Mardi Himal Trek - Itinerary, Cost, route and trek difficulty

Hotel, Lodge and Tea house
Annapurna Region
44 km
Start / End Point
4 Nights 5 Days
Max. Altitude
Meals Included
Group Size
Nature of Trek
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season
March-May / August-November
Trip Code
Activity Per Day
5-6 hrs
Car / Jeep / bus
Moderately easy

Mardi Himal Trek - Itinerary, Cost, route and trek difficulty Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is a short trek of 5 days from Pokhara which is inside the Annapurna Sanctuary area. It is a less famous trekking route than long treks like Annapurna Circuit Trek, and Annapurna Base Camp trek, However, the Mardi Himal Base camp Trek is worth every penny. It is one of the most exciting and adventurous trekking routes in Nepal. The trek is undoubtedly an unseen gem that not many tourists know about. Situated near Mount Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal is one of the lesser-known mountains. However, the trail to this trek is quite extraordinary to walk with stunning views along the way.

The Mardi Himal trail goes through a splendid rhododendron forest with small curving paths. Finally, you climb out of the woods to see the fantastic landscape with views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, and Machhapuchhre. Like most of the Annapurna treks, the Mardi Himal Trek begins and ends in Pokhara. The tourist hub is also a perfect place to rest after the arduous treks. This trek route is a part of the Annapurna region. The trekking takes us from the 800-meter elevation of Pokhara to the 4500-meter height of the Mardi Himal Base Camp.

What are the Mardi Himal trek Highlights?
    • The highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek is Mardi Himal Base Camp which is at a height of 4500 meters.
    • You will experience the Astonishing views of the mountain ranges covered with snow like AnnapurnaMachhapuchre, and Mardi Himal.
    • You can hike through the small villages, green forests, and fast-flowing rivers.
    • On the way, you can see wide species of animals and birds. You can also get a chance to interact with the domestic yaks.
    • Mardi Himal Base Camp, Forest Base Camp.
    • Less crowded than other popular treks in Nepal.
    • You can experience Diverse cultures, traditions, and lifestyles of different communities of people.
    • Rich in Biodiversity, flora, and fauna.
    • This trek is feasible for both individuals and trekkers in the group.



Is this trek for beginners?

The Mardi Himal trek is a beautiful and peaceful trek that offers a unique experience for trekkers. However, the difficulty level of the trek can be affected by several factors, including the duration of the hike, the distance, and the trekker's physical fitness and preparation. By considering these factors and adequately preparing for the trek, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the Mardi Himal trek. 

How long is Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal trek is a trek of around 44KM and to cover that distance, you'll need to perform 5 to 6 hours of trekking. The length of the trek is pretty straightforward and demanding. Beginners can do this trek.

However, trekkers need to be in good physical shape and have the proper gear and equipment to complete the trek safely and comfortably. You may also consider hiring a guide or supporter, as this can make the trek more accessible and enjoyable

Best Time For Mardi Himal Trek

As with other high-altitude trekking routes, the best season for Mardi Himal Trekking is both the Spring seasons (March, April, and May) and the autumn season (September to November).

April and May are considered the peak hiking season in Nepal. During this time of the year, trekking routes often get very busy. During the monsoon season(May-September), the trekking trails get muddy and slippery, which makes it dangerous.

During the cold season (December-February), there are very few trekkers as it gets freezing, and the local villagers also move to lower altitudes during the offseason. If you are planning your trek off-season, consulting a travel agency in Pokhara is recommended as they can manage all the food and accommodations for you.

Recently Opened Trekking Route

For a long time, this trek was done by only a few trekking groups who used their tents and food themselves. However, the trekking route officially opened in 2012. Since then, it has witnessed new-found popularity.

As it can be completed within a week, trekkers who have a shortage of time, are preferring this trek. Moreover, the view we see as we walk along the ridges of the hills is quite extraordinary.

Mardi Himal Trek has everything. We travel through stone-made stairs, traverse through dense forests, hike through rocky pathways, and even walk on snowy slopes.

It also grants a breathtaking view of mountains and landscapes. So, it is an all-around trekking experience. Additionally, you can incorporate this trek with several other treks like Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Poonhill Trek, and Khopra Trek.



Outline of the Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary from Pokhara

  • Day 1: Drive to Phedi from Pokhara and Trek to Pothana ( 1,990m) 5 Hrs
  • Day 2: Trek to Low Camp ( 2,950 m) 5 Hrs
  • Day 3: Trek to High Camp (3,550 m) 5~6 Hrs
  • Day 4: Explore Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m) for 5~6 Hrs And return to Low Camp
  • Day 5: Trek to Lumre and Drive to Pokhara 5 Hrs walk + 2 Hrs drive  





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Mardi Himal Trek - Itinerary, Cost, route and trek difficulty

  1. day 1

    Drive Pokhara to Phedi and Trek to Pothana

    Driving Hours 30 Min
    Highest Altitude 1990m
    Trek Duration 4-5 hours

    After having breakfast, a private vehicle will pick us up, and we drive towards Phedi. After 2 hours trek, we take lunch at Dhampus village. Then, we begin our trek to Pothana. The trail is quite steep until we reach Dhampus. From there, it’s an easy walk to Pothana where we’ll spend the night. Total hiking time is 4 to 5 hours.

