Mardi Himal Trek - 9 Days

Mardi Trek
Mardi Himal Trek - 9 Days
Mardi Himal Trek
Duration9 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude4500 M
Group Size2
Best TimeRound of the year

The 9 days Mardi Himal trek offers a captivating journey through the serene landscapes of the Annapurna region, providing trekkers with awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks, lush forests and traditional Nepalese villages. This lesser-known trek is gaining popularity among adventure seekers for its pristine beauty and tranquil trails.

Starting from Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna region, the Mardi Himal trek takes trekkers on a scenic route towards the base camp of Mardi Himal, a lesser-known gem nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. The trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural encounters, and thrilling adventures.

The journey begins with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kande, the starting point of the trek. From here, trekkers start on a picturesque trail that winds through rhododendron forests, terraced fields and traditional Gurung villages. Along the way, trekkers are treated to stunning views of iconic peaks like Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

As the trek ascends higher, the landscape transforms into alpine meadows adorned with colorful wildflowers, offering a delightful contrast to the rugged mountain scenery. Trekkers also have the opportunity to interact with the friendly Gurung and Magar communities, experiencing their warm hospitality and rich cultural traditions.

One of the highlights of the Mardi Himal trek is reaching High Camp, where trekkers are rewarded with panoramic views of the Annapurna massif and surrounding peaks. The journey to High Camp is exhilarating, with steep ascents and dramatic landscapes that leave a lasting impression on trekkers.

From High Camp, trekkers make their way to Mardi Himal Base Camp, the ultimate destination of the trek. Here, at an altitude of around 4,500 meters, trekkers are greeted by breathtaking views of Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre, towering majestically against the backdrop of the Himalayan skyline. The serene atmosphere and pristine beauty of the base camp offer a sense of tranquility and awe-inspiring experience.

After soaking in the mesmerizing views and capturing memories, trekkers descend back to Low Camp and continue their journey towards Siding or Lumre. The descent offers a different perspective of the landscape, with verdant forests and terraced fields stretching out below.

The Mardi Himal trek is suitable for trekkers of all levels, including beginners and seasoned adventurers, seeking to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations in the Annapurna region. With its shorter duration and moderate difficulty level, it's an ideal choice for those looking for a rewarding trekking experience without the crowds.


The Mardi Himal Trek is a hidden gem in the Annapurna region of Nepal, offering trekkers a unique and captivating journey through pristine landscapes and breathtaking vistas. Here are some major highlights of the Mardi Himal Trek:

  • Scenic Beauty: The trek offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks, including Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Mardi Himal itself. The landscape is adorned with lush forests, alpine meadows, and vibrant rhododendron blooms, creating a picturesque setting throughout the journey.
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Experience: Compared to more popular treks like the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp, the Mardi Himal Trek is relatively less crowded, providing trekkers with a peaceful and serene environment to immerse themselves in nature.
  • Cultural Encounters: Along the trail, trekkers have the opportunity to interact with the local communities, including the Gurung and Magar ethnic groups. Experience their warm hospitality, learn about their traditional way of life, and explore quaint villages nestled amidst the mountains.
  • Mardi Himal Base Camp: The ultimate destination of the trek, Mardi Himal Base Camp offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Trekkers are rewarded with a sense of achievement as they stand in awe of the towering Himalayan giants.
  • High Camp Experience: The trek to High Camp is exhilarating, with steep ascents and dramatic landscapes unfolding at every turn. Trekkers spend a night at High Camp, surrounded by stunning vistas of the Annapurna massif under the starlit sky.
  • Varied Terrain: From lush forests and terraced fields to rocky moraines and alpine meadows, the Mardi Himal Trek traverses a diverse range of terrain, providing trekkers with a dynamic and ever-changing landscape to explore.
  • Shorter Duration: With a duration of around 9 days, the Mardi Himal Trek is shorter compared to other treks in the region, making it ideal for those with limited time. Despite its shorter duration, the trek offers a fulfilling and enriching experience.
  • Moderate Difficulty: The trek is suitable for trekkers of all levels, including beginners with a reasonable level of fitness. While there are some challenging sections, the overall difficulty level is moderate, allowing trekkers to enjoy the journey at their own pace.
  • Opportunity for Photography: The Mardi Himal Trek offers countless opportunities for photography enthusiasts to capture the stunning beauty of the Himalayan landscape. From sunrise views over snow-capped peaks to colorful rhododendron blooms, every moment is a photo-worthy experience.
  • Sense of Adventure: Embarking on the Mardi Himal Trek is not just about reaching the destination but also about embracing the spirit of adventure and exploration. Trekkers are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone, challenge themselves, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our representative, who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. After settling in, you'll have some free time to rest and recover from your journey. In the evening, there will be a pre-trek briefing where you'll meet your trekking guide and fellow trekkers. Your guide will provide you with essential information about the trek, including the itinerary, safety guidelines, and necessary equipment. You'll also have the opportunity to ask any questions and make final preparations for the adventure ahead.

Max Altitude: 1,400m Accommodation: Hotel

After an early morning breakfast, you'll transfer to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport for a scenic flight to Pokhara, offering stunning aerial views of the Himalayas. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you'll drive to Kande, the starting point of your trek. The drive takes approximately 1 hour, passing through picturesque countryside and traditional villages. From Kande, you'll begin your trek to Pothana, a charming village nestled amidst lush forests and terraced fields. The trail ascends gradually, offering panoramic views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) ranges. After 2 to 3 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Pothana, where you'll spend the night in a teahouse, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Himalayas.

Accommodation: Tea house

Today's trek takes you deeper into the heart of the Annapurna region as you make your way to Forest Camp. The trail meanders through lush rhododendron forests, offering glimpses of exotic wildlife and colorful bird species. As you ascend higher, you'll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. After 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Forest Camp, where you'll spend the night in a teahouse, surrounded by the tranquil sounds of the forest.

Max Altitude: 2,600m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 4-5 hrs

Leaving Forest Camp behind, you'll continue your journey towards Badal Danda, also known as the "Hill of Clouds." The trail ascends steadily, offering breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre ranges. Along the way, you'll pass through alpine meadows dotted with colorful wildflowers, creating a picturesque setting. After 3 to 4 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Badal Danda, where you'll spend the night in a teahouse, surrounded by panoramic mountain vistas.

Max Altitude: 3,210m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 3-4 hrs

Today, you'll trek to High Camp, the gateway to Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trail ascends steeply, offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. As you climb higher, you'll notice a change in the landscape, with rocky terrain and sparse vegetation. Upon reaching High Camp, you'll have some free time to acclimatize to the altitude and explore the surrounding area. Your guide will provide you with essential tips for altitude sickness prevention and ensure your safety throughout the trek.

Max Altitude: 3,600m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 2-3 hrs

Today is the highlight of the trek as you hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp, situated at an altitude of 4,500 meters. The trail offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre ranges, with towering peaks towering overhead. As you reach the base camp, you'll be rewarded with panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and glaciers, creating a truly unforgettable experience. After soaking in the beauty of Mardi Himal, you'll trek back to Low Camp, where you'll spend the night in a teahouse, surrounded by the tranquility of the Himalayan landscape.

Max Altitude: 4,500m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 8-9 hrs

Leaving Low Camp behind, you'll descend towards Sidhing, a picturesque village nestled amidst terraced fields and traditional houses. The trail offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre ranges, with lush forests and cascading waterfalls along the way. After 3 to 4 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Sidhing, where you'll board a vehicle and drive back to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, you'll check into your hotel and have the rest of the day free to relax and explore the lakeside city.

Max Altitude: 800m Accommodation: Hotel
Max Altitude: 1,400m Accommodation: HotelDuration: 25 min

Sadly, it's time to bid farewell to Nepal and the majestic Himalayas. Depending on your flight schedule, you'll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey. As you depart, take with you cherished memories of the Mardi Himal Trek and the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas.

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  • Airport Transfers: Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. At the end of the trip, we'll ensure you reach the airport in time for your departure.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per the itinerary on a twin-sharing basis. During the trek, accommodation will be provided in teahouses along the trail.
  • Meals: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek, as well as breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Transportation: Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and return, as well as ground transportation between Pokhara, Kande, and Sidhing.
  • Trekking Permits: Necessary permits for the trek, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card.
  • Experienced Guide: A professional, English-speaking trekking guide will accompany you throughout the trek, ensuring your safety and providing insights into the local culture and environment.
  • Porter Service: Porters will be provided to carry your main luggage during the trek, allowing you to trek with a light daypack.
  • Pre-Trek Briefing: A comprehensive pre-trek briefing in Kathmandu, where you'll receive detailed information about the trek, safety guidelines, and necessary equipment.
  • International Flights: The cost of international flights to and from Nepal is not included in the package.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance covering medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and trip cancellation is not included but highly recommended for your safety and peace of mind.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara are not included in the package.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses of a personal nature, such as snacks, beverages, souvenirs, and tips for guides and porters, are not included.
  • Additional Costs: Any additional costs incurred due to unforeseen circumstances, such as natural disasters, political unrest, or changes in itinerary, are not covered by the package.
  • Optional Activities: Optional activities such as sightseeing tours, cultural experiences, or adventure sports in Kathmandu and Pokhara are not included but can be arranged upon request.
  • Excess Baggage: Any charges for excess baggage on domestic flights or porter services for additional luggage beyond the specified weight limit are not included.
  • Medical Services: Costs associated with medical services, medications, and medical evacuation during the trek are not covered by the package.
Dates & Availability

Every Day Departure round of the year

Essential Information

Equipment lis for Mardi Himal Trek

For the Mardi Himal Trek, it's essential to have the right trekking equipment to ensure your safety, comfort, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here's a comprehensive list of trekking equipment you'll need:


Moisture-wicking Base Layers:

  • Synthetic or merino wool shirts (long-sleeved and short-sleeved)
  • Synthetic or merino wool underwear
  • Synthetic or merino wool leggings or hiking pants

Insulating Layers:

  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Insulated down or synthetic jacket for colder temperatures

Outer Shell:

  • Waterproof, windproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof, windproof pants


  • Sun hat or cap
  • Warm beanie or hat for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for sun protection and warmth


  • Lightweight gloves for sun protection
  • Insulated gloves or mittens for colder temperatures


  • Hiking Boots: Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots with ankle support
  • Hiking Socks: Moisture-wicking and cushioned hiking socks (multiple pairs)
  • Liner socks for added comfort and blister prevention



  • Lightweight, comfortable daypack (25-35 liters) for carrying essentials during the day
  • Trekking Poles:
  • Adjustable trekking poles for stability and support on uneven terrain

Sunglasses: Polarized sunglasses with UV protection

Headlamp or Flashlight: Lightweight headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries

Water Bottle or Hydration System: Insulated water bottle or hydration bladder to stay hydrated during the trek

First Aid Kit: Basic first aid supplies including adhesive bandages, blister treatment, pain relievers, antiseptic wipes, and any personal medications

Sunscreen and Lip Balm:

  • Broad-spectrum sunscreen with high SPF
  • Moisturizing lip balm with SPF

Toiletries: Biodegradable soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrush, and other personal hygiene items

Towel: Quick-drying, lightweight trekking towel

Sleeping Bag: Lightweight, compact sleeping bag rated for cold temperatures (depending on season)

Sleeping Pad: Inflatable or foam sleeping pad for insulation and comfort

Camera or Smartphone: Camera or smartphone for capturing stunning views and memories of the trek

Trekking Map and Guidebook: Detailed trekking map and guidebook for navigation and reference

Optional Gear:

Gaiters: Waterproof gaiters for added protection against snow, mud, and debris

Portable Charger: Portable charger or power bank to recharge electronic devices

Travel Pillow: Inflatable travel pillow for added comfort during rest breaks and in teahouses

Why With Us?

Choosing the Mardi Himal Trek with Real Adventure Nepal offers several advantages that enhance your trekking experience, ensuring it is memorable, safe and enriching. Here are compelling reasons to trek with Real Adventure Nepal:

Expert Guidance and Support

Experienced Guides: Real Adventure Nepal employs knowledgeable and experienced guides who are well-versed in the Mardi Himal region. They offer valuable insights into local culture, flora, fauna, and history.

Porter Services: The company provides reliable porter services to carry your luggage, allowing you to focus on enjoying the trek without the burden of a heavy backpack.

Personalized Itineraries

Customizable Packages: Real Adventure Nepal offers flexible and customizable trekking packages tailored to your preferences, fitness level, and schedule.

Small Group Sizes: By keeping group sizes small, they ensure a more personalized experience, allowing for better interaction with guides and fellow trekkers.

Safety and Comfort

Focus on Safety: Safety is a top priority, with comprehensive safety protocols in place. Guides are trained in first aid and altitude sickness management, and the company provides necessary safety equipment.

Quality Accommodation: They arrange comfortable teahouse accommodations that offer basic amenities and hygienic meals, ensuring a pleasant stay throughout the trek.

Local Expertise

Cultural Immersion: With local guides, you get an authentic cultural experience, including visits to traditional Gurung and Magar villages, and interactions with local communities.

Sustainable Tourism: Real Adventure Nepal promotes sustainable tourism practices, supporting local economies and minimizing environmental impact.

Seamless Logistics

Hassle-Free Arrangements: They handle all logistical aspects of the trek, including permits (ACAP and TIMS), transportation, accommodation, and meals, ensuring a stress-free experience for trekkers.

Airport Transfers: The company provides airport pick-up and drop-off services, making your journey to and from the trek smooth and convenient.

Positive Reviews and Reputation

Customer Satisfaction: Real Adventure Nepal has a strong reputation for excellent customer service, as reflected in positive reviews and testimonials from past trekkers.

Longevity and Experience: With years of experience in organizing treks, the company has fine-tuned its services to meet the highest standards of trekking experiences.

Value for Money

Affordable Packages: They offer competitive pricing without compromising on the quality of service, ensuring good value for money.

Transparent Pricing: Clear and transparent pricing with no hidden costs, so you know exactly what to expect in terms of expenses.

Adventure with Confidence

Reliable Support: Real Adventure Nepal provides 24/7 support during your trek, ensuring you have assistance whenever needed.

Professional Handling: From pre-trek preparations to post-trek feedback, they maintain a high level of professionalism and attention to detail.