Mardi Himal a long rising ridge that forms the southwesterly slope of Mt. Machhapuchhre, just below its sheer south face. This combines the Annapurna Base Camp trail and Mardi Himal a wilderness and off the beaten track giving trekkers an opportunity to explore beautiful scenery of south face of Mardi Himal and Mt. Machhapuchhre Himalayas, people and life style of the local people here. This trek starts from Birethanti to Ghorepani and Chhomrong then climbs through forests and above the tree lines to follow the ridge that goes up to trekking high camp 3,620m where time is spent acclimatizing while being awestruck by the views. Finally the trail enters the wilderness territory as we go beyond 4,500 meters, where the great ice fields and be glaciers of Annapurna Base Camp lie below. From here the trail goes down all the way to Mardi Pool giving the feeling that they have explored.
Day 01: Kathmandu - Pokhara.
Transfer by tourist bus for about 6 -hour to Pokhara, a beautiful town set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy either doing last minute shopping for the trek or packing your things.
Day 02: Pokhara - Birethanti – Ulleri 2070m.
Drive an hour to Birethanti and start trekking through the lush, green Modi river valley, past waterfalls with plunge pools. After crossing the bridge ascend as the staircase to Magar village of Ulleri where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
Day 03: Ulleri – Ghorepani 2840m.
A gentle climb through pasture and cultivated fields. As the trail climbs higher, you walk up beside the cascading river through refreshingly cool oak and rhododendron forest to Ghorepani.
Day 06: Ghorepani – Tadapani 2540m.
Early morning climb to the Poonhill and enjoy the sunrise over the peaks and magnificent mountain panoramic view. A short ascend to Deurali pass and further Tadapani through dense moss-covered forest rich with the bird.
Day 07: Tadapani – Chhomrung 2040m.
The trail drops down through dense rhododendron forest and a long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola, and continues up to the village of Chhomrung towering above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South, with the Fishtail facing it across the valley.
Day 08: Chhomrung – Langdrung 1850m.
The trail descends to Jhinu and further down to Modi Khola. From here an easy walk brings to Langdrung village.
Day 09: Landrung – Forest Camp 2460m.
Trek up to Bhanjyang and further to Forest Camp leaving the trail to Pokhara.
Day 10: Forest Camp - Low Camp 3140m.
Day 11: Low Camp - High Camp 3620m.
Day 12: Trek up to 4,500m for breathtaking views and trek back to Low Camp.
Day 13: Low Camp - Lwang 428m.
Day 14: Lwang - Andante That then drives back to Pokhara.
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu.
- Arrival/departure transfers.
- 4 night 2-3 star category hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu.
- Sightseeing tours by private vehicle with a tour guide, entrance fees.
- Lodge accommodations and all meals during the trek, down jacket, sleeping bag.
- Cost for a First Aid and Eco trained English speaking guide and Porter.
- Emergency rescue arrangements, medical kit bag.
- All necessary paper works and trekking /entry permits.
- All government and local taxes where applicable.
- Welcome or farewell dinner.
- International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
- Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu.
- Emergency rescue and medical expenses.
- Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills personal porters.
- Tips for the trekking crew.
- Other optional trips/activities and sightseeing if required.
Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, sandal or light shoes.
Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, towel, wool hat, sun hat, gloves.
Sleeping bag (4 seasons), trekking hold all or stash sack with lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
Insect repellent, diary, toilet paper roll, laundry soap, pocket knife, sewing kit, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.
Trip Essential Information
Introduction and trip briefing: On our all tours, trek, expeditions and other adventures, we give a short brief about the trip in Kathmandu on the same day of your arrival and introduce your trip guide and team members. At the mean time, we provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions if any about the trip.
A day on the trek : Day starts with warm greeting and bed tea. Then you will be offered a basin of hot water to wash and take breakfast then you are off to trek for more then 3 hours through the forests, hills, mountain and local villages. You will stop at pleasant surroundings for hot lunch for an hour. You will then walk 3 or more hours depends on the places and facilities for camping places, stop for the night camp, you will be then offered tea / coffee with some light snacks then explore the area or relax until dinner is served at the warm dining hall. Most of the evening you will be encouraged to sing and dance in a traditional way. Sometime you will spend time playing cards, reading books and learning Nepali. Finally, go to bed served with hot water rubber bag to keep you extra warm in the cold temperature.
