Mardi Himal Trek - 11 Days

Overview

Few trekkers make their way to the base of spectacular Mardi Himal and the beautiful and imposing Machapuchhre, but this stunning route is quickly gaining popularity. Less challenging than the trek to nearby Annapurna Base Camp yet just as beautiful, this 11-day adventure belongs on the itinerary of anyone looking for a literal off-the-beaten-path trek in Nepal.

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Highlights

  • Great for First timer in the Himalaya.
  • Great views of Annapurna,Machhapuchare,Daulagiri And Many More Unnamed Peaks.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu hotel.

Day 2
Drive to Pokhara. (850m)

A seven-hour drive by tourist bus to the pretty lakeside town of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara hotel.

Day 3
Pokhara to Pothana. (1970m)

We will take a private vehicle to Phedi and then begin our trek with a steep climb through the jungle, passing local villages until we reach Dhampus, our lunch stop. If the weather is clear, we will be able to see magnificent views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Dhampus is a Gurung village; you will be able to see traditional Nepali houses and surrounding farmland. A gentle incline after lunch brings us to Pothana where we will camp for the night.

Day 4
Pothana to Forest Camp. (2550m)

A steep uphill climb for most of the day through thick jungle with beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We may be lucky to catch glimpses of some of the abundant wildlife; leopards, deer, monkeys, and many species of birds all live in this dense jungle. We reach forest camp in the afternoon and set up camp for the night.

Day 5
Forest Camp to High Camp. (4100m/)

Today is a short distance but a steep climb through the rhododendron and juniper forest. As you reach the top, you will be rewarded with the most breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre (fishtail mountain), the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal. Camp for the night.

Day 6
High Camp, trek to Base Camp.

An early wake-up call today so you can appreciate the most spectacular sunrise views of the mighty Himalayas. After breakfast, we climb to Mardi Himal Base Camp, which stands at 5300 meters. 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 and nobody to date has managed to reach the summit. Today, we should be able to see Nepal’s national bird: the Lophophorus, flying above our heads. Camp for the night.

Day 7
High Camp to Siding Village. (1280m)

A steep descent to low camp following the same trail we went up. We then leave the trail and trek into the forest, heading to the Mardi Khola River. We descend further to Siding and set up camp for the night.

Day 8
Siding Village to Pokhara. (850m)

The trail now follows the contour of the river valley, gradually down between the pastures and through Tamang and Gurung villages. An easy hike today will take us to meet our transport in Lumre, from here we will drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara hotel.

Day 9
Rest at Pokhara.

Visit peace Stupa and Back to Hotel and Relaxing

Day 10
Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

We will take a late morning flight back to the capital.

Day 11
Transfer to Airport for final Departure

It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty of time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.

Cost Includes

  • 1. ARRIVALS AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL BY THE TOURIST BUS OR PRIVATE VEHICLES.
  • 2. TWO NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN 3 STAR CATEGORIZED HOTEL IN KATHMANDU.
  • 3. TRIP BRIEFING AND EQUIPMENT CHECK.
  • 4. TREKKING MAP.
  • 5. WELCOME DINNER WITH NEPAL CULTURAL SHOW.
  • 6. ONE DAY KATHMANDU CITY SIGHT SCENE.
  • 7. DOMESTIC AIRFARE
  • 8. GOVERNMENT LICENCE HOLDER TREKKING GUIDE
  • 9. ALL MEAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, AND TEA, COFFEE,
  • 10. STAFF EXPENSES
  • ALL STAFFS MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY RESCUE INSURANCES DURING THE TRIP.
  • ALL STAFF FOODS.
  • PORTER WAGES.
  • GUIDE WAGES.
  • 10. NATIONAL PARK
  • 11. ENTRY FEE.
  • 12. MUNICIPALITY CHARGE.
  • 13. ALL GOVERNMENT TAXES.

Cost Excludes

  • 1. LUNCH AND DINNER IN KATHMANDU EXCEPT for WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNER.
  • 2. BOTH WAY INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT AIR-FARE.
  • 3. PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE AND EMERGENCY RESCUE INSURANCE.
  • 4. NEPAL ENTRY VISA FREE.
  • 5. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
  • 6. FILMING PERMIT OF DRONE AND CAMERA DURING CLIMBING.
  • 7. EXTRA NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU IF LATE DEPARTURE.
  • 8. PERSONAL EXPENSES, LAUNDRY, WIFI CHARGE…..
  • 9. STAFF TIPS.

FULL DETAILS

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Equipment

“Himalayan Memories Trek advisory Equipment list”

The basic idea of the trekking gear for the Himalayas. This Himalaya trekking kit list aims to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night.

You will be given a detailed kit list after booking, but the main points to cover are as follows:-

BAGS – Rucksack or duffel bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you. Your payback should be comfortable and capable of carrying everything you need for the day, plus any valuable items such as a camera and passport.
SHELL – Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain.
PUFFY LAYER – A puffy jacket, filled with either down or synthetic, designed to be worn while doing physical activity in the outdoors is essential for your kit. This layer will not only keep you warm on the trail should it be cold, but also help you stay cosy in lodges and tea-houses. Often times, these places do not have heat outside of the common area, so a warm puffy jacket will come in handy.
Neck gaiters/shemaghs are mandatory. (torso, neck and head wear are ESSENTIAL to avoiding illness like a cold or worse),
LAYERS – Shirts, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves. We advise that you do not wear cotton while trekking. Cotton can actually make you colder, and in certain cases, give you hypothermia. Look for synthetic or merino wool material for your layering system.
BASE LAYER – Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings. Both top and bottom. At least two sets.
UNDERWEAR – We recommend non-cotton. 5-7 pairs.
FEET – Comfortable Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings. Always be sure that footwear is well-broken in prior to arriving in Nepal. For socks we advise using non-cotton socks with plenty of cushion. If you are prone to blisters, consider getting silk sock liners. 3-5 pairs.
SLEEPING – Warm sleeping bag (3-4 season) to get a good night’s sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
DRINKING – Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles. We also advise that you do not bring a water bladder. Hose lines can freeze, and if you use boiled water, the hot water will melt your water bladder. For purification methods, we encourage you to bring a UV Filter (SteriPEN), iodine tablets, or a backcountry water filter. Please bring spare batteries if you have a UV filter and at least one other method for sterilizing water.
WASHING & MEDICAL quick-dry travel towel, first aid kit, blister kit, extra toilet paper, hand sanitizer, lotion (the air is quite dry), lip balm,
SUN CARE – sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen (SPF 50, applied often to exposed areas)
TREKKING – trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags, waterproof cover for your rucksack
PERSONAL ITEMS – cameras, books, headlamp, music, journal, etc.
OPTIONAL ITEMS – down booties (for warmth in the teahouse), ear plugs, camping pillow, trekking crampons (like Kathoola Microspikes) if you are traveling during a snowy season, silk sock liners for extra warmth or blister prevention, she-wee or other female urinary device, dry shampoo, and snacks. You can buy snacks along the trail, purchase them in Kathmandu, or bring your favourite treat from home. Bringing a treat from home is a fun way to share some of your culture on the trail. It’s also helpful for those days in which nothing looks tasty. Remember, no cow products. Cows are sacred in Nepal.
ELECTRONICS – Charging your electronics will cost money while on a trek in Nepal. If you would like to avoid this cost, consider bringing your own portable Solar charger. Electronics do not like the cold. Sleep with your phone and any batteries in order to avoid bad battery life due to cold weather.
REPAIR KIT – (mandatory and learn how to use it before leave for Nepal – potentially very useful for trekking peaks,) gaffer tape, super glue, cable ties, needle + thread,4mm accessory cord ~2m, multi-tool
EATING/DRINKING – Drinks bottles (preferably Nalgene) and insulated bottle covers, snacks eg chocolate, energy drink powder, energy gels, jelly cubes etc, ‘P’ optional Thermos flask (metal, 1 litre.

Insurance

As soon as you book your trip with Himalayan Memories Trek you should purchase a policy which covers trekking to 5500m this will cover you any unexpected events force you to cancel.

Your policy should also cover helicopter rescue in the event of an emergency evacuation.

The only two methods of travel mostly are on foot or by helicopter once in the mountains. Obviously certain medical conditions are either so debilitating or urgent that the first option is not practicable as an evacuation method. Helicopter evacuation is very expensive and is also dependent on favourable weather conditions. Many of the helicopters are working at the limit of their operating altitude in the higher parts of the valley. Himalayan memories trek will be well placed to coordinate an efficient rescue but we must stress that there is no single definitive cost for a helicopter rescue, much depends on what else the pilot is doing in the area, how far the helicopter has to fly, where it started from and so on. The maximum is about $10,000 from Everest base camp (for example) Itself, so your travel insurance should cover up to this figure specifically for rescue costs. The helicopter company will require a payment guarantee before they fly, this will be done by your insurance provider, opening a case number and arranging the relevant exchanges of information and certification. For this purpose, it is essential that you have the right policy and provide us with all the policy details. Our staff have got mobile phones and generally, there is somewhere near with a phone signal, or else one of the staff will go to the nearest place. The safety and stability of the injured person is the job of the group and the staff and anyone nearby who can assist because sometimes it can take hours for a helicopter to arrive. Thankfully many of the trails have first aid posts along the way, but every group should be prepared to help deal with an injured person and in this case, it goes without saying that the needs of that person are more important than the trek itinerary.
It will be a matter of the helicopter company ascertaining that it is safe to fly to the relevant location and then flying the casualty to a nominated location, almost certainly a hospital in Kathmandu. The helicopter will then be met by Himalayan Memories trek who will help to coordinate any further stages in the process. The helicopter will also fly into Kathmandu airport and our staff will arrange for a car or ambulance to take the person to the hospital. If for any reason the helicopter is unable to fly we will use our many local staff and contacts to coordinate an alternative rescue and treatment regime. Normally this means using horses or simply stretchering a person off the mountain to the nearest safe place or safe helicopter landing area. Again, this is something that will generally involve everyone.

Value of Money

Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, service, security and an ethical stance on tourism in a developing country. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running cheap trips that promote the practice of skimming budgets would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider. Your porters work extremely hard to carry your gear, advance set ups and keep your journey safe and enjoyable, sometimes at their own risk and peril. We could not complete our journey without them. They have families, too, and we all want to have an enjoyable, rewarding expedition full of great memories! Tashi Delek!

Acclimatisation

Our treks allow a good time to acclimatise and as a mountain guiding outfit we always want to ensure the trek is safe. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of safely reaching base camp also greatly reduce. We follow established mountaineering principles of height gain on all treks to altitude.

7 Rules In The Mountain

1) Go slowly and take a full day for the hike rather than get there as fast as possible.

2) Drink lots of liquid.

3) Always give way to yaks right of way and when you meet one on a path with a drop to one side, always stand on the uphill side.

4) Don’t get caught out with inadequate clothing to cope with a rapid change in weather This is the high Himalaya and a clear bright morning does not mean the same in the afternoon.

5) Do not wander off by yourself and always make sure people know where you are. Anything can happen and a slip on scree or moraine can mean getting cold very quickly while waiting for someone to come and help.

6) Part of the trek is on lateral moraine and some places are slippery. There is no need for crampons but simple care where you are walking is important.

7) Remember that the best approach to safety is to prevent an accident happening in the first place.

Daily Activities

On your trek, every morning, you are awoken early by a Himalayan Memories Trek staff with a first cup of native tea or coffee, along with a bowl of warm water to freshen up. Next, you are served a full breakfast of local fare. Such as fresh fruit and vegetables where it is available. We mainly serve freshly made porridge, eggs, camp made breads etc.

While you have breakfast the Sherpa’s use this time to disassemble the tents, so make sure you pack all bags before sitting for breakfast. while some porters set off on the daily walk in order to make setups in advance of our arrival at the next stop/camp, so that when we get there, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the area.

Typically, our walks start soon after breakfast. After a couple of hours walk, we will stop for lunches. In general, the afternoon walk is shorter than the morning one, to give people time to visit neighbouring villages, to rest and to chat while the chefs prepare the supper.

Tipping Staff & Driver

Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the porters and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your Guide will advise the group on an appropriate level of tipping. Most groups will hand out the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the holiday. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around $80 (or, approximately 10,000 Nepali Rupees) to these tips. At the end of their trek many people also like to donate various items of equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks are always warmly received by the porters. Your guide will make arrangements for a fair distribution (possibly by raffle) amongst the trek crew. Please note that you will have the opportunity to tip your guide separately during dinner on the final evening of the holiday. If you felt your guide was especially helpful, please consider an appropriate bonus to him or her of 20% of group tips.

Baggage Allowance

Your main item of luggage should be a sturdy kit bag, duffel bag or similar. This will be carried during the trek by porters or pack animals and must weigh no more than 15kg. You should also bring on your holiday a day-pack of approximately 30 litres capacity. It is possible to leave items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu. For your international flights, please check the baggage allowance with your airline.

Spending Money

Approximately $200(or equivalent in pound Sterling, Euros) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Pound Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit cards. (Fee applies) During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up by porters or animals, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

First Aid Kit

(Personal first aid kit contents)

Paracetamol
Ibuprofen
Antiseptic Wipes
Adhesive Plasters
Blister Plasters
Zinc Tape
Insect Repellent
Antihistamine tablets
Sunblock Cream
Water Purification Tablets
Loperamide tablets
Rehydration Sachets
Lip Salve
Throat Lozenges
Latex gloves
Crepe Bandage
Hydrocortisone Cream

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Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Facts

  • Private Transport + Flight
  • 3580 M
  • 2
  • MAR | APR | MAY | SEP | OCT | NOV
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2 to 16
  • Best Available
  • Trekking
  • Fully Qualified Guide
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