Mardi Himal Trek

  • Duration 10 Days
  • Transportation Bus, Jeep
  • Grade Moderate
  • Group Size 5-6

More About the Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal trek takes us through high-altitude remote trails with fewer crowds. We experience some of the most stunning scenery during this trek. This trek is an adventure at its purest like discovering a hidden ruby in the wild. Our journey starts from Kathmandu to Pokhara; the beautiful ‘City of Lakes. The next day we drive to Dhampus from where we start our Mardi Himal trek adventure. The trek offers brilliant views of the world’s famous and most majestic mountains. They include Annapurna I (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna II(7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna South (7219m), Fishtail (6988m). Our Mardi Himal trek itinerary offers a unique experience for trekkers.  From the Mardi Base Camp breathtaking views of Annapurna south, Hiunchuli, Machhepuchre, Dhaulagiri, and Mardi can be captured. For those who are looking for a short trip, Mardi is a perfect place to go for.

Best Time to Trek Mardi Himal

It is the lowest and perhaps the least accomplished trekking in Nepal. The cultural mixture and friendly locals are the main attractions of this trek. The knowledge of western mountaineers to Mardi Himal came to light by photographs of Basil Goodfellow, taken in 1953. In the year 1961, the mountain was climbed for the first time. Jimmy Roberts, with two Sherpa, first made a climb to the summit by a route on its west flank. There were rumors of another route made on the South-West Face, but Robert’s route is the only one found. While on this trek, we get to see beautiful mountain views, sparkling rivers, and lush green terrace fields. Our Mardi Himal trek route goes through beautiful forests, interesting villages, and breathtaking valleys. The warm welcome and activities of the local folks living by the trails touch most trekkers. Certainly, what’s even more heartwarming is the sweet welcome of chirping birds while hiking into the thick forest. Perhaps, this is why Roberts fondly says the Mardi Himal is the ‘Other Sanctuary’. The peak provides awesome views of Annapurna Range along with a fantastic show of Himalayan meadow peaks and Machhapuchhre. Despite its low altitude, the mountain clearly has a great future for those with an interest in the small-scale discovery of mountaineering. The ridges on the way to the peak present understandable climbing challenges at reasonable standards. Our Mardi Himal trek in October is such a lovely time to begin this memorable adventure. In short, this trek offers you some great nature, friendly locals, and a culture of a kind that stirs your feelings. This is a short and motivating trek in the Annapurna range since it is one of the least explored areas. It has an adventurous trail following a ridge top among untouched and wild nature. Since new to Everest and Annapurna base camp this point is comparatively less crowded.  Mardi Himal trek lies almost fifteen miles north of Pokhara,  the most southerly mountain of the Annapurna range.

Trip duration10 Days
GradeStrenuous – Peak Climbing
ActivitySightseeing and trekking/climbing
Start inKathmandu
Ends inKathmandu
AccommodationHotel and teahouse lodges
TransportationFlights, private car, or a tourist coach
Mealsall meals provided on the trails
Maximum altitude4587m


