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Mardi Himal Trekking

Trip code
Package name Mardi Himal Trekking
Duration 10
Max. elevation 3700.00 m
Level EASY
Transportation Private Vehicle and Tourist Bus (Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu)
Accomodation 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara and Lodge/Guest House during the trekking
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kande-Thulo Kharka (Australian Camp)-Deurali-Kokar Forest camp-Low Camp-High Camp-Mardi Himal base camp-Low Camp-Siding village-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Cost USD 699 per person

Highlights

Overview

Trip Introduction: 10 Days Mardi Himal Trekking

‘enjoy adventure on rolling green hills and high ridges of Annapurna Himalaya’


10 Days Mardi Himal Trekking is a great way to spend your holiday and valuable time. This trek is less challenging when compared to Annapurna base camp but is beautiful and has been gaining a lot of popularity recently. you will be able to have the best views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna south, Machapuchre(fishtail), Dhaulagiri and even Ganesh Himal. The crowds on the trails are less compared to Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp.

A great enjoyable trekking trail rich in nature, flora and faunas. The adventure starts from Pokhara city located in a beautiful place which is the gateway towards the high snow-capped mountains of Annapurna, Machhapuchare along with green hills and serene lakes waiting to welcome you and your journey all along.

Trekking starts soon after a short drive towards mid-hills. After entering into a lovely forest with fresh air, rhododendron-oaks and pine tree lines. In spring and autumn time the hills come alive, when the wild-flowers starts blooming especially Rhododendron of different species. (Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal, there are more than 26 species of rhododendron in Nepal. Rhododendrons originated from Himalayas, it helps for the prevention and treatment of diseases associated with heart, dysentery, diarrhoea, detoxification, inflammation, fever, constipation, bronchitis and even asthma).

Trailing continues towards high ridges covered within green trees. After starting  trail we could observe the villages, way of living, culture and traditions of Gurung natives at Annapurna region, then we enter through the wilderness of mountains where forest, green hills and jungles start fading after, reaching out high elevations at Mardi Himal base camp, situated right beneath the South Face of magnificent Machhapuchare Himal also known as Fish-Tail himal or peak.

Climate and Weather in Mardi Himal Trekking

The best time for travelling or trailing towards Mardi himal is the period of spring or autumn where the clear sky makes the sight beautiful. The mountain and sights seen through the clear sky is jaw dropping at the period of spring. The temperature could range between +15 degree Celsius and could drop down to -3 degree Celsius as the elevation increases. Summer and monsoons are wet and slippery compared to spring and autumn. At the time of spring or autumn the cold wind blows with in clear sky and there is less chance of rainfall. Natural calamities that may occur due to weather and less chances of bad weather which helps to complete the trek in time as well as the good weather assists for making the view beautiful and even, helps us to reconnect and enjoy the nature mentally and spiritually.

Hence, the best season is spring and autumn due to the weather conditions and temperatures, however the temperature decreases as the elevation increases. 

Local Culture and Religion of Mardi Himal region Trek

The area offers the visitors to know about the local cultures and traditions. we could observe the way of living of various ethnic groups in this region. We could see and observe people making bamboo products, ghees, storing the crops, vegetating and witness many flora and faunas as well.

There are many ethnic groups in the region, widely known as Brahmins, Chhetris, Gurung, Magar and many more. There are long list of ethnic groups but, we could shortly divide them in the Mongolian and Aryan tribe. The culture and traditions are different according to caste which is the main reason why this place is rich in culture and tradition. We could observe the ways of living differs from home to home cause of ethnicity. 

Travel Insurance for Mardi Himal base camp Trekking

Trekking Planner Nepal strongly advises and recommends all our clients. To purchase Travel as well Medical Insurance against unforeseen circumstances that might arise or may occur during Himalayan holidays. Travel and Medical Insurance must be done and obtained for travelling towards Himalayan destinations.

Trekking Planner Nepal requests all our Clients to acquire Travel and Medical Insurance which is compulsory before going on any tour or treks. It should provide adequate protection for tours and treks so it would cover and have a policy for personal injury, death, medical expenses, and repatriation expenses for any means of transportation at the time of emergency evacuations, such as helicopter rescue, air ambulance or adequate cover for baggage.

Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Altitude Mountain Sickness could affect anyone. At high altitude, the decrease in atmospheric pressure makes breathing difficult due to less oxygen. Mainly, it happens above 3300m (10,000ft). 
Signs and symptoms are as follows:

  • Headache/Dizziness
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Tiredness/Fatigue
  • Sleepy but can’t sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stress/ Anger

Prevention for AMS is to dress warmly as per weather conditions, drink plenty of water, eat well and walk slow in a pace. It is good to ask and take rest or sleep if the body is not feeling well. Keep hydrated and make sure you follow the directions and suggestions provided by the trip leader about altitude mountain sickness.

Note - Always feel free to ask the trek leader or Guide to stop if you don't feel good. Sometimes we might feel it’s just a little bit of dizziness but, that little thing is the thing that leads water inside your brain or lungs before you even know it. Prevention is always better than cure.

Accommodation facilities in Mardi Himal base camp Trekking

All of our hikes, trekking trails, tour programs are conducted on the basis of itineraries where accommodations are set in respective Hotels, Lodges, Home Stays, Guest Houses and Resorts. Camping in some remote areas are conducted as per the programed itinerary. Some trails could take longer or could be shorter depends upon the fitness and pace of the clients, availability of vehicle, delays or cancellation in flights, unfavorable or bad weather conditions, roads or trails.

Being an under develop country when we are going up in the hilly region as the elevation increases the vegetation and the density of local people decrease which is the major reason why sometimes we need to compromise for the best services. But being a tourist route still most of the facilities are available while some things may require compromise. For example- 24hour electricity, laundry services (because of lack of warm temperature and sunlight), internet, fruits, hot showers, toilet commode, quality of room and availability (standard quality rooms are found which are designed for meeting the basic requirements).  But the trekking planner team do their best to provide best available services and facilities.

Acclimatization and Communication on Mardi Himal Trek

Adapting to nature, temperature, climate, traditions, cultures and food is one of the primary thing that helps to complete and enjoy the trek. As we make itineraries we always keep in mind to not elevate more in a certain day, it doesn’t mean that we are not able to elevate more than 1000 meter in a day but doing so, may cause altitude mountain sickness, problem in breathing. But, if we make the walk slow and include stops in the trail it means we are helping our body to adapt according to the temperature, weather and climate.

We are not going on a trek to walk 24/7 and hiring a guide doesn’t mean he or she is leading and you are just following but, asking questions about the local people, their way of living, traditions and culture is a way to know more about the traditions, cultures about the place we are traveling towards.

Sometimes foods and beverages cannot be compromised as it leads to physical and mental stress causing diarrhea, constipation, headaches, anger issues, feeling of mistreatment and lack of services. So before going on a trek and while asking for the available accommodation the visitors must always say about the foods and beverages they are allergic to or that they don’t consume which would help to make a plan B regarding food and beverages.

Water and Toilet facilities on Mardi Himal base camp Trekking

When we trail towards the high lands the quality of services must be compromised because of the locally available limited natural and artificial facilities. Hot showers are not available in some places due to lack of gases and woods in the higher areas due to which clients must pay extra for the bio-mass required to produce heat for making hot water or showering and drinking. Mineral waters are not available due to lack of transportation so, it’s better to carry a bottle that filters the water as it goes in or carrying water cleaning capsules can also be an ideal choice.

Being a rural area & due to lack of water some places lodges, tea shops and hotels have a squat toilet where you are required to squat in order to do the waste management of the body. That’s not only the reason but modern western toilets require at least 2-3 liters of water for flushing which is impossible to full-fill due to the lack of availability.

Electricity, Internet and Battery Recharge:-Mardi Himal base camp Trekking

Being an under develop country and due to lack of infrastructures the facilities related to electricity are not available on some regions and even if they are available load -shedding, shortage of electricity could occur due to natural or artificial reasons. Carrying a power bank is recommended in order to charge the battery of cell phones, cameras and torches or other devices.

Recharging the battery requires extra fees in some places due to the fact that they are buying or using electricity from external sources. For example generators, solar and even private hydro-powers. 

The case of internet is the same due to electricity as well as the private poles and amount of money the locals have to invest heavily on poles, wires and internet service providers due to which the internet requires a certain amount of payment but varies from place to place and is not applicable everywhere.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu (1,350 m) and check in at the Hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines, you would be picked up from senior staff or guide of the agency with warm welcome. After that you would be transported to your hotel at the hub of the city.

After checking into your room and getting refreshed you would be joining for briefing about Mardi Himal Trekking. Our senior officers would help you with useful important information regarding the trek and your stay in Nepal.
Evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk, Cultural programs while having dinner.

