If you are looking for a short and moderate trek in the Himalayas, then Mardi Himal is the perfect option for you. Desire Adventure brings you the best of the Annapurna Region with introducing a 10 days trek to Mardi Himal. The route has recently been popular among trekkers. Imagine walking on the dense forest amidst the Rhododendron, Juniper and the pristine little settlements of Tamang and Gurung people and reaching the destination to witness the alluring beauty of the mountain massif. The off beaten path will first lead us to Pothana from where we trek up to Forest Camp. Enjoying the little settlement of hotels and lodges amidst the forest, we will then reach High Camp situated at 4100m. From High Camp we make a trip to the Mardi Himal Base Camp and get back to High Camp. Returning back, we take a different route halfway along the downhill that will take us to Siddhing valley. From Siddhing we drive back to Pokhara and spend an extra day sightseeing and enjoying the beautiful city, also known as the trekkers’ hub. 

Mardi is best to visit during the month of March-May and September-November. Moreover, if you are looking to explore more areas of the Annapurna region try our other packages on the Annapurna Region Trekking.

What's included

  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service in a private vehicle
  • 2 nights twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
  • 2 nights twin-sharing accommodation in Pokhara at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Seasonal fruit after every dinner, during the trek
  • Accommodation during trek (lodge/tea house)
  • 3 hot shower during the trek
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • Tourist (Deluxe A/C) bus from kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu (Flight or Private Car an option with extra charge)
  • Government licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
  • Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
  • Insurance of Guide and Porter
  • All required local and government taxes
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (Rental basis)
  • Company Duffel bag 
  • First-Aid Serviuce (Basic)
  • Oximeter - To determine your oxygen level
  • Farewell dinner

Note: Let us know if we are lucky to celebrate your birthday during your holiday so that we will do our best to make it a truly memorable day in the himalayas.

What's Excluded
  • Nepal arrival visa
  • Meals in the city except breakfast and other mentioned special dinner
  • Personal expenses like all kinds of drinks including mineral water, tea/coffee, alcoholic and soft beverages
  • Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation
  • Tips (as an appreciation) and any other extending trips and accommodation

Welcome to Kathmandu. Desire Adventure representative will be at the airport to pick you up and drop you off at the hotel. Later we will have a small meetup with your correspondence and your trek guide to go over your final itinerary. You can also ask questions to your trek guide to know further more about the trek. 

On the 2nd day, we wake up early to catch the tourist bus to Pokhara. We will catch the bus near Thamel (Kantipath) at 7:00 am. The bus takes about 7-8 hours to reach Pokhara over the Pritivi Highway. We pass the Trishuli River as we move west of the valley and come across various settlements, hills and flat terrains after which we will finally reach Pokhara. We will check-in to our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day exploring the area.

Meals: Breakfast

Highlights: Prithvi Highway along the Trisuli River with view of local settlements and beautiful landscapes, arrival in Pokhara, walk along the Lakeside and experience the “Pokhara lifestyle”

On the 3rd day, our trek will finally start fto Pothana. After having breakfast, the trip continues with a 40 minute bus ride to Phedi from where the hike begins. A climb through the jungle takes us to the beautiful village of Dhampus. From Dhampus, a steep climb will first take us to the Australian Camp, passing Deurali. We further walk up to Pothana situated on the Annapurna Circuit trail. The evening can be spent exploring Pothana.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights: first closer view of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre range, Gurung settlements and their local cuisine, lifestyle and traditional houses

From Pothana, the luscious forest starts along the trail. Early in the morning, we will start our trek to Forest Camp. From Pothana, we hike on the stone paved trail until reaching Deurali. From here, we leave the Annapurna Circuit Trail and walk in the off beaten trail. We walk the dense forest with occasional glimpses of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range playing hide and seek with us. The night will be spent in a tented camp at the Forest Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights: View of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, walk along the dense forest with various fauna and flora, experience spending the night amidst the jungle.

From Forest camp, the path leads us towards lesser forest trails and more uphills with beautiful landscape. High cmp is our destination and we start walking towards the steep forest with Rhododendron and Juniper trees. The settlement is almost nil around this area. We first reach the low camp, and then we pass the Nangge Danda to reach the high camp. If the day is not cloudy, you can slowly start to have glimpses of Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal. The night will be spent at High Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Dense forest of Rhododendron and Juniper, splendid views of Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna Range, adventurous walk to reach High Camp.

Today is the day we reach Base camp. We start early since the Base Camp starts to get foggy after midday. The path is steep and precaution needs to taken. But everything comes to it’s worth when we start getting closer to the mountain massifs and we approach the Base Camp.We walk along the edge of various hills until finally reaching Mardi Himal Base Camp. After spending some time here, we trace our way back to High Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights: sunrise view with clouds in our eye level from High Camp, view of the great ice fields and the blue glaciers of the Sanctuary wall, yaks hearding along the way, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal and Macchapuchre range.

