Mardi Himal Trek - 11 Days

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  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate Moderate
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Annapurna
  • Max. Altitude: 4500m/14763ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/Land transportation


Located east of Annapurna, Mardi Himal Trek is a newly opened trial suitable for those trekkers who have less time to explore long trekking routes. Mardi Himal Basecamp is dramatically positioned at the base of Mardi Himal and astonishing Mt Machhapuchre (Fishtail). The trial is a combination of lush Rhododendron forests to rugged high mountain landscape. 3-4 Hours of climb from High Camp (3580m) to Base Camp (4500m) gives you a chance to witness spectacular views of entire Annapurna Massif, Mardi Himal, Fishtail and Mt Hiunchuli. 

Mardi Himal Trek is designed especially for every kind of trekkers without any problem of getting Acute Mountain Sickness as you will get enough time to acclimatize and adjust with high altitude. This trip starts from Nepal's cultural city, Kathmandu. You will be driven 200km to the city of lakes, Pokhara. From Pokhara, you will be walking on some of the Nepal's most beautiful villages to high rugged mountain terrains of Annapurna region. Culture experience in Kathmandu to fascinating Himalayan Vistas,  Mardi Himal Trek gives you an ample opportunity to understand Nepal in such a short time period which you are going to anticipate. 

 


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara (200km/5-6 hrs)

Day 3: Drive to Kande and trek to Australian Camp (2060m/6758ft, 4 hrs)

Day 4: Trek to Forest Camp (3051m/10009ft, 6 hrs)

Day 5: Trek up to High camp (3900m/12795ft, 7 hrs)

Day 6: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m/14763ft) and return back to High Camp - 6-7 Hrs

Day 7: Trek to Sidhing (1700m/5577ft, 6 hrs)

Day 8: Trek Sidhing to Lumre and drive to Pokhara (3 hrs walk and 2 hours of drive)

Day 9: Drive back to Kathmandu (200kms/6 Hrs)

Day 10: Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city

Day 11: Departure

Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Early in the morning after breakfast drive to Pokhara by Tourist Bus. Upon arrival at Pokhara, you move to hotel for check in process. In evening, boating on Fewa lake to visit Tal Barahi Temple. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara.

After breakfast, we will take a hour long drive to Kande (Our trek start point). Then, we will trek to Australian Base Camp (2060m/6758ft) for 4 hours through friendly, quiet and steep route. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

After breakfast, we will trek to Forest Camp passing through Pothana and Deurali. We will walk through the pine and Rhododendron forest which make us feel as if walking on a graffiti route. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

After breakfast, we will trek to High Camp passing through the Low Camp (2970 m). We will enjoy the majestic view of Mt. Fishtail. Then, we will ascend to reach High Camp enjoying the majestic view of snow-capped Himalayas along with the stunning villages. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

After breakfast with the spectacular view of sunrise, we will trek to Mardi Base Camp via View Point enjoying mountain views. Our trek is 7 hours walking through the steep trail and rocky climb. On this day we will enjoy our packed lunch with the magnificent view of Mardi Himal, Annapurna I, and other mountains. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Our day starts with the breathtaking view of sunrise along with the warm breakfast. We will descend to Sidhing through pine forest and Rhododendron forest. After having lunch at Low Camp, we will trek down to Siding. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

After breakfast, we will trek for Pokhara walking through the beautiful pasturelands, Brahmin and Gurung villages. We will trek to Lumre which link us to the way to Pokhara. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara.

After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu, upon arrival transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Today day you will have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City consists of Kathmandu Durbar Square (City of Temple), Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple) and Patan City (City of fine arts). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha" also known as Monkey temple. Patan City is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today's visitors. Evening we will go for Farewell dinner with Authentic Nepali cuisine and cultural show. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. Our staff of Great Nepal treks will see you off at Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your onward destinations.

Inclusion

  • Airport pick up, drop transfers and sightseeing tour by private vehicle
  • Accommodation using 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on BB basis
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek (on twin share/dormitory basis)
  • A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
  • Required number of porters to carry your luggage (02 Trekkers:01 Porter)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • Annapurna conservation’s park fees and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Trekking equipment’s i.e.- down Jacket, sleeping bag (which needs to be returned after the trek)
  • Transportation Kathmandu -Pokhara- Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Farewell dinner with Authentic Nepali cuisine and Nepali Cultural show
  • First aid medical kit.
  • All Government taxes, VAT, and service charge.

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory). This must include helicopter rescue
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue. You will need to have a currency of either USD, AUD or EU in cash to pay for your visa.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control.
  • Fees for recharging of mobile phones at lodge`s, hot showers, towels, laundry or other services while trekking.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (which is not mandatory but highly appreciated).
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on above price Inclusion section.

Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

WHAT KIND OF PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT SHOULD I CARRY?
Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:

  • Antiseptic cream (Betadine).
  • Sunblock SPF 30+.
  • Throat lozenges
  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
  • Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and 'Second Skin' for blisters.
  • Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
  • Dextrose glucose tablets.
  • Water treatment tablets.
  • Your prescription medications
  • Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips

DOES HIGH ALTITUDE EFFECTS AND BENEFITS?
You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude.The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body' metabolism.

WHAT IS ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS? (AMS) 
Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. 
Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AMS? 
Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
•    Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
•    Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not. 
•    Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
•    Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat. They will feel as if they want to vomit.
•    Pins and Needles: Sensation of a limbs falling asleep.
•    Fatigue: Physical pressure while trekking the long hours followed by Insomnia shows the next symptom of AIMS which is fatigue.
•    Dizziness: A feeling of falling down, it is the early symptoms of AMS.
•    Malaise: Malaise is the feeling of being sick which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.
•    Swelling of hands, feet & face: Due to the accumulation of fluids, the tissues swell which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.

Symptoms associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness includes:
•    Cyanosis (alteration of skin color into bluish or purplish)
•    Chest tightness or congestion
•    Confusion
•    Coughing up blood
•    Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
•    Grey or pale complexion
•    Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
•    Shortness of breath at rest
At high altitude, all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.

LIFE THREATENING FORMS OF AMS.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)?
•    Breathlessness
•    A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
•    Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
•    Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
•    Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)? 
•    Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
•    Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
•    Nausea/vomiting
•    Loss of balance or coordination
•    Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

HOW TO PREVENT? 
Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
•    Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
•    Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
•    Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
•    Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
•    Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
•    Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
•    Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT? 
Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.

Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS.  Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
•    Don’t ascent up rapidly.
•    Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
•    Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
•    Climb high and sleep low.
•    Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
•    Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
•    Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
•    Never leave or descent sick person along.
•    Avoid getting cold.
•    Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
•    Sleep more than normal.

Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.
With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

HOW DO WE HANDLE DURING THE CASE OF EMERGENCY?
You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition.  So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal,please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.

HOW TO GET SAFE DRINKING WATER?
On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.

DO WE BE SECURE DURING OUR JOURNEY?
Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

IS YOUR COMPANY GOVERNMENTALLY RECOGNISED?
Our company is not only governmentally recognize but also affiliated with several other national and international agencies related to tourism. Our Managing Director Mr. Surya Bahadur Ghimire has already performed Media and press coordinator role being the Executive Member for two years (2015-2017) in TAAN (TREKKING AGENCIES ASSOCIATION OF NEPAL), which is only an umbrella organization of all trekking agencies’ in Nepal. 
 

Why is Tipping essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the same percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly be invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.

 


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Trip highlights

  • Explore less crowded and newly opened trekking trial
  • Picturesque landscape with view of sunrise, sunset over the majestic Annapurna, Fishtail, Hiunchuli and Mardi Himal
  • Witness stunning lifestyle of Mountain people
  • Culture and Tradition of Kathmandu (City of Temples)
     

Why with us?

  • Your Safety Come first.
  • Great Value of Money
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Social Responsibility
  • Tailor-Made Program
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