4 days Mardi Himal Short Trek

  • 2022-05-04
  • By Hexee

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Discover and experience the 4 days treks in Mardi Himal from Pokhara enable you to witness the magnificent Annapurna South, Mount Machhapuchhre (also known as Fishtail), and Mount Hiunchuli in such a close range. 

Mardi Himal short trek in 4 days is becoming ever more popular and best trekking route in Annapurna region. This trek allows you to take to the base camp of Mardi Himal and close view of mountains within in short time. Short Mardi Himal trek provides you with breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains, incredible natural diversities in Annapurna region.Mardi base camp is situated on the lap of the magnificent Mardi Himal and Fishtail mountains in the shade of other overwhelming Himalaya ranges of Hiunchuli and Annapurna. 

We start from beautiful Pokhara to Mardi Himal base camp of 4200 meters and back to Pokhara in 4 days. Drive from Pokhara to Daurali or Kande and then continue trek to Forest camp on first day. It takes around 7-8 hours to arrive at our destination, covering a distance of approximately 18 km. On our second day, we continue our trek to High Camp (3780 m) from forest camp, which takes about 6-7 hours and 13km in the distance.

On the following day, we will continue our third day ascent to Mardi Base Camp and trek back to Middle Camp, which takes around 6-7 hours and covers 11 km. Finally, we will travel back to Siding and eventually drive back to Pokhara as our short Mardi Himal trek comes to an end.

Mardi Himal Trek History

Mardi Himal Trek formed only about 10 years ago. Prior to that, this route was mostly camping grounds visited by expeditions. Some of the route was part of the original Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and later it branched off and headed towards Mardi Himal Base Camp. With its epic views, it’s no surprise that within 10 years, it’s become one of the most popular short treks in Annapurna and all of Nepal.

4 Days Mardi Himal Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Pitam Deurali from Pokhara , start trekking to Forest Camp. (2550m,8365ft/ 4 hours trek after 2 hours drive).
Day 2: Forest Camp to High Camp. (3580m,11745ft/ 6.5 hours.)
Day 3: High Camp, trek to View Point (4200m,13779ft) and return to Low Camp (2990m,9810ft). / (6 hours)
Day 4: Low Camp to Siding Village and continue drive back to Pokhara. (1890m,6200ft/ 4 hours.) and drive about 1;30 min .

Mardi Himal Trek is a relatively new and less crowded trekking trail located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It offers stunning views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli peaks. The trek is a great way to experience the natural beauty, cultural diversity, and hospitality of the Nepalese people.

Here is detail information about the 4-day Mardi Himal Trek

Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Kande, then trek to Forest Camp (2600m)

The drive from Pokhara to Kande takes about an hour
The trek starts from Kande and goes through lush forests and villages
The trail is steep in some places and takes about 4-5 hours to reach Forest Camp

Day 2: Trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp (2970m)

The trek starts with a gradual ascent through the forest
As you climb higher, you will see stunning views of the mountains
The trail is relatively easy and takes about 3-4 hours to reach Low Camp

Day 3: Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (3540m) and back to Low Camp

The trail becomes steeper and more challenging as you climb higher
You will see panoramic views of the mountains and the valley below
The trek takes about 4-5 hours to reach High Camp and 2-3 hours to return to Low Camp

Day 4: Trek from Low Camp to Siding Village (1280m) and drive back to Pokhara

The trail descends through forests and villages
You will see traditional Nepalese houses and terraced fields along the way
The trek takes about 5-6 hours to reach Siding Village, then another 2-3 hours to drive back to Pokhara

4-days Mardi Himal Trek is a moderate trek that requires a good level of fitness. It is suitable for both experienced trekkers and beginners who want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas. Make sure to pack warm clothes, comfortable hiking shoes, and a good quality backpack. It is also important to stay hydrated and carry some snacks for energy.

Mardi Himal Trek highlights

The trek takes you through dense forests, charming villages, and to the base of Mardi Himal, which is one of the most beautiful peaks in the Annapurna region. Here are some highlights of the 4-day Mardi Himal Trek:

Beautiful landscapes: The Mardi Himal trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna range, including Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Mardi Himal itself. The trek takes you through lush green forests, rhododendron forests, and rocky terrain.

Traditional Gurung villages: You will get to visit several traditional Gurung villages, including Sidding, Lwang, and Pothana, and interact with the friendly locals. These villages offer an insight into the traditional lifestyle of the Gurung community.

Mardi Himal Base Camp: The Mardi Himal Base Camp is the highlight of the trek. The trail takes you through beautiful forests, and as you climb higher, you will see breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. At the base camp, you will be surrounded by towering peaks and glaciers.

Low altitude trek: The Mardi Himal Trek is a relatively easy and low altitude trek, making it accessible to most people. The maximum altitude of the trek is 4,500 meters, which is lower than many other treks in the Annapurna region.

Fewer crowds: Unlike the popular Annapurna Base Camp Trek, the Mardi Himal Trek is relatively unknown, making it less crowded. You can enjoy the natural beauty of the trail without the hustle and bustle of other trekkers.

Best time for Mardi Himal Trek

September, October and November is autumn seaso in Nepal which is the best peak season and time to go trekking in the himalayas including Mardi Himal. March, April and May is the second best season of year to go trekking. If you choose to trek from February to April, you are choosing the second best time of year for the Mardi Himal Trek.

December, January and february are winter. The skies are clear. But the temperature is very cold and hard to adjust in. Also, there can be heaps of snow on the trail. The passes may get closed due to heavy snowfall up in the mountain.

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 green leaves come up, still a good time to trek. On the other hands post winter time also can be done Mardi Himal. Scenic beauty of the region and the snow-covered mountains of the Annapurna region, Mardi Himal Base camp looks breathtaking

June, July and August are the monsoon months which is least popular time to go trekking 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. leech and mosquito repellent spray is recommended to carry with.

Duration of Mardi Himal Trek

The classic trekking of Mardi himal is 7 days but we can customize the itinerary as per your guest time frame and request. Although, this trek can be done in 5 or 4 days.

Mardi Himal Trek Difficulty Level

Four day Mardi Himal short trek itinerary is a moderate trek. The first and second day ascent is steep and difficult because it is so long day ascent as well. while we start returning from the bease camp on our last day, it requires a steep downhill which is hard on the knees. Day three  is enjoyable. If we do this trek in three days, I would say it’s a very difficult trek, and if you do it in 5 or six days, it should be easy compratively. The four days short itinerary is just average on base of our experience.

Required Permits for Mardi Himal

Two Permits are require for short Mardi Himal Trek. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit is required for all foreigners. This cost 3,000 rupees which is about  $30 USD. Other Permit is TIMS card. This cost US 20.

4 days Mardi Himal Trek Cost details

The cost of a Mardi Himal trek can vary depending on several factors such as the time of year, length of the trek, level of accommodation, and the services you require.

On average, a 4-day Mardi Himal trek can cost between $300 to $600 per person. This cost typically includes the following:

  1. Trekking permit fees
  2. Guide and porter fees
  3. Accommodation and meals during the trek
  4. Transportation to and from the trailhead

If you choose to hire a trekking company or agency, the cost may be higher, but it can also provide additional services such as airport pickup and drop-off, equipment rental, and a more experienced guide. If you need to arrange your 4 days mardi himal trek with reliable trekking company please feel free to contact Trekking Plus

Keep in mind that the cost may also vary based on the level of accommodation you choose, with basic teahouses being more affordable than luxury lodges. Additionally, the cost may also vary depending on whether you choose to travel during peak season or the off-season.

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