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Mardi Himal Trek - 12 Days

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Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Get camping experiences, have spectacular Mountain View.
  • Rural Nepalese life style and traditional farming system
  • Walking through forest and wilderness zone of mountains
  • Outstanding view of Mt. Mardi, Mt. Machhapurchhre and Mt. Annapurna range
  • Scenic drive to Pokhara
Mardi Himal is located in the east of Annapurna Base camp virtually under the breathtaking Machhapuchhre, which was popularly known as fishtail mountain. Mardi Himal Trek takes you through a unique stone built village through remarkable rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) woods blooming in various colors, amazing landscapes, wildlife, and panoramic mountain views. The forest path continues until about 3,300 meters when the trail takes on a rugged mountain setting the breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre- 6,993m, Annapurna south-7,010m and Mount Himchuli- 6,441m .Mardi Himal Trek offers warmly hospitality and friendly behavior of local citizens give extra flavor to trekkers. Mardi Himal Trek can be attempted by any inexperienced trekkers too, its relatively easy trek because of lower trekking peak in Nepal.
Trekking leads you up to 3580m the Mardi Hamal Base Camp and starts from 800m, Phedi.  Mardi Himal Base camp offers wounderful mountain views of Annapurna range. Mardi Himal trek can be done within a week trek from Pokhara from Kathmandu (capital city of Nepal) either flight (25 minutes)or tourist bus ( 6 to 7 hours drive) and the trekking start from Pokhara. When the trekking starts from Pokhara first we reach to Phedi an hour drive from Pokhara.  Likewise trekking trails leads to Deurali, forest camp, High camp and Mardi Himal base camp. The best season for Mardi Himal Trek is Autumn, (Mid of September to end of November) & spring (March to May).

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure all transportation (airport to Hotel to airport)
  • 3 starts Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (02nights)
  • 3 starts Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (02 night
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara- Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Guest house accommodation while trekking.
  • Government license holder experienced local English speaking guide.
  • Potter service.
  • Staffs cost including their salary, accommodation, insurance, domestic airfare & Food.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu/ Pokhara  and  Trekking meals 3 times a day.
  • All applicable trekking permit & TIMS.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag & duffel bag. (To be return after trek finished)
  • Guided City tour in kathmandu & Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • 1 Core Trek T. shirt.
  • Trip Certificate
  • Local and government taxes.
  • Medical Kid box (Carried by your team leader)
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner. 


Day 1

​Arrive at Tribhuvan international airport (1300m.)

You are warmly welcome in Kathmandu, Nepal which is known as the city of temples. We will pick up you from the international airport of Nepal and bring up to the hotel though private vehicle. At night we will offer you with a delightful Nepalese food as a welcome dinner. We hope you will enjoy with our Traditional Nepalese food. Overnight at Hotel. (Included: Dinner)

Day 2

​City tour and trek preparation day (1300m)

Your second day in Nepal, today after our breakfast we are ready to go for sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. We know that Kathmandu the capital of Nepal, it is known as the city of temples. In Kathmandu valley there are lots of different temples. Among them today we are going to visit some famous temples which is declared as the World Heritage Sites. They were:
Pashupatinath:  Pashupatinath is one of the famous Hindus temples on the bank of Bagmati River. It lies 3km away from northern of Kathmandu. Pashupati is a combination of two words Pashu means living being, and Pati means master. So it is said that Pashupati is the master of all living beings of the universe.
We will move to next visit that is Boudhanath stupa:  Boudhanath stupa is the ancient and one of the largest stupa in the world. It is located about 11km from the center and north east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and famous in Buddhist symbolism.
Our next visit is Swayambhu: we can easily reach to popular temple Swayambhunath which lies in the western from Kathmandu. Swayambhu is mostly known as the monkey temple. In swayambhu the main attraction part is a large white stupa surrounded by many small temples and shrines. We can enjoy the view of Kathmandu valley from the top.
Kathmandu Durbar Square:  Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of this city.  Locally it is called as Hanuman Dhoka or Basantapur. In Kathmandu Durbar Square we can see some important monuments they were Taleju temple, Jagannath temple, Kal Bhairav, Kumari Ghar etc. After sifgtseeing of important places we return back to the hotel and take rest, preparation time for our next trek. Overnight at Hotel. (Included: Breakfast)

Day 3

​Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) 7/8 hours by luxury tourist Bus.

