- Trekking in Nepal
- 3* rated hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara with b/b plan and normal lodging during trek
- breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara during the trekking[ B.L.D].
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Mardi Himal Trek highlights
Mardi Himal Trek Overview
Transportations: Transportation is mainly by luxury tourist bus upto Pokhara. But if you want a private vehicle, we can provide you with a little extra cost. There is also an option to take flight to Pokhara upon request. It will take 30 minutes to reach Pokhara via plane. From Pokhara we will take public vehicle (private vehicle upon request) upto Kande from where our trek will commence. It will take 1 hour to reach Kande from Pokhara by private vehicle.
Meals and Accommodation: Accommodation is better compared to treks like Everest base camp, Manaslu Base camp. Though you will stay overnight at local lodges and tea-houses, they are facilitated with better beds, better toilets, all time electric power. Most of the accommodation are facilitated with electricity. Some of the teahouses also provide internet. You will find a variety of dishes, from traditional Nepalese to continental, Italian etc. But everything turns basic as we go higher.
Why choose Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek ?
There are many reasons to choose Mardi Himal Trek. This is the shortest trek in Annapurna region that takes you close to Mount Machhapuchhre. The trek completes in 1 week so this trek is ideal for those who have less time but want to experience the amazing upclose view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurnas , Mardi , Gangapurna , Gandarbha mountains etc. IN april , the whole trekking trail is covered with blooming rhododendron forests adding the natural beauty to the trip. Being relatively new trekking route, the Mardi Himal Trek is relatively less crowded so you can to do this trek in calm and quiet environment. Since it is considered beginners trek, any people including old and children can do this trek without any difficulty. The trek also offers an unique wildlife experience. After reaching over 3000 m, you might see bharal ( blue sheep ), spotted deers and yaks.
So, if you have less time but want to expereince the natural beauty filled with mountains , dense forests, rhododendron flowers with ease , then Mardi Himal Trek is the best option.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How dificult is Mardi Himal Trek ?
Mardi Himal Trek is considered easy trek . Apart from some part of the trails , the trekking route is gradually ascending so you will acclimatize while trekking.
2. What is the best time to do Mardi Himal Trek ?
Mardi Himal Trek can be done in any seasons but the most preferred time are Autumn and Spring season. During Autumn , the weather is superior without clouds and hazes. The temperature realtively low compared to Spring but temperature can drop to -5 degree centigrade in upper areas. There are chances of occasional snowfall. In spring season, the whole trekking area is covered with blooming rhododendrom forests and greenery. Small chance of light rainfall but it's a good thing as it clears up the c;ouds from the sky. The temperature is warm compared to autumn season but weather is clean .
3. Do I need to hire a guide or porter to do Mardi HImal Trek ?
HIring a guide or porter is not compulsary while doing Mardi Himal Trek but we recommed trekkers to hire a licensed and expreinced guide. Hiring a professional guide will halp you in many things. You won't have to worry about where to stay or what to do or what not to do . There is always risks of wild animals , health hazards while trekking i upper mountaious area so hiring a guide can help you overcome all those obstacles and hurdles.
4. Is there a risk of Altitude sickness in Mardi Himal Trek ?
We can't rule out the risk of Altitude sickness while trekking above 2500 m. There is minimum chance of suffering from Altitude sickness while doing Mardi Himal Trek which can be avoided if you re careful enough. Since the trekking route is gradually ascending, most of the time, your body will acclimatise while trekking. But never push hard. Trek at your pace, don't let your body dehydrate, take rest frequnetly , avoid heavy backpacks carry what you absolutely need . This way you can avoid altitude sickness .
5. What are the permits required to do Mardi Himal Trek ?
To do Mardi Himal Trek , two permits are required: Anapurna Area Conservation Area Permit ( national park permit ) and Tourists Information Management System Permits ( TIMS). Both can be obtained from Pokhara and Kathmandu.
6. What is the highest altitude we gain while trekking Mardi Himal Trek ?
The highest altitude gained while trekking in Mardi HImal Trek is at Mardi Himal Base Camp which is situated at an altitude of 4500 m sbove sea level .
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Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will be there for your warm welcome and will help you to transfer to the hotel. In free time, take good rest and get refreshed of the jet-lag. In the evening join welcome dinner.
On our second day, we will start preparing for your trek. One of Our representative will remind you to get all the permits necessary for this trek. You will be reminded to check your trek insurance policy and provide us a copy of it. You will meet your Team leader and other support professionals who will check your trekking gears to make sure they meet the requirements. After a brief introduction with the crew, one of our tour operator will take you to a city tour. You will be visiting 4 heritage sites, that hold historical, religious and cultural significances.
