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  • Duration10 Days
  • Price from$669/ person
  • Difficulty LevelModerate
  • Max Altitude4500 M (14,764 ft)

Mardi Himal used to be a newly opened Trek route in Annapurna Region. Nowadays, Mardi Himal is a popular trek route in Nepal because of its unique landscape, mountains, people, and diversity in the lower elevation. Mardi Trek Route was opened in 2014; at the beginning, there were no lodges. Nowadays, there are nice hotels, and the amenities are also getting better. Mardi Himal is situated just east of the most popular Annapurna base camp trek and on the bottom of Mt. Fishtail.

The Holy Peak, Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhre), 6993m, Annapurna South, 7,219 mHiunchuli (6441 m), Baraha Shikhar (7647 m), Singu Chuli (6501 m), and Annapurna I (8090 m) Mountains are the major highlights of the trek. From the Mardi Himal viewpoint, 4500 meters (14,764 feet), spectacular views of Mardi Himal (5587 meters (18,330 feet), and a myriad of other peaks surround you.

This 10-day Mardi Himal Trek starts in Kathmandu with visits to heritage sites. Before heading to the Pokhara which is the starting point of the trek, we will explore Kathmandu and prepare our trekking permits. The Rugged Trails Nepal team will give brief, detailed information about the trip during the welcome dinner. Pokhara is another beautiful city where we spend one night at the beginning and one night after the trek. We will explore lakes, monuments, and major highlights of Pokhara. The 10-day itinerary covers all the ground transportation for the entire trip and hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara as well.

Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek

  • Best viewpoint for Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South
  • World Heritage Sites visit Kathmandu.
  • Beautiful Pokhara Valley and Lakes.
  • Amazing Annapurna Himalayas and Landscapes.
  • Sunrise viewpoints and diversity.
  • Food, culture, lifestyle, and more.

Places Covered During the Mardi Himal Trek

The Mardi Himal trek goes through typical villages such as Dhampus, Pothana, Deurali, Forest Camp, Low Camp, Rest Camp, Dadal Danda, and High Camp. Along the way, you will be welcomed by Mt. Fishtail, Rhododendron Forest, typical villages, ships, yaks, colorful forests, and grassland. The Mardi Himal Trek is suitable for all kinds of hikers and is also suggested for families. You can see in the pictures how close you can see the mountain ranges in front. Mardi Himal Trekking is one of the best short trek routes in Nepal for beginners as well. Rugged Trails Nepal suggested itinerary can be customized on your request; we can make it shorter or longer upon your request and time frame.

The best seasons to Trek to Mardi Himal 

Trekking to Mardi Himal is possible throughout the year, but spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best seasons to trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp. Spring is a bit more colorful, the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the autumn months, the skies are generally clearer. If you want to avoid crowds, then December, January, February, and March are the best months; it will be cold and snowy around. Mardi Base Camp will not be able to trek up to Mardi Upper Viewpoint.

Best Mardi Himal Trek Viewpoints for Photography

We offer a photographic trek in the Mardi Himal since the path for the trip is so beautiful. For the most breathtaking photos of this trail's vibrant rhododendron blossoms, springtime is always the ideal time to visit. The best spots during the hike for photography are listed below.

  • Pothana Viewpoint
  • Badal Danda, or Middle Camp.
  • Flora and nature photography along the way.
  • After Badal Dand, every single spot is great.
  • Mardi High Camp, and Mardi Himal Viewpoint

mardi himal trekking best viewpoints for photography

Food during the Mardi Himal Trek.

Simply select a dish from the menu. The majority of teahouses serve Italian, Indian, Tibetan, and continental cuisines, including piza, pasta, spring rolls, and spaghetti. Our guide will propose foods if you are a vegetarian or vegan, and it is doable. You will receive fresh veggies as well as Dal Bhat, a staple of Nepalese cuisine. For meat eaters, meat is available; however, we advise against eating it after a particular location. The guide will advise if the meat is safe to eat, even though it won't be fresh and will have been transported from the city.

