Mardi Himal is one of the hidden gems of the Annapurna region. It sees fewer crowds because it is one of the newer trekking routes, which was officially opened for trekking in 2012 A.D. This trek is more comfortable compared to Annapurna Base Camp but does not fall behind in terms of scenic views. Significantly, the views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Mardi Himal are very endearing, making the trekkers fall in love with the region.
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Group Size

Minimum 2 pax

Trip Duration

12 days

Max. Altitude

4,250 m

Trip Start

Kathmandu

Trip End

Kathmandu

Difficulty

Moderate

Ethnicity

Gurung, Thakali

Religion

Buddhism, Hinduism

Transportation

Tourist bus, private vehicle

Meals

Breakfast Only

accomodation

hotel, lodge, camping

Mardi Himal Trek Highlights

  • Spectacular views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre and Hiuchuli
  • Explore the unnoticed pristine beauty of Annapurna region
  • Traverse through the lush rhododendron forests
  • Enjoy the warm local culture and hospitality.

The trek starts from Kathmandu, and after a full day sightseeing of the capital city, you can drive or fly to Pokhara. The actual trek starts from Phedi, and from there, you head on to the beautiful village of Pothana via Australian Base Camp. The trek winds through the rhododendron forest, and you trek to Badal Danda via Forest Camp and Low Camp. From Badal Danda, you cross High Camp to reach the Upper Viewpoint, the trek's highest point. You can also ascend further to Mardi Base Camp if the weather is favorable. After enjoying the breathtaking panorama of Mardi Himal, Annapurna, and Machhapuchhre, you descend back to Pokhara via Sidhing and Lumre. To enjoy the pure nature at its best, it is recommended to do this trek during spring (March-May) because the rhododendrons will be on full bloom, and the weather is stable. You don't need prior trekking experience to do this trek, but it is important to be healthy to do the trekking as some parts of the trail in the higher altitudes can be demanding.

Himalayan Kingdom promises you to make your trip unforgettable. Our services are top quality, and our flexibility in allocating transportation and accommodation according to your taste makes us stand out. Additionally, our staffs are fluent in English, and the guides who accompany you are certified, professionals.

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer a hotel

    As per your schedule, you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, which is located in Kathmandu. Our staff will be waiting to welcome you at the airport and then drop you off at the hotel to refresh. You meet our staff again for the welcome dinner, where you get to enjoy authentic Nepalese food. You will also be briefed about the trip during dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: D
  • Day 02

    Full day Kathmandu City Tour

    After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to head out to explore the enchanting Bhaktapur Durbar Square, where you get to experience the local Newari culture, architecture, and pottery. The second destination is Boudhanath Stupa, which is the center for Buddhists. Here you enjoy the tranquility of the stupa and have a Tibetan style lunch. Next, you head to Pashupatinath Temple to see the influence of Hinduism and finally head to explore the historic Basantapur Durbar Square.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: B
  • Day 03

    Drive to Pokhara (827 m) | Optional Flight

    It would be best if you waked up early to catch the bus departing to Pokhara. You drive along the Prithivi Highway, which meanders through the lush green hills. You get to see the Trishuli River as well. By late afternoon, you arrive at the hotel in Pokhara, and the rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own. You can also opt to fly to Pokhara, which takes about 20- 30 minutes.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pokhara
    Meals: B
    Time: Drive 6-7 hours | Optional 25 minutes flight
  • Day 04

    Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1,890 m)

    After an early breakfast, you hop onto the vehicle and head towards Phedi. From there, you prepare yourself for the trek ahead. The trail gradually ascends, and you arrive at Kande. Continuing the trek, you head towards Australian Base Camp, where you have lunch. While having lunch, you get to enjoy amazing views of Machhapuchhre. Then you resume the trek, and after a short ascend, you reach Pothana for an overnight stay.
    Accommodation: Lodge at Pothana
    Meals: B
    Time: Drive 30-40 minutes drive and 4-5 hours Hike
  • Day 05

    Trek to Forest Camp (2,520 m)

