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Mardi Himal Trek offers you an 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 the 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 Himal 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 during your Mardi Himal Trek are the best spots for stargazing. The Milky Way and the constellations look amazing from Badal Danda, Low Camp, and High Camp. 

Mardi Himal Trek involves walking on a narrow ridgeline, surrounded by awesome Annapurna Massif and green valleys. The unhindered and exposed views of the frozen mountains and valleys offer ample opportunities for budding and professional photographers and filmmakers to capture dramatic mountain shots. Mardi Himal Trek is highly recommended for novice and experienced trekkers looking for an easy and short trek in the 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.

Trip Highlights

  • Mardi Himal Trek is a 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 fewer crowds
  • Dramatic ridgeline hiking to Mardi Himal Base Camp with incredible Himalayan views 
  • Walkthrough 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 moderately graded trek with occasional demanding ascents. No technical climbing is involved.
  • The route follows steep ascents and descents through forested trails and on gravel paths. You will also be walking on a narrow ridgeline with exposed sides. 
  • You spend 6 days on the trail. The minimum time spent walking on the trail is 3 hours and a maximum of 9 hours. 
  • The highest point reached during your Mardi Himal Trek is 4,500m (Mardi Himal Base Camp).
  • Hassle-free trek with an experienced local guide and porter. On the trail, you stop for food and rest at local teahouses. Facilities are maybe basic. 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)
Day 2 Fly to Pokhara, drive to Kande and trek to Pothana (1,990m/6,528ft)
Day 3 Trek to Forest Camp (2,600m/8,531ft)
Day 4 Trek to Badal Danda (3,210m/11,528ft)
Day 5 Trek to High Camp (3,600m/11,810ft) and Acclimatization
Day 6 Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m/14,760ft) and trek to Low Camp (3,050m/10,006ft)
Day 7 Trek to Sidhing and drive to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft)
Day 8 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 9 Final Departure

Video Highlights


Route Map

Mardi Himal Trek Route Map Mardi Himal Trek Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)

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.

Day 2: Fly to Pokhara, drive to Kande and trek to Pothana (1,990m/6,528ft)

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. 

Day 3: Trek to Forest Camp (2,600m/8,531ft)

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. 

Day 4: Trek to Badal Danda (3,210m/11,528ft)

Walking Distance : 3-4 hours trek
Badal Danda View from Badal Danda

 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 some time, 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.

Day 5: Trek to High Camp (3,600m/11,810ft) and Acclimatization

Walking Distance: 2-3 hours trek
High Camp High Camp and great view of Machhapuchhre

 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 3,000 meters.

The air is slightly thinner up here and you start feeling the altitude. You are advised of plenty of water to offset the symptoms of altitude sickness. You walk along a ridgeline 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 ridgeline, 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.

Day 6: Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m/14,760ft) and trek to Low Camp (3,050m/10,006ft)

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 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 is covered with white clouds that look like a sea of clouds. Descend to Low Camp, where you stay overnight at a local teahouse.

Overnight in Low Camp.

Day 7: Trek to Sidhing and drive to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft)

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 at 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. 

Day 8: Fly to Kathmandu

Duration: 25 minutes flight

 You have an afternoon flight to Kathmandu. You can spend the first half of the day as you wish. Take a rest at the hotel or explore Pokhara on your own. You can stroll down the lakeside and take a boat ride on 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.

Day 9: Final Departure

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.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November) are considered the best seasons to trek to Mardi Himal. The weather stays dry and clear during these times, making it ideal for trekking and enjoying unobstructed views of mountains. The days are warm and the nights chilly. On the downside, however, these are peak seasons, and the trails get crowded and busy.

The Mardi Himal trail passes through a pristine forest that is filled with wildflowers and orchids during spring. Rhododendron trees burst into colorful pink, white and red blooms. Walking past the hills covered with wildflowers and rhododendron blooms against the backdrop of the snowy Himalayas will seem heavenly.

Autumn is the most popular season for Mardi Himal Trek. With the end of the wet monsoon season, which clears the skies of dust and impurities, you can enjoy crystal clear views during this season. Timing your trek around late September or October will allow you to experience the most important festivals of the Nepalese, Dashain, and Tihar. These festivals celebrated by Hindus last for several days. Expect good food, merry-making, dance, and music at the villages along the trail. 

You can also opt for a monsoon or winter trek if you want to avoid the crowds. Trekking during these times will let you enjoy some off-season discounts at teahouses that remain mostly empty. But you should be ready to face some discomforts (rain, leeches, snow, and extreme cold) if you take to the trail at these times.


Getting to Mardi Himal Base Camp

First, you need to travel to Pokhara, which can be done by taking a flight or driving overland. Many private airline companies operate daily flights on the Kathmandu- Pokhara route. Taking a flight may be expensive, but it saves you time and is more comfortable. In less than 30 minutes, you reach your destination.

If you are traveling on a budget, you can opt to travel by tourist coach or a local bus. The journey takes around 6 to 7 hours. The tourist bus to Pokhara departs daily from Sorahkhutte and Thamel at 7 AM. If you want to travel like locals, you need to go to Naya Bus Park in Gongabu and get yourself a bus ticket to Pokhara. There are also micro vans or Hiace vans that leave for Pokhara at intervals of 1 to 2 hours daily. Private vehicles are also available on hire. The vehicle comes with a driver, and rental charges vary according to the size and type of the vehicle.

 As per our itinerary, you travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice versa by flight. Due to the mountainous terrain, aircrafts used for domestic flights in Nepal tend to be small and light.  You will be flying in a 70 to 47 seater ATR, 30 seater Jetstream, or 18 seaters Beechcraft. The 25 minutes flight lets you enjoy incredible views of Himalayan peaks.

On reaching Pokhara, you board a private vehicle and drive to the trailhead of your trek, Kande. The drive, on a pitched highway, lasts for about an hour. From Kande, you trek all the way to Mardi Himal Base Camp and return to Sidhing., from where you will be picked up and driven to Pokhara.


Entry Permits & Requirements

The permits you need for Mardi Himal Trek are – 1) Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit, and 2) TIMS (Tourist Information Management System) card.

Both Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit and TIMS Card can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board’s Office in Kathmandu or Tourist Information Centre in Pokhara.

To get these permits, you need to provide the following documents and information:

  • Copy of your passport
  • 2 Passport-sized photos
  • Dates when your trek starts and ends
  • Itinerary/route
  • Entry and exit points
  • Emergency Contact Information (local and home country’s)
  • Travel Insurance Details

Permit Fees: Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit: NRS 3000 per person for foreigners, NRS 1000 for citizens of SAARC countries, and NRS 100 for Nepalese.

TIMS Card: NRS 1000 if you are trekking with a guide. NRS 2000 for free individual trekker (FIT). For SAARC country nationals, NRS 300 if trekking with a guide and NRS 600 for a solo trekker.

You won’t have to worry about queuing up to get the permits as the company, or our guides will arrange all the permits for you.


Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization

Mardi Himal Trek takes you very close to Mardi Himal Peak (5,587m), Fishtail Peak or Machhapuchhre (6,993m), and other 7000 and 8000 meter peaks. The highest point of your trek is Mardi Himal Base Camp, located at 4,500 meters above sea level. The low levels of oxygen in such an environment will sometimes make breathing difficult.

To let your body get used to the thin air, you need to walk slowly, steadily and keep your body hydrated. If you try to hasten and walk fast to reach your destination in less time, chances are you may suffer from AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness.

AMS symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc., are seen at elevations above 2000 meters. Taking Diamox and a good night’s rest may work for mild cases. Drinking plenty of fluids (water, tea, soup, etc.) and keeping your body hydrated will also help keep the sickness at bay.

One should take necessary precautions to ensure that the condition does not worsen. But if the symptoms worsen, one may have to return to a lower elevation and get medical help. In the worst-case scenario, an air evacuation will be arranged, where the patient will be flown to Pokhara or Kathmandu to receive medical aid. AMS, if untreated or ignored, can take your life.

Experts and veteran guides have designed this itinerary. The trek is well-paced and allows your body to gradually get used to low oxygen levels in the mountain air.

The chart given below will give you a rough idea of the oxygen level in the atmosphere on the trail.

