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Mardi Himal Short Trek

4 Days
Why Join the Mardi Himal Short Trek

Nestled in the Annapurna region of Nepal, the Mardi Himal Short Trek is a captivating journey that offers a pristine wilderness experience. This trek is ideal for those seeking a short yet exhilarating adventure in the Himalayas. The trail unveils breathtaking landscapes, from lush forests and terraced fields to rugged mountain terrain. The highlight of the trek is reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of iconic peaks like Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli.

For nature enthusiasts and photography aficionados, the Mardi Himal Short Trek promises diverse flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests ablaze with color (especially in spring) and opportunities to spot Himalayan wildlife such as Himalayan thar and exotic bird species. Unlike more crowded trails, Mardi Himal offers a quieter, less-traveled route, making it perfect for those seeking a serene Himalayan experience away from the crowds.

The Mardi Himal Short Trek is accessible to trekkers of moderate fitness levels. It’s a great introduction to trekking in Nepal, offering a taste of high-altitude adventure without the extreme challenges of longer, higher treks like the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp.

Mardi Himal Short Trek Preparation

Before embarking on the Mardi Himal Short Trek, adequate preparation is key to a safe and enjoyable experience. Begin by ensuring you have the right gear, including sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good quality sleeping bag, and trekking poles. Physical fitness is crucial; consider starting a fitness routine a few weeks before your trek to build endurance and stamina.

Acclimatization is essential for high-altitude trekking. Plan to spend a couple of days in Kathmandu or Pokhara before starting the trek to adjust to the elevation. Additionally, familiarize yourself with the trekking route and itinerary, ensuring you understand daily distances and altitudes to manage your pace accordingly.

It’s recommended to travel with a reputable trekking agency that provides experienced guides and porters. They’ll ensure your safety, manage logistics, and offer insights into local culture and nature along the trail. Lastly, don’t forget to obtain the necessary trekking permits and travel insurance before setting off.

Choose Us as Your Mardi Himal Short Trek Partner in Nepal

When selecting a trekking partner for your Mardi Himal adventure, choose a company that prioritizes safety, sustainability, and quality service. Our team comprises experienced guides and staff who are dedicated to providing exceptional trekking experiences while adhering to responsible tourism practices.

We offer customizable itineraries and small group sizes to cater to individual preferences and ensure a personalized experience. With us, you’ll have access to well-maintained equipment, comfortable accommodations, and hygienic meals throughout the trek. Our commitment to sustainable tourism means we prioritize environmental conservation and support local communities along the trail.

Join us for a memorable Mardi Himal Short Trek and let our expertise and passion for adventure enhance your Himalayan journey.

Mardi Himal Short Trek Permits

To trek in the Mardi Himal region, you’ll need two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card. The cost for these permits varies depending on your nationality and the season.

Mardi Himal Short Trek Difficulty

The Mardi Himal Short Trek is considered a moderate trek suitable for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. The trail involves ascending to altitudes of up to 4,500 meters (14,764 feet), so a reasonable level of fitness is recommended. The trek includes some steep sections and uneven terrain, but the daily distances are manageable.

The key to enjoying this trek is proper acclimatization and pacing. Take your time to ascend gradually, allowing your body to adjust to the altitude. Our experienced guides will monitor your health and offer guidance to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential for the Mardi Himal Short Trek. It provides coverage for emergency medical evacuation, treatment costs, trip cancellations, and loss of personal belongings. Ensure your insurance policy covers trekking up to the maximum altitude of the Mardi Himal trail. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, having comprehensive travel insurance offers peace of mind and financial protection.

Best Time to Explore Mardi Himal Short Trek

The best time to trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making for optimal trekking conditions. Spring brings vibrant rhododendron blooms, while autumn offers post-monsoon clarity and stunning mountain views.

During winter (December to February), the trail may be snow-covered and temperatures can drop significantly, posing additional challenges. The monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall and slippery trails, making trekking difficult. It’s advisable to avoid trekking during these months.

Accommodation and Meals During the Trek

Accommodations along the Mardi Himal trail range from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges. Rooms typically include twin beds with shared bathrooms. Meals consist of traditional Nepali and continental dishes served in communal dining areas. During the trek, our team ensures hygienic meal preparations to keep you energized and nourished throughout the journey.

Trekking Gears Required
  • Sturdy trekking boots
  • Lightweight and warm clothing (layers)
  • Sleeping bag suitable for sub-zero temperatures
  • Trekking poles for stability
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • Basic first aid kit (including altitude sickness medication)
  • English/Nepali
  • Teahouses
  • Arranged by guides
  • Flight/Bus
  • Provided
  • Small to medium

Overview

On the Mardi Himal Trek, you’ll have a great time exploring the beautiful mountains of Nepal. The trek is not too long, only three days, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a quick adventure. You’ll start by walking through small villages and forests, where you can see amazing views of snowy peaks.

Along the way, you’ll meet friendly locals who will welcome you with open arms. You can try their delicious food and learn about their way of life. As you keep walking, the scenery will change from forests to rocky areas, but the views will keep getting better and better.

Even though the trek is short, it’s packed with amazing experiences. You’ll feel proud of yourself for reaching the top and grateful for the stunning sights you’ve seen. The Mardi Himal Trek is an adventure you’ll never forget!

Itinerary

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport, our staff will pick you and check into your accommodation. Explore the bustling city and various cafes and bars during the day time. Buy all the stuff for the trekking.

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we commence our picturesque journey towards Sidding by car. The route initially takes us through Pokhara, offering a 10-minute glimpse of the stunning Annapurna range if the morning skies are clear. As we venture into the countryside, we pass charming local villages like Lwang and Ghalel, predominantly inhabited by Gurung people—renowned for their bravery and service in the British Army. These villagers are esteemed for their honesty and resilience. Crossing several small hills, we reach Sidding approximately two hours after departing from Pokhara.

Upon arrival in Sidding, we disembark from the jeep and prepare for our hike. Your porter will carry your belongings while you keep essential items like water in a day bag. Guided by our expert, we ascend towards Low Camp through a picturesque trail cutting through a rhododendron forest. After about an hour's walk from Sidding, we pause for lunch at a local teahouse, as there are no other stops before reaching Low Camp.

The trail through the rhododendron forest offers a delightful experience, especially in March when the flowers are in bloom. The melodious songs of birds accompany us along the way to Low Camp. Continuing our trek for approximately two more hours from the lunch spot, we reach Low Camp—a small settlement boasting seven teahouses. Here, we take a brief break with tea before pushing forward to Badal Danda.

Badal Danda treats us to a spectacular view of the Annapurna Himalayas. Beyond this point, as we ascend above 3,200 meters, the landscape transitions, and we leave behind the trees, encountering only small shrubs en route to High Camp. If the weather permits, the trail to High Camp from Badal Danda offers a breathtaking sunset vista. The path, though not overly steep, provides expansive views on both sides of the ridge. By evening, we arrive at High Camp, where we enjoy dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Rise early at around 4 a.m. and embark on a hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp with the aid of headlamps. The trail is predominantly uphill, so we proceed at a deliberate yet steady pace. Navigating the path can be challenging due to its difficulty in discerning the correct route. After approximately 2 hours from Mardi Himal High Camp, we reach the Viewpoint, perfectly timed to witness a breathtaking sunrise over the Annapurna Himalayas. Here, we pause to savor the moment and indulge in warm tea or coffee from a nearby tea shop. We then continue our journey towards Mardi Himal Base Camp, which takes another 1.5 hours. The Base Camp offers remarkable Himalayan vistas and a distant view of Annapurna Base Camp.

Returning to High Camp, we have lunch and prepare for our descent, with two trail options leading back to Sidding. Those interested in a new experience can opt for the longer new trail guided by our expert. Both trails traverse lively forests. After a 5-hour trek, we arrive at Sidding, where our driver awaits to transport us back to Pokhara or Kathmandu. Spend the night at a hotel, reflecting on the day's unforgettable adventure.

