Mardi Himal Trek

11 Days
Why Join the Mardi Himal Trek

Embarking on the Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal offers a unique and captivating experience amidst the majestic Himalayan landscapes. This lesser-known trek is ideal for those seeking a quieter and more pristine route compared to popular trails like Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit. The Mardi Himal Trek rewards adventurers with breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, including Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Mardi Himal itself. The trek also takes you through diverse terrain, from lush forests to alpine meadows, providing an immersive journey into Nepal’s natural beauty.

Moreover, the Mardi Himal Trek is suitable for a wide range of trekkers, including beginners and seasoned hikers. With moderate difficulty levels and manageable daily distances, this trek allows ample time to soak in the surroundings and acclimatize comfortably. The trail also offers encounters with local Gurung and Magar communities, providing insights into their rich culture and traditions. For those seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure with stunning mountain vistas, the Mardi Himal Trek promises an unforgettable experience.

In addition to the natural beauty and cultural encounters, joining the Mardi Himal Trek supports sustainable tourism in Nepal. This trek route promotes economic development in rural areas, providing livelihood opportunities for local communities. By choosing the Mardi Himal Trek, you contribute to the conservation of Nepal’s natural resources and cultural heritage, making a positive impact on the region.

Mardi Himal Trek Preparation

Before embarking on the Mardi Himal Trek, thorough preparation is essential for a safe and enjoyable journey. Start by ensuring your physical fitness with regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training. The trek involves daily walking at high altitudes, so building endurance is crucial. Additionally, consider consulting a healthcare professional for advice on altitude sickness prevention and vaccinations required for Nepal.

Pack appropriate clothing and gear for changing weather conditions. Layers are key to adapting to temperature fluctuations along the trek route. Essential items include a waterproof jacket, insulated layers, sturdy trekking boots, comfortable hiking pants, and a good-quality backpack. Don’t forget trekking poles for stability and a reliable sleeping bag rated for cold temperatures.

Plan your itinerary with reputable trekking agencies like ours to arrange permits, accommodations, and experienced guides. Research the route and understand the trek’s difficulty levels to set realistic expectations. Bring necessary medications, toiletries, and snacks for the journey. Lastly, acclimatize in Pokhara before starting the trek to adjust to higher altitudes gradually.

Choose Us as Your Mardi Himal Trek Partner in Nepal

Choosing us as your Mardi Himal Trek partner ensures a well-organized and safe adventure in Nepal. Our experienced guides are knowledgeable about the route, safety protocols, and local culture, enhancing your trekking experience. We prioritize sustainability and responsible tourism, supporting local communities along the trekking route.

We offer personalized itineraries tailored to your preferences and fitness levels, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable trekking experience. Our team handles all logistical arrangements, including permits, accommodations, meals, and transportation, allowing you to focus on soaking in the natural beauty of the Mardi Himal region.

Moreover, we provide comprehensive support and assistance throughout the trek, ensuring safety and comfort at every step of the journey. Joining us guarantees a memorable and transformative adventure amidst Nepal’s pristine mountain landscapes.

Mardi Himal Trek Permits

To trek in the Mardi Himal region, trekkers require two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card. The ACAP costs approximately USD 30 per person and is essential for trekking within the Annapurna Conservation Area. The TIMS card, costing around USD 20 per person, provides trekking information and helps monitor trekkers’ safety during the journey.

It’s important to obtain these permits through registered trekking agencies or directly from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara. These permits contribute to conservation efforts and sustainable tourism development in the region.

Mardi Himal Trek Difficulty

The Mardi Himal Trek is considered moderately challenging, suitable for trekkers with a basic level of fitness. The trail involves daily trekking durations of 4-6 hours, with occasional steep ascents and descents. Proper acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude-related illnesses, so the itinerary is designed to allow gradual adaptation to higher altitudes.

While the trek is achievable for most trekkers, it’s important to be prepared for variable weather conditions, including cold temperatures and occasional rainfall. Trekking poles and sturdy footwear are recommended for stability on uneven terrain. Experienced guides provide support and guidance, ensuring a safe and enjoyable trekking experience for all participants.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential for the Mardi Himal Trek to cover unforeseen emergencies, including medical evacuation and trip cancellations. Ensure that your insurance policy includes coverage for high-altitude trekking and adventure activities. In case of emergencies, prompt evacuation services are available in the region. Consult with your insurance provider to understand the coverage limits and exclusions before embarking on the trek.

Best Time to Explore Mardi Himal Trek

The best time to explore the Mardi Himal Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, ideal for trekking. Spring showcases blooming rhododendrons and lush greenery, while autumn offers stunning mountain views after the monsoon season.

During winter (December to February), the Mardi Himal region experiences cold temperatures and occasional snowfall, making trekking more challenging but rewarding for those seeking a quieter experience. Monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall and slippery trails, affecting visibility and trekking conditions. Plan your trek accordingly to maximize enjoyment and safety.

Accommodation and Meals During the Trek

Accommodations during the trek are basic yet comfortable, with teahouses and lodges along the route. Rooms typically include twin beds with shared bathrooms. Meals are served in communal dining areas, offering a variety of local and international dishes such as dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soups, and seasonal vegetables. Drinking water and hot beverages like tea and coffee are also available.

Trekking Gears Required

Prepare essential trekking gear before embarking on the trek. Required items include:

  1. Sturdy trekking boots with ankle support
  2. Insulated jacket and waterproof outer layer
  3. Comfortable trekking pants and thermal layers
  4. Trekking poles for stability on uneven terrain
  5. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  6. Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  7. Sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  8. First aid kit with essential medications
  9. Water purification tablets or filter
  10. Backpack with rain cover
  • Bus, Airlines
  • Tea House
  • 4200 metres
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn and Spring
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking
  • All meals during the trek
  • English,
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 2-20
  • 8
  • 65


Mardi Himal is a mountain peak located in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas in Nepal. It is situated just east of the well-known Machapuchare (Fishtail) peak and is part of the southernmost high ridge of the Annapurna range. Mardi Himal stands at an elevation of 5,587 meters (18,330 feet) above sea level.Mardi Himal is located in the western part of Nepal, within the Annapurna Conservation Area.The trek to Mardi Himal is often started from the beautiful city of Pokhara, which is a popular tourist destination in Nepal.Trekking to Mardi Himal has become increasingly popular in recent years. The trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges, as well as Machapuchare.

The trek usually takes about 6 to 10 days, depending on the specific route chosen and the trekker’s pace. The trek to Mardi Himal takes you through diverse landscapes, including lush rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and alpine meadows. As you ascend, you’ll experience changes in vegetation and scenery, with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks. Mardi Himal Base Camp is the ultimate destination for trekkers, offering breathtaking views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and other surrounding peaks.The base camp is set in a pristine, high-altitude environment, providing a serene and picturesque setting for trekkers.The Mardi Himal trek is considered moderate in difficulty, making it suitable for trekkers with some prior hiking experience.

Altitude gains are gradual, allowing for acclimatization and minimizing the risk of altitude sickness.The trek also provides an opportunity to experience the local culture of the Annapurna region. Trekkers often pass through traditional villages inhabited by Gurung and Magar communities.Trekkers need permits to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area, and it’s advisable to obtain the necessary documents in Pokhara before starting the trek. Overall, the Mardi Himal trek offers a less crowded alternative to some of the more famous trekking routes in the region, providing trekkers with a unique and rewarding experience in the heart of the Himalayas.


  • Ascending through the stone stairs of the village
  • Stunning views of sunrise from view point
  • Great views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and other surrounding peaks.
  • Walking through the wide rhododendron forest, stream, river with Magar and Gurung village
  • Exploration day at High Camp


Arrive Kathmandu today and check into your accommodation. Explore the bustling city and various cafes and bars during the day time. Buy all the stuff for the ride.

Departing Kathmandu early in the morning at around 6:30 a.m., you will embark on a picturesque journey to Pokhara via the Prithvi Highway. The approximately 6-hour drive offers stunning views of rural landscapes and traditional villages along the way. As you descend from Kathmandu's elevation of 1,400 meters to Pokhara's 800 meters, you'll pass through diverse terrain, observing the natural beauty of Nepal. Overnight stay will be in a comfortable hotel.

Today, after meeting your guide and porter, you'll begin your journey towards Ulleri by jeep, which takes about 2-3 hours from Pokhara. The scenic drive showcases panoramic views of valleys, rivers, and mountain villages. From Ulleri, the trek to Ghorepani commences with awe-inspiring vistas of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges. En route, enjoy lunch amidst the natural beauty of the Rhododendron forest. Overnight accommodation will be in a local teahouse at Ghorepani (2,874m/9,429ft).

Rise early to witness the breathtaking sunrise from Poon Hill (3,210m/10,531ft), offering unparalleled views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail peaks. After descending to Ghorepani for breakfast, continue trekking towards Tadapani through the picturesque Deurali pass. Traverse through rhododendron forests and rivers, arriving at Tadapani (2,630m/8,628ft) for an overnight stay in a local teahouse.

Following breakfast with stunning mountain views, trek from Tadapani to Landruk (1,565m). The trail descends steeply through lush forests towards Ghandruk, one of the largest Gurung villages in the region. Pass through Ghandruk en route to Landruk, where you'll spend the night in a local lodging house.

Begin the day with breakfast before embarking on a trek to Forest Camp (2,600m/8,530ft) through a dense rhododendron forest. The trail offers a peaceful ambiance, devoid of mountain views until reaching Forest Camp. Depending on timing, continue a bit further to Rest Camp for additional scenery. Enjoy overnight camping amidst nature.

After breakfast, trek through the forest towards High Camp (3,580m/11,745ft), passing by Low Camp with views of Mt. Fishtail. The hike reveals different vegetation and stunning vistas of Annapurna South, Mt. Heuchuli, and Mt. Fishtail from Badal Danda. Spend the night in a camping tent at High Camp.

Today begins with an early morning hike to Mardi Himal View Point (4,500m/14,764ft) to witness a captivating sunrise over Annapurna South, Mt. Fishtail, and Himchuli. After breakfast at the viewpoint, return to High Camp for lunch before trekking back to Badal Danda (3,210m/10,531ft) for overnight accommodation in a local lodging house.

Enjoy a final breakfast amidst the mountains before trekking back to Siding (1,280m) via Low Camp. Descend through forests and villages to Siding, where you'll have lunch before driving back to Pokhara. Rest overnight in a comfortable hotel in Pokhara.

Depart Pokhara and return to Kathmandu via the Prithvi Highway, a 6-7 hour journey amidst verdant hills and roaring streams. Marvel at the landscapes and rural life of Nepal along the way. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Farewell Dinner at evening with local food. Overnight at same hotel.

Departure from Kathmandu involves checking out of your accommodation, heading to Tribhuvan International Airport, and boarding an international flight. Our staff will be available to drop you off at the airport.


The Cost Includes

  • • Airport Pick up and drop services
  • • Accommodation in teahouse during the trek
  • • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) single items each day during the trek
  • • Trekking Permits
  • • Experienced guide and porters
  • • Pokhara to Phedi and Siding to Pokhara Transport
  • • First Aid Box
  • • Seasonal fruits

The Cost Excludes

  • • Any personal expenses
  • • Extra meals and drinks during the trek/road journey/hotel,
  • accommodation
  • • Travel Insurance and Rescue in case of emergency
  • • Donation and monuments fee
  • • Battery charge, hot shower, Wifi service in trekking
  • • Trekking Gears

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will too, you can.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, a hot water facility could be free at a lower elevation.

What meals are provided during the Mardi Himal Trek?

Teahouses and lodges along the trekking route offer meals ranging from local Nepali dishes like dal bhat (rice and lentils) to international options like pasta and noodles. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in most trekking packages.

What kind of accommodation is available during the trek?

Accommodation along the Mardi Himal Trek route consists of basic teahouses and lodges. Rooms are usually twin-sharing with shared bathrooms. It’s advisable to bring your sleeping bag for added comfort.

Is the Mardi Himal Trek difficult?

The Mardi Himal Trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves some steep ascents and descents, but with proper preparation and acclimatization, it is suitable for most trekkers with a basic level of fitness.

What permits do I need for the Mardi Himal Trek?

You will need two permits for the Mardi Himal Trek: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits help in conservation efforts and cost around USD 50-60 in total.

Is altitude sickness a concern on the Mardi Himal Trek?

Altitude sickness can be a concern, especially when trekking to higher altitudes like High Camp (3,580m) and Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m). It’s essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually to prevent altitude-related issues.

What kind of gear do I need to bring for the Mardi Himal Trek?

Essential trekking gear includes sturdy trekking boots, insulated clothing layers, a waterproof jacket, trekking poles, a sleeping bag, a headlamp, and a backpack. Packing essentials like sunscreen, water purification tablets, and a first aid kit is also recommended.

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  • Professional Local Guide
  • Bus, Airlines
  • Tea House
  • 4200 metres
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn and Spring
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking
  • All meals during the trek
  • English,
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 2-20
  • 8
  • 65