Mardi Himal trek

Mardi Himal Trek

  • Trip Overview
  • Itinerary

Trip Overview

Explore the remote settlements and isolated villages of the Annapurna region with the Mardi Himal Trek. Look at astounding sights of the Mardi Himal walking along trails that go through beautiful terrains. With landscapes adorned with rivers, forests and other natural settings that enhance the trekking experience, the Mardi Himal Trek presents you ravishing sights. Walk on paths decorated with blossoming rhododendron flowers. The Mardi Himal Trek is a wonderful trek where you would be walking on pasturelands and wide open spaces that are ornamented with the views of the mountains. It’s an off-the-beaten-path trekking package that isn’t often taken by travelers as opposed to other well known treks, but it’s the reason that makes the Mardi Himal Trek all the more appealing. The celestial environment of the Annapurna region is encompassed with the most beautiful of natural elements and you can enjoy them to the fullest extent. The path is gloriously brimming with views of terrace farms flower blossoms.

The Mardi Himal Trek lets you walk through woodlands of fine oak, maple and juniper and on occasions, you can even catch glimpses of rare animals as you continue your trek to the High and Low Camp. It includes the Annapurna Sanctuary and sights of peaks like the Machhapuchhre Himal, the Mardi Himal and Mount Annapurna among many others. Beginning your trek at Phedi after 25 minutes drive from Pokhara, you would be ascending up through settlements and villages that allow you to have a closer look at the unique customs and traditions of the people living there before finally reaching the Upper View Point via Pokhara and Kokar.

We also provide alternative treks in the Annapurna Region like our Annapurna Base Camp Trek which allows you to undergo a trekking journey to the base camp of the Annapurna Mountain, and our Annapurna Poon Hill Trek which encompasses the beauty of the terrain within its complexity. Our Short Annapurna Trek lets you enjoy the splendors of the Annapurna Region is the quickest way of only five days.

Come along on the amazing adventure with us on the Mardi Himal Trek. Join Escape Himalaya to undergo this exotic adventure in one of the most beautiful trekking destinations in the world. The Mardi Himal Trek presents you the experience of surrounding yourself in the ravishing vicinity of the Annapurna Region.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop- off by private transport
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara on tourist bus
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna conservation permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any kind of drinks (hot and cold) during the trek
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver


    Day 01 Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

    You may arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport at any given time, and will be welcomed by one of our representatives. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you may check in. Our representative will explain your travel plan further to you and will elaborate the programs. There are no planned activities for the day, so you may relax at your hotel and try to shake off the jet lag from the plane journey. Overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 02 Drive to Pokhara (910m), Duration: 6 hours

    Your guide will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30 am and escort you to the bus station. The tourist bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30am. The scenery along the road is quite dramatic and you will see rivers, valleys, cascading rice terrace farms and rocky gorges. Upon arrival, you may check in at the hotel and in the evening, you may enjoy leisure boating on the scenic Fewa Lake and see the reflection of the Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Range on the crystal clear water of the Lake. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

    Day 03 Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1,925m), Duration: 4 hours

    You will drive at the road head at Phedi and start the trek to Pothana where you will stay in a tea house lodge for the first night. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 04 Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600m), Duration: 4 hours

    From Pothana, you will walk up to a place called Pitam Deurali, where you will turn off the main Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and continue along a quiet trail through a dense forest of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendrons. Tonight, we will be staying at one of the lodges in a clearing of the forest at Forest Camp, also known by the locals as Kokar. The lodges at Kokar are quite basic and there is no dining room, so you will have meals in kitchen with the owner, so in some ways, this is more like a home stay and is a good opportunity to get to know this friendly family from Siding Village. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 05 Trek to Low Camp (3,150m), Duration: 5 hours

    From Forest Camp to Low Camp, the trail continues through the forest; however as we ascend, the vegetation starts to change with more rhododendrons and trees covered with moss, lichen and tree ferns. At Low Camp, there are two basic lodges- one with a dining room with open fire. The view from Low Camp is superb, with Mount Machhapuchhre visible up the valley. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 06 Trek to High Camp (3,600m), Duration: 4 hours

    An hour or so above Low Camp, the trail breaks out above the tree line and towards the west- there is a good view of the Annapurna South and the Hiunchuli. The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes along the way. Look out for the colorful Danphe pheasants on this section of the trail. The lodge at High Camp is larger than lodges at Low Camp and Forest Camp, this one has eight rooms and a separate dining room with heater. The view from the lodge is superb of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 07 Day walk to Upper view point (4,200m), Duration: 4 hours

    The plan for today is to wake up early for sunrise view of the mountains, then after an early breakfast, walk up the ridge towards Mardi Himal. There is a well-established trail through the grass with a couple of steeper sections, however overall, it’s not too challenging. Look out for the dzos (yak/ cow crossbreds) grazing up here as well as Danphe pheasant. In the summer, the sheep and goats from lower villages are brought up to graze in this area so you will pass a number of herder’s huts along the way. After three hours, you should reach the Upper View point at 4,200m; this is where one can look into the Annapurna Sanctuary and the panoramic view is spectacular looking at the south face of Annapurna and all of the peaks in the Sanctuary as well as Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 08 Trek to Siding village (1,750m), Duration: 6 hours

    On the return trek, you’ll be taking a different route, thus completing a circuit and from the Low Camp there is a trail that goes down to Siding village rather than going back down Mardi Himal back to Kokar. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village and still very much away from the busier tourist treks and it is likely you will stay at a home in Siding owned by the person who runs one of the lodges at Low Camp. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 09 Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara (910m), Duration- 3 hours walking and 2 hours driving

    From Siding, you will walk out to the road head at Lumre; on the way from Siding you will pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. Kalimati is mainly a Brahmin village with Ghalel and Siding both being a mix of Brahmin and Gurung. At Lumre, you will meet your jeep organized by us in advance to drive you back to Pokhara. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast and lunch included.

    Day 10 Pokhara to Kathmandu

    A scenic drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus will be undertaken by you today, which takes approximately 6 hours. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

    Day 11 Farewell

    Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from Escape Himalaya will take you to the airport from where you will depart.