Duration: 04 Days
Max Altitude: 4200 meter
Accomodation: Tea House
Start: Pokhara
End: Pokhara
Group Sizes: Min 1
Best Seasons: Spring & Autumn
Difficulty: Comfort

Trip Overview

An extraordinary journey awaits you at the heart of the Annapurna region, the “Mardi Trek”. This less-traveled route unveils a unique array of landscapes. From lush rhododendron forests, and terraced fields to charming Gurung villages, the Mardi trek has it all. As you ascend, the panoramic views of the Annapurna and Machapuchare peaks unfold along with a cultural immersion.  The Mardi Himal Trek caters to all trekking levels which provide an intimate and less-crowded alternative for those seeking a deep connection with the Himalayas. Immerse yourself in the local allure and engage with Gurung communities to understand their way of life. Whether you’re an admirer of nature, a cultural enthusiast, or someone yearning for Himalayan tranquility, Mardi Himal invites you with open arms. Every step on this expedition brings you closer to the awe-inspiring Mardi Himal Base Camp, where a grand spectacle of the entire Annapurna range awaits. Capture the sunrise which casts a golden aura upon the majestic peaks, and build memories into your journey. Ready for an expedition that weaves together natural wonders and cultural immersion? Answer the call of the Mardi Himal Trek and find your adventure.

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Day 01:

Drive from Pokhara to Kande to Forest Camp(Kokar)

Head out on an adventure as we drive from Pokhara towards Kande which takes approximately an hour. Our trek begins at Forest Camp (Kokar), a journey of approximately 7 hours. Passing through the enchanting forests, we reach Australian Camp in about 2 hours. After a brief pause, our hike resumes towards Forest Camp which covers 9 kilometers. Conquering challenging ascents, we arrive at Forest Camp which rests in the woods. Overnight in Kande.

Day 02:

Forest Camp to High Camp

Navigate stairways and ascend to Badal Danda in a 3-4 hour trek. Take a relaxing lunch and tea break and then continue the journey. From here, a 3-4 hour straight uphill hike leads us to the panoramic views of the Himalayas at High Camp. The delightful views of the mountains accompany us as we settle for an overnight stay at the High Camp. Overnight in High Camp.

Day 03:

High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp and back to Badal Danda

An early 4:00 am start takes us to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. The round trip, spanning 4-5 hours, offers surreal views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna III, Macchapuchre, and Gandarva Chuli. The Mardi Himal viewpoint at 4200m serves as a visual delight before reaching the base camp which is 1:30 hours away. After a refreshing break, we descend to Badal Danda via High Camp to spend the night. Overnight in Badal Danda.

Day 04:

Badal Danda to Sidhing to Lumre then drive to Pokhara (off-road adventure)

Badal Danda to Sidhing to Lumre then drive to Pokhara (off-road adventure)

Cost includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off in Kathmandu.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) registration.
  • Flight arrangements for both you and the guide, including airport departure tax.
  • Full-board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Accommodation at tea houses along the trek.
  • Road transportation as required.
  • Insurance coverage for the guide and porter, including emergency rescue services.
  • Necessary equipment for the guide and porter, along with first aid kits.

Cost excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • Alcoholic beverages and any drinks during the trek, including bottled water.
  • Hot shower and laundry services.
  • Personal expenses such as toiletries, medicines, confectionery, cigarettes, etc.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue arrangements (Ensure your insurance covers this).

general queries

Frequently asked questions

How fit do I need to be do this Mardi trek?

As the Mardi trek is a Grade C trek, you can expect it to be moderately difficult. Even if you do not have any previous experience, you can do this trek by preparing yourself physically and mentally.

How long do we walk every day when doing the Mardi trek?

On average, you can expect to walk for about 3-5 hours per day. Depending on the location, this duration can either be more or less than that.

What is the highest altitude reached in this Mardi trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4200m.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities during Mardi trek?

Battery charging and hot shower facilities are available in the trekking route but you may have to pay a certain amount ranging from $1-$2. You must bring your charger along with you though.

Are there ATMs on the way to Mardi Trek?

No. There are no ATMs on this trekking route. You will have to withdraw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

What about internet access during Mardi trek?

Internet facilities are available in most places. However, you may run into some technical issues as the internet connection is not as fast as in other countries.

Is it necessary to hire guides/trekking agencies for Mardi trekking?

It is not necessary to hire a guide/trekking agency and you can do the trek independently too. However, having a guide/trekking agency will make the trek completely hassle-free as they will take care of all the paperwork, accommodation, and food.

How much do guides and porters cost during Mardi trek?

For the Annapurna region, pay for guides ranges from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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