The Mardi Himal Trek is the best among the most fascinating and least Explore treks in Annapurna Sanctuary. It offers a great chance to visit the forest and the high snow-capped fields around the southern Annapurna ranges as an off-beaten trek.
This trek can be the best choice for trekkers who are searching for different trekking routes. It is because the trails that we follow are less common and not repeatedly used by climbers. Even sometimes, it is difficult to recognize which path we are traveling. We will experience shepherds and passers-by during the journey. The trek additionally gives extraordinary mountain views even being far from the tea-house trails.
We visit a few towns and experience the polite request and greet of the town individuals. Mardi Himal trek actually adds a lifetime memory to the trekkers. The whole region is very steep-sided and decorated with bamboo and rhododendron. Over the woodland, a high snow-capped region gives great interest in the undisturbed and uncontrolled free life of the people. The majestic view of Annapurna ranges, Mt. Fishtail, Himchuli, Modi Khola throughout the trek is amazing.
The route was formally opened late, in 2012 AD. However, the greater part of the travelers visiting Nepal has shown a distinct interest to do this trek. We can finish this trek within 10-12 days. The journey will start from Kathmandu and the trek begins from Kande. We will travel through a wonderful trail that takes us to the socially rich towns of the ethnic Gurung and Tamang communities.
In spring we can view the blooming Rhododendrons of various colors, shining mountain ranges, listen chirping of birds and the burble of the river. The pleasant weather of Autumn and Spring remains perfect for the trek.
We go through a night at woods camp, low camp, and high camp. We will view the best scene at dawn and dusk perspectives on Mt. Mardi Himal, Mt. Machhapuchhre ( Fishtail), and other mountain ranges.
Warm welcome, hospitality, and guidance throughout the trek is our primary role. A well-experienced guide with a license will be with you on the entire trek. Friendly behavior, briefing about the trek, and planning of each day remain as empowerment for a successful trek.
- Panoramic view of Annapurna range
- Combination of Nature beauty and culture ( Gurung And Magar Culture)
- Amazing Nepalese lifestyles
- Moderate Trek
- sunrise and sunset view from Base Camp
Days 1 Arrival at Kathmandu 1,400 meters (4,600 Feet), Meet at the airport and transfer to Hotel, overnight at Hotel
Day 2 sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel
Days 3 From Kathmandu to Pokhara 827 meters (2,713 feet) driving 6 hours by car/tourist bus, overnight at Hotel
Days 4 Drive to Kande 1770meters(5808ft.). trek to Australian camp 2160m (7086ft.) walking 3 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Day 5 trek to forest camp2900m (9514ft.), walking 5 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Days 6 trek to Badal dada 3300m (10828 ft.), walking 5 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Day 7 Trek to High Camp 3500m (11,482.94 ft.), walking 4 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Day 8 High Camp to Mardi Himal base camp 4500m (17463.78 ft), and back to High camp, 6 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Days 9 High camp to siding trek, 6 hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 10 Siding to Ghalel, Kalimati, and Lumre. Drive from Lumre to Pokhara, overnight at Hotel.
Day 11 Drive to Kathmandu, overnight at Hotel.
Days 12 final Departure
As in all trek, day 1 is the day of arrival in Nepal. We will welcome you to Tribhuvan International airport and check into the Luxurious hotel of Kathmandu. In the evening, you will have a welcome dinner in a cultural restaurant. The quality talk with your guide and briefing about the Mardi Himal trek remains an important part of the day.
After being in Nepal, not visiting Kathmandu knocks you as you missed to view milestone of Nepal. Thus to make you more satisfied, we will arrange a Kathmandu day tour.
On the Kathmandu day tour, you will visit Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, Shyambunath, Kathmandu Durbar square, Hanumandhoka, Thamel, and more places if we got extra time. You can also do shopping in Thamel bazaar. The city Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and has values with its cultural, historical, and natural beauty. You will explore the heart of Kathmandu within this tour. The night stay will be in a hotel.
Today’s travel will be up to Pokhara on tourist bus. If you want to go on private car then we will arrange it but pre information is most. It takes around 6 hours to reach Pokhara. The flowing Trishuli, Gandaki, green hills, street shops, mini markets makes us busy on observing them. The comfortable travel with short break to have Lunch and final arrival of Pokhara ends today’s destination. The magistic view of Machhapuchere (Mt. fish tail welcome us with dynamic beauty of Pokhara.
After reaching Pokhara we will check into Luxurious hotel and have night stay there. You can also have evening walk in Pokhara to enjoy its night beauty.
