Mardi Himal Trekking - 10 Days

Trip facts

Trip Code: GHA-MHT-100
Duration: 10 Days
Best Season: Mar - May/Sep - Nov
Max. Altitude: 4200 M. 
Trip Grade: Moderate
Accommodations: Hotel, Lodge
Transportation: Flight, Private Vehicle

Mardi Himal trekking is a alternative, less crowded and new trekking destination in Annapurna region. It is short and panorama trekking with spectacular views of Annapurna Himalaya near from the Pokhara. Explore the typical Nepali villages, walking inside rhododendron forests that looks tremendous during March - April. The views along the route are impressive; includes Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal and Hiunchuli. More than that, upper view point offers spectacular close views of the whole Annapurnas. As well it is a classic trekking route which gives test of unspoiled culture and villages.

Mardi Himal located to the east of Annapurna Base camp virtually under the septacular Fishtail mountain. There is a low camp which is best view point for Faishtail view as well as Sunrise and sunset views. The high camp is the best point which offer the spectacular views of Annapurna Base camp and incedible mountains. Become a new trekking route the accommodation is very basic in Mardi Himal.

Itienery Overview

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu.
Arrival at Tribhuwan International airport (Kathmandu). Our airport representative will meet you and transfer to hotel by the private vehicle. Our tour guide will explain about your program in evening time. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Drive / Fly to Pokhara 6 hrs.
After breakfast at hotel you will drive to Pokhara by private vehicle (6 hours) or if you go by flight you will transfer to airport and fly to Pokhara (25 Minutes). After 1 hour refreshing at hotel you visit Tal Barahi temple and boating at Phewa Lake. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Kande, trek to Deurali – 6 hours.
After breakfast you will drive to Kande. Kande is Hill area near from Pokhara and offers panoramic Mountain View. From here you will start your trek approaching Pothana first and continuous to Deauli. The trail passes through the green forests of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron and local villages with backgrounds of Annapurna Himalayan range. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek Deurali to Low Camp (3,035M) – 6-7 hours,
After traking a breakfast at lodge you will walk inside the forest. YOu will walk in higher where the vegetation changes with more blooming rhododendron forest. This is another pleasant day in mountain for peaceful walk. From the low-camp you will see the superb view of Machhapuchhre peak. Lodges prividing these camps are vary basic and opened for providing basic meals and accommodation to the trekkers. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek Low Camp to High Camp (3,590M) – 6 hours.
Today is also a pleasant walking day here with stunning views of close Himalayan views. Once you climb high camp there is no forest and route is becomes opened. Walking in the high grassland you can see different birds called Himalayan Monal, impeyan pheasant and Danphe in Nepali it is easy. It is respected National bird of Nepal. Finally we will reach at High and spent a night at here. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 06: Hike to Upper View Point (4,200M), back to high Camp – 4.5 hours,
Today our goal is to see the sunrise over the Himalayas so you will wake up in early morning. Then we will have breakfast at the lodge and start hike to Upper view point. Upper view point offers the magnificent views of close Himalayan peaks. This is moderate trek so not very easy and not challenging. If you travel in summer season this area is full of yaks and sheep. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 07: Trek to Landruk village (1,560M) – 6.5 hours,
After complete our goal to Mardi Himal Base Camp we will take a separate route to Landruk village. A Gurung village of Landruk is a huge village that is on the way to Annapurna Base camp. The trail between the low camp there is juction where we take separate route to Landruk village. Stay one night in Landruk Village and explore the Gurung culture and local lifestyle is another bonus of the trekking. Which goes life long experience for the trekkers. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek to Nayapul (1,070M), drive to Pokhara (820M) – 8 hours, Overnight at Hotel.
We descend to Modi river and flat all the way to Nayapul and take 1 hour drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09: Drive / fly back to Kathmandu (1,345m) 6 hrs driving.
Evening complementary Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance show. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Final Departure.
Our airport representative will drop to the international by tourist vehicle.

Useful Informations

During the trip such thing weather, local Politics, transportation and other factors are beyond our control which can change our itinerary. However it is unlikely that the itinerary would be changed. If the cases alternative itinerary is needed the leader (Guide) will decide what is the best alternative itinerary for the whole group. Whether the change of itinerary is does not matter, we can do everything and minimized it effect but we can not be responsible for the result of delay.

