Mardi Himal Trek

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Starts / EndsKathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Total duration12 Days Trip
    8 Days Trek
  • Max. Altitude4500 m (14,763 ft)
  • Group SizeMin.1 Max.10
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • GuideLocal guide
  • Departure Fixed/On request
  • TransportationFlight and Private vehicle

Trekking Grade

Moderate / Grade C

Trekking Category

Lodge cum Camping Trek

  • Best MonthMarch- June/ mid. September-November
  • Accommodation2-4 Star Hotel
Tour Details

Mardi Himal Trek is one of the most exotic and least explored treks in the Annapurna region that offers immense opportunity to venture into the deep forests and the high alpine pastures that flank the southern Annapurna ranges. This trek can be the best option for those who are looking for a new trekking route. The trails that we follow are not frequently used by hikers, and sometimes it is hard to identify. Sometimes we encounter shepherds and pilgrims passing by.

The trek also provides outstanding mountain views, being away from the tea-house trails. On the last day of the trek, we visit some villages and experience the traditional charm of the village people. The Mardi Himal trek literally adds a lifetime adventure thrill to trekking enthusiasts. The entire area is quite steep-sided and heavily wooded with bamboo and rhododendron.  Above the forest, we find high-altitude alpine pastures which offer grazing for cattle and a dwelling place for undisturbed wildlife.

Though the Mardi Himal trekking route officially opened recently, most of the travelers visiting Nepal have shown keen interest to do this trek. This trek can be completed within 9–10 days. We begin this trek after a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and take a local land transport to Kande, which is the trek starting point. From Kande, we follow a beautiful trail that takes us to the culturally rich villages of the Gurung ethnic community.

In spring, we can enjoy beautiful sights of rhododendrons that bloom in red color. We spend a night at a forest camp, low camp, and high camp, from where we will enjoy the best glimpse of sunrise and sunset views of Mt. Mardi Himal, Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and other surrounding peaks. We explore the western side of the Mardi Himal base camp, located at an elevation of, 4500 m. After exploration, we return to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu, and finally concludes the Mardi Himal trek.

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Tour Highlights
  • Get closer views of Mt. Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Mt. Fishtail and Mt. Dhaulagiri
  • Discover the diverse community of Nepal, their traditional lifestyle, culture and hospitality
  • Explore authentic nature, great species of flora and fauna, birds and orchids
  • Visit the ancient villages-Nar & Phu and immerse in the local culture and lifestyle of the people
  • Enjoy several forest walks and gradual ascents up to 4500m
Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m)

 Nepal Fair Step Trekking(p) Ltd, as a Kathmandu base guiding company, our representative will be waiting for your arrival with the company board. The service starts welcoming you with garland and transfers you to a previously booked hotel, and you will get more information about the next schedule.  

Day 2: Trek preparation/ sightseeing day in Kathmandu.

The day would be cultural, historical, religious, architectural, daily life, and many more explorations. An experienced linguistic city guide will escort you to explore three world heritage sites Pashupatinath, Patan Darbar squre, and Swaymbunath. Our representative will bring you to the welcome dinner, and brief you on the trek overview, services, and other logistics. You will enjoy local food with a local family or, at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. 

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900 m)

The drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara is one of Nepal’s most popular and scenic drives. The distance between the two cities is around 200 kilometers, and the journey usually takes around 6-7 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. The road trip starts from Kathmandu, and you will head west toward Pokhara on the Prithvi Highway. The drive will take you through lush green hills, small towns, and villages, with breathtaking views of the Himalayas. On the way, you will pass by the Trishuli River, a popular white water rafting destination. You can also stop at several viewpoints to take pictures and enjoy the scenery. The road conditions are generally good, but some sections may have potholes or rough patches. However, the journey is safe and comfortable, and you can hire a private car or take a bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Kande and trek to Deurali via Australian Camp

You can start your day early and have breakfast at your hotel in Pokhara. After having breakfast drive from Pokhara to Kande. The drive takes around 1 hour and covers a distance of approximately 25 kilometers. You can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Himalayan ranges while moving forward to Kande. Rest for a while and start your trek from Kande to Australian Camp. The trail is well-maintained and not too difficult, and it offers beautiful views of the Annapurna range. The trek takes around 1.5 – 2 hours. At almost 11 o’clock you will reach Australian Camp, take a break for a while, enjoy the stunning views of the Annapurna range, and have some tea or coffee at any teahouse or restaurant. After some minutes of spending at the Australian Camp Continue your trek from Australian Camp to Deurali. The trail takes you through lush forests, small villages, and beautiful viewpoints with breathtaking views of the Himalayas. The trek takes around 3-4 hours. After an hour of walking, you can finally reach Deurali and have lunch at one of the tea houses or guesthouses. Explore the area around Deurali. You can take a short hike to Pothana, which is a small village nearby, or just relax and enjoy the scenery. Now it’s almost time for sunset and you can clearly watch the sunset over the mountains and take some pictures. Deurali offers some of the most beautiful views of the Annapurna range.

Day 5: Trek from Pitam Deurali to Kokar Forest Camp (2550 m)

Pitam Deurali is a small village located in the Kaski district of Nepal, around 25 kilometers northwest of Pokhara. It is a popular starting point for treks to various destinations in the Annapurna region. The trail from Pitam Deurali to Kokar Forest Camp is around 10 kilometers long and takes approximately 4-5 hours to complete. The trail starts with a gradual uphill climb through dense rhododendron, oak, and bamboo forests. As you ascend, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

Day 6: Trek from Kokar Forest Camp to Low camp (2990 m)

Wake up early in the morning, enjoy a healthy breakfast at Kokar Forest Camp, and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains. After having breakfast, rest for a while and begin your trek towards Low Camp, which is situated at an elevation of around 3,150 meters. The trail initially descends through the forest before climbing up to the open meadows of Low Camp. Along the way, you will pass through beautiful rhododendron forests and may be able to spot some of the local wildlife, such as monkeys and birds. Upon reaching Low Camp, settle into your accommodation and enjoy a warm lunch. Low Camp is a great place to relax and acclimatize to the altitude. Take a short hike to explore the surrounding area and enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas. If you’re feeling up to it, you can also do yoga or meditation to lax and rejuvenate. In the evening, enjoy a warm dinner and spend some time stargazing before retiring for the night. Remember to stay hydrated, take breaks as needed, and listen to your body as you trek from Kokar Forest Camp to Low Camp.

Day 7: Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (3580 m)

First of all, early in the morning, your first priority is to have a healthy breakfast. And then after making your belongings ready for the day trek begin your ascent towards High Camp, which will take you through alpine meadows and rocky terrain. Take breaks as needed to rest and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. The higher altitude can make the trek more challenging, so listen to your body and take your time. Along the way, you will pass through beautiful forests and may be able to spot some of the local wildlife, such as yaks and mountain goats. Before reaching High Camp, settle into your accommodation and enjoy a warm lunch. High Camp is a great place to relax and acclimatize to the altitude before continuing your trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp. Take a short hike to explore the surrounding area and enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas. You may also be able to spot some of the local flora and fauna. If you’re feeling up to it, you can also do some light exercises or yoga to further acclimatize your body to the altitude. In the evening, enjoy a warm dinner and spend some time stargazing before retiring for the night.

Day 8: Trek from High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m)

The trek from High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp is a relatively short but steep one, as you will be ascending to an altitude of around 4,500 meters. Here are some possible activities that you can do in a day when trekking from High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp. Start your day with an early breakfast and prepare yourself for the day’s trek. Begin your ascent towards Mardi Himal Base Camp, which will take you through rocky terrain and steep inclines. Take breaks as needed to rest and drink water to stay hydrated. The higher altitude can make the trek more challenging, so listen to your body and take your time. As you climb higher, the vegetation will become sparser, and you’ll be surrounded by beautiful panoramic views of the Himalayas. Upon reaching Mardi Himal Base Camp, take some time to rest and acclimatize to the altitude. The base camp is a beautiful and serene place, surrounded by mountains and glaciers.

