Trip facts

Duration 8 Days
Activity Trekking
Starts Kathmandu

The Mardi Himal Trek in the Annapurna region is relatively short , yet a unique and less crowded adventure in contrast to the more popular treks like the Annapurna Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Circuit Trek. With its relatively shorter duration, captivating panoramas, and diverse landscapes, it emerges as an exceptional choice for adventure seekers a distinctive trekking experience.

The trail traverses through lush vegetation, with breathtaking vistas of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Machapuchhre, and Manaslu along the way. The journey culminates at the Mardi Himal Base Camp, offering a view that truly justifies the effort. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the villages that are dotted along the trail, and wander through vibrant forests adorned with rhododendron, oak, and bamboo. The Mardi Himal Trek promises a unique and unforgettable experience that will leave an indelible mark on your memories.

The Mardi Himal Trek commences with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kande. Form Kande, the trail winds through charming villages and pristine forests adorned with rhododendrons and oaks, leading to the picturesque Australian Camp. From Low Camp the trek progresses towards the High Camp, and then ascends to its pinnacle, the Mardi Himal Base Camp, where breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South awaits you. You then descend to Siding village from the High Camp taking a different route and then drive to Pokhara.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, a representative from Wind Horse will greet you and transport you to the hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure until the evening. Later in the evening, there will be a briefing outlining the schedule for the upcoming days. If you have any inquiries about the trek, you can discuss them with your guide. Additionally, if you have overlooked any necessary equipment or trekking gear, you can take the opportunity for last-minute shopping after the briefing session. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara(201km/6-7hrs)
The drive to Pokhara is a picturesque journey that unveils the stunning beauty of the Nepalese countryside. Meandering along the riverbanks, the route showcases quaint local villages, terraced farmlands, and the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you have the option to relax at the hotel or venture out to explore the lakeside area. Overnight in Pokhara.

Pokhara is a perfect place to rest and relax, renowned for its tranquil lakes, stunning mountain vistas. There is a wide array of activities available that may suit your interest, including paragliding, bungee jumping, zip-lining, mountain biking, and taking an ultralight flight.

The drive to Pokhara usually takes around 6-7 hours, but the duration can vary depending on traffic and the road condition. Option is also available to fly to Pokhara with an additional cost.

Day 3: Drive to Kande(1hr)-Trek to Rest Camp(2700m, 4-5hrs)
The journey begins with a short scenic drive for about an hour from Pokhara to Kande. Ascending from Kande, the trail traverses through Australian Camp where you’ll be greeted with stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna range and the picturesque Pokhara valley.

Departing from the Australian Camp, the trail winds through a diverse landscape adorned with lush vegetation, featuring rhododendron, oak, and maple forests along the trial to the rest camp. Journeying through these vibrant forests offers a serene opportunity to deeply engage with the natural beauty and tranquility of the Annapurna region. Overnight in Rest Camp.

Day 4: Trek to Badal Danda(4-5hrs)
Beginning on an easy trail for over an hour or two brings you to the low camp. Low Camp provides one of the best views of Mt. Machhapuchre. This is also the juncture where the trail to the Forest Camp and Siding diverges. Continuing for around two hours more, you reach Badal Danda, Badal Danda offers a breathtaking 360° panorama of the surrounding mountain ranges. Overnight in Badal Danda.

Day 5: Trek to High Camp(3590m)-Excursion to Mardi Himal Base Camp(4500m, 6-7hrs in total)
The hike from Badal Danda to to Mardi Himal Base Camp is an incredible adventure that traverses varied terrain, offering breathtaking vistas along the way.

Ascending towards High Camp, you will navigate along a ridge through changing vegetation. After trekking for approximately about 2-3 hours, you arrive at the high camp, greeted by breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchre, and the Mardi Himal.

After lunch, we will head towards Mardi Himal Base Camp(4500m). The hike takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach the base camp. Once there, you’ll be greeted by a breathtaking panorama showcasing the grandeur of the majestic mountains. Following some time to soak in the surroundings and appreciate the awe-inspiring scenery, you’ll make your way back to High Camp. Overnight in High Camp.

Day 6: Trek to Siding(3hrs)-Drive to Pokhara(4hrs)
The journey from High Camp to Low Camp involves descending along the same trail that you ascended earlier. Once you reach the juncture at Low Camp, you’ll continue by following the path that leads to Siding village. At Siding village, you will board on to a private jeep and drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 7: Drive to Kathmandu
Retrace your drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, check into your hotel, you’ll have the rest of afternoon free. You can go for souvenir shopping or rest and relax at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 8: Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight homewards.

Cost includes

  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara in 3-4* category hotels.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in tea house lodge during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with coffee/tea during the trek.
  • English-speaking licensed trekking guide along with a porter (1 porter for every two trekkers).
  • First aid kit and duffel bag.
  • Trekking staff accommodation, wages, meals, trekking gears, and insurance.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits for the trek (ACAP/TIMS card).
  • All government tax and service charges.

Cost excludes

  • International airfare.
  • Meals other than listed (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, bar, beverages).
  • Bottled/boiled water, battery recharge and Wi-Fi and hot showers during the trek.
  • Tips and gratuities to Guide, Porter and driver.
  • Travel medical insurance covering rescue and emergency evacuation.
  • Personal trekking gears and equipment’s.
  • Trip cancellation cost due to your health, weather condition, political situation, and any other unforeseen events.
  • Any other expenses other than the listed above.