Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

Trip Duration

9 Days

Trip Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

4500m

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Transportation

Bus/Car

Group Size

1-10

Best Season

Autumn, Spring

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek Overview

The Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek offers a perfect opportunity for exploring the beautiful Himalayan region of Nepal. It is a short and lesser-known trekking destination in Nepal. Mardi Himal a 5,587-meter peak, lies in the Gandaki zone, east of the Annapurna region beneath the prominent Macchapuchre. The base camp itself lies at an altitude of 4500m. It was first submitted in 1961 by Basil Goodfellow. After then, peak climbing opened officially in 2012. In fact, the launch started with the establishment of many teahouses or lodges.

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek offers an amazing view of snow-capped mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchre, and Manaslu ranges. The trail to Mardi Himal passes through Australian camp, Pothana, Mardi Himal base camp, siding village, and Lwang. This area is highly protected by Annapurna Conservation Area. Here, you can witness several Flora and Fauna. Moreover, you also get to see the beautiful Rhododendron and oak forests, beautiful lakes, and waterfalls. The trek basically gives us an amazing experience with many Magar and Gurung people.

This trek is the dream of many mountaineers who wanted to see different sides of the world. No doubt, it is one of the most thrilling and rewarding experiences you can ever have. You will explore a variety of sceneries and cultures on this tour. Apart from these, the adventure will take you to snowy forests and valleys, high Himalayas, and beautiful lakes filled with crystal clear water.

Highlights of Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

  • Stunning views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and other mountains
  • Pass through colorful Rhododendron forest
  • Experience the perfect teahouse trek.
  • Enjoy the hospitality of the Gurung and Magar people.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival, hotel transfer & welcome dinner O/N hotel (D)

Arrive Kathmandu airport (1345m.), receive and welcome with flower garlands and transfer to hotel. Their after generally we discuss about the things need to do and late afternoon we settle the remaining preparation of the trekking and shopping. Then if there is little time left we may go for a short walk around, if not we go for dinner.

Day 02: After breakfast fly to Pokhara (915m.) and drive to Kande & trek to Pothana (1890m.) 4 hours. O/N lodge

Early breakfast and transfer to Kathmandu airport domestic terminal and fly to Pokhara. Then private drive to Kande and start to trekking. The trails goes gradually ascent to Pothana. Pothana offer very beautiful views of many mountains.

Day 03: Trek to forest Camp (2600m.) 5 hrs. O/N lodge

After breakfast trek to Deurali and way turn to right and gradually walk to forest Camp. The trail is through jungle and it is ascend 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 in to Forest Camp

Day 04: Trek to High Camp (3900m.) via low Camp (3050m.) 5 hrs. O/N lodge

The trail lead still through the jungle, but the trees soon start to get smaller we felt that we are already in high elevation. After about one hour walk we will reach in an open space with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to my left.

Day 05: Hike to Base Camp (4500m.) explore, and back to high camp. 6 hrs. O/N lodge

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 06: Trek back to Siding (1700m.) 5 hrs. O/N lodge

After breakfast trek down to Siding.

Day 07: Drive back to Pokhara. 4 hrs. O/N hotel

After breakfast drive back to Pokhara and free and easy.

Day 08: Fly or drive to Kathmandu O/N hotel (B D)

Once arrive to Kathmandu it is free and easy for shopping and any personal matters. Evening farewell dinner.

Day 09: Final Departure

After breakfast officially conclude the trip and transfer to airport for final departure (B)

Safety and difficulties of EBC

Mardi Himal trek is a short and relatively easy trek. However, it does come with a few challenges. The road from the Australian base camp is steep and rugged. The level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to Mardi Himal is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 1 week which can make this trek slightly challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, maybe snowy in off-seasons. The maximum height in this trek is the base camp 4500m with other high passes on the way. There is a high risk of mountain sickness. The primary cause of altitude sickness is a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. It’s important to carry handheld oximetry. Oxygen saturation below 75% may be a risk.

Symptoms of Mountain sickness

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast heartbeats

Preventing mountain sickness

  • Walk slow
  • Stay hydrated
  • Have nutritional food
  • Have enough rest
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol

Medicines for mountain sickness

  • Acetazolamide
  • Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
  • Promethazine (for nausea)

Packing List

Clothing and equipment

Trekking trousers Money/cash
Trekking shocks Torch lights
Trekking boots Medicines
Water proof pants Sunglasses
Water proof jackets Beanies and gloves
Warm shirts and t shirts Medicines
Thermal tops and bottoms Toiletries
Underwear Wash kit
Fleece jacket Safety kit
Down jacket Hand sanitizers
Trekking pole Water bottles and water purifier
Raincoats Trash bag and tissue papers
Sleeping bags Charger/adapters
Duffel bags Power banks
Backpack Camera
Raincoats Cooking gas
Cooking utensils Passport
Passport size photographs Permits

Travel insurance- Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you.

Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.

 

Visas/passports- If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Temperature and weather
Talking about the temperature of the Mardi Himal base camp, you need to know there are two destinations, Mardi Himal lower base camp and Mardi Himal high base camp. Mardi Himal Lower base camp- it lies at an altitude of 2990m, and the maximum temperature here is around 21 while the lowest can be -2. The weather is comparatively warmer in the lower base camp. The spring season in Mardi Himal lower base camp is mesmerizing. Having different Flora and Fauna including Lichens, orchids, Oaks, and ferns, the spring season also offers botanical educational values. Mardi Himal high base camp- it lies at an altitude of 3,580. The maximum temperature here can be 17⁰C while the lowest can be -2⁰C. Passing through the high Alpine forest the trails to the high base camp looks amazingly beautiful. Considering all the favorable temperature and climatic conditions of the Annapurna region, autumn (September, October) and November) and spring (March-May) would be best for the trekkers. These seasons particularly provide you with clear and blue skies. December - January would be suitable for those who like fewer people or don’t want the crowd. But one has to be aware that it might be very difficult to find accommodation and food at this time since the places might be closed or off-season.
Food and accommodation
Mardi Himal trek is entirely a teahouse trek. No camping is necessary unless you want to experience it. There are enough teahouses throughout the way to Mardi Himal. The teahouses are basically run by local people. They have basic facilities like a warm room, blankets, and pillows. But they have to be shared with other trekkers as well. Also, the washroom and toilets have to be shared. Sometimes, you can get a single room with attached bathrooms. They also provide home-cooked meals like Dal, Bhat, vegetables, noodles, pasta, soup, and western food. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, hot chocolates, etc are also available on the teahouses. Staying in teahouses or lodges may cost up to 5- 10$ (500 -1000 NRS) per night. Teahouses have proper facilities of bathroom, hot shower, and internet access.
Electronics and communication
The facilities here are quite minimum or limited in comparison to other places on Annapurna. However, they have electricity to charge your electronics or phones. Wi-Fi may not be available in all lodgings or you may have to pay extra for those. However, a telephone tower has been set up at high camp. Furthermore, the 2G and 3G networks are available. So you can now call anytime and also have access to the internet through data.
Getting to Mardi Himal
The gateway to the Mardi Himal trek is Pokhara. You can take a bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara which only takes 4-5 hours. From Pokhara, again take a bus to Kande through the Baglung highway. From Kande, you need to hike to the Australian Base camp and further.
Permits and fees
Annapurna Conservation Area SAARC countries- 1500 NRS (15$), excluding VAT NON-SAARC countries- 3000 NRS (30$), excluding VAT TIMS- 1000 NRS (10$) You can easily get these permits from any travel agency or Nepal Tourism Board
Guides and porters
Guides and porters are not really mandatory since it is an easy and short trek but they can make your journey informative and interesting. They have more than enough knowledge about the directions, villages, places, accommodations, etc. Guides usually charge 25-30 $ per day. If you are physically able to carry your belonging then there is no need for a porter. If you want to walk freely without any burden you can hire a guide. They usually charge 15-20$ per day.

Booking Details

Price W/O Addons: US$ /pax
  • All transport as per programs by private drive or flight
  • Lodge accommodation in trekking twin sharing
  • Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast twin sharing
  • Welcome and farewell dinner with beer or glass of wine
  • 3 meals in trekking (B, L & D) with cup of tea/coffee
  • Drinking hot water
  • Guide, porters (Luggage mix. 12 kg per person 1 porter share by 2 person)
  • Sleeping bag, and luggage bag (Return after the trip)
  • Company T-shirts on the arrival day
  • Certificate after trip complete & shawl or Nepali cap as a memory
  • Conservation fee & Tims card fee
  • All local permit, tax and VAT
  • Staffs meals, lodge, equipment, insurance, Salary etc.
  • First aid service
  • Any other travel assistance

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