Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek - 10 days

Things to Know
  • Duration10 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Altitude 4,500 m/14,763 ft
  • Trip Type Trekking | Hiking
  • Start and End Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Best Time Mar-May, Sep-Dec
What You’ll Do

Given that it is the ideal length of just over a week, the Mardi Himal base camp Trek is an excellent way to get started exploring the mountains of Nepal or for those with a short time. As you get up close and inspect the mesmerizing Annapurna Ranges, Macchapuchhre, and Mardi Himal, you will have the astonishing moment of a lifetime.

The Mardi Himal Trek, located just east of the ABC Trek, is a hidden gem because so few hikers make it to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m). Until you climb out at about 3,300m, the trail winds along narrow trails through ancient rhododendron trees. With breathtaking views of the Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli, the scenery here dramatically shifts. You can reach Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m), which gives breathtaking up-close views of the entire Annapurna Range, from High Camp (3,580m) in roughly 3–4 hours of climbing. A stunning perspective is also nearby, around two hours from High Camp - one of the most enticing hidden gems for trekking in the Mardi Himal Trek. Along this trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp, you may encounter some stone dwellings, lovely teahouses, and several rock cairns. Because of this, it is a popular substitute for excursions in the Annapurna Region, such as the Annapurna Base camp and the circuit hike. Since steep-sided valleys, forests covered in rhododendrons and bamboo, ridge trekking, and the variety of flora and wildlife are all unique to the Himalayas, this is an intriguing look into the biodiversity of the mountains. The highest point on the trail is Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m). This is a lovely hike for those with little time and an inclination to explore more distant regions! The Mardi Himal Trek is the most incredible option for travellers with limited time who wish to witness the spectacular grandeur of the Annapurna Region. It is an excellent option for beginners getting their feet wet in the world of trekking, much like the Mardi Himal Base Camp trek, which is quick and more straightforward but gives you the real trekking experience as you rise 4500 meters in just a few days.

Both inexperienced and seasoned hikers may complete this short excursion. It would be best to walk through lush forests and high alpine pastures to get to the Mardi Himal View Point, which gives stunning sunrise panoramas of the snow-capped mountain peaks of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. There are a few basic lodges and teashops along the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek route, so getting there is more manageable. What might prove more exciting than an unexplored trail with the most breathtaking views?

Mardi Himal Trek for Beginners

Trek to Mardi Himal is slightly easy to moderate level for beginners. However, for experienced trekkers, Mardi Himal Trekking is comfortable and easy. Of course, several aspects make Mardi Trek easy or difficult. The time you take on the trek, seasons, the trail, and many other aspects. However, to make your trek easy and comfortable, here are some tips and measures to follow.

Mardi Himal Trek Tips for Beginners:

As a beginner, always plan your itinerary for more days. Experienced Trekkers can finish Mardi Trek within 6-7 Days. Nevertheless, we suggest a 10-day Mardi Trek Itinerary to make it easy.

  • Walk at a gentle pace. Rushing during the trek can make you tired.
  • Pick the right time and forecast the weather and temperature before you start the trek.
  • Go for a short day hike once a week at least before the start of the trek.
  • Carry your necessary medications and a small first aid kit.
  • Trek with a well-trained and authorized license-holder trekking guide.

Permit Requirement 

Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit Card (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) are two permit cards you need for the Mardi Himal Trek. The cost for an ACAP Permit is NPR 3000 (USD 25) and  NPR 2000 (USD 15) for TIMS Card. But for the SAARC countries, the cost is different. It costs NPR 1000 (USD 10) for an ACAP permit and  NPR 1000 for a TIMS Card. You are eligible to trek to Mardi when you have these two permit cards and a guide. Unlike other trekking like Manaslu Circuit Trek, you do not need a special restriction permit card for this trek.

Best Time

Mardi Himal Trek is suitable to go for any time around the year but to escape the risk of blockades from snowfall, rainfall and extreme cold as well as attacks of leeches, Autumn and Spring would be the best seasons 

Spring Season (March, April and May): This season provides a modest climate with trails full of blooming rhododendrons. The temperature in lower regions is moderate while in higher areas is cool and chilly. This is the peak trekking season, so you may find fellow trekkers along the journey.

Autumn season (September, October, November): The months of the autumn season are more comfortable to trek. It is considered the overall best trekking season in Nepal. With the vibes of the festival just around the corner in October, mountain views, Nepalese culture, and tradition give a pleasant atmosphere.

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  • Altitude1,400m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time2-3 hours

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, an Iconic Holiday Nepal representative will greet you, holding a sign with your name. You'll be swiftly transferred to your hotel and checked in. Later, you'll receive a trip briefing, meet your trekking guide, and discuss 

  • Altitude820m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time7-8 hours | 200 km

We will board a tourist bus to Pokhara after an early breakfast. It will take seven to eight hours to travel by bus. You will pass through the lovely Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers on the way. Pokhara, a picturesque valley on the shores of Phewa Lake, is well known for its expansive views of the Annapurna ranges, including Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and Lamjung Himal.

  • Altitude2,100m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time4-5 hours

We will travel two hours early in the morning to get to Dhampus, where the trails start. The climb offers expansive vistas of the Annapurna peaks while passing through vibrant communities. We continue through the rhododendron forest until we reach Pothana and then Deurali (2100m). You can see the tall glaciers on one of the towering Himalayan peaks, Annapurna South, from the village of Deurali. Overnight stay at Deurali.

  • Altitude2,600m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time4-5 hours

Early in the morning, we set off for Forest Camp from Deurali. The trail gradually ascends through a rhododendron, birch, oak, maple, and hemlock forest. You see wildlife along your route, including leopards, deer, monkeys, and several bird species. Our overnight stay will be at Forest Camp.

  • Altitude3,600m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

We will travel from Forest Camp to High Camp through Low Camp. Although the routes are challenging but scenic, you will be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of Mardi Himal, the Annapurna South, and Machhapuchhre (fishtail mountain). Overnight stay at High Camp.

  • Altitude4,500m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

At High Camp, we get up early to take in the incredible sunrise views of the massive Himalayas. After that, we will ascend the ridge's steep slope to the 4,500-meter Mardi Himal Base Camp. The sun is shining on the entire face of Annapurna South, as seen from Mardi Himal Base Camp, while Fishtail Mountain is directly overhead. After spending some time in the Mardi Himal Base Camp, we continue our descent to Low Camp, where we will spend one more night before returning to High Camp for lunch.

  • Altitude1,565m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

We start our day with a descent down the trail to Landruk village via Forest Camp with a drastic change in elevation. After walking for around six hours we will reach Landruk. This traditionally rich Gurung village offers friendly and courteous hospitality.

  • Altitude8,20m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • TimeTrek 3-4 hours and Drive : 2-3 hours

We have arrived at the last day of our trek. To get to Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi, we take a beautiful walk along the Modi River today. After saying goodbye to the trails, we returned to Pokhara via a scenic drive across the countryside.

  • Altitude1,400m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time7-8 hours

We'll reach Kathmandu by taking a tourist bus. The journey will be about 7- 8 hours. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, our representative will meet and transfer you back to the hotel. In the evening, we host a farewell dinner in a fine restaurant.

    Farewell and drop-off at the airport

    Trip Map
    Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek - 10 days map
    Useful Info

     Accommodation and Meals 

    You will be lodging in a tourist standard hotel in Pokhara and Kathmandu with breakfast. The hotel is comfortable and equipped with modern facilities but, Accommodation in tea houses or lodges along trekking routes often involves some compromise in terms of facilities. While they offer essential shelter and a sense of community, it's important to expect basic amenities. Rooms may be simple with shared or private options, and the bedding provided is typically functional rather than luxurious. Shared bathrooms are common, and hot showers may be available for an additional fee. Dining areas serve hearty meals, but menu choices can be limited in remote areas

    You can select your chosen meals from the menus offered by tea houses. The menus include Sherpa stew, fresh vegetable items, noodles, various soups, homemade bread items, rice items, spaghetti, pizza, eggs, potatoes items, Apple pie, Dal Bhat, and a variety of beverages like black tea, lemon tea, hot chocolates, and ginger tea, among others. They also include a variety of ethnic cuisines and Western-style meals. While on the Mardi Himal Trek, you can count on a well-thought-out food arrangement that considers dietary demands and regional delicacies. Please be aware that locations and seasons may also have an impact and that teahouses may not always have a specific item in stock.

    Water and Electricity

    Water is readily available along the trekking trail, and you can even purchase mineral water at various points. Nevertheless, we discourage the purchase of water bottles as it contribute to trail pollution. Additionally, you'll come across numerous water taps along the route, allowing you to fill your reusable water bottle and treat the water with purification tablets before consumption. Therefore, we recommend that everyone carries water purification tablets for safe hydration throughout the trek.

    Electricity is accessible on the trek, primarily supplied through hydropower in lower areas and solar power in higher altitudes. While some tea houses may charge a nominal fee for device charging, it's not always obligatory. It's important to note that this charging facility is generally available in common areas rather than individual rooms.

    Internet Services

    Almost up to the High Camp, there is availability of internet service in most of the Teahouses. However, sometimes because of the network problem it may be hindered from time to time. Some teahouses charge you a certain amount of money for the use of the Internet. Whereas, in some teahouses, they can give you free internet as a complimentary.

    Trip Extension Possibility

    Several extensions and side trips may be made during the Mardi Himal Trek. The Mardi Himal Trek can be extended by including more days on your itinerary. For instance, you can extend the hike to incorporate a trip to the Poon Hill Trek or the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You can always contact us if you need any other trip to Nepal.

    Gears and Equipment 

    Here are some of the gear and pieces of equipment that are recommended while trekking to the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek 

    • Rucksack with a waterproof Cover
    • Hiking Boots: Since this journey will have steep trails, a pair of comfortable and lightweight hiking boots is essential
    • Hiking pants: These hiking pants include additional side pockets and can be folded into knee-length shorts.
    • Yoga pants or waterproof pants will make your walk more comfortable.
    • Thermal tops and bottoms should be thick enough to keep you warm but flexible enough to allow for natural movement
    • Shorts, T-shirts, Wind/waterproof jacket, Socks: 4-6 pairs, Underwear: 4-6 pairs
    • Sunglasses and a sun hat to protect your face and neck from direct sunlight.
    • Sun protection cream, Lip balm Woolen Cap: Necessary to protect from cold.
    • Gloves, Headlamp, Power bank/extra batteries, Wet wipes/hand sanitizers
    • Towels - Small and Big, Sleeping Bag, Raincoat, Rubber sandal, toiletries

    Always bear in mind that the specific gear needed for your trek can vary based on factors like trek duration, the season you trek in, and the altitudes you'll encounter. Seek guidance from your trekking agency or guide to ensure you're well-prepared for the specific requirements of your trekking adventure.


    • The ideal time for the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making for a more enjoyable and safe trekking experience.

    • The trek is considered moderately challenging. Trekkers should have a good fitness level and be prepared for uphill and downhill hiking.

    • The trek typically takes around 7 to 10 days, depending on the chosen itinerary and the pace of the trekker. Some opt for shorter or longer routes so that the duration can vary.

    • You will need two permits: The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card. Regarding Mardi Himal Trekking permits cost, for ACAP permits, it cost NPR 3000 (USD 25) and for TIMS Permit, it cost NPR 2000(USD 15). But for the SAARC countries, the cost is different. It costs NPR 1000 (USD 7) for an ACAP permit and NPR 1000 for TIMS  card.

    • While the maximum elevation at Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m) is relatively lower than some other treks, altitude sickness can still be a concern. Acclimatizing appropriately, staying hydrated, and being aware of symptoms is crucial. If symptoms worsen, it's critical to descend to lower altitudes.

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