A successful trek requirement: As other trek, Upper Mustang trek also requires previous experience of trekking, sound health & fitness. This trek involves 5-8 hours of high mountain walking. You should be prepared about 10 Kms of walking or jugging exercise everyday 3 months before involving the trek as you are walking on high altitude for long and short days. Likewise you must need a positive attitude and a strong determination; lots of willpower and of course reasonable fitness, good health and physical condition are the basic measure of your success. We suggest you to consult your doctor for medical requirements as medical and evacuation expenses are your responsibility. To ensure for a safety and successful trek; we will provide one trek guide , one assistance guide on every group trek so that if in case one get sick, it would not be canceled the trek and run as plan as in itinerary.
Things to know: Our first concern is your safety while traveling with Holiday Mountain Treks. Please be informed that your trek leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Our every effort will be made for a safely completion of the planned itinerary, however as this is adventure travel into the remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Other factor like weather conditions, the health of member can be the reason to changes the itinerary. In such a case, please be prepared to be flexible. Your leader will accompany you on all scheduled activities and you will have free time to pursue your own interests too. Your trek leader will assist you with information about your options but please be informed that any additional activities you undertake are not part of our itinerary.
Trek staffs: Believing that every successful trips have been possible because of the team work, Holiday Mountain Treks employs experienced and trained Nepalese trek guide and other staffs.
Guide: The guide is English speaking, well experienced and knowledgeable holding license from government institutions. He is well trained about the high altitude problem, eco tourism, social responsibilities and sincerely dedicated on his duty. Actually our guide play an invaluable role in ensuring that our clients have the best opportunity to experience, learn about, and enjoy their trip presenting him whenever you need any help.
Assistant Guide and Sherpa: We provide one assistant guide and one Sherpa for every 6 trekkers. Assitant guide will help group during day time walking close by to help trekkers at the difficulty situation. Sherpa will take care of the camp site by setting and saving from out sider. They are well experience and dedicated on their duty.
Porters: Normally we use only regular porters working for the company. Our porters are fully equipped and insured having knowledge of walking on snow and high altitude passes. They are very honest, reliable, strong and of curse get good pay. They can speak engligh and will be referred to take the guide training after they are well experience and confident.
Cook: Cook have got cook training from government and private training institutions and moreover they are well experience to prepare the most delicious and different cuisines with some local way too. They will prepare best of all combination meals like Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, continental and other cuisines as per your test requirements.
Washing and toilet facilities: We provide hot or washing bowl of hot water to freshen up and to bath. We bring toilet tent and set at walking distance from your sleeping tent. No worries! We will cover it with necessary natural preservation after use of such facility.
Foods and dinks: Fresh and hygienic foods at its high level of balance diet on full board basis will be throughout the trek. An experienced and trained cook will prepare some of the best cousins like Nepali, Tibetan, Italian, Continental, and Indian. For drinks you will get boiled water, Tea, coffe, choklate, soups, squash and juice in diffent flavor etc.
Accommodation: You will be staying at comfortable 2-3 star standard category hotel/resort having all modern amenities with breakfast in Kathmandu/Pokhara and good quality two men dom tents during the trek.
Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on city tour, airport transfers and tourist bus to and from Pokhara or private vehicle or flight will be arranged at an extra cost if required.
Responsible tourism concept: Holiday Mountain Treks is taking concern of economy, social, environment and culture while running its trips. Our staffs are trained on this and try for minimum impact on the natural environment and native peoples. We try to support local economy by using their products, making aware and our clients will have to respect the local culture and traditions. We always try to make the areas more cleaner and friendly environments after we travel. This is possible by your understanding and our trained crews.
Travel Insurance: We suggest and t is a condition of traveling with us that you must be fully insured, including air rescue services and all medical expenses. You decide and choose what amount and types of is insurance is suitable for your trip nature as some does buy cancellation and only for certain period of time.
Itinerary: Given itinerary is flexible if needed so there is often scope on the trek to extend or lengthen the walking days. In the special case if the trips is ended a week or more earlier, there will be given an optional for a short trip. Please discuss this with your trek guide and express your wishes. He is there to maximize your enjoyment of the trek.
Electricity: Small scale electricity schemes are running is several mountain communities but as they by definition small the light may not be strong enogh to read by and is not always guaranteed to be working. Kerosene lamps, candles or solar light bulbs are often used is the dining room where there is no electricity. A toch light, with extera battries is essential. Some lodges have rechargeing facilites for which there is a small charge. Nepal use voltages, 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets are fit both round and flat.