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Frequently asked questions(FAQs) about Mardi Himal Trek

March 14, 2021

Frequently asked questions(FAQs) about Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal trek is in the Annapurna region of Nepal, which is located in the northwest of Kathmandu. This beautiful short trek is the finest newly opened trails, and It is an easy, safe, and short hike, Hence, you can trek there for the very first time too.

Mardi Himal trek is,… difficult ways, budget ways and scenery ways an amazing trail for hiking in Nepal. Wherever trails you plan to hike, you should collect some information about that particular trails, like ways for the Mardi Himal trek also you have to get some fine information based on reality and that will help you for the trek preparation. Through this small article, we are trying to share all essential information related to Mardi Himal trekking. We hope you will find all the answers to these trials.

Where is the Mardi Himal trek located?

Mardi Himal Trek is located on the Northwest side of Kathmandu and it is in the Annapurna conservation area.

What is the Mardi Himal trek Itinerary?

Mardi Himal trek can be done from several entries but the most visited trails and the short itinerary is Kande to Highcamp than the Shedding Village. The brief Mardi Himal trek itinerary is as follows:

Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Kande then trek to Pitam Deurali.
Day 2: Pitam Deurali to Rest camp.
Day 3: Rest Camp to High Camp.
Day 4: Early morning visit Mardi viewpoint then trek to Kalimati or the Siding then drive to Pokhara.

How can we go to Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal trek is Nearby Pokhara than Kathmandu but you can organize your trip from Kathmandu for your simplicity. You can take a bus, jeep, or plane from Kathmandu to Pokhara, then from Pokhara, you can drive to Kande or to Phedi or to Nayapul then you can start your trek. there are several entry points for the Mardi Himal trek. if you have a very tight itinerary(5 days) you can start your trek from Kande, if you have about 12 days time you can start your trek from Nayapul, likewise, if you have about a week time you can start your Mardi Himal trek from Phedi.

How long is Mardi Himal hike minimum and maximum?

Mardi Himal trek is short and easy hiking in the Annapurna region. To complete the Mardi Himal trek you need a minimum of 4 days from Pokhara and a maximum of 6 days. Still, if you have plenty of time then you can extend your trek to the Ghorepani area or Annapurna base camp area, which is upon your time, desire and Budget. But don’t be confused about the entry permit that is the same everywhere you go inside the Annapurna conservation area.

Mardi Himal is a challenging and beautiful 4-day trek in the Annapurna region that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range.

Is the Mardi Himal trek very Difficult?

Mardi Himal trek is a relatively easy to moderate trail. There are many short trekking routes in Annapurna, Langtang region, or Everest region but the Mardi Himal trek is relatively a short and easy to moderate type of trek. Once you step on the Mardi Himal viewpoint which is near the high camp, you will be surprised.

How much money do I have to keep for Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal trek is budget base trekking destination. There are few options that will determine the price of the Mardi Himal trek but simply it is budget base trekking trail. If you want to decrease the price of the Mardi Himal trek, you have to skip the flight from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu, the flights are much more expensive than taking Bus, So, take tourist standard but from Kathmandu-Pokhara- Kathmandu then the price will be much cheaper. From Pokhara you will be walking for about 4 full days so, I would say with my previous experiences, you have to take about 400 USD per head. From Pokhara to Pokhara this money will include your food, accommodation, transport, and Experience Guide for 4 days trip.

How much does the Mardi Himal trek cost Nepali people?

Mardi Himal trek for Nepal will be cheaper than other nationalities, because other people eat western foods, use private luxury transport, a luxury hotel in the city that’s why cost bit more but for Nepali people, we skip almost all these services, the fact is that Nepali people don’t mind to share rooms in the city or in the Mountains, plus they eat Local food almost every day, that means they can make this trip with small money. However, per day for 3 times meals cost 1500 to 2000 NPR. If you want us to organize your trek for 4 days Mardi Himal then you can pay us 15,000 per person and that includes all your food, transport, hotel in Pokhara, local transport, one guide of it.

Why should I choose Local Travel agencies?

The local travel agencies offer local guides, local porters who are export about the Mountain and landscapes of Nepal. So if you book your trip with local agencies then you will have many authentic experiences, plus your money directly goes to the local economy. furthermore, if you want to save money try to choose a local travel agent because some international travel agencies charge you double the price that locals charge. Still, there are so many merits to choosing local travel agencies but the major reasons are their Warm Hospitality, honesty, kindness, caring, and much cheaper than international agencies.

What is the highest point you will reach in the Mardi Himal Trek?

Well, The Mardi Himal trek route begins generally from Kande which is 1275 m than trek takes you straight up to Mardi Himal View pointy within few days. However, the highest point you reach at 4500 m, that is Mardi Himal Base camp but it is not safe when there is ice or thinks snow that is why almost 90% of trekkers hike until Mardi Himal viewpoint which is 4250 meter.

When is the best time Month to trek in Mardi Himal?

Well, the Mardi Himal trek can be done all months of a year but the Best months are September, October, and November. These 3 different months fall in the Autumn season in Nepal which is post-monsoon time so that it offers a clear blue sky, incredible mountain view, and Green Sceneries. If you are not able to make your trek in these 3 months then no worries you have the Spring season (March, April, and May). The Spring season offers also the madness view of Annapurna Himalaya, Green scenery, Rhododendron flowers everywhere, so autumn and spring season will be the best time for your Mardi Himal trekking.
Can I drink running water or normal water from the tap in Mardi Himal trails?

