Things to Do During Your Mardi Himal Trek

  • Last Updated on Sep 18, 2023

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Mardi Himal Trek is certainly a hidden gem of the Annapurna region and newly discovered short treks in the foothills of the Annapurna Himalayan range. The wonderful vistas of snowy peaks along with beautiful landscapes and rich biodiversity amaze you in the entire Mardi Himal Trek. The panoramic views of Annapurna Massif, Machapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, and surrounding mountains are amazing.

The popular Mardi Himal trek is an adventurous and short trek that begins from the beautiful tourist city Pokhara. The trail goes through the beautiful villages of Dhampus, Pothana, Forest Camp, Low Camp, and reaches Mardi High camp. The moderate grading trekking trails are more authentic, peaceful, and rich in biodiversity. You’ll see tea houses as your accommodations and lunch places, the trail is filled with dense rhododendron forest, pine, and alpine grassland. The food and services along the trail are amazing as you’ll be offered authentic foods and local hospitality from the teahouses. The Mardi Upper Viewpoint offers stunning views of sunrise/sunset over the beautiful mountain range. The Mardi Himal trek is widely renowned as one of the most popular viewpoints in Nepal after the Kalapathar Viewpoint during the Everest Base Camp trek.

Mardi Himal Trek is one of the best places for so many reasons. When you are on the Mardi Himal trek, there are many things that you can explore and experience. In this blog, we have tried to highlight the top things to do and experience when you are trekking to the Mardi Himal trek.

Short & Easy Eco-Tourism Trek 

Mardi Himal trek is one of the most popular and short treks in Nepal that offers moderately easy trails and they carry the essence of ecotourism. The trail is comfortable, well-marked, and easy to walk as compared to high-altitude trekking in Nepal. The trekking in the Mardi Himal is conducted along with the continuity of conservation, the sustainability of the environment, preservation of local culture, and protection of biodiversity. While trekking in Mardi Himal, you’ll walk in the unspoiled natural environment and beauty of snowy peaks. We must know that, while traveling and exploring different things, we have to respect, preserve and protect the local culture, natural resources, and biodiversity. 

Get closer to the Annapurna Mountains

Despite being one of the shortest trekking trails in the Annapurna Region, the Mardi Himal trek takes you to the very close Annapurna Himalayas range and surrounding mountains. The high point of this trek is the Mardi Himal Base camp which is located at the base of the iconic Mt. Machhapuchhre. Furthermore, you’ll be much closer to Hiunchuli, Mardi Himal, and Annapurna mountain range along with numerous neighboring mountains.

Best Hospitality 

In terms of hospitality and service, Nepal is always renowned as one of the veteran countries in the world. Similarly, the Mardi Himal trek route offers numerous tea houses and lodges along the way with good ambiance and facilities for the trekkers. The guest house offers delicious foods, hot shower services, clean bathrooms and some provides wifi and electricity facilities as well. You’ll be treated with warm hospitality from the Gurung community and offer a delicious local and international taste. If you feel cold, you can stay in and eat the firewood in a special type of local heater which exists in the middle of the dining hall.

Short Treks and Less Walking Distance 

Mardi Himal is one of the known short treks in Nepal along with easy and less walking distance from one camp to another. It’s a 5-6 days trek with 4-6 hours daily average trekking time. The trek normally begins from the Dhampus which takes a 2-3hrs drive from the beautiful Pokhara city. Furthermore, you’ll cross Pothana, Deurali, and reach Forest camp for the night's stay. You’ll hike to the low camp before reaching the high camp. You’ll acclimatize and explore nearby such as Mardi viewpoint, base camp, and surroundings. These places are short and easy to walk.

Less Crowded Trek 

Mardi Himal Trek is the newly discovered trekking trail in Annapurna Region and was officially opened in 2012 by the local community and ACAP. Only a few people choose this destination for trekking as compared to the popular Annapurna Base Camp trek and Everest Base Camp trek. Also, there are fewer communities and human settlements on the way, so the flow of local people and regular things is less as compared to other trekking trails. Hence, you can experience the trail to the fullest.

Picturesque Trail for Photographers 

Mardi Himal Treks offers magical landscapes, lush green forests filled with rhododendron flowers, stunning mountain views, valleys, and panoramic views of magical terrain. For photographers enthusiastic and passionate, the Mardi Himal trek is the best destination to capture those beautiful landscapes and mountains. The entire trekking trail offers iconic views of mt. Fishtail in the background, typical village settlements, culture, dense forests, and flowers that show your picture stunning and amazing. Hence, if you are a photographic enthusiast, the Mardi Himal trek would be the best subject for your photographic passion. 

Traditional Village, Local Culture, and Festivals

Traditional villages like Dhampus, Pothana, Forest Camp, Low Camp, and Siding offer diverse cultures, traditions, and festivals. Even in short treks, you’ll get a chance to explore the authenticity of the Gurung community, their hospitality, and their festivals. Besides this, the trail is inhabited by different ethnicities like Brahmin, Chhetri, and Magar. These traditional villages offer the best culture, traditions, and lifestyles along with different food tastes and hospitality.

Rich Biodiversity

Being a less explored and untouched trail, the Mardi Himal trek is rich in diverse flora, fauna, and natural resources. You can experience the colorful Rhododendron flowers blooming in the spring season, varieties of wildflowers can be seen after the monsoon, and the alpine green forest of bamboo, coniferous trees. The rare wildlife like snow leopard, deer, yak, and blue sheep can be seen if you are lucky enough. With this diverse flora and fauna, Nepal has been a paradise destination for wildlife safari as well. 

At last, if you have less time in Nepal but want to explore the beauty of Nepal in a short period of time, then Mardi Himal Trek would be the best option for you. From here, you can extend the popular trekking like Annapurna Base Camp, Poonhill Ghorepani, Kapuche Lake trek, and many more. For more details about the trekking, tour, climbing, and adventure sports in Nepal, do contact us for the special rates and discounted packages. 

Sneha Shree Gupta

Sneha Shree Gupta

Sneha has been working in the travel industry for more than three years. While working closely with active climbers and mountaineers, she has been able to collect and write very informative articles. With multiple years of experience, she intends to offer reliable information to travellers from all around the globe.