Mardi Himal Trekking

Duration: 12 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 4120m

Highlights

  • Less crowded trekking trail in the Annapurna region
  • Adventurous and offbeat trail
  • Witness fantastic landscapes and stunning mountain views
  • Trek through dense forests and lush meadows
  • Reach the base of Mardi Himal to witness gorgeous sunrise and breathtaking mountain panorama
  • Come across a range of flora and fauna
  • Enjoy the mountain village lifestyle
  • Explore Pokhara and tranquil Phewa Lake
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek Overview

Embark on an adventurous trek in the Annapurna region, following a less crowded and gorgeous trail that leads to the base of Mardi Himal. Mardi Himal trek is a pleasant trip in the Himalayas that exhibits marvelous mountain views and pristine nature.

The Mardi Himal Trekking is also known as the Mardi Himal Base camp Trek as it reached the base camp of the Mardi Himal. Mardi Himal Trekking explores the east of the famous Annapurna base camp trail and offers a doable but offbeat trekking experience. Mardi Himal base camp trekking is the perfect package in the Annapurna region to enjoy a tranquil trek with breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains. This trekking route opened in 2012, so the trail is relatively new and less famous.

Our Mardi Himal base camp trek is 12 days long and also combines your arrival and departure from Kathmandu. The trekking period is only 7 days long. So, if you are looking for a short trek in the Annapurna region, then the Mardi Himal trek is a great alternative. The trail winds through dense forests of rhododendron and bamboo. You walk along steep side valleys and occasional remote settlement areas.

As the Mardi Himal trail passes through lush forests, you may get to see a range of wildlife and birds. Likewise, the trail is extremely enriching in flora and has diverse vegetation. With the increase in altitude, you can notice an abrupt change in vegetation and views. At 3,300 meters, you come out of the forested route and walk on open meadows & rocky terrain further.

Before the Mardi Himal trail got opened for trekking, it was only used by the shepherds. There was no tea house or lodge to accommodate the travelers. And the occasional trekkers have to use tents and prepare the meals by themselves. Now there are tea houses built along the trail, and the number of trekkers has also increased in the last few years, making the Mardi Himal trek quite known among experienced backpackers.

Major attractions of the Mardi Himal trekking

Mountain Views

Mardi Himal trekking route offers some of the best views of western Himalayan mountains like Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), etc. The trail offers breathtaking scenery at every turn. At the starting phase of the trek, you get to enjoy verdant hills and terraced field views with snow-capped mountains in the backdrop. As the trek progresses, the mountains get more prominent, and you'll find yourself super close to the giants.

Locals on Mardi Himal Trail

The locals along the Mardi Himal trail are friendly and welcoming. There is no major settlement area during the ascent to the Mardi Himal base camp. However, while returning, you get to experience the authentic village lifestyle and culture of the natives because the trail descends to Sidding village (1,885 m) and also passes by Lumre. Mardi Himal base camp trek is also a perfect family trip and a great alternative to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

Rich Ecosystem

The Mardi Himal trek route begins following the foothills of the Annapurna region. The trail goes through numerous camps before reaching the Mardi Himal base camp. The trail is abundant in natural wonders like mountains, hills, forests, streams & waterfalls.

Trekking the lush lowland to the alpine mountains in just a few days gives you a distinct experience. Up to Low Camp (3,210 m), you'll be walking by dense, damp forests. From Low Camp to High Camp (3,580 m), the trail is full of short bushes. And beyond it (up to 4,500 m) is barren and rocky cliffs with a strong wind blowing in the afternoon.

Less crowded trail and off-beat trekking experience

One of the things that make Mardi Himal base camp trekking the best trekking package in 2022 & 2023 is the less crowded trail. Unlike the famous trekking trails in the Himalayas, the Mardi Himal trek offers peaceful walking and undisturbed views. Without going far away on a long journey like the Manaslu Circuit and Nar Phu Valley Trek, you can enjoy an off-the-beaten trek. And the best part is beginners can trek to Mardi base camp too.

Itinerary

We at Outfitter Himalaya have designed a 12 Days itinerary for the Mardi Himal Trek. The 12-day program includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a day tour in Kathmandu. The itinerary is a standard itinerary that we made to offer you.

However, The Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek Itinerary is customizable, and we can remove the day tour, and hotels in Kathmandu pre or post-trek if you prefer to make your arrangement or the trek itinerary itself can be a little shorter or longer as per your requirement. So, feel free to contact us any time if the offered itinerary is not suitable for you and looking for a different itinerary.

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You can meet our airport team at the terminal gate of the international airport. They will welcome you and take you to the hotel. After the check-in, you are free to rest for the remaining day.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

We take you to multiple historical sites in the morning today for sightseeing. You visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple and the largest stupa of Nepal, Boudhanath Stupa. The tour also takes you to Swayambhunath, the famous Monkey Temple. We end our tour at Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the royal residences in Kathmandu Valley.

In the latter half of the day, we prepare for the Mardi trek. You'll be introduced to the trek guide and spend the rest of the day doing final packing & last-minute shopping.

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We’ll drive to Pokhara today. The drive early in the morning. Leaving Kathmandu valley, we'll be following a well-made route along hillsides and soon drive along the Trishuli River. The views of green hills, terraced fields, and waterfalls, along with a glimpse of snow-capped mountains on the way make the drive fantastic. We'll be spending the evening around Phewa Lake, enjoying the gorgeous sunset. You can also go boating on the lake.

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  • Max. Altitude830

After breakfast, drive from Pokhara to Phedi. It's a short drive. The trek begins from here. We trek through small villages resided by people of different communities like Magar, Brahmin, and Gurung. Along the way, the views of Annapurna Peaks are wonderful. Further, the trail continues through rhododendron forests to Pothana and ascends to Deurali. This village offers striking views of Annapurna South.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2100

The trail from Deurali heads to Forest Camp. We walk through lush forests of oak, birch, rhododendron, maple, and hemlock. As most of the trail goes through forests, we may get to see wildlife and birds. We advise you to be careful while walking because the path is rugged.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2520

Leaving Forest Camp, we begin trekking through forests to Low Camp. As the trail ascends, we can see a change in vegetation. There are a lot of rhododendron trees covered with moss along the way. Upon reaching Low Camp, we can see stunning views of Mt. Fishtail.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2970

From Low Camp, the trail goes above the tree line and ascends west toward High Camp. On the way, we can see stunning views of Annapurna South and Mt. Hiunchuli. Soon, we’ll begin walking along the Mardi Himal ridge. There are mainly grassy areas with some rhododendron bushes. We may come across Danphe, the national bird of Nepal. Upon reaching High Camp, we get to see breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3540

We wake up early in the morning and hike to the Upper Viewpoint, also known as the Mardi Himal Base Camp. Walking along a ridge, we steeply ascend to the Upper Viewpoint. We may come across Dzokpos grazing while trekking. Dzokpo is the crossbreed of cow and yak. Upon reaching the Upper Viewpoint, we get to witness panoramic views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, Nilgiri, etc. Later, we’ll descend to High Camp to spend the night.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3540

We trek from High Camp and retrace the path to Low Camp. From here onwards, we drop down to Sidhing village, following a different route. This part of the trail offers more interaction with locals and presents their lifestyle.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1700

After breakfast, we head out of Sidhing village and walk towards Lumre. On the way, we pass by small villages like Kalimati and Ghalel. From Lure, we drive to Pokhara. The evening is free. Explore the Lakeside Market.

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Following the same route, we’ll drive back to Kathmandu. We do not have anything planned for the remaining day. So, you can explore on your own and do shopping. In the late evening, we see you over farewell dinner.

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The trip has ended. After saying goodbye to each other, our airport team will escort you to the Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope to travel with you again to Nepal.

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Map & Altitude Graph

Mardi Himal Trekking map

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • 3-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • A day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • 2-night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on the trek
  • Accommodations in lodges on the trekking
  • A guide & porters (1 porter for every two trekkers and a porter carry about 20-22 KG from 2 of you)
  • Paper works, National park entry permits, & TIMS permit
  • Ground transportation Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, which will be paid by your travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffel bag – if Necessary (return after the trek)

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara)
  • Your personnel expenses drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Entrances fees while visiting Kathmandu on the second day
  • Tips for the guide and porters
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Essential Info

Mardi Himal base camp trek difficulty

Mardi Himal base camp trek is a moderate trek. This trek is known as an off-the-beaten trek, but it doesn't mean beginner trekkers cannot do the Mardi trek. Mardi Himal trek is the only trek in the Himalayas that offers offbeat trekking in a short time and is open for all kinds of trekkers. Most of the trail passes through rugged forested paths. The trail has many ascents and descents. Above the treeline, you walk on rocky, steep paths.

The Mardi Himal base camp trek ascends to 4,500 meters in a matter of 4 to 5 days, therefore the trek carries risks of altitude sickness. Our Mardi Himal base camp trek itinerary gives ample time to rest as you walk and climb under 500 meters a day, which allows trekkers to avoid altitude sickness. Likewise, our expert crew will also keep a check on your health. And last but not least, the limited facilities and remoteness of the region do test your endurance and ability to adjust.

Mardi Himal Trek Preparation

To prepare for Mardi Himal base camp trekking, you can go on regular hiking and walking. Using a similar trodden trail for hiking will be much more beneficial. Remember 5 hours of walking is needed every day. Likewise, you can exercise in the gym and work to build your stamina & strength. You do not have to do anything advanced to prepare for this trek. Keep yourself moving and healthy.

These are some other famous moderate treks in Nepal- Langtang Valley Trek, Khopra Danda Trek, EBC trek, Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, etc. You can also customize the Mardi Himal base camp trek itinerary with us. For more information contact us.

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