- duration 7 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 10+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Maximum altitude 4500 meters
- Trek difficulty Moderate
- Enjoy stunning views of the magnificent Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri & Machhapuchhare
- Hike through a beautiful trail. Enjoy a scenic landscape and diverse flora and fauna
- Gain insights into rich natural and cultural diversity of the Annapurna region
The major highlights of this trek undoubtedly is Mardi Himal Base Camp, where you will reach after hiking through traditional Nepali villages while enjoying scenic landscape and stunning views of Annapurna South, Himchuli and Machhapuchhare mountains.
The journey begins with a drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu by bus on Day 1. You will reach Australian Base Camp, a popular viewpoint among travelers, on the second day. Your journey to the base camp of Mardi Himal continues via Forest Camp and High Camp. The return journey takes you to Siding, a picturesque Gurung village, where you will stop for lunch.
This trek is the perfect option for travelers who want to avoid the overcrowded Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill trails without having to give up on amazing scenery. We have rated this trek easy to moderate and consider it a great option for beginners. The maximum altitude during this trek 4,500 metres at Mardi Himal Base Camp.
From the beginning, our experience with the Ace staff was wonderful. They were very responsive to all of our questions in the planning stage and provided quick feedback and clear information. Many in our group also had Ace arrange additional day trips to enhance our Nepal trip. These were excellent.
The gear they provided was clean and the right warmth for the mountain conditions.
On the trek, Ram, Sujan and our porters were amazing. In addition to handling the logistics, meals and hauling our duffel bags up the mountain, they shared their joy of the mountains and the culture of Nepal with us. With 11 people, Ram and Sujan were attentive to our safety and how everyone was doing with the hike and the altitude. It was clear that their goal was to make our Trek a once in a lifetime dream trip. They were flexible so ensure each of us got the experience we wanted. I feel like I made some new friends along with wonderful memories of the spectacular Himalayas.”
Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus
Day 2: Drive to Kade and trek to Australian Base Camp (2,060 m)
Day 3: Trek to Forest Camp (2,600 m)
Day 4: Trek to High Camp (3,550 m)
Day 5: Hike to Base Camp (4,500 m) and back to Low Camp
Day 6: Trek to Siding (1,600 m) and drive back to Pokhara
Day 7: Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus
- Airport - hotel - airport pickup & drop-off service provided by a private tourist vehicle on the first and the last day of the tour
- Transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back in a tourist bus (flight can be arranged at an additional cost). Transfer from Siding to Pokhara in a 4WD jeep
- Accommodation on twin or double-sharing basis at a hotel in Pokhara along with breakfast. Twin-share accommodation in guesthouses during the trek
- An experienced, English-speaking trekking guide with a first-aid kit, necessary medicine and an oxymetre
- Breakfast in Pokhara. All standard meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Sleeping bags and down jackets (needs to be returned on completion of the trek)
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS card charges
- Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag & sun hat
- A certificate of achievement
- All government taxes, VAT, tourist service charges, etc
- Accommodation in Kathmandu (can be arranged at an additional cost)
- All meals in Kathmandu. Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
- Porters to carry your luggage and equipment during the trek (one porter can be used by two travelers). Porters are available in the addon section
- Travel insurance including emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa fees. You can get a visa easily on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Please carry a copy of your passport size photo
- Alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks
- Tips for staff and driver
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.Other Practical InformationEquipment list for your reference: General Sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek) Duffel bag(We will provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag which is yours to keep) Daypack Down jacket (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek) Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat) Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears (For winter) Normal sunglasses Neck warmer (For winter) Hand Liner gloves Heavier shell gloves (For winter) Core Body Tshirts Thermal tops (For winter) Fleece jacket or pullover Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric) Lower Body – Legs Thermal bottoms (For winter) Trekking pants and shorts Water/windproof trousers Casual pants Good Goretex pants Feet Liner socks Heavyweight socks (For winter) Waterproof hiking/trekking shoes Light shoes/sneakers/sandals Miscellaneous, but Important! Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies; one for Nepal Visa and two for trekking TIMs and permit) Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours) Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport Water bottle/bladder Water purification Iodine tablets Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.