Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Highlights

Panoramic View of Annapurna Range and holly Mountain mt. Fish Tail, Two Technical Mountain: above 8000 m. height from sea level Mt.Annapurna I And Mt.Dhaulagir, Pokhara City Sightseeing: International Mountaineering  Museum water Fall Mahendar Cave.

Trip Overview

Mardi Himal Trek takes place at the foothill of the beautiful Machhapuchhre (6,993 m) and Mardi Himal (5,587 m). With the beautiful western Himalayas and lush Rhododendron forest, this trek in the Annapurna region is one of the most beautiful ones we will venture into. This short trek covers the beautiful backdrop of Annapurna Massif. This off the beaten path takes us to the Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,300 m) and also the High Camp,from where the snow clad mountains seem to reach heavens, Sunrise is reflected by the beautiful Annapurna Mountains, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mardi Himal and the beautiful hills and panoramic view makes it seems unreal. Initially, the trail is easy to cover, with not many rocky terrains through thick forests but abruptly to rugged mountains. Trekkers will also move through many ethnic villages inhabitated by the local Gurung people.

 

High Altitude Sherpa  welcomes you to this godly trek to the Annapurna region. The trek would take somewhere around 9/10 days.The best time to cover this awesome trek would be September-November or March-May. The difficulty level is easy to moderate, however, due to the high altitude, we suggest caution. High Altitude sickness can be a problem if acclimatization is not done. Prior trekking experience can provide fruitful, however, with our expert guides we will ensure that every trekker will see the end of the journey.


BEST SESSION TO VISIT NEPAL

 

Autumn Session: September – November  

The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.

Winter Session : December – February 

Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Spring Session: March – May 

 Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal.  Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.

Summer Session: June – August 

Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas.  Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.


Team Composition

 There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be one assistant guide if required.

this arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group.

– porters for luggage carrying: two trekkers: one porters. it is depend number of porter where and  how long you doing trek.


Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

 This is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who have the skill to walk 4-5 hours a day with a light bag.

Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip to improve our strength and stability.

Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes.

 you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude.

– self-confidence and strong determination best way to  complete this trek successfully.

 Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.

Outline Itinerary

DAYS ITINERARY ALTITUDE    O/n
Day 1 Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive) 830 m Lodge
Day 2 Pokhara to Phedi (Drive) to Pothana 1950 m Lodge
Day 3 Pothana to Forest Camp 2500 m Lodge
Day 4 Forest Camp to Low Camp 3210 m Lodge
Day 5 Low Camp to High Camp 3580 m Lodge
Day 6 High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp 4450 m Lodge
Day 7 Mardi Himal Base Camp to Siding village 1885 m Lodge
Day 8 Siding village to Lwang village 1460 m Lodge
Day 9 Lwang Village to Pokhara (Drive) 830 m Lodge
Day 10 Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive) 1380 m Lodge

Detail Itinerary

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:  (1,300m).

High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the Mardi himal  trek each day program. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (827m): 6-7 hours.

little shops by the side of the road and the raging Trishuli River on our drive to Pokhara. From the city, we get great views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna. Pokhara is also a tourist destination, so we take some time out in the evening and enjoy!  O/n at hotel.

 

Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2100m): 30 minutes drive: 4-5 hours trek.

After an early morning breakfast, we start our adventure with a drive to Phedi and start trekking from there. We walk on stone steps, terraced fields and through villages and forests before reaching Dhampus where we have lunch. We continue our walk to Deurali which is a small village beautifully located on a ridge with good views of the Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhare. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 04: Deurali to forest camp (2,520m): 6-7 hours.

Our trail passes through lush forest dotted with the red rhododendrons. The flowers are a common sight in Nepalese hills and it is no surprise that its Nepal’s national flower. Our trail is very quiet until we reach a clearing of the forest camp. We can take rest and explore the area which is also known locally as Kokar in Forest Camp. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 05: Forest Camp to low camp (2970m): 5-6 hours.

We continue to walk through dense forests admiring Nepal’s rich biodiversity and reach the low camp. From here, the fantastic view of Mt. Machapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) up the valley is mesmerizing. We can spend some time in the evening observing the local lifestyle. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 06: Low camp to high camp (3540m): 3-4 hours.

We trek uphill alongside a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre. The tree lines start getting thinner and the area mostly consists of shrubs with isolated rhododendron bushes along the trail. If lucky, we might even come across the Daphne pheasant (national bird of Nepal) on our way to high camp. We ascend up to the high camp, which the final destination of the day. From here the mountain views are stunning. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 07: High camp to upper viewpoint (4250m), return back to high camp: 2-3 hours.

