Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

From US $ 1762 | 14 Days

 Make your holidays an opportunity to do some fun-filled activities in the lap of the Himalayas and gain some cultural insights as well. We have designed a leisurely program which you can take at your own pace, but that still enables you to get to know the real Nepal – from the bazaars and temples of Kathmandu to the traditional atmosphere of a village stay; to stunning Lake city of Pokhara. Situated just east of the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem, as few trekkers make their way to Mardi Himal’s Base Camp, spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the beautiful and imposing Machhapuchhere or Fishtail.

It is a stunningly beautiful trek, taking you up through ancient rhododendron forests, to what feels like the face of the mountains themselves, as you get up close and personal with Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhere, Ganga Purna, Annapurna I and Mardi Himal. Finally, we return to Kathmandu valley to explore Bhaktapur. Taking on this fun-filled journey, you get to experience real adventure and pleasure, leaving you with unforgettable memories to cherish forever.

Tour Cost:

SINGLE SUPLEMENT$ 250$ 250$ 250

US $ Per Person Tour cost Per Person
2 PAX $ 1762
4 PAX $ 1558
6 PAX $ 1455

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long time. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, our representative will greet you at airport and escort you to your hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities. Depending on your arrival time, we can organize some exploring in the afternoon to introduce you to this amazing place and its unique ancient-modern mix. Tonight you will be staying near the Holy Boudhanath Stupa.

The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest Stupas in the world and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage plus a tourist destination in Kathmandu. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions keeping watch for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. Boudhanath is part of the shared history of Nepal and Tibet, with Tibet having held ruling privileges over the site until the last century. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels and houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest, monasteries and shops ring the stupa. The area of Boudhanath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries.

Meals: N/A
Sleeping: Ti-se Guest House

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. The ancient cities Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur are the major attractions, with their evocative city squares and represent an epitome of harmony in urban design, elegant architecture and refined culture

Today we have an option of early morning mountain flight before breakfast – this flight is a truly spectacular 1-hour flight along the Himalayan Range to unforgettable Mount Everest and back!

After a hotel breakfast we will explore the must see UNESCO sites of Kathmandu and its surroundings. The morning will spent with a sightseeing tour of the holy Hindus Temple of Pashupatinath, Patan Durbar Square and the holy Buddhist Stupa of Swayambhunath.

Meals: Breakfast
Sleeping: Ti-se Guest House

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820 m) – [6 Hrs)

via Trishuli River Rafting [3 Hrs]

After breakfast this morning, we leave the Kathmandu Valley behind and travel overland to Pokhara, one of the enchanting places to view the Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fish tail summit of Mt. Machhapuchhere (6977 m) rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic. The city situated in the tranquil valley (827 m), is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most trekking and rafting destinations. The valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, clear lake and the world famous views of the Himalaya. Situated 200 km west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is connected by air as well as by road from Kathmandu.

On our way, we drive along the banks of the Trishuli River, past stunning traditional villages, terraced fields and if the weather is good, we will have some fantastic picturesque views to the Himalayan Range. Today we start with rafting which is not too wild, providing a great introduction to the sport with a few fun kicks here and there and you're sure to get wet as well. We stop to enjoy lunch en route; at riverside spring resort on a hillside with outstanding views. After arriving in Pokhara, we will check in to our hotel and then head out to explore the lakeside and then relax over dinner.

Meals: Breakfast
Sleeping: Hotel Lake Front
Overland Distance: 210 Kilometres approximately, Drive Duration: 6-7 Hours, Altitude: 827 Meters

Day 04: Drive to Kandey (1.070 m) [45 Min]

Trek to Pothana (1.950 m) [4 Hrs]

After breakfast, we will have a scenic forty-five minutes drive from Pokhara to the starting point of our trek. In the afternoon, after an unhurried lunch with awesome mountain views at Australian Camp, we descend down to Pothana (1950 m) Here our first night’s camp is in full view of Machhapuchhere.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sleeping: Local Teahouse/Camping
Overland Distance: 35 Kilometres approximately, Drive Duration: 1 Hour, Altitude: 1.890 Meters

Day 05: Pothana trek to Forest Camp (2.500 m) [5 hours]

Today begins with a real heart-starter! We will start our ‘secret trail’ leaving tourists, other trekkers and even villagers behind. We enter an enchanted forest of birch, giant rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, and hemlock. If the weather is clear we will see stunning mountain views while trekking.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sleeping: Local Teahouse/Camping

Day 06: Forest Camp to Low Camp [3.210 m] (5 hours)

As we climb the flora has turned to classic ‘cloud forest’ with mosses and lichen, tree ferns and orchids hosted by the hardier trees. There are natural windows in the woods that look out onto thrilling panoramas – towards Hiunchuli and the knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. Far below, to our left, we can see the Modi Khola Valley leading up into the Annapurna Sanctuary. We reach camp for lunch; for it is wise not to go too high too fast. Though still surrounded by forest, we have spectacular northerly views of the ever-closer ‘Fishtail’.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sleeping: Local Teahouse/Camping

Day 07: Trek to High Camp (3.580 m) [4 Hrs]

Just a short, steep climb and we are out of the forest. A ridge, now grassy and sometimes under snow, takes us up to High Camp which we shall reach at lunch time and where a second consecutive afternoon is spent acclimatising and awestruck by the views. Annapurna South seems near enough to throw a rock at and Machhapuchhere itself close enough to touch.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sleeping: Local Teahouse/Camping

Day 08: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4.450 m)

Trek back to High Camp [8 Hrs]

Our breakfast will be earlier than usual. Then with packed lunch we set off to reach our objective. Conditions being favourable, our party should reach up to 5,000m and only the crest of Mardi Himal itself separates us from the south face of Machhapuchhere. The great ice fields and blue glaciers of the Sanctuary Wall lie below. Annapurna I, highest of all is beyond, and around us, and an arc from horizon to horizon, from Dhaulagiri to the Ganesh Himal, are a dozen or more glistening snow-bound giants. You are standing on a spot that has been your constant aim for days now. A place, a time, a view that is almost impossible to equal – and you’ve earned it. Whatever our achievement, by 1300 we need to descend, returning to the welcome steaming mug, the hot food, the shelter of High Camp. (If weather conditions require it, we shall descend through High Camp to trek on down to a re-established Low Camp to spend the night there.)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sleeping: Local Teahouse/Camping

Day 09: Trek to Siding Village (1885 m) [7 Hr]

After a relaxed breakfast, tired bodies make an unhurried decent through the shade of the forest and out onto terraced fields, down 1600m in all. This is a different route down – down to the upper Mardi Khola, the torrent that has been the ice and snow of the Mardi Himal. Although remote and still away from all the much-used ‘Tea-house’ trekking routes, our expedition now takes on the mood of the arm valley and the friendly villages. Here we make our way along the banks of the Mardi Khola from the hill-side village of Siding, down through the lovely fields, past the simple farms and over the interesting bridges. There is no doubting this is indeed idyllic Nepali countryside.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sleeping: Local Teahouse/Camping

Day 10: Trek to Lwang Village (1460 m) [5 Hrs]

So the Earth does have flat places! The path from Siding now follows the contour of the river valley gradually down between the pastures and through Tamang and Gurung villages. Further on the trail skirts an outcrop – there’s the road, and there’s our transport, and soon we’re back in Pokhara at our Base Camp and a final celebratory dinner. End of Expedition

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Sleeping: Hotel Lake Front

Day 11: Trek back to Pokhara

Rest Day in Pokhara

Today we are free to relax, shopping,

Paragliding: The human kind always had a dream. Throughout history, constructing wings and balloons, jumping of cliffs and building engines, humans always wanted to experience the same freedom in the sky as the birds. Even today the dream of flying silently in the sky is realized by only a select few. Paragliding is a testament to human success in realizing this dream. Since it’s inception, paragliding has spread all over the world as people searched for new places to explore their newfound freedom and ability. Paragliding in Nepal is a relatively new activity. The sport took root in Pokhara after companies like Avia Club Nepal opened doors with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal for air sport activities.

Ultalight is the flight that gives you a panoramic view of the whole Annapurna Range with views of another 8,000-meter peak – Dhaulagiri, in the distance and gives you just a taste of freedom, leaving you wanting more!  The speed of this flight ranges from 50 km/hr. to 90 km/hr. and the maximum altitude attained is 5,000 feet. Paragliding and Ultalight flight in Nepal is a relatively new activity.

