Mardi Himal Trek -9 Days

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Mardi Himal Trek is the ultimate destination, on the least explored and around hidden areas of Annapurna Himalayan belts where majestic Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’ Peak and Mardi Himal are located above high ridges and rolling hills from scenic Pokhara valley.

Trip Duration 9 Days
Max Altitude 4,500 m
Group Size 1 - 15
ARRIVAL ON Kathmandu Nepal
DEPARTURE FROM Kathmandu Nepal

 Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek

  • Adventure on ‘off the beaten trails’ towards high scenic hills around Mardi Himal
  • Super views of ever-present Annapurna and majestic Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’ peaks
  • Short and scenic trekking with a glimpse of local culture around traditional Gurung villages
  • Glamorous scenery of dramatic landscapes rolling green hills and high snow-capped mountains
  • Beautiful dense alpine forest of rhododendron, firs, pines, birch, oaks, and magnolia trees
  • From warm paddy fields to cooler alpine zone and towards high moraine, ice, and glaciers

Trip Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is the ultimate destination, on the least explored and around hidden areas of Annapurna Himalayan belts where majestic Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’ Peak and Mardi Himal are located above high ridges and rolling hills from scenic Pokhara valley.

Mardi Himal stands at 5,587 m high, beneath towering majestic Machhapuchare the Fish Tail peak a lower rocky ridge of Machhapuchare, where Col Jimmy Roberts and his British team first explored in the early 1960s and christened this virgin area as ‘Other Sanctuary’ after first being Annapurna Sanctuary which is separated by the high ridges of Mardi and Machhapuchare Himal.

Although the walk to Mardi Himal slowly getting popular due to its unique scenery with daily excellent views of high snow-capped peaks within the completely tranquil environment and in the harmony of mountains and serene wilderness in the comfort of nice and cozy lodges.

Starting this marvelous journey to Mardi Himal Trekking by taking a short drive from scenic and beautiful Pokhara, a famous and popular touristic spot blessed with natural green surrounding hills, mountains, and lakes.

Drive leads to the Mardi Himal starting point of the trek and then heads towards high alpine hills within the Gurung tribe’s traditional villages on the main trail, and then our route diverts from the mainstream trekking path entering into the dense alpine forest with scenic views of snow-clad peaks of Annapurna and Machhapuchare Himalaya and as far towards Dhaulagiri.

As the walk progressed reached our main highlights and main destinations at the high Mardi Himal base with stunning views of the mountain range and beautiful landscapes.

After a wonderful moment on high ridges and hills at Mardi Himal, our return journey heading back to beautiful Pokhara taking an alternative route with wonderful views past interesting farm villages, a short drive outskirt of Pokhara valley reaches your hotel in Pokhara by the serene Phewa lake after a marvelous experience on Mardi Himal trekking with great guidance and services of Unique Trekking & Expeditions.

Mardi Himal Trekking offers excellent views of Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft), and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft), Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish-tail) 6,790 m, extends towards the world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m in the west with worlds 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m towards further east.


Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345m/4,412ft).
Max Altitude: 1345m/4412ft
Accommodation: 3 stars level hotel

Welcome to Nepal!! On the day of your arrival our Airport Representative will come and welcome you at the airport. Then you’ll get transferred to the hotel by a private vehicle. Enjoy the rest of your day at our comfortable 3 stars accommodation.

Day 02 Flight to Pokhara and then drive to Pothana, Trek to Pitam Deurali
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: (2,380m/7,807ft)
Accommodation: Hotel/Tea house

After breakfast, transfer to the domestic airport. On your 25 minutes flight to Pokhara you’ll get to see spectacular mountain views. Drive to Pothana by jeep (2 hours) then trek to Pitam Deurali. The trek will be 3-4 hours. Enjoy the landscape and greenery along the way. You’ll stay our night in a local lodge.

Day 03 Pitam Deurali to Dovan (Walking 5 hours)
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: (2,380m/7,807ft)
Accommodation: Hotel/Tea house

Wake up in the early morning and start your hike to Dovan. Your hike will get a little tougher today because you’ll be walking for continuous 6 hours, but your hike will certainly be worthwhile with the Rhododendrons and mountain views along the way. Stay your night in a
local tea house.

