Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Duration:12 days
Max Altitude:4500m
Trip Grade:3
Lodging: Lodge or Home Stay
Meals:Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
Transportation:Flight/Tourist Bus/Car/Van
Group Size:Min 1 Pax PAX
Best Season:March to May & September to November
Per Day Walk:4-7 Hours
Trip Route:Kande-Deurali-Mardi Himal Base Camp-Sidhing-Ghalel-Lwang

The Mardi Himal Trek is a newly opened route and hidden treasure in the Annapurna region. This trek is best destination to avoid the crowd. Mardi Himal trek offer imaging view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre and Manaslu ranges. Mardi Himal base camp, Sidhing village and Lwang are the major attraction of this trek.

The trek starts at Kande after 1 hours driving from Pokhara. The trail is good, first slowly up, then a bit steeper to Australian Camp (2060m – About one hour), then after that slightly downhill to Pothana (1950m) then up again to Deurali (2100m). There is a right turn in Deurali sign posted “Forest Camp” the trail is through jungle, at first up then undulating on the top of a ridge, there is a section just over half way where the trail drops steeply and then slowly gains height and then back onto the ridge and into Forest Camp (2600m). The trail is initially quite steep leaving Forest Camp but soon gets less steep as you again get upon the ridge. The trail leaves Low Camp again in jungle, but the trees soon start to get smaller and after about one hours trekking broke out of the jungle and onto the open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to my left. It is possible to continue trekking along the ridge for another 4 to 5 hours to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and return to High Camp in around 4 hours – This makes a long day but there is also a viewpoint about half way, the imaging view can be from here. After that, we trek  down to Low Camp.  When we arrive to Low Camp, we trek Sidhing , Ghalel and Lwang villages. From Lwang, we drive back to Pokhara.

Mardi Himal Trek Mountain view Mardi Himal trek

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Trivuwan International airport in Kathmandu, transfer to the Hotel and free activities in the evening.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 03: Pokhara to Deurali 
Day 04: Deurali to Forest Camp
Day 05: Forest Camp to Low Camp
Day 06: Low Camp to High Camp.
Day 07: Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and return to same place.
Day 08: High Camp to Sidhing 
Day 09: Sidhing to Lwang
Day 10: Lwang to Pokhara
Day 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 12: Departure to home.
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  2. Detail Itinerary

    Day 1 – Arrive at Trivuwan International airport in Kathmandu, transfer to the Hotel and free activities in the evening.

    Day 2 – Kathmandu to Pokhara
    Drive to Pokhara (200 km. 6/7 hours driving) by tourist bus / Car (at 7:00 AM) in the morning from Kantipath and then overnight at the Hotel in Pokhara.
     

    Day 3 – Pokhara to Deurali  
    You drive to the trailhead, the route from Kande is a good one and very few trekkers choose to start the trek from here. The trail is good, first slowly up, then a bit steeper to Australian Camp (2060m – About one hour), then after an early lunch slightly downhill to Pothana (1950m) and the ACAP / TIMS checkpoint, then up again to Deurali (2100m). And then overnight at Lodge.

    Day 4 – Deurali to Forest Camp 
    There is a right turn in Deurali signposted “Forest Camp” the trail is through jungle, at first up then undulating on the top of a ridge, there is a section just over half way where the trail drops steeply and then slowly gains height and then back onto the ridge and into Forest Camp (2600m) after about 4 hour trekking. There are now 3 lodges in Forrest Camp. Simple but clean so again a good choice.

    Day 5 – Forest Camp to Low Camp 
    The trail is initially quite steep leaving Forest Camp but soon gets less steep as you again get upon the ridge. From Forest Camp to Low Camp is only a short day trekking through more jungle with occasional glimpses of Annapurna South before getting into Low Camp (2970m) after around 3 hours. Although there are 2 lodges in Low camp, the lodges are very simple.

    Day 6 – Low Camp to High Camp. 
    The trail leaves Low Camp again in jungle, but the trees soon start to get smaller and after about one hours trekking broke out of the jungle and onto the open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to my left. The trail then undulates along the ridge and after about 3 hours trekking we arrived at High Camp (3550m).and then overnight at Lodge.

    Day 7– Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and return to same place.
    It is possible to continue trekking along the ridge for another 4 to 5 hours to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and return to High Camp in around 4 hours – This makes a long day but there is also a viewpoint about half way. And then overnight at Lodge.

    Day 8 – High Camp to Sidhing 
    This day, we trek down to Sidhing. It takes around 5-6 hours trekking. And then overnight at Lodge.

    Day 9 – Sidhing to Lwang via Ghalel
    This day, we trek down to Lwang Village. It takes 5-6 hours walking from Sidhing to Lwang. And then overnight at Lodge.
     

    Day 10 – Lwang to Pokhara
    This day, you drive from Lwang to Pokhara ,It is 3 hours drive to Pokhara.

    Day 11 – Pokhara to Kathmandu
    Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (200 km. 6/7 hours driving) by tourist bus at 7:30 am. And stay overnight at the Hotel in Kathmandu
     

    Day 12 – Departure to home.

Cost Includes

  • Pick-up and drop-off service at Trivuwan International Airport in Kathmandu by private Car/Van/Bus.
  • 2 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu on BB Plan (1 Night before trek & 1 Night after trek).
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus/ private car/flight.
  • 2 Nights Hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast (before trekking & after trekking).
  • Pokhara-Kande by taxi and Lwang-Pokhara by public Jeep.
  • All the Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and accommodation during the trek.
  • ACAP permit and TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) card.
  • One English speaking Government certificate holder trekking guide and required porters.
  • Guide/Porter's: food, lodge, transportation, salary, insurance, equipment etc.
  • First Aids Kit.
  • Local fresh fruit like orange, banana, apple, grape etc.
  • 13% Government VAT and official expenses.

Cost doesn't Include

  • International airfare and visa fees (15 Days US$25 and 30 Days US$40).
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All drinks Soft and hard coke, beer, mineral water.
  • Your travel insurance which should include the emergency rescue.
  • Your Trekking gears.
  • Tips for your guide and porters etc. 

Trip Reviews

SilviaSilvia, Argentina
My name is Silvia and I live in Brazil. I made my first trekking last year with Harka. I was so happy with Harka that this year I came back and made two more. We did the Anapurna Sanctuary again and the Ganesh Himal mountain.
As I am 63,for me was beeng the first time a great challenge and I guess for him also. We had a great time, it was wonderful. 
Harka is very concious and care about you, your food, your limits and your happyness. 
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