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Overview - Mardi Himal Trek

  • 10 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Nepal
  • Altitude: 4500m/14763ft
  • Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size : Min 2 Pax
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transport: Domestic Air / Land transportation

Mardi Himal trek is the ideal example of a great trekking journey in Nepal. It is the perfect trek for you, whether you’re an experienced trekker, or someone looking to try it for the first time. Considering the natural and cultural attractions offered during the trip, you must definitely try it.

Mardi Himal Trek

Despite the fact that Mardi himal trek happens to lurk in the shadows of the other more popular treks in the Annapurna region, it is slowly gaining popularity. It is a short trek, and the best thing about this journey is that it can prove to be ideal for all kinds of trekkers, irrespective of their fitness level or the amount of experience that they have. Though there are a lot of things to explore on the Mardi Himal Trek Nepal, the main one among them is Mardi Himal Base Camp. Situated at an elevation of 4500 m, it is said to offer the best possible view of Mardi Himal.

 

Yet another significant feature of Mardi Himal trek is that it allows you to explore the beautiful flora and fauna in the region. The trekking route covers Annapurna Conservation Area’s small portion. It is the biggest and one of the richest protected areas of Nepal. On the trek, you’re sure to spot one or the other rare and endangered species of animals and birds that consider the park their home. On the trip, you will make your way through the lush green forests. If the time is right, you’ll get to see them laden with flowers like red rhododendron and yellow magnolia.

Mardi Himal Trek Map

Mardi Himal Trek is one of those exciting journeys that you can go for solo. You might need to work a little harder to acquire the pass, but it still seems like a possibility. Now, when you trek solo, one item that you would need more than anything else is the Mardi Himal trek map. With the help of a map, you can easily find your way from one place to another. Also, it will help you better explore the region, by letting you spot the attractions and difficulties way ahead of time. With the help of a map, you’re able to better plan your trek on the Mardi Himal Trek route.

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

Mardi Himal is a 10 days long journey, and during this time, you get to cover places such as Kande, Sidhing, Lumra, and so on. Apart from these villages, you also get to explore settlement areas such as Australian Camp, Forest Camp, High Camp, and so on. These act not just as excellent places to stay on the route, but also as great viewpoints. Also, in the villages, you can get to know a lot about the human elements, such as the religion and customs followed, the lifestyle of the locals, and so many others. It’s so beautiful here that you’d want to stay here forever.

Mardi Himal Trek Review

No matter the amount of experience the trekker has, or their trekking preference, if they go on the Mardi Himal trek, Mardi Himal trek review will definitely be a positive one. There is nothing really to hate about this amazing journey. It’s a mellow trek that takes you close to nature, through the hills of Nepal. You will come across so many exciting viewpoints that will offer you great sights of mountains in the Annapurna region, and mainly that of Mardi Himal. On top of that, the beautiful villages will give you a brief insight into the life of people living in the region.

 

Great Nepal treks are an ideal travel and tour operator to be hired as your trekking partner during your visit to Nepal. You could also choose the other packages offered by them, like an expedition, helicopter tour, jungle safari, food and cultural tour, and so on..

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

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

You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport. You will be transferred to the hotel. Meet the representatives once again after freshening up to get a brief about the trekking itinerary. In your free time, you can stroll around the capital city of Kathmandu. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.  

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

After breakfast, you will board a vehicle to start the drive to the Pokhara Valley. On your way to Pokhara, you can enjoy the beautiful picturesque scenes of the countryside. Enjoy the green hills, rivers, and every other thing you see during the drive. Also, get several opportunities to look at the high peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Machhapuchhre. Among such peaks, you will also have the chance to encounter the cultural diversity of the region. Overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.  

(Optional Trishuli River Rafting can be added on request)

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Today, you will return to the Kathmandu Valley by a tourist bus. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be guided back to your hotel. Freshen up and stroll around the Kathmandu Valley for souvenirs. Later, in the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a Nepalese Restaurant. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.  

Day 10

Your Mardi Himal Trek journey concludes this day. A Great Nepal representative will guide you to the airport some 3 hours before the flight. Have a safe journey ahead. 

Inclusion

  • All transportation as per the itinerary including airport transfers except Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by Tourist Bus. (SIC basis)
  • Two nights of accommodation with breakfast in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara on twin/sharing basis. Upgrades are available at an additional cost.
  • Accommodation in the best available lodges, guesthouses, and tea houses, during trekking day using twin sharing/dormitory rooms. Upgrades to private rooms may be available upon request for an additional charge.
  • Three meals a day followed by tea/coffee while on trekking days. All included meals are notated as B-Breakfast, L-Lunch and D-Dinner)
  • Government licensed English speaking guide throughout the entire trek with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, and transportation costs included.  Tipping is a personal statement of your satisfaction of their service.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine. (02Trekkers:01Porter)
  • Annapurna conservation’s park fees and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Complementary farewell dinner with cultural show and authentic Nepalese cuisine.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Necessary service charges and government taxes.

Exclusion

  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our treks. This must include helicopter rescue, medical testing, treatment, and hospitalization expenses. You will be asked to provide proof of such coverage upon arrival and before departing on the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu.  An average meal in just about any restaurant will run about $5 - $10 depending on what you order. Western oriented restaurants may be a bit more.
  • You are responsible for snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, drinking water and personal expenses along the way. Wi-Fi access lodges (if available), for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services may be available along the way at posted rates.  
  • All personal trekking gear while trekking.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa cost. Most visitors can obtain a visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa is good for 30 days and costs US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained for US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like(natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.  While tipping is not mandatory it is highly appreciated.
  • Any other items not mentioned in the included section.

Accommodation

You will be staying in 3 star hotels (as mentioned in itinerary) while you are in  Kathmandu and Pokhara. While visiting the rural areas, especially high altitudes, you will be staying in teahouses. It is important to note that teahouses are small lodges run by locals and are a very popular type of accommodation in high altitudes and rural areas. They tend to be quite on the cheaper side and only offer limited services.It is important to be open-minded and not expect all the services you get in city areas. The rooms are typically small with twin beds, clean blanket, pillow and bed sheet. Normally people tend to carry their own sleeping bags for sanitary reasons. The only area, that is usually heated is the dining area, so be ready to face some cold night. Toilets in teahouses are typical squat-style and are very small but clean. Likewise, hot water is not available, but you can easily get some for a small fee. If you have any other questions related to accommodation, food, and other details during your visit to Nepal, you can always contact our operators who are available 24X7 at your service. 

Mardi Himal Trek Map

FAQ

What is Acclimatization? Is it important to acclimitized?

To enable all trekking & expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our trekking & 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. Yes it is very important for all trekkers and climbers because this will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

What kind of personal first aid should i carry while trekking or Expedition in Nepal?

Although our guides from Great Nepal Treks 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 effect 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’s 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.

What are the 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.

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 HAPE?

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

What are the Symptoms of HACE?

– 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 Altitude Sickness?

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
Since our Guides from Great Nepal Treks are very professional and well trained about altitude sickness, they will guide you during your trekking and expedition activities in Nepal.

What are the basic treatment of Altitude sickness?

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 GNTE handle you during the case of emergency?

You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition whether you are professional or beginners. Our professional guides do their best to make you well with first aid support. If the situation goes worse, you will be evacuated 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 during trekking and Expedition in Nepal?

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.

Are we safe with Great Nepal Treks during our trekking or expedition 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. Feel safe since you are in the hands of ethical trekking company in Nepal.