Trip Duration 05 Days
Max-Altitude 4,350 m/14,271 ft
Group Size 1-16 Pax
Start & End Point Pokhara/Pokhara
Trip Difficulty Medium
Best Season Mar - May & Sep - Dec
Accommodation Lodge/Teahouse during the trek
Meals Breakfast, Lunch Dinner during the trek
Transportation Drive from PKR to Kade & Phedi to Pokhara
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Trip Introduction

Overview of Short 5 Days Mardi Himal Trek from Pokhara

Explore the captivating 5 Days Mardi Himal Trek, a relatively new trending route which is unveiled in 2012. The trek duration ranges from 5 to 8 days—all promising unforgettable experiences. Starting from the charming town of Pokhara at 820 meters, the trek ascends to the breathtaking Mardi Himal Base Camp at an altitude of 4,500 meters. Despite being lesser known compared to iconic treks like the Annapurna Circuit or Annapurna Base Camp, the Mardi Himal Trek contains awe-inspiring landscapes that rival the best.

Pass through the Annapurna Conservation Area enjoy the dense forests and ascend to the upper parts to see the beautiful mountains. Marvel at the majestic Mardi Himal, standing tall at 5,587 meters, along with panoramic views of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchre, and Gangapurna Himal.

The trek is surrounded by a variety of landscapes and settlements, passing through Aastam, Kande, Australian Camp, Forest Camp, Low Camp, High Camp, Badal Danda, Kalimati, Pothana, Lwang, and Lumre. The choice of route and duration depends on your preferences, ensuring flexibility and tailored experiences. Leave your mark on the trails and immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of Nepal’s trending and short trekking destination.

Quick Briefing of 05 Days Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

Take a 5-day trek to Mardi Himal, beginning and ending in the beautiful Pokhara Valley. Your journey begins with a picturesque 25-minute flight or an 8-hour drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Upon arrival, a simple one-hour drive will take you to Kade, the starting site of your adventure.

You’ll start your walk from Kade and go towards Deurali, leaving the crowded trails of the Annapurna Sanctuary behind. Forest Camp invites you for a peaceful overnight stay before heading to High Camp the next day. From High Camp, the view of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli opens magnificently. This brings you closer to the breathtaking magnificence.

The trek back begins with the sun setting and you still feeling pleased from your hike. After crossing Pothana, the trail softens and provides a break while you spend the night at Dhumpus. The hike starts the next day with a descent from Dhampus and ends at Phedi, from where you can take a drive back to Pokhara.

5 Days Mardi Himal Trek Altitude Chart

Typical Day During our short hike to Mardi Himal

We will walk for 5 to 8 hours each day which depends upon the terrain and where you are going. The trek lasts from 5 to 8 days and the duration depends upon the route or your physical fitness.

We will wake up early in the morning with fresh mountain air outside our cozy tea houses. We have a nice breakfast with hot tea or coffee. We will then start walking by 8 AM for the day’s adventure.

We will stop for lunch after 3 to 4 hours of trekking. We will pass through villages where Gurung and Tibetan people live. We can see day-to-day lifestyle and talk to them.

We will stay in the teahouse after the whole day of walking on rocky terrains. Dinner is served between 7 and 8:30 PM, with tasty local food and chats with other trekkers.

Most tea houses have a big dining area with a fire in the middle. We go to bed early to rest up for the next day’s trek. This is pretty much how each day goes during the 5 Days Mardi Himal Trek.

Joining The Fixed Departures or Private Trek

Deciding between joining a fixed departure or opting for a private trek during the Mardi Himal trek depends on your preferences, budget, and experience in trekking.

Joining a fixed departure for the 5 Days Mardi Himal Trek offers several advantages. Firstly, it tends to be cost-effective as the expenses are shared among the group. This results in a set price per person that is generally more affordable than organizing a private trek. Additionally, the social aspect of a fixed departure enriches the experience as it allows you to meet. The structured itinerary provided by fixed departures gives you a clear framework for your daily activities. This ensures key sites are visited and activities are planned efficiently. Moreover, logistical arrangements such as accommodation, meals, permits, and guides are often included in fixed departure packages. This will ease your burden of planning and ensure a smoother trekking experience overall.

With a private trek, you have more control over the itinerary, pace, and schedule. You can tailor the trek to your preferences and needs. If you prefer solitude or traveling with a select group of friends or family, a private trek ensures privacy and a more intimate experience. You can customize the trip according to your interests. You can add extra days for exploration, adjust the difficulty level, or include specific activities. You may receive more personalized attention from your guide and support staff, catering specifically to your group’s needs.

Trip Schedule

Itinerary of Short 5 Days Mardi Himal Trek from Pokhara

Accommodation Lodge
Meals Lunch, Dinner
Max-altitude 2554m
Trekking 7-8 hours
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max-altitude 3980 m
Trekking 7-8 hours
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max-altitude 4350 m
Trekking 5-6 hours
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max-altitude 1650m
Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Max-altitude 1130 m
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What's Included?

Public Bus from PKR to Kade and back from Phedi to Pokhara
Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Pass and TIMS Card
Experienced Himalayan trek guide for five days
One porter for two of you for trekking for five days (prepare to give max. 15 kgs’ luggage from each of you so that it will not exceed 30 kg. for your porter)
Basic yet comfortable accommodation for four nights on a twin-sharing basis during the trekking as per itinerary
Staff insurance
4x set breakfast, 5x set lunch, and 4x set dinner while on the trek
Purified drinking water during the entire trekking as per itinerary
General first aid medicine kit
Complimentary T-shirt
Duffle bag during the trek

What's Excluded?

Food and Accommodations in Pokhara
Personnel expenses of any kind
Excess baggage cost during your Lukla flight
Any Travel Insurance
Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances.
Tips for any staff and guide
Anything that is not listed in the “PRICE INCLUDES” section above

Good to Know

Essential Information - Short 5 Days Mardi Himal Trek from Pokhara

How difficult is the short 5 day Mardi Himal Trek?

The 5 day Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal is somewhat demanding and appropriate for beginners with prior hiking experience. The journey is around 41 kilometers long and takes 5-6 hours to complete. The average altitude rise will be from 400 to 700 meters each day. The highest point of this trek is Mardi Himal Base Camp which stands at an elevation of 4,350 metres. Trekkers claim that the final push from High Camp to Mardi Base Camp is arduous.

During the walk, you can expect a variety of weather conditions, including snow and ice. It is critical to bring suitable clothing and equipment for the changing weather. It is also vital to be prepared for severe ascents and descents because you will be travelling through an isolated location.

The difficulty of the trek varies depending on the time of year. The best months to visit are September through November and March through May. The weather will be consistent and the skies will be clear. The winter months from December through February are exceedingly cold and snowy. While the monsoon season from June through August, delivers significant rain.

Best Seasons for Short Mardi Trekking

September to November in the autumn and March to May in the spring are the finest seasons for trekking. The other month is late September through mid-December which is another best time for 5 days Mardi Himal Trek.

Spring Season

  • The weather is generally warmer compared to autumn, with mild temperatures in lower elevation regions and moderate temperatures in higher elevations.
  • This pleasant weather creates an inviting atmosphere for outdoor activities.
  • This makes trekking comfortable during the day, but it’s essential to be prepared for colder nights, especially at higher elevations.
  • The clear skies that follow the monsoon season offer excellent visibility and stunning views of the Himalayan peaks and landscapes.

Autumn Season

  • During spring, the weather is generally warmer compared to autumn, with mild temperatures in lower-elevation regions.
  • Days are sunny, clear, and warm, making trekking conditions comfortable and enjoyable.
  • Spring is renowned for its blossoming flora, with rhododendrons, magnolias, and other wildflowers painting the landscapes
  • Spring is a great time for birdwatching, as many species of birds migrate to the region during this season.


Acquiring specific permits is essential for gaining access to trek routes when heading out for high-altitude treks in Nepal. These include an entry permit for the national park, as well as a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card.

The TIMS card serves the purpose of gathering trekker information for industry regulation and ensuring your safety during the trek. It is conveniently obtainable at the Tourist Service Centre in Kathmandu. Your TIMS card will contain details such as your country of residence, chosen trek route, trekking company affiliation, and a local emergency contact number.

All high-altitude treks in Nepal are situated within national parks or conservation areas. For instance, the Mardi Himal trek falls within the Annapurna Conservation Area. The fee for entry into these areas is standardized across all national parks at NPR 3,000 (approximately $25). Notably, this fee is a one-time payment, regardless of the duration of your stay within the park, and there’s no requirement for profile photos.

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