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. This trek cobbles an interesting trek from the longer treks in the Annapurna. A hidden treasure in the shadows of famed Annapurna base camp trek. Mardi Himal immediately emerged after the recent idea of short trekking in Nepal. For travelers with limited time, this trek has been a very beautiful destination .

In short period of time, on the trails of Mardi Himal trek you will realize that travel can be the most rewarding. You walk through the villages of indigenous communities and eat meals of Daal Bhat. Furthermore, you embrace wild flowers and Rhododendron is which is spectacular. Living in the community owned tea houses and having a first hand experience of culture is also the catch. The Annapurna at the backstage never leaves you alone in the journey. Mardi Himal Trek is a life altering adventurous trek that you would never ever come across in life.

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

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Arrival in Kathmandu
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 Mardi Himal 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

Trek preparation and shopping
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

Bus to Pokhara (820m/7 hrs)
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

Drive to Kande and trek to Deurali (2540m/7 hrs)
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.

Deurali (2540m) – Low camp (3035m)
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.

Low camp (3033m) to High Camp (3590m)
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.

High Camp (3590m) to Upper view point (4200m) and back to High Camp
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.

High camp to Siding
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.

Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara
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

Pokhara to Kathmandu
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

Important Notes

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

Essential Trip Information

  • The trip begins from Kathmandu
  • You need to arrive at least 2 days prior to your scheduled trek initiation date
  • You will begin your trip from day 2 of your arrival and only after signing necessary formalities
  • You need to bring along at least 2 passport sized pictures and hand it to the company on day 2.
  • In case of trek cancellation or trek forfeit due to unseen circumstances, we shall compensate with an alternate itinerary or activities.
  • You need to bring along at least 500 dollars additional in cash. The funds will help you in case of delayed flights or unseen circumstances
  • You need to aware of the company of any medical conditions developed recently
  • You need to be of age 15 and above to join this trip
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 33 reviews
by irene vontobel on Mardi Himal Trek
Best trekking experience ever

Last week I trekked to Mardi Himal Base Camp together with Raj from Budget Trekking. It was a great trek along a beautiful ridge with amazing views towards Fishtail mountain and the Annapurnas. He was a wonderful guide, very helpful, kind and fun. He pointed out the mountain peaks for me, introduced me to some national birds and plants along the trail, learned me to cook Momo in one of the Homestay teahouses and teached me some Nepali. I would definitely recommend to book with them and have Raj as a guide! You will have an amazing time and get to know a lot about the local mountain life and culture.

by Nwood on Mardi Himal Trek
Amazing trek, incredible hospitality and the best guide.

These guys are amazing, I can't rate them highly enough. The trek we went on was incredible and our guide. Govinda was the perfect companion. They are the best. Also highly recommend the Mardi Himal trek challenging but very fun and awesome views. Thank you vey much Budget Trekking for everything.

by Gerald on Mardi Himal Trek
Awesome 10-day Mardi Himal Trek

Great job of organizing & managing this scenic trek by Budget Trekking. The trek started at Kande (at 1770m) traveling through beautiful forest & ridge trails to the 4300m ridge at the foot of the Mardi Himal. This vista point provides an excellent close-up view of the magnificent 6997meter Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) plus 13 other beautiful snow covered peaks. Trek final night at a home-stay in historic, fascinating, & charming village of Lwang (1460m). Was a truly fabulous trek!

by Raysonk on Mardi Himal Trek
Good service in an affordable and customisable package.

There were two of us from Singapore and we went for a 10 days Mardi Himal Trek with Budget Trekking.It was a most unforgettable experience! Our guide Dawa and Hem (porter) took care of us well throughout the trip. Everything was well arranged so we could focus on enjoying our walk. Govinda was even kind enough to make bamboo walking sticks for us along the way !We walked through deep valleys, mountain passes and ancient forests. Although we made some minor changes to our itinerary upon arrival in Nepal, Sameer helped us to take care of it and arranged for something that met our budget.Overall it was a rather customisable package at an affordable price. If you're thinking of going for a trek with Budget Trekking , you're in good hands!

by Khalil Walji on Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trek Review

We meet Sameer while i was staying in Dormitory Nepal in Kathmandu, we couldn't have asked for a better company to organize a Trek with. There initial advice was friendly and informed with no expectation of booking. They made sure we were choosing the best Trek for us and our experience not the one which made the company the most money. We really did not want a busy trek, there are many tourists doing Poon Hill and Annapurna base camp and we wanted to avoid this as much as possible. We also had a desire to bird watch and explore the forests of Nepal. The Mardi Himal trek was the perfect trek, we rarely saw other hikers, we spent three great days in Rhododendron forests in the foothills of the Himalayas and finished with two great alipine days above 3600m in waist deep snow. Our guide Dawa was accommodating and made sure our every need was looked after. Upon arriving back in Kathmandu we were taken out for a nice coffee by the gracious owners of Budget Trekking (Shaurab & Sameer).  I would recommmend this company to anyone who is looking to do trekking in Nepal.

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