Mardi Himal Trek - 7 Days

Trip Facts
DestinationNepal
ActivityAnnapurna Treks
AccommodationHotel in Pokhara and Hotel/Lodge/ Tea House during the trek
RegionAnnapurna Region
Distance64.30km/39.9Miles
Start / End pointKathmandu/ Kathmandu
Duration7 Days
Max. Altitude4500m Mardi Himal Base Camp
Meals IncludedBreakfast in Pokhara Hotel and all Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
Group size2 - 30
Nature of TrekLodge to Lodge Trekking
Best SeasonFeb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov
Trip Codedwt18
Activity Per DayApprox. 4-6 hrs walking
TransportationKathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus, Pokhara - Dhampus, & Ghandruk Phedi - Pokhara by Private Transportation
GradeModerate

Mardi Himal Trek Insights

Mardi Himal Hike, which takes you to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m/14,763ft), is a trek on off-trails that pass through breathtaking landscapes, traditional rural villages, lush forests, dramatic high alpine terrain, and complete wilderness with the backdrop of the soaring snow-capped majestic mountains - Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Hiunchuli.

Highlights of Mardi Himal Trip

  • A day in Pokhara - the tourist capital of Nepal
  • Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m)
  • Relaxing hot springs at Jhinu Danda
  • Suitable for all age groups
  • Mardi Himal High Camp (3,600m), Low Camp, Forest Camp (2600m)
  • First-hand experience of rural Nepali village life
Benefits of Mardi Himal Trip with Discovery World Trekking
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Online trip briefing after booking confirmation
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom)
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system. 
  • Free airport arrival/departure transfer to/from the hotel on a private vehicle
  • Oximeter for blood oxygen monitoring at high altitudes to detect altitude sickness early & other medical kits
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.
  • Duffle bag for porters
  • Free excess luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking store during the trek


Online Trip Briefing

The online briefing will clear all your doubts about the trek, including things to bring (equipment checklist) for the hike, the itinerary details, and what you can expect on the trails. As soon as you complete the booking, we will email you the available dates and times for the trek briefing, and once we receive your essential documents, we will conduct the online trek briefing.

Trek Package

Mardi Himal Trek is a newly explored trip in the Annapurna region. The trek route captures what Nepal offers- rural villages, incredible terrain, mind-blowing snow-capped mountains, and the changing flora and fauna ultimately taking you to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m / 14,763ft).

From the trek route, you get up-close views of Annapurna South, Mount Machhapuchre, and Mount Hiunchuli. In a way, this is an alternative trek to the classical Annapurna Base Camp trek. However, this trek takes us to Mardi Himal Base Camp, and this mountain opened for trekking in 2012.

Though the Mardi Himal at  5,587m (18,330 ft) is a modest peak compared to Annapurna I at 8,091m, or Dhaulagiri at 8,167m, it has a charm that few other mountain ranges carry. Mardi Himal is one of the least climbed and visited peaks in Nepal. 

This is a short trek suitable for first-timers as well as experienced trekkers. Mardi Himal lies opposite Annapurna I and Macchapuchre. 

Your trip starts with a six-hour drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The following morning we will take a drive from Pokhara to Dhampus, and we start on the trekking trails from Dhampus. The destination for this day will be Deurali, but before reaching Deurali, you will be passing through many small ethnic villages. 

On the third day, we wake up at Deurali and walk past a thick forest full of rhododendron, birch, oak, maple, hemlock, and daphnia towards Forest Camp. The forest also hosts leopards, deer, monkeys, and different bird species. When you arrive at Forest Camp, you will catch fantastic views of Mt. Machapuchre and Mardi Himal. 

The following morning we leave Forest Camp to reach High Camp. The trails are very steep, and as you hike, the path gets narrower and more challenging. On your left, you can see the Modi Khola River valley, on your right, you can see Mardi Khola and Seti River valleys. On clear days, you might even see Pokhara from the trails. After reaching High Camp (3,900m), we will stop at a lodge for the night.

You will reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp on your fifth trek day. But you will be starting your day at High Camp, and climbing up until you reach Mardi Himal Base Camp at 5,300m. From the Mardi Himal Base Camp, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Annapurna range. After enjoying the views from the base camp, we will be descending to Low Camp (3,050m). The trek is easier, as we will be descending.

From Low Camp, we will start our trek to Jhinu Danda. The trek will be entertaining and pass through a beautiful Gurung settlement - Landruk. There are natural hot springs near Jhinu Danda, and we will not forget to take a dip in those hot springs.

The next morning, we will wake up at Jhinu Danda, trek to Siwa / Ghardruk Phedi, and then drive to Pokhara via Nayapul. We expect that you will really enjoy this trek in the Annapurna region. Your trek package ends at Pokhara.

Mardi Trek begins with a 6-7 hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which is included in the package. However, you can choose to fly to Pokhara (a 20-minute flight) for additional flight costs. We also request our valuable clients to arrive in Kathmandu before 3 pm a day before the trek departure day for last-minute preparations. If, in case, you missed the online trip briefing, it will also provide us time to conduct an in-person briefing.

Mardi Trek Itinerary

  1. day1

    Drive to Pokhara, west of the Kathmandu Valley.

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours (200km / 124miles ) 6 to 7 hrs

    After an early breakfast, we will take a tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus ride will take six to seven hours. On the way, you will see the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers. Pokhara is a beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, known for its panoramic views of Annapurna ranges, Machapuchare in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal in the east. Pokhara is a tourist paradise complete with modern amenities.

    • Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)
  2. day2

    Drive from Pokhara to Dhampus (1640m / 5,380ft) and trek to Deurali (2100m / 6,889ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours 2 hrs
    Trek Distance 9km / 5.5miles
    Highest Altitude 2100 m / 6,889 ft
    Driving Hours 3-4 hrs.

    Early in the morning, we will drive around 2hrs to reach Dhampus from where the trails begin. The hike takes us through ethnic Brahmin, Magar, and Gurung villages while being greeted by panoramic views of the Annapurna peaks. Our walk continues through the rhododendron, forest to Pothana, and finally to Deurali (2100m). At Deurali, you will get to witness the high glaciers on one of the greatest Himalayan peaks - Annapurna South – looming in the distance. 

    • Overnight stay in a Lodge
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day3

    Trek from Deurali (2100m / 6,889ft) to Forest Camp (2600m / 8,530ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6km / 3.7miles
    Highest Altitude 2600m /8,530ft
    Trek Duration 5 to 6 hrs

    We leave Deurali early morning and head to Forest Camp. The path ascends fairly through rhododendron, birch, oak, maple, and hemlock forest. On your path, you get glimpses of wildlife - leopards, deer, monkeys, and several bird species. We will spend the night at Forest Camp. 

    • Overnight stay in a Lodge
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day4

    Trek from Forest Camp (2600m / 8,530ft) to High Camp (3600m / 11,811ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 3600m / 11,811ft
    Trek Duration 4 to 5 hrs

    Today's trek will take us from Forest Camp to High Camp via Low Camp. The trails are steep, but you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre (fishtail mountain), the Annapurna Range, the  Annapurna Base Camp valley, and Mardi Himal

    After walking for some hours, the forest finally opens into a clearing allowing you to see the face of Annapurna South. Then the trail breaks into a combination of scrub forest and open meadow. 

    As we climb the ridge becomes narrower, and you can see the deep valleys on both sides. To your left, you will be looking straight down on the Modi Khola river valley alongside villages that lead up to the Annapurna Sanctuary. To our right, you will see the Mardi Khola and Seti river valleys. On clear days, you can even see  Pokhara Valley. We continue walking the narrow ridgeline to High Camp (3900m), where we stop for the night.

    • Overnight stay in a Lodge
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day5

    Trek from High Camp (3600m / 11,811ft) to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m /14,763ft) and to Low Camp (3,050m / 10,006ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 10km / 6.2miles
    Highest Altitude 4,500m / 14,763ft
    Trek Duration 7 hrs

    We wake up early at High Camp to appreciate the most spectacular sunrise views on the mighty Himalayas. Then we will climb along the narrow ridge to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500 meters. 

    From Mardi Himal Base Camp, you can see the sun lighting up the full face of Annapurna South while Fishtail Mountain looms directly overhead. After spending some time at the Mardi Himal Base Camp, we descend back to High Camp for lunch and then descend further to  Low Camp, where we will spend another night. 

    • Overnight stay in a Lodge
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day6

    Trek from Low Camp (3,050m /10,006ft) to Jhinu Danda (1780m / 5,839ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12km / 7.4miles
    Highest Altitude 3,050m /10,006ft
    Trek Duration 7 hrs

    We descend from Low Camp down on a very steep trail that passes through the forest. After an hour's hike, we reach a broad clearing where we will rest for a while. But our descend continues to hillside village Siding, which lies about 500 meters above the river valley. Trek descends through the village of Landruk - an ethnic group of Gurung settlement. Depending on the situation, we might stay at Landruk or continue to Jhinu Danda. There are natural hot springs near Jhinu Danda, where we can relax our tired muscles in the hot springs. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Park Himalaya (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day7

    Jhinu Danda/Landruk to Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi (1,150m/3,770ft) drive to Pokhara (820m) via Nayapul (1050m)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 4km / 2.4 miles
    Highest Altitude 1,780m / 5,839ft
    Trek Duration 3-4 hrs
    Driving Hours 2-3 hrs

    We have reached our final day on the trekking trails. Today we make a pleasant hike along the Modi River and head down to reach Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi. We then say goodbye to the trails and make a return drive through picturesque countryside to Pokhara.

    • Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch)

What is included in the Mardi Trek package?

  • Both way transportation between Kathmandu and Pokhara on a tourist bus
  • Both way private transportation from Pokhara to Dhampus (trek start )and Ghandruk Phedi (trek end) to Pokhara.
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast (room with attached bathroom) at Silver Oaks Inn in Pokhara
  • Accommodation (total five nights): Two nights room with attached bathroom at Deurali, Jhinu Danda. Three nights standard room at Forest camp, High Camp, Low camp Camp (Generally twin sharing room)
  • All standard meals (7 lunches, 6 dinners, and 7 breakfasts) during the trek
  • Government Licensed and experienced trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide for a group of 12 or more trekkers Porters to help trekkers luggage (1 porter for two trekkers, luggage limit 9 kg per trekker)
  • Guides and porters costs - meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Rescue operation arrangement in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - a company's T-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking trek achievement certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek

What is excluded?

  • International flight costs
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (limit is 9kg per person)
  • All Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the trek
  • Extra night accommodation, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival or late departure or early return from the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, battery re-charge fee extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs or delays caused by circumstances beyond our control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in "What is included in the Mardi Trek package?" above

Official trek Route Map

Equipment list for Trek

Depending on the season, you need to adjust your clothing, gear, and equipment. However, here is our list to help you decide what to bring to the trek. 

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf

  • Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat

  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses with UV protection

  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves

  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts

  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber

  • Hooded rain jacket

  • Fleece jacket

  • Lightweight cotton pants

  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)

  • Polypropylene underwear

  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)

  • Sweater

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that have been worn in

  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)

  • Thermal bottle

  • Water purification

  • Trekking pole

  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  •  Medium size drying towel
  •  Tooth brush
  •  Toilet paper
  •  Toothpaste
  •  Deodorant/ floss
  •  Biodegradable bar soap
  •  Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money

  • Watch

  • Cell phone

  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit

  • Extra passport photos and passport photocopies

  • Notebook and pen

  • Binoculars

Mardi Himal Trek Tour Information

The Mardi Trek

You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport by 3 pm, at least one day earlier than the trip departure date for last-minute preparations. If, in case, you missed the online trip briefing, it will also provide us time to conduct an in-person briefing. On the trek departure day, at around 7 am, we will take a tourist bus to Kathmandu. 

Kathmandu- Pokhara - Kathmandu tourist bus fare is included in the package. Flight/private transportation option comes at an extra cost.

Free Airport Transfer Service

We offer a complimentary Tribhuvan International Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off during departure service for all our valued customers. When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will find a Discovery World Trekking representative holding a pamphlet with your name on it. They will present you with either a Khada or a marigold garland as a welcome gesture and take you to your hotel in a private vehicle.  

Mardi Trek Accommodation Details

Mardi Trek includes five nights lodge to lodge stay at the best lodges in trekking regions and a two-night stay in a hotel in Pokhara. 

We provide two nights room stay with an attached bathroom at Deurali and Jhino Danda. You will be spending three nights in standard rooms at Forest Camp, High Camp, and Low Camp (Generally twin sharing room). 

You will be spending two nights at a hotel in Pokhara, the room comes with an attached bathroom, TV, 24-hour hot water, power, and laundry facility.

Solo travelers will be staying in a single private room with an attached bathroom in the available lodges and single private accommodation in other places.

Two nights of hotel stay in Kathmandu before and after the trek may be required but not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and interests. 

Hot showers, Wi-Fi are available at an extra cost in the trek regions.

Meals During trek

Mardi Trek takes place in the high Himalayan region, so you need nutritious food. You will get enough tasty and nutritious food during the trek, but you will not have all the choices cities offer.

This package comes with seven breakfasts, seven lunches, and six dinners.

Seven breakfasts - Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati, Local Tsampa porridge, Eggs, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Fruits, Vegetables, Hot Drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)

Seven lunches - Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni dishes, Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts, (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Six dinners - Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Tenduk Spaghetti, Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potato items, Vegetable and Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Raman, Desserts (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc 

We select the best hotels/lodges in trek regions that provide hygienic and tasty food. The menu in trek regions consists of traditional, Asian, and Western cuisine, but at higher elevations, the menu gets shorter. We highly recommend you take fresh vegetables and liquids (green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup(must), etc.) at high altitudes.

You will have plenty of non-veg item choices in the trekking regions, but we do not recommend them for hygiene regions. We also suggest you to avoid dairy, cheese, alcohol, caffeinated items, and hot chocolates. 

Note: This package does not cover lunch and dinner in Pokhara. 

All personal bills (alcoholic drinks, hot (tea, coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/lodges or cafes except standard meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best season to visit Mardi Himal

The weather is a crucial factor when deciding to trek to Mardi Himal. People trek to the Mardi Himal throughout the year, but certainly, there are ups and downs based on seasons. 

The trails are easier, along with clear mountain views during spring and autumn. The magical clear azure skies provide the most spectacular vistas. During winter and summer, the treks get a bit challenging. In winter, trek regions get cold and may receive snow, while summer coincides with the monsoon that makes the trails wet and slippery. 

March-May (Spring)

During spring, mountain lovers and travel enthusiasts trek to Mardi Himal in large numbers as the temperature is mild, the rainfall is quite low, and the trekking conditions are perfect. The mean daily temperature in the higher elevations of the Mardi Himal trek region is between 5°C to 0°C.  Lower regions are even warmer.

The trekking season begins after March in the spring. By April, the rhododendron flowers bloom adding red, pink, and white colors to the forests. The temperature starts rising from mid-March up to mid-May. During this time, the sky is clear, and you can enjoy the unobstructed mountain views.

June - August (Summer)

Summer is the hottest season, and therefore the temperatures are higher. However, summer coincides with the monsoon in Nepal, making the trails wet and slippery. 

Monsoon generally begins around the end of June and continues up to the second week of August. The daily temperatures at high elevations range from 15°C to 25°C. The night temperatures are colder at 5°C to 10°C. Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing at night. Though the rain may cause some problems, various plants bloom during this season, providing a green look to the trekking regions.

September - November (Autumn)

Autumn is a perfect season for Mardi Trek due to moderate temperatures, mild wind, and low precipitation.  The sun shines brightly, the skies are clear, you get a superb view of the mountains, and the temperature is perfect for the trek. 

Moreover, you can also enjoy spectacular starry skies. The monsoons will be over by early September. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 20°C in high altitudes, the nights are colder at around 5°C. In this season, the greens that grew during the monsoon fade to golden/amber providing a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies.

This is also a season to harvest ripening grains in terrace farms. The environment is clean, and the lowlands are lush. Nepal's biggest festivals - Dashain & Tihar also fall during this season, adding a festive mood to the whole environment. If you are looking for an easy trek, this season can be your choice. 

December - February (Winter)

Winter (December - February) treks in the Annapurna region are less popular. The places along the Mardi Himal trek can be cold during the winter, but it excites some trekkers. The winter temperatures at higher trek elevations of the Mardi Himal trek can be as low as -10 °C, but this tempts adventurous trekkers.

The coldest period starts in December and continues through early February. After late February, the climate gradually gets warmer. Despite being cold, winter skies are usually quite clear, and mountain views with snowy caps look stunning. However, it snows in winter, making your trek more challenging. On the positive side, the trails are the least busy in winter. Winter treks might not suit trek beginners, but experienced trekkers will have no problem completing this trek during winter.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

The Mardi Himal trip is a moderate-grade trek that takes you to Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4,500m. You will be hiking for about 4 to 7 hours, with regular breaks to appreciate the stunning mountain views and click pictures.

The routes involve long ascents, steep descents, and straightforward paths. We will be trekking short distances in high elevations and more in low lands. You do not need any technical skills or experience to complete this trek.

Exercising and jogging regularly for a couple of weeks before the trip is a good idea as it enhances your stamina. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable your trek experience will be. 

Trekkers need to be in good health with normal physical fitness, a positive attitude, and a strong determination to complete the trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform us before booking the trek.

Trekking in Group / Single

We organize a group as well as a private trek. The bigger your team size is, the more discount you will get. However, you are not eligible for any discounts for groups our company assembles. We can handle all team sizes. Each trek team will consist of a trekking guide and porters as necessary. We will assign one extra assistant guide for a group of 12 or more.  

A typical day in Mardi Himal Hike

Each day during the Mardi Himal Hike, you will get new places to explore, enjoy the natural beauty, take pictures, and interact with locals. Our qualified expert guide/Sherpa will inform you about the places you will be visiting. We will assign a porter for every two trekkers to carry your luggage. However, we expect you to carry a small backpack to ensure that your valuables and essential documents are safe.  

The day starts with an early morning cup of tea. After breakfast and according to the nature of the trek, we will be on the trails by 7 or 8 am. After trekking for two or three hours, we will stop to have lunch and rest for an hour. After the rest, we continue on our trek until we reach the destination for that day. Before it gets dark, you will have time to explore that day's destination. 

We will have dinner at around six or seven. After dinner, it is time for socializing, and your trek leader will also brief you about the next day's plan. Before going to bed, you can read books, watch mountaineering videos, and play cards, or Monopoly. Most of our guests learn common Nepali words from our crew. 

Communication during the trek

During the Mardi Trek, you can use the internet at lodges/tea houses for an extra charge. At high elevations, we will be using our mobiles. The Discovery World Trekking office will be in contact with all the trek teams, at least once a day, via the trek leader. Depending on the kind of network you use, you might get signals, but they may not be strong enough. If you want, you can buy a local sim in Kathmandu. 

Wi-Fi is available at trek lodges, but you need to pay a service charge.

Electricity & water on trek regions

Electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available at all the lodges we will be staying in. You can either buy packed mineral water from local lodges and en-route shops or fill your water bottle with boiled water for an extra cost. We will also provide you with water purification pills to make water drinkable. 

We advise you not to drink water from the rivers, taps, and wells in the trekking region because the water may not be drinkable.

Extra personal expenses during the trek

This package does not cover all the trip costs. We expect trekkers to bring spending money for expenses - including visa application, travel insurance policy purchase, alcoholic drinks, hot (tea, coffee) drinks, cold drinks, snacks, tips for the crew, souvenirs, hot shower, mobile and battery recharge, mineral water, etc. We recommend bringing cash (major currencies), which you can exchange for Rupees in Kathmandu, or you can bring a credit/debit card and withdraw money (Nepali Rupees) from ATMs.

Travel insurance for Mardi Trek

Mardi Trek grade is ranked moderate with a very low risk of altitude sickness. However, the trek might face unforeseen or unexpected events such as injury, illness, flood, landslide, or sudden climate changes. Hence, travel insurance is compulsory for Mardi Trek. All trekkers must provide a copy of their travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes.
We can recommend insurance companies to help you based on our client's experience, but our company does not sell insurance. 

We request you send your detailed insurance information after booking the trek. In emergencies, we will be using your insurance policy for fast rescue. 

Before you buy travel insurance, make sure to call the insurance company and recheck if they have helicopter rescue and evacuation up to 4,500m. Do not rely on what the company says on its website.

Visa Information

All foreigners except Indians need a valid visa to enter Nepal. You can get an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu or at entry and exit points established at the border regions. Visa regulations might change without notice so you can get the latest visa regulations at www.immigration.gov.np

For a visa application, you need a passport that is valid for at least six months, a passport-size photo, and a visa application fee. The current cost for a 30-day visa is USD 50 (to be paid in cash/dollar).

Children under the age of 10 will get a free visa.

Chinese and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) citizens get free visas. 

On-arrival visas might not be available for citizens from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan. If you are a citizen of these countries, contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange in Nepal

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.

(1 USD = ~ Rs.130 NPR).

You can exchange major foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Legal money exchanges display their exchange rates visibly. Please remember that only INR 100 and INR 2000 notes are legal in Nepal. 

Despite security advantages, we encourage you to bring cash instead of traveler's cheques to avoid lengthy bank processes and high commissions. You can also use your international card and withdraw cash in Rupees from ATMs all over Kathmandu. Many of these ATMs are open throughout the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee for a foreign card.

If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions, they will charge you a service fee of four percent or more.

Most banks in Asia will not accept old, torn, or faded foreign currency notes, so please bring new, crisp notes.

How much luggage can I take to Mardi Trek?

The weight limit per trekker is 9 kg. For every two trekkers, we will assign a porter, who will not carry more than 18 kg. You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Discovery World Trekking store for free. 

We will recheck your luggage, equipment, and gear before trip departure to ensure that you have all essentials.

Mardi Trek Safety

We guarantee the safety and security of our clients and prepare ourselves to face any situation. Our team will be carrying the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. 

Our trek leaders have taken extensive first-aid training. If anyone in the team falls sick, the team leader will have the authority to continue the trek or descend, keeping in mind the interest of the group. During emergencies, we arrange rescue helicopters (paid by insurance). For added security, the whole group will be traveling together. 

Responsible Travel

We are committed to environmental sustainability for protecting our fragile ecosystems and therefore are extremely sensitive to our actions in the trekking regions. Tourism has brought many positive impacts - wealth generation, employment opportunities, infrastructure, healthcare, and education opportunities in the trek regions. However, frequent travel to trek regions in large numbers runs the risk of degrading the environment there. 

So, Discovery World Trekking works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips that benefit travelers and communities.

Discovery World Trekking Crew

During the trek, our well-experienced government-licensed guides/sherpas will accompany you. They will inform you about the places you will be visiting. The porters will carry your luggage.  

Our crew comes from remote areas, and their physical endurance at high altitudes is high. All our staff is precious to us, they are well paid, and we take care of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging. They receive medical care when ill or injured. We ensure that our team members are happy as we believe that only happy people can keep others happy. Our crew members have:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid Training
  • Government-authorized Trekking Guide Training Certificate
  • Fluency in speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and Biodiversity Training
  • Rock Climbing experience

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping and views tips as a testimonial of good service. However, tipping is at the traveler's discretion and should reflect the quality of service rendered. We advise you to tip at the end of the trip and do so as a group.  

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a government-authorized, licensed, and bonded trek and tour operator in Nepal that has been in existence for over a decade. 

We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, you can book treks with us confidently.

We require a 10 percent advance payment for booking confirmation. Please email us your necessary documents like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, and flight details within a week of trip booking. 

You can pay using bank transfer, western union, and online payment through the website. You can pay the rest of the trip cost after you arrive in Kathmandu using cash, bank transfer, or credit card. We will also email you payment details and modes of payment. 

Last-minute booking

For those unable to book in advance, Discovery World Trekking has a last-minute booking provision. For last-minute bookings, you need to pay 100% trip cost 24 hours before the trip departure. However, though we will try our best to conduct treks at any time, you cannot hold us liable for delays stemming from circumstances beyond our control, such as bad weather or lodge unavailability. For more information at 977- 9851054143 / 9840055491 (Paul) or email [email protected] 

Trip Extensions

If you have extra days to spend in Nepal after your trip completion, we can arrange several activities for you. You can go on a sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or visit Chitwan for a jungle safari. You can also choose to paraglide, raft, canyon, or go on another trek. 

Feedback

At the end of your trek, Discovery World Trekking will be hosting a farewell dinner. After the dinner, we will also provide you trek achievement certificate (hard copy), and you can use this time to provide us with your feedback.

USEFUL INFO

The Mardi Trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and Pokhara and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requests. 

Please review our designated departure dates and if they do not suit you contact us and we will rearrange your trip. The itinerary listed above may be modified in case of events beyond our control, such as bad weather, strikes, or lodging unavailability. Your trek leader will create a new itinerary keeping the interest of all team members.

We look forward to guiding you to the Mardi Himal through some of the most dazzling landscapes on the planet!

Trip Departure Dates

Note to solo travelers:

If you are a solo traveler, please contact us via Call/WhatsApp/Viber at +977-9840055491 or email [email protected] before booking the trip to confirm the departure date. Please note that we organize private treks only.

You can also use our Free Trip Planner to plan your trip.

Book this trip with us. Here are the upcoming dates. Feel free to share this trip with your friends and family as we organize exclusive private group treks only. For custom trips or general inquiries contact us.

Trip Start and End Point
Kathmandu / Kathmandu

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$750$600save $1507 Days17 Jul, 2024 - 23 Jul, 2024GuaranteedEnquire Now
$750$600save $1507 Days20 Jul, 2024 - 26 Jul, 2024GuaranteedBook Now
$750$600save $1507 Days24 Jul, 2024 - 30 Jul, 2024GuaranteedBook Now
$750$600save $1507 Days27 Jul, 2024 - 2 Aug, 2024GuaranteedBook Now
$750$600save $1507 Days31 Jul, 2024 - 6 Aug, 2024GuaranteedBook Now

Group Discount Available

No. of PersonsPrice per Person
2 PaxUS$ 600
3 PaxUS$ 580
4 - 6 PaxUS$ 550
7 - 12 PaxUS$ 530

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5

Based on the opinion of at least 1316 people.

5 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand

Peter S.

Written Feb 28 , 2023

I have embarked on a remarkable and unforgettable journey, filled with excitement for Nepal and its majestic mountains. From beginning to end, Discovery World Trekking has been the ultimate companion one could ever ask for. I extend my deepest gratitude to Paul, the head of the agency, who has been incredibly supportive and always available whenever I needed assistance.

 

I would also like to express my heartfelt appreciation to our guide, who accompanied me throughout the entire tour. They have been attentive to my inquiries, offering assistance whenever needed. I wholeheartedly award Discovery World Trekking a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. I am absolutely content and satisfied with their exceptional service.

 

 

Venessa

Written Apr 19 , 2022

After extensively researching various websites, blogs, and reviews, I ultimately decided to go with Discovery World Trekking for my Himalayan adventure. And what a fantastic choice it turned out to be! Paul, the owner, consistently ensured that I had all the necessary trip documents and information, showing great concern for my well-being.

 

The guide provided by the company was exceptional, going above and beyond his role by not only guiding me but also capturing stunning photographs and becoming a trusted friend along the way. The experience I had with Discovery World Trekking in the Himalayas was truly incredible. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Paul and the team for their outstanding service. Without a doubt, you guys are the best!

 

 

Discovery World Trekking

Samaira

Nov 20 , 2023

I was lucky enough to walk the Mardi Himal trek path with Discovery World Trekking having Mr. Paul Gurung as its CEO and, that was just a dream to experience. Paul's fervor in the mountains and his commitment to rendering a life-changing adventure were experienced throughout the trek.

The guides and Porters were amazing. I must say the accommodation was better than I initially expected and the food was decent. That itinerary was an ideal mix of adventure, nature, and cultural information. My thanks go to Paul and every member of the crew for their diligence and friendliness. 10/10 adventure.

Chris

Feb 12 , 2024

WOW!! A trek full of sensation with one of the best teams. Trekking Mardi Himal with Discovery World Trekking and CEO Paul Gurung was fascinating, a quality that will give me salient memories. While Paul’s lead and knowledge ensured an unhindered journey full of spectacular moments, he made sure that we would arrive at our intended destination in a hassle-free ride. 

I had my birthday during my trek and my team at DWT surprised me with a birthday cake in the mountains. It was the best birthday I have ever had in my life. I cut my cake in the middle of snow-filled mountains. I still feel that excitement. Thank you, DWT for this wonderful trip. Highly recommended.

4.9

Based on the opinion of at least 174 people in the Travel & Vacation Category.

4.9 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand

Lily

GB

May 22, 2023

I highly recommend it! My mountain experience during the Mardi trek was fantastic, and the team at Discovery World Trekking provided tremendous support throughout, despite challenging weather conditions. My guide and porter were especially helpful, ensuring the successful completion of the trek.

Deven

US

Jun 4, 2023

It was an unforgettable experience for me, and I couldn't have made a better choice than selecting this company. The team felt like a true family, and the guides took care of me in a genuine and heartfelt manner at every moment.

 

From my initial conversation with the owner, Paul, over the phone, I knew I was in good hands. He provided exceptional support, addressing all of my questions and guiding me through the entire process, leaving no room for concerns. The guides, Simbir and Prem, were excellent, ensuring my safety and reliability throughout the journey. The company prioritizes the well-being of its guests and maintains a strong emphasis on safety.

 

If I had the opportunity, I would gladly give these incredible individuals more stars for their outstanding service.

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