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Mardi Himal Trek

"Adventure on scenic ridges in the shade of Annapurna Himalaya range"

Trip Duration: 12 Days

Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek

  • Enjoy the adventure on a quiet scenic trail with majestic mountain views
  • Moderate to Adventurous walks to pristine areas of Mardi Himal base camp
  • Walk into lovely forested trails filled with tall rhododendron and pine trees
  • Trek beneath towering Machhapuchare Himal around Mardi Himal area
  • On an exclusive trail to Mardi Himal away from main-stream trekking routes
  • Grand panorama of Annapurna and Machhapuchare with Fish-Tail twin summit
Trip Profile:
  • Trip Mode: Hotel while in cities with local Lodge on treks
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.
  • Highest elevation gain: At Mardi Himal Base Camp 4,500 m high.
  • Daily walks: Minimum of 3-4 hrs to maximum 5-6 hrs.
  • Trek duration: 07 Nights and 08 Days (Pokhara to Pokhara)
  • Total Trip: 11Nights and 12 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu.

Mardi Himal Trek Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is an adventure into fresh new areas within the hidden pockets of the Annapurna Himalaya region. The walk leads you on high scenic ridges and hills with uninterrupted views of stunning Annapurna Himalaya peaks with Machhapuchare Himal the famous ‘Fish-Tail’ peak. Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks offers an exclusive journey into high green hills within the Annapurna Himalaya range of mountains. The Mardi Himal located at the height of 5,555m / 18,225 ft. Mardi Himal base camp is beneath the towering South Face of Machhapuchare peak known as Fish-Tail, due to its twin summit peaks.

Mardi Himal base camp Trek 12 days itinerary leads you to far-flung corners of the Annapurna Himalaya range. This elusive trail seldom ventured by other few trekkers and being away from the main busy path of the Annapurna region. Trek Starts from beautiful Pokhara blessed with the natural beauty of mountains and lakes a short drive leads. Beyond Pokhara valley leading to a climb to scenic spots of Australian Camp and at Potana within deep green woodland facing outmost views of Annapurna range of peaks.

The trail continues heading dense woodland of tall rhododendron and pine trees. Then suddenly, tree lines drop entering at pristine surrounding — Mardi Himal base camp trekking, facing alluring views of Annapurna-Machhapuchare and Manaslu mountain range. After a beautiful dramatic moment, head back on the same trail and then route diverts to new areas on a downhill walk to catch a ride back to Pokhara. It is our marvelous adventure Mardi Himal Trekking concludes.

Mardi Himal Trek Route

You will start the Mardi Himal trek from Pokhara after a 6-7 hour drive or 25 flight from Kathmandu. From Pokhara, you will drive to Kanda and starts to trek Dureli via Australian camp.

Then you will be flowing lush green forest trail you will reach to Forest Camp at Kokar. From Forest Camp, you will gradually be ascending towards Low Camp. From Low Camp, you get stunning views of the Machhapuchre Mountains.

The Low Camp trekking trail leads you towards High Camp after gaining 3 hours an altitude. The next day morning you will flow the rocky and steep narrow path takes you to the base camp of the Mardi Himal trek.

There are routes to back from the High Camp to Siding. But you will take the way to Siding via Low camp. The trekking routes flowing the steep downhill through the dense green forest. However, you can walk slowly and carefully arrive at the destination comfortably. The next day you will take a jeep and drive back to the beautiful city Pokhara.

Best Seasons for Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

Nearly all seasons of the year can trek, where March to May springtime will be the best time when wild-flowers, especially the rhododendron (Nepal national flower) in full bloom. The walk is more appealing with beautiful, bright morning till afternoon, with some chances of rains sometimes.

October to mid-December, another best month around Autumn/Fall and the beginning of wintertime, when most of the days are clear for views and walks but can be much colder and freezing as altitude gains with chances of snow sometimes.

Monsoon months from mid-June to mid-September, a wet rainy seasons were less number of trekkers venture. Some lodge in mid monsoon and mid-winter where inn can be closed sometimes due to harsh and humid climate, which makes the walking trails much harder and slippery. But much greener hills with lush vegetation in wet seasons, so the choice as per your holidays for Nepal and Mardi Himal Trekking.

How difficult is the Mardi Himal Trek?

The Mardi Himal trek is a moderate level of trekking difficulty. The trekking trail gains popularity because of the immense natural beauty. The walking distance is short and easy. This trek can participate who are novice trekkers.

Most of the Mardi Himal trek trekkers rate this easy trekking trail. It is a tea house base trekking trail. Trekkers rates the Mardi Himal trek is easy because of the shorter trekking trail can walk without any difficulty. The beginner trekkers can easily climb the trekking trail, it leads you through the gradual trekking trail, no more up steep uphill. But you have to walk through the ridge of hills.

During the Mardi Himal trek, you have to walk 5-6 hours a day. But if you have a proper rest you can easily make it. Even though you will be climbing up hills, altitude will not be a problem to walk. You can easily adjust to the new environment, proper resting.

