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The Mardi Himal Trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal is one of the most famous short treks in Nepal. Taking the time to trek the Mardi Himal Base camp is worth every penny. Mardi Himal trek is considered to be one lovely short trek in Nepal. It takes about 4 days to 5 days to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp. For those short on time, there is a shorter route to do the Mardi Himal trek. However, the Classic trek route is a 5 to 6-day hike, and on average. The Mardi Himal Base Camp trek offers an awesome combination of culture, lush forests, superb views of a wide range of snowcapped high Himalayas including Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and many more.

The best way to travel Pokhara for Mardi Himal Trekking is to fly Pokhara from Kathmandu then drive to Kande by private car. Our trek itinerary is perfectly designed with including both ways domestic flights. Our trek starts from Kande and ends at Khimche after visiting a beautiful Ghandruk village. This village offers a magnificent view of the Annapurna foothill and a superb sunrise and sunset. 

The best time to trek Mardi Himal is during the autumn season (Middle of September to December) or Spring Season (Middle of February to May). Mardi Himal Trek is not a difficult trek compared to other treks in Nepal. It is moderate and relatively short/easy treks in Nepal. If you are planning to do the Mardi Himal trek in winter (middle of December to January) please be prepared for cold weather. Actually, we don’t recommend doing the Mardi trek in December, as the weather will be freezing cold. Mardi trekking during the Monsoon season (June, July, and August) is also not suggested as rains affect your trek, due to the rain, the Mardi Himal Trekking Trail would be more slippery and harder. 


  • Trek across an area of astonishing biodiversity, famed for its rich, unblemished natural beauty.
  • Relish the Magical mountain panorama of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhapuchhare (6,993m), Mt. Hiunchuli(6,441m), and Annapurna south (7,010m).
  • Experience boating celebrated Nepali drinks, and lovely cuisine— encircled by the serenity of nature, simply enjoy touring around the Pokhara valley.
  • Attach with Nepali culture staying in indigenous lodges in the hills, enjoy a moderately easy trek & Walkthrough flourishing rhododendron jungles (in March-April)
Trip Facts
Trek Region
  • Annapurna Region, Nepal
  • Kande-Mardi B.C-Gandruk
Maximum Altitude
  • Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • 4500 meters/14, 510 ft
Trip Durations
  • 10 Nights/ 11 Days
  • Kathmandu To Kathmandu
Suitable For
  • Couples, Family Or Friends
  • Solos Private Trek
  • Luxury Hotels In City
  • Best local Lodge In Trek
  • Daily Breakfasts In City
  • 3 Meals Daily During Trek
Service Level
  • Reliable & friendly
  • Authentic sherpa guide
Best Time to Travel
  • February to May
  • Sep. to December
Itinerary Print Itinerary

After checking out your baggage and finishing the visa procedures, you have to come outside the airport Terminal Gate where our representative and driver will be waiting. Please check our Company Name board; Our Guide will be waiting with Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions display board at the entrance gate. Upon our arrival at Kathmandu international airport, our Airport Representative guide will sincerely welcome you with Silk scarves as per Sherpa customs.

A private Vehicle will transfer you to the hotel. Check-in at Hotel, free welcome drinks tea/coffee, or any cold drinks/Juices. The company Manager will meet you as per your chosen time & will tell you about the comprehensive itinerary and Briefing about the trip.

In the Evening we will offer you a welcome dinner at the best authentic Nepali restaurant where you can experience the best Nepali food and cultural show.

  • Best 3 Star Or 5 Star Hotel Clean & Comfy Room
  • Transfer To Hotel By Private Comfy Vehicle
  • Welcome Dinner At Typical Nepali Restaurant

After the beautiful night and hearty breakfast, we drive down to Swayambhunath popularly known as Monkey Temple “Swayambhu” means “self-created” and refers to the myth that the hill sprung up suddenly from a vast lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley.

Next, we head to the world-famous Boudhanath Stupa which is said to be the largest stupa in the world. This place is a major center for Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. This stupa is constructed like a giant mandala, a representation of the Buddhist cosmos.

We return back to the hotel after lunch and get fresh. Next, we start the process of packing up for the trekking. We will help you check for the required trekking gear needed during the trekking. Also, we will deliver you our company duffel bag for trekking.

  • Best 3 Star Or 5 Star Hotel Clean & Comfy Room
  • Healthy Breakfast
  • Cultural City Tour Private Comfy Vehicle With Tour Guide
Trip duration
  • 3-4 hrs

Height: (2100m/6,720ft)  Approx. Trekking Time: 4-5 hours Flight time: 30 min

After having a decent hearty breakfast at our hotel then we move to the internal airport to fly to Pokhara, which is situated about 200 K.M West of Kathmandu. It will be approx.30-minute flying journey. This stunning short flight offers views of the Langtang, Manaslu, and Annapurna ranges. We are joining our Sherpa crew on arrival at Pokhara Airport and taken by comfy private vehicle (1 hour) to the start of our walk.

Together with our Expert Sherpa crew, we trek Deurali 2100m from Kande. Roughly 2 hours of the walk will bring us to a spectacular spot of Australian Camp. Along the route, we can see a panoramic view of Annapurna Range including Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna II and IV, and Lamjung Himal, etc.

After having our best Lunch in Australian Camp, we continue trek over slightly easy downhill to Pothana (1950m). Where your guide will Show your ACAP and TIMS Card at Check Point then we hike gradually up again to Deurali (2100m).

Note: The itinerary from Kande is a suitable one and very few trekkers decide to start the trek from here. The trail is good, first gradually up, then a bit sharper to Australian Camp (2060m - Roughly one hour), then easy walk to Pothana (1950m) & ultimately short and easy hike up to Deurali (2100m). Overnight Stay at Deurali

  • Best Available Mountain Lodge
  • Healthy Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Reliable Sherpa Guide Honest Porter
Trip duration
  • 25 Minute Flight 1 Hrs Drive And 3-4 Hrs Walk

Height: (2,520m/8064ft) Approx. Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

After having a decent hearty breakfast at our lodge in Deurali, We start our trek around 7:30-8:00 AM. We turn right from Deurali, Our trail passes through a lush jungle dotted with red rhododendrons. The flowers are a common sight in Nepalese hills and it is no surprise that it's Nepal’s national flower. On our trail, There is a part just over halfway where the trail drops sharply and then gradually increases height and then back onto the edge and into Forrest Camp (2600m) after approximately 4 hours walking. We can take a rest and explore the area, which is also known locally as Kokar. Overnight in Forest Camp.

  • Best Available Mountain Lodge
  • Healthy Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Reliable Sherpa Guide Honest Porter
  • Approx.4-5 hours

Height: (3,360 m/11,020 ft.Approx. Trekking Time: 3-4 hrs.

After having a good breakfast at Forest Camp, We restart our trek throughout dense forests admiring Nepal’s rich biodiversity, and reach the Badal danda. The trail is initially fairly steep leaving Forest Camp but shortly gets less vertical as you again get upon the ridge, roughly an hour up from Forest Camp there is a new teahouse called “Rest Camp”. From Forest Camp to Badal dada is just a short day walking throughout more forest with a few glances of Annapurna South before getting into Badal danda. Reach camp for lunch—this is our destination for the day, spending the afternoon at altitude for acclimatization. Though still surrounded by forest, there are stunning northerly views of the ever-closer ‘Fishtail’.

  • Healthy Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Healthy Breakfast
  • Reliable Sherpa Guide Honest Porter
  • Approx. 6-7 hours

Height: high Camp (3,540m/11,328ft Approx. Trekking Time: 2-3 hrs.

We trek uphill alongside a rim near Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhre. The trail leaves through in forest again, but the plants soon start to get lesser and after roughly one-hour walking we can see an open ridge with amazing views of Machhapuchhre ahead, and Annapurna South to left. The trail then undulates alongside the edge and after roughly 3 hours walking we will get to High Camp (3550m).

When we walk higher, the tree lines start getting thinner and the area typically contains shrubs with lonely rhododendron bushes along the trail. If lucky, we may even come across the Daphne pheasant (national bird of Nepal) on our way to the high camp. We climb up to the high camp, which is the ultimate destination of the day. From here the massif mountains views are magnificent. Overnight in high camp.

  • Best Available Mountain Lodge
  • Healthy Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Reliable Sherpa Guide Honest Porter
  • Approx. 2-3 hours

Height: (3,540m/11,328ft) Approx. Trekking Time: 4-5 hrs.

Today we have two possibilities, one option is we can continue trekking along the ridge to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) from High Camp, which takes about 7-8 hours for two ways. This will be quite a long day. However, we also have second options that we can hike up to viewpoint only and then come back to high camp, which is about halfway.

After our breakfast, we start our day with the first rays of sunshine on Annapurna South, Himalchuli, and Machhapuchare. The two to three-hour ascent offers spectacular views deep down on the trekking route to the Annapurna base camp and high out to the ice-crowned mountain peaks.

At the top, you will be rewarded with a 360-degree view of Annapurna South (7219 m), Patal Himalchuli, Glacier Dome (7069 m), Gangapurna (7454 m), Machhapuchare, and the barren rock of Mardi Himal (5587 m).

  • Best Available Mountain Lodge
  • Healthy Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Reliable Sherpa Guide Honest Porter
  • Approx. 2-3 hours

It is a long day downhill, almost 2000 meters down it’s not suitable to do if you have any knee issues. The part from Forest Camp to Landruk is the steepest part of the trek. The way down went quick and almost effortless and you can enjoy the scenery and spotted many birds in the forest on the way.

  • Best Available Mountain Lodge
  • Healthy Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Reliable Sherpa Guide Honest Porter
  • Approx. 6-7 hours

Enjoy the last moments of your higher elevation views with breakfast in Landruk. Then, the trail begins with a steep descent towards the Modi Khola (river) for about an hour, followed by a steep ascent of 2-3 hours through scattered villages to Ghandruk, with great views of the Himalaya en route.

Finally, you'll reach the village of Ghandruk, one of the biggest Gurung settlements in western Nepal. Once here, you will have time to enjoy the landscapes and snow-capped peaks like Gangapura, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Mount Annapurna.

If time permits, visit the Annapurna Mountain Conservation Area Project (ACAP) headquarters. The ACAP is the first conservation area and the largest protected area in Nepal. Rich in biodiversity, the area offers over 1,000 species of flowering plants, mammals, amphibians, and birds. You can learn about tourism management (and its effect on the environment) and activities that benefit local communities. 

  • Best Available Mountain Lodge
  • Healthy Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Approx. 3-4 hours
  • Reliable Sherpa Guide Honest Porter

Today we start our day with an early morning breakfast in Ghandruk and then trek past small villages and picturesque rice fields to reach Khimche. Once you arrive, you'll meet your private jeep transfer waiting to take you back to Pokhara . The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to enjoy at leisure. You can shop for souvenirs or explore the beautiful lakeside streets on foot, bicycle, or rickshaw, seeing anything you may have missed at the beginning of your trip. And for a celebratory meal, here are some ideas for how to spend your last dinner in Nepal, including French, Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern options.

  • Best 3 Star Or 5 Star Hotel Clean & Comfy Room
  • Healthy Breakfast & Lunch
  • Reliable Sherpa Guide Honest Porter
  • Approx. 2 Hours
  • Approx. 1 hour drives

After a healthy breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Pokhara airport. It takes about 25 minutes on the flight. Flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara gives a great chance to experience the magnificent views of mountains such as Annapurna and Langtang and landscape flying the north over the snow-capped Himalaya and green Mahabharat range to the south is exciting.

Once you land at Kathmandu airport, our Tour guide will take you for a half-day tour of Pashupatinath Temple and Patan City.

Pashupatinath is more than just a spiritual endpoint. It is a mixture of religion, art, and philosophy. It offers peace and loyalty. The temple, spread 246 hectares wide, is sufficient with temples and shrines. Hundreds of ceremonies are accomplished here every day. The temple grounds are an open museum. This national pride is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 1979.

Patan is just 5 km away from the center of Kathmandu, but, despite such closeness, its 'well-maintained ancestral distinctiveness differentiates Patan as an unusual atmosphere to experience in a short travel. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, "City of Beauty", and its exceptional Durbar Squares, temples, alleys, cuisine, friendliness, and religious tolerance explain the pre-historic status of the city.

Patan is a city of 55 main temples, 136 Buddhist monasteries, fine metal works, and uncountable celebrations. Patan takes pride in manufacturing great Thanka painters in the country. In every - now and then - junctions and pathways of Patan can be seen with Thanka artistes, filling color to antique Gods and Goddess.

After the tour, you will have time to explore the Thamel area for last-minute shopping. We will provide you with our very special Ayurvedic massage service for one hour. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner at one of the most beautiful restaurants.

  • Best 3 Star Or 5 Star Hotel Clean & Comfy Room
  • Healthy Breakfast
  • Cultural City Tour Private Comfy Vehicle With Tour Guide
Trip duration
  • 25 minute flight
  • 2-3 hours city Tour

After breakfast, our guide and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer you to the airport for our connecting flight home.

Serving you was an incredible joy and pleasure, we at Mountain Sherpa Trekking and Expeditions will cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time you spent with us, and we thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting this fantastic country Nepal. We are sure that trekking in this beautiful region of the Annapurna region [ Mardi Himal trek] will give you lifetime memories of a vacation well enjoyed. Ciao friends! Till we meet again!!

  • Healthy Breakfast
  • Transfer To Airport By Private Comfy Vehicle
Date & Availability

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No specific dates avalilable for this package but you can still request a quote .

Book you Private trek with your beloved people

If you would like to do a private Mardi Himal Trek with your spouse, you’re family or a few friends. Choose the travel dates that work for you and send us a request for a private trek. We are ready to arrange the best private trips just for you and the traveling friends of your choice.

Explore the beauty of Mardi Himal Trek with local Sherpa private guides. Stay in good hotels, including clean and cozy Sherpa lodges throughout trekking.

Just pick your travel dates—we’ll take care of the rest. Please send an email to us to reserve your date.

Travellers Pricing From (USD) †
1-1 $1570
2-2 $1370
3-4 $1250
5-7 $1170
8-12 $1100
† Double occupancy

* Trip elements may be adjusted on smaller group sizes.

Have a custom tour designed exactly to your interests

Walking Sticks

A custom Mardi Himal Trek is an independent trekking plan designed and arranged as per the client’s interest and request. Tell us what your dream trip would be and we'll make it happen! Like a tailor making a bespoke suit, it will fit you perfectly.

As a local Sherpa expert, we can craft unforgettable experiences for you or your specific group—and work within your needs and budget. Get in touch with a local expert for your perfect vacation.

Any part of this itinerary can be changed to fit your needs and budget, e.g. hotel accommodation, city tour add/skip, trek length, food… click the below link button to request a quote.

We will craft the best tailor-made program for you.

Inclusion Detail

Transports & Accommodations

  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu Round-trip flight
  • 3 Nights hotels in Kathmandu as specified in Itinerary
  • 1 Night hotel in Pokhara city as specified in Itinerary
  • 7 nights local gurung lodge accommodations during trek
  • Airport Transfers for domestic flight from Hotel

Meals & Drinks

  • Daily hygienic breakfast in city as specified in Itinerary
  • Daily 3 meals entire trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Tea or Coffee as per choice ( Per day 5 Cups)
  • Welcome dinner at best local restaurant with cultural show
  • Fully boiled Water ( Per day 4 liters Per person)

Gear & Equipment

  • Sleeping bags and down Jackets if required
  • Complimentary T-shirt, Water bottle and walking pole
  • Duffel bag, Trek Map & group medical Kit
  • Pulse oximeter for oxygen saturation as well as heart rates
  • Hot water bag to warm your feet inside the sleeping bag


  • Reliable and honest Local Sherpa guide
  • Hardworking and trustworthy porters ( 1 porter for 2 People)
  • Free extra luggage storage service
  • Free help to get SIM Card, renting or buying gears
  • Call support for anytime 24/7 for Emergency

Pays & Permit

  • Daily Pay and insurance for guide and support staff
  • Annapurna conservation entry permit fee
  • TIMS Card fees & other required government fees
  • Cultural tour in city including guide and driver as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, temples and monuments

Additional MST Service

  • Hot showers during trek where available
  • We help you, if an airline loses your luggage, or delayed
  • International flight ticket Reconfirmation service if required
  • We help our clients to buy souvenirs at wholesale price
  • We show you around local areas, recommend to eat etc


  • International Airfare and Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel insurance for emergency rescue and trip Cancellation
  • Gratitude for Guide & Porter after end of trek
  • Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Delayed/cancellation

Extra Small Bills

  • Phone, internet & Battery Charges bills on trek
  • Lunch & Dinner in City ( approximately $ 5-10 Per Meal)
  • Any cold or Alcoholic Drinks and desserts in Trek after meal

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Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

Linda Wainwright
Dec 25, 2016

Incredible Mardi Himal Trek with Mountain Sherpa trekking

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Returned just over a week ago from a memorable trek to Mardi Himal. I am so impressed with this company! Our needs were specific - our trek needed to be challenging enough for my super fit son, but easy enough for me (the trip was a 70th birthday present from my son), and we wanted "a road less traveled." Mountain Sherpa trekking matched our needs to this adventure perfectly. Our guide and porter could not have been more helpful or sympathetic, and kept us informed about everything we saw en route. We were absolutely delighted with every aspect of the trip.

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Vital Information

Visa on Arrival:

A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.The current fee for a multiple-entry visa valid for 15 days is USD $30. A multiple-entry visa valid for 30 days is USD $50. All fees are subject to change without notice and must be paid in cash in U.S. dollars. Carrying two passport-size photos is also recommended.

'On Arrival' visa procedure is very quick and simple. You can expect some queues during peak Tourist season. If you wish to skip those queues, you can also consider getting Visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad prior to your arrival. Choice is yours.

Once you arrive at the airport, please follow these simple procedures for Tourist Visa on Arrival.

1st Step

Fill in ' Arrival Card '

Fill in Online Tourist Visa form (you can fill it up prior to your arrival visiting official website of Department of Immigration / fill it up using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport). If you fill it from the website, you will get submission Receipt with barcode, please print it out and bring it along for acquiring visa. It works for fifteen days and becomes invalid then after. If so, you will have to fill it up again.

2nd Step

Make payment at the bank according to your visa requirement (15/30/90 Days) Get the receipt

While you can use different modes of payments (at visa fees collection counter), we advise you to carry some cash to be on the safe side.

3rd Step

Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form, payment receipts and your passport.Hand in your documents to immigration officer for visa processing. He/she issues visa to you upon his/her satisfaction.

On Arrival Visa Fee

15 Days – 30 USD

30 Days – 50 USD

90 Days – 125 USD


Nepal: Cash transactions can generally be made in either U.S. dollars or local currency. U.S.dollars should be recently issued bills in smaller denominations. Major credit cards are accepted mainly in the larger shops, hotels and tourist category restaurants. Access to ATM machines is available in bigger city like Kathmandu & Pokhara but limited in rural areas.

Our Mardi Himal trek Package includes 3 Nights of Deluxe accommodations in Kathmandu & 1 Night of deluxe accommodations in Pokhara at a comfortable and luxurious hotel.As we know, the best accommodation is a crucial part of your trip planning, our hand-selected best hotel accommodations are clean, in a good location, and give you value for your money.

Our selected luxury 5-star hotels provide a wide array of excellent services and modern amenities. Our handpicked hotels offer a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, privacy when preferred, and attentive service. You can treat yourself to a relaxing spa day at our 5-star hotel in Kathmandu after your trek. Or rest and relax in a tranquil and peaceful garden resort. We have two different package options available as outlined below. Book your perfect dream holiday trek package with a local Sherpa expert and get exceptional service.

  • Our 3 Star Hotel Package start from $1370 USD Per Person only
  • Our 5 Star Hotel Package start from $1570 USD Per Person only

3 STAR HOTEL OPTION IN KATHMANDU (We have 2 different 3* hotel accommodation option to choose )

  • Sampada Garden Hotel- Located in peaceful area Lazimpat, Katmandu. 15-20 minute walk from Thamel
  • Mandala Boutique Hotel - This Hotel is located at Chhetrapati, just 3-5 minute walk from Thamel

3 STAR HOTEL OPTION IN POKHARA (We have 2 different 3* hotel option to choose )

  • Hotel City inn: This hotel is situated in the heart of the lakeside area in Pokhara.
  • Hotel Splendid View : Situated in Phewa Lake, Hotel Splendid View is the perfect place to experience Pokhara and its surroundings

5 STAR HOTEL OPTION IN KATHMANDU (We have 2 different 5 * hotel option to choose )

  • Marriott Kathmandu - Located at Naxal, Kathmandu. Combine with modern design with local creativity
  • Yak and Yeti Hotel- Centrally located Luxury 5 star hotel in Kathmandu

5 STAR HOTEL OPTION IN POKHARA (We have 2 different 5 * hotel option to choose )

  • Fishtail Lodge: this unique Lodge is situated in a unique location on a peninsula across Fewa Lake, using boats to transport guests to the property.
  • Temple Tree Resort & Spa: Nestling close by Fewa Lake in the Pokhara Valley, Temple Tree is framed by the foothills and majestic peaks of the Annapurna Mountain Range.


07 Nights we provide you best available mountain lodge with a cozy room with a shared bathroom. Rooms are twin beds with two beds per room and do not have a bathroom attached except few places like Landruk and Ghandruk. The beds have mattresses and pillows and some blankets to borrow. The ‘living room’ area used for eating and relaxing is heated in the evenings. Lodges are always friendly places where you can meet many other trekkers. Many will have books to read and some have phones. Almost all have hot showers available, which are mostly gas heated.

Usually, breakfast will be at 8 am and you will need to pack your bags ready for the porters to leave early. Lunch will be taken enroute in one of the many teahouses, and dinner is generally at 7pm.

What Kind of Food I can expect during Trek?

Morning Breakfast between 7:00-8:00 AM

  1. Tea or Coffee, Hot chocolate, lemon tea, hot milk or green tea
  2. Eggs items- Fried Eggs, Boiled Eggs, scramble eggs, Omelet,
  3. Bread items- Toast, Pancakes, Chapati & Tibetan Bread
  4. Porridge with Honey

Afternoon Lunch between 12:30 – 1:00 PM

  • Nepal Dal Bhat, Curry with Rice, Pasta or Noodles item,
  • Fried rice, fried Potatoes, Mo.Mo

Evening Dinner between 6:00-8:30 PM

  1. Garlic Soup local Stew, vegetable Soup, mixed Soup, Potato Shop
  2. Dal Bhat Tarkari – a soup of lentils with rice and a vegetable curry
  3. Fried potatoes with veg, MO. MO, fried Noodles, Pasta, mash potatoes with Cheese, etc

Drinking-Water during Mardi Himal Trek

For many of us, the perfect choice may be to go for mineral water. After all, it’s sealed and safe to drink, plus it provides an income for the local traders – right? Regrettably, things are never quite that simple. Mineral water produces a vast number of knock-on problems for mountain societies.

While it does provide an income to local people it also generates an extraordinary, heart-breaking amount of waste and spoiling. Most places simply do not have the resources to do anything with the empty plastic bottles – and they burn them, releasing toxic gases into the air, or leave them in piles just out of sight of travelers, where they take more than 450 years to decompose.

Take, for example, Mardi Himal Trek. The recommended amount of water intake on a high-altitude trek like this is 3-4 litters a day. The trek is 7 days long. That’s more than approximately 21 litter and 21 plastic bottles, which won’t decompose until the year 2466 – per person.

For a full MST group of 12 people, just one trip will result in more than 252 mineral water bottles. And the salt in the wound is that plastic doesn’t decompose at high altitudes, so those 360 or more bottles will be up there forever. But what can you do? You have to drink, so how can you get around the problem?

The Alternatives: The great news is that there are really various options that will help you out of the bottled water trap. Here are just four of the best. All you have to do is pick which one is right for you.

