ABC Mardi Himal Trek
ABC Mardi Himal Trek
ABC Mardi Himal Trek

ABC Mardi Himal Trek

Duration15 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude4110 M
Group Size1-20
Best TimeThrough out the Year

ABC Mardi Himal Trek Highlights

  • Medium level of trek difficulty
  • Flora and fauna of Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Mardi Himal, Mt. Annapurna, and Mt. Annapurna Base Camps; all at once
  • The ethnic and cultural richness of the Gurung, Magar, and other ethnic groups
  • Opportunity to meet with the Brave Gurkhas
  • Amazing view of the Himalayas of Gandaki Province of Nepal
  • Machhapuchhre (6,993m) is just a few yards from you

ABC Mardi Himal Trek Overview

ABC Mardi Himal Trek combines two popular trekking packages of the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. The Mardi Himal trek and Annapurna Base Camp trek can also be done separately. However, in recent days, they have combined to take you to Machhapuchhre Base Camp as well.

You will enjoy the Gurung, Magar, Chhetri, Brahmin, and other notable cultures during this trek. If you love listening to history, the old pensioners who served in the British and Indian armies will fascinate you. These friendly Brave Gurkhas will share their good and bad experiences with you!

As this trek lies in Annapurna Sanctuary (Annapurna Conservation Area Project), you will also see wildlife and vegetation. Walking along the pine, oak and rhododendron forests becomes more interesting when you come to see birds and animals occasionally, right?

The stunning vistas of the snow-capped peaks of Annapurna (8,091 m) Massif are something you must visit once in a lifetime! Sometimes in the course of Nepal trekking, Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) also peeps into your journey.

The base camps of Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhre: 6,993 m), Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), and Mardi Himal (5,587) reward you with the best view of the Himalayas and lush valleys. From Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m), you can see Mt. Machhpuchhre just a few yards away. It seems as if you could caress it with your hand!

Mardi Himal Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

ABC Mardi Himal Trek itinerary has been customized from 9 days to 21 days. For those having a short holiday, 9 days itinerary best fits while 21 days for the ones having a long holiday.

To help you explore the natural and cultural wonders of the Annapurna region, 15 15-day itinerary is the best. Nepal Trekking Routes has designed this package that also takes you around the cultural landmarks of the Kathmandu Valley. Likewise, you can also explore the tourist places of Lake City Pokhara.

As the ABC Mardi Himal Trek itinerary is customizable, feel free to tell us the best one for you. We assist you book the right package at a reasonable cost.

Mardi Himal Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost

You find many hotels and lodges including teahouses and homestays while in the Annapurna region trekking. Many of the hotels and lodges serve you comparatively standard services of food and accommodation. The services you want to use also contribute to calculating ABC Mardi Himal Trek cost.

This trek is started right from Pokhara where you can either drive or fly from Kathmandu. The cost of the private jeep, local bus, and air ticket is all different. In addition, the number of guides and porters also determines the cost.

Last but not least, the cost of the ABC Mardi Himal Trek permits also plays a vital role. The cost of an organized trek and a solo trek is also different. First, you need to decide whether you want to do an organized trek or a solo trek to know about the Mardi Himal Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost.

Don’t worry we shall help you decide the type of trip package to provide you the best satisfaction at a reasonable cost. Just contact us!

How difficult is ABC Mardi Himal Trek?

ABC Mardi Himal Trek difficulty is level moderate or medium type. To know about its difficulty, you need to consider some factors creating some hard situations. Trekking hours, teahouses or lodges, altitude, condition of the trails, etc. are some major ones.

The condition of the trails is fine and spacious except in some sections. They are most often walked by the national and international trekkers. Moreover, the local community people are aware of the promotion of tourism in their region. Hence, they always perfectly keep the Nepal trekking trail by regularly maintaining them.

You have to walk for about 6 hours every day to cover the specified distance as per the itinerary. There are homestays, teahouses, and lodges on every stop so you needn’t worry about food and accommodation facilities.

Hiring a professional guide further helps you in times of difficulty like altitude sickness. The guide can also know the possible threat of natural calamities like blizzards and snowstorms. They then, implement the preventive methods.

Altitude may be a matter of difficulty as you have to traverse above 2,500 m. The maximum height you reach is Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m). However, by following some preventive methods, you can overcome them.

ABC Mardi Himal Trek Map

ABC Mardi Himal Trek Map leads you through the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. It starts from Nayapul, Pokhara. Then, it moves along the ethnic villages of the Gurung, Magar, Chhetri, and Brahmin. After getting your permit checked at Birethanti, you trek to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is one of the largest Gurung Villages in Nepal. There, you can visit the Gurung Museum and meet with the Brave Gurkhas.

After that, you move to Chhomrong, Dobhan, Machhapuchhre Base Camp, and finally to Annapurna Base Camp. Spending a night at Annapurna Base Camp, you trek down to Dobhan and move to Jhinu Danda.

From Jhinu Danda, you divert the journey towards Forest Camp of Mardi Himal Base Camp trek route. Next, you ascend to High Camp and Mardi Himal Base Camp from where you have the closest view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m).

Getting the lifelong experiences of the Himalayas of Annapurna Massif, you trek down to High Camp. Then, the trail takes you to Siding Village, Lumre Village, and Pokhara. From Pokhara, you either drive or fly back to Kathmandu.

Apart from the natural and cultural richness, trekking in Nepal, Annapurna region is an opportunity to meet with the Brave Gurkhas as well. The majority of the population in this region is the Gurung and Magar ethnic communities. Since before the First World War, the Gurung and Magar males have been recruited in the British and Indian Armies.

Therefore, they fought bravely in both the World Wars from the British side. Yes, war is never good for anybody, and it is always destructive! However, the Gurung and Magar males accomplished their duties courageously and honestly. That’s why, they earned their title “the Brave Gurkhas!” Even today, the Nepalese are known as the Gurkhas all over the world.

While doing ABC Mardi Himal Trek, you can meet the old pensioners who have very interesting stories behind them. They may share their own experience about the pros and cons of the wars. Even today, those brave old people are as honest as they used to be and very respectful to their guests.

Trip PlanExpand All

The representative of Nepal Trekking Routes receives you at the Kathmandu Airport on the arrival day. After that, he will shift you to the hotel. If the time favours, you can visit Thamel Bazar on your own. Later on, the team leader comes to you and gives briefing about Mardi Himal Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary.

Max Altitude: 1450 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Deluxe Hotel

You begin today’s journey towards Annapurna region after having breakfast. You can drive along the Prithvi Highway up to Pokhara and then towards Nayapul. You know Nayapul is the place from where you begin Annapurna Base Camp trek or other treks of Annapurna region.

From Nayapul, you begin Mardi Himal Annapurna Base Camp trek formally. Walking along the comfortable trail for about 30 minutes, you reach Birethanti. It is a small traditional village having unique styled houses. There is the checkpoint of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit.

Max Altitude: 1050 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea House/HotelDuration: 8 hrs.

By crossing the terraced fields and Syauli Bazar, you reach Kyumi, a village populated by the Gurungs and the Brahmins. Following the snaky trail moving uphill and downhill, you will walk past some terraced farmlands and small settlement areas. At the end of the trek, you reach Ghandruk, one of the largest Gurung villages of Annapurna region.

Here, you can visit the Gurung Museum and converse with the local people to know about their history. You might meet some old Brave Gurkhas who will narrate some interesting stories while they were serving in the British and Indian armies.

From this hamlet, you will have the panoramic view of some prominent peaks of Annapurna Massif. Some of them are Annapurna South (7229m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna III (7755m), Glacier dome (7200m) and Fishtail (6,997m). overnight stay at a Gurung homestay.

Max Altitude: 1920 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea House/HotelDuration: 7 Hrs

Following the steep trail, you will ascend to Komrong Danda (2,100m). Then, the trail descends along the Komrong Khola and again ascend to Chhomrong Village. It is a nice Gurung village serving you with the enthralling view of the Annapurna Range on fine days.

Max Altitude: 2,140 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 6 Hrs

You begin the trip today by following the trails along the Chhomrong Khola banks. Then, by crossing the dense forests of pine and rhododendron, you reach Sinuwa Village.

Moving ahead through the bamboo forests, you cross Bamboo Village. Again, by walking alongside the oak and rhododendron woodlands, you reach Dobhan. “Dobhan” (Dovan) is a Nepali word meaning ‘Confluence of two streams or rivers’.

Max Altitude: 2430 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 6 Hrs

Moving along the banks of the Modi Khola, you cross Himalaya Hotel, a stop during Annapurna Base Camp trek. From here, you walk past Hinku Cave to reach Deurali. Then, leaving the avalanche prone section, you ascend to Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

Reaching the base camp of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m) is also an important reward of this trek. You know, it is one of the highest unclimbed peaks in the world.  From here, you will witness the majestic view of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna I (8,091m) & III, Gangapurna and Mt. Machhapuchhre itself.

Spending a few hours here, you continue the trek towards Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m). The trail that goes past the bamboo forests and Annapurna Sanctuary. By relishing the panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) Mountain Ranges, you reach Annapurna Base Camp. Enjoy the sunset view of the Giant Peaks of the Annapurna Massif just in front of you!

