Mardi Himal Trek

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$ 700.00

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Duration

11 days

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Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing in the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa
  • Magnificent views of mountains in the Annapurna range such as Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre and more
  • Explore different Nepali cultures
  • Walking through lush green forests, colorful rhododendrons
  • Stunning 360 degree vantage points throughout the trek

Trip Summary

Mardi Himal Trek is an amazing trek in the Annapurna Region that takes you to the traditional villages through lush green forests and Rhododendron forests. The compelling features of diverse scenery and beauty makes this trek popular and preferred among trekkers looking for new trekking routes in Nepal. The fog covered forests and hills give pleasure to your eyes. In this trek, you spend the night at teahouses in typical Nepali villages. Mardi Himal is a moderately difficult trek which is easily accessible. Trekking trail to Mardi Himal Base Camp lets you trek through stone-paved trails and forests.

As Mardi Himal trek is a relatively newer trekking route, the crowd is less as compared to other trekking routes and you can enjoy the greenery and snow-covered mountains better. The trail is filled with uphill and downhill paths. As you trek through forests, you come across isolated villages and narrow jungle trails.

As you head further, you will see the Himalayas that emerged from the colloison, millions of years ago which are so beautiful that you cannot take your eyes off them. You can put a bet on its beauty. The view of Annapurna South, Fishtail and Himchuli is awesome and also the view of Annapurna I, II, and Gangapurna. You gaze at their peaks, and you also gaze at their natural beauties, and you have come from far away to gaze them.

Mardi Himal trek is a moderately difficult trek which means walking steep uphill and downhill paths. The path is tough but the glimpse of beautiful snow-covered mountains motivate you to go further. You get to have the best trekking experience in this Mardi Himal trek. The difficult portions of the trek challenge you which is what you seek for in such adventurous trek.

If you want to be lost in the natural beauties then there is nothing better than the Annapurna Region, and if you want to be wondered struck, then there is nothing better than the Mardi Himal Trek.

A THING TO BE NOTED: Before or during the trip, there are certain factors like weather and political situations that are unexpected barriers and out of our control, which will compel us to change your itinerary. In such a case, please try to understand these barriers, but our purpose will always be to follow the itinerary that has been listed in this website that you have gone through before booking the trip.

Mountain Ascend Treks For Social Causes

Mountain Ascend Treks works in cooperation with local porters and tea-houses by giving them jobs and using their services and in this way, it uplifts the economic conditions of the people.

Trip Itinerary

After your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, you will find us outside the airport with the banner of Mountain Ascend Treks. If you arrive in the evening or at the middle of the night, we take you straightly to the hotel by vehicles, such as car, van, depending on the number of passengers. If you arrive in the day, we will take you to our office, where we will talk about your trip in detail, telling you about do’s and don’ts. If you have a free time in the day, then you can use it to visit the places that are around your hotel, most probably, you will be staying in Thamel, which is a lively town for the tourists. You can also ask any questions related to your trip. If you have made a half-payment to us then you are requested to pay the remaining balance now. As you come to our office, please bring your passport, which has a validity of 6 months, including three copies of passport-sized photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance paper. This is followed by the signing of the paper of your trip, as well as non-liability disclaimer paper.

From the capital of Nepal, you head off to Pokhara, the City of Lakes in an aeroplane. During the flight, you see the spectacular view of the mountains. Pokhara is naturally beautiful, and you will see a lot of tourists.

From Pokhara, we head off to Phedi by bus. Phedi is the starting point of the Mardi Himal Trek. The trekking trail is steep and passes through several villages and terraced farmlands until it reaches Dhampus. This village offers the spectacular view of the Annapurna Ranges and is beautiful. From Dhampus it is an easy walk to Pothana.

From Pothana, the trekking trail passes through the forest of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron and reaches Forest Camp. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal. We will stay in one of the lodges of this camp. There, the lodges are more of home stay type than a tea house that is another part of the Annapurna Region.

After breakfast, we trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp, following an ascending trail, passing through the forest of rhododendron. There, we also see the trees covered with moss, lichen and tree ferns and can smell them. At Low Camp also, we will do home stay, and the view of the Fishtail is breath – taking.

