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    Are you looking for a short trek adventure in the Annapurna region? We'd like to introduce you to the Mardi Himal Trek. This trek has everything from beautiful Snow-covered mountains to lush forests and pleasant ethnic local villages.              

    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Durations
      9 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Easy to Moderate
    • Activities
      Trekking and Hiking
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Max.altitude
    • Group Size
      Min. 1 Pax
    • Best Time
      March - May & Sept - Dec

    Regarding Driving to/from Kathmamdu

    Lately, there has been extensive road construction (KATHMANDU TO POKHARA )on Prithvi Highway, causing traffic congestion and air pollution. The journey that used to take around 6-7 hours now takes roughly 8-9 hours. We appreciate your patience.

    Trip Overview

    The Mardi Himal Trek is the best short, moderate-type, newly open trek in the Annapurna region. The journey commences from Kande (1706m) and takes you to Upper Viewpoint at approximately 4200 meters. You’ll journey into the clouds to discover Mountains in snow, lush forests, and Ethnic villages. This will take you deep into the Annapurna region, which is famous for its rich, unblemished natural beauty. You’ll be hiking through a diverse biodiversity, encountering mountain flora and fauna.

    You’ll also get to have some cultural encounters in a more rural area. Additionally, these trails lead to hillside villages, beautiful homesteads, Terraced farms, and lush pine forests. You’ll witness mesmerizing sights of iconic mountain ranges like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Hiunchuli. You walk through ridges and eventually reach the upper viewpoint near a Base camp of Mardi Himal. The view from the spot is breathtaking as you see Mount Machhapuchhre right before you.

    We at Nepal Hiking Team are excited to guide you on this famous and celebrated trail. Join this 9-day journey to Mardi Himal Trek for a promising, unforgettable experience.

    Mardi Himal Trek History and Glory

    Mardi Himal is a 5587-meter-high mountain top in the Annapurna zone alongside Nepal's holy Mountain, Machhapuchhare (Fishtail). The Mardi Himal trek is a new travel route that has quickly become famous among foreigners and local Nepalese people.

    Talking history of the Mardi Himal trek, Mountaineer Basil Goodfellow became the individual ever to summit at its top in 1961.  However, the trek was not officially open for trekkers till 2012.

    After 2012, a new path was established, following stunning edges and charming guesthouses/ teahouses up to High Camp (3,550m). For those who want more adventure, the trek continues from Upper Viewpoint (4,200m) to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m).

    The trek starts from Nepal's tourist capital, Pokhara, and passes through the charming villages of Dhampus and Pothana. After passing through the lush forests of Rhododendron, oak, and bamboo, it heads to the base camp of Mardi Himal at an altitude of 4500m.

    Highlights of the Mardi Himal Trek

    • This trail is one of the shorter and popular treks, perfect for beginners to enjoy at their own pace.
    • Hop on a bus to Pokhara and glimpse the majestic snow-capped mountains.
    • Discover the beauty of Pokhara, known as the city of lakes, and stroll around its vibrant streets.
    • Walk through a dense forest of oaks and rhododendrons and connect yourself to nature.
    • Spot local flora and fauna against an awe-inspiring backdrop of the mountains.
    • Engage with local communities to learn about their lifestyle, culture, and traditions.
    • Taste delicious Nepali Cuisines during the Trek.
    • Experience the mesmerizing sunrise amidst the Himalayas from the upper viewpoint (4200m).
    • Enjoy the breathtaking vistas, Machhapuchhre and Mardi Himal.
    • Cross multiple suspension bridges over rushing rivers and delight in the stunning views of the valley below.

    Route Overview

    The trip to Mardi Himal Trek begins with your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. As you reach the arrival gate, one of our members from the NHT will be there to receive you. You will then be accompanied to a hotel near the tourist hub in Kathmandu. Here, you’ll be briefed about your trip and itinerary. This lively area offers great places to explore, shop, and eat.

    The next day, you will take a bus ride along winding roads and roaring Mountains to Pokhara. You may even stop at local places to have a meal. After reaching Pokhara, you can walk down the street or stroll down the lakeside to let the peace envelop you.

    Then, you head toward Kande by drive, where you’ll commence your journey to Pothana via Australian Camp. The trail ascends through magnificent landscapes and enriches your experience as you ascend to Pothana.

    Next comes the trek to Forest Camp (Kokar). You begin this through Pitam Deurali, the midpoint of two famous trekking routes. The right trail leads us to Mardi Himal, and the left path goes to Annapurna Base Camp. As you go through enchanting forests, following the trails that wind alongside diverse plants and wildlife, you will reach Forest Camp.

    From Forest Camp, we ascend to High Camp, passing Rest Camp and Low Camp. The path will wind up through dense forests that rarely give a peak of Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre. You’ll pause for lunch at Badal Danda. Crossing the Nange Danda, we will approach High Camp and transition to the alpine landscape.

    On day 6, you will reach your ultimate destination, Upper Viewpoint, which will reward you with an unparalleled view of the Annapurna Ranges and Mardi Himal. You will then return the same route to Badal Danda, rediscovering the beauty.

    This final trek will bring you a profound sense of accomplishment as you ponder the days spent in the mountains. After reaching Siding, you will return to Pokhara by bus, where you can enjoy this vibrant city.

    The next day, you take a bus back to Kathmandu, where you’ll be transferred to a hotel. You can either rest up or explore this cultural city. On the final day, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will transfer you to the airport approximately three hours before your departure.

    Is The Trek Right for You?

    The difficulty of the Mardi Himal Trek may depend on your physical fitness level. The Mardi Himal is considered a moderate challenge trekking.

    Many trekkers find this route easy, as it's one of the shorter treks in the Annapurna region and does not involve challenging terrain. However, a first-time trekker or beginner can rate this trek moderately difficult due to the long walks and more uphill climbs.

    The plus point of this journey is that you do not need prior experience to do the adventure. The package is also carefully prepared, with plenty of resting time. You’ll get enough time to adjust your body to the changing altitudes. Further, although the trails are well maintained, you must be physically fit and well to go on this trek.

    Best time to trek Mardi Himal

    If you are looking for the best time to book the trek to Mardi Himal, you should consider scheduling your trip in the spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November) seasons.

    During this time, it offers ideal weather conditions and a perfect environment for trekking. The stunning landscapes and snow-capped mountains are at their best during these months. The trail is also filled with wildflowers, including the bloom of rhododendrons.

    You can still enjoy the trek in winter (December-February) and summer (June-August). However, the possibility of snow and slippery trails can make the hike more challenging. So, planning your trek during spring or autumn for the best experience is better.


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    Cost Includes

    • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private transport
    • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
    • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people), and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
    • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara on a tourist bus
    • Nepal Hiking Team Sleeping bag & down Jacket and duffle bags (if required)
    • Nepal Hiking Team T-shirt, trekking map, cap, and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medical kit
    • Annapurna conservation permit fee
    • Includes all paperwork and permits (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
    • Government taxes and office service charge

    Cost Excludes

    • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
    • Travel Insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Any kind of drinks (hot and cold) during the trek
    • Tips for guide, porters, driver

    Cost and Date

    Start Dates refer to your arrival date in Nepal. End Dates correspond to your return date from Nepal.

    The Mardi Himal Trek set departure dates are tailored for the group joining option. If the -days Mardi Himal Trek departure dates don't fit your schedule, we can include alternative dates that better suit your needs.

    June, 2024

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