Day 04 Dovan to Low Camp (Walking 4:30 hours)
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: (2,970m/9,742ft)
Accommodation: Hotel/Tea house

Today your hike will be from Dovan to Low camp. The trek will be 4-5 hours. Enjoy the landscape and the forest walk along the way. Your stay for the day will be at the Low Camp in a Local Lodge.

Day 05 Low camp to High Camp ( Walking 4:30 hours)
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: (3,700m/12,136ft)
Accommodation: Hotel/Tea house

Wake up early in the morning and start your hike to the High Camp. Today you’ll walk for 5-6 hours uphill where you’ll get to see breathtaking mountain views. Enjoy the wildlife encounters, floras and faunas along the way. You’ll stay the night at a guest house in the High Camp.

Day 06 High camp to Mardi Himal base camp 4,250m and then trek back to High camp. (Walking 7 hours)
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: (3,700m/12,136ft)
Accommodation: Hotel/Tea house

Today you’ll get to see what you came all the way for, the closest view to Mardi Himal from the base camp. The walk today will be of 7-8 hours for we will be getting to base camp and trekking back to High Camp at once. Enjoy the view of Mardi and Annapurna Mountain from the base camp. Today’s stay for the day will also be at the High Camp.

Day 07 High camp to Siding village (walking 6 hours)
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinne
Max Altitude: (1,700m/5,576ft)
Accommodation: Hotel/Tea house

Today you’ll trek back to Siding village downhill for 6-7 hours. You’ll stay the night at Siding and your trek ends at this point.

Day 08 Drive from Siding village to Pokhara then flight to Kathmandu. Driving 3:30 hours & flight 30 minutes
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: 1345m/4412ft
Accommodation: 3 stars level hotel

Today we’ll drive you to Pokhara International Airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Our airport representative will pick you up from the Airport and transfer you to your 3 stars accommodation. Enjoy the rest of your day shopping and packing souvenirs for your family and friends.

Day 9 Departure
Meal: Breakfast

Today our Airport Representative will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal. Hope you created many happy memories during the trip.

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    What to expect?

    Price Includes

    • All the ground transportation as per itinerary.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast at 3 stars level.
    • Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and Pokhara for you.
    • Seasonal local fresh fruits as available.
    • Filtered water in trekking using (Katadyn Pocket Water Filter)
    • Twin sharing comfortable private room in trekking.
    • Domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu, inclusive taxes.
    • Annapurna trekking Map.
    • First aid medical kit, Ox meter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
    • Token of trip achievement award certificate as a Souvenir. (Sample of Certificate)
    • An experienced, knowledgeable English Speaking Government license holder trekking guide and strong porter (1 porter for 2 people).
    • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, and local tax for Guide and porter.
    • Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary.
    • All necessary officially paper works and Annapurna conservation entry permits.
    • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
    • Travel & Rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company.
    • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
    • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

    Price Excludes

    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (Except farewell dinner in Kathmandu)
    • All kinds of drinks in the mountain (hot, cold and alcoholic).
    • Your Personal equipment.
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges)
    • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
    • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.


    We do recommend following equipment's for trekking and Hiking in Nepal.

    • Sun hat
    • Scarf
    • Light balaclava
    • Warm wool hat
    • UV protection one Sunglasses
    • Head torch with extra batteries.

    • Tshirts
    • Shirts
    • Sleeveless or body warmer type fleece.
    • Long sleeve shirts
    • Thermal Vest
    • Down Jacket
    • Fleece Jacket
    • Pullover
    • Sports bras (women)
    • Waterproof outer jacket
    • Rain Coat
    • Hand wear
    • Fleece gloves.
    • Warms mittens or gloves.

