Mardi Himal Trek from Pokhara

   6 Days    Trip Id ( 001-A-373)

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Mardi Himal Trek from Pokhara to Pokhara is one of the prime short-duration treks in the Annapurna region in Nepal. Captivating views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Baraha Shikhar, Singu Chuli, Annapurna I, Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre; amazing landscapes that dramatically change from secluded, dense sub-tropical forest to open ridgeline above treeline that only supports shrub life and a tranquil trail filled with natural enriches make this trek perfect for trekkers who are looking for a similar alternative to Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek. 

This Pokhara to Mardi Himal Base Camp trek can be completed in total 6 days. The trek starts with an hour drive from Pokhara to Kande. The hiking starts around 1700 meters and the highest you will go to is 4500 meters (Mardi Himal Base Camp). The trail first goes through the beautiful Gurung (ethnic group in Nepal) villages, then through the dense Rhododendron, Birch and Oak forest, which then continues on a long exposed ridgeline to the base camp. After Mardi Base Camp, you will hike down to a village called Siding to end the trek and then drive back to Pokhara. If you want to shorten the trek, you can also choose to drive to Pitam Deurali and start the trek to Forest Camp the same day. 

This 6 days Pokhara to Pokhara Mardi Himal trek crafted by Amigo Treks and Expedition is a full teahouse/lodge trekking. The altitude gain each day is no more than 1000 meters and the walking hour is maximum 5-6 hours, which makes it suitable for both adventure seeking children and elderly people. Also, this is one of the best ways to observe the towering peaks in the Annapurna massif, without having to hike very high altitude. Although this trek can be done throughout the year, March to May and October to early-December is the best time to do this trek in Nepal.

This is a pure trekking package and does not include accommodation, meals, transportation and other services in Pokhara. The package starts with a pick up from your hotel in Pokhara and drive to Kande and ends after we drop you off at your hotel in Pokhara, after the trek. Nevertheless, the package is a fully customizable package and can be customized to meet your specific requirements and budget.  

Moreover, if you are looking for an all inclusive package that takes care of all the arrangements for your Mardi Himal trekking trip from arrival in Nepal to departure from Nepal, please follow this link 10 days Mardi Himal Trek.  If your interest is leaning towards the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you might want to check these links 12 days Full Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Ghorepani and Poon Hill, 10 days Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek or even 6 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara


Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Kande (1706m), (1h) and trek to Pitam Deurali (2142m),(5km), (4h)

Day 02: Trek to Forest Camp (Kokar) (2600m),(7.5km), (5h)

Day 03: Trek to Badal Danda (3250m),(4.5km),(5-6h)

Day 04: Trek to High Camp (3550m), (3.5km), (2-3h)

Day 05: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m), (4.5km),(2-3h) and back to High Camp (3550m),(4.5km), (2-3h)

Day 06: Trek to Siding (5-6h),(8.5km) and drive to Pokhara (2-3h)


Package includes:

  • Transportation Pokhara to Kande (private car/jeep/minivan)
  • Transportation Siding to Pokhara (shared jeep)
  • All required trekking permits
  • All accommodation (standard lodges) on twin-sharing basis, during the trek
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • 3 cups Tea/Coffee (served in cups only), during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits served after dinner, during the trek 
  • Unlimited purified drinking water (purified using purification tablets/drops) during the trek
  • Government licensed, English speaking, knowledgeable and experienced guide and his entire expenses (Guide-Guest ratio 1:6)
  • Porter (one for each two trekkers) and his entire expenses
  • Insurance of guide and porter
  • All required local and government taxes
  • Duffle bag and trekking route map (souvenir)
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (if required)
  • Basic First Aid kit with oximeter
  • Adventure certificate upon completion of the trek 

Package excludes:

  • Nepal arrival visa
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara (can be arranged at extra cost)
  • Any transportation not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like mineral water, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, extra meals, extra tea/coffee, any other hot drinks except tea/coffee, laundry service etc. 
  • WiFi, battery charging and hot shower services etc.
  • Accommodation and meals in city in case of early return from the trek
  • Travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation over 4000 meters, trip cancellation and medical treatment cost. 
  • Tips (as an appreciation) to the service providers

 Day 01: Drive to Kande (1706m), (1h) and trek to Pitam Deurali (2142m),(5km), (4h)

Breakfast at the hotel and your trekking guide will pick you up from your hotel and together you will drive (roughly one hour) to Kande, the trailhead of this trek, in a private vehicle. From Kande, you will hike to Goldanda. From Goldanda, following the well-laid stone trail, about 2 hours of steep hike through quiet forest and a few Gurung villages will take you to Australian Camp located approximately 4.5 kilometers north of Kande. This place presents magnificent views of the mountains in the Annapurna range and Lamjung Himal. Short rest at this place and you will hike down to another beautiful Gurung village called Pothana. The village is located approximately 45-minutes downhill from Australian Camp. The walk is through the lush green quiet forest. From Pothana enjoy spectacular views of Fishtail Peak, locally known as Machhapuchhre. From Pothana, an hour hike further will take you to Pitam Deurali, your night stop for today. Enjoy staggering views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Overnight in a lodge in Pitam Deurali. 

Please note: You also have an option to drive to Pitam Deurali directly from Pokhara, which takes 4 hours. 

