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Mardi Himal Trek - New Trekking Route

Mardi Himal Trek - New Trekking Route

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Trip Facts

Start/End: Kathmandu-Kathmandu
Destination: Mardi Himal Base Camp
Trip Duration: 11
Transportation By Air/Car/Bus
Best Season: March-May, Sep-Dec
Difficulty Moderate
Max. Altitude 4500
Group Size 1-20
Activity Trekking/Sightseen

Overview And Highlights

Mardi Himal Trek, a newly opened trekking is best for three amazing days above tree line on the Mardi Himal ridge with a close-up view of Machhapuchhre Fishtail Mountain.  This is a fantastic trek of 7 days duration (the whole trip is 11 days). The absolute highlight is spending three days above the tree line on  the Mardi Himal ridge with the most awe inspiring close up views of Machhapuchhare, the Fishtail Mountain, the most beautiful and photographed mountain in the Himalayas after Mount Everest.  The sunrises are spectacular, with the sun bursting onto the very tips of Machhapuchhare and the Annapurna range.

On the way up to the ridge during this amazing trek to Mardi Himal, you will walk through dense forest and possibly see monkeys and yaks. Nights are spent in lodges in clearings in the forest and there are nearby viewpoints to see the sunrise over the mountains. The final day is an enchanting walk out along the valley through charming villages, ending at a beautiful waterfall.

The ridge leads to Mardi Himal summit (5,588m) just below the south face of Macchapuchhre. But you barely notice Mardi Himal, as the view of Machhapuchhare above and the Annapurnas beyond is so breathtaking. You will spend two nights at high camp (3,800m) acclimatizing, and have the opportunity to walk even further up the ridge until you can see into the glacial basin between Macchapuchhare and Annapurna where Annapurna base camp located, with Annapurna 1 towering above. The optional highest point of the walk is the base camp of Mardi Himal itself, nestling on the lower south-facing slope of Macchapuchare amongst snowy peaks and glaciers.

The Mardi Himal Trek gives you the most amazing sense of having been right up on the roof of the world amongst some of its highest mountains.

This trek is slightly longer than the Poon Hill Trek but has far fewer people, closer views and fewer steps. Having only opened recently it is less well known. Spring and autumn are the best seasons for Mardi Himal Trekking in Nepal.

Trip Highlights

  • Natural and Cultural diversity:
  • Adventure in the hidden corners of Annapurna Himalaya range to Mardi Himal base camp
  • Stunning panorama of worlds highest mountains on daily walks on scenic ridge of Mardi Hills
  • Beautiful forest of rhododendron-oaks-magnolia and pine trees to barren landscapes of rocks and ice
  • Closet view of exquisite Annapurna Himalayas:
  • Exploring Gurung traditional farm villages of immense Buddhist religion and colorful culture
  • Enjoy at beautiful city at Pokhara
  • Less Tourist Area

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu.


We will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Look for the Himalaya Trekking Team display board with your name on it at the arrival gate. We will then escort you to your Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara - 200km, 6 hrs drive.


After an early breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and travel by tourist bus to Pokhara. The scenic journey takes about 6 hours. As an alternative, you can opt to fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu. The 35 minute flight has majestic views of high Himalayas. Overnight in your hotel in Pokhara. Pokhara is a lovely sleepy town on the edge of a lake with lakeside restaurants and interesting shops. You can take a boat out on the lake to a temple on an island.

Day 3 : Drive to Phedi and trek to Dhampus - 30 minutes drive and 3 hrs walking.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive for half an hour drive to Phedi and then our trek begins! We start with a steep climb up to Dhampus village which is a big Gurung village spread over the hillside. It has spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurna mountains.  Overnight at a lodge with a full view of the Annapurna Range. If you rise early you will see the beautiful sunrise burst onto the peaks of the mountains.

Day 4 : Trek from Dhampus to Forest Camp - 6 hrs walking.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tea House

We leave the cultivated village land and head into the forest. There is a chance we may see groups of wild monkeys among the forest of giant rhododendron, oak, maple, hemlock and birch. We arrive in a small clearing and spend the night in a lodge. In the early morning it is possible to go to a nearby viewpoint and see the sun rise magically over the mountains.

