6 days Mardi Himal base camp Trek
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!
- 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 (approx. one hour), walk to Australia Camp (approx. 1.5 hours).
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.
- Day 3
Trek Australia Camp – Forest Camp (approx. six hours walk)
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.
- Day 4
Trek Forest Camp – Low Camp or Badal Danda (approx. three or four and a half hours walk)
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.
- Day 5
Trek Bardal Danda to High Camp (approx. three hours walk)
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 to Mardi Himal Base Camp and back (approx. seven hours)
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!).
- Day 7
Trek Low Camp to Siddhing (approx. 6 hours walk)
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.
- Return transfers from International airport to your hotel.
- one night stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
- All government taxes and Annapurna conservation entry fees.
- TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System).
- Required number of experienced English speaking guides and support staff (we pay for their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipments, food and accommodation).
- 6 days porter wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipments
- 7 days guide wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equpipments
- Rescue arrangement in emergency situation & worst weather condition
- 5 nights Lodge accommodation during the trek on tea house services.
- necessary ground transportation depending upon your request (via tourist bus or private vehicle).
- Kathmandu to Pokhara via tourist bus.
- Pokhara to trek starting point (Kade) via private car or Jeep.
- Trek end place Siding to Pokhara via private car or Jeep.
- Pokhara to Kathmandu via tourist bus.
- Trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag(we provide these if necessary).
- Trekking maps.
- Rubbish disposal.
- PNT service charge and government taxes.
Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.
Accommodation and meals: During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. It can be USD $25 per person each day for food (Lunch/dinner/breakfast)
Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.
- All meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara city and on trek.
- extra nights hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara city
- Tips to guides and support staff.
- Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies, such as ground transportation & Heli recue/medical/hospitalization.medical etc).
- Your International flight ticket airfare
- energetic chocolate/energy drinks/alcohol/mineral water/cigarettes/packing food snacks etc
- Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
- Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as Launtry/WIFI on trek/phone call/hot shower/batteries charge
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Nepal entry visa fees which can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport
- Services not mentioned herein
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.
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.
EQUIPMENTSCheck-list of personal equipment:
- Good standard trekking boots
- Camping shoes/thongs
- Down Jacket
- Trekking trousers
- Shorts (both casual and for treks)
- Swim wear
- Sun Hat
- Woollen Hat
- Nylon Windbreaker
- Strong Rucksack
- Sleeping Bag
- Water Bottle
- Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
- Toilet paper
- Sun block
- Travel Towel
- Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
- Camera & lenses
- Memory cards
- GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
- Book/music player/pack of cards
- A plastic bag for waste
- Energy/snack bars
The following equipment are 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).