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Our Mardi Himal Expedition 

Nestled near the Annapurna’s sacrosanct Machhapuchhre the newly opened Mardi Himal Base Camp route offers the discerning traveller a true alpine expedition without the burden of crowds or the disabling effects of high altitude (max: 3,580m/11,745ft).


We are the only operators offering expeditions up to the Mardi Himal Base Camp with an exclusive client to guide ratio of 1:4, and a client to porter ratio of 2:3. 


Furthermore, to optimise the time you spend in contact with both nature and the local people, we offer true expedition conditions by incorporating yak trains, overnighting in tents and a night in a traditional tea house, giving you the widest possible range of experiences. 


We also provide a cook and a mess tent to unwind in at the end of each day over sweet tea while savouring local and foreign dishes.  


Committed to safety and the environment we offer an alpine experience that is something other than the typical guided tour. Our fully supported all-inclusive 6-day Mardi Himal expedition is the ideal choice for those who seek an ‘off the beaten track’ adventure in a more remote part of the Annapurna range away from the crowds. And because you need not contend with the full debilitating effects of altitude, this can be an expedition enjoyed by folks and families of all ages


Join us down mystical mountain paths travelled for centuries by Nepal’s ancient people, up through enchanted rhododendron forests and above the treeline to the Himalaya’s bewildering mountain landscape that is at once mesmerising and terrifying. More than just a natural experience, you will encounter and come to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding Tibetan Buddhism as it has been practiced for centuries by these people of the Annapurna.


Moved by the imposing landscape and touched by the kindness and generosity of its inhabitants, like countless others you will long to return to this magical place before you’ve even left.


Our 6 Day Itinerary 

Our Mardi Himal 6 Day itinerary is designed for those who may already be in Nepal traveling. Or for those who just want the raw pacgake from Pokhara rather than Kathmandu.. 


Day 01: Start Pokhara, drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2100m/6,720ft): 30 minutes drive, 4-5 hours trek.

After an early morning briefing and breakfast with our Team Leader, we start our adventure with a drive to Phedi and start trekking from there. We walk on stone steps, terraced fields and through villages and forests before reaching Dhampus where we have lunch. We continue our walk to our basecamp near to Deurali which is a small village beautifully located on a ridge with good views of the Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhare. Overnight in Deurali Base Camp.

When you arrive, your tents in base camp will be ready.


Day 02: Deurali to forest camp (2,520m/8064ft): 6-7 hours

After a wonderful evening of socializing around the camp fire and the day breaks, one of the camp crew wakes you up with a cup of tea / coffee and a warm smile. After the tea you freshen up and head for a heartily prepared breakfast before setting off thru the forest dotted with the red rhododendrons. The flowers are a common sight in Nepalese hills and it is no surprise that its Nepal’s national flower. Our trail is very quiet until we reach a clearing off the forest camp. We can take rest and explore the area which is also known locally as Kokar. Overnight in our Forest Base Camp.


Day 03: Forest Camp to low camp (2970m/9504ft): 5-6 hours

Our trail passes through lush forest dotted with the red rhododendrons. The flowers are a common sight in Nepalese hills and it is no surprise that its Nepal’s national flower. Our trail is very quiet until we reach a clearing of the forest camp. We can take rest and explore the area which is also known locally as Kokar. Overnight in our Forest Base Camp.


Day 04: Low camp to high camp (3540m/11,328ft): 3-4 hours

We trek uphill alongside a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhre. The tree lines start getting thinner and the area mostly consists of shrubs with isolated rhododendron bushes along the trail. If lucky, we might even come across the Daphne pheasant (national bird of Nepal) on our way to high camp. We ascend up to the high camp, which the final destination of the day. From here the mountain views are stunning. Overnight in high camp.


Day 05: High camp to upper viewpoint (4250m/13600ft), and back to Mid camp: 2-3 hours

On our trek to the upper viewpoint we ascend and descend, and sometimes on a steep and narrow trail. Our trail passes through pastures and we hike along a narrow ridge before reaching the Upper Viewpoint. The view of the Himalayan vista from here is astonishing. We see Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and others. We trek back down past the high camp for an overnight stay Mid Camp.


Day 06: Mid camp to Lumre, drive to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu: 4-6 hours trek, 2 hours drive we take a different route in high camp that takes us to Sidhing instead of going back down to Mardi Himal. The different route lets us experience something different and makes our trek exciting. Siddhing offers a quiet stay for trekkers as it is tucked away from the busier trails. We walk towards Lumre finally reaching the road from where we begin our drive to Pokhara.

Our 10 Day Itinerary 

Our Mardi Himal full service package is designed for those who want full service upon landing - Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu.


Itinerary: Day 1 A Belarmino Ventures representative will be there to pick you up from the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. We take a short drive from the airport to our hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu


Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (827m/2,700ft): 6-7 hours. We can enjoy the beautifully terraced farms, little shops by the side of the road and the raging Trishuli River on our drive to Pokhara also referred to as the ‘City of Lakes.’ From the city, we get great views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna. Pokhara is also a tourist destination, so we take some time out in the evening and enjoy! Overnight in Pokhara.


Day 03:Pokhara, drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2100m/6,720ft): 30 minutes drive, 4-5 hours trek. After an early morning briefing and breakfast with our Team Leader, we start our adventure with a drive to Phedi and start trekking from there. We walk on stone steps, terraced fields and through villages and forests before reaching Dhampus where we have lunch. We continue our walk to our basecamp near to Deurali which is a small village beautifully located on a ridge with good views of the Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhare. Overnight in Deurali Base Camp. When you arrive, your tents in base camp will be ready.


Day 04:Deurali to forest camp (2,520m/8064ft): 6-7 hours After a wonderful evening of socializing around the camp fire and the day breaks, one of the camp crew wakes you up with a cup of tea / coffee and a warm smile. After the tea you freshen up and head for a heartily prepared breakfast before setting off thru the forest dotted with the red rhododendrons. The flowers are a common sight in Nepalese hills and it is no surprise that its Nepal’s national flower. Our trail is very quiet until we reach a clearing off the forest camp. We can take rest and explore the area which is also known locally as Kokar. Overnight in our Forest Base Camp.


Day 05:Forest Camp to low camp (2970m/9504ft): 5-6 hours Our trail passes through lush forest dotted with the red rhododendrons. The flowers are a common sight in Nepalese hills and it is no surprise that its Nepal’s national flower. Our trail is very quiet until we reach a clearing of the forest camp. We can take rest and explore the area which is also known locally as Kokar. Overnight in our Forest Base Camp.


Day 06: Low camp to high camp (3540m/11,328ft): 3-4 hours We trek uphill alongside a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhre. The tree lines start getting thinner and the area mostly consists of shrubs with isolated rhododendron bushes along the trail. If lucky, we might even come across the Daphne pheasant (national bird of Nepal) on our way to high camp. We ascend up to the high camp, which the final destination of the day. From here the mountain views are stunning. Overnight in high camp.


Day 07: High camp to upper viewpoint (4250m/13600ft), and back to Mid camp: 2-3 hours On our trek to the upper viewpoint we ascend and descend, and sometimes on a steep and narrow trail. Our trail passes through pastures and we hike along a narrow ridge before reaching the Upper Viewpoint. The view of the Himalayan vista from here is astonishing. We see Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and others. We trek back down past the high camp for an overnight stay Mid Camp.


Day 08: Mid camp to Lumre, drive to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu: 4-6 hours trek, 2 hours drive we take a different route in high camp that takes us to Sidhing instead of going back down to Mardi Himal. The different route lets us experience something different and makes our trek exciting. Siddhing offers a quiet stay for trekkers as it is tucked away from the busier trails. We walk towards Lumre finally reaching the road from where we begin our drive to Pokhara.  Over night Pokhara.


