Few visitors to Nepal have even heard of the Mardi Himal Trek, let alone ventured onto its path. Let its reputation of hardly being known pull you closer and not push you away. It is the least visited trail in the Annapurna region. Because of this, you will get to more closely interact with the locals and have a more meaningful experience.
The short 5 days Mardi Himal Trek has it all: mountain views, charming local villages, and lush vegetation (including Nepal’s famous rhododendrons!). The short and sweet loop trail lies in the eastern part of the Annapurna region. At its highest point, 4500 meters (14,764 feet), there are spectacular views of Mardi Himal (5587 meters (18,330 feet) and a myriad of other peaks surrounding you. After a short drive from Pokhara, the journey begins. The fresh air as we pass through the dense forests gives us energy. It is a special kind of energy that we feel during the foothill excursion. During the springtime, the sheer brilliance of the rhododendron flowers (native to Nepal’s Himalayas) will put you in awe. Between 1,400 and 3,600 meters, you can find entire forests of them!
Mardi Himal Trek Highlights
- Incredibly beautiful walk through serene landscapes
- Breathtaking Himalayan Views
- Amazing Landscapes, Colorful Mountain villages
- Unbelievable elevation gain in a short time
- Everlasting memories of a walk, nature, and Himalayan views to cherish
As we make our getaway further up, the landscape changes dramatically. From the dense sub-tropical jungles, we break out onto a ridge above the rolling plains. Now, it is just open air between us and the mountains. At Upper Viewpoint, we are overcome with a feeling of amazement. We can see Mardi Himal, Macchapucchre (6993 meters), Hiunchuli (6441 meters), Baraha Shikhar (7647 meters), Singu Chuli (6501 meters) Annapurna I (8090 meters), and Annapurna South (7219 meters).
Climb even higher through the alpine meadows to Mardi Himal Base Camp for even more astonishing views. An entire panorama of the Annapurna range fills our view. Soak in the views and shoot some photos before we begin the descent. On the way down, we take a new route, so the scene is always fresh. Upon arrival in Lumre, we drive back to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.
Short Mardi Himal Trek Hiking Routes
Pokhara where we start and the trek ends. Dhampus village, Pothana village, Forest Camp, Rest Camp, Low Camp, Badal Danda, High Camp, Mardi Viewpoint, Mardi Himal Base Camp, and Siding village.
Best Viewpoints For Sunrise / Sunset - Mountains (Photography) Mardi Himal Trek
- Pothana Village
- Rest Camp Badal Danda - Also called Middle Camp.
- Mardi High Camp
- Mardi Himal Viewpoint
Best Time (Season) Mardi Himal Trek
Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather. During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer. During the monsoon season, though, there are fewer tourists. Each season has its perks.
How Hard is 5 Days Short Mardi Himal Trek?
The journey has been evaluated as being of moderate difficulty by our beginner hikers. Well, for most trekkers, it is a simple journey when compared to a number of other treks such as Annapurna Base Camp, and Everest Trek. Since the Mardi Himal Trip is a teahouse trek, there are many opportunities for rest stops along the way. All people may participate in the 5-day Mardi journey because there are no vertical climbs. The route is rather simple and doesn't need any challenging climbing. The best views are only accessible by climbing higher, which requires some effort.
Travel insurance for Mardi Himal Trek
It is strongly urged that you purchase travel insurance for your safety. Your insurance should pay for your medical expenses, trip cancellations owing to anything, and emergency helicopter rescue services. Some trekkers did hike without Travel Insurance since they think it was a chicken Trek.