Everything you need to know about Mardi Himal trek
Mardi Himal Trek is comparatively easy though it allows trekkers to have full adventure in the Annapurna Trekking Region of Nepal. Mardi Himal trek was officially opened in 2012, Mardi Himal trekking route was limited only for the tent based trekking so it was not popular among the trekkers this is the reason that it is one of the least visited and unspoiled trekking routes in the Annapurna region. However, in the recent years, the availability of the local tea houses and other facilities has risen the popularity among the trekkers.
Along the trail, we get to appreciate the solitary trails complete with valleys, interesting villages, terraced farms and walk through the pristine forests of rhododendron and oak. Leading up to Mardi Himal Base Camp located at 4500m, it provides amazing panoramic view of massive mountains including Annapurna, Hiunchuli and Mt. Machhapuchhre (fishtail). Mardi Himal is located just beneath Mt. Machhapuchhre, which is considered to be a sacred mountain that is unclimbed so far.
Therefore, Mardi Himal trek provides an amazing trekking experience with gradual altitude change upto 4500m(14765 ft) in a relatively shorter period of time.
Mardi Himal Trekking blog will give you all the required insights about the trek to Mardi Himal in Annapurna Region. From foods and accommodations to everything you can expect from the trek, this blog will provide you with all the information required to make your Mardi Himal trek successful.
What to expect from Mardi Himal Trek?
Best Time to do Mardi Himal Trek
The best season for the Mardi Himal trek must be spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October and November). Autumn provides the best view of the majestic mountains and glaciers. Similarly, spring also provides us with the snow-capped mountains along with the green forests blooming with red rhododendron.
Besides these, Monsoon has its own importance. Because of the rainy season, trails are covered with leeches. However, waterfalls, rivers, greenery and flora and fauna best shines during this season. So, this season is also preferable for nature lovers and photographers.
During the Winter Season, trails are completely covered with snow and we can view the snowcapped mountains. However, the weather is very freezing and the trails are quite slippery.
How difficult is Mardi Himal Trek?
Shepherd Holidays rates Mardi Himal trek difficulty as ‘Moderate’ which lies somewhere between easy and moderate. Only on Day 4 and Day 8 you have to walk little more distance about 6 hours from Deurali to Forest Camp and High Camp to Sidhing Village respectively.
Food and Accommodation:
You can stay in any class of Hotel or Resorts in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Day 1, Day 2 and Day 9 of your Mardi Himal Trek-10 Days trip. During your stay in mountains, tea houses or lodges are available from Phedi to Sidhing Village. These tea houses and lodges provide us with the basic facilities such as a bed, blanket and pillow, well enough to spend the night. These rooms are not so big and luxurious, but still they will be clean and cozy. You will get sleeping bag and warm layers from Shepherd Holidays in order to keep you extra warm. Similarly, you can find good varieties of food items like Dal Bhat, pasta, fried rice, noodles, veggies, chapattis, bakery items, etc
How to reach Mardi Himal from Kathmandu (Mardi Himal Trek route):
Mardi Himal Trek starts by a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by a tourist bus, you may fly by plane and you have another option to reach Pokhara by private car. It will take 6-7 hours by tourist bus and about 5 hours by a private car, and there is a just 25 minutes fly to land in Pokhara from Kathmandu. Pokhara is naturally and culturally beautiful where you can visit after coming back from Mardi Himal Trek.
Read more, Pokhara: All in One; Nature, Culture & Adventure!
For more details, here is a detail itinerary of Mardi Himal Trek
This trekking route following (Phedi-Deurali-Forest Camp-Low Camp-High Camp-Sidhing-Lumre) is suitable for the 10 days trekking however if you'd like to follow a different trekking trail on a shorter/longer day please feel free to ask.
Furthermore, here is a map of Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trek Permit Cost
For Mardi Himal trek, you will need the following permits:
ACAP Permit – USD 20 per person
TIMS Card: USD 20 per person (For Free Individual Trekkers’)
TIMS Card: USD 10 per person (For Authorized Trekking Agency)
Note: Shepherd Holidays will manage all these required permits and fees before your trip.
If you want to book your trip for the Mardi Himal Trek Shepherd Holidays is gladly at your service. So, feel free to contact us for further details.