Mardi Trek - Annapurna's Best-Kept Secret - 9 days

Fully-supported trek, experienced local guide, private and small group, secure online booking

Activities:Trekking and Hiking

Duration

9
Days

Facts

  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 8

Accommodation

3 Nights 3* Hotel
5 Nights Best Available Teahouse

Meals

8 Breakfasts
6 Lunches
6 Dinners

Exciting ridge-line trekking adventure across a pristine and untouched Himalayan trail

Mardi Trek is a short and inspiring trek that takes you to one of the least explored trails in Annapurna Region. Within five days of trekking you reach Mardi Base Camp, close to the forked summit of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak). Filled with stunning close up-views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri, Mardi Trek is a must-do trek for those looking for a short and authentic Himalayan experience off-the-beaten path. Opened recently, the Mardi Himal Trek route is quite new and less crowded than the popular Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp trails. 

Your trek begins from Kande, lying just an hour’s drive from Pokhara. Hike through virgin forests of rhododendron, oak and birch. During spring, rhododendron blooms fill up the forest and it’s a dreamlike experience to follow a trail studded with pink and red blooms. The route traverses a wild and uninhabited part of the Annapurna Region, with snow-covered peaks looming close. Don’t forget to stargaze at night as the overnight stops are the best spots for stargazing. The Milky Way and the constellations look amazing from Badal Danda, Low Camp and High Camp. 

The trek involves walking on a narrow ridge line, surrounded by awesome views of the Annapurna Massif and green valleys. The unhindered and exposed views of the frozen mountains and valleys offer ample opportunities for budding as well as professional photographers and filmmakers to capture dramatic mountain shots. This trek is highly recommended for both novice and experienced trekkers looking for a easy and short trek in annapurna region. This is a teahouse trek where you will be stopping for food and rest at teahouses run by locals. Our experienced local guide will offer cultural insights and will help you reach your goal safely. As the Mardi Himal trail lies between ABC and Ghorepani-Poon Hill, this trek can be an extension of either Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Poon Hill trek.

Why Mardi Trek - Annapurna's Best-Kept Secret?

  • Short trek offering impressive close-up views of Mardi Himal, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli and the Annapurna South
  • The trail lies off- the-beaten path and has less crowds
  • Dramatic ridge line hiking to Mardi Himal Base Camp with incredible  Himalayan views 
  • Walk through an untouched landscape and connect with nature

Is this trip suitable for you?

  •  If you are used to hiking for long hours you can do this trek. This is a moderate graded trek with occasional demanding ascents.  No technical climbing is involved.
  • The route follows steep ascents and descents through forested trail and on gravel paths. You will also be walking on a narrow ridgeline with exposed sides. 
  • You spend 6 days on the trail. Minimum time spent walking on the trail is 3 hours and maximum 9 hours. 
  • The highest point reached is 4,500m (Mardi Himal Base Camp).                                                             
  • Hassle-free trek with experienced local guide and porter. On the trail you stop for food and rest at local teahouses. Facilities maybe basic. 
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5 - 8   USD 1540
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Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal | Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

DAY 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m/4593ft) expand
Transfer to hotel & Trip Preparation

Our representative will welcome you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. He will help you check in. Later in the day, there will be a trip briefing where your guide will brief you about the route, condition of the trail and some dos and don’ts while trekking. 

Go through your gear list for the final time. If you have forgotten any item, you can buy or hire from any of the trekking gear shops in Thamel. Your guide will help you out in case you need help. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel Moonlight

DAY 2:

Fly to Pokhara - Drive to Kande - Trek to Pothana(1990m/6528ft) expand
25 minutes flight , 1 hour drive, 2-3 hours trek

Take an early morning flight to Pokhara. During the flight enjoy mesmerizing views of rolling green hills and Himalayan mountains. After reaching Pokhara, you take a short 1-hour drive to Kande, the starting point of your trek. 

Begin with an ascent along a well-laid stone trail. After walking uphill for an hour or so you reach Australian Camp. Enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna Massif and Lamjung Himal from here. 

Walk downhill and proceed to Pothana, a Gurung village and your stop for the night. On reaching Pothana, head to a local tea-house and rest your tired muscles. 

Enjoy a hot beverage and gaze at the beautiful forked summit of Macchhapucchre or Fishtail Peak. You will be walking close to this peak in the next few days. Overnight in Pothana. 

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 3:

Trek to Forest Camp (2600m/8531ft) expand
Walking Distance: 4-5 hours trek

 Today’s trek takes you past a dense forest of rhododendron, oak, birch and hemlock. If you do this trek during Spring season, the rhododendrons will be in full bloom and you will get to walk under canopies of blooming rhododendrons. It will feel like a walk through an enchanted forest. Do be careful while stepping on the gnarled roots spreading over the trail. Covered with algae, these can be slippery and a wrong step will make you fall.  After an uphill hike you reach Forest Camp. There are a few teahouses and you head to the one where your room has been booked. Up in the middle of the forest,  you can soak in the tranquility listening to nothing but the chirping of birds. Take a well deserved rest. Overnight in Forest Camp. 

