| Duration: 12 days
|| Country: Nepal
| Max. Altitude: 4,450m/ 14,599 ft.
|| Walking Per Day: 5 hrs
|| Grade: Fair Strenuous
| Best Season: Spring and Autumn
|| Group Size: Minimum 2
| Mode: Tea-House/Lodge
|| Culture: Gurung / Mixed
Why choose the Mardi Himal Trek when selecting the best hiking holidays in the Himalayas?
Nepal’s Mardi Himal Trek is certainly worth considering if you want a trekking holiday of fewer than 14 nights that still takes in an incredible array of sights and experiences.
Mardi is one of Nepal’s “best-kept secrets” as keen hikers and climbers tend to go to the better-known mountain routes for trekking expeditions.
For example, many trekking holiday enthusiasts head for a different part of the Annapurna range to enjoy panoramic views and climb to Annapurna base camp, following the snow-crusted footsteps of other adventure-seekers and altitude enthusiasts.
Just east of the popular Annapurna Circuit is the Mardi Himal, which offers a relatively new option for trekking and largely unexplored mountain terrain.
From Mardi Base Camp, you will experience truly jaw-dropping sights across the Annapurna range, as well as iconic views of Machapuchhre and Hiunchuli.
In a relatively moderately challenging climb – from High Camp (3580m) to Mardi Base Camp, you can soak up the incredible experience of seeing a sunrise or sunset in the Himalayan mountains; memories that will stay with you forever.
Other unforgettable holiday experiences on a Mardi trek
The gloriously diverse winding mountain paths of the Mardi Himal trek will show you far more than the wondrous panoramic views though. Every hour you will see the glorious features of nature unveil themselves, including intricate alpine flora and fauna, and magnificent lush forests of rhododendrons, maple, and bamboo.
Lurking beneath the canopy of ancient trees will be mountain wildlife up close. You may even enjoy sightings of snow leopards, black bears, and red pandas. Above you, soaring eagles and other birds of prey can be seen.
To show just how packed this trekking holiday in Nepal is, even your first and last days could be highlights. That’s because you will get unique guided insights into Pokhara city, the gateway to the Annapurna range. Make sure to see the stunning Tal Barahi Temple, perched on an island in Phewa Lake, and also the International Mountain Museum, which offers fascinating information of Himalayan heritage and the history of mountaineering.
Details of climbing Mardi Himal on a supported trek
Throughout this expertly guided trek adventure, you will be provided with the highest standards of bilingual support and information. This includes putting safety as the first priority, always.
Your Mardi Himal Trek will feature the warm hospitality – and delicious indigenous food – of Nepalese mountain villages high above the clouds. You will be able to experience Gurung culture first hand, staying with the indigenous people of this part of Nepal (they call themselves ‘Tamu’, which in the language of Tibet means horsemen).
The best time for a Himalayan trek that includes Mardi massif is mid-September to November when the climate is at its most stable. However, as this is a peak time for trekking in Nepal, you may prefer to choose a quieter calendar slot for an adventure holiday, such as May to June. This is when the lower slopes are a sea of glorious flowers, forming a stunning contrast to the snow-capped peaks towering above.
A trek up Mardi is an ideal mountain holiday for beginners or long-time fans of trekking in the Himalayas. Moderate levels of fitness are required, and Nepal Mountain Trekkers make sure you have all the necessary equipment, coaching, and support to enjoy every step of your adventure holiday.
Equipment lists for 12 days Mardi Himal Trek
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms
Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers
First Aid Kits
Personal Regular Medicines
Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer