Mardi Himal Hidden Lake Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Mardi Himal Hidden Lake Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Places to Visit Mardi Himal/Hidden Lake
  • Max Altitude 4,372m/ 14,343ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Kade
  • Ends Jhinu Danda
  • Activity Teahouse Lodge Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Mardi Himal and Hidden Lake Trek Highlights:

The Mardi Himal and Hidden Lake Trek is a must-do for trekkers seeking a more off-the-beaten-path adventure in the Annapurna region.

  • Pokhara City: The lake City where mountains embrace the sky and lakes mirror the heavens.
  • Flying to Pokhara: Experience the thrill of flying to Pokhara and witnessing the breathtaking aerial view.
  • Off-the-beaten Experience: A thrilling adventure filled with unexpected wonders, untamed beauty, and the pure joy of defining your own unique path.
  • Nature's Tranquility: Surrender to the embrace of nature's tranquility, where your every breath becomes a melody.
  • Mardi Himal View Point: Enjoy stunning views of the Mardi Himal and its surrounding peaks from this vantage point.
  • Hidden Lake: Discover the serene beauty of the Hidden Lake, a sanctuary within the majestic mountains.
  • Genuine Trekking Experience: This trek, less traveled and free from commercialization, offers basic accommodation and provides an authentic trekking experience.

The Mardi Himal and Hidden Lake Trek Overview:

The Mardi Himal and Hidden Lake Trek, nestled in the pristine Annapurna Region of Nepal, is a truly enchanting journey. It undeniably reveals breathtaking views of the majestic Annapurna Range. This trek offers a unique experience, as it is a relatively new and less crowded trekking route. It certainly is a perfect escape for nature lovers and intrepid explorers seeking peaceful serenity amidst the stunning landscapes.

Each step will reward you with outstanding vistas, as you explore these lesser-known trails in the magnificent beauty that surrounds you. The Mardi Himal and Hidden Lake Trek summons travelers to experience the tranquility of nature of this hidden gem.

Trekking Experience:

The Mardi Himal and Hidden Lake Trek begins from Kande, guiding adventurers through a moderate trek across lush forests, picturesque villages, and paths adorned with blooming rhododendrons. This route presents a diverse terrain, ranging from challenging uphill climbs to gentle slopes, offering a moderate challenge that is well-suited for most adventurers.

Both Mardi Himal and Hidden Lake, these exquisite unknown gems, are relatively new discoveries in the world of trekking. Once hidden valleys, they remained unknown to the outside world until recent years. Now, they've thrived into popular off-the-beaten-track destinations for adventurers seeking unique experiences amidst nature's beauty.

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek gained prominence after a few pioneering camping treks reached Mardi Himal Base Camp and discovered its beauty. With the disclosure of its captivating beauty and mesmerizing panorama, an evolution started to take place. It didn't take long for this enchanting hidden valley to inspire the emergence of charming Teahouses.

Over the course of time, what was once a humble expedition, now has expanded to a beautiful moderate Teahouse Trekking destination. Since it fits everyone it is now flooded with both international travelers and local enthusiasts. Its appeal lies in the incomparable view of the iconic Holy Fishtail mountain (Machapuchare). Furthermore, it offers a panoramic view of surrounding landscapes and deep valleys, extending as far as Pokhara.

Hidden Lake Trek

In contrast, the Hidden Lake trail remains a relatively fresh discovery, largely untraveled by tourists. Only a handful of tourists have ventured to this hidden gem. Currently, a few teahouses are presently underway at the highest camp, known as PODO or Annapurna South Base Camp.

From Podo, trekkers take on a captivating hike to the secluded Hidden Lake. Due to its minimal number of visitors, Hidden Lake offers a unique opportunity for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path trekking experience. The tranquility and serenity found in both Mardi Himal and Hidden Lake, away from the bustling crowds, are simply extraordinary.

It is truly a delightful adventure to escape the commercialized trekking destinations like Everest or Annapurna and comprehend the genuine trekking experience. This beautiful trek not only provides a connection with nature but also offers an authentic cultural encounter.

The fun of Trekking in the Lesser Known Trails

Trekking in the less-trodden paths of Nepal offers a unique and rewarding experience that sets it apart from the more popular routes. The attraction lies in the sense of discovery and intimacy with nature that these trails provide. Choosing these off-the-beaten-path treks means discovering oneself in unspoiled landscapes.

The tranquility of the surroundings allows for a deeper connection with the environment. Away from the bustling crowds, trekkers can enjoy a more authentic experience, interacting closely with local communities, and appreciating their way of life. The untouched beauty of these lesser-known trails uncovers a sense of adventure, making each step an exploration into unexplored territories.

Moreover, opting for less-trodden treks in Nepal offers a chance to escape the tourist rush and enjoy oneself in solitude and serenity. These routes often present a quieter, more peaceful trekking experience. It allows travelers to relish the natural beauty without the distractions of large crowds.

The trails wind through hidden valleys, remote villages, and pristine landscapes, offering a sense of exclusivity and discovery. Such exclusive experience is hard to find on the well-trodden paths. This choice enables trekkers to connect with the raw, unspoiled essence of the Himalayas in a way that's truly personal and unforgettable. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1400 m / 4,593 feet)
  • Day 02:Fly to Pokhara – Explore Pokhara 820 m / 2,690 feet
  • Day 03:Drive to Kande (1770 m/5807 feet) and Trek to Deurali via Australian Camp (2165 m/7103 feet)
  • Day 04:Trek to Forest Camp (2,520 m/8064 feet) OR Rest Camp
  • Day 05:Trek to Bandal Danda (3250m / 10,662 feet)
  • Day 06:Hike to Viewpoing (4250 m/13,600 feet) Via high camp(3550 m/11,646 feet) and trek back to Bandal Danda
  • Day 07:Trek to Landruk (1,565m / 5,135 feet)
  • Day 08:Trek to Ghandruk and Explore the village (1,940 m / 6,364 feet)
  • Day 09:Trek to Tadapani (2,630m/8,628 feet)
  • Day 10:Trek to Dobato (3,426m/11,240 feet)
  • Day 11:Trek to Annapurna South Base Camp / PODO (4050 m/13,287 feet)
  • Day 12:REST DAY at PODO - EXPLORE HIDDEN LAKE (4372 m / 14,343 feet) and Annapurna South Glacier
  • Day 13:Trek to Jhinu Danda (1780 m / 5,839 feet) - The Natural Hot Spring
  • Day 14:Drive to Pokhara - EXPLORE and overnight at the Hotel
  • Day 15:Fly to Kathmandu - City Tour - Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 16:Departure day - Transfer to International Airport

Mardi Himal Hidden Lake Trek Detailed Itinerary

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our Trek leader or our office representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Take some time to rest and relax, and you can explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, enjoying yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the city. 

In the afternoon, your Group Leader will provide a trek briefing to familiarize you with the upcoming journey. Following that, you will gather with your fellow team members for a delightful welcome dinner. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know each other and break the silence, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere.

  • Altitude: 1400 m / 4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

Catch a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, where you'll be welcomed by breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and spend the day exploring the beautiful city of Pokhara. You can visit Phewa Lake, explore the local markets, or simply relax and soak in the serene atmosphere.

  • Altitude: 820 m / 2,690 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 25 min. FLIGHT
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Distance: 200 km
  • Transport: MOUNTAIN FLIGHT

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Kande, the starting point of your trek. From Kande, begin your trek to Deurali, passing through the picturesque Australian Camp along the way. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains as you trek through lush forests and charming villages. Overnight stay at Deurali.

  • Altitude: 2165 m/7103 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Continue your trek from Deurali to Rest Camp, surrounded by pristine nature and peaceful trails. We take the lush forested trail with a very dramatic setting. The trail offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna Range and the enchanting landscapes of the region. Be yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings and enjoy a well-deserved rest at Rest Camp.

  • Altitude: 2,520 m/8064 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today's trek takes you to Bandal Danda, a scenic viewpoint nestled at an elevation of 3250 meters. As you ascend, marvel at the stunning vistas of the mountains and valleys below. Bandal Danda offers a panoramic view of the Annapurna Range, providing a truly awe-inspiring experience.

  • Altitude: 3250m / 10,662 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We begin on a challenging yet rewarding hike to the viewpoint, situated at an elevation of 4250 meters. Pass through the High Camp at 3540 meters, taking in the mesmerizing views along the way. After reaching the viewpoint, soak in the breathtaking scenery before making your way back to Bandal Danda for the night.

  • Altitude: 4250 m/13,600 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Descend from Bandal Danda to the charming village of Landruk. This village offers a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle and cultural heritage of the local Gurung community. Explore the village, interact with the friendly locals, and gain insights into their way of life. Overnight stay in Landruk.

  • Altitude: 1,565m / 5,135 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Embark on a scenic trek to Ghandruk, renowned for its rich cultural heritage and stunning mountain views. We descend all the way down to the small settlement of Kyumi and then ascend steeply to Ghandruk through the terraced field of millet and corn. Explore the traditional Gurung village, visit the local museum, and indulge in the warm hospitality of the locals. Experience the unique cultural experience and spend the night in Ghandruk.

  • Altitude: 1,940 m / 6,364 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Continue your trek to Tadapani, a beautiful village surrounded by dense rhododendron forests. Enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings and soak in the panoramic views of the mountains. Tadapani is also a popular spot for birdwatching, so keep an eye out for the vibrant bird species that inhabit the area. Enjoy the most stunning sunrise view from the your teahouse itself. 

  • Altitude: 2630m/8628 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, trek through the enchanting forests and ascend to Dobato, located at an elevation of 3,426 meters. Dobato is a tiny settlement with only two teahouses. The trail offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, providing a magical backdrop for your journey. Enjoy the serene atmosphere and spend the night in this basic settlement of Dobato.

  • Altitude: 3,426m/11,240 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will wake up before sunrise today for the hike to Mulde View Point. Mulde or Muldai Vantage Point gives you one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri Range, and Nilgiri Range including the view of Kali Gandaki Gorge, the world's deepest gorge. This morning hike is not to be missed.

After breakfast, we will set on an exhilarating trek to the Annapurna South Base Camp, also known as PODO, situated at an elevation of 4050 meters. As you ascend, witness the magnificent beauty of the Annapurna Range and the surrounding peaks. Reach the base camp and be captivated by the grandeur of the mountains that surround you.

  • Altitude: 4050 m/13,287 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Take a well-deserved rest at the PODO or Annapurna South Base Camp and explore the hidden gem of the Hidden Lake, situated at an elevation of 4372 meters. This pristine lake offers a tranquil oasis amidst the rugged mountain terrain. Enjoy yourself in the serenity of the surroundings and marvel at the untouched beauty of the Hidden Lake.

  • Altitude: 4372 m / 14,343 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Descending from the base camp to Jhinu Danda is enchanting. Walking the unexplored ridgeline of the Himalayan meadow with a grandiose view of Annapurna south, Hinunchuli, and Fishtail and the extended landscape before you is really phenomenal. Jhinu Danda is famous for its natural hot springs. Soak in the therapeutic waters, allowing your muscles to relax and rejuvenate after days of trekking. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance of Jhinu Danda and spend the night at a local guesthouse.

  • Altitude: 1780 m / 5,839 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, drive back to Pokhara, where you can relax and explore the city at your leisure. Visit the famous Phewa Lake, stroll along the lakeside, or indulge in some souvenir shopping at the local markets. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hrs. DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE

A short 25-minute flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu, where you will have the opportunity to explore the vibrant capital city. Join on a city tour, visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Enjoy the rich cultural heritage of Kathmandu before retiring to your hotel for the night.

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 25 min. FLIGHT
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Distance: 200 km
  • Transport: MOUNTAIN FLIGHT

After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to the international airport for your onward journey. Bid farewell to Nepal, carrying cherished memories of your adventure in the Annapurna Region.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Distance: 6 km
What's Included
  • PERMITS: All Essential permits required to trek in the region.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Airport pickup and drop facilities on both Domestic and International flights are included.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Three-star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in KATHMANDU and POKHARA on a Bed / Breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Half-day guided city sightseeing to two most sacred World Heritage Sites with a paid entrance fee.
  • TAXES: All Government and Local tax.
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: All Ground transportation to and from the preferred destination as per the itinerary – PRIVATE VEHICLE.
  • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for all staff as required.
  • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles, etc.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly boiled hot water for drinking is provided every evening and morning – so it’s wise to have bottles equivalent to 3 liters or bottles along with a Rehydration Bag (camel bag).
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: All Meals (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast with hot beverages) during the trek.
  • TREK LEADER: An accomplished Trekking Group Leader (Legitimate Guiding License Holder) and assistant guide.
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: All Ground Staff and their Allowances + their insurance.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: An all-inclusive comprehensive medical kit on all trips.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Take away the Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt, Buff (multi-functional head-wear), and trekking Map.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
Why Choose Nepal Pyramids?

Nepal Pyramids is here to craft your Nepal dreams into reality. We assure you a trip extraordinarily out of the world with quality service and value for money. We propose comprehensive flexible packages with unbeatable price - without any hidden cost.

  • Team of Local Experts
    Team of Local Experts

    Our team of local experts is the driving force behind our success. With their passion, experience, and commitment, our team of local experts ensures that we all are not just participants but integral contributors to the growth and well-being of the community we serve.

  • Safety is our Prior Concern
    Safety is our Prior Concern

    Safety is our foremost concern at our Travel company. We prioritize the well-being of our adventurers above all else. We provide top-notch equipment and conduct rigorous safety checks to ensure every trek is as secure as it is adventurous.

  • Travel Sustainably
    Travel Sustainably

    Sustainability is at the heart of our mission. We ensure that the beauty and integrity of the destinations we explore are preserved. We believe in responsible tourism that contributes positively to the environment and the livelihoods of the local people.

  • Hassle Free
    Hassle Free

    Nepal Pyramids takes pride in making your journey hassle-free from start to finish. With our efficient services, expert Group Leading, and attention to detail, you can leave the hassles behind and focus on creating lasting memories during your travels.

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