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5-Day Mardi Himal Trek from Pokhara

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5 days
Max. Elevation
Group Size
Ground Transportation
Best Season
March to May, September to February
Tea Houses Lodges
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Starts at
Ends at
Trip Route
Pokhara-Forest Camp-Low Camp-High Camp-Mardi View Point-Badal Danda-Pokhara


  • An amazing short and exciting adventures to scenic high Mardi Himal.
  • Enjoy the scenic highlands of Mardi Himal in the shadow of Annapurna Himal.
  • Enchanting serene forest covered with tall rhododendrons, oaks and pine trees.     
  • Stunning views of Mid-Western Himalayas throughout the adventurous treks.
  • Adventure close beneath the towering Machhapuchare Himal  and Mardi Himal.


Mardi Himal Trekking, an adventure of less than a week, offers exciting thrills to experience. The walks lead to the foot of a towering Mt. Machhapuchare the famous Fish Tail Peak with Mardi Himal. 
Mt. Machhapuchare, or Fish Tail and Mardi Himal, falls within the massive Annapurna Himalayan range of peaks. It stands aloof as an individual mountain, apart from the great Annapurna Himalayas.
Mt. Machhapuchare is one of the virgin and unclimbed around the Himalayas. The Fish Tail peak rises at 6,993 m / 22,943 feet, with Mardi Himal situated to its southern flank. 
Mardi Himal at 5,587 m/18,330 feet high, Mardi Himal is also a trekking peak. Few groups of mountaineers and trekkers often climb to the summit of Mardi Himal in good seasons of the year. Mardi Himal Trekking area, also known as the ‘Other Sanctuary’, the name was tagged by the early pioneers and explorers. 
The Mardi Himal area is a few miles from the main Annapurna Sanctuary. Separated by the deep Modi River gorge and towering rocky cliff walls. On both sides of Annapurna and Mardi Himal region, this makes the trek to Mardi Himal a fascinating adventure. 
The walk begins with an exciting drive from the beautiful tourist city of Pokhara, heading towards a high green hill. To start the adventurous walks, and then through the serene forested path towards Mardi Himal. As the walk progresses, heading much higher above the tree lines to reach High Camp. 
At the highest overnight stops, the adventure follows to a high ridge at Mardi Himal View Point. The main highlights of the trek, standing close beneath the staggering peaks of Machhapuchare and Mardi Himal.
Overlooking the magnificent panorama of the Annapurna Himalayan range, from the highest spots of the adventure of Mardi Himal viewpoint.
Enjoying a fabulous and overwhelming scenery of snow peaks and rolling green hills landscapes. The return journey leads on an alternative route to Siding Village, located at the bottom of Mardi Himal high ridge. 
Then, on the drive back to scenic Pokhara, a lovely place to complete our exciting adventure to Mardi Himal Trekking.

Outline Itinerary: 

Day 01:   From Pokhara drive to Dhampus village 1,580 m, and Pritam Deurali
                 2,040m via Potana 1,900 m and trek to Forest camp 2,520 m-07 hrs.
Day 02:   Trek to Low Camp 2,970 m-04 hrs.
Day 03:   Trek to High Camp 3,700 m-06 hrs.
Day 04:   Trek to Mardi View Point 4,500 m and return to Badal Camp
                 3,210 m-07 hrs.
Day 05:   Trek to Siding village 1,750 m 6 hours and drive to Pokhara-02 hrs.


For Mardi Himal treks, visitors can enjoy the walk around all seasons of the year except the wet monsoon in summer times. 
The right favorable and the best seasons are spring and autumn/fall.
Spring begins in early March and ends in May, where most days are bright with sunshine for longer hours. From early 6:30 am till 5 pm, it can get cloudy afternoon sometimes with chances of light snowfall.
Cold morning, late afternoon, and night times, as well with an extra wind-chill factor above 3,000 meters. The afternoon is bright with a strong UV (ultraviolet) and requires sunblock, sunglasses, hats, and long-sleeved tops. 
Spring is a lively time with wildflowers in seasonal blooms, especially the rhododendrons of various species and colors. 
The next best season is autumn/fall, from September to November, when most days are fine and clear for views and walks. But much colder morning, late afternoon, and nighttime, chances of snowfall sometimes. Get much colder during the late afternoon with a wind chill factor. However, a pleasant season of autumn/fall for Mardi Himal Treks.


On this trek to Mardi Himal the food and lodge accommodation are simple with basic facilities. During the whole treks, the lodge accommodations are available with only common baths and toilets. Extra charge for using the hot showers, 
but the dining rooms are large and cozy with a fireplace. Keeps the place warm while you enjoy the meals. All lodges provide a comprehensive food menu, which includes a wide variety of breakfasts, from oats, porridge, and cornflakes. 
Bread, Chapatti, and Pancakes, with choices of egg variation, from scrambled, boiled, poached, and omelets. Followed by hot refreshing drinks, tea, coffee, and drinking chocolates. Lunch and dinner with a list of continental, Indian, Nepali, Chinese, and Tibetan foods. 
All dining rooms are bright with lamps run by local hydroelectricity or from solar power. Most lodges provide free internet and Wi-Fi, which is slow and disturbing. Due to landscapes and weather conditions on designated overnight stops. 
For larger groups of more than 4 people, it is best to order a set menu, which saves time and fuel energy. To follow the norms of Eco or Responsible Tourism.