    • Long Under Wear
    • Short Under Wear
    • Lightweight Cotton Long Pants
    • Warm Trousers
    • Tracksuit pants
    • Lightweight thermal trouser
    • Fleece pants
    • Cotton paints

    • Thin inner socks
    • Thick warm wool hiking socks
    • Walking boots with ankle support
    • Trainers or trail shoes
    • Gaiters
    • Micro spikes

    • Camera and Accessories
    • Phone
    • Power Bank
    • Solar Panel
    • Travel Adapter

    • Book
    • Playing Cards/Games
    • Journal and Pen
    • Snacks and Specialist Food

    • Sunscreen
    • Insect Repellent
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Toilet Paper
    • Wet Wipes
    • Pocket Hand Warmers
    • Moisturizing skin cream and Lip balm
    • Toiletries
    • Water purifier
    • First Aid

    • Passport and Copy
    • Travel Insurance Details
    • Trekking Permit(s)
    • Waterproof Document Wallet
    • Cash

    • Guide will take a group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as
    • Any personal medications
    • Malaria prophylactic tablets
    • Blister treatment
    • Rehydration powder
    • Analgesics (Paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin)
    • Plasters and zinc oxide tape
    • Throat lozenges
    • Diamox

    • Duffel Bag or Suitcase
    • Day pack
    • Sleeping bag
    • Water bottle
    • Trekking poles
    • Towel

    Valuable information

    Q. Do you provide any gears for trekking?

    A. Yes, we do provide roughly 65 liters one duffel bag, sleeping bag and down jacket to use for trekking without extra charge, if you do not have.

    Q. Can I rent or buy gears in Kathmandu?

    A. You can buy or rent trekking boots and rest of the gears, you need to need to buy.

    Q. How much weight does porter carries?

    A. We do provide one porter between 2 trekkers. One porter carries 25 to 30 kg respectively.

    Q. How much weight does airplane allow to Lukla?

    A. Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. It allows 15kg per passenger, including had bag.

    Q. Can I take some more gears for paying extra charge?

    A. It is hard but some time, they do allow 2 to 3 kg with paying extra charge US$ 2 per kg

    Q. When Should I pack my gears?

    A. You will have pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu that night you pack trekking gears.

    Q. What equipment should I carry at Daypack?

    A. Most of our day packs have a capacity of roughly 20 to 24 liters. You need to carry only day use things like water bottle, light jackets, some extra shocks, sun hat, sunglasses, raincoat, light glove, scarf, toilet paper, and small towel, camera, some personal medical, Sunscreen, Passport, money, camera, trekking poles and some snacks. Rest of the gears will be carried by porter.

    Q. Can I store suitcase and other unnecessary gears in hotel in Kathmandu or at your office?

    A. Yes, you can store either at the hotel in Kathmandu or at our office without extra charge.


    Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc. For your kind information, we would like to give a list of the insurance companies, please inquire with them.

    •  USA and Canada: Tugo, United Health Care, World Nomad, Blue Cross
    • Australia and New Zealand: Fast Cover, Allianz Australia
    • Singapore: Ergo, World Nomad (Explore plan level 3)
    • Europe: Europe Assistance, Austrian Alpine Club, Allianz Europe
    • India: ICICI Lombard


    Altitude (in meter) & Temperature (in degree Celsius) in Nepal over 2000m/6056ft. Trekking areas are only situated over 2000meter in Nepal.

    Altitude Spring Summer Autumn Winter
    March, April, May June, July, Aug Sept., Oct,  Nov Dec, Jan, Feb
    Max. Min. Max. Min. Max. Min. Max. Min.
    2000m -2500m 27 5 29  9 25 2 20 -2
    3000m – 3500m 12 -5 20 -1 17 -2 14 -7
    4000m – 4500m 10  -7 14 -3 12 -7 7 -10
    4500m- 5500m 9 -10 12 -5 10 -15 5  -20

    Map & Elevation


    EXCELLENT rating
    Based on 26 reviews
    Unique path trekking company has excellent staff on ground to make the trekking experience very enjoyable and memorable. The guide and porters go out of their way to make each and every member of the team feel safe and secured. Mr Babu the founder owner of the company is very responsive and is able to assist every member of the team with their individual needs. I would recommend engaging Unique Path for Himalaya trekking.
    Sandeep Dasgupta
    Sandeep Dasgupta
    I like trekking with Unique Path, the guides of this company many times made my way comfortable and safe. I traveled with them to Lobuche, Mera, Island and other places solo and in the groups with my friends. Unique Path is a reliable partner and I plan to trek with them again in Langtang region this autumn.
    Andrey Oktyabrev
    Andrey Oktyabrev
    I have used Unique Path three times and each time the team were all helpful, friendly and informative. Every aspect of our trip to Nepal was taken care of - Pick up at the airport to take us to our hotel. Next day the excitement of getting our trekking details and depending on the trip setting out with our guide and porter. My husband and I prefer to hike on our own, so we did no group options. Our itinerary was always followed exactly. When I go hiking in Nepal this company is my first point of contact. They are a great team and are totally recommended by me and my husband.
    Sylvia Schillings
    Sylvia Schillings
    Unique Path is a great choice for anyone who wants to explore the Himalayas. My wife and I made several treks with Unique Path to Manaslu, Kangchenjunga, Tilicho Lake, and Mustang. It goes without saying, that the scenery in Nepal is stunning. Lots of opportunity to learn about the culture and religion and traditions of Nepal. The people we met along the way were engaging and wonderful. Unique Path's staff was fantastic throughout all the trips. They were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. They arranged everything from transportation to accommodation to food. They also provided all the necessary equipment and guidance and handled all the permit applications. I highly recommend Unique Path trekking to anyone who loves adventure and nature. These were once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I will never forget. I am available as a reference. David
    DaveBessie Parsnick
    DaveBessie Parsnick
    I have yet to conclude this trip due to the Pandemic but Babu's response and tour guide plan has been exemplary - I cannot wait to make the trip!
    Rachel Glaysher
    Rachel Glaysher
    Myself and 2 buddies hired Unique Path Trekking to coordinate an EBC trek back in 2014. We couldn't have been more happy with the results...Everything went flawlessly and we had the adventure of a lifetime. Babu and his staff / guides / porters were top-notch and I highly recommend them to anyone who may be reading this.
    Marc Ferrari
    Marc Ferrari
    As with all treks, there will be unforeseen circumstances and you’re always beholden to nature. So you want a guide and an agency that is not only experienced enough but also sensitive and quick to changes on ground. I am very grateful for the deep experience that our guide, Dambar had. He made us feel safe and constantly had everything under control despite the weather and some early sickness some of us had. Coupled with his sharp wit and deep knowledge, this became such an enjoyable climb that was filled with priceless stories that I can’t wait to tell the kids about. The porters too were a lively bunch that ultimately became friends and we shared lots of fun moments on the mountain together. Babu ensured that our arrivals, arrangements and any administrative hassles were smooth and out of our minds so we could focus on the climb ahead. Thank you Unique Path trekking & expedition. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a great time while knowing you’re in safe hands!
    Josiah Ng
    Josiah Ng
    We were very fortunate to have Unique Path Trekking for our EBC with 3 Himalaya passes expedition, we were so happy/satisfied with Unique Path trekking. Babu ( owner of Unique Path Trekking) is so kind, knowledgeable and mellow personality so does their staff ( all guides and porters ). We had great time during this expedition in terms of lodging/food. We had large group ( ~ 18 ppl ) and believe or not no one had any single complain of food. Their guides and porters are so knowledgeable, smart, humorous made our entire expedition lots of fun. They take care of us with positive attitudes with smiley face in entire trip. I definitely recommend Unique Path Trekking for any expedition in Himalaya ( we're looking forward to go with them in Annapurna expedition in near future ). You will very glad/happy if you choose Unique Path and Trekking.
    Umesh Patel
    Umesh Patel
    Babu and his group are exceptional We have done 2 trips organized by Babu We went to Everest base camp and recently to chitwan, Pokara and part of Annapurna cercuit Their guides are very good We will definitely use Babu and his guides again
    Guru Motgi
    Guru Motgi
    I just returned from a wonderful hike to Everest base camp with helicopter return. I was traveling solo am so grateful to Manager Babu and guide Suresh for looking after me. It is a trip I will remember the rest of my life. We started with a half day tour of Kathmandu and then flew to lukla on the next day to begin the trek. All the arrangements were made ahead of time and the folks unique path team constantly got on the phone to make sure the logistics went smoothly. Suresh kept a moderate pace and a great sense of humor. We made good time throughout the hikes and always got to the lodges on time and in daylight with energy left for the next day. The weather also cooperated this March and we had beautiful sunny skies and gorgeous Mountain View’s throughout the trek. I really could not ask for anything more and would very much recommend unique path
    Janice Cheng
    Janice Cheng