The Mardi Himal Trek is a recently-opened pristine trail in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trail was walked only by shepherds and cattle before 2012. Trekkers follow the ridge above the Modi Khola river draining Annapurna Base Camp. The trail at first winds through dense rhododendron and maple forests rich in bird life. The clearings in the forests offer magnificent view of the Annapurna range.
On the Mardi Himal Trek you get the views without the crowds. Expect authentic teahouses, stunning rhododendron forests and the most terrific views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. You will get eye in eye with giants like Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
On day one, after breakfast, drive 40 to Kande to begin the trek. Day two heads to the forest camp at 2,700 meters. The trek branches off from the main trail towards Annapurna base camp. The forest camp has three tea houses in the middle of the forest. On day three, head to Badal Danda camp, at 3,300 meters. This offers undisturbed views of snow peaks and sweeping valleys. On day four, trek to High Camp at 3,600 meters – on this day the vegetation is mainly grass, allowing unbroken views of the range.
Day five is the toughest of all, with an altitude gain of almost 1,000 meters. Mount Fishtial and Mardi Himal appear closer. You will also see Annapurna III and Annapurna I at a distance. On the way back, go further to Badal Danda for the overnight stay. Day six is a trek back to Deurali, and on day seven you will trek down to Dhampus Phedi for the drive back to Pokhara.
The Annapurna Region, along with the rest of Nepal has 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The months from March to May and from October or November are the most popular for trekking this Annapurna classic. What must be said, is that every trekking season offers its own excitement and atmosphere for hikers.
- Amazing views of sunrise and sunset
- Beautiful Rhododendron Forest blooming in many different colors
- Close views of mount Annapurna south, Machhapuchre and Mardi Himal
- Culture, custom and tradition of local peoples
Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Lalitpur Valley
- Peace environment and less crowded Area
Amazing terrace fields
- Tea Garden and local Homestay
- Lifestyle of local people such as Gurung and Magar