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Mardi Himal Vs Annapurna Base Camp

Mardi Himal Vs Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Region
Mardi himal base camp
Mardi himal Vs Annapurna
sunrise view from mardi himal trek

Trip Facts

Duration : 10 Days Max-Altitude : 4095 M Program Type : Tea House Best Season : April- May, Jun, and Sep-Oct-Nov-Dec Per Day Walking : 5/6 h Trek Grade : Grade 3:

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

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No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $890
2 Paxes $860
2-4 Paxes $820
4-6 Paxes $800
6-10 Paxes $780
10-15 Paxes $760
15+Paxes $760

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Overview


MARDI HIMAL VS. ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

The Mardi Himal trek and the Annapurna Base Camp trek are both captivating journeys, nestled within the Annapurna Conservation Area. Embarking on both treks simultaneously, within a 10-day timeframe, promises an exhilarating adventure. However, it’s important to note that these two routes offer distinct scenic experiences.

Mardi Himal Trek provides panoramic views of the entire Annapurna Himalaya range from the comfort of your balcony. Conversely, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers a closer view of Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail, and the Annapurna peaks.

Both treks begin with a drive from Pokhara lakeside to Kande and proceed with a hike to Deurali via the Australian camp. From there, you continue to Annapurna Base Camp through Mardi Himal Trek, concluding the adventure in Nayapul within 10 days. For those with limited time, it’s possible to undertake each trek separately, requiring 5 days for the Mardi Himal Trek and another 5 days for the Annapurna base camp trek. or there are another 10 days of Alternative trails to Annapurna Base Camp via Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Mardi Himal is a relatively recent addition to the trekking scene, gaining popularity after 2010. Before that, the area was primarily used as yak and sheep pastures by local villagers. In contrast, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek has been a favored route since the 1990s, evolving from a camping trek to an experience with modern tea houses along the way.

Comparatively, the Mardi Himal route retains a more pristine, less commercialized aura. The mountains are within sight but slightly more distant. The Annapurna Base Camp route, on the other hand, is more crowded but offers intimate mountain views. Both routes, however, promise awe-inspiring Himalayan vistas. The distance between Pokhara and Annapurna Base Camp is 81.1 kilometers, while The distance from Pokhara to Mardi Himal Base Camp is 31.0 kilometers (19 miles).

The Mardi Himal trek takes you along a ridge, passing through forests and yak pastures, with Annapurna Base Camp nestled at the valley’s bottom. The Annapurna Base Camp itself is a stunning bowl encircled by towering mountains and Annapurna glaciers.

Best Time to Trek Mardi Himal + ABC Trek:

The Mardi Himal and Annapurna Base Camp treks experience the same four seasons as other regions in Nepal: Autumn, Spring, Summer, and Winter. These seasons span different months, each with distinct weather and climate conditions. Let’s delve into the best times for both treks and explore the alternative 10-day trek covering Poon Hill via the Mardi Himal trek for lower altitudes.

Autumn (September, October, and November): This is the best trekking season when post-monsoon clarity offers exceptional visibility of the surrounding Annapurna region, making it ideal for both treks.

Nepal Wilderness Trekking Agency leads the Mardi Himal and Annapurna Base Camp trek in 10 days, starting from Pokhara. Our expert guides and porters, hailing from the region, are well-acquainted with local culture, history, and the natural environment. With competitive pricing and a deep connection to the local community, this is a golden opportunity to explore both treks, from Mardi Himal to Annapurna Base Camp, in one unforgettable journey.

Conclusion

Both treks offer unique experiences in the Annapurna region. Choose the Mardi Himal Trek if you prefer a quieter, less crowded route with stunning ridge walks and panoramic views. Opt for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek if you seek a classic trekking experience with diverse landscapes, rich cultural encounters, and well-established trekking infrastructure.

Which is better, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek or the Mardi Himal Trek?

Choosing between the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek and the Mardi Himal trek depends on several factors, including your trekking experience, your available time, and what kind of experience you are looking for. Here is a comparison to help you decide which might be better for you:

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek

Pros:

  1. Scenic Variety: The ABC trek offers a diverse range of landscapes, from terraced fields and bamboo forests to alpine meadows and close-up views of the Annapurna range.
  2. Cultural Experience: The route passes through several traditional Gurung and Magar villages, providing rich cultural experiences.
  3. Altitude: The highest point is Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meters, making it a moderately high-altitude trek without extreme altitude challenges.
  4. Facilities: There are well-established tea houses and lodges along the route, providing comfortable accommodation and food options.
  5. Popularity: It’s a well-trodden path, meaning you’re likely to meet many fellow trekkers.

Cons:

  1. Crowds: Due to its popularity, it can get quite crowded, especially during peak seasons.
  2. Duration: The trek typically takes around 7-12 days, which might be longer than some trekkers can afford.

Mardi Himal Trek

Pros:

  1. Less Crowded: The Mardi Himal trek is less popular and thus less crowded, offering a more peaceful and solitary experience.
  2. Scenic Beauty: It provides stunning views of the Annapurna range, Machapuchare (Fishtail), and Mardi Himal itself, with picturesque landscapes throughout.
  3. Shorter Duration: The trek can be completed in about 4-7 days, making it suitable for those with limited time.
  4. Off the Beaten Path: It’s ideal for those looking for a more off-the-beaten-path experience, with a sense of adventure and exploration.
  5. Cultural Exposure: While not as extensive as the ABC trek, it still offers cultural interactions with local communities.

Cons:

  1. Facilities: The tea houses and lodges along the Mardi Himal trek are more basic and Accommodated compared to those on the ABC trek, though they are improving.
  2. Altitude: The highest point of this trek is around 4,500 meters at Mardi Himal Base Camp, which is slightly higher than ABC, posing a slightly greater altitude challenge.
  3. Scenic Variety: While it offers great mountain views, it may lack the same variety of landscapes found on the ABC trek.

Conclusion

  • Choose Annapurna Base Camp Trek if:
    • You want a diverse range of landscapes.
    • You are interested in cultural experiences.
    • You prefer well-developed trekking infrastructure.
    • You don’t mind trekking with more people around.
  • Choose Mardi Himal Trek if:
    • You prefer a less crowded trail.
    • You have a shorter time frame.
    • You are seeking a more adventurous and solitary experience.
    • You are okay with more basic facilities.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Your guide and porter will pick you up at your hotel in Pokhara at 8 AM and drive to Kande, where your trek began, and the trek to Pitan Deurali (1925m, about 4 hours trek). Overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 02: From Pitan Deurali to Low Camp (2970m). It takes 6 hours to trek from Pitan Deurali to the Low Camp, and overnight stay at the Lodge.
  • Day 03: Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (3,550m). There will be spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead, Annapurna South, and Himchuli to the left. The trek to High Camp is about 4 hours. Overnight at the Lodge
  • Day 04: You will hike to Viewpoint 4200m and continue to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and back to High Camp on this excursion. Approximately 5 to 6 hours will be needed to complete the round trip.
  • Day 05: Trek to Forest camp 2900M, 5 hours downhill, overnight at lodge.
  • Day 06: Trek to Jhino Danda hot spring 1750M, via Landruk village, overnight at Lodge
  • Day 07: Trek to Himalayan 6/7 hours hike 3100 meters. Overnight at Himalayan
  • Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp ( ABC)  6/7 hours 4095 meters, overnight at ABC
  • Day 09: Trek back to Sinuwa 6/7 hours, Overnight at Sinuwa,
  • Day 10: Trek back to KUMI and by  local bus to Pokhara

Cost Included

  • Pokhara to Kande by private vehicles and Birethanti to Pokhara by car
  • Italian, Chinese, Nepali, Indian, and many other European Delicious Meals three times a day(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner chosen by Menu)
  • Clean and excellent Lodge accommodations are on the way
  • Microspikes for Dec to Feb
  • One fluent English-speaking, government-registered, experienced first aid trained guide who is familiar with this area and required porters. One porter for every two pax.
  • (ACAP) Annapurna Conservations area project Permits and (TIMS) Trekking Information, management, and system card.
  • Guides/Porters: food, lodge, bus transportation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.
  • Kitbag for storing your belongings
  • Sleeping bag for a comfortable night's sleep on a trek in minus-25 degrees
  • Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes
  • A certificate of appreciation from Nepal wilderness trekking after a successful trek

Cost Excluded

  • Airfare for international flights
  • Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Nepal entry visa fees vary by duration (15 days - $25-30, 30 days
  • Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu and in Pokhara before and after our journey
  • Personal equipment for high and cold temperatures
  • Emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation are covered by travel insurance
  • All beverages, Soft and caffeinated table drinks such as coke, beer,
  • Drinking water/mineral water, Dessert, etc. Hot shower, laundry
  • Tip for guide and porter
  • Excluded are all costs and expenses not listed under "cost includes"
  • Inclusion of costs or delays beyond the control of the management, such as landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc.
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