Today morning we are moving to Pokhara by tourist bus from Kantipath. Our drive will be pleasure, romantic and peaceful. We passed along the road through beautiful countryside of this country. We have to go through the thundering riverbank and that gives us some amazing views of rafting. Passing though the aloof beauty scenery of hills and with naturally beauty of countryside you never feel alluring with the trip. On the way we have two breaks for snacks and lunch. Intimating with natural beauty finally, we reach to Pokhara .from Pokahara bus stop we will take private vehicle and drive to hotel. Overnight at Hotel. (Included: Breakfast)

Day 4

​Pokhara to Khade to Deurali (2700m) 5/6 hours.

Before we start our drive to Khade, at first we take our breakfast and proceed to Khade.  From Pokhara up to the Khade it takes one hours to reach there through private vehicle. Our trek to Mardi Himal trek is start from here. Before Deurali we need to cross the Australian camp where houses are closely surrounded by fields of rice and millet. It looks really beautiful and incredible images of this village. You are welcomed by the first scenic views of Annapurna Himalaya peaks. The trekking routes are well paved road so it is easy hike to Pothana, within half an hour and the check post for the Annapurna trekkers. We continue our route on broad stone route to Deurali, from where we can see beautiful views of Annapurna south which become visible before us. After walking of 3 to 4 hours with the narrow ridge separating two deep valleys finally we reach to Deaurali. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 5

Deurali to forest camp (3050m) 6/7 hours.

Our trek will start after taking breakfast from Deurali. While moving to forest camp the trail becomes very steep so we need to be careful while walking. As we climb up there will be flashes of white showing through the tress. The route is very enjoyable throughout the villages. When we finally come into view from the forest the scared Machhapuchure with its extraordinary fishtail-shaped peak rises before us. After walking 30 minutes along the forest, finally opens into clearing views where we can see the face of Annapurna, which rises high and wide. From here our route will breaks into a combination of scrub forest and open meadow. As we climb up the path becomes narrow and certainly we can see clearly the deep valleys on both sides. Then we need to take left of our and walk straightly down on the Madi Khola and the village leading up to the Annapurna shrine. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 6

Forest camp to High camp (3900m) 6/7 hours.

Today we have another pleasant walking with stunning views of Himalayas in front of us. The trek way up to High Camp is very steep and the route itself is basically a series of rain galley in the forest that   that’s why we need to be careful with our footing. After walking about half hour through the forest finally opens into a clearing views of Annapurna rises with high and wide peak. Continue walking through grasslands of high region with beautiful forest and continues up the narrow ridge line finally reach to High camp. Overnight at Guesthouse.  ( Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 7

Day trip to view point or base camp and back to High Camp

Today wake up early in the morning before the sun rises because we plan to watch a ray of sunlight over the mountains. After seeing that sunrises view over the mountains we return back to lodge and have our breakfast. After breakfast we will move to view some amazing points. We can see incredible views of snowy Himalayan peaks. The views of Machhapuchure peak is bravo we will immerse by seeing this view.  After seeing these all immemorial views we return back to High camp.  Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 8

​High camp to sidhing (355om) 6 hours trek.

Today we proceed to Sidhing from High camp. Our trails have some narrow and steep route that’s why we need to be careful. We have different route down to the Upper Mardi khola. But we can make our route along the banks of Mardi khola from the hill side village of Sidhing. Passing through the beautiful fields and farms over the interesting suspension bridges we reach to Sidhing village. Overnight at Guesthouse.  (Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 9

Sidhing to Lwang (1700 m) 5 hours trek.

