Mardi Himal lies to the east of the popular Annapurna Base Camp. Recently it has gained popularity among trekkers who seek moderate levels of trekking adventure; however, seasoned trekkers can take this trip in order to view the beauty of the place. The looming Mt. Fishtail seems omnipresent from the many turns and bends of this route – the reason why this hidden trek is getting popular in the first place. Starting out, the trail goes through small ups and downs of the hills and later, it enters a thick forest. And suddenly, like a dramatized play, the trail emerges out of the forest – into a high-altitude rugged grassland. The first views of Mt. Fishtail from there is highly impressive and is one the most photographed scene on the trail.
Trekking to Mardi Himal essentially means you are trekking to Mardi Himal High Camp at around 3,700 meters. However, if you plan beforehand with Orbit Alpine Adventures, you can go up to the actual Mardi Himal Base Camp at around 4,250 meters. The trek from High Camp to Base Camp is challenging because of the terrain but the rewarding views are beautiful beyond description. From there, the views of the entire Annapurna Range await you in solitude, creating a wonderful memory of a lifetime.
The trip takes you through some breathtaking valleys and beautiful landscapes of Nepal. Starting from hills and forests, the trek reaches an alpine environment with rocks and mountains. To traverse the road, you will need an experienced guide, as the trail can get slippery and tricky sometimes. The guesthouses and lodges are equipped with basic facilities, so expect no luxury in the upper regions of the trekking route. However, you may prefer to camp outdoors during the night – please inform us while booking.
The trek to Mardi Himal can be done from mid-autumn to late winter; but we recommend you to consult beforehand if you wish to go up to the Base Camp as too much snowfall can seriously damage the trail in the winter. The trek to Mardi Himal begins and ends in the lake town of Pokhara. The program will take about 10 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu; but it can be extended depending upon choices of side trips during customization of the program. Although you do not climb any mountains or high hills, you need a good level of daily activity, or a regular walking habit to trek this route. The weather is mostly cold in the region, so pack your bags accordingly. A trek to Mardi Himal in the Annapurna region will be a memorable trip in Nepal.