You will not stay for a long time in high altitude Mardi Himal base camp trek. So, you won’t get any problem with altitude sickness. However, you have to aware of altitude sickness symptoms and precautions.

The highest altitude of the trek is 4500m above sea level. When you make it to Mardi Himal base camp, you will forget all the pain and enjoy the remarkable views of the Himalayan range.

If you trek the best trekking season, you will not any difficulty along the trekking trail. Otherwise, you have prepared trekking gears and clothing as per the trekking season.

So, the Mardi Himal trek is easy to trek compared with other trekking trails in Nepal.

Mardi Himal Trek Short Outline Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 02: In Kathmandu options for a sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
  • Day 03: Drive or Fly to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins by air) with 6 hrs overland.
  • Day 04: Drive to Kande walk to Deurali 2,060 m via Thulo Kharka (Australian Camp) – 05 hrs.
  • Day 05: Trek to Kokar Forest camp 2,520 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 06: Trek to Badal Danda / Low Camp 2,970 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 07: Trek to High Camp 3,700 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 08: At High Camp for a hike to Mardi Himal base camp above 4,495 m.
  • Day 09: Trek to Siding village 1,750m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 10: Drive back to Pokhara 850 m -04 hrs walk and ride.
  • Day 11: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 12: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.

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Mardi Himal Trek Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.

High altitude: 1340m, Kathmandu 

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast 

  • Reach Kathmandu received by Adventure Alpine Gorkha guide and staff
  • Transfer to your respective hotel explores around the streets of Kathmandu and the Thamel area.
  • Trek briefing includes welcome dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with culture programs of the country.
Day 02: In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Activity: Kathmandu Valley tour 

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast,   

  • Free day in Kathmandu preparation for trek to Mardi Himal base camp
  • Options for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive or Fly to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins by air) with 6 hrs overland.

High altitude: 860m, Pokhara

Activity: 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive to Pokhara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast,  

  • 6:30 a.m. or 7 a.m. Overland journey to Pokhara city 5-6 hrs drive
  • On arrival transfer to respective hotels by the Phewa Lake
  • Time for short walks and enjoy a view of lake and Annapurna peaks.

(Flight options 30 minutes to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu by air)

Day 04: Drive to Kande walk to Deurali 2,060 m via Thulo Kharka (Australian Camp) - 05 hrs.

High altitude: 2060m, Deurali

Activity: 1-hour drive, 4-5 hours walk 

Accommodation: Tea houses

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner  

  • After breakfast short drive from Pokhara to Kande of less than two hours.
  • Climb into the forested area to Australian Camp / Thulo Kharka facing views of Annapurna peaks.
  • Walk for few hours past Potana to Deurali hilltop after few hours of walks for overnight stop surrounded with scenery of Annapurna Himalaya range.
Day 05: Trek to Kokar Forest camp 2,520 m - 05 hrs.

High altitude: 2520m Forest Camp

Activity: 5hours walk

Accommodation: Tea houses

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner  

  • Morning breakfasts with mountain views and walks uphill into the forest area
  • Continue to walk through rhododendron and pine tree lines forest with short rest
  • Reach at Kokar Forest Camp for overnight located in the woodland
  • Forest Camp a place with few small lodges to stay.
Day 06: Trek to Badal Danda / Low Camp 2,970 m - 05 hrs.

High altitude: 2920m, Low Camp

Activity: 4 hours walk

Accommodation: Tea houses

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Walk further uphill into forest facing grand views of peaks
  • After a good walk and climb reach at Badal Danda at Low Camp for an overnight stop
  • The place with few good small lodges offers grand views of the Annapurna Mountain range.
Day 07: Trek to High Camp 3,700 m - 04 hrs.

High altitude: 3700m, High Camp

Activity: 4 hours walk

Accommodation: Tea houses

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner  

  • Today walk higher up to our destination at High Camp past tree lines
  • After a steep climb and short rest reach at High Camp the highest spot for an overnight stop.
  • Enjoy stunning views of peaks and dramatic landscapes at High Camp.
Day 08: At High Camp for hike to Mardi Himal base camp above 4,495 m.

High altitude: 4500m Mardi Himal Base Camp

Activity: 4 hours walk

Accommodation: Tea houses

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner  

  • Free day at High Camp for a hike to Mardi Himal base taking 3-4 hrs walks
  • At Mardi Himal Base Camp enjoy a marvelous panorama of Annapurna Himalaya with close views of Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’
  • Walk back to High Camp for the last overnight stop within the Mardi Himal area.
Day 09: Trek to Siding village 1,750m - 05 hrs.

High altitude: 1750m, Siding

Activity: 4-5 hours walk

Accommodation: Tea houses

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner  

  • After breakfast downhill walk back into the forested area on the same route
  • Reach Low Camp  with views of mountains and glamorous scenery
  • Last day on high hills of Annapurna and Mardi Himal descend to low warm areas
  • After a good downhill into a forest reaches farm village at Siding for last overnight around hill farm village.
Day 10: Drive back to Pokhara 850 m -04 hrs walk and ride.

Activity: 2-hour drive back to Pokhara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,

  • End of the walk taking a drive to back Pokhara few hours journey
  • At Pokhara transfer to respective hotels for overnight by the Lake Phewa
  • Enough time to enjoy walking around shops and streets by the lake
Day 11: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Activity: 25 minutes of flight 

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast  

  • Morning drive on the busy interesting highway to Kathmandu
  • On route lunch after 2-3 hrs journey then reach back at Kathmandu.
  • Time for leisure activities and shopping around Kathmandu
    (Flight options 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara by air)
Day 13: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.
  • Last day in Nepal depart hotel as per your international flight time
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks staff-guide transfer you for International departure homeward bound or to respective countries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Mardi Himal?

Mardi Himal is in the 5,587m altitude from the sea level, and it lies in the Annapurna conservation trek. It is located at the east of Modi across the valley from Himchuli. Mardi Himal trek is a tropical and mesmerizing trekking route in the western part of the Annapurna region of Nepal. From the base camp, you enjoy the incredible views of the Annapurna region Himalayan range. The trip offers outstanding views of glacial valleys, diverse landscape, nature, and crystal clear snowcapped mountains.

How many people will be in the group?

From a minimum of 3-4 people in the group with a maximum of 10-15 persons in the group, in some cases, we do allow booking for a single person as well, running independently at extra cost than in groups.

What will be weather like on the trek?

As per season-wise, the best time from March to May, when most of the day is bright with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas.
Where most of the morning till middays clears for views and walks, sometimes afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. March to May will be lively with wild-flowers in full bloom, especially various species of rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) from trees to short bushes.

How are the lodge and Tea-House on Treks?

Tea-House the word used in early days when there was smaller numbers of lodges on route trekking, at present each villages has more than 10 to 20 good lodges with pleasant rooms accommodations, serving excellent food menus as per the season wise.

Some village above 2,500 m do have nice lodge, but due to freezing cold temperatures in night and morning time where they have toilets on the outside, with some inside as common bath rooms and rest rooms.

All rooms and dining with warm heating and cozy facilities to make your stay much pleasant and enjoyable.

Are there electricity and network for cell-phones?

Most of the places do have electricity on route trekking run by hydro-power after main villages, where much of electric supply are private and individual of the lodge owners with sun / solar power to activate electric just for the lodge and as well for customers to charge their computers and cell-phones.

Some places do have networks for cell phones and as well for internets like Wi-Fi above Deurali due to high peaks and hills, the networks are disturbed in deep areas like around river gorge areas.

At present nearly all people in Nepal including remote villages do have assist to cell-phones with fine network connection only in bad weather the line can be broken, otherwise it is fine in working order.

What happens if some is sick and have to break the trek?

In this situation where our guides are well equipped with knowledge for emergency and medical purpose, depending upon the seriousness of the victims if it is much critical where nearest medical attention needed, we call for immediate evacuation for Helicopter services to reach the victims to nearest medical station and hospital.

Who are Gurung people?

Gurung tribes are high hills people of Nepal Far Mid-West Himalaya spread out throughout Nepal, where most concentrated within Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area of both Hindu and Buddhist religion and origin, these hill tribes are famous as legendry Gorkha soldiers in foreign legion and army like British, India as well some as police force in Singapore and security guards in many parts of the world overseas.

Besides men-folk as famous Gorkha soldiers the hill people are mostly farmers and cattle herders as traditional profession.

What to expect on this journey?

Scenic views of world’s highest mountains with Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Manaslu range include magnificent Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ peaks, where walk leads you around Buddhist country interwoven with old traditional farm life and custom.

Walk leads to visit Gurung villages and encountering many farm fields and terraces of interesting traditional life of the local villagers.


Is it really beautiful in flowering months of March to May?

Absolutely the best months of the year and seasons for botany students, flower and nature lovers, where hills and valley alive with wild flowers in full bloom with riots of different colors, rhododendron from tall trees to short bushes will be in flowering times, rhododendron national flower of Nepal also.

Cost Includes
  • Twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Twin sharing accommodation with breakfast at a two start category hotel in Pokhara
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu including monument entry fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available teahouse twin sharing during the trek
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader and porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu – Pokhara and Pokhara – Kathmandu transfers by private vehicle
  • Seasonal fresh fruits deserts every day
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, for use during the trek
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • All government taxes & office service charge
  • Farewell dinner
Cost Excludes
  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International/Domestic airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • All kind of drinks (alcoholic, hot, or cold)
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc.)
  • Personal equipment’s and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)
Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration: 12 Days

  • Destination: Nepal

  • Group Size: 2-16

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Adventurous

  • Altitude: Mardi Himal Base Camp 4,500 m

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