Do you want to do a trek in Nepal but cannot spare more than one week? No problem! The Mardi Himal 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 and Everest trekking routes.
The route is set in the eastern region of the Annapurnas 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 3580 metres above sea level, but we will do a day return trip to Base Camp itself which sits at 4450 metres – so be prepared for some thin air!
Today is an arrival day. Peace Nepal representatives will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The evening is free to explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu!
Our first day of travelling 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 sat 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.
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 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.
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 marvellous 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.
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.
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 Annapura 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!).
Assuming we stayed at Low Camp the previous night, we will aim to reach in Siddhing and catch local bus or local jeep to Pokhara.
Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.
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.
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 as a menu every tea houses.
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 travelling 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 emergencies.
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.
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If you’d prefer to share this Peace Nepal holiday trip with your own group of friends, we’ve got good news, it’s also available as a Private Adventure!, Our Private Adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk through some different options.
In 2005 I had the honor assisting to build a primary school in Pakuwal Tulo Parsel Nepal, together with a friend and on behalf of the Lions Club Schoorl. Tulo Parsel is the home ground of Nir Bahadur Lama, managing director of Peace Nepal Treks. During the building time I was in close contact with him, and still we are.…