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Mardi Himal Short trekking

July 29, 2019

Mardi Himal Short trekking

The Mardi himal short trekking is a bizarre and less visited/crowed trekking path in Nepal. It is located across the Valley of Hiuchuli Mountain in the eastern part of Annapurna base camp.

It is one of the newest short treks in Annapurna region. This short trek also called Eco-tourism trekking path that passes the verdant forest filled up with Ample trees of Rhododendron, Oak , fir and Green moss one the stone and trees.

The frequently asked questions from trekkers about Mardi himal trekking is – why Mardi himal trek is so popular now? No doubt there are so many reasons why it is so popular now. The major attractions of this trek is very close up pristine mountain views, stunning valley, huge landscapes, walking experiences in the forest, Mixed cultural villages and less trekked by trekkers.

This short trekking in Annapurna region has been discovered in 1961 since than only camping base trekking was applied around significant spot because there was no tea houses and Inn along the route.

Mardi himal trekking begins from capital city Kathmandu. We have to go to Pokahara for this trek either by plane or bus than the next day we take a taxi/jeep to Kande, from where we starts our proper walking journey towards Mardi himal trails.

Our first night in the mountain will be the unique experiences with familiar locals, travels and tea house owners. There are quite some various foods that you can choose from the menu as they serve you fresh food in general from their own farm. After spending memorable night at the lodge at Deurali, we follow the left trail the next day in to the dense forest. Then the beauty of nature and you have already the majestic mountain view through the forest including Dhaulagiri- 8167 m (the 7th highest peak in the world).

The trekking route up to High camp and mardi himal view point is just gradual up on a dam trails along the mountain ridge and forest. Once you cross Badal Danda after Low camp, you are above the clods and over tree line area. From Badal Danda the trekking journey will be more pleasurable that you have up close view of Hiuchuli (6441 m), Annapurna south (7219 m) and Mt. Machhapuchhre (7993 m) along the grassland path than we reach to High camp. It is a last settlements of this trek.

The most highlighted day is the day going up to Mardi himal view point, which is situated on at 4200 m and the view of Mt. fishtail is just there you almost kiss similarly the Mardi himal, deep gorge of Annapurna base camp, Annapurna I(8091 m), Gangapurna and many other mighty mountain views.

It is newly developed Eco-tourism trails in the heart of Annapurna trekking region which gives you the immense opportunities to get close with locals, excellence walking experience, magical mountain views, sunset view and tremendous valley view. There are only limit lodges and tea houses along the route of trek hence, having experience local guide or porter will be the best way to visit this trek.

The best trekking months to hike up to Mardi himal is in October, November, March, April & May because the sky gets clear every day, the trail will be dry to walk, no risk of landslide or avalanches as it is really important.

Noted that, if you are trekking to Mardi Himal during end of December, January or while snowing around the area , it is highly recommended you not to go to Mardi himal base camp because the geographical features of the last part of base cap is just dangerous and few people died in the past too hence, hike up to Mardi himal view point is more than enough to witness the magical Himalayan chain.

Food:

Foods are really important while you are trekking in the Himalaya. Mardi Himal trekking is a moderate category of trek where you can have food regarding the menu developed by Annapurna Hotel management committee. Every tea houses you are staying during this trek will provides you the verities of food such as Indian, Nepali, continental, Chinese and some Italian but with a local taste and local way of cooking but very fresh and tasty.

It is a remote area trek still cause of transportation’s therefore it is suggested not to waste the food. The price of meal/food I this trek is roughly about 4 to $ 7 US.

Taking fresh vegetable foods during this trek is the safest way and recommended to drink lots of tea and water to be safe from Altitude mountain sickness.

Mardi Himal base camp trek Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1350 m) TIA airport,

Day 02:  Drive to Pokhara (950 m)

Day 02: Trek to Deaurali(1890 m)

Day 05: Hiking to Forest Camp (2,560 m)

Day 06: Trek to Low Camp (3,410 m)

Day 07: Trek to High Camp (3,900 m)

Day 08: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp- High Camp (4,500 m)

Day 09: Trek to Siding village (1,750 m)

Day 10: Trek to Lumre – Drive to Pokhara (910 m)

Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,350 m),

Day 12: Departure day

Tea House & Lodge

Tea Houses concept in this trek is just since few years this is why every single destination you reach in this trek there are only limit lodges and beds, thus if you previously book your accommodation that will be the safe way to stay everyday on your own privately. If you have guide with you he will book your accommodation before reaching to the lodge which is good so taking a guide with you is another beneficial things in the mountain.

Tea houses provides you private room in general but if you are trekking in that area during High season – Oct, Nov, March, April and may than you might share the room with other trekkers, but gender ways you can share the room.

