Short Mardi himal Trek

Duration: 5 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 5 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End POK/POK
  • Group Size 1 to 12
  • Max. Altitude 4120


  • Witness breathtaking panoramic views of iconic western Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna, Machhapuchhare, and Hiunchuli
  • Traverse through tranquil rhododendron forests and lush alpine meadows
  • Cross thrilling suspension bridges and streams along the way
  • Immerse yourself in the rich culture of traditional Gurung villages, interacting with warm locals and experiencing their way of life
  • Enjoy a short trek in just 5 days, making it ideal for travelers with limited time
  • Explore forests teeming with a variety of flora and fauna, with the chance to spot the vibrant Himalayan Monal (Danphe), Nepal's national bird
  • Reach the Mardi base camp for close-up views of Mardi Himal and neighboring peaks
  • Escape the crowd and savor the serenity of a quieter trekking route
  • Challenge yourself with a mix of terrain, including steep climbs and rocky paths

Short Mardi himal Trek 5 Days

Embark on a 5-day Hiking and discover the hidden gem of Nepal with the short Mardi Himal Trek. Nestled in the Annapurna region, this lesser-known trail offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

Embark on a fantastic short trekking adventure in the Annapurna region, joining our Mardi Himal trek 5 days. Trek with an expert, friendly guide and explore the wonders of the Annapurna Himalayas. Go beyond the famous trekking routes and escape into the beauty of the verdant valleys, picturesque settlements, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and towering mountains.

The Short Mardi Himal Trek is a 5 days trekking program in the famous Annapurna region. It is a perfect trekking package in Nepal for travelers looking for a short adventurous trip in the Himalayas. This Mardi Himal trekking package starts from Pokhara, We also have Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek from Kathmandu. Likewise, experienced trekkers can complete the trek in 3-4 days.

The Mardi Himal Short Trek offers a remarkable opportunity to immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas while avoiding the hustle and bustle of more popular trekking routes in Nepal. This trek takes you on a journey through secluded villages, providing a unique insight into the rich culture and traditional lifestyles of the local inhabitants.

Even though this is a relatively short trekking package, it offers an incredible trekking experience as it takes you on a memorable adventure through lush green forests, rhododendron-filled valleys, and lovely traditional Gurung villages. As you begin walking, you'll first traverse through lush forests, enjoying beautiful waterfalls and rivers along the way.

The Short Mardi Himal Trek is a lesser-known gem in the Annapurna region. The trail is notably less crowded than popular treks in the region, allowing you to relish the tranquility and serenity of nature. It's an excellent choice for those who prefer a quieter and more reflective trekking experience. The trek leads you to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m/14,764 ft), where you can savor breathtaking mountain views.

Your journey to the Mardi Himal Base Camp unfolds a series of breathtaking natural wonders. The trek includes thrilling suspension bridges crossing over gushing rivers. You will trek past streams, enjoying the soothing sounds of water, the chirping of birds, the silence of the lush hills, and the scent of deep forests.

While this Mardi Himal Trek package is short, it doesn't skimp on adventure or physical challenges. The undulating terrain and rugged paths add excitement and a sense of accomplishment when you reach the base of Mardi Himal (5,587 m/18,330 ft). This short itinerary ensures you make the most of your journey without needing an extended vacation.

The Mardi Himal trek is full of adventure, nature, and wild experiences with a hint of authentic mountain lifestyle and serenity. Below, we have mentioned some of the top attractions of this trekking package in Nepal:

A short yet adventurous trekking package in the Annapurna region

This Mardi Himal trek package is a relatively short and exciting trekking adventure in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The short Mardi Himal trek is designed for travelers who are looking for an authentic Himalayan experience without committing to the longer and more famous treks in the Annapurna region.

It takes about 5 days to complete, making it a perfect choice for those with limited time but a strong desire to explore the breathtaking Annapurna mountains.

The perfect alternative to famous treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp

The Mardi Himal Short Trek serves as an excellent alternative to the more crowded treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp. While these well-known treks offer their own unique adventure, the Mardi Himal Trek 5 days provides a quieter and less commercialized experience. It's an excellent choice for trekkers who prefer solitude and want to escape the crowds.

Witness some of the most enchanting panorama of the Annapurna Range

During the short Mardi Himal Trek, trekkers get to witness some of the most mesmerizing panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain range. The trail offers stunning views of Annapurna I (8,091 m/26,545 ft), Annapurna II (7,937 m/26,040 ft), Annapurna III (7,555 m/24,787 ft), and Annapurna South (7,219 m/23,684 ft).

Likewise, you will also witness views of many other mountains, such as Machapuchare (6,993 m/22,943 ft), Hiunchuli (6,441 m/21,132 ft), Gangapurna (7,455 m/24,459 ft), and Mardi Himal (5,587 m/18,330 ft) itself during the trek.

Less crowded trail, limited tourist facilities, and offbeat terrain

The short Mardi Himal Trek is known for its less crowded trails, providing a sense of tranquility and an opportunity to connect with nature. The trail, although well-marked, is not as developed as the more famous treks, which means limited tourist facilities along the route. Trekkers can experience a more rustic and offbeat terrain, which adds to the sense of adventure and authenticity.

Come across a wide range of flora and fauna along the way

The short Mardi Himal Trek takes you through lush rhododendron and bamboo forests, oak and maple woodlands, and pristine alpine meadows. These diverse landscapes offer an excellent opportunity to encounter a wide range of flora and fauna.

Birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts will find themselves in heaven as they spot various species of birds and perhaps even glimpses of the elusive Himalayan wildlife.

Start and end the trek in Pokhara

The Short Mardi Himal Trek conveniently begins and ends in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. This city is a gateway to many treks in the Annapurna region and offers a serene setting for trekkers to relax before and after their trek.

The proximity of Pokhara to the trek's starting point, Kande, makes it easy for travelers to access the trailhead and enjoy the comforts of the city after completing the trek.

Short Mardi Himal trek difficulty

The short Mardi Himal trek is an offbeat trek but relatively less challenging when compared to famous trekking routes in the Annapurna region, like Annapurna Circuit and Nar Phu Valley. You will cover around 40 km to 50 km during this trek in the span of 5 days. The trekking route is quite rugged and steep, with constant ascents and descents.

The trek takes you through a variety of terrains, including lush rhododendrons, bamboo and oak forests, alpine meadows, and rocky tracks. The altitude gain during the short Mardi Himal trek is gradual, which helps trekkers acclimatize more comfortably.

Nonetheless, some sections can be steep and challenging, especially as you ascend to the High Camp and Mardi Himal Base Camp. Similarly, the tourist infrastructure along the short Mardi Himal trail is quite limited, which adds to the difficulty of the trek. Basic tea houses are available along the way but offer very limited services.

Altitude Sickness and preventive measures

While the short Mardi Himal trek doesn't take you to extreme altitudes like some other treks in Nepal, you will still be ascending to altitudes of around 4,500 meters (14,764 ft) at Mardi Himal Base Camp. Trekkers should be aware of the potential for altitude-related issues and ensure they acclimatize properly by following a gradual ascent and staying hydrated.

Symptoms of altitude sickness: These are some early symptoms of altitude sickness- headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, etc. Be aware of these symptoms and inform your guide if you see any of them.

Preventive measures for altitude sickness

  • The most effective way to prevent altitude sickness is to ascend slowly. Our short Mardi Himal trek itinerary is designed to allow for gradual altitude gain, aiding in acclimatization.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the trek, but avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption, which can contribute to dehydration.
  • Make sure you get enough rest and sleep during the trek. Adequate sleep helps your body recover and adapt to the changing altitude.
  • Maintain a balanced diet and eat foods rich in carbohydrates. It provides energy and helps with acclimatization.
  • Pay attention to your body's signals. Do not push your body unnecessarily.

Short Mardi Himal Trek preparation

While the short Mardi Himal trek is considered moderately challenging, it's important to note that trekking at high altitudes and on uneven terrain requires a reasonable level of physical fitness. Trekkers should be prepared for long hours of walking each day and should engage in some physical training or preparation before the trek. Engage in regular cardio and strength training exercises to prepare your body.


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The ride from Pokhara to Kande is around one hour long. During the ride, you will witness beautiful countryside views and mountains. Kande is the starting point of the short Mardi Himal trek. From here, you will trek Deurali via Pothana.

The trail is well-marked and leisurely up to Deurali. You will trek through lush forests and small settlements. On the way, come across a wide range of flora and fauna. Pothana is at 2,125 meters. From here, the trail continues to Deurali, located on a ridge. The views of the mountains are fantastic.

  • MealsL and D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2125

The trail from Deurali to Low Camp is serene and covered with lovely lush forests of bamboo and rhododendron. You will witness beautiful mountain views along the way. From Deurali, the trail steeply descends through lush forests of oak, bamboo, and rhododendron.

Crossing numerous streams, you will trek past waterfalls and verdant hills. Soon, the trail will take you to Dovan. It is a lovely rest point where you can have some warm tea, coffee, and light snacks. Further, the trail steeply ascends via dense rhododendrons and bamboo forests.

You will follow a well-marked path and pass by a forested path, enjoying a glimpse of snow-capped mountains now and then to Low Camp. This place offers stunning views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

  • MealsB, L and D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3150

You will follow a steep and strenuous trail from Low Camp to High Camp. It is also a long trekking day today. The stunning landscapes along the way will make the walk worthwhile. Leave the Low Camp early in the morning and trek through dense rhododendrons and bamboo forests.

Enjoy the fresh air, tranquil environment, and soothing scent of the forest as you trek deep into the rock terrain. Further, the trail offers a striking panorama of Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna Range.

You will stop in between trekking to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and interact with locals. Once you reach High Camp, enjoy comfortable and cozy tea house accommodations and delicious food.

  • MealsB, L and D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3700

Today is the big day as you will reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp, the final destination of this adventurous trek. You will leave High Camp early in the morning and have a big, delicious breakfast before starting trekking. The trail follows steep hills and rock terrain and gradually ascends to the base camp.

As you go higher, the trail opens up, and the beautiful surrounding views will come into perspective. The serene forests and soothing sound of streams will make this part of climbing very relaxing. As you begin to approach the Mardi Himal Base Camp, the trail gets quite steep and straight with rock terrain. Be careful while trekking, and do take support of your trekking poles.

From the base camp of Mardi Himal, you will witness outstanding mountain views of Annapurna Range, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Tent Peak, Bharashikhar, etc. Spend some time here, enjoying the views, and then descend to Low Camp for an overnight stay. The trail retraces the path back to Low Camp for an overnight stay.

  • MealsB, L and D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4500

It is your last day of trekking. From Low Camp, you will follow a different route to Sidding. The trail goes through lush forests, crossing suspension bridges and streams. You will mostly descend on this day. In Sidding, you will get to have a close insight into the authentic mountain lifestyle and meet with very friendly and welcoming locals. Spend some time in Sidding and drive back to Pokhara.

The guide will drop you at the hotel upon reaching Pokhara. You have the remaining day in the city free. Relax and enjoy your time at tranquil Phewa Lake.

  • MealsB and L

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  • Transfers from Pokhara to Kande and from Sidding to Pokhara
  • Four nights of guest house accommodation on trek
  • Annapurna conservation and TIMS permits
  • Experienced and trained trekking guide
  • Meals (4 breakfast, five lunches, and four dinners)
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by travel insurance company)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary and return after the trek
  • Tax, VAT and service charges


  • Your personnel expenses, water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Tips for the guide
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Add-Ons & Options

Reaching Pokhara

The Best way to reach Pokhara is by taking a short flight from Kathmandu or there are options to go by a tourist bus or hire a private vehicle.

Please find add-on options if you want to book a flight to Pokhara or return and consult if you want to go by a tourist bus or private vehicle, we can also book these transports for you.

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Mardi Himal trek from Kathmandu

We also have a 12 days Mardi Himal trek package that starts and ends from/in Kathmandu. This Mardi Himal trek itinerary lets you explore historical monuments in Kathmandu, gives you ample time in Pokhara, and also lets you discover some additional villages during the trek. It is a perfect holiday package in Nepal if you are not bound by time and want to enjoy the beauty of the Annapurna Himalayas unhurriedly.

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