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Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek


Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Mardi Himal Trek

Best Month:

Sep -Nov & March-May

Max Elevation:


Walking hours Per Day:

5 - 8 Hours

Trip Grade:

Easy to Moderate





Group Size:



Annapurna Region

The Mardi Himal Trek is a stunning trekking route located in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. The trek is best choice for those seeking off-the-beaten- path and relatively new trekking trail but offering breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range and surrounding landscapes. The trek takes you through lush forests, attractive villages, and diverse terrain, providing an opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region.

Mardi Himal Trek is less-crowded trekking route but increasing popular by internal trekkers in Annapurna region, where you see few western trekkers and encounter sparsely populated hamlets during your trail. It is also regarded as the hidden gem of Annapurna region. Some basic lodges and home stays are set up along the trail, therefore it is possible to do tea-house trekking in Mardi Himal and avoid the hassle of carrying camping gears. Accommodations and services are however basic but enough for enjoying. Very few western trekkers have made their way to Mardi Himal Base Camp stunningly nestled at the foot of Mardi Peak and Machhapuchhre. So, Mardi Himal is highly-protected region in terms of purity and simplicity and the trail wanders through amazingly beaten off track in Annapurna region.

The name Mardi was given because of its unique feature of long-rising ridge and its peak that forms south-west slope of Mt. Machhapuchhre, “The Fishtail”.  This spectacular and short trip begins from Kade or Dhampus Phedi, after driving from Pokhara. The trip unfolds some of incredible glacial valleys and unexplored landscapes of Annapurna region. The trail meanders along winding tracks and rocky mountain terrain through wonderful rhododendron forest, isolated hamlets and several base camps, which may have snow depending on time you visit. Mardi Himal features all elements of wilderness trekking including highland villages and culture, wildlife, landscapes ranging from sub-tropical to alpine forest and incredible snow-capped mountain peaks. Annapurna south, Machhapuchre and Hiunchuli are few closely visible mountains from Mardi Himal Base Camp. 

Mardi Himal Trek Highlights 

  • Beautiful home stays and warm hospitality

  • Wonderful views of many mountains, include Annapurna and Machhapuchhre
  • Beautiful landscapes, farmland, forest, hill, etc
  • Flora and fauna diversities
  • Sunrise and sunset views from numerous viewpoints
  • Beautiful ethnic group settlements with their culture and lifestyle 
  • Mardi Himal Base Camp and Mardi Himal High Camp  
  • Colorful Rhododendron forest during the spring season 

Mardi Himal Trekking Route 

The journey to Mardi Himal begins with a six/eight-hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to the picturesque city of Pokhara. The following morning, we take another drive from Pokhara to Dhampus, where the trekking trails commence. On this day, our destination is Deurali, and we pass through several charming ethnic villages before reaching it.

The next day's trek leads us through a dense forest teeming with rhododendron, birch, oak, maple, hemlock, and daphnia as we make our way to Forest Camp. The forest is also a habitat for various wildlife, including leopards, deer, monkeys, and a myriad of bird species. Upon arriving at Forest Camp, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of Mt. Machapuchre and Mardi Himal.

Moving forward, we continue from Forest Camp to High Camp the next morning. The trails become steeper and more challenging, offering awe-inspiring views of the Modi Khola River valley on the left and Mardi Khola and Seti River valleys on the right. On clear days, you may even catch a glimpse of Pokhara from the trails. We spend the night at a lodge in High Camp (3,900m).

The following morning starts with a climb from High Camp to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4,500 meters. From the Base Camp, you'll be treated to jaw-dropping views of the Annapurna range. After relishing the vistas, we descend to Siding, where the trek becomes easier, ideal for young trekkers.

From Siding, our trek takes us to Lwang village. Passing through the beautiful Ghalel Village, farmland, terrace rice fields, and tea farms, you'll have the opportunity to observe the authentic Gurung culture, lifestyle, and households. This day marks the final walking day of the Mardi Himal Trekking.

The next morning, we catch a vehicle to drive back to Pokhara, and the following day, we return to Kathmandu, concluding the remarkable Mardi Himal Trek adventure.

