Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal is a 5,587 peak beneath the much more prominent Machapuchare in the Annapurna region of Nepal, from which it is separated by a 5,200m col. It was first summited in 1951 by Basil Goodfellow. Fantastic Mardi Himal Trek is located just east of one of the most legendary trekking destination of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
Mardi Himal Trek
In 2012, the Mardi Himal Trek was opened, following a ridge towards the summit, with lodges and teahouses open to an elevation of 3,550m, with a further climb to “Base Camp” at 4,500m. The peak itself is classified by the Nepalese government as a “trekking peak” and is offered by many expedition companies.
Beautiful Mardi Himal Trek
Fantastic Mardi Himal Trek is located just east of one of the most legendary trekking destination of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Mardi Himal trek is an unseen gem yet. Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp outstandingly positioned at the base of Mardi Himal and the Annapurna region´s most iconic mount Machapuchhre literally meaning “Fishtail”. The trail goes along small winding paths, through enchanted rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 meters. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
From High Camp (3700m; some maps incorrectly mention 3900 m) you can climb up to Mardi Himal Base Camp in about 3-4 hours, which offers spectacular close up views of the entire Annapurna Range. There are simple guesthouses and homestays along the entire route. If you plan to do this trek in the winter months please check with us Wilderness Excursion – Kathmandu based registered adventure trekking company operated by enthusiastic trekking pioneers.
When to trek:
- Mid Sept-October:
November is Autumn Season: this is Nepal´s peak and the best time to go trekking. March-May is the second-best season of the year to go trekking. December – January -February: the skies are clear but it can get very cold and there is a risk of passes being closed due to snowfall in Mardi Himal Trek.
- May – June:
This is Nepal´s hot pre-monsoon season and it can get very warm indeed. The valleys however are starting to bloom with flowers though green leaves come up, still a good time to Mardi Himal Trek.
- June – Mid September:
This is Monsoon season and the least popular time to go trekking in Nepal. The risk of leeches, downpours increases greatly. Due to the early forested areas leeches at this time of year in Mardi Himal are quite active! Wear long trekking trousers tucked in at this time of year. And leech/mosquito repellent spray is recommended to carry with.
Getting there and away:
Like most of the Annapurna treks except Annapurna Circuit, Mardi Himal Trek also starts and ends in Pokhara – second biggest city and naturally blessed place to relax after the big hikes in Annapurna. It is 200km to west from Kathmandu. All domestic airlines run several flights daily from Kathmandu which costs USD 110 – 125.00 per person.
And about 7-8 hours drive by tourist bus (Cost USD 10 – 25). Local buses leave every one hour from Kathmandu till 3 pm. GreenLine Buses (USD 25.00 per person) and other tourist buses lives every morning at 7:00 AM. A private car can be arranged if you ask. Wilderness Excursion can arrange and handles everything on your request.
Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary will be 5 to 7 days from/to Pokhara and 1 to 2 days transportation day from/to Kathmandu depending on the time you have and the level of your physical fitness. This trek can be combined with other related treks to Annapurna; many people combine this trek with Ghandruk trek, Panchase Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, etc. Our carefully designed 8 days itinerary is standard that suits to all average trekkers. Taking domestic flights to Pokhara from Kathmandu and start the trek on the same day shortens the trip as flights save your time. We also offer tailor-made Mardi Himal Trek so please send us your detail and requirements.
How fit I should be for Mardi Himal Trek:
This trek doesn´t require super fitness but however, a moderate level of fitness is necessary though there is no direct climbing involved. You will need to trek over some rocky sections near high camp and base camp. Guide in Himalaya (Wilderness Excursion – our corporate sister agency) advises our clients going trekking to see a doctor before they go for a check-up and to talk about dealing with altitude sickness. For pure trekking along the Mardi Himal trek in Nepal, you´ll need to consider the number of days you´ll be out trekking to get an idea of how to fit you should be. Most days include 4-7 hours of slow hiking. If you plan to do the trek in 4-5 days (which you can),
How much does it cost?
Mardi Himal Trek cost depends on the mode of tour, accommodation, and transportation. The price here we have offered is USD 379.00 per person inclusive is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. Single supplement charges USD 85.00 for solo clients. The price will be according to budget, standard, and deluxe tour plan and group sizes.
Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and comfortable rather than taking tiring long bus ride through riding bus reduces the trip cost. Accommodation in Kathmandu will be extra or we leave you a choice to book on your own. Wilderness Excursion can arrange your transfers to and from Pokhara and accommodation in Pokhara if you ask us. And there will be neat and clean simple trekking lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis during the trek.
Threat and Risk in Mardi Himal Trek:
Participants should be aware of trekking, mountaineering, and traveling in a developing country are activities that involve a risk of personal injury or death. As a condition of booking, you must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement.
Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and last-minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in a team is an important aspect of all of our trips. However, your Guide in Himalaya tries best to maximize your trip is great fun and lifetime experience.
Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary:
- DAY 1: DRIVE TO KANDE AND TREK TO DEURALI (2,232 m)
After breakfast, drive for about 40 mints to Kande on Pokhara Baglung highway. The trail climbs for about 1 ½ hrs to the ridge at 2,060 m. The clearing in the forest with lodge settlement is known as ‘Australian camp’. The place is scenic with a panoramic view of the Annapurna range and Pokhara valley. The trail further winds through the rhododendron forest to the mountain pass called ‘Deurali’. Deurali is overlooking into the Modi Khola valley wedged between Annapurna South and Mardi Himal / Mt Fishtail.
- DAY 2: TREK TO FOREST CAMP (2,600 m / 5 hrs)
After spending a beautiful morning in the ridge-top village of Deurali, we head off the main Annapurna trekking trail and follow the forested ridge to Forest camp. Since this is a new trekking destination, there are no teahouses along the way and we need to carry pack lunch and sufficient water. The day’s walk in the rhododendron forest is beautiful with gradual uphill.
- DAY 3: TREK TO LOW CAMP (3 Hrs / 2,950 m)
The trail gradually climbs through the rhododendron forest following the ridge. The low camp has got a couple of tea houses in the clearing of the forest. The view of Mt Fishtail and Mardi Himal appears much closer. You find yourself closer to clear blue sky with a view of layers of Himalayan foothills and a sweeping valley towards the south. Note: You can trek 1 more hr to Badal Danda (Cloud Hill) above the tree line in the consent of a guide for a better view. There is only one lodge in Badal Danda.
- DAY 4: SHORT WALK TO HIGH CAMP (3 HRS / 3,550 m)
The trail further climbs along the ridge towards Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail. From Badal Danda, we leave the tree line and arrive in the shrubby alpine zone. Snowcapped peaks of Annapurna South, Huinchuli, and Fishtail looms in a distance above the deep valley on either side. High camp is a small pasture after the climb with 3 lodges. Here you find yourself above the clouds and closer to snowcapped peaks.
- DAY 5: EXPLORE MARDI HIMAL BASE CAMP (7 Hrs / 4,500 m)
The day trip is more difficult than other days with a steep climb and a longer walk. The trail becomes more vertiginous at some points with uneven and steep rocky steps. The first steep climb will take about 2 hrs to the ridge top which is marked as MBC (Mardi Himal Base Camp). However, the real base camp will take about another 2 hrs along the ridge. The view is amazing all along the ridge. While Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail appear right above us, view of Annapurna I, Gangapurna, and Annapurna III also appears at a distance.
- DAY 6: TREK BACK TO FOREST CAMP (4 hrs)
Even though the scenery is stationary, season and sunlight make it different and interesting. Spend another morning watching the change that the sun rays bring. Walk down to forest camp after breakfast.
- DAY 7: WALK DOWN TO LWANG GHALEL VILLAGE (4 Hrs / 1,500 m)
The trail climbs down steeply through rhododendron and Maple forest to the permanent settlements closer to the valley basin. Lwang is a self-sufficient Gurung village with rich culture and happy people. The village is the best place to watch the Nepalese countryside lifestyle and enjoy organic food. The village farmers also grow organic tea in 50 hectors of land. Farmers offer homestay accommodation. The waterfall in the outskirt of the village offers one of the most exciting canyoning adventures.
- DAY 8: BACK TO POKHARA
Down to the Mardi River basin and drive back to Pokhara. It will take about 1 and ½ hrs to get to Pokhara in a 4WD. The first 1 hr is drive on the dirt road. This way, you can finish Mardi Himal Trek.
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