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Mardi Himal Trek - 11 days

Mardi Himal Trek is a famous trek in Annapurna Region which is named after Himal called “Mardi” which is located at east of Modi Khola River. This is a special trek in which you won’t see any morden impact of tourism and development as this area is less visited. Trails to be followed are so typical and there is no any guest house or tea house or any lodge along its way. Here, Lodging and food are self managed which gives you an amazing opportunity as well as experience to enjoy your sleep beneath the sky with twinkling stars.
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Mardi Himal Trek start after 6-7 hour drive from Kathmandu, you reach at gateway of this trek, Pokhara, which is a beautiful city with almost every tourism facilities. The destination lies less than 15 miles north of Pokhara. You will be passing through agricultural area, green paddy fields, thick rhododendron forests, and small ancient villages with typical Nepali lifestyle untouched by any modernization, beautiful snow caped mountain view of Annapurna Range, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Mt. Mardi and many more are its highlights too. Since there is no any sign of accommodation facilities, you will be making bed and meal by yourself which will be a whole new fun. Mardi Himal Trek is difficult so it needs good physical condition of trekkers’ and can take about 11 days. The best time to go on this trek is Oct-Dec and Feb-April.

Outline Itinerary of Mardi Himal Trek

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara & Trek to Deurali 

Day 4: Deurali to Forest Camp

Day 5: Forest Camp to Low Camp

Day 6: Low Camp to High Camp

Day 7: High Camp to Mardi Himal & back to Low Camp

Day 8: Low Camp to Siding to Luwang

Day 9: Luwang to Pokhara 

Day 10: Pokhara to Kathmadu 

Day 11: Departure

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation (1360m)

Today you are going to  explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanah Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel.  

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara to Deurali

After you arrive at Pokhara either by air or bus, you will visit Pokhara. Lakeside is very famous for boating, restaurants, shopping, cycling and many more. Then, you pass through Kande, Australian Camp (2060m – About one hour), then downhill to Pothana (1950m) and to the village of Deurali. It is a typical village where most of the people are Brahmans. Stay overnight at Deurali. 

Day 4: Deurali to Forest Camp (2600 M)                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

After breakfast you will be following the trail through jungle. The jungle is thick but full of fun also you need to be careful with extended roots and high rocks. As you move on the trail goes steeply down and later it gains height and into Forest Camp after about 4 hour trekking. Stay overnight at Forest Camp. 

Day 5: Forest Camp to Low Camp (3100 M)

After breakfast you trail down to low camp is deep rain tracks i.e. Gullies where our walk should be very attentive and careful. The trail is initially quite steep as we follow the trails to low camp and gets steeper and steeper. After about half hour, we see spectacular Annapurna South high and wide. The path continues through scrub forest, Meadow, deep Valleys and you can see Modi Khola River Valley, Seti river valley and villages leading to Annapurna Sanctuary at around us. It is possible to see all the way back to the Pokhara Valley and Lake Phewa, if the weather is clean and clear. The flora and fauna has turned to classic cloud forest with mosses and lichen. As we climb there are natural windows in the woods that view out onto thrilling. Stay overnight at Low Camp.

Day 6: Low camp to High Camp (3900 M)

After breakfast you headed to High Camp which is very steep and the trail itself is basically a series of deep rain gullies in the forest so we need to be careful with our footing. You will see Hiunchuli Peak and the knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. Far below, you can see Modi Khola Valley leading up into the Annapurna Sanctuary (Left) and magnificent Fishtail at very close. Stay overnight at High Camp.

Day 7: High Camp to Mardi Himal (4500m) and return to Low camp

After breakfast you start your climb along the narrow Mardi Himal range up to the high viewpoint at 4500 meters. from where you can see beautiful Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Fishtail mountain looms directly overhead with sunlight splattered all over them which is astonishing. From there you head back to Low camp which is quite challenging task. Stay overnight at Low Camp. 

Day 8: Low camp to Siding to Luwang (1500m)

After breakfast you head downward Siding through the forest. The trail continues down steeply to the village of Siding which is 500 meters above the river valley. You gear up crossing valley, several rivers, waterfalls, green hills, village of Ghalel, rice fields, Mardi Khola you arrive and stay at Gurung’s village called Luwang with a very typical hospitable local family. Stay overnight at Luwang. 

Day 9: Siding to Pokhara

After breakfast you will visit tea plantation at this village and view of Machhapuchhre at top of valley you return Luwang village for breakfast and passing through Khor Mukh within an hour you’ll be driven to Pokhara and you can enjoy the moments you had at Pokhara. Stay overnight at Pokhara. 

Day 10: Pokhara to Kathmandu.

After breakfast you will explore the different plaaces like Phewa Taal, Davidfall, Mahendra Cave, and also enjoy the boating, And drive back to Kathmandu. Tonight you will  have a dinner with your team mates in Nepali kitchen with Nepali musics. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Farewell

Today your Annapurna Base Camp Trek comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting, bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.

Services include:

Necessary local transport by private vehicle

Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara at 3 star standard hotels with breakfast.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide.

Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Treks

Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House while on treks.

Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including Tea/coffee.

Experienced government license holder trek guide and porter to carry your luggage.

Insurance of our field staff.

Permits and Group medical supplies (first aid kit)

Kathmandu- Pokhara -Kathmandu flight ticket including 15kg Baggage’s

TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)

All additional government tax.

Services exclude:

Nepal entry visa fee

International / any air fare.

Travelers insurance (compulsory)

Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, political disturbances etc.

General Informations

A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.

Equipments Required

Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc

Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc

Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.

Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.

Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.

Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.

Always Drink Safe Water

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.

About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek

Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.

Travel Insurance

Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities

Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.

Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses

On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.

Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks

You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Trekssuggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.

While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.

Tour Facts

Tour Name: Mardi Himal Trek

Tour Duration: 11 Days

Tour Area: Annapurna Region-Nepal

Maximum Altitude: 4500 M

Minimum Altitude: 827 M

Tour Type: Trekking and Camping

Tour Grade: Easy

Price: on request

Suitable For: Average Trekkers & above

Best Season: Sep - Dec & Feb - May (12 Month Possible)

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