Striped- Steripen is the most trusted model on the market. This technique uses exactly the same process as most mineral water undergoes before it is bottled. It’s UV filtering, exactly the same treatment as the majority of bottled water undergoes to be purified, but on the go. The technology has been around for much longer than you think, but it’s only recently been competitively priced enough to be on the market. SteriPen is an American company; other UV filters are also available.

Boiled water– This isn’t always an option if you’re out and about, but boiled water is an excellent option for safe drinking water on trek. Boiling the water kills any nastiness lurking there. It is the safest and most convenient option. Most lodges serve it, and it is great to ward off the cold. Prices range anywhere between NPR 50 and 120 per liter. This means the cost of drinking water will be around $25-$30 for 7 days ABC trek. Please note that 3-4 liters of fully boiled drinkable water are provided daily. Book our all-inclusive Mardi Himal trek package for safe and hassle-free service. There is no hidden cost.

Purification tablets– Water refining tablets or chemicals like chlorine dioxide are frequently used. They are easy to carry and cheap to buy. However, they are not as effective as UV filters or boiled water and need a few hours to act. Besides these, LifeStraw and iodine-based treatments are also available but have their drawbacks. Read more about Water Safety in Nepal and Diarrhoea here.

Airport Pickup by Private Vehicle:

We always provide timely airport pickup service, which is most important for hassle-free travel. Your guide & driver will meet you at the arrivals hall after you pick up your luggage and head to the exit. (Provide us with your correct international flight details). Please meet our Guide and driver who will be waiting outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal. Our Guide will be holding a welcome banner with your name and our company name Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expedition at the Kathmandu international airport. They will take you to your hotel in a vehicle arranged by us. By booking your trip with us, you get a safe and comfortable ride without stress and inconvenience.

Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu Flight:

Our Mardi Himal trek includes both way scenic flights from Kathmandu-Pokhara and Pokhara-Kathmandu. Pokhara may not seem far from Nepal's capital city Kathmandu (the cities are only 126 miles / 204 km apart), but the Nepali landscape and road quality make for a very long drive. That's why we recommend our clients opt to fly instead of a long drive.

Flying is by far the fastest and most comfortable way of traveling between Kathmandu and Pokhara and is highly suggested if you're short on time and looking for a comfortable journey. There are several flights scheduled each day from the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan Airport and take only around 25 minutes. It's a very scenic flight, particularly if you sit on the right-hand side of the plane, so you can see the Himalayas. When flying, you're likely to arrive feeling enthusiastic and with plenty of time for activities the same day, which can't really be said if you make the trip overland.

Naturally Pokhara. The charming city has numerous beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of the Fishtail Mountain flanked by the Majestic Himalayas. Pokhara is an amazing place for natural beauty at an altitude of 827 meters from sea level and 200 km west of Kathmandu. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

The Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu ranges, each with peaks over 8,000 m, can be seen from Pokhara and there are lakes, caves, and impressive falls (Patale Chhango or Devi's Fall) where the water from the Phewa Lake thunders into a hole and disappears. These are some of the Pokhara's heritage sites as well

As there are many lakes in this beautiful city, Pokhara is also known as the "City of Lakes". Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, and Rupa Lake are the most visited lakes of Pokhara. While at Pokhara, you can visit World Peace Pagoda, Sarangkot, Davi's fall, Mahendra Cave, and museums. These places will surely help you to reveal a lot about Pokhara.

Pokhara to Kande By Private Transfer

We meet our Sherpa crew at Pokhara Airport then you will transfer to Kande by Private Car. Which is approximately a 45-minute drive from Pokhara, from where we'll begin the first steps of our trek. From Pokhara, we travel by a private vehicle northwest along the Baglung Rajmarg Road.

Although most of the trekkers began from Phedi, we highly advise you to drive up to Kade and start your first-day trek because the trekking route from Kande- Australian Camp to Deurali offers a spectacular view of Annapurna Range including Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna II and IV and Lamjung Himal.

Kimche to Pokhara by Private Jeep

We end our trek in the lower Modi Khola at Kimche. From here you will transfer back to Pokhara by private vehicle. It takes approx. 1-2 hours by private vehicle. We will arrive in Pokhara by late afternoon. The vehicles being used by mountain Sherpa Trekking during the tour will be fully sanitized before use.

Packing List Mardi Himal Trek

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your kit bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG/33Lbs. Please note that this gear list is only a guide. Those are basic to bring the listed items, but you can decide from your desired brands using your expertise. Plus, you can shop the trekking gear and clothing at a good price at stores in Thamel, Kathmandu.


Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Sun hat
  2. Headlamp with Fresh Batteries
  3. Wool or synthetic hat that covers the ears
  4. Sunglasses with UV protection
  5. Neck gaiter or bandana (for sun protection)
  6. Face Masks
  7. Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)


  1. Fleece/Wool Gloves

Core Body

  1. Base layer shirts
  2. Moisture-wicking long-sleeve t-shirts (1)
  3. Moisture-wicking short-sleeve t-shirt (optional)
  4. Fleece jacket or warm windproof jacket with hood
  5. Synthetic sports bras (for women)
  6. Underwear (3-4 pairs)
  7. Sleeping bag (comfort rated)

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Hiking Pants (Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight) 1-2
  2. Warm hiking pants with waterproof Windproof and breathable
  3. Rain Pants (Lightweight, Waterproof, Breathable)- optional
  4. Long underwear


  1. Hiking boots with ankle support recommend
  2. Camp shoes or tennis shoes for lodge
  3. Hiking Socks (Synthetic or Wool) 2-3 pairs recommended

Food & Snacks

  • Snacks (combine protein & carbs for well-balanced energy)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


  1. Sunscreen, Lip balm with sunscreen
  2. Toilet Paper
  3. Soap
  4. Deodorant
  5. Toothbrush/toothpaste
  6. Razor (as needed)
  7. Shampoo
  8. Wet wipes
  9. Hand sanitizer
  10. Feminine hygiene products (as needed)
  11. Face lotion
  12. Hairbrush
  13. Hair ties

Other necessary important items:

  • Passport and extra passport size photos (2-4 copies)
  • Visa (these are easy to attain when you land in Kathmandu—bring $30 (15 Days) or $50 (30 Days) USD for Visa Application
  • Money ($200-300 cash is suggested—while there are occasional ATMs on the trail, they are almost always out of order)
  • Travel insurance- most recommended
  • Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottles 1 Liter x 2 (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single-use plastic)
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges
  • Travel towel
  • Small padlock (to lock your kit bag)
  • Antibacterial handwash

Additional Supplies

  1. Portable solar charger/power bank
  2. Book
  3. Journal/pen
  4. Playing cards

Basic First Aid Kit including antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea


  1. Trekking poles – if you don't have poles, We can provide you complimentary trekking.
  2. Sleeping bag liner
  3. Pillowcase, Scarf, or buff
  4. Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
  5. Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
  6. Travel clothes
  7. Camera
  8. Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  9. Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  10. Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)


The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Hence to avoid discomfiture on both sides we advise that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach just above the knee and be modest and for women, it is better to wear trousers or a long skirt.

Additional info:

As you pack for Mardi Himal Trek remember that your gear will be separated into two packs: your daypack that you will carry each day as you trek, and your duffle bag which will be carried between tea houses by porters. All extra baggage (non- trekking items) can be stored at the hotel before you start your trek. We provide you with a free duffel bag in Kathmandu. You can use it to pack your essential trekking equipment. We provide one-porter services for two people. Porters will carry up to 25 kg - 30 Kg or 55-66 pounds of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and down jackets. Therefore your duffel bag should not weigh more than 12 kg-15 kg or 26 pounds to 33 pounds.


Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Around the 25l to 30l size is good for the Mardi trek. You need to carry your own backpack (with waterproof cover) where you can carry your daily needed items in your own backpack. For instance: Water bottle, Extra money for drinks, souvenirs & tips, sunhat, camera, important documents, toiletries, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, rain gear, music (iPhone), etc.

If you don’t have your own down jacket & sleeping bag, don’t worry. We will provide you with 4 season sleeping bags and a good down jacket with a hood for complementary use. Good quality sleeping bag and down jacket are most important for high altitude trek.

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