Mardi Himal Trek

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Trip Overview


The Mardi Himal Trek is a breathtaking adventure that takes you on a journey through the picturesque landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal. This relatively new and less-crowded trail also offers a unique opportunity to explore the hidden treasures of the Himalayas in a short span of time. The trek starts from the beautiful city of Pokhara, where you can also enjoy the serene Phewa Lake and soak in the stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. As you begin your ascent, the trail takes you through lush rhododendron forests, charming villages, and terraced fields, providing a glimpse into the local culture and way of life. One of the highlights of the Mardi Himal Trek is reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp, situated at an altitude of 4,500 meters. The base camp also offers awe-inspiring panoramic views of towering peaks like Mardi Himal, Machapuchare (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. The sense of accomplishment and the beauty of the surrounding landscape make this moment truly unforgettable. The trek also considers as moderate in difficulty, making it suitable for both experienced trekkers and beginners. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as you will be walking on steep and uneven terrain at times. Accommodation options along the trail range from cozy tea houses to camping, allowing you to choose the style that suits you best. Unlike some of the more popular trekking routes in the region, the Mardi Himal Trek offers a quieter and more intimate experience with nature. You'll often find yourself walking in solitude, surrounded by the pristine wilderness and the chirping of birds. This seclusion adds to the charm and tranquility of the journey, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Himalayas.

Conclusion and Summary

In conclusion, the Mardi Himal Trek is a remarkable adventure that combines stunning mountain views, cultural encounters, and a sense of serenity. With its shorter duration and lesser-known status, it's a perfect choice for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience without compromising on the splendor of the Himalayan landscapes.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the Kathmandu valley’s ancient landmarks, including as Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
  • Walkthrough an untouched landscape and connect with nature
  • Less crowded trekking trail in Nepal
  • Fantastic views of Mount Dhauglagiri, Mount Annapurna (II, III, IV, and South), Mount Hiunchuli, Mount Machhapuchhare, and more.
  • The Mardi Himal Trek Route is surrounded by lush scenery, wildlife, fauna, and terraced farms.
  • Trekking in a green atmosphere via a rhododendron forest
  • Dramatic ridgeline hiking to Mardi Himal Base Camp with incredible Himalayan views
  • Enjoy boating on Fewa Lake‘s tranquil waters.
  • Visit the historic sites on the way to the Bindabasini temple.
  • Discover about the people’ lifestyles, culture, and traditions by visiting the settlement of Sidhing.
  • Relaxing hot springs at Jhinu Danda
  • Amazing view of snow-capped mountains including Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna from Sarangkot, Pokhara.
  • A day in Pokhara – the tourist capital of Nepal
  • Suitable for all age groups
  • Mardi Himal High Camp (3,600m), Low Camp, Forest Camp (2600m)
  • First-hand experience of rural Nepali village life


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m) and Transfer to Hotel & Trip Preparation

Our airport representative will meet you at Tribhuwan International Airport. He will drive you to the hotel in a private car and assist you to check in. You can take a rest after a long travel or go out of your hotel and explore some of the lovely places of Kathmandu city.

You will meet your guide during the Mardi Himal Trek briefing that will take place in the evening. Go through your gear list for the final time. If you have forgotten any item, you can buy or hire from any of the trekking gear shops in Thamel. Your guide will help you out in case you need help. The hike’s information and any missing equipment will be provided by the guide.

  • 3 Star Hotel in Thamel

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (822m) from Kathmandu (1400m). OR Day 02: Fly to Pokhara, Drive to Kande and trek to Pothana (1,990m/6,528ft) - 25 minutes flight, 1 hour drive and 2 to 3 hours trek

Driving Hours (200km / 124miles )

Time Duration 6 to 7 hrs

After an early breakfast, we will take a tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus ride will take six to seven hours. On the way, you will see the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers. Pokhara is a beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, known for its panoramic views of Annapurna ranges, Machapuchare in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal in the east. Pokhara is a tourist paradise complete with modern amenities.

  • Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included standard meal (Breakfast)


Take an early morning flight to Pokhara. During the flight, enjoy mesmerizing views of rolling green hills and Himalayan mountains. After reaching Pokhara, you take a short 1-hour drive to Kande, the starting point of your trek.

Begin with an ascent along a well-laid stone trail. After walking uphill for an hour or so, you reach Australian Camp. Enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna Massif and Lamjung Himal from here.

Walk downhill and proceed to Pothana, a Gurung village, and your stop for the night. On reaching Pothana, head to a local tea-house and rest your tired muscles.

Enjoy a hot beverage and gaze at the beautiful forked summit of Macchhapucchre or Fishtail Peak. You will be walking close to this peak in the next few days.

Overnight in Pothana.

Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Dhampus (1640m / 5,380ft) and trek to Deurali (2100m / 6,889ft) OR Day 03: Trek to Forest Camp (2,600m/8,531ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Driving Hours 2 hrs

Trek Distance 9km / 5.5miles

Highest Altitude 2100 m / 6,889 ft

Driving Hours 3-4 hrs.

Early in the morning, we will drive around 2hrs to reach Dhampus from where the trails begin. The hike takes us through ethnic Brahmin, Magar, and Gurung villages while being greeted by panoramic views of the Annapurna peaks. Our walk continues through the rhododendron, forest to Pothana, and finally to Deurali (2100m). At Deurali, you will get to witness the high glaciers on one of the greatest Himalayan peaks – Annapurna South – looming in the distance. 

  • Overnight stay in a Lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


Today’s trek takes you past a dense forest of rhododendron, oak, birch and hemlock. If you do this trek during Spring season, the rhododendrons will be in full bloom and you will get to walk under canopies of blooming rhododendrons. It will feel like a walk through an enchanted forest. Do be careful while stepping on the gnarled roots spreading over the trail. Covered with algae, these can be slippery and a wrong step will make you fall.  After an uphill hike you reach Forest Camp. There are a few teahouses and you head to the one where your room has been booked. Up in the middle of the forest,  you can soak in the tranquility listening to nothing but the chirping of birds. Take a well deserved rest.

Overnight in Forest Camp.

Day 04: Trek from Deurali (2100m / 6,889ft) to Forest Camp (2600m / 8,530ft) OR Day 04: Trek to Badal Danda (3,210m/11,528ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek

Trek Distance 6km / 3.7miles

Highest Altitude 2600m /8,530ft

Trek Duration 5 to 6 hrs

We leave Deurali early morning and head to Forest Camp. The path ascends fairly through rhododendron, birch, oak, maple, and hemlock forest. On your path, you get glimpses of wildlife – leopards, deer, monkeys, and several bird species. We will spend the night at Forest Camp.

  • Overnight stay in a Lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


It’s uphill once again as you gather your things and head onwards to Badal Danda(Cloud Hill). Walk up a forested path. At intervals you will come across a clearing from where you can gaze at the valley below. Enjoy the view of the Modi Khola Valley that leads to the Annapurna Sanctuary from here. After walking for some time, the vegetation begins to change. The lush jungle gives way to short scrub and grasses and the iconic Machhapuchhre(Fishtail Peak appears closer). When you reach Badal Danda, make your way to a tea house. The place is called Badal Danda( Cloud Hill), as oftentimes, the areas below the hill are covered in a sea of white cottony clouds. At night you can stargaze and view the constellations, which appear a lot more closer.

Overnight in Badal Danda.

Day 05: Trek from Forest Camp (2600m / 8,530ft) to High Camp (3600m / 11,811ft) OR Day 05: Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m/14,760ft) and trek to Low Camp (3,050m/10,006ft) - 8 to 9 hours trek

Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2miles

Highest Altitude 3600m / 11,811ft

Trek Duration 4 to 5 hrs

Today’s trek will take us from Forest Camp to High Camp via Low Camp. The trails are steep, but you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre (fishtail mountain), the Annapurna Range, the  Annapurna Base Camp valley, and Mardi Himal

After walking for some hours, the forest finally opens into a clearing allowing you to see the face of Annapurna South. Then the trail breaks into a combination of scrub forest and open meadow. 

As we climb the ridge becomes narrower, and you can see the deep valleys on both sides. To your left, you will be looking straight down on the Modi Khola river valley alongside villages that lead up to the Annapurna Sanctuary. To our right, you will see the Mardi Khola and Seti river valleys. On clear days, you can even see  Pokhara Valley. We continue walking the narrow ridgeline to High Camp (3900m), where we stop for the night.

  • Overnight stay in a Lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


Wake up early in the morning and hike to Upper Viewpoint or Mardi Himal Base Camp. This hike to the Base Camp is the real highlight of this trek. After walking further on the ridge, you reach the Upper View Point. From here, continue to Mardi Himal Base Camp.

The ridge becomes increasingly narrower, and the views become surreal. The grand summits of Annapurna South, Huinchuli, and Machhapuchhre appear very close. The peaks loom right above you, and you can see the massive glaciers tumbling down the mountainsides. This is a view to kill for!

Machhapuchhre, which looked so far away from Pokhara, is in front of you. After reaching the base camp, take pictures, have your packed lunch and retrace your steps before the clouds roll in. Make your way down Badal Danda(Cloud Hill) or Middle Camp, from where the valley below is covered with white clouds that look like a sea of clouds. Descend to Low Camp, where you stay overnight at a local teahouse.

