Mardi Himal Trek

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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:

  • Transportation: Bus
  • Highest Altitude: High Point (4450m)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trekking Days: 7 days
  • Best Months to Trek: September, October, April, May
  • Food: Typical Nepali Food
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Permits: TIMS card and ACA Permit

Why Mardi Himal(Highlights)?

  1. Epic Mountain Views just after starting the trek
  2. Shortest and Easiest(Beginner’s Trek)
  3. Friendly Locals and Unique Village
  4. Walking in the snowy forest, Diverse Floral and Fauna
  5. Off the Beaten Path

Mardi Himal Trek Route Map

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Trekking Route Map

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.

7 days Itinerary

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.

DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 1Kathmandu to Pokhara850 m6 hr
Day 2Pokhara to Phedi to Pothana1900 m4 hr
Day 3Pothana to Forest Camp2400 m4 hr
Day 4Forest Camp to Low Camp3200 m4 hr
Day 5Low Camp to High Camp3550 m4 hr
Day 6High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp4450 m6 hr
Day 7Mardi Himal Base Camp to Siding village1890 m4 hr
Day 8Sidhing to Pokhara1450 m5 hr
Day 9Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)1350 m6

Best Season

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.

Permits Required

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.

Cost

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.

Accommodation

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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.

Food

Food during Trek

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.

Trek Difficulty

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.

FAQs

  1. Is there wifi available during trek?
    => Yes, there is the availability of wifi during the trip. You have to pay to use wifi in some guesthouses and its free in some.
  2. What about drinking water in trip?
    => You can buy minerals water at Rs.100 per bottle below view camp and Rs. 150 at view camp.
  3. Mardi Himal Base Camp Real Weather?
    => The weather at Mardi Himal Base Camp is very cold throughout the day. You will be at -2 degree Celsius at normal days.

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek without guide

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.

Comments

  1. Parash Kasya says:

    You guys are doing great work. I have seen good reviews on Mardi Himal Trek on your site. Keep on doing great works.

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