Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days

Mardi Himal trekking is an exceptional experience that takes you into the mountains through dense forests. The Mardi Himal Trek 5 days is a short trek, and a hidden gem in the Annapurna region, which will meet all your expectations.

Recently opened, the Mardi Himal trek is ideal for both beginners and professional trekkers. This trekking is ideal for those who have a short schedule, limited budget, but still want to see the Himalayas from up-close.

This trekking route gives you incredible views of the Annapurna range and mount Fishtail(6991m), and Hiuchuli(6441m).

Besides the mountains, this trekking route includes walking across lush Rhododendron forest, and fantastic views of the valley below. You will forever cherish the sunset and sunrise from above the mountains. And walking above an ocean of clouds is an incredible experience.

The Mardi Himal trek 5 days starts and ends at Pokhara. Throughout this trekking, you will stay overnight at lodges in Deurali(2125m), Low camp(3150m), and High camp(3700m). From High camp we will reach the Base camp(4500m) and trek all the way down to Siding(1800). Finally, your trek will end in Pokhara.

Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days Facts

Start/End: Pokhara/Pokhara

Maximum altitude: 4500m

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance covered: 65 km approx.

Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days

  • Incredible view of the Annapurna range, Mount Fishtail, and Hiuchuli
  • Experience traditional village lifestyle
  • Walk across dense Rhododendron forests
  • Outstanding sunrise and sunset
  • Beautiful view of the Pokhara valley
  • Outstanding view of the ocean of clouds and the mountains afar

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Best time for Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days 

Best time for Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days

Best time for any trek in Nepal is the Autumn and Spring seasons. Mid-September to Mid December is the best time for Mardi Himal trek. During this season, the sky becomes clear, mornings and evenings get chilly, while it becomes perfect to trek during the day.

The snow-capped mountains look sharp and beautiful.

March to May is another perfect season for Mardi Himal trek. You can see Rhododendrons blooming and covering the entire hills. Also, the great white mountains look beautiful.

Monsoon is not the best time to trek. This region gets heavy rainfall, and there are lots of leeches in the trail.

December is the beginning of winter in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal in winter can be one of the best experiences. But due to heavy snowfall at higher altitudes, people have to return from high camp.

Foods and Accommodations

If you are trekking in the peak season, I suggest you pre-book accommodation during Mardi Trek. There are a limited amount of lodges and tea houses en route. All the lodges and tea houses provide proper accommodations with a hot bed and blankets.

You can get hot beverages and food in almost all tea houses en route to Mardi. The most common food is Dal Bhat (rice with lentil soup and curry), which can be found in all the lodges.

You can also get food like Pasta, noodles, Pizza, in some lodges.

Cost for food is always more than that of accommodations while you trek in higher altitudes. And the same goes for water. There are no proper sources of water in the higher altitude. I suggest you carry water purifying tablets. Since bottled water gets expensive, you can fill tap water and purify it to drink.

Mardi Himal Trek Difficulty

There are very few steep climbs during the Mardi Himal Trek. But there are some before reaching the viewpoint. And the straight long descend towards Siding can be difficult as well.

Altitude sickness is another threat during your trek. Although we do not acquire extreme altitude during this trek, one can still get altitude sickness. I suggest you visit your doctor before heading off towards Mardi.

If you do get altitude sickness, make sure you descend as soon as possible. Catch your breath and start walking at a slow pace. And if you need, take an extra day for acclimatization.

Mardi Himal Trek 5 days takes you through some of the most remote parts of Nepal for 4 days. You cannot find proper roads and transportation in such areas. Even the trekking trail is confusing in comparison to other trekkings.

Mardi Himal trek is moderately difficult, hence it is ideal for beginners.

Weather and Temperature

Weather remains perfect during the peak trekking season in Mardi. You get neither too hot nor too cold. The temperature ranges from 3 to 18 degrees Centigrade during Autumn season. However, it might drop below 0 after mid-November.

Spring season might be slightly warmer than Autumn. Temperature might range from 3 to 20 degrees centigrade. The precipitation is almost 0, and the sky remains clear.

Winter in Mardi can be harsh. The higher altitudes get heavy snowfall, and it becomes difficult to cross High camp. The temperature at night gets below 0 degrees and can reach up to -7 degrees.

Permits

You need a permit to enter the Annapurna Conservation area. You also need a TIMS card (Trekker’s Information Management System). You can get both these permits in the Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

But booking this tour with us submits all such responsibilities to our team. We will take care of everything for you. All you need to do is enjoy your trip.

Detail Itinerary for Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days

Detail Itinerary for Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days

Let us go through the day to day itinerary for the Mardi Himal Trek.

Day 01: Drive to Kande and hike to Deurali (2125m)

Trekking hours: 4

Difficulty: Easy

Your journey starts at Pokhara. We drive towards Kande from Pokhara and gain some altitude by road. It will take us one hour to get to Kande, and our trekking starts at Kande.

We start with a steep climb until we reach the Australian Base camp (2160m). We pass the Australian Base Camp with a stunning view of Mt. Fishtail and the Annapurna. And after a short pleasant hike, we will arrive at Pothana.

Deurali is the next stop after Pothana. We stay at Deurali for the night.

Day 02: Hike from Deurali to Low Camp (3150m)

Trekking hours: 7

Difficulty: Moderate

We start our day early after a lovely breakfast in Deurali. We will head towards Low camp today, which is a place with an unmatched beauty.

The hike from Deurali to Low camp takes you through dense forest. After a few hours of trekking, we will reach Forest Camp (2900). We will have our lunch at Forest camp with a surrounded by scenic beauty and mountains.

We continue walking further through woods and Rhododendron forest covered with wild ferns and moss. Walking through the calming forest and peaceful environment gives inner peace. We will reach Low camp after 3 to 4 hours from Forest camp.

We stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 03: Hike from Low Camp to High Camp (3700m)

Trekking hours: 5

Difficulty: Moderate

Our third day takes us above the clouds and closer to the mountains. We begin our day with a pleasant breakfast and ascend towards Middle camp. After 1 hour of climb through Rhododendron forest, we arrive at Middle camp. Further ascending takes us to Baadal Danda (Hill above the clouds).

As the name suggests, this place is above the clouds. With stunning views of Hiuchuli, Annapurna south, and Mt. Fishtail, this place is beyond explanation. Further hike on top of a ridge and through grass, we reach High camp.

We stay overnight at high camp.

Day 04: Reach Mardi Base Camp and Hike to Siding (1800m)

Trekking hours: 9 hours

Difficulty: Challenging

We have to wake up early today. One cannot miss the sunrise from High camp. It is an extraordinary sight, which will remain in your heart and mind forever. After that, we start walking towards the base camp.

After a couple of steep climbs and challenging rocky trail, we will reach the viewpoint at an altitude of 4200m. The view from up there is mindblowing. The beauty of Fishtail is unmatched. The view is even better than from the Base camp.

Walk along the Mardi ridge to arrive upon the Mardi Base camp. You can get a proper view of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli and Mardi. Embrace its beauty and head back towards High camp.

We get our bags, have lunch, and follow the trail towards Low camp.

The trail is all descend until you reach Siding. Upon reaching Low camp, we take a different route than before towards Siding.

The hike to Siding is challenging, not because of the trail itself, but the harsh descend becomes challenging for your legs.

After a long and tiring day, we will finally reach Siding and stay at a Homestay. Homestays in Siding reflect typical Nepali culture, landscapes, and lifestyle.

Day 05: Drive back to Pokhara

Mornings in Siding is beautiful. The landscapes covered in different flowers look vibrant. A cup of tea with such a view is the perfect way to start your day. We can take a 4wd from Siding to Pokhara. Or we can trek to a small town Lumre, and drive to Pokhara.

Either way, the journey today takes you to some of the most beautiful places in these areas. There are waterfalls, rivers, and beautiful valleys. You can even see the viewpoint from yesterday. We will arrive at Pokhara after about 5 to 6 hours.

We will conclude our Mardi Himal Trek 5 days upon reaching Pokhara. Relax your mind and body in Pokhara with a chilled beer at the Lakeside. You can even visit Pame for a peaceful environment and delicious local fish.

Some Tips for Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days

  • Carry enough Nepali money in cash. There are no ATMs or cash machines once you start your trek.
  • You must pack light and sufficient. It is a short trek, and you do not need heavy clothing. So pack wisely and enjoy.
  • You can rent the trekking gears in Pokhara of Kathmandu. It will cost you less and you can save a significant amount of money.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated during your trek. You can easily get dehydrated in the higher altitudes.
  • You should pack medicines and first aid kit. But, make sure you visit your doctor before packing any medicines.
  • Carry a high-power portable power bank to charge your devices. You might have to pay to charge your devices once you hit the altitude.
  • Keep in mind that your trekking route lies in the Annapurna Conservation area. Keep your environment clean.

Contact us if you need any information regarding the trek, we are happy to help.

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