Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

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Mardi Himal Trek is one of the hidden gems in the Annapurna region. This short trek allows you to see the Annapurna range from a variety of perspectives. Because it was just opened after 2012, the Annapurna circuit‘s Mardi Himal is a lesser-known location. In a short amount of time, trekkers will be able to see natural and cultural landscapes, intriguing communities, valleys, terraced fields, amazing rivers, and spectacular vistas of the Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail), and Hiunchuli mountains. The Mardi Himal trek is the perfect option for hikers with limited time but who do not want to lose out on the Nepalese trekking experience. The four-day walk will take you to one of the most breathtaking Himalayan views.

The journey begins in Kathmandu, with a flight or a drive to Pokhara. Following a picturesque drive to Kande, we will begin our 2 hours climb to the Australian camp. The camp is one of the best places to see the Himalayas’ panoramic snow-capped mountains. We hike from the Australian camp to the Forest camp via an off-the-beaten-path route with breathtaking vistas of snow-capped mountains. Similarly, as we make our way to the upper camp, we come across a variety of plants along the pathways. The journey from Mardi Himal High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp takes about 3-4 hours. Mardi Himal, Hiumchuli, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, and other spectacular vistas may be seen from this vantage point. We return to the Kande via low camp by retracing our route.

Because the Gurung people make up the majority of the region’s residents, trekking across the high passes allows people to learn about their customs and heritage. The routes lead trekkers through picturesque communities where they can meet indigenous tribes and see their everyday lives, which are very different from what they see in the contemporary world. Although the route was in the middle of nowhere, the campers’ lodges provided the most basic amenities. Even such minimal facilities are a blessing in disguise after a long day of traveling.

Mardi Himal is a challenging but rewarding hike that takes you to breathtaking vistas. The ideal periods to trek to Mardi Himal are spring (March to May) and fall (mid-September to November). During these two seasons, the best views, the most consistent climate patterns, and sunny skies are accessible. Although altitude sickness is uncommon in these places, an oxygen supplement can be supplied in an emergency.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the spectacular Annapurna region in 5 days.  
  • The authentic taste of the Himalayan charm
  • Witness the breathtaking views, Nepali culture, and diverse terrain. 
  • Visit cultural, historical, natural, and religious shrines, heritage sites s in Kathmandu and Pokhara,
  • Walkthrough a stunning valley of rhododendron forests 
  • Opportunity to learn about different people’s cultures, traditions, lifestyles, and languages.
  • Immerse in a real cultural experience and delve deeper into the local community’s way of life.
  • Explore the stunning biodiversity diversities in the region 
  • Witness the stunning mountain range of Annapurna range, Lamjung Himal, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Macchapuchhre, and Manaslu, Hiumchuli.

How long is the Mardi Himal Trek? 

The Mardi Himal trek is a ten-day journey that includes around six days of walking. However, depending on your preferences, this voyage can be cut short. A new trekking route to Mardi Himal has recently been built. 

Starting in Melbot in Pokhara Metropolitan City, the 500-meter route passes through Astam, Dhital, Dhampus, Pritam Deurali, Dhital, and Kalimati. As a result, the journey is considerably shorter. To embark on this route, they can drive from Dhampus, Kalimati, or Siding to Australian Camp. By taking a helicopter tour to Mardi Himal, you may be able to cut your journey time in half.

How difficult is the Mardi Himal Trek?

This moderately difficult hike is suitable for everyone who is in a healthy condition. Workout and adaptation to elevation are, however, recommended. Physical preparation, such as daily walking, aerobics, and resistance training, may aid in the maintenance of your body’s stamina. On the other side, the challenge requires a six-hour climb up and across steep terrain. In a short length of time, the drive takes you to spectacular landscapes and a magnificent mountain range. As a result, the difficult journey is well worth it.

How much does it cost for Mardi Himal Trek?

The cost of a Mardi Himal walk is determined by several factors, including food and lodging, the length of the trek,  and so on. The package can be modified according to your needs with varying levels of amenities and prices. In comparison to other Base Camp treks such as the Annapurna Base Camp trek and Everest Base Camp trek, this walk is less expensive. This stunning hike is suitable for travelers on a budget and with limited time on their hands.

Because the location is isolated and in the middle of the Himalayas, the cost of accommodation is lower than in the city. The lodging, on the other hand, provides basic comforts as well as regional specialties. As we progress to the top region, the cost of food rises. This is because the porter carries everything from the bottom to the top. Indulging in such delectable cuisine in the Himalayan foothills is well worth it.

