Mardi Himal Basecamp Trek

9 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Moderate
  • Mardi, Kaski
  • Adventure/Active
  • 12+
  • Private and Group
  • Fully Guided
  • Instant Booking
  • 4350 m
  • March-May and Sep-Nov

Overview

In the Annapurna region, the Mardi Himal Trek is a short, freshly opened route, moderate type, and a hidden gem. Views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, and Manaslu mountain ranges are breathtaking from the Mardi Himal hike. The highlights of this hike include Australian Camp, Pothana, Mardi Himal base camp, Siding village, and Lwang.

Inspiring 360-degree mountain vistas, mountain fresh air, and its wildness are the main part of the adventure when hiking in the Himalayas, and so is the Mardi Himal with highly experienced local trekking guides, local food, encounters with local people and their culture, and its wilderness.

Mardi Himal is just beneath Mt. Machhapuchhre, one of the Himalayas’ forbidden and as-yet-unclimbed summits. Trekkers on the Mardi Himal journey pass by a wide variety of landscapes on their way to the peak, including mountains, forests, valleys, stunning lakes, waterfalls, and more.

The Mardi Himal Trekking Route is a relatively new path that is quickly gaining in popularity because to the incredible diversity of its natural and cultural features, as well as the breathtaking panoramas it affords. The picturesque Gurung villages, which are typically Nepali in both design and construction, the lush forest, and the evergreen valley are all highlights of the Mardi Himal trip.

Highlights of Mardi Himal Base camp Trek

  • One of the best short trekking trails in the Nepalese Himalayas.
  • Magnificent views of the Annapurna Massif, Mount Fishtail (Macchhapucchre), and Mardi Peaks.
  • Trekking in the Annapurna Sanctuary to experience the best of teahouse experiences here.
  • A proper adventure going through lower hills to forests and finally the scenic ridges to the Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m).
  • A cultural trip to witness the Gurung culture passing by small settlements of this region.
  • Balanced walking days with well-planned high-altitude sections for best trek results while keeping altitude sickness in check.
  • Wildlife and vegetation encounter opportunities from the lower hills to the alpine zones of Nepal.

Itinerary

Traveling on a Tourist bus for approximately 6-7 hours along the Trishuli River and other famous places like Naubise, Mahadev Besi, Kurintar, we reach Pokhara. We also enjoy beautifully terraced farms and the little grocery shops by the road on the way to Pokhara. The magnificent scenery of the Himalayan ranges of Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna add delight to our journey on the way. Overnight stay at Pokhara.

We start our day initially by driving to Kande on a private vehicle. Being the first day of the trek, we walk for a few hours and begin as we start walking through terraced fields, small streams and villages to reach to Australian Camp. We continue walking to reach Deurali located with the enchanting views of the Annapurna South (7219m), Mardi Himal (5553m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m).

Today Our Trekking destination to Forest camp Taking the trail that goes right from Deurali, we see a sign posted as “Forest Camp” which leads through an alpine forest covered with red rhododendron and later, a jungle. The trail towards forest camp ups and downs, which makes this day interesting to trek. Finally, we stop by the Forest Camp for the day. Overnight stay at Forest Camp.

The trail first touches the Low Camp and the trees start to get thinner with shrubs and after about one-hour trekking, we reach an open ridge with spectacular views of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,997m) ahead and Annapurna range to the left. The way provides an alluring scene of the isolated red rhododendron trees and a wide bio-diversity until we reach High Camp (3,580m). Overnight stay at High Camp.

This day marks to conquer Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) trekking along the ridge for another 4 to 5 hours. get up the hill to the viewpoint at sunrise. There is a small bamboo hut at the top with tea offerings. From the viewpoint, you’ll travel onward to the Mardi Himal Base Camp site, Following the ascending and descending narrow ridges, this place treasures the landscape view of the whole Annapurna range and the other mountain ranges like Mt Machhapuchhre (6997m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu range, Mardi Himal (5553m), and numerous others in the Annapurna region. We return to the Badaldanda after relishing the views. Overnight stay at High Camp.

Enchanted by the viewpoint of the magnificent mountain peaks, the landscape and nature about halfway to Siding, the five hours long day trip completes at Siding. Siding is basically a village which offers a quiet stay for the trekkers as this village is away from the busier trekking trails. Taking lunch at Siding and We drive back to Pokhara by Jeep. It takes about 2 Hour. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

This day, we leave Pokhara the early morning towards Kathmandu relishing the beautiful view of the flowing Trishuli River and the hills along. We reach Kathmandu after 6-7 hours travel for an overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. Upon reaching the valley, we can opt to rest or roam around the markets to shop for gifts and souvenirs. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Includes/Excludes

Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop by car/van/bus
  • TIMS cards
  • Entry permit
  • Meals during trek (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
  • Experienced local guides and porters
  • All accommodation during the treks
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit) with regular check up of oxygen saturation

Excludes

  • Any food, deserts and accommodation during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Travel medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and International air fare.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Tips for guide and Porter (Tipping is expected)
  • Personal expenses such as: Alcoholic beverages, hot shower, water bottle, cold drinks, hot water, battery charge and donation. etc.

FAQs

Trek difficulty

When it comes to trekking, the Mardi Himal Trek in the Annapurna area is a good middle ground. Even if you’re not in peak physical condition, you may still enjoy the Mardi Himal Trek by getting an in-depth briefing before you go out.

