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Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek Overview

Key Information

Duration:

12 Days

Grade:

Moderate

Best Season:

Feb, March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec

Maximum altitude

4100

Accommodation

Lodge

Transportation

Car / Flight

Highlights 

  • Each step along the trail unveils stunning views of the surrounding range, offering a feast for the eyes and soul alike.
  • Notable spots such as Dhampus, Pothana, Deurali, Lovely Hill, Badal Danda, and View Point treat trekkers to picturesque panoramas.
  • Experience a harmonious blend of enchanting jungle walks and awe-inspiring Himalayan scenery.
  • Marvel at the panoramic views of iconic peaks including Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and more.
  • Witness the ethereal blossoming of rhododendron flowers in February, March, and April, adding a splash of vibrant color to the landscape.
  • Encounter local wildlife such as yaks roaming amidst the pristine wilderness, adding a touch of wilderness to your journey.

Mardi Himal Trek: A Journey to Serenity

Nestled beneath the prominent Machapuchare in the Annapurna region of Nepal, Mardi Himal stands at an impressive 5,587 meters (18,330 ft). First summited in 1961 by Basil Goodfellow, this peak offers a unique and exhilarating trekking experience for adventurers. The trail to Mardi Himal was officially opened in 2012, leading trekkers along a picturesque ridge towards the summit. Lodges and teahouses along the way provide accommodations up to an elevation of 3,550 meters, with the Base Camp situated at 4,500 meters.

The Trekking Experience

Starting from the beautiful city of Pokhara, the Mardi Himal Trek takes you through charming villages such as Dhampus and Pothana. The trail meanders through dense forests of oak, rhododendron, and bamboo, gradually ascending to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. At 4,500 meters, trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, and Himchuli peaks.

The trek is categorized as a "trekking peak" by the Nepalese government, making it an accessible adventure for many. Its proximity to Pokhara makes it a convenient option for those seeking a shorter trekking experience or for those looking to combine it with a longer circuit. Despite its moderate difficulty, the trek offers stunning scenery, including traditional villages, lush forests, and majestic snow-capped peaks.

Rich Birdlife and Biodiversity

The Mardi Himal trekking trail lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area, a haven for biodiversity in the heart of the Himalayas. A recent study conducted by researchers in 2019 revealed a rich bird population along the trail, with 673 birds of 152 different species recorded between 1,030 meters and 3,050 meters above sea level. The study found that bird species diversity varied with altitude, peaking at certain elevations before declining.

Factors such as temperature, precipitation, proximity to water sources, and distance from human settlements influenced bird species richness. The diverse habitats along the Mardi Himal trek support a wide variety of birdlife, making it a paradise for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.

Growing Popularity and Local Tourism

The Mardi Himal Trek is gaining popularity among both local and international tourists. Its accessibility, combined with the allure of stunning natural beauty and a less crowded trail, makes it an attractive option for trekkers. Recent observations indicate that the number of Nepalese tourists is on par with international visitors, highlighting the trek's growing appeal among local adventurers.

Updated Trekking Regulations

In March 2023, Nepal introduced new regulations requiring non-Nepalese tourists to be accompanied by a licensed guide or book through a trekking company while trekking in national parks, including Mardi Himal. Although the enforcement of these rules has been inconsistent as of May 2024, it is advisable to plan your trek with a reputable company to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Join Us for an Unforgettable Adventure

Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks invites you to explore the serene beauty of Mardi Himal. Our experienced guides are committed to providing a safe, enjoyable, and unforgettable trekking experience. Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a beginner, the Mardi Himal Trek offers a unique adventure that will leave you with lasting memories.

Embark on a journey to Mardi Himal with us and discover the breathtaking landscapes and rich biodiversity of the Annapurna region. Book your trek today and experience the magic of the Himalayas with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks.

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

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Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1310

Arrival in Kathmandu 4429.13ft and welcome by HAITE Treks member and transfer to the hotel. And in the evening we discuss our trekking Mardi Himal.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
827

After having breakfast in Kathmandu, we will drive to Pokhara by comfortable tourist bus. We drive on low lands with views of Himalayan peaks and overwhelming greenery passing through many farm villages and towns we will reach the scenic and beautiful city of Pokhara. From Pokhara, we can view the Annapurna range of mountains with pristine Lake.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2450

After breakfast in Pokhara, a short drive of 1:30 hours to Pitam Durali, we will start our trek to a lovely hill with scenic views of landscapes and snow-clad peaks. The trekking route leads into the complete wilderness away from the mainstream trekking trail heading to a deep forested area where the temperature drops to cool and refreshing air with super views of Annapurna I and South with Himchuli including Annapurna IV -II and Lamjung Himal, and we will stay here.

