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Mardi Himal Trek - 11 Days

Mardi Himal Trek: Trekking in the quieter part of the Annapurna Region

Highlights

A hidden gem situated just east of Annapurna Base Camp
→ Off the beaten trail in Annapurna Region
→ Spectacular close-up view of Fishtail and other mountain ranges
→ The recently opened trekking trail to Mardi Himal Base Camp

Exploring the southern skirts of the Annapurna Himalayas, the Mardi Himal Trek makes its way through isolated trails to the base of the Mardi Himal (5553m). Offering views of the Annapurna range like Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), and Lamjung Himal (6983m), the trek takes place on trails without a trace of human habitation. This makes it best suited for people who want to explore in solitude. The Mardi Himal Trek navigates through the revered Annapurna Conservation Area to offer beautiful trekking experiences.

After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the Mardi Himal trek officially begins. A flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes you closer to the trails. And the drive is filled with plenty of views of mountains and gorgeous landscapes. After a short drive to Kande, the trek begins and goes to Deurali. Immediately in the company of lush green forest, the trek follows the Modi river and leads to the rest camp. As the treks are far away from human settlements, you will be completely absorbed by the grandeur of the Annapurna Conservation Area. A trek through waterfalls, streams, and lovely woodlands is followed by a short rest at a rest camp. With the Himalayas towering above the Emerald Hills, the trek takes you to a high camp. Views of Annapurna Dakshin (7219 m), Machhapuchhre (6997 m), and Hiuchuli (6441 m) warmly welcome you at the rest point. A trek to the top view point leads to the glorious vantage point as it climbs along a scenic trail. The view of the Himalayas from Mardi Himal (5553 m) to Machhapuchhre (6997 m) and Annapurna I (8091 m) allows you to savor the glory of the Himalayas. Afterwards, you retrace your steps to high camp and settle in for the day. A descent awaits as you take a different path and head to Siding Village. Enjoying the Gurung culture, we descend from Lumre and go to Pokhara.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing at heritage sites
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara then drive to Kande and trek Deurali 4/5 hours
Day 04: Trek to Forest Camp (2,550m) 4/5 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Lower Camp (3,050m) 4/5 hour
Day 06: Trek to High Camp (3,600m) 4/5 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m) and return high camp
Day 08: Trek to Siding (1,850 m) 5/6 hrs
Day 09: Trek then drive to Pokhara
Day 10: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 11: Departure from Kathmandu

Join us on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek in 2022/2023

Customize your trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” personally. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste, for more information please email us at info@alpinetrav.com/

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and after completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey in the evening at your hotel lobby. And your free time. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.

Day 2
In Kathmandu sightseeing at heritage sites

Today after breakfast we will start our tour of major historical sites of Kathmandu with our professional tour guide. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Historic Sites and as we visit the places, the more diverse cultural milieu of the valley welcomes us with warm hospitality. Such as the Palace Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath), and the Buddhist Temple (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. . After returning from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. The trek guide will give you a brief orientation about your trek. And the rest of the time you can visit Thamel and shop for necessary equipment and other essentials.

Day 3
Fly to Pokhara then drive to Kande and trek Deurali 4/5 hours

After breakfast, we boarded a twenty-minute flight from Kathmandu Airport to Pokhara. During the flight, the views from your window seat give you a panoramic view of the majestic Manaslu and the snow-capped Annapurna mountains. After reaching Pokhara drive for 45 minutes to Kande and take a break for lunch and then walk for 4/5 hours to Deurali.

Day 4
Trek to Forest Camp (2,550m) 4/5 hrs

Today after breakfast we will walk from Deurali on the way to the forest camp. The journey lasts around 4 hours and we will leave the main Annapurna Sanctuary trail. Crossing the forest we reach Forest Camp or Coker. After lunch, we proceed to the forest camp, which has small teahouses and lodges. Stay overnight at the forest camp.

Day 5
Trek to Lower Camp (3,050m) 4/5 hour

Today’s trail sees growth in rhododendron forests and later, traverses a sparse landscape. The lower camp is a clearing in the forest and has a few teahouses.

Day 6
Trek to High Camp (3,600m) 4/5 hrs

From Low Camp after breakfast, our trek today continues to High Camp. High Camp is pasture land and boasts scenic views all around. From the high camp one can see panoramic views of Annapurna (8091 m), Nitchuli (6441 m), and Machhapuchhre (6997 m). And stay overnight at the high camp.

Day 7
Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m) and return high camp

The highlight of our trek today is a visit to a scenic spot called the Mardi Himal Base Camp. The climb takes about 3 hours and involves a steep walk through pastures and narrow rocks. Mardi Himal Base Camp offers a panoramic view of majestic mountains like Mardi Himal (5587 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna Dakshin (7219 m), and Hichuli (6441 m). After spending some time in the view, we will retrace our steps to the high camp. And will stay at High Camp night.

Day 8
Trek to Siding (1,850 m) 5/6 hrs

We have our breakfast in the High Camp and head towards the Rest Camp for today. The trail sees a decrease in altitude and the trail is mostly downhill. Traversing these lush forests, we make a refreshing walk with numerous streams and abundant wildlife of the region. The Siding village is the last stop in the Mardi Himal Trek and is a fairly lively settlement. The residents here are mostly of the Gurung community and practice Buddhism. And this day overnight stay at Siding.

