The Mardi Himal Trek is a short, newly opened route, moderate type and hidden treasure in the Annapurna region.
Mardi Himal trek offers imaging view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre and Manaslu ranges. Australian Camp, Pothana, Upper View Point, Mardi Himal base camp, Badal Danda, Siding village and Lwang are the major attraction of this trek. Himalaya Trip organize 5 days Mardi Himal Trek.
Mardi Himal trek starts at Kande after 1 hours driving from Pokhara. The trail is good, first slowly up, then a bit steeper to Australian Camp (2060m – About one hour), then after that slightly downhill to Pothana (1950m) then up again to Deurali (2100m). There is a right turn in Deurali signposted “Forest Camp” the trail is through jungle, at first up then undulating on the top of a ridge, there is a section just over half way where the trail drops steeply and then slowly gains height and then back onto the ridge and into Forest Camp (2600m). The trail is initially quite steep leaving Forest Camp but soon gets less steep as you again get up on the ridge. The trail leaves Low Camp again in the jungle, but the trees soon start to get smaller and after about one hours trekking broke out of the jungle and onto the open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to my left. It is possible to continue trekking along the ridge for another 4 to 5 hours to View Point and Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and return to High Camp in around 4 hours – This makes a long day but there is also a viewpoint about halfway, the imaging view can be from here. We trek down to Badal Danda for last night, you will have a beautiful Himalayas view in the morning . After that, we trek down to Siding via Low Camp. From Siding, we drive back to Pokhara.