12D11N Mardi Himal Trek

The Mardi Himal trek traverses a quieter area in the annapurna region. Though an easier and shorter hike than the famous Annapurna Base Camp trek, it contains all the elements of a classic Nepal trekking experience; teahouse stay, verdant forests, dazzling rivers, panoramic meadows and snow-capped mountain views. At the Mardi Himal Base Camp you will also be rewarded with spectacular close-up views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and the magnificent Machapuchre (Fishtail) reputed to be one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.

Day 01


Upon arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our friendly local representative who will send you to your hotel in Thamel followed by a welcome dinner. (Approx. 1 hr)

Overnight: Hotel

Day 02                       


After enjoying your breakfast in the hotel, you will start off your day with a visit to Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a pagoda- style temple situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, and is one of the holiest temples in the entire Hindu world. There, you will have an opportunity to observe the cremation rituals held by the river as well as to spot the scores of barely- clad marijuana smoking holy men or Sadhus who live in the premises. Visit Patan (aka Lalitpur) – The City of Fine Arts – located just across the Bagmatic River from Kathmandu. The Patan Durbar Square consists of a dense network of Newari style palace, courtyards and temples. The Royal Palace is flanked by three courtyards, each built at a different time with its own unique characteristic: Sudari Chowk, Mul Chowk, and Keshav Narayan Chowk. The earliest of the three, Sundari Chowk is known for its spectacularly carved stone bath and wood ornamentation of animals and deities. There are more than 50 ancient and exquisite temples of Hindu and Buddhist styles within and in the vicinity of the square. Krishna Mandir, a three story Shikhara style temple with 21 golden pinnacles and intricate cravings of Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharat is completely made of stone. There are also many other famous Buddhist temples like Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (Golden Temple), Mahaboudha and Uku Bahal.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 03


After enjoying your breakfast, our friendly local guide will bring you on a shared tourist bus to ride to Pokhara. (Approx. 6 hrs) The journey transverses through a winding road along the Trishuli River, perfect for you to slowly appreciate the surrounding greenery and scenery. As Pokhara is situated near to 3 of the 10 highest mountains in the world— Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu, there are several opportunities for you to spot these towering mountains as you are nearing Pokhara. Pokhara is also home to three major lakes – Phewa, Rupa and Begnas, which, together with the snowcapped mountains and fresh air, gives rise to a perfect picture worthy natural backdrop. Upon reaching Pokhara, enjoy the evening chilling out by the Lakeside- a lively area full of restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops that stay open till late at night.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 04

(approx. 6 hrs. trek)

After hotel breakfast, you will be transferred to the trailhead at Kande (1770m, approx. 1 hr. drive). Embark on a 6 hours hike to Deurali (2100m). You are likely to share the trail with some locals and even water buffaloes. Along the way you will pass by the well-known Australian Camp with a couple of schools and a great view of the Annapurna range and Machapuchare.

Overnight: Tea house

Day 05

(approx. 5 hrs. trek)

Enjoy a 5 hours uphill hike to Forest Camp (2520m) through a beautiful forest trail of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron. Today’s trail will be discernibly quieter than yesterday as majority of the hikers will be heading towards Annapurna Base Camp rather than Mardi Himal.

Overnight: Tea house 

Day 06

(approx. 4 hrs. trek)

Today you will cross the 3000m altitude line as you hike towards Low Camp (3150m) where it is common for hikers to experience certain degree of high altitude sickness.  You will reach Low Camp around lunch time so that you can have a good acclimatization rest for the remainder of the day.

Overnight: Tea house 

Day 07

(approx. 4 hrs. trek)

Wake up to the chirping of birds and enjoy a relaxing tea house breakfast with mighty Mount Machapuchare in the background. An hour or so after Low Camp, the trail breaks out above tree line and onto an open ridge with good views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli (6441m). From here on, the terrain becomes more barren with rocky trail. High Camp located at a height of 3580m is the highest altitude that you will sleep at for the whole hike.

Overnight: Tea house

Day 08

(approx. 6 hrs. trek)

Today you will wake up earlier than usual and cross the 4000m altitude mark towards Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m). The base camp is located right below the double summit of Machapuchare which resembles the tail of a fish, hence the name meaning “fish’s tail” in Nepalese. It is also nicknamed the “Matterhorn of Nepal”. At the summit you will be rewarded with amazing view across the entire Annapurna Range. Thereafter you will descend back to your teahouse at High Camp to stay for one more night.

Overnight: Tea house

Day 09

(approx. 7 hrs hike)

Today you will descend along the banks of the upper Mardi Khola and passing through beautiful rhododendron forest, lovely farmlands and over interesting suspension bridges to the friendly village of Sidding.

Overnight: Tea house

Day 10


After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Pokhara (approx. 4 hrs. drive). Free and easy at your own leisure for the rest of the day.

