Mardi Himal Trek

9 Days
6 Reviews in TripAdvisor Recommended by 99%
  • Hotels & Guesthouse
  • Kathmandu
  • March to May & Sep to Dec
  • Tourist Bus & Private Vehicle
  • Moderate
  • 4500 M
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking, Trekking
  • 2-22

Mardi Himal Trek Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is a hidden gem of Nepal. The trek passes through the rhododendron forest to stunning high-mountain views of Machapucher in the Annapurna region. This newly opened route is a journey to discover breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks and landscapes. Despite being the lowest and least popular trekking peak in Nepal, the Mardi Himal trek is a true adventure. 

Situated just east of the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trek is increasingly popular but less congested. The diverse landscape changes abruptly along spectacular views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. The trek is another excuse for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. It is a small hike to an amazing viewpoint for 2-3 hours with stunning close-up views of the entire Annapurna range.

Mardi Himal trekking leads you to mesmerizing Modi Khola and the Hiunchuli valley. Annapurna Himalayan Range: Annapurna 1(8091m),Ⅱ (7855m),Ⅲ (7855m), Ⅳ (7525m), Annapurna south(7819m), Nilgiri(6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847), and Gangapuma(7483m) etc will be your constant companion. The crown jewel throughout the trek is the amazing lush green forest, pristine landscape, terrace farming, and waterfalls. This trek will introduce you to the cultural retreat and different group ethnicities of Magars, Tamangs, Gurung, and Brahmins. The base camp is located at an altitude of 4500m.

Major Attraction in Mardi Himal Trekking

Trek to highest point (4500m)

Enjoy the stunning 360-degree views of the Annapurna range, encompassing Mt Machhapuchhre, Hiuchuli, Annapurna South, etc from the highest point. Witness the mesmerizing spectacle snowcapped mountain wrapped in the bright morning light.

Enchanting Trails and Landscapes:

Nepal has unique vibrant landscapes and forests. During the spring season, the hillside burst into a riot of pink, red, and purple blooms of Rhododendron. Witness a range of environments, from gorgeous meadows brimming with wildflowers to tranquil mountain pastures sprinkled with yaks calmly grazing. You might notice the hidden waterfalls tucked away amidst, adding a touch of magic to your journey.

Cultural encounters

Immerse yourself in the uniqueness and hospitality of the local people. Experience their rich culture, tradition, and life in the mountains. Colorful Prayers flags flittering in the wind and shrines have their own spiritual beliefs and stories. Take a movement to pay your respects, observe local rituals, and absorb the tranquility of these sacred spaces. Connect with locals, savor a meal prepared with local ingredients, and practice the traditional way of life. 

Serene Ambiance and Wildlife

Escape the crowd’s pristine landscapes and welcome the present alternative of life. Immerse yourself in the sound of winds whistling through rhododendrons, streams, and distant calls of birds. Find your inner peace in nature away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Witness the wildlife of Himalayan majestic eagles soaring effortlessly above the sky with piercing gaze, playful monkeys, and shy Himalayan tahrs. Recognize the balance between animals and the environment. 

Mardi Himal Trek Route.

Continuing the tradition of the Annapurna region, the journey starts and ends in Pokhara. The movement begins at Kande and kicks off at Australian Base Camp and Deurali. Subsequently, you reach the forest camp encircled by forests of juniper, pine, and rhododendron.    After acclimatizing the two high camps, you reach the Mardi Base Camp (4500 m). Simply rest and enjoy the wonderful vista of the Mardi Khola valley with the southern face of snow-covered Annapurna while sharing lunch with friends and strangers.

The best time to visit Mardi Himal 

Mardi Himal is open any time of the year. Every season has its uniqueness and beauty. Nevertheless, the majority of the trekkers prefer to trek in the Mardi Himal, especially during the spring and autumn seasons. Spring (March-May) and autumn (September –November) are the best seasons for trekking to enjoy the clear views of the sky, lush green forests, and mostly the safe route. Unlike winter (December-February) and monsoon season where there is a slippery, muddy path, and unpredictability of weather. Accommodates are difficult to get since it’s a peak season. Lodges can get booked up quickly. In winter trials are less crowded, and accommodation can be easily available at lower but the trek is equally challenging during the off-season 

Spring and autumn: It’s the best Season and the busiest season of all. The sky is clear, with majestic views of the Himalayas and the golden light of dawn. However, be prepared for difficulties encountered in getting common accommodation. The Autumn Season is also popular for trekking. Autumn Boost a comfortable temperature. This season isn’t as busy as the spring season but trekkers can be seen. Accommodation and flights are easily available during these seasons.

What Permits and Documents are required?

Mardi Himal Lies in the Annapurna Conservation Area. So, you must purchase an Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit (ACAP) and a Tourist Information Management System permit (TIMS). 

For any trekkers who want to trek whether it’s Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, or other peaks it is mandatory to purchase TIMS or ACAP permits. It costs around NRS 2000 per person which is approx. $17 or 15 EUR for TIMS. An ACAP permit is purchased to trek through the Annapurna region. The cost of an ACAP permit is roughly NRS 3000 which is approx. $25 per person. These permits can be purchased either from Kathmandu or Pokhara.



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The difficulty of the Mardi Himal Trek?

Unlike other treks, the trek to Mardi Himal isn’t very hard to climb. However, reaching Mardi Base Camp at 4500m required both physical and mental dedication. Such height can cause altitude sickness regardless of fitness. Acclimatization is necessary to avoid altitude sickness. The trail is rocky and steep. The Annapurna region is known for its unpredictable weather with the possibility of abrupt temperature swings. The trek could be difficult if you take off guard or are not prepared.

Even though the trek is short, the Mardi Trek still requires good physical fitness. Most of the accommodations in Mardi Himal are teahouses with limited amenities. It can be crowded, especially during peak season.

Mardi Himal Trek Highlights

  • Panoramic views of Himalayan Mountain ranges.
  • Explore the unique cultures, traditions, and customs of inhabited villages.
  • Explore the unique cultures, traditions, and customs of inhabited villages.
  • Capture the scenic beauty of Rhododendrons and giant hills.
  • Experience the natural hot spring of Jhinu Danda.
  • Reach high camp (3580m) or conquer the optional ascent to Mardi Himal base camp (4500m).
  • Witness heartwarming hostility and kind gestures of the local people.
  • The trek passes through yak pastures and giants gazing in the meadows

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

Upon landing at the airport, look out for our staff member. They are the friendly guide to the hotel where our excursion kicks off. Once settled, we’ll have a quick conference and briefing about the exciting adventure. After a meeting, enjoy your rest night, whether you choose to hit the hay or explore Kathmandu at your own place, the choice is all yours.

Get an early start this morning to begin your journey to the famous lakeside city of Pokhara. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel at about 6:30 AM. Together, you’ll go to a nearby bus station, where you’ll board the tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus leaves at 7:30 AM and takes approximately six or seven hours to reach Pokhara, passing through beautiful river valleys, alongside terraced fields of barley and rice, and over green hills blanketed with lush vegetation. When you arrive at your destination, you’ll check in with your hotel and have the evening free to explore. Pokhara is situated on the shores of the stunning Phewa Lake; many tourists take a boat onto its reflective waters to enjoy the view of Machapuchare rising above town. You can get an even better view from the nearby lookout of Sarangkot, where you’ll see Machapuchare joined by the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna II. When you’ve had dinner and you’re ready for a good night’s sleep, return to your hotel to spend the night. Today’s breakfast is included.

It’s time to begin your adventure on the Mardi Himal Trek! After an early breakfast in Pokhara, you’ll catch a ride to the little town of Phedi. This trip should take less than an hour—then you’ll be ready to hit the trail. Today’s hike will take you through shaded woods and small villages as you ascend along a series of stone staircases. The scenic town of Dhampus is a great spot to take a lunch break while soaking up an alluring vista of the Annapurna range. After lunch, you’ll continue hiking to reach today’s destination: Pothana. This picturesque village is constructed of traditional stone-built homes and paved paths, but you’ll also find evidence of modernization in the form of souvenirs and snacks for sale. Many trekkers continue through the forest to reach the next village of Pitam Deurali, but we’ll stop here for tonight to enjoy the friendly atmosphere and excellent mountain views. Your overnight accommodations will be in one of Pothana’s comfortable guesthouses. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are also included.

Leaving Pothana in the early morning, your path will lead you to the village of Pitam Deurali. From here, you’ll want to snap a few photographs of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and Mardi Himal: these summits look particularly resplendent in the morning light. When you’re ready to move on, you’ll begin ascending along a steep trail through a dense forest of lichen-draped oak, hemlock, and maple. If you happen to be trekking during the springtime, the delicate beauty of the rhododendron and magnolia blooms in this forest will take your breath away. This is also where the trail diverges from the main Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, and you can expect to share the path with fewer trekkers from this point forward. Today’s hike will come to its conclusion when you reach Forest Camp, known locally as Kokar. This small camp is situated within a forest clearing. You’ll overnight here in a basic lodge, which is more akin to a homestay than a hotel. You’ll enjoy dining communally in the lodge owners’ kitchen and getting to know this friendly family from the nearby village of Siding. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Departing from the tranquil clearing of Kokar, you’ll continue to ascend through mossy woodlands this morning. If you’re a photography buff, you’ll be thrilled when an occasional shaft of sunlight pierces the misty atmosphere of these woods, enhancing the mysterious and evocative mood that’s so characteristic of the Himalayas. After a few hours of trekking, we’ll stop for lunch at Low Camp, where you can enjoy a good look at the distinctive fishtail-shaped summit of Machapuchare. From here, you’ll start a serious climb in the direction of High Camp. As the trail turns westward, you’ll glimpse the glaciated peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli looming over the path. Keep hiking along the ridgeline as the trees begin to thin out, passing abundant rhododendron bushes. This is good wildlife habitat where the danphe, or Himalayan monal, can often be spotted. As you approach High Camp, you’ll be rewarded with a 360-degree panorama of snowbound canyons, soaring mountains, and steep cliffs. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare. We’ll stop here for the night; High Camp has a good selection of higher-grade guesthouses with basic facilities. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Wake up early this morning to catch the sun rising amidst the Himalayas. After a hearty breakfast, you’ll begin walking up a ridge towards a fabulous vantage point where you’ll enjoy the best sights of the entire Mardi Himal Trek. The route follows a well-established trail through grassy pastures, although the going is steep and occasionally narrow. Along the way, you’ll almost certainly get to see dzo grazing in the fields; this is a hybrid species bred from both yak and cattle. In the summer, these pastures are used as a grazing area for sheep and goats; you’ll see a number of herders’ huts as you pass by. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for the colorful danphe if you didn’t get the chance to see this pheasant yesterday. After ascending for about three hours, you’ll reach what’s known as the Upper View Point. This is a rocky outlook situated at approximately 4,200 meters. From here, you’ll be able savor gobsmacking views into the Annapurna Sanctuary. This high-altitude mountain basin is home to Mardi Himal, Annapurna I, Machapuchare, Hiunchuli, and other massive peaks. Take some time here to enjoy the scenery before returning to High Camp to spend a second night. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

A steep descent to Low Camp following the same trail we went up. We then leave the trail and trek into the forest, heading to the Mardi Khola River. We descend further to Siding and then drive back to Pokhara.

Overnight at Hotel, breakfast, and lunch included.

It’s time to bid farewell to the Annapurna Mountains—you’ve finished the Mardi Himal Trek! After a final breakfast in Pokhara, it’s time to leave this City of Lakes. You’ll take the tourist bus back to Kathmandu today, which should take approximately six or seven hours. As you watch the rural countryside of Nepal zipping past your windows, take this time to reflect upon your trek. The sights you’ve seen and the people you’ve met will form the basis of memories you’ll cherish in the years to come. When your bus arrives in Kathmandu, you may have some time to do a bit of sightseeing after lunch. The Swayambhunath and Boudhanath stupas are easy to reach and are very much worth the trip: similar in appearance, they are vast domes painted with the eyes of the Buddha and decorated with endless strings of prayer flags. Tonight is also your last chance to grab any souvenirs from the local markets before sitting down to a final meal in Nepal’s most iconic city. You’ll spend the night here in Kathmandu; today’s breakfast is included.

A representative from Tidy Himalaya will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport approximately three hours before the scheduled departure of your outgoing flight. We hope you’ve enjoyed your visit to Nepal and your exciting hike along the Mardi Himal Trek. Hosting you has been both a pleasure and a privilege, and we trust that you’ll think of us when you plan your next visit to Nepal.

The Cost Includes & Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private transport
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people), and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara on a tourist bus
  • Tidy Himalaya Sleeping bag & down Jacket and duffle bags (if required)
  • Tidy Himalaya T-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna conservation permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel Insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any kind of drinks (hot and cold) during the trek
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver

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