Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

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Mardi Himal Base Camp. Badal Danda, Low Camp, High Camp, Forest Camp, Dhampus
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timer Duration
7 Days
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Traditional Gurung Culture

The Mardi Himal Trek is a relatively short trek, offering both 4-day and 5-day itineraries, and it gained popularity quickly after its opening in 2012. This trek takes you into the Annapurna Sanctuary Area, beginning in Pokhara at an elevation of 820 meters and leading you up to the stunning Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4,500 meters. While it may not be as renowned as longer treks like the Annapurna Circuit or Annapurna Base Camp, the Mardi Himal Trek provides breathtaking views of Mardi Himal itself (5,587 meters) and other snow-capped peaks like Annapurna I (8,091 meters), Annapurna South (7,219 meters), Machhapuchre (6,997 meters), and Gangapurna Himal (7,454 meters). This trek offers incredible value for the experience it provides.

The trek follows a route that includes stops at Australian Camp, Forest Camp, Low Camp, High Camp, Badal Danda, Lwang, and Lumre, depending on the duration you choose and the available routes. One remarkable aspect of this trek is that it takes you to an altitude of over 4,000 meters in just four days, making it quite impressive. The increasing number of tea houses along the way has made this short trek more accessible for trekkers of varying fitness levels, as you'll find options for meals and accommodation readily available. Additionally, the journey mostly passes through enchanting forests filled with oaks and rhododendrons, offering opportunities to spot wildlife like Musk deer, Langurs, various monkey species, Danfe (Lophophorus), and porcupines along the trek.

Finally, the Mardi Himal Trek is a hidden gem where you can immerse yourself in majestic mountain vistas, encounter diverse wildlife in lush forests, and traverse rivers and ridges all within a single trekking adventure. As you wind your way along narrow forest paths, you'll eventually emerge from the woods to witness mesmerizing views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, and Machhapuchre from the vantage point of Badal Danda. It's an unforgettable journey for nature and mountain lovers alike.

Mardi Himal Trekking Highlights:

  • Visit the stunning Mardi Himal Base Camp at an elevation of 4,500 meters.
  • Suitable and enjoyable for adventurers of all level of travellers if they are physically fit.
  • Trek through Mardi Himal High Camp (3,600m), Low Camp, and Forest Camp (2,600m).
  • Immerse yourself in the authentic rural Nepali village life for a unique experience in Annapurna Region.

Trip Info for Mardi Himal trek:

  • Trek Start:
    • Starts usually from Ulleri.
    • Requires obtaining ACAP permits and TIMS card.
    • The trail gradually ascends through diverse landscapes.

  • Accommodation:
    • Teahouses/lodges along the route offer basic lodging.
    • Dormitory-style rooms or private rooms available.
    • Basic amenities like beds, blankets, and shared bathrooms.

  • Meals:
    • Teahouses provide meals: Dal Bhat (rice, lentil soup), noodles, rice dishes, etc.
    • Limited menu items, especially at higher altitudes.
    • Carrying some energy bars and snacks is recommended.
  • Typical Day:
    • Start early in the morning for better weather and views.
    • Trek for about 6-7 hours a day, with breaks in between.
    • Reach teahouse for the night, rest, and explore.

  • Communication:
    • Limited mobile network coverage, especially at higher altitudes.
    • Some teahouses offer Wi-Fi, but it might be slow and unreliable.

  • Electricity and Water:
    • Charging devices may come at an extra cost in teahouses.
    • Hot showers might be available for an additional fee.
    • Safe drinking water: carry purification methods or buy bottled water.

  • Tipping:
    • Tipping is a common practice to show appreciation for good service.
    • You can tip guides, porters, and teahouse staff if you're satisfied.

  • Trek Season:
    • Best seasons: Autumn (clear weather) and Spring (blooming rhododendrons).
    • Winter is colder but less crowded and usually not recommended.
    • Also Summer/Monsoon not recommended to beginners.

Mardi Himal Trek Difficulty :

  • For Beginners:
    • Mardi himal trek is possible for beginners for good fitness level.
    • However beginners with low fitness level should reconsider.
  • For Experienced Trekkers:
  • Experienced trekkers can trek the Mardi Himal Trek in 4 days.
  • Familiarity with multi-day treks and altitude effects is beneficial.
  • Flexibility and previous trekking experience will be advantageous.
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Mohan Subedi

Mohan Subedi is the founder of Hinepal Treks. He is a professional trek and adventure guide.

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