Budget is the crucial factor for all of us to make any trip. ‘How much does the trip cost?’ is the common question almost all the clients ask us before they book the trip. But it is not easy to declare the exact amount for any trip. There are a few areas where you need to pay the formal amount like buying TIMS cards and an ACAP permit. Besides, the kinds of hotels you choose in Kathmandu and Pokhara, the means of transportation you prefer to use and the agency you deal with your trip with have a big impact in shaping your expense.
Mardi Himal Trek Permits Cost
In order to do the Mardi Himal base camp trek, you require two permits- TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project). The cost for TIMS card and ACAP for the SAARC nationals and the people from other countries is different which is mentioned below:
Organized group NPR. 1000/- per person
Free Individual NPR. 2000/- per person
SAARC nationals in organized group NPR.300/- per person
SAARC nationals free Individual NPR. 600/- per person
ACAP: People out of SAARC NPR. 3000/- per person
SAARC nationals NPR. 200/- per person
Accommodation Cost During Mardi Himal Trek
Before and after your trek you need to stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara hotels where the cost depends on which standard hotel you prefer. There are five-star luxury hotels to the simple hostels providing you with a single bunk bed. To get the detailed cost information, please see our Hotel Cost in the Pokhara section.
Mardi Himal base camp trail is opened just a few years ago so the teahouses are gradually being built along the trail. The accommodation cost in the teahouse is relatively less than the cost of food. Normally they charge Rs. 200 to Rs. 500 ($2 to $5) for a room with two beds.
Food expense During Mardi Himal Trek
The teahouses along the trail offer pretty similar types of menus. The popular Nepali dish, Dalbhat is common and economical in almost all the teahouses. Once you order a set of Dalbhat, you can add as much as you desire without any extra charge. The set of Dalbhat normally costs $3 to $8 along the trail. Besides Dalbhat, the teahouses offer you Indian, Chinese, and other continental food that normally costs $4 to $ 9. The foods cost much higher as you hike to higher altitudes.
Drinks and Water
While you are hiking in the Himalayas, you must be alert about the hydration level of your body. You must drink plenty of water and other fluids that keep you hydrated. Bottled water might cost you around $2 in the higher altitude but is comparatively cheaper in lower elevation.
A cup of coffee/tea cost you about $1 to $3 which might be slightly different in different places. Carrying a reusable bottle me water purifying tablets is the best way to save money. There are many natural sources of water like spring from where you can refill your bottle and purify.
If you do so, you will also be admired as you are helping to keep the region garbage-free. The cost of accommodation, food, and drink during peak season is relatively higher than that of low seasons like winter and monsoon.
The Mardi Himal Trek Transportation Cost
- International Airfare: The cost of International flight depends which country you are flying to Nepal
- Kathmandu to Pokhara (Vice Versa)
Flight: USD 115
Charted flight: USD 1900
Local bus: USD 7
Tourist Bus: USD 10
Luxury Tourist Bus: USD 30
Private Car: USD 110
Jeep: USD 150 (six persons)
- Once you land on the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), you majorly have two options to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara from where your trip officially begins. Either you take 25 minutes normal flight paying about USD 115, charted flight at USD 1900 or other roadway options.
- If you choose travel via road, you will have five options. The luxury tourist bus cost about USD 30 whereas a normal tourist bus costs about USD 10. A private car can be the excellent option for you paying about USD 110. Similarly, if
you are in a group of a maximum of six persons, you can hire a jeep at USD 150. The cheapest way to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara or vice versa is to take a local bus that just charges you about USD 7.
- Pokhara to Phedi
Private car (reserved): USD 20 (maximum 4 persons)
Taxi (reserved): USD 18 (maximum 4 persons)
Jeep (reserved): USD 25 to USD 30 (maximum 7 persons)
Local bus: USD 2 to 3 per person
Most trekkers begin Mardi Himal base camp trek from Phedi and conclude at Siding. So, you are required to take any means of transport in your convenience. If you take Mardi Himal Base Camp trek as a side trek of Annapurna Base camp trek , Poonhill trek, or Annapurna Circuit trek, it can also be begun from Nayapool, Kande or other stations. The transportation cost gets little different depending on the length of distance or the vehicle you prefer to.
- Note: The exact station to begin the trek and concluding will be negotiated wisely by Himalayan Masters’ local experts when you show interest to make Mardi Himal base camp trek. And the cost can also be estimated depending on the route you like to take and the means of transportation you prefer to.
Guide And Porter Cost In Mardi Himal Trek
Guide cost: USD 25 to USD 30
Potter cost: USD 22 to USD 27
Mardi Himal Base camp trek can also be done independently without hiring a guide and/or a porter. However, having a guide helps you gain more information as they are the professionals of that field. Hiring a porter is a great idea for you as he (she) carries the load for you and helps you enjoy the nature along the trail, communicate with the locals, and get to know their unique and amazing lifestyle.
The porter normally carries about 20 kilograms. Generally, the cost for the guide and the porter is $25 to $30 and $22 to $27 per day respectively. It includes their salary, food and accommodation for the whole trip and the single trip insurance.
Hotel Cost In Pokhara
Five Star: 160 USD to 200 USD per night (Cost for BB)
Three Star: 70 USD to 140 USD per night
Tourist Standard: 30 USD to 50 USD
Hostel: 4 USD to 6 USD per bed/night
Pokhara is the gateway to most Himalayan trips where you find varieties of hotels offering you the best accommodations. The trekkers and visitors can choose any hotel on the basis of their interests and the budget they have estimated.
Five Star Hotels
There are a few hotels in Pokhara that are as standard as the western fancy hotels with excellent restaurants providing luxurious accommodations to their guests along with all the facilities they require. Pokhara Grand, Temple Tree Resort, Rupakot Resort, and Fishtail Lodge are the best five-star hotels in Pokhara. They normally cost USD 160 to 200 per night including the breakfast.
Three to Four Star Hotels The hotels in this category offer excellent accommodations charging 70 USD to 140 USD per night. Pokhara Batika, Kuti Resort and Spa, Tuki Resort and Spa, and Barpipal Resort are popular hotels of this
Tourist Standard Hotels
A large number of tourists prefer Tourist Standard hotels that normally cost 30 USD to 50 USD per night. Trekkers Inn, City Inn, Hotel Lakeside, and Hotel Peninsula are famous tourist standard hotels in Pokhara. Hostels offer you accommodation with very basic requirements at a significantly low price. A single bunk bed costs 4 to 6 USD. Pokhara Youth Hostel, Zostel Pokhara, and Puskar Backpackers Inn are the best options for this category.
Apart from the formal costs, there are some other areas to pay during the Mardi Himal base camp trek. The followings description hints you the additional cost you might require for the trip.
Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is a basic requirement for making any trip especially adventurous ones. It covers the emergency rescue and evacuation services during the trip. Although the Annapurna base camp trek is one of the less risky treks, you have to travel on rough terrains for 4-6 hours daily. Thus it is required to ensure safety precaution for unpredictable circumstances.
Hot shower: Due to unstable electricity supply and less effective solar, managing running hot water showers in the Himalayas is a challenging task. Some of the teahouses manage this facility with little additional charge. They normally cost 2 to 3 USD for a single hot shower.
Tips: Although it is not compulsory, most clients want to thank their service providers like the guide, the porter, and others for a small amount of money just as a sign of appreciation and satisfaction they gain during the trip.
Internet: Kathmandu, Pokhara, and some lower regions of the trail offer you free wifi services. But most regions in higher elevation have very limited internet service. So, they normally charge 1 to 1.5 USD for internet connection hourly or so on.
Gadgets Charge: Do not be surprised to hear an additional charge for charging your phone! It is common in most of your trekking trails, especially in remote areas. You will have to pay 1 to 1.5 USD for charging your electronic gadget for an hour or two. The amount varies in different places.
Souvenirs: In spite of being small in size, Nepal is rich in souvenirs. Many of our clients have expressed in their reviews that Nepal offers something to everyone. You can pick anything for your family, friends, or for yourself as the mementos of the Himalayas either in Pokhara or in Kathmandu. The price depends on the items you choose or the place you buy.
Cost Includes and Excludes
Himalayan Masters manages a number of packages both for foreigners and the Nepalese wishing to gain lifelong hiking experience in the Himalayas at an affordable price. We have packages of USD 400, USD 500, or USD 600 depending on the number of days and the routes. Normally the cost of the package includes and excludes the following things:
Permits ( ACAP and TIMS)
Transportation (Kathmandu – Pokhara (only by bus) – Phedi and Siding – Pokhara )
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
Accommodation in teahouse during the trek
One professional license holder trekking guide
Himalayan Masters T-shirt
Government tax and official expenses
Farewell dinner before departure
Hotels and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Kathmandu – Pokhara, Pokhara – Kathmandu airfare
All kinds of drinks (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
Emergency rescue and evacuation
Phone calls/ internet