Mardi Himal trek is named after a mountain called Mardi itself and trek are located in Annapurna conservation area. This trail can be completed in 3 days, (Pokhara to Pokhara ). This is a basic itinerary to give you a general idea to trek around Mardi.
After arriving in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Once you are done with a sightseeing around the capital city you can get a tourist bus to Pokhara. Stay overnight at Pokhara.
You can take early morning jeep from Harichowk to Dhampus and reach there for breakfast. The drive is around 45 minutes, after breakfast, you can start trekking from Dhampus to Pothana and have a lunch stop at Pittam deurali (2100m) After lunch you will need to walk around 4 hours to reach Forest camp (2550m). You will get to observe the dense rhododendron jungle along with some bamboos. Also to your left, you can view Landruk, chomrong and other villages. Forest camp offers basic accommodation and local Nepali foods.
Trek from Forest Camp to high camp (4100m), 8hrs walking.
morning breakfast at forest camp and we start trekking. As we climb, the dense has turned to cloud forest with panoramic views of Himalayas. We can stop at low camp for some tea break and ascend towards ‘badal danda ‘ once we reach there we can stop for lunch. There are no other tea houses between badal danda and high camp. The route towards is bit steep and you can observe lots of rhododendron forest. Overnight at the guest house, High camp also offers basic accommodation and very friendly staffs.
Morning or day hike to viewpoint
We can make a morning or day hiking over there having a good view. We will be able to get very good views of mountain range if the weather is favorable. Overnight in a high camp.
High Camp to Siding Village 1280m, 5 to 6 hrs walking.
After breakfast, today’s journey is to descend through the forest and out to terraced field down. From siding, you could catch a jeep back to Pokhara or Overnight at guest house and return back another day
Max elevation Mardi himal base camp 4500m
Accommodation: tea houses and lodges
Permits: for foreigners, ACAP & TIMS card
Mardi offers very simple and local food such as dal bhaat (the Nepali style rice, lentil soup, and potato) or noodles, chowmin, momo. They do Tibetan bread, eggs or porridge for breakfast with tea or coffee. You can always bring yourself some power snacks like a granola bar or snickers to have in-between the trekking which would really help.
Bathrooms will be traditional Nepali squat toilets and out buildings.
Network and Power
Mardi trail has no mobile phone reception once you cross the forest camp and no wifi. Some villages like till Pittam deurali they do have a (signal) landline, but they only work for local numbers. Mobile reception is only available on the first day and then the last day while you reach stop to catch a bus towards Pokhara.
Electricity is only up till pittam deurali and from there several villages till High camp has only solar power. I would recommend you take headlamps they are certainly very useful and also much needed.
- Down jacket
- Good pair of socks
- Sun block cream
- More space for food
If you have done this trek please feel free to share your experience down below in comment section with me.
My new friend from low camp
Making snow angel 🙂
Machhapuchrey also know as Fishtail Mountain in backdrop.
Sunrise from Highcamp
Pangbochey and me , enjoying our first snow.