1. Travelling to the upper view point (4,250 m) of the Mardi Mountain (5,587 m) and getting a close view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre from their bases.
2. Watching rare animals and birds like barking deer, mountain goat, pheasants, snow leopard, spotted deer, himalayan thar etc.
3. Exploring the unique mountain vegetation and trekking through dense rhododendron forests.
4. Homestay with the Gurung people.
5. Trekking through a tranquil route with little company of other trekkers.
Mardi Himal opened up to trekkers in 2012. This is one of the most under explored gems among trekking routes in Nepal. If trekking undisturbed in a route not packed with travelers is your goal, then Mardi Himal trek is made for you.
Unlike other more famous routes in the Annapurna region, Mardi Himal is lesser known to trekkers. Few tea houses and homestays serve the travelers. The local people are hospitable and warm. Their culture is unique. We will walk the dense forests in the day and arrive at neatly placed villages of the local people for the night’s rest.
The highest point we will reach during Mardi Himal trek is the upper viewpoint of the Mardi mountain(4,250 m). The base camp of the Mardi mountain is a little further up at 4,500 m. This is also the base of the Machhapuchhre mountain. The most special thing about Mardi Himal trek is that the scenery and animal/plant life change abruptly within a short span of time.
Trip Route: Kathmandu- Pokhara- Pothana- Mardi Himal Base Camp - High Camp- Pokhara- Kathmandu
Best Season: September to December & March to May.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m), transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (823 m/2,700 ft), 6-7 hours.
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (2,100 m/6,720 ft), 30 minutes drive and 4-5 hours of trek.
Day 04: Pothana to forest camp (2,520 m/8,064 ft), 6-7 hours of walk.
Day 05: Forest Camp to low camp (2,970 m/9,504 ft), 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 06: Low camp to high camp (3,540 m/11,328 ft), 3-4 hours of walk.
Day 07: High camp to upper viewpoint (4,250 m/13,600 ft) and return back to high camp, 2-3 hours of walk.
Day 08: High camp to Sidhing Village (1,700 m/5,440 ft), 6-7 hours of walk.
Day 09: Sidhing to Lumre and drive to Pokhara. 2-3 hours of walk and 2 hours of drive.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu, 6-7 hours.
Day 11: Departure from Kathmandu or extend your trip.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be safe thus we have given full authority to your tour leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary. However, natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we hope you understand these concerns. Our leaders will give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m
You will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. We will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. You will shop for basic trek supplies in the Thamel market. We will welcome you with traditional Nepali meal in the evening.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 823 m/ 2,700 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will drive to Pokhara in a tourist bus. The journey normally takes 6-7 hours. We will stop twice on the road for short refreshments. We will travel along the banks of Trishuli and Marsyangdi river. We also have the option of travelling by air but you will have to pay separately for it. Travelling by air allows you to visit the Phewa Lakeside, Davis fall and Gupteshwor cave upon reaching Pokhara. We will enjoy traditional Thakali dinner in the evening.
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana
Altitude: 2,100 m/6,720 ft
Time: Drive (30 mins), Trek (4-5 hours)
We wake up early, have breakfast and head for Phedi. Phedi is the starting point of our trek. It is a 30 minute drive to Phedi. We walk stone steps that swirls up through the terraced fields, encountering few scattered houses on our way. The settlement thins further as we move up. The climb up to Dhampus is steep. The climb is less grueling from Dhampus. We reach Pothana in 5 hours from Phedi. We will rest in a lodge/tea house overnight.
Day 04: Pothana to forest camp
Altitude: 2,520 m/8,064 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
Forest camp (2,520 m) is a small clearing in the middle of a dense mountain forest. We reach the place in 4-5 hours of trek from Pothana; passing maple, oak, rhododendron and hemlock forests on our way. The place is also known as Kokar to locals. If you happen to travel during spring then the whole area surrounding the forest camp will be colored in red by the blooming rhododendron flowers. We will spend our evening at a lodge in forest camp but we also have the option of staying in tents.
Day 05: Trek to low camp
Altitude: 2,970 m/9,504 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
The path from forest camp to low camp provides splendid view of Mt. Machhapuchhre. We will often stop in our way to enjoy the view. The vegetation changes as we move higher; the oak, fir and maple trees are replaced by rhododendron and high altitude vegetation like lichen, moss and fern start to show up slowly. There are only two rest houses in low camp (2,970 m) and we rest in one of them.
Day 06: Trek to high camp
Altitude: 3,540 m/11,328 ft
Time: 3-4 hours
We reach high camp in fours hours of trek from low camp. We walk along the ridge of Mardi and Machhapuchhre mountain, often spotting the Impeyan Pheasant (Danphe) on our way. We will get a spectacular view of Mt. Himchuli on our way to high camp (3,540 m). The vegetation is much sparse now. We rest in the only lodge in high camp in the evening.
Day 07: To upper viewpoint and back to high camp
Altitude: 4,240 m/13,600 ft
Time: 2-3 hours
Upper viewpoint (4,250 m) is the highest point in our trek. It provides us a splendid view of Mardi Himal, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Baraha Shikhar, Singh Chuli, Machhapuchhre etc. The ascent to the upper view point and descent back to high camp takes about 2-3 hours. We will stay a few hours in upper view point and enjoy the scenery. We again rest in High Camp today.
Day 08: Trek to Sidhing
Altitude: 1,700 m/5,440 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will enjoy our breakfast and then start a downhill trek to Sidhing. We will take the alternate route to Sidhing (1,700 m) today instead of taking the route to low camp. This alternate route allows us to visit the beautiful village of Sidhing and enjoy the warm hospitality of its people. The path to Sidhing goes through Rhododendron and Pine trees. The trek takes 6-7 hours. We will stay at a tea house in Sidhing
Day 09: Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara
We take an early breakfast and walk for Lumre, where we will meet the road. The walk is 2-3 hours long. We will meet the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel on our way to Lumre. We will drive to Pokhara from Lumre on a vehicle that will be waiting for us to arrive. The drive takes two hours. We freshen up, take lunch and rest in Pokhara. We can go sightseeing in the evening.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu
We take the same tourist bus that we took on our way to Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu via the Prithvi Highway. You also have the option to travel by air but you will have to pay separately for it. You can enjoy a walk around your hotel in Thamel if time permits. You will have traditional Nepali dinner, watch some cultural shows and then sleep at your hotel.
Day 11: Departure
We will see you off with a small function and provide you a memento of love. A member of Ambition Himalaya will drop you to the Airport, from where you will head back to your destination.
US$ 549/ per person (price valid for minimum 2 person)
- Airport pickup and drop in private vehicle.
- Accommodation-Breakfast in Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu-Phedi and Lumre-Pokhara transportation by private transport.
- Pokhara-Kathmandu on tourist bus.
- Accommodation-Breakfast in Pokhara.
- Necessary papers and trekking permits ( ACAP permit and TIMS permit )
- 3 meals and 3 drinks per day during trekking.
- Seasonal fruits after night meal.
- Accommodations during trek.
- Well trained English speaking guides (including their salary, accommodation, meal, transportation and insurance).
- For groups over 6 people - assistant guide (including their salary, accommodation, meal, tramsportation and insurance).
- Porters throughout the trek - 1 porter will carry 2 trekker's baggage. (Including salary, food, accommodation, and transportation).
- Basic equipment for trekking such as down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag and Ambition Himalaya t-shirt ( Duffel Bag, down jacket and sleeping bag must be returned after trek).
- First aid kit.
- Expedition taxes, paper works, and company service charges for the trek.
- A complimentary traditional Nepali dinner on arrival..
- Certificate of achievement can be prepared with the signature of company director and your local guide (only if requested).
- Overseas airfare and visa fees ($25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days ).
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu accompanied by our private guide and vehicle.
- Travel, emergency rescue charge and insurance.
- Food other than mentioned above, telephone bills, laundry charges and shower fees.
- Wifi charger and battery charging bill during the trek.
- Extra porter and activities outside itinerary.
- Lunch & dinner costs during Kathmandu stay.
- Extra costs caused by natural disaster, flight delay, early arrival etc.
- Extra incentives such as tips and gifts for the guides and porters.
- Any benefits not mentioned in 'cost includes' section unless indicated on booking.
- Lunch in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.