Welcome to our fascinating country with various trekking routes, from Annapurna Circuit Trek to Everest Base Camp Trek for experienced trekkers to Poon Hill trek and Mardi Himal trek for beginners, Nepal has it all. Today I am going to write about Mardi Himal Trek, which is an exciting journey that takes you deep into the heart of the Annapurna Region in Nepal. This hidden trail offers breathtaking closure views of Himalayas, different landscapes and a chance to immerse yourself in the rich culture of the most popular trekking region, the Annapurna. In this blog post, we will look into into the wonders of the Mardi Himal trek, stay with me for insights into its difficulty level, duration, itinerary and everything else you need to know to plan before going on this unforgettable adventure.
Table of Contents
- Overview of the Mardi Himal Trek
- Difficulty Level of the Mardi Himal Trek
- Duration of Mardi Himal Trek
- Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary
- Mardi Himal Trek Cost
- Mardi Himal Trek Height
Overview of the Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal trek is a comparatively new and less walked trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Despite its increasing popularity it remains unspoiled and offers the experience of off the beaten path to trekking lover individuals. This trekking route takes you to the base camp of Mardi Himal, a stunning mountain standing tall at 5,587 meters (18,330 feet). Along the way on this trek, you will pass through lush rhododendron forests, picturesque villages, and panoramic views of the Annapurna massif, Machhapuchhre Himal (Fishtail Mountain), and Mt Hiunchuli. Mardi Himal is an excellent alternative to another most Poon Hill Trek and suitable for those seeking a less crowded and challenging adventure in the Himalayas and that’s also in just 4 days from Pokhara.
Difficulty Level of the Mardi Himal Trek
One of the most common asked by trekkers who are planning on doing this is, “How difficult is the Mardi Himal trek?” Although it offers a easy to moderate level of difficulty, this trekking is suitable for both experienced trekkers and beginners who considered themselves to be relatively fit. This trail involves some steep ascents and descents along with some rugged terrain. Altitude sickness can also be a concern but with proper acclimatization and a gradual pace, it can be minimized and you can safely make it to the top. Hiring an experienced guide is recommended to find the way on the trail and ensure your safety, this trail got many side trips and there many cases of trekkers missing their ways. With proper preparation and determination, Mardi Himal trek can be a doable option that is definitely going to rewards you with incredible experience.
Duration of Mardi Himal Trek
Duration of Mardi Himal trek varies depending on your itinerary and hiking pace. Generally, the trek takes around 4-6 days to complete, starting and ending in Pokhara. It is advisable to allocate some extra days to properly acclimatize and at the same time explore additional places at lower altitude to make sure you are properly safe before going on high altitude. The trek begins and ends in the popular city of Pokhara, where you can enjoy stunning view from Phewa Lake. The trail tentatively covers 65 kilometers, allowing you to enjoy the mesmerizing countryside and to dive yourself in the tranquility of beautiful Himalayan range.
Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary
Here’s 4-day standard itinerary for the Mardi Himal trek. This is also the itinerary that we run on everyday basis starting from Pokhara. You can choose to start this trek on any date that works for you. We pick you up from hotel in Pokhara (lakesidea area) and drop you off back to lakeside area hotel afte the trek on 4th Day.
Day 1: Drive to Pitam Deurali and Trek to Forest Camp
Drive from Pokhara to Pitam Deurali, start trekking from Pitam Deurali to Forest Camp
Altitude: 2550m (8365ft)
Trekking Duration: 4 hours (after a 2-hour drive)
Overnight at Forest Camp
Day 2: Trek from Forest Camp to High Camp
Begin the day by trekking from Forest Camp, continue ascending towards High Camp
Altitude: 3580m (11745ft)
Trekking Duration: 6.5 hours
Enjoy the stunning views along the way
Overnight at High Camp
Day 3: Trek from High Camp to View Point and Return to Low Camp
Start the day with a trek from High Camp, reach the View Point at an altitude of 4200m (13779ft)
Take in the breathtaking panoramic views
Descend back to Low Camp
Altitude: Low Camp – 2990m (9810ft)
Trekking Duration: 6 hours
Overnight at Low Camp
Day 4: Trek from Low Camp to Siding Village and Drive Back to Pokhara
Embark on the final leg of the trek from Low Camp, descend to Siding Village
Altitude: Siding Village – 1890m (6200ft)
Trekking Duration: 4 hours
From Siding Village, drive back to Pokhara
Drive Time: 1.5 hours
Arrive in Pokhara and conclude the trek
For trip overview, detailed trip information, FAQ about the trip, please explore this 4-day Mardi Himal Trek, which is available every day throughout the year.
Mardi Himal Trek Cost
Mardi Himal trek costs USD 395 per person. This cost includes the guide, permit, transport to the trailhead and back, teahouse accommodation, meals, and all applicable taxes.
Mardi Himal Trek Height
Maximum height reached during this 4-day trek to Mardi Himal is 4200 meters. Starting from 850 meters in Pokhara, we gradually ascend to 2550 meters in Forest Camp, further to 3580 meters in High Camp, and finally reach our final destination, Viewpoint, standing at 4200 meters.
This Mardi Himal trek itinerary allows you to experience the spectacular beauty of the Himalayas in just 4 days, making it perfect for those with limited time. This moderate level trek is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Starting with a drive to Pitam Deurali, the Mardi Himal trek takes you through picturesque destinations such as Forest Camp, Low Camp, High Camp, and View Point. You’ll then descend back to Siding Village before returning to Pokhara. Mardi Himal View Point offers a wonderful panoramic view of the region. Once back in Pokhara, you can reflect on your remarkable journey and enjoy a well deserved massage available around the lakeside area.
Book your Mardi Himal Trek today and embrace the challenge while witnessing the pristine beauty of Annapurna mountain region.