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Mardi Himal Trekking

Mardi Himal trekking is one of the bitten Eco-tourism based trekking destination in Annapurna Himalaya region. Mardi Himal is the name given to the feature of the long rising ridge and its summit that from the southwesterly lower slope of Mount Machhapuchhare the famous triangular skyline that is seen from the Phewa Lake at Pokhara. Mardi Himal is located in the east of the Modi Khola across the valley from Hiunchuli. The emphasis of Mardi Himal trekking is on the forest and wilderness zone of these mountains. Mardi Himal trekking, follows the least trodden trail away from the trekkers madding crowd with and essence of exploration. We ascend through Hindu villages and pristine oak and rhododendron forest to alpine campsite that afford close up dramatic scenery of sacred Mt. Machapuchare, Mardi Himal and Annapurna. The great ice fields and the blue glaciers of the Annapurna sanctuary walls lie below us.

We descend from the different route to the warm valley and friendly villages on the bank of Mardi River still away from the used trekking routes. This Annapurna Camping treks designed to provide outstanding mountain profile and to venture into the forests and villages that have not felt the impact of tourism. Mardi Himal trekking offers superb Himalayan scenery including the Mt. Dhauglagiri 8,167m, Mt. Annapurna 8091m, Annapurna II 7,937m, Annapurna III 7,555m, Annapurna IV 7,525m, Annapurna south 7,219m Hiunchuli 6.441m,  Fish tail/Machhapuchhare 6,988m etc. Mardi Himal trekking is less touristy trekking trail in Annapurna region.

Starting USD 1,800.00
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Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft) Namaste & welcome to Himalayan Planet of Nepal. While you landed at the Tribhuvan intl. airport Himalayan Planet Adventures representative welcomes you with your name and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, bring you at head office and briefing about the program and evening we’ll pick up you for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural program in the heart of Kathmandu and overnight at Hotel.
(Welcome dinner & requested categories hotel accommodation included)

Day 02: A Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley After your breakfast to head on for our guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise.  After visiting Bouddhanath stupa we’ll drive to the City of Devotees (Bhaktapur). This traditional and traffic free town is the third biggest town in the Valley. We’ll explore the medieval like squares, courtyards and temples of this vibrant town. After a stop for lunch at restaurant in Bhaktapur it’s time to drive back to Kathmandu and meet up with your travel consultant & fellows to prepare for next day and overnight at the hotel. Alternatively, the same group may have option to choose same 3 sightseeing place inside Kathmandu valley instead of these given place.
(Breakfast & requested categories hotel accommodation included)

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley (823m/2,700ft) With a morning wake up guide will pick up you and transfer to the tourist bus station and drive (approximately seven hours with breaks) through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara lakeside and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explore the surrounding lakeside areas and overnight at hotel.
(Breakfast & requested categories hotel accommodation included)

Day 04: Pokhara to Mardi Pul (1,050m/3,444ft) Today our first day for trek to Mardi Himal so that today we have very easy walk and short. Which is takes about three hours from Pokhara. First we start by trekking up the busy trail to Hyemja past the ribbon development of the ever-growing suburbs of Pokhara and the new water irrigation project. This is the major trade route and is usually bustling with trekkers. Shortly after passing the original Tibetan Refugee Camp, the trail divides. You take the right-hand branch which leads north across paddy fields and then follow the west bank of the Seti Khola. You follow the trail to where it drops down to the river just after the confluence of the Seti and Mardi River and cross the small bridge which leads to the village of Mardi Pul  and stay overnight here in tented camp.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tented accommodation are included)

Day 05: Mardi Pul to Odane Hill (2,510m/8,232ft) Leaving the Mardi Pul, the trail then follows the east bank of the Mardi upstream before turning right up the hill to the Gurung village of Riban (1,676m). You move ahead along the route which now becomes much steeper as it climbs uphill from the village, past a chautara shortly after which the trail divides. You take the right-hand fork which leads past some cow sheds. Until now the trail has been steep, it further becomes even steeper. You climb through bamboo forest towards a massive slab of grey rock. The path bears around to the left on to the rhododendron-covered ridge.
Despite the steepness of the route, the ridgeline path offers ever-increasing views of the surrounding country. The path passes through a small clearing, Lalghar Kharka and continues along a faint track to another clearing marking a high point on the ridge, which is called Odane Hill for overnight stay in camp.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tented accommodation are included)

