A Complete Guide to Mardi Himal trekking: a recently opened short trekking route in Nepal. The trek was only available for a handful of trekkers but now has been made available for everyone.
If you prefer to witness the vivid and diverse beauty of Nepal in a relatively short time, this trip might just be for you. You’d be amazed to realize how blessed Nepal is, naturally. The geographical diversity is spectacular. Mardi Himal Trek itself is a diverse trek which starts off with gorgeous rhododendron forests leading to beautiful rocky mountains and base camps which may or may not have snow (It depends on the time you’re visiting).
But is that it? Just some forests and mountains? But I have seen forests and mountains, why should I care about Mardi Himal Trek? Is it even different from any other trek?
Well, it is different from any other trek in Nepal. Mardi Himal Trek offers you unforgettable views of beautiful mountains such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu ranges. And since it is a recently opened route, you will find it easier to find hotels and there will be a lesser crowd. It’s an experience that you’ll love. Furthermore, the prices for both accommodation and food is reasonable compared to other treks. And if you are fortunate enough, you may also be able to witness rare flora and faunas like Honey Badgers.
The Mardi Himal Trek is an alternative trail to the busy trails of the Annapurna Region like ABC, Annapurna Circuit Trekking, Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek.
On the way to Mardi Himal, you will encounter a lot of interesting villages like :
Lumre, Kalimati: A village inhabited by Ghale and Bhraman, which shows the perfect harmony between people of different castes in Nepal.
This Mardi Himal trek review/guide talks about facts, maps, best trekking season and everything that you need to know about Mardi Trek Nepal.
Mardi Himal has a number of different trekking route :
You can trek in any season you’d like but the best season has to be the peak trekking season (Mid September to early December). The skies are clear and it’s the best time to trek,
You could also trek between February and April. This is the end of the dry season and can be an alternative season if you can’t trek during the peak trekking season.
You can also trek from November to late January. Even though the skies are pretty clear in this season, the weather gets really cold and it snows a lot(duh!). This can be a hindrance since many passes do get blocked because of the snow.
May-June can also be a good time to trek. It’s pre-monsoon in Nepal. New flowers bloom. The red rhododendron forests can be an unforgettable spectacle for you.
June- Mid September is comparatively the worst season to trek. The monsoon starts and with the start of the monsoon, starts the reign of leeches. Watching as the droplets of rain kiss the green forests can be a mesmerizing event but this also brings difficulty while trekking.
Your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport(TIA)and you will be meet our airport representative then transfer to hotel. We will discuss the trekking plan and last-minute arrangements.
Fly or Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m) From Kathmandu 25 minutes by flight and 8 hours by Bus, overnight at in Pokhara.
We drive for an hour and trek to Deurali (2,100m). We hike for 4 hours and enjoy the spectacular views of mountains at the Australian camp and descend to Pothana. Overnight at Lodge.
Trek from Deurali to Forest camp (2,560m). We go into the beautiful forest full of birch, rhododendron, oak, maple, and hemlock. We hike for 6 hours and stay at the lodge overnight.
Trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp (2,990m). Hike for 6 hours.
As the route ascends, the flora becomes a classic’ cloud forest’ with mosses and lichen, tree ferns and orchids filled with harder trees. There are natural windows in the woods that look out onto the breathtaking panoramas, towards Hiunchuli and the knife-sharp crossing towards South Annapurna. You can see the Modi Khola Valley leading to the Annapurna Sanctuary far below, on your left.
Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (3,580m). Walking 5 hours, Overnight at Lodge.
Just a short, steep climb out of the woods. A ridge, grassy and snowy at times, leads to the High Camp. Access there by lunch and spend the afternoon with amazing views. A stone’s throw away from Annapurna South, and Machhapuchhre close enough to touch it.
Rest Day. Today, we will hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m) back to High Camp. Walking 7 hours, Overnight at Lodge.
Start your day with early breakfast at the Mardi Himal Base Camp. If the weather is favorable, you will trek to 16,404 ft. ( 5000 m.) where Mardi Himal ‘s crest separates you from Machhapuchhre’s southern face. Below are the large icefields and the blue glaciers of the Sanctuary Wall.
Trek from High Camp to Sidhing Village (1,850m). Walking 6 hours, Overnight at Lodge.
After a relaxed breakfast, walk through the shade of the forest and on the terraced fields, descending 5249 ft. ( 1600 m.) You will follow a different route down to the upper Mardi Khola, the torrent that was once the Mardi Himal ‘s ice and snow.
Trek from Sidhing village to Lumre (1,400m). Walking 3 hours and drive to Pokhara (910m) Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara
The trail from Siding gradually follows the valley of the river, between the pastures and through the villages of Tamang and Gurung. Finally, you’ll arrive in the village of Lwang, your night stop. There are biological tea gardens here. In the evening, meet a group of mothers who work on raising money for local projects.
Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1337m) From Pokhara 25 minutes by flight and 7 hours by bus, overnight in Kathmandu
Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.
We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.
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Mardi Himal trek altitude is 4,500 meters. The highest point of Mardi Himal trek is at 4,500 meters (14,763 ft) and the lowest altitude is 2,900.
Mardi Himal lies at the east of popular Annapurna Base Camp trek. Since it is hidden and newly opened, the trekking route is best for people who do not prefer a lot of crowds.
Normally, the trek lasts for 5-11 days. This is the best trek for people who do not have adequate time but still want to observe the vivid natural beauty of the Annapurna region and Nepal.
Mardi Himal Trek is not difficult at all. The trek lasts for 5 days and the trek is one of the easiest routes there is.
We would advise you to not follow any mapping applications that you have. Due to the unavailability of the internet all over Nepal, most of the places are not mapped correctly. That’s why you’ll need a guide to guide you through.
We’d advise you to join a guided trek group since there are many routes to the Mardi Base Camp. Some of the routes are difficult and do not offer beautiful views that others offer.
Yes, you can trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp independently or without a guide or support. The route is simple enough. But a guide can definitely add value to your trip. He can open doors for you (like literally) and take you to visit Gambas. A good guide can give you insight into the lifestyle of people who have been living there for some time. Not only this, Mardi has a lot of different routes and a guide can take you through the best possible route.
Things you should pack depends on the season/time of the trek :
If you wish to go on a trek during the peak season (September to October), you may not require really warm clothes, Windcheaters, boots, etc. can be just fine.
However, if you plan to trek during the winter season (Mid November to December), you’ll have to pack warm clothes
Other things(Standard trekking items) that you should pack are :
Note: All of this can be bought in Kathmandu if you don’t want to face the hassle of bringing them on your flight.
The Mardi Himal Trek route has been open for 6 years (it opened in 2012).