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Mardi Himal trek is one of the most recently opened trekking routes in the Annapurna region. It is an easy, short trek that packs a complete experience of Himalayan trekking from snow-capped Himalayan peaks and sub-tropical forests to village life.
The objective of Mardi Himal trekking is to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp which sits at an altitude of 4500m. The trekking trail is a moderately difficult one involving rocky paths that snakes around rhododendron and pine forests. There are few villages in this area and the number of lodges available may sometimes not be adequate. The promise of wilderness and adventure is still very much a part of Mardi Himal trekking.
You will be able to capture heart touching views of Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6993m) and Hiunchuli (6441m) among others. This trekking offers Multi-day options with variable points for start and finishing points.
● New trekking route in Annapurna region which is relatively quiet and less crowded
● Hike up to Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500m
● Enjoy splendid views of Annapurna, Mardi Himal, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail and much more
● Experience walking through rhododendron and pine forests that buzz with wildlife activity
● All airport/hotel transfers.
● Two Night Accommodation at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.
● Two Nights accommodations at deluxe hotel in Pokhara on twin/double sharing basis.
● All accommodations and meals during the trek.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● Two way tourist bus ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
● All ground transportation during the trek as per itinerary.
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Farewell dinner
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals in Kathmandu
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the
mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water,
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and porters.
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase
● Day bag.( Small handbag)
● Trekking shoes
● Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap
● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket
● Pullover or warm sweeter
● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
● Hand gloves
● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
● 3/4 pairs of Underwear
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● 4 seasons Sleeping bag
● Flash or Torch light
● Camera and batteries.
For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.
For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.
The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.
For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.
For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.
We will come to pick you up at Tribhuvan International Airport on the day of your arrival. From the airport you will be directly transported to the comfort of your hotel where you can relax and unwind. In the afternoon/evening visit our office and attend a program briefing by your trekking guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
After morning breakfast, prepare yourself for a long drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The journey takes you along Prithivi Highway with beautiful views of green hills, snow peaks, rivers and villages. It takes about 6 hrs to arrive in Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
After breakfast take 1.5hr drive from Pokhara to Phedi which is your trek starting point. Today our goal is to reach the village Pothana which is approximately 3hrs hike from Dhampus. But first have lunch. The trekking trail begins to climb from Dhampus but levels mid way and remains that way till you reach Pothana. Stay overnight in Pothana.
Rise up early and you will be served with a warm breakfast. Get back on the trekking trail led by your trekking guide. Today you will walk about 5hrs to be in Pothana. Much of the trail passes through forests of rhododendron, maple, oak and hemlock, so don’t be surprised if you encounter wild animals. Along the way you will cross Pitam Deurali before heading closer to Forest Camp. Stay overnight in Forest Camp.
Continue on your trekking trail early after breakfast. We will go deeper into the wilderness as the trail ascends its way through uninhabited areas. You will notice the vegetation changes abruptly from rhododendron to that of ferns, lichen and mosses. Enroute enjoys beautiful views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. In 5 hrs time you will arrive at Low Camp. Stay overnight in Low Camp.
Today you will trek to a higher altitude. Follow the forested trail in an unspoiled wilderness. In no time you will be above tree line and the views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Mardi Himal much clearer. Thelatter trail will follow Mardi Himal ridge towards High Camp. The temperature at High Camp is freezing with occasional sightings of birds. Stay overnight in High Camp.
We will spend a full day today hiking up to Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500m altitude. Hike 1 hr and you will be at the base camp from where you can get closer views of Mardi Himal, Hiunchuli and Annapurna as we have majestic sunrise views. Return to Low camp. Stay overnight in Low Camp
After breakfast we will begin our descend to Iwang village. It takes 5hrs walk to reach Iwang village mostly passing through rhododendron and oak forests. Enjoy the sounds of bird chirping and streams flowing by. Stay overnight in Iwang Village.
Take an early morning drive from Iwang village to Pokhara. The journey is a scenic one and is of 2hr duration. Enjoy walking along Phewa Lake and nightlife here. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Take an early morning drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus. You will have the rest of the day to relax and unwind. In the evening you may take a stroll through Thamel night market and enjoy the farewell dinner. Stay in Kathmandu.
Our staff will take you to the international airport for you to catch your flight back home or towards your next destination.
Mardi Himal Trek is the newly opened trek in Nepal which is relatively quiet and less crowded. The trekking region is well connected by roads, internet and phone and there are plenty of facilities of lodges and guesthouses along the trekking trail.
Mardi Himal trek is graded easy to moderate on difficult scale which means the trek is recommendable for all age groups of trekkers. The trekking itinerary is planned to give you enough time for acclimatization so there is no risk of high altitude sickness (HAS). The trekking trails are well established and maintained except for some rugged path on last section to base camp, the trail is quite easy and walk-able.
No trekking experience as such is required to do Mardi Himal trek. The only criteria you will need is to be physically fit and mentally healthy.
The program cost we offer to you is both reasonable and comparative. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of host destination and our staffs. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practice of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable comparative price.
Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs.
We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combination you want to pursue.
You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.