Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

12th February, 2018 | Article By Hari Shrestha

The Mardi Himal Trek is a perfect decision for those of us who are searching for an ‘out of the way’ trekking experience in the calmer parts of the Annapurna area of Nepal. While trekking on this route, paving the way to Mardi Himal base camp, we will hike glorious trails through verdant backwoods, fascinating towns, valleys, terraced ranches, stunning waterways and the remarkable perspectives of the Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Hiunchuli mountains. An advantage of this trekking route is that the trail makes a little circuit up to the base camp of Mardi Himal, so we don’t need to backtrack over a similar territory.

This fantastic Mardi Himal trek starts at beautiful and touristic Pokhara, situated in the lap of the Annapurna Himalaya, on the shores of Phewa Lake. After a short drive, the trek will start through exquisite woodlands of rhododendron and pine trees with stunning perspectives of the Annapurna range of mountains with Manaslu and the amazing Machhapuchare Himal “Fish Tail”, which oversees all of this great trek. The hike leads on from a fundamental trekking trail, after Potana and Deurali, to finish in the wild thick elevated backwoods with steady perspectives of mountains throughout.

Achieving our goal at base camp underneath striking Mardi Himal, we will transcend the crest of Machhapuchare Himal (Fish Tail), here we will spend time to wonder at the great panorama of mountains before returning to Pokhara via the fascinating towns of Tolka and Landruk.

Best Time

Mardi Himal Trek is a direct height trekking (around 4,000 meters +) route that is essentially dazzling. This trekking is feasible throughout the year, however January – May and October – December are the best seasons, and within these dates March – April and October – November are the best months. Amid these best months the sky is for the most part completely clear, the perspectives are mind blowing and the climate is amazing too. You will, by and large, have dazzling Himalayan perspectives and greenery amid these months. June to September is storm season, yet despite this fact, trekking is still possible. The trails have a considerable amount of parasites amid rainstorms, which can be unpleasant for trekkers and therefore, best avoided. Amid this period it rains often in the late evening, night and early morning leaving the trail wet and potentially dangerous.

Route for Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Base Camp is the most elevated point of the Mardi Himal Trek; however the whole Annapurna Mountain range can be viewed when you achieve the High Camp. At 2,990 m in Low Camp, you will have wonderful views of Machapuchhre. The three prominent mountains-Fishtail (6,993 m), Annapurna South (7,010 m) and Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m) are the fundamental features of this Mardi Himal Trek. The trip starts moving toward Pitam Deurali from Pokara, which is a two and a half hour walk. Pushing forward is 3-4 hrs of trek for each day till you arrive at Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4,500 m which is a full days climb of 6-7 hrs from Low Camp (2,990 m). For the most part on the fifth day, you will be at the Mardi Himal Base Camp. It will take another 6 or 7 hours to make it to High Camp. Acclimatization won’t be an issue during this trek since trekkers get adequate time to rest, and regularly 3-4 hours of walking is the norm, which should be no problem even for new trekkers.

Mardi Himal trekking is a great way to start your Himalayan Adventure!


By Hari Shrestha

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