Mardi Himal Trek - 5 Days

The Mardi Himal Trek is a recently-opened pristine trail in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trail was walked only by shepherds and cattle before 2012. Trekkers follow the ridge above the Modi Khola river draining Annapurna Base Camp. The trail at first winds through dense rhododendron and maple forests rich in bird life. The clearings in the forests offer magnificent view of the Annapurna range.

On the Mardi Himal Trek you get the views without the crowds. Expect authentic teahouses, stunning rhododendron forests and the most terrific views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. You will get eye in eye with giants like Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

On day one, after breakfast, drive 40 to Kande to begin the trek. Day two heads to the forest camp at 2,700 meters. The trek branches off from the main trail towards Annapurna base camp. The forest camp has three tea houses in the middle of the forest. On day three, head to Badal Danda camp, at 3,300 meters. This offers undisturbed views of snow peaks and sweeping valleys. On day four, trek to High Camp at 3,600 meters – on this day the vegetation is mainly grass, allowing unbroken views of the range.

Day five is the toughest of all, with an altitude gain of almost 1,000 meters. Mount Fishtial and Mardi Himal appear closer. You will also see Annapurna III and Annapurna I at a distance. On the way back, go further to Badal Danda for the overnight stay. Day six is a trek back to Deurali, and on day seven you will trek down to Dhampus Phedi for the drive back to Pokhara.

The Annapurna Region, along with the rest of Nepal has 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The months from March to May and from October or November are the most popular for trekking this Annapurna classic. What must be said, is that every trekking season offers its own excitement and atmosphere for hikers.

  • Amazing views of sunrise and sunset
  • Beautiful Rhododendron Forest blooming in many different colors
  • Close views of mount Annapurna south, Machhapuchre and Mardi Himal
  • Culture, custom and tradition of local peoples
    Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Lalitpur Valley
  • Peace environment and less crowded Area
    Amazing terrace fields
  • Tea Garden and local Homestay
  • Lifestyle of local people such as Gurung and Magar


Day 1

The trip starts from Pokhara, drive to Kande on the Pokhara Baglung highway for about 40 minutes. The path climbs to the peak at 2,060 m for about 1 1⁄2 hours. The lodge settlement clearing in the forest is known as’ Australian camp.’ The place is scenic with panoramic views of the Annapurna range and the valley of Pokhara. The trail winds further to the mountain pass called’ Deurali’ through the rhododendron forest. Deurali, wedged between Annapurna South and Mardi Himal, overlooks the Modi Khola gorge.

Day 2
TREK TO LOW CAMP that takes 3 Hrs.

Following the ridge, the trail climbs slowly through the rhododendron trees. The low camp has some tea houses in the forest clearing. It seems much closer to the view of Mt Fishtail and Mardi Himal. You are closer to the clear blue sky with a glimpse of the Himalayan foothill layers and the sweeping south valley. Note: In agreement with the guide, you can walk 1 more hr to Badal Danda (Cloud Hill) above the treeline. Badal Danda has only one cabin.

Day 3
SHORT WALK TO HIGH CAMP that takes nearly 3 hours

Higher up the mountain, the trail climbs to Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail. We leave the tree line from Badal Danda and arrive in the shrubby alpine forest. Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Fishtail snow capped peaks appear on either side in a distance above the deep valley. After the climb, the high camp is a small pasture with three lodges. You’re above the clouds here and near to the snow-capped peaks.

Day 4

With steep climbs and longer walks, the day trip is more challenging than other days. With rough and steep rocky steps at some stages, the trail becomes more vertiginous. The first steep climb to the top of the ridge, marked as MBC (Mardi Himal Base Camp), will take about 2 hours. The actual base camp, however, will take another 2 hours along the mountain. The view along the hill is incredible. While Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail appear just above us, views of Annapurna I, Gangapurna and Annapurna III appear at a distance as well.

Day 5

Down to the basin of the Mardi River and return to Pokhara. It will take about one and a half hours to get to Pokhara in a four-hour time. The first hour is a dirt road drive.


  • Bus transfer- Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu
  • Twin sharing tea house accommodation during trek.
  • Trekking permit-ACAP and TIMS cards
  • English Speaking guide and all his expenses like salary, meals, accommodation and transfer
  • 3 times meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner during trekking
  • For Trekking route - Transfer by bus or car to/from Pokhara to Trekking start/end point.
  • Hotel in Pokhara before and after the trek.
  • All the goverment taxes and company service charge.


  • Drink, Travelling and Extra travelling which is not included in packages

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Mardi Himal Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Tourist Bus
  • 2 to 20 Persons
  • 4,100m

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