Mardi Himal Trek

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 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 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.

The exit point for Mardi Himal Trek is Lwang. 

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

Best time to trek Mardi Himal

Mardi trek in March, April, and May 

The Spring season in Nepal falls from mid-March to May. Spring is the second-best season for trekking as the forest starts to spread its greenery; it is the best time. Mardi trek offers a colorful experience in spring with flowering rhododendron and other wildflowers. In spring you can get a view of the snow-capped mountain.

March

March is the beginning of the spring season after the chilling weather. You may experience snowfall during the early march; the days become warmer and clearer. The average temperature of Mardi during March is 5-10 degrees Celsius. 

April

By April, trekkers and visitors will increase, and spring will have settled in. The days become warm and dry with the 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.

May

May is the hottest month 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 a rainfall.

Mardi trek in September, October, and November.

As the monsoon season gradually ends in September, you will get a clear and spectacular view of the sky and mountains, and you will be able to enjoy the greenery. October is a month when Nepal receives high numbers of trekkers. Besides favorable weather, if you choose to trek in September, you will get an opportunity to get close to Nepalese culture through festivals like Dashain and Tihar. These are the biggest festivals in Nepal. 

September

September is the best month for trekking. The weather is perfect, and you will enjoy spectacular views of the mountains. However, you have to 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 during night time, the temperature drops to 11 degrees Celsius.

October

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. 

November

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 monsoon and cold winter. 

Costs of accommodation, meals, and drink on the Mardi Himal trek.

Accommodation

It is a tea house trek. You will see traditional and beautiful homestays during the Mardi trek. It provides better services and facilities. However, it costs around $2-$5 per room overnight, or it may also cost less depending upon your bargaining skills. 

Meal

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 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 basic food menus include Dal, Bhat, and tarkari. The cost of a meal ranges from $2-$5 at a lower altitude and increases food price at a higher altitude. 

Drinks

The essential part of the trek is water. You will lose your body water while walking, and your body dehydrates faster. So, drinking plenty of water is essential. You can also find tea, coffee, and hot water. Drinking alcohol is not suggested during treks. You can taste the beverage after returning from the trek.

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 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 (3550m)

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

It will take 4 hrs to reach Forest Camp. Walk down to the Forest Camp after breakfast.

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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