Located to the east of Annapurna Base camp in the Annapurna conservation area, Mardi Himal trek is named after a small mountain which goes by the name of well, Mardi Himal. This mountain (5587m) is one of the ridges of mount Machhapuchhre (6,993 m).
As the story goes, it was photographer Basil Goodfellow, who gave the first view of the Mardi peak to westerners from his slides when he visited Nepal in 1953. Since then, this trail has been trying to grow out from the shadow of other mainstream routes as very limited travelers have information about this trail. Things have taken a quick turn since the last decade as it has been getting the attention it deserves because travelers seem to have gotten exhausted by the touristy trails. More trekkers are opting for this route to view Annapurna and Machhapuchhare ranges and to walk through bamboo trees and wonderful rhododendron forests blooming in many different colors. And the best part is you can have all this natural beauty without having to deal with large crowds. Officially opened in 2012, this trail is gaining popularity.
Although Mardi hImal is ashort trek, you can still get to see fantastic views of Annapurna south (7,219 m), Hiuchuli (6,441 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), and Gangapurna (7,455 m).
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu - Pokhara
Day 3: Pokhara – Phedi – Dhampus
Day 4: Dhampus - Forest Camp
Day 5: Forest Camp – High Camp (3558 m)
Day 6: High Camp – Base Camp and Back to Low camp.