Mardi Himal Trek is a hiking package, which takes you away from the more busy trekking routes in the shadows of the great Himalayas. This trekking trail is in the western region of Nepal. Mardi Himal is somewhat precisely located to the east of Modi Khola, opposite to the valley of Hiunchuli. Nevertheless, you are taken away from the busier of trails, giving you the peace of mind to absorb in, the sights, sounds and feels of the Himalayas truly to yourselves and those around you.
The trekking trail is taken as a part of eco-tourism, for all good reason, as you hike through the lush green forest of Oak, Rhododendron trees and other natural vegetation unique to the Himalayan region, giving you frequent encounter with some docile species of animal life. Better more, you get to trek through villages and rural communities that are still untouched by the modern consumerism world. They protect their environment and it gives them the bounties of the natural world. Their culture has evolved taking inspiration from the flora and fauna they have lived in.
Thought, you are not on one of the regular trails, you get to view many of the mountain ranges on the hike, such as Mount Dhaulagiri (8168m), Mount Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7219m), Mount Hiunchuli (6441m), and Mount Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail in Nepali) (6993m) in all their awe and wonder, through the green vegetation on the comforting daily hikes.
Inveigled by what you hear, then Breakfree Adventures can make this come into reality with a ten day hiking trip among its unforgotten crooks, corners and hidden natural secrets. Our adventurous Mardi Himal Trek, begins with a cool scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (the lakeside city). The following day, we drive you to Phedi where your trek begins in earnest. It is now on foot to Pothana via Dhampus. On the way, we begin to ascend, all the ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna creep into view, enlarging itself. Any fatigue is slowly evaporated by the sights, sounds and majestic views. The night is spent in camps to trek the following morning to a higher elevated camp, that day. This is alleviated by the breath-taking views of the lush forest you are in and by as if by magic, the mountain ranges breaking from its morning slumber. We reach Mardi Himal base camp at an altitude of 5300m. Mardi Himal is a mountain peak revered by both Hindus and Buddhists alike. We trot down to Siding Village and off to Pokhara. This package of ten days has all the adventure, fun and thrills that you might be looking for in an eco-trek. The Mardi Himal Trek is wrapped up with a drive back to Kathmandu. Our professionally and eco-friendly designed itinerary takes your comfort and security to the maximum.
There is much that you would in this short trek of 10 days unless you take the longer ones in the Annapurna Region like Annapurna Circuit Trek and Ghorepani Poonhill and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. First of all, you get to get to stay a night at a base camp of Mardi Himal. It gives you a feel of what it is like to train to summit one of the Himalayan peaks in Nepal. Then the trek gives you some wonderful views of the various Annapurna ranges while on the trek. Then you get to feel first-hand the natural world such as the vegetation, and animal life. The best part of it all, it is one a trail less frequented by others in the world of hiking so you are left mostly to the crowd with whom you are with.
Where do we stay on the trek?
On the trek, you stay mostly at lodges which are in fact teahouse and have accommodation with all the necessary comforts for a peaceful night’s rest after a day’s walking. It is here that you take both you supper/dinner and breakfast. Lunch is usually on the way. All of these teahouses served food compatible with western taste, but from the two it would be advisable to try out the local foods, they are not less nutritious but quite wholesome and organic. The accommodation has toilets in most of them.
Outline Trekking Itinerary for Mardi Himal Trek
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 02 : Kathmandu to Pokhara (6 hrs drive)
Day 03 : Pokhara to Pothana (1,970m) 5 hrs walk
Day 04 : Pothana to Forest Camp (2,550m) 7 hrs walk
Day 05 : Forest Camp to Low Camp (3,035m) 4 hrs walk
Day 06 : Low Camp to High Camp (3,590m) 4 hrs walk
Day 07 : Hike to Upper View Point (4,200m) & back to High Camp (3,590m) 4.5 hrs walk
Day 08 : High Camp to Siding Village (1,280m) 7 hrs walk
Day 09 : Siding Village to Pokhara (2.5 hr walk & 1 hr drive)
Day 10 : Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 11 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination
- Enjoy scenic drive from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
- Carry out Adventure Trekking in the Annapurna Region
- View of beautiful Himalayas including Annapurna south, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre Himal
- Witness exotic landscape and geography
- Discover rural customs, traditions and lifestyle
- Explore varieties of floras and Faunas
- Explore Mardi Himal Base Camp
- Perform Camping and Campfire in the serene Himalayan region
One of Breakfree Adventure representatives picks you up from the airport on your arrival and checks you in to the three star hotel allotted for you. You can either use the remaining part of the day to relax or investigate the secrets of Kathmandu. Your stay for the night is at the hotel.
