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Mardi Himal Trekking

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek is yet another popular trekking trails in the western Annapurna region of Nepal. Mardi Himal is located east of the Modi Khola across the valley from Hiunchuli. Mardi Himal Trek takes you to the off the beaten trail away from busy trails of the region. The trekking trail is also regarded as eco-tourism trail that passes through lush forests filled with Oak, Rhododendron and other vegetation. We spend most of our days in the camps enjoying the alluring beauty of the nature. During the trekking adventure we may spot varieties of wild animals sheltering in the lush forests of the region. The trek further provides a great opportunity to explore rural villages and rural community that are yet untouched by modernization. Traditional custom and lifestyle of the local people is really worth exploring. The trail offers magnificent views of Mt. Dhauglagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain) (6988m) etc.

Breakfree Adventures 10 days Mardi Himal Trek commences with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara; the city of lakes. Next day we will drive to Phedi from where we start our trekking adventure. From Phedi we will trek to reach Pothana via Dhampus. We will then ascend to forest camp passing through the lush forests and enjoying the magical views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. We spend the night at the camp. Next morning we start our adventure to ascend High camp. The trail entices us with the great views of Himalayas as we pass through the dense forest. We will then ascend Mardi Himal Base camp situated at an altitude of 5300m. Mardi Himal is considered sacred mountain for both Buddhists and Hindus. We will then descend down to Siding village and then to Pokhara. The 10-days package is filled with fun, excitement and adventure. We wrap up our 10 days Mardi Himal Trek by driving back to Kathmandu. Our professionally designed itinerary ensures maximum comfort and security throughout the trekking endeavor. 

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy scenic drive from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Carry out Adventure Trekking in the Annapurna Region
  • View of beautiful Himalayas including Annapurna south, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre Himal
  • Witness exotic landscape and geography
  • Discover rural customs, traditions and lifestyle
  • Explore varieties of floras and Faunas
  • Explore Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Perform Camping and Campfire in the serene Himalayan region

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu to Pokhara (6 hrs drive)

Day 03 : Pokhara to Pothana (1,970m) 5 hrs walk

Day 04 : Pothana to Forest Camp (2,550m) 7 hrs walk

Day 05 : Forest Camp to Low Camp (3,035m) 4 hrs walk

Day 06 : Low Camp to High Camp (3,590m) 4 hrs walk

Day 07 : Hike to Upper View Point (4,200m) & back to High Camp (3,590m) 4.5 hrs walk

Day 08 : High Camp to Siding Village (1,280m) 7 hrs walk

Day 09 : Siding Village to Pokhara (2.5 hr walk & 1 hr drive)

Day 10 : Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 11 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop off by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus. (Option: Private Vehicle or Flight)
  • Pokhara - Phedi/Lumre - Pokhara by Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Annapurna Conservation area entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees.
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charges.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later transfer you to the hotel. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around the streets of Kathmandu (If you have leisure time). You will be briefed about our next day’s travel plan by our company representative. O/N at the Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu to Pokhara (6 hrs drive)

We are all set to set off to the magical city of Pokhara today. We will either board a flight or drive to Pokhara by bus or in a private vehicle. The flight to Pokhara offers a great view of Himalayan range and mystical landscape of Nepal. If we drive to Pokhara we will have a great opportunity to discover the beautiful rivers, green forests, hills and magnificent Himalayas. It will take us about five to six hours to reach Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara our representative will escort you to the hotel where you stay for the night. O/N at the Hotel.

Day 03 : Pokhara to Pothana (1,970m) 5 hrs walk

Our trekking expedition begins today. We leave Pokhara early in the morning and catch a bus or private vehicle that will drive us to Phedi. From Phedi we take the trail that steeply ascends up the hill to reach Dhampus. On the way we enjoy the magnetic views of Annapurna range and Mount Manaslu along with other Himalayas. Trekking further we will reach Pothana. O/N Lodge.

Day 04 : Pothana to Forest Camp (2,550m) 7 hrs walk

We wake in the morning, have our breakfast and gear up to walk for approximately 7 hours to reach the forest camp today. We pass through the dense forest all day long. The magnificent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna will make our expedition more vibrant and lively. On our way we may spot some wild
animals like Leopards, Deer, etc. along with varieties of birds. We reach the forest camp in the afternoon. O/N Lodge.

Day 05 : Forest Camp to Low Camp (3,035m) 4 hrs walk

We will have to walk inside the forest for another day but as we reach higher the vegetation changes with more rhododendron trees. This is another pleasant day for us letting us walk in the peaceful route. The trail is steep at the beginning however changes to gradual climbing after awhile. We will have some random views of snowy Himalayan peaks. The view of Machhapuchhre peak is superb from Low Camp. This is very small places with only couple of lodges opened for providing basic meals and accommodation to trekkers. O/N Lodge.

Day 06 : Low Camp to High Camp (3,590m) 4 hrs walk

We have another pleasant walking here with stunning views of close Himalayas in front of us. As we climb higher the route also becomes open and spacious as there is no forest anymore. The trail continues through grasslands of high region with occasional rhododendron trees. Spotting the beautiful bird called Himalayan Monal; also known as the impeyan monal, impeyan pheasant and danphe in Nepali is easy around here. This is a colorful Himalayan bird represented as the national bird of Nepal. Finally, we will arrive to High Camp to spend a night here. O/N Lodge.

Day 07 : Hike to Upper View Point (4,200m) & back to High Camp (3,590m) 4.5 hrs walk

We will wake up early in the morning before the sun rises. The plan is to watch sunrise over the Himalayas. We will then return back to lodge where we will be served with our breakfast. We have time to rest before we start hiking up to the upper view point for magnificent views of close Himalayan peaks. The trail heading to Upper View Point is well marked through the grassland involves few steep sections. In overall this is moderate walk, not too easy and not too challenging as well. In summer season this area is full of yaks and sheep along with several yak herder’s huts. There are some narrow and steep trails that extensive care is required. O/N Lodge.

Day 08 : High Camp to Siding Village (1,280m) 7 hrs walk

We descend to the low camp from the same trail we went up. We then leave the previous trail and trek via forest heading towards Madi Khola. Descending further we will reach the Siding Village where we camp for the night. O/N Lodge.

Day 09 : Siding Village to Pokhara (2.5 hr walk & 1 hr drive)

We descend down to Lumre passing through the Tamang and Gurung Village. We will stop our trekking adventure upon reaching Lumre and catch a vehicle that will drive us to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara you may choose to walk around the lakeside or spend couple of time buying token of love to your loved ones. O/N at Hotel.

Day 10 : Pokhara to Kathmandu

We will drive back to Kathmandu by bus or on a private vehicle today. Driving back to Kathmandu is a great fun as it offers wonderful views of beautiful rivers, landscapes and traditional villages on our way back. Upon reaching Kathmandu we will organize a farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant. The traditional dances and cultural shows at the restaurants would be a great opportunity to understand the Nepali culture and tradition. After the dinner we will get back to the hotel for the overnight stay. O/N at Hotel.

Day 11 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the
representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the Mardi Himal Trek. We hope you had a lovely experience with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure trip to Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go: 
Spring (mid-February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Mardi Himal Trekking. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. Though Himalayan rain shadow areas like Upper Mustang and Kailash can be good during monsoon.

Travel Insurance: 
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation: 
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Mardi Himal Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Mardi Himal Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 11 days Mardi Himal Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-5 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 11 days Mardi Himal Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group: 
For the Mardi Himal Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Annapurna Base Camp trek for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff: 
The most significant thing that makes your Mardi Himal Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

• Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language - KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather: 
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, 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.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security: 
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel: 
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

What do we mean by trekking?
Trekking is an enjoyable and accessible adventure.  In an area like the Annapurna Region this activity will blow your mind.  It generally involves days on foot and multi-day walks through parks and wilderness areas.  The Annapurna region mainly consists of teahouse treks.  The terrain can often be steep, and we will likely encounter cold weather and possibly snow at higher altitudes above 3 700m.

Is trekking an activity for me?
If you love spending time in the outdoors and going to magnificent places offering spectacular views, then trekking is most certainly for you.  It fills the gap between luxury travel and tented tours at a price that makes sense to most people.

How difficult is trekking in the Annapurna Region?
This will normally depend on the specific trek you are booked on, and to some extent on the preferences of those trekking.  The Annapurna Region is very accessible as one of the classic Nepal trekking areas and is manageable by almost anyone. 

Do I need prior trekking experience before setting out here?
No previous trekking experience is needed but it will certainly help.  Anyone with decent fitness and good stamina should be able to cope with the trekking days and higher elevations.  Hiking experience anywhere in the world is recommended for maximum enjoyment, but certainly not needed.

What permits are required for my trek?
This will depend on your specific trek but all regions have some form of permit system.  Some trekking areas require a special permit for the trekking activity and other areas may only require permits to enter conservation areas or national parks.  Often it is a combination of both.  Nearly all trekking areas require a Trekking Information Management System TIMS card.  As part of your package we obtain all permits on your behalf.

What is the average walking time per day?
On average you will walk about 5 to 8 hours daily.  Distances vary and will depend on trail conditions, weather conditions and the fitness of the group.

What is meant by teahouse trekking?
Teahouse trekking refers to the type of accommodation that is so unique to these mountain treks.  Lodging and meals are mostly at teahouses operated by local people and on a full-board basis.

Where do we get our drinking water from?
Bottled water is available in many places on the more established trekking routes but this will be for your own account. Most villages have a clean and reliable water source and we will utilise locally purified water mostly.  The teahouses can supply you with boiled water at a small fee.  You are encouraged to carry your own purification tablets or drops for your own peace of mind.

How much can a porter carry?
This will often depend on the trekking route and maximum altitude gain.  On average for trekking in the Annapurna Region every porter carries between 15 and 30kg.  A camping porter carries up to 40kg.  For our packages we normally assign one porter for every two travellers.  What this means to you is that on the trek you will be allowed 15kg luggage. This is strictly enforced to ensure the wellbeing of our porter crew. 

Should I tip my guides and porters?
Yes please do!  This is not mandatory but widely accepted as for anywhere else in the world.  Tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks.  

Important Note

If the above schedule does not meet your need and interest,we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 11 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Natural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: All year round

Max altitude: 4,200 meters (Upper View Point)

Daily walking: 4 - 7 hours each day

Transportation: Tourist bus (Option: Private vehicles or Flight)

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu/Pokhara & Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel or resort in Kathmandu/Pokhara & Lodge/Teahouse during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge/Teahouse trek (Option: Camping)

Trek Starts/Ends: Phedi/Lumre

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

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