The Mardi Himal Trekking adventure is a newly opened trekking destination of Annapurna region which is usually chosen to escape crowd and dive in to the peace of nature. The whole region is dominated by the views of Himalayas of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu Himalayas in wide open spaces. The Mardi Himal Trek was opened to tourist in 2012 and is a naturally diverse trek leading through beautiful forests advancing to rocky hills along with several base camps. In some places the travelers pass through stone built traditional villages along with a delightful walk in the rhododendron forests. The highlighted region of Mardi Himal Trekking adventure is low camp which has the best views of Machhapuchhare Himal with the facility of lodging and catering. The travelers utilize this lodging place and get accommodated to see the Machhapuchhare himal on the backdrop of sunrise and sunset.
There are various ways of enter the trekking trail to Mardi Himal Base Camp but every entry trail ends at Deurali. The travelers starting from Deurali follow the trekking trail towards Forest Camp passing through forests of rhododendrons and timber-woods. After the trekking trail of Forest Camp the new trail to Low Camp that lies in the jungle and ends in the open ridge following the route to high camp which is second last stop before Mardi Himal Base Camp. It is best for travelers to rest at Low Camp and High Camp to overcome altitude sickness. It take only 4 hours trekking from high camp to reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp. The travelers can either camp at Mardi Himal Base Camp or return at High Camp. In the end of the trip the travelers head back to Deurali and from Deurali they take vehicle to Pokhara City.
Best time of year to go trekking/hiking along the Mardi Himal trail the Weather along the Mardi Himal trekking range is subject to change: There are however peak seasons and the following months have traditionally been used as a guide and porter for preferred times of the year to do the Mardi Himal trek. frist Sept-October – November and still fifteen December: this is Nepal’s peak and best time to go hiking February-March-April and end of may: this is the end of the dry season and the second best time of year to go trekking. November/December to January/February: the skies are clear but it can get very cold and there is a risk of passes being closed due to snow. May – June: This is Nepal’s hot pre-monsoon season and it can get very warm indeed. The valleys however are starting to bloom with flowers though. June – frist September: this is Monsoon season and the least popular time to go trekking/hiking in Nepal. The risk of leeches, downpours increases greatly. Due to the early forested areas leeches at this time of year in Mardi Himal are quite active! (wear long trekking trousers tucked in at this time of year) but nepal guide info team organized this trip all the year.
How difficult is the Mardi Himal trekking?
In terms of terrain there are no ropes needed and no ice picks needed this trekking. There is no vertical climbing involved though going from high camp to base camp is quite steep and rocky. The trails are not paved. It is rough, rocky and gravel strewn after forest camp. The forested part of your trek can get slippy if it rains lots a rain during monsoon. The hardest part of the Mardi Himal trek is going from High Camp to Base Camp. If you have an extra day it’s worth taking your time for the return trek and staying a night in low camp before going back down more easy and going down please don,t run if you come down fast you have very painful your body when you reach in Pokhara .
Accommodation and Food along the Mardi Himal Trek:
Accommodations are completely basic though the standard of sleeping room are clean and good. In a peak season, sometimes, somewhere you have to adjust in multi share basis (room sharing other group). Don’t forget to carry your own sleeping bag and warm cloth because high season they can’t provided a blanket but low season they have provide a blanket.
Mardi Himal Trekking Permits details 2020
While trekking to Mardi Himal Base Camp/ High Camp, you will require two different permits — TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System) and the ACAP permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project). You do not need any other special authorization to enter this area.
Here are some of the Trekking accessories that you require for the easy and convenient journey-
In general you will need four sleeping bags (we could provide you one for the trek), a duffel or a trekking bag of 70-80 liters (we can provide one), down jacket (this too we can provide one if needed for the trek) and a normal travel bag of 25-30 liters.
For clothing, you will require the following-
Upper body- For this-shirts, waterproof jacket, fleece jacket or pullover, water proof jacketare needed. Wind proof jacket are optional but preferred. For T-shirts, baggy cotton T-shirts are the best especially for warm days in lower altitudes. Moreover, we recommend synthetic T-shirts as they quickly absorb the moisture. Then, for the waterproof jacket, we recommend you to have nylon which is light.
Lower body- For this, you need hiking shorts, trekking pants, soft shell and hard shell pants, cotton pants or jeans. For hiking shorts, buy the fabric which dries quickly. For trekking pants, go for the ones which have zipper in the middle of the knees so that you can take off the bottom part when necessary. Forsoft shell pants, buy a synthetic fiber. Then, for hard shell, buy a waterproof one. Full zipper from top to bottom is preferred for both soft and hard shell pants. For extra wearable, have a pair of jeans or cotton pants.
Inner wears- Regarding inner wears, you need lightweight underwear which is preferably made up of synthetic. For women, own synthetic sports bras. You could also have swimsuit if you would like to.
Footwear- For this, you need a trekking boot, gaiters and sandals. For Trekking boots, get a hard sole lug-cleated boots for good performance for every kind of landscape. We then recommend you to have a pair as it helps keep your feet dry quickly and keeping dust, rocks and snow out of your shoes. We also suggest you to have a pair of sandals as it helps while you are in the lodge. Then, for socks, you require 4 pairs of synthetic and 3 pairs of woolen socks.
Hand wears- The hand essentials are gloves, mittens and hand warmers. For warm weather, buy synthetic or thin woolen gloves. For cold weather, buy a woolen or fleece gloves. While for mittens, Gore-Tex mittens are the best. Regarding hand warmers, it’s completely your choice whether you want to have or not.
Face protection- For protecting the face against the snowfalls, heavy wind, direct sun, etc. we recommend you to have a cap or a hat, a synthetic woolen hat, a lightweightedbalaclava, glacier glasses having 100% UV protected lens with side shields and hard-sided storage, headlamp, ear muffs, neck warmer, etc. Ear muffs and neck warmers are not necessary but are up to your choice.
First Aid Kit– Though the trekking guides will be carrying a first aid kit box, we suggest you to have one as well. So, for this, you will need to have basic emergency equipment. You can discuss with us regarding what all to take along with you.
Personal care- The personal care products that you will require while trekking are tooth brush, tooth paste (biodegradable is preferred), towel, soap, hand wash, sanitizers, wet wipes, deodorants, crèmes, etc. along with your other needs.
Miscellaneous but important- These include valid passport, passport size photos, airline ticket (and its copy), luggage locks, thick garbage bags, water bottle, small bag for travel documents, passport, wallet/purse, etc., pocket knife, sunscreen lotion (SPF 40 recommended) and lip balm of at least SPF 20.
Extras- The extras include trekking poles, snacks, books, games, chargers, binoculars, batteries, camera, guide book, extra glasses (if you wear), notebook/pen, sleeping bag liner, hydration bladder with drinking tube, pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women, thermos, etc.
Note- Tight fitting clothes especially made out of fabrics like lycra, especially to women can be offensive to the local villagers. So, make sure that you pack something to wear on top of them if you want to pack them.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus
Day 2: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana Deurali (2150m)
Day 3: Pothana Deurali to Forest Camp (2480m)
Day 4: Forest Camp to Low Camp (3150m)
Day 5: Low Camp to High Camp (4100m)
Day 6: Exploration/Sightseeing Day
Day 7: High Camp to Siding (1280m)
Day 8: Siding to Pokhara
Day 9: Pokhara to Kathmandu