Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
This trek is a wonderful introduction to the mountains of Nepal, or for those with limited time, as it’s the perfect length – just over a week long. It is a stunningly beautiful trek, taking you up through ancient rhododendron forests, to what feels like the face of the mountains themselves, as you get up close and personal with Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machapuchhre, Ganga Purna, Annapurna I and Mardi Himal.
Situated just east of the Annapurna Base Camp trail, the Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem, as few trekkers make their way to Mardi Himal’s Base Camp, spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the beautiful and imposing Machapuchhre or Fishtail.
The trail winds along small paths through ancient rhododendron forests, until you climb out at around 3300m. Here, the landscape changes quite abruptly with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
From High Camp (3580m) you can climb in about 3-4 hours to Mardi Himal Base Camp, which offers spectacular close up views of the entire Annapurna Range. There is also an amazing view point approx 2 hours from High Camp.
- Day 1: Trek briefing and preparation
- Day 2: Drive Pokhara to Khande about 45 mins and trek to Potana (1950m), approx. 4 hours
- Day 3: Trek Pothana to Forest Camp (2500m), approx. 7 hours
- Day 4: Trek Forest Camp to Low Camp (2990m), approx. 4 hours
- Day 5: Trek Low Camp to High Camp (3580), approx. 4 hours
- Day 6: Trek Mardi Himal Base Camp (4450m), and back to High Camp approx. 8 hours
- Day 7: Trek High Camp to Siding Village (1885m), approx. 7 hours
- Day 8: Trek Siding Village to Lwang Village (1460m), approx. 5 hours
- Day 9: Trek Lwang Village down to Khora Muk (1 hour) and drive back to Pokhara, approx. 2 hours
- Day 10: Pokhara to Kathmandu: Fly or drive to Kathmandu
Note: The trek itinerary is a guide only and may be subject to change at short notice.
A set of well-worn hiking boots, with a few pairs of good hiking socks are an absolute necessity. No technical experience or mountaineering gear is necessary. While porters will carry the majority of your luggage, you will need to bring a durable daypack to carry necessary items for quick access during the trek, such as water, toilet paper, camera, a warm layer, snacks etc.
A full kit list will be sent to you upon confirmation of your participation on the trek.