Overview

3 Days Mardi Himal Trek starts from Dhampus and leads all the way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp within just 2 days of trail-time. With just 2 nights on the trail, you will see spectacular Himalayan views and meet kind local villagers. This trek is great for those who have previous hiking experience and are looking for a shorter version of the Mardi Himal Trek. Without missing the major places, this trek can be done within 3 days of leaving Pokhara. The journey begins with a short drive from Pokhara to Dhampus. The first part of the trail is in a lush forest. After walking for a few minutes, you will arrive at Pothana, a beautiful little town where we register our trekking permits at the tourist checkpoint. 

The trail follows up to Deurali. From here, you’ll see a gorgeous view of Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre (Mount Fishtail). The path continues into the forest until Forest Camp. This section is super peaceful with the sound of birds chirping and the wind flowing through the trees. In March and April, enjoy the bright red rhododendrons in full bloom. The total distance for 3 Days Mardi Himal Trek is about 40 kilometers (24.8 miles).  The trail is well-built and maintained. 

3 Days Mardi Himal Trek offers awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range peaks as well as the iconic Fishtail Mountain. The view from the Badal Danda and High Camp are the highlights of the trek. The viewpoint offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, especially at sunrise. Mardi Himal Base Camp is 2 hours walking distance from the Viewpoint and the trail is not too steep. 

In the distance, you get a beautiful view of Annapurna Base Camp and a chain of snow-capped Himalayan peaks – another highlight of the Mardi Himal 3 Days Trek. There are few teahouses at Mardi Himal Base Camp where you can enjoy the beautiful view with a warm cup of tea. From here, you walk down to Sidding while looking out at the crisp mountain views along the way. Sidding is the trekking ending point, from where we drive back to Pokhara and celebrate the end of an amazing trek.

3 Days Mardi Himal Difficulty

This trek can be done with a regular hiking experience. If you have previous hiking experience in high-altitude, this trek is a piece of cake. It is a simple hike on the trail – nothing too strenuous. If you do not have previous hiking experience, it is recommended to practice for 3+ weeks before your departure. You can hike in some nearby hills or if you live in a flat area, walking up stairs or on a treadmill will do the job. It is helpful to build some stamina to make this trek safer and more enjoyable. The trail leads up to 4600 meters, so if you do not have previous high altitude trekking experience please tell us in advance, so our guides are aware. The trail is a bit narrow on the way to the viewpoint and you have to walk in dark with the headlamp, so please follow our guide and ask if get confused about anything. Especially in winter, you have to be careful on the way to and from viewpoint because of ice, people may slip and fall down. Because of this, we highly recommend carrying crampons in the winter and early spring. Our team carries crampons for your safety. 

Best  Seasons for Mardi Himal Three Days Trek

The best season for the Mardi Himal 3 days trek is autumn (September-October-November) and spring (March-April-May). Among these months, the best time is March because you get to see the blossoming rhododendron flowers – Nepal’s national flower. All the forests are colorful and full of life. September is another great time, offering picturesque scenes of green grasslands and the snow-capped Himalayas. Also, September is warmer than most months. October and November are arguably the best and most popular months for trekking in Nepal. The sky is clear and the views are nice and crisp. April and May also great for the trekking to Mardi Himal Base Camp, as the weather is pleasant and the monsoon has not yet arrived. Also, you will see beautiful, rare alpine flowers throughout the trail. This trek can be done in winter too, but you need to carry lots of warm clothes and extra safety equipment (provided by Breeze Adventure) for the icy sections. Monsoon is also a suitable time, but it may rain most days on the trail. If you are planning to do this trek during monsoon season, you can analyze the weather forecast before you start your 3 Days Mardi Himal trek. 

3 Days Mardi Himal Cost:

The cost of our 3 Days Mardi Himal Trek depends on the services you request. If you want a luxury hotel in Pokhara, the price will be a bit higher. Also, if you want to take a private car to and from the trailhead, the price will increase. The price given for this package includes all the accommodation, transportation, food, guide, and porter. The cost of this trek is very reasonable. if you want the more luxurious version, please let us know. 

3 Days Mardi Himal Trek  Itinerary:

3 Days Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek itinerary is designed by guides who have over a decade of experience trekking in the Annapurna range, including on the Mardi Himal trail. This itinerary is perfect for those who have a short holiday and want to see the Himalayas up close. This itinerary includes all the major places of the Mardi Himal Trek. Any hiking lover can follow this 3 Days Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek itinerary and save time and money for their next trip.

