Mardi Himal

15 Days

Trip Info

  • Hotel/Lodges
  • Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
  • Guided
  • Available
  • English
  • Bus,Cab,Plane


Nepal, a country being a home to Earth’s highest mountain peak, Mount Everest, along with countless Himalayas has always been the best
destination for people wanting to hike and trek. Among these Himalayas and
mountains lies a magnificent, alluring place, more of a hidden gem called Mardi Himal. This place has proven that Nepal is not only about diversity and ethnicity, but also about high mountains, snows, flora and fauna, adventure and challenges. Mardi Himal a 5,587 meter peak, lies in Gandaki zone, on east of the Annapurna region beneath the prominent Macchapuchre. It was first submitted in 1961 by Basil Goodfellow. Mardi Himal trek was opened in 2012, along with establishment
of many teahouses or lodges. In a blink of an eye, Mardi Himal has been successful to attract international and national tourist with its beauty. Mardi Himal basically gives us experience with lots of magar and gurung people. On your way to Mardi Himal You can see forest filled with colorful Rhododendron and pine trees, small villages built with stones, and always a view of breath taking

Temperature and weather in Mardi Himal Base Camp 

Having 5 different seasons (summer, winter, autumn, spring and monsoon), Nepal has got its own different temperature in different places. It’s important toknow about the temperature and climate before visiting any place. After all abestclimate is the one that makes the trekking memorable. Talking about Mardi Himal base camp, there are two destinations you might want to knowabout.

Mardi Himal lower base camp and Mardi Himal high base camp

Mardi Himal lower base camp– It lies on the altitude of 2990m. Here, thehighest temperature can reach 21 degree Celsius while the lowest is -2 degreeCelsius stating that the weather is comparatively warmer in lower base camp. The

spring season in Mardi Himal lower base camp is mesmerizing. Having different Flora and Fauna including Lichens, orchids, Oaks and ferns, spring seasonalsooffers botanical educational values. 

Mardi Himal high base camp– lying on the height of 3,580, the highest temperature here can reach 17 degree Celsius while the lowest can be -2degreeCelsius. Passing through high Alpine forest the trails to high base camplooksamazingly beautiful. The ideal season for high base camp is spring and autumnas

it has stable weather with bearable temperature. The winters in high basecampcan be very cold and snowy. 

Best season to climb Mardi Himal 

Considering all the favorable temperature and climatic conditions of Annapurnaregion, autumn and spring seasons that is September, October and November would be best for the trekkers. This seasons particularly provides you clear andblue skies. December – January would be suitable for those who likes fewer people or doesn’t want the crowd. But one has to be aware that it might beverydifficult to find accommodation and food in this time since the places might beclosed or off season. 

Cost of Trekking/ Expedition – 

The cost of trek might differ according to the seasons, the number of days youarestaying, mode of transportation etc. April- September marks highest priceontheMardi Himal itself. 

Accommodation– The normal price of Accommodation for two people wouldbearound 300 NRS i.e. around USD 3$. But on high season it gets expensiveandcanbe between 400-500 NRS which is 4-5USD$.

Food– normally the price of the food is fixed but sometimes with the increasingaltitude the price of food too goes up. The road up is really difficult so arethetransportation facilities which is an understandable reason behind increasingprice of foods. However you will have enough varieties of foods with very freshvegetables. 

Breakfast- (eggs, breads, porridge)-300-400 NPR (3-4$) Meal- (rice, Dal, Bhat, noodles, pasta)-400-600 NPR (4-6$) Drinking water- 40-120 NPR (1$ per liter) 

Tea- 40-120 (1$ per cup) 

Tea houses– tea houses in Mardi Himal has been successful to meet the simpleand basic necessities of the people. You will be given a roomwith two singlebeds, with clean Mattresses, bed sheets and pillow. They do not provide the attachedbathroom which means you would have to share with others. Hot water is not provided however you can ask the owner and pay extra charges for hot water. The average price of overnight stay at teahouse is generally 2-6$ whichis 200-600NPR. 

