Mardi Himal trek 5 days
Mardi Himal Trek is one of the best short trekking destinations in the Annapurna region. It is a hidden treasure in the Annapurna region. The trekking routes of Mardi Himal are popular among the tourists.
This trek gives the best and the closest view of the snow-capped mountains like Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre(6993m), Hiunchuli(6441m), Annapurna I, II & III, Mardi Himal (5,553 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m), Dhaulagiri Himal(8167m), etc.
Trekking in this region provides you with amazing natural beauty and incredible scenery that are scattered throughout the region. Witnessing Buddhist culture and walking past the traditional Gurung villages makes the trek truly blissful. The warm hospitality of villagers will make you want to spend more time in this region.
The Mardi Himal trek 5 days starts and ends at Pokhara. You will start your journey with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kande. From there you will slowly climb up the Low Camp. You will then walk along the clear blue sky and to the higher mountains of High Camp. You will then make your way to Mardi Himal Base Camp and trek to Siding.You will then drive back to Pokhara from Siding.
You stay in tea houses and lodges throughout the trek.
Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek
- The Tradition, culture, and hospitality of local groups of people, especially Gurung.
- Amazing view of the Himalayan panorama. It includes Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Manaslu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Mardi Himal.
- 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.
- Vegetation, Greenery, and terraced farms alongside the trek.
- The deep forests, amazing landscapes, and green hills.
- 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
The trip starts from Pokhara, and drives to Kande on the Pokhara Baglung highway for about 40 minutes. You will then climb to a peak of 2,060 m for about one and a half hours. You will walk through a scenic place with panoramic views of the Annapurna range and the valley of Pokhara. You will walk further through the rhododendron forest to the mountain pass known as Deurali. As you pass the wedge between Mardi Himal and Annapurna South you will reach Deurali. Overnight in Deurali.
Day 2: Trek to Low Camp
On this day you will walk along the ridge. You will slowly climb up the trails through rhododendron trees. After walking for a few hours you will reach Low Camp. You can see some tea houses in the Low camp. As you reach there the view of Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre seems much closer. You will walk in the Himalayan with the clear blue sky. Note: In agreement with the guide, you can walk 1 more hour to Badal Danda (Cloud Hill) above the treeline. Badal Danda has only one cabin.
Day 3: Short walk to High Camp
Higher up the mountain, the trail climbs to Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail. We move away from the tree line from Badal Danda and arrive in the alpine forest. Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Fishtail snow-capped peaks appear on either side in a distance above the deep valley. The high camp is basically a small pasture with three lodges. You're above the clouds here and near to the snow-capped peaks.
Day 4: Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and trek to Siding
With steep climbs and longer walks, the day trip is more challenging than other days. With steep rocky and rough steps at some points, the trail becomes more difficult to climb. The first steep climb to the top of the ridge, marked as MBC (Mardi Himal Base Camp), will take about 2 hours. The view along the hill is incredible. You can explore the Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail which appear just above us and the views of Annapurna I&III and Gangapurna that appear at a distance as well.
You will now 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 trek to Mardi Himal throughout the year. The two most favorable seasons for the trek are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November).
Spring is known 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.
Autumn is known to be the best season to go on this trek. The temperature in Autumn is moderate and stable.You can get beautiful views of the mountains along with a clear sky. You can enjoy the view of the mountains and scenes all through the trek. However, you will find more trekkers during this time.
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.
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.
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, and so on.
Difficulty in Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days
Mardi Himal Trek does not demand any previous experience. It is a short and moderate trek. Hiking from high camp to the Mardi Himal Base Camp can be the most challenging part of the trek. 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 to 65 km based on the routes you pick. You can finish your trek in 5 to 8 days if you walk for 6 to 8 hours everyday.
Since the climate of the mountain is not stable, 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.
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. However, many people face altitude sickness once they are above 3000m so you must keep yourself hydrated.
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
- 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.
- Keep yourself hydrated. The level of water decreases as you walk. So you must always drink plenty of water during the trek. In this way, you can also prevent yourself from altitude sickness.
- Before you begin your trek, collect enough information on the weather and temperature of the place.
- 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.
- Walk slow, take enough rest. Ascend gradually.
- Pack light, pack wise.
- Carry hand cash. You will not find ATMs in the mountainside so, be ready with hand cash.
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.
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.
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 insurance that covers medical charges, helicopter evacuation, theft, and so forth.
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.
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.
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