Overview

Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is the best-kept secret in the heart of the Annapurna region. Located eastwards of the classic ABC Trek, this adventure is one of the best short treks in the Himalayas of Nepal. The rugged trail of Mardi Himal is adorned with rhododendron forest, stone-built teahouses, diverse landscapes, high valleys, and majestic mountains.

Our 7-day itinerary for Mardi Himal Trek is an excellent choice for trekkers who are short on time but do not want to compromise the authentic Himalayan experience. You’ll get to savor the stunning sight of the mountains, including Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Lamjung Himal. The trail to Mardi Himal Base Camp is considerably less crowded than Annapurna Base Camp or Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

Your adventure begins with a 25-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Furthermore, you’ll drive from Pokhara to Kande and start the trek to the Annapurna region’s most isolated trails. On the way to Mardi Himal Base Camp, you’ll walk past several famous villages, including Australian Base Camp, Pothana, Deurali, Forest Camp, and Badal Danda. Upon reaching the base camp, you’ll get to marvel at the closest possible view of Machhapuchhre Himal. In the distance, you’ll see massive ice fields and glaciers gliding from the wall of Annapurna.

At the elevation of 4,500 meters, Mardi Himal Base Camp marks as the highest elevation point of the trek. Moreover, this trek also treasures a few excellent destinations for stargazing. If you are keen on looking at the constellations, the High Camp, Low Camp, and Badal Danda are the ideal spots where you can do so. After the trek, you’ll also get the opportunity to explore Pokhara and soak into the diversity of this beautiful valley.

The teahouses in Mardi Himal Trek are reasonably comfortable that provide all the necessary services, such as cozy rooms, meals, WiFi, charging facilities, and hot showers.

The 7-days Mardi Himal Trek itinerary is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers, who are looking for an authentic experience of trekking in Nepal. Furthermore, you can also extend the Mardi Himal Trek with the classic Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

Why You’ll Love This Trek

  • Stroll around the vibrant city of Pokhara and relax at the shore of Phewa Lake
  • Hike up to the Mardi Himal Base Camp at an elevation of 4,500 meters
  • Trudge through the rugged and remote trails of Annapurna region
  • Marvel at the close-up view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli
  • Witness the unique culture, rustic lifestyle, and warm hospitality of Gurungs
  • Walk under the shades of blooming rhododendron forest
  • Encounter the diverse landscape and biodiversity of Annapurna
  • Walk past several traditional villages, including Pothana, Sidhing, Lumre

Is Mardi Himal Trek Right For You?

  • On average, on Mardi Himal Trek, you will have to regularly walk around five to six hours on the rugged trails of Annapurna. If you think daily walking for such a long hour is not a problem, you’ll be able to pull this through. However, make sure to put proper training and preparation before you pack your bags and head to the Himalayas.The most effective way to train for the trek is to go for short hikes around your city and engage in as many cardio-related activities like running, jogging, swimming, and cycling, at least a month before the trek.
  • Even though Mardi Himal Trek is a moderate trek in terms of difficulty, trekking in this region is no walk in the park. You will be hiking up to the elevation of 4,500 meters at Mardi Himal Base Camp and sleeping at the altitude of 3,540 meters for two nights.Not only that, but you will also have to walk past a few challenging sections on the upper reaches of the trek. Therefore, this demands both physical as well as mental preparedness. Prior trekking experience always helps when it comes to high altitude treks. However, this trek is achievable even for first-time trekkers with the right amount of training and preparation.
  • Keep in mind that you will be gaining approximately 300 to 800 meters altitude daily on this trek. Also, you will be starting this adventure at an altitude of 827 meters at Pokhara and walking up to 4,500 meters at Mardi Himal Base Camp. Such vast altitudinal variation poses a higher risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Make sure your body and mind can cope with such altitude gain.We highly recommend taking all the necessary precautions to reduce the chances of altitude sickness on the trek. Make sure you do not rush towards the destination! Always walk at the pace that feels most comfortable and keep yourself hydrated.
  • Remember, Mardi Himal Trek is not a luxurious holiday package. You will only stay in three-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara during the trip. While trekking in the mountains, the accommodation facilities are not as comfortable as it is in the city areas. You will be staying in small tea houses throughout the trek.The teahouse is a small lodging facility that only provides basic amenities. You will have rooms on a twin-share basis, a warm blanket, delicious food, WiFi, hot shower, and charging facilities. So, if you are one of those travelers who can adapt to such basic accommodation facilities, this trek will suit you quite well.

