Off the Beaten
Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

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Trekking in quieter part of Annapurna Region

12 Days 4,500m/14,760ft
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Quick Facts

Trip Duration 12 Days Trip Grading Moderate
Max Altitude 4,500m/14,760ft Best TimeMarch - May
Sept - Dec
Trip ModeTeahouse/Lodge Group SizeMin 1 - Max 15
Overview

Trip Highlights

  • A hidden gem situated just east of Annapurna Base Camp
  • Off the beaten trail in Annapurna Region
  • Spectacular close up view of Fishtail and other mountain ranges
  • Recently opened trekking trail to Mardi Himal Base Camp

Mardi Himal Trek Overview

Exploring the southern skirts of the Annapurna Himalayas, the Mardi Himal Trek makes way through the isolated trails to the foothills of Mardi Himal (5553m). Offering views of the Annapurna ranges such as Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), and Lamjung Himal (6983m), the trek takes place in trails without traces of human settlements. This makes it best-suited for individuals who wish to explore in solitude. Mardi Himal Trek gracefully navigates through the revered Annapurna Conservation Area to offer graceful trekking experiences.

Your journey to Mardi Himal Trek formally commences as you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. A drive to Pokhara takes you closer to the trails. The drive is filled with bountiful sceneries of hillsides and gorgeous landscapes. After a short drive to Kande, the trek takes off and heads to Deurali. Immediately into the company of lush forests, the trek follows the Modi River and heads to Rest Camp. As the trails are away from the human settlements, you will be completely enveloped by the magnificence of the Annapurna Conservation Area. A trek through waterfalls, streams, and enchanting woodlands follows a brief rest at Rest Camp. With the Himalayas peeking above the emerald hills, the journey takes you to the High Camp. The views of Annapurna south (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), and Hiunchuli (6441m) cordially welcome you to the resting point. A trek to the Upper View Point is on the schedule as an ascent along the scenic trail pave the way towards the glorious vantage point. The panorama of Himalayas from Mardi Himal (5553m) to Machhapuchhre (6997m), and Annapurna I (8091m) allows you to relish the Himalayan majesty. Later, you retrace your steps back to the High Camp and settle for the day. A draining descent awaits as you take on a different route and head to Siding Village. Rejoicing the Gurung culture, you descend to Lumre and drive to Pokhara.

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Is this trek for you?

  Grade   Moderate
  Physical Rating   3-4
  Total Duration   11N/12 Days
  Trekking Duration   06N/07 Days
  Maximum Elevation   4,500m/14,760ft at Base Camp

Duration for treks of this grade stretches up to two (2) weeks. Trails generally go above 4000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 7 hours. Perfect setting of introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1350m/4430ft]
  • Day 02 : Fly to Pokhara and explore...[827m/2,714ft]
  • Day 03 : Drive to Kande and trek to Deurali [2,100m/6,888ft]
  • Day 04 : Trek to Forest Camp [2,550m/8,364ft]
  • Day 05 : Trek to Low Camp [3,050m/10,005ft]
  • Day 06 : Trek to High Camp [3,600m/11,810ft]
  • Day 07 : Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp/View Point [4,500m/14,760ft] and retrace to High Camp for overnight
  • Day 08 : Trek to Sidhing [1,850m/6,070ft]
  • Day 09 : Trek and Drive to Pokhara [827m/2,714ft]
  • Day 10 : Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 11 : Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 12 : International Departure

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Map & Itinerary
  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1350m/4430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street
    • Meal : (D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 02 - Fly to Pokhara and explore...[827m/2,714ft]

    After breakfast, we hop on a twenty-minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu airport. During the flight, the views from your window seat give you mesmerizing views of glorious Manaslu and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. Upon arriving Pokhara, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check in, have lunch and rest of the evening is free to explore. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: -532m/1,716ft
    • Meal : (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 03 - Drive to Kande and trek to Deurali [2,100m/6,888ft]

    Initially, we drive on the Pokhara-Baglung Highway and reach the starting point of the trek, Kande. The trail goes on top of a ridge and, after a while, we arrive at Australian Base Camp. It is basically a lodge in the middle of the forest. The route later arrives at Deurali, which is a mountain pass that overlooks the Modi Khola valley and Mardi Himal. Overnight stay at Deurali. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night:[1,273m/4,175ft]
    • Meal : (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation : Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 3-4 hrs
  • Day 04 - Trek to Forest Camp [2,550m/8,364ft]

    From Deurali, we will walk on the trail to the Forest Camp. The journey lasts for approximately 4 hours and we shall leave the main Annapurna sanctuary trail. Traversing through forests, we arrive at Forest Camp or Kokar. After having lunch, we head to Forest Camp, which comprises of small teahouses and lodges. Overnight stay at Forest Camp. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: [450m/1,480ft]
    • Meal : (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation : Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 05 - Trek to Low Camp [3,050m/10,005ft]