Why choose the Mardi Himal Trek?

Mardi Himal Trek is really a fantastic choice for beginner trekkers! It offers a shorter duration compared to some of the more challenging treks, making it more manageable for those new to trekking. The trail is relatively less crowded, providing a more peaceful and authentic trekking experience. The views of the Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain, and Mardi Himal are breathtaking, making it a memorable journey for beginners. 

The trek can be completed in about 5-7 days, depending on the itinerary chosen. This shorter duration is ideal for beginners who may not want to commit to longer treks. The starting point of the trek, Kande, is easily accessible from Pokhara, a popular tourist destination in Nepal. This makes it convenient for beginners to travel to and from the trekking route.

Overall, The Mardi Himal Trek features teahouse accommodations and is a newly opened trekking destination in the Annapurna Region. It offers a great opportunity to explore and be introduced to a remote and off-the-beaten-path trekking trail with breathtaking scenery, traditional rural villages of the Gurung community, a mix of Hindu and Buddhist cultures, lush forests, rhododendron forests, and a variety of spectacular landscapes in the high Himalayas.

Mardi Himal Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure Pvt.Ltd. welcomes you to Nepal, One of the company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You have to look for the person carrying A4 size paper with your and our company name. This person will take you to a hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into the hotel, rest and fresh up and ready for the meeting to your programs in our trekking office.

Welcome Dinner

You will enjoy your breakfast in the hotel and get ready for the Kathmandu valley tour with an experienced tour guide. Our tour is of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, which are 4 out of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting by comfortable private vehicles before a walk tour of these sites. There are interesting tours full of fascinating insights into Buddhism, Hinduism, ancient art and historical architecture, lifestyle, and the culture of people of Kathmandu Valley. After this tour you will come to the office and finalize your trekking clothing and gear.


You have to leave early in the morning, after breakfast from Kathmandu hotel and catch a tourist bus to Pokhara via Prithivi Highway heading along river valleys, few towns, terraced fields and green hilly scenery. There is also an option for a flight from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu about 35 minutes away.  You will take a rest in Pokhara hotel for the next trekking day. Overnight at hotel

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Hotel / Lodge / Tea House

This trip starts from Pokhara after breakfast and takes a private car/jeep/ bus to Kande. It is about a 1-hour drive through the beautiful hillside. From Kande, starts the hiking trail up to the Australian Camp for an hour and gentle downhill to Pothana through green forest. You can enjoy the wonderful views of Annapurna mountain range and Pokhara Valley along the way. 

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Hotel / Lodge / Tea House

Today we will leave the classic trekking trail to Landruk village. So, our trail is heading tactfully in the forest. The trekking trail hikes gently up through Rhododendron, oak, hemlock, birch and bamboo forest to Forest camp. From there, you can see the great views across a deep valley to Ghandruk as well as surprising to watch in the spring season when the blooming flower in that green forest.

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Tea House

We are leaving after early breakfast for a hike to High Camp. The trails climb up easily through moss covered trees in the forest to get Low Camp. You can have a short break there for great views of Machhapuchhre.  Again, starts the steep climb up to Badal Dada through rhododendron shady forest. Where, you have lunch break with wonderful views of mountains and hills. After lunch, you are continuing heading to High camp through the ridge. This afternoon, we enjoy the overwhelming views along the ridge as we acclimatize naturally. Annapurna South seems near to almost touch and Annapurna range is also very close from high Camp. 

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Tea House

Today is a lovely day to hike up to Mardi Himal Base Camp but we will feel a bit of difficulty due to increasing the high altitude. That day we have to leave before breakfast for a sunrise view of Annapurna mountain range. When you get to Base camp, you feel like heaven. After an incredible time there, we recently went back to high camp for Breakfast and the trekking trail is heading the same way to Low camp. The trail is descend steeply through moss-covered rhododendron forest to the scenic Gurung village of Siding

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Tea House

Today is our final day for Mardi Himal Trekking. After breakfast at Siding, we easily walk to Lwang through the beautiful Ghalel Village, farmland, terrace rice field, and tea farm. That day you can observe the real Gurung Culture, lifestyle and household. You will stay at home with a Gurung family. 

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Tea House

After a late local breakfast with Gurung Family, we will board our vehicle for Pokhara. It takes 2/3 hours to get to Pokhara through a beautiful road. Pokhara is a beautiful city where this trek starts and ends and you can enjoy a shower of good food and relax on this stunning touristic city. If you want, you can explore Pokhara City. 

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

We have to leave early in the morning after breakfast from Pokhara hotel and road heading along river valleys, few towns, terraced fields and green hilly scenery to Kathmandu. You will take a rest in Kathmandu hotel or do souvenir shopping.  


This is your last day of your trip in Nepal. One of our High Pass Adventure staff will take you to Kathmandu international Airport for your flight departure time. If you are looking forward to your extra trip in Nepal, High Pass Adventure will help you for your next trip and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India.


What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up & drops 2 times domestic / International
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu and 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Tourist Bus Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Private vehicles Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Accommodation on Tea-house during the trekking
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Annapurna conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits
  • (TIMS) Trekker’s information Management System
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Guide and porter salary, food accommodation and insurance during the trek
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above


There are two best seasons for trekking to Mardi Himal. These are the autumn season (September to December) and spring season (March to May). So, the best time to go on the Mardi Himal Trek is during the spring and autumn. Regardless of the time of year, the Mardi Himal Trek offers an unforgettable journey through the picturesque Annapurna region, promising a blend of natural beauty and cultural exploration that will leave lasting memories. You can also do this trek throughout the whole year due to the  route  situated at a lower altitude.

There are some valuable advantages to choose the Mardi Himal Trekking package such as moderate trekking level, low altitude route, cheap package, can do throughout the year, spectacular scenery, unique cultural experience, off-the beaten-path, supporting local communities.  We highly recommend this trek to all beginners’ trekkers to explore the real Nepalese nature and culture. 

Yes, you can choose your own departure date on your suitable holiday for Mardi Himal Trek. We have also fixed the departure date to Mardi Himal Trek but that might not match on your holiday program.  We also can help to create the suitable and best private itinerary with reasonable prices on your own time frame.

The Mardi Himal Trek route is located in the Annapurna Region of Nepal, near Pokhara. The starting and ending points of the Mardi Himal Trek can vary depending on the specific itinerary and the direction you choose to trek. Generally, Dhampus, Landruk and Kande are the starting and Siding, Dhampus, Landruk and Kande are ending points of the Mardi Himal Trek.

The cost of the Mardi Himal Trek depends on group size and your preference. The 7 nights 8 days trip from arrival and departure date to Mardi Himal trekking package cost can range from USD 400 to 700 per person. 

If you just want to hire a guide and porter for the Mardi Himal Trek, the cost is USD $30 and USD $25 per day for guide and porter. Normally the food, accommodations, salary and insurance are included in that cost. But, the salary of guides and porters may be slightly less during the off-season ( winter and monsoon season).

It depends on your trekking package like you are doing full package trek or just hiring a guide through a trekking agency. So, if you are doing a full package trek with a trekking agency, you do not have to carry much cash but you do have to carry a few of cash for your personal expenses. We advise you to carry cash approximately USD $ 25 to $35 per day. It can cover your personal expenses such as Wi-Fi, drinking water, hot drinks, charging mobile phones and cameras and  hot showers in a few places during the Mardi Himal Trek.

Absolutely! You have multiple payment options for the trip cost. You can settle the payment using credit card, bank transfer, or cash. However, we highly recommend paying the remaining trip balance in cash, as using a credit card incurs an additional 4% service charge by the bank.

Unfortunately, card payments are not accepted during trekking in the Nepal Himalayas or tours due to the remote nature of the areas. There are no facilities for electronic payments. Therefore, we strongly advise you to withdraw sufficient cash before embarking on your journey from the city.

If you wish to cancel the trip and request a refund of the advanced fund, our policies are straightforward and easy to follow. Firstly, kindly send us an email regarding the trip cancellation, and we will proceed with canceling your hotel, transport, and guide arrangements accordingly.
Regarding the refund process, please note that 15% of the advance deposit, which was used to confirm your booking, will be considered as a cancellation fee. Unfortunately, this portion of the fund will be non-refundable. However, we understand the value of your investment, and there are two alternative options available to you.
Option one is to postpone the trip to a later date when you are able to embark on the journey. Your advance fund can be used for the rescheduled trip, and we will gladly accommodate your new travel plans.
Option two is to recommend this opportunity to your friends or family, allowing them to utilize the advance fund for their own memorable journey. This way, your investment remains valuable and benefits someone close to you.

The duration of the Mardi Himal trek depends on your reference such as itinerary, trekking place, trekking route, extra days for acclimatization. Anyway, the most famous route from Kathmandu to Kathmandu takes 8 days to 11 days to complete the Mardi Himal Trek and needs 2 days extra for your arrival and departure from/to your home.

The walking distance depends on your fitness level, the terrain, elevations and destination. Normally the walking hours range is 6 to 8 hours a day during the Mardi Himal Trek. 

The Mardi Himal Trek is classified as having a moderate difficulty level, but at times, it can be challenging, especially when confronted with unfavorable weather conditions. The trekking trails include rocky terrain and forested sections with steps, which can make walking tough in certain areas.
To ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience, our experienced guide takes care of all aspects of the trek. They will manage accommodations in tea-houses, which serve as resting places along the route. Our guide will also lead the way, maintaining a comfortable pace and offering opportunities for rest when needed. They will encourage a slow and steady walk, taking short, easy steps to complete the trip without any unnecessary stress. our team is dedicated to providing you with the support and assistance you require during the trek, making your journey to Mardi Himal a memorable and rewarding adventure.

Mardi Himal Trek does not require technical climbing skills, so you don’t need special training for this trek.  But, we highly recommend having good physical fitness and need preparation to easily complete the Mardi Himal trek such as Normal walking, day hiking, running, biking, jogging and swimming.  These practices are beneficial in preparing for the trekking in himalayas. 

Mardi Himal trek is very safe during the spring and autumn season with our experienced trekking guide. We (high pass adventure teams) guarantee clients safety and security by preparing necessary trekking gear to face any condition of risk. It is considered not safe during the summer and winter season because you have to face slippery and humid trails due to rainfall and snowfall.  High Pass Adventure will be always with you to assist all emergencies during the Mardi Himal Trek. 

It is a pretty busy trail to the Mardi Himal Trekking route by internal and external trekkers during the  spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons.  But in the summer and winter seasons it is not a busy trail due to not good weather for the views and hikes. 

At an elevation of 4500 meters, the Mardi Himal Trek reaches its pinnacle, where the awe-inspiring Mardi Himal high camp nestles at the foot of the majestic Mardi Peak in the western part of Mount Machhapuchhre, offering the most spectacular vantage point to behold the breathtaking panorama of the surrounding mountains.

The weather condition of Annapurna region is dependent on different seasons. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best weather conditions with milder temperatures for Mardi Himal Trekking. Summer (June to August) and winter (December to February) seasons are not recommended, but you can do the Mardi Himal  trek. 

Indeed, travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for Nepal trekking, ensuring your safety and peace of mind. It is crucial to ensure that your insurance policy adequately covers the highest elevation of your trek, including emergency evacuation provisions. For a comprehensive list of recommended travel insurance companies, please refer to the provided recommendations. 

Absolutely, trekking insurance for guides and porters is a crucial necessity during any trek in Nepal. At High Pass Adventure, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our staff, and therefore, all our team members are covered by life insurance specifically tailored for trekking in Nepal. Moreover, we take care of all the essential expenses, including daily wages, meals, accommodation, insurance, and necessary equipment costs, ensuring that you have a hassle-free experience, and all these are already included in your total trekking cost.

The places in the mountains region are always cold at night no matter which season or what time. The temperatures vary depending on the season and altitude but will be perfect temperature for trekking during the day time.  
So, It is recommended to bring suitable warm clothing, including thermal layers, a down jacket, a hat, gloves, and good quality trekking boots to stay warm and comfortable during the Mardi Himal Trek.

