Mardi Himal Trek is truly a hidden gem of the Annapurna Himalaya Region. Located east of the Modi Khola River, it is nestled in the valley in the shadows of Hiunchuli Mountain. As it is not as famous as other area treks, few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp, spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the impressive Machapuchhre (Fish Tail Mountain).
The trail of the Mardi Himal Trek follows small paths through a magical rhododendron forest, climbing out of the forest around 3,300 m. The landscape changes abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Vast rice fields and the blue glaciers of the Annapurna sanctuary walls lie below the trail.
Untouched by modernization, this trekking route is a unique experience that offers magnificent mountain views and a chance to venture into dense forests, a remote mountain wilderness and villages that have not yet felt the full impact of tourism. Along the trail, you will have spectacular views of some of the world’s highest and most stunning mountains; Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Mt. Annapurna (8091 m), Annapurna II (7937 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), Annapurna IV (7525 m), Annapurna south (7219 m), Hiunchuli (6441 m) and Machhapuchhre (6988 m) and many more. There are simple guesthouses and homestays along the entire route. Nights on this trek will be amazing, allow yourself to sleep under the stars and the watchful eyes of the majestic Himalayas.
Highlights of the Mardi Himal trek include:
- Beautiful view of Annapurna Range
- Trekking path through remote Nepal
- Less crowded route
- Stunning views of the popular Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli peaks
- Alluring views and a chance to glimpse rare animals
Detailed itinerary for Mardi Himal trek:
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. Our representative will meet you at the airport and take you to our hotel. You will be briefed about the trek and will be invited to a traditional Nepalese restaurant to experience some of the national cuisine.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and meeting with your trekking guide
After spending the night at your hotel, you will have the day to tour the world heritage sites in and around Kathmandu. Visit the UNESCO cultural heritage site Pashupatinath, a Hindu temple situated 3km northwest of Kathmandu in the village of Deopatan. Meet Saddhus (holy men/ Baba) who spend most of their hours cremating bodies on the riverbank of the holy Bagmati. Monkeys fill the surrounding area as you explore the bustling markets selling a range of Hindu gifts, incense, and rainbow tika powders that make unique souvenirs. Wander over to the Bouddhanath stupa, the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. Marvel at the astonishing 14th century building before having lunch at Bouddha, which offers panoramic views of the stupa. Head to Swoyambhunath stupa after lunch. As well as offering 360 degree views of Kathmandu Valley, this stupa is home to many monkeys. A trip to Kathmandu is not complete without a visit to Durbar Square. Once the home of the city’s royalty, it is now a must see destination on any traveller’s itinerary. Meander through the beautiful temples and market stalls and head to Freak Street, the home of the hippies in the 60’s and 70’s. After diving into the beautiful, bustling atmosphere of Kathmandu, it is time to meet the group you will be spending the next 14 days with. You will receive an invitation to a traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will be briefed on important information about the trek will have a chance to ask the staff any questions regarding Mardi Himal trek you may have, while enjoying the traditional flavours of Nepal.
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara (850 m/6 hours)
We will leave early morning on a tourist bus to the pretty lakeside town of Pokhara. The route is full of beautiful scenery and sights of daily life in Nepal. We will stay in Pokhara that evening.
Day 4: Pokhara to Pothana (1,970 m/5 hours)
Today we will meet with any trekkers who chose to travel to Pokhara on their own. We will take a private vehicle to Phedi (40 minute drive) and from there the trek begins! A steep climb through the jungle, passing local villages will bring us to Dhampus, our lunch stop. Dhampus is a Gurung village where you will be able to see traditional Nepali houses and surrounding farmland. If the weather is clear, we will have magnificent views of the Annapurna Range. A gentle incline after lunch brings us to Pothana where we will camp for the night.
Day 5: Pothana to Forest Camp (2,450 m/7 hours)
Today we face a steep uphill climb for most of the day through thick jungle with beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We may be lucky to catch glimpses of some of the abundant wildlife; leopards, deer, monkeys and many species of birds all live in this dense forests. We reach camp in the afternoon and set up for the night.
Day 6: Forest Camp to High Camp (3,580 m/6 hours)
The distance to cover today is a short but steep climb through the rhododendron and juniper forests. After approximately 3 hours, we will reach Low camp at an elevation of 2,990 m where we will rest and enjoy some snacks. As we near the top, we will be rewarded by the most breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal. Here we will camp for the night.
Day 7: High Camp to Himal Base Camp (4,450 m) and back to High Camp (7 hours)
You will receive an early wake up call today so that you can appreciate the most spectacular sunrise views of the mighty Himalayas. After breakfast, we climb to Mardi Himal Base Camp, situated at 5,300 m. It is a challenging day walking along narrow, rocky trails, but it is also one of the most stunning views of this incredible mountain environment. Mardi Himal is a sacred mountain for both Hindus and Buddhists and nobody to date has managed to reach the summit. Today, we should be able to see Nepal’s national bird: the lophophorus or monal, a member of the pheasant family.
Day 8: High Camp to Sidhing Village (1,885 m/5 hours)
On the 8th day of Mardi Himal trek, We begin with a steep descent to Low Camp, following the same trail we ascended. We then leave the trail and trek into the forest, heading towards the Mardi Khola River. We continue our descent to Sidhing and set up camp for the night.
Day 9: Sidhing Village to Lwang (1,460 m/5 Hours)
The trail now follows the gentle contour of the river valley, gradually descending between the pastures and through Tamang and Gurung villages.
Day 10: Lwang (1460 m) to Pokhara (850 m/4 hour walk + 30 minute drive)
From Lwang, we will walk to Hyangjakot (1,545 m) and down to the road at Banskot (1,100 m) with spectacular views, before we drive back to Pokhara.
Day 11: Sightseeing and relaxing Pokhara
We have a full day to relax and take in the wonderful sights of the pretty lakeside city of Pokhara. You will spend the night in a Pokhara hotel.
Day 12: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We will take a late morning flight back to the capital.
Please contact us for cost information.
The price for Mardi Himal Trek includes the following services:
- Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin/triple sharing basis
- Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
- World Heritage sites entrance fees during sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Local transportation (when applicable)
- Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
- A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance coverage
- Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS)
- Trekking Permit fees
- Government taxes
- Service charge
The price does not include the following:
- Any meals in Kathmandu
- Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise buy a travel insurance policy
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters