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The Mardi Himal trek – a 2023 information

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The Mardi Himal trek is a difficult and exquisite 4-day route within the Annapurna area that provides breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain vary. It’s a lesser-known route in comparison with the well-known Everest Base Camp trek or Annapurna Circuit trek.

We began the Mardi Himal trek in Ghandruk after ending the Poon Hill trek. Mardi Himal was once the lesser-known trek in Annapurna Sanctuary nevertheless it’s getting increasingly widespread. There are nonetheless fewer individuals on this route than on the Poon Hill, Annapurna Base Camp, or Annapurna Circuit trek nevertheless it’s positively not as off-the-beaten-track because it was once.

A view of High Camp on the Mardi Himal trek
A view of Excessive Camp on the best way to Base Camp on the Mardi Himal trek

Mardi Himal trek overview

  • Distance – 40 km/25 mi
  • Time – Four days
  • Permits – TIMS card and Annapurna Sanctuary allow required
  • Information – might be achieved independently, with a information/porter, or in a gaggle
  • Fundamental beginning factors – Kande
  • Fundamental ending factors – Siding
  • Highest level – Mardi Himal Base Camp, 4500 m
  • Complete ascent – 3274 m
  • Complete descent – 3731 m
  • Price – US$23 per particular person per day
  • Lodging – guesthouses, tenting (at decrease altitudes)
  • Meals – Nepali, Indian, Western, Chinese language

*All trekking knowledge is for our trekking route beginning in Ghandruk/ending in Landruk.

Our Mardi Himal trek video

How lengthy is the Mardi Himal trek?

The whole distance of the Mardi Himal trek is 40 km/25 mi. One wants 4-5 days to finish the route. In the event you mix it with one of many different routes (Poon Hill, Annapurna Base Camp, and so forth.) you’ll want 3-5 days additional.

How troublesome is the Mardi Himal trek?

Mardi Himal is a reasonable high-altitude trek that doesn’t require any mountaineering abilities or loads of experience. It’s a great path to do as an acclimatization trek. It’s fairly simple to get rapidly to decrease altitudes in case you begin feeling unwell. Mardi Himal is likely one of the shortest treks within the Annapurna area.

Insurance coverage for the trek

The Mardi Himal is a high-altitude trek by distant and difficult-to-access areas of the Annapurna Conservation Space, getting evacuated and medical remedy might be expensive. Actually, it’s required to have medical insurance coverage for getting a TIMS card and a allow. No person has ever requested us to point out our insurance coverage however while you fill out the shape they ask you to offer the identify and the telephone variety of your insurance coverage firm.

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Do I want a information for the Mardi Himal trek?

Not. The Mardi Himal trek might be walked independently. The path is nicely marked with white & blue strips more often than not it’s the one route. On the splits, there are indicators pointing in the appropriate route. Discovering lodging is straightforward you simply arrive at a visitor home and ask if they’ve a room.

For inexperienced hikers, this trek may be fairly difficult for a number of causes: excessive altitude, unpredictable climate, and steep ascents, and descents. You probably have by no means achieved a high-altitude hike earlier than it may be higher to affix a tour. There are trekking excursions from Kathmandu that embrace lodging, transport, permits, guides, and a few meals. It’s an amazing possibility if you need a stress-free climbing vacation. 

Mardi Himal trek excursions

In the event you don’t need to trek in a gaggle you’ll be able to rent a information or a porter (or each) for the Mardi Himal trek. Guides normally cost US$25 per day together with their meals and lodging. You may share one information with a few individuals. Porters cost US$20 per day together with their meals and lodging.

The place does the trek begin?

The Mardi Himal trek begins in Kande and finishes in Siding. It’s the usual path to Mardi Himal, trekkers who come from Pokhara or Kathmandu normally do it this fashion. The route begins at Kande goes by Australian Camp to Landruk after which as much as Forest Camp. For the primary day, I’d recommend strolling from Kande to Landruk, it’s about 12 km with reasonable ascend. The following day, proceed to Forest Camp. Ending in Siding might be the best choice for the route in case you’re not planning on doing another treks within the park and in case you don’t need to stroll the identical manner from Landruk to Forest Camp and again. You may take a jeep from Siding to Pokhara for about NPR 1000/US$Eight pp. 

Four hiking routes of the Mardi Himal trek
Totally different route choices for the Mardi Himal trek

Beginning in Ghandruk/Kyumi/ending in Siding. Trekkers who come to Mardi Himal after ending Poon Hill or Annapurna Base Camp trek normally take this route. We began in Ghorepani it was fairly a troublesome strolling day to get from there to Forest Camp with a really steep a protracted descent to start with and a good longer ascent within the second half. There’s a bus or jeep possibility from Landruk to Pokhara however the street is absolutely unhealthy we took a bus from Tolka (the subsequent village after Landruk) and that experience was positively the worst experience in our lives (on a horrible dust street subsequent to the sting) so I wouldn’t advocate it.

Beginning in Landruk/ending in Siding. It’s the shortest possibility for the Mardi Himal trek. If it’s your first hike within the space I’d advocate having an additional day for acclimatization at about 3000 m to ensure you don’t get altitude illness at Excessive Camp or Base Camp. If you wish to begin in Landruk you’ll must take a bus or a jeep. The journey is absolutely unhealthy I’d say strolling 12 km additional to Landruk from Kande is a a lot better possibility.

Beginning in Ghandruk/ending in Kande. The longest route possibility you get to see extra plus you escape bumpy drives both from Siding or Landruk. From Kande, the street is way from good nevertheless it’s a lot better than the roads contained in the park. To finish this route you’ll want 5 days.

Tips on how to mix Mardi Himal with the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

Each trekking routes begin in Landruk it’s very simple to mix them. You’ll want 10 days to finish the loop. Right here is the instructed itinerary;

  • Day 1. Bus Pokhara – Kande. Trek Kande – Landruk, 16km
  • Day 2. Landruk – Forest Camp, 5km
  • Day 3. Forest Camp – Excessive Camp, 8,5km
  • Day 4. Excessive Camp – Base Camp – Excessive Camp, 9km
  • Day 5. Excessive Camp – Landruk, 12km
  • Day 6. Landruk – Sinuwa, 12km. From Landruk you’ll be able to comply with our Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary.
  • Day 7. Sinuwa – Deurali, 14km
  • Day 8. Deurali – ABC, 9km
  • Day 9. ABC – Bamboo/Sinuwa, 15km/19km
  • Day 10. Bamboo/Sinuwa – Ghandruk, 14km/10km

Tips on how to mix Mardi Himal with the Poon Hill trek?

One other widespread possibility is to mix these two trekking routes. First, you stroll on the Poon Hill trek until Ghandruk, from Ghandruk you go to Landruk, and from there begin the Mari Himal trek. It’ll take about one week to finish the route. Right here is the instructed itinerary;

  • Day 1. Bus Pokhara – Nayapul. Trek Nayapul – Ulleri, 12km. From Nayapul you’ll be able to comply with our Poon Hill itinerary.
  • Day 2. Ulleri – Ghorepani, 8km
  • Day 3. Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghorepani – Ghandruk, 19km.
  • Day 4. Ghandruk – Forest Camp, 9,5km
  • Day 5. Forest Camp – Excessive Camp, 8,5km
  • Day 6. Excessive Camp – Base Camp – Excessive Camp, 9km
  • Day 7. Excessive Camp – Siding/Landruk, 8,5km/12,5km

Tips on how to get to Mardi Himal?

There are various buses from Pokhara that go to Kande. The journey takes 1h30min., worth NRP 400/US$Three pp. Buses depart all day lengthy each methods. Be aware! Typically after heavy rains, the street will get very muddy (it’s not a tarred street) and the identical journey can take 4-5 hours.

In the event you’re beginning in Landruk. There are just a few buses and a few jeeps going to Landruk from Pokhara however not within the monsoon season then it’ll be troublesome to seek out transport to get all the best way there or again. Buses depart within the morning between 8am and 9am however from a unique bus station (exterior of Pokhara), taxi drivers normally know the place buses depart from. Bus worth NPR 500/US$4, jeep – NPR 1000/US$8. 

Alya with a big backpack on the way up on the Mardi Himal trek
Alya on the best way as much as Excessive Camp on the Mardi Himal trek

Trekking permits

For any trek contained in the Annapurna Sanctuary space, you want the Annapurna Conservation Space Allow  (ACAP) and the TIMS card. You will get each on the Tourism Data Heart in Pokhara or in Kathmandu. Each workplaces are open Mon-Fri and Solar from 10am to 5pm (closed on Saturdays). We choose doing paperwork and staying in Pokhara as a result of it’s a nicer place than Kathmandu. 

To get a TIMS card (trekkers data administration system) and a allow you’ll want a passport, insurance coverage, a contact particular person in Nepal (we normally give our lodge particulars), and Four passport-size photographs.

To get the TIMS card;

  • First, fill within the kind that you just get on the counter 
  • Second, take a photograph. You don’t must convey your individual photographs they take them proper there on the workplace and it’s freed from cost (Four passport-size photographs, it’s included within the worth of your TIMS card).  
  • Third, give the crammed kind, two photographs, and NPR 2000/US$15 pp. (paid solely in Nepalese Rupee) on the counter
  • Forth, get your TIMS.

Be aware! The TIMS card and the allow are legitimate just for one entry to the park.

To get the Annapurna Sanctuary Allow;

  • First, after getting your TIMS card go to the next-door room and get the shape
  • Second, fill within the kind
  • Third, hand the crammed kind, passport, two photographs, and NPR 3000/US$23 pp.(paid solely in Nepalese Rupee) on the counter.
  • Forth, get your allow.

Essential! Don’t lose your TIMS and allow hold them until you exit the park there are management factors all through the park.

When is one of the best time for trekking?

April and October are thought-about to be the height climbing season in Nepal while you get the greatest climate circumstances consequently all trekking routes are very busy. We at all times attempt to hike in border season; March or November. There are considerably fewer individuals however typically you might be fairly unfortunate with the climate.

We trekked Mardi Himal at the start of March and received loads of snow on the route. The Base Camp was closed no one may stroll, and also you couldn’t even see the route it was buried below snow. Another routes just like the Annapurna Base Camp trek and the components of the Annapurna circuit have been closed so we needed to wait in Pokhara for a couple of week earlier than we may begin climbing. It was essentially the most snow in February and March that they received in Nepal within the final 30 years I suppose it doesn’t occur yearly. Fortunately there are various nice things to do in Pokhara to maintain one busy! Whereas ready we did the Panchase trek, a straightforward 3-day route exterior the Annapurna Sanctuary.

From Might to September is the monsoon season which implies loads of rain. The roads and trails get very muddy not good climate for climbing within the mountains. As for the winter months, I learn that some individuals like climbing in December – February as a result of there are only a few individuals nevertheless it will get very chilly and on the routes like Mardi Himal the place there aren’t any native villages it may be troublesome to seek out lodging and meals as a result of most locations are closed for offseason.

Stingy Nomads posing for photos at High Camp on the Mardi Himal trek
Stingy Nomads at Excessive Camp on the Mardi Himal trek

How a lot does the Mardi Himal trek price?

Lodging costs change based on the season, in April and October they’re the best. In March we paid NPR 400/US$Three for lodging for 2 individuals however within the excessive season, it may be between NPR 500/US$Four and NPR 600/U$5 on common.

Meals costs on the Mardi Himal trek are mounted. Not less than it says so on the menus. The costs enhance steadily with the altitude and rely upon how lengthy it takes to ship provides to a particular place. From Landruk on there aren’t any roads, it’s individuals and donkeys who carry stuff up, clearly, the upper you go the costliest the whole lot will get. 

