Whoever visits Pokhara, the bustling "outdoor capital" of Nepal, its relaxed atmosphere with its numerous cafés and restaurants on the shores of picturesque Phewa Lake will have a lasting impression on everyone. But despite these amenities, your gaze will get stuck on the ice and rock pyramid of Machapuchare (6,997m).
Called fishtail due to its shape, the mountain is sacred to Hindus and is the southernmost outpost of the gigantic Annapurna chain. The desire to get close to this magical mountain can only be satisfied by following the Mardi Himal Trail! It leads from the lush, green monsoon forests directly up to a fantastic scenic mountain, to the Mardi Himal Base Camp (4.500m) right at the foot of Machapuchare and among many other ice-armored giants such as Annapurna I (8.091m). You hike through a real dreamland for trekkers with idyllic villages on artfully terraced slopes, dense monsoon forests, deep gorges and finally a promising ridge.
The Annapurna Mardi Himal Trail opens up the whole diversity of the Nepalese Himalaya in a few trekking days, from the steaming jungle up to the clear mountain air of the glacier giants. It is ideal for Nepal beginners as well as for experienced trekkers who want to explore a new trail off the beaten track. The quite short trek can be perfectly combined and extended with other variants: from the well-known hike in the Annapurna Base Camp to more lonely paths, such as that up to Khopra, a grandly situated high alpine pasture at the foot of Annapurna South (7.219m).
Tip: In spring, at the time of the rhododendron bloom, the landscape on the Mardi Himal Trail presents itself as a beguiling sea of flowers. No less than 21 different rhododendron species transform the forests of Mardi Himal into a symphony of delicate pink to blood red colors.
Spring and autumn are the most suitable times for a trekking journey on the Annapurna Mardi Himal Trail, with each season offering its unique advantages.
Spring (March, April, May): Trekking on the Annapurna Mardi Himal Trail is possible from March, though there may still be snow on the stage that leads from the Mardi Himal High Camp to the panoramic summit (Base Camp). From April onwards, temperatures become more moderate. At lower altitudes, it gets very warm, with blooming rhododendrons covering the landscape in glowing hues of red. The afternoons can bring rain showers, which become increasingly frequent and intense throughout May. The end of May marks the start of the monsoon, and the end of the trekking season.
Summer (June, July, August): The Annapurna’s southface has a particularly intense monsoon season, so that trekking is not recommended during the summer months.
Autumn (September, October, November): From mid-September onwards, the monsoon season draws to a close, and fine weather can persist in the Annapurna region for weeks on end – meaning clear blue skies and the most incredible long-distance visibility. Though the days still tend to be fairly warm, temperatures may drop below zero in some of the higher camps (above 3000m) from November onwards. Autumn is the perfect season for those who enjoy sharing their experience with like-minded people, as it marks the most popular time on the Annapurna Scenic Trail. Having said that, the numbers are still very moderate compared to the Annapurna Sanctuary Trail.
Winter (December, January, February): The Annapurna Mardi Himal Trail remains accessible for trekking journeys even during the winter months, seeing as the temperatures do not drop anywhere near as much as they do in the Everest region. There may, however, be snowfall above the Mardi Himal Middle Camp, making the trekking days that follow a little more difficult.
In terms of technique, the Annapurna Mardi Himal Trail is moderately challenging, and can be managed by any surefooted hiker experienced in navigating mountainous terrain. The paths are broad and well-worn, without any exposed stretches until reaching the Mardi Himal High Camp. The stage leading up to the panoramic summit (Base Camp) features a number of precarious passages, requiring trekkers to be sure-footed and free of vertigo. Also note that in rainy weather, jungle paths become extremely slippery!
With regards to endurance, the Annapurna Mardi Himal Trail is slightly more demanding, with each day-trek involving up to six hours of hiking and 900 metres of elevation gain. However, with adequate preparation and strict adherence to the pre-determined acclimatisation days, this should pose no problem for experienced trekkers. The altitudes are moderate (highest overnight stay: 3600m), so that the Annapurna Mardi Himal Trail is also suitable for Nepal-novices. It is vital to follow the stipulated programme of trekking and acclimatisation days, along with the instructions of your Sherpa guide.
The Annapurna Mardi Himal Trail is suitable for teens aged 14 and up, provided they have very good stamina.
We also recommend that you request a health check and start your relevant vaccinations six months before your date of travel.
Here you can find more information about the requirements.
Standard alpine trekking equipment will be sufficient for your trek on the Annapurna Scenic Trail. Click here for more equipment details.
Important information: Your luggage will usually be divided between a light-weight day-backpack and your main travel luggage (i.e. a duffelbag, preferably waterproof, especially to protect your sleeping bag). While you take the day-backpack (containing a change of clothes, raincover, thermos, energy bar, photography equipment and headlight), your main luggage (max. 15kg) is carried by a porter. Please note that trekking poles are obligatory.
For a closer look, check out the detailed information for each stage along the trail here. The times are average values and may vary depending on personal fitness, number and length of breaks, weather conditions, etc.show Stages
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In Kathmandu, you are able to choose between three accommodation categories (regional ratings):
Basic: simple, clean, functional – standard Nepalese guesthouse
Classic: higher levels of comfort – 3-star hotels
Comfort: high-end accommodation – 4-star hotels, sometimes with spa area
Along the Trail, there are two categories:
Basic: simple, functional lodges
Classic: higher standards, clean and cosy
Comfort: not available along the Trail
Children aged 14 to 16 staying in their parents’ room are charged at a 35% discount (provided both adults are paying full price)
The following catering options are available:
Breakfast: morning buffet or breakfast served at your table
Half-board: breakfast and dinner (usually 3 courses)
Please enter any individual dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food intolerances etc.) in the ‘comments’ box.
Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will do their best to accommodate your request.
To ensure a particularly carefree Trail journey, we offer a comprehensive transport service:
Luggage service: Trekking with a light-weight day backpack, while a porter carries your main luggage (max. 15kg) to your next accommodation.
Shuttle services (using the country’s customary transport vehicles): All airport shuttle services (for both international and domestic flights) are included.
Domestic flights: All flights within Nepal that are necessary for your Trail journey (i.e. from Kathmandu to Lukla or Pokhara / from Pokhara to Jomson) are included in your package price. In this instance, Trail Angels GmbH acts as an agent, and must make you aware that all Nepalese domestic airlines are on the list of air carriers banned from entering the EU airspace. While Nepalese airline companies are continuously striving to improve their safety standards, they do not currently meet the EU’s stringent requirements.
In general, our long-distance hiking and trekking routes are not geared towards persons with limited mobility. However, if you would like to discuss your options based on the degree and nature of a particular impairment, simply contact our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center.
Our comprehensive range of services has been carefully designed to ensure a smooth and carefree Trail journey in the Himalayas.
All Angels’ Services are included in the package price, and encompass the following:
Trail Hotline: This English-language service is available around the clock, every day of the week, offering both advice and practical support.
Sherpa Guide: An experienced guide (Sirdar) with good English skills will accompany you on your Trail journey. Groups of five or more are provided with an additional assistant guide.
City Guide: An English-speaking city guide will take you on a tour of the Kathmandu valley (listed as a UNESCO cultural heritage site). A taxi service is included.
Permits: All necessary permits (Trekking Peak permit, entry fee Sagarmatha National Park) will be organised on your behalf, and are included in the price.
Comprehensive Travel Information: We will send you an expertly compiled folder with in-depth information in plenty of time prior to your trekking adventure.
For this Trail journey, arriving by plane is the only available travel option (not included in the price):
International flight: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. A shuttle service (included) takes you to your hotel, and back to the airport at the end of your tour.
The lodges where you spend your nights during your trek on the Trail, as well as the hotels and guesthouses you’ll be staying at in Kathmandu and Pokhara, have been selected and quality-tested by Bookyourtrail.com. Under the project title ’Fair Trails for the Himalayas’, we are working with our partners in Nepal to develop sustainable tourism models that directly benefit our partner establishments and their employees.show partners
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