To enter in trekking site opposite of Modi Khola, we will depart from Pokhara and travel in jeep to reach Kande (1770m, 5808ft). From there we start trekking up to Australian camp (2100m).
The pleasant walk with beautiful scenery of Modi Khola, Mountain ranges, rhododendron forest, stone paved path, uphills and downhills makes our day perfect. The meadow of Australian base camp is best to chill up and enjoy with warmth of sunlight.
Our night stay will be in Australian base camp.
We will leave the Australian base camp and head towards Forest camp (2900m). Today you should walk a bit longer, it’s around five hours. In the first two hours of the walk, you will reach Deurali. Deurali is the junction for Annapurna base camp and Poonhill trek as well. One can reach all three destinations (Mardi Himal, Poonhill, and Annapurna base camp) from Deurali but we will choose the way for Mardi Himal.
Since the place is remote and undeveloped, limited tea houses are available, thus we will have Lunch here and proceed with our walk. Our walk passes through the forest and finally reach to Forest camp (2900m). The long journey following uphills with a panoramic view of mountain ranges, rhododendron forest make our day awesome.
We will have a night stay in a tea house in the Forest camp.
Today’s target is to reach Badal dada (3300m). We will first pass the low camp, (3050m, 1006 ft) through a forest rich with mosses and lichen, tree ferns, and orchids. As we ascend upward, the vegetation becomes low and the clear scenery of Annapurna south, mount Fishtail and Hiunchuli make the place more beautiful. Five hours Walk leads to Badal dada- the cloud hill (3300m, 10828ft).
The high elevation and majestic view of rhododendron forest, Annapurna range, Mardi Himal in front of us, Modi Khola valley in the down, and the snow-covered landscape give a pleasant feeling. We will have a night stay in Badal danda.
Today’s target is to reach badal dada (3300m). We will first pass low camp, (3050m, 1006 ft) through forest rich with mosses and lichen, tree ferns, and orchids. As we ascend upward, the vegetation become low and clear scenery of Annapurna south, mount Fishtail and Hiunchuli makes the place more beautiful. Five hours Walk leads to Badal dada- the cloud hill (3300m, 10828ft). The high elevation and majestic view of rhododendron forest, Annapurna range, Mardi Himal in front of us, Modi Khola valley in the down and the snow covered landscape gives pleasant feeling. We will have night stay in Badal danda.
From Badal dada, we will ascend some steep slopes and reach high camp. Our walk begins after breakfast. Walking on grassy slopes with viewing wonderful scenery of Annapurna rages, downward valley, flowing Modi Khola, and clouds flying upward from the corner of the forest we will reach our destination High camp.
Since the High camp is at a high altitude we will not proceed upward today. After having lunch we will enjoy the scenery, take videos, photographs, and rest for acclimatizing our body. We will spend our night in the tea house of High camp.
After having breakfast we will ascend uphill towards Mardi Himal base camp. Bare land somewhere covered with snow, panoramic view of Mardi Himal, Annapurna ranges makes you more energetic. After 3 hours of walk, you will reach Mardi Himal base camp (4500m).
In base camp, we will spend some on taking some photographs, videos, and enjoying the moment with the wonderful snowy surrounding. The spectacular view of Mardi Himal and snowcapped landscape remains beyond imagination.
We will come back to High camp which again takes 3 hours to reach from base camp. We will have a night stay in the tea house of high camp.
Today we will leave high camp and descend down to siding. Trial up to Badal dada and low camp is the same from which we had come up to high camp. From low camp, we will follow a new trial and descend down to Siding.
Siding is a beautiful traditional village and finishing point of the different routes of the Mardi Himal trek (connection route, short route, and long route). This is the second last day for a long walk. It takes around 6 hours to reach the siding village from high camp. We will spend overnight in siding with enjoying the local food and hospitality of Siding village.
Today’s walk is more cultural as we pass two beautiful villages Ghalel and Kalimati end our day on another beautiful village Lumre. All of these villages are quite popular as having off beaten tea houses. Anyone of these villages is being chosen by different trekking groups for night stay as well.
After reaching Lumre we will return to Pokhara in a jeep. Within 1.5 hours our destination point Pokhara will come. In the evening we will have a short tour of Pokhara or have a rest in a luxurious hotel, it depends on your desire. Night stay in a hotel.
In the morning, we will have a delicious breakfast and return to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. If you want to visit some places in Pokhara then we will arrange it. Boating in Fewa Tal, visiting Tal bara hi temple, Bindabasini temple can be done in the morning.
It takes six hours to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. In the evening you will have a farewell dinner with company members. Night stay in a luxurious hotel in Kathmandu. In this way, your last day of the Mardi Himal trek also ends.
Depending on our flight time, our company member will drop you at Tribhuvan International airport. He will be with you until your flight. Your trek complete with departure from Nepal.
- Private Arrival & Departure transfers,
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on twin share On B/B,
- Three meals in a day (Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast) during Trek.
- Accommodation in teahouse during the trek, (Basic but net and clean)
- Welcome dinner in Kathmandu,
- Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek, by Tourist Bus and Private car/jeep/Bus
- Professional local experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid,
- Comprehensive First Aid Kit,
- Respective region ( Annapurna) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit,
- Necessary Porters to carry all personal baggers
- Sleeping bag, water filling bottle & Water purification tablet
- Proper Insurance of all staff including porters,
- Trekking map
Price doesn't Include:
- Nepal entry Visa fees,
- Your travel insurance of any kind,
- International Airfare and Airport Tax,
- Lunch and Dinner except mentioned on Itinerary,
- All Drinks and main meals in cities, also on trial
- Tips for guide and porter
- Items of personal expenses such as beverages, extra tea, and coffee on the way while trekking, battery charging at tea houses, hot shower, mineral water and interne
Mardi Himal trek is a moderate trek. You have to walk around 5,6 hours on an average every day. The path is not much steep as in the Everest base camp trek.
In general Mardi Himal trek is a short trek that takes 12 days maximum. Within 12 days you can have a Kathmandu day tour, rest days, and Pokhara short tour as well. If you exclude Kathmandu and Pokhara tours your trek will finish in 9 days. Even you can complete it in 8 days if you don’t spend 2 nights on High camp.
Mardi Himal trek is a moderate trek. The major difficulty is altitude sickness with rising elevation. Until reaching Mardi Himal base camp 4500m, your body can acclimatize and you may feel easy. You should take precautions to maintain your better health as suggested by the guide.
The best time for the Mardi Himal trek is the spring season (months of March, April, and May) and autumn season (months of September, October, and November). During the spring and autumn season, the weather remains pleasant. The clear sky, no rainfall, and blooming of flowers adds beauty to the place with increasing our enthusiasm.
Nepali, Chinese, and local food items are most common. Breakfast lunch and dinner comes within your package. In your breakfast tea, coffee, toasted bread, jam, chapatti, omelets, fried or boiled egg, fruits, biscuits, etc remain on the menu. During lunch and dinner most commonly you will have Nepali thali which includes lentils, rice, curry, pickle, pappad. Other food items such as chowmein, momo, pancake, pasta, porridge, noodles, etc are also on the menu, you can choose your choice.
An interesting fact is while having Nepali thali you will be offered to add rice and lentils as much as you want at the same price.
You will have a luxurious hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In Mardi Himal trek it was very hard to get tea houses en route before few years. Recently many tea houses have been developed and you don’t need to spend the night in a tent. A clean room with a bed is available. Bathrooms may not be attached in most tea houses. You should use a common bathroom a bit far from your room.
Mardi Himal trek trail is moderate. Uphills and down hills, crossing a suspension bridge, wooden bridge, walking through forest, villages and camps-Australian camp, Forest camp, Low camp, high camp, and base camp are the major part of trekking.
Yes, it is possible to trek Annapurna base camp from Mardi Himal trek. During the Mardi Himal trek there comes a junction called Deurali from where you can start the Annapurna base camp trek.
Yes, we can combine Mardi Himal trek and Poonhill trekking. For this first, you can have a Poonhill trek and after returning from Poonhill you can continue the trek following trial towards the Mardi Himal base camp.
Also, you can have a Poonhill trek after returning from the Mardi Himal trek through Landruk.
TIMs and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit are two permits required for the Mardi Himal trek. For each permit, you need two passport size photos and a copy of your passport.
Yes, you can trek Mardi Himal without a guide, before that you should know the route and have a permit.
Yes, it is necessary to carry a sleeping bag with us because the blankets of the tea house may not be sufficient to bear the severe cold of the night. Thus it is far better to carry sleeping with you. Also if you don’t want to buy a sleeping bag then you can hire a sleeping bag from Pokhara as well.
Yes, you can customize the trek. To customize the trek first you should say to your guide about the plan of customization. You can elongate your trek as well as make your trek shorter. Doing combine trek or having more rest days, Pokhara and Kathmandu tour you can elongate your trek. To shorten your trek, the day tour of Pokhara and Kathmandu can be excluded.
Yes, a solo trek is possible but we suggest to trek with a guide. Because in Mardi Himal trek, tea houses are less available, and perfect planning is needed. The solo trek may create difficulties due to an unknown route and lack of tea houses for rest at night.
Charging the gadget is available throughout the trek but you should pay extra for it. The charging facility will be outside the bedroom, which is in the dining hall.
Yes, you can get a mobile tower and wifi throughout the trek. It is better to get dual sim cards including both Namaste and N cell so that tower of anyone remains always active. For Wi-Fi, you should buy data in the tea house.
Simple tea houses providing clean rooms and good food are found. Don’t expect high because the place is remote and developing infrastructure at that altitude itself is a challenge. Before few years no tea houses were found and night stays have to be done in a tent. Now the development of tea houses has made the trek easier.
Mardi Himal trek is easier than Annapurna base camp trek because Mardi Himal trek is a short trek and lies in less altitude than Annapurna base camp trek.
You can book Mardi Himal trek from travel sites or direct contact from the available number in trek sites. You should fill the inquiry form and pay few advances for pre-booking.
Physically and mentally fit healthy person can have Mardi Himal trek. Generally age group from 16 to 50 years can easily do Mardi Himal trek.
You can pay (30 – 40) % of the money from money transfer while you are in your country and the remaining payment can be done after arriving in Nepal.
Yes, travel insurance is important. In case if you suffer from altitude sickness or other health issues then you should untimely return back to Helicopter. In this situation, you can claim insurance for treatment and returning to Kathmandu safely.
It is better to have a guide and Porter. The guidance of a guide, planning, and arrangement makes you free and enjoy the trek which is not possible in a solo trek. Similarly, with the help of a porter, you can walk freely without a heavy backpack. We always suggest you trek with a guide and porter but it’s all upon you what kind of trek you want to do (solo trek, trek with a guide, trek with guide and porter, or trek in a group with guide and porter).
Your guide will be declared by the company through which you are doing the trek. The company will provide you well an experienced guide with a license. All the responsibilities regarding your day trip, night stay, breakfast, lunch, dinner, rest will be under your guide. You will get a briefing and further planning of each day from your guide. In short, the backbone of your trip management is your guide.
No ATM is not available in the trekking trial because the Mardi Himal trekking trial is remote and situated at a high altitude. Thus you should drag money either in Kathmandu or Pokhara where ATMs are easily available.
No, you cannot have the Mardi Himal trek in winter. During winter, the temperature falls below -10 degrees and tea houses remain closed. The trial will be hidden under snow. It would be very difficult, almost impossible to reach the destination Mardi Himal base camp in winter.
The maximum altitude during the trek is 4500m, the Mardi Himal base camp.
There are five camps in Mardi Himal Trek. They are Australian camp, forest camp, low camp, mid camp, high camp, and base camp.
Yes, pure water is available during the trek. You will get mineral water and can fill your water bottle in the tea house before starting your trek. We suggest taking hot water to prevent from the common cold.
Mardi Himal trek is a moderate trek. You don’t need experience but preparation should be done before 1 month. Regular running and physical exercise should be done to make your body fit for trekking. You should practice 2, 3 hours of walking every day so that you can easily walk 5, 6 hours during your trek. A medical checkup is essential to know your body condition. Proper diet and good mental and physical health are basic in preparation.
Mardi Himal declared as a trekking peak by the government of Nepal is 5587m tall. To reach its base camp, the Mardi Himal trek has opened legally since 2012 AD by the government of Nepal. It is off beaten trek where you will find peace and remain free from crowded cities, irritating noise, and uncontrolled pollution.
Mardi Himal trek is also known as eco-tourism trek. Standing in the east of Modi Khola, Mardi Himal offers trekking to follow the fascinating western route of the Annapurna region.
The glacial valleys, snow-covered Landscape gives breathtaking scenery leading us through rhododendron forests. The snowcapped peaks including Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), Machhapuchre Fishtail (6,993m) brightens the pristine view and your enthusiasm.
There are different trekking routes through which you can reach the Mardi Himal base camp.
The standard route of the Mardi Himal trek begins from Kande and ends in Siding. Mostly trekkers either coming from Pokhara or Kathmandu follow this route. Beginning the walk from Kande trekkers will pass through Australian base camp, Landruk, and reach Forest camp. You can stop in Landruk on the first day of the walk and continue to walk up to Forest camp then to siding on the second day. Interested trekkers can even do fishing on the siding. While returning we have two options: one is returning same way back and the second is hiring a jeep from Siding to Pokhara.
The route which connects Mardi Himal after the ending of the Poonhill trek or Annapurna base camp trek is known as the connection route. This route starts from Ghandruk or Kyumi and ends in Siding. Those trekkers who want Mardi Himal and Annapurna base camp combine trek follows this connection route.
