Mardi Himal Trekking is short and best trek route for stunning views of Annapurna and Mt. Fishtail. Mardi Himal trek route is relatively newly opened routes in Annapurna Region to escape away from the crowds. Within short days and in lower elevation we can reach the best view point to see the stunning mountains. Mardi Himal trek is located to the east of the Annapurna Base Camp and under the Mt. Fishtail (Macchhapuchhre). This trekking is suitable for all kind of hikers; from beginners to experienced. For the Mardi Himal trekking, you don’t need a previous hiking experience and with less pain in your knees.
The 4 days Mardi Himal Trek start from Pokhara. We will take a short drive up to Phedi and start walking towards to Dhampus village. From the beginning, we will see stunning Annapurna ranges, Fishtail, Himchuli, and Lamjung Himal. Dhampus is the beautiful typical village of Gurung people and also other mixed community. The first night we will spend on Pothana Village, Dhampus to Pothana is about 1 hr gentle walk.
Check our Facebook page to see the picture of Pothana. We will wake up early morning to see the sunrise from the Pothana viewpoint where you can see Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Gangapurna, Fishtail, Annapurna Ranges, and Lamjung Himal range. Also, you can see Pokhara Valley from the viewpoint.
In Pothana, there are many tea houses, but above Pothana there are limited hotels and we have to book hotels in advance.
The second day we will walk through Rhododendron forest, along with the way we will able to see Mt. Fishtail but mostly we will be walking into the forest. From Deurali you can see Annapurna south and will have a lunch over here, above Deurali there are no hotels to stop by. Today we will skip the Forest camp and hike about 30 minutes more up to Rest Camp. In Rest camp there is only one hotel with few rooms, Forest camp has 3 hotels but inside the forest and we can’t see any views. From Rest Camp we will able to see Mt. Fishtail and in the evening and a good spot for Sunrise view.
The third day also same walking through the forest on the way we will see Sheep grazing and colorful leafs, jungles, yaks and obviously mountain and rhododendron. At low camp we will take a short tea break, from here we can see Mt. Fishtail. Mardi Himal trekking is almost the best way to see Mt. Fishtail as the trails pass through the forest we will be on Badal Danda. We will stop for Lunch and this place is just an amazingly beautiful on top of Hills and Mountain ranges. After Badal Danda, there is no forest and almost walking over the hills. Tonight you will stay in High Camp, there are also limited hotels so we will have to book in advance.
Let us share you that most of the routes are ups and down, On 4 day we will wake up very early to see sunrise and today we will go to Mardi Himal Base Camp and Upper Viewpoint of Mardi Himal. You can see in our video and pictures too, we will see breathtaking mountains in front of us. The trek route is pretty narrow from High Camp to Viewpoint and difficult steps but follow our guide instructions and walk slowly.
The final day we will walk all the way down to Siding village, today might be tiring and you can feel your knees pain. You will walk same way up to Low Camp and from there we will walk towards to Sidding Village. From Low Camp to Sidding village is walking through the forest and you can’t see any mountains along the way. From Sidding we will take a jeep drive back to Pokhara.
For more details and information about the Mardi Himal trek, contact Day Tours Nepal tour experts, if you are thinking to hike with your children then we do customize the tour.
|Location||Annapurna Mardi Himal|
DAY 01: Drive to Phedi, trek to Pothana (19,00M / 6 Hours)
DAY 02: Pothana trek to Rest Camp 5-6 Hours
DAY 03: Rest Camp trek to High Camp (3,590M / 5 Hours)
DAY 04: Hike to Upper View Point (4,200M), back to Sidding Village – Pokhara (6-7 Hours)
Mardi Himal Trekking Cost Include(s)
- Full Board (breakfast, lunch and Dinner) in Trekking
- Accommodation during trek (local lodge).
- Government registered local expert guide,
- Porters to carry trekking bags.
- Annapurna Conservation park, and TIMS card.
- Farewell dinner.
- Equipment clothing for porter & staffs.
- Insurance for all staff & porters.
- Transportation as per itinerary
- First Aid Kit Comprehensive
- Mardi Himal Trekking Map
- Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff including porters
- Nepal visa – Multiple Entrée 30 days – USD 40
- Dinner during hotel stay in Pokhara
- Hotel Accommodation in Cities
- Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
- Tips for guide and porter
- Table drinks, snacks, personal insurance, medical evacuation in case of emergency.
- Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc…
Best time to Visit Mardi Himal Trek:
January – May and October – December are better comparatively. Even among these months March – April and October – November are even the best.
June to September is monsoon season although trekking is still doable in this area.
- Lightweight walking boots that are broken in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters
- 2-3 synthetic tee shirts, long sleeve shirts
- 1-2 synthetic hiking pants, zip-off pants
- Fleece or sweatshirt for cool night temperatures
- Rain jacket or poncho (Gore-tex or equivalent)
- Rain pants (Gore-tex or equivalent)
- Thick wool socks, thin synthetic liner socks to prevent blisters
- Synthetic underwear
- Sun hat
- Warm puffy down filled jacket (synthetic or natural feathers).
- Synthetic mid layer (fleece, wool, or lightweight down sweater).
- Soft shell or insulated ski pants.
- Sleeping bag to -15C
- Thermal underwear/base layer
- Beanie with ear flaps (wool or fleece)
- Balaclava or face mask
- A pair of winter gloves/mitts (waterproof)
- A pair of lightweight gloves (fleece or synthetic materials)
- Ski goggles or glacier glasses (polarized)
- Gaiters (to cover boots and lower leg)
What to bring
- 1-2 water bottles – 2 liters
- Iodine to purify water (Can be purchased in cities)
- Sunglasses and strap
- Trekking poles
- Toilet paper and cigarette lighter (toilet paper can be bought in cities)
- Small headlamp/flashlight/torch with spare batteries
- Personal medical supplies
- Pocket knife
- Small daypack – 25 liters
- Personal snacks from home (candy bars, protein bars, granola, nuts, etc.)
- Sandals or slip on shoes for walking around tea houses or camp
- Biodegradable soap and/or shampoo.
- Spare boot laces
- Large plastic bag to line backpack, day pack from wet conditions, and small bag for dirty clothes
Passport / visa
A valid permit is required for most areas in Nepal, which we will obtain upon your arrival. We will require one working days and two passports size photographs. There are two major permits, which are National Park permits and special regional permits for restricted area permits (Upper Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpa, etc.) .
Always carry Nepalese rupees in small bills on your trek. The amount to be cared depends on the area and the duration of the trek. A guideline for this will be presented during our trek briefing. Money will only be required for the purchase of soft/hard bottled drinks and souvenirs along the way. Other money and valuables should be kept in a safe deposit box in your hotel in Kathmandu.
Altitude sickness if a serious consideration if you are climbing or trekking in Nepal and it’s essential that you investigate the causes, symptoms and treatment of altitude sickness before you travel to Nepal. There are approximately three deaths per year in Nepal from altitude sickness, but with the right precautions there is no reason why you should become one of these statistics. Acclimatization’s the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends. You should adjust your schedule so that you average no more than 400 meters per day of ascent above 3,000 meters. If you fail to allow time for acclimatization, you may develop symptoms of Attitude mountaineering System. The AMS may be mild enough to go away with a day’s rest or if ignored may lead to death. All that is required to ensure a safe trek is basic awareness of AMS, and a willingness to rest or descend if you develop symptoms. As a result of the growing awareness of altitude problems there is only one death from AMS in Nepal out of every 30,000 trekkers and climbers. Even these deaths would be avoidable if everyone knew how to respond to AMS. There are no reliable figures for casualties among porters.
For more information ask your questions directly to Day Tours Nepal who will be happy to assist you.