Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Main Attraction of The Trek : View of Mount Annapurna, Mount Fish Tail, Mount Mardi and it's ranges, Panoramic Rhododendron and Oak forest, Valleys, landscapes, flora and fauna . Experience of local cultural and community with friendly behavior.

Mardi Himal Trekking is a short and spectacular trip in the Annapurna region,the trek begins from Kande, after driving from Pokhara. The trip covers some of the breathtaking glacial valleys and the hidden landscape of the Annapurna. The trail is harsh and slippery to slogging ahead till the Mardi Himal base camp. It is a mixed form of the tea house and camping trek and the best way to discover the dazzling sceneries.

Trekking to the Mardi Himal base camp is also described as the journey to the hidden gem. It can also be joined with the Annapurna base camp trekking. The trek goes through the miraculous rhododendron forest at the initial portion and eventually the setting turns on the rugged trail dominated by the hard rock formation. During the trekking, we can explore the dramatic panoramas of Mardi Himal, Fishtail, Annapurna and Himchuli peaks. The trail undulates along the ridge and after a tiresome walk, you gain the High Camp. It is set around 3580 meters as it is shown in the trekking map and hike to the Mardi Himal base camp on the following day. The entire Annapurna range is visible from this point. According to the trekking season, basic tea houses can be found there.

For the fascinating Mardi Himal Trek, Mountain Delights Treks and Expedition offer both tea house and camping trek with the experienced team and all the required equipments. Please, contact us for the detailed information. 

Day 01 : Pokhara- Phedi (40 min drive) and walk to Deurali (2100m) 4.30 hrs.
Start up your day by drive from Pokhara to Phedi by Car. The trek starts walking steep hills from Phedi to Dampus .You have to climb up the stone stairs passing through terraced cultivated fields, settlements and forests, arriving the Dhampus. You will get lunch at the middle of the way in Dhampus where you can see Annapurna range and Mt. Fishtail. After lunch gradual up to reach Deurali for overnight.

Day 02 : Deurali to Forest camp ( 2500m) 6 Hrs of walk
Second day starts from Deurali to Forest camp. On the way from Deurali to Forest camp you will get to walk on the plain way only for around 1hrs. You also have to pass from the Pine Forest road which is again steep hills. The Forest is covered with the most unique flower called Rododendron. You have to take the packed lunch because there are no any restaurant or hotels on the way to Forest camp .

Day 03 : Forest Camp-High Camp (3550m) 4hrs of walk
Third day from Forest Camp to Low camp and high camp. You will get your lunch at Low camp(2970m),there you can see the most amazing and clear view of Mt. Fistail . After lunch, between the journey of Low camp and High Camp there is a place called View Point where you can see various snow-capped mountains and villages like South Annpurna, Himchuli, Chhomrong Village, Ghandruk Village, Mt.Fishtail, Annapurna region, flora and fauna, beautiful village view, alpine forest, Gurung and Thakali culture, eco friendly villager as well as the least touristy trek.. After this again start walking upwards to High Camp(3550m) where you will be staying overnight.

Day 04 : High Camp-High Camp (3550m) 7hrs of walk
The Day start up with the Breakfast at High camp and take your packed lunch to go to Mardi Base Camp's(4500m). Whole day you will be walking around 7 hrs through a series of steep, rocky climbs separated by leisurely walk through lush, green, high mountain. Enjoy your packed lunch with a magnificent view of Mardi Himal, Annapurna-I, South Annapurna, Himchuli, Ten Peak, Gangapurna and Gandarbhachuli, Mt.Fishtail at side and come descend to high camp and stay overnight there.

Day 05 : High Camp - Sidding (1700m) 6hrs of walk
Start up your day with the most precious Sunrise view and have your breakfast at High camp and head descend towards Sidding is of 6 hrs of walk. Walking back straight descend to the same fine forest you can again see the beautiful red Rhododendron forest. You will get your lunch at Low camp which is at the way back to Sidding(1700m). Sidding is a simple traditional local village.

Day 06 : Siddin to Lwong (1460m) 6hrs of walk
Breakfast at Sidding walk towards Lwong which is gradual up and some where flat too. On your way to Lwong you reach a place called Ghalel, you can have your lunch at there. Ghalel is the a small traditional villages with some small restaurants and Home stay. After lunch again start up walking towards Lwong. Lwong is also a traditional old village. There is tea garden and ACAP office with some Home stay for you to stay overnight. At the night time at your Home stay the mother group will welcome you by singing and dancing in some folk songs.

Day 07 : Lwong to Astam (1530m) 5hrs of walk
Early morning walk to tea garden to see the panoramic view of green tea garden and also the view of mountains. After that come back to Lwong for the breakfast and walk towards the Astam. You will reach Astam until your lunch time. So have your lunch at Beautiful Astam Village. From this place you can view many of the peaks like Annapurna Range, Mt.Fishtail, Lamjung Himal. Stay overnight at there.

Day 08 : Astam - Melbot (3hrs Walk) to Pokhara (827m) 45 minutes of drive
Early Morning view the most amazing sunrise at Astam Village and have your breakfast at the home stay. Walk towards the Melbot where the company's Vechicle will be waiting for you to drop upto Pokhara. On the way back to Pokhara you will be crossing Seti river so you can see the Seti River. After you reach Pokhara you can visit many places. As Pokhara is second tourist area there are numerous places where you can enjoy your moment.

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up & Droop.
  • All food (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
  • Accommodation.
  • Hot drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate).
  • All transportation.
  • Trekking permit.
  • Four nights Hotel with break fast in Kathmandu.
  • Sight seeing in Kathmandu valley.
  • All temples Entry Permit in kathamndu.
  • All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear, transport etc for Nepalese staff.
  • All taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, clien's personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen & personal expenses
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.


1.    4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be
       returned after the trek)
2.    Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it
       but is to be returned after the trek)
3.    Daypack
4.    Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.    Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and
       then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping
       the sun off your ears and neck.
2.    Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
3.    Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
4.    Glacier glasses-
5.    Headlamp
6.    Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket
       should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
7.    A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).


1.    1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside
       other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
2.    1 pair warm gloves
3.    Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek.
       Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

1.    T-shirts (2).
2.    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
3.    Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.    2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
7.    Long shirts(2)

Lower Body – Legs

1.    2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
6.    1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
       Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots
       without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
7.    1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
8.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture
       resistant plastic bags.


1.    2-4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
2.    2-3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
3.    1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
4.    1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with
       layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it
       (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
5.    1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
6.    1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

1.    Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.    Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.    Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.    Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
       Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.    1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids,
       some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive
       medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.


1.    Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.    Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM
       just in case if you need to change the date of your).
3.    Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.    Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your
       neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you
       from having to stop and look for it.
5.    Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses
       its' effectiveness over time.
6.    Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.    Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.    Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes,
       and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.    2 bandanas.


1.    1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great
       assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees,
       ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
2.    Favorite snack foods
3.    Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
       Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function.
       Remember, keep these items light weight
4.    Binoculars
5.    1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep
       the batteries warm when not in use
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
7.    A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
       that chilly late night trip
8.    1 small stainless steel thermos

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Wonderful and Interesting Staying in Nepal
Wonderful and Interesting Staying in Nepal
Thanks you all Staffs of Mountain Delights for a wonderful and interesting staying in Nepal. Everything was as plan, You, Kamal and staffs are No : 1, Thanks also for Looking after and Maja.
Kenneth Neijnes
October 26, 2014 at 03:37 am

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