Mardi Himal has recently been one of the popular trekking routes over the year. It is one of the most visited places in the Annapurna region along with Annapurna base camp and Poon hill trek. Eagle eye trek and expedition have made a short Mardi Himal trek 5 days itinerary just for you.
Mardi Himal is situated on the east side of Annapurna Base Camp which is one of the renowned trekking stops of Nepal. It is located in the Annapurna region of Gandaki Province.
Mardi Himal trek was first opened for trekking in 2012 which is still an unrevealed gem for many trekkers. The Mardi Himal base camp lies below Mt. Machhapuchhre which means “Fishtail” one of the iconic mountains of Nepal.
This trek is not that far from Pokhara, it is quite easy and short but you will be traveling to a higher altitude. The paths are filled with various cultural insights, forests, and landscapes.
You will be walking past many villages where the houses are built with stones. As you walk the trails you will enter forests filled with colorful rhododendrons.
The path through the forests continues up to the altitude of 3300m. As you climb you can get the amazing view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Mardi Himal, etc.
The beauty of nature is scattered around the region fascinating the trekkers. You also get to view the different flora and fauna, beautiful lakes, etc.
Along the way, you will notice Buddhist culture and traditional Gurung villages. The areas in these routes are mostly filled with Gurung people. The hospitality that you get from the villagers is quite homely.
You will be traveling up to an altitude of 4500m from where you can see the amazing landscapes and various mountains.
You will start your trek from Kande, then reaching the highest point Mardi Base camp return to Pokhara ending the trek.
With the Mardi Himal trek 5 days package, you get to trek to Mardi and return back in a short amount of time. This trek is pretty adventurous as you get to live the various cultures and see the geography this region has to offer.
Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek
- Reach the highest point of this trek – Mardi Himal Base camp
- Traveling through colorful forests filled with rhododendron
- Trek below Mt. Machhapuchhre
- Enjoy the mesmerizing view of mountains
- Explore the culture and tradition of Gurung
Best time to visit Mardi Himal
The weather and Temperature are unpredictable at higher altitudes. It changes throughout the seasons, so you need to choose a favorable time when you visit for the trek.
Usually, the weather around this time of the year is considered fine for trekking. The skies are clear making the view of the mountains unobstructed. The months that fall under spring are March, April, and May.
The flower starts to bloom, plants start to grow, etc making the paths greenery and fresh. As you walk through the paths you will get lost in the fragrance of the flowers.
The temperature may rise to 17-20 degrees during the day time. However, it is mild cold in the early morning and night time. In late May, there might be light rainfall. So don’t forget to check the weather forecast.
In Nepal, monsoon and summer are considered the same. The view of mountains might get hidden behind the big dark rain clouds and heavy rainfall. The months that fall under this season are June, July, and August.
Due to heavy rainfall, the roads are slippery which can be an obstacle as you trek in monsoon. The temperature ranges from 10-23 degrees this season.
If you are lucky once the rain stops you will be able to view the beautiful dirt washed nature and scenic mountain.
It is usually less preferred to trek in this season but if you want a less crowded route you can. But don’t forget to carry raincoats for the trek.
The weather is quite stable compared to other seasons. You can get the astounding view of sunrise and sunset as the skies are clear. You also get a clear view of various mountains of that region.
The months September, October, and November fall under this season. It is considered a peak season for trekking, there are also the least chances of rainfall during this season.
The temperature is usually 20 degrees in the day and 10 degrees in the night. The weather is just perfect and you don’t have to carry many warm clothes.
Winters are pretty dry with mountains and paths covered with snow. It is quite freezing in the high Himalayas. The months that fall under these seasons are December, January, and February.
The temperature drops by 5 degrees with every 1000m you climb in the mountains. It falls to -5 degrees in winter. But the walk during day time is quite warm.
Many trekkers don’t find it suitable to trek during winter due to the cold temperature. But if you can outstand the cold then you can trek during this time of the year.
The beautiful scenic view of the snow-capped mountains and forests is mesmerizing. You can also see the frozen waterfalls, glaciers, etc on the way.
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How difficult is the trek in Mardi Himal?
The trek to Mardi Himal is not that long. It is usually a 5-10 days plan. Even novice trekkers can climb this trail with ease. The difficulty is moderate compared to other treks of this region.
It is a short trek and the path you take doesn’t lead to difficult places. This trek has a lot of resting points so it is also known as a teahouse trek.
The routes are easy but due to long walks and uphill climbs, it gets exhausting. The walk you take is about 5 to 6 hours per day on this trek.
But having rest stops and tea houses along the way makes the trek enjoyable and relaxing.
Altitude sickness might be a problem while reaching the highest point of this trek so it is better to make stops in the teahouses and rest there.
Trekking in these paths doesn’t require special gear such as ropes and ice picks which is also a reason people prefer to trek in these routes.
The path between High camp and Base camp is slightly difficult as the roads are vertical and rocky making it rough.
During monsoon, the roads tend to get slippery and muddy due to rain so with proper rest and hydration you can make it to the base.