We will walk our way downhill towards the valley of Siddhing today. Today will be a sternous walk of 7-8 hours, hence we start walking early in the morning. From High Camp we trace our way back until we reach Low Camp. From Low Camp we take a separate path that leads to Siddhing. The trail is slippery and steep amidst the forest and waterfalls. Along the way we will come across some vegetation and cow sheds. Overnight at Siddhing.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Dense forest, few local settlements, lovely fields and walk downhill along the river streams and waterfall.

On the 8th day of our trek, we will descend down to Pokhara from Siding. After breakfast, we will hike down following the river until Lumre from where we catch the vehicle.  The drive will be for an hour and across come beautiful flat terrains with vegetations, little bridges and waterfalls. Upon reaching Pokhara we check-in to our Hotel. Overnight at Pokhara.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Highlights: mountains and hills surrounding the valleys,waterfalls and vegetations, Tamang and Gurung settlements, reaching Pokhara after the trek

On the 9th day of the trek we will fly back to Kathmandu. You will also have the option of taking the tourist bus back to the capital city. For customizing your trip, you can contact your correspondent prior to the trek. The flight back home will overlook the mountains and beautiful vegetation terrains and settlements. Upon landing on Kathmandu, we can do some souvenir shopping on our last day in Nepal. We will host a farewell dinner for you where we can discuss further about the trip. We would also love to hear your feedback.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Highlights: scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu, farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Today will be the last day of your trip. We will drive you to the airport. Nevertheless, if you plan on extending your trip or organizing your next trip, we will be at your service. Thankyou for trekking with us and have a safe journey back home!

What should I bring?

Along with warm clothes you will also need other equipment for the sufficient protection of your body. Below is the list of necessary items that you need to pack before commencing your trek to Mardi Himal.

Head- Hat (with a wide brim), Sunglasses (with UV protection), Sunscreen lotion and Lip balm

Upper body- T-shirts (2), light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece jacket and pullover, Fleece wind-stopper jacket (Optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest/jacket (included)

Hands - Lightweight gloves, heavy-weight gloves/mittens with a waterproof outer shell

Lower body - Underwear (4), hiking shorts (2), lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants, waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet - Thin, light-wear inner socks (4), thick, warm wool hiking socks (4), hiking boots with spare laces, camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals), gaiters.

Accessories - Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries, small padlock or combination lock, basic first aid kit, large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag), day pack, water bottles (2), hiking pole/walking sticks, small ear plugs, fanny bags for your valuables.

Toiletries – Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, small wash towel

Extras - Cameras with extra batteries and cards, binoculars, light balaclava or warm fleece hat, reading books, trip map/guide book, journal & pen, iPod, water purification tools or tablets.

* Please leave your extra luggage in the hotel in Kathmandu (free storage is available) and pack as lightly as possible.

Our Guides:

With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.

Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:

Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.

Round the clock service:

Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.

Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:

Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.

Importance to Sustainable Tourism:

We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.

No exceptions with quality and equipments:

Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency.  Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.

5:1 Client Guide Ratio

We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles. 

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Zachary Y

Probably the best guide in Kathmandu!

Zachary Y Probably the best guide in Kathmandu! Oct 2022 • Friends Nava is a top top guide! I have trek with him, with my friends, my company and even my family! Highly highly recommended! Read More

Ko P

Ko P Exciting and rewarding Mardi Himal trip Aug 2022 • Friends My tour guide Nava and team are very experienced and friendly guides that helped many of us through difficult yet exciting climb up to Mardi Himal. Their professionalism is highly commendable Read More

Sean

Sean seah First time and never regret having Nava as guide Sep 2022 • Friends Best guide ever! Very personal and friendly. Take beautiful photos and share great stories. Nava really gave us a wonderful experience when my friends and I climb Mardi Himal for the first time ever. It was an experience of a lifetime. Read More

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Xanthe A 1 contribution Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek Jun 2023 • Friends Two times a charm. I came to Nepal 7 years ago to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek and told myself that I will be be back. True enough, 7 years later, I'm back again because my first experience was such a pleasant one. Special thanks to Nav Read More

Rachel K

Rachel K 2 contributions Best guides in Nepal! Oct 2022 • Friends Went with Desire Adventures to Mardi Himal in Oct 2022. It was me and my friend’s first time in Nepal, Nava and his team of guides + porters gave us such an amazing experience! I felt super safe and well taken care of the whole trip. Thanks Read More

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Debbie Great experience to the Mardi Himal Base Camp Jun 2023 • Friends All our arrangements to do the Mardi Himal trek was smooth and quick over whtasapp via Nava (who would also be our guide during the trip). Before the trip, he as quick to answer and patient with all the never-ending questions that I had and I Read More


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