Boudhanath, also called as Jharung Khasor, is situated 8 km to the east from the city center . It is one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu. It can be viewed from the premises of TIA as you are about to land from your flight. The great Boudhanatha Stupa was built in 5th century which makes it one of the ancient and magnificent Stupa in the world. It is also the largest Stupa in the world. Considered the most holy pilgrimage for Buddhists all around the world, it is believed that the power and blessings of The Great Stupa are far beyond the understandings of human beings. It is widely believed that whoever prays and worship with a pure heart at Boudhanath creates good karma therefore the way to hell and dark realms are closed to them, fulfilling their wishes.
An early morning or late evening visit to The Great Stupa gives you a vibe of Tibetian culture . The smoke from butter candlelights and incandescents fill the aura with pleasing smell, offering peace to your mind and soul. You can stroll around the area for buying souvenirs, metal handicrafts, Thangkas etc. or just catch a good breakfast or dinner with an aerial view of Boudhanath from the rooftop cafés and restaurants.
2. Patan Durbar Square:
Patan , also called Lalitpur, is considered to be the oldest city among the three cities of Kathmandu valley. It is a home to the city's, better to say Nepal's finest craftsmen who have been able to preserve the ancient Newari culture and ancient technique of metal handicrafts. The city inherits one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Patan Durbar Square. Patan Durbar Square is an old palace of the Malla kings who ruled the city during Malla regime. The artistic handicrafts and metal crafts seen everywhere makes this place a living historical museum. Another place to see inside the Durbar square area is the Patan Museum. The museum lies inside the palace and has a collection of fine historical metal craft, wood carvings and historical Malla throne of the Malla regime. The Krishna Temple in the west premises of Durbar Square is another fine example of this artistic heritage. The temple was built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla in 1637. Another must see place is the Mahabouddha , a magnificent terracotta temple built with Sikhara style containing 1000 images of Buddha. Filled with historical crafts and monuments that can be traced back to the 16th century, the Square is a home to 136 bushels (courtyards) and 55 temples. It is one of the major sacred sites for both Buddhists and Hindus. Beyond the temples, lie a lot of restaurants and cafés with rooftops, who serve different continental foods along with Newari traditional food.
3. Pashupatinath :
Considered to be one of the four most important religious heritage for Hindus around the world, specially for the devotees of Lord Shiva, it is another UNESCO World Heritage Site worth a visit when you are at Kathmandu. Located 3 km north-west from the city, Pashupatinath is a home to 492 temples, 15 Shivalayas (shrines of Lord Shiva) and 12 Jyotirlinga (phallic shrines) which carry significant religious values. It is considered that the place has been existed there long before the millennia after the appearance of Shiva Linga. But the temple was built in 5th century by King Prachanda Dev of Lichhavi Dynasty and later renovated by the Malla kings of the Malla Dynasty. The temple is a common sacred site to Hindus and Buddhists. The main temple is fortified within the walls guarded by Nepal Police and Nepal Army and is denied entry to non-Hindus. Another new experience for the non-Hindu visitors is to watch the cremation ceremony. Though it is not recommended to faint-hearted people.
4. Swoyambhu Mahachaitya :
Situated on a hilltop from a distance of 3 km from the main city, Swoyambhu Mahachaitya (Swoyambhunath) is one of the holiest Buddhist site in Nepal. The stupa has been a paradigm of faith and harmony for centuries with Hindu temples and deities carved within this holy Buddhist site. It is believed that the glory and prosperity of Kathmandu valley was started from this point of time. Apart from being a sacred place, the hilltop also act as an overlook from where one can enjoy the panoramic view of the extensive valley. Swoyambhu "self-existent one" was built by King Manadeva of Lichhavi Dynasty in 460 A.D. By the 13th century, it had become an important centre of Buddhism. Since then a lot of Hindus and Buddhists of whole world visit this place every year for prayers. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal rests on a high pedestal on the western side of Swoyambhunath. A temple dedicated to Saraswati (often called ManjuShree by Buddhists), goddess of learning is built behind the hilltop. The stupa premises is filled with Buddhist shrines, and statues of Hindu deities. The prayer wheels, the vibrant prayer flags, chanting of Buddhist Monks, the monkeys chattering, gives this place a combination of natural and religious vibe. One can feel the inner pace and tranquillity after visiting this Sacred place.
After visiting all those places, we will head back to the office. We will hold a final pre-trek brief. After that either you want to explore the city on yourself or you want to go straight back to your accommodation, depends on your choice.
Travel to Pokhara overland to see the green hills and wonderful settlements along the way. Our trip via luxury bus is accompanied by river Trishuli up to Mugling and Marsyangdi from Mugling. In Pokhara, we can walk around the beautiful city of Lakes. Visit the Mountain museum, caves, David's falls, and other surrounding lakes for refreshment. Overnight at Hotel
Option: you can also take by flight Kathmandu to Pokhara, Additional cost of around $105
After breakfast, we will continue our trip to Phedi on vehicle. From Phedi, we will start our first day trek. We will walk on stone paved steps, terraced fields and through small villages and lush green forest before reaching Dhampus. We will stop at Dhampus for lunch and some rest and continue our hike towards Pitam Deurali. Pitam Deurali is a small and beautiful village located on a riddge of a hill. It provides a good view point for seeing Annapurna South, Mardi himal and Machhapuchhre. Overnight at Pitam Deurali.
This day we will continue ascending towards Forest Camp. The trail passes through green forest with rhododendron trees scattered here and there. The trail is thoroughly unique until we reach Forest Camp. After reaching forest Camp, we will take some rest and wander the area locally known as Kokar. Overnight stay at Forest Camp.
We will start our trek towards high camp early as usual. The trail passes through vibrant forest of rhododendron and sub-alpine vegetation. As we pass low camp, we will see the majestic fishtail/ Machhapuchhre mountain. The trail from low camp starts ascending alongside the ridge towards Mardi himal and Machhapuchhre. As we continue ascending, the tree line starts getting thinner leading to more shrubby areas. We might even be able to see HImalayan Monal along the way. Upon reaching High camp, we will take a little rest and continue exploring the areas. The mountain views from High camp will amaze you. Overnight at High camp.
Comparatively, a long trekking day. Today we will start our trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp as early as possible. The trail to here is winding with some ascents and descents on steep and narrow trail. We will trek through pastures and a narrow ridge before reaching the Upper view point, Kali danda. The mesmerizing view of the Himalayan snowscape from here is admiring. The view of Mardi Himal(5587 m), Annapurna I(8091 m), Annapurna South(7219 m),Baraha Sikhara(7647 m), Hiunchuli(6441 m), Tent peak(6501 m), Singhachuli(6501 m) , Machhapuchhre(6993 m) and many other mountains is one of the greatest reward. Spending some time at Mardi himal Base camp, we will trek back to High camp. Overnight at High Camp.
From High Camp this day we will trek to Bhiujung via low camp. We will stay overnight at Bhiujung.
From Bhiujung we will first descend to Sidhing. From Sidhing, we will drive back to Pokhara. In Pokhara, we can walk around the city in free time. Overnight at hotel.
Travel back to Kathmandu overland to see the green hills. We will have enough time for rest and for some gift shopping.
Option: you can also return by flight Pokhara to Kathmandu, Additional cost around $105
You will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport to catch your returning flight.
Includes & Excludes
- Airport pick up drop off by a private vehicle
- 2 Nights hotel in Kathmandu at 3-star category hotel with breakfast in twin sharing basis
- Transportation by tourist bus (Kathmandu-Pokhara, and Pokhara-Kathmandu) by tourist bus
- Transportation (Pokhara-Kande and Lumre-Pokhara) by a private vehicle
- 2 Nights hotel in Pokhara at 3-star category with breakfast in twin sharing basis
- 4 Nights teahouse accommodation during the trekking
- Full board food during the trekking
- An experienced English-speaking guide and his all expenses during the trekking and tour including insurance
- Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers and carries 15-20 kgs.) and their all expenses including insurance
- Trekking route map
- Complimentary sleeping bag and down jackets (return after the trekking)
- First aid kit
- All the government taxes and service charges
- International airfare
- Nepal visa fee
- Travel insurance
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and on the way to Pokhara, Pokhara, and Kathmandu
- Extra nights accommodation in Pokhara, Kathmandu in case of change of plans, unforeseen circumstances, and others.
- Personal expenses (WIFI, Device charging during the trekking, laundries, bar bills, etc).
- Tipping to the guide(s), porter(s) and driver (s)
- Anything does not include in the cost.
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek
- Nepal VISA info
- Trekking Gears and Equipments : Graded as easy trail, this trek does not require hardcore trekking equipments The best season to trek this trial starts from mid-September to Mid-November . Since there is no snowy conditions, crampons are not needed. Most of the hardest part of the trail is stone paved or gradual upward jungle walk. But one should consider bringing trekking pole and trekking shoes (normal sports shoes should work, but we recommend our clients to use trekking boots). A normal windcheater jacket is needed as it is going to be warm in low altitude and a down jacket is preferred up in the higher altitude. Further accessories like sleeping bags and some light snacks are good to carry for your ease. Accommodations up to Deurali have electricity and provides service of charging your equipment for free. However, accommodations after that completely rely on solar energy and may or may not charge you a certain amount. Wi-Fi is available on lower parts, though apart from certain parts of the trail, most of the area is covered by NTC network coverage.
Departure Dates for Mardi Himal Trek - 11 days
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