Mardi Himal Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration9 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude4500 M
  • Group Size15
  • Trip StyleTea House
  • StartsKathmandu
  • EndsKathmandu
  • Best TimeThroughout the Year
  • Affordability and popularity make the Mardi Himal Trek a favorite choice among trekkers.
  • Suitable for hikers of all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned adventurers.
  • The trail winds through lush forests, charming villages, and terraced fields, offering stunning views of the Himalayas.
  • Encounter Nepal's national flower, the Rhododendron, adding to the trek's natural beauty.
  • Pass through traditional Gurung and Magar villages, meet with local communities, engage in conversations, and experience their traditions, lifestyles, and cuisines.
  • You’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas, snowcapped peaks of Annapurna Range, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and the serene Mardi Himal.
  • Unforgettable sunrise views from the viewpoint, painting the sky with vibrant hues, star-studded nights, and crisp air leave lasting memories for trekkers.


When it comes to trekking, Mardi Himal Trek is one of the Annapurna Region's hidden gems. Nestled beneath Fishtail Mountain, Mardi Himal offers an off-the-beaten-path experience for a promising and spectacular view. 

Ideal for those with limited time but seeking a taste of Nepal's highlands, this trek typically spans 4-5 days, varying with the trekker's starting point and pace. The route leads through rhododendron forests, unveiling up-close views of Annapurna South, Himchuli, iconic Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail mountain), Gangapurna, Annapurna I, and Annapurna II.

Along the trail, trekkers indulge in the warmth of tea houses, relishing hot tea amidst breathtaking surroundings. Engaging with the towering Himalayas, the journey unfolds amidst the company of Rhododendrons, offering an intimate connection with nature. The forests along the Mardi Himal trek harbor an array of wildlife, including the Himalayan monal, pheasants, and other rare, endangered birds.

Since its inception in 2012, the Mardi Himal Trekking route has gained popularity, becoming one of Nepal's favored trails. Reaching the soaring heights of Mardi Himal at 5587 meters in the Annapurna range offers a thrilling experience, particularly for adventurers seeking the challenge of high altitudes.
Mardi Himal trek provides an escape from the daily hustle and bustle, offering a serene and adventurous world adorned with waterfalls, encapsulating nature's enchanting magic.


The Mardi Himal Trek starts from Pokhara which is a gateway city for the many treks in the region. Taking a flight or a six-hour bus drive to Pokhara from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, the trek begins from Kande Phedi (1,770 meters) and passes through Deurali, Forest Camp, Low Camp (2,970 meters), High Camp (3,580 meters), and finally reaches Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 meters). Trekkers often return via a different path, ending at Siding or Lwang villages. The journey involves steep descents and ascents offering breathtaking views of the Annapurna Range. 

Waking up to stunning views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Ganesh Himal, and the iconic Mount Machhapuchhre at Badal Banda and High Camp is a mesmerizing experience. Trekkers can catch sunrise and sunset while enjoying a comforting cup of tea or coffee at the tea houses. Nights are spent sharing experiences around the fireplace in the dining room with fellow trekkers, sharing experiences adding a communal touch to this remarkable journey.

Mardi Himal Trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal is a climb with the view it promises. Check itineraries and other details of this trip by scrolling below. Book this trek and you will not regret it.


The Mardi Himal Trek is suitable for hikers of all abilities, from novice to experienced. The climb to Mardi Himal is considered a moderate trekking route in Nepal. With a moderate increase in elevation, the hiking trip is reasonably short and easy. The trails to the Mardi Himal are well-maintained, so trekkers should have no difficulty. Conversely, the trail requires 5-6 hours of hiking up and down difficult terrain, so it's best if you're in good shape. Because the trip requires a high level of endurance, regular exercise, such as walks and aerobics, may be good for preserving your body's stamina. It's crucial since greater altitudes contain less oxygen and it can be difficult to maintain the increased elevation at times.

At Mardi Himal Base Camp, the highest point is 4,500 meters above sea level. Hiking days are shorter and more carefully planned, with an emphasis on trekkers' health and well-being. The teahouses (rest breaks) make the journey less exhausting and stressful. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a possibility at such a high altitude due to dry air, cold wind, and a lack of oxygen.  As a result, conventional procedures for altitude safety must be taken. Even though the risk of altitude sickness has decreased, proper health is still required to avoid Mountain Sickness. It is entirely possible to travel alone in Mardi Himal.

However, going it alone isn't always a good idea. Being alone in the mountains will be extremely difficult if you become unwell or have an accident.
Climbing up to Base Camp is the most challenging portion, but as you reach the Mardi Himal Viewpoints, your efforts will be rewarded by the region's spectacular landscape. Your exhaustion fades away, leaving you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Autumn is the most favorable time for the Mardi Himal Trek. Post-monsoon, the skies clear up, unveiling the breathtaking beauty of the mountain ranges. The weather strikes a perfect balance, being neither too hot nor too cold, with minimal chances of rainfall. This period sees the highest footfall, making it one of the busiest trekking seasons in Nepal. The awe-inspiring scenic beauty of the area during this time is truly a sight to behold.

Spring is the second-best time to embark on the Mardi Himal Trek. The weather and temperature during this period are ideal for a memorable trekking journey. The highlight of this season is the blossoming of various plants and flowers, such as rhododendrons, painting the landscape in vibrant hues. The springtime trek offers a unique blend of natural beauty and pleasant weather.

Summers in the Annapurna region are marked by the monsoon. Rainfall is a daily occurrence, rendering the trek up the Mardi Himal muddy and potentially hazardous. Consequently, only a few brave souls venture on this trek during the summer. However, those who do are rewarded with a serene and uncrowded journey. However trekkers must be prepared for the trails to be affected by the season’s conditions.

Winter brings a blanket of snow over the trails leading to the Mardi Himal, making the trek challenging. The weather turns extremely dry and harsh during this time of year. Heavy snowfall and storms may lead to the closure of passes, deterring most visitors from trekking the Mardi Himal in winter. However, the visual splendor of snow-capped mountains in the Annapurna region during this season is undeniably spectacular.

In conclusion, the Mardi Himal Trek offers diverse experiences across different seasons. Whether it’s the clear post-monsoon vistas in the fall, the vibrant blossoms of spring, the challenging wet trails of summer, or the snow-laden landscapes of winter, each season holds its unique allure. Choose the season that best suits your preferences and prepare for an unforgettable journey through the Mardi Himal.


A lot of tea houses have developed along the route. Throughout the path, there are basic guesthouses and homestays. The hotels and tea houses along the Mardi Himal Route are well-equipped to provide the most basic of needs. There are two single beds in each room. During the hike, you will be accommodated in a nice and clean modest trekking lodge on a twin-sharing basis. A charging place for mobile phones is available in each room. Villagers provide the nicest hospitality with their friendliness. As you climb higher in altitude, your alternatives for lodging become fewer. During less sorted seasons, you'll have more lodging options.

The menu for your Mardi Himal trek, here meals of regional specialties are included. On the meal menu, you can find a wide variety of options. However, the menus are still more limited than on other trekking routes.

Food is the principal source of income for the local community. The cuisine on the trip is quite diverse. Nepalese, Indian, Chinese, and Tibetan cuisines are all represented. This area is well-known for its Dal Bhat. Bringing your refillable bottles and water purification tablets can be economical.


The tour option, hotel, and mode of transportation all influence the price of a Mardi Himal Trek. Your budget, the normal and deluxe trip plans, and the number of persons in your group will all influence the price. Even though riding the bus saves money, flying to and from Pokhara saves time and is more enjoyable than taking a long, grueling bus trip.

Essential Information

If you choose the Mardi Himal tour package, you will receive the following:

  • Transportation to and from Pokhara as well as your lodging in Pokhara.
  • Airport arrival and departure.
  • Porters for trekkers
  • An experienced, courteous, and licensed local trekking guide
  • Meals during treks are provided.
  • During the hike, sharing a twin/double bedroom in tea house lodges.
  • All local taxes, VAT, and office service charges are included.
  • Essential permits.
  • A medical kit carried by the guide in case of an emergency

Since this excursion necessitates prior knowledge of the hiking trails. In the event of an emergency, your guide will be able to assist you with first aid. If you employ a porter, make sure that he's insured and has the right equipment.

Only with correct authorization is Mardi Himal Trek possible. Unlike an all-inclusive tour, trekkers must pay a permit fee before embarking on their journey. 

Because the trail travels through many rural regions, hikers may consider purchasing travel insurance. Hiking in a remote location at a high altitude entails clear risks, necessitating the purchase of insurance. If your insurance policy supports it, there are rescue services available in the event of an emergency.

What to Pack for Mardi Himal Trek?

• Torch- If the power goes out in the middle of the night, you'll need a torch. You'll need a torch to hike up Poon Hill for the sunrise because you'll be traveling in the dark. 

• Pack a backpack 

• Water filter: Any water filter will suffice because there are numerous water taps along the route where you can refill your water, and it is also environmentally friendly. 

• Sturdy and waterproof boots 

• Sunglasses 

• Shampoo and soap: If the lodge does not provide these, bring your own. 

• Thermal Layer 

• Towel 

• Camera and Portable Charger

• Mosquito Spray 

• Sleeping Bag: It will be cool at Mardi Himal, so bring a sleeping bag.

• Hiking Poles: Helps to maintain the ascent while traversing high terrain. 

• Windproof mittens: This would keep chilly hands from freezing and make high-altitude viewing sites more enjoyable. 

• Water bottle that can be refilled 

• If you're traveling during the monsoon, don't forget to bring your rain gear.

Mardi Himal Trek - 9 Days FAQs

  • The Mardi Himal Trek can take anywhere between 5 and 14 days to complete. The variation in duration is attributable to several factors: The Mardi Himal Trek covers a distance of 41 kilometers. The walk begins in Kande and continues to Australian Camp, which includes Low Camp, Middle Camp, High Camp, and Mardi Himal Base Camp. Factors like trekking pace and deviations throughout the journey affect the length of your Mardi Himal hike. Every additional day increases the cost of your Mardi Himal journey.

  • This is a demanding hike, and the difficulty of the hike is influenced by its height, topography, and weather conditions. On the other hand, heavy weather, landslides, and muddy trails could make the journey challenging. Always stay on your trekking path to avoid getting lost. The walk is suitable for both beginners and experienced hikers in good physical condition. Anyone who is in decent physical shape and does not have any major health conditions can participate. Near high camp and base camp, you'll have to hike across some tough terrain. 

  • Situated east of the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trek’s starting point is from Pokhara. You can potentially shorten your journey by taking a helicopter tour to Mardi Himal.

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