Much of the cost of the all inclusive tour includes:

  • Airport arrival and departure
  • Teahouse accommodation on the trek
  • A route map
  • English-speaking trekking guide with a permit to assist with lodging, transportation, meals, and wage reimbursement. 
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, and supper) in the Himalayan foothills. 
  • A route on a map. 
  • Tea house lodging with twin-sharing rooms 
  • The state-mandated local village tax and VAT. 
  • In the event of an emergency, the guide carries a medical kit.

An expedition to the Mardi Himal is only possible with proper permission. Hikers, unlike those on an all-inclusive tour, must pay a permit charge such as:

  • The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) 
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)

Hiking in a distant location carries a lot of risks that demand purchasing insurance. If your insurance policy allows it, there are evacuation services available in the event of an emergency.

Best season for Mardi Himal Trek 

Autumn and Spring are the ideal seasons to hike when there is consistent weather conditions. However, this is the busiest time of year for trekking. Due to excessive rainfall, the region is wet and slick throughout the summer and monsoons (June to August). The temperature at the Mardi Base Camp drops below 0 degrees in the winter (December to February). The winter routes make the journey even more challenging by increasing the odds of thickly snow-covered passes. Even if the Himalayas offer stunning scenery and clear skies in the winter, it is still too chilly for a trekker to embark on this adventure.

Mardi Himal Trek Route From Pokhara 

The Mardi Himal trip begins in Pokhara, which is located east of the Annapurna Base Camp hike. Starting your journey from Pokhara, you may be able to cut your travel time. You will have plenty of time to sightsee within the city before beginning your journey the next day.


Trip Details

  Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation
  • Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Kande and Hike to Australian Base Camp
  • Day 5: Trek from Australian Camp to Forest Camp
  • Day 6: Forest Camp to High Camp Trek
  • Day 7: Trek from Mardi Himal Base Camp to High Camp
  • Day 8: Trek from High Camp to Low Camp
  • Day 9: Low Camp to Pokhara Trek
  • Day 10: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu


    • You will be escorted to your accommodation after arriving at Kathmandu Airport. When you’ve recovered from your jet lag, A stroll around Thamel’s tourism district in the evening will undoubtedly thrill all your senses.

    • This morning, you’ll embark on a sightseeing day excursion to familiarize yourself with the splendor of Kathmandu Valley. You will visit the important sites as well as a sightseeing tour of all the heritage sites. At the end of the day, getting plenty of rest prepares you for the following walk.


    • You’ll begin your journey to Pokhara today on a relaxing road trip. This magnificent journey passes through high hills, terraced farmlands, and green valleys. Once you’ve arrived in Pokhara, check into your accommodation and head to the lakeside to unwind in a tranquil setting.


    • After breakfast, you’ll head to Kande for a pleasant drive. Lush hills, waterfalls and elevated agricultural hills may all be seen on this lovely excursion. Following your arrival at Kande, we will begin your 2-hour hike to the Australian camp. The camp is one of the best places to see the Himalayas’ panoramic snow-capped mountains. We’ll spend the night in a teahouse in the area.

    • Our journey from the Australian camp to the Forest camp begins with breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas. We quit the main Annapurna Sanctuary trek after passing through Deurali. 

      We next proceed to a less-travelled path that leads through a dense forest of rhododendron and chestnut trees. We will arrive at Forest Camp after a 5-hour hike. We’ll spend the night at a forest camp’s teahouse.

    • We start our trip from Forest camp to High camp with an early morning breakfast. After that, we’ll rise along pathways with stunning biodiversity.  To go to Badal Danda, we must hike through a rhododendron forest. Mardi Himal, Hiumchuli, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and other peaks can be seen from here. After an hour, we travel over the Mardi Himal ridge, which is lined with rhododendron shrubs. We’ll spend the night in High Camp at a teahouse.

    • We’ll leave the High Camp for the Viewpoint early in the morning. After a few hours of arduous climbing, you’ll reach the Mardi Himal Viewpoint (4,200m). Depending on the weather, you’ll continue the trail to Mardi Himal Base Camp. Take in the breathtaking view that stretches from Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas to Ganesh Himal, with huge ice fields and blue glaciers below. You’ll eventually return to High Camp by retracing your steps.

    • We resume our trip from High Camp to Low Camp after breakfast, passing past the magnificent Mardi Himal Base Camp. We also get up early for spectacular dawn. We’ll spend the night in Low Camp at a teahouse.

    • We eat breakfast first thing in the morning and then continue our journey to Kande. We will hike for 7 hours, retracing our steps to Kande, from whence we will travel to Pokhara. As our Mardi Himal hike ends, we’ll spend the night in Pokhara at a hotel. 

    • From Pokhara to Kathmandu, you’ll finally drive. Arriving in Kathmandu will take approximately 6 hours. After that, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.


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