Day 9: After breakfast we continue our drive to its domestic airport and fly back to Kathmandu.Someone from our team will pick us from the airport in Kathmandu and drop us off at our hotel.


Day 10 The next morning one of our staff will take you to the airport for your departure.

Facts about the Mardi Himal Trek

Facts about the Mardi Himal Trek are becoming more frequent as trail is frequented by more and more trekkers every year. 

Highest point of the Mardi Himal trek At 4,500 meters (14, 763 ft) Mardi Himal Base Camp marks the highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek. 

Highest sleeping point on the Mardi Himal trek The highest sleeping point along the Mardi Himal trek is at High Camp which is 3,580 meters (11,745 ft). Low camp is 2,990 meters (9,809 ft). 

How long have people been trekking the Mardi Himal route? 

Rhododendrons along along the Mardi Himal trek Mardi Himal has always been there. The Mardi Himal route has been popular with campers for nearly a decade. Over the past five years efforts were put in place to establish tea houses (guesthouse) along the trail for those who didn't want to camp. 

In 2011 the Mardi Himal trek officially opened up with tea houses available from the start all the way to high camp. What mountains can you see from Mardi Himal? The Annapurna mountain range is on full show from high camp on. At low camp Machhapuchhre is spectacular. The highlights of the entire trek include Machhapuchhre (also known as Fishtail, (6,993 m) Annapurna South (7,010 m), and Mount Hiunchuli (6,441 m).

TRIP FACTS: We have 2 packages for this trip

6 Day 5 night starting from Pokhara
Cost: 898 USD designed for those who may already be in Nepal traveling. Or for those who just want the raw package from Pokhara rather than Kathmandu..

and...

10 Day 9 night starting from Kathmandu
Cost: 1,288 USD  designed for those who want full service upon landing - Kathmandu to Pokhara Mardi trek and back to Kathmandu.

For upto 2 pax 1,288 USD  per person 

3 pax 1230 USD

4 pax 1185 USD

5 pax 1140 USD

6 pax 1095 USD

7 pax and above 1050 USD



Trip Destination: Nepal
Difficulty: Moderate
Group Size : Min 2 Pax
Best Season: Spring & Autumn
Max. Altitude :4500m
Accommodation: Tent Basecamps & Tea house Lodges
Departure Point: Phokara.

How to arrange your trek to Mardi Himal

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Trips inclusions  on the
6 Day 5 night starting from Pokhara 898 Package

Tent basecamps & 1 Tea house accommodation 


Down sleeping bag, tents,mats(to be returned after trip. Tents will be setup and broken down each day your support team).


All Base camp tents for kitchen and living facilities on the mountain.


All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.


All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per itinerary.


Welcome and Farewell dinners.


An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed Team leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide.


Porter service (2 trekkers: 3 porters).


Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.


Mardi Himal trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take.


All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS).


Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).


All government and local taxes.



What is not included


Nepalese visa fee.


International airfare to and from Kathmandu.


Domestic flight from Kathamandu to Phokara and vice versa.


Excess baggage charges.


Travel and rescue insurance.


Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)


Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).

Trips inclusions  on the
10 Day 9 night starting from Kathmandu 1,288 Package

Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle

3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast

Domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Tent basecamps & 1 Tea house accommodation 


Down sleeping bag, tents,mats(to be returned after trip. Tents will be setup and broken down each day your support team).


All Base camp tents for kitchen and living facilities on the mountain.


All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.


All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per itinerary.


Welcome and Farewell dinners.


An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed Team leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide.


Porter service (2 trekkers: 3 porters).


Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.


Mardi Himal trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take.


All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS).


Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).


All government and local taxes.



What is not included


Nepalese visa fee.


International airfare to and from Kathmandu.


Domestic flight from Kathamandu to Phokara and vice versa.


Excess baggage charges.


Travel and rescue insurance.


Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)


Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).