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    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Duration
      12 days
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
      Tour and Trek
    • Accommodation
      3 star Standard Hotel in cities & Standard Guest House during the trekking
    • Meals
      Bed and Breakfast Plan (BB Plan)
    • Vehicle
      Private and AC Tourist bus Transportation
    • Max. People
    Mardi Himal TrekMap
    • StartsKathmandu, Nepal
    • EndsKathmandu, Nepal

    About - Mardi Himal Trek

    Mardi Himal is one of the most beautiful hidden gems in the Annapurna Region, which is located at an elevation of 5,587 meters and 18,330 ft and is superbly situated at the base of Mt. Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail). Mardi Himal trek is new to every trekker and this destination provides the untouched beauty of the Annapurna Region. 

    In 1961, the east wall was used to reach Mardi Himal for the first time. Only because of photographs taken by Englishman Basil Good Fellow in 1953 was the trail and the Mardi Mountain discovered. The Base Camp of Mardi Himal Trek welcomes hundreds of people/ trekkers each year, and the number is growing by the day. It encompasses a diverse range of mountains, as well as floral and faunal wonders. Mardi Himal is mainly visible from the south, where the southwest bone of its "older sibling" Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) expands. Three distinct shaking stones with hanging ice sheets in the center can be found on the southwestern divider.

    This trail mostly travels through the stunning scenery, breathtaking glacier valleys, and lush, green alpine terrain of the Annapurna region. Since it travels through numerous types of vegetation, dense rhododendron woodland, and narrow, winding roads, the journey is frequently referred to as an eco-tourism route. A rugged high mountain with breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks including Mt. Machapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and the Annapurna ranges suddenly emerges from the landscape. You can hike through a region abundant in wildlife, panoramas, and beautifully sculpted landscapes as part of the Mardi Himal Trek, which takes you to the foothills of the Annapurnas. 

    Trekking in Mardi Himal also means you’ll also get to have a cultural experience in both rural and urban areas. On the way towards Mardi Himal, you will explore one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities, Pokhara is also known as the “City of Lake'' where you can eat varieties of different cuisines, walk near Phewa lake, boat, fish, paraglide, and many more activities will definitely be the most influential factor of Mardi Himal Trek. Once you reach the village area, you will see diverse ethnic communities like Limbu, Rai, Magar, and Chhetri, which also help you to learn about their culture and lifestyle. Their hospitality with warm smiles will definitely make this trek worth it for you. This exciting combination of natural beauty and diverse cultural aspects is the reason that makes the Mardi Himal Trek truly beautiful. 

    Mardi Himal Trek Route

    As is usual in the Annapurna region, you begin your trek in Pokhara. Dhampus is where the footwork begins, and it continues towards Forest camp, which is bordered by pine, rhododendron, and juniper forests, after some time in the woods next destination is Low Camp & to High Camp. After acclimatizing in the two high camps, you simply relax and enjoy the beautiful vista of the Mardi Khola valley with the southern face of snow-covered Annapurna while sharing supper with friends and strangers at the Mardi Base Camp (4500 m). Camping is also a viable alternative. The best seasons for trekking in Mardi Himal are spring and fall. Rhododendron blossoms in bloom may make you fall in love with the nature of Nepal. After there you will descend down towards the siding village, from there to Pokhara and finally, you will arrive in Kathmandu City. 

    The difficulty is Mardi Himal Trek

    Normally Mardi Himal Trek is considered an easy to a moderate-level hiking trail. The walking distance is shorter and easier and you won’t gain much altitude in a single day. Also, the maximum altitude is nearly 4200m, So, this altitude is common for high mountain trekking. The longest day will be hiking from high camp to base camp and back to high camp. The risk of altitude sickness will be less as we won’t spend much time at higher altitudes. Still, plenty of water, proper rest, and sufficient food will take you easily to the most famous and beautiful trekking trail in Nepal. However, a narrow path. Steep slopes might be a problem while trekking, so it’s better to be aware of it. 

    Major Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek 

    Best Season/Time for the Mardi Himal Trek

    Mardi Himal trek can be done around the year since the altitude is quite normal as compared to high mountain trekking and also it's moderate in trekking grading. Despite this, there is always favorable weather for the amazing view of mountains and landscapes. Spring and Autumn are the best season to trek in all the Himalayan regions of Nepal and including Mardi as well. Spring generally arrives in February and lasts until May. This season is best for a long day with mild weather and a brightly colored landscape filled with wildflowers and diverse colors of rhododendron bloom. Autumn normally occurs from September and lasts until November's end. This season is an excellent choice mostly for photographers because you can see the clear blue sky which offers an amazing view of mountains and sunset and sunrise over such snow-capped mountains are the most stunning view ever. 

    Entrance and permits for Mardi Himal Trek

    At first, every trekker or climber must get an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit because the Mardi Himal Trail is attainable in the Annapurna region (ACAP). Trekkers Information Management system (TIMS) is also required. Cost for these permits are given below:
    ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permits) = USD 28.00 P/P for foreigners (NRP- 3000.00) and USD 14. P/P for SAARC Nationals (NRP- 1500).
    TIMS CARD for the group: USD 10.00 P/P for foreigners (NRP- 1000) and USD 6.00 P/P for SAARC Nationals (NRP- 600). 

    Major Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek

    • Explore the hidden gem of the Annapurna Region.
    • Trek through the less crowded and newly opened trail can offer the experience of the off-beat virgin path of Nepal. 
    • Get the closest view of the Annapurna mountains range and most iconic mountain, Machapuchhre (also called Mt. Fishtail) including the snow-capped mountains like Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Mardi Himal, Heauchuli, Nilgiri, and many more. 
    • Trek through the traditional mountain village, lush green jungle, and unrevealed majestic natural beauty.
    • Experience local culture, traditional villages, and warm hospitality from the locals. 
    • Breathtaking view of the sunset over fishtail from Mardi high camp.

    If you are looking for other popular trekking in the Annapurna Region, we also offer Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 10 DaysAnnapurna in Luxury – 11 Days, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise Trek with Chitwan Jungle Safari, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and many more.

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    Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

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    What's Included

      All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport and hotel transfers
      3-star accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar category) and Pokhara (Hotel Lakestar or similar category) on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
    • PERMITS:
      All necessary papers works, Conservation entry permits, and TIMS.
      Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
      Luxury Holidays Nepal’s duffel, sleeping bag, T-shirt and trekking map - if necessary
      Tourist bus transportation from Kathmandu-Pokhara and by private vehicle from Pokhara to the trek starting point and ending point to Pokhara.
      Pokhara - Kathmandu flight, as per itinerary.
    • LUGGAGE:
      Up to 15 Kg per member as personal baggage during the trek to be carried by porters.
      Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek with breakfast
    • GUIDE:
      Government-licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
    • PORTER:
      Porters as required (2 Trekkers: 1 Porter) to and from Basecamp.
      All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
      Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara valley with private vehicles
      Comprehensive medical kit.
      Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance performance in the evening.
      All government taxes and official expenses.

    What's Excluded

      International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
      Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page)
      Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu, Pokhara and in trekking days
      Optional Add-on for Meals, Hotel upgrades in cities and domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara)
      Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking, domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
      Insurance covering both medical and high-altitude evacuation costs (for the trip cancellation, interruption, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)
      Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages.
      Clothing, Packing Items, Bags, Personal Medical Kit, and all kinds of Personal Trekking Gear.
      Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
    • FILMING:
      Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
      City sightseeing and entrance fees(NPR 2600 ∼ US $ 22 per person )
      Not included during the trek.
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    • Group and Family Discounts
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    • TIPS:
      Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected).
    • EXTRA:
      Any other services, activities or personal expenses, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and other items not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.

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      Mr. Jarlison Desterro
      United States of America (the), Dallas

      An excellent service

      Thank you Luxury Holidays Nepal for the wonderful memory. What an amazing trek it was. I had a wonderful experience trek of Manaslu and Annapurna. Everything was managed properly from start to end. The trek offers me an incredible view of mountains and sunrise-sunset from the row of the Himalayas. They made me comfortable as it was my first solo trek.

      One of the best experiences ever! Everything was perfect and according to the itinerary! Would surely recommend LHN.

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      Mr. Mark
      France, Paris

      Amazing trek in Nepal

      Me and my friend did the Mardi Himal trek in Nepal and i must say the trekking is so satisfying and i get to experience a lot of new things on the trails.  after our trek, we have a left and we decided to do a one-day world heritage tour in Kathmandu. Exploring the historical and religious landmarks is very interesting and i love the art work of Nepal. Thank you so much to the LHN team and our trekking and tour guide for everything. 

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      Ms. Henrique Maia
      United States of America (the), Dallas

      A place you must have seen before you die

      This was my first trip to Nepal and the first time trekking in the Himalayas, and Luxury Holidays Nepal made it the best trip! From the booking to the trekking and traveling, LHN was there at every step with information, and easy communication.Ram Lamichhane at LHN is a spectacular guide! He was knowledgeable, friendly, and worked incredibly hard to make the experience amazing (and he succeeded!). I had an incredible time there. Everything was arranged beforehand, and I did not have to worry about anything from our stay to the places we visited. Amazing experience and an amazing guide.

      Thank you, Ram and LHN for the trip of a lifetime!

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    Mardi Himal Trek FAQs

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    Essential Information

    Accommodation during Mardi Himal Trek
    Luxury Holidays Nepal provides accommodation in the 3-Star category hotels in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar), Pokhara (Hotel Lake Star or similar) and standard Lodges throughout the journey. Teahouse and lodge have rooms with just the basics, normally with a bed, blanket, and pillows. If you want luxury accommodation of 4/5 stars in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, please contact us for cost detail.

    Foods during Mardi Himal Trek: 
    Travelers take their breakfast and dinner at the tea house where they stay and lunch is taken during the trailing in the local lodge. Lunch and Dinner are not included during the trip and breakfast is included throughout the trip.

    Drinking Water during Mardi Himal Trek
    The water quality in Nepal isn’t the greatest so it is better to use a water filtration or purification tablet. You can also drink boiled water if you like. Make sure to drink a lot of water during the trekking as your body requires more at a higher altitude. (Click here for more information)

    Transportation during Mardi Himal Trek
    Luxury Holidays Nepal will offer you private luxury vehicles for airport transferal, sightseeing and Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara and a Tourist bus for Kathmandu-Pokhara and domestic flight ticket (Pokhara-Kathmandu).

    Luggage during Mardi Himal Trek
    Throughout the trip of Mountain Trekking, your luggage is carried and moved by the porters. You should carry a water bottle, sunscreen, camera, spare jacket, etc. Your main luggage will be your trekking bag and you can carry a small lockable bag that will provide safety. You are provided with a free locker room in the hotel of Kathmandu. The weight allowance in domestic airlines of Nepal is up to 20kg and for more weight, you have to pay US$1 per/kg depending on the area.

    Group Leader during the Mardi Himal Trek
    Luxury Holidays Nepal will facilitate you with the trained traveling guide in your group. There will be a single porter for a couple of people. (Click here to see the Guide Profiles

    If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to the availability of spots. Also, please send us your redemption code and voucher number through this link (Voucher Redemption).

    Visa for Mardi Himal Trek
    You can get a visa at Kathmandu airport upon arrival. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the queue for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy.

    On-Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points
    15 Days – 30 USD
    30 Days – 50 USD
    90 Days – 125 USD

    For more details please click here.

    Booking your international flight for Mardi Himal Trek
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    They usually have good offers.

    When and where should you arrive for Mardi Himal Trek
    Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport. The tour starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour and ends after the scheduled trip after breakfast.

    You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal by representatives holding a "Luxury Holidays Nepal" sign card and he will escort you to the Hotel. 
    If you plan to arrive early or depart late, please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected]
    After you purchase your international air ticket, please contact us to give your flight details.

    Currencies accepted during Mardi Himal Trek
    There is good access to ATMs anywhere in most city areas, however, you will find it hard in rural areas. Different banks have their maximum withdrawal amount limit. Most hotels, restaurants, airlines, and travel agents accept cards as well. It is more important to have enough cash as there will be very limited or no ATM access in trekking areas and also some reserve cash for emergencies. USD is selectively acceptable in Nepal but still, you need to make sure you have Nepalese currency on hand during the trekking. (Click here for more information)

    Nepal is a heaven for adventures and is comparatively a safe destination for those adventures. There is a low rate of serious crime however you should still take sensible safety measures. Keep an eye on pick-pocketers and snatchers in buses and tourist areas. You can avoid walking with a large amount of cash on your own. Always let your guide know if you’re going out during the trip. (Click here for more information)

    Internet and SIM Card for Mardi Himal Trek
    Most cities have extensive access to the internet, also hotels, restaurants, and cafes that offer free WIFI. But outside the cities, in the remote trekking areas, it’s fair to non-existent. You can easily purchase a SIM card at an affordable cost. You can use the data package using the SIM card as well. (Click here for more information)

    Vaccinations & Immunization for Mardi Himal Trek
    Before traveling to Nepal, please consult your travel clinic for updated information on vaccinations and immunizations. The commonly recommended vaccinations are Chickenpox, Diphtheria-Tetanus, Polio, Shingles, Covid-19, Hepatitis A & B, Encephalitis, Malaria, Measles, Rabies, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever. (Click here for more information)

    Health Issues for Mardi Himal Trek
    We advise you to visit your doctor at least 60 days earlier before beginning your journey to Annapurna Base Camp. Altitude sickness (AMS) is the main health issue. You may feel mild altitude sicknesses like nausea, lethargy, and headache but they will get less in a couple of days. To be protected from (AMS) you can take Diamox pills or you can consult the doctor and use medicine as referred and purchase them from Kathmandu. For your information, your traveling guide will also have pills for (AMS) and other basic medicine, but we suggest you carry your own medicine. We recommend you take pills for diarrhea, cold, fever, and nausea.

    See Mount Everest
    If you want to see a close view of Mt. Everest and the Himalayan peaks, we can arrange mountain flights. You can contact [email protected] to book.

    To know more about Mount Everest Scenic Flight by plane, please click here and Everest Scenic Flight by Helicopter click here.

    Insurance/Evacuation for Mardi Himal Trek
    We do not hope that there may arise any serious problems for you in your journey, but if you get caught by a serious illness, then we will do our best to take you to the nearest hospital possible. But you will be responsible for all the expenses that take place during the evacuation process. So, it is good for you to have insurance that will cover your cost. Be Insured. (See the travel insurance page)

    Trip Extensions:
    If you like our service and you want to extend your trip, then we can further organize your trip to India, Bhutan, and Tibet. And other trekking and activities in Nepal like the Everest trek, Langtang Trek, Manaslu Trek, Peak Climbing, Tours, etc.

    Tipping for Mardi Himal Trek
    There is no significant rule about tipping your guide or porter but it has been more common in Nepal. It is on you to decide whether to thank the guide and porter with tips or not. But in most cases, guides and porters expect tips from you though they don’t ask for tips verbally.

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