Mardi Himal Trek - 12 Days

One of the shortest and easiest, Mardi Himal Trek can be your next trekking destination in Annapurna Region. An unseen beauty, Mardi Himal Trek is a less explored trekking area.

Officially opened in 2012, this trek will take you through less traversed grazing fields, rugged landscapes, gorgeous ridges, deep woods, and pristine scenery. Mardi is the land of precious and exotic flora & faunas too.

The forests of colorful rhododendrons, maples, oak, bamboo, and pine cover the trail. Rich in biodiversity, you can even spot endangered wildlife like Danphe (Impeyan Pheasant), Monal, Himalayan Thar, Musk deer, spotted deer, Barking Deer, Snow Leopard, and others on this trek.

From Mardi Himal Base Camp, the Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) is right in front of you. You will get the most iconic panorama of Annapurna ranges. High peaks like Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Mt. Annapurna I, Gangapurna, and Mt. Annapurna III are visible.

Also, Mardi Himal Trek is a virgin trek with unspoiled culture and traditions. Your adventurous journey will take you to many ethnic villages like Siding village and Lwang Ghalel Village. Both of them represent Gurung culture and lifestyle.

You get to soak into their enriching folklore. The stone built villages will cherish your stay with their traditional songs and dances. All these factors make Mardi Himal Trek an ‘Eco-Tourism Trekking Spot’ of Annapurna region.

In this whole trek, you will cover the total distance of 65 kilometers (40 miles) in total. However, the distance varies if you add other side treks.

Mardi Himal Trek is a moderate level of the trek. For experienced trekkers with a good level of physical fitness, it will be relatively easy. The rugged paths are full of ascents and descents within narrow alleys.

The high path can get harder at a higher elevation. The winds and snow might certainly challenge you at any season. Just moderate level of fitness is necessary for the trek as no technical climbing will be directly involved.

You will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and TIMS card as the trekking permits here. These permits are available from Nepal Tourism offices of Kathmandu and Pokhara.

For accommodation, there are simple teahouses and homestays along the whole route. Compared to other treks in the Annapurna region, the number is limited with basic services.

The best season for Mardi Himal Trek is autumn (March-May) and spring (Mid-September – November). But, from December-February the skies are cleaner but the risk of heavy snowfall is high.

The ultimate vantage point of the trek is Mardi Himal Base Camp at the altitude of 4500m. The total duration of the trek is 12 days out of which you will walk for 7 days. As the elevation increases substantially, you might get altitude sickness. So, it is better to take preventive measures before and during the trek.

You will surely have one of the most rewarding and memorable moments of life with a close encounter with nature on this trek. Be ready for the great fun and lifetime experience!

Highlights of the Mardi Himal Trek

  • Classic adventure giving you the real taste of unspoiled culture and unique lifestyle
  • Spectacular views of Mardi Himal, Hiuchuli, Annapurna South including the best view of Machhapuchhre
  • Spot endangered species like Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Spotted deer, Mona including Pheasants nest
  • Colorful rhododendron forests, peaceful routes, ethnic villages and lush farmlands with hospitable locals
  • Golden opportunity for spectacular sunrise and sunset you’ll ever see
  • A must visit place for trekkers loving adventure and less human traffic
  • Walk through rich diverse trek from beautiful forests to rocky mountain terrain
  • A complete package of both natural and cultural aspects
DaysOutline ItineraryMax. AltitudeTravel Duration
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu1338m, Kathmandu-
Day 02Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation1338m, Kathmandu-
Day 03Drive to Pokhara910m, Pokhara6-7 hours of drive
Day 04Drive to Kande and Trek to Deurali1770m (Kande); 2200m (Deurali)1-2 hours of drive and 4-5 hours of trek
Day 05Trek to Low Camp3035m, Low Camp6-7 hours
Day 06Trek to High Camp3580m, High Camp5-6 hours
Day 07Excursion to Mardi Himal Base Camp4500m, Mardi Himal Base Camp5-6 hours
Day 08Trek to Siding Village1750m, Siding Village5-6 hours
Day 09Trek down to Lwang Ghalel Village1550m, Lwang Village4-5 hours
Day 10Lwang Village to Kholramukh and Drive back to Pokhara910m, Pokhara2-3 hours of drive and 2-3 hours of trek
Day 11Drive Back to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening1338m, Kathmandu6-7 hours of drive
Day 12Final Departure--
Day 1
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to the land of temples and idols!

Upon your arrival in the capital, our airport representative will pick you at Tribhuvan International Airport. They will then transfer you to your booked hotel. This day is a crucial day as you will get your full briefing about the trip. Also, you will get to meet your tour guide and fellow companions.

Make sure you carry your important documents like passports, photos, travel insurance paper. You need these documents for the permits and TIMS card.

After finishing this program, you are free to explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu. Enjoy the beautiful evening enjoying typical dishes and culture!

Day 2
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After the breakfast, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley commences. You will go in our private vehicle with our professional tour guide. There are so much to explore in this amazing city. You might know that among 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites, seven are solely located in Kathmandu. You might not be able to visit them all but you will visit most of them.

Some of the heritages you will go through are:

Durbar Squares (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square)

In Nepali, the word ‘durbar’ means big palace and as the name suggests these ancient places used to be the residence of ancient kings. You will visit the nearby temples and museum. You will see the preference for artistic culture during the Malla period.

All of the durbars are Pagoda styled. All of them has awe-striking temples of many god and goddess. Moreover, the historical story behind every single monument will amaze you.

Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath(Monkey Temple)

Both of them are the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. Built in the 5th century, these stupas signify the prevalence of Buddhism from ancient times. You will find a peaceful environment and serenity there.

Pashupatinath Temple

One of the most sacred Hindu temples, Pashupatinath is another serene place to visit. Along the eastern riverbank of Bagmati, you will have the pictures of the temple. The pagoda styled temple is the shrine of Lord Shiva. Also, the famous ‘aarti’ here in the evening is something you must see.

After all of these activities, you will have some free time. You can use it by yourself for further exploration and last-minute trek preparation. Thamel is the best place to look for your essentials.

Day 3
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara

Max. Altitude: 910m, Pokhara

Travel Duration: 6-7 hours of drive

Accommodation: Hotel

For your trek to begin, you will have to go Pokhara. From there, your official trek begins. The average driving distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara is about 207 kilometers. You can take a 6-7 hours scenic drive to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu.

On the drive, you will experience the raging rivers, high cascades, green hills, and confined highways!

The rest of the day is free. You can explore Pokhara at this time. Known as the gateway to Annapurna region, Pokhara has a lot to offer. You will find a lot of pubs, typical restros and cafes as per your choice. Also, there are options for last-minute trek-shopping in this tourist hub.

Day 4
Day 04: Drive to Kande and Trek to Deurali (2200m), 4-5 hours

Max. Altitude: 1770m (Kande); 2200m (Deurali)

Travel Duration: 1-2 hours

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Accommodation: Teahouse/Guesthouse

After your morning breakfast, you will first take an hour drive to Kande, at 1770m. Kande is the commencing point of your trek. Kande itself is a good viewpoint for the Himalayas. From the stop, you will ascend up to a beautiful settlement of Australian Camp at the 2100m elevation. An Australian Camp is a scenic place with the panoramic view of both Annapurna range and Pokhara valley.

The path is complete uphill but the freshness of surrounding will make your walk pleasant. From Pothana, you will gradually reach up to Deurali within 2-3 hours. Pothana is also the permit-checking point for you. This day will give you a good easy start for the whole trek. Overnight at a teahouse of Deurali!

Deurali is a small settlement at the top of a ridge beside the Modi Khola. The village is at an elevation in between Annapurna South and Mardi Himal, Mt Fishtail.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Low Camp (3035m), 6-7 hours

Max. Altitude: 3035m, Low Camp

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Accommodation: Teahouse/Guesthouse

Leaving Deurali, you will head off the forested ridge of Forest Camp. Forest Camp is a new trekking trail, fewer tea houses will be on your way. Thus, you need to carry enough snack-packs and water bottles.

You will have an amazing look upon colorful rhododendrons along with the trees of maple, hemlock, pine, and oak. The route is very peaceful with scenic serenity. Also, on the way, you can look out for Lophophorus, the national bird of Nepal.

Gradually ascending, you will be crossing high ridges and gorges. Following the narrow grasslands, you will reach Low Camp. As Low Camp has a couple of teahouses, you will stay here overnight. You will get the basic meal and accommodation services in the Low Camp’s teahouse.

You will have a closer view of Mt Fishtail and Mardi Himal from here. Enjoy the calm & clear skies with surrounding Himalayas and valley view towards south!

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to High Camp (3580m), 5-6 hours

Max. Altitude: 3580m, High Camp

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Accommodation: Teahouse/Guesthouse

Further continuing, you will head towards Badal Danda (Cloud Hill). The gorge is above the tree line from where you get better views than before. This alpine zone also has typical floras and faunas to offer. Snow Capped peaks of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli Himal, and Machhapuchhre will melt your heart.

The path is high grasslands with few floral hedges. Leaving tall trees, you will enjoy the lush vegetation of alpine shrubs and dwarf bushes. You can spot birds like Himalayan Monal and Imperial Pheasant.

As the path gets higher, you need to have a certain level of fitness. You will not have to go through direct climbing. Yet, you should be aware of the increasing altitude as well. Your body is prone to AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness) on such elevations.

Climbing more uphill you will get to High Camp, another small pastureland. The floating clouds will blow your mind for sure. The snow-capped mount ranges get clearer and closer. Also, you have an amazing sunset view!

Day 7
Day 07: Excursion to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m), 5-6 hours

Max. Altitude: 4500m, Mardi Himal Base Camp

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Accommodation: Teahouse/Guesthouse

You will start your trek today early in the morning before the sunrise. This day is the hardest day of the trek. The uphill gets steeper and walks are longer. At some points, the paths are quite challenging. So, you need to be careful and well-prepared.

