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23 Aug 2023 Himalaya Trip

Mardi Himal Trek Overview

Himalaya Trip presents ‘A complete 5-day Mardi Himal trek guide’, ensuring a complete resource for your journey in the Himalayas. Nestled amidst the Annapurna massifs and beside Mt. Fishtail, the captivating Mount Mardi beckons at 5587 meters. Trekkers are drawn by its allure, as the journey to its base unfolds through the enchanting landscapes of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. The trail reveals captivating vistas, from towering peaks to spellbinding wilderness. 

This journey is a fusion of cultural diversity, rich biodiversity, awe-inspiring mountain panoramas, and fascinating terrains, all woven into a single tapestry. From the very start, the trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp unveils a plethora of natural wonders that continue to mesmerize adventurers along the path.

Highlights of the Mardi Himal Trek 

  • Newly developed popular route
  • Serene Sanctuary with stunning surroundings at Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Panoramic Annapurna Himalayas spectacle from Upper View Point
  • A vantage point Badal Danda for scenic landscapes
  • Breathtaking views of iconic peaks including the Annapurna Himalayas
  • Vibrant Rhododendron blooms beautify the trail path from February to April
  • Ideal for nature and wildlife enthusiasts 
  • Aesthetic fusion of nature, wildlife, and Majestic Mountain views in one trek

How to get Pokhara from Kathmandu by Tourist bus/ private car/flight?

From Kathmandu, there are three transportation options to reach Pokhara:

1. Tourist Bus: Comfortable with reasonable price

Departure: Daily at 7:00 am from Kantipath in Kathmandu.

Duration: About 6-8 hours (depending on traffic and road conditions)

Cost:

Standard bus – USD 10 per person

Deluxe bus – USD 25 per person

2. Private Car / Jeep / Van: Flexible option and suitable for different group sizes.

Departure: Private vehicles offer flexible departure 

Duration: About 6-8 hours (depending on traffic and road conditions)

Cost: 

Car – USD 120

Jeep – USD 150

Van – USD 200

3. By Flight: A more convenient option.

Schedule: Multiple flights daily from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Duration: 25 minutes

Cost: 

USD 100 per person (one way)

Note: Choose the option that best suits your preferences and travel style for a comfortable journey to Pokhara.

Mardi Himal Trek Map

Mardi Himal Trek Map
Mardi Himal Trek Map

Trekking Route, Cost, and Duration

4 Days Mardi Himal Trek:

Cost: USD 299 per person

Trek Route:

Kande – Forest Camp – High Camp – Mardi Himal Base Camp – Badal Danda – Siding

Return: Drive from Siding to Pokhara.

5 Days Mardi Himal Trek from Kathmandu:

Cost: USD 359 per person

Trek Route: 

Kande – Forest Camp – High Camp – Mardi Himal Base Camp – Badal Danda – Siding

Return: Drive from Siding to Pokhara.

Note: Flights needed between Kathmandu and Pokhara are not included in the price.

6 Days Mardi Himal Trek: 

Cost: USD 499 per person

Trek Route:

Kande – Deurali – Low Camp – High Camp – Mardi Himal Base Camp – Badal Danda – Siding – Ghalel – Lwang.

Return: Drive from Lwang to Pokhara.

How to get to the Mardi Himal trek from Kathmandu?

For the Mardi Himal trek departing from Kathmandu, you can opt for either of the following two transportation options:

i. Flight to Pokhara and Begin Trek:

Catch a short flight (25 minutes) to Pokhara, offering great aerial views. From there, start the trek as per your chosen plan.

ii. Scenic Bus Ride or Private Vehicle to Pokhara:

Enjoy a scenic 6-7 hour bus (tourist) ride or hire a private vehicle depending on group size. Stay overnight in Pokhara and embark on your Mardi Himal trek the next day, in line with your chosen itinerary.

Note: We’ll provide transport using taxis or jeeps based on group size: from Pokhara to Kande for the trek start and from Siding or Lwang back to Pokhara after the trek.

How long is Mardi Himal Trek?

The length of the Mardi Himal trek varies with your chosen route and starting point:

The 4-day trek typically covers 40-42 kilometers.

The 5-day trek spans around 42-50 kilometers.

The 6-day trek can extend to 50-60 kilometers or beyond.