      • Overnight stay in a Lodge
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  2. day 2

    Trek Pothana to Low Camp (2950m)

    Highest Altitude 2950m
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    From Pothana, we will hike up to a place called Pitam Deurali where we will divert from the main Annapurna Base Camp trek route. We will continue along the quiet trail that goes through a dense forest of rhododendron, maple, and oak. We continue from Forest Camp to Low Camp passing through the woods where there is a slight change in vegetation. At Low Camp, we will stay in a lodge with an open fire in the dining room.

      • Overnight stay in a Lodge
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Trek Low Camp to High Camp (3550m)

    Highest Altitude 3550m
    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    After an hour of an uphill hike, we will reach the Mid Camp. Here, the dense forest ends and the grassy hill begins. Hiking for another 20 minutes will bring us to Badale Danda. From this point, you’ll continuously see the Machapuchhre, Annapurna South, Himchuli and Gangapurna.

    The trail continues along the ridge covered with grass. We’ll also encounter some rhododendron bushes along the way. Finally, after 5 to 6 hours of hiking, we’ll reach the High Camp. We’ll spend the night here.

      • Overnight stay in a Lodge
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Explore Mardi Himal Base Camp

    Highest Altitude 4500m
    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    On this day, we will hike further uphill to reach the Base Camp. The camp is about 3 hour's walk on a choppy and steep rocky trail. It is at a height of 4500m and offers some panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchhre, and Himchuli along with the Mardi Himal itself. On the way back, we come along the same path up to Low Camp.


      • Overnight stay in a Lodge
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Trek Low Camp to Lumre and Drive to Pokhara

    Driving Hours 2 hrs
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    From Low camp, we will take a different route. We go downhill continuously to Sidhing. we will walk out to the road at Lumre. On the way, we will pass through the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel.

    After 3 hours of walking, we will reach Lumre. From there, we will get on a private vehicle and drive back to Pokhara, which will take 2 hours.

      • Overnight stay in a Lodge
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


    • Pokhara to Phedi & at the end of the trek back from Lumre to Pokhara by Jeep.
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and Tea/ Coffee).
    • Tea House Accommodation during the trek.
    • Professional English-speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation, etc.
    • Equipment: Sleeping Bag, Rain Coat & Trekking Poles (Return after the trek).
    • All Legal Documents (ACAP) TIMS, Permit, etc.
    • Dry fruits along the trek.
    • Tourist service charge, VAT, TAX, etc.



  • Extra nights in Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance of the trekkers
  • Any Cold drinks and beverages item 
  • Porter ( 2 trekkers 1 porter carry upto 20 kg) his salary, transportation, insurance, equipment, food, and lodging included.
  • Personal Expenses (shower, boiled water, telephone, laundry service, etc).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.
  • Tips & Gratuities

Mardi Himal Trek Route Map

everest base camp trek map

Do you need permits for Mardi Himal Trekking?

As with any other treks inside the Annapurna Conservation, you will need a TIMS card and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit), which you can receive at Tourism Information Center in Pokhara. The required documents to get the Permits and TIMS card are

  • Passport
  • Insurance
  • Four photos

Note: If you are planning your trek with a Travel Agency in Pokhara, they will manage the permits for you.

Mardi Himal Trek from Kathmandu

The Mardi Himal Trek starts from Pokhara. If you want to start the trek from Kathmandu, you will have to buy a flight or tourist bus ticket to Pokhara. If you are planning the Mardi Himal Trekking directly from Kathmandu, we [North Nepal Travel and Treks] can manage your flight booking or any other means of transport. Simply contact us and send us your location details, and we will reach you as soon as possible.
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What is the Mardi Himal trek’s difficulty?

The Mardi Himal Trekking is a moderate-level trek in terms of difficulty. People of any age can complete this trek provided they are physically fit for long road walks and can adapt to a cold environment. However, there is always a risk of Altitude Sickness. So traveling in a group is always recommended, so you can get quick help if you are in some sort of trouble.

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Amazing Mardi Himal trek !

Amazing Mardi Himal trek ! Our first trek in Nepal, Mohan gave us great advice and guidance, Zeewan our guide was great and kind, he did everything he could to make it work for us! As a bonus we got some great photos and videos of our experience. Thanks again, we will be back!

Zoé C

Beautiful Mardi Himal trek

I did a five day trek to Mardi Himal together with guide Jun. Great guide; very cordial and knowledgeable about the area. North Nepal Travel and Treks provided excellent, personal service. All was organised smoothly and flexibly. Excellent experience.


Tom P

Track to Mardi Himal

Our track to Mardi Himal passed just great! Our guide - B Peen did everything so that we would get a lot of pleasures and memories.
Very experienced and enjoyable guide. And of course, a great photographer, as he captured all the bright moments from our trip.

Evgeniy Varshavskiy

Great agency in Pokhara!!

這是一間專業友善態度良好的Travel agency ,Mohan在博卡拉協助我們很多。
Jun Tamang 是我們的嚮導,我們本來的行程是到ABC以及poon hill觀看日出,但是前往abc的路上發生了雪崩,Jun考慮到我們的安全,決定更改到madi himal。在旅途期間,Jun給予我們專業的意見及協助,
Mohan 和 Jun 帶給我們極大的鼓勵,
Thank you for all the help Mohan and Jun!!


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