This Mardi Himal trek is a short “off-the-beaten-path” trail in the Annapurna region. In terms of grade, it is one of the least visited and less challenging. Besides, it takes you to the completely remote and pristine surrounding of the Mardi Himal. Moreover, the trip covers some of the breathtaking valleys and distinct landscapes of this region. The trail goes away from the busy route and hence it is less crowded and more pristine than other treks in this region.
The journey takes you into the heart of the Annapurna region. In the meantime, it also offers remarkable views of majestic snowcapped peaks. Likewise, the trail goes past stunning rivers and lush valleys. Furthermore, the trail passes through beautiful alpine meadows, traditional rural villages, and verdant forests of rhododendron and pine. Meanwhile, The Mardi Himal Trek offers you great views of the lesser-known sides of the Annapurna Massif.
Our journey begins with a drive from Pokhara to Kande. Next, we begin our hike from Kande and eventually move toward High Camp through Deurali and Low Camp. Further, we head towards the Mardi Himal Base Camp. Mardi Himal Base Camp provides a close-up view of Mardi Himal, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machhapuchre, and other peaks. After exploring the Mardi Himal Base Camp, we descend back to High Camp for the night. The next day we descend to Siding village and drive to Pokhara.
If you are looking for a short, yet beautiful trekking route in the Himalayas. Our five day’s Mardi Himal itinerary will be an ideal option. The best season to do this trek is from March to May and September to November. It will be quite difficult and challenging to do this trek in December and January due to snowfall in this region.
⇒Views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and Mardi Himal.
⇒Fascinating views of the lush vegetation and terraced farms.
⇒Natural and cultural diversity along the route.
⇒Traditional hillside villages and warm hospitality.
⇒Encounter a wide range of flora and fauna along the trail.
Day 1: Drive to Kande(1 hr)-Trek to Deurali(2100m/4-5 hr)
Drive for about an hour to Kande, the trailhead of our trek. Our trek begins from Kande, the trail is a fairly uphill hike over stone stairs to Australian Camp. We get the first glimpse of the snowcapped peaks from here. We continue further with the occasional view of the Annapurna range through Pothana to Deurali. Overnight in Deurali.
Day 2: Deurali to Low Camp(2990m/5-6hr)
From Deurali, we leave the main trekking trail and take an off the beaten trail towards Mardi Himal. It is a gradual uphill hike through forests of giant rhododendron, oak, maple, and hemlock to the top of a ridge. Hereafter it is a steep descent for some time, and then an uphill hike back to the ridge and arrive at Forest camp. We shall have lunch at the forest camp and continue to Low Camp. Overnight in Low Camp
Day 3: Low Camp to High Camp(3580m/5-6hr)
Today the trail climbs up through rhododendron forests, following the ridge towards the Mardi Himal. Tall trees give way to alpine shrubs and dwarf rhododendron bushes. After a steep ascent, we finally land at the High camp with an excellent view of the Annapurna range. Overnight in High Camp.
Day 4: High Camp-Mardi Base Camp(4500m)-High Camp(6-7hr)
Today is the most demanding day of our trek. We will start early morning before sunrise. The trail is quite challenging and is a steady uphill climb through the rugged and uneven terrain to the Mardi Base Camp. We eventually reach the Mardi Base Camp. The base camp offers a spectacular close up view of the entire Annapurna range, which includes Annapurna South (7,219m), Hiunchuli (6,441), Annapurna I (8,091m), Khangsar Kang (7,485m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m) and Mardi Himal (5,553min). We will spend some time rejoicing and enjoying and then return to High Camp. Overnight in High Camp
Day 5: High Camp-Siding(1885m/4-5hr)-Drive to Pokhara(3hr)
Today we cross over the Nange Danda and then descend to the Low Camp. We take a different route from the Low Camp and descend towards the Mardi Khola past dense forest, and arrive at Siding. At Siding, we shall board onto a private vehicle and drive to Pokhara(our service ends)
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Accommodation in trekkers lodge/tea house during the trek.
- English speaking local trekking guide with porter(one porter for two members).
- All meals during the trek.
- Necessary paper work and permits(ACAP/TIMS).
- All applicable government taxes and service charges.
- Accommodation, meals and transportation in Pokhara.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
- Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to natural forces, political situation or early return from the trek.
- All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.
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