Trip Style: Peak Climbing
Transport: As Per Itinerary
Accommodation: Lodge + Camping
Group Size: 2-20
Max Elevation: 5553m
The Mardi Himal trek combines all the major aspects of the Annapurna trek trail where travelers can get to experience the isolation and wilderness to the maximum extent. Marveling at the spectacular display of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Manaslu ranges with the added benefit of exploring the culturally diverse villages, and forging strong bond among each other is what the Mardi Himal trek is all about. Mardi Himal Trek, although recently opened, is already gaining immense popularity with its generous, and lavish a times, exhibition of cultural and natural prospects.
Beginning with a tour around UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu valley, you head to Pokhara. Enjoy the scenic drive which comprises of flowing rivers, and green hills. Begin your trek from Pokhara, as you traverse the vegetation to reach Ghachowk. With a slight increase in altitude, you cross other villages like Mirsa and Kaduwa and after resting at Sano Khoban, you head to Pipar and on the way you might see rare animals as well. A day is separated for acclimatization and after you have fully adapted to the surrounding, you go on an uphill journey to Thulo Kharka. The tiring trek is made easy by the surreal view of Manaslu (8163m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m). You gather the necessary equipments and march towards the base camp, from where you can observe the sheer magnitude of the Mardi Himal (5553m). Battling the snow, you gradually move towards the High Camp, and from there it is a battle with the forces of nature. At the summit of the Mardi Himal, you’ll feel tranquility and bliss witnessing the mesmerizing alignment of Annapurna Himalayas. Carefully descend from the peak to Korchon, while carefully watching your each step. From Korchon, battle through the dense forests which lead to Riban, then to Hyangja. A soothing drive through the zigzag roads take us to Pokhara, and a flight to Kathmandu where the trek shall come to an end.
With over 20 seasoned guides, and high-standard facilities, Himalaya Summit Club has the winning edge over its competitors in terms of quality service and facilities. Be a part of a company where travelers are not treated as guests, but rather a part of a family which focuses on maintaining strong customer relationship.
The Expedition Group
For the Mt.Mardi Himal Expedition, there will be one lead International Certified Nepalese Mountain Guide (NNMGA/IFMGA) Assistant Climbing Guide (level-2 Mountaineering Done Train Guide) (2 Climbers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 Climbers:1 porter) This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Expedition for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to book this trip for a large group then that can be arranged too.
We will be staying at Hotel Marshyandi/Mandala Boutique /Yatri Suites Spa Hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD. Himalaya Summit Club will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
During our Expedition, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination, where we can find lodges or Home stay. And where starting Tented camp will have our expedition Cook serve will breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with fresh vegetable, fresh meet item sometime and hygienic as well. But above Base camp will alpine style foods. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.
It is a condition upon joining any of Himalaya Summit Club trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.
This trek's itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less-oxygen .During this trip, a separate day is set aside in Pipar and Base camp for acclimatization.
Himalaya Summit Club advises guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are symptoms of AMS. Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff, whether once you getting in Kathmandu you can we will arrange to meet with Expedition Doctor Mr. Nima Namgel Sherpa. Himalaya Summit Club itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible. But, it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others.
Best Time to Travel
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be taken during winter, there might be a problem due to obstructed pass due to ice or snow. The trekking routes are crowded during Spring and Autumn but during Monsoon and Winter the routes are not packed and we could enjoy rather best of nature.
Equipments & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- 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 Cotton socks (optional)
- 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals Cotton socks (optional)
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, low ankle high version
- 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)
- 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 carryon)
- 1 large duffel bag
- A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
- Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
- 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
- 1 Helmet
- 1 Harness
- 1 Jumar
- 1 Plydevice
- 4 Lock carbineer
- 2 Unlock Carbineer
- 1 tapselling
- 1 sets of crampons
- Climbing boots
- first-aid kit. (simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid Small, personal 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
- 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 Ziplocs
- 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
- 1 small folding knife
- Binoculars (optional)
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sack
- 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Female hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti-bacterial hand wash
- Reading book
- Trail map/guide book
- Journal and pen
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses 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 teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow