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Hiker Himalaya Treks & Expedition

Mardi Himal Trek

Trip code MHT-13
Package name Mardi Himal Trek
Duration 11 Days
Max. elevation 4545 Meter
Transportation private vehicle and comfortable touristic bus as itinerary
Accomodation Three-star hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara; and Teahouse lodges during the trek
Starts at kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Pokhara-Phedi-Pothana-Forest Camp-High Camp-Mardi View Point-Mardi Base Camp-Low Camp-Siding Village-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Cost USD 695 per person



Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek, an adventure that leads to hidden pockets of southern Annapurna Himalaya, is located at 4,500 m high. Mardi Himal is a small peak which is at a height of 5,587 m and 18, 325 feet. Located on the southern flank of Machhapuchare Himal the Fish Tail peak, the adventure to Mardi Himal base camp is an enjoyable walk.

Mardi Himal, in earlier days regarded as one of many high rocky ledges of majestic Machhapuchare Himal. But later earlier explorers found it as a separate individual peak, where the trek to its base camp with few options.

The popular and shortest route walking from the southwest of Pritam Deurali is on the main trekking path. Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek with Hiker Himalaya follows a high ridge covered in dense rhododendron, oaks, and pine forest. An adventure that takes you far from main villages and popular trekking trails, where the trek leads on a hidden mountain path.

From the start to the end of the walks facing constant views of Annapurna Himalayan peaks and dramatic scenery. Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek, with several choices and alternative ways to reach the high destination.

Where all treks begin from lovely Pokhara, a renowned and second-largest tourist city, blessed with natural beauty. Mardi Himal can be seen from Pokhara valley on a clear fine day, closely attached to Machhapuchare Himal. The adventure starts taking a short drive, after an overnight in Pokhara by its serene Phewa Lake to reach the foothills.

Where our walk commences with a climb to a ridgeline, facing a panorama of Annapurna Himalaya's wide range of peaks. The views include Manaslu and Lamjung Himal with Machhapuchare Himal towers and dominate the skyline.

The walk leads through the nice mountain villages of Potana and Deurali, located on a scenic top of a hill. A small settlement with few lodges and shops is also a route to other popular destinations around the southern Annapurna Himalaya range.

From Pritam Deurali, our route diverts heading straight north towards Mardi Himal's south base camp, one leaving the main trail. Trek follows on a forested path, in the early days till the present a summer grazing area for the cattle of the villagers.

The adventure continues spending overnights in a small simple lodge of Forest Camp and Low Camp to reach High Camp. The last temporary settlement with few lodges to accommodate trekkers, as well as the main entrance to the Mardi Himal base camp. Staying extra overnights in High Camp for a day hike to reach our awaited highlights on the foot of Mardi Himal. High Camp is perched on a high ridge, where tree lines give away short alpine bushes and shrubs.

As the hike progresses on a gradual uphill then finally stand beneath a high rocky and snow peak of Mardi Himal. Enjoy the grand superb panorama of the Annapurna Himalaya Mountain range, with great contrast of green rolling high hills. A magnificent spot to experience the highest point of the adventure, at the base of Mardi and Machhapuchare Himal.

After glorious moments retracing the hike back to High Camp for the onward journey to reach Pokhara. Take an alternative route downhill towards the farm villages of Siding and Lawang and then at Pokhara, where our marvelous adventure on the Mardi Himal base camp trek of 11 days completes.  

Best time for Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek:

The best season is in springtime starting from March to May, days are longer and sunny till late afternoon times. Best for pleasant walks and views of mountains, cold in the morning and nighttime, around higher hills.

Around spring the hills are alive with wildflowers in bloom. Can expect snowfall and rains sometimes above 2,000 m high. The next best season is autumn from mid-September to November, where days are crystal clear, but shorter days with sunlight due to autumn seasons can be cold in the morning and nighttime.

What is the difference between hiking Mardi Himal?

The Mardi Himal trek is a trek to the Annapurna base camp. It's a little harder, a little more exciting for many but most importantly, much less busy than other hikes in the Annapurna region. The Mardi Gras trek offers you excellent views of the lesser-known aspects of the Annapurna Massif.

The target is Mardi Gras Base Camp, which will take you 4,500 meters (17,763 feet). Initially, there weren't many teahouses on this trek, but since about 2011 there have been teahouses all along the way since the beginning of the Mardi Gras base camp.

Mardi Himal Trek distance:

The distance from Pokhara to Kande is a 28 km driving road north of Pokhara, then to Australian Camp, Pothana, Deurali, Forest Camp, Low Camp, Middle Camp (Badaldanda), High Camp, and finally to Mardi Himal Base Camp. It then returns to the lower camp and is distracted by the siding village.

The distance of the Mardi Himal Trek from Pokhara is 42 kilometers and 26 miles. As part of the Mardi Himal trek, there are several teahouses to relax along the way. The road is very easy and does not require hard climbing. The journey takes five to six hours a day. Stopping along the way makes the journey more enjoyable.

Mardi Himal or Poon Hill Hiking?

Mardi Himal and Poon Hill are considered to be the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. Mardi Himal is great for mountains also sunrise views, and Poon Hill is great for sunrise views. On both trips, you can see beautiful Annapurna Himal, as well as rich Gurung and Magar cultures. Mardi Himal is 5 days away from Pokhara and Poon Hill is 3 days away from Pokhara.

If you have a long holiday you can take both treks and also possibly start one route and continue the trek end to another route at the same period. otherwise, you can choose one popular trek to enjoy with the natural environment and beautiful scenery. If you are interested in taking both treks one time it is  8  to 12 days, depending on your walk speed, your holidays, and how long days you stay to enjoy the neutral mountain views depend.

Equipment & Packing List for Mardi Himal Trek:

This list outlines the required things to bring during the Mardi Himal Trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day-pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you to pack only what is necessary.

Important Items: Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Master Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.

For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.

For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket

For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.

For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.

For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.

Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag *; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional).

Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.

Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).

Note: If any items are not available in your hometown you can buy them in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you embark on trekking.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu city:

You will be welcomed by our staff at the Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu. You will then be transferred to your respective hotels. After taking refreshments, you can head outside and enjoy the evening market of Thamel. Enjoy some Nepali meal and drinks at dinner and then join in for folk cultural dances.

Meals: Breakfast, Accommodation: Three-star category Hotel in Kathmandu, Distance: 5 kilometers From Airport to Thamel

Day 2 : Trek preparation and sightseeing:

This day has been set for sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. The guide will brief you about Nepal’s unique geography and culture and will also suggest the checklist for packing your bags for the trek. After the preparation, you can head out for an excursion to the UNESCO world heritage sites situated in Kathmandu. 

If you love ancient history and architecture, then you can visit the courtyards of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur. If you are seeking some knowledge of the religion and heritage of Nepal, then you can visit Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, or Pashupatinath temples. Return to your hotel, and enjoy some Nepali food.

Meals: Breakfast, Accommodation: Three-star category Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Drive or fly to Pokhara (825 m) 6 hrs:

You will be leaving the Kathmandu valley and heading towards Pokhara. You can either take a tourist bus to Pokhara or can take a flight. The drive takes around 5 to 6 hours but is filled with scenic views of the green hills and distant mountains. However, the flight takes approximately 30 minutes and offers a birds-eye view of the mountain range below.

Upon reaching Pokhara, you can take some rest at your hotel and set out to enjoy boating at Phewa lake. The spectacular views of Macchapuchre and Mt. Annapurna are visible.

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu Hotel, Accommodation: Three-star category Hotel in Pokhara, Distance: 200 kilometers from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 4 : Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (2006 m) 4 hrs:

This is the day when you will begin your actual hike for the Mardi Himal Trek. After having breakfast, you take a private car and head to Phedi.

The drive is mesmerizing since you will be offered naturally astounding views of hills, forests, and mountain ranges at a far distance. You will then head to Pothana as you hike towards Dhampus village. Stay overnight at a hotel in Pothana.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in  Pothana, Distance: 24 kilometers (Drive, and Walk both Distances)

Day 5 : Trek to Forest Camp- Rest camp (2560m) 6 hrs:

On this day, after having breakfast, you will take the trail that leads to the Forest Camp. The path is filled with a dense forest of birch, Giant Mountain oak, rhododendron, maple, daphnia, and hemlock. You will then take a climb toward a cloud-filled misty forest where you will be welcomed by beautiful mosses, lichen, orchids, and tree ferns.

Due to the dampness and occasional sunshine, the trees are taller, denser, and larger around here. From here on, you will see the views of Mt. Machhapuchrey, Annapurna massif, and the Mardi Himal. You will finally reach the Rest Camp. Stay overnight at a lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in  Forest Camp, Distance: 10 kilometers

Day 6 : Trek from Rest Camp to Low Camp and then Badal Danda (3250 m) 5 hrs:

You will be getting closer to the Mardi Himal Base Camp with each passing day. On this day, you will head to the low Camp and then Badal Danda from the Rest Camp. O the way you will be passing through the lush green jungle with trees of Pines, and oaks, and even spot rhododendron bushes.

Annapurna’s southern ridge will be on full display on this day. You will head to the Badal Danda which in English means the hill of clouds so you can expect mesmerizing scenery from high above. Stay overnight at a lodge in Badal Danda.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in Badal Danda, Distance: 9 kilometers

Day 7 : Trek from Badal Danda to High Camp (4100m) 4 hrs:

today, you will head to the High Camp which is a challenging walk. You will pass tree lines from where you will see the panoramic views of Annapurna and Hiunchuli.

The trail will then take you to the Mardi Himal ridge where you will be offered pictures of lush rhododendron bushes. You will also get to see the national bird of Nepal, Danphe if you are very lucky.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in High Camp, Distance: 6 kilometers

Day 8 : Trek from High Camp to Mardi View Point- Mardi Base Camp and then to Low Camp (2990 m) 6 hrs:

On this day, you will begin your trek toward the Mardi View Point/Mardi Base Camp which is the highlight of the entire trek. Since you will have to reach the low camp at the end of the day, this day’s trek is known to be a little more challenging than other days. The trail will slowly take you uphill to the Mardi Himal Base Camp where many of the trekkers take numerous photos.

On a clear day, the view of the Mardi Himal is on full display along with other surrounding mountain ranges. The panoramic views of Mt. Macchapuchrey and Annapurna range are also seen clearly from the viewpoint. After getting the views imprinted in your mind, you will head towards the low camp at 2990. Upon reaching the low camp, you can have some refreshments and take a rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in  Low Camp, Distance: 16.7 kilometers

Day 9 : Trek from Low Camp to Siding Village (1280 m) then drive to Pokhara (850m) 4 hrs:

After having breakfast, you will be leaving the low camp and heading towards Siding Village by following the Mardi Khola. Along the path, you will pass through lush green forests and crop fields with a few settlements nearby. After crossing a suspension bridge, you will walk down to the Siding village which is an authentic and traditional Nepali village.

The locals are known to be very hardworking and rely mostly on agriculture for livelihood. After taking some rest at Siding Village and enjoying their lifestyle, you will then board a bus and drive to Pokhara. In the evening, you will be greeted with delicious food and drinks at your respective hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in  Low Camp, Distance: 40 kilometers (Drive, and Walk both Distances)

Day 10 : Drive back to Kathmandu:

You will be heading back to the lovely Kathmandu valley on this day after having breakfast. You will board a tourist bus that will take you through lush greens, distant mountains, and hills, passing large crop fields, and then to the city area of Kathmandu.

In the evening, you can do some souvenir shopping at Thamel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Accommodation: Three-Star Category Hotel in Kathmandu, Distance: 200 kilometers 

Day 11 : Departure:

After the beautiful and adventurous Mardi Himal Trek, you will head back home to share your memories and adventurous time here in Nepal.

You will be dropped off at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You can also make further plans to trek in the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, and other diverse regions in this beautiful country of Nepal shortly.

We trust you made some incredible memories with us. Thank you, and have a safe journey home.

Meals: Breakfast Included.


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