The Mardi Himal Trek is a relatively newly opened route in the Annapurna region – That is to say that 4 nights or 5 days stops with teahouses have now been created to make it possible to trek the route without the necessity to camp.
It is possible to trek there and back in around 5 days – But you can choose to make your own trek in Mardi Himal more of a circular route and take in Jhino and Ghandruk, so the trek report below is for a 9-day trek(excluding arrival Kathmandu and drive to Pokhara also departure time), but the same route could be trekked in as little as 6 days if someone wished to and was short of time.
Mardi Himal trek is one of the best side trips around Annapurna region. View from there is outstanding. Even the path to Mardi Himal Basecamp is awesome. This trek lies less than 20 km from Pokhara Nepal. Mardi Himal is the most southerly peak of the Annapurna range.
Photographs of Mardi Himal taken in 1953 by Basil Goodfellow. First drew the attention of western climbers, and the mountain received its first ascent in 1961. The first route was via the East Flank and is the only one used so far.
The mountain is a continuation of the southwest ridge of Machhapuchhare and is the best seen from the south. The southwest face of the mountain has three well-defined ridges rising from rock buttresses and separated by hanging glaciers. Its east face is separated from the Machhapuchhre ridge by a col at 5200 m. The normal climbing route to the summit of Mardi Himal passes through this col. The summit offers a splendid view of the Annapurna Range and the scared Machhapuchhare, commonly known as “Fishtail”.
The valleys and ridges south of Mardi Himal are steep and heavily wooded with bamboo and rhododendron.
Mardi Himal Trek also starts and ends in Pokhara – second biggest city of Nepal and naturally blessed place to relax after the big hikes in Annapurna. It is 200km to west from Kathmandu. All domestic airlines run several flights daily from Kathmandu. If you want to travel in Road, Local buses leave every one hour from Kathmandu till 3 pm.
In conclusion, Mardi Himal trek is a short trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal where we stay in Teahouses (lodges), try local food, appreciate the excellent hill and mountain landscape; and marvel at the panoramic views of the massive Himalayan mountains including Annapurna, Machhapuchre,
Mr. Robin Bhandari has over 34 Years of experience in the travel trade. He started his job with then TWA (Trans World Airlines) and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. He has a good personal relationship with Airlines and because of that, he was able to get competitive rates from some of the carriers like Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines, from the year 1992 to Kathmandu, Nepal.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival.
Day 2: Drive to Pokhara.
Day 3: Drive to Kande (1770m), Trek to Bhichok Deurali (2100m)
Day 4: Trek to Forest Camp (Kokar) (2550m)
Day 5: Trek to Low Camp (3000m).
Day 6: Trek to High Camp (3900m).
Day 7: Rest Day / Acclimatization Day.
Day 8: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m).
Day 9: Trek to Mardi Himal (5553m) and back to High Camp.
Day 10: Trek down to Sidhing (1700m).
Day 11: Trek down to Milanchowk and Drive to Pokhara.
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 13: Departure.