Certainly, we are pleased to offer you certain refundable trekking gear items such as walking poles, sleeping bags, and down jackets. However, please note that you are responsible for arranging the rest of the required equipment on your own. Our goal is to ensure your comfort and convenience during the trek, and providing these essential items will be one less thing for you to worry about. Should you have any questions about the trekking gear or need further assistance, our team will be more than happy to assist you.

Yes, you can buy or hire all the trekking gears in Kathmandu. There are many shops and offers the best price for trekking gear to sell or rent. We can assist to show the best shopping center to buy or rent the trekking and climbing gear in Thamel.  

There are tea houses and lodges available for accommodation with basic twin sharing rooms during the Mardi Himal Trek. The room may have a basic bed with mattress, bed-sheet, blanket and pillow. We recommend to trekkers that you should bring a sleeping bag for warmth and comfort especially at higher altitude. Toilet and bathroom (shower) are the limit in the teahouses, so we have to share with other groups.
The teahouses usually offer a variety of local and international dishes but options will be limited compared with cities.  You may get local dishes such as chapati, rice (Dal Bhat), potato item, tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, Sherpa stew, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles, thukpa and a few other foods.  They also offer the western food such as Pizza, roast, pasta and burger during the Mardi Himal Trek. 

While the tea houses along the Mardi Himal Trek do offer internet service, it comes with additional fees. However, we recommend not relying solely on the internet for communication during the trek as the connection may be slow and unreliable. Mobile phone network services are available, but the coverage is not consistently strong throughout the entire area, which may limit data usage. Rest assured, our knowledgeable guide will assist you in communicating with your family, friends, or colleagues effectively, ensuring you stay connected despite the connectivity challenges along the route.

Yes, you can charge all your electronics devices in a lodge but you also have to pay an extra cost.  Sometimes it is difficult to get a charging place and electric power during the busy trekking season, especially in higher places.  So we recommend you to bring your own power bank to charge your mobile and camera for the trekking in himalayas. 

Yes, you should bring advisable and basic medicines for the Nepal trek including Mardi Himal trek because the remote of the trekking routes where there is not a medical facility. 
If you have any allergies, it is important to ask with a healthcare or medicine specialist to consult about your detailed needs. They can advise you to take basic medicine depending on your health and trekking altitude. 

High Altitude Sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness. It is a common anxiety during the trekking to higher altitude. It is not possible to completely remove the risk of altitude sickness but you can follow these below rules for prevention. There is less chance to get altitude sickness during the Mardi Himal Trek. 
Follow these rules for prevention: 
-Drink plenty of water
-Climb slowly
-Take it easy
-Do not drink alcohol
-Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates
-Sleep lower elevation 
-Take a medication (Diamox or Acetazolamide) according to doctor 

The weight of luggage to the porter is limited and it is normally set by the Government of Nepal, local authorities and trekking associations of Nepal.  Local porters can carry more than 50 kg but the maximum luggage weight for the trekking porter is 25-30 kg during the Nepal trekking including Mardi Himal Trek. 

To embark on the Mardi Himal Trek, all trekkers are required to obtain permits as the route falls within the Annapurna Region, which is part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Additionally, a permit called Trekkers' Information Management Systems (TIMS) issued by a trekking agency is also mandatory. Therefore, it is essential to secure both permits before commencing the trek. These permits not only support the conservation efforts in the area but also help ensure the safety and management of trekkers along the route. Our team will assist you in obtaining these permits to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trekking experience.

Indeed, it is essential to carry your own water bottle for drinking water during the Mardi Himal Trek. Purchasing bottled water becomes more expensive as you ascend to higher altitudes. The cost of a single bottle can range from 100 to 500 Nepali rupees at elevated places. To save costs and minimize plastic waste, we highly recommend using water purification tablets or drops. These portable and effective solutions will enable you to treat water from local sources, ensuring safe and clean drinking water throughout the trek. Our team will provide guidance on the proper usage of water purification methods, ensuring your hydration needs are met responsibly and economically during the journey.

