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Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Length: 11 Days
Highest Point: 4,200m (Upper Viewpoint)
Trek Grade: Moderate
Accommodation: Teahouse
Starting Point: Pokhara (Kaski)
Ending Point: Pokhara (Kaski)
Walking Time: Approx 6 hrs per day
Region: Annapurna

Trip Highlights

  • A beautiful hike from lush sub-tropic to high altitude
  • Less crowded than other Annapurna trails
  • Stunning views of Annapurna South, Himchuli and Machhapuchhre, among other peaks
  • Trek through rhododendron and magnolia forests
  • Ridge walking offering panormaic views of the Himalayas
  • Quintessential Gurung village of Sidhing


Mardi Himal Trek is a relatively new yet one of the most beautiful walking adventures in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This is the perfect trek for those who want to avoid the crowds of the Annapurna region but still want to get close to the mountains. It is one of the most sought after adventures for those looking for some trekking adventure in the Nepal Himalayas. The trek is easy as the maximum altitude that you will reach is only around 4,200 meters. The trek offers excellent views of mountain vistas of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, and Mardi Himal, among other things. While the initial section of the trek is on thick forest, the latter part is on a ridge above tree line offering your views all around. The trek is easy and suitable for all trekkers. The trek begins from Kande along the Pokhara-Baglung Highway and progresses through Deurali, Forest Camp, Low Camp and High Camp. While returning, you will leave the main trail and make a detour to Sidhing village and drive to Pokhara.
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1330m)

Welcome to Nepal. Our representative will be waiting for you outside the airport holding your nameplate. After customary welcome at the airport, he will transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the time is free for independent activities. In the evening, attend a trek briefing session with your guide.

O/N: Hotel
Day 2
Fly to Pokhara (820m) – Approx 30 mins

After early breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and drive a short distance to the domestic airport for a flight to Pokhara. The flight is scenic and offers you mesmerizing view of Himalayan peaks from the comfort of your aircraft seat. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, board a waiting car and drive to your hotel. Explore the Pokhara city after lunch. There are various activities to do in and around Pokhara. In the evening, check out some of the pubs in the tourist district of lakeside.

O/N: Hotel
Day 3
Drive to Kande (1740m) and Trek to Deurali (2100m) – Approx 5 hrs

Board a waiting car at the hotel for a short drive to the trek head at Kande. The drive is pleasing as the road snakes through terraced fields, lush forests and terraced fields to ridge top town of Naudanda and further to Kande. The drive takes about an hour and a half. The trek starts in earnest from Kande. The trail drops a bit and soon contours a hill. You can get views of terraced fields on either side of the trail. An easy climb on stone-paved trail will take you to Australian Camp – a beautiful meadow. You can enjoy breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Lamjung Hima, among others, from Australian Camp. After a brief tea break, the trail makes a descent through thick forest. Continue your walk for about an hour and reach your lunch point at Pothana. Your trail branches out here with the right one going to the village of Landruk and further to the Annapurna Base Camp. Take the trail on the left and continue walking toward Deurali. Your night halt at Deurali is an easy ascent through lush forest.

Day 4
Trek to Forest Camp (2460m) – Approx 6 hrs

Get up early in the morning to see mother nature at her best. The first rays of sun add a different aura to the surroundings. Resume your walk after breakfast at your teahouse. Most of today's walk is through a lovely forest of rhododendron and magnolia trees. In the spring, the entire forest wears a festive look with different varieties of flowers in full bloom. Though thick forest will deprive you of mountain views throughout the day, we can see snow-capped pinnacles rising above the forest at places as you walk higher. Your night halt, Forest Camp, is located in a small opening in a dense forest with few teahouses. Stay in one of them.

O/N: Tent
Day 5
Trek to Low Camp (2985m) – Approx 5 hrs

Continue your walk today as well. The day's walk involves some hard ascents. But it promises lot of fun as most of the walk is through lush forest where you get to see Nepal's amazing biodiversity. The forest gradually thins out as you climb higher because you are heading toward the snowline offering you amazing views of Machhapuchhre and Mardi Himal, among others. A walk of some five hours will take you to your night halt at Low Camp. Low Camp sits on a dense forest just below the ridge with few teahouses.

O/N: Teahouse
Day 6
Trek to High Camp (3515m) – Approx 6 hrs

Today's hike takes you to the ridge top offering you views all around. Begin the day after early breakfast and continue uphill walk through the forest. The treeline is soon reached and you can see trees make way for small shrubs and rhododendron bushes. As the views become clear, the chances of sighting Nepal's national bird, the Danphe pheasant, are high now onwards. Going further, you will reach a place called Badal Danda which offers sumptuous views all around. Take a brief rest and enjoy views of snowcapped mountains sipping your favorite brew. Badal Dana offers panoramic views of Macchapuchhre, Mardi Himal, Himchuli, Annapurna South and Annapurna 1, among others. Resume your walk along the ridge enjoying views all around. You will reach your night halt at High Camp by lunchtime. Eat lunch and enjoy the views all around.

O/N: Teahouse
Day 7
Trek to Upper Viewpoint (4210m) and Back – Approx 6 hrs

Today is the day to enjoy the best of Mardi Himal Trek. Carrying packed lunch, leave your teahouse after early breakfast and hike up a steep and narrow trail through pastures over a small ridge to the viewpoint. Watch the spectacular sunrise views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Himchuli, Tent Peak, Singachuli and the quintessential Machhapuchhre, among others. You can continue your hike to the Upper Viewpoint and return to the teahouse late in the afternoon.

O/N: Teahouse
Day 8
Trek to Sidhing (1860m) – Approx 7 hrs

After enjoying the mountain vistas, it's time to make a descent. Eat your breakfast and start a long descent toward Low Camp. It's a trail that you must me familiar by now. The trail is on a ridge until Badal Danda. So enjoy mountain views as much as you can. After Badal Danda, the trail enters the forest and soon reaches Low Camp. The trail branches out here with the left trail descending to Sidhing. After lunch at Low Camp, take the trail on the left and start your long descent to Sidhing. The trail enters thick wood and you can see beautiful terraced fields far below. Sidhing, a Gurung village, is one of the largest settlements on the Mardi Himal Trek. Stay in one of the teahouses. Explore the village and interact with the locals.

O/N: Teahouse
Day 9
Trek to Lumre (1190m) and drive to Pokhara – Approx 3 hrs trek, 3 hrs drive

You can make a late start today as your trek is done and dusted. After a leisurely breakfast, leave the village and make a short walk to your roadhead at Lumre. The walk takes about three hours. The trail is pleasing and passes through beautiful terrace fields and sparse settlements. Eat lunch in Lumre, board a waiting car and start driving toward Pokhara. The drive takes around three hours. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check into your hotel. Evening is free for independent activities.

O/N: Hotel
Day 10
Fly to Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will drive you to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check into your hotel. Remainder of the day is free for your independent activities. Explore the streets of Kathmandu, check out the restaurants or buy souvenirs for your friends or family for home. Option activities can be arranged on request.

O/N: Hotel
Day 11

Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight. We will transfer you to the airport some three hours before your flight time so that you don't have to rush for immigration formalities. Bon voyage.

O/N: Tent

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