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Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

Facts About Trip

Days 7
Grade Moderate
Best month March- May / Sept- Dec
Maxi Elevation 4250
Group size Minimum 2 pa
Accommodation Hotel, Lodge
Meal Pay Own Meal
Starts From Drive: Kathmandu to Pokhara
End at Drive: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Overview And Highlights

The Mardi Himal Trek is a new trekking route comparatively short and panoramic trip in Nepal. The trekking route is getting popular among domestic and international tourists.

The Mardi Himal trekking package offers a dramatic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. The close-up view of Mount Machhapuchre and Annapurna is superb. The trekking route covers the Australian Camp, Pothana, Mardi Himal Base camp, Siding village, and Lwang village which are the major attractions of this trekking trail.

Mardi Himal Trekking Route

Day 01 Drive to Pokhara (approx. six hours), Taxi to Kande (1,770m) (approx. one hour), walk to Australia Camp (approx. 1.5 hours) (1,890m)

Day 02 Trek Australia Camp – Forest Camp 2,520m (approx. six hours walk).

Day 03 Trek Forest Camp – Low Camp 2,970m or Badal Danda 3,268m (approx. three or four.

Day 04 Trek Bardal Danda to High Camp 3,540m (approx. three hours walk.

Day 05 Trek High camp to visit Mardi Himal Base Camp 4,250m and back (approx. seven hours).

Day 06 Trek Low Camp to Siddhing 1,700m (approx. 6 hours walk) & drive to Pokhara about 3 hours.

The Mardi Himal trek starts at Kande where we reach an hour's drive from Pokhara.

The trekking trail is an easy and smooth one. In the beginning the trek route slowly up, then a bit steeper to Australian Camp (2060m) after an hour of walking. Descending to Pothana (1950m) and hiking up again to Deurali (2100m) makes the trekking trail a more adventurous one.

We take the right turn from the signboard of “Forest Camp” and walk through the jungle, at first up then undulating on the top of a ridge, there is a section just over halfway where the trail drops steeply and then slowly gains height and then back onto the ridge and into Forest Camp (2,600m). Walking ups and down we reach the Low camp and high camp of Mardi Himal to reach the base camp.

Short Trekking in Annapurna

The Mardi Himal base camp trek is designed to fit into just a single week while still offering spectacular views of the major peaks in the region, but away from the crowds seen on the Annapurna region trek and Everest region trek trekking routes.

The route is set in the eastern region of the Annapurna and is newly opened for trekkers. Being less frequently used the accommodation here is fairly basic in comparison to the more popular routes, but the trade-off is more peace and quiet in this beautiful area.

Starting off from Kathmandu, we will transfer first to Pokhara by bus before taking a local taxi to the starting point at Kande. The highest point where we will sleep on the trek is at a high camp, which is around 3,580 meters above sea level, but we will do a day return trip to Base Camp itself which sits at 4,500 meters – so be prepared for some thin air!

Best Time for Mardi Himal Trekking

Mardi Himal trekking is possible all year round. The best time is autumn and spring season. In spring the weather is hot and the landscape will be colorful due to the rhododendron flowers. The sky is clear and the days are warm enough.

In the autumn season, the trekking route is full of greenery. After the 3 months of the rainy season, there will be greenery everywhere. The days are warm and nights might be cool. The flowers and lush green hills make the trekking more memorable.

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (approx. six hours), Taxi to Kande (1,770m) (approx. one hour), walk to Australia Camp (approx. 1.5 hours), Overnight in Australian camp (1,890m), LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Pay Own Meal
Accomodation
Lodge Stay Accommodation
Elevation
1769

Our first day of traveling is a busy one. We will start early to tackle the long drive to Pokhara on the local bus which is an adventure in itself! After that, a short taxi transfer will bring us to the starting point of our walk. Having spent much of the day sitting in transit this is a great way to finish things off and warm up for the days ahead. Tonight at the camp, which is approximately 2100m high, we will have our first proper views of the Annapurna region as well as the jewel of the region, Macchapuchare.

Day 2 : Trek Australia Camp – Forest Camp 2,520m (approx. six hours walk), Overnight stay in Forest Camp, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Pay Own Meal
Accomodation
Lodge Stay Accommodation
Elevation
2519

Today we will begin the trek in full. An early rise will allow us some great views to begin the day and then we will move off towards Pothana village to our lunch venue at Deurali. This is only around two hours since beyond here there is a suitable stopping point for lunch. After lunch we will move on towards the Forest Camp, moving through the jungle which will have several ascents as well as descents, so prepare to test those legs! The second part of the day should take around four hours and we will stay in one of the simple lodges at our final destination.

Day 3 : Trek Forest Camp – Low Camp 2,970m or Badal Danda 3,268m (approx. three or four and a half hours walk), Overnight stay in Badal Danda, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Pay Own Meal
Accomodation
Lodge Stay Accommodation
Elevation
2969

Today we have a choice, we can go all the way to Badal Danda which sits at 3050m, or we can stop at the Low Camp where there are two lodges with marvelous views of Maccapuchare and the Annapurnas. The trek starts with a fairly steep climb out of the jungle, so it is fairly common for people to decide to rest up and enjoy the views upon arriving at Low Camp. All in all, though, this is not a very strenuous day and there are plenty of photo opportunities once the camp is reached, with Mardi Himal itself also coming into view.

Day 4 : Trek Bardal Danda to High Camp 3,540m (approx. three hours walk, Overnight in High Camp, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Pay Own Meal
Accomodation
Lodge Stay Accommodation
Elevation
3540

The high camp is at 3900m, so by the time we reach here we are completely above the tree line and breathing will become noticeably more difficult with the thinner air. We will most likely complete our walking by lunchtime which will give time to explore the surroundings and take plenty of photos of the spectacular area in which we will camp.

Day 5 : Trek High camp to visit Mardi Himal Base Camp 4,250m and back (approx. seven hours), Overnight in Low camp, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION.
Food
Pay Own Meal
Accomodation
Lodge Stay Accommodation
Elevation
4250

This is the biggest day of the trek by far. We will start early in the morning to make sure we get the best of the clear weather and give us plenty of time to relax at the Base Camp of Mardi Himal. Situated at almost 4500m, it is quite an achievement to reach here. The view from Base Camp is special indeed, with all the major mountains of the Annapurna range in view. We will have lunch at Base Camp and then return to High Camp. Depending on the time it takes us, we may decide to continue back to Bardal Danda or even Low Camp (it is much faster going down!).

Day 6 : Trek Low Camp to Siddhing 1,700m (approx. 6 hours walk) & drive to Pokhara about 3 hours and stay own hotel arrangement.
Food
Pay Own Meal
Accomodation
Lodge Accommodation
Elevation
1700

Assuming we stayed at Low Camp the previous night, we will aim to reach Siddhing and catch the local bus or local jeep to Pokhara.

Note: We can book any kind of a night hotel stay in Pokhara upon your request as per your budget. You can have a good relax after long walking on trekking. So for it, you have your own choice hotel stay in Pokhara.

Day 7 : Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu via tourist bus about 6 hours, Overnight stay hotel in Kathmandu.
Food
Pay your own
Accomodation
Hotel Stay
Elevation
1300

Today, As our packages included, we have a tourist bus driving Pokhara to Kathmandu for 6 hours staying a night in Kathmandu, or Catch a direct International flight in the late evening if you have limited time for travel. The bus leaves at about 7:30 AM from Pokhara and arrives at about 3 PM in Kathmandu.

Note: There is an option for transportation from Pokhara by private car/Jeep or Hiace up on your services requested. It means that you can leave any time from Pokhara and can stop as you want and arrive in Kathmandu earlier than the tourist bus about 4 to 5 hours of driving. and also flight option is available from Pokhara to Kathmandu at an additional cost. 

Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized to our guest-specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.

What Is Included ?

  • Transportation: return transfers from the International airport to your hotel
  • Hotel stay: a night hotel accommodation stay in Kathmandu
  • Entry fees: all government taxes and Annapurna conservation entry fees
  • TIMS CARD: (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Guide & porter: One experienced English-speaking guide & necessary supporter to carry your luggage (two guests = 1 porter (we pay their daily wages, insurance, trekking equipment, food, and accommodation)
  • Wages: 6 days guide wages including his insurance/meals/accommodation/insurance/equipment
  • Wages: 6 days porter (to carry your luggage) wages including his insurance/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • 5 nights mountain lodge accommodation (best available) with twin sharing basis on tea house services trek
  • Transportation: Kathmandu to Pokhara via tourist bus 
  • Transportation: Pokhara to trek starting place via taxi or local bus
  • Transportation: trek ending place to Pokhara via local jeep or bus
  • Transportation: Pokhara to Kathmandu via tourist bus
  • Trekking equipment: trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag/down jacket (we provide these if necessary), to be returned after the trek completed
  • Water purification tablets: unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bars and cookies at base camp
  • Fruits: Seasonal fresh fruits where is possible
  • Local SIM CARD (NCELL), to be returned after the trek completed
  • Rescue arrangements: in emergency situation & worst weather condition
  • Diamox: Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc)
  • Crampons: Snow walking crampons in mountains if necessary
  • Digital pulse: Oximeters for high altitude check
  • Map: Mardi Himal trekking map
  • Rubbish disposal
  • government taxes & PNT official service charge

Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks (paying your own). You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

What Is Excluded?

  • Meals: All meals (lunch/dinner/breakfast) in Kathmandu & on the trek
  • Snacks: chocolate/aerated drinks/mineral water/alcoholic drinks/nutria bars
  • Hotel stays: extra night hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Tipping: end of the trek tips to guides and support staff
  • Rescue services: additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate medical & travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies), including helicopter evacuation & hospitalization (medical test, medicine) if required
  • extra expenses: personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as bottled water/coca-cola/WIFI on trek/hot shower/electric device recharge
  • City visit: sightseeing in Pokhara and Kathmandu entrance fees/transportation/hire guide
  • Flight ticket: Your International flight ticket airfare & Nepal entry visa fees which travel visa can get up on your arrival at Kathmandu airport, On Arrival Visa: Fee 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, 90 Days – 125 USD
  • Services not mentioned herein Personal trekking equipment

Food on tea house trek: During tea house treks our guests pay for their own food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge. It can be about USD $25 each day per person. You can choose your own meal from a menu in every tea house.