Trip Highlights

Sunrise and Sunset view from Badal Danda and the Viewpoint.

 Breathtaking view from Mardi Himal Base Camp

Seeing the iconic Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail).

 Short and sweet trek with tons of Himalayan views.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Dhampus (1 hour) and trek to Forest Camp (6 hours).
  • Day 02: Trek from Forest Camp to High Camp (7 hours).
  • Day 03: Hike to Viewpoint and Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m), Trek back to Siding and drive to Pokhara.

Trip note

Accommodations During The Trip:

Accommodation on the 3 Days Mardi Himal Trek is basic. Rooms have neat and clean seats with a blanket and an awesome view of the Himalayas. Both bedrooms and bathrooms are on a group sharing basis. In each room, there will be 2 beds, so you’ll need to share a room with your friends or if you are doing the solo trek in the high season, you have to share a room with someone of the same gender for the night.

Transportation for Mardi Himal 3 Days Trek:

The transportation for this trip is by car. On the first day of the trek, you will drive in a taxi to Dhampus, where the trek begins. After finishing the trek at Sidding, again you will drive to Pokhara by jeep. The road is a bit bumpy for 30 minutes, but after that the road is smooth. If you want a more luxurious private vehicle, we can provide that for an additional cost.

Food and Beverage on the Trek:

There is a wide variety of food available on the 3 days Mardi Himal Trek. Most teahouses have a similar menu. Continental, Chinese and Indian options can be found on the menu. Tea, coffee and other bottled beverages such as juice, beer, etc, are available throughout the trail at each guesthouse. All three meals are included in the cost of the package. Beverages (i.e. soda, juice, beer) are not included in the package.

Cell Service/Wifi/Phone Charging:

Mardi Himal Trek is in a well-managed, developed area in Nepal. Also, because of its proximity to Pokhara, you will have mobile service all the way up to Mardi Himal. There is Wifi at each guesthouse along the way. The cost of WiFi is 100-200 rupees per night. Overall, it’s easy to stay connected with the outside world on the trek if you would like to keep in touch with friends and family. There are charging points available at every hotel along all the way. You need to pay about 200-350 rupees per phone and camera full charge.

Guide and Porter for 3 Days Mardi Himal Trek:

Our professional and experienced mountain guide will lead you to Mardi Himal Base Camp. One guide and a porter are included in the listed price of this package. The guide will not only take great care of you but will also share his expertise throughout the trip, giving you knowledge about the local culture and landscape of the Mardi Himal area. Our porter will carry your bag throughout the trek. 

Big Problem of Altitude Sickness?

This trek does not exceed 4600 meters in altitude, so there is a small chance of getting altitude sickness. In the case that you get altitude sickness, the guide will quickly descend with you and take you back to Pokhara. The trail goes down quickly, so if you get any symptoms of altitude sickness, you can walk down and recover fast. 

Fitness Level for Mardi Himal 3 Days Trek:

3 Days Mardi Himal Trek can be done with regular hiking experience. This is a short trek, but there are some steep uphill sections. Before you start this trek, it helps to practice walking uphill, if there are some hills nearby. If you are a new hiker, we highly recommend doing some aerobic exercises 3-5 weeks before your departure. If you are worried about finishing this trek in just three days, book the regular Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek for a slower pace.

Age boundaries for Mardi Himal 3 days Trek:

There is no age boundary for the 3 Days Mardi Himal Trek. The trail leads up to the altitude of 4500 meters and we do not spend a night above 4000 meters – so anyone with determination can do it. People of all ages can do this trek with basic hiking experience. This regarding this trek, age is just a number! If you really want to see the Himalayas in a short period, this trek is perfect.

Trip Start from Pokhara or Kathmandu?

This trip can be organized from either Kathmandu or Pokhara. If you are already in Pokhara, we can organize the jeep ride to Sidding, and if you are in Kathmandu, we can arrange the jeep or flight ticket to Pokhara and the jeep ride from there. If you have extra days, you can drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara to spend a night and start the trip the next day. 

Trekking Trail on 3 Days Mardi Himal Trek:

The trail up to Mardi Himal Base Camp is man-made. The first part of the trail is mostly uphill through a forest. Exiting the forest, the trail widens until High Camp. On the way to the Viewpoint, the trail is a bit difficult and narrow so please follow the guide. If there are donkeys on the trail, make sure to stay safe on the inside of the trail. The donkeys are often carrying heavy loads and are unable to see trekkers. 

