Few people know about the newly developed Mardi Himal Trek in the eastern part of the Annapurnan region. Far from the groups of tourists that flock to the Annapurna Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit trails, the Mardi Himal is a hidden gem. A couple days of hiking through beautiful foothills leads to a rocky, rugged opening with stunning mountain views.
The Mardi Himal Trek is a short and moderately easy trail. Because there are so few tourists on the path, trekkers gain a greater understanding and appreciation for village life in the hills. They also develop a deeper appreciation for the nature in and around the villages. It feels as though you are truly in a mountain wilderness area. The seemingly untouched territory is keeps the attention of locals and visitors alike.
Our Mardi Himal Trek starts in Kande after a pleasant drive from Pokhara. The previous day of exploring is splendid. The lakeside city has plenty to offer and if nothing else, a walk along the shore of the lake is refreshing.
As soon as you arrive in Kande, the beauty is witnessed. Hike through subtropical forests. Watching the sunrays through the moss-covered oak and rhododendron trees is a spectacle! The color change during springtime adds another level of beauty to the trail. Many moments on the trail are defined by the sound of the wind and your own footsteps. Feel a sense of inner peace realizing the simple beauty of trekking.
Climb higher through the dense forest until the trees clear up and the path leads to an opening. This is the pinnacle of the trek! Upper viewpoint (4500 meters) displays jaw-dropping views of Mardi Himal (5587m), as well as Macchapucchre (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m), BarahaShikhar (7647m), SinguChuli (6501m) Annapurna I (8090m), and Annapurna South (7219m). Nothing lies between you and these perceivably sacred peaks.
One awesome thing about the Mardi Himal Trek is that it is a loop trail, meaning that we take a different route down. Each day is new and exciting while on this trek and there is always marvelous scenery along the trail. Besides that, the locals will show you warm hospitality. After arriving to Lumre, we drive back to Pokhara and return to Kathmandu. Join us on the glorious Mardi Himal Trek – full of mountain views, lush forests, and kind people.
You can take the Mardi Himal Trek all throughout the year. The best times to make the trip, though, are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These seasons provide the best weather and clearest skies, not to mention that during the springtime, rhododendron and other alpine flowers are in bloom. Go To Nepal Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. handles the trek with complete management. If you have any questions about the trek, do ask!
Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Rock Everest will pick up from the airport and take to the Hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest or visit Rock Everest Treks & Expeditions’s office. Do shop trekking gear in Thamel.
Early morning we drive to Pokhara. It is 7 hours drive. Drive will be through Bank of River with fantastic view. Once we reach Pokhara we can short walk on Fewa Lake and can do some shopping.
Early morning after breakfast we drive to Phedi (45 minutes) and start the trek. From Phedi, we trek to all the way up to Dhampus passing by big Gurung village where you can experience local culture and village lifestyle then straight and gradually up to Pothana.
From Landruk you walk up to a place called Pitam Deurali where you will turn off the main Annapurna Sanctuary trek and continue along a quiet trail through a dense forest of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron. Tonight we stay at one of the lodges in a clearing of the forest at Forest Camp or also known by the locals as Kokar. The lodges at Kokar are quite basic and there is no dining room so you will probably have meals in kitchen with the owner, so in some ways this is more like a home stay and is a good opportunity to get to know this friendly family from Siding village.
An hour or so above Low Camp the trail breaks out above tree line and towards the west there is a good view to Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes along the way. Look out for the colourful Danphe pheasant on this section of the trail. The lodge at High Camp is larger than lodges at Low Camp and Forest Camp, this one has eight rooms and a separate dining room with heater. The view from the lodge is superb to Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).
The plan for today is to wake early for sunrise view of the mountains then after an early breakfast walk up the ridge towards Mardi Himal Base Camp. There is a well-established trail through the grass with a couple of steeper sections however overall not too challenging. Look out for the dzokpo (yak/ cow crossbreds) grazing up here as well as Danphe pheasant. In the summer the sheep and goats from lower villages are brought up to graze in this area so you will pass a number of herder’s huts along the way. After three hours you should reach Base Camp at the elevation of 4500m this is where one can look into the Annapurna Sanctuary and the panorama view is spectacular looking at south face of Annapurna and all of the peaks in the Sanctuary as well as Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).
On the way back we take a different route so completing a circuit, from Low Camp there is a trail that goes down to Siding village rather than going back down Mardi Himal back to Kokar. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village and still very much away from the busier modern tourist treks and it is likely you will stay at a homestay in Siding owned by the person who runs one of the lodges at Low Camp. It is a wonderful cultural experience finding out more about village life and you will probably eat dhal baht in the evening with the family in their kitchen.
From Siding you walk out to the road head at Lumre, on the way from Siding you will pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. From Lumre you drive back to Pokhara
Today we drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara by private van. After reach in Kathmandu can do some shopping rest.
Our agency’s representative will put you Khada (a kind of cloth which use to wear on your neck).Wearing Khada means good luck and protection. And drop you to the airport. See you next time