Mardi Himal Trek

This is wild,non tourist and less crowded trekking route for the trekkers in Annapurna region. Mardi Himal is the name of mountain peak which is situated to the south-west lower slope of Mount Fishtail (Machhapuchhare peak), the famous holy mountain can be seen from the Phewa Lake at Pokhara.

This easy trek continue until  the Base Camp of Mardi Himal on the altitude of 4100m. It is the highest altitude point for this trek. This is an exotic and interesting trek in Nepal, uncrowned  terrains provide a golden chance to explore traditional villages, their authentic  and original ethnic  culture.  We can see the incredible natural scenery with spectacular views of silver mountains and tempting views of rivers and exotic valleys.  Definitely, a camping trek, you will remember for a lifetime!

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Mardi Himal Trek
Maximum Elevation: 4100m.
Walking Level: 5-6 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 14 Days
Mode of Operation: Camping Trek
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.
Trip Grade: Moderate
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Mardi Himal Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome by ART member  and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 6 hours and transfer to comfort hotel bed and breakfast.
Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Hyengja by tourist bus and trek to Gyachok village. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 04: Trek from Gyachok to Sano Khoban (1600m). Stay overnight at camp.
Day 05: Trek from Sano Khoban to Pipa (3150m). Stay overnight at camp
Day 06: Rest day at Pipa for acclimatization. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 07: Trek from Pipa to Thulo Kharka (4120m). Stay overnight at camp.
Day 08: Trek from Thulo Kharka to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4100m).Stay overnight at camp.
Day 09: Trek from Mardi Himal Base Camp to Korchon (3680m). Stay overnight at camp.
Day 10: Trek from Mardi Himal Base Camp to Korchon (3680m). Stay overnight at camp.
Day 11: Trek from Korchon to Riban (1780m). Stay overnight at camp.
Day 12: Trek from Riban to Hyenja and drive from Hyengja to Pokhara. Stay overnight at comfort hotel bed & breakfast.
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6 hours by tourist bus and transfer to hotel 2 star bed &breakfast.
Day 14: Airport transfer from hotel and international departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-2 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu at Thamel touristic city with breakfast except lunch and dinner.
-2 nights hotel comfort  with bed and breakfast in Pokhara city.
-Trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in camping  with foam mattress in twin basis.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
-Camping equipment: tents, mattress, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils etc.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook  and porters.
-Kathmandu to Pokhara round trip tourist bus & Pokhara to Hengja round trip tourist bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory government  tax and other  local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, cook and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal visa fee 25 $ for two weeks and 40 $  for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara  also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag – 20 degree etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain..
-Tips for guide,assistant guide, chef cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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