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Mardi Himal Trek – 6 Days

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -5°C to 22°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 6 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Easy

Accommodation

Accommodation Lodges/Hotels/Resorts

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April & May

Transportation

Transportation Overland

Daily Activity

Daily Activity Approx. 5 - 6 hours

Religion

Religion Buddhism

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Gurung, Magar

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, Forest

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Annapurna Region

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 4500m

6 Days Mardi Himal Trek is the best place to explore the less popular areas of the Annapurna region. Over the years, the trekkers have left the Mardi Himal trek untouched. Treks like the Annapurna Circuit Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek are popular in the Annapurna region, whereas Everest Base Camp Trek is extremely popular in the Khumbu region.

However, the 6 days itinerary of Mardi Himal Trek has recently become popular for those looking for a short day trek. Mardi Himal Trek lies at an altitude of 5,587m just below the Fishtail mountain. During your trek to Mardi Himal, you will witness some stunning mountain ranges, like Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and Nilgiri.

After opening in 2012 A.D., the Mardi Himal excursion takes 6 to 8 days. The trek length is generally based on the itinerary you or the trekking agency curated. During the initial years of the trek, the trails and the tea houses were not as crowded. But recently, the number of trekkers trekking to this destination has increased yearly.

During this trek, you can explore various places and attractions, such as Pokhara, Low Camp, High Camp, Siding, and Lumre. Before heading out for the 6 days Mardi Himal Trek, you want to learn about the routes and villages you will explore.

Where is Mardi Himal?

Mardi Himal is a newly disclosed peak recently opened for tourists in the Annapurna region. This peak is under the highly popular Machapuchhre mountain, primarily visible from the trekking route. Mardi Himal and Machapuchhre are separated by 5,200 meters.

The history of the Mardi Himal begins with Basil Goodfellow’s first scale in 1961. The Himalayas were isolated for a long time until they opened for commercial treks in 2012. Its trail is in the Annapurna Conservation Area, which makes it special due to its biodiversity.

Besides endangered flora and fauna, Mardi Himal is also a paradise for bird watchers. The researcher documented 673 birds belonging to 152 different species. During winter, the researcher observed 72 species, while during summer, they observed 80 species.

For this reason, Mardi Himal has also been attracting tourists and trekkers worldwide. After the commercial establishment in 2012, several hotels, lodges, and tea houses operated at an elevation of 3500m. The base Camp of Mardi Himal is at 4500m, with a few more small lodges and tea houses.

Routes of 6 Days Mardi Himal Trek

The six-day Mardi Himal Trekking begins in Pokhara. The City of Lakes sits 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 pretty 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, the return trek begins as you take a different route and head to Siddhing village. The village houses Gurung ethnic people and offers excellent insight into the lifestyle of the locals. You will drive back to Pokhara. Finally, a week’s trek ends.

Is 6 Days Mardi Himal Trek Difficult?

6 Days Mardi Himal Trek ranges from easy to moderate difficulty, especially for beginners. The trek can be difficult if you don’t have prior trekking experience in high altitudes and are not physically fit.

Some factors that make the Mardi Himal Trek difficult are altitude sickness, distance and duration, and rugged terrains.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness is one of the biggest factors that makes the Mardi Himal Trek difficult. As you trekking around an altitude of over 5000m, the chances of altitude sickness increase considerably. Furthermore, the best chance of preventing altitude sickness is acclimatization; however, during the 6-day trek, it is hard to include the acclimatization day in your itinerary. So, if you are not acclimatizing when climbing an altitude over 4000m, the chance of altitude sickness increases tenfold.

Distance and Duration

The duration of the Mardi Himal Trek is quite short—6 days. However, you still have to cover 40 kilometers to complete this trek. This means you must trek for at least 4-5 hours daily in cold weather and rough terrain. Hence, it is not easy for beginners. However, paying attention to your physical fitness before trekking Mardi Himal will make your trek less difficult and more fun.

Mardi Himal Trek vs Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Route:

Mardi Himal Trek: The Mardi Himal Trek lies in a remote, isolated settlement with less crowded routes. The trail leads you to the stunning ridge, the peak of Mardi Himal, where you will see panoramic views of the stunning mountains.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek: The Annapurna Base Camp Trek route takes you through different terrain to the destination. You will pass through lush jungles, dense forests, vibrant valleys, freezing glaciers, and snow-capped mountains.

Terrains

Mardi Himal Trek: The terrain is quite moderate as you pass through some steep hills near the end of the ridge. Local people have also worked hard to maintain the terrain. However, the route may get slippery if you plan to trek in the monsoon.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek: ABC Trek’s terrains are more challenging to scale. During ABC Trek, you’ll have to climb higher altitudes and pass through several types of rugged terrain, lush jungles, steeper steps, and snow-capped mountains.

Duration

  • Mardi Himal Trek: It takes from 4-6 days to complete Mardi Himal Trek.
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek: It takes 10 to 14 days to complete ABC Trek.

Difficulty Level

The Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is more challenging for beginners than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. First and foremost, the Mardi Himal Trek is a shorter duration trek than the ABC trek. Furthermore, the altitude you must climb is lower, and the paths are comparatively nicer than the ABC trek.

However, there is less time for acclimatization during the Mardi Himal Trek, whereas you can include 1-2 days of acclimatization for the ABC trek. So, the chance of suffering from altitude sickness is higher during the Mardi Himal trek

How is Our Mardi Himal Trek Different From Others?

Many companies provide different types of offers and packages for Mardi Himal Trek:

However, our trekking company, Nepal Alternative Treks, provides more services that make it different from other companies.

Reliable Travel Agency

Nepal Alternative Treks is a reputable travel agency with many years of experience and a proven track record. Our clients choose us for the first time and always return as they know they are in the right hands.

Your Curated Itinerary

We at Nepal Alternative Treks are all ears for your interest. We have a pre-determined itinerary for all the treks, such as the 6-Day Mardi Himal Trek, which you can select and move in immediately or curate your own. You can add or remove the days for the itinerary that suit you best and is ideal for your budget.

Safety First

Safety first nature makes our trekking agency special and different from others. Our itineraries and guides are properly curated, highly trained, and experienced. They also have a broad knowledge of Mardi Himal Treks as they have trekked the region for many years. You will be getting all the help, guidance, and instructions throughout your trek

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Highlights of 6 Days Mardi Himal Trek

  • Majestic views of the Annapurna and Lamjung Himal ranges
  • Explore the Mardi Himal Base Camp and enjoy the views of Mardi Himal.
  • Relish the newly opened trail east of the Annapurna Base Camp trail.
  • Enjoy the ethnic Gurung culture and lifestyle.
  • Witness the beautiful views of sunrise and sunset from the peak of the Mardi Himal.
  • Explore through blooming rhododendrons and other flowers, especially in Spring.
  • Enjoy the less crowded trek route, hotels, lodges, and tea houses, even in peak seasons.
  • Stroll around beautiful Pokhara city and soak in the beautiful atmosphere of the lakeside area.
  • Visit the Annapurna Conservation Area and get the chance to see endangered floras and faunas.
January
-5°C to 10°C
February
-3°C to 12°C
March
0°C to 15°C
April
5°C to 18°C
May
10°C to 20°C
June
12°C to 22°C
July
12°C to 21°C
August
12°C to 22°C
September
10°C to 20°C
October
5°C to 18°C
November
0°C to 15°C
December
-3°C to 12°C

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Deurali - Trek to forest Camp

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Hike
(Avg 6hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel Sun Rise

Altitude

(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 settlements 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, followed by a steep climb to Pani Khaldo. The trail gradually ascends to Dond Kharka after walking for one and a half hours. We will then reach Musalbari after about another 45-minute walk. It takes another 45 minutes to arrive at Forest camp finally. Overnight in the Forest camp.

Day 2

Trek to Badal Danda

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Hike
(Avg 5hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel 360/Hotel Majesty

Altitude

3300m.10890ft.

The trek becomes more exciting, and the views improve 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, rest camp, and low camp, then finally reach Badal Danda. We will have wonderful views of clouds under the hill and snowcapped mountains such 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
(Avg 3hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel Fishtail

Altitude

3,700m./12210ft

Have breakfast with the morning view from the Lodge. As we head to High Camp, we get even better panoramic views of the mountains around us. The fishtail will be seen as really huge and just over your head. You will enjoy the walk. Overnight in High Camp.

Day 4

Excursion to Mardi View point – Visit Mardi Himal Base Camp – walk down to Badal Danda

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

4hrs Walk

Accommodation

Hotel 360*/Hotel Majesty

Altitude

3300m./10890ft

On this day, we pack breakfast and go on an early morning hike to Mardi Viewpoint to catch the sunrise. Then, we will walk to the Mardi Himal Base Camp, 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 I (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), Annapurna South ( 7219m.), Himchuli (6441m.), 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 Siddhing Village

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

20km Hike
(Avg 6hrs)

Accommodation

Siddhing Home Stay

Altitude

1550m./5115ft

After a wonderful breakfast at the lodge, we will descend through the steepest and most challenging part of the trek today. On the way past Low Camp, the trek will provide a beautiful view of mountains, forests, and small settlements. We will then walk downhill to Lwang Village. We will overnight at the Siddhing Village homestay.

Day 6

Drive to Pokhara

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

60km Drive
(Avg 2:30 hrs)

Altitude

820m./2706ft

After breakfast, you will jump on the jeep toward Pokhara. You will drive on a gravel road for about two hours, then join the paved road at Hyangja. You will reach Pokhara after a 30-minute drive. Overnight in Pokhara.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport ( Airport – Hotel – Airport )  transfer in Kathmandu.
  • All meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
  • Lodge accommodation ( twin share basis)  during the trekking.
  • One experienced, well-trained, fluent English-speaking, friendly, government-authorized trekking guide and required porters (one porter for two persons).
  • Guide and staff’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, and transportation.
  • Overland transportation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • ACAP( Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and necessary permits ( TIMS).
  • A Trekking map, duffle bag, Oxygen saturation check every day, water purification, company t-shirt, first aid medical and trekking completion certificate, etc.
  • Assistance for emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Excluded

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

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Group Discounts Available

Group of 1 - 1 $660.00 PP $560.00 PP
Group of 2 - 4 $560.00 PP $460.00 PP
Group of 5 - 8 $540.00 PP $440.00 PP
Group of 9 - 12 $520.00 PP $420.00 PP
Group of 13 - 16 $500.00 PP $400.00 PP
Group of 17 - 20 $480.00 PP $380.00 PP
Group of 21 - 24 $460.00 PP $360.00 PP

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The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Traveler Reviews

We met Tej through a friend. He was very welcoming to us and took care of us excellently for the 10 days we spent in Nepal. He arranged everything for us, from taxis around Kathmandu to visit the attractions, a water rafting experience and also a 4 day trek. I couldn't recommend Tej and his company enough. They are wonderful. Our trek was the highlight of our trip. The views and surroundings were stunning. Our guide for the trek was called Thal and he made it even better by being friendly and intelligent with very good English. I have nothing bad to say about Tej or his company. 10/10

5.0

Joe Guerrero

Wigan, United Kingdom
I’ve got a good experience for my first trekking , which is Mardi Himal route. Thank you for good service and helpful guide:Nauser and porters: Samir and Supra. We will visit you again.

5.0

Nuke Nique

Bangkok, Thailand

Additional Information Needed for Mardi Trek

Best Season For 6 Days Mardi Himal Trek

The best 6-day Mardi Himal Trek season is between the Spring and Autumn seasons. Some people prefer to trek in Spring because of the clear weather, the ideal temperature, and the blossoming trekking trails filled with rhododendrons and other colorful flowers.

On the other hand, some people prefer the Autumn season. The start of the Autumn season marks the end of the rainy season, so there are fewer wet, slippery slopes and insects and leeches. Due to the rainy season prior, the atmosphere is clean, fresh, and green, whereas, during dusk time, the majestic amber color of the environment makes stunning views of the mountains.

Unlike Spring and Autumn, winter and monsoon seasons are not ideal for trekking and traveling. Monsoon season brings relentless rain at a lower altitude, which attracts many insects and leeches. The risk of landslides and floods is also high during monsoon season. Winter season is also less ideal for trekking Mardi Himal. The extreme cold, dynamic weather, and chances of snowstorms and avalanches make the trek difficult.

Is Travel Insurance Required For Mardi Himal Trek

Altitude sickness is a risk even on the Mardi Himal Trek, whose highest point is 4,500 meters. To avoid costly helicopter rescues, it’s a good idea to obtain travel insurance that covers extreme adventures and submit it to your trekking agency. This will help to ensure a smoother process.

Required Permits

The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit is the only permit you need for the Mardi Himal Trekking. You must issue the permit since you will trek through the conservation area.

The cost of the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit is as follows:

ACAP: NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC, whereas the permit is free if you have children below 10.

Meals and Accommodation Available During Mardi Trek

Mardi Himal Trails offers twin-sharing accommodation in a tented camp and breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek. The trekking trails are filled with hotels, lodges, and tea houses. However, during the peak season, these accommodation facilities may be overcrowded. Generally, you will sleep in tea houses at higher altitudes, which provide a single room with twin beds. So, normally, you must share your room and bathroom with other trekkers.

Regarding food, you will have your meals three times per day during your trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. The tea houses serve menus like Tea, Coffee, Bread, Chapati, Soups, and Cornflakes for breakfast. Local breakfast food items like Apple Custard and Banana Pickles are popular among local and foreign travelers.

For lunch and dinner, the staple dish is local Nepali cuisine: Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari, which are lentils, rice, and vegetable curry. Some tea houses also offer Western menu items, such as pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, dumplings, thukpa, spaghetti, and macaroni.

Fitness and Experience Requirement

The trek in the Annapurna region, especially the Mardi Himal, is not hard compared to other long treks. It is good for new trekkers who want to experience the ultimate trekking in Nepal. But if you have a bad health issue, it is not good for you. Similarly, ensure you don’t have any blood, heart, or lungs-related diseases. Therefore, do a full body checkup before heading on your journey for your safety.

Climate and weather if Mardi Himal

In Nepal, you can find different climates for different reasons. But, if you want to travel or trek in Nepal, the best time is spring and autumn. During this time, the climate is stable. But, this trek can be mostly done throughout the year. In this region, the climate and weather are mostly cold. So, make sure you are fully capable of countering the environment. Similarly, this trek can also be done in the monsoon season. During this season, the trek is also possible. This is because the climate is also suitable for trekking.

Safety and Security

We provide our consumers with the proper security and safety. Similarly, we take full care of our consumer and their property. Likewise, our trip constantly operates, monitoring every area of our travel. So, you can feel free and enjoy your time trekking with us. In addition, the accommodation we provide is also secure and safe.

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

Frequently
Asked Questions

Terms and Conditions

1. Cancellation Policy

There is no cancellation or withdrawal policy for the trip by the client after the trip has started. During the trip, any unused services provided by the company, like accommodation, food, permits, etc., won’t be refunded.

If you cancel the trip at any time before the departure date, 90% of the total cost is reusable for a year or refunded. Visit this page for more details on the cancellation policy.

2. Risk of unforeseen circumstances

Nepal Alternative Treks is directed towards the fulfillment of your every desire. In this connection, we perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, Nepal Alternative Treks will not take any responsibility regarding any change & alternations in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslides, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, flight cancellation, delayed arrival, sickness, or accidents. The clients shall bear any extra cost incurred there on the spots.

3. Clients' Responsible

A trekking guide representing Nepal’s alternative treks deserves all authority during your tours. If you commit an unlawful act, you must leave the tour, and no refund will be issued.

4. Impact on your journey

We put our every effort into ensuring you are comfortable traveling. Still, it is a must understand that what you might be accustomed to in the western affluent countries, the Himalayan countries can’t afford such facilities. Weather is another factor that directly impacts your journey. Hence, patience in mind, enthusiasm, and proper preparation before heading is a must to venture into a journey trip.

5. Travel Insurance

You must purchase a comprehensive travel insurance package against medical, natural calamity, helicopter evacuation, personal accident, trip cancellation, etc. This is strongly suggested to all our esteemed clients.

6. Your personal belongings

On any account, we’re not answerable for any loss or damage of your luggage or property belonging to you even when shouldered by guide cum porter or transferred by transport means. That means your personal possessions and luggage are at your risk at the time.

7. Porter weight limit

Porter will carry 10 kg each and 20 kilograms in total. A bit more or less can be adjusted per both parties’ mutual understanding.

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Service Excellence

We have the best team and array of services to provide a lifetime experience to all our travelers. Right from the airport pickup to a customized tour, we do the utmost to make sure you experience a hassle-free trip. Likewise, all our trips meet the safety protocols along with the highest health and hygiene standards.

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