The tea house rooms are just enough to sleep and keep your luggage which means there is no television, charging plug, toilet/bathrooms inside the room. There are twin beds in one room and small tea table, pillows, own key for your safety.

Most of the lodges does not give you Blanket in the room already but on your request or guide request you can have one each blanket after your dinner every day.

The price of Tea house accommodations are quite cheap this is why you have to have your food in the same lodge you are staying, in case if you eat your food in a different lodge than you are staying then as they have rules you have to pay penalty per person $20 to $30 US. The price of tea house permit cost $4 to 10 US.

Water:         

Water is another important thing while you are travelling. Likewise in this trek also you are suggested to have your own metal water bottle. If you are travelling in a budget base than you can use water purification tablets and get free cold water from the lodge if not for your safety you can buy filter water from the jar or buy hot boiled water. The plastic bottles are not allow to sale around Mardi himal trekking therefore you have to have your own water bottle to drink water. A bottle of filter water cost about 1 to 2 USD.

There is no resources at Badal Danda and the people from the lodge get water from a long distance and storage in the big tanks so if you are taking free water may not be a good idea to drink from the storage tank as they don’t clean properly and makes you sick therefore you can buy jar water at least at Badal Danda for your safety.

Villages:

Mardi Himal trekking is short trekking mostly trek through the forest of Rhododendron and oak trees but at the beginning of this trek and the last day trek of Mardi you are walking through the traditional villages which is unique and interesting for trekkers. If you are here to get natural photographs than on their authorities you can make lovely photograph but they might expect little money or chocolate.

The Mardi himal trekking area is mostly populated by Gurung ethnicity but the lower loop of this trek got mixed up cultural people.

Facts about Mardi Himal trek:

Trek begins from: Kande or Phedi

Treks Ends at: Kalimati or Sidding

Total trekking days: 4 night 5 Days

Max. Altitude: 4500 m

Trip difficulty: Easy

Best trekking time: September to November and February to early June.

June, July and August are the monsoon season so not really good to make Mardi Himal trek similarly December and January are the wintertime be cold and slippery to walk on the ridge of the mountains but still if you want to avoid the crowded and want to enjoy the tranquility than trek can be done during other months too but the view of mountains will not be sure to see due to the Poor visibility.

Trek/Trip Snippets: 5 Days- 4 Nights, 4 full day you will get (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner if you are trekking in a package base), 4 Night tea House Accommodation and 2 Night Hotel in Pokhara,

Trekking gears: you are suggested to bring your own trekking gears from your country but still you can rent in Kathmandu and Pokahra too. The renting trekking equipment are not really good quality and clean so you better to bring your own.

About baggage:

During the trek your big duffel bags or ruck shake will be carried by  the porters  and the maximum weights for porter is 20 kg but per trekkers 12 kg of gears and essential things will be enough for the trek. if you have extra weights in your Bags then you can store them in Kathmandu or Pokhara, it is safe.

Mountain sickness:

The Mardi himal trek begins from low altitude at 900 – Pokhara up to 4500 m Mardi himal base camp so you might get mountain sickness therefore we advise you to walk very slow on your own pace, drink lots of water, eat enough foods, take energy bars and rest wherever you feel to seat. If you rush on the trail going up to high camp or base camp or Mardi that will make you sick and trip can’t be completed.

Important useful tips for Mardi himal trekking:

  • Drink Enough water, 3 to 4 ltr of water a day,
  • Carry some salts and cream against the mosquito and leeches, there are quite some leeches during monsoon time,
  • To arrange your meals and accommodation during Mardi himal trek having a guide is practice and also he will share his knowledge about various cultural
  • Pack light bag packs,
  • Enjoy the view and walk yourself,
  • Take a rest if you have more breath and feel tired,
  • Ask with locals if you are taking photograph,
  • Respect the rules and regulation from the villages,
  • Carry enough cash in Nepali rupee because there are no place to get money, per day person need about $60 US.
  • Don’t trek alone if there is snow or rain,
  • Be vegetarian during the hike as it is more fresh and gives you energy to walk,
  • Share with your guide or porter if you have any problems during the trek,
  • Order your dinner before 5 pm if you are trekking in peak season,
  • Eat at same lodge you are staying as they have rules, otherwise you have to pay penalty,
  • Don’t through any plastic or other wastage’s that you can drop when you reach at the lodge,

Trekking equipment for Mardi himal trekking:

  • Sleeping bags, Down jacket, trekking shoes, and trekking socks
  • Rain coat or poncho
  • Gloves and sun hat
  • Basic medicine and toiletries,
  • Sun block cream and sun glass,
  • Thermal wear and woolly hat,
  • Trekking paints and shirts,
  • Towel
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