Days

10

Grade

Easy

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$ 900 usd

If you think you are not ready yet or don’t have time for longer treks, Mardi himal trek is a perfect escape that cobbles an interesting trek from the longer treks in the Annapurna. This trek is a hidden treasure in the shadows of famed Annapurna base camp trek, Annapurna circuit trek and Ghorepani poon hill trek. This destination immediately emerged after the recent idea of short trekking in Nepal, especially for travelers with limited time and since then it has been gaining its popularity.

In short period of time, on the trails of Mardi Himal trek you will realize that travel can be the most rewarding form of self realization. Hiking through the villages of indigenous communities, eating two course meals of staple Daal Bhat and walking through the trails embracing wild flowers and Rhododendron is simply spectacular. Living in the community owned tea houses and having a first hand experience of culture, along with never leaving massif of Annapurna at the backstage, is a life altering adventurous trek that you would never ever come across in life.

Mardi himal trek may be short in time but not short in elements. This trek is not overwhelmed and the reason behind it is basic tea house lodges and guest house which in a way is very natural and unpolished.

trip overview

Trip Code: BT-130 Total Duration: 10 days
Destination: Annapurna Region Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec
Trip Grade: Easy Group Size: 1 - 12
Max Elevation: 4500m

itinerary

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You could be already in Kathmandu or you may be arriving on this very day and whatever it is we welcome you to Nepal! Thank you for choosing Gosainkunda trek with budget trekking. On this first day we transfer you to your hotel/hostel. You will not do much except observing the ambiance around you and get acquainted with the country. 

Accommodation
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast only

This is an important day because today is the day when you will meet with your guide. The guide or one of our team members will brief you about the trek about more or less everything you need to know. After briefing we would thoroughly go through the trekking gear that we have. Furthermore, if there is anything that is not according to the trekking standard we will do last minute shopping of the trekking gears. On the other hand one of our backend office staff will get busy preparing required permits and logistics. 

Accommodation
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast only

On this day we have our breakfast by 6:00 a.m. in the morning and head towards tourist Bus Park at Thamel and board a tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus ride will take around 7 hours through curvy roads of hilly terrain with couple of breaks in between for snacks and lunch. The drive to Pokhara on one of the major highways is exhilarating with beautiful views of never leaving tributaries, lush green hills and road side settlements.

Accommodation
  • Hotel in Pokhara ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast only

Another day on road, we drive to one of the hill stations on the outskirts of Pokhara known as Kande. Kande is spectacular viewpoint for the mountains in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri but on clear day. From Kande we take our bags and begin trekking towards Pothana and further to Pitam Deurali through beautiful small villages. The first hour of walk on stone slated trail takes us to Australian base camp. On a clear day Australian base camp offers a beautiful views of Himalayas in Annapurna. From Australian basecamp we again enter dense forest. The trail somehow gets more gradual and easier. We walk some easy ups and down on beautiful trails tucked in Rhododendron, maple, pine and hemlock forest until we reach Forest camp and further to Deurali. Overnight in Deurali. 

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

If the weather is clear we wake up with splendid views of Annapurna south and Machhapuchhre. From the open hilltop of Deurali the trails run into the deeper section of forest, higher we go better we are surrounded with Rhododendrons of every hue. The Himalayas get closer and the view of Machhapuchhre 6990m is profound. The entire day is spent on serene trails with handful of tea houses that cater hot meal and clean beds. We spend the day in low camp and enjoy the surreal natural presence. 

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

After completion of breakfast we get our legs on the trail. We walk on the highland pasture and out of the dense forest, except for the rare occasions when we come across patches of Rhododendron forest and moreover soaring views of the mountains. This portion of the Mardi Himal trek is famous for spotting of Impeyan pheasant; the national bird of Nepal. We call it a day in Low camp and enjoy the surrounding vista. Teahouses in low camp may not have enough rooms to cater trekkers in season which may result in more natural form of accommodation under the tents. 

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

On this day we plan to watch sunrise over the mountains. High Camp is a grassy knoll and a viewpoint for the mountains in the surrounding. Furthermore, we trek to upper viewpoint known as the Mardi himal base camp. The trail is not very demanding but an additional care is required to avoid haphazard on sheer and strenuous sections. On summer days the viewpoint is a beautiful grassy land with sheep and yaks grazing on the pasture. As we start very early to make it to sunrise, we return back to the teahouse in high camp to have our breakfast. In snowy conditions it is difficult to reach the base camp because of snow piled on the ridge. Overnight in High camp. 

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

We trace the same trail back until low camp from where the trail separates. This day is completely dedicated for downhill trail and we descend for around 6 - 7 hours. The view towards the north and the south is immediately obstructed by dense forest. There are no settlements beyond Low camp and until Siding. Overnight in Siding. 

Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

This is the last day on trail and before we reach to a point from where we catch our vehicle back to Pokhara we still walk for around 4 hours. We walk on off road track and downhill until Lumre. Unlike the previous day we see plenty of settlements and farming fields of locals. Once we reach Lumre we board our bus for 2 hours drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara. 

Accommodation
  • Hotel in Pokhara( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast only

On this day we have our breakfast by 6:00 a.m. in the morning and head towards tourist Bus Park and board a tourist bus back to Kathmandu. The bus ride will take around 7 hours through curvy roads of hilly terrain with couple of breaks in between for snacks and lunch. 

