Mardi Himal Trek-10 Days 10 Days

USD $1200/Person
Trip Code : KAT/MRD01
Accomodation : Tea house
Duration : 10  Days
Grading : Moderate
Max Altitude : 4250 M
Activity : Natural wonders
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu
Trip Route : Kathmandu-Pokhara-Dampus
Best Season : Mar-may,Sep-Nov

Overview

Mardi Himal trail an Off - The – Beaten- Trail. Located just east of famous treks of Nepal, The Annapurna Base camp Also known as Annapurna Sanctuary. Mardi Himal is the ideal choice for the novice trekkers. Only a few trekkers make their way to this trail and officially opened since 2012. This trail is one of the hidden Gem of the Annapurna Region. This is one of the short and exciting Trek routes which starts from Pokhara and ends in Pokhara. The trail leads you up to the base camp of Mardi Himal throughout the High Camp which makes a circuit of the trail and offers a spectacular view of Annapurna Range.
This route is highly diverse with cultural insight, beautiful forest walks, and alpine landscapes. And Ascends along with interesting villages, Green hills, Terraced Farm, dazzling river, winding path, through colorful Rhododendron Forest and after you climb up to 3300m the trail will slightly change into rugged high mountain landscape get to appreciate the exotic mountain view of the Annapurna, Machhapuchare/ Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains.
There is a simple guesthouse, Tea house, and homestay along the entire trekking route with a facility of bed and blankets however you can carry your sleeping bag also, and try some local food there which can be the exciting moment for you.
Autumn and spring season are the best time to explore for the enthusiast trekkers. The temperature will be mild, skies will be clear and you will not miss the scenic view of major peaks.

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Walkthrough the traditional villages
  • Affordable and Approachable trekking trail
  • Off The Beaten Trail
  • Natural and culturally diverse
  • Splendid view of Major peaks

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1400 Mtr/4592 Ft)


Our companies representative will come to pick you up in airport  then you will be transfer to Hotel for over night.

Day 2: Flight to Pokhara and transfer to Hotel


We transfer to Domestic terminal airport for flight to Pokhara. After get to Pokhara,we have a sightseeing in Pokhara and other activities as boating, Paragliding, biking etc

Day 3: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi and Trek to Pothana (1925 meters - 4 hours)


Duration:  1 hours drive and 2.5 hours trek
Walking Dis:  7 KM
Elevation gain :1125 Mtr

You will have breakfast at Pokhara early Morning and will drive to Phedi. After half an hour's drive from Pokhara to Phedi, you will start trekking. the starting point of your trek will be a little steep until you ascend to Dhampus village after that the trail is easy and pleasant.your accommodation will be at the local tea house of Pothana.

Day 4: Trek to the Low Camp (3150 Mtr/10332 Ft )


Duration:  6 hours trek
Walking Dis:  10 KM
Elevation gain :1200 Mtr

The walk up to low camp is very interesting and exotic. As you start ascends to uphill the route slightly changes in the environment and landscape view. After you pass through the dense forest of rhododendron, oak-junipers. You will reach the low camp which displays the majestic view of Mt.Machhapuchhre ( Fishtail).

Day 5: Trek to the High Camp(3700 Mtr/12136 Ft)


Duration: 4 hours trek
Walking Dis:  5 KM
Elevation gain :550 Mtr

After early morning breakfast, you will ascend towards the ridge of Mardi Himal by passing throughout the dense forest and middle Camp. The panoramic view of the snowcapped mountain will make you feel more excited and you will feel the adventure on the trek. From this point, the views display of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Mt. Machhapuchhre (fishtail).

Day 6: Trek to Mardi Base Camp (4500 Mtr/14760 Ft)



Duration:  5 hours trek
Walking Dis:  6.5 KM
Elevation gain :800 Mtr

You will ascend to the major destination of this trek, after early morning breakfast. The trail is moderate however you have to climb up a few cliffs to reach the base camp. You can see some beautiful bird Danphe, Himalayan yaks and exotic Landscape. From the base camp, you will see the amazing panoramic view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (fishtail) and HIunchuli. The base camp of Mardi Himal is pretty amazing and heart touching. The local tea house is available at the base camp with a dinning and open fire.

Day 7: Trek to Siding village (1700 Mtr/5440ft)


Duration:  6 hours trek
Walking Dis:  12 KM
Elevation Loss:2800  Mtr

You will descend toward a Siding village from the Mardi Himal Base Camp. It will take approximately 6 hours to get back down. Siding village is a traditional village where people are living a normal life and far apart from modern life. You can explore an Off – The – Beaten – Trail as well as an ethnic culture with their traditional food and sophisticated hospitality.

Day 8: Trek to Lumre - Drive to Pokhara (900Mtr/2952 Ft)



Final day You will descend to Lumre which will be the shortest walk of a few hours. you will pass through the small village and reach the jeep station and after an hour you will reach to Pokhara.

Day 9: Flight to Kathmandu


You will be transfer to airport for the flight to Kathmandu.

Day 10: Transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for final departure.


You will be transfer to Airport for departure for home country.

What's included

  • All airport/hotel pick ups and drops within Nepal
  • Flight from /to Kathmandu
  • All trekking permits , TIMS card,Government and local taxes for the trek
  • All Meals (Breakfast , Lunch and DInner ) During the trek
  • 3 Star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itenerary
  • An experienced English speaking and government licensed trekking guide
  • Porter Services(2 Trekkers : 1 Porter)
  • Medical kit incase of Emergency
  • Insurance for Nepali Staffs
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket for the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Staffs Cost including their Salary, food , accomodation and equipments

What's not included

  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Personal Trekking gears
  • International Flight fare
  • Lunch and Dinner in the city , extra night accomodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival or late departure and early return from the trek due to any reason than the scheduled itenerary
  • Any rescue cost
  • Tips for Guide and Staffs
  • Personal Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses as phone calls, laundry , Bar, Battery charge, extra porter, shower and bottled or boiled water
  • Helicopter charter flight
  • Excess baggage charges ( can be carried only 15 Kg including in Airfare)

Good to Know

1) Physical Fitness
One should be physically fit  before to do the any trekking and mountaineering. It is long hike so without any training the first two/three days will tough for you. So some basic physical fitness like  squat, Mountain climbers ( which can be done in home),running,biking , stair climbing,and swiming will help lot to do trekking  in the mountains, so it is highly recommanded  2/3 months prior to your departure for the trekking or mountaineering.

(2)Foods and Drinks
While in the mountain,  it is highly recommanded you to drink plenty of fluids like water,soups, teas  as well as foods. We will provide the sufficient and hygiene food as per your choice in whole trek.However some private snacks as chocolates bars, cookies are also highly recommanded which you can take from kathmandu or you can buy on the way in lodges or in shops.

(3)Drinking water
One should drink at least 3-4 litres of water every day in order to get  hydrated the body which helps lot to be away from altitude sickness.Although bottled waters are not highly recommanded as well as we are environmentally sensitive. But   in Annapurna region the bottled mineral water is not in use. it is banned since few years.We highly recommend you to carry the reusable water bottle and  buy boiled water in lodges/teahouse which also makes your sleeping bag very warm while going to bed, to use sterpin or take chlorine or iodine tablets  to purify the drinking water and there is facility of filtered water on the way  for Rs 50 Per litre( equivalent to 50 Cents).

(4)Best time to Travel
Spring ( Mar-May)and Autumn ( Sep- Nov) are  known as best months to trek in Nepal becuase of the stable clear dry skies which permits to enjoy the spectacular mountain views but mostly lodges, hotels and trails are busy and crowded. Spring season is pleasant and suitable with warm tempreture for trekking and climbing the big mountains as well. At this time in every mountain there will be groups to climbing and conquering the summits. Untill end of october, the tempreture will be mild cold. Weather will be stable with clear blue sky, dry at the same time you will get the chance to experience the many hidus festivals like dashain and Tihar. In spring the rhododendron forest covering the whole area in Annapurna basecamp and Gorepani area.Winter and summer are also good if you would prefer less crowdy, and ready to face the some challanges like snow, cold, and rain.Even in winter weather will always be clear but the these three months are coldest month of the year and sometimes snow falls. In Summer, It is very good to do trekking, tempreture will be warm, those who are keen to botanist, summer is the best but the due to unstable weather the views of mountains are very rare.

5) Altitude Sickness
Trekking in Mardi himal is one of the popular   trekking in Nepal. Which is  newly opened route and it is popular because of great opportunity to set the Mardi himal, Fishtal peak and other beautiful mountains from very close. It is the trek that we get to the mountain in very short period of time with rapid climbing.In high altitude , the mass of oxygen will be less, so everyone feels difficult to breath as well as mild headache, dizziness etc.This is one of the biggest challanges in mountain.In the altitude, there are many rules to make our body adaptable to the  altitude. Acclimatization is one of the important factor  to adjust our body get used to the altitude. All our itineries are designed with proper acclimatization.The most important rules that we have to follow in altitude is walk slowly, keep drinking plenty of  fluids as water , soups etc to make our body hydrated, and keep our body warm. Our staffs and guide will always do their best  as they can, eventhough incase of any sickness,injury one should avoid their rest trip and should come down.

(6)Travel Insurance
It is compulsory to buy the proper travel insurance policy with genuine insurance company, it should cover the emergency helicopter evacuation as well as medical treatment incase of severe injury or sickness and Policy  should include coverage at the altitudes up to 5500 Mtr.

(7)Bag pack and duffel bag
Our duffel bag should be maximum 15kg including hand bag. Only the neccesary things should be packed and the stuffs which are not neccesary on trek will be stored in hotel in Kathmandu.One porter will carry max 30 Kg,among two clients one porter will be provided.

(8)Internet Connectivity and cell phone Signal
As per your arrival in Kathmandu airport, there you can buy nepalese Sim card ncell or you can buy anywhere around city. In Annapurna region  Ncell signal works for phone call as well as internet connectivity in  some part of places.But there is well facility of internet wifi in every teahouses or lodges so You can enjoy with  social media or connects with your family, friends or loved one.

