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Mardi Himal Trek



The Mardi Himal trek is one of the most highly regarded Eco-tourism trek destinations in the Annapurna Himalaya region. Mardi Himal is located in the east of the Modi Khola, across the valley from Hiunchuli.
The emphasis of this trek is on the forest and wilderness of these mountains. The trek goes off the beaten trackaway from busy trails and has the essence of exploration. We ascend through Hindu villages and pristine oak and rhododendron forests to an alpine campsite that has an up-close view of Mount Machapuchare, Mardi Himal and Mount Annapurna. The great rice fields and the blue glaciers of the Annapurana sanctuary walls lie below the trail. Descent is via different route to the warm valley and picturesque villages on the bank of the River Mardi. Untouched modernization makes this trekking route a unique experience. This Mardi Himal Camping trek is designed to provide an outstanding mountain experience and to venture into forests and villages that have not yet felt the full impact of tourism.The trek offers superb Himalayan scenery includingMt. Dhauglagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna south (7219m) Hiunchuli (6441m), Fish tail/Machhapuchhare (6988m) etc. This trek is a less touristy trail in the Annapurna region.

Mardi Himal is considered to be an ideal introduction to trekking in the high Himalayas. No previous experience of high altitudes is necessary as every precaution will be taken to ensure gradual and thorough acclimatization during the trek to the mountain.


Day 01: Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu, meeting with guide and last minute preperation.


Day 02 : Sightseeing and fly to Pokhara

We would do short sightseeing around Kathmandu valley and fly to Pokhara with late afternoon flight. Evening free to explore around Lake Side (famous town in Pokhara)

Day 03: Pokhara to Pothana

Drive to the Tibetan Refuge Camp at Kaski. Then set off by foot to Suiket and in the afternoon, after an unhurried lunch, we climb from Phedi steeply up to the main trail along the ridge to Dhampus. The first night's camp at 1620m (5314 ft) is in full view of Machhappuchare.

Day 04 : Pothana to Forest Camp

Dawn usually brings a spectacular sunrise with the Fishtail tuning from pink to gold and the bare rock wall of Annapurna II still in shadow. Now we start on the 'secret trail' leaving tourist, other trekkers and the villages behind. We enter an enchanting forest of birch, giant rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, hemlock and daphnie. That evening we camp in a small clearing at 2550m (8360 ft) far from the beaten trail.


Day 05 : Forest Camp to Low Camp

As we climb the flora changes into classic cloud forest with mosses and litchen, tree ferns and orchids. Now and then there are windows through the woods that look that look out onto the thrilling panorama, towards Hiuchuli and the knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. Far, far below, we can see the Modi Khola Valley leading up into the Annapurna Sanctuary. We stop climbing at lunch so as not to go too high too fast. The afternoon is at leisure, camped at 3400m (11020 ft) and through the forest, we have mesmerizing views of the ever-closer Fishtail.

Day 06 : Low Camp To Hight Camp

After just a short steep climb we are out of the forest, above the tree-line. A ridge, either grassy or under snow depending on the season, takes us up to our 'High Camp', which we reach at lunch. We take another afternoon at leisure to acclimatize, at 4100m (13,550 ft). The views here are awesome. Annapurna South seems close enough to throw a rock at while Machhapuchare seems close enough to touch.

Day 07 : Hight Camp, explore around

Breakfast will be earlier than usual and with packed lunches, we set off to reach our objective. Conditions being favorable we should reach up to 5,000m to 5,300m (16,400 ft to 17,400 ft) and attain our absolute goal, the crest of Mardi Himal. It's the only thing separating us from the south face of Machhpuchare, looming now just in front of us. This is the sacred mountain and permission to reach the summit is never given. The great ice fields and blue glaciers of the Sanctuary Wall lie below and Annapurna I is beyond. In an area from horizon to horizon, from Dhaulagiri to the Ganesh Himal are a dozen or more glistening snow-bound giants of the Himalaya. You are standing on a spot that has been your constant aim for days, a place a time a view that is almost impossible to equal and you've earned it! Whatever our achievement, by 1pm we need to descend back to 'High Camp.

Day 08 : Hight Camp to Siding Village

After a relaxed breakfast we make an unhurried descent down through the shade of the forest and out onto the terraced fields near the Siding Village. We continue down to our camp at 1750m 95740ft) near the Mardi Khola.

Day 09: Siding Village to Pokhara

The trail from siding now follows the contour of the river valley, gradually down between the pastures and through Tamang and Gurung villages at 1,160m (3,800 ft). With just a few hours of walking, we meet the road and our transport takes us Pokhara  within a lunch time.

Day 10: Pokhara

Take some time to get yourself relaxed in Pokhara. Visit Phewa lake and do some boating, drive to World Peace Stupa to glimpse view of Pokhara vallye & Himalaya, and visit Mountain Museum.


Day 11: Pokhara - Kathmandu

In the morning ride a touris bus to Kathmandu. Approximately 7 hours drive.


Day 12 : Departure to destination 

Transfer to airport according to flight departure time.


Includes / Excludes

Cost Include(s)

01.All grounded transportation, pick up / drop.

02. Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
03. Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu on private vehicle

04. Entrance fee at sightseeing place in Kathmandu

05. Kathmandu Pokhara flight ticket

06. Required transportation as per itinerary

07. Required paperwork like trekking permit, TIMS etc

08.Standard meals like Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner

09. Tented camp (accommodation) between trek.

10. English speaking licensed guide for the trek and other helpers
11. Food, transportation, accommodation, salary, equipments for guide and helpers.
12. Travel insurance for our staffs.
13. Tax and other official expenses


Cost Exclude(s)

01. Lunch and dinner in cities like Kathmandu/Pokhara..
02. All kinds of drinks like beer, coke/fanta/sprite, and alcohol.
03. Travel Insurance (Essential).
04. Sweets like chocolate or deserts
05. Nepal Entry Visa.
06. Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
07. Tips, Gratuities and other expenditure

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Departure Dates

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Trip Price

$ 1150

Duration 12 Days

Grade Moderate


Trip Style

Country Nepal


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