Mardi Himal Trek

8 Days

Overview

A look at the Mardi Himal Trek
Kathmandu is the starting point.
Kathmandu is the final destination.
Mardi Himal Base Camp is the highest point on this trek.
The highest elevation point is 4350 meters above sea level.
Tea houses provide lodging during the trek.
Your options for Kathmandu lodging (cost not included in the package)
Pokhara 3* hotel with comfortable rooms (cost included in package)
Meals are served three times per day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)Tourist Bus is the mode of transportation.
The Mardi Himal Trek is a fantastic short trip to a remote part of the Himalayas. The experience you gain on this journey makes your dream a reality by utilizing the God-given beauty of nature.
mtnepal offers an 8-day Mardi Himal Trek that is suitable for people with limited vacation time. This exotic trekking destination was recently added to Nepal’s list of incredible treks.
Mardi Himal is located to the east of Annapurna Base Camp and directly beneath Mount Machhapuchhre. It is located at a height of 5587 meters in the Annapurna region of Gandaki Province.
The Mardi Himal route was recently discovered and officially opened to trekkers in 2012. This region is rich in biodiversity, with several ethnic groups living along the trails, including Tamang, Brahmins, Chhetris, Thakali, and the majority being Gurungs.
Trekking in Mardi Himal reflects the various ethnic groups’ cultural and traditional uniqueness. It is an excellent opportunity to gain local knowledge by visiting Nepalese culture and homes.
Nepal Eco Adventure’s Mardi Himal Trek itinerary allows you to experience Nepal’s inner culture and art. It takes you through stone-built villages, farmlands, and rhododendron forests..
Pokhara is the starting point for the journey to Mardi Himal. You drive to Phedi, admire the mountains, and then begin your trek to Pothana from there. The next day, you set out for Forest Camp, following the trails through the dense jungle of oaks, maples, and rhododendrons.
Then, continuing along the routes, you climb through rough terrains to High Camp. The sunset view from here is breathtaking. You then hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and spend some time there..
After lunch, you make your way down to High Camp for the night. The next day, you get up early and begin your journey to Siding village, passing through suspension bridges, traditional villages, and farmland.
The trails descend you until you reach Saidighatta, where you take the vehicle back to Pokhara. Finally, you will return to Kathmandu from Pokhara, bringing your 8-day Mardi Himal trek to a close.

Note: Our 11-day mardi himal trek package includes a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu as well as hotel accommodations. You might also be interested in this 5-day Mardi Himal trek itinerary.

Highlights

  • Visit one of Nepal's exotic destinations.
  • Beautiful view of the mountains, especially the Mardi Himal and the Fishtail.
  • A chance to see the Annapurna ranges up close.
  • Discover the true wilderness of the mountains.
  • Pass through valleys, landscapes, flora, fauna, and forests that are rich in natural beauty.
  • A lovely day in Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna region.
  • Enjoy the sunrise and sunset views from the higher points.
  • Get up close and personal with nature and the habitats of this region.
  • Trails wind through a dense forest of maple, hemlock, rhododendron, and oak.
  • Stay at cultural homestays that serve home-cooked meals.
  • Discover the rural lifestyle, free of the hustle and bustle.
  • Enjoy the hike that takes you through a hillside village, beautiful fields, and suspension bridges.
  • From start to finish, form bonds with people from various cultural backgrounds.
  • Discover some natural windows through the woods that provide some breathtaking views..

Itinerary

Overnight at Pokhara

The Mardi Himal Trek 8 Days begins with your ride to Pokhara from Kathmandu. The distance is not very long, but Nepal's terrain and road quality make it seem far. People who are short on time can fly there as well.

Your trip begins after breakfast, so fill your tummies, pack your bags, and wait for the guide. After their arrival, you board the tourist bus and head towards the beautiful city, Pokhara.

Getting out of the city, you are welcomed by the beautiful landscapes of green hills, lush jungles, and more. The surroundings get peaceful as you drive further from the capital.

You drive alongside the Trishuli river for most of the day. There are several big towns and small villages between the way, and you stop in one of these places for lunch.

After driving for hours, you reach Muglin, a mid-point between Kathmandu and Pokhara. From here, you cross a bridge that leads you towards your destination. The further you drive, you get to see farmlands and barren lands.

As you get closer to Pokhara, you catch a glance at Mount Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. Finally, after half a day's ride, you arrive at the marvelous city of lakes.

After reaching here, you check-in to your rooms, and the rest of the time is unplanned. So, you can freshen up and go out on an explore around the city. If you know cycling, you can hire one and go on evening rides inside the town.

But if you prefer less hustle, then you can go on walks along the sidepath of Fewa Lake. It is better to sleep early today as you have to begin your journey the next day.

Overnight at Pothana

Accommodation: Tea House

The initial thing you do after waking up is freshening up and visit the Fewa lake. Then returning to the hotel, you have your breakfast and begin the trip towards Phedi.

The route follows you through the Baglung Highway and leads you along the bumpy and dusty road. The drive duration is not very long, but you might feel it far more than normal due to graveled terrains.

Your Mardi Himal Trek 8 Days begin after arriving at Phedi as you walk your way to Pothana. There are several small shops in this small village where the local owners try to sell you stuff.

Avoiding them, the trek begins by climbing intimidating stairs all the way up. Continuing the upward walk for about one and half hours, you come across other local shops in the area.

You then wander past traditional villages and reach a flat stretch of land from where the view ahead looks awesome. This place looks like a grazing and picnic spot for the local villagers.

Soon afterward, you arrive at Dhampus, where you stop for your lunch. Fill your tummy cause the road gets erratic from here onwards. After lunch, you first descend along the beautiful forest trail. Then continue walking up and down the varied terrain viewing beautiful landscapes till Pothana.

You check in to your rooms and rest or head out to explore the valley. This village is quite touristy with plenty of accommodation available. Pothana might be at a lower elevation, but it sure gets chilly here. The lush green valley looks amazing from the tea houses.

Overnight at Forest Camp

Accommodation: Tea House

After breakfast, you pack your bags and follow a rocky path out of the village. The trail soon changes from rocky to dirt to a hardly noticeable forest path. There are not many markers in the trails, so stick with your group if you do not want to get lost.

You first climb the trails for an hour or so, following the off-beat path and reach Deurali. This place gives you a clear view of Fewa lake, Pokhara valley, and a couple of magnificent mountains (Annapurna and Dhaulagiri). Then you walk the trails that lead you through the jungle.

The destination today is a forest camp, so according to its name, the trail is densely populated with forests. You are surrounded by greenery throughout the day, which is quite an experience.

The forests offer birch, rhododendron, oak, hemlock, maple, and more. Also, the tree shades keep you cool and breezy whilst the air is fresh and rich with the organic smell.

After about an hour, the trail begins to get steep, creating a challenge for the trekkers. Continuing the trek, you walk on top of a ridge, then drop halfway and slowly gain altitude back to Forest Camp.

Forest camp is a wide-open green area that has few accommodations for stay. After checking in one of the tea houses, you can head out and lie in the grass while enjoying the surroundings.

Overnight at High Camp

Accommodation: Tea House

The day starts early today as you head to High Camp from Forest Camp. After breakfast, you continue the Mardi Himal Trek 8 Days through the forested path, but it is a bit firmer than the previous day.

The tree line has changed from dense to a bit shorter spaced out trees like mosses, shrubs, and more. Continue walking, and you come across larger areas covered in colorful rhododendrons.

Walking through this magical forest, you emerge to Low Camp, a wide flat land offering a clear view of Machhapuchhre (Mount Fishtail). The mountain looks mesmerizing, becoming the center of attention next to the forests.

Low Camp is also a stop destination for a few trekkers, where you can view the epic sunrise and sunset over the Annapurna. But our rest stop is high Camp, so you head back to the tracks after a hefty lunch.

The trails from here are steep, so be cautious. The ground is rocky, plus continues to get steeper with each climb. Moving ahead, the route slowly becomes barren with trees thin out and rocky paths leading towards High Camp.

High Camp lies above 3500 m, making it a bit chilly, so you can head to the fireside area for warmth after checking in. The sunset view is quite spectacular from this point.

Sleep early as an exciting day is waiting for you tomorrow.

Overnight at High Camp

Accommodation: Tea House

The day starts fast today as you have to set out on an ascent to make a final high climb of Mardi Himal Trek 8 days. You begin the trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp after a healthy breakfast.

Heading out on the journey, the impressive mountain view is gradually replaced by the rocky terrains. Walking along the ridge, you take the slow and steady path over an unclear trail.

