Mardi Himal Trek - 9 Days

Mardi Himal Trek is a short 9-days trek to the base of the 5587 meters‘ high peak of Mardi. The trek takes us through the hard topographical areas to a snowy land of the base of the Mardi Himal.

Besides lively forests, lush wildlife, and terraced farms, the Mardi Himal Trek to the Base Camp shows the real beauty of the nature along the Western Himalayas. Also, enjoy the wide panorama of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and the Himchuli peaks.

Trip Highlights

  • Off the beaten trails
  • Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Views of Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail), Manaslu, Tukuche, and Himchuli mountains

Trip Overview

“A two-in-one trekking experience; Base camp turned vantage point”

Mardi Himal Trek comes to the world as an off the beaten trail trek with added attractions of the Himalayan views. Explore the Western Himalayas in this trek to the base camp and find a greater viewpoint at the highest point.

Hike through the forest along the Modi Khola up and down the pathways to visit the base camp of a 5587 meters’ peak. Our trek starts with a drive to the lake city of Pokhara, from where we will again drive to another village of Phedi before starting our real trekking experience. Hike all the way through the camps on the base of the Mardi Himal to finally arrive at the major base camp of Mardi Himal. Have views of the Mardi Himal, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Himchuli, and such other peaks. The base camp also comes as a famous vantage point for adventure seekers. Also called the Upper Viewpoint, the Mardi Himal Base Camp offers astounding views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and the Dhaulagiri Massif.

Join us in this 9 days trekking expedition to the base camp of the Mardi Himal and explore the untouched roads of the Annapurna Region. With the main trekking being a base camp trek and the second coming as a sightseeing trek, the trek to the base of the Mardi Himal certainly brings a one of a kind experience to the trekkers. Since the trail goes through steep muddy and slippery trails, this requires a decent level of fitness. Anyone who could walk 6-7 hours a day can complete this trek with no difficulty. Contact us in case of professional expertise and a tailored trip.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Pokhara (827m)

Day 02: Drive to Phedi trek to Deurali (2100m)

Day 03: Deurali to Forest Camp (2550m)

Day 04: Forest Camp to Low Camp (2990m)

Day 05: Low Camp to High Camp (3580m)

Day 06: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and back

Day 07: High Camp to Sidhing (1850m)

Day 08: Sidhing to Lumre to Pokhara (827m)

Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 1
Drive to Pokhara (827m)

As the preparation of the trekking happened the night before, we will meet up at the hotel premises and start on our journey to the lake city of Pokhara. Drive along the racing Trishuli River via the Prithvi Highway to get to Pokhara. We will reach there early, so you can stroll around the city in the meantime. You can either boat on the Phewa Lake or enjoy your meal looking at the view of the setting sun over the lake.

Day 2
Drive to Phedi trek to Deurali (2100m)

Start early in the morning as we drive all the way to the village of Phedi. The drive may take us about 30-60 minutes depending on the traffic and weather. With the important equipment on our back and the rest of the porter’s, we set out to the village of Deurali. Hike up through the green lush forest and the high hills to get to the village of Deurali after making it through the villages of Dhampus and Pothana. During the trek, we will be able to have glimpses of the Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), Himchuli (6441m) and the Lamjung (6983m) Himal.

Day 3
Deurali to Forest Camp (2550m)

After breakfast, hike up through the green forest of rhododendron in a muddy trail. After a couple of hours, a steep climb uphill will take us to the small settlement of Forest Camp. The camp is generally located inside a small sub-tropical forest. Forest Camp is locally called as the village of Kokar. Spend the night in one of the tea houses.

Day 4
Forest Camp to Low Camp (2990m)

Enjoy the rhododendron forest as we walk through it. The forest gets denser and denser as we get high up. After a few hours, we will walk on a flat path until we arrive at the Low Camp. Low Camp offers great views of the Machhapuchhre mountains. Besides the view of the Machhapuchhre peaks, we will also be able to get glimpses of the high snow-capped peaks of Annapurna South and Himchuli.

Day 5
Low Camp to High Camp (3580m)

Up through the slippery and steep path to get to our destination. The vegetation starts to deplete and the snow starts to show more. We will hike up on a rocky slope to get to the High Camp. This camp is the last entry before arriving at the Mardi Himal Base Camp. With preparation don, we rest our bodies for our great feat for the next day.

Day 6
High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and back

Today, we embark on our journey to the base camp of the 5587 meters’ peak. Enjoy your meal with the mountain views shining bright with the rising sun. Ascend through the steep yak pastures and narrow ridges to get to the Upper Viewpoint. It is the alias used for the Mardi Himal Base Camp. The views from here is astounding as we will get panoramic views of the Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Himchuli (6441m), Mt. Fang (7647m) and several other peaks. Enjoy and soak in the views before returning back to the High Camp.

Day 7
High Camp to Sidhing (1850m)

Fill our bellies with a delicious meal as we walk downhill to a more peaceful village. Descend through the pastured land and muddy terrain to arrive at the village of Sidhing. Get magnificent views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre peaks. Enjoy a peaceful night at the tranquil village of Sidhing.

Day 8
Sidhing to Lumre to Pokhara (827m)

Today, we hike back down to the point where it all started. After breakfast, we will hike downhill to get back to the village of Lumre. Drive all the way back to Nayapul and then to Pokhara. Enjoy the remaining day resting. During the day, we will be able to enjoy the Himchuli, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Mardi, Lamjung and several other peaks.

Day 9
Drive back to Kathmandu (1400m)

Fill your bellies at the hotel before leaving on a long drive to the capital city. Drive through the Prithvi Highway along the Trishuli River to finally get to the city of temples. We will guide you to the hotel and let the trek come to an end.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • AD-05
  • Pokhara
  • Pokhara
  • 4,500m/14,764ft
  • 1-12
  • March to June, September to December