Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Overview
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrek
  • Major AttractionMt. Machhapuchhre(Fishtail).
  • Maximum Altitude3,300m
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-Octuber-November


  • Stunning Himalayas views
  • Local settlement and accommodated with local
  • Different flora and fauna
  • Experience with local food and beverages 

The site in Annapurna Region is a top trending trek in Nepal. It offers peaceful, unexplored, beautiful parts of the Annapurna region. This route provides gorgeous views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri ranges, verdant jungle, glaring rivers, streams, wildlife, local villages, landscapes, and Mardi Himal Base Camp, the main attraction. Mardi Himal Trek is one of the trekking around this region.

Mardi Himal Trek goes along a narrow path, along green woods, streams, and villages climbing up into rhododendron forest at around 3,300m (10826.77ft). There are lodges, restaurants, and tea shops for travelers. The total package cost depends on the tour, accommodation, and transportation. A most favorable season is the autumn season in-between mid-September-October-November, that period, the weather is clear, which provides a remarkable view of snow-capped mountains.

Mardi Himal TrekItinerary will be 7 to 8 days depending on the requirements. It begins in Kathmandu or Pokhara. If you start from Kathmandu, you take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, drive to Kande, and start trekking, but if you start from Pokhara, you move to Kande from your hotel in Pokhara, which is 1-hour drive. The pass is quiet and relaxing, then goes steeper up to Australian Camp (2060m) and then slightly downhill to Pothana (1950m), climbing up to Deurali (2100m) Overnight. The following day, you head to Forest Camp carrying a packed lunch and walking through the dense Rhododendron forest, making the surroundings colorful and reaching Forest Camp to stay a night there. In the morning, you walk from Forest Camp to Low Camp (2970m), which is 4 hours walk, and stay overnight at Low Camp, enjoying the view of Mt. Machhapuchhre(Fishtail).

The next day, hiking through the trees, Chhomrong Village, Ghandruk Village, and reach the High Camp (3550m) and rest there for a night. The following day, hike from High Camp to Mardi Base Camp (4500m) carrying packed lunch and enjoying a magnificent view of Mardi Himal, Mt. Annapurna, and return to the same place for a Night's Stay. After having breakfast, you can head to Siding (1700m) and drive back to Pokhara (830m). Mountain Rock Trek and Expedition also can arrange itinerary as per requirements.

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On the first day after your arrival, a Mountain Rock Treks representative will welcome you. We will travel 6-7 hours to get to Pokhara. We'll travel to Kade. Then we'll begin our hike. The trail is excellent and gradually ascends to Australian Camp (2060 meters) in about an hour. After a quick lunch, it then descends slightly to Pothana (1950 meters) and the ACAP / TIMS checkpoint before gradually ascending once more to Deurali (2100m). then spend the night at the Lodge. We will arrive at Forest Camp after a four-hour hike. From Forest Camp to Low Camp, it takes just one day of hiking through more jungle, with sporadic views of Annapurna South, before arriving at Low Camp (2970m), which is reached after about three hours of hiking. Continue your trek to Badal Danda for fantastic panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalaya. The following day, we will leave Badal Danda and travel to High Camp. The following day, we will hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and then return in about 4-5 hours to High Camp. After that, we'll drive back to Pokhara after hiking from Low Camp to Siding Village via Forest Camp. On the final day, we'll return to Kathmandu.

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Mountain Rock Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. We will arrange a drop at the Hotel by private tourist vehicle. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1320m

Drive to Pokhara (200 km. 6/7 hours driving) by tourist bus (at 7:00 AM) in the morning from a tourist bus station (Sorakhutte) and then overnight at the Hotel in Pokhara.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 820.m

You drive to the trailhead, the route from Kande is good, and very few trekkers choose to start the trek from here. However, the trail is good, first slowly up, then a bit steeper to Australian Camp (2060m – About one hour), then after an early lunch slightly downhill to Pothana (1950m) and the ACAP / TIMS checkpoint, then up again to Deurali (2100m). And then overnight at Lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2100m

There is a right turn in Deurali signposted “Forest Camp” the trail is through the jungle, at first up then undulating on the top of a ridge. There is a section just over halfway where the trail drops steeply and then slowly gains height and then back onto the bank and into Forest Camp (2600m)after about 4-hour trekking. There are now three lodges in Forrest Camp. Clean but straightforward, so again, a good choice.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2600m

Initially quite steep, the trail leaves Forest Camp but soon gets less steep as you climb up the ridge. From Forest Camp to Low Camp is only a short day trekking through more jungle with occasional glimpses of Annapurna South before getting into Low Camp (2970m) after around 3 hours. Trek continues to Badal Danda, where you can see excellent panoramic views of snow Himalaya. Although there are two lodges in Badal Danda, the lodges are very simple.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3212m

The trail leaves Low Camp again in the jungle. Still, the trees soon started to get smaller, and after about one hour, trekking broke out of the jungle and onto the open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead, Annapurna South to my left. The trail then undulates along the bank, and after about 3 hours of trekking, we arrived at High Camp (3550m) and then overnight at Lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3550m

It is possible to continue trekking along the ridge for another 4 to 5 hours to Mardi Himal BaseCamp (4500m) and return to High Camp in around 4 hours – This makes a long day, but there is also a viewpoint about halfway. And then overnight at Lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 9-10hours
  • 2970m

Hike to Siding Village via Forest Camp from Low Camp, then drive back to Pokhara. Trek about 6 to 7 hours, then drive about 2 hours. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Hotel/Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 9-10 hours
  • 820m

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (200 km. 6/7 hours driving) by tourist bus at 7:30 am. And stay overnight at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1320m

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Trip Map

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Cost Details


  • Airport Pick up and drop-off service by Private Coach.
  • Two nights' accommodation with breakfast at the deluxe hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 2-night accommodation with breakfast at the deluxe Hotel in Pokhara.
  • There is three-time food in a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while trekking.
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek.
  • Our Professional English-speaking trekking guide (trained by the Ministry of tourism) his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.
  • Deluxe Tourist Bus Ticket to Pokhara, then Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Annapurna conservation permits & TIMS Permits.
  • Tourist service charge, Vat.
  • One map of Mardi Himal Trekking for the group  


  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Nepal Travel insurance.
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
  • Personal expenses include phone calls, drinks, donations, souvenirs, etc.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events, i.e., road wrecks, flight delays, etc.
  • Tips for guide, porter (expected).

Dates & Price

Upcoming Departure

Few Seats AvailableStarts: MondayJul 08, 2024
Ends: TuesdayJul 16, 2024
Status: AvailableUS$600

Essential Info



Our main priority is the safety of our visitors. So we suggest. If you consider an Annapurna Trek, you should consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unexpected costs due to health difficulties, injuries, or accidents (including air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and other treatment costs). It will help if you take travel insurance and medical and accidental insurance. 

Your insurance coverage should also cover any additional activities you plan to participate in while in Nepal. There's a thin line between adventure and outright danger. What distinguishes them is their level of preparedness for a specific task. Leaving the comforts of home and entering the embrace of nature is an adventure; failing to ensure that you are adequately covered is a danger.


2. Food and Accommodation


As for food, the Annapurna region has many hotels and tea houses that facilitate you with the best food items. 

Our package will offer you full-time food with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tea and coffee. We will give the food as per the menu of the hotel or tea house. We prioritize Nepali food mainly. Therefore, they will serve Nepali food items, but if you wish to have a western food item, they will also prepare it upon your request.


For accommodation in the Annapurna region, you can find hotels, lodges, and restaurants. From mid-range to expensive resorts can be seen. While trekking, you may need to stop at local villages where you cannot find such facilities. The lodge costs a bit high than other options like the hotel. However, We will arrange your accommodation in tourist comfort hotels, motels, or resorts. The hotel will provide the room with a twin bed which demands you to share your room. In your demand, we can also arrange a triple bed or a single bed which cost a bit expensive compared to others.  


3. Heath /Fitness And Experience Requirments 

Because some portions of the climb are very strenuous and some days need 8-9 hours of constant walking, trekking throughout Annapurna Region requires exceptional stamina, tenacity, and good health. As a result, we recommend that you get medical counsel, medicine, and authorization before embarking on this adventure. Also, consult your local General Practitioner for professional advice on the essential Guide walks before embarking on the Annapurna Trek in Nepal. However, if you don't have access to a doctor, travel clinics can provide you with the most excellent guidance.



As mentioned earlier, we can find all types of hotels and lodges starting from mid-range to very standard. But if we are moving to the local community, we might not find clubs and hotels with all kinds of facilities. 

As for the facilities, there is no electricity in all of those locations. Therefore, it is preferable to have a backup plan. We may still use batteries and chargers for backup, but additional expenses will be. There are charging stations in the lodges where you may set your devices. You may have to pay a minimal cost for the service. Bring along additional chargers or a solar charger.

There may not be internet access in all locations, limiting your ability to use data. You may have to pay extra to utilize the internet. The internet connection throughout the walking trail is sporadic at best, and it only worsens as you climb higher.

Having cash on hand for your payments is recommended due to the lack of ATMs. It would help if you had to pay for things like power, internet, and other extras like bakeries and pastries and cash for tipping. Please bring extra cash to spend while trekking because there are no ATMs as we move to higher altitudes. You may need money on the road to buy additional beverages, food, or luxuries like a hot shower, internet, etc. 

In the hotel's locker room, provide free spaces for extra luggage. Each hiker can bring up to ten pounds of trekking tools (carried by porters). There aren't any ATMs, so have plenty of cash! Even in a "main" community like Jomsom, you might not find an ATM in the Annapurna region. Almost no tea houses or commercial enterprise accepts credit cards. 


5. Altitude Sickness And Prevention 

While trekking to the Annapurna region, moving to higher elevations will cause altitude sickness. In addition, you will be more likely to face AMS, which might worsen HACE( High Altitude Cerebral Edema) and HAPE(High Altitude Pulmonary Edema).

When people are traveling and rising or being moved to a higher level fast, altitude sickness is prevalent. Because lower the air pressure and oxygen levels are, the higher you climb. Our bodies can handle the change, but it will take time to acclimate. 

 So to prevent AMS, we will take two acclimatization breaks every thousand meters. We will trek at a higher altitude but sleep lower to cure this altitude sickness. If we suffer from acute mountain sickness, we will take rest immediately at the same place. To energize, we will drink more liquid to stay hydrated, like soup and water. If the case starts to get worse, we will have to take rescue by helicopter.



The following is the list of the things and equipment that we will need to carry with us when you are heading on the journey. 

1. For the upper part of the body

HAT: You'll need a nice, wide-brimmed trekking hat to keep the sun off your face. Lightweight, simple to carry, and neck-covering styles are the best.  While trekking, wearing a hat can protect yourself from the sun on the trail.

HEADLAMP: Along with the hat, it is better to carry a headlamp with you during the trek. Headlamps are lights we can wear on a person's head. Due to their hands-free operation, these gadgets are great for trekking and hiking. It's ideal to have your hands free when hiking so you can deal with anything Mother Nature throws at you or pull your stuff.

 At night, trails can be hard to navigate. These footprints generally incorporate pebbles, tree roots, twigs, and even animals and resemble an uncharted maze. These hazards can be dangerous, and having your hands free allows you to catch yourself, move obstacles, sprint, or fend off an enraged rabbit on the track.

WOOLEN HAT: When you move to higher elevations, you get a high chance of being caught by cold. So, it is essential to carry a woolen hat with you for your protection. Not every hat is equally suitable for trekking, so it is safer to have a woolen hat; it will be available to you if you need it. 

SUN PROTECTING HAT(WITH WIDE BRIM): Day during your trial can be sunny, and the rays directly showered upon you. It will protect UV rays from entering your skin. We must be more careful regarding our heads and protect the scalp from sunburn and skin cancer. 

SUNGLASSES(WITH UV PROTECTION): As we move towards high altitude, the atmospheric layer becomes thinner, which increases exposure to harmful rays because the capacity to filter these rays becomes less. Therefore, we need to carry sunglasses to protect our eyes from harmful rays.



Waterproof jackets and trousers: Rain on the path is always possible, especially if you intend to hike between June and September (we strongly advise against walking in the region). We recommend bringing rain gear with you as a precaution, preferably a gore-tex membrane hardshell jacket. An inexpensive pair of waterproof pullovers will typically be enough for pants.

T-SHIRT: It is better to wear light clothes to avoid extreme sweating and discomfort during trekking. A t-shirt is best to wear during such trips. 

Clothing: Layering is a significant walk component due to the considerable fluctuation in altitude and temperature. You'll be able to quickly adapt to the climate and be comfortable and safe if you can add and remove layers of clothes while trekking. For example, if you intend on hiking during the cooler winter months of December through February, you'll want to bring some extra layers.

GLOVES: You will need to carry your gloves with you because gloves will help protect your hands from sweat, extreme weather conditions, and other inconvenient situations that may cause discomfort and injury.



THERMAL INNERS: Thermal inners are insulators between your body and the surrounding cold air. They trap body heat and prevent heat loss. Use the ones generally made with polyester or give extra comfort and flexibility.

TROUSERS: A full-length pair of trekking trousers provides solid path protection, preventing cuts and scratches from prickly plants, twigs, rocks, and other hazards. Trekking trousers allow you to travel much easier without the sound of rustling plants and enable you to get near to animals without making a nuisance.

DOWN JACKET: One of the most significant purchases you'll make is a down jacket. On a hiking or climbing journey throughout the journey, having the correct warm, insulating layer may make or break your pleasure level. So when you are heading for a trek in the Everest region, we must include a down jacket in your packing list. 



TREKKING BOOTS: Trekking boots are necessary as they help to protect the foot and ankles during long-distance trekking. They are one of the essential items of trekking as they can determine a trekker's ability to walk long distances without injury.

SOCKS: A trekking sock is essential for avoiding blisters. Unlike a weak, stinking cotton sock, a hiking hose will not continually brush against the back of your foot and will give substantial protection from friction caused by your shoe. The socks maintain a constant temperature for the feet. Socks are incredibly soft and comfortable on foot.



TREKKING POLES: Trekking poles intersperse your arms and shoulders into the trekking movement, allowing you to use better muscles to force yourself uphill and control your downhill. The result is an expansion in rate without an accumulation in leg soreness.

FIRST-AID KIT: First aid kits are a must-have for every trekker. They help you with necessary treatment during the trial. Thus to minimize the risk of infection or injury severity, we must take it with ourselves. A well-stocked kit contains items that treat burns, injuries, scrapes, and cuts.

SLEEPING BAGS: Though we will be staying in hotels and there will be services, still take no risk and carry a sleeping bag with you. If you want the best night's sleep on the trail, it is best to take your sleeping bags.

PERSONAL BAGS: When going on an outdoor trek, you want to be sure that you'll be comfortable the entire time. Personal bags are vital if you're hiking a long and challenging walk. The type of trekking backpack you use will significantly impact how pleasant your adventure will be. If you're carrying many goods, you'll need a bag that distributes the weight properly, so you don't get tired soon.



It is relatively simple to acquire a visa for Nepal. You can apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission office in your home country or buy one when you arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. To apply for a visa, you'll need two passport-sized photos, US dollar visa costs, and a valid passport for at least six months before your travel. Nationals of the SAARC (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Afghanistan) and China, on the other hand, do not need a visa to enter Nepal. However, a transit visa is only valid for three days for foreign nationals. As a result, for more extended visits, a permit is necessary.

A passport is very crucial to travel in Nepal. In addition, if you want to do mountain trekking, you will have to get a mountain license. 



Our packages usually include meals and lodging, but you may require cash for personal expenses. There is a lower likelihood of finding an ATM or no ATM on the ABC trail. . Before you go on the walk, make sure you have enough cash. As mentioned above, there is no ATM in the Annapurna region everywhere, so It is better not to depend on ATMs for the expenses. The hotels and lodges also mostly accept cash rather than online payments, so it's more convenient to take enough money with you.  



Solo trekking, group trekking, or a couple of trekking without a guide will be difficult, so it is necessary to take a guide with you whenever you plan to trek. In addition, the trail in the Annapurna region might not be familiar to you if you are traveling for the first time. 

Since you will have to carry many trekking equipments, it will be convenient and helpful if you take a porter. The porter will help you maintain the luggage, and the Guide will help you take the right trail. 

While traveling, you may face uncertainties. For example, you may suffer from altitude sickness and AMS (Acute mountain sickness), so to help you during such situations, we need to take a guide with us.  

As for the tips for guides and porters will set you back 10% of the total price. Ten percent of the cost is for the Guide and porter. Mountain Rock Treks provide sixty percent to the Guide's tips and 40 percent to the porter.



We are flexible with bookings. However, you must pay a 25% deposit when you confirm, with the remainder due upon arrival. There are no hidden fees with us.

If you want to join a group, we have different terms and conditions that you may learn about by contacting us.

Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. handles all of our reservations. Fill out a Booking Form and send it to the firm together with your deposits and insurance payment to book a package (if applicable). You must pay a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the trip charge at booking for all trips. You can pay the remaining payment once you arrive in Kathmandu and before the tour.

 The Company or its Agent should receive the non-refundable deposit. When arranging a custom holiday with the firm,  Mountain Rock Treks will advise you of the needed cost for the Treks. 

You are booking with a bank transfer or a credit card deposit (Visa or MasterCard).


We are flexible with bookings. However, we are not refundable for last-minute cancellations. To ensure your seat on one of our Annapurna region trekking packages at the last minute, you must pay the entire package amount.

We'll try our best to get everything in order before the deadline. So arrive in Kathmandu at least a day ahead of time for the experience. Please get in touch with us directly for further details.

The cancellation of a Client's order must be made in writing and verified by the Company. The date the Company or its Agents receives the cancellation request will determine the cancellation charge. 

You will forfeit the 25% deposit if you decide to cancel at the last minute after you have confirmed it. If you choose to cancel your trip after it has begun for any reason, you will be responsible for the total cost of the trip. Once you've started your journey, we can't give you a refund. Therefore, the Client should obtain cancellation insurance at booking.





  • Q1. What is the Mardi Himal Trek Difficulty?

    Mardi Himal Trek is a short and relatively easy trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Still, you will be trekking at a high altitude and gain elevation of more than 4,000 meters, which brings chances of Acute Mountain Sickness. This is also known as high altitude sickness. Keep in mind that regardless of good health and age, you can be affected by AMS, therefore drink plenty of water during the trek. Also, if you get any symptoms of altitude sickness then down move ahead and drop to a lower elevation. Take a rest for a few days and look at your condition before moving any further. However, the chance of getting it is low. 

    Besides this, during Mardi Himal Trek, you will trek through dense forests with frequent steep and rugged paths. This can tire you easily. So make sure to walk in a pace to maintain your stamina. 

  • During Mardi Himal Trek, you will spend the night in a tea house. Tea house provides you with basic facilities. The rooms will be on a twin-sharing basis with little furniture and blanket. Also, there are high chances of common washrooms so prepare yourself for this. 

    For food, the teahouse has a good range of dishes. You can find Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan cuisine on the menu like Dal Bhat, mo-mo, noodles,  curries, chapati, thukpa, laphing, etc. You will also get bakery items like bread, croissants, tea, coffee, bars, and snacks. 

    • Sleeping bag
    • Trekking pole
    • Thermal wears, Breathable underwear
    • Trekking Gloves
    • Pair of trekking shoes & socks
    • Jacket, windcheater, and nice fleece to stand the cold
    • Trekking shirt, pants, and shorts
    • Trekking shoes 
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat
    • Sunscreen Lotion
    • Toiletries: Hand Sanitizer, tissue paper, towel, toothbrush, paste, shampoo, and soap
  • Trek to Mardi Himal The short walk to Mardi Himal, located in the Annapurna area, takes 9 days. The Mardi Himal trip begins in Pokhara, where we drive to Kande before beginning the hike to Pothana or Deurali. Next, we make our way to low camp, then high camp, and ultimately Mardi's base camp.

  • September, October, and November fall during this season. Due to summer rainfall in the Annapurna Region, it is the best time to enjoy the Mardi Himal Trek as it is the post-monsoon season for you and offers clear, blue skies. During the trek, the Mardi forest welcomes you with a collection of rhododendron and oak trees.

  • The Upper View Point, at 4200 meters above sea level, is the highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek, which takes you through Nepal's Annapurna region. A breathtaking view of the Annapurna Ranges, Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Tent Peak, and other mountains can be seen from the Upper View Point.

Client Reviews

  • Gorgeous Walk

    After completing the Annapurna Circuit, I hiked Mardi Himal The walk was absolutely gorgeous and a wonderful addition to the Circuit. It would undoubtedly function well as a stand-alone expedition as well. The business Mountain Rock was outstanding. They were really communicative and flexible throughout. My guide, Gopal, was fantastic. In addition to being a lot of fun outside of hiking hours, he was quite informed about the local mountains and environment.

    AlexandraUnited StatesMay 20, 2022
  • Extremely helpful

    Our group successfully completed the Mardi Himal trip last month with the assistance of Mountain Rock Trek. Our tour guide was extremely helpful and well-informed. Actually, we had planned to hike to Annapurna Base Camp, but due to a problem on the way there, we switched to Mardi Himal instead. But I'm so pleased we went on this hike; it was breathtaking and beyond my wildest dreams. Such lovely and loving individuals. I do heartily advise.

    HaydenAustraliaMay 04, 2022
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