Mardi Himal Situated just east of one of the most popular treks of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem. As it is hardly know, few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Basce Camp, spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the impressive Machapuchhre.
The trail goes along small paths through magical rhododendron forests, until you climb out of the forest around 3,300 m. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rough high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
From High Camp (3580 m; some maps incorrectly mention 3900 m), you can climb in about 3-4 hours to Mardi Himal Basecamp, which offers spectacular close up views of the entire Annapurna Range.
There are simple guesthouses and homestays along the entire route.
Day 1 drive Pokhara-Kande, trek to Forest Camp (2500 m) 6 hrs
Day 2 Forest Camp (2500 m) to Low Camp (2990 m) 2.5 hrs
Day 3 Low Camp (2990 m) to High Camp (3580 m) 3 hrs
Day 4 High Camp (3580 m) Mardi Himal Base Camp (4450 m) and back to High Camp 7 hrs
Day 5 High Camp (3580 m) to Sidhing (1885 m) 5 hrs
Day 6 Sidhing (1885 m) to Lwang (1460 m) 5 hrs
Day 7 Lwang (1460 m) to Hyangjakot (1545 m) and down to road at Banskot (1100 m), drive back to Pokhara 4 hrs walk, 1/2 hr drive