Passport, Visa and permits for Mardi Himal Trek
You need to have valid passport (at least 6 month valid) to travel Nepal and need to obtain Nepal tourist Visa to travel Nepal, you can get Nepal visa on arrival at Airport or you can apply online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) (and get it on arrival as well.
You required having Annapurna conservation area entry and TIM’s permits to do Mardi Himal Trek and we apply and get these permits for you once you book the trek from us.
Best time and Climate for Mardi Himal Trek
The best seasons (time) for Mardi Himal Trek are autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day.
The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappearing at night.
Accommodation in Mardi Himal Trek
You have good hotel accommodation for 5 nights (3 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara) and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for rest of the 6 nights on Mardi Himal Trek.
The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on trek lodge. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room - lounge.
We accommodate you and group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required number rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance in all places).
Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.
- Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Samsara Resort or similar: 3 nights
- Hotel in Pokhara: Hotel splendid view or similar: 2 nights
- Hotel on Trek: Simple Mountain lodge: 6 nights
Accommodation will be on double/twin share (triple share available in most places also).
Note: hotel upgrade in Kathmandu and Pokhara is available as there are luxury 4 & 5 star hotels available in these cities so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
Extra nights in Kathmandu
If you arrive in Nepal earlier and stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates then the extra night cost 55.00 USD per night including breakfast and airport transfer and it does not include any extra tours/activities.
Contact us if you need any extra nights for pre or post the trek and want to plan any extra tours and activities for your extra days.
Transportation used on Mardi Himal Trek
We provide private vehicle for airport transfers and sightseeing and bus for Kathmandu- Pokhara – Kathmandu.
You also have options to drive by private car/jeep to Pokhara to Kathmandu and take short flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu.
Please, do let us know if you want to upgrade the modes of transport.
Electricity and battery charge
There is electricity available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in most of the villages of Mardi Himal Trek where you are able to Re- charges your camera/mobile batteries.
We suggest you to have spare batteries too.
Food and drink on Mardi Himal Trek
Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on trek are included in our price and the meals are taken in lodges, you have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.
You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) - the drinks are not included in the cost.
You can bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Mardi Himal Trek since you have normal water for free or you can simply buy bottled water or boiled/safe drink.
Luggage on Mardi Himal Trek
Your main luggage on Mardi Himal Trek is carried by porter, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek.
A trek bag or duffle bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during Mardi Himal Trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu or in Pokhara for free of charge.
Guide and Crew on Mardi Himal Trek
You have professional tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day two (the tour guide for this day may different from the trek guide you trek from next morning) and trained trekking/certified trekking guide for the whole trek (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek).
A Sherpa (Assistant guide) when there are 8 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there is 1 porter for each 2 members and a porter carry about 20 - 22kg which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.
Child policy for Mardi Himal Trek
Children of 10 or more years can take this trek and must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old, no discount for 10 or more years old children and full price are applicable.
Contact us if you are planning to do Mardi Himal Trek with children less than 10 years before you book.
Gratuities/Tips for Mardi Himal Trek Staff
Tips are not included in the tour price for services tour guide, trekking guide, porter and driver. The recommended tip is US$ 5 from each member for tour guide (day 2) and US $ 3 from each member for driver (day 2) and total of US 80.00 from each members for the trek part to divide guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you traveling. The trek guide will give you clearer idea when the trek come to end).
Note: Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
Personal Expenses on Mardi Himal Trek
Personal expenses depend largely on your habit and as all the meals are included in the cost. You only need some money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), tips, souvenirs, hot shower (you have to pay in some places).
If you do not drink alcohol and sopping then 12-15 USD per day per person should be enough for the hot drinks, shower and snacks.
Fitness Level Required for Mardi Himal Trek
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately the Mardi Himal Trek is currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
Please note that a moderate level of fitness is required with daily trekking from between 3 hours to 7 hours.
You will reach an altitude of 3500m above sea level. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to book our Mardi Himal Trek.
Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation on Mardi Himal Trek
In case of a serious sickness or injury while you are on Mardi Himal Trek, we do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital.
You will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue, so, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before departure to Mardi Himal Trek.
Suggested Equipment List for Mardi Himal Trek
- Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional) [One can be provided if required, to be returned after the trek]
- Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
- Daypack for yourself
- A down Jacket (alternatively these can be hired and returned at the end of the trek free of charge)
- Shade hat
- Warm wool hat to cover your ears
- A pair of light-weight warm gloves
- T-shirts 2-3 pieces
- Light weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket
- Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- A pair of quick-drying nylon hiking shorts
- Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
- Four pairs of liner warm socks
- A pair of light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots
- A pair light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
- A pair of sandals (optional)
- A water bottle
- Head/torch Light
- A medium size towel
- Walking poles (optional)
Medicines and First Aid Kits
- We recommend consulting your local Medical GP regarding any medication suggestions to take for these regions.
Miscellaneous but Important
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies) - these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm, at least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
- Sun cream with SPF 40 is recommended.
- Pocket knife.
- Water purification Iodine tablets.
- Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.