Frequently asked questions about Mardi Himal Trek

Are you looking for frequently asked questions about Mardi Himal Trek? Well, here you will see frequently asked questions from our clients and answer from us.

Do  I need hiking experience? Is this trip suitable for beginners?

No needed. This is completely an easy trek. If you can walk around 5-6 hours a day, that’s enough. This trekking is suitable for beginners trekkers(Novice Hikers).

How many hours and how long do I have to walk each day?

Based on our itinerary, you should walk 5 to 6 hours each day with 10 to 15km distances.

Do  I need hiking experience? Is this trip suitable for beginners?

A hiking experience isn’t needed. This is completely an easy trek. If you can walk around 5-6 hours a day, that’s enough. This trekking is suitable for beginners trekkers.

Can We do a family trekking?

Sure, you can go to MHBC with your family members. As it is an easy route, off-course you can do it with your family.

What are the Pemits needed for Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking?

For the domestic tourists(Nepali citizens), it doesn’t need. But for international tourists including Indian people, trekking permits are required to visit Mardi Himal.

As this trial lies in Annapurna Region, you should have Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit and TIMS(Tourist Information Management System ) Permit. The cost of a permit to the foreigners through a trekking agency, it cost USD 30 for the ACAP permit and USD 10 for  the TIMS permit

How to Go Mardi Himal From Kathmandu or Pokhra?

Our Trekking Guide picks you up from your hotel and your team will drive to Pokhara by Tourist Bus. It takes approx 7 hours to reach Pokhara. The next day, we will drive to Kande(trailhead). At the end of the trek, we will take a passenger collection basis Jeep from Siding to Pokhara.

What kind of accommodation is available throughout the trek?

Mardi Himal is a teahouse trekking. You’ll get basic teahouse accommodation(a small room with 2 beds in a room) throughout the trek. As this trek lies near Pokhara, at the beginning or even end of the trek you will probably stay in Pokhara and you can expect a decent Hotel according to your budget. But along the Mardi trek, you will get teahouses accommodation. You will find a basic teahouse whilst trekking to Mardi but views from the teahouse make accommodation worthwhile. Note: You should have your sleeping bag though the teahouse usually offers a blanket.

Can I rent(hire) a local Guide/Porter? How much does it cost?

Indeed, you can hire a local guide from us(Base Camp Hike) if you don’t want to get full-board packages. We’ve around a dozen guides who have already visited Mardi several times. You can get a guide from us for 20 USD to 30 USD(depending on the season). And for the porter, it cost 18 USD per day. For detailed information regarding guide hire, please visit our page trekking guide hire in Nepal.

Is there a mobile network and WIFI available?

Both mobile network and WIFI are available throughout the trip.
There are 2 common networks in Nepal( NTC and NCELL) which you can buy for 1.5 to 3 USD. Both work on Mardi Trail. For the internet, you can use either mobile data or hotel wifi. It cost 100NPR to 300 NPR(depending on altitude) for the wifi on this trial.

Can I use credit cards? Is there a bank available?

No, you should have Nepali Currency. However, if the case NPR is not enough, you can use Dollars or Euros by converting Nepali Currency. Keep in mind, that you’ll get a very lower exchange rate than Pokhara and Kathmandu. And there isn’t any bank on this route.

Is there pick up and drop off available?

Sure, we have picked up and drop-off available. To make this, you should provide your arrival details in Nepal.

How much does it cost for Nepalese tourists in order to Visit Mardi Himal?

Unlike other trekking routes in Nepal, en route, we can see more Nepalese tourists. Normally, Nepali people follow the 4 days itinerary which starts from Kande and ends in Siding. For the shortest version of the trek, it costs around 20,000(approximate). It covers food, accommodation, and 2-3 cups of tea/coffee each day.

Can we do Mardi Himal Yoga Trek?

Sure, we can do Yoga Trekking. These days, Yoga Trek is also getting demand in Nepal. For Yoga Trekking in Nepal, some short treks near Pokhara are being choices of the trekkers. Thus, Mardi Himal is a perfect trail for Yoga Trekking in Nepal. If you are looking for a Yoga trekking route in Nepal, the Mardi Himal can be a good choice.

Where is Mardi Himal?

Mardi Himal is located at Kaski, Gandaki Pradesh. Lap of Fishtail mountains, there is a small peak that is known as Mardi Himal. The altitude of Mardi Peak is 5,587-metre (18,330 ft). In terms of the mountain range, it is situated in Annapurna Himalayan Range.

On the lap of Mount Fishtail(Machhapuchhre), there is one small peak which is known as Mardi Peak(Himal). It is not as tall as Fishtail and the height of this peak is 5500m.

Can we climb Mardi Himal?

Yes, you can climb. This climbing starts from Mardi Himal Base Camp. To climb, climbers are required to reach Coulior(altitude of 5400m approx) between Machapuchhre and Mardi Peak. Upon reaching there, heading towards to submit.

Is Mardi a mountain?

Indeed, Mardi Himal is a 5,587metre (18,330 ft) peak beneath the much more prominent Machapuchare(Fishtail) in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

What mode of transportation do you use?

All the places we’ll use private transport(Car/Cab) except Lumre to Milan Chok, Pokhara.
We will use a local bus from Lumre to Milan Chowk, Pokhara. And we will use a tourist bus on the way to KTM-Pokhara-KTM.
However, if you want to upgrade KTM to Pokhara by plane, that’s also possible.

I’m a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?

Every teahouse of Mardi trek has vegetarian food and they offer most of the vegetarian food. Non-vegetarian items are not safe crossing 2500m.

What is the maximum altitude of Mardi Himal base Camp Trek?

The maximum height of the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking is approximately 4500m/14,764 from sea level but the maximum height of the sleeping spot is High Camp. And altitude of the High camp is 3660meter/12,008 feet from sea level.

Is the Mardi Himal trek open now?

Unlike High altitude trekking, trekking to Mardi Himal is open throughout the year. As it easily moderates difficult trek and the highest camp elevation is 3660m, it doesn’t get problem in wintertime also. However, during the Covid time, this trail was closed.

How much extra money do I need to have if I buy a full-board package?

You should have 8 to 10 Dollars a day(depends on personal nature expenses). On this amount, you can buy Mineral water, Coffee/Tea, Chocolates and some dessert food which is non included in our packages.

Can we do this trekking in 4 days?

Since this is short trekking, you can accomplish it even in 4 days. It is a very short itinerary but we can accomplish it in reality.

What is the elevation of High Camp?

Located at 3660m elevation, the High Camp is the last camp throughout the trail. The name itself describes the high camp as its highest elevation the camp during the trek. From here, one can expence stunning views of the Himalayas both inside and outside the hotel(teahouses.). So far there are 7-8 basic teahouses that exist there.