Mardi Himal Trek - 7 Days

DESTINATION
Nepal
REGION
ANNAPURNA REGION TREK
DURATION
7 Days
NATURE OF TREK
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
MAX ALTITUDE
4500m Mardi Himal Base Camp
GROUP SIZE
2 - 14 People
START/END POINT
Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
ACTIVITY
Annapurna Trek
SEASON
Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov
MEAL
Breakfast in Pokhara Hotel and all Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel in Pokhara and Hotel/Lodge/ Tea House during the trek
TRANSPORTATION
Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus, Pokhara - Dhampus, & Ghandruk Phedi - Pokhara by Private Transportation

About the Trip

Mardi Himal Trekking, a newly explored trip in the Annapurna, is a great introductory to isolated and off- beaten trails for breathtaking scenery, traditional rural village, lush forests, rhododendrons in full bloom, a diverse range of dramatic landscapes in the high alpine and complete wilderness with the backdrop of the soaring snow-capped majestic mountains, Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Hiunchuli.

  Highlights

  • Spend a day Clean, Green and peaceful city of lake, Pokhara
  • Reach Mardi Himal base camp(4500m)
  • Relaxing Hot spring at Jhinu danda
  • Short and suited for any aged group
  • Trek to High camp (4600m)
  • First-hand experience of rural village life at a homestay in mountain lodges

Benefits

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer to/from Hotel by private transportation.
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude. It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.

 Overview

Mardi Himal Trekking, a newly explored trip in the Annapurna, is a great introductory to isolated and off- beaten trails for breathtaking scenery, traditional rural village, lush forests, rhododendrons in full bloom, a diverse range of dramatic landscapes in the high alpine and complete wilderness with the backdrop of the soaring snow-capped majestic mountains, Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Hiunchuli.

The newly explored trek route to hidden treasure in Annapurna area, Mardi Himal trekking through the remote off-beaten trail leads us to Mardi Himal base camp standing at an elevation of 4500m for the view of the spectacular mountains of Annapurna south, Mount Machhapuchare and Mount Hiunchuli. This trek is considered as an alternative trek route for Annapurna circuit trekking as trek encompasses all of the elements of a classic Nepal trekking experience of villages, wildlife, panoramic mountain views and range of landscape from forest to high alpine.

Opened in 2012, Mardi Himal at the east of Annapurna under the impressive Machhapuchre is the lowest, the least climbed and visited peak in Nepal. Trekking around its base camp is a shorter trek making it a great for first-timers and more experienced trekkers, as it takes around the least explored trail much away from the crowd of trekkers through the south of Annapurna then towards Mardi Himal (5587m), a prominent peak lying directly under the inspiring summit of Machhapuchare and directly opposite the massive south face of Annapurna 1.

Around six hours of drive from Kathmandu takes us to Pokhara, the naturally blessed city of Nepal. Then drive to trailhead at Dhampus, the starting point of our trek. The walk goes on through the forest until low camp with the best views of Machhapuchare.  During the spring season, routes are in its best with the blossom rhododendron forests offering a spectacular demonstration of pink and red. The landscape changes into a rugged high mountain landscape with views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchare, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. We arrive at high camp which again offers stunning views overlooking the entire Annapurna range.  Reaching a base camp of Mardi Himal rewards us with the views of overlooking Annapurna ranges- an excellent introduction to trekking in the Himalaya. Leaving High camp we descend to natural hot spring at Jhino Danda to have refreshed. We drive back to Pokhara where our trek package completes.

Trekkers visiting Mardi Himal trekking can experience Himalayan ranges, mountain landscapes, natural hot springs, mixed indigenous lifestyle, rhododendron forest, alpine meadows, an abundance of wildlife,  ancient caves, waterfalls, various species of flora and fauna- truly wilderness experience.

Its Notice to all our valuable clients who are joining Mardi Himal trek with us that our journey begins with 6-7 hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara (approx 200 km)which is included in a package, however, if you want to take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (20 mins approx) and also from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we can provide that with an additional flight cost which is not included in the package. Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal would like to recommend all our Valuable clients that they should arrive Kathmandu a day earlier at afternoon before the day we departed and start our Mardi Himal Trek next day, To make sure that you’ll attend our Official Briefing as an important Pre-meeting. The reason we do so is we want to make sure that you get proper mental guidance and necessary information just to have a recheck of equipment and goods for the journey so that if you have forgotten something then we'll provide you with that ASAP.

  Day To Day Itinerary

Days 1 -Drive to Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) (200 km /124 miles ) west of the Kathmandu Valley - 6 to 7 hrs,

After an early breakfast, we go to Pokhara by a tourist bus (6-7 hours drive). On our way, we can see the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers. Pokhara is a beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal in the east. Pokhara is a lakeside tourist's paradise with many facilities for travellers.

  • Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.
  • Included Breakfast.

Days 2 -Drive from Pokhara to Dhampus (1640 m /5,380 ft) – 2 hrs and trek to Deurali (2100 m / 6,889 ft) - Walking Distance (9 km/ 5.5 miles) -3-4 hrs

After the early breakfast, we will drive around 2hrs to reach Dhampus. then We will start trekking. the trail goes through the small villages inhabited by Brahmin, Magar and Gurung communities. you are greeted by first panoramic views of the Annapurna peaks. we walk follows through Rhododendron forest to our camping site in Pothana. Pothana is a small settlement in between the Pine trees offering the great view of Pokhara valley. The trails are very well-constructed in this area so it’s an easy half-hour hike to Pothana and the checkpoint for the Annapurna trekkers. We continue on broad stone trails to Deurali (2100m) where the views of Annapurna South loom before us.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 3 -Trek from Deurali (2100 m / 6,889 ft) to forest camp (2600m /8,530 ft) - Walking Distance ( 6 km/ 3.7 miles)- 5 to 6 hrs

Leaving Pothana, the trial becomes steep uphill climb for most of the day through a thick forest of Rhododendron, birch, oak, maple, hemlock and daphnia to the forest camp- these are the high glaciers of one of the greatest Himalayan peaks - Annapurna South – looming in the distance. We may encounter to have occasional glimpses of some of the abundant wildlife; leopards, deer, monkeys and many species of birds all live in this dense jungle. When we finally emerge from the forest into a clearing that is Low Camp (3100m) the sacred Machepucherare with its distinctive fishtail-shaped peak rises before us, its lower flanks skirted by the Mardi Himal ridge that is now visible as a separate mountain apart from Fishtail.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 4 -Trek from forest camp (2600m /8,530 ft) to high camp (3600m / 11,811 ft) - Walking Distance (8.5 km/ 5.2 miles) - 4 to 5 hrs

Today is a short distance but the way up from Low Camp to High Camp is very steep rewarded with the most breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre (fishtail mountain), the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal. With a gradual walk of the forest finally opens into a clearing where we see the face of Annapurna South rise high and wide – an astounding view. From here the trail breaks into a combination of scrub forest and open meadow. As we climb the ridge becomes narrower and soon we can clearly see the deep valleys on both sides. To our left we look straight down on the Modi Khola river valley and the villages leading up to the Annapurna Sanctuary; to our right, we peer down on the Mardi Khola and Seti river valleys over 2000 meters (6500 ft.) below. On very clear days it’s even possible to see all the way back to the Pokhara Valley and Lake Phewa. The trail continues up the narrow ridgeline to High Camp (3900m) where we stop for the evening at a mountain lodge.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 5 -Trek from high camp (3600m / 11,811 ft) to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m /14,763 ft) and back to low camp (3,050m /10,006 ft) Walking Distance (10 km/ 6.2 miles)-7 hrs