Permits and fees 

Permits are very important thing here and you might not want to lose it sinceyouhave to show the permit in different checkpoints. The two important permitsyouneed to get is; 

ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit) – this is around 2000NRSor20$. You have to pay extra for the VAT 

TIMS (trekkers Information Management System) – this too will be around2000NRS, 20$. 

You can easily get these permits from any travel agencies

Other requirements 

Insurance– you can always purchase your own travel insurance. It usually cost around 150$(15000 NRS) good for 30 days. It is important to mention or cover high altitudes since trekkers sometime really needs to be evacuated fromhelicopter. 

Nepal visas/passports – foreigners other than Indians need to have validvisasandpassports prior to visiting Nepal. The passport must hold minimum6 monthsof visa validity from their date of arrival. They can have the Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport.


  • Spectacular Mountain Views
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Unique Teahouse Experience
  • Majestic Sunrise Views


Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with the Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will then be transferred to the Hotel. After check in, if time allows, you will visit MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Normally, you need to be trained for rock climbing a day course before starting your trek, so you will be taken to a natural rock climbing spot Balaju which is 3 Km drive from Thamel. We will offer excellent opportunities to learn how to use climbing equipment like; rope, harness, Ice axe, crampons although maintain your physical fitness. Alternatively we will start a half day sightseeing tour with our professional tour guide to the several of most historical and spiritual places in Kathmandu. Some of this place is considered the World Heritage historic Sites such as Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After coming back from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek guide and other team members. Mountain Guide Trek will brief you regarding your trek as well as we may have an opportunity to discuss any difficulties regarding our upcoming adventure. Rest of the time you could use for travelling around the Thamel and shopping for needed equipment and other necessaries. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Start your travel early in the morning at 7:00 am, we will arrange tickets in a tourist coach at the river side seat to enjoy the scenery; the road follows by the Trisuli River where you see many people rafting on the river. Around 6/7 hours (200km) drive we reach Pokhara (a city of Lake, literally); or 30 min. fly to Pokhara as per departure time. A city that offers us the magnificent view of various mountains namely Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchre and other mountains of Annapurna range. You have a good chance to do some last minute shopping and self exploration around the town (walk around a few lakes, boating etc). (Overnight in Pokhara at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

After breakfast leaving the Mardi Pul, the trail then follows the east bank of the Mardi upstream before turning right up the hill to the Gurung village of Riban (1676m). You move ahead along the route which now becomes much steeper as it climbs uphill from the village, past a Chautara, shortly after which the trail divides. You take the right-hand fork which leads past some cow sheds. Until now the trail has been steep, it further becomes even steeper. You climb through bamboo forest towards a massive slab of grey rock. The path bears around to the left on to the rhododendron-covered ridge. Despite the steepness of the route, the ridge line path offers ever-increasing views of the surrounding country. The path passes through a small clearing, Lalghar Kharka, and continues along a faint track to another clearing marking a high point on the ridge, which is Odane Hill. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

The route continues along the ridge line, but you need to be careful of false trails that can lead you astray. This day you are rewarded for the previous day's hard work with cool mountain air and a stunning panorama, with Machhapuchare (6997m) straight ahead. To the west is the Annapurna I(8091m), towering above Annapurna South (7219m) and Himchuli (6441m), the western bastion guarding the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary. To the east are views of the granite mass of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna IV (7525m) and Lamjung Himal (6886m). Given that the distant summit snows of Dhaulagiri (8167m) can also be seen, three of the world's highest mountains are on view along this trek. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Leaving Kumai, you continue climbing steeply along the ridge line to grazing pastures called Khorchon. This day is a relatively short, although once again, steep trek. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

The trail now leads steeply across a ridge line to a hidden plateau beneath the south face of Mardi Himal and the South-West Ridge of Machhapuchhre; this is the 'Other Sanctuary', so called by Jimmy Roberts. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

