Mardi Himal Trek is the best option for someone planning a short trip to the Annapurna region in Nepal. The Mardi Himal Trek continues along some of the discreet trails in the region to lead to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trek route is also somewhat secluded providing you with a feeling of solitude. The scenic beauty and immersing cultural traditions of the local ethnicities on the trail are sure to offer pleasant memories. Destinations like Dhampus, Forest Camp, and Siding are some of the remarkable sites on the trek which decorate the trails.
Itinerary of Mardi Himal Trek
Like most of the trek routes, the starting point of the Mardi Himal Trek is Kathmandu. You take a day off at the capital to prepare for the trek and enjoy the cultural heritages around the Kathmandu Valley. From Kathmandu, you will head to Pokhara wither on a drive or a flight. Either way, the trip to Pokhara will provide you with the beautiful scenic view as you feel the cool air of the mountains. From Pokhara, you will then find yourself on a short drive to Phedi.
Your journey on foot starts from Phedi. The journey from there will take you through small villages and thick trees towards your next destination Pothana Deurali. Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m) will be keeping you endearing company as you make way through the forested trails. Moving along the trails you will reach the Forest Camp through the Annapurna Conservation Area with diverse flora and fauna.
As you move further north, you arrive at Low Camp, standing at an altitude of 3150 meters. The steep hills filled with bamboo and oak will welcome you from afar, accompanying you on the journey towards the High Camp which stands proudly at 4100 meters. A 4 to 5 hours’ trek from High Camp will take you to Mardi Base Camp, your final destination on the trek. Here, the breathtaking view of Annapurna range along with Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m), Mardi Himal (5553m), and Lamjung Himal (6983m) will greet you and the cold wind from the mountains will welcome you with gusto.
From there starts you trek back towards Pokhara along the zigzag trail of forests, accompanied by the Mardi River. Passing Siding Village, the trek continues along the Nangge Danda to reach Lumre. From here, you take a short drive back to Pokhara where you can take a sightseeing tour to some of the famous attractions like Davis Falls, Bat Cave, and Peace Pagoda. A drive or a flight back to Kathmandu concludes the journey.
Special features on the Mardi Himal Trek
Lesser crowd of tourists
Mardi Himal Trek is a recently-opened trekking route close to the famous treks like Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek. Thanks to these factors, the trek sees lesser crowds of trekkers. However, this can be great option to those who wish to travel where there is smaller traffic of tourists. The trails are isolated and offer you plenty opportunity to trek while enjoying the scenery of the surrounding landscapes. As this trek entails off-beaten trails, travelers can enjoy the pristine environment.
Bio-diversity of the trekking trails
As the trekking trail on the Mardi Himal Trek lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area, you can freely explore the diverse flora and fauna. Within the tropical hardwood forests of oak and Rhododendrons, you can find animals like Himalayan Tahr, barking deer, and blue sheep. Some endangered animals like red panda and musk deer can also be sighted along the trails. Similarly, the trekkers can also witness birds like snow patridge, quail, Himalayan Monal, and Kalij Pheasant on the trek.
Views of the Himalayas
Beginning with the view of the Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m) from Pokhara, Himalayas will be with you almost throughout the Mardi Himal Trek. The trek passes through remarkable vantage points like Dhampus, Forest Camp, Low Camp, High Camp, and the Mardi Himal Base camp further ahead on the trek. All these viewpoints offer exquisite Himalayan panorama of some of the tallest mountains in the world. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), and Mardi Himal (5553m) are few of the Himalayas which can be witnessed on the trek.
Cultural Richness of ethnic villages
The Mardi Himal Trek follows the route through numerous villages on the way to the base camp and back. As such, the villages are sure to offer interesting cultural interactions to the trekkers. Especially on the return trip, the trek heads through the Siding Village. This Gurung Village is known to provide heart-warming hospitality to the travelers. The display of the Gurung culture through the lifestyle and traditional rituals of the people is also pretty insightful.
Easy access to other treks in the Annapurna Region
While the Mardi Himal Trek is an off-beaten trekking option, there are plenty of famous treks in the Annapurna region. Since most of the treks begin from Pokhara, trekkers can easily choose to undertake other treks as well. Some of the famous ones in close proximity to the Mardi Himal Trek are Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Annapurna Base camp Trek, and the Gurung Heritage Trek. If the trekkers fancy a different challenge or look to spend extra days in the vicinity of the Annapurna Himalayas, there are a variety of options to choose from.
The 11-day trek to the Mardi Himal Base Camp is one of the easier treks in the country. The altitude on the trek increases gradually instead of making a steep incline. For someone trying to enjoy a short trek to view the wonders of nature, this trek is the perfect match as each day the walking distance is short and filled with adventures you will never forget. What you will get to see are not only the views of mountains but along the trails you will experience the beauty of nature and remarkable cultural majesty. Thus, Mardi Himal Trek is a short and easy trek to the beautiful scenes of one of the highest peaks in the world, a scene that will accompany you your whole life.