    Today the trail sees an increase in the rhododendron forests and, later, transcends into the sparse landscape. The low camp is a clearing in the forest and contains some teahouses. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: [500m/1,640ft]
    • Meal : (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation : Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 06 - Trek to High Camp [3,600m/11,810ft]

    From Low Camp our trek continues to high camp today. The High Camp is pasture land and boasts of gorgeous sceneries all around. The high camp provides amazing views of Annapurna (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and Machhapuchhre (6997m). Overnight stay at High camp. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: [550m/1,810ft]
    • Meal : (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation : Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 07 - Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp/View Point [4,500m/14,760ft] and retrace to High Camp for overnight

    Today is the major highlight of the trek which involves going to the Viewpoint or often called as the Mardi Himal Base camp. The ascent takes about 3 hours and if involves walking on the steep trail which goes through pastures and narrow ridges. The Mardi Himal base camp provides a panoramic view of the colossal mountains like Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m) and, Hiunchuli (6441m). After spending some time in the viewpoint, we shall retrace our steps back to the high camp. Overnight stay at High Camp.
    • Meal : (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation : Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 08 - Trek to Sidhing [1,850m/6,070ft]

    We have our breakfast in the High Camp and head towards the Rest Camp for today. The trail sees a decrease in altitude and the trail is mostly downhill. Traversing these lush forests, we make us a refreshing walk with numerous streams and abundant wildlife of the region. The Siding village is the last stop in the Mardi Himal Trek and is a fairly lively settlement. The residents here are mostly of Gurung community and practice Buddhism. Overnight stay at Siding.
    • Meal : (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation : Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7
  • Day 09 - Trek and Drive to Pokhara [827m/2,714ft]

    The initial leg of the trek involves walking for about 3 hours to reach Lumre. From here, we catch a bus and drive to Pokhara. The drive to Pokhara is short and upon arrival in Pokhara, you will have lunch. If you have time, then you can visit the Bat Cave and the Bindyabasini temple in Pokhara. Other major attractions in the city are Mahendra Cave, Davis Falls, and the World Peace Pagoda. Overnight stay at Pokhara.
    • Meal : (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 10 - Fly back to Kathmandu

    We catch a plane from Pokhara airport and fly to Kathmandu. The flight lasts for 30 minutes and is filled with mesmerizing sights of the hilly and Himalayan landscapes. After arriving in Kathmandu, you can stroll around the local markets. You can also sightsee around some of the tourist attractions as well. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
    • Meal : (B,L)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 11 - Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Free and easy day to spend, perhaps doing shopping or rest at hotel’s beautiful court-yard. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.
    • Meal : (B)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 12 - International Departure

    Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.
    • Meal : (B)
    • Accommodation : None
    • Trekking Hours :
Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

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Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu whilst on trek with tea & coffee.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 3 nights with breakfast
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Hotel Dandelion or similar category for 2 nights
  • Internal flight (PKR-KTM)
  • All required permits for trek (ACAP & TIMS card)
  • Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts on private A/C vehicle
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private A/C vehicle
  • Comprehensive first aid kit.
  • Duffel bag, Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Staff equipment, insurance and allowances
  • Trek completion certificate (Upon request)
  • Group welcome dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for staff

Optional Add Ons

  • Single supplement
  • Hotel upgrade

Important note

The day-to-day program is subject to weather, conditions and the progress and wishes of the group. Most importantly, the leaders will be making daily decisions, for example, about exactly how far or which way we go, and will be thinking ultimately about the safety and health of all in the party, as well as the enjoyment of the group and success in the outcome of the trek and climb. We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

Climate

The best seasons to trek in the Annapurna region are Autumn (from mid-September till November) and Spring (from the beginning of March until May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. The nights are cold (between -10C to 5C) and the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C).  Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night.

TRIP GRADE – Moderate

Duration for treks of this grade stretches up to two (2) weeks.   Trails generally go above 4000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about   4 – 5 hours.  Perfect setting of introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal.  Activity level is fairly easy but do expect some ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known 'Nepali flat' – a little bit up and a little bit down.

A Typical Day

Daily wake up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on trek. You will be given a small basin of hot water to wash up.  After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day's walk.  Before breakfast you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. After 3-4 hours of walk, we stop for lunch mid-day.  The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, to wash your clothes or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunch time and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Meals

Meals are included in our package and are served in Lodges located along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer).

