Trip Facts

Region: Annapurna
Grade: Moderate
Duration: 12 days (on trek 7 days)
Max. Altitude: 4,450 m (Mardi Himal Base Camp)
Group size: 2 - 12


Discover the hidden gem situated in the world-famous Annapurna region of Nepal.

Situated just east of one of the most popular treks of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem. Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the impressive Machapuchhre.

The trail goes along small winding paths, through magical rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 m. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

From High Camp (3580 m; some maps incorrectly mention 3900 m) you can climb up to Mardi Himal Base Camp in about 3-4 hours, which offers spectacular close up views of the entire Annapurna Range.

There are simple guesthouses and homestays along the entire route. If you plan to do this trek in the winter months please check with a local tour operator if the lodges are open.

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu where you will be met by our team member and escorted to your hotel. Enjoy Nepali cuisine and folk songs and dances during Welcome Dinner. Meals D
Day 2: Walking tour of old Kathmandu and Durbar Square, the Monkey Temple and Patan Durbar Square. Meals B
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara early in the morning. Pokhara is famous for its lakes, beautiful views of the Himalayan range and for being the starting point for most treks in the region. Drive to Kande (1 hr) and trek to Forest Camp (2,500 m). 6 hrs Meals B, L, D
Day 4: Trek from Forest Camp (2,500 m) - Low Camp (2,990 m) 2.5 hrs Meals B, L, D
Day 6: Trek from High Camp (3580 m) - Mardi Himal Base Camp (4450 m) and back to High Camp 7 hrs Meals B, L, D
Day 7: Trek from High Camp (3580 m) - Sidhing (1885 m) 5 hrs Meals B, L, D
Day 8: Trek from Sidhing (1885 m) - Lwang (1460 m) 5 hrs Meals B, L, D
Day 9: Trek from Lwang (1460 m) - Hyangjakot (1545 m) and down to the road at Banskot (1100 m) 4 hrs - drive back to Pokhara 1/2 hr Meals B, L, D
Day 10: Free day in Pokhara. Relax in the tranquil surroundings or go boating on Fewa Lake. Meals B
Day 11: Travel to Kathmandu by deluxe tourist bus (or flight). Free day in Kathmandu to explore the city or revisit sites. Meals B
Day 12: Transfer to airport for journey back home. Meals B

Cost Includes: *A local trek leader *One internal flight and hotel/airport transfers *3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on twin share, bed and breakfast basis *Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites *All road transport by private vehicles * All meals on trek including tea and coffee * Some supplementary snacks on trek *Trek staff and porterage (one porter for 2 trekkers) *Trek leader/porters properly insured and equipped *Annapurna Conservation Area Permit fee *TIMS (trekkers information management system) card fee *Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, teahouse & lodge during trek
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara, welcome dinner, and three meals (B, L, D) during trek

If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.

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