With early morning wake up, we will appreciate the most spectacular sunrise views of the mighty Himalayas. We will climb along the narrow Mardi Himal Base Camp ridge up, which stands at 5300 meters. From here the sun will be lighting up the full face of Annapurna South while Fishtail Mountain looms directly overhead. From here it’s a challenging descent back to High Camp for a mid-day meal before descending down to Low Camp where we’ll spend another evening. A challenging day walking along narrow, rocky trails, but all will be worth it for the awesome views of this majestic mountain environment. Mardi Himal is a sacred mountain for both Hindus and Buddhists. Today, be able to see Nepal’s national bird, the Lophophorus, flying above you will be back to High for overnight stay.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 6 -Trek from low camp (3,050m /10,006 ft) to Jhino Danda (1780m / 5,839 ft) - Walking Distance (12 km/ 7.4 miles) - 7 hrs

We descend from Low Camp down a very steep trail through the forest. We pass a shepherds hut in a broad clearing after an hour’s hike where we can stop to rest our legs. The trial continues down steeply to the hillside village of Siding, about 500 meters above the river valley. Trek descends through the village of Landruk- an ethnic group of Gurung settlement and reaches to Jhino danda. We spend our time to relax on a natural hot spring.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 7 -Jhinu Danda to Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi (1,150m/3,770ft) Walking Distance (4 km / 2.4 miles) -3-4hrs , drive to Pokhara (820m ) via Nayapul (1050m) -2-3 hrs

We have reached our final day on the trekking trails. Today we make a pleasant hike along the Modi River as we head down the beautiful valley. We gradually descend through the fertile landscape to reach Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi. We then say goodbye to the trails and make a return drive through picturesque countryside to Pokhara.

  • Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch ).

  Includes:

  • Both way transportation service between Kathmandu and Pokhara by Tourist bus.
  • Both way private transportation service from Pokhara to Dhampus (trek start )and Ghandruk Phedi (trek end) to Pokhara.
  • Two nights accommodation with Breakfast (room with attached bathroom) at "Panorama Hotel" in Pokhara.
  • Accommodation: Two nights room with attached bathroom at Deurali, Jhino Danda, Three nights standard room at Forest camp, high Camp, Low camp Camp,(Generally twin Sharing room)- 5 Nights.
  • All Standard Meals ( 7Lunches, 6 Dinners and 7 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Government License holder Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide, (12 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers:1 porters "9 kg per trekker max limit").
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day.
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water.
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance).
  • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek.
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek.

  Excludes:

  • International Flight.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110).
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person).
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey.
  • Extra night accommodation, Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara.
  • Personal expense such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, battery re-charge fee extra porters etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory.
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture).
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as excludes.

  Equipments Checklists:

Equipment list for Mardi Himal trekking

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trekking)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers, toothpaste, toothbrush)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  •  Biodegradable bar soap
  •  Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra Items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

 Trip Information

The beginning of a journey towards Mardi Himal Trek

The first day is your arrival day in Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport-TIA), Nepal. The second day, we drive to Pokhara. Tourist bus departures around 7 a.m. every day from Kathmandu.

Both way Tourist bus for Kathmandu- Pokhara is included in the package. The flight/private transportation is provided at an extra cost.

Don't worry, we'll pick you!

We offer a complimentary Kathmandu TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) airport pick up and drop off service. Upon your arrival, you are welcomed and greeted at your arrival gate (Holding your name on company pamphlet) by our representative member from Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal, then transfer to your selected hotel in Kathmandu. For departure transfer, we will come to pick you up at your stay hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the airport for your international flight.

Accommodation

7 Days Mardi Himal trek includes Six nights lodge to lodge stay at a mountain and two nights in Pokhara hotel where we use the best available lodge and select the best accommodation in trekking. We provide Two nights room with attached bathroom at Deurali, Jhino Danda, Three nights standard room at Forest camp, high Camp, Low camp Camp,(Generally twin Sharing room)-. We spend two nights hotel in Pokhara, accommodation with attached bathroom, TV, 24 hours hot water, power and laundry facility.

For solo trekker -a single private room with attached bathroom in the available lodge, single private accommodation in other places of the itinerary.

Two nights Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required which is not included in the package? Kathmandu has a wide range of hotel for all budgets and your interest. We prefer your choice.

Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.

The Meals

Our trek is all over high elevations near one of world’s highest peak which means your body needs enough carbohydrate, protein, nutrition as food is fuel for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal on this trek is very convenient but not as in cities.

There will be 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunch and 6 Dinners

will be provided in the trek. Some of the popular menu items are -

Seven breakfasts - ( Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets) Pancakes Muesli Breads Fruits and Vegetables Hot drinks like varieties of teas and coffees Hot chocolates etc)

Seven lunch - (Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari (Dal Bhat power 24 hours) Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snakes (Papad, Prawn) Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc)

Six dinners - ( Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snacks (Papad, Prawn) Korean Raman Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.) are available on the menu during the trek.
The best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list will be shorted. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude and also the fresh vegetable items for health benefit.

Tho plenty of non-veg item will be available we won’t recommend any of them because the meat in such places is not hygienic and healthy during the trek. We highly encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume Alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates as experts suggest to avoid such items during such high elevation treks.

Note: Lunch and dinner at Pokhara shall not be provided by the company.

All Personal Bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea house/ Lodges or in cafe except Standard Meals(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from Package.

Best season to Mardi Himal Trek

The weather is one of the most important factors to look at when deciding to trek to Mardi Himal cause no one is beyond nature. People trek throughout the year up to Mardi Himal trek but certainly, there is ups and downs in every season. It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn as the sky is crystal clear from dusk till dawn, the rainy weather stops and thick sun-blocking clouds also fade. The Magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas. With added those breathtaking views, Trek during the winters and monsoon, it becomes a bit challenging to trek due to heavy snowfall, cold temperature but that’s what excites many trekkers.

Although trekking is possible throughout the year each season has different advantages and attractions and advantages offer for trekking in the Annapurna region. The temperature in the mountains also depends according to the altitude range – higher the altitude, lower the temperature. In brief, below are the detailed information about the climatic condition of every quarter months.

March-May - Spring

Destination towards Mardi Himal in Spring (March-May) is a season in which mountains lovers and travel enthusiasts come to Mardi Himal trek in a very large number. In this season, the climate is mild, the rainfall is quite low and the trekking conditions are perfect. The mean daily temperature in the high part of Mardi Himal is between 5 to 0 degree C. Lower regions along the trek are even warmer making it pleasant for any nature lover.

Trekking season begins after March in the spring. By April, the trek route throughout the Himalayas will be rewarded with different full blossom rhododendron of red, pink and white even at an elevation of over 3,000 metres. The temperature starts rising from mid-March up to mid-May. Weather is cool at this time. The sky is very clear and you can enjoy the clearest views of the mountains.

June - August - Summer

If you are coming to trek Mardi Himal in between July to August, you are signing up for summer. Summer season falls in the month of June, July and August. Summer is the month of the hottest temperature and therefore has the most pleasant trekking conditions compare to other months. But the monsoon that coincides with the summer means that you have to be more careful with your preparation as the trekking trails might be wet and slippery.

It usually rains during this season. Monsoon generally begins around the end of June and continues up to the second week of August. The temperature during the days usually ranges from 15°C to 25! and gets relatively colder at night ( 5°C to 10?) mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing again at night. Though the rain may cause some problems. various plants bloom during this season, the valleys will be a green and totally different view than during other seasons.

September - November - Autumn

Autumn (September, October, November), like Spring, is a season that invites travellers around the world to trek in the Mardi Himal Moderate temperatures, mild wind, and low precipitation make Autumn a season of wonderful trekking conditions.

This is a favourite among tourists with the most favourable weather and perfect climate condition. The sun shines brightly the skies are clear you get a superb view of mountains and the temperature is perfect for the daytime trek. You can enjoy spectacular starry skies since the sky is clear at night. The monsoons will be over by early September and the weather ranges from mild to warm days. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 20c in high altitudes, the nights are colder with temperatures may go down around 5c. the greens that grew during monsoon fade to golden/amber proving a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies, grains are ripening in the enclave. The environment is clean and lowlands are lush. The biggest festivals of Nepal like Dashain, Tihar also fall during these seasons. It is also a busy season, the clearest month, with the crisp and sparkling sky. The daytime temperatures at this month are usually the most stable, from mild to cool conditions the humidity is also pretty dry with very cold nights.

