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    Mardi Himal Trek

    5.00/5 from 11 reviews

    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Duration
      12 days
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
      Tour and Trek
    • Accommodation
      3 star Standard Hotel in cities & Standard Guest House during the trekking
    • Meals
      Bed and Breakfast Plan (BB Plan)
    • Vehicle
      Private and AC Tourist bus Transportation
    • Max. People
    Mardi Himal TrekMap
    • StartsKathmandu, Nepal
    • EndsKathmandu, Nepal

    About - Mardi Himal Trek

    The Mardi Himal Trek emerges as a fresh trekking route in the majestic Annapurna region of Nepal. Catering to adventurers of moderate fitness levels, the journey whisks trekkers through verdant forests, quaint villages, and the breathtaking vistas that the Himalayas are renowned for. The apex of this trek is the Mardi Himal Base Camp, from which one can bask in sweeping panoramas of the Annapurna range, with the distinctive silhouette of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Mountain as a highlight.

    Initiating in the picturesque city of Pokhara, often dubbed the 'Himalayan Portal', the expedition sets off from Kande, winding its way through woods and challenging ascents. Along the path, trekkers encounter the charm of Gurung villages and step fields, which provide a vivid tapestry of the region's native cultures and agricultural practices. As you forge upwards, the terrains shift to mesmerizing alpine grasslands, and the majestic vistas of the icy peaks grow ever grander. Perched at an elevation of 4500 meters, the Mardi Himal Base Camp serves as the zenith of this venture. Here, an awe-inspiring panoramic display unfolds, showcasing the splendors of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, and the namesake Mardi Himal.

    Spanning a duration of 7 to 10 days based on individual plans and pace, this trek presents itself as a refreshing alternative to the region's more frequented trails, like the Annapurna Base Camp or the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. For those yearning for an undisturbed and unique Himalayan experience, the Mardi Himal Trek is an impeccable choice, offering solitude alongside unparalleled natural beauty.

    Mardi Himal Trek Highlights

    The Mardi Himal Trek offers a symphony of experiences that resonate deeply with those fortunate enough to embark on this journey. Here are some of the major highlights of the trek:

    • Panoramic Mountain Views: Witness breathtaking vistas of prominent Himalayan peaks such as Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain), Mardi Himal, and Hiunchuli.

    • Mardi Himal Base Camp: Standing at an elevation of 4,500 meters, this base camp offers a dramatic close-up view of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

    • Diverse Flora and Fauna: Trek through the Annapurna Conservation Area, home to a rich biodiversity including rhododendron forests, vibrant orchids, and a chance to spot wildlife like the Danphe (Himalayan Monal – Nepal's national bird) and snow leopards.

    • Traditional Gurung Villages: Experience the culture, traditions, and warmth of the indigenous Gurung communities in villages like Pothana and Siding.

    • Lush Forest Trails: Walk through dense forests of oak, maple, and rhododendrons, especially enchanting during the spring when rhododendrons are in full bloom.

    • Alpine Meadows: As you ascend higher, the landscape transforms into pristine alpine meadows often dotted with herds of grazing yaks.

    • Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets: Particularly from high camps, these are moments that can etch themselves into memory, with the sun casting golden hues over the snow-capped peaks.

    • Close Encounter with Machhapuchhre: Get some of the closest views of the sacred and untouched peak of Machhapuchhre.

    • Pokhara City: Known as the 'Gateway to the Himalayas', starting and ending the trek in this scenic lakeside city adds another layer of charm to the experience. Boating on the serene Phewa Lake or exploring the city's vibrant markets is a treat.

    • Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventure: The relatively less-traveled route of Mardi Himal allows for a tranquil trekking experience, away from the bustling crowds.

    • Steep and Challenging Ascents: For thrill-seekers, certain segments of the trek, such as the ascent to High Camp, offer challenging yet rewarding hikes.

    • Local Cuisine: Taste traditional Nepali dishes, like the beloved 'dal bhat', and savor local delicacies in the mountain teahouses.

    Embarking on the Mardi Himal Trek is to embark on a journey of discovery – of majestic peaks, vibrant cultures, and oneself. Every step taken on this trek reveals another facet of the Himalayan tapestry that leaves trekkers spellbound.

    Features of Mardi Himal Trek

    The Mardi Himal Trek, much like other treks in the Himalayas, has optimal times for trekking based on the region's climatic conditions. The best times for the Mardi Himal Trek are during the pre-monsoon spring season and the post-monsoon autumn season. Here's a breakdown:

    Spring (March to May):

    • Weather: Spring is one of the most popular trekking seasons. The weather is moderate, and temperatures are relatively warm, especially at lower elevations.
    • Flora: The forests are lush and vibrant with blooming rhododendrons and other wildflowers, painting the trekking trails in myriad colors.
    • Visibility: The skies are generally clear, offering stunning views of the Annapurna range and other neighboring peaks.

    Autumn (September to November):

    • Weather: Post-monsoon, the weather is stable with clear skies and crisp air. The temperatures are cool but not freezing, making it ideal for trekking.
    • Flora: The landscapes take on a golden hue as the foliage changes, offering a different, yet equally mesmerizing, scenery compared to spring.
    • Visibility: Autumn is known for its unparalleled mountain visibility. The clear air after the monsoon rains wash away the summer dust and pollutants.

    Winter (December to February):

    • Weather: The temperatures drop significantly, especially at higher altitudes. Snowfall is common, and some parts of the trail might be snow-covered or blocked.
    • Flora: The vegetation is dormant, and snow blankets the landscape in higher regions.
    • Visibility: On clear days, the mountain views are sharp and vivid against the winter sky, but the days are shorter.

    Monsoon (June to August):

    • Weather: The monsoon brings heavy rainfall, making trails slippery and prone to landslides.
    • Flora: The region is at its greenest, with vegetation thriving under the constant rain.
    • Visibility: Mountain views are often obscured by clouds, and there's a persistent haze due to the humidity.

    While spring and autumn are the most recommended seasons for the Mardi Himal Trek due to their favorable weather and excellent visibility, it's essential to note that these are also peak trekking seasons. Therefore, it's advisable to book accommodations and services in advance. Regardless of when one chooses to trek, always checking weather forecasts and being prepared for sudden climatic changes is paramount in the Himalayas.

    Important notes on Mardi Himal Trek

    Some important notes on Mardi Himal Trek are:

    • Altitude and Acclimatization: Even though Mardi Himal Trek is considered moderate, it reaches significant altitudes. It's essential to be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and take time to acclimatize, especially when you approach higher elevations.

    • Fitness Level: A good level of physical fitness is required. The trek involves several hours of walking daily, often on rugged terrains. Pre-trek preparations, including cardiovascular exercises, can help.

    • Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking up to 5,000 meters, medical emergencies, and possible evacuations.

    • Permits: Trekkers need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. Ensure all permits are in order before beginning the trek.

    • Local Customs: Respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, always ask for permission before taking photos of locals, and avoid public displays of affection.

    • Pack Lightly: Pack only the essentials. Porters will carry your luggage, but there's usually a weight limit (typically around 15 kg). Remember, lighter packs are easier for both you and your porters.

    • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the trek to stay hydrated and help with altitude acclimatization.

    • Environmental Responsibility: Practice "Leave No Trace" principles. Carry biodegradable soaps, avoid using plastic, and ensure you carry out all your trash.

    • Weather: Himalayan weather can be unpredictable. Bring layers, and waterproofs, and be prepared for sudden weather changes, even if trekking during optimal seasons.

    • Communication: While major towns might have WiFi, remote areas have limited connectivity. Consider buying a local SIM card for basic communication or inform loved ones about potential communication blackouts.

    • Experienced Guides and Porters:  Our guides and porters not only support the local economy but also ensure you have expert knowledge about the trails, culture, and potential hazards. 

    • Accommodation: Accommodations along the Mardi Himal Trek are comfortable teahouses. Bring a sleeping bag for added warmth and comfort, especially during colder months.

    • Water Purification: Always purify your water before drinking. You can buy bottled water, use purification tablets, or portable water filters.

    • Emergency Contacts: Make a note of emergency contacts in the region, including local hospitals and rescue services.

    • Wildlife: The trek passes through dense forests home to various wildlife. While encounters are rare, it's essential to know how to respond, especially if you come across wild animals.

    • Stay on the Path: Always stay on the designated trails. This ensures your safety, preserves the environment, and reduces the risk of getting lost.

    Remember, proper preparation and respect for both the environment and local communities will ensure a successful and enriching trekking experience in Mardi Himal.

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    Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

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    What's Included

      All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport and hotel transfers
      3-star accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar category) and Pokhara (Hotel Lakestar or similar category) on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
    • PERMITS:
      All necessary papers works, Conservation entry permits, and TIMS.
      Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
      Luxury Holidays Nepal’s duffel, sleeping bag, T-shirt and trekking map - if necessary
      Tourist bus transportation from Kathmandu-Pokhara and by private vehicle from Pokhara to the trek starting point and ending point to Pokhara.
      Pokhara - Kathmandu flight, as per itinerary.
    • LUGGAGE:
      Up to 15 Kg per member as personal baggage during the trek to be carried by porters.
      Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek with breakfast
    • GUIDE:
      Government-licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
    • PORTER:
      Porters as required (2 Trekkers: 1 Porter) to and from Basecamp.
      All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
      Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara valley with private vehicles
      Comprehensive medical kit.
      Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance performance in the evening.
      All government taxes and official expenses.

    What's Excluded

      International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
      Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page)
      Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu, Pokhara and in trekking days
      Optional Add-on for Meals, Hotel upgrades in cities and domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara)
      Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking, domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
      Insurance covering both medical and high-altitude evacuation costs (for the trip cancellation, interruption, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)
      Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages.
      Clothing, Packing Items, Bags, Personal Medical Kit, and all kinds of Personal Trekking Gear.
      Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
    • FILMING:
      Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
      City sightseeing and entrance fees(NPR 2600 ∼ US $ 22 per person )
      Not included during the trek.
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    • Group and Family Discounts
      Please contact us or send us an email at [email protected]
    • TIPS:
      Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected).
    • EXTRA:
      Any other services, activities or personal expenses, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and other items not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
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      Mr. Jarlison Desterro
      United States of America (the), Dallas

      An excellent service

      Thank you Luxury Holidays Nepal for the wonderful memory. What an amazing trek it was. I had a wonderful experience trek of Manaslu and Annapurna. Everything was managed properly from start to end. The trek offers me an incredible view of mountains and sunrise-sunset from the row of the Himalayas. They made me comfortable as it was my first solo trek.

      One of the best experiences ever! Everything was perfect and according to the itinerary! Would surely recommend LHN.

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      Mr. Mark
      France, Paris

      Amazing trek in Nepal

      Me and my friend did the Mardi Himal trek in Nepal and i must say the trekking is so satisfying and i get to experience a lot of new things on the trails.  after our trek, we have a left and we decided to do a one-day world heritage tour in Kathmandu. Exploring the historical and religious landmarks is very interesting and i love the art work of Nepal. Thank you so much to the LHN team and our trekking and tour guide for everything. 

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      Ms. Henrique Maia
      United States of America (the), Dallas

      A place you must have seen before you die

      This was my first trip to Nepal and the first time trekking in the Himalayas, and Luxury Holidays Nepal made it the best trip! From the booking to the trekking and traveling, LHN was there at every step with information, and easy communication.Ram Lamichhane at LHN is a spectacular guide! He was knowledgeable, friendly, and worked incredibly hard to make the experience amazing (and he succeeded!). I had an incredible time there. Everything was arranged beforehand, and I did not have to worry about anything from our stay to the places we visited. Amazing experience and an amazing guide.

      Thank you, Ram and LHN for the trip of a lifetime!

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    Essential Information

    Trekking Grade of Mardi Himal Trek

    The trekking grade of any route is determined by several factors, including altitude, terrain, daily walking hours, and temperature variation. Given these considerations, the Mardi Himal Trek is often graded as "Moderate." Here's a breakdown of what this means:
    • Altitude: The highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek is the Mardi Himal Base Camp at around 4,500 meters. While this is significant, it's not as high as some other Himalayan treks. However, trekkers should still be aware of altitude sickness and its symptoms.

    • Terrain: The trail encompasses a mix of flat paths, gradual ascents, and some steep sections, especially as you approach higher altitudes. The path can be rugged in places, with uneven steps and rocky sections.

    • Daily Walking Hours: On average, trekkers walk about 5-6 hours each day, though this can vary. Some days might be shorter, with just 3-4 hours of trekking, while others can extend to 7 hours or more, especially on challenging stretches.

    • Temperature Variation: Depending on the season, temperatures can vary significantly. While daytime might be warm and pleasant, nights, especially at higher altitudes, can get cold. It's essential to be prepared for a broad temperature range.

    • Physical Fitness: A moderate level of physical fitness is required. Trekkers should be comfortable walking for several hours each day on consecutive days. While technical skills are not needed, previous trekking experience can be beneficial, though not mandatory.

    • Trail Signage: The Mardi Himal Trek is relatively well-marked, especially since it has gained popularity in recent years. However, hiring a local guide can enhance the experience and ensure you stay on the right path.

    While the Mardi Himal Trek is not the most challenging in the Himalayas, it's not a walk in the park either. "Moderate" grade means it's accessible to most people who are in good health, have a decent level of fitness, and possess a strong spirit of adventure. As always, proper preparation and acclimatization are key to enjoying and completing the trek successfully.

    Accommodation during the Mardi Himal Trek

    Luxury Holidays Nepal provides accommodation in the 3-Star category hotels in Kathmand and Pokhara city and standard Lodges throughout the journey. Teahouse and lodge have rooms with just the basics, normally with a bed, blanket, and pillows.

    There are several 3-star category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara that offer pleasant and convenient lodging for trekkers heading on the Mardi Himal Trek. Some of these hotels include:

    In Kathmandu

    • Hotel Holy Himalaya
    • Hotel Yak & Yeti
    • Hotel Shambala
    • Hotel Thamel Lily

    In Pokhara

    • Hotel Lake Star
    • Hotel Middle Path & Spa
    • Hotel Dandelion
    • Mount Kailash Resort
    • Pokhara Choice Inn

    In the Mardi Himal Trek, there are different levels of teahouses and lodges available for accommodation. The level of comfort and facilities provided may vary depending on the location and elevation of the teahouses. Here are the three main types of teahouses and lodges you can expect to find during the Mardi Himal Trek:

    • Basic teahouses
    • Standard teahouses
    • Luxury lodges

    It's important to note that the availability and quality of hotels, teahouses, and lodges can vary depending on the season and the demand. During peak trekking seasons, it's advisable to book in advance to ensure the availability of your preferred type of accommodation.

    Foods during the Mardi Himal Trek

    During the Mardi Himal Trek, you will have meals at the lodges and tea houses along the trail. The meals will be provided by the lodges and teahouses, and the options for food will be limited. The menus will usually include a variety of Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan dishes. The most common food items are rice, lentil soup, vegetables, noodles, pasta, pizza, bread, eggs, cheese, and meat (chicken, mutton, or yak meat). Vegetarian and vegan options are also available.

    For breakfast, you can usually have pancakes, bread, porridge, eggs, or Tibetan bread with honey. Lunch and dinner usually consist of dal bhat (a traditional Nepalese meal of rice, lentil soup, and vegetables), noodles, pasta, pizza, or momos (steamed dumplings with meat or vegetable fillings). Tea and coffee are available at most tea houses, and you can also find hot chocolate, soft drinks, and bottled water.

    It is important to note that the food options may be limited at higher elevations, and the availability of fresh produce may be limited. It is also important to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout the trek.

    Drinking Water during the Mardi Himal Trek

    Drinking water is an essential aspect to consider during the Mardi Himal Trek as staying hydrated is crucial for the body's proper functioning at high altitudes. It is recommended to drink at least three to four liters of water per day during the trek.

    There are several options for drinking water during the trek:

    • Bottled Water: Bottled water is readily available in teahouses and lodges along the trekking trail. However, the cost of bottled water increases as you go higher up in the mountains.
    • Sterilization Tablets: Sterilization tablets are a popular and cost-effective way to purify water. They are easy to carry and can be used to purify tap or stream water.
    • Water Filters: Water filters are another option for purifying water. They come in different sizes and can remove bacteria, viruses, and other impurities from the water.
    • Boiled Water: Boiled water is one of the most popular and widely used methods for purifying water. Almost all teahouses and lodges provide boiled water for a small fee.

    It is recommended to carry a reusable water bottle or hydration pack to reduce the use of plastic bottles and minimize environmental impact.

    Transportation during the Mardi Himal Trek

    When it comes to transportation during the Mardi Himal Trek, there are a few modes of transport involved:

    Tourist Bus: The journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back can be done by tourist bus. This is a comfortable and affordable option with air conditioning and comfortable seats. The drive takes about 6-7 hours and passes through scenic countryside and villages.

    Private Vehicle: For those who prefer more comfort and privacy, private vehicles can be arranged for transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back. This option is more expensive but provides a more customized and flexible travel experience.

    Trekking: The Mardi Himal Trek is primarily a trekking experience, and transportation during the trek is on foot. Porters are available to carry luggage, and a licensed guide will accompany the group throughout the trek.

    Return Journey: After completing the Mardi Himal Trek, tourists can either take a tourist bus or a private vehicle back to Pokhara, depending on their preference and budget.

    Airway: You can take the flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu instead of taking a bus or a private vehicle. This is a quicker option and provides aerial views of the Himalayan range.

    The transportation provided during the Mardi Himal Trek is comfortable and efficient, allowing you to enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

    Luggage during the Mardi Himal Trek

    Throughout the trip of Mountain Trekking, your luggage is carried and moved by the porters. You should carry a water bottle, sunscreen, camera, spare jacket, etc. Your main luggage will be your trekking bag and you can carry a small lockable bag that will provide safety. You are provided with a free locker room in the hotel of Kathmandu. The weight allowance in domestic airlines of Nepal is up to 20kg and for more weight, you have to pay US$1 per/kg depending on the area.

    Group Leader during the Mardi Himal Trek

    The Mardi Himal trek will be led by a licensed and experienced guide from Nepal who is fluent in English and has extensive knowledge of the local culture, history, and geography. The guide will be responsible for ensuring your safety during the trek, managing the logistics, and providing information about the surroundings. The guide will also coordinate with other support staff, such as porters and cooks, and ensure that all necessary permits and paperwork are in order. You will have the opportunity to communicate with the guide before and during the trek to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have.


    If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, it's important to confirm your preferred tour date with us as soon as possible, to ensure availability and allow time for the necessary arrangements to be made, such as purchasing domestic air tickets and booking accommodations.

    It's recommended to confirm your spot on the tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour, to allow for any necessary preparations and arrangements.

    When confirming your booking, you'll typically need to provide a code and voucher number to us. This information can usually be submitted through a link, such as the Voucher Redemption link.

    Visa for Mardi Himal Trek

    If you're planning to trek to Mardi Himal in Nepal with us (Luxury Holiday Nepal), you'll need to obtain a Nepal Tourist Visa to enter the country. Here's what you need to know about getting a Nepal visa for the Mardi Himal Trek:

    Visa requirements: To obtain a Nepal Tourist Visa, you'll need a valid passport, a passport-sized photo, and payment for the visa fee. You may also need to provide proof of onward travel and proof of funds to support your stay in Nepal.

    Visa application: You can obtain the visa upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or at land border crossings by completing a visa application form and paying the visa fee. Alternatively, you can apply for the visa online through the Department of Immigration's website.

    Online visa application: The online visa application requires a passport-sized photo and a scanned copy of your passport, and the visa fee can be paid using a credit or debit card.

    Visa extension: If you plan to stay in Nepal for longer than your visa allows, you can extend your visa by applying at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu.

    Visa exemptions: Indian nationals are exempt from obtaining a Nepal Tourist Visa to enter the country.

    Note: It's important to check the visa requirements and fees before your trip to Nepal to ensure hassle-free entry into the country. As a trekker on the Mardi Himal Trek, you'll need to obtain your Nepal Tourist Visa before your trip to ensure a smooth start to your adventure.

    On-Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points
    15 Days – 30 USD
    30 Days – 50 USD
    90 Days – 125 USD

    Booking your international flight for Mardi Himal Trek

    If you're planning to do the Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal, you'll need to book an international flight to Kathmandu, which is the capital city and the main entry point for most visitors to Nepal. There are several international airlines that offer direct flights to Kathmandu from major cities around the world, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangkok, Singapore, Dubai, Doha, and Istanbul.

    The cost and duration of international flights to Kathmandu vary depending on your departure city and the time of year. It's recommended to book your international flight well in advance to secure the best rates and availability.

    It's also important to check the baggage allowance and restrictions of your airline, as some airlines have stricter baggage policies than others, and excess baggage fees can be expensive. You can use the following options to book your flights.

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    8. Google Flights (

    These websites allow you to compare flight options, airlines, and prices from different providers, and you can often find deals and promotions that may not be available elsewhere.

    When and where should you arrive for Mardi Himal Trek

    It's recommended to book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport(Tribhuvan International Airport), as this is the main entry and exit point for most visitors to Nepal.

    Upon arrival at the airport, you'll be received by representatives from Luxury Holidays Nepal, who will be holding a signed card with the company's name. They will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

    If you plan to arrive early or depart late, you'll need to make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected]. It's important to provide your flight details to the company after purchasing your international air ticket, so they can make arrangements for your airport pickup and transfer to the hotel.

    Currencies accepted during Mardi Himal Trek

    The currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR), and it's the only legal tender in the country. During the Mardi Himal Trek, the following currencies may be accepted:

    In Kathmandu and Pokhara: Major currencies such as US dollars, Euros, and British pounds are accepted at some high-end hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops. However, it's recommended to carry Nepalese Rupees for local transactions.

    During the trek: Only Nepalese Rupees are accepted for local transactions, such as buying snacks, water, and souvenirs. You can exchange foreign currency for Nepalese Rupees at banks or authorized money exchange centers in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

    It's important to note that credit cards are not widely accepted in Nepal, except at some high-end hotels and restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara. It's recommended to carry enough cash in Nepalese Rupees for your local transactions during the trek.

    Safety during the Mardi Himal Trek  

    Ensuring safety during the Mardi Himal Trek, or any trek for that matter, is of utmost importance. Here are some essential safety tips and guidelines to consider while embarking on this adventure:

    • Acclimatization: Altitude sickness can be a major concern. It's vital to acclimatize properly by not ascending too quickly. Listen to your body, and if you experience symptoms like headache, dizziness, or shortness of breath, it's crucial to communicate with your guide and take necessary precautions.
    • Experienced Guide: Especially if it's your first time in the region, our knowledgeable and experienced guide can be invaluable. They will be familiar with the terrain, local customs, and potential dangers.
    • Stay on the Path: The trails are well-trodden but can still be challenging. Always stick to the path and avoid taking shortcuts, which might seem tempting but could be hazardous.
    • Weather Awareness: The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. Always be prepared for sudden changes, especially at higher altitudes. It's essential to carry warm clothing, rain gear, and sun protection.
    • Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can amplify altitude sickness symptoms. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol, which can lead to dehydration.
    • Choose the Right Season: While the Mardi Himal Trek is accessible almost all year round, it's best to avoid the monsoon season (June to August) due to heavy rainfall and potential landslides. The most popular months are during the pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (late September to November) periods.
    • Proper Gear: Ensure you have the right gear. This includes sturdy trekking boots, appropriate clothing layers, a hat, sunglasses, and gloves. A good-quality sleeping bag and down jacket are also recommended.
    • Travel Insurance: Make sure to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes and includes emergency evacuation if necessary.
    • Regular Communication: If possible, carry a local SIM card or satellite phone for communication. Check in regularly with family or friends, letting them know of your progress.
    • Respect Local Customs: Being respectful of local customs and traditions can also be seen as a safety measure. It ensures a warm relationship with the locals, who can be of great help in times of need.
    • Group Trekking: Trekking in a group or with at least one other person is generally safer than trekking alone.
    • Medical Kit: Always carry a basic first-aid kit with essentials like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any personal medications. For those prone to altitude sickness, medications like Diamox might be recommended, but always consult with a doctor before your trek.
    • Local Wildlife: Be aware that you are in the habitat of local wildlife. While encounters are rare, it's good to know how to act if you come across any wild animals.

    Remember, the mountains command respect. While the Mardi Himal Trek offers breathtaking views and an unforgettable experience, it's essential to prioritize safety to ensure an enjoyable and memorable journey.

    Internet and SIM Card for Mardi Himal Trek

    During the Mardi Himal Trek, you can expect the following options for internet and SIM cards:

    In Kathmandu and Pokhara:

    • Most hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara offer Wi-Fi access, which is often complimentary for guests. You can also find internet cafes and co-working spaces in these cities for internet access.
    • If you wish to have mobile data access on your phone, you can purchase a local SIM card with a data plan from one of the major telecom providers in Nepal, such as Ncell or Nepal Telecom (NTC). These companies offer various data packages to choose from.
    • To purchase a SIM card, you'll need to provide a copy of your passport and a passport-sized photo. You can buy SIM cards and top-up credit at official stores or authorized resellers in Kathmandu and Pokhara, including at the airport upon your arrival.

    During the Trek:

    • Internet access during the trek is limited, especially in remote mountain areas. Most tea houses and lodges along the trekking route do not have Wi-Fi.
    • Some tea houses may offer paid Wi-Fi access, but the speed and reliability can vary significantly.
    • To have mobile connectivity during the trek, it's advisable to purchase a local SIM card with a data plan before starting the trek in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
    • Keep in mind that as you ascend to higher altitudes, mobile coverage becomes less reliable, and you may have no signal in certain areas.
    • Always check with your trekking agency or guide for the most up-to-date information on internet and mobile coverage along the trekking route.

    While having a local SIM card can be useful for emergency communications and accessing basic information, the primary focus of trekking in the Mardi Himal region is the natural beauty and cultural experience.

    Vaccinations & Immunization for Mardi Himal Trek

    Before embarking on the Mardi Himal Trek, it's recommended to consult with your doctor or a travel health specialist to discuss about any necessary vaccinations or immunizations. Here are some of the vaccinations and immunizations that may be recommended:

    • Hepatitis A: This vaccine is recommended for all travelers to Nepal, as it can be contracted through contaminated food or water.
    • Typhoid: Typhoid fever can also be contracted through contaminated food or water, and a vaccine is recommended for most travelers.
    • Hepatitis B: This vaccine is recommended for those who might be exposed to blood or bodily fluids, such as healthcare workers or those engaging in sexual activities.
    • Rabies: This vaccine is recommended for those who might have close contact with animals, such as during a trek in the Himalayas.
    • Japanese Encephalitis: This vaccine is recommended for those who are traveling to rural areas and plan to stay for an extended period of time.

    In addition to vaccinations, it's also important to take other precautions to prevent illness and injury during your trek. This includes practicing good hygiene, drinking only purified water or boiled water, and avoiding risky behavior such as handling animals. It's also a good idea to bring a first aid kit with you, including any prescription medications you might need.

    Health Issues for Mardi Himal Trek

    When trekking in the high-altitude regions of Nepal, such as the Mardi Himal Trek, there are certain health issues that trekkers should be aware of and prepared for. Here are some of the most common health issues and precautions to take:

    Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or Altitude Sickness:

    • Symptoms: Headache, dizziness, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, and nausea.
    • Prevention: Ascend slowly, acclimatize adequately, and stay hydrated. Some trekkers use preventive medications like Diamox (always consult a physician before use).
    • Treatment: Descend to a lower altitude immediately, take rest, stay hydrated, and seek medical attention if symptoms persist.

    Cold and Hypothermia:

    • Symptoms: Persistent shivering, numbness, fatigue, and confusion.
    • Prevention: Wear appropriate clothing in layers, cover the head and hands, stay dry, and avoid sweating.
    • Treatment: Change into dry clothes, warm up slowly, consume warm fluids, and seek shelter.

    Sunburn and Snow Blindness:

    • Symptoms: Red, painful skin for sunburn; eye pain, light sensitivity, and blurry vision for snow blindness.
    • Prevention: Use high-SPF sunscreen, and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection.
    • Treatment: Aloe vera or cooling lotions for sunburn; for snow blindness, cover your eyes with a dark cloth, avoid light, and consult a physician.


    • Symptoms: Dark yellow urine, dry mouth, fatigue, and dizziness.
    • Prevention: Consume sufficient water throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty.
    • Treatment: Increase fluid intake, and consider oral rehydration solutions.

