Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

Activities:
Trekking and Hiking
Duration
10 days
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate 
  • Max Altitude
    4200 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 1 Pax
  • Best Time
    March - May & Sept - Dec 

Trip Overview

The Annapurnas are rightly famous as one of the most scenic regions in the entire Himalaya. It’s here that you’ll find accessible hiking trails leading to quaint hillside villages, picturesque homesteads cultivating terraced fields of rice and barley, and shaded paths through groves of blue pine, resplendent with twittering birdlife and the furtive rustlings of shy mammals. You’ll stand witness to the mesmerizing sight of iconic snow-laden summits rising above the clouds: Machapuchare, Hiunchuli, the Annapurnas themselves, and Mardi Himal. While many visitors come to this part of Nepal to undertake the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we’ve been inspired to craft an itinerary which takes you off the beaten path. This is the Mardi Himal Trek: a new route that has only been open to international travelers since 2012. If you’ve ever wanted to witness the majesty of the Annapurna region without the crowds, this is the trek for you.

Don’t think for a second that the Mardi Himal Trek is a lesser alternative to any of the more famous routes in the Annapurnas. This is an unforgettable adventure that takes you through verdant jungles, across swiftly flowing rivers of glacial meltwater, and through pastoral settlements populated by diverse groups of people representing Nepal’s many different ethnicities.

The trail crisscrosses its way beneath the unmistakable fishtail-shaped summit of Machapuchare as it ascends to high pastures, marvelous mountain vantage points, and quiet guesthouses catering to travelers seeking the path less traveled. And because the entire itinerary can be completed in just over one week, this route is an excellent option for trekkers who don’t have time to spend multiple weeks on the trail. This combination of accessibility, natural grandeur, and cultural authenticity makes the Mardi Himal Trek a true hidden gem that’s just waiting to be discovered.

The Mardi Himal Trek begins from the city of Pokhara, situated alongside the reflective waters of Phewa Lake. This uniquely photogenic town is widely regarded as the adventure capital of Nepal. After enjoying the sights and sounds of the city, you’ll embark upon a grand journey into a bona fide Himalayan wilderness. With each step you take, you’ll ascend higher and higher through the forested slopes of the Annapurnas, reaching the evocatively-named milestones of Forest Camp, Low Camp, and High Camp. No matter the season, stunning vistas of raw natural beauty will reveal themselves to you around every corner.

The trek is renowned for blossoming rhododendron flowers at the height of spring, terraced fields flourishing with the first flush of summer rain, clear mountain panoramas and crisp autumn air, and glittering winter landscapes of ice and snow. If you’re in search of unspoiled alpine bliss, look no further than the Mardi Himal Trek.

Highlights of the Mardi Himal Trek

The Mardi Himal Trek takes you deep into the Annapurnas: a region famous for its rich, untarnished natural beauty. You’ll be hiking through an area of astounding biodiversity, and you’ll have the chance to encounter some of the many animal species which call these mountains home. Keep your eyes peeled to catch a glimpse of the tree-dwelling red panda or Nepal’s national bird, the danphe. The opportunity to spot wildlife against the spectacular backdrop of Himalayan summits like Dhaulagiri and Machapuchare is an indisputable highlight of this itinerary.

Booking the Mardi Himal Trek also means you’ll also get to have cultural encounters in both urban and rural settings. You’ll visit Nepal’s most picturesque city, Pokhara, where you can enjoy fine dining and a cruise on Phewa Lake. And once you hit the trail, you’ll meet with villagers of Rai, Limbu, and Chhetri ethnicities to learn about their unique ways of life. This enticing combination of natural beauty and genuine cultural interaction is what makes the Mardi Himal trek truly special.

Is the Mardi Himal Trek Difficult?

The Mardi Himal Trek reaches a maximum elevation of approximately 4,200 meters. In fact, this is one of its biggest draws: it’s a rare treat to achieve such amazing views of Himalayan scenery without ascending to much greater heights. And while it’s possible to encounter altitude sickness on this itinerary, our highly skilled team will make sure you stay in good condition.

Our guides will help you to maintain an appropriate pace, rest frequently, and stay hydrated at all times. You can also prepare for your trek by exercising regularly in the weeks leading up to departure. Cardiovascular activity generally serves as good practice for strenuous trekking: swimming, walking, or running at home is a good place to start. This preparation will allow you to enjoy the Mardi Himal Trek to its fullest extent, but no previous trekking experience is actually required. This is only a moderately difficult itinerary, and booking with Nepal Hiking Team will ensure both your safety and satisfaction during one of the best treks in the Annapurnas.

Best Time of Year for the Mardi Himal Trek

Like most treks in Nepal, the Mardi Himal Trek takes on many different aspects as the seasons change. Many visitors prefer to hike during spring or autumn. Spring in the Nepali Himalaya arrives in February and lasts until May; this is the best time of year to enjoy long days with mild weather and brightly colored landscapes blanketed in wildflowers and rhododendron blooms. Autumn occurs from September to November, and it’s an excellent choice for photographers. Clear blue skies and an endless horizon will reveal stunning panoramas of the Annapurnas during these months.

Of course, you can also enjoy the Mardi Himal Trek during winter and summer. The possibility of snow and ice between December and January can make hiking more challenging, but the eternal majesty of Himalayan Mountains draped in snow is hard to beat. During the summer months between June and August, you can expect heavy rainfall as the annual monsoon sweeps across Nepal—but the trail springs to life with lush green forests and rushing rivers. No matter which time of year you’ve chosen, Nepal Hiking Team will work with you to deliver an exceptional trekking adventure.

Is the Mardi Himal Trek Right for Me?

If you’ve ever wanted to revel in the unbridled majesty of the Annapurnas while enjoying a trail free from crowds and congestion, the Mardi Himal Trek should be at the top of your wishlist. You’ll journey into the clouds to discover mountains cloaked in snow, lush forests dripping with tropical rainfall, and villages populated by some of the friendliest people in all of Nepal. We’ve arranged this itinerary to give you the best possible experience, with an appropriate pace and acclimatization schedule. Our expert guides will take care of each member in your trekking party to ensure that everyone has a great time exploring this spectacular region of green hills and White Mountains.

The Mardi Himal Trek is also ideal for visitors who don’t have a lot of time, as the entire itinerary takes just over one week. If you’d like to spend more time in the Annapurna’s, consider our Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek packages instead.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (910m); Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 03: Drive to Phedi and Trek to Pothana (1,925m); Duration: 4 hours

Day 04: Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600m); Duration: 4 hours

Day 05: Trek to High Camp (3,600m); Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 06: Day Walk to Upper View Point (4,200m); Duration: 4 hours

Day 07: Trek to Siding Village (1,750m); Duration: 6 hours

Day 08: Trek to Lumle and Drive to Pokhara (910m); Walking Duration: 3 hours; Driving Duration: 2 hours

Day 09: Pokhara to Kathmandu; Duration: 6-7 Hours

Day 10: Farewell/Departure

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 tourist bus
  • Nepal Hiking Team Sleeping bag & down Jacket and duffle bags (if required)
  • Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna conservation permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (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: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any kind of drinks (hot and cold) during the trek
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver

Cost & Dates

  • Small Group Journey
  • Private Journey

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Reviews

Anthony Joseph Borkowski, United States I think I can easily say that the Mardi Himal trek was the trek of my life! It was one of the most impressive treks I had done. As an amateur mountaineer who had only had experiences with Alps, I always wanted to trek on the Himalayas. Starting off to a more traditional route with lots of ethnic settlements and secluded villages, Mardi Himal trek was perfect for someone like me. Sensational trip, the journey was everything I had expected it to be. The people were extremely friendly and attentive. I don’t think I have ever met anyone else who was as hospitable as the people there. I remember my guide Bal Kumar, would always look around the room in case we had forgotten something. He also always made sure that our food arrived on time and that everything I needed was on the table and he did not stop running around until I had what I needed and was satisfied! It was a refreshing change of scenery from where I am from because hospitality from people isn’t a priority here sadly. But Bal Kumar was well trained and seemed to know the area like the back of his hand! I had never booked a trip like this via the internet nor a local agency and always relied upon booking my trips from home. However, with Nepal Hiking Team, my experience, even from the initial communication and query, really made me change my mind. I got exactly what I had planned for and the commutations were done very promptly and fast with lots of information by Balaram and Ganga. I would definitely be using a local agency since by this; the money tends to stay in the country and helps to improve the Nepali tourism versus just being cashed in by any foreigner. The quality you get is at least the same if not much higher since they really know their country and combine the knowledge with services. Being picked up at the airport, I had nothing to worry about and had my full mind on enjoying my trip. With simple yet cozy lodges in the mountains, I had spent nights at a bunk bed near a window so I could look out into the vast white Himalayan wilderness. Gathering around the oven, I played cards with Bal Kumar and had rice dishes with traditional potato curry- it brings a smile to my face remembering that time! A simply fantastic trip and one of the most memorable times of my life! Nepal Hiking Team is now number one of my recommended travel agencies.
Jennifer, Australia

I had a long time to think about the trip as I had booked the Mardi Himal Trek with NHT last year. Because of this, I was on a constant communication with Ganga and Balaram from the office. Always kind and polite, Ganga and Balaram answered all of my confusions and gave knowledgeable information regarding the trek. It was my first positive experience with Nepal Hiking Team. Before the trek, Arun who was my guide gave detailed information about what to expect from the trek and how things were done in the mountains. It was a big reassurance regarding my health and safety and I am eternally grateful to Arun and to everyone at Nepal Hiking Team for this amazing consideration of my well being. The trekking journey was nothing short of amazing and spectacular views of the mountains of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre were constantly in sight throughout the trail. There was a lot of support and help from my guide and porter as well, I couldn’t have possibly have asked for a better group. The trek was absolutely more than I expected and I cannot emphasize more just how much I loved my time there with NHT! 

Lucas Almendra, Brazil The Mardi Himal was supposed to be an off-the-beaten-paths trek and because of this, our preference for it was heightened. We were looking for a trek that wasn’t that crowded with other trekkers and the fact that Mardi Himal happened to be an out-the-way trek proved how much of a difference a crowd can make in a journey. We loved the trek very much and have nothing but positive words to say about our experience. The small villages and the views of the mountains I the distance really made the trip into a beautiful vacation for us. Moreover, the team that we were provided with, including our guide and our porter were amazingly helpful and always there for us. Our guide’s knowledge and expertise in the field was something that really shone throughout the trek. He was always on the lookout for us and his care with our journey made us feel at ease. The prompt responses and helpful insight about the trek at the very beginning of the trek was also helpful to us in our preparation. When we arrived, we were greeted very cordially by the guide and our services throughout the trek were also satisfactory. The villages and the small houses in the outskirts of the valley with the sights of the mountains and the green landscape is something that is sure to be with us for a long time to come. Thank you Nepal Hiking Team for your care and for arranging and catering to our needs throughout the journey! We loved and cherished every moment there with you!
Emma Diaz, Australia I might be very late in doing this review as I did the Mardi Himal Trek almost 6 months ago but I might as well write a review about my experience. Ganga was the most amazing throughout the trek. Right from the get go, Bhim my guide and everyone at Nepal Hiking Team were absolutely fantastic, always going that extra step further for my convenience and made sure that I had the best possible trip imaginable. Even before arriving at Kathmandu, Ganga and his answering of my queries made everything so much easier. On the trek itself, Bhim was nothing short of amazing and along with one of the best porters ever, my Mardi Himal Trek was an absolute success. Learning about the mountains and the people’s way of life, I remember distinctly that Bhim and I were generally having a good time there. The gorgeous mountains and the sceneries were breath-taking as well. Still, one of the best highlights of the trek has to be trekking all the way to the Upper View Point where the sights of the Himalayas were ravishing! I remember having a chilled beer at one of the teahouses there with Bhim overlooking the mountain scenery right in front of us and I think that was definitely one of those profound moments of my life where it finally sank in that I was at the Himalayas. I cannot recommend Nepal Hiking Team more than I already have and I am going to be going with NHT again when I do return to Nepal for another beautiful trekking experience. It certainly was an adventure of a lifetime! Thank you Nepal Hiking team for this amazing time!
Mike, USA I went with my girlfriend to the Everest Base Camp with a guide and porter from Nepal Hiking Team. Right from the pick-up from the airport, we felt like valued clients, and we were made to feel very welcome and relaxed in an otherwise hectic city. From the moment the trek started, our guide Bheg ensured we were comfortable and constantly checked on our physical state throughout each day and provided advice and assistance where we needed it. Overall, the experience was one I'll never forget, primarily because I proposed at the top and because the Nepal Hiking team made the experience as stress-free and as organized as possible, all with a smile on their face at all times. I highly recommend NHT.