5-Day Mardi Himal Trek Cost and Itinerary 2024

Hotel, Lodge and Tea house
Walking Distance
44 km
4 Nights 5 Days
Max. Elevation
Meals Included
Best Season
March-May / August-November
Moderately easy


Mardi Himal Trek is a short trek of 7 days (4 days and 5 days itinerary available below), a newly opened route in 2012 that quickly grew in popularity. It takes you inside the Annapurna Sanctuary Area, starting from 820-meter Pokhara to 4,500m Mardi Himal Base Camp. Even though it is a less famous trekking route than long treks like Annapurna Circuit Trek and Annapurna base Camp Trek, the Mardi Himal Trek offers spectacular views of the Mardi Himal (5,587 m / 18,330 ft) as well as other snow-capped mountains like Annapurna I (8,091m/ 26538 ft), Annapurna South (7,219 m / 23,680 ft), Machhapuchre (6,997 meters / 22,950 ft), and Gangapurna Himal (7,454m / 24,450 ft), which makes this trek worth every penny. This trek takes you through the routes of Astam, Kande, Australian Camp, Pothana, Forest Camp, Low Camp, High Camp, Badal Danda, Kalimati, Lwang, and Lumre, depending upon the number of days you choose to trek and the routes available. 

Moreover, this is the only trek in Nepal that takes you to an altitude of 4000m+ only after four days of trekking, which is impressive. The growing number of tea houses along the route has made this short trek easier for people with different fitness levels, as options for lunch and dinner with suitable accommodation options are readily available. Additionally, this trek mostly passes through forests covered with oaks and rhododendrons, so wildlife such as Musk deer, Langurs, other monkeys of various species, Danfe (Lophophorus), and porcupines can be seen during the trek. 

This trek is a hidden treasure where one can revel in majestic mountain panoramas, encounter wildlife in verdant forests, and traverse rivers and ridges within a single hike. Travel along the small curving paths through the forests and finally climb out of the woods to witness mesmerizing views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, and Machhapuchre from the Badal Danda.

Why you will love the Mardi Himal Trek?
    • Mardi Himal Trek takes you to the Mardi Himal Base Camp, the highest point of the trek, at an altitude of 4500 meters. 
    • Astonishing views of the mountain ranges covered with snow like Annapurna I (8,091m/ 26538 ft), Annapurna South (7,219 m / 23,680 ft), Machhapuchre (6,997 meters / 22,950 ft), and Gangapurna Himal (7,454m / 24,450 ft) and of course Mardi Himal(5,587-metre / 18,328 ft).
    • You can hike through enchanting rhododendron forests, incredibly vibrant during the spring ( March to April), the small villages, green forests among the wildlife such as Musk deers and Lhopophorus, fast-flowing Seti rivers and Lwang waterfalls.
    • Immerse in local culture, cuisine, and warm hospitality while interacting with Gurung, Chhetri, Brahmin, and Tamang communities.
    • Opportunity to interact with friendly domestic yaks and calves during early summer seasons.
    • Offers a more peaceful and personal trekking experience compared to other popular routes such as Poonhill and Annapurna Base Camp. 
    • Trek through diverse landmarks from forests to grasslands, terraced fields to rocky ridges, and finally to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. 
    • Mardi Himal Trek is suitable for beginners but can also pump the adrenaline of experienced trekkers on 4 days itinerary and you can either enjoy a private trek or trek in groups to reduce your cost.

Trekkers Information for Mardi Himal Trek:

    Mardi Himal Trek, Trekkers Information

    Location and Geography of Mardi Himal Trek Nepal:

    The Mardi Himal Trek is situated inside the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is on the east-south side of the Annapurna Base Camp, east of Modi Khola and west of the iconic Machhapuchre Himal (Fishtail). The trek starts and ends at Pokhara, Kaski passing through various picturesque locations such as High Camp, Badal Danda, Mardi Himal viewpoint, and Lwang village. The highest altitude of this trek is at the Mardi Himal Base Camp, situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters.

    This trek inside Nepal's Annapurna region is a mesmerizing journey through diverse, stunning landscapes. Subsequently, The trail goes through ancient forests of huge rhododendrons, oaks, and Maple trees, starting from the green lowlands and ending with rocky ridges. Additionally, you can witness many varieties of wild animals and species of birds making this trail even more appealing. The tranquil feeling of traveling through centuries-old rhododendron and oak forests provides a peaceful escape from the noise of city life, making this trek a truly isolated.

