Mardi Himal Trek is a good alternative to escape away from crowded treks of Annapurna with stunning views and duration similar to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Mardi Himal Trek is a relatively new trekking route in Annapurna region with spectacular views of the Annapurna Himalayan range. It's a peaceful trekking route with very few trekkers along the way. Though the availability of foods and accommodation on the route is at the bare minimum, Mardi Himal Trekking is still an enjoyable trekking route which requires minimum effort. Mardi Himal Trek is about a week long trip in the Himalayas with stunning views of snowy peaks through small Nepali villages. It is an interesting trek compared to other popular treks in the Annapurna region. The trek in Mardi Himal consist of short ascend or descend every day. The Tea houses on Mardi Himal Trek are basic and offers only the essential items to trekkers. Though the trek lacks number of services, it is one of the best shorts treks away from the crowd and commercial trekking routes. Mardi Himal Trekking is sandwiched between two popular treks; Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Mardi Himal Trek is hided trekking route among most visitors coming to Nepal every year thus only small number of trekkers make their way to Mardi Himal Base Camp each year. Mardi Himal Base Camp is situated under the glorious Machhapuchhre AKA Fishtail peak. The trail also includes several hours walking inside rhododendron forests that looks tremendous during March - April. The views along the route are impressive; includes Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal and Hiunchuli. More than that, upper view point offers spectacular close views of the whole Annapurnas. The route is pretty quite during the whole year comparing to popular routes of Annapurna region. Mardi Himal Trekking is a classic trekking route to give you taste of unspoiled culture and villages.
Total Duration : 10 Days
Difficulty : Leisurely to Moderate
Highest Altitude : 4,200M / 13,779FT
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on trek, Breakfast in city
Accommodation : Lodges on trek, Hotels in city
Transportation : Public / Private Vehicles
Best Months : February, March, April, May, October, November, December
Group Size : 01 to 14 People
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (1310M or 4,297FT)
Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by a air conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (820M), explore lakeside in the evening (7 Hours Drive)
Not sure if the hotel will be able to prepare our breakfast before we head to tourist bus station to catch our transport. The drive is pleasuring through beautiful countryside of this country. The road mostly takes on nearby the thundering rivers that might give us some views of rafters enjoying another part of Nepal. We will be driving via several green hills with views of houses and villages in the cliffs. We will be also welcomed by snowy peaks from the distance in some paces. It's beautiful drive though the road condition is not good everywhere. We will basically have two stops for snacks and lunch along the way. Finally, after reaching Pokhara bus station we will take a cab to drive to hotel. If time permits then we can walk around local markets and lakeside in the evening. (Breakfast)
Day 03: Drive to Kande, trek to Forest Camp (2,540M / 8-9 Hours)
We have time for our breakfast before we start our drive to Kande. Kande is on the top of a hill near Pokhara offers some views of Himalayas. From here we will start our trek approaching Pothana first. The trail is enjoyable throughout the villages. We will have some views of villages in the horizon. Continuing further will take us to Pitam Deurali, our lunch stop. We will taste the first mountain meal in Deurai and continue further to Forest camp. The trail is mostly inside the green forests of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron. The section includes some ups and downs and takes about 3-4 hours to reach Forest Camp, a small village with few guest houses. Forest camp is known as Kokar among local people. It is a difficult walk from Pitam Deurali to Forest camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 04: Trek to Low Camp (3,035M / 4 Hours)
We will have to walk inside the forest for another day but as we reach higher the vegetation changes with more rhododendron trees. This is another pleasant day for us letting us walk in the peaceful route. The trail is steep at the beginning however changes to gradual climbing after awhile. We will have some random views of snowy Himalayan peaks. The views of Machhapuchhre peak is superb from Low Camp. This is very small places with only couple of lodges opened for providing basic meals and accommodation to trekkers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 05: Trek to High Camp (3,590M / 4 Hours)
We have another pleasant walking here with stunning views of close Himalayas in front of us. As we climb higher the route also becomes open and spacious as there is no forest anymore. The trail continues through grasslands of high region with occasional rhododendron trees. Spotting the beautiful bird called Himalayan Monal; also known as the impeyan monal, impeyan pheasant and danphe in Nepali is easy around here. This is a colorful Himalayan bird represented as the national bird of Nepal. Finally, we will arrive to High Camp to spend a night here. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 06: Hike to Upper View Point (4,200M), back to High Camp (4.5 Hours)
We will wake up early in the morning before the sun rises. The plan is to watch sunrise over the Himalayas. We will then return back to lodge where we will be served with our breakfast. We have time to rest before we start hiking up to the upper view point for magnificent views of close Himalayan peaks. The trail heading to Upper View Point is well marked through the grassland involves few steep sections. In overall this is moderate walk, not too easy and not too challenging as well. In summer season this area is full of yaks and sheep along with several yak herder's huts. There are some narrow and steep trails that extensive care is required. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 07: Trek to Landruk village (1,560M / 6.5 Hours)
