Mardi Himal trek is a newly introduced, a very popular trekking route in the Annapurna Region.
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Mardi Himal trek is a newly introduced, a very popular trekking route in the Annapurna Region. The name of Mardi Himal trek is derived from Mardi Himal mountain which lies east of the Modi Khola, just opposite to the Ghorepani Poon hill Trek. Trekking route to Mardi Himal offers a pristine natural beauty, making it one of the best cultural treks in Nepal. So, if you like to explore this off-beaten tract, Mardi Himal trek will be the best option for you. The main highlight of Mardi Himal trek is that you will see wonderful views of Annapurna south, Hinchuli, Machhapuchre and Mardi Himal, experience local culture and wildlife.
It is quite interesting to know about this hot spot. Most of the tourists consider Mardi Himal and Machhapuchre Himal is the same mountain, as they find quite difficult to identify Mardi Himal. From a far distance, Mardi Himal looks attached with the Machhapuchre. But once trekkers arrive in High camp and see Mardi Himal, it looks surprisingly detached from Machhapuchre. While trekking along the route, one can see the beautiful glimpse of Tadapani, Ghandruk and Chhomrong if weather permits.
Trekking route to Mardi Himal
Comparatively, Mardi Himal trek is much easier for those who have gained Annapurna Base Camp trekking experience. In addition, you will also spot some wildlife while passing through Annapurna Conservation Area. Danphe (Pheasant), Himalayan Thar, Mask deer, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Snow leopard and other Himalayan wildlife are most common.
Mardi Himal Trek starts from Phedi, which is 30 minutes away from Pokhara. The trail crosses Modi Khola river, lush green valleys, terraced farms and tropical, pristine Juniper and rhododendron forests. You will come across some ethnic villages along the route to the Mardi Himal Base camp (4350m). From the base camp, one can enjoy the amazing views of the spectacular mountains of the Annapurna range.