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Mardi Himal Trek - 5 Days

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Trip Facts
  • Duration 5 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Group Size 2 to 20
  • Max. Elevation 4500m / 14764ft
  • Start/End Pokhara to Pokhara
  • Best Time Sep, to Dec & Mar to May


  • Newly promoted as Virgin Trek.
  • Mesmerizing views of the Annapurna ranges and Mt. Fishtail
  • Pokhara to Pokhara: A Perfect Itinerary for 5 Days
  • Kathmandu to Kathmandu, as your arrival and departure need 9 days.
  • A well-managed tea house facilitates warm hospitality.
  • Rhododendron forest, open ridge, and evergreen scenery
  • It seems like wildlife animals, flora and fauna
  • The highest altitude is 4500 m (14764 ft).
  • Treks start and end in Pokhara.
  • Gurung community village at Siding and Lwang
  • Annapurna Conservation Area needs an ACAP and TIMS permit.

Overview of Mardi Himal Trek 

The Mardi Himal Trek, adjacent to the renowned Annapurna Base Camp trek, has surged in popularity due to its spectacular vistas of Mt. Fishtail (6993 m) and Mardi Himal (5587 m), along with the encompassing Annapurna ranges, including Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna II (7937 m), South Face (7219 m), and other majestic snow-capped peaks. This trek traverses through charming Gurung hamlets and lush rhododendron forests, offering a delightful and manageable 5-day trek.

Beyond the awe-inspiring mountain panoramas, adventurers can delve into the vibrant culture of the Gurung community in villages like Lwang and Siding, celebrated for their gracious hospitality and distinct traditions. The region also boasts a picturesque tea plantation and abundant wildlife, making it a truly diverse and captivating wilderness destination.

The Mardi Himal Trekking has quickly become a top choice for trekkers due to its accessibility, brevity, and recent promotion. It's renowned for its breathtaking views of Mount Fishtail and the Annapurna ranges, lush green forests, and picturesque landscapes. The 5-day itinerary is perfectly balanced, offering a thrilling experience amidst the Gurung community villages with their warm hospitality and well-managed lodges at every campsite.

The Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek offers diverse exploration experiences day by day, commencing in the picturesque tourist hub of Pokhara. The trek predominantly features local bases as opposed to large villages, with just a few lodges for the convenience of tourists. However, Lwang village stands out as one of the finest Gurung community settlements, boasting a stunning tea garden.

This trek is a captivating blend of exhilarating mountain and verdant forestry vistas, coupled with an immersion into the lifestyle and culture of the local people, particularly the Gurung community. Drawing close to the sacred Machhapuchhre Mountain and witnessing its awe-inspiring views fills me with immense joy and tranquility. The trail winds through dense forests, moderately open landscapes, and thrilling hillside panoramas, creating a truly memorable trekking experience.

Trekking Route of Mardi Himal Base Camp 

Travellers have the option to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara either by road or by air. Once in Pokhara, the Mardi Himal Trek begins, with significant waypoints such as Pothana Deurali (2060m), Forest Camp (2500m), Low Camp (2970m), High Camp (3550m), culminating at the breathtaking Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m). The return journey descends through the picturesque Gurung community villages of Sidding and Lwang village (1460m). To conclude the adventure, travellers can take a vehicle back to Pokhara and then continue their journey back to Kathmandu.

Cost of Mardi Himal Trek

The Mardi Himal Trek package costs $325 per person for a 5-day program from Pokhara to Pokhara. Additional services like accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, plus transportation, can be included for a total of $400 per person. Solo travellers may have slightly different pricing.

  • US$ 325 services are from Pokhara to Pokhara, not including the Pokhara Hotel.
  • The Kathmandu-to-Kathmandu full-board package includes Kathmandu Hotel and Pokhara Hotels, Kathmandu to Pokhara, and returning transportation. Its cost is US$ 400 each. 

How about transportation to get Mardi Himal Trek?

Here are the transportation details for reaching the Mardi Himal Trek

  • Kathmandu to Pokhara by comfortable tourist bus or by flight
  • Pokhara to Phedi or Kade by comfortable vehicle
  • After the trek, sidle to Pokhara by local jeep or local bus.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus or flight
  • How do you like to feel free? We can arrange it easily.

How about lodging and food on the Mardi Himal Trek? 

The popularity of the route has surged recently due to the presence of well-managed lodges at every campsite. These lodges offer organic and hygienic meals, ensuring a comfortable and healthy dining experience for trekkers. Additionally, the lodges boast tidy and clean bedding arrangements, providing a restful environment for a good night's sleep. Their warm hospitality further enhances the overall trekking experience, making it a memorable journey for travellers.

Crystal-clear, White Snow Mountain View from Mardi Trek

The Mardi Himal viewpoint offers a thrilling and mesmerizing view of the majestic mountains. The sight of those glorious peaks is truly awe-inspiring and adds to the majestic experience of the trek.

  • Mardi Himal (5587m/18330ft). 
  • Mt. Fishtail (6993m/22943ft).
  • Annapurna I (8091m/26545ft)
  • Annapurna South (7219m/23685ft)
  • Annapurna II (7937m/26040ft)
  • Annapurna III (7555m/24787ft)
  • Hiuchuli (6441m/21132ft)
  • Lamjung Himal (6983m/22910ft)

When is the best time to do the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek?

The ideal times for embarking on the Mardi Himal Trek are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). These seasons offer consistently clear weather, pleasant temperatures, excellent visibility, and stunningly clear mountain vistas.

While winter (December to February) and the monsoon season (June to August) are viable for trekking, they come with their challenges. Winter can be snowy and bitterly cold, while the monsoon brings frequent rain, cloud cover, and reduced visibility. However, if you prefer trekking during these seasons, we can arrange a safe and successful journey for you.

  • Autumn Season: September, October, November, and December
  • Winter Season: late December, January, and February
  • Spring Season: March, April, and May
  • Monsoon Season: June, July, and August.

Do we need any entry permits for the Mardi Himal Trek?

Yes, you need to issue two permits to trek Mardi Himal. It is an Annapurna Conservation Area, and they are required to issue two permits, ACAP and TIMS. We easily issue it; you should send us your passport photo copy and passport-size photos. We issue it, and our guide will carry it during the trek because he has to show it at every permit check post. After the end of your trekking, he will give you a souvenir.

  1. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Areas Project): Nr. 3000/-
  2. TIMS (Trekking Information Management System): Nrs. 2000/-

List of Trekking Gears:

For the Mardi Himal trek, essential trekking gear includes a sleeping bag, down jacket, long-sleeved shirt, jumper or fleece jacket, t-shirts, trekking shoes or boots, comfortable camp shoes, wool socks, light cotton socks, rucksack, sun hat, wool hat, gloves, sunblock, goggles or sunglasses, long underwear, insulated pants, nylon windbreaker, nylon wind pants, water bottle, sewing kit, medical and first aid kit, torch, batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, towels, and toiletries.

Carry your important medicine.

It's crucial to prioritize medication while trekking, especially if you have any existing health conditions. "Prevention is better than care," as mountain regions often lack healthcare facilities or access to specific medicines. Therefore, it's advisable to carry your required medications. Our company provides a standard first aid kit containing essentials like medication for headaches, fever, stomach issues (such as diarrhoea), coughs, colds, along with bandages, tape, and Diamox for altitude sickness. However, personal medications and prescriptions should be carried by trekkers for their specific needs.


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Pokhara to Pokhara: A 5-Day Short Itinerary If you like Kathmandu to Kathmandu, the full board package will cost a bit more. How do you like the service? Feel free.

Pokhara to Dhampus or Kade by Private Vehicle (taxi or jeep): an hour of driving, then start beautiful trekking to Dhampus Pothana (2050 m) or Deurali (2200m): walking is approximately 5/6 hrs. The trail is up and gentle. You will see beautiful scenery with some clear mountain views. Stay overnight at a comfortable lodge in a beautiful Camp.

  • Lodge
  • 5/6 hrs Walking
  • 2200m /7218ft

Trek to Low Camp (2950 m) by walking (6–7 hrs.) It is wonderful walking, and most of the trail is up and down stairs. You will see many white snow peaks, such as Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna I, and South Face, and scenic views. Stay overnight at a comfortable lodge.

  • Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs Walking
  • 2950m/9679ft

Trekking to High Camp (3550m) walking (5/6 hrs.) It is a wonderful walk along open hills, scenic beauties, and many white snow peaks. It is always facing the Fishtail and Annapurna Himalayas. You will stay at a lovely lodge here.

  • Lovely Lodge
  • 5 /6 hrs Walking
  • 3550m/ 11647

Day Excursion Hiking to the Mardi Himal Base Camp viewpoint (4500m) takes approximately 5–6 hours. It is an extremely wonderful viewpoint. Return to High Camp and stay overnight at the same lodge.

  • Lodge
  • 5/6 hrs Walking
  • 4500m/14764ft

Trekking to the beautiful village of Sidding (1750m) walking (3/4 hrs), then after taking lunch, catch a vehicle as a Jeep or Bus driving to Pokhara takes approximately 2/3 hrs. And stay at your selected Hotel in Pokhara.

  • Hotel
  • 6/7 hrs
  • 820m / 2690ft

Cost Details

What's Included

  • The full board of meals during treks includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Comfortable lodges during the trek.
  • Before trek start and after trek end needed vehicle service.
  • As a private, Jeep, or bus.
  • A well-informed Nepali government-certified trekking guide who will manage and brief properly as well as serve excellently during your trek
  • Guide's all expenses, such as salary, meals, transportation, accommodation, insurance, equipment, etc.
  • Needed permits: ACAP & TIMS
  • ACAP means Annapurna Conservation Area Project
  • TIMS means Trekking Information Management System.
  • Tax and VAT, where applicable
  • Seasonal fruits such as Apple, bananas, oranges, etc.
  • First aid kit bag

What's Excluded

  • Nepalese entry visa fees, You can obtain it easily in Airport.
  • Travel insurance. It’s important in case anything happens that needs to be recovered.
  • All drinks, such as tea and coffee, and alcoholic drinks (mineral water, hot water, coke, Fanta, beer, spirits, etc.).
  • Snacks (chocolate, biscuits, etc.)
  • Hot water, hot shower, heater charge, battery charge, phone calls, and laundry service
  • Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
  • Hire equipment and other personal items (sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots, camera, toilet rolls, etc.).
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara hotels, but if you need my help, I can book any category of hotel according to your requirements.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Returning by Tourist Bus, Private Car, Van, Jeep, Hiace, or Flight
  • If you need a Porter to carry your luggage, the cost is $22 each day.
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, Drivers, etc.

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Client Reviews

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  • JuleyJules Defensor
    JuleyJules DefensorPhilippines,April 01, 2019

    Majestic Mardi Himal Trek

    My friends and I had the most wonderful experience in trekking the Mardi Himal range. Thanks to Jay and his team, Salman and Krishna, our guide and porter respectively as they made our trekking experience safe and memorable. It was my first time to be trekking in the part of the himalayan range and the experience made me want to trek more. This wouldn’t be possible without the help of Jay’s team. Looking forward for more treks in Nepal. Truly, once is not enough.


  • Danny Dalayon
    Danny DalayonPhilippines,March 31, 2019

    Mardi Himal - Excellent Experience

    Me and my two friends went for a 11 day adventure in Mardi Himal Range in Pokhara Nepal last 15th of March 2019. Although the trail was a bit difficult our guides (Salman & Krishna) were very competent and professional. They took care of us very well. Mr. Jay Gurung (the climb operator) managed our itinerary and all the necessary arrangements. He has made all things well. I highly recommend Jay Gurung (Unique Nepal Adventure Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd especially for those mountaineer who are planning to visit this place.



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