Mardi Himal Trekking Guide
Mardi Himal Trek Overview
Annapurna region is one of the most popular trekking destinations for hikers. Which offers the travelers various trekking and hiking trails. The Trekkers visiting Nepal and travelling to Annapurna Region can select the trails according to their level and time, Annapurna Region offers from long strenuous, challenging treks to short and easy trails. The people can enjoy the trek with groups or solo. People can travel in one of the most isolated place Nar Phu valley or travel to the most famous Base Camp ABC. Annapurna Region offering wide variety of choices to travelers Mardi Himal Trekking is one of the new destinations in the Annapurna region which was opened after 2012.
Mardi himal trek is a beautiful trek, which offers breathtaking view of the mountain ranges. Due to its newness the quantity of trekkers is quite low compared to Annapurna circuit and Annapurna Base Camp. For the trekkers who have less time in Nepal but want to enjoy the Nepal style trekking and witness the beauty of the Magnificent mountain ranges Mardi himal trek is the most ideal trek which can be done in as short as 7 days.
Mardi himal trek is an amazing short trek in Annapurna region which takes the travelers through beautiful villages, and shows the beauty of their culture and lifestyle. The trails fills the trekkers with the freshness of colorful flowers and green forest with warming views of the sunrise and sunset in the himalyas. This trek offers the trekkers with pristine view of Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and other small peaks.
Reasons to trek to Mardi Himal
One of The main reasons for trekking to Mardi Himal is due to its newness and off the beaten trail, Which will be less crowed than other trekking trails which offers the trekker a peaceful journey. Mardi Himal trek can be done by all Age groups, infact this trek can be done with family also. The challenges and risks are lower than other trekking regions. The trekkers can spend quality of time with their lovely family in the beautiful valleys of the himalays. This trek is ideal for everyone and is a short holiday which rejuvenates your mind and body, And helps you connect through Nature and yourself.
As Mardi Himal trek can be done in as short as 7 days the trekkers can fully enjoy the Nepali culture and magnificent mountain ranges in short time. This trek will take you to the Base camp(4500m) of the beautiful mountain Mardi. Once you reach the top of the Base Camp you will have the closest view of the famous 8000 meter mountain dhaulagiri and Annapurna I along with other beautiful mountains like Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Huinchuli, Annapurnas, Lamjung Himal and other beautiful peaks.
Mardi Himal trekking is not only limited to Mountains. The trails takes the trekkers through beautiful villages where they can meet the indigenous tribes and witness their daily lifestyle which is completely different from the modern world the people are very friendly and hospitable and welcomes the travelers with their warm heart and treat them as their own family members. The journey takes you through the beautiful rhododendron forest, terraced farming’s and river crossing. Mardi Himal trek fills your heart with joy and abundance and makes your memory a lifetime experience.
Best season to trek around Mardi Himal
The most important part of trekking is selecting the appropriate time of the year for making your trek safe and memorable. As the climate changes according to their season the difficulty and challenges also depends on the season. If the trekker chooses the right time of the year then this trip can be lifetime memory but if they choose wrong season then this trip can turn into hazard making your trip into a nightmare. Choosing the right time creates a harmony between the traveler and the weather.
As there are basically four seasons in Nepal Autumn(September to November), Spring ( March- May), Summer (June-August) and Winter(December to February). The most ideal season for trekking around mardi will be Autumn and spring. The spring season is the season of the flowers the trails will be filled with different species of Rhododendron in red and pink color, the wildflowers, ferns and the green forest makes the trail more colorful. The temperature will also be favorable in spring season the days will be warm with cool evenings opening the best view of the mountains.
After spring Autumn is the best season to trek around Mardi as the sky will be more clearer and the weather will be favorable. The days will be warm and nights slightly cooler than spring. During the Autumn the trekker can have the best view of the sunrise and sunset with the view of pristine Himalayas. The difficulty of the trail will also be easy during these seasons.
Trekking in winter around mardi is not ideally recommended as the trails will be filled with thick snows and high wind pressure. Most of the accommodation facilities will be closed during Winter, The trekkers will have poor visibility and might lost their way while trekking. The difficulty and risk is high during the winter season.
Another season is the Monsoon season which is not meant for trekking, the heavy rain and hailstorm makes the trails slippery and difficult. The weather will not be clear during these seasons blocking the views of the mountains. Most of the Accommodation facilities will also remain closed during these season.
Difficulty of Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi himal trek is a simple trek compared to other trekking regions of Annapurna circuit. This trek is less challenging and meant for every one. Anyone with good physical and mental condition can complete this trek. Even if the trekker has no experience of previous trekking the trekker can attempt Mardi himal trekking, The challenging part of the trek would be the altitude where the trekker will Reach upto 4200m above the sea level, But with proper Acclimatization right food and water the altitude will be no problem.
The trekker will not be walking more than 4-5 hours a day and the trails are well maintained and easy. But the difficulty and challenge also depends from person to person, As for some people coping with the new culture and community may be a challenge, for some the new foods and accomodations may be challenge, And for some the altitude and long hikes ma be a challenge but if you love to get out from your comfort zone and love to face challenges then Mardi himal is your Cup of Tea.
Accommodations, Food, and Water on Mardi Himal Trek
The Accommodations on Mardi Base Camp Trek are basic Tea houses and lodges, The lodges and Tea are not luxurious as it is very difficult to build luxurious lodges such place. The Tea houses and lodges offers the trekkers with the facility of food, Water, Shower, and WiFi. The rooms could be shared with your friend as there are twin beds, to give the trekkers maximum comfort some rooms have attached bathroom also. The Tea houses are made with local woods and stones the construction is quite unique and eye catching. The staff of the Tea houses are very hospitable and welcome the trekkers with their warm heart.
The foods are simple compared to Annapurna circuit and Base camp, the tea house offers both typical Nepali dishes and western foods. You can choose the Food according to Menu Some of the common Meal are
- For Breakfast (eggs, porridge, Bread, Chapati, Tibetain bread , Curry etc)
- For lunch and dinner(Pizza, Momo, Dal bhaat, Variety of noodles, Pasta etc)
- For beverage (Tea, Coffee, Hot chocolate and Hot water
The pro tip for trekking is don’t be afraid of carbs because after the long walks you need carbs, Carbs and Spinach always makes you full. The Taste of food may vary from place to place you may not get the same taste of food in every tea house and that will also be a good experience. All the foods meets the hygiene standard and are prepared by cooks who have years of experience in cooking.You can always pack your favorite snack.
Showers and Toilet during Mardi Himal Trek
In the Lower zones some of the tea houses have attached bathroom, Most of the toilet are Asian style squat toilet and few of them are western toilet. The toilet are clean and hygienic, if the tea houses don’t have attached bathroom then they have common bathroom outside the room one can also get hot water for shower on request.
When you move to higher altitude showering will be much more difficult because there is scarcity water on mardi and the tea house owner have to walk miles to get the water.
Water Resource during Mardi Himal Trek
Since we will be trekking in high altitude our body dehydrates fast loosing the amount of water, so we recommend the trekkers to drink at least 3 liters of water day. The water helps to heal the body fast and give you energy. We do not recommend you to drink unfiltered water as they are not hygienic, You can get the water at Tea houses but it will cost you more, So you can bring your own life straw or purification tablets this will save huge amount of money. The Tea houses also offers hot water.
Internet and electricity on the Trails
In the lower zones the Tea houses provides the facility of WiFi and electricity, The Trekkers can charge their batteries and be active in their social media also. The Tea houses may charge extra for charging facility and wifi but it will not be more than $3. The speed of the internet may not be the best compared to city areas.
When you reach higher altitudes it will be difficult to get Wifi and electricity, So we recommend you to bring your power banks for backup.
Permits required for Mardi Himal Trek
Since Mardi Himal lies inside the Annapurna Conservation Area the Trekkers are required two different kinds of Permits, ACAP permit and TIMS card(trekkers Information Management System). Our company will help you to arrange both of these permits.
Mardi himal Trek with guide or without guide
Before taking the major decision on weather to do the trek with Guide or without guide. You need you be clear what trekking with Guide offers you on the Trek. A Trekking Guide is someone who are certified by the Government and licensed to guide the client. A Guide is not just someone who will show you path and take you to your destinations but a Guide will be with you throughout the trek, who will assist you in every difficulties, they have received trainings on first Aid, Navigation, Conflict management, Risk assessment, and have years of experience in trekking. Trekking with a Guide decreases the percentage of Risk as they will Assess the risk takes necessary measures to minimize the risk. The weather and trails high in the mountains sometimes becomes unpredictable, So the guide always be there lead you and take the major decisions. Incase of emergency and accidents the guides will provide you the basic first Aid and if that treatment doesn’t ease the symptoms then they call for emergency rescue which could be a helicopter and transfer you to the nearest hospital. Guides are ready for anything.
A Guide will briefly tell you about the places, its significance, History and everything that you need to know about the trek. They will also be responsible for your safety and security. They know the local language and the people and their culture, They know the terrain and the wild animals, they have spend their time guiding and researching about the place and they are good at their job.
Trekking without a Guide means you are on your own since Mardi himal trekking is not so risky and the trails are also not confusing but as I said earlier you can never predict the Mountains. So the choice completely depends upon the trekker.
Mardi Himal Trek Packing Guideline
One of the most important part of the trekking is packing the right thing for your journey, and sometimes with little knowledge packing can be really confusing. The trekkers might feel like they will need everything for the trek and just end up using only few items from their Rucksack. And sometimes the trekkers forgets small things in their backpack and later regret that they should have brought that item with them. Below here is the items that you should not miss on your Rucksack.
- Trekking clothes:2 pairs of hiking pants, Quick dry syenthic Tshirts.Sports bra and underpants.
- Base layers: Warm inner thermal
- Mid layer: Fleeced jacket, wollen sweaters or shelled vest.
- Shell jacket: Waterproof breathable jacket jacket is highly recommended.
- Insulation: Down or synthetic jacket.
- Gloves:1pair of inner gloves and 1 pair of waterproof gloves
- Hats or caps: For a sunny day Caps works like a miracle. A wollen hat will always keep your earshead warm and protect from cold.
- Flip flops or sandles
- Buff: Buff is the one thing that you should not miss. As it prevents your nose from being dry as it blocks the dry wind.
Other essential items
- Books or kindle
- Head torch
- Basic First Aid Kit and personal medication
- Extra batteries for your camera and gadgets
- Cables and chargers
- Sewing kit
- Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitizer, etc