The ascend is not too difficult but not too easy as well while hiking through the unseen path. You need to be careful as there are many death-end paths on this trip.

You make your way through a large area filled with boulders and continue climbing in the trails to the base camp. The first to catch your eyes is the magnificent views under the clear blue sky.

The place offers you the sight of Annapurna base camp on one side and Machhapuchhre on the other. The way to the base camp makes this 8 Day Mardi Himal Trek truly one of the best.

Then, you have your lunch at the base and continue to make your way back to High Camp. Following the same route to return, you stay the night in High Camp.

Overnight at Siding

Accommodation: Tea House

The trek to Siding from high Camp is quite easy today, and you can take your time to enjoy the beauty before beginning the journey. After a delicious breakfast, you retrace your way back to Low Camp.

The trails down to Siding are very memorable as you pass several villages and rice terraces. The trip today seems beautiful in many ways due to the pristine rural farming areas.

Following the routes, you stop at one of the points for lunch and refreshment. Then continuing the walk downhill, make your way through lush green jungles and farmlands to Siding Village.

Siding Village is also a starting and ending point for trekkers who are in a hurry due to less time. You can find vehicles that take you back to Pokhara from here as well.

Overnight at Pokhara

Accommodation: Three Star Hotel

With adventure and excitement, the Mardi Himal Trek 8 Days is coming to an end. Today you trek down to Saidighatta from Siding after having your final breakfast in this region.

Following the trails through rice fields and dense jungles, you make your way downhill. Along the routes, you will pass several traditional villages inhabited by the Gurung community.

With this making a steep descent, you reach Saidighatta, another traditionally rich Gurung village. From here, you catch the vehicle back to Pokhara, following the Baglung highway.

After arriving at Pokhara, you have the rest of the day off, so you can go boating, sightseeing, or do other activities available in this city. Pokhara is a chill tourist destination and escapes place for locals, so enjoy your time here.

Overnight at Kathmandu

Accommodation: Three Star Hotel

Today you return back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. You wake up early, have breakfast, and meet with the guide in the lobby. Then boarding the bus, you return following the same road to the capital. The journey marks its end after the guide drops you at the hotel.

What is Included?

  • Two nights hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during trek
  • Fresh fruit every evening after dinner.
  • Tea houses accommodations during the trek.
  • Tourist Bus Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu, Car Phedi and Jeep from Saidighatta to Pokhara.
  • Trekking Permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) fees.
  • An experienced fluent English speaking guide trained and licensed by the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism with his foods, wages, equipment and insurance
  • A Strong, helpful porter with his salary, food, equipment and insurance (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit)
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
  • Optional use of sleeping bags, Down Jacket, duffel and walking poles use during the trip( to be return after the trek)
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and branded cap.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms).
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.
  • Meals while you are Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee $30 USD for 15 days visa on arrival.
  • Your Travel Insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Personal nature expenses. Telephone, Laundry battery charging.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic cold drinks.
  • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tips is expected).
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above.
  • Kathmandu -Pokhara -Kathmandu flight available with extra cost $250 USD return.

FAQs

How hard is the Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal is listed as a moderate-level trek, so completing it is not hard. But you do need a well-planned itinerary, proper logistic support, and the right equipment to make it easier.

How much does the Mardi Himal Trek 8 Days Cost?

There are various ways to reach the Mardi Base Camp, and the price highly depends on the route. And our itinerary follows by driving to Pokhara and starting from there, so the cost is budgeted.

Do we need physical training for the trek?

Yes, physical training is necessary for this trek as it will be hard to complete without a fit body. You have to do mild exercises like swimming, running, cycling, etc., to boost your stamina.

What is the highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek?

The Mardi Himal Base Camp is the highest place you will reach in this exciting trek. You reach the base camp on the fifth day of the journey crossing all the hurdles.

Can we trek solo on the Mardi Himal trails?

Yes, you can trek solo on these trails, but we recommend not to travel alone. You can hire guides or porters if you do not feel like bringing companions along with you.

Can we drink tap water on the trek?

Yes, you can, but it can cause diarrhea or other stomach-related infections for some, so always use a purification tablet to kill the bacteria.

Best Time To Go Trekking to Mardi Himal?

Mardi Himal Trek faces four seasons: Monsoon, Spring, Winter, and Autumn. All seasons fall under different months showing various shades of nature’s beauty to the trekkers.

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Mardi Himal Trek
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