Mardi Himal Trek | Cost, Itinerary and Difficulty

  • Jun 28, 2019
  • Marvel Adventure
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Mardi Himal Trek is an exclusive short moderate adventure with touch of high altitude that leads you to adventurous experience around hidden areas of Mardi Himal in the backdrop of massive Annapurna.
Mardi Himal Trekking leads you to highest spot at its base camp at 4,500 m and 14,500 ft high located close beneath of staggering South Face of Machhapuchare Himal, the famous ‘Fish Tail Peak’. 
Mardi Himal high ridges and its base camp area, christened as Other Sanctuary by early pioneers and explorer in mid 1960’s and 1970’s, after the main one within inner Annapurna base camp, located North West from Mardi Himal.
Mardi Himal is actually a broken ridge of Machhapuchare Himal. This small peak can be viewed from renowned touristic city Pokhara on nice clear day. Pokhara itself is blessed with natural beauty of high Annapurna range of peaks with Machhapuchare Himal that reflects on its serene Lakes of Phewa and Begnas.
Where at Pokhara most adventure around Annapurna Himalaya starts and ends, Mardi Himal is located a mere 35 k.m, as crow fly distance (aeronautical miles) from the scenic city Pokhara.
Certainly a lovely short adventure from moderate to adventurous country walks in the backdrop of massive Annapurna range of peaks with towering Machhapuchare Himal, one of virgin and unclimbed peaks around Himalaya.
Mardi Himal, where one can have the options of choosing two alternative routes to reach its base camp. Tthe normal route is from Dhampus village or from Australian Camp (Thulo Kharka) that leads you through villages till to a place of Deurali.
A scenic view point hill, where route to Mardi Himal diverts to hidden corners away from main trails and villages to enter enchanting forest of rhododendron, magnolia and pine trees, as walk leads you at high camp to reach at Mardi Himal base camp on the highest point of the adventure.
At Mardi Himal Base Camp enjoy complete views of surrounding high mountain range that includes massive Annapurna peaks with Mardi Himal and majestic Machhapuchare Himal. 
Mardi Himal at the height of 5,587 m high, hidden and enclosed a lesser mountains often climbed and ventured by other trekkers and adventurer with options of alternative route to reach back on the road head either walk the same way or downhill to Sidang to reach Pokhara. 
The other hidden trails to Mardi Himal area following Mardi River to the base of a hill at Lwang village, and then walk higher through rural farm villages Dhiprung, Kumai, Khorchang and Simre Kharka to Mardi Himal Base Camp, where return route leads back on the same trail to Pokhara. 

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Mardi Himal Trek Highlights

  • On less ventured areas of massive Annapurna Himalaya range to Mardi Himal

  • Scenic and hidden path within dense forested area with daily views of mountains

  • Explore beautiful surroundings on walks to Mardi Himal base with grand scenery

  • In complete tranquil within perfect wilderness of mountains and high green hills

  • Off the beaten tracks beyond main trail and villages in the harmony of nature 


Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

Standard Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Kande or Dhampus village and trek to Deurali 2,145 m via Australian Camp or Thulo Kharka (if driving to Kande) where walk leads for few hours to Potana and at Deurali for overnight stop.
Day 02: Trek to Kokar Forest camp (2,520 m) - 5 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Badal Danda / Low Camp (2,970 m) - 5 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to High Camp (3,700 m) - 05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m)
Day 06: Trek to Low Camp for overnight stop - 4 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Siding village (1,750 m) - 5 hrs.
Day 08: Trek and drive to Pokhara (850 m) - 2 hrs

Alternative Route Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Pokhara and start trek to Dhiprung (1,675 m) via Mardipul and Lwang village - 5 hrs.
Day 02: Trek to Simre Kharka (2,400 m) - 06 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Khorchon (3,682 m)
Day 04: Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m)
Day 05: Trek all the way to Kumai (1,890 m) - 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Lwang for overnight stop - 05 hrs.
Day 07: Drive back to Pokhara via Mardipul- 02 hrs. 

Mardi Himal Trek Difficulty

Mardi Himal Trek is for all interested people from family, school / college groups to corporate type of people where moderate walk takes you mid hills and high ridges with not much problem catching AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).
Where altitude gains slowly where you get well acclimatize on walks with overnight stops at certain altitude by the time you reach the highest point of the trek at Mardi Himal base camp.
Expect ups and down walks on this trek as well in all Himalayan region, where flat and gradual section are few in Himalayan countries that makes adventure interesting along with views and local culture.
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Best Season for Mardi Himal Trek

March to May are the best times for clear views till afternoon where wild flowers are in bloom with fabulous views of mountains leads you to pleasant day walks with cooler temperatures on mid to high hills. The morning and night time will be cold as temperatures drops, where one can expect snow sometimes on higher elevation from 2,500 m onward.
During March to May, hills are lively with wild flowers in season with riots of colors especially the rhododendron of various species, the national flower of Nepal.
October to November another best season during autumn of fall with clear blue sky and excellent views of peaks but with short sunlight hours, where morning and night can be freezing cold in the morning and night time, depending upon altitude wise with overnight stops. You might get snowed sometimes during this time of the year on higher altitude from 2,000 m onward. 

Mardi Himal Trekking Norms and Conditions

As this is a new route gaining much popularity among trekkers and adventurer where one has to join with local trekking agency like Marvel Adventure for safe and enjoyable holiday.
Trekking Permits ‘TIMS’ (Trekking Information Management Systems) should be obtained as compulsory for this or any other treks in Nepal Himalaya. Similarly, ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry fee also required.
The trekking cost varies as per company rules that you join in with as per the number of days that includes hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with all meals on treks with guide and porters wages, transportations as well staff insurance for the trek to Mardi Himal. 

Conclusion and Overall View of Mardi Himal Trekking

Mardi Himal Trek is a new destination for most local and abroad adventure companies, although the trek existed from both routes. However, due to the less flow of trekkers, the overnight stop lodges were not available earlier. 
At present since past decade lodges has been built but small, clean with cozy rooms with common bathrooms and toilets due to its remote wilderness.
The other alternative route where lodge do not exist except in some places like Lwang and Simre Kharka where trekkers can stay in local home stay or camping.
Thus it is one of the most beautiful and scenic short trek of week duration where all trekkers can fit in this fabulous walks on the hidden trails to wonderful areas of Mardi Himal where altitude gains slowly, which makes this adventure enjoyable for all types of people, as long one is physically fit and in sound health to cope with up and down hills.


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