- The less crowded route in the ACAP area with a close-up view of the Mt.Fishtail.
- Wide varieties of Flora and Fauna throughout the trail to Mardi Himal.
- Short and easy trek for beginners with a combination of forest, village, and ridge trails.
- Extremely beautiful view of the Majestic Annapurna massif along with other impressive mountains.
- The view of Mount Fishtail, Annapurna South and Himchuli from the front.
- Therapeutic walk towards the spectacular natural view.
The Mardi Himal trek from Pokhara is the most popular short trek in Nepal. Situated at an altitude of 5,587 meters the base camp of Mardi Himal lies 4,500 meters above sea level. With a moderate difficulty level, the trek is popular among all age groups of trekkers. Meanwhile, the Mardi Himal Trek's total distance that can be covered is about 65 kilometers. Located on the eastern side of the Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal trek lies under the Machhapuchhre, majestic Fishtail Mountain. The most difficult part of the Mardi Himal base camp trek of Nepal is reaching Mardi base camp from a high camp.
Mardi Himal is one of the underrated trekking trails of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Because of that, ACAP Permit and a TIMS card are compulsory for foreign travelers traveling on the route. This Mardi Himal trek in Nepal was officially opened in 2012 after arrangements of the teahouse and lodges throughout the trekking trails. It has been gaining a lot of popularity in recent years. Some of the popular destinations to stay over include High Camp, Low Camp, Deurali and Forest Camp which also provide beautiful views.
This trek provides you with the elegant scenery of the Annapurna ranges, Manaslu ranges, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, etc. One can cover this trek in a short time of 4-6 days from Pokhara on determining their body fitness and time. This trek is considered a tea house trek. Visitors can find tea houses in the various areas of this trekking route. A booking could ensure the rooms at the accommodation. Yoga Trek is also one of the popular activities that we are offering and a detailed itinerary and cost can be provided upon request.
There is no specific best season to explore this trek. Though, Autumn and Spring are the best time for Mardi Himal Trek. Winter and Monsoon would be slightly difficult seasons to visit yet rewarding. The weather here is clear and the temperature is moderate. The trekking difficulty level is moderate. The Trek route to base camp isn’t very challenging except for high camp to base camp as the trail follows a steep hill.
During March and April, the dry season ends and is regarded as the best month to visit Mardi Himal. Similarly, September, October, November, and December have clear skies. It is one of the ideal times for trekking in almost all parts of Nepal. But during these months of the year, the chances of snowfall are high.
Mardi Himal is a mountain peak in the Annapurna region of Nepal. With an altitude of 5,587 meters above sea level, it is comparatively one of the low mountains of the Annapurna region. Although short in length, it has a long history. Mardi Himal was first submitted successfully in 1951 by Basil Goodfellow. Meanwhile, the trekking routes of the trek were not established long before. After 2012 only some of the teahouses and lodges were established by the local people. The hotel and lodges facilities are available up to High Camp only which is situated at an altitude of 3,600 meters.
After High Camp Hotels and Lodges are not available. Because of that all the trekkers spend their night at high camp and summit towards base camp in the morning and return to High Camp or Low camp. Mardi Himal is also offered as a trekking peak by the Government of Nepal. Similarly, Mardi Himal is one of the easiest peak climbs in Nepal. Meanwhile, no royalty fees are needed to pay to the government of Nepal for scaling the peak. Because of that many climbers nowadays are choosing Mardi Himal to summit. Mardi Himal is situated east of the Modi Khola and across the valley of Hiunchuli.
About Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal lies in the Gandaki province and the trekking trail lies in the shadow of the amazing Fishtail mountain. Pokhara is 200 kilometers away from Kathmandu and is one of the most attractive cities in Nepal. It will take about 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu by road. Meanwhile, 25 minute's flight can take you to the city of Lakes Pokhara from Kathmandu. Kande is the starting point of the Mardi Himal Trek from Pokhara. Kande is 27 km away from Pokhara and it will take about an hour to reach; however, one can be accessed from Phedi as well.