    The trek today begins after breakfast, and you head to walk through the dense rhododendron forest. As you ascend, the views of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre greet you with its mesmerizing beauty. The view gets better once you arrive at Deurali. From here onwards, there is almost no settlement area, and you start to walk in the pristine nature. Then you walk through the forest filled with oak, pine, and rhododendron, which eventually opens up to Forest Camp.
    Accommodation: Lodge at Forest Camp
    Meals: B
    Time: 6-7 hours Hike
  • Day 06

    Trek to Badal Danda (3,250 m)

    The trek resumes along the rhododendron-filled forest, and you start to ascend to the forest's thicker region. As you gain altitude, you start to notice ferns, lichens, and orchids. You get to see splendid views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Mardi Himal in the backdrop along with the greenery. Then you arrive at Low Camp, and from there, Badal Danda is a few kilometers away. Since there is only one lodge at Badal Danda, you can opt to camp overnight.
    Accommodation: Lodge at Badal Danda
    Meals: B
    Time: 5-6 hours Hike
  • Day 07

    Trek to High Camp (3,540 m)

    You wake up to the charming mountain views, and after breakfast, you hit the trail. The trek today is short, so you'll have time to explore and acclimatize. The trail goes along the ridge, and you get to see Mardi Himal and Annapurna touch the blue sky. The short ascend takes you to the grassland area, which is sometimes covered with snow. Before lunchtime, you arrive at the plains of High Camp where you stay overnight.
    Accommodation: Lodge at High Camp
    Meals: B
    Time: 2-3 hours Hike
  • Day 08

    Trek to the Upper Viewpoint (4,250 m) and trek down to Badal Danda (3,250 m)

    Today, you wake you early at dawn to trek the steep trail. Walking along the rocky alpine terrain, you arrive at a ridge named Mardi Base Camp, which isn't the real one. Another 2-3 hours of steep ascent along the ridge, you arrive at the viewpoint. If the weather is favorable, you can head to Mardi Basecamp to enjoy the mountains' up-close panoramic views. After soaking in the scenery, trek back to Badal Danda for an overnight stay.
    Accommodation: Lodge at Badal Danda
    Meals: B
    Time: 6- Hours Hike
  • Day 09

    Trek to Sidhing Village/Kalimati

    After a hearty breakfast, it's time to head back. Descending through the trail, the vegetation starts to thicken, and you walk along the rhododendron forest. Machhapuchhre and Mardi Himal seem a bit far away as you head to lower altitudes. The trail goes along the Mardi Khola, and you get to see some pretty settlements and terrace fields. Enjoying the picturesque views, you arrive at Sidhing for an overnight stay.
    Accommodation: Lodge at Sidhing
    Meals: B
    Time: 5-6 hours Hike
  • Day 10

    Trek to Lumre, drive to Pokhara

    The trek resumes after breakfast, and you continue to descend along the rhododendron forest. After a while, you arrive at Lwang Ghalel, a village known for its cultural preservation, traditional lifestyle, and tea garden. The homestays here are famous for reflecting the warm local culture. You can explore this village if you want. After the final descend, you arrive at Lumre, where you have lunch and drive back to Pokhara.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pokhara
    Meals: B
    Time: 2-3 hours trek & 2 hours drive
  • Day 11

    Sightseeing tour in Pokhara

    After breakfast Sightseeing tour in Pokhara or boating in Phewa Lake for an hour and hiking to Peace Pagoda Today, you get to explore Pokhara, the city of lakes. You have the option to do a sightseeing tour or do boating and hiking. You'll be visiting Davis Fall, Gupteshwor Cave, Mahendra Cave,and Mountain Museum on the sightseeing tour. The other option is to do an hour worth of boating in the Phewa Lake and visit the Tal Barahi Temple, which lies in the middle of the lake.

    Then from the southwest shore of the lake, you will hike up to the World Peace Pagoda to enjoy Annapurna's panoramic views one last time.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Pokhara
    Meals: B
  • Day 12

    Final Departure

    The exciting trip has finally come to an end. Please make sure that you have your belongings with you. Our representative will drop you off at the airport three hours before your scheduled flight. We are glad to make many memorable moments with you and hope you will remember us for your next unforgettable trip to Nepal.
    Meals: B
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