6 Days according to our itinerary but we can make short or long
Trekking Difficulty :
Easy to Moderate
Best Time/Season :
March, April, and May and also October to Dec.
Lodge Type :
TIMS and Permit
WIFI and Mobile Network :
All over the Route
The Mardi Himal Trek is a trending short hiking trail that lies in Annapurna Region. Being enrich with amazing mountains views, this trekking trail becoming trending trek in Annapurna in very short span of time.
This trail is best for short treks Near Pokhara
For short trekking in Annapurna, Mardi Trekking is one of the best. Nonetheless very close to Pokhra. Within 6 days duration, you can do it from Pokhara.
We are offering 6 days Mardi Himal Trek at cheap price. Get seasonal/group discounts and a professional guide/porters.
Where is it Located?
On the lap of Mount Fishtail(Machhapuchhre), there is one small peak which is known as Mardi Peak(Himal). It is not as tall as Fishtail and the height of this peak is 5500m . On the base of this peak, you can see the best views of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Fishtail.
Trekking to Mardi Peak
Some years ago, local people in the Madi area realized that they could make a trekking route to reach the base of mardi himal. So they started to make a route and infrastructure to make mardi himal as a trekking destination. Finally they made a route and teahouses for the trek. Since this trekking route offers best views of Fishtail and other annapurna peaks, it became a popular trekking destination for tourists.
Review of Trail: Is it is the best trail in Annapurna ?
It is absolutely outstanding hiking trail. We can review this trail according to trekking days, mountain views, trail structure, food and accommodation on route, traffic of tourists, and access from Kathmandu/Pokhara. View from the Mardi Himal Base Camp Hike is absolutely outstanding.
This trekking is for those who are looking for the best short Himalayan trek in Nepal. It is short timebound trekking as it can be done from 3 days 7 days according to time frame of visitors.
Here I’ve listed this trail reason to choose and avoid.
Pros and cons of this route
Reason to Choose
Has many route options
Offers best mountains views including very close view of Fishtail
Opportunity to experience above cloud.
Low budget trek
Has WIFI and Network access throughout the trail.
Reason to avoid
Very crowded especially on peak seasons(due to domestic tourists).
Most of the places on this trail have basic teahouses. Those who want to do comfort lodge trekking, it can’t be their choice.
Things to Know before Trekking to Mardi Himal
What are the Highlights? Why you love this trip?
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 a cultural experience, delightful forests along with rocky mountain terrain, and panoramic views of the mountains, an astonishing landscape, and a stunning waterfall.
On Mardi 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 Base Camp was like really underrated trekking but now it’s completely changed. It is popular same likely as Poon Hill Trekking. 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 the short Mardi Himal Trek is going to be the most popular route of the Annapurna region without government promotional activities. Many say that it is a hidden gem of Annapurna Region, Nepal.
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 an amazing view of Landscapes, waterfalls, and Forests.
The excellent viewpoint for Mt. Fishtail.
Sunrise and Sunset viewpoints, diversity
Experienced Local Cultures, Nepali food, and lifestyle of Mardi Areas.
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.
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.
Drive to Dhampus Phedi and Trek to Dhampus
Dhampus to Forest Camp
Forest Camp to Badal Danda
Trek to High Camp
Hike to Mardi Himal Base camp and trek to Low Camp
Trek to Lumre and Drive to Pokhara
Day 01: Drive to Pokhara and trek to Dhampus
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.
8 Hours drive
B, L, D
Day 02: Dhampus to Forest Camp.
After having breakfast at Dhampus, we’ll start our jorney 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.
B, L, D
Day 03: Trek to Badal Danda
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.
B, L, D
Day 04: Trek to High Camp
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 teahouses at high camp are also simple but they have WIFI. View from the lodge is superb to Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).
B, L, D
Day 05: Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and trek to Low Camp
Today we’ll wake up early morning to see the sunrise view at the mountains. We’ll hike through 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), Singhuchuli (6501m) and more others from Upper Viewpoint. After reaching Mardi Himal Base Camp, we’ll trek back to High Camp.
B, L, D
Day 06: Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara
Trail from Low Camp Camp to Siding is steep down. It takes approx 3 hours to reach Siding from Low Camp Hotel. Siding to Lumre is 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.
5 hours walking and 2 hours driving
Note : B=breakfast, L= Lunch and D = Dinner
Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking Cost(Trek package)
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. The following are the group discounts for the mardi trek.
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).
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.
One Nepali sim card(Ncell) for local communication.
Trekking completion certificate from company.
Cost Exclude :
International Airfare and Airport taxes.
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.
Where is Mardi Himal?
Mardi Himal is located at Kaski, Gandaki Pradesh. Lap of Fishtail mountains, there is a small peak that is known as Mardi Himal. Altitude of Mardi Peak is 5,587-metre (18,330 ft). In terms of mountain range, it is situated at Annapurna Himalayan Range.
How to Go Mardi Himal From Kathmandu or from Pokhra?
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 reach Phedi( trekking starting point.) And your trekking will be finished at Lumle, Kaski. From Lumre you can get a Local Bus to reach Pokhara City.
How safe is trek to Mardi?
Journey to Mardi is completely safe. There is no landslide area and avalanche area on this route. However High Camp to Mardi is somehow risky as it has a narrow path which will be risky in wintertime. If the trail is covered by snow, it is very risky beyond High Camp. However, if you go through a guide, you’ll be safer than a solo trek.
Packing List for Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
Although trekking to Mardi Himal considered an easy trek, you should have a proper packing list. Because it requires to have strong trekking equipment to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp.
Keep in mind, even if you forget some trekking gear, you can buy it in Pokhara. Because this trek starts nearby Pokhara. Here is the list.
What is the maximum altitude of Mardi Himal base Camp Trek?
The maximum height of the Mardi Himal Base Camp is approximately 4500m/14,764 from sea level but the maximum height of the sleeping spot is High Camp. And altitude of the High camp is 3660meter/12,008 feet from sea level.
How many hours and how long do I have to walk each day?
On the basis of our itinerary, you should walk 5 to 6 hours each day with 10 to 15km distances.
Do I have hiking experience? Is this trip suitable for beginners?
A hiking experience isn’t needed. This is completely an easy trek. If you can walk around 5-6 hours a day, that’s enough. This trekking is suitable for beginners trekkers.
Can We do a family trekking?
Sure, you can go to MHBC with your family members. As it is an easy route, off-course you can do it with your family.
What kind of accommodation is available throughout the trek?
Mardi Himal is a teahouse trekking. You’ll get basic accommodation throughout the trek. You’ll get a small room with 2 beds in a room. Note: You should have your own sleeping bag though the teahouse usually offers a blanket.
Can I rent(hire) a local Guide/Porter? How much does it cost?
Indeed, you can hire a local guide from us(Base Camp Hike) if you don’t want to get full-board packages. We’ve around a dozen guides who have already visited Mardi several times. You can get a guide from us 20 USD to 30 USD(depends on the season). And for the porter, it cost 18 USD per day. For detailed information regarding guide hire, please visit our page trekking guide hire in Nepal.
Is there a mobile network and WIFI available?
Both mobile network and WIFI are available throughout the trip. There are 2 common networks in Nepal( NTC and NCELL) which you can buy for 1.5 to 3 USD. Both work on Mardi Trail. For the internet, you can use either mobile data or hotel wifi. It cost 100NPR to 300 NPR(depends on altitude) for the wifi on this trial.
Can I use credit cards? Is there a bank available?
No, you should have Nepali Currency. However, if in case NPR is not enough, you can use Dollars or Euro by converting Nepali Currency. Keep in mind, you’ll get a very lower exchange rate than Pokhara and Kathmandu. And there isn’t any bank on this route.
Is there pick up and drop off available?
Sure, we have picked up and drop off available. To make this, you should provide your arrival details in Nepal.
What mode of transportation do you use?
All the places we’ll use private transport(Car/Cab) except Lumre to Milan Chok, Pokhara. We will use a local bus from Lumre to Milan Chowk, Pokhara. And we will use a tourist bus on the way to KTM-Pokhara-KTM. However, if you want to upgrade KTM to Pokhara by plane, that’s also possible.
I’m a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Every teahouse of Mardi trek has vegetarian food and they offer most of the vegetarian food. Non-vegetarian items are not safe crossing 2500m.
What is the maximum altitude of Mardi Himal base Camp Trek?
The maximum height of the Mardi Himal Base camp is approximately 4500m/14,764 from sea level but the maximum height of the sleeping spot is High Camp. And altitude of the High camp is 3660meter/12,008 feet from sea level.
How much extra money do I need to have if I buy a full-board package?
You should have 8 to 10 Dollars a day(depends on personal nature expenses). On this amount, you can buy Mineral water, Coffee/Tea, Chocolates and some dessert food which is non included in our packages.
Can we do this trekking in 4 days?
Since this is short trekking, you can accomplish it even in 4 days. It is a very short itinerary but we can accomplish it in reality.
How much does it cost for Nepalese tourists?
Unlike others trekking routes of Nepal, in this route, we can see more Nepalese tourists. Normally Nepali people follow the 4 days itinerary which starts from Kande and ends in Siding. For the shortest version of the trek, it costs around 20,000(approximate). It covers food, accommodation, 2-3 cups of tea/coffee each day.
Rated 5 out of 5
The best destination for trekking, starting the trek from Siding to low camp and from low camp to Badal danda to high camp. For perfect sunrise view, went to the viewpoint and then reached Mardi base camp. A great adventure in my life and a must-visit for trekkers
Rated 5 out of 5
Nice trek route with the great and nice circuit. lots of hotels and restaurants are available in the circuit. the path is a bit difficult and dangerous from high camp to base camp.
Best Trip Ever
Rated 5 out of 5
It is my best trip ever.. Everything was amazing. I really enjoyed Mardi Trekking.
Short Trek but Amzing !
Rated 5 out of 5
Short trek route but got to see amazing jaw-dropping picturesque views. February ridiculously awesome month to trek. Snow adding pain as well as a boon for the eyes. Definitely recommended. Jay Nepal!