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 is derived from Mardi Himal mountain which lies east of the Modi Khola, just opposite to the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. The 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 track, it will be the best option for you. The main highlight of 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 to the Machhapuchre. But once trekkers arrive in High camp and see, 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.
Mardi Himal Trekking Route
Comparatively, the 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 the Annapurna Conservation Area. Danphe (Pheasant), Himalayan Thar, Musk deer, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Snow leopard, and other Himalayan wildlife are most common.
The 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.
Mardi Himal Trekking Difficulty
Mardi Himal trek is considered an easy trek in regards to the duration of the trek I.e, 4 to 5 days and availability of lodges and home-stays. Also, the trails are leveled easy compared to other extreme treks.
Mardi Himal Trek Weather
Mardi Himal trek In Spring
Spring is probably the best season for the trek since there’s no rain and the sky is blue and clear. The views of the mountains appear flawless and forests full of colorful rhododendron blossoms add texture to the beauty. The temperature might go up to 20 degrees. Nights and early mornings are colder but not freezing.
Mardi Himal trek in Monsoon
During monsoon because of rain, the views may not be as expected and trails sometimes can get risky because of downpour and rainfall. The average temperature during monsoon ranges from 10 to 23 degrees.
Mardi Himal trek in Autumn
Autumn at Mardi Himal equals to absolutely picturesque sunrise and sunset visible majestically on a clear sky every single day. Thumbs up to monsoon for clearing the atmosphere and as a result, mountains will flaunt their beauty to wanderers. The weather is mostly clear and constant.Little rainfall to no rainfall at all can be expected. During the daytime, the temperature is around 20-degree Celsius. The night temperature is near to 5 degrees.
Mardi Himal trek in Winter
Winter in the Himalayas and you should already know what to expect. December-February is winter in these regions. The sky is blue and clear and puffy snow all around. The views of the mountains come unchallenged and forests are full of colorful Rhododendron blossoms.
Mardi Himal Trek Cost
Accommodation is super cheap but the food options can be a little expensive. With a budget of 2000 each day, the trek can be achieved in 4 to 5 days. This does not include the cost of the permits, transportation, supporting guides and staffs, and so on. Also, it is advised to exchange Nepali currency before you initiate. Most of the tea houses only accept Nepali cash.
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS of Mardi Himal Trek
- Better View then Poonhill View Point
- Passing Through the Rhododendron Forest.
- Close View of Virgin Mountain FishTail (MachhaPuchre).
- Danphe (Pheasant), Himalayan Thar, Musk deer, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Snow leopard, and other Himalayan wildlife are most common.
Mardi Himal Trek is considered a hidden scenic phenomenon in all of Annapurna Region and has stayed completely raw for all these years but thanks to peaking domestic tourism, it now rivals popular trekking destinations and routes in the entire Annapurna Conservation Area like Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, and others. Mardi Himal Base Camp is beautifully situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the unconquered Machapuchhre.
The trail initiates along small winding paths moving through serene rhododendron forests and once these dense forests bid farewell to adventurers, the landscape changes quite suddenly into rugged high mountain landscapes, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Himchuli. From High Camp (3580 m), Mardi Himal Base Camp can be reached in about 3-4 hours. which, in turn, blesses us with spectacular views of the lofty mountains.