    Moreover, as you ascend to higher altitudes, the scenery changes from forests filled with tall trees to beautiful meadows filled with colorful wildflowers. Consquently, the summer season offers the best scenery for wildflowers that can’t be witnessed in any other season. The landscape becomes more challenging as you ascend toward the rocky and rugged paths, with glacial moraines - rocky ridges formed by glaciers making the trek more enjoyable as it, too, adds to the trek's allure. 


    Why choose the Mardi Himal Trek?

    In the heart of the Annapurna Region, aside from the well-known Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek, you'll find the hidden gem called the Mardi Himal Trek.
    What's unique about this trekking adventure? Well within just 4 days of the trek, it takes you to an impressive height of 4500m, a feat not achieved by other trails in the Annapurna region. Moreover, It's a trek that's both beginner-friendly and gives a great sense of accomplishment.

    Furthermore, unlike the busier treks in Annapurna, the Mardi trek is peaceful and less crowded, giving you a chance to appreciate nature without too much distraction. Additionally, the true spectacle of this trek reveals itself. As the sun breaks the horizon, you'll witness a sunrise like no other, bathing Mount Fishtail (Machhapuchhre), Annapurna South, and Hiuchuli in glorious light. These grand peaks stand majestically before your eyes, an unforgettable sight that will surely take your breath away.

    Moreover, during March and April, the Mardi Himal trek transforms into a snow wonderland. A fresh layer of snow even at a lower altitude in Mardi Region, gives you the feeling of truly climbing a mountain. The breathtaking scenery around you feels almost unbelievable, turning the trek into an awe-inspiring journey.

    Despite being a relatively short trek, the Mardi Himal Trek is brimming with unforgettable moments and comfortable amenities. There's a range of welcoming tea houses and lodges along the path, complete with wifi, hot showers, and phone charging points, ensuring a comfortable journey without the need for camping.

    What is the Best Time For Mardi Himal Trek?

    Like any other Nepali Himalayan Trek, the best season for this trek is also the Spring Season(Mid-February to May) and the Autumn Season(September to mid-December)
    However, the more isolated and pristine trek would be possible during the Summer Season as many trekkers don’t want to deal with rainfall and leeches

    Monsoon view of Mardi Himal and surround greenery, clicked by North Nepal Trek.
    Photo: Monsoon View during Mardi Himal Trek

    The Spring season brings moderate temperatures ranging from 11 to 20 degrees Celsius at the lower altitudes and it may be cooler in higher altitudes. The clear skies provide excellent visibility for mountain views and the blooming rhododendrons throughout the trek adorn the path with vibrant hues of red and pink. Even during the peak season of Spring, the Mardi Himal Trek will not be as crowded as the other treks like Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Everest Base Camp Trek.

    Furthermore, during the Spring season even the lower altitude of the Mardi Himal Trek is covered with snow, so you get the feeling of climbing the mountain itself, in this trek. Additionally, due to clear weather the sunrise views during this trek, as the sunrises over the Mardi Himal truly create an awe-inspiring sight.

    During the Autumn season, the temperature ranges from 8 to 15 degrees making trekking more comfortable. Due to the stable weather suitable for both trekking and observing the views, this season is considered the best overall season for trekking in Nepal, not just for the Mardi Himal Trek but for the other treks of the Himalayan Region. The clear weather with minimal rainfall offers you stunning mountain views of Annapurna and Machhapuchere and many other mountains which is truly a sight to behold. The trail may be more crowded than during the spring seasons but it’s not as crowded as other treks in the Nepalese Himalayas. 

    The Summer season brings rainfall which hinders the trek routes as it makes it more slippery, with roaming leeches in the path making the trek more challenging. Many trekkers avoid treks during the Summer season but some experienced trekkers go for an adrenaline pumping adventure, for sceneries that can only be experienced in Summer Season. The trek also rewards these courageous trekkers with lush greenery and wildflowers that bloom only during the summer season offering a mesmerizing view, only experienced by those, who dare to complete this trek in the summer season.

    Mardi Himal Trek Cost:

    Here is a detailed cost breakdown for the 4-night 5-day Mardi Himal Trek, so you can select the plan that best suits your needs and budget.

    Mardi Himal Trek Cost for Full Board Package:

    Cost per pax
    1 Pax
    US$ 450
    2 Paxes
    US $ 400
    3 - 5 Paxes
    US $ 370
    6 - 10 Paxes
    US $ 350
    11 - 25 Paxes
    US $ 320

    While the cost of the Mardi Himal Trek listed above is the full board package including Transportation, Guide, TIMS, Permits, 3 times meals, and accommodation, you can choose the half board package or the guide service.

    Mardi Himal Trek Cost for Half Board Package:

    Cost per pax
    1 Pax
    US$ 300
    2 Paxes
    US$ 275
    3 - 5 Paxes
    US$ 250
    6 - 10 Paxes
    US$ 240
    11 - 25 Paxes
    US$ 220

    The half-board package cost for the Mardi Himal trek is per person and includes your transportation, Guide, TIMS, Permits, and accommodation with Breakfast as per the BB plan.

    Guide or Porter Service for Mardi Himal Trek:

    The guide for Mardi Himal Trek costs US$ 30 per day and the porter costs US$25 per day.

    Note: You need to understand that your guide isn’t your porter, so they can’t help you carry your big bags. Also, the porter can only have 20 kg and if the bag is heavier than 20 kg additional charges may occur without any further notice. 

    4 days Mardi Himal Trekking Itinerary (Recommend only to professional hikers) 

    Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Kande to Forest Camp(Kokar):

    Driving Hours: 1 - 1:30 hour
    Trekking Hours: 6 - 7 hrs 
    Trekking Distance: 15 km

    Pokhara Altitude: 822 m
    Forest Camp Altitude: 2,500 m
    Altitude Gain: 1,700 m

    We drive towards Kande for about 1 hour. Now we start trekking toward Forest Camp, which takes nearly 7 hours. We reach Australian Camp after trekking from Kande, mainly through the forests uphill in about 2 hours. After a short break, we start our hike again towards Forest Camp; the total distance is approximately 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) which takes about 4 to 5 hours. With steep climbs, we reach Forest Camp, which is in the middle, surrounded by forest from all sides, where we will spend the night.

    Day 2: Forest Camp to High Camp:

    Trekking Distance: 20 km
    Trekking Hours: 5 - 6 hours

    Forest Camp Altitude: 2,500 m
    High Camp Altitude: 3,550 m
    Altitude Gain: 850 m

    There are stairways during this trail, and you will walk upstairs to Badal Danda.After about 3-4 hours of trek, we reach Badal Danda, where we have our Tea and lunch.After some rest, we resume our trek toward the High Camp from Badal Danda, which takes nearly 3 to 4 hours of hiking the straight path that steeps upward afterward.The breathtaking views of the Himalayas will be seen from High Camp. 
    Stay overnight at the high camp.

    Day 3: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp and back to Badal Danda:

    Trekking Distance: 13 km 
    Trekking Hours: 6 - 7 hours

    High Camp Altitude: 3,550 m
    Mardi Himal Base Camp Altitude: 4,500 m
    Badal Danda Altitude: 3,210 m
    Altitude Gain: 1,150 m
    Altitude Loss: 140 m

    We start our day early at 4:00 am for the Mardi Himal Base Camp; the round trip duration will be about 4 -5 hours of walking, taking you to and fro from the Mardi Himal Base Camp at an altitude of (4500m). Before reaching the base camp, the Mardi Himal viewpoint at 4200m offers breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna III, Macchapuchre, and Gandarva Chuli, base camp from here is 1:30 hours. After some rest, we reach Badal Danda via High Camp. Stay overnight in Badal Danda. 

    Day 4: Badal Danda to Sidhing to Lumre then drive to Pokhara (off-road drive):

    Trekking Distance: 11.2 km
    Trekking Hours: 6 hours
    Driving Hours: 2 hours

    Badal Danda Altitude: 3,210 m 
    Pokhara Altitude: 822 m
    Altitude Loss: 2,410 m 

    Following the steep descent trail, we reach the low camp in 45 minutes. After 4-5 hrs of the trek, we reach the Sidhing village. After 2 hours of driving from Sidhing, we will back to Pokhara.

Is Mardi Himal trek for beginners?

With rare chances of Altitude sickness and the relatively easy trails of the trek, Mardi Himal Trekking is a moderate-level trek in terms of difficulty. Even beginners, including people of any age, can complete this trek provided they are physically fit for long walks on off-beat and can adapt to cold mountain regions
The trail is covered with tea houses and lodges everywhere, eliminating the need to camp outside furthermore allowing beginners and children to enjoy the trek without a slight worry. 
Moreover, unpredictable weather can cause a little unrest in the Base Camp, so you should always be prepared to adjust some of the plans during your trek. 

The rare chance of altitude sickness can be further diminished with the help of an experienced guide and well planned itinerary, so the Mardi Himal trek is moderately challenging and safe for beginners and children.

How long is the Mardi Himal Trek?

The Mardi Himal Trek Nepal offers panoramic views of the mountain ranges of the Annapurna region, like Machhapuchre. The trail spans approximately 45 kilometers, welcoming beginners, first-timers, and experienced trekkers alike. The trek starts and ends in Pokhara, a popular gateway for various treks in the Annapurna region, and passes through different teahouse lodges or campsites, providing accommodation and food for trekkers along the way.

Being one of the most flexible treks in terms of duration, you can trek up to Mardi Himal Base Camp at (4500 m) in 4 days, 5 days, or 7 days with a moderate level of fitness. However, you need to push yourself with 6 to 7 hours of trekking every day and 7-8 hrs on the final day of Mardi Himal BaseCamp if you plan this trek for 4 days and 3 nights.

Nonetheless, the best possible itinerary excluding trips to cultural villages like Lwang Ghalel is 5 days and 4 nights. This itinerary is the best because you don't need to push yourself for 7-8 hours of trek. This well-planned itinerary is suitable for people with moderate fitness levels and total beginners in trekking. 

Furthermore, this 7 days itinerary takes you through the culturally rich Lwang Ghalel, which offers unique insights into the Gurung communities of the region. The hospitality of the Gurung inhabitants, the picturesque sceneries of the surroundings, and the pristine waterfalls, famous for the canyoning in Lwang Ghalel, in addition to sunrise views and the bird watching along the way truly makes the trip to Lwang Ghalel a must-visit destination.

Recently Opened Trekking Route

The Mardi Himal Trekking route is a recently opened trekking route that is gaining popularity as one of the best short treks in Nepal. For a long time, this trek was done by only a few trekking groups managing tents and food themselves. However, the trekking route officially opened in 2012 and has boomed in popularity since then. 
Moreover, the Mardi Himal Trek provides a short yet sweet refreshment in 4 days, 5 days, or a week for trekkers with a shortage of time. Subsequently, with the panoramic view from the base camp and the rural community in this region, this is a must-trek destination.

Furthermore, this short trek has everything to offer, from the stone-made stairs made by carving the hills to the hike through forests with rare floras and incredible wildlife, scenic valleys, and breathtaking mountain vistas. Additionally, hike the adrenaline-pumping trails through the ridges witnessing the views along the way, and even trek on the snowy slopes. The breathtaking views of the Mardi Himal and the surrounding mountains are an experience you will remember forever. So, it is an all-around trekking experience along the best birdwatching routes as well as culturally and naturally rich Nepali Villages. Additionally, you can incorporate this trek with several other treks, like Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Poonhill Trek, and Khopra Trek.

Mardi Himal Trek Nepal elevation gain:

Many trekkers trekking the Himalayas of Nepal always check the elevation of different places and plan their overnight stay accordingly. Everybody loves to follow the climb high sleep low principle, however, it is not possible during the Mardi Himal trekking. Trekkers will climb up continuously, so the altitude the next day will always be higher than the previous day. The recommended altitude gain per day is 800 meters maximum. However, the itinerary becomes lengthy if we follow the recommended altitude gain every day. Moreover, the Mardi Himal Trek is filled with vegetation and tree lines to an altitude of 3,000 m. So, we have made the itinerary with a safe level of altitude gain in mind gain.

Taking into account the different needs of our clients, we've made three distinct itineraries.

Altitude Table for 5 day Mardi Himal Trekking Itinerary: 

The standard five-day itinerary of the Mardi Himal trek is perfect for beginners and pro-hikers who want to enjoy the trek without rushing. The elevation gain while following this itinerary is given below:

Altitude +/-:
Pokhara-Pitam Deurali
Gain:1,300 m
Pitam Deurali-Low Camp
Gain:400 m
Low Camp-High Camp
Gain:1,050 m
High Camp-MBC                
MBC-Badal Danda
Gain:1,150 m
(Climbing MBC)
Loss:140 m
Badal Danda-Lumre
Loss:2,410 m


Altitude Table for 4 day Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary:

The four-day Mardi Himal Trek itinerary is only recommended to pro hikers. The trek will be rushed and you will not be able to enjoy the views to your heart's content. Moreover, it will be a race to Mardi Himal Base camp and back to Pokhara, rather than being your ideal holiday. If you already have experience trekking the Himalayas of Nepal and have limited time in Nepal then we recommend the four-day trek to Mardi Himal, else there is no need to make a beginner-friendly trek like Mardi Himal a challenging one. The elevation gain while following this itinerary is given below:

Altitude +/-:
Pokhara-Forest Camp
Gain:1,700 m
Forest Camp-High Camp
Gain:850 m
High Camp-MBC
MBC-Badal Danda
Gain:1,150 m
(Climbing MBC)
Loss:140 m 
Badal Danda-Lumre 
Loss:2,410 m


Altitude Table for 7 day Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary: 

The seven-day Mardi Himal trek is perfect for trekkers who want to explore all the villages in the lower Mardi Himal region. The small villages like Aastam, Sidhing, Kalimati, Lwang, and Lumre offer the typical Nepali cultures and days of the villagers in the semi-rural lifestyle.

Altitude +/-:
Pokhara-Australian Camp
Gain: 1,328 m
Australian Camp-Forest Camp
Gain: 540 m
Forest Camp-High Camp
Gain: 1,700 m
High Camp-MBC
MBC-Badal Danda
Gain: 1,150 m 
(Climbing MBC)
Loss: 140 m 
Badal Danda-Kalimati
Loss: 1,912 m
Kalimati-Lwang Village
Gain: 312 m
Loss: 728 m

5 days standard Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Pokhara to Phedi by car, Trek from Phedi to Pitam Deurali via Dhampus Village

Total driving hours: 45 min
Trekking hours: 6 hrs
Trekking Distance: 8 km
Pokhara Altitude: 800 m
Pitam Deurali Altitude: 2,100 m
Altitude Gain: 1,300 m
Difficulty: Moderate

We drive from Lakeside, Pokhara at an altitude of 800 m to Phedi a settlement on the side of Ghatte Khola, which is at 1,130 meters. The drive from Pokhara to Phedi takes 45 min by car or jeep covering a distance of 19 km. 

From here, we trek to Dhampus Village which takes 3 hours along the stairways mostly uphill.
We have our lunch at Dhampus Village at an altitude of 1,694 m and trek towards Pothana. From Dhampus the trek to Pothana takes about 2 - 3 hours, as we pass along the Dhampus Jungle.

Pothana is situated at an altitude of 2,005 m and we can enjoy the views of Annapurna range closely from here. After quickly grabbing tea/coffee we will trek to Pitam Deurali. The trek from Pothana to Pitam Deurali takes 2 hours. Pitam Deurali is situated at an altitude of 2,100 m, a small settlement with Gurung Community. From here we can enjoy the views of Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchre Himal.  

Day 2: Pitam Deurali to Low camp:

Trekking hours: 6 hours
Trekking Distance: 12 km
Pitam Deurali: 2,100 m
Low Camp: 2,500 m
Altitude Gain: 400 m
Difficulty: Moderate

After breakfast, we start our trek to Low Camp. It is situated at an altitude of 3,050 m and it takes 6 hours of trekking from here. We trek along the rhododendron forest, which gradually ascends uphill for a few hours. After trekking for 1 and ½  hours we reach Forest camp. It hosts a beautiful settlement, in the middle of the woods. We will have our lunch at the Forest Camp and trek towards the Low Camp. 

The trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp takes 4 hours of trekking, and we trek along more dense rhododendron forests and cross small streams on the way. If you are lucky, you will also witness wildlife like Himalayan Thar, Langur Monkeys, and Musk Deer. Low Camp is a beautiful place that provides picturesque views of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m). Overnight stay at Low Camp. 

Day 3: Low Camp to High Camp:

Trekking hours: 4 hours
Trekking Distance: 5 km 
Low Camp Altitude: 2,500 m
High Camp Altitude: 3,550 m
Altitude Gain: 1,050 m

After breakfast, we start our third day of 5 days Mardi Himal Trek. The trek from Low Camp to High Camp offers many mountain views as well. We start trekking along the quiet, and dense rhododendron forest, maple and oak trees, with some sightings of wildlife. We reach Badal Danda after 1 hour of trekking from Low Camp. We will have our lunch here and take some rest.
From Badal Danda, we will walk along the ridges covered with grass to High Camp. Further up, we will walk a short section with some rhododendron bushes along the way. After 4 hours of trekking from Badal Danda, we reach High Camp. From here, we can witness the mesmerizing views of many Himalayas like South Annapurna, Machhapuchre, and Hiunchuli. Overnight stay at High Camp.

Day 4: High Camp to Mardi BaseCamp, Back to Badal Danda

Trekking Distance: 13 km
Trekking Hours: 6 - 7 hours
High Camp Altitude: 3,550 m
Mardi Himal Base Camp Altitude: 4,500 m
Badal Danda Altitude: 3,210 m
Altitude Gain: 1,150 m
Altitude Loss: 140 m

Today is the day we summit to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. We start our trek very early at 4 am from High Camp and ascend to Mardi Himal Base Camp. After two hours of trekking, we reach the Mardi Himal Lower View Point, situated at an altitude of 4,000 m. From here, the Mardi Himal Base Camp is 2 hours of trekking.

The trail passes through grassy patches and some steeper sections, but nothing too hard. Along the way, the impressive views of snow-covered mountains and glaciers will surely keep you in awe. Finally, we reach Mardi Himal Base Camp, situated at 4,500m, it offers panoramic views of Mardi, Machapuchhre, South Annapurna, and Hiunchuli. Just make sure you take enough snaps of this rare scenery before hiking back down to High Camp for lunch.  After lunch, we trek down to Badal Danda. Overnight stay at Badal Danda. 

Day 5: Badal Danda to Sidhing village to Lumre and drive back to Pokhara.

Trekking Distance: 11.2 km
Trekking Hours: 6 hours
Driving Hours: 2 hours
Badal Danda Altitude: 3,210 m
Pokhara Altitude: 800 m
Altitude Loss: 2,410 m 

The last day of our Mardi Hiam Trek starts with an incredible sunrise view over the Annapurna range, at the Badal Dada. After breakfast, we trek towards Sidhing Village all the way down from Badal Danda. As we are taking a different path, the scenery is new and refreshing. After trekking 4 hours downhill we will reach Sidhing, where we will have our lunch. It is a beautiful village situated at an altitude of 1,945 m. From here, we trek to Lumre, which takes about 2 hours of trekking. The path is easy, and we will cover it faster, as we walk after having lunch. From Lumre, we take a drive back to Pokhara, which takes 2 hours. Our trek ends here at Pokhara.

Mardi Himal Trek | North Nepal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek - Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Drive to Hemja and Trek to the Australian camp via Astam

  2. day 2

    Trek to Forest Camp

  3. day 3

    Trek Forest Camp to High Camp

  4. day 4

    Explore Mardi Himal Base Camp and Back to Badal Danda

  5. day 5

    Trek from Badal danda to Kalimati

  6. day 6

    Kalimati to Lwang village (via Pokhara canyoning and Lwang homestay)

  7. day 7

    Lwang to Lumre and drive back to Pokhara

Mardi Himal Trek Map and Altitude Graph

everest base camp trek map


    The included sections refer to details for all itineraries mentioned above:

    • All ground transfers in private/sharing vehicles as per availability, for every itinerary
    • Tea house accommodation during the trek ( Private room )
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, and his food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance.
    • All meals, during the trek. You can choose dishes from the lodge menu which mostly includes options as follows:
      • Breakfast: Cereal, Porridge, Rice pudding, Egg dishes, Toast and bread with jam or honey, Pancakes with jam and honey, with tea or coffee.
      • Lunch and Dinner items: Dal Bhat (mostly recommended), noodles soup, fried noodles, momo, spaghetti chapati, Spring roll, sizzlers, Pizza, Veg curry with plain rice, Tibetan Momo, Thukpa, French fries, Fried potato, Boiled potato and much more.
      • ( Note: The menu varies with the different camps so, the food items may get changed. )
    • All the necessary paperwork and Annapurna conservation entry permit ( ACAP permit & TIMS card etc.)
    • Fresh/Dry fruits along the trek.
    • Additional assistant guide if the group is above 7 pax.
    • First Aid Medical Kit Box with an oximeter.
    • Government taxes, TDS, VAT & other legal documents.


