Mardi Himal trek is set in the middle of Annapurna Region which is named after Himal called “Mardi”. The location is the east of Modi Khola River. It is one of the most interesting treks in the region. Very basic home-stay lodges and tea houses are found where typical trails are followed. This, of course, allows you to experience Nepal at a more basic level and be close to the natural surroundings.
Mardi Himal Trek is a new path in the Annapurna region and unlike some of the others is not as developed; It allows trekkers to have the best available views of the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and Mt. Mardiamong many others. In the springtime, the trail offers amazing flowers and the rhododendron trees give fantastic views and photo opportunities.
Likewise, Mardi Himal trek starts and ends in the second largest and most beautiful city of Pokhara. Moreover, Many sightseeing opportunities are set around Pokhara and Phewa Lake. It is the perfect place to relax and recharge the batteries after many days trekking.
Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu and One night in Pokhara including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek and One night pokhara after trek.
Flight ticket pathmandu to Pokhara and private jeep to phedi.
All accommodation whilst on trek.
You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Return transport to the beginning and end of the trek to Kathmandu.
An Annapurna conservation permit is also required for this area.
Trekking leader, guides accommodation and food.
Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.
Trekking Leader, guides and porters insurance.
An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing
Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours.
All government texes and Service Charge.
Medical supplies (Frist aid kit).
Flights to and from Nepal.
Visa to Nepal. (Available when you land).
Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason).
Tip for Guides and Porters.
Your travel and rescue insurance.
Arrival In Kathmandu
Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country. The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Kathmandu to Pokhara to Pothana
After you arrive at Pokhara either by air or bus, we visit Pokhara. Lakeside is very famous for boating, restaurants, shopping, cycling and many more. Then, we pass through Kande, Australian Camp (2060m – About one hour), then downhill to Pothana (1950m) and to the village of Deurali. It is a typical village where most of the people are Brahmans.
Pothana to Forest Camp (2600 M)
We leave this village following the trail through jungle. The jungle is thick but full of fun also you need to be careful with extended roots and high rocks. As you move on the trail goes steeply down and later it gains height and into Forest Camp (2600m) after about 4 hour trekking. Overnight at a lodge.
Forest Camp to Low Camp [3100 M]
The trail we follow to get to low camp is deep rain tracks i.e. Gullies where our walk should be very attentive and careful. The trail is initially quite steep as we follow the trails to low camp and gets steeper and steeper. After about half hour, we see spectacular Annapurna South high and wide. The path continues through scrub forest, Meadow, deep Valleys and we can see Modi Khola River Valley, Seti river valley and villages leading to Annapurna Sanctuary at around us. It is possible to see all the way back to the Pokhara Valley and Lake Phewa, if the weather is clean and clear. The flora and fauna has turned to classic cloud forest with mosses and lichen. As we climb there are natural windows in the woods that view out onto thrilling and finally we settle at Low camp.
Low camp to High Camp (3900 M)
The way up from Low Camp to High Camp is very steep and the trail itself is basically a series of deep rain gullies in the forest so we need to be careful with our footing. You will see Hiunchuli Peak and the knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. Far below, we can see Modi Khola Valley leading up into the Annapurna Sanctuary (Left) and magnificent Fishtail at very close. The trek continues and finally we take our shoes off at High Camp.
High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp [4500m] and return to High camp
We will rise early in the morning to start our climb along the narrow Mardi Himal range up to the high viewpoint at 4500 meters. We see beautiful Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Fishtail mountain looms directly overhead with sunlight splattered all over them which is astonishing. From there we head back to High camp which is quite challenging task and we’ll spend another evening at High camp.
High Camp to Siding Village (1885m)
We head downward very steep and difficult trails through the forest. The trail continues down to Low Camp and continues down steeply to the village of Siding which is 500 meters above the river valley. which is typical Gurung village where we will arrive on time and will explore the real culture and people. we will stay overnight at Siding Village.
Siding Village to Luwang Village (1500m)
After breakfast we leave Siding Village and the trail continues we gear up crossing valley, several rivers, waterfalls, green hills, village of Ghalel, rice fields, Mardi Khola we arrive and stay at Gurung’s village called Luwang with a very typical hospitable local family.
Luwang Village to Pokhara (950m)
Before breakfast we visit tea plantation at this village and view of Machhapuchhre at top of valley we return Luwang village for breakfast and passing through Khor Mukh within an hour you’ll be driven to Pokhara and you can enjoy the moments you had at Pokhara. Overnight is at a lakeside hotel.From there we drive back to Pokhara. Overnight stay.
Pokhara to Kathmandu.
We will get up early and after breakfast head tor the Tourist bus park for back to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu you will be able to spend time relaxing and shopping.
Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and a place which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not only the religion but the Nepali culture.A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.
Return to the home. Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wises are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final.
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does, of course, depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops selling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced. It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guideline. The basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants.
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Headlamp (eg Petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg Thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear, appropriate to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers/pants. (Preferably breathable fabric)
In addition to the items listed in our general checklist you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boots with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING CHECKLIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravans.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumper (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow-covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe, Crampons otherness/carabiners. During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your trek bag, in group bags until needed.
To minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipment rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them a lot cheaper than you find in Europe and the USA. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which gives you an idea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All-purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-2 looking Carabiners, Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paracetamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
-Anti – diarrhoea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.