- Booking Type Instant Booking
- duration 8 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 7+ years old
- max group size 15
- Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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- Trek in the Himalayans and see splendid views of the mountains
- This short, moderate route is great for beginner trekkers or those short on time
- Hike through Nepal's iconic giant rhododendron forest
- Experience Nepal's mountain culture and local hospitality
The trek route goes through Australian camp (a famous mountain viewpoint in the lower valley) to Deurali hill, then up to Forest camp with a moderate ascend. Continue trekking through the rhododendron forest ridge up to 4400 meters to Mardi Himal Base Camp. Mardi peak is 5800 meters and very rocky, and just next to Mardi is Mount Fishtail (Machhapuchchhre), with its iconic striking peak. Admire the view looking down to Annapurna Valley. After descending down to Seding and reaching Lawang village, experience the rural area, organic mountain coffee and tea and exceptional hospitality from the local village people.
Due to its short length and moderate difficulty level, Mardi trek is an excellent choice for beginner trekkers. It is also the only trek in the Annapurna region to take trekkers so close to the mountains on foot.
Day 1: Pokhara - Australian Base Camp
Day 2: Forest Camp
Day 3: High Camp
Day 4: Mardi Himal Base Camp
Day 5: Trek to Seding
Day 6: Trek to Lwang Village
Day 7: Back to Pokahra
Day 8: Back to Kathmandu
- Airport pick up and drop service and all ground transport as per itinerary
- Two nights in 2-star hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
- Accommodation in mountain guesthouses while trekking
- All necessary trek permits (ACAP, TIMS), entry tickets and applicable government taxes
- English speaking guide on the trek
- Full board meals while trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- First aid kit for emergency use and oxymeter to check daily pulse rate
- Free to use duffel bag, walking pole, down jacket and sleeping bag from Nepal Footprint
- Porter service
- Flight Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Flight Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Hotel in Kathmandu
- International flight
- Nepal visa
- Porter service (available as an add on)
- Personal/extra costs such as beverages, laundry, etc.
- Personal travel insurance or emergency evacuation/medical service
- Tips for guide
- Earn US$ 17+ in travel credits.
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.Other Practical InformationPacking recommendations: • Lightweight walking boots. “Walk them in” prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters. • Pair of lightweight trousers • Pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts • 2-4 cotton t-shirts • Lightweight long sleeved-shirts are particularly suitable for avoiding sunburn • A sunhat with a wide brim to cover the face and neck • Few pairs of thin and thick woolen socks • Underwear • Swimming suit • Water bottle and purifying kits • Sunglasses and strap • Toiletries with lightweight towel • Flashlight/torch with spare batteries • Personal medical supplies – don’t forget band-aids and tweezers • Small knife and sewing kit • Sunblock lotion • Down jacket • Hiking pole • Plastic bags to protect valuables • Small travel diary, pens and some travel books
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.