Mardi Himal Trekking: 10 Days

"Enjoy Adventure on Rolling Green hills and high ridges of Annapurna Himalaya"
Good to Know
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 3700m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Private and Group
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best Season Sept to May


  •  On our journey towards the Mardi Himal's secret trail, we will be able to observe breathtaking mountains.
  •  wandering through pine and rhododendron-filled alpine woodlands that are tranquil.
  •  The scenery would be stunning with its contrast of white snow-capped peaks and green rolling hills.
  •  Starting and finishing destination would be Pokhara. a city that benefits from a steady stream of tourists due to enough natural beauty.
  •  The route runs beneath the massive Mardi Himal and Machhapuchare (Fish-Tail) Himal.

Advantage of booking a trip with Nepal Trekking Planner

  • Private vehicles facility for airport pick up and drop for both domestic and international flights.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Trip Introduction: Mardi Himal Trekking 2024/2025

The Modi River and Mardi River valleys are connected by an interflowing ridge that the Mardi Himal Trek follows. Everyone can have fun on the Mardi Himal Base Camp walk. Along with rhododendron woods, the road passes through some of the most stunning valleys in the world, including Pitamber, Deurali, and Badal Danda peaks. Mardi voyage might also take place throughout the winter. Since the Mardi trek travels through beautiful terrain the entire way, it is also known as the Annapurna Hidden Treasure Trek.
The Mardi Himal Base Camp routes opened in 2012 following a survey by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, the National Trust for Nature Conservation, and the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), (ACAP).
Mardi Himal trekking package offers the greatest views of a snow-capped mountain, which includes Annapurna South (7,219 m), Machhapuchhre (6993 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), making it the most accessible six-day hike. Mardi Himal (5,553 m), Him Chuli (6,441 m), and Annapurna III (7,555 m). Dhaulagiri Himal (8167 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m), and so on. The nearest walk to the recently opened Kori Trek is the Mardi Trek, which is situated on the east of a well-known route to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, beside the majestic and towering Fishtail Mountain.

The first leg of the Mardi Himal walk is a 40-minute drive up the Beni Baglung Highway from Pokhara to Naudanda Kande and a 1.5-hour climb from there towards Australian Camp. The Annapurna and Pokhara valleys may be seen in stunning detail from the Australian Camp. The camp is now situated at Pitam Deurali, between Annapurna South and Mardi Himal, and it has views of the Modi Khola gorge and a rhododendron forest.

The Mardi Himal Base Camp climb, one of Nepal's most renowned trekking locations, is located just east of Machhapuchre Himal. An undiscovered beauty is the Mardi Himal Trail. Few hikers travel to the Mardi Himal Base Camp, which is magnificently situated at the foot of Machapuchhre, or "fishtail" peak, the most recognizable summit in the Annapurna Range. The walk passes through enchanting rhododendron forests on tight, winding roads until you exit the forest at a height of around 3,300 meters.
 A high mountainous terrain with a stunning view of Mardi Himal, Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli suddenly appears as we reach the high camp.

Why is Mardi Himal trek so popular, and why should you go on it?

Mardi Himal Trip is well-known for several factors. This one is one of the quickest excursions on which we may go to a height of 4550 meters. Even though it aids many budget tourists in reaching a particular elevation, this trek is regarded as a mid-budget excursion owing to its cost and quick trip that allows us to achieve a high elevation and enter 4550 meters. Along the walk, we may enjoy some breathtaking views from Badal Danda as we approach the low camp, take in some of the greatest views from the Australian Camp, and examine various types of plants at the forest camp. When the weather is clear, we can view the spangled light at night from the low camp and the ABC path during the day. It doesn't take long to get to the high camp, but the views and panoramas are breathtaking once there. If you remain there, the morning views are some of the greatest. Likewise, as we ascend to the viewpoint, we are treated to some of the most breathtaking vistas and surroundings.

Where does the Mardi Himal Trek start and end?

 After a one and half hour's journey from Pokhara, the Mardi Himal Hike begins at Kande. The track is excellent; it begins with a steady, moderate ascent, then becomes somewhat steeper around Australian Camp (2060 m—about two hours away) before dipping slightly toward Pothana (1950 m) and rising once more as we approach Deurali (2100 m). From Deurali, there is a right turn, and the word "Forest Camp" is written on a sign on the side of the road. The path winds through a rainforest, initially ascending and then descending on top of a ridge.

The route becomes steeper just above the midway point, then gradually ascends until returning to the ridge and Forest Camp (2600 m). As you leave Forest Camp, the route is at first fairly steep, but as you near the top, the terrain quickly gets less steep.

After approximately an hour of hiking, the path exits the jungle and approaches an open ridge with breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South to the left of Machhapuchhre. The trail departs Low Camp once again via the bush.

To reach Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m), it is feasible to go up the ridge for a further 4 to 5 hours, and it takes around 4 hours to return to High Camp. Although this makes for a lengthy day, there is a viewpoint where the imaging vista may be viewed halfway through. After there, we make our way via Low Camp to Siding. We take a car back to Pokhara from Siding.

Is it challenging to hike or trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp?

It might be difficult to complete the Mardi Himal Trek. However, this does not imply that you cannot succeed. You can do it if you enjoy hiking and start working out well before the start of your adventure. Although the typical Mardi Himal walk is not challenging, hikers and trekkers should nonetheless be in fair physical condition. After all, you are still traveling across Nepal's Himalayas, after.


Climate and weather during Mardi Himal Trek

The best seasons for visiting or hiking in the direction of Mardi Himal are spring and autumn when the bright skies make for stunning views. At this period of the year, the mountains and landscapes visible through the clear sky are breathtaking. As the height rises, the temperature may fluctuate between +15 and –3 degrees Celsius. Compared to spring and autumn, summer and the monsoon season are wet and slick. There is less probability of rain whether it is spring or autumn since the cool wind blows through a clear sky. The weather may cause natural catastrophes; thus, lowering the risks of adverse weather will help finish the trek on schedule. Additionally, nice weather enhances perspective and even aids in our mental and spiritual reconnection with nature. Thus, due to the weather and temperatures, spring and fall are the ideal seasons, the temperature drops as elevation rises.

Religion, and culture around Mardi Trekking Trail

Visitors may discover more about the regional customs and civilizations. In this area, we could see how many ethnic groups lived. We could see and watch people working with bamboo, producing ghee, preserving food, growing plants, and even observing a wide variety of cultures and traditions.

The area is home to several ethnic groups, including the Brahmins, Chhetri, Gurungs, Magars, and many others. There are many different ethnic groups, but we can categorize them into the Mongolian and Aryan tribes in a nutshell. The key factor influencing this location is the rich culture and tradition that vary according to caste. We could see that ethnicity had an impact on how people lived in different homes.

How can I prepare physically for the Mardi Himal Trek?

It will be difficult to prepare your legs for greater elevations if you live anywhere other than the Himalayas. After all, Nepal is the highest country on the planet. The Mardi Himal Walk, thankfully, is not a long or high-altitude trek and is shorter than some other treks in Nepal. Making preparations for the Mardi Himal Trek is not too difficult.

Do I need to prepare for the trek?

Rehearsing is a good way to start to get the feel of what you do. Climbing is the finest exercise. We recognize that you appreciate walking since you are interested in a multi-day hiking adventure. Awesome. Add to it. The time has come to see them more regularly if you are fortunate enough to live in an area that is surrounded by hills or even mountains.

mardi himal

What If trekking is new to you?

We advise starting three to six months before the commencement of your walk, or roughly an hour and two for seven days. After around three weeks, after you have the hang of it, you will have the perfect chance to strengthen your power. Carry a 10kg to 15kg load and schedule a longer, three-hour climb each week. In the unlikely event that this way of life differs from your own, you will soon experience the benefits of this mild exercise.

Trekking with Nepal Trekking Planner

We place the highest priority on safety. Because of this, when it comes to keeping the cost of our walks and treks low, this is one area where we simply do not make any exceptions. Trekking organizations have been chosen for their technical skills, demonstrated safety performance, perfect judgment, amiable demeanor, and capacity to offer helpful and knowledgeable advice. Additionally, they are very competent in first aid and personal safety gear. First aid supplies are provided on all guided climbs and treks in the Annapurna Region.

Travel Insurance for Trekking to Mardi Himal Base Camp

Nepal Trekking Planner highly advises and suggests that all its clients get to travel and medical insurance to safeguard themselves from unforeseen events that could occur while on their Himalayan holiday.  Before traveling to places in the Himalayas, travel and medical insurance must be purchased. Before embarking on any trip or trek, Nepal Trekking Planner recommends all its customers to purchase the legally required travel and medical insurance. It should offer enough protection for treks and tours, covering and having a policy for any physical harm, fatalities, medical costs, and repatriation costs for any mode of transportation during emergency evacuations, such as helicopter rescue, air ambulance, or luggage coverage.