Tipping your guide and porter is customary and highly appreciated as they play a crucial role in ensuring the successful completion of the Mardi Himal Trek. They are like heroes, assisting and supporting you throughout the journey. Expressing gratitude through tipping is a compulsory gesture to acknowledge their exceptional service and dedication to making your trek an unforgettable experience. Your generosity will not only be well-received but also encourage and motivate them in their future endeavors with other trekkers. We recommend tipping your guide and porter as a token of appreciation for their invaluable assistance and contribution to your trekking adventure.


Traveller Useful Information

Information of Annapurna Conservation Area Project

The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is the largest conservation area in Nepal, situated in the north-central part of the country. Covering an extensive area of 7629 square kilometers, it was established in 2049 B.S. (1992 A.D.). ACAP's boundaries are defined by Mustang in the north, the Kali Gandaki River in the west, the Marsyandi valley in the east, and the Pokhara valley in the south.

This significant conservation project was initiated by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (formerly known as the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation), a non-governmental organization, and received support from various international trusts through donations. Currently, ACAP is overseen and conserved by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) in collaboration with local communities from the area.

The headquarters of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project is located in Ghandruk, which serves as a base for managing and implementing conservation efforts in this ecologically diverse and essential region of Nepal.

Mardi Himal Trek Permit Cost

To head on the Mardi Himal Trek, situated within the Annapurna Conservation Area, it is essential to obtain the necessary permits, namely the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entrance fee and the TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card. Both of these permits are compulsory for trekking in the Annapurna Region.

To obtain these permits, trekkers purchasing them from a registered trekking company. Throughout the entire Mardi Himal Trek, it is necessary to carry these permits with you and present them at every check post along the trail.

If trekkers attempt the Mardi Himal Trek without these permits, they will be subject to double charges (penalties) upon arrival or may even be required to turn back from the trek.

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) is compulsory for everyone to trek in Annapurna Circuit.
It Cost US$ 20 per person/ per Trek
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits 
It cost US$ 30 only per person/ per trek

The Nepalese government has implemented these permit requirements for the Mardi Himal Trek, and they can be obtained in advance from Kathmandu or Pokhara to ensure a smooth and legalized trekking experience.

Food and Accommodation in Mardi Himal Trek

The Annapurna Region stands as the second most popular trekking destination in Nepal, closely following the Everest Region Trek. Among the various trekking routes in this region, the Mardi Himal Trek shines as one of the best options for immersing oneself in nature's awe-inspiring landscapes. The trail is excellently maintained and supervised by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project and the local community, ensuring a well-organized and eco-friendly experience.

Throughout the trekking trail, you will find enough accommodations and restaurants, making it convenient to find comfortable lodging in the area. The tea-houses along the route strive to provide first-class services to all travelers. Typically, lodges offer private rooms with two beds, along with shared indoor bathrooms. However, for those seeking a touch of luxury, certain places offer premium facilities, although lodge availability may be limited at some locations. The quality of lodges varies from place to place, allowing you to choose the best one that suits your budget.

The lodges also quality food menus with similar items, and it is highly recommended to try the typical Nepali dish "Dal-Bhat" – a healthy meal consisting of boiled rice, vegetables, and lentil soup. However, if you prefer, you can choose other options from the food menu. Many lodges cultivate fresh vegetables in their gardens, offering customers the delight of farm-to-table dining. While the cooks are trained, the taste of the food might differ slightly from Western cuisine. Due to limited access to fresh meat in the mountainous region, being a vegetarian during Mardi Himal trek and other trekking routes in the Nepal Himalayas is advisable.

While you can find a variety of drinks at each lodge, it is worth noting that the prices increase as you ascend higher along the trail. To ensure safe drinking water, you can optional for normal water treated with purification tablets. It is wise to avoid alcoholic drinks as you risk higher in the mountains. Staying hydrated with safe water and making aware choices regarding beverages will contribute to a more enjoyable and healthy trekking experience during the Mardi Himal Trek. 

Communication during the Mardi Himal Trek  

Mardi Himal trekking route is becoming popular trekking destination In Annapurna Region of Nepal. Throughout the journey, trekkers can expect to enjoy good mobile network services and internet connectivity, except in some remote areas nestled within the corners of the forest. However, even in these secluded spots, internet services can be accessed at tea-houses and lodges for a supplementary fee.

