Mardi Himal base camp trek was recently opened for teahouse trek. Until recently, the trek could be accessed only by trekkers going on organized trek. While many Himalayan treks have now road access and modern facilities, Mardi is still pristine for a short trek from Pokhara.
The trek goes to the base camp of Mardi Himal which is the closest Himalayan peak from Pokhara. The day to day walk is also relatively easier than many other Himalayan treks. The route simply climbs to the mountain ridge in the northwest of Pokhara and then follows the ridge towards east to the buttresses of Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail. Unlike other treks ridge walking involves less steep climb and refreshing views of the Himalayas all the time. The walking starts from the Himalayan foothills with terraces and passes through the beautiful Rhododendron forest coming to the alpine zone with scarce vegetation.
The region was accessed only by shepherds or some expedition members accessed by beaten trail. There are still pastures grazed by sheep and yaks (not native though). Once we walk out of the Rhododendron forest, undisturbed view of Annapurna South, Huinchuli Annapurna III, Fishtail and Mardi Himal looms at a distance. With the sunrise and sunset, snow peaks soaked in orange and pink appears floating on the ocean of cloud down in the valley.
While the trek is easy to moderate in difficulty level, the side trip to Mardi Himal base camp is challenging with altitude gain of 1,000m on the rugged trail.
Mardi Himal trek is the complete Himalayan trek with forest walking, alpine landscape, great Himalayan scenery and the challenging side trip to Mardi Himal base camp at 4,500m.