The Mardi Himal Trek is an absolute choice for those who are seeking for an adventurous trekking experience in the peaceful parts of the Annapurna region of Nepal, spectacularly situated in the east of popular treks of Nepal. Thin Numbers of trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp out positioned exceptionally at the base of Mardi Himal and the Annapurna region´s most exemplary mount Machapuchhre actually gives meaning "Fish tail", leading mesmerizingly up to with maximum altitude of 4500m. After reaching at high camp (3850m), it takes 3-4 hours to arrive. Mardi Himal base camp.
On top of this, we’ll get to pass by the solitary trails complete with verdant forests, beautiful villages, valleys, terraced farms, dazzling rivers and the extraordinary views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Himchuli mountains. Another merit about this trekking route is that the trail makes a small circuit up to the base camp of Mardi Himal so that we don’t have to backtrack over the same terrain. Therefore, Mardi Himal Trek a moderate to adventurous trip without the problem of getting AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness. Because of amalgamation of the adventure and natural delights, it is the brilliant journey.
In our package, accommodation in Kathmandu, 3 star categories of Hotels are made available. Likewise, accommodation in trekking days is in Tea Houses. Our guide will choose a best and regular using normal guest houses, lodges and home stay as per necessity if any. Besides, your guide will help you to choose foods. We ensure you the quality services.
Physical fitness and experiences required
For its completion based on your schedule or fitness level, this trek requires a moderate level of fitness as we’ll have to trek through rocky section near base camp and high camp. Our clients are recommended to see a doctor before they go for a check-up and to talk about dealing with altitude sickness. Trekkers will have to initially decide on their self adjustment of weather changes and also schedule changes in itinerary beyond our control. Experience would be plus point for trekkers. Basic medical helps are our responsibility. Besides, trekkers are advised to carry their medicines if any prescribed earlier by doctors.
Best time to trek
October to May is the most visited season to Mardi Himal base camp. This trek is suitable all year round as the winter brings out the real beauty of the snow-capped peaks and the summer brings out the beauty of the pine, rhododendron and bamboo forest. Hence, October is the best time to start with.
Day 01:Kathmandu Arrival
Day 02:Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m | 2700ft – 06-07 hours overnight hotel
Day 03:Drive to Kande and trek to Pitam Deurali (2125m)
Day 04:Trek to Low Camp (3,150m)
Day 05:Trek to High Camp
Day 06:Base Camp (4,500m)- back to Low Camp
Day 07:Visit siding- 6hrs trek
Day 08:Drive to Pokhara- 3 hours walking and 2 hours driving
Day 09:Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 01Kathmandu ArrivalUpon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, we will pick up you from the Airport and drops you at the hotel. Evening briefing about the trek. Overnight at Hotel
Day 02Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m | 2700ft – 06-07 hours overnight hotelWe will start our journey from Kathmandu with a peaceful and fresh air of nighttime as at this time, we rarely have to face any traffic jams and obstacles. It will take around 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara, the city of natural beauty. We will get to pass by Thankot, Naubise, Baireni, Maleku, Muglin and many more places. After reaching Pokhara, we will be staying at selected hotel
Day 03Drive to Kande and trek to Pitam Deurali (2125m)After early breakfast, we’ll drive half an hour to Kande and begin our trek to Forest Camp at the altitude of 1810m. The way is steep until Dhampus and satisfying easy walk up to Pothana where the night will be spent at well-groomed Teahouse.
Day 04Trek to Low Camp (3,150m) The way of 5 hours continues from Forest Camp to Low Camp through the forest however as we’ll climb up the greenery that starts to change with colourful rhododendron and the trees are covered with moss, lichen and tree ferns. The view from Low Camp is marvellous with Mount Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) visible up the valley.
Day 05Trek to High Camp We will get a good view to Annapurna South and Hiunchuli towards the west about an hour (3700m) or so above Low Camp the trail breaks out above the tree line. The trek continues along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on the grass with detached rhododendron bushes along the way. Further, we will be watching colourful Danphe pheasant on this section of the trek.
Stay at this place is very comfortable with well-managed tea houses/lodges.
