Mardi Himal Trek:

Mardi Himal Trek or Fishtail(Machhapuchhare) model Trek is one of the most beautiful trails and less explored routes in Annapurna region with exotic scenery of Himalayas, rhododendron forest, hills, mountains and amazing people. This trail is also a newly established trail and quickly accessible to the Himalayas with in a few days- could be a good choice for those trekkers with limited time. One can enjoy a spectacular view of Fishtail()Machhapuchhare, Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Huinchuli, and Ganga purna after reaching Mardi Himal High Camp. Infact, the trek is very popular with the trekkers for the perfect view of Fishtail(Machhapuchhare) Mountain 6990m.

Although, the trek can be started from many points, one of the recommended could be drive to Khande from Pokhara, which is about one hour drive. Your trekking begins from Kande. At this day, you will hike trek uphill trail about 2 hours to Australian Base Camp 2060m.,easy Nepali flat(easy up and down trail) to Pothana 1950m.(40 minutes from Australian Camp) and to Deurali 2100m.(an hour from Pothana) also depending upon how good you can walk.

Ahead from Deurali, there are no any villages or settlement and only limited camps for the tourist. The second camp could be forest Camp 2600m.( 3-4 hours from Deurali), Low Camp 3050m. (2-3 hours from forest Camp) or if you are a good walker then you can make it to High Camp 3900m.(2-3 hours from low Camp) in a same day. Ascending upward through the rhododendron forest with amazing views would be your company to overcome your tiredness and hard effort.

High Camp itself is a Shangri-La with mezmorising views of mountains, hills, valleys and rivers. The next morning before the sunrise, you could hike to the Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) to see a better view of mountains and glaciers. It is about 3 hours steep walk but totally worth it.

After enjoying panaromic view from Base Camp, you will have to come back to high camp again. Here, you might want to grab a lunch and decend to low Camp or you might want to spend one more day to relax and enjoy the nature. From the High Camp, You can descend directly to Sidhing village.(1700m.) or you can further continue other treks like Annapurna Base Camp or Poonhill Trek.

You could camp at Sidhing, there are some homestays and guest houses to stay. The very next moring, you can hike about one and half hours to reach Ghalel Village to catch a jeep to Pokhara. 

Trip Informaton

Cost Includes:

• All airport/hotel transfers
• Welcome and farewell dinners
• All accommodation and meals during the trek
• All Ground Transportation according to the Itinerary.
• An experienced English-speaking trek guide, assistant trek guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
• Salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging of Guide,Assi. Guide & Porter
• Duffel bag (if needed)
• All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
• A comprehensive medical kit
• All government and local taxes.

Cost Excludes:

• Nepal Visa fee
• Airport departure tax
• International airfare to and from Kathmandu
• Excess baggage charges
• Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
• Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
• Travel and rescue insurance
• Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
• Beverage( soft drink and other hard drink)
• Tips for guides and porters

Day 01:

Flight/Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara: Take a flight/bus/hire a private car from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The flight will take about 25-30 minutes where as bus will takes 7 hours including some lunch breaks even though it is only 200km distance. Taking a flight or hiring a private car will saves your a lot of time to explore around Pokhara.

Day 02:

Pokhara to Deurali: Early morning after breakfast, drive to Kande, which is an approximately 1:15 minutes. Then, start your hike to Australian Camp (1600m), which is about 2 hours uphill hike passing through villages and forest. Further continue your trek to Pothana, which is an easy walk through jungle, and then reach to Pitam Deurali (2100m).

Day 03:

Deurali to Forest Camp/Low Camp: The trek will gradually starts to gain altitude from forest Camp (2600m) which is about 3 hours hike through forest, lunch at forest camp. There are no any teahouses in between forest camp and Deurali. If altitude is not a problem with you then can further continue to Low camp, which is approx. 2 and half hour ahead.

Day 04:

Low Camp to High Camp (4500m): After an hour hike, soon the trees will start to turn into bushes and onto an open ridge with spectacular views of mountains. About two more hours walk will take you to High camp where you can stay an night at teahouses.

Day 05:

Exploring day/High Camp to Forest Camp / Sidhing: After breakfast, ascend up to Mardi Himal Base Camp for better views and photos. You can spend a day exploring around or after lunch, descend towards lowcamp/Forest Camp/Siding(1700m) (5 hours approx.)

Day 06:

Sidhing to Pokhara: From Sidhing, hike about 1 and half hour to Ghalel village and Catch a local jeep to Pokhara.

Day 07:

Pokhara to Kathmandu: flight/drive back to Kathmandu


Trekking and Hiking


Any day during season

Max Altitudes:

4500m at Mardi Himal Base Camp

Trip Duration:

5 days

Trip Grade:

Moderate High


Hotel in city, Teahouse on trek


Full board on trek, breakfast in city


Tourist bus/private car/local bus/private jeep

Best Season:

September-November & March-May

Walking hours:

4-8hrs per day

Pre Departure Planning

Trekking in Nepal is a unique experience. So, to get maximum enjoyment you should be physically and mentally prepared. During the trek, you might have to hike approximately 5-6 hours almost everyday or 500-600m uphill or downhill. So, preparation should commence months before-walking, jogging, hiking and physical training would be very helpful. To learn more about trekking pre fitness consult our trekking fitness expertise

Food and accommodation

Meals will be provided by NEAT during the whole trek as per your service besides mentioned in city. We offer open and the choice menu in the tea house where you can select the food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our guide will recommend or take you to the guest houses which serve the hygienic and nutritious food and best accomodation. Snacks, bottle drinks including mineral water and alcohol are not included in price.

Trekking group

It would be easy for you if you have your own group if not also we can arrange a group trek according to your request. You would be joining the group in Kathmandu. If you want to have a solo trip then we are always ready to help you again with single supplement charge. We try our best to make your comfortable holiday in the beauty of Annapurna Region.

Trekking guide and porters

Trekking guide are very responsible person who will assist you in your whole trek. They have a very broad knowledge about geography, Flora, Fauna, culture, himalayas and trails. Trekking guide will assist and brief all your questions and confusion during trek. The company will provide you the best and authorized guide to make your holiday. Potters are very strong and poor Nepali people who will carry all your baggage where ever you go. Don’t Forget to tip them for their service .


When NEAT plan your itinerary, we take everything into consideration about the altitude and other factors to minimize the chance of getting AMS.

Altitude gains-your trek is designed to gain around 600 meters (vertical) altitude daily.

Acclimatization - rest days are included in itinerary to help body adjust to new altitude.

Each trekker must accept responsibility and trek slowly - observe the steps at which the porters and guide walks. There are no worthwhile prizes for getting to destination in record time - generally AMS.

Treatment: Mild symptoms - staying at same altitude may resolve symptoms. If there is no improvement, descend to lower level.

Severe (HAPE + HACE) - descend immediately, as failure to do so could result in death. If symptoms persist you may need to be carried to nearest medical facility or evacuated by helicopter.

Travel Insurance 

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay, medical expenses and emergency assistance.

Climate and Weather of Nepal

Climate in Nepal is diversified depends on season. From the low level to highest point of the World, it start from hot to cold region from South to North. You can travel Nepal in any season but the best time to visit in Annapurna region is autumn & spring. If you are in autumn the weather is perfect and sky is crystal clear but in spring the weather seem little cloudy but the full blossoming Rhododendrons are awesome. In Summer visibility is poor and there is less chances to see the himalayas and in winter it is very cold in mountain but still possible to do this trip.

Nepalese Visa Requirements And Process

Before you travel to Nepal please check your passport and validity date. Passports must have at least 6 months validity after finish date of your trek. During booking, it is necessary to send us the passport copy. To travel in Nepal, you will require a visa which you can obtained from Nepalese Embassy at your country or you can get on arrival visa at the TIA airport in Kathmandu.

Here is general list of Nepalese visa fee as below and for more detail visit

Cost to be levied while issuing tourist visa by the Mission or entry point:

• US Dollars 25 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visa.
• US Dollars 40 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 30 days multiple entry visa.
• US Dollars 100 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa. 
Notwithstanding anything written in above, no visa fee shall be applicable to the passport holder of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for 30 days.

Trekking Permits and Entry Charge

While you travel Annapurna Region, you need to obtain the  entry permits and TIMS permit. All the applicable permits and entry fees are including on the given cost except personal contribution and donations. In case of extra charge and payment, the agency will inform you.

Trekkers health and medical information

Trekkers health is very important for the tour operator as we should know your health condition before making reservation with us. To do this trek, the trekkers should have good fitness and require great stamina and good health. All our Trekking guide and potter are insurance before trekking. For the medical information you should contact your medical consult before planning your trip to Nepal.

Environmental & social concerns

NEAT is highly aware with Environmental concern and keep right ecological system. There shouldn’t be awful impact while you travel around the Annapurna Region. So, we involve some campaign of cleaning trekking trails, works with KEEP project etc.

Booking procedure

Support the local company and the money directly goes to local community which helps to improve the economic condition of developing countries. Please contact us via e-mail or phone to check the availability and possibilities to book the trip in your date. We will gladly answer your each quires promptly so that you can make your decision faster.

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    Mardi Himal Base Camp 4500m.

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