MARDI HIMAL TREK

  • Days:10 Days
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Country:Nepal
  • Activity:Trekking & Hiking
  • Max Altitude:4250m/13943ft
  • Accomodation:Tea House/Lodges
  • Best Season:Mar-May, Sept-Nov
  • Meals:B/L/D
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MARDI HIMAL TREK-10 Days Day/s

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Trip Introduction

Overview

Amongst all the countless trekking destinations heading in and out of the stunning Annapurna region, every time a new one gets introduced a host of questions follow. What is it that makes this destination different from everything else? For starters, the Mardi Himal trek is arguably one of the best short distance treks that has everything an ideal trek should. Off the beaten paths, vibrant hamlets, quaint and quiet trails and above all Himalayas galore. Heading through the foothills of the majestic Annapurna Range this adventure will take you south of the majestic Annapurna I (8,091m). Home to the Gurung’s, this little-explored land holds the feel of discovery and authenticity with them which can also be seen in the culture and the unique way of life. One of the coveted spots for Himalayan viewing, the Mardi Himal Base Camp is the very best spot to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Annapurna as well as Dhaulagiri Ranges.  

We begin our Himalayan adventure with a lovely drive to the picturesque city of Pokhara. Described as the gateway to Annapurna, this stunning city attracts tourists worldwide regardless of the time and season. We shall explore the Fewa Lake and World Peace Pagoda before heading elsewhere. The next day, we drive to Kande through the lush green forests. We officially begin our trek headed for Forest Camp for our first night on the go. Through the lush green forests adorned with rhododendron blossoming in shades of red, white and pink, the journey ascends through stunning rivers and picturesque waterfalls to reach the Mardi High Camp passing the Low Camp along the way. An early morning hike takes us to the Upper viewpoint which boasts an incredible Himalayan panorama comprising of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Mardi Himal (6,687m), Annapurna South (7,219m) and many more. Taking some time off to enjoy the Himalayan beauty we descend towards Siding before ending our journey back at Pokhara. Catch a flight that takes you back to Kathmandu which marks the end of this amazing journey. 

We here at Malla Treks Nepal love traveling as much as you do and are always up for a short adventure even more so if it involves the Annapurna Region. Itineraries constructed by keeping every person in mind and well-trained guides mean that you get to enjoy this amazing adventure without any worries. Furthermore, we provide the best deals in affordable rates meaning that you get the best of both worlds.

Short Itinerary

 

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1 Arrival at Kathmandu 1400m Relax , rest and prepare about trek Kathmandu
2 Fly to Pokhara and Drive to kande 1770m Flight to Pokhara and Drive to Kande 25 min – 1 hours Australian Camp
3  Trek to Forest Camp 2500m Trekking and hiking 5-6 hours Forest camp
4 Trek to High Camp 3350m Trekking and Hiking 4-5 hours High camp
5 Hike up to Upper View point, back to High Camp 4500m Hiking and back to high camp 3-4 hours High Camp
6 Trek to Siding Village 1750m Trekking and Hiking 6-7 hours Siding village
7 Siding village to Pokhara 820m Trekking and Hiking 6-7 hours Pokhara
8 Fly to Kathmandu 1400m Flight back to kathmandu 25 min Kathmandu
9 Departure to International Airport Transfer from Hotel to Airport and depart Kathmandu

 

 

 

 

Trip Highlights

Trip Highlights 

  • Enjoying the stunning natural beauty of the Annapurna Region 
  • Traversing through the off-beaten trails passing through quaint hamlets 
  • Reaching the base of the Mardi Himal base camp and relishing at the sight of the Himalayas.  
  • Learning the prevalent culture and traditions of Gurung people 

Trip Facts  

Geography : Hill, Forests, Mountains  

Location : Kaski 

Level of Difficulty : Moderate  

Duration of Trek : 10 days 

Max Altitude : 4,500m 

Religions : Buddhist, Hindu 

Ethnic People : Gurung, Rai, Brahman, Chhetri  

Accommodation : Hotel, Guest House 

Transportation : Tourist Bus, Private Vehicle  

Minimum Pax : 02 

10 Days of walking
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Touch down at the Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be welcomed by the representatives from our office who will drive you directly to your hotel. Freshen up from the day’s journey and you will be introduced to other members of the staff alongside your guides for the trip. The day officially comes to an end once we conclude our briefing session and discussing the day to day itinerary as well as the journey as a whole after which you are free to head down to the local region enjoying the pleasant evening. Overnight in Kathmandu Marriott Hotel.  

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Today is the first day of the trip and we begin our journey by making our way over to Pokhara by Flight. And drive to kande. Overnight at Australian camp. 

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Day 3

This is the most visited viewpoint to the majestic Annapurna Range. We take some time off at the camp to enjoy the stunning Himalayan views. Past the stunning rhododendron forests, the trail heads through the Deurali to reach the forest camp. Overnight in Forest Camp.

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Day 4

Making our way out of High Camp, we begin our ascending journey to the Badal Danda viewpoint for mesmerizing views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. Past the hamlet of Badal Danda, the trail leaves behind the tree lines opting for the alpine shrubs and Himalayan wilderness. With the ever-present Himalayas on the horizon edging closer to us we reach the High Camp located at an altitude of 3,550m. The clearing hosts 3 tea houses and stunning Himalayan views. Overnight in High Camp.

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Day 5

One of the long and challenging days of the trek today, we make our way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp or the Upper View Point at an altitude of 4,500m. The journey offers steep ascends and descends and is more challenging than what we are used to. Ascending through the rocky Himalayan trail, the journey reaches the crest marked Mardi Himal Base Camp from where we trek another two hours to reach the upper viewpoint. Boasting an unforgettable Himalayan panorama comprising of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Mardi Himal (6,687m), Annapurna South (7,219m) alongside several other peaks of Annapurna Range the sights from the viewpoint are as mesmerizing as we claim it to be. Taking some time off to enjoy the stunning Himalayan views we descend back to High Camp for the night. Overnight in High Camp. 

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Day 6

From today, we shall start our journey down the hills. Exiting High camp, the trail retraces its steps towards the low camp and from there we leave the classic Mardi trek and set off on a descending run headed towards Siding. One of the traditional Gurung hamlets, the region sees little to no tourists which make it an ideal place to stay for those looking for a day off even from the occasional crowds at Mardi Himal. Overnight in Siding. 

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Day 7

The final day of our trek takes us back to Pokhara. The journey is an easy one as it takes us through the finals stretches of the stunning Annapurna region. Connected via the roadways you can also choose to drive back to Pokhara which takes about 3 hours meaning you get more time to explore the stunning city. Reaching Pokhara, we first make our way to the hotel which concludes all our activities for the trek. Once again you are free to head down to the local region enjoying the stunning views of the lakeside. Overnight at Fishtail lodge.

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Day 8

Beginning our day early we exit the stunning city of Pokhara bidding to goodbye to the Annapurna region. Flight from Pokhara and reaching Kathmandu, we make our way directly to the hotel where a lovely farewell dinner awaits us. Overnight in Kathmandu Marriott Hotel.

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Our representatives will drop you back to Tribhuvan International Airport just in time for your flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time with us and we look forward to seeing you again

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NOTE:

During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors,that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays

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Included

  • Arrival & Departure: Airport – Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop)
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara: Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara on bed & breakfast Basis- Twin Bedroom
  • Permit: All necessary paper works: National Park permits, TIMS permit & conservation entry fee
  • Insurance: Insurance for all involved Nepalese staffs during trek
  • Member transportation: Air and ground Transportation with Guide as per itinerary. Stuffs Transportation: Necessary all equipment Transportation for all.
  • Member Luggage:  Up to 15 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carrying by porters
  • Lodging & Food: Food 3 meals a day (BDL) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek
  • Guide and Porter: 1 English speaking Guide, Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek
  • Staff Salary and allowance: All Nepalese staff daily wages, salary and food and accommodation
  • First Aid Kit: A well-stocked first aid kit will be available for emergencies.

