Mardi Himal trek is a short and easy trek near Pokhara
Explore the alternate angle of Annapurna massif.
Reach the confluence point of Machhapuchhre and Mardi Himal.
Walking along the lush green forest of Nepali mid-hills and spotting many rare animals and plants.
Explore the most serene and tranquil route of Annapurna Sanctuary.
Spend our days and nights at well-equipped local teahouses and small hotels.
Wide angle and close view of many mountains like Himchuli, Tukuche, Mardi, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre.
Spending time with the local Ghale and Gurung people and knowing their heritage culture in detail
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Mardi Himal trek route to High camp
Overview of Mardi Himal Trek – 9 days
Mardi Himal Trek should be your top choice if you are profiling for a quiet and disturbance-free trekking experience. Prior to around 2015, the route was very uncommon and lacked many basic amenities for trekkers.
This made high-quality trekking a challenging affair because of the lack of basic amenities. However, things have changed lately. Hotels and basic trekking facilities have become easier to find.
The 9-day Mardi trek has been designed to meet the needs of trekkers of all age groups. Mardi Himal Trek route offers an alternate viewing angle of the mountains inside Annapurna sanctuary and beyond. The route is full of thundering waterfalls and rivers.
Animals like Jharal, mountain bear, and boar are common in the forests of the region. The area is also home to exotic medicinal plants like yarsagumba, setak chini, paanchaule, etc. It is the best route for trekking than the challenging route of Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
We will commence our trek from a place called Phedi. We will reach Phedi in a vehicle before the actual trek starts. The road from Phedi is along stone-paved stairs which travel through dense forests of Rhododendron, Pine, Fir, etc.
The Mardi Himal View Point provides a 360-degree view of many famous Himalayan peaks in the central region of Nepal, including Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Annapurna 2 Himchuli, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Mardi.
We will return from an alternate route while going back to Pokhara. The route leads to the picturesque Siding village. Siding is an archetypical village of the local Gurung people. We will continue to Pokhara by driving from Siding village.
What is the Mode of transportation to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu?
Tourist Bus: There are many tourist buses that depart every day from Kathmandu to Pokhara by 7:00 AM morning from Sorakhutte Khusibu Marga Kathmandu. It takes around 6 – 7 hours. From Pokhara Leave at 7:30 am to Kathmandu. It cost US$10 per person. The Deluxe Tourist bus costs US$30 per person.
Private Car: US$110/ Jeep US$140/ Van US$190: You can Hire a Car/ Jeep / Van in your group size. If you hire a private vehicle, it will be more flexible.
Flight: Every day, there are many flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu. It would be comfortable and short travel if you take a flight to Pokhara. It takes 25 minutes from Kathmandu and cost US$100 per person one way.
Mardi Himal Trek – Should I worry about any other things?
Mardi Himal Trek is an easy trek near Pokhara. Mardi Himal Base Camp is at an altitude of 4,500 m. This makes it a full 470 meters higher than the Annapurna Base Camp. While the Mardi mountain itself is much less in altitude compared to the Annapurna mountain – 5,587 m versus 8,091 m, the base camp of Mardi is much higher.
This makes the trek to Mardi Base Camp a slightly challenging affair. Moreover, we will be crossing the distance in fewer days, thus making everyday walking a little arduous. It is therefore advisable to have some prior trekking experience before embarking on this trek.
Altitude sickness should not be a worry if you follow all the trekking protocols and best practices along the way. Our travel guides will keep you informed about the dos and don’ts along the way. We request you to take a break from smoking during the trek if you have a habit of smoking cigarettes.
Short/Detail Itinerary of Mardi Himal Trek – 9 days
Our agency representatives will receive you at TIA, the only international airport in Nepal, and transfer you to your hotel. You will take a good rest to ease off your fatigue and prepare you for the journey that starts tomorrow.
Today we will drive towards Pokhara – the gateway town of Annapurna sanctuary. The road from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes us southwest along the Mahabharata hill range.
The road that leads to Pokhara first travels along the Trishuli river. We will bid goodbye to the Trishuli river from a place called Muglin. From here, the road leads sharply westward along the banks of the Marsyangdi River.
We will get stunning mountain views from all along the road in the northward direction. We will reach Pokhara after a seven-year drive. Pokhara is a heaven on earth and is made more beautiful by its five major lakes.
We will start the day with an hour of drive from Pokhara to Phedi. The road from Pokhara to Phedi takes about an hour and leads northward from the main city center of Pokhara.
We will leave the motorable road behind Phedi. We will enter inside a beautiful forest canopy right after we enter the trekking circuit. The forest is full of chirping birds and rare animals.
The most common birds in the region are Magpie, Cuckoo, Shripe, Barbet, and Spiny Babbler among others. Animals like deer, Himalayan goat, porcupine, langoor, and boar are common occurrences at this altitude.
We will reach a place called Pothana after about 3-4 hours of trekking. We will stop here for dinner and the night’s rest.
We will start our trek from Poyhana following breakfast. We will see stunning views of Mount Annapurna and Dhaulagiri along the way. This alternate angle of the Dhaulagiri mountain is very unique and different from the one viewed from other places.
The forest gets much denser as we move forward. We will notice pine trees getting more common as we move up the altitude. The climate also gets much cooler as we gain height.
Finally, after 5 – 6 hours of walk arrive at Lodge overnight. The rest of the time free to visit around.
The first part of the trek today is difficult and steep. Once we walk for a short while, we will reach the top of a small hill. The hilltop provides a clear and wide view of the Machhapuchhre and Annapurna mountains.
The second part of the trek is relatively easier. There are no major settlements except for a few teahouses. Most of the road is dominated by lush green forests on either side of the trail.
We will reach a place called low camp which is 2985 m we take lunch and breakfast and after we make to Hight Camp for the day. We will spend our night at High Camp at a tea house.
Today is the most difficult and most enthralling part of the trek. Our destination is the Mardi Mountain Upper viewpoint. We will have to gain an altitude of about 600 meters in a single day today. Moreover, we will also have to get back to high camp for the night’s rest.
The path is fairly steep and narrow. We will walk slowly but consistently. The Annapurna Valley starts to get visible on the horizon. We will see a breathtaking and complete view of mount Machhapuchhre as we reach the top of the viewpoint and see continue Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Annapurna 2 from the top and as well beautiful 360 degrees View.
We will stop at the top for rest and photos and, enjoy the spectacle and click some photographs. After enjoying the scenery fully, we will slowly descend down towards the High Camp for an overnight stay.
We will say goodbye to the Mardi region and head downwards. We will trace the same path that we took earlier on our way up for the first part of the trek. Once we reach low camp, we will leave the original path behind and head southeast.
The path goes downhill and meets the Mardi river. This route is even more tranquil compared to the earlier route. The thundering river is our companion for the most part of the trek.
We will reach Sidhing village at the end of the trek. Sidhing is a relatively large village compared to other settlements in the region. It is home to the indigenous Gurung people. We take a lunch break here and after drive to Pokhara.
Today, after breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. it takes about 6 – 7 hours. You will see the same view while you go to Pokhara from Kathmandu. It is the same road. overnight at the hotel.
We will bid farewell to you today. Our agency will organize a short farewell program before dropping you off at the airport. You will board a flight back to your country from here and bid goodbye to Nepal.
or if you want to extend your stay in Nepal you may proceed.
Airport pickup and drop in private vehicle.
Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast
Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
Kathmandu – Pokhara-Kathmandu on tourist bus.
Pokhara – Phedi and Sidding to Pokhara with private transport
Necessary papers and trekking permits ( ACAP permit and TIMS permit )
3 meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and dinner ) during trekking.
Seasonal fruits after night meal.
Accommodations in teahouse during trek.
Well trained English speaking guide ( with all his expenses and insurance).
For groups over 6 people – assistant guide ( with all his expenses and insurance)
Sleeping bag and Down jacket use if you need and return to office after trek
Free Ambition Himalaya T- Shirts
Free Mardi Himal trekking map
First aid kit with guide
Government 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).
What is excluded
Overseas airfare and visa fees ($30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days and $ 125 for 90 days ).
Travel, emergency rescue charge and insurance.
Food other than mentioned above, telephone bills, tea coffee.
Laundry charges and shower fees.
Wi-fi and battery charging bill during the trek.
Cost of porter if you need it ( we can arrange as your interest)
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.
Trip Difficulty of Mardi Himal Trek 9 days
The Mardi Himal Trek’s most significant challenge might be elevation. The height from Pothana steadily rises in 1000m increments until it reaches the peak altitude of 4200m. As a result, the risk of altitude sickness is there while at a high altitude. To reduce the risk of altitude sickness, one must take adequate breaks while trekking, eat nutritious foods, and drink energy-boosting refreshments. The risk of altitude sickness begins to linger at elevations exceeding 2000 meters, which is the typical scenario when undertaking the Mardi Himal Trek. Altitude sickness symptoms include fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.
Distance and Duration
The Mardi Himal Trek has a moderate to easy degree of difficulty. The trek will be simple, but it will take around 5 hours to complete 10 to 12 kilometers each day. Similarly, the trek’s entire distance, about 60 kilometers, will not be an issue if you put in a reasonable effort. Aside from that, the only difficult ascent will be from the High Camp to the Upper point. The terrain will be simple to ascend. Furthermore, this trial will not require you to pass that significant test to progress from one destination to another. Similarly, the terrain will be demanding in specific ways, but most trekking trails will be flat and stone-paved, making it easy to navigate.
Training and Workouts
Even though the difficulty level is relatively low, one must prepare in a certain way to rise over 4000m. Workouts will be essential, including breathing techniques and regular gym workouts, helpful to make this trek smooth. Regular physical activity will also be necessary to prepare your body for the trek and make it flexible before the expedition’s three-week period. Before going trekking, one can attempt mountain biking, jogging, swimming, and rock climbing. Altitude sickness simulation will be a significant additional area of practice. During the simulation, you can enter the space chamber with low oxygen and train yourself to climb over 4000m with oxygen deprivation.
Best time for the trek
Spring Season [March – May]
The heating rate will be temperate during the day, making trekking feasible. The Kaski region’s farmland shines brightly, surrounding the valleys. The region may occasionally see light rain, but the views will still be clear, and the atmosphere will be ideal for trekking. The temperature fluctuates from around 20 ° C. to -8 ° C.
Autumn Season [September – November]
During this season, enchanting greenery blankets the whole region. Foliage persists from the Forest Camp to the Mardi Himal base camp. Everywhere throughout the landscape, rhododendron blossoms make the region appear idyllic. The western wind may sometimes cause heavy rain, yet it provides clear vistas. Furthermore, the temperature at night might drop to -5 ° C despite being 22 ℃ during the day. Also, when trekking Mardi Himal during this season, one can witness dazzling festivals and ceremonies.
Summer Season [June – August]
During this season, clouds engulf the whole region. The moisture wind blowing in from the Bay of Bengal from the east impacts the highlands of the Annapurna Region, causing heavy downpours around the trail that leads up to the Mardi Himal. The adventurous trek is nevertheless enjoyable during this time of year. Sometimes it’s essential to be aware while you traverse steep inclines and waterways. This season also offers a great trekking experience along with the monsoon landscape. During the day, the temperature remains around 25 ° C, but it drops to -2 ° C at night.
Winter Season [December – February]
From low camp to high camp, the trek will be unbelievably freezing. The cold breeze rushes down from the north into the Mardi Valley, causing heavy frost and snow into the High Camp. Similarly, the foggy atmosphere along the trail may obscure the landscape, but one may still enjoy the trek during the winter season. The snowy landscape will be an enticing witness at an altitude of more than 3000m. The temperature will be approximately 10 ° C during the day and -12 ° C at night.
Why with us?
The top trek and tour organization in Asia, “Ambition Himalaya,” offers you to encounter the total thrill in the lap of Nepal’s Himalayas. Despite never receiving a single complaint, we have been offering our clients fantastic trekking expeditions for decades. Our innate professionalism and authenticity set us apart from other trekking organizations and elevate us to the top tier. Furthermore, the safety and security of our visitors are our first concern when it comes to serving the needs of our visitors. Then, after gathering all the necessary information, we take a look at what they want. Based on their preferences, the trekkers’ choices are taken into account while customizing the expedition. The itinerary will be distinctive, with more than 100 adventures to select from. Trekking options stretch from the western Annapurna Himalaya range to the Everest Himalaya to the east.
Furthermore, our guides and porters are capable of overseeing everything. Our guides can guide you through all challenges and surrounding areas with the correct knowledge of the specific site. Furthermore, as a government-approved trekking organization, there will be no dishonesty in the registration process or during the trek. Everything will be authentic, giving you complete faith in our offerings. More than this, we coordinate every segment of your itinerary, encompassing excursion prototypes, gear assembling, and many more. Furthermore, we have been progressively introducing more adventurous pursuits to our expeditions, including motorcycling, Jeep safaris, elephant rides, paragliding, Bungee Jumping, and cable car soaring. With all of these elements in place, there is a low possibility of any tourists being unsatisfied with “Ambition Himalaya treks and Tours” during their tour to Nepal and trek to the highlands.
Accommodation and meals
The accommodations will be fantastic the entire time you are on the Mardi Himal Trek. In Kathmandu, a three-star hotel offers exceptional service, a single bedroom, internet access, and a hot shower. As soon as you start the trek ascending to Mardi Himal, you’ll find teahouses where you can stay. Furthermore, you occasionally have to share a room at these teahouses, and the services will be essential. Although there may be a massive number of visitors at the hotels and lodges during the trekking season, you can still use all the facilities while taking in the breathtaking environment. The accommodations will also be the same and provide similar services in Pokhara and Kathmandu. Most of the teahouses along the way will incorporate some characteristics of the traditional Nepali architectural style. The exquisite wooden cottage-style teahouses will offer good services, the internet, and charging options.
More than that, the local staff of these teahouses will be gracious and perform an outstanding deed for you. These teahouses’ locations will shock you with a spectacular view of the Himalayan and Alpine regions. More than that, the lunch will be fantastic. There will be three meals included in the package each day. In addition, the fantastic breakfast includes a cup of tea and bread. Cereals, boiled eggs, fruits, and other breakfast-related items will all be available for selection. Furthermore, the teahouses around the Mardi Region will provide various lunch options, including Nepali, Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Italian, Mexican, continental, and other delectable foods. The snacks include incredible regional delicacies like Momos, Chowmien, Pakoda, Biryani, and many more. On top of that, the lunch and dinner will be identical with the range of dishes option to choose from.
Travel insurance is an essential component of the Mardi Himal Trek. Trekking throughout the Central area might have a variety of consequences. Therefore, one should be ready to overcome the challenges. In the case of an emergency, travel insurance offers protection for your finances. Travel insurance securely protects a significant chunk of your cash in case of an unforeseen circumstance. Natural disasters, including avalanches, floods, landslides, and earthquakes, may pose an issue. As a result, a rescue crew and additional support may be necessary. In this situation, travel insurance is ideal for protecting your monetary contingency backup.
Furthermore, it’s simple to obtain travel insurance in Nepal. Travel insurance is commonly accessible in Pokhara and Kathmandu. You can make one if you have the necessary documents, such as a passport and a photo. It will be beneficial if you provide the itinerary’s specifics and the helicopter rescue at a high altitude. Moreover, Depending on the season of the year and the number of days you will spend trekking, travel insurance prices start at USD 150. Without a doubt, travel insurance serves as a safeguard for your safety when trekking. It also helps you feel confident, considering that you will acquire competent rescue in an emergency.
A typical day on the trek
The enthralling trek begins with the taste of a cup of tea in the gorgeous alpine environment. The trek will begin at approximately 7:45 am, facing the sun. Following the gradual incline, the footsteps will feel the rugged stone route that leads to the spectacular destination, passing through pine trees, Rhododendron woodland, and picturesque Hamlets. During the trek, there will be streams and a suspension bridge to traverse. The daunting trek comes to a halt for lunch in the middle of the day. The trek will continue after lunch as you savor it and enjoy the scenery and nature. The trial again leads us tight into the wild verdant clouds, where one can sense the dampness and feel a new atmosphere.
The trek will continue to traverse the Himalayas ridge and steep rocky trials. Uphill and downhill terrain will continue until you reach the mesmerizing destination. Finally, at about 5 pm, one may rest in a tranquil Alpine hamlet and enjoy the pleasant evening. In addition, there will be some exploration of the surrounding area and conversation with inhabitants to discover more about that specific location. Moreover, we’ll have a quick snack and then wait for dinner. Dinner will be ready for us around 7 and 8 pm, and we will savor it calmly. Following that, there will be some indoor activities, such as chess and cards, in which the guides and porters will both engage them. Before getting an incredible night’s sleep, one can also read novels and watch movies.
Will any Banks or currency exchange systems be available during the Mardi Himal Trek?
During the Mardi Himal Trek, banks and a mechanism for exchanging currency will be accessible. After you pass the Phedi, the banks will be in insufficient numbers. As a result, the most crucial thing to do is exchange the currency in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Numerous locations in Pokhara and Kathmandu will offer currency exchange services. Also, up to the Phedi, ATMs will be abundant, but it will be challenging to locate one after that.
Can I access the internet and charging facilities while on the trek?
Yes, there are charging and internet options readily available when trekking. Most teahouses will offer internet access and charging stations starting in Pokhara and continuing to High Camp. However, occasionally, inclement weather may cause a poor internet connection. The teahouses, charging stations, and internet will cost roughly USD 50.
How can I communicate with people while on the Mardi Himal Trek?
Communicating with individuals will be no problem if you utilize a cell phone. However, it will not be an issue even if a rural place has limited networking coverage. First and foremost, you need a SIM card, which you can get in Pokhara or Kathmandu, with an id and a photo. After that, you may purchase a call package that will make it simple for you to connect with anyone during the trek.
Is tipping tour guides and porters necessary?
Tipping tour guides and porters are a method to express gratitude for their exceptional services on the trek. Although it is unnecessary, you can tip the porters and guides if they assist you while you are trekking. Tipping encourages them to strive better and boosts their enthusiasm. The hardworking porters will accept a gratuity of roughly USD 120, while the modest tour guides will accept around USD 150.
Does the porter during the trek have a weight limit?
Throughout the trek, porters will carry your backpack. In the shadow of the Himalayas, they will also devote their whole time. Duffle bags won’t be that much heavier than this, so that you can carry them on your own. Aside from that, there is a weight restriction for the Porters’ backpacks and lug gages. Depending on the terrain’s steepness, porters will carry a weight range of 15 to 25 kg.
What will be the highest altitude that we will encounter throughout this trek?
At an altitude of around 2200 meters, Pothana will serve as the trail’s beginning point. As you move north, your altitude will gradually increase. Passing between the low and high camps, you will ascend to the upper point at a maximum altitude of 4,200m. As a result, the upper point will have the highest elevation during this trek.
Can I carry my medicine during the trek?
Of course, you can bring your medicine with you on the trek. It will be helpful because you could occasionally require the medication for a personal health problem. Along with your usual belongings, you should pack medicine for headaches, fever, common colds, and altitude sickness. Furthermore, our guide has a medical kit for this ailment with them.
Where can I purchase trekking gear?
You can only purchase trekking gear if you are traveling with a trekking tour and organization. Aside from that, if you are trekking on your own, you may purchase a list of trekking equipment from several locations in Kathmandu’s Thamel and Pokhara. In addition, you may rent trekking equipment at these locations for roughly USD 10 to 15, depending on the number of days you rent.
Will a rescue team respond in the event of an emergency?
Of course, the emergency response team will be there in such a circumstance. The local medical staff and the medical personnel on call will also be present. Travel insurance will be necessary during this circumstance, making it simple to obtain the helicopter rescue with the bare minimum of funds.
Is previous trekking experience necessary for the Mardi Himal Trek?
The Mardi Himal Trek does not require prior trekking expertise due to its moderate to easy difficulty. With high endurance and a flexible body, one can trek with ease. With the appropriate workouts and conditioning before the trek, you can make it a pleasant experience. The Mardi Himal Trek is accessible to individuals of all ages, except those with breathing issues, lung infections, or heart conditions.
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Reviews on Mardi Himal Trek – 9 days
Rated 5 out of 5
September 15, 2022
My recent Mardi Himal Trek with Ambition Himalaya was an absolutely amazing experience. They took care of every little thing from the moment I signed up and made sure my walk was as comfortable as possible. Before signing up, the manager, Mr. Shishir, was an amazing individual who answered all my inquiries. My entire walk was made safe by my experienced and enthusiastic guide Nabin, who was also very passionate about the area. highly Recommended services of this Agency….