Mardi Hiimal Trek – 7 days

Mardi Hiimal Trek – 7 days

Start Point

Kathmandu

End Point

Pokhara

Duration

7 Days

Grade

Hard

Max Altitude

5587 meters

Meals

B+L+D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

No. of Person

Min. 02 Pax

Per day walking

5-6 Hours

Transportation

Car or Flight

Best Season

Mar-May & Sep-Nov

Activity

Mardi Himal Trek

Highlights

  • Spectacular Mountain Views: The trek offers panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including iconic peaks like Machapuchare (Fishtail), Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Mardi Himal itself.
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Experience: Mardi Himal trek is less crowded compared to some other treks in the region, providing a more peaceful and immersive experience in nature.
  • Lush Forests and Biodiversity: The trail takes you through lush rhododendron forests, oak forests, and alpine meadows. The biodiversity along the trail is rich, with opportunities to spot various bird species and wildlife.
  • Cultural Interaction: Along the way, you’ll pass through local villages and interact with the Gurung and Magar communities. This offers insights into their traditional way of life, culture, and customs.
  • Base Camp Experience: The Mardi Himal Base Camp is the highest point of the trek and offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. It’s a great place to relax, take in the scenery, and capture some amazing photographs.
  • Variety of Landscapes: The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, from terraced fields and villages to dense forests and high alpine terrain. The changing scenery keeps the trek interesting and engaging.
  • Moderate Difficulty: The Mardi Himal trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty, making it suitable for trekkers with varying levels of experience. However, some sections can be steep, so a reasonable level of fitness is recommended.
  • Opportunity for Extension: The Mardi Himal trek can be combined with other treks in the area, such as the Annapurna Base Camp trek or Poon Hill trek, for a longer and more comprehensive experience.
  • Photography Opportunities: The trek provides numerous picturesque landscapes that are perfect for photography, including sunrise and sunset views over the mountains.
  • Local Hospitality: The teahouses and lodges along the trail offer a chance to experience local hospitality and cuisine. Enjoy traditional Nepali meals and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Mardi Himal Trek Overview

The Mardi Himal Trek, a recently opened route in the Annapurna Region, offers a short yet moderately challenging adventure. Nestled in the western wilderness, this trek provides a delightful experience for explorers. The journey to Mardi Himal Base Camp commences at Pritam Deurali (2100 meters) and ascends to the towering altitude of 4500 meters at the base camp. Slowly gaining international recognition, Mardi Trek captivates trekkers worldwide with its blend of wilderness enigma, roaring rivers, lush forests, towering mountains, and natural trails.

Embarking from the vibrant city of Pokhara, the trek takes a short ride to the north-western village of Kande on the Baglung-Pokhara highway. The initial trek segment starts from Kande, passing through a rural setup toward Australian Camp, and then proceeds to the captivating trail leading to Pritam Deurali. This stretch is a leisurely trek, meandering through rural villages surrounding Pritam Deurali.

Beyond Pritam Deurali, the trail winds through enchanting Rhododendron forests, offering a deep immersion into these scattered woods. This section showcases sub-tropical forests featuring a variety of flora, including Juniper, Bamboo, Birch, Oak, and Fir. Home to over 500 bird species, such as the Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant, Rufous Sibia, Spotted Forktail, and White-collared blackbird, the biodiversity along the route is awe-inspiring.

The trek passes through small hamlets in Forest Camp, an isolated area surrounded by lush greenery. Depending on your Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary, you’ll choose either Forest Camp or Rest Camp, approximately 2 hours away. Continuing through dense forests, the journey ascends to Low Camp (2600 meters), where dense forests give way to expansive grasslands. Low Camp, a small hamlet with teahouses, offers the first glimpse of Mardi Himal, Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli.

The final leg of the 5-day Mardi Himal Trek steeply ascends from Low Camp (2985 meters) to the last stopover, High Camp at 3550 meters. The landscape transforms from dense forest to barren territory, transitioning from subtropical vegetation to low-alpine topography. As you cross the 3000-meter mark, you enter the Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) prone zone. High Camp, a picturesque settlement, provides surreal views of the Annapurna mountains, marking the trek’s final stopover.

After a night at High Camp, an early morning hike takes you to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 meters). The steep ascent through rocky ridges is rewarded with a breathtaking sunrise view, painting the mountains in hues of gold, red, and lofty white as the sun emerges.

Alternatively, trekkers can opt for a hike to the Upper Viewpoint of Mardi Himal, equally majestic and situated at the edge of a rocky cliff. This viewpoint offers a picturesque gaze of the western face of Mt. Fishtail and a far-reaching view of the surrounding Annapurna massifs. The upper viewpoint, at an altitude of 4200 meters, requires a 2-hour hike.

The return journey retraces the trail descending from High Camp, with Badal Danda serving as a midpoint between Low Camp and High Camp. This stop provides panoramic views of Annapurna massifs, particularly captivating during sunrise. Descending steeply from Badal Danda, a 4-5 hour traverse leads to the village at the base called Sidhing. The journey concludes with a vehicle taking trekkers back to Pokhara from Sidhing, marking the end of this memorable adventure.

Detail Itinerary

Arrive at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to your hotel and take some time to rest. Explore the vibrant streets of Thamel and prepare for your trek.

The drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara is approximately 210 km and takes about 6 to 7 hours by Tourist Coach and if there is private Tourist Vehicle, you can get to Pokhara in 6 hours.

The route follows the Prithvi Highway and Mid-Hill Highway, and offers stunning views of the Himalayas along the way. You’ll also pass by the Trishuli River and the Marshyangdi River, and drive through several small towns and villages.

If you’re short on time, you can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The flight takes just 25 minutes and costs an additional fee.

Once you arrive in Pokhara, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains and the sparkling waters of Lake Phewa. The first day of your journey will end with this scenic view.

The drive from Pokhara to Kande is 30.2 km and takes about 50 minutes.

Once you arrive in Kande, you can start your walk to Pitam Deurali. The walk is about 3 km and takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The trail is well-maintained and offers stunning views of the Himalayas.

From Pitam Deurali, the trail continues to Forest Camp. The walk is about 5 km and takes about 2 hours. The trail is steeper than the first section, but the views are even more spectacular.

The Mardi Himal trek is a popular route that offers stunning views of the Himalayas. The trek starts in Kande and ends in High Camp. The trail is well-maintained and relatively easy to follow.

The first day of the trek is a gradual climb through rhododendron forests. The trail offers stunning views of the Himalayan foothills and the sweeping valley below. For lunch, you will stop at Low Camp before continuing up to Badal Danda (Cloud Hill).

From Badal Danda, you will have panoramic views of Machhapuchhre and Mardi Himal. The trail then leaves the treeline and follows a ridge through the alpine zone. The snow-capped peaks of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Fishtail will be visible in the distance.

After a few hours of trekking, you will reach High Camp. This camp is located above the clouds and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

The total distance of the trek is approximately 13 km and it takes about 6-7 hours to complete. The maximum elevation is 2,520 meters.

Mardi Himal View Point is a popular spot for trekkers to take in the stunning views of the Himalayas. The hike to the viewpoint is relatively easy and takes about 2-3 hours.

From Mardi Himal View Point, you can see Fishtail, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and other snow-capped peaks. The views are truly breathtaking.

After enjoying the views, you can hike back down to High Camp for breakfast. Then, you can continue your trek to Shiding. The hike from High Camp to Shiding is about 5-6 hours.

Once you reach Shiding, you can catch a vehicle back to Pokhara. The drive from Shiding to Pokhara is about 2 hours.

Today, after breakfast, drive to Kathmandu by Bus or private Car. Bus leaves at 730 AM and 8 AM two times a day and during the driving to Kathmandu, it stops Breakfast time and Lunch time twice a day and sometimes they give you break for short of long toilets.
After arriving Kathmandu, our representative picks you up from Tourist Bus Park and check in Hotel. Then free yourself.

This is a beautiful and touching conclusion to the Mardi Himal trek. I especially appreciate the symbolism of the traditional Tibetan scarf, representing good luck and prosperity. It’s a lovely way to send off the trekkers with positive wishes for their future journeys.

I’m sure that the trekkers will cherish the memories of their time in Nepal for many years to come. The majestic mountains, the warm hospitality of the people, and the rich cultural heritage are all things that will stay with them long after they leave.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. It’s been a pleasure to be a part of your journey, even if it was just in a small way. I hope you have a safe and enjoyable onward journey. And who knows, maybe we’ll meet again someday on another adventure in Nepal!

Cost Details

  • What is Included
  • Airport Transfers Both Way - Car/Jeep/Van/Bus
  • Accommodation on B/B basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All Entrance Fees of Temple, Monastery, Museum, Durbar Square, Monuments and cultural program at evening.
  • Arrangements and transportation expenses during the tour/trek
  • Arrangements and fees for trekking permits and ACAP
  • Arrangements and expenses for Tour Guide/Trekking Guide
  • Insurance, Lodging and Meals for all trekking Crews
  • Arrangements of TIMS(Trekking information management system)Card.
  • What is Excluded
  • Any unexpected costs that occur due to: * Weather, Trail, Road Blockage, River conditions
  • Due to circumstances such as: * Sickness, Government action, flight delays
  • Insurance and Emergency Rescue
  • Major changes in the itinerary
  • Personal and free-time expenses
  • Cold drinks or alcohol
  • Extra hotel expenses
  • Laundry
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visas to Nepal
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    Useful Info

    Maximum Elevation:

    Base camp of Mardi Himal: 4500 meters

    Highest point (Mardi Himal): 5587 meters

    Trek Difficulty:

    Moderately difficult

    Path through a forest on slanty hills with some steep sections

    Altitude sickness is rare but possible

    5-7 hours of daily hiking

    Suitable for first-time trekkers

    Transportation:

    Tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back

    Enjoyable journey with breathtaking views

    Roads less frightening than in remote locations

    Possible difficulties due to landslides during the monsoon

    Accommodation:

    Teahouse hike

    Basic amenities in teahouses with small, clean rooms

    Cozy bed with mattress, blanket, pillow, bed sheet, and some furniture

    Public restrooms with running water

    Bring own toiletries for hygienic purposes

    Meals and Drinking Water:

    Meals provided in teahouses

    Menu includes Nepalese and international dishes

    Breakfast: toast, potato curry, omelet, tea, or coffee

    Lunch and dinner: traditional Nepali Daal Bhat

    Additional meals available like momo, noodles, rice, curries, soup, tea, and coffee

    Discourages purchasing bottled water, recommends using purifying tablets or filtered bottles

    Network Availability:

    Some teahouses provide unreliable free WiFi

    Suggests bringing NCell or NTC 4G SIM for internet and calls

    NTC network offers excellent coverage in outlying areas

    Guides and Porters:

    Package includes 1 guide for a group and 1 porter for every 2 trekkers

    Guide helps navigate and assists in unforeseen situations

    Trekking guide is compulsory; hiring a porter is optional

    Permits Required:

    Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit (ACAP): US$ 30

    Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS): US$ 10

    Arrangements made before the trek

    Packing List:

    Trekking boots and sandals/Crocs

    Undergarments, down jacket, thermal wears, T-shirts, trousers, fleece jacket

    Backpack or day-pack, trekking poles, gloves, woolen hat, sun hat or scarf, sunglasses

    Sunscreen, water bottles, water-purifying tablets, energy bars or snacks

    Face/body wipes, small/medium drying towel, toiletries

    This information is thorough and helpful for anyone planning to embark on the Mardi Himal Trek, providing insights into the journey’s challenges, logistics, and necessary preparations.

    Reviews

    Eduardo Azcona

    Eduardo Azcona - Spain

    Wonderful Trek to Mardi Himal area

    The Mardi Himal trek is truly a magnificent experience, offering a moderate level of difficulty. Each day involves around 5 to 6 hours of walking, allowing ample time to immerse oneself in the breathtaking surroundings.

    Commencing the journey from Phedi, the first leg of the trek lasts 4 to 5 hours until reaching Deurali, where we spend the night. The following day, we proceed towards Forest Camp and onward to High Camp, where we spend two days.

    High Camp presents an awe-inspiring view of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (fishtail). The subsequent day, an early start propels us to ascend to an altitude of 4500m, reaching the viewpoint and base camp. Here, one can revel in the majestic mountains and stunning scenery.

    The following morning entails a descent to Sidhing from High Camp, a journey spanning approximately 6 to 7 hours. From Sidhing, a two-hour drive transports us back to Pokhara, marking the conclusion of our remarkable trek.

    Katherine Tan

    Katherine Tan - Singapore

    Great Trek- will come back

    My friends and I booked the 7 Days Mardi Himal Trek with Mr. Chij, and everything went smoothly. Mr. Chij was incredibly accommodating when one of our friends fell ill during the hike, allowing us to shorten the trek to 7 days. Our guide, Govinda, along with porters Ramu, Karna, Prem, and two others, took excellent care of us throughout the journey. Despite it being my first hike at altitude, it turned out to be a fantastic experience!

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