If you are seeking a fantastic short trek in the gorgeous Annapurna region? Then the incredible Mardi Himal Trek is the one for you! A relatively new trekking trail, this trek is one of the most stunning off-the-beaten-path adventures. As such, the Mardi Himal Trek is situated east of another renowned trekking destination, the Annapurna Base Camp. The wonderful trekking trip of Mardi Himal is a memorable adventure. The trip will take you crisscrossing beneath the majestic Mount Machhapuchhre! You will trek through verdant jungles, cross swiftly-flowing Himalayan Rivers and we head to ethnic Rai & Limbu villages. In the same way, the stunningly natural Himalayan essence surrounds you. Sceneries of the Annapurna massif decorate your line of sight at each step. It truly is a beautiful trekking journey that takes you through some of the wildest and breath-taking Himalayan scenes. From lush terrace farms to rhododendron hillocks drained by silver rivers, the Mardi Himal Trek is awesome!

Duration: 10 Days/ 9 Nights
Start/ End: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
Tour Route: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Pothana– Kokar – High Camp – Upper View Point – Siding Village – Pokhara – Kathmandu
Tour Category: Nepal Trekking Tours
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Tell us your interest in the inquiry form – without any commitment)
Guides: Local Guide (English speaking guide or other languages as your demand)
Transportation: Private first-class-air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
Day 02: Transfer to Pokhara
Day 03: Transfer to Phedi – Trek to Pothana
Day 04: Forest Camp at Kokar
Day 05: High Camp
Day 06: Upper View Point
Day 07: Siding Village
Day 08: Lumre – Transfer to Pokhara
Day 09: Pokhara – Kathmandu
Day 10: Kathmandu Departure

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Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival

Upon arrival, our representative will be waiting to warmly welcome you. They then escort you to the hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the day will be yours. Relax at leisure.

Day 02: Transfer to Pokhara

After breakfast, go to the bus station from where you will board the tourist bus to Pokhara. The stunning vista along the road trip is quite dramatic. You can see rivers as the bus drives along valleys, where the vast hills are cultivated into cascading rice terrace farms. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and relax at leisure. In the evening, you can opt to enjoy boating on the beautiful Phewa Lake.

phewa lake

Day 03: Transfer to Phedi – Trek to Pothana

From Pokhara city, drive to Phedi and, our trek to Pothana will begin. The natural environment really takes full swing en route as the vibrant city is left behind & the thick natural groves & lush hamlets of woods will appear. You will stay in a tea house lodge for the first night in Pothana.


Day 04: Forest Camp at Kokar

From Pothana, we walk up to a place called Pitam Deurali. From here, we will turn away from the main Annapurna Sanctuary Trek route and instead continue along a quiet trail through a dense forest of oak, maple, and rhododendrons. Tonight, stay at one of the lodges in a clearing of the forest at Forest Camp aka Kokar as the locals call it. The lodges at Kokar are quite basic and no dining room, so meals will be taken in the kitchen with the owner; in small ways like this, this is more like a homestay and is a good opportunity to get to know the friendly family from Siding Village. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Forest Camp at Kokar

Day 05: High Camp

The trail continues from Forest Camp to High Camp through the dense forests. Ascending through the trails, we get to see rhododendrons and trees covered in moss and lichen. We’ll have lunch at Low Camp and enjoy the view of Mr. Machhapuchhre. Ascending from the Low Camp, the trail takes us west towards the amazing views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli Himal. We’ll continue on the Mardi Himal ridge where we’ll see the beautiful rhododendron bushes. We might also see the colorful Danphe along the trail. We gradually arrive at High camp where we’ll see lodges bigger than at Low camp. The view from the lodge of Annapurna south, Hiunchuli Himal and Mt. Machhapuchhre is phenomenal.

High Camp

Day 06: Upper View Point

Today, get up early and view the sunrise amidst the mountains, then after an early breakfast, we walk up the ridge towards Mardi Himal. There is a well-established trail through the grass that also occasionally converges a couple of steeper sections. But the trail is not too challenging. Here, you can seek dzos (yak/ cow crossbreds) grazing in the pastures, as well as Danphe pheasant sputtering about the fields. The sheep and goats, in the summer, from lower villages, are brought up here to graze, so you will likely pass a number of herder’s huts along the way. After three hours, you should reach the Upper Viewpoint at 4,200 meters; this is where one can look into the Annapurna Sanctuary. The panoramic view of the mountain massif of the Annapurna is also spectacular.

upper view point

Day 07: Siding Village

Today, we will take a different route, completing a circuit. From the Low Camp, there is a trail going down to Siding village, and instead of going back down Mardi Himal back to Kokar, we will walk this path. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village and is located away from the busier tourist treks. It is great to stay at a home in Siding owned by the person running one of the lodges at Low Camp.

siding villages

Day 08: Lumre – Transfer to Pokhara

From Siding, walk out to the road, heading towards Lumre. En route, you will pass the Kalimati and Ghalel villages. Kalimati is mainly a Brahmin village while Ghalel & Siding are both occupied by an ethnic mix of Brahmin & Gurung people. At Lumre, board on a jeep and drive back to Pokhara.


Day 09: Pokhara – Kathmandu

Today, you will be back in Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and relax at leisure.

Day 10: Kathmandu Departure

Farewell to you. Breakfast and morning at leisure until getting escorted to the airport for a flight coming home. The trip ends. Hope you enjoyed it and wish that when it comes to other Nepal tours, you will choose us.

Price’s Included

  • Airport pick up and drop- off by private transport
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara on a tourist bus
  • Nepal Hiking Team Sleeping bag & down Jacket and duffle bags (if required)
  • Nepal Hiking Team T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna conservation permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Price’s Excluded

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any kind of drinks (hot and cold) during the trek
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver