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Overview

The ideal peak climbing experience for those looking for an introduction to mountaineering in a reasonable timeframe, Mardi Himal offers a wonderful combination of natural beauty, challenging climbs and mountaineering lessons. This relatively easy peak is suitable for those with previous trekking experience looking to explore the eastern side of Modi Dhola of the Annapurna Range. Enjoy the beautiful peaks towering over the Himalayan backdrop as you summit the 5,587-meter peak to enjoy some of the best panoramic views in the entire Himalayan Range.

Trip Facts

  • Destnation: Nepal
  • Activities: Peak Climbing
  • Duration: 14 - 21 Days
  • Region: Annapurna
  • Max. Altitude: 5587m
  • Best Season: Spring / Summer / Autumn
  • Group Size: 02+ Pax

Itinerary


Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival to the airport, you will be greeted by the friendly Good Karma Trekking staff who will escort you to your accommodation in Kathmandu. After settling in and exploring the streets of Thamel, we will arrange a special welcome diner featuring local specialties to introduce you to the city and the Good Karma team.

Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today we will take a tour featuring the highlights of Kathmandu including several UNESCO world heritage sites such as Durbar Square and Pashupati temple before visiting Sqayambhunath, and Buddha Nath, which is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. After lunch, we will hold a briefing with your trekking guide addressing any questions or concerns you may have about your trip.

Day 3 Drive to Pokhara

We will take a scenic bus ride passing through traditional rice terraced fields, charming villages, powerful rivers and waterfalls on the way to the charming lakeside town of Pokhara where we will spend the night.

Day 4 Trek to Gyachok

We take an early morning drive to the village of Hyenja to begin our trek passing along the Mardi Khola River over a rope bridge before passing through a series of peaceful farming villages. We will stay the night in the town of Gyachok taking time to talk to the locals to learn more about their traditional lifestyle before taking in a scenic sunset with views of Machhapuchhre and Mardi Himal.

Day 5 Trek to Sano Khoban

We continue our hike through charming villages, each with their own unique culture and architecture. We move along scenic traditional terraced fields before continuing along a hill to Dhiprang and stopping for lunch along the river. We finish the day with a relaxing hike before finishing the day with a steep climb to the pasture of Sano Khoban to make camp for the night.

Day 6 Trek to Pipa

After breakfast we pass through a relaxing forest before continuing up the arduous uphill forest path leading to a small ridge that takes us to Pipa.

Day 7 Acclimatization Day

To protect against altitude sickness, we will take an acclimation day where you are free to relax with the locals or take a few short hikes to admire the local scenery.

Day 8 Trek to Thulo Kharka

The trail continues along the ridge offering several scenic vantage points offering sights of Manaslu in the east and the greater Annapurnas to the west. We spend the day hiking along the ridge before making camp for the night in the traditional grazing grounds of Thulo Kharka.

Day 9 Trek to Base Camp

We continue along the trail past the scenic pastures rising towards the basecamp. We continue for a few hours before reaching the valley base camp offering excellent sunset views of Mardi Himal.

Day 10 Acclimatization day

To protect against altitude sickness and ensure proper rest for the following days, we will take another acclimation day where you are free to relax with the locals or take a few short hikes to admire the local scenery.

Day 11 Trek to High Camp

We take a very steep climb up from the basecamp moving along slippery rocks before arriving in a conveniently located campsite providing shelter from the strong winds. We will spend the night preparing our gear and enjoying the beautiful starlight sky in anticipation of our ascent the following day.

Day 12 Mardi Himal Ascent

We take an early start to climb to the peak located nearly a kilometer overhead. We head toward a path between Mardi Himal and Machhapuchare before using our crampons for the 4-hour trip up the slippery and windy ridge. After a steep climb, we arrive at the summit stopping to enjoy the panoramic views to highlight our journey. We then continue down along the same path and spend the evening back at high base camp for the night.

Day 13 Trek to Korchon

In order to properly enjoy our descent, we will move along a different path back to Pokhara first continuing to the town of Korchon. Todays hike is a relatively easy gradual descent that passes through several scenic vantage points.

Day 14 Trek to Riban

We will continue along the trail past Odane Hill down a difficult hill known for its hidden holes and unstable ground. Taking plenty of time to make a safe descent, we will continue through a dense forest before spending the evening in Riban known for its local beer and traditional music.

Day 15 Trek to Hyenja and drive to Pokhara

Our final day of hiking takes us past the Mardi Khola and Mardi Pul where we will stop for a relaxing lunch before arriving to Kyenja. We continue with a scenic drive to the laidback town of Pokhara to spend the evening explore the scenic lake and friendly local streets.

Day 16 Return to Kathmandu

We will take a scenic bus ride back to the bustling capital city of Kathmandu. Upon arrival we will arrange a special cultural diner filled with traditional music, dancing and local specialties before returning to Thamel for the night.

Day 17 Departure

Today, a Member of the Good Karma team will escort you to the airport for your flight. After saying our farewells you will continue on your journey with fond memories of you adventure in Nepal.

Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and departure taxes
  • Accommodations in Kathmandu in Breakfast and Bed basis (Plz let us know what category hotels do you prefer)
  • Teahouse/Lodge and tented accommodation during trekking and climbing session
  • Three times meals in Mountain: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary program by private vehicles
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide), cook, assistant climbing leader, Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers as per requirement for the climbing section including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits & Climbing permits
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Good Karma Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion or if you have your own and wants to bring you are also welcome .)
  • Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment for climbing part high quality North Face or Mountain Hardware tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, kitchen equipments
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes

Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Trip Note

Travellers Reviews

Richard Corbett
3 weeks ago -

From the moment we stepped outside Kathmandu airport we knew we were in good hands. Raj and his professional team had taken care of everything. Our trek to Everest Base Camp is one we will remember for a long time. From accomodation, to meals, guide and porters. Everything went smoothly. Even the tricky weather in Lukla didn't hold us up too much. The tour of Kathmandu was great and we especially enjoyed the opening dinner that Raj planned for us.

I highly recommend Good Karma Trekking.

We are planing to return to Nepal and trek the Annapurna Circuit. We will definitely book with Raj and Good Karma Trekking again.

Agata Wilk
3 weeks ago -

Best travel agency, very helpful and friendly staff. They offer great possibilities for trekking, excursions, help take care of all permits. Great company, wonderful trip, friendship for life. I would recommend!

Grant Jasiunas
2 years ago -

Booked my first trip to Nepal with Good Karma after some recommendations on Tripadvisor. From my first email I was impressed with the level of attention I received and how flexible they were (something I couldn't get with several other other companies I and contacted). Had a great trip including sightseeing in Kathmandu and trekking to Everest base camp, and everything went extremely smoothly (except for the weather). Just returned from my second trip there and already planning my third. Its an amazing country, and Raj and the Good Karma team made it a great experience. Happy to answer any questions people have.

Jim Duff
2 years ago -

Kind, attentive, honest, dedicated attention is awaiting on your travels with Good Karma. I went to the Everest Base Camp(14 days), Bhutan (4 days) and the Chitwan game preserve (3 days) with them and was very well treated at a great price.

I recommend them for travel in Nepal under reliable conditions.

I will be glad to answer any inquiries on their subject.

Laxmi Prasad Kandel
a year ago -

A perfect travel partner on the foothills of Hiamalayas. I can proudly recommend my near and dear to Good Karma. Thanks a lot Good karma for excellent services on our trek.

Hexe Ella
2 years ago -

I have traveled in many countries, but my experience in Nepal was special, thanks to Raj and his team who organized the exceptional way to all desired goals in this expedition which I had in Nepal and Tibet this autumn. I hope with all my heart to revisit again because I really miss Nepal. I started learning Hindi language since a few days.

So, Raj, Biji, I feel like I will visit you again! There are a lot of places that I have not seen yet! GOOD KARMA TREKKING is the best Agency for me!

Lauren Hsu
2 years ago -

Raj was knowledgeable and more than accommodating during our travels. We used Good Karma Trekking to book a trek to Annapurna, do white water rafting, and visit the elephants. It was one of the best trips I've had in my life and I've been to over 50 countries now. I would strongly recommend them to anyone who is traveling to Nepal and seeking a professional and friendly travel agency

Samuel Quiroga
2 years ago -

BOOKING WITH KARMA: I booked a one-person tour to the Annapurna Circuit during the off season in August. During my inquiries with various trekking companies, Raj from Good Karma replied promptly and was always making sure that my needs were met before, during and after the trek. He was very flexible with whatever mode of transportation I desired to use even if it was just a couple of days in advance (including a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu with two days notice) . THE TOUR: The tour itself was amazing. True, the Annapurna Circuit can be done with no guide. But Raj provide me with none other than a Sherpa guide would allowed for easy communication with locals and got the best rooms and meals in all the lodges. He also knew where the shortcuts are and made sure my safety was a priority (specially with altitude sickness). TRANSPORTATION : Always keep in mind that Nepal is not the most developed nation in terms of infrastructure and road systems. I highly recommend getting a private vehicle. The drivers that Raj provides are some of the best I've seen even though they drive like maniacs. I felt relatively safe compared to a tourist bus/local bus. These are worse and the safety standards are very low OVERALL: I highly recommend this tour company. Make sure you communicate with Raj constantly so he knows what your needs are.

Paul Greco
2 years ago -

Had an unforgettable experience trekking the Annapurna Circuit with Good Karma in 2012. Nabraj and his team are knowledgable, passionate and great hosts, and are genuine in providing the best experience possible. They went above and beyond to cater to our interests and provided outstanding hospitality. Nabraj has become a good friend since, we are regularly in touch and I look forward to joining Good Karma on a trek again soon!

Razvan Marc
2 years ago -

I worked with Good Karma Trekking a few years ago when they organized a trip through Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan for me and a group of almost 30 people. They were the best choice for our trip. The hotels they booked, the accommodation, the vehicles used for our transportation were all top class. Raj and his team really know their country (and the neighboring countries) and are able to custom made programs that suit each and every individual on a group, no matter the size. We particularly enjoyed the trips around Kathmandu valley, up to Nagarkot, down in the jungle in Chitwan and resting at the foot of Anapurna in Pokhara. Raj even organized some trips that were not in the initial schedule and which were greatly appreciated - for instance the visit to Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu.

I was also on the group that took a tour of Tibet with Good Karma Trekking. Everything went smooth, from crossing the border into China to altering the program so we could stay at a lower altitude when some of our colleagues felt sick.

For all of us on that trip Raj also became a good friend and we kept in touch ever since.

Whenever I hear someone thinking of visiting Nepal I always recommend Good Karma Trekking. I am also sure that next time myself and any other member of the group would want to go to the Himalayan region Good Karma Trekking would be our first choice.

Good job, Good Karma Trekking!

Dj Hewey
2 years ago -

I went on a one month trip to Nepal with Good Karma Trekking, and I must say it was really amazing! Well worth the time and the cost of traveling there! Part of what made my experience so wonderful was the guide that I had. His name is Raj Ghimire, and he is the sole proprietor of GOOD KARMA TREKKING LTD. He is a truly honest guy, with a very kind heart, and I believe that he would give you the BEST Nepal experience, no matter where in the country you want to travel. When my friends and I were over there, he treated us like family (no, I'm not exaggerating), and I still stay in touch with him. His rates are GREAT too! And if you need porters, tea house reservations, or a personal driver to show you Kathmandu or Chitwan Park, he did ALL of these arrangements for us.

Go with Raj, he will take care of you!

Marina Vasile
2 years ago -

This was literally the best experience I've had with a travel company anywhere in the world. They are efficient, culturally smart and very friendly. They even went out of their way to help with issues that were not necessarily part of our contract. I will definitely trust them to organize any trip for me in the future.

mike francey
3 years ago -

Good Karma organized everything for my trip including city tours, travel, hotels and trekking. They were very professional and helpful creating a trip that included what i wanted to see and not just the standard itinerary. The owner Raj even helped bargain for lower prices on souvenirs and trekking equipment while i was in Kathmandu. He also showed me some of his favorite restaurants and some of the local specialties and offered me some wild honey from his home town. The trek went great and the guide was very knowledgeable about the trails and flora and fauna of the himalayas. I have done a trip with abovethehimalays before and the service and price of Good Karma was much better. I would suggest this company to anyone looking for an authentic experience.

Szilágyi Palkó Pál
2 years ago -

We had a great experience with Good Karma Trekking in Kathmandu, Nepal. Raj, the owner of the company, was very helpful. He has an excellent knowledge about the Kathmandu area, and generally about Nepal. He is more than a usual travel agency, passionate about his work, and about promoting the Nepal sights. I am sure that we will use his services again when we return to Nepal, hopefully soon.

Bijaya Ghimire
2 years ago -
Your Good Karma always brings you upto Good Karma trekking. Leave everything on their hand and simply discover your Good Karma. They are perfect to plan your Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan program.
Michel Wasylyszyn
2 years ago -

I met Raj in Kathmandu through a mutual friend and I've been amazed by his hospitality and generosity. They gave me all the informations I needed about the transportation, treks and more! Thank you for your kindness and your support and I really hope to meet you again! Cheers

Melissa John
2 years ago -

Fantastic experience with Good Karma Trekking. Always keen to help and to make sure you are well taken care of in Nepal. Would not hesitate to recommend them to friends and family!

czabaka
2 years ago -

I was In Nepal last year and I really enjoyed the time. I must say that the service offered by Good Karma Trekking is excellent. I would recommend it to all, if you went to Nepal.

Alvin Obed
2 years ago -

I used Good Karma Trekking for a first trip to Nepal in Nov 2011 and from the moment of contact the trip went very smoothly. I would highly recommend this company and would be happy to be contacted independently to provide a review.

Oleg D
2 years ago -

A good company, thoroughly recommended. Their 16 day tour is ideal for first time visitors. Reasonably priced tours.

Naoise Hart
5 years ago -

Went to the Everest Base Campo with them its was fantastic

Daniel San Martín
2 years ago -

En 2012 tuve el agrado de conocer a Nabraj Ghimire en Katmandú. Su ayuda en una país desconocido me sirvió de mucho. Es una persona honesta y desinteresada que realiza su trabajo con vocación.

Yongin Kwon
2 years ago -

믿을만한 친구가하는 일입니다. 네팔에서 가격차이 그리 심하지 않습니다. 가장 싼 곳을 찾기보다, 안전함과 신뢰도, 그리고 만족도를 높이세요. :) It's great to do the trekking nad!!! :)

Madhu Sudhan Subedi
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Cezar D
2 years ago -
Raj Ghimire
a week ago -

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