Mardi Himal Trek
All Inclusive Price:
- 10 Days
- Trip Level:
EasyJust about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites youâ€™ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
- Max Altitude:
- 4,130 m/13,550 ft
- Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
- Best Season:
- February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
Mardi Himal Trek is one of the most amazing off-the-beaten-paths treks in the Annapurna region. From the bedazzling Himalayan peaks rising to colossal heights to world’s deepest gorges and exuberant river valleys, Annapurnaâ€™s geomorphologic riches are utterly unprecedented. Mardi Himal Trek is a short trekking journey that takes trekkers into the heart of the Annapurna region and presents the rather obscure treasures that beautiful Annapurna possesses.
The journey begins from the amiable lake-side city of Pokhara, the famous tourist hub of the country. All along the journey, views of Himalayan peaks like the Annapurna massif, the Hiunchuli (6441m), Gangapurna (7454m), the Mardi Himal (5553m) and the Machhapuchhre (6997m) among many others tower over the path in a spectacular fashion. The Mardi Himal Trek diverts away from the more crowded settlements and villages of the region to change courses that lead towards the hidden gems of the Annapurna, like Lumle, Phedi and the Siding villages. The rich culture of the most-southerly area of the Annapurna remains untouched by modernization and thus, the journey presents trekkers with authentic traditional experiences of an unadulterated Himalayan life. Separating the southwest ridge of the Machhapuchhre Peak (6997m), the Mardi Himal (5553m) rises from the rock buttress to loom over the steep valley heavily wooded with bamboo and blossoming rhododendrons home to rich wildlife. The trekking region is also home to an extremely unique natural biomes of ecological diversity. All these and many more factors play the role in presenting Mardi Himal is one of the most amazing trekking destinations. Similarly, the Mardi Himal Trek is a moderate trekking journey which can be done quite easily without any previous trekking experience necessary.
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When you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by one of our company’s representatives who will be at the airport waiting for you. He will greet you and help you get transferred to your Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel.Â
From Kathmandu, you will drive to Pokhara, which is a 7-hour ride. The journey is filled with terrace farms, vast fields of mustard and rice plantations, and amazing hills with meandering rivers. You will be driving alongside the Trishuli River and when you near Pokhara, you can also see the views of the Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Peaks. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
From Deurali, you will trek on the narrow trail, passing through the thick woodlands of alpine trees. The moss-covered trees of pine, cedar, and birch grow tall and provide a dark shade of emerald canopy over the trail. The path is quite steep but manageable with proper pacing. Upon reaching Forest Camp, you will get amazing views of the mighty Himalayas. Overnight at Forest Camp.
From Forest Camp, you will wind through the valley hill upwards towards Low Camp. The journey is mostly upwards on inclined terrain, but the lush woods and the rich avifauna of the forests provide a beautiful journey complemented by the view of the Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Annapurna Peaks as they decorate the skyline like snowy tapestries. Overnight stay at Low Camp.
From Low Camp, you will finally get out of the woods and continue on a trail that is now adorned with colourful rhododendrons and herbaceous shrubs of balsam and honeysuckle. The grassland terrain also begins to get wet with snow as you climb up the elevation. From High Camp, the view of the Annapurna Himalayas is one of the most spectacular in the trekking journey. Overnight stay at High Camp.
From High Camp, you will make your way to the Upper Viewpoint from where the sight of mountain peaks like the Mardi Himal (5553m), the Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), the Hiunchuli Peak (6441m), the Baraha Shikhar (7647m), Mount Machhapuchhre (6997m) and the Lamjung Himal (6983m) among many more are seen quite wonderfully. After taking in the mountain views, you will return back to High Camp. Overnight stay at High Camp.
From High Camp, you will gradually descend down the terrain back into the crevasse of the valley and trek towards the village of Siding- a traditional quaint settlement where ethnic Gurung people reside. The village is very atmospheric, with traditional houses and occasional terrace farms of potatoes and barley. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
From Sidhing, you will make your way to Lumle, a village that finally shows a connection to a road on which you will then drive to Pokhara on. From Pokhara, you will finally say goodbye to the Annapurna Mountains and catch your flight back to Kathmandu. You can roam around the local marketplaces and alleys in the city to stop for souvenirs or take a walk. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the airport by one of our team members from where you will depart.
WHAT'S INCLUDEDExpand All
- Pickup and drop at Airport
- 2-night hotel stays in Kathmandu on B/B Plan (3 star)
- 1 Night Hotel Stay in Pokhara in B/B Plan (3 Star)
- Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during trekking period
- Air fair form Pokhara to Kathmandu
- 6 night Accommodations during the trek
- A government license holder guide
- Porter to carry your baggage ( 2 clients = 1 porter)
- Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation and local tax for guides and porters
- Ground Transportation Charge while returning back to Kathmandu from the trekking destination
- TIMS card(Trekkerâ€™s information Management System)
- First Aid Kit
- Trekking Permits needed
- All government taxes, VAT and service charges
- Farewell dinner prior to departure
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- Tips for trekking staffs
- Drinks (hot/soft/cold) and liquors
- Personal shopping and laundry,Â Personal trekking equipments,Â Gifts and souvenirs
- Â All items not listed in Cost included section
TRAVEL INSURANCEProof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers trekking as an activity up to 6000m. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking. We have some suggestions on finding an insurance company on ourÂ Terms of Service Page
EXTRA COSTS AND EXCLUSIONSOur trekking packages are pretty much all inclusive when you arrive in Nepal. Here are additional expenses that you can plan on while trekking:
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- Sleeping Bag Rental $20 and Down Jacket $15 if needed.
- All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Kathmandu.
- We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek â€“ Plan on around 10% of the cost of your trek.
- We donâ€™t include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
- The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few of the tea houses for between $4 and $6. Charging electronic devices is possible in the tea houses and charging costs between $1 and $3 an hour.
- Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($40/night) and meals in Kathmandu or Lukla for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.
SOLO TRAVELERSWe generally donâ€™t charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request.
CANCELLATION POLICIESWe understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancellation fee. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.
EQUIPEMENTThe following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotelâ€™s storage room for no extra cost. HEAD
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Head torch
- Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
- Fleece jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Down jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants (long)
- Waterproof Pants
- Thin inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Comfortable Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag rated to â€“ 20Â°C
- Trekking bags/duffel bag
- Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
- Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
- Water bottle or camel bag
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