Mardi Himal Trek is the best option if you are looking for a short trek. The Mardi Himal trek is an easy trekking trail where you can find fantastic 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 see 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 more incredible Macchapurne looks closer. You can either choose the tea house or do the camping trek. The flowers blooming right in front of mountains can easily make you fall in love with nature. The best season for the Mardi Trek is September-November and April-May.
Starting points of Mardi Himal Trek
The initial point for the Mardi Himal trek is Kande. It takes 5-6 hours to cover 141km from Kathmandu to Pokhara. If you start your Mardi trek from Pokhara, you will drive from the hotel in Pokhara to Kande and start the trek.
- Paranomic view of Mt Annapurna, Mt Macchapuchre, and Mt Mardi.
- Beautiful valley with a landscape
- Rich culture and tradition
Best time to trek Mardi Himal Trek
March is the beginning of the spring season after the chilling weather. You may experience snowfall during early March; the days become warmer and clearer. The average temperature of Mardi during March is 5-10 degrees Celsius.
By April, trekkers and visitors will increase, and spring will have settled in. The days become warm and dry with pleasant climate conditions, and this month brings colorful weather. The average temperature increased to 8-12 degrees Celsius. In April, there is no rainfall and the temperature decrease during nighttime.
You will be experiencing a rise in the temperature in the Annapurna region. The average temperature is 12-20 degrees Celsius in the area. As you ascend higher, the temperature starts to fall to 0 degrees Celsius, and sometimes monsoon may begin early, and trekkers experience rainfall.
September is the best month for trekking. The weather is perfect, and you will enjoy spectacular views of the mountains. However, you must watch out for the rain; we are not done with the monsoon. You should go except temperature during the day above 24 degrees Celsius and at night, the temperature drops to 11 degrees Celsius.
Trekking in October takes you to the heart of the Himalayas. The best temperature and weather make your trekking pleasurable. Due to the favorable weather condition, the places remain crowded. During the daytime, the temperature is 22 degree Celsius, and during the night temperature drop to 8 degree Celsius.
During November, the days and evenings are a bit cooler. The average temperature ranges from 20-5 degrees Celsius at an elevation of 1000m and 3500m. If you plan to go higher, the temperature ranges to 20 degrees Celsius during the day and falls to a negative degree at night. November is the best time for trekking. You can avoid monsoons and cold winters.
Costs of accommodation, meals, and drink.
Throughout the Mardi Walk, you will see a variety of stunning and traditional homestays. Better facilities and services are offered. However, it costs around $2-$5 per room overnight, or it may also cost less depending on your bargaining skills.
Mardi Himal Trek offers local food items. Whatever you choose to eat is hygienic and energy supply. The tea house provides more food options at a lower altitude and at a lower cost. You will have short menus as you ascend to higher altitudes and an increase in food prices as you get to higher altitudes.
The main meal menu includes Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari. Food costs between $2 and $5 at lower altitudes, and food prices increase at higher altitudes.
Water is a crucial component of the trek. You will lose your body water while walking, and your body dehydrates faster. So, drinking plenty of water is essential. Tea, coffee, and hot water will be readily available. Drinking alcohol is not suggested during treks. You can taste the beverage after returning from the expedition.
Water Bottles cost $0.25-$4 depending upon altitude, and you can refill the bottle with water during the trek while can reduce your expenses.
Mardi Himal Trek 8 days 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 the Pokhara Baglung highway. It takes about 3 hours to get Deurali. The place is scenic with a paranomic view of Pokhara Valley and the Annapurna range. You will be trekking through the rhododendron forest to a mountain called Deurali.
Day 2: Deurali to Forest Camp (2600m)
After spending the beautiful morning on the ridge of Deurali, we headed toward 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, and 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 a better view of Mt Fishtail and Mt Mardi.
Day 4: Low Camp to High Camp (3548m)
A short walk of 3 hrs will lead you to High camp. You can find three lodges at the 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 more 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 the real Mardi Base Camp. Mt Fishtail and Mt Mardi will appear right above us, with the view of Annapurna I, Gangapurna, and Annapurna III appearing at a distance.
Day 6: Trek back to Forest Camp
After breakfast, we will hike back to the forest camp which takes 4 hours.
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 on 50 hectares 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 hours to get to Pokhara in a 4WD.
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