• Duration: 13 Days
  • Diffculty: Moderate 
  • Best Time: March - May, Oct - Dec
  • Max. Altitude: 4120 m

The Annapurna Machhapuchhre Trek (Fishtail) is also known as the Mardi Himal trekking for its 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 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 to start this Annapurna Machhapuchhre trek. 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 treks in the Annapurna region.

Trip in Nutshell

  • Less trodden 2 weeks trek into the heart of Annapurna and Machhapuchare Peak
  • Explore the diverse cultural and topography
  • Medical trained trek guide with the supplementary Oxygen tank
  • Full board meals on a trek with tea and coffee
  • Exploration of sights and sounds of Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Hotel, transportation and trek permits: All-inclusive


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

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Altitude1340 m

Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu: Half-day city tour World Heritage sites Bhoudhnath Stupa and Pashupatinath Hindu temple. Trek briefing and gear distribution on this Annapurna Machhapuchhre trek.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

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.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude820 m

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

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude1650 m

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 the Machapuchare and Annapurna range. Exploration hike to Mardi Base Camp.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4120 m

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.

  • AccommodationTea house & Hotel
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude820 m

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

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340

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

  • MealsBreakfast

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

Here is a guideline day-to-day itinerary of the Annapurna Machhapuchhre Trek in Nepal

What's Included
  • 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 Mardi Himal Trek 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.
What's Excluded
  • 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.

Dates & Availability

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 2022 and 2023

March Departure
Start DateStart DateMarch 19, 2023End DateEnd DateMarch 31, 2023StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS$1090

Customer Reviews

  • L
    Lynne And Phil 5.0United KingdomDecember 20, 2014logo

    Mountain Monarch experience in Nepal was far superior

    During November we undertook the above trek with Mountain Monarch. Apart from ourselves, there were our two friends plus a mother and daughter from Japan and a man and wife from Sydney. The age range was the late twenties to late sixties but everyone got on really well and supported one another – could not have wished for a better group of people.

It was a camping trek using the designated camping areas at the Tea Houses. The tents and equipment were of good quality and the porters usually had them erected by the time we reached our destination each day.

Throughout the trek and tour, Mountain Monarch delivered everything that had been agreed upon and more. We had an excellent team of porters, cooks, guides, and a support crew led by Subash Rai. The other guides, Anil, Ananta, and BJ divided themselves among the group and were lots of fun. Their English was very good and also their knowledge of the local wildlife, including birds. The cook and his team produced freshly made food three times a day and even baked 3 birthday cakes on the trek complete with icing and decoration. 

There is no question that the Mountain Monarch team went the extra mile throughout our trip, including safe delivery on all transport and airport pick up and drop off.

 After the trek, we parted company with our Japanese and Australian friends and went on to see some more of Nepal with our two friends, which included two nights in Tansen, one night in Bandipur (staying in Homestays) plus more time in Pokhara. This meant considerably more drive time, accomplished with complete safety, which considering the Nepalese roads is some achievement.

We would certainly recommend Mountain Monarch to any prospective trekkers to Nepal.
I (Phil) have previously been on a trek in the Karakorum which was both longer and more arduous but the Mountain Monarch experience in Nepal was far superior.

Hope to return in the future.
    Lynne and Phil

  • R
    Ross Cant 5.0United KingdomNovember 05, 2009logo

    Trek was great

    Everything about the trek was great. The way that we were put at EASE by the staff. The different terrain/ habitats that were experienced.

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