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Want to take a trip of a lifetime, but don’t want to go all the way to Everest? Mardi Himal Trek is your best bet. Come experience the breathtaking mountain views and the serene village life in Nepal. It’s an amazing route between Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC) and Poon Hill Trekking.

Mardi Himal Trek is an amazing trekking route gaining popularity as the alternative for Poon Hill Trekking. Mardi Himal Trek is a moderate trekking route that takes you to the beautiful villages of Mardi and Dhampus. It’s a trekking route that is relatively new and unheard of. The reward of going on this adventure will be worth it. This trek features scenic views, a new route, and a chance to meet people from all over the world.

This is a great route. An alternative route for Ghorepani Trek; Mardi Himal Trek is known for its spectacular landscapes & green forests. A visit to the High Camp for panoramic views is not to be ever.

The trek itself lasts for a week. The Tea houses on Mardi Himal Trek are basic and offer only the basic services to trekkers. The route is not so commercialized like in other popular routes of the Annapurna region but still, it is one of the best shorts treks away from the hustle and bustle of the other trekking routes in the area. The Mardi Himal Base camp is situated under the glorious Machhapuchhre AKA Fishtail peak. The route looks tremendous during March – April when the rhododendron forest has blossomed.

Tour Highlights

  • Short route, short duration, but offers an opportunity to witness breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges
  • Excellent trekking experience for amateur to experienced hikers
  • Breathtaking scenery you'll encounter with - new and virgin trekking route
  • Short 6-day trek but provides all the necessary elements of a great trekking experience.
  • Once in a lifetime experience you won't soon forget
  • A short, but scenic route that gives you an opportunity to experience the Himalayas from a different perspective

Tour Price Based on Group Size

(Smaller the group higher the price. The price displayed here is without any discounts or coupons if exists / if available)
No of People Price
01 Person USD 988 / per person
02 – 05 Person USD 655 / per person
06 – 09 Person USD 567 / per person
10 Person Above USD 537 / per person

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of the Himalayas. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a name card written your name. We will transfer you to the hotel. We will introduce you to the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour.

Day 02Drive to Pokhara

We will take breakfast at our hotel and catch our bus to Pokhara. This is approximately 8 hours drive through the beautiful hillsides, the towering Himalayas and thundering rivers, and pilgrimages alongside the road. In the evening, we will be visiting the lakeside area if time permits.

It is recommended to fly to Pokhara if you are looking for a comfortable way of traveling. It’s about 20-25 minutes of flight.

Day 03Drive to Kande, trek to Pitam Deurali via Australian Camp

Kande is situated on the top of a hill and offers excellent Himalayan views. We will approach the Australian camp and then proceed to Pothana for our lunch. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to reach Deurali from Pothana. We will be walking inside the forests of oak, maple, hemlock, and rhododendron. It’s a beautiful and leisurely walk.

Day 04Trek to Low Camp

We will be walking inside the forests almost for the whole day. The forest looks beautiful during March – April when the Rhododendron flowers blossoms. This is another pleasant day for us letting us walk in the peaceful route. We will stop in the Forest camp, the only stop for lunch before we proceed to Low camp for the overnight stay. We will have some occasional views of Himalayan peaks. This is very small places with only a couple of lodges opened for providing basic meals and accommodation to trekkers.

Day 05Trek to High Camp

We have a pleasant day here. Once we ascend to Badal Danda, we get awesome views of magnificent Himalayan peaks. The higher we go, the beautiful it gets. Once we cross Badal Danda, we see no vegetations and plants around. The trail continues through green grasslands of the high region with a few Rhododendron trees. Travelers often spot the national bird Nepal called Himalayan Monal; also known as the Impeyan Monal (Danphe in Nepali) in this area. This is a colorful Himalayan bird represented as the national bird of Nepal.

Day 06Trek to Upper View Point (4,200M / 13,779FT), return to High Camp

We will enjoy Himalayan sunrise from this heavenly place. Once we take breakfast, we will start ascending to the Upper View Point, the most magnificent place of this program. The trail heading to Upper View Point is well marked with signs on the grassland. It’s going to be a steep but worthy climbing. In summer season this area is full of yaks and sheep along with several yak herder’s huts.
Amazing views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, etc. are seen from here.

Day 07Trek down to Landruk

We will descend to Forest Camp from where the trail to Landruk separates. Landruk is a beautiful village popular for an overnight stay during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It’s a steep downhill walk from Forest camp and takes about 2 hours to reach Landruk village. Overall, it’s an easy and relaxed day where we will be walking downhill most of the time.

Day 08Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara

We descend to Modi River, make a cross and reach Syauli Bazaar; one a very popular stop among travelers heading to Annapurna Base Camp and Ghandruk village. Once we continue from Syauli Bazaar, it’s a mostly flat walk on the dirt road. We will catch our transport from Nayapul then continue our drive to Pokhara that takes about 1.5 hours.

Day 09Drive to Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

We will follow the same highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 8 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs for friends and family members.

Day 10Drive to airport, departure from Kathmandu

We will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. The airport is small and has only 1 terminal. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again!


What is included in the tour price?

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek(2 private airport transfers for international arrival and international departure)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast(Hotel Thamel Park or similar)
  • Accommodation in Pokhara for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast(Hotel Splendid View or similar)
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation on a tourist bus(Private vehicles or Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu flights can be arranged at additional costs)
  • Pokhara - Kande - Nayapul - Pokhara transportation on a private vehicle as per the group size (car, jeep, van or a bus)
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek(9 Breakfast, 6 Lunch, 7 Dinner)
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses / lodges as per the itinerary during the trek(Twin sharing accommodation in a lodge from Day 03 to Day 7)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(Our guides are minimum 7 years experienced)
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(1 porter will carry maximum 25 kilos in total even if shared by 2 or more people)
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(Down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter(Ax Oximeter will help to find Oxygen saturation level in your body, it's important to find with altitude sickness)
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges(No hidden fees, no surprising prices)
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional](1 complementary dinner in Kathmandu will be provided either before or after the trek as per your choice)

What is not included in the tour price?

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation(Nepal via fees; 15 days - USD 30, 30 Days - USD 50, 90 Days - USD 125 | Visa extension - USD 3 per day, Late fine - USD 5 per day)
  • Personal nature expenses(All alcoholic and non-alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower - USD 5 - 8 / per shower, WiFi, battery charging, tidbits etc)
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (weather problems, airline issues, unforseen circumstances)(Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (if not mentioned in the itinerary)(It is not included also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary whether it's voluntarily or due to unforeseen circumstances)
  • Tipping / gratis for guides / porters / assistant guides(Tipping is expected at the end of the tour)
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section(Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
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Meals and Accommodation: Mardi Himal Trekking is a complete tea house-based route hence we will be sleeping and eating in the lodges. Regarding the cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, we provide 3-star category hotel accommodation with only breakfast. The lodges on the trek will be mostly shared bathroom / shared toilet while in 1/2 places we may provide you rooms with private toilet (depending on availability). Additionaly, it’s worth noting that the Mardi Himal Trek is relatively new trekking route hence the lodges are basic comparing to other popular routes of Annapurna.

The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time however Kathmandu and Pokhara offer a wide selection of meals in basic to high standard luxury lounges. On the trek, the number of meal items will be limited to a small number and the tastes might not be similar to the actual item; pizza may not taste like pizza.

Best Season for the Trek: Spring and autumn are considered better for Mardi Himal Trek. The best time to trek is usually during the dry season, from September to early December and early March to early June. The trek is done throughout the year by lots of people however monsoon season is not the ideal one as the clouds usually cover the mountains during this time. Autumn ensures a clear and dry high-mountain pass with a good chance of a clear view of towering Himalayan peaks.

The best months for Mardi Himal Trekking are March, April, May, early June, September, October, November, and December. The Spring Season begins in March and runs until May, while the Fall season runs from September through November. The main reason for having a narrow window is that the mountains on each side of the valley will be filled with snow and ice and can prove treacherous for trekkers.


I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

The prices are different based on the number of people traveling together. The larger the group size, the lower the price will be. For example, the price for 1 person will be higher than the price per person based on 2 people. Similarly, comparing to the prices per person for 2 – 5 people traveling together will be higher than the prices per person for 6 – 9 people traveling together. However, the prices you will see at the time of the booking will be final regardless of price changes in the future.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

We accept all major currencies such as USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, SGD, MYR, GBP, THB, CHF, JPY, HKD, etc. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.

When is the best time to travel? What is the best season?

March – early June, and September – December are considered the best months for this trek. It’s possible to try to trek in mid-winter but the trails can be icy and slippery due to snowfall. The trek is done by a wide number of people even in the monsoon season (late June to early September) however this is not the ideal time.

What is the cancellation policy?

The trek has free cancellation 60 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 60 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees of the total tour price.

How are the meals and accommodation on the trek?

We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 3 to Day 8 lunch). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwiches, burgers, etc. are available. Meat is available in few places and it’s highly recommended to avoid it due to hygiene reasons.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room or twin sharing rooms however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).

Do I need to be physically fit?

This is a trek with easy to moderate level grading. Mardi Himal trek is suitable for people of all ages (above 6) and all types whether they are experienced or beginners. If you are able to walk 6-7 hours every day in an average pace then you are welcome to join this trek.

Can I / we do this trek with kids?

Yes, you can do this trek with kids above 6 years old. The trek is not suitable for kids below 6. Make sure your kid is active and fit to join the adventure, we also recommend additional 1/2 additional days to make it more comfortable.

Are the guides experienced? Are they licensed?

We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are the Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by the Nepal Government.

Gear List
  • Waterproof trekking boots / Flip Flops
  • Socks / Undergarments
  • Shorts
  • Trekking pants
  • Quick dry T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Fleece (Lower / Upper)
  • Rain / wind jacket
  • Down jackets
  • Backpack / Day Pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottles or camel bag / purification
  • Sunscreen / moisturizer
  • Hat or balaclava
  • Trekking poles
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper / Tissue paper
  • Quick dry towel
  • Soap / Shampoo
  • Headlight / Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Light / heavy gloves
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Shampoo / Soap or Bath gel
  • Female hygiene products
3 Reviews
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Prabesh Joshi

Group Traveller

I and my friend did a trek to Mardi Himal in December with Upendra which was organized by Himalayan Leisure, Inc. We booked a service trek with a private guide. The guide was very helpful and knowledgeable and the price was very reasonable. We only took the guide and paid for the expenses ourselves, this went fine from starting to the end.

8 January, 2018

Andrew Jachetta

Group Traveller

Trek went great. The company took care of everything. I would be willing to book them again.

18 October, 2017


Group Traveller

Not the most physically demanding trek and great for those who enjoy forest trails. Went with older folks and everyone had the time of their lives.

24 December, 2016
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