Excluded

  • Airfare and Visa: International flight fares to/from Kathmandu and Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Personal Transportation: Any personal transportation beyond the aforementioned programs.
  • Lunch and Dinner: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara and during early returns from the trek.
  • Extra Night in Kathmandu & Pokhara: Any extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrivals, late departures, or early returns from the trek.
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required, including rescue, repatriation, medication, medical tests, and hospitalization costs.
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone, internet, battery recharge, shower, laundry, alcoholic beverages, boiled water, beer, coke, and personal trekking gear and equipment.
  • Tips: Tips for guides, porters, and staff.

Note: Any other services not mentioned in the included or excluded services list will not be covered and will be the responsibility of the trekker.

Guides

Route Map


Altitude Map

Accommodations

Travelers from the UK, US, and EU countries typically require a visa to enter Nepal. It is important to note that visa requirements can change, so it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visa for your trip. We recommend checking with the nearest embassy or consulate of your destination country and any countries you may be transiting through.

You have the option to obtain your visa in advance or on arrival. However, it is advisable to apply in advance to avoid long queues at the airport. Please be aware that the Immigration Department of Nepal has suspended visas on arrival for certain nationalities. It is crucial to check if this applies to you by contacting your nearest embassy or consulate.

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will encounter three lines. If you have already obtained your visa, proceed directly to the Immigration line. If not, follow these steps:

Fill in a tourist visa form at the electronic kiosks. The machine will automatically complete the application form, take your electronic photograph, and print a paper slip. If the machine fails to read your passport, manually enter the details using the touchscreen. It is recommended to carry a passport photo with you, just in case.

Pay the visa fee at the collection counter. It is preferable to pay in cash. Remember to keep the receipt.

Present your tourist visa form, payment receipt, and passport to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your visa stamp. Double-check that you have been given the correct visa duration.

While there are no mandatory vaccinations for Nepal, certain vaccines are recommended. These include tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, and tuberculosis. If you are arriving from or transiting through a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission for more than 12 hours, you will need a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Some travelers may also require proof of polio vaccination. It is best to consult with your doctor or travel clinic for specific advice regarding vaccinations.

Malaria is not a significant risk in Nepal, so antimalarial tablets are usually not advised. However, certain high-risk groups may consider taking them. Additionally, dengue fever, a tropical viral disease spread by mosquitoes, is a known risk in Nepal. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis for dengue fever, so it is important to take precautions such as wearing protective clothing and using insect repellent during the day, especially at dawn and dusk.

Altitude and Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS):

Many trips in Nepal involve trekking to high altitudes where there is a risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). It is important to note that it is still possible to be affected even with well-designed itineraries for acclimatization. The Trip Notes provided will offer specific advice on AMS, and it is crucial to familiarize yourself with this information.

Breakfast is included throughout the trip, usually consisting of a choice of bread, eggs, muesli or porridge, and hot tea or coffee. However, the breakfast options may vary depending on the teahouses or lodges you stay at during the trek.

Lunch will be taken at teahouses along the route, and dinner will be provided at the same teahouse where you spend the night. The teahouse menus are reasonably extensive and offer a range of options, including traditional Nepalese dishes like dhal bhat (curried lentils and rice) and momos (Nepalese dumplings). It is advisable to avoid eating meat on the trek due to concerns about the handling and storage of meat in the teahouses, which can lead to stomach upsets. Instead, opt for vegetarian meals or stick to well-cooked and properly prepared food options.

When it comes to drinking water, it is crucial to avoid tap water and untreated water from any other sources. It is recommended to drink bottled water or use water purification tablets or filters to ensure safe drinking water. Hydration is key while trekking, so make sure to drink plenty of fluids and carry an adequate supply of water with you during the trek.

While traveling in Nepal, it is important to take certain precautions to ensure your health and safety:

Travel Insurance: It is highly recommended to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and trip cancellation or interruption. Ensure that your insurance policy covers activities such as trekking at high altitudes.

Altitude Sickness: Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can affect trekkers at high altitudes. It is essential to acclimatize properly, follow recommended itineraries, and be aware of the symptoms of AMS. If symptoms become severe, it may be necessary to descend to a lower altitude.

