Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Mardi Himal is at an altitude of 4100 meters & the trekking trail is recently opened one located in the eastern part of the Annapurna Himalayan range on the south-west ridge of Mount Machappuchre (Fishtail). Mardi Himal Trekking is one of the excellent cultural treks of the Annapurna region. This trekking offers you stunning views of the whole Annapurna ranges like Mount Annapurna (8091 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), Annapurna IV (7525 m), Annapurna II (7937 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Hiunchuli (6441 m) and Machapuchare (a sacred peak which has never been climbed yet - 6988 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m), etc.

Diverse kinds of flora and fauna can be perceived all the way throughout your Mardi Himal Trekking trails like thick dense rhododendron, oak, pine forests and different wild species like musk deer, Himalayan Thar, snow leopard, etc. The special charism of this trek is that you also get to experience the varied culture of Magar, Brahmin, Tamang and Gurung culture varied with practices of Buddhism and Hinduism.

Trekking to Mardi Himal can be accomplished within a week whereby we initially head to Pokhara via a scenic short flight (30 mins) or a private vehicle which takes about 6 hours to reach. The next day our trekking to Mardi Himal begins from Phedi. Our trail leads us to Deurali and after that, we will be passing through the thick forests & one of the forested camp finally to reach the Mardi Base Camp.

From here - we will be ascending down to Jhinu where there is a hot spring where we can relax and take a natural spring bath. From Jhinu - we then head towards Ghandruk – a local village mostly inhabited by the Gurung communities. And then, we retrace back to Pokhara and if you happen to have some more vacation time left, we can explore around the popular landmarks of the beautiful city of Pokhara such as Phewa Lake, the Davis fall, Mahendra Cave, etc. There are many other adventurous and recreational sports activities that can be done in Pokhara such as Bungee Jumping, Paragliding, etc.

Specific months for trekking to the Mardi Himal is on the month of February to May and September to December which gives clearer views of the magnificent mountains. Other months other than spring and fall are also feasible but to get the picture-perfect vista you desired for, we GHHT suggest you to trek during the specific months mentioned above. 

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) also provides an option for you to customize your itinerary - such as by prolonging or abbreviating it, according to your vacation schedule. If you happen to know some other places you would like to visit, you can surely combine that and send it to us. We will consult our operation manager, expert team leader, and guides to make an itinerary for you as according to your wish. For further inquiries or want more information about this Mardi Himal Trekking, please feel free to contact or email us.

 

ITINARARY

 



Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m & 4264 feet)

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative from Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) will be there waiting for you and after meetings and greetings, they will drive you to the respective hotel. Later you can visit our office of GHHT and have some trip discussion along with meeting other fellow members (if any) and your trip leader, guides, and porters.

In the evening, GHHT will be hosting a welcome dinner in a fine Nepali restaurant serving you delicious Nepali cuisine.We will spend our night at a 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals: Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Airport Pick up and Hotel Transfer in a Private Car.


Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (823 m & 2700 feet): 6-7 Hrs Drive

After breakfast early in the morning, we will take a scenic drive towards the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. During our drive - we will be enjoying splendid scenery of terraced fields, local shops close by alongside the Trishuli River. Within a few hours, we will reach Pokhara city & be rewarded with spectacular Himalayan views including Manaslu, Machapuchre (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri and ranges of Annapurna. In evening, we will relish and roam the streets of Pokhara city. We will spend our night in Pokhara city.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accomodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Pokhara.
 


Day 03: Drive to Phedi and Trek to Deurali (2100 m & 6720 feet): 30 minutes Drive, 4-5 Hrs of Trek

After breakfast, we will begin our actual adventure driving towards Phedi and begin our trekking from here. We will be walking on steep stone trails and terraced fields and trek via lush forests passing by few villages and then reach Dhampus where we will stop for a lunch. After lunch, we will continue our trek towards Deurali - a beautiful tiny village situated at the ridge which offers magnificent views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South and Machapuchre (Fishtail). We will spend our night in Deurali.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.


Day 04: Deurali to Forest Camp (2520 m & 8064 feet): 6-7 Hrs

Today we will be trekking on the trails via thick forests of rhododendron and in spring season - your will be observing red and pink rhododendron flowers everywhere which is a common flower as well as the national flower of Nepal. Continuing trekking through forested trails, we will reach the Forested Camp and then relax or explore the area - which is even called as Kokar. We will be spending our night in the forest camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Forest Camp.


Day 05: Forest Camp to Low Camp (2970 m & 9504 feet): 5-6 Hrs

Today also we will be continuing our trek via lush green forests and enjoy the walk through rich bio-diversity of Nepal and within a while, we will reach the Low Camp. From here, we will be getting some breathtaking views of Mount Machapuchre (Fishtail). Later we will be spending some time with the local people and explore their culture and lifestyles. We will spend our night in Low Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Low Camp.


Day 06: Low Camp to High Camp (3540 m & 11328 feet): 3-4 Hrs

Today we will trek uphill along the ridge of Machhapuchre and Mardi Himal. On the way, our path gets thinner and the trails are mostly covered by dense rhododendron bushes. On the trail, we might also get to spot the national bird of Nepal  - Danphe (Pheasant). Continuing our trek, we will reach the High camp. After that, we will climb up to the High Camp from where one will be amazed by the outstanding views of the snow-capped mountains. We will spend our night at the High Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 

Accommodation: High Camp.


Day 07: High Camp to Upper Viewpoint (4250 m & 13600 feet), return Back to the High Camp: 2-3 Hrs

Today we will trek towards the upper viewpoint where we will be ascending and descending on the narrow and steep trail. Before reaching the viewpoint, we will be passing via pastures and trek alongside the narrow ridge. From the viewpoint - one will get captivating views of the Himalayas including Mardi Himal (5587 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), Mount Fang (7647 m), Hiunchuli (6441 m), Machapuchre (6993 m), Tent Peak (5695 m) and many more. After enjoying the views, we will retrace back to the High Camp. We will spend our night in High Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 

Accommodation: High Camp.


Day 08: High camp to Sidhing Village (1700 m & 5440 feet): 6-7 Hrs

Instead of retracing back to the trail of Mardi Himal, we will trek from the different trial route from the High Camp that leads towards Sidhing. We will experience the new trekking trail which is quiet or peaceful and not much populated; where our trek will be more exciting. We will spend our night in Siddhing.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.


Day 09: Trek to Lumre, Drive to Pokhara and Fly to Kathmandu: 2-3 Hrs Trek, 2 Hrs Drive and 25 minutes Flight

Early morning after breakfast, we will trek for a while to Lumre and within a while reach the roadside and from here drive towards Pokhara. Reaching Pokhara city airport, we will take a scenic flight to Kathmandu and our representative will pick you up and then drop you at the hotel. You can relax and freshen up at the hotel and later in the evening, GHHT will be hosting a farewell dinner as well as to celebrate the successful completion of the trek. We will spend our night at Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.


Day 10: Final Departure

Today your journey to the Mardi Himal Trek comes to an end and one of our representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.

Meals: Breakfast.

Airport Drop Off in a Private Car.

 



 

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • A 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke Inn or similar) and A 3 Star hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • 8 nights in standard lodges/tea houses during the trek
  • Ground Transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu and Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain other than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

TRIP INFO



Hotel and Lodge on Annapurna Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) arranges it’s best for comfortable and pleasant accommodation and also provides you nourished hygienic food. We will be staying at the standard hotel (rating of 2 – 3 Star) in Kathmandu whereas, in the remote areas, we will be staying at a tea house or a local lodge. We can also arrange luxurious rooms from 4 – 5 Star hotels in the cities with an additional charge but the remote mountainous regions have no such facilities.

Tea houses and local lodges in the remote region will have a usual bed with usual mattress and a pillow. Only a few of them have electricity but the rest rely on lanterns or candles lights. Booking of the room is done prior to the starting of the trek. If in case we are not able to book the room in advance, we can book it upon reaching there as these areas have ample of lodges and tea houses. If for some reason, we aren’t able to book a lodge/teahouse - we can easily set a camp which will be the most adventurous part of the trek itself.



Food and Drinks for Mardi Himal Trek:

GHHT focuses on client’s safety and health and gives it the foremost priority. We make sure that each and every client get the same portion of clean, hygienic and nourishing food which is a very necessary - especially while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. But in the city, either breakfast or dinner is included. Please go through the detailed itinerary for each day to see which meals are included. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served in the same lodge where we spend overnight and our expert trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination.

Normal water will be provided free of cost but we suggest you carry water purification pills to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses, but the expense should be paid by the client as it is not included in the package.



When to Visit:

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend the clients not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.



Luggage/Backpack while Trekking to Mardi Himal:

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary during your trek. Gears and clothes not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal do not allow more than 15 kg including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge will cover that up but isn’t included in our package.



Guide/Porter on Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team provides honest porters and well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. The porter will be carrying up to 10 kg luggage of each client. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 10 people - an additional guide will be provided and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group. 



Group Size, and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges Mardi Himal Base Camp trek with a minimum of a single client to a maximum of 12 in a group. The larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups into two or more according to the number of people. However, although you might be staying in the same lodge - but during your trek - you might be having a different guide.



Personal Expenses on Trek:

Personal expenses totally depend upon how extravagant are you in nature. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot shower (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, entrance fee (around US $ 25 ) for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals in Kathmandu (around US $ 5-7), tips for driver, guide and porters, etc. Tips to the guides, porter or any other members are not mandatory. You can tip them if you are satisfied with their service.



Available Gears/Equipment:

Trekking equipment is readily available in the stores of Kathmandu at a very reasonable price or it can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. So, you don’t have to buy or carry from your hometown.



A Usual Day on Trek:

These are the approximate guidelines for a trek on each day which may differ according to the itinerary or schedule or your pace while trekking. 

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.



Greetings at the Airport:

After booking and confirming your Mardi Himal trek with us, we suggest you flow all the information such as - your number of days of stay, departure date, returning date, & international flight details (arrival time, flight number). After getting this information, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team can easily pick you up from the airport on time.

After you complete the formalities of the airport and come to the exit gate, you can spot GHHT member holding a placard of your name or GHHT waiting outside the terminal. After meeting and greetings, we will transfer you to the hotel in our private car. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.



Changes in the Itinerary:

Our regular itinerary for trekking to Mardi Himal is 11 days unless you have customized it.  The itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These 11 days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also may have an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.



Safety Measures:

Client’s safety is our main priority and we make sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. If the condition is serious – we will use the rescue helicopter to take you to the nearest hospital while all the expenses will be carried out by the travel insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

 

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

 



Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary.

The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments. 



 

If you have any other questions or want to inquire more, please feel free to email or contact us.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 11 Days

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Activities: Sightseeing, Hiking, Excursion & Trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Lodge and Camping

Country: Nepal

Region: Annapurna

Price: USD 1,020

Group size: Min 1 pax

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec