Mardi Himal trek is one of the best and short trekking destinations in the Annapurna region. Mardi Himal trek is also known as the Hidden treasure of Annapurna region Trek. This trekking route is popular in the tourism markets.
This trek gives the closest view of snow-capped mountains like Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre(6993m), Hiunchuli(6441m), Annapurna I, II and III, Mardi Himal (5,553 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m), Dhaulagiri Himal(8167m), etc.
The natural beauty and incredible scenery are scattered throughout the region. Witnessing Buddhist culture and walking past the traditional Gurung villages is truly blissful. The warm hospitality of villagers is quite remarkable.
The Mardi Himal trek 5 days starts and ends at Pokhara. Throughout this trekking, you will stay overnight at lodges in Deurali(2125m), Low camp(3150m), and High camp(3700m). We will reach the Base camp(4500m) from high camp and trek all the way down to Siding(1800). Finally, your trek will end in Pokhara.
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Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek
- Amazing view of the Himalayan panorama. It includes Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Manaslu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Mardi Himal.
- The Tradition, culture, and hospitality of local groups of people, especially Gurung.
- Beautiful and remote villages like Siding and Liwang
- Exotic faunal and floral diversity along the trail. You will see magnolia, pine, Rhododendron and oak forest along the trails.
- The deep forests, amazing landscapes, and green hills.
- Vegetation, Greenery, and terraced farms alongside the trek.
- The High Camps are Mardi Himal Base Camp and the Forest Base Camp along the way.
Itinerary of 5 Days Mardi Himal Trek
Day 1: Drive to Kande from Pokhara and trek to Deurali
Starting from Pokhara, you will drive to Kande for 40 minutes on the Pokhara-Baglung highway. You will then climb to a peak of 2,060 m for about one and a half hours. You will walk through the panoramic views of the Annapurna range and the beautiful valley of Pokhara. The trail further takes you to the mountain pass called’ Deurali’ through the Rhododendron forest. The wedged pass between Mardi Himal and Annapurna South overlooking the Modi Khola gorge.
Day 2: 3 hours Trek to Low Camp
Along the ridge, through the Rhododendron trees, the trail slowly climbs up. There are some tea houses in the forest opening in the Low Camp. It is closer to the view of Mardi Himal and Machapuchare. You walk along the clear blue sky with a glimpse of the Himalayan foothill layers and the sweeping south valley.
Note: With the guide’s agreement, you can reach Badal Danda (Cloud Hill) after walking 1 more hour above the treeline.
Day 3: Short walk of 3 hours to High Camp
Moving up the mountain, the trail takes you to Mardi Himal and Machapuchare. Leaving the tree line from Badal Danda, we will arrive in the shrubby alpine forest. Huinchuli, Annapurna South, and Machapuchare snow-capped peaks appear on both sides in the distance above the deep valley. The high camp only has three lodges and is small pasture land. You are near to the snow-capped peaks which feel like being above the clouds.
Day 4: Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and trek to Siding
The day trip is considered more challenging than others with longer walks and steep climbs on the way. With steep rocky and rough steps at some points, the trail gets more difficult to climb. MBC (Mardi Himal Base Camp) is marked as the first steep climb to the top of the ridge and will take about 2 hours. The view from the hill is incredible. You can explore the Mardi Himal and Mt Machapuchhre which appear just above us and the views of mountains Annapurna I, III and Gangapurna that appear at a distance.
It’s now time to descend back to Siding. You will walk for 4 hours on a slippery and steep trail. The tough trail will take you into a beautiful and traditional village of Siding.
Overnight at Lodge or a homestay, you will witness the wonderful cultural experiences of the village.
Day 5: Drive back to Pokhara
This is the last day of our trek. We can find a jeep ride back to Pokhara from more. It is around an hour’s drive from there to Pokhara.
Best Time for Mardi Himal Trek
You can accomplish Mardi Himal Trek throughout the year. The two most favorable seasons for the trek are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November).
The temperature in Autumn is typically moderate and stable with a reasonable sky. You can enjoy the view of the mountains and scenes all through the trek. However, you will find more trekkers during this time.
Spring is viewed as the second-best time for trekking in Nepal. The temperature is somewhat hotter and stable during this season. The sky can be unclear and dim, which implies the view may not be as clear as in the Autumn.
Winter brings cold and it is not suitable for trekking. Snow covers the upper trails and the trails will be slippery. In case you’re intending to trek to Mardi Himal throughout the winter, pack comfortable garments and top-notch camping beds.
The Monsoon is the least favorable time to go trekking in Mardi Himal. The temperature and climate are wet and you will trek through a dangerous path. Trekking in storm requests proper planning and pressing for the wet climate.
Cost of Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days
The cost for Mardi Himal Trek for 5 days ranges from about $300 to $400.
It includes your cost of food and accommodation, transportation cost, and Travel insurance cost. It also includes the cost of hiring guides and porters, permits cost and the cost of trekking equipment.
This cost varies according to your preferences- where you wish to accommodate, how long you want to extend your trip, which route you plan to embark on, and so on.
Difficulty in Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days
Mardi Himal Trek does not demand any technical skills. It is a moderate and one of the short trek. The most challenging part of this trek is hiking from the High Camp to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. The route becomes much slippery and steeper on this day. However, the trek is comfortable for an enjoyable and pleasant walk.
The whole trek covers around 50-65km relying on which route you pick. You can finish the trek from 5 to 8 days if you walk for 5 to 6 hours every day. The danger of Acute Mountain Sickness is least as the most elevated rise of this trek stands 4,500m at the Mardi Himal Base Camp. It is important to remain hydrated throughout the trek.
Since the climate of the mountains changes rapidly, it is necessary to pack all the required gears for the trek. It is better to carry waterproof boots and all the basics for cold and wet climates.
Experienced trekkers consider this Mardi Himal as a simple trek. However, it requires a specific degree of physical fitness. You can do proper planning and cardio-related exercise before a few weeks of the trek.
Mardi Himal Trek is a perfect goal for beginner trekkers who want to have a quick Himalayan experience.
Tips for Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days
- Keep yourself hydrated. As you walk, the water content in your body decreases because of sweat and heat. So, you must drink plenty of water to maintain body hydration. This way, you can fight against altitude sickness as well.
- If you are trekking in summer/ monsoon, carry insect repellents and table salts. You will encounter leeches, mosquitoes, and other different insects on this trip.
- Hire a guide to accompany you. Although you can trek alone, walking with a guide has many perks. From your safety to the arrangement of meals and beds, they will help you everywhere.
- Before you begin your trek, collect enough information on the weather and temperature of the place.
- Pack light, pack wise.
- Walk slow, take enough rest. Ascend gradually.
- Carry hand cash. You will not find ATMs in the mountainside so, be ready with hand cash.
● Can I go on a solo trek to the Mardi Himal Trek?
Yes, it is possible to go on a solo trek to Mardi Himal. This trek is short and can be done by anyone. Most of the time the path is solitary. However, we recommend you to hire a guide, if you’re a novice trekker.
● How safe is it safe to drink water in Mardi Himal Trek?
Water from the local sources is not safe to drink so you should not drink water directly from the tap. You can buy bottled water throughout the trail. However, bottled water is slightly expensive so we highly suggest you carry tablets, water purifiers, or SteriPen purifiers.
● Will I suffer from altitude sickness in Mardi Himal Trek?
You can face altitude sickness above 3,000m from the sea level. You’re always at risk of suffering from altitude sickness since the maximum elevation of this trek is 4,500m at Mardi Himal Base Camp. Therefore, it is essential to stay hydrated and take safety precautions while trekking.
● Should I do travel insurance before trekking to Mardi Himal?
Yes, we recommend you to have travel insurance before trekking to Mardi Himal. It is better to get the insurance that covers medical charges, helicopter evacuation, theft, and so forth.
● What type of accommodation is available in Mardi Himal Trek?
The teahouses and lodges of Mardi Himal Trek provide basic services. They offer common rooms and toilets in sharing-basis. Hot showers, WiFi, boiled water, and charging facilities are available in the teahouses but will cost you extra money.
Note: This is a complete itinerary of Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days. You can customize this trek according to the places you like to visit. Nepal Guide trekking will help you plan your trek wisely and you can go on a hassle-free trek. For more details email us and we will get back to you.