Annapurna Machhapuchhre Trek

  • Duration: 13 Days


  • Difficulty LevelModerate
  • Trip ModeTea House
  • Best TimeMarch - May, Oct - Dec
  • Max Altitude4120 m

The Annapurna Machhapuchhre Trek (Fishtail) is also known as Mardi Himal trekking for outstanding mountain profile. The itinerary follows the least trodden trail away from the trekkers' madding crowd. We hike into the forests and the Himalayan settlements that have not felt the impact of tourism as such till now. There are newly open tea houses for accommodation on this trekking route now which used to be fully camping earlier. Thus this Annapurna Machhapuchhre trek is suitable for those who have less time and wish to explore the off the beaten track in Nepal with the essence of exploration.

Annapurna Machhapuchhare Trek - Newly open off the beaten tea house Mardi Himal trek in Annapurna region - less than 2 weeks in Nepal.

We take a short drive from Pokhara to Phedi, a trek starting point. After the drive, we start our trek the Dhampus on our way to Mardi Himal. We ascend through the traditional settlements and pristine oak and rhododendron forest. Undoubtedly it offers the close-up dramatic scenery of sacred Mt. Machapuchare, Mardi Himal and many other peaks in the Annapurna range. The great ice fields and the blue glaciers of the Annapurna sanctuary walls lie below us while we are walking on the ridge towards the Mardi Himal. Furthermore, we descend from the different routes to the warm valley and friendly villages on the bank of the Mardi River. Surprisingly still away from the used popular trekking routes on our way back to Pokhara. Thus Annapurna Mardi Himal trek is one of the finest short off the beaten tea house trek in the Annapurna region.

Mardi Himal Trekking itinerary:

  • 1 Day
    Arrive in Kathmandu / dinner with cultural program.
    • Hotel
    • Welcome Dinner
    • 1340 m
    • Airport pick up

    Mountain Monarch representative receives you at Airport and transfers to the hotel short brief on hotel services. Dinner with cultural show in the evening.

  • 2 Day
    Cultural tour to Buddhist Stupa and Pashupatinath temple. Trip preparation.
    • Hotel
    • Tour @ 9 am
    • Breakfast
    • 1340
    • Hiace
    • City tour & trek preparation

    Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu: Half day city tour World Heritage sites Bhoudhnath Stupa and Pashupatinath Hindu temple. Trek briefing and gear distribution.

  • 3 Day
    Drive to Pokhara, Annapurna hiking starting point, over night at hotel.
    • Hotel
    • Breakfast
    • 820 m
    • Hiace
    • Drive and Explore Pokhara

    Drive to Pokhara (980m) Approx 6/7 hour: After breakfast 7 hours drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and check-in hotel then time to explore the lakeside town or enjoy boating in Fewa lake.

  • 4 Day
    Short drive to Annapurna foothill and walk to Dhampus.
    • Teahouse
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 1650 m
    • Trekking

    Trek to Pothana (1,890 m) walk approx. 5hrs. Short drive to the trek starting point, Phedi, begins your trekking in Annapurna foothill. Lunch at Dhumpus Village and continue to Pothana for overnight.

  • 5-8 Day
    Trekking to High camp / An exploration day / stunning close-up views of Machapuchare, Mardi Himal and Annapurna.
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4120 m
    • Trekking

    Trek to Kuphar (Forest camp 2,600 m) walks approx 6 hrs. Follow off the beaten track through the magnificent lust forest. Trek to Hummel / Low camp (2,940m) walks approx 4 hrs. Followed by a high grassy mount, providing spectacular views of  Machapuchare and Annapurna range. Exploration hike to Mardi Base Camp.

  • 9-11 Day
    Descend down / short drive to Pokhara / time to explore the lake city.
    • Tea house and Hotel
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 820 m
    • Trekking

    Siding Village (1,565m) walk to Milan Chowk short drive to Pokhara. Siding village has set-up right above the Mardi valley gorgeously on the terraced hillside. Trek to Ghalel village a beautiful traditional village that enjoys Ethnic cuisine. The section of the drive is short and scenic an amazing experience of a short drive.

  • 12 Day
    Drive to Kathmandu / PM free.
    • Hotel
    • Breakfast
    • 1340
    • Hiace
    • Drive and Explore

    The morning we take a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu through the picturesque two Major river valleys of Nepal, Afternoon Free.

  • 13 Day
    Trip end / Airport departure.
    • Breakfast
    • Car
    • Airport transfer

    The trip concludes and transfers to Airport as per individual flight schedule.

Trip Inclusion

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in Kathmandu airport as per your flight details.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a twin share bed- and- breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation at local teahouse while Mardi Himal trekking.
  • Welcome dinner as listed in the itinerary.
  • Half-day guided city tour with world heritage entrance fees as listed in the itinerary.
  • Full board meals while on trek including lunch, dinner, breakfast, tea, coffee, and drinking water
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  • Mountain Monarch Trip Gears - sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, down jacket, duffel bag, etc for use during the trip. 
  • Professional and experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid along with the comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment with proper insurance coverage and required trek gear
  • Complimentary Mountain Monarch T-shirts, trek Duffle bag and Annapurna region trek map.
  • TIMS / Trekking permit, National park / Conservation entry fees.
  • Nepal entry Visa fees, Your travel insurance of any kind.
  • International Airfare and Airport Tax.
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips and Items of personal expenses like the hot shower, battery charge, telephone, beverage drinks etc.

Cost and Dates

Mardi Himal Trek Departure Dates:

Annapurna Machhapuchare trek departure dates and cost. The Mardi Himal trek cost excludes the international flight. Here below are the departure dates for 2021

Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice 
18 Sep, 202130 Sep, 2021AvailableUS$1090

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