Mountain sickness at altitude (AMS)

Anyone can become ill with altitude sickness. There is less oxygen present at high elevations, breathing becomes challenging. It primarily occurs over 3300 m (10,000 ft).

The followings are the symptoms and signs:

  • Headache/Dizziness.
  • Nausea/Vomiting.
  • Tiredness/Fatigue.
  • Tired but unable to sleep.
  • Appetite loss
  • Anger or stress.

The best way to avoid getting AMS is to dress appropriately for the temperature, drink lots of fluids, eat healthily, and move carefully. If the body is not feeling well, it is wise to request relaxation and sleep. Keep hydrated, and be careful to adhere to the tour leader's instructions on altitude sickness.
Always feel free to request a break from the trip leader or guide if you don't feel well. Sometimes we believe that the dizziness we are experiencing is small, yet that tiny factor might allow water to enter your brain or lungs without your knowledge. Prevention is always preferable to a cure.

Accommodation for hikers at Mardi Himal Base Camp

All of our walks, treks, and tour itineraries include accommodations in the appropriate hotels, lodges, homestays, guest houses, and resorts. In some isolated locations, camping is done according to the schedule. Depending on the customers' fitness level and speed, the availability of aircraft cancellations, poor or terrible weather conditions, roads, or trails, certain trails may take more or less time.
Being in an impoverished nation, we often have to make concessions for the finest services because, as we ascend in the hilly region, the greenery and local population density diminish as the height rises. However, because it is a tourist route, most amenities are still available, albeit some may require concessions. Fruit, the internet, hot showers, toilet commodes, laundry services (due to a lack of warmth and sunlight), 24-hour power, and room quality and availability (standard-quality rooms designed to meet the basic requirements are found) are examples. However, the trekking planner team makes every effort to offer the greatest amenities and services.

Hotel in mardi

Communication and Adaptation During the Mardi Himal Trek

One of the key factors in completing and enjoying the walk is learning to adapt to the environment, including the weather, traditions, cultures, and food. We always keep in mind not to ascend more than 1000 meters in a single day while arranging routes. This does not prevent us from ascending higher than 1000 meters in a single day, although doing so may result in breathing difficulties and altitude sickness. However, if we take our time and stop along the way, it indicates that we are assisting our body in adapting to the temperature, weather, and climate.

Asking questions about the locals, their way of life, customs, and culture is a method to learn more about the traditions and cultures of the location we are traveling to. We are not going on a journey to walk constantly, and having a guide doesn't imply he or she is leading and you are just following. Sometimes it's impossible to compromise on food or drink since doing so causes stress on the body and mind, which can result in headaches, diarrhea, constipation, and anger problems, as well as a lack of services and a sense of being mistreated. Travelers should always identify which foods and beverages they are allergic to or do not consume when enquiring about available lodgings and before setting out on a journey to help create a plan B for food and drink.

The Mardi Himal base camp trip has access to water and restrooms

Because of the limited natural and man-made amenities in the highlands, the quality of services must be reduced. Some locations lack access to hot showers owing to a paucity of gas and wood in the higher elevations, therefore, customers must pay an extra price for the biomass needed to generate the heat needed to provide hot water for drinking and showering. Due to a lack of transportation, mineral waters are not readily accessible; thus, it is preferable to carry a bottle that filters water as it enters. Water purification pills are also a good option.

Some lodges, tea shops, and motels feature squat toilets, which force you to squat to manage your body's waste because there is a dearth of water in rural locations. Not only that, but contemporary western toilets need at least 2 to 3 liters of water to flush, and there isn't enough of it to fulfill those requirements.

Electricity, Internet, and Battery Recharge: Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking

In certain areas, there are no electrical facilities because of a lack of infrastructure, and even if there were, load shedding can result in an artificial or natural scarcity of electricity. To recharge the batteries of smartphones, cameras, flashlights, and other gadgets, it is advised to carry a power bank. Some locations charge extra for battery recharging because they purchase or utilize power from other sources. For instance, solar energy, generators, and even personal hydropower.

The internet demands a particular amount of payment, which varies from place to place and is not applicable everywhere due to the power as well as the private poles and the amount of money that the locals must severely invest in poles, cables, and internet service providers.

