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Mardi Himal Trek with Safari

Mardi Himal Trek with Safari

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

12 Nights 13 Days

Difficulty Level

Difficult

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

4500 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Witness the alluring beauty of the Annapurna Region
  • Mesmerizing views of the majestic Annapurna Himalayan Range
  • Authentic wildlife experience
  • A chance to observe the unique culture of the Tharu community at Chitwan
  • Explore the Chitwan National Park and its astounding richness in biodiversity

It is often rare that you come across a trail heading to the heart of Annapurna Region and culminating at the plain lands of Terai. The Madi Himal Trek with Chitwan is one such trekking experience which oozes adventure and thrill. Situated at the base of Mardi Himal (5,553m) and the stunning Machhapuchhre (6,997m), the trail in Mardi Himal trek boasts unparalleled views of the Annapurna Himalayan ranges including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993m) and Annapurna South (7,219m).  The final stretch of the journey takes us the right to the heart of the wildlife sanctuary at Chitwan National Parks where once in a lifetime chance to witness the plenty of flora and fauna await us.

The journey begins from the stunning Kathmandu Valley heading towards the UNESCO world heritage sites. The journey begins to shape as a magnificent journey when heading towards the naturally enchanting city of Pokhara on a road trip. Getting our first glimpse of the majestic Himalayas, we begin our trek heading towards Forest Camp after driving till Kande. Through the enchanting forests, we continue towards Low Camp and then onto the High Camp which is also our final stop before reaching the viewpoint. The next day kicks off early as we head towards the viewpoint to witness the stunning views of the Himalayan sunrise accommodated by the majestic folds of the Annapurna Himalayan Range. Descending back to High Camp, we make our way down once again to Pokhara crossing Siding village en route. Through the enchanting landscapes surrounding the road, we make our way to Chitwan where a fun-filled the day with jungle safari awaits us. We can also relish the Tharu culture and explore the breeding center in Chitwan before ending the journey back at Kathmandu.

We, here at Nepal Ascent Treks, have been able to establish ourselves as a household name in the travel front of Nepal. Our team members have been accompanying travelers to the Himalayas for over a decade. With quality at the heart of everything we do we assure you a memorable journey.

 

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Itinerary

You will be received by a Nepal Ascent Treks member upon landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will then be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day can be spent as you desire. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

We kick off our journey from the valley itself touring its cultural and religious heritages beginning from the tranquil Swayambhunath. Continuing on, the journey heads down to the Hindu site of Pashupatinath where the prayers and bells of the thousands of pilgrims who visit the temple each day echo in the temple premise. We then take a historical turn towards the Kathmandu Durbar Square before ending the day at the Boudhanath stupa enjoying the magnificent views of the sunset. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

The day begins with an early morning breakfast and we make our way towards the enchanting city of lakes. Through the winding bends of Prithvi Highway, our journey crosses several hills before we are accompanied by the stunning Trishuli River which is well known amongst rafters. In Pokhara, we can enjoy a boat ride on the Phewa Lake and follow with a visit to the lakeside. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Tourist bus

The journey begins with an early morning drive heading towards Kande. Accompanied by lush surroundings, the road winds through vibrant settlements and forests before resting at Kande. Leaving the beloved Annapurna Circuit trail behind, we head east where the lonely trail reaches deep into lush green forests adorned with stunning Himalayan views. The trail gradually comes to a stop at Forest Camp. Overnight stay at Forest Camp.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Private car / Walking

The next stretch of our journey leads to Low Camp which just breaches the 3,000-meter altitude bar. Through the ridgeline heading towards the Himalayas, our journey continues through forests filled with oak, pine, and juniper trees gradually ascending towards Low Camp. Accompanied by the stunning views of Machhapuchhre (6,997m), the trail heads to Low Camp. Overnight stay at Low Camp.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today, we make our way towards Mardi Himal High Camp which is well known for the magnificent views of the Himalayas. Continuing our journey through the forested trail, we begin our ascent heading up towards Badal Danda where we are greeted by the views of Gangapurna (7,455m) and Mardi Himal (5,587m). Guided by the occasional views of Annapurna South (7,219m) through the clearing forests, we continue our ascent to reach High Camp. Overnight stay at High Camp.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
walking

The day kicks off early as we make our way towards Upper Viewpoint. The Himalayan trail is an easy one deviating away from the steeper sections of the pathway gradually ascending towards the viewpoint. The majestic Annapurna Himalayan Range colored golden by the rays of the early morning sun is not the one you get to witness every day and is sure to leave a long-lasting imprint in our minds. Enjoying the Himalayan sunrise we make our way down towards High Camp. Overnight stay at High Camp.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The final stretch of the Mardi Himal trek takes us towards Siding Village deviating from the way which leads towards the Low Camp. We continue our journey down before once again being enveloped by the lush green forests which forms so much of the landscape around the region. The hamlet of Siding is also a perfect chance to wind down from our travels and observe the unique culture of rural Nepal. Overnight stay at Siding.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Completing the Mardi Himal trek, we head back towards the stunning city of Pokhara. After refreshments, we begin our journey to the stunning destinations around the city including the Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, Davis Falls, Hindu temple of Gupteswor Mahadev, and the tranquil Lakeside. Boating on the Phewa Lake is a perfect way to wind down from our Himalayan travel and get ready for our wildlife adventure. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Jeep / Car

Today, we join on a road trip heading down from the city of Pokhara towards Chitwan. The journey once again takes on Prithvi Highway heading down alongside the tranquil banks of Seti River. After arriving at Chitwan, we head directly to the hotel for refreshments and then set off towards Tharu Village to enjoy the local culture. Overnight stay at a resort in Chitwan.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Tourist bus

The day begins with a breakfast after which we gear up and head towards the Chitwan National Park which is not only the oldest national park of the nation but also the home of wide varieties of animals including the one-horned rhino, sloth bear, Langur monkeys, and over 500 species of colorful birds. Don't forget to look out for the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger and one-horned rhino. We end the day in the serene banks of Rapti River in the company of Gharial. Overnight stay at a resort in Chitwan.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Jeep / Elephant

The final day of our journey, we begin our way back to the Kathmandu Valley. Through the flatlands in the initial leg with the curvaceous hills on the final leg, the winding track back Kathmandu crosses several hills making the drive a pleasant one. Back at Kathmandu, we can enjoy the bustling streets and shop souvenirs. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Dinner

Transportation
Tourist bus

Once again our representatives will drop you back at Tribhuvan International Airport just in time for your next flight back home. We hope you had a lovely experience with us and will count on us the next time you decide to journey back to Nepal.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • All meals included during the trek and chitwan
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (Can upgrade of the accommodations to luxury hotels / lodge is possible at extra cost).

Staffs & Crew

  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Facility of nature guide during the safari
  • Insurance of guide and porter.

Transportation

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

Permits & Paperworks

  • Entrance permit to the national park
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Activities

  • All jungle activities in Chitwan.
  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

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

Complimentary Extras

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

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 for additional trips.
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • 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 is dry, but extremely cold and high passes become inaccessible due to ice and snow conditions. The temperature doesn’t usually fluctuate to a greater degree and the daytime temperature is around 20-25 degrees. However, the temperature starts to decrease as you gain altitude. The temperature can drop to around 0 to -10 degrees at night when staying at tented camps in Himalayan regions. However, it does not change as much in lower hilly regions and the nights are slightly colder than days.

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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