Today as we trek, we see a good view of the mountains, namely Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. The trekking trail once again passes through rhododendron forest. This forest is a home to pheasants, colorful birds. Catch them in your camera. We will stay in a lodge and see the breath – taking view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre.

From the Upper View, you can see a fine view of the Annapurna Sanctuary, as well as the panoramic view of the Annapurna Massifs, but the noticeable massif is the south face of Annapurna, including Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre. It is in this sanctuary that the famous Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes place.

After breakfast, we trek from Sidling to Lumre, passing through the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel.Kalimati is a Brahmin village, while Ghalel and Siding have both Brahmin and Gurung people. From Lumre, we head off to Pokhara, the city of lakes, by jeep, After experiencing homestay, it is time to spend a night in a cozy hotel.

It is a 7-hour drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner in a Nepali restaurant, where you can see Nepali dance. There will be Nepali music as well as Nepali songs. There is a lot of tourism activities that you can do in Nepal. Some of these are jungle safari, biking, mountaineering, hiking, and mountain flight.

Today is the last day of your trip. We make sure that you reach the Tribhuwan International Airport on time for departure.We will take you approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. We will keep in touch with you through emails. Since Nepal is the cheapest tourist destination in the world for any tourism activities, Mountain Ascend Treks is always ready to provide you service.

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle.
  •  Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu (3 nights only) and Pokhara (2 nights only) including breakfast.
  •  Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley by a private tourist vehicle.
  •  All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  •  Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms (4 nights only).
  •  Local Nepali expert guide (english speaking).
  •  The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (One porter for every two guests.).
  •  Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  •  Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  •  Tourist bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara and private tourist vehicle between Pokhara and Nayapul.
  •  Free duffle bag and sun hat provided by Santosh.
  •  Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  •  All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  •  Official expenses.
  •  Standard Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu / Pokhara on a twin share bed- and- breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
  •  Open and Choice Full board meals while on Annapurna Sanctuary trekking.
  •  Accommodation in comfortable lodge or Tea house.
  •  Welcome dinner with ethno cultural program as listed in the itinerary.
  •  Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  •  Free use of quality trekking gear – sleeping bag, fleece liner, down jacket, duffle bag etc on trip.
  •  Professional local trekking group leader well trained in Wilderness First Aid along with comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  •  Trekking guides and other support staff for the Annapurna sanctuary trek.
  •  Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  •  Free use of quality trekking gear – sleeping bag, fleece liner, down jacket, duffle bag etc on trip.
  •  Professional local trekking group leader well trained in Wilderness First Aid along with comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  •  Trekking guides and other support staff for the Annapurna sanctuary trek.
  •  Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  •  Annapurna Sanctuary trek map.
  •  Insurance of all staff including porters.
  •  Warm clothing and other required trekking gear for porters.
  •  Mountain Ascend Treks T-shirts.
  •  Comprehensive pre – departure information and trip dossiers
  •  Trekking permit, Annapurna conservation entry fees required for Annapurna sanctuary trekking.

Cost Excludes

  •  Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  •  Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  •  International airfare and airport departure tax.
  •  Nepal entry visa- You can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying $25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying $40 and $100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  •  Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  •  Personal trekking equipment.
  •  Tips for trekking staff and driver (you will absolutely want to show your gratitude to your sherpas and porters).
  •  Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the ‘Price Includes’ section.

FAQ

Why Choose Mountain Ascends Trek ?

We have an experienced team of guides on the mountain and great ground staff in Kathmandu to make sure you are well taken care of from the moment you arrive. You can always contact us 24/7 on our international helpline and all of our support team rotates through Nepal on a seasonal basis so you can be sure you are getting knowledgeable first hand advice.

All of our guides work for us full time and have on average 8+ year’s experience trekking in the Himalayas. We are one of the few companies in Nepal to get a Wilderness First Aid Certification for all of our trekking guides. Our guides have also attended a special course dealing with acclimatization issues on the mountain . (meet the team)

Where is Annapurna Base Camp located?

