Mardi Himal Trek is a lowkey off beaten trekking trail in the Annapurna Himalayas that offers a stunning landscape and captivating snow-capped mountain views.
Trekking through remote villages, following dense forests, steep slopes, and rugged paths, the trail takes you to the Upper Viewpoint. It is the highest point of Mardi Himal Trek and offers radiant sunrise with marvelous scenery. These days Mardi Himal Trekking is known as the best alternative to the famous Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trail is less crowded and presents an equally rewarding journey.
Located east of the famous ABC trekking trail, Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is slowly gaining popularity among travel lovers. The route is surreal and involves adventure trekking. Most of the trail goes through lush forests, where you will see different vegetation and wildlife occasionally. The trail offers unspoiled nature and the best views of some of the western Himalayan Mountains.
Mardi Himal Trek is also known as the best short trek. Trekking through subtropical forests, you will pass by green meadows and reach the alpine zone. You will pass by the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, which is also known as Mt. Fishtail- a virgin mountain. Mardi Himal Trek has captured the heart of many trekkers with its unbelievable beauty and a lifetime experience.
Major Attractions of Mardi Himal Trek
Explore centuries-old monuments in Kathmandu
Kathmandu is called the City of Temple, and no wonder why, as every corner of the city has a temple/shrine, either it is small or big. Kathmandu itself has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and you will be visiting some of them. The tour begins after your breakfast on the second day. You will be guided by our professional tour guide to the monuments include Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Phedi
The trek begins from Phedi, which is located a couple of hours away from Pokhara. And, the drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara is around 6 to 7 hours long. The route follows a well-made road that goes along the Trishuli River and lush green rolling hills. You can see waterfalls and terraced fields on the way as well. Likewise, from Pokhara, the route to Phedi has got a few bumpy parts and offers outskirts views.
Off beaten and adventurous trekking route
Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek passes by Forest Camp, Low Camp, and High Camp and takes you to the highest point of the trek. The trail is full of ascends and descends. You will be crossing suspension bridges and walking on steep rocky paths as well. Overall, it is a difficult trek that requires good physical fitness and endurance.
Witness gorgeous sunrise from the Upper Viewpoint
Upper Viewpoint is situated at 4,200 meters that welcome with panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains like Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Himchuli (6,441 m), and many others. Likewise, you will also get to see an astonishing sunrise and calming landscape. Moreover, throughout the trail, you will be enjoying beautiful sceneries.
Observe the daily lifestyle of the locals
Along the Mardi Himal Trekking route, you pass by remote villages, where you can see locals doing their daily chores. You can see their modest lifestyle and ancient culture. Locals are welcoming and friendly. Most of them decently understand English because of the tourists and love to share their stories. On the way, you also come across old temples and monasteries.