Day 9
Trek then drive to Pokhara

The initial leg of the trek involves walking for about 3 hours to reach Lumre. From here, we catch a bus and drive to Pokhara. The drive to Pokhara is short and upon arrival in Pokhara, you will have lunch. If you have time, then you can visit the Bat Cave and the Bindyabasini temple in Pokhara. Other major attractions in the city are Mahendra Cave, Davis Falls, and the World Peace Pagoda.

Day 10
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Today we will return to Kathmandu. Kathmandu is two hundred kilometers away from Pokhara. Prithvi Highway connects Pokhara to Kathmandu. It takes 6 hours to reach by bus from Pokhara. We will start your journey from Pokhara at 7:30 AM. The seats of left-site vehicles are good for enjoying the scenery; The path follows the river Trishuli where you see many people rafting in the river. Around 2:00 PM you arrive in Kathmandu (next to Thamel) and transfer to your hotel. A free day to relax, perhaps do some last-minute shopping, or explore any places you may have missed on your first day in Kathmandu.

Day 11
Departure from Kathmandu

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the trekking and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs for your family. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B, L, D) Open/choice menu service during the trek
  • Twin-sharing accommodation at Manang hotel in Kathmandu, Thamel
  • Internal airfare (Kathmandu - Pokhara) and tax
  • Clean and comfortable teahouse/lodges during the trek
  • Along with all necessary permits for the trek (TIMS Card)
  • Local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • Full support team including 1 porter for every 2 trekkers on the trek
  • Accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara special tourist standard hotel
  • All entrance fees of sightseeing places in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu airport transfers on private vehicle
  • All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket (if riquired for the trek)
  • Employee equipment, insurance, and allowances
  • High altitude medicine and first aid kit
  • Helicopter rescue arrangement if necessary
  • Trek Completion Certificate if required
  • Group farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare & Nepal Visa
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu/Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
  • Personal expenses & Personal trekking gears
  • Drinks & Souvenirs
  • Gratuities for staff
Difficult

Difficulty: Moderate

Trails generally go above 4000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 4 – 6 hours. The perfect setting for an introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.

Prerequisites

No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and enjoy walking and adapt to high altitude conditions. Previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not necessary to take part in this journey. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.

Weather

The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)

Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.

Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.

Accommodation

Kathmandu:
In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.

On Trek:
(Annapurna area) does not require large logistics accommodation for hiking as there are many clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, usually a bed with pillows and blankets, but there is a wonderful view from your window. All teahouses/lodges have ample warm dining room lounges. The rooms are very basic. Blankets are usually provided by the teahouse but we will provide warm sleeping bags for everyone.

The Bathrooms are often shared and in many places, toilets are squat type. Please note that some of these are very basic and require a sense of adventure.

Single supplement:
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. Especially when traveling in groups, we always pair up to share a room with people of the same sex and age. If in the case of single by default, customers do not have to pay for a single supplement. Please note that trekking, due to limited rooms in teahouses / lodges, is sometimes not possible for singles.

Meals

Includes food
All meals are included in the trek and we will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Tea houses range from traditional Nepali dal bhat, and momo (dumplings) to Indian food to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea house / lodge where you are staying and lunch will be on the way.

In Kathmandu, breakfast will be provided only to give maximum flexibility in deciding where and with whom to have lunch and dinner.

Typical Day

Daily wake-up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided the night before during the briefing time. The timetable for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.

Tea will be served in your room as a wake-up call. After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the Lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. We will arrive at our destination by tea-time and the evening will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Group Size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining small groups to make it easier to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only charge up to 12 pax per group. If you join us, you can join people from different countries in any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 people required to conduct the trip.

Carry my own stuff

You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.

Guide

We have a deep passion for alpine adventure and the outdoors, and with the small business group on board we have worked on the most isolated trails we are proud to be successful in every region of Nepal and this is all due to our diversity and qualified team of guides. So your journey will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter for every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide for every 4 participants.

Travel insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Equipment Checklist

We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear:
-Long-sleeved shirts
-T-Shirts
-Trousers
-Warm Jackets
-Sweater
-Pullover
-Waterproof jackets
-Thermal
-Inner-wears
-Undergarments
-Warm socks
-Warm Hat
-Gloves
-Bandana
-Scarf
-Trekking shoes
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others

Documents:
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities

Flight tickets:
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Others:
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Padlock
-Binoculars
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
-Quick-drying towel
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Hand sanitizer
-Antiseptic wipes
-Hygiene products
-Basic first aid kit

All-inclusive service for the trek

Trekking is an all-inclusive journey which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Kathmandu. At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical, or emotional. . All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be provided to you hassle-free before your arrival. On the walk, you will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. On the trek, we offer you an open/select menu option which means you can choose your food directly from the menu.
Our itinerary is designed keeping in mind every aspect like customization, good campsites, real-life experiences, etc. (Down jacket, sleeping bag, and waterproof duffel bag), all the necessary permits for the trek, guide, and support staff, transfers, and transportation Kathmandu, etc. are included. The cost is mentioned in the inclusion

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
  • Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
  • In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
  • Drink at least three liters of water a day
  • Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
  • Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
  • However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

General Information

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Mardi Himal Trek
From $1,000.00
per Person

Trip Facts

  • 10N/11 Days
  • Moderate
  • 4,500m/14,760ft
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Flight/Private vehicle
  • Teahouse/Lodges
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