Annapurna Base Camp is located in Kaski District of Gandaki Province in Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp is around 81 kilometers north of Pokhara. You can either take a bus from Pokhara to Kimchi and then start walking to Annapurna Base Camp, or hire a jeep and drive to Ghandruk and begin your Annapurna Base Camp expedition.

Is Annapurna Base Camp Trek open?

Yes! After the Covid-19 pandemic faded throughout Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is finally open to travelers. During Nepal’s lockdown, the trek was closed, leading to a decline in tourism. However, many tourists can now go to Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Is Annapurna Base Camp safe?

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is significantly safer than the Annapurna Mountains, which are quite risky. It is one of the most pleasant and enjoyable journeys that anyone can undertake in terms of altitudes, duration, adventure, and challenges.

How much does it cost to trek to Annapurna Base Camp?

Depending on the package, route, operator, and facility you choose, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek might cost anywhere from $400 to $700 per person. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of Nepal’s most affordable treks, offering amazing adventure and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

WHO CAN GO? Are there any age limits for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

There’s no age limit for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp, as long as trekkers are physically fit and determined! We have had families with kids as young as 7 years do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and our eldest trekkers have been in their late 70s as well. However, children under the age of seven and seniors over the age of 70 are not suggested to do Annapurna Base Camp Trek due to the high altitudes and prolonged journey duration.

What permits are required for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)  and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) cards are the mandatory permits required for trekking in the Annapurna Region. Both of these cards are available through the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara. These permits can be obtained for less than 50 USD.

PAYMENTS & EXTRA COSTS When I pay the remainder of the money on arrival in Kathmandu, how do you take that money? US cash or credit card?

We accept all major currencies. You can pay the balance in cash or with a credit card. Please note we charge a 13% fee for credit card payments so it’s much better to pay your balance in cash.

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit while trekking?

Generally, most places in Nepal don’t take credit cards so they are of limited use. There are ATMs in Kathmandu and you can get a good exchange rate withdrawing rupees. The ATMS in Kathmandu generally charge a $5 USD service fee in addition to any charges that you might incur from your bank. These ATMs also often have a limit of 25,000 rupees per day (about $215 USD).

What extra costs can I expect?

Our trekking packages are pretty much all inclusive from the time you arrive in Nepal. We generally suggest you plan on about $300 or $400 for extra expenses including tips. Extra expenses include items such as: Your Nepal Visa, sleeping bag or down jacket rental, showers, Wifi, snacks and charging electrical devices at tea houses along the way. We also suggest you plan on having extra funds available in cash or on a credit card in case your flight to Lukla is canceled and you decide to charter a helicopter.

What about extra hotel nights?

We can arrange extra hotel nights for you in Kathmandu before or after the trek at additional cost. Please let us know before you arrive in Nepal so we can make the arrangements as required. (Read our blog post.)

PHYSICAL FITNESS How difficult is trekking?

Trekking in the Everest Region is challenging, but it is a challenge which most people can rise to with some training and determination. The trek consists of 5 to 8 hours of walking a day. In general, we start trekking around 8 am and reach the destination for the day around 4 pm.

How fast do you go on the trek?

We encourage everyone in the group to keep a slow pace at our pre-trek briefings. It’s about enjoying the mountains and not a race to the next tea house. The head guide will normally stay at the back of the group with the slowest trekkers.

What is the Best Fitness Program to Prepare?

In terms of physical conditioning before the trek, it’s best if you can do some cardio related workouts like running and distance walking. It’s ideal if you can take the time to go on a few weekend hikes around your area too. We have a training guide for Everest Base Camp on our website that may have just the information you’re looking for. https://www.mountainascendtreks.com/secure-yourself/
https://www.mountainascendtreks.com/travel-basics/
https://www.mountainascendtreks.com/be-a-pro-traveller/

What physical criteria will ensure I'm fit enough to trek?

Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. If you are in doubt about your own physical readiness, consult a physician well in advance of booking your trip

PREPARATION & PACKING What are the next steps once I pay the deposit?

Once you have paid the deposit the next step is for you to send us a scan or photo of your passport along with arrival flight details. We can’t book your Lukla flight or get your trekking permit until we have the photo or scan of your passport so please send this to us as soon as possible .
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain a policy?
Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining it for the days you are trekking is your responsibility. Please email us your proof of insurance before arriving for the trek.

Do you rent sleeping bags or down jackets?

We can provide a -20C sleeping bag for a $20 rental fee during the trek and down jackets are $15 USD. These will be available at the briefing the night before your flight to Lukla and you can just let the team know that you need one.

What about the duffel bag for the porters?

We will provide a duffel bag for you in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be carried by the porters on the trek and will be your luggage item on the flight. Often the porters get ahead on the trail and your duffel will not be available until you reach the tea house in the evening so you will need to carry a day pack while hiking with the items you need during the day.

How big should my day pack be?

Generally, we recommend a day pack of about 40 L, or roughly the size of a school backpack to hold your extra layers as well as essentials for the day.

What about weight limits?

The main limitation on the weight is the luggage limit on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is 10kg (22lbs) and another 5kg (11lbs) for a carry-on for a total of 15Kg or 33lbs.

What should I do with passports, medications and valuables?

Make sure to keep all of the items in your carry on during the flight. You don’t want to be without important documents or medication if your luggage is delayed for some reason. You should carry these in your day pack on the trek as well.

Can I leave luggage in Kathmandu during the trek?

Yes, you can leave any luggage at the hotel during the trek.

Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the trip? If so, how much extra will this cost?

We can arrange a private room in Kathmandu. In some of the villages on the trek, it may be possible to have a private room (no extra cost) and we will do our best to arrange that. However, during busy times of the year there is a limited amount of lodging available in some of the villages so it’s generally impossible to arrange private rooms. This is the case even if you’re willing to pay extra since the tea house owners will not give out a private room if it means someone else goes without a room.

Where will our drinking water come from?

We provide all the meals on the trek, but don’t provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or to use a steri pen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and you can also get along the trail but you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around $1 USD but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

What kind of meals are offered on the trek?

We let trekkers choose a meal and hot drink from the menus at the tea houses. Typical meals include; omelets, toast, boiled eggs, noodle soup, fried rice, macaroni, momo, vegetarian curries, pizza or chow mein. The traditional Nepali Dal Bhat which consists of rice, lentils, and a vegetable is all you can eat and always a good choice. Meat on the mountain is not hygienic and we suggest trekkers stick with vegetarian options.

Can you accommodate vegetarian or other special diets?

This is not a problem and in fact we recommend that everyone stick with a vegetarian diet on the trek as the local meat is not refrigerated properly. If you have special dietary requirements just let us know and we will make sure to assist with the proper menu.

Can I charge electric devices on the trek?

They have electricity at the tea houses in the common areas. They do charge an extra fee of $1 to $4 an hour for charging.

What type of adapter might I need?

A lot of the tea houses have the power strips with the American outlets. If not then either a C or D type outlet is good. You can check out all the details on the different outlets If you have time in Kathmandu you can buy at least the common adapters for just a couple of dollars.

What about wifi or phone calls?

Some of the lower elevation tea houses offer wi-fi for an extra charge of $3 to $10. Another option is to get a Nepalese SIM card in Kathmandu for both internet and calls. Even if you have a SIM card data use is mainly limited to lower elevation tea houses. You can also use your guide’s phone for international calls as long as you reimburse him for the charges which tend to be fairly reasonable.

What are the Toilet facilities in the tea house/guesthouse?

Most of the tea houses have western style flush toilets and cold running water. In almost all cases the bathrooms are shared and not attached to the individual rooms. Some of the higher elevation tea houses have the Asian style toilets which consists of a ceramic basin on the ground

HEALTH AND SAFETY What about acclimatization and altitude?

The best way to avoid problems with altitude is to ascend slowly and all of our Everest treks are designed to average about 300m or 1000ft a day in elevation gain which helps to minimize any elevation problems and is the rate recommended by high altitude doctors. For a complete list of symptoms please review our Welcome to Nepal Brochure. All of the guides are well experienced at recognizing symptoms related to AMD and each carries a pulse oximeter and will monitor your blood oxygen level on a regular basis.

What about sun protection?

It may seem counterintuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun’s intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sunblock. A sunblock specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses it’s recommended that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses. It’s best to wear a hat and cover up while trekking.

What happens if I get sick or injured while trekking?

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. If necessary, your guide will utilize your travel insurance information to call a rescue helicopter, and you will be flown to Kathmandu for medical attention.

What happens if I have symptoms of altitude sickness on the trek?

Having minor symptoms of altitude sickness such as a headache are quite common and you can continue trekking. However, if you develop additional symptoms it’s critical that you don’t continue trekking to a higher elevation. We can often arrange to have you walk down to a lower elevation and wait several days for the symptoms to resolve before continuing with the next group. Note that additional charges apply for extra days on the trek.

If I am sick can I continue the trek next day after a day of rest?

If you are sick and need to rest for a day we can often place you in the next trekking group coming up the mountain. We would rather see trekkers take extra time on the trail then risk altitude sickness by pushing themselves too fast. Please talk to your guide about this and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What safety measures are in place?

All of our guides are certified by the Red Cross and also have an international WAFA certification. Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. Our guides are all equipped with pulse oximeters and in addition to keeping a close watch of your condition they will take daily readings of your blood oxygen saturation levels. In addition our guides carry a basic first aid kit and have a mobile phone. In an emergency situation the guide will coordinate rescue efforts with the office in Kathmandu where our team is available 24/7.

How cold does it get on the trek?

Temperatures vary quite a bit in the Everest Region depending on the season. Temperatures in Lukla at the start of the trek are actually quite warm from March to May and from September to November and trekkers often wear t-shirts and shorts. Everest Base Camp is cold year round and even during the warmer months you can expect lows at night below freezing. During the winter months it can reach -25C or colder at night and it’s important to have warm clothes and a good sleeping bag. Our packing list for Everest Base Camp should have you well prepared for even the coldest months

What sort of footwear is recommended?

Comfortable, sturdy trekking shoes or boots are a must. Look for shoes with ankle support, and ideally your footwear will have Gore-Tex or similar lining, along with thick soles. This will ensure that your feet stay warm and dry, and that you are comfortable walking on rocky paths. It’s always best to break your boots in before you arrive and make sure they are comfortable. If you start to get a blister it’s best to stop immediately and cover it with duct tape or moleskin.

Is the food and water in Nepal safe?

All of the water in Nepal needs to be treated before drinking. If you want to avoid treating the water you can buy bottled water on the trek or in Kathmandu. Whether trekking or in Kathmandu its best to avoid uncooked vegetables. To be on the safe side make sure all your meals are cooked and avoid meat on the mountain.

How much money should I bring along?

Our treks are all-inclusive and cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover bottled water, snacks, or tea beyond your included meals, souvenirs, tips, or donations to monasteries along the route (if you are inclined to give one). Trekkers find that around $15 to $20 USD a day is reasonable for these extras although if you’re on a tight budget you can get by with less.

Do you have any extra charges for solo travelers?

We don’t have extra fees for solo travelers who join an existing group. However, if you are the only one who signs up for a departure date we do charge an extra $20 per/day as a porter fee. If an extra fee applies our team will let you know about the extra fee before you book or the extra charge will be added automatically when you book the trek online. If additional guests do sign up and join your trek this fee will be waived when you arrive in Nepal.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

It’s sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we do not offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

This is certainly possible if you have arranged a private trek with us. If you are doing a group trek please ask us in advance on how this might be arranged and we will do our best to find a good solution.

Who else is in my trekking group?

If you’re concerned about the number of people signing up for a group or have questions about the other trekkers in the group please ask us. We never share personal data but we can give you a general idea on nationalities, sex and approximate age ranges.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

If you have extra days after the trek please ask our ground team in Kathmandu for assistance with arranging day tours around the city. We also organize short 3 day trips to Chitwan for safari.

Altitude

4,500 m

Trip Level

Extreme

Best Season

March, April, May, September, October, November

Route

Kathmandu - Pokhara - Pothana - Low Camp - High Camp - View Point - Lumre - Pokhara - Kathmandu

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