You can choose to trek between 5 to 10 days as it is also suitable for trekkers having no experience. But you can select our Mardi Himal trek 5 days which is best among them.
Mardi Himal Trek 5 days Itinerary
Eagle Eye trek and Expedition bring you a detailed itinerary of Mardi Himal trek 5 days package. You can study below:
Day 1: Drive to Kande and trek to Deurali / Pothana
You have the option of either starting your journey from Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Starting from Pokhara
Usually, your journey starts from Pokhara. So, if you are already there or you prefer starting your journey from there then it will be a lot easier.
Starting from Kathmandu
If you like to start your journey from Kathmandu, then you can either drive or fly to Pokhara.
Flying is the quickest way if you want to save time. The flight duration is about 30 minutes and is a quite comfortable medium. You also get the scenic view of mountains and valley from above.
But if you prefer long trips then you can drive to Pokhara which takes about 7-8 hours to reach there. While traveling by roads you get to view many small villages, rivers, hills, etc along the way.
Pokhara is the first destination from where you will drive to Kande through the Pokhara Baglung highway. You drive for about 1 hour to reach there. It is situated at an altitude of 1770m above sea level.
As you reach Kande you will start your trek towards Deurali. You will be walking for about 4 hours before you reach there. Deurali is situated at an altitude of 2124m.
After walking for a few hours you reach Australian camp from where you can rejoice the mesmerizing view of Annapurna Range.
The path travels through the forest of rhododendron towards the Mountain pass called Deurali. You will be crossing many villages and walking through stone steps, terrace field, etc
Reaching Deurali you get the scenic view of Phewa lake on the right of hills, Gurung settlement, Sunset, mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Himchuli, etc.
These areas don’t have many lodges available, as in Pothana you have 5 lodges whereas in Deurali you only have 3 lodges.
You will stay here tonight.
Day 2: Trek to Low camp
On your second day of the trek, you will be traveling from Deurali to Low camp. This day you will be walking for about 3 to 4 hours. You will face moderate difficulty walking these trails.
You will wake up early today to view the beautiful sunrise and walk along the forest. The path between Deurali and Low camp doesn’t have any tea houses. So you should not miss your breakfast and carry some water for the way.
Along the path, you will see the majestic Mt. fishtail and Mardi Himal which is right in front of you while passing through the grassland.
As you climb higher into the mountains you start getting a better view of the valleys in the lower region. You will also walk forests filled with rhododendron flowers.
In these trials, many rare animals can be seen such as Himalayan Thar, Spotted Deer, Snow Leopard, etc. If the day is lucky you might even sight one of them.
After the long journey, you reach Low camp situated at an altitude of 3150m.
Tonight you will stay in one of the tea houses.
Day 3: Trek to High camp
From Low camp, you will directly travel to high camp which is 5 to 6 hours walk. The trails are quite easy to climb on so you won’t face many difficulties.
Leaving the Badal danda behind, you will walk along the ridge of the Mardi Himal. You can view the beautiful mountains Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre on the way.
Climbing through the rhododendron forest for about an hour and a half you will enter the middle camp. From there as you head forward, the tree line gets vague which is covered with rhododendron bushes.
Daphne the national bird of Nepal is usually seen on the way to High camp, your trek might get more interesting if you got a chance to see the bird.
You reach the stop for the day High camp situated at an altitude of 3700m. You can also get the chance to view a beautiful sunset
Overnight in a tea house.
Day 4: Hike to Mardi Base Camp and trek down to Sidhing
This is your fourth and important day of this trip as you will be heading towards the highlight of the Mardi Base Camp trek.
You will wake up early today and start your hike from High camp to Mardi Base camp. You will be walking for about 4 to 5 hours to reach the Base camp.
Mardi Base camp is situated at an altitude of 4500m which is the highest point of this trek.
The distance that you will cover today is a bit more difficult than previous days. You will be ascending to a higher altitude.
The walk is longer compared to other days and the path also gets rocky and uneven at some point.
When you reach the top of the Base camp you will be astounded by the snow-capped mountains and natural vegetation. You also get the amazing view of many mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Mardi, etc.
After exploring the base camp and making long-lasted memories you will head towards Sidhing.
The path to Sidhing takes about 4 hours from the base camp. The paths are unique and different from the earlier trails. You will somewhat be descending down steep routes before you reach Sidhing.
Sidhing situated at an altitude of 1700m is a small beautiful village where you get to experience and learn their local culture/tradition along with their lifestyle.
Today you will have walked about 8 to 9 hours and call it a night as you rest in Sidhing.
Day 5: Drive back to Pokhara via Lwang (Mukhkhora) trekking
After your night in Sidhing, you will head towards Lwang which is about a 2 to 3 hours trek.
Along the path, you will descend through Maple forests to a settlement filled with the Gurung community.
Reaching Lwang, you will take a jeep back to Pokhara. The drive is about 2 to 3 hours from there.
As you reach Pokhara your trek comes to an end where you say farewell and head towards your own way.
We, the members of Eagle eye trek and expedition hope you had fun in this short Mardi Himal trek 5 days.