Group Size: Min 1 to Max 8 Maximum Altitude:4,250m/13,600ft Trip Grade: Moderate
Total duration: 12 days Start from: Kathmandu End at: Kathmandu
Mardi Himal Trek and Natural Hot Spring (Himal means Himalayas) is a short trek in a relatively new trekking trail in Annapurna Region, which is still less visited by trekkers and is unspoiled. As the trail sees less Trekkers, it has teahouses with minimum essential facilities. It is an easy trek that goes to the maximum altitude of 4,250 meters. In this trek we walk past small villages, valleys, terraced farms, Rhododendron forests, rivers and off course the amazing views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Hiunchuli mountains. On our way down we will have a relaxing healing bath in a natural hot water spring.
- Trekking for 8 days upto 4-7 hours a day walking past the Gurung villages with stunning mountain views
- Newly promoted off the beaten track
- An easy trek in the unspoiled region
- Close up views of Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), and the Annapurna South (7,010 m).
- Get an idea of culture and lifestyle of hospitable Gurung and Magar communities
- Mardi Himal Base Camp and the Mardi Himal High Camp
- Highest Altitude we reach in this trip is 4,250m/13,600ft at Upper High Camp
Trip Cost Includes:
- 2 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu
- 2 Nights accommodation in Pokhara
- 7 Nights in Tea house during trek
- Farewell Dinner with Nepalese cultural dance program
- An English speaking Licensed and well experienced trekking guide
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- All ground transportation in tourist buses and private tourist cars
- Trekking permits and Conservation Area Permits
- All government and local taxes
Trip Cost Excludes:
- Meals and drinks
- Tips and Personal Expenses(Laundry/phone/beverages/battery recharge/extra porter/bottle water/shower etc)
- Any costs not mentioned in inclusion section
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 meters)
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (827 meters) 6-7 Hours Drive
We leave early and drive westwards to Pokhara. This town is set in a beautiful valley and is overlooked by Machhapuchhare, one of the most distinctive of the Himalayan peaks.
Overnight: in Pokhara
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2100m/6,720ft): 40 minutes drive, 4-5 hours trek
After breakfast we drive for around 40 minutes to Phedi on Pokhara Baglung Highway. We walk on stone steps, terraced fields, forests and villages to Dhampus. The settlement of lodges seen on the way is known as Australian Camp. We continue our walk 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.
Day 04: Trek from Deurali to Forest Camp (2,520m/8064ft): 6-7 hours
We have breakfast in the teahouse and head off to the quiet trail untill we reach Forest Camp. Since this is a new trekking destination, we need to carry sufficient water. The day’s walk in the rhododendron forest is beautiful with gradual uphill.
Overnight: in Forest Camp.
Day 05: Trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp (2970m/9504ft): 5-6 hours
Today we walk through dense forests to reach Low Camp. The low camp has couple of tea houses in the clearing of the forest. The view of Mt. Machapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) and Mardi Himal looks much closer now.
Overnight; in Low Camp.
Day 06: Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (3540m/11,328ft): 3-4 hours
Today we trek uphill alongside a ridge.On the way we will pass through Badal Danda (Cloud Hill). From High Camp the mountain views of Machhapuchhre and Mardi Himal are stunning and we feel like you can touch them.
Overnight: in High Camp.
Day 07: High camp to upper viewpoint (4250m/13600ft), return back to high camp: 2-3 hours
Today we start early after breakfast in the Lodge. To reach the upper viewpoint we ascend and descend, and sometimes on a steep rocky trail. From here we see the close view of 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 to the High Camp for overnight stay.
Overnight: in High Camp
Day 08: Trek back to Forest Camp (4 hrs)
Today we have our breakfast in the Lodge and walk down to Forest Camp.
Overnight: in Forest Camp
Day 09: Trek to Natural Hot Spring
After breakfast we walk past Rhododendron forest and Gurung Villages with fluttering flags to reach Natural Hot Spring for the healing bath.
Overnight: in Jhinu Danda
Day 10: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
Today is a short trek to Nayapul walking through beautiful landscape. From Nayapul we drive to Pokhara
Overnight: in Pokhara
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu for 7-8 Hours
You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: in Kathmandu
Meals: Farewell Dinner
Day 12: Airport Transfer
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time
You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.
Best Months for Mardi Himal Trek
The spring time from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Mardi Himal Trekking with natural hot water spring
Maximum Altitude: 4,250m/13,600ft at Upper High Camp
Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays. Please note that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather conditions, health condition of team member, unexpected natural disasters and delay or cancellation of flights can affect the itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.
In case the trip has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Everest, Langtang, or any other region, or sightseeing tours, equivalent to the same price (If trip price is more it will cost you the difference between the two trips ). If you are not interested in the alternative trip, please note that there will be no refund. So, please make sure you have an adequate travel insurance.
Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee
You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.
Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict. Spring season ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November ) is considered the best months for Mardi Himal Trek. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a good choice for botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.
Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.
All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.
It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.
To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack. Around base camp you will need your down jacket. Here is the guideline of Equipment and Packing List
All our trekking guides are highly experienced, well trained and Government Licensed guides. As we focus on employing single women with the aim of helping them make a living for themselves and their children, we usually provide female trekking guides. But we provide male as well if you prefer male guide.
We use standard rooms in hotels/guesthouses in Kathmandu. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodation are on twin sharing basis. The accommodation in lodges in trekking routes can be single and double rooms, or a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara can be upgraded to 4 star and 5 star in an additional cost. .
Except farewell dinner in Kathmandu, meals are not included in trip cost so that you have the flexibility in food choice and the budget. While on trekking, usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu.
Means of Transportation
We use tourist buses and private tourist vehicles for the trip.
Communication while trekking
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made you can pay to the guide
One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss) and also trip cancellation. We don't arrange or sell insurance.
The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date. Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.
How to Book Trips ?
Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582.
Hi the trek was perfect with clear views of Annapurna Fishtail and Dhaulagiri. The trek arrangement, guide,accommodation and food was beyond what I expected reading the traveler reviews from Nepal.