Mardi Himal Trek is a hidden treasure and one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. It is a shorter trek and is actually a newly opened trek as well.
Mardi Himal starts from 2000m to 4500m and is the highest elevation from the sea level. This beautiful trek starts and ends in the beautiful lake city; Pokhara. It takes 6-8 days hiking to complete this trek. You can hike from low camp (2990 m) to high camp (3580 m).
Trekkers will be able to witness the underrated visuals of Annapurna range. You can take full advantage of the beautiful view of Machhapuchhare (Fish tail), Annapurna ranges, Dhauglagiri, Himchuli and many more.
Trekkers can enjoy their hiking through the forest of rhododendron and wooded with bamboo. Mardi Himal Trek is less crowded compared with other trekking routes in Annapurna region but it is worth it to choose this trek. Lodges of this trek are simple, basic but neat, clean and moreover comfortable. Trekkers can enjoy the simplicity of this area.
Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks arranges your Mardi Himal Trek with our expert Trekking guide and experienced porter who will help and support you in all ways. This adventure is waiting for you.
The following program can be tailor made as per your request. We can use the morning 8 am flight to Pokhara which is a 30 minutes flight. So, we can start the trek on the same day and can take a flight back to Kathmandu late afternoon when we are finished with the Trek. We can adjust the program as per the time and interest. For instance, we can add Rafting, visit to Chitwan National Park, Paragliding in Pokhara, Jeep flyer, Mountain flight in Kathmandu and many more. Please do not hesitate to write to us about your interest; we will make the itinerary to suit your needs.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative at the airport and then s/he will usher you to the hotel. You will be briefly described about your tour and checked into the Hotel. You will have the rest of the day to yourself and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, you depart from Kathmandu to Pokhara by driving for 6 - 7 hrs in a tourist bus or a private car; depending upon the size of your group. Alternatively, you may fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu which takes only half an hour. Then, you will sign in to the Hotel and you have the afternoon to yourself. You can go for sightseeing around the lakeside area or you can go boating at Fewa Lake. Overnight at the hotel.
After having your breakfast in Pokhara, you will leave for Kande. It will be an hr drive in a private vehicle. Then, you start your Mardi Himal Trek which will be about a 3 hrs trek to Pitam Deaurali. It is also known as Bhichok Deurali. From here the trail to Mardi Himal Trek separates. Overnight at a trekkers lodge in Pitam Deurali.
Today, you start your trek around 7-8 am in the morning after breakfast. It will be a trek of about 4 to 5 hrs through the rhododendron forest. The will be rough but the scenic views will keep you motivated. Your destination is the Forest camp where you will stay the night in a Lodge or a Guest house.
After Breakfast, you start your gradual climb accompanied by the spectacular view of Annapurna ranges, Machapuchare and Mardi Himal. After a 3 hour trek in the jungle, you reach the low camp. It will be a descending trek and the forest will get thinner as you trek down. Overnight at a guesthouse in the Low camp.
You start the trek after an early breakfast to see the best view of Mardi Himal Trek. During the 3 hrs trek, you will encounter the best view of Annapurna sanctuary with beautiful glaciers. Overnight guest house.
Today is the hiking day to Mardi Himal Base Camp from High camp and back to the High Camp. Going up the rocky trail will be worth it as you will get to witness the beautiful and astonishing panorama from the top of the Mardi Himal. After spending some calming and pleasant time on the peak, you will descend down to the high camp. Overnight at the guest house in the high camp.
A 6 hour trek to Sidhing will be your today’s schedule. You will trek through the forest to the Upper Mardi Khola region. This is a different route to complete the Mardi Himal circuit. Sidhing is a small traditional village away from the busy trekking route. You will rest the night in a guest house.
Today will be a 3 hours walk to Lumre by passing small villages of different ethnic groups; Gurung and Brahmin villages. A vehicle will be waiting there to drive you to Pokhara. This will be about a 3 hours drive. You will stay the night at a Hotel in Pokhara. You will have the afternoon to yourself. You can go for sightseeing around the lakeside area or you can go boating at Fewa Lake.
After Breakfast, you will be driven back to Kathmandu in a tourist bus or you can take your private vehicle which will take 6hrs. You may even fly to Kathmandu directly which will be only a half an hour flight. You will stay in Kathmandu in the hotel overnight.
Today is the last day of your stay in Nepal. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Airport. We, Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks, wish you a safe journey back home.
Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.
Certain basic trekking equipment are essential on all the routes that we have described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is the list of some recommended equipment required for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots; If it is brand new, “walk them in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
2. Track shoes
A pair of track shoes; To wear in the camp or when the boot is wet.
A warm jacket; Fibre fills or down should be adequate. This is essential during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
4. Shirt and Sweaters
Woollen shirts and thick sweaters; these are essential during the winter season (December to February). Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. A lightweight long sleeved t-shirt is suitable for avoiding sunburn.
A pair of trousers; Jeans are not suitable to wear on treks. Cheap, loose, cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof or waterproof trousers are required on all treks going above 10.0 ft.
A tracksuit is comfortable to wear in camp and in the tent. You want to add at least two pairs of loose fitting long shorts or skirts.
Thermal underwear is the best for sleeping during the winter.
8. Sun Hat, SunCream/Block & Lip Salve
Choose a high factor sun cream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection. A sunhat having a wide brim should be used which covers your face and neck. A woollen hat is a must during winter.
9. Glove/ Sandal/ Socks
A pair of gloves; Leather with lining and woollen are best, 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in the camp and about 4 pairs of thin and 4 pairs of thick woollen socks are required accordingly.
10. Sleeping Bag
As you do not carry sleeping bags yourself, this can be either synthetic or down but it is a must for all 4 seasons. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there.)
11. Personal First Aid Kit
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhoea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
Equipments and Accessories :
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirements for the day. e.g. toiletries, camera, film towel, soap, boots etc.
c) Water bottle
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage
g) Wallet or money belt with compartment for coins
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be bought in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) Candles and lighter to burn toilet paper
k) Snow gaiters required during winter
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful as a sunshade and when it rains.
m) Trekking map, adequate number of passport photographs
Optionals: rubber bands, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars, a small pillow or headrest, thermoses, an inflatable sleeping mat, etc.