Overnight in Low Camp.

Day 06: Trek from High Camp (3600m / 11,811ft) to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m /14,763ft) and to Low Camp (3,050m / 10,006ft) OR Day 06: Trek to Sidhing and drive to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek and 3 hours drive

Trek Distance 10km / 6.2miles

Highest Altitude 4,500m / 14,763ft

Trek Duration 7 hrs

We wake up early at High Camp to appreciate the most spectacular sunrise views on the mighty Himalayas. Then we will climb along the narrow ridge to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500 meters. 

From Mardi Himal Base Camp, you can see the sun lighting up the full face of Annapurna South while Fishtail Mountain looms directly overhead. After spending some time at the Mardi Himal Base Camp, we descend back to High Camp for lunch and then descend further to  Low Camp, where we will spend another night. 

  • Overnight stay in a Lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


Get up early to catch breathtaking views of the Himalayas. After breakfast, begin your journey down to Sidhing, a traditional village rarely visited by trekking groups.

At Sidhing our vehicle will be waiting to drop you at Pokhara. The drive is filled with delightful views of green hills and mountains. Once you arrive in Pokhara, you will be driven to your hotel. Take a well-deserved rest.

Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 07: Trek from Low Camp (3,050m /10,006ft) to Jhinu Danda (1780m / 5,839ft) OR Day 07: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - 25 minutes flight

Trek Distance 12km / 7.4miles
Highest Altitude 3,050m /10,006ft
Trek Duration 7 hrs

We descend from Low Camp down on a very steep trail that passes through the forest. After an hour’s hike, we reach a broad clearing where we will rest for a while. But our descend continues to hillside village Siding, which lies about 500 meters above the river valley. Trek descends through the village of Landruk – an ethnic group of Gurung settlement. Depending on the situation, we might stay at Landruk or continue to Jhinu Danda. There are natural hot springs near Jhinu Danda, where we can relax our tired muscles in the hot springs. 

  • Overnight stay at Hotel Park Himalaya (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


You have an afternoon flight to Kathmandu. You can spend the first half of the day as you wish. Take a rest at the hotel or explore Pokhara on your own. You can stroll down the lakeside and take a boat ride on Phewa Lake. You can also visit Davis Falls, Gupteshwar Cave, and the island Temple of Tal Barahi on Phewa Lake.

You will be driven to the airport on time to catch your flight to Kathmandu. From the plane, catch the last few glimpses of the inspiring hills and mountains which gave endless memories to last for a lifetime.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 08: Jhinu Danda/Landruk to Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi (1,150m/3,770ft) Drive to Pokhara (820m) via Nayapul (1050m) OR Day 08: Leisure Day in Kathmandu

Trek Distance 4km / 2.4 miles

Highest Altitude 1,780m / 5,839ft

Trek Duration 3-4 hrs

Driving Hours 2-3 hrs

We have reached our final day on the trekking trails. Today we make a pleasant hike along the Modi River and head down to reach Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi. We then say goodbye to the trails and make a return drive through picturesque countryside to Pokhara.

  • Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch)


Once you reach Kathmandu, head back to your hotel and take rest. If you aren’t too tired you can explore Thamel and shop for souvenirs. Come evening, celebrate the completion of your wonderful trek with a farewell dinner with your guide or our representative.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 09: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Bid goodbye to Nepal and the friends you have made during your trip to Nepal. Our representative will drive you to the airport 3 hours before your flight departs. If you want to stay and explore more of Nepal, do let us know.

Price Includes

  • Both way transportation between Kathmandu and Pokhara on a tourist bus or Plane.
  • Both way private transportation from Pokhara to Dhampus (trek start )and Ghandruk Phedi (trek end) to Pokhara.
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast (room with attached bathroom) at Silver Oaks Inn in Pokhara
  • Accommodation (total five nights): Two nights room with attached bathroom at Deurali, Jhinu Danda. Three nights standard room at Forest camp, High Camp, Low camp Camp (Generally twin sharing room)
  • All standard meals (7 lunches, 6 dinners, and 7 breakfasts) during the trek
  • Government Licensed and experienced trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide for a group of 12 or more trekkers Porters to help trekkers luggage (1 porter for two trekkers, luggage limit 9 kg per trekker)
  • Guides and porters costs – meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Rescue operation arrangement in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir – a company’s T-shirt & cap
  • Friendship World Trekking trek achievement certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek

Price Excludes

  • International flight costs
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days – $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (limit is 9kg per person)
  • All Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the trek
  • Extra night accommodation, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival or late departure or early return from the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, battery re-charge fee extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs or delays caused by circumstances beyond our control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in “What is included in the Mardi Trek package?” above
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