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Mardi Himal Trekking - 5 days

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5 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
All ground transportation as per itinerary.
Best Season
Autumn and Spring
1 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara/4 nights during trek.
3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) along the Mardi Himal Trek.
Starts at
Ends at
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Pokhara-Australian Camp-Forest Camp-Low Camp-High Cam-sidding-Pokhara-Kathmandu


The Mardi Himal Trek offers a delightful journey through the pristine landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal, catering to both novice and experienced trekkers alike. Nestled beneath the towering peaks of the Annapurna Massif, Mardi Himal Trekking presents a relatively less-traveled route, granting adventurers the opportunity to immerse themselves in unspoiled natural beauty and tranquil surroundings.

Commencing from the enchanting lakeside town of Pokhara, the trek embarks on a scenic drive to Kande or Phedi, serving as the starting point for the trek. The trail winds through lush rhododendron forests, quaint villages, and terraced farmlands, offering breathtaking panoramas of snow-capped peaks, including Machapuchare (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli.

As you ascend higher, the landscape transitions from subtropical forests to alpine meadows, eventually leading to the high-altitude base camp of Mardi Himal. Enroute, you may encounter friendly locals, predominantly Gurung and Magar ethnic communities, providing a glimpse into their unique culture and way of life.

The highlight of the Mardi Himal Trek is undoubtedly the mesmerizing viewpoint at High Camp or Mardi Himal Base Camp, offering unparalleled vistas of the Annapurna Sanctuary and surrounding peaks. You can witness the sunrise painting the mountains with hues of orange and pink, creating a surreal spectacle that remains etched in memory.

Unlike some of the more popular treks in the region, the Mardi Himal Treks offers a sense of seclusion and tranquility, allowing you to connect with nature on a deeper level. The relatively shorter duration of the trek, typically spanning 5 to 7 days, makes it an ideal choice for those with limited time yet seeking a rewarding mountain adventure.

With its serene ambiance, diverse landscapes, and awe-inspiring vistas, the Mardi Himal Trek stands as a hidden gem in the heart of the Annapurna region, promising an unforgettable journey amidst the grandeur of the Himalayas.

Important Note

It's important for you to carefully review the inclusions and exclusions provided by Nepal Everest Adventures and clarify any uncertainties before booking the trek and tour. Additionally, you should consider your personal preferences, budget, and specific needs when before your trip booking.

Trip Itinerary

Start your day with an early breakfast in Pokhara. Take a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kande, which usually takes around 1.5 to 2 hours. Begin your trek from Kande and hike uphill to Australian Camp (about 1-2 hours), where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna range. Continue trekking to Pothana, a charming Gurung village, where you'll spend the night. The total trekking time for the day is approximately 3-4 hours.

After breakfast, start your trek towards Forest Camp, also known as Kokar. The trail takes you through lush rhododendron forests and offers glimpses of the majestic mountains. Reach Forest Camp and settle in at your accommodation. Today's trekking duration is around 5-6 hours.

Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the mountains. After breakfast, continue your ascend towards Low Camp, passing through dense forests and alpine meadows. Arrive at Low Camp, where you'll be rewarded with stunning views of Machapuchare (Fishtail) and the surrounding peaks. Spend the night at Low Camp. Today's trekking time is approximately 4-5 hours.

Begin your trek towards High Camp after breakfast. As you ascend higher, the landscape transforms into rocky terrain and offers breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Arrive at High Camp, the highest point of the trek, and marvel at the panoramic mountain views. Spend the night at High Camp. Today's trekking duration is around 3-4 hours.

Wake up early to trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp, where you'll witness a spectacular sunrise over the Annapurna range. After soaking in the views, begin your descent towards Siding Village. From Siding Village, take a private vehicle  back to Pokhara, where you can relax and celebrate the completion of your trek. End the day with a well-deserved dinner in Pokhara.

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            Trekking Permits:
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
    • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. 
    • Accommodation:
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara/4 nights during trek.
    • 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
    • Transportation:
    • Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus and the trek starting point.
    • Return transportation from sidding to Pokhara and Kathmandu after completing the trek.
                  Guide and Porter:
    • Services of an experienced trekking guide who is knowledgeable about the route, culture, and safety considerations
    • Porter(s) to carry trekking gear and supplies (optional, depending on the package)
             Emergency Assistance:
    • Emergency evacuation arrangements.
    • First aid kit and basic medical assistance.

Doesn't Include

             Personal Expenses:
    • International flights to and from Nepal.
    • Expenses for additional snacks, beverages, and alcoholic drinks during the trek.
    • Expenses for optional activities or side trips not included in the itinerary.
    • Personal gear and equipment (e.g., trekking boots, sleeping bag, backpack, etc.)
    • Travel insurance (including medical and evacuation coverage)
             Tips and Gratuities:
    • Tips for guides, porters, and other staff members (tipping is customary in Nepal but discretionary)
             Additional Costs:
    • Costs incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, landslide cancellations, or changes in the itinerary.
    • Any expenses related to medical treatment, medication, or emergency evacuation beyond what is covered by Nepal Everest Adventures.
            Optional Extras:
    • Optional activities before or after the trek (e.g., sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara, cultural experiences, etc.)
    • Rental fees for trekking gear and equipment (if not brought by you)
             Meals in Cities:
    • Meals and snacks in Kathmandu and Pokhara before and after the trek.
    • Additional meals and beverages outside of the trekking itinerary.


    Mardi Himal Trek Map

Frequently Asked Questions

The Mardi Himal Trek is a relatively new trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It offers stunning views of the Annapurna range, including Machapuchare (Fishtail), Mardi Himal, and Hiunchuli.

The Mardi Himal Trek typically takes around 5 to 7 days to complete, depending on the starting point and itinerary chosen.

The best time to do the Mardi Himal Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is clear, and the views are spectacular. These seasons offer stable weather conditions and comfortable temperatures for trekking.

The Mardi Himal Trek is considered a moderately challenging trek. While it doesn't involve any technical climbing, trekkers should be prepared for steep ascents and descents, as well as variable weather conditions and high altitude.

While it's not mandatory to hire a guide or porter for the Mardi Himal Trek, many trekkers choose to do so for safety and convenience. A guide can provide valuable insights into the local culture, navigation assistance, and support in case of emergencies. Porters can help carry heavy loads, allowing trekkers to enjoy the trek without the burden of a heavy backpack.

Trekkers need to obtain two permits for the Mardi Himal Trek: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara before starting the trek.

Accommodation on the Mardi Himal Trek is primarily in teahouses or guesthouses along the route. These accommodations offer basic facilities such as a bed, blanket, and shared bathrooms. Meals are typically provided at the teahouses, offering a variety of Nepali and Western dishes.

Altitude sickness can be a concern on the Mardi Himal Trek, especially as trekkers ascend to higher elevations. It's essential to acclimatize properly by ascending gradually, staying hydrated, and listening to your body's signals. If symptoms of altitude sickness occur, it's crucial to descend to a lower elevation immediately.

Essential items to pack for the Mardi Himal Trek include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing layers, a good quality sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a first aid kit, and water purification tablets. It's also advisable to carry some cash in Nepali rupees for expenses along the trek.

Yes, the Mardi Himal Trek itinerary can be customized according to your preferences and time constraints. You can choose to add rest days, side trips, or extend the trek to include other destinations in the Annapurna region.

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