Bed and Breakfast Accommodations are included in Kathmandu (Hotel moonlight/Kathmandu Guest House/Apsara Boutique hotel) with standard meals (welcome Dinner)

Day 2 : Drive / Fly towards Pokhara (822 m) 30 minutes on air or 7 hrs overland.

Morning starts after getting ready having breakfast or sometimes going straight to tourist standard buses for exciting drive towards Mid-West region of Nepal at Pokhara, as ride leads to warmer farm areas passing many towns and villages with views of high hills and peaks, then reaching at scenic Pokhara for overnight.

(Flying options of 30 mins panoramic flight to land at Pokhara from Kathmandu) 

Includes Deluxe Accommodations on Bed and Breakfast in Pokhara and standard meals

Day 3 : Drive to Kande then a walk to Thulo Kharka (Australian Camp) (2060 m) - 02 hrs drive with 3-4 hrs of walk.

After a pleasant overnight stay at Pokhara facing the view of Annapurna Himalayan range with Machhapuchare peak 'Fish Tail'. Having breakfast in the hotel then driving from Pokhara to commence our first day walk.

Journey with grand views of Annapurna heading towards the farm, villages, towns in a car and then entering a village at Kande, where our walk begins following uphill path into cool shade forests after some hours we reach to a beautiful and scenic spot within a large meadow  grazing field named as Australian Camp, original and local name is Thulo Kharka, means large cattle grazing field, a scenic spot surrounded by alpine woods and forests with super panorama of Annapurna-Manaslu with the top of Dhaulagiri Himal and the views of Machhapuchare Himal (Fish Tail).

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 4 : Trek to Kokar Forest camp (2,520 m) - 05 hrs

Morning starts with views of Annapurna range and a slow climb into the forest to reach Deurali (2,150)m high facing the landscapes and mountains, our route diverts from the main trail at Deurali heading into hidden pockets of Annapurna Himalaya to reach at Kokar or Forest / Jungle Camp for overnight stop after a pleasant scenic walk of the day.

Included standard accommodation and meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee


Day 5 : Trek to Low Camp (2,970) m/ Badal Danda 3210m - 05 hrs.

From here we go into dense forest of tall rhododendrons-hemlocks-oaks-magnolias and pine trees where we walk on high ridges with the view of peaks blocked by tall tree lines, as our walk slowly follows the hidden trails within the tranquil environment with glimpses of peaks around the open areas then reaching a small place within a forest clearing at Low Camp for overnight stop.

Included standard accommodation and meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 6 : Trek to High Camp (3,700) meters - 05 hrs.

Morning view then heading towards the mountains where tree lines stops for short alpine bushes and shrubs with dwarf rhododendron known as azalea, junipers and Burberry can be seen while you would be facing Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ with Mardi Himal at the closest distance.
Slowly walk leads towards the higher ridges to reach at High Camp for overnight stay, a place with few simple good lodges for trekkers and adventurers, afternoon at leisure to enjoy mesmerizing views, grand landscapes and snow-capped mountains.

Included standard accommodation and meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 7 : Hike from High Camp to Mardi Himal base camp (4,500)m via viewpoint and Trek to Low Camp about 6-7 hrs walk

At High Camp the day starts leading to the base of Mardi Himal, morning walk follows on a faint trail with grassy path reaching the high ridges of Mardi Himal Base facing panorama of surrounding peaks and massive Annapurna range.

Located right at the bottom of South Faced Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’.  Enjoy the grand views at the highest spot of the adventure at above (4,495) meters within pristine wilderness of giant mountains and retrace the walk back to Low Camp.

Included standard accommodation and meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 8 : Trek to Siding village (1,750) meter - 04 hrs. and Drive back to Pokhara

Morning walk with long descend further down lower warmer valley to reach at Sidang village, as we walk on the same route within the densely forested area, and then taking a new fresh route with more downhill towards farm areas and villages to Siding village. From Siding Village, we drive back to Pokhara.

Included standard accommodation and meals (Breakfast + Lunch), Tea/Coffee

Day 9 : Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.

Morning from Pokhara an exciting overland journey back to Kathmandu on route observe the Nepalese life, drive leads pass from farm villages and towns to reach Kathmandu around afternoon time, rest of the day is free for individual activities and shopping.

Included accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel moonlight/Kathmandu Guest House/Apsara Boutique hotel) and standard meals and Breakfast.

Day 10 : Final International departure from Nepal.

Last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.

Included standard meals (Breakfast) and Tea/Coffee

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