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Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek - 10 Days

Overview and Highlights

Key Information

Best Seasons

Sep-Oct-Nov-Dec Jan/March-Apr-May-Jun

Group Size

2+

Duration

10 DAYS

Trek Difficulty

Easy

Maximum Altitude

4,500m-14,763ft

Accommodation

Lodge/Teahouse

Meal

Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast

Region

Annapurna

Country

Nepal

Activity

Trekking

Destination

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

Trip Starts

Kathmandu

Trips Ends

Kathmandu

Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek

  • Pokhara- The lake city
  • An amazing view of Annapurna 8,091m-26545ft, Dhaulagiri 8,167m-26794ft, Machhapuchre 6,993m-22942ft and Manaslu ranges.
  • Opportunity to explore the off-beaten track trail.
  • The diverse landscapes are filled with dense rhododendron forests.
  • The spectacular view of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna south.
  • Wonderful sunrise & sunset view of Mt. Machhaphure from high camp.
  • Diverse Floral and Faunal Species.

 

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek was officially opened only in 2012 and has yet to attract many tourists and trekkers like other treks in Nepal. It is also known as the hidden treasure in the Annapurna region.

The Mardi Himal trek offers you a marvellous view of Annapurna 8,091m-26545ft, Dhaulagiri 8,167m-26794ft, Machhapuchre 6,993m-22942ft, Mardi Himal 5,587m-18330ft, and Manaslu ranges. The major attractions of this Mardi Himal Base Camp trekking are Mardi Base Camp 4,500m-14763ft, Siding village 1,750m-5741ft, Forest Camp 2,550m-8366ft, and the beautiful mountain ranges.

The Mardi Himal trek provides you with the opportunity to explore the off-beaten track trail while enjoying the hospitality of the local people. You can get an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Himalayan ranges in a novel route of Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek. You will walk through the diverse landscapes filled with dense rhododendron forests. You can also get to visit the untouched lakes, and beautiful villages and observe the jaw-dropping view of the Himalayan mountains.

Moreover, it helps you to explore the hidden side of the Annapurna region and takes you on a journey inside a less explored region. If you enjoy walking on the scenic Himalayan trail and want to discover the charm of the Himalayan region of Nepal, then you should be a part of this Trek. Mardi Himal and ABC Trek are the most popular trekking routes in the Annapurna ranges these days.

Mardi Himal Trekking Route 

The Mardi Himal trekking package starts at Kande 1,770m-5807ft which is an hour’s drive from Pokhara. It normally 4 days to reach the Mardi Himal trek from Pokhara. The trail is good, first slowly up and then even steeper to the Australian Camp (2,055m-6742ft) which takes about an hour. Then we should head downwards to Pothana (1,950m-6397ft) and then up again to Deurali (3,200m-10498ft). After that, we head to the forest camp through the jungle, and then we reach the low camp 2,990m-9809ft. As we start to climb upwards the trees start to get smaller and after an hour we will see the spectacular view of Machhapuchhre 6,993m-22942ft and Annapurna south 7,219m-23684ft. Finally, after trekking along the ridge for 4-5 hours, we reach our destination.

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1330

One of the members of the Northern Trekking Team will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, upon your arrival. He will receive you warmly and transfer you to the hotel.

If time permits, you will get ample time to roam around Thamel—a prominent tourists hub of the country.

We will introduce you to a trekking guide who will accompany you while on your Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek that will begin shortly.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
822

Following Prithvi Highway and witnessing the scenic beauty of the countryside of Nepal, we proceed toward Pokhara 822m-2696ft—The City of Lakes. The ride of six-hour will reveal the beauty of Trishuli and Marshyangdi River.

The towering mountain before entering Pokhara will capture your heart.

Today, you will get time to roam around the lakeside and can experience boating in the majestic lake of Phewa. Awesome experience.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
3200

After breakfast, we head toward Kande 1,770m-5807ft—the starting point of our much-awaited trek. It is a ride of an hour.

From here begins our hike! Australian Camp 2,055m-6742ft is our first on-the-way stopover to Deurali 3,200m-10498ft. This beautiful village will unfold the beauty of Annapurna 8,091m-26545ft, Dhaulagiri 8,167m-26794ft, and Manaslu ranges.

Further three hours of walk from Australian Camp will bring us to Pothana from where Deurali is not that far away.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
2550

It is really a pleasant walk as you will be walking through woods dotted red because of blossoming rhododendrons in Spring. You will get a marvelous view of Machhapuchhre 6,993m-22942ft (Fishtail) Himal (Mountain).