Max Altitude: 3700 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 7 Hrs

You have your breakfast and continue descending towards Dobhan. You will follow the same trail you used yesterday and enjoy the same scenery of the Himalayas and landscapes.

Max Altitude: 2630 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 7 Hrs

Walking along the pine, oak and rhododendron forests of Annapurna Sanctuary, you continue the journey. On the way, you might have the glimpses of some birds and animals of Annapurna Conservation Area.

It takes nearly 6 hours to reach Jhinu Danda from Dobhan. Jhinu Danda is famous for the natural hot pool where you can take bath to get rid of travel fatigue. Enjoy the typical food and warm hospitality of the Nepalese here!

Max Altitude: 1500 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 7 Hrs

Walking past the Kimrung Khola and some terraced fields, you reach Himal Pani Village. You will take rest by observing the natural waterfalls. Then, moving further, you will reach Landruk, a beautiful village inhabited by the Gurung, Magar and Brahmins.

Then, the steep and a bit challenging trail moves along some oak and pine forests. Finally, you reach to Forest Camp where you will check in to a community based lodges. Here, you get to taste the typical food items prepared by the Gurung people and served at the best hospitality.

Max Altitude: 2550 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 6 Hrs

Following Mardi Himal Base Camp trek route, you will move towards Low Camp and then to High Camp. The trail continues further along the terrain having some rhododendron trees. You might have some glimpses of the Himalayan monal or pheasant, which is the national bird of Nepal. From the High Camp, you have the amazing view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m) and Mardi Himal (5,587m).

Max Altitude: 3580 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 5 Hrs

Today is the most remarkable day as you are going to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m). You begin the trek as early as you can to capture the sunrise view of the Annapurna (8,091m) Massif and Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m).

Walking carefully and slowly, you ascend towards the base camp of Mardi Himal by enjoying the first sunrays over Annapurna Massif. When you reach the top, you will have the closest appearance of Mt. Machhapuchhre. It seems as if you can touch this virgin peak with your hand!

After storing the lifelong memory of the Mardi Himal Base Camp trek view, you trek down to High Camp. In this way, you next target for lifelong experiences of trekking in Annapurna region comes true!

Max Altitude: 4500 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 7 Hrs

Descending through the Low Camp and some rhododendron forests, you will arrive in Siding Village. Then, moving along the Modi Khola banks, you will enjoy the view of the Himalayas and lovely landscapes.

Siding is a beautiful Gurung village situated on the lap of the Annapurna Massif.  It is famous for its homestay facilities. Siding homestay facility lets you taste the delicious cuisines prepared and served by the local people. You can also learn the culture, tradition and lifestyle of the local people while sharing the same kitchen with them!

Max Altitude: 1280 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 7 Hrs

Walking along the rugged trails moving through the terraced farmlands and some forested land, you trek down to Lumre Village. From here, you catch a bus that takes back to Pokhara. After arriving in Pokhara, you will be transferred to the hotel. In the spare time, you can visit some places of the Lake City.

Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Deluxe HotelDuration: 5 Hrs

According to your deal with the agency, you can either fly or drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, the team member relocates you to the hotel. In the remaining time, you can take a visit of Thamel to purchase some unique gifts to your people in the home country. They may be garments, statue or any other products of the Nepalese art and craft. In the evening, you will be invited to farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant somewhere around Thamel.

Meals: BreakfastAccommodation: Deluxe HotelDuration: 7 Hrs

As per your flight schedule, the crewmember of the our trekking company takes you to the Kathmandu Airport.

Meals: Breakfast
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Cost Details
  • Airport pickups and drop off service in private vehicle.
  • Star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek with breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
  • farewell dinners with cultural program.
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader.
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • T-shirt and trekking map are yours to take.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS).
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • All government and local taxes.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • City sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal expenses.

Yes, you can. You can do Mardi Himal Annapurna Base Camp Trek independently as there is not any restricted area in it. However, if you are a beginner for trekking in Nepal, you had better hire a professional trekking guide.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit and TIMS Card are the two permits you need for this trek. You can get them from Tourist Service Center in Kathmandu and Pokhara by paying the cost in Nepalese Currency or US Dollars.

Mardi Himal Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not time-bound, i.e. you can do it all times of the year. In summer season, the trails may be muddy due to the shower. In winter, the mist and clouds may obstruct the clear view of the Himalayas and green forests. Therefore, spring and autumn are the best time for this trek for stunning view and festival treks as well.

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This trip was an awesome experience. We had limited time so chose this shorter circuit and found it both challenging and rewarding. Our guide and our porter were excellent company,...

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