Mardi Himal Trek is a less touristic trek in the novice trails of the Annapurna region. This trek to Mardi Himal takes you to the base of Mardi Himal on the neighborhood of Mt. Machhapuchhre.
On this trek, you will walk through the dispersed settlements of Gurungs and people of other mixed ethnicities. And moving further on the trail you will cross several rivers and walk through the suspension bridges. What an exhilarating moment you will have!
You can pay USD 450 per person and follow our 9 days Mardi Himal trek Itinerary where you will get to trek more comfortably and safely. With this Mardi Himal trek cost, you do not have to spend extra on the permits for the Mardi Himal trek. Nor, do you have to pay extra for food and accommodation during the Mardi trek. Plus, the cost of your transportation is also upon us.
For the trek to Mardi Himal, you will follow the Mardi Himal Trek map that follows the trail from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then gradually to the base of Mardi Himal. To follow this map you will gain the highest altitude at Mardi Himal trek at 4250 meters. Because of the altitude, many people may face the symptoms of altitude sickness. So, you must walk cautiously to prevent this problem.
You can do this trek in the Spring and Autumn season as they are the peak trekking season for the Mardi Himal trek. But if you want to do the trek in other seasons then you can opt for this trek but with extra preparation.
Plus, the remoteness of the trail may add difficulty to Mardi Himal trek but with proper packing list you can walk slowly and withstand the challenges of the route. Also, do not forget to check the weather and temperature of the Mardi Himal trek before you start packing.
Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek
- Enjoy the spectacular close-up views of Mardi Himal, Mt Annapurna, and the neighboring peaks in the Annapurna region.
- Enjoy the walks through the lush forests of rhododendron and magnolia
- Traverse several typical villages en route to the Mardi Base Camp
- Explore the diverse flora and fauna in the region
- Spend time with locals and enjoy the local delicacies during the trek
- Relax in the spa, pubs, and restaurants in Pokhara and Kathmandu
- Walk through the off-the-beaten pathways of the Annapurna region
Cost of Mardi Himal Trek
The total cost of Mardi Himal trek is USD 450 per person. This is the cost of the 9 days Mardi Himal trek. But we are happy to customize the itinerary as per your preference. With the change in the Mardi Himal Trek itinerary, your total cost of the trek also changes.
After paying this amount do not have to pay for the permits you will need for the trek. Plus, it also covers the cost of your food and accommodation during the trek. Also, with this cost, you do not have to worry about transportation for your tour. We will take care of every type of transportations for you.
But the cost does not cover the charge of the lunch you will have on the route. That is your additional cost in the trek along with the money you spend on tipping, paying for a hot shower, and donations of some type. Besides you also need to get travel insurance for this trek whose cost varies depending on the policy you choose.
By paying this cost, you will collect the thousands of enchanting moments and memories on the lap of the pristine nature. But remember, besides the money you pay for our Mardi Himal trek package, if you want to buy or spend money on the trail you should pay in Nepali currency. The local teahouses in the trekking trail normally do not accept foreign currencies. So, do not forget to carry along enough Nepali currency during the trek.
Mardi Himal Trek Map
Like most of the treks in Nepal, Mardi Himal Trek also starts from Kathmandu. You will spend time visiting the alleys of Thamel and Basantapur. Then you will fly to Pokhara, the city of lakes. From Pokhara, you slowly enter Annapurna region and drive to Phedi.
Phedi is the actual trailhead from where your actual trek on foot starts. From there you will walk to Deurali and ascend further to Forest Camp. The next spot of the trek will be at Low Camp which further proceeds to High Camp. From High Camp, you will trek to the Upper View Point ie to the base of Mardi Himal. This will be the last destination of the trek at 4250 meters above sea level.
From there you will walk back but choose a new trail through Siddhing village. And descend to Lumre village from where you will drive back to Pokhara and then fly back to Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the ending point of your trek. Following this route map, you will spend 9 days on the trip and collect the blissful moments of life.
For the route map, you can get a digital map or the printed map. Sometimes your device may not work in the poor network in such cases the printed maps are more reliable and easy-to-use. Maps are your true companions in the remote trail where you will get guidance. Plus, you will get the description of the mountains, villages, and the name of the places you will walk through. They are the most convenient way to find the trails as well. So, do not forget to pack a reliable and updated trek map during your trek.
Mardi Himal Trek Altitude
The Mardi Himal Trek starts from Kathmandu at 1400 meters. Slowly and gradually on the seventh day of the trek, you will reach the highest point of the trek the Upper View Point at 4250 meters. On the whole trip, you will have an altitude variation of around 2850 meters.
On an average, as you ascend the height above 2000 meters on the trek you will ascend to a maximum height of around 400 to 500 meters in a day. This is because of the altitude and the toughness of the road.
From Kathmandu, you go to Pokhara at 1300 meters, then drive to Phedi and reach the final spot at Deurali, 2100 meters. The next destination from Deurali will be at Forest Camp in 2520 meters. Proceeding further you will reach the altitude of 2970 meters at Low Camp. Then you will ascend to High Camp at 3540 meters. And from High Camp, your last destination is at View Point. From the View Point, you will start descending through the Siddhing village.
With the increase in altitude form 2000 meters, many people start feeling the symptoms of altitude sickness. So, you must maintain your pace and walk gradually as you ascend higher.
Best Time for Mardi Himal Trek
The months (March, April, May), Spring and (September, October, November), Autumn offer the moderate and the bearable temperatures along with the most scenic views. So, these months are the peak time to trek to Mardi Himal.
Autumn days are neither cold nor too hot with the mild weather conditions. Plus the bluest skies with the sharp visibilities make the most scenic views of the surrounding landscapes and the Fishtail mountain along with Mardi Himal.
While Spring being the month of rhododendron has hot and humid weather with the pleasant surrounding views. In this season, the visibility is the sharpest so it is the best time to capture the best shots of forests, villages, mountains, and the whole surrounding.
But the trek is also doable in winter(December, January, February) and Summer(June, July, August) as well. The weather condition and the temperatures may add a bit challenge to the trekking journey but that would not stop you from trek if you really want o do it.
For trekking in these off-seasons, you must prepare extra and come physically as well as emotionally determined to fight back any hurdles and weather challenges that may come along. Thus, despite the Spring and Autumn is the best time for Mardi Himal trek, the trek is doable all year round but, with extra preparations.
If you want to trek in the less crowded trails enjoying the solitary trails then you can opt for the trek in the off-season. But, if you want to interact with the trekkers from around the world and get newer trekking experiences then you can opt for the trek in the peak seasons.
Weather and Temperature During Mardi Himal Trek
Spring is the month of flowers and dazzling vegetations in the Mardi region. On trekking in the Spring, you will be walking through the forests off rhododendrons and exploring the diverse vegetation that has woke up from the winter hibernation.
In spring you will find the hot and humid surrounding with the stable weather conditions. This dry weather has hot temperatures so you will feel quite hot in the lower regions of the trekking trails.
The temperature may reach as high as 20-degree Celsius in the lower region while it may drop to 17-degree Celsius in the daytime. While the nights are chilling cold where the temperature remains around freezing point.
Monsoon is the time of the rainfall with the hot weather. On this time, you will see the vegetations quite lush after the rain washes them.
On this season, the weather is quite unstable so you may encounter the clouds which may obstruct the vision. Despite that, after the rainfall, you will get the clearest views of the surroundings and mountains.
In average the daytime temperature remains around 10 - 23-degree Celsius whereas the night time temperature drops down to 5-10 degree Celsius. Normally the weather is hot, but you may notice the drop in the temperature after rainfall.
With rain, the trail becomes slipper with leeches and earthworms. So, you must come prepared for such inconvenience.
Autumn is the peak trekking season to the Mardi Himal with the daytime temperature around 20-degree Celsius whereas the night remains around 5-degree Celsius. On this season the moderate weather and the stable climatic conditions. Plus this is the less humid month where you will get to see the sharpest mountain views under the deep blue sky.
This is the most pleasant time for trekking in the mountainous region of Mardi region where you will get to walk in the dry and pleasant weather conditions with the least fear of rain or snow.
Winter is the coldest time in the Mardi Himal where you will witness the snowfall and the wind chills. During the winter the temperature in the daytime averages around 9-12 degree Celsius whereas the nighttime temperature drops down to - 5-degree Celsius. This is the quite cold time of the year in the trek, so you must come fully prepared with the appropriate winter gears.
You may feel difficulty in walking the snow-covered trails in the winter plus the fluctuating mountain weather may add challenges. However, this is the best time to catch the scenic views of the whole surroundings veiled in the dense snow.
Trek Difficulty During Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trek is among the moderate treks in the Annapurna region where you will be walking for 7 days along the remote trekking trails. This is a novel trekking route so the routes are not well-maintained like other popular trekking trails in the Annapurna region.
On this trek you will begin walking through the dispersed villages of Gurungs and other mixed ethnic groups then you will gradually ascend through the forested trails. On the lower regions of the trail is quite flat with no exhausting uphill ascends. But as you proceed further through the forest camp the route starts becoming challenging. The altitude also goes above 2000 meters and the route also starts with the steep ascends.
Plus, as you will be ascending to the height above 2000 meters many trekkers may face the symptoms of altitude sickness. So, on gaining heights you must walk cautiously and maintain your body hydration.
If you are trekking in winter or summer, you may have a difficult time while ascending from Low Camp to the high camp because the trail goes slippery due to rain and snow. In such situation, the trekking poles and sturdy trekking boots come really helpful.
Whereas, if you are trekking in the peak season you may have to compete with the fellow trekkers for getting the best rooms. And, you may have to wait in the queue for the food due to the crowd of the trekkers. For such situations, you can pre-book for food and accommodation and remain aloof from competing with others.
If you are physically fit and emotionally ready with the appropriate backpack then you will be able to fight back the trek’s difficulty and gain adventures of a lifetime.
Permits for Mardi Himal Trek
For the foreign national other than Nepalese, trekking in Nepal demands a valid trekking permit. If you are planning for the Mardi Himal trek, you will enter and walk through the Annapurna Conservation Area.
So, to trek in this region you need two different permits. They are
TIMS Card: USD 20 per person if you are trekking independent. But you can get it at USD 10 per person if you are trekking in the group.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit: USD 20 excluding VAT.
You can obtain these permits from Nepal Tourism Board office at Kathmandu or Pokhara. Or, if you could not manage to buy them at Kathmandu or Pokhara, you can get them at the trailhead.
During the trek, you will come across several checkpoints where you need to show and verify your trekking permit. So, it is a good idea to keep them handy to easily take it out and pack at the various checkpoints. If you are found trekking without these permits, you will be punished as per the law and you have to buy them with the penalty.
We will help you get the required permits for this trek. To help you, you have to supply us a copy of your valid passport and two passport-sized photographs.
Food and Accommodation During Mardi Himal Trek
The trek route is a novel route through the lush forests of rhododendron, oaks, pines, and junipers with millions of flora and fauna. There you will find enough tea houses along the trekking route for your easy food and accommodations.
Because of the remoteness of the place, you will find the teahouses very basic with limited services. But, no worries. You will get a cozy bed to sleep and a warm meal to pacify your hunger.
In general, you will find teahouses at the dispersed locations on the trek route. They provide you with basic services. The rooms are usually twin sharing with common toilets. So, you need to share the room with your fellow trekkers. In most of the rooms, you will get a bed, blanket, pillow, and a bed cover.
In the lower altitudes you can pay extra for a single room but as you go higher the choices of the teahouses get limited. So, you have to manage in the shareable rooms. And, many people may find much colder in the nights and morning. To escape this, it is a good idea to pack a four-season sleeping bag. And, generally you will get a shower for free but to get the hot shower you need to pay extra money.
Like the cozy bed to rest at night, you will get enough options for the food along the trekking trail. While walking on the trek route, you will walk through a number of tea houses that provide different variety of food to you.
Is Solo Trekking in Mardi Himal Trek Possible?
Unlike restricted trekking areas in Nepal, you can do solo trekking to Mardi Himal. For this trek, you do not compulsorily need to hire a guide or a porter. If you wish to trek alone and walk as per your own preferences then solo trekking to the base of Mardi Himal is absolutely possible.
Plus the cost of the permit is the same throughout the year and the trekkers are allowed to trek in this region throughout the year. So, if you are in desire to trek into this piece of heaven then you can trek easily any time of the year. Plus, you do not need to follow the guide’s itinerary if you do not want to. You can plan your own itinerary and walk accordingly.
If you do solo trekking then you can minimize your total Mardi Himal trek cost as you do not have to spend on hiring guides and porters. You can also bargain in the teahouses for the food and accommodations. This is a bonus for you as you can control where to spend and how much money to spend on the trek.
However, if you are a novice trekker you may face certain difficulties on the trail. So, hiring the guide or the porter is a good idea for the safe and hassle-free trek.
Hiring a Guide and Porter for Mardi Himal Trek
Although solo trekking in Mardi Himal is possible, if you hire a licensed guide or a porter then you will be quite on a safe side during the trek. You can hire a licensed guide for USD 20-25 dollar per day.
Guides are very helpful and help you communicate with the local people you meet on the trial. Plus, they will give you information about the typical culture, traditions, and the religious practices of the patches of people on the trail.
They help you navigate the trail and describe you about the mountains, rivers, flowers, fauna, and vegetation you will see while walking. Plus, they are also helpful to help you pre-book the room and food during any season. They also help you guide while packing for the trek.
Whereas, hiring a porter costs you around USD 15-20 per day. POrters help you carry your backpacks and they will also help you navigate the trails. With porters on your side, you can walk freely carrying your daypack only. This way will feel less tired on the trekking trails.
If you are new in trekking, then better hire a licensed guide or porter for your safety as well as comfort while on the trek.
