Mardi Himal Trekking Route

  • Updated on Mar 20, 2024
  • Rugged Trails Nepal

The Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal's Annapurna Region is a popular destination, but the numerous trekking routes and varying durations can be confusing for trekkers. This blog will outline the most popular Mardi Himal trekking trails and packages.


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Shortest Mardi Himal Trek Routes: Mardi Himal for Everyone

While a 2-day Mardi Himal trek exists during spring and summer with longer daylight hours, it's not recommended for everyone due to the fast pace. This 2-day Mardi Himal Trek option starts and ends in Pokhara.

2 Day Mardi Himal Trek outline trip plan

  • Day 1: Pokhara drive to Siding and trek to High Camp. 6-7 hours of walking.
  • Day 2: High camp visits Mardi Viewpoint, treks back to Siding, and drives to Pokhara.

3-day Mardi Himal Trek Routes

A slightly longer option is the 3-day Mardi Himal Trek, also starting and ending in Pokhara. While this route might miss villages like Pothana and Dhampus, it still offers stunning mountain scenery and is ideal for those short on time who prioritize reaching the Mardi Himal viewpoint for sunrise and breathtaking views. This 3-day trek is possible from Kathmandu after taking an early morning flight to Pokhara, and after the trek, the same late evening flight to Kathmandu. 

3 Day Mardi Himal Trek route plan

  • Day 1: Pokhara drive to Kalimati and trek to Rest Camp. 4 hours of walking.
  • Day 2: Rest Camp Trek to High Camp. 4-5 hours of walking.
  • Day 3: High camp visits Mardi Viewpoint, treks back to Siding, and drives to Pokhara.

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4-Day Mardi Himal Trek Route:

This moderately paced route, popular with families, corporate groups, and slower hikers, starts in Dhampus village. During the summer, the forests along the trail showcase vibrant flowers and foliage. If you prefer dramatic mountain views, consider the Kalimati route, which offers less time in the forest and more time above the treeline with constant mountain vistas.

4 Day Mardi Himal Trek route plan

  • Day 1: Pokhara drive to Kalimati and trek to Rest Camp. 4 hours of walking.
  • Day 2: Rest Camp Trek to High Camp. 4-5 hours of walking.
  • Day 3: High camp visits Mardi Viewpoint and treks to Badal Danda (Middle Camp). 5 hours of walking
  • Day 4: Badal Danda trek to Siding and drive to Pokhara. 4 hours of walking.

5-6 Day Mardi Himal Trek Route:

Ideal for those seeking an easy to moderate hiking experience, this route features daily hikes of 4-5 hours with opportunities to enjoy birdsong, colorful landscapes, and diverse flora and fauna alongside the majestic mountains. Beginners can join this 5-day trekking route plan. 

5 Day Mardi Himal Trek route plan

  • Day 1: Pokhara Drive to Phedi and Trek to Pothana.
  • Day 2: Pothana Trek to Forest Camp.
  • Day 3: Forest Camp Trek to High Camp.
  • Day: 4 High Camp, View Point, Base Camp (45,00 M), 14,764 ft, and Trek back to Badal Danda.
  • Day: 5 Badal Danda Trek to Siding (1,750 M), 5,742 ft, and Drive to Pokhara.

The complete 10-day Mardi Himal Trekking package, which covers Kathmandu hotels, Pokhara hotels,Trekking Maps, Trek Permits, and all the ground transportation, is also listed on our website. This is the perfect trekking package itinerary, which is easy and does not require any pressure from hotels or transportation. Book a complete package and relax on your holiday! 

Mardi Himal Spring season Trek route

7-Day Ghorepani Mardi Himal Trek Route:

I can't decide between Ghorepani and Mardi Himal. This 7-day option perfectly combines both treks! Ghorepani offers panoramic views, cultural immersion, and diverse nature, while the Mardi Himal trek provides breathtaking close-up mountain views. Images below from Ghorepani Poon Hill and Mardi Himal viewpoints showcase the contrasting scenic experiences. Many trekkers love Ghorepani Ghandruk for its cultural charm and panoramic vistas, while others praise the Mardi Himal viewpoint for its proximity to Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hunchuli Mountain.

