About Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek is located just east of the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Mardi Himal Base Camp outstandingly positioned at the base of Mardi Himal and the Annapurna region´s most iconic mount Machapuchhre literally meaning "Fish tail". The trail goes along small winding paths, through enchanted rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 meter. 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 (3700m; 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 it will be full of snow and much more fun. 

Best time and weather trekking to Mardi Himal 

The time from Mid September to Early December is the best time to go trekking to Mardi Himal. The weather and temperature at the Mardi Himal is variable throughout the year. Temperatures and weather are different in the four individual seasons. Weather along the Himalayas do not remain constant and stable for a long time. Likewise, weather at the Mardi Himal is also changeable. However, during Autumn and Spring, weather reports do not show much fluctuations.

Spring - March, April and May
The weather is perfect for the trek. The sky is blue and clear. The views of the mountains come unobstructed. Forests are full of colorful Rhododendron blossoms. The highest temperature may go up to 20 degrees. However, the daytime temperature is generally near to 17 degrees. Nights and early mornings are colder but not freezing.

Monsoon - June, July and August
June brings warmth in the Mardi Himal. The summer lasts till August. Summer in Nepal combines with the heavy downpours and frequent monsoon rains. During monsoon, the views may not be clear. Dark clouds may cover the sky, and heavy rainfalls may obstruct the mountain panorama. But if you are lucky, you will catch the dirt less and most beautiful scenic views after the heavy downpours. The average temperature during monsoon ranges between 10 to 23 degrees. The temperature after rainfall during the nights and mornings drops from 5-10 degrees.

Autumn - September, October and November
Autumn at Mardi Himal means absolutely stunning sunrise and sunset on a clear sky. Monsoon clears the atmosphere. You will see the mountains shining with grace. The weather remains clear and more stable. There is least chance of rainfall. But there are chances that you’ll see little rainfall while trekking in early September. During the daytime, the temperature is around 20-degree Celsius. The night temperature is near to 5 degrees.

Winter - December, January and February
Winter in Himalayas means freezing cold. December-February is winter at the Mardi Himal. The weather is dry. Piles of snow covers the mountains and the trails. During winter, the temperature drops down by 5 degree Celsius (approx) with every 1000 meters ascent in altitude. Walking under the sun during daytime is warm. The temperature will be around 9 to 12 degrees. The mornings and evenings are freezing. Temperature reaches to about – 5 degree Celsius.

Food and Accommodation during Mardi Himal Trek

Food
During Mardi Himal Trek, we serive you typical Nepalese trekking foods on this route. The most popular Dal Bhat MOMO, Friend rice are healthy and filling too. Local farmers grow majority of food product by themselves. You will have many items to choose in the food menu. But, the menus are still short than in the other trekking routes. Some of the local products like corn bread are famous. Good items like Pasta, Pancakes and Chopsey are more popular for breakfast.

The drinks like tea, hot lemon with honey, ginger tea, soda, coffee, etc are available. However, the price of drinks is higher. Also, drinking alcohols during the trek may degrade your health conditions. So, choose wisely what to drink and what not to.

Accommodation

During Mardin Himal Trek we will sleep in simple guesthouses and homestays along the trekking trail. The accommodation during Mardi Himal trek is basically a tea house or mountain lodge accommodation. During the peak seasons, you may have to share your rooms with your fellow trekkers. Sharing a room means sharing the bathroom and mattress too. Mardi Himal trekking is becoming more popular day by day. As a result, the options for accommodations are improving.

The options for accommodation becomes lesser as you ascend to higher altitudes. You’ll have more accommodation options during the less sorted seasons. During these times, most of the teahouses provide better services in lower rates. They also offer discount offers to the travelers.

Difficulty level of Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal trek is a Moderate to difficult trek. The walking distances are short and easy. But you will gain altitude as you walk. Mardi Himal Base Camp marks the highest point on the trek at 4,500 meters. The day including hike from high camp to the base camp is a long and tiring one. The walk via narrow path and steep slope is very difficult. It’s a steep descent back down from base camp to the high camp. So, if you have knee problems, this part is going to be hard for you. During Mardi Himal trek, you won’t be at a high altitude for very long. So, there is less risk of altitude sickness. However, it is better to be aware of altitude sickness.

