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10 days
Availability : October through June
Kathmandu
Pokhara
Min Age : 10
Max People : 9
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The Mardi Himal Base Camp is a new trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is a great alternative to some of the more popular treks in the region, as it is less crowded and offers stunning views of the Himalayas. 

The sharp and iconic silhouette of Machapuchre (Fishtail Mountain) rising against a backdrop of clear blue skies, as seen from the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek.
Machapuchre in all its splendour: The iconic “Fishtail Mountain” is a sentinel along the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek.

Mardi Himal Base Camp is a popular trekking destination in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is uncovered at an altitude of 4,500 meters (14,764 feet) and offers stunning views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and other Himalayan peaks.

The trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp usually starts from Kande, about an hour’s drive from Pokhara. The trail passes through traditional villages, lush forests, and alpine meadows, offering cultural and natural experiences. Along the way, trekkers can enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas and observe the lifestyle of the locals.

The trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp typically takes 5-7 days, depending on the itinerary and the pace of the trekker. Accommodation options along the trail are basic tea houses and lodges, which offer a warm bed and local meals. The best time to hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp is from March to May and September to November when the weather is clear and the views are stunning.

The trek is considered moderate but requires a certain level of fitness. Trekkers must walk 5-6 hours a day and ascend to an altitude of 4,500 meters (14,764 feet) at Mardi Himal Base Camp.

Best time to go: 

The best time for your journey to Mardi Himal Base Camp is from March to May and September to November when the weather is clear, and the views are stunning.

Permits: 

Trekkers must obtain a TIMS (Information Management System) card and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) to trek in the Annapurna region.

Accommodation: 

Basic tea houses and lodges along the trail offer a warm bed and local meals.

Guides and Porters: 

Solo Trekking in Nepal has been banned starting from 1st April 2023. Thus, hiring a guide and porter for this trek is always advised, as they can assist with navigation, language barriers, and carrying your belongings.

Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure Time

07.00 AM to 08.00 AM

Price Includes

  • Pick up and and drop off to and from the airport
  • Twin sharing room in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • 3 times of Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Tea house accommodation on the trek
  • English speaking guide and support porter (s)
  • Domestic flight to and from Pokhara
  • ACAP and TIMS (Permits)

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International flight
  • Nepal Visa
  • Personal expenses

Complementaries

  • Trekking Duffle Bag
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Farewell Dinner

What to Expect

As stated above, the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is a stunning trekking route offering natural and cultural experiences. Here are some of the main highlights of the trek:

  • Spectacular ViewsThe trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Mardi Himal itself.
  • Close up view of Annapurna RangeThe Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is less crowded than other popular trekking routes in the Annapurna region, making it a great option for those seeking a more peaceful and remote experience.
  • Natural BeautyThe trek passes through lush forests, rhododendron groves, and alpine meadows, allowing trekkers to experience Nepal's diverse flora and fauna.
  • Cultural ExperienceThe trek passes through traditional villages, allowing trekkers to experience the lifestyle and culture of the local people.
  • High Camp HikeThe trek includes an optional day hike to Mardi Himal High Camp, which offers panoramic views of the Himalayas and is a great way to acclimatize to the altitude.
  • Accommodation The trek offers a range of accommodation options along the way, from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges.
  • AccessibilityThe trek is easily accessible from Pokhara, a popular tourist destination in Nepal and well-connected by road and air.

Here is a general itinerary for the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek. However, please note that this can be modified to fit your specific needs and preferences and may vary depending on the trekking agency you choose:

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, NepalHiking will arrange a pick-up service and transfer you to the hotel Kathmandu Suite Home, the hotel owned by NepalHiking. Overnight at the hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 2Fly to Pokhara, drive to Kande and trek to Deurali (2100m)

After breakfast, you will leave the hotel by 8 am and transfer to the airport for your flight to Pokhara. Your flight boarding time will be at around between 9 and 10 am. It’s a half an hour’s flight to Pokhara airport. After reaching Pokhara airport, you will meet your guide and support team, drive to Kande (1-hour drive), and start your hike.

