Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Facts

    ●       Have wonderful views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Mardi Himal from extremely close distance.

    ●       The trail is less crowded than regular routes of Nepal, making this is an excellent alternative to similar treks in the Himalayas.

    ●       Have an immersive trek in Nature - across soothing forests of rhododendron and other alpine flora.

    ●       Stay at quaint and isolated villages with terraced farmlands, gushing rivers, and cattle.

    A trek to Mardi Himal takes you on a 12-day journey into the Annapurna Region in central-west Nepal. This peak has an elevation of 6,000 meters - often considered a strenuous climb. In this program from Happy Yeti Adventure, you will reach Mardi Himal Base Camp (at 4,200 meters), often staying in camps and tents. This camping trek consists of diverse terrain and wonderful sceneries.

    You will pass through dense forests of rhododendron, oak, and other alpine plants. The unspoiled landscape provides an opportunity for a comprehensive trek in Nepal. You will also go in the vicinity of Machhapuchhre (or Fishtail) Peak. En route you will cross valleys with scattered villages and hamlets, and see a remote lifestyle so much dependent on Nature. 

    The average walking duration is five to six hours daily. You need a very good level of stamina as the terrain can sometimes get rough and harsh. The best season to trek to Mardi Himal is in autumn and in spring. The vegetation is specially lush and green during the spring, with chances of seeing the rhododendron forests in full bloom.

    The trek opened as recently as 2012; however the route is rapidly rising as a more popular alternative to the regular ones in Nepal. The rare views of Annapurna and Fishtail peaks from an extremely close distance is what makes this trek meaningful and memorable.

    Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

    As soon as you land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our staff and representative will pick you up and transfer to your hotel. You can spend the day in briefing about the trip and enjoy the evening in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at a  hotel.

    From Kathmandu, you will drive to Pokhara - the gateway to Annapurna Region. The beautiful drive takes around seven hours. In Pokhara, visit Lake Phewa and relax in the evening at will. Overnight stay at a hotel.

    Starting from Pokhara in the morning, you will first drive to Mardi Puul, a villages past Hyangja at the top of a hill. Here, you will take a route to the north and begin the trek. The tropical forests of juniper, pine, and rhododendron are populated far and wide throughout the hills. Arriving at a stream, take a break and then trek a bit further to reach Ghachowk. Set up camp for the night above the gorge.

    Start after breakfast by strolling around Ghachowk and then ascending along the trail. Take a break here and then continue the journey through a dense beautiful forest of oak until you arrive at a plateau-like clearing. Enjoy the views of snow-capped peaks above and valleys down below. Trek further in the Seti River Valley lined with creeks and then ascend to Hile Kharka, where we camp with pleasant panoramic views of the peaks. 

    The trek today is mostly through forests of bamboo and oak. After breakfast, head on an easy trail and ascend a bit along a hill. The views are beautiful, specially of Annapurna South and Himal Chuli. Trek further through rhododendron forest and arrive at the pasture of Khomein on top of a hill. Camp here tonight - with stunning close-up views of a section of Annapurna Range all the way to Manaslu.

    Komein, with is unique positioning, is a place with huge potential for mass tourism. The sunrise views agains the peaks of Annapurna Range are incomparable, especially the colours when the the first streaks of light hit the peaks! Do not miss this sunrise experience. And leaving behind Khomein, head to Korchon, an equally beautiful location directly below the peaks of Machhapuchhre and Mardi. Once you arrive at Korchon, the proximity of these peaks is such that if you’re into night photography, tonight you might take that momentous image of Annapurna Region.


    Leaving behind the serene village of Korchon, you will head to Mardi Himal Base Camp. It’s in fact, Mardi South Base Camp. The landscape dramatically rises in altitude as you begin the trek today. In around six hours of trek today, you will see the declining alpine vegetation until you reach the Base Camp. The views today are those of Mardi, Fishtail, and Lamjung Himal. Return to Korchon for the night.

    It’s a long day of trek today with around seven to eight hours of walking. Along the way you will have some time for rest and also time for photography. You will descend through a dense forest (alert: monkeys ahead) and once you’re at lower altitudes, you’ll come to pastures and terraced farmlands until the village of Tagro where you’ll stay for the night.

    Early in the morning, leave Tagro and trek up to Mardi Puul. The descending trail across the maple forest is wonderful, as you relish the past week of trek. From Mardi Pul take a drive back to the city of Pokhara. Check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day around town. Stay overnight at the hotel.

    From Pokhara, you will drive back to Kathmandu. The seven-hour drive will be mostly along the banks of Budhi-Gandaki, Marshyangdi, and Trishuli rivers. Check into your hotel and spend the evening as you wish.

    Starting after breakfast, you will go on a sightseeing tour of a few of the World Heritage Sites - Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Bauddhanath. You will have lunch probably at a rooftop restaurant in Bhaktapur Durbar Square - overlooking old temples and the busy square below. Later, return to hotel and spend the rest of the day shopping or as you see fit.

    As the program comes to a close, we will take you to the airport according to your flight plan.

    This itinerary is prepared by experience guide but it could b change as per the flavorable envirnoment situations. 

    What's Included
    • Transportation as described in the program:
    • Full board during the trek, trek in lodge (Tea House) except the beverages.
    • Guide experiment English-speaking or (French speaking guide when -required).
    • Assistant guides (Sherpas) mention on group size
    • One porter for 2 people.
    • National Park Fee, TIMS card.
    • 3 nights in the hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Nepali staff insurance.
    What's Excluded
    • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu.
    • Any expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as roadblocks due to climate or accidents and unforeseen events, etc…
    • Personal insurance (medical / repatriation of the participants).
    • Personal trekking equipment (sleeping bags, etc.).
    • Airport Tax and tips for the staff during the trek.
    • Bottled water, alcohol, hot shower during the trek.
    • Visa fee.