Farewell Dinner at evening with local food. Overnight at same hotel.

Departure involves checking out of your accommodation, heading to Tribhuvan International Airport, and boarding an international flight. Our staff will be available to drop you off at the airport.

Includes/Excludes

Includes

  • International airport pickup and drop-off service
  • 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Transportation from Pokhara to Sidding and vice versa
  • Transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu,
  • Three times meals (breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodations during the trek
  • All expenses of English-speaking trekking guide and porter that includes accommodation, food, transportation, equipment, and salary.
  • Sleeping bag and duffle bag (if needed)
  • Annapurna Conservation permit and TIMS
  • Government tax and services charges
  • First Aid Kit
  • Seasonal Fruits
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu before your departure

Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal entry visa fee
  • Meals whilst in Kathmandu
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, and laundry
  • Tips for guide and porter (it is expected after completing the trek)

FAQs

What is the best time of year to do the Mardi Himal Short Trek?

The ideal time for the Mardi Himal Short Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. These months offer clear skies, pleasant weather, and breathtaking views.

Is the Mardi Himal Short Trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, the Mardi Himal Short Trek is suitable for beginners and trekkers of all fitness levels. It offers a moderate challenge with manageable distances and elevations, making it accessible to most enthusiasts.

What is the highest altitude reached during the Mardi Himal Short Trek?

The highest altitude reached during the Mardi Himal Short Trek is approximately 4,500 meters (14,764 feet) at the Mardi Himal Base Camp viewpoint. While this altitude is relatively moderate, participants should still be mindful of altitude effects and acclimatize accordingly.

What is the accommodation like during the Mardi Himal Short Trek?

Accommodation during the Mardi Himal Short Trek typically includes cozy teahouses or lodges along the trail. These provide basic amenities such as a bed, blanket, and meals, offering a comfortable resting place amidst the mountains.

What should I pack for the Mardi Himal Short Trek?

Essential items to pack include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing layers, waterproof jacket and pants, gloves, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a daypack, and a refillable water bottle. We provide a detailed packing list to ensure you’re well-prepared for the trek.

Is altitude sickness a concern during the Mardi Himal Short Trek?

While the altitude reached during the Mardi Himal Short Trek is relatively moderate, altitude sickness can still occur. It’s essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and listen to your body. Our experienced guides are trained to recognize symptoms and provide necessary assistance.

Are there restroom facilities along the Mardi Himal Short Trek?

While restroom facilities are available at teahouses and lodges along the trekking route, they are basic and may vary in cleanliness and amenities. It’s advisable to carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer for added comfort.

Are there any cultural experiences along the Mardi Himal Short Trek?

Yes, the Mardi Himal Short Trek provides opportunities to immerse yourself in the rich culture of the local Gurung communities. You’ll have the chance to interact with villagers, visit traditional homes, and witness their customs and way of life, adding depth to your trekking experience.

What can I expect to see during the Mardi Himal Short Trek?

The Mardi Himal Short Trek offers breathtaking views of the majestic Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain ranges, lush rhododendron forests, charming Gurung villages, and pristine alpine landscapes. The highlight of the trek is reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp viewpoint, providing a stunning panorama of the Himalayas.

What is the daily trekking distance during the Mardi Himal Short Trek?

The daily trekking distance during the Mardi Himal Short Trek varies depending on the itinerary and pace of the group. On average, you can expect to trek for approximately 5-6 hours per day, covering around 8-10 kilometers (5-6 miles) of terrain.

Is it possible to extend the Mardi Himal Short Trek beyond 3 days?

Yes, if you wish to extend your trekking adventure, we can customize the itinerary to include additional days and destinations.

Are there any age restrictions for the Mardi Himal Short Trek?

While there are no strict age restrictions, participants should be in good health and reasonably fit to undertake the trek. Children and elderly individuals may require additional supervision and consideration. We recommend consulting with your physician before embarking on the trek, especially for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.

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Mardi Himal Short Trek
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