Mardi Himal Trekking

  • Trip Destination: Nepal
  • Total Duration: 12 Day(s)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Mt. Fish tails from Mardi Himal trek

Mardi Himal Trek is located east of one of the most legendary trekking destination of Nepal, The Annapurna Base Camp trek. This is the great alternative to escape away from crowded treks of Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) with stunning views and duration similar to Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. Mardi Himal trek is a relatively new trekking route in the Annapurna region with jaw-dropping views of the Annapurna south(7219m.) and the most iconic mount Machapuchhre(Fish Tail. (6997m.) Its a peaceful trekking route with very few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. Though the availability of foods and accommodation on the route is at the bare minimum, Mardi Himal Trekking is unseen gem yet an enjoyable trekking route which requires minimum effort.

Mardi Himal Trekking is about a week-long trip to the Himalayas with stunning views of snowy peaks through small Nepali villages. It is an interesting trek compared to other popular treks in the Annapurna region. The trek in Mardi Himal consists of short ascend or descend every day. The teahouses on Mardi Himal Trek Is just standard and offers only the essential items to trekkers. Though the trek lacks a number of services, it is one of the best shorts treks away from the crowd and commercial trekking routes. Mardi Himal Trekking is sandwiched between two popular treks; Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Mardi Himal Trek is hided trekking route among most visitors coming to Nepal every year thus the only small numbers of trekkers make their way to Mardi Himal Base Camp each year.

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking is situated under the glorious Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peak. The trail also includes several hours walking inside rhododendron forest that looks tremendous during March - April. The views along the route are impressive; includes Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal and Hiunchuli. More than that, upper viewpoint offers spectacular close views of the whole Annapurna range. The route is pretty quiet during the whole year comparing to popular routes of Annapurna region. Mardi Himal Trekking is a classic trekking route to give you a taste of unspoiled culture and villages.

Trip Highlights

  • Beautiful newly promoted wilderness trekking in Annapurna region.
  • Best alternative trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.
  • Traditional villages and sophisticated hospitality of Local people.
  • The closest view of exquisite Annapurna Himalayas from Base Camp

Day to Day Itinerary




Day 04 : TREK TO FOREST CAMP (2,600 m / 5 hrs)

Day 05 : TREK TO BADAL DANDA (5 Hrs / 3200 m)

Day 06 : SHORT WALK TO HIGH CAMP (3 HRS / 3,550 m)

Day 07 : EXPLORE MARDI HIMAL BASE CAMP (7 Hrs / 4,500 m)






Cost Include

    • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
    • 2-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
    • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
    • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • All ground transportation on a comfortable private and public vehicle as per the itinerary
    • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader.
    • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
    • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
    • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
    • All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

    • All kind of Drinks and personal expenses
    • Clients personal Insurance and Tips
    • Emergency evacuation by Helicopter, Airport tax and customs clearance and Nepal entry visa
    • Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01UPON ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU AIRPORT, PICK UP AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL.On you upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport meet our airport representative and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at hotel on B/B plan.

Day 02KATHMANDU TO POKHARA BY TOURIST BUS. OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist Bus (Approx. 7 hrs) Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Pokhara by Tourist Bus. We make an exciting white water rafting in the Trisuli river en-route with hot Lunch. Upon arrival; check in at the hotel in Pokhara rest of time free. Overnight on B/B basis.

Day 03DRIVE TO PHEDI AND TREK TO POTHANA.After breakfast, drive for about 40 mints to Phedi on Pokhara Baglung highway. The clearing in the forest with lodge settlement is known as ‘Australian camp’. The place is scenic with the panoramic view of Annapurna range and Pokhara valley. The trail further winds through the rhododendron forest to the mountain pass called ‘Pothana’. Pothana is overlooking into the Modi Khola valley wedged between Annapurna South and Mardi Himal / Mt Fishtail. Meals-Full board plan.

Day 04TREK TO FOREST CAMP (2,600 m / 5 hrs)After spending the beautiful morning in the ridge top village of Pothana, we head off the main Annapurna trekking trail and follow the forested ridge to Forest camp. Since this is a new trekking destination, there are small teahouses along the way but we need to carry sufficient water. The day’s walk in the rhododendron forest is beautiful with gradual uphill. Meals full board plan.