Altitude

Oxygen Level

1000m/3,281ft

88%

2500m/8,202ft

73%

3000m/9,843ft

68%

3500m/11,483ft

64%

4000m/13,123ft

60%

4500m/14,764ft

57%


Drinking Water

It is important to keep your body hydrated on the trail as dehydration also causes AMS. One should drink at least 3-4 liters of fluid.

To tackle the menace of plastic waste in the Annapurna region, the sale of bottled water has been banned since 2015.  Inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will find several safe drinking water stations.  We highly recommend you to carry a reusable water bottle with you, one that can hold hot water. You can use one with a steri pen or an inbuilt filtration system like LifeStraw.

You can also use water purification tablets to treat the water. While the water in the mountains tends to be pure and without impurities, it’s better not to take chances and filter or treat the water before drinking.

Using chlorine or iodine tablets to treat the water may alter its taste. You can add flavored electrolyte powder (readily available at pharmacies in Kathmandu) to mask the bitter chemical taste. Adding electrolyte to your drinking water may also be beneficial as the minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc.) you lose while walking gets replenished.

Teahouses offer boiled and filtered drinking water at an additional cost. Charges vary according to altitude (the higher you reach, the more expensive it will be) and quantity. You will be charged from USD 1 to 2 for a pot of hot filtered drinking water.


Internet Connectivity

Internet connection (though erratic and irregular at some places) is available in the Annapurna Region. You can connect with your loved ones while trekking, post updates, and upload pictures on social media. Wi-fi is available at all teahouses. Teahouses charge extra for using their Wi-Fi hotspot. You can also get a sim card (preferably Ncell) in Kathmandu and purchase internet data to use on your trek.


Packing Checklist for Mardi Himal Trek

As opposed to popular belief, you don’t need a lot of complicated gear and equipment for this adventure. Here’s a basic checklist of the essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your Mardi Himal Trek:

  • A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Rucksack or daypack (30 liters) with waterproof cover
  • Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
  • T-shirts or shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/ waterproof light jacket
  • Fleece jumper or jacket
  • Inner Thermal (top and trouser)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap, or balaclava
  • Inner and outer gloves
  • Headlamp, power bank, and extra batteries
  • Sun protection cream, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer
  • Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries
  • Water bottle and water purification tablets
  • Crampons and Gaiters
  • 4 season Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner

These are only some of the essential items. Find a more Packing List For Trekking In Nepal. 

Most of the trekking equipment is available on hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the essential items and renting or buying the rest in Kathmandu. Shops in Thamel offer branded as well locally made gear and equipment.

You can leave your spare luggage in your hotel’s storage room. It is completely safe and free. But do make sure to lock your luggage before leaving it at the storage unit.    


Guide(s) & Staff Arrangements

Mardi Himal Trek takes you close to Fishtail Peak or Machhapuchhre (6993m) and Mardi Himal Peak(5587m). Having an experienced local guide accompanying you will enrich your trip in so many ways. Trekking with a person who has in-depth knowledge of the mountain will also keep you safe and secure.

When you book a trek with us, we pair you up with one of our local guides. All our guides have experience of more than 10 years and have a vast knowledge of the area you are visiting. They have completed the trekking guide course and have the required government license to work as mountain guides. They can communicate in English and have received training on wilderness first aid and crisis management.

A chief guide or trek leader will lead the trek. For every 4 trekkers, there will be an assistant guide assisting them personally. One porter will carry the luggage of 2 clients. Make sure that your luggage does not exceed 15 kg, as the porter can only carry a weight of 30 kg.

We believe in the ethical treatment of our staff. All our Guides and Porters are provided with weather-appropriate gear and clothing to battle the harsh weather in the mountains. Before the start of a trek, we ensure that our mountain guides are fully insured. They are given fair wages and treated with respect.

We seriously follow the guidelines set by IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) and offer assistance to porters to develop other skills. A portion of the booking fee goes to fund the education of our field staffs’ kids.


Travel Insurance

For Mardi Himal Trek, you need a good travel insurance policy that offers you coverage for all activities and altitudes included in your itinerary. The highest altitude you reach is 4500 meters, and your travel insurance should offer you suitable coverage up to this elevation.

Though we take your safety as our number one priority, we cannot rule out mishaps and emergencies that may occur at this altitude. There is less oxygen in the environment, and trekkers usually suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness, which could prove to be fatal if not treated on time.

