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    Annapurna Region Mardi Himal Trekking - 12 days

    After leading several Himalayan expeditions myself, including the first American ascent of Annapurna I, I can attest to Chandra’s outstanding qualities as leader and organizer. He is an especially good guide for student groups. I first met Chandra when my daughter attended 8th grade at the Lincoln School in Kathmandu, Nepal, and he was the guide selected by the expat community to lead the 8th  grade students on a week-long “Explore Nepal” trek.  The students and parents really appreciated Chandran’s thoughtful planning and leadership.
    In the last twenty years, I've enjoyed a dozen diverse adventures in Nepal with Chandra.  He always provides great food, gear, and guides as well as personalized itineraries and attention for individual travelers and small and large groups. His company is a good choice for any individual, school, group or family that wants to enjoy their own trek with a personal itinerary at a relatively low cost.
    If you might like a Nepal adventure customized to your interests, abilities, and schedule,  you can learn more at at  Himalayan Icefall Trekking or contact Chandra at himtrekzone@gmail.com.
     

    Ms. Arlene Blum PhD, Biophysical Chemist, Author, and Mountaineer

    UC Berkeley, United States




    Mardi Himal Trekking is a newly developed trekking route in Annapurna region. This is one of the moderate and short Trekking, which is comparatively less crowded having spectacular views of Mountains and low land hills. The Mardi Himal Trekking trail goes through a narrow zigzag trail with magical Rhododendron forest until you ascend up to 3500 meters. Superb view of Mount Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), entire Annapurna range, Mardi Himal range, Himchuli and other Himalayan ranges can be viewed from Pokhara and it gets even closer once you approach towards Mardi Himal base camp. Basic tea house Lodges own by local people in between dense forest provide tourist standard accommodation and foods. The maximum elevation for this trekking is 4500 meter and this trek starts and ends at Pokhara and also have an alternative route to make short or long.
    Mardi Himal Trekking can be best for those who want to take an experience of real Annapurna region within a short period of time. The Mardi Himal trekking trail lies between the famous Annapurna base camp trekking route to the north and beautiful Pokhara valley on its south from the Mardi Himal trekking trail Ridge. Trekkers who wish to trek to Mardi Himal must first land at Tribhuwan International Airport, then fly or drive to Pokhara, this place is a must come place in order to go for Mardi Himal trekking. There are short as well as Long routes to trek to the Mardi Himal base camp. Views from Mardi Himal Trekking are simply best with panoramic from every part of its trekking trail. This trek can be completed from 6-9 days of tea house and typical Nepali Homestay experiences on the way. The best suitable season for this trekking is firstly from March to May, and then September to November, besides December to February can also be considered for this trekking. Himalayan Icefall Trekking has enlisted the general trekking itinerary for Mardi Himal trekking; besides we are also capable of making Tailor made Itinerary as per the choice and the request of the clients.

     

    Trip Hightlight


    Annapurna Region Mardi Himal Trekking Itinerary (11Nights/12 Days)
     
    Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel
    Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Kande via Pokhara or Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara then drive to kande and hike to Australian camp. (Drive: 6-7 hours) (Fly 30 Minutes up to Pokhara) and (drive upto Kande 1 hour from Pokhara) and (Hike kande to Australian camp 1.5 hours)
    Day 03: Trek Australian camp (1745m) to Forest camp (6-7 hours) (2600m)
    Day 04: Trek Forest camp to Badal Dada (3250m) (5-6 hrs). Overnight at local tea house
    Day 05: Trek Badal Dada to High camp (3,550m) (4-5 Hours) Overnight at tea house
    Day 06: Trek High camp to Mardi Himal Base camp (4500m), then trek back to High camp (3,550m) (5-6 Hours) overnight at tea house
    Day 07: Trek High camp to Forest camp (5-6 hours)
    Day 08: Trek Forest camp to Lawang village (1,550m) (5-6 Hours). Overnight at local home stay
    Day 09: Trek and drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel
    Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu (6 Hours) or Fly back to Kathmandu (30 minutes) Overnight at hotel
    Day 11: Kathmandu city Full day Sightseeing. Overnight Kathmandu.
    Day 12: International Departure
    Annapurna Region Mardi Himal Trekking Itinerary (11Nights/12 Days)

    Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
    Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, Then welcome by our office representative, and transfer to the respective hotel. After checking in to the hotel, meet our experienced trekking guide then detail briefing about the Trekking. Trekking permit collection as well as other required documents for the trekking. Finally settle down all the payment procedures.

    Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Kande via Pokhara or Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara then drive to kande and hike to Australian camp. (Drive: 6-7 hours) (Fly 30 Minutes up to Pokhara) and (drive upto Kande 1 hour from Pokhara) and (Hike kande to Australian camp 1.5 hours
    After your breakfast we drive Kathmandu to Kande via Pokhara this will take around 6-7 hours, then hike uphill up to Australian base camp for further 1.5 hours and overnight at Australian camp. Australian camp is a beautiful small Village famous for its typical life style and stunning panoramic view of Annapurna range and Mount Fishtail.
    OR
    After your breakfast in Kathmandu, Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara, this will take 30 minutes. After landing at Pokhara we will drive to Kande, this will further take around 1 hour drive from pokhara. After arriving at Kande hike up to Australian camp for 1.5 hours. Overnight Australian camp.

    Day 03: Trek Australian camp (1745m) to Forest camp (6-7 hours) (2600m)
    After the breakfast in tea house, heading towards forested trail, From Australian camp, we first arrive at Deurali. From Deurali we leave off the main Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trail. Since this is new trekking destination, there are no tea houses along the way and we need to carry pack lunch and sufficient water. The day’s walk in the rhododendron forest is beautiful with gradual uphill. Reach at Forest camp and overnight.

    Day 04: Trek Forest camp to Badal Dada (3250m) (5-6 hrs). Overnight at local tea house
    From Forest camp the trail gradually climbs through the rhododendron forest following the ridge. The view of Mt Fishtail and Mardi Himal appears much closer with other mountains. We cross low camp with several tea houses. One more hours walking from low camp, we will reach at Badal Danda (Cloud Hill) from here. Stay Overnight at Badal Dada.

    Day 05: Trek Badal Dada to High camp (3,550m) (4-5 Hours) Overnight at tea house.
    The trail further climbs along the ridge towards Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail. We leave the tree line and arrive in shrubby alpine zone. Snow capped peaks of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Fishtail looms in a distance above deep valley on the other side. High camp is a small pasture after the climb with 3 lodges. Here you find yourself above the clouds and closer to snow capped peaks.

    Day 06: Trek High camp to Mardi Himal Base camp (4500m), then trek back to High camp (3,550m) (5-6 Hours) overnight at tea house
    The day trip is more difficult than other days with steep climb and longer walk. Trail becomes more vertiginous at some points with uneven and steep rocky steps. The first steep climb will take about 2 hrs to the ridge top which is marked as MBC (Mardi Himal Base Camp). However the real base camp will take about another 2 hrs along the ridge. The view is amazing all along the ridge. While Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail appear right above us, view of Annapurna I, Gangapurna and Annapurna III also appears at a distance. Overnight at high camp.

    Day 07: Trek High camp to Forest camp (5-6 hours)
    After your breakfast, trekking same way back to Forest camp today. The scenery is stationary, season and sunlight makes it different and interesting. Spend another morning watch, the change that the sun rays bring.

    Day 08: Trek Forest camp to Lawang village (1,550m) (5-6 Hours). Overnight at local home stay
    The trail climbs down steeply through rhododendron and Maple forest to the permanent settlements closer to valley basin. Lwang is a self sufficient Gurung village with rich culture and happy people. The village is the best place to watch Nepalese countryside lifestyle and enjoy the organic food. The village farmers also grow organic tea in 50 hectors of land. Farmers offer home stay accommodation. Feel warm hospitality here.

    Day 09: Trek and drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel
    Trek down to the Mardi River basin and drive back to Pokhara. It will take about 1 ½ hrs to get to Pokhara in a Four wheel vehicle. The first one hour drive is on the dirt road. Check in Hotel at Pokhara and rest for while, remaining leisure time at your own. Stay overnight at pokhara.

    Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu (6 Hours) or Fly back to Kathmandu (30 minutes) Overnight at hotel
    After your breakfast drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara, this will take around 5-6 hours. Arrive in Kathmandu and check in to the Hotel. Rest and leisure time at your own. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
    OR
    Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu, this will take around 25-30 minutes of flight. Arrive in Kathmandu and check in to the hotel. Rest and leisure time at your own. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

    Day 11: Kathmandu city Full day Sightseeing. Overnight Kathmandu.
    On this day after your breakfast we will go for Kathmandu city sightseeing tour. The Sightseeing tour includes three major UNESCO world heritage sites, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Swoyambhunath.
    •    Pashupatinath: This is located nearby Bouddhanth, this temple is one of the major important sacred pilgrim site for the Hindus of Lord Shiva around the world.
    •    Then after we drive to Bouddhanath stupa, which is the main important shrine for Buddhist around the world. Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the largest spherical Stupa in the world.
    •    Swoyambhunath, it is also one of the holiest pilgrims for Buddhist and Hindus, and it is located at the hilltop in the Kathmandu also popularly known as the monkey temple.
    After completing the Kathmandu city sightseeing tour we will drive back to our hotel, have some rest then at the Evening Himalayan Icefall Trekking Company will Provide Typical Nepali Farewell dinner. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

    Day 12: International Departure
    After breakfast drive to Kathmandu international Airport for your onward journey.
    Cost with Flight
    Cost starts from USD 1700.00 per person. (Up to 2 pax)
    From 3-5 person USD 1400.00 per person.
    From 6-10 person USD 1300.00 per person.

    Cost without Flight
    Cost Starts from USD 1500.00 per person. (Up to 2 pax)
    From 3-5 Person USD 1300.00 per person.
    From 6-10 Person USD 1100.00 per person.


    Included:
    •    Conservation/national park fees and all government taxes.
    •    Accommodation in the Lodges in trekking areas.
    •    All required land Transportation during the Trip
    •    Experienced & professional Trekking Guide, his Salary, food & Insurance.
    •    The necessary number of porters
    •    Kathmandu Valley city sightseeing tour
    •    Hotel in Kathmandu
    •    Porter’s salary, foods. Insurance & equipment’s
    •    All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
    •    First aid box.
    •    Celebration dinner after the trip in Kathmandu.

     
    Excludes:
    •    Medical/personal high-risk insurance (suggest have rescue coverage policy as well)
    •    Personal Clothing/Gears for the trekking
    •    Tips for Nepalese staffs
    •    Nepal Visa Fee
    •    International Airfare fee
    •    Hot Showers during your trek
    •    Internet cost during the trek

     
    Start Date End Date Availability Price  
    The major important checklist for the trekking are as follows: 

    1) Trekking boots - 01 pair with 4 pairs of  warm shocks
    2) Down Jacket - 01
    3) Sleeping bag- 01
    4) Long sleeves - 02 pairs
    5) Sun glass  - 01
    6) Hat  - 01
    7)  Water Bottle  - 01
    8) Half Pant  - 01
    9) Trousers  - 02
    10 ) T- Shirts - 04
    11) Trekking Stick - 02
    12) Sunscreen  - 01
    13) Mosquito repelling cream - 01 ( in case in the low land areas)
    14) Rucksack - 01
    15) Gloves -01 pair
    16) Wind proof jacket- 1
    17) Warm Cap-1
    18) Personal Medicines
    19) Flash light-1
    20) Trekking Shocks 3-4 pairs

     
    How long is the trek?
    The length of the trail depends on where you start and end your trek; it can be done in as few as 6 days, or as many as 15 days, if doing side trips. Usually it takes 6-8 days to do the shorter route, and 10-15 days for the full route.

    When is the best time to go?
    The best weather for trekking in the Annapurna region is during autumn (September to November) and spring (March-May). The skies are clear then and you will get a chance to enjoy some outstanding views of the Annapurnas, Fishtail, Heunchuli, and Mardi. Keep in mind that even though it is not monsoon season anymore it will be much warmer and humid in the lower regions (jungle) and you still may encounter an unexpected shower or two. It will also be much cooler above 3500m. Even though it’s not technically winter you will need warm clothes and down jacket

    Is it difficult?
    The Mardi himal trek is considered to be a moderate trek. It doesn’t involve technical climbing but it’s good to have some hiking experience. The trek will go through different terrain, the higher you climb; the harder the trek will become due to the altitude, so take some rest when needed and remember to acclamitize properly(max. 400m in altitude per day).

    Is there are risk of getting altitude sickness?
    There is a risk since you will be hiking above 3000m. Different people react to altitude in different ways, no matter their fitness level or experience in the mountains. That’s why you should learn and understand what altitude sickness is and what the symptoms are beforehand. You can ask your local travel medicine specialist, search online or attend one of the lectures organized in Kathmandu.

    What is the lodging like?
    The Annapurna circuit trek is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village but more high you go lesser the hotels for now. Some are better than others, but generally rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms. Blankets are provided but it’s a good idea to bring your own sleeping bag as it gets chilly in the higher levels and there are no heating systems inside the buildings. Usually you will have to dine at your lodge in order to get a room.

    Do I need any permits?
    Yes. You will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekker’s Information Management System Card (TIMS card), which will be taken care by us but we need your copy of passport and a two copies of your recent passport size photo.

    Price Start From

    USD 1100

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    Trip Facts

    Duration : 12 Days

    Grading : C

    Trip Start : Kande

    Max. Altitude : 4500

    Trip Ends : Lawang

    Destination : Mardi Himal

    Trip Route : Pokhara-Kande-Mardi Himal Base camp-Lawang-Pokhara

    Trip Style : Tea House

    Activity : Trekking

    Group Size : Minimum 1 pax

    Activity Per Day : Trekking and sightseeing

    Best Season : Sep-Nov, Mar-May

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