Day 5 : Trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp - 5 hrs walking.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tea House

Today we follow the ridge through the forest towards Machhapuchhare, the sacred Fishtail Mountain.   As we climb, the flora has turned to classic 'cloud forest' with mosses and lichen, tree ferns and orchids hosted by the hardier trees. Now and then, there are windows in the woods that look out onto thrilling panorama – towards Himchuli, Annapurna South and we have spectacular northerly views of the ever-closer 'Fishtail'. Overnight in a lodge. Again it is possible to go to a viewpoint in the early morning and see the sun rise over the mountains.

Day 6 : Low Camp to High Camp - 4 hrs walking.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tea House

Today we burst out above the tree line and the full beauty of the magnificent ridge leading to Machhapuchhare is revealed, weather permitting. The breath taking beauty of the mountains is wonderful and you feel as though you are right up on the roof of the world. This is the highest camp at 3800m. Overnight in a lodge.

Day 7 : Rest day at high camp / optional walk to higher viewpoints.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tea House

From this highest camp it is possible to walk further up the ridge to get even closer to the mountains, even looking into the icy valley containing Annapurna Base Camp. Annapurna 1 also becomes visible from this higher point. The route is initially quite steep and then becomes less so as you climb. Overnight in the lodge.

Day 8 : High Camp to Siding Village - 5 to 6 hrs walking.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we go back along the open ridge with its marvellous views down towards India and back towards the Annapurna range, until we reach Low camp.  We might encounter yaks on this part of the journey. Then we turn into the forest and descend 1,600m to Siding Village. Hiking sticks are very useful for this descent. You can see the welcome sight of the hotel below as you descend, and it is marvellously positioned high up in the village. Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 9 : Trek from Siding Village to Pokhara, 3 hrs walking.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The walk today from the hotel is very gentle downhill along a track and is absolutely lovely, passing through the beautiful village with its fields and simple farms. As an alternative you can take a jeep from near the hotel, but the walk is enchanting and really recommended. It ends at a beautiful waterfall where you can have lunch before taking a jeep back to Pokhara. The jeep journey is also beautiful as it travels out through the Mardi Khola Valley.
Overnight stay in your hotel in Pokhara.

Day 10 : Fly or drive back to Kathmandu, flight 25 minutes or drive 200km/6hrs driving.


After breakfast at your hotel, we transfer to the airport for a flight to Kathmandu, explore Kathmandu Valley on your own and then join us for a farewell dinner. Alternatively you can take a scenic 6 hr drive from Pokhara to Katmandu.  Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11 : Final departure.

After breakfast, we will transfer you to international airport for your flight back to home. We wish you a safe and sound flight back home and hope to see you again in the future.

Service Includes

  • Airport/hotel pick up & drop services
  • 2 Night Hotel in Kathmandu 3* Level on Breakfast Basic
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara by Deluxe Tourist Bus
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by Flight
  • All necessary paper works, temple/museum entry fee and National park fee
  • Annapurna Conservation Permit and TIMS card
  • An experienced English speaking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism) and porters, necessary meal/accommodation/transportation/salary/insurance
  • 3 meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Pokhara to Phedi by Private jeep and return by same way
  • Sleeping Bag (Refund after trek)
  • Trekking Pole (Refund after trek)
  • Achievement Certificate
  • Seasonable fruits
  • All government and local taxes

Service Excludes

  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee. Visa easily issued at Tribhuvan International Airport - Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation other than itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara expect farewell dinner
  • Travel and helicopter rescue insurance (incase altitude sickness in the mountain)
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Tips, for the staff

Altitude Graph

Additional Information

The Trekking Day

For the Mardi Himal Trek you will stay at Tea House, before start your trek you need need to pack up your trekking bag before breakfast, as porters will set off early. After breakfast approximately 2-3 hours of trekking you take a break for lunch somewhere in the trail. After a relaxing lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trail before reaching your stopping point. Throughout the day, you will take frequent rest breaks and take time to admire the fascinating mountains views. You take plenty of pictures of yourself with incredibly panoramic mountains view of Annapurna Region, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, etc. Once you arrive at your tea house, you take a rest and Dinner is generally around 7pm. After your dinner our guide will take your breakfast order for tomorrow and he will give you briefing for tomorrow trip.

What you carry for day pack bag

You need to carry your day pack for your personal items like your water bottle, your money, and some others medicine, camera etc.Your guide will let you know each evening of any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable day pack you load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable.


In Kathmandu part we provide breakfast but during the trek we have three meal (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), Every Tea House have their own menu so you can order menu food item but if you have big group like 20 pax guide will choose the food for you.


Accommodation in Kathmandu we will provide you deluxe room with private facilities on Breakfast basic. During the Trekking you will have Tea House and is of a basic (normal) standard. Twin Rooms or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities. Hot Showers are available in some places but they will charge directly to client when they ask for hot shower.


Transportation within Kathmandu valley is done with Cars or Jeeps, Van, Hiace, Coaster bus, Mini bus, Coaches depending upon the group size. In trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases Yaks / horses or donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters .

Trekking Staff

The Guide is in overall charge of the trek and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. All our guides are trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high altitude medicine, and first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its peoples.


Transport your duffle bags / rucksack – one porter for every two trekkers in Tea house trekking and camping (Tented camp) trekking it is depend on luggage/ equipment that we need for your camping trekking.

Trek Grading

It is impossible to have a 'foolproof' grading system as everyone has different expectations and perceptions of their own fitness level. Remember that no trek in the Himalaya is a stroll as all involve going up and down at altitude and that altitude affects everyone differently. Regardless of age or fitness, preparation before you arrive is essential. Aerobic activity, swimming, cycling or brisk walking is recommended or, at the very least, walk up and down stairs in your trekking boots but some can do this trekking without did any preparation of trekking.


It should be better to bring the USD in Nepal. Because you can change everywhere easily.

You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu. You can find the money exchange counters near your hotel and there are no exchange facilities in villages / trekking trails if they change they will take more commission.


Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price but who will working for you they are expect the tips so you can give tips directly to them at end of your trekking / tours and tipping is not any limitation so you can give tips as much you like if they will make you happy.


It is main important part of the trip. Your Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. is included trekking crews' against personal accident.


There are no specific health requirements for travel into Nepal. However, for the trekking in Himalayas, you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish this trek successfully but you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal. Some part of trekking have a small health post for emergency treatment with limited equipments, limited health workers and medication. Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarial, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.
Please be aware that you will be in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

Altitude Sickness

AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide's decision on this matter is final. When you are planning to trek above 3,000 meters we recommend not walks faster. If you will get altitude sickness please consult with your guide to go down at least 500 meters to recover.

Nepal Visa

Multiple entry visas are available on arrival at Kathmandu airport and all land borders except the citizens of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Palestine, Afghanistan. Multiple entry visas can be obtained from the immigration points costing US Dollars 25 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visas, US Dollars 40 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent there to for 30 days multiple entry visa, US Dollars 100 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa.

Packing for your Trekking

you will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.

  • Walking shoes / trekking bootsSocks, several pair of heavy wool outer socks and a few pairs of nylon inner socks.
  • Some pairs of Pants, shirts, T shirts 
  • Skirts med-calf to above the ankle
  • Worm sleeping bag and  jacket
  • Water bottle and Trekker's bag
  • Head Light
  • Toiletries ( soap, towel , toothbrush, washcloth ,paste , Comb and shampoos )
  • Lighter and Sunglasses
  • Raincoat ( monsoon season )
  •  Hand bag / day bag
  •  Walking shoes with new waffle soles(monsoon season)
  • Waterproof jacket.( monsoon season)
  • Plastic sheeting for covering the bag ( monsoon season)
  • Shaving paraphernalia for men
  • Woolen hat (high place or snowy place)
  • Woolen sweater or down jacket (high place or snowy place)
  • Woolen long Underwear (high place or snowy place)
  • Good Trekking boots (high place or snowy place)
  • Sun cream and Sandal for night
  • Some other worm cloths .
  •  Some dry food

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Trip Reviews (2)

“Amazing Mardi Himal Trek”

I have just been on my second amazing trek with OB. He organised a wonderful trip to Mardi Himal for a group of 7, some of whom hadn't trekked before. The pace was excellent and the walk absolutely beautiful with sunrise over the Annapurna Range and Machapuchare. The porters were from OBs village and were very kind and fun to be with. Himalayan Trekking Team are a really caring family-run business. OBs daughter Manju met us in Kathmandu at the start of our trip and took us to our hotel. It is also really nice to support OB and others from their village in the Gorkha district since all of their houses were destroyed in last year's earthquake. They are so cheerful and positive it is amazing.

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Caryn Moberly

4th May, 2022

“Mardi Himal Trek - wonderful experience”

I completed the mardi himal trek with OB and his team. It was a great experience. It was very efficiently organised and the Nepalese hospitality was always authentic and warm. OB has a quiet and unassuming presence that provides a lot of reassurance and ensured that the trek was safe and enjoyable



Simon Cooper

4th May, 2022

USD 799 Per Person

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