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Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

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10 days
Availability : October through June
Kathmandu
Pokhara
Min Age : 10
Max People : 9
Home » Holiday Packages » Annapurna Region » Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

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The Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek presents a novel path through the Annapurna region of Nepal, providing an enticing alternative to the region’s more frequented routes. With fewer crowds and breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas, this trek offers a refreshing exploration for adventurous souls seeking new horizons.

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 Trek.

Perched at an elevation of 4,500 meters (14,764 feet), Mardi Himal Trek is a renowned trekking destination in Nepal’s Annapurna region. Offering breathtaking views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and other majestic Himalayan peaks, this idyllic spot is a haven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike.

Commencing the Trek

Embarking on the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek typically begins from Kande, conveniently about an hour’s drive from Pokhara. As trekkers traverse traditional villages, verdant forests, and alpine meadows, they encounter rich cultural experiences and immerse themselves in the region’s natural beauty. The trek reveals breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas, providing glimpses into the daily life of local communities and adding depth to the trekking experience.

Optimal Timing for the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

To savour the most captivating vistas and favourable weather conditions, the ideal time to embark on the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is from March to May and September to November. During these months, clear skies enhance the allure of the Himalayan panoramas, elevating the trekking experience to new heights.

Permits Requirements

To explore the Annapurna region, trekkers must obtain a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

Daily Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek Routine

Trekkers engage in 5-6 hours of daily walking, gradually ascending to an altitude of 4,500 meters (14,764 feet) upon reaching Mardi Himal Base Camp.

Is Mardi Himal Trek Beginner-Friendly?

For novice trekkers exploring the Nepalese Himalayas, the Mardi Himal trek offers a perfect introduction. With its easy to moderate terrain mix, this trek provides a comprehensive Himalayan experience in a shorter timeframe. Over a few days, hikers reach Mardi Himal Base Camp, encountering rustic mountain life, lush forests, and towering peaks. Experiencing such diverse landscapes in a condensed trek without major challenges is ideal for beginners. Additionally, concerns about altitude sickness are minimized as the trek stays at lower elevations for most of the journey.

Accommodation and Support Services

Basic tea houses and lodges scattered along the trail provide weary trekkers with cosy beds and authentic local meals, ensuring a comfortable respite amidst the trekking journey.

Guides and Porters

Since April 1, 2023, Nepal has banned solo trekking. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that a guide and porter be enlisted for this expedition. These experienced companions play crucial roles in navigating the terrain, overcoming language barriers, and shouldering the burden of your belongings, thus enhancing the overall trekking experience.

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.

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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Michael Smith

Family Traveller

Our trek was absolutely great! When I emailed with many questions, Tilak answered all my questions simultaneously. Mahendra was the best young guide; he taught us some useful Nepali words. We have nothing to complain; everything was perfectly organized. Wishing you all the best!

21 October 2023

Matej and Veronika

Couple Traveller

We have really enjoyed our stay in Nepal and the Mardi Himal Base Camp trek, organized by Nepal Hiking Pvt.Ltd. The owner Mr. Tilak was very kind and helpful, the hospitality during the whole stay was absolutely perfect. And, finally, as we were lucky for the weather as well and our guide and porter were friendly and enthusiastic, we spent wonderful time during the trek and we enjoyed all the beautifull nature and peaks. We can fully recommend and we will be pleased to agree with Nepal hiking on our next adventure. M&V

11 October 2023

Yamini

Group Traveller

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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