7-Day Mardi Himal Ghorepani Trek route plan

  • Day 1: Pokhara drive to Ulleri and Trek to Ghorepani
  • Day 2: Poon Hill (3,210 m)—Ghorepani Trek to Tadapani.
  • Day 3: Tadpani Trek to Landruk
  • Day 4: Landruk Trek to Forest Camp
  • Day 5: Forest Camp Trek to High Camp
  • Day 6: Mardi Himal Viewpoint, Base Camp, 4500 M (14,764 ft)Trek to Badal Danda
  • Day 7: Badal Danda Trek to Siding and Drive to Pokhara.

Optional: Mardi Himal Yoga Trek Package route for 8 days

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Annapurna Foothills, Mardi Himal Circuit Trek Route.

This is one of the longest trekking packages in the Annapurna foothills, which covers Mardi Himal viewpoint, Khopra Danda, Mulde Hill, Ghorepani Poonhill, Ghandruk village, and Mohare Danda viewpoint. If you are looking for long holidays and want to explore the nature of Annapurna Foothill, then this Mardi Himal Foothill trek is the perfect trek plan. 

14-Day Mardi Himal Annapurna Foothills Trek Route Plan.

  • Day 1: From Pokhara, drive to Galeshwor and Trek to Bans Khakra
  • Day 2: From Bans Kharka Trek to Nangi
  • Day 3: From Nangi Trek to Mohare Danda
  • Day 4: From Mohare Danda Trek to Ghorepani
  • Day 5: From Ghorepani Trek to Swanta
  • Day 6: From swanta Trek to Khopra Danda
  • Day 7: From Khopra Danda Day Excursion to Khayer Lake (4660M)
  • Day 8: From Khopra Danda Trek to Dobato
  • Day 9: From Dobato Trek to Tadapani
  • Day 10: From Tadpani Trek to landruk Village
  • Day 11: From landruk Village Trek to Forest Camp
  • Day 12: From Forest Camp Trek to High Camp
  • Day 13: From High Camp Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp 4500 M (14,764 ft) and Viewpoint and Trek to Badal Danda
  • Day 14: From Badal Danda Trek Siding and Drive to Pokhara.

Rugged Trails in Nepal for the Mardi Himal Trekking Package.

Rugged Trails Nepal organizes all these Mardi Himal trek routes upon request. Most packages are listed on our website under the Annapurna Region Trekking Routes, Best Selling Treks from Pokhara, and Short Trekking Routes sections. Join us in 2024 or 2025 and explore the Himalayas with our experienced mountain guides. Above, we have listed all the possibilities and options for the Mardi Himal Trek routes; you can pick the one that is best for you. 

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Mardi Himal Trekking Route FAQS

How long is the Mardi Himal trek?

As mentioned above, the shortest Mardi Himal trek is 2 days, but a 3-to-5-day itinerary is perfect for most people.

Where does the Mardi Himal trek start?

The starting point of the Mardi Himal Trek depends on the length of your trek. For a short 3-day trek, Kalimati, Pitam Deurali, or Siding are the starting points. If you're doing a 5-day trek, then Dhampus Pothana village is the best choice.

Is the Mardi Himal trek difficult?

The trek is moderate to easy, but the difficulty depends on the route you choose. Starting from Siding Village will be quite tough for those with knee or breathing problems because of the constant ascent on the stairs. Dhampus Pothana village or Kalimati are suggested for an easier journey.

How do I prepare for the Mardi Himal trek?

Proper trekking gear is essential, regardless of the season. You'll need clothing appropriate for the month and season, proper walking boots, hiking poles (helpful), rain jackets, and crampons if you're planning during the winter season. Salt is recommended if you're trekking during the monsoon season to ward off leeches. You can prepare yourself physically 1-2 months before the trek by doing activities like cycling, yoga, or running.

Is the Mardi Himal trek easy?

As mentioned above, the Mardi Himal trek can be easy, but it depends on your hiking experience and the chosen route. The shortest route will be harder, while longer routes tend to be easier. Remember, the terrain in Nepal is not flat.

Which is better, Poon Hill or Mardi Himal?

Both treks are excellent, but they offer different experiences. The Mardi Himal trek is better for close-up mountain views and dramatic landscapes. On the other hand, the Poon Hill trek offers spectacular panoramic views that you won't see from Mardi Himal. Simply put, Mardi Himal offers a "nose-to-nose" mountain experience, while Poon Hill provides a wider, panoramic view.

How many kilometers is the Mardi Trek?

The total distance of the Mardi Himal Trek depends on the chosen trekking route plan. Generally, the shortest route is 31 to 41 kilometers total from Pokhara.