Mardi Himal Trekking- 11 Days

The Mardi Himal Trek, officially launched in 2012 A.D, is still pristine but is gaining popularity rapidly. This hidden gem is an ideal choice for trekkers who are looking a literal off-the-beaten-path trek in Nepal.

Mardi Himal is a short, easy and modest trek near to Pokhara. Yet it is highly diverse with cultural insights, beautiful forests walks and alpine landscapes as the trail goes along with small winding paths, through fascinated rhododendron forests, flora and fauna, authentic villages, valleys, terraced farms, magnificent rivers and the extraordinary views of the Annapurna ranges, Mt. Fishtail and Mt. Hiunchuli as we head up to the top gradually.

Accommodation on the trail would be basic. Tea Houses and Home stays would provide simple but clean rooms with delicious local food. Spring and Autumn seasons are considered best period to do this trek but with additional preparations this trek is accessible and beautiful throughout the year.  

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • unmatchable views of Annapurna Ranges, Hiunchuli and Fishtail
  • Flora and fauna, landcapes and vegetations
  • Authentic cultute and lifestyles
  • Off beaten trails 
  • One of best alternatives to Annapurna base camp trek 

Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Drive to Pokhara (910 m), 7 hrs

Day 3 : Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1,925 m) 4 hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Forest Camp (2,600 m), 4 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Low Camp (3,150 m), 5 hrs

Day 6 : Trek to High Camp (3,600 m), 4 hrs

Day 7 : Hike to Upper view point (4,200 m), 4 hrs

Day 8 : Trek to Siding village (1,750 m), 6 hrs

Day 9 : Trek to Lumre and Drive to Pokhara

Day 10 : Pokhara to Kathmandu Drive

Day 11 : Happy Departure

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 6 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • All ground transfers Kathamndu –Pokhara-Kade and Lumre- Pokhara - Kathmandu.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • International round-trip airfare.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water and beer).
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

The Best Time to Do the Mardi Himal Trek

The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter trekking is also possible for Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, Annapurna Base Camp, and Kali Gandki.  However, if there is a lot of snow the path may be quite challenging above Dovan.
 

The Mardi Himal Trek is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek and Home Stays

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy two nights in Hotel Holy Himalaya before and after heading into the remote regions.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

Spending Money per Day

Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer.  US$10 - 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.

Drinking Water on the  Trek

While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. Tea Houses sell water either boiled and mineral water. We suggest taking water purifier or tablets for additional safety. 

Fitness/Health for the Mardi Himal Trek

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Safety during the Trek

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility.  While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority.  Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Travel Insurance For the Trek

Annapurna Foothills Treks strongly recommends you have sufficient insurance coverage to go into this remote area. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 11 Days

Price : US $700 p/p

Trip Grade : Moderate

Max. Altitude:4200 m

Min. Altitude:900 m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Sightseeing, Hiking

Transport:Private Vehicles, Tourist Bus

Starts:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS Card

Hotel in Kathmandu:2 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Pokhara:2 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during Trek:local lodges 6 nights

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