As a non-difficult trip that does not need crampons, trekking poles, oxygen cylinders, ropes, or any other technical equipment, we have seen many passengers of varying ages complete this route and they have all much liked about the adventure. Anyone in reasonably good physical shape and with enough motivation and stamina to endure a week in the mountain’s bitter cold may complete a standard Mardi Himal trip.

You’ll be much more prepared for the voyage if you can talk yourself into doing some basic pre-training, including regular physical workouts like jogging, running, climbing stairs and walking down, cycling, swimming, and hitting the gym, etc.

Best Seasons

Autumn, Spring, Summer, and Winter are the seasons for Mardi Himal Trek. These seasons have various meteorological and climatic characteristics and fall in different months.

Autumn is best for hiking Mardi Himal. Autumn lasts from September through November. Nepal’s hiking season is busy. Autumn is post-monsoon season when Annapurna’s surroundings clean up. The mountain ranges’ visibility and the region’s beauty are magnificent.

Spring is the second-best season to hike Mardi Himal. These months are affected. Spring flowers like rhododendrons bloom. Everything is green and fresh now. In this month, you may smell the Mardi Himal’s blooms. This is the peak season for plants and animals. Pre-monsoon skies are often clear, providing for greater mountain views.

Nepal’s summer lasts from June to August. Annapurna’s warmest months. This is monsoon season since it rains nearly every day. Monsoon rain makes the Mardi Himal path muddy and dangerous. Wet and slippery terrain may make it difficult to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp. Summer is a less popular time for Mardi Himal treks. If you have the right hiking and rain gear, you’ll enjoy Mardi Himal.

December, January, and February are Nepal’s winter months. Most Mardi Himal pathways may be snow-covered in winter. Winter is dry and cold. Most visitors avoid Mardi Himal in winter. Annapurna’s beauty and snow-covered mountains are stunning.

People and Lifestyle

On the way to Mardi Himal, the area is inhabited by Gurung, Magar, and Chhetri individuals. The people, their customs, and their way of life are all a fascinating blend of modernity and history.

Nature and old culture abound on the Mardi Himal Trek. Species variety and scenic vistas exist across the area. Stunning snow-capped mountains, verdant valleys, gushing waterfalls, rushing rivers, verdant hills, rich forests of rhododendron, oak, and juniper, and numerous animal and bird species await you. And alongside this, you’ll find a synthesis of Buddhist and Hindu practices. Through trekking in this area, you may learn about the customs and culture of local peoples including the Chhetris, Brahmins, and Gurungs.

Heritage and landscapes

The hike to Mardi Himal’s base camp is one of the smoothest in the Annapurna range. It leads up to a camp at the base of the Mardi Himal, which is situated at an elevation of around 4,500 meters. There are spectacular views of the entire Annapurna range from base camp, including Annapurna, Machapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, Singha Chuli, and notably Mardi Himal, a short but lovely mountain, at a height of 5587 m.

Villages and towns like as Kande, Deurali, Siding, Kokar, Dhampus, and so on are visited by the trekkers during this period. On the Mardi Himal hike in Nepal, the highest point is Mardi Himal Base Camp. No acclimatization days have been planned because the most of the journey will be at elevations below 3000 m. However, the Mardi Himal hiking route features difficult ascents throughout, particularly on the day you’re scheduled to reach Base Camp.

Similar to other treks in the Annapurna area, the Mardi Himal trip passes through beautiful rhododendron and pine woods. You’ll also come across rivers and waterfalls on your journey, the water of which is both cold and pure, and flows at a rapid pace. On occasion, you’ll be able to walk on suspension bridges across them, but at other times you’ll have to walk beside them. You will be surrounded by breathtaking landscapes along the journey, many of which will make you wish you could remain here forever. Grassy meadows and hillside terraces would also be part of these settings.

Flora and Fauna

Approximately 3,300 meters in altitude, the Mardi Himal trail winds through a dense rhododendron wood on a network of tiny trails. Moving higher, the landscape will transform into craggy high mountains, offering a breathtaking view of Machhapuchhre Himal, also known as Fishtail. The Mardi Himalayas are home to many different kinds of trees, but rhododendrons, bamboo, and oaks stand out among the crowd.

Recommended Gears for the Trek

The Mardi Himal Basecamp Trek can be appropriate and pleasant if you are geared up with a proper packing list. Therefore, being prepared with the packing list prior to the trek comes in handy.

The necessary packing list for the trek are mentioned under the following points:

Clothing

  • Jackets (Windproof or Down)
  • Waterproof outerwear
  • Thermal wears
  • Woolen hat or cap
  • Pair of gloves
  • Shoes
  • Tracksuits and trouser
  • Trekking boot
  • Towel

Equipment

  • Bags
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Camera, binocular and mobile phones
  • Extra batteries or power bank
  • Water purifier tablets
  • Headlamp and torch
  • Trekking Sticks
  • Lighters
  • Whistle
  • Toilet papers and tissue papers

Conclusion

The Mardi Himal Trek is a potentially fantastic hiking adventure. Incredible views of Macchapuchre, Annapurna, and Hiunchuli await you. Rhododendron groves, with their intoxicating scents and vibrant colors, are sure to win your heart. You’ll get a fantastic opportunity to learn about the Magar and Gurung cultures and ways of life. Trekkers traveling alone or in groups might enjoy this hike. The Annapurna mountains are a sight to behold, and you will enjoy looking at them.

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Mardi Himal Basecamp Trek
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