The trail is less populated but you will be blessed with the views of Terrace farms and Green Pastoral landscapes. The captivating beauty of the trees that are filled with ferns and dew will make you believe you have entered into the forbidden forests of magic and miracles. Here are the answers to the frequently asked questions to the travellers if you are heading up to the Mardi Himal for refreshment:
Itinerary of Mardi Himal Trek:
Here is the day to day itinerary of the Mardi Himal trek.
Day 1: Pokhara - Kade - Deurali
You will take a jeep from Pokhara to Kande and start hiking up to Australian Base Camp. It will take you 1.5 hours to reach there and you will hike further up to Pothana which will take you around 20 mins from Australian Base Camp. Then you will head towards Deurali (2060 meters) which is about a 4 hours hike from Australian Base Camp. You will stay there on the 1st day.
Day 2: Deurali - Forest Camp - Low Camp
After having breakfast in Deurali, you will proceed our journey towards Low Camp which lies at an elevation of 2970 meters from sea level. You will walk through forests full of ferns with very little human settlement. You will hear the noise of the birds chirping and the sound of the rivers and springs will re-energize your tired soul.
You will walk for 7 to 8 hours and then reach Low Camp. This trail is full of ups and downs and it is fun walking along with the Oaks, Pines and Rhododendron trees. You will rest at Low Camp on the 2nd day.
Day 3: Low Camp - Badal Danda - High Camp
After eating our breakfast at Low Camp, You will head towards High Camp which lies at an elevation of 3600 meters from sea level. The fun part about this trail is the generous nature that You come across while walking towards the High Camp.
You will walk through the lush Rhododendron forest and once you cross Badal Dada (Lies between Low Camp and High Camp), the entire trail is filled with Green Pastoral Land and you will see different animals like Sheep, Yak, Buffaloes and Donkeys grazing on the herbs with medicinal values. The pastoral land is filled with colourful flowers and looks mesmerizing. The landscape with clouds moving will give you a heavenly feel.
It is also considered one of the most beautiful and striking parts of the entire trail. You can get some rest in the restaurants, drink some tea and then continue your journey to the High Camp. It will take around 5 to 6 hours to reach High Camp. Once you reach High Camp, you will stay in a lodge which will directly face the mountains. The feeling is unexplainable and will leave you totally mesmerized.
Day 4: High Camp - Mardi Base Camp - Forest Camp
The fourth day is the most amazing part of the trek. You will have to wake up at around 4 o’clock in the morning and proceed towards the Mardi viewpoint which lies at an elevation of 4200 meters from sea level. Once you walk for around 2 to 3 hours, you will reach the viewpoint.
From the Mardi Viewpoint, you can see the mountains like Macchapuchhre, Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu all around. You will be blessed with a 360-degree view of the mountains and clouds. All the weariness from the trek will go away once you reach the top. You will be fascinated and awestruck because of the snow-capped mountains.
The Green pastoral land acts as a jewel to it and what’s more beautiful than Green lands and white mountains? You can further walk to Mardi Base Camp which lies at an elevation of 4500 meters. You will see Yak Goats on the way and can also drink Yak Milk. This is the ultimate point of this trek. After watching the view, You will head back to Forest Camp which lies below Low Camp, at an elevation of 2400 meters. It will take around 6 to 7 hours to reach Forest Camp from High Camp. You will stay there at the Forest Camp on our 4th day.
Day 5: Forest Camp - Landruk Village - Pokhara
After having our breakfast at Forest Camp, You will continue our Journey towards Landruk. Landruk is a 3 to 4 hours walk downhill from Forest Camp. Landruk is a beautiful village lying in the Annapurna region with a dense human population, stunning view of mountains, green lush rice terraces and the refreshing view of the springs that flow straight from the mountains.
You will walk through the villages, with people smiling and greeting us, on every step. You will have lunch at Landruk, from where a jeep will come to pick us up and drop us at Pokhara within 3 hours.