Whether you’ve trekked before or not but any time you hear about Nepal, hiking is what comes first to your mind. With a breathtaking backdrop, nothing gives as much pleasure and wildness as trekking here does. Mardi Himal trek is one of the most popular short treks in Nepal.
Unique wildlife, unspoiled landscapes, and dramatic geographical features has been a highlight of Nepal’s trek. Moreover, it appears that there are always more exotic and remote places to explore here.
Yet, in recent years, Nepal has drawn more travelers with its classic multi-day hiking trails rather than the new one. In no reasoning, Mardi Himal is one of few that has persuaded hikers to travel the region over and again.
Mardi Himal Trek often gets overlooked for its quintessential natural beauty with spectacular snow peaks and wildlife. But it’s typical trek routes which display history and good old days of past trekkers is what worth exploring.
It hasn’t been long since trek to Mardi Himal was first allowed to trek. Despite being just underneath Machhapuchre, the trekking spot has scored a great reputation in no time.
Trekkers from world-wide fly to the region only to conquer the summit. No wonder, Mardi Himal Trek is emerging as one of the best hiking routes in Nepal. It lies at an elevation of 5587m and on the east side of Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Like most Himalayan hikes, Mardi Himal Trek too starts from Pokhara after flying from Kathmandu. The very next day, your trek to Mardi Himal officially begins and you’re to hike up to Pothana.
Starting from Pokhara, it’s a 1 hour drive to Kande and 4 hours walk on the trail later. From Pothana to High Camp, you’ll cover nearly 23 km distance trekking via dense forest with flowers.
After high camp, you’ll ascend the hills for about 6 hours to reach the upper viewpoint and return back to the camp. You’ll have a far easy trail to walk from here as they descend the hill from High Camp to Kalimati Village.
Your next stoppage will be Lumre where you’ll reach walking downhill for almost 3 hours. Since you’ll also be returning to Pokhara the same day, it’s wise to take a ride that only takes 2-3 hours.
On the last day of Mardi Himal Trek, you’ll catch a flight to Kathmandu Valley from Pokhara airport. On your way back, there are plenty of scenic views to rejoice including the beautiful landscapes and mountains such as Machhapuchre and Dhaulagiri.
Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek
- Off-the-beaten-path that walks old-style remote villages
- Cultural inclusivity and active participation during festivals and event
- Picturesque view of snow-capped mountains like Annapurna and Machhapuchhre
- Scenic trekking route with oak forest and blossoming Rhododendrons in spring
- Reasonable trek cost and easy access to many isolated destinations
- Famed Tibetan monasteries and glacial lakes
- Interaction with the local people and see through their history and art
Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 02: Pokhara to Pothana via Phedi
Day 03: Pothana to Forest Camp
Day 04: Forest Camp to High Camp
Day 06: High Camp to Kalimati Village
Day 07: Kalimati to Lumre and drive to Pokhara
Day 08: Pokhara to Kathmandu