Mardi Himal Trek - A Shortest and Highest Altitude trek from Pokhara - 7 Nights 8 Days

Hotel, Lodge and Tea house
Annapurna Region
41 km
Start / End Point
7 Nights 8 Days
Max. Altitude
Meals Included
Group Size
Nature of Trek
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season
March-May / August-November
Trip Code
Activity Per Day
5-6 hrs
Car / Jeep / bus
Moderate and Challenging

Mardi Himal Trek - A Shortest and Highest Altitude trek from Pokhara Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is a short trek of 5 days which is inside the Annapurna Sanctuary area. It is a less famous trekking route than long treks like Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, and However, the Mardi Himal trail is worth trekking. It is one of the most exciting and adventurous trekking routes in Nepal. The trek is undoubtedly an unseen gem that not many tourists know about. Situated near Mount Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal is one of the lesser-known mountains. However, the trail to this trek is quite extraordinary to walk with stunning views along the way. The Mardi Himal trail goes through a splendid rhododendron forest with small curving paths. Finally, you climb out of the woods to see the fantastic landscape with views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, and Machhapuchhre. Like most of the Annapurna treks, the Mardi Himal Trek begins and ends in Pokhara. The tourist hub is also a perfect place to rest after the arduous treks. This trek route is a part of the Annapurna Conservation Area. The trekking takes us from the 800-meter elevation of Pokhara to the 4500-meter height of the Mardi Himal Base Camp.

What are the Mardi Himal trek Highlights?
    • The highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek is Mardi Himal Base Camp which is at a height of 4500 meters.
    • You will experience the Astonishing views of the mountains covered with snow like AnnapurnaMachhapuchre, and Mardi Himal.
    • You can hike through the small villages, green forests, and fast-flowing rivers.
    • On the way, you can see wide species of animals and birds. You can also get a chance to interact with the domestic yaks.
    • Mardi Himal Base Camp, Forest Base Camp.
    • Less crowded than other treks in Nepal.
    • You can experience Diverse cultures, traditions, and lifestyles of different communities of people.
    • Rich in Biodiversity, flora, and fauna.
    • This trek is feasible for both individuals and trekkers in the group.



What is the best season for Mardi Himal Trek?

As with other high-altitude trekking routes, the best season for Mardi Himal Trekking is Spring season (March, April, and May). However, trekking is preferred in the month of September to November too.

April and May are considered the peak hiking season in Nepal. During this time of the year, trekking routes often get very busy. During the monsoon season(May-September), the trekking trails get muddy and slippery, which makes it dangerous. During the cold season (December-February), there are very few trekkers as it gets freezing, and the local villagers also move to lower altitudes during the offseason. If you are planning your trek off-season, consulting a travel agency in Pokhara is recommended as they can manage all the food and accommodations for you.

Mesmerizing view from the top

On the first two days, you traverse through dense forest with an uphill climb. You only get some obstructed views of the mountains once in a while. However, upon reaching the ridge above Mid-camp, the scenario changes drastically. All of a sudden you’re surrounded by mountains and walking above the clouds. You’ll feel as if you’re inside a painting as you witness some picturesque views of the Annapurna range and Machhapuchhre.

More about the Mardi Himal Trek

Recently Opened Trekking Route

For a long time, this trek was done by only a few trekking groups who used their tents and food themselves. However, the trekking route officially opened in 2012. Since then, it has witnessed new-found popularity. As it can be completed within a week, trekkers who have a shortage of time, are preferring this trek. Moreover, the view we see as we walk along the ridges of the hills is quite extraordinary.

Mardi Himal Trek has everything. We travel through stone-made stairs, traverse through dense forests, hike through rocky pathways and even walk on snowy slopes. So, it is an all-around trekking experience. Additionally, you can incorporate this trek with several other treks like Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Poonhill Trek, and Khopra Trek.



You decide what is best & we’ll take care of the rest

  • The itinerary mentioned is a standard guideline. We can readily modify it according to your needs and requirements.
  • The cost of the trek can also be changed according to your group size, needs, and time boundary.
  • You can easily add additional activities to the Itinerary. You just have to let us know before confirming the trip.
  • This trip can also start in the capital city of Kathmandu. You have to let us know if you want to begin there. In that case, the Itinerary will extend by a few days. Consequently, the cost will also increase.
  • The addition or removal of activities will increase or decrease the cost of the trip respectively. This will be done through mutual understanding between the agency and the client(s).


Outline of the Mardi Himal Itinerary

  • Day 1: Drive to Phedi from Pokhara and Trek to Pothana ( 1,990m) 5 Hrs
  • Day 2: Trek to Low Camp ( 2,950 m) 5 Hrs
  • Day 3: Trek to High Camp (3,550 m) 5~6 Hrs
  • Day 4: Explore Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m) for 5~6 Hrs And return to Low Camp
  • Day 5: Trek to Lumre and Drive to Pokhara 5 Hrs walk + 2 Hrs drive  

Are you ready for the Mardi Himal trekking with us?

If you want to fulfil your adventure and trekking needs, we are always available to provide you with the best in quality travel packages and services at an affordable price. We are a leading travel and trekking agency in Pokhara. We are equipped with professional travel guides, tools, and the best services.

The package mentioned above can be customized as per your need and availability of time. We will also help you get physically and mentally prepared for the trek. So are you ready to create an unforgettable travel memory with North Nepal travel and Treks?



Mardi Himal Trek | North Nepal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek - A Shortest and Highest Altitude trek from Pokhara

  1. day 1

    Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

    Highest Altitude 1400 m

    After your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be picked up by a private vehicle and drop you off at your hotel. You can rest in your hotel room and get rid of your jet lag from your flight to Kathmandu.

    In Kathmandu, you will be placed in a deluxe hotel. You will be provided with breakfast in the morning. So, rest well for we have a lot of new things to experience in the morning.

      • Overnight stay at hotel.
  2. day 2

    Free and arrangement day

    Highest Altitude 1400 m

    The second day of the trek is a free day. You are allowed to do as you please in the valley. This includes touring and sightseeing the famous tourist destinations in the Valley. There are many interesting things to try in the Kathmandu Valley.

    The day is barely enough to visit all of Kathmandu valley. If you want, you can enjoy some extra days in the valley after the trek.

    Also, today along with the sightseeing and enjoying the culture and cuisine of the valley, you will make proper arrangements for the actual trek starting tomorrow, this doesn’t just mean physical preparation but also mental preparation. So rest well as we will drive to Pokhara the next morning from where our adventurous trek starts.

      • Overnight stay at hotel.
      • Included meal Breakfast
  3. day 3

    Fly or drive to Pokhara by tourist bus

    Trek Distance 200.9 km
    Flight Hours 25 mins
    Highest Altitude 1400 m
    Trek Duration 7-8 hours drive

    Our third day is filled with beautiful scenic views from the ride to Pokhara, we will take a tourist bus to get to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful surrounding views of the landscapes and the mountains. We will stop on the way for lunch and reach Pokhara in around 6-7 hours. We will have dinner in Pokhara and stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

    You can also take a flight to Pokhara which takes about 25 mins.

      • Overnight stay at a hotel
      • Included meal Breakfast.
  4. day 4

    Drive to Phedi from Pokhara and Trek to Pothana (1990m)

    Highest Altitude 1990m
    Trek Duration 4-5 hours

    After having breakfast, a private vehicle will pick us up, and we drive to Phedi. There, we begin our trek to Pothana. The trail is quite steep until we reach Dhampus. From there, it’s an easy walk to Pothana where we’ll spend the night. Total hiking time is 4 to 5 hours.

      • Overnight stay in a Lodge
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Trek to Low Camp (2950m)

    Highest Altitude 2950m
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    From Pothana, we will hike up to a place called Pitam Deurali where we will divert from the main Annapurna Base Camp trek route. We will continue along the quiet trail that goes through a dense forest of rhododendron, maple, and oak. We continue from Forest Camp to Low Camp passing through the woods where there is a slight change in vegetation. At Low Camp, we will stay in a lodge with an open fire in the dining room.

      • Overnight stay in a Lodge
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Trek to High Camp (3550m)

    Highest Altitude 3550m
    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    After an hour of an uphill hike, we will reach the Mid Camp. Here, the dense forest ends and the grassy hill begins. Hiking for another 20 minutes will bring us to Badale Danda. From this point, you’ll continuously see the Machapuchhre, Annapurna South, Himchuli and Gangapurna. The trail continues along the ridge covered with grass. We’ll also encounter some rhododendron bushes along the way. Finally, after 5 to 6 hours of hiking, we’ll reach the High Camp. We’ll spend the night here.

      • Overnight stay in a Lodge
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day 7

    Explore Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and Return back to Low Camp

    Highest Altitude 4500m
    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    On this day, we will hike further uphill to reach the Base Camp. The camp is about 3 hour's walk on a choppy and steep rocky trail. It is at a height of 4500m and offers some panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchhre, and Himchuli along with the Mardi Himal itself. On the way back, we come along the same path up to Low Camp.


      • Overnight stay in a Lodge
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Trek to Lumre and Drive to Pokhara

    Trek Duration 5 hours walk + 2 hours drive

    From Low camp, we will take a different route. We go downhill continuously to Sidhing. we will walk out to the road at Lumre. On the way, we will pass through the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. After 3 hours of walking, we will reach Lumre. From there, we will get on a private vehicle and drive back to Pokhara, which will take 2 hours.

      • Overnight stay in a Lodge
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


    • Two nights hotel in Pokhara (Before and after the trek).
    • Pokhara to Phedi & at the end of the trek back from Lumre to Pokhara by Jeep.
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and Tea/ Coffee).
    • Tea House Accommodation during the trek.
    • Professional English speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation, etc.
    • Porter (One porter for two trekkers, salary, transportation, insurance, equipment, food, and lodging included.
    • Equipment: Sleeping Bag, Rain Coat & Trekking Poles (Return after the trek).
    • All Legal Document (ACAP)TIMS, Permit etc.
    • Dry fruits along the trek.
    • Tourist service charge, VAT, TAX, etc.



  • Extra nights in Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Cold drinks; coke, mineral water, beer, Fanta, etc.
  • Personal Expenses (shower, boiled water, telephone, laundry service, etc).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.
  • Tips & Gratuities

Mardi Himal Trek Map

everest base camp trek map

Do you need permits for Mardi Himal Trekking?

As any other treks inside the Annapurna Conservation, you will need a TIMS card and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit), which you can receive at Tourism Information Center in Pokhara. The required documents to get the Permits and TIMS card are

  • Passport
  • Insurance
  • Four photos

Note: If you are planning your trek with a Travel Agency in Pokhara, they will manage the permits for you.

Mardi Himal Trek from Kathmandu

The Mardi Himal Trek starts from Pokhara. If you want to start the trek from Kathmandu, you will have to buy a flight or tourist bus ticket to Pokhara. If you are planning the Mardi Himal Trekking directly from Kathmandu, we [North Nepal Travel and Treks] can manage your flight booking or any other means of transport. Simply contact us and send us your location details, and we will reach you as soon as possible.
Contact Details: (+977) 61-464885, 9846816904


What is the Mardi Himal trek’s difficulty?

The Mardi Himal Trekking is a moderate level trek in terms of difficulty. People of any age can complete this trek provided they physically fit for long road walks and can adapt to a cold environment. However, there is always a risk of Altitude Sickness. So traveling in a group is always recommended, so you can get quick help if you are in some sort of trouble.

What are the recommended Things to carry on Mardi Himal Trek?

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek.


    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
    • Headlight with extra batteries


    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglass with UV protection
    • Face/body wipes


  • Hands

    • Lightweight gloves
    • Heavyweight winter gloves


    • Hiking shirts
    • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
    • Hooded rain jacket
    • Fleece jacket
    • Lightweight cotton pants
    • T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool)
    • Polypropylene underwear
    • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
    • Sweater
    • Waterproof jacket and pants


    • Hiking Boots that been worn in
    • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

    Essential gear

    • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
    • Thermal bottle
    • Water purification
    • Trekking pole
    • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
    • Toiletries (toilet papers,  tooth paste, toothbrush, )


    • Medium size drying towel
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant/ floss
    • Biodegradable bar soap
    • Nail clippers
    • Small mirror

    Personal accessories

    • Money
    • Watch
    • Cell phone
    • Camera
    • Extra items
    • First aid kit
    • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
    • Notebook and pen
    • Binocular

Join Upcoming Trips

Inquire Now to get the best deals or share with friends to plan together. All trips are group based. For custom trips, contact us.

Departure Date Price Trip Status
8 Days2023-03-01 - 2023-03-08 USD 500 USD 370 save USD 130 Booking Open Book Now
8 Days2023-03-06 - 2023-03-14 USD 500 USD 370 save USD 130 Booking Open Book Now
8 Days2023-03-15 - 2023-03-23 USD 500 USD 370 save USD 130 Booking Open Book Now
8 Days2023-03-20 - 2023-03-28 USD 500 USD 370 save USD 130 Booking Open Book Now

Group Discount Prices

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $ 450
2 Paxes $ 399
3 - 6 Paxes $ 375
7 - 12 Paxes $ 350
13 - 25 Paxes $ 330
26 - 50 Paxes $ 299

Mardi Himal Trek - A Shortest and Highest Altitude trek from Pokhara Company Reviews


Amazing Mardi Himal trek !

Amazing Mardi Himal trek ! Our first trek in Nepal, Mohan gave us great advice and guidance, Zeewan our guide was great and kind, he did everything he could to make it work for us! As a bonus we got some great photos and videos of our experience. Thanks again, we will be back!

Zoé C

Beautiful Mardi Himal trek

I did a five day trek to Mardi Himal together with guide Jun. Great guide; very cordial and knowledgeable about the area. North Nepal Travel and Treks provided excellent, personal service. All was organised smoothly and flexibly. Excellent experience.


Tom P

Track to Mardi Himal

Our track to Mardi Himal passed just great! Our guide - B Peen did everything so that we would get a lot of pleasures and memories.
Very experienced and enjoyable guide. And of course, a great photographer, as he captured all the bright moments from our trip.

Evgeniy Varshavskiy

Great agency in Pokhara!!

這是一間專業友善態度良好的Travel agency ,Mohan在博卡拉協助我們很多。
Jun Tamang 是我們的嚮導,我們本來的行程是到ABC以及poon hill觀看日出,但是前往abc的路上發生了雪崩,Jun考慮到我們的安全,決定更改到madi himal。在旅途期間,Jun給予我們專業的意見及協助,
Mohan 和 Jun 帶給我們極大的鼓勵,
Thank you for all the help Mohan and Jun!!


Trip Downloads


1 : How to get to Pokhara?

2 : What is the best time to travel there?

3 : What about Passport & Visa?

4 : Money exchange

5 : Tipping

Related Trips

from 2100 1950

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek: Embrace the amazing view of Mt.Dhaulagiri - 17 Nights 18 Days




17 Nights 18 Days


from 1600 1250

Everest Base Camp: A Gateway to Himalayas - 13 night 14 days




13 night 14 days


from 1900 1499

Upper Mustang Trek: A Concealed Exotic Destination - 11 night 12 days




11 night 12 days



Gosaikunda Lake Trek: A heavenly place for both pilgrimage and trekkers - 9 nights 10 days




9 nights 10 days



Our History in Service Excellence

We are associated with: