Mardi himal trek is comparatively new trail lying in the isolated section of Annapurna region. Lying almost 20 km northwest of Pokhara, the trek offers the up- close views of Machhapuchhre Peak (6997m) and Annapurna I (8091m). Mardi Himal Trek takes you all the way to Mardi Himal Base Camp through lush Bamboo and Rhododendron forests inside Annapurna Conservation Area. The trek is an easy journey which is relatively pristine and lesser crowded compared to the nearby Annapurna Base Camp and Ghorepani Poonhill treks.
Mardi Himal Trek begins upon your arrival in Kathmandu followed by a scenic sightseeing tour of the historical Kathmandu City. Enjoy visiting some of the popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu such as Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath. The trip moves almost 200 km west of Kathmandu to the touristic Pokhara city. You’ll drive an hour northwest to reach Kande village from where you’ll officially begin the trek.
The trek gradually advances along with the quaint and serene rhododendron forests en route to Mardi Himal. You’ll pass through Australian Base Camp, Deurali, Low Camp, and High Camp before arriving at Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m). Although known as the Upper Camp,the base camp offers great views of the Annapurna massif, Machhapuchhre (6997m), and Mardi Himal (5553m). After enjoying the majestic sceneries, you’ll begin heading downthrough the alpine shrubs and lush Rhododendron forests towards Lumre. You’ll retrace your path and descent to Siding village from where you’ll catch your commute back to Pokhara. The trip concedes at upon your return to Kathmandu. Mardi Himal Trek undertaken mostly during spring (Mar-Jun) and autumn (Sep-Nov) seasons for great visibility and accessibility.