The Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is less than 20 km north of Pokhara in Nepal. It is the southernmost summit of the Annapurna Mountains. Normally the trekking to Mardi Himal base camp can be done in 9 days but depends on your choice, can be minimized short of 7 to 5 days as well. Or can be extended up to 10 days including hot spring of Jhinu Danda and ending at Nayapul following through Modi River. The photos taken in 1953 by the Englishman Basil Good fellow caused the mountain to be "discovered". The first ascent was in 1961, via the east wall.
This is the most used route so far. Attempts to climb through the south wall have so far failed. The mountain lies in the extension of the south-west bone of its "big brother" Machhapuchhare and is most visible from the south. The south-western wall has three distinct rock boulders with hanging glaciers in between. The east wall is separated from the Machhapuchhare ridge by a pass at 5200 meters. The most common climbing route is via this pass. The summit offers the most beautiful view of the Machhapuchhare and other peaks of the Annapurna massif.
The increasing flow of tourists for trekking has forced the country to identify new trekking routes and Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is one of it. It is a hidden gem that was recently opened in the Annapurna region. The trek offers awe-inspiring views of Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machapuchhre, Ganga Purna, Annapurna I and Mardi Himal. Kande is a starting point for the trekking. It is an hour drive away from Pokhara. The trip is very spontaneous as it goes up slowly and gets steeper before arriving Camp.The trail passes through a forest following ‘ukalo (uphill) and oralo (downhill)’. Before reaching Mardi Himal base Camp you get sight of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Himal which is really beautiful.
For any trek, there will be one leader, and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement is done for the smooth running of the campaign. It ensures that the trip will carry on as per plan even if anybody in a group gets sick. NTA can operate this trek for a group of any size. But, a group of 10 are considered as optimum size. However, if you have a group of more than 10, NTA can arrange this too.
We will spend three nights at a luxury hotel in Kathmandu. While on trek, we will spend 09 nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for this trek will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs additional $ $ 300 to 300 US. You have to make adjustments if in some places single rooms are not be available.
During our trek, we will enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine like, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, breads and drinks of different variety and snacks.
Breakfast of a day will be served at the same tea house or lodge where we spent the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu.
You will get on arrival visa for Nepal. On arriving Nepal you will get tourist visa for 15 to five months. It depends upon your purpose of visit but regarding tour you will get the visa for 15 to three months.
For trekking you need to submit photocopy of passport and two pp size photo of yours.