MARDI HIMAL TREK
The Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem situated just east of one of the most popular treks of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Since this is a newly opened trek route, few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp, spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the impressive Machapuchhre.
The trail goes along small paths through magical rhododendron forests, until you climb out of the forest around 3,300 m. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rough high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. From High Camp (3580 m), you can climb in about 3-4 hours to Mardi Himal Base camp, which offers spectacular close up views of the entire Annapurna Range.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeTrekking
Activity Level Above Moderate
Two-thirds of the trekkers in Nepal visit the Annapurna region. The area is easily accessible, hotels in the hills are pentiful, and treks here offer good scenery of both high mountains and lowland villages. Central Nepal is dominated by the Annapurna Himal and the village of Pokhara. Pokhara is a good starting point for trekking in Nepal. The entire Annapurna range, more than 7600 sq km, was declared ‘Annapurna Conservation Area’ and is the first and also the largest protected area of Nepal. The region is rich in biodiversity and is a treasure house for 1,226 species of flowering plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 39 reptiles and 22 amphibians. It contains world�s deepest river gorge – Kali Gandaki Gorge, which is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. The region contains world�s largest rhododendron forest in Ghorepani. Tilicho lake, located in Manang � north of Annapurna massif, is the world�s highest altitude fresh water lake. The area ranges in altitude from 790 m (2,590 ft) to the peak of Annapurna I at 8,091 m (26,545 ft).
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
It entirely depends upon your level of fitness and ditermination because at some point trekking can become streneous as we gain elevation. The highest point on this trek is 4095m. Nevertheless, if you are physically and mentally fit, you can enjoy this trek like all the other participants.
All treks in the Annapurna region either start or end at Pokhara. You can either choose to take the 8-hour tourist bus drive to the city of Pokhara from Kathmandu or, for an additional cost you can take a 25-minute flight that can save half a day of your itinerary. You could enjoy at the lakeside, the shore of Fewa Tal (Fewa Lake) in Pokhara and get ready for the trek the next day.
FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION
On your way to trek, there are trekkers’ hotel (Guest Lodges), most are adequate and some are outstanding, that provide good accommodation and a appreciable choice of prepared meals. However, it is highly advisable to bring your own sleeping bag, as during the peak season, most lodges are crammed beyond their capacity, in case everything is full and you are forced to sleep on a floor and it can get very cold at higher altitudes.
BEST TIME TO TREK
March to May is one of the best times to trek with lots of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountains. While the sky may not be very clear like in the autumn months, it is the second busiest season for trekking and mountaineering.
June to August is a rainy season but the mountains and hills are covered with lush, full green forests and vegetation. Mountain views are not guaranteed as it is generally cloudly everyday but if you love to explore the trails and nature in quite, this is the perfect time to trek because very few people travel at this time of the year.
September to November is the by far the busiest and the best season with spectacular views of mountains. The sky is very clear as the weather is easily predictable. However, the most popular trails can become quite busy at this time.
December to February is a winter season and it is good time to trek because the sky is clear and the number of trekkers are reduced due to cold temperature.
SAFETY ON THE TRAIL AND ACCLIMATISATION
All our guides are well trained in First Aid and are highly experienced in trekking in Nepal. We give utmost priority to safety and our staff will be available for any issues, and alert to any symptoms of illness that may come up.
As you reach any point above 3000m, you could face with altitude problems, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), that can be life threatening. This is why we have specially designed our trip itinerary so that you have sufficient time to acclimatise to the higher altitude. Our guides are well experienced and will act accordingly with the seriousness of any mountain sickness suffered. In case of AMS, the easiest and best remedy is to descend quickly, so never ignore the symptoms and please talk to your guide or leader if you feel uneasy. They are trained to manage the logistics and assess the situation continually to make sure that you have a safe trip and enjoy yourself.
– Land transportation, airport pickup and drop by private car / van / tourist bus.
– Standard accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, breakfast included.
– 3 meals a day and best available Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation along the trail.
– Well experienced English speaking and other native language speaking trek leader/guide.
– Porter service and support staff for above 4 person
– TIMS trekking permit and national park fees
– Food, wages, accommodation, equipments, medicine and insurance coverage for all trekking staffs.
– All Government taxes.
– Meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu (other than breakfast).
– Travel insurance and other expenses like costs incurred due to any unforeseen circumstances, emergency evacuation and rerouting, flight change, airport taxes.
Alcoholic, hot and cold beverage, laundry.
Personal trekking Equipments.
Tips for trekking staff – Tipping are expected.
ARRIVAL IN NEPAL
We highly suggest that you arrive in Nepal at least one full day before the intended date of your trek as it will give you an opportunity to allow for any jetlag and purchase any trekking and climbing items here in Kathmandu. Our representative will receive you at the airport and take you to Three Star Hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Note: Hotel will be as per your request, budget to deluxe. So please let us know your requirement.
Drive to Pokhara (910m/2986ft.) for 6 hours by bus. Overnight at a 3 star Hotel.
Drive to Phedi from Pokhara. Trek uphill to Dhampus village for 2 hours. Stop for lunch. Trek to Deurali (2150m) for 2 hours through forest area and have a panoramic view of Mt Fishtail and other surrounding peaks of Annapurna Region.
Trek to forest camp. We follow ridge all the time, watch views of Modi khola valley on the left and Mardi Khola on the right. We get a closer view of Mt Fishtail and Mardi Himal. Overnight at forest camp (Kokar) at 2460m.
Trek to High Camp early in the morning via dense forest of rhododendron. On the way, we stop for quick lunch at Low Camp and again move forward to High Camp.
5 hour round trek and exploration of Mardi Himal Base Camp. Great view of Annapurna Sanctuary and Mt Fishtail Base Camp.
Trek downhill to Siddhing Village(1700m) for 6 to 7 hours. This place is a rich habitat of Himalayan Langoor, Barking Deer, Black Bear and many varieties of pheasants like Danphe and Munal.
A two hour short trek to Lumre and a jeep ride to Pokhara for 2 hours.
Take a ride back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Approximately 6 hours journey. Overnight at 3 star Hotel.
This is a cushion day that has been added into the itinerary to allow for delays due to flights or other reasons beyond our control. If you are able to complete your trek in time then this day may be used for sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley or free for shopping days.