We take a separate route to Landruk village. This is huge village that is on the way to Annapurna Base Camp. We will come to a junction that separates us between the trail heading to Low Camp on the left and Landruk on the right so we take the right one. Descending further will again bring us back inside the forest where the trail is so peaceful and quiet. Turning one and another circles we will then reach Landruk village for overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 08: Trek to Nayapul (1,070M), drive to Pokhara (7 Hours / 1 Hour Drive)
We descend down to Modi River before we start walking on the next side. The trail is pretty flat all the way to Nayapul with small and short gradual ups and downs. We will be walking on the right of Modi Khola until we reach Birenthanti, where Modi Khola meets Bhurundi Khola coming from another side. Here we will cross the river once again making the Modi Khola on our right. In about 30 minutes from Birenthanti we will reach Nayapul from where we will catch our transportation that will take us to Pokhara for overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 09: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (1,310M / 7 Hours Drive)
We will have our last meal in Pokhara before heading to tourist bus park to catch our bus that will carry us to Kathmandu. The road is same that we took on our way to Pokhara. It will stop in two places for snacks and lunch along the way. We will be driving via beautiful green hills, small countryside towns and thundering rivers. (Breakfast, Complimentary Farewell Dinner)
Day 10: Departure from Kathmandu
Here we come to the end of our memorable a week long trip. We will conclude our Langtang Valley Trekking in Kathmandu and proceed to airport for outbound flight back from Nepal. If we have time before our flight back we will explore local markets of Kathmandu on our own if not we will proceed to airport straightaway. We are sure that it's not our last time in Nepal, see you again Himalayas! (Breakfast)
- Important Note:
- We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be in safe environment thus we gave full authorize to your leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Himalayan Leisure promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary however natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we would seek for your understanding on these concerns. Our leaders will be happy to give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Services Includes / Excluded
- Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
- Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
- Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus
- Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
- Pokhara - Kande and Nayapul - Pokhara transportation by private vehicle
- Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
- Accommodation on tea houses as per the itinerary
- Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
- Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes
- Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
- International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
- Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
- Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek )
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
- Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )
Mardi Himal Trekking is easy to moderate trekking route in Annapurna trekking region that follows the gorgeous villages along the way. This trekking is suitable for all trekkers; from beginners to experienced. Mardi Himal Trekking is a perfect blend of wild, nature and peace. This is simply amazing trek and one of the best trekking in Nepal for people looking quiet experience on their trek. This trekking will give better feedback with some previous walking experiences as there are some steep climbs and some narrow trails in the cliffs. Most of the route is ups and downs though there are some flats on the trail. Mardi Himal Trekking is simple and beautiful trekking route. If you do not have previous walking experiences then the guides from Himalayan Leisure, Inc. will help in difficult steps. The trek is also doable with small kids as well. It's better to have a separate porters if you are coming with kids. Mardi Himal Trek will surely give you pleasant experiences of easy trekking in Nepal. Without serious pain to your body, it is for sure that Mardi Himal Trek will leave some good memories in your holiday. Mardi Himal Trek has some steep ups and downs thus if you have any sort of knee problems please bring knee support along with you. Mardi Himal trekking will be much easier with some minor trainings or walking practices at home. You can practice climbing stairs in your office or at home. These involves some exercises to your knee that will help a lot during your trek in Nepal. If you have regular practice of walking in the mountains or hilly regions then Mardi Himal Trekking is going to be a lot easier for you.
Meals on Trek
Basic meals are available in tea houses during the whole trek. These meals are prepared on time are there are very rare cases of meals not being fresh in the mountains. Various meals including noodles, soups, handmade breads, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes are served on the trek. Please do not expect western meals prepared in the remote villages similar to the one you may eat in your home or restaurants in western countries. Mardi Himal Trekking is relatively new trekking and tea houses are not well developed that means the quality of the meals will be low comparing to popular trekking routes. Not all common items would be found everywhere. There will be basic meals served only to countdown your hunger. We will provide 3 meals; i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks on the trek. Generally, dinner and breakfast is served in a lodge and lunch is served during the trek. You will have full options or freedom to select your preferred items from a small menu provided by the lodge. Meals in the mountain tastes awesome as raw materials are also freshly prepared in most of the cases.