Do not forget, the weather in the mountains is unpredictable, especially at the higher altitude. You never know when you might have to encounter terrible weather while trekking in the Himalayas. On the upper reaches of Mardi Himal Trek, you might have to bear extreme cold weather, heavy rainfalls, or even snowy conditions in the worst case. So stay aware of such unforeseeable situations and be prepared to tackle them.

Moreover, wear enough layers to keep yourself warm and pack weather protection gear to keep you protected from the harsh conditions, even while trekking in spring or autumn.

Outline Itinerary – Mardi Himal Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet at Airport and Transfer to Hotel1350-
2Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m), Drive to Kande (1,770m), and Trek to Pitam Deurali21005 hours
3Trek from Pitam Deurali to Low Camp29904 hours
4Trek from Low Camp to High Camp35404 hours
5Morning Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m) and Return to High Camp35407 hours
6Trek from High Camp to Sidhing17006 hours
7Trek from Sidhing to Lumre (1,206m) and Drive to Pokhara8276 hours

Important Notes

  • Although Mardi Himal Trek is moderately difficult, there are a few extremely challenging sections you’ll have to live through on this trek. Therefore, it is mandatory to have proper travel insurance before heading to the Himalayas. We recommend buying insurance that covers all the necessary expenses, including helicopter evacuation, medical charges, accident, theft, and trip cancelation.
  • Bear in mind, in emergencies, your trekking guide will be the in-charge of the trek! He is fully liable to make necessary changes in plans and itinerary on the road if required. If the guide notices any health concerns or any unforeseeable situation, he will make the necessary changes or delays to the itinerary to ensure your safety and the trek’s success.
  • While trekking in the Himalayas, we recommend you carry a universal travel adapter to charge your camera, mobile phone, or any other electronic appliances. Usually, the teahouses in the Himalayas use type C plug for charging sockets. It may not be compatible with the adapter of your charger. In such a case, you may end up not being able to charge any of your devices throughout the trek.
  • As Mardi Himal Trek is moderately difficult, most trekkers tend to take it way too lightly and neglect it. Remember, you will be trekking up to 4,500 meters at Mardi Himal Base Camp, which means the risk of altitude sickness is relatively higher. Not only that but on the upper reaches of the trek, there are also a few extremely challenging sections.Therefore, this trek demands both mental as well as physical fitness. So, we highly advise you to engage in cardio-related exercises, such as swimming, running, biking, and jogging, at least a month prior to the trek.
  • Carry enough cash! Before heading to the mountains, we suggest you carry enough money to cover all your additional expenses for Mardi Himal Trek. You can find plenty of ATM lounges and credit card services around Kathmandu and Pokhara. However, once you begin the trek, you will not find any ATMs or credit card services during the trek. Therefore, make sure to dispense adequate cash in either Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Keep in mind that the teahouse in the upper regions of Mardi Himal does not have access to hydroelectricity. Most teahouses use solar energy as the only source of electricity. So, power in these regions may not be reliable all the time. Make sure to carry a portable charger as an alternative energy source to charge your electronic appliances, in case the power supply is not sufficient.

