The Mardi Himal Trek is a hidden gem in the eastern part of the Annapurna region. The short, easy loop trail takes us up to about 4500m to splendid views of Mardi Himal (5587m) and many other peaks. Few people know about this trek and it is the least traveled one in the region. The solitude along the path allows us to develop a greater appreciation for the local villages and the landscapes that envelop them. The area is perceived as an untouched territory that captivates locals and tourists alike. You will be fascinated to observe both the diverse sceneries and the cultural charm of the villages. From rhododendron forests to rugged high-mountain landscapes, the Mardi Himal Trek is nothing short of amazing.
The trek to Mardi Himal begins from Kande, after a short drive from Pokhara. As the journey begins, the picturesque scenery is immediately observed. The journey goes through dense sub-tropical oak and rhododendron forest, teeming with life. The bright red of the gnarled rhododendron trees will blow you away. Not to mention, the fresh forest air filling our lungs gives us great joy. As we climb higher, our environment becomes more and more alluring. We suddenly break from the jungle onto a ridge with only the mountains in front of us. On this alpine level, the terrain is mostly grazing meadows, surrounded by the highest mountain range in the world.
We feel a rush as we begin to see the mountains. Particularly at the Upper Viewpoint, the vista is astonishing. We can see of course Mardi Himal (5587m), as well as Macchapucchre (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar(7647m), Singu Chuli (6501m) Annapurna I (8090m), and Annapurna South (7219m). Few treks in the world expose you to this many high mountain peaks. From here, we ascend back down, taking a different path to freshen the experience. After trekking to Siding, we drive back to Pokhara and return to Kathmandu.
Our Mardi Himal Trek offers a most spectacular view of the Annapurna chain. Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather. During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer. The Mardi Himal Trek requires basic fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
‘Off the Beaten Path’ Trek with few other trekkers
Sunrise and sunset at High Camp
Lively sub-tropical forests, including rhododendrons (Nepal’s national flower)
Once-in-a-lifetime view at Upper Viewpoint
Remarkable hospitality from local people
All our packages include accommodation at the cost. This accommodation is included during the set itinerary. While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2-3 Star hotel for you. During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay based on their experience as well as room availability. All the accommodations will be twin-shared basis. In the mountain, Shower and toilet will be on Sharing basis. During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group. Our company provides you with a sleeping bag, two-person tents with comfortable mattress for outdoor camping trek. Our Guide will try to set up your camp with spectacular view.
Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs. If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose-free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time. During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included. Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own. On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. For teahouse treks, we can order typical Nepali food, continental, Italian, Tibetan and Indian at teahouses. While camping, we will prepare the meals for you. After our trek, we will have a celebration/pre-departure traditional Nepali meal in Thamel.
Guide & Porters
A government-licensed guide will lead the trek. All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry. Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one. If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it. Your safety is our number one priority. For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers. For camping treks, we will need more porters in order to carry the food, kitchen equipment, tents, etc.
As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude. Our treks have acclimatization days built into the itinerary. It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness. The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek. On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial. Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness. More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek.
We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek. We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control. In case of medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance. You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country. Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains.
Best Time to Travel
The peak seasons for traveling in Nepal are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November). These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course they are a little more crowded than the off-season. It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures. It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.
Please be assured that Breeze Adventure manage our treks to the highest standards. Your safety and satisfaction are our priority. We will support you to the best of our abilities with any issues that may arise. We will work with you to ensure you get the most from your trek and visit Nepal.