The Mardi Himal Trek is a 5 days short trek near Pokhara in Nepal that takes you to Mardi Himal located beneath the formidable Mt. Machapuchhre, the fish tail mountain, in the Annapurna Conservation Area. The trek takes you on a picturesque trail through green hills, forests of oak and rhododendrons and valleys flanked by snowcapped mountains. The trek over a high ridge with views of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machapucchre and Manaslu stay with you all the time making it one of the many amazing highlights of this trek. We cross several beautiful lakes and waterfalls eventually reaching the Mardi Himal base camp situated at the base of Mardi Himal and Mt. Machapucchre. The base camp is at an altitude of 4500 M. This trek is the perfect for both beginners and experienced trekkers who wish to trek on this offbeat and comparatively less crowded trail in Nepal. The best time to do this trek is in the pre-monsoon months of March - May and in the post-monsoon months of September - December. Stay on this page for more information on the Mardi Himal Trek.
Arrive at Pokhara
Reach Pokhara today and check into your accommodation. Spend the day exploring the bustling city and various cafes and bars around. Buy any last minute necessities.
Pokhara to Kande - 1 hr Drive. Kande to Deurali (2125 M) - 4 hrs
From Pokhara the drive to Kande which is the start point of our trek takes about 1 hr. We start our trek from Kande and walk through green hills, rhododendron forests and reach the mountain pass of Deurali which separates the Annapurna south range and the Mardi Himal/Mt. Machapucchre. We continue our trek across several villages while soaking in the stunning views of the snowcapped peaks in the distance. Overnight in a lodge.
Deurali (2125 M) to Low Camp (3150 M) - 7 hrs
In today's trek we will trek over grasslands with lovely views of Mt. Machapucchre, Mardi Himal, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. Following a clearing we will reach the forest camp and continue to move ahead to low camp. You may encounter exotic wildlife en route such as Himalayan thar, spotted deer, etc along with rhododendron flowers. Overnight in a lodge.
Low Camp (3150 M) to High Camp (3700 M) - 4 hrs
Today we will trek along the Mardi Himal edge to reach the High Camp. The trek on the Mardi Himal ridge presents majestic views of Mardi Himal and Mt. Machapucchre. We cross rhododendron bushes as the tree line begins to thin out. There are chances of spotting the "Daphne", the national bird of Nepal. Overnight in lodges at High Camp.
High Camp (3700 M) to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 M) and back to High Camp - 6 to 7 hrs
Today we will start early and move towards the Mardi Himal Base Camp in the hopes of catching the beautiful sunrise over Mardi Himal and Mt. Machapucchre. The trail is steep and worth every step knowing what awaits you. You will be presented with stunning views of Mardi Himal, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Mt. Machapucchre. Spend some time enjoying and soaking in the views. We then make a move towards the High Camp. Overnight in lodges at High Camp.
High Camp (3700 M) to Siding (1855 M) - 9 km, 6 hrs. Siding to Pokhara - 3 hrs Drive
The trail from High Camp to Siding is steep. We will reach the traditional village of Siding and then take a 3 hrs drive to Pokhara.
Depart from Pokhara
Please do carry either your passport or Voter ID card, along with a few passport size photographs.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Pokhara and dropped off at the same location.
Expect to reach Pokhara by afternoon.
You can offload your backpack (up to 10 kgs) on this trek. The portage fee is included in the trek cost.
A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by the directions of the leader. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
You can buy your trekking necessities from Pokhara. There may be some items available at shops in some villages on the trail as well. But it is recommended not to leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent/room with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
Water bottles are available for purchase on the trail. However, if you plan to get water from the local water sources then please carry chlorine tablets/ water purification tablets.
Indian Currency of INR 100 and below work in Nepal. However, the new INR 2000 and INR 500 notes are not accepted at all. The new notes work in the cities, but people at other places might not accept the new notes. Get your currency exchanged to Nepalese currency from Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Depending on the season, the Mardi Himal Base Camp temperature can drop to -10°C at night and be as high as 30°C during the day time.
There may be fresh snowfall in the region depending on the weather. There will be permanent snow accumulation at higher altitudes, though not necessarily on the trail itself.
Since this is not a camping trek, tents and sleeping bags are not required. However, if it is too cold then, sleeping bags do come in handy. Rental options available in Pokhara.
There are adequate, hygienic facilities throughout the trail and at all accommodations.
Gaiters and microspikes will not be provided by us for trekking in snow. If required you can rent these items in Pokhara. Not Applicable for treks in Nepal though.
Meals are not included on this trek. The lodges / guest houses on this trek have ample eating options.
You can rent following items from Pokhara - Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack, gaiters, micro spikes, sleeping bags.
You will be provided shared accommodation in a hostel in Pokhara. On the trail, you will be provided twin or triple sharing accommodation in lodges / tea houses / guest houses.
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, is a vibrant, noisy city. Packed full of history, palaces and temples, it is also within touching distance of Nepal's premier attraction: the Himalaya.
Kathmandu is home to places to visit like Durbar Square (with temples dating back to the 12th century), Boudhanath Stupa (a world heritage site), and Pashupatinath Temple (the country's most important Hindu temple, on the banks of the Bagmati river).
Another must-see attraction is the Royal Palace, the site of the infamous 2001 massacre of the Royal Family by the then Crown Prince, and now converted into the Narayanhiti Palace Museum.
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The base for the trek is Pokhara, which is well connected from Delhi by air and land.
By Air: There are multiple daily flights from Delhi to Kathmandu.
By Rail:You can take a train from Delhi to Raxaul Junction in Bihar on the Indo - Nepal border. From Raxaul, take a 5 km bus/taxi to the border, from where Kathmandu is a 10 hour road journey. Buses and taxis are easily available at the border.
By Road: The road distance from Delhi to Kathmandu is 1,145 km. There is a Delhi Government luxury bus service from Delhi Gate for Kathmandu that takes around 36 hours. This is the most time consuming but budget-friendly option at INR 2300 for the bus journey. From Kathmandu, you can opt to fly to Pokhara, or take one of several shared cabs that ply on the route daily. Since the trek starts from Pokhara you can take regular buses and taxis that ply from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Pokhara is also accessible from Delhi by road or rail.
Over the last few years the mobile/ cell phone network has improved significantly in more remote areas of Nepal. The best network above Ghandruk on Mardi Himal Trek is Nepal Telecom (NTC) or NCell. It is easy to buy an NTC SIM card from Kathmandu or Pokhara. You will need to provide your passport, so don't forget to bring it along.
Mardi Himal Trek best time:
Pre-monsoon - March to May
Post monsoon - September to December
The Mardi Himal Trek is an easy trek. It is a high altitude trek climbing to the height of 4500 meters. Even though it is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers alike, it is recommended to be physically fit and have a good endurance to undertake this trek successfully. It is recommended to learn about campsite basics, ascending descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process. Mardi Himal Trek difficulty level on Bikat's scale is 3. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
No prior experience is required, but it is recommended to be physically fit and have a good mental and physical endurance.
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
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