About Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek - 11 Days
Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is a new and trendy trekking route in the Annapurna region, offering tempting Himalayan landscapes. Opened in 2012, Mardi Himal Trekking is a relatively less-explored trail that goes through beautiful villages, dense forests, and steep barren hills to the base camp of Mardi Himal at 4500 meters.
This short trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp presents a perfect blend of adventure and comfort on the trail. Mardi Himal 11-days Trek is the best option for travel enthusiasts who are tight on time and still looking to behold the stunning beauty of the Annapurna region. Likewise, the Mardi Himal Base Camp trek is a good choice for beginners putting their feet into the trekking world, as it is short and less challenging while still serving you the real trekking adventure as you climb 4500 meters in just a few days.
You trek through lush woods and high alpine pastures to make your way to the Mardi Himal View Point, where you can enjoy stunning sunrise views reflecting a golden hue on the snow-capped Himalayan mountains of Annapurna and Machhapuchre. Now that the Mardi Himal Trek route has some basic lodges and tea shops, the walk is much easier to access. What could be better than a less traveled trail with the most astonishing views?
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There are a few things you will experience during the Mardi Himal Trek that are unique to this hike and will stay in your memory as a beautiful part of your Nepal visit. Let's explore these highlights in detail.
Reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500 meters
The primary attraction of the Mardi Himal Trekking is Mardi Himal Base Camp, which is situated at 4,500 meters above sea level. The hike to the base camp is moderate except for the occasional tiresome steep uphill climb and the tricky trails on the slanting cliffs towards the end. Mardi Himal Base Camp offers you breathtaking views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchre, and the surrounding Himalayan region without having to embark on a strenuous and lengthy trekking journey.
Witnessing the exceptional view of the Himalayan mountains
Throughout the Mardi Himal Trek, you will witness breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna range, beginning from the first day of the trek. Every next village will open a new view of snow-capped mountains to you, and the mountains get closer and closer every passing day. You will witness mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Annapurna South, Mardi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Tent Peak, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Fang, Mt. Singhachuli, etc.
Embracing the gorgeous sunrise over Annapurna and Machhapuchre
On day 7 of your trip and the 4th day of the actual hike, you'll experience the most stunning sunrise casting golden shadows all over the Himalayas. You wake up at High Camp early in the morning and start your hike uphill for approximately 2 hours, when it's still dark, to reach Mardi Himal View Point. Right from the viewpoint, you'd see the rising sun casting its rays on the white mountains creating a breathtaking view that only lasts for a short period of time. To be able to embrace such beauty up close after walking for days on the tiring trail is an out-of-the-world experience.
Passing by lush forests abundant with wild flora and fauna
The Mardi Himal trekking trail passes through numerous lush and dense forests, where you find various species of plants ranging from tropical to sub-alpine. More than 1000 plant species occupy these woodlands, among which about 50 are native to Nepal. In spring, some parts of the forests are covered with Rhododendron flowers turning green vegetation red. Likewise, these jungles are home to various species of animals and birds. You might be able to witness some unique fauna if you're fortunate enough.
Exploring newly established and less-traveled trekking trails of the Annapurna region
Mardi Himal Base Camp only opened its doors to visitors in 2012, making it one of the newest trekking trails in the Nepalese Himalayas. As a result, the trail is yet to be explored to the fullest. You'd find fewer hikers on the route to Mardi Himal compared to other popular trekking destinations like Annapurna Base Camp. However, given its short duration and comparatively easier hike, it has become more popular among domestic hikers, which again opens up the opportunity to interact with the local youths.
Brief Summary of Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
The Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek starts with a drive or flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. From Pokhara, drive to Dhampus-Phedi and begin trekking toward the Mardi Himal. Deurali is the first place where you stay overnight. Further, the trail passes through numerous dense forests and takes you to Low Camp, your stay for the 2nd night of the trek. You climb up from the Low Camp to the High Camp on your day 3 of trekking, passing by Badal Danda on the way.
Early morning on the next day, you reach Mardi Himal Viewpoint for an outstanding sunrise view over the mountains. The trail leads further up to Upper View Point and finally to Mardi Himal Base Camp, at 4500 meters, the highest point of the trek. You return back to High Camp to spend the night.
The next day descends to Low Camp via the same route; then, the trail separates to Siding village, where you experience the beautiful village life of the locals. The hiking trip continues to Lumre, the following day and drives you back to Pokhara. Your return to Kathmandu marks an end to this adventurous Mardi Himal Trek.