Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
Situated just east of the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem, as few trekkers make their way to Mardi Himal’s Base Camp, spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the beautiful and imposing Machhapuchhere or Fishtail. It is a stunningly beautiful trek, taking you up through ancient rhododendron forests, to what feels like the face of the mountains themselves, as you get up close and personal with Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhere, Ganga Purna, Annapurna I and Mardi Himal. Finally, we return to Kathmandu valley to explore Bhaktapur. Taking on this fun-filled journey, you get to experience real adventure and pleasure, leaving you with unforgettable memories to cherish foreve
The trail goes along small winding paths, through magical rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 m. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
From High Camp (3580 m; some maps incorrectly mention 3900 m) you can climb up to Mardi Himal Base Camp in about 3-4 hours, which offers spectacular close up views of the entire Annapurna Range.
There are simple guesthouses and homestays along the entire route. If you plan to do this trek in the winter months please check with a local tour operator if the lodges are open.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,327 m and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport via various respective airlines, our Nepal Base Camp Treks guide or staff will receive you with warm welcome and then a short drive to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.
After checking in your hotel rooms and getting refreshed join at the hotel lobby for group briefing and orientation program where our guide informs you regarding hotels, Kathmandu, Nepali culture and Mardi Himal Trekking with welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture program.
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing tour
In Kathmandu morning after breakfast and at given time our city guide will pick you up for sightseeing tour around places of interest around Kathmandu old part of the city, Kathmandu is famous for world heritage sites with tour of Pashupatinath a holy temple, Bouddhanath Stupa a Buddhist pilgrimage spot or tour of Kathmandu old Durbar (palace) Square and ancient 2,500 years old Swayambhunath
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara 820m - 06 hrs of 220 k.m. distances.
Morning an exciting drive on nice comfortable coach or in a private vehicle (depending upon the group size), the road to Pokhara lead on low hills of with views of Himalayan peaks and rolling green hills, passing through many farm villages and towns to reach at scenic and famed city Pokhara.
Pokhara located in the shadow of massive Annapurna range of mountains with pristine Lake Phewa, here in accommodation in nice hotels with time in the afternoon for walks on the lake side where you can browse around excellent shops-stores-restaurants.
(Options by air from Kathmandu 30 mins of scenic flight to Pokhara)
Day 4: Drive to Kande 1,770 start trek to Potana 1,890 m via Australian Camp - 04 hrs.
Beginning a short drive of an hour to reach outskirt of Pokhara on a hill village at Kande with glorious views of mountains along the ride, from Kande where our adventure starts with an hour uphill walk to Australian camp a scenic spot also known as Thulo Kharka, a grazing pasture land with amazing panorama of whole Annapurna range of mountains along with Dhaulagiri, Mardi Himal and Manaslu peaks including towering Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’.
After scenic break head downhill into cool forest to reach our overnight stop at Potana a small village with excellent views of snow-clad peaks in the midst of alpine woodland.
Day 5: Trek to Kokar Forest Camp 3,050m via Deurali 2,100 m - 04 hrs.
After a pleasant and refreshing first overnight stop in the high hills of Annapurna at Potana village with scenic views, walk continues on the main trekking trail reaching at Deurali with superb scenery of landscapes and snow-clad peaks. From here our route leads into complete wilderness away from mainstream trekking trail heading towards north along a ridgeline into deep forested area where the temperature drops to cool and refreshing air with super views of Annapurna I and South with Huinchuli including Annapurna IV -II and Lamjung Himal and then slowly walk leads to our overnight stop in the middle of a woodland where few lodges are located for trekkers.
Day 6: Trek to Low Camp 2,970m - 04 hrs.
From this forest area, walk leads higher on uphill path with steep climb to reach a pasture land for overnight stop on route Mardi base camp with fantastic views of surrounding landscapes and mountains at close range, today a short walk where you can marvel beautiful scenery at ease with moderate walk reaching at Low Camp for lunch and overnight stop in the comfort of nice basic lodge but with warm hospitality of the locals.
