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Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Facts:

Destination
Nepal
Group Size
01-12
Region
Annapurna
Trip Duration
11 days
Activities
Sightseeing / Trekking
Culture
Private/local transportation and flights
Meals
B/B in Kathmandu & Pokhara full board (B/L/D) during trekking
Accommodation
2 Star to 5 Star (as per request)
Max Elevation
4450 M
Best Month
March to May and September to December
Trip Grade
Easy
Trek Starts / Ends
Pokhara to Pokhara

Overview

Mardi Himal Trekking with Himalayan Dream Team

The Mardi Himal Trek is rapidly gaining popularity among outdoor enthusiasts and trekking aficionados, offering some of the most enjoyable walks through charming hamlets, lush green forests, and seasonal herders' bamboo huts. This trek provides breathtaking views of the Annapurna Himalaya range, capturing the grandeur and beauty of nature at its finest.

Imagine watching the sunset bathe the mountains in a blaze of color, witnessing a river winding majestically through eroded canyon walls, or seeing a lone tree standing tall against whispering grass and a blue sky with towering snow-capped peaks in the background. The scale and splendor of nature on this trek are truly awe-inspiring, echoing Albert Einstein's words: “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” The Mardi Himal Trek offers the opportunity to observe some of the world's best landscapes, making you forget all your fatigue and tiredness.

This fantastic trek in the Annapurna region is perfect for those who prefer less crowded trails. The dense forests are crisscrossed with numerous paths, some made by yaks and sheep, which can make the trail a bit confusing at times. Despite being officially opened to trekkers a few years ago, the route retains a sense of wildness and adventure. The trails above the high camp are narrower and less trodden, adding to the trek's allure.

There are areas along the trail that could benefit from better signage and infrastructure, as it was originally created for yak herders and shepherds. Local villagers also venture into these forests and grassy slopes to gather bamboo, wild vegetables, mushrooms, Himalayan herbs, and the prized Yarsa Gumba (cordyceps sinensis).

The Mardi Himal Trek is a beautiful and wild journey into pure nature, a hidden gem of the Himalayas. It offers a quiet and peaceful environment, making it an ideal destination for those seeking to escape the hectic rush of civilization. Join Himalayan Dream Team for this daring yet delightful trek, and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the Himalayas.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore iconic landmarks in Kathmandu such as Durbar Square, Swayambhu, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath.
  • Enjoy the tranquil yet distinctly different atmosphere of the beautiful Pokhara Valley.
  • Discover a recently opened trekking route in the Annapurna region, offering a fresh and exciting adventure.
  • Includes entry fees and private transport for a comprehensive sightseeing experience in Kathmandu.
  • Visit the enchanting Fewa Lake and the vibrant city of Pokhara.
  • Full board lodge trekking to Mardi Himal west basecamp (4,500 meters), including stops at forest camp, low camp, and high camp.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli.
  • Enjoy full board meals throughout the trek.
  • Hike through pristine trails in the Annapurna foothills and dense forests.
  • Marvel at the magnificence of mountain views and stunning bird's-eye landscapes.
  • Benefit from a relatively easy trek with gradual uphill increases, suitable for various fitness levels.
  • Explore a diverse range of landscapes, from lush rhododendron forests to alpine terrain.

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

Details Outline

After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, you'll be welcomed by a representative from Himalayan Dream Team who will escort us to your hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, you’ll check in, freshen up, and have some time to rest. In the evening, Himalayan Dream Team will host a welcome dinner for us. 

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

After breakfast, we'll take you on a tour of Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Durbar Square offers insights into the lives of royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath Temple holds great significance as a pilgrimage site for Hindus. Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest stupas, are both iconic landmarks.

At tour, we will gather with our fellow participants at our office to introduce ourselves and discuss your upcoming trip.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

After breakfast you will drive by tourist bus to Nepal's most enchanting city, Pokhara (200km). On the route we will see more of the amazing countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. In the afternoon, we will arrive. The city is famous for its magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, the five peaks of Annapurna. It is the starting point for all the adventurous trekkings. Pokhara is also called the city of lakes and has numerous beautiful lakes. You can explore the most accessible and beautiful of it, Fewa Lake during the afternoon -also by taking a boat. Explore, relax and dine by this tranquil Lake Fewa. You can even do some shopping during evening hours in the colorful streets alongside the lake.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
822 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

After a very early breakfast we drive to Kande and start our long trek (!) to the Forest Camp in Kokar. Our trek starts easy on plain way before we have to pass from the Pine Forest road which contains steep hills. We arrive halfway at Bhichok Deurali which offers panoramic views after we which we take a right turn.  The forest we cross next is covered with the most unique flower called Rododendron. We will have a nice packed lunch because now on our way there are almost no any accommodations to Forest camp at Kokar. 

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
2600 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

Today we trek from Forest Camp at Kokar to Low camp. At Low camp (3.050m), we have amazing and clear views of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6.997m). Beautiful flora and fauna will accompany us, next enchanting village views, walking through alpine forests. We meet the authentic Gurung and Thakali culture.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
3050 m
Walking Hours
2/3hrs

After breakfast we start our trekking from Low camp to High Camp at Kew (3.900m) where you can see various snow-capped mountains likke South Annpurna, Himchuli and Machhapuchhre or also known as Fishtail. After we will walk upwards along the Nangge Danda to High Camp at an altitude of 3.900 meter where you will be staying overnight.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3550 m
Walking Hours
3/4 hrs

The day starts with breakfast at High camp and we take our packed lunch to go for our highlight of the trip and also our highest altitude: Mardi Base Camp's (4.500m). It will take us whole day to go there and back.  It is a series of steep, rocky climbs separated by more comfortable walks through lush, green fields, alongside the high Himalaya's. Enjoy your lunch with a magnificient view of Mardi Himal, Annapurna-I, South Annapurna, Himchuli, Ten Peak, Gangapurna and Gandarbhachuli and the impressive Mt. Machhapuchhare at our side. After lunch we descend to high camp and stay overnight there.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
4500 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

After breakfast we decent from our high camp to towards Sidding in just  5 hrs of walk. It is a different route we came from, taking us to the cross the Mardi Khola river. Again we cross the breathtaking beauty of unspoiled nature and forests and the beautiful red rhododendrons. In the afternoon we reach Sidding, a traditional local village where we will stay for overnight.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
1885 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Our last trekking day we walk from Lwang (1.460 m) through small traditional villages like Hyangjakot (1.545 m) and down to the road at Banskot (1.100 m), where we drive back to Pokhara.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
822 m
Walking Hours
4/5 hrs

There is a choice between a 25 minute flight to Kathmandu or, we start our 200 kilometers drive by tourist bus back to Kathmandu. In both cases you can enjoy the scenery, but from the car you will witness the beauty of Nepali nature far more better when you drive along the Trisuli river. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

After breakfast or lunch, depending on your flight time, we will transfer you to the international airport or if you leave by evening you can put your luggage at the Hotel and enjoy the city one final day

Food
Breakfast

Not satisfied with this itinerary?

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preference and specification.

Service Included on Trip Cost

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and transfer from and to the international and domestic airports in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Government licensed guide with private transport and entry fees to all monuments and temples during sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Transport by tourist bus Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • An experienced & professional licensed trekking guide
  • Local transportation to and from trekking area
  • Annapurna Conservation Area trekking permit
  • Full board during lodge trekking (breakfast + lunch + dinner)

Cost Excludes

  • International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Nepal entry visa, easily acquired upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu (USD 50 for a 30-day visa)
  • All beverages
  • Entrance fees for any monasteries visited during trekking
  • Personal trekking equipment, travel and medical insurance, helicopter rescue, and personal expenses
  • Tips for staff (guide/porter and driver)
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusive section above

Mardi Himal Trek Altitude Profile

Route Map

route map

FAQs

What is the Mardi Himal Trek?

The Mardi Himal Trek is a lesser-known hiking trail in the Annapurna region of Nepal, offering stunning views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain), and the Annapurna massif.

The trek typically takes 5 to 7 days, depending on the chosen route and trekking pace.

The best times are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is clear and the views are spectacular.

It is considered a moderate trek. It's less strenuous than some other Himalayan treks, but still requires a good level of fitness due to its steep and rugged paths.

While not mandatory, hiring a guide can enhance your experience as they provide insight into the local culture, help with navigation and ensure safety.

The trek has basic teahouses and lodges along the route which provide essential services including meals and lodging.

Essential items include warm clothing, a sleeping bag, hiking boots, a first-aid kit, water purification tablets, and a map. Don’t forget a camera for the views!

Yes, as the trek reaches altitudes over 4,500 meters. It’s important to acclimatize properly and stay hydrated.

The trek usually starts at Kande or Phedi, which are accessible by road from Pokhara.

You need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.

Yes, it’s possible to trek solo, but joining a group or hiring a guide is advisable for safety and navigation.

The region is home to wildlife like Himalayan Thar, musk deer, and various bird species including the national bird of Nepal, the Danphe.

The trek offers a mix of lush rhododendron forests, rugged mountain paths, and panoramic views of snowy peaks.

Teahouses offer typical Nepali food such as dal bhat (rice and lentils) as well as some international dishes like pasta and pancakes.

Mobile connectivity is available in some parts, but it can be unreliable and weak as you climb higher. Carrying a local SIM card can help.

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