Take a short hike to explore the surrounding area and enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas. You may also be able to spot some of the local flora and fauna. If you’re feeling up to it, you can also do some light exercises or yoga to further acclimatize your body to the altitude. In the evening, enjoy a warm dinner and spend some time stargazing before retiring for the night.

 

Day 9: Trek from High Camp to Sidhing (1850 m)

The trek from High Camp to Siding is a relatively long but mostly downhill one, as you will be descending from an altitude of around 3,580 meters to 1,750 meters. Start your day with an early breakfast and prepare yourself for the day’s trek. The trek from High Camp to Siding is around 7-8 hours long, so it’s important to start early in the morning to avoid trekking in the dark. The distance between High Camp and Sidding is around 12-15 kilometers (depending on the exact route taken) and can take anywhere from 5-8 hours to complete, depending on your pace and the trail conditions. The trek involves a steep descent from High Camp to the village of Merek, followed by a gradual descent to the village of Sidding. Along the way, you will pass through beautiful rhododendron forests, traditional Sherpa villages, and stunning mountain views. It’s important to carry enough water, snacks, and sunscreen, as well as warm clothing as temperatures can drop rapidly in the afternoon. It’s always a good idea to check the weather conditions before setting out on the trek

 

Day 10: Trek from Sidhing to Lumre and drive to Pokhara (900 m)

The trek from Sidhing to Lumre in the Annapurna region of Nepal is a relatively easy walk that can be done in about 4-5 hours. From Lumre, it is possible to take a jeep or a bus to Pokhara, which takes around 2-3 hours depending on road conditions. The trail from Sidhing to Lumre follows a gentle descent through beautiful forests, terraced fields, and traditional Gurung villages. You will pass by the village of Khilang, which is known for its ancient water mill and traditional farming practices. Once you reach Lumre, you can catch a jeep or a bus to Pokhara, which is the gateway to the Annapurna region and a popular tourist destination in Nepal. Pokhara offers a range of accommodation options, restaurants, and activities, including paragliding, boating, and trekking. It’s important to note that the road from Lumre to Pokhara can be bumpy and dusty, so it’s advisable to carry a mask and some water for the journey. It’s also a good idea to check the weather conditions and road conditions before setting out on the trek and to hire a local guide or porter if you are unsure of the route.

Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 17 :Departure from Nepal

Tour Package

Price Includes

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Airport pickup and drop (domestic and international)

Local transportation; (Domestic flight, road transport according program)

Hotels: (4/2) star standard hotel including breakfast (according to program in Kathmandu& other places)

Welcome and farewell dinner

Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Patan Durbar square, Swyambunath, Pashupatinath)

Sighseeing Bhaktapur and Boudhanath

Camping/ Lodge Trek’s cost according to program

Full board during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Government-licensed guide (English speaking or other foreign language if requested)

Required numbers of porters (1 porter for 2 guests; 12 kg per guest in Tea house trek)

Sightseeing entry fees/national park /conservation/restricted area permit fees (monasteries, temples, Stupa entrance fees but not donation.)

TIMS (Trekker’s information Management System) permits or peak climbing permit fees (according to your program)

Group First Aid Kits (We recommend bringing your personal first aid kit as well.)

Trekking bag for each guest.

Staff insurance

Complementary

Trekking bag for each guest

Nepal Fair Step Trekking printed T-Shirt

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International airfare from and to your country

Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD 50 cash for 30 days visa and need to fill online form)

Excess baggage charges

Personal gears

Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters

Travel & Health Insurance – Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)

Any meals (lunch &dinner) in Kathmandu – $ 10 to 15 for per meal in tourist restaurant (except welcome and farewell dinner)

Any kinds of drinks (alcohol &non-alcoholic beverage) neither during the trek nor in Kathmandu

Tips for staff (not mandatory but expected)

Hot shower, recharging of batteries (available during the

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