Mardi Himal is one of the high mountains with its summit situated at the altitude of 5,587 meters from sea level located at about 20 kilometers from Pokhara Valley in the Annapurna area of Nepal. Mardi Himal trek is also considered as a hidden gem because few trekkers make their way to Mardi Himal’s Base Camp. Trekking in Mardi Himal Base Camp is preferable for all grade trekkers for both solo trekker and group trekkers. Relatively short trek, which can be completed in 5-6 days, offers marvelous views of Annapurna, Macchapuchre and Hiunchuli peaks with beautiful and colorful Rhododendron forests, which somewhile gives the feeling of being in paradise during this beautiful trek. Apart from this, this trek also features the impressive sunrise and sunset views with a great opportunity to know socio-cultural values and lifestyle of Magar and Gurung community people.
Trekking in Mardi Himal Base Camp is a good destination to choose as the trail provides a great opportunity to do some joyful activities in the lap of Himalayas. Mardi Himal Base Camp trek can be started from Kade which is just an hour drive from Pokhara Valley. After an hour of comfortable walk, the trail will lead you to Australian Camp (2,060 meters) featuring the gorgeous views of Annapurna range and Pokhara valley. The trail further leads you to reach Deurali and further towards the beautiful forest area. You will surely be amazed by seeing the beautiful forest and lucky ones will get a rare opportunity to catch glimpses of the wildlife like snow leopard, Musk deer, Himalayan Thar, etc. The trail follows the way to Mardi Himal Base Camp situated at the elevation of 4,350 meters from where you can see beautiful Mardi Himal and Macchahahpuchahre and Hiuchuli peak right above you with magnificent views of other peaks like Annapurna (I and II) and Gangapurna. You can continue your trek towards Dhampus (1,650 meters), Phedi (1,130 meters) and finally to the Pokhara valley, hence completing your journey.
However, Mardi Himal Base Camp trek requires two different permits i.e. Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit and Trekkers Information Management System, for foreign trekkers. September to December and March to June are considered to as the best time for making your journey in this area. Nevertheless, you need to have a certain level of fitness to have this comfortable trekking experience.