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Mardi Himal Trek

Trip code
Package name Mardi Himal Trek
Duration 12
Max. elevation 4500 m
Level Moderate
Transportation All ground transportation as per itinerary
Accomodation 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Lodge / Tea House during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at
Trip route
Cost USD 790 per person



Himalayan Forever Treks present an exclusive adventure ‘Mardi Himal View Point Trekking’, on the hidden trails of the Annapurna Himalaya range. 
The trail was first explored in the early 1960’s by Mike Cheney, and Jimmy Edward, who named this beautiful spot as ‘Other Sanctuary’. Due to its proximity from the original Annapurna Sanctuary towards the west, bounded by a deep gorge of Modi River. In the past years, it was just a grazing pasture and local hunter trails, but as the year passed on. 

The trek to Mardi Himal is slowly gaining popularity, due to its pristine high and scenic location. The trail also leads away from the mainstream trail and far from villages and human settlements, in the complete mountain wilderness.  

Truly a fabulous country walks enclosed by a dense green forest of tall rhododendron, pines, and oaks trees. As the trek progresses heading higher towards exposed ridges reaching Mardi Himal View-Point, stand in front of towering Machhapuchare Himal. Overlooking close views of Mardi Himal, and the famous Fish-Tail peak that dominates the southern hills of Annapurna Himalayas.

An ever-exciting short adventure of a week duration, suitable for all people where altitude rises at a slow pace. By the time reaching the main highlights, where all get acclimatized and feel in high spirits. Being on the highest spot at Mardi Himal View Point 4,500 m / 14,850 feet high.

Mardi Himal is one of the smaller trekking peaks in Nepal at 5,587 m and 18,330 feet. Climbers and trekkers often visit for the climb of Mardi Himal, which is a broken flank of Southern Machhapuchare Himal. The mountain towers high above Mardi Himal View-Point at 6,993 m / 22,943 feet. The twin summits of Machhapuchare Himal the shape appears like a fishtail, hence the name as 
Fish Tail. Mardi Himal View Point Trekking, is certainly an enjoyable and scenic country walks that starts and ends at the beautiful city of Pokhara. Involves short exciting drives both ways before and after completing the great adventurous treks.

A marvelous walk perfect adventure for trekkers, and adventurers in search of well-hidden and off-the-beaten tracks to venture.

Mardi Himal Trek – A Perfect Adventure for Both Beginners and Experienced Trekkers

The Mardi Himal Trek stands as an inclusive adventure, catering to both beginners and seasoned trekkers alike. Whether you are taking your first steps into the world of trekking or seeking a new challenge, Mardi Himal welcomes you with diverse landscapes, panoramic views, and a trail that adapts to every trekker's pace.

Why Mardi Himal Trek is Famous?

The Mardi Himal Trek has gained significant fame for several compelling reasons, making it a highly sought-after destination for travelers and trekkers alike. Its popularity extends beyond international tourists, with even Nepalese locals finding themselves drawn to its allure. Here's why this trek has become so renowned:

Stunning Mountain Scenery: One of the primary draws of the Mardi Himal Trek is the breathtaking mountain vistas it offers. Trekkers are treated to panoramic views of majestic peaks, including the iconic Annapurna range and the towering Machapuchare (Fishtail) peak. The sight of these snow-capped giants against the backdrop of clear blue skies is nothing short of mesmerizing.

Short Distance: Despite its spectacular views, the Mardi Himal Trek is relatively short compared to other treks in the region. With proper planning, trekkers can complete the entire journey in less than a week. This makes it an ideal choice for those with limited time or seeking a quick getaway from their daily routine.

Tranquil Forest Trails: The trail to Mardi Himal winds through lush green forests, providing trekkers with a serene and peaceful environment. The verdant foliage, accompanied by the soothing sounds of nature, offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Many trekkers find solace in the tranquility of the forested paths.

Respite for Urban Dwellers: For city dwellers craving a break from the chaos of urban living, the Mardi Himal Trek offers the perfect retreat. The serene surroundings and fresh mountain air provide a much-needed respite, rejuvenating both body and mind. It's a chance to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature.

Mini-Mountaineering Experience: While the Mardi Himal Trek is accessible to trekkers of varying skill levels, it still offers a taste of the mountaineering experience. Trekkers navigate diverse terrain, including steep ascents and rocky paths, providing a thrilling adventure without the need for technical climbing skills.

Mardi Trek Difficulty

The Mardi Trek strikes a moderate balance on the difficulty scale, making it accessible to a wide range of trekkers. The trail involves some steep ascents and descents, providing a taste of adventure without overwhelming those new to trekking. With proper preparation and a steady pace, trekkers can conquer the Mardi Himal route with confidence.

Accommodation and Food During the Trek

Accommodations along the Mardi Himal Trek offer a comfortable haven for trekkers. From cozy teahouses in charming villages to lodges with basic amenities, the trail ensures a pleasant stay. The local cuisine adds to the experience, providing trekkers with a taste of authentic Nepalese dishes, fueling them for the journey ahead.

What is the Best Time For Mardi Himal Trek?

The best time for the Mardi Himal Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. These periods ensure stable weather, clear skies, and optimal trekking conditions. Spring unveils vibrant rhododendron blooms, while autumn offers crystal-clear views of the surrounding peaks, making both seasons ideal for this Himalayan adventure.

How Long is Mardi Himal Trek?

The Mardi Himal Trek typically takes around 7 to 10 days to complete, depending on the chosen itinerary and trekker's pace. The journey covers approximately 64 kilometers, allowing trekkers to immerse themselves in the diverse landscapes and savor the beauty of the Mardi Himal region.

Mardi Himal or Poon Hill Trek?

The decision between Mardi Himal and Poon Hill Trek depends on personal preferences. Mardi Himal offers a quieter, less-traveled path with closer views of the Annapurna range. In contrast, Poon Hill, while more popular, provides a panoramic spectacle of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Both treks promise unique experiences, catering to different tastes.

How Safe is Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal Trek is considered a safe and secure adventure. The trail is well-established, and local communities are welcoming to trekkers. However, like any outdoor activity, caution and adherence to safety guidelines are essential. Trekkers are advised to trek with reputable agencies, stay informed about weather conditions, and prioritize personal safety.

The Mardi Himal Trek beckons with its versatility, welcoming trekkers of all levels to a captivating journey through the heart of the Annapurna region. Whether you seek serene landscapes, panoramic views, or a moderate challenge, Mardi Himal promises an unforgettable adventure in the lap of the Himalayas.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1,320 m and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport our guide and staff will meet you with traditional welcome. After knowing the staff of Himalayan Forever Treks, a short drive to your hotels. Located in the heart of a city within an exciting Thamel area, an interesting place where most good hotels and restaurants situated. Reaching at the hotel, check your lovely rooms, after getting refreshed join in for group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, offers useful and important information of the trek, hotels and local lodge. 

Day 2 : In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Morning after breakfast, our city and cultural guide receives you at the hotel for exciting tour. The drive leads in the heart of Kathmandu city, where interesting historical Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard located. The right spot to observe Nepalese cultures. Tour of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, next tour takes you to old Swyambhunath Stupa of more than 2,600 years history.  A Buddhist monument situated on a hillock west of Kathmandu city outskirt, the famous landmark of the country.

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Located at the heart of the city, Kathmandu Durbar Square serves as a living museum of Nepal's royal history. Surrounded by ancient palaces, courtyards, and temples, the square boasts a captivating blend of Malla and Shah architecture. The Hanuman Dhoka Palace, with its intricately carved wooden windows and doors, stands as a testament to the city's regal past.

The Kumari Ghar, an integral part of the square, is the residence of the Kumari, a young living goddess revered by locals. Visitors may catch a glimpse of her during scheduled appearances, adding an air of mystique to the historical ambiance. The square's narrow alleys are lined with hidden courtyards, shrines, and bustling vendors, creating a vibrant atmosphere that reflects the cultural richness of Kathmandu.

Pashupati Nath:

A short distance from the city center lies Pashupati Nath, a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated on the banks of the Bagmati River, the temple complex exudes spirituality and tranquility. The main temple, adorned with intricate wood carvings and golden spires, attracts pilgrims and tourists alike.

The eastern bank of the Bagmati River provides a vantage point for observing the religious rituals and ceremonies performed by devotees. The site is also home to wandering sadhus, adding to the spiritual aura. Pashupati Nath not only serves as a religious center but also showcases Nepal's architectural heritage through ancient statues, shrines, and ghats along the river.


Heading northeast, the journey culminates at Boudha, home to the majestic Boudha Stupa. This UNESCO World Heritage Site stands as a profound symbol of Buddhism. The colossal white dome, adorned with the Buddha's all-seeing eyes, creates a serene and contemplative atmosphere.

Surrounding the stupa is a bustling market where vendors offer an array of Tibetan artifacts, prayer flags, and traditional handicrafts. The rhythmic chants of prayers, the spinning of prayer wheels, and the fluttering of colorful flags contribute to the spiritual ambiance. Pilgrims circumambulate the stupa, engaging in prayer and ritual, while nearby monasteries house monks immersed in their daily practices.

As the day progresses, the stupa is illuminated, casting a peaceful glow that enhances the spiritual experience. Boudha encapsulates the essence of Buddhist culture and serves as a haven for those seeking a connection to Nepal's spiritual roots.

From here back to hotel, afternoon at leisure and preparation for the trek to Mardi Himal.

Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara 860m - 06 hours on road.

An exciting morning and interesting day, transfer to a private coach or in a regular Tourist Bus for Pokhara. 

Traveling overland is interesting to observe the country’s rural farm life, as the drive leads beyond Kathmandu valley. Facing views of snow peaks along the drive, as the drive reach low warm farm villages and towns. The main highway follows Trisuli River for few hours, then heads west with great views of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayas. Then finally ending the journey at beautiful city of Pokhara where all good hotels located by the serene Phewa lake side. 

(Options by air to Pokhara from Kathmandu a short half hour flight)

Day 4 : Drive to Kande 1,530 m and trek to Potana 1,900 m via Australian Camp / Thulo Kharka 2,050 m-1 hr. ride with 3 hours walks.

Morning enjoy the views of Annapurna Himalayas while enjoying breakfast.

Depart from the hotel for a short interesting drive beyond Pokhara city and the

Valley. Drive leads on a nice Baglung and Pokhara Highway, heading up to Nau-Danda, facing grand views of Annapurna Himalayan peaks.

Then heading higher reaching Kande village, located on a road-side, after the drive the trek starts. The climb leads into cool forest to a wide grassy field atAustralian Camp, also called Thulo Kharka. A lovely scenic spot with excellent views of Annapurna, Manaslu Himalayas with Mt. Dhaulagiri and towering Machhapuchare Himal. After a short refreshing break down to join the main trail of Dhampus and Potana villages. A short climb brings you to Potana for overnight halt in the comfort of nice lodge, overlooking views of towering Machhapuchare Himal.

Day 5 : Trek to Forest camp 2,520 m via Deurali 2,100 m-06 hrs.

From Potana enjoy the morning grand views of snow-capped peaks, having breakfast. Adventure starts, heading into cool shade of dense forest as climb continues to a high ridge of Pritam Deurali. A lovely view-point facing Mt. Dhaulagiri with peaks of Annapurna Himalayan range.

After a good short rest, our route diverts leaving the main trail heading north towards high Mardi Himal. Walk follows a steep up through dense tree lines of rhododendron, magnolia, oaks and pines. As walk continues reaching our overnight destination at Forest Camp. A small settlement with few simple lodges to cater the trekkers, situated amidst lovely forest surrounding.

Day 6 : Day 06: Trek to Badal / Low Camp 2,970 m - 05 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight within tranquil environment at Forest Camp, morning walk leads to a steep up. From here following a high ridge path through dense woodland, facing occasional views of snow-capped peaks.

After hours of good hike reaching a nice small open field at Low Camp, also called Badal Camp. As this area is covered in thick mist during the afternoon time, a pleasant place for overnight stop. The Low camp with few small lodges, but neat and tidy rooms for comfort.

Day 7 : Trek to High Camp 3,700 m - 05 hrs.

Morning from Low Camp, following the high route towards Mardi High Camp, the climb follows along the ridge line. As walk continues the tall trees and dense vegetation, slowly gives away for short alpine bushes.

After hours of climb then finally ends the day trek reaching an open and exposed ridge, where High Camp is situated for overnight stop.

Day 8 : From High Camp hike to Mardi Himal View Point 4,500 m and return to Low Camp -06 hrs.

Today’s hike leads towards our main goal and highlights to Mardi View-Point, as well the highest spot of the adventure. Start the morning quite earlier for a long day walk to our major destination and back down to Low-Camp.

The trek follows a high trail on a narrow ridge path, quite a steep haul for few hours; until a small plateau is reached. Where Mardi Himal View-Point located close beneath the staggering peaks of Machhapuchare and Mardi Himal.

From the View-Point and the highest place of the trek, enjoy stunning panorama of Annapurna Himalayan range of peaks. An amazing spot facing Jaw-

Dropping scenery of rolling green hills with alluring snow-capped mountains. After a glorious morning views and exciting moments, return walk down to High Camp, having a short refreshing break. The walk continues downhill back into Dense woodland reaching Low Camp for last overnight on the high hills of Mardi Himal.

Day 9 : Trek to Siding village 1,750 m-05 hrs.

Today, the last day of trekking, enjoy the morning and afternoon heading downhill to the foot of Mardi Himal hill. The trail leads through thick vegetation and tree lines, following the faint trail past meadows and grazing fields.

One of the longest day walk of the journey, on leaving the High Camp heading down towards Low Camp. From here taking an alternative route downhill all the way to the bottom of Mardi Himal high hills. Where the temperatures gets much warmer on reaching the low farm land at Siding village for last overnight stop before Pokhara.

Day 10 : Drive to Pokhara 860 m-02 hrs.

Enjoy the morning overlooking views of beautiful surrounding hills and Snow Peaks. After a pleasant overnight stop at Siding farm village, a short interesting drive follows the Mardi River to Mardipul village. As drive continues past the Hyanja village reaching Pokhara old city area, and then back to your hotel. Afternoon free at leisure for individual activities before dinner, enjoy the last day around exciting and scenic Pokhara.

Day 11 : Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Depart from the hotel at Pokhara, for interesting overland journey back to Kathmandu on the same scenic highway. On reaching the hotel in Kathmandu by late afternoon, rest of day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs. 

(Option for short flight of half hour to Kathmandu from Pokhara)

Day 12 : International departure for homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward bound flight, after a wonderful experience and adventure on Mardi Himal View-Point Trekking.


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