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Mardi Himal Trek - 12 Days

Mardi Himal Trek
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The Mardi Himal Trek is a newly opened route and hidden beauty in the Annapurna region. This trek is the best destination to avoid the crowd, which is not far from the Pokhara city too.

located just east of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal trek offers spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre and Manaslu ranges. Visiting Siding and Lwang villages gives you to the local cultural experience of this trek.

The Mardi Himal trail winds along small ways through ancient hemlock and rhododendron forests, till you climb out at around 3300m. Here, the landscape changes quite suddenly with wonderful views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South and Hiuchuli.

From High Camp, you’ll be able to reach in around 3-4 hours to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4250m), which offers spectacular close up views of the whole Annapurna range. There’s also an excellent viewpoint approximately two hours from High Camp.

Best Time to Visit Mardi Himal Trek – Seasons

September – October – November is Autumn Season: this is Nepal´s peak and the best time to go trekking. March-May is the known as the second-best season of the year to go trekking. December – January -February: the skies are clear but it can get very cold and there is a risk of passes being closed due to snowfall in the high passes.

May – June: This is Nepal´s hot pre-monsoon season and it may get very warm in the day indeed. The valleys however are starting to bloom with flowers though green leaves come up, still a good time to trek.

June – early September: This is Monsoon season and the least popular time to go trekking in Nepal. The risk of leeches, downpours increases greatly. Due to the early forested areas leeches at this time of year in Mardi Himal are quite active! Wear long trekking trousers tucked in at this time of year.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1400m)

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre-trip briefing and gear check.

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.

Day 3
Drive / Fly to Pokhara, 850m. (Drive approx. 7hrs. / Fly approx. 25 mins).

Pokhara is located about 200km from Kathmandu and the tourist coach takes about 7 hours to get there. The drive mostly fallows along Trishuli River side enjoying the view of landscapes. But If you prefer not to spend 7 hours on the way, then take a flight to Pokhara which is 25 minutes only. In the Evening, you may take short stroll around Pokhara city and overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 4
Drive to Kande and trek to Pothana (1890m, about 2 hrs) .

After breakfast, we drive one hour to Kande and commence our trek to Pothana at the elevation of 1810m. The trail is steep until Australian Camp and pleasant easy walk up to Pothana. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 5
Trek to Forest Camp / Kokar (2525m) 5 hrs.

From Pothana you walk up to a place called Pitam Deurali where you will turn off the main Annapurna Base Camp trek and continue along a quiet trail through a dense forest of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron. Tonight, we stay at one of the lodges in a clearing of the forest at Forest Camp or also known Kokar by locals. There are 3 guesthouses with woodfire places. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 6
Trek to Low Camp (2975m) 3.5 hrs.

The trail continues from Forest Camp to Low Camp through the forest however as we ascend the vegetation starts to change with more rhododendron and the trees are covered with moss, lichen and tree ferns. At Low Camp there are 5 lodges with woodfire places. From Low Camp superb view of Mount Fishtail with green valley. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 7
Trek to High Camp (3540m) 3 hrs.

After breakfast, the trek continues along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes along the way. Look out for the colorful Danphe pheasant

on this section of the trail. Towards the west there is a good view to Annapurna South and Hiuchuli. The guesthouses at High Camp is bigger than guesthouses at Low Camp and Forest Camp with woodfire places, there are 6 guesthouses. From High Camp excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

Day 8
Free day / hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4250m) 4-5 hrs, or Trek to Sidding village.

Today is to wake early for the sunrise view of the Himalayas, then after an early breakfast hike up to Mardi Himal Base Camp of course if you want! There is a well-established trail through the grass with a couple of steeper sections however overall not too challenging. Look out for the yak/ cow crossbreds’ grazing up here as well as Danphe pheasant. In the summer season, the sheep and goats from lower villages Siding / Kalimati are brought up to graze in this area so you will pass a number of herder’s huts along the trail. After three hours you should reach Base Camp at the elevation of 4250m this is where one can look into the Annapurna range and the panorama view is spectacular looking at the south face of Annapurna and all of the peaks in the Annapurna. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 9
Trek to Siding village (1,700m) 4 hrs.

Today trek back until Low Camp then we take a different route to complete a circuit, from Low Camp there is a trail that goes down to Siding village rather than going back down Mardi Himal back to Forest Camp. Siding is a traditional local village and still very much away from the busier modern tourist treks and it is likely you will stay at a homestay or guesthouse in Siding Village. It is a wonderful cultural experience finding out more about village life. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10
Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara 1.5 hr. walking and 1 drive to Pokhara.

From Siding you walk out to the road head at Lumre, on the way from Siding you will pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. Kalimati is mainly a Brahmin village with Ghalel and Siding mixed Brahmin and Gurung. From Lumre drive back to Pokhara and half day relax. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11
Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu.

Today, we drive back to Kathmandu. It will take about 7 hours, overland journey by tourist coach. And the gentle light brings us on our way back to the bustle of Nepal’s capital. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 12
Transfer you to the international airport, for your final departure to home.

The trip concludes! We will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers (pick-up and drop-off).
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permits.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist coach.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek.
  • Transportations, accommodation, wage, food, insurance, equipment for the guide & porter.
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Guesthouse accommodations during the trek.
  • Pulse Oximeter for the blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.
  • All necessary paper works and entry permits.
  • English speaking Sherpa trek guide.
  • Himalaya Discovery duffel bag.
  • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
  • Farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant after the trip completion in Kathmandu.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares and Nepal visa.
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur.
  • International Travel insurance which included rescue.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for staff.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Service Includes’ section.

Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.

  •  For trekking in Mustang or Dolpo region we recommend May to September.
  • The Poon hill  trek  in the Annapurna region takes place throughout the entire year.
  • Cultural tours takes place throughout the entire year. For the best mountain views the periods February to May and September to December are recommended.

Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?

A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).

Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.

Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.

Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.

Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).

Q. Where can I change money?

A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.

Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?

A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).

Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.

Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?

A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.

Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?

A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

  • Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!
  • Do not wear hot pants/short paints or stylish clothes in the remote area! (shoulders and legs should be covered)
  • Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!
  • Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!
  • Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!
  • Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!

Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?

A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.

Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?

A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:

  • 15 days (several entries possible)  $ 25 (approx. EUR 20.00)
  • 30 days (several entries possible)  $ 40 (approx. EUR 35.00)
  • 90 days (several entries possible)  $ 100 (approx. EUR 85.00)

An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.

Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?

A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, info@ciwec-clinic.com.

Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?

A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.

Q. What happens in bad weather periods?

A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.

When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making  allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.

Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?

A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?

A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?

A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).

Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This trek itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

On an adventure trip of this type, weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors 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.

Trek Leader and Crew

Here at Himalaya Discovery, we firmly believe that the way to get the most out of your staff is to treat them well; a happy staff is a hard-working staff. And this belief manifests itself in every way we deal with our staff.

We employ only local leaders and staff to help sustain the local communities we work with. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation & Biodiversity
  • Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

So, we can guarantee you your trip will be led by the best, most professional and experienced guides there are. All of our guides good English-speakers, All our guides are carefully selected for their experience, leadership skills and personal ability. We have learnt that effective leadership is a vital for a trip to be safe, enjoyable and successful.

In fact, not only are all our guides experienced working in these regions, but most of them actually grew up in these mountainous regions of Nepal. Its home for them, it’s in their blood. They’re not only ‘familiar’ with local communities and culture; they’re a part of them and they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travellers.

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Price From USD$1,050 USD$893/person
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Total $ 893 USD

Trip Facts

  • 12
  • Easy
  • Min. 1 to Max.12 Persons
  • March, April, May, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov & Dec
  • 3540M.

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