Creative Holidays Nepal

Mardi Himal Trek


Mardi Himal Trek is located just east of one of the most legendary trekking destination of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek.The Mardi Himal Trek is an ideal choice for those of us who are looking for an ‘off the beaten path’ trekking experience in the quieter parts of the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is the lowest and perhaps the least visited of the trekking peaks in Nepal.  While trekking on this route, leading up to Mardi Himal base camp and finally the high camp, we get to appreciate the solitary trails complete with verdant forests, interesting villages, valleys, terraced farms, dazzling rivers and the extraordinary views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Hiunchuli mountains. The exotic and interesting trail wanders through lush valleys, alpine meadows, lichen-laden dense forests, numerous streams, and waterfalls, with the fascinating mountain sceneries glossy upon the close horizon It is best to experience the brilliance of solitary ever snowcapped peaks and the great opportunity of an excellent cultural experience and venture of Machhapuchhare Basecamp.. Another benefit about this trekking route is that the trail makes a small circuit up to the base camp of Mardi Himal so that we don’t have to backtrack over the same terrain. Mardi Himal is a less traveled route located in the most visited destination Annapurna region. The path is so less used and non-touristy that you feel like embarking upon a discovery expedition. Hiking on this route will give you a great place to get a taste of the real thing if you are light on alpine experience. The climbing trip can be combined with a trekking adventure in the remote steep-sided valleys heavily wooded with bamboo and rhododendron.

  • Group size: 1-12 people
  • Max-Altitude: 4,250m/13,600ft
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Meals: All meals during the trek
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Accommodation: Hotels in cities and teahouses during the trek

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Arrive at the airport and transfer to a hotel.Stay overnight and prepare for the trek.

Day 2
Drive to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft): 6-7 hours

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara which usually takes about 6-7 hrs.From the city, we get great views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 3
Drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2100m/6,720ft): 30 minutes drive, 4-5 hours trek

Start our adventure with a drive to Phedi and start trekking from there. We walk on stone steps, terraced fields and through villages and forests before reaching Dhampus. We continue our walk to Deurali which is a small village beautifully located on a ridge with good views of the Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhare. Overnight in Deurali.

Day 4
Deurali to forest camp (2,520m/8064ft): 6-7 hours

Our trail is very quiet until we reach a clearing of the forest camp. We can take rest and explore the area which is also known locally as Kokar. Overnight in Forest Camp.

Day 5
Forest Camp to low camp (2970m/9504ft): 5-6 hours

Continue to walk through dense forests admiring Nepal’s rich biodiversity and reach the low camp. We can spend some time in the evening observing the local lifestyle. Overnight in low camp.

Day 6
Low camp to high camp (3540m/11,328ft): 3-4 hours

Trek uphill alongside a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhre. We ascend up to the high camp, which the final destination of the day. From here the mountain views are stunning. Overnight in high camp.

Day 7
High camp to upper viewpoint (4250m/13600ft), return back to high camp: 2-3 hours

On our trek to the upper viewpoint we ascend and descend, and sometimes on a steep and narrow trail. The view of the Himalayan vista from here is astonishing. We see Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and others. We trek back to the high camp for an overnight stay.

Day 8
High camp to Sidhing Village (1700m/5440ft): 6-7 hours

We take a different route in high camp that takes us to Sidhing instead of going back down to Mardi Himal. The different route lets us experience something different and makes our trek exciting. Siddhing offers a quiet stay for trekkers as it is tucked away from the busier trails. Overnight in Siddhing.

Day 9
Trek to Lumre, drive to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu: 2-3 hours trek, 2 hours drive and 25 minutes flight

Walk towards Lumre finally reaching the road from where we begin our drive to Pokhara. After reaching the city, we continue our drive to its domestic airport and fly back to Kathmandu.Take a rest and freshen up. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 10
Final departure

Arrive at the airport and check in for departure.