Mardi Himal

Mardi Himal Trekking Itinerary

The Mardi Himal trek is a relatively new route located in the Annapurna region. It "officially" opened in 2012 and has yet to command large crowds like other treks in the region. A richly diverse trek it takes you through beautiful forested areas to rocky mountain terrain and several base camps which may have snow depending on the time Machhapuchhre along the top ridge on the way to base camp via Mardi Himal trek of year you visit. The Mardi Himal trek can be completed between in 4-7 days depending on your requirements.

Mardi Himal is located to the east of the Annapurna Base camp virtually under the spectacular Machhapuchhre As you trek along the ridge it's nearly possible, but imaginable, to look down at Annapurna Base camp itself. Trekking along Mardi Himal the trail goes through quiet stone built villages and through wonderful rhododendron forests blooming in many difference colors. The forest path continues until about 3,300 m. when the trail takes on a rugged mountain setting with spectacular views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South. There's a low camp with probably the best views of Machhapuchhre anywhere in Nepal along with accommodation. Above this at 3580 m is the high camp which again offers spectacular views over looking Annapurna Base camp. Further along you can reach the Mardi Himal Base camp itself with views overlooking all of the Annapurna range.

Mardi Himal trek route:

Day Route Distance (km) Highest Altitude 1 Pokhara to Hemja/Phedi to Dhampus 20 km (bus/trek) (4/2 hours avg) 1,600 m 2 Dhampus to Forest Camp 10 km (3+ hours avg) 2,550 m 3 Forest Camp to High Camp 7 km (6 hours avg) 3,580 m 4 High Camp - Base Camp - Low Camp 5 km (6 hours avg) 4,500/2,990m 5 Low Camp to to Sidhing/Lwang 7/14 km (3/6 hours avg) 1,885 m 6 Sidhing/Lwang to Pokhara * 20 km (bus/trek) (4/ 2-4hours) 1,885 m

Highest point of the Mardi Himal trek

At 4,500 meters (14,763 ft) the Mardi Himal Base Camp marks the highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek. The highest sleeping point along the Mardi Himal trek is at the High Camp which is 3,580 meters (11,745 ft). Low camp is 2,990 meters (9,809 ft). How long have people been trekking the Mardi Himal route? Rhododendrons along along the Mardi Himal trek Mardi Himal has always been there. The Mardi Himal route has been popular with campers for nearly a decade. Over the past five years efforts were put in place to establish tea houses (guesthouses) along the trail for those who didn't want to camp. In 2011 the Mardi Himal trek officially opened up with tea houses available from the start all the way to high camp.

What mountains can you see from Mardi Himal

The Annapurna mountain range is on full show from the high camp on. At the low camp Machhapuchhre is spectacular. The highlights of the entire trek include Machhapuchhre (also known as Fishtail, 6,993 m) Annapurna South (7,010 m), and Mount Hiunchuli (6,441 m).

How to arrange a trek to Mardi Himal

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