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Mardi Himal Trek – Short & Best Trekking in Annapurna

Mardi Himal Trek is one of the short and best trekking in Annapurna region offers dramatic views of Himalayas close to your eyes. The trekking is less crowded but offers great views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other several snow capped mountain peaks.

The Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is one of the best choices for all sorts of trekkers. The trek offers breathtaking trekking experience in the Annapurna region. It is the least visited trekking peaks in Nepal.

On the way to trekking on this route, it leads up to Mardi Himal Base Camp and finally to the High Camp. The route is filled with Verdant forest, beautiful villages, terraced farms, dazzling rivers and extraordinary views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchre and Hiunchuli mountains.

The plus point about this trekking is that the trail makes a small circuit up to the base camp of this Mardi Himal. So, that we shouldn’t have to backtrack from the same terrain.

Best Time for Mardi Himal Trek

The best time to trek to Mardi Himal is Spring (March-May ) and Autumn (Mid September – November) season in Nepal. During this season, you will find the stable weather with the best rural scenic views with snow-capped peaks. The temperature in the season is neither too hot nor too cold. The season offers you with the lush forests of Rhododendron blooming in red and whites throughout the forests.

Mardi Himal Trek Cost

Meanwhile, when it comes to trekking in Nepal, many people are very curious about the trekking cost. But, do not stress yourself from the cost of trekking. Trekking in Nepal is so easy and cheap as compared to the trekking in another part of the world.

The cost of Mardi Himal Trekking is even cheaper. In general, the cost of Mardi Himal Trekking genuinely depends on the various factors. Some of them are listed below:

  • The number of days that you plan to spend on this trek route.
  • The route you make a plan to walk through.
  • The mode of transportation, you choose.
  • The time of the year, you choose to go on the trek.
  • The list of items you pack in your bags packs.
  • The mode of accommodation you chose on the trail.

Moreover, when you plan trips with trekking company your cost estimation goes something like this:

Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu\ Pokhara\Kathmandu bus ticket.
  • All trekking permit:-ACAP Permit, TIMS Card
  • English speaking guide during trekking and his meals, accommodation, salary, insurance and transfer.
  • Double sharing mountain lodge also is known as tea house accommodation during trekking.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek).
  • Transportation service to Pokhara and from Pokhara in a private car.
  • Accommodation in 2\3 star category hotel with double sharing rooms in Pokhara and Kathmandu Hotel.
  • All the local government taxes and company service charge.

Transportation Cost

  • The Mardi Himal trek begins from Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, you either take a flight to Pokhara which cost around the US $ 12O per person.
  • Or you can also travel by bus, or private car which on average costs you around $10 – US 30 depending on the vehicle you hire.
  • From Pokhara, you drive for about 2 hours and 25 minutes in a local bus for US $10 or you can also drive in tourist bus to Kande and begin your trek.

Extra cost

  • Sleeping bags and down Jacket
  • You need to pay for clean

Permits and Fees for Mardi Himal Trek

To perform trekking in any trekking route in Nepal, you need to get special permits or permission from the Government of Nepal. And for trekking in Nepal, it is compulsory to obtain a TIMS card except in the restricted region. You need an Annapurna Conservation  Area to permit to trek in the Mardi Himal. Some of the lists of permits for the Mardi Himal Trek are:

ACAP permit fee of Permit for Foreigner: 3000 NRP (Approx. the US $ 30)

ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nation: 300 NRP

TIMS Card: 1000 NRP (Approx. US $10)

Where can we get the permit for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

  • You can buy permits and TIMS Card in the Nepal Tourism Board office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu.
  • You can buy permits at Pokhara at the Nepal Tourism Board Service Centre in Damside or, at the ACAP entry permit counter in Besisahar, Lamjung.
  • You can buy TIMS Cards from the TAAN lakeside office in Santi Patan, Pokhara.

Food and Accommodation Cost

You will get accommodate in 2\3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During the trek, you will accommodate in teahouses. Accommodations are mainly of twin-shared basis. You can also book single supplement paying extra cost than the normal charges.

The guest houses will be of a normal type. You will spend around the US $ 20 -30 for food and accommodation on this trail.

During this trek, you can enjoy traditional Nepalese food as well as international cuisine. Tea house will serve you with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meanwhile, the cost of food and accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara may go little higher as compared to the tea houses.

Guides and Porter Hire Cost

Guides

Guides are the person who generally walks with you all along the trekking trail. They are good in English and will definitely help you communicate properly with the locals in the trek route. Actually, they do not carry out your luggage but they lessen your burden by taking you through the most comfortable, safe and easy roadways.

In general, you may pay around the USD $25 to hire a licensed holder guide to Mardi Himal Trekking.

Porter

Porter is a person, who carries your gear. They may or may not speak English as good as Guide but they are very pleasant, kind and dedicated to their work. Actually, they are from remote villages of Nepal doing seasonal pottering work. The normal cost of hiring a porter for Mardi Trek is around the US $ 20.

Porter cum Porter

A porter – guide carries your gear plus guides you for the trail with English speaking. They are well at communication.

Hiring a porter – guide in the trek is a bit cheaper as compared than guides and porters separately. They normally cost from the US $ 25. They are kind, sincere and dedicated in their jobs. And they stay together with you during your job. And they stay together with you during your trekking or mountaineering in Nepal. They are from isolated villages of Nepal.

Hiring a guide and porter advantages for Mardi Himal Trekking

The advantages of hiring a guide and porter are:

  • They are the saviour in case of any trouble in the route.
  • They will take care of you during the route.
  • They will help you to carry your loads.
  • They help you to book for food and accommodation at a cheaper price.
  • They guide you through the easiest trail.

Extra Cost

  • Sleeping bags and Down Jacket.
  • You need to pay for clean drinking water.
  • If you use Wi-Fi services in the tea house.
  • To charge your electronic gadgets.
  • If you take hot showers.
  • If you feel happy with the services of your guide and porter then you may give them a sum of an amount as gratitude.
  • If you like to donate to the local schools, temples and monasteries.

Tips to manage your cost for Mardi Himal Trek

  • You can rent various trekking gears in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • You can buy water purification tablets and water bottles so that you do not have to pay extra money to buy minerals water in the route.
  • While hiring a porter, it is better to hire a local guide so that you shouldn’t have to pay the extra amount for their transportation, accommodation, food etc.
  • Always get travel insurance to cover your medical condition, emergency evacuation, theft, flight delay, trip cancellation, So that you should not have to pay a high amount in such case of emergencies.
  • You can buy snacks, chocolates and drinks from Kathmandu and Pokhara which may cost less than at the mean time of trekking.
  • Pre-book for the food and accommodation before the trek.

Conclusion

Mardi Himal Trek is one of the best treks in the homely trails of Annapurna region. And for this, you should not have to worry much about the cost, as the cost to the trek is quite cheap and reasonable as compared to other treks in the world. You won’t feel regret regarding the cost that you’ve paid for the trek.

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