Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal description
The Mardi Himal Trek offers an opportunity to escape Nepal’s tourist trails to venture in to the deep forests and roam the high alpine pastures that flank the Annapurna Himalayan ranges.
Amazing Mardi Himal Trek is considered to be an ideal place for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. No doubt, a trek to Mardi Himal takes you into one of the most untouched areas of the Himalayas. Located in the east of the Modi Khola, Mardi Himal is separated from Machhapuchre ridge by a col (5,200m) and reaches the summit via the route on its east flank. One can find few villages along the trail and the trekkers are required to walk through the forests.
The trek provides wilderness that culminates with spectacular close up view of Annapurna, Fish Tail (Locally known as Machhapuchre), wilderness trek in Annapurna area, flora and fauna, beautiful village view, alpine forest, Gurung and Thakali culture, eco-friendly villager as well as the least touristic trek. Magical Mardi Himal Trek is possible to visit at any time though out the year.
Top famous Mardi Himal Trek highlights
Sunrise and mountains views from Forest Camp, typical Gurung & their lifestyles, Splendid views of Annapurna ranges inclusive Lamjung Himal, scenic village, different community with the majority of Tamang, Gurung, Brahmin and grand hilly landscapes.
Mystical Mardi Himal Trek grades
Mardi ridge trek is appropriate for any trekkers who are looking for easy walking. It is not necessary previous trek or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and energetic to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking.
It would be more good to do daily jugging or walking exercise is recommended before you leave your country. Our program has been prepared including rest day and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On the trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Nepal Mardi Himal Trek covers:
Pokhara, Pothana, Deurali hill station, Mardi Base Camp, Mardi Pul, Hemja village.
Best month to explore Mardi Himal Trek
February, March, April, May, June and September, October, November and early December.
Trip Mardi Himal Trek outline itinerary
02 Day: Fly to Pokhara. Trek to Deurali (2,100m / 6,867 feet), 5 hours
03 Day: Deurali to Forest camp (2,500m / 8,175 feet), 6 hours
04 Day: Trek from Forest Camp to Badal Danda (3,150m / 10,301 feet), 5 hours,
05 Day: Trek from Badal danda to High Camp (3,550m / 11,609 feet), 3 hours. Hike to get view point.
06 Day: High Camp to Sidding village (1,700m / 5,559 feet), 7 hours.
07 Day: Sidding to Lwong (1,460m / 4,774 feet), 6 hours.
08 Day: Lwong to Astam (1,530m / 5,003 feet) 5 hours.
09 Day: Astam – Melbot (roughly 3 hours) to Pokhara city 45 min. drive.
10 Day: Explore in and around Pokhara city of its touristic spots
11 Day: Drive / fly to Kathmandu 6 hours
12 Day: Final departure
Mardi Himal Trek itinerary in details
Day 01: Arrival day in kathmandu airport in Kathmandu city.
Receive you in Kathmandu international airport. Then transfer to hotel by private car. If you have time, just couple of hours time sightseeing around downtown of Thamel for renting your trek gears. At evening, briefing about your Trek.
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara. Deurali trekking (2,100m / 6,867 feet), 5 hours.
After breakfast, drive to the airport to get a scenic flight to Pokhara. Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (takes about 25 minutes) gives you an opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views of mountains such as Annapurna and Langtang and landscape flying to the north over the snow-capped Himalaya and green Mahabharat range to the south are adventurous. Meet the entire team here, then drive almost 45 minutes to reach on Dhampus Phedi by private car.
The trek further ascends with all the way up to Dhampus with several stone stairs passing through terraced cultivated fields, settlements, and forests. Dhampus village offers an excellent view of the Annapurna range and Mt. Fishtail. An easy walk through the rhododendron and oak forest until reaching Pothana village which takes about 1 and half-hour.
We can see the excellent view of Machhapuchhre. The trail takes another 1 hour climbs through the rhododendron forest to a pass with views of the Mardi Khola far below and the panoramic views of Annapurna South and Himchuli to the north, and Pokhara and Phewa Lake to the southeast when we will reach Deurali. Stay overnight at a lodge there.
Day 03: Deurali to Forest camp (2,500m / 8,175 feet), 6 hours.
On the way from Deurali to Forest camp, you will have easy through the Pine Forest trail which is again steep ascend hills. The Forest is covered with the most unique flower called Rhododendron. You have to take the packed lunch today as there are not any tea houses or restaurants or hotels on the way to the Forest camp.
Day 04: Forest Camp to Badal danda (3,150m/10,301 feet), 5 hours.
An easy walk to get Low Camp where you can see the most amazing and clear view of Mt. Fishtail. Badal Danda is recognized as a viewpoint so it is worthy to spent your overnight here. Furthermore, you can explore the Himalayas like Annapurna south, Hiun chuli and Holy mountain mount Fishtail likewise Chhomrong Village, Ghandruk Village including various plants, animals and birds in that alpine forest, Gurung and Thakali culture and their hospitality. You will be staying overnight at Badal danda in a community based local lodge on this overnight.
Day 05: Trek to High Camp (3,550m/11,609 feet). Hike to the hill station to better view.
The trek starts up having Breakfast towards High camp. After lunch, we walk further to the viewpoint to get a better view. Mardi mountain Base Camp (4,500m) is another option to walk if the weather looks great. An almost whole day you will be a hike around to discover passing through a series of steep, rocky mountains separated by leisurely walk over the lush green hills and High hills. If weather permits, you will have an excellent view of Mardi Himal, Annapurna-I, South Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Tent Peak, Gangapurna and Gandarbhachuli, Mt.Fishtail at a side and descend to high camp and stay overnight there.
Day 06: Trek from High Camp to Siding village (1,700m/5,559 feet), 6 hours.
Have breakfast with the brilliant Sunrise view at High camp and descend towards Siding village. Walking back straight descend to the same fine forest you can again see the beautiful red Rhododendron forest. You will get your lunch at Low camp which is on the way back to Siding (1700m). Siding is a traditional but simple local village.
Day 07: Trek from Siding to Lwong village (1,460m/4,774 feet), 6 hours.
After breakfast at the Siding walk towards Lwong is an easy trek. On your way to Lwong, you reach a place called Ghalel. Ghalel is a small traditional village with some small restaurants, and Homestay, so you can have lunch here. After lunch again start up walking towards Lwong. Lwong is also a traditional old village where you can see the tea garden, ACAP office with some Homestay for you to stay overnight. In the evening, the community mother group will welcome you by singing and dancing in some folk songs at your homestay.
Day 08: Lwong to Astam (1,530m / 5,003 feet) 5 hours..
At morning time, a little excursion to the Tea garden to explore the brilliant view of the green tea garden and also the view of mountains. Return at the lodge to collect your bag packs, have breakfast then walk towards Astam village in a few hours. From Astam you can view many of the peaks like Annapurna Range, Mt.Fishtail, Lamjung Himal. Stay overnight at there.
Day 09: Astam – Melbot (almost 3hours) to Pokhara city 45 min. drive.
Early Morning view the most amazing sunrise at Astam Village and have your breakfast at the homestay. Walk towards the Melbot where our private vehicle is waiting for you to drop off in Fewa lakeside Pokhara. On your way back to Pokhara, you will cross milk river which is known as the Seti river in Nepali. As soon as you reach in town, you can visit some of the most beautiful landmarks of Pokhara city or go shopping where you can enjoy your moment.
Day 10: Explore day around Pokhara valley: Full day sightseeing.
After late breakfast, we start our sightseeing to explore Pokhara city. The worth able places such as Fewa Lake, Devi’s Fall, Bishwa Shanti Stupa (World Peace Stupa) or Seti George, International Mountain Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement, and Gupteshower Cave. The rest of the time, you can either take relax at our hotel or visit the markets for shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Fly / or drive to Kathmandu. Or extend your trip on request.
We will drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus through the road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements, high hills and along the riverside. If you are interested to fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu with extra cost (USD: 110 each person) for the fly ticket. 20 or 25 minutes flight journey offers a spectacular of Annapurna Himalayas inclusive Mt. Fishtail, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu, high hills, terraces, local settlements, and forests.
Day 12: Final departure day.
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends.
Wilderness Mardi Himal Trek Cost Include:
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 2 nights on twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu within BB Plan.
- 1 night on twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara within BB Plan
- Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trek days
- Domestic flight: Kathmandu to Pokhara airfare with airport departure tax.
- Guest house basis trekking accommodation while on trekking days.
- Tourist Bus transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu for guest, guide and porter.
- Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Trekking tours
- Pokhara Fewa lake side – Dhampus phedi; Return to Fewa lake side transfer by private vehicle.
- All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
- Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurance of guide and porters.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Magic Mardi Himal Trek Cost Exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner while you are staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private Mardi peak trek or Mardi peak trekking or cheap Mardi Himal trekking starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flight details then you should do a request then our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience for Mardi Himal trek?
Answer: Mardi Himal trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 – 6 hours in a day, with a lightweight rucksack. For Mardi Himal lodge trek – yes, you need to have experience of walking 5- 6 hours a day in high altitude – somehow about 3000M above sea level.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on express Mardi Himal trek?
Answer: We do provide you 3-star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accommodation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always a better idea to own sleeping equipment.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in lodge Mardi Himal Trek?
Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season).
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.
Question: What opportunities will I have for the shower along mardi Himal trek?
Answer: Along the mardi Himal trek route, the lodges are community-based however you will have a very good hot shower in all places but if you in Camping trek – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on lodge Mardi Himal hiking?
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in the campsite/along the way in the camping trekking.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or mobile batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be chances to charge your battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!
Question: Is there any communication facilities on express Mardi Himal trek?
Answer: In this trekking route some lodges offer telephone services but we recommend you to take a local SIM card for the phone call and 3G internet facilities which will be cheaper and reliable.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No, for the trekking you need to have cash because credit cards work city area of Nepal only.
Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
We prefer 20 % advance deposit of the total price of a trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on Mardi himal trek?
Answer: We provide porters they will carry your luggage.
Question: Is there any communication while we are on mardi Himal trek?
Answer: There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk for 5-6 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls for mardi himal trek?
Answer: We recommend to take that it will be helpful to you.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks in trekking.
Typical Mardi Himal Trek Notice for visitors:
The above Mardi Himal Lodge Trek itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical, and natural conditions may change this above itinerary.
“What makes Mardi Himal Trek special ?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.