Playground Outdoors

Mardi Himal

Mardi Himal has managed to stay under the radar in the “popular Nepal treks” category, giving trekkers the unique opportunity to feel like they’re exploring - not following the crowds. The trail first leads you through the dense jungles and rhododendron forests characteristic of the Annapurna Conservation Area, before rising to give trekkers a face-to-face viewpoint of Mardi Himal itself, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South. Said by many to give the best view of the holy, 22,900 foot Machhapuchhre in Nepal, this snowy ridge gives the illusion that you could practically just follow it straight to the summit.

Difficulty

SAC T3 Demanding Mountain Hiking

Paths are not always visible. Exposed sections can be safeguarded with ropes or chains. The hands might be needed for balance. Can have exposed sections with danger of falling, scree slopes, pathless craggy ground.

Duration

9 days

Delhi to Delhi
4 days travel & rest
5 days hiking & camping

Distance

40 km / 25 mi

Maximum Altitude

4450 m / 14600 ft

Price

₹105,000 $1500

Itinerary


Welcome to Nepal! The prayer flag-lined streets & markets are a tempting reason to stay and explore, but use your day in Kathmandu to gather any remaining trekking items you may need (trust us, you’ll find everything here), and have a briefing with us on what the upcoming days will hold. You’ll have all the time you want to explore when we get back!

Our first look at rural Nepal, we head to Pokhara, a city that rests along the shores of Phewa Lake, and is alive and bustling with cozy cafes, regular festivals, local handicraft markets, beach-side restaurants. Pokhara is the gateway to the treks of the Annapurna Conservation Area, and we will spend the night debriefing, getting any last minute supplies and exploring if time permits!

After a winding drive out of Pokhara, we arrive at our forested trailhead within the hour. Moving through the thick undergrowth and thriving jungles that the Annapurna Conservation Area is famous for, we begin our climb to Kande. Passing rhododendron thickets and fresh springs, the trail today is bursting with life. We spend our first night in a cozy teahouse lodge at Deurali.

Continuing our climb through these vibrant forests, we begin to see the trees thin after Forest Camp and our first up-close view of Machhapuchhre begins to emerge. During the final stretch, the trail levels out slightly, and we may encounter a yak train or two, accompanied by their shepherds.

After an initial rocky section, we veer left and begin to see the ridge above us. As we cross Middle Camp, we leave the forest behind, and begin the spectacular ridge walk that reveals panoramic views of the perpetually snowcapped Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre before reaching High Camp for the night.

We head out before dawn to catch the sunrise from Lower Viewpoint. Moving on up, we reach Mardi Himal Basecamp for an absolutely spectacular view of some of Nepal’s most impressive peaks, making trekkers feel a bit microscopic in their wake. After base camp celebrations, we begin the descent to Sidding, returning to the thick trees and jungle of Nepal’s lower altitudes for our night’s stay in the village.

A pleasant final hike through the forest brings us to Lumre, from which point we catch our vehicle back to Pokhara for lakeside celebrations before heading back to Kathmandu the following morning.

Today, we drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Fly from Kathmandu to Delhi or elsewhere.

Playground Perks


Handcrafted & Curated

We don’t copy our itineraries off the internet. We scout and design all trip offerings personally. This ensures enough time to acclimatise at high altitude, explore around the campsite, and indulge in authentic local experiences so you don’t miss out on anything.

Everything Included

Honestly, everything. Internal flights, best-in-class travel insurance, personal camping equipment, and all meals - we’ll take care of everything that most travel operators will mark with an asterisk. You pay for nothing except personal purchases from the day your trip starts.

Equipment & Safety

4 season Mountain Hardwear tents and sleeping bags, emergency oxygen reserves & PACs to provide a safety net against AMS, UIAA Safety Label glacier rescue kits for technical trails, WAFA/WFR & CPR certified guides, best-in-class adventure insurance - we’ve always got a plan B.

Personalised & Bespoke

We curate bespoke adventures and trips every day because we recognise that everyone’s travel bug is unique. When it comes to adventure travel, there are different ways to experience the world’s most beautiful places, because every traveler is different - which is why we’ve stepped in to provide a space for environmental advocacy, cross-cultural connections, wellness and adventure to combine - all through travel.

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel starts with acknowledging that travel and tourism often contribute to the global climate crisis. We believe in the positive power of travel to transform mindsets & generate a sense of preservation towards wild spaces. We follow LNT Principles, minimise our carbon footprint, adopt regenerative practices & give back to local communities - from making sure our field staff are well equipped to higher-than-industry-standard compensation.

Self Guided & Operated

We’ll never hand you off to someone else - we run all trips ourselves. We minimise external contracting and only partner with people we know and trust personally. While we employ and collaborate with local guides and support staff for their unparalleled expertise and knowledge of the Himalayan ranges, our trips are led by one of our core team members so you always have a single point of contact.