Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trek

About Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek is a unique trekking spot for those who want to explore beautiful nature in Nepal. This is a virgin place to discover because it has many unspoiled parts to be trodden. Relatively easy and short, the Mardi Himal Trekking spot has been developed with basic structure and facilities recently and the formal trek had only started in 2012. Mardi area is culturally rich and naturally wonderful. Beautiful rhododendron forest allures you when you walk through the quiet trails. The amazing landscapes from the trekking track can be the best memories of your life. The beautiful sights of mountains yield you the extra joy on your trek in this lovely area.

Mardi Himal is situated just to the east of your outstanding trek of Nepal, Annapurna Base Camp. The highest altitude of the Mardi Himal trek is about 4,500 meters. The close views of the Annapurna range give you real pleasure. Mardi Himal is under the Machhapuchhre Himal, which is called ‘Fishtail Mountain’. The path follows from a village uniquely made by stone. You continue your trek through the rugged hills enjoying the spectacular views of different mountains of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre ranges.

If you want to find out about the original Nepali ethnic culture, Mardi Himal Trek can be your opportunity. The beauty of village life is another attraction of Mardi Himal Trek 13 Days. You can explore the different lifestyles of the people who are entirely different from your own culture. The wonderful views of the white snow capped mountains in front of you become the most precious moment of your life. You can find the stainless white snow glowing by the sunlight in the morning.

Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek

  • Adventurous trail through beautiful villages
  • Observe divers flora and fauna on the way
  • Get to see outstanding landscape views
  • Experience rich culture and unique lifestyle of the locals
  • Reach top of Mardi Himal
  • Witness stunning views of the Himalayan mountains


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You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where you will meet with our team members and drive. They will escort you to the hotel and brief you about the day program. Later, in the evening, you will stroll on the bustling streets of Thamel, and end your day with delicious welcome dinner organized by the company.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

Today, you will visit a few tourist sites. You will be guided by a professional tour guide who will describe to you the places. After a good tour, you come back to the hotel and prepare for the trek. You will check all the gears and do the final packing with your trekking guide.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

Your trip starts with a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During the flight, you will get to view the most splendid sights of the Himalayan range. Upon reaching Pokhara, you begin trekking up the busy trail to Hyenja, past the ribbon development of the ever-growing suburbs of Pokhara and the new water irrigation project. Shortly after passing the original Tibetan Refugee Camp, the trail divides. You take the right-hand route, which leads north across paddy fields and then follows the west bank of the Seti Khola. The trail then drops down to the river just after the confluence of the Seti Khola and Mardi Khola and cross the small bridge which leads to the village of Mardi Pul. 

  • Guesthouse
  • BLD

Leaving the Mardi Pul, the trail follows the east bank of the Mardi upstream before turning right up the hill to the Gurung village of Riban (1,676m). You move ahead along the route, which now becomes much steeper as it climbs uphill from the village, past a Chautara. From here, you trek through cow shed. You then climb through the bamboo forest towards a massive slab of grey rock. The path bears round to the left on to the rhododendron-covered ridge. The trail further passes through a small clearing, Lalghar Kharka, and continues along a faint track to another clearing marking a high point on the ridge, which is Odane Hill. 

  • Guesthouse
  • BLD

The route continues along the ridgeline, but you need to be careful of false trails that can lead you astray. Today, you get rewarded with stunning views of Himalayan mountains like Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Peak 29, Manaslu, Himalchuli, etc. Eventually, a short, sharp climb leaves the main forest behind and leads us to a fine camping area amid alpine grassland. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

Leaving Kumai, you trek following a steep path along the ridgeline to grazing pastures called Khorchon at around 3,568 meters. Today is a relatively short, although once again, steep trek.

  • Camp
  • BLD

The trail now takes you steeply across a ridgeline to a hidden highland beneath the south face of Mardi Himal and the South-West Ridge of Machhapuchhre. This is the ‘Other Sanctuary’, so-called by Jimmy Roberts. You then trek along the trail to reach the Base Camp.

