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    • Duration6 days
    • AccommodationMountain lodge
    • Start | EndPokhara
    • ActivityTrekking
    • Max Altitude4500 meter
    • DifficultiesModerate
    • Best SeasonSep - Dec | Feb - May
    • Group Size1-20 pax
    • Meal5 B | 6 L | 5 D
    Introduction

    Mardi Himal Trek is a newly promoted, less crowded trek in the Annapurna region known for offering beautiful views of Annapurna, Fishtail, Mardi Himal in the shortest duration time. Trek costs USD 530 PP including accommodation, meal,  transportation, permit, guide, porter and trekking gears

    Trek to Mardi Himal is a short and sweet trek with a 6 days duration. The maximum height reached during the Mardi Himal trek is 4500m. Due to its remote location and wilderness. Mardi Himal trekking is less crowded and is often taken as an alternative option to Annapurna Base Camp trek.

    Mardi trek is one of the best short rated treks from Pokhara that takes you to Mardi Himal base camp. This short trek from Pokhara offers close views of. Annapurna (8091m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993m), Mardi Himal (5578m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Annapurna South (7,010 m) and other mountain ranges.

    6 dats long Mardi Himal trek passes through traditional villages, green forests and verdant valleys. Along the trek. You will have the opportunity to learn about local culture of Gurung and Magar ethnic communities and experience homestay facility.

    MARDI HIMAL TREK ITINERARY

    Mardi Himal trek can be followed through several different routes. The route starting from Pitam Deurali towards Mardi himal and returning via Lwang village is probably the most popular one. Below are three optional routes for Mardi Himal trek:

    • Route 1: Pokhara – Kande – Australian camp – Pritam deurali- Forest camp – Rest camp – High camp- Siding – Lwang – Pokhara
    • Route 2: Pokhara – Phedi -Dhampus -Pothana – Forest camp – Rest camp – High camp – Siding -Pokhara
    • Route 3: Pokhara – Siding – High camp – Pokhara

    Eyes On Nepal is offering Route 1 option as it is the most scenic trail covering many beautiful places along the trail. In addition, it is also more relaxing and easy acclimatization.

    • Day 1: Pokhara to Pitam Deurali (2100m).
    • Day 2: Pitam Deurali - Forest camp (2600m).
    • Day 3: Forest camp to High camp (3550m).
    • Day 4: High camp - Mardi himal basecamp (4500m) - Low camp (2970m).
    • Day 5: Low Camp - Lawng village (1600m).
    • Day 6: Lwang village - Pokhara (750m).

    MARDI HIMAL TREK HIGHLIGHTS

    6 days 5 nights trek to Mardi Himal is a moderate trek lying in the foothills of Annapurna region.  It is relatively a new trekking route which is less crowded than Annapurna Base Camp. On this trek, one will enjoy amazing panoramic views of Mt Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. Much of the trail goes through rhododendron and oak forest and trekkers will experience homestay in Lwang village.

    • Less crowded Moderate trek in Annapurna's foothill, an alternative to Annapurna Base camp.
    • Amazing panoramic view of Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.
    • Trek through Rhododendron and oak forest.
    • Expericing the diverse culture and lifestyle.
    • Explore and enjoy the nature and habitat of Annapurna region.
    • Experience the homestay of Lwang village and tea garden.

    MARDI HIMAL TREK COST

    Package trek cost covers all required services, such as transportation, permit, documentation, staff insurance, accommodation, food and taxes. There is no hidden or unseen cost involved in the package. The cost per person decreases corresponding to the increase in size of group members.

    What is included in the tour price ?

    • Documentation - No hidden charges All necessary paper works, government and local taxes & company service charges
    • Permit(Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit & Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card)
    • All land transportation on a private vehicle as per the group size (car, jeep, van or a bus)(Day 1: Pokhara to Milan Chowk & Day 6 Hyanja to Pokhara).
    • Accommodation during the trek (5 nights accommodation on clean mountain lodges on sharing basis)
    • Meal - Full boardWarm and fresh meal during the trek(5 Breakfast | 6 Lunch | 5 Dinner)
    • Trekking gears (Sleeping bag, duffel bag, trekking poles, water bottle & rain poncho)
    • 1 X English speaking Trekking guide(Experienced, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained)
    • Porters - Strong, experienced and honest 01 Porter for 2 trekkers/ maximum 16 kgs luggage per porter.
    • 1X Assistant Guide (Service of assistant guide for groups of 8 trekkers and above)
    • Arrangements for trekking staffsAll meals(3 times a day), salary, accommodation and insurance

    WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

    • Personal nature expenses (All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, hot and cold drinks during rest, lunch and dinner, laundry)
    • Charging electronic devices (If electricity is provided by solar power, charging devices such as Mobile, tablet and laptop will be charged.)
    • Insurance(Your travel insurance)
    • Tipping / gratis for guides, porters and drivers(Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.)
    • Unexpected expenses (Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Eyes on Nepal such as natural calamities, mishaps or accident)

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    Cancellation policy is only applicable to package tariffs. The cancellation charge will be against the total package cost after deducting non-refundable expenses such as permits, transportation costs, airfare expenses that have been paid as part of the trip.
    • If you cancel your trip 30 days prior to the program start date, 15% cancellation fees of the total package cost will be charged.
    • Any cancelation made 15 days prior to the program start date, 30% cancellation fees of the total package cost will be charge.
    • If you cancel your trip 1 week prior to the program start date, 50% cancellation fees of the total package cost will be charge.
    • cancelation made less than one week prior to the program start date, it will be deemed as no show and hence no refund will be made.
    • You must notify us about cancellation through writing via email.

    LEAVE FOOTPRINTS ONLY

    "Leave nothing but foot prints, take nothing but photos & memories"
    • We suggest to stay in locally-owned lodges or tea houses
    • Waste management (We request to bring back all the waste materials you have carried on your way)
    • Kindly respect local culture and dress code.

    MARDI HIMAL TREK PHOTOS

    MARDI HIMAL TREK MAP

    There are several different routes for Mardi Himal trek. Please find the map for most scenic route below.

    MARDI HIMAL TREK Itinerary in detail

    Mardi Himal Base Camp trek is a must-do short trek in Nepal. Here is the day do day details itinerary for 6 days/5 nights Mardi Himal trek starting from Pokhara.

    Day 1Pokhara - Pitam Deurali (2100m)

    About 8 .00hrs, we will pick you up from hotel and drive to Kande which takes about 45 minutes. Start walking to Australian camp watching beautiful views of Annapurna and Mt. Fishtail and typical Nepali villages. Later you will pass through oak and rhododendron forests to reach Deurali for overnight rest.

     
    Duration

    6 hrs.

     
    Altitude

    2,100M

     
    Meals

    L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain Lodge

    Day 2Pitam Deurali - Forest camp (2600m)

    After breakfast we head towards Pitam Deurali and then to forest camp. Enroute you ascend through rhododendron and pine forest before passing by villages of Tolka, Landruk and Lwang. Forest camp will be our stay for tonight.

     
    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    2,600M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 3Forest camp - High camp (3550m)

    The first few hours you will be making an ascent to rest camp which offers glorious views of Mt. Fishtail peak, Annapurna III and IV. We will stop at Badal Danda for lunch, a perfect point to enjoy views of Mt Fishtail, Mt Mardi Himal and Annapurna South as well as Ghorepani. It will take another two hours walk to arrive at High camp.

     
    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    3,550M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 4High camp - Mardi Himal Basecamp (4500m) - Low camp (2970m)

    This day we will head towards Mardi Himal Base camp. In 3 hours time you will reach Base Camp to enjoy spectacular views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South and Mt Fishtail. After spending some quality time here we descend down to the hotel for lunch. We leave the hotel and climb further down to low camp for overnight rest.

     
    Duration

    8 hrs

     
    Altitude

    4,500M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 5Lo Camp - Lawng village (1600m)

    We leave Low Camp after breakfast and before long we will be in Siding village which features a local bazaar. Here we will have our lunch and continue trek to Lwang. Lwang offers community guest houses where you can enjoy local cultural dance and dinner. It is one of the ideal homestay..

     
    Duration

    7 hrs

     
    Altitude

    1,600M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 6Lwang village - Pokhara

    Today we trek down to Hyanja via Astham, and from there drive to Pokhara. Overnight in hotel in Pokhara.

    Alternatively you can hire a jeep from Lwang and drive straight to Pokhara. You can spend extra time relaxing in Pokhara.

     
    Duration

    7 hrs

     
    Altitude

    7500M

     
    Meals

    B | L 

     
    Accommodation

    N/A

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    MARDI HIMAL TREK Packing List

    Our trekking checklist helps you decide what to pack for your trip. Smart packing makes travel easier and fun.

    Packing list Summer season

    In summer, the day temperature reaches to about 20 degree Celsius while morning/evening temperature may drop to 5 degree Celsius. Sometimes, the temperature can dip to 0 degree Celsius. While trekking you should travel as light as possible, so we advise you to carry less gadgets and backpack. Below is a list of items you need to include:
    • Day backpack
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Sun Hat
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts (Quick dry)
    • Multi-uses neck warmer
    • Sweat/cotton pants
    • Thermal wear
    • Full sleeve shirt
    • Fleece Jacket
    • Down jacket (0 DC)
    • Socks
    • Gloves
    • Poncho
    • Towel
    • Head light
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Books (during road journey)
    • Waterproof jacket (wind stopper)
    • International travel plug (to charge your gadgets)
    • Waterproof Trekking boots

    Packing list winter season

    During winter, the temperature ranges between 0 to15 degree Celsius. Occasionally, the temperature might could go as low as -5 degree Celsius. While trekking you should travel as light as possible, so we advise you to carry less gadgets and backpack. Below is a list of items you need to include:
    • Day backpack
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Sun Hat
    • T-shirt (quick dry)
    • Multi-uses Neck warmer
    • Full sleeve shirt
    • Full sleeve shirt
    • Sweat/cotton pants
    • Thermal wear
    • Down jacket (-10 DC)
    • Socks
    • Waterproof Gloves
    • Poncho
    • Towel
    • bed liner
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Head light
    • Crampon
    • Reading book
    • Waterproof jacket (wind stopper)
    • Waterproof Trekking boots
    • International travel plug (to charge your gadgets)

    EYES ON NEPAL PROVIDES

    We provides some essential and common gears that can be use again and wont charge for it.
    • Sleeping bag
    • Water bottle
    • Trekking poles
    • Duffel bags
    • Rain Poncho
    • First aid
    • Down Jacket(Not suggest due to hygiene & size)

    INFO

    Mardi trek is a recently opened trekking destination in Annapurna region. The route still lacks enough lodges and signage and relatively wild. We always suggest our guest to have some knowledge about the area. Here are some important information about this trip.

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    Accommodation during Mardi Himal trek

    Trekking to  Mardi Himal is generally a tea house trek. You will be sleeping in traditional teahouses that are locally run, comfortable and cheaper. The tea houses provide basic facility and many of them are recently built.

    Food during Mardi Himal trek.

    Since Mardi trek is a newly opened trekking, the trekking trail still lacks proper hotels and tea houses. Local hoteliers are still learning to how to standardize their services. So, food available here are very basic with less choices. Dal Bhat, Breads, Pancake, Thukpa, Tenduk, Porridge, Potato Items, Dumpling, Fried Rice and eggs items are the most common and popular food items available.

    Drinking water during Mardi Himal trek

    Drinking water is easily available in this trek.  You can buy bottled (mineral) water at local shops/lodges. Boiled water is also served by lodges if requested and remains the best and safest alternative. If you are using local water, do not forget to use water purifier tablets for safety. Trekkers are also suggested to drink over 3 liter of water each das to be fit and to avoid dehydration.

    Best season for Mardi himal trek

    Autumn season – September, October, and November – is the best season for Mardi trek. This period is marked by excellent weather – sunny and blue sky, clear visibility and lush vegetation. The temperature is warm and soothing, ranging about 20°C during daytime and 10°C at night.

    Mardi himal temperature

    Spring Season

    Spring (March, April, and May) is second best season for trekking to Mardi Himal, after Autumn. The season is marked by blooming of variety of flowers, especially rhododendron and orchid and twitter of birds. Temperature during this season may range from 5 to 20 degrees, and could decrease to 0 degree Celsius at night.

    Summer season

    Summer season, also called monsoon, is a season when the country receives maximum rainfall. Trekking trail normally turns muddy and slippery, making it inaccessible for trekkers.

    monthly average rainfall on Mardi himal

    Winter Season

    Winter season is not the best time to go on Mardi Himal trek because much of the trail on the way to the Mardi Himal remains covered with snow. It is also difficult to find lodges in operation. Average daytime temperature in winter varies from 9-12°C while the night temperature may drop to -5 degrees. Trekkers will find the weather too cold to endure

    Mardi Himal trek in April

    In the month of April, the day time temperature in Mardi Himal goes up to 25 degree Celsius compared to 5 degrees in the morning/evening. The weather is perfectly calm with no rainfall and the trail is dry and quite safe to walk on. You can easily catch views of snow capped Himalayas from the trail.

    Mardi Himal trek in December

    December signifies the middle of winter season in Nepal. The temperature hovers between 10 to 15 degree Celsius during the day and 0 to -3 degree at night. Morning and evening time is a bit chilly. Snowfall usually occurs in High Camp, Mardi Base Camp and higher above so the trail at higher altitude is often slippery and snowy. Therefore there is half probability of reaching the Base Camp. Still, the mountains remain clearly visible for trekkers to enjoy.

    Mardi Himal trek itinerary

    6 day 5 nights trek itinerary starts from Kande and goes via Phothan-Deurali-Forest camp-Rest camp – High Camp – Low Camp- Siding – Lwang – Milan chowk and eventually back to Pokhara. If you have limited time, you can follow shorter routes.

    Mardi Himal trek in 3 days

    Yes, you can complete Mardi Himal hiking in just 3 days, if you have previous hiking experience. The itinerary covers all major places and attractions. The journey begins with a drive from Pokhara to Kalimati and then same day trek to High Camp. Next day you will reach Mardi Himal base camp and then turn back to low camp for overnight rest. Following morning, trek down to Siding and drive to Pokhara. This trek is only recommended for those who come from high altitude areas and are professional or frequent trekkers.

    Is it possible to Mardi Himal trek in 4 days?

    The 4 days Mardi Himal Base Camp trek offers outstanding views of Machhapuchhare, Annapurna and Mardi Himal. Pokhara is the starting and ending point of Mardi Himal Trek.4 days Mardi Himal  base camp trek is recommended if you are physically fit and are looking for a short and beautiful trek in Nepal. This trek starts from Kande towards Forest camp via Australian camp. On the second and third day you will trek to High Camp and Mardi Himal Base camp respectively. On the last day you will trek to siding and drive to Pokhara.

    Mardi Himal trek in 5 days

    Mardi Himal base camp trek in 5 days offers you a chance to trek up to Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500m altitude. On the first day, drive from Pokhara to Kande followed by a short trek to Deurali. For the next couple of days you will trek to Low camp, High camp and then to Mardi Himal base camp before heading back to Pokhara via Siding.

    Mardi Himal trek in 7 days

    Mardi Himal base camp trek in 7 days gives you a complete and wholesome trekking experience in Mardi Himal. You will have plenty of time to acclimatize, learn about local history and culture and appreciate the natural biodiversity. Enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna, Mardi Himal, Macchapuchre and many other mountains

    Mardi Himal trek cost from Pokhara

    The Mardi trek is one of the best alternatives to crowded Poon Hill and Annapurna Circuit treks. This trek starts and ends in Pokhara and compared to other treks, it is economically viable. The cost for Mardi  trek depends on duration, route, mode of accommodation, transportation etc. On average it will cost US $500-$700.

    Mardi Himal trek cost for Nepali

    This trek is a new trek route in the Annapurna region. Although shorter, the trek is slightly challenging and affords spectacular views of Annapurna range. Trek cost for Nepali depends on group size and duration. Travelling in a big size group could save transportations costs. A 4 days  trek cost for Nepali would be around NPR 15,000 to NPR 20,000 per person. Longer trek duration will automatically translate into higher cost. There is no discount available for Nepali in food menu.

    Annapurna Base Camp trek vs Mardi Himal trek?

    Both Mardi Himal base cmap trek and Annapurna Base Camp trek lies in the famous Annapurna region and both are equally adventurous. Mardi Himal is relatively a new trekking route and is less crowded compared to Annapurna Base Camp trek. Trekkers enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna Himalayas on both trails, but only Annapurna Base Camp trek offers 360 degree view of the Himalayan peaks. ABC trek is also quite difficult than Mardi Himal base camp trek as the former involves climbing high hills and walking on glaciers.

    Poon Hill trek vs Mardi Himal trek vs?

    Both Poon Hill trek and Mardi trek are short yet rewarding trek in the Annapurna region. Mardi trek takes you to Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500m whereas Poon Hill is a small plateau at the height of 3300m. Still both treks offer spectacular views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges.

    Mardi Himal trek route- Clockwise and Anti-clockwise

    Trek to Mardi Himal can be done either in Clockwise and Anti-clockwise direction. The Clockwise routes begins from Kande and passes by Australian camp , Pothana, Deurali, Forest camp, High camp, Low camp, Lwang and finally back to Pokhara. This is the most used and popular route. On the other hand, Anti-clockwise route starts from Siding and goes through Low camp, high camp, rest camp, forest camp, Deurali, Dhampus and back to. Anti-clockwise route is not suggested for normal tourist as it is a challenging route allowing far less time to acclimatize for trekkers.

    FAQS

    How difficult is Mardi Himal trek?

    Regarded as a mildly difficult trek, this is the newest trek in the Annapurna region. This trek offers you a breathtaking view of Mardi, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli and more. This trek helps you to explore Nepal’s unique geography and biodiversity. The trail elevates gradually so there is less risk of getting High Altitude Sickness. The highest altitude you will reach is 4500m and the highest resting place is at 3580 meters.

    What is the Mardi himal trek distance?

    Opened only in 2012, trek to Mardi Himal is considered a hidden gem of the Annapurna conservation area. Here you will experience various flora and fauna, hike through lush forest and glacial valley. Trek starts from Kande, situated 27 km north of Pokhara and ends in Pokhara itself. The trekking trail goes from Kande through Australian Camp, Pothana, Deurali, Forest Camp, Low Camp, Middle Camp (Badal Danda), High Camp, and ultimately to Mardi Himal Base Camp. The return route deviates from Low Camp via Siding Village. The total trekking distance  is about 42 – 44 km. and you will spend 6 hours a day walking.

    What is Mardi himal base camp height?

    Mardi Himal Base Camp stands at 4500m altitude. Narrow, rocky trail presents a challenge for trekkers. at the Mardi Himal Base Camp rewards with stunning mountain views along with pristine surroundings.

    Is Mardi Himal trek possible without a guide?

    Trek without guide is not impossible but difficult. Provided you have adequate knowledge and proper preparation, it may be possible. All trekkers, though, must have all the travel and trekking permits before you trek solo.

    Trek to Mardi Himal  is a recently opened new trek in Annapurna region. The trail passes through heavily forested and wilderness area and lack timely maintenance. The signages installed before have worn out or have disappeared altogether and the demarcation for trekking route is not clear. So, trekkers face higher chances of losing the route or getting lost in wilderness. Especially the section from Himal High Camp to Base Camp is narrow, slippery and icy and is a highly risky area. The itinerary is also bit tricky as it fails to allow for proper acclimatization. Furthermore, because of fewer lodges, it is often difficult to find rooms on your own.  

    Due to all these reasons, trek to Mardi Himal  is always better with an experienced guide who will guide you along the right trail, offer you information about local culture and nature and take care of your safety and well being.

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    Angie from Eyes on Nepal was very professional with speedy and detailed email and message replies.

    Ram Kumar, our guide, was very professional, experienced, knowledge, patient, and flexible. He assisted us throughout the trek, he especially assisted our mother as it was more challenging for her. Alongside with our guide, the porters (Nar and Chandra) were very helpful and professional, acting as both porter and guide at times. Without Ram and the porters assisting and encouraging us, completing the Mardi Himal Trek would have been almost impossible.
    When my husband sprained his ankle on the second day, Ram and the porters jumped in to help with pain relief and further assistance with carrying his bags.

    Angie, Ram and team exceeded our expectations, they went well and above to make our trekking journey enjoyable and comfortable.

    Overall a very well organised and professional service. Highly recommended trek for those that want a very close view of the fishtail and Annapurna south mountains. The trek was very challenging but worth the view. It is definitely an experience of the life time and Eyes on Nepal made it memorable.