Are you looking for a beautiful short trek in the gorgeous Annapurna region? Then the amazing Mardi Himal Trek is the one for you! A relatively new trekking journey, this trek is one of the most beautiful off-the-beaten-path adventures.
As such, the Mardi Himal Trek is located east of another famous trekking destination, the Annapurna Base Camp. The marvelous trekking journey of Mardi Himal is an unforgettable adventure. It takes you crisscrossing beneath the majestic Mount Machhapuchhre! You walk through verdant jungles, cross swiftly-flowing Himalayan Rivers and make your way to ethnic Rai and Limbu villages. In the same way, the natural Himalayan essence surrounds you. Vistas of the Annapurna massif decorate your line of sight at each step. It truly is a beautiful trekking journey that takes you through some of the most wild and breath-taking Himalayan scenes. From lush terrace farms to rhododendron hillocks drained by silver rivers, the Mardi Himal Trek is a must!
Best Highlights and Features of the Journey
As established, the Mardi Himal Trek is an off-the-beaten-paths trek. As such, the trekking journey presents an untouched pristine Himalayan biodiversity. Coincidentally, the Annapurna region is one of the most naturally rich regions of Nepal. Due to this, it also presents the chance to encounter the region’s faunal life. As you trek through the thick woodlands, you can catch glimpses of the elusive Red Panda, jungle pheasants and Danphe birds. The velvety green grasslands and the sight of lush terrace-farms as you trek is truly magnificent. Furthermore, the panorama of the Annapurna Mountains, like Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre also uplifts the ambiance.
In like manner, the trek starts from the tourist hub of Nepal- Pokhara city. A great place to relax and enjoy the serenity of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is one of the must-visit places of the country. From Pokhara, the journey then continues through remote Rai, Limbu and Chhetri settlements located in the midst of rhododendron hillocks and Himalayan pastures. You will trek through villages like Phedi and Pothana, from where the view of the Annapurna Mountains is spectacular!
Furthermore, this trek also presents the chance to enjoy the local ethnic culture of the people. The Rai and Limbu villages give insight into the diverse culture and customs of the ethnic people who reside in the mountains.
Is the Mardi Himal Trekking difficult?
The Mardi Himal Trekking is a moderate trekking journey. You do not need a prior trekking experience to do this. However, preparing your body beforehand for the trekking journey certainly does help. Moreover, our highly skilled and professional team will make sure to take care of you during the journey at every step of the way. Ideally, the best time to do the Mardi Himal Trek is during the months of March to May and September to December.
The Mardi Himal Trek is one of the best trekking journeys in Nepal. It presents the best highlights of the beautiful Annapurna region. People who do not want large crowds, it is the best for you!
To boot, Nepal Hiking Team has designed Mardi Himal Trek package to give trekkers the best experience. Excellent pacing, timing and acclimatization schedules is incorporated in the journey. It also includes auspicious attributes of the Annapurna. Likewise, the journey is encompassed with the best services. Thus, Mardi Trek is a perfect blend of natural beauty, Himalayan majesties and a smooth trekking journey. You certainly do not want to miss out on this adventure!
Come join Nepal Hiking Team in one of the most amazing journeys in Nepal!
Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
You may arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport at any time. One of Nepal Hiking Team’s airport representative will be waiting for you at the airport. He will help you get transferred to the Hotel. There are no planned activities for this day, so you can check into the Hotel and relax. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 02 - Drive to Pokhara (910m) Duration: 6 hrs
Today, your guide will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30 am. You will then go to the bus station from where you will board the tourist bus to Pokhara that leaves at around 7:30 am. The beautiful scenery along the road trip is quite dramatic. You will see rivers as the bus drives along valleys, where the vast hills are cultivated into cascading rice terrace farms. Upon arrival, you may check in at the hotel and relax. In the evening, you can also enjoy boating on the beautiful Phewa Lake, renowned for its reflection of the Machhapuchhre Mountain. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 03 - Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1,925m) Duration: 4 hrs
From Pokhara city, we will drive to Phedi and start the trek to Pothana. The beautiful natural environment really takes full swing along the way as the bustling city is left behind and the environment is replaced with thick natural groves and lush hamlets of woods. Pothana where you will stay in a tea house lodge for the first night. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04 - Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600m) Duration: 4 hrs
From Pothana, you walk up to a place called Pitam Deurali. From here, you will turn away from the main Annapurna Sanctuary Trek route and instead continue along a quiet trail through a dense forest of oak, maple and rhododendrons. Tonight, we will be staying at one of the lodges in a clearing of the forest at Forest Camp, also known as Kokar as the locals call it. The lodges at Kokar are quite basic and there is no dining room, so meals will be taken in kitchen with the owner; in small ways like this, this is more like a home stay and is a good opportunity to get to know the friendly family from Siding Village. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05 - Trek to High Camp (3,600m) Duration: 6-7 Hrs
The trail continues from Forest Camp to High Camp through the dense forests. Ascending through the trails, we get to see rhododendrons and trees covered in moss and lichen. We’ll have lunch at Low Camp and enjoy the view of Mr. Machhapuchhre. Ascending from the Low Camp, the trail takes us west towards the amazing views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli Himal. We’ll continue on the Mardi Himal ridge where we’ll see the beautiful rhododendron bushes. We might also see the colorful Danphe along the trail. We gradually arrive at High camp where we’ll see lodges bigger than at Low camp. The view from the lodge of Annapurna south, Hiunchuli Himal and Mt. Machhapuchhre is phenomenal.
Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 06 - Day walk to Upper view point (4,200m) Duration: 4 hrs
The plan for today is to wake up early to view the sunrise amidst the mountains, then after an early breakfast, walk up the ridge towards Mardi Himal. There is a well-established trail through the grass that also occasionally contains a couple of steeper sections. However, it is not too challenging. Here, you can look for dzos (yak/ cow crossbreds) grazing in the pastures, as well as Danphe pheasant sputtering about the fields. In the summer, the sheep and goats from lower villages are brought up here to graze, so you will likely pass a number of herder’s huts along the way. After three hours, you should reach the Upper View point at 4,200 meters; this is where one can look into the Annapurna Sanctuary. The panoramic view of the mountain massif of the Annapurna is also spectacular. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07 - Trek to Siding village (1,750m) Duration: 6 hrs
On the return trek, we will take a different route, completing a circuit. From the Low Camp, there is a trail that goes down to Siding village, and we will walk this path instead of going back down Mardi Himal back to Kokar. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village and is situated away from the busier tourist treks. It is likely you will stay at a home in Siding owned by the person who runs one of the lodges at Low Camp. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08 - Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara (910m) Duration - 3 hours walking and 2 hours driving
From Siding, you will walk out to the road, heading towards Lumre. On the way from Siding, you will pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. Kalimati is mainly a Brahmin village while Ghalel and Siding are both occupied by ethnic mix of Brahmin and Gurung people. At Lumre, you will meet your jeep, organized by us in advance, to drive you back to Pokhara. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast and lunch included.
Day 09 - Pokhara to Kathmandu
Bidding farewell to the Annapurna Mountains, you will have a scenic drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus, which takes approximately 6 hrs. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 10 - Farewell/Departure
Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport from where you will depart.
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
Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
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.)
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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Anthony Joseph Borkowski , 112 Joyce Place Park Ridge Illinois, 60068
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!