Trekking in Nepal

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
  • Total Duration

    11 days
  • Trek Grade

    Easy to Moderate
  • Trek Duration

    06 days
  • Max Elevation

    4200m at Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Mode of Trek

    Teahouse
  • Trek Starts

    Phedi
  • Trek Ends

    Sidding Village
“In the least, unfrequented area of Annapurna region, breathe taking scenery, traditional rural villages, warm friendly locals, serene woodlands, on the isolated trail in complete wilderness and tranquility in the close backdrop of the towering majestic Mt. Machhapuchere or Fish Tail”

Overview

A fabulous adventure in a short duration of time, adventurer who is interested for a good challenging climb on the less technical peak then this is just for you, a scenic journey in just one week. Our trek and climb unto Mardi Himal which takes you in the southern Annapurna region. A beautiful peak and to be on top of over 5,5500 meter and in the less climbed mountain certainly adds a life time adventure thrill and achievement and to be within this unspoiled area, where you will be in complete harmony and in tranquility with the nature in this complete wilderness. Mardi Himal's East Face is separated from Machhapuchare ridge by a col (circa 5,200m/17,060ft). The normal route of ascent reaches this col from glaciated amphitheatre that rises above a hidden plateau, also known as 'Other Sanctuary'.

These regions are seldom frequented by westerners and the ridges south of Mardi Himal. The area is quite steep sided and heavily wooded with bamboo and rhododendron. Above the forest, high alpine pastures provide good grazing and a habitat for undisturbed wildlife.

As it is lowly altitude the mountain obviously has a great deal of potential for those interested in small scale exploratory climbing and the ridges will certainly present climbing challenges at a reasonable standard.

This rarely visited area provides a tough trek isolated from the teahouses and lodges, which dominate most of the trekking in and around the Annapurna Range.

The trail to base camp is short and sharp on ill-defined trails that would be particularly difficult in wet and snowy conditions.

It is located, approximately fifteen miles or 45 km north of Pokhara as the crow flies, this mountain is the most southerly of the Annapurna range. From some viewpoints it seems little more than an outlier on the southwest flank of Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish Tail). Mardi Himal is the lowest and least climbed and visited of all the trekking peaks in Nepal.

Western mountaineers first noticed this mountain by the photographs of Basil Goodfellow, taken in 1953. It was climbed to its summit by a route on its east flank by Jimmy Roberts with two Sherpas. As seen from the south, Mardi Himal terminated the Southwest ridge of Mt. Machhapuchare as a distinct and separate mass, at right angles to that ridge. On Mardi Himal South West Face are three well-defined ridges rising from rock buttresses and separated by hanging glaciers. It is the most southerly of these is said to have been climbed, but no such details has been recorded.


Departures

SPRING - AUTUMN

08 March to 18 March
04 April to 14 April
12 May to 22 May
10 September to 20 September
06 October to 20 October
15 November to 25 November

