Mardi Himal Trekking is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It offers spectacular view of the Himalayas, including Mount Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre(Fishtail). The trek starts from Kathmandu and passes through rhododendron forests and totally red rhododendron is Nepalese national flower, traditional villages, and alpine meadows before reaching Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trek can be completed in 12 days and is considered a relatively easy trek compared to other Himalayan routes. However, trekkers should be in good physical condition and prepared for challenging conditions, including high altitudes and possible inclement weather.
It is a moderate to challenging trek that requires a certain level of physical fitness and prior experience with high altitude treks is recommended. It is best to plan the trek with a registered trekking agency and to be properly equipped with proper gear and supplies. The trek offers an opportunity to enjoy local cuisine, scenic beauty and an escape from the crowded trails. The trail is a mixture of zigzag paths and forests of rhododendron. The trek starts from stone built villages and goes through rhododendron forests before reaching the rugged mountain landscape. The Low Camp and High Camp offer amazing views of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Base camp respectively.
The trek culminates at the Mardi Himal Base camp which provides panoramic views of the Annapurna range. Although the trek is short, trekkers should be cautious of altitude sickness if they ascend too quickly. From Pokhara, you will drive to Phedi, where you will start a trek that takes you through thick forests and offers views of famous mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhre. The trek requires experience and knowledge of the mountains as some parts are perilous. The local people who live along the trail will offer a warm welcome and an unforgettable experience.