Well, the local tap water or running water is not recommended, because your stomach is not used to it. Most westerners have a sensitive stomach compare to Asian’s so, you have to put water purification tablets or filter water. Although At Badal Danda and High camp does not have really running pipe water, they have stored water in the big tank which is not safe to drink. Mineral water and boiled water are safe drinking water as is recommended.

Can we Charge our electrical devices during the Mardi Himal Trek?

Yes, Very big yes…. you can Charge your electrical devices at Every settlement except High camp. Although, at High camp, you can charge from the solar battery which is payable. They will charge some money to charge your electrical devices.

Do they serve hot shower and wifi?

Yes, during the Mardi Himal trek, you can enjoy a hot shower mostly a gas Giger shower. You can’t have a private shower in your own room but there will be a shower in the lodge you stay. Similarly, nowadays, you can have wifi services but you have to pay small money to use.

Is there a tented camp or tea House in Mardi Himal trails?

Mardi Himal trek is a tea house base trek now. Before 2012 there was camp base trekking but now every settlement there are several Tea Houses and lodges. You don’t need to carry a Tent for the Mardi Himal trek, but if you prefer to sleep in the tent then you can fix your tent near the tea house and eat in the Tea House. Staying in the lodge is much warmer than staying in the tent.

What sort of temperature should I expect in Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal Trek is not so cold trekking route but if you trek during December or January the temperature will be quite cold. You will have about -8 to -10 But in other months the temperature will be mild. In general, during the day the temperature reaches up to 20-degree centigrade and during the Night the temperature drop down to -4, -5-degree centigrade

What kind of trekking gear do we need for the Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal trek is a newly opened trail that goes through the verdant forest and wilderness so that you can not buy trekking gear or any clothes while trekking, therefore, you should be well prepared from Kathmandu or Pokhara. However, you don’t need proper trek gear for this trek. If you have pair of T-shirt, Trekking shoes(Normal shoes will be fine), sun hat or cap, Sunglass, trekking paint, pair of Sucks, headlamp, Normal Gloves, down jacket, sunblock cream, general medicine, water bottle, sandal, books, etc. than you can do this trek easily.

Can I trek to Mardi Himal by myself?

Well, it is easy trails, thus you can do it yourself but in some cases, you may get problems. There are some wild yaks you may see and also wild leopards they may attract you this is why you should walk with a group, or take guide/porters with you for your safety. Next, you should trek in the right month September to November, or march to May. If you trek during monsoon or in winter, there will be few people only on the trails and risk of landslide, avalanches, etc. especially Mardi Himal base camp is the dangerous part of this trek so you have to take good care.

Can we trek to Mardi Himal with my family and kids?

Yes, you can trek to Mardi Himal with your family and kids. It is an easy path to trek, you will have a well-insulated room, warm food, a hot shower, Wi-Fi, and a caring local guide so what else do you need more. Of course, you can trek with your kids to Mardi Himal. Taking students or small kids to this area is a beautiful way to introduce them to the various wilderness, such as snow-covered Mountains, flowers, streams, wild animals, landscapes, gorge, etc. I think for kids and students Mardi Himal trek will be the research spot too besides trekking and walking.

How to go to Kande from Pokhara and from Siding village to Pokhara?

Well, from Pokhara you have two different choices either private vehicles or public Buses. Taking a private car, jeep, taxies cost more than taking the bus. If you take Car from Pokhara to Kande that will cost about 2,000 NPR (20US), Jeep 3000 NPR (30 US). if you prefer a bus from Pokhara to Kande then you have to catch a taxi from Pokhara Hotel to a Zero kilo or Baglung Bus park from where you can get a public bus and cost 150 NPR about. Even by foot from lakeside Pokhara to zero Kilo is about a 20-minute walk.

If you have booked your trek through a travel agency then they will provide private transport directly from Pokhara Hotel to Kande similarly from the Siding Village to Pokhara. Noted that, from the Siding village to Pokhara, there is no public bus which means you have to hire a private jeep.

Is there money exchange, ATM machine, etc. in the trek?

No, there is no Atm or place to change money; you should carry enough Nepali money from Pokhara. In Pokhara, there are all services to get money.

Yes, charging facilities will be available in every guesthouse & lodges but sometimes there may be a load shedding problem so it’s better to bring a power bank or spare batteries.

What types of foods do they serve in the Mardi Himal area?

The Locals make almost all kinds of food but do not expect professional cooking like in the city or in your country. Although, you can have fresh food with local taste. The most popular food in Nepal is Dhal Bhat, which is known as Nepali National food. It serves with rice, lentil soup, vegetable, curry, papadom, pickle, and green chilly. Every lodge in this trek will give you a menu and you can choose whichever food you like. They serve generally, momo (Dumpling food), fried Noodles, Fry Rice, Pasta, several soups, alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks, Pizza, sandwiches, burgers, chicken curry, local Gurung Bread, Chapati, Tea, Cofee, etc.

Do I have to tip for Guide and Porters?

In Nepal, Tipping is not compulsory, but when local’s works with tourist they expect some tip and it is a gesture of big thanks to your guide and porters. On another hand, the amount of tip you give to them reflects the level of their satisfaction, their smiles that is why tip them when you complete your successful trek. it is expected.

If I save 3 or 4 days after the Mardi Himal trek, where shall I go?

After Mardi Himal, you may need a spare of days because you are tired after4 days of walking the Himalayas. so, you can visit Chitwan National park. It is a beautiful place to enjoy. In Chitwan, you will have the opportunity to observe Tharu cultural shows, elephant safari, Cannoying, visit elephant breeding center, wild animals, and stay in a peaceful hotel. I am sure you will have such a relaxing time in Chitwan Sauraha.

 

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