    Food and Waterborne Illnesses:

    • Symptoms: Diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever.
    • Prevention: Only drink purified or boiled water, avoid raw vegetables and fruits you can't peel, and eat freshly cooked food.
    • Treatment: Stay hydrated, consider oral rehydration solutions, and seek medical attention if severe.

    Respiratory Problems:

    • Symptoms: Shortness of breath, persistent coughing, and chest pain.
    • Prevention: Gradual acclimatization, avoid inhaling cold air directly and cover your mouth and nose with a scarf in cold conditions.
    • Treatment: Descend to a lower altitude and seek medical attention.

    Sprains and Strains:

    • Symptoms: Pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the affected joint.
    • Prevention: Use trekking poles for support, wear supportive shoes, and be cautious on uneven terrain.
    • Treatment: Rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE), and pain-relieving medications.


    • Symptoms: Painful raised areas filled with fluid on the feet or hands.
    • Prevention: Wear well-fitting shoes and moisture-wicking socks, keep feet dry, and use blister plasters in areas prone to friction.
    • Treatment: Keep it clean and covered, avoid popping it unless absolutely necessary.

    Exhaustion and Fatigue:

    • Symptoms: Extreme tiredness, dizziness, and lack of energy.
    • Prevention: Get enough rest, eat a balanced diet, acclimatize properly, and set a reasonable trekking pace.
    • Treatment: Rest, hydrate, and eat energy-rich foods.

    Before embarking on the Mardi Himal Trek or any high-altitude trek, it's essential to undergo a medical check-up and discuss the journey with a physician. Always carry a well-equipped first-aid kit and know the closest medical facilities on your route.

    See Mount Everest

    The Mardi Himal Trek itinerary does not include a visit to Mount Everest, as it's located in a different region of Nepal. However, if you're interested in seeing Mount Everest, you can consider the following options:

    Everest Base Camp Trek: This is a popular trek that takes you to the base camp of Mount Everest, offering stunning views of the mountain along the way.

    Everest mountain flight: If you're short on time or prefer not to trek, you can take a mountain flight from Kathmandu that offers a panoramic view of Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks.

    Helicopter tour: For a more exclusive and luxurious option, you can take a helicopter tour that takes you closer to the mountain and allows you to land at various viewpoints for a unique perspective.

    It's important to note that trekking to Everest Base Camp can be physically demanding and requires proper preparation and acclimatization. It's recommended to consult with a doctor or travel health specialist and to have adequate travel insurance before embarking on the trek.

    Insurance/Evacuation for Mardi Himal Trek

    Insurance is a critical aspect to consider when embarking on treks in high-altitude regions like the Mardi Himal Trek. Given the remoteness of the area and potential health risks, it's essential to have comprehensive insurance that covers specific challenges of trekking in mountainous terrain. Here's what you should consider when selecting insurance for the Mardi Himal Trek:

    • High-Altitude Coverage: Ensure that your insurance covers trekking up to the maximum altitude of the Mardi Himal Trek (around 4,500 meters). Some policies might not cover activities above specific altitudes.

    • Emergency Evacuation: In the event of severe illness or injury, you may need a helicopter evacuation. Ensure that your policy covers the costs of emergency evacuation from remote areas.

    • Medical Coverage: Medical treatment can be expensive, especially if you require transport to a facility in Kathmandu or another major city. Your insurance should cover hospitalization, medication, doctor consultations, and other medical expenses.

    • Trip Cancellation and Delays: Sometimes, unforeseen circumstances can lead to trip cancellations or delays. Having insurance that covers these situations can protect you from significant financial losses.

    • Lost or Damaged Baggage: Trekking requires specialized gear. Ensure your insurance covers the loss or damage of expensive trekking equipment.

    • Repatriation: In the unfortunate event of a severe accident or fatality, repatriation coverage would cover the costs associated with returning to your home country.

    • Activities and Sports: Make sure trekking is explicitly mentioned in your policy. Some policies might exclude certain "adventure" activities unless you purchase an additional premium.

    • Duration: Your insurance should cover the entire duration of your trip, from the day of departure to the day of return.

    • Personal Liability: This covers you if you accidentally injure someone or damage their property.

    • Exclusions: As important as it is to know what's included, you should be keenly aware of what is not covered by your insurance. Always read the fine print.

    • Claim Process: Understand the claim process, including required documentation and timeframes. Some insurance companies may offer direct billing with service providers, while others may require you to pay upfront and reimburse you later.

    Before purchasing insurance, do thorough research, compare various providers, and read reviews. Given the potential risks associated with high-altitude trekking, it's crucial to ensure you're adequately covered. It's also a good idea to provide a copy of your insurance details to your tour operator and someone trustworthy back home.

    Checklists for Mardi Himal Trek

    Here's a checklist for Mardi Himal Trek:


    • Hiking boots
    • Hiking socks
    • Trekking pants
    • T-shirts
    • Fleece or down jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Warm hat
    • Gloves
    • Sun hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Thermal underwear (optional)
    • Rain pants (optional)


    • Backpack
    • Sleeping bag
    • Trekking poles
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Water bottles or hydration system
    • Water purification tablets or filter
    • Personal first aid kit
    • Sunscreen
    • Lip balm
    • Insect repellent
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Personal toiletries
    • Trekking map
    • Camera or smartphone with camera


    • Cash (Nepalese rupees)
    • Passport
    • Travel insurance documents
    • Nepal entry visa (can be obtained upon arrival at the airport)
    • Airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
    • Emergency contact information
    • Personal snacks or energy bars

    It's important to pack light, as porters are limited in the amount of weight they can carry. It's recommended to keep the weight of your backpack under 15 kg (33 lbs).

    Trip Extensions

    There are several trip extensions you can add to your Mardi Himal Trek. Here are some options:

    • Annapurna Base Camp Trek: This trek takes you to the base of the Annapurna massif, passing through traditional villages and forests. It is a popular trek in the region and can be added on to the end of the Mardi Himal Trek.
    • Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek: This trek is a shorter option that takes you to the scenic viewpoint of Poon Hill, offering panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. It is a popular trek for those who have limited time in Nepal.
    • Chitwan National Park Safari: This trip extension takes you to the lowlands of Nepal where you can explore the Chitwan National Park. Here, you can go on a jungle safari to spot wildlife such as tigers, elephants, rhinos, and more.
    • Everest Base Camp Trek: This trek takes you to the base of the world's highest mountain, passing through the Khumbu region and traditional Sherpa villages. It is a challenging trek, but the stunning scenery and cultural experiences make it a popular choice for many.
    • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing: Kathmandu is a vibrant city with a rich history and culture. A trip extension to explore the city's temples, markets, and ancient architecture is a great way to learn more about Nepal.

    These are just a few trip extension options for the Mardi Himal Trek. Depending on your interests and time, there are many other destinations and activities you can add on to your itinerary.

    A typical day on the Mardi Himal Trek

    A typical day on the Mardi Himal Trek, as with most treks in Nepal, follows a routine that makes the most out of the daylight hours, the climate, and ensures optimal energy levels for trekkers. Here's what you can expect:


    • Wake Up: Trekkers are usually woken up early, around 6:00 - 6:30 am, depending on the day's itinerary.

    • Morning View: In mountain areas, mornings often offer the clearest views of the peaks, so it's always worth getting out of bed to take a look, especially as you get higher up the trail.

    • Breakfast: By 7:00 am, breakfast is typically served in the dining area of the teahouse. Options often range from porridge, pancakes, toast, eggs in various styles, to the local favorite: chapati.

    • Trek Begins: Post breakfast, by 8:00 am or a bit later, you'll begin the day's trek. The morning often involves 3-4 hours of walking. The pace is steady, with regular pauses to enjoy the view, take photos, or have a short rest.


    • Lunch: Around 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, you'll stop for lunch. This could be at a tea-house or a designated resting spot. Lunch typically consists of local dishes like dal bhat (lentil soup with rice), noodles, or momos (dumplings), among other options.

    • Afternoon Trek: After lunch, the trek resumes for another 2-4 hours, depending on the day's destination. The afternoon's trek might be shorter or longer based on the elevation gain and the distance to be covered.

    • Arrival & Rest: By mid to late afternoon, usually around 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, you'll arrive at the next stop. This gives you time to rest, explore the surroundings, and recharge.


    • Dinner: Dinner is usually served early, around 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. It's typically a hearty meal, given the physical exertion, with options similar to lunch, along with soup and maybe even dessert.

    • Socializing & Planning: Post-dinner, trekkers often gather in the communal dining area, warming up around the stove. This is a time for socializing, discussing the day's experiences, and briefing for the next day's journey.

    • Bedtime: By 9:00 pm, most trekkers head to bed, aiming for a good night's sleep before another day of trekking.

    Every day might slightly differ depending on weather conditions, individual pace, and the specific itinerary planned by our trekking agency such as Luxury Holidays Nepal. The outlined routine is a general pattern followed on the Mardi Himal Trek.

    Tipping for Mardi Himal Trek

    Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal, but it is customary to show appreciation and gratitude to the guides and porters who have worked hard to make your trip successful.  As for the amount, there are no fixed rules, and it depends on your satisfaction with the services provided. A general guideline is to tip around 10% of the total cost of the trekking package. For example, if your trekking package cost $1000, you can tip around $100.

    Here's a breakdown of how much you can consider tipping for each member of your trekking crew:

    • Guide: $10 to $15 per day
    • Porter: $7 to $10 per day
    • Cook: $8 to $12 per day

    Of course, the amount of the tip is entirely up to your discretion, and you can adjust it based on your experience and satisfaction with the service provided.

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