Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

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About Mardi Himal Trek

Get adventurous and set out on a picturesque trail through mountainous paths and lush green forests of rhododendrons and oak by opting for the Mardi Himal trek. Located in the Annapurna region, this is considered one of the hidden gems among avid trekkers and those who wish to explore places that are off the beaten track. The expedition is also known for offering some of the most spectacular views of the Annapurna Mountain Range, the Mardi Himal along with other peaks such as Macchapucchre (6993 meters), Baraha Shikhar (7647 meters), Singu Chuli (6501 meters) Annapurna I (8090 meters), and Annapurna South (7219 meters) in all its glory and magnanimity.

Embark on the Mardi Himal trekking adventure that takes you to the base camp at Mardi Himal that is located right in the middle Machhapuchhre, popularly known as the Fish Tail Mountain. Explore the region’s pristine and mostly untapped beauty without the presence of too much crowd. Discover the quaint stone houses, cozy teahouses, and rocky cairns that dot the trail and stop by some of them to get a taste of the local culture. Although the trek is available all throughout the year, it is best to go for it during the autumn season when the views are simply mind blowing. You will pass through tiny hamlets along the way such as Badal Danda, Dhampus village, Pothana village, among others where you can also stop by to interact with the local villagers.

Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

Maximum altitude: 4,450 m

Grade: Moderate

Duration: 5 days

Trekking distance: 41 km

Trail type: Point to point trail

Rail head: Jainagar, Gorakhpur or New Jalpaiguri, India

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport ( International) and Pokhara Airport ( Domestic) in Nepal

Snow Season: December to February

Service from: Pokhara city

Base camp: Phedi

Best season: Autumn: September, October, and November

Region: Annapurna region of Nepal

Who can participate: You need to have a relatively moderate level of fitness to participate in this trek. It is one of the shorter treks and does not go through many difficult parts. So beginner level trekkers can also participate in it.

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Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

Pokhara drive to Phedi and Trek to Pothana

Altitude: 1,130 m and 1,950 m

Distance: 18.7 km and 6.3 km approximately

Duration: 1 hours’ drive approximately and 5 hours walk

  • Start early and after a sumptuous breakfast set out on your short drive to Phedi which will take around 45 minutes to cover
  • Once at Phedi, you will prepare to start your Mardi Himal trek
  • Head towards Pothana along scenic mountain trails and enjoy some of the most breathtaking Himalayan views from the viewpoint located right above the base camp
  • Go through the Dhampus village and after about 4 or 5 hours of trekking, stop for the night at Pothana
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What to Pack for you Trek

Mardi Himal Trek


Entry permit

Copy of passport, visa and other government ids

Trekking insurance

Medical certificate

Money in small denominations

Backpack : 35 to 45 litres is sufficient

Daypack: you will need a daypack for guided tours

Rucksack with a rain cover


Inner socks / short hiking socks

Long hiking socks

Sun cap / scarf / buff

Thermal base layer

Quick dry collared and long sleeved T-shirts

Lightweight trekking pants

2 quick dry T-shirts

Thermal base layer

Down coat / fleece jacket

Raincoat / Poncho

Thin gloves

Long sleeves T-shirt and pajamas

Plastic bag for laundry

Good quality hiking boots with proper grips at the base

Other essentials

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • 2 – 3 water bottles

  • Crampons

  • Flip flops

  • Head lamp

  • Trekking pole

  • Wet wipes

  • Cutlery: steel tiffin box, plate, spoon, glass

  • Quick dry towel

  • Bug repellant

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Toilet paper rolls

  • Lip balm

  • Electronics

  • Camera and charger

  • Travel adapter

  • Phone and charger

  • Power bank

  • Medicines

  • Anti-diarrhea medicine

  • Electrolytes

  • Basic First-Aid such as Band-Aids, Neosporin, gauze, etc.

  • Water purification tablets

  • Antibiotics

  • Vitamins

  • Pain killers

  • Cold medicine

  • Prescription drugs

  • Diamox to avoid altitude sickness

  • Light snack

  • Protein bar

  • Chocolate bar

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Know Before You Go

How to Reach
Important Tips for trekkers

You have to first reach Pokhara in Nepal in order to go on your Mardi Himal trek. From here, you will be driven to your base camp at Phedi. There are several ways to reach Pokhara:

By Air: You can take an international flight to first reach the Tribhuvan International Airport which is the only International airport located in Kathmandu, Nepal. From here, you can take a connecting flight to Pokhara, which has a small landing field. Several local airlines cover this route of 201 kms in a little over 5 hours. These include airlines such as Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines, and Simrik Air.

By Train: The nearest railway stations to Pokhara are Jaynagar, New Jalpaiguri and Gorakhpur. From here you have to cross the borders by bus either at Panitanki or Sunauli and then head to Pokhara.

By Road: This is one of the most convenient way of traveling to Pokhara. You can start from cities like Gorakpur or Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and then cross the Sunauli border. After that, you can catch a bus or book a private car to reach Pokhara. It will take you about 8 hours to complete the journey

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What is the best time to do Mardi himal trek?

The best time of the year to embark on the Mardi Himal trek is during the autumn season that is during the months of September, October, and November. This is also the post-monsoon period in this region and thus gives you some of the best views of the surrounding Annapurna region during this time. The weather is quite pleasant and not too cold making it ideal for trekking.

How long does it take to reach Mardi himal?

The Mardi Himal trek takes about 5 days to complete starting from Pokhara in Nepal. It is a short trek located below the Machapuchhre Mountain, or the fish tail mountain, in the Annapurna Conservation Area.

How difficult is the Mardi himal trek?

The Mardi Himal trek has been classified as a moderate one as it does not involve overly critical stretches that may require an expert’s guidance and maneuver. It can thus be undertaken by beginner level trekkers who have little or no experience in trekking.

How long is the Mardi himal trek from Kasol?

The distance between Mardi Himal and Kasol is about 750 km and can be easily covered by air or road. The easiest way would be to take a flight to Kathmandu and cover the remaining distance by bus.

What is the highest altitude of Mardi himal trek?

The highest altitude of Mardi Himal trek is 4,450 meters above sea level. You can reach this point around the middle of your trek when you reach the Upper View Point area.