halfway where the trail drops steeply. As we continue the trek, the trail goes gradually up into the ridge. Soon we will arrive beautiful campsite of forest camp at the altitude of 2600 meter. The trail is, to begin with quite steep from Forest Camp but soon gets less steep as you again get up on the ridge. The trail leaves Low Camp again in the jungle, but the trees soon start to get smaller and after about one hours trekking broke out of the jungle and onto the open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to the left. From High Camp, the trail along the grassy ridge to Mardi Himal base camp takes about 4 hours at the altitude of 4500 meters.  The final destination of the trek. From here we trek down to Siding village via Low Camp, where we will experience homestay. From Siding, we drive back to Pokhara.  then to Kathmandu.
This whole trip will always remain in the most sacred part of your heart, you will always cheer these memories and you will want to make more of them. Happy Trekking...

Outline itinerary
Our suggested itinerary starting from Kathmandu and ending at Kathmandu for 10 days is one of the best ways to explore Mardi Himal Trek. If you are short of time you can also make this trek shorter by skipping 1 or 2 days during the trek. And if you are looking for the more challenging trek should look for NNTR Annapurna base camp trek, and if you want to trek longer you can add Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.  We will be more than happy to know your preference and or the style of travelling. Just let us know how we can help you to customize and make your trek a lifetime experience.
Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley
Day 3: Drive/flight to Pokhara
Day 4: Drive to Kande (1 hrs) Then trek to Pitam Deurali (2100 m) 2 to 3 hours
Day 5: Trek to Forest Camp (2550 m) 4 to 5 hours
Day 6: Trek to Low Camp (2990 m) 3 to 4 hours
Day 7: Trek to High Camp (3580 m) 3 to 4 hours
Day 8: Day hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m) and return to High Camp (3580 m) 6 to 7 hrs
Day 9: Trek to Sidhing (1850 m) 5 to6 hours
Day 10: Trek to Lumre 3 hours then drive to Pokhara 3 hours
Day 11: Drive/flight to Kathmandu
Day 12: Final departure

Trip Itinerary

Day

1

Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m)

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative from Namaste Nepal Trekking & Research Hub will pick you up from the airport. He will be displaying a NNTR sideboard outside the airport terminal. Transfer to the selected hotel. In the afternoon the pre-trip meeting will be holding at our office. During this meeting we will introduce your trek and or tour leader/guide, so please make sure that you ask all the questions and concerns. For the meeting please make sure you bring passport, 2 copies passport size photos and your travel insurance policy copy (if you haven’t sent by email before).  And sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Then head out and visit one of Kathmandu's cultural highlights. In the evening, the tourist hub of Thamel is a good place to grab your first meal, with a variety of restaurants to chose from offering both Western and local Nepali dishes.

Day

2

Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley

After breakfast, your sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley will start. You will have a professional tour guide with a private vehicle. Today you will visit following cultural wonders of Kathmandu valley:

Swambhunath Stupa/Monkey temple:

Is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. The Swayambhunath consists of a stupa and a variety of shrines and temples. A Tibetan monastery, museum and library are more recent additions. And we can see the 360-degree view of Kathmandu valley. This will be a good way to start your day with

Pashupatinath Temple:

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important and significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world. Located on the bank of the holy  Bagmati River near the airport. The major temple is strictly for Hindus only even though you are not allowed to go inside the main temple you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the other bank of the river.

Boudhanath Stupa:

Another UNESCO World Heritage site;  Boudhanath another holiest sites of Kathmandu valley. It was built in the 5th century with pairs of eyes on all 4 directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.

Patan durbar square:

City of Fine Arts Patan; The ancient royal palace of Patan faces on to magnificent Durbar Square. This concentrated mass of temples is perhaps the most visually stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. The historic monument which describes the oldest architecture of Nepal is Patan durbar square, Temple construction in the square went into overdrive during the Malla period (14th to 18th centuries).

