Mardi Himal Trek has gained a lot of attention lately. The trail to Mardi Himal Trek was unknown to many travel lovers until 2012 when it was officially opened for the trekkers. Still many of them are unaware of this trekking route. The trail gets relatively fewer visitors due to its off beaten nature. There are very few teahouses on this route with very basic facilities. However, the trek has been emerging due to the charm of people for unexplored and pristine routes.
Mardi Himal Trek is an overwhelming experience that allows you to immerse deep into the lushness of hills, valley, forests, etc. with picturesque views of mountains on sight. You will find yourself walking up through high ridges with clear and constant views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal on west and Macchapucchre and Manaslu Himal on the east. Mardi Himal lies underneath Mt. Macchapucchre and is a gem that has been hidden from the world for long. It offers some dazzling views of high mountains in the Annapurna region and is considered as the best vantage point to relish the views of mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Macchapucchre.
Like all other treks to the Annapurna region, Mardi Himal Trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara city. From Pokhara, you traverse through some villages and enjoy beautiful forests walk with alluring views of mountains on sight. The trail leads you to the Mardi Himal viewpoint via Pothana – Kokar – Low camp and then high camp. Then you drop down to Siding village and then to Pokhara via Lumiere. Mardi Himal as a whole is a beautiful combo of the forest walk, mountain views, diverse cultural insight, and pristine environment.
Mardi Himal Trek is comparatively an easy trek. You can enjoy camping trek and fun of off beaten natured route. As the route gets fewer visitors, you can avoid the crowds and walk freely deep into nature. Mardi himal trek you can get basic teahouses and lodges in the route to cater to your need for food and accommodation. Sometimes even these basic comforts can revive you from your day to day comforts.
The first day marks your arrival day in Kathmandu. Clear all the visa requirements and customs clearance if any at the arrival section of the airport. As you come out, you will find a representative from World Alpine Treks waiting for you holding a board with your name. You will then be transferred to your hotel at Kathmandu. The representative will shortly inform you about the plans ahead.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for a drive to the lakeside city of Pokhara. Today, we take a scenic drive along the Prithvi highway for around six to seven hours to Pokhara. We pass through some amazing landscapes throughout the journey. In the first half portion, we will be able to get some stunning views of the Trishuli river along with hills and villages. In the second half, the countryside landscape and the greenery will keep you engaged. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a hotel in Pokhara. Check in to the hotel and rest for a while. In the evening, we can walk down lakeside and enjoy some fascinating views of lakes and mountains. Tonight, we stay at a hotel in Pokhara (inclusive of breakfast and lunch)
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for a scenic drive to Phedi. It is the actual start point of our trekking journey. From Phedi, we start walking along a lush landscape to Pothana. On the way, we pass come across the interesting village of Dhampus. During the entire walk, we will be blessed with magnificent views of hills, lush forests, and charming villages. Upon our arrival in Pothana, we can enjoy some sparkling views of mountains like Annapurna Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, Macchapucchre Himal and other mountains in the range. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodges in Pothana. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Leaving Pothaha, we trek up to a place called Pritam Deurali from where we diverge from the trail to the main Annapurna Sanctuary trek. We continue through a pleasant trail with beautiful views of hills, forests, and mountains on sight. We pass through dense forests of oak, rhododendron, and fir to Forest Camp at Kokar. As the route has been newly discovered, there are only some basic lodges that offer some basic services of food and accommodation. Tonight, we stay at those basic guesthouses/ lodges in Forest Camp at Kokar. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Today we leave Forest Camp at Kokar and continue along with the dense forests of rhododendron, oak, and maple to low camp. The forest that we pass by during the trek is rich in terms of biodiversity. It is home to many rare species of birds, animals, floras, and faunas. We walk and pass through the dense vegetation of rhododendron, mosses, lichen, and ferns to low camp. As we reach the low camp, we will be rewarded with some stunning views of Mt. Macchapucchhre. At low camp, there are only two basic lodges. We stay at one of the lodges enjoying the magnificent views of mountains around. Tonight, we stay at those basic guesthouses/ lodges in low camp. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
As we move ahead of the low camp, we pass the tree line zone and come above it. As there are no trees and we are already at a higher elevation region, we will be blessed with some superb views of Annapurna South and Mt. Hiunchuli to the west. The trail goes along the ridge of Mardi Himal with grasses and bushes on the way. In this part of our journey, we may be able to get some lively views of colorful Lophophorus – Danphe (the national bird of Nepal). We follow the trail until we reach High Camp. We stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in High camp for the night enjoying some spectacular views of Mt. Hiunchuli and Mt. Macchapucchhre. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Today is the most beautiful day of our journey. We wake up early in the morning to catch the views of the sunrise over the snow-clad mountains. We walk along the steep sections however they are not so challenging. On the way, we can see dzopkos grazing on the pastures and colorful Danphe adding vibrancy in the environment. After around three hours of a climb up, we reach the up[per viewpoint. The viewpoint offers some lavishing views of Annapurna Sanctuary. One can enjoy the spectacles of beautiful Annapurna massif with other mountains on the range from the viewpoint. Tonight, we stay at the upper viewpoint. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
After enjoying the views of mountains from the upper viewpoint, we embark on our return back journey to Kathmandu. Today we take a different route that goes all the way from low camp to Siding village. Instead of coming back to Kokar, we take a route to Siding village. Siding is a beautiful and traditional Nepalese village placed in the backdrop of beautiful Himalayas. The environment of that village is pristine and peaceful. As you are away from the busier route, you will feel refreshed. Tonight, we stay at a local home in the village for the night. Meanwhile, we have an opportunity to interact with locals and know about their local culture and lifestyle. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Interesting villages that are inhabited by people of different ethnic communities. Kalimati and Ghalel are two main Today, we leave the village of Siding and head towards the village Lumre. On the way, you pass some villages on the way. Kalimati is dominantly inhabited by people of the Brahmin community while Ghalel is inhabited by mixed groups mostly by Brahmins and Gurung people. Upon your arrival in Lumre, we will find a vehicle waiting for us. We jump into the vehicle and it will escort us all the way to Pokhara. Tonight, we stay at a hotel in Pokhara. (Inclusive of breakfast and lunch)
Concluding our trip, we drive back via the same route along the Prithvi Highway to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Tonight, we stay at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Inclusive of breakfast and lunch)
Before a few hours of your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the international terminal of Tribhuwan International airport. (Inclusive of Breakfast)