Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Duration

5 DAYS

Trip Grade

Normal,Moderate

Highest Altitude

4500m

Accommodation

Tea Houses

Transportation

Car, Bus

Group Size

1-20

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Trip Highlights

  • Summiting the Mardi Himal Base Camp: At an impressive height of 4500 meters, the highest point of this trek takes you to the Mardi Himal Base Camp, where you’ll be rewarded with unparalleled panoramic views of the snow-capped Annapurna, Machhapuchre, and Mardi Himal mountain ranges.
  • Trekking Through Varied Terrain: From traversing quaint villages, to navigating verdant forests and fast-flowing rivers, this trek offers a diverse range of terrains to explore and conquer.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Along the way, be prepared to spot a range of unique and exotic species, including yaks, and a multitude of birds and animals.
  • An Escape from Crowds: Unlike other popular treks in Nepal, the Mardi Himal Trek offers a quieter, more secluded experience, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of the region.
  • Cultural Immersion: As you make your way through various villages and settlements, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the diverse cultures, traditions, and lifestyles of the local communities.
  • Rich Biodiversity: The trek is teeming with an array of flora and fauna, making it a nature lover’s paradise.
  • Feasible for All: Whether you’re an experienced trekker or new to the game, the Mardi Himal Trek is accessible and enjoyable for individuals and groups alike.

Overview

Mardi Himal Trekking is an off-the-beaten-path trekking route that takes you through the breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna region. Located just east of the popular Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trek offers a quieter, more secluded experience for trekkers looking to escape the crowds and immerse themselves in nature.

The Mardi Himal Trek begins in the picturesque city of Pokhara, where you’ll have time to acclimate to the altitude and take in the stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range. From there, you’ll embark on a journey through dense forests, lush meadows, and rugged terrain, as you make your way to the base camp of Mardi Himal.

The trail passes through traditional Nepali villages, where you’ll have the opportunity to experience the local culture and way of life. You’ll also see a variety of wildlife, including Himalayan pheasants, langurs, and if you’re lucky, even snow leopards.

The highlight of the trek is the view from the Mardi Himal Base Camp, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. From here, you’ll also have a stunning view of the Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peak, which is considered sacred by the local people.

How long is Mardi Himal Trek

The route is relatively short compared to other treks in the region, taking only 5-7 days to complete. However, the trail is steep and challenging at times, requiring a good level of fitness and endurance. But the effort is well worth it, as you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Annapurna range, including Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Hiunchuli peaks.

Best Time to do Mardi Himal Trekking

The best time to trek Mardi Himal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons, when the weather is clear and dry, and the views are spectacular. However, the trek can be done year-round, with the winter months offering a quieter, more peaceful experience.

Permits Required for Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek is a popular trekking destination located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna Range, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Mardi Himal. However, before embarking on this adventure, it is important to know the permits required for Mardi Himal Trek.

The two main permits required for Mardi Himal Trek are the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card.

ACAP is a permit that is mandatory for all trekkers entering the Annapurna Conservation Area. It is issued by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and costs around NPR 30USD for foreign nationals and NPR 10USD for SAARC nationals. The ACAP permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu or Pokhara, as well as from the ACAP office in Besisahar.

The TIMS Card is also mandatory for all trekkers in Nepal. It is issued by the Nepal Tourism Board and is intended to provide information on the trekkers’ whereabouts in case of an emergency. The TIMS Card costs around NPR 20USD for all trekkers. The TIMS Card can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Where does this Trek starts and ends

The Mardi Himal Trek starts from the city of Pokhara, which is located about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. Pokhara is a beautiful city with a stunning view of the Annapurna Range and Phewa Lake. The trek starts with a drive from Pokhara to Kande, which is about an hour’s drive away. From Kande, the trekking trail leads through beautiful forests of rhododendron and oak trees.

The trek takes you through charming villages such as Australian Camp, Landruk, and Deurali, where you can experience the local culture and lifestyle of the people. The trekking trail also offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks and valleys.

The Mardi Himal Trek ends in the city of Pokhara, where you can unwind and relax after the trek. Pokhara offers a range of activities such as boating, paragliding, and bungee jumping, making it a popular destination for adventure enthusiasts.

This trek ends in Siding, from siding it takes around 1.5 hours to reach Pokhara.

 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Drive to Kande from Pokhara and Hike to Pothana (1,990m) 5 Hrs
  • Day 2: Trek to Low Camp ( 2,950 m) 5 Hrs
  • Day 3: Trek to High Camp (3,550 m) 5~6 Hrs
  • Day 4: Explore Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m) 5~6 Hrs And return to Low Camp
  • Day 5: Trek to Sidhing and Drive Back to Pokhara

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Kande from Pokhara and Hike to Pothana (1,990m) 5 Hrs

Highest Altitude :

1990m

Trek Duration :

5 hours

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 1 of the Mardi Himal Trek begins with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kande, from where we’ll embark on a picturesque hike to Pothana, situated at an altitude of 1,990 meters. The 5-hour trek will take you through lush green forests, charming traditional villages, and across gushing streams, as you steadily make your way towards your destination. Pothana offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, and you’ll have ample opportunity to rest and acclimate to the altitude before continuing on your journey the next day.

Day 2: Trek to Low Camp ( 2,950 m) 5 Hrs

We’ll set out from Pothana towards Low Camp, located at an altitude of 2,950 meters. The 5-hour trek will take you through dense forests and across steep ridges, offering spectacular views of the mountains and valleys below. As you gain altitude, the vegetation will become sparser, giving way to stunning panoramic vistas of the surrounding peaks. The trek will be a moderate challenge, but the rewards of reaching Low Camp and soaking in the stunning natural beauty of the region will make it all worth it.

Day 3: Trek to High Camp (3,550 m) 5~6 Hrs

Highest Altitude :

3550m

Trek Duration :

5-6hours

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and DInner

Day 3 of the Mardi Himal Trek is an exciting day as we trek to High Camp, situated at an altitude of 3,550 meters. The 5 to 6-hour trek is challenging, taking you through rugged terrain, steep ascents, and icy trails. However, the stunning views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli peaks will make every step worthwhile. The high camp is a magical place, surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains, and the crisp mountain air will make you feel alive. Rest well, as the next day, we will trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp, the highlight of the entire trek.

Day 4: Explore Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m) 5~6 Hrs And return to Low Camp

Highest Altitude :

4500m

Trek Duration :

5-6 hours

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4 of the Mardi Himal Trek is the most awaited day as we explore the breathtaking Mardi Himal Base Camp, situated at an altitude of 4,500 meters. The 5 to 6-hour trek is challenging but incredibly rewarding, as we hike through the stunning landscape of glaciers, rocky trails, and snowy ridges. Upon reaching the base camp, you’ll be greeted with magnificent views of the Mardi Himal peak and the surrounding mountain range. Take your time to soak in the serene and tranquil atmosphere before we return to Low Camp. The return journey will be easier, as we descend down the trails, taking in the stunning views of the valley and the mountains in the distance.

Day 5: Trek to Sidhing and Drive Back to Pokhara

Trek Duration :

4-5 Hours

On Day 5 of the Mardi Himal Trek, we’ll trek to Sidhing and drive back to Pokhara, marking the end of an unforgettable journey. The trek to Sidhing will take you through charming villages, terraced fields, and lush green forests, offering glimpses of the local lifestyle and culture. You’ll also pass by a gushing river and a series of waterfalls, adding to the beauty of the trek. Once we reach Sidhing, we’ll take a scenic drive back to Pokhara, where you can rest and relax, reminiscing about the incredible experience you just had. The Mardi Himal Trek is truly an adventure of a lifetime, filled with stunning natural beauty and unforgettable moments.

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