Travel Insurance: –

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness, and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while traveling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergency.

Altitude Graph

Additional Information

Spring: March-May

The spring season of March/April/May is the best for holidays in the Nepalese Himalayas. The sky and the weather are very clear and sunny in these months and the temperature is warmer. At heights below 3,500 meters, you can expect temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees during the daytime, although these will drop at night. Once above 3,500m, you should expect significant temperature drops at night and early morning, often as low as -15 degrees.

There is some rain in these months, but nothing severe and this really helps to bring out the natural colors in the varied flora and fauna, especially in the national flower of Nepal, the rhododendron.

This is the primary time for tourism in Nepal with trekkers and mountain climbers seen all across the country.

Summer: June – August

Nepal experiences its monsoon season during June, July, and August, and it can sometimes last until mid-September. Some treks are possible in mid-June before the rains really get heavy, however, visibility can be limited.

The rains bring other challenges and obstacles. Mountain flights are not so frequent, while landslides can block the roads. Trekking in mid-June is still possible but we advise against the classic treks such as Everest due to the risk of long delays at Lukla which could potentially lead to missing international flights. If this is the only season possible for you, then we recommend treks in drier parts of the country such as Upper Mustang or Upper Dolpo. We can also suggest other activities such as white water rafting or visiting the National Parks at Chitwan or Bardia.

Autumn: September – November

With very similar conditions to spring, the autumn season begins in mid-September and runs to mid-December, and is also ideal for trekking. This is a long window of good visibility and so there are a wide variety of trekking options available.
This time of year is also known for its festivals, especially the Dashain festival/Tihar festival and Chhad festival. There are also long national holidays so many people return to their villages to see family, making rural Nepal even more vibrant than normal. There is little rain and the skies are mostly clear with warm weather. This does mean that the trekking routes can be quite crowded in the most popular areas so we advise booking early to avoid the disappointment of full tea houses.

The less popular trekking regions such as Manaslu, Tsum Valley, Upper Dolpo, Mustang, and Naar Phu are great alternatives for those who want to avoid the crowds at this busy time.

Winter: December – February

December to February is the winter season in Nepal. Trekking at this time is not ideal and we advise against anything that goes into thin air as snowfall is common and temperatures can be extremely low.

Trips that can be done in winter include trekking in the hills around Kathmandu, Ghorepani, Poon HillNagarkot, Chitwan National ParkBardia National Park, or experiencing a homestay in one of the local villages. The biggest positive of this time of year is the excellent sunsets and sunrises which can often be enjoyed in rural areas.

There is something for everyone at any time of year in Nepal and the team at Peace Nepal Treks is happy to advise the most suitable for your needs.

Below is a checklist of equipment that we advise people have with them when visiting Nepal. This is a guideline only and will depend on the type of trip you are undertaking.

While we always suggest bringing your most important equipment from home, it is possible to buy or rent equipment in Kathmandu where almost all products and major brands are available, often at cheaper rates than you might find at home.

This equipment listed is prepared by our long experiences in trekking. During the treks, our porters can carry approximately 20kg in total while we recommend that any trekker carries their own day-pack that weighs between 8-12kgs which would include a camera, snacks, and drinking water for easy access.

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swimwear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woolen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunblock
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

What is the joining group in the Mardi Himal Base Camp trek?

Joining group departures are fixed dates and guaranteed to depart the trek with a minimum of two people to a maximum of 10 people in the group. The benefit of joining the group is sharing the cost at a lower price & sharing different experiences with other travelers during your holidays.

Are you planning for Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek with joining the group?

Yes, we have set planned joining group upcoming months and fixed dates. If you are alone or have more people & still want to join the group, you can ask our expert once. He will write a quick response as possible if the dates are available as your timing frame and suggest the best as your wish and as a budget. To make sure that to issue the special permit fees, you should arrive in Kathmandu two days before. As this is one of the special TEA HOUSE TREK in Nepal, we need Annapurna Conservation entry permission from the Nepal government to travel Mardi Himal base camp trek and TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System)

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Feel free to give them a call on 977-1-4266467 or Email us at info@peacenepaltreks.com

Client Reviews

Gerrygerrie

Kathmandu, Nepal

21st Jul, 2022

Mardi Himal trek Thank you Nir Lama for organizing everything for us! And picked us up at the airport. Thank you for your hospitality and for making sure we feel comfortable 😊😊 also, would like to thank our guide for bringing us up, we enjoyed the trek a lot 😀 Peace Nepal Treks is a reliable company with great service, so don't hesitate to sign up with them! 😀


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