Mardi Himal Trek - 12 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Trip Grade: Easy
  • Cost start: US$ 690 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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Trip Highlights

  • Serene and less crowded trails
  • A landscape of superlatives, with supreme mountain views
  • Stunning panoramas of Fishtail, Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range
  • Diverse examples of the region’s flora and fauna

About Trip

Situated in close proximity to Annapurna Base Camp, the 12 Daya Mardi Himal Trek stands as one of the Himalaya’s hidden and less explored jewels. The trek was only opened to trekking in 2012 and provides a glorious opportunity to experience the spectacle of Mardi Himal Base camp and the Himalayas via a route that still remains largely untrammeled by the trekking community.

Commencing at Pokhara the trek starts out by road and heads to the trailhead of Dhampus, an impeccably situated Gurung village with outstanding views of the mountains. From there the trail winds on towards the equally picturesque village of Pothana, then branches away from the standard Annapurna route and leads on out through dense jungle to the aptly named Forest Camp – in spring the entire area comes alive with the flowering of rhododendrons. Day after day the track gradually inclines up through the Himalayan foothills until it finally breaks free of the tree line and adds yet another dimension to the trek by virtue of the sublime panoramas that open up to view.

Mardi Himal Trekking continues onward and up offering a superb vista of snow-covered peaks, including Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, and the Annapurna range, with a broad palate of colors adding their touch throughout the day, from early morning pastel tints, the vivid hews of midday, to the warm glow of sunset fare welling the mountain tops at day’s end. The return path calls in at Low Camp and Lwang then trades in precipitous trails for roadway and the drive back to Pokhara.

The Mardi Himal trek represents a golden opportunity to experience the Annapurna region in a unique manner that’s as scenically rewarding as the better known pathways while offering up a level of seclusion and peacefulness that comes from the sense that the entire area is your own private nature reserve to explore. The secret of Mardi Himal’s charms won't last long so let Nepal Trekking Experts be the ones to set you up for a rare journey of wonder to the region, either with our set itinerary or one of your own design. Simply contact us and discuss the options with our knowledgeable staff.

If you are not satisfied with Mardi Himal Trek then please feel free to visit our other unique packages such as Khopra Danda TrekLangtang Valley Trek, Pikey Peak Trek, Mohare Danda Eco Community Lodge Trek and many more.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara drive by tourist bus (820m, 6/7 hrs)

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi by Car then trek to Pothana. (1950m, 5hrs)

Day 05: Pothana to Forest Camp (2550m, 4/5 hrs)

Day 06: Forest Camp to Low Camp (2970m, 4/5 hrs)

Day 07: Low Camp to High Camp (3540m, 4 hrs)

Day 08: Trek up to 4500 m for breathtaking views then trek back to Low Camp (2970m, 6/7 hrs)

Day 09: Low Camp to Kalimati (1680m, 5 hrs)

Day 10: Kalimati to Lwang (1460m, 4 hrs), then drive back to Pokhara (1:30 hrs)

Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus (7 hrs)

Day 12: Join with different program or farewell.

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in a standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • Two-night stay in a standard hotel in Pokhara (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits such Annapurna conservation area permit, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary duffel bag/agency T-shirt, trekking map
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First-aid kit
  • Return travel by bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
  • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc.
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc
  • Tips to staff

Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel.

Our representative will greet and welcome you at airport then transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu by private car.

Day 02Free day for trekking preparation.

Day 03Kathmandu to Pokhara drive by tourist bus (820m, 6/7 hrs)

Day 04Drive from Pokhara to Phedi by Car then trek to Pothana. (1950m, 5hrs)

Day 05Pothana to Forest Camp (2550m, 4/5 hrs)

Day 06Forest Camp to Low Camp (2970m, 4/5 hrs)

Day 07Low Camp to High Camp (3540m, 4 hrs)

Day 08Trek up to 4500 m for breathtaking views then trek back to Low Camp (2970m, 6/7 hrs)

Day 09Low Camp to Kalimati (1680m, 5 hrs)

Day 10Kalimati to Lwang (1460m, 4 hrs), then drive back to Pokhara (1:30 hrs)

Day 11Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus (7 hrs)

Day 12Join with different program or farewell.

Read Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 1 reviews


Best trekking agency in Nepal: Amazing Mardi Himal trek!


I can highly recommend to choose Rajesh and his amazing team for doing a trekking in the beautiful Himalaya's of Nepal. First of all, Rajesh provide great service and is he really helped me with my stay in Nepal. He also provides me really helpful information, advices and an itinerary for several trekking and my stay in Nepal in general. He always welcomes you into their office with a drink and a smile! Last February I did the Mardi Himal trek, with my friend and guide Thakur. I can only say the best things about Thakur, and once again: thank you so much for this great experience and doing such an amazing job being our guide! Before I did Mardi Himal, I did two trekkings without a guide, but I can highly recommend to go with a guide! We faced a lot of snow during the trek and Thakur had a lot of knowledge about the weather(forecast) and different circumstances because of snow. I felt really safe all the time. Thakur had a really positive attitude, is really knowledgeable and respectful, fit and helpful and was really willing to answer all our questions on mountains and trekking, but also about Nepal and the Nepali culture and his life in Nepal. What deserves a special mention was the first aid skills of Thakur. When I twisted my ankle very badly, he had a full first aid kit in his backpack and he was able to treat my ankle in a way that I was able to continue on with the trek. I'm really grateful for this! So, I had a very good experience with this agency and the capable staffmembers and I can higly recommend to choose this agency for your trekking in Nepal. Rajesh and Thakur, many thanks for doing this amazing job!! See you soon!

, Netherlands

Useful Info

  • Respect the local culture
  • Slow and steady specially above 3000m
  • Drink at least 3 liter of water per day


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