December - February - Winter

Winter (December - February) treks in the Annapurna region are as popular as the Spring or Autumn treks. The places along the Mardi Himal trek can be cold during the winter but that's what excites most trekkers. The temperature of Mardi Himal trek itself can be as low as -10 degree C which tempts trekkers to visit this region in pleasant climatic conditions.

The coldest time is from December through early February, after late February, climate gradually gets warmer Temperatures to get cold dropping to -5 degree C at high altitudes. Daytime is pleasantly and relatively warm with sunshine. Despite being cold the skies are usually very clear, mountain views are at their best. With snowy caps, it might snow and the ground will be snow the trails are the least busy at this time. It may not be the best season for beginners but experienced trekkers will have no problem.

Physical condition & Experience Requirements

7 Days Mardi Himal is a moderate grade trek that takes us to 4500m at Base Camp of Mardi Himal, the highest point of the trip. Hiking duration per day ranges 4 to 7 hrs, with regular breaks to take in the stunning mountain views. The routes that involve long ascents, steep descents and straightforward path following a good trial.  As per day to day itinerary, we trek more hours in low land and fewer hours in the high mountain, because trekking in higher altitude is physically demanding than trekking in the lower altitude. To accomplish trek, past hiking experience would be an added advantage although no technical experience and skills are necessary. Novice trekkers can join in this trek but should be able to hike 5 to 6 hours a day at a reasonable pace with a light day pack. Some days require longer waking hours, so you must be reasonably fit and prepared for long days. Exercising and jogging regularly for a couple of weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our stamina. the fitter we are the more enjoyable experience we will have during the trekking.
Our trekking leader and guide have extensive first aid training and well -experienced in the Himalaya, we use oximeter to monitor your oxygen level and help in early detection of the symptoms. We guarantee your health will be at reliable hands. Your trek leader or guide will suggest precautions. All participants should be in good health condition with normal physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination. It is very important to make sure you are as healthy as possible before starting the trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

Trekking group/single

We organize a group as well as a private trek. The price of group discount is applied with having your own paxes at your group and price will be the same whether group joining or private touring. We are able to lead and handle any size of the participants in a group. There will be a group leader Guide, a porter for every two trekkers and an assistant guide for a group of 12 or above trekking members.

A typical day on Mardi Himal Trek

A day on trekking will be rewarded with unique experience providing to trek leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local village. During the trek, you are accompanied by an experienced, friendly and qualified expert guide along with porters to carry out your baggage. You need to take your small regular day pack on hiking days. The day starts with an early morning cup of tea. Each morning after packing our bags and having a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk ar around 7 am -8 am, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. after trekking 3 to 4 hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after an hour rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter being only 2 to 3 hours when we read our overnight lodge we snack on the pre-prepared extra dietary snacks, then after dinner, we will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is provided around 6 to 7 pm. In the evening before going to bed, we discuss each group member hiking experience of that day. And the guide will brief the next day trip plan. After completing of the trip briefing we enjoy fun and games and entertainment.trekkers love learning Nepalese language from our Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal crews, playing card, talking to and chatting with the crew members, reliving the day adventure or reading books before heading off to the bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication on Trek

On the Mardi Himal Trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone for safety proposes. We'll communicate all our valuable clients through our leader to at least once in a day to make sure you're fine, safe, feel right and have everything up there. You'll always be connected to Kathmandu's DWT office for any kind of help during the trek. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be the signal but not very strong before the high altitude. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card (Most of the places have wifi service available with an extra cost) for good access to connect.

Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.

Electricity, battery recharge and water on Trek

Throughout the lodges at Mardi Himal trek, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available with an extra cost in all lodges. Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shop or filling boiled water at an extra cost. A water purification pill is will be provided to make water drinkable.

You shouldn't drink water from the river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems.

Extra personal expenses on Trek

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal believe flexibility in packages without hiding any information and cost for the trip. We provide possible extra personal expenses that are excluded in the package. All meals, transfer and accommodation required for Mardi Himal Trekking are included except lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Trekkers need to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs for visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, snacks while trekking (to buy from local shops along the trail), tips to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal crew members (a member who involves in your trips such as guide and porters), souvenirs, hot shower, mobile and battery charge, mineral water. The Nepalese Rupee is a closed currency, which means you cannot bring the currency in or out of the country. We recommend bringing cash (dollar), which can be exchanged for Rupees in Kathmandu, or bringing a cash card you can use to withdraw from an ATM (bear in mind your bank may charge for this service).

Travel Insurance

This trip grade is ranked moderate. There is less and less risk of potential high altitude sickness. However, this mountain journey is not for a usual visit, and other unforeseen or unexpected events such as injury, illness, flood, landslide or sudden climate changes etc may face. Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for the Mardi Himal Trek. All the members of trekking must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members.

We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don't directly get involved in the sale of an insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy.

Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.

Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say in their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Helicopter-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.

Passport and Visa

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office.

www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport-size photo. The current cost of a visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended to stay in Nepal. we recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money Exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveller's cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite a several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four per cent or more depending upon the bank. Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Luggage

The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. but a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what is essentials, You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal store for free and it'll be completely safe.

We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc.) in our briefing before we start our journey from our Office.

Safety

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal guarantee our valuable client’s safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trekker to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.

Responsible Travel

"Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time."
We have a very strong commitment to environmental sustainability for protecting our fragile ecosystems,.Without a doubt, tourism has brought many positive impacts in terms of wealth generation, employment opportunities, infrastructure, healthcare and education etc. But with an increase in tourists’ negative impact has also become noticeable on the community and the environment. Please make sure you think about the environment and not carelessly litter. Furthermore, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travellers and communities.

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal Team

During the Mardi Himal Trekking, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well-experienced guides/sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained licensed with a prior experience they have spent years trekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage. Two people will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide for a group of 12 or above members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us, they are well paid and we take care of their insurance, clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with the sleeping gear we also provided them with food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing

Tipping

Most importantly, tipping is at travellers’ discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honoured way of saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service.

Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience.

Booking and Payment Process

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 1982138/075/076. We are a member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal trip with confidence as we are reliable. 10 per cent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union and online payment directly from our website. The remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Last-minute Booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who aren't able to for whatever reason Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal have a special provision for a last-minute booking. In the case of last-minute booking with 100% per cent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted. We do our best to operate a trek at any time but in case of last-minute booking, we can not be / responsible for delay due to changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging .contact us for more information at 977- 9851031022 (Suman) or email us.

Trip Extension

After completion of Mardi Himal trekking, If you have extra days in Nepal we can arrange tours of Kathmandu valley, sightseeing, trip to Nagarkot the perfect getaway Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, another trek and much more!

Feedback

After complete of Mardi Himal trekking, there will be farewell dinner hosted by Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal, we will provide you with a  digital printed certificate of trek achievement. We expect nothing in return but suggestions (positive or negative) about our services and team performance. As a service provider, we will make amendments based on your feedback on our overall performance. Your feedback helps us to execute future plans by improving weaknesses as well as continuing strength aspects. We encourage you to share your real feeling and experience through the popular social networking sites and on trip advisor.

Useful Information

The Mardi Himal Trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and Pokhara and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review our designated departure dates for this trek. If our designated departure dates do not suit your schedule please contact us and we will arrange it according to your timeframe. Please note that the Itinerary listed above may be modified in the events of changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. the new itinerary will be made based on the best interest of the whole group. we will do our best to make sure the new itinerary suits everyone and will not affect the trip experience


We look forward to guiding you to the Mardi Himal, through some of the most dazzling landscape on the planet with unforgettable Himalayan panoramas along the way!

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