Although Nepal is dominated by 75% Hindu religion, the higher mountains around the Himalayan range. Around Southern Annapurna and Mardi Himal areas, is populated by the Gurung people, the major tribes of Annapurna Himalayan range. The Gurung tribe follows Buddhist religion and culture, with their ancestral heritage of the ancient Bon sect of pre-Buddhism. Including Shamanism practice and every house is adorned with Buddhist prayer flags.

Important Note

Short Trek Profile:

Mode of Trekking: In the best available lodge, and guest house.
Grade of Trekking: Moderate to Adventurous.
Trekking Region:     Nepal Far North Mid-West at Kaski district and 
                                        Annapurna Himalayan range.
Highest Points:         At Mardi View Point 4,500 m/14,850 feet.
Trekking Duration: 04 Nights and 05 Days from Pokhara to Pokhara.

Trip Itinerary

The morning after breakfast, an exciting drive leads beyond Pokhara city and the valley. After a few hours, our route diverts from the main Pokhara and Baglung Highway on a rough dirt country road. The drive follows the winding uphill to Dhampus farm village. From Dhampus faces the panorama of Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayan range of peaks. Dhampus is a nice Gurung village located on a high green hill with grand views of the Himalayas. 

From Dhampus drive, follow on a gradual up through the forest to Potana. 

Another small village with astounding views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchare Himal. The drive continues further up to Deurali, located on the main trail of Dhampus to Landruk and Annapurna Base Camp as well as to Mardi Himal. Enjoy the views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayas, start the first-day walk, leaving the main trail from Deurali. Heading towards the mountain wilderness, the walk follows into dense tall tree lines of oaks, pines, fir, and rhododendrons. Then finally, the long day ends reaching Forest Camp overnight amidst a beautiful dense forest.

Max. altitude

2520 m.


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Lunch & Dinner

Today’s walk leads to Low Camp for an overnight halt, leaving the Forest Camp with a steep climb. Following the high trail through lovely woods facing views of surrounding dramatic landscapes terrains. Includes grand vista of the Annapurna Himalayas, the air gets cooler as the altitude rises slowly, every hour and then. After a few hours of a good climb, then the trek ends reaching a small settlement at Low Camp for an overnight halt.

Max. altitude

2970 m.


Tea Houses Lodges


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The morning walks from Low Camp leads to a moderate distance, but the gain in altitude makes the walks longer. Taking it easy the walk follows to a high ridge, leaving the dense forest behind. The climb continues until High Camp is reached for lunch and overnight stop. The highest overnight halt of the treks, having time to relax, rest of the day at leisure.

Max. altitude

3700 m.


Tea Houses Lodges


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Rising early and having breakfast, start the morning walk following the high scenic ridge to Mardi Himal Viewpoint. The highest point of the adventures, the walk can be quite strenuous, but taking slow pace will be enjoyable. After few hours of good climb reaching Mardi Viewpoint, stand in front of Mt. Machhapuchare. Popularly known as Fish-Tail, dominates the sky line with views of black rocky 

Mardi Himal. Located beneath southern flank of the Fish-Tail Peak, enjoy the panorama of Annapurna Himalayan range of snow peaks. After a wonderful experience return journey downhill to High Camp for short rest. 

Then continue further down to Badal Danda Camp for overnight, the name Badal means clouds, as this area if mainly cover in mist with low clouds, hence the name Badal. Check into a nice simple lodge and enjoy the afternoon tea and dinner in a large warm dining room.

Max. altitude

4500 m.


Tea Houses Lodges


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Another fascinating and long stretch of last day trekking, start the morning with an early breakfast. As walk heads downhill to Low Camp, having short refreshing stops. Then continue walk with long descend on an alternative route to downhill to Siding farm village. On reaching Siding Village, having short rest after a long downhill walks. Then board in a vehicle for an exciting few hour’s drive to Pokhara. On reaching at Pokhara, transfer to the hotel by the lovely Phewa Lake. Enjoy the lovely rooms, arriving at the hotel on time for late afternoon refreshment and dinner. 

Max. altitude

1750 m.


Breakfast & Lunch
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  • All accommodation in a simple T-house
  • Breakfast Lunch and Dinner during trekking.
  • Experience and government-licensed guide and porter.
  • Ground transportation 
  • First aid kit carried by Sherpa leader.
  • Food salary insurance for Guide and Porter.
  • National park entrance fee.
  • All government charges and taxes.
  • 1 porter for 2 trekkers.

Doesn't Include

  • Laundry service/battery charge Rescue/emergency and Travel insurance.
  • Personal equipment and personal expenses.
  • Tips for guide and porter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Approx. 35 km or 22 miles distance to cover, excluding the driving portions, just trekking only. Trekking from Deurali up to Mardi View Point and downhill to Siding Village.

Yes, one can have single rooms on these treks but one needs to inform the company well in advance on booking. In the high seasons, the local lodges will be overbooked and needs to be reserved as early as possible.

For Mardi Himal and the southern hills of Annapurna Himalayas, the best is in spring from March to May. When rhododendrons will be in full blooming seasons. Rhododendrons is also the national flower of Nepal.

All lodges have electricity, especially in large dining rooms run by Hydro or Solar power. Where guest can charge their electronic items and gadgets, at present nearly all places in the mountains. Internets and Wi-Fi are available or one can buy a full Data included in the package. But around the Mardi Himal areas the connection will be slow and disturbing, due to weather and landscapes. 

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