Accommodation

Kathmandu: In Kathmandu, we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery.  Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price.acco1

Pokhara: Our Address in Pokhara (Hotel Dandelion), with a spacious and comfortable room this hotel is indeed a good place to chill and relax. Your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price.acco2

Single supplement: Single supplement will be charged if someone wish to have their own room for the trip. Especially when travelling in a group, we will always pair you with someone of same sex and similar age to share the room with. If in case of single by default, then clients don’t have to pay for the single supplement.

On Trek (Teahouse/Lodge Trek): Trekking in the (Annapurna area) does not need tremendous logistics in accommodation as there are many clean and friendly Lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets.  A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will arrange for you and your group to stay in local lodges daily. Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Group size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 15 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 1 the maximum is 15 people.

Flight / Land Transfers

The starting point of the trek is from Pokhara, which is connected by a short 20 minutes’ flight from Kathmandu or 6-7 hours by drive. We will arrange to transfer you and your group to and from trek start/end point and to take your group back to the hotel upon your return to Kathmandu.

Travel Insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get  travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get a travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)  in high altitudes where there are no other means of transporation available. Medical expenses, Baggage lost, Delays and Cancellation, Death & Repatriation are also another important factor to include when purchasing your Insurance. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision.

Tipping and Taxes

Though tipping is not compulsory but gratuity is appreciated.  A suggestion of an allocation of USD4.00-5.00 per day per person for teahouse/lodge treks – this can be handed to the leader/Sirdar at the end of the trek in the presence of the staff for distribution as gratitude.  You can also give away your trekking equipment such as boots, jackets, trekking poles, head torches to the crew.

On the last day of the trek, we will have a celebration night with all our trekking crew and we suggest the gratuity to   the staff be given only at the end of the trek.

Communication

Telephone facilities in the Annapurna region is a plenty with WIFI available at teahouses/lodges. Connection for cell phones is fair throughout the trek in Annapurna Region. If you need to keep in contact with our family or others, kindly request from us in advance a local sim card.

First Aid Kit

We supply a first aid kit with standard medicines prescribed by doctors and Oxygen for emergency purposes.  Besides that, upon request and with additional cost, we can provide for a High Altitude Mountain doctor.  Your trip leader/Guide is experienced and has knowledge in medications. But if you are more comfortable, we suggest that you bring along your own common medication supplies such as pain-killers, for cold, diarrhoea, nausea and fever.  Some nasal ointment and throat-moisturising pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.  Age is no barrier to undertake an unforgettable trekking experience.

Personal Expenses

Since Meals and Accommodation are all included on trek, you need cash for table drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (only available in some places).

Itinerary Changes

The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion must coincide with the original itinerary.

You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into a remote mountain region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.

Rescue/Evacuations

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty; we undertake to do everything possible to transfer you to the nearest hospital.  Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, kindly ensure that all expenses are fully covered by your insurance before assigning it or must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.

Luggage While Trekking

While on the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters.  You only carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc.  - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box which is not chargeable in Kathmandu.  Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15kg, excess weight is chargeable at USD1.00 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.

Care For Porters And Staff

Our porters and staff are provided with adequate clothing and equipment for high altitude conditions.  They are also well paid and is well groomed.

Equipment Checklist

The gear listed below is recommended for these kind of trips. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment .   You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Trousers
  • Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Thermal
  • Inner wears
  • Under garments
  • Warm socks
  • Warm Hat, Gloves and Bandana/Scarf
  • Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from trek.
  • Trekking shoes
  • Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
  • Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)

Documents

  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
  • Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photo copy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Others

  • Headlamps with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Water bottle one (1) litre
  • Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Padlock
  • Binoculars
  • Reading materials, note books and pens

Toiletries and hygiene

  • Quick drying towel
  • Small face towel
  • Toothbrush &Toothpaste
  • Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
  • Face and body moisturizer, Sun screen and lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit

The gears listed below will be provided by us for the trek. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after the completion of trek.

  • Down Jacket
  • Sleeping bag with Liner
  • Duffel/Kit Bag

Trip Extensions

In addition to your trek, we can organize extension trips to both within Nepal and other neighbouring countries.

For example, you may want to try water-rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or even a Nepal Cultural Tours.

If time permits, you may even want to include a trip to our neighbouring countries i.e.  Tibet, India or Bhutan.

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Yaw Yean Chan Apr 03, 2019

I have little experience on trekking and this was my first trail and was a tough one. Without the support and help from the trek leader and the porter, i would not have made it to the high camp. Thank you Phunuru and John for the great support during the hiking

Joseph cheng Apr 03, 2019

The trip was well organized, although ABC was closed, they were able to quickly recommend Alternative route, Mardi Himal Trek.

The city tour especially Shivaratri festival was very crowded but the guide was able to bring us through the queue and to the right spot. The guide was able to adapt to our requirement as we are mainly photographer. Lastly, the porter (john) was a hero, big salute to him

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