Trekking Permits: If you are planning to undertake a trek in Nepal, you will need to obtain the necessary trekking permits. The requirements vary depending on the trekking region, so make sure to research and obtain the appropriate permits before starting your trek.

Trekking Guides and Porters: Hiring a local guide or porter can enhance your trekking experience and provide assistance in navigating the trails. They are familiar with the routes, culture, and can help with logistics. It is advisable to book through a reputable trekking agency to ensure the reliability and welfare of your guides and porters.

Personal Safety: Practice general safety precautions while traveling in Nepal. Be cautious of your surroundings, especially in crowded areas or during late hours. Keep your belongings secure and avoid displaying signs of wealth. It is advisable to carry a photocopy of your passport and important documents while keeping the originals in a safe place.

Local Laws and Customs: Respect the local laws, traditions, and customs of Nepal. Dress modestly, particularly in religious sites, and be mindful of cultural sensitivities. Seek permission before taking photographs of locals or religious monuments.

Natural Disasters: Nepal is prone to natural disasters like earthquakes and landslides. Familiarize yourself with the safety protocols provided by your trekking agency or accommodation. In case of an earthquake, remember to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” to protect yourself.

By taking these precautions and staying informed, you can have a safe and enjoyable experience while traveling in Nepal. It is always a good idea to consult with a travel expert or your embassy for the most up-to-date information and advice before your trip.

Flight safety in Nepal has improved significantly in recent years, but it is still important to be aware of certain factors when flying within the country. Nepal has challenging terrain and weather conditions, which can make flying more unpredictable compared to other regions. Here are some key points to consider:

Domestic Airlines: Nepal has several domestic airlines that operate flights to various destinations within the country. It is advisable to choose reputable airlines with a good safety record and reliable maintenance practices. Research the airline’s safety history and customer reviews before booking your flight.

Weather Conditions: Weather can be a significant factor affecting flight safety in Nepal, especially during the monsoon season (June to September) and winter months (December to February). Fog, rain, and strong winds can lead to delays, cancellations, or diversions. Flight schedules may change at short notice, so it is important to stay in contact with your airline and be prepared for possible disruptions.

Mountainous Terrain: Nepal’s mountainous landscape presents unique challenges for pilots. Some airports, especially those in remote areas or at high altitudes, have shorter runways and are surrounded by challenging topography. Pilots with experience in mountainous terrain are crucial for safe takeoffs and landings. Be prepared for smaller aircraft when flying to remote locations.

Aircraft Maintenance: Ensure that the airline you choose follows rigorous maintenance standards. Regular maintenance and inspections are vital for safe operations. Airlines that prioritize passenger safety will have well-maintained aircraft and adhere to international safety standards.

Regulatory Oversight: The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is responsible for regulating and overseeing aviation safety in the country. They work in collaboration with international aviation authorities to ensure compliance with safety standards. Stay informed about any changes or updates in safety regulations and guidelines.

Nepal experiences diverse weather conditions due to its varying topography and climatic zones. Here are some important points regarding weather conditions in Nepal:

Seasons: Nepal has four distinct seasons: spring (March to May), summer/monsoon (June to August), autumn (September to November), and winter (December to February). Each season has its own characteristics and weather patterns.

Monsoon Season: During the monsoon season (June to September), Nepal receives heavy rainfall, especially in the lowland areas and the southern region. Trekking and outdoor activities in the mountainous regions may be challenging due to slippery trails, landslides, and increased river water levels.

Altitude Variations: Weather conditions can vary significantly with altitude. Higher altitude areas, such as the Himalayan region, experience colder temperatures, even in summer. It is advisable to pack appropriate clothing layers and be prepared for changing weather conditions during treks or mountain expeditions.

Temperature Range: Nepal’s temperature range depends on the season and altitude. In the lowland Terai region, temperatures can soar to over 40°C (104°F) during summer, while winter temperatures can drop below freezing. In the higher altitudes, temperatures are generally cooler, and sub-zero temperatures are common, especially at night.