If you are travelling in winter, you need to prepare for extreme cold and bad weather. Choosing monsoon for the trek is hard too. The trails inside the forests gets slippery and tough when it rains.

 

Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek

  • Trek through the less crowded newly opened trekking areas of Annapurna Region
  • Exhilarating close up views of Mt. Annapurna and Fishtail. 
  • Enjoy high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
  • Experience the traditional and lifestyles of village peoples 
  • Witness the mesmerizing sunrise over Machapuchre. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu, drive about 7 hours.
  • Day 02: Drive to Kande and trek to Deurali 2200m, about 4 hours walk.
  • Day 03: Trek to Low Camp (2,900m) approx 7 hours walking
  • Day 04: Trek to High Camp (3,150m), approx 5-6 hours walking.
  • Day 05: Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) approx 5-6 hours walking.
  • Day 06: Trek to Siding village 1,750 m, approx 6 hours walking.
  • Day 07: Trek a little bit and catch transport back to Pokhara 3 hours walking and 2 hours driving.

Inclusions

  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek with  hot drinks ( Tea or coffee )
  • Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara for 3 nights on Bed and Breakfast basis 
  • All mountain accommodation on twin sharing basis 
  • Regular tourist bus to and from Kathmandu 
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (Govt. registered trekking guide)
  • Guide salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper work and permits(Annpurna Conservation  permit, TIMS )
  • Full board on Chitwan Safari tour  ( Deluxe accommodation for 2 nights , all meals, all activities, tourist bus to chitwan from pokhara and from chitwan to Kathmandu, all entrance feels, nature guide etc ) 
  • All government and local taxes


 

  • Airport pick up and drop off 
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and all meals 
  • Personal trekking equipment 
  • Transport outside of the tour program
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in pokhara
  • Travel insurance (Compulsory to have insurance which covers helicopter evacuation)
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, mineral water,monuments entrance fees, postage, laundry, video, camera, phone, etc. 
  • Tipping to guide  (frequently receives some recognition for good service) 
  • All additional tours and activities which are not included in the above itinerar
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Meals

Trekking Plus serves you verities of wonderful Nepalese and Continental food during our trek. We will get western cuisine up in the mountain but which is not that free and good. We serve you local local cuisines for breakfast, lunch & dinner which is included in our package cost. Trekking Plus guide will suggest you a delicious, hygienic with special food during your trip. Normally it takes few days’ hard work to local porters and caravans to bring food to mountains. We usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge where we stay overnight but  lunch will be serve en route.

Accommodation

Accommodation in mountain will be in a tea house or mountain local lodges which is basic standard.  We will get private room but shared bathroom most of the tea house but this days we get room with attached bathroom as well on lower altitude. In high altitudes, rooms are comparatively basic. Blankets are generally provided but we will recommend you to have your own sleeping bags. There is a large dining room where they use a wood fire burning so that the dining room is warmer. There is normally no electric most of the villages has hydroelectric power and a solar lighting. When we charge our electronic things than we have to charge at reception which we have to pay as well.

Drinking water

We will get mineral water and boiled water along the trekking routes which is also an additional cost. We discourage not to buy Mineral bottle water but use boiled water from the local lodges and put water purify tablets. Plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem in mountains.

Route Map

Trekking Plus offers you a Trekking maps as a complementary and Company T-shirt.

What to take

Trekking Plus would suggest you to pack as lightly as possible when you are on mountain. We provide one porter between two trekkers to carry your trekking gears. You will be carried your valuable things in a day pack by your own and your other bags will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag which we provided.  Porter carries about 25 KG from 2 trekkers. You can store you’re your luggage which you are not going to use it on trek can leave in Kathmandu Hotel which is free of cost. Please visit our FAQS for more details.

Important to note

Please visit our Equipments check list, Altitude Mountain Sickness section for additional details of what you need to bring on trek as well as prevent about AMS. Trekking Plus top priority is the safety and security of our customers and staff during all of our trips.

Safety Our top priority is the safety and security of our customers and staff during all of our trips. Trekking Plus field crews normal first aid kits on all of our tours, which is readily available for both customers and staff but we will recommend you to bring first aid kits yourself from your country because Nepalese medicine some time it does not work properly. We are constantly in communication with our field office and monitor all aspects of government and weather issues that might affect your trip. Also, we are always available 24 hours emergency contact.

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