4 Days Mardi Himal Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive Pokhara – Kande and trek to Australian Camp – Pothana- Deurali – Forest Camp (2100m, 1-hour drive and 6-7 hours walk)

Day 02: Trek from Forest Camp – Low Camp – High Camp (3600m, 6-7 hours walk)

Day 03: Hike to View Point, Mardi Himal Base Camp and trek down to Badal Danda (3300m, 6-7 hours walk)

Day 04: Trek from Badal Danda to Siding, drive to Pokhara

Trekking Permit for Mardi Himal trek

The required permits for Mardi Himal Trek are:

i. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) costs:

For Foreigners: NRS. 3000 (Approx. USD 30)

For SAARC Nationals: NRS. 1000 (Approx. USD 10)

ii. Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) costs:

For Foreigners: NRS. 2000 (Approx. USD 20)

For SAARC Nationals: NRS. 1000 (Approx. USD 10)

Best Time to Visit

Nepal experiences four main seasons: Spring (March-May), Autumn (September-November), Winter (December-February), and Monsoon (June-August)

Spring & Autumn:

  • Ideal for the Mardi Himal trek.
  • Mild temperatures, clear skies.
  • Best views of the Himalayas.
  • Crowded and more occupied.
  • Book in advance for comfort.

Monsoon & Winter:

  • Challenging times for trekking.
  • Heavy rainfalls in monsoon.
  • Heavy snowfall in winter.
  • Less crowded trails.
  • Tea houses are less occupied.
  • Unique experiences and suitable for adventurous trekkers.

Preparation and Fitness

The Mardi Himal Trek ranges to 4500 meters, presenting moderate altitude changes. Trekkers need to be ready both in your mind and body because you’ll walk 5-7 hours each day on rocky and muddy paths. Start doing exercises like cycling or jogging a month before to build your strength and stamina. Beginners might find it a bit hard, while experienced trekkers might find it easier. Being in good shape is the key to enjoying a comfortable trekking experience.

Accommodation and Internet facilities

machhapuchhre view from Mardi Himal Trek
machhapuchhre view from Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek accommodations are basic in rural houses, known as teahouses, offering twin beds and simple facilities. Some rooms can accommodate 2, 3, or 4 people. Attached bathrooms are limited. Beds have mattresses, quilts, and pillows, with optional sleeping bags. Teahouses have dining areas, kitchens, and log-fire heating. Power outlets are in Pritam Deurali rooms, while higher areas use solar power, limiting supply. Wi-Fi is available for a fee (USD1-2), and hot showers are extra cost.

Meals facilities

Tea houses on the Mardi Himal trek serve varied cuisine, including “Daal Bhaat” and international dishes. Alongside noodles, mashed potatoes, and pies, they offer beverages like juices and yak milk. Our package covers three daily meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Drinking Water facilities

You can either purchase bottled water or refill from teahouse taps. To ensure safety, boiled water (at an additional cost) or a purification kit is recommended to protect against water-related health risks. It is advised to stay hydrated throughout the trek to prevent altitude sickness.

How hard is the Mardi Himal trek?

Mardi Himal Trek is moderately challenging. It is suitable for beginners and experienced hikers. The availability of teahouses and the manageable trail difficulty make it an ideal choice. But, beware of demanding terrain beyond Low Camp, especially rocky paths to High Camp. Exercise caution due to altitude as you approach Mardi Base Camp at 4500 meters, more so in winter. With professional guidance, Mardi Himal Trek ensures a comfortable and enchanting experience for all trekkers.

Packing List Mardi Himal Trek

  • Sturdy Hiking shoes
  • Trousers
  • Socks
  • Warm jacket
  • T-shirts (two or three) and a long-sleeved shirt
  • Sunscreen (SPF 20+)
  • Backpack around 35 liters
  • Torch (flashlight)
  • Camera, memory card, and battery charger (spare batteries)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Quick-drying towel
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle and a purification kit/tablets
  • Prescribed Medicines

Conclusion

The 5-day Mardi Himal trek offers an enchanting journey through captivating landscapes, from the foothills to the base of Mount Mardi. With accommodation in basic teahouses and a variety of meal options, trekkers can experience the fusion of nature, culture, and mountain views. The trek’s flexibility in route options and the availability of transportation make it accessible for all kinds of trekkers. By preparing physically and mentally, embracing the changing altitudes, and being equipped with essentials like water and proper clothing, you can embark on a fulfilling trekking adventure in the Himalayas.

Mardi Himal Trek FAQ

Is prior trekking experience necessary for the 4 Days Mardi Himal Trek from Pokhara or Kathmandu?

Yes, prior trekking experience is recommended for the 5 Days Mardi Himal Trek from Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Is there an age restriction for Mardi Himal trek?

There’s no strict age limit, but it’s recommended to have a reasonable level of fitness for the Mardi Himal Trek.

Is Mardi Himal trek suitable for you?

The suitability of the Mardi Himal Trek depends on your physical fitness and trekking preferences.

Do we need a porter for the Mardi Himal trek? 

Based on your preference and comfort level with carrying your belongings, hiring a porter for the Mardi Himal Trek is optional. For a comfortable trekking experience, it is good to hire a porter.

Where do we leave big luggage which is not necessary things? 

You can leave unnecessary luggage at your hotel in Pokhara before starting the trek.

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