  • Anything related to International flight airfares such as Nepal entry visa fees, excess baggage charges, International flight tickets, and so on.
  • Supporter/porter to carry your duffle bags during the trekking. ( One porter carries up to 25 kg of 2 pax )
  • All accommodations and meals before the trek, extra night accommodations due to early arrival in Nepal late departure, or early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses before the trek such as (renting sleeping bags, buying trekking shoes, and so on), during the trek (any shopping, boiled water, tea coffee ( if more than 3 times ), cold drinks, alcoholic beverages, hot showers, telephone call, Wifi, cell-phone, camera battery recharges and so on).
  • Travel insurance covers high-altitude helicopter rescue and evacuation along with medical costs.
  • Tips and gratitudes for guides and porters.
  • Additional costs, such as additional days due to delays caused by natural/uncontrollable phenomena such as bad weather, landslides, and change of plans (itinerary modifications) due to safety concerns, illness, and so on.
  • Lastly, all of the costs and expenses that aren’t listed in the “What’s Included?” section.

Note: You can include a porter (carries up to 20 kg ), with an extra cost of $ 25 per day.

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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Trekking equipments for Mardi Himal Trek

While Mardi Himal is a short trek in the Annapurna Region of Nepal, it still takes you to the base camp of Mardi Himal. So, you need to make careful decisions while packing for the Mardi Himal Trek. The section from high camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp is through ridges so you need shoes with better grip.
We have prepared a comprehensive packing list click here for trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal, so check the list and prepare accordingly based on the number of days you plan to trek Mardi Himal Trek.

Written by: Mohan Bhandari

Frequently Asked Question

Yes, the Mardi Himal Trek is considered moderately easy and is suitable for beginners. However, it's important to be in good physical condition as the trek reaches an altitude of 4,500 meters at Mardi Himal Base Camp, which requires gradual acclimatization.

The trek can be completed in 5 to 7 days, depending on your pace and the specific route chosen. There are variations in the itinerary that can accommodate different schedules and levels of experience.

Yes, the Mardi Himal Trek can be combined with other popular routes such as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek or the Poon Hill Trek, allowing for an extended exploration of the Annapurna region.

The highest point is the Mardi Himal Base Camp, which is at an elevation of 4,500 meters. This vantage point offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna range, including Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre.

The best times to undertake the Mardi Himal Trek are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These seasons provide the most favorable weather conditions and clear views of the Himalayas.

Accommodation on the Mardi Himal Trek is provided by tea houses along the route. These offer basic but comfortable lodging and meals, helping trekkers to rest and refuel during their journey.

The trek is generally safe with a well-marked trail. It is always recommended to trek with a guide, especially if you are unfamiliar with the region or high-altitude trekking. Guides ensure safety and enhance the trekking experience with local knowledge.

5-Day Mardi Himal Trek Cost and Itinerary 2024 Company Reviews


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!!


Mardi Himal Trek

May 2023

We recently did a 4 day trek to Mardi Himal base camp with north Nepal. The services of North Nepal far exceeded our expectations. Balram was an amazing guide - very caring and always so upbeat!! After having gone on multiple treks with several other trek operators, I feel the experience with north Nepal was the best so far. We are looking forward to doing our next trek with them very soon!

Anil Bapat

Fantastic experience overall!

I did two treks with B Peen in November 2021 (Kopra Ridge and Mardi Himal). The experience could not have been better from start to finish! Moane (the owner) spent a lot of time carefully designing the route based on my interests and the weather forecast. Then I was superbly guided by B Peen. He clearly loves guiding tourists and knows everything and everyone in the region. We had the most friendly welcome in each logde thanks to B Peen friendly and super positive demeanor! At the end of my trip, Moane also booked air tickets back to Kathmandu for me at a significant discount vs. internet prices. Highly highly recommended! Thanks for everything guys!

Nicolas Bailly

Super adventure thanks to North Nepal Travels!

Oct 2018 • Couples

Thanks to Mohan and the team we were able to experience and unforgettable, amazing 5 days trek on Mardi Himal while keeping with our reatricted budget. Mohan was super helpful in guiding us on choosing the best route and options.... and surely with no dissapointment! Our guide, Bharat, was super excelent and we experienced the unexpected, even sleeping at 4300m on Mardi to wait for perfect sunrise views.... THANK YOUUUU you guys are amazing! We truly hope we will have another chance to visit 😊😊


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