Short Intresting facts about Mardi Himal.

Mardi Himal was first summited by Basil Good fellow at 1961. Mardi Himal a 5587 meter elevated peak from the sea level, located beneath Machapuchare and Annapurna Region of Nepal. Western Mountaineers were first introduced to this mountain after the photographs got viral which were taken by Basil Good fellow and group at 1961.

It was also climbed to its summit by a route on its east flank by Jimmy Roberts with two Sherpas. It could be observed from the south that Mardi Himal terminates the Southwest ridge at Mt. Machhapuchare as a distinct and separates the mass from a right angle towards the ridge.

At the south west face of Mardi Himal three well-defined ridges rising from rock buttresses could be viewed which is separated by hanging glaciers. It is said that most people climbed it from the southern region at the late 70s but, no details have been recorded.

Mardi Himal East Face is separated from Mt. Machhapuchare ridge by (5,200m/17,060ft). Located approximately 52 k.m. / 17 miles north from Pokhara.

Mardi Himal is trailed from two main routes to reach towards its base camp. the east route from Lwang, Dhiprung via Mardipul to reach at Simre Kharka, Khorchon towards the base camp of Mardi Himal however, this route does not have enough lodges, hotels or teahouses facilities so, camping is recommended.

The main and popular route at present is set and planned in the itinerary below from Potana and Deurali to Mardi Himal North West Base Camp.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 1:Arrival at Kathmandu (1,350 m) and check in at the Hotel.

Day 2:Drive / Fly towards Pokhara (822 m) 30 minutes on air or 7 hrs overland.

Day 3:Drive to Kande then a walk to Thulo Kharka (Australian Camp) (2060 m) - 02 hrs drive with 3-4 hrs of walk.

Day 4:Trek to Kokar Forest camp (2,520 m) - 05 hrs

Day 5:Trek to Low Camp 2,970 m/ Badal Danda 3210m - 05 hrs.

Day 6:Trek to High Camp (3,700) meters - 05 hrs.

Day 7:Hike from High Camp to Mardi Himal base camp (4,500)m via viewpoint and Trek to Low Camp about 6-7 hrs walk

Day 8:Trek to Siding village (1,750) meter - 04 hrs. and Drive back to Pokhara

Day 9:Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.

Day 10:Final International departure from Nepal.

Important Information.

  • This tour may be run every day of the year, 365 days a year, depending on the trekkers.
  • We can modify and personalize this trip to meet your needs and requirements, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with.
  • You may plan this vacation whether you're going by yourself, in a small group, or with family.
  • Have a sizable group? As needed, we can
  • We can work with you to make it.
  • We offer quick bookings and online payments.
  • Since we are a highly responsive firm, our clients are welcome to get in touch with us whenever they have questions, and we look forward to helping them.
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Mardi Himal Trekking is provided with standard Itinerary details where some walks could be shorter or longer as per the physical fitness, pace of walking and some designated stays overnight could change sometimes, due to lack of availability of rooms, weather, accommodation and other hospitality facilities. 

We will follow the itinerary primarily but sometimes changes are required in case of difficult weather conditions, landslides, difficulties on walking along the trail which requires some more days where our leader or senior guides would be deciding and would have the full authority from Trekking Planner Nepal after reporting to the agency and having a feedback from the agency. 

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • Mealswelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,350 m

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines, you would be picked up from senior staff or guide of the agency with warm welcome. After that you would be transported to your hotel at the hub of the city.

After checking into your room and getting refreshed you would be joining for briefing about Mardi Himal Trekking. Our senior officers would help you with useful important information regarding the trek and your stay in Nepal.
Evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk, Cultural programs while having dinner.

Bed and Breakfast Accommodations are included in Kathmandu (Hotel moonlight/Kathmandu Guest House/Apsara Boutique hotel) with standard meals (welcome Dinner)

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time822 m

Morning starts after getting ready having breakfast or sometimes going straight to tourist standard buses for exciting drive towards Mid-West region of Nepal at Pokhara, as ride leads to warmer farm areas passing many towns and villages with views of high hills and peaks, then reaching at scenic Pokhara for overnight.

