Mardi Himal Trek - 7 Days

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Mardi Himal Trek is situated in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas and is a freshly opened trekking path. For a short hike in the Annapurna Region, this is one of the best. This isn’t yet as popular as others in Nepal it tends not to be as crowded. A perfect walk to enjoy the serenity.

This 7-day course that starts from Pokhara so it is perfect for those in the Pokhara region looking to do a short trail. If you are starting and ending from Kathmandu, you need to add 2 days to the itinerary because it takes around 7 hours to bus to and from Pokhara.

Why Mardi Himal?

  • Shortest route near Pokhara
  • Views of Mountains Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Mardi Himal, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhre.
  • Mardi People Cultures and Lifestyles
  • Easy and Beginner’s Trip
  • From Us: No hidden Charges, Free Cancellation

Mardi Himal Trekking Itinerary

Mardi Himal Trekking is one of the shortest routes that can be done in 7 days. We have made this itinerary by taking advice from our itinerary experts including the must-visit places en route. Be sure, it is only recommended the route, you can change it as per your comfort.

Day 1: Pokhara to Pothana (1,970m)
Day 2: Pothana to Forest Camp (2,550m)
Day 3: Forest Camp to High Camp (4,100m)
Day 4: Day Trip to Base Camp (4,500m)
Day 5: High Camp to Siding Village (1,280m)
Day 6: Siding Village to Pokhara (1,970m)
Day 7: Siding Village to Pokhara (1,970m)

Find each day by day itinerary details in itinerary section.

Trekking Route of Mardi Himal

The path is winding but quite easy and the view from bottom camp is outstanding. The path takes you a short distance to Mount Machchapuchhre. It offer everything you would expect: native culture, majestic forests, craggy rockscapes, and broad views of the Nepali landscape.

Mardi offers attention-grabbing view of mountains such as Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna Fang, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre. During this trip, you are able to get to the highest possible point (4,100m / 13,451 ft) in such a short time.

The trail to Base Camp starts from Phedi, about 15 kilometres from Pokhara. From Phedi, the route starts to ascend for about 30 minutes to Dhampus. If you are short on time, it can be adjusted to start and finish at Siding. This would mean missing out on Dhampus, Pitam Deurali, and Forest Camp – arguably the best parts of the Mardi Route.

Mardi Himal Base Camp Cost

The cost depends upon the services you take and itinerary you choose. For the above 7 days trail, it costs you about $550. This the best price for the trip. The $550 includes your three time food, accommodation , trekking permits, guide and porter fees, and other necessary government document with trip completion certificate.

When is the Best Time?

Autumn(Sept – November) is Nepal’s apex and the best time to trek. So its best time for hiking in Mardi Himal as well. April – May is another incredible time for the trail.

From May-June, the valley starts to bloom. In June – September, there is the risk of bloodsuckers, storms augment gigantically. Along these lines, the least individuals travel in this time.

In October, along with beautiful mountain views, greenery you can also have perspective on national festivals of Nepal – Dashain and Tihar.

Trekking in December, is ideal time for those who hate walking in group. You will see only few groups in this time. Likewise, the guest houses are vacant. Mardi offers coldest nights and sunny morning in december.

Permits Required

It is located in Annapurna Region of Nepal. Hence, you must have Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP) along with Tourist Information Management System(TIMS) card to go upto High Camp of Mardi Himal. Each of the permits cost you around $20 (i.e. $40 in total).

You may be checked for permits anywhere in the trek. If you want to make permits on your own(without guide), you need your passport and fill small form to get these permits. You can get permit either in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Mardi Base Camp Trekking Difficulty

Mardi Himal is one the easiest trek in Annapurna Area. As we will be trolling through forest, there won’t be any problem of altitude sickness(AMS). However, you have to walk up and downs. So you should have good level of physical fitness.

We recommend you to do some physical exercises and warm ups one week prior to the trek. So that you can walk easily.

Food during Trek

You can have typical Nepali Food(Dal, Bhat, Curry, Pickle) or some italian dish. Generally you can have om-lets, grains, breads, potatoes and some fruits. Please don’t expect to get any 5-star dishes during the trip.


Mardi is in rural area. Please do not expect any VIP stay. Hence, you should be comfortable to accommodate in small tea house/ guest house. There will be two single bed rooms in a room. You will get a shared room. And, There won’t be attached bathroom. You have to share common bathrooms in each stay.

Your Questions

How hard is trekking in Mardi Himal?

This is one of the easiest voyage. This tour will take you up to 4300m but there won’t be the problem of altitude sickness. And you do not have to have a high level of physical fitness and previous experience.

What are the challenges faced while traveling?

Since the trek is moderate. You have to go through terrain. Lack of proper accommodation and altitude sickness are some common challenges faced by visitors.

What is a good 6-9 day trek in Nepal?

Mardi Himal Base Camp is the best short trek that can be completed in 6-9 days. It is generally done 7 days.

Why should Mardi Trek be in your Bucket list?

1. Shortest Trek near Pokhara

2. Views of Mountains Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Mardi Himal, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhre.