Required Permit for Mardi Himal Trek

To trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp, you’ll need two trekking permits which we will organize for you. They are:

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card

Where to obtain: 

  • Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu
  • Nepal Tourism Board Service Center in Damside
  • TAAN Lakeside Office in Shanti Patan, Pokhara

How much does it cost: 

  • US$20 for individual trekkers
  • US$10 for group trekkers
  • For SAARC, US$6 individual trekkers
  • For SAARC, US$3 group trekkers

Things required to acquire TIMS Card

  • Permit fees
  • Photocopy of your passport
  • Passport size photographs

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

Where to obtain:

  •  Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu
  •  Nepal Tourism Board Service Center in Damside

How much does it cost:

  • US$30 for international travelers
  • US$2 for SAARC travelers

Itinerary

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary (7 Days)

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Day 1:
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft). Meet at Airport and Transfer to Hotel

Welcome to the vibrant city of Kathmandu. Once your flight lands at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the representative of Nepal Social Treks will greet you at the arrival gate and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon reaching the hotel, he will assist you through the check-in procedures. You will have the rest of the day in Kathmandu for yourself. Therefore, make the most of the leisure time and get proper rest, relax, and get rid of the jet lag.

Later in the evening, you will join the rest of the group members for the briefing session. Your trekking guide will provide you with all the trek details and your flight details for the next day. After the meeting, you will have an introductory welcome dinner with the guide and the group members.

Highlights

  • Arrival at Kathmandu — pick up and greet at the airport
  • Airport to hotel transfer via a private transport
  • Meet and greet with rest of the group
  • Short briefing with your trekking guide
  • Welcome dinner with the trekking guide and rest of the group members

Special Note

We request you to attend the briefing session mandatorily! During the briefing, your trekking guide will provide you with all the necessary information about the trek, including day-to-day itinerary, trek difficulty, transportation, accommodation, food, cultures, mountains, etc.

We expect this session to be as interactive as possible. So, don’t hesitate to ask your guide questions to clarify any concerns regarding the trek. Remember, this is also a meet and greet session. So, try to bond with the rest of the members of the group.

We recommend packing your bags before going to bed to avoid the rush in the morning. If there’s anything you want to leave at the hotel, keep it separate from your trekking bags.

Dinner
Hotel - 3 Stars
Day 2:
Flight from Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft) to Pokhara (827m/2,713ft). Drive to Kande (1,770m/5,807ft), and Trek to Pitam Deurali (2,100m/6,889ft)

On this day, you’ll catch an early morning plane from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The 25-minutes flight to the City of Lakes offers an aerial perspective of the city, several villages, grassy hills, and rugged mountains. Once you land at the airstrip of Pokhara, you’ll catch a private transport arranged by Nepal Social Treks and drive to Kande, the starting point of your trek. It takes about an hour to reach Kande from Pokhara.

Upon reaching Kande, you’ll start the trek with a steep climb on the stone-paved staircase. Along the way, you’ll walk past numerous small villages, terraced fields, and dense forests. You will reach the small hamlet at the Australian Camp for after almost an hour of the strenuous climb from Kande. From the top of this small hilltop, you’ll get to marvel at the stunning panorama of Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Lamjung Himal.

From Australian Camp, you’ll descend through a forested trail towards the small Gurung village of Pothana. You’ll continue the walk on this route until you reach Pitam Deurali. It takes two hours to reach Pitam Deurali from the hamlet of Australian Camp.

Highlights

  • Early morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Visit Australian Camp
  • Savor the breathtaking mountains, including Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Lamjung Himal
  • Walk past the famous Gurung village of Pothana

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 3:
Trek from Pitam Deurali (2,100m/6,889ft) to Low Camp (2,990m/9,809ft)

After breakfast, we depart from Pitam Deurali and make our way towards Low Camp. We begin the walk through the forested trail under the shades of rhododendron, birch, and oak trees. As you walk further into the forest, the trail emerges to a small teahouse settlement of Forest Camp.

Once you walk past the village, you will once again enter the densely forested path. However, the trail becomes much steeper and narrow from the Forest Camp. As you continue climbing the strenuous uphill, the surrounding biodiversity gradually transforms into a ‘cloud forest’ with tree ferns, mosses, and lichens covering the area.

You’ll occasionally get a glimpse of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli in the distance through the thick woodland. You’ll continue the walk through the forested trail until you reach the overnight destination at Low Camp.