(9)Flight/ Road to Pokhara
Pokhara is entry gateway to trekking to  Mardi himal region.There is regular fligt to Pokhara from Kathmandu daily which is much more comfortable and easy . It takes only 35 minutes to get to Pokhara.In other way there is  highway connected between kathmandu and pokhara, it is pleasant but takes min 6-7 hours to get to pokhara from kathmandu.

(10)Sanitation
In mostly places toilet are  common and need to use the same toilet  using by everyone else. Mostly place there may not be available of hand washing water, so highly recommend to take hand sanitizer by yourself and most importantly toilet papers or wet tissue paper should always  be in your day bag.

(11)TIMS and Conservation Area  permit
To enter in Annapurna region  you have to buy Annapurna conservation Area project (ACAP) entry  permit and TIMS permit,the cost will be included in trip cost.Your guide will manage everything. For that you have to provide  2 passport sized photos.

(12)Guiding and staffing
In Annapurna region average walk per day is 6-7 hours. Leisurely and pleasant guiding will definitely take you to destination.  More you gaining altitude more hard to walk. Your experieced guide and porter will always be there to help you in every moment.Guide is the key factor for the every challanging in mountain so one should follow the instruction of guide pleasantly.Every day after dinner your guide will do brief about the next days trip.

(13) Budgeting
 Budegeting depends upon many factors specially in Kathmandu where there are too many choices.Hotels in Kathmandu include in trip cost on basis of BB plan. So average expenses per day in Kathmandu will be Rs 2000 for lunch and Dinner, if you prefer some other activities as  drinks, to do massage, or to go in bar/pub Rs 5000 ( equivalent to USD 50 ) is enough. On the trek, all the meals and hot drinks will be provided by company, Extra expeses as Hot shower, battery charging, wifi, boiled water for bottle, extra snacks  bars, Soft drinks and hard drinks should borne by  oneself,In average Rs 2000(eqivalent to 20 USD) is enough on the trek. Finally  few tipping is highly recomended and compulsory in the last day to your guide and porter as per your budgeting.

14)  Clothings and gears

Head

    Warm Hat
    Cap
    Face Mask / Muffler


Upper Body:


    Wind stopper/Waterproof Jacket
    Down Jacket
    Fleece Jacket/ trousers
    Thermol
    T-shirts
    Woolen gloves/Water/wind proof gloves


Lower Body

    Trekking Trousers(light weight long Paint)
    Underwear
    wind stopper/waterproof Paint
    Fleece or woolen pants


Feet

    Thin Lightwear/heavy poly or wool Socks
    Sandals
    Trekking Boot
    Gaiters
    Spare Shoes


Accessories

    Medium Rucksack (50-70 Ltr)
    Small Day Pack
    Personal Medical Kit
    Chapstick/Sunscreen
    Water bottle
    Large Duffel bag
    Trekking Pole
    Spare batteries for Camera and Flash Light
    Hand Towel
    Head lamp with extra Batteries
    Sun Glasses with UV protection
    Suitcase (For stored in Kathmandu hotel for not needed   items for trek)


 

FAQ

1)Where is Mardi himal?
Mardi himal  is located in the western side of Nepal, near by Machhapuchre (Fishtail) mountain, its elevation is 5467 Mtr. The main entry gate of Mardi himal trek is Pokhara.
2)What is the best seasons to trekking in Mardi Himal?
In Nepal, there are four different seasons such as Spring, Summer, Autumn and winter. Spring and Autumn are  most popular for trekking in  Nepal.But the best season of your travel might be differ as per your purpose and your suitable time for travelling in Nepal. You can read more about the most favorable seasons in our link below http://www.khumbualpinetravel.com/nepal-travel-guide.html

 
3)What permit do I need for the Mardi Himal trek ?
you need to have trekking permits that include ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and TIMS Card ( Tourism Information Management system
4)How safe is Mardi Himal trek?
Safety is our first concern. As we provide the experienced guides and leaders for the  particular trip who are well trained about the high altitude sickness, first aid ,friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and  important instructions. All our itineraries are designed  with proper acclimatization days in order to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. In every group we provide the first aid kit bag incase of any injury and emergency.We make the proper decision according the regular updated weather report, if there is any chances of big snow falls or stroms, we decide and do the action as per the situation.

 
5)How is the lodging and fooding facilities Mardi Himal Trek?
This route is newely opened for the trekkers, so Lodging fooding facilities are very basic, We will get a enough food to stay healthy and enough energy for the trek.  We always provide the seasonal fruits as well. 
6)What is the normal tempreture in spring and Autumn season?
Spring season starts from March, but until third week  of march tempreture will still be cold even in day time. But actually tempreture depends on weather, if weatheris  mild tempreture ranges from 10-15 Degree Centigrate.If the weather is clear, days will be warm.After the April it will be warm with sunny weather. Especially in Morning and Evening  time will be little cold.
Autumn season starts from September, September will still be warm even the weather is not good. From october normally in morning and everning will be cold.

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