In the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, food will be on your own, and there are many nice restaurants around. We suggest OR2K in Kathmandu and Pokhara for vegetarian food.

Mardi Himal Trekking and Accommodation

A local family runs the lodges or teahouses where lodging is available. If we exclude some lovely luxury lodges, the standard lodges feature individual rooms with 2 beds or 4–5 beds arranged in a dormitory-like arrangement. Please don't anticipate restrooms in every teahouse; some have them. Nowadays, lodges have been updated with modern amenities at Mardi Himal, Annapurna Base Camp, Poonhill, Everest, and some other locations. It will be difficult to find private rooms at the busiest times, but we'll do our best. A squat or a flush? Most of the locations have flush toilets. You will get clean rooms with pillows and warm blankets (if sleeping bags are needed, you can hire them in Kathmandu or Pokhara). Don't expect heating inside the room, but there will be traditional heating in the dining area.

Drinking water and showering during the Mardi Himal Trek

It is not advised for hikers to drink water straight from the tap. On most trails, you may purchase hot water, mineral water, and filtered water. We advise using water purification pills on the treks (if you are used to the tablets). We ask hikers to utilize alternatives because there is a serious issue with plastic bottles near the route. If you apply a purification tablet, our guide will be able to obtain pure water from the tap. Both are not worth using in some locations, in which case purchasing water bottles is secure.

Other than Badal Danda, most establishments provide showers where you may take a hot shower for somewhere between $1 and $4 USD.

How hard is the Mardi Himal Trek?

Everyone can do the Mardi Himal Trek because it is mild. You don't have to be athletic, but you should be fit enough to walk for 5–6 hours while carrying a light daypack. If you have a major knee condition, this journey might not be the best option for you. The trip route was made with altitude in mind and is intended for leisurely, slow hikers who want to take it all in. The Mardi Himal hiking route is safe. Cycling, swimming, and climbing stairs are all good exercises for the trip; if you also practice yoga and deep breathing techniques, this is great for you.

Travel Insurance For Mardi Himal Trek

For this trek, you must have travel insurance. While most people have insurance, your policy must also cover air ambulances, medical care, and helicopter rescue. Check out WorldNomads and other options for travel insurance.

How high is the Mardi Himal Trek? Can I hike with my kids?

The viewpoint is at an elevation of 4,200 m, whereas the Mardi base camp is at 4,500 m. The highest height of the Mardi Himal hike, then, is 45,00 M if we go to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. Keep in mind that the Mardi Viewpoint, located at 4,200 meters above sea level, offers a beautiful view; therefore, getting to Base Camp just requires touching Mardi Base Camp.

Children can travel, and we've had numerous successful trips with kids as young as two. Rugged Trails Nepal established support staff that deals with children. Due to the fact that all of the trips were successfully arranged with kids, you need not be concerned about height on this climb. If you think you can't walk, you may skip the viewpoint and base camp because the views are magnificent from Badal Danda or the High Camp. Believe us, this is a beginner-friendly trek if you follow the 10-day trek itinerary.

Trekking Gears for the Mardi Himal Trek.

Depending on the time of year you visit, you will need different hiking equipment for the Mardi Himal Trek. Get ideas for packing the right gear by checking out the list of trekking supplies at the link below. You may purchase equipment in Pokhara or Kathmandu if you forget to bring it at the last minute. The Porters will handle your baggage; you will just need to carry your valuables. Bring a small daypack with you on the hike so you can transport water and valuables like your wallet, passport, and other items. You will only bring the items that are absolutely required for the walk. Duffle bags will be provided for the trek to put your stuff on by Rugged Trails Nepal.

Can I just make a reservation for the Mardi Himal Trek?

Yes, you can only reserve a spot on the Mardi Himal Trek with us. Just provide us the information for your Pokhara accommodation and your arrival time. The Mardi Himal Trekking Maps and Trekking Permits will be waiting for you when our guide arrives. However, in order to issue the trekking permits, we require copies of your passport and P.P. size pictures. Follow the link for the 5 days Mardi Himal Trek from Pokhara.

