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This tour is scheduled to be realized in May 2020
Join us, explore and experience the Nepal country of snow peaks, sherpas and rich culture.
The world’s tallest country, Nepal is commonly known as the “roof of the world”. Nestled in the lap of the gigantic Himalayan Range, tiny landlocked Nepal has eight out of ten highest mountains in the world, including Mt. Everest – the tallest in the world. Apart from being an attractive destination for adventure, Nepal’s local lifestyle, its culture, tradition, historical heritage and ever welcoming nature of Nepalese shows how is rich this country. There are over 30 different languages and dialects in Nepal and more than 10 unique religions.
Our good friend Emile Young said about this trek:
“Mardi Himal offers some of best views of the Annapurna range and Fishtail Mountain.
The trail steadily increases in grade throughout a forested area for the first few days. Then, it opens onto a narrow, protected path at the top.
This is a younger trekking route, so the trail isn’t very groomed. Tree roots and rocks present some difficulties on the forest trail.
As it is, it contains some of my favorite terrain.”
Mardi Himal trek is an unseen gem yet. The trail goes along small winding paths, through enchanted rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 meter. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
Mardi Himal trekking takes you through beautiful forests, interesting villages and cultural diversity that one can see on the trail. Provides opportunity to explore rural villages and rural community that are yet untouched by modernization.
THE EQUIPMENT WE RECOMMEND:
1. Big and small backpack,
2. Sleeping bag (up to -10),
3. Trekking trousers,
4. Gore-tex jacket (or something waterproof),
5. Hiking shoes,
6. Socks (thermo and ordinary),
7. Active laundry,
8. Woolen cap and gloves (or polar),
9. Polar sweatshirt,
10. Personal accessories for hygiene
11. Sun protection (sunglasses, suncream, lipstick),
12. Head lamp,
14. Personal medicines,
15. Rain jacket
Pickup from the Airport and check into the hotel. Free time around the city today. Depending on arrival time, it’s possible to do some trekking preparation today and an evening have meal together.
Visit two places listed on world heritage side 1. Monkey Temple and 2. Patan Durbar Square. Monkey temple is Buddhist Temple, where we can see big stupa, monasteries, monks and lot of monkeys. Patan Durbar square is old King palace which is very famous for building, palace, temples and its architect.
Visit another two places listed on world heritage 1. Boudha Nath Temple and 2. Pashupati Nath temple. At Boudhanath Temple there is world’s largest Stupa and monasteries. It is Tibetan based area so people around Boudhanath temple are from Tibet. Pashupatinath Temple is biggest Hindu Temple in Nepal, its temple of Lord Shiva. From all over the world pilgrimage comes here to pray and worship. We can see the cremation going on at riverside of temple. At the evening wonderful worshipping ceremony can be seen. Trekking preparation.
Tourist bus (comfortable) from Kathmandu to Pokhara. We will arrive in Pokhara in the afternoon and can explore Pokhara in the evening. We will stay in Pokhara overnight, this night is included in the trekking price.
Take a taxi from Pokhara to where the trail starts in Dhampus Phedi (1.5 hours). Then, continue into a lightly forested area to arrive at Pritam Deurali for the evening. We will stay overnight in Pritam Deurali.
We start heading into the forest, making our way steadily uphill over tree roots and winding forest paths. Today is a quiet walk through the forest. We will stay overnight at Forest Camp.
For the first part of today, we will wind through more forest paths. After lunch at Low Camp, the trail suddenly opens into a magical ridgeline as the mountains fall away on all sides. We’ll be surrounded by the mountains. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain) and the Annapurna massif. We’ll stay tonight at High Camp. Once we get there, we will take our time to relax, since we are now at a high altitude.
We wake up to beautiful views of Annapurna South and Macchapuchre (Fishtail) mountain. Then, we’ll press onwards to Mardi Himal Base Camp for more views. After reaching our destination, we’ll double back to High Camp. We will stay overnight at High Camp.
It’s all downhill from here! If we move fast on the downhill, it’s possible to get to Sidding in about 3 hours. But, let’s take our time and slowly make our way down the forest trails until they end at Sidding. Here we will stay overnight for the last day of our trek.
Today we’ll take a Jeep to Pokhara City. We can explore Pokhara’s beautiful lakeside area in the afternoon and listen to some Nepali rock in the evening, if you’d like. We will stay in Pokhara, this night is included in the trekking price.
Free day or city tour. Pokhara is a very peaceful town with a lake and outdoors movie theatre. It’s very nice to relax after a trek, get some delicious smoothies, and visit a spa.
Tourist bus (comfortable) from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Free afternoon. Explore the city. In the evening we will go to a place with typical Nepali food and Nepali local dance performance.
Visit oldest city of Nepal, Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur Durbar square is famous for its culture, architect, palace, building, temples, typical local Newari food and King’s curd.
Airport drop-off depending on the time of the flight.
TERMS OF PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION:
In order for the expedition to take place, minimum 6 members are required.
Applications no later than 90 days before departure.
Terms of payment:
– 10% of the total amount for check-in
– 40% of the total amount 60 days before departure
– 50% of the total amount 30 days before departure
In case of cancellation of tour participation by a tour member:
– If the cancellation is 60 days or more before departure, 90% of the money paid will be returned
– If the cancellation is 30-60 days before departure, 50% of the money paid will be returned
– If the cancellation is 29 days and less before the departure there is no refund of the paid money
In case of cancellation of the expedition due to insufficient number of applicants, the deadline for the cancellation notice is 60 days before the departure date.
Passport and visas
Your passport should be valid for six months after the date of your scheduled return home. Full passport details are required at the time of booking. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.
Visa’s are not required for citizens of most countries in America and Western Europe. However, it is the responsibility of the individual traveller. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time. Also remember to check whether a transit visa is required on route to join this trip or on the way home.
Make sure you have Travel Insurance and that you are adequately covered for Cancellation, Curtailment and Medical Insurance prior to your holiday departure. Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. When travelling on a trip, you won’t be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance. If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank’s name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in country.
Couple of rules
Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment.
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
We like to call them “Leaders” and not “Guides” because they are essentially your well traveled, experienced friends! While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. Our Leaders main goals are to ensure everyone on the trip is having the best time possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. They know the trip locations well, and have great relationships with all our contacts in each destination. Not to mention they are all extremely fun and easy going people who continue to showcase the essence of what makes us Eco Explorer!
Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you’ll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it’s deemed necessary due to safety concerns. While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
Our holidays are renowned for being friendly, fun experiences, and our small groups frequently include a significant number of single travellers. You’ll feel very welcome amongst people who share a passion for seeing the world on foot and the outdoor life.
Minimum group sizes
As with all group tour operators, we require a minimum number of participants to operate each holiday. Should this number not be reached, the holiday will not be commercially viable and we reserve the right to cancel it. This will be done reluctantly and an offer of a suitable alternative holiday will be provided wherever possible.