Mardi Himal Trek

India

Why this Trek

  • Relatively new and lesser frequented trail, opened in 2012 that offers an exhilarating ridge walk that leads one to the closest views of ‘Machapuchare / Fish Tail’ and ‘Annapurna South’.
  • Trail passes through diverse landscapes ranging from rhododendron forests to alpine terrain.
  • Look down on the Annapurna Glacial Basin where the Annapurna Base Camp  is located.

Is this trek right for you ?

This trek requires reasonable levels of functional fitness and the ability to deal with changing weather. We trek on trails that require ascending through forests gradually going above the tree line to open views. The terrain on the trek passes through forested areas for a few days besides also walking on rocky terrain and ridges in the higher camps. There is also a possibility of trekking through snow depending on the time of the year. The Mardi Himal trek requires following a sensible approach to dealing with altitude and is basic in terms of the stay and the food, as compared to other more established itineraries.

Things to know before you go

While we plan the logistics and help participants prepare,  like any adventure, this one too is subject to the forces of nature and  requires a keen sense of adventure and a mindset to embracing the  uncertainties that come with remote exploration. The ability to integrate in a  group and work as a team member towards a shared goal are of paramount importance . This means team members must be able to adapt to the dynamics of diversity and support each other. We are also mindful about the environment and do the best that we can to reduce our footprint ie avoid wasting food and water and reducing ‘our trash impact’ whereever possible. Our stay is in simple teahouses with very basic facilities  and wi-fi and electricity are available but can also be down at times. Delays in internal travel are to be expected, since the short haul flights are dependant on weather.

Itinerary Details

Day 1
Pokhara to Australian Camp (2030 mts)
Pokhara to Australian Camp (2030 mts)
Day 2
Australian Camp to Forest Camo (2700 mts)
Australian Camp to Forest Camo (2700 mts)
Day 3
Forest Camp to High Camp (3600 mts)
Forest Camp to High Camp (3600 mts)
Day 4
High Camp (3600mts) to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 mts) to Badal Danda (3250 mts)
High Camp (3600mts) to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 mts) to Badal Danda (3250 mts)
Day 5
Badal Danda to Lwang Village (1460 mts)
Badal Danda to Lwang Village (1460 mts)
Day 6
Lwang Village to Pokhara
Lwang Village to Pokhara

Why First Light

Small group travel that is local, reponsible and takes everyone along. Our itineraries are put together to offer an experience that is authentic yet unique for our co-travellers. This almost always involves a different way of going on a popular adventure or very simply taking the lesser travelled road. Our guides, porters are friends whom we have travelled with over the years and we value them as fellow adventurers without whom our adventures are genuinely incomplete.

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