  • Camp
  • BLD

Today, you climb to the Summit of Mardi Himal. This climb is of little practical difficulty, where route finding and effort are the major problems. From the Base Camp, you ascend steeply towards the col between the East Face of Mardi Himal and the connecting ridge of Machhapuchhre. A high camp can be placed at 4,650 meters. From high camp, you reach a snow couloir leading to the col with a steep section of perhaps 45 degrees. At the col further steep snow slopes lead to the summit of Mardi Himal at around 5,555 meters. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

Leaving the Base camp, you descend through the high grazing country called Khorchon and follow the same trails back to Kumai. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

Today, you descend from Kumai, which is relatively hard for drained out knees, as much of the altitude gained is lost on the return to the valley. Descending on the ascent route, you reach Odane Hill. Just before the high point, a small track goes left down the east flank of the ridge, dropping steeply to grazing country and a good lunch spot at Hile. Later, the trail further descends more steeply to the prosperous farming village of Ghachok, in the valley of the Seti River. 

  • Guesthouse
  • BLD

Today is the last part of your trek. You continue trekking along the direct route crossing the Seti to the east bank and follow the main trail south. Descending the east bank of the Seti, you finally reach Pokhara in about five hours. Once you reach Pokhara, you can relax amidst the astonishing natural beauty of the city.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & lunch

You fly to Kathmandu in the morning. After landing at the airport, you will be dropped off at our hotel. You can spend the day taking the much-needed rest or catch up on some last-minute shopping. Either way, you mark the end of our successful trip with a farewell dinner hosted by Dream Peak Adventure, where you can share your experiences of the trek before flying back home the next day. 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner

After breakfast, our representative and office vehicle will be on standby at your hotel to transfer you to the Airport. 

    Good to Know

    Mardi Himal Trek difficulty

    Mardi Himal Trek is a difficult trek that offers an adventurous yet challenging journey. Most part of the trail passes through steep forested paths with frequent rocky areas. Likewise, as the altitude will increase, the chances of high altitude sickness also increase, which in a worst-case scenario can ruin the trip. Therefore, it is very important to add enough rest days in between the trekking days. Likewise, you have to be in good health and physical fitness to go on Mardi Himal Trekking. This trek is perfect for new trekkers as well.

    Mardi Himal Trek map

    You can check our Mardi Himal Trek map for a better understanding of the trail that we are offered you. If you choose to tailor-made itinerary, then the map can vary. In this case, we will provide you a new map to match the route. We have designed our map professionally that will help you during the trek.

    Mardi Himal Trek best season

    Nepal has five seasons Spring, Summer, Monsoon, Autumn, and Winter. among all these seasons, spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November) is the best time to go on Mardi Himal Trek. These two seasons have the most stable weather, clear bright days, and moderate climate. These months are the most preferred time to go on Mardi Himal Trekking.

    Other months like monsoon/summer (June to September) make the trail slippery and landslide-prone due to heavy rainfall, whereas winter (December to February) brings harsh cold and heavy snowfall. You can still do Mardi Himal Trek in winter, but get ready to face extreme cold.

    Accommodation & Food during Mardi Himal Trek

    You will stay overnight in a guesthouse, which is run by locals during the Mardi Himal Trek. The rooms are generally small with a few pieces of furniture and two beds. As there are limited means of accommodation on the trail, getting a single room is not fixed and will be quite expensive. The washroom usually is communal.

    Mardi Himal Trekking trail offers quite limited food options than other trails in the Annapurna region. You still can get dal bhat, curries, veggies, mash potato, noodles, momo, pasta, chapati, meat, eggs, bread, etc. As the elevation will increase the menu will get limited and expensive.

    Mardi Himal Packing list

    • Trekking shoes & Socks
    • Down Jacket
    • Windcheater
    • Trekking shirt
    • Trekking pants
    • Thermal wears
    • Breathable underwear
    • Trousers
    • Warm socks & gloves
    • Trekking sandals (for walking around while in the tea houses)
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat
    • Sunscreen Lotion
    • Toiletries (Hand Sanitizer, tissue paper, towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, small mirror, toilet paper, etc)
    • A comfortable backpack with a cover
    • A good quality Sleeping bag
    • Trekking Poles
    • First aid kits
    • Extra (Journal, pen, books, games, camera, extra battery, snacks & bars, etc)