At a Glance
Group Size02 Pax Mnium
TransportationBy Luxury Tourist Bus
Best TimeSpring and Autumn
Mardi Trek, also known as the Mardi Himal Trek, is a relatively new and less crowded trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It offers stunning views of the Mardi Himal (5,587 meters) and the surrounding Annapurna peaks. This trek is a great alternative for those seeking a shorter and less crowded trek compared to the popular Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit treks.
Here are some key details about the Mardi Trek:
Location: The Mardi Trek is located in the Annapurna region of central Nepal, like the Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit treks. It starts and ends in the city of Pokhara, which is easily accessible from Kathmandu.
Duration: The typical duration of the Mardi Trek is around 5 to 7 days. It can be completed in a relatively short amount of time, making it suitable for trekkers with limited time but still wanting to experience the beauty of the Himalayas.
Difficulty: The Mardi Trek is considered a moderately challenging trek. The highest point of the trek is Mardi Himal Base Camp, which stands at an altitude of around 4,500 meters (14,763 feet). While the trek involves some steep ascents and descents, it is generally doable for trekkers with a moderate level of fitness.
Highlights: The main highlight of the Mardi Trek is the stunning view of Mardi Himal and its neighboring peaks, including Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Annapurna South. The trail takes you through beautiful rhododendron forests, charming traditional villages, and terraced fields. Since the trek is less crowded, you can enjoy a more peaceful and serene trekking experience.
Permits: Like most treks in the Annapurna region, you will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card for the Mardi Trek.
Best time to go: The best time to do the Mardi Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. These months offer stable weather and clear views of the mountains.
Accommodation and Facilities: Along the Mardi Trek route, there are teahouse lodges that offer basic accommodations and meals for trekkers. However, the facilities may be more basic and limited compared to the more popular trekking routes.
Guide and Porter: The Mardi Trek can be done independently, but hiring a local guide or porter is always an option if you prefer additional support or want to learn more about the local culture and surroundings.
As with any trekking adventure in Nepal, it's essential to be prepared with the right gear, physical fitness, and awareness of the latest trekking regulations and conditions. The Mardi Trek offers a wonderful opportunity to experience the beauty of the Himalayas while enjoying a quieter and less crowded trekking experience.
Day 01: Drive to Pokhara
Today, we will embark on an exciting journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The scenic drive will take us through picturesque landscapes, terraced fields, and charming villages. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains as we make our way to the beautiful city of Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, check into your hotel and take some time to relax and explore the lakeside area.
Day 02: Drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2200m)
After a hearty breakfast, we will drive to Phedi, which marks the starting point of our trek. The trail gradually ascends through lush forests, offering glimpses of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountains. As we trek towards Deurali, you'll witness the surrounding landscapes change, creating a truly captivating experience. Deurali, at an elevation of 2200 meters, is our destination for the day. Settle in at the teahouse and enjoy a warm, delicious meal.
Day 03: Trek to Low Camp from Deurali (2,900m)
Wake up to the fresh mountain air and continue your journey to Low Camp. The trail winds through enchanting rhododendron forests, providing a delightful display of colors if you're trekking during the flowering season. Low Camp, situated at 2,900 meters, offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and the Annapurna range. Spend the evening at Low Camp, soaking in the peaceful ambiance and enjoying a well-deserved rest.
Day 04: Low Camp to High Camp trek (3585m)
Today's trek takes us from Low Camp to High Camp, and as we gain altitude, the landscape changes dramatically. The dense forests gradually give way to alpine meadows, and you'll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre peaks. High Camp, at an elevation of 3585 meters, will be our resting place for the night. Enjoy the majestic mountain vistas and the sense of achievement after reaching this higher altitude.
Day 05: Hike Mardi Himal BC (4500m); back to Low Camp (2,900m)
Today's the highlight of our trek as we hike to the Mardi Himal Base Camp at an impressive altitude of 4500 meters. The hike will take you through rugged terrain and may be physically demanding, but the views from the base camp will undoubtedly be worth the effort. Marvel at the up-close views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna I, and other surrounding peaks. After spending some quality time at the base camp, we will descend back to Low Camp for the night.
Day 06: Trek to Sidding and drive to Pokhara
As we begin our descent, the landscapes will once again transform, and you'll notice the gradual transition from alpine meadows to lush forests. We'll trek to Sidding, passing through charming Gurung villages along the way. Sidding will be our endpoint for the trek, and from here, we'll drive back to Pokhara. Enjoy a hot shower and a comfortable bed at your hotel, reflecting on the incredible journey you've had.
Day 07: Drive back to Kathmandu
Today, we bid farewell to the enchanting city of Pokhara and embark on our return journey to Kathmandu. The drive will offer one last chance to admire the scenic beauty of Nepal's countryside. Once back in Kathmandu, you can take the rest of the day to explore the vibrant city, do some last-minute souvenir shopping, or simply relax before your departure.
- 2 Night Accommodation only on Pokhara at tourist stander hotel on BB Plan
- TIMS Card/ National Park entry fee/Other Permits.
- Government Certified English's speaking professional trekking guide
- Guide Allowance, food, accommodation & insurance
- Transportation from Kathmandu-Pokhara- Kathmandu by luxury tourist bus.
- Sharing transportation from Pokhara to Phedi and from Sidding to Pokhara
- Staff costs include their salary, insurance, transportation and allowance.
- Group medical kit box carried by Trekking Guide (Diamox and First Aid Medicine).
- Duffel Bag which is carried your luggage
- Food and Accommodation during the trek
- Travel insurance (mandatory, which must cover in case of uncertain emergency rescue)
- Personal belongings items
- Trip extend in case of personal interest or uncertain circumstances.
- Trip cancelation charges