An enjoyable and ever-exciting adventure to Mardi Himal Trek with Pristine Nepal leading you to scenic hills and mountains, on day to day walks on the off-beaten trails at the foot of Mardi Himal and towering Mt. Machhapuchare “Fish Tail’. Likewise, this is an isolated and less crowded trekking area in the Annapurna region. Poon Hill trek and Annapurna base camp trek is most busy in the season so this is an alternative trekking trail for tourists.
|Max Elevation||4,500 m|
|Activities||Trekking,Culture,Flora & Fauna|
|Trekking Permits||ACAP Permit, TIMS Card|
|Region||Annapurna, West Nepal|
|Other Information||Spectacular mountain amphitheater|
Mardi Himal at 5,587 m high stands beneath towering Mt. Machhapuchare “Fish Tail” a 6,997 m high peak, on the southern base of majestic and virgin peak Machhapuchare. Mardi Himal trek was first noticed by Western Mountaineers from the photographs of Basil Goodfellow, taken in 1953. Similarly, it was climbed to its summit by a route on its east flank by Jimmy Roberts with two Sherpas. The peak of Mardi terminated by the Southwest Ridge of Mt. Machhapuchare as a distinct and separate peak.
The area is less-trekked and explored by western trekkers, as Mardi Himal location is quite steep-sided and heavily wooded with bamboo and rhododendron. Above the forest, high alpine pastures provide good grazing and a habitat for undisturbed wildlife.
“Mardi Himal Trek starts”
Our short adventure to Mardi Himal West Ridge trekking starts from scenic Pokhara valley with a drive to the starting point of the trek. Then following the trail into nice traditional Gurung villages on the main trail for few days, and then our route diverts away from mainstream trekking trail. Similarly, the walk leads into the heavily forested area. However, in spring this area will turn into magic with pristine wildflowers in full bloom. As the trek progresses leaving the tree lines behind heading towards at the foot of Mardi Himal and Mt. Machhapuchare with incredible scenery of Pokhara valley and snowcapped peaks.
Our return journey takes an alternative route on the main trail with a short drive back to picturesque Pokhara after an overwhelming adventure to Mardi Himal trek with Pristine Nepal’s excellent planning and guidance.
What can we provide?
We will be providing you all the right equipment, documents and anything else you need to trek like a pro. Get discounts according to the groups and individuals with the best accommodations and more.
Our Social Activities
We are coordinating for free volunteering in Nepal as well. And we are supporting to needy people of Nepal through our trekking agency. We are helping some students with their school expenses back on the mountain. You may check those of our social activities on the free volunteering page.
On arrival in Kathmandu received by Pristine Nepal staff and guide for short drive to your hotel at Thamel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where many shops, restaurants, hotels, bars, cafes, trekking gear shops, departmental stores, travel agencies etc.
Mardi Himal adventure trek starts with an interesting and exciting overland drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach scenic Pokhara, the journey leads past farm villages and towns with views of mountains. Drive finally reaches Pokhara and then transfer to your hotel near the pristine and beautiful Phewa Lake where most of the nice hotels are located.
After a pleasant stop in Pokhara, your day starts with a short drive to Phedi. It is approximately 14 km from Pokhara. Phedi is a trekking starting point for Mardi Himal trek. You should climb up to Dhampus for a couple of hours. Dhampus offers a nice view of Annapurna Himalaya range and flat path. After Dhampus, you will have forest areas all the way to Pitam Deurali via Pothana. You will have overnight stop at Deurali.
After a pleasant overnight in Deurali with fantastic views, walk leads away from main trekking trail towards pristine wilderness of lovely forested area of tall rhododendron, pines and oaks trees, after a good walk on the ridges reaching at Kokar Forest camp for overnight stop in a lonely lodge with incredible views of surrounding landscapes and mountains.
From this forest area, walk leads higher on the uphill path with a steep climb to reach a pasture land for an overnight stop at Low Camp on route Mardi base camp, offering fantastic views of surrounding landscapes and mountains at close range.
This wonderful area offering a grand vista of beautiful landscapes and snow-clad peaks in perfect tranquility heading higher to reach at High Camp as the air gets thinner and cooler with a steep climb to reach High Camp where tree lines fade to short rhododendron and juniper bushes. Here at High Camp with a single and lonely lodge for overnight accommodation with basic facilities commanding superb views of Annapurna Himalaya.
Here with another night stop to explore beyond High Camp with a day hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp on much higher ridge reaching the highest point of this trek at 4,500 meters. Fantastic panorama of high peaks this area is sometimes called as “Other Sanctuary” first pioneered and explored by Col Jimmy Roberts in 1970’s.
From the base camp close views of Mardi Himal at 5,587 m beneath towering Mt. Machhapuchare “Fish Tail” at 6,993 m high, a highly respected and unclimbed peak. After a wonderful moment head back to High Camp for last overnight stop around Mardi Himal ridge.
From High Camp retrace the walk back on long downhill to Pitam Deurali through a forested area, on reaching at Deuarli back on the main trekking trail a short descent of an hour brings you to Pothana village for last overnight stop on the high hills of Mardi and Annapurna Himalaya.
Morning catching fantastic views of snowcapped peaks, continue our last day walk into the cool forest with last uphill to Thulo Kharka known as Australian Camp, a scenic and pristine spot located on a large meadow with parallel views of Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains. Our final walk of this adventure leads downhill to the road head at Kande village for the drive back at picturesque Pokhara by the serene Phewa Lake after an hour of exciting drive.
Depart from lovely Pokhara for interesting and exciting overland journey to Kathmandu after a fantastic time at Mardi Himal West Ridge Trekking, after six hours of nice pleasant ride reaches you at Kathmandu, transfer to your hotels with the afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
Last day in amazing Nepal country of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time depart from the hotel where Pristine Nepal staff transfer you to the airport, after a greatly enjoyable and memorable time on Mardi Himal West Ridge Trekking with quality services and guidance of Pristine Nepal.