Short Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days

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Short Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days
Short Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days
Short Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days
At a Glance
Duration5 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude3,580m
Group Size1+ Pax
Travel StyleTrekking
AccomodationTea House accommodation in Mountain and 3 Star hotel in Pokhara
Best TimeAll Season

The short Mardi Himal trek starts from Pokhara and ends in Pokhara. If you want to do this trek from Kathmandu, check out our Mardi Himal trek 9 days package. On this 5 days Mardi Himal trek, you will traverse a hidden gem in the Annapurna region. Opened in 2012, the Mardi trek route presents a tranquil alternative to famous treks in the Annapurna region.

If you know about the Annapurna Base Camp trek, then you will travel east of it to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. It is an entry-level offbeat trek, so perfect for adventure enthusiasts. The trail is remote, and the wilderness is at peak level. Likewise, the trekking route offers rich vegetation, varying altitudes, and diverse terrain.

The short Mardi Himal trek is one of the best short treks in Nepal. The mountain views are excellent on this trek. You will get to escape in nature and return to Pokhara in just 5 days of trekking. The journey does not demand a long time commitment, so it is ideal for individuals bound by time.


  • A short trek from Pokhara, perfect for trekkers already in the city and looking to do the trek
  • Traverse a less crowded trekking route packed with adventure and wilderness
  • A fantastic alternative to the ABC trek and Ghorepani Poon Hill trek
  • Entry-level offbeat trek route, ideal for adventure enthusiasts
  • Trek through dense forests and steep ridges
  • Come across a variety of flora and fauna, varying altitudes, and diverse terrain
  • The best trek for anyone on short time and limited budget and looking for a less famous but captivating trek in Nepal
  • Get to see the lifestyle of mountain people in Siding
  • Witness stunning mountains view, gorgeous sunrises, and diverse landscapes

What to expect during the short Mardi Himal trek?

If you prefer solitary, then you will love this Mardi trek. It is also one of the shortest Mardi Himal trek. The trek starts with a quick drive from Pokhara to Kande. You will gradually ascend via places like Pothana, Pitam Deurali, Low Camp, Badal Danda, Middle Camp, and High Camp.

The interactions with locals and cultural values during the short Mardi Himal trek are limited. The most you will get to experience is in Siding village at the end of the trek. The short Mardi Himal trek mostly leans towards adventure, nature, and wilderness. The highest point is Mardi Himal Base Camp, located at 4,500 meters (14,764 ft).

During the trek, you will get to see breathtaking views of mountains like Annapurna (8,091 m/26,545 ft), Hiunchuli (6,441 m/21,132 ft), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,795 ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m/22,943 ft), Nilgiri (7,061 m/23,166 ft), and many others. The landscape changes at every turn of the trail and only gets better. Dense rhododendron forests open up to vast meadows and steep ridges.

Who can do the short Mardi Himal trek 5 days?

Both seasoned and beginner trekkers can do the short Mardi Himal trek 5 days. Previous trekking experience is not needed to join this adventurous trek. With a little bit of preparation, you can do this trek. If you are on a short time and limited budget and looking for a less famous but captivating trek in Nepal, then the short Mardi Himal trek is a great option for you.

Moreover, you can also customize the short Mardi Himal trek itinerary. Extend the trek to Poon Hill or Khopra Danda if you decide to spend more time on the mountain. It is the best short Mardi Himal trek package. Both solo trekkers and groups can contact us to do a short Mardi Himal trek in Nepal.

How to prepare for a short Mardi Himal trek?

The short Mardi Himal trek preparation will get your body and mind ready for all the walking involved. Regular walk and cardiovascular activities like jogging, swimming, cycling, running, day hikes, etc, are recommended. These activities will improve your stamina and endurance. Likewise, if the gym is available for you do strength training and practice long breathing, meditation, and yoga to calm your mind.

Short Mardi Himal trek packing

You will need the following things for the short Mardi Himal trek:

  • Clothes- underwear, normal t-shirts/pants, thermal layer, windbreaker jacket/pant, raincoat, fleece top/bottom, down jacket, dry towel, gloves, scarf, sunhat, beanie, socks, trekking boots, normal slipper/crocs, etc
  • Gear and miscellaneous items- trekking poles, sleeping bag, reusable water bottle, water purification tablets, torch, travelers knife, adapter, power bank, spare batteries, journal, snacks, Nepali cash, travel visa, passport, passport sized photos, trek permits, etc
  • Toiletries and first aid- wet tissues, toilet paper, SPF, lip balm, moisturizer, toothbrush/toothpaste, soap, comb, small mirror, deodorant, band-aid, general medicines, Diamox, pain reliever, etc

Are you ready for the trek?

You do not have to worry about anything during the short Mardi Himal trek. We are here to support you in every step of the venture. Our short Mardi Himal trek 2024 to 2025 bookings are open.

If you have any questions regarding our short Mardi Himal trek package or looking to customize the itinerary, feel free to contact us at [email protected] or +977 9851229400.

Why do the short Mardi Himal trek with Trekking Guide Team Adventure?

We have the best short Mardi Himal trek cost and finest service. We guarantee you a safe trek and fixed departure. Our friendly and professional team will take care of all the arrangements and make the journey hassle-free for you. We have been organizing treks in Nepal for more than 17 years, which makes us very trustworthy and reliable. Our guests' reviews speak for our commitment to each journey.

By doing the short Mardi Himal trek with us, you will get the following benefits:

  • 24/7 support
  • Customize itinerary anytime and extend your trek
  • Free duffle bag to use during the trek and later return
  • Free pick up and drop off from your hotel in Pokhara
  • No hidden cost or policy
  • Great service and care
  • Safety assurance
  • Ecor-friendly and sustainable trip
  • Native guide and porter
  • Complimentary farewell dinner
Tour PlanExpand All

We will drive from Pokhara to Kande, enjoying the beautiful countryside and mountain views. From Kande, the trail starts. We will trek following lush hillsides and soon follow the forested route to Australian Camp. On the way, we get to see superb hills and mountain views of the Annapurna range. The trail then gradually ascends to Pothana and from here, continues to Pitam Deurali.

Max Altitude: 2,125 m/6,972 ftMeals: lunch and dinnerAccommodation: Lodge

We will begin the morning with a delicious breakfast and start trekking from Pitam Deurali to Low Camp. The trail heads north and enters a dense forest covered with rhododendrons and many other wildflowers. This part of the route is cold because sunlight is minimal due to the density of the forest. However, the refreshing scent of nature will rejuvenate our souls. The trail ascends to Low Camp. The landscapes are very captivating, with a close view of Mt. Fishtail.

Max Altitude: 3,050 m/10,006 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Lodge

From the Low Camp, we will ascend to the High Camp. The trail goes through a lush forest of oak and rhododendrons. In 1 to 2 hours of trekking we will reach the Middle Camp. From here, the trail ascends to the Badal Danda. The mountain views are outstanding from here. Further, we will trek along the Mardi Himal ridge and reach High Camp for the night stay. From here, we can see stunning views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail, and Mt. Hiunchuli.

Max Altitude: 3,580 m/11,745 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Lodge

Today, we will trek to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. Leave the High Camp early in the morning. Follow a narrow, steep trail that ascends to the base camp. Upon reaching the base camp, we will get to see a breathtaking sunrise and surreal mountain vistas of Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and many others.

After enjoying some time at the Mardi Himal Base Camp, we will follow the same trail and descend to Low Camp. It is a long descent but does not take the same time that we spent during ascending. From Low Camp, trek to Siding village. Explore the diverse culture and lifestyle of mountain people in this village.

Max Altitude: 4,500 m/14,764 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Lodge

It is our last day of trekking. From Siding, we will descend to Lumre, where the trek ends. The trail goes through lush forests and small settlements. From Lumre, we will use a local jeep and drive to Pokhara. The guide will drop you to the hotel. The remaining day is free in Pokhara. In the late evening, we will gather for the farewell dinner.

Max Altitude: 822 m/2,697 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunchAccommodation: Hotel
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Cost Details
  • Your daily meal main course (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) for your 4 nights/5 days’ trip and accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary; teahouses run by Nepalese families with outside toilet.
  • Transportation trekking start point Kande by private transport and trek end point Lumre to Pokhara by local sharing bus.
  • One experience English speaking trekking guide and 1 porter for 2 tourists. If you are a solo traveler porter is not included. It is available in additional cost USD 150.
  • Annapurna Conservation Permit. Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Insurance for guide our service charge.
  • Airport pick up and departure transfer.
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara accommodation.
  • Personal equipment for Trekking. (sleeping Bag, down jacket, sun glass, sunscreen, trekking shoes, trekking stick, gloves, some pair t-shit and socks, Medicenes for stomach ache, headache and diahorrea)
  • Personal insurance for travel to Nepal.
  • Your breakfast, lunch and dinner in Pokhara and Pokhara accommodation.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation.
  • Tipping (Tips) for guide & porter according to your interest.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. (Note: It will be suitable for you if you get your water yourself, you can either buy the bottled water on the way easily or fill the tap water in your water bottle and use the water purifying tablet)
  • Sweet things like chocolate and desert. (Tea, Coffee, Mineral Water, hot water, soup, hot chocolate and deserts) Hot shower and laundry during the trekking.
  • Internet call and Laundry service. Wi-Fi, internet, phone calls, battery charging. International air fare.
  • Local Government Tax Nepali rupees 500.
Add-ons & Options
  • Extra Night Accomodation: If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangement.You can mail us at [email protected] It is available by adding extra cost.
  • Kathmandu Accomodation: Kathmandu Accomodation is not included in the package. It is available in additional cost USD 45 per night in twin sharing basis with breakfast at Nivas Boutique Home or similar category.
  • Pokhara Accomodation: Pokhara Accomodation is not included in the package. It is available in additinal cost USD 35 per night in twin sharing basis with breakfast at Splendid View hotel or similar category.
  • Extra Programs: If you want extra programs like taking a flight Kathmandu to Pokhara or  want 2 night/ 3 days Chitwan  Jungle safari package or 1 Day River Rafting or 1 Day hiking in Kathmandu valley Please contact us on What's App 977-9851229400. It is available by adding extra cost. We will organize it as per your wish and requirement. 
  • Porter: If you are a solo traveler porter is not included. It is available in additional cost USD 150.
  • Single Supplemenatry Charge:On our holidays tour/trek packages, rooms or tents are provided in twin sharing basis. Thus, single room supplement charge will be imposed to client who does not have another tour participant to share room/tent with according to your trip. When you are traveling alone, single supplementary charge must be paid.
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Additional Info

Short Mardi Himal trek permit

To do the short Mardi Himal trek, you will need two permits - an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit and a TIMS Card. Our package included both permit fees. Your passport details, passport-sized photos, and the permit fee are needed to obtain the permits. Our team will receive both permits for you.

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit cost: Nrs 3,000 per person
  • TIMS Card cost: Nrs 2,000 per person

Short Mardi Himal trek difficulty & altitude sickness

The short Mardi Himal trek difficulty is moderate. The lower part of the trail is dominated by dense forests. You do not need technical skills to do this trek, however good stamina and balance are needed. As the trail ascends, you will come across steep and rocky terrains.

The hike from the High Camp to the Mardi Himal Base Camp is challenging. The trail is much steeper and slippery in this section. On other days, you will enjoy pleasant walking via forests and streams. Throughout the short Mardi Himal trek, you will cover around 40 - 50 kilometers (28-31 miles) and ascend to 4,500 meters (14,764 ft).

Every day, you will be trekking for 5 to 7 hours on average. Because the short Mardi Himal trek sees high altitude, trekkers have to be careful of altitude sickness on this trek. If you stay hydrated and take necessary precautions, you can easily avoid it. Likewise, the short Mardi Himal trek route does not have an excellent tourist infrastructure, so you have to adjust a lot.

Is travel insurance needed for a short Mardi Himal trek?

While doing a high-altitude trek like the short Mardi Himal trek in Nepal, travel insurance is necessary. Predicting weather or situations at high altitudes is challenging. Circumstances can change anytime, so we highly recommend getting travel insurance with emergency helicopter evacuation, medical charges, natural disasters, trip cancelation, and theft. This will protect you in an unseen event.

Accommodation and meals during the trek

Lodge and tea house accommodation is available along the short Mardi Himal trek route. It provides accommodation and meal services to the trekkers with minimal but essential amenities. The rooms mostly consist of two beds, and toilets are usually shared. Running hot water is not available in the teahouses, however some places offer hot water in buckets at an additional charge.

The food variety is not that extensive, but you will get decent dishes like dal bhat, pasta, momo, thukpa, noodles, sandwiches, porridge, rice with curries, chapati, soups, pancakes, toast, eggs, etc. The produce is locally grown, so you can expect clean meals. Carry energy bars, snacks, and chocolate with you. Similarly, you will get boiled drinking water in all places.

What is the best time to do the short Mardi Himal trek?

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best seasons for the short Mardi Himal trek. You can also do this trek in the winter season (December to February), but the trail is covered with snow. Likewise, trekking between June to August (summer/monsoon) is the most challenging because of muddy and slippery trails with frequent rainfall.

In spring and autumn, the weather remains stable. The daytime is neither too hot nor cold. The mornings and nights are a bit colder. You will enjoy stunning sunrises and sunsets with breathtaking mountain panoramas throughout the trek. The trail is bloomed with seasonal flowers and vegetation. Overall, the trekking conditions are best in spring and autumn.

Guide and porter during the short Mardi Himal trek

An experienced and friendly guide and porter team will make your short Mardi Himal trek fantastic. They will not only help in navigating the trail and heavy luggage but also provide you with a great insight into the region. Our guides and porters have been working with us for a long time, so they know how to make the journey smooth for the trekkers.

Your duffle bag weight limit is 10 kg per person. One porter carries duffel bags of two trekkers. Likewise, you can carry a backpack on you with essentials, cash, documents, and a water bottle. We provide an assistant guide if the group has 8 or more trekkers.

Some helpful tips

  • Nepali travel visa: You have to obtain a Nepali travel visa by yourself. We are not responsible for the visa. Check out Nepal's immigration website for detailed information.
  • Money exchange: Exchange your money in Kathmandu. Carry small denominations with you. Cards are not accepted anywhere, neither foreign currency.
  • WiFi/network during the trek: The short Mardi Himal trail does not have a strong network coverage. It may come and go as you trek. The majority of tea houses/lodges offer WiFi at an additional cost, but the speed may not be that great.
  • Hot showers and charging in the lodge: You can buy hot water for showers in some places. Likewise, charging facilities are available everywhere at USD 1 to USD 2. Wet wipes and power banks are recommended.
  • Allergies: If you have any allergy that we should know, inform us. Make sure to stay careful while eating or doing anything that may trigger your allergy.
  • Personal expenses: Budget money for shopping, travel insurance, tips, international flights, and additional food and drinks. Check out our short Mardi Himal trek cost includes and excludes for more information.

The highest point during the Mardi Himal trek is the Mardi Himal Base Camp. It is situated at 4,500 meters (1,4764 ft) above sea level.

The short Mardi Himal trek cost ranges from USD 350 to USD 550 per person for a five-day itinerary. If your itinerary is long, the package will differ. You can customize the Mardi Himal trek itinerary as per your time and budget with us.

No, there is no age limit for the short Mardi Himal trek. If you are fit and can walk 5 to 6 hours a day on rugged terrain, you can do the short Mardi Himal trek. Make sure you are also fine with high altitude.

During the short Mardi Himal trek, you will get to see captivating views of mountains like Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Hiunchuli, Mardi Himal, etc. Likewise, the trail also offers diverse landscapes and stunning sunrises and sunsets.

During the short Mardi Himal trek, you will get boiled drinking water throughout the trail. It is safe to drink and also costs far less than a mineral water bottle. For more safety, you can use water purification tablets. We highly discourage buying plastic water bottles during the trek.

If you are choosing the short Mardi Himal trek for your first trek in the Himalayas, then we highly recommend focusing on strength training, improving your stamina, and building walking habits before the trek starts. These three things will let you enjoy the journey to the fullest.

The only luxury option available for the Mardi Himal trek is the Mardi Himal helicopter tour. The helicopter tour starts from Pokhara, flies up to the Mardi Himal, and drops you back at Pokhara airport.

If you get sick in the middle of the short Mardi Himal trek, inform your guide. He will give you the necessary medicine. Rest and see if the symptoms are subsiding or not. If you do not feel well after taking the first aid, you may have to return. In case your health gets bad, we may have to use helicopter evacuation, and for that we need travel insurance that covers it.

A solo Mardi Himal trek is only available if you are doing a one-on-one trek with our guide and porter. Trekking without a guide is banned in the Annapurna region.

The hardest days on the short Mardi Himal trek are trekking from High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp and the long descent to Siding from the base camp. These two sections of the trail involve long trekking and steep routes.

WiFi is available in some villages at lower elevations. The Mardi Himal trail mostly goes through dense forest, so the network is usually poor. Coomunitiona service is not widely available, but you will get ample opportunities to connect with your friends and families.

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