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Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Annapurna region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Mardi View Point (4500m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Mardi Himal Trek is well-liked, short and less crowded trekking trail in the Annapurna region. Trek to Mardi Himal offers remarkable mountain panorama of peaks like the Annapurna Range, including Machapuchare (Fishtail) and Mardi Himal. The trekking trails of pass through lush forests, rushing streams, and walk along steep ridges as one gets closer to the base of Mardi Himal.

The view point in Mardi Himal trek offers the most spectacular panorama with the majestic Annapurna range being very close and other peaks like Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri etc. The trek is a perfect combination of some remarkable landscapes from lush rhododendron forests to high alpine meadows and an unbeatable Himalayan panorama.

The trek to Mardi Himal begins after a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kande and a trek to Australian Base Camp. You will then cross over several night stopovers like Forest Camp, High Camp. From High Camp you need to get to the View Point at 4500 meters of Mardi Himal trek which is the prime highlight of the trek. The hike is challenging because you are walking on a narrow and rocky trail. Upon reaching the top you will be rewarded with a great Himalayan panorama.

Mardi Himal Trek is a hidden gem and off-the-beaten-path trek in the Annapurna region, offering spectacular mountain views, diverse landscapes, and a more peaceful trekking experience with less-crowded trails.

Mardi Himal Trek Highlight

  • Pokhara- the most beautiful lakeside city & natural wonder of Nepal.
  • Hike through scenic Himalayan trail with spectacular mountain views.
  • Machhapuchhre, Mt. Annapurna south, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and others.
  • Newly developed trek route with less crowd.
  • Enjoy hike along Rhododendron forest during February, March & April.
  • Witness majestic Himalayan panorama.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by a tourist bus (5-6 hrs)
Day 03: Drive to Kande (1 hr) & trek to Australian Base Camp (2,060 m/2-3 hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Australian Base Camp to Forest Camp (2,600m/6-7 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Forest Camp to High Camp (3,600m/6-7 hrs)
Day 06: Hike to Mardi Base Camp (4500m/14763ft) & return to Low Camp duration, 6 hours
Day 07: Trek from Low Camp to Siding Village (1280m/ 4 hrs) & drive To Pokhara (3 Hours).
Day 08: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara by a tourist bus (5-6 hrs)
Day 09: Final Departure

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary.
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu transfers by a tourist bus. (Option: Private vehicle/Flight)
  • Pokhara/Kande & Siding/Pokhara transfers by private vehicle.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bag
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide)
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • All applicable tourist fees, ACAP permit & TIMS fees necessary for trekking.
  • Farewell dinner with Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Personal insurance and other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guides and porters (Tipping is expected). 

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What are the highlights of the Mardi Himal Trek?
The Mardi Himal Trek offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, serene landscapes, and a chance to experience the local culture of the Gurung and Magar communities. The trek also takes you through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming villages

2. Is the Mardi Himal Trek difficult?
The Mardi Himal Trek is considered a moderate trek, suitable for trekkers with a basic level of fitness. While it involves some steep ascents and descents, it does not reach extremely high altitudes like some other treks in the region.

3. When is the best time for the Mardi Himal Trek?
The best time for Mardi Himal Trek is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. during when it will be stable weather, clear mountain views, and blooming rhododendron forests along the trail.

4. Are permits required for the Mardi Himal Trek?
Yes, like most treks in Nepal, you need to obtain permits for the Mardi Himal Trek. The required permits include the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.

5. What kind of accommodation is available along the trail?
Teahouses and lodges are available along the Mardi Himal Trek route, providing basic accommodation and meals. While the facilities may not be as extensive as in more popular trekking areas, you can still find a comfortable place to stay.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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