We come down from Sidhing with very steep and at difficult route through the forest. We need to pass through the shepherd’s hut in a side. Walking an hour hike we will take rest for a while. Again we will continue our trails down steeply to hillside village of Sidhing. We need to pass the western wall of the valley, crossing several streams and waterfall throughout the trail. We need to pass the drawn village of Ghale route through the rice farms. Walking of 5 hours we reach to Lwang village. Overnight at Guesthouse.  (Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 10

​Lwang to Phedi 6 hours and drive to Pokhara

Today we are returning back to Pokhara through Phedi town. Walking descend down to Modi river and continue along the river passing a chain of mini towns of Gurung and Tamang,and meadow grazing pastures we reach to Phedi. From Phedi we catch vehicle and move to Pokhara. On the way back to Pokhara we need to cross Seti River. Traveling approximately 45 minutes we reach to second tourist area that is Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.  (Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 11

​Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Now its time to say goodbye to Pokhara, today we are returning back to Karthmandu. You have two options to get back to Kathmandu you can drive through tourist bus or you can have flight too. From flight it takes minimum 25 minutes but through tourist bus it takes 6 to 7 hours to drop you in Kathmandu.  Arriving in Kathmandu you are transfer to the hotel and take rest and today is your last day to stay in Nepal so we are offering you a farewell dinner at Traditional Nepalese restaurant.  Overnight at Hotel. (Included: Breakfast, & Dinner)

Day 12

Departure day

Our Mardi Himal trek comes to end today and it’s time to return back to our own country. Keeping lots of memorial in mind a hope to see you again for next adventure trek in Nepal we are wishing you have a safe n luxury flight. (Included: Breakfast)

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure all transportation (airport to Hotel to airport)
  • 3 starts Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (02nights)
  • 3 starts Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (02 night
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara- Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Guest house accommodation while trekking.
  • Government license holder experienced local English speaking guide.
  • Potter service.
  • Staffs cost including their salary, accommodation, insurance, domestic airfare & Food.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu/ Pokhara  and  Trekking meals 3 times a day.
  • All applicable trekking permit & TIMS.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag & duffel bag. (To be return after trek finished)
  • Guided City tour in kathmandu & Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • 1 Core Trek T. shirt.
  • Trip Certificate
  • Local and government taxes.
  • Medical Kid box (Carried by your team leader)
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner. 

Cost Excludes

  • All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tipping to crew
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"
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Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *


  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric


  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version


  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)


  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks


  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash


  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow


What is trekking?
Trekking is an adventurous and exploring work. This activities pursuit involves lengthy, multi-day walks and climbs on village and park trails.

Is trekking for me?
We offer the trekking for everyone who is physically and mentally fit, patient, and love the outdoors.

Why is a guide necessarily?
Having guide is not a legal requirement but we cannot send you without any guide having licensed and experienced. You’ll be travelling through wilderness, remote countryside, and high elevations - from an aspect of pure safety, it is highly dangerous to go it alone. Additionally, very few locals in Himalayan villages speak English. Should you get lost (and, with many paths crossing through many, many villages, this is more a likelihood than a possibility), it would be difficult to communicate directions or obtain food and shelter.

What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain a policy?
For your own responsibility Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining for the days you are trekking. Some standard policies only cover up to 4000 meters for evacuation so please confirm with your insurance company if you purchase it from another company. If you get to Nepal and don't have insurance already we can help you purchase it for a reasonable price before you start the trek.

What's the best time of year to book a trek in Nepal?
The best times for trekking the Himalayas are February to May, and then September to December. You can view the sublime beauty of Nepal with glamorous sense.

Are any permits required for trekking?
Its depends on the nature of the trek. Some trekking areas require a special permit for trekking, while as others require only permits to enter conservation or national parks. Most require a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. We handle all permits for you, so you have one less thing to worry about!

How long do treks last?
Most of our Himalayan treks range from one to four weeks.

How long do we spend walking each day?
Trekkers generally walk four to six hours a day. That's between five and fifteen kilometres depending on trail conditions and the state of the weather.

Can you please provide me more information about the tea houses on this trek?
the location and the situation determined the nature of the tea house. Basically they have communal room downstairs with one or two bedroom above them. You have to share their toilet while using but nowadays in low levels attached toilet is found and some of them have hot shower facilities too. But some will have stand pipes. Tea houses use a type of burning stove in main communal area and other room are unheated. Tea houses do not have money exchange facilities. Trekking Planner recommend you to exchange cash in Kathmandu.
At the lower altitudes there are electricity facilities. As cooler temperature drain battery life, ensure your batteries last a little longer by putting it inside pocket of your coat or under your pillow.

Do a guides or porters carry oxygen tanks on the trek?
Exactly it is not necessary buy if essential they can carry. If someone feels the affects of altitude then there are facilities along the trek at various points and it’s easy to get.

How many guides and porters will be there in our group?
A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear. One porter will carry two trekkers baggage. A number of supporting staff will depend upon your size of group.
At one time how many litter of water I have to carry in the trek?

Mostly 3-4 litters will be sufficient. You will be able to refill bottles at lunch time. When you are in high altitude you have to drink more water to get rid of altitude diseases.

Is it necessary to carry Trekking poles?
Yes, Trekking Poles make you easy to walk in the rough ways. Trekking poles makes your body and leg to move more safely. So, we suggest you to use it.

What sort of footwear is recommended?
Cosy , sturdy trekking shoes or boots are a must. Ideally your footwear will have Gore-Tex or similar lining, along with thick soles. This will ensure that your feet stay warm and dry, and that you are comfortable walking on rocky paths. Wool socks are recommended instead of cotton, and these too should be thick and warm.

What do I need to know about sun protection?
It may seem counter-intuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun's intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sun block. A sun block specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses its recommend that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses.

Is bottled water available everywhere in the trek?
Mainly tea houses on the way have stores which sell bottled water and other supplies that may be needed for you on the trek. There are no any plastic recycleable facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets and use filter water in the teahouses.

Should I have to bring iodine tablets for purifying the water?
You have to bring iodine tablet with you. Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odourless.

What are the effects of going so high?
Altitude produces physically changes in the body. Higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If after gaining a lot of elevation in a hurry, you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness.

What ill may be appeared if i get in the trek?
It depends on the nature of your illness. If you suddenly feel dizzy or weak, you have to sit or lie down. If you still feel sick, keep a warm and quiet until you can get medical help. You will carry down if no progress we advise travellers to take a personal kit too.
In serious cases, you need helicopter rescue. Our guide will suggest you to use it if its very serious. So, helicopter rescue insurance is necessary for every trekker before you come to trek in this trek.

Would you recommend taking a Down Jacket?
The weather is very flexible in Nepal. It changes according to the time. The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you can expect to experience four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. While even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day, the higher the altitude, the colder the temperature and when high up the temperature drops significantly at night to around -10C in October/November, and to around -20C from December to February.

Should I tip my guide? How about my porter?
It is not compulsory; tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks. Your guides and porters will tremendously appreciate a small gratuity at the end of your trek, as these little extras go a long way towards helping their families. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for the team's hard work and devoted attention to your happiness.

How much money should I bring along?
Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.

Is alcohol permitted on trek?
Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However we suggest you not to drink alcohol at high altitude. It depends on you.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?
It’s sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we cannot offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

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Trip Facts

Duration: 12 Days
Accomodation: Hotel / Guest House
Seasons : March , April , May , Aug, Sep, Oct & Nov.
Type: Moderate
Activities : Trekking / Sightseeing
No. of Pax : 1-12 pax.
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : Kathmandu

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