What is the best time for the Mardi Himal 7 days trek?
Trekking in Nepal is one of the top activities in the country and many wonder when to trek? Here we will break down the best trekking seasons in Nepal for our Mardi Himal trek of 7 days from best to worst.
The autumn season, stretching from the middle of September until late November is undoubtedly the best time to trek, also considered Nepal’s high season for trekking.
The spring season, starting from March until May would be the second-best season for trekking in Nepal.
Nepal’s hot pre-monsoon season, May to June is when the whole valley blooms with life and seeing the Himalayan flowers and rhododendron flowers is really something.
In the winter season, from December to February it’s also possible to do the Mardi Himal trek for 7 days, but some of the passes may be closed due to snowfall and the weather can get really cold.
The monsoon season, June to mid-September would be the least ideal time to go trekking, heavy rainfalls, leeches, and mosquitos are what you get during this time. Although it’s still possible to go trekking to Mardi Himal we do recommend wearing long trousers and bringing leech and mosquito repellent.
How to get there and back?
Getting to Mardi Himal and back is easy as most of the treks in the Annapurna region except for the Annapurna Circuit trek which starts and ends in Pokhara city. Alpine Eco Trek takes care of all your transportation during the trek and there are a variety of options to travel to and from Pokhara that will depend upon your travel budget or your preference. Pokhara lays about 200km east of Kathmandu the capital of Nepal and is reachable by air and land transportation.
Here we will list some of the options on how to get to Pokhara and back:
By air flight: a 30m flight with amazing aerial views will cost about 110-125USD per person for a one-way ticket
By tourist bus: this amazing scenic drive takes about 6 to 7 hours and costs about 10-25USD per person for a one-way ticket and leaves from Kathmandu every morning at 7 am. 10USD will be a standard tourist bus while 25USD will be for a luxury tourist bus.
By private car: a unique and more luxurious way to reach Pokhara, these prices differ every season but upon your request, we at Alpine Eco Trek can get you an estimated cost.
By local bus: the least recommended way to travel as these busses are under-maintained and get quite packed with very little legroom. They do leave from Kathmandu every hour until 3 pm.
What is a standard itinerary for the Mardi Himal Trek?
The Mardi Himal trekking itinerary has a duration of 5 to 7 days starting and ending back at Pokhara, and 1 to 2 days of travel time from and back to Kathmandu. These times depend upon your physical fitness and stamina. Alpine Eco Trek has with its many years of experience in the field put together a standard itinerary of 7 days that is suitable for all average trekkers.
As the Mardi Himal trek is near to many other trekking routes in the southern Annapurna region, many trekkers like to combine this trek in Nepal with some others. This of course will extend your travel time but at the same time increase your experience of the Annapurna trekking trails. Some of the combined treks are; the Ghandruk village trek, the Panchase trek, and the iconic Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek famous for its incredible sunrise views. Alpine Eco Trek also offers tailor-made trekking packages for the Mardi Himal trek, just send us your requirements and we’ll get back to you.
How fit I should be for the Mardi Himal 7 days of hiking?
As many trekkers wonder how fit should I be for the Mardi Himal trek, we thought it was best to give some expert advice in this segment. As the Mardi Himal trek is considered a short trek in Nepal you do not require a superman fitness level, but we are trekking in the Himalayas which is at a high elevation… That’s why we do recommend considering seeing your doctor for a physical check-up before departing on your journey to Nepal. You need to estimate about 4 to 7 hours of daily trekking moving up at a slow pace. For most of the part the Mardi Himal trekking route consists of well-made trails but near Base Camp, there is some rocky terrain to overcome. There is also the matter of altitude sickness to consider, while there is a low chance of getting AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) novice trekkers might want to practice hiking on hilly terrain before undertaking the Mardi Himal trek.
How much does it cost?
So how much does it cost to do the Mardi Himal Trek? For our standard itinerary we offer only 585USD per person this includes everything as described in our detailed itinerary package and is based on double occupancy, for solo clients a single supplement charge of 100USD will be asked. Of course, this price may vary per your own request for the mode of transportation and accommodation. As always, Alpine Eco Trek can arrange everything for you as per your requirements. With a wide variety of accommodation options in Kathmandu and Pokhara, the price may lower or increase as per your accommodation option. For lower-budget trekkers we can recommend opting for the travel by tourist bus option this will lower your transportation cost but increase your travel time.
How about accommodation during the 7-day Mardi Himal tour?
Accommodation during the Mardi Himal trek varies from hotels to guest houses, while our standard package does not include accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara this can easily be booked online or we can arrange it for you upon request. With an option of luxury hotel resorts to backpacker hostels, the choice is yours. We do ask you to pay attention to your booking time as in the high season space availability will be limited and it's always better to book a room earlier during the high season. During the actual trek Alpine Eco Trek arranges simple but clean guesthouses on a twin-sharing basis full board (incl. breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 3 cups of coffee or tea). These guesthouses are all equipped with a WIFI internet connection, attached bathrooms with showers, and a well-managed bed with clean bed sheets and pillow covers. There will also be warm blankets available. Although these guesthouses are hygienic and clean we do recommend bringing a sleeping bag for extra hygiene.
What type of food do I get during the Mardi Himal hiking tour for 7 days?
For food during the Mardi Himal trek breakfast, lunch and dinner are included during the trekking times and our stays at the guesthouses. Breakfast consists of either hot porridge, muesli, or Tibetan bread served with an omelet or boiled egg. For lunch, we stop at a local teahouse on the way and enjoy a hot meal of Nepali rice and lentil soup with vegetables and spicy pickles known traditionally as Nepali dhal bhat. In the evening after checking in at our overnight guesthouse dinner can be chosen from the menu and is usually either Nepali Dhal Bhat, Nepali dumplings known as momo’s a true delicacy across Nepal, mixed noodles, pasta, or pizza. While meat items are also available we do ask you to check with our trekking guide as preservation facilities are limited in the higher regions and we can’t be sure if it’s safe to eat.
How about drinking water?
Drinking water during the Mardi Himal trek is easy to get, and while most teahouses offer bottled water for purchase we do strongly recommend against it as those plastic bottles destroy the environment and mostly end up being burned or dumped in an out-of-sight landfill. We advise all our trekkers to bring their own drinking bottles and make use of purification methods such as the traditional water purification tablets or UV handheld devices such as a Steripen. There are other options available in the market to purify water on the greenway. But make sure to research their performance under freezing conditions.
How about high altitude sickness during the Mardi Himal Trek?
Whenever you go trekking in the Himalayan Mountains there is a risk of getting high altitude sickness, more commonly known as Acute Mountain Sickness. This can happen to young, old, fit, or unfit trekkers and when trekking above 3500m we do expect some trekkers to suffer from this. With our expert trekking guides trained to identify this, they will make sure to provide a strict procedure regarding extra care and even a rapid descent to a lower altitude to cure this.
The symptoms of AMS are:
Frequently heavy breathing
When you start to notice any of these symptoms make sure to report to your trekking guide so they can do a checkup and take the necessary steps. Although it is highly uncommon to get AMS during the Mardi Himal trek it can happen and prevention is better than a cure.
Do I need Travel Insurance?
While traveling and trekking are a great way to experience new things it also comes with their own risks which are why there is travel insurance! This way you get to go on a trip without that worry of what if something happens? Travel insurance is a condition before we can book any of our adventure trips with Alpine Eco Trek, but please note that our office is not capable of booking such insurance for you, this you need to do on your own before undergoing on your trip. But in this segment, we will explain to you what to pay attention to. Being protected against unforeseen medical issues or accidents is the safest way as the cost of an emergency evacuation can be shocking and do more damage than good without the proper insurance.
Things to pay attention to when buying travel insurance for a trek in Nepal:
Adventure activities such as trekking or expedition mountain climbing
For the Mardi Himal trek, not all these options are required but to be sure we do recommend sharing your travel and trekking itinerary with your insurer so you’ll be sure to be covered for everything. Make sure to send us a copy of your insurance certificate and carry your insurance papers with you at all times. All our deposits are non-refundable so make sure that the trip cancellation is available in your insurance policy.
Are your guides and porters well trained?
Mardi Himal 7 days hike will be led by our friendly, honest, knowledgeable and experienced trek leaders. The trekking leaders, and guides for this trek are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, knowledge about the region and leadership skills. Our trekking guides and crew have taken the following training:
First Aid Training
Trekking Guide Training
Climbing and Mountaineering
Conservation and Biodiversity
How can I book Mardi Himal trekking?
To book the trip, please fill up an online booking form on our website and send us a copy of your passport along with a 20 percent down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit processing, we will do the rest.