About Mardi Himal Trek
Fantastic Mardi Himal Trek is located just east of one of the most legendary trekking destination of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Mardi Himal trek is an unseen gem yet. Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp outstandingly positioned at the base of Mardi Himal and the Annapurna region´s most iconic mount Machapuchhre literally meaning "Fish tail". The trail goes along small winding paths, through enchanted rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 meter. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. The base camp is at an altitude of 4500 M. This trek is the perfect for both beginners and experienced trekkers who wish to trek on this offbeat and comparatively less crowded trail in Nepal. Like most of the Annapurna treks except Annapurna Circuit, Mardi Himal Trek also starts and ends in Pokhara - second biggest city and naturally blessed place to relax after the big hikes in Annapurna.
From High Camp (3700m; some maps incorrectly mention 3900 m) you can climb up to Mardi Himal Base Camp in about 3-4 hours, which offers spectacular close up views of the entire Annapurna Range. There are simple guesthouses and homestays along the entire route.
Mid Sept-October – November is Autumn Season: this is Nepal´s peak and best time to go trekking. March – May is the second best season of year to go trekking. December – January -February: the skies are clear but it can get very cold and there is a risk of route to the Base Camp being closed due to snow fall. The route upto Lower/Upper view point will remain open. 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 green leaves come up, still a good time to trek.
Reporting at Pokhra, then drive to Kande (1hr Drive), Trek from Kande to Deurali (2125m) 4hrs, 7km
After reporting we will drive to Kande village, which is the starting point of our trek. It will take about 1 hour. We will start our trek from Kande and will walk through green hills, rhododrendon forest. We will cross two villages enroute, Australian Camp (2060m) and Pothana (1950m). Pothana has ACAP / TIM’s checkpoint. Deurali is at a 4-5 hours walking distance from Kande. Overnight stay in Deurali.
Deurali (2125m) to Low Camp (3150m) 7hrs, 13km
From Deurali we will leave main Annapurna Sanctuary trail and take an off the beaten trail to Mardi Himal Base camp to the right side. We will continue along a quiet trail through a dense forest of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron. Some 4 hours of jungle walk will bring us to a clearing of the forest, called Forest Camp or also known by the locals as Kokar. Here we will have a lunch break, then we still continue to up to Low Camp through the forest. As we ascend, the vegetation starts to change with more rhododendron and the trees are covered with moss, lichen and tree ferns. At Low Camp there are now four lodges. You may find it long and tough day though It is fine for regular fit trekkers. Overnight stay in Low Camp, accomodation in tea house.
Low Camp (3150m) to High Camp (3700m) 5hrs 6km
A few hours of climb through the rhododendron forest will takes us to Middle camp followed by Badal Danda. Badal Danda offers a stunning view of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre and Mardi Himal itself. From here the trail breaks out above tree line. The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge, through scarce vegetation, mainly on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes along the way. Look out for the colourful Danphe pheasant on this section of the trail. The lodge at High Camp is larger than lodges at Low Camp and Forest Camp. Overnight Stay in Tea House.
High Camp (3700m) to Mardi Himal Lower Base Camp (4250m) 7hours 6km, descent to Badal Danda (3400m)
The plan for today is to wake early for sunrise view of the mountains then after an early breakfast walk up the ridge towards Mardi Himal Base Camp. There is a well-established trail through the grass with a couple of steeper sections however overall, not too challenging. Look out for the dzokpo (yak/ cow crossbreds) grazing up here as well as Danphe pheasant. In the summer the sheep and goats from lower villages are brought up to graze in this area so you will pass a number of herder’s huts along the way. After three hours of walk, you should reach Lower Base Camp at the elevation of 4250m. This is where one can look into the Annapurna Sanctuary. The panorama view is spectacular, you will be presented with stunning view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). We come back to High camp for lunch, then we will descent to Badal Danda Camp. Overnight Stay at Badal Danda Camp.
Badal Danda (3400m) to Siding (1855m) 6hrs, 7km, Drive to Pokhra
Trek from High Camp to Siding is steep, it will take almost 6 hours to reach the traditional village of siding. From shiding an one hour Jeep ride will take you to the village Lumre. In Lumre our Car will pick you up and will depart for Pokhra.
Cost of transportation to and from.(Pokhra to Pokhra)
Cost of accommodation in Huts/Hotels/Homestays.
Cost of Fooding while on trek (Morning and evening Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner- meals will be provided. Breakfast-Roti, Sabji/Maggi, etc., Lunch/Dinner-Rice/Roti, Sabji, Dal, Achar, etc.).(Day 1:- Lunch to Day 6:- Breakfast)
Cost of Permit fees.
Hot Water, ! lit per day
"What not included"
Cost of Personal expenses.
Cost of emergency due to bad weather conditions.
Cost of personal porter.
Meals during transit i.e. meals while on road or travelling will not be provided. Only Breakfast & Lunch will be provided in Last day (Day 5)
Cost of personal porter to carry his/her backpack.
Extra Bottle of Hot Water
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To book your trek, you need to pay 30% of the trek fees as advance. Rest 70% to be paid in cash when you reach the basecamp, to be collected by the team leader.
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30 days before the trek date, full refund of the paid amount
15 days before the trek date, 50% refund of the paid amount.
Cancellation less than 15days to the start date of the trek, no refund possible
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