Day 05TREK TO BADAL DANDA (5 Hrs / 3200 m)The trail gradually climbs through the rhododendron forest following the ridge. The low camp has got a couple of tea houses in the clearing of the forest. The view of Mt Fishtail and Mardi Himal appears much closer. You find yourself closer to clear blue sky with view of layers of Himalayan foothills and sweeping valley towards south. Note: You can trek 1 more hr to Badal Danda (Cloud Hill) above the tree line in the consent of guide for better view. There is only one lodge in Badal Danda.

Day 06SHORT WALK TO HIGH CAMP (3 HRS / 3,550 m)The trail further climbs along the ridge towards Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail. From Badal Danda, we leave the tree line and arrive in the shrubby alpine zone. Snowcapped peaks of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Fishtail loom in a distance above deep valley on the either side. High camp is a small pasture after the climb with 3 lodges. Here you find yourself above the clouds and closer to snowcapped peaks.

Day 07EXPLORE MARDI HIMAL BASE CAMP (7 Hrs / 4,500 m)The day trip is more difficult than other days with steep climb and longer walk. Trail becomes more vertiginous at some points with uneven and steep rocky steps. The first steep climb will take about 2 hrs to the ridge top which is marked as MBC (Mardi Himal Base Camp). However the real base camp will take about another 2 hrs along the ridge. The view is amazing all along the ridge. While Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail appear right above us, view of Annapurna I, Gangapurna and Annapurna III also appears at a distance.

Day 08TREK BACK TO FOREST CAMP (4 hrs)Even though the scenery is stationary, season and sunlight makes it different and interesting. Spend another morning watching the change that the sunrays bring. Walk down to forest camp after breakfast.

Day 09TREK TO NATURAL HOT PRINGWalking through the Rhododendron forest and Orchid flowers with fluttering flags with singing birds make the trek pleasant. Pass the indigenous Gurung tribes village. Reach to Natural Hot spring for the wonderful bathe. Spend a night at guest house.

Day 10TREK TO NAYAPUL AND BUS DRIVE TO POKHARA. We leave Jhinu Danda and enjoy the beautiful hill landscape of western Nepal on our way to Naya Pul. We have lunch on the way. The actual trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary and back end today. We board our vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara. *If the road construction connecting Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul is complete, driving from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara could be another option.

Day 11BUS DRIVE TO KATHMANDU 7HRS..Morning scenic drive to Kathmandu through the Prithivi High way. It is a 7hrs bus ride. optional the plane services are available for an extra cost. Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel and evening farewell dinner.

Day 12FINAL DEPARTURE TO AIRPORT.After having warm and hygienic breakfast global Adventure trekking will organize the transfer to airport for your final departure.

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Map of Mardi Himal Trekking

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Trip Note

  • B= Breakfast, L= Lunch and D= Dinner
  • The trip is customizable tocombine with Poon Hill and ABC Trek.
  • Please feel free to ask the tailor-made trip.
  • If the departure schedule is not suitable for you, please check back us for alternative departure schedule.

Does your trekking crew have insurance?

Yes, all of our trekking staffs are well insured and well equipped.

-What happens if I get sick in the mountain?

Gat has well experienced staffs and very familiar to local people too. If You are sick, Our staffs will see and handle all kind of needs. Normally if worsen we will descent about 300 to 500 meter and see. If you are still worse then we organizes emergency evacuation by helicopter.

Do I need any vaccination before to leave?

In general you do not need any vaccination but better to consult your Doctors before to come.

-Do I get drinking water?

GAT supply purified drinking water but not bottle water because of the environmental awareness.

-Is the electricity available in the trekking?

Even though Nepal is second richest for the water resources but most of the places do not have electricity. At a same time depend where you are trekking.

- Is there ATM in the mountain?

No, there is no ATM and Bank in the mountain. So you are suggested to have cash for your trekking.

-What is the political condition in Nepal?

Nepal is federal democratic republic country since 2009. Until 2007 Nepal was in unrest political situation and was not safe to travel in Nepal. After the peace agreement between Maoist and Government is it hundred percent secure to go.

-What kind of document should I bring?

Normally a veiled pass port and insurance document is required to bring with you.

- Is Global Adventure Trekking (GAT) is legal trekking tour company?

GAT is one of the Nepal's leading trekking company based in Thamel, Kathmandu. We have been offering outdoor activities in Nepal , Tibet, Bhutan and India since 1998. GAT is the only trekking one company managed by a well trained, qualified and experienced outdoor professionals. It is officially registered with the Ministry of Tourism government of Nepal and affiliated to different organizations- Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP). Our team members were born in different region of Nepal Himalayas. They have full of an intimate knowledge of People, culture and history of Nepal.

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