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Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek
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Mardi Himal Trek Highlights

  • Kick things off with white-water fun on the Trisuli River
  • Enjoy views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and other peaks
  • Trek through blooming rhododendron forests (in March-April)
  • Enjoy a relatively easy trek that many visitors overlook
  • Immerse yourself in Nepali culture with a local homestay in the hills

Mardi Himal Trek is officially opened in 2012   newly opened route and hidden treasure in the Annapurna region. There are limited teahouses with basic facilities. This is a short relatively easy and unspoiled trek not far from Pokhara. Yet it is highly diverse with cultural insight, beautiful forest walks, and alpine landscape. As the trail mostly stays along the ridge, the altitude gain becomes more gradual.T his trek is the best destination to avoid the crowd. Mardi Himal trek offers imaging views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, and Manaslu ranges. Mardi Himal base camp, Siding village, and Lwang are the major attraction of this trek. Situated just east of one of the most popular treks of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trek is hidden. Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the impressive Machapuchhre.

Mardi Himal Trek the trail goes along small winding paths, through magical rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation of around 3,300 m. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. From High Camp (3580 m; some maps incorrectly mention 3900 m) you can climb up to Mardi Himal Base Camp in about 3-4 hours, which offers spectacular close-up views of the entire Annapurna Range.

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and then transfer to respective Hotels

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara 860 m – 06 hrs journeys

Day 03: Drive to Kande and trek to deurali (2,232 m / 5 Hrs )

Day 04 :Trek to Forest camp (2,600 m / 5 Hrs)

Day 05: Trek to high camp (5 Hrs / 3,550 m)

Day 06: Explore Mardi Himal base camp (6 Hrs / 4,500 m)

Day 07: Trek back to forest camp (5 hrs)

Day 08: Walk to lwang than drive back to Pokhara (5 Hrs / 1,500m)

Day 09: From Pokhara drive to Kathmandu 1,345 m – 06hrs.

Day 10: International Departure for Homeward Bound.

 

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu  and then transfer to respective Hotels
     On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines well received by company guides and staff for short drive in the hub of Kathmandu city where your hotels located. After checking into your lovely rooms getting refreshed join in at the Hotel lobby for group briefing regarding treks and other useful information to make your stay in Nepal enjoyable and pleasant. 

 Day 02: Drive to Pokhara 860 m - 06 hrs journeys
     Annapurna Base Camp trekking begins with the overland drive to Nepal Mid West taking a comfortable coach or in Tourist Bus to reach scenic Pokhara, a beautiful and leading touristic place in all Himalaya range, with warm sub-tropical temperatures and close views of Annapurna Himalaya with Mt. Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’.On reaching Pokhara transfer to respective hotels by the Phewa Lake with views of Annapurna and Machhapuchare peak, afternoon at leisure for short walks around the lakeside.Overnight at the hotel. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive to Kande and trek to Deurali  (2,232 m / 5Hrs )
After breakfast, drive for about 40 mints to Kande on Pokhara Baglung highway. The trail climbs for about 1 ½ hrs to the ridge at 2,060 m. The clearing in the forest with lodge settlement is known as ‘Australian camp’. The place is scenic with a panoramic view of the Annapurna range and Pokhara valley. The trail further winds through the rhododendron forest to the mountain pass called ‘Deurali’. Deurali is overlooking into the Modi Khola valley wedged between Annapurna South and Mardi Himal / Mt Fishtail. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek to Forest camp  (2,600 m / 5 Hrs)
After spending the beautiful morning in the ridge-top village of Deurali, we head off the main Annapurna trekking trail and follow the forested ridge to Forest camp. Since this is a new trekking destination, there are no teahouses along the way and we need to carry pack lunch and sufficient water. The day’s walk in the rhododendron forest is beautiful with a gradual uphill. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Trek to high camp  (5 Hrs / 3,550 m)
The trail gradually climbs through the rhododendron forest following the ridge. The low camp has got a couple of tea houses in the clearing of the forest. The view of Mt Fishtail and Mardi Himal appears much closer. You find yourself closer to clear blue sky with a view of layers of Himalayan foothills and a sweeping valley towards the south. Note: You can trek 1 more hr to Badal Danda (Cloud Hill) above the tree line in the consent of a guide for a better view. From Badal Danda, we leave the tree line and arrive in the shrubby alpine zone. Snowcapped peaks of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Fishtail in a distance above the deep valley on either side. High camp is a small pasture after the climb. Here you find yourself above the clouds and closer to snowcapped peaks.Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Explore Mardi Himal base camp  (6 Hrs / 4,500 m)
The day trip is more difficult than other days with the steep climb and long walk. The trail becomes more vertiginous at some points with uneven and steep rocky steps. The first steep climb will take about 2 hrs to the ridge top which is marked as MBC (Mardi Himal Base Camp). However, the real base camp will take about another 2 hrs along the ridge. The view is amazing all along the ridge. While Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail appear right above us, view of Annapurna I, Gangapurna and Annapurna III also appear at a distance. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07:  Trek back to forest  camp  (5 hrs)
Even though the scenery is stationary, season and sunlight make it different and interesting. Spend another morning watching the change that the sun rays bring. Walk down to forest camp after breakfast. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Walk to lwang than drive back to Pokhara   (5 Hrs / 1,500 m)
The trail climbs down steeply through rhododendron and Maple forest to the permanent settlements closer to the valley basin. Lwang is a self-sufficient Gurung village with a rich culture and happy people. The village is the best place to watch the Nepalese countryside lifestyle and enjoy organic food. The village farmers also grow organic tea in 50 hectors of land. Farmers offer homestay accommodation. The waterfall in the outskirt of the village offers one of the most exciting canyoning adventures. down to the Mardi River basin and drive back to Pokhara. It will take about 1 ½ hrs to get to Pokhara in a 4WD. The first 1 hr is drive on the dirt road.     Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: From Pokhara drive to Kathmandu 1,345 m - 06hrs.
    After a wonderful time in the high mountains and hills, taking a morning driving journey back to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu after 5-6 hours of nice interesting drive, transfer to respective hotels with the afternoon free at leisure or last day shopping souvenirs and handicrafts. Meals included: Breakfast
Day 10: International Departure for Homeward Bound.
    Last day in Nepal in the country of high Himalayan mountains with fascinating culture, after a memorable time on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking with wonderful adventure and experience, as per your international flight time our staff transfers you to the airport for the flight homeward bound or to your next port of call and respective countries. Meals included: Breakfast

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport Pick up & drop by private car in Kathmandu
  • Pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before the trek
  • 2 Nights of standard accommodation in Katmandu with Breakfast (3-star hotel)
  • 2-Night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • 3 Times Meals with Cup of Tea Or Coffee (Break Fast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfortable, private room with shared toilet)
  • An experienced, helpful, friendly and English-speaking Trekking Guide. His well-paid salary, meals, accommodation insurance, etc.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (Annapurna Conservation permit and TIMS )
  • Guide salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging
  • All Ground Transportation
  • A strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people - porter will carry a maximum of 25 kilos )
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits as per the availability
  •  Kathmandu -Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Worst-case rescue and medical evacuation arrangements
  • All government and local taxes
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the cultural restaurant

COST EXCLUDES

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Katmandu).
  • Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Your personal expenses. (Phone call, Wifi, Laundry service, bar bills, battery recharge, a bottle of water or hot water, Mineral water,  Hot  shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic drinks and bar bills.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Extra Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival or late departure. early arrive from the mountain (due to any reason) Than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • Services not mentioned in the 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )
  • Kathmandu  and Pokhara-  lunch and Dinner 
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

 