**It is also possible to extend one more day by trekking from Siding to Lwang (approx. 5 hrs hike). Next day, you will be transferred back to Pokhara.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 11


After enjoying your breakfast, your local guide will bring you back to Kathmandu city. (Approx. 6 hrs) Enjoy the rest of the evening by exploring the restaurants and shops in the areas around Thamel Street.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 12


Prepare to bid goodbye to the lovely city of Kathmandu as you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after breakfast.

Package includes:

  • All land transfers including airport transfers
  • All accommodations in Kathmandu/Pokhara (3 star) and during the trek (guest house)
  • All hotel breakfasts in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • All meals and drinks (boiled water, coffee and tea) during the trek
  • Licensed Nepali sightseeing and trekking guide (English speaking)
  • Personal porter (2 customers to 1 porter ratio, porter can take up to 30kg)
  • Accommodations, meals & insurance for guide and porters
  • Trekking permit
  • All entrance fees to places of interest mentioned

Package excludes:

  • Return international air ticket
  • Travel insurance (details to be submitted to us before trip)
  • Nepal Airport taxes (please check your ticket, it may be already included)
  • Nepal Visa (Single entry cost around USD25 – depend on duration of stay and subjected to change)
  • All meals not indicated
  • Personal medical supplies
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • All expenses of a personal nature

To Bring:

  • 5 pcs passport size photos for Visa and trekking permit
  • Visa can be applied in your country before arrival or there is also visa on arrival for most nationalities, please check your visa requirements before the trip\



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We love the view from most of the guest houses planned, journey was pushing but we were well guided. Guide and porter were amazing folks who constantly looked out for us to make sure we don't loose footing on tough terrains. Jungle trail with all the streams and mosses were my favourite part of the journey and of course definitely the peak of Poon Hill! BLESSED WITH CLEAR SKY! 🙏🏼 THANKS HS for being so patience and quick to my enquiries and I would definitely look for you again for my future treks! ✌️😎

Jodie (Group of 3 on a 11D10N Kathmandu, Pokhara & Poon Hill trip in Apr 2019)

Thoroughly enjoyed the Poon Hill trek! Beautiful scenery and Puskar was a patient and responsible guide. He made our trip possible and hassle-free. We also found the hotel in Pokhara in an extremely good location with many restaurants in the vicinity.

– Peiying & Photon (Group of 2 on a 12D11N Kathmandu, Pokhara & Poon Hill trip in Nov 2017)

The whole trip was nicely planned from the start till the end. Our guide Puskar was generally very kind and helpful. The food was relatively good through out as well. Overall, it was a lovely trip. Will definitely come back to do this trek again.

– Mus & Sandija (Group of 2 on a 18D17N Kathmandu & EBC trip in Oct 2017)

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We had a fabulous time at Mt. Panti, thanks to 'I Wanna Travel'. The organisation was smooth from the beginning. My support, HS, was attentive to details and always available at my beck and call. The guide was friendly and encouraging. The last stretch of the climb before reaching the summit was thrilling. We absolutely loved it! We were treated to a large spread of delicious vegetarian Chinese food at the end of the trip. The highlight of the trip was the Firefly Cruise. What a mesmerising experience! Thank you for a great trip. We'll be coming back for more.

Arathi (Group of 5 on a Mt Panti trip in Nov 2018)

IWT handled the pre-trip administration very well and the itinerary was swiftly and properly communicated to us. The itinerary was clear and useful as it gave us a rough gauge of what to expect and what to prepare for the trip. Our tour guide Mr Dimas, along with our driver, possess welcoming and friendly personalities and they always ensured that our welfare is well taken care of. During the trip, they were always providing us with insights into Surabaya to tell us more about their country and even provided excellent recommendations for activities and their local cuisine. All in all, a very good and trip and would certainly recommend.

Zhen Siang (Group of 2 on an 4D3N Ijen, Bromo & Surabaya trip in Dec 2018)

Organisation of the trip was good as communication with iwannatravel was smooth and fast, and the itinerary planning was well suited for my group needs and wants. The driver, Mr Thina, was very accommodating towards our schedule and took care of our needs, example needing to buy rubber shoes, where he drove us to the shop. Our guides were well experienced and could pace and entertain us well with their knowledge and fun-loving nature. Mount Panti had more leeches than what we imagined though and the difficulty level of the treks was as what iwannatravel said, not to be estimated as it had moderate difficulty. Overall we had a good experience with our activities and accommodations! And would definitely recommend this trip for the more adventurous people.

John (Group of 9 on a 2D1N Mt Panti & Pelepah Falls trip in Dec 2018)

The guide, Mr Azhar was very experienced. He was able to pace us accordingly and guide us throughout our entire trek to the peak and the Big Tree. The trek was not easy, considering it started to rain halfway thru the journey, making the route slippery but Mr Azhar was willing to guide us and pace us accordingly throughout so that we wont overexert ourselves.

