Mardi Trek is fairly a new route for all the trekking lovers in Nepal. It can be summarized as a walk through beautiful forested areas to rocky mountain terrain and several base camps that experiences snowfall depending on the time. It has become a go-to name for someone who wants to travel but doesn’t have enough time.
Mardi Himal is less than 20 km north of Pokhara and is the southernmost summit of the Annapurna Mountains. The first ascent was done in 1961, via the east wall. This is the most used route so far. The mountain lies in the extension of Machhapuchhare (which lies in the Southwest of Mardi) and is most visible from the south. The southwest wall has three clear rock ridges, separated by hanging glaciers.
If you are tired of regular trekking destinations then this off the beaten trek is just the escape you are looking for.
Here are the top 5 reasons why you should go on a Mardi Himal Trek.
The trekking trails for Mardi Himal Trek was made public in 2011. That is why the trail is less crowded. The trail goes through forests and is the best easy camping trek in Nepal. The route was previously popular just with the campers because it was not made public.
So, if you are looking for an easy teahouse/ camping trek this might be the ideal trek for you.
If you don’t want to just do one trek, this trek can be combined with a lot of other treks. Mardi Trek lies in the Annapurna region. Trekking in the Annapurna region is famous amongst trekkers. Thus, there are several options available to combine the Mardi trek with. You can combine your trek with a strenuous Annapurna Base Camp or an easy Poon hill trek. It's up to you to choose!
Moreover, the combination of Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Mardi Himal Trek is regarded as the best moderate Annapurna Trek in Nepal in the Annapurna Himalayan region.
This trek in the Annapurna region is proffering with vibrant colors. If you go during the winter, all you’ll see is white and if you go during the summer all you see is red. Sounds confusing? It’s because during the winter all you will see is snow over the trees and if you go during the summer you’ll get to see the mesmerizing views of red forests full of rhododendron blossoms.
A Lot Of Camps
The base camps are places where you can enjoy the views. There are a total number of 8 camps in the Mardi Himal Trek route :
1. Australian Camp (1,650 meters) – The most tea houses available
2. Pitam Deurali (2,100 meters) – enough rooms
3. Kokar Forest Camp (2,600 meters) – enough rooms and great food
4. Babal Dada Low Camp (3,150 meters) – The best view of Mt Machhapuchhre throughout the trek
5. Middle Camp – lodges under construction
6. High Camp (3,600 meters) – limited space and lodges under construction
7. Base Camp (4,500 meters) – Tents need to be brought on your own, no lodges
8. Siding (1,750 meters) – great lodges
Can Be Done, Solo
The Mardi Himal Trek has a fairly simple route. So, if you are willing to travel on your own, that would be fine too. The main advantage of traveling on your own is you will have complete independence and the cost will be minimum. The downside of it is one has to do everything on their own and will be more vulnerable to accidents and sickness.
The food you get during your trek is organic and fresh. We suggest you try the fresh cornbread in the forest camps.
Plethora Of Routes
Mardi Himal has a number of different trekking routes :
- The first route of Mardi Himal Trek starts from Dhampus and ends in Mardi Himal Base Camp
- The second route adds Australian camp in its way
- The third route is from Lwang
- Another route is Ghalel – Kalimati – Forest Camp
- Sidhing village low camp (This route doesn’t require ACAP permits)
Most of the easy treks are easy due to the lack of elevation. However, it’s not true for Mardi Himal Trek. Mardi lies at an altitude of 3580m which is high in comparison to other easy treks. Being easier and shorter this trek is a complete package of trekking and wonderful mountain views.
Mardi Himal trek has the shortest itinerary than any other trek. The trek lasts for only 8days. If you are looking to save time and money on this trip will definitely not let you down. The total distance of the trek is around 64.30 km.
Plus, you’ll be saving a lot of cash since the trip is short.
So, Have you decided to go on this trip? If so, Remember the most genuine and the Responsible trekking agency in Nepal to book this trip.