Mardi Himal Trek is the best option if you are looking for a short trek. The Mardi Himal trek is the easy trekking trail where you can find amazing Annapurna ranges. Mardi is a new trekking destination in the Annapurna region. It might take 6-7 days to complete your journey.
During Mardi Himal Trek you can majestic views of mountains like Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (8091m), Macchapuchre (6993m), and other snow-capped mountains. The highest point of Mardi is the Mardi Base camp 4500 meters. The more you move forward the incredible Macchapurne looks closer. You can either choose a tea house or do the camping trek. The flowers blooming right in front of the mountains can easily make you fall in love with nature. The best season for Mardi trek is September-November and April-May.
The trip highlight of Mardi Himal Trekking
- Paranomic view of Mt Annapurna, Mt Macchapuchre, and Mt Mardi.
- Beautiful valley with landscape
- Rich culture and tradition
One of the major issues of trekking high altitude is altitude sickness. The symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath, dizziness, loss of appetite, heart rate increment, and difficulty in sleeping. If you find yourself feeling these symptoms, it means you are not okay. You may decent back to lower altitude and let your group and guide must know about the symptoms, during this time gaining altitude is risky.
Best season for mardi trek
Mardi trek in March-May
In Nepal spring falls in mid-March to May. In spring season the forest also starts getting greenery and one of the second-best seasons in Nepal. You will get colourful experience in spring season where you find rhododendron and other flowers. You can get the best view of a snow-capped mountain in this season.
Mardi trek in September-November
In these seasons you will get a spectacular view of the mountains and sky. October is the month where Nepal receives high numbers of tourist. In the season of September, you will get an opportunity to see a festival like Dashain and Tihar. It is one the biggest festival of Nepalese people.
Mardi Himal trek is a tea house trek. You will see traditional homestay during Mardi trek. It offers better services and facilities. It cost around $2-$5 per room overnight or it may also cost less depending upon your bargaining skills.
Mardi Himal Trek offers local food items. Whatever you choose to eat is hygienic and energy supply. The tea house offers more food options at a lower altitude at a lower cost. You will have short menus as you ascent to a higher altitude and an increase in the price of food as you get to higher altitudes.
The most important part of the hike is water. You will lose your body water while hiking and your body dehydrates faster. So, drinking plenty of water is necessary. Drinking alcohol is not suggested during treks. You can taste the beverage after returning from the trek.You can taste the beverage after returning from the trek.
The water bottle costs $0.25-$4 depending upon altitude and you can refill the bottle with water during trek while can reduce your expenses.
Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Pokhara to Deurali (2,232m)
After breakfast, drive to Kande from Pokhara it takes about 40 minutes to reach Kande on Pokhara Baglung highway. It takes about 3 hours to reach Deurali. The place is scenic with a paranomic view of the Pokhara valley and Annapurna range. You will be trekking through the rhododendron forest to a mountain called Deurali.
Day 2: Deurali to Forest Camp (2600m)
After spending a beautiful morning on the ridge of Deurali, we head toward the forest camp and it took about 5 hours to reach forest camp. Since this is a new trekking trail we need to carry a pack of lunch and sufficient water, there are no tea houses along the way.
Day 3: Forest Camp to Low Camp (2950m)
It takes around 3 hours to reach Low Camp. The view of Mt Macchapurchre and Mt Mardi appears much closer. You can trek 1 hr more to Badal Dada for the better view of Mt Fishtail and Mt Mardi.
Day 4: High Camp (3500m)
A short walk of 3 hrs will lead you to High camp. You can find 3 lodges at high camp. At this point, you will find closer to snowcapped mountains and you will find yourself above the clouds.
Day 5: High Camp to Mardi Base Camp (4500m)
It takes around 7 hours to reach Mardi Base Camp. The climb to Mardi Base Camp is difficult than other days with a steep climb and longer walk. The first 2 hrs climb will lead to MBC (Mardi Base Camp) and it will take more than 2 hrs to reach real Mardi Base Camp. Mt Fishtail and Mt Mardi will appear right above us, with the view of Annapurna I, Gangapurna, and Annapurna III appears at a distance.
Day 6: Trek back to Forest Camp
It will take 4 hrs to reach Forest Camp. After breakfast back to forest camp.
Day 7: Forest Camp to Lwang Ghalel (1500m)
Lwang is a Gurung village with rich culture. The village is the best place to see the lifestyle of Nepalese. Farmers grow tea in 50 hectors of land. The waterfall offers one of the most exciting canyoning adventures.
Day 8: Back to Pokhara
Drive back to Pokhara it will take around 1 ½ hour to get Pokhara in a 4WD.