Walking in a treacherous mountain environment also exposes you to physical injuries. Therefore, make sure that your insurance covers the cost of all injuries and emergencies that you can face during this trekking adventure.

Your insurance policy should especially cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and hospitalization in case of an accident or medical emergency, as these happen to be quite expensive. Check for vaccination requirements as some travel insurance policies makes it mandatory to immunize yourself before you leave your country. 

Before you decide on a policy, be mindful and don’t forget to read the fine print. It would be advantageous for you also to choose a company that offers insurance cover on domestic and international flight cancellations and lost or stolen baggage.


Trip Safety

We ensure the safety of our clients by following all safety protocols during the trip. This itinerary has been designed by travel experts and veteran guides who have trekked on this route innumerable times.

To prevent AMS, the required number of rest days have been added to the itinerary. Our guides always carry a first-aid kit and pulse oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in your blood) with them. The guides assigned to you have more than 10 years of experience and know what steps to take during an emergency. They are well-trained in wilderness first aid and crisis management.

If a client shows symptoms of AMS and needs to descend to a lower elevation, an assistant guide will escort them and follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and take the required steps needed for the client's well-being.

If they feel alright after a night’s rest, the guide will escort the client back to join the group. But if the condition worsens, the client will be escorted down to a lower elevation or airlifted to Pokhara or Kathmandu for expert medical aid.


A typical day on the Mardi Himal Trek

A typical day on the trail begins with a wake-up call at around 6 AM by your guide. Freshen up and get ready. Pack your belongings and head to the dining area for breakfast by 7 AM. Check your luggage for the final time and fill your water bottle before you hit the trail by 8 AM, along with your guide.

To avoid walking in the heat and enjoy clear mountains' views, you make an early start. En route, there will be short breaks to enjoy the views and take photographs. You stop for lunch at a local teahouse around noon or mid-day. After a quick rest of about an hour or 40 minutes, you get back on the trail and continue till you reach your overnight stop.

Upon reaching the stop for the night, you head to your teahouse, check in and have some rest. Tea with some light refreshments (cookies or biscuits) will be served at 5 PM. As the rooms are not insulated, you can warm yourself by the heater or stove in the communal area.

Exchange stories or play cards with other trekkers till dinner is served (around 7 PM). After dinner, your guide will brief you about the next day’s trek – the route you will take, difficulty, where you will stop for lunch, etc. Afterward, retire for the night and have a well-deserved rest.

On average, you may have to walk 3 to 4 hours daily. Apart from Day 6, which involves a long hike of about 8 to 9 hours and is probably your toughest day on the trail, the hikes on other days are relatively short. You will get plenty of time to enjoy the scenery at each stop. 


Responsible Travel

Travel responsibly and try to limit any negative impact on the environment. Limit the use of plastic and be mindful about throwing waste in the mountains. When you trek with us, you will be supporting local communities (from the guides and porters to teahouse owners). We, as a company, support sustainable tourism and patronize local businesses. We partner with service providers who work towards saving the environment.  As an active member of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project), we make sure that our trips are environmentally friendly.

Altitude Map

Mardi Himal Trek 9 days Altitude Map




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Jason Freeman
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Feb 29, 2020
Trekking in Nepal-Mardi Himal
We initially booked an EBC trek but canceled it when the weather turned foul and our flight got canceled. 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 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 altitudes. 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
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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Brandon Caron
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Feb 24, 2020
Mardi Himal Trekking
We did an incredible trekking trip to Mardi Himal with Third Rock Adventures . The service provided by this company was second to none and my friends & I couldn’t be happier with everything we experienced. The consultant Nabin was expert in explaining and planning our whole trip from beginning to end. Our guide, Bimal, was helpful, supportive, friendly & funny throughout. Highly recommended. Thank you everyone who were involved throughout the process.
Amaury Khumalo
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Feb 17, 2020
Natural trail and himalayas in Mardi Himal Trek
I felt like i have selected the best destination in Nepal, beautiful view, good friends, nice guide and porters. Third Rock Adventures is the best company in my mind. I am really excited as this is the first time I came to this trail. "Mardi Himal Trek". The important in this times, My group has a great guide and porters. They are professional. They take care of everyone in my group very well. So everyone can reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp with fun and safe. Thank Third Rock Adventures.
Prabodh Kaur
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Jan 27, 2020
Beautiful trail and view of Mardi Himal
I am happy to have a very much organized trip by Third Rock Adventures with their professional team together with us. Our Guide Mr. Babu is an experienced, polite, knowledgeable, and professional guide who helped us in every moment up in the mountain. Nice view and I strongly recommend this company to anyone willing to visit Nepal. Thank you everyone for your support in Nepal.
Maya Maughan
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Jan 20, 2020
Magical Mardi Himal Trek through ridge-line.
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
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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Brayden Wood
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Jan 06, 2020
Beautiful scenery of Mardi Himal Trek
My sincere thanks to Third Rock Adventures and team for their efforts and dedication to make the trip successful, this is a great company. They actually offered us the best deal and helped us get organised with our permits, equipment, accommodation and foods very quickly. Our guide was Mr dol and He was very experienced and was absolutely fantastic. We did the Mardi Himal Base Camp, and he planned the trek perfectly so that we would experience a nice variety of terrain and wouldn’t be affected by altitude sickness. He also tailored the trek to our individual needs and desires, specifically choosing places with good view points for the sunrise/sunset. He was very knowledgeable about the ecosystem, often pointed out animals that we would not have spotted ourselves, and made sure to give us plenty of rests along the way. He honestly went above and beyond to ensure that we had the best time possible and we are extremely thankful. We will use this company again for our future trips.
E Cross
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Dec 13, 2019
Mardi Himal trek, a spectacular trek
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!
Akmal Ting
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Nov 14, 2019
Naturally beautiful trail to Mardi Himal
I had one of the best holiday experiences walking on these natural heavens like a place of Mardi Himal. I want to thank you Bimal for being the big part of it you are very dynamic and enthusiastic guides all went as planned, well-organized program, perfect timing wonderful trek great mountain view and a lot of adventures, they have a good knowledge.they are born to guide! Thank you to Third Rock Adventures and all teams.
Tony Martin
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Nov 14, 2019
A trek to Mardi Himal
The hike was wonderful experience with the easy walking through mid hill region & the views of Annapurna range was awesome. i did find that Mardi Himal trek is another ideal trekking route in Nepal which had iconic scenery,landscape,forest,local culture,flora & fauna.all the services was first class as i had in my previous trip with this team. Thank you Third Rock Adventures and my guide Dol for your kind support & you all are excellent. Thank you & see you soon again.
Carol Baldwin
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Oct 16, 2019
Best Trek
The stunning view of Fishtail from the base camp is the highlight of this trek. Every day was a wonderful experience. The beautiful villages, delicious food, beautiful trail and lush forests all added to some of the best memories of my life. Nepal is in my heart. Every single day rewarded me with precious memories. I still remember the morning view from Badal Danda. Everyone was helpful. I didn't have to wait for another day. My guide, Babu made sure that everything was seamless. He managed everything perfectly. All I had to do was stop at the teahouses, wait for my food, eat, sleep and enjoy. I couldn’t be happier with everything I experienced. And if you ask me if I recommend them or not- here's my words- I will travel with them again.
Thomas Kelly
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Sep 28, 2019
Trek to naturally beautiful and easy Mardi Himal Base Camp
For the first time in my travel career, I went for the Himalayan trip and started from small Mardi Himal trek in the country Nepal where there are more than 7 world's highest mountains. Luckily our excellent guide Babu was able to make it the best experience ever in my life with effectiveness and proficiency. Babu arranges everything in the trail carefully to meet our requirements and made an excellent choice. Thank you Third Rock team and Namaste.