Meals: Lunch and Dinner     

Day 02: Trek to Forest Camp (Kokar) (2600m),(7.5km), (5h)

Forest Camp (Kokar), located roughly 7.5 kilometers north-east of Pitam Deurali is the destination of the day. You will start your day after breakfast in Pitam Deurali. The trail to Mardi Himal forks east from Annapurna Base Camp trail. Following the Mardi Himal Base Camp trail, you will start your journey to the Forest Camp. Most of today’s trail goes through the forest of Rhododendron, Oak, Birch and Hemlock. The trail is narrow, on the forest ridge and  mostly ascending with occasional descents. Therefore, make sure to choose to walk on the widest and what appears to be the mostly trodden trail. Be careful around the gnarled roots. After an approximately, 5 hour walk through this forest, you will reach the Forest Camp, where you will check into the lodge booked for you and spend the remaining day at leisure enjoying the tranquility of the forest. You will either carry packed lunch or have lunch when you reach the Forest Camp. Overnight in a lodge in the Forest Camp. 

  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   

Day 03: Trek to Badal Danda (3250m),(4.5km),(5-6h)

Badal Danda located roughly 4.5 kilometers further north east of Forest Camp is the destination of the day. You will start your hike after a hearty breakfast at the lodge in the Forest Camp. The first leg of today’s hike is through the forest of Rhododendron. It’s a difficult 40-minute climb. Soon you will reach the Rest Camp, where you will take a short rest enjoying a distant view of the forked tail of Fishtail. From here, about 2 hours of brisk hiking will take you to the Low Camp, where you will stop for a quick lunch. After lunch, the journey to Badal Danda continues. A 1-2 hour hike further north will take you to Badal Danda. The last leg of this day’s hike is on the ridge above the treeline. Enjoy mesmerizing and much closer views of Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal and Annapurna South, while you are walking on the ridge. After 5-6 hours of arduous hike, you will reach Badal Danda that feels like a heaven as this place presents you with a very captivating view of the sea of clouds. Overnight in a lodge in Badal Danda.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Trek to High Camp (3550m), (3.5km), (2-3h)

The High Camp, located roughly 3.5 kilometers north-east of Badal Danda is the destination of the day. After a good breakfast at the lodge in Badal Danda, your journey continues to High Camp. A leisurely hike on a well-laid stone step trail that gently ascends and descends will first bring you out of Badal Danda. Slowly leaving the treeline, following the exposed ridgeline, you will further continue toward the High Camp, enjoying the magnificent views of the green valleys to your left and Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Mardi Himal in front of you. Facing Mardi Himal, as you hike further north, Machhapuchhre towers right above Mardi Himal in front of you. Since you are above treeline, the only plant life that accompanies you are the small shrubs. Continue further and you will reach a small open pasture with a few lodge options (the High Camp), which is the last and the highest overnight stop of this trek. About 2-3 hours of  hike from Badal Danda will finally bring you to the High Camp. You will check into the lodge and spend the remainder of the time either at leisure or exploring the ridge taking pictures of the peaks that are towering right in front of you. Overnight in a lodge in the High Camp. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   

Day 05: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m), (4.5km),(2-3h) and back to High Camp (3550m),(4.5km), (2-3h)

If you are a sunrise lover and want to capture the picture of a spectacular sunrise over the summit of the mountains, wake up early in the morning and hike up to the viewpoint that is located right above the High Camp. However,  if you prefer to rest, then you can start the day around 7:00-7:30 am after a hearty breakfast at the lodge in the High Camp. 

Mardi Himal Base Camp is located approximately 4.5 kilometers from the High Camp and on an average, the hiking time is about 2-3 hours. You will start your hike by first hiking up to the ridge. Then following the long ridgeline, you will hike to the base camp. This walk on the ridgeline is the highlight of this trek as the views of Annapurna South, Tent Peak, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre and Mardi Himal not just appear closer, but monumental as well. You can also witness the massive glaciers tumbling down the mountainside.  The views are captivating, and it’s very difficult  to keep your eyes off them, but since you are hiking on an exposed ridgeline, we suggest you focus on the trail as well. Once you reach the Base Camp, spend some time relishing the views. Now feeling accomplished, retrace your steps back to the High Camp. The total journey today takes about 5-6 hours. You will spend this night in the lodge in the High Camp. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Trek to Siding (5-6h),(8.5km) and drive to Pokhara (2-3h)

Last day of the trek you will hike from the High Camp to Siding, before taking a road transportation to Pokhara. The hiking distance is about 8.5 kilometers and the average walking hour required to complete this distance is 5-7 hours. Like any other regular trekking day, you will start the journey after breakfast. Leaving the spectacular views of the mountains and the valley behind, you will retrace your steps down till the Low Camp. The hike time is about 1.5 to 2 hours. From the Low Camp, the trail to Siding Village branches south-east. The downhill walk is mostly through the lush forest. About 3 hours walk from the Low Camp will bring you to the village of Siding. The trek ends here. From here, you will take a vehicle (mostly jeep) back to Pokhara. The drive to Pokhara is very scenic  and full of views of  luring green hills and stunning mountains. Roughly 2 hours drive from Siding will bring you back to Pokhara. You will be dropped off at the hotel you have booked for yourself in Pokhara ending the trek with Amigo Treks and Expedition. 

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

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