Mardi Himal Trek 5587 m trekking peak located in the Annapurna conservation area of Nepal. The trekking region is rich in wildlife and vegetation accompanied by great mountain views of Annapurna range, Himchuli, Tent Peak, Gongapurna, and Manaslu range. The trail passes through lush green forests and Gurung villages. This short trek offers a quick getaway into the beauty of Himalayas. The region is inhabited by people of multi-ethnicity which gives a reflection of true Nepali culture. The trail encompasses beautiful forests and landscapes that vegetation and wildlife. It offers magnificent views of Mount Manaslu, Fishtail, Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, and Ganesh Himal. Mardi Himal trek will take you around the scenic viewpoints of the Annapurna conservation area. Mardi Himal trek is suitable for family and all age groups. The region is inhabited by people of multi-ethnicity which gives a reflection of true Nepali culture. The trail encompasses a beautiful forest and landscape with rich vegetation and wildlife. It offers magnificent views of Mount Manaslu, Fishtail, Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, and Ganesh Himal. There is also a natural hot spring in the place called Tatopani where people can take a bath which is believed to cure skin diseases.
Mardi Himal Trek is a trekking peak located in the Annapurna conservation area of Nepal. This is new trekking trail opened in 2012. The trekking region is rich in wildlife and vegetation accompanied by great mountain views of Annapurna range, Himchuli, Tent Peak, Gongapurna, and Manaslu range. The trail passes through lush green forests and Gurung villages. This short trek offers a quick getaway into the beauty of Himalayas. The valleys and mountain ridges at the foot of the Mardi Himal are steep and strongly overgrown with bamboo and rhododendrons.
Newly promoted fresh trekking route – study the local culture and lifestyles of villagers.
Less touristy and authentic nature, a great number of flora and fauna, birds and orchids.
Extremely close views of snow-capped peaks – Machhepuchhre, Annapurna I, etc.
This trek is profoundly viewed as ‘Eco-Tourism course’ in the Annapurna district
Moderately calm, short and unspoiled trek in Annapurna region
Wonderful and remote villages like Siding and Liwang
The rich forests, green hills, rocky landscape.
Natural diversity: Greenery, vegetation, and terraced farms along with the trek route
The Mardi Himal Base Camp, High Camp, and the Forest Base Camp
We can enjoy the beautifully terraced farms, little shops by the side of the road, and the raging Trishuli River on our drive to Pokhara also referred to as the ‘City of Lakes.’ From the city, we get great views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna. Pokhara is also a tourist destination, so we take some time out in the evening and enjoy! Overnight in Pokhara.
After an early morning breakfast, we start our adventure with a drive to Phedi and start trekking from there. We walk on stone steps, terraced fields, and through villages and forests before reaching Dhampus where we have lunch. We continue our walk to Deurali which is a small village beautifully located on a ridge with good views of the Annapurna South, Mardi Himal, and Machhapuchhare. Overnight in Deurali.
Our trail passes through lush forest dotted with the red rhododendrons. The flowers are a common sight in Nepalese hills and it is no surprise that its Nepal’s national flower. Our trail is very quiet until we reach a clearing of the forest camp. We can take rest and explore the area which is also known locally as Kokar. Overnight in Forest Camp.
Beginning at the Low Camp, we will trek directly to the High Camp today. Leaving the Badal Danda behind, we will proceed for 4-5 hours walk along the Mardi Himal edge. We trek tough towards high camp leads through the Mardi ridge providing the majestic views of Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre. After climbing through the Rhododendron timberlands for 1.5 hours we will arrive at the Middle Camp. The tree lines begin getting slighter and the zone generally comprises of bushes with confined rhododendron bushes along the trail. If you are lucky enough, we may even see the “Daphne” (national bird of Nepal) on our approach to high camp.
We take a different route in the high camp that takes us to Side instead of going back down to Mardi Himal. The different route lets us experience something different and makes our trek exciting. Siding offers a quiet stay for trekkers as it is tucked away from the busier trails. Overnight in Siding village.
After an early breakfast, we walk towards Lumre finally reaching the road from where we begin our drive to Pokhara. After reaching the city, we continue our drive to its domestic airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Someone from Mount Adventure Holidays will pick us from the airport and drop us off at our hotel. We take a rest and freshen up. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our Mardi Himal Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our friendly representative will drop you off at the airport. We are sure that you will be inspired to visit Nepal again after this trek. We hope that you choose us to plan your next trip to Nepal.
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- 2 night's hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
- Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
- All necessary trekking permits: Annapurna Conservation Area and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) fee.
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader
- Staff costs including salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- All government and local taxes.
- First aid medical kit.
- Trekking Map,Fresh fruit
- All transportation: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu, Pokhara – Ulleri and Ghandruk - Pokhara
- Nepalese visa fee.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water,Beverage bills, shower, etc.)
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver
- Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 10 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.
This trip is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. The best preparation for this trek is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted, and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers, it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying Mount Adventure Holidays signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.
YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)
Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport, and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.
We use standard rooms at three-star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, tea houses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory-style. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and is always outside the room.
Most of the tea houses do have western-style flushing toilets however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.
In most cases, you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.
During the trek, we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled rooms instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required. In Kathmandu, USD 45 Per Room per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu but not in the mountain especially during the peak time.
Most teahouses (lodges) in Annapurna trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season), and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at the best possible places to eat.
YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.
No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses, which you can buy at the cost of USD 1 at lower elevations to USD 3 to higher elevation per liter. If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during the trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drops is a must. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu.
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and during the trek you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for lunch and a dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower, and a few drinks during the trekking.
Cancellation notice is required, a minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as canceled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.
Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By the end of September to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December is the best time to do this trek.
One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns, and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything. Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.
It totally depends on the level of your sickness. Once you are sick in higher altitude you need to rest at a lower altitude and it at least needs 3 days to a week for the recovery. If you are in private or solo trips you can discuss and decide with a guide depending on your health status. If you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with a guide and catch up the group later on.
Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream, etc.
The hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.
A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food Please consult with your guide and he will update our office in Kathmandu and we can make the arrangements accordingly. If you are on a private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible whereas if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with your group and guide and your guide will update us accordingly.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
YES, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimal additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.
Day pack (25–35 liters), Pack cover
Sleeping bag comfortable to 0°F (dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference) optional
Waterproof hiking boots
Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)
LED headlamp with extra batteries
Trekking poles, Trekking Clothing
Wicking, quick-dry boxers or briefs (3)
Wicking, quick-dry sports bra (for women)
Heavyweight long underwear bottoms
Mid-weight long underwear bottoms
Mid-weight long underwear top
Wool or synthetic T-shirts (2)
Mid-weight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)
Convertible hiking pants
Fleece pants or insulated pants
Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket
Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain pants
Mid-weight fleece gloves or wool gloves, Liner gloves
Mid-weight fleece/wool winter hat, Sun hat
Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)
Liner socks (optional),Sunglasses,Sun lotion 35 to 50
Water Bottle, Slippers, Towels, Raincoat
Personal medicine kits