Day 06Base Camp (4,500m)- back to Low Camp We will wake early for the sunrise view of the mountains then after breakfast walk up the crest towards Mardi Himal Base Camp. There is a path through the grass with a couple of steeper section. Dzokpo (yak/ cow crossbreds) grazing up here as well as Danphe pheasant will be our mood fresher. There, the sheep and goats from lower villages are brought up to graze. At the elevation of 4500m, one can gaze into the Annapurna Sanctuary and the panorama view is mesmerizing. Viewing at the south face of Annapurna and all of the peaks in the Sanctuary as well as Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). We’ll be staying overnight at Low Camp
Day 07Visit siding- 6hrs trekHere, will trek for 6 hours. On the way back, we’ll take a different route for the completion of a circuit from Low Camp there is a trail that goes down to Siding. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village and still very much away from up-to-date tourist treks and more possibly, we might stay at a homestay. It is a wonderful cultural experience finding out more about village life and get to experience to eat Dal Bhat in the evening like a family.
Day 08Drive to Pokhara- 3 hours walking and 2 hours drivingFrom Siding we’ll be walking out to the road head at Lumre. On the way from Siding we will pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. Kalimati is mainly a Brahmin village with mixed stays of Ghalel and Siding. We’ll probably get a jeep or any other vehical managed by our trek office for advance drive back to Pokhara.
Day 09Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu After Breakfast at Hotel start drive to Kathmandu with Tourist Bus. Farewell Dinner at Local Nepali Restaurant with Nepali Food and Nepali Cultural Dance. Overnight
Day 10Departure We will drop you at Tribhuwan International Airport or further programme in Nepal
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High altitudes pose challenges like lower oxygen levels, inducing symptoms such as headaches, nausea, lethargy, and breathlessness. These affect everyone, regardless of age or fitness. Acclimatization is crucial; avoid tranquilizers and antibiotics. Slow down activities, rest frequently, and reduce talking. Walk slowly, keep loads light, and observe silence with a smile. Consume liquids, avoid sudden exertion, and protect against cold. Don't bathe in streams, protect against dust and sun, and follow experienced guides. Prioritize rest, hydration, and warm clothing during winter.
Wi-Fi will be accessible in Kathmandu, but as we venture into the more secluded regions of Nepal, connectivity will be restricted. The tour guide will carry a satellite phone for emergency communication. Wi-Fi connection is more accessible in the Tibet region as well, while there are no such facilities in Mansarovar, and during the Parikrama.
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During May to September, temperatures in Nepal and Tibet range from 10 to 22°C during the day. Despite the moderate daytime temperatures, the intense sun at high altitudes can create a much warmer sensation. Nighttime temperatures may drop significantly, reaching as low as -5°C.
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The Touch Kailash Team will be providing a Duffel Bag, a 25l Backpack, and a Down Jacket (on a refundable basis), upon your arrival in Kathmandu.
Carry a small waist pouch or document bag to organize essential documents:
- Passport with photocopies
- Identity card
- Diary for addresses and contacts
- Ball pens with spare refills
- Travel cheques, credit cards & currency
- Airline/Railway tickets/vouchers
- Any other personal documents
- Big bag for equipment
- Small light trek bag
- Water bottle/Thermos flask (1 liter)
- Enough clothing for the entire journey, including trek suits, leisure wear, jogging trousers, T-shirts, polar fleece, shirts, salwar kameez, etc.
- Wool socks, thick tights, wool monkey cap, scarves, warm light gloves
- Wool/thermal long underwear
- Rainwear (umbrella or raincoat)
- Sports comfortable shoes/trainers (Nike, Adidas, etc.) with a spare pair
- A pair of light slippers
- Toiletries kit (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toilet rolls, towels, etc.)
- Sunscreen lotion/cream
- Facial tissues, wet wipes
- Plastic mug
- Dusk masks/face masks
Personal & General Items:
- Regular medicines
- Dark sunglasses
- Favorite food for energy (nuts, biscuits, powdered juice)
- Kapoor/Vicks/Inhaler, etc.
- Binoculars/Camera/extra batteries
- Milk powder for tea
First Aid Kit:
- Typical backpacking kit for minor injuries
- Lip balm/Mustard oil/Vaseline
- TCP, salt, mint, Vicks for sore throats
This journey encompasses urban, rural, and remote areas in Nepal and Tibet, resulting in varying accommodations and amenities. Whether it's five-star hotels and guest houses or camping in the breathtaking Himalayan regions under the care of our staff, you can be confident that we will consistently offer the best possible facilities in every instance.
All Travelers must ensure that their passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of tour completion.