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Mardi Base Camp Short Trek 7 Days

Annapurna Conservation Area

Mardi Base Camp Short Trek 7 Days

Duration :   7 Days 6 Nights
The Price :   $645.00
Start Location:   Kathmandu
Age Range :   10-75

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Mardi Base Camp Short Trek is the most popular 7 Days trip in Nepal that is considered suitable for all kinds of travelers. It is comparatively an easy trek package full of thrill and adventure. The trip highlights the very famous Mardi Base Camp (4500 m / 14764 ft) of Mardi Himal (5587 m / 18330 ft). Moreover, the mountain itself falls inside Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). ACAP is Nepal’s largest protected area covering 7629 km2 in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Furthermore, it ranges in elevation from 790 m to the peak of Annapurna I at 8091 m. The conservation area stretches across Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi, and Lamjung Districts. Annapurna Conservation Area encompasses Annapurna Sanctuary and is known for several trekking routes including Annapurna Circuit.


The trip begins with a scenic drive from the beautiful city of Kathmandu to Pokhara and follows the route through the villages to Dhampus. It then passes through dense forests of oak, rhododendron, and bamboo. The trail then heads towards the Mardi Himal Base Camp offering its travelers stunning views of the Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli peaks. While on your stay in Dhampus village you will also be enjoying the exhilarating panoramic view of your ethereal surroundings with traditional Gurung hospitality at your service.


Mardi Himal

Mardi Himal is a 5587 m peak beneath the much more prominent Machapuchhre in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is thus separated by a 5200 from the Fishtail Mountain. It was first successfully summited in 1961 by Basil Goodfellow. The Mardi Himal Trek was however opened to the public only after 2012. It is therefore also known by the name Virgin Trail. The peak is now also classified by the Government of Nepal as a Trekking Peak.


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Mardi Base Camp Trek


Additional Information on Mardi Base Camp Short Trek:


Booking your Mardi Base Camp Short Trek:

We are now offering maximum flexibility for our guests’ convenience to book their trips into the ACAP region for 2024 and 2025. You may thus choose a date that best suits your schedule. Regarding your booking, please select one of the two available options. You may either pay USD 100 per person as a booking amount to confirm your trip or pay the full amount of USD 645 per person upfront. Moreover, if you opt for the booking, the remaining is payable via Online / Card Swipe / Cash. We also accept all of the convertible currencies including USD, AUD, CAD, EURO, GBP, SGD, etc. when you arrive in Kathmandu.


Booking your International Flight:

For your 7 Days Mardi Base Camp Trek, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu on Day 1 and depart on Day 8. However, having some extra one or two buffer days can prevent any issues with your return tickets.


Packing for the Mardi Base Camp Short Trek:

Please click here for a complete checklist of your Mardi Base Camp Trek. Be sure to read it carefully and pack accordingly as per your personal preferences.


Arrival Information:

Once you’ve booked your flight ticket, please share the details with us so that we can provide you with a complimentary airport pickup. Our airport representative will then be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, holding our official name Cordial Trek and your nameplate as you exit the airport terminal. Additionally, if you’re arriving earlier, we can also arrange an accommodation for extra nights with add-on tours for additional cost.


Trek Starting and Ending Days:

The actual trekking days are from Day 3 to Day 7. The trekkers begin their trip on Day 2 with a 6-7 hours bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The travelers then take another short drive from Pokhara to Dhampus for their night halt. Dhampus also marks the starting point of the trek. The travelers will then commence the trek on Day 3 towards Forest Camp. Expect to spend 5 nights and 5 days completing the Mardi Base Camp Trek. You’ll begin your trek from Dhampus with overnight stays in Forest Camp, Badal Danda, High Camp and Low Camp.


Each day’s trek will begin around 07:30 AM and conclude in the late afternoon, with frequent breaks to catch your breath. You’ll have numerous photo opportunities along the way and enjoy dinner and breakfast at the same place, while lunch is en route.


Additionally, your guide will provide you with regular briefings about timing and stops every morning before the trek begins.


Accommodation in Kathmandu:

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay in a 3 Star Category Hotel with twin/double sharing beds.


Accommodation during the trekking days:

During the trek, your accommodation options are mostly at teahouses. Although basic, these tea houses are clean and provide a comfortable place for a good night’s rest.



In Kathmandu, your package includes breakfast only, typically served buffet-style. Except if you plan to leave for your trip early in the morning, you have an option to receive a packaged breakfast as well. During the trek, you will be provided with full board meals and may choose from a menu offering local and international cuisines.


Note: It is highly advisable to stick to vegetarian food from your arrival in Kathmandu until the end of your trek, as proper toilet facilities are not available everywhere along the trekking trail.


Drinking Water on the Trek:

Bottled water is available along the trail, but we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles and treat tap water to reduce single-use plastic bottle waste. Be sure to bring water treatment pills and flavorings to enhance the taste. Staying hydrated is essential, so aim to drink more than 4 liters of water every day while trekking.


Electricity, Charging and Wi-Fi:

Please keep in mind that you’re embarking on a trek and not exploring urban areas. While some facilities like charging and Wi-Fi are available at an extra cost, they are not guaranteed. We also recommend against planning to work or conduct online meetings during the trek, allowing you to fully enjoy the trekking experience.


Cash for Extras and Tipping:

You should have Nepali rupees for expenses such as tea, coffee, bottled drinks and Wi-Fi. Plan to carry about USD 100-120 equivalent Nepali rupees. Additionally, set aside USD 100-150 for tipping your guide and porter. The amount can vary based on the level of service provided by the field staff members.


Baggage and Weight Limit:

Your porter is limited to carrying a maximum of 25 kgs for every two travelers. However if you are a solo traveler or want to pay extra for a private porter you may utilize the complete 25 kgs. Else, if you have items that you don’t need on the trek, you can leave them at your Kathmandu hotel for storage at no extra cost. But remember to take a photo of your bag-tag and keep it for easy identification in case the original tag is lost.


Availability of Guide & Porter:

As said earlier, every two travelers will be provided with a single porter and an experienced guide. Therefore, the baggage must be divided between 12.5 kgs each as every porter carries a maximum of 25 kgs. Additionally, both guide and porter will be insured and well equipped with necessary items and first aid kit.


Highlights of Mardi Base Camp Trek:


1. Hike via beautiful village of Dhampus

2. Trek inside the lush green jungles of Forest Camp

3. Spectacular 360 degree view from Badal Danda

4. Hike to Mardi Base Camp (4500 m)

5. An overnight stay at High Camp

6. Drive via beautiful city of Pokhara

Places You’ll See :

Dhampus is a village and Village Development Committee in Kaski District in the Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal. It has the Australian Base Camp with views of the peaks Annapurna, Dhaulagiri And Machhapuchhre.


Badal Danda is a popular view point on the way to Mardi Base Camp.

2Badal Danda

Mardi Base Camp provides a base station for mountaineers before summiting the peak Mt. Mardi. Mt. Mardi is a 5587 meters (18330 ft) peak beneath the much more prominent Machapuchare in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It was first conquered in 1961 by Basil Goodfellow.

3Mardi Base Camp

Travel Itinerary:

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On the first day of your trip, you will be arriving in Kathmandu via Tribhuvan International Airport. A Cordial Trek representative will greet and pick you up from the airport. You will then check into a hotel and be briefed about your upcoming trek and get introduced to your guide. In the evening you will also be served with a welcome dinner and cultural program.


Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel


Meals: Dinner

Day 2 : Travel to Dhampus via Pokhara (Min Altitude: 1650 m / 5413 ft)

On the second day of your trip, you will be traveling via a Deluxe Tourist Bus to Pokhara on a 6-7 hours drive from Kathmandu. You will then again take a one hour drive via a private vehicle to Dhampus. A guest house in Dhampus will be your halt for the night.


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 : Trek from Dhampus to Forest Camp (Max Altitude: 2600 m / 8530 ft)

On day three, you will be taking a 5-6 hour trek from Dhampus to Forest Camp, a small settlement with tea houses. A guest house in Forest Camp will be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Trek to Badal Danda (Max Altitude: 3210 m / 10531 ft)

You begin your day four with a trek from Forest Camp to Badal Danda via Middle Camp and Low Camp over a span of 5-6 hours. Badal Danda offers you a 360 degree view of various mountain ranges including Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. Himchuli. A guest house in Badal Danda will be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 7 km / 4.3 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Trek to High Camp (Max Altitude: 3580 m / 11745 ft)

On day five you begin your trek with breakfast and ascend on a 2-3 hour hike towards the High Camp, the final settlement with tea houses. The High Camp offers you a spectacular up close view of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. Himchuli among others. The camp will be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 : Trek to Mardi Base Camp (Max Altitude: 4500 m / 14764 ft)

On day six you will be on a 4-5 hour round trip from High Camp to Mardi Base Camp. You will then take a 2 hour hike down towards Badal Danda / Low Camp, your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House 


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 : Trek to Siding and travel back to Pokhara (Min Altitude: 830 m / 2723 ft)

Your day seven begins with a descent of 3-4 hours from Low Camp to Siding. The trail offers you a pass via a dense forest with scenic views of waterfalls and ethnic villages among others. You will then take a 2 hour drive back to Pokhara. Here you will bid a final farewell to your guide and porter.