Passing the picturesque village of Landruk, we walk further to get to Forest Camp 2,550m-8366ft.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
2990

Huh! Uphill climb, life is fine! These are some of the statements delivered by a guide while on the trek and you are also likely to listen to them at some point during the trek.

Walking amid bamboo, rhododendron, and oak tree, we will head toward Badal Danda 3,210m-11,528ft. We arrive at Low Camp 2,990m-9809ft. It is such a silent and peaceful site where you would like to spend a couple of hours just witnessing the scenic beauty and landscape of this naturally blessed area. Badal Danda is in close proximity from here.

Food
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
3600

Did you hear what your guide said? Uphill climb, life is fine!

Yeah, like today is full of an uphill climb but is rewarding as well because you will get an astounding view of a couple of snow-capped peaks. A walk of nearly three hours from Badal Danda will lead you to High Camp.

Food
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
4500

It is a pleasant day of your hike as the site will enfold you with the mesmerizing beauty of this destination.

The vistas observed from Upper View Point are:

  • Annapurna I (8,091m-26545ft)
  • Gaganpurna (7,454m-24455ft)
  • Annapurna South (7,219m-23684ft)
  • Machhapuchhre (6,993m-22942ft)
  • Gandharwa Chuli (6,248m-20498ft)

After enjoying the spectacular views of renowned peaks of the world from Upper View Point, we retrace the path to High Camp where we will spend the night.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1750

Congratulations! Why? We will be following the downhill trail from today onward. Must be released, right?

We pass through Badal Danda and cross a few streams before entering the village of Siding. It will take you roughly seven hours to get into Siding village.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel

Walk to Lumre from Siding village is interesting and Mardi Khola downstream will add colors to your trail. It is just a trail of around three hours.

From Lumiere, we hire a jeep to Pokhara. It is a drive of nearly two hours.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

We will catch a tourist bus to Kathmandu early in the morning and following the same highway—Prithvi Highway—we arrive in Kathmandu.

You will get a couple of hours to stroll around the street of Thamel.

In the evening, we will offer you dinner and would like to listen to your experience regarding Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek.

Cost Includes

  • All private Ground Transportation Including Airport Transfers.
  • 2 Night’s Standard Hotel in Kathmandu twin sharing basis with breakfast. (on the arrival day and after the Trekking)
  • 2 Night's Standard Hotel in Pokhara.
  • Daily Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and 3 cups of tea during the Trekking.
  • Local fresh fruits like oranges, apples, bananas, and grapes.
  • All necessary permits & TIMS card.
  • All accommodations in lodges/Tea Houses During the Treks.
  • An experienced, helpful, and friendly Guide with his Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation, and Insurance.
  • A first aid kit will be Available.
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket, and Duffie bag. ( Refundable)
  • Trekking T-shirt, Trekking map, and Waterdrop.
  • KTM- Pokhara by tourist bus, Pokhara to Kande transfer by private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and return back Pokhara to Kathmandu tourist bus ticket
  • .Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Porter to carry your luggage, if you would like to take a porter it will cost USD 129/porter (Maximum luggage weight 20-25Kg)
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Personal expenses laundry, telephone calls, WiFi, hot and cold drinks, hot shower,snacks, camera, and mobile battery charging.
  • Health and travel Insurance.
  • Personal trekking gears.
  • Tips for trekking staffs.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to Early arrival or late departure,or early return from the trek
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Altitude Graph

Additional Information

UPPER BODY

►Windproof/waterproof jacket. (1)

►Fleece jacket. (1)

 ►Shirts and t-shirts. ( 3/4 pairs)

►Down jacket. (1) (provided by Company)

►Raincoat. (1)

LOWER BODY

►Warm cotton long pants. (1/2 pairs)

►Waterproof pants. (1)

►Long thermal underwear. (2)

►Short underwear. (3/4 pec)

HEAD

►Sun hat or scarf. (1)

►Warm fleece hat. (1)

►Sunscreen sunblocks, and Lipbalms with UV protection.

►Sunglasses. (1/2 pairs)

FOOTWEAR

►Comfortable trekking boot.

►Thick shocks. (3/4 pairs)

►Light shocks. (3/4 Pairs)

►Camp shoes and sandals.

HAND

►Warm waterproof (gore-tex) gloves.

 

OTHER EQUIPMENT

►Basic First Aid Kit.

►Sleeping bag ( Provide by the company)

►Water Bottle

►Towel

►Day-pack or Backpack

►Swiss Knife

►Torchlight or Flashlight

►Hand Sanitizer

►Hiking Pole

►Smartphone or Compact Camera

►Power-bank

 

Travel Insurance

For everyone who will plan to Trek in Nepal, it is highly recommended that you get travel insurance that covers added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents (together with the ambulance, helicopter rescue, and other treatment costs). Your insurance policy should cover up the entire activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal.

In addition to this, the policy should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (counting hospital charges, cost of the medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. Also, this trekking trail in Nepal takes you of 4,000 m above the altitude, therefore, you also need to ensure that your insurance policy covers treks that go over 4,000 m. 

We suggested that you buy your insurance policy from your home country before joining with us, where it is difficult buying a local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal.

 

Meals And Accommodation

While you’re in Kathmandu, your accommodation is at a standard hotel (Arrival time and departure time). Your accommodation is at best local Lodge and Guest Houses where available. The Mountain local Lodges are clean and have comfortable beds. The Lodges are fairly basic and the room is spare with twin beds. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining hall and warmed fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted.

Eating is a big part of the Holiday. Traveling with Northern Trekking Team, you experience the vast array of wonderful Nepalese food, Italian, Thai, Chinese, and several local foods. While on the trek it will be on full board all 3 times meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, with Tea/Coffee) included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic special food during your trips. Generally, choose menu items are Nepalese meals (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various types of soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), boiled and fried potatoes, kinds of pasta and even pizza. So, overall you have a different choice of foods on the trek. During this trek, you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same guest house.

 

Booking And Payment

You should book the service at least 15 days before the trek departure date. After you confirm your trip with us, you should be transferring us a photocopy of your passport or your personal information. The personal information you have to provide us your first name, middle name, and last name, passport number, date of birth, nationality, and gender. Importantly, you need to pay 20% of the total price in advance for the domestic flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process. You can pay the remaining balance before you start the trek.

 

Personal Expenses

How much money or cash you should be bringing with you depends on how you do the trip and the number of days you want to spend here in Nepal. Much also depends on your spending habits. Generally, you must have to take10 to 15 USD for spending your expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, snacks, camera, and mobile battery charging. How much you will be spending during your trekking depends on the standard of the package you have purchased. 

 

Our Guides And Safety

Our guides are fully trained and licensed from Nepal Government Tourism Department, certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association.

All our Trekking Guides are professional with decades of experience in this field of adventure. They are trained specially for specified and various trips, to cater the flexible requirement of our clients from different nationalities, this will assure you that your trip will be enjoyable and in safe hands of professional experts.

On every trip, will be one Trek leader and an assistance leader on each additional 7 peoples in the group on treks, this arrangement would ensure that even if any of our guide/ assistance guides gets sick or clients may get sick and need to be evacuated or staying behind from the walks, it wills still works smoothly and there would non-impact with our original trek plan. 

Every 7 trekkers will have one Sherpa helper for carrying your trekking bags.

 

Caring Porter

Our porter is fully strong, helpful and friendly. Their salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and Insurance on each trip with us. As you know that we are very trustworthy and polite, while on trek thus we make sure that our porter is fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with the International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and benefit for trekking porters. 

The maximum load carried by our porter minimum 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag is not more than the above figure.

 

High Altitude

This is a high altitude journey and elevation starts from low 1,350 m to 4,450 m high, where symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) might occur due to dry air, cold wind, and less oxygen. Generally, The Mardi Himal trip one needs to be in good physical with sound health to avoid other medical complication on the route the journey, just follow our guide he will advise and suggestion which keeps and makes you feel secure to enjoy this fabulous adventure with us.

 

Best Time To Visit Nepal

Three best seasons for the trek to the Mardi Himal. Generally, the main trails are having with trekkers in the two regions, we suggest you join in at the right time of the year as far as possible.

 

Things To Know Before Trekking

The main flow of foreign visitors in Nepal is for trekking from moderate to adventurous or challenging treks, the most important is choosing the right trip as per your duration of holiday and fitness, for the Mardi Himal trekking adventure one needs to be in sound health and physically fit.

On booking with our preparation of fitness required like walking-jogging-Jumba-aerobic at least ten days before your departure from the home country.

Please send us your dietary list and medical history report so that we can arrange well in advance respectively. Book the ticket from home for Kathmandu, Nepal to reach at least two days ahead and earlier from trek departure with much space in Kathmandu after the trek, this allows you with more time in Nepal to enjoy the culture and heritage sites of Nepal.

 

Passport & Visa Information

What do you need to obtain A Nepal visa?

If you are thinking of taking a visa at the airport or immigration entry point, the following are your requirements:

  • A valid passport (The passport should have a validity of at least six months)
  • You should fill the application form for visa available at airport or immigration entry points.
  • Two passport size photos
  • Visa fees which should be paid in cash.

 

Entry points to Nepal

  • Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Eastern Nepal – Kakarvitta, Jhapa
  • Central Nepal – Birjung, Parsa
  • Northern Border – Kodari, Sindhupalchowk
  • Western – Rupandehi (Belhiya, Bhairahawa)
  • Mid-western – Banke (Jamuna, Nepalgunj)
  • Far western – Kailali (Mohana, Dhangadhi) / Kanchanpur (Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar)

 

Visa Fees

  • USD 25 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days.
  • USD 40 or equivalent convertible currency for 30 days.
  • USD 100 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days.
  • For the tourist of SAARC nationals, free visa up to 30 days.
  • Visa is not required for Indian nationals. However, if they enter Nepal via air, they will have to show a valid identification certificate (passport/ citizenship certificate). The children under the age of 10 do not need to show an identification certificate.

 

Visa Extension

  • If you want to extend the visa for 15 days or less, visa extension charge is USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency
  • If you want to extend the visa for more than 15 days, USD 2 will be charged per day after 15 days. However, the visa can be extended maximum up to 150 days in a visa year (Visa year refers to the year starting January to December.)

 

Transit Visa

When a foreigner has to get down at Nepalese airport as a result of his/her transit point or due to any force landing for whatever the reason, the foreigner can obtain a transit visa for a day after paying USD 5 or any other currency equivalent.

 

Other General Information

  • Entering into Nepal or staying in Nepal without a valid visa is illegal.
  • A tourist visa can be obtained either through the Nepalese embassy or consulate or other mission offices in your nation or at the immigration entry points in Nepal listed above.
  • Visa once issued cannot be amended and the visa fees are non-refundable.
  • You should pay the Nepal visa fees in cash. Credit card or cheque is not acceptable.
  • Visa charges are not applicable for children under 10 years of age, however, they must obtain a valid visa.
  • If you are obtaining a new passport or travel document, you are advised to contact the Immigration Department for the document transfer.
  • Always carry your passport and trekking permit while on trekking.
  • Some of the areas are restricted for filming. Therefore, be careful not to do the activities that are strictly prohibited.
  • The culture, tradition, and sentiments of Nepalese people should be respected. Do not perform any activities that would hurt their sentiments.
  • Do not perform any activities that would lead to moral turpitude.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

  • Based on 4 Reviews

Sohan Tanwar | India | On 27th Jun, 2022

1 Excellent

Great Company

Feb 2020 • Solo

Mingmar, the managing director of the Northern Trekking Team, was my guide for Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek in 2020. They were very experienced, friendly, and attentive. Consider yourself lucky if you get Mingmar. If you trek with Mingmar you feel like a family trip. He organized unforgettable trekking through Mardi Himal Base Camp. He resolved all the doubts that we had before going to Nepal and provided really useful information about what to expect during the trek: weather, food, accommodation, and peaks. Read More


jasmine_kapp | United States | On 21st Sep, 2023

5 - Excellent

Awesome trip

Great trip, hard but worth it ! I got to go with my dad and my best friend and we had the opportunity to do something hard but exciting. Mingmar was an amazing guide. Always going out of his way to make sure your ok and having a good time. I got sick a few times and Mingmar ensured I was ok the whole time. Great adventure !


9helenaj | Sweden | On 21st Sep, 2023

5 - Excellent

Mingmar is the best guide we've had!

Out of all hikes and treks we've done this was by far the best. Not just because of the views but because of our guide, Mingmar. He had a lot of knowledge to share about the culture and mountains, added with a personal touch. Very accommodating! Read More


Compass44389434998 | India | On 3rd Jun, 2024

1 Excellent

Great experience 👍

When I first met Gopal Tamang, I thought will this small boy look after me? I was mistaken...he's so capable and confident and caring too. I trekked to Mardi Himal and Annapurna Circuit trek as well..I felt safe and was taken good care by Gopal Tamang. This October my husband and his friends too are trekking with him. I would strongly suggest this Trekking company, Mingmar and Gopal Tamang...always grateful 🙏


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