How short can the Mardi Himal Hike be?

The Mardi Himal Trek can take between three and four days if you don't have enough time. The 2-day Mardi Himal Trek is difficult, and you should only do it if you want to run a marathon. We have listed a 3-day-long Mardi Himal Trek from Pokhara.

Short Trek itinerary for Mardi Himal Trek

  • Day 01: Pokhara drive to Kalimati and trek to Rest Camp.
  • Day 02:Rest Camp Trek to High Camp.
  • Day 03: Low Camp Trek to Mardi Viewpoint, base camp, and trek back to Sidding. Drive to Pokhara.

Additional Information for the Mardi Himal Trek

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Embark on a breathtaking adventure with our 10-day Mardi Himal Trek, starting and ending in the vibrant city of Kathmandu. This unforgettable journey unveils stunning landscapes, diverse cultures, and panoramic views of the majestic Annapurna Himalayas.

Ready for a Shorter Adventure?

If you're short on time, explore our 3-5 day Mardi Himal treks starting from Pokhara! Click on the link above to discover these exciting itineraries.

  • Day: 1
    Arrive in Kathmandu.

    A representative of Rugged Trails Nepal will meet and greet you at the airport, escort you to your hotel, and help you check into your hotel. We will introduce your trekking guide and meet with you at the hotel to brief you about your daily activities, etc

    • Hotel
    • NA
    • Dinner
    • 1350 M
    • Kathmandu
  • Day: 2
    Kathmandu city tour.

    After breakfast, we proceed with our short guided sightseeing tour at the Swayambhunath Temple. After Swayambhunath temple, we will visit another UNESCO World Heritage site, Patan Durbar Square, and the Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world.

    After sightseeing, we drive back to the hotel for a briefing on our rest of the trip plan. At the same time, if you have to buy any trekking gear or things for the rest of the day, the guide will help take you to the trekking equipment store in Thamel.

    • Hotel
    • 3 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast
    • 1350 M
    • Kathmandu
  • Day: 3
    Drive to pokhara. 210 Km, 5-6 hrs drive.

    After breakfast, drive to Pokhara. Scenic drive through the valley, mountain view, Riverside with the nice green view, and the local village. Check-in at the hotel and walk around Fewa Lake, and if time permits, visit Peace Stupa for Sunset (optional)

    • Hotel
    • NA
    • Breakfast
    • 827 M
  • Day: 4
    Pokhara drive to Kande Trek to 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 a trekking journey. Your destination walk for the day is to Pothana, a beautiful overnight place with a spectacular Himalayan view from the viewpoint just above the camp. The walk is short and peaceful today. Only after about four hours of walking do you reach Pothana to stay overnight. Short walking day yet an incredible experience. You will enjoy the walk through a lush forest, a local village, and peaceful surroundings.

    • Lodge
    • 5 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.
    • 1970 M
  • Day: 5
    Pothana Trek to Forest Camp - Rest Camp.

    The trek for the day starts after breakfast and advances towards Rest Camp via Pitam Deurali and Forest Camp. It is another day of serene forest walks, first towards Pitam Deurali and then aiming to Forest Camp before going on the final uphill walk to Rest Camp to stay overnight. It is a beautiful experience to listen to the birds and breeze while walking through the forest.

    • Lodge
    • 5-6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.
    • 2560 M
  • Day: 6
    Rest Camp - Low Camp Trek to High Camp.

    In the morning, with a spectacular view of Mt. Fishtail, sunrise, Mardi Himal, and the surrounding valley,. The walk starts after breakfast, and it is another short day walk through the beautiful, lush forest. We are heading to High Camp today, which goes past Low Camp and Badal Danda. When you reach Badal Danda, you will be high above a lush forest line just to find more grassy pastures or simply bare hills. After lunch at Badal danda, we will walk to High Camp. Walk through the grassy pastures and rhododendron bushes (yes, now you will see the rhododendron trees getting smaller) with spectacular surroundings to the high camp, only to be exposed to the breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks. Allow yourself time to explore around the high camp, breathe in the high-altitude air, soak up the charisma of the mountains, and get ready for the hike to the Mardi Himal base camp early tomorrow morning.

