Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

  • Destination
  • Region
  • Duration
    10 Days
  • Transportation
  • Max Height
  • Activity
  • Trip Grade
  • Accomodation
  • Group Size
    Mini. 1 Pax
  • Best Season
    All Round Year
  • Meals
  • Start / End Point
    Pokhara to Pokhara

Trip Overview

Do you want to get the mini mountaineering feeling while trekking in Nepal? Mardi Himal Trek is the latest trending trekking destination in Nepal Leave your footprints at the upper viewpoint of a mountain and walk through the green lush forest. Get the enchanting and virgin experience of Nepal’s new trekking route. Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal is the hottest destination for Nepal Trekking these days. This is one of the finest and most suitable journeys for beginner travelers who want to discover the astonishing Annapurna Himalayas.

There are many trekking routes to do a glorious walking holiday in Nepal. Among these trails, the Mardi Himal route is the best and most pristine. Moreover, the trail is still less crowded and tranquil. On the outskirts of the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking route, the trail offers breathtaking scenery of mountains. Moreover, people trek on this trail to experience the magnificent forest environment as well.

Why Mardi Himal Trek is famous?

Travel agencies across Nepal are getting lots of inquiries about the trek. Even Nepalese people trek on the trail. It is famous among youngsters. The major reason behind its popularity is the mountain scenery and short distance. You can do the trek in less than a week. Green lush forest trail offers tranquility and serenity as well. For those people living in city areas, the trail offers much-needed respite.

The forest’s environment, mountain vista, tranquility, serenity, short vacation, and mini mountaineering reasons make it popular.

Mardi Himal Route Overview

The trailhead of the trekking is similar to lots of Annapurna region trekking in Nepal. The usual first famous destination is Pokhara. Lots of people prefer to stay the first night of trekking in an Australian Camp. The place is at the top of the Dhampus Village. The trail passes through terraced farmlands at first and enters the forest route to the high camp. Low Camp, High Camp, and Upper View Point are the famous vantage points of the trail. Trekkers don’t need to trek the same route back to the Pokhara. They can use the Siding route as well while descending.

Mardi Trek Difficulty

Beware of the narrow valleys and high ridges. The trail is completely uphill until Upper View Point. Therefore, it is not easy to walk some. However, the trail is one of the easy trekking routes in Nepal. While compared to high-altitude destinations, it is easier to trail. For a physically fit person, it is not difficult to do this trek. Snow season can make the trail tricky. Therefore, during this time of the year, trekkers must heed the instructions of the guide. Lots of crevasses can make it hard and confusing. Therefore, don’t trek solo on the trail.

Accommodation and Food During the Trek

Don’t expect luxurious accommodation during the trek. Only a handful of teahouses are present on the trail. Therefore, trekkers have to stay overnight the Spartan way. However, basic facilities are there for the trekkers. The food menu is simple. You can get western and local basic food items. Drinking water is a problem on the trail. Therefore, you will have to depend on these small teahouses for the water.

Outstanding View of Mt. Machhapuchhre with Sparkling Peaks

The top of the Mardi Himal is famous for the outstanding view of Mount Machhapuchhre. From the Upper View Point of Mardi Himal, trekkers can get the spectacular scenery of mountains and cascading hills. The highlight is the holy killer mountain Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail). Khopra Hill Trek is famous for Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South view while Mardi is popular for the Fishtail mountain vista.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek vs Mardi Himal Trek vs Khopra Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Khopra Hill Trek, and Mardi Himal Trek are similar trekking trips of the Annapurna region. However, the latter two treks are off-the-beaten trek routes. The mountain scenery is equally rewarding in all these destinations. Some trekkers do all these trekking in one single trip as well. It is possible to do so. Contact the travel planners of Nepal High Trek to get the best itinerary for the trip.

Khopra Hill Trek is completely off the beaten. However, Mardi is in between Poon Hill and Khopra trail in terms of amenities. Therefore, start your trek from the Mardi route and end it in Poon Hill.

Include Poon Hill and Khopra in the Mardi itinerary. This is also the smart way to explore the majestic low-altitude places of the Annapurna region of Nepal.

Best Season for Mardi Himal Journey

The usual peak seasons for trekking in Nepal are Spring and Autumn. Therefore, plan your trip to Mardi for the months of spring and autumn. Monsoon season is the worst time to do trekking. Leeches, muddy trails, and a cloudy atmosphere make it depressing for the trekkers. In the winter season, the trail is slippery and dangerous. However, the snow on the hills and trail makes it adventurous as well as picturesque as well.

Our suggestion for the magnificent journey is either in the spring or autumn season.

Highlights of the Short Mardi Base Camp Trek

Even if the trail is new, it is getting lots of attention throughout the globe among trekkers. No wonder, both domestic and foreign trekkers are making inquiries about trekking recently.

Here is the list of the highlights of the trek:

  • Best View of Mt. Machhapuchhre
  • Green Lush Diverse Forests
  • Wildlife & Local Gurung Culture
  • Serenity and Tranquility
  • Best Vantage Point
  • Over a dozen mountain vistas
  • Possible to do a trek in less than a week
  • Photographer’s paradise

Reward yourself with a beautiful walking holiday in Nepal. At an affordable rate get outstanding travel memories. We assure you that Mardi Himal Journey will surely become one of the most momentous trips of your life that you can share proudly with others.

Book the Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal with the team of Nepal High Trek & Expedition. Every year the agency spends some amount of money on route exploration as well as research. Therefore, with us, trekkers can get the latest itinerary. The arrangement of a local trekking guide and porter helps in our cause of providing an authentic walking experience. Moreover, the pricing of the trip is always relevant to the service. Flexibility and a good sense of hospitality make us an ideal partner for trekking.

Details Itinerary

From Pokhara, our journey starts with an exciting short drive towards the mid-hills of Annapurna to reach Kande village. It lies on the roadside of the Pokhara / Beni highway. A  beautiful walk is going to start from here an hour or more climb through the cool shade of the forest brings you a wonderful spot at Thulo-Kharka. However, it's popularly called Australian Camp where you can rest with exceptional views of the whole Annapurna sparkling peaks with the Manaslu Himalayas too. Where you can have a lunch break then trek to gradually up to Dearali. It's one of the best places to discover the stunning scenarios and landscapes.

After breakfast on the 2nd day towards Low camp. After Deurali head north along the ridgeline into the serene forested area with cool temperature with the panorama of Annapurna I and South with Huinchuli to the east Annapurna IV-II and Lamjung Himal and then reaching our overnight stop in the middle of the forest where few lodges are located for trekkers.

From this rhododendron forest area, the walk leads higher on the uphill path with the steep climb to reach a pasture land for the overnight stop on route Mardi base camp with fantastic views of surrounding landscapes and mountains at close range. You will have to walk to a beautiful forest with unforgettable mountains.

This wonderful area offering the grand vista of beautiful landscapes and snow-clad peaks in perfect tranquility heading higher to reach at High Camp as the air gets thinner and cooler with the steep climb to reach High Camp where tree lines fade to short rhododendron and juniper bushes. Here at High Camp with a lonely lodge for overnight accommodation with basic facilities commanding super views of Annapurna Himalaya.

Our last day walk of this fabulous adventure on the hidden trails of the Annapurna region walk follows the Mardi River on the wide valley reaching warmer areas of rice/paddy farm villages finally walk ends at Mardi village for a short drive back to Pokhara for a overnight stop by the serene Phewa Lake.

Cost Includes

  • Government license holder mountain guide from Pokhara.
  • 3 times meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit.
  • ‘Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)  and ACAP Permit.
  • Pokhara to Kande by private vehicle and Mardi Pul to Pokhara by sharing vehicle.
  • 4 Night accommodation during the trek
  • Fresh fruit during the trek
  • Medical kit bag.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal porter.
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, a bottle of water, hot water, shower.
  • Tips for the guide

Mardi Himal Trek Route Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you need the permit for the Mardi Himal Trek. It is within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Therefore, you must get an ACAP permit in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Poon Hill has an altitude of 3580 m from sea level. It is the famous viewpoint for the sunrise and sunset experiences. Where you can see numerous mountains and a panoramic view of the Annapurna ranges.

Yes, along the trail you can find many teahouses on the trail and their basic tea houses. However, there is a small shop on the top run by the local community center where you can get tea and some light snacks.

Mardi Himal Trek is a moderate trekking trail in terms of difficulty. However, it is also regarded as the family trekking route in the Annapurna region. You will have to walk uphill and downhill. Walking downhill on the staircase trail is very hard. There is a high chance of muscle sprain and knee lock. Therefore, walk carefully and pace uniformly.

