The Mardi Himal Trek is probably the best and easiest trek in Annapurna Region of Nepal and is growing its popularity. It is a newly discovered trek. It could be a great option for inexperienced trekker and who want to start their trek in Annapurna Sanctuary. The trek can be done in 5-7 days depending upon your walking habit. There are a good number of guesthouses in the route, so you should not worry about not getting proper eat and place to sleep. However, the route is quite confusing even the routes are marked. So we recommend to trek in Mardi with a guide.
At a Glance:
Why Mardi Himal(Highlights)?
We have two routes to be at the High Camp of Mardi Himal. Either we can go from Hyanja or Phedi. The below trekking route is just a recommended trek itinerary, we are flexible to edit itinerary as per your need. You will buy printed trekking route map.
Mardi Himal 7 days Trekking Itinerary is made by consulting top trekking guides. Our experts have designed itinerary by including top most visited places and providing you proper rest to complete the trip easily. The itinerary has 9 days but we actually trek for only 7 days and remaining 2 days we travel by bus.
|Day 1||Kathmandu to Pokhara||850 m||6 hr|
|Day 2||Pokhara to Phedi to Pothana||1900 m||4 hr|
|Day 3||Pothana to Forest Camp||2400 m||4 hr|
|Day 4||Forest Camp to Low Camp||3200 m||4 hr|
|Day 5||Low Camp to High Camp||3550 m||4 hr|
|Day 6||High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp||4450 m||6 hr|
|Day 7||Mardi Himal Base Camp to Siding village||1890 m||4 hr|
|Day 8||Sidhing to Pokhara||1450 m||5 hr|
|Day 9||Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)||1350 m||6|
Nepal is such a beautiful place you can visit any time. Same in case of Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek too. However, the best season to trek in Mardi is during Autumn(September, October, November) and Spring(April, May, June).
In October, along with beautiful mountain views, greenery you can also have perspective on national festivals of Nepal – Dashain and Tihar.
Trekking in December, is ideal time for those who hate walking in group. Only few groups trek in this time. Likewise, the guest houses tea houses along the trek is vacant. Mardi offers coldest nights and sunny morning in december.
Mardi Himal is located in Annapurna Region of Nepal. Hence, you must have Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP) along with Tourist Information Management System(TIMS) card to go upto High Camp of Mardi Himal. Each of the permits cost you around $20 (i.e. $40 in total).
You may be checked for permits anywhere in the trek. If you want to make permits on your own(without guide), you need your passport and fill small form to get these permits. You can get permit either in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
The cost of any trek depends upon the services you take and itinerary you choose. For the above 7 days trek, it costs you about $550. This the best price for Mardi Himal Trek. The $550 includes your three time food, accommodation during trek, trekking permits, guide and porter fees, and other necessary government document with trek completion certificate.
Mardi is in rural area. Please do not expect any VIP stay. Hence, you should be comfortable to accommodate in small tea house/ guest house. There will be two single bed rooms in a room. You will get a shared room. And, There won’t be attached bathroom. You have to share common bathrooms in each stay.
You can have typical Nepali Food(Dal, Bhat, Curry, Pickle) or some italian dish. Generally you can have om-lets, grains, breads, potatoes and some fruits. Please don’t expect to get any 5-star dishes during the trip.
Mardi Himal is one the easiest trek in Annapurna Area. As we will be trekking through forest, there won’t be any problem of altitude sickness(AMS). However, you have to walk up and downs. So you should have good level of physical fitness.
We recommend you to do some physical exercises and warm ups one week prior to the trek. So that you can trek easily.
You can complete this trek without a guide. You have to be sure about the hotel you stay and carry proper foods with you. However, we don’t recommend to go on your own because the route is quite confusing. So better take a guide with you.