Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking is a newly explored route in Annapurna region which allows capturing the grand view of majestic Annapurnas and several other peaks walking through beautiful rhododendron forest and experience of local homestay. Despite the fact that Annapurna region is getting more garnished with roadways connecting several hilly and Himalayan areas, Mardi Himal trekking route is still intact offering pleasant walk in the beautiful countryside and gaining more popularity to avoid traffic like in other popular Annapurna trails.
Trekking to Mardi Himal is ideal for any travelers to wish to enjoy the hushed milieu of nature watching over the stunning peaks and amazing landscapes. Not to forget the grand hospitality of the local people who are not still getting used to with tourists like other regular/busy trekking trails of Annapurna. It can be a great experience of local homestay and understand the typical lifestyle of hilly people.
This one-week trekking itinerary for Mardi Himal is relatively easy walking trails and can be done with any fitness level which also makes it one of the trekking routes suitable for kids to witness the beauty of culture and nature as a family trip to the Himalayas. Mardi Himal Trek starts with swift 30-45 minutes drive from Pokhara valley towards Kande and walk pass through Australian Camp towards Pothana village and then overnight at scenic Deurali enjoying a splendid view of Annapurna South (7219m) from the sitting area of the teahouse.
The trail continues to ascend and descends through the green jungle with rhododendron fragrance in the fresh air and dense oak & bamboo forest towards Forest Camp and further to High Camp at 3700m. We start day visit to Mardi Himal Base Camp watching Annapurna Base Camp trekking route on the other side of the river and all our effort will be granted with a fabulous view of Mt. Machhapuchere, Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli and Pokhara Valley. We start our descend to High Camp after spending some time taking rest while feeling the blowing mild air at 4300m/ 14108 ft and continue next day aiming where we started from – the City of Lake – Pokhara Valley.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu : Picked Up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel Drive: 30 minutes | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2Free Day in Kathmandu Optional: Join our free walking tours – starts at 10am – Walk to Monkey Temple – Visit National Museum – Kathmandu Durbar Square – finish before 4pm
Walk: 1.5 hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and transfer to HotelDrive: 7-8 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D
Day 4Morning drive from Pokhara to Kande and trek to Deurali (2100m /6890 ft)Drive: 45 – 60 min | Walk: 2.5 -3 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 5Trek from Deurali to Forest Camp (2520m / 8268 ft.)Walk: 5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 6Trek from Forest Camp to High Camp (3700m/ 12139 ft)Walk: 5.5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 7Explore Mardi Himal Base Camp (4300m/ 14108 ft)Walk: 6.5 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 8Trek from High Camp to Sidhing (1700m/ 5577 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 9Trek from Sidhing to Lumre and drive to PokharaWalk: 4 – 5 hrs | Drive: 2 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D
Day 10Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to HotelDrive: 7-8 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Included: B, L, D
Day 11Free Day in Kathmandu (Contingency Day)Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 12Final Departure | Other Travel Plan
FREE WALKING TOUR: This is an optional walking adventure on the outskirts of Thamel area, which will surprisingly take you to popular Buddhist shrine – Monkey Temple (original name Swayambunath Stupa) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (House of Virgin Living Goddess) after a quick peek at the National Museum. It is around 6km walk, takes 1.5 hrs walk starting and ending from/to Thamel. It is a guided tour; however the entrance fees to these heritage sites must be pay by travelers themselves. [Monkey Temple – Rs 200, Kathmandu Durbar Square – Rs 1000, National Museum – Rs 150]. We start at 10am in the morning (after breakfast) and finish before 4pm (time can vary).
SAFETY CONCERN: Your safety is our top concern while organizing outdoor and adventure plans. Our leaders and crew members are experienced professionals who will make sure that the trip is safely in course. We truly understand the need of information flow and risk management to provide the best experience. Our trekking arrangement includes the proper clothing, supplies of equipment and gears, high altitude prevention measures and remedies to provide the carefree adventure in the Himalayas.
STANDARD TRIP: Standard itinerary and route plans are typically designed considering the necessary number of days to complete the trek for average fit travelers and level of altitude gain on the trek (and multiple other factors) which can be modified as per the interest, time, experience and budget plan of travelers. On the given adventure plan, we have included the most important items necessary for the trip and the cost for it and quoted to provide a general idea of the cost of the trip with minimum number of days required to complete the trip.
CUSTOMIZE TRIP: We can organize a trip to every style and provide our service as required by the travelers. There are few items like leader, permits etc, which are mandatory to provide from the agency whereas there are also several alternatives to design the trip as suited. Any customization of the standard itinerary will change the trip price accordingly. We always like to hear what you have to say. We are always happy to assist your valuable travel holidays in your manner with the best information that suits your way of traveling.
ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU
We need to have 4 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (before and after the trip) for preparation, rest, and contingency. We provide twin sharing room at Hotel Nepalaya on BB Plan for your trip. If you choose to book your own accommodation in Kathmandu, 60 USD per person is discounted from trip price.
If you prefer to select your own accommodation, then you are free to do so and find a place suitable to your interest. Alternatively, you can suggest a name, and we shall book that place for you.
GROUP SIZE: All of our adventure trips are accompanied by specialized local leaders, guides, porters and assistant guides (as required) who will always ensure your safety and comfort at every part of the journey. We found that the group size of 8 is the optimal size to run these trips, however we can organize a trip plan for any group size upon the request.
Group of More than 8: We also have a good experience of handling big groups of volunteers, employees, students, and able to organize a trip plan upon request. Please kindly submit your group size information, and we will garnish a proper trip plan and price for you.
It is your travel plan; you can choose what you want to do, of course with a lot of information first. Feel free to submit and share your travel ideas, and we shall get back to you with more thoughts in no time.