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  • Duration10 Days / 9 Nights
  • 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 popular trek routes 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 days 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 M, Hiunchuli (6441 meters), Baraha Shikhar (7647 meters), Singu Chuli (6501 meters) Annapurna I (8090 meters) 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 surrounding you.

Our Mardi Himal Trek starts from Kathmandu. Before heading to the Pokhara which is the starting point of the trek we will explore Kathmandu and prepare our trekking permits. Rugged Trails Nepal team will give brief detail information about the trip during the welcome dinner. Pokhara is another beautiful city where we spend 1 night at the beginning and 1 night after the trek. We will explore lakes, monuments, and major highlights of Pokhara.

Places Cover During the Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal trek goes through typical village Dhampus, Pothana, Deurali, Forest Camp, Low camp, Rest Camp, Dadal Danda, and high camp. Along the way, you will be welcomed by the Mt. Fishtail, Rhododendron forest, typical villages, ships, yaks, colorful forest, and grassland. Mardi Himal trek is suitable for all kinds of hikers and also suggested for the family. You can see in the pictures how close you can see the mountains ranges in front, Mardi Himal trekking is one the best short trek routes in Nepal. Rugged Trails Nepal suggested itinerary can be customized on your request, we can make it shorter or can make it longer upon your request and time frame.

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 color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer. If you want to avoid crowds then December, Jan, Feb, March are the best months but it will be cold and snow around. Mardi Base Camp will not be possible to trek but up to Mardi Upper Viewpoint. 

What makes this tour very interesting

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

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Itinerary

  • Day: 1
    Arrive in Kathmandu.

    Rugged Trails Nepal representative will meet and greet you at the airport and 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 proceeds our short guided sightseeing tour at the Swayambhunath Temple. After Swayambhunath temple, we will visit another UNESCO World Heritage sites Patan Durbar Square, and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world.

    After sightseeing drives back to hotel and briefing of our rest of trip plan. At the same time if you have to buy any trekking gears or things for the rest of the days 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, Mountains view, Riverside with the nice green view, the local village. Check-in 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 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. Short walking day yet incredible experience. You will enjoy the walk through a lush forest, local village, and peaceful surroundings.

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

    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 walk, 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 of listening 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, sunrise 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 that goes past Low Camp, and Badal Danda. When you reach Badal Danda you will be high above lush forest line just to find more of grassy pastures or simply bare hill. After lunch at Badal danda, we will walk to High camp. Walk through the grassy pastures, 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 the high elevation air; soak into the charisma of mountains and get ready for the hike to the Mardi Himal base camp early morning tomorrow.

    • 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.

    t’s an early start of 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 at traverse the narrow, grassy trail up the hill towards viewpoint. But the final target is to reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp. The daylight dawns upon 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 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 the Annapurna gorge below and 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 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, the guide will transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. Free time for a massage, shopping or relaxing. Evening Farewell dinner with Rugged Trails Nepal team member.

    • 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 Rugged Trails Nepal team.

    WALKING HOUR

    N/A

    • 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, porters.
  • Annapurna Conservation park fees, TIMS Card.
  • Accommodation at standard hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Guided Tour in a city with the Expert tour guide.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in the city
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staff.
  • Insurance for all staff & 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 & dinner during the hotel stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/roadblock due to any reason
  • Personal insurance, medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Service other than mentioned above.
  • Items of personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water.
  • Entrance fees during sightseeing in the city.

Useful Information

Mardi Himal Trek Location for Photography

  • Pothana Village Viewpoint.
  • Rest Camp above Forest Camp. 
  • Badal Danda View Point. (Probably the best spot).
  • High Camp and Mardi Himal Upper View Point.

Yoga practice in Mardi Himal Trek.

  • Mardi Himal Yoga Trek (Fixed departure trip, check dates and price)

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