The Mardi Himal Trek duration can be anywhere from 6 days to 12 days. It is one of the shortest treks in the Annapurna Region. The duration of the trek can depend on your walking pace, the valleys, villages and places you want to explore, and your starting point of the trek. So you can decide between choosing the particular number of days for the trip between 6 days to 12 days. The range also includes a day or two kept aside for any inconvenience that might occur may it be political or natural. Since the trek falls in the Annapurna region many trekking enthusiasts might want to extend the trek to other areas like Ghorepani Poon Hill, Annapurna Base Camp and more. You can contact the agency regarding your requirements and the places you would like to continue the trek. Our agency will draft the best Mardi Himal trek itinerary suited for you.
• Tour Duration: 11 days
• Tour region: Annapurna Region
• Destination: Forest Camp, High Camp, Low Camp, Badal Danda, Mardi Khola
• Beginning altitude: Pokhara at (825 m)
• Highest Elevation: High Camp at (4100 m)
• Scenic Views Mt. Machhapuchhre ‘Fishtail’ and Mardi Himal.
• Witness Annapurna, Dhaulagiri towards the west and Manaslu mountain range in the east
• Witness the diverse Culture and tradition of the communities along the valleys
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu city
Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing
Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara (825 m) 6 hours
Day 04: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (2006 m) 4 hours
Day 05: Trek to Forest Camp- Rest camp (2560m) 6 hours
Day 06: Trek from Rest Camp to Low Camp and then Badal Danda (3250 m) 5 hours
Day 07: Trek from Badal Danda to High Camp (4100 m) 6 hours
Day 08: Trek from High Camp to Mardi View Point- Mardi Base Camp and then to Low Camp (2990 m) 6 hours
Day 09: Trek from Low Camp to Sidding Village (1280 m) then drive to Pokhara (850 m) 4 hours
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 11: Departure
Mardi Himal Trek permit is mandatory to all the tourists except Nepali citizens. You will need 2 different permits for the Mardi Himal Trek. These are:
• ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit): Nrs. 2000 or $20 (additional Nrs.260 as VAT)
• TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System): $20 (Nrs. 2000) for indivisual guest and for group (It means through Trekking company) it does cost USD 10 (Nrs 1000)
You might be asked to show your permits in the different areas inside the Annapurna Conservation Area as per request. You can coordinate with our team members regarding the permits.
The map shown below displays the popular Mardi Himal trekking route including the one we have described in the itinerary.
Also consider that this map is not to be used as the only trekking map since there are alternative routes to Mardi Himal trek depending on the duration, season, and side trails. You can also views Google map for Mardi Himal Trek by clicking on the link below:
Before the Mardi Himal trek route was opened freely to the public, it was very difficult to get into the region and cost a lot of money. However, since 2012, it is known to have been remarkably affordable to tourists. At present there are lots of small tea houses and lodges, so you do not have to worry about carrying a lot of food or worry about high cost due to the monopoly. Although the trail never gets overcrowded the teahouse owners warmly welcome those who come and do not charge a high price.
There are a lot of factors that might affect your Mardi Himal trek cost including the duration, route and season that you plan to trek. Since the trek can last from anywhere between 6 to 12 days it is one of the most affordable treks that you can go on. If you chose to take the longer route you may have to pay a little more for the additional days spent in the area. If you can adequately manage your budget during the trek then it will end up being very affordable.
All in all, the total estimate of the Mardi Himalayan trek cost lands somewhere around $550 to $700. The cost includes everything you need during the trek like your permit, meals, and accommodation. With a little coordination with our agency, you might also lower the cost.
The Mardi Himal Trek transportation mode can range from flights to drives as per your requirement. If you are a foreigner then you will have to estimate the travel cost for the flights you take to come to Nepal and depart from Nepal.Apart from that, you will have to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu either by Flight or by local bus, or tourist bus. You might also hire a private jeep if you like. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative you might as well take the local bus or the tourist bus. The tourist bus may cost US$ 10 per person. The local bus is a lot cheaper than the tourist bus. It costs around $6 per person. But it is less comfortable and you will also have difficulty catching the local bus. If you are planning to hire a private jeep it will cost you around US$ 120 while a private van will cost you US$220. If you do not want the hassle of taking long rides then you might take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu during the trip. It is only a 25 minutes flight and costs you US$ 124 per person. There can be flight delays due to the weather condition but on a clear day, you will see the panoramic views of the Annapurna massif and Mt. Machhapuchre.
The Mardi Himal Trek accommodation generally takes to a tea house or lodges. The teahouses are very traditional and beautiful and reflect the authentic Nepali vibe. The teahouses provide you with decent food and drinks. It will cost you $2 to $6 to stay at a teahouse. The teahouses and lodges in the peak season are fully packed so it is best that you take a guide or porter along with you for some negotiation. Since the Mardi Himal trekking region has only recently come into popularity, so you cannot expect luxury at the lodges and teahouses. They only provide basic necessity like food drinks and beds and a blanket. You might also get a hot shower in some teahouses.
You will be offered basic Nepali food in the untouched trails of the trek. The meal costs from $2 to $6. With the increase in altitude, the cost for the meals also increases due to the difficulty in availability of resources. You will get to taste the local delicacy made from local produce. The food is very basic in the higher altitudes. Generally, the food includes Dal, Bhatt, and tartaric which is a staple of most Nepali citizens. In some areas you might also get noodles and mo mo (steamed dumplings) Up to Dhampus, you will get continental dishes. In Kathmandu and Pokhara you will get all the delicacies that you would like to try.