9 Days Itinerary for Mardi Himal Trek
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, 1400 meters
Day 2: Drive (5-6 hours) From Kathmandu to Pokhara, 1300 meters
Day 3: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi (30 minutes), and Trek (4-5 hours) to Deurali, 2100 meters
Day 4: Trek (4-5 hours) from Deurali (2100 meters) to Forest Camp, 2520 meters
Day 5: Trek (5-6 hours) from Forest Camp (2520 meters) to Low Camp, 2970 meters
Day 6: Trek (3-4 hours) from Low Camp (2970 meters) to High Camp, 3540 meters
Day 7: Trek (2-3 hours) from High Camp (3540 meters) to Upper View Point, 4250 meters and return back to High Camp
Day 8: Trek (6-7 hours) from High Camp (3540 meters) to Siding Village, 1700 meters
Day 9: Trek (2-3 hours) to Lumre (1850 meters), Drive (2 hours) to Pokhara, and Flight to Kathmandu, 25-30 minutes
Tips for Mardi Himal Trek
- As you go higher the options for the availability of food and accommodation gets limited. So, you must prepare yourself for this limited services and inconveniences that may happen during the trek.
- Whichever season you go for the trek, do not forget to pack the four-season sleeping bag. Although you get rooms and cozy bed, you will feel much safe and warm inside your personal sleeping bags while on the trek.
- Take along the trekking poles for your trek. They come really handy whenever you have to ascend or descend on the trekking trails. Despite the wet or snow-covered trails, you can walk with much easy with the trekking poles in your hand.
- If you are a novice trekker in Nepal, then it is wise to hire a licensed guide or porter for this trek. Because you may have a problem in walking alone in the remote and less-crowded trails.
- If you wish to trek in a more comfortable manner in the pleasant weather conditions then opt for the trek in either Spring or Autumn.
- There are no ATMs along the trek route once you leave from Pokhara. So, it is wise to carry enough hand cash in Nepali Currency. The tea houses do not accept foreign currency.
- If you wish to minimize your trekking cost, you can bring snacks for the trek from Kathmandu or Pokhara. The cost of the food products increases as you go higher on the trekking trail.
- Hydration is a must while trekking so as to remain healthy. On walking, you will sweat a lot and feel lethargic. But this should not disturb your trek. So, you must drink as much as you can while on this trek to walk energetically and healthy.
- If you want to enjoy the trekking trails to the fullest without any disturbance and in the solitary trails, the opt for off-seasons on this trek. At this time you will face less traffics on the trails.
- Unless you are sure of the trails and its safety, do not follow the alternative routes alone. You may miss the trail in the middle of the jungle.
Packing List for Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal trek is a remote area trekking where you will walk very near to the Himalayas in the Annapurna region. And the weather and temperature of the place normally remain cold with fluctuations. Also, with the change in season, the weather and climatic condition also change. So, you must be very careful while packing for the Mardi Himal Trek.
Although it is up to you what you want to pack inside your bag, you must pay attention to the geography, weather, and climate of the place before you start actual packing.
Here’s a general packing list for your trek to Mardi Himal. But you can add or remove things as per your preference.
- Trekking Shoes with a strong grip
- Trekking Socks
- Hiking Trousers (waterproof/windproof)
- Hiking T-shirt
- Breathable underwears
- Fleece Jacket
- Down Jacket
- Hat, Cap, Beanie
- Sleeping Bags
- Trekking Poles
- Water Bottles and water purifying tablets
- First Aid Kit
- General medicines for a cough, cold, headache, muscle cramp, diarrhea, Altitude Sickness, etc
- Sunscreen, moisturizer, lip balm
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wet Wipes
- Toilet Paper
- Toothpaste and Tooth Brush
This is a common list for every season. But if you are trekking in winter you must focus on the winter gears. While if you are trekking in summer/monsoon then you need to carry rain gears for your safety. Plus, the electronics you wish to pack is completely subjective. However, we suggest you pack lightly and must-have equipment only. Overpacking adds burden while on the trek.
Altitude Sickness During Mardi Himal Trek
On this trek, you walk to the maximum altitude at 4250 meters above the seas level at the high camp viewpoint. And, generally, when you ascend to the height above 2000 meters you may feel the symptoms of the altitude sickness.
On walking along the trail you may notice various symptoms like a headache, nausea, vomiting, sleeplessness, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, and uneasy in walking. If these symptoms keep on affecting you, then you must stop ascending further. And take proper rest plus drink enough water and soup.
And you have to rest properly until the symptoms disappear. If the symptom lasts longer you have to inform your guide and under his guidance either take doctor-prescribed medicine or call for a medical evacuation. The problem is very common for those who come from lower altitude regions and near the sea-levels.
So, you must be careful before going for the treks like these in the high altitudes. In such a remote, trail if you fall sick, you will only get basic health care so you must be careful of your health. If you take care of your body, drink enough water and ascend the heights with caution, then you can easily escape the problem of altitude sickness.
Mardi Himal trek is the off-the-beaten-trek in the Annapurna region where you will get the authentic views of the mountain peaks along with the astonishing people and the landscapes. This is a moderate trek, so anybody who is physically fit can join for the trek.
If you want to know more about the trek or customize it, you can contact us.