Looking for a great and new short trek in Annapurna Region? Here’s what you are exactly looking for!
The Mardi Himal trek is referred to as one of the complete hidden gems in Annapurna Sanctuary. It used to be a lesser-known trek with significantly fewer people on the route as compared to the Annapurna Circuit Trek or Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill. However, it is not as off the beaten trek as it used to be before. The entire trekking takes you through beautiful forest areas to a rugged mountain landscape and numerous Base Camps.
Situated just east of one of the most legendary trekking destinations of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek lies at an altitude of 4,500m high.
Peak Season for Mardi Himal Trek
Autumn Season (Mid Sept – October – November): This is the best time to go trekking and of course Nepal’s peak season. Likewise, (March-May) is the second-best season of the year to go trekking.
The skies are clear during ( December – January – February) but it can get very cold and there is a risk of passes being closed due to snowfall.
Similarly, (May – June) is the pre-monsoon /hot season in Nepal and it can get very warm indeed. However, the Valleys start to bloom with flowers, and still a good time to trek.
The Monsoon season (June – Mid September) is the least popular time for trekking in Nepal. The risk of leeches and floods rises greatly. Leeches at this time of year in Mardi Himal are quite active due to the early wooded areas. So we recommend wearing long trekking trousers tucked in at this time of year.
Major Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek
- Closet View of exquisite Annapurna Himalayas ascending through lower land to a higher elevation. Offering magical mountain scenery of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna South (7,010m), Mt. Hiunchuli(6,441m), and Machhapuchhare (6,993m).
- The airy view of these Himalayas comforts your tired legs together with makes your trek a worthwhile experience.
- Beginning from a very beautiful city and tourist hub Traditional Villages and sophisticated hospitality
- One of the most interesting treks as compared to other treks in the Annapurna Region connecting two major trekking destinations i.e, PoonHill and Annapurna Base Camp.
- Possesses a unique and mesmerizing nature and cultural blend from starting to the endpoint. Advanced hospitality and rooms and meal are truly satisfying.
- Off the Beaten Track as it is one of the least visited trails offers the unspoiled beauty of nature.
Permits For Mardi Himal Trek
TIMS Card: NPR 2,000 / US $ 18 per person (Note: Paid only in Nepali Rs)
Annapurna Sanctuary Permit: NPR 3,000/US$ 27 per person (paid only in Nepali Rs)
Day 1: Flight Kathmandu – Pokhara (or drive 7 hrs) – drive to Kande (1 hrs) – trek to Pitam-Deurali (2100 m) 2.5 hrs
Day 2: Pitam-Deurali (2100 m) – Forest Camp (2550 m) 4-5 hrs
Day 3: Forest Camp (2550 m) – Low Camp (2990 m) 3 hrs
Day 4: Low Camp (2990 m) – High Camp (3580 m) 3 hrs
Day 5: Day hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m) and return to High Camp (3580 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 6: High Camp (3580 m) – Siding (1850 m) 6 hrs
Day 7: Siding (1850 m) – Lumre 3 hrs – drive to Pokhara 3 hrs
Day 8: Flight or bus Pokhara – Kathmandu