Mardi Trek in Nepal

Mardi Trek in Nepal
  • Duration12 Days
  • Max. Altitude4,500 m


Trip Grade:Moderate (**)

Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Transportation:Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus


Trekking Region:Annapurna Region

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Mardi Trek as a holiday destination

The 7-day Mardi Himal Trek is a newly explored route and is one of the least-trodden trails available in the Annapurna Region. It follows a long-rising ridge, reaching its summit (4120m) on the south-westerly lower slope of Mt. Machhapuchare. As it is a new trek, it is still not widely known, and few trekkers so far have made their way to Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trail follows a highly-regarded eco-tourism route in the Annapurna range; graced with large varieties of natural vegetation and wildlife. As a less visited trail, the effects of mass tourism have been minimal, allowing greater appreciation of the unspoilt natural diversity of the area.

Ethnicity/cultural experience

This trek passes through beautiful Gurung villages such as Sidhing and Hyangia kot. As it is a less touristy trail, the accommodation will be in simpler guest-houses and home-stays, allowing a more intimate cultural experience than the more glitzy lodges of other popular treks.

Getting there/coming back

The Mardi Himal Trek commences from Phedi, a short one-hour bus drive from Pokhara (100 Rs). Jeeps are also available but are more expensive.

Scenic Beauty

The trail follows small winding paths through vibrant rhododendron and oak forests, before rising into the rough high mountain landscape. Here, scenic views can be seen of Machhapuchare, Annapurna South, Huinchuli as well as the peak of Mardi Himal itself. Watching the sunrise over the sacred Machhapuchare in particular is an unforgettable experience. The trail goes higher still, offering additional views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and the Annapurna peaks.

Difficulty Level

This is a moderate trek and can be done by both novices and by experienced trekkers looking for a new trail. Every trek in the Himalayas requires a certain level of physical and mental fitness. You should be in good physical shape and feel comfortable hiking up and down 7-12 miles per day whilst carrying about 10 pounds.  It is recommended that you carry out at least one hour of aerobic activity 3-4 times per week for at least 1 month before starting the trek. Aerobic conditioning is important, as it enables your body to better metabolize oxygen and prepare for thinner air (there is 40% less Oxygen than at sea level). If you are in any doubt of your physical readiness, please consult with a doctor beforehand. Always remember that stamina, confidence and continuity are more important than speed.

Further Afield

Due to its location in the Annapurna region, there are plenty of opportunities for trekkers to explore nearby routes such as the Annapurna base camp, Poonhill or Jomsom-Muktinath trails.

Packing List

  • Medium/Heavyweight down jacket
  • 1 Fleece jacket or vest
  • 1 Synthetic hiking pants
  • Rain Jacket (Just in case)
  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Socks (2-3)
  • Sandals
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine
  • Sleeping bag
  • Toilet paper
  • Ditty Bag and extra zip lock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail
  • Hand sanitizer

Advised Season for The Trek

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best seasons for this trek. Even though it can also be arranged during winters, the extreme weather conditions might not prove to be suitable.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy Free Walking Tour Kathmandu organized by Himkala Adventure
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara through hamlets, streams, Rivers and terraced farmlands
  • Enjoy the city of Lakes - an adventurers hub - Pokhara
  • Meet many ethnic groups of Nepal on the way
  • View grandeur view of Annapurna ranges , particularly The Fishtail Mountain locally called Macchapuchhre

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m), transfer to hotel . O/N at Hotel

Day 02:After breakfast, enjoy Free Walking Tour Kathmandu by Himkala Adventure, 4-5 hrs. O/N at Hotel

Day 03:Drive to Pokhara, 6-7 hrs, 200 km, and explore around Phewa Lake. O/N at Hotel

Day 04:Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1925 m), 4 hrs. O/N at Lodge

Day 05:Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600 m), 4 hrs. O/N at Lodge

Day 06:Trek to Low Camp (3,150 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Lodge

Day 07:Trek to High Camp (3,700 m), 4 hrs. O/N at Lodge

Day 08:Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m), 4 hrs

Day 09:Trek down to Siding village (1,750 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Home Stay

Day 10:Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara, 3 hrs walk and 2 hrs drive. O/N at Hotel

Day 11:Drive to Kathmandu, 200 km, 6-7 hrs. O/N at Hotel

Day 12:Transfer to the airport

Cost Include

  • Airport picks up & drops off by private tourist vehicle
  • Three nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara in twin sharing basis accommodation at 2-3 star with Breakfast
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle
  • Full Board Meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) during the trek
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek
  • Professional license holder English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters (2 trekkers = 1 Porter)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry permit and TIMS card  for trekking
  • Down Jacket, Duffle bag and sleeping bag by Himkala Adventure if required
  • Drive from  Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist coach
  • Farewell dinner with Nepalese Cultural Show
  • Government taxes, VAT and service charge

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • Personal Expenses ( Phone Bills, Bottled or Boiled water, Bar, Laundry, Shower etc.)
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Emergency Rescue Evacuation
  • Personal Trekking Equipment
  • Tips for the trekking, tour staffs, driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses that has not been mentioned in the Cost Includes Section
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