Safety and health are supreme during your travels, and we prioritize ensuring a secure and sound experience throughout the trekking adventure in Nepal. Nowadays, obtaining a local SIM card in Kathmandu airport upon arrival is convenient, offering access to 3G and 4G internet services since most trekking routes in Nepal are covered by mobile network services. If you require a Nepali SIM card, we are more than happy to provide one for your trekking journey. Simply inform us in advance before embarking on the Mardi Himal trek, and we will make the necessary arrangements to keep you well-connected during your adventure.

In case you don't possess a Nepali SIM card to stay in touch with your family during the trek, our experienced guide will readily assist you in passing messages. Our guides always carry cellular phones and can contact our Kathmandu trekking office, keeping them informed about the progress of the trek and your well-being. Should any issues arise during the journey, we are well-prepared to provide any necessary help and support.

Safety and security

When traveling in Nepal, safety and security are crucial issues to consider both on the way to in and out. We are here for you at all times, and we promise to provide the greatest service to all of our cherished clients. Our guides have extensive training in the field of trekking and broad understanding of first aid items. Because it rises more than 4000 m above sea level, it is essential for hiking in Nepal. Because health is crucial, if a trekker becomes ill from the high altitude, our knowledgeable guide discusses the necessary medications and decides to continue the trek while organizing the emergency rescue.

You must be cautious when hiking trails pass one other because they are not wide enough to do so. During the busiest trekking season, there are lots of porters, yaks, mules, and Jokpe along the trail. You must stay on the safe side if you encounter them on a bridge or in a confined space because otherwise they may force you over the edge.

Trip extension 

If you have extra time after completing the trek, we offers a wide range of exciting activities and short treks to make the most of your stay. We have numerous short tour packages and adventure activities for your next enjoyment.

For nature enthusiasts, Chitwan National Park and Bardiya National Park beckon with their captivating jungle safari tours, allowing you to witness the diverse wildlife and lush landscapes up close.

For those seeking cultural experiences and breathtaking vistas, Pokhara city, Nagarkot Hiking, and Dhampus Hiking provide delightful opportunities to explore picturesque scenery and immerse you in local traditions.

If you desire do exciting activities, you can have adventure activities such as paragliding, canoeing, ultra-light flight, bungee jumping, and mountain biking, all set against the stunning backdrop of Nepal's majestic landscapes.

Please note that these additional activities are optional tours and are not included in your package cost. However, if you decide to participate in any of these activities after the trek with us, we will be more than happy to arrange them for you at a reasonable cost. Moreover, as a sign of enjoyment for choosing High Pass Adventure, we offer attractive discounts on these activities, ensuring you have an unforgettable and satisfying time in Nepal.

Tipping information 

Tipping to your guide, porter and driver are customary and highly appreciated as they play a crucial role in ensuring the successful completion of the Mardi Himal Trek. They are like heroes, assisting and supporting you throughout the journey. Expressing gratitude through tipping is a compulsory gesture to acknowledge their exceptional service and dedication to making your trek an unforgettable experience. Your kindness will not only be well-received but also encourage and motivate them in their future activities with other trekkers. 

Tipping is a subjective signal by travelers to show enjoyment for the services provided by workers at the end of the trek. As a customary practice, travelers typically offer a gratuity of 10% of their payable amount, but the actual amount can be adjusted based on the level of service received.

While the recommended tipping amount is 10%, it is important to consider the quality of service provided by the workers. If you feel that the service was exceptional, you may choose to give a higher tip as a token of appreciation. On the other hand, if you believe that the service did not meet your expectations, you can adjust the tip accordingly.

We recommend tipping to your guide and porter as a token of appreciation for their invaluable assistance and contribution to your trekking adventure. 

Ultimately, tipping is a personal choice and should reflect the level of satisfaction and gratitude you feel towards the workers who have been an integral part of your trekking experience.