Day 06: Odane Hill to Kumai (3,049m/10,000ft) The route continues along the ridgeline. Today you are rewarded of the previous day’s hard work with cool mountain air and a stunning panorama with Machhapuchhre (6,997m) straight ahead. To the west is the Annapurna I (8,078m) towering above Annapurna South (7,273m) and Hiunchuli (6,336m) the western bastion guarding the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary, To the east are views of the granite mass of Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna IV (7,525m) and Lamjung Himal [6.986m], like the bulk of a sleeping elephant. Further east beyond the Marshyangdi are the triple giants of Manaslu (8,156m), Peak 29 (7,835m) and Himalchuli (7,540m). Given that the distant summit snows of Dhaulagiri (8,167m) can also be seen three of the world’s highest mountains are on view along this trek.
Eventually a short, sharp climb leaves the main forest behind and leads you to a fine camping area amid alpine grassland.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tented accommodation are included)

Day 07: Kumai to Khorchon (3,568m/11,703ft) Leaving Kumai, you continue climbing steeply along the ridgeline to grazing pastures called Khorchon at around 3,568 meters. Today is a relatively short, although once again steep trek. Stay Overnight at camp in here.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tented accommodation are included)

Day 08: Khorchon to Base Camp (4,100m/13448ft) The trail now leads steeply across a ridgeline to a hidden plateau beneath the south face of Mardi Himal and the South-West Ridge of Machhapuchhre this is the ‘Other Sanctuary’, so called by Jimmy Roberts. You then trek along the trail to reach the Base Camp at around 4,100 meters.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tented accommodation are included)

Day 09: Explore day This day we have a chance to go the view point to see the panoramic mountain view and rest of the day we are free and explore the area.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tented accommodation are included) 
 

Day 10: Base Camp to Kumai (3,049m/10,000ft) Leaving the Base camp, you descend through the high grazing country called Khorchon and follow the same trails back to Kumai.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tented accommodation are included)

Day 11: Kumai to Ghachok (1,067m/3,499ft) Today, we descend from Kumai which is relatively hard for weary knees as much of the altitude gained is lost on the return to the valley. Descending on the ascent route you reach Odane Hill. Just before the high point a small track goes left down the east flank of the ridge, dropping steeply to grazing country and a good lunch spot at Hile. Later the trail further descends more steeply to the prosperous farming village of Ghachok in the valley of the Seti River.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tented accommodation are included)

Day 12: Ghachok to Pokhara Today is the last part of your trek as you continue along the direct route crossing the Seti to the east bank and follow the main trail south. Descending down the east bank of the Seti, you finally reach Pokhara in about five hours. Once you reach Pokhara, you can relax amidst the stunning natural beauty of the city.
(Breakfast, Lunch and requested categories hotel accommodation are included)

Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft) Morning we will drive by regular tourist bus (alternate you can book the flight on additional cost of US$ 100.00 per person) through the scenic countryside and en route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.
(Breakfast & requested categories hotel accommodation included)

Day 14: Leisure at Kathmandu This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening company will meet you for the farewell dinner and overnight at hotel.
(Breakfast, farewell dinner & requested categories hotel accommodation included)

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you’ll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
(Breakfast included)

Extending your holiday  
You may have many choices to extend your holiday on your interest/budget/timeframe and we will be happy to assist you as per your requirement before or after your trek. Please, inform our tour officers who are fully supporting to make your happy holiday. Here is some suggested destination for your expanding holidays, 
  • Travel to the Trans Himalayan country with its mysterious and spiritual land of Tibet
  • Visit land of the thunder dragon known as Bhutan
  • Take a memorable wildlife safari with Elephant back ride in the Chitwan National park
  • White water River rafting in the Himalayan country of Nepal
  • 1 hour amazing mountain flight closest to the Mt. Everest
  • Visit Darjeeling/Sikkim tour to India.
  • Extend your trek in different trekking areas
  • Paragliding and Ultra light Flight
  • Bungee Jumping, Mountain biking and many more. >>>
 Please contact Himalayan Planet Adventures P. Ltd. based in Kathmandu, Nepal, if you’d like to extend your trip booking for one of the above options with us please contact for more inquiry to us. We all are welcoming you and happy to assists for any travel consulting as per your requirements for your pleasure holiday or any special celebrations and do not hesitate to contact us.
                           
We wish you have a wonderful Himalayan adventure with us!

 

What is included

    • 4 Night’s twin sharing accommodation as per your requested categories hotel in Kathmandu
    • 2 Night’s twin sharing accommodation as per your requested categories hotel in Pokhara
    • All local transportation by suitable vehicle(car, van, bus) in Kathmandu
    • Complementary welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • A day Kathmandu sightseeing as per itinerary with tour guide, vehicle & entry fees
    • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu both way by tourist bus option private vehicle or flight
    • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek as per itinerary
    • Accommodation on tented camp during the trek
    • Mardi Himal trek leader (English speaking, First Aid and eco trained), camping chef, assistant guide (in a group), Sherpa and porters, all payments with insurance
    • Annapurna Conservation entry permit and TIMS permit
    • Safe drinking water
    • Himalayan Planet exclusive medical kit bag
    • Himalayan Planet T-Shirt & trek duffel bag (No need to bring from your country, come with suitcase)
    • Four seasonal sleeping bag and down jacket for trek
    • All government and local taxes

What is excluded

    • Nepal arrival visa fees, intl. airfare
    • Excess baggage charges (15 kg allow in dom. plane)
    • Lunch & dinner in city
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills
    • Tips for crews
    • Any extending trips besides
    • Services doesn’t includes in service inclusive column

Meals and Accommodation
We will provide all meals on full board basis during the trekking & climbing period. This trek is based on camping. We will be providing meals on three times a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee during the meal) from our camp you’ll served by our camp chef. The meals consist of a variety of both American cuisine and numerous traditional Nepali & Chinese dishes. During the stay in Kathmandu meals on breakfast basis with welcome & farewell dinner included in the price. Snacks, bottled drinks including mineral water and alcohol are not included in the price.  

We provide 4 night’s twin sharing accommodation as per your requested categories hotel in Kathmandu, We provide 2 night’s twin sharing accommodation as per your requested categories hotel in Pokhara and 8 night’s twin share accommodation in tented camp (Single occupancy available on request with single supplement).

Equipment List: 

Head:                                           
-Sun hat                                       
-Fleece/Wool hat (to cover ears) 
-Sunglasses & reading glasses    
-Scarf to cover face (dust/wind)                                                

Lower Body:                             
-Under garments                        
-Hiking shorts                             
-Lightweight walking pants        
-Light weight thermal leggings
-Fleece or tracksuit pants  
-Waterproof shell pants         

Feet:                                              
-3x thin cotton inner soaks            
-3x thick warm wool hiking socks  
-Hiking boots (with spare laces)    
-Walking sneakers                        
-Sandals                                       
-Walking poles                              

Upper Body:                                   
-3x T-shirts                                      
-2x lightweight thermal tops            
-2x Merino/Fleece long shelve tops
-Waterproof shell jacket                  
-Down vest/jacket                          
-Poncho rain cover                          

Hands:                                           
-Lightweight fleece gloves              
-Heavyweight gloves                      
-Or waterproof/wind fleece gloves  

Sleeping:                                                  
-Sleeping bag                                          
-Sleeping bag liner                                    
-Pillow slip/case  

Medical Kit:
-See your Doctor for compete medical kit
- Including Dimox

Accessories:
-Headlamp & spare batteries
-Hand touch & spare batteries
-Dry packs
-Open neck water bottles x2
-Watch with light & alarm
-Pack no heavier than 15kg fully packed
-Pack cover
-Day pack 33litre with waist strap
-Money belt

 Toiletries & Personal Hygiene
-1x quick dry towel & face cloth
-Shampoo & Conditioner (biodegradable)           
-Toothbrush & paste (biodegradable)
-Multipurpose wipes (face & body)
-Deodorant
-Face & Body moisturizer
-Nail clippers/file
-Small comb/brush
-Small mirror
-Clothes washing soap (biodegradable)
-Toilet paper (you can buy more on trek)
-Anti-Bacterial wipes (4x packs)
-Hand sanitizer (small bottle)
-Sun block face/body high UV protection
-Lip block with UV protection
-Feminine hygiene products

Extra Items:
-Camera & extra batteries
-Binoculars
-Reading books
-Playing cards
-Trail map & guide book
-Journal & pen                           
-Photo’s of home/family
-Energy/protein bars (optional)
-Walkman & Steripen

Trekking Group
This given trip based on group joining trip in Kathmandu and the minimum number will be 2 pax and max 10 pax based on group booking. For single also we organize the trip with single supplement. Please make sure that you do have a group joining before you book the trip and we do organize the trip in large on request but small group that mean we can provide our best services during the trip. 

Physical Requirements
Mardi Himal Trek is Moderate but does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. It does not require any technical experience, only that you are in good physical & mentally conditioning and be able to hike for 4-6 hours over hilly terrain with a light day pack. Before the trip booking with us please consult with your Medical Doctor once and in Doctor References go for your trip booking process with us. 

Trek Leaders and Staffs
A decade experienced in the adventure tourism our incredible guides and staffs are the back bone of the company who are selecting based on highly skilled professionals with their technical proficiency, proven safety records, careful judgment, patient and supportive teaching styles and great personalities. Most of our field staffs are from the local area covering from eastern to western Himalayan ranges, which support the local people directly. They have good health fitness as well as well experience with good knowledge of team leading in the Himalayan region. We also provide the training to our each staff increasing their work efficiency. Please find the training list below, which we provide to our fellow trekking staffs,

  1. Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  2. Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Government's Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre of Nepal.
  3. Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet – TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  4. English Language - KEEP
  5. Conservation & Biodiversity - KEEP
  6. Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (optional) – Nepal Mountaineering Association

- Our operation is smooth as a safety concern:For our trek group, there will be one Leader and one Sherpa porter for two persons and above this will be one Leader, one assistance leader and one Sherpa porter based on two persons. This ensure if in case of one get sick, it would not disturb the itinerary and fellow members, the trip still running as plan as in itinerary. And please understand that our group starts from 2 and maximum it goes up to 10 which is good team to communicate and facilitate in every manner.
- Porter Care:In our group member each has allowed his/her gear bag weighted not exceeding than 15kgs/33 pounds that we strongly care of porters rights and solely against any exploitation on its operation and we are closely working with IPPG (International Porters Progress Group)

Acclimatization
This Mardi Himal Trek itinerary specially tailored considering with a high degree of minimization of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Normally, altitude sickness starts from 3,600 meters/11,808 feet and there is no problem below this standard. During your trip this is a best solution go slowly with body acclimatization. Consider in the higher altitude there is less oxygen in the air. Suppose, crossing high passes more than 5,000 meters/ 16,400 feet, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Your body needs many days to acclimatization during the travel in high Himalaya. Please check about high altitudes sickness by Dr. Jim Duff from Australia in given link (http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm) 

Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay, medical expenses and emergency assistance. 

Climate and Weather
Nepal is a country of diversified in a topography starting from 60 meters to top of the planet 8,848 meters at the top of Mt. Everest. We have dry season from October to May and the wet season (monsoon) from June to September. For the Mardi Himal Trek mid September to November is one of the good times and also March to May best to trek in Mardi Himal. During the autumn the vegetation is lush after the rains of the monsoon and the air is clean and fresh and spring can be a little dusty but with pleasant & warm weather.  December to February is good for visibility but cold in high altitude as well as Kathmandu too. Starting the rain from June and till the mid of the September and cloudy weather badly for visibility. 

Passport and Visa Requirements
Before traveling Mardi Himal Trek please check your passport and validity date. Passports most have at least 6 months validity after finish date of your trip. We most require your copy of full passport details send by fax or scan copy is most preferable. In Nepal you will require a visa which can be obtained in advance from the Nepalese Embassy from your country or you can get on arrival at the airport in Kathmandu (Peak season you need to wait long in airport during the obtaining visa). Here is general list of Nepalese visa fee as below and web link as (http://www.immi.gov.np/

Fees to be levied while issuing tourist visa by the Mission or entry point: 

A.    US Dollars 25 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visa.
B.    US Dollars 40 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 30 days multiple entry visa.
C.    US Dollars 100 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa.
D.    Notwithstanding anything written in clause (a) and (b), no visa fee shall be applicable to the passport holder of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for 30 days. 

Permits and fees
During this trip you most require to obtain the Annapurna Conservation entry permits & TIMS. All the relevant permits and entry fees are including on the given cost except personal donations & contribution. In case of any such conditions we will inform you if required any additional permit fees before you make a booking with us. 

Health and Medical Information
During the Mardi Himal Trek with us, our crews are well experienced travelers and sharing since long time to achieve the traveler’s ambition. In fact, we specialized in the Himalayan travel and we all are from Himalayan region with plenty of local knowledge as have been guiding since a decade, which is a key factor to provide the standard service to our clients. Our all services based on client’s safety and satisfaction. We provide the high range of quality services and personally taking care during the trip. Each of our guides carries medical kit bag for occurring incidents during the travel and they are first aid trainer.  

Environmental Concerns
We are highly sensible to protect our natural environment and participating with many environmental cleanup campaigns. Our responsible tourism carries good message to the locals and we insists and train them do’s and don’ts, how to keep good environment etc. Besides this tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve the natural environment for future generations as well. Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) (http://www.keepnepal.org/) helps to co-work with many trekking company and this organization providing many useful training to our crews and awareness environment program in the mountain. 

Our Experience
Himalayan Planet Adventures P. Ltd. has stabiles Govt. registered company based in Kathmandu, Nepal and we are working in adventure travel in the Himalaya of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. The operator has gained a decade of experience in the adventure tourism working as a guide, adventure travel consultant and by stabilizing own company. Our long experience in adventure travel, we are even more dedicated to fulfill our clients’ requirement and always sincere with clients gratification. We are also delighted to say that many of our past clients who organized their trip in the Himalaya they wouldn’t hesitate to inform you about our organization and professional organizing skills.  

How to Book
While you have chosen your trip, contact our head office by mail or phone to check the availability dates (may visit the updated departure date page) groups or any remaining question you may have. We are happy to help and reply responsively as soon as possible. We’ll hold your booking with us before your final decision. Please read properly our trip booking terms & conditions before your booking and fill up the booking form (download from our website) along with the appropriate deposit of 20 % per person in advance and payment made through the bank transfer or submit your credit card (visa/master card) details with booking form. When you choose the method of advance payment in an appropriate way, a signed and completed booking form will still be required for confirmation of booking. Bookings will only be confirmed once when we received a completed and signed booking form along with appropriate amount of payment.  

The final balance for your booking will be on arrival in Kathmandu. We will invoicing you before your arrival for the final balance along with other final pre departure details as appropriate. Your final invoice will show the price based on the previous quote at the time of invoicing. Please read the trip booking term and condition while you book the trip with us! 

We wish you have a wonderful Himalayan adventure with us!

Departure dates:
This Mardi Himal Trekking has published a fixed departure date which is start & end at Kathmandu. START DATE means your ARRIVAL DAY in Kathmandu & END DAY means DEPARTURE DAY from Kathmandu. If you want to extending your holidays before start the expedition or after expedition finished you are free to do this. These are the departure dates currently available to book online. If these publish dates are not suit your time we are happy to customize the departure dates as your suit and happy to make your date as fixed departure date. Please inform us before the trip booking.

Price:
The publish prices are per person basis joining in land but excluding international flights. This price is fixed and given you on group joining & based on twin sharing accommodation. If you prefer to single accommodation please request for single supplement with additional cost.

Start Date End Date Price in US Dollar Availability Booking
Standard Deluxe
September 29, 2017 October 13, 2017 $ 1800 $ 2100 SPACE Book Now !
October 4, 2017 October 18, 2017 $ 1800 $ 2100 SPACE Book Now !
October 26, 2017 November 9, 2017 $ 1800 $ 2100 SPACE Book Now !
November 1, 2017 November 15, 2017 $ 1800 $ 2100 SPACE Book Now !
November 16, 2017 November 30, 2017 $ 1800 $ 2100 SPACE Book Now !
November 29, 2017 December 13, 2017 $ 1800 $ 2100 SPACE Book Now !
December 7, 2017 December 21, 2017 $ 1800 $ 2100 SPACE Book Now !
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