Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is the best option to be free from the crowded treks of Annapurna. The route to Mardi Himal gives a unique and different taste, supported by the stunning views of Annapurna ranges. This short trek would be the best choice for those who wish to embrace the beauty and grandeur of the Annapurna Himalayas in a short amount of time. As being a newly opened route, this trek has availability of just basic foods and accommodation. This trekking route lies in between two popular routes of Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. The base camp of Mardi Himal is situated just under the shadow of Mt. Machhapuchhre and also one of the best viewpoints for the mighty Machhapuchhre (fishtail).

We, Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition ensure this trek as moderate trek. So, the trek is also suitable for children to elderly trekkers. Any special training is not necessarily required to complete this trek. However, positivity, enthusiasms and strong determination are mandatory. The trek provides an opportunity of viewing Annapurna (8,091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Mardi Himal and Hiunchuli (6,441m). We offer special discounts if you come along with group members. Although this trek is doable for the whole year, the most suitable time is March to May and September to December. 

Trip Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley
  • Diverse tastes of Nepalese Food, ethnic cultures, and dances
  • The marvelous scenery of sacred Mt. Machhapuchhare, Mardi Himal, and Annapurna chains
  • Exploration of Lake City Pokhara 

Additional Information

We tried to attempt almost all the necessary information on our website. However, you might have some confusion regarding the time, cost, and some technical help. So to have further discussion and information about the trip please directly contact us   info@amazingnepaltrek.com and feel free to ring +977-9851116042 at any time.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft)

Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion & trek preparation (1,300m/4,265ft)

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2,986ft), 5-6 hrs drive

Day 04: Drive to Phedi and trek to Dhampus (1890m/6300ft), 30 min drive, 3-4 hrs trek

Day 05: Dhampus – Forest Camp (2,550m/8,365ft), 5-6 hrs trek

Day 06: Forest Camp – Low Camp (3,400m/11,154ft), 4-5 hrs trek

Day 07: Low Camp – High Camp (3,900m/12,795ft), 3-4 hrs trek

Day 08: High Camp – Siding village (1,750m/5,800ft): 6-7 hrs trek

Day 09: Siding village – Pokhara (910 m/2,985ft), 3-4 hrs trek, 2 hrs drive

Day 10: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus (1,300m /4,265ft), 5-6 hrs drive

Day 11: Final Departure

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Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Our representative will be there at the Tribhuvan International Airport to receive you and take you to the hotel in Kathmandu. The same evening, you and your team members will be offered typical Nepali food in a fine restaurant. You will also be briefed about the trip, and dropped at your hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley and Preparation for Trekking (1,300m/4,264ft)

After breakfast, you will set out for sightseeing of the culturally and architecturally rich heritage sites of the Valley. Places such as the Pashupatinath, the world famous temple precinct of the Hindus, the Boudhnath and Swaymbhunath, the world famous Buddhist stupa precinct, and Kathmandu Durbar Square will open up completely a new cultural world of Nepali art and architecture to you. You will also be taken to the Kumari Ghar, where resides the Virgin Goddess. We will also discuss the trip, and you will be introduced to your fellow trekkers and our crews.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara by tourist bus (910 m/2,986ft) 6-7 hrs, 200km drive

After breakfast, around 6:30 am transfer to the Tourist bus station and drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. This scenic drive offers fascinating glimpses of rural Nepal as you pass through Middle Hill scenery along with the famous rafting Trishuli River originated from Tibet northeast of Kathmandu. Arrive Pokhara midafternoon.

Day 04: Drive to Phedi and trek to Dhampus (1,890m/6,300ft), 30 min drive, 3-4 hrs trek

It’s a total half an hour drive to trekking starting point Phedi and the trail ascends steeply to Dhampus village for next three hours.

Day 05: Dhampus – Forest Camp (2,480m/8,135ft), 5-6 hrs trek

It’s a total of 6 hours walk today. The trek enters an enchanted forest of birch, giant rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, hemlock, and daphnia. The overnight camping here enjoys relaxation after a long tough but adventuring trail.

Day 06: Forest Camp – Low Camp (3,400m/11,300ft), 4-5 hrs trek

As we climb, the flora has turned to classic 'cloud forest' with mosses and lichen, tree ferns and orchids hosted by the hardier trees. There are windows in the woods that look out onto the thrilling panorama - close up the dramatic scenery of sacred Mt. Machhapuchhare, Mardi Himal, and Annapurna chains.

Day 07: Low Camp – High Camp (3,900m/12,850ft), 3-4 hrs trek

We have our early breakfast and start trekking to reach our highest point of the trek. If conditions are favorable we will climb up to 15,000/16,000 ft. The great ice fields and the blue glaciers of the Annapurna sanctuary walls lie below us. The view we capture today will be never forgotten. We will return to our camp in the evening.

Day 08: High Camp to Siding Village (1,750m/5740ft), 6-7 hrs trek

After breakfast, today journey starts an unhurried descent through the shade of the forest and out on to the terraced fields, down 1600 m. This is a different route down to the upper Mardi Khola. Here, as we make our way along the banks of the Mardi Khola from the hillside village of Siding, down through the lovely fields, passing the simple farms and over the interesting suspension bridges. There is no doubt that this is indeed the idyllic Nepal Countryside. Overnight at camp.

