Mardi Himal Trekking route takes you to one of the most serene and rewarding treks of Annapurna region. As the trek permit was given only in 2012, this route is not as popular as other trekking routes of this region. So only a few people are aware of this route. However, it is no less in beautiful landscapes and vistas. It is an ideal route for those who love solitude.
Mardi Himal trekking journey starts from Pokhara, where you will spend a day exploring the Lake city. Then you will be driven to Kande from where your trekking officially starts. You will cross the rivers, deep and dark forests and rocky trails full of beautiful sceneries at every step. You will stay at beautiful vantage points such as Low Camp and High Camp and trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp.
Our Mardi Himal trek package is designed in such a way that you get the best one can get trekking in this less-traveled zone. We take you through the different trail so that you can explore more of these beautiful places. Along the way, you can explore Magar and Gurung culture and their lifestyles as well as you will be staying at tea houses run by them most of the time. You will get to explore many of the floras and faunas and wildlife in their natural habitat. So your 5 days of Mardi Himal journey will be full of beautiful vistas and exploration.
MARDI HIMAL TREKKING HIGHLIGHTS
- Opportunity to explore the diverse culture and religious places in Kathmandu and visit exotic places like lake and caves in Pokhara
- Enjoy the scenic bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Explore the unique cultures and traditions of Magar and Gurung people during the trek
- Walk through the lush forests of rhododendrons and oaks forests
- Get to the vantage point like High Camp and Upper View Point (Mardi Himal Base Camp)
- Close up view of the majestic mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhapuchhare (6,993m), Mt. Hiunchuli(6,441m) and Annapurna South (7,010m).
- Explore some of the most wonderful villages like Phedi, Deurali, Pothana, etc.
- Savor the natural beauty in solitude in this less crowded trekking route
Though this package starts from Pokhara since this trek is normally chosen by someone who has already spent a few days in Pokhara and want to start trekking from there. You can also start this trek from Kathmandu. We have various options for transportation and accommodation depending on your choice. To start this trip from Kathmandu, you have three transportation options:
1. Tourist Bus
Tourist Bus from Kathmandu takes 7-8 hours to reach Pokhara. This bus usually leaves at 7 am stopping two times for meals i.e. Breakfast and Lunch. Tourist Buses charges you from 10 to 25 USD and you can choose cheaper ones or the expensive one depending on your budget.
2. Private Transportation:
Sublime Trails can organize a private car or jeep to take you from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It is a more flexible option since it will leave Kathmandu according to your preference. It will cost around 150 USD and a maximum of 4 people can share it. If more people want to ride together, a larger jeep can also be provided which will have a different cost. It takes 5 to 6 hours to reach Pokhara for a private vehicle.
3. Domestic Flights
A domestic flight will take you to Pokhara from Kathmandu in about 25 minutes giving you the scenic aerial view of valley and mountains. It costs 125 USD (for non-Nepalese travelers). Also, make sure that you book the flight as early as you can in peak seasons. Else, no tickets may be available for you.
Note: I case you want to start this trip from Kathmandu, accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara can also be managed upon your request. Contact us to know about the price and any other info.
WHAT TO EXPECT
1. Food and Accommodation
Food during Mardi Himal trek is minimalistic as you will stay in tea houses run by local people and the region is rural, not accessible by easy transportation. Daal Bhat, pasta, noodles, potatoes, vegetable cereals, eggs, fried rice, soup, etc. are served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These tea houses provide warm hospitality and a clean and simple place to sleep. Rooms can be a single, double or triple sharing and depending on the season of your travel, you will have various options. During Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will stay at 3-star hotels with breakfast service. Because you can find various restaurants in the cities, we let you explore these amazing places and different kinds of food.
5 days Mardi Himal Trek starts from Pokhara which has many wonderful things to offer. At the city famously known as Lake City, you can explore beautiful Phewa Lake, Begnas lakes. You can explore caves such as Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, etc. Sarangkot is the first place where you can go to watch sunrise or sunsets. Peaks of the Himalayas range including Dhawalagiri, Annapurna I and Machchapuchre can be seen clearly on a clean day. Cafes, restaurants, and bars are some places you can go to enjoy yourselves in this beautiful city.
3. Traditional Gurung and Magar community
During your Mardi Himal trekking journey, the tea houses you will be staying at are run by Gurungs and Magars of the local villages. One major advantage of this trek is that you get to explore the culture and tradition of isolated people living in this area. This is an amazing chance to know them and observe their lifestyles closely. Our guides will be there to help you communicate with them.
4. High Camp, Mardi Himal Base Camp and the views of the mountains
Since the beginning of the Mardi Himal trek, views of mountains welcome you and as you get close to the destination, they get clearer and more majestic. High Camp is the highest place you will stay at during this trek surrounded by the beauty of nature. Moving forward to the Upper View Point gives you get the outstanding views of mountains like Mardi Himal (5,587 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna south (7,219 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Baraha Shikhar (7,647 m), Tent Peak (5,695 m), Singhachuli (6,501 m),Machapuchare (6,993 m).
5. Diverse flora and fauna and birdwatching
The route of Mardi Himal trek lies in the area full of various species of animals and plants. There is a chance you will see these animals during the trek but depends upon how lucky you are. The sweet chirping of the birds you get to hear is awesome. You can save some time and go birdwatching for a while.
6. Breathtaking views of landscapes
Most of the landscapes during the early days of Mardi Himal trek is dominated by rhododendron, oak and pine forests with few settlements scattered over the village. Rivers, waterfalls, and views of the snow-capped mountains make every step of this trek amazing. Along the way, you may also see several suspension bridges and stone-paved routes. As you reach the destination, the landscape gets a bit rocky with fewer settlements while the mountains seem to get bigger and bigger.