Trip Highlights

  • Trip Durations 9 Days
  • Trip Destination Nepal
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Accomodation Tea House
  • Trip Grade Moderate to Strenuous
  • Best Season Sept–Dec, March–May
  • Max Altitude 4,450m
  • Trip Start Trip Start Kathmandu
  • Trip End Trip End Kathmandu

Trip Overview

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Attractions of Mardi Himal Trek

  • Magnificent view of three mountains above 8,000 meters: Annapurna I (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), and Manaslu (8,163 m).
  • View of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Mardi, and surrounding beautiful mountains from the base camp at 4450 meters.
  • Eco-friendly trekking through rhododendron forest in Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Scenery of lush green forests and terraced farms throughout the trek.
  • A less-crowded trail is perfect for a quiet and secluded experience.
  • Opportunity to experience local culture and lifestyle in traditional villages.

Overview of Mardi Himal Trek

If you are looking for a beautiful, short Mardi Himal trek in the magnificent Annapurna area, then the amazing Mardi Himalayan trek is a must. This beautiful and adventurous new trekking trip is becoming very popular among tourists nowadays. The Mardi Himal trek, located east of Annapurna Base Camp, is a wonderful and unforgettable adventure.

You walk through beautiful forests, cross fast-flowing Himalayan rivers, and continue through ethnic Rai and Limbu villages. The villages of Rai and Limbu give insight into the diverse cultures and customs of the ethnic people living in the mountains. Likewise, the natural Himalayan essence surrounds you, and the vista of Annapurna Massif decorates your sightline at every step. It is a beautiful trekking trip that will take you to some wild and breathtaking Himalayan scenery.

The Annapurna area is one of Nepal’s most naturally rich regions. Because of this, it also offers an opportunity to meet the area’s vibrant people. The view of the velvety green grasslands and the lush terrace farm is spectacular as you trek. In addition, the view of the Annapurna Mountains, like the Dhaulagiri and the Machhapuchhre, also adds much interest.

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The perfect blend of natural beauty

Mardi Himal Trek is a medium trekking trip. You don’t need any prior trekking experience to do this. However, preparing your body for a trekking trip helps. Mardi Himal Trek is a perfect blend of natural beauty, Himalayan majesty, and a completely smooth trekking trip. You certainly don’t want to miss this adventure!

After the trek, you can either stay a few days to discover the beauty of Pokhara (Nepal’s most beautiful city) or return to Kathmandu the next day. It has just opened as a lodge trek, so you don’t have any problems with your food and lodge, but you have to live and eat according to them. If you expect a fancy lodge and food, you better choose other parts of the Annapurna trek, as it is difficult to find one here.

Mardi Himal is the least visited trekking trail, ideal for those who want to avoid the crowds. Since it is a relatively easy trek, trekkers without experience can do this trip.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 01

Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) - 7 to 8 hours.

After breakfast on the first day of the trip, you leave Kathmandu early in the morning for a drive along the Prithvi National Highway to Pokhara. On the way to Pokhara, one can enjoy the beautiful views of rivers, settlements, and mountains. It takes approx. 7 to 8 hours to reach Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, you will spend the night in a hotel located in the beautiful “City of Lakes” of Pokhara.


Day 02

Drive Pokhara to Phedi (30 minutes) and trek to Pitam Deurali (2,100m) – 5 to 6 hours walk.

After a hot breakfast at the hotel in Pokhara, you drive up to Phedi by private vehicle. Driving for about 30 minutes, you reach Phedi from where your trek begins. Now your adventure begins with an uphill walk through the beautiful jungles and villages to the Australian camp. A spectacular view of the Annapurna range can be seen from the Australian camp. From the Australian base camp, your trip takes you through the beautiful village of Pothana to Pitam Deurali, where you spend the night.


Day 03

Pitam Deurali to Forest Camp (2,500m) – 4 to 5 hours walk.

On the third day of the trip after breakfast, you start your journey from Pitam Deurali to Forest Camp. The trek slowly climbs through birch, vast rhododendron forest, mountain oak, maple, hemlock, and Daphnia which makes the trek even more enjoyable. After a 7 to 8 hour walk through the forest and beautiful settlements, you will arrive at the forest camp where you will spend the night.


Day 04

Forest Camp to Low Camp (2,990m) – 4 to 5 hours walk.

After breakfast on the fourth day of the trip, you are ready to go from Forest Camp to Low Camp, which takes 4 to 5 hours to reach. While walking to the Low Camp, one can see a glimpse of snow-capped mountains like Machhapuchare (Fishtail), Mardi, and Annapurna. On this day you will spend your night in the local lodge.


Day 05

Low Camp to High Camp (3,580m) – 3 to 4 hours walk.

After an early breakfast on the fifth day of the trip, you are ready to go to another high point of the trek. Between the low camp and the high camp, there is a place called View Point from where one can see various snow-capped mountains like South Annapurna, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) as well as Chomrong and Ghandruk villages. Upon reaching the high camp, the majestic peaks seem close enough to touch. To get a good view of the magnificent peaks you go a little higher during the day and return to the high camp in the evening.


Day 06

Trek Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,450m) and back to High Camp – 8 to 9 hours walk.

Get up early in the morning on the sixth day of the trip to see the sunrise in the Himalayas. After breakfast, you will start walking up a ridge towards a magnificent vantage point where you will enjoy the magnificent views of the entire Mardi Himal. After approx three hours of ascent, you will reach a place called Upper View Point. It is a rocky place located at 4,200 meters. Spend some time here enjoying the beautiful scenery before returning to High Camp for the second night.


Day 07

High Camp to Siding village (1,885m) – 7 to 8 hours walk.

On the seventh day of the trip after breakfast at High Camp, we will descend toward the beautiful Gurung village of Siding. Walking straight down the same forest, you can see the beautiful red rhododendron forest again. You will descend through well-cultivated fields and some enjoyable bridges. Now you are in a typical Nepali rural area where buffaloes and cows roam freely.


Day 08

Trek Siding Village to Lwang Village (1,460m) - 5 to 6 hours walk, and drive to Pokhara (2 hours).

After breakfast on the eighth day of the trip, you will leave the siding village and continue your trek towards Lwang village. On the way to Lwang, you can have your lunch at a place called Ghalel. After resting for a while, start walking towards Lwang village again. Lwang is also a small traditional village. Your trek ends at Lwang village and from there you can drive for 2 hours to Pokhara. In the evening, you can go for a walk along the beautiful lake of Pokhara and stay in a convenient hotel for the night.


Day 09

Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu – 7 to 8 hours.

On the last day of the trip, after breakfast, you drive to Kathmandu. While returning to Kathmandu, you can still enjoy the beautiful view of the river, the settlement, and the mountains. After a 7 to 8 hour drive from Pokhara, you will arrive in Kathmandu and spend the night at a hotel

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Frequently asked questions about this trip

How difficult is the trek?

The difficulty depends on where and how long you want to trek. The short trek is easy while the long trek requires some physical fitness.

What is altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is normally known as acute mountain sickness. This can happen when people rapidly climb up to an altitude of more than 3000 meters. We ensure minimal risk by adding rest to our trekking itineraries. Most people will feel some effects of altitude, some shortness of breath and possibly light headache, this is normal enough. Acute mountain sickness patients are quite different and usually have a serious headache, sickness, and lose awareness. In almost all possible cases there are sufficient warning signs to take action properly. Descending to a lower altitude is usually enough to prevent any further problems.

What type of accommodation is available during the trekking?

There are mainly tea houses and lodges available for trekking and they are usually made using local materials and are very comfortable. These accommodations are often family-run and usually provide single and double rooms. The dining room is on the ground floor and is often on fire. All food will be cooked in order in the family kitchen. Toilet facilities are sometimes separate and sometimes outside. Most lodges provide mattresses and blankets. It's a good idea to always have a sleeping bag, which can be useful, and perhaps an inflatable pillow.

How long do we walk every day on trekking?

Trekking programs are classified into three different categories: soft, moderate and hard. Soft treks are only about 7 days to 10 days in duration. They generally do not go above 4000 meters; you can expect to walk about 4-5 hours each day. Moderate treks are challenging enough and long treks that go to the high hill country. Physically exhausting, this involves trekking along the cliffs of the mountains for about 6-8 hours. Harder treks are longer treks that go farther away from the general abode of trekkers and tourists. These physically challenging treks involve walking for 7- 9 hours each day.

How much weight do I need to carry on the trek?

You carry some of your personal belongings, such as warm clothing, water, snacks, sun block, cameras and more. Generally, these items will be lightweight, from 5 to 10kg (10 to 20 pounds). Our porters are available for other heavy goods and for your information one porter would be sharing by two people. The maximum weight carried by one porter is total 20 kg. this means 10 kg. per person is allowed for the trek. In case if you wish to carry more than this weight then you need to hire additional porters.

What is the best time for trekking in Nepal?

October and November are considered as the best times for trekking in Nepal due to dry season. December and January are also considered good times for trekking but it is extremely cold at high altitudes.

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