Classic Mardi Himal Trek

Duration: 9 Days


Mardi Himal is one of the classical treks of Annapurna Region. It has always been there and route was popular among the hardcore trekkers and camping groups. After 2011, when teahouses were built en-route, it started to get popular among the teahouse trekkers because of its unbeatable beauty and short duration.

Major highlights of this trek are panoramic view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre and Manaslu range. And major villages you will come across are Pothana, Deurali, Sidhing and Lwang with full of culture and tradition. Since it’s a recently opened route, you will have to accommodate in basic simple teahouse and home stays.   


  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m/4593ft)

    Upon arrival in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet, assist and transfer to hotel. After welcome refreshments and room check in the hotel, there will be a short briefing and orientation about the trek.

    Eve: Trip briefing followed by welcome dinner at Authentic Nepali restaurant with culture program.

    Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu                                                         (Welcome Dinner Included)

  • Day 02: Fly To Pokhara (25 mins), Drive to Kande (1 hr) and Trek to Pothana (1890m/6200ft) - 2 hrs

    After breakfast, transfer to domestic airport for Pokhara Flight. Meet your team Guide, Sherpa and Porters at Pokhara Airport and drive to Kande. From Kande, start our trek and reach Pothana, where we will be staying tonight.

    Overnight at teahouse lodge                                                                 (Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 03: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (Kokar) (3050m/10007ft) - 5 hrs

    After early breakfast, follow the trail through dense forest of Oak, Maple and Rhododendron and Pitam Deurali (2100m) for short break. Now continue trek through dense forest with buzzing sounds of insects and enjoy songs from the birds. Tonight, we stay at Forest Camp which is also called Kokar.

    Overnight at teahouse lodge.                                                                (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 04: Trek from Forest Camp to Low camp (3050m/10007ft) -6 hrs

    As we continue our trek through the thick forest, you will be accompanied by various sounds of insects like Cicadas. The trail continues to get darker despite of sunshine, with damp soil and light smell of decayed leaves and woods. You will definitely experience the walk in wilderness. Tonight stay at low camp.

    Overnight at teahouse lodge.                                                                 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 05: Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (3900m/12795ft) - 4 hrs

    Today, we start our trek climbing little uphill, eventually the forest gets thin and windows open for the better view of Annapurna south and Hiunchuli. Continue walking on a meadow land along the ridges of Mardi Himal. Tonight at High Camp with spectacular panoramic view of Mountains.

    Overnight at teahouse lodge.                                                                 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 06: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500) and track back to Low Camp - 8hrs

    After breakfast, hike upto Mardi Himal Base Camp. You will have amazing view of mountains like Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna South(7219m) and Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Tent Peak (5695m), Machapuchhre (6993) also called Fishtail. After spending sometime at Mardi Himal base camp, we descend down to High Camp, and further descend down till low camp for overnight stay.

     Overnight at teahouse lodge.                                                               (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 07: Trek down till Sidhing and drive back to Pokhara - 7 hrs

    From Low camp continues descending down till beautiful village called Sidhing. From there we will catch a jeep to Pokhara, ending our trekking.

    Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara                                                             (Breakfast, Lunch Included)

  • Day 08: Fly back to Kathmandu. Rest of the time is Leisure.

    Fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara airport. Rest of the day is on your own.

    Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu                                                        (Farewell Dinner Included)

  • Day 09: Final Departure.

    Free for final minute packing and shopping until transfer to the airport for final departure.

                                                                                                                         (Breakfast Included)

cost includes

    • Airport arrival and departure service on private tourist vehicle with a/c.
    • Welcome Garlands of seasonal flowers upon arrival.
    • Himalayan Holidays Nepal’s Duffle bag to carry your luggage during trek.
    • Welcome Dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with some cultural dance programs.
    • 2 nights stay at 3 or 4 star hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night stay at Pokhara on twin sharing basis including breakfast and all taxes.
    • Tea House Trek as per Itinerary including meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) accommodation at Lodges and Tea Houses, and the service of experienced English speaking trek Guide.
    • A cup of tea during the tea break and safe drinking water.
    • Cost of required number guide, sherpas and porters and their meals and insurance.
    • Annapurna Conservation Area fees & TIMS Permit.
    • Farewell Dinner in a restaurant which is famous among trekkers and climbers.
cost excludes

    • International airfares and airport departure taxes.
    • Flight Fare from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu quoted seperately.
    • Items of a personal nature such as; laundry, bar bills, snacks, alcoholic beverages, extra mileage, optional tours such as Mountain Flights, telephone calls, internet services, personal gratuities as tips to guides, bell-hops or hotel porters, drivers, etc.
    • Mineral water bottle during the trek.
    • Comprehensive Travel Insurance or “Umbrella Insurance” to cover – Illness, hospitalization, travel medicines, loss of valuables, thefts, change of itinerary, flight and tour cancellations due to unavoidable circumstances and most of all Emergency Helicopter Charter for evacuation purpose.
    • Tips for guide, porters and sherpas.
    • Any items that are not mentioned in above the costs include section

Nepal visa is easily issued from Nepalese Embassy in your country. Nepal also issue on arrival visa for 15 days, 30 days and 90 days charging fee of USD 25, USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please carry two passport size photos along with you.

Best season for trekking in Nepal is from March to May and September to November. During this time weather is clear and warm. But, if you like to avoid crowd then best time for your trek will be from May to September. 

Yes, we do provide international airport pick up and drop off services. Outside terminal, our staff will be displaying companies play card or your name card depending upon group size, for your convenience.

It is compulsory to have your insurance before you visit Nepal. For trekking and Alpine Climbing you must have High Altitude Insurance. And for Tour and sightseeing you must have travel insurance.

You must be physically fit and healthy for trekking in Nepal. It’s better to do at least 2 hours morning or evening walk to prepare yourself for this trekking. Please let us know in advance if you have any medical problems like heart disease, asthma and blood pressure.

Difficulty level depends upon the remoteness and altitude of the trekking route. Basically, trekking below 3,000m is easy. Higher the altitude, it’s more difficult to walk.

In trekking, wide variety of food is available. Teahouses prepare Nepali food, Indian food and Continental food as per menu. All the foods are freshly prepared. We suggest you not to consume meat items during the trekking.

Basically, we accommodate our clients in 3 to 4 star hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other major cities in standard rooms on twin sharing basis. For luxury package we accommodate you in 5 star and beautiful boutique hotels in available places. On trek we accommodate you in best available lodges and teahouses standard rooms on twin sharing basis and occasionally dormitory on busy season.

In teahouse trekking basic facilities are available, with clean rooms, blankets, freshly cooked warm food. Sometimes there will be common toilets and bathrooms outside your room. Warm water is available for shower on extra cost.

In camping trekking, we will use the tents that can keep us warm from -20 degree Celsius to -40 degree Celsius. Tents for toilet, shower, dinning and kitchen will be set up for your convenience. Comfortable trekking chairs, tables and mattress will be available. Fresh and healthy food will be prepared by our professional cook.

Means of transportation depends on places you travel. We have our own fleet of transportation like car, jeep, Hiace and Coaster tourist bus for ground transfer. Domestic airplane and helicopter are used for air transportation.

Weather in the Mountains is highly unpredictable. So we should always be prepared to tackle the cold. From March to May and September to November in the morning and evening temperature will be (from 3000m to 6000m) 0 degree Celsius to 5 degree Celsius, in afternoon it will rise upto 20 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius and at night it might fall down till -5 degree Celsius to -10 degree Celsius. Similarly, during winter i.e. December, January and February there will be heavy snowfall in the Mountains dropping temperature till -15 degree Celsius at night. Morning and evening will be around -5 to 5 degree Celsius and temperature will rise upto 15 degree Celsius during day time. And our monsoon season from June to August where we expect heavy and continuous rainfall. But if we go above 3000m altitude ratio of rainfall will decrease. Temperature during day will reach upto 25 degree Celsius high and reduce till 0 degree Celsius to -5 degree Celsius. Morning and evening will be chill from 5 degree Celsius to 15 degree Celsius.

For trekking in the Mountains you will need very warm, windproof, waterproof clothes. You must bring trekking/hiking boot which is comfortable to wear and walk. Beside that quick dry t-shirt, trouser and towel is important.

On average you have to walk 6 to 8 hrs a day covering 12 to 18 km in distance.

Of course, this trip is completely safe for solo travelers. You will have your guide and porter for your assistance; they will definitely take care of you along the trip.

Health and safety of our clients is a major concern of our company. All our guides have got first aid training. Your guide will be carrying first aid kit and satellite phone during the trekking in case of emergency and we can use the helicopter service for immediate evacuation.

Yes, you can use your debit/credit card in major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. We suggest you to carry cash (Nepali Currency) during the trekking for your personal expenses.

If its Altitude Sickness problem then we will immediately carry you down to lower altitude. We will take you to the nearby health post and if the case is serious we will immediately do helicopter rescue and admit in major hospitals in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

We have included rest/spare day in your itinerary to acclimatize in the thin air. Your guide will encourage you to drink more soup and garlic which is believed to help in high altitude. Besides that, your guide will be carrying medicine (Diamox) to reduce altitude sickness.

Giving tips to your guide and porters is a small gesture of thank you for your service. We don’t fix the amount of tips but it’s completely depends on the level of satisfaction from your guide and porters service during your trekking. This small gesture will really help to support their family living. Tipping system in Nepal is 10% of the amount that you paid for your trip.

Yes there are telephones and internet facilities available in the most places during trekking. Your guide is always carrying a mobile phone, you can request him to make international call and in return you can recharge/top-up or give small amount as international call charge.

Yes all your electronic gadgets charging facility is available on your trekking. They do charge NRS 200 to NRS 500 for service.

Yes, it’s possible to extend your trip. You can always let your guide know about it and we will arrange the logistic.

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