Breakfasts are included even in Kathmandu at your hotel. You will have a menu to select your meal or foods will be served in buffet system. The hotel itself will select the appropriate method depending on the volume of customers.
Accommodation in Kathmandu will be standard hotel. We will accommodate you in 3 star category hotel. You will be accommodated in an air conditioned room. We provide one double room for two customers ( unless you are single customer ). These rooms will have either master bed or two single beds. If you have special preference on bed selection then please inform us in advance, we will try to book the room appropriate for your stay.
We provide twin sharing rooms for your holiday. Mardi Himal Trekking is new trekking route with only few lodges made along the way. There won't be large number of options available to sleep in most places so we may need to adjust in basic room. These rooms are prepared only to spend a night, nothing luxurious are available there. These lodges have small rooms that provide basic sleeping experience during your trek. Almost every rooms during the trek consists of two single beds. Even on the trekking one room will be accommodating two trekkers unless you are single trekker. If you are a single trekker then sometimes you may need to share your room with someone else in rare, let's say very rare cases ( same sex or very rare cases with opposite sex). Even if you are traveling in a group and prefer single room then upon paying single supplement charges we will try our best to provide you single rooms. If we are unable to provide single rooms then we will refund your single supplement charges.
Mardi Himal Trek is a moderate altitude trekking (about 4,000 meters +) route that is simply stunning. This trekking is doable during whole year however January - May and October - December are better comparatively. Even among these months March - April and October - November are even the best. During these best months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are incredible and the weather is breath taking as well. You will generally have stunning Himalayan views and green scenery during these months. June to September is monsoon season although trekking is still doable in this area. The trails have quite a lot of leeches during monsoon which can be very inconvenient for many trekkers. During this period it rains frequently in the late afternoon, night and early morning that leaves the trail wet and slippery as well. Mardi Himal Trekking is beautiful trek almost throughout the year. The views are simply incredible most of the time. October to December will have more greens in the forest.
Highlights of the Trip
Mardi Himal Trekking is one of the short and beautiful treks suitable for beginners to moderate trekkers including families of minors. This region offers some fantastic views of Annapurna, Mardi and Machhapuchhre Himalayas throughout the trail. More than that green forests, commercially unspoiled typical villages, Himalayan birds, wild and domesticated animals, Yak herder's traditional huts, distant views of horizon and smiling local people are always around you. Mardi Himal Trek takes you via some of the interesting villages and will give you chances to experience how people live in the remote areas of Nepal. You will also have chances to witness the actual trails that is used for daily use by the people in the Himalayas.
Equipment and Packing List
Mardi Himal Trek involves some of the wilderness treks in lower altitude. This trek needs various equipment and gears however these list can vary depending on your fitness, experience, health conditions etc. Please consult with us if you have any confusions. We tried our best to list down most gears needed for the trek. All the gears might not be required for all trekkers. Please select the appropriate items from the list below. This list is for your valued information only. A majority of gears can be purchased in Kathmandu though the quality can be compromised. Most gears found in local markets are produced in China so the quality might not be as you expect. Some branded shops like The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Sherpa Adventure Gear, Anta, Quechua etc. can be purchased in Kathmandu as well however there is no guarantee that you will find the equipment you are looking for in Kathmandu so we suggest you to get your gears in your home country where possible.
Head: - Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection
Lower Body: - Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Upper Body: - T-shirts - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Hands: - Lightweight gloves - Heavyweight gloves (Winter only)
Toiletries: - 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) - Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine hygiene products - Small mirror
Personal Hygiene: - Wet wipes (baby wipes) - Tissue /toilet roll - Anti bacterial hands wash
Feet: - Thin, lightweight inner socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Accessories: - Sleeping bag rated to 5 degree centigrade - Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare batteries - Trekking Bags/Duffel bag - Basic First Aid Kit - Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) - Trekking Poles (optional) - Water bottle (2) or camel bag - Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) - Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
Extras/Luxuries: - Binoculars - Reading book - Trail Map/Guide book - Journal and Pen - Walkman - Pencils and small notebooks - Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon (Kathmandu and Trek)
Have a memorable trip with Himalayan Leisure, Inc!