Zip-line is the most spectacular and amazing high wire forest adventure with vertical free fall of 2000 feet (600 meters) and a distance of almost 6000 feet (18 Kilometers) at 140km per hour. That makes it the tallest and steepest zip-line in the world, according to the people who built it. They say that, while it is not the longest in the world, but its scale is unmatched.

Nepal’s first and only tower Bungee, High Ground Bungee and Swing has something for everyone. Located at a convenient 20 minutes drive from Pokhara Lakeside, the jump site offers a spellbinding view of the Himalayas, the hills and the rivers that will take your breath away. The High Ground bungee is set-up and operated by highly trained professionals (jump-masters) from Europe and complies with the highest safety standards. We have adopted the best technologies in the industry and the highest quality bungee cord to ensure the safety of our valued clients.

Meals: Breakfast
Sleeping: Hotel Lake Frong

Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu [25 Mins]

After the resort breakfast, we head to the airstrip for our return journey to Kathmandu. After checking in to our hotel, we are free to spend our time relaxing, shopping, more exploring the area further and discovering more monasteries as you can and meeting the lamas, trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos or simply by watching the sun go down from the hotel terrace with a coffee or beer.

On the other hand, you have an option of walking to Kapan Monastery, which is located in a hilltop, a few kilometres higher north from Boudhanath also known as Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Centre. There is also a nunnery on the way to Kapan monastery, home to about 400 nuns.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Sleeping: Ti-se Guest House
Overland Distance: 175 Kilometres approximately, Flight Duration: 25 Minutes, Altitude: 150-800 Meters

Day 13: Bhaktapur sightseeing

Today after the hotel breakfast, we do a short drive to Bhaktapur – one of the three ancient cities within the Kathmandu Valley. This old city is also known as Bhadgaun, meaning the city of devotees and is the home of true medieval art and architecture in the Valley. Lying 14 km east of Kathmandu city, Bhaktapur was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. Not only because of its famous carved peacock windows but also due to its museum. Bhaktapur is the centre of traditional Nepalese woodcarving. Compared to other royal cities in Patan and Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is the most original and is without a doubt the most historically authentic as it is literally a living museum where farmers dry their harvest, potters turn their wheel and people go about live, as they have done.

After the sightseeing, if the time permits then you can go to the crazy town of Thamel! – The tourist bag backer's districts where one can be amazed with such small place but so many shops. Here we can have little free time to explore and search best souvenirs for our loved ones.

Later on in the evening, we will end our Nepal section tour with traditional Nepali dinner combining with a cultural dance program at one of the coolest authentic restaurant in town.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Sleeping: Ti-se  Guest House

Day 14: Fly Home

Today after the hotel breakfast, we can sit back and spend the morning leisurely; perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping. Later on, we will transfer you to airport in time for your flight home. (3 hrs before flight departure time)

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Trip Facts

  • Starting From : Kathmandu
  • End at : Kathmandu
  • Duration : 14 days
  • Max. Elevation : 4,450 , (M. Base Camp)
  • Activity : Trekking Adventure
  • Culture : Newar, Gurung and Brahmin
  • Best Season : October to May
  • Attraction : Annapurna, Mardi, Fish Tail Nilgiri, Himchuli, Dhampus etc

Includes / Excludes

Offer Includes

  • 4 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 2 & 1/2 full day guided heritage sight seeing with all monument fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • 2 Nights Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • All meals during the trek, accommodation in teahouses, a Govt. License trekking guide, a porter, transportation to and from trek point, ACAP + TIMS Cards, all necessaries for Nepali staff (meals, accommodation, transportation, equipment, salary, insurance).
  • 1 Night Hotel in Nagarkot with dinner & breakfast
  • 1 Domestic flight Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Private transfer Kathmandu- Pokhara-Chitwan & Trek Point
  • Traditional dinner at authentic Nepali restaurant on 2nd Night
  • All airport transfer

Offer Excludes

  • Insurance for Clients and Emergency Rescue
  • Personal Beverages
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Tips

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