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

After finished sightseeing in Patan on the way to your hotel, our driver will drop you to Kathmandu Durbar Square (only if you are staying at Thamel) from where you can walk back to Thamel through a narrow and oldest open street market of Asan. In Kathmandu durbar square you can see the following:

  • -Pagoda style temples which were made twelve to eighteen centuries
  • -An ancient royal palace with museum
  • -Kashthamandap (which named to the city as Kathmandu)
  • -Living Goddess Kumari
  • -Black Bhairava (God of death)

Day

3

Drive/flight to Pokhara

Your trekking guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the bus station/airport. On the way catch the great view of the Himalaya, the countryside of Nepal, cross allot of alpine forests, many green hills and riverside. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. In the evening boating in the Fewa lake and hike up to world peace Stupa for Sunset view over the Pokhara valley and the beautiful Annapurna massif.

A perfect starting for your trek!

Day

4

Drive to Kande (1 hrs) Then trek to Pitam Deurali (2100 m) 2 to 3 hours

Our adventure begins here. After the morning breakfast, the 1-hour drive will take us to Kade, the trekking starting point. We will start climb stairs for about an hour to get to Australian Camp. Australian camp is known for the stunning view of Annapurna Himalayan range, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu Mountain. We will take easy gradual downhill to get to another village of Potana. From Potana it’s easy gradual up through the jungle and some grassland to get to Pritam Deurali where we will spend the night.

Day

5

Trek to Forest Camp (2550 m) 4 to 5 hours

Our second day of the trek. We already left all the city crowd, village and Roads. Yes, we are all in nature.  The trail ascends gently through the deep mixed forest of Rhododendron, Oak, maple, hemlock and many more flora and faunas. About 4 hours of ascends and descents into the dense forest the small settlement of Forest camp will be welcoming us. From where we can have a stunning view of Annapurna massive on one side and beautiful village of Ghandruk in the other side.

Day

6

Trek to Low Camp (2990 m) 3 to 4 hours

After enjoying the sunrise view and the breakfast, we start to ascend alongside a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Machhapuchre mountains. Soon the forests will start to get thinner and the sky opens more and we get to see more views.  As we look down the left, we see the Modi River valley and the Annapurna sanctuary area until the horizon. This area is also famous for many different verities of flowers, Birds and Wildlife. We might be able to spot the national bird of Nepal Danphe/Lophophorus. The low Camp offers the towering overhead views of Machhapuchere, where you can spend hours even without realizing it, so Close, but at so far! Here we spend the night.

Day

7

Trek to High Camp (3580 m) 3 to 4 hours

Leaving the mesmerizing campsite of Low camp is almost heartbreaking. It was being incredibly photogenic spot but soon we will be getting closer to the mountains and the views will be even more beautiful.

About 1:30 hours of a gradual climb through the forest we will get into the middle camp than into the Badal Dada one of the finest views of the trek, from where we can have delightful views of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre and Mardi Himal itself. Soon we will be trekking above the tree line. The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge. We should be able to kick high camp close to lunch. The high camp also offers a wide range of mountain views. We will have enough time to acclimatize, rest and explore the awesome spot on the lap of the mountain.

Day

8

Day hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m) and return to High Camp (3580 m) 6 to 7 hrs

We wake up early today for sunrise view. After enjoying the beautiful sunrise view with a hot cup of tea and the breakfast we start our day to Mardi Himal base camp. It is almost 1 km up from here but no worries, about 3 hours of walk through the well-established trail on the grassy ridge will take us to the dreaming Mardi Himal base camp. a pleasing view of the Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar(7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna base camp and many others will sine above everything else. After spending some time in this awesome site we will trek back to High Camp and enjoy the rest of the evening glance the unique site sorrowing.

Day

9

Trek to Sidhing (1850 m) 5 to 6 hours

It’s again heartbreaking to leave the unforgettable sight of High Camp. Trekking back to sidhing is mostly easy downhill. From low camp, we take left and continue descending. It’s about 1600 meter down on the count. Soon we will be in a different geographical land with a warmer Slade with friendly and welcoming villages.  Siding village also offers homestay facilities where you can experience wonderful Nepali culture, their daily lifestyle and spending time with Host family members.

Day

10

Trek to Lumre 3 hours then drive to Pokhara 3 hours

From Sidhing we trek through the flat course of the river valley that passes beautiful cultural villages like Kalimati, Ghalel. It’s an easy walk to Lumre for about 3 hours. By the time you get to Lumre our private tourist vehicle will be waiting for us to spin back to Pokhara.

Day

11

Drive/flight to Kathmandu

We will take an early morning deluxe tourist bus/afternoon flight to Kathmandu. If you have time and interested in extending the trip, White water rafting, Chitwan jungle safari, visit Lumbini: Birthplace of Lord Buddha, paragliding, sightseeing will be ideal.

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to the selected hotel. In the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey, the farewell dinner will be served in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

Day

12

Final departure

Your adventure to Nepal comes to the end today! It’s time to say goodbye to Nepal until the Next Time! Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu, a city stroll, and-or souvenir shopping. NNTR representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. On the way to your home, you have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful land of the mystic Himalayas.

Inclusions

What is included?

  • All Airport hotel transfer by private vehicle
  • 3 night 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • The farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • 2 night 3-star hotel in Pokhara
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by Deluxe tourist Bus.
  • Pokhara - Kande by Private tourist vehicle
  • Lamure to Pokhara by Private Tourist vehicle
  • All the twin sharing  accommodation during the trek
  • All the meals (Breakfast, Tea break, Lunch and Dinner) with seasonal fruits during the trek.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits(TIMS and ACAP entrance)
  • All government and local  taxes
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide, 
  • Assistant  trekking guide (1 assistant  trekking guide for every 7 trekkers ), 
  • And Sherpa porters/Support staff  (1 Support staff for every 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, transports food and lodging.

What isn't included?

  • Nepal visas fee (lowest fee available is for a 15-day visa costing 30$/person)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess luggage charges
  • Extra night accommodating in Kathmandu/Pokhara (if in case of early Arrival/return from mountain then the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, personal drinks, battery charge, bottle or boiling water, hot shower, wifi and or internet, etc)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Note: Items in 5&6  are paid in Nepali Rupees (cash). Exchange from Euro (€), pound (£) US ($) to Rupees (NPR) can be obtained at the airports and exchange offices along the streets or you can tell us to exchange once you arrive in Kathmandu.
    It is estimated that approximately an amount of 1,000 Rupees per day per person (10 US$) will be spent on miscellaneous expenses. 

Complimentary

    • Down jacket and seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • Namaste Nepal’s duffle  bag
    • Namaste Nepal’s  T-shirt
    • Trekking map
    • Trekking Pools (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • A self-sufficient medical first aid kit containing vital medications.
    • Company branded water bottle with purification tablets
    • Solar panel for battery charging in the mountain
    • Oximeter

Date & Price

Upcoming Departure Dates

Start Date End Date Offer Price Status
1st Oct, 2022 7th Oct, 2022 USD 783 Limited Book now
1st Mar, 2022 7th Mar, 2022 USD 783 Limited Book now
4th Oct, 2021 10th Oct, 2021 USD 783 Guarenteed Book now
7th Sep, 2021 8th Sep, 2021 USD 783 Guarenteed Book now
1st Apr, 2021 7th Apr, 2021 USD 783 Guarenteed Book now
1st Mar, 2021 7th Mar, 2021 USD 783 Guarenteed Book now

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I need to leave/cancel the trek early?

Anything can happen anytime during the trek. If you need to leave your trek on the middle of the trail we will provide maximum effort to make sure your safe return to Kathmandu. And we will assist with your travel arrangements for your home. you have to know that we will not be able to refund any money to you.

Do I need to get Trekking Permits for the Mardi Himal trek?

Yes, it’s our job – Leave it to us! every trekker who wants to trek in around Annapurna's reason of Nepal needs to get 2 different permits. 1) TIMS Card, and 2) Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit(ACAP) All of them will cost 40 us dollars for foreigners, 13 us dollars for SAARC Nationality, and 50 us dollars for the free individual trekkers.

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