Mardi Himal Trek: Information, Route, Highlights

The Mardi Himal trek is situated to the left to Annapurna Base Camp, which is one of the most famous trekking routes in Nepal. It can be started either from Pokhara or Kathmandu and can be completed within 5-8 days. Mardi Himal trek offers glimpses of the Annapurna range, Manaslu, and Machhapuchhre along the way. The route was opened in 2012 and hence only a few numbers of tourists make their way towards this route. It is one of the recommended places to visit during the Nepal Tourism Year 2020 as the pristine environment and sublime views certainly make the journey worthwhile.

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There are different destinations you can choose along this route for stay and the number of days required for this journey depends upon the route one chooses. Here we recommend two routes if you are planning for a visit during the Nepal Tourism Year 2020.

Route 1:

If you are short on time but do not want to miss this splendid trip, then you might choose the shorter route. It can be completed in 5 days with the starting and ending point being Pokhara.

Day 1: Pokhara>Kande>Deurali (2,060m)

You can drive from Pokhara to Kande via bus or jeeps which takes about an hour. The journey from Kande to Deurali takes 3 hours of walking through rhododendron forests and crosses the Australian Base Camp along its way.

Day 2:Deurali>Low Camp (3,150m)

The journey from Deurali to Low Camp can take around 7 hours to complete. However, most of the tiredness is relieved by the panoramic views of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna. Although the duration might seem too long, it is not too difficult and steep. Rhododendron and pine forests are some of the highlights of the journey.

Day 3: Low Camp>High Camp (3,550m)

It is a relatively short trek and can be completed in 3 hours. However, it offers some of the most stunning views of this journey as South Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Himchuli could be seen along the journey. It also offers exquisite views of some of the most beautiful villages in the Annapurna region such as Ghandruk and Chhomrong.

Day 4: High Camp>Mardi Base Camp (4,500m)>Sidding

You can hike towards Mardi Base Camp in the early hours of the morning if you wish to see the sunrise and then trek down towards sidding. This journey takes around 4 hours for completion and continues to provide stunning views from another side of the mountain.

Day 5: Sidding>Pokhara

Route 2:

This is an extended version of the earlier route and you can choose this route if you have comparatively more time and money. This route offers the opportunity to get acclimatization and it is highly recommended if you do not have prior experiences of such trekkings.

Day 1: Pokhara>Kande>Pothana (1,950m)

Duration: 3-4 hours

Day 2: Pothana>Forest Camp (2,600m)

Duration: 4-5 hours

Day 3: Forest Camp>Low Camp (3,150m)

Duration: 3-4 hours

Day 4: Low Camp>High Camp (3,550m)

Duration:3-3.5 hours

Day 5: High Camp> Mardi Himal Base Camp>High Camp (4,500m)

Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 6: High Camp>Forest Camp (3,150m)

Duration: 4-5 hours

Day 7: Forest Camp>Lwang Ghale Village (1,500m)

Duration: 3-4 hours

Day 8: Lwang Ghale Village>Pokhara

Highlights of the trip:

The view of Annapurna range, Himchuli, and Machhapuchhre makes the journey an incredible and unforgettable experience. The variety of forests throughout the way provides serenity and the Gurung villages and culture are also one of the major highlights of this trip. However, the most amazing part of this journey is the stunning views of sunrise and sunset, and you can’t help but be mesmerized of such incredible beauty.


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