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness, also known as high altitude sickness, is a condition that you must be aware of when hiking or ascending to higher elevations. The symptoms of high altitude sickness can appear rapidly and may include headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and shortness of breath. 

The primary cause of altitude sickness is the change in air pressure at higher elevations. As you travel to greater heights, the air pressure decreases, resulting in lower oxygen levels. Your body needs time to adapt to this change in atmospheric conditions. Typically, high altitude sickness begins to apparent at elevations around 8,000 feet (2400 meters) above sea level, according to medical experts.

To prevent or minimize the risk of altitude sickness, it is important to acclimatize gradually as you ascend to higher altitudes. Taking your time and allowing your body to adjust to the changing conditions can help reduce the possibility of experiencing severe symptoms. If you plan to trek or hike in high-altitude regions, it is necessary to be aware of the symptoms and seek medical attention punctually if you or any fellow trekkers exhibit signs of altitude sickness.
Proper planning, staying hydrated, avoiding rapid ascents, and listening to your body are essential steps in ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience when exploring high-altitude terrains. Always be mindful of altitude sickness and take necessary precautions to protect your health during such adventures.

1) Types 

There are three types of altitude sickness:-

  • Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): it is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 
  • High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): it is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening
  • High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): it is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

2) Cause 

Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:-

  • Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 
  • Had the sickness before
  • Climbing quickly
  • Not being acclimatized to the altitude
  • Drinking alcohol when you ascend 
  • Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

3) Symptoms

These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:-

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)
  • Short breath with action
  • Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 
  • Chest tightness or blocking
  • Confusion
  • Dry cough or coughing with blood
  • Cannot walk in a straight line 

4) Prevention

Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:-

  • Climb the mountain gradually. 
  • Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.
  • Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.
  • If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.
  • If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

5) While climbing, you should follow these rules:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Climb slowly.
  • Take it easy
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.
  • Sleep lower elevation 
  • Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor

Trekking Gear List 

Before planning on your travels, it is essential to pack the necessary travel equipment. While it might seem like a lot to carry from your home to another country, certain items are vital and can be either hired or purchased in Kathmandu, particularly in the Thamel area.

These general travel equipments are suitable for all seasons when trekking in Nepal. However, keep in mind that the specific items you need may vary depending on the season and the duration of your chosen trekking route. It's crucial to consider the weather conditions and the demands of your trek when deciding on the appropriate equipment to bring along.

Taking the time to pack the right travel gear will enhance your comfort and safety during your journey. Moreover, having the option to hire or buy certain items locally can lighten your load and make your travel preparations more manageable. With careful planning and consideration of the necessities, you can ensure a smoother and more enjoyable experience throughout your trekking adventure in Nepal.


  • Passport and 4 passport size photos 
  • Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation if needed)
  • Boarding passes for flights
  • -Driver’s license (if needed)
  • Cash USD
  • Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card in case an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)


  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner (Optional)


  • Trekking boots: one pair  lightweight
  • Sandals for city and tea house footwear 
  • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Clothing for Body: 

  • Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking.
  • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)
  • Fleece/Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket for warmth
  • Travel clothes and City Wear
  • Underwear
  • Base-layer trousers (optional)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Trekking shorts (Optional)
  • Gloves and wool hat
  • bandanna or scarf 

Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)

  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu


  • Sunglasses and Sun cream 
  • Towel
  • Book (reading and writing materials)
  •  MP-3 /Music, headphones and ear plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as optional.
  • travel wash
  • Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
  • A day bag: 35 liters
  • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)
  • Dry Liner or Dry Bag
  • Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgen bottles best.

General Toiletries

  • Toilet papers/ tissue 
  • Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • On Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Anti-bacterial hands wash

Others (optional) 

  • Trekking Poles 
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit / duffel bag
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 
  • Binoculars (for luxuries)
  • Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

Client Reviews

Nicole Pothier and friend

Nicole Pothier and friend

United States

Amazing time with High Pass Adventure

18th June, 2023

We had amazing trekking experience in Mardi Himal Trek. We can warmly recommend the trip arranged by High Pass Adventure working team. We enjoyed the best service from our excellent guide Tika and our porter Rupesh, who were always concerned with our needs and wishes.

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