Fantastic Mardi Himal Trek is located east of one of the most legendary trekking destination of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek. Mardi Himal trek is an unseen gem yet. Mardi Himal trekking is a tropical and fascinating trekking route in the western Annapurna region of Nepal and is located east of Modi Khola across the valley from Hiunchuli. The trip covers some of the breathtaking glacial valleys and the masked Landscape of the Annapurna region. Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp outstandingly positioned at the base of Mardi Himal and the Annapurna region’s most iconic mount Machapuchhre literally meaning “Fish Tail”. The trek is also commonly known as an Eco Tourism trial that goes along small winding paths, crosses through enchanted dense Rhododendron forests and varieties of Vegetation. The unique adventure to Mardi Himal will also be completely soaked with the views of snowcapped peaks.
Mardi Himal is a short trek in the attractive Annapurna region of Nepal where we can try local delicacies, appreciate the excellent hills and mountain landscapes and enjoy the pristine view of mountains. Mardi Himal trek leads off ‘the beaten path’ away from the busy and crowded trials of the Annapurna region. It is a short circuitous trek in a quieter area of the Annapurna Region. There are no roads and so there is no noise pollution. The trek to Mardi Himal is not well marked and accommodation is limited so an experienced guide is preferred along the way. This journey demands knowledge of the tracks and mountain experience as certain sections are risky.
Trek from Kande to Mardi Base Camp
The trek to Mardi Himal commence from Kande at the elevation of 1770 meters. The trial to Mardi Base Camp Trek from Kande is uphill and pleasant easy walk up to Deurali. Continuing along a quiet trial through Deurali a dense forest of Oak, maple, Hemlock and Rhododendron will bring at the clearing of Forest Camp, known by the locals as Kokar. Few hours climb through forest leads to Badal Danda offering stunning view of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre. The trial continues along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on grass with colorful Danphe pheasant (National Bird of Nepal) on this section of the trial. There is a well-established trial with a couple of steeper sections however overall not too challenging where dzokpo (yak/cow crossbreds) grazing can be seen. After reaching Mardi Base Camp at the elevation of 4500m this is where one can look into the Annapurna Sanctuary and the panoramic view of all of the peaks in the sanctuary.
Day 01: Flight Kathmandu - Pokhara (or drive 7 hrs) - drive to Kande (1 hrs) - trek to Pitam-Deurali (2100 m) 2.5 hrs.
Day 02: Pitam-Deurali (2100 m) - Forest Camp (2550 m) 4-5 hrs.
Day 03: Forest Camp (2550 m) - Low Camp (2990 m) 3 hrs.
Day 04: Low Camp (2990 m) - High Camp (3580 m) 3 hrs.
Day 05: Day hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m) and return to High Camp (3580 m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 06: High Camp (3580 m) - Sidhing (1850 m) 6 hrs.
Day 07: Sidhing (1850 m) - Lumre 3 hrs - drive to Pokhara 3 hrs.
Day 08: Flight or bus Pokhara - Kathmandu.
Best Season to trek to Mardi Base Camp
April and May are considered to be the peak hiking season in Nepal when you get the best weather conditions as the result all trekking routes get very busy.
Mid Sept-October – November is Autumn Season: this is Nepal´s peak and best time to go trekking. March – May is the second best season of year to go trekking. December – January -February: the skies are clear but it can get very cold and there is a risk of passes being closed due to snow fall.
May - June: This is Nepal´s hot pre-monsoon season and it can get very warm indeed. The valleys however are starting to bloom with flowers though green leaves come up, still a good time to trek.
June - Mid September: this is Monsoon season and the least popular time to go trekking in Nepal. The risk of leeches, downpours increases greatly. Due to the early forested areas leeches at this time of year in Mardi Himal are quite active!
Tips for trek
Without at least some pre-trip training, or a good basic level of fitness, trekking is hard work. Let’s be real – it’s hard work anyway. The toll for a great trek is paid in sweat. Sore calves and aching quads are badges of honor, with blisters and lost toenails marks of pride. But in return, you get some of the most untouched, pristine and jaw-dropping scenery on the planet. And you know what? The more you train for your epic hike, the easier it’ll be. Some of the basic things to be carried along while trekking are:
Water Bottle: A savior in many ways
Munching Items: Trial Mix, Dry Fruits, Chocolate or Energy Bars
Backpack: Travel Light & Organized
Trekking Shoes or Hiking Boots: Walk the talk on your Hike or Trek
Swiss Knife: A multi-purpose toolset
Torchlight or Flashlight: Find the way in the dark
Hand Sanitizer: Kill the unwanted germs
Trek Pants or Trousers: Feel the comfort
Cap or Hat: Get in the shade
Sunscreen, Sunblocks, and Lipcares: Prevent the sunburns, moisturize your skin
Trek Route or Map: Don’t get lost
Medical First-aid Kit: Helps patch up basic health issues
Cameras and other Gadgets: Capture the moment
Trekking for Indian and SAARC Nationals
Nepal with rich ancient cultures set against the most dramatic scenery in the world is a land of discovery and unique experience. For broad minded individuals who value an experience that is authentic and mesmerizing, Nepal is the ideal destination. A majority of Indian and SAARC visitors come to Nepal via the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. It is in Kathmandu that trekkers need to acquire their permits and other documentation, either from a trekking agent or from the appropriate offices. These documents will be checked along the trekking route. For those with little time on their hands, there are half-day hikes from Kathmandu to witness breathtaking Himalayan views.
Trekking Permit cost for Mardi Base Camp
Some part of the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek goes through the Annapurna Conservation Area which, requires the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit. Besides that, you also required to get TIMS card (TIMS cards is not needed if you have immigration permit).
Following is the list of permits for the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek:
ACAP permit fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Around USD 20)
ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR (Around USD 2)
TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Approx. USD 10)
TIMS entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 600 NPR (Around USD 6)
*If you are traveling with a trekking agency they will arrange these permits for you.
* These prices exclude 13% VAT (Value Added Tax) compliance.
Booking a Mardi Base Camp Trek with Local or Overseas Company (Why should you choose local Company?)
When you decide to go trek the first question you are faced with is how to organize your trip. At least, you need tickets and accommodation. However booking an overseas company, the situation becomes more complicated. You will need visa, foreign passport and a little bit of information about a country you are visiting. So, it is recommended to book a Mardi Base Camp Trek with Local Agency/Company. Some of the pros you get while booking through local agencies are To get best price, To get authentic information, To have flexibility on your Trips.
Accommodation, meals and water during Mardi Base Camp Trek
Mardi Himal Trek is a tea house trek. You will also see few homestays at villages. The tea houses and homestays are traditional and beautiful. They offer the best possible services and facilities. It costs around $2 to $6 per room for an overnight at a local tea house. The cost is negotiable.
Meals & Drinking Water
In Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek, we will enjoy authentic Nepalese food with few other cuisines like Tibetan, Indian. Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse or lodge. Beside that you can find bars, bread, cookies, butter tea, extra on the trail but, remember as the elevation get higher, the cost also gets high. Drinking water can be easily found everywhere. You can get hot water from the teahouse and fill in your bottle every time it gets empty. Avoid plastic mineral water bottle as it will help in preserving the region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets with yourself to purify the water.
Altitude Sickness and its preventive measures during Mardi Base Camp Trek
“The hidden treasure trek” of Mardi Himal is a must and almost everyone can do it. Beginner trekkers have rated the trek as moderate difficulty. Well, for most trekkers, it is an easy trek when compared to a lot of other treks. A common but unavoidable problem during the Mardi Himal trek is altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is common in the higher elevations and is a very crucial issue in the trek. The different body reacts differently to altitude sickness. Some may find it very difficult whereas others can adjust well. During the Mardi Himal trek, you will reach the maximum height at 4500 meters. So, the risk of altitude sickness is quite common in the trek. Some of the symptoms of altitude sickness are headaches, shortness in breathing, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. You should not ignore any of the signs. Altitude sickness is very dangerous and might even cause death.
Drinking plenty of water and allowing your body to acclimatize are the ways to fight this issue. You should never drink alcohol during this trek as this causes dehydration. Carry a water bottle at all times and do not rush.
Other Similar Treks in the region
As Mardi Base Camp Trek lies in the Annapurna region, there are other similar treks in the region. Some of them are Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek, Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Around Sikles Trek.