 

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
2970

Today we trek leads higher on the uphill path with a steep climb to reach a pasture land for an overnight stop on route low camp with fantastic views of surrounding landscapes and mountains at close range today is a short trek where you can marvel at beautiful scenery at ease with moderate trek reaching at Low Camp for lunch and overnight at lodge.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
3540

Today after our breakfast trekking leads beyond towards the upper and ridgeline of Mardi Himal hills, as the walk progress leaving behind the tall tree lines and lush vegetation for alpine shrubs and dwarf rhododendron bushes. This Mardi Himal high camp will offer a great view of the surrounding Himalayas and landscapes with high snow-clad mountains as the trek approaches closer towards Mardi Himal and towering Mt. Machhapuchare, a perfect spot within absolute tranquility as the walk leads to High Camp, where the air gets thinner and cooler after a steep climb to will reach and overnight lodge.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
4250

Today after having breakfast, we hike to the upper viewpoint 4250 meters for a marvelous mountain view, and we will trek back down to Badal Danda overnight lodge.

Food
Breakfast/lunch
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1500

After an enjoyable and memorable trek with an awesome view trek leads back into forested areas full of rhododendron and pines trees, retracing the path back into a forest, reaching Siding village, we will arrange transportation to Pokhara, and we will stay at the hotel with BB plan.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

After a good breakfast in Pokhara, we will drive back to Kathmandu for 7 hours by tourist bus. After a wonderful trekking Mardi Himal after reaching Kathmandu HAITE, provide a certificate to complete your trek with a fare well dinner. 

Today after breakfast Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks team members drop by TIA international airport we will say by-by and see you in the next adventure

Mardi Himal Trek Cost Includes?

  • Airport Pick-Up and Drops: Your adventure begins the moment you land. We'll be there to pick you up and drop you off at the airport.

  • Transport to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu: Enjoy comfortable travel aboard a tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back, taking in scenic views.

  • Meals during the Trek: Savor three delicious meals daily - breakfast, lunch, and dinner - accompanied by a refreshing cup of tea or coffee to energize you throughout your trek.

  • Accommodation: Rest easy in cozy guesthouses (Lodges) during your trekking journey, ensuring you have a comfortable place to rejuvenate after a day of exploration.

  • Hotel Stay: Enjoy two nights of comfortable stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara with a bed and breakfast plan, providing a relaxing retreat before and after your adventure.

  • Transport to Phedi: Reach the starting point of your trek hassle-free with transportation to Phedi by taxi or jeep, tailored to suit the needs of your group.

  • Experienced English Guide: Our knowledgeable guides will accompany you, providing insights into the local culture, history, and natural wonders throughout your journey.

  • Necessary Porter Service: You'll have the support of porters at a ratio of 1:2, ensuring your belongings are safely transported during the trek.

  • Medical Kit: Safety is our priority. A medical kit box will be available throughout the trek to address any minor health concerns.

  • Government and Local Taxes: All necessary taxes are included in the package, giving you peace of mind throughout your adventure.

  • Permits: Gain access to the breathtaking Annapurna Conservation Area with permit fees included, along with the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) for your convenience.

  • General Equipment for Porters: We provide essential equipment for porters, ensuring they are well-equipped for the journey ahead.

  • Staff Insurance: Our dedicated Nepali staff are insured, providing added security during your trekking experience.

  • Guide and Porter Salary: Your package includes fair compensation for our guides and porters, ensuring they are valued for their hard work and dedication.

Mardi Himal Trek Cost Excludes?

  • Trekking Equipment: Personal trekking equipment is not included. However, we can assist you in renting or purchasing any necessary gear.

  • Personal Expenses: Expenses such as alcoholic beverages, phone usage, and laundry services are not covered in the package.

  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance: While we prioritize safety, emergency rescue and travel insurance is not included. We strongly recommend obtaining personal travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances.

  • Entrance Fees: Any entrance fees for monasteries, temples, or other attractions are not included in the package.

  • Tips: While tipping is at your discretion, it is not included in the package price. If you feel satisfied with the services provided by our team, a token of appreciation is always appreciated.

Mardi Himal Trek Altitude Profile

Mardi Himal Trek FAQs

While children and elderly individuals can undertake the trek with proper preparation and guidance, it is advisable to assess their fitness levels and consult with a healthcare professional beforehand.

The starting point of the Mardi Himal Trek is typically reached by road from Pokhara, a popular tourist city in Nepal. Private vehicles or public buses are common modes of transportation.

Phone signal and internet connectivity may be limited or unavailable in certain areas along the trekking route.

Yes, it is possible to customize the trek to include visits to nearby attractions such as Ghandruk village or the Annapurna Base Camp, extending the duration accordingly.

There are basic medical facilities available at certain points along the route, and evacuation services can be arranged in case of emergencies.

Essentials include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, a first aid kit, and water purification tablets, among other items.

Altitude sickness is a potential risk due to the significant altitude gain during the trek. It is essential to acclimatize properly and be aware of symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and fatigue.

Weather conditions during the Mardi Himal Trek can vary, but generally, expect cool temperatures with the possibility of rain or snow, especially at higher elevations.

