This trek is a wonderful introduction to the mountains of Nepal, or for those with limited time, as it’s the perfect length – just over a week long. It is a stunningly beautiful trek, taking you up through ancient rhododendron forests, to what feels like the face of the mountains themselves, as you get up close and personal with Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machapuchhre, Ganga Purna, Annapurna I and Mardi Himal.

Situated just east of the Annapurna Base Camp trek,, the Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem, as few trekkers make their way to Mardi Himal’s Base Camp, spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the beautiful and imposing Machapuchhre or Fishtail.

The trail winds along small paths through ancient rhododendron forests, until you climb out at around 3,300 m. Here, the landscape changes quite abruptly with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

From High Camp (3,580m) you can climb in about 3-4 hours to Mardi Himal Base Camp, which offers spectacular close up views of the entire Annapurna Range. There is also an amazing view point approx 2 hours from High Camp.


Itinerary
Day 1: Drive Pokhara to Lamachour about 45 mins and trek to Astam (1,600m) approx. 5 hours
Day 2: Trek Astam to Pathana (1,890m) approx. 7 hours
Day 3: Trek Pathana to Forest Camp (2600 m) approx. 5 hours
Day 4: Trek Forest Camp to Low Camp (29,90m) approx. 4 hours or high camp (3900m)
Day 5: Trek High Camp (3900m) and Upper View Point and Back to low Camp.
Day 6: Trek Low Camp to Lwang Village (1,885m) approx. 7 hours
Day 7: Trek Lwang village to Pokhara via Astam (1,460m) approx. 5 hours