Accommodation: TeaHouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 4:

Trek to Badal Danda (3210m/11528ft) expand
Walking Distance : 3-4 hours trek

 It’s uphill once again, as you gather your things and head onwards to Badal Danda(Cloud Hill). Walk up a forested path. At intervals you will come across a clearing from where you can gaze at the valley below. Enjoy the view of the Modi Khola Valley that leads to the Annapurna Sanctuary from here. After walking for sometime, the vegetation begins to change. The lush jungle gives way to short scrub and grasses and the iconic Machhapuchhre(Fishtail Peak appears closer). When you reach Badal Danda make your way to a tea house. The place is called Badal Danda(Cloud Hill) as  oftentimes the areas below the hill are covered in a sea of white cottony clouds. At night you can stargaze and view the constellations which appear a lot more closer. Overnight in Badal Danda.

Accommodation: TeaHouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 5:

Trek to High Camp(3600m/11810ft) and Acclimatization expand
Walking Distance: 2-3 hours trek

 From Badal Danda take a leisurely walk to High Camp. The tree line ends and you get a great view of Machhapuchhre. Walk slowly as you are about to reach above 3000 metres.

The air is slightly thinner up here and you start feeling the altitude. You are advised plenty of water to offset the symptoms of altitude sickness. You walk along a ridge line with great views of Himalayan peaks and green valleys. It is a 360 degree extravaganza.

You remain on this narrow ridge facing Mardi Himal with Machapuchhre towering right above. It is a memorable short hike filled with once-in-a-lifetime views as you walk to the final settlement in this ridge line, the High Camp. High Camp is the highest point at which you sleep on this trek. There are only a handful of lodges at High Camp and you head to the one where your room has been booked. Spend the rest of the day at leisure reading by the warmth of the hearth, playing cards or explore the ridge and capture incredible pictures of the Himalayas. Take things easy and don't over exert yourself as tomorrow you have a tough day. Overnight in High Camp.

Accommodation: TeaHouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 6:

Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m/14760ft) - Trek to Low Camp(3050m/10006ft) expand
Walking Distance : 8-9 hours trek

 Wake up early in the morning and hike to Upper Viewpoint or Mardi Himal Base Camp. This hike to the Base Camp is the real highlight of this trek. After walking on further on the ridge you reach the Upper View Point. From here continue to Mardi Himal Base Camp. 

 
The ridge becomes increasingly narrower and the views become surreal. The grand summits of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Machhapuchhre appear very close. The peaks loom right above you and you can see the massive glaciers tumbling down the mountainsides. This is a view to kill for!
 
Machhapuchhre, which looked so far away from Pokhara, is in front of you. After reaching the base camp take pictures, have your packed lunch and retrace your steps before the clouds roll in. Make your way down Badal Danda(Cloud Hill) or Middle Camp from where the valley below covered with white clouds looks like a sea of clouds. Descend to Low Camp, where you stay overnight at a local teahouse. Overnight in Low Camp.
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 7:

Trek to Sidhing and Drive to Pokhara (800m/2624ft) expand
Walking Distance: 3-4 hours, Drive: 3 hours

   Get up early to catch breathtaking views of the Himalayas. After breakfast, begin your journey down to Sidhing, a traditional village rarely visited by trekking groups. 

At Sidhing our vehicle will be waiting to drop you to Pokhara. The drive is filled with delightful views of green hills and mountains. Once you arrive in Pokhara, you will be driven to your hotel. Take a well-deserved rest. Overnight in Pokhara. 

Accommodation: Hotel Pokhara Batika
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DAY 8:

Fly to Kathmandu expand
Duration: 25 minutes flight

 You have an afternoon flight to Kathmandu. You can spend the first half of the day as you wish. Take rest at the hotel or explore Pokhara on your own. You can stroll down the lakeside and take a boat ride on the Phewa Lake. You can also visit Davis Falls, Gupteshwar Cave and the island Temple of Tal Barahi on Phewa Lake.

 
You will be driven to the airport on time to catch your flight to Kathmandu. From the plane, catch the last few glimpses of the inspiring hills and mountains which gave endless memories to last for a lifetime. 
 
Once you reach Kathmandu, head back to your hotel and take rest. If you aren’t too tired you can explore Thamel and shop for souvenirs. Come evening, celebrate the completion of your wonderful trek with a farewell dinner with your guide or our representative. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Hotel Moonlight
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 9:

Final Departure expand
Bid goodbye to Nepal and the friends you have made during your trip to Nepal. Our representative will drive you to the airport 3 hours before your flight departs. If you want to stay and explore more of Nepal, do let us know.
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast


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Inclusions

What's Included

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • 3-star Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 3-star accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast

  • Clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • Farewell dinner
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Domestic flight(Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (4 trekkers : 1 Asst. guide) for personalized care
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Trekking permits - Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry fee and TIMS
  • First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the Trek Leader
  • Souvenirs - Third Rock Adventures’ kit bag (Duffel bag), T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trek completion)
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Excess baggage fee
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

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Accommodation

Accommodations in Kathmandu, Pokhara and on the trail are included in the package cost. You will be staying at 3-star deluxe hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Stay for 2 nights at Hotel Moonlight in Kathmandu and 1 night at Hotel Pokhara Batika in ...Read More

Accommodations in Kathmandu, Pokhara and on the trail are included in the package cost. You will be staying at 3-star deluxe hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Stay for 2 nights at Hotel Moonlight in Kathmandu and 1 night at Hotel Pokhara Batika in Pokhara. Both the hotels feature free wi-fi, clean air conditioned rooms with en suite bathrooms, restaurant, coffee shop and a bar. The properties lie at a comfortable distance from all major tourist attractions and international airport.

While trekking, 5 nights’ accommodation at the best available teahouses or mountain lodges. These are run by local families and are a source of sustenance for mountain communities. As this is a fairly new route the teahouses on this trail offer only basic facilities – bed, shared washroom and a communal sitting and dining area. You need to pay extra for using the wi-fi hotspot (wherever available) and for charging your electronic devices. 

Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If travelling solo, you get to share the room with a fellow traveler of the same gender. Single room will be available on request, at added cost. It’s possible to get a single room in Kathmandu, Pokhara and at lower elevations while trekking. But at higher elevations there are few lodges and single rooms are not available during high season.

Meals

Enjoy breakfast, Farewell dinners in Kathmandu. Only breakfast in Pokhara.  While trekking, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the teahouse where you will be spending the night ...Read More

Enjoy breakfast, Farewell dinners in Kathmandu. Only breakfast in Pokhara. 

While trekking, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the teahouse where you will be spending the night. Lunch will be at a teahouse en route. Items on the menu include local Nepali and Tibetan fare- dal-bhat (lentils, rice and curry), momo, Tibetan bread, noodle soup etc. Indian and continental items are also offered – chappati, curry, pancakes, pizza, macaroni, toast, spaghetti etc.

Water Bottle

In order to preserve and protect our pristine Himalayan environment and reduce plastic waste, we offer a reusable water bottle to our clients to use during their trek. Instead of buying bottled water, our clients can fill this water bottle and sterilize it before drinking. 


Best Time To Travel

The best times for Mardi Himal Trek are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September – November). The skies are clear and weather remains pleasant during these seasons. This trek can also be done in December and January. Though it will be cold and chilly, the skies will remain clear offering spectacular and unobstructed views of the mountains. 


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Jason Freeman
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Feb 29, 2020

Trekking in Nepal-Mardi Himal

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We in2itially booked an EBC trek but cancelled it when the weather turned foul and our flight got cancelled. Instead of waiting for the skies to clear up and losing a couple of days from our holiday, my wife and I thought it best to cancel our EBC Trek and do the Mardi Himal Trek instead. Naba suggested this trek and I am glad we did this. Being Botanists and keen birdwatchers this was the perfect for us. The trail meandered through a deep forest of rhododendron and oak. Our guide Shiva gave us space and time to take in the views, photos and patiently shared with us the local names of the birds and vegetation. And though it was cloudy on the first day, the skies luckily cleared up as we climbed higher. We both felt a bit queasy and had a mild headache while we were in Low Camp. This was due to the altitude. I felt okay after taking Diamox and a night’s rest. But since Sheryl was still not feeling okay we decided to spend an extra day at Low Camp. Shiva was a great help and took very good care of us. He made sure we had plenty of warm fluids to keep us hydrated. FYI dehydration is one of the major causes of altitude sickness, so one should drink plenty of fluids at higher altitude. As promised the views from High Camp were breathtaking. Words fail to do justice to the grandiosity of the views. One has to experience it. No regrets for taking this trek. This was hands down the best trekking adventure we have ever taken. Thanks to all the team at TRA for giving us a great holiday. We will travel with you again!
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Cecelia K. Becker
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Feb 29, 2020

Mardi Himal Trek-An Amazing Adventure

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We love to travel independently but this time around we decided to book through an agency as we had very little time in Nepal. We didn’t want to waste our time planning the logistics. One of our friends recommended Third Rock Adventures to us. It would suffice to say that we were not disappointed. We were a bit apprehensive to use a local company but Naba was so helpful and forthcoming with the information that we booked our trip with them right away after the first conversation. We wanted awesome mountain views but less crowds and a trek that would last for about a week. Among the recommended treks, we chose Mardi Trek. We trekked during early winter (first week of December). Some parts of the trail were covered in thick snow and there were very few trekkers on the trail. The pristine snow covered views and the frozen walls of the Fishtail Peak are etched in our memories. The humorous stories shared by our guide Shiva and Thule, our good-natured porter, kept us in good spirits. I sure am not surprised with the sheer number of positive reviews Third Rock has garnered. They are really good at what they do. Thumbs up to their excellent service! Would plan more trips with them in future.
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Maya Maughan
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Jan 20, 2020

Magical Mardi Himal Trek through ridge-line.

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WOHOOOO!!! Thanks for providing an opportunity to share my experience here. I am back from Heaven- Nepal! I was about to do Everest Base Camp, but due to my short time left in Nepal, I had to shift from EBC Trek to Mardi Himal, suggested by one of the travel consultant of TRA. I was kinda confused if this trip is worthy or not but it was- in fact, it turned out to be one of the great treks I have ever done. The adventure through ridge that connects to Majestic Machhapuchre and Mardi Himal is the highlight of this trek, which I loved absolutely. My days in Low Camp, High Camp and View Point were incredible. I have unbelievable photos from my Mardi Himal Trek. Had I known about this trek, I would have prepared myself for these wonderful days in the Himalayas.
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Brian E. Henley
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Jan 20, 2020

Marvellous Mardi Himal

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Just as I am writing this review, my mind is brimming with wonderful memories of my recent trek to Mardi Himal. The moment I started walking along the trail to Mardi Himal, I knew that this will be one of the best trek of my life. This short and easy trek, as guided by many websites is not wrong but I would love to add two other words- Sweet and enthralling. Yes, this trek is amazing trek. I thoroughly enjoyed trekking through the ridge line with Mardi, Machhapuchre Himal dominating the skyline. I still remember my guide, Mr. Baburam dancing with me at Low Camp and with other travelers fellow. I do remember he sharing his trekking experience since decade. From Mardi Himal View Point, I could see Mardi Himal, Machhapuchre, Huinchuli and Annapurna South at a distance of my hand stretching to the farthest. It was heaven! A pure bliss in Himalayan ambience. I did not want to move a inch- stay in sublime peace. I absolutely love reminiscing the memories as I am writing this. At last, would like to thank Naba for suggesting me Mardi Himal Trek.
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E Cross
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Dec 13, 2019

Mardi Himal trek, a spectacular trek

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We initially booked an EBC trek but cancelled it when the weather turned foul and our flight got cancelled. Instead of waiting for the skies to clear up and losing a couple of days from our holiday, my wife and I thought it best to cancel our EBC Trek and do the Mardi Himal Trek instead. Naba suggested this trek and I am sure glad we did this. Being Botanists and keen birdwatchers this was the perfect for us. The trail meandered through a deep forest of rhododendron and oak. Our guide Shiva gave us space and time to take in the views, photos and patiently shared with us the local names of the birds and vegetation. And though it was cloudy on the first day, the skies luckily cleared up as we climbed higher. We both felt a bit queasy and had a mild headache while we were in Low Camp. This was due to the altitude. I felt okay after taking Diamox and a night’s rest. But since Sheryl was still not feeling okay we decided to spend an extra day at Low Camp. Shiva was a great help and took very good care of us. He made sure we had plenty of warm fluids to keep us hydrated. FYI dehydration is one of the major causes of altitude sickness, so one should drink plenty of fluids at higher altitude. As promised the views from High Camp were breathtaking. Words fail to do justice to the grandiosity of the views. One has to experience it. No regrets for taking this trek. This was hands down the best trekking adventure we have ever taken. Thanks to all the team at TRA for giving us a great holiday. We will travel with you again!
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Guinness World Record holder Gives Third Rock Adventures a Review!

Werner Berger is the Guinness Book of World Records holder for being the oldest person in the World to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven (7) continents (incl. Mt. Everest).

I am Werner Berger and my "claim to fame" is probably best defined as being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest.

Little did I know my life was to change forever on my first trek into the Himalaya in 1992 at age 55. It was the beginning and just a matter time before I realized I could combine my leadership and climbing skills to create a program in which people could explore their own possibilities.

So, in 2010, I began leading Transformational Life Experiences, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and other high places.

One of the earliest keys to success is to find a company with the right mix of professionalism, support, and, of course, experience. I have used Naba Amgai and his teams on all my Nepal trekking adventures.

Naba's caring and climber support, is second to none. In my estimation, Third Rock Adventures is one of the very best in the business, in or outside of Nepal. They know the mountains. So you can relax, enjoy and transform.

- Werner Berger

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