Are you planning for Mardi Himal Trek in this VisitNepal 2020 campaign? If yes, and wondering how to prepare for Mardi Himal Trekking, and we are there for you.
Mardi Himal Trek is a less crowded and easier trekking destination that lies in the Annapurna Region. Annapurna Region is famous for some popular trekking destinations like Mustang Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Poon Hill, Tilicho Trek to name a few. It is also of them. Mardi Himal is 5,587 m from the sea level, whereas the altitude of the upper viewpoint, 4,250m/13,600ft which means you can see an up-close view of Mt. Macchapuchre “Fishtail” Annapurna South, Mardi Himal, Himculi and whole Annapurna Range.
Apart from Himlayas, you can have an unforgettable experience of Himalayan culture and beautiful landscapes. Similarly, it is very near to Pokhara City, the second famous city for tourism after Kathmandu, which is also called the city of lakes. One can easily rest or spend chilling time in Pokhara right after finishing Mardi Himal Trek. Mardi Himal Trek is a very short distance trek from Pokhara valley and one can have adventurous and peaceful time away from the hustling and bustling city life. Even though this trekking is suitable for beginners, you need to prepare a lot to make your trekking experience wonderful and memorable.
Total Duration of Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek can be easily completed in 10 days. People with good health can easily reach the base camp without any hurdle. This is an easy trek suitable for walkers who can walk up to 4-5 hours a day with a light rucksack. Those who have already done this type of trekking, the chances are high that they will finish Mardi Himal 2 3 days prior to beginners. You can shorten or lengthen the trek based on your requirements and expectations. But we would suggest you take enough time to trek around Mardi Himal; because throughout the journey you will witness majestic Annapurna Range, lush green farming and small tea houses for small break/rest.
Upper View Point/ Mardi Himal Basecamp is the highest point of the trek. From there you can also witness Pokhara City if the day is clear. While ascending from there, you can also see Siddhing Village sits the lap of the hill.
Best Season to go Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trekking is possible all around the year with favorable weather conditions. But Autumn time (September to November) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Mardi Himal Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (December to February) could be the best option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most trekkers.
Going Mardi Himal is monsoon seasons (June to August) will be affected by rain and leeches (so many leeches you can’t even imagine) but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.
Trek Route/Itinerary of Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
The route we have listed below is actually 10 days trek.
How difficult is Mardi Himal Trek?
Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek falls under the moderate category. The distances between the settlements are the less distance apart and the trail is quite easy. But you should not push yourself harder to reach the destination at earliest as you will be more likely to get altitude sickness if you did not follow the prevention methods. So go slow with your pace.
The trail from Forest Camp to Low camp is quite lengthy and ascending, so make sure you are fully prepared for that day. You will be walking through dense forest. But once you reach Low Camp, you will see the first up-close view of Mt. Macchapuchre.
The trail from Low camp to High Camp is very easy, and very beautiful at the same time. You will see the Annapurna Range, settlements across the hill if the weather is clear you can also see Pokhara from up there. There is a place called Badal Dada. It is popular to see clouds. To get the best view of all, you have to move forward to Mardi Himal Base Camp, but at this point, the trail is quite difficult and challenging as well. There is a narrow path and the steep climb takes you to the Mardi Himal Base Camp from High Camp, so you need to be extra careful. But once you reach there, you will forget all the hardships when you are surrounded by the mighty Annapurna Range and including the never seen and up-close view of Mt. Macchapuchre.
Mardi Himal Trek as a Solo Traveler
Yes, you see it right, you can trek around Mardi Himal without a guide. Even though it is less crowded than Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you will surely find other trekkers, and quickly make travel buddies around.
Then local people are very friendly, and you can meet local people walking though the trail for various purposes like for construction, transportation of goods, hotel business, and so on. But we would recommend you to take help from the guide or local porter as some routes are really confusing. Though there is a blue and white flag sign painted on the trees, walls or rocks to show the direction, it would be better (for safety purpose) to hire a guide while trekking Mardi Himal.
Equipment necessary for Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
- As your travel expenses (except personal expenses) are already included in particular packages, we suggest you come with extra money for personal expenses as well.
- Trekking Permits
- Comfortable hiking gears like a trekking stick, hiking shoes, sunglass
- Warm Clothes
- Water treatment methods like drops and filter (you need to pay around Rs 200-500 for each refill)
- Power bank, solar charger, to charge your mobile or other gadgets (the more you reach higher, you need to pay a charge which is pretty handsome for charging your mobile or power bank)
- Sanitizer, wet wipes, paper towel, toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen, tampons/mensuration cup need to carry by yourself as there is not any place to find these things on the trail
- Books, Cards, UNO, Jenga and so on (lightweight recommended)
What kinds of food do we get in Mardi Himal Trek?
Mostly you will get typical Nepalese Foods, i.e Dal (Lentils), Bhat (Rice), Tarkari (Vegetables), and Achar (Pickles). Better to stick with this dish if you value your money. Apart from there, you can also get normal international cuisine. If you wish to have vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, that will be arranged too. But make sure you go for Dal rice and Vegetables, as it will add more energy for your trekking.
Types of Accommodation in Mardi Himal Trek Guide
Do not expect high end and luxury accommodation in Mardi Himal Trek. Most of the tea houses and normal hotels are providing simple accommodation and food for the trekkers. They provide blankets to keep you warm. If you want to put extra weight in your backpack, then carry an extra sleeping bag especially during winter.
Bathrooms are outside the house. So, is the shower room. Toilets are squat down type. (Soap available, but carry personal toilet paper and hand sanitizers)
Trekking permits for Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
Since Mardi Himal lies in the Annapurna Sanctuary you need to take a permit from Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). Similarly, you need to have TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card for Mardi Himal Trek. We will handle this part for you.
2 passport size photographs are required for ACAP and TIM’s card.
While wrapping up, if you go through the above-mentioned information for your journey then your trekking will be very easy and wonderful. Mardi Himal is very easy and nearby by trek from Pokhara. Normal physical exercises like jogging, aerobics, physical strength are recommended a couple of weeks prior to trekking. For more details please contact us.
How difficult is Mardi Himal Trek?
Mardi Himal Trek is considered a moderate trek. Any age group with a good physical condition can easily go for trekking in Mardi Himal. The trek offers stunning views of Annapurna Range and some other scenic views of forest and landscapes.
How many days is enough for Mardi Himal Trek?
Maximum 5-7 days are enough from Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek. It falls under the best short treks of Nepal which is very near to Pokhara. If one can easily walk 8-9 hours a day, then they can complete Mardi Himal Trek in a maximum of 4 days.
What is the highest altitude of Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek?
The highest altitude of the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is 4500 meters.
What is the best season for trekking Mardi Himal?
Mid-September to Early December (Autumn season) and February to April (Spring season) is the best seasons to Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek.
How I get altitude sickness, while trekking around Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek?
Chances of getting altitude sickness in Mardi Base Camp Trek are very low as you will not be staying in the highest altitude for too long. However, prevention is necessary.
How to get to Mardi Himal Trek?
As your journey begins from Pokhara, your trekking starts from Phedi then Forest Camp, then low camp from where you can see the view of Macchapuchre, and then high camp then finally Mardi Himal Base Camp. You will be ascending Siddhing Village from low Camp and drive back to Pokhara.
Is there wifi facility in Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek?
Yes, you can get an internet facility, but the speed is very slow. You will get a chance to use the internet from SIM data as there will be no network service most of the time.
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