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Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

10 Nights 11 Days

Difficulty Level

Medium

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

4500 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Explore the less trodden trails to the sacred mountain of Machhapuchre(Fishtail).
  • Traverse to the Mardi Himal base camp for superb views.
  • Experience the Gurung Villages and soak up the local culture.
  • Enjoy the serene natural beauty in a quiet and pleasing environment.
  • A chance to take pictures of glowing mountain peaks highlighted with evening sun’s rays.

The Mardi Himal trek is one of the special trekking packages, that offers you the best chance to explore the famous mountains of Nepal in a very limited time. This trek is comparatively shorter in length than other treks that take you to the base camp of the mountain- Mardi Himal. In this trek, you will get the exceptional experience when spending time at the Mardi Himal Base Camp. The closest view of a number of peaks like Mount Annapurna, Mount Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal, Hiuchuli and many others give you the exciting and thrilling experience.

During the trek, you will be passing through the traditional Nepalese villages where you get to observe the lifestyle from close. The walk through the rhododendron forests gives you the pleasing experience. The trails around this area are less travelled and hence less crowded. The villages are situated in the remote area and seem calm and peaceful. If you love to travel through tranquil trails and enjoy the serene natural beauty in a quiet and pleasing environment you need to surely try out this trek. 

 

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Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport we offer you pick up facility from the airport and manage your stay at the most comfortable hotel in the city. You get to meet the team of trekkers and together we prepare for the trek. You will also have some walking around the city area. At the evening we offer you lavish welcome dinner with authentic Nepali Cuisine.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

We leave Kathmandu and head towards the western side through the highway road. The drive moves along the winding path with huge Trishuli river on our right. The beautiful view of green hills, villages, forests and terraced farms gives us company throughout the drive. After the long drive we finally reach Pokhara, the major tourist destination in Nepal and which also famous for number of lakes. We will walk around the city for some time and spend our night at the hotel there.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Tourist bus

We leave Pokhara early after breakfast and head ahead with a drive towards Phedi. After the short drive we reach Phedi. From here the trek on foot formally begins. We started walking through the village areas and passing by the cultivation areas. The surrounding view gives the beautiful picture. We then reach Dhampus. Further, we head towards Pitam Deurali. After a while we reach Pitam Deurali village. From there we can have nice view of mountains like Mount Annapurna, Mardi Himal, and Machhapuchhre. We will spend the night at Pitam Deurali.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Private car / Walking

Leaving Pitam Deurali behind we head towards Forest Camp. We walk through the tranquil trail through the rhododendron forest which offers the beautiful sight during the walk. We walk ahead until we reach the Forest Camp. Once there we will take rest for time and spend rest of the time exploring around. We will spend the night at Forest Camp.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse | Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will start the trek for the day by walking ahead from the Forest Camp. We will walk for some time through the forest area. The rich natural beauty we see around is really admirable. The walk continues till Low camp. Upon reaching Low Camp we take rest for some time and spend the time enjoying the beauty around. From the camp we can get the best view of Mount Machhepuchhre (Mount Fishtail). Night at Low Camp.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse | Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start the trek by taking the walk uphill through rhododendron bushes on our sides. The walk ahead will take us closer to Mardi Himal and Mount Machhapuchhre. We will continue walking for some more time until we finally reach the High Camp. We can get the splendid view of mountains from there. We will spend rest of our time enjoying the beauty around. The night will be spent at High Camp.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will walk further uphill. We will have to pass few uphill and downhill trails on our way to Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trail here is more rough and rugged. The most exciting part of this trek is reaching the base camp from where we can get closest view of number of peaks like Mount Annapurna, Mardi Himal, Mount Hiuchuli, Mount Machhapuchhre and other number of peaks. Once at the base camp we will spend time taking picture together and getting engrossed in the splendid view surrounding us. Then we will head back to the High Camp and prepare for our night’s stay.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From the High Camp we will follow the trail that will take us to Sidhing. We enjoy walk ahead with picturesque landscapes accompanying us throughout. The trail is not so difficult here and the walk gets pleasing. We come to the stop once we reach the village of Sidhing and get prepared for the night’s stay.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave Sidhing and head towards Lumre. We will walk through the easy trail for couple of hours. We will then finally reach Lumre. Our trek on foot comes to an end here. From Lumre we will take the drive to Pokhara. After few hours we will reach Pokhara. Once there we will give rest to our tired muscles at the hotel and spend our evening walking around the tourist areas. Night at Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch

Transportation
Walking / Jeep

Today we head back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We take good rest and soothe our aching muscles. We also muse over the exciting trek we had. At Kathmandu we organize farewell dinner for you and celebrate successful completion of trek and prepare for final departure.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Tourist bus

Today is the final day and we get ready for the departure. We offer you the facility to drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We exchange final greetings and wishes and hope to see each other next time as well. We wish pleasant journey and bid the final goodbye.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Accomodation at finest hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (2 nights twin sharing room at Kathmandu and 2 nights at Pokhara).

Staffs & Crew

  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu travel in a deluxe bus.

Permits & Paperworks

  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Other

  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • First aid medical kit

Complimentary Extras

  • Local sim card
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.

What's Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. 

Winter in Nepal is dry, with very cold nights where temperatures can drop to -20°C at the highest altitudes, but the days are pleasant and sunny. Additionally, the trails are much less crowded during this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures reach around 20°C.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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