(Flying options of 30 mins panoramic flight to land at Pokhara from Kathmandu) 

Includes Deluxe Accommodations on Bed and Breakfast in Pokhara and standard meals

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2060 m

After a pleasant overnight stay at Pokhara facing the view of Annapurna Himalayan range with Machhapuchare peak 'Fish Tail'. Having breakfast in the hotel then driving from Pokhara to commence our first day walk.

Journey with grand views of Annapurna heading towards the farm, villages, towns in a car and then entering a village at Kande, where our walk begins following uphill path into cool shade forests after some hours we reach to a beautiful and scenic spot within a large meadow  grazing field named as Australian Camp, original and local name is Thulo Kharka, means large cattle grazing field, a scenic spot surrounded by alpine woods and forests with super panorama of Annapurna-Manaslu with the top of Dhaulagiri Himal and the views of Machhapuchare Himal (Fish Tail).

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2060 m

Morning starts with views of Annapurna range and a slow climb into the forest to reach Deurali (2,150)m high facing the landscapes and mountains, our route diverts from the main trail at Deurali heading into hidden pockets of Annapurna Himalaya to reach at Kokar or Forest / Jungle Camp for overnight stop after a pleasant scenic walk of the day.

Included standard accommodation and meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2,970m/3210m

From here we go into dense forest of tall rhododendrons-hemlocks-oaks-magnolias and pine trees where we walk on high ridges with the view of peaks blocked by tall tree lines, as our walk slowly follows the hidden trails within the tranquil environment with glimpses of peaks around the open areas then reaching a small place within a forest clearing at Low Camp for overnight stop.

Included standard accommodation and meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,700m

Morning view then heading towards the mountains where tree lines stops for short alpine bushes and shrubs with dwarf rhododendron known as azalea, junipers and Burberry can be seen while you would be facing Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ with Mardi Himal at the closest distance.
Slowly walk leads towards the higher ridges to reach at High Camp for overnight stay, a place with few simple good lodges for trekkers and adventurers, afternoon at leisure to enjoy mesmerizing views, grand landscapes and snow-capped mountains.

Included standard accommodation and meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4,500 m

At High Camp the day starts leading to the base of Mardi Himal, morning walk follows on a faint trail with grassy path reaching the high ridges of Mardi Himal Base facing panorama of surrounding peaks and massive Annapurna range.

Located right at the bottom of South Faced Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’.  Enjoy the grand views at the highest spot of the adventure at above (4,495) meters within pristine wilderness of giant mountains and retrace the walk back to Low Camp.

Included standard accommodation and meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

  • Accommodation3 Star hotel
  • MealsBreakfast and Lunch
  • Max. Altitude/Time822 m

Morning walk with long descend further down lower warmer valley to reach at Sidang village, as we walk on the same route within the densely forested area, and then taking a new fresh route with more downhill towards farm areas and villages to Siding village. From Siding Village, we drive back to Pokhara.

Included standard accommodation and meals (Breakfast + Lunch), Tea/Coffee

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time1350m

Morning from Pokhara an exciting overland journey back to Kathmandu on route observe the Nepalese life, drive leads pass from farm villages and towns to reach Kathmandu around afternoon time, rest of the day is free for individual activities and shopping.

Included accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel moonlight/Kathmandu Guest House/Apsara Boutique hotel) and standard meals and Breakfast.

  • MealsBreakfast

Last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.

Included standard meals (Breakfast) and Tea/Coffee

Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

Trip Map
Mardi Himal Trekking: 10 Days Map
What's Included
  • All airport services including pick up and drop by private vehicle conducted through Trekking Planner Nepal (for both international and domestic flights).
  • Twin rooms/double sharing accommodation with Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • National Park entrance fees and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS card) fees.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government licensed guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Two guests would receive one porter which includes their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment.
  • We provide an assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance when walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size.
  • Twin/Double lodge accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • Safe and filtered drinking water.
  • Pokhara to Kande and Sidang village to Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • First aid kit
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness symptoms). This helps ensuring your trek is in the safest hands possible.
  • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
What's Excluded
  • Your Nepal Visa fees.
  • All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu. 
  • Private Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara. 
  • Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • Case of extra nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival or late departure as well as early return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) before the given time period mentioned in itineraries. We can help you arrange extra night accommodations.
  • Your personal expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone call charges, battery recharge cost, bar and beverage bills, boiled or bottle water bills, hot and cold shower bills, extra porters) or facilities not mentioned in the itineraries.
  • The tips provided to the trekking crews and drivers.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions or any event out of our control from the agency.
Departure Dates
  • Every day of the year, trip departures are available.
  • This trip can be completely customized. Please contact us if you want to customize the trip.
  • This trip is available on a fixed departure basis as well as a private group basis.
  • If the given date is not appropriate for you, Please CONTACT US (Call/email now for a private trip, [email protected], Mobile +977 98510 71767 (24 hrs) - WhatsApp and Viber)so that Trekking Planner can happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.
  • Trekking Planner also organizes various trips in small groups that can suit you. We recommend you reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away for a wonderful experience with us. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.
Essential Info