– Salmiah (Group of 4 on a Mt Lambak day trip in Nov 2018)

Personalised pickup and attention to our well being. Focused to help us to have good experiences. Guide Udin is very professional. Dependable, attention to details, providing good advices. Porters are friendly and helpful. We are very happy with the service level, professionalism of the whole team to bringing good experiences to hikers like us.

– YT (Group of 3 on a 2D1N Mt Merbabu Camping trip in Nov 2018)

Honorable mention to the guide, whom was the driver too. Her energy and dedication throughout the trek makes the trip very worthwhile, even though the view at the summit was spoiled by the poor foggy weather. Our team would gladly scale another mountain in taiwan with her as the guide again, if we had the chance.

– Jonathan (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Yushan trip in Mar 2018)

Thoroughly enjoyed the Poon Hill trek! Beautiful scenery and Puskar was a patient and responsible guide. He made our trip possible and hassle-free. We also found the hotel in Pokhara in an extremely good location with many restaurants in the vicinity.

– Peiying & Photon (Group of 2 on a 12D11N Kathmandu, Pokhara & Poon Hill trip in Nov 2017)

The whole organisation was prepared smoothly prior to the trip. The ample of times attending to the enquiries and the notes given had definitely been useful. For transport, guide (and driver), food, activities, accommodation - they were pleasant. The van provided was spacious especially the legroom, and even had enough room to store our bag packs. The guide and driver were very accommodative, for an instance, stopping the van to allow us take some photos before proceeding to the trail head. Additionally, both tried their best to attempt to make conversations in English. As per food and activities, it was great. The food complimented the next activity well, an example, we were provided rice instead of noodles on the day before our summit push and back to the trail head. It was essential since we had to have plenty carbohydrates for the long trek ahead.

– SR (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Xueshan trip in Oct 2017)

First, we would like to thank hs for coming up with the itinerary of the places that we wanted to visit and always being prompt and patient in answering our queries. This trip turned out to be one of the best trips ever! Our guide, Bayu, was simply wonderful. He speaks good English and we enjoyed our conversations with him. During the hike, he frequently stopped to ask if we were okay and if we needed a rest. He would also ask if we had any other places in mind that we would like to visit around the vicinity. In all, we felt very well-taken of throughout the entire trip. Our fondest memory was the day when we had cup noodles around a campfire together with him during the early hours of dawn at King Kong Hill. It was truly unforgettable. Bayu also offered to help us take photos during the trip and we were really thankful for that. Our driver, Bayu (same name as our guide) had superb driving skills. We were really amazed at how he was able to navigate and drive through narrow and winding roads under foggy weather conditions. Throughout the trip, both of them made us feel very safe and comfortable. We did not have to worry about anything. It was really such an enjoyable trip. A big thank you to our guide, Bayu, and our driver, Bayu! 🙂

– Eunice (Group of 2 on an 5D4N Ijen, Mt Bromo, Batu in June 2017)

We always have a wish that to have a wonderful trip with a lot of fun and laugh, and so we stop dreaming and start planning. No doubt IWT is our best choice with no regretted. First of all, we wanna thank you to our tour guide Ms Vinda, a young lady with always have a cute smiling. She is very friendly, knowledgeable, understanding and patience lady. She care a lot of us, and make sure we are not injure while hiking, but manage to reach to the top. Due to some of my friends is lack of exercise and felt exhausted, especially Ijen and Mt Bromo, she keep accompanied us and make sure 4 of us are in good condition to continue. She keep reminding us some sleepy area, and hold our hand if needed to ensure we are not fell down. She also giving us a lot of info about some interest places were going and we'll communication. She always standby to be our photographer, even some time our pose is funny. She willing to share her photos and videos with us. Thanks ya. And most importantly that she notice 1 of my friend didn't wear a suitable shoe to waterfall, she immediately take off her shoe and let my friend to wear, and help to carry my friend shoe and walk with no shoe herself...so embarrassing. She treat us ginger tea while we feel cold, Indomee after hiking and dragon fruit along the way to Surabaya. Bring us to minimart to buy our secret stuff. Lastly, we should say that~Ms Vinda, thank you so much. We are enjoyable the trip and this is really amazing. We highly recommend her as a tour guide and wish her all the best. Thumb up 👍

– May (Group of 4 on a 4D3N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in May 2017)

Guide Syami was amazing! Very patient and extremely helpful towards my parents (55 and 50 year old folks) . His guidance really helped my parents with their hike. Shared his knowledge on the mountain and the wildlife there. Perfect.

– Farhana (Group of 6 on an 2D1N Mt Ophir Camping Trip in Apr 2017)

Very nice group, glad I made some good friends. Thanks to the organisers who took us for dinner near a vegetarian friendly place.

– Rajan (Group of 12 on an Open Mt Ophir Trip in Mar 2017)

Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!

– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)

Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂

– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)

I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.

– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)

I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*

– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)

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