- Booking Type Instant Booking
- duration 8 days
- tour type Private and Group
- age requirement 5+ years old
- max group size 10
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Gurung and Magar culture
- Sights of Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Machhapuchhre
- Spotting Himalayan Thar, Mask deer, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Snow leopard
- Rhododendron forests
The Mardi Himal Trek is a short, easy and allocated camping/tea house trek that enables one to explore the beauty of the Annapurna region. Mt. Mardi is located towards the east of the Modi Khola across the valley from Hiunchuli. The trek follows the least trodden trail away from the huge crowds and gives an essence of exploration. The whole stunning Annapurna range can be observed during the trek.
It goes through thick rhododendron forests, unspoiled terrain and takes you as high as 4100m within a few days walk on the ridge running down from the Machhapuchare Peak (6993m). The region is also known for its rich bio-diversity and wildlife. Danphe (Pheasant), Himalayan Thar, Mask deer, spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Snow leopard and many other Himalayan wildlife can be spotted while trekking in the region.
The trek offers magnificent views of majestic mountains in the central Himalayas. The entire Annapurna Rang including Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7855m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7819m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Himchuli (6441m), Dhaulagiri I (8163m), Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Nilgiri (6940m), Thapa Peak (6015m), Tukche Peak (6920m), Machhapuchhre (6991m), Mardi Himal (5588m), Singu Chuli (6500m), Tharpu Chuli (5663m), Gangapurna (7483m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) can be seen during the Mardi Himal trekking.
This Mardi Himal Trekking starts from Phedi, which is 30 minute away from Pokhara. The trail crosses cool rivers, lush green valleys, terrace farms and warm, pristine Juniper and rhododendron forests. It also has hospitable villages on the way to the Mardi Himal Base camp at 4100 m.
The base camp offers an amazing view of the spectacular mountains of the Annapurna range. From there, we take a different trekking trail to return back to conclude our trekking at Saidighatta.
Day 1: Drive to Pokhara
Day 2: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana
Day 3: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (2554m)
Day 4: Forest Camp to High Camp (3980m)
Day 5: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4350m)
Day 6: Trek from High Camp to Siding Village
Day 7: Trek to Saidighatta and drive to Pokhara.
Day 8: Drive back to Kathmandu
- Three meals a day during the trek (breakfast, lunch and diner)
- Fresh fruits every night after dinner
- Tea houses accomodation during the trek
- Tourist bus Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu and car to 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
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company
- Sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles use during the trip (to return after the trek)
- Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible
- Government taxes and official expenses.
- Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.
- Meals and Hotel in Kathmandu.
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu)
- Travel insurance
- International airfare.
- Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, battery charging.
- All the alcoholic and non alcoholic cold drinks.
- Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
- Tip for the trekking staff.
- Earn US$ 19+ in travel credits.
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.Other Practical InformationWarm backpacking sleeping bag comfort temperature up to 15 degree Celsius. Comfortable hiking boots. Make sure they are tried and tested before you go. Spare boot laces. Lightweight trainers/shoes for wear in lodges. Waterproof jacket. Waterproof trousers. Fleece jacket. Down jacket. Fleece/sweater Lightweight fleece or wool vests. Long or shortsleeved shirt; often more comfortable to wear than a fleece vest or Tshirt. Warm hiking trousers. Underwear. Warm hat (can be purchased in Kathmandu for a couple of pounds). Wide rimmed sun hat. 2 – 3 pairs good quality walking socks. Warm gloves or mitts. Large rucksack or Duffel bag. (55 to 70 liters) Rucksack liner or thick bin bag. Day sack (25 to 40 liters) Dark sunglasses. High factor suncream. Lip balm preferably with sun bloc. Ear plugs. (Walls in lodges are very thin) Head torch/torch and spare batteries. 1 liter 2 water bottle. Water purification kit. (On trek you will need to drink 3 – 4 liters of fluids each day) Toiletries. Small hand towel. (Do not bring large towel. They are bulky and heavy) Toilet paper. (You can buy poor quality paper along the route) ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Non essential but recommended Equipment. Walking or hiking pole(s). Lightweight windproof jacket. Neck warmer. Sleeping bag liner. Wet wipes Length of string or paracord. (12 feet) Half a dozen clothes pegs. Safety pins. (For attaching wet washing to rucksack to dry while trekking) Plastic bags; shop carrier bags. These come in handy for a myriad of uses. Shorts. Camera. (Can recharge batteries for a small cost in lodges) Binoculars. Book/games/cards etc. Travel diary. Hand cleansing gel. Aftersun/moisturizer.
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.