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu.
Arrival at Tribhuwan International airport (Kathmandu). Our airport representative will meet you and transfer to hotel by the private vehicle. Our tour guide will explain about your program in evening time. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Drive / Fly to Pokhara 6 hrs.
After breakfast at hotel you will drive to Pokhara by private vehicle (6 hours) or if you go by flight you will transfer to airport and fly to Pokhara (25 Minutes). After 1 hour refreshing at hotel you visit Tal Barahi temple and boating at Phewa Lake. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Kande, trek to Deurali – 6 hours.
After breakfast you will drive to Kande. Kande is Hill area near from Pokhara and offers panoramic Mountain View. From here you will start your trek approaching Pothana first and continuous to Deauli. The trail passes through the green forests of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron and local villages with backgrounds of Annapurna Himalayan range. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek Deurali to Low Camp (3,035M) – 6-7 hours,
After traking a breakfast at lodge you will walk inside the forest. YOu will walk in higher where the vegetation changes with more blooming rhododendron forest. This is another pleasant day in mountain for peaceful walk. From the low-camp you will see the superb view of Machhapuchhre peak. Lodges prividing these camps are vary basic and opened for providing basic meals and accommodation to the trekkers. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek Low Camp to High Camp (3,590M) – 6 hours.
Today is also a pleasant walking day here with stunning views of close Himalayan views. Once you climb high camp there is no forest and route is becomes opened. Walking in the high grassland you can see different birds called Himalayan Monal, impeyan pheasant and Danphe in Nepali it is easy. It is respected National bird of Nepal. Finally we will reach at High and spent a night at here. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 06: Hike to Upper View Point (4,200M), back to high Camp – 4.5 hours,
Today our goal is to see the sunrise over the Himalayas so you will wake up in early morning. Then we will have breakfast at the lodge and start hike to Upper view point. Upper view point offers the magnificent views of close Himalayan peaks. This is moderate trek so not very easy and not challenging. If you travel in summer season this area is full of yaks and sheep. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 07: Trek to Landruk village (1,560M) – 6.5 hours,
After complete our goal to Mardi Himal Base Camp we will take a separate route to Landruk village. A Gurung village of Landruk is a huge village that is on the way to Annapurna Base camp. The trail between the low camp there is juction where we take separate route to Landruk village. Stay one night in Landruk Village and explore the Gurung culture and local lifestyle is another bonus of the trekking. Which goes life long experience for the trekkers. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek to Nayapul (1,070M), drive to Pokhara (820M) – 8 hours.
We descend to Modi river and flat all the way to Nayapul and take 1 hour drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09: Drive / fly back to Kathmandu (1,345m) 6 hrs driving.
Evening complementary Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance show. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Final Departure.
Our airport representative will drop to the international by tourist vehicle.

Price Include

  • Airport Pick up and drop as per the itinerary.
  • 3 Nights twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • 2 Nights twin sharing hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
  • All standard 3 Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner ) during the trek.
  • Best available Lodge/Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
  • Local Sherpa licensed holder English Speaking trekking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, Salary, Equipment, Medicine and insurance for all staff.
  • Necessary entry permit fees & traveler TIMS card.
  • Global Holidays Adventure sleeping baggage and duffel baggage, (refundable).
  • All necessary ground transportation by private tourist coach.
  • All Government Taxes and official expenses.

Price Exclude

  • International Airfare and necessary Airport taxes.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (bring accurate USD cash and two Passport photographs)
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu bacause of early return form mountain or late departure.
  • Temple & Monastaries Entry fees in Kathmandu.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • All personal & bar expenses in Kathmandu and during the trek.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver ( Tipping is expected ).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned above.

Is it safe to drink the water during Mardi Himal Trek ?
You will not get drinking water from taps or streams during Mardi Himal trekking. Mineral water is avaliable but it is bit expensive then kathmandu and Pokhara. You can use a water purifier tablets for drining water.

Do I get altitude sicjness during on this trek?
The mazimum altitude of the trekking is around 3500, so do not worry about the altitude problem. Although we recommend you to take travel insurance.

What is the Best season of the year for Trekking?
In Nepal, there are two seasons which are considered prime time for trekking. These times range from Feb-May and Sep-Nov. There are places to visit during Monsoon season ( June-August), such as Mustang and Upper West part of the Annapurna Circuit, as these treks are in the "Rain Shadow" and virtually untouched by Nepal Monsoon. Our Philosophy is simple. We believe in " Sustainable Tourism through eco friendly practices'.

Do I need to use Crampons during the trek ?
No. the track are well marked but if you go on mid winter you need crampons. We recommended micro spikes instead of Crampons which is lightweight and fit in any shoe.

What is the weather like in Nepal ?
Nepal is an extremely diverse country for its size. The temperature can range from extremely hot ( 37-40C) in the lower Terai regions, to negative temperatures in the northern, mountainous regions. Feb-May and Sep-Nov are prime trekking times due to the lovely climate. There is ample sun in the day time and only slightly chilly at night. Monsoon ( June-Aug) can get very hot and humid-with showers usually in the early morning and late afternoon.

Is someone going to meet me at the airport ?
Our airport representative will come to the airport to pick up. We will be displaying a play card Global Holidays Adventure with your name on it. You need a visa to Nepal. You can easily get a visa upon your arrival in TIA airport, Kathmandu on paying US$. 40 for a month US$. 100 for three
months.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the Hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek leader.

While briefing, please bring passport, 3 copies of passport size photos, travel insurance, writing pen and notepad.

How do I pay Global Holidays Adventure ?
After the trip confirmation you will send around 25% advance deposited by wire transfer to GHA Bank Account and remaining you can pay after your arrival by Cash or Credit Card but to pay by credit card there will be extra 4% bank service charge. Now Traveller Cheque is not acceptable as per the rule & regulation of Nepal Rastra Bank. We accept visa card, master card & National Card.

What sort of accommodation can I except in Kathmand, Pokhara and Trekking ?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara:
Here are all kind of Hotel simple to 5* hotel. It's depends on your demand but normally in our trekking package we use standard rooms from 3* or 4* on BB Basis.

During Trekking: You will have teahouse/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can offer GHA sleeping baggage if needed but it's good idea to bring your own always. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. And you will have twin sharing tent with matteress in camping trek.

Toilet Facilities During Trekking: On, Trek common toilet facilities are available at tea house.

Shower Facilities: You will have hot shower in all teahouse but some place there isnot hot shower, we will provide you hot water in bucket for shower.

Do the Guide and support staff Speak English ?
Most of guides speak fluently English and some speak well. Some of the support staff do speak little English and some do not speak.

Do somebody carry our Backpacks ?
Yes, Our Porters/sherpas will carry you heavy backpack and you will carry only the daypack. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment.

What is our Daily routine while in trekking ?
Daily Routine starting from 7 am. Wake-up 7 am, start trek before 8 after breakfast, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm lunch and trek end 3:30 to 4 pm. Time to read or nap before dinner. After dinner there is time to play cards, reflect on all the wondrous moments of your day and talk about tomorrow plan.

What Kind of food can I expect during the trekking ?
Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegerarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatos, Eggs, Dalbhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( Variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like Apple Pies, Pancakes and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. YOu can always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will take on the way to distination.
CAN I CHARGE MY CAMERA BATTERIES ON MY TRIP ?
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by playing some service. Remember to bring your adapters!!

Is there any communication ?
Now most of the places mobile phone is working and there are many villages where local phones are avalaible. For emergency case our guide also carry Satalight phone.

How much additional money do I need for the trekkng ?
In Kathmandu, you can allocate $ 15-20 for lunch, dinner and drinks. It's all depends on your spending habits. US$ 15-20 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolate and few drinks in Trekking.

Why trek with Us ?
We provide you the best quality service and the most reasonable price. We organized everything for you to make a smooth and enjoyable trip allowing you to get the most out of your time in Nepal. Also, our company is registered in different government bodies & non-profit organizations of Nepal such as the Tourism Board, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, Nepal Mounteering Association, Kathmandu Environmental Education Project.

The Personal Equipment and items are individual interest & choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas. The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you many need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, Camera, sun cream & toilet paper etc. Should be carried by yourself so you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

Global Holidays Adventure will provide complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porters. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. you can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

GENERAL

  • 4 seasons sleeping bag ( Optional/ we can provide if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack or suitcase ( We will provide one complimentary GHD duffel bag gore you to Keep )
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket ( Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek. )


UPPER BODY-HEAD /EARS /EYES

  • Shade hat or baseball cap-some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.

  • Warm wool and synthetic hat that cover your ears.

  • Balaclava-lightweight, thinner variety.

  • Glacier glasses- 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case ( i.e Jumbo or Cube). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.

  • Headlamp- Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc so don't go cheap here.

  • Some people like ear-muffs; There are optional; a good hat balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people ( Optional)

  • A Neck Warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it ( Optional)


HAND

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thins wool or synthetic, useful alone on mind days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • 1 pair warm gloves ( heavier fleece or wool )
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient( Optional).

CORE BODY

  • T-shirts ( 2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper Jacket ( Optional)
  • Waterproof ( preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, synthetic, no cotton.

LOWER BODY-LEGS

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts-quick drying type not cotton.
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton ( 4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear-capilene or ther synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants-synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from top and bottom- this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants ( loose jeans/khakis ).
  • All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resident plastic bags.


FEET

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pairs light weight socks, a good option for the lower/warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it ( Otherwise you will get lots of blister)
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary ( Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals ( Optional)


MEDICINES AND FIRST AID KITS
(Please not our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox ( Commonly prescribed as acetazolamide) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with uss before starting to take his medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have also more extensive medical gear, but your should have the basics for general use.


MISCELLANEOUS, BUT IMPORTANT !

  • Passport and extra passport photos ( 4 copies )
  • Airline ticket ( Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of you)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & Passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification iodine tablets or polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit, Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towels, soap, etc.
  • 2 Bandanas


MOPTIONAL

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking pole. Although there are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc especially when going downhill ( Optional )
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds ( Optional) Paperback books, cards, mp3 player.
  • Binocular (optional )
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use ( Optional)
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator ( Optional)
  • pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip ( Optional )
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos ( Optional )


These above mentioned equipment list is only the supporting guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Especially for women, Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with lycra can often be offensive to local. If you fell these items comfortable to wear then use it on base layer and please pack something to wear on the top of them.

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