The Mardi Himal base camp trek can be started from several parts of the Kaski district. It en-routes through Kande, Dhampus, Landruk, and Siding. Initiated mainly from Kande, the trek starts with the steep climb towards Australian camp, goes down to Pothana and again climbs back to Pitam Deurali before climbing to Forest camp. At forest camp, the trail starts from Landruk meets whereas, at Pothana, the trail comes from Dhampus meets. Trekkers have to pass through the dense Rhododendron forest before reaching Low camp. Peaceful walk while listing to the soothing sound of the incest and chirping of the birds.
The vegetation completely changes after reaching the Middle camp where you’ll leave the tree line below and start walking at the cliffs of grasses. You’ll find the unique and unspoiled landscape of the Annapurna region before reaching the Mardi Himal base camp via high camp. Basic accommodation facilities are available in the upper regions of the trek. Meanwhile, the Tea house and the Hotels in the lower regions of the trek offer various options for meals than those in the upper regions.
What to expect from the Mardi Himal trek from Pokhara?
The Mardi Himal trek is one of the shortest and most rewarding treks in Nepal. This trek will take you to a beautiful place from where you get another spectacular viewpoint of Annapurna Massif along another iconic mountain. This trek starts from Pokhara and ends at Pokhara as it is one of the shortest treks from Pokhara in Nepal. You will be picked up early in the morning on the first day of your trip and drop you off at Phedi on a private basis from where you will start walking.
As you start the walk you will slowly get into the forest and expose yourself to raw nature full of life and endless peace. You will walk through rhododendron, pine, subtropical and other native vegetation. For the next 5 days, you will connect with nature and be cut off from the internet, basically the outer world. As you move towards your daily destinations you will most likely run into small cold freshwater streams, mini waterfalls and magical-looking forest spots. The wild orchids hanging on the decaying trees, invisible insects that you can only hear, your footstep over a dry leaf and your own breath will be a part of your trek.
Most of the people you find during the trek are mainly native Gurung ethnicity and have heartwarming hospitality. You will notice a new concept of hospitality as you get to interact with the locals, they will welcome you with a warm smile on their faces and a typical Nepali greeting gesture by joining their both hands and saying Namaste. You will see the natives mostly in their traditional garments looking beautiful and elegant. All over the trekking route, there are little to no modern transportation facilities so it's common if you bump into animals carrying goods from one place to another such as mules, horses, and donkeys.
The view of the mountains truly depends on the weather condition and if the sky is clear you can see the top of the mountains from the start of your journey. Once you pass the forest camp you are graced by a glorious view of Mt. Fishtail until you get to the high camp. The trail is narrow at certain points and the cliff will intimidate you with its dangerously deep cliff. The alluring yet savage edges will make you feel alive and make your adrenaline rush. Once you get to your ultimate destination you will forget all your fatigue while you breathe in crisp fresh air while your eyes feast on the immaculate mountain view. Take your time to appreciate the celestial beauty found nowhere else and slowly make your way back as this ends your fascinating trek. Return with loads of memories, one of a kind experience away from the concrete jungle and refreshment for a new start and respect for the sky-piercing mountains.
Pokhara to Phedi, trek to Pothana. [2016m/6614 ft]
At. 07:00 AM: Today is the first day of your Mardi Himal trek and the starting point of this trek is Pokhara. The distance between lakeside Pokhara and Phedi is around 20 km which you will cover in just 30-35 mins by driving.
One of our friendly office representatives will pick you up from your respective hotel and drop you off at Phedi, from where you start your walk. You will start at 1164m elevation and stop at an elevation of 2016m. On the way to your destination, you will follow the stone-paved trails which are easily distinguishable. The trail will take you to the depths of the forest where you will notice thriving plants and fresh air. There are small tea shops and local lodges where you can sit down and have a tea break. After 3-4 hours of walking, you will reach your destination of the day Pothana.
There are comfortable lodges here, you can find all the necessary things to get yourself comfortable and enjoy the view while sipping on some warm tea. This ends the first day of your Mardi Himal trek.