You are boarded a tourist bus, and driven to the lake side city of Pokhara, The seven hour trip, makes feel it’s worth-the-while with the scenic rivers and rafters on it and the mountainuous forested terrain. On reaching Pokhara, you are checked into a hotel for the day and nightly stay.
On the first day of the actual trek, you are driven to Phedi from where, you trek, begins in earnest. You begin hiking towards Pothana for about 5 hours. You walk up a steep trail to the top to reach Dhampus. All the while mountain ranges appear through the foliage, such as, Annapurna and Manaslu Ranges. A further short walk, you reach the Hamlet of Pothana where you are stay at a lodge for the night.
Early waking, breakfast, and start to your day’s walk. The trail leads to the forest camp for the days stop moving somewhat upward, through a forest all day long. As you move along the day, Mount Annapurna and Dhaulagiri constantly greet you along the way. Caution safely, you might encounter animals like leopards, deer and a variety of birds on the way. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Today, you get to trek through dense rhododendron forest to lower camp. A steep ascend for a while and then a gradual climb, while getting glimpses and peeks of Mountain Peaks to the north. The low camp gives you majestic view of Mount Machhapuchhare. Overnight stay at a Lodge.
Today’s trek take you through high mountain grasses, with periodic ventures through rhododendron forests. You might also get the chance to spot the Himalayan Monal, a beautiful bird also known as Impeyan Monal, along with Dhanpe in Nepali. With continuous 4 hour walk you reach High Camp, where stay for the night at a lodge.
Waking up to a magnificent sunrise view over the Himalayas, we set off to Upper view point to make you taken in the scintillating mountain ranges. The trail takes your through grasslands with ascends here and there. Reaching Upper View Point, gives you a panoramic view of Himalayan peaks all around. It is neither easy nor difficult, the day’s hike. Later we return to High Camp. Overnight stay at Lodge.
We descend to Lower Camp by the same trail way up, then turn to another trail towards, Madi Khola (stream). Moving further down we reach Siding Village. Overnight stay at a lodge.
This day we descend further down to Lumre, passing through the Tamang and Gurung Community villages. From Lumre, you driven by vehicle to Pokhara and checked into a hotel for your overnight stay.
Today you drive back to Kathmandu, taking in your last views of the lush forest and villages along the way. You are check in to a hotel and then taken to an authentic Nepalese restaurant for a farewell dinner with members of our team. Later in the evening you are driven back to hotel for beautiful dreams of the past days.
Finally, we bid you farewell for having taken the time out, by dropping you off at the airport, three hours ahead of departure, for the pre-flight check in formalities. We wish you a safe flight back home.
What is Included
- Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
- Two night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
- Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transfers by a tourist bus. (Option: Flight or private vehicle)
- Two night’s accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itinerary.
- Pokhara – Phedi & Lumre - Pokhara transfers by a private vehicle.
- All accommodations during the trek at lodges/Teahouse.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
- Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
- Trekking staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
- Annapurna Conservation area (ACAP) entrance permit fee.
- Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & ACAP Permit)
- First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
- Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
- Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
- Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
- All government and local taxes, VAT.
What is Not Included
- Lunch or Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos)
- Extra accommodations in Kathmandu or Pokhara if required.
- International airfare and travel insurance.
- Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
- Tips for guide and porters.
The best time to do Mardi Himal trekking is from Mid September to Early December. During these months, one can witness stunning and clear views of the snow-capped mountains, lush green forests and flower blossoms along the trail. Monsoon season receives a lot of rain with slipper and muddy trails, and landslide sometimes too.
The Mardi Himal trek difficulty is considered moderate to difficult trek. Thought the walking distances are short and easy but altitude is gained rapidly as you proceed ahead. The highest point is Mardi Himal Base Camp with at 4,500 meters. Depending on the season, there can also be snow and ice on the trails.
