If you are looking for a short and moderate trek in the Himalayas, then Mardi Himal is the perfect option for you. Desire Adventure brings you the best of the Annapurna Region with introducing a 10 days trek to Mardi Himal. The route has recently been popular among trekkers. Imagine walking on the dense forest amidst the Rhododendron, Juniper and the pristine little settlements of Tamang and Gurung people and reaching the destination to witness the alluring beauty of the mountain massif. The off beaten path will first lead us to Pothana from where we trek up to Forest Camp. Enjoying the little settlement of hotels and lodges amidst the forest, we will then reach High Camp situated at 4100m. From High Camp we make a trip to the Mardi Himal Base Camp and get back to High Camp. Returning back, we take a different route halfway along the downhill that will take us to Siddhing valley. From Siddhing we drive back to Pokhara and spend an extra day sightseeing and enjoying the beautiful city, also known as the trekkers’ hub.
Mardi is best to visit during the month of March-May and September-November. Moreover, if you are looking to explore more areas of the Annapurna region try our other packages on the Annapurna Region Trekking.
- Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service in a private vehicle
- 3 nights twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at 3* standard hotel with breakfast
- 2 nights hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
- Full day guided city tour in a private vehicle
- Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants with traditional, ethnic music and dance
- Accommodation during trek (lodge/tea house)
- Trekking permit and TIMS permit
- Tourist (Deluxe A/C) bus from kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Fresh fruits after dinner
- Tea/Coffee (Served in a cup)
- Government licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
- Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
- Insurance of Guide and Porter
- All required local and government taxes
- Down jackets and sleeping bags (if required)
- Official Trekking T- Shirt, Amigo Duffel bag (you can use it for Sherpa bag) and Trekking Map (As a souvenir)
- First Aid Serviuce (Basic)
- Oximeter - To determine your oxygen level
- Adventure certificate (after completion the trek)
Note: Let us know if we are lucky to celebrate your birthday during your holiday so that we will do our best to make it a truly memorable day in the himalayas.
- Nepal arrival visa
- Meals in the city except breakfast and other mentioned special dinner
- Personal expenses like all kinds of drinks including mineral water, and alcoholic and soft beverages
- Monument entrance fees (USD26 per perosn)
- Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation
- Tips (as an appreciation) and any other extending trips and accommodation
Welcome to Kathmandu. Desire Adventure representative will be at the airport to pick you up and drop you off at the hotel. Later we will have a small meetup with your correspondence and your trek guide to go over your final itinerary. You can also ask questions to your trek guide to know further more about the trek. Later in the evening, we will host dinner for you in a ethnic restaurant with local cuisine and entertainment.
Meals : Dinner
Highlights: Arrival in Kathmandu, authentic Nepali food and cultural show.
On the 2nd day, we will drive around the city to see some of the major attractions. Kathmandu is known for its rich heritage sites and shrines mostly popular for its history and its architecture. We will visit Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath (also known as the Monkey Temple), Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. If time permits we will also visit Patan Durbar Square. Later, we will be back at the hotel and prepare for the trek.
Highlights: World Heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square (a historical structure offering architectural wonders), the Pashupatinath temple (a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva- lord possessing the power of destruction), Swyambhunath and Boudhanath (a Buddhist shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha- Light of Asia).
On the 3rd day, we wake up early to catch the tourist bus to Pokhara. We will catch the bus near Thamel (Kantipath) at 7:00 am. The bus takes about 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara over the Pritivi Highway. We pass the Trishuli River as we move west of the valley and come across various settlements, hills and flat terrains after which we will finally reach Pokhara. We will check-in to our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day exploring the area.
Highlights: Prithvi Highway along the Trisuli River with view of local settlements and beautiful landscapes, arrival in Pokhara, walk along the Lakeside and experience the “Pokhara lifestyle”
On the 4th day, our trek will finally start fto Pothana. After having breakfast, the trip continues with a 40 minute bus ride to Phedi from where the hike begins. A climb through the jungle takes us to the beautiful village of Dhampus. From Dhampus, a steep climb will first take us to the Australian Camp, passing Deurali. We further walk up to Pothana situated on the Annapurna Circuit trail. The evening can be spent exploring Pothana.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: first closer view of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre range, Gurung settlements and their local cuisine, lifestyle and traditional houses
From Pothana, the luscious forest starts along the trail. Early in the morning, we will start our trek to Forest Camp. From Pothana, we hike on the stone paved trail until reaching Deurali. From here, we leave the Annapurna Circuit Trail and walk in the off beaten trail. We walk the dense forest with occasional glimpses of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range playing hide and seek with us. The night will be spent in a tented camp at the Forest Camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: View of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, walk along the dense forest with various fauna and flora, experience spending the night amidst the jungle.
From Forest camp, the path leads us towards lesser forest trails and more uphills with beautiful landscape. High cmp is our destination and we start walking towards the steep forest with Rhododendron and Juniper trees. The settlement is almost nil around this area. We first reach the low camp, and then we pass the Nangge Danda to reach the high camp. If the day is not cloudy, you can slowly start to have glimpses of Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal. The night will be spent at High Camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights of the day: Dense forest of Rhododendron and Juniper, splendid views of Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna Range, adventurous walk to reach High Camp.
Today is the day we reach Base camp. We start early since the Base Camp starts to get foggy after midday. The path is steep and precaution needs to taken. But everything comes to it’s worth when we start getting closer to the mountain massifs and we approach the Base Camp.We walk along the edge of various hills until finally reaching Mardi Himal Base Camp. After spending some time here, we trace our way back to High Camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: sunrise view with clouds in our eye level from High Camp, view of the great ice fields and the blue glaciers of the Sanctuary wall, yaks hearding along the way, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal and Macchapuchre range.
We will walk our way downhill towards the valley of Siddhing today. Today will be a sternous walk of 7-8 hours, hence we start walking early in the morning. From High Camp we trace our way back until we reach Low Camp. From Low Camp we take a separate path that leads to Siddhing. The trail is slippery and steep amidst the forest and waterfalls. Along the way we will come across some vegetation and cow sheds. Overnight at Siddhing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights of the day: Dense forest, few local settlements, lovely fields and walk downhill along the river streams and waterfall.
On the 9th day of our trek, we will descend down to Pokhara from Siding. After breakfast, we will hike down following the river until Lumre from where we catch the vehicle. The drive will be for an hour and across come beautiful flat terrains with vegetations, little bridges and waterfalls. Upon reaching Pokhara we check-in to our Hotel. Overnight at Pokhara.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Highlights: mountains and hills surrounding the valleys,waterfalls and vegetations, Tamang and Gurung settlements, reaching Pokhara after the trek
Today is our free day in Pokhara. We will relax in the beautiful city by the lake and explore some attraction areas. We can visit Devi’s fall, various caves and Seti River gorge. If time permits we can also hike up to the Peace Pagoda which can be seen from Pokhara valley. We can also boat across the lake and enjoy our time relaxing and admiring nature at its best. Overnight at Pokhara.
Highlights: Sightseeing in Pokhara such as the Pease Pagoda (Santi Stupa), Davis fall, Phewa Lake, Caves and other attractions of Pokhara)
On the 11th day of the trek we will fly back to Kathmandu. You will also have the option of taking the tourist bus back to the capital city. For customizing your trip, you can contact your correspondent prior to the trek. The flight back home will overlook the mountains and beautiful vegetation terrains and settlements. Upon landing on Kathmandu, we can do some souvenir shopping on our last day in Nepal. We will host a farewell dinner for you where we can discuss further about the trip. We would also love to hear your feedback.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Highlights: scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu, farewell dinner in Kathmandu
Today will be the last day of your trip. We will drive you to the airport. Nevertheless, if you plan on extending your trip or organizing your next trip, we will be at your service. Thankyou for trekking with us and have a safe journey back home!
Why trek with Desire Adventure to Mardi Himal?
- As we believe in sustainable traveling, Desire Adventure teams up with the locals at their best interest to provide you the original taste of the local culture.
- Flexibility is taken as a culture at Desire Adventure. We try to customize your trip according to your requirements and timing as we value our customers.
- Your safety is our foremost priority. Thus, we will not take any action if it has higher chance of accidents. We would also like you to cooperate with your team leader so as to avoid any casualties.
- Customer service is highly taken into practice. Thus, providing you the best at the cost charged will be our motive. From accommodation to meals and other facilities, we make sure you get the best for what you invested in.
Health, fitness and experience requirements
Altitudes in the Mardi region demands moderate stamina. Nevertheless, it requires determination, and a good health condition. Some sections of the trek are quite demanding and some days might even require 6-7 hours of walking.
Though trek to the Mardi Himal Base Camp is not considered difficult regarding technicality, it is highly suggested to seek advice, medications and permission from your doctor before scheduling your trek. A It is also recommended to take expert guidance from your local General Practitioner regarding necessary guide walks prior to your trek in Nepal. In the absence of GP, seeking advice from travel clinic is also considered as a very good idea.Your prior hiking or camping experience will definitely be considered as a plus point. Also, a few weeks of regular exercise and jogging is recommended before the trip to build up the required stamina.
Communication Facilities in Kathmandu and during the Trip:
Postal, Freight and Cargo Services:
The Central Post office is located in Kathmandu. It is open Monday to Friday. The opening and closing time from Monday to Thursday is 10:00 am and 5:00 pm respectively; however, on Friday the office is closed after 3:00 pm. Stamps, aerograms and postcards can be purchased from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can enjoy the services like registration and insurance of mail and packages and IRCs exchange. Large parcels are handled by the Foreign Post Office, which is open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Express Mail Service (EMS) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters. Postal counters are also situated at the airport in Kathmandu.
Both landline and mobile phone services are available in Nepal. Nepal Telecommunication Corporation located at Tripureshwor is a national service provider that provides telephone, fax, telex, STD, ISD and telegraph services. Some private sectors also provide telephone services. Network coverage is good throughout Nepal except in some rural Himalayan places. Almost all the hotels and private communication sectors provide long distance telephone and fax facilities. During your stay in Nepal, you can buy and use a local SIM card, that is prepaid phone cards (requires 2 passport size photos and passport visa copy to purchase the SIM).
The country code for Nepal is 00977 and the area code of Kathmandu is 01. For other inquiries regarding the telephone number 197 can be used. Long distance call rates can be quite expensive, therefore, it is best to use the internet phone. Internet phones are easily accessible in the major cities of Nepal.
Email and Internet services are very popular in most part of the country these days. All you need to do is find an internet café. Most of the hotels in the major cities of Nepal provide internet service for the convenience of their guests. The rates in the cities are much lesser compared to the rates in the rural areas. Most of these internet cafes also provide fax, photocopy, and scanning services.
It is very easy to find a hospital or a private clinic in the Kathmandu Valley. In fact, Nepal’s top general hospitals and private clinics are located in Kathmandu. These hospitals and private clinics provide top quality service. Other major cities also have a good number of general hospitals. However, in the rural areas of Nepal, health posts have been set up by the government to provide health and medical facilities for both local and visitors. All kinds of medicines are available in Kathmandu.
For the reduction of deaths among trekkers, an association named Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) was founded in the year 1973. The head office of HRA is located in Lazimpat near the north gate of the Palace Museum. During peak season, it operates aid posts in Pheriche (Khumbu region) and Manang (Annapurna region) managed by expatriate physicians. However, its main job is to provide free advices to trekkers on altitude sickness, equipments and the condition of trekking routes.
If you are planning this trip in Nepal, a travel insurance policy that covers all the added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents. Moreover, it should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (including hospital charges, cost of medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. It is also necessary to ensure that the insurance policy covers all extra activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal.
Food and Accommodation:
We always make sure that our customers get the right value for their money. Therefore, we always attempt to make some of the best arrangements for our customers. To ensure a comfortable stay, we book a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu, before and after your trip. Normally, the rooms are twin share, where you will have to share your room with another member of your group. However, this totally depends on the size of your group and the availability of rooms in the hotel. On request, triple share can also be arranged. However, extra charges will be applicable for a single supplement. Breakfast is provided in the accommodation in Kathmandu. In Pokhara, your accommodation is arranged in a tourist standard hotel with breakfast included.
Vaccination and Medicines:
Although you will be consulting your doctor before planning the trip, we highly recommend you to get few vaccinations like Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria before planning your trip to Nepal.
Moreover, we also recommend you to carry few medicines like Aspirin or Panadol –for pain and fever; Antihistamine – as a decongestant for cold allergies and to prevent motion sickness; Antibiotics, Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil – for upset stomach; Rehydration mixture- for the treatment of severe diarrhea; Antiseptic, Mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar dry spray – for cuts and grazes; Calamine lotion for irritation from bites or stings; bandages, band aids, a pair of scissors, tweezers - for minor injuries; insect repellent, sun block lotion, lip balms, water purification tablets, throat lozenges, moleskin, Sulamyd 10% eye drops, and Acetaminophen (Paracetamol, Antacid tablets) in your personal first aid kit.
Our legal documents:
Registered under the government of Nepal, Amigo Treks & Expedition is a fully licensed and certified company. Therefore, this company holds complete authority to operate treks, tours, expedition, hiking and many other tourism related services in the Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. In addition to this, we are also a very active member of the following organizations.
Nepal Tourism board (NTB)
Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN)
Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP)
Ministry of Finance, Department of Taxation
Company Registration Office, Pvt. Ltd.
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism Industry
Passport and Visa Information:
It is very easy to obtain Nepal’s visa. You may either apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or you can buy this upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. However, nationals of SAARC countries (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and China do not require any visa to visit Nepal. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. Therefore, visa is required for longer stays. However, for the convenience or foreign nationals, a visa is also provided from the borders listed below:
Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees:
Transit visa (3 days) – Free of cost
Multiple entry (15 days) – 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (30 days) – 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (90 days) – 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency
(For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar Kathmandu.
What should I bring?
Along with warm clothes you will also need other equipment for the sufficient protection of your body. Below is the list of necessary items that you need to pack before commencing your trek to Mardi Himal.
Head- Hat (with a wide brim), Sunglasses (with UV protection), Sunscreen lotion and Lip balm
Upper body- T-shirts (2), light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece jacket and pullover, Fleece wind-stopper jacket (Optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest/jacket (included)
Hands - Lightweight gloves, heavy-weight gloves/mittens with a waterproof outer shell
Lower body - Underwear (4), hiking shorts (2), lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants, waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet - Thin, light-wear inner socks (4), thick, warm wool hiking socks (4), hiking boots with spare laces, camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals), gaiters.
Accessories - Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries, small padlock or combination lock, basic first aid kit, large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag), day pack, water bottles (2), hiking pole/walking sticks, small ear plugs, fanny bags for your valuables.
Toiletries – Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, small wash towel
Extras - Cameras with extra batteries and cards, binoculars, light balaclava or warm fleece hat, reading books, trip map/guide book, journal & pen, iPod, water purification tools or tablets.
* Please leave your extra luggage in the hotel in Kathmandu (free storage is available) and pack as lightly as possible.
With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.
Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:
Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.
Round the clock service:
Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.
Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:
Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.
Importance to Sustainable Tourism:
We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.
No exceptions with quality and equipments:
Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency. Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.
5:1 Client Guide Ratio
We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles.
Why Desire Adventures?
- Exceptional Product Knowledge
- Fair Price and Service Quality Guaranteed
- Guaranteed Departure on each booking
- Ultra-personalized itinerary and Unmatched Flexibility:
- We Maintain 1:5 Guides:clients Ratio