It is one of the short and easy treks in the Annapurna region where one can observe the marvelous Annapurna Sanctuary from a great top angle. Mardi Himal Trek route provides access to Nepal's cultural and natural diversity. With such diverse offerings, this is a trek that is totally worth the 8-days time it takes.
Our travel planners traveled the route before creating a route map. When it opened up the Mardi Himal Trek route was not up to the standard but nowadays because of various teahouses/lodges being opened on the way, the quality of its offerings has also improved drastically.
Mardi Himal Trekking starts with a bus drive from Pokhara to Khare. Walking starts from this place towards Deurali. En-route to Deurali trekkers will trek past the wide grassy meadow hamlet of Australian Camp. And before heading to Pothana you can enjoy the first panoramic mountain vistas.
Once your permits are checked the easy walking along the stone-paved trail leads trekkers to first rest camp of Deurali. The outstanding view of Annapurna South looms large from this place. The journey will head to Forest Camp from this place. The trail follows the outstanding forests of rhododendron and varieties of other vegetation.
During Winter the route to Mardi Himal will be snow-covered, therefore, heed the instructions of the trekking guide. Rain gullies could be a hindrance while walking which requires careful walking on the trail.
As we keep trekking forward the trial from Low Camp to High camp will be an epitome of wilderness adventure. It is rugged and rocky with a danger of falling stones. But once we reach high camp, the trail from High Camp to Mardi Himal endows an amazing view of Annapurna Sanctuary from the top.
When you travel to Annapurna Base Camp Trekking you will walk along the sanctuary but the Mardi Trekking offers top angle view. Moreover, viewing the most craved touristic destination from untainted and less explored places really assists in creating virgin holiday moments.
Soon after your flight lands at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International airport, you will be welcomed by the guide.Transfer to the hotel in a private tourist vehicle.
The journey begins with an exciting drive to Pokhara. Pass by beautiful countryside, snowy peaks, and roaring rivers. However, the road is not in the best condition, in some places.
We'll stop for snacks and lunch, on the way. On arrival in the beautiful lake city Pokhara, spend your free time boating or hike around the lakeside.
After the breakfast, drive to Dhampus, from where our trek begins.Make your way through mountain villages and forests to reach Pothana and then on to the Forest Camp, via Deurali. Overnight in a teahouse.
After breakfast, continue hiking through thick forests which are mostly covered by rhododendrons.In the afternoon, gradually start climbing to Low Camp. This is the best place to get views of Mt. Machapuchhre. Overnight in Low Camp.
Today is a demanding day, as you will be ascending 850m to the High Camp.The trail goes through the Rhododendron forests and after a two-hour walk, we will reach the Middle camp.
Enjoy the lunch break with a scenic view of mountains and forests. After lunch, continue the trek to high camp.You will reach your destination in about one and half hours. Overnight in High Camp.
Early in the morning, start hiking to the Mardi Himal base camp.Once there, you can see the magnificent sunrise over the panorama of Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna south, Hiunchuli(6441m), Mardi Himal and the Machapuchre (6997m).
After spending some time at the Base Camp and taking photos, trek back to high camp, have to breakfast and continue trekking to Siding village. Descend through rhododendron forests, passing by the Middle Camp and Low Camp. After a 4 hour downhill hike, reach Siding. Overnight in Siding.
After breakfast, drive back to Pokhara. Reach Pokhara in two hours and check-in to a hotel. Spend the day at leisure, by the lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.
Drive back to Kathmandu, and use your free time for last minute shopping. In the evening, enjoy the farewell dinner.
What is Trekking?
Trekking is a thrilling adventure! And this activity requires a multi-day hike and climbs on mountain villages and park trails. The mountain trail usually steep, gradual and likely to encounter with snow at high elevation (that above 3000m/9840ft in winter and 5500m/18040ft in summer).
How tough is Mardi Himal Trek?
It is the moderate grade trek in Annapurna. we recommend this Mardi trek for everyone who loves outdoors, physically fit, have a good health condition.
Does This Trek Require Previous Experience?
Well, if you have a healthy circulatory ability and good strength to cope with high altitude and lower oxygen density then it doesn’t require early experience. But who has early experience on trekking or hiking they can enjoy their Mardi Himal Trekking adventure to its maximum!
What is Altitude Sickness? How to Deal with?
Altitude sickness, also known as “mountain sickness” is a symptom that can attack while you hike or climb to the higher elevation. Especially this can be happening after 3000m/9840ft. if you walk too quickly.
There are three types of Altitude sickness
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness: Very common one. Symptoms: dizziness, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting.
HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema: Can happen when it build up fluid in lungs. This is very dangerous and even life threating.
HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema: this is the most severe form of altitude sickness and it can happen when fluids take a place in the brain. This is life threating, as soon need to seek medical attention.
Read more about Altitude Sickness here.
What should you do to avoid Altitude sickness?
What is the best time for Mardi Himal Trek?
March to the end of May and September to end of November would be the best time for this trek.
Are any permits require for this trek?
For this Mardi Himal trek, you need to get ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry permits $30 and TIMS card charge $10.
How long must walk every day?
On average, we have to walk 5 to 6 hours a day.
What types of meals we can get in this Trek?
Continentals menus are generally available in this trek. As well you can get traditional Nepali Dal-Bhat.
What types of accommodation do we utilize?
Clean and comfortable tea houses and lodges are available in this trekking area. Some places we can get a room with an attached bathroom as well.
Highly recommend Green Society Adventure! Raj is so knowledgeable and very well organized. You can really see how passionate he is about his country, the people he shares it with, and about trekking adventures. My trekking experience with Green Society Adventure was out of this world and it goes without saying that they will be my go-to company for my next trekking adventure in Nepal.
My friend in Chicago recommended Green Society Adventures to me. I reached out to GSA and told Raj we had 9 days, want to be in nature, eat good food and meet some Nepali people. As it turns out, it was the perfect length of time to take on Mardi Himal at a leisurely pace. First of all, it was the most beautiful hiking I have ever done and as I hear it, it is some of the most beautiful hiking in Nepal. Raj made an itinerary and as the time got closer, he revised our itinerary to reflect weather patterns and other factors. He was communicating with other guides and people along the way to make sure we would have the best weather and experience possible. Very serious about customer satisfaction and safety. I would highly recommend Green Society Adventures for an experience tailored to your needs and requests.
Words don't really describe what was like to organize a trip with Green Society Adventure in an Amazing Himalayas! one of the best trekking experience which I never forget. Super knowledgeable people and their warm hospitality impress me lots. Looking forward to booking a trip with them again and Highly recommend them for any kind of adventure trip in Nepal.
Deluxe hotel and teahouse.
Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara & Three times meal during the trek