Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trekking

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek is a relatively new trail situated in the Annapurna region, which was officially opened for trekkers in 2012. It offers a diverse trekking experience through beautiful forested areas that lead to rocky mountain terrain and several base camps. Depending on the time of year you visit, there may be snow at the base camps located along the top ridge on the way to the Mardi Himal trek. Mardi Himal is positioned to the east of Annapurna Base Camp, just beneath the stunning Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peak. The trek passes through peaceful stone-built villages and stunning rhododendron forests, showcasing an array of vibrant colors. As the trail reaches 3,300m, the forested path gives way to a rugged mountain setting, offering breathtaking views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna South. At 3,580m, there is a high camp that offers another opportunity to admire the spectacular views overlooking Annapurna Base Camp.


The trek starts with a gentle climb through beautiful forested areas and charming villages, which offer a glimpse into the traditional way of life of the local people. The rhododendron forests along the trail are especially noteworthy, as they are known for blooming in many different colors and creating a beautiful landscape. As the trail ascends, the terrain becomes more rugged, and trekkers can enjoy breathtaking views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna South.


One of the highlights of the trek is the high camp, which offers spectacular views overlooking Annapurna Base camp. However, it's important to note that the weather and conditions at the high camp can be challenging, especially during the winter months when there may be snow.

Highlight Overviews of Mardi Himal Trek

  • Mardi Himal Trek also offers an opportunity for trekkers to explore the abundant flora and fauna of the Annapurna region.
  • Trekkers can also see different types of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife along the trail.
  • Mardi Himal Trek provides trekkers with a panoramic view of the stunning mountains of the Annapurna range, including Mardi Himal, Machhapurchre, Annapurna South, and Dhaulagiri, among others.
  • The trek also offers a beautiful aerial view of Pokhara valley and Phewa Lake, which is a sight to behold.
  • The trek is the opportunity to witness spectacular sunrise and sunset views from various viewpoints along the trail.
  • The trek also takes trekkers through picturesque villages, lush green hills, beautiful forests, lovely lakes, cascading waterfalls, and fine valleys.
  • This offers a great opportunity to experience the local culture and way of life of the people living in these areas.
  • The trek is suitable for trekkers of all levels, and it is definitely worth considering for anyone who is planning a trip to Nepal.


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Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Manaslu Tours who will transfer you to your hotel. To start your journey on a high note, we will be hosted for a welcome dinner in the evening, featuring authentic Nepalese cuisine and a warm welcome drink.

Day 02: Full day City Tour in Kathmandu Valley

  • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the monkey temple, is climbed by a long set of steps and has great views of Kathmandu.
  • BOUDHANATH STUPA has many traditional Gompas hung with strings of multi-colored prayer flags; it attracts many Sherpas and Tibetans for the circumambulations of the stupa (koras)
  • PASHUPATINATH is a Hindu temple with burning Ghats on the banks of the Bagmati River.
  • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, which is one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, has a blend of Hindu and Buddhist temples

Day 03: By private Transportation: Kathmandu to Pokhara (6hrs drive).

After a hearty breakfast in Kathmandu, you'll embark on an eight-hour drive to Pokhara. Along the way, you'll pass through charming villages and catch glimpses of the Trisuli River as you wind your way through steep mountain roads. As you approach Pokhara, the stunning scenery of the Annapurna mountain range will come into view. Located 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is known as the tourism capital of Nepal. It serves as the gateway for trekkers who wish to explore the Annapurna Circuit, a popular trekking route that takes visitors through the Annapurna Conservation Area region. With its breathtaking natural beauty, Pokhara is a destination that should not be missed on any trip to Nepal.

Day 04: Pokhara to Australian BC (2,165m)

After breakfast, we will drive to Dhampus, a journey that takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes. From there, we'll begin a gentle ascent, passing through terraced fields and small houses. As we continue upward, we'll make our way through the stunning Rhododendron forest, with the climb to the ridge taking about an hour, where we'll reach Australian Base Camp. From there, we'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Annapurna Range and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). After a short rest, we'll continue to climb up the stone staircases for around an hour, eventually reaching Australian Camp. In the evening, we'll be able to enjoy a stunning sunset over the Himalayas, providing a truly memorable experience.

Day 05: Australian BC to Forest Camp (2,500m)

On the second day, we'll depart from Australian Base Camp and make our way to Forest Camp. For the first leg of the journey, we'll enjoy a pleasant 1.5 hour walk on a plain path, leading us to Deurali. From there, we'll take an off-the-beaten-track trail, which branches off towards Mardi Himal Base Camp on the right side. Our route continues along a quiet trail that winds through dense forests of oak, maple, hemlock, and rhododendron. After a 4-hour jungle walk, we'll emerge from the forest and find ourselves in a clearing at Forest Camp, where we'll spend the night. The journey will be filled with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes, and a chance to experience the serene beauty of the natural environment.

Day 06: Forest Camp to Low Camp (2,970m)

Continuing on our trek, we'll pass through dense forests that showcase Nepal's rich biodiversity before finally arriving at Low Camp. The scenery along the way will be breathtaking, and we'll be treated to a fantastic view of Mt. Machapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) up the valley. Once we arrive at Low Camp, we can take some time to admire the views and learn about the local lifestyle. It will be an opportunity to soak up the unique atmosphere of this beautiful part of the world. We'll spend the night at Low Camp, resting and preparing for the next stage of our journey.

Day 07: Low Camp to High Camp (3,550m)

On this leg of our journey, we'll trek uphill alongside a ridge, making our way towards Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhre. As we ascend, the tree line will begin to thin out, and the area will mostly consist of shrubs, with isolated rhododendron bushes dotting the trail. If we're lucky, we might even come across the Daphne pheasant (the national bird of Nepal) on our way to High Camp. After a challenging climb, we'll reach our final destination for the day: High Camp. The views from here are simply stunning, with majestic mountains towering over the landscape. We'll spend the night at High Camp, soaking up the awe-inspiring scenery and enjoying a well-deserved rest.

Day 08: Excursion to Upper View Point (4,500m)

We will have an early breakfast and begin our trek towards the highest point of our journey. If the weather is favorable, we will ascend to a height of approximately 15,000-16,000 ft. The breathtaking ice fields and blue glaciers of the Annapurna Sanctuary walls lie below us. The panoramic view from this vantage point will be etched in our memory forever, as the Himalayan vista is nothing short of astonishing. We will be able to see towering peaks such as Mardi Himal (5,587m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7,647m), Tent Peak (5,695m), Singhachuli (6,501m), Machapuchhre (6,993m) and many more. After capturing this incredible view, we will trek back to the high camp where we will spend the night.

Day 09: High Camp to Sidding (1,700m)

After breakfast, we will start our unhurried descent through the shade of the forest and out onto the terraced fields, descending 1,600m. This is a different route from the one we took to ascend, taking us down to the upper Mardi Khola. Along the way, we will make our way along the banks of the Mardi Khola, passing through hillside villages, lovely fields, and simple farms, as well as crossing interesting suspension bridges. This journey is an opportunity to experience the idyllic countryside of Nepal.

Day 10: Trek to Lumre. Drive to Pokhara

From Siding, we will continue our journey to the road head at Lumre, passing through the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. At Lumre, we will find a jeep waiting for us, which will drive us back to Pokhara. Once we reach Pokhara, you will have the rest of the day to explore this beautiful city and enjoy its moderate climate and stunning scenery, including the famous Fewa Lake. You can take a leisurely walk around the lake and enjoy the evening at your own pace.

Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu (6hrs)

After breakfast, we leave the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping.

Day 12: Free day in Kathmandu for self-shopping

Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as the Bhaktapur, or Patan which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city’s many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

Day 13: Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

Cost & Dates

Mardi Himal Trek cost on the website applies to 6-12 people groups. However, private trips for groups of two or more can be organized upon request. A group booking of 12 or more people can avail of a maximum discount with one free trip. Clients' travel date preferences can be accommodated, but the trek cost depends on factors such as group size, duration, accommodation type, and additional activities or services.

  • Group Size: The cost of the trip will depend on the size of the group.
  • Hotel Accommodation Category and Client's Budget: The cost may also vary based on the accommodation category and budget preference of the client.
  • Itinerary Modification: Our trekking itinerary can be modified according to your time and requirements, and the cost will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Additional Services: If you require additional services, the cost will be adjusted accordingly based on mutual understanding.
  • Trekking Staff: The cost is also affected by the number of Trekking Guides, Assistant Guides, and extra porters required for the trip.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or to book your trek.

Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick-up drop service on private vehicle
  • Hotel: 4 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara in a twin sharing room on BB plan
  • Full-day Guided Tour in Kathmandu with English-speaking Tour guide
  • Land transportation on a private vehicle: Kathmandu to Dhambus, Lumre to Pokhara, and Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Completely lodges treks which include Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, and room during the whole trekking period.
  • Trekking Permit: Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and TIM Card entrance fees
  • First aid and medical kits
  • Trekking staff: English Speaking Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide, and Porters
  • Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staff
  • All government taxes and official charges.

Trip FAQ

Q: Where is the Mardi Himal Trek?

A: The Mardi Himal Trek is located in the Annapurna region of Nepal, specifically in the western part of the region.


Q: What is the duration of the Mardi Himal Trek?

A: The Mardi Himal Trek usually takes around 5-7 days, depending on your itinerary and trekking pace.


Q: What is the difficulty level of the Mardi Himal Trek?

A: The Mardi Himal Trek is considered a moderate-level trek, suitable for most people with a moderate level of fitness.


Q: What is the highest altitude on the Mardi Himal Trek?

A: The highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek is the Mardi Himal Base Camp, which is located at an altitude of 4,500 meters (14,763 feet).


Q: When is the best time to do the Mardi Himal Trek?

A: The best time to do the Mardi Himal Trek is during the autumn season (September to November) and the spring season (March to May), when the weather is dry and the skies are clear.


Q: What are the highlights of the Mardi Himal Trek?

A: The highlights of the Mardi Himal Trek include stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, diverse landscapes ranging from lush forests to high-altitude pastures, and a chance to experience local culture and hospitality.


Q: Do I need a permit to do the Mardi Himal Trek?

A: Yes, you need a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) permit and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) to do the Mardi Himal Trek.


Q: Do I need a guide for the Mardi Himal Trek?

A: While it is possible to do the Mardi Himal Trek independently, it is recommended to hire a guide and/or porter for safety reasons and to support the local economy.


Q: What is the accommodation like on the Mardi Himal Trek?

A: Accommodation on the Mardi Himal Trek is mostly in basic teahouses, with shared rooms and communal bathrooms. However, some higher-end options are also available.


Q: What kind of gear do I need for the Mardi Himal Trek?

A: You will need basic trekking gear such as sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, a backpack, and a trekking pole. It is also recommended to bring a good camera to capture the stunning scenery.


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