Safety for 3 Days Mardi Himal Trek:

3 Days Mardi Himal Trek is very safe with our team. During and shortly after winter, there is snow and ice on the trail. Our guide will carry crampons and an ice axe with him for your safety. We will be in touch with our guide throughout your trek, staying updated with your group so we can cooperate in unexpected situations. 

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Dhampus (1 hour) and trek to Forest Camp (6 hours).
    After breakfast, the trip starts with an hour drive to the Dhampus, a beautiful village in the Annapurna region. First, stop at the check post. The trail then leads to Pothana through green forests. After walking for about 45 minutes, you arrive at Pothana a tiny village where you present your Annapurna Conservation Area Permit. The trail leads up to Deurali – where there is an awesome mountain viewpoint. If you are hungry, you can have lunch here, or you can wait for another couple of hours. The trail then leads into the forest. In March, red rhododendron flowers light up the trail. After walking 2 and a half hours, there are two little tea houses in the middle of the forest where we rest and have lunch or some tea. Enjoy the sound of birds on the trail and, if you’re lucky, sometimes we can see wild animals such as deer, bear, leopard, etc. Finally, after walking about 6 hours from Dhampus, we arrive at Forest Camp. This is a little town with 7-8 guest houses with an awesome view. The view of Ghandruk, Landruk, and Chomrung looks beautiful. After reaching the guest house, take a rest and have dinner in the evening. Overnight at the guesthouse.
    • Forest Camp
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Local Guest House
    • 2459m
  • Day 02: Trek from Forest Camp to High Camp (7 hours).
    Wake up with birds chirping outside the window and enjoy breakfast with a Himalayan view. Then Day 2 of Mardi Himal Trek starts with a little uphill. Today, the trail goes through rhododendron forests, which are in full bloom in March. Also, we can hear more birds singing their songs throughout the day. After walking for about 3 hours, we arrive at Low Camp. This is a newly built town, which has a perfect view of Mount Fishtail. Most people take a rest here. After relaxing for a bit and enjoying the view, we head towards High Camp. The trail again leads through a rhododendron forest. Soon, we arrive in Badal Danda, from there we see an awesome view of the Annapurna range peaks and villages below. We’ve officially crossed the tree line and only alpine shrubbery exists from here on out. We have our lunch in a hotel with an awesome view of the Annapurna peaks. After lunch, we continue the trail to High Camp. It’s a scenic trail with views of the Annapurna range peaks along the way. After walking about 2 hours from the lunch spot, we arrive at the beautiful little settlement of High Camp. Enjoy the red-orange sunset shining over the white peaks. Far off, you can see the city of Pokhara in the distance. Enjoy a tasty, well-deserved dinner.
    • High Camp
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Local Guest House
    • 3550m
  • Day 03: Hike to Viewpoint and Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m), Trek back to Siding and drive to Pokhara.
    Wake up early morning and have a cup of hot tea. We start our hike with warm clothes, a bottle of water and a headlamp. The trail to Viewpoint is a narrow so if you are hiking in winter, we carry crampons and a hiking pole for safety. It’s an adventure to hike in the dark with just a headlamp to guide you. After walking for about 2 hours from High Camp, we arrive at the Viewpoint, which offers an awesome view of Annapurna Himalayas and Mt. Fishtail. The sunrise paints the white Himalayas and it looks awesome. This place is mostly windy so you have to use all your warm clothes while waiting for the sunrise and taking the pictures/videos. There is a little tea house where you can enjoy the views with hot tea. After enjoying the beautiful views, we continue to Mardi Himal Base Camp for another 2 hours. The stunning view of the Annapurna Himal and Annapurna Base Camp down below is amazing.
    After enjoying the awesome view from the Mardi Himal Base Camp, we head down to High Camp via the same trail. We order breakfast and pack our bags. After having breakfast with an awesome view, we head down to Sidding via Low Camp. The trail is all downhill, so having your trekking poles handy is highly recommended for this trail. We continue through the rhododendron forest. Sidding is located on the lap of the mountain. It is a small village with the road a road leading to Pokhara. After a 2 hour scenic drive, we arrive to Pokhara.
    • Pokhara
    • Breakfast and Lunch
    • Hotel
    • 4500m

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Transportation to and from Siding.
  • One night in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara in 3-star hotel with a BB plan
  • Local guest house accommodation in the mountain.
  • Government-authorized experienced guide and porters
  • Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters
  • Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Maps
  • Service charge and government taxes
  • Annapurna Conservation entry fee
  • Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)
  • Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.
  • Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary