Mardi Himal Trek

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13 Days / 12 Nights

Duration

Nepal

Country

Easy

Grade

4250m/13600ft

Max altitude

Private

Vehicle

Hotel/Lodge

Accommodation

Feb-June, Sep-Dec

Best season

- Max 14

Group Size

Overview

The Mardi Himal Trek was officially opened in 2012 is one of the easy and short trekking packages in Nepal that allures globetrotters and trekking fanatics to explore the hidden gem of the country. Traversing along with the beautiful forested areas and rocky mountain terrains, this popular trekking in Nepal, also nicknamed ‘The Other Sanctuary’ by Jimmy Roberts, is a low altitude trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek is an ideal choice for trekking admirers seeking for off-the-beaten-path walking experience in the quieter side of the Annapurna regions. It follows the beaten trails of shepherds who use the pastures for summer grazing. The Mardi Himal Trek, an unspoiled trek not far away from the lake city of Pokhara is highly diverse with cultural insight, amazing forest walks, and alpine landscapes. The trekking trails mostly stay along the ridge passing through interesting villages, terraced farms, dazzling rivers, serene valleys, and extraordinary views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli mountains. As the trekking route is new in comparison with other popular Annapurna trekking packages, there are limited teahouses and simple guesthouses, and homestays with basic facilities along the entire route. Mardi Himal Trek is a hidden treasure in the Annapurna region and one of the best destinations to avoid the crowd and enjoy solitude and tranquil valleys and untouched natural habitats.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley & trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (827m/2,700ft): 6-7 hours
Day 04: Drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2100m/6,720ft): 30-minute drive, 4-5 hours trek
Day 05: Deurali to forest camp (2,520m/8064ft): 6-7 hours
Day 06: Forest Camp to low camp (2970m/9504ft): 5-6 hours
Day 07: Low camp to high camp (3540m/11,328ft): 3-4 hours
Day 08: High camp to upper viewpoint (4250m/13600ft), return back to high camp: 2-3 hours
Day 09: High camp to Sidhing Village (1700m/5440ft): 6-7 hours
Day 10: Trek to Lumre, drive to Pokhara: 2-3 hours trek, 2-hour day
Day 11: Full Day sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 13: Final departure

Cost Includes

    • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
    • 3 Nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • 3 Nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
    • One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu & Pokhara with an experienced license holder tour guide
    • Temple & monuments entry fees at sightseeing places
    • 6 Night accommodation at twin sharing accommodation at local Tea house or lodge
    • An Experienced license holder trekking guide & a porter during trekking time (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
    • Trekking Staff costs including their salary, equipment, food, accommodation, and accidental insurance for all staff
    • 3 daily normal local meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with tea) during the trekking time
    • Seasonal fruits during the trek as per availability from the company side
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit fee
    • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring two passport size photos for permit)
    • Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking time only
    • Duffle bag for trekking time only
    • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medicine kit from company side
    • AID Team Personal Take Care
    • All Government taxes

Cost Excludes

    • Nepal visa fee- visa is given on arrival at Kathmandu Airport with USD 50 for 30 Days. https://www.immigration.gov.np/)
    • Any International flight fare, other than not mentioned above includes
    • Personal Travel Insurance, Medical insurance & Rescue Insurance
    • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation or roadblock due to any reason
    • Tips for Guide, Porter, driver, etc.
    • Excess baggage charge (12+3) in domestic flight
    • Any other tours, transfer & hotel accommodation not mentioned above
    • Any meals (except trekking time)
    • Personal expenses (Phone calls, Internet, Laundry, Bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled water or boiled water, hot shower, etc)

Detail Itenerary


On arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will complete all necessary immigration formalities followed by baggage collection from the designated area in the airport. As you exit, one of the representatives from AID Journeys & Adventure, with a placard, will officially welcome you and escort you to your pre-assigned hotel. At the hotel, you may stretch out your legs and relax for few hours from the possible jet lag that you might have experienced after a long flight. Those who are anxious and want to hit the streets right away, may stroll around Thamel and do a bit of shopping for the upcoming trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After a good night’s rest, you will be woken up with a morning call, if you desire, followed by a warm bed tea. Once you finish your breakfast, there will be a guided tour of some of the most historical and spiritual landmarks of the city, all of them being recognized as UNESCO world heritage sites. You will visit the most revered and holy Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath, the prominent monkey temple, Swayambhunath, one of the largest stupas in the world - a Buddhist shrine at Bouddhanath, and the captivating Basantapur Durbar Square. In the late afternoon, you will visit our office site to make necessary preparations, get your equipment checked, and meet your trip leader, crew members, and other fellow accomplices. You will have a brief discussion about the forthcoming trip and return to your hotel room. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After an early breakfast, you will begin your drive from Kathmandu to the lake city of Pokhara along the Prithvi Highway. From the small stopover at Naubise, you will drive all the way to Mugling along the raging Trishuli River passing several small towns and meandering roads. From Mugling it is around three hours to reach Pokhara through beautiful terraced fields and varying landscapes and small townships. On arrival at Pokhara, you will be transferred to your designated hotel where you may stretch your legs and relax. In the evening, you may loiter around the lakeside; enjoy some local bands performing live music with a chilled bottle of beer with Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna ranges in the backdrop. Overnight in Pokhara.

Your adventure starts after an early breakfast today with a short drive to Phedi, which is the starting point of your trekking. Climbing up the steep hill from Phedi along stone steps, passing neatly terraced fields, tiny villages, and forests, you will reach Dhampus in about two hours. Dhampus offers panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and many other mountain ranges. After lunch in Dhampus, the trek continues through rhododendron forest, and Mardi Khola bouncing back down the hills and the panoramic views of the snow-clad mountain peaks until you reach Deurali, a small beautiful village located on a ridge with spectacular mountain views. Overnight in Deurali.

After relishing a beautiful morning and a fine breakfast on the ridge top Deurali village, it is time to divert away from the main Annapurna trekking route. The ‘right turn’ diversion sign is indicated on a signpost at Deurali as “Forest Camp”, and the trail leads through jungles and complete wilderness. The temperature begins dropping to cool and refreshing air with fantastic views of Annapurna I, II & Camp; IV, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Lamjung Himal. As there are no teahouses along the way, today you will carry packed lunch and adequate water. The day’s walk in the rhododendron forest is beautiful with a gradual uphill walk and undulating path at times. You will finally arrive at the forest camp, also known as Kokar. There are few lodges in Kokar, simple and basic but clean. You can expect no dining rooms, so probably you will be eating your meals in the kitchen along with the owner. Overnight in Forest Camp.

Your trekking trail today gradually ascends through rhododendron forests following the ridge. Although the trail is initially quite steep, soon the steepness reduces to an easier track to reach a pastureland. Dazzling views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna chains, and Mardi Himal seem to appear much closer as you keep walking gradual uphill with floral diversity that changes to classic ‘cloud forest’ with mosses, lichens, ferns, and orchids. Reaching low camp, you may spend some time in the evening to evaluate the local lifestyle. There are just a couple of basic lodges, one with a dining room and open fire but with the warm hospitality of the locals. Overnight in Low Camp.

After an early breakfast today, you start trekking uphill in conjunction with a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre. The initial climb first takes you to Badal Danda, also known as the Cloud Hill. From this hill, the tree lines start thinning and you will arrive in a shrubby alpine area that consists of desolate rhododendron bushes. After about three hours of undulant paths, you will finally ascend up to the High Camp, which is nothing more than a small pasture with few lodges. Stunning views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre along with icy fields and blue glaciers of the Annapurna sanctuary walls down below is simply awe-inspiring. If you are fortunate enough, then you may also come across the national bird of Nepal, Danphe while ascending to the High Camp. At the camp, you will experience yourself being above the clouds and in close proximity to the snow-clad mountain peaks. Overnight in High Camp.

Today, you will wake up early for glorious sunrise views that unfold the gloomy mountains to glittering state. Then, after breakfast, you will walk up the ridge that leads towards the Mardi Himal Base Camp. With various ascends and descends on steep and narrow trails, past yak grazing pastures you will arrive at the ridge top that is marked as MBC suggesting the direction for Mardi Himal Base Camp. This is the upper viewpoint and the highest point of our trek. However, the real base camp will require another two or more hours of hiking up along the ridge. The views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks and the glacial surroundings from this point are astounding. The resplendent peaks visible are Mardi Himal, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Varaha Shikhar (Mt. Fang), Tent peak, Singachuli, Machhapuchhre and many more. After taking plentiful photos of the panoramic vistas, you will retrace back to the High Camp. Overnight in High Camp.

You will retrace your steps from the High Camp following a different route taking you to Sidhing village instead of descending back to Mardi Himal and the forest camp at Kokar. Making your way through the shade of the forest and along the banks of the Mardi Khola to the terraced fields and simple farms over the exciting suspension bridges, the day’s walk is an easygoing descent. Sidhing village is in fact, an idyllic Nepali countryside that offers a quiet stay for trekkers as it is situated on a junction to other east and west routes of Mardi Himal, and is tucked away from the much busier trails. Overnight in Sidhing.

Today, after breakfast you will walk out for about two to three hours to the road head at Lumre passing the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. From Lumre, it is yet another two-hour drive to the lake city of Pokhara. On arrival at Pokhara, you will immediately proceed to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu. If your flight is scheduled during the late afternoon and have a few hours, you may quickly take a walk around Lakeside and grab a chilled beer. After arriving at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel room, where you may stretch your legs and relax all the while. Those energetic ones may hit the streets of Thamel to do some last minute souvenir shopping to carry back home to your beloved ones. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Early Morning - Drive to Sarangkot hill for sunrise and view the Himalayan ranges. Visit Bindabasini Temple on the way back to the hotel. After Breakfast - Half day sightseeing to David’s fall and Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave Visit Seti River, Visit Old Bazaar, Visit Bat Cave, Drive to Phewa Lake and enjoy boat ride & relax your rest of the day

After Breakfast: You will drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara and it takes 6.5-7 hrs to reach Kathmandu. In the evening time, you can relax at Hotel or can also roam around the area

Today is the day your holidays in Nepal have come to an end, and you will be flying back home with ample memories of the experiences you’ve had in the Himalayas. A representative from Aid Journeys will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport well ahead of your scheduled flight for your onward journey. With plenty of time onboard, you may plan your next trip in the Himalayan realms of Nepal. For those willing to stay back and extend your holidays, Aid Journeys will be glad to plan your trip according to your craving.

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Cost Includes

    • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
    • 3 Nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • 3 Nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
    • One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu & Pokhara with an experienced license holder tour guide
    • Temple & monuments entry fees at sightseeing places
    • 6 Night accommodation at twin sharing accommodation at local Tea house or lodge
    • An Experienced license holder trekking guide & a porter during trekking time (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
    • Trekking Staff costs including their salary, equipment, food, accommodation, and accidental insurance for all staff
    • 3 daily normal local meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with tea) during the trekking time
    • Seasonal fruits during the trek as per availability from the company side
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit fee
    • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring two passport size photos for permit)
    • Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking time only
    • Duffle bag for trekking time only
    • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medicine kit from company side
    • AID Team Personal Take Care
    • All Government taxes

Cost Excludes

    • Nepal visa fee- visa is given on arrival at Kathmandu Airport with USD 50 for 30 Days. https://www.immigration.gov.np/)
    • Any International flight fare, other than not mentioned above includes
    • Personal Travel Insurance, Medical insurance & Rescue Insurance
    • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation or roadblock due to any reason
    • Tips for Guide, Porter, driver, etc.
    • Excess baggage charge (12+3) in domestic flight
    • Any other tours, transfer & hotel accommodation not mentioned above
    • Any meals (except trekking time)
    • Personal expenses (Phone calls, Internet, Laundry, Bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled water or boiled water, hot shower, etc)

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No, you can go on your own and have to manage self all paper works & physical help along with manpower. As it will be a burden for a traveller who has precise time & plan. Hence, we recommend everyone to use agency for the trekking & holiday plan, so you don’t need to waste time in arrangements, as Company will responsible with accurate time, you can enjoy experiencing the things in the fullest.
It is not that difficult to trek, if you are physically fit or if you are doing regular exercise. If you really into trekking, you can go for it with necessary walking or exercise every day to familiarize your body to adapt trekking experience in Nepal.
Actually, Strenuous trekking are can lead with 6 to 8 hours of walking per day on very high altitudes with tough daily ascends and descends of about 500-1000m. On a moderate trek, you are likely to walk 5-7 hours each day over steep hilly terrain on usually rough trails. An easy trek necessarily involves 4-5 hours of walking a day on generally good weather, well-maintained paths, and with easy access to local amenities.
The coldness is dependent on the place, the season of your trek & most important is altitudes:-the higher the elevation, the higher the possibility of coldness. Not every trek demands to ascend and descend at a high altitude. However, you can always prepare yourself to trek despite the coldness as you can wear warm thick clothes above your skin. Once you reach a higher altitude or above 3000 meters, you are likely to get altitude sickness. Therefore most itinerary of the trip contains acclimatization days which provide proper rest days to ascend higher elevation. You are suggested not to climb more than 500-600 meters in a day. Due to the lack of oxygen, your body might dehydrate, and it is, therefore, better to drink enough water every day while trekking.
If you trek on your own, for sure you need to carry yourself, but if you book your trek from a travel company, then you will be accompanied with a porter who will carry your stuff.
You will be accommodated in comfy and cozy lodges, teahouses, and guest houses or home-stays. Sometimes you might be staying in tents but it is likely to happen only in the remotest areas where there are no hotels and inns. You can also opt for lavish hotels under availability. You will be served with authentic Nepalese food as well as Tibetan, Indian, and the more common continental cuisines. Most hotels and lodges will provide you with a menu that includes local food items like momo, Dal-Bhat, noodles, and others.
Nepal being the second richest country in the world there is water available everywhere, but being careful of which is drinkable is most important. Make sure you drink locally purified drinking water or else drink it after boiling in the local lodge, or hotel on trekking routes.
Communication while trekking in significant trekking routes is possible as most of the trekking routes have local VHF Phones and mobile coverage. The most popular trekking routes of Nepal like Everest Base Camp has 3G connectivity throughout the entire Everest Base Camp due to cell phone masts installed at Gorakshep. So yes, there is communication possible while trekking.
Most trekking and climbing trips are inclusive of overall charges and are not liable to surcharges. All tours cover accommodation, food, and necessary expenses. However, it will not include your personal costs. There might be an instance when you would love to buy stuff for yourself or a loved one. So we recommend you bring money for yourself.
It depends on the trekking routes. In General, a trekking porter will carry a load of 15kg to 20kg.
You should at least be in a good level of physical fitness, which implies to be able to walk at least 3-4 hours a day. You must have general hiking experience, and prior to that, you must not have any chronic issues with your health. Novice travelers can be fit for a trek in Nepal, but he or she must be used to daily exercise to adapt to trekking in Nepal.
For trekking above 4000m, you might require necessary things like Trekking pants, Trekking Hat, Trekking shoes, Trekking shirt, Trekking pole, Sunglasses, water bottle, flashlight, warm socks, sun lotion, sleeping bag(heavy), waterproof jacket, thermal wears, poncho, glove, gaiters, insulated pants, down jacket, head torch, sun hat, day backpack.
This is a vital question if you are trekking in Nepal. If you suffer from altitude sickness, you will be taken to the lower altitude immediately, assisted with first aid treatment. If it goes severe, you will be evacuated to Kathmandu or Pokhara on a rescue helicopter.

You are well aware that prevention is better than cure. So it is best when you take necessary precaution regarding health. You must avoid alcohol or tobacco while trekking. Altitude sickness is imminent while trekking above 3000m, so try to acclimatize. Drinking enough water is highly recommended. Remember to use boiled or locally purified drinking water.

A Tea House Trek is a trek in which you will be staying overnight in Tea Houses which offers you a place to sleep and home-cooked meals. It is a combination of Guest House, restaurant, and social hang out. A Tea House will provide you with the facility of 24 hours running water facility, hot water bathing, and communal areas. Not to mention, Tea Houses have a clean and friendly environment.

Guides of AID Journeys & Adventure have many years of guiding experience in the Himalayas. Most of them have more than a decade of experience in trekking and climbing in Nepal. All our guides are friendly enough to share an in-depth knowledge of the local beauty and experiences. They speak English fluently and are obliged to make sure you enjoy the fullest of trekking in Nepal

13 Days / 12 Nights

Duration

Nepal

Country

Easy

Grade

4250m/13600ft

Max altitude

Private

Vehicle

Hotel/Lodge

Accommodation

Feb-June, Sep-Dec

Best season

- Max 14

Group Size