Day 09: Siding Village to Pokhara (910m/2,985ft), 3-4 hrs trek and 2 hrs drive to Pokhara

After a short walk now the trail skirts an outcrop- there's the road and transport. We will be back to Pokhara for lunch. You're free here to feel the moderate climate and scenery of this Magic land or Dream Land of Nepal. Explore the various interesting places like Mahendra Cave, David's fall and the various lakes of course.

Day 10: Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus (6-7 hrs), 200km drive

After breakfast, transfer to Tourist bus station and 07:30 am drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Arrive Kathmandu 02:30 to 03:00 pm.

Day 11: Final Departure

Transfer to the international airport and fly to the onward destination.

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Cost Includes: 

  • All airport transfers
  • Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast 
  • Tourist Standard Hotel in Pokhara for 2 nights with breakfast
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner 
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
  • All ground transport by private car and Tourist bus as per itinerary
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Conservation Area permit and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) followed by a cup of Tea/Coffee during the trek  
  • Iodine/Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water 
  • All mountain accommodation in Mountain Lodge/Homestay during the trek
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes 
  • Trekking equipment such as down-filled sleeping bag and duffel bag
  • Souvenir: Annapurna Route map and Amazing Nepal T-Shirt

Cost not Includes:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except for welcome and farewell dinner
  • Monument entrance fees 
  • Deserts (cakes, bakes, and pies)s 
  • Additional Hot Drinks 
  • Bottled drinks 
  • Boiled/mineral water 
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Hot shower 
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tipping to driver and trekking crew

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
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Accommodations and Meals:

You will be provided a room in a tourist standard hotel, while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During your trekking, you will be provided room in teahouses. Please be informed that you will be sharing the room at teahouses. Please also note that the Annapurna region is located at far from the maddening crowd, therefore, teahouses may not be as much sophisticated as one finds them in town.

We will provide only breakfast while you are in Kathmandu and three-course meals while you are on trek. This means you will be taking breakfast and dinner at teahouse you stay and lunch in the mid of your trekking. Since the Annapurna region is geographically a remote place, you will be provided only selected but hygienic and organic local foods such as Nepali dal bhat, Tibetan soup, and bread, porridge etc.

Is this trek appropriate for me?

We ensure you that the Mardi Himal Trek is an easy trek. It does not have any possibilities of suffering from high altitude and thin air. But, it requires inspiration and passion which makes your trek successful. You are supposed to have a light backpack for making your admirable trek. Although you have an average health condition, your positive attitude and strong determination can help to accomplish this trek. For making comfortable walking, adjusting to changing climate, our package manages the facility of acclimatization in needed place as well as 5-6 hours walking per day. If you have already accumulated hiking and jugging experiences that will be beneficial to adjust to the situation. Amazing Nepal cordially requests to have medical checking before you plan to start any trekking and hiking.

Briefing of the Tour:

You will be briefed about the trek, you will be given an information file, and importantly introduced with your guide.

Trekking Crews:

We will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who holds enough knowledge about responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism

We will also provide an assistant guide who is ready to help you with every situation.

We will provide a porter is provided to every two of you, and he will be carrying not more than 25kg.

We get our crews’ life get insured.


After the trek is over, you will be provided with ANTE adventure certificate.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of our group can range from two people to ten people. In case you want to travel alone, do not hesitate to write to us. We will plan accordingly. In case, you more than ten people, please do let us know so that we can develop and improvise plans and itinerary.


Trekking to the Annapurna Region is as much difficult as it is technical. We give special priority to its technical sides as well. For this, we have designed an itinerary to allow you to get acclimatize naturally. We know the particular location you need to stay for rest, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly and so on. In case you get high altitude sickness, we have crews who know how to deal with it effectively and smartly.

How to respond to Altitude Sickness?

Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide)

Please consult your physician

Please do keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy

Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other

Travel Insurance:

We would like to recommend you to get your trekking insured. Since you are trekking in probably one of the wildest and challenging routes, you need to be cautious of anything inevitable. You may need helicopter evacuation and get your trip canceled. You may get injured and get your baggage theft and so on.

Permits and fees:

The government local body charges some small amount of fee for every you make to the World heritage sites, Conservation areas, National Parks, and restricted areas along climbing. The price we charge includes all the fees.

If you want to book a trekking package with Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition and still wondering about the essential equipment for your trekking journey, here we are more than happy to offer our checklist for your references. Please make necessary amendments to our checklist as per your need and convenience. For some case, if you couldn’t get any of these listed equipment/gears in your hometown or you’re in a rush before you fly to Kathmandu, don’t worry! The listed necessary items mentioned below can be easily purchased here.
Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. A porter is available for two people who will carry maximum up to 25 kg. So, You have to be careful while packing your Bag or luggage.
Moreover, There is an allowance of 15kg per person on the domestic flights. Additional personal items are not needed for the trekking portion of the trip which can be kept in the hotel’s storage room without extra cost.

Below is the checklist of equipment that is required for the trek:

  • Buff headwear /neckwear
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch


  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Down filled jacket  (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary down jacket which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)


  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermal underwear


  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sneakers /slippers


  • Gore-tex gloves


  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary sleeping bags which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag (Amazing Nepal Trek will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for items that are left at the hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Large plastic bags (For keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (Optional, Recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Sewing Kit
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen and lip balm
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes 
  • Reading or writing material

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