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Mardi and Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

Trip Facts

Duration

Duration 12 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Moderate

Firstly, the trip begins in Kathmandu and heads to Pokhara on an overland drive across the Prithvi Highway. The City of Lakes sits to the south of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6993m) and houses various tourist attractions. Then, the trip begins as you drive to Deurali and begin the trek. Next, the trek continues across isolated trails and reaches Forest Camp. From this stop, the trek resumes its original course and ascends north. The next part of the trek takes you to High Camp. From, here the views of the surrounding landscapes and mountains are quite sublime.

Finally, you begin the trek to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. The base camp offers a grand panorama of the Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, and the mountains in the Annapurna range. Then, trip heads down to Landruk . The first part of the trek takes you to Chhomrong. As you follow the Chhomrong River, the trail heads north to Bamboo village via Sinuwa. Then, the trail stretches through Gurung villages and settles at Deurali passing Hinku Cave on the way.

Further, the trek heads to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp with sublime views of the Himalayas. Then, the trail continues west to the Annapurna Base Camp. The final part of the route is a difficult one across moraines and snow. The base camp grants the view of the Annapurna I (8091m) along with other mountains in the Annapurna range. After exploring the base camp, you begin to retrace your path and reach Chhomrong. Then, you head to Ghandruk, which is the second biggest Gurung village in Nepal. Here, you can enjoy the ethnic culture and traditions of the Gurung people. A drive back to Pokhara brings the trip to be civilized. Finally, a long drive back to Kathmandu settles the trip.

Background

Mardi Himal and Annapurna Base camp Trekking is designed to offer those trekkers who prefer to explore both the new trekking routes and the most popular route in the same trek with different tests.

Mardi Himal

Mardi himal is one of the mighty mountains, which is situated in Annapunrna Himalayan Range. It is hidden gem of the Annapurna range in term of it’s unspoiled culture and unexplored nature with virgin trail. Being Annapurna region is most popular trekking destination, Mardi Himal Trek is the least visited trekking in the Annapurna region where you will be able to have nearest view of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna south and Hiuchuli. Mardi himal route has newly opened homestay and lodge. You will be expecting basic foods and accommodation along the route .

Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most popular trekking on the foothill of the Annapurna south specially intended for those who love to enjoy the flora and fauna, panoramic view of the Himalayan range in a comfortable way including Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Gangapurna, Himchuli and other Himalayan ranges. These wonderful views are arranged almost precisely in a circle about 10 miles in diameter with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at the center. From this glacier basin, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, the Modi Khola cuts its way south in a narrow gorge fully 12,000 ft. deep. Further south, the gorge opens up into a wide and fertile valley, the domain of the Gurungs.

About Us

At Nepal Alternative Treks and Expedition, we put our efforts to create and operate trips to various parts of Nepal. We have a great team of skilled guides and porters to assist travelers. Thus, we provide our finest people and services to cater to your needs. Also, we allow you to change the itineraries as per your liking easily.

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Trip Highlights:

  • Explore the both newly launched Mardi and most popular Annapurna base camp in same combined itinerary where you will enjoy a view from Mardi Himal Base Camp and ABC.
  • Relish the newly opened trail to the east of Annapurna Base Camp trail
  • Enjoy the ethnic Gurung culture and lifestyle
  • Grand views of the Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • Explore the Annapurna Conservation Area and its biodiversity
  • Enjoy the Gurung culture and traditions along with their warm hospitality
  • Visit the Machhapuchhre base camps on the trek

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Deurali -Trek to forest Camp

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

2hrs Drive
14km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Forest Camp

Altitude

( 2200m./7260ft.)
(2600m./8580ft.)

Today, We first drive to Deurali. It is a short drive that takes us to the starting point of the trek. We drive through small beautiful settlements such as Dhampus and Pothana on the way. From Deurali, we start the trek and ascend through the beautiful forests of the rhododendron. We first arrive at Lovely Hill (also known as Gauda in the local community) after an hour’s walk then a steep climb to Pani Khaldo. The trail gradually ascends to Dond Kharka after walking for one and a half hour. We then will reach Musalbari after about another 45 minutes walk.  It takes another 45 minutes to arrive at Jungle camp finally. Overnight in the Forest camp.

Day 2

Trek to Badal Danda

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

13km Uphill hike
(Av. 5hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Badal Danda

Altitude

( 3300m.10890ft.)

The trek becomes more exciting, and the views get better as we ascend to Badal Danda. The trek to Badal Danda from Forest camp takes us through the silent trails through the rhododendron and oak forests. As we gain altitude, the weather, and the vegetation change. We will pass by the rescue camp and rest camp and low camp then reach Badal Danda finally. We will have wonderful view of clouds under the hill and snowcapped mountains as Fishtail, Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Mardi himal at the top. You will have a dramatic view in the afternoon at this place. Overnight in Badal Danda.

Day 3

Trek to High Camp

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

9km Uphill hike
(Av. 3hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
High Camp

Altitude

(3,700m./12210ft.)

The trek becomes more exciting, and the views get better as we ascend to High Camp. The trek to High Camp from Forest camp takes us through the silent trails through the rhododendron and oak forests. As we gain altitude, the weather, and the vegetation changes. From High Camp, we get even better and panoramic views of the mountains around us. Overnight in High Camp.

Day 4

Day Excursion - Retrace to Badal Danda

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

9km Uphill hike
(Av. 2hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Badal Danda

Altitude

(3300m./10890ft.)

On this day, We take pack breakfast and an early morning hike to Mardi Viewpoint ( 4250m.)  to catch Sunrise.  Then we will walk to the Mardi Himal Base Camp ( 4500m.), the highest point on the whole trek. After breakfast, we start the trek across the stony trails that take us to the feet of Mardi Himal (5553m). From the base camp, you can enjoy the panoramic view of mountains like Annapurna (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Manaslu (8163m) among others from here. After spending some time and taking photographs at the base camp, we return to High Camp. We have lunch there then trek to Badal Danda. Overnight in Badal Danda .

Day 5

Trek to Landruk village

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

15km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Landruk village

Altitude

(1600m./5280ft.)

After breakfast in Badal Danda, we start to descend to Low camp and continue head downhill to Forest camp. Then will follow the right-side trail to Landruk..We descend through the steepest and most challenging route today. The trek will provide you with a beautiful view of mountains, forests and small settlements on the way. The trail follows pasture lands before we reach Landruk. Overnight in Landruk village.

Day 6

Trek to Sinuwa

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

15km Uphill hike
(Av. 7hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Sinuwa

Altitude

(2335m./7705ft.)

After breakfast, you’ll leave  Landruk Village and head to Chhomrong village via Jhinu Danda . Then begin climbing down the stone steps towards Chhomrong Khola. Enjoy the scenic view of the lush forested valley and Gurung settlements en route. Cross the Chhomrong River and begin climbing uphill alongside mule caravan towards Sinuwa village. Overnight in Sinuwa.

Day 7

Trek to Deurali

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

13km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Deurali

Altitude

(3200m./10560ft.)

After breakfast, you’ll leave Sinuwa and head to Bamboo village and begin climbing towards the Himalaya Hotel. The scenic trek goes past Dovan and climbs up along the ‘weeping wall’ and a local shrine towards Himalaya. From here, you’ll begin climbing alongside the massive Modi River. The trail climbs over 3,000 meters in altitude and goes past Hinku Cave en route to Deurali village. Overnight in Deurali.

Day 8

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

9km Uphill hike
(Av. 4hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Annapurna Base Camp

Altitude

(4130m./13629ft.)

Leaving Deurali, the trail begins to climb alongside the Modi River and goes past alpine forests. You can witness the neatly decorated stack of rocks en route. The arduous climb goes past an icy cave and into Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m). You can enjoy your lunch enjoying the massive view of Machhapuchhre (6997). Afterward, you’ll begin climbing west and walk almost 3km to reach the Annapurna Base Camp. It may take almost an hour and a half to arrive at the base camp. Upon arrival, you can catch the majestic sight of Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Gangapurna (6454m), and Machhapuchhre (6997m). Overnight in ABC.

Day 9

Retrace to Bamboo

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km Downhill hike
(Av. 7hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Bamboo

Altitude

(2335m./7705ft.)

The day begins with an exploration of the Annapurna Base Camp. The high altitude region offers a panoramic 360-degree view of entire mountains. You can rejoice in the majestic views of Annapurna massif, Gangapurna, Himalchuli, and Machhapuchhre Peaks. From here, you’ll begin climbing down towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The trail further climbs downstream along the Modi River towards Deurali village and continues to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.

Day 10

Trek to Chhomrong

Day 10 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Downhill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Chhomrong

Altitude

(2150m./7095ft.)

Leaving Bamboo, you’ll begin climbing through lush Bamboo forests and walk along the narrow ridge towards Sinuwa village. Leaving Sinuwa, you’ll begin climbing downhill towards Chhomrong River. The returning trail takes a detour and begins climbing southwest through lush forests and terraced fields toward Chhomrong village. Overnight in Chhomrong.

Day 11

Trek to Ghandruk - Drive to Pokhara

Day 11 Facts

Trekking Time Average

10km Downhill hike
(Av. 4hr)
70km Drive
(Av. 2:30hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Pokhara

Altitude

(2020m./6666ft.)
(820m./2706ft.)

After breakfast, you will head to Chhomrong. Leaving chhomrong behind, you will walk downhill to Kumrung Khola then walk uphill to Kumrung Danda. After walking 45 minutes, you will reach Ghandruk. You have a lunch here then before retracing your path back, you’ll embark on a short tour around Ghandruk village. Explore the beautiful and well-preserved Gurung settlements surrounded by the lush rhododendron forest. You can visit the local Gurung museum before heading down. Catch a private jeep and begin driving along the Baglung Highway back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara

Day 12

Drive to Kathmandu

Day 12 Facts

Trekking Time Average

200km Drive
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Hotel in
Kathmadnu

Altitude

(1295m./4273ft.)

Enjoy your breakfast beside the beautiful Phewa Lake. Pack your bags and embark on a tourist bus. You’ll leave Pokhara and begin driving along the Trishuli River towards Kathmandu Valley. Catch the final sights of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre ranges when you bid adieu to Pokhara. Upon arrival, you’ll head back to the hotel. You can spend the evening exploring the historical city. Overnight in Kathmandu.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport transfer ( Airport – Hotel – Airport ) in Kathmandu.
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
  • Lodge accommodation ( twin share basis) during the trekking.
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) during trek.
  • One highly experienced, first aid trained, fluent English and local language speaking, Specialized in Annapurna region, friendly and government authorized local trekking guide and required porters (one porter for two persons ).
  • Guide/ Porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipments.
  • Annapurna conservation area project ( ACAP) and necessary permits ( TIMS).
  • Overland transport as per mentioned in the itinerary.
  • A Trek map, duffle bag, water purification, first aid, oxygen saturation check up everyday, company t-shirt and trekking completion certificate.
  • Assistance for Emergency rescue operation.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Excluded

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hard and soft table drinks as tea/coffee, coke, fanta, mineral water, beer, hot shower, hot water, laundry, phone bill etc.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porter.( Highly suggested)

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Currently, we do not have any scheduled group trips, but you are welcome to embark on the journey on a date that suits you best.

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Traveler Reviews

Thank you Tej, Ammar, Lanman and Kul, This was my second trek with ”Nepal Alternative Treks & Expeditions”. My first trek was five years ago, with my wife; it was our retirement trip. Our guide was fantastic, thanks again Nauser. On this first visit to Nepal we did start with the Poon Hill trek, and after we went to the Langtang valley. Both were incredible and full of fantastic moments and souvenirs. This year, with two friends, we decided to go for another trip in Nepal. We are all 68 years old. As on the previous trip, I asked Tej (the agency owner and main contact) to suggest a special trek for us : – Part one of the trek : Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4 500 metres. This first section was basically on the ridge just East of the ABC trek (down below). Most of this trek was

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5.0

Marc Julian

Quebec, Canada

Almost all of our trip was organized by Nepal Alternative Treks and Expeditions (with the exception of flights from Montreal to Delhi). After a stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, we started the trek in Kande (one hour by jeep from Pokhara), direction Australian Camp, first stop for the night and first extraordinary view of Annapurna! Our trek lasted 13 days, breathtaking views, passages in the forest (rain forest) are beautiful, it’s the jungle! The Nepalese that we meet on the trails or in the “guest houses” are always very friendly, with a big smile and a well-felt “Namaste”! The weather was beautiful most of our journey, which made it even more enjoyable. The organization of the trek by Nepal Alternative Treks and Expeditions was impeccable, our guide Amar was always concerned about our safety and our well-being and what about the porters Lalman and Kul who were constantly ahead of

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5.0

Richard Ouellet

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

ESSENTIAL INFO

Best time to visit

Mardi and Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is a trekking route made by using two trekking routes. Therefore, if you choose the right time to visit this trek then the time during the spring and autumn season is the best.  During this time of the year the climate, temperature, and weather are stable and suitable in Nepal. Besides, if you travel here during this time of the year you will fully enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Likewise, at this time, you will also get a Panoramic view of the Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri ranges. Therefore, if you travel here during this time then it can double your fun and experience. However, this trek also can be done during the monsoon season.

The difficulty of this trek

This trek is a 12-day long trek. So, it can be a little hard for rookies or new trekkers. The trek is of moderate difficulty. It gets hard even for experienced trekkers. It is difficult because you have to travel at high altitudes where you might suffer from altitude sickness. Similarly, the trails are also difficult. So, make sure you are prepared for that.  So, make sure you are fully prepared for this trek. Also, have every piece of equipment with you.

Travel insurance

You must have your travel insurance with you. Without it, it is very difficult for us to cooperate with you. Because it is very important while trekking. Similarly, it has a lot of benefits. It helps you if you have any injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, rescue mission, loss of property, etc.
During your trek.

Meals and Accommodation

At Mardi and Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. We don’t provide any kind of soft or hard drink. Similarly, we also provide food in sufficient quantities. In addition, the lodges we provide are very secure and comfortable too. Likewise, we also make adjustments to these things according to our consumer’s wishes. So, you will be able to get the best facility there is. Likewise, the Meals and Accommodation we provide here to our consumers are of top quality. Similarly, we provide Lodge with twin share basis accommodation during the trekking. Here you can enjoy your stay and have quality Nepali and western food.

Fitness and experience requirement

Mardi and Annapurna base camp trekking is done at a very high altitude. Likewise, we all know walking at a high altitude is physically challenging. However, if you have excellent health with average physical condition with a positive attitude you can easily complete this trek. Other than that, be careful that you don’t have any health problems. In addition, you should walk at your own pace.

Climate and weather

The climate and weather of Nepal are different from place to place. Similarly, it’s normally hot during the summer and cold during the winter.  But, you will find a moderate climate here throughout the year. Likewise, just avoid rainy seasons for the trek. However, you will find a suitable climate for the trek during the spring and autumn seasons. If you decide to do trekking here during this time of the year then you will be able to travel with clear visibility and you can enjoy your time here. However, it is open throughout the year. Annually, a lot of trekkers come to enjoy their free time here.

Safety and security

The safety and security of your trekkers are very important for us. So, we try our best that our trekkers are safe and secure during the trek. Similarly, we take full care of our consumer and their property. Similarly, our trip constantly operates by watching every area of our travel. So, you can feel free and enjoy your time trekking with us.

Required Permits

ACAP : NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC.

Note: Child below 10 years are free

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. A comprehensive list of gear for all activities is listed on our dedicated page of Trekking Gear List

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Asked Questions

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