Mardi Himal Trek is one of the most exotic and least explored treks in the Annapurna region that offers immense opportunity to venture into the deep forests and the high alpine pastures that flank the southern Annapurna ranges. This trek can be the best option for those who are looking for a new trekking route. The trails that we follow are not frequently used by hikers and sometimes it is hard to identify. Sometimes we encounter shepherds and pilgrims pass by.

The trek also provides outstanding mountain views, being away from the tea-house trails. On the last day of the trek, we visit some villages and experience the traditional charm of the village people. Mardi Himal trek literally adds a lifetime adventure thrill to the trekking enthusiasts. The entire area is quite steep sided and heavily wooded with bamboo and rhododendron. Above the forest, high alpine pastures provide good grazing and a habitat for undisturbed wildlife.

Though Mardi Himal the trekking route is officially opened recently, most of the travelers visiting Nepal have shown keen interest to do this trek. This trek can be completed within 9-10 days. We begin this trek after a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and take a local land transport to Kande, which is the trek starting point. From Kande, we follow a beautiful trail that takes us to the culturally rich villages of the Gurung ethnic community.

In spring, we can enjoy beautiful sights of rhododendrons that bloom in red color. We spend a night at  Forest camp, low camp and high camp, from where we will enjoy the best glimpse of sunrise and sunset views of Mt. Mardi Himal, Mt.  Machhapuchhre ( Fishtail), and other surrounding peaks. We explore the western side of Mardi Himal base camp, located at an elevation of 4500m. After exploration, we return to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu, and finally concludes Mardi Himal trek.

Trip Highlights

  • Newly promoted less crowded trekking trail
  • Experience the local culture and lifestyles of villagers
  • Explore authentic nature, great species of flora and fauna, birds and orchids
  • Close up views of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Mt. Annapurna
  • Enjoy several forest walks and gradual ascents up to 4500m

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel
Day 02: Permits preparation day
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m)
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Kande and trek to Deurali Deurali via Australian Camp
Day 05: Trek from Pitam Deurali to Kokar Forest Camp (2550m)
Day 06: Trek from Kokar Forest Camp to Low camp (2990m)
Day 07: Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (3580m)
Day 08: Trek from High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m)
Day 09: Trek from High Camp to Sidhing (1850m) 6hrs
Day 10: Trek from Sidhing to Lumre and drive to Pokhara (900m)
Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 12: Transfer to Airport for your onward destination

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