Our Mardi Himal Trek is designed for nature lovers who want
to experience the beauty of the Annapurna region in central Nepal, but away
from the crowds. This trek explores the slopes of the Mardi Himal that rises to
5653m in front of the iconic and sacred Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail, 6997m).
The trail climbs from fast flowing streams in forests of
dense bamboo, rhododendron and oak to ridge crests where small and hospitable
farming communities work their terraced lands. These village people have not
felt the impact of mass tourism and thus offer you the opportunity to
experience their warmth, hospitality and customs that have remained largely
unchanged for generations.
The scenery expands as the trail rises, offering stupendous
views of Himalayan giants from Dhaulagiri (8167m) to the Annapurna group: I
(8091m), II (7937m), III (7555m), IV (7525m), South (7219m) and Hiunchuli
(6441m).Over 60 peaks in this region are higher than 6000m. Few other locations can offer so close an
While the best trekking months are in April-May and
September-October, we offer this trek throughout the year. Our circular route
has been chosen to help you to acclimatise fully before reaching the alpine
regions above 3500m which makes this trek possible for anyone who is fairly fit
Our Mardi Himal trekking itinerary cost includes permits, transport, to and from Kathmandu,
local porters, accommodation, all meals, safe drinking water and showers.
Additional drinks etc. will be for your expense.
- Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265 ft)
- Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion &
trek preparation (1,300m/4,265 ft)
- Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
(910m/2,986ft): 5-6 hrs drive
- Day 04: Drive to Phedi and trek to Dhampus
(1890m/ 6300ft): 30 min drive, 4- 5 hrs.
- Day 05: Dhampus – Forest Camp (2,550m /
8,365ft): 5-6 hrs.
- Day 06: Forest Camp – Low Camp (3,400m/
11,154ft): 4-5 hrs.
- Day 07: Low Camp – High Camp (3,900m
/12,795ft): 3-4 hrs.
- Day 08: Rest Day (4,500 m/14,760ft): 5-6 hrs.
- Day 09: High Camp – Siding village (1,750m
/5,800ft): 6-7 hrs.
- Day 10: Siding village – Pokhara (910 m/ 2,985ft): 3-4 hrs trek, 2 hrs drive
- Day 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
(1,300m /4,265ft): 5-6 hrs drive
- Day 12: Final Departure
Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination
Mardi Himal Trekking Detail Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft)
Our Mountain Mart Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Please, look for our Treks and Expeditions play card. Transfer to hotel, introduce your trekking guide and check the necessities. Afternoon stroll Tourist colourful market Thamel down town.
Overnight in Kathmandu at Boutique Hotel with breakfast.
Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa - the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world! Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur - the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple. Your day tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square Showcasing living goddess Kumari Temple, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak Street and more.
Overnight in Kathmandu at Boutique Hotel with breakfast.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (910 m/2,986 ft): 5-6 hrs drive
After breakfast, drive by private car to Pokhara
through the beautiful countryside and following down steam of Trishuli
River. (famous river rafting for traveling with family & beginners). Arrive Pokhara and check to Hotel. Free Afternoon.
Day 04: Drive to Phedi and trek to Dhampus (1,890 m/ 6,300 ft): 30 min drive, 4- 5 hrs
Day 05: Dhampus – Forest Camp (2,480 m/8,135 ft): 5-6 hrs trek
It’s a total of 6 hours work today. The trek enters an enchanted forest of birch, giant rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, hemlock, and daphnia. The overnight camping here enjoys relaxation after a long tough but adventuring trail.
Day 06: Forest Camp – Low Camp (3,400 m/ 11,300 ft): 4-5 hrs
As we climb, the flora has turned to classic 'cloud forest' with mosses and lichen, tree ferns and orchids hosted by the hardier trees. There are windows in the woods that look out onto the thrilling panorama - close up dramatic scenery of sacred Mt. Machhapuchhare, Mardi Himal and Annapurna chains.
Day 07: Low Camp – High Camp (3,900 m/12,850 ft): 3-4 hrs trek
We have our early breakfast and start trekking to reach our highest point of the trek. If conditions are favorable we will climb up to 15,000/16,000 ft. The great ice fields and the blue glaciers of the Annapurna sanctuary walls lie below us. The view we capture today will be never forgotten. We will return to our camp in the evening.
Day 08: Rest day (4,500 m/14,750 ft): 5-6 hrs
Today will be our rest day as we hike a lot on the previous day. Also you can make a short hiking over around viewing and have an essence of discovery expedition.
Day 09: High Camp to Siding Village (1,750 m/5740 ft), 6-7 hrs trek
After breakfast, today journey start an unhurried descent through the shade of the forest and out on to the terraced fields, down 1600 m. This is a different route down to the upper Mardi Khola. Here, as we make our way along the banks of the Mardi Khola from the hill-side village of Siding, down through the lovely fields, passing the simple farms and over the interesting suspension bridges. There is no doubt that this is indeed the idyllic Nepal Countryside. Overnight at camp.
Day 10: Siding Village to Pokhara (910 m/ 2,985 ft): 3-4 hrs trek and 2 hrs drive to Pokhara
After a short walk now the trail skirts an outcrop- there's the road and transport. We will be back to Pokhara by the lunch. You're free here to feel the moderate climate and scenery of this Magic land or Dream Land of Nepal. Explore the various interesting places like Mahendra Cave, David's fall and the various lakes of course.
Day 11: Pokhara - Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,265 ft): 5-6 hrs drive
After an early breakfast, we take the 07:30 tourist bus back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your Hotel. Afternoon free.
Day 12: Final Departure
Trip Information Section
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
What to take
This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .
Important to note:
Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.