Budget Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TREK

  • Incredible view of Himalayan peaks including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Nilgiri and almost of Annapurnas 
  • A truly handy view of sacred mountain Fishtail, Mardi Himal and Annapurna South
  • Opportunity to intermingle with Gurung culture who deserve good faith as brave warrior
  • Walk through rhododendron forest & Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Reach High Elevation (4500m) within short time of trek
  • Experience traditional Nepalese lifestyle
  • Scenic overland journey alongside 3 rivers

Mardi Himal Base Camp (MHBC) is a newly opened trekking-destination in the Annapurna region, and, thus very few travelers make their journey to MHBC that deserves enticing potentiality to be a unique substitute to the other popular areas. Situated to the eastern part of prevalent Annapurna Base Camp, the summit of Mardi Himal abruptly towers up to the south-west face of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) that offers a real exquisite destination to each of holiday makers. Moreover, the trek is rather suitable and treasurable one for those who have short vacation but are enthusiastic to make adventurous trips within a limited time in the Himalayas.

The trekking trail to Mardi Himal Base Camp winds through mix-valleys, alpine meadows, picturesque villages, and bewitching forest of rhododendron, pine and maple trees accompanied by exciting and incredible views of Himalayas and panoramic landscape. Especially the handy view of Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Mardi Himal is phenomenal when one reaches at the highest point of this trip. 

The trekking route to Mardi Himal Base Camp is not well developed. There are only simple guesthouses and home-stays in the route and one must be easy going in few stops to share room with friends. We have to adjust in guesthouses with no attached/private bathroom and there are very few choices of food item as well (non-veg items are not readily available; if preferred, we would like you to inform us while booking the trek). This trek must be booked at least 3 months prior to your arrival in Nepal so as to reserve lodges or guesthouses on time. At some points, we may have to carry pack lunch and enough water because there are no teashops or groceries on the way before reaching the overnight stop.

OUTLINE OF ITINERARY: Please click on 'Itinerary' to read short description of everyday activities of this package of trek.

[Day 01] Arrival in Nepal. We welcome our guests at the exit gate of Kathmandu Airport, check-in at a pre-booked 2 Star Hotel located in downtown (Thamel). Our respected guests are sincerely suggested to stroll in town area nearby hotel to adapt local environment (If time permits you, it is to make an excursion to Kathmandu Durbar Square). 

[Day 02] Kathmandu – final preparation for your adventurous journey to Mardi Himal Base Camp (MHBC). Meantime, we obtain essential permits for this trip. In the evening, a short information about the trip will be delivered to our clients.

[Day 03] Kathmandu-Pokhara drive in a tourist bus, check-in at a pre-booked 2 Star hotel located in Lakeside (the main tourist town of Pokhara)

[DAY 04] Drive to Kande at 1570m (45 minutes), and, then, trek to Deurali at 2100m via Australian Camp/Thulo Kharka (5 hours) - overnight stay in a guesthouse 

[DAY 05] Trek to Forest Camp 2600m (5-6 hours) - overnight stay in a guesthouse 

[DAY 06] Trek to Low Camp 2950m (3-4 hours of walk) - overnight stay in a guesthouse 

[DAY 07] Trek to High Camp 3700m (3-4 hours of walk) - overnight stay in a guesthouse 

[DAY 08] High Camp 3700m – rest for High Altitude Acclimatization - overnight stay in a guesthouse 

[DAY 09] Explore Mardi Himal Base Camp 4500m and return to Low Camp 2950m (8-9 hours) - overnight stay in a guesthouse 

[DAY 10] Trek to the village of Siding for Lunch. After lunch, we board in our standby jeeps and, then,drive to Pokhara.  

[DAY 11] Drive back Kathmandu in a tourist bus, check-in at your hotel

[DAY 12] Kathmandu – reserved day. Interested trip can organized on client’s demand.

[Day 13] Depart Nepal for home country

SERVICE INCLUDED: Following services are included in the package.

  • Ground Transport:
    - Airport/Hotel/Airport transfers in Kathmandu as per suggested itinerary by private vehicles
    - Vehicle from Pokhara to Kande (Trek Start Point) and from Siding (trek end point) to Pokhara
    - Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu drive in a tourist bus as per suggested itinerary
    - Hotel/Bus Park/Hotel transfers in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private vehicles as per suggested itinerary
  • A 2 Star Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara- double/twin bedded rooms with breakfast as per suggested itinerary
  • All accommodation in teahouses/lodges during trek - room sharing basis
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner including tea/coffee) during trek
  • Well trained, experienced and authorized trekking guide for entire trek as per suggested itinerary
  • Well experienced and friendly porters to carry goods and other supplies for the period of trek (2 tourists: 1 Porter)
  • TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System Card) also known as trekking permit: US $ 10 per person
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry permit: US $ 20 per person
  • Insurance for Nepalese Crew-members: accidental insurance (a coverage of US $ 10,000 per person in case of death) andmedical insurance (the coverage of US $ 5,000 per person)
  • High Altitude equipment allowance to porters

Trip Cost

The price detailed below covers all services mentioned above. If the package doesn’t suit to you, please feel free to contact us at rajesh.himalayas@gmail.com OR asira.khanal@gmail.com so that we can redesign the program based on your available time, interest and budget. Price depends on group size as detailed below.

A group of 16 Pax   :  US $ 570 Per Person

A group of 15 Pax   :  US $ 580 Per Person

A group of 14 Pax   :  US $ 590 Per Person

A group of 13 Pax   :  US $ 600 Per Person

A group of 12 Pax   :  US $ 615 Per Person

A group of 11 Pax   :  US $ 625 Per Person

A group of 10 Pax   :  US $ 640 Per Person

A group of 9 Pax     :  US $ 655 Per Person

A group of 8 Pax     :  US $ 665 Per Person

A group of 7 Pax     :  US $ 675 Per Person

A group of 6 Pax     :  US $ 690 Per Person

A group of 5 Pax     :  US $ 710 Per Person

A group of 4 Pax     :  US $ 730 Per Person

A group of 3 Pax     :  US $ 780 Per Person

A group of 2 Pax     :  US $ 830 Per Person

SERVICE EXCLUDED: Following services are excluded from package. We provide these on clients’ request that affects the cost of our service.

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Visa Fees
  • Flights; both internal and international
  • All insurance favoring clients
  • Over Excess baggage charges to/from Pokhara
  • Rescue Cost
  • Cold beverage and alcoholic drinks
  • Trekking equipment and goods of personal use
  • Guided Tour in Kathmandu
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Other cost of unpredictable happenings(accident, natural disaster and other things beyond our control)

[Day 01] Arrival in Nepal
As soon as you complete immigration formalities, our Airport Manager warmly welcome you at the exit gate of arrival terminal in the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. You will be escorted to a pre-booked hotel (2 Star) in downtown, Thamel. Depending on arrival time, we sincerely suggest you to stroll in the town for adaptation with local environment. If time permits, it is better to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square on foot. The visit helps you to be familiarized with the local ambiance.

[Day 02] Kathmandu
Get finally prepared for your adventurous journey to Mardi Himal Base Camp (MHBC). Meanwhile, we obtain necessary permits. We can organize interested trip on request.

[DAY 03] Kathmandu-Pokhara drive in a Tourist Bus (7-8 hours)
The overland coach-journey to Pokhara goes through River Valley (Trishuli River, Seti River and Marsyangdi River), farming land (mostly rice and millet field) and picturesque villages along with glances of Himalayas and mountain-cliff. Everyone enjoys the scenic drive to Pokhara. As we reach Pokhara Bus Park, we board in our standby car/van/jeep/bus depending on group size and move to our pre-booked hotel (2 Star) located in lakeside (the main tourist town). We check-in at the hotel and get refreshed. We will have dinner in a restaurant situated in lakeside. 

[DAY 04] Drive to Kande (1570m), trek to Deurali at 2100m via Australian Camp/Thulo Kharka (2232m)

Together with Trekking Guide and Porters, we will board in reserved vehicles and commence scenic drive on black topped Pokhara-Beni High Way passing through Tibetan refugee camp and paddy field alongside the Seti River. After 20 minutes of drive, we will reach at Phedi (the alternative trek start point to ABC or Mardi Himal BC). From there our overland journey ascends on twisted road. We will stop in Naudanda (1460m) to capture Annapurnas/Manaslu range and Pokhara Valley accompanied by World Peace Pagoda and alpine lakes: Phewa Tal, Begnas Tal and Rupa Tal.

We will resume the scenic drive to Kande 1570m, and commence trek to Australian Camp 2232m (Thulo Kharka) for 2 hours. The trail ascends through closely bordered houses and the field of millet, wheat and rice. We will have Lunch at Australian Camp in company with outstanding views of Annapurna Himalayan Peaks and valleys, and, soon after lunch; we resume rest of the day’s trek. Hence, the trekking trail is well maintained in this part, it takes half an hour to reach permit check-point, Pothana. After governmental formalities in the checkpoint, the trek continues on to a pass at 2100m named Deurali, where the charisma of Annapurna South reveals. We spend the night in a guesthouse.

[DAY 05] Trek to Forest Camp 2600m, overnight stay in a guesthouse (5-6 hours)
The day starts soon after breakfast. As the day’s trek winds through forest of pine and rhododendron trees, we may have to carry necessary water and pack-lunch. The trail gently ascends leaving behind one of routes to ABC (Annapurna Base Camp), Copra Ridge and Poon Hill treks. The trail is gradually ups and downs but mostly forested and it is easier and interesting to walk with frequent glimpses of mountain views; overnight stay in a guesthouse.

 [DAY 06] Trek to Low Camp 2950m (3-4 hours of walk)
We start the day after breakfast as usual. Leaving behind the Forest Camp, the trail steeply climbs through the jungle of rhododendron trees. The day’s trek heads following the ridges. On our way, we should be careful as the trail traverses over scarcely exposed roots of trees plus rocks are everywhere, but it is interesting to capture them in our camera. As we continue the ascent, we can see glaciers of Annapurna south in a distance. When we navigate the forest, we reach at Low Camp and check-in at a simple lodge. The close up views of the Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Mardi Himal, mountain cliffs and ridges with open sky from here are amazing.

[DAY 07] Trek to High Camp 3700m (3-4 hours of walk)
The day’s trek goes with steep ascent towards the Mt. Mardi Himal and Mt. Fishtail through mountain ridges. The way from Low Camp to High Camp is very steep and the trail itself is mostly the sequence of deep ravines in the alpine forest and thus we need to maintain our balance while heading up. After one and half hour of walk, we emerge into open part from the Jungle via Badale Danda (also known as Middle Camp). Leaving behind trees-line, we reach at alpine-bush area and meadows and can see an outstanding view of snow-capped mountain peaks: Annapurna South, Fishtail, Hiunchuli and so on. As we continue up our way, the ridge becomes narrow and thus we should be more careful to walk. Meantime, we can see panoramic landscape: to our left the Modi Khola Valley and pretty villages in the way to ABC whereas to the right - the valley made by the rivers of Mardi Khola and Seti. If the weather is clear, we get to see Pokhara Valley and Phewa Tal. Finally, we reach at a small pasture at 3700m that is, ‘High Camp’, the day’s stop. We check-in at a guesthouse. 

[DAY 08] High Camp 3700m – rest for High Altitude Acclimatization
The trek in earlier days has limited scope for High Altitude Acclimatization because we will directly move between significant differences in elevation from High Camp 3700m to Mardi Himal Base Camp 4500m the next day. Hence, we will spend an extra day in High Camp. It is very important; especially for new journeyers to Himalayas, considering the need of perfect high altitude acclimatization for them. By this manner; our trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp can be safe, successful and more interesting. We make excursion in and around the High Camp for well acclimatization and return to the guesthouse in the afternoon. We should manage breakfast and Lunch for next day.

[DAY 09] Explore Mardi Himal Base Camp 4500m and return to Low Camp 2950m (8-9 hours)
The day’s trip heads with steep ascent and takes longer time than earlier days. Today, we should wake up early morning to start the day along the Mardi Himal Ridge up to the highest view-point of this trek at 4500m. From the view-point we can see sunrise over the uppermost part of Mt. Annapurna South whereas the Mt. Fishtail exposes straight above our head.

Hence, the trail becomes awry with rocky steps in some points, we must be well equipped before leaving the High Camp and highly alert while moving. We have to carry water, energy drink, together with breakfast and Lunch from High Camp. The days’ trip is really exciting but tough as well. The first part of ascent will take more than 2 hours to get into the base camp-I of Mardi Himal Ridge. Another 2 hours of climb takes us to the advance base camp and highest view point at 4500m. The charismatic view of Mardi Himal, Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna-I, Annapurna-III, Annapurna South and Gangapurna is unbelievable. We must be more alert and careful while returning to High Camp after the ultimate achievement. The retrace is also tough and challenging one. So, we shouldn’t lose our balance while descending to High Camp. The same day, we leave High Camp and retrace to Low Camp.

[DAY 10] Trek to the village of Siding 1750m (3-4 hours), drive to Pokhara
The return trek to Pokhara changes its route to the village of Siding at 1750m. Soon after we leave Low Camp, the trail winds with steep descent through forest to a shepherd’s hut. Past the hut, the trek descends to a hillside village called Siding situated a half of kilometer above from the valley. We will stop at Siding for lunch in a teahouse. Soon after lunch, we board in our standby reserved jeeps and drive to Pokhara, check-in at our hotel.

[DAY 11] Drive back Kathmandu in a tourist bus, check-in at your hotel

[DAY 12] Kathmandu – reserved day. Interested trip can organized on request

[Day 13] Depart Nepal for home country

Trip Facts