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Mardi Himal Trek

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Duration - 10 Days
Availability : January - December
Starting: Kathmandu
Ending: Kathmandu
Min Age : 6 years
Max People : 22
Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is the best alternative trail to escape away from the other crowded treks of Annapurna. The trek offers spectacular views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. Comparing to other routes of Annapurna, Mardi Himal is visited by fewer people as this is relatively new trekking route. Since it’s a pretty new trekking trail, the route remains quiet most of the time. Though the quality of foods and accommodation on the route is at the bare minimum, Mardi Himal Trekking is still an enjoyable trekking route which requires minimum effort.
The trek itself lasts for a week. The Tea houses on Mardi Himal Trek are basic and offers only the basic services to trekkers. The route is not so commercialized like in other popular routes of Annapurna region but still, it is one of the best shorts treks away from the hustle and bustle of the other trekking routes in the area. The Mardi Himal Base camp is situated under the glorious Machhapuchhre AKA Fishtail peak. The route looks tremendous during March – April when the rhododendron forest has blossomed.
The views along the route are impressive; includes Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Mardi Himal, and Hiunchuli. More than that, the upper viewpoint offers spectacular close views of the whole Annapurnas. The route is pretty quiet during the whole year comparing to popular routes of Annapurna region. The trail is set to give you breathtaking experience of natural beauty and tradition cultures.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu round trip ground transportation on a tourist bus including for the guide (optional flight with additional costs)
  • Accommodation in Pokhara for 2 nights at a 3 star category hotel including complimentary breakfast
  • Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara transportation on a private vehicle
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]

Price Excludes

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )
What to Expect

The trek is suitable for people of all age groups and with all needs. It’s not necessary to be very fit for this trek however a person with a minimum fitness level who can walk 5-6 hours each day is expected to join this route. This is considered as one of the easy-level trekking routes of Nepal.
This is a complete tea house / lodge-based trekking route. We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges. The highest altitude we sleep is slightly below 3600 meters. Our leaders will do the best to accommodate you and make you comfortable while on the journey.

  • A beautiful, short and easy-level trekking route in Annapurna region
  • Great alternative of the popular Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill Trek
  • 5 Night 6 Days fully guide trek through the Himalayas
  • Spectacular Pokhara City, the city of Lakes
  • Valleys, villages in the cliffs, rich culture, thundering rivers and towering Himalayas
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel (1310M / 30 minutes)

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a name card written your name. We will transfer you to the hotel. We will introduce you with the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour. (No meals)

Day 02Drive to Pokhara (820M / 8 Hours)

We will take breakfast at our hotel and catch our bus to Pokhara. This is approximately 8 hours drive through the beautiful hillsides, the towering Himalayas and thundering rivers, and pilgrimages alongside the road. In the evening, we will be visiting the lakeside area if time permits.
It is recommended to fly to Pokhara if you are looking for a comfortable way of traveling. It’s about 20-25 minutes of flight. (Breakfast)

Day 03Drive to Kande (1770M / 40 Minutes), Trek to Pitam Deurali (2090M / 3 - 4 Hours)

Kande is situated on the top of a hill and offers excellent Himalayan views. We will approach the Australian camp and then proceed to Pothana for our lunch. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to reach Deurali from Pothana. We will be walking inside the forests of oak, maple, hemlock, and rhododendron. It’s a beautiful and leisurely walk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 04Trek to Low Camp (3035M / 6 - 7 Hours)

We will be walking inside the forests almost for the whole day. The forest looks beautiful during March – April when the Rhododendron flowers blossoms. This is another pleasant day for us letting us walk in the peaceful route. We will stop in the Forest camp, the only stop for lunch before we proceed to Low camp for the overnight stay. We will have some occasional views of Himalayan peaks. This is very small places with only a couple of lodges opened for providing basic meals and accommodation to trekkers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05Trek to High Camp (3590M / 4 - 5 Hours)

We have a pleasant day here. Once we ascend to Badal Danda, we get awesome views of magnificent Himalayan peaks. The higher we go, the beautiful it gets. Once we cross Badal Danda, we see no vegetations and plants around. The trail continues through green grasslands of the high region with a few Rhododendron trees. Travelers often spot the national bird Nepal called Himalayan Monal; also known as the Impeyan Monal (Danphe in Nepali) in this area. This is a colorful Himalayan bird represented as the national bird of Nepal. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06Trek to Upper View Point (4200M / 2-3 Hours), return to High Camp (3590M / 2 - 3 Hours)

We will enjoy Himalayan sunrise from this heavenly place. Once we take breakfast, we will start ascending to the Upper View Point, the most magnificent place of this program. The trail heading to Upper View Point is well marked with signs on the grassland. It’s going to be a steep but worthy climbing. In summer season this area is full of yaks and sheep along with several yak herder’s huts.
Amazing views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, etc. are seen from here. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07Trek to Landruk (1560M / 6 - 7 Hours)

We will descend to Forest Camp from where the trail to Landruk separates. Landruk is a beautiful village popular for an overnight stay during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It’s a steep downhill walk from Forest camp and takes about 2 hours to reach Landruk village. Overall, it’s an easy and relaxed day where we will be walking downhill most of the time. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08Trek to Nayapul (1070M / 5-6 Hours), drive to Pokhara (820M / 1.5 Hours)

We descend to Modi River, make a cross and reach Syauli Bazaar; one a very popular stop among travelers heading to Annapurna Base Camp and Ghandruk village. Once we continue from Syauli Bazaar, it’s a mostly flat walk on the dirt road. We will catch our transport from Nayapul then continue our drive to Pokhara that takes about 1.5 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 08Drive to Kathmandu (1310M / 8 Hours)

We will follow the same highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 8 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs for friends and family members. (Breakfast)

Day 09Drive to airport, departure from Kathmandu (30 minutes)

We will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. The airport is small and has only 1 terminal. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again! (Breakfast)

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

Our prices are different based on a number of people traveling together. The per pax price varies based on the total number of people traveling together in the same group. For example, the price for 1 person and the total price for 2 people is different. So, the price you see at the time of making the reservation is the final. We do not charge an additional amount for the single traveler.

Which currency is accepted on this tour?

We accept all major currencies such as USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, SGD, MYR, GBP, THB, CHF, JPY, HKD, etc. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.

What is the best time and season?

February – May, and September – December are considered the best months for trekking in Nepal. Trekking is doable throughout the year however some months are better than others. June – August is monsoon season so there might be some rain showers in these months. January – February is winter months and it’s usually much cold in higher areas. The trek is run throughout the year.

What is the cancellation policy?

The trek has free cancellation 30 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 30 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees.

How are the meals and accommodation like?

We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 3 to Day 7). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwich, burgers, etc. are available.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we will accommodate you at 3-star category hotel with complimentary breakfast.

Do I need to be physically fit?

Very good question. We welcome anyone even without any previous trekking experiences on this trek however average physical fitness will add advantage. This is considered as one of the easy treks in Nepal. If you do not have previous hiking experiences but still if you have no problem walking for 6-8 hours every day, then we are happy to take you on board.
If you are average fit then most of our treks are doable by you. If you are not sure whether you are fit or not then please consult with our travel experts.

Can we do this trek with kids?

The trek is doable by families and people with small kids. We take bookings for people over 6 years old. Please consult with us if you have any confusions.

Are the guides experienced? Are they licensed?

We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by Nepal Government.

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Meals and Accommodation:

This is completely tea house based trek hence we will be sleeping and eating in the lodges. In Kathmandu, we provide 3 start category hotel accommodation with breakfast and it will be standard lodges while on the trek. The lodges on the trek will be mostly shared bathroom / shared toilet while in 1/2 places we may provide you rooms with private toilet.

The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time. Kathmandu offers a wide selection of meals in basic to high standard luxury lounges. On the trek, the number of meal items will be limited to a small number.

Best season

This is an easy-level trekking route. This trekking can be done throughout the year however February to May and September to December are better months comparing to other months i.e. June, July, August, January, etc. During best months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are breathtaking and the weather is lovely as well. March to April is the months of blossoming season of rhododendron and many other flowers which looks very beautiful lush of green forests. From October to December you will see more green forests in the area. As this is the ultimate adventure of your life we recommend you to plan the trek properly and during best months though Himalayan Leisure, Inc. will be able to arrange your trip throughout the year.

Gear List

Head: Sun hat or scarf – Light balaclava or warm fleece hat – Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: Under Garments – Hiking shorts – Lightweight cotton long pants – Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms – Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) – Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet: Thin, lightweight inner socks – Thick, warm wool hiking socks – Hiking boots with spare laces – Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body: T-shirts – Light and expedition weight thermal tops – Fleece jacket or pullover – Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) – Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket – Down vest and/or jacket*

Hands: Lightweight gloves – Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories: Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade * – Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries – Trekking Bags/Duffel bag * – Basic First Aid Kit – Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag – Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) – Trekking Poles – Water bottle (2) or camel bag – Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) – Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries: 1 medium sized quick drying towel – Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable) – Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) – Deodorants – Nail clippers – Face and body moisturizer – Personal / Feminine hygiene products – Small mirror

Extras/Luxuries: Binoculars – Reading book – Trail Map/Guide book – Journal & Pen – Walkman – Pencils and small notebooks – Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble – Swimming customs (Kathmandu and Trek)

3 Reviews
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Prabesh Joshi

Group Traveller

I and my friend did a trek to Mardi Himal in December with Upendra which was organized by Himalayan Leisure, Inc. We booked a service trek with a private guide. The guide was very helpful and knowledgable and the price was very reasonable. We only took the guide and paid for the expenses ourselves, this went fine from starting to the end.

January 8, 2018

Andrew Jachetta

Group Traveller

Trek went great. The company took care of everything. I would be willing to book them again

October 18, 2017

Annonymous

Group Traveller

Not the most physically demanding trek and great for those who enjoy forest trails. Went with older folks and everyone had the time of their lives.

December 24, 2016
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