Mardi Himal Trekking

Mardi Himal Trekking

The primary objective of Mardi Himal trekking is to reach the base camp of Mardi Himal. Mardi Himal trekking route has been opened for trekkers since 2012, but it has rapidly gained popularity. It is located to the east of Annapurna Base Camp and close to Pokhara. The trek offers an opportunity to explore the transitional villages, infinite and cultural diversity, amazing views of the mountains and the alluring views of the river. The trek goes through ancient rhododendron forests and takes you close to Mardi Himal. On this trek you can see the most beautiful mountains Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, Hinchuli, Ganga Purna and Annapurna I.

There are many starting points for the Mardi Himal trek, but Kande and Dhampus phedi are the most popular. The trek itinerary is given below also starts from Dhampus phedi after 40 minutes drive from Pokhara. First, the steep trail leads up to the village of Dhampus, then on a flat and steep walk to Pothana (1950 m) and then to Deurali (2100 m). There is a right turn in Deurali sign posted “Forest Camp” the trail is through the jungle, at first up then undulating on the top of a ridge, there is a section just over half way where the trail drops steeply and then slowly gains height and then back onto the ridge and into Forest Camp (2554 m).

This trekking trail is initially quite steep leaving Forest Camp but soon gets less steep as you again get up on the ridge. The trail leaves Low Camp in the jungle again, but the trees soon start getting smaller and after about an hour of trekking exits the jungle with spectacular views of Machchhapuchhre on the open ridge and Annapurna south to my left. It is possible to continue trekking along the ridge for 4 to 5 hours till Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m) and back to High Camp in about 4 hours.

This makes a long day trek but there is also a viewpoint about halfway, the amazing view can be seen from here. After that, we trek to the High Camp, then to the Low Camp, and then we proceed to Siddhing and Saidighatta. From Saidighatta, we drive back to Pokhara and the next day drives back to Kathmandu.

Mardi Himal Trekking Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu airport- transfer hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
Day 03: Drive or Flight to Pokhara (820 m)
Day 04: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana
Day 05: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (2554 m)
Day 06: Trek to High Camp (3980 m)
Day 07: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m) and back to High Camp
Day 08: Trek from High Camp to Siding Village
Day 09: Trek from Siding Village to Saidighatta and drive to Pokhara
Day 10: Drive or Flight to Kathmandu (1350 m)
Day 11: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
Day 12: Drive to Airport for flying your own destination

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Dhampas Phedi
Trek End Point: Saidighatta
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse/Camping
Trekking Grade: Easy-Medium
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 4500m
Duration: 12 Days

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square and Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (850m)
200 km: Early Morning (7.00 AM) departure to Pokhara by Tourist Bus transfer to Hotel. Arrive in the Pokhara afternoon about at 2 Pm. Relax or walk around Lake Side. O/N Hotel

Day 04: Pokhara Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana
From Pokhara half an hour drives to Phedi, from where we will commence our Mardi Himal trekking. We will start the trek by climbing the stairs from Phedi which will eventually level level. The trail ascends all the way to Pothana through rhododendron and pine forests till we reach the Dhampus, a Gurung village known for the magnificent views of Annapurna ranges, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu. We will continue our ascent until we reach the small village of Pothana, surrounded by forests and exhibiting marvelous mountain views.. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 05: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (2554m)
After a hearty breakfast, we start our trek with a steep uphill climb through thick forest along the beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. The forest is the home to many rare wildlife and we may catch glimpse of some of the rare birds and animals along the way. After walking for around five hours, we will reach the forest camp , Overnight at Teahouse

Day 06: Forest Camp to High Camp (3980m)
The trail from the Forest camp to the high camp follows a steep ascent through the rhododendron and Juniper forest. The pattern for the day is a steeper climbing to get over a hillock, then relatively flat for a while and again start the ascent. On Reaching the top, we will be highly rewarded with the magnificent, breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and Mount Macchapuchre. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 07: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and back to High Camp
We will rise early to appreciate the spectacular sunrise view over the Annapurna range from the high Camp. After the breakfast, we will start our ascent to Mardi Himal Base Camp, which stands at 4500 meters. The trek today is challenging with a walk along a narrow, rocky trails. The hardship of the day is generously rewarded with the stunning mountain views along the pristine surroundings at the Mardi Himal Base Camp. After spending some time at the base camp, we will retrace our steps back to high camp. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 08: Trek from High Camp to Siding Village
We will retrace our steps and follow a steep descent to low camp from where we will trek into the forest to Mardi Khola. After a delightful walk along the river and the forest, we will reach a warm and hospitable village of Siding. Overnight at Teahouse/Homestay

Day 09: Trek from Siding Village to Saidighatta and drive to Pokhara
After a hearty breakfast, we will start our easy descent to Lumre. The trail follows the contour of the Mardi river valley and gradually descends down the pastures through beautiful Tamang and Gurung Villages. Our Transport will wait for us at Lumre from where we will take an hour long drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel

Day 10: Pokhara drive bus to Kathmandu (1350m)
We drive back to Kathmandu, on the sixth and the last day of our trip, crossing over some mountain passes and rivers along the way. Overnight at Hotel

Day 11: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) and Bhaktapur durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 12: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination


  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Historical monuments cities sightseeing with tour guide
  • Sightseeing transportation by Non A/C comfortable vehicle
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for historical cities sightseeing
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara & Pokhara to Kathmandu overland transportation by tourist bus
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Twin sharing trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge / Teahouse
  • Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara transportation by car/van/bus depend on group size
  • Three time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Desert /fruit after having diner as company provide
  • Government license holder trekking guide /leader for the team
  • One porter who will carry your luggage during the trekking ( Two person get one porter)
  • Annapurna Conservation area project entry fee
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Saidighatta to Pokhara transportation by car/van/bus depend on group size
  • Nepal Government tax and Office service charge


  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • International or domestic air tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 15 days ) and US$ 50 (duration 30 days )
  • Personal trekking equipments and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and  all type of hot drinks
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

The price will be depending on service quality that you are going to use accommodation (Deluxe, Standard & Budget) in cities and entire the trekking either way normal teahouse or best available or Camping (Fully tented camp) so better to mention us what you are expecting? Please click here to request the price.

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