Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

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
  • Boating in a pristine alpine lake (Fewa Tal)
  • A visit to Tea-Garden
  • Opportunity to make circumambulation around World Peace Pagoda
  • Experience traditional Nepalese lifestyle
  • Guided tours in the UNESCO’s Heritages Sites

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 trek.

[Day 01] Arrival in Nepal. We welcome our guests at the exit gate of Kathmandu Airport, check-in at a pre-booked 3 Star Hotel located in downtown (Thamel)

[Day 02] Kathmandu - guided tour of UNESCO’s Heritage Sites (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Swoyambhunath/Monkey Temple). Meantime, we obtain essential permits for trekking

[Day 03] Kathmandu-Pokhara flight (30 minutes), check-in at a pre-booked 3 Star hotel, visit World Peace Pagoda, boating in Phewa Lake

[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 Luwang 1510m (5-6 hours) - overnight stay in a guesthouse 

[DAY 11] Trek to Khora Mukh and drive to Pokhara - overnight stay in a 3 Star Hotel

[DAY 12] Fly back Kathmandu: we will take morning flight to Kathmandu, check-in at your hotel. Visit local market to buy souvenirs

[Day 13] Depart Nepal for home country

SERVICE INCLUDED: Following services are included in the package-cost.

  • Ground Transport:
    1. Airport pick-up and drop-off in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per suggested itinerary by private vehicles
    2. Vehicle for guided tour in Kathmandu and World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara as per suggested itinerary
    3. Vehicle for Pokhara to Kande (Trek Start Point) and from Khora Mukh (trek end point) to Pokhara
  • A 3 Star Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara- double/twin bedded rooms with breakfast as per itinerary
  • All accommodation in teahouses/lodges during trek - double/twin bedded rooms where possible, and where not, room sharing basis
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner including tea/coffee) during trek
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu flights including airport tax: US $ 246 per person
  • Well trained, experienced and authorized trekking guide for entire trek as per suggested itinerary
  • A well experienced and certified Tour Guide for guided tour in Kathmandu 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
  • Entrance Permit during guided tour in Kathamndu (Pashupatinath: US $ 10, Bouddhanath: US $ 4, Swoyambhunath/Monkey Temple: US $ 2 and Kathmandu Durbar Square: US $ 10 per person)
  • Insurance for Nepalese Crew-members: accidental insurance (a coverage of US $ 10,000 per person in case of death) and medical 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 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.

After 15 paying clients, a Tour Leader gets 100 per cent complimentary of our service except government’s levy USD 85.

A group of 15 Pax     :       US $ 995 Per Person
A group of 14 Pax     :       US $ 1015 Per Person
A group of 13 Pax     :       US $ 1035 Per Person
A group of 12 Pax     :       US $ 1050 Per Person
A group of 11 Pax     :       US $ 1065 Per Person
A group of 10 Pax     :       US $ 1080 Per Person
A group of 9 Pax       :       US $ 1095 Per Person
A group of 8 Pax       :       US $ 1110 Per Person
A group of 7 Pax       :       US $ 1130 Per Person
A group of 6 Pax       :       US $ 1155 Per Person
A group of 5 Pax       :       US $ 1195 Per Person
A group of 4 Pax       :       US $ 1250 Per Person
A group of 3 Pax       :       US $ 1300 Per Person
A group of 2 Pax       :       US $ 1400 Per Person

SERVICE EXCLUDED: Following services are excluded from package. We can provide these services on demand that affects trip-cost.

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

[Day 01] Arrival in Nepal
We warmly welcome our valued clients at the exit gate of arrival terminal in the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu as soon as they complete immigration formalities, and, then, we escort them to a pre-booked hotel (3 Star) in downtown, Thamel. Depending on arrival time, we sincerely suggest our clients to stroll in the town for adaptation with local environment. If time permits, it is better to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square on foot instead of the next day. The visit helps you to be familiarized with the local ambiance.

[Day 02] Kathmandu
We arrange guided tour of UNESCO’s Heritage Sites (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Hindu's Holiest Temple Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Swoyambhunath). Meantime, we obtain essential permits for trekking.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: The Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the three durbar squares listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site within Kathmandu valley that dates back to 14th century. The Square holds palaces of kings of Malla Dynasty and Shah Dynasty who ruled over Kathmandu Valley in those periods. This area was where the kings of the country were crowned and legitimized when Nepal was still a kingdom. The site flaunts spectacular legacy of traditional architecture with pagoda styled structures embellished intricately carved wooden exteriors. Hence, it has great historical and archaeological importance. The Square is also home to the Living Goddess Kumari and consists of several temples that have great importance in Nepalese festivals.
Pashupatinath: Situated at the bank of the holy river Bagmati, the Pasupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Temples in Hindu’s world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the Great Trinity in Hindu religion. It lies 5 km to the north-east from the center of Kathmandu (Thamel) and is also a UNESCO's World Heritage Site. Pashupatinath visit is a truly spiritual experience where we can observe a mass prayer ceremony dedicated to Lord Shiva in the evening, meet the Sadhus (priests) and also observe the body cremation ritual. This temple is truly the embodiment of the Hindu religion and its practice. Holy monkeys and bulls are everywhere in the Pashupatinath area and one can get to see deers in the Slesmantak Jungle. 

Bouddhanath: The Great Boudhanath Stupa, enlisted by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1979, holds deep religious, cultural and archaeological importance. This majestic meditative monument, located 7 km North East from main tourist town (Thamel) is 1 hector in width and 141.16 ft in height. Bouddhanath is the major destination of worship for Buddhists from Nepal, Tibet, South-East and Eastern Asia, and, of studies related to Buddhism. The Boudhanath Stupa, meaning the stupa of enlightenment, towers its surrounding town as the mandala of peace and beauty and has eyes of Buddha engraved in it. It is also known as the Stupa that answers all prayers for whoever circumambulates this holy site with pure thought is believed to acquire long life, freedom from ill-health, good fortune and great wisdom, and any prayers as well as entreaties offered to it are believed to be automatically realized.
Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple): Swoyambhunath Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple, is situated atop a hill towards the west of Kathmandu and consists of a stupa with several temples and monuments around its premise. The Stupa was built around 5th century and is a perfect spot for a panoramic view of Kathmandu valley. The visit to Swoyambhunath is also considered as an amalgamation of physical exercise with a fleet of 365 stairs to reach the premise. The stupa's area offers residence for monkeys and various types of birds, nuns and monks. 

[Day 03] Kathmandu-Pokhara flight (30 minutes), visit World Peace Pagoda
We take a morning flight to Pokhara. The flight of 30 minutes to Pokhara is really pleasing with glances of panoramic landscape, Himalayas, alpine rivers and meadows, scattered villages and Jungles. As soon as we land in the Pokhara airport, we drive to a pre-booked 3 Star hotel located in main tourist town, Lakeside. After refreshment in the hotel, we drive to World Peace Pagoda that is built for the peace of our world. As we arrive in the Buddhist Pagoda, we observe majestic view of Himalayan range including the peaks:Manaslu, LamjungHimal, Annapurnas, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, etc. and panoramic valleys. Before descending on foot to Phewa Lake, we make a circumambulation around World Peace Pagoda on bare-foot.We then descend to Phewa Lake through Jungle and cross the lake in wooden paddle boat. We will have lunch in a restaurant of Lakeside and then stroll alongside the Phewa Lake. Return to hotel.

[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 gradual 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 overs carcely 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 of journey; 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 full face of 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, tea/coffee 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 Luwang 1510m (5-6 hours)
The return trek to Pokhara changes its route to the village of Luwang via Siding Village. Soon after we leave Low Camp, the trail winds with steep descent through forest to a shepherd’s hut. Past the hut, the trek steeply 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 and resume our retrace journey along the western side of the valley. We cross some streams (rivers) and pass a serene waterfalls that drops down athwart the trail. We, then, go onwards past a village Ghalel through paddy field; Mardi Khola (river) is the source of irrigation the fields. Time permits us to halt in a place to have rest and watch the Mardi Khola (alpine river) flowing down to its own way. Finally, we will arrive at old-fashioned village of Gurung families who have good fame to be the brave warrior during world war. We spend the night in a home-stay.

[DAY 11] Trek to Khora Mukh and drive to Pokhara
The villagers of Luwang are independent; healthy, wealthy and happy. It looks like that they think good, do good and be good. They believe on their own works and business and stay happy. The fertility of their lands helps them to be ever smiling. Luwang is the land of tea plantation. We visit tea-garden in the morning. As we walk for half an hour on a path with gradual ascents, we get to see incredible view of Mt. Fishtail and local women in colorful dresses in the tea-state picking the tea-leaves up. We return to Luwang for breakfast. Soon after breakfast we move to Khora Mukh for one hour and board in our standby Jeep for Pokhara. We check-in into a pre-booked 3 Star hotel.

[DAY 12] Fly back Kathmandu 
We will take morning flight to Kathmandu, check-in at our hotel. Stroll local market to buy souvenirs

[Day 13] Depart Nepal for home country

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