Yes, it is possible to hire experienced guides and porters who are familiar with the terrain and can enhance your trekking experience.

Accommodation along the Mardi Himal Trek route primarily consists of teahouses or guesthouses, offering basic amenities such as beds, blankets, and meals.

Yes, trekkers need permits to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area, which includes the Mardi Himal region. These permits can be obtained through authorized agencies or at the entry points of the conservation area.

The highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek is the Mardi Himal Base Camp, which stands at an altitude of approximately 4,500 meters (14,764 feet).

While previous trekking experience is not mandatory, it is recommended to have a moderate level of fitness to fully enjoy the trek, as some sections can be challenging.

The best time to undertake the Mardi Himal Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is clear, and the views are spectacular.

The Mardi Himal Trek typically lasts for around 5 to 7 days, depending on the chosen route and pace.

Mardi Himal Trek Additional Information

Mardi Himal, standing at 5,587 meters (18,330 feet), is a remarkable peak located beneath the majestic Machapuchare in Nepal's Annapurna region. This stunning peak was first summited in 1961 by Basil Goodfellow. The trek to Mardi Himal offers a unique blend of natural beauty and adventure, making it a must-visit for trekkers.

Trekking Route

The Mardi Himal Trek, inaugurated in 2012, follows a scenic ridge towards the summit. Along the route, trekkers will find cozy lodges and teahouses up to an elevation of 3,550 meters, with the base camp situated at 4,500 meters. The journey begins in the picturesque city of Pokhara and meanders through charming villages such as Dhampus and Pothana. Trekkers will traverse dense forests of oak, rhododendron, and bamboo, culminating in breathtaking views from the base camp of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, and Himchuli peaks.

Birdwatching Paradise

Mardi Himal lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area, a region renowned for its rich biodiversity. In 2019, researchers conducted comprehensive bird surveys along the Mardi Himal trekking trail, spanning altitudes from 1,030 meters to 3,050 meters. They documented 673 birds representing 152 species, noting significant seasonal variations. The study highlighted how environmental factors such as temperature, precipitation, and proximity to water sources influence bird diversity. This makes Mardi Himal not only a trekker's delight but also a haven for birdwatching enthusiasts.

Unique Trekking Experience

The Mardi Himal Trek is gaining popularity due to its blend of accessibility and adventure. Conveniently close to Pokhara, the trek can be tailored to fit a variety of schedules, from a brief 5-day excursion to a longer, more immersive journey. The trail's moderate difficulty level makes it suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers. Along the way, trekkers are treated to stunning landscapes, including quaint villages, lush forests, and snow-capped peaks. Unlike the more crowded trekking routes, Mardi Himal offers a chance to explore off-the-beaten-path areas, providing a truly unique adventure.

Growing Popularity

The trek is attracting an increasing number of both international and local tourists. The popularity of Mardi Himal has surged, with the number of Nepalese trekkers now matching that of international visitors. This growing interest underscores the trek's appeal and the unique experiences it offers.

Important Updates

In March 2023, Nepal introduced new regulations for trekking in national parks, requiring non-Nepalese tourists to be accompanied by a licensed guide or book through a trekking company. While this rule was implemented just before the trekking season, it is not being actively enforced as of May 2024. Independent trekking within the Annapurna Conservation Area remains common, allowing adventurers the flexibility to explore Mardi Himal on their terms.

Join Us

Experience the magic of the Mardi Himal Trek with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks. Our professional, friendly guides will ensure your journey is safe, enjoyable, and unforgettable. Embark on this unique adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Mardi Himal Trek Reviews

Andreas

Andreas

Germany

22nd Sep, 2015

 The most joyful and happiest day we ever had

We recommend coming to Nepal and traveling to Mardi Himal Trek with these guys Binod Karki and company Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks. Here you can find one of the most impressive holy Himalayan views, pure nature, and the most charming people. Don´t be afraid if you are not the youngest and the strongest anymore, the tour will be arranged considering your needs and abilities. You will not regret


Suman Chakrabarty

Suman Chakrabarty

India

1st Feb, 2023

Picturesque and rhododendron bloom ridge treks

Mardi Himal Trek - A Mobile Sneak Peak... Successfully completed one of the best picturesque and rhododendron bloom ridge treks, with amphitheatrical views of peaks like South Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Tarke Kang, Tare Kang, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machapuchare, Mardi Himal, Annapurna IV, II and many more, like the glimpse of Dhaulagiri. A hidden gem to get off to the beaten track in the Annapurna region, trekking through the risky ridge to the Base Camp, is much worthier than the popular ABC tre... See more k. With the teammates Subhamoy Ghosh (leader), Satyajit Das, Subojit Ghosh, Sohan Chakraborty, Sharmistha Ghosh, Rahul Barua, Manoj Dey, Subir Kumar Ghosh on April 2022-Organizer Binod and Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks Thanks. See less...


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