On our trek to the upper viewpoint we ascend and descend, and sometimes on a steep and narrow trail. Our trail passes through pastures and we hike along a narrow ridge before reaching the Upper Viewpoint We see Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and others. We trek back to the high camp. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 08: High camp to Sidhing Village (1700m): 6-7 hours.

We take a different route in high camp that takes us to Sidhing instead of going back down to Mardi Himal. The different route lets us experience something different and makes our trek exciting.  Siddhing offers a quiet stay for trekkers as it is tucked away from the busier trails. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 09: Sidhing to Lumre, drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours.

After an early breakfast, we walk towards Lumre finally reaching the road from where we begin our drive to Pokhara. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 10: fly/drive back from pokhara Airport a to Kathmandu: 28 minute.

High altitude Sherpa will pick us from the airport and drop us off at our hotel in kathmadu. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 11: sightseeing : We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites.Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 12: Final departure:  

Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal. So you transfer you to Kathmandu airport for your own destination.

Equipment List

The following basic equipments check lists should help you with your packing. Below are just lists for your information and ideas of clothing’s.

 

(A). Head:

1. Sun hat or scarf

2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

3. Sunglasses with UV protection

 

(B). Upper Body:

4.T-shirts ( According to length of your trip, normally 2 and above)

5. Light and expedition weight thermal tops

6. Fleece jacket or pullover

7. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)

8. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

9. Down jacket [you can rent in Kathmandu]- must necessary

 

(C). Hands:

10. Lightweight gloves

11. Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

 

(D). Lower Body:

12. Underwear ( minimum 4 and according to length of your trip)

13. Hiking shorts ( minimum 2 and according to length of your trip)

14. Lightweight cotton long pants

15. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms

16. Fleece or wool pants

17. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

 

(E). Feet:

18. Thin, lightweight inner socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

19. Thick, warm wool hiking socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

20. Hiking boots with spare laces

21. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

 

(F). Accessories:

22. Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F [Can rent in Kathmandu]

23. Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries

24. Basic First Aid Kit

25. Water bottles (2)

26. Small wash towel

27. Sun block cream

28. Leap guard

Before You Go

Inbox : info@highaltitudesherpa.com

FAQ

What is the best season for this trekking?

  • Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal. The best season for this Tour is any time between January to June and September to December.

 

How fit do I need to be for this trek ?

  • This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack.  Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip are a good idea to improve our strength and stability. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however you are in excellent health with average physical fitness.  Have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.

 

How long do we walk each day?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 10-15 km) in hilly   terrain. In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm. 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length

 

Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

 

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.

 

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

 

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to receive  you at the airport. high altitude guide will be showing high altitude sherpa sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, tea houses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.

 

Are the food and water safe to eat and drink? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.

 

How much additional money do I need per day?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.

 

What mode of transportation do you use  ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.

 

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.

 

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport. Also we have kept a satellite phone which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee..

 

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.

 

Can I add extra days to my trip?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

Cost Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  •  Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced, English-speaking trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • One map of Annapurna Base camp trekking
  • One Nepali mobile SIM card for local communication
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle
  • Annapurna conservation area entry permits
  • Trekking information management system TIMS
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Medical kit

Cost Not Include

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (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, shower etc)

First Aid

If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.

 

1. Povidone-iodine cream –tube.

– Antiseptic cream.

2. Cotton- 1 roll.

– For dressing wounds.

3. Dressing gauze – 5 pcs.

– For dressing.

4. Crepe bandage – 2.

 Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.

5. Band- aid – 10.

6. Dressing tape – 1.

– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.

7. Moleskin second skin- 1 packet:

 Great for treating chaffing and blisters.


Finger Pulse Oximeter:

1.Normal arterial oxygen is Approximately 75 to 100millimeters of mercury (mmHg).

2.Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100percent.

4.Values under 90 percent are considered low.

 

 


Medication:

8. Paracetamole 500 mg- 20 tablets:

 For mild headaches.

9. Ibuprofen 400mg –10 taplets:

– To relieve moderate to severe pain.

10.Throat lozenges –20:

– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea  it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.

11.Decongestant -10 tablets:

 For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.

12. Antihistamine –10 tablets:

 For allergies.

13. Antiemetic –10 –tablets:

 To control the vomit and nausea.

14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:

 For bacterial diarrhea.

15. Omeprazole 200mg –10 tablets:

 For minor gastric upsets and acidity.

16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):

 For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.

17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:

 For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.

18. Dexamethasone  400mg-10 tablets:

 To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.

19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:

 To be use only under expert  supervision to treat HAPE.

 

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  •   Destination: Mardi Himal Trek
  •  Activities: Culture Tour Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu
  •  Best Seasons: mar/ jun & Sept/Nov
  •   Transportation: Flight-tourist Bus

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