Mardi Himal is the name given from long rising ridge and its summit from south-westerly lower slope of Mount Machhapuchhare or Fishtail. The area is much quieter and short colorful venture into the Annapurna region. The trail passes through patchwork valleys, dense mossy forests, raging rivers and waterfalls where you can stop to cool yourself. Around every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains, whole horizons of which will be revealed to you as you reach the high points of your trek. Now lodges are built by friendly local making this trek as lodge/teahouse trekking. We’ll experience off the bitten eco-tourism and reach until high camp at 4,100m and get close views of 5 of the 14 highest mountains in the world.
Ramdung can offer you plenty of suggestions, if you wish to stay more days in Nepal. We arrange day tours inside historic city of Kathmandu valley, the mountain hill stations Nagarkot and Dhulikhel, rafting and jungle safari packages, helicopter and mountain flights tour etc.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Ramdung Expedition representative will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can take a rest or if you are arriving earlier, can visit around the city.
In the evening we will hold a briefing session regarding your trip and get to know your Nepali trekking companion. We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. O/N Hotel.
Day 02 - Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara
At around 7am you’ll leave Kathmandu to reach Pokhara through green valley, Trisuli River along side and scattered villages. It takes 6-7 to reach Pokhara. You check-in at your hotel, freshen up and have lunch. Walking along the Lakeside would be a good idea for the evening. You are advised to get some good sleep to begin trekking next day. O/N Hotel (B)
Day 03 – Drive Pokhara to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1925m). 4 hrs
After breakfast, we drive and heat to Phedi and start trek to Pothana, first night stop. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 04 – Pothana to Forest Camp to Kokar (2600m). 4 hrs
After walking for sometimes, you will arrive to Pitam deurali from where we leave Annapurna base camp route and continue trail through peace dense forest of hemlock, rhododendron, maple, oak. We the reach at Forest camp built by local clearing the forest. Local call this place as Kokar. Here lodge are very basic and more like homestay. O/N Basic teahouse (BLD)
Day 05 – Kokar to Low camp (3150m). 5 hrs
The trail continue through forest. We will notice the changing of vegetation starts to appear and trees are covered with moss, tree ferns and lichen. There are two basic lodge in Low camp. You can enjoy viewing Mt. Machhapuchhre up the valley. O/N Basic teahouse (BLD)
Day 06 – Low cam to high camp (3600m). 4 hrs
Walking for about hour, the trail breaks above tree line continuing towards the west where good view of Annapurna south and hiunchuli welcomes. If you are lucky, might view Danphe pheasant, national flower of Nepal. After about 4 hour of walk bring you to High camp, where there is larger lodges than low and forest camp. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 07 – High camp to Upper viewpoint (4200m). 4 hrs
Today, we wake up early in the morning and head towards Mardi Himal to view sunrise In the mountain range. The trail is well established through grass with steeper section. Here, dzos (yak/cow cross breed), sheep and goats from lower village grazes up. Then, after three hours, we reach at Upper viewpoint. You see spectacular view of south face of Annapurna and all other peaks in Sanctuary. O/N Teahouse )BLD)
Day 08 – Upper viewpoint to Siding village (1750m). 6 hrs
After we reach our main destination, we follow different trail to return. From low camp the trail descends down to Siding village. Siding is traditional Nepalese village just emerging to serve the tourist coming through. It is much like home stay. We take short trip around the village and enjoy Dal bhat with family in their kitchen. O/N teahouse/homestay (BLD)
Day 09 – Siding to Lumre. 3hrs and drive to Pokhara. 2 hrs
We start walking passing through Kalimati and Ghalel village. Kalimati is Brahmin village whereas Ghalel and siding are mix Brahmin and Gurung village. From Lumre, we drive back to Pokhara by jeep. O/N Hotel (BL)
Day 10 – Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu
It takes 7hrs long drive along Trisuli river and various settlements to get back to Kathmandu.
You can spend time resting/buying souvenirs back to home. In the evening, we will host farewell dinner in traditional restaurant with cultural dance performances in celebration of your amazing trip. O/N Hotel (BD)
Day 11 – Rest and Relax in Pokhara
It’s all up to you visiting different places around Pokhara valley such as Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement, Gupteshower cave and many more places as per the choice. O/N Hotel (B)
Day 12 - Trip ends. Farewell and departure
The journey in the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today ! At last approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Ramdung Expedition will drop you to the airport. (B)
Normally, we use following 3 star standard hotels in Kathmandu depending on availability in our trekking package.
Hotel Manang. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.hotelmanang.com
Hotel Utse. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.utsehotel.com
Hotel Manaslu. Located in Lazimpat near to Thamel area. www.hotelmanaslu.com
while on trek, the lodges are fairly basic but perfectly adequate for the mountain type service. Two people will be accommodated in each room mostly in twin beds with foam mattresses. If you prefer private accommodation, you can choose “single supplement” option. It is important to consider that some places in the trek do not have sufficient lodges and rooms; in this case you’ll have to share room. Some lodges now have showers (charged at $3-$5).
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure it covers up to 6000m.
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average.
It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek. The trek will be more enjoyable if you are fit.
MEALS AND DRINKS
There are plenty of excellent restaurants to serve food and drinks in Kathmandu such as Rum doodles, Fire & ice, La Dolce Vita, Ktoo Steak House, Everest Steak, New Orleans, Gaia etc. Breakfast is provided at your hotel every morning. It will cost $ 3-7 per meal depending on meals item chosen and restaurant.
While on trek, the lodges or teahouse provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. Meals whilst on trek are included in the package which is breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks. You can choose your meal from hotel menus. Meals in lodges are varied ranging from traditional Nepalese daal bhaat to pizza, apple pie, steak, pasta and so on.
It is safer to drink bottled, boiled and filtered water. A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in cities and while on trek. You can purify your own water if you carry a canteen or water bottle and iodine drops or tablets.
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February.
The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $70 (more will be appreciated).
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
The following are what we recommend to bring as clothing and equipment needed for the trek. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price; we can assist you with necessary arrangement. Except for your day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters. You’ll have strong and hospitable porter for two people. The weight limit for trek is 10-13kg per person. One porter can carry 20-25kg weight. Before the trek, you can store all your excess baggage in Kathmandu at hotel or at our office and take only which is required for the trek.
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sun Hat or scarf
Cotton tees or thermals
Gloves for hand
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable Trekking boots
Sleeping bag rated to -20
Trekking bag or duffel bag
Large plastic bags (keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (recommended, optional)
Lonely Planet Nepal: A guide book of Nepal.
Annapurna: A book by Reinhold Messner about his expedition experience in the dead zone of Annapurna.
Trekking in Nepal: Written by Stephen Bezruchka is an nice book for all treks with and bibliography of additional books.
Trekking and climbing in Nepal: Written by Steve Razzetti, this book gives comprehensive knowledge of major trekking trails and climbing peaks.
Nepal Handbook: By Kerry Morgan. Recommended specially for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing’s.
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya: By Stan Armungton. This book has detailed trek descriptions including restricted areas of Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and kailash.
Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
Travelers Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.