7 Days Mardi Himal Trek – price & Itinerary Details

  • Duration 9
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Meals Tea House
  • Accommodation
  • Max. Altitude 4500m
  • Activity Trekking,hikking and climbing
  • Group Type Private
  • Group Size 1+
  • Best Season spring and Autumn
Highlights

The Mardi Himal Trek is a relatively short and less crowded trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal, offering stunning views of the Mardi Himal, Machapuchare (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. Here are the highlights of the 7-day Mardi Himal Trek:

Mardi Himal Trek Highlights:
Scenic Beauty:
Breathtaking views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli.
Varied landscapes including lush rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, and rugged mountain terrain.
Cultural Experience:

Authentic experience of traditional Gurung and Magar villages.
Warm hospitality of the local people and insight into their culture and lifestyle.

Peaceful Trails:
Comparatively quieter and less crowded than other treks in the Annapurna region.
Serene and peaceful environment, perfect for those seeking tranquility.
Spectacular Sunrise and Sunset Views:

Stunning sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas from various points along the trail, particularly from the High Camp and Mardi Himal Base Camp.
Adventure and Thrill:

Challenging yet rewarding trails with a mix of easy and steep ascents.
Exciting ridge walks with panoramic mountain views.

Diverse Flora and Fauna:
Rich biodiversity with a variety of flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests, orchids, and wildlife like deer, monkeys, and various bird species.
Suggested 7-Day Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary:
Day 1: Pokhara to Pothana (1,925 m / 6,316 ft)

Drive from Pokhara to Kande (1 hour) and trek to Pothana.
Trekking time: 3-4 hours.
Highlights: Views of the Annapurna range, lush forests.
Day 2: Pothana to Forest Camp (2,550 m / 8,366 ft)

Trek through dense forests of oak, maple, hemlock, and rhododendron.
Trekking time: 6-7 hours.
Highlights: Scenic forest trails, tranquil environment.
Day 3: Forest Camp to Low Camp (3,035 m / 9,957 ft)

Gradual ascent through rhododendron forests.
Trekking time: 4-5 hours.
Highlights: First glimpses of Machapuchare and Mardi Himal.
Day 4: Low Camp to High Camp (3,590 m / 11,778 ft)

Steeper trails with panoramic views of the Annapurna range.
Trekking time: 3-4 hours.
Highlights: Stunning views, changing landscapes from forest to alpine.
Day 5: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m / 14,764 ft) and back to High Camp

Day hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and return to High Camp.
Trekking time: 6-7 hours.
Highlights: Close-up views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare.
Day 6: High Camp to Siding Village (1,750 m / 5,741 ft)

Descend through forests and traditional villages.
Trekking time: 6-7 hours.
Highlights: Cultural experiences in Siding Village, peaceful environment.
Day 7: Siding Village to Pokhara

Trek to Lumre and drive back to Pokhara.
Trekking time: 3-4 hours (trek), 2-hour drive.
Highlights: Scenic drive, final views of the mountains.
Practical Tips:
Permits:

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.
Accommodation: Teahouses and lodges are available along the route; they offer basic but comfortable amenities.

Packing Essentials: Warm clothing, good quality trekking boots, trekking poles, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit.

Altitude Sickness: Although the trek doesn’t reach extremely high altitudes, acclimatization and hydration are important to avoid altitude sickness.

Guides and Porters: Hiring a guide and/or porter can enhance safety, provide cultural insights, and reduce physical strain.

The Mardi Himal Trek is a wonderful choice for trekkers looking for a shorter, less crowded trek with spectacular mountain views and rich cultural experiences

7 Days Mardi Himal Trek – price & Itinerary Details Overview

7 Days Mardi Himal Trek – price & Itinerary Details is the most popular trek in Nepal. The Mardi Himal Trekking adventure is a newly opened trekking destination of the Annapurna region which is usually chosen to escape the crowd and dive into the peace of nature. The whole region is dominated by the views of the Himalayas of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Manaslu Himalayas in wide open spaces. The Mardi Himal Trek was opened to tourists in 2012 and is a naturally diverse trek leading through beautiful forests advancing to rocky hills along with several base camps. In some places, travelers pass through stone-built traditional villages along with a delightful walk in the rhododendron forests. The highlighted region of Mardi Himal Trekking adventure is low camp which has the best views of Machhapuchhare Himal with the facility of lodging and catering. The travelers utilize this lodging place and get accommodated to see the Machhapuchhare Himal on the backdrop of sunrise and sunset.

There are various ways to enter the trekking trail to Mardi Himal Base Camp but every entry trail ends at Deurali. The travelers starting from Deurali follow the trekking trail towards Forest Camp passing through forests of rhododendrons and timber woods. After the trekking trail of Forest Camp the new trail to Low Camp lies in the jungle and ends in the open ridge following the route to High Camp which is the second last stop before Mardi Himal Base Camp. Travelers should rest at Low Camp and High Camp to overcome altitude sickness. It takes only 4 hours of trekking from the high camp to reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp. The travelers can either camp at Mardi Himal Base Camp or return to High Camp. At the end of the trip the travelers head back to Deurali and from Deurali they take the vehicle to Pokhara City.

Mardi Himal trek best season 2024:

Best time of year to go trekking/hiking along the Mardi Himal trail the Weather along the Mardi Himal trekking range is subject to change: There are however peak seasons and the following months have traditionally been used as a guide and porter for preferred times of the year to do the Mardi Himal trek. First Sept-October – November and still fifteen December: this is Nepal’s peak and best time to go hiking February-March-April and end of May: this is the end of the dry season and the second best time of year to go trekking. November/December to January/February: the skies are clear but it can get very cold and there is a risk of passes being closed due to snow. May – June: This is Nepal’s hot pre-monsoon season and it can get very warm indeed. The valleys however are starting to bloom with flowers though. June – first of September: this is Monsoon season and the least popular time to go trekking/hiking in Nepal. The risk of leeches and downpours increases greatly. Due to the early forested areas leeches at this time of year in Mardi Himal are quite active! (wear long trekking trousers tucked in at this time of year)  but the Nepal guide info team organized this trip all year.

How much does the Mardi Himal trek cost in 2024?

7 Days Mardi Himal Trek – price & Itinerary Details The Nepal Guide Info team organized a very cheap and reasonable price for the 8 Mardi Himal trek, Full board package Cost Per Person:590$ ( ACAP fee, TIMS cards fee, Transportation, T Accommodation during the trekking, Meals Cost, Clients, Staff (Porters and Guide) and Staff Insurance )

So If you have more than 5 people in a group it costs Person:497$ and If you have more than 10 people in a group one person free for all trips Per person:485$USD

The cheapest way Mardi Himal trek is just by hiring a guide and porter, The Guide costs Per day 25$ USD and the Por

ter Cost Per day 18$USD                                                                                                                                                                                                Mardi Himal trek is subject to many things you need Firstly you will need an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit which costs 30$ or 3000 Nepali repess and a TIMS Card (Tourism Information Management System) which is USD 20 for solo trekkers or USD 10 if you are with a group. Both are available via trekking companies and individual trekkers through tourism boards in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

How difficult is the Mardi Himal trekking?

In terms of terrain, there are no ropes needed and no ice picks needed for this trekking. There is no vertical climbing involved though going from high camp to base camp is quite steep and rocky. The trails are not paved. It is rough, rocky, and gravel-strewn after forest camp. The forested part of your trek can get slippy if it rains lots of rain during monsoon. The hardest part of the Mardi Himal trek is going from High Camp to Base Camp. If you have an extra day it’s worth taking your time for the return trek and staying a night in low camp before going back down more easily please don’t run if you come down fast you have a very painful body when you reach Pokhara.
Accommodation and Food along the Mardi Himal Trek:
Accommodations are completely basic though the standard of the sleeping room is clean and good. In peak season, sometimes, somewhere you have to adjust on a multi-share basis (room sharing another group). Don’t forget to carry your sleeping bag and warm clothes because in high season they can’t provide a blanket but in low season they can provide a blanket

Tea House Accommodation along the Mardi Trek and hiking

Foods are plain but it is fresh, However, expensive as you go higher altitude place. For the food in this Mardi Himal trek if you estimate 25 to 28 USD per day is ok per person. Food is cooked by the local people of their family. Nepali food (Dal Bhat ), Cheese macaroni, muesli, pancake, porridge, etc. are available but most trekkers love a Nepali Dhal Bhat.

What Permits Are Required for Mardi Himal Hiking /Trekking?

Mardi Himal Trekking Permits Details 2020

While trekking to Mardi Himal Base Camp/ High Camp, you will require two different permits — the TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System) and the ACAP permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project). You do not need any other special authorization to enter this area.

If you’re trekking with an authorized trekking company (Nepal Planet Treks), they will take care of this hassle for you. However, if you’re planning to travel individually, you can acquire both of these permits from Nepal Tourism Board offices in Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara.

To acquire the TIMS Card and ACAP permits, you’ll require your passport, insurance details, four passport-size photos, and contact details of a person in Nepal. If you do not have printed photos, you can take one at the office free of charge.

How To receive the TIMS Card:

You must first fill up the form you get from the counter of the Tourist Information Center in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Take a photo, if you haven’t brought it with you. You can take a photograph in the office without any charge.
Submit the filled-out form along with two passport-size photos and NPR. 2000/$19 per person to the counter. Remember they only accept Nepalese Rupees, so make sure to exchange your dollars to NPR.
Finally, get your TIMS Card.
To receive the ACAP Permit:

After receiving your TIMS Card, walk to the next door, and get another form.
Fill the necessary details in the form.
Submit the filled form, your passport, and two photos with NPR. 3000/$27 per person (payable in Nepalese Rupees only).
Get your ACAP Permit.
As of 2018, the province of Gandaki announced to charge a levy of US$10 per tourist to enter the area. But, it has not come into effect till now. However, it is handy to keep this in mind as it may be practiced any day.

Required Permits For International Countries For SAARC Countries
TIMS Card For Individual:
NPR 2000/ US$ 18

For Group:
NPR 1000/US$ 9 For Individual:
NPR 300/ US$ 2

For Group:
NPR 600/US$ 4
ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) NPR3000/ US$ 27 NPR 1000/ US$ 9

Insurance for the Mardi Himal Trek 2024

It is essential to have travel insurance while trekking in the high Himalayas. The circumstances at such high elevations are unpredictable. Therefore, we highly recommend you get travel insurance for Mardi Himal Trek.

Make sure your insurance comprises all the essential costs like helicopter rescue, medical charges, natural disasters, trip cancellation, and theft. Since there is no reliable insurance company in Nepal, we recommend you do it from World Nomads.

 

Day to Day Itinerary
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Enjoy a scenic drive in a tourist bus for about 8 hours. Then you will find yourself in Pokhara or I will organized your hotel in Pokhara stay overnight at Pokhara nice and clean 2 /3 star  hotel depend on your budget

Drive for an hour to reach Phedi. Then trek to the Deurali (a low pass) of Pothana village. You make a gradual ascent to your destination in about 4 hours. stay overnight nice and clean guest house

Walking through villages and forests, reach the forest camp in about 5 hours.stay overnight nice and clean guest house

You will experience the thrill of walking in the total wilderness of thick forests covered with rhododendron and other trees. Mostly the trees are covered with mosses and lichen. Occasionally the thick foliage opens into small windows, from which you will stare at the stunning sceneries of in the direction of Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. On the left side far below lies the Modi Khola Valley. As you approach the camp, captivating views of the northern face of Mt Fishtail greet  stay overnight nice and clean guest house

Pass through rhododendron forest and alpine pasture land to reach the High Camp. In clear weather, you will definitely enjoy the Himalayan panorama.Stay overnight nice and clean guest house

Relax, acclimatize, and explore the surrounding areas from this high vantage point. Have your fill watching the panorama today.

The return route is different. You will walk through thick forest and then see the terraced farmland as you return to the Upper Mardi Khola region. You will see the original rural Nepal with its life at ease and proximity of Mother Nature. Stay overnight nice and clean guest house

Treat yourself to magnificent sceneries of the Himalayan region from this place and return to Pokhara then stay overnight at pokhara

You can choose between a domestic flight and a tourist bus to return to Kathmandu or stay more days in Pokhara that  be your choice

Altitude Chart

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

Cost Includes

Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.

  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the in trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation permit
  • Both way tourist bus Kathmandu/ Pokhara/Kathmandu or Flight or Car
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc provide or rent ( Nepal planet treks and expedition  ) .
  • All necessary Government paper TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.
Cost Excludes
  • Meals yourself Kathmandu (L+D).
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment’s.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.
Departure Dates
  • We have daily departures for this trip from beginning March to May and from frist -September to mid-December. You can type in the number of passengers to book a reservation and select a date that is convenient for you. Due to group size, we never cancel a trip once you’ve made a reservation. If you would rather join the group, we will add more travelers on the selected date. You can let us know once you make a reservation or earlier.
Useful Info

Nepal Guide Recommended trekking gear list for Mardi Himal Trek 2024/2025

  • Jeans or slacks
  • Towel and toilet kit
  • Underwear
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Sleeping bag, warm to 20 degrees F, either down or fibrefill (or you can rent one in Kathmandu)
  • Parka, down or fibre fill; a ski jacket is ok
  • Sweater, wool shirt or acrylic pile jacket
  • Duffel bag, canvas or nylon, without a frame (for porters to carry)
  • Daypack or rucksack, waterproof, for you to carry
  • Water bottle 1 liter or 1 quart; be sure that it does not leak
  • Flashlight
  • Walking Boot

Health and Insurance 2024/2025 Recommended By Nepal Guide Info

  1. We INSIST that an appropriate insurance policy is taken out which covers travel in isolated and mountainous areas, and which also includes helicopter rescue.
    We recommend that you consult a reputable travel agent or insurance specialist.
    Health Issues
    We recommend that all clients consult their doctor to discuss the health issues associated with their trek. We also recommend that clients bring their own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive first aid kit carried by the Trek Leader
    Vaccinations Required
    Please ensure that you allow at least 1 month to complete a course of vaccinations. Whilst your personal doctor will be the final authority,
    We recommend the following

Poliomyelitis

  1. Tetanus
  2. Typhoid
  3. Rabies
  4. Meningococcal
  5. Immunoglobulin (for Hepatitis A)
The Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking is a recently-opened pristine trail in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trail was walk only by shepherds and cattle before 2012. Trekkers follow the ridge above the Modi Khola river draining Annapurna Base Camp. The trail at first winds through dense rhododendron and maple forests rich in bird life. The clearings in the forests offer magnificent view of the Annapurna range.
 
The trail soon climbs above the tree line, offering undisturbed view of snow-covered peaks, including the most spectacular Mt. Fishtail. The changing colors of the peaks at sunset and sunrise appear heavenly. Eventually you will be rewarded with a view of Annapurna I (8,091 meters, 10th highest in the world) and other peaks seen from Annapurna base camp.
On day one, after breakfast, drive 40 to Kande to begin the trek. Day two heads to the forest camp at 2,700 meters. The trek branches off from the main trail towards Annapurna base camp. The forest camp has three tea houses in the middle of the forest. On day three, head to Badal Danda camp, at 3,300 meters. This offers undisturbed views of snow peaks and sweeping valleys. On day four, trek to High Camp at 3,600 meters – on this day the vegetation is mainly grass, allowing unbroken views of the range.
Day five is the toughest of all, with an altitude gain of almost 1,000 meters. Mount Fishtail and Mardi Himal appear closer. You will also see Annapurna III and Annapurna I at a distance. On the way back, go further to Badal Danda for the overnight stay. Day six is a trek back to Deurali, and on day seven you will trek down to Dhampus Phedi for the drive back to Pokhara.
FAQs
  • The Mardi Himal Trek is considered a moderate trek, suitable for trekkers/ hikers with a reasonable level of fitness. The trail involves some steep ascents and descents, so it’s recommended to have some prior trekking experience.

  • The best time to do the Mardi Himal Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is clear, and the views are spectacular. These seasons offer the best trekking conditions with stable weather and moderate temperatures.

  • For the Mardi Himal Trek, you will need two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained through a trekking agency or at the entry point of the trekking trail.

  • Accommodation on the Mardi Himal Trek is basic but comfortable. Tea houses along the trail offer simple rooms with twin beds and shared bathrooms. In some places, you may find rooms with attached bathrooms for an additional cost.

  • While it is not mandatory to have a guide for the Mardi Himal Trek, it is highly recommended, especially if you are not familiar with the area or the trekking routes. A guide can provide valuable information about the trail, culture, and ensure your safety throughout the trek.

  • Some essential items to pack for the Mardi Himal Trek include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, a water bottle, and a first aid kit. It’s also important to pack light and carry only the essentials.

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