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The Mardi Himal trek – full information and itinerary

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We began the Mardi Himal trek in Ghandruk after ending the Poon Hill trek. Like on probably the most trekking routes contained in the Annapurna Sanctuary you’ve gotten a number of choices the place to begin and to complete the trek. Most individuals we met on the trek did the Poon Hill or Annapurna Base Camp trek earlier than the Mardi Himal it appears fairly common to mix the route with one of many different treks within the sanctuary.

Mardi Himal was once the lesser-known trek in Annapurna Sanctuary to see fairly lots of people mountain climbing this route was a little bit of a shock for us, there are nonetheless considerably fewer folks on this route in comparison with the Poon Hill, Annapurna Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit trek but it surely’s positively not as off the overwhelmed trek because it was once.

Mardi Himal trek overview

  • Distance – 40 km/25 mi
  • Time – Four days
  • Permits – TIMS card and Annapurna Sanctuary allow required
  • Information – might be executed independently, with a information/porter or in a bunch
  • Most important beginning factors – Kande/Ghandruk/Landruk 
  • Most important ending factors – Siding/Landruk
  • Highest level – Mardi Himal Base Camp, 4500 m
  • Whole ascent – 3274 m
  • Whole descent – 3731 m
  • Price – US$24,5 per particular person per day (together with permits) 
  • Lodging – guesthouses, tenting (at decrease altitudes)
  • Meals – Nepali, Indian, Western, Chinese language

*All trekking information is for our trekking route beginning in Ghandruk/ending in Landruk.

Mardi Himal trek, Nepal

Mardi Himal route choices

Beginning in Kande/ending in Siding. It’s the usual path to Mardi Himal, trekkers who come from Pokhara or Kathmandu often do it this fashion. The route begins at Kande goes by means of Australian Camp to Landruk after which as much as Forest Camp. For the primary day, I’d counsel strolling from Kande to Landruk, it’s about 12 km with average ascend. The following day, proceed to Forest Camp. Ending in Siding might be the best choice for the route should you’re not planning on doing every other treks within the park and should you don’t need to stroll the identical approach from Landruk to Forest Camp and again. You’ll be able to take a jeep from Siding to Pokhara for about NPR 1000/US$9 pp. 

Beginning in Ghandruk/Kyumi/ending in Siding. Trekkers who come to Mardi Himal after ending Poon Hill or Annapurna Base Camp trek often take this route. We began in Ghorepani it was fairly a tricky strolling day to get from there to Forest Camp with a really steep a protracted descent to start with and even longer ascend within the second half. We didn’t finish the route at Siding as a result of we had been nonetheless planning to trek to Annapurna Base Camp after Mardi Himal we walked all the way down to Landruk. Most individuals we met on the route went again by means of Siding. There’s a bus or jeep choice from Landruk to Pokhara however the highway is de facto unhealthy we took a bus from Tolka (the following village after Landruk) and that experience was positively the worst experience in our lives (on a horrible dust highway subsequent to the sting) so I wouldn’t suggest it.

Beginning in Landruk/ending in Siding. It’s the shortest choice of the Mardi Himal trek if for some causes you don’t have a lot time you are able to do it but when it’s your first hike within the space I’d suggest having an additional day for acclimatization at about 3000 m to be sure to don’t get altitude illness at Excessive Camp or Base Camp. If you wish to begin in Landruk you’ll need to take a bus or a jeep to get there and this journey is de facto unhealthy I’d say strolling 12 km further to Landruk from Kande is a significantly better choice.

Beginning in Ghandruk/ending in Kande. The longest route choice you get to see extra plus you escape bumpy drives both from Siding or Landruk. From Kande, the highway is way from good but it surely’s significantly better than the roads contained in the park. To finish this route you’ll want 5 days.

Find out how to get to Mardi Himal and again

Kande – there are lots of buses from Pokhara that go to Kande, the journey takes 1h30min., worth NRP 200-300/US$2-Three pp. Buses go away all day lengthy each methods. Be aware! Typically after heavy rains, the highway will get very muddy (it’s not a tarred highway) and the identical journey can take 4-5 hours (we had this experience on the best way again from the Annapurna circuit, it took us 5 hours to get from Nayapul to Pokhara).

Landruk – there are few buses and a few jeeps going to Landruk from Pokhara however not in monsoon season then it’ll be troublesome to seek out transport to get all the best way there or again. Buses go away within the morning between 8am and 9am however from a distinct bus station (exterior of Pokhara), taxi drivers often know the place buses go away from. Bus worth NPR 500/US$4,5, jeep – NPR 1000/US$9. 

Siding – to get from right here to Pokhara (or the opposite approach) it’s a must to take a jeep, worth is dependent upon the variety of folks, season and your negotiation expertise, often, it’s between NPR 800-1000/US$7,5-9 pp.

Permits for Mardi Himal

Like for every other trek contained in the Annapurna Sanctuary space to trek Mardi Himal you want the Annapurna Conservation Space Allow  (ACAP) and TIMS card. You may get each on the Tourism Data Middle in Pokhara (about 1,5 km from Lakeside) or in Kathmandu. We bought ours in Pokhara, the workplace is opened Mon to Solar from 10am to 5pm. We choose to do paperwork in Pokhara; it’s a a lot nicer place than Kathmandu, you may get round strolling. 

To get a TIMS  (trekkers data administration system) card and a allow you’ll want a passport, insurance coverage (no person asks to indicate it however you’ll want its particulars to fill within the type), a contact particular person in Nepal (we often give our lodge particulars) and Four photographs (might be taken on the workplace freed from cost).

To get the TIMS card;

  • First, fill within the type that you simply get on the counter 
  • Second, take a photograph. You don’t need to deliver your personal photographs they take it proper there on the workplace and it’s freed from cost (Four passport dimension photographs, it’s included within the worth of your TIMS card).  
  • Third, give the stuffed type, two photographs, and NPR 2000/US$18 pp. (paid solely in Nepalese Rupee) on the counter
  • Forth, get your TIMS.

Be aware! TIMS card and permits are legitimate just for one entry to the park each time you exit you’ll need to get a brand new TIMS card and a brand new allow to enter the park once more. It’s checked and tasted, we met some folks making an attempt to get with their previous papers but it surely didn’t work and so they needed to pay NPR 6000/US$55 on the entry level.  

To get the Annapurna Sanctuary Allow;

  • First, after getting your TIMS card go to the next-door room and get the shape
  • Second, fill within the type
  • Third, hand the stuffed type, passport, two photographs and NPR 3000/US$27 pp.(paid solely in Nepalese Rupee) on the counter.
  • Forth, get your allow.

Necessary! Don’t lose your TIMS and allow maintain them until you exit the park there are management factors all through the park.

Insurance coverage for the trek

The Mardi Himal is a excessive altitude trek by means of distant and troublesome to entry areas of the Annapurna Conservation Space, having journey insurance coverage is very advisable. In reality, it’s required for getting a TIMS card and a allow. No person has ever requested us to indicate our insurances however once you fill the shape they ask you to supply the identify and the cellphone variety of your insurance coverage firm.

There are lots of journey insurance coverage corporations we’d suggest utilizing one which has experience in masking outside actions and dealing within the area like World Nomads. Nepal is one in every of their high mountain climbing locations with hundreds of individuals shopping for World Nomads insurance coverage insurance policies for trekking within the area. Their insurance coverage could be very versatile you should purchase one which covers your complete journey or simply the interval of the trek. For instance, you probably have cheaper journey insurance coverage that doesn’t cowl excessive altitude hikes you should purchase World Nomads coverage masking solely the hike. You may get insurance coverage only a day earlier than the deliberate exercise and even the identical day, it takes simply a few minutes, fast and straightforward.  Get a quote proper now! 

Greatest season for trekking

April and Might are thought of to be the height mountain climbing season in Nepal once you get the greatest climate circumstances because the outcome all trekking routes get very busy. We at all times attempt to hike in border season; March or November. There are considerably fewer folks however typically you might be fairly unfortunate with the climate. We trekked Mardi Himal initially of March and bought a number of snow on the route in reality Base Camp was closed no person might stroll, you couldn’t even see the route it was buried underneath snow. Another routes like Annapurna Base Camp and components of the circuit had been closed as effectively so we needed to wait in Pokhara for a couple of week earlier than we might begin mountain climbing. It was probably the most snow in February and March that they bought in Nepal within the final 30 years so I assume it doesn’t occur yearly simply our luck.

From Might to September it’s the monsoon season a number of rain, the roads and trails get very muddy not good climate for mountain climbing within the mountains. As for the winter months, I learn that some folks like mountain climbing in December – February as a result of there are only a few folks but it surely will get very chilly and on the routes like Mardi Himal the place there aren’t any native villages it may be troublesome to seek out lodging and meals as a result of the locations are closed for offseason.

Guided vs unbiased trek

The path is effectively marked with white & blue strips more often than not it’s the one route, on the splits, there are indicators pointing the instructions. Discovering lodging is straightforward you simply arrive at a visitor home and ask if they’ve a room. Although for inexperienced hikers this trek may be fairly difficult; excessive altitude, unpredictable climate, steep ascends and descends so we’d suggest becoming a member of a tour. There are trekking excursions from Kathmandu to Mardi Himal that embody lodging, transport, permits, guides, full board, and so on. It’s a terrific choice if you would like stress free mountain climbing vacation. 

For those who don’t need trekking in a bunch you may rent a information or a porter (or each) for the trek. Guides often cost US$25 per day together with their meals and lodging. You’ll be able to share one information between a few folks. Porters cost US$20 per day together with their meals and lodging. Porters carry as much as 25kg should you don’t pack an excessive amount of you may rent one porter for 2 trekkers.

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Mardi Himal trek price

Lodging costs change in line with the season, in April and October they’re the best. In March we paid NPR 300/US$Three for lodging for 2 folks however within the excessive season, it may be between NPR 400/US$Four and NPR 500/U$5 common.

Meals costs on Mardi Himal are fastened (at the very least it says o on the menus), they improve steadily with the altitude and depend upon how lengthy it takes to ship provides to a selected place. From Landruk on there aren’t any roads, it’s folks and donkeys who carry stuff up, clearly, the upper you go the costliest every little thing will get. 

  • Breakfast (eggs, porridge, muesli and so on.) – between NPR 300-400/US$3-Four pp.
  • Meal (pasta, rice, Dal Bhat, noodles and so on.) – between NPR 400-600/US$4-6 pp.
  • Tea – from NPR 40 to NPR 120/US$0,4-1 per cup
  • Consuming water – from NPR 40/US$0,Four to NPR 120/US$1 per liter

The services on the route are fairly primary in comparison with the extra common routes round Annapurna e.g. on the Poon Hill or Annapurna Circuit the place you may get free wi-fi, scorching bathe and electrical energy principally at each place, on Mardi Himal more often than not for all these it’s a must to pay further and lots of locations at greater altitude don’t have these services.

Campbell & Alya at High Camp, Mardi Himal trek, Nepal
Stingy Nomads at Excessive Camp, Mardi Himal trek, Nepal

Mardi Himal trek funds (2 folks, Four days, unbiased trek)

Permits (TIMS and Annapurna Sanctuary allow) – NPR 10 000/US$90 (NPR 5000/US$45 pp.).

Lodging (Three nights) – NPR 900/US$8, we paid commonplace NPR 300/US$Three for 2 folks in all places.

Meals (meals, tea, snacks) – NPR 9500/US$85 or 1186/US$10,5 per particular person per day for Three meals.

Transport – NPR 1520/US$13,6; bus from Pokhara o Kande – NPR 400/US$4 (US$2 per particular person); bus from Landruk to Pokhara – NPR 1040/US$10 (US$4,5) pp.; return bus from Lakeside to the bus terminal – NPR 80/US$0,8  (US$0,2 pp.).

Whole: NPR 21 920/US$196 or NPR 2740/US$24,5 per particular person per day.

Be aware! we didn’t have a information or a porter and didn’t purchase water on the trek as a result of we had our LifeStraw filter bottle. For those who do add to our funds; information – US$25 per day per group; porter – US$20 can carry 2-Three folks’s baggage (as much as 20-25 kg); 1 litre of ingesting water between NPR 40/US$0,4 and NPR 150/US$1,3 (the upper you go the costlier it will get).

Cash-saving ideas for the trek

The upper you go the costlier meals will get so deliver some snacks and chocolate with.

Convey water filter or every other water purification system with it’ll prevent between US$2-Four per particular person per day.

Attempt to negotiate lodging worth if it appears too excessive, we often say that we’re going to eat Three meals within the place (we don’t cease for lunch on the best way) and get a room for our worth.

Be certain to deliver sufficient money with there might be no place on the route to attract cash.

Lodging on the route

In contrast to another routes within the Annapurna conservation space, Mardi Himal doesn’t undergo native villages all stops on the route from Landruk to Base Camp are set just for the season and completely for trekkers, no person lives there completely. It explains poorer infrastructure on this route no electrical energy, no fuel bathe and so on.

Lodging on the Mardi Himal trek is affordable like on every other route in Nepal however it’s a must to eat at your guesthouse twice, often dinner and breakfast. Meals is the primary supply of revenue for the local people. On Mardi Himal lodging was somewhat bit costlier NPR 300-400/US$3-Four in comparison with the extra common routes e.g. on the Poon Hill we paid NPR 200/US$2 for 2, on the circuit typically they didn’t cost us for lodging in any respect. 

Trekkers can keep in visitor homes or camp there are a few campsites at decrease altitudes e.g. Forest Camp, Low Camp I’m unsure if it’s value it since you pay principally the identical for tenting and staying within the room so it’s not likely a money-saving choice. The guesthouses are fairly commonplace; a easy room with beds, exterior bathroom, and bathe, eating space. On this route, there are extra shared rooms than non-public e.g. rooms for 4-6 folks. We by no means had this on every other trekking routes in Nepal often we get our personal double room. We shared a room with different folks (Four beds) at Forest Camp and Excessive Camp. It’s completely different at decrease altitude e.g. in Landruk, Siding and so on. there you may get a personal room with electrical energy and energy shops.

In excessive season (April and October) it’s advisable to e-book guesthouses in superior particularly at Excessive Camp, you are able to do it over the cellphone (2-Three days beforehand ought to be advantageous) should you arrive with no reserving they may discover a place so that you can sleep but it surely may be a bench within the eating room or one thing comparable. Outdoors these months you must be capable to get a spot with out earlier reserving.

Guest houses with the phone numbers on the Mardi Himal trek.
Guesthouses with the cellphone numbers on the Mardi Himal trek. I took this photograph at Forest Camp. These are usually not all guesthouses there are positively extra however these you may e-book over the cellphone.

You’re often charged further for a scorching bathe, charging your cellphone or utilizing wi-fi so earlier than you employ any of those be certain that if it’s a must to pay further and the way a lot, they don’t at all times put indicators with costs once you check-out you would possibly get a shock.

All of the locations we stayed had blankets however at Excessive Camp, it may well get fairly chilly we used each our sleeping luggage and blankets.

Meals on the trek

Typical meals you often get mountain climbing in Nepal; Nepalese, Indian, Chinese language and Western meals. Native Dal Bhat (rice, lentil soup, chapati, grilled vegetable, and spinach) is one of the best worth for cash you assured get bottomless rice and dal typically greens so it’s one of the best meal if you wish to be full and to not pay so much. Soups are a terrific choice for the starter they’re at all times good and engaging. For hungry trekkers who want a number of energy I can suggest a spring roll, it’ not a standard small deep-fried roll it’s extra like a giant fried pie often full of no matter they’ve within the kitchen (spaghetti, greens, rice, and so on.).

One other fatty and filling factor is Mars or Sneakers roll it’s a chocolate bar inside deep-fried dough a great addition to the primary meal. The menu on the trek is sort of various the primary downside is discovering one thing recent like greens or fruit you find yourself consuming a number of pasta, rice, bread, and sweets however after a tricky day within the mountains, I assume it’s what your physique wants.

The Mardi Himal trek itinerary

As I already talked about earlier than we did this trek in between two different routes, because of this, we began in Ghandruk and completed in Landruk. If after Mardi Himal you’re planning to exit the sanctuary and return to Pokhara or Kathmandu you may end in Siding,  this selection is included within the itinerary.

Day 1. Ghandruk – Forest Camp, 9,5 km

Ghandruk (2780 m) – Kyuni (1358 m) – Landruk (1673 m) – Forest Camp (2459m), 9,5 km/6 mi

  • Place to begin – Ghandruk
  • Ending level – Forest Camp
  • Distance – 9,5 km
  • Time – 4h16min.
  • Whole ascent – 1110 m
  • Whole descent – 754 m
Mardi Himal trek, day 1. Elevation profile route Ghandruk - Forest Camp
Elevation profile Day 1 of Mardi Himal trek, stroll from Ghandruk to Forest Camp

The route was marked fairly good at some locations there have been arrows pointing to Forest Camp at some simply white & blue markers on rocks or bushes (all secondary trails within the park are marked with white and blue). We didn’t use any GPS navigation apart from strolling out of Ghandruk.

We began the day at Ghandruk it’s not probably the most conventional begin of the Mardi Himal trek however we simply completed the Poon Hill trek and occurred to be there. The primary a part of the stroll was lengthy and steep ascend all the best way all the way down to the river. It took us about 1h30min. to get there. On the best way down there are a few locations to cease for meals and water.

At Kyuni (a small place on the river) you may cease for lunch or relaxation from there you begin a protracted and steep ascent. After about 240 m up you’ll attain Landruk we’d counsel to cease right here as effectively, relaxation somewhat bit and refill water, after Landruk there might be no locations to purchase or get water until Forest Camp. The ascend from Landruk could be very lengthy and steep you’ll get very thirsty. It’s potential to get to Landruk by jeep and even by bus from Pokhara and begin strolling from right here.

The ascend from Landruk to Forest Camp could be very lengthy and tiring, about 870 m up, it took us about 1h45min. to get to Forest Camp. 

Forest Camp

Views from Forest Camp had been by far not as spectacular as from Ghandruk and even Landruk. In contrast to different locations on the best way Forest Camp isn’t an precise village it’s principally simply a few visitor homes constructed for vacationers there aren’t any native individuals who dwell there completely. 

Guesthouse at Forest Camp

We stayed at a model new place with no identify on the high of the hill, it was the one obtainable choice. Value NPR 300/US$Three for 2 folks (shared a room with Three beds) should you eat dinner and breakfast right here. They requested NRP 500/US$4,5 first however agreed for NRP 300/US$3. To our shock meals costs right here had been somewhat bit cheaper than in Ghandruk.

Day 2. Forest Camp – Excessive Camp, 8,5 km

Forest Camp (2459 m) – Relaxation Camp (2621 m) – Low Camp (2985 m) – Center Camp (3250 m) – Excessive Camp (3550 m), 8,5 km/5,2 mi

  • Place to begin – Forest Camp
  • Ending level – Excessive Camp
  • Distance – 8,5 km
  • Time – 3h45min.
  • Whole ascent – 1100 m
  • Whole descent – 75 m
Mardi Himal trek, elevation profile day 2, Forest Camp to High Camp
Elevation profile Day 2 of Mardi Himal trek. Stroll from Forest Camp to Excessive Camp

The primary half of the day was by means of the forest you can spot many various birds hiding between the tree. From Low Camp on we began seeing some snow peaks and much away mountain ranges. There have been many locations to cease on the best way for relaxation, tea, meals, water and so on. From Low Camp, the views had been getting higher and higher should you’re fortunate with the climate you may see a number of peaks e.g. Machhapchhre, Annapurna South, Mardi Himal. The stroll is hard however not as powerful as the day past, the ascend is sort of lengthy however not as steep and tiring as on the best way to Forest Camp.

For those who really feel drained or weak you may cease at Low Camp, it’s about 1h30min. from Forest Camp, there are a few tea homes there. The services are very comparable in all places on the path. Room NPR 300/US$Three for 2 folks, scorching bathe – NPR 200/US$2, wi-fi – NPR 200/US$2, charging the cellphone – free.

Scenery on the way from Forest Camp to High Camp, Annapurna region, Nepal
Beautiful surroundings on the best way to Excessive Camp, Mardi Himal trek

From Low Camp you go over 3000 m going up is getting an increasing number of difficult. One of the best you are able to do is to stroll up sluggish, continuously cease for relaxation and drink sufficient water there might be a number of tea homes on the best way. For those who begin having a headache or any signs of altitude illness slightly keep for the night time at a decrease altitude, give extra time to your physique to regulate and proceed the following day.

After the Center Camp the surroundings was breathtaking you can see mountains and canyons round, snow peaks regarded very shut, large vultures had been gliding within the skies, and so on. among the greatest views on this a part of the park.

Excessive Camp

As I discussed, to start with, we bought a number of snow on the route resulting from it Base Camp was closed, Excessive Camp was the final place to cease. Even at Excessive Camp snow was as much as the roofs, water in pipes was frozen so no operating water in the entire settlement, locals melted snow for cooking and making tea. Excessive Camp has probably the most primary services on the route however the views from up listed here are spectacular should you’re fortunate you may see the wonderful night time sky and beautiful dawn.

There are 4 or 5 smallish visitor homes at Excessive Camp in excessive season it’s extremely advisable to e-book a spot prematurely over the cellphone.

Namaste visitor home

We paid NPR 300/US$Three for 2 but it surely’s really NPR 250/US$2,Four per particular person you may decrease it all the way down to NPR 400/US$Four for 2 folks. There aren’t any non-public rooms the smallest room is for Four folks so be able to share it with different trekkers. It was very chilly at Excessive Camp the one heat place was the eating room the place everyone was sitting all day ingesting tea and taking part in playing cards, it was in all probability one of the crucial social tea homes on the route. The rooms had been very chilly our sleeping luggage had been fairly useful right here. 

Day 3. Excessive Camp – Base Camp – Excessive Camp, 9 km

Excessive Camp (3550 m) – Base Camp (4500 m) – Excessive Camp (3550 m), 9 km/5,5 mi

  • Place to begin – Excessive Camp
  • Ending level – Excessive Camp
  • Distance –  9 km
  • Time – 5-6 hours
  • Whole ascent – 950 m
  • Whole descent – 950 m

As I already mentioned Base Camp was closed; resulting from a number of snow the route was very harmful and slippery in reality a few days earlier than we arrived a hiker from Japan had slipped down on the best way to Base Camp. We noticed a helicopter in search of him or extra probably his physique for 2 days (unsure in the event that they ever discovered it). We determined to not threat moreover we didn’t even have crampons or trekking poles.

We walked early morning to one of many viewpoints and again, it took us about 1 hour. After breakfast, we determined to go down so our itinerary was 1 day shorter than it speculated to be however we couldn’t do something about it. We’re planning to return to the Annapurna area this 12 months in October and can attempt our luck with Base Camp once more.

Often, folks begin strolling to Base Camp at the hours of darkness earlier than the dawn for 2 causes; first, the climate is healthier within the morning (much less cloudy and windy) and second, to see the dawn on the best way.

Different! Relying on how lengthy it takes to go all the best way to Base Camp and again and the way drained you’re you may keep at Excessive Camp or begin happening and in a single day at Center Camp or Low Camp, it’ll take you between 1h30min.-2h. to get to one in every of these locations.

Snow peaks, view-point, Mardi Himal trek
Snow peaks on the dawn from the perspective so far as we might that day.

Day 4, choice 1. Excessive Camp – Landruk, 12,7 km

Excessive Camp (3550 m) – Center Camp (3250 m) – Low Camp (2985 m) – Relaxation Camp (2621 m) – Forest Camp (2459 m) – Landruk (1673 m), 12,7 km/7,Eight mi

  • Place to begin – Excessive Camp
  • Ending level – Landruk
  • Distance – 12,7 km
  • Time – 4h30min.
  • Whole ascent – 114 m
  • Whole descent – 1952 m
Mardi Himal, elevation profile, route from High Camp to Landruk
Elevation profile Day Four of Mardi Himal trek. Lengthy descend from Excessive Camp to Landruk

It was a protracted day of descending, nearly 2000 meters down it’s not advisable to do you probably have any knee points. As an choice you may break up it into two days; keep in a single day at Forest Camp and proceed happening the following day. The half from Forest Camp to Landruk is the steepest half on the trek. The best way down went fast and nearly easy in comparison with two days that took us to stand up and we really might benefit from the surroundings and noticed many birds within the forest on the best way.

Landruk

We actually preferred this city on the best way up and thought that we’d like to remain right here and so we did. There are a number of guesthouses some are fairly fancy and costly from NPR 700/US$6,5 however there are conventional tea homes for NPR 200-300/US$2-Three for 2 folks. To search out cheaper choices go somewhat bit down from the jeep station.

Maya Visitor Home

We preferred this place, it has a pleasant backyard with nice views, a comfy eating corridor. It was neat and clear with a primary room, scorching bathe and outdoors bathroom. Value NPR 300/US$Three for 2 folks.

Day 4, choice 2. Excessive Camp – Siding, 8,5 km

Excessive Camp (3550 m) – Center Camp (3250 m) – Low Camp (2985 m) – Siding (1885 m), 8,5 km/5,2 mi

  • Place to begin – Excessive Camp
  • Ending level – Siding
  • Distance – 8,5 km
  • Time – 4h.
  • Whole ascent – 120 m
  • Whole descent – 1744 m

For those who’re not planning on doing every other treks after ending the Mardi Himal the best choice is to go to Siding and take a jeep again to Pokhara. At Low Camp there’s a break up one route goes to Forest Camp and one goes to Siding. Be aware! There may be another path to Siding from Excessive Camp we did see an indication pointing the path however the route itself was buried underneath the snow I wouldn’t suggest taking this route it didn’t look protected and it’s very remoted, on the map it didn’t appear to be any shorter than happening by means of Low Camp.

Packing record for the Mardi Himal trek

It’s a 4-day trek with staying in tea homes so attempt to pack mild to make the stroll simpler. 

Backpack – relying on how a lot you pack I’d say should you pack mild – 40l backpack might be sufficient should you hike in winter and wish extra heat garments and greater sleeping bag – 50l pack.

Smartphone – I downloaded audiobooks on my smartphone and at night time earlier than going to mattress listening to it for 15-20 min.

LifeStraw or every other water filter or purifying tablets – it’ll prevent some cash there are lots of water faucets on the route the place you may refill water and it’s environmentally pleasant. It was the primary time we used our bottle and the one factor we regretted was not shopping for it a very long time in the past.

Headlamp – most locations we stayed on this route didn’t have electrical energy within the rooms, plus you’ll want a torch or headlamp should you begin strolling early to Base Camp.

Sleeping bag – all tea homes we stayed had blankets, it was actually chilly solely at Excessive Camp so we used our summer season sleeping luggage with blankets and our tea home in Landruk didn’t have blankets but it surely was fairly heat.

Mountaineering footwear – you don’t want heavy mountain climbing boots for Mardi Himal, regular mountain climbing footwear might be ok, I walked in my Salomon Ellipse 2 (we’ve already walked greater than 2000 km in these footwear and so they’re nonetheless alive), Campbell wore his new Merrell Chameleon.

Mountaineering socks – we at all times put on merino wool socks for mountain climbing, they’re nice; final lengthy, don’t soak up odors, shield your toes from blisters.

Mountaineering poles – the entire route is principally one lengthy and steep up initially and one lengthy and steep down on the finish so poles might be fairly helpful.

Trekking pants – Campbell at all times hikes in regular trekking pants I choose carrying tight yoga pants.

Mountaineering shirt – Colombia mountain climbing shirts are Campbell’s favourite, I like mountain climbing in lengthy sleeve operating shirts and sports activities bras.

Alya wearing a down jacket on the way to High Camp, Mardi Himal
Alya on the best way to Excessive Camp, a down jacket was fairly useful on Mardi Himal
  • Rain jacket/down jacket relying on the season, I packed my rain jacket however ended up by no means utilizing it, it was too chilly so my down jacket was good.

Buff – we use it primarily for solar safety as a substitute of placing sunscreen throughout our faces and necks.

Sleeping garments e.g. lengthy cotton pajama pants and a thermal shirt for sleeping and carrying in guesthouses after the bathe it’s at all times chilly exterior it’s nice to have one thing heat and comforting. Women choices are right here; pants and shirt.

Mountaineering towel – a lot of the guesthouses have a scorching bathe although often, it’s a must to pay further for it.

Waterproof pouch for paperwork, cash, cellphone, and so on.

Kindle – Campbell at all times takes his Kindle Paperwhite with on hikes. For those who’re an proprietor of Kindle by becoming a member of Kindle limitless program by Amazon you’ll get entry to tons of of hundreds of e-books and audiobooks.

GoPro HERO7 we used it so much for taking photographs and movies, all photographs on this put up a taken with GoPro.

Garmin Fenix 5X for us it was completely value shopping for this watch we used a number of its information to put in writing this put up.

Annapurna trekking map (be certain that to purchase an up to date model) or Mardi Himal trek map (if you would like a extremely detailed route map). We used the primary one so much on all our hikes, we purchased it in Pokhara, there are a few small e-book outlets in Lakeside with many trekking maps and information books.

First Help equipment – we at all times advise to take it with on hikes you by no means know what can occur from a blister to a sudden abdomen downside or a headache.

Locations to remain in Pokhara

Lakeside is the primary touristy space of Pokhara it’s stuffed with inns, visitor homes, eating places, bars and so on. right here you will discover lodging for any funds from low-cost homestays to fancy spa inns. We stayed a few occasions at OYO 11460 Lodge Romantica and saved our baggage there each time we went mountain climbing. The lodge was good; clear with good services, the workers was nice, the ladies that work there are very good and useful. One other place we stayed in was Lodge Lake Shore; the rooms are smaller however somewhat bit fancier, nice bathe (one of the best bathe we had in Nepal), an excellent breakfast menu.

Extra lodging choices

Hotel Temple Tree Resort and Spa, Pokhara. Photo credit booking.com
Lodge Temple Tree Resort and Spa, Pokhara. Picture credit score reserving.com

Really useful books and guidebooks

For those who choose e-books over paper books don’t hesitate to affix Amazon Kindle Limitless to get entry to hundreds of e-books and audiobooks. You’ll be able to learn or hearken to books in your cellphone or pill utilizing the app even should you don’t have a Kindle. The primary 30 days of this system are free.

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