Best Time for the 7 Days Mardi Himal Trek?
Trekking in Nepal is one of the top activities of 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 as 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 are really something.
- In the winter season, from December to February it’s also possible to do the Mardi Himal trek of 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 to bring leech and mosquito repellent.
How to get there and back?
Getting to Mardi Himal and back is easy as like most of the treks in the Annapurna region except for the Annapurna Circuit trek they start and end 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.
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 8 days that is suitable for all average trekkers.
- Day 1.Kathmandu Arrival
- Day 2.Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, drive to Phedi and trek to Dhampus
- Day 3.Trek from Dhampus to Forest Camp
- Day 4.Trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp
- Day 5.Trek from Low Camp to High Camp
- Day 6.Rest day at High Camp
- Day 7.Trek from High Camp to Siding Village
- Day 8.Trek from Siding Village back to Pokhara and depart back to Kathmandu.
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 increases 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 7 days Mardi Himal Trek?
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 in a high elevation… That’s why we do recommend considering to see 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 per 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.
Accommodation during the 7 days Mardi Himal Trek
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 by 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 to pay attention to your booking time as in the high season space availability will be limited and its 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 bases full board (incl. breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 3 cups of coffee or tea). These guesthouses are all equipped with WIFI internet connection, attached bathrooms with showers, and a well-managed bed with clean bedsheets 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.
Food during the 7 days Mardi Himal Trek
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.
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 the greenway. But make sure to research their performance under freezing conditions.
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 descend to a lower altitude to cure this.
The symptoms of AMS are:
- Stomach pains
- 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.
While traveling and trekking are a great way to experience new things it also comes with its own risks that is 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 when buying travel insurance for a trek in Nepal:
- Helicopter rescue
- Trip cancelation
- Treatment costs
- Air ambulance
- 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 cancelation is available in your insurance policy.
Guides and Porters
7 days Mardi Himal trek will be led by our friendly, honest, knowledgeable and experienced trek leaders. The trekking leaders, 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
- English Language
- Climbing and Mountaineering
- Conservation and Biodiversity
Threat and Risk
While trekking in a developing country there is always a threat and risk involved such as natural or political disasters that are beyond our control. For every booking with Alpine Eco Trek, it’s necessary that you accept these risks before making your booking final. Being able to work as a team and listening to the advice of our trekking guides will lower the risk of anything bad happening during the trek and is required for every traveler. Being open and flexible will only increase your experience during this trek and ensures a great way to meet new people and make a few new travel friends. With that said our team is 100 percent dedicated to make this the trip of a lifetime for you and your travel partners.