3. Mardi People Cultures and Lifestyles

4. Its Easy and for Beginner’s

Day 1
Pokhara to Pothana (1,970m / 6,463 ft)

Trekking Itinerary to Mardi starts after an early breakfast, from Pokhara you will catch a bus to Phedi. The trek could also be started from Nayapul. After about 40 minutes bus ride, you will start the 5 hours trek towards the destination for the day, Pothana. Walking through the dense jungle will take you to the beautiful village of Dhampus.

From Dhampus, a steep climb will first take us to the Australian Camp, passing Deurali. Further on you walk up to Pothana situated on the Annapurna Circuit trail. The evening can be spent exploring Pothana.

5 Hours Trekking

All Meals Included

Overnight in Guesthouse

Day 2
Pothana to Forest Camp (2,550m / 8,366 ft)

Todays destination in this course is Forest Camp. From Pothana, the stone paved trail lead uphill until reaching Deurali. From Deurali, you leave the trail and catch an off-the-beaten trail that heads east.

The trail passes through the dense forest and you will witness various flora and fauna along with some sightings of wild animals. Occasionally, the trail presents us with the glimpses of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif. You finally reach the Forest Camp where you will spend the night in a tented camp.

7 Hours Trekking

All Meals Included

Overnight in Tents

Day 3
Forest Camp to High Camp (4,100m / 13,451 ft)

Leaving forest camp, you start walking towards High Camp climbing to an altitude of 4,100m (13,451 ft) walking across beautiful ridges. From Forest camp, the path leads towards lesser forest trails and more uphill with breathtaking landscapes.

From Forest Camp, you start walking towards the steep trails. There is almost no settlement in this region except some people who herd their animals. You first reach low camp, and then we pass the Nangge Danda to reach the high camp. If the day is not cloudy, you see the glimpses of Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Base Camp.

6 Hours Trekking

All Meals Included

Overnight in Tents

Day 4
Day Trip to Base Camp (4,500m / 14,763 ft)

Waking up early in the morning, you will see the sunrise amidst the clouds. After breakfast, you walk on a narrow rocky trail on the edge of the hilltops to reach the base camp of Mardi Himal.

Leaving High Camp, you ascend for about 4 hours crossing one hill to another. The view is simply gorgeous as you witness all the mountains up close. After enjoying the views from the base camp, you walk back to the High Camp. You the drop down to High Camp from Base Camp and stay the night before descending to Siding tomorrow.

6 Hours Trekking

All Meals Included

Overnight in Tents

Day 5
High Camp to Siding Village (1,280m / 4,199 ft)

From High Camp, you will walk amidst the forest, waterfalls and some hills before reaching the village of Siding. The Mardi Himal trek crosses the Nangge Danda and steep descent brings you back to Low Camp. From the Low Camp, you leave the trail used earlier and head towards the Mardi Khola River through the dense forest. The walk continues till Siding.

7 Hours Trekking

All Meals Included

Overnight in Guesthouse

Day 6
Siding Village to Pokhara (1,970m / 6,463 ft)

After breakfast, you will hike down following the river until Lumiere from where you’ll catch a bus for a ride back to Pokhara. And its end of Beautiful Hiking. A private vehicle can also be hired from here. (not included in package) The drive will be for an hour and will cross beautiful flat terrains with vegetation, little bridges, and waterfalls. Upon reaching Pokhara you check in to your Hotel.

3 Hours Trekking / 1 Hour Drive

All Meals Included

Day 7
Siding Village to Pokhara (1,970m / 6,463 ft)

After a number of days of the tiring Mardi Himal Trek, you can spend the day relaxing in the city of Pokhara. The surrounding and territory itself will calm us and relax our stressed muscles. Pokhara is a beautiful place that offers a number of attractions to both tourist and the local people. Today you spend your time exploring various attractions of Pokhara.

Breakfast Included

Trip Cost Includes

  • The cost of Mardi 7 Days Trek is about $550. This price includes the following services. Your cost of trekking depends upon the services you choose!
  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Find the necessary things for the Mardi Himal Expedition. The following trekking gears makes your trek much easier.

  • T-shirts,  Shirts
  • Trekking Trousers and Shorts
  • Water Bottles
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favourite Snacks and Diets
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles

Mardi Himal Trekking in Nepal Reviews

Trip Reviews
5 stars
- based on2 reviews
  1. Amazing View
    Albert KD16th September, 2019

    Waking up early in the morning at 3AM from High Camp we went to the Mardi Base Camp. Trust me it was a marvellous scenery. I was in no mood to capturing selfies. Thanks to Ammonite and Krsihna for providing such amazing experience at Mardi Himal Trek.
  2. Easy Trek, Great Time
    Adamaris Smith3rd September, 2019

    It was wonderful time at Mardi with Ammonite. The itinerary was for 7 days and we trekked easily. We were provided proper food and best accommodation available. Guide(Bishal) was really smart. He told us in detailed about every places. The sunshine view from the high point was really worthy. Had really great time. Thanks to team!

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Price From USD $ 550/person
Group Discount Available
Group Discount Guide
Cost Per Adult Traveler:
$ 550 USD
Total $ 550 USD

Trip Facts

  • Bus
  • 1-12 People
  • 4100m
  • Easy
  • 7-12 days
  • September, October, April, May