It’s a moderate to difficult graded trek with an average walking hour of 4-6 hours per day (in longer days 7 hours). The trek requires a certain level of fitness but no climbing skills are required. The return route to high camp from the base camp is a descent through steeps. So this section can be difficult should anyone have knee problems. You are advised to bring a kneecap for ease. We recommend that you go for a little exercise and daily walking before your trip.
Absolutely! You are recommended to get travel insurance that covers even at higher altitudes i.e. above 4000m. The insurance policy usually doesn’t cover over 3,000 meters of altitude. So, make sure these things while purchasing travel insurance for Mardi Himal trek and read their policies.
At higher altitudes, anyone might experience altitude sickness regardless of how you fit you are or age-difference. Those who haven’t lived at high altitudes may also suffer from altitude sickness (also called as AMS or altitude motion sickness). The highest point on this trek goes above 3000 meters (Upper View Point 4,200m) so altitude sickness can occur. The best thing to do is to walk slow and proper hydration to avoid altitude sickness on Mardi Himal trek. But altitude sickness on Mardi Himal trek is low since you won’t be at a high altitude for very long during this trek. But, it is wiser to be aware of altitude sickness.
Family-run lodges often called ‘Teahouses’ are in the Annapurna region. Especially the higher you go accommodation is limited, so the room may differ from a private single/double room to a bed in a dormitory. Mardi Himal trek accommodation is very basic accommodation and usually be shared shower and toilet facilities. All lodges have a communal dining hall. Though basic, these teahouses are clean and welcoming, friendly and warm resting place after a tiring day’s trek.
Lodges on the trail offer wide choices for foods and drinks. These contain typical Nepali meals to the continental dishes. Nepali dish ‘Dal Bhat’ with season vegetable and pickle. Or, go for pizza, momo, noodles, macaroni, sizzler, sandwich, burger, etc. Different types of coffee, fruit juice, and alcoholic drinks are also available. If you have booked a package tour then the company handles all costs. But if booked on service only then Mardi Himal trek food cost to US$25-30 per person per day for lunch/dinner, where breakfast will be included. But on high altitude treks, avoiding alcoholic drinks is a good idea.
Bottled water can be bought or you can take along a bottle and fill the bottle with tap water with purifying tablets. These can be bought in Pokhara before the trek. Most brands of purification tablets take just 30 minutes before you can drink. Drinking a minimum of 3 to 4 liters of water per day is recommended.
Bringing snacks and protein bars is good. Daily meal includes Dal Bhat – Nepali meal which is already high in carbohydrate. If you bring your own food, lodges may charge you an additional cost.
Yes, and trekking permit for Mardi Himal trek includes ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry fee and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card. Annapurna conservation area entry fee is US$30 per person. TIMS card is US$10 per person. Both of the permits are already included while booking so you don’t have to worry about it.
Showers are available at Lodges. Especially the higher up you go there will usually be shared bathrooms in most lodges. Hot water shower needs to be paid per person. As you go higher, the colder it gets and you may have to think for the second time for a shower. Wait just a few days until your descent. Wet wipes can be used to clean your body but in trek, it might come expensive. So it is good to buy them in Pokhara or Kathmandu.
You can bring trekking gear from your home country. They can also be bought in Kathmandu or Pokhara at many trekking shops around there. But, most of the trekking gears you get here are not up to standard though are comparatively cheaper. So, it’s up to you to decide. The last option to buy them is in Pokhara if you forget any trekking gears.
All the electronics can be charged in lodges with an extra cost of US$2-6 per hour. Further up you go, the price for charging increases. In Mardi area, there are chances there won’t be electricity and the lodge is powered by solar energy.
Sickness depends upon its nature. For mild sickness usually descending to a lower altitude with the help and support of the guide or porter is done. For serious illness, emergency helicopter evacuation service is arranged. Our guide will be in constant contact with us and takes immediate action as per the situation. This is where travel insurance comes covering for a medical evacuation service and other medical expenses. Our guides carry first aid kit with basic medication like simple painkillers, altitude sickness tablets, bandages, balm for muscle aches and medication to treat diarrhea and vomiting. They are experienced trek guides and will take care of you if anything happens to you.