You will walk through the rhododendron forest. Then, by crossing the lodge settlement of the Australian camp, Pothana villages, you will reach Deurali, a ridge top of the village, in about 4-5 hours of walking. You will enjoy the scenic view of the Annapurna range. Overnight at the guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 3Trek from Deurali to Forest Camp (2,520m)

After breakfast, you will head off the main Annapurna trekking route and follow the trail to Forest Camp with a gradual ascent, walking through the rhododendron forest. In about 5 hours of walking, you will reach Forest Camp for the night to stay. You will spend overnight at the teahouse lodge, including breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 4Trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp (3,035m) 

Today you will gradually trek uphill through the rhododendron forest by following the ridge of the hills. You will enjoy the impressive close-up view of Mt. Mardi Himal and Mt. Fishtail. Within 3-4 hours of walking, you will reach your camp for an overnight stay. Overnight at teahouse lodge, including breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 5Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (3,590m)

Leaving the Low Camp, the trail leads you further uphill through the ridge of the hill towards the direction of Mount Mardi Himal and Mount Fishtail. Soon, you will leave the tree line and enter the shrubby alpine zone. And meanwhile, you will see an impressive view of the snowcapped peaks of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli and the Fishtail. Finally, after 3-4 hours of walking, you will reach the High Camp for the night to stay. Overnight at teahouse lodge, including breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 6Trek from High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m) and back to High Camp 

Today is your day trip to Mardi Himal Base Camp! Early morning, you will start your journey to Mardi Himal Base Camp, which could be tough and challenging even for experienced hikers due to the variation in altitude. Finally, you will gain a height of 1000 to reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp.

After 2 hours ascent hike to the ridge of the hill, you will arrive at Mardi Himal Base Camp, marked as MBC though this is not a real base camp. For the real base camp, you must have another 2 hours along the ridge of the hill. Undoubtedly, views of the mountains, including the snow-capped mountains such as Mardi Himal, Fishtail, Gangapurna, Annapurna I, and Annapurna III, are outstanding. Altogether, it will take approximately 7-8 hours to hike to MBC and return to High Camp. You will spend the night at the High Camp at teahouse lodge, including breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 7Trek from High Camp to Siding Village (1,750m) 

After breakfast, you will descend to the Low Camp following the same trail you went up to the High Camp. After reaching the Low Camp, you will follow the trail to the Mardi Khola, the river that flows from the Mardi Himal. After a further downhill walk, you will reach Sirding village. It will be about 4 hours of walking today. Overnight at teahouse lodge, including breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 8Drive to Pokhara

After breakfast, you will drive to Pokhara, which takes about 2 hours. After check-in hotel in Pokhara, you can relax and enjoy walking around the lake city of Pokhara. Overnight at the hotel, inclusive of breakfast and lunch.

Day 9Fly back to Kathmandu (30 min), transfer to hotel

Your flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu will be between 11 am-12 pm. It’s just a 5-10 minute drive from the hotel to Pokhara airport. A car transfer will be arranged to reach the airport 1 hour before boarding the flight. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel, including breakfast.

Day 10Depart from Kathmandu

For an international flight, you are advised to be at the airport about 3 hours before departure. According to your flight schedule, NepalHiking will arrange your airport transfer and bid you farewell, hoping to visit again on your next trip to Nepal.

Please note that this is just a general guideline, and the itinerary may change depending on the weather, the pace of the trek, and other factors. It is important to be flexible and prepared for changes in the itinerary.

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Yamini

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NepalHiking exceeded expectations. Four friends embarked on the Mardi Himal Trek. Choosing NepalHiking was the best decision. Recommended by friends and positive reviews. Impressed by the polite and informative email responses.
Guides were delightful companions with extensive training. Accommodation and food were excellent, with no discomfort or issues. The team took excellent care of us.
I wholeheartedly endorse NepalHiking for trekking in this area or any destination they offer. Tilak and the team deserve our gratitude for an unforgettable experience.
Thank you for your outstanding service.

9 June 2023
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