Mardi Himal is a hike that can be done anytime of the year except for June-August which is the monsoon season in Nepal so it is very difficult to go during these months. Peak season is in October as this offers the best weather, sunny and not too cold at night. This lasts till December when the winter season starts running through February. Winter season offers pretty cold nights and moderate temperatures in the morning of around 20c at lower altitudes and can reach to -10 at higher altitudes. March to May is when spring starts and the temperatures start to rise up to 30c with clear skies and blossoming flowers.
In Kathmandu, you will be staying in the center of the touristic area where you will just step out of your hotel and find all the hussle and bussle of Kathmandu’s Thamel. In Pokhara, you will be staying in a very charming hotel by the Pokhara’s infamous Lake. During the hike, you will be hiking from one village to the next and spending your nights in tea houses which are family owned guest houses for trekkers passing along the way. Rooms are double or triple with beds and blankets to keep you warm. All tea houses have a main room where all hikers gather for meals, briefing, playing card games or just to chill. They are all heated with a huge fireplace in the center so you will definitely be warm. All of them have wifi available for purchase as well as electricity (at an extra cost) for those who want to charge their cameras, phones...etc. Most of them also sell snacks, energy bars, juice and water.
During the hike, you will have 3 meals, all energy based to help give you the required nutrients for hiking around 7 hours a day. Breakfast and dinner are prepared by the tea houses and lunch is taken at other guest houses along the way while hiking. Nepali mountain food is very delicious and has its own flavor, we recommend you go for the Dhal Bat which is a typical Nepalese dish and very high on energy. Try to stay away from any meat during the hike.
To trek through Mardi Himal, you don’t need to be an experienced hiker nor an olympic runner, but you do need to be fit enough to hike for 6-7 hours daily, sometimes going up stairs, sometimes slopes and sometimes just crossing bridges. It is not a super difficult hike but it’s not easy either so its’ better to be well prepared to be able to enjoy the hike more. The rewards you will get after completing each day will just keep you motivated for the next and push you towards the base camp.
The highest point you will reach on this trek is 4,600m, which can be slightly high for someone who hasn’t been at this altitude before but pretty doable for anyone with the will to reach there. The trip is designed to help you acclimatise in the best way possible to avoid any altitude sickness problems. You will be gaining more altitude each day as you go higher but at a moderate speed so your body will have enough time to get accustomed to the lower oxygen levels
Being located in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas, the scenery on this hike is breathtaking and indescribably beautiful. You will be passing along many ecosystems on this hike, this makes the hike a lot more interesting with a constant change in scenery.
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- Price based on 4 pax
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (Breakfast = B, Lunch = L, Dinner = D)
- All transport to and from destination (A/C Car)
- All accommodation in comfortable guest houses during the trek
- Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
- Experienced English-speaking guide and first aid trained local guide
- Trekking permit (Annapurna conservation fee)
- Insurance for all staff, including porters and guides
- International flight
- Visa Fee (issued upon arrival for most nationalities $25 for 15 days)
- Airport Tax
- Excess baggage & Airport Taxes
- Single supplement Fee
- Personal & Travel insurance
- Bottled beverages, bottled water, soft drinks on the mountain and main meals in cities (Plenty of boiled and filtered water is available on the hike)
- Gear rental available at additional cost (Let us know if you would need any)
- Personal expenses, such as battery charging, wifi and hot shower facilities on the mountain
- Tips and Gratuity