Solo trekking to the Mardi Himal is possible. You can trek without joining a group or you can even trek without any trekking guide too. The trek is completely safe for solo trekkers. But please keep in mind that it will be safe only if you have prior experience of high altitude treks. Otherwise, chances are a novice trekker walking alone may go through several unexpected complications.
The trail to Mardi Himal trek is among the safe trekking routes if certain precautions are taken and the trails aren’t particularly dangerous. There is least to no news of trekkers being theft or any unpleasant behaviors by the locals.
Booking the trek with us, we shall provide our experienced trek guide and necessary porters. Hiring a trekking staff or booking an organized trek is not mandatory but doing it individually without experienced staff completely depends upon you.
If you are fit and can carry your own baggage which comes to 15 kg maximum and walking the high mountain terrains then hiring a porter isn’t necessary. Otherwise, hiring a porter is a good idea where you only have to carry your day-pack. The maximum load is 15 kgs each porter.
Tipping is not mandatory but let’s not forget that it has become a custom to show gratitude towards your guide and porters who made it all possible for you to finish the trek. You can give them a certain amount as tips for Mardi Himal trek as per your desire at the end of the trek.
Wifi on Mardi Himal trek is available at limited locations which is at Australian Camp, Pothana, Pitam Deurali have wifi. But there is no wifi in Forest Camp and you can’t access net through your sim too.
Taking along children for this trek is an unwise decision. But if they are old enough to trek for days at high altitudes in a cold climate, it shouldn’t a problem. Make sure, they have prior experiences of a few days hike and high altitudes.
Our trek guide carries a comprehensive first aid kit with basic medication for altitude sickness, cold, diarrhea, headache, etc. All of our guides are trained on mountain wilderness medication.
Your lodge where you get a room provides a blanket. But the blanket can’t be sufficient at all times. To be on the safe side bringing along sleeping bag is suggested which we shall provide and already included in the tour cost.
You do not have to carry much cash if you have booked a full tour package from your travel company since your trek guide shall take care of your accommodation and daily meals. Besides that only a few extra costs incur like for bottled water, charging mobile phones/cameras, shower, extra tea/coffee and of course alcoholic drinks also tipping your guide and porters. So, carrying Nepalese Rupees equivalent to a few hundred USD is recommended.
ATM on Mardi Himal trek isn’t available. Exchanging into Nepali rupees before the trek in Kathmandu or whilst in Pokhara is the only option.
Usually, it’s about 4-6 hours in most of the days and in longer days is 7 hours. The walks must be slow and steady.
The maximum number is 15 trekkers. Yes, you can also do this trek privately with your personal guide and porter.
Your hotel where you stay in Kathmandu will store your luggage that you don’t want to take to trek without any charge. Later on, you can pick up your luggage after the trek. If you are starting the trek from Pokhara then you can store it at your hotel in Pokhara.
Mardi Himal trek packing list depends upon the season you travel. During winter warm clothes are suggested. These include down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves. In monsoon requires rain gears are suggested and in summer, still requires light warm clothing. At most cases, your company already provide down jacket and sleeping bag. Besides, clothing can be purchased in Kathmandu at Thamel area or Pokhara as well where numerous trekking shops exists with both local and foreign brands.
Mardi Himal trek weather depends upon the season of your travel. During spring (March-May) the temperature may rise up to 20 degrees and the average would go anywhere from 17 degrees in the daytime. In Monsoon (Jun-Aug), the average temperature will go up from 10 to 23 degrees. Due to the occasional rain, the temperature is around 5-10 degrees in the mornings and evenings.
Autumn (Sep-Nov) it’s around 20-degree Celsius during the day while it drops to 5 degrees during the night. In Winter (Dec-Feb), the daytime temperature scales between 9-12 degrees, and in mornings/evenings, it reaches to – 5-degree Celsius.
We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.
When to go:
Spring (mid-February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Mardi Himal Trekking. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. Though Himalayan rain shadow areas like Upper Mustang and Kailash can be good during monsoon.
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.
Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Mardi Himal Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Mardi Himal Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 11 days Mardi Himal Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-5 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 11 days Mardi Himal Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
The Trekking Group:
For the Mardi Himal Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Annapurna Base Camp trek for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Mardi Himal Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
- Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Governments
- Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
- Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
- TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
- English Language – KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
- Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
- Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.
Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.