Mardi Trek as a holiday destination
The 7-day Mardi Himal Trek is a newly explored route and is one of the least-trodden trails available in the Annapurna Region. It follows a long-rising ridge, reaching its summit (4120m) on the south-westerly lower slope of Mt. Machhapuchare. As it is a new trek, it is still not widely known, and few trekkers so far have made their way to Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trail follows a highly-regarded eco-tourism route in the Annapurna range; graced with large varieties of natural vegetation and wildlife. As a less visited trail, the effects of mass tourism have been minimal, allowing greater appreciation of the unspoilt natural diversity of the area.
This trek passes through beautiful Gurung villages such as Sidhing and Hyangia kot. As it is a less touristy trail, the accommodation will be in simpler guest-houses and home-stays, allowing a more intimate cultural experience than the more glitzy lodges of other popular treks.
Getting there/coming back
The Mardi Himal Trek commences from Phedi, a short one-hour bus drive from Pokhara (100 Rs). Jeeps are also available but are more expensive.
The trail follows small winding paths through vibrant rhododendron and oak forests, before rising into the rough high mountain landscape. Here, scenic views can be seen of Machhapuchare, Annapurna South, Huinchuli as well as the peak of Mardi Himal itself. Watching the sunrise over the sacred Machhapuchare in particular is an unforgettable experience. The trail goes higher still, offering additional views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and the Annapurna peaks.
This is a moderate trek and can be done by both novices and by experienced trekkers looking for a new trail. Every trek in the Himalayas requires a certain level of physical and mental fitness. You should be in good physical shape and feel comfortable hiking up and down 7-12 miles per day whilst carrying about 10 pounds. It is recommended that you carry out at least one hour of aerobic activity 3-4 times per week for at least 1 month before starting the trek. Aerobic conditioning is important, as it enables your body to better metabolize oxygen and prepare for thinner air (there is 40% less Oxygen than at sea level). If you are in any doubt of your physical readiness, please consult with a doctor beforehand. Always remember that stamina, confidence and continuity are more important than speed.
Due to its location in the Annapurna region, there are plenty of opportunities for trekkers to explore nearby routes such as the Annapurna base camp, Poonhill or Jomsom-Muktinath trails.
Advised Season for The Trek
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best seasons for this trek. Even though it can also be arranged during winters, the extreme weather conditions might not prove to be suitable.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m), transfer to hotel . O/N at Hotel
Day 02:After breakfast, enjoy Free Walking Tour Kathmandu by Himkala Adventure, 4-5 hrs. O/N at Hotel
Day 03:Drive to Pokhara, 6-7 hrs, 200 km, and explore around Phewa Lake. O/N at Hotel
Day 04:Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1925 m), 4 hrs. O/N at Lodge
Day 05:Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600 m), 4 hrs. O/N at Lodge
Day 06:Trek to Low Camp (3,150 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Lodge
Day 07:Trek to High Camp (3,700 m), 4 hrs. O/N at Lodge
Day 08:Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m), 4 hrs
Day 09:Trek down to Siding village (1,750 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Home Stay
Day 10:Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara, 3 hrs walk and 2 hrs drive. O/N at Hotel
Day 11:Drive to Kathmandu, 200 km, 6-7 hrs. O/N at Hotel
Day 12:Transfer to the airport