Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek - 11 days

11 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
Private cars, Tourist buses, and flight
Best Season
All time of the year
  • 3* Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Basic tea house Lodge during the trek.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All meals include during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner).
Starts at
Ends at
Trip Route
Kade-Deurali-Mardi Himal Hi-camp- Dhampus-Pokhara


    • Explore the historical and cultural city of Kathmandu to explore four of the UNESCO world heritages listed sites. 
    • Enjoy a scenic drive to Pokhara via the Trishuli river via small to big local settlements. 
    • Explore the city of lakes and mountains- Pokhara.
    • Experience trekking through the alpine forest of rhododendron, oaks, pine and magnolia.
    • Witness the unique cultures, traditions and the living style of Gurung people. 
    • Collect the best views of mountains including- Machhapuchre aka Fishtail, Mardi Himal and more. 
    • Create a lifetime experience with a1rek. 
Mardi Himal Trek is a newly promoted trekking regarded as the best alternative to the Annapurna base camp trek. Mardi Trek is famous for its best mountain views and scenic landscapes. The route gets to the heart of Machhapuchre Himal and allows one to collect the glorious views of Mardi Himal. The walk through the charming alpine forest of rhododendrons, pines, and magnolia is a great feeling. Similarly, in the Mardi Himal trek exploring local culture and Gurung people and unfolding their unique traditions is mesmerizing. 
Like other trekking in Annapurna, Mardi is also seasonal trekking. The best time to trek Mardi are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Interestingly, Mardi trek in the month of winter (December to February) too. Likewise, the Mardi trek is also a good option for the monsoon (June to August) season.
Regarded as the moderately easy Mardi Himal trekking, the maximum elevation trekkers get during the trip is 4500 meters above the sea level at Mardi Himal Base Camp. The next highlight of this trek is to explore the historical and cultural city of Kathmandu. Likewise, visiting Pokhara valley- the city of lakes and the green mountain is the next pick. 

Important Note

As per the Itinerary can customize as your need and the primary piece of gear for day hiking is about 15/20 Liter. you can keep your personal belongings in this bag. 

Trip Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu international airport, you will be welcomed by our representative. You will be then transferred to the hotel. Later, you can take a good rest or can walk around the local market in your free time. 

  • Food: Not Included
  • Accommodation at: 3-star hotel on twin/double sharing basis 

After the early breakfast, you will be taking a scenic drive to Pokhara. The route to Pokhara includes some small to larger settlements, green hills, the Trishuli river plus occasional views of the mountains. There will be several breaks for the food/drinks and the toilet. After checking into the hotel; you can go for an evening walk around Phewa Lake. The sunset view from the lakeside looks stunning. For the food and drinks, you can find so many good options in Lakeside. 

  • Food: Breakfast Included
  • Accommodation at: 3-star hotel on twin/double sharing basis

First day of the trek. You will be first taking a short drive to Kande. Then the walk begins heading to the high hills passing the seasonal farms. The views of the Annapurna ranges and the valley below look stunning all the way to Potana.  Pothana is a small village with few teahouses. The village offers the majestic views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range and the greater views of Machhapuchre are a compliment. You will be spending the night at Potana at a local lodge.  

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis

Start the day with a good breakfast and greater views of the Himalayas. Today's walk begins on the main trail after reaching PitamDeurali. The route offers fantastic landscapes and good views of mountains.  The mountains that can be seen along the way today are; Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna IV, Lamjung Himal, and more. Whereas, today camp- The forest camp is in the middle of the forest with few teahouses. You will be spending the night at a lodge. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis

Following the uphill path with a steep climb, you will be heading towards low camp for the night. Along the way, greater views of mountains and excellent landscapes can be collected. The night will be spent at a local lodge. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis

Start the day with a delicious breakfast, today you will be now getting to the higher elevation of high camp. The route offers the perfect views of snow mountains and the greatest landscapes. The route is mostly uphill through the rhododendron and juniper bushes. At high camp, you will be staying at a local lodge for the night. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis

The extra day is dedicated to hiking to Mardi base camp, which will be the highest point of the trek. The walk to base camp is a steep climb. Following the ridgeline to the base camp, it is an exciting walk with fantastic views of the Himalayas. Get to the base camp, collect the best views, and create a lifetime memory before retracing back to high camp for the night. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis

Wake up with a good view of the Himalayas. Then have a delicious breakfast before resuming the trek. You will be retracing the same way back to low camp for the night. Spend the night at a local lodge and low camp.  

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis

On the final day of the trip, you will be first trekking to Dhampus. There you will be taking a short drive back to Pokhara. In Pokhara, you can take a good rest. Walking around the Phewa lake in the evening is a good option. Or, probably doing boating on Phewa lake is the best fit.

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch  Included
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis

Collecting the great memories of the Ghorepani trek, you will be driving back to Kathmandu this day. In the evening, you can do some last-minute shopping around Thamel. Then you can prepare your luggage.

  • Food: Breakfast Included
  • Accommodation at: 3-star hotel on twin/double sharing basis

This is your last day of the Nepal trip on this visit, as your flight time we will drop you at the International Airport for your onward destination. Thank you and hope to see you again. (Feri Bhetaula)Food:

  • Breakfast Included
  • Accommodation at: not included.

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    • Airport pick up and drop off by a private vehicle.
    • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast on a twin/double sharing basis. 
    • Kathmandu sightseeing with private transportation and guide. 
    • Transportation (Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Kathmandu) by tourist bus.
    • Private transportation (Pokhara to Kande, Dhampus to Pokhara). 
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS). 
    • Experienced trekking guide(s) and his/her expenses during the trekking. 
    • Porter(s) during the trek. 
    • Three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) a day during the trek.
    • Teahouse accommodation on a twin/double sharing basis during the trek. 
    • All the government taxes. 

Doesn't Include

    • International airfare 
    • Travel insurance
    • Nepal visa fees 
    • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Beverages, laundry, and any other personal expenses during the trek. 
    • Gratitude
    • Anything does not mention in the inclusion list.  


    Trekking Map,  Welcome and welfare Dinner in Nepali cultural dance shows restaurant, a1Trek company logo print T-shirt, and Trekking Certificate of a1trekking company.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Mardi Himal is a well-hidden trekking route around Annapurna Himalayas which is close to the Southern Face of Machhapuchare Himal. Past few decades the trek was unknown to many trekkers, but in the last ten years gaining much popularity. Where Tea Houses and lodges have mushroomed making it easier for trekkers to stay overnights, and have good food.

Certainly yes, all trekkers require a permit called TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) as well as ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project). These two permits are necessary to acquire, which Adventure A1 trek company will obtain for you on booking the trek.

Yes, Mardi Himal is located within the Annapurna Himalaya range, close to towering Mt. Machhapuchare the famous Fish Tail peak. Mardi Himal is a trekking Nepal peak below 6,000 m at 5,587 m /18,330 feet high.

At the beginning and at the end of the trek encountered villages like Dhampus, Potana, and Deurali with Siding village. From Deurali onwards are temporary settlements with few simple lodges to cater to the travelers. 

The best time to witness forests and hills in full colors, when wildflowers are in seasonal bloom is in spring. The springtime from March to May, where hills and valleys below High Camp of Mardi Himal will be alive. The forest with rhododendron and magnolia flowering trees will be in blooming times of the spring season.

The room accommodation is effortless, basic with shared toilets, bath on leaving the main villages of Dhampus and Potana. The foods are good and hygienic from Deurali onwards till Siding village, but nice meals. They Serve Continental, Chinese, Nepali, Indian, and some Indian dishes but normally trekkers enjoy Nepali meals of Dal Bhat (boiled/steamed rice with lentil soup, seasonal vegetable mild curry, with options of hot and mild home sauce.

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