Mardi Himal – Annapurna Trek

This is an 8 day trek aimed at those that really want an adventure of a lifetime. With stunning panoramic views of the world’s highest mountains to the north of Nepal, and interlinked with hidden villages, cultures, and the friendliest of people, this is a wonderful experience of trekking in the Himalayas.

This 8 day Annapurna trekking route pioneered by our guides, differs from the normal Annapurna treks, with specific lodges and long lines of trekkers. We will be going through areas yet to be written into the guide books, with a fully equipped camp each night assisted by a full team of porters. The highlights of this Annapurna trek are visible each day, but climax with the unforgettable views from the summit of Mardi Himal High Camp (approx. 4000m) with a panoramic view of the roof of the world, right under the awesome Machrepuchhre (sacred fish tail mountain). It does require a reasonable level of fitness, but we are accompanied by porters assisting with our loads.

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu.

Day 2 – Kathmandu – Phedi – Dhampu. We depart Kathamndu early for the 30 minute panoramic flight across to Pokhara. Here we will meet the porters and guides and continue by bus to the start of the trek at Phedi. From here, we will have a three-hour walk to our first night’s camp at Dhampus, situated at an altitude of 1,500m.

Day 3 – Dhampus – Hill Camp (Jungle Camp). We will wake to a stunning view of the fishtail peak of Machhapuchhre (6,993m) and the Annapurna mountain range. From here we will take our own private trail, leaving behind the well-trodden paths of the main Annapurna trekking routes. Participants will trek through forests of birch trees, rhododendrons, hemlock and pine enroute to our camp in a small clearing at an altitude of 2,100m. This is a longer day to get us out of the jungle to a suitable camping area.

Day 4 – Hill Camp (Jungle camp) – Low Camp. Today we will climb through the thinning forests, with occasional glimpses of mountains towering high above us. The Mardi Khola river will also be visible, thousands of feet below. We will camp this evening at ‘Low Camp’, which sits at an altitude of 3,000m.

Day 5 – Low Camp – High Camp. A short climb in the morning will take us out of the forest. We will then follow a ridge to our ‘High Camp’ at an altitude of 3,600m. Here, Annapurna South (7,219m) seems close enough to touch, and as the sunset turns the Himalayas a mystical pink, we will have an early night in preparation for the following day.

Day 6 – High Camp – Highest Point – Low Camp. After an early breakfast we will leave for the ascent to the highest point of the week. If the weather is favourable, the views as we climb to 4,000m will be unforgettable. We will have lunch at High Camp then our trek will descend back to Low Camp.

Day 7 – Low Camp – Shaidigahtta. We will descend more than 1,800 metres through forest, bush and terraced fields, pausing in the village of Khola for a welcome swim in the lush river pools, before reaching our final camp.

Day 8 – Shaidigahtta – Pokhara. Will see us on a beautiful walk through the Mardi Khola Valley, passing quiet Nepalese settlements over traditional bridges and past the locals working in the fields, to our finish point. We will then drive back to Phokara for an overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 9 – Fight back to Kathmandu. There is the option to add additional days on to spend time in Pokhara relaxing by the lake or enjoying many of the activities on offer.

Passport Information

Your passport must have at least six months valid duration at the time of travel. We will also need a copy of your passport for our files in the UK. We also advise you carry photo copies off your passport whilst travelling.

Visa Information

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Medical Information

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Flight Information

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Insurance Information

We have worked with many companies that supply insurance for our trips. Should you need any assistance with this we can put you in contact with them. We advise that you take your insurance out straight away so that if anything was to happen from now to the trip departure date then you will be able to claim. Your insurance must cover you for the whole of the trip and all the activities listed in your Trip Itinerary. We will need you to send us a full copy of your insurance policy before your trip departs it. Please refer to the terms and conditions pages on our website for further details of the cover required.

Please enquire regarding dates for 2016/2017: £750.00 GBP per person

This cost of this Adventure includes:
B&B accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin/double occupany basis
Lodges on a full board basis and all accommodation on the Trek on twin/double occupany basis
All camping equipment (if applicable)
Internal flights listed in the itinerary and all land transportation
Highly experience UK and western guides and porters throughout the itinerary
All trekking permits

Cost does not include:
International Flights
Insurance – We can provide this at an additional charge
Personal spending money
Guide gratuities
Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
Evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara

Bottled water is readily available on the trek but it is not included

Privately Guided Closed Trips: This trip can be privately guided for a minimum of 8 people with dates can be chosen to suit you.

Please contact us to check availability before completing this booking form. A 25% deposit is required with all bookings. Once we have received your completed booking form and deposit you will receive a full set of joining instructions including kit list.

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Mardi Himal – Annapurna Trek


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Privately Guided Closed Trips: This trip can be privately guided for a minimum of 8 people with dates can be chosen to suit you.


£750.00 GBP per person


9 days

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