Mardi Himal Short Trek

Are you searching for short treks that take you through a thrilling adventure in the great Himalayas? Then the Mardi Himal Short trek is by far one of the best short treks of Nepal.

Located in the Annapurna Region, it is a 5 days trip to the wilderness with breathtaking views of the mountain ranges and landscapes. The routes are less packed compared to the Annapurna Circuit trek and other popular treks of this region.

5 days Mardi Himal Short Trek takes you to the Base Camp of Mardi Himal. The routes are less challenging but filled with stunning scenarios and the beauty of nature.

Mardi Himal lies beneath the prominent Mount Machapuchare in the Kaski district. It resides at an altitude of 5587 m above sea level. The route of Mardi Himal was recently opened for trekking in 2012. Though the routes are unspoiled it is slowly gaining popularity among the trekkers.

On this trek, you will be seeing various mountain peaks along the way. Such as Mount Machhapuchhre, Mount Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal, and many more.

You will also be passing through several traditional and cultural villages of Gurung Community. And enter enchanting forests of Birch, maple, oak, rhododendron, etc.

The Mardi Himal Base camp is the highest point you will reach in this trek. Situated at an altitude of 4500 m above sea level. Be prepared to go on an exciting trek in this Mardi Himal Short trek 5 days journey.

Highlights of Mardi Himal Short Trek

Mardi Himal Short Trek 5 days

  • Stunning view of various peaks such as Mt. Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, etc.
  • Reach the base of Mardi Himal
  • Trek through forest paths of birch, rhododendron, maple, oaks, and many more
  • View the national bird of Nepal, Danphe along the way
  • Immerse yourself with local homestays in the hills
  • Experience the warm hospitality of the people in this region
  • Learn more about the culture and tradition of the Gurung community

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Best time to visit Mardi Himal Short Trek

Trekking to Mardi Himal is suitable throughout the year. But it can be challenging and harsh during the winter. So, trekkers usually prefer Spring and Autumn the best time to visit the Mardi Himal Short Trek.

Spring is the beginning season of the year when the hills gain back their lost greenery. The weather and temperature are at their best during these times. The skies are clear and bright giving a marvelous view of the beauty around. The months from March to May fall under spring season.

Autumn is the peak season of the year. This is the season when the routes are crowded with trekkers from all around the globe. The beauty of nature, weather, and temperature are also at their peak during this season. The days are neither too hot nor too cold while nights can be a bit chilly in high elevation. The months from September to November fall under autumn season.

Winter is the coldest season of the year and the time for snowfall occurrence. The months from December to February fall under this season. During this time, the routes can be blocked due to heavy snow. So, if you are visiting in winter it is better to trek during early December or late February. But other than that the skies are clear, days are warm and walks are comfortable.

Monsoon is the season for heavy rainfalls in the lower region. It can rain continuously for days making the routes muddy and slippery. The months of June to August fall under this season. There are also high chances of landslides and floods so it is better to trek during early June or late August. But due to heavy rain, the routes are covered with new species of flowers and plants blooming throughout the way.

How difficult is Mardi Himal Short Trek?

Mardi Himal Trek 5 days is an easy to moderate level trek suitable for both beginners and professionals. The routes have many steeps ascend and descend but it is not much challenging. With proper preparation, you can walk past those hurdles with ease.

You will be walking for about 5 to 6 hours each day, so it can be trying for novice trekkers. You need to be physically and mentally fit to complete this trek. This trek requires trekkers to have huge stamina to walk 10 to 15 km per day.

Don’t worry you can increase your fitness by doing physical exercises 2 weeks prior to your actual trek. Such as swimming, long-hour walks, hikes, cycling, meditation, etc.

Mardi Himal Route Options

Other than the standard route from Kande, there are other different route options to start the trek. You can combine this trek with other treks of the Annapurna region as well.

Connection Route:

This route is mostly walked by people who come from Poon Hill or Annapurna Base Camp. The trek begins from Ghandruk and finishes in Siding. You will be walking a total distance of 31/ 35 km.

Short Route:

If you are new in this trekking world then it is better to choose the short route. As you will have an extra day for acclimatization before you climb over the 3000 m altitude. The trek begins from Landruk and ends in Siding covering a total distance of 30.5 km.

