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Why choose the Mardi Himal Trek when selecting the best hiking holidays in the Himalayas?
Nepal’s Mardi Himal Trek is certainly worth considering if you want a trekking holiday of fewer than 14 nights that still takes in an incredible array of sights and experiences.
Mardi is one of Nepal’s “best-kept secrets” as keen hikers and climbers tend to go to the better-known mountain routes for trekking expeditions.
For example, many trekking holiday enthusiasts head for a different part of the Annapurna range to enjoy panoramic views and climb to Annapurna base camp, following the snow-crusted footsteps of other adventure-seekers and altitude enthusiasts.
Just east of the popular Annapurna Circuit is the Mardi Himal, which offers a relatively new option for trekking and largely unexplored mountain terrain.
From Mardi Base Camp, you will experience truly jaw-dropping sights across the Annapurna range, as well as iconic views of Machapuchhre and Hiunchuli.
In a relatively moderately challenging climb – from High Camp (3580m) to Mardi Base Camp, you can soak up the incredible experience of seeing a sunrise or sunset in the Himalayan mountains; memories that will stay with you forever.
The gloriously diverse winding mountain paths of the Mardi Himal trek will show you far more than the wondrous panoramic views though. Every hour you will see the glorious features of nature unveil themselves, including intricate alpine flora and fauna, and magnificent lush forests of rhododendrons, maple, and bamboo.
Lurking beneath the canopy of ancient trees will be mountain wildlife up close. You may even enjoy sightings of snow leopards, black bears, and red pandas. Above you, soaring eagles and other birds of prey can be seen.
To show just how packed this trekking holiday in Nepal is, even your first and last days could be highlights. That’s because you will get unique guided insights into Pokhara city, the gateway to the Annapurna range. Make sure to see the stunning Tal Barahi Temple, perched on an island in Phewa Lake, and also the International Mountain Museum, which offers fascinating information of Himalayan heritage and the history of mountaineering.
Throughout this expertly guided trek adventure, you will be provided with the highest standards of bilingual support and information. This includes putting safety as the first priority, always.
Your Mardi Himal Trek will feature the warm hospitality – and delicious indigenous food – of Nepalese mountain villages high above the clouds. You will be able to experience Gurung culture first hand, staying with the indigenous people of this part of Nepal (they call themselves ‘Tamu’, which in the language of Tibet means horsemen).
The best time for a Himalayan trek that includes Mardi massif is mid-September to November when the climate is at its most stable. However, as this is a peak time for trekking in Nepal, you may prefer to choose a quieter calendar slot for an adventure holiday, such as May to June. This is when the lower slopes are a sea of glorious flowers, forming a stunning contrast to the snow-capped peaks towering above.
A trek up Mardi is an ideal mountain holiday for beginners or long-time fans of trekking in the Himalayas. Moderate levels of fitness are required, and Nepal Mountain Trekkers make sure you have all the necessary equipment, coaching, and support to enjoy every step of your adventure holiday.
» Tribhuvan International Airport
» Welcoming with Marigold Flower Garland
» Group Photo
» Introduction with group members and trekking crew
» Evening Walk at Thamel
» Scenic Drive
» Walk to Lakeside
» Preparation for trek
» Nau Danda
» Walk through Village
» Mountain View
» Incredible Nature
» Forest Camp
» Jungle Walk
» Annapurna South
» Himchuli and Machhapuchhre Views
» Flora and fauna
» Rhododendron and Oak Forest
» Low Camp
» Astonishing view Annapurna Range and Mardi Himal
» Steep and challenging trails
» Natural ‘window’ in the dense forest
» Marvellous view of Fishtail Mountain
» Flora and fauna
» Badal Danda
» High Camp
» Grassy Landscape
» Alpine Vegetation
» Marvellous view of Annapurna Ranges
» Machhauchhre and Mardi Himal
» Feeling of being above the clouds
» Mardi Himal Base Camp
» Sunrise view from High Camp
» Spectacular view of Mardi and Pyramid View of Machhapuchhre
» Distant view of Annapurna I, Annapurna III and Gaganpurna
» Narrow and Rocky Trails
» Fantastic View of Blue Glaciers of Sanctuary Wall
» Himalayan Monal
» Siding Village
» Terraced Field
» View of Mardi and Machhapuchre
» Mixed Culture
» Dense Rhododendron Forest
» Lwang Village
» Traditional Village
» Tea Garden
» Gurung Culture
» Khora Muk
» Vicinity of Mardi Himal
» Panoramic View of Tea Gardens and Peaks
» Farewell Dinner
» Souvenir Shopping
» Airport Drop with Khata/Khatag as a Symbol of Wishing Safe Journey
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms
Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers
First Aid Kits
Personal Regular Medicines
Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer
NMT is a professional agency when it comes to adventure and trekking in Nepal. Owner Ramesh is a warmhearted person that listens to your wishes and provides alternatives you probably wouldn't have come up with. Above that he also takes good care of his personnel and the area you go to. You can choose if you want him to arrange everything on your trip (like food, housing, etc), or that you want some freedom in there. Our preference is in the latter. In dialogue with Ramesh we decided to do the less popular, more adventurous Mardi Himal trekking in the Annapurna Mountain Region. It turned out to be everything an adventurous trekking is supposed to be. Actually, it was even more than that! We left for a 2 week trekking with our porter Amar, who in the beginning was a bit quiet. Later on, he turned out to be a wonderful entertainer and a very considerate person when we needed some extra care. The trekking was an unforgettable experience through the wild, pristine and amazing nature of Nepal, combined with the life in the mountains. The only glitch in the trekking was that sometimes we had a tough schedule for the day and the trekking was meant to reach the next destination. Doing this trekking in more days - slowed down - will provide you to more fully enjoy the beautiful surrounding and breathe the atmosphere. The fact that you stay in quite some places without wifi or electricity really makes you escape the demands and pressures of our wired, western world! A highly recommended experience at a heartedly recommended agency.
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