    • Lodge
    • 5-6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3580 M
  • Day: 7
    High Camp - Mardi View Point- Mardi Base Camp 4500 M (14,764 ft) - Badal Danda.

    It's an early start to the day and also the highlight of the trip. You will start the day at around 4 in the morning and hike towards the viewpoint to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the Himalayan peaks. Walk in the light of your flashlight as you traverse the narrow, grassy trail up the hill towards the viewpoint. But the final target is to reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp. The daylight dawns upon you to expose you to the wonderful mountains as you walk up towards the viewpoint.

    Once you reach the viewpoint, you will be awestruck by the panoramic and unexpectedly close-up views of the mountain peaks in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Enjoy the views as you look down at the high camp far below, just to realize how high you have come.

    Later, enjoy the ridge walk towards the base camp, looking at the Annapurna gorge below and the mountains just in front of you. You trek further down to Badal Danda after lunch to stay overnight.

    • Lodge
    • 5-6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3250 M
  • Day: 8
    Badal Danda - Sidding - Drive back to Pokhara

    After Low Camp, the trail goes steeply down through the forest to Sidding Village. After reaching Sidding, we will have lunch here, and then we will drive back to Pokhara. Afternoon: free time for shopping and boating in Phewa Lake. If you want to extend your holiday in Pokhara for a few days, let us know.

    • Hotel
    • 4-5 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 827 M
  • Day: 9
    Pokhara - Kathmandu.

    After breakfast in Pokhara, drive back to Kathmandu, and the guide will transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Free time for a massage, shopping, or relaxing. Evening farewell dinner with Rugged Trails Nepal team members.

    • Hotel
    • 6 Hour Drive
    • Breakfast,Dinner
    • 1350 M
    • Kathmandu
  • Day: 10
    Final departure.

    Transferred to the international airport on your flight schedule, and if some have extra days in Nepal, they will continue with other activities. If any help is needed for further plans, feel free to contact the Rugged Trails Nepal team.

    • NA
    • NA
    • Breakfast
    • NA

What's Included

  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
  • Accommodation during the trek (local lodge).
  • The government registered English-speaking local expert guides and porters.
  • Annapurna Conservation Park fees, TIMS Card.
  • Accommodation at a standard hotel in Kathmandu includes twin sharing with breakfast.
  • A guided tour in a city with an expert tour guide.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in the city
  • Equipment and clothing for porters and staff.
  • Insurance for all staff and porters.
  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
  • First Aid Kit for Mardi Himal Trek
  • Duffel bag and Mardi Himal Trekking.
  • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff, including porters

What’s Excluded

  • Nepal visa: Multiple Entrée (30 days): USD 40
  • Lunch and dinner during the hotel stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara
  • Personal gear and clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation or roadblock due to any reason
  • Personal insurance and medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Service other than those mentioned above.
  • Items of personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, and mineral water.
  • Entrance fees during sightseeing in the city.


  • One word Just AMAZING

    - Jackie Sophia, Netherlands

    I enjoyed the hike every second. I chose the right trek with the right company, and my guide, Indra, got 10 out of 10. 

  • Great experience!

    - Gifts, Lithuania

    The guide (Yogi) was excellent, and the view was amazing! We had only 3 days, and I feel we managed to get the Himalaya experience during these days.

  • Beautifully organized 4 days mardi himal trek

    - Tania Marie, Australia

    I had a great trip and we had nice clear views which am grateful for. Indra (my guide) was great, he obviously has a lot of experience, let me go my pace, and seemed to always be looking out for me. Very attentive! He was really helpful I felt very comfortable trekking with him. Very knowledgeable, keeping an eye on the view, etc so I could go out and get a good picture of that kind of thing.