Accommodation
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast only

cost includes

  • All government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking Guide
  • All accommodations on the trails and  3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu )
  • 3 Cups Tea while on the Trail ( in most of the places where applicable)
  • Best available local lodges / Teahouse  in mountain
  • Taxi to and from airport
  • Certificate of trek Completion
  • Porters

cost excluded

  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water  etc)
  • Additional food
  • Tips for guide
  • Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included

cost & dates

  • 14 May 2018
    $800

    USD $900 USD $800

  • 03 May 2018
    $850

    USD $900 USD $850

Important Notes

  • Please bring 2 passport size photographs for your trekking permit to the group meeting.

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by Jon_and_Nikole on Blank Business Name
Brilliant Trek

My partner and I did Mardi Himal Base Camp followed by Annapurna Base Camp over 10 days in May, and absolutely loved it. We had stayed at the hostel linked with Budget Trekking (Dorm Nepal), and arranged our trek whilst there.We decided on Annapurna Base Camp, and were advised to go via Mardi Himal rather than Poon Hill - as we were told you get better views and less people. And we were so happy we went with their idea as they were so right. We got brilliant views at every stage, and also managed to avoid the rain every day. We would hugely recommend going on this trek if you've got limited time.We decided on a package so everything was included - transport to Pokhara, accommodation in Pokhara, all tea houses on the trek, all meals on the trek, our permits, and everything for our guide as well. We checked around in Thamel for prices before we booked, and Budget Trekking were cheaper than all but one (also much cheaper than other websites booking at home) - but we went with them due to the extra security we felt from knowing the guys from the hostel. We can't fault anything about the trek. The guys in the office were brilliant and everything was arranged easily (included with the contract we signed was also an itinerary for the trek). Raj (our guide) was really knowledgable about the trek, pointing stuff out all the time and we felt safe the whole time, and if we come back to Nepal for another trek we will definitely try and go with Raj again.We had such a good time and 100% recommend trekking with Budget Trekking, and definitely recommend staying at their hostel (Dorm Nepal) if you're in Kathmandu.

by Gilberto J. Barrios on Blank Business Name
Amazing trip!

It was a great travel. My guide, his name is Govin Niraula was splendid. He helped me all trough the journey, even carried my bag when I felt I couldnt do it. Besides he was really up to every detail, making sure nothing was missing and that I was having a great time.I certainly recommend them.

by Kou Ihara on Blank Business Name
思い出に残るトレッキングになりました!

もともとトレッキングをする予定ではなかったのですが、紹介ビデオやレビューをみて挑戦してみようと思いました。トレッキング服の準備から親切にお手伝いして頂き、またトレッキング中はガイドさんがとても親切にサポートをしてくださいました。1人では難しい(食事や宿泊場所の確保)こともスムーズにいきました。ベースキャンプからはとてもとても綺麗な景色を見ることができ、トレッキングをしてよかったなと思いました!またネパールに来る機会があれば、またお世話になろうと思います。トレッキング初心者からベテランさんまでぜひ!

by Hilda Chen Hui on Blank Business Name
难忘的五天,最棒的生日礼物!

这次去尼泊尔几乎是没做任何准备,但是就是想要走一趟trekking作为给自己的生日礼物。选择dormitory Nepal 也算是偶然吧,没想到我收获的不仅是一次完美的trekking,更多的是满满的感动和一群可爱的朋友和家人。因为夏天是尼泊尔的雨季,最后选了sameer给我推荐的路线Mardi Himal,因为即使最后看不到喜马拉雅山脉的雪山,其他看点也比较多,不过说实话促使我选择这条相对比较冷僻戏路的另一个原因是看了Uzol拍的照片。这次陪我走完五天的是Raj,想对他说的,除了谢谢还是谢谢!从第一天在forest camp 用pancake给我做生日蛋糕到最后下山时在我身边一步步的守护。没有Raj帮助我一定走不完全程,作为第一次走trekking的我,有太多的准备不充分,包括体能上的,加上每天两小时以上的雨中行走,一路上碰到过各种状况,而Raj对我的照顾真的是无微不至,我常常想作为一个向导他真的不需要做这么多的,也因此我们成为了最亲密的朋友。当然我也是特别幸运的,在这样的雨季看到了最美的山峰和彩虹。谢谢Raj和 Uzol给了我最最难忘的生日,谢谢dormitory Nepal所有的家人给我的真挚的爱和最美丽的夏日时光。我一定一定会回来的!非常非常想你们

by Isabel Van Poeck on Blank Business Name
Second time I go Budget trekking !

This was the second time I booked a trekking with Uzol and his company. Three years ago I did mount everest basecamp wih Uzol (right before he had his own company). I liked him so much that I didnt doubt this year for my second visit to contact Uzol again.Trekking with Uzol means that you are trekking with a friend. I did the sanctuary anapurna trekking this year with him. Because it was on such a short notice from my site, I arrived in Nepal without a booking. From the moment I contacted Uzol to ask if he is going on a trekking, he did so much effort for me. Cause his group allready started, he came back for me in the early morning to come and get me! I feel so safe with him, cause he and Sameer arrange everything (Permit, car, etc...) He really cares about you and thats why he feels like a friend. During the trekking we had a group of four people all from the same age, we had so much fun. Also the porter Rai was super nice. With Uzol it is Always fun, we laugh a lot. Also he is so carefull and really knows a lot about Nepal! He is one of the most nice and carefull person I know. He is also very enthousiastic and knows how to motivate a group to go that extra mile. IAnd oh jeah, he is also a great photographer. I cant wait to come back to the mountains of nepal and I would doubt again to go with Budget Trekking!!!!!