Get adventurous and set out on a picturesque trail through mountainous paths and lush green forests of rhododendrons and oak by opting for the Mardi Himal trek. Located in the Annapurna region, this is considered one of the hidden gems among avid trekkers and those who wish to explore places that are off the beaten track. The expedition is also known for offering some of the most spectacular views of the Annapurna Mountain Range, the Mardi Himal along with other peaks such as Macchapucchre (6993 meters), Baraha Shikhar (7647 meters), Singu Chuli (6501 meters) Annapurna I (8090 meters), and Annapurna South (7219 meters) in all its glory and magnanimity.
Embark on the Mardi Himal trekking adventure that takes you to the base camp at Mardi Himal that is located right in the middle Machhapuchhre, popularly known as the Fish Tail Mountain. Explore the region’s pristine and mostly untapped beauty without the presence of too much crowd. Discover the quaint stone houses, cozy teahouses, and rocky cairns that dot the trail and stop by some of them to get a taste of the local culture. Although the trek is available all throughout the year, it is best to go for it during the autumn season when the views are simply mind blowing. You will pass through tiny hamlets along the way such as Badal Danda, Dhampus village, Pothana village, among others where you can also stop by to interact with the local villagers.
Maximum altitude: 4,450 m
Duration: 5 days
Trekking distance: 41 km
Trail type: Point to point trail
Rail head: Jainagar, Gorakhpur or New Jalpaiguri, India
Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport ( International) and Pokhara Airport ( Domestic) in Nepal
Snow Season: December to February
Service from: Pokhara city
Base camp: Phedi
Best season: Autumn: September, October, and November
Region: Annapurna region of Nepal
Who can participate: You need to have a relatively moderate level of fitness to participate in this trek. It is one of the shorter treks and does not go through many difficult parts. So beginner level trekkers can also participate in it.
Pokhara drive to Phedi and Trek to Pothana
Altitude: 1,130 m and 1,950 m
Distance: 18.7 km and 6.3 km approximately
Duration: 1 hours’ drive approximately and 5 hours walk
Copy of passport, visa and other government ids
Money in small denominations
Backpack : 35 to 45 litres is sufficient
Daypack: you will need a daypack for guided tours
Rucksack with a rain cover
Inner socks / short hiking socks
Long hiking socks
Sun cap / scarf / buff
Thermal base layer
Quick dry collared and long sleeved T-shirts
Lightweight trekking pants
2 quick dry T-shirts
Thermal base layer
Down coat / fleece jacket
Raincoat / Poncho
Long sleeves T-shirt and pajamas
Plastic bag for laundry
Good quality hiking boots with proper grips at the base
2 – 3 water bottles
Cutlery: steel tiffin box, plate, spoon, glass
Quick dry towel
Toilet paper rolls
Camera and charger
Phone and charger
Basic First-Aid such as Band-Aids, Neosporin, gauze, etc.
Water purification tablets
Diamox to avoid altitude sickness
You have to first reach Pokhara in Nepal in order to go on your Mardi Himal trek. From here, you will be driven to your base camp at Phedi. There are several ways to reach Pokhara:
By Air: You can take an international flight to first reach the Tribhuvan International Airport which is the only International airport located in Kathmandu, Nepal. From here, you can take a connecting flight to Pokhara, which has a small landing field. Several local airlines cover this route of 201 kms in a little over 5 hours. These include airlines such as Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines, and Simrik Air.
By Train: The nearest railway stations to Pokhara are Jaynagar, New Jalpaiguri and Gorakhpur. From here you have to cross the borders by bus either at Panitanki or Sunauli and then head to Pokhara.
By Road: This is one of the most convenient way of traveling to Pokhara. You can start from cities like Gorakpur or Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and then cross the Sunauli border. After that, you can catch a bus or book a private car to reach Pokhara. It will take you about 8 hours to complete the journey
The best time of the year to embark on the Mardi Himal trek is during the autumn season that is during the months of September, October, and November. This is also the post-monsoon period in this region and thus gives you some of the best views of the surrounding Annapurna region during this time. The weather is quite pleasant and not too cold making it ideal for trekking.
The Mardi Himal trek takes about 5 days to complete starting from Pokhara in Nepal. It is a short trek located below the Machapuchhre Mountain, or the fish tail mountain, in the Annapurna Conservation Area.
The Mardi Himal trek has been classified as a moderate one as it does not involve overly critical stretches that may require an expert’s guidance and maneuver. It can thus be undertaken by beginner level trekkers who have little or no experience in trekking.
The distance between Mardi Himal and Kasol is about 750 km and can be easily covered by air or road. The easiest way would be to take a flight to Kathmandu and cover the remaining distance by bus.
The highest altitude of Mardi Himal trek is 4,450 meters above sea level. You can reach this point around the middle of your trek when you reach the Upper View Point area.