  • Breakfast (eggs, porridge, muesli, and so forth.) – between NPR 400-500/US$3-Four pp.
  • Meal (pasta, rice, Dal Bhat, noodles and so forth.) – between NPR 500-600/US$4-5 pp.
  • Tea – from NPR 50 to NPR 150/US$0,3-1 per cup
  • Consuming water – from NPR 50/US$0,Four to NPR 150/US$1 per liter

The amenities on the route are fairly fundamental in comparison with the extra widespread routes across the Annapurna large. On the Poon Hill and the Annapurna Circuit, at most locations, you will get free wi-fi, a scorching bathe, and electrical energy. On Mardi Himal, more often than not for all these it’s important to pay additional and plenty of locations at larger altitudes don’t have these amenities.

Our Mardi Himal trek price

  • Permits (TIMS and Annapurna Sanctuary allow) – NPR 5000/US$37 pp.
  • Lodging (Three nights) – NPR 900/US$7 for two individuals, NPR 450/US$3,5 per particular person.
  • Meals (meals, tea, snacks) – NPR 5000/US$38 per particular person for Three meals a day.
  • Transport – NPR 850/US$6,5; a bus from Pokhara to Kande – NPR 250/US$2 pp.; a bus from Landruk to Pokhara – NPR 500/US$Four pp.; a bus from Lakeside to the bus terminal – NPR 60/US$0,5 pp. Transport is a giant money-saving side of climbing within the Annapurna area which makes the price of trekking considerably much less in contrast for instance to the price of the Everest Base Camp trek.

Complete: NPR 11 550/US$88 per particular person for Four days or NPR 2887/US$22 per particular person per day.

Cash-saving ideas for the trek

  • The upper you go the costlier meals will get so convey some snacks and chocolate with you.
  • Carry a water filter or another water purification system with it’ll prevent between US$2-Four per particular person per day.
  • Attempt to negotiate lodging worth if it appears too excessive, we normally say that we’re going to eat Three meals within the place (we don’t cease for lunch on the best way) and get a room for our worth.
  • Be certain that to convey sufficient money with there can be no place on the route to attract cash.

What’s the lodging like on the trek?

The Mardi Himal trek doesn’t undergo native villages. All stops on the route from Landruk to Base Camp are set just for the season and solely for trekkers, no one lives there completely. It explains poorer infrastructure on this route e.g. no electrical energy, no fuel bathe, and so forth.

Lodging on the Mardi Himal trek is affordable like on another climbing route in Nepal. It’s important to eat at your guesthouse twice a day, normally for dinner and breakfast. Meals is the primary supply of revenue for the local people.

Trekkers can keep in visitor homes or camps. There are two campsites at decrease altitudes e.g. Forest Camp and Low Camp. I’m undecided if it’s value it since you pay mainly the identical for tenting and staying indoors it’s probably not a money-saving possibility. The guesthouses are fairly commonplace. All have easy rooms with beds, an outdoor rest room, a bathe, and a eating space.

On this route, there are extra shared rooms (for 4-6 individuals) than personal rooms. We by no means had shared rooms on another trekking route in Nepal. Normally, you get your individual double room. We shared a room with different individuals (Four beds) at Forest Camp and Excessive Camp. It’s totally different at decrease altitudes e.g. in Landruk, Siding the place you will get a non-public room with electrical energy and energy retailers.

In excessive season (April and October) it’s really helpful to e book guesthouses upfront, particularly at Excessive Camp. You are able to do so over the telephone (2-Three days beforehand needs to be fantastic). In the event you arrive and not using a reserving they’ll discover a place so that you can sleep nevertheless it may be a bench within the eating room or one thing comparable. Outdoors these months it’s best to be capable of get a spot and not using a earlier reserving.

A list of guesthouses on the Mardi Himal trek with their phone numbers
Guesthouses with the telephone numbers on the Mardi Himal trek. I took this picture at Forest Camp. These usually are not all visitor homes there are positively extra however these you’ll be able to e book over the telephone.

You’re normally charged additional for a scorching bathe, charging your telephone, and utilizing wi-fi. Earlier than you employ any of those amenities be certain that if it’s important to pay additional or not. They don’t at all times put indicators with costs while you depart you would possibly get a shock.

All of the locations we stayed had blankets. At Excessive Camp, the place it may possibly get fairly chilly we used our sleeping luggage and blankets.

What’s the meals like on the trek?

Typical meals you normally get trekking in Nepal; Nepalese, Indian, Chinese language, and Western dishes. Native Dal Bhat (rice, lentil soup, chapati, grilled vegetable, and spinach) is one of the best worth for cash you’re assured to get bottomless rice and dal and typically greens. It’s one of the best meal if you wish to be full and never pay quite a bit. Soups are an amazing possibility for the starter they’re at all times good and engaging. For hungry trekkers who want loads of energy, I can advocate a spring roll, it’s not a standard small deep-fried roll it’s extra like a giant fried pie normally filled with no matter they’ve within the kitchen (spaghetti, greens, rice, and so forth.). General the meals on the Mardi Himal trek is just like the meals on the Everest Base Camp trek.

A fatty and filling factor for dessert is a Mars or a Sneakers roll. It’s a chocolate bar inside deep-fried dough a great addition to the primary meal. The menu on the trek is sort of various the primary drawback is discovering one thing contemporary like greens or fruit you find yourself consuming loads of pasta, rice, bread, and sweets however after a troublesome day within the mountains, I suppose it’s what your physique wants.

Our Mardi Himal trek itinerary – Four days

As I already talked about earlier than we did this trek in between two different routes, for that reason, we began in Ghandruk and completed in Landruk. If after Mardi Himal you’re planning to exit the sanctuary and return to Pokhara or Kathmandu you’ll be able to end in Siding,  this selection is included within the itinerary.

Day 1. Ghandruk – Forest Camp, 9,5 km/6 mi

Route: Ghandruk (2780 m) – Kyuni (1358 m) – Landruk (1673 m) – Forest Camp (2459m)

  • Start line – Ghandruk
  • Ending level – Forest Camp
  • Distance – 9,5 km/6 mi
  • Time – 4h16min.
  • Complete ascent – 1110 m
  • Complete descent – 754 m
Mardi Himal trek, day 1. Elevation profile route Ghandruk - Forest Camp
Elevation profile Day 1 of Mardi Himal trek, stroll from Ghandruk to Forest Camp

The route was marked fairly nicely at some locations there have been arrows pointing to Forest Camp at some simply white & blue markers on rocks or bushes (all secondary trails within the park are marked with white and blue). We didn’t use any GPS navigation aside from strolling out of Ghandruk.

We began the day at Ghandruk it’s not essentially the most conventional begin of the Mardi Himal trek however we simply completed the Poon Hill trek and occurred to be there. The primary a part of the stroll was a protracted and steep descent all the best way all the way down to the river. It took us about 1h30min. to get there. On the best way down there are a few locations to cease for meals and water.

At Kyuni (a small place on the river) you’ll be able to cease for lunch or relaxation from there you begin a protracted and steep ascent. After about 240 m up you’ll attain Landruk, we’d recommend stopping there as nicely, relaxation a little bit bit and refill water, after Landruk there can be no locations to purchase or get water until Forest Camp. The ascent from Landruk could be very lengthy and steep you’ll get very thirsty. It’s potential to get to Landruk by jeep and even by bus from Pokhara and begin strolling from right here.

The ascend from Landruk to Forest Camp could be very lengthy and tiring, about 870 m up, it took us about 1h45min. to get to Forest Camp. 

Forest Camp

Views from Forest Camp have been by far not as spectacular as from Ghandruk and even Landruk. In contrast to different locations on the best way Forest Camp just isn’t an precise village it’s mainly simply a few visitor homes constructed for vacationers there aren’t any native individuals who reside there completely. 

Two guesthouses with blue roof at Low Camp on the trek
Low Camp is an alternative choice to Forest Camp on the primary day of the Mardi Himal trek. It’s about Three km additional

Day 2. Forest Camp – Excessive Camp, 8,5 km/5,2 mi

Route: Forest Camp (2459 m) – Relaxation Camp (2621 m) – Low Camp (2985 m) – Center Camp (3250 m) – Excessive Camp (3550 m)

  • Start line – Forest Camp
  • Ending level – Excessive Camp
  • Distance – 8,5 km/5,2 mi
  • Time – 3h45min.
  • Complete ascent – 1100 m
  • Complete descent – 75 m
Mardi Himal trek, elevation profile day 2, Forest Camp to High Camp
Elevation profile Day 2 of Mardi Himal trek. Stroll from Forest Camp to Excessive Camp

The primary half of the day was by the forest you would spot many alternative birds hiding between the tree. From Low Camp on we began seeing some snow peaks and far-away mountain ranges. There have been many locations to cease on the best way for relaxation, tea, meals, water, and so forth. From Low Camp, the views are getting higher and higher in case you’re fortunate with the climate you’ll be able to see a number of peaks e.g. Machhapchhre, Annapurna South, and Mardi Himal. The stroll is hard however not as powerful as the day prior to this, the ascend is sort of lengthy however not as steep and tiring as on the best way to Forest Camp.

In the event you really feel drained or weak you’ll be able to cease at Low Camp, it’s about 1h30min. from Forest Camp, there are a few tea homes there. The amenities are very comparable in every single place on the path. Room NPR 400/US$Three for 2 individuals, scorching bathe – NPR 300/US$2, wi-fi – NPR 300/US$2, charging the telephone – free.

From Low Camp you go over 3000 m going up is getting increasingly difficult. The most effective you are able to do is to stroll up slowly, often cease for relaxation, and drink sufficient water. There can be a number of tea homes on the best way the place you’ll be able to relaxation. In the event you begin having a headache or any signs of altitude illness keep for an evening at a decrease altitude, give your self extra time to regulate to the altitude, and proceed strolling up the subsequent day.

After the Center Camp, the surroundings was breathtaking you would see mountains and canyons round, snow peaks regarded very shut, large vultures have been gliding within the skies, and so forth. a few of the greatest views on this a part of the park.

Excessive Camp

As I discussed, to start with, we received loads of snow on the route attributable to it Base Camp was closed, and Excessive Camp was the final place to cease. Even at Excessive Camp snow was as much as the roofs, water in pipes was frozen so no working water in the entire settlement and locals melted snow for cooking and making tea. Excessive Camp has essentially the most fundamental amenities on the route however the views from up listed here are spectacular in case you’re fortunate you’ll be able to see the wonderful night time sky and gorgeous dawn.

There are 4 or 5 smallish visitor homes at Excessive Camp in excessive season it’s extremely really helpful to e book a spot upfront over the telephone.

Our guesthouse at High Camp on the Mardi Himal trek
One of many few guesthouses at Excessive Camp on the trek. Within the peak season, it’s extremely really helpful to e book a spot upfront

Day 3. Excessive Camp – Base Camp – Excessive Camp, 9 km, 5,5 mi

Route: Excessive Camp (3550 m) – Base Camp (4500 m) – Excessive Camp (3550 m)

  • Start line – Excessive Camp
  • Ending level – Excessive Camp
  • Distance –  9 km/5,5 mi
  • Time – 5-6 hours
  • Complete ascent – 950 m
  • Complete descent – 950 m

As I already mentioned Base Camp was closed; attributable to loads of snow the route was very harmful and slippery in truth a few days earlier than we arrived a hiker from Japan had slipped down on the best way to Base Camp. We noticed a helicopter on the lookout for him or extra possible his physique for 2 days (undecided in the event that they ever discovered it). We determined to not threat apart from we didn’t even have crampons or trekking poles.

We walked early morning to one of many viewpoints and again, it took us about 1 hour. After breakfast, we determined to go down so our itinerary was 1 day shorter than it was purported to be however we couldn’t do something about it. We’re planning to return to the Annapurna area this 12 months in October and can attempt our luck with Base Camp once more.

Normally, individuals begin strolling to Base Camp at the hours of darkness earlier than dawn for 2 causes; first, the climate is best within the morning (much less cloudy and windy), and second, to see the dawn on the best way.

Different! Relying on how lengthy it takes to go all the best way to Base Camp and again and the way drained you’re you’ll be able to keep at Excessive Camp or begin happening and in a single day at Center Camp or Low Camp, it’ll take you between 1h30min.-2h. to get to one among these locations.

Himalayan snowy peaks view from the trek
Gorgeous views of the snowy peaks on the Mardi Himal trek

Day 4. Possibility 1. Excessive Camp – Landruk, 13 km/7,Eight mi

Route: Excessive Camp (3550 m) – Center Camp (3250 m) – Low Camp (2985 m) – Relaxation Camp (2621 m) – Forest Camp (2459 m) – Landruk (1673 m)

  • Start line – Excessive Camp
  • Ending level – Landruk
  • Distance – 12,7 km/7,Eight mi
  • Time – 4h30min.
  • Complete ascent – 114 m
  • Complete descent – 1952 m
Mardi Himal, elevation profile, route from High Camp to Landruk
Elevation profile Day Four of Mardi Himal trek. A protracted descent from Excessive Camp to Landruk

It was a protracted day of descending, virtually 2000 meters down it’s not advisable to do when you’ve got any knee points. As an possibility you’ll be able to cut up it into two days; keep in a single day at Forest Camp and proceed happening the subsequent day. The half from Forest Camp to Landruk is the steepest a part of the Mardi Himal trek. The best way down went rapidly and virtually effortlessly in comparison with the 2 days that took us to stand up and we really may benefit from the surroundings and noticed many birds within the forest on the best way.


We actually preferred this city on the best way up and thought that we’d like to remain right here and so we did. There are a number of guesthouses within the village. Some are fairly fancy and costly NPR 800/US$6 however there are conventional tea homes for NPR 400/US$Three for 2 individuals. To seek out cheaper choices go a little bit bit down from the jeep station.

Day 4. Possibility 2. Excessive Camp – Siding, 8,5 km/5,2 mi

Route: Excessive Camp (3550 m) – Center Camp (3250 m) – Low Camp (2985 m) – Siding (1885 m)

  • Start line – Excessive Camp
  • Ending level – Siding
  • Distance – 8,5 km/5,2 mi
  • Time – 4h.
  • Complete ascent – 120 m
  • Complete descent – 1744 m

In the event you’re not planning on doing another treks after ending the Mardi Himal the best choice is to go to Siding and take a jeep again to Pokhara. At Low Camp there’s a cut up one route goes to Forest Camp and one goes to Siding. Be aware! There’s another path to Siding from Excessive Camp we did see an indication pointing in that route however the route itself was buried below the snow I wouldn’t advocate taking this route it didn’t look secure and it’s very remoted, on the map it didn’t appear to be any shorter than happening by Low Camp.

A hiking trail on the Mardi Himal trek
Views of the snowy peaks from the route

Mardi Himal trek packing record

It’s a 4-day trek with staying in visitor homes so attempt to pack mild to make the stroll simpler. General for this trek, we had the identical stuff we packed for the Everest Base Camp trek.

Locations to remain in Pokhara

Lakeside is the primary touristy space of Pokhara it’s filled with lodges, visitor homes, eating places, bars, and so forth. There you will discover lodging for any finances from low cost homestays to fancy spa lodges.

Funds | Gauri Shankar backpackers hostel | Pokhara Youth Hostel |
Center worth | Resort Center Path & Spa | Resort Lake Shore (we stayed right here a number of instances) |
Excessive-end | Temple Tree Resort & Spa | Glacier Resort & Spa |

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