Mardi Himal 9 days
Duration: 9 days
Trip level: moderate (info?)
Maximum altitude: 4500 m
Season: February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December
The Mardi Himal trek is a relatively new trek in the Annapurna region. The route was officially opened in 2012. Before 2012 this hike was only accessible as a camping trek. Recently simple teahouses and homestays have appeared along the Mardi Himal route. This trail is located next to the Annapurna Base Camp route, but the differences between the two routes are enormous. Annapurna is a congested area with many backpackers. At Mardi Himal you woll find no hordes of busy tourism, but peace, quiet and little fellow trekkers. The view of the mountains from this trek is phenomenal. Especially the familiar shape of the Fishtail the Machapuchare comes impressively close. The path goes through oak and rhododendron forests and along a valley. From 3300 meters on the landscape changes abruptly in a rugged alpine scenery. From this point the mountains are close and you can almost touch the blue glaciers of Annapurna South.
The Mardi Himal starts nearby Pokhara. It is a short drive to Dhamphus. From hereon you trek comfortably towards Pitam Deurali. At this day you hike through an area which is inhabited by the Gurung and Magar people. In this region both Buddhist and Hindu influences are found in varying degrees. The route follows winding paths through forests of oak and rhododendron towards forest camp. Soon after forest camp you will get your first glimpse of the mountain views you will enjoy the coming the days. until you land abruptly in an alpine landscape. At the Middle Camp you have a break for the lunch. The trail continues for an hour through forest again until you land abruptly in an alpine landscape. At Middle Camp the sunrise and sunset are the most spectacular you will ever experience. From Midle Camp the route continues along the Mardi Himal ridge where you primarily walk on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes. Look for the colorful Danphe pheasant, for your travelling through its natural habitat. In one day you walk through a desolate mountain landscape, to the High Camp. From the High Camp you can see far towards Annapurna Base Camp. You have a view of the peaks of the Annapurna South, Annapurna I, the Hiunchuli and beautiful Machapuchre. From here on it is only a four hour walk to the viewpoint of the Mardi Himal Base Camp. At the viewpoint you will have a grand view on the entire Annapurna range. After admiring all the mountain giants, you descend through the rhododendron forest back towards Sidhing and Lwang. At Lwang it is nice relaxing at a local teagarden and homestay. From Lwang you will drive back to Pokhara.
Day 01 Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (6 hrs.)
Day 02 Drive to Dhamphus (1 hr.), and trek to Pitam Deurali (2100 m – 3 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Forest camp (255o m – 4 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Middle Camp (3220 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to High Camp (3580 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 06 Day hike to Mardi Himal base camp (4500 m – 7 hrs.) overnight at Middle Camp.
Day 07 Trek to Sidhing (1850)-6 hrs)
Day 08 Drive to Pokhara (1,5 hrs.)
Day 09 Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
The starting price for Mardi Himal 9 days is:
€400,00 per person
Including shared teahouse room (2 pers. per room) & sleeping bag during trek:
€475,00 per person
We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Return drive Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus; flight is optional
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return drive Kathmandu to Pokhara
-One night in guesthouse in Pokhara before and after trek
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide
-Free use of waterproof bag ( only available with porter service)
-ACAP fee, TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-All meals in Pokhara
-Lodging and food during trek
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 10 kg. per person
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porter)