Important Information

Region
Annapurna Region Treks
Duration
9 Days
Max Altitude 4200 meter
Best Season Whole Year
Activity Per Day
5-6 hours walk
Grade
Level 3
Group Size
2 - 12 people
Transportation Bus/Jeep

“An alternative trek for Annapurna Base camp is Mardi Himal trek, a hidden gem where you can trek within a short period of days.”

The most recent popular trekking destination in the Annapurna region is Mardi Himal Trek.  Mardi Himal Base camp is situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the impressive Machapuchhre in the western development region of Nepal. The trail goes along small winding paths, through magical rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation of around 3,300 m. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with spectacular views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. The highest altitude is 4,500 meters at the Mardi Himal base camp which offers close up views of Annapurna 1(8091m) and South (7819m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Machhapuchre (6991m), and Lamjung Himal (6931m). There are simple guesthouses and homestays along the entire route.

This is an amazing and worth trek in Nepal filled with breathtaking routes that provide a golden opportunity to explore traditional villages with their authentic and original ethnic diverse cultures. It is considered beneficial to have an above-average physical fitness level for this trek. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are generally preferred as the best seasons for this trip. So contact Himalayan Wander Walkers and join us for this trek to experience one of the finest treks in Nepal.

If you are looking for different itinerary than the itinerary here please Customize Your Trip 

Highlights Mardi Himal trek

  • Explore an off beaten track of Mardi Himal in the Annapurna Region.
  • Trekking via lush green forests and wilderness experience.
  • The highest point of 4,500 meters at Mardi base camp.
  • The panoramic view of mountains around the Annapurna range.
  • Visit the old Gurung Siding village.

Outline Itinerary ( 9 Days )

Day 1

Arrival to Nepal

Arrival in Kathmandu and welcome assistance by Himalayan Wander Walkers's representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel, rest at the hotel, and briefing about the trip.
Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.

Day 2

Kathmandu to Pokhara, 6-7 hour

Drive to Pokhara (200 km. 6/7 hours driving) by tourist bus (at 9:30 AM) in the morning from your hotel and then overnight at the Hotel in Pokhara.
Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.

Day 3

Drive to Phedi from Pokhara then trek to Pitam Deurali (2100m)

You will drive to Phedi which takes 30 minutes from the center of Pokhara city. The route from Phedi is a good one and very few trekkers choose to start the trek from here. The trail first starts with the slowly up then a bit steeper to Dampus village (1650m) where the ACAP / TIMS checkpoint is situated, then after an early lunch slightly uphill to Pothana (1950m) and then up again to Deurali (2100m).                                                 
Overnight at teahouse.                            
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 4

Trek from Pitam Deurali to Low Camp (2970m)

There is a right turn in Deurali signposted “Forest Camp” the trail is 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 Cam (2600m) after about 4-hour trekking. There are now 6-7 lodges in Forrest Camp. We will have lunch there and continue our 2 hours trek to Low Camp.
Overnight at teahouse.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 5

Low Camp to High Camp (3550m) via Badal Danda (3212m)

As usual, we start our trek after a good breakfast walking about 1 and half hours to Badal Danda from where you could excellent panoramic views of snow Himalaya. Today we will hike very gently as we can enjoy the mountain views from every step. We will go directly to high camp for lunch and in the evening we will experience the sunset view.
Overnight at teahouse.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 6

Trek to View Point and return to Rest Camp (2605m)

It is possible to continue trekking along the ridge for another 2 to 3 hours to the viewpoint (4200m). The view from the viewpoint is enough but you can continue up to the upper viewpoint if you want. Normally many ofthe trekkers return from the Upper viewpoint as the views are similar to a base camp. After we will return to a tea house for breakfast and trek to rest camp for 3 hours.
Overnight at teahouse.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 7

Trek to Lwang Gurung village (1300m)

After a relaxed breakfast, trek gently through the shade of the forest and out onto terraced fields. You will follow a different route down, to the upper Mardi Khola, the torrent that was once the ice and snow of the Mardi Himal. Although remote and still off the beaten ‘tea house’ trekking routes, your expedition now follows the arm valley and past friendly villages. Eventually, you'll arrive at Lwang village, your stop for the night. Here, there are organic tea gardens. In the evening, meet a mothers' group that works to raise money for local projects.
Overnight in your unique and authentic homestay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 8

Hike to Annapurna Tea Garden (1450m) and Drive to Pokhara

We will have breakfast around 8 am and after that, we will hike to Annapurna Tea garden where we can enjoy the Annapurna siblings just facing toward the tea garden from the northern side. We will return to the homestay and the local mothers will offer us the garland saying goodbye. Our last day in the mountain will end by driving directly to Pokhara. The afternoon will be a relaxing time and walk around the street of Lake Side.
Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.                                                      

Day 9

Departure to Kathamandu or extend your Program.

After breakfast, you will return back to Kathmandu which is of 6/7 hours drive. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, and scenic Everest flight, mountain biking, and other activities.

 

Include

All airport pick-up & drop by private vehicle (international and domestic)
Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant in Kathmandu
National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS card)
English speaking, government licensed guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance
Twin/double sharing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek
First aid kit
Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
Trekking route maps
2 night hotel at Pokhara
All necessary government taxes and service charges
Porter (For two person)

Exclude

Your Nepal visa fees and 2 passport size photos
All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu
All meals in Pokhara and Kathmandu
Accommodation in Kathmandu
Food and accommodations in case of early arrivals from the trek or late departures from airport
Your extra personal expenses during trek such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter etc)
Tips for the trekking crew
Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
The given price is for the minimum of two pax. For single trekker, 20 % supplementary charge will be applied.

Important Information

CHECKLISTS

  • Valid passport (valid for six months from the date of your trip)
  • One other picture ID, such as driver’s license (in case of emergency and for use as a substitute of passport or in case of loss of your passport) Photocopy of passport page to carry in a wallet
  • Air tickets (Make a copy of flight tickets which may be helpful, in case of loss)
  • Visa Clearance (Make a copy of visa clearance which may be helpful, in case of emergencies)
  • MasterCard, Visa Credit, and Debit Cards are accepted in Nepal. However, traveler's cheques and some cash are highly recommended.
  • Mobile (if your cell phone is from CINGULAR USA or ATNT (USA) operators then your cell phone will work in Nepal.)

Guiding, Food, and Lodging
In Nepal, all trekking supplies - Teahouse trekking means staying and eating in local lodges. We stay in single rooms where possible, but often you will have to share. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow, blankets. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We eat at teahouses and, although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, the menu is not extensive. They offer a variety of potatoes, rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. Beers and local spirits are often available, but that will be at your own cost. A variety of cereals, bread, and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There are also snacks available such as basic biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks and in some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season. It is normal to meet your porter in the teahouse where you will stay overnight. So, pack your necessary things in your own day pack.

DRESS CODE FOR VISITING MONASTERIES, AND TEMPLES IN NEPAL

  • Shirt (either half or full sleeve)
  • Full pants/long skirts
  • Any type of shoes with socks
  • No Hats, No Umbrella, No Slippers, No t-shirts, No short skirt, and No half-pants
  • Photographs allowed in the courtyard only.

Note regarding itineraries
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan; their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Himalayan Wander Walkers has led till now. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.

Frequently Asked Question

Although trekking gear is available in Nepal you are advised to bring your own gear.

Trekking or running shoes, Camp shoes or thongs, Socks (polypropylene)

Down or fiber-filled jacket, Jumper or piled jacket, Hiking shorts, Waterproof, jackets, poncho or umbrella, Hiking pants, T-shirts or blouses, Underwear, Sun hat

Rucksack, Self Inflating Sleeping Mattress, Water bottle, Torch, batteries, and bulbs