Flying to Kathmandu on a clear day is a beautiful experience. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks rambling down below are almost ecstatic. At the airport, a representative from our office will greet you and drive you to your hotel. The representative will assist you in checking into the hotel of your choice. You will receive a daily briefing at the hotel outlining your full schedule. Your rest in the hotel overnight in Kathmandu.
Early in the morning, we depart from the hotel and travel the Prithivi national route to Pokhara, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way. To get to Pokhara, it may take 7-8 hours. We also have the choice of taking a 25-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. We will visit some prime spots in lake city. After refreshing at our hotel we will do a tour of some beautiful places in Pokhara that include Davids fall (if we reach early by road), Phewa Lake, etc. we then do an overnight stay at a hotel.
We hire a Jeep/car for a one-and-a-half-hour drive up to Dhampus village and then start hiking. First, we will start on a lesser-known trail and the villagers behind it. The trek climbs gently through birch, giant rhododendron forest, mountain oak, maple, hemlock, and daphnia which makes this trail lovely and enchanting. There are magnificent views of Ghandruk, a sizable Gurung town, across a narrow valley.. We Climb uphill through forests of more mountain oaks, and these scenes are astounding to watch especially in spring when in bloom. There we spend the night in Forest Camp or at the lodge.
After an early breakfast, we set for hiking that climbs up pretty easily through magnificent moss-covered trees. We soon come across lichens, tree ferns, and orchids set amidst tougher oaks; there is a great variety of flora in this region. As we carry on, we find some natural windows in the woods that open up with a pleasing view of Hiunchuli and the deep-cutting traverse. Towards the left, we see the Modi Khola valley leading up to the Annapurna Sanctuary. At Low Camp, you may savor the view of Machhapuchhre for hours as it now looms practically overhead, so close yet so far. Today temporary camps are set where the whole crew will spend the night in their individual camps.
It is a short steep climb and we come out of the shady forest, which brings us to a ridge, now grassy and during winters under snow. The way takes us up to high camp by half day we are there. This is a second consecutive afternoon of some breathtaking views, on the way as we acclimatize naturally. Annapurna south appears so near that it makes an illusion we can make it there in just a few moments. The views of the Annapurna Range are exasperating from this point onwards. We take much of the afternoon soaking in the flabbergasting landscapes and exploring this awesome spot. We spend the night at the tea house.
The area to spend the entire day and give our weary bodies a breather the fascinating view will definitely captivate you. But this does not mean we spend all of our time lazing around stretching legs is important at that elevation. Moving around will be the best option to warm up your body and explore nearby surroundings with those unusual landscapes. We can even explore a little further under trek leaders' guidance. Tonight will be spent on tents.
The day starts early retracing our steps to Low Camp, we then descend steeply through moss-covered rhododendron forest to the scenic Gurung village of Siding. We hike through the shades of the forest and out on terraced fields, down 1600m. Then after sometimes the way leads down to the upper Mardi Khola, the torrents that get their source from the glaciers of Mardi Himal. Although isolated and off our route now takes us into different topography of a warmer valley with welcoming friendly villagers. We walk along the banks of the Mardi Khola from the hillock village of Vibrant Siding, down through well-cultivated fields, past simple thatched farms, and over some Bridges. We find ourselves now in a typical Nepali countryside where the buffaloes and cows roam freely. Rest and relax for a certain period and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the place. Later we drive back to Pokhara and spend the night there.
We drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, on the way we come across places like Damauli, Dumre, Mugling, and Kurintar where the first Cable car operated to reach Manakamana Temple had cut short the distance, this is a temple where most Nepalese visit to have their wishes granted before leaving home or getting married. We climb up to Thankot, from Naubise, and ultimately, reach our hotel. In the evening farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local beauties. Overnight we stay at our hotel in Kathmandu.
On your last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and agency representative will be on standby to drop you at the international airport three hours before your scheduled flight back home. Trekkers Nepal will be delighted to have you again as meeting you has been a great honor. We pray for your safe journey home and will reflect on the wonderful times we spent together. Bon Voyage!!! We hope to see you again someday.

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • An English-speaking professional local guide
  • Accommodation facilities
  • Three meals per day during the trek
  • One porter for two individuals
  • Rescue and insurance expenses
  • Equipment for group climbing, such as ropes, tents, cooking tools, and first aid kits
  • Any permit and camping fees

Cost Excludes

  • International travel expenses
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Extra meals
  • Personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, hot baths, and bottled water

Equipment Checklist

Equipment Used for Mardi Himal Trek
  • Trekking shoes
  • Boots for climbing
  • Sleeping Bag
  • A headtorch
  • Carry-on bag (daypack)
  • Sunglasses with a sun hat
  • Air and water-resistant jacket
  • Tee shirts and shirts
  • Trekking pants
  • Wollen Gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Woolen scarf
  • Thermal
  • underwear
  • Socks
  • Trekking sticks
  • Water and wind-resistant pants
  • Water bottle
  • Sunblock
  • Moisturizer for your face and body
  • Personal care products


Is the Mardi Himal Trek challenging?

The Mardi Himal Trek is a simple trek. If you have the right trekking supplies, a well-thought-out plan, and adequate logistical assistance, you will quickly and easily arrive at the Mardi Himal base Camp. With an average daily walking time of 5 to 6 hours, a distance of 45 kilometers is accomplished. Do not worry about the weight because, if you are traveling with a family or group, we can provide a porter to carry your bags (if you need them).

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