Equipment and Gear List

trekking iconGeneral

  • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
  • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
  • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

HeadUpper Body

  • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
  • warm woolen hat
  • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
  • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
  • Polarized sunglasses


  • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
  • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
  • Fleece jacket or down jacket

PantLower Body

  • thermals inner
  • Hiking pants at least 3
  • Comfortable pants for teahouses
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Hiking shorts


  • Woolen gloves for the tea house
  • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk


  • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
  • Crampons (For passes)
  • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
  • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

UndergarmentsUndergarments and inner wears

  • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
  • Sports bras (women)
  • sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

MedicineFirst Aid Kits and Medications

  • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
  • Lip balm or Vaseline
  • ointment cream
  • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
  • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

(Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.)

Other essentialsOther Essentials

  • Passport
  • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
  • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
  • water bladder for the day bag
  • small towel for personal use
  • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
  • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
  • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
  • Power bank or extra batteries
  • Cameras and mobile phone
  • Cards/book
  • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
  • Trekking poles
  • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
  • Thermos for hot water during the nighttime
  • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
  • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
  • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
  • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
  • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg/33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
  • A down jacket with a hood(cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
  • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
  • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

  • Although both treks are in the Annapurna region, the Mardi Himal Trek is less popular and provides a more off-the-beaten-path experience than the famed ABC Trek. In addition, the Mardi Himal Trek has a lower maximum altitude and takes less time to accomplish.

  • The Mardi Himal region is rich in biodiversity, and the trek will take you through rhododendron, oak, maple, and bamboo forests.

  • There are no avalanche threats, however landslides may occur in some areas owing to heavy rain. However, if you want to climb ahead of the base camp, you may meet avalanche in the event of inclement weather.

  • Yes, to travel to Muktinath you need Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

  • After finishing the Mardi Himal Trek, you can continue on to other places such as Muktinath or Upper Mustang, but this will require Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

  • Yes, you can take you children to Mardi Himal trek. Make sure you hire well trained and well experienced guide as well as porter for special care of your children.

  • Normally, you can do trek to Nepal in all seasons, but you need to be pre prepared for everything you face in the trek. In the winter season, the trek get comparatively more difficult because of the cold weather snow-covered routes. During this season, only qualified trekkers should undertake the trek.

  • Wi-Fi is available in some teahouses, however the connection may be limited and slow. Furthermore, not all places may have cell network coverage.

  • Yes, the itineraries are completely tailor made unless you join ant fix departure or group .Many reputed trekking companies including Trekking Planner Nepal allow you to customize your itinerary to match your schedule and tastes. You can include rest days or side trips if needed.

  • Though the last moment booking are accepted by the travel agency it is better to book in advance if you plan to visit. Especially during busy seasons, to get permits and ensure availability of lodges and guides, it is better to book in advance. Trekking Planner Nepal also accepts last minutes booking.

  • While the Mardi Himal Trek may not provide direct views of Mount Everest, it does provide fantastic views of other beautiful peaks.

  • Yes, you can hire a porter for the trek to Mardi Himal. Hiring porter helps you carry your bag pack, so that you can walk on your own.

  • Heavy rains and leech-infested pathways are common during the monsoon season (June to August). It's not the finest season to go trekking in the area, but if you're prepared for wet and muddy conditions, it's doable.

  • Mardi Himal falls within Annapurna Himalaya which is North Mid-West Nepal of 6 hrs drive to reach the starting point of the trek at beautiful Pokhara, a renowned city as well famous for its beauty natural scenery.

    Where air distance about half hour to reach at Pokhara and then taking a short drive to reach the starting point of the trek to Mardi Himal.

  • To improve stamina for the Mardi Himal Trek, focus on cardiovascular exercises such as hiking, running, or cycling. Squats and lunges will help you build leg strength. Learn about high-altitude walking and carry proper clothing and equipment. The most important part is to stay hydrated and keep a cheerful attitude during the journey.

  • Yes, you can trek to Mardi Himal Trek solo if you lack any group for the trek. As, you need guide for any trek in Nepal as per new rules. So, even if you are solo you will be with guide or porter. If you even want to join any group you can consult with your Tour operator.

  • The Mardi Himal Trek does require trekking permits. An Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card are required. These permits are available in Kathmandu and Pokhara via authorised trekking companies or the Nepal Tourism Board. After you conform your booking Trekking Planner Nepal helps you with preparation of all permits and documents.

  • Depending on the itinerary and starting place, the Mardi Himal Trek can be done in 6 to 10 days. Some trekkers choose shorter treks, while others want to explore extra regions and take their time.

  • The Mardi Himal Trek is best done in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months provide consistent weather with clear skies and temperate temperatures. During these periods, the vistas of the mountains are at their best, and the trail is usually dry and simpler to travel.

  • The Mardi Himal Trek is regarded as moderately challenging trek in Nepal. While it is not as difficult as other of the longer and higher treks in the area, it does include some steep ascents and descents. To properly enjoy the expedition, trekkers should be in good physical shape and have some prior trekking experience.

  • Mardi Himal Trekking is a famous trekking route in Annapurna region. The vistas of the Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Mardi Himal are magnificent. The walk passes through gorgeous forests, traditional villages, and different terrain, making it a good choice for people looking for a modest trekking adventure.

  • Since it was pioneered in the early 1960’s few explorers and adventurers have trekked to the Mardi Himal area, in past decades gaining much attention as one of the best short scenic destinations, as the area lies hidden behind the high hills of Annapurna and its mountains range.

    Mardi Himal located beneath the towering Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ peak a great walk to reach its base camp with an excellent panorama of mountains and away from mainstream trekking trails and villages.

  • Yes depending upon physical fitness and with sound health and medical background, family with children from above 7-8 years to elderly age of 60-70 years can join in for the trek, as altitude wise it gains slowly not much problem with altitude sickness but leads you to much ups and downhill walks.

  • Meals served according to the menu provided with simple Dal-Bhat (Nepalese daily basic main meals) of boiled rice and lentil soups to go with along with some vegetable curry and hot sauce to add.

    But one can find Chinese-Tibetan to Continental meals served by the lodge where meats items can be scarce around high mountain areas.

    As for charging your gadgets where lodges provides electricity run by Solar power and batteries, where one can charge at a fee as per the lodge price stated as per hour basis.

  • Simple and basic lodges on route treks to Mardi Himal base camp, as the area falls on remote and isolated far from main trekking routes and villages, in early days trekkers used camping when there was no lodge to stay.

    Past decades few lodges has been established comfortable and cozy but simple with common rest rooms and bathrooms.

  • Depends upon the season of trekking April to May warm during day time with cooler air in the morning and night time, October to December another best months for clear views but much colder during morning and night time as well in shades, chances of snow during mid autumn and even in spring time sometimes but wonderful time for trekking in April to May when wild flowers are in season time.

Client Reviews
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    Best Trek with Best Guide and Team

    The Mardi Himal trek with Trekking Planner was an unforgettable adventure that exceeded all my expectations. From the arrival in Katmandu and Pokhara until the end of trek, professionalism and expertise of my guide, Binod and team ensured a seamless and enriching experience.

    Binod! was not just a guide but a true companion throughout the journey. His extensive knowledge of the local terrain, his positivity and warm personality added greatly to the whole experience.
    He effortlessly navigated me through the rugged trails, always ensuring safety and well-being.
    From well-planned itinerary to the comfortable accommodations and delicious meals along the way, every aspect of the trek was meticulously arranged.

    Overall, the trek was an enriching and transformative experience. I cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone seeking an adventure of a lifetime in the heart of the Himalayas.

    Sonam WBhutan,Feb 29, 2024
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    Went on the Mardi Himal trek, Dipak is very responsive and efficient, his prices are very reasonable as well.
    Our guide, Binod was super helpful and active, serving us food, carrying fruits all the way up to high camp so we could enjoy it, he made sure we got everything we needed including wi-fi and hot water to wash up, and to top it all off, he did everything with a big smile on his face!
    Kudos to the team and Dipak for organizing one of the best experiences, will definitely return to Nepal for more adventures with them.

    Sangay PBhutan,Feb 24, 2024
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