Physically  condition & experience requirements 
For a physically fit person of all ages with sound health who have done moderate to strenuous walk and activity before or at present. This type of treks involves long ups and downs and the length of walking will be from 5 - 7 hours every day with rest and break in between.  The whole trip goes from a week to two weeks or more in the high altitude. This trip is for well experience people who have done previous long high hills or mountainous trekking in and around Himalaya or other mountainous areas on rough terrains, this trip involves walking in snow and ice conditions sometimes and encountering high of over 4,000 meters passes, as for moderate people can join on this type of trips as long they are super physically fit and a mind with positive and determinations. Past hiking experience is a must but no technical skill is required for this trip .participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood diseases should inform well plan trekking before booking the trek .we also recommend that you consult your doctors before the trip.

Accommodations  on the trek

In Kathmandu, we use the deluxe hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share - depending on group size and room availability, the triple share may be offered to your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. And on request single supplement will be charged US$200.well plan trekking will arrange clean and comfortable rooms with attached washrooms; however, the teahouse in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities .also  note that single rooms are available the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals  during the trek

In the city, only breakfast is included on the trip itinerary. While on the trek, we provide good quality food in sufficient quantities from Tea Houses/Mt. lodges. We provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Various meals including noodles item, soups, bread, rice item, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes item, pasta, the fresh vegetable so overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at the altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 liters per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on the trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.
All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

TRAVEL & MEDICAL & TRAVEL INSURANCE 

Before you book any of our trips we strongly suggest that you buy medical and travel insurance to make you stay and while traveling in Nepal Himalaya or neighboring countries, which will help and support you, in case medical and travel problem arise and situation beyond companies control. If such situation arises with emergency evacuation, where your medical bills on using transportations services by Helicopter or other means of which you can directly claim from your insurance, which is to be paid by you or by your insurance company on the spot.

Where Well Plan Treks will obtain a strong letter of the incidents occurred so that you can claim from your insurance agents. In case of mishaps and accidents or severe illness, we will contact your insurance company if it is okay to use Heli or other immediate life-saving process and transportation to nearest medical post and hospitals, where your insurance company will directly pay related expenses accordingly as per situations and conditions of the victims. For all trips with us, we need your contact address as well of you next to kin, family members, close relatives or friends in case of emergency purpose.

Climate and Weather 
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good, the days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Annapurna  Base Camp trek is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degrees C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degrees C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20 degrees C to -15 degrees C.

EQUIPMENT

Recommended equipment list
This list is a guide to help you pack for your trip. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience .we also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
Head
• The warm hat that covers your ears
• Sunglasses
• Sun hat
• Headlamp with extra batteries
Upper body
• T-shirts
• Fleece jacket or sweater
• Fleece wind –stopper jacket
• Waterproof shell jacket
• Down vest and /or jacket (optional)Hands
• Lightweight gloves (water /windproof)
• Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lower body
• Underwear
• Hiking trousers
• Fleece or woolen trousers
• Lightweight thermal bottoms
• Lightweight cotton pants
• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric )shell pants Feet
• Thin lightweight inner socks
• Heavy poly or wool socks
• Hiking boots with spare laces
• Camp shoes (sneakers and sandals)
Sleeping
• Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C de 14 degrees F)
• Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Toiletries
• Toothbrush /paste
• Multi-purpose soap
• Nail clippers
• Deodorants
• Medium-sized quick-drying towel
• Face and body moisturizer
• Small mirror
• Female hygiene products
Personal hygiene
• Wet wipes (baby wipes)
• Tissue/toilet roll
• Antibacterial hand wash
Medical
• Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
• A cough and /or cold medicine
• Anti –altitude sickness pills; Diamox or acetazolamide
• Stomach antibiotic
Extras /luxuries
• Reading book
• Trail map /guidebook
• Journal and pen
• Travel game(chess, backgammon, playing cards etc)
• Modest swimsuit
• Binoculars
• Camera

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