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and Transfer to Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus.Overnight in Hotel
Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight in Hotel
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m) 06 Hrs
After an early breakfast, we will travel by tourist bus towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalayas, made more comfortable in recent years by road repair. The drive continues with several stops on route before Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will transfer to the hotel with enough time in the afternoon for a stroll around beautiful Phewa Lake.Overnight in Hotel
Day 04: Drive to Phedi (1130m) 20 min and trek to Deurali (2100m) 05 Hrs
After the early breakfast, you will be transferred to domestic airport in Kathmandu for your scenic flight to the lakeside town of Pokhara. If we are lucky and get to right side of the plane, we can view best views of the mountains. Upon landing in the enchanting city of Pokhara which offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, five peaks of Annapurna and others, you will be received your guide and help transferring you to the trekking starting point, Phedi which will take about 25 minutes drive from Pokhara. From Phedi, your adventurous trek begins with climb the stone staircase for about two hours bringing you at Dhampus village with good view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre peaks. You will continue walking gradual up until you reach at Pothana and then will continue ahead for about 45 minutes to reach Deurali, where you will stop for the overnight stay. Stay overnight at Teahouse
Day 05: Trek to Forest Camp (2550m) 06 Hrs
A steep uphill climb for most of the day through thick jungle with beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. You may be lucky to catch glimpses of some of the abundant wildlife; leopards, deer, monkeys and many species of birds all live in this dense jungle. After the gradual walk of about 05 hours, you reach forest camp and stop there for the overnight stay. Stay overnight at Teahouse
Day 06: Trek to High Camp (4100m) 06 Hrs
Today is a short distance but a steep climb through the rhododendron and juniper forest. As you reach the top, you will be rewarded with the most breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre (fishtail mountain), the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annaurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal. Stay overnight at Teahouse
Day 07: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4200m) and back to High Camp 04 Hrs
An early wakeup call today so you can appreciate the most spectacular sunrise views of the mighty Himalayas. After breakfast, you will climb to Mardi Himal Base Camp, which stands at 5300 meters. A challenging day walking along narrow, rocky trails, but all will be worth it for the awesome views of this majestic mountain environment. Mardi Himal is a sacred mountain for both Hindus and Buddhists and nobody to date has managed to reach the summit. Today, you should be able to see Nepal’s national bird, the lophophorus, flying above your heads. After spending some hours at Base Camp, you will be back to High for overnight stay. Stay overnight at Teahouse
Day 08: Trek to Sidding Village (1280m) 06 Hrs
A steep descent to low camp following the same trail you went up. You then leave the trail and trek into the forest, heading to the Mardi Khola River. You descend further to Siding Village.Stay overnight at Teahouse
Day 09: Drive back to Pokhara (820m) 02 Hrs
The drive now follows the contour of the river valley, gradually down between the pastures and through Tamang and Gurung villages with beautiful landscapes until reached Pokhara. Rest of the time will be at leisure for relaxation.Stay overnight at Teahouse
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu
After a wonderful time in the mountains, Pokhara is certainly great spot to relax after the trek and swap stories with fellow trekkers. After breakfast, we will board the bus for the 5- 6 hour scenic journey back to Kathmandu.Overnight in Hotel
Day 11: Transfer to airport for final departure
Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy! Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.

Pokhara Valley

Pokhara is one of the most unique sub-tropical valley in the Himalaya and probably in the world, where one can marvel the beauty of the Himalayan landscape and reflection of the Annapurna massif including the towering majestic peak of Mt. Machhapuchhre on its beautiful lakes. Pokhara is situated in the mid western Nepal. It is linked by the main highway of 200 km driving distance from Kathmandu, and by air approximately 20 to 30 minutes flight with a sweeping panoramic view of the mid western Himalaya.

Mother Nature has certainly blessed this fertile valley with outstanding scenery of the landscapes, snow capped mountains, moderate tropical climate, and beautiful pristine lakes of Begnas, Rupa and Phewa.

The most stunning of Pokhara's sights is the magnificent panorama of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South. Among these high peaks it is the towering majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) which dominates all others in this range Pokhara with its natural beauty is also a starting point of Nepal'39;s most popular adventure destinations. Most of the trekking, mountaineering expeditions begin from this remarkable place and it's an ideal spot for all types of holiday makers.

Complimentary Services

Services as mentioned below are rendered complimentary upon confirmation of your booking with us:
  • Complimentary tourist registration to respective consulate office or embassy
  • Complimentary international flight ticket re-confirmation
  • Complimentary Gurkha Encounters T-Shirt (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary welcome dinner in one of the finest local restaurants in Kathmandu with cultural shows presented by different ethnic groups
  • Complimentary use of sleeping bags and down jackets

Mode of Payment

To confirm your trip we request you an upfront payment of 40% of the quoted amount by authorizing the same with your credit card details filled up in our GE Booking Form.
If you pay by cheque/ bank draft please make it payable to:
Gurkha Encounters Pvt. Ltd.
GPO Box: 20195, A3B, Indreni Apartment,
Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 441 7959
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Note: If you pay by Master/Visa cards there is a bank service charge of 4% which will be charged as an extra; for payment through American Express there is a 5.5% bank service charge.

Terms & Conditions

  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made 48 hours before departure and a 40% cancellation charge is approved besides tax, transportation and permit. See specific information below
  • No refund will be given if the program ends before the provided itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for your early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feels it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues
  • The Company is not liable for an unconvinced or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in international flights being missed
  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal
  • Our staffs are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety, their conclusions regard safety are final and should you not follow their advice the Company cannot be held responsible for the outcome.
If you wish to cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of charges will apply:

Date of Cancellation Charge Incurred

2 months before departure
29 days to 2 months before departure
10 to 28 days before departure
Less than 10 days before departure
Loss of deposit (40% of Total Trip Cost TTC)
50% of TTC
70% of TTC
100% of TTC
  • 2 months before departure
    Loss of deposit (40% of Total Trip Cost TTC)
  • 29 days to 2 months before departure
    50% of TTC
  • 10 to 28 days before departure
    70% of TTC
  • Less than 10 days before departure
    100% of TTC

Welcome to the Himalaya

Namaste and welcome to the stunning and diverse geographical regions of the Himalaya.

