The newly explored trek route to hidden treasure in Annapurna area, Mardi Himal trekking through the remote off-beaten trail leads us to Mardi Himal base camp standing at an elevation of 4500m for the spectacular mountains view of Annapurna south, Mount Machhapuchare and Mount Hiunchuli. This trek is considered as an alternative trek route for Annapurna circuit trekking as trek encompasses all of the elements of a classic Nepal trekking experience of villages, wildlife, panoramic mountain views and a range of landscape from forest to high alpine.
Opened in 2012, Mardi Himal at the east of Annapurna under the impressive Machhapuchre is the lowest, the least climbed and visited peak in Nepal. Trekking around its base camp is a shorter trek making it great for first timers and more experienced trekkers, as it takes around the least explored trail much away from the crowd of trekkers through south of Annapurna then towards Mardi Himal (5587m), a prominent peak lying directly under the inspiring summit of Machhapuchare and directly opposite the massive south face of Annapurna 1.
Around six hours of drive from Kathmandu takes us to Pokhara, the naturally blessed city of Nepal. Then drive to trail head at Phedi, the starting point of our trek. The walk goes on through the forest until low camp with the best views of Machhapuchare. During the spring season, routes are in its best with the blossoming rhododendron forests offering a spectacular demonstration of pink and red. The landscape changes into a rugged high mountain landscape with views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchare, Annapurna south and Hiunchuli. We arrive at high camp which again offers stunning views overlooking entire Annapurna range. Reaching at base camp of Mardi Himal rewards us with the views of overlooking Annapurna ranges – an excellent introduction to trekking in the Himalayas. Leaving High camp we descend to natural hot spring at Tatopani to have refreshed. We drive back to Pokhara where our trek package completes.
Trekkers visiting Mardi Himal trekking can experience Himalayan ranges, mountain landscapes, natural hot springs, mixed indigenous lifestyle, rhododendron forest, alpine meadows, an abundance of wildlife, ancient caves, waterfalls, various species of flora and fauna- truly wilderness experience.
Day 1 : Arrival to Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport – TIA) (1,350 m/4,450 ft)
Day 2 : Drive to Pokhara (850M)- 6 hrs
Day 3 : Drive to Phedi (1130m)-30 minutes and trek to Deurali (2100m)- 4 hrs
Day 4 : Trek to forest camp (2600m)- 5 to 6 hrs
Day 5 : Trek to high camp (3900m)- 4 to 5 hrs
Day 6 : Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and back to low camp-7 hrs
Day 7 : Trek to Jhino Danda (1500m) – 7 hrs
Day 8 : Trek to Nayapul (1,050 m/3,445 ft) – 6-7 hrs, and drive to Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) – 1½ hrs
Day 9 : Drive from Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) to Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,450 ft) – 6-7hrs