Mardi Himal Trek - 10 Days

Duration: 10 Days   |   Based on 3 Reviews   |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Transport: Tourist Bus / Jeep
  • Food: Breakfast in Kathmandu & all meals during the trek.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star (or greater) Hotel
  • Group Size: 2-15
  • Max Elevation: 4500 m

Mardi Himal trek is one of the least visited, relatively easy and unspoiled trekking routes in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Officially opened in 2012, Mardi Himal trekking route was limited only for the tent based trekking. However, in the recent years, the availability of the local tea houses and other facilities has risen the popularity among the trekkers.

Along the trail, we get to appreciate the solitary trails complete with valleys, interesting villages, terraced farms and walk through the pristine forests of rhododendron and oak. Leading up to Mardi Himal Base Camp located at 4500m, it provides amazing panoramic view of massive mountains including Annapurna, Hiunchuli and Mt. Machhapuchhre (fishtail). Mardi Himal is located just beneath Mt. Machhapuchhre, which is considered to be a sacred mountain that is unclimbed so far.

Therefore, Mardi Himal trek provides an amazing trekking experience with gradual altitude change upto 4500m(14765 ft) in a relatively shorter period of time.


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After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our airport representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel. In the afternoon, you can take rest or explore the streets of Thamel nearby your hotel. In the evening, we will organize a short pre-trip meeting and introduce you with your  trekking guide, who will brief you about the preparations to be done for the trip.

Overnight at Hotel

  • Accommodation: 3 -star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 1300m
  • Place: Kathmandu

We drive about 6-7 hrs from Kathmandu to the gorgeous lakeside city of Pokhara, traveling on the Prithvi Highway alongside the wild Trishuli river. The scenery along with drive, characterized by terraced rice fields and rolling hills builds our anticipation for the trek. Pokhara is a relaxing town, surrounded by nature’s beauty with views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu and the Annapurna.

Overnight at Hotel. 

  • Accommodation: 3 -star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 827m/2700ft
  • Place: Pokhara

After an early morning breakfast, we start our adventure with a drive to Phedi and start trekking from there. We walk on stone steps, terraced fields and through villages and forests before reaching Dhampus where we have lunch. We continue our walk to Deurali which is a small village beautifully located on a ridge with good views of the Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhre.

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude: 2100m/6720ft
  • Place: Deurali

Our trail passes through lush forest dotted with the red rhododendrons. The flowers are a common sight in Nepalese hills and it is no surprise that its Nepal’s national flower. Our trail is very quiet until we reach a clearing of the forest camp. We can take rest and explore the area which is also known locally as Kokar.

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude: 2,520m/8064ft
  • Place: Forest Camp

We continue to walk through dense forests admiring Nepal’s rich biodiversity and reach the low camp. From here, the fantastic view of Mt. Machapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) up the valley is mesmerizing. We can spend some time in the evening observing the local lifestyle,

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude: 2970m/9504ft
  • Place: Low Camp

We trek uphill alongside a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhre. The tree lines start getting thinner and the area mostly consists of shrubs with isolated rhododendron bushes along the trail. If lucky, we might even come across the Daphne pheasant (national bird of Nepal) on our way to high camp. We ascend up to the high camp, which the final destination of the day. From here the mountain views are stunning.

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude: 3540m/11,328ft
  • Place: High Camp

On our trek to the upper viewpoint we ascend and descend, and sometimes on a steep and narrow trail. Our trail passes through pastures and we hike along a narrow ridge before reaching the Mardi Base Camp. The view of the Himalayan vista from here is astonishing. We see Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and others.

We trek back to the high camp for an overnight stay.

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude: 4500m/14765ft
  • Place: High Camp

We take a different route in high camp that takes us to Sidhing instead of going back down to Mardi Himal. The different route lets us experience something different and makes our trek exciting. Siddhing offers a quiet stay for trekkers as it is tucked away from the busier trails.

  • Accommodation: Standard Guest House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude: 1700m/5440ft
  • Place: Sidhing Village

After an early breakfast, we walk towards Lumre finally reaching the road from where we begin our drive to Pokhara. After reaching the city, we continue our drive to its domestic airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Someone from Shepherd Holidays will pick us from the airport and drop us off at our hotel. You can take rest and spend your time freely. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner in a cultural Nepali restaurant with typical Nepali cuisine and cultural shows to celebrate the successful completion of our Mardi Himal Trek.. 

  • Accommodation: 3 -star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  • Altitude: 1300 m
  • Place: Kathmandu

Today is the last day of your trip. If you would like to stay more in Nepal; you have many options which can be shared with us upon request. Else, we will transfer you to the airport for your departure. We thank you for the opportunity of being your travel partner and wish to serve you in your next vacation. Have a nice journey.

  • Meals: Breakfast
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What to Expect

  • Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.
  • Three nights in a 3 star or above hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
  • All transportation for the trek.
  • Local guest house accommodation in mountain.
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees.
  • Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters.
  • Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters.
  • Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.).
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Maps.
  • Service charge and government taxes.
  • Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International Airfare.
  • Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast).
  • Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.
  • Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek.
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee.
  • Tips for guide and porter.
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary.
  • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.

Useful Information

The given Mardi Himal trek consists of a trekking route following (Phedi-Deurali-Forest Camp-Low Camp-High Camp-Sidhing-Lumre) on a 10 day basis.
However if you'd like to follow a different trekking trail on a shorter/longer day basis, feel free to contact us for a custom/tailored made itinerary.

Similarly, the following package comes with a 3-star hotel accomodation on Kathmandu and Pokhara. If you'd like to suggest a different accomodation, the price can surely be differed.


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    Marc Jacobs, United States

    Macchapuchre was just Gorgeous

    The view from the Base Camp was absolutely breathtaking. I was most fascinated by Mt. Macchapuchre. Sunrise from that point was just amazing. Few of my friends only reached upto the second view point. They really missed out a lot. I however managed to reach Mardi Base Camp. I am glad that my guide motivated me to reach till the top. Mr Prashan was also very efficient in managing all the reservations and plans through out the trip. Even the porters were so friendly and kind. A Definite 5-star. Shepherd Holidays - Thank you for your amazing hospitality.

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    Ahmed Zikri, Malaysia

    Trek in the hidden gem of Nepal

    It is the freshly opened trail so the very few of the people are well known of it. And not so crowded as Annapurna Base Camp but offers eye-catching views. It is the best trek of the world, I enjoyed a lot and it deserves to be discovered with many trekkers. 

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    Siri, United States

    Trek in Annapurna region

    I just love Nepal and trek in Annapurna region , It’s a heaven in earth. The natural varieties are fascinating and much seductive. Our trek to mighty Himalayan region was great, our guide and potters so funny and fantastic. I just don’t have an idea how fast the days pass. Breathtaking mountains are still roaming in my brain, wow that days are the best days, and can’t wait to visit Nepal again.