This wonderful place is home to many of the highest mountains in the world including the world’s highest, majestic Mount Everest, to some of the deepest gorges, lush valleys, great rivers, colorful people and ancient histories. You’ll find a wide and fascinating diversity of landscapes, culture, people and activities within the Himalaya. From stunning scenery to vibrant and colorful culture, from the serenity and spiritualism of ancient temples and monasteries to the thrills and spills of some of the finest white water rides, from the challenge of the awesome peaks to the laid back relaxation of the valley, lakesides and quiet hill stations to the deep lush jungles of the lowlands, from romantic and intricate courtyards, exotic palaces and exquisite restaurants to high snowy passes where prayer flags flutter in the skies and from the solitude of the great peaks to the welcoming bustle and warmth of the local bazaars and courtyards. Whatever your interest, the Himalaya has something to offer everyone.

Gurkha Encounters is a leading trekking, adventure and eco travel company based in Kathmandu, Nepal and established in 1988. We specialize in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India, including Sikkim. Our services include advice, planning and organization of a wide range of adventure and trekking travel options and related services including: trekking and climbing expeditions among the world’s highest peaks; jungle safaris; white-water rafting; mountain biking; family adventures; educational expeditions for schools and youth groups; short breaks, guided tours and sightseeing; special interest holidays; romantic breaks; volunteer placements and corporate services.

Our office staff, guides and other support staff are all from local villages and towns in the Himalaya and are all experienced and qualified professionals. Our extensive local knowledge as well as our experience and local contacts mean that we are able to provide the best service to you and we are proud of our reputation for quality, innovation and overall customer service with a focus on cultural and environmentally responsible travel. We aim to provide you with an excellent, friendly and personal service at competitive and fair prices for a truly memorable adventure travel experience.

Useful Information

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fun draising programs, student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work clo sely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements, budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation, guides, transport, permits, peak fees, equipment requirements, food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And yo u can get on with enjoying yourself.

Trekking In The Himalaya

The Himalaya mountain regions provide some of the finest trekking routes available anywhere. Within the Himalaya, Nepal’s mountainous, hilly and lowland Terai regions offer some of the most spectacular trekking in the world. Treks vary from high altitude routes some of which visit base camps used by mountaineering expeditions to easy short treks within the Kathmandu Valley and lower hill country where you’ll travel through pretty villages, subtropical lowlands, vast meadows and forests, fast flowing rivers, deep canyons and even the cold and barren regions at the feet of the great mountain peaks. The views change with the seasons, with different stages of planting and harvesting cycles in the villages and valleys and the brilliant display of wild flowers in spring and autumn.
Trekking with us means an adventure walking holiday, with a small group of other trekkers, led by an experienced and professional English speaking local guide. We use professionally trained and experienced local Sherpa guides or Sirdars on our treks, tours and expeditions and are totally confident in their ability and experience. Local guides are integral to providing you with the best travel experience. Not only can they share local knowledge and insights, at the same time as you travel you are contributing to the local economy and supporting local communities at the same time as you travel. Whatever route you choose, you’ll be sure to meet local people and enjoy stunning landscapes as you walk at your own pace through well established village trails. Whilst some of the popular trekking trails are used by climbing expeditions on their approach marches, most have been used for hundreds of years by the local Nepalese for everyday travel and trade.

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals, to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools, lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses a nd all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nig hts. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (* permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walki ng rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, inte nded to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals, to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools, lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one
5 to 20 sleeping bag
Two Tshirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants.

Toiletry Items

moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, r eading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.

Contact Us

We are always happy to provide more information and suggestions. If you are in Kathmandu, please visit our office in Baluwatar, Kathmandu. You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or telephone us on +977 1 441 7959 or contact to our Managing Director (RAJ) Mobile +977 9851022717. For general information please visit our website www.gurkhaencounters.com

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