Mardi Himal Trek

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Trip Detail

Duration: 10 Days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: 4,500m / 14,763 ft. Walking Per Day: 3 – 5 Hours
Nature: Hotel + Lodge Grade:
Best Season: Spring / Autumn Group Size: 2 – 15 People

Trip Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is located just east of one of the most legendary trekking destinations of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Mardi Himal trek is an unseen gem yet. Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp outstandingly positioned at the base of Mardi Himal and the Annapurna region´s most iconic mount Machapuchhre literally meaning “Fishtail”. The trail goes along small winding paths, through enchanted rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation of around 3,300meter. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli.

From High Camp (3700m; some maps incorrectly mention 3900m) you can climb up to Mardi Himal Base Camp in about 3-4 hours, which offers spectacular close-up views of the entire Annapurna Range. There are simple guesthouses and homestays along the entire route. If you plan to do this trek in the winter months please check with an Asiana Nepal Treks & Expedition – Kathmandu-based registered adventure trekking company operated by enthusiastic trekking pioneers.

When to trek? 

Mid Sept-October – November is Autumn Season: this is Nepal´s peak and best time to go trekking. March-May is the second-best season of the year to go trekking. December – January -February: the skies are clear but it can get very cold and there is a risk of passes being closed due to snowfall.

May – June: This is Nepal´s hot pre-monsoon season and it can get very warm indeed. The valleys however are starting to bloom with flowers though green leaves come up, still a good time to trek.

June – Mid September: this is Monsoon season and the least popular time to go trekking in Nepal. The risk of leeches, downpours increases greatly. Due to the early forested areas leeches at this time of year in Mardi Himal are quite active! Wear long trekking trousers tucked in at this time of year. And leech/mosquito repellent spray is recommended to carry with.

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary will be 5 to 7 days from/to Pokhara and 1 to 2 days transportation day from/to Kathmandu depending on the time you have and the level of your physical fitness. This trek can be combined with other related treks to Annapurna; many people combine this trek with Ghandruk trek, Panchase Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, etc. Our carefully designed 8 days itinerary is standard that suits all average trekkers. Taking domestic flights to Pokhara from Kathmandu and start the trek on the same day shortens the trip as flights save your time. We also offer tailor-made Mardi Himal Trek so please send us your detail and requirements.

How fit I should be?

This trek doesn´t require super fitness but however, a moderate level of fitness is necessary though there is no direct climbing involved. You will need to trek over some rocky sections near the high camp and base camp. Asiana Nepal Treks & Expedition advises our clients going trekking to see a doctor before they go for a check-up and to talk about dealing with altitude sickness. For pure trekking along the Mardi Himal trek in Nepal, you´ll need to consider the amount of days you´ll be out trekking to get an idea of how to fit you should be. Most days include 4-7 hours of slow hiking. If you plan to do the trek in 4-5 days (which you can),

Threat and Risk

Participants should be aware trekking, mountaineering, and traveling in a developing country are activities that involve a risk of personal injury or death. As a condition of booking, you must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement. Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and last-minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in a team is an important aspect of all of our trips. However, your Asiana Nepal Treks & Expedition tries best to maximize your trip is great fun and lifetime experience.