Mardi Himal Trekking Guide

Mardi Himal Trek Overview

Mardi Himal Trekking is one of the new destinations in the Annapurna region which was opened after 2012. Due to its newness, the quantity of trekkers is quite low compared to Annapurna circuit and Annapurna Base Camp and other routes. Mardi Himal trek is a beautiful trek, which offers breathtaking view of the mountain ranges such as Machhapuchhre,  Nilgiri, Huichuli, Annapurnas and Lamjung Himal. Mardi Himal trekking is not only limited to mountains, but the trails take the trekkers through beautiful villages where they can meet the indigenous tribes and witness their daily lifestyle which is completely different from the modern world. The people are very friendly and hospitable and welcomes the travelers with their warm heart and treat them as their own family members.

If one likes to combine this trek with other treks in Annapurna region such as Annapurna Base Camp or Poonhill Trek, this is possible

Reasons to trek to Mardi Himal

  • Off the beaten trail
  • Short trek
  • Affordable

Off the beaten trail

One of the main reasons for trekking to Mardi Himal is due to its newness and off the beaten trail, which will be less crowed than other trekking trails that offers the trekker a peaceful journey. Mardi Himal trek is suitable for the family since all age groups can complete this trek because the challenges and risks are lower to other trekking region

Short trek

As Mardi Himal trek can be done in as short as 4 days the trekkers can fully enjoy the Nepali culture and magnificent mountain ranges in short span of time. This trek will take you to the Base camp (4500m) of the beautiful mountain Mardi. Once you reach the top of the Base Camp you will have the closest view of the famous 8000 meters mountain Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I along with other beautiful mountain ranges. The journey takes you through the beautiful rhododendron forest, terraced farming’s and river crossing.

This trek is ideal for everyone and is a short holiday, which rejuvenates your mind and body, and helps you connect through nature and yourself.

Affordable

Price varies purely according to the trekking season. Since this is a new walking trail there are less tea houses and lodges compared to the other trekking areas in Annapurna. Having said that Mardi Himal trek is quite affordable for all. If you have a budget of $25-$30 USD for food and accommodation per day, this is enough but for the other expenses such as government permit, transportation and guide or porter fee, you need to allocate separately. For the government permit it will cost $50 USD, transportation to and from trekking point it will cost about $90 USD if you want the private transport. Or if you want a local bus, it will cost less than $50 USD. Now talking about the extra cost of the guide and porter fee, it will cost $30 USD for guide per day and $25 USD for porter per day.

Mardi Himal Trek 2022
View from High Camp in the month of January, 2022

Best short Itinerary of Mardi himal trek

Itinerary starts from Pokhara and end at Pokhara

Day 1: Pokhara to Kande to Forest Camp (2520 m/8268 ft.)

Distance: 14.5 km / 9 miles

Time:1.5 hrs drive , 07-08 hrs walk



Day 2: Forest camp to Low camp to High camp (3540 m/11614 ft.)


Distance: 8 km / 5 miles

Time: 07:00 hrs walk



Day 3: High camp to Mardi base camp (4500 m/14764 ft.) and back to High camp

Distance: 10 km / 6.23 miles ( Both way)


Time: 07- 08 hrs walk



Day 4 :High camp to Sidhing village and drive to Pokhara (1700 m/5578 ft)

Distance: 8.5 km / 130 miles

Time: 04-05 hrs OR 06-07 hrs walk and 2 hrs drive.

Note: If you choose the alternative route to come back from high camp through jungle then it takes 2 hrs. more where you will witness a beautiful waterfall on the way back. This route must only be taken in the Spring and Autumn season and guide is recommended for this route.

How to reach Kade (Trekking start point) from Pokhara ?

Kade is a starting point of this trek and can be reached by local buse and jeep from Pokhara. It takes about 1.5 hours drive from Pokhara lake side.

How to reach Pokhara from Sidhing village (Trekking end point)?

After completing the trek of about 4-6 hours you will reach Sidhing village where you will find local jeeps that will take you to Milan chowk (Baglung highway) or Hari chowk via Lwangghale, Kalimati where you will find the place for canyoning.

From Milan or Hari chwok you can take taxi to drop you to Pokhara lake side. The total journey will be about 1.5 to 2 hrs. depending upon the season since the road is quite rough from Sidhing village to Lwangghale, Kalimati and after 1 hour of driving you will get to the blacktopped road, a place called Lumre. It will take another 45 mins to 1 hour to reach the lakeside.

Best time for trekking around Mardi himal.

As the climate changes according to their season the difficulty and challenges also depends on the season. If the trekker chooses the right time of the year then this trip can be lifetime memory but if they choose wrong season then this trip can turn into hazard making your trip into a nightmare. Choosing the right time creates a harmony between the traveler and the weather.

As there are basically four seasons in Nepal.

  • Spring (March- May)
  • Autumn (September to November)
  • Summer (June-August)
  • Winter (December to February).
view from badaldada on spring season
View from badal dada on Autum Season

March to May Weather in Mardi himal trek

The most ideal season for trekking around mardi himal is spring. The spring season is the season of the flowers the trails will be filled with different species of Rhododendron in red and pink color, the wildflowers, ferns and the green forest makes the trail more colorful. The temperature will also be favorable in spring season the days will be warm with cool evenings opening the best view of the mountains.

September to November weather in Mardi himal trek

After spring Autumn is the best season to trek around Mardi as the sky will be more clearer and the weather will be favorable. The days will be warm and nights slightly cooler than spring. During the Autumn the trekker can have the best view of the sunrise and sunset with the view of pristine Himalayas. The difficulty of the trail will also be easy during these seasons.

December to February weather in Mardi himal trek

Trekking in winter around mardi is not ideally recommended as the trails will be filled with thick snows and high wind pressure. Most of the accommodation facilities will be closed during Winter, The trekkers will have poor visibility and might lost their way while trekking. The difficulty and risk is high during the winter season.

June to August weather in Mardi himal trek

Another season is the Monsoon season which is not meant for trekking, the heavy rain and hailstorm makes the trails slippery and difficult. The weather will not be clear during these seasons blocking the views of the mountains. Most of the Accommodation facilities will also remain closed during these season.

What can be except in Mardi himal trek.

Mardi himal trek is a simple trek compared to other trekking regions of Annapurna circuit. This trek is less challenging and meant for every one. Anyone with good physical and mental condition can complete this trek. Even if the trekker has no experience of previous trekking the trekker can attempt Mardi himal trekking, The challenging part of the trek would be the altitude where the trekker will Reach upto 4200m above the sea level, But with proper acclimatization right food and water and the altitude will be no problem.

The trekker will not be walking more than 6-7 hours a day and the trails are well maintained and easy. But the difficulty and challenge  also depends from person to person, As for some people coping with the new culture and community may be a challenge, for some the new foods and accomodations may be challenge, And for some the altitude and long hikes ma be a challenge but if you love to get out from your comfort zone and love to face challenges then Mardi himal is your Cup of Tea.

Room at High Camp in year 2022
Typical bed room during Mardi Trek

Accommodations, Food, and Water on Mardi Himal Trek

The Accommodations on Mardi Base Camp Trek are basic Tea houses and lodges, The lodges and Tea are not luxurious as it is very difficult to build luxurious lodges such place. The Tea houses and lodges offers the trekkers with the facility of food, Water, Shower, and WiFi. The rooms could be shared with your friend as there are twin beds, to give the trekkers maximum comfort some rooms have attached bathroom also. The Tea houses are made with local woods and stones the construction is quite unique and eye catching.  The staff of the Tea houses are very hospitable and welcome the trekkers with their warm heart.

The foods are simple compared to Annapurna circuit and Base camp, the tea house offers both typical Nepali dishes and western foods. You can choose the Food according to Menu Some of the common Meal are

  • For Breakfast (eggs, porridge, Bread, Chapati, Tibetain bread , Curry etc)
  • For lunch and dinner(Pizza, Momo, Dal bhaat, Variety of noodles, Pasta etc)
  • For beverage (Tea, Coffee, Hot chocolate and Hot water

The pro tip for trekking is don’t be afraid of carbs because after the long walks you need carbs, Carbs and Spinach always makes you full. The Taste of food may vary from place to place you may not get the same taste of food in every tea house and that will also be a good experience. All the foods meets the hygiene standard and are prepared by cooks who have years of experience in cooking.You can always pack your favorite snack.

Breakfast at high camp in 2022
Typical Beakfast at High Camp during Mardi Trek

Showers and Toilet during Mardi Himal Trek

In the Lower zones some of the tea houses have attached bathroom, Most of the toilet are Asian style squat  toilet and few of them are western toilet. The toilet are clean and hygienic, if the tea houses don’t have attached bathroom then they have common bathroom outside the room one can also get hot water for shower on request.

When you move to higher altitude showering will be much more difficult because there is scarcity water on mardi and the tea house owner have to walk miles to get the water.

Toilet at Low Camp at Mardi Trek
Typical Toilet during trek on Mardi Himal

Water Resource during Mardi Himal Trek

Since we will be trekking in high altitude our body dehydrates fast loosing the amount of water, so we recommend the trekkers to drink at least 3 liters of water day. The water helps to heal the body fast and give you energy. We do not recommend you to drink unfiltered water as they are not hygienic, You can get the water at Tea houses but it will cost you more, So you can bring your own life straw or purification tablets this will save huge amount of money. The Tea houses also offers hot water.

view from high camp on Mardi trek
Surrounded by sugar snow on the month of December 2022 at high camp

Internet and electricity on the Trails

In the lower zones the Tea houses provides the facility of WiFi and electricity, The Trekkers can charge their batteries and be active in their social media also. The Tea houses may charge extra for charging facility and wifi but it will not be more than $3. The speed of the internet may not be the best compared to city areas.

When you reach higher altitudes it will be difficult to get Wifi and electricity, So we recommend you to bring your power banks for backup.

Permits required for Mardi Himal Trek

Since Mardi Himal lies inside the Annapurna Conservation Area the Trekkers are required two different kinds of Permits, ACAP permit and TIMS card(trekkers Information Management System). Our company will help you to arrange both of these permits.

 Mardi himal Trek with guide or without guide

Before taking the major decision on weather to do the trek with Guide or without guide. You need you be clear what trekking with Guide offers you on the Trek. A Trekking Guide is someone who are certified by the Government and licensed to guide the client. A Guide is not just someone who will show you path and take you to your destinations but a Guide will be with you throughout the trek, who will assist you in every difficulties,  they have received trainings on first Aid, Navigation, Conflict management, Risk assessment, and have years of experience in trekking. Trekking with a Guide decreases the percentage of Risk as they will Assess the risk takes necessary measures to minimize the risk. The weather and trails high in the mountains sometimes becomes unpredictable, So the guide always be there lead you and take the major decisions. Incase of emergency and accidents  the guides will provide you the basic  first Aid and if that treatment doesn’t ease the symptoms then they call for emergency rescue which could be a helicopter and transfer you to the nearest hospital. Guides are ready for anything.

A Guide will briefly tell you about the places, its significance, History and everything that you need to know about the trek. They will also be responsible for your safety and security. They know the local language and the people and their culture, They know the terrain and the wild animals, they have spend their time guiding and researching about the place and they are good at their job.

Trekking without a Guide means you are on your own since Mardi himal trekking is not so risky and the trails are also not confusing but as I said earlier you can never predict the Mountains. So the choice completely depends upon the trekker.

Mardi Himal Trek Packing Guideline

One of the most important part of the trekking is packing the right thing for your journey, and sometimes with little knowledge packing can be really confusing. The trekkers might feel like they will need everything for the trek and just end up using only few items from their Rucksack. And sometimes the trekkers forgets small things in their backpack and later regret that they should have brought that item with them. Below here is the items that you should not miss on your Rucksack.

Personal layering.

  • Trekking clothes:2 pairs of hiking pants, Quick dry syenthic Tshirts.Sports bra and underpants.
  • Base layers: Warm inner thermal
  • Mid layer: Fleeced jacket, wollen sweaters or shelled vest.
  • Shell jacket: Waterproof breathable jacket jacket is highly recommended.
  • Insulation: Down or synthetic jacket.
  • Gloves:1pair of inner gloves and 1 pair of waterproof gloves
  • Hats or caps: For a sunny day Caps works like a miracle. A wollen hat will always keep your earshead warm and protect from cold.
  • Socks
  • Flip flops or sandles
  • Buff: Buff is the one thing that you should not miss. As it prevents your nose from being dry as it blocks the dry wind.

Other essential items

  • Sunglass
  • Sunscreen
  • Wallet
  • Books or kindle
  • Head torch
  • Basic First Aid Kit and personal medication
  • Extra batteries for your camera and gadgets
  • Cables and chargers
  • Sewing kit
  • Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitizer, etc
  • Towels