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Mardi Himal is a challenging and beautiful trek in the Annapurna region that offers breathtaking views of the mountain range. It’s a lesser-known route Mardi Himal Trek is located just east of one of the most legendary trekking destinations of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek.
Mardi Himal trek is an unseen gem yet. Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp outstandingly positioned at the base of Mardi Himal and the Annapurna region´s most iconic mount Machapuchhre meaning "Fishtail". The trail goes along small winding paths, through enchanted rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation of around 3,300 meters. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli.
From High Camp, 3700m, you can climb up to Mardi Himal Base Camp in about 3-4 hours, which offers spectacular close-up views of the entire Annapurna Range. There are simple guesthouses and homestays along the entire route.
Mid-September - October - November is Autumn Season: this is Nepal´s peak and the best time to go trekking. March-May is the second-best season of the year to go trekking. December – January –February; the sky is clear but it can get very cold and there is a risk of passes being closed due to snowfall.
May - June: This is Nepal´s hot per-monsoon season and it can get very warm indeed. The valleys however are starting to bloom with flowers though green leaves come up, still a good time to trek.
Like most of the Annapurna treks except Annapurna Circuit, Mardi Himal Trek also starts and ends in Pokhara - the second biggest city and naturally blessed place to relax after the big hikes in Annapurna. It is 200km to the west of Kathmandu. All domestic airlines run several flights daily from Kathmandu. And about 6 hours’ drive by tourist bus.
Trekking starts early morning from the hotel in Pokhara.An hour drive takes you to Kade then commence the journey through Australian Camp (2100m) to catch the great views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara valley. From here you trek to the Deurali. From Deurali, you will leave the crowded trails of the Annapurna Sanctuary trail and head towards Kokar. This part of the trail is more quiet which passes through the beautiful, lush green jungle. You can enjoy the beautiful and colorful blossoms during spring in this region. You can see beautiful and colorful rhododendron and other sub-alpine flowers. Overall walk is 18 km which takes 7-8 hours.Stay overnight at a local tea house at Kokar also called Forest Camp. Overnight in tea house accommodation.
After a comfortable night at Forest Camp, your trek begins. Once again you trek through the beautiful forest area. You may catch glimpses of the wildlife in these regions like Himalayan Thar, Mask deer, spotted Deer, Barking Dear, Snow leopard. Once the ascend begins, the landscape starts to change. The moss, lichen, and ferns cover the trees. After an hour of trek from Low Camp, the trail reaches out above the treeline. You will get your first, clear sightings of the magnificent mountains like Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. The trail continues along the ridge towards Mardi Himal. From Badal danda, you leave the tree line and enter the alpine zone. You will be walking mainly on grasslands. From here, you will reach High Camp (3780m). High Camp is a beautiful and small pasture land. You can see the beautiful snow capped peaks getting very close.The whole walk is of 13 km and takes about 6 to 7 hours walk.
Early morning hike to Mardi Himal base Camp that is situated at the elevation 4500m. You will continue your trek along the ridge to reach the beautiful Mardi Himal Base Camp. This can be a challenging day for beginners and learner. The trail is steep, rocky, and uneven. Yet with the amazing view all around you, motivation and determination to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp runs high. From Mardi Himal Base Camp, you can see the magnificent and gorgeous Mardi Himal and Mt. Machhapuchhre, Hiuchuli are right above you. You will also see some other high mountain peaks like Annapurna I, II and Gangapurna as well. After excursion to Mardi Base Camp, we trace our way back to Middle camp (3200m) for overnight. This 6-7 hours walk is of 11km distance.
Enjoy the last mountain view with the breakfast early morning and trek for 4 to 5 hours via low camp to Sidding village (1700m) or Kalimati bit further, and then drive by jeep drive to Pokhara for 2 to 3 hours.
Mardi Himal base Camp is situated at the elevation of 4500m
There are very few lodges
You can book your trip with 30% advance payment.
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