You ascend steeply towards the col between the East Face of Mardi Himal and the connecting ridge of Machhapuchhre. From camp, you reach a snow colour leading to the col with a steep section of perhaps 45 degrees. At the cool further steep snow slopes lead to the summit of Mardi Himal (5555m). After enjoying your hard earned climb, you then descend by the same route to the Base Camp.We practice around the glacier for next day climb and Guide will teach you some methods/technique of climb and brief you details. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

As instructed by your guide, if the weather is perfect then early about 2/3 AM we wake up and have breakfast then ready to leave to achieve your dream on the top of summit (5587m). This climb is of little technical difficulty, where route finding and effort are the major problems. Late in the day, this might present avalanche danger under fresh snow conditions. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

This day we most kept for the reserve day for the unforeseen condition as weather problem or weakness then you can take this day as your reserve day. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Leaving the Base camp, you descend through the high grazing country called Khorchon and follow the same trails back to Kumai. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

This day, you descend from Kumai which is relatively hard for weary knees, as much of the altitude gained is lost on the return to the valley. Descending on the ascent route you reach Odane Hill. Just before the high point a small track goes left down the east flank of the ridge, dropping steeply to grazing country and a good lunch spot at Hile. Later, the trail further descends more steeply to the prosperous farming village of Ghachok, in the valley of the Seti River. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

This day is the last part of your trek, as you continue along the direct route crossing the Seti to the east bank and follow the main trail south. Descending down the east bank of the Seti, you finally reach Pokhara in about 4-5 hrs. You will be in Pokhara then you will have lunch. Finally if you have time our guide will take you for sightseeing in Pokhara valley and visit the highlights of Pokhara and the surrounding areas. The place to visit pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Bindabashini, which is one most important popular Hindu temple in Pokhara. Two hour boating in Phewa Lake and visit the Barahi temple which is one island in Phewa Lake and other popular places David fall (Water fall), Ghupteshower cave etc. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

You could choose afternoon flight to Kathmandu, till some hours before flight; you may take an optional sightseeing tour around Pokhara or enjoy adventure activities such as boat riding, paragliding, etc. While returning to Kathmandu from Pokhara, be sure to catch the left side of the airplane for the best views of the Himalayas. Or if you would like to choose by bus, we will arrange a ticket in a tourist coach at the river side seat and start your journey at 7:30 am from Pokhara. Left side seats of vehicles are nice to enjoy the scenery; the road follows the Trisuli River where you see many people rafting on the river. After 6/7 hours you will arrive at Kathmandu (beside Thamel) and transfer to your hotel. The day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. ! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration "Farewell dinner" at a traditional Nepalese restaurant together with Mountain Guide Trek staffs for successful completion of Mardi Himal Climbing! (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Today is the last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying goodbye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.


Cost Includes

  • Professional trekking guide and support staff
  • Airport transfers and domestic flights
  • Accommodations and meals during the trek
  • Emergency evacuation arrangements

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Nepalese visa fees and necessary trekking permits
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal trekking equipment


What is the best time to embark on a Mardi Himal trek?

The optimal trekking seasons are typically during the pre-monsoon (spring) months from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) months from September to November when the weather is stable.

Is prior trekking experience necessary for the Mardi Himal trek?

While prior trekking experience is beneficial, the Mardi Himal trek is considered suitable for beginners with a moderate level of fitness. Our itineraries are designed to accommodate varying experience levels.

What permits are required for the Mardi Himal trek?

Essential permits include the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and TIMS card. These permits are arranged by our team, ensuring a hassle-free trekking experience.

How challenging is the Mardi Himal trek in terms of physical fitness?

The Mardi Himal trek is of moderate difficulty, suitable for trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness. Regular exercise and cardiovascular fitness are recommended to enhance the trekking experience.

Are there teahouses or lodges along the Mardi Himal trail?

Yes, the trek offers accommodation in teahouses or lodges, providing a comfortable and sociable environment for trekkers. Our itineraries are designed to include stays in these facilities.

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