Short Mardi Himal Trekking

Trip Duration 4 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Moderate
Activity Trekking
Transportation Private Vehicle
Accomodation Hotel + Lodges
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Max. Altitude 4550 M (14927 ft)
Max. Group Size 10
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Few visitors to Nepal have even head of the Mardi Himal Trek, let alone ventured onto its path. Let its reputation of hardly being known pull you closer and not push you away. It is the least visited trail in the Annapurna region. Because of this, you will get to more closely interact with the locals and have a more meaningful experience.

The short Mardi Himal Trek has it all: mountain views, charming local villages, and lush vegetation (including Nepal’s famous rhododendrons!). The short and sweet loop trail lies in the eastern part of the Annapurna region. At its highest point, 4500 meters / 14,764 feet, spectacular views of Mardi Himal (5587 meters / 18,330 feet) and a myriad of other peaks surrounding you.
After a short drive from Pokhara, the journey begins. The fresh air as we pass through the dense forests gives us energy. It is a special kind of energy that we feel during the foothill excursion. During the springtime, the sheer brilliance of the rhododendron flowers (native to Nepal’s Himalayas), will put you in awe. Between 1,400 and 3,600 meters, you can find entire forests of them!
As we make our getaway further up, the landscape changes dramatically. From the dense sub-tropical jungles, we breakout onto a ridge above the rolling plains. Now, it is just open air between us and the mountains. At Upper Viewpoint, we are overcome with a feeling of amazement. We can see Mardi Himal, Macchapucchre (6993 meters), Hiunchuli (6441 meters), Baraha Shikhar (7647 meters), Singu Chuli (6501 meters) Annapurna I (8090 meters), and Annapurna South (7219 meters). 
Climb even higher through the alpine meadows to Mardi Himal Base Camp for even more astonishing views. An entire panorama of the Annapurna range fills our view. Soak in the views and shoot some photos before we begin the descent. On the way down, we take a new route, so the scene is always fresh. Upon arrival in Lumre, we drive back to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.

Best Time to Trek Mardi Himal

Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  During the monsoon season, though, there are fewer tourists. Each season has its perks. The Mardi Himal Trek requires adequate fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness.

Trip Highlights

  • Incredibly beautiful walk through a serene landscapes
  • Breathtaking Himalayan Views
  • Amazing Landscapes, Colorful Mountain villages
  • Unbelievable elevation gain in a short time
  • Everlasting memories of a walk, nature and Himalayan views to cherish

Why the Mardi Himal Trek?

The relatively recently developed Mardi Himal Trek is a low-budget, quiet and peaceful trail that brings trekkers up close to the famous Machapucchre (Fishtail) peak.  The few that come can still enjoy the beauty of the beloved Annapurna region, while remaining away from other tourists. Adventurers of all experience levels can take on the Mard Himal Trek, even if it’s your first trek ever! Oh, and it can be finished within a week of arriving to Pokhara!

Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Pokhara - Kande - Pothana. Get ready to start the first day of the trek after breakfast. The day starts with a one hour drive to Kande to embark on trekking journey. Your destination walk for the day is to Pothana, a beautiful overnight place with the spectacular Himalayan view from the viewpoint just above the camp. The walk is short and peaceful today. Only after about four hours of walk, you reach Pothana to stay overnight. This is one of the beautiful parts of Mardi Himal Yoga Trek – short walking day yet incredible experience. You will enjoy the walk through a lush forest, local village, and peaceful surroundings.
  • Day 02:Pothana - Forest Camp - Rest Camp.
  • Day 03:Rest Camp - Low Camp - Badal Danda - High Camp.
  • Day 04:High Camp - Mardi Himal Base Camp - Sidding. Drive to Pokhara

Cost Includes

  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch and Dinner) in Trekking
  • Accommodation during trek (local lodge).
  • Government registered local expert guide,
  • Porters to carry trekking bags.
  • Annapurna Conservation park, and TIMS card.
  • Farewell dinner.
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs.
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • First Aid Kit for Mardi Himal Trek
  • Updated Mardi Himal Trekking Map
  • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff including porters

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa – Multiple Entrée 30 days – USD 40
  • Dinner during hotel stay in Pokhara
  • Hotel Accommodation in Cities
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Table drinks, snacks, personal insurance, medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc…

Equipment List

Trekking Equipment

Obviously you will be in higher elevation while trekking in Nepal. The weather will be different in every region but also have to pack the proper trekking equipment. Day Tours Nepal is selling Nepal’s Top Best selling treks and all are Tea-house Trekking so you don’t need to think of Camping gears.

While buying clothing please pick warm clothing especially during the winter season (Dec-Feb) in Nepal. We also suggest you to get the proper light backpack and have enough space to pack your stuff. If you are confused to buy the Trekking gears than no worries you can buy the Trekking equipment in Nepal too.

We recommend you to get check the below list for Trekking in Nepal.


  • Warm jacket – down jacket, if possible.
  • Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
  • Long sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
  • Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
  • Shorts and trousers, or skirt
  • 2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
  • 2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
  • Proper hiking boots
  • Running shoes and flip-flops
  • 2-3 t-shirts

During winter season, additional clothing’s may include:

  • The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
  • Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
  • Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
  • Snow gaiters

Trekking Gear

  • Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
  • Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
  • Map of the trekking area (Day Tours Nepal will proivde Trekking Map so you don't need to buy)
  • Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
  • Sleeping bag and silk liner
  • 2 x water bottles
  • Miscellaneous
  • Toiletries
  • A small light weight and quick drying towel
  • Bar of soap
  • Sunscreen (SPF +20)
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellants (for lower elevations)

First aid kid

  • Water purification tables or a water filter
  • Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 3,500+ m elevations)
  • Toilet paper
  • Optional items
  • Camera, battery etc
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Binoculars
  • Books/magazines
  • Trekking poles
  • GPS unit
  • Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
  • Sewing/repair kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Candles (for lodges)
  • Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen

Usefull Info

  • Have Problem on your Knees? last day will be long.
  • Thinking to trek with kids? 2 extra days would be better.
  • Want us to arrange Hotels and complete Nepal packages than connect with Day Tours Nepal team leader.
  • Hiking poles might be needed for downhill. 
  • Even thinking to make short Mardi Himal Trek, You can make it if you are a hiker. 

Trip Map

Trip Cost USD $495 P/P

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