Highlights

One of the shortest treks and requires no previous experience.
scenic view of Himalayas from stone-throw distance.
Total wilderness experience
unforgettable short camping journey
stunning south face view of Mardi Himal and Fishtail
best photographic site
undisturbed wildlife and forest.

Situated to the East of one of the most famous trekking destinations in Nepal, The Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal Base Camp trek is one of the off beaten trekking trails. A recently started trail, the Mardi Base Camp trek isn’t as crowded as its other counter parts. Nonetheless, the trail is amazing and the view from the Base camp is absolutely stunning. The trail takes you to a very close proximity of Machchapuchhre, almost as if it’s a stone throw away.

The Mardi Himal trekking runs beside the flow of Mardi(khola) river winding in through a  remote forested valley of bamboo and Rhododendron giving you experience of different cultural attraction.This Annapurna route is perhaps the least visited trekking area in Nepal from the high altitude camp at 4120m  .You can see the most amazing close quarter views of 3 of the 14 highest mountains in the world. Mardi Himal trekking is definitely the destination for those who would like to experience the beauty of solitary peaks as highlight of trekking in Nepal. Annapurna can by every lover of nature and beautiful landscape.

Mardi Himal treks takes away from the tea houses trails and takes you through a forests and villages. After finishing village walk you will enter in the jungle area where you can see many types of the orchids , NTFP, with enjoy of the wildlife observation along the dense rhododendron forest. Your destination is up to brown pasture land via top ridge of the hill seeing many other trekking trail as Annapurna sanctuary, Ghandruk loop, Annapurna panorama, Machhapuchhare taan model trek, Tara hilltop trek other places to be seen from here are sarangkot,pokhara valley,7 districts of the western Nepal. In the mountain whole Annapurna range (Annapurna i-iv, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Tent Peak, Gandarwa Chuli, Singu Chuli, Holymount Fishtail, Mardi Himal, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu & Dhawalagiri) can be seen from the nearer point with enjoying peaceful &non crowded environment. Mainly Brahmin, Gurung, Chhetri, Tamang & blacksmith caste people stay in this area.

Best Time

Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) 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 (Dec., Jan. and Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug.) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Permits

Permits are of utmost importance while travelling in Nepal. You need to have Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and TIMS Card (Tourism Information Management System). Your guide or the travelling agency can manage these papers for you.

Difficulty

In terms of terrain there are no ropes needed and no ice picks needed. There is no vertical climbing involved though going from high camp to base camp is quite steep and rocky. The trails are not paved. It is rough, rocky and gravel strewn after forest camp. The forested part of your trek can get slippy if it rains. The hardest part of the Mardi Himal trek is going from High Camp to Base Camp. If you have an extra day it’s worth taking your time for the return trek and staying a night in low camp before going back down.