Pothana to Forest Camp. [2600m/8530 ft]
At. 07:00 AM: Wake up early in the morning to view the beautiful sunrise from your lodge along with the lush green valley. Have your warm breakfast at the lodge and get ready for yet another exciting trek. Today you will cover a distance of around 8 km which can be covered in around 6-7 hours. You will start from 2016m and stop at an elevation of 2600m.
Put on your trekking shoes and pack your bags and start walking. The trail will take you to a peaceful place where you can relax while observing the lush green vegetation. Keep yourself well hydrated and your motivation high as you will walk on a slightly steep hill. While you walk through the jungle you will see lots of wild orchids hanging on the branches of trees. Along with the vegetation, animals that are rarely seen by the traveler, and vibrant birds that you might spot during your walk. You will also notice freshwater streams all over the place as you walk forward.
Although the walk is tiring, the silence of the forest is broken by the sharp chirp of the insects and your footsteps over dry crunchy leaves. As you walk towards the Forest camp you will notice prayer flags and a notice board that marks the end of your fatigue walk. Once at the lodge, rest your bags and take off your shoes to relax your feet. Get refreshed, and walk around to explore the area if you want.
Forest Camp to High Camp. [3580m/11745 ft]
At. 07:00 AM: Get up on time for a delicious local breakfast and have some tea as you witness a spectacular sunrise above the lake of thick clouds. Today’s walk will be tougher than other days as you will follow the steep hill which is physically challenging and mentally exhausting. You will cover around 8 km on foot starting from 2600m and ending at 3580m above sea level.
The monotonous walk is separated by the verdure and fresh air, beautiful birds and the soothing sound of the forest. As you get closer to your destination you will be graced by a glimpse of the exalted mountains. As you are getting to a higher elevation the walk will automatically be slow due to the drop in oxygen level. Keep yourself well hydrated as it is a defense mechanism for altitude sickness. After you reach high camp you will get a breathtaking view of Mt. Fishtail, Mardi Himal and Himchuli.
Get in your room and get refreshed as your food gets prepared. Enjoy the pristine nature as you see snow-capped mountains and intimidating cliffs. You can explore the area if you want or rest from the physically draining walk. You will reach the high camp in the daytime so you will have plenty of free time, play games with your friends as there is little to no internet so kill your boredom by playing cards, reading books or just appreciating the beautiful nature.
Base Camp and High Camp to Low Camp [3035m/9957 ft]
At. 05:00 AM: Wake up early in the morning and put on your shoes and carry your cameras as you will witness the most dramatic sunrise and towing snow-capped mountains. You need to walk for an hour and a half to get to the viewpoint from where you get the celestial view of the entire place including Pokhara city which looks tiny. The way to the viewpoint is well maintained with mostly stairs and a stone paved trail. On the way, you will come across beautiful animals which are mostly domesticated such as horses, mules, buffalos and the beasts of the mountains Yaks. (Mardi Himal View Point 4200 elevation) Further you can reach to Mardi base camp at 4500m.
Take as many pictures as you want, and have the best time of your life in the wilderness of nature full of life and beauty. Get amazed at seeing the coral sun rising above the thick white clouds and feel the warm rays of the sun. Take your time and enjoy the therapeutic scenery that's out of this world. Slowly make your way to your lodge and have a warm breakfast paired with refreshing tea. After you have your breakfast pack your bag and get ready to hike down and say the last goodbye to the immaculate beauty of the Himalayas. The distance between the high camp and to Low camp is just around 4 km which is a gradual descent. you will start from 3580m altitude and end at 3590m above sea level.
You will reach the low camp in around 2-3 hours, moving downhill is easy for your body but a bit challenging for your knees so maintain a slow and steady pace. Upon arriving at the low camp rest your bags and feet. From here you can see the neighboring villages across the hill. Explore the surrounding area and interact with the locals to know about the history and culture of the place. In the evening try local cuisine for dinner and get a taste of village life.