The short route to Mardi Himal is the optional route which begins from Landruk and finish in Siding. This route provides an advantage to those trekkers who want to Mardi Himal trek but don’t have enough time.
The long route begins from Ghandruk and finishes in Kande. As mentioned in the name, the Long route definitely takes a few days more than the normal route. You will get explore more places along with Siding and Landruk.
Tea houses are normal with clean rooms, dining halls, and facilities of shower and charging. You can also stay in camps such as Forest camp and low camp. Camping can be done during seasonal trek only. Tea houses remain close in the offseason. Most probably you have to use a shared room. Bathrooms remain outside the room that is no attached bathrooms are available.
Food includes Nepali, Indian, Chinese, and western varieties. It is not that in all places you will same kind of food. Depending on the place the food item may differ.
For breakfast, you will get tea or coffee, bread items (toasted bread, plain bread, and chapatti). Egg (boiled, omelets, fried), gram curry, soup, and other local food, fruits. Nepali thali containing rice, dal, curry, pickle, papad is the best food for Lunch and dinner. Mo Mo, Chowmin, Noodles, Sandwiches, bakery items, and typical local food can be also chosen for lunch and dinner.
Taking hard drinks will make you unable to continue the trek. Thus hard drinks are strictly prohibited. We suggest you take soft drinks such as tea, coffee, soup, hot water, lemon water to remain hydrated and healthy.
Best time to visit Mardi
Spring (March, April May) and autumn (September, October, and November) is the best time to visit Mardi base camp. The weather remains pleasant, environment glooms and trekking would be best at this time.
Winter and summer are not chosen because in winter all tea houses remain close and the temperature falls to an extremely low degree. Similarly in summer monsoon disturbs a lot, foggy environment blocks the beauty of the place.
Wi-Fi is available but you should buy data and pay a certain amount as a charge.
You can charge your gadget in the dining hall. The charging plug will not be in the bedroom. Since hydroelectricity is not supplied in the trekking route, tea houses use solar panels for electricity supply. Thus you should pay a certain amount for charging.
Tourist bus to reach the Pokhara, private car, jeep is used to reach in trekking destination. You will walk in the entire trekking region and return back in a vehicle from Siding.
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and TIMS are two permits you should pay for the Mardi Himal trek. You should give 2 passport size photos for filling permit forms. All arrangements will be done by Travel Company. You should pay and provide the required information.
Total 12 days are required on which 8days will be for trekking, 2 nights in Pokhara and 1 day Kathmandu tour, and 3 nights in Kathmandu.
Early preparation should be done so that you can hike easily on this long route trek. For preparation, you should do jogging and physical exercise regular before 1-2 months. Should do physical check-ups and remain mentally and physically fit.
You should have a tourist visa in Nepal for having trek. Visa is easily available in international airport Kathmandu. If you don’t have a tourist visa for Nepal, you can hire it at the airport after arriving in Nepal. 15 days visa will be appropriate for the Mardi Himal trek
General Clothing recommended
- Warm jacket – down jacket,
- Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
- Long-sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
- Thermal underwear.
- Hat, a pair of gloves and a scarf.
- Comfortable hiking trousers. (loose fitting)
- Shorts and trousers, or a skirt.
- 2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks.
- 2 pairs of running socks or liner socks.
- Proper hiking boots.
- Running shoes and flip-flops.
- 2-3 T-shirts.
- Water bottle.
This is a kind of illness that is caused by ascent to high altitudes. The symptoms will occur within 6 to 24 hours of achieving a high altitude. Altitude sickness is fatal and can result in death if not treated in time. You need to stay alert to any of the symptoms that occur.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Upset stomach
- Feeling unsteady
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty sleeping
An effective measure to recover from early AMS
If you happen to notice any of the symptoms, follow the guideline mentioned below-
- Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
- Descend to a lower altitude if possible
- Take complete rest until you feel well
- Do not exercise
- Do not smoke
- Drink plenty of water
- Take external oxygen supply if necessary
- Take anti-sickness medicines
If you see no improvement in your health within 48 hours, you will have to be immediately deported to the city for medical support.
There is no way to train your body prior to trekking so as to adapt to the high altitude. Some ways in which you can prevent it are as follows:
- Take plenty of rest
- Ascend slowly and gradually as you reach higher
- keep yourself hydrated
- Eat high-calorie food
- Do not smoke, drink or consume tranquilizing medicine
During times of emergencies like acute altitude sickness or a natural calamity, you might have to be immediately deported in a helicopter. The cost of such deportation is covered by health insurance that needs to be purchased before you start the trek.