Long Route:

If you are looking forward to spending more time in this region. Then choosing the long route lets you see more wonderful scenarios and explore more areas. The trek begins from Gandruk and ends in Kande covering a total distance of 52 km.

Permits for Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal trek lies inside the Annapurna Sanctuary. So, like any other treks you will be needing ACAP and TIMS cards. You can get the card from the Tourism Information Center in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

For the TIMS and permit card, you will be needing 4 photos, a passport, and a contact person in Nepal. These cards are valid for one-time entry only and can’t be passed to other people.

The TIMS card costs about NPR 2000/ US$ 18 and the Permit card costs about NPR 3000/ US$ 27. Do not lose your TIMS and permit cards.

Day 01: Drive to Kade then trek to Forest Camp

Day 02: Trek from Forest Camp to High Camp

Day 03: Trek from High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp then trek back to High Camp

Day 04: Trek from High Camp to Dhampus

Day 05: Trek from Dhampus to Phedi and drive to Pokhara

Mardi Himal Short Trek Itinerary

Total Duration (from Kathmandu): 1 to 2 hours

Drive Duration (from Pokhara): 1 to 1.5 hours

Maximum Altitude (Kade): 1770 m above sea level

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Trek Distance: 13.5 km

Maximum Altitude (Forest Camp): 2100 m above sea level

The drive duration to reach Kade depends on where you have started your trek. On this trek, you will be walking the standard routes. You can begin your Mardi Himal Short Trek from Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Starting Point from Kathmandu

Waking up early, you freshen up, pack your bags, and have your breakfast. Then wait for your guide to pick you up from the hotel. Boarding the vehicle, you head towards the Tribhuvan International Airport.

You catch the domestic flight to Pokhara from there. Flying into the sky, you get a glimpse of many magnificent peaks and valleys. Then after about half an hour, you arrive at Pokhara.

You have your lunch here. Then taking a jeep head towards Kande.

Starting Point from Pokhara

If you are already in Pokhara, then you can begin your journey from here as well. After providing you the pickup time a day before, our guide will pick you up from your hotel.

Then following the standard route, you head towards Kande via Sarangkot from there. Passing several small settlements and viewing the greenery and landscapes, you arrive at your destination.

After your arrival at Kande, your trekking journey to Forest Camp begins. The routes are quite nice and filled with beautiful scenarios. You will be making several uphill climbs through dense forests this day.

Making an ascend in the trails viewing the magnificent peaks, you arrive at Australian Base Camp. This place gives a mesmerizing view of Mount Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south, and many more.

Viewing them, you make a descent to the beautiful village of Pothana. Then heading through the wilderness, you enter the lush green forest of unique vegetation. This forest has birch, mountain oak, maple, hemlock, and rhododendron.

After walking for hours and a long ascend, you finally reach Forest Camp where you stay for the night.

Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Trek Distance: 8.5 km

Maximum Altitude: 3200 m above sea level

Today you will be heading towards High Camp from Forest Camp. Waking up, you freshen up and have your breakfast. Then follow the route uphill through the enchanted forest till Badal danda.

You get to see the panoramic view of Hiunchuli and Annapurna South from here. Viewing them, you now enter a dense forest and arrive at Low Camp. The view begins to get better and better from here onwards.

The beautiful view of magnificent peaks and landscapes will accompany you throughout the way. The routes begin to get more and more challenging from this point. Continuing your walk, you reach Middle Camp. The scenarios of mountains and canyons are breathtaking from this point.

Viewing them, you slowly follow the trails along the ridge. Then making a slight ascend in the trails, you make several twists and turns finally arriving at High Camp. Today’s route has most of the basic facilities and spectacular views.

From here, you get a close-up view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre. Having your dinner you stay in one of the lodges for the night.

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hour

Trek Distance: 9 km

Maximum Altitude: 4500 m above sea level

Today is one of the most important days of your Mardi Himal short trek. This day you will be trekking till Mardi Himal Base camp from High camp. Waking up early, you have your breakfast and begin this day’s journey.

The walk to base camp usually starts early morning as the weather is better during this time. It is less cloudy and windy in the early morning. Walking along the way, you get to see the beautiful sunrise.

The trails are well-established and take you through the grass. Some parts have a couple of steeper sections but not too challenging. While passing through these trails, look out for yak/ cow grazing up here as you pass through several no. of herders.

This place is home to the Danphe, the national bird of Nepal. You will be seeing many of them in this route. Then continue your walk along the ridge for another few hours and arrive at Mardi Himal Base Camp.

Finally, reaching the major highlights of this trip will fill you with overwhelming feelings. You get a stunning view of Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and many more.

You also get to see the icy fields and blue glaciers of the Sanctuary wall. During clear weather, you get a panoramic view of Dhaulagiri to Ganesh Himal. Spending some time taking your pictures here, you now descend back to High Camp.

Retracing your steps back, you head down to High Camp. Have your lunch and explore the area and visit the viewpoints. You stay in one of the lodges for the night.

Trek Duration: 4 to 6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 1650 m above sea level

Today’s trek is also quite fascinating as you will be heading towards Dhampus from High Camp. Having your breakfast, you pack your bags and head out of the village.

Walking along the ridge, you make a descend in the trails. Then enter a lush green forest of birch, rhododendron, and maple trees. Viewing wonderful scenarios of the marvelous peaks and landscapes you move ahead.

This day you will be making several steep descents in the trails. Walking for a few hours, you arrive at the beautiful village, Dhampus. This village is home to the Gurung community.

It is slowly turning into a famous tourist destination due to the Australian Base Camp. It lies on the trekking trail while traveling to the Annapurna region. This village has a no. of old-fashioned slate roof houses.

You stay here for the night.

Trek Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Trek Distance: 2.9 km

Maximum Altitude: 1130 m above sea level

Drive duration: 45 to 50 min

Total Distance: 18.7 km

Maximum Altitude: 1400 m

Today is your final day of this Mardi Himal short trek. You will be trekking to Phedi then driving back to Pokhara. After having a healthy breakfast, you begin your final trek in this region.

Heading out of the village, you make a descend in the trail. Then walking past the farmlands you enter the enchanting forest of unique vegetation. Viewing the scenarios of the peaks for the last time, you arrive at Phedi.

From here, you take the ride back to Pokhara. Driving past lovely farmland and several small villages, you finally reach your destination. Our guide will drop you off at your hotel and end this trip.

Saying our farewell and hoping you had an awesome time with us. We leave with the great memories made in this Mardi Himal Short trek.

FAQS - Mardi Himal Short Trek

What Kind of food is available on this trek?

You will be having typical Nepali food for most of this trek. Like Dal, Bhat, Curry, Acchar, and several side dishes. You might also get to taste some authentic cultural dish during the local homestay.

For breakfast, you get to eat different dishes every day of the trek. Like boiled eggs, bread, paratha, scrambled eggs, Tibetan bread, etc. For beverages, you get to drink tea, flavored drinks, coffee, beer, vodka, and local beverages. No western food is available in higher regions.

What is the height of Mardi Himal?

Mardi Himal lies at an elevation of 5587 m above sea level.

How much elevation will we reach in this trek?

You will be trekking to the base of Mardi Himal which is the highest elevation you will reach in this trek. It resides at an altitude of 4500 m above sea level.

Does the Mardi Himal trek have any age limit?

No, the Mardi Himal Trek does not have any age limit. Anyone who is physically and mentally fit can complete this trek with proper planning and preparation. Trekkers are required to have strong stamina to make the ascend, descend and long hour walk.

Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop off to and back from the airport for both domestic and international flights.
  • Full Board Meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Transportation to and from Pokhara (Jeep/Bus)
  • TIMS Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit Cost
  • Licensed guide with English speaking proficiency, insurance, and salary
  • Porter with his insurance and salary (Optional for additional cost USD 190 )
  • Spare sleeping bag, down jackets and a duffle bag for temporary use if necessary. You must return after the trek.
  • Medical kit or first aid kit of essential tools along with an oximeter.
  • Tax, VAT, and service charges or other government charges.
  • In case of an emergency, your travel insurance will be used to arrange and pay for a helicopter service.

Cost Excludes

  • Tourist visa fee (issued upon arrival at the airport or can be booked online)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory for the trek)
  • Any personal nature expenses like drinks, internet, charging, hot showers, laundry, etc.
  • Tipping the guide and porters (15% of the total cost is expected)
  • Any expenses head that are not included in the Cost Includes section

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