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Experience the incredible Annapurna mountain range of the Himalayas on this off-the-beaten-path trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore bustling Kathmandu and visit the famous "Monkey Temple"
  • Hike in the Annapurna on a relatively new trail with fewer crowds
  • Rise at dawn to reach base camp for picture perfect views
  • Get to know your local guides and Nepali culture 
  • Visit the lakeside city of Pokhara for some R&R after your expedition

PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS

This itinerary is for private expeditions only. Pricing is based on group size. See pricing chart below. 

* See more on difficulty levels here.

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu
Day 3: Kathmandu to Australian Camp
Day 4: Australian Camp to Forest Camp
Day 5: Forest Camp to Low Camp
Day 6: Low Camp to High Camp
Day 7: High Camp to Base Camp to Badaldanda
Day 8: Badaldanda to Landruk
Day 9: Landruk to Pokhara
Day 10: Pokhara
Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Please note: 

Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart Nepal. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers. See our Cancellation Policy.

WHAT TRAVELERS ARE SAYING

 
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The Mardi Himal trek was spectacular! All kinds of terrain and weather led to an epic view of the mountains and base camp ascent above the clouds. It’s tough, but worth every step to get there.
— Kate M.
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I had an incredible experience with OneSeed and admire their vision for the company. Giving back and helping better the world is always a a positive choice.
— Crystal B.
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I would definitely recommend OneSeed to anyone visiting Nepal. Commitment to community and the friendly authentic local guides made this the trip of a lifetime. My favorite part was the time I spent with our incredibly warm and kind guide Bishnu.
— Kathleen B.

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FULL itinerary


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Day 1:  KATHMANDU

Arrive at your lodge and spend the evening exploring the neighborhoods of Patan, home to the spectacular Durbar Square. This area contains a beautiful collection of temples, statues, palaces, and opportunities to buy souvenirs and local crafts.

Peak Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: breakfast and accommodations

 
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Day 2:  KATHMANDU 

Spend the day exploring the Kathmandu Valley. Shake the jetlag with a visit to Swayambhunath, the “Monkey Temple”. Take in the views of the city from atop one of the most important Buddhist stupas in Nepal. Return around 1pm to spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Peak Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; guided tour; welcome dinner; accommodations (vegetarian options are available for all meals)

 
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Day 3: KATHMANDU TO AUSTRALIA CAMP

Travel by private car to the village of Kande where you trek begins. Start with a short and steep one hour hike to Australian Camp. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurna range from camp.

Total Hiking: approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) / 1 hour trekking

Peak Altitude: 6,758 ft  (2060 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, accommodations

 
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Day 4: AUSTRALIA CAMP TO FOREST CAMP 

Head north and split off from the main trail toward the peaks of Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre (the “Fish Tail”). Walk through lush forests of rhododendron and oak trees before arriving at Forest Camp.

Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.2 km) / 6-7 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 8,530 ft  (2600 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, accommodations

 
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Day 5: FOREST CAMP TO LOW CAMP

From Forest Camp, head up a steep winding path through the dense wooded forest. The reward is a fantastic close up Mountain View of Mt. Machhapuchhre.

Total Hiking: approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) / 3-5 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 9,744 ft  (2970 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, accommodations

 
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Day 6: LOW CAMP TO HIGH CAMP

Ascend along a spectacular ridge toward Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre. Hike above treeline and prep for cooler temperatures as you make your way to High Camp.  

Total Hiking: approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) / 4-5 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 11,818 ft  (3600 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, accommodations

 
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Day 7: high camp to base camp to badaldanda

This is the hardest day! Wake up early in the morning for amazing sunrise and stunning mountain views. Reach at upper view point for a gorgeous panorama of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal peaks. After a tea break and photos, continue trek to Mardi Himal Base camp for more incredible views of the Himalayas. After reaching base camp, head back the way you came for lunch at High Camp. After lunch, descend an hour or two to your tea house in Badaldanda where you can watch the sunset over the mountains from the comfort of your warm tea house.

Total Hiking: approximately 7.5 miles (12 km) / 5-7 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 14,763 ft  (4500 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, accommodations

 
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Day 8: badaldanda to landruk

Continue your descent past Forest Camp and stop for tea breaks and more views of the surrounding mountains. You will take a side trail heading west to Landruk village for the night.  

Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) / 6-7 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 10,662 ft  (3250 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for guest purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, accommodations

 
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Day 9: landruk to pokhara

After breakfast, descend to Kyomi River and trek to Syauli Bazaar where a jeep will be waiting to take you back to Pokhara. Enjoy Pokhara in the evening, have a hearty meal, and relax after your successful trek.

Total Hiking: approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) / 2 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 5,134 ft  (1564 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for guest purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, accommodations

 
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Day 10: pokhara

Spend a day in Pokhara exploring lakeside attractions, visiting stupas and temples, shopping for souvenirs, and taking out one of the colorful boats that line Phewa Lake.

Peak Altitude: 2,900 ft  (884 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for guest purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, accommodations

 
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Day 11:  POKHARa to KATHMANDU 

Travel by private car back to Kathmandu for a farewell dinner with your guides and fellow travelers.

Peak Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; lunch, farewell dinner; accommodations

 
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Day 12:  KATHMANDU 

Time to say goodbye! A OneSeed representative will take you by private car to the airport for your flight departure.

Peak Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; airport transfer

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items 
  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals
  • alterations to standard itinerary

 

INCLUSIONS

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara
  • all lodging during the trek (double occupancy w/ shared bathrooms)
  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • trekking permits and entry fees
  • welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu
  • guide and porter services
  • baggage transport (limited to 22lbs/10kg)
  • all ground transport while in Nepal
  • guided excursions in Kathmandu
  • airport transfers
 

*All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


Trip Extensions

WHAT TO BRING

 

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left at the hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara during your expedition. See current weather conditions for the Annapurna region and Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Packing System: This expedition includes porters for bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. We recommend packing your items in a large backpack or a durable duffle bag. 

Don't forget

 

We need you to have everything on the list below for our expedition to go smoothly, so there is no one item that is more important than another. Double-check your entire list and make sure to have/review these important items below.  It's important to note that trekking at high altitudes can become a concern above 10,000 ft. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.

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Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date in Nepal.

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Medical insurance card

Should anything happen, we can get you the care you need.

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Required Vaccinations

It is important to receive required (or recommended) vaccinations before traveling abroad. Check the CDC's recommendations for Nepal here.

 

The List (check it twice)

Trekking Gear

  • Change of clothes for Kathmandu - to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Medium/Heavyweight down jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest (1)
  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
  • Sandals/Crocs/Old sneakers (for walking around the lodges/restrooms in the evening)
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine
  • Sleeping bag w/ 0ºF rating
  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag
  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail 
  • Hand sanitizer

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Kathmandu
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Four (4) passport-sized photos for arrival visa and trekking permits
  • US Currency for 15 or 30-day Nepali Tourist Visa (available upon arrival for US citizens)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • OTC medications (Advil, Imodium, Pepto-bismol etc.)
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Nepal (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles
  • Bandana or buff (for dust and wind)
  • Energy bars
  • Yaktrax (especially useful for late fall and early spring trips)
  • Outlet adapter (available to purchase in Kathmandu)
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables
  • Wet wipes

ELEVATION

*Measured in feet

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

 

Peak season to travel to the Annapurna region falls between September and November and then again between February and April. The weather on the trail will vary at different altitudes, but in the town of Ghorepani, which is located at 9,393 feet; June is the hottest month of the year with averages as high as 68°F. Winter months like January can get a cold as 25°F.

The monsoon season falls during the summer months of June, July, and August, when rainfall can be as high as 5.5 inches per month. The rest of the year is relatively dry with only 1 inch of rain.

