6 Days Mardi Himal Trek

Duration: 6 Days   |   Trip Photos  |   Trip Map
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Trip Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 2-20 PAX
  • Max Elevation: 4250m

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek is a newly opened trekking route in the Annapurna region that guarantees a diverse experience. Distinct from other mainstream trekking options like the Annapurna Circuit Trek and the classical Annapurna Base Camp Trek, this exhilarating short trekking adventure introduces you to the wilderness of the Annapurna region. Opened for trekkers in 2012, the Mardi Himal route has gained popularity for the tranquil experience it offers and the opportunity to connect with nature, moving farther from bustling modernization.

In this exciting short Himalayan exploration, you will get the opportunity to move along the enchanting landscapes that the Annapurna region is famous for. You will follow the exciting trail across the colorful farmlands, rhododendrons forest, thick forests, lush hills, and alpine meadows, pushing toward your ultimate destination, Mardi View Point. In this trek, you will also get the chance to explore the fascinating diversity of the Annapurna Conservation Area. This conservation area is the largest conservation area in the country, spread at an area of 7,629 sq km.

Besides the fascinating natural allurements of the 6 Days Mardi Himal Trek, this off-beaten Himalayan exploration also doesn’t fall short when it comes to the cultural experience. You will get the chance to explore the beautiful traditional settlements of the remote part of the Annapurna region. Gurung, Thakali, Magar, Chhetri, and Manangi are the major ethnic groups of this north-central Himalayan region, and you will have the chance to experience their fascinating culture, traditions, and lifestyle that has helped them sustain their livelihood even at the farthest corner of the mountains.

So, taking this exciting journey just as a simple Himalayan exploration would not be correct as it is a blend of cultural, natural, and spiritual experiences that beholds the power to change one’s perspective about life and our basic understanding of contentment. Join Marvel Adventure in this gratifying journey to explore the wonders of nature, culture, and traditions passed down since ancient times and experience a soul-transcending odyssey to understand self and the mystical charms of the universe.

What to Expect on Mardi 6 Days Trek?

Mardi Himal Trek | Cost, Itinerary and Difficulty

During your Mardi Himal Trek, you can expect the unique addition of the Himalayan wilderness during each passing day of your journey. I have trekked on this route several times, and the experience is simply magical and refreshing every time. A typical day on this trekking route starts after a short brief on the particular day’s exploration.

You will enjoy a healthy breakfast at the teahouse served with tea/coffee and will hit the trekking trail by around 7 AM to 8 AM for a fresh start. It's generally about 3 to 4 hours of trek from your breakfast point to your lunch destination, so make sure to pack your favorite snacks and stay hydrated. Don’t worry; you will get enough breaks along the route and sufficient time to admire the highlights enroute.

After reaching your lunch destination, you will get to rest for about an hour. So, take your time to enjoy a healthy meal and make sure to monitor your nutrient intake. The trekking part after the lunch is generally lasting about just 2 to 3 hours. You will push for the resting point of the particular day before nightfall. If you are feeling a little low on energy, carry energy drinks and electrolytes. It helped me during the high-altitude section of the trail.

You will also get the chance to explore the surroundings of the resting destination if you have enough daylight hours (make sure to consult your guide first). The dinner at the teahouses is generally served from around 6 PM to 7 PM, if the teahouse is crowded, you will have to wait for a little bit for your group’s turn at the dining hall. After dinner, your guide will provide you with details about the next day’s adventures, how you should prepare, and what you can expect during your exploration.

Who Can Do Mardi Himal Trek?

Who Can Do Mardi Himal Trek?

6 Days Mardi Himal Trek is a moderate level of Himalayan trekking adventure in the north-central part of the country. Although it has been enlisted in the moderate-level category, this short trekking prospect is considered one of the relatively easier explorations. There aren’t any significant altitude points that possess a high risk of altitude sickness, nor are there any sections on the trail that demand technical skills.

So, pretty much anyone can take part in this exciting Himalayan endeavor. In fact, this trekking adventure has been recommended as one of the most thrilling and beginner-friendly trekking adventures in the Nepali Himalayas. You will be able to complete this Himalayan adventure without any worries if you have good health and basic level of fitness. As for the age regarding concerns, there isn’t any age restriction for this trek; this relatively easy trekking adventure is also the top choice for diverse age group exploration.

However, as this trek takes you to the high-altitude points and you will also trek a significant distance (approximately 41 km/ 25 miles), you shouldn’t underestimate the challenging aspects of the trip. You should consider making an adequate level of preparation to make your trek a comfortable journey. As this trek is a short endeavor, working on your stamina level will be enough for this trek. Cardiovascular/stamina enhances your overall physical aspects and extends your stamina reserve, so you will be able to move around more easily without exhausting yourself.

Note: Setting your training period for 2 to 3 weeks is an efficient way to prepare for the trek. You can also include stair climbing and practice hikes as part of your training, which will make overcoming the steep landscapes of the Himalayas much easier.

What Makes This Trek So Special?

 Mardi himal trekking 6 days itinerary

Mardi Himal Trek 6 Days Itinerary is one of the most exciting trekking adventures in the north-central Himalayas. Annapurna region is the second mainstream and one of the most fascinating trekking destinations in the country; Annapurna Circuit Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek are the most renowned exploration prospects in this mainstream region. However, if you are looking for a unique experience to explore the wilderness of this popular trekking destination, Mardi Himal is the next best exploration opportunity.

Unlike other popular treks in Annapurna, this trekking adventure takes you away from the mainstream crowd, rewarding you with a tranquil experience. So, this is the best alternative if you are looking for a more meaningful connection with nature. As this trek takes you across the remote trails, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful high-altitude settlements that still preserve their ancient culture and embrace traditional lifestyles.

It is also one of the relatively easier trekking opportunities in the Himalayas that you can enjoy with your family and friends. You will be able to forge unforgettable memories with your loved ones in this less-demanding trek that guarantees an incredible cultural and natural experience. Besides that, the views of mountain vistas from your trekking trail and the diverse landscapes of the second-mainstream trekking region in the Himalayas will make your everyday exploration a magic-filled adventure.

At the pinnacle point of this trek, Mardi View Point, you will be able to enjoy the 360° panoramic views of incredible peaks like Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Himchuli, Khangsar Kang, Tarke Kang, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhre.

Why Trek With Us?

Food and Accomodation for mardi himal trek

Marvel Adventure has been leading incredible Himalayan trekking adventures and expeditions for over a decade. Our talented team is a combination of exceptional guides, porters, tour leaders, and managers who have significant years of experience in their particular field of expertise. We aspire to provide the best value experience to our guests and forge a long-lasting bond.

Our are renowned packages offer invaluable experience regardless of which corner of the Himalayas you plan to explore. For an immersive experience, we take care of all the details of your trip so you cannot trek without any worry. From permits, land transportation, food, accommodation, and other logistic details, we handle every aspect of your Himalayan journey to make the experience remarkable.

Besides the pre-determined itinerary plans, we also offer customizable options. If you are trekking with your family or a diver-age group, this option is suitable to maximize the experience and comfort level. In this custom-tailored option, you can decide your trekking, number of rest days, and side detours you prefer during your Himalayan adventure.


  • One of the easiest and short trekking adventures in the Nepali Himalayas
  • Off-beaten route and wilderness experience of the Annapurna region
  • Epic views of the north-central peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal, Hiunchuli, and Gangapurna
  • Traversing across the rich bio-diversity of the Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Opportunity to explore and experience the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the Gurung, Thakali, Magar, Chhetri, and Manangi ethnic group
  • A beginner-friendly and thrilling exploration prospect in the Himalayas
  • Hike to Mardi View Point for the magical sunrise views and the panoramic views of mountains and valleys
  • Exploring the diverse landscape of the country, trekking across the terraced farms, lush forests, high hills, waterfalls-rivers, and alpine meadows
  • A diverse group exploration prospects

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 1 Drive to Pokhara

    Kathmandu Altitude: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

    Pokhara Altitude: 820 meters/ 2,690 feet

    Altitude Loss: 580 meters/ 1,902 feet

    Your exciting Himalayan adventure starts with a drive out of Kathmandu Valley toward the west. In this exciting day’s adventure, you will drive on the Prithvi Highway enjoying the charming lush terrains at the banks of the Trishuli River and Marsyangdhi River.

    Passing across the vibrant settlements, charming streams and waterfalls, lush hills, and terraced farms, you will reach the popular tourist hub of the country in about 7 hours. After reaching Pokhara, you can stroll around the beautiful city and the lakesides, enjoying the epic views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, and Dhaulagiri.

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Pokhara
    • Altitude: 820m
  • Day 2 Drive to Kande & Trek to Pothana

    Kande Altitude: 1,770 meters/ 5,807 feet

    Pothana Altitude: 1,890 meters/ 6,200 feet

    Altitude Gain: 1,070 meters/ 3,510 feet

    The exhilarating trekking part of your Himalayan odyssey starts on this day. After enjoying breakfast at Pokhara, you begin your drive toward Kande, the starting point of the Mardi Himal Trek. It will take about an hour to reach this point. From Kande, you will begin your ascending journey on the well-laid stone steps, relishing the spectacular views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Lamjung Himal.

    About an hour of walking on your winding trail will bring you to the Australian Camp (2,060 meters). Then, enjoying the incredible Himalayan panorama from the camp, you will then make your descent to beautiful Gurung village of Pothana.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Pothana
    • Altitude: 1890m
  • Day 3 Trek to Forest Camp

    Forest Camp Altitude: 2,554 meters/ 8,379 feet

    Altitude Gain: 664 meters/ 2,178 feet

    You will continue ascending higher in this thrilling Himalayan journey. After leaving Pothana behind, you will climb across the lush oak, birch, and rhododendron forests. About an hour of walking through the dense woodland will then bring you to Deurali, which rewards you with the most stunning views of Phewa Lake and the valley below.

    Proceeding further, you will then trek along the ridgeline across the hemlock and oak forest to reach the downhill section on the leaf-strewn path. You will then make a final ascend to reach the Forest Camp, also known as Kokar. There are several teahouses in the Forest Camp, and you will rest here tonight, surrounded by the enchanting views of the Himalayan peaks. The misty setting, especially near the ridgeline, adds magic to the experience.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Forest Camp
    • Altitude: 2,554 m
  • Day 4 Trek to High Camp

    High Camp Altitude: 3,980 meters/ 13,057 feet

    Altitude Gain: 1,426 meters/ 4,678 feet

    Today’s trekking adventure will take you to a significant altitude, so it is important to mind your pace and stay hydrated. After breakfast at Forest Camp, you continue with the winding up trail across the rhododendron forest, which is in full bloom during the spring season. Although the trails are steep, the incredible views of the Annapurna, Macchapuchhre and Mardi Himal will make every moment precious.

    Then, heading toward the Badal Danda, you will also get the opportunity to enjoy the iconic views of the Modi Khola Valley. After trekking past the Badal Danda, the treeline starts to gradually disappear, and you will traverse across the open meadow. As you start your ascend on the ridge, the trail becomes narrow, and you will be able to relish the views of the deep valleys on both ends. Modi Khola Valley is on the left side, and Mardi Khol- Seti Khola Valleys are on the right side.

    On a clear day, you will also be able to catch a glimpse of the Pokhara Valley from this route. You will then continue trekking on the ridgeline and finally arrive at the High Camp. The view of Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre is on a grander level from this camp.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: High Camp
    • Altitude: 3,980 m
  • Day 5 Hike to Mardi View Point, Trek Down to Siding, and Drive to Pokhara

    Mardi View Point Altitude: 4,250 meters/ 13,943 feet

    Siding Altitude: 1,750 meters/ 5,741 feet

    Pokhara Altitude: 820 meters/ 2,690 feet

    Altitude Gain: 270 meters/ 885 feet

    This is the day where you will head toward the main highlight of this exciting Himalayan exploration. Starting your trekking adventure early in the morning, you will make a move along the winding trail on the ridgeline to head toward the Mardi View Point.

    It is a straight uphill route on the slippery rock with the cliff on the side, so you need to be careful with your footing. After reaching the Mardi View Point, you will be able to enjoy the stunning panorama of the Mardi Himal and the surrounding peaks, like Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Himchuli, Khangsar Kang, Tarke Kang, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhre.

    After enjoying the view, you will then retrace your steps back on the same route to reach High Camp. Then, you will follow the descending tail to the traditional village of Siding, which is rarely visited by the trekking groups in the region. There will be a vehicle waiting for you at this traditional village that will then drive you down to Pokhara.

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Pokhara
    • Altitude: 820 m
  • Day 6 Drive to Kathmandu

    Kathmandu Altitude: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

    Altitude Gain: 580 meters/ 1,902 feet

    This is the final day of the Mardi Himal Trek itinerary; after doing some sightseeing around this bustling tourist destination, you will prepare for your trip back to Kathmandu. You will drive along the banks of the Trishuli River and Marsyangdhi River, enjoying the charming scenery.

    Passing lush hills, farmlands, and beautiful settlements along the way, your drive will climb and descend the hills to enter the deep valley. This drive to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara will take about 6 to 7 hours, and you will be escorted to your hotel after reaching the capital.

    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1,400 m

What to Expect

  • Airport pickup and drop service
  • 2 Nights Standard Hotel in Pokhara on BB basis
  • Standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Government license holder guide with experience and local knowledge
  • Salary, food, accommodation, and insurance for the guide
  • Teahouse/lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Fresh fruits every night after dinner
  • All land transportation as per the itinerary
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with oximeter
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, down jacket, and walking poles for the trek
  • Government taxes and official expenses
  • International Airfare and taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Porter for the trek (1 porter for 2 people is recommended)
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Personal expenses
  • Any kind of drinks and desserts during the trek
  • Tips to guide (Tipping is expected)


Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
20 May, 2024 - 25 May, 2024GuaranteedUSD 395
24 May, 2024 - 29 May, 2024GuaranteedUSD 395
27 May, 2024 - 01 Jun, 2024GuaranteedUSD 395
31 May, 2024 - 05 Jun, 2024GuaranteedUSD 395
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Useful Information

Best Time for Mardi Himal Trek

Best Time for Mardi Himal Trek

Like any other incredible Himalayan trekking adventure, Mardi Himal 6 Days Trek can be done all year round. However, the best recommended periods for the Mardi Himal Trek are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). Both of these seasons are categorized as the high season and have the most suitable setting for an unforgettable experience.

Autumn, the fall season, has the most stable climate conditions, and trekkers will be able to walk on the comfortable route during this season. Similarly, due to the clear days, the Himalayan vistas are magical and quite extensive during this season. As for the spring season, it is an ideal time to explore the natural wonders of the Himalayas.

This trek can also be done in the off seasons like monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February). However, the trails are generally challenging and slippery during the monsoon season due to the heavy rainfall. As for the winter season, its really cold at the spine zones, and the trails above the high camp are closed due to heavy snowfall.

Travel Insurance

High-altitude treks in the Himalayas are nothing like a walk in the park or a hike in the backyard. You will need to traverse across the rugged terrains of the mountain and ascend to high altitudes which have their own set of potential risks. So, getting travel insurance is a wise move no matter which part of the world you are exploring.

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for doing treks in Nepal. You will have to submit copies of your insurance to apply for the permits as well. You will able to explore with peace of mind and financial security if you get insurance. The insurance package also takes care of emergency evacuation and medical expenses if you get sick or injured during your trek.

You will be able to travel insurance with general coverage at just around US$ 30 to US$ 150. Insurance plan with coverage plan upto 3,000 meters wil cost you about US$ 30 to US$ 50. For a more extensive package that covers up to 6,000 meters, it will cost you about US$ 100 to US$ 150.

Note: The travel insurance plans with helicopter coverage cost over US$ 1,000.

Altitude Sickness

6 Days Mardi Himal Trek is on a relatively easier scale as this trek doesn’t take you to the challenging altitudes. You will start your trek from Kande (1,770 meters) and move along the high-altitude points of the region. The two major significant elevation parts of this trekking route are Mardi View Point Altitude (4,250 meters) and Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 meters). Compared to other high-altitude passes and base camp adventures, the altitude gain in this Himalayan exploration is not that significant.

Still, you need to be careful about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and not underestimate it just because the elevations in this trek are not that major. The human body generally starts to show the symptoms of altitude sickness after crossing an altitude of 3,000 meters. So, you need to pay attention to the symptoms of altitude sickness, like headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, exhaustion, insomnia, etc., and follow the appropriate acclimatization process.

Packing for Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List

Mardi Himal Trek 6 Days Itinerary takes you to the remote part of the Himalayas across the less-developed region and different climatic zones (you will pass trek in five climatic zones in this trek). So, your packing will determine your overall comfort level during this trek and how much you will enjoy your Himalayan exploration.

The first priority of your packing should be to include the right layers for the diverse climatic conditions in different zones. If you are doing your exploration in the warmer seasons like monsoon, spring, and autumn, you should include the light layers for the lower altitudes. But, remember it is generally cold near the alpine zone and above, so you will also require a fair share of thick and warm layers.

As for the winter season, your temperatures are chilly even at the lower altitudes. So you can focus on warm layers like a thermal vest, sweater, insulated jacket and trousers, down jacket, etc. Similarly, the right gears will also make your experience more comfortable. Sleeping bag, trekking pole, duffle bag, headlamp, thermos, boots, first, etc., are some important gear you should consider for the trek.

A general set of gear will be sufficient for your trek in autumn and spring; however, for the low seasons like monsoon and winter, the gear list can be slightly extensive. For the monsoon season, you should get footwear with good traction, rainproof cover, waterproof gaiter, waterproof outer layers, etc.

Similarly, for the winter season, you need to get insulated snow shoes and micro-spikes or crampons to move around easily. You also need to include other essentials to deal with the snowy climatic conditions, like snow gaiter, mittens, neck gaiter, insulated hat, snow goggles, ice axe, thermos, portable heater, etc.

Note: Don’t forget to pack necessary personal hygiene products and snacks. Make sure to buy them in city areas; the products you prefer may not be available on the mountain and they are costlier at high altitudes.

Food and Accomodation

Why do mardi himal Trek With Us

Although this short trekking route is a newly opened trekking opportunity in the Annapurna region, the teahouses along the way are well-equipped to accommodate the needs of the trekkers. The food and accommodation services available on this trekking route may not be on par with the mainstream region, but you will still be able to enjoy a moderate level of service. Remember, this is a wilderness exploration where you are trying to connect with nature and explore the traditional settlements that are thriving on the laps of the Himalayas.

For accommodation, you will be able to rest at moderate-level teahouses, mostly run by the natives. The teahouses are well-furnished and warm; you will also be provided with a mattress, pillow, and blanket for a comfortable rest. Some teahouses along the route, especially in the lower regions, do have attached bathroom facilities; meanwhile, others have bathrooms outside.

As for the food, the teahouses have a long list of traditional menus including some other Asian country and continental dishes. The breakfast menus are nutritious and light in nature, like Gurung Bread, Tsampa Porridge, Chapati, Muesli, Eggs, etc. For dinner and lunch, traditional dishes like Dal Bhat, Dhindo, Gundruk, Chhoyela, Thukpa, etc are the top choices. You can also enjoy international dishes: Pizza, Pasta, Burger, Fries, Steak, etc with homely touches.

Note: For water, you can fill your bottles at the clean water stations or buy a filter water pot at the teahouses (the recommended hydration limit is 2 to 3 liters).

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