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Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek - 10 Days

The Mardi Himal Base Camp trek is a route which is has not been opened for long, and attracts fewer visitors than its more established ‘sisters’. This week-long trek has all the plus points of other Annapurna treks combined with a bit more wilderness and solitude. For example, on offer are the most spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu ranges!

Steep-sided valleys, rhododendron and bamboo forests, ridge hiking and the diversity of flora and fauna only seen in the Himalayas make this an interesting glimpse into the biodiversity of the mountains. The highest altitude is at High Camp (4,100m), with the rest of the trail never exceeding 3,150m (Low Camp). This trek can be also be extended in length should there be more time.

This is a lovely trek for those with less time and who prefer to be more off the beaten track!

DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 1Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive)830 m6 - 7 hr
Day 2Pokhara to Phedi (Drive) to Pothana1950 m4 hr
Day 3Pothana to Forest Camp2500 m5 hr
Day 4Forest Camp to Low Camp3210 m5 hr
Day 5Low Camp to High Camp3580 m4 hr
Day 6High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp4450 m7 hr
Day 7Mardi Himal Base Camp to Siding village1885 m7 hr
Day 8Siding village to Lwang village1460 m5 hr
Day 9Lwang Village to Pokhara (Drive)830 m2 hr
Day 10Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)1380 m6 - 7 hr

Included

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 4
  • Kathmandu Pokhara Kathmandu Drive
  • ACAP Permit and TIMS Card
  • Guide for 10 days
  • Porter for 10 days
  • Four nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar)
  • 9 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 10 x set breakfast, 10 x set lunch and 9x set dinner while on trek.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff

Excluded

  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any your may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)
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FAQs

Is it safe to drink the water in Mardi Himal Trek

You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Mardi Himal Trek. Mineral water is available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can also use a water purifier or steri pen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

The maximum elevation of this trek will not exceed 3,500m, so you do not have to worry about altitude sickness. But we still recommend you take precautions and have travel insurance which covers this.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

Outline Itinerary

Days Itinerary Altitude Time
Day 1 Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive) 830 m 6 – 7 hr
Day 2 Pokhara to Phedi (Drive) to Pothana 1950 m 4 hr
Day 3 Pothana to Forest Camp 2500 m 5 hr
Day 4 Forest Camp to Low Camp 3210 m 5 hr
Day 5 Low Camp to High Camp 3580 m 4 hr
Day 6 High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp 4450 m 7 hr
Day 7 Mardi Himal Base Camp to Siding village 1885 m 7 hr
Day 8 Siding village to Lwang village 1460 m 5 hr
Day 9 Lwang Village to Pokhara (Drive) 830 m 2 hr
Day 10 Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive) 1380 m 6 – 7 hr

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

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Trip Facts

  • 4450 m
  • Phedi/Lwang Village
  • Demanding