Ibrahim Nazari
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Sep 24, 2019
Natural trail to Mardi Himal Base Camp
I have been traveling to Nepal since past few years and my 3rd trip with Third Rock Adventures team. Previously i had Mr Dol as guide and the experience was fantastic. This time with my friends, everything went as planned and had nothing to complain about. We were lucky to get Mr. Dol again as our guide and our porters were all great and very helpful to all of us. Our needs were always looked after from arriving in KTH to the day we left . A great experience for myself and friends. We will continuously use this company and their services till travel to these region. Thank you again.
Ahsan Sarraf
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Sep 21, 2019
Trip to Mardi Himal
This was our very first Himalayan experience and selected this option. We did the trip with Third Rock Adventures and their team. The Mardi Himal trek was an amazing experience. You will go up to 4500m, the Himalayas views are fantastic, but more than that, the professionalism of our guide Mr. Babu and his team is excellent, he took care of everything from the beginning and we felt at safe hand. Thank you all for your great work. We recommend this company for mountain trekkings.
Halsey Brown
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Sep 18, 2019
Mardi Himal trail rocks, easy and beautiful
Nepal and the beauty called me back for the second trek and it is in Mardi Himal with Third Rock Adventures again. Before 2 years I did the Everest Base Camp trip with Dol and had a fantastic time! I decided to come back to Nepal and go to Mardi Himal this year. As expected, the trek was safe, exciting and fun! We went to Pokhara from Kathmandu for an overnight stay. Then we started the following day and kept a good schedule. Even though it's the monsoon season, we got very lucky and had some amazing views of the region, with fishtail stealing the crown. The whole time we had a great time with Dol and met other fun people along the way also. The team always paid attention to my interests and needs. Highly recommended!
Alphaeus Abergel
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May 12, 2019
Best trekking experience ever in Mardi region, Nepal
We booked a total 9 days trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp with Third Rock Adventures. They helped us out a lot in advance by answering all our questions through emails and provided us with all the information we needed for our trip in Nepal. We also booked rafting and paragliding with them and they helped us to plan everything. Upon arrival at 2 o'clock in the night, because our flight got delayed, they were still waiting at the airport to give us a warm welcome. During our entire stay they gave us tips and helped us with small things like transport and accommodation, even when we were not trekking and were travelling on our own. The trek itself was perfect, everything was well-organised and they made sure we had a great experience. They also arranged other fun things like a farewell dinner with typical Nepali food and souvenirs. I'm very happy I booked with this company! We made some perfect memories from Nepal.
Karan Agarwal
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Mar 16, 2019
Beautiful landscape and hiking trail of Mardi Himal
I have been doing many luxury trips and city tours around the world but this was my first experience in the Himalayas. I must say, it was a wonderful experience right from booking with Third Rock Adventures. Bimal is a great guide who is passionate about the mountains. His passion is contagious and I have fallen in love with the Himalayas! My experience with the Mardi Himal and the introduction of the Annapurna region was awesome. I am sure I will be going back to Nepal again and it will surely be with Third Rock Adventures.
Thomas Rogers
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Mar 13, 2019
Best travel experience in the Mardi region
No word is enough to appreciate the hard work of our guide Mr Babu and porters during my trip to Mardi Himal. I trekked with Third Rock Adventures and everything went as planned and they exceeded my expectations. They were prompt to organize accommodation as well as travel itinerary even though we decided to make slight changes in our plan towards the end. Babu was great with routes and knew so much about the area, it felt like he grew up in the mountains. They really did a great job and i highly recommend this company.
Rimba Wa Ti-yem
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Mar 11, 2019
Beautiful mountain views from Mardi Himal
I was amazed by the beauty of nature and trails during Mardi Himal Trek. It was really amazing trip of Mardi Himal, we had lot of fun with snowfall, short one but really amazing. Our Guide Bimal is too friendly and highly experienced guide. He is a mountain man and looking forward to go another trip with him again in the future. Also Third Rock Adventures did an amazing job by organizing this trio without any problem, they arranged everything the way we want. Thank you Bimal and Third Rock. Will come again.
Bayu Wan
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Nov 02, 2018
Easy but beautiful natural trek to Mardi Himal
We agreed to book 9 days Mardi Himal Trek with Third Rock Adventures after a long conversation. The people of this company were really nice and informative. The trekking itself was beautyfull. Our guide Mr Deepak was great guide with good english communication skills. He knows so much about the area and the mountains! He took good care of us during the trip and made us feel safe during the climb upon the viewing point (4200m). But most of all Deepak and Third Rock Adventures made this trip really fun and an amazing experience! We will recommend the service to anyone who would like to visit Nepal in future. Thank you.

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