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Lying east to the one of the iconic Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal trek is a short trek that takes you to the base of Mardi Himal. Despite being a relatively new trekking trail, the popularity of this trail seems to have been increasing exponentially in the past few years. The trails guides you through the beautiful rhododendron forests giving you the impressive view of mountains like Mardi, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli and most prominently, the Machhapuchhre.
Getting there: Step 1 is to reach Pokhara. You can either take a bus, a jeep or a flight. Tourist buses can be boarded from Kantipath or Kalanki and ranges from Rs. 600 – 2500 which varies according to the level of services. It will take around 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara. Alternatively, You can take micro buses from old Buspark that depart regularly starting 5 am in the morning. Or, book a flight (prices will vary from USD 100 to USD 126). From Pokhara, it is an hour drive to Kande and your trek officially starts here!
Accommodation: Since this is relatively new trekking route, lodges and hotels were not established along the way until very recently. You get good facilities (wifi, hot shower, and food) upto forest camp but beyond that, the facilities are reduced to a minimum. Sharing bathrooms, sleeping on foam mattresses and learning to bathe on buckets of hot water (not running hot water) are some of the skills you will take back after doing this trek.
Trails and Risk: The trek is a moderate one with steep uphill climbs, narrow trails and long day walks. As you reach the altitude of 4500 meters in a short period of time, make sure you take precautions and go as per the itinerary as it has good pacing with distance and altitude. Watch out for the trails and follow the group as there is a possibility of losing trails at some points. And, carry water as you will not find many stops to fill water in between the trails.
Alternative Routes: While returning, you can exit through Lwang village. Or do the trek from reverse order too.
Read this blog on Mardi Himal trek for detailed information regarding cost, lodges phone numbers and more: https://honeyguideapps.com/blog/mardi-himal-trek-beyond-the-trails-in-annapurna-base-camp
Notes: If you wish to go on this trek, please fill the inquiry form and we will help you plan your trek according to your preference: https://honeyguideapps.com/onboarding-form