Day 7: Trek to High Camp 3,700m - 05 hrs.
After a pleasant overnight stop, morning walk leads beyond towards upper and higher ridgeline of Mardi Himal hills, as the walk progress leaving behind the tall tree lines and lush vegetation for alpine shrubs and dwarf rhododendron bushes.
This wonderful area offers great views of surrounding hills and landscapes with high snow-clad mountains as the walk approaches closer towards Mardi Himal and towering Mt. Machhapuchare, a perfect spot within absolute tranquility as the walk leads at High Camp where air gets thinner and cooler after a steep climb to reach our overnight stop at High Camp with few simple lodges and excellent panorama of Annapurna Himalaya.
Day 8: At High Camp for day hike to Mardi Himal West Base Camp 4,500m.
At High Camp with another free day for excursion and to explore the hidden ridges of Mardi Himal area in complete wilderness, morning hike to Mardi Himal following a high ridge line to reach the highest point of this trek at 4,500 meters.
Walk leads to a steep climb on the ridgeline reaching a hidden plateau right at the base of Mardi Himal South West Face with majestic Mt. Machhapuchare that towers into blue skyline; Mardi Himal also called as 'The Other Sanctuary' named by early explorer Mr. Jimmy Roberts, when he first ventured the area in late 1970's.
After a marvelous time at Mardi base camp with superb mountain views return walk on the same trail back to our overnight stop at High Camp.
Day 9: Trek to Sidhing village 1,700m via Low Camp - 06 hrs.
After an enjoyable and memorable walk on high ridges of Mardi Himal with awesome views our morning walk leads back into forested areas full of rhododendron and pines trees, retracing the path back into a forest reaching at Low Camp, from here downhill walk to reach at Sidang village situated on a junction to other East and West route of Mardi Himal as the walk leads to warmer area for overnight stop.
Day 10: Drive back to Pokhara via Mardipul - 05 hrs.
Last day of trekking of this wonderful adventure after being on a hidden trails of Annapurna area, where few trekkers venture, morning walk leads on the trail following Mardi River on a wide valley reaching more warmer areas with farm villages and rice paddy terraces, our walk finally ends at Mardi village where we will take a short drive back to Pokhara.
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu - 06 hrs evening farewell dinner.
After a great adventure on the hidden pockets of Annapurna at Mardi Himal area, morning journey with a drive back to Kathmandu with few rest stops for refreshment and lunch, after 6 hours of good drive reaching back at busy city life in Kathmandu.
(From Pokhara an option taking a flight to Kathmandu of 30 minutes).
Day 12: Final International departure homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal with awesome time in the high hills of Annapurna Himalaya and Mardi Himal trekking, our staff will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your final flight back homeward bound or to respective countries.
- An experienced friendly local licensed trekking guide for the trekking.
- An assistant guide to take care of group and porters if the group size is more than 6 pax.
- Meal (5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners) during the trek.
- Sharing twin/double bed room in tea house lodges during trek.
- Accommodation, food, salary, equipment for your guide and porters.
- Pokhara – Kande transfers by private car / cab or van depending on group size.
- Transfer to hotel in Pokhara after trek by local sharing jeep / cab.
- Necessary insurance for your guide.
- All necessary trekking permits Mardi Himal trek.
- All applicable local tax, vat and office service charge.
- Airport shuttles, accommodation and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Guided sightseeing and monuments fees in Kathmandu.
- All bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, sprite and mineral water.
- Travel insurance, Nepal Tourist Visa fees, Items and expenses of personal nature.
- Personal Trekking Equipments and rescue operation in case of emergency.
- Any expenses which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political trouble, and strikes etc.
- Laundry, phone calls, internet, heater charge. Porter if required (it cost USD 18 per day)
- Tips for guide, porters. (Tipping is not mandatory and it is your intuition but expected by trekking crew. Please read for more