Mardi Himal Trek -Best Short Trekking Destination in Nepal

Mardi Himal Trek

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Mardi Himal Trek
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1-12 Persons


Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner


Teahouse and Camping

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trip level


max. altitude

4200 M

best season

Mar - May & Sep - Dec

trip introduction

The Mardi Himal Trek lets you experience the remote settlements and trekking trails in the Annapurna Region. You will see the splendid views of massive mountains. Furthermore, there are a lot of beguiling landscapes embraced in the trek. This trail is also known as an eco-tourism trail that passes through lush forests filled with rhododendron and other vegetation. The attraction of the trek is spectacular mountain views, beautiful valleys, and mixed local culture and landscaped hills. Mardi Himal takes you off ‘the beaten path’ away from the busy trails of the region.

Mardi Himal Trek is a good alternative to escape away from crowded treks of Annapurna with splendid views and time duration similar to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. It is the recently opened trekking trail in the Annapurna region with spectacular views of the Annapurna Himalayan range. It’s a peaceful trekking route with very few trekkers along the way. Although the food and accommodation available at the route is very less, Mardi Himal trek is still an enjoyable trekking route that requires less effort.

The Mardi Himal Trek offers you the wonderful opportunity to lead your journey through verdantly rich forests. Wooded acreages of rhododendron trees also line the landscape. As a matter of fact, you would also be presented with the ambiance of an isolated trekking trail. Moreover, you would also get the opportunity to encounter local people and observe their unique customs and cultures. You can observe their day to day life at the bosoms of the lush hillocks and the secluded mountains. Particularly, the trekking trails of the Mardi Himal Trek also excurses along many terraced farmlands. The trek offers magnificent views of the world’s famous mountains including Annapurna I (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna South (7219m), Fishtail (6988m)



You may arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport at any given time, and will be welcomed by one of our representatives. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you may check in. Our representative will explain your travel plan further to you and will elaborate the programs. There are no planned activities for the day, so you may relax at your hotel and try to shake off the jet lag from the plane journey. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Our guide will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30am and escort you to the bus station. The tourist bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30am. The scenery along the road is quite dramatic and you will see rivers, valleys, cascading rice terrace farms and rocky gorges. Upon arrival, you may check in at the hotel and in the evening, you may enjoy leisure boating on the scenic Fewa Lake and see the reflection of the Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Range on the crystal clear water of the Lake. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

We will drive at the road head at Phedi and start the trek to Pothana where you will stay in a tea house lodge for the first night.
Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

From Pothana, you walk up to a place called Pitam Deurali, where you will turn off the main Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and continue along a quiet trail through a dense forest of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendrons. Tonight, we will be staying at one of the lodges in a clearing of the forest at Forest Camp, also known by the locals as Kokar. The lodges at Kokar are quite basic and there is no dining room, so you will have meals in kitchen with the owner, so in some ways, this is more like a home stay and is a good opportunity to get to know this friendly family from Siding Village.
Overnight Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

From Forest Camp to Low Camp, the trail continues through the forest; however as we ascend, the vegetation starts to change with more rhododendrons and trees covered with moss, lichen and tree ferns. At Low Camp, there are two basic lodges- one with a dining room with open fire. The view from Low Camp is superb, with Mount Machhapuchhre visible up the valley. Overnight Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

An hour or so above Low Camp, the trail breaks out above the tree line and towards the west- there is a good view of the Annapurna South and the Hiunchuli. The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes along the way. Look out for the colorful Danphe pheasants on this section of the trail. The lodge at High Camp is larger than lodges at Low Camp and Forest Camp, this one has eight rooms and a separate dining room with heater. The view from the lodge is superb of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

The plan for today is to wake up early for sunrise view of the mountains, then after an early breakfast, walk up the ridge towards Mardi Himal. There is a well-established trail through the grass with a couple of steeper sections, however overall, it’s not too challenging. Look out for the dzos (yak/ cow crossbreds) grazing up here as well as Danphe pheasant. In the summer, the sheep and goats from lower villages are brought up to graze in this area so you will pass a number of herder’s huts along the way. After three hours, you should reach the Upper View point at 4,200m; this is where one can look into the Annapurna Sanctuary and the panoramic view is spectacular looking at the south face of Annapurna and all of the peaks in the Sanctuary as well as Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Overnight Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

On the return trek, we take a different route, thus completing a circuit and from the Low Camp there is a trail that goes down to Siding village rather than going back down Mardi Himal back to Kokar. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village and still very much away from the busier tourist treks and it is likely you will stay at a home in Siding owned by the person who runs one of the lodges at Low Camp. Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

From Siding, you will walk out to the road head at Lumre; on the way from Siding you will pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. Kalimati is mainly a Brahmin village with Ghalel and Siding both being a mix of Brahmin and Gurung. At Lumre, you will meet your jeep organized by us in advance to drive you back to Pokhara.
Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast and lunch included.

A scenic drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus will be undertaken by you today, which takes approximately 6 hrs. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast included.

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from Blue Mountain Travels & Tour will take you to the airport from where you will depart.

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what's included

  • Airport pick up and drop- off by private transport
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  •  Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  •  Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  •  Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  •  One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  •  Surface transfer to and from Pokhara on tourist bus
  •  Blue Mountain Travels & Tours Sleeping bag & down Jacket and duffle bags (if required)
  •  Blue Mountain Travels & Tours T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  •  First aid medical kit
  •  Annapurna conservation permit fee
  •  TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes and office service charge

what's not included

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  •  International airfare
  •  Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  •  Items of a personal nature
  •  Any kind of drinks (hot and cold) during the trek
  •  Tips for guide, porters, driver


Accomodation & meal

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be a standard hotel. We will accommodate you in the 3-star category hotel. You will be accommodated in an air-conditioned room. We provide one double room for two customers ( unless you are a single customer ). These rooms will have either a master bed or two single beds. If you have the special preference on bed selection then please inform us in advance, we will try to book the room appropriate for your stay.

We provide twin sharing rooms for your holiday. Mardi Himal Trek is new trekking route with only few lodges made along the way. There won’t be large number of options available to sleep in most places so we may need to adjust in basic room. These rooms are prepared only to spend a night, nothing luxurious are available there. These lodges have small rooms that provide basic sleeping experience during your trek.

Almost every rooms during the trek consists of two single beds. Even on the trekking one room will be accommodating two trekkers unless you are single trekker. If you are a single trekker then sometimes you may need to share your room with someone else in rare, let’s say very rare cases ( same-sex or very rare cases with opposite sex). Even if you are traveling in a group and prefer single room then upon paying single supplement charges we will try our best to provide you single rooms. If we are unable to provide single rooms then we will refund your single supplement charges.

very rare cases of meals not being fresh in the mountains. Various meals including noodles, soups, handmade bread, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes are served on the trek. Please do not expect western meals prepared in the remote villages similar to the one you may eat in your home or restaurants in western countries.

Mardi Himal Trek is relatively new trekking and tea houses are not well developed that means the quality of the meals will be low compared to popular trekking routes. Not all common items would be found everywhere. We will provide 3 meals; i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner with hot drinks on the trek. Generally, dinner and breakfast are served in a lodge and lunch is served during the trek. You will have full options or freedom to select your preferred items from a small menu provided by the lodge. Meals in the mountain tastes awesome as raw materials are also freshly prepared in most of the cases.

Breakfasts are included even in Kathmandu at your hotel. You will have a menu to select your meal or foods will be served in buffet system. The hotel itself will select the appropriate method depending on the volume of customers.


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