Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
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.
- Day 01: Arrival, hotel transfer & welcome dinner O/N hotel (D)
- Day 02: After breakfast fly to Pokhara (915m.) and drive to Kande & trek to Pothana (1890m.) 4 hours. O/N lodge
- Day 03: Trek to forest Camp (2600m.) 5 hrs. O/N lodge
- Day 04: Trek to High Camp (3900m.) via low Camp (3050m.) 5 hrs. O/N lodge
- Day 05: Hike to Base Camp (4500m.) explore, and back to high camp. 6 hrs. O/N lodge
- Day 06: Trek back to Siding (1700m.) 5 hrs. O/N lodge
- Day 07: Drive back to Pokhara. 4 hrs. O/N hotel
- Day 08: Fly or drive to Kathmandu O/N hotel (B D)
- Day 09: Final Departure
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
- 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
- Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
- Promethazine (for nausea)
Clothing and equipment
|Trekking shocks||Torch lights|
|Water proof pants||Sunglasses|
|Water proof jackets||Beanies and gloves|
|Warm shirts and t shirts||Medicines|
|Thermal tops and bottoms||Toiletries|
|Fleece jacket||Safety kit|
|Down jacket||Hand sanitizers|
|Trekking pole||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Raincoats||Trash bag and tissue papers|
|Duffel bags||Power banks|
|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.
Dates of Trip
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Frequently Asked Questions
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
Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek