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Mardi Himal Trek

Situated just east of one of the most popular treks of Nepal, the Mardi Himal Trek trek, the Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem. Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the impressive Machapuchhre. Fantastic Mardi Himal Trek is located just east of one of the most legendary trekking destination of Nepal, the Mardi Himal Trek 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 “Fishtail”. The trail goes along small winding paths, through enchanted rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 meters. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

From High Camp (3580 m; 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. If you plan to do this trek in the winter months please check with us Wilderness Excursion – Kathmandu based registered adventure trekking company operated by enthusiastic trekking pioneers. 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. It is 200km to west from Kathmandu. All domestic airlines run several flights daily from Kathmandu which cost USD 122.00 per person. And about 7-8 hours drive by tourist bus. Local buses leave every one hour from Kathmandu till 3 pm. Green Line Buses (USD 25.00 per person) and other tourist buses live every morning. Wilderness Excursion arranges and handles everything on your request.

This trek doesn´t require super fitness but however the moderate level of fitness is necessary though there is no direct climbing involved. You will need to trek over some rocky section near the high camp and base camp. Wilderness Excursion advises our clients going trekking to see a doctor before they go for a check-up and to talk about dealing with altitude sickness. For pure trekking along the Mardi Himal trek in Nepal, you´ll need to consider the number of days you´ll be out trekking to get an idea of how to fit you should be. Most days include 4-7 hours of slow hiking. If you plan to do the trek in 4 days (which you can).

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu International airport (TIA)

After arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you are welcomed by the team member and then you will be transferred to the nearby hotel in Kathmandu. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. You will be provided with dinner also. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

After a breakfast, you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You can pay your homage visiting the center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple (for Hindus) and Swyambhunath (for Buddhists). These are very ancient and historical pride of Nepal importantly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflect the uniqueness and diversity in Nepalese culture. On the journey back to the hotel, you can travel around the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. You can perhaps take a relaxed walk through the famous streets like Thamel.

Day 3
Flight Kathmandu - Pokhara (or drive 7 hrs) - drive to Kande (1 hrs) - trek to Pitam-Deurali (2100 m) 2.5 hrs - Forest Camp (2550 m) 4-5 hrs

Day 4
Forest Camp (2550 m) - Low Camp (2990 m) 3 hrs - High Camp (3580 m) 3 hrs

Day 5
Day hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m) and return to High Camp (3580 m) 6-7 hrs

Day 6
High Camp (3580 m) - Sidhing (1850 m) 6 hrs and take a Bus or jeep to Pokhara

Day 7
Rest day in Pokhara

Day 8
Flight or bus Pokhara – Kathmandu

Day 9
Final Departure

We will take you to the International Airport for your convenience. Wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.

  • • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • • Transportation to and from!!
  • • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with a family environment
  • • Transportation, food, accommodation, and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • • All the required permits and paperwork
  • • International Airfare
  • • Visa Charges
  • • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • • Your travel and medical insurance
  • • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • • Emergency expenses such as expenses on the chartered helicopter.
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What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is nearly 5545 m. This is the elevation of Mardi Himal Trek. Mardi Himal Trek is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries in route. The charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at a lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Mardi Himal Trek?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash from Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. The Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Mardi Himal Trek trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, Mardi Himal Trek trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during offseason. It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For this region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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