• Mardi Himal Trek
  • Mardi Himal Trek
  • Mardi Himal Trek
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Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Overview

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Nepal

  • Activities

    Activities: Nepal Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels in cities and tea-houses during the trek

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. 3 meals during the trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Tourist Buss

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: 4,250 m

  • Group size

    Group size: Min. 2 Pax

  • Best Season

    Best Season: March - May & Sept - Dec

One of the short and beautiful trekking adventures in the Annapurna region, Mardi Himal Trek is a trip that is getting more trekkers in recent days. This trek offers spectacular view of the mountains and great natural surroundings.

The wonders of Mardi Himal and the trekking route give trekkers a peaceful trekking experience in the Annapurna region. Trekkers who love short trekking adventures take this trek as an alternative for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. However, both the treks have their own charm to offer trekkers their unique experience.

What is Mardi Himal Trek like?

Mardi Himal is a small peak that stands just below the impressive Mt. Fishtail. Although the peak is overshadowed with the presence of Fishtail and other mountains, the view from there is simply incredible. The trail that Mardi Himal Trek follows has wonderful nature and sights of mountains.

You will fall in love with the walk through beautiful forest in the lower region and mighty mountainous surroundings when you reach to the higher elevations. You can enjoy an unparalleled view of the mountains for a short trek in Nepal. It is simply stunning view that you see once you start walking towards the High Camp from the Low Camp on the trail.

The view gets even more surprising and wonderful once you reach the View Point and to the Mardi base camp. As you walk along the ridge towards the base camp from the View Point, you will see the Annapurna Sanctuary below. The trail leading to the Annapurna Base Camp appears far below.

You take an early morning hike to the base camp from the High Camp and the hike brings a spectacular sunrise view over the mountains.

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Detail Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,428 ft)

You will arrive today at Tribhuwan International Airport. The representative of Step On Himalaya will welcome you at the arrival gate. You will then be taken to the hotel and after checking in; you can rest for the day. No, any activities planned today but you can roam around the local markets. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: N/A

Day 02 - Drive to Pokhara (2,789ft/827m)

Your guide will take you to the bus station to catch the tourist bus to Pokhara in the early morning at about 6.30 am. The scenic drive is rewarding with the amazing views of the countryside, rivers, forests, waterfalls and the majestic Himalayas. As soon as you arrive at Pokhara, you will check into the hotel and rest. By evening time, you can do boating, cycling or just roam around the city. Stay overnight at the hotel with breakfast included.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 03 - Drive to Phedi and the trek to Pothana (6200ft/1890m)

You will drive to Phedi today and then trek to Pothana. It will take about 4 – 5 hours to reach there. Stay overnight in a tea house or guest house including all 3 meals.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04 - Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (8366ft/2550m)

After taking early morning breakfast, you will trek to Forest Camp at Kokar. Then you will arrive at the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and pass through the dense forest of Rhododendron, Oak, Maple, and Hemlock. After reaching Kokar, you will stay at the lodges like home-stay. Having meals with the owner in the same kitchen. The locals are friendly so need not to worry; you will feel a homely environment. Stay overnight with all 3 meals included.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05 - Trek to Low Camp (9809ft/2990m)

Today’s destination is to reach Low Camp passing through the forest of rhododendrons and oaks. There are two basic lodges available here i.e. one is with a dining room with the open fire. The view of the Himalayas like Mt. Machhapuchhre from the Low Camp is mesmerizing. Stay overnight with all 3 meals included.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06 - Trek to High Camp (11745ft/3580m)

The trek from Low camp to High camp will take about 4 – 5 hours on foot. The trail offers the amazing views of the Mt. Hiunchuli and Mt. Annapurna south. Continuing the walk along the ridge of Mardi Himal, you will pass through small settlements. If you are lucky, you might encounter with the colorful Danfe birds. The lodges at the High camp are much larger and better than those at Low camp and Forest camp. There is a dining room with a heater. You order your food at least 30 – 45 minutes before so that you can have your food on time. Stay overnight with all 3 meals included.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07 – Trek to Upper view point (13943ft/4250m)

The destination today is to reach the Upper viewpoint. You will wake up early for the beautiful sunrise view of the Himalayas. You will walk along the ridge towards the Mardi Himal. It is a well-established route with some steep roads. You can see the cattle, goats, sheep, etc. on the way. After walking for about 3 – 4 hours, you will reach the Upper View Point at about a height of 4200m. From here, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Machhapuchhre and other peaks. Stay overnight with all 3 meals included.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08 - Trek to Siding village (6184ft/1885m)

You will reach Siding village today after walking for about 6 hours from the Upper viewpoint. Siding is a beautiful village. You will stay in the tea houses like at home. Stay overnight with all 3 meals included.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09 - Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara (2,789ft/827m)

You will trek down to Lumre from Siding village after having breakfast. On the way, you come across many villages like Kalimati, Ghalel, etc. The local people are mostly Brahmin and Gurung here. Upon arrival at Lumre, you will take a jeep to reach Pokhara. The drive is for about 2 hours. Stay overnight with all breakfast and lunch included.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 – Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu will take about 6 – 7hours by tourist bus. After arriving at Kathmandu, you will be taken to the hotel with breakfast included.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 11 - Farewell

Farewell day of the trek. You will reach the Tribhuwan International Airport at least before 3 hours of the flight. A representative from Step On Himalaya will escort you to the airport. Have a safe flight.

Accommodation: N/A

Meal: Breakfast

Cost Details

What is included?

  • Airport transfers in a private transport
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Twin sharing accommodating during the trek
  • Meals during the trek as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All the local and government taxes
  • All the permits, entrance fees
  • First aid medical kit
  • Porter (1 porter: 2 trekkers)
  • English speaking, experienced, well-trained guide

What is not included?

  • Nepal Entry Visa fee with 2 copies of Passport size photos
  • Medical and Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses: beverages, mineral water, hot showers, laundry, mobile charging, internet, etc.
  • Meals that are not specified in the itinerary
  • International air tickets
  • Tips and gratitude

Trip Map

FAQ

A trekker has to walk a minimum of 5 to 8 hours daily.

As a Himalayan trekking adventure, you will trek through mountainous landscape. Walking up and down the hill during the trek is quite common characteristic of trekking in Nepal.

Nepal offers trekking adventures throughout the year. However, the autumn and springs seasons are the best seasons to go trekking in Nepal. The months of September-November and March to May offer the best weather and atmosphere for trekking. Althgouh high altitude trekking is quite difficult and impossible in winter season, low altitude trekking can be done throughout the year.

Although age is not a bar to go on a trekking adventure in Nepal, you certainly need to consider a few factors before going on a trek. The basic requirement for trekking in Nepal is good fitness level regardless of your age. Since the activity involves a lot of walking up and down the mountains, you need to be fit enough to indulge in the activity for multiple days.

We highly recommend taking a guide with you when you go on the trekking adventure. Even if the trail is well-trodden and has many trekkers trekking, you need to have a guide for many reasons. First of all, a guide is not only the person to show you the trail. A trekking guide has a huge responsibilty of completing the adventure ensuring the safety of trekkers in the strange mountains. Moreover, the guide will also make your trip more than an adventure. It becomes a lifetime experience. 

The mountains now have basic teahouse and lodge accommodations for trekkers. You can spend overnight in the warmth of guesthouses called teahouses during the trek unlike tented camps in the past.

The most common food during the trek is Dal Bhat. However, you can choose other food items from the menu. The food items differ from region to region. 

You need to prepare your stuff wisely for the trek. The backpack you get ready for the trek should have all essentials and avoid any unnecessary stuff in there. Check this equipment list for a better understanding of what to pack for the trek. 

As a high altitude trekking adventure, the trek always has a risk of getting altitude sickness. While it is not predictable who, where, and how they will get it, we all need to be well-aware and prepared for the unwanted. As we gain altitude during the trek, we should be more careful on our pace of walk, food, water, rest, and recovery. Being careful and taking it easy in the mountains can reduce the chance of getting altitude sickness.

Yes, permits are necessary for the trek. Since, you are going on our package, we take care of everything. You do not need to worry about arranging the permit for yourself.

When you are on our trek package, we provide porters to carry your backpack in the mountains. A porter carries the backpacks of two trekkers.You suggest you to keep your backpack around 10 kg. 

Yes, you will need some cash in the mountain. Although your major meals are included in our package, you may need money for drinks, shower, souvenir shopping, wifi, device charging, and tips to guide and porters at the end of the trip. 

We will brief you on how much to take on the first day of the trip when we meet in Kathmandu.

No, there is no acclimatization break during the trek. Although it is a Himalayan trekking trip, it does not require you to take any extra days for acclimatization. You can adjust in the climate as you trek to the higher elevation.

We focus on small group adventures to ensure that every one is well-taken care of and they enjoy the trek. We keep our group to the maximum limit of 16 people.

In that unfortunate case, we will make sure that you are well taken care of. If you cannot continue your journey further towards the destination and want to rest or return back, we will arrange a porter to be with you and take care of you while rest of the group members continue the trek.

Review

moplacestogo

This is my second trek with Step On Himalaya. Last year I did the Everest Base Camp trip with Hari and had a fantastic time! I decided to come back to Nepal and go to Mardi Himal with SOH this year. As expected, the trek was safe, exciting and fun! We went to Pokhara from Kathmandu for an overnight stay. Then we started the following day and kept a good schedule. Even though it's the monsoon season, we got very lucky and had some amazing views of the region, with fishtail stealing the crown. The whole time we had a great time with Hari and met other fun people along the way also. I wholeheartedly recommend Step On Hilmalaya for your tours and treks!

Step On Hilmalaya is a fantastic company. I'm a big fan of Hari and his team. I've done multiple trips with SOH in Nepal-- to Everest Base Camp, Mardi Himal, and city tours. They've always paid attention to my interests and needs. Highly recommended!