Machhapuchhare Kiss Trek (Mardi Himal)

Machhapuchhare Kiss Trek (Mardi Himal)


The Mardi Himal trek is a highly recommended trekking route in the Annapurna Himalayan region. It is located east of the Modi river, across the valley from Himchuli. The spectacular trek takes you off the beaten track, away from busy trails and has the essence of exploration and adventure. This stunningly beautiful trek through ancient rhododendron forests, high ridges and traditional Gurung villages is a trip of a lifetime. This trek offers spectacular views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna Range, Lamjung Himal and Dhaulagiri. This trek is suitable for the moderately fit.

Tour Package Overview

Ascent/Descent : 1216m ascent Kms : 30 kms drive 10 kms walk Duration : 1hr drive 4hrs walk

A one hour drive takes us to the starting point: the small village of Kande. Then we have a 2 hour steep climb to Australian Camp (2000 m) where we arrive in early afternoon for lunch. A 2 hour gentle walk from Australia Camp via Pothana takes us to Pitam Deurali (2100m).

Ascent/Descent : 450m ascent Kms : 10 kms walk Duration : 5 hrs walk

The trail takes us deep into greenery of mountain oak, birch, rhododendron and hemlock. Today's destination is Forest Camp (2550 m).

Ascent/Descent : 650m ascent Kms : 7km walk Duration : 5hrs walk

Today is steady, gentle climbing through the forest. After an hour walk we stop for a short tea break to enjoy the fishtail view. A gentle walk through the forest takes us to Low Camp where we have lunch. After lunch, we walk 2 hours further up reach our destination, Badal Danda (3200m). At Badal Danda, we have a close up view of the Machhapuchhre (fishtail), Hinchuli, and Annapurna South mountains. It is a famous place for viewing the sunrise and sunset.

Ascent/Descent : 700m ascent Kms : 8 kms walk Duration : 3 hrs walk

Today we make our way to the highest point on the ridge, High Camp (3900m). We leave the forest behind and reach the meadows with grazing sheep. Again the views are breathtaking as we can see the widespread Gurung villages and we can also see the trail to Annapurna Base Camp. From the guesthouse at High Camp we can see a beautiful sunset and sunrise and a closeup view of Machhapuchhre mountain.

Ascent/Descent : 300m ascent 800m descent Kms : 15 kms walk Duration : 7 hrs walk

In the morning we climb to the highest point of our trek (4200m) – the crest of Mardi Himal. The great ice fields and the blue glaciers of the Sanctuary Wall lie below and we are encircled by a dozen or more glistening mountain giants. We descend to Low Camp again after lunch as this part of the mountains don't invite an overnight stay.

Ascent/Descent : 1700m descent Kms : 11 kms walk Duration : 4 hrs walk

After the exhilaration of the previous day we slowly make the descent through shady forest to our home stay in Siding village (1700m).

Ascent/Descent : 300m descent Kms : 12 kms walk Duration : 5 hrs walk

We follow a gentle meandering path along the contour of the river valley. We gradually descend between pastures and through Gurung villages. We spend the night in Lwang, home stay (1400m).

Ascent/Descent : 516m descent Kms : 12 kms walk 18 kms drive Duration : 6 hrs walk half an hour drive

Today we leave the mountains behind us. We make our way to Milan Chowk where our vehicle waits to take us back to the relaxing Lakeside of Pokhara.

Price Includes:

  • Total of two nights’ accommodation in Pokhara (before and after the trek) at 3 Sisters GH
  • Guide
  • Assistants, (maximum weight to carry is 12 kg for female assistant and 15 kg for male assistant).
  • 3 meals per day, afternoon tea & snacks,
  • Accommodation for the duration of the trek (2 persons per room). However, during high season one room per two clients may not always be available. If this should happen, we request our clients to be flexible and share a triple or room with four beds.
  • Annapurna Park entry, TIMS fees 
  • Staff insurance,
  • Transport to and from the trailhead, 
  • 13% Tax
  • Supply a 75/80 liters backpack for the main trekking stuff, sleeping bag

 Please know only groups of two or more trekkers are eligible for the trek.


Trek Price does not include:

  • Mineral water
  • Beverages– soft and hard
  • Extra dessert
  • Souvenirs
  • Tipping to staff
  • Any entry fee during cultural (monastery/temple heritage visit)
  • Clients’ insurance

  • Remote wilderness
  • Pristine Beauty and tranquility
  • sensational views of Machhapuchhere, Annapurna and Lamjung Himal.

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Package Highlight

Machhapuchhare Kiss Trek (Mardi Himal)

Difficulty level : moderate

Trek Duraiton : 6 – 8 days
Level of Difficulty : Moderate
Trail Open : Whole year
Highest Point : 4200m


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