Highlights

  • Walk under the shades of rhododendron, birch, and oak trees
  • Enjoy the distant sight of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli along the way
  • Witness the change in the rich biodiversity of the Annapurna region

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 4:
Trek from Low Camp (2,990m/9,809ft) to High Camp (3,540m/11,614ft)

On this day, you begin the walk on a gradual path from Low Camp towards the Middle Camp. As you walk further from the Middle Camp, the stunning view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Hiunchuli decorate the trail. You will see the sight of Modi Khola Valley spreading across the Annapurna Sanctuary if you glance towards the left.

You’ll then reach a small settlement of Badal Danda. Travelers regard this tiny settlement amid a dense forest as the most favorable spot to witness the Northern sight of Machhapuchhre. You’ll also get to relish the close-up view of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, and Mardi Himal from here.

You’ll continue the trek further uphill through the forested trail from Badal Danda. After an hour or so, you’ll leave the trailing behind as the forested trail opens up into a grassy ridge. You continue the walk along the narrow path of the ridge, overlooking the marvelous sight of mountains up ahead, and the valleys down below until you reach High Camp.

Located at an elevation of 3,540 meters, High Camp is the highest sleepover point of the Mardi Himal Trek. Upon reaching this teahouse settlement, you can relax at the teahouse enjoying the close-up view of the surrounding Himalayas.

Highlights

  • Traverse through the dense woodland of Annapurna region
  • Marvel at the Northern sight of Machhapuchhre from Badal Danda
  • Witness the change in vegetation from dense forest to the wide ridgeline of Mardi Himal
  • Enjoy the close-up view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Hiunchuli from High Camp

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 5:
Morning Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m/14,763ft) and Return Back to High Camp (3,540m/11,614ft)

This day marks as the most significant highlight of the Mardi Himal Trek. On this day, you will be hiking to the foothills of Mardi Himal. You’ll begin the adventure early at dawn and head off towards the Mardi Himal Upper View Point. The route from High Camp to the Upper View Point is dangerous and challenging as you’ll have to climb over a steep ridge.

You’ll reach the Upper Viewpoint of Mardi Himal right on time to witness the glorious sunrise over the mighty Machhapuchhre. In addition to that, the Annapurna South and Hiunchuli appear ever so close towards the left side.

After enjoying the epic sunrise over the Himalayas, you’ll continue the hike from the Upper View Point towards the Mardi Himal Base Camp. As you head further along the ridgeline, the route becomes narrower and steeper progressively until you reach the base camp.

From Mardi Himal Base Camp, the sight of Machhapuchhre Himal becomes much more impressive and substantial. The crest of Mardi Himal will be the only thing that separates you from the Southern face of the mountain. You’ll also see the vast ice fields and glaciers gliding from the wall of Annapurna Sanctuary in the distance.

After spending an amazing time at Mardi Himal Base Camp, you’ll retrace your route to High Camp via the Upper View Point. The trail to High Camp is steep and slippery. Therefore, we advise you to stay cautious with every step while descending from the Upper View Point towards High Camp.

Highlights

  • Witness the majestic sunrise over Machhapuchhre from Upper View Point
  • Stand at the foothills of Mardi Himal
  • Relish the close-up view of Annapurna and Hiunchuli
  • Savor at the ice fields and glaciers falling down the wall of Annapurna

Special Note

Remember, you will be reaching the Upper View Point of Mardi Himal for the sunrise view. So, you’ll need to wake up at dawn and hit the trail as early as possible. Therefore, we highly recommend you to carry a torch or a headlamp to keep track of the route in the dark. Additionally, you should also consider wearing a warm jacket, gloves, and a beanie to keep yourself warm in the morning. Before you leave the teahouse, make sure to fill your water bottle as you might need it on your way to the base camp.

7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 6:
Trek from High Camp (3,540m/11,614ft) to Sidhing (1,700m/5,577ft)

After the long strenuous hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp the day before, you’ll begin the day with a hearty breakfast at High Camp. After breakfast, you’ll hit the and descend towards Badal Danda. Upon reaching Badal Danda, the open sky route changes into the dense forest as you retrace the route towards Low Camp via the Middle Camp.

As you walk a little further from Low Camp, you’ll arrive at an intersection that separates the route to Forest Camp and Sidhing. You’ll take the different route and head downhill towards Sidhing. As you edge closer to the village and further away from the mountains, the trail emerges from the dense forest onto the wide valleys and terraced fields. After about six hours of gradual walk from the High Camp, you will reach the traditional Gurung village of Sidhing.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the gradual walk after the strenuous hike the day before
  • Trudge through the forested trails of Annapurna
  • Walk past the famous teahouse settlements, including Badal Danda and Low Camp
  • Overnight at the beautiful village of Sidhing.

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 7:
Trek from Sidhing (1,700m/5,577ft) to Lumre (1,206m/3,956ft) and Drive to Pokhara (827m/2,713ft)

On this day, you will conclude the trek with a three-hours walk from Sidhing to Lumre, where the road to Pokhara connects. The trail to Lumre is relatively short and comfortable. Along the way, you will walk past a few popular villages, including Kalimati and Ghale Gaun.

Once you reach Lumre, you will catch a private transport arranged by Nepal Social Treks and drive back to Pokhara. It takes about two hours from Lumre to reach Pokhara. The roads are not well-paved, making the ride jolting and bumpy at times. On the way to Pokhara, you will get to enjoy the breathtaking view of mountains, hills, valleys, traditional villages, and terraced farms.

Upon reaching the beautiful city of Pokhara, the representative of Nepal Social Treks will drop you off at the hotel. You will have the rest of the day for yourself. In Pokhara, you will have an array of fancy restaurants, souvenir shops, local shops, trekking stores, cafes, and bars to choose from. You can also take a walk around the Lakeside and relax at the shore of Phewa Lake with the distant sight of the Machhapuchhre Himal and Annapurna range.

If you want to buy some souvenirs or gifts from Nepal for family and friends back home, you can shop around in the Lakeside. Later in the evening, the representative of Nepal Social Treks will pick you up at the hotel for the farewell dinner.

Highlights

  • Trek through famous villages, including Kalimati and Ghale Gaun
  • Enjoy the breathtaking view of the surrounding landscapes and sceneries
  • Evening walk around the Lakeside, Pokhara
  • Relax at the shore of Phewa Lake
  • Savor the distant view of the Machhapuchhre Himal and Annapurna range
  • Enjoy the farewell dinner and celebrate the success of the trek

Special Note

Your Mardi Himal Trek package ends on this day at Pokhara. However, if you want us to arrange you a transfer back to Kathmandu,

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel - 3 Stars

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Mardi Himal Trek Cost

Cost Include(s)

  • Arrival transfer for international flights
  • Accommodation at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Annapurna (Mardi Himal) trekking map
  • Accommodation in teahouse during the trek
  • Three meals per day during the trek (B/L/D)
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit
  • Group medical supplies (First Aid Kit)
  • Farewell dinner in Pokhara
  • Licensed trekking guide with necessary staffs and porters
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment for all our staff
  • Insurance and required transportation for support staff
  • All government taxes

Cost Exclude(s)

  • International flight ticket and airport tax
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Personal trekking gears and equipment
  • Tips for trekking guide, porters, and local staff
  • Travel and medical insurance in case of emergency
  • Emergency rescue evacuation
  • Personal expenses such as battery charging, laundry, alcoholic beverage, cold drink, hot showers at teahouses, etc
  • Unforeseeable costs incurred due to accidents, strike, natural calamities, political unrest, etc

Why Nepal Social Treks for Mardi Himal Trek?

Impressive Success Rates

For years, Nepal Social Treks has consistently managed to serve the clients with a higher success rate. With hundreds of glowing reviews for our service on our website speaks for themselves. Our highly professional trekking guides and field staff deserve much of the credit for our consistent performance. Our experienced staff members have always used their tactical awareness to deal with any adversity on the trek.

In addition to that, all the trekking guides of Nepal Social Treks are first-aid responders trained to assist you in any health-related issues on the trek. So far, we, as a company, have consistently delivered 300+ treks every year with a staggering success rate of 99 percent.

Professional and Well Qualified Teams

With Nepal Social Treks, we ensure you a highly professional, dedicated, hardworking, and well-organized team. For this trek, we will provide you with our highly dedicated and passionate team that is specialized and has years of experience in Mardi Himal Trek. Our trekking guides are highly experienced and have carried out more than 100 treks around the Himalayas of Nepal.

We have been able to deliver 99 percent of the success rate in all of our treks consistently. One primary factor of our successful expedition year after another is our hardworking guides and porters who guarantee exceptional service to make your trip a success.

Better Experience

Nepal Social Treks has been providing reliable trekking services in Nepal since 2006 in the Himalayas of Nepal. Even after a decade in the industry, we still work continually to improve our service quality and methods to satisfy your needs.

We are clear about your expectation and the quality of our service to help make your Mardi Himal Trek a major success. We have handpicked and trained all our staff members, including trek leaders, guides, sherpas, and porters, to deliver nothing short of brilliance.

Superb Food and Accommodation Facilities

The health and well-being of our clients have always been the number one priority of Nepal Social Treks. On the trek, we provide you with a hearty three-time meal every day and ensure that you get the proper calories to compensate for your effort. Our team guarantees that the food served at your table is hygienic and delicious and makes you feel at home.

Moreover, we also provide you with a cozy bed at the end of every night. As per our Mardi Himal Trek itinerary, we take the full responsibility of providing your rooms at one of the best teahouses at each stop.

What is the accommodation like on the Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal Trek is a newly commenced teahouse trek in the heart of the Annapurna region. Apart from Kathmandu and Pokhara, where you’ll be staying in a 3-star hotel, the trek’s accommodation facilities will be relatively basic. Although Mardi Himal lies in one of Nepal’s most popular trekking regions, it still does not have well-facilitated teahouses, since the trek route is relatively new. However, the available teahouses are cozy, comfortable, well-managed, and hospitable.
Nonetheless, if you choose to experience Mardi Himal with Nepal Social Treks, we will ensure the most comfortable teahouse at every stop during the trek. Bear in mind, the teahouses in the mountain regions are not as luxurious as the fancy hotels around the cities. They only provide the basic amenities, such as rooms, blankets, food, toilets, WiFi, charging facilities, and hot showers.

Am I likely to suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness on this trek?

Usually, the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) begins once you start trekking above the elevation of 3,500 meters. On Mardi Himal Trek, the highest elevation point marks at 4,500 meters at Mardi Himal Base Camp. Likewise, the highest sleepover point of this trek marks at High Camp at an elevation of 3,540 meters. Therefore, the risk of AMS is considerably high on this trek.
Not everyone is likely to suffer from it! How the body reacts to the lack of oxygen and air pressure differs from one person to another. So, it is advisable to take all the necessary precautions to minimize the risk of altitude sickness. Make sure to keep your body hydrated and walk at your own pace. Besides, we design our Mardi Himal Trek itinerary with precise elevation gain each day to reduce the chances of high altitude sickness.

How's the drinking water on the trek? Is it safe to drink?

Your health and well-being will always be the number one priority of Nepal Social Treks. Therefore, we guarantee to provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek. Almost every teahouse in Mardi Himal delivers safe drinking water. Therefore, you do not have to worry about the quality of the water on the trek.

Simply carry a water bottle and fill the water in the teahouse before you start trekking every morning. However, we advise you to carry water purifiers or tablets to treat the water before drinking.
You can also buy bottled water in the teahouses and stores around the route. But, we do not recommend buying bottled water, as the bottled water only adds up the plastic waste in the trekking trail. Additionally, never drink water from a local stream, tap, or any other natural source.

How difficult is the Mardi Himal Trek?

The Mardi Himal Trek is a moderate difficulty trek. However, it is no walk in the park, and you should not take it lightly. Even though this trek is relatively easier than the Manaslu Circuit or the Everest Base Camp Trek, it has some extremely challenging sections and poses the threat of altitude sickness.
This trek is suitable for both beginners as well as experienced trekkers. It does not require any technical climbing or any prior trekking experience. However, it does require physical and mental preparedness. So, we recommend you to train and prepare well before heading to the Himalayas. Engage in as many cardio-oriented exercises, such as swimming, running, biking, and jogging, at least a month prior to the trek.

What kinds of insurance do I need for Mardi Himal trek?

Mardi Himal Trek is indeed relatively easier than the Everest Base Camp or Manaslu Circuit Trek. But that does not mean you should neglect this trek and take things lightly. Remember, you’ll be walking up to 4,500 meters above sea level at Mardi Himal Base Camp. So, this trek possesses a significant risk of high altitude sickness.
Not only that, but the upper reaches of the trek, especially the route towards the Upper View Point is extremely dangerous. You’ll have to walk through steep, narrow, and slippery vertical cliffs along the way.
So, it is mandatory to have travel insurance to go trekking in Mardi Himal. You should provide a copy of your travel insurance to Nepal Social Treks before heading to the mountain. Although it is moderately difficult, we recommend buying comprehensive travel insurance covering all the necessary expenses, as you never know what might go wrong in the mountains.
While buying travel insurance, always make sure that the policy covers extensive medical expenses, accidents, theft, trip cancelation, and, most importantly, helicopter evacuation fees at high elevation (up to 5,000 meters).

When is the best time to trek to Mardi Himal?

Mardi Himal Trek is a year-long trekking destination in the heart of the Himalayas. Yes, you can do this trek at any time of the year. Each season offers different experiences and opportunities while trekking in Mardi Himal.
Like all other treks in Nepal, the most suitable time to go trekking in Mardi Himal is during spring and autumn. At this time of the year, the sky tends to remain crystal clear and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and mountains. In addition to that, the weather also remains moderate throughout the day, which is excellent for long-day hiking.
However, you can also do this trek during the Monsoon or Winter season. Remember, the trail during Monsoon can get wet and slippery. Therefore, we recommend you stay cautious and buy a pair of high-quality trekking shoes with grippy soles. Additionally, pack enough waterproof layers and raincoat to stay protected from the wet weather.
During the winter, the trail might be covered in thick snow, and the temperature might drop below zero in the upper reaches. So, make sure to keep yourself warm with enough layers and carry all the essential gear to stay protected from the harsh conditions.

What is the food like on the Mardi Himal Trek?

Remember, Mardi Himal Trek is a teahouse trek. Although the teahouses in Mardi Himal are quite basic, they serve both Nepali and western meals on their menu. While trekking in the Himalayas, Dal Bhat is the most popular food among the trekkers. However, we serve both Nepali as well as western cuisine on the trek.

Your health and well-being will always be the number one priority of Nepal Social Treks. Therefore, we guarantee you that all the meals served during the trek will be fresh, healthy, hygienic, nutritious, and delicious.

Here is a list of popular items on our menu:

Breakfast – Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolates, Egg (Boiled, Fried, Omelets), Local Tsampa Porridge, Muesli, Pancakes, Tibetan Bread, French Toast (with Jam, Butter, and Honey), Oatmeal, Fruits, etc.

Lunch – Dal Bhat, Tibetan Bread, Momo, Pizza, Sandwich, Thukpa, Sherpa Stew, Hot Soup, Pasta, Noodles, Spaghetti, Vegetable Salads, Fruits, etc.

Dinner – Dal Bhat, Momo, Hot Soups, Thukpa, Sandwich, Pasta, Salads, Macaroni, Pizza, Noodles, Thenduk, Sherpa Stew, Desserts, Tea, Hot Chocolate, etc.

Do I need any specific training before trekking to Mardi Himal?

People often neglect training and preparation for Mardi Himal because it is only moderately difficult. However, we strictly recommend you to train and prepare well before heading to the Himalayas, whether you’re a novice traveler or an experienced trekker.
While most of the trek is relatively comfortable, you’ll have to walk through some challenging paths on the trek’s upper reaches. Therefore, it is handy to engage in as many cardio-related activities as possible, at least a month prior to the trek. Keep your body fit with activities like running, cycling, jogging, and swimming. We also advise you to hike to the nearby destinations around your home to get used to the rugged trails.
Not only that, but Mardi Himal Trek also possesses the threat of Acute Mountain Sickness. Therefore, you also need mental preparedness to complete this trek successfully. As a medium-grade trekking destination, Mardi Himal Trek is easily achievable with proper training and preparation, even for first-time trekkers.

Are there provisions for ATMs or credit cards on the trek?

You can only have access to ATM services in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are plenty of ATM lounges and credit card services around the streets of Thamel in Kathmandu and around Lakeside in Pokhara. However, once you go beyond the city area and start trekking in the Himalayas, you will not have any access to any of these facilities.

Therefore, we recommend you dispense the necessary cash in Kathmandu, as far as possible. But, if you do not make it in Kathmandu, Pokhara is going to be your last resort to dispense the cash.
Besides, the teahouses in Mardi Himal do not accept foreign currencies. So, all the payments will require local rupees. If you only have foreign currency, make sure to exchange them into local cash before the trek. Like ATM services, you can also get plenty of exchange centers in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Can I have a shower on the Mardi Himal trek?

Yes! You can get both cold as well as hot showers during Mardi Himal Trek. Almost every tea house and lodge in this region offers a shower facility. Normally, the hot showers of most tea houses are gas or solar-powered. But, some teahouses do not offer such facilities. In such a case, you might have to reconcile yourself with the bucket bath. The teahouses will charge you an additional amount, ranging from $2 to $5 for hot showers.

Packing List for Mardi Himal Trek

Here are a few essential gears you need to pack for Mardi Himal Trek:

Bags:

Daypack
Duffel Bag

Clothing:

Trekking Shirt – Pack 3 to 4 breathable trekking shirts, balancing both half and full sleeves

Trekking Trousers – Minimum 2 water and wind-resistant trekking pants

Trekking Shorts – Pack a couple of trekking shorts for lower reaches of the trek

Fleece Jacket – Pack a light-weight fleece jacket for the lower region

Down Jacket – Carry a high-quality down jacket to keep you warm from the extreme weather at the trek’s upper reaches

Waterproof Shell Jacket – One waterproof jacket to stay protected in the wet weather

Thermal Layer – At least one pair of a thermal layer

Breathable Underwear – Carry at least 3 to 4 pairs of breathable and comfortable underwear

Footwears:

Hiking Boots – A pair of high-quality hiking boots will be enough for the trek.

Hiking Socks – Pack at least 4 to 5 pairs of comfortable hiking socks.

Sandals/Trainers – A pair of either sandals or trainers, depending upon your preference.

Thermal Socks – Carry at least 2 pairs of warm thermal socks to keep you warm in the evening and night

Gaiter (For Winter) – You can pack a gaiter for any season, even though it is for the Winter

Head Wears:

Sun Protection Hat – One sun protection hat to your face protected from harmful UV rays and sunburn.

Buff/Neck Gaiter – One buff or neck gaiter to protect your neck from the harsh wind.

Warm Beanie – One beanie to keep your head warm in the upper reaches of the trek.

Hand Wear:

Outer Gloves – A pair of outer gloves to wear as an additional layer in the upper reaches of the trek.

Inner Gloves – A pair of inner gloves for the lower region of the trek.

Other Accessories:

Toiletries
Trekking Poles
High-Quality Sleeping Bag
Water Bottle
Water Purification Tablets
UV Protection Sunglasses
Hand Sanitizers
Sunscreen/Lip Balm
Headlamp with Spare Batteries
Trekking Towels
Camera
Portable Chargers
Prescribed Medications

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  1. Mardi Himal Trek
    Highly recommended. Had an amazing time with this company. I received amazing advice from Himesh; my guide. Totally worth having experience and thoughtful guide. Every interaction with the company was professional and accommodating. Went on a solo trekking trip custom to my schedule. I would trust bringing my 10-year-old daughter on a trek with this company.
  2. Mardi Himal Trek
    This is a wonderful trek if you wish to get to really close to the mountains in a short time, that we did from Pokhara. Highly recommend this trek, especially great for people who also love nature!
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Trip Facts

  • Tea House
  • Hotels and Teahouses
  • Flight/Drive
  • 4,500 meters at Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Moderate
  • Kande/Lumre
  • 5-6 hours Per Day
  • Autumn and Spring
  • Minimum 2 People

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