mardi himal trek

Mardi Himal Trek

The Mardi Himal Trek is the trending short trekking trail that lies in Annapurna Region. Due to amazing views of mountains, this trekking trail became a bucket list for travelers within a short span of time.

On this Trek, you will be very close to Mt. Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Ranges too. Apart from that, you can taste local cultural experience, Lush forests, hilly terrain, and panoramic views of mountains.

Till some years ago, trekking to Mardi Himal was like off the beaten path but now it’s completely changed. Because during the main trekking season on this trial, more than 200 people check-in each day. And this trend is uplifting year by year. So we categorized the Mardi Himal as a trending trekking trail of Nepal.

Sounds surprising but it’s real that Mardi Himal beat the most popular route of the Annapurna region without government promotional activities. Many say that it is a hidden gem of Annapurna, Nepal.

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6 Days Trek information

For a short trek in Annapurna, Mardi Himal Trekking 6 days is one of the best. Within 6 days duration, you can do it from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.

If we compared other older trekking trails in Annapurna, Mardi Trekking is less crowded. The trail is awesome and the view from the Mardi Himal Base Camp Hike is absolutely outstanding.

Most of the trail on Mardi Himal Hiking lies inside the Forest. We can do either Teahouse or camping. There are simple guesthouses and Homestays along the entire route. This trek provides cultural experience, delightful forests along with rocky mountain terrain, and panoramic views of the mountains, astonishing landscape, and a stunning waterfall.

Max Elevation 3540m High Camp
Trip duration 6 Days
Trekking Difficulty Easy to Moderate
Best Time/Season March, April and May and also October to Dec.
Lodge Type Teahouse
Permits TIMS and Permit

What are the Main Attractions of trail?

There are lots of things which make sense to do trekking to Mardi Himal. Here I’d pointed out some highlights.

  • To see Marvelous Annapurna Himalayas.
  • Get amazing view of Landscapes,waterfall and Forests.
  • The excellent viewpoint for Mt. Fishtail.
  • Sunrise and Sunset viewpoints, diversity
  • Experienced Local Cultures,Nepali food and lifestyle of Mardi Areas.

Getting there and Away

Our Trekking Guide picks you up from your hotel and your team will drive Kathmandu Newbuspark to Phedi-Pokhara By Micro Bus. It takes approx 7 hours to get Phedi( trekking starting point.) And your trekking will be finished at Lumle,Kaski. From Lumre you can get Local Bus to reach Pokhara City.

Where is The Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal Trek is located at Kaski, Gandaki Pradesh. Lap of Fishtail mountains, there is a small peak which is known as Mardi Himal. The altitude of Mardi Himal is 5,587-metre (18,330 ft). In terms of mountain ranges, it is situated at Annapurna Himalayan Range.

When is the Best Trekking Season for the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek?

Though trekking to Mardi Himal is double throughout the year, there are some seasons that are indeed the best time to visit there. Autumn and Spring are the best time of the year to make a visit to Mardi Himal Base Camp due to stable and clear weather.

Which Itinerary for the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is Best?

It depends on your holiday time in Nepal. There are many beautiful places adjoining the Mardi trail. All the side trips of the Mardi Himal are just awesome. Among them Starting from Kande and Ending at Siding is the best short itinerary.

How difficult is the Mardi Himal Trek?

In short, it is a moderately difficult trek as it’s maximum elevation is 3660m(High Camp). For those who have previous trekking experience, it is easy trekking for them. Likewise, for those who are novice trekkers, trekking to Mardi Himal Base Camp might be medium-difficult trekking as each day 5-6 hours walking with uphill climbs.

What types of accommodations can I expect while doing the Mardi Himal Trek?

As this trek lies near Pokhara, at the beginning or even end of the trek you will probably stay in Pokhara and you can expect a decent Hotel according to your budget. But along the Mardi trek, you are likely to stay in teahouses. You will find a basic teahouse whilst trekking to Mardi but views from the teahouse makes accommodation worthwhile.

How safe is Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek?

If you go through your own way or with those who ever trekked to Mardi Himal Base Camp can be dangerous in the case of missing the way. Above the High Camp to Mardi Himal Base, there are some parts where you need to have a guide who knows the safe trail. So if you are trekking with a guide who visited it already, trekking to Mardi Himal is safe.

What to see while trekking to the Mardi Himal Base Camp?

At the very beginning of the trek, you will see Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Boudha Himal, and the whole Annapurna range from Dhampus.

On the way, we can see Mount Dhaulgari from Pitam Deurali. Likewise from Low Camp to High Camp, you will see amazing views of Machhapuchhre Himal, Annapurna South, Mardi Himal, and Hiunchuli Peak.

Regardless, from ViewPoint to Mardi Himal Base Camp, you will see dramatic views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna Fang, Annapurna III, Mardi Himal, and Machhapuchhre.

6 Days Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

Days Itinerary Altitude in meter Hour
Day 1 Drive to Dhampus Phedi and Trek to Dhampus 1650m 9 Hour
Day 2 Dhampus to Forest Camp 2520m 7 hour
Day 3 Forest Camp to Badal Danda 3150m 6 hr
Day 4 Trek to High Camp 3540m 3 hr
Day 5 Hike to Mardi Himal Base camp and trek to Low Camp 3150m. 8 hr
Day 6 Trek to Lumre and Drive to Pokhara 800m 7-8 hr

Trek Duration

You can do Mardi Trek within 6 days to 10 days. If you have limited time like 6 days in Nepal then you can fly in and Fly out to Pokhara to Kathmandu. It can save your 2 days time. From Pokhara you can do Mardi Himal Base Camp also 4 nights 5 days. But if you have more than a week’s time then you can extend your trip. You can do Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Mardi Himal.

Taking Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu flights and start the trek on the same day is ideal for the tourist who has holidays less than a week. We also provide tailor-made for this trek, so please contact us giving your details and requirements. We can also offer you this trek itinerary 3 nights 4 days from Pokhara to Pokhara.

Cost

The Cost for Mardi Trek is 498 USD per person for 6 days trekking Kathmandu to Pokhara. This is the cheapest offer from Base Camp Hike Pvt Ltd. If you are in a group, you’ll get some discount for Mardi Trekking.

Cost Include:

  • Airport pick up and drop off and by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights tourist standard Hotel in Kathmandu (BB plan)
  • 1 night Tourist standard Hotel in the Pokhara
  • 3 Meals on Trekking: (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • Seasonal Fruits
  • Sleeping Bag for trekking (If required)
  • Teahouse basis trekking accommodation on trekking duration.
  • Tourist bus transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu for guest and guide.
  • Communicative English speaking license holder guide.
  • One porter for two guests who carry maximum 25 kilograms.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits.
  • Pokhara hotel to Phedi and Lumre to Pokhara hotel by Private vehicle.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, and allowances of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
  • Trekking Map.
  • One Nepali sim card(Ncell) for local communication.
  • Trekking completion certificate from company.

Cost Exclude :

  • International Airfare and Airport taxes.
  • Visa fees.
  • Lunch and Dinner during staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any kinds of charges like battery charges, laundry, phone calls, any drinks .
  • Hot shower during trekking
  • Trekking Equipment and clothing.
  • Travel insurance which is encased of emergency (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Donation and temple entrance fees.
  • Tips for the trekking staffs which is not compulsory but highly expected.
  • Any other things which are not specified above.

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Mardi Himal Map

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Mardi Himal Trek Map

Mardi Trek Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Pokhara and trek to Dhampus

  • 1650m
  • 8 Hours drive
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  • Guest House
  • Breakfast,Launch,Dinner

We will use Micro Bus to go Phedi-Pokhara. Trekking Guide will come to pick up at the hotel then you will go together buspark to catch Micro Bus. During the drive(KTM to Pokhara), you’ll see beautiful rice field, landscape, Trisuli River and Also Marsyandi River. If the weather is clear, you will also see the Panoramic view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre and as well as Annapurna mountain range. On the to Phedi we will have breakfast and lunch.From Phedi we will start our trek and it takes 2 hours to reach Dhampus Phedi. We’ll stay first night at Dhampus.

Drive to Pokhara for Mardi Hike

 

Dhampus

Day 02: Dhampus to Forest Camp.

  • 2520m
  • 7 hours
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  • Guest House
  • Breakfast,Launch,Dinner

After having breakfast at Dhampus, we’ll start our journey to Forest Camp. Around 3 hours trek from Dhampus, we’ll be in Deurali.After lunch at Deurali, our trail passes through the forest of Rhododendrons, Oak, Maple, and Hemlock. Stay overnight there at Forest Camp. There are four simple teahouses in Forest Camp.

Day 03: Trek to Badal Danda

  • 3150m
  • 5 hour
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  • Guest House
  • Breakfast,Launch,Dinner

From Forest Camp to Low Camp, trekking passing more jungle with a superb view of Annapurna South before getting into Low Camp. One and half hour walking from forest camp, you’ll be at Badal Danda. There are 4 simple teahouses in Badal Danda. We can get WIFI at the teahouse of Badal Danda. Some minutes walking from Badal Danda, we leave the tree line areas.

Trek to Badal Danda

 

Trek to Mardi High Camp

Day 04: Trek to High Camp

  • 3540m
  • 4 hour
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  • Guest House
  • Breakfast,Launch,Dinner

After Badal Danda, the trail breaks out above the tree line and towards the west. From there we can see a good view of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Sometimes we can also see the Daphne pheasant (national bird of Nepal) on our way to high camp. The tea houses at high camp are also simple but they have WIFI. View from the lodge is superb to Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

Day 05: Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and trek to Low Camp

  • 4250m
  • 6 hour
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  • Guest House
  • Breakfast,Launch,Dinner

Today we’ll wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise view of the mountains. We’ll hike through a narrow way before reaching the Upper Viewpoint. We can see Mardi Himal (5587m), Machapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna I (8091m), Baraha Shikhar (Annapurna Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singu Chuli (6501m) and more others from Upper Viewpoint. After reaching Mardi Himal Base Camp, we’ll trek back to High Camp.

Mardi Himal Base Camp

 

view from lumre

Day 06: Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara

  • 5 hours walking and 2 hours driving
  • Guest House
  • Breakfast

Trail from Low Camp to Siding is steep down. It takes approx 3 hours to reach Siding from Low Camp Hotel. Siding with Lumre is an easy way which takes about 2 hours to reach Lumre. On the way to Lumre, we will see the beautiful waterfall and landscape. From Lumre we can use a private jeep or local bus according to our choice to go Pokhara. Overnight stay at Lakeside, Pokhara.