Low Camp to Pokhara. [822m/2696 ft]
At. 08:00 AM: Today is the last day of your trek and the end of your thrilling trek to the Mardi Himal. Take your time and wake up just in time for your warm breakfast and cup of tea. Have your breakfast and prepare yourself for the last stretch of the trek. Today you will cover around 4 km/2 hours on foot and 31 km/2-3 hours according to the road condition by driving from Siding. You will move from an elevation of 3035m and end at 822m.
You will walk through a dense forest full of rhododendron, pine and subtropical trees, crossing numerous mini and big waterfalls. After you finish your walk your transportation will be waiting for you which will drop you off at Pokhara which will take you around 2-3 hours by drive according to the road condition. This concludes your rewarding Mardi Himal trek from Pokhara to Pokhara. There are numerous thrilling activities you can try in Pokhara. If you are planning to extend your stay, Altitude Himalaya can help you make the most out of it, and if you are returning home, happy home return and Farewell!
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Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of equipment do I bring to the Mardi Himal trek? Can I buy them in Nepal?
Yes, you can get all the necessary trekking pieces of equipment here in Nepal. You can check the packing list in the backpack Checklist for all the needed information about packing.
What Permits do you need for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
You will need two permits, the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and TIMS Card for foreigners which is compulsory.
What kind of food will I get during the trek program?
In Urban cities like Pokhara, you will be served with varieties of breakfast options. However, in the higher elevations during the trip, you will taste local cuisine which is mostly Thakali food and for breakfast limited options are available. Some of the available foods are eggs, fresh seasonal veggies, salads, seasonal fruits, pancakes, Dalbhat, soups, and meat. (depending on availability)
Can I get altitude sickness on the Mardi Himal Trek?
During the Mardi Himal Trek, the maximum altitude you will reach is 4500m/14763 ft although it is one of the easiest treks in Nepal, the risk of getting altitude sickness is unpredictable, better prepared than sorry.
How to avoid Altitude sickness?
Getting altitude sickness is very unpredictable and it can get anyone although you are physically fit and fine. There are a few things that you can do to avoid getting altitude sickness such as drinking plenty of water (4-6 lt/day), having enough carbohydrates, maintaining a slow and constant walking pace, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes and last but not least acclimatizing according to the high elevation.
Do I need to have travel insurance?
Travel insurance is not compulsory but highly recommended because it ensures to cover the risk of any unpredicted adversities during the trek. Having insurance for the trek will cover the risk of items of baggage thief/loss, medical emergency, flight cancellation, and more.
What kind/type of accommodations are available during the Mardi Himal trek?
As this trek lies close to one of the major cities in Nepal, Pokhara, you can expect decent hotels/lodges with all the necessary items and facilities. However, you are most likely to stay in a basic teahouse for the view which is worth your time and money.
How safe is the Mardi Himal trek?
Yes, the Mardi Himal trek is completely safe as there are no landslides or avalanche areas on the route. However, the trail from Forest camp to High camp is somehow difficult as it has a narrow path which can be risky in wintertime. When the trail is covered by snow, it can be deadly beyond high camp.
Where should I travel next?
If you want to explore Nepal in depth and have knowledge about the culture and natural beauty you can find yourself on desirable trips and treks in Nepal, and if you want to explore something new yet similar to Nepal you can visit Bhutan and Tibet, as they are neighboring countries of Nepal and are full of unique culture and wide natural biodiversity.
A private transfer from Pokhara to Phedi via Baglung highway.
Road transfer from Siding to Pokhara. (Private Basis)
Tea houses or lodge accommodations (4 nights) during the trek.
Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
Lunch and dinner from trek start day to trek end day. (as mentioned)
All necessary paperwork. (ACAP and TIMS Card)
An English-speaking licensed trek guide.
One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.
All government and local taxes.
Guide’s salary, food and accommodation during the trek.
Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid for by your traveler’s insurance company.
Sleeping bags, duffle bags, and trekking route maps – if necessary.
Travel health insurance. (highly recommended)
Tips for the guide, porter and driver. (not compulsory but recommended)
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Mineral water, hot water, shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the including section.
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