Mardi Himal offers an opportunity to escape Nepal’s tourist trails to venture in to the deep forests and roam the high alpine pastures that flank the Annapurna Himalayan ranges. It is considered to be an ideal place for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. It is an easy trekking tour which requires no previous experience. No doubt, a trek to Mardi Himal takes you into one of the most untouched areas of the Himalayas. Located in the east of the Modi Khola, Mardi Himal is separated from Machhapuchre ridge by a col (5,200m) and reaches the summit via the route on its east flank. One can find few villages along the trail and the trekkers are required to walk through the forests. The trek provides wilderness that culminates with spectacular close up view of Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail), Wilderness trek in Annapurna region, flora and fauna, beautiful village view, alpine forest, Gurung and Thakali culture, eco friendly villager as well as the least touristy trek.
Highlights of the trip:
Sunrise and mountains views from Forest Camp, typical Gurung & their lifestyles, Splendid views of Annapurna ranges inclusive Lamjung Himal, scenic village, different community with the majority of Tamang, Gurung, Bramhin and grand hilly landscapes.
Mardi himal trekking is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require you to be super fit or have any previous trekking/mountaineering experience. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Deurali hill station - Mardri Base Camp - Mardi Pul - Hemja village - Pokhara Phewa Lake side
February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.
Mardi Himal trekking outline itinerary
- Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu:(1348m)
- Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
- Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 Kilo meter west of Kathmandu)- 6 Hours.
- Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to phedi and trek to Deurali(2150m)- 4 Hours.
- Day 05: Trek from Deurali to forest camp- 5 Hours.
- Day 06: Trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp- 5 Hours.
- Day 07: Low camp trek to High camp: It takes about 5 hours
- Day 08: Exploration day. Overnight at Tented Camp
- Day 09: Trek from high Camp to Siding (1760m)- 5 Hours. Overnight at Tented Camp
- Day 10: Trek from Siding to Mardipul- 5 Hours. Overnight at Tented Camp.
- Day 11: Trek from Mardipul to Hemja (Milanchowk) and drive to Pokhar 4 Hours. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathamndu( 6 Hours). Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 13: Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.
NOTE OF ABOVE ITINERARY:
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
SHORT DESCRIPTION MODE OF PACKAGE :
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and 1 night tourist standard hotel in pokhara on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
Mardi Himal trekking itinerary in details
Arrival at Kathmandu (1350 m)Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport we will receive you with private car and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu / Bhaktapur within breakfast plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
After having Breakfast we take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m) 6hrs
Pokhara, located on 210 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trishuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You can also take a flight from Kathamndu to Pokhara instead of long drive.
Drive from Pokhara to phedi and trek to Deurali (2150m), 6 hours
We will drive about one hour to Phedi, from here the trails ascent all until Deurali (2200m). Before Deurali we will pass the village Dhampus. Dhampus is one of the villages which is nearby Pokhara to see the excellent Himalayan panorama of Annapurna family, Fishtail and Dhaulagiri.
Trek from Deurali to forest camp- 5 hours:
After morning breakfast today, we trek the jungles about 5 hours and reach at Forest Camp. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp- 5 hours:
The flora and fauna has turned to classic forest with mosses and leaches. As we climb, there are natural windows in the woods that view out onto thrilling panoramas towards Hiunchuli Peak and the knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. Far below, to our left, we can see Modi Khola Valley leading up into the Annapurna Sanctuary. Though Low Camp still surrounded by forest, we have magnificent northerly views of the ever-closer ‘Fishtail.
Low camp trek to High camp, 5 hours
After early breakfast, we start trekking to reach our highest point of the trek, if conditions are favorable, up to 15,000 /16,000 ft. In the afternoon we return to our camp. If the weather is clear, the view today will never be forgotten. Overnight at camp.
Day for acclimitize and explore around
Today is rest day in and around High Camp. A peaceful day of acclimatization, reading and relaxing in the warmth of the midday sun.
Trek from high Camp to Siding (1760m) , 5 hours
The trail descents through the shade of the forest, and out onto terraced fields, down 1,600 m. This is a different route down to the upper Mardi Khola. Here, as we make our way along the banks of the Mardi Khola from the hill-side village of Siding, down through the lovely fields, past the simple farms and over the 'interesting' bridges, there is no doubting this is indeed the idyllic Nepali countryside..
Trek from Siding to Mardipul, 5 hours
With morning spectacular views of Himalayan range from siding, the trail continues to Pokhara city.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus or flight.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus, which takes about seven hours. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.
Drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your onward destination.
- Kathmandu international - domestic airport transfer by private car/van/bus.
- Kathmandu sightseeing tour with tour guide and private vehicle.
- All the surface transportation as per the above itinerary.
- All the accommodation in tented camp as per the above itinerary.
- Meals: (breakfast, lunch and dinner) serve with hot drinks during the trekking
- All the needed trekking permits, TIMS etc.
- English speaking professional mountain trekking guide, Cook, Kitchen helper and required Sherpas according to the group size.
- Salary, lodging and fooding, transportation and Insurance for nepali trekking crew,
- Arrangement of necessary rescue which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos.
- Your Travel insurance (Compulsory).
- Food while you are staying in Kathmandu.
- Entrance fees while sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley.
- Your personal expenses.
- All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
- Sweet things like chocolate.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Tips for the staffs (Tipping is not compulsory but expected).
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.