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Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days

Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days

Annapurna Region
Mardi trek
Annapurnsa South view from Mardi Himal base camp
Mardi base camp, singu chuli peak view
guide minar and customer at Mardi Himal Base Camp, fishtail view
Mardi base camp
Mardi trek

Trip Facts

Duration : 5 Days Max-Altitude : 4500 m Program Type : Tea House Best Season : Sep to Jan, March to Aug Per Day Walking : 6/7 Hours Trek Grade : Grade 3:

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Mode of Travel : Land


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Group Price

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $430
2 Paxes $400
2-4 Paxes $380
4-6 Paxes $360
6-10 Paxes $340
10-15 Paxes $300
15+Paxes $300

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Experience the Mardi Himal Trek 5-day Journey from Pokhara

The Mardi Himal Trek traverses the scenic ridge that separates the Modi Khola and Mardi Khola valleys, offering a delightful adventure for all. This trek leads you through some of the world’s most stunning valleys, including Pitamber, Deurali, and Badal Danda ridges, as well as enchanting rhododendron forests. It is even possible to embark on this trek during winter, provided you come prepared with essential gear like sturdy trekking shoes, warm clothing, down jackets, and microspikes. Often referred to as the Annapurna Hidden Treasure Trek, the Mardi Trek treats you to picturesque landscapes and captivating scenery throughout the entire trail.

Mardi Himal Trek is open for tourism:

In 2012, the Mardi Himal base camp trails were opened following a survey conducted by the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

Among the five-day treks in the region, the Mardi Himal trek is considered the most accessible, providing stunning views of snow-capped mountains such as Annapurna South (7,219 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Him Chuli (6,441 m), Mardi Himal (5,553 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m), Dhaulagiri Himal (8,167 m), and more. Situated east of the popular Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Trek runs alongside the majestic Fishtail Mountain and is the nearest trek to the newly inaugurated Kori trek.

The Mardi Himal trek commences with a 40-minute drive from Pokhara to Naudanda Kande on the Beni Baglung Highway, followed by a 1.5-hour hike to Australian Camp. Australian Camp offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Pokhara valleys. Presently, the camp is located at Pitam Deurali, nestled between Annapurna South and Mardi Himal. It provides a magnificent vantage point overlooking the Modi Khola Gorge and a rhododendron forest.

Details About the Mardi Trek:

The Mardi Himal trek offers an enchanting experience as you traverse narrow pathways through a lush rhododendron forest at an elevation of approximately 3,300 meters. As you ascend, the landscape gradually transforms into rugged high mountains, unveiling a breathtaking panorama of the renowned Machhapuchhre Himal, also known as Fishtail. The region boasts a diverse range of trees, with rhododendron, bamboo, and oak trees being prominent features. Additionally, there are beautiful blue pines scattered throughout the forests at this altitude, adding to the scenic charm of the area. The Mardi Himal trek, which spans five days, is highly sought-after for its opportunity to witness the majestic Annapurna mountains firsthand.

Opting for a Mardi Himal trek provides an excellent alternative for those seeking to avoid crowds, similar to the popular Poon Hill trek. This route takes you through jungle trails, where you can encounter various wildlife and bird species, including the Himalayan Thar, long-tailed langurs (monkeys), and an array of colorful butterflies such as the Danphe, Kalij, and Monal. It allows for a more serene and immersive experience amidst the natural wonders of the region.

What makes us different?

The Nepal Wilderness Trekking Agency offers a comprehensive 5-day Mardi Trek itinerary accompanied by experienced local guides and porters. Our team of guides comprises knowledgeable locals who possess in-depth expertise regarding the region’s routes, mountains, cultures, and communities. They have undergone rigorous wilderness first aid training and hold valid licenses in first aid and law enforcement. Our guides and porters are fully insured and equipped with the necessary gear for a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Our Mardi Himal trek package is competitively priced, with no hidden costs other than gratuities for the guides and porters.

How long is the Mardi Himal trek?

The duration of the Mardi Himal Hike can vary depending on your availability and physical fitness level. Typically, the trek spans 4 nights and 5 days, starting and ending in Pokhara. For those with limited time, if you have more time, it is possible to combine the Mardi Himal trek with other related treks in the Annapurna region, such as the Ghandruk Trek, Panchase Trek, or Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Our agency has meticulously crafted a standard 5-day itinerary that is well-suited for average trekkers. To expedite the journey, it is possible to take domestic flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara and commence the trek on the same day too, thus reducing travel time.

The best tea houses on the Mardi Himal Base Camp route

  1. Hotel super top view (Pitamber derail)
  2. Splendid view (Lodge low camp)
  3. Namaste Lodge (high camp)

Mardi Trek highlights

● The best view of the Annapurna range can be seen from Mardi Himal.
● Three mountains soar above 8,000 meters. Annapurna I (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m),
and Manaslu (8,163 m) .
● The trek between Pokhara and Mardi Himal is 31.0 kilometers (19 miles).
● Significant hike through rhododendron jungle in an eco-friendly environment in the
Annapurna region.
● The four-night, five-day Short Mardi Trek begins in Pokhara and travels to Kande, Potana,
the forest camp, the low camp, the high camp, and Siden village.
● If you have additional days, you can continue the SIKLES Village Kori trek via Dhibrang.

The best place to take photos:

The Mardi Base Camp Hotels offer an idyllic setting surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks, providing an excellent vantage point for capturing stunning photographs of the Annapurna Himalayan range. The location is ideal for capturing breathtaking videos, particularly from the balcony, which provides a mirror-like reflection of the scenic beauty.

Mardi Himal distance:

The Mardi Himal trek covers a total distance of 57 kilometers (35 miles) in both directions. The journey begins with a 27-kilometer drive from Pokhara to Kande, followed by a trek through various destinations such as Australian Camp, Pothana, Deurali, Forest Camp, Low Camp, Middle Camp (Badal Danda), High Camp, and finally Mardi Himal Base Camp. On the return, the trail passes through Low Camp before veering off towards Siding Village.

The distance from Pokhara to Mardi Himal Base Camp is 31.0 kilometers (19 miles) one way. Along the trek, there are several tea houses where trekkers can take breaks and rest. The trail itself is relatively straightforward and does not involve any challenging climbing sections. A typical day of trekking requires walking for five to six hours. Enjoyable stops along the way add to the overall delight of the journey.

Best Time for Mardi Himal Trekking:

For the Mardi Himal trek, the optimal months to embark on this adventure are March, April, May, September, October, and November. These months are considered the best for trekking due to favorable weather conditions in the Annapurna Region. Specifically, the post-monsoon season is preferred for the Mardi Himal Trek as the summer rains have subsided, resulting in clear and blue skies that enhance the overall trekking experience.

Mardi Himal Trek in December

The Mardi Himal Trek in December offers trekkers a captivating experience with its natural beauty and snow-covered trails. As December marks the beginning of the winter season, it is considered the off-season for this trek. The advantage of trekking during this time is that the trails are quiet and less crowded, allowing for a more serene and private trekking experience. Moreover, trekkers can enjoy stunning views of the majestic peaks in the area.

If you plan to embark on the Mardi Himal Trek in December, it is important to make appropriate preparations and strategies. This includes packing suitable clothing and equipment to ensure warmth and comfort throughout the journey. The sight of snow-covered pathways and forests adds to the breathtaking scenery, making it a unique and memorable experience during this time of year.

Mardi Himal or Poon Hill trek?

The Annapurna region offers two popular treks, namely Mardi Himal and Poon Hill, each with its own unique highlights. The Mardi Himal trek provides excellent opportunities to admire mountain vistas, while the Poon Hill trek offers breathtaking sunrise views. Both treks allow you to witness the stunning Annapurna Himalayas and immerse yourself in the vibrant Gurung and Magar cultures. The Poon Hill trek typically takes 3 days from Pokhara, while the Mardi Himal trek spans over 5 days. If you have a total of 10 days available, it is possible to extend your journey by combining the Mardi Himal trek with a continuation of the Annapurna base camp

How safe is Mardi Himal Trek?

Ensuring the safety of our customers is our top priority throughout the Mardi Himal Trek and other treks in the region. As a local trekking company, we are committed to providing high-quality services without compromising on safety. Our team of experienced guides and staff is dedicated to maintaining impeccable judgment, displaying kindness, and delivering competent guidance to ensure the safety and well-being of our participants. We strive to create a safe and secure trekking experience for all our customers.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Your guide and porter will pick you up at your hotel in Pokhara at 8 AM and drive to Kande, where your trek began, the trek to Pitan Deurali (1925m, about 4 hours trek). Overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 02: From Pitan Deurali to Low Camp (2985m). After trekking for about four hours, you will stop for lunch at Forest Camp (2600m). It takes 6 hours to trek from Pitan Deurali to the Low Camp, and overnight stay at the Lodge.
  • Day 03: Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (3,700m). There will be spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to the left. The trek to High Camp (3550m) took about four hours. Overnight at the Lodge
  • Day 04: You will hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and back to High Camp on this excursion. Approximately four to five hours will be needed to complete the round trip. Alternatively, you can hike to a viewpoint about halfway and back to High Camp if you do not want to trek all the way to Mardi Himal. Trek down to Badal Danda (3210m), and then overnight at a lodge
  • Day 05: Trek to Siding village for 5 hours hike, and drive back to Pokhara. There is also the option of extending it one more day. If you add one day to your trek, you will trek from Siding to Lwang via Ghalel it takes about 5-6 hours, and drives back to Pokhara.

Cost Included

  • Pokhara to Kande by private car or Van and Siden village to Pokhara by sharing jeep
  • Clean Lodge accommodation on the way during your Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking.
  • Italian, Chinese, Nepali, Indian, and many other European Delicious Meals three times a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner chose by Menu)
  • ACAP permit and TIMS card permit for the Mardi Himal trek
  • One fluent English speaking, the government, registered, experienced, first aid trained guide who is friendly and familiar in this area and required porters, one porter, for every two pax
  • Guides/Porter's: food, accommodations, bus transportation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc
  • Kitbag for storing your belongings
  • Sleeping bag for a comfortable night's sleep on a trek in minus-25 degrees
  • Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes
  • A certificate of appreciation from Nepal wilderness trekking after a successful trek

Cost Excluded

  • Airfare for international flights
  • Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Nepal entry visa fees vary by duration (15 days - $25-30, 30 days
  • Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara before and after our journey
  • Personal equipment for high and cold temperatures
  • Emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation are covered by travel insurance
  • All beverages, Soft and caffeinated table drinks such as coke, beer,
  • Drinking water/mineral water, Dessert, etc. Hot shower, laundry
  • Tip for guide and porter
  • Excluded are all costs and expenses not listed under "cost includes"
  • Inclusion of costs or delays beyond the control of the management, such as landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The Mardi Himal trek is moderately challenging, with the highest point reaching around 4,500 meters in altitude. It requires a reasonable level of fitness and some prior trekking experience. The trail can be steep, rugged, and uneven at times. However, with proper preparation and guidance, most people with trekking experience should be able to complete the trek.
During the Mardi Himal trek, you can expect to walk for approximately 5 to 6 hours per day. The daily distance covered will vary depending on factors such as the pace of the group, trail conditions, and elevation gain. On average, you can expect to hike around 12-15 kilometers per day. These estimates are rough guidelines and can vary based on individual fitness levels and preferences. It's important to note that some days may involve shorter or longer walking hours and distances depending on the specific itinerary and trail conditions.
The accommodation on the Mardi Himal trek consists of basic tea houses or guesthouses. These tea houses provide simple rooms with twin beds or dormitory-style sleeping arrangements. The facilities are basic, and amenities such as electricity and hot water may not be available consistently. Meals are served in communal dining areas, offering local Nepali dishes and some Western options. It is recommended to bring a sleeping bag and personal toiletries for the trek. Tea houses can get crowded during peak seasons, so booking in advance or arriving early is advisable.
Yes, it is possible to add 2 to 3 extra days to the Mardi Himal trek to explore the Mardi High Camps. The cost for each additional day is $60. Adding more days allows for a more leisurely pace and the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the scenic surroundings. It is important to confirm the exact cost and arrangements with your trekking agency or guide.
In case of an emergency during the Mardi Himal trek, your guide will take necessary actions. They are knowledgeable about altitude sickness and will contact the insurance company for assistance. It is important to have insurance that covers emergency evacuations. The guide will closely monitor your health and communicate with you and the insurance company. If required, arrangements will be made for medical evacuation, potentially by helicopter, to a facility in Pokhara or Kathmandu. It is crucial to have a reliable guide and appropriate insurance coverage for a prompt and effective response to emergencies.
The ideal time to do the Mardi Himal trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season, which runs from February to May, or the post-monsoon (autumn) season, which starts from late September and extends until December. These periods offer the best weather and optimal trekking conditions in the region. During the pre-monsoon season (February to May), the weather is generally stable with clear skies, making it a popular time for trekking. The temperatures are moderate, and the rhododendron forests along the trail are in full bloom, adding vibrant colors to the landscape. The post-monsoon season (late September to December) is another excellent time to undertake the Mardi Himal trek. The monsoon rains would have subsided by late September, and the skies become clearer. The weather remains pleasant, with cooler temperatures and less chance of rainfall. The mountain views are often at their best during this time, offering spectacular panoramic vistas. Both seasons have their advantages, and the choice ultimately depends on personal preferences and availability. It's important to note that weather conditions can still vary, and it's always recommended to check the latest weather forecasts and consult with local trekking agencies or guides before finalizing your trekking plans.
For the Mardi Himal trek, you need two permits: the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) permit and the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit). The TIMS permit collects trekkers' information for safety, and the ACAP permit supports conservation efforts in the Annapurna region. You can obtain these permits through a registered trekking agency or at the entry checkpoint along the trekking route. It's important to carry these permits with you during the trek and present them when required.
No, there are no specific trek restrictions for the Mardi Himal trek. However, it's recommended to stay updated on any local regulations or requirements by checking with local authorities or trekking agencies before starting the trek.
Some challenges you might encounter on the Mardi Himal trek include: Altitude sickness: As the trek involves gaining altitude, there is a risk of altitude sickness. Proper acclimatization and awareness of symptoms are important. Weather conditions: Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, with rain, fog, and snow possible. Being prepared with appropriate clothing and equipment is essential. Trail conditions: The trail can be steep, rugged, and uneven. Proper footwear and caution while walking are important. Limited accommodation: There are limited rooms available along the trek, so it is advisable to book in advance to secure accommodations. Physical endurance: The trek requires a reasonable level of fitness and stamina due to long hours of walking. Having an experienced guide, being prepared with necessary gear, and maintaining good physical condition will help you overcome these challenges and enjoy a safe trek.

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