Mardi Base Camp Trek(4200m)

The spectacular close-up views of Mardi Himal, Mt Annapurna, and the neighboring peaks in the Annapurna region is among the few things the Mardi Trek has to offer. The walk through the lush forests of Rhododendron and Magnolia. Several typical villages in route to the Mardi Base Camp. The diverse flora and fauna in the region (A piece of heaven for naturalists). Spend time with locals and enjoy the local delicacies during the trek. The walk through the off-the-beaten pathways of the Annapurna region.A best place to study the touristic perception of a trekking route . Relax in the spa, pubs, and restaurants and the wonderful views and sightseeing in Pokhara. The iconic Mountain Museum gives nostalgia of mighty mountains and the mountaineers who conquered them. A best way to test oneself physically, mentally and psychologically experiencing a true adventure spirit. Mardi Himal Trek is a new hyped trail for trekking in recent years and has been alluring many adventures junkies to its captivity.

Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is located just east of one of the most legendary trekking destination of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Mardi Himal trek is still an unseen gem. Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp outstandingly positioned at the base of Mardi Himal and the Annapurna region ́s most iconic mount Machapuchhre literally meaning “Fish tail”. The trail goes along small winding paths, through enchanted rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 meter. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Talking about the history of Mardi Himal, Photographs of Mardi Himal taken in 1953 by Baisl Goodfellow first drew the attention of western climbers, and the mountain received its first ascent in 1961. The first route was via the East Flank and is the only one used so far. As per the local information, the present trail of Mardi Himal was the only way to ABC (starting from Dhampus). It was very difficult and underdeveloped trail then. Some old locals remember Mardi trail as a necessary evil. It was their way to Pokhara market and up. But after the establishment of Baglung Highway, people started raveling through Nayapul and the trail was abandoned by trekkers. Later in the year 2012, the trail was re-established as a short trekking route up to the base camp and regained its popularity steadily.
Here is a brief fact sheet of the Mardi Himal base camp trek:
Absolute location 28.4857° N, 83.9374° E
Province no.3, Kaski

Elevation variations 810m (Pokhara) to 4500m (Mardi Himal

base camp)

Climate Sub-tropical to Alpine
Precipitation High to low with increase in elevation.
Precipitation in form of snow in higher
elevation.

Wildlife and Vegetation Diverse with slight abundance of deers, honey badgers and snow leopards in winter.

Threat and Risk: Extreme conditions, unpredictable weather,
critical conditions may include snow blindness
or complete whiteout.

Itinerary

Day 1

Head Gear

  • Hat preferably wool or fleece
  • Sun hat & buff scarf
  • Head torch with extra alkaline batteries
  • Sunglasses (UV Protected)
  • Sun Block Cream (SPF 30)

Clothing

  • Thermal inner layer
  • Quick-dry T-shirts (Full Sleeves)
  • Bodywarmer fleece
  • Down Jacket
  • Gore-tex Jackets
  • Underwears
  • Thermal trouser
  • Trousers for trekking
  • Fleece trouser
  • Gore-tex trouser
  • Down pant
  • Neck gaiter

Personal stuff

  • 4-5 season sleeping bag with thermal or fleece bag liner
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos
  • Water purifier preferably tablets
  • Day pack
  • Dry bags
  • Trekking Poles
  • Insurance Papers
  • Swiss army knife
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Baby wipes or wet towels
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Earplugs
  • Area Map
  • Navigation Compass
  • Notebook and pen
  • Books
  • Snacks
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Towels
  • Pee bottle for men & Pee Funnel for Women (for very cold nights

Hand Wear

  • Inner thin gloves
  • Water-proof warm gloves

Foot Wear

  • Water repellent trekking boots with ankle support
  • Gaiters
  • Socks
  • Trainers

Bags

  • Strong Kit/Duffel bag to be carried by porter
  • Rucksack / Trekking bag (50-60 liters)
  • Toiletry bag

Medicines

  • Personal medications

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.

Visa Charges
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries

Multiple entries 15 days – US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 30 days – US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 90 days – US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist Visa Extension
If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu

The visa extension fee for 15 days or less is USD 45 or equivalent convertible currency

The visa extension fee for more than 15 days is USD 3 per day

In the case of delay less than 150 days an additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

For detailed information on Nepal’s Tourist Visa

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Mardi Base Camp Trek(4200m)