Are you seeking for less beaten trekking trail in Annapurna region in Nepal? If so, we recommend you to go with Mardi Himal Trek which is a newly opened trekking trail in Annapurna region. Mardi Himal trek is widely popular now as moderate and a less crowded trekking trail in Nepal. Actually, Mardi Himal is popular as a hidden gem in Annapurna region which invites trekking enthusiasts to explore it. There were no teahouses before 2011 in Mardi Himal Trekking trail. It was popular as a camping trekking in Annapurna region among a few trekkers.
Mardi Himal Trekking is a perfect choice for the trekkers to experience the core wilderness and capture breathtaking mountain views include Annapurna massif, Mardi Himal, Himchuli, Gangapurna, Nilgiri, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. Moreover, the lush rhododendron, rhythmic waterfalls and classical ethnic settlements will mesmerize us.
Mardi Himal Trekking begins either from Phedi or Kande after 1.30 hrs drive from Pokhara. To go Pokhara from Kathmandu, we either drive or fly. If we choose to fly, it takes 30 minutes and our drive takes 7-8 hours. Phedi is the beginning point of many other treks like Annapurna Base Camp, Ghandrku Circuit Trekking and Australian Camp Trekking. We begin our hiking via beautiful traditional settlements and lush rhododendron. First, we ascend to Dhampus. Dhampus offers us spectacular views of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre ( Fishtail). We further ascend to Forest Camp via dramatic landscapes. The trek goes through the miraculous rhododendron forest at the initial portion and eventually, the setting turns on the rugged trail dominated by the hard rock formation. We, ultimately, trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp via High Camp. The Mardi Himal Base Camp offers us miraculous Annapurna range including mesmerizing Machhapuchhre. On backtracking, we trek to Sidding village and drive back to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we again take a drive or a short domestic fight to end our Mardi Himal Trek in Kathmandu.
Beside Mardi Himal Trek, Luxury Holidays Nepal also offers various trekking packages in Annapurna region like Luxury Nepal tour with Dhampus Sarangkot Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek with 5 star accommodation in cities, Poon Hill Sunrise Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek. Contact us for any kind of customized trekking trip in Nepal.
After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Luxury Holidays Nepal will pick up from the airport and take to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or visit Luxury Holidays Nepal’s office. At evening, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour and trekking guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting. After the pre-trip meeting, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Luxury Holidays Nepal. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine, which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide for your sightseeing tour. You will visit the following sites.
Swyambunath Stupa - The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site):
You can watch over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. Swyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.
Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site):
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples of Nepal. It is located on the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva.
Boudhanath Stupa is 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site):
Patan Durbar Square - located in central of city Lalitpur. It displays the Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the arts.
The rest of your time is free for further exploration and some shopping nearby your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
After having your breakfast, drive to Pokhara about 6-7 hour drive exploring & enjoying with scenic beauty all the way around. In the evening, a boating trip on Phewa Lake will be followed where you can enjoy the spectacular views of Annapurna Himalaya Range reflected in all it's glory in the calm green water of the lake. Overnight at Hotel.
Take a 30 min drive to roadside shacks of Phedi. The start of the trail heads up the hill on a set of steps across the road. The main part of Dhampus valley is on the top of the ridge, more than 500 m above. The area is inhabited by Brahmins, Chhetris and few Gurungs. Crossing the dirt road a couple of times and stone staircases makes the trail more adventuring. The spectacular panoramic view of the Annapurna Himalayan range makes your overnight much greater.
It’s a total of 5 hours work. The trek enters an enchanted forest of birch, giant rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, hemlock, and daphnia. The overnight here enjoys relaxation after a long tough but adventuring trail.
As you climb, the flora have turned to classic 'cloud forest' with mosses and lichen, tree ferns and orchids hosted by the hardiest trees. There are windows in the woods that look out onto the thrilling panorama - close up the dramatic scenery of sacred Mt. Machhapuchhare, Mardi Himal and Annapurna chains.
After early morning breakfast and start trekking to reach the highest point of the trek. If conditions are favorable, will climb up to 15,000/16,000 ft. The great ice fields and the blue glaciers of the Annapurna sanctuary walls. The view you capture will be never forgotten.
This day will be your rest day as you hike a lot on the previous day. Also, you can make a short hiking over around viewing and have an essence of discovery expedition.
After breakfast, your journey start an unhurried descent through the shade of the forest and out onto the terraced fields, down 1600m. This is a different route down to the upper Mardi Khola. Here, as you make your way along the banks of the Mardi Khola from the hillside village of Siding, down through the lovely fields, passing the simple farms and over the interesting suspension bridges. There is no doubt that this is indeed the idyllic Nepal Countryside.
After a short walk now the trail skirts an outcrop- there's the road and transport. You will be back to Pokhara. 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.
You have an option of both driving as well as flying back to Kathmandu. The Pokhara-Kathmandu flight swifts along the Himalayas unveiling Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang ranges. After returning to Kathmandu, you have the afternoon and the evening to stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. There is a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.
After a few days of fun and excitement the day to bid farewell has arrived. Our representatives will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport as per your flight time.
After the wonderful opportunity to organize this tour for you we wish you a safe and happy journey ahead.
Our trek was truly an amazing experience to Himalayas. The professionalism of the entire staff from Luxury Holidays Nepal and also Guide and porters could not have been better. Our guide (Ram) managed each of our requirements perfectly at all of the Tea houses. We couldn’t be more pleased with this experience.Published: Monday, October 22, 2018
Our trek was truly an amazing experience to Himalayas. The professionalism of the entire staff from Luxury Holidays Nepal and also Guide and porters could not have been better. Our guide (Ram) managed each of our requirements perfectly at all of the Tea houses. We couldn’t be more pleased with this experience.
Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
We went on a 12 day trek to Mardi Himal Base camp and we were very lucky to have Ram as our guide. The trek was not very hard but great and was made even better because of Ram. He was really nice and caring guide and couldn’t do enough for us. He also made a nepali mean for us! Dal Bhat power 24hour! And a special thanks to Luxury Holidays Nepal for organizing this trek.Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
We booked the Mardi Himal trek, and not only was the trek wonderful but also Luxury Holidays Nepal provided us with wonderful tours of Kathmandu. Out trek guide and porters were strong and always concerned for our safety. A special shout-out to our patient and caring guide, Krishna. Our Kathmandu tour guides were also wonderful and added so much memory to our trip. We asked for changes mid-trip, and Luxury Holidays Nepal accommodated us immediately. It was a wonderful trek and very affordable. Thank you everyone!!!Published: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
We had a marvelous experience with Mountain Monarchs staying in tea houses, homestays with local families and camping high in the mountains. All logistical planning was excellent and the guides and porters all were professional, helpful and good company. A holiday of a life time. The additional trip to Chitwan was equally memorable.
Visited November 2016Published: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
A fantastic time from start to finish! Luxury Holidays Nepal was excellent - helping us plan an itinerary to make our visit to Nepal a trip of a life time. With their local expertise, the staff were brilliant - friendly, knowledgeable and great fun. Everything was well organized and nothing was too much trouble. Their customer service and the equipment they provided were really high quality. Great time thanks to a great company. Have already recommended to a colleague.
Visited May 2016Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Luxury Holidays Nepal provides you 4 star hotels in Kathmandu and Teahouse/Lodge throughout the journey. Teahouse and lodge have the rooms with just the basics, normally with a bed, blanket and pillows. Some rooms have the electric lighting system and every teahouse/lodge has a capacious dining room and lounge. We will provide you and your group at the lodge which is locally available every day. If you want the luxury accommodation of 5 star in Kathmandu then contact us for cost detail. In Kathmandu, we will be staying at Hotel Mulberry or Similar category and In Pokhara Mount Kailash Resort or similar category.
Throughout the trip of Mountain Trekking, your luggage are carried and moved by the porters. You should carry the water bottle, sunscreen, camera, spare jacket, etc. Your main luggage will be your trekking bag and you can carry a small lockable bag which will provide safety. You are provided with a free locker room in the hotel of Kathmandu. The weight allowance in domestic airlines of Nepal is up to 15kg and for more weight you have to pay US$1 per/kg depending on the area.
Transportation on Journey:
Luxury Holidays Nepal will offer you private luxury vehicle for airport transferal and sightseeing and Luxurious tourist bus for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu. Private vehicle for Pokhara-Phedi.
Group Leader during the journey:
Luxury Holidays Nepal will facilitate you with the trained travelling guide in your group. There will be a single porter for a couple of people.
Payment of the Due Balance:
The rest amount of your trip can be paid in our office after your arrival or via online payment before your arrival in Nepal (Online payment). If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. There is no handling charge for payment by bank transfer.
Communication during Journey:
Mardi Himal Trek is an easy level trek so you can find the telephone and internet facilities in most of the place.
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. Also, please send us your redemption code and voucher number through this link (Voucher Redemption).
You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon arrival for $25 USD (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa or $40 USD for a 30 days visa. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the queue for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy. (Nepal Visa Info)
Booking your international flight:
If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites.
makemytrip.com, www.kayak.com, www.vayama.com
They usually have good offers.
For more details: (See the international flights page)
When and where should you arrive?
Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport. The tour starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour and ends on after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.
You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal by representatives holding a "Luxury Holidays Nepal" sign card and he will escort you to the Hotel.
If you plan to arrive early or depart late, please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting at email@example.com
After you purchase your international air ticket, please contact us to give your flight details.
Currencies are accepted in Nepal:
Some major currencies (USD, AUD, and EURO) are accepted for both visa and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.
The altitude sickness will get from 3000 meters. Normally below three 3000 meters will not have altitude related problems usually for people for stable health. But above it can cause altitude-related sickness. If you have a health condition which might cause problems, please consult a doctor about the advisability of doing the trek. For Your information, your traveling guide will also have pills for Altitude Sickness and other basic medicine. We recommend you to take pills for diarrhea, cold, fever and nausea.
We do not hope that there may arise any serious problem for you in your journey, but if you get caught by serious illness then we will do our best to take you to the nearest hospital possible. But you will be responsible for all the expenses that take place in the evacuation process. So, it is good for you to have insurance which will cover your cost. Be Insured. (See the travel insurance page)
If you want to see a close view of Mt. Everest and Himalayan peaks, we can arrange mountain flights. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book. To know more about Mount Everest Scenic Flight by plane, please click here and Everest Scenic Flight by Helicopter click here.
Trip Extensions/ Add on trips:
If you like our service and you want to extend your trip, then we can further organize your trip to India, Bhutan and Tibet. And other trekking and activities of Nepal like Everest Trek, Langtang Trek, Manaslu Trek, Bunjee Jumping, Rafting, Peak Climbing, Tours, etc.
A general rule of thumb for tipping is to USD 40 to USD 70 per Traveler, depending on the length of the trek. Porters do appreciate a personal tip, although it is not uncommon for the Guide and his Porters to pool the tips they have collected before splitting it amongst themselves, with the Guide is getting a little more for overseeing the welfare and safety of both the Travelers and Porters as a whole. That said, this is just a guide and you may tip, however much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trip a memorable one.
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During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect.