Mardi Himal Trek

9 Days
6 Reviews in TripAdvisor Recommended by 99%
  • Hotels & Guesthouse
  • Kathmandu
  • March to May & Sep to Dec
  • Tourist Bus & Private Vehicle
  • Moderate
  • 4500 M
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking, Trekking
  • 2-22

Mardi Himal Trek Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is a hidden gem of Nepal. The trek passes through the rhododendron forest to stunning high-mountain views of Machapucher in the Annapurna region. This newly opened route is a journey to discover breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks and landscapes. Despite being the lowest and least popular trekking peak in Nepal, the Mardi Himal trek is a true adventure. 

Situated just east of the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trek is increasingly popular but less congested. The diverse landscape changes abruptly along spectacular views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. The trek is another excuse for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. It is a small hike to an amazing viewpoint for 2-3 hours with stunning close-up views of the entire Annapurna range.

Mardi Himal trekking leads you to mesmerizing Modi Khola and the Hiunchuli valley. Annapurna Himalayan Range: Annapurna 1(8091m),Ⅱ (7855m),Ⅲ (7855m), Ⅳ (7525m), Annapurna south(7819m), Nilgiri(6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847), and Gangapuma(7483m) etc will be your constant companion. The crown jewel throughout the trek is the amazing lush green forest, pristine landscape, terrace farming, and waterfalls. This trek will introduce you to the cultural retreat and different group ethnicities of Magars, Tamangs, Gurung, and Brahmins. The base camp is located at an altitude of 4500m.

Major Attraction in Mardi Himal Trekking

Trek to highest point (4500m)

Enjoy the stunning 360-degree views of the Annapurna range, encompassing Mt Machhapuchhre, Hiuchuli, Annapurna South, etc from the highest point. Witness the mesmerizing spectacle snowcapped mountain wrapped in the bright morning light.

Enchanting Trails and Landscapes:

Nepal has unique vibrant landscapes and forests. During the spring season, the hillside burst into a riot of pink, red, and purple blooms of Rhododendron. Witness a range of environments, from gorgeous meadows brimming with wildflowers to tranquil mountain pastures sprinkled with yaks calmly grazing. You might notice the hidden waterfalls tucked away amidst, adding a touch of magic to your journey.

Cultural encounters

Immerse yourself in the uniqueness and hospitality of the local people. Experience their rich culture, tradition, and life in the mountains. Colorful Prayers flags flittering in the wind and shrines have their own spiritual beliefs and stories. Take a movement to pay your respects, observe local rituals, and absorb the tranquility of these sacred spaces. Connect with locals, savor a meal prepared with local ingredients, and practice the traditional way of life. 

Serene Ambiance and Wildlife

Escape the crowd’s pristine landscapes and welcome the present alternative of life. Immerse yourself in the sound of winds whistling through rhododendrons, streams, and distant calls of birds. Find your inner peace in nature away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Witness the wildlife of Himalayan majestic eagles soaring effortlessly above the sky with piercing gaze, playful monkeys, and shy Himalayan tahrs. Recognize the balance between animals and the environment. 

Mardi Himal Trek Route.

Continuing the tradition of the Annapurna region, the journey starts and ends in Pokhara. The movement begins at Kande and kicks off at Australian Base Camp and Deurali. Subsequently, you reach the forest camp encircled by forests of juniper, pine, and rhododendron.    After acclimatizing the two high camps, you reach the Mardi Base Camp (4500 m). Simply rest and enjoy the wonderful vista of the Mardi Khola valley with the southern face of snow-covered Annapurna while sharing lunch with friends and strangers.

The best time to visit Mardi Himal 

Mardi Himal is open any time of the year. Every season has its uniqueness and beauty. Nevertheless, the majority of the trekkers prefer to trek in the Mardi Himal, especially during the spring and autumn seasons. Spring (March-May) and autumn (September –November) are the best seasons for trekking to enjoy the clear views of the sky, lush green forests, and mostly the safe route. Unlike winter (December-February) and monsoon season where there is a slippery, muddy path, and unpredictability of weather. Accommodates are difficult to get since it’s a peak season. Lodges can get booked up quickly. In winter trials are less crowded, and accommodation can be easily available at lower but the trek is equally challenging during the off-season 

Spring and autumn: It’s the best Season and the busiest season of all. The sky is clear, with majestic views of the Himalayas and the golden light of dawn. However, be prepared for difficulties encountered in getting common accommodation. The Autumn Season is also popular for trekking. Autumn Boost a comfortable temperature. This season isn’t as busy as the spring season but trekkers can be seen. Accommodation and flights are easily available during these seasons.

What Permits and Documents are required?

Mardi Himal Lies in the Annapurna Conservation Area. So, you must purchase an Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit (ACAP) and a Tourist Information Management System permit (TIMS). 

For any trekkers who want to trek whether it’s Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, or other peaks it is mandatory to purchase TIMS or ACAP permits. It costs around NRS 2000 per person which is approx. $17 or 15 EUR for TIMS. An ACAP permit is purchased to trek through the Annapurna region. The cost of an ACAP permit is roughly NRS 3000 which is approx. $25 per person. These permits can be purchased either from Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Documents

Passport,

Travel Insurance

Passport-size photos (at least 3)

The difficulty of the Mardi Himal Trek?

Unlike other treks, the trek to Mardi Himal isn’t very hard to climb. However, reaching Mardi Base Camp at 4500m required both physical and mental dedication. Such height can cause altitude sickness regardless of fitness. Acclimatization is necessary to avoid altitude sickness. The trail is rocky and steep. The Annapurna region is known for its unpredictable weather with the possibility of abrupt temperature swings. The trek could be difficult if you take off guard or are not prepared.

Even though the trek is short, the Mardi Trek still requires good physical fitness. Most of the accommodations in Mardi Himal are teahouses with limited amenities. It can be crowded, especially during peak season.

Mardi Himal Trek Highlights

  • Panoramic views of Himalayan Mountain ranges.
  • Explore the unique cultures, traditions, and customs of inhabited villages.
  • Explore the unique cultures, traditions, and customs of inhabited villages.
  • Capture the scenic beauty of Rhododendrons and giant hills.
  • Experience the natural hot spring of Jhinu Danda.
  • Reach high camp (3580m) or conquer the optional ascent to Mardi Himal base camp (4500m).
  • Witness heartwarming hostility and kind gestures of the local people.
  • The trek passes through yak pastures and giants gazing in the meadows

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