Drinks that you get in the higher altitudes are mostly hot drinks like tea and coffee. Your drink options are limited to those areas. You can bring your refillable bottles along with you since a one-liter bottle of mineral water costs $1 to $5. You can also carry your small water purifying equipment to avoid the risk of contamination.
An important thing to note is that you should not bring any unnecessary equipment with you while you travel to Nepal. The necessary equipment can be hired here in Kathmandu or in Pokhara. The following equipment and clothing are necessary for your trek. All of these can be purchased or hired from Pokhara or Kathmandu.
1. Travel documents and passport size photos
2. Boots and or trekking shoes
3. Woolen/cotton socks (6-8 pairs)
4. Gloves ( 2 pairs)
5. T-shirts/ shirts (4-6 pcs)
6. Trousers (2-3 sets)
8. Fleece jacket and Down jacket
9. Cap (for the day), Woolen hat (for evenings and mornings)
10. Small and large towels
11. Water bottle
12. Sun/snow glasses
14. Walking poles
15. First Aid kit
17. Penknife/ Swiss Army knife
19. Duffle bags (carried by porters or animals)
20. Rucksack/ backpack
21. Personal hygiene products and toiletries (female hygiene products are not found easily on the trails)
22. Sleeping bag with inner liner
23. Wide brimmed hat (great for protecting your head, face from the sun)
Since the Mardi Himal trekking trails are not well maintained so the trails are in bad condition. Unlike Annapurna and Everest trails, the Mardi Himal trek trail is gaining popularity only now. So it is best advised to take a guide or a porter with you. The guides can be very helpful in showing the easier path and negotiating with the locals. The porters can easily carry your bags if you are not in the condition to do so.
Our porters are similarly well known about the trek and are at all times fully equipped with gears. The porters are well looked after, and as per the company policy, a single porter will carry a maximum weight of 25 kg. A professional guide usually costs around $25 per day which includes their fee, accommodation, food, and insurance.
The Mardi Himal trek is one of the safest trek destinations. Although there have been occasional news of political instability in Nepal, it does not affect the security of the trekkers in Nepal. The tourism board makes sure that all the tourists have utmost safety during their stay in Nepal. Our team members including the guides and porters will help you in any case of uncertainty whether it is natural disasters or political instability. Thus it is best advised that you prepare yourself with all the necessary equipment and hire a guide and porter if possible. Most of the locals residing in Mardi Himal region are very friendly and helpful. It is also advised that you travel through a taxi or a tourist bus since they are the safer alternatives of travelling here in Nepal. This also helps if you cannot stand traffic jam and chaotic and overcrowded vehicles. It is suggested that you avoid political rallies and that you keep a day or two in case of inconvenience. However, it is safe to say that our agency will keep your safety and security in mind. Also, you must follow all the rules that have been set by the tourism board and that our travel agency suggest, then you are good to go.
The best Mardi Himal trek season is known to be from spring to autumn. In this season the weather is generally clear with best views. During this season there won’t be chances of heavy snow or heavy rainfall so it is known to be the best season.
During the winter season the trail might be full of heavy snow in the higher altitude. This might cause a problem since the trail might be lost and slippery. Also, you will have to pack a lot of warm clothes which will add to your bag pack.
During the summer season, there might be chances of heavy rainfall which might make the trail muddy and slippery. Also in case of a hot day, it will be difficult to walk.
The best time to trek the Mardi Himal is considered to be from February to Mid-June, and September to November. February to mid-June is neither hot nor too cold. September to November marks spring which is ideal for any kind of trek.
December and January are the winter seasons which are marked by heavy snowfall in the higher altitudes causing a problem to walk and climb. July and August, on the other hand, is the time when there is heavy rainfall causing the trail to be muddy and slippery which ruins the trek.
However, if you are an adventure seeker then you might as well trek the Mardi Himal in other months and seasons. If you are seeking for less difficult and clearly visible scenery then spring and autumn are the best seasons.
The Mardi Himal trek difficulty is moderate. No prior experience of the long trek is necessary for the Mardi Himal trek itinerary. However, it is necessary to consider that physical fitness is required. Prior to the trek, it is essential to indulge in physical activities like swimming, hiking, running, and walking as far as possible. If you have pre-existing medical conditions then it is vital that you provide your medical reports and share about the condition to our team. It is common that you will experience altitude sickness as you go above 3000m. Thus it is necessary to acclimatize during the trek. Our Mardi Himal Trek itinerary is properly drafted considering the Mardi Himal Trek difficulty.
The Mardi Himal Trekking is a beautiful trek in the Annapurna region that welcomes to the panoramic views of Mardi Himal, Macchapuchre, Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, and Hiunchuli. The stunning valley and villages along the way give you the opportunity to experience the authentic lifestyle of the locals residing there. You also get to walk amidst the unique flora and fauna and indulge in a soul-searching and wanderlust quenching act. The moderate trek will cost you lesser than most of the treks in the region due to its short duration. Come and join our Nepal Adventure Team Pvt. Ltd. for Mardi Himal Trekking which will take you to the beautiful Annapurna region and leave you stunned by the elegance and grandeur of Nepal. Beside Mardi Himal trek you can do Annapurna Base Camp Trekking and beautiful and panoramic Poon Hill Ghorepani Trekking, even you may do short hiking near Pokhara likewise Dhampus Sarangkot Hiking, Panchase hiking. Well if you want to extend your trip for adventure activities in Pokhara, you can join for Paragliding, Zip flyer,Altra Light Flight, Bungee jump and many mre. We provide safe and fully guided services so that your trek will be one of a kind with all the fun and adventure that you expect. Mardi Himal trek is still and will always be one of the best trekking destinations. The Mardi Himal trekking region welcomes all the travel enthusiasts.