On 1-2 hours of arduous ascend, you will reach a ridge marked as MBC (Mardi Himal Base Camp). However, the actual MBC is still 2-3 hours far along the ridge.

As soon as MBC begins, the view gets unimaginably alluring. At the vantage point of Mardi Himal Base Camp, Fishtail and Mardi Himal appear right above you. Mt. Annapurna I, Gangapurna, and Mt. Annapurna III also appear right next to them. The close Himalayan scene is outstanding and magnificent. Moreover, you will have a fantastic sunrise view over the Himalayas.

You will again retrace the steep grassland. At the season, the path is full of yaks and sheep. After 6 tough hours of walk on the mountain terrain, relish the adventure of Annapurna region!

You will be back the same way and be back to High Camp for overnight!

Day 8
Day 08: Trek to Siding village (1,750m), 5-6 hours

Max. Altitude: 1750m, Siding Village

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Accommodation: Teahouse/Guesthouse

This is another precious morning in this land of Himalayas. The splendid panorama of mountains is rewarding and gratifying. After your breakfast, you will start your journey towards Siding Village. The trail will be through dense pine and rhododendron forests. Like other days, the route is friendly and quiet with few trekkers. You will have your lunch at the Low Camp.

Then, you will continue your walk down to Siding village. The path back towards Siding could be sloppy and slippery. So, you should be careful while descending down. Siding village is at the junction to another East and West route of Mardi. Explore the area enjoying the exotic flora and fauna, mount ranges, and unique landscape!

Day 9
Day 09: Trek down to Lwang Ghalel Village (1550m), 4-5 hours

Max. Altitude: 1550m, Lwang Village

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Accommodation: Teahouse/Home-stay

Descending through rhododendron and Maple forest, the view of valley starts to widen. Following the usual route, you will reach a junction point- Ghalel. You will have your lunch there. Out of multiple ways, you will take the route to Lwang village.

With gradual ups and downs, you will also face some pretty flat trails. Finally, you will reach Lwang Village. Lwang village is a culturally beautiful village in Annapurna Region. The unique tradition signifies the richness within the remoteness. You can also see the office of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and the homestay management committee.

You have multiple options in this village. Plus, the scenic view is just impeccable. The Fishtail appears outstandingly calm. In this village, you will get to soak into rich Gurung culture. Also, there is a beautiful waterfall that offers exciting canyoning adventures.

Here, you will learn more about village life. You can observe cattle farming, churning of yogurt, making of butter, the traditional way of grinding cereals, and many more. Your evening will be melodious with the folk dances and songs by the local people.

For overnight, you will stay in the homestay of a lovely Gurung family and enjoy their hospitality.

Day 10
Day 10: Lwang Village to Kholramukh (2-3 hours) and Drive Back to Pokhara (2-3 hours)

Max. Altitude: 910m, Pokhara

Travel Duration: 2-3 hours of drive

Trek Duration: 2-3 hours

Accommodation: Hotel

This day, you can visit the large tea gardens. About 50 hectares of land are cultivated for organic tea. The mount view will also accompany you. You will watch the real countryside and enjoy local organic food.

After your breakfast, you will trek down to Khorlamukh. Your trekking ends officially at this spot! From there, you will drive further to Pokhara by a jeep. This is another scenic drive along the Modi Khola. You will enjoy the refreshing farm villages and rice paddy terraces. You will experience another wonderful adventure on the hidden trail of Annapurna area. Within 2-3 hours, you will then reach Pokhara for the overnight.

Your evening time is leisure so you can celebrate your trek accomplishment here. You can re-freshen up at Lakeside, a famous spot. Besides, you can also visit Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, International Mountain Museum, and many more. You can also go for rowing, boating or water zorbing. Overnight at the hotel!

Day 11
Day 11: Drive Back to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner in the Evening

After your breakfast, you will take a drive back to Kathmandu.

You will reach Kathmandu within 6-7 hours by bus. As there will be some leisure time, you can utilize your time buying souvenirs for your close ones. You will get many pretty kinds of stuff here! Also, don’t forget to give yourself the celebration treat!

And, be ready in the evening to join our farewell dinner.

Day 12
Day 12: Final Departure

A week-long exciting adventure comes to an end! As per your flight timings, our airport representative will drop you back to the airport.

If you want to customize the itinerary of the trip, we will be more than happy to help! Feel free to share such ideas or any query with us.

Also, depending upon the level of your physical fitness, the itinerary of the trek can be modified. As Mardi lies in Annapurna Region, the trek can be combined with other connected treks like Ghandruk Trek, Sickles Trek, etc.

Also, we offer the tailor-made trip, so do contact us for any details or queries.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Facts

  • Annapurna Region
  • Teahouse Trekking
  • 4500m
  • 12 Days
  • 7 Days
  • Min 2 to Max 14 persons
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 5-6 hours in a day
  • March and Autumn
  • Pokhara
  • Kande/Khorlamukh

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