Mardi Himal Trek is a fantastic, short, and easy trekking route in the western region of Nepal. It is located at one of the best and heroic trekking destination of Nepal which is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This place was officially opened for trekking in 2012. This trekking trail allows you to explore the high rugged mountain landscapes, dense forests of Rhododendrons, along with the mesmerizing view of Mt.Annapurna I (8091m), Mt.Annapurna II (7937m), Mt.Machapuchre (6993m) also known as “Fishtail”, Mardi Himal, Mt.Dhaulagiri (6167m) and Mt.Hiunchuli (6441m). This trek is also commonly known as Eco-Tourism as you can witness the greenery of the surrounding and forests with varieties of vegetation throughout your way. This route clashes with the most wonderful and breathtaking view of glaciers, Mountains, and Landscapes of the Annapurna region.
Mardi Himal is a high altitude trek but can be completed in a short period. You will fall in love with the scenery and views offered by this place. You will witness the traditional and culturally rich village of Gurung Community. You will be offered warm hospitality and reception from the people following Buddhist culture. You will trek through the high cam, low camp, Mardi Himal base camp, base camp, and other amazing places. This trek will allow you to discover rich art, culture, religions, traditions, norms, and values of Nepalese people in a small interval of time. You will be amazed to experience Nepali delicacies with a pristine view of the Mountains during your journey to Mardi Himal Trek. Usually, this trek is completed in 9-12 days. Itinerary for this trek can be easily customized as per the will and demand of the customer. Don’t miss this chance to explore this unseen gem.
- Mesmerizing views of snow-capped mountains
- Experience local lifestyle, culture, and traditional ethnic group especially of Gurungcommunity
- Hike in the low camp, high camp, and base camp
- Explore local and remote villages
- Trek through dense forests of Rhododendrons
- Beautiful landscapes with exotic flora and fauna
- Local accommodation and homestay in the hills
- Trek through less crowded trekking place in Nepal
- Stunning closest views of Himalayas including Mt. Machhpuchre, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and the Mardi Himal itself.
- Enjoy the walk through the beautiful forest
- Learn about the cultures of Gurung and Magar people
- A very cost-effective and short trek
B. Outlined Itinerary
- Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 2: Drive to Kande and trek to Pothana (2232m)- 1 and a half hour
- Day 3: Trek to forest camp (2600m)- 5hours
- Day 4: Trek to low camp (2950m)- 3hours
- Day 5: Trek to high camp (3550m)- 3 hours
- Day 6: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m)- 7hours
- Day 7: Trekback to Forest camp- 4hours
- Day 8: Trek to Lwag Village (1500m)- 5hours
- Day 9: Drive to Pokhara
- Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu
C. Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Our guide will receive you from the airport and will help you accommodate in a nice hotel. You can freshen up and along with our tour guide, you can site see UNESCO cultural and traditional heritages around the city. In the meantime, you can also buy souvenirs and equipment needed for the trek. At night you can visit pubs and bars which are especially famous among tourists.
Day 2: Drive to Kande and trek to Pothana (2232m)- 1 and a half hour
After having early morning breakfast we will depart Kathmandu and head towards PokharaKandeon a tourist bus. It will take about 6-7 hours to reach there. From Kande, our trek will begin. We will walk through forests of Rhododendrons with beautiful views of the Mountains. There are not many hotels in Pothana, we will check-in in one of them and have rest for the day.
Day 3: Trek to forest camp (2600m)- 5hours
We will have our morning breakfast at Pothana with beautiful views of the natural fresh surrounding. If the weather is clear we will get a beautiful view of snowcapped mountains. This trail is surrounded by natural beauty and is away from the hustle and bustle. We will leave Pothana behind and trek towards forest camp which will take around 5hours to reach. We will ascend uphill with the main Annapurna trekking trail. After reaching the destination we will stay in a hotel, have our dinner and take rest.
Day 4: Trek to low camp (2950m) – 3hours
After spending a night in a forest camp we will have our morning breakfast and ascend towards low camp. Today’s trail will bless us with a closure view of Mt.Machapuchre and Mardi Himal. We will walk along the beautiful trail of a scenic view of mountains and beautiful forests of oak, pine, and rhododendrons. After 3 hours of walk, we will reach to low camp where we will have our dinner and rest for the day.
Day 5: Trek to high camp (3550m) – 3 hours
From low camp, we will ascend towards high camp for today. We will walk through a beautiful forest for 1.5 hours we will reach the middle camp. We will leave Badaldanda behind and arrive in the alpine zone where we will get a closure look of Mt.Hiunchuli, Mt.Annapurna, and Mt.Fishtail as well as colorful Dhaphe and Rhododendrons. We will have to steep climb and get out of the forest to reach high camp. After reaching there we will stay in one of the lodges there and take rest for the day.
Day 6: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m)- 7hours
Today is the day where we will hike the most and we will reach our ultimate destination. The day will be difficult as we have to steep climb and walk for 7 hours. The trail is a mixture of steep rocky steps and uneven walking trails. After reaching onto the destination you will be happy to explore and experience the splendid beauty of snowcapped mountains and glaciers.
Day 7: Trekback to Forest camp- 4hours
We will have our morning breakfast and head towards our next location.We will trek back to forest camp today where we had spent a night before. We will have to descend towards a dense forest of Oak, Pines, and rhododendrons. After 4 hours of a hike, we will reach Forest Camp where we will have our dinner and spend a night.
Day 8: Trek to Lwag Village (1500m)- 5hours
After having morning breakfast at Forest Camp we will hike towards Lwag Village. It is a beautiful local and remote village of Gurung people. You will explore the rich art and culture of these happy and generous peoples. They will offer you warm hospitality and reception. Upon your reach, to this village, you can enjoy organic and authentic foods. We will stay overnight in this village.
Day 9: Drive to Pokhara
From Lwag Village we will drive back to Pokhara in a tourist vehicle. It will take one and a half hours to reach Pokhara. You can roam around Pokhara city for the rest of the day. You will be accommodated in a nice hotel where you can have a warm shower and have a rest. Nightlife in Pokhara is also blissful. If you wish to experience that you can do it as well.
Day 10: Depart Kathmandu
You will drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara and our guide will help you with your luggage and accommodate you in a nice hotel. Complimentary dinner or lunch will be given from our side for that day. Our guide will help you to reach the airport and bid you a farewell.
D. Package Type and Inclusion:
1. Full Service Package (FS):
- Airport Pickup & Drop
- Hotels & Tea Houses during trekking
- Inland Transport (Private/Tourist Bus/Jeep)
- 3 x Meals per day
- Trekking Permit & other Government trekking taxes
- Professionally licenced & experienced Guide
- Porter (1 Porter for 2 Persons)
- Nepal Simcard 4GB
- First Aid Kit
- Farewell Dinner
- Other trekking services on Spot
2. Standard Package (SS) :
All the above Full Service (FS) inclusion but – Porter, – Meals, – Nepal Simcard 4GB, – Farewell Dinner.
3. Regular Package (RS) :
All the above Full Service (FS) inclusion but with +Porter, – Meals, + Nepal Simcard 4GB, +Farewell Dinner.