Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek Guide | Mardi Himal Trek Difficulty

Mardi Himal Trek presents spectacular rural community settlements and untainted Annapurna region experience. The route is embellished with beguile landscape and alluring Mountain Vistas together with terraced farmlands, forests camp and high mountain camp.

Mardi Himal Trek, a short trek is one of the most famous treks in Nepal which is perfect for those who don’t have enough time to travel and but always eager to explore Mardi Himal trek in Nepal. Newly opened, Mardi Himal Trek is a hidden treasure in the Annapurna region also the best destination in Nepal. It displays the amazing view of Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu ranges. In this Annapurna region, during Mardi Himal trek, trekkers will get a chance to explore three major attractions including Mardi Himal base camp, Siding village and Lwang.

There you will find several tea houses on the trail of Mardi Himal trek. By following the beautiful villages of the Annapurna region, Mardi Himal Trek will take us to the beautiful Rhododendron forests, throughout the trail wonderful flowers will welcome you into the immortal wilderness. You will walk across the forests till you reached to 3,300 m altitude. Splendid views of the mountains including Machhapuchre and Annapurna will always accompany you.

Kande, the starting point of Mardi Himal trek. After 1 hour of scenic derive from Pokhara will take us to the Kande by following slowly up and a bit steeper trail to Australian Camp (2060m).

Trekker has to follow a slightly downhill trail to Pothana (1950m) then gradually up again to Deurali (2100m). Trekkers will find Deurali signposted “Forest Camp” while passing the trail of the jungle. The trekking trail is full of the ridge with the steeply ascends and descends trail then reached to the Forest Camp (2600m). Before reaching Low Camp, trekkers have to follow beautiful jungle where they may get chances to encounter with the varied rare and endanger flora and fauna. The trail goes ahead with the striking views of the Himalayas including Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range. The further legendary trek will take us to the Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m), where trekkers will find amazing views of the Himalayas and its surroundings. As trekkers explore the Mardi Himal, they will return to High Camp and trek down to Siding via Low Camp. From Siding, we will again drive back to Pokhara.

Highlights of the Mardi Himal Trek

  • Magnificent sunrise and sunset views from numerous viewpoints of Mardi Himal trek.
  • Astonishing landscapes, farmlands, local villages, rice terraces, striking hills and mountains
  • The aromatic and colorful Rhododendron forests during spring seasons
  • Floral and faunal diversities in the region
  • Splendid views of Machhapuchhre Himal (6,993 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), and the Annapurna South (7,010 m), and its vicinity.
  • Beautiful homestays and warm hospitality of the locals
  • The socio-culture and lifestyle of the Gurung and Magar ethnic groups.
  • Mardi Himal Base Camp and the Mardi Himal High Camp
  • An easy tour around the great and unspoiled Annapurna region

Itinerary of Mardi Himal Trekking 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (800m).

Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana. (1925m, about 4 hours trek)

Day 04: Pothana to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600m)- 4 hours walking.

Day 05: Forest camp to Low Camp (3,150m)- 5 hours trekking.

Day 06: Low Camp to High Camp (3,700m)- 4 hours trekking.

Day 07: Day excursion to Mardi Himal Base Camp and back to High camp/ (4,500m)- 4 hours Trekking.

Day 08: high camp to Siding village (1,750m) -6 hours walking.

Day 09: Siding village to Lumre and drive to Pokhara- 3 hours walking and 2 hours driving.


How are the Weather and Temperature?

While considering the weather and temperature at the Mardi Himal, it is variable throughout the year.


Spring is the ideal season to make a vacation trip in the Mardi Himal trek in Nepal. The weather is perfect as the sky is clear to have stunning clear views of the Mountains and the beautiful forests are full of colorful Rhododendron blossoms. In this season, the highest temperature may go up to 20 degrees during day time while its temperature goes down during nights and early mornings, so, trekkers may feel slightly cold but not freezing.


Most of the trekkers don’t prefer to trek in the monsoon season. Heavy downpours and frequent monsoon rains will definitely make the trail difficult to trek on. Splendid views of the breathtaking Himalayas may not see clearly as it is. The dark cloud may cover magnificent views of the Himalayas but you may find clear views of the mountain after heavy rainfall. The average temperature range between 10 to 23 degrees during daytime and 5 to 10 degrees during morning and night.


The autumn season in Nepal is one of the best and peak seasons for trekkers. In this season, absolutely stunning sunrise and sunset over the great Himalayas is really amazing. The clear sky and clears atmosphere due to the recent monsoon will really make this trek one of the best treks forever. In this season, the weather is stable and clear and the temperature range around 20 degrees during day time and around 5 degrees in the morning and night.  


If you love to trek in the freezing cold, then the winter season will be the best season for you. Winter season consists of December February month in Nepal, where the weather trekkers will find quite dry but the piles of snow will cover the mountains and the trekking trails of Mardi Himal. In this season, the temperature will drop down up to 5 degrees Celsius (approx) with every 1000 meters ascent in altitude. But it will range around 9 to 12 degrees Celsius during day time. During the day time, trekkers will feel warm. 

The cost of Mardi Himal Trek!

Before making a trek in Nepal, trekkers have to know about the cost of Mardi Himal trek. But the cost of trekking depends on its various factors that include the group size, seasons, itinerary, food, accommodation, transport, guide or porter, and many more factors. Normally, every trekker can venture this amazing trip of Mardi Himal within around USD 695 dollars. This price includes the cost of your permits, food, and accommodations across the route, cost of guides and porters, the cost of transportation, and so on.

What Permits are required for Mardi Himal Trek?

Trekkers require two kinds of trekking permits during their trek in the Mardi Himal trek. The Mardi Himal trek permits include the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) worth USD 20. And the TIMS Card (Tourism Information Management System) worth USD 20. These two kinds of trekking permits can be taken from the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Food and Accommodation during Mardi Himal Trek

While talking about food and accommodation during Mardi Himal trek in Nepal. Trekkers will provide three times with a meal such as; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They will get to consume typical Nepali food which consists of Dal, Bhat (rice), and Tarkari (vegetable). You may not get meat items as you reach a higher altitude. In some of the places, you may find a local food item menu to choose from like cornbread, pasta, pancakes, chops, and many more. As regarding beverage, you will find tea, hot lemon, soda, beer, and coffee are available in every place of the Mardi Himal but you may not find alcoholic items. It will be better too not having alcoholic items during trekking.

While talking about accommodation, trekkers will find simple guesthouses and homestays along the trail. Basically, a tea house and lodge are available for accommodation in the Annapurna region of Mardi Himal. During a peak season, trekkers may have to share their room, bathroom, and mattress with their friends. Due to its popularity, Mardi Himal trek accommodations facilities are under the improving process. 

How to go Mardi Himal trek?

After the exploration of the major Kathmandu World Heritage sites, you will drive onwards to Pokhara. After 6 to 7 hours scenic drive will take you to the naturally beautifully city called Pokhara, which will offer you one of the best views of the Himalayas. There are so many magical places to explore. As you explore all the beauty of the city, you will again begin the drive to Pothana by following the Phedi. After exploring Forest Camp at Kokar, you will trek ascend the trail to the Low Camp with the amazing view of the Machhapuchhre. Before reaching High Camp, you will get chances to encounter the varied local villages on the way and finally, you will reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp.

How Difficulty is Mardi Himal Trek?

Most of the trekkers consider Mardi Himal Trek as a short and moderate trek in Nepal where novice trekkers can easily complete its summit. Every trekker should trek around 5 to 6 hours each day but proper accommodation in different places makes the trek easier. The altitude you are going to cross may not become the problem. You have to cross 4500m highest altitude during your Mardi Himal Trek. The most difficult route of Mardi Himal trek is from High Camp to the Base Camp, where trekkers have to trek in the narrow and steep slope path. There you will rarely find altitude sickness even though you have to be aware of altitude sickness. If you are trekking in the winter seasons then you may find the trekking trail tough and slippery inside the forest route. Otherwise, Mardi Himal trek in Nepal is one of the best and less difficult treks.  

Can I Choose Solo Trek to Mardi Himal?

No doubt Mardi Himal trek is possible to explore individually, even though traveling with a guide is more beneficial rather than solo trek. Trekking in the group will make you stress-free and it will be easier to follow the correct route to Mardi Himal. Porter will be there to carry your baggage. While booking food and accommodation, you don’t have to worry about booking and related to other facilities. There will no tension about travel insurance and trekking permits. All of these things (permits, lodging, and flooding) will solve by the guide or porter.  If trekkers feel some kind of sickness or uneasiness during trekking, there will be a trekking guide or porter to handle the situation.  

Tips for Mardi Himal Trek

Before making Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal, trekkers have to take appropriate tips that will be beneficial to them during their trek.

  • Depending on the seasons, but appropriate clothes and equipment. You have to wear a pair of clothes and a good pair of hiking boots.
  • Carry a windproof jacket, a pair of comfortable sandals, Water bottles, Map, and Sunglasses are basic things to pack.
  • Always Carry rain gear, pack rain jackets, good-quality trekking boots with sturdy soles, waterproof socks, and trekking pants during monsoon.
  • Mardi Himal Trek needs a licensed and professional trekking guide.
  • It is compulsory to carry water purifiers, which will reduce your budget as well as your safety. Keep yourself hydrated every time.
  • During the peak seasons,pre-booking is necessary.
  • Trekkers must be Physically fit because they have to trek around 6 to 7 hours per day over the rugged landscapes between the high camp and base camp.
  • Consult with a medical adviser before going and learn about the altitude sickness, its symptoms, and its remedies.


Most trekkers consider Mardi Himal trek is a short trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This amazing Mardi Himal trek takes you around the Annapurna Region on the lap of Mardi Himal. Trekking in the Annapurna region and exploring Mardi Himal trek yields the best experience.

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