Mountains seen from the top of Mardi Viewpoint are Gurja Himal, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus, Barahsikhar, Nilgiri, Tukuche peak, Annapurna South, and Himchuli.

Even if the final trekking altitude is 3580 m and it is less risky in terms of altitude sickness, you will have to take travel insurance. This is for your own safety. Walking in the hills, green lush forests, and mountainous areas is not an ordinary activity. You may encounter accidents and emergency situations. Make sure to include medical expenses as well as Helicopter rescue in your plan.

Accommodation on the trail is very good. You can get the attached rooms on a twin-sharing basis on all nights except in Dhampus and Australian Camp. The food is from the menu which includes local Nepalese delicacies as well as the western menu. The best option for drinking water is to buy bottled mineral water. You can find lots of shops along the way. Therefore, using water-purifying pills is not recommended.

You can do this trekking throughout the year. However, for a better experience and clear sky, the months of the spring season (March, April, and May) and autumn season (September, October, and November). Nepal High Trek & Expedition Team Highly recommend in spring and autumn seasons.

Yes, the trekking has guaranteed departure dates. You can either do the solo trekking or join the group for this trip. Contact our travel planners about your needs and wishes. We will customize and arrange the trip as per your requirements.

Normally, altitude sickness occurs in places beyond 3000 m from sea level. Therefore, there is very little risk of altitude sickness on this trail. However, Nepal Trekking routes of any region require you to have travel insurance. For safety, you must get travel insurance which covers emergency rescue from helicopters, medical expenses, and accidents.

When completing the trip the trekking crew appreciates and expects the tip. Therefore, the tip is not fixed and it depends upon the trip days and services. You must give a minimum of 10% of the total cost you paid.

Client Reviews

Andrea Grant


5 Days Mardi Himal Trek

I did the 5 Days Mardi Himal Trek with Nepal High Trek & Expedition with my friends. It was our first time in Nepal, and of course first time attempting the mountain in the beautiful country.
Anjan was our guide and he is experienced and with familiar the Annapurna Treks. The entire team was wonderful and helpful. Anjan speaks well and we had a great conversation getting to know more about them and their culture (and food too)!

Well, of course, all of us made it to Mardi Trek safely and smoothly. We even organized a farewell lunch and dinner with his team to appreciate them.
Definitely recommend the Nepal High Trek & Expedition and Anjan for anyone interested in exploring the mountains in Nepal!

Guided by: Anjan Tamang

Erica Gooley

California USA

Mardi Himal Trek

We just completed the 5-day Mardi Himal Trek with the Nepal High Trek Team. It was an excellent trek organized by the NHT. We felt very comfortable in everything and our guide Shyam was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Along the trek, he booked us acceptable accommodation and was well-serviced throughout the trek. The Mardi Base Camp was fabulous and surrounded by stunning peaks.

Moreover, We had a fantastic time during the Mardi trek and found Shyam and Dawa to be incredibly welcoming at the airport. Nepal High Trek provided us with an affordable package, customized itinerary, best services such as quality food, nice accommodation, a professional guide, trekking gear, and fresh fruit. We highly recommend the Nepal High Trek team if you are thinking of trekking in Himalayas Nepal in near the future. Definitely, we will back again to Nepal with NHT.

Guided by: Shyam Tamang

Ron Wickam

United Kingdom

Mardi Himal Trek from Pokhara

Pawan was our guide to Mardi Himal Trek and did everything possible to make the best of our trekking. I strongly recommend Pawan’s services. He is very reliable and knows a lot about Nepal and the routes we took. We did an unforgettable trip to Mardi Himal in May 2023. Nepal is a safe, peaceful, and very friendly place. Beautiful scenery, incredible mountains.

We were a team of four from London, three of us in our 50s and my 24-year-old son. The trek was 5 days days from Pokhara. A lot of ups and downs to reaching Mardi High Camp. The scenery is fantastic, we go through nice small villages and can see their real life, school kids, farm workers, shepherds with goats, buffalos, sheep, and donkeys carrying all types of loads up the mountains. In May the weather was mild, and hot during the daytime, especially at low altitudes. At ABC the temperature was below zero at night, but as soon as the sunrises and you start walking you just need a T-shirt.

We woke up at high camp at sunrise to see the huge peaks all around us in the clear blue sky. Superb! Poonhill cannot be missed either, a wonderful view at sunrise too.

If you need additional information for your trekking, I’ll be glad to help.

Thanks a lot to the entire team for great support.

Guided by: Pawan

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