Mardi himal trek is a new trail, but slowly this trail has been trying to grow. Since last decade this trek has been one of the mostly visited trail by many trekkers. Most tourist have been opting for this route for a view of Annapurna and machhapuchre ranges . This treks leads you to the mountains through the bamboo and rhododendron forest, along with the misty cloudy hills and spectacular view.
Mardi himal trek is named after a mountain called mardi itself and trek is 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 rhododheron 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 is 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 guest house , High camp also offers basic accommodation and very friendly staffs.
Morning or day hike to view point
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
Expenses : moderate
Accommodation : tea houses and lodges
Permits: for foreighners, ACAP & TIMS card
Good pair of socks
Sun block cream
More space for food
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