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Basic Trekking Equipments List

                  

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Quantity Type Remarks
1 Woolen Cap     1
2 Sunglasses     1  UV protected
3 Bob Scarf/buff Mask     1
4 Warm down Jacket     1
5 Thermal Inner Layer  2 pairs
6 Gloves  1 pair
7 Sleeping Bag    1 20 + Degrees
8 Trekking Trousers & Inner Vest As per necessity
9 Trekking Shoes  1 pair   Full Ankle
10 Woolen Socks 3/4 pairs
11 Trekking Poles  1 pair
12 Water Bottle    1    Thermos  1 L+
13 Waterproof Jacket    1
14 Slippers  1 pair
15 Sun Block    1     SPF 30
16 Personal First Aid Kit    1
17 Trekking Bag    1    Rucksack  50 L+
18 Area Map    1
19 Head Light with extra battery    1

General Trekking Info


  1. Trekking at high altitudes requires warm clothing to protect you from the cold. A down jacket with a hood is a must for altitudes above 4,000 m. You can rent a down jacket for USD 30-40, but please note that in case of loss or damage, you will need to reimburse the cost of USD 150 per item.


  2. A good quality sleeping bag is essential for a comfortable night’s sleep during the trek. You can rent a 4-season sleeping bag for USD 30-40, but again, if you lose or damage the sleeping bag, you will need to reimburse the cost of USD 150 per item.


  3. Before embarking on your trek, make sure to acclimatize to the altitude by spending a few days in Kathmandu. This will help your body adjust to the change in altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.


  4. It is essential to have proper trekking shoes that are comfortable and provide good traction. Make sure to break in your shoes before the trek to avoid blisters and discomfort.


  5. The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, so it is crucial to pack for different weather conditions. Layers of clothing, including a waterproof jacket and pants, are recommended.


  6. Trekking poles can be a lifesaver, especially when trekking uphill or downhill. They help reduce the pressure on your knees and provide extra stability.


  7. It is important to stay hydrated while trekking. Carry a water bottle or bladder with you and make sure to drink enough water throughout the day. Avoid drinking untreated water and carry water purification tablets or a water filter.


  8. Toiletries like wet wipes and hand sanitizer are essential, especially when there is no access to running water. It is also important to carry toilet paper and dispose of it properly.


  9. Trekking in the Himalayas can be physically demanding, so it is essential to be in good physical shape. Regular exercise and cardiovascular training can help prepare your body for the trek.


  10. Respect the local culture and traditions by learning a few words in the local language and dressing modestly. Avoid giving money or sweets to children, as it can encourage a culture of begging.


  11. Trekking in the Himalayas can be an unforgettable experience, so take the time to enjoy the scenery and immerse yourself in the local culture. Take plenty of pictures, but remember to be respectful of the local customs and traditions.


FAQ

You can apply visa to Nepal through embassy or other diplomatic mission to your country also you can obtain tourist visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. If you prefer to use a visa service you will find many by searching on the internet, one in particular we have found reliable is CIBT: https://cibtvisas.com/

Yes, it is compulsory you should arrange your travel insurance and please insure your chosen policy also covers helicopter and medical rescue and repatriation costs.

In Kathmandu or in other cities we use 5-star hotels and in trekking or in remote areas we provide the highest quality available.

Between 1000m and 3500m the temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to 5 deg C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 deg C to -10 deg C. During winter it is around 10 deg colder.

Nepal is Greenwich Mean Time plus five hours and 45 minutes. That means if it’s 8:00pm in Kathmandu, it’s 9:15am in New York and 6:15am in California.

Nepal is on the 220V system. Sockets are usually the three-pin variety, but they vary. If you are planning to use something like a hairdryer or electric shaver at the hotel, bring a converter and a selection of plug adapters.

There are varieties of Food item so menu will be provided to all the clients and they can order their food according to the menu.

As long as you are in good physical shape, you do not require any hiking experience for short treks. If you are planning a trek longer than a week, you should work out or do long day hikes at home.

You should bring a one-litre water bottle with you on the trek. We prefer that you purify water yourself using iodine in order to save scarce fuel. You can also buy mineral water bottles or boiled water during the trek.

Yes, we will provide you a domestic sim card or a satellite phone from which you can make international calls. You can also buy a domestic sim card on your own in Kathmandu.

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