Short Mardi Himal Trek From Pokhara

Short Mardi Himal Trek Aka “A walk through the clouds”. One of the most famed trekking trails on Annapurna Conservation Areas of Nepal. Your choice for this trek is definitely a key to your own self in the next dimension who enjoy “not so nerve-racking” adventure. With the sublime viewpoint of Mt. Machhapuchhere (Fish-Tail Mountain), Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Hiunchul, along with Fragrant and bright Rhododendron forest will definitely mesmerize your heart. You will get an incredible opportunity to know about the different culture and lifestyle of Magar and Gurung societies. Even though Mardi Himal Trek isn’t as famous as Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek and Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek we assure you that this Mardi Himal Trek is a unique and riveting experience as aforementioned ones. 

Comparatively shorter in duration than other three, Short Mardi Himal Trek is sure to provide you with accolades of diverse culture, tradition and geography. It is an excellent choice for beginner trekkers. Nestled within the sacred and pristine Annapurna Himalayan range, the Mardi Himal trek takes you through the enchanting landscapes of the Annapurna Conservation Area in the western Himalayan region of Nepal. Along this path, you'll experience a blend of vibrant city life in Kathmandu, the lively atmosphere of Pokhara, cultural gems like Ghalel Gaun, and tranquil spots such as Deurali and Forest Camp.

Why choose the Short Mardi Himal trek over other treks in the Annapurna region?

The Mardi Himal Trek is a less crowded and exhilarating alternative to the popular treks in the Annapurna region. It takes you to breathtaking viewpoints of the lesser-known sides of the majestic Annapurna Massif and leads you to the Mardi Himal Base Camp, situated at 4,500 meters (17,763 ft), in a shorter duration.

In addition to its scenic beauty and thrilling trails, the Mardi Himal Trek offers an off-the-beaten-path experience, panoramic vistas, cultural encounters, and diverse terrains. It can also be extended to explore other captivating areas in the Annapurna region, making it an enticing choice for a unique and unforgettable adventure.

Where is Mardi Himal Located?

Nestled amidst the sacred and unspoiled paradise of the Annapurna Himalayan range lies Mardi Himal a magnificent peak standing tall at 5,587 meters (18,330 ft). Situated in the western Himalayan region of Nepal, this awe-inspiring mountain resides within the Annapurna Conservation Area.The common route to Mardi Himal trek is conveniently located near the main trail leading to Annapurna Base Camp.

The Mardi Himal trek begins at Kande and takes you through picturesque places like Australian Camp, Pothana, Pitan Deurali, forest Camp, Low Camp, and High Camp. From there, you'll hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp before descending to Badal Danda. Finally, you'll pass through the siding village and return to Pokhara. If you prefer to avoid the same route from Low Camp, ending the trek in Siding Village is the perfect choice.

What is the best time for Mardi Himal trek?

The Mardi Himal trek can be enjoyed in four distinct seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. While it's possible to trek in the Annapurna Region throughout the year, it requires greater preparation during summer and winter, and visibility may be reduced due to fog. The optimal times for the Mardi Himal Trek are autumn (September-November) and spring (March-May), similar to other treks in Nepal. These seasons offer clear weather and warm day temperatures. However, it's important to note that the Khumbu region can be particularly cold.

Let's explore the best time to embark on a Mardi Himal Trek:

Autumn | September-November:

Autumn is characterized by warm days, clear blue skies, ample sunlight, and excellent visibility, making it ideal for outdoor activities. Daytime temperatures in higher hill areas range from 15 to 22 degrees Celsius, creating a stable and calm environment. While September can have some rainfall, it diminishes from mid-September, and the serene weather continues until late November.

Spring | March-May:

Spring, known as Basanta Ritu in Nepali, is the best time for trekking and hiking in the Annapurna Region. The temperature and weather remain stable, with upper hill areas experiencing temperatures around 16 to 23 degrees Celsius. The abundance of blooming Rhododendron flowers, clear skies, sunlight, and green landscapes attract numerous trekkers, making it a busy period on the trails. April is particularly favored for the Mardi Himal Trek due to clear weather and sunny days.

Summer | June-August:

Summer is characterized by rainfall and cloudy weather in Nepal. It's the hottest and wettest time of the year. While the mountains are often covered by clouds, they open up beautifully after rainfall. The trekking trails are less crowded during summer, but they can be slippery, muddy, and wet due to regular rainfall. Leeches may be active, and there's a higher possibility of landslides, making trekking more challenging. However, this season also sees plenty of trekkers exploring the Mardi Himal Trek, accepting the added challenges with greater preparation, such as packing heavier clothing for the rainy season.

Winter | December-February:

Winter brings the coldest time of the year, with stunning views after snowfall blankets the mountains in white. The daytime temperatures range from 5 to 12 degrees Celsius, and higher altitude areas like Everest Base Camp experience freezing temperatures. Lower altitude hikes or treks can be done with less preparation, as they are less affected by snowfall. However, venturing to higher regions may involve immense snowfall, increasing the trek's challenge and requiring greater preparation, including additional days and appropriate clothing. Despite the decrease in trekkers during this season, the unique and fresh views of snow-covered mountains make it a worthwhile experience.

Remember, after the most challenging climb, you'll be rewarded with the best and most captivating views. During winter, expect snow-loaded mountains that appear freshly adorned, creating a sense of freshness and beauty.

Food And Accommodation


You will be accommodated in three star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During trekking it might be a bit hard for the people who prefer luxurious hotels but Given Nepal Trail Finder’s expertise in trekking around the Himalayas of Nepal; we will provide you the best possible most authentic, warm, cozy and clean hotels, tea houses and guest houses to choose according to your preference. All accommodations are twin sharing basis. Single supplement will be arranged on request. If you have any additional requirements let us know beforehand.


You will find authentic Nepalese food as well as the common international cuisine (Tibetan, continental, Indian etc). Your lunch will be served at the restaurant, tea house, guest house on the way to your destinations whereas your breakfast and dinner will be served from the menu of tea houses or guest houses where you stay.  Experts from Nepal Trail Finder suggest that oily, too spicy and too much of meat should not be consumed in such altitude. You can explore a variety of delicious dishes. Here are some popular dishes you might encounter along the way:

  • Dal Bhat: A traditional Nepali dish consisting of rice, lentil soup (dal), vegetable curry, and pickles. It provides a good balance of carbohydrates and protein, essential for trekking.
  • Momo: Similar to "Mo," but with a different name. Momos are a type of dumpling filled with various fillings, such as meat, vegetables, or cheese. They are usually steamed or fried.
  • Thukpa: A hearty noodle soup made with vegetables, meat, or egg. It is a warming and filling dish, perfect for higher altitudes.
  • Chapati: A thin, unleavened flatbread made from wheat flour. It is commonly served with Dal Bhat or as a breakfast item with eggs.
  • Tibetan Bread: A fried or baked bread made from wheat flour. It is often served with jam or honey and goes well with a cup of tea or coffee.
  • Fried Rice: A classic dish made with rice stir-fried with vegetables, eggs, and sometimes meat. It is a filling and satisfying option for trekkers.
  • Fried Noodles: Stir-fried noodles with vegetables and sometimes meat or eggs. It is a tasty and quick meal option available at teahouses.
  • Pancakes: Pancakes made from buckwheat flour, which is a nutritious grain common in the Himalayan region. They are often served with honey or jam.
  • Vegetable Curry: A flavorful curry made with a variety of vegetables and aromatic spices. It is a vegetarian option that is both delicious and nutritious.
  • Apple Pie: A sweet treat made with fresh apples, cinnamon, and a buttery crust. It is a delightful dessert option available at some teahouses of maardi himal trek.

For a pleasant dining experience during the Mardi Himal Trek, please inform us in advance about any special dietary requests or allergies. We will do our best to accommodate your needs. Note: Dish availability may vary at teahouses and lodges along the trek. Inquire about menu options at each location. Read our blog post "Food Guide on Trekking in the Himalayas" for more details.

Food guide on trekking in Himalayas

Bed time at the Himalayas

It might be a bit hard for the people who prefer luxurious hotels in this trek but Given Nepal Trail Finder’s expertise in trekking around Himalayas of Nepal, we will provide you the best possible most authentic, warm, cozy and clean hotels to choose according to your preference. If you have any additional requirements let us know beforehand.

Packing List for Mardi Himal Trek, Equipment and Clothing Details; What to Carry and how to carry

Trekking in the Himalayan region isn’t an easy feat. One, apart from being adventurous, requires to be a through planner since sometimes the Himalayan climate can be harsh and even unforgiving sometimes. This has come upon further light as the situation of climate change and global warming has affected the seasonal and weather patterns around the globe. It is even more noticeable in the Himalayas. 

Packinkg list for Mardi Himal Trek

We recommend all trekkers to have a comprehensive packing list for any trek in Nepal, including the Mardi Himal Trek. If you're trekking during winter or summer, be prepared for added challenges by bringing extra clothing and necessary items for the rainy season. Here's a basic packing list:

  • Duffel Bag
  • Rucksack with Rain Cover Daypack
  • Hiking Boots
  • Sandals or Shoes
  • Water Bottles
  • Hiking Socks
  • Trekking Poles
  • Inner Socks
  • Thermal Baselayer
  • T-Shirts
  • Fleece Pullover or Jacket
  • Lightweight Thermal Tops
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Hiking Shorts
  • Hiking Pants
  • Waterproof Pants

Of course, there are additional items you can pack and bring along based on your individual needs. Since everyone is different, their packing requirements may vary. If you're looking for the ultimate packing list, you check Our Multi day hiking equipment checklist here.

Multi day hiking equipment checklist

In case you don’t have any of the items which are mentioned above. Kindly know all the items are available at Nepal Trail Finder shop. You can let us know in advance or upon your arrival about your trekking materials need and we will ensure that everything gets delivered at your hotel room before your trek starts.

How to carry: 

We are aware that you want to travel with a light weight on your shoulder and that’s totally understandable. When you arrive at Kathmandu, you’ll be received by our agency representative and/or guide on the very first day. And on your request, totally dependable and professional porters can be assigned for you to carry your luggage to the depth of Himalayas. 

Please note: We offer convenient luggage storage facilities in Kathmandu and Pokhara for your excess belongings. (Click for more information on our luggage policies)

Are you prepared to embark on a captivating expedition to the breathtaking Himalayas? Reserve your spot now and join us for an extraordinary five-day trek to the awe-inspiring Mardi Himal Base Camp! We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to lead you on this unforgettable journey.

Alternatively, for those who desire a longer adventure, we present a remarkable ten days Kathmandu to Kathmandu Mardi Himal Trek. wich will also cover the sightseeing tour in kathmandu and pokhara.

Trip Highlights of Short Mardi Himal Trek From Pokhara

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventure
  • Alternative to Annapurna Base Camp
  • Less Explored, Low Crowd
  • Varied Landscapes
  • Wilderness Trekking
  • Immersion in Gurung Lifestyle
  • Breathtaking Viewpoints
  • Expandable Routes
  • Discover the allure of Mardi Himal Trek and create unforgettable memories.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Kande (45 minutes) and trek to pitam Deurali (6 hours) 2100m
  • Day 02: Trek to Low Camp (5 hours) 3050m
  • Day 03: Trek to High Camp (5 hours) 3580m
  • Day 04: Explore the Upper view Point 4200m / Mardi Himal Base Camp 4500m and trek to Badal Danda 3210m (7 hour)
  • Day 05: Trek to Siding village 1850m (4 hours) and drive to Pokhara (2 hours)
  • Day 01 :Drive from Pokhara to Kande (45 minutes) and trek to pitam Deurali (6 hours) 2100m

    Your journey begins with a 45 minute drive to Kande and start trek followed by a 6 hour walk via Australian Camp. Reach Deurali, situated at an altitude of 2100m. Stay overnight at a teahouse, lodge, or hotel. Enjoy lunch and dinner provided during your stay.

  • Day 02 :Trek to Low Camp (5 hours) 3050m

    Continue your trek from Deurali to Low Camp, passing through Forest Camp, and Rest Camp. The trek takes approximately 7 hours and brings you to an elevation of 2985m at Low Camp. Stay overnight at a teahouse or lodge and savor breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

  • Day 03 :Trek to High Camp (5 hours) 3580m

    From Low Camp, trek to High Camp, reaching an altitude of 3550m. The journey takes around 4 hours, offering stunning views along the way. Stay overnight at a teahouse or lodge, enjoying breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

  • Day 04 :Explore the Upper view Point 4200m / Mardi Himal Base Camp 4500m and trek to Badal Danda 3210m (7 hour)

    Embark on a thrilling hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp, situated at 4500m. The trek takes approximately 6-7 hours. After soaking in the breathtaking views, trek down to Badal Danda. Stay overnight at a teahouse or lodge, and meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

  • Day 05 :Trek to Siding village 1850m (4 hours) and drive to Pokhara (2 hours)

    On the final day, trek from Badal Danda to Siding, descending to an altitude of 830m. The trek takes about 5 hours. From Siding, drive back to Pokhara, which will take approximately 2 hours. Enjoy breakfast and lunch during the journey.

Cost Includes

  • International Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • All necessary documents and paperwork ncluding Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) fee.
  • Ground transportation during the trip from Pokhara to the trek starting point (Kande/phedi) and from the trek ending point (Siding) to Pokhara, using public buses or sharing jeeps.
  • Accommodation: Private /Share and single/double room  (Tea House) throughout the trek
  • Meals on a full-board basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner/ the main course) during the trek in the mountain.
  • Highly experienced English speaking Government Registered trekking guide and porter to carry luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Guide and porter (salaries, equipment, food and lodging, insurance and transportation)
  • First aid box (Guide will carry it throughout the trek)
  • All government and local taxes
  • Farewell dinner
  • Souvenir

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and pokhara 
  • Personal expenses (Phone calls, WIFI, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, boiled water and hot shower)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Include section of this trek.

Is Hiring a Guide Necessary for Trekking in Nepal?

As per the recent policy update by the Nepal government's Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation in 2023, it is now mandatory for all trekkers in Nepal to hire a guide. This requirement aims to ensure safety and create job opportunities. Considering the remote wilderness and high elevations you'll encounter during your trek, it is strongly advised against going alone. Communication can be a challenge, as locals in mountainous regions may not speak English or other foreign languages. To navigate potential problems effectively and ensure a smooth journey, it is highly recommended to travel with a professional guide who will provide guidance and support throughout your trekking experience in Nepal.

How Long is Mardi himal Trek ?

The Mardi Himal Trek is typically a 4 to 7-day trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It also can vary depending on the pace and preferences of the trekkers.It is a relatively short and less crowded trek compared to other popular treks in the area. The total distance covered during the trek is approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) in a round trip, starting and ending in the city of Pokhara. The trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountains, along with beautiful landscapes and diverse flora and fauna.

Trip Map

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  • Trip Duration 5 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip StyleTrekking
  • AccommodationTea Houses and Lodge
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Dates & Prices

Are you looking for joining group to join for Short  Mardi Himal Trek? Nepal Trail Finder Treks offer you the fixed departure  group joining dates to Mardi Himal Trek for 2024/2025

As your holiday clock is ticking and you are ready to unleash yourself into trekking trail of Nepal, this is important to pick your favorite trekking route and book the trek before it is too late. Nepal Trail Finder Treks is the ultimate choice for all trekkers for all kinds of trips in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Nepal Trail Finder Treks have set multiple departure dates those may suit your vacations in Himalayas. You can request for your own departure dates if the dates we have selected do not match to your schedule.  

Why Nepal Trail Finder Treks for fixed departure group joining For Short Mardi Himal Trek?

  • Zero compromise in safety, comfort and quality.
  • Best hospitality with best price.
  • We manage to run your trip according to your budget.
  • Fully customizable and tailor-made trips offered.
  •  Best service by experienced and hardworking field staff.
  • 100 percent trip success rate.
  • No incomplete treks done so far.
  • Compatible for any date to start and finish trek.
  • Free Airport transfers on arrival and departure by private vehicles 
  • Trekking equipment such as the Sleeping bag, Down jacket, and walking poles,Duffle bag if required  (On request if needed)
  • Souvenir: Trekking route map/browser memotiable gift
  • First aid box: for immediate medical assistance in case of injuries or emergencies An Oximeter to measure your Oxygen and Pulse at a high altitude to find out the accurate health condition while you are trekking in the mountain.

An itinerary can be customized according to your choice.
Please, note that the itinerary is posted to give you an idea of where we are staying and which route we are taking. Feel free to customize the trip as per your schedule, we finish it shorter/longer than supposed. 


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