A Complete Guide to Mardi Himal trek: a recently opened short trekking route in Nepal. The trek was only available for a handful of trekkers but now has been made available for everyone.
If you prefer to witness the vivid and diverse beauty of Nepal in a relatively short time, this trip might just be for you. You’d be amazed to realize how blessed Nepal is, naturally. The geographical diversity is spectacular. Mardi Himal Trek itself is a diverse trek which starts off with gorgeous rhododendron forests leading to beautiful rocky mountains and base camps which may or may not have snow (It depends on the time you’re visiting).
But is that it? Just some forests and mountains? But I have seen forests and mountains, why should I care about Mardi Himal Trek? Is it even different from any other trek?
Well, it is different from any other trek in Nepal. Mardi Himal Trek offers you unforgettable views of beautiful mountains such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu ranges. And since it is a recently opened route, you will find it easier to find hotels and there will be a lesser crowd. It’s an experience that you’ll love. Furthermore, the prices for both accommodation and food is reasonable compared to other treks. And if you are fortunate enough, you may also be able to witness rare flora and faunas like Honey Badgers.
The Mardi Himal Trek is an alternative trail to the busy trails of the Annapurna Region like ABC, Annapurna Circuit Trekking, Ghorepani and Poon hill Trek.
On the way to Mardi Himal, you will encounter a lot of interesting villages like :
Lumre, Kalimati : A village inhabited by Ghale and Bhraman , which shows the perfect harmony between people of different castes in Nepal.
This Mardi Himal trek review/guide talks about facts, maps, best trekking season and everything that you need to know about Mardi Trek Nepal.
Facts about Mardi Trek Nepal
Mardi Himal trek’s highest point lies at Mardi Himal Base Camp which is at a height of 4,500 meters (14, 763 ft)
The trail was recently opened in 2012
The lowest point of the trek is 2,900 meters
The highest sleeping point is 3,580 meters
You can complete the trek within 5-7 days
You can witness Annapurna mountain range, Machhapuchhre and Mount Hiunchuli from Mardi Base Camp.
What is Mardi Himal Trek’s Altitude?
Mardi Himal trek altitude is 4,500 meters. The highest point of Mardi Himal trek is at 4,500 meters (14,763 ft) and the lowest altitude is 2,900.
Where is Mardi Himal?
Mardi Himal lies at the east of popular Annapurna Base Camp trek. Since it is hidden and newly opened, the trekking route is best for people who do not prefer a lot of crowds.
How long does the trip last for?
Normally, the trek lasts for 5-7 days. This is the best trek for people who do not have adequate time but still want to observe the vivid natural beauty of the Annapurna region and Nepal.
Mardi Himal short trek
How difficult is Mardi Himal Trek?
Mardi Himal Trek is not difficult at all. The trek lasts for 5 days and the trek is one of the easiest routes there is.
Regional and Mardi Himal Trekking Maps
We would advise you to not follow any mapping applications that you have. Due to the unavailability of the internet all over Nepal, most of the places are not mapped correctly. That’s why you’ll need a guide to guide you through.
Mardi Himal Trekking Route
Mardi Himal has a number of different trekking route :
The first route of Mardi Himal Trek starts from Dhampus and ends in Mardi Himal Base Camp
The second route adds Australian camp in its way
The third route is from Lwang
Another route is Ghalel – Kalimati – Forest Camp
Sidhing village low camp (This route doesn’t require ACAP permits)
Best season for trekking
You can trek in any season you’d like but the best season has to be the peak trekking season (Mid September to early December). The skies are clear and it’s the best time to trek,
You could also trek between February and April. This is the end of dry season and can be an alternative season if you can’t trek during the peak trekking season.
You can also trek from November to Late January. Even though the skies are pretty clear in this season, the weather gets really cold and it snows a lot(duh!). This can be a hindrance since many passes do get blocked because of the snow.
May-June can also be a good time to trek. It’s pre-monsoon in Nepal. New flowers bloom. The red rhododendron forests can be an unforgettable spectacle for you.
June- Mid September is comparatively the worst season to trek. The monsoon starts and with the start of the monsoon, starts the reign of leeches. Watching as the droplets of rain kiss the green forests can be a mesmerizing event but this also brings difficulty while trekking.
Frequently asked questions about Mardi Himal Trek
Should I join a guided trek/group?
We’d advise you to join a guided trek group since there are many routes to the Mardi Base Camp. Some of the routes are difficult and do not offer the beautiful views that others offer.
Can one trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp independently or without a guide/support?
Yes, you can trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp independently or without a guide or support. The route is simple enough. But a guide can definitely add value to your trip. He can open doors for you (like literally) and take you to visit Gumbas. A good guide can give you insight into the lifestyle of people who have been living there for some time. Not only this, Mardi has a lot of different routes and a guide can take you through the best possible route.
What should you pack for Mardi Himal Trek?
Things you should pack depends on the season/time of the trek :
If you wish to go on a trek during the peak season (September to October), you may not require really warm clothes, Windcheaters, boots, etc. can be just fine.
However, if you plan to trek during the winter season (Mid November to December), you’ll have to pack warm clothes
Other things(Standard trekking items) that you should pack are :
Water Purification system
Gloves, beanies, socks that’ll protect you from the cold
Note: All of this can be bought in Kathmandu if you don’t want to face the hassle of bringing them on your flight.
How much does the Mardi Himal trek cost?
How long has Mardi Himal Trek route been open?
The Mardi Himal Trek route has been open for 6 years (it opened in 2012).
-Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private car/van
-2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast hotel in Kathmandu.
-Three times food in a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) .
-Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trekking.
-One well experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter between 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, and insurance.
-Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
-Surface Transfer to destination from Kathmandu.
-Flight fare or bus ticket from kathmandu to Pokhara/Kathmandu
-Annapurna conservation permit.
-2 nights’ accommodation in Pokhara
-Meals whilst in Kathmandu
-Nepal Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
-Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15 days from date of issue)
-You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu.
-Personal equipment including sleeping bag.
– Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverage, donation etc
-Tips for guide and Porters.
Day 1Your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport(TIA)
Your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport(TIA)and you will be meet our airport representative then transfer to hotel. We will discuss the trekking plan and last minute arrangements.
Day 3Drive to Kande
We drive for an hour and trek to Deurali (2,100m). We hike for 4 hours and enjoy the spectacular views of mountains at the Australian camp and descend to Pothana. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 5Trek from Forest camp to Low Camp
Trek from Forest camp to Low Camp (2,990m). Hike for 6 hours.
As the route ascends, the flora becomes a classic’ cloud forest’ with mousses and lichen, tree ferns and orchids filled with harder trees. There are natural windows in the woods that look out onto the breathtaking panoramas, towards Hiunchuli and the knife-sharp crossing towards South Annapurna. You can see the Modi Khola Valley leading to the Annapurna Sanctuary far below, on your left.
Day 7Rest Day: Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and back
Rest Day. Today, we will hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m) back to High Camp. Walking 7 hours, Overnight at Lodge.
Start your day with early breakfast at the Mardi Himal Base Camp. If the weather is favorable, you will trek to 16,404 ft.( 5000 m.) where Mardi Himal ‘s crest separates you from Machhapuchhre’s southern face. Below are the large icefields and the blue glaciers of the Sanctuary Wall.
Day 9Trek from Sidhing village to Lumre
Trek from Sidhing village to Lumre (1,400m) . Walking 3 hours and drive to Pokhara (910m) Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara
The trail from Siding gradually follows the valley of the river, between the pastures and through the villages of Tamang and Gurung. Finally, you’ll arrive in the village of Lwang, your night stop. There are biological tea gardens here. In the evening, meet a group of mothers who work on raising money for local projects.
Day 11Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure
Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.
Day 2Fly or Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara From Kathmandu
Fly or Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m) From Kathmandu 25 minutes by flight and 8 hours by Bus, overnight at in Pokhara.
Day 4Trek from Deurali to Forest camp
Trek from Deurali to Forest camp (2,560m). We go into the beautiful forest full of birch, rhododendron, oak, maple and hemlock. We hike for 6 hours and stay at the lodge overnight.
Day 6Trek from Low Camp to High Camp
Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (3,580m). Walking 5 hours, Overnight at Lodge.
Just a short, steep climb out of the woods. A ridge, grassy and snowy at times, leads to the High Camp. Access there by lunch and spend the afternoon with amazing views. A stone’s throw away from Annapurna South, and Machhapuchhre close enough to touch it.
Day 8Trek from High Camp to Sidhing Village
Trek from High Camp to Sidhing Village (1,850m). Walking 6 hours, Overnight at Lodge.
After a relaxed breakfast, walk through the shade of the forest and on the terraced fields, descending 5249 ft.( 1600 m.) You will follow a different route down to the upper Mardi Khola, the torrent that was once the Mardi Himal ‘s ice and snow.
Day 10Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1337m) From Pokhara 25 minutes by flight and 7 hours by bus , overnight in Kathmandu