Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi-himal-trekMardi Himal trek is a relatively new route located in the Annapurna region, officially opened in 2012 and has yet to command large crowds like other treks in the region. A richly diverse trek it takes you through beautiful forested areas though to rocky mountain terrain and several base camps which may have snow depending on the time Machhapuchhre along the top ridge on the way to base camp via Mardi Himal trek of year you visit. Mardi Himal is located to the east of the Annapurna Base camp virtually under the spectacular Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Mardi Himal trek goes through quiet stone built villages past wonderful rhododendron forests blooming in many different colors. The forest path continues until about 3,300m. when the trail takes on a rugged mountain setting with spectacular views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South. Above this at 3580 m is high camp which again offers spectacular views overlooking Annapurna Base camp. 

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Name of Trek:

Mardi Himal Trek

Location:

Annapurna Region

Trekking Grade:  

Easy to Moderate 

Activities:  

Tour and Trekking

Minimum Altitude: 

830m

Maximum Altitude: 

4,500m

Season:  

Spring and Autumn

Accommodation:  

Lodge

Transportation:   

Land Transportation 

Trek duration:  

12 Days (8 Days for Trek)

Trekking Starting Point:  

Dhambus

Trekking Ending Point:  

Lwang

Walking hour per day:  

3 to 7 hours

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m.). Arrive at Kathmandu where we are met and transferred to our hotel. In the evening we will conduct a briefing session.

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

  • SWAYAMBHUNATH, also known as the monkey temple, is climbed by a long set of steps and has great views of Kathmandu.
  • BOUDHANATH STUPA has many traditional Gompas hung with strings of multi-coloured prayer flags; it attracts many Sherpas and Tibetans for the circumambulations of the stupa (koras).
  • PASHUPATINATH is a Hindu temple with burning Ghats on the banks of the Bagmati River.
  • DURBAR SQUARE, which is one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, has a blend of Hindu and Buddhist temples

Day 03: By private car: Kathmandu – Dhambus (7hrs drive).
The drive is pleasuring through beautiful countryside of this country. The road mostly takes on nearby the thundering rivers that might give us some views of rafters enjoying another part of Nepal. We will be driving via several green hills with views of houses and villages in the cliffs. We will be also welcomed by snowy peaks from the distance in some places.

Day 04: Dhambus – Forest Camp (2500m, 7hrs)
The trail is enjoyable throughout the villages. We will have some views of villages in the horizon. Continuing further will take us to Deurali, our lunch stop. We will taste the first mountain meal in Deurali and continue further to Forest camp. The trail is mostly inside the green forests of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron. The section includes some ups and downs and takes about 3-4 hours to reach Forest Camp, a small village with few guest houses. Forest camp is known as Kokar among local people. It is a difficult walk from Deurali to Forest camp

Day 05: Forest Camp – Low Camp (3,035m, 4 Hours)
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 a while. 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

Day 06: Low Camp – High Camp (3550m, 4hrs)
Our breakfast will be earlier than usual. Then with packed lunch we set off to reach our objective. Conditions being favorable, our party should reach up to 5,000m and only the crest of Mardi Himal itself separates us from the south face of Machhapuchhere. The great ice fields and blue glaciers of the Sanctuary Wall lie below. Annapurna I, highest of all is beyond, and around us, and an arc from horizon to horizon, from Dhaulagiri to the Ganesh Himal, are a dozen or more glistening snow-bound giants. You are standing on a spot that has been your constant aim for days now. A place, a time, a view that is almost impossible to equal – and you’ve earned it. Whatever our achievement, by 1300 we need to descend, returning to the welcome steaming mug, the hot food, the shelter of High Camp.

Day 07: High Camp - Sidding (1885m, 6hrs)
We will wake up early in the morning before the sunrises. 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 herders’ huts. There are some narrow and steep trails that extensive care is required. After lunch,  we make our way along the banks of the Mardi Khola from the hill-side village of Siding, down through the lovely fields, past the simple farms and over the interesting bridges. There is no doubting this is indeed idyllic Nepali countryside.

Day 08: Sidding – Lwang (1460m, 6hrs)
So the Earth does have flat places! The path from Siding now follows the contour of the river valley gradually down between the pastures and through Tamang and Gurung villages. Further on the trail skirts an outcrop – there’s the road, and there’s our transport, and soon we’re back in Pokhara at our Base Camp and a final celebratory dinner. End of Expedition

Day 09: By jeep: Lwang – Pokhara
After a short walk now the trail skirts an outcrop- there's the road and transport. We will be back to Pokhara by the lunch. You're free here to feel the moderate climate and sceneries of this Magic land or Dream Land of Nepal. Explore the various interesting places like Mahendra Cave, David's fall and the various lakes of course.

Day 10: By private car/plane: Pokhara – Kathmandu
You can take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu. At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps and making up your mind for the returning journey. You can have a greetings exchanging among friends and with all Nepalese people.

Day 11: Free day in Kathmandu for self shopping and others

Day 12: Departure

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Cost Includes:

  • Airport pickup and drop on private vehicle
  • 4 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at twin sharing room on BB plan
  • One day full sightseeing in Kathmandu with English speaking Tour Guide.
  • Transportation: Kathmandu to Dhambus, Lwang to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu on private transportation. 
  • One night Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at twin sharing room on BB plan
  • Completely lodge trekking with full board i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Twin sharing rooms on best available Guesthouses in trekking routes
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entrance fees and TIMS card
  • Local English Speaking Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide and Porters
  • First aid and medical kits
  • All government taxes and official charges.
  • Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs

Cost Excludes: 

  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Rescue/ emergence and insurance cost 
  • Beverage and hard drinks and alcohol
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
  • Personal equipments and personal expenses.
  • In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be born by yourselves.

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CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Chitwan National Park is a popular destination for visitors wanting to have a good experience of the region’s wildlife which covers 932 sq. km. in the flat lowland region of southern Nepal. It is one of the most important sub-tropical parks of Nepal with endangered Royal Bengal tiger, Greater One-horned rhinoceros, Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica), Wild Asian elephant, Gaur, Golden Monitor lizard, Gharial crocodile and many more. It has 6 premier jungle resorts scattered inside its boundaries. The falling rhino (less than 200) and tiger (less than 30) populations in the present park region, focused attention on the Chitwan region and in 1963 the southern two-thirds of the park were declared rhino sanctuary. Since 1963 wildlife populations and ecosystems have been rebounding. In 1973 Chitwan became Nepal's first National Park. The relatively pristine state of the modern park and its unique ecosystems prompted UNESCO to declare the park a World Heritage site in 1984.

KOSHI TAPPU WILDLIFE RESERVE
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve lies on the flood plains of the Koshi River. The rectangular - shaped Reserve is contained within the east and west embankments of the Koshi Barrage. Established in 1976, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is 175 square kilometers of wildlife refuge and wetlands habitat. It is located in Eastern Nepal and can be accessed from the Mehendra Highway. The reserve is also home to the water buffalo, deer, nilgai, mugger crocodile, Ganges River Dolphin (also called the Gangetic Dolphin), and over 280 species of birds. In additional to wildlife, the Reserve also protects a substantial part of the Sapta Koshi, (a tributary of the Ganges River) flood plain. In 1987, it was declared a Ramsar site.

WHITE WATER RAFTING
Nepal is blessed with some of the wildest and most spectacular rivers in the world. It’s a wonderful way to experience Nepal’s natural and ethic-cultural heritage. The combination of beautiful mountain scenery, exhilarating white water rapids, warm water and fascinating cultural opportunities make Nepal one of the premier places to go White water rafting.  Rivers here are regarded as goddess, which are included in a number of Hindu and Buddhist religious rituals. Many can be witnessed during a rafting adventure. Adjoining slopes often harbor dense vegetation and interesting wildlife with many species of fish. Rafting in Nepal is a thrill of running white water rapids combining many outdoor adventures into one holiday. The best time for rafting in Nepal is usually March to June and September to early December

    1. Trishuli River (Rafting trip for 1 to 3 Days)
    2. Seti River (Rafting trip 2 Days)
    3. Bhote Koshi River (Rafting trip for 2 Days)
    4. Kali Gandaki River (Rafting trip for 3 Days)
    5. Marshyadi River (Rafting / Kayaking trip for 4 Days)
    6. Sun Koshi River (Rafting trip for 7 to 9 Days)
    7. Arun River (Rafting adventure for 9 Days)
    8. Karnali River (Whitewater Rafting trip for 10 Days)
    9. Tamur River (Rafting adventure for 10 Days)

ROCK CLIMBING
Rock climbing is a sport in which participants climb up or across natural rock formations or man-made rock walls. The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route. Rock climbing is similar to scrambling (another activity involving the scaling of hills and similar formations), but climbing is generally differentiated because of the use of hands to support the climber's weight as well as to provide balance. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with his or her mental control. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialized climbing equipment is crucial for the safe completion of routes. Because of the wide range and variety of rock formations around the world, rock climbing has been separated into several different styles and sub-disciplines that are described below.

MOUNTAIN FLIGHT
We recommend a mountain flight for travelers that want to be in the camera range of the highest peaks in the world. . In just a short time, you will be experiencing the Himalayas at such close range it will seem as though you could reach out and touch them. You will have a panoramic encounter with the highest majestic Mountains on earth. Cruising this close to the awe-inspiring massifs of rock and ice is a cut-of-this-world experience. You can enjoy a seemingly endless chain of snowcapped peaks as you fly above clouds, over glaciers and lakes, rivers and gorges from window. The clear, non-tinted window offers a great opportunity to experience and photograph the aerial view of the many mountains along with the Kathmandu valley.