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Mardi Himal Trek (10 Days)

If you are not ready for longer treks or have no time, Mardi himal trek is a perfect escape that cobbles a stunning trek from longer treks in the Annapurna. This trek is a hidden treasure in the shadows of famed Annapurna base camp trek, Annapurna circuit trek and Ghorepani poon hill trek. This destination immediately emerged after the recent idea of short trekking in Nepal, especially for travelers with limited time and since then it has been gaining its popularity. In short period of time, on the trails of Mardi Himal trek you will realize that travel can be the most rewarding form of self realization. Hiking through the villages of indigenous communities, eating two course meals of staple Daal Bhat and walking through the trails embracing wild flowers and Rhododendron is simply spectacular. Living in the community owned tea houses and having a first hand experience of culture, along with never leaving massif of Annapurna at the backstage, is a life altering adventurous trek that you would never ever come across in life. Mardi himal trek may be short in time but not short in elements. And above all, this trek does not require rushing yourself to comple on time and is very relaxed in manner. Furthermore, very few trekkers opt for Mardi Himal and is not overwhelmed and the reason behind it is basic tea house lodges and guest house which in a way is very natural and unpolished.

Why Mardi Himal Trek?

  • 5 % of your investment goes to charity work. We will contribute the funds for constructing library and computer literaring rural children. 

  • It is an off the beaten trek 

  • Unsoiled culture and villages 

  • Less trekkers and very serene 

  • Takes you to the elevation exactly of Annapurna Base Camp

  • Trek through indegenous communities like the Annapurna base camp

  • Views of almost the same mountains seen from Annapurna base camp 

Is this trek for me ?

  • Yes, because it can be done in short time.

  • Yes, because it is lower intermediate level trek 

  • Yes, if you have very less workout or no workout at all 

  • Yes, even if you are very young or a senior citizen.

  • Yes, if you do not want to go to higher altitude and feel AMS

Map with Elevation

Short Itinerary:

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu and Hotel/Hostel transfer
Day 2Trek Preparation and shopping
Day 3Drive to Pokhara (200 km) 5 - 7 hrs
Day 4Pokhara - Kande - Deurali (2100m) (Drive 1 hrs, trek 4 hrs)
Day 5Deurali - Low Camp (2970m) (6-7 hrs)
Day 6Low Camp - High Camp (3550m) (3-4 hrs)
Day 7High Camp - Mardi Himal Base Camp - Badal Danda(3250m) (6-7 hrs)
Day 8Badal Danda - Ghalel (1392 m) (5-6 hrs)
Day 9Ghalel - Lumre - Pokhara (850 m) (1 hr hike, 2 hrs drive)
Day 10Pokhara - Kathmandu (Bus Drive 5 -7 hrs)
Best Seasons:
Spring(April, June, July), Fall(September, October, November), Winter(February, March, April),
Number of Days:
10 Days
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu and Hotel/Hostel transfer

Places Visited: Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport Hotel Prince Plaza

Activities: No Activities Briefing

Thank you for choosing Mardi Himal trek as your next adventure destination! On this day you arrive to Kathmandu and we transfer you to your accommodation. You rest and rejuvenate for days to come. You can as well explore the surrounding and get to know a little about the country and culture.

Day 2
Trek Preparation and shopping

Places Visited: Kathmandu Hotel Prince Plaza

Activities: Shopping Briefing

You will meet your trek leader on this day and he would brief you about trekking in Nepal and your chosen destination. Meanwhile, the back office staff will prepare all required permits for your trekking. later in the day, you will do the last minute shopping for your trekking along with your guide. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to the most happening market in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Drive to Pokhara (200 km) 5 - 7 hrs

Places Visited: Thamel Bus Park Pokhara Pokhara Tourist Bus Park

Activities: Travelling on Bus Briefing

On this day we have our breakfast by 6:00 a.m. in the morning and head towards tourist Bus Park at Thamel and board a tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus ride will take around 7 hours through curvy roads of hilly terrain with couple of breaks in between for snacks and lunch. The drive to Pokhara on one of the major highways is exhilarating with beautiful views of never leaving tributaries, lush green hills and roadside settlements.

Day 4
Pokhara - Kande - Deurali (2100m) (Drive 1 hrs, trek 4 hrs)

Places Visited: Pokhara Kande Deurali

Activities: Hiking Briefing Viewing mountain from Australian camp Walking in the forest of ACA

The drive from Pokhara to Kande usually takes around 45 minutes in private vehicle and 1 and half hours on a bus (public). Kande is a small hilltop town on Pokhara - Baglung highway. The drive through the scenic road, through the lush green hills and along the seti river is beautiful. The view of mountains and Pokhara valley from Nau danda, on the way to Kande is splendid. Once we reach forest camp we begin to ascent through the forest of rhododendron and red sandalwood. Another 45 minutes of gradual ascend and descent in slow pace we reach Australian base camp. The views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and the fistail is highly acclaimed. From here we descent through the same sandalwood forest for 15 minutes to Pothana and further 45 minutes to Pitam Deurali. Overnight in Deurali.

Day 5
Deurali - Low Camp (2970m) (6-7 hrs)

Places Visited: Low Camp (Humal) Deurali Forest Camp (Kokar)

Activities: Hiking Briefing Walking in the forest of ACA

Deurali onwards the Mardi Himal trek officially begins and it takes 6- 7 hours until Low camp. The views of Dhaulagiri and Manaslu is very beautiful in this final section of the trek, if the weather is on the brighter side.We begin out of forest camp by climbing gradually for around 45 minutes to rest camp. From rest camp it is a gradient ascent but however the trails are not demanding. Majority of today’s walk is through the dense forest of Rhododendron. Towards the end of the day’s trek and when close to low camp, the trail becomes flat and the forest opens to a meadow land. Overnight in Low camp.

Day 6
Low Camp - High Camp (3550m) (3-4 hrs)

Places Visited: High Camp Low Camp (Humal)

Activities: Hiking Briefing Walking on the ridge

You will come face to face with the mountains if you had not in the previous day. You begin to ascend from Low camp to High camp in the mid morning. In between you will come to a place namely Badal danda, a beautiful vantage point to sit and watch the cloud formation as well as the mountains in the Annapurna. From hereon to the high camp the mountains never leave your sight. The 2.5 hrs walk from Badal danda to High camp is no doubt difficult but worth every breath. Overnight in High camp.

Day 7
High Camp - Mardi Himal Base Camp - Badal Danda(3250m) (6-7 hrs)

Places Visited: High Camp Mardi Himal Base Camp Badal Danda

Activities: Hiking Briefing observing the views from Mardi Himal base camp

It takes around 3 to 4 hours on this day in order to reach the viewpoint and return back at High Camp. The high camp has no food and accommodation option, which is why we pack our food to the vantage point. Except for some sections where the trail shoots up the trail is not very demanding. In one section of the trail where the trail is exposed to a steep fall on the both end, it is recommended to be extremely careful. The views once we reach the top is world class. If we are blessed by the mother nature and the weather remains clear we would be able to spot Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna south 7219m, Himchuli 6441m, Baraha Shikhar (Fang) 7647m, Tent peak 5695m, Singachuli 6501m, Gangapurna 7454m, Gandarvachuli 6248m, little summit of Annapurna III 7555m, Machhapuchre (Mt. fishtail) 6993m and Mardi Himal 5553m. Towards the south we can see as far as Pokhara including MBC (Machhapuchre Base Camp), Deurali, Dovan, Sinuwa, Chhomrong, Ghandruk. After spending some time on the top we return back to High Camp. We take the same route on our way back and all the way to low Camp. This section includes the view of Annapurna base camp trail. From low camp the trail is downhill all the way to Badal Danda. This place receives its name from the terrific cloud formation and views seen in the valley below. The walk is through dense subtropical forest and the chances of spotting wildlife is a high possibility. It takes tentatively 5-6 hours to reach Badal Danda. Overnight in Badal Danda.

Day 8
Badal Danda - Ghalel (1392 m) (5-6 hrs)

Places Visited: Siding Badal Danda Ghalel

Activities: Hiking Briefing Gurung Cultural dances

From below Badan Danda you will notice the barren hills making its way to one of the most dense forest. This forest houses Rhododendron and oak tree and offers a fairy tale like ambiance in spring. Watch your feet as the trail in this section is moist and damp because of lack of sun lights. Once out of the forest and descending you will come across a beautiful ethnic village of Ghalel. Situated at the foot of the hill, this stone walled and tinned roof houses housing village belongs to the indigenous Gurung people. Overnight in Ghalel.

Day 9
Ghalel - Lumre - Pokhara (850 m) (1 hr hike, 2 hrs drive)

Places Visited: Ghalel Lumre Baglung bus park Pokhara Pokhara

Activities: Mardi Trek village exploration travelling by bus

The walk from Ghalel to Lumre takes around 1 hour. The mountain scenery is lost at this point but however we still have beautiful views of valleys and terraced hills. The small patches of houses and people working on their fields steals the show. The walk is good on the knees and more gradual and flatter. Once we reach Lumre we board on a vehicle as per our package and head towards Pokhara. It takes another 2 hours from Lumre to Pokhara and 80% of the ride is off road. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 10
Pokhara - Kathmandu (Bus Drive 5 -7 hrs)

Places Visited: Pokhara Pokhara Tourist Bus Park Kathmandu

Activities: travelling by bus

The bus ride takes around 7 hours to Kathmandu. The bus traverses through beautiful lush green hills and views of mountains (only in season). Once we reach Kathmandu we transfer you to your accommodation and hence officially come to the end of Mardi Himal trek.

Price :
USD 599
Note :
15 % Discount for Group Size 5 and Above
What's Included:
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • All government and local taxes
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • Trekking Map
  • Two nights in a budget accommodation with breakfast
What's Not Included:
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, day backpacks, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • Excess baggage charges
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
Please make sure that you are equipped with following equipments and resuorces before you proceed for this tour package.
  • Sun hat or scarf.
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts.
  • Lightweight cotton long pants.
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturiser
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • I-pod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Modest swimsuits (for Kathmandu)

Reviews from our gratified travellers

Hilda C Hilda C


这次去尼泊尔几乎是没做任何准备,但是就是想要走一趟trekking作为给自己的生日礼物。选择dormitory Nepal 也算是偶然吧,没想到我收获的不仅是一次完美的trekking,更多的是满满的感动和一群可爱的朋友和家人。因为夏天是尼泊尔的雨季,最后选了sameer给我推荐的路线Mardi Himal,因为即使最后看不到喜马拉雅山脉的雪山,其他看点也比较多,不过说实话促使我选择这条相对比较冷僻戏路的另一个原因是看了Uzol拍的照片。这次陪我走完五天的是Raj,想对他说的,除了谢谢还是谢谢!从第一天在forest camp 用pancake给我做生日蛋糕到最后下山时在我身边一步步的守护。没有Raj帮助我一定走不完全程,作为第一次走trekking的我,有太多的准备不充分,包括体能上的,加上每天两小时以上的雨中行走,一路上碰到过各种状况,而Raj对我的照顾真的是无微不至,我常常想作为一个向导他真的不需要做这么多的,也因此我们成为了最亲密的朋友。当然我也是特别幸运的,在这样的雨季看到了最美的山峰和彩虹。 谢谢Raj和 Uzol给了我最最难忘的生日,谢谢dormitory Nepal所有的家人给我的真挚的爱和最美丽的夏日时光。我一定一定会回来的!非常非常想你们!

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Silvan Albicker Silvan Albicker

Great time on a 10 day Mardi Himal and Poon Hill Trek

We had a great time on a 10 day trek to Mardi Himal and Poonhill. On the one hand we wanted to do a trek with not so many tourists and on the other hand we didn't want to miss the great view from Poonhill. So the team from Budget Trekking organized the perfect tour for our needs. The tea houses offered good meals and our guide always watched the cock, so that we didn't get sick. We also go lucky with the weather so it was all in all a great trip in a beautiful country.

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Gilberto J. Barrios Gilberto J. Barrios

It was a great travel. My guide, his name is Govin Niraula was splendid. He helped me all trough the journey, even carried my bag when I felt I couldnt do it. Besides he was really up to every detail, making sure nothing was missing and that I was having a great time. I certainly recommend them.

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KouIhara KouIhara



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Mike Shanahan

The Mardi Himal Trekking while strenous is worth it.

Our trip was great. The Mardi Himal Trekking while strenous is worth it. Everything was really well organised and we felt safe in our group at all times. The mountains were awesome, a better than expected spectacle, just stunning and so huge, everyone should put Nepal on their bucket list, you won't be disappointed, great people, culture, food and stunning scenery and brilliant trekking.

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Excellent lifeChanging Trip

Mardi explorer is an excellent life changing trip. The magic and the beauty of the Himalaya's and the Nepalese is absorbed during this 5 day hike. The trip is especially good out of season when there are less crowds, clear skies and for some who may enjoy the extra challenge of altitude during the cold months.

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Rachael Thomas

The trip was amazing

The trip was amazing, our Guide Govin made it a great experience, group was great although i wish I knew it was going to be as cold as it got. At the end of this trek you won't be the same person. I'd recommend this to anybody.

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Anna Smith

The landscapes were breathtaking

Trekking in Mardi Himal was a fantastic trip and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone wishing to challenge themselves and experience a different culture. The landscapes were breathtaking and the highlight was Mardi Himal Basecamp which was one of the most challenging things i have done. It was a long day but one that the whole group had worked towards throughout the trek and it was a highlight that everyone made it. The group leader Raj was fantastic and was always willing to share his knowledge of the area and the Nepalese culture as were is two assistants Sudip and Prakash who will no doubt become group leaders in the near future. The porters were also fantastic and worked tirelessly throughout the trip carrying the bags and helping out at the teahouses and the whole team were a great asset to Budget Trekking. I would advise everyone who wants a challenge to go on this once in a lifetime trek.

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Rose Vassel

A very well organised trek

No doubts, no worries, with Budget Trekking you can travel with confidence. A very well organised trek, and a great opportunity to get to know some very interesting people. Our guide Dawa and the assistant guides were fantastic and ensured that we had the safest and most enjoyable trip possible in an incredible country!

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Leslie Breaux

Iteninary is well-planned

Iteninary is well-planned - with most of the strenuous sections before lunch or later in the afternoon. Guide and assistant guides are very friendly and try to look after your needs .Mardi Trekking wass physically demanding and visually stunning - one of the hardest things I've done. Climbing basecamp was a real achievement. I'd seriously consider doing it again.

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Jonathon Sheen Jonathon Sheen

Brilliant Trek

My partner and I did Mardi Himal Base Camp followed by Annapurna Base Camp over 10 days in May, and absolutely loved it. We had stayed at the hostel linked with Budget Trekking (Dorm Nepal), and arranged our trek whilst there.

We decided on Annapurna Base Camp, and were advised to go via Mardi Himal rather than Poon Hill - as we were told you get better views and less people. And we were so happy we went with their idea as they were so right. We got brilliant views at every stage, and also managed to avoid the rain every day. We would hugely recommend going on this trek if you've got limited time.

We decided on a package so everything was included - transport to Pokhara, accommodation in Pokhara, all tea houses on the trek, all meals on the trek, our permits, and everything for our guide as well. We checked around in Thamel for prices before we booked, and Budget Trekking were cheaper than all but one (also much cheaper than other websites booking at home) - but we went with them due to the extra security we felt from knowing the guys from the hostel. We can't fault anything about the trek. The guys in the office were brilliant and everything was arranged easily (included with the contract we signed was also an itinerary for the trek). Raj (our guide) was really knowledgable about the trek, pointing stuff out all the time and we felt safe the whole time, and if we come back to Nepal for another trek we will definitely try and go with Raj again.

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USD 599

Mardi himal trek may be short in time but not short in elements.

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Trip Highlights

  • Cascading Villages of Mardi
  • Culture of indigenous Gurkha People
  • Stunning Views of Annapurna range
  • Reaching to the base camp of Mardi Himal
  • View of Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Chance of Encountering Wildlife
  • Trails through best Rhododendron blossoms
  • Accommodation in Teahouses

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