Mardi Himal Trekking relatively newly explores trekking area in eastern part of Annapurna Himalayan Range is situated at the Base Camp of stirring Machhapuchre Himal (Fishtail). Though it lies east of most popular trek, Annapurna trek it is considered Hidden gems as it is still unspoiled and least visited trekking in the Annapurna region. The trekkers will be able to experience the real local culture along with great mountain scenery of Mardi Himal. Choosing this trek means a rewarding opportunity to escape crowded trekking routes like other popular trekking routes in Nepal. If you are short in time and in search of a trekking that requires minimum efforts and costs; then, Mardi Himal trek could be your option as this trek is the shortest mountain treks in Nepal.
Lying at the height of the 3900m, Mardi Himal lets trekkers experience something quite amazing like tranquility, serenity, splendid mountain views, unique flora, and faunas. There are few trails in Mardi trek where landscape dramatically changes from magical forests into a rugged high mountain landscape. From where one can have an amazing view of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
- Trekking routes that can be completed within 5 - 6 days, and costs you minimum effort. Thus, fits among all types of beginner trekkers.
- Trekking route is natural on its way and less commercialized
- The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of snow-capped Mountains Annapurna South (7,219m), Hiunchuli (6,441), Annapurna I (8,091m), Mardi Himal (5,553), Khangsar Kang (7,485m), Gangapurna (7,454m), and Machhapuchhre (6,993m).
Mardi Himal Trekking Route
The Mardi Himal Trekking starts with a day ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. If you decide to take the Siddhing route, then the journey begins from Pokhara approaching Pitam Deurali which is 2 and a half hour walk. The route goes through enchanted Rhododendron forest, small winding paths until you climb out of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 meters. We head upward to Forest Camp (2550 m), and 2-8 hours walk will take you to Low Camp (2900 m) and High Camp (3580 m). Furthermore, continuous 6-7 hours day hike through the old stone-built villages, you will finally step at the Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4,500 m. The trek carries you through the settlements of different ethnic groups - paddy fields, and lovely streams and pristine topography.
Mardi Himal is considered to be an easy aim even for new trekkers or climbers. Thus you will be able the get the picturesque views of the entire Annapurna Range.
Best time to Trekking to Mardi Himal
The best month for Mardi Himal Trek is from autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). During March- April you will walk through the dense rhododendron forest which is absolutely stunning especially and as the elevation rises, the landscapes change. Similarly, in this season, the weather is warm and sunny thus, one can see the outstanding view of Himalaya Ranges. From June to August the Monsoon seasons start and the route will be affected by rain. During the months of December – February the winter start and there will be plenty of snow on the ground so this offers an extra challenge.
Group Or Solo Trek
Mardi Himal Trek is 5-6 days short Trek. This short trek can be done in solo or in a group. Well, if you feel like you are strong enough physically and mentally to go into the wild, then you can go solo as well. But if you think you may need help then you can go in a group because you might want someone to back you up. If you can afford a Guide then we recommend to taking one.
Accommodation and Food Prices
Though the trekkers have adored Mardi Himal route since so long. But even in the recent days, there are small teahouse and lodges, which provides very simple facilities. Better not to expect fancy lodge and food. The accommodation and food Price in the teahouses on Mardi Himal is very reasonably priced.
If you are looking to explore a hidden gem and the less trekked destination then without any doubt Mardi Himal Trek is the one. Check out our detail itinerary for Mardi Himal Trekking. For further queries sent us an email at [email protected].