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Nepal Weather

*Measured in Fahrenheit
 

Frequently Asked Questions


Does it matter what time I arrive or depart?

If you arrive/depart at any time on the scheduled start/end dates of your trip, OneSeed will arrange for airport transfers. Pickup will be arranged to efficiently transfer clients with flight times in close proximity (generally within one hour of each other). If you plan to arrive before the scheduled start date or stay past the end date of your trip, you will need to coordinate your own airport transfer or purchase a trip extension through OneSeed.

Do I need a visa? And what about passport requirements?

Visas are required in Nepal and can be purchased in cash at the airport upon arrival ($25 USD for up to 15 days, $40 USD for up to 30 days). Please keep your passport and visa with you at all times during your expedition. You must bring 4 passport sized photos for your visa and trekking permits. Visit the State Department website for Nepal travel information. Your passport must be valid for six months after your country departure date. It should also have at least one blank page for any necessary stamps.

What happens if my trip is altered due to unforseen circumstances?

Per the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver Agreement, if your expedition must be altered at any point, you are responsible for any additional costs.Canceled flights and transportation strikes happen. We do our best to ensure that your experience is unaltered by handling the situation efficiently and smoothly. For complete terms and conditions, see here. We recommend reviewing optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance to cover expenses in these instances. Some instances that have come up are:

  • A twisted ankle one week before a trip
  • Power outages in the Atlanta airport leaving travelers stranded
  • Burst appendix!
  • Earthquakes or floods cutting a trip short

DO I NEED ANY IMMUNIZATIONS OR MEDICINE?

Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines for Nepal. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.

WILL WE NEED TO FILTER WATER?

Safe drinking water will be provided to you along the trail. When in Kathmandu and other villages, be sure to only drink bottled water and do not use tap water to brush your teeth. Our goal is to reduce the number of single-use plastic water bottles on our expeditions. Your guide will be equipped with a SteriPen to purify water on the trail.

WHAT FOOD SHOULD I EXPECT TO EAT ON THE TRAIL?

REMEMBER: Avoid street food when you first arrive to Nepal! You do not want to begin your trek with unnecessary stomach issues. Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Visit our blog post on tea houses in Nepal for a full list of food options. OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. If you didn't include this information on your registration form, please email go@oneseedexpeditions.com. We recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE ON THE TRAIL?

Check out our blog post for a comprehensive overview of what to expect on your trek --> Tea Houses in Nepal: Everything You Need to Know About Accommodations on the Trail

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE?

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE? Tips are always appreciated. We have developed this chart to act as a guide. Averages below are based on per person recommendations.

  • Head Guide: $6-8/day
  • Assistant Guide: $2-5/day
  • Porter $1-3/day

WHAT IS THE ELVATION? IS ALTITUDE A CONCERN?

The highest elevation you will reach on your trek is 14,763 ft. Trekking at high altitudes can become a concern above 10,000 ft. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine. We always advise hiking at your own pace, drinking plenty of water, and the importance of self-care on the trail.

DOES SOMEONE CARRY MY PACK?

Due to the high altitude and length of daily travel, you will carry a daypack and a porter will carry your duffle bag up to 22 lbs. Your daypack should contain any clothes needed for that day and any personal belongings like your camera or passport.

CAN I LEAVE SOME OF MY LUGGAGE IN THE HOTEL DURING THE TREK?

You will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Kathmandu. Leaving an extra bag at the hotel during your trek is free of charge.

HOW SHOULD I TRAIN FOR MY TREK?

Daily mileage can range from 6-8 miles and 3-7 trekking hours per day. This expedition requires above average physical fitness. No technical skills are required and first-time trekkers are welcome. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Nepal is highly recommended.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

Weather is always unpredictable which is why we recommend a comprehensive packing list. A sunny warm day can turn on a dime and end in rain. It never hurts to prep for both! Visit the terrain section above to see average temperatures and weather forecasts for the Annapurna region.

ANY OTHER TIPS?

We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Nepali with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you're exploring.

 

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