Optional: You may book any other new trips with us.


Approximate Trek Distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles


Meals: Breakfast and Lunch


How can I get my ‘On Arrival’ Nepal Visa?

Any international traveler arriving by air can get an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at ‘Tribhuvan International Airport’ in Kathmandu. ‘Overland Travelers‘ may acquire an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at the entry points of Nepal-China / Nepal-India border at following locations:

Kakarbhitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Optional: You may also get a Visa prior to your arrival in Nepal from ‘Nepalese Diplomatic Missions‘ from your respective nations.

Note: You must carry your valid passport and two passport size photographs (35 x 45 mm / 3.5 x 4.5 cm) along with you upon your arrival in Nepal for a Visa. Travelers from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria and Zimbabwe however require to submit a pre-application at Nepal Consular Services in their respective nations for a Nepal Visa.  

Will I be ‘Received’ upon my arrival in the Airport?

Yes, you will be received by a Cordial Trek Airport Representative with your ‘Name Sign’ on our organizational placard upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu

What is the weight limit for luggage during my trekking days?

All porters available at your service (one porter for every two travelers) can carry a maximum of 25 kilograms / 55 pounds each. You are therefore allowed to load a maximum of 12.5 kilograms / 27 pounds of luggage to your porter during your trekking days.  

What about the communication services available during the trekking days?

All hotels and guest houses in the city area are available with free WiFi hotspots. Also, all travelers with a valid passport and a photograph are allowed to purchase a SIM Card upon their arrival in Nepal. The traveler must however additionally purchase data / voice packages as per their need and stay in Nepal. There are 2G3G and 4G services available with major carriers all over Nepal. You may optionally also purchase a WiFi service in the mountains where available.  

Can I book this package as a solo traveler?

Yes, we do book a solo traveler. However a single traveler surcharge may be applied (an additional USD 200).

What about the foods / meals during my trekking days?

You will be provided with a full board meal / breakfast / complimentary dinner as per mentioned in the respective Trek / Tour package. You may however choose to purchase your additional meals / beverages where available.


Full board meal mentioned above includes breakfast with an omelet / boiled egg, toasts / local bread and one porridge with fried potatoes.


During your lunch you will be provided with Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, the most famous Nepalese food that contains rice and pulse / lentil with curries (vegetables / chicken) and pickle. Optionally you may choose your lunch for fried noodles with eggs / chicken / vegetables as well.


For your dinner you will have an option to choose between Dal-Bhat-Tarkari / Pizza / MoMo / Spaghetti. 

How difficult is Mardi Base Camp Trek?

Mardi Base Camp Trek is a moderately challenging trek package as it includes high altitude (4500m) hikes. The package has however been successfully completed by children above 10 years of age as well as elders above 75 years of age. The difficulty however mostly relies upon your will power and physical fitness. The extremities you must expect here include a 5-6 hours hike with tea breaks in between. 


Additionally, Cordial Trek also provides you with an experienced trek guide capable of first aid services and other assistance.

What items should I bring (or buy in Kathmandu) for this trip?

You may bring (or buy in Kathmandu) following items for this trip:


1.  Warm clothes including a down jacket / puffer jacket, inner wears, hats, a beanie, gloves, neck gaiter, hiking boots, warm socks, a towel and a pair of hiking pants as well.


2.  A Daypack (25-30 liters)


3.  Backpack (A duffle bag will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)


4.  Sleeping bag (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)


5.  Trekking Poles (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)


6.  A Camelbak or a water bottle


7.  A sunscreen 


8.  A sunglass


9.  A headlamp for night use


10.  Your toiletries

What are the permits required for this trip?

You need not worry about any permits required. Cordial Trek will make necessary preparations for all the documents and travel permits (including TIMS and ACAP) required for your Mardi Base Camp Trek.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Airport Transfers
  • Company T-shirt
  • Cultural Program
  • First Aid
  • Full Board Meals (Trekking Days)
  • Guide and Porter
  • Mountain Guest House
  • Necessary Equipment
  • Private Vehicle
  • Specially Abled Friendly
  • Tour Bus
  • Travel Permits
  • Trekking Map
  • Welcome Dinner

What's Excluded

  • Accommodation in Pokhara
  • Beverages
  • Gratitude for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance
  • Nepal Visa
  • Personal Expenses


  • Hiking
  • Snow and Ice
  • Sunrise
  • Trekking

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