MARDI HIMAL TREK
13 May 2023 Bodhi Adventures
Mardi Himal Trek: A Trekker’s Paradise
Mardi Himal Trek is a recently opened and lesser-known trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, which offers a unique and adventurous experience to trekkers. The trek provides stunning views of the Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli peaks. The highlight of this trek is undoubtedly the magnificent view of Mardi Himal from Ubho Kharka, which is located at an altitude of 4600 meters.
The trek starts from Kande, which is about 45 minutes drive from Pokhara. From Kande, the trail winds through lush forests, traditional villages, and terraced fields. The trek is relatively easy until you reach Forest Camp, where the trail becomes steeper and more challenging. However, the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys make the climb worth it.
The trail continues through dense rhododendron forests, where you can spot several species of birds such as the Himalayan Monal, the Satyr Tragopan, and the Blood Pheasant. You may also encounter some wild animals such as Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Yaks, shepherds and occasionally even Snow Leopard if you are lucky.
After crossing Forest Camp, the trail leads to Low Camp and then to High Camp, which is located at an altitude of 3580 meters. From High Camp, you can witness the breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). The final climb to the viewpoint at Ubho Kharka is a challenging but rewarding experience, as it offers an unobstructed view of Mardi Himal’s majestic peak.
The trek is a perfect blend of adventure and nature, with its stunning views, diverse flora and fauna, and unique cultural experiences. The trek offers an opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about their cultures of ancient Bon, beliefs, stories, animal husbandry lifestyle, farming, working as an army in Nepal, India and British Army, now in Tourism and their fabulous traditions.
In conclusion, Mardi Himal Trek is a must-do for trekkers who want to experience a less-crowded and off-the-beaten-path trekking experience in Nepal. The trek provides a chance to explore the wilderness, observe rare birds and wild animals, and witness the beauty of the Himalayas up close. So, pack your bags and head out to the mountains for an adventure of a lifetime.