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Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek – 6 Days

OVERVIEW

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.

Mardi Himal trekking package offers a dramatic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. The close-up view of Mount Machhapuchre and Annapurna are 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.

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Mardi Himal Trekking Route

The Mardi Himal trek starts at Kande where we reach after an hour 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 (2600m). Walking ups and down we reach Low camp and high camp of Mardi Himal to reach the base camp.

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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!

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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 days are warm enough.

In the autumn season, the trekking route is full of greenery. After the 3 months 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.

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
    Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport – Transfer to Hotel

    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!

  • Day 2
    Drive 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

    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 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.

  • Day 3
    Trek Australia Camp – Forest Camp 2,520m (approx. six hours walk), Overnight stay in Forest Camp, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION

    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 4
    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

    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 5
    Trek Bardal Danda to High Camp 3,540m (approx. three hours walk, Overnight in High Camp, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION

    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 6
    Trek High camp to visit Mardi Himal Base Camp 4,250m and back (approx. seven hours), Overnight in Low camp, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION

    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 7
    Trek Low Camp to Siddhing 1,700m (approx. 6 hours walk) & drive to Pokhara about 3 hours and stay own hotel arrangement

    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 8
    Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu via tourist bus about 6 hours, Overnight stay hotel in Kathmandu

    Today, As our packages included, we have a tourist bus driving Pokhara to Kathmandu for 6 hours and stay 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 option 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 driving. and also flight option available Pokhara to Kathmandu in additional cost. 

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

INCLUDES

  • 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, insurances, trekking equipment, food, and accommodation)
  • Wages: 6 days guide wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/insurances/equipments
  • Wages: 6 days porter (to carry your luggage) wages including his insurances/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)
  • 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.

EXCLUDES

  • 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 bottle 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 in 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 as 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 emergencies.

SEASONS

Nepal has four climatic seasons 


  • Spring: March-May
  • Summer: June – August
  • Autumn: September – November
  • Winter: December – February

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.

EQUIPMENTS

Check-list of personal equipment:

  • 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

The following equipment is needed during the Climbing period: –

(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore-Tex Jackets).