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Mardi Himal Trek is graded fairly difficult and not so challenging except for several portions of the trails.
There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Mardi Himal Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.
ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Mardi Himal Trek, you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are on Kathmandu or Pokhara.
You can bring any of the currencies authorized by the Government of Nepal. Nepal Mountain Trekkers provide you with the facility of exchanging foreign currency at the market rate without any commissions and extra charge.
Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.
The trekking trails of Mardi Himal Trek is mostly less crowded but during the trekking seasons, the trails get flooded with the number of tourists which result in making the trails busy. But since they are all trekkers, it would be fun joining along your trek and it won’t affect your trekking experience at all because of the pace of each trekker/groups.
Yes, you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges(might charge you extra cost for the service) and also mobile data during Mardi Himal Trek for Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.
While you are on Mardi Himal Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring converter plug or another converter if your device is not suitable with two-pin plug.
The bathrooms are not so well furnished but still, you can get a good experience on Mardi Himal Trek.
“Namaste” is the common form of greeting in Nepal which is often spoken as Namaskar. It is a traditional Hindu greeting and it is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.
It is possible to organize the shorter version of this trek but that will require more walking hours and more physical fitness along with mental calmness for that.
There are no words to define why the Mardi Himal Trek is special. Simple, it is one of the must-experience treks in Nepal due to the adventure and excitement it provides along with the spectacular views of Mountain ranges including the Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre (fishtail) as well as Hiunchuli Mountains. You will be walking through several forests, rivers and the small settlements. Moreover, it also offers to soak into the cultural insights of the locals and discover the lifestyle and traditions in there.
Mardi Himal Trek is comparatively less expensive than other trekking packages in the Annapurna Region of Nepal because it is a newly inaugurated trekking route. The budget for this trek ranges from USD 400.00 up to USD 1,500.00 or more depending upon the services you choose and as per your requirements and specification.
The difficulty of this trek depends upon the physical fitness of the trekkers. If you have previous experience of trekking then you might rate it as easy trekking because the trails are not so difficult except for fewer sections. There are no verticle climbings but some portions are steep and slippery while it rains. But, for the beginners, the trek might be moderately difficult because it would the first time they would be climbing up to the high altitude of 4,500 m and walking approximately 5-6 hours each day.
Of course, it is safe to go for Mardi Himal Trek because the impacts of Earthquake don’t exist anymore in the trails of this trek after the recovery and reconstructions. Well, the locals are still having some trouble to rise again after the devastation but for the trek, it is safe and fine now.
Mardi Himal Trek is suitable to go for any time around the year but to escape the risk of blockades from snowfall, rainfall and extreme cold as well as attacks of leeches, Autumn and Spring would be the best seasons to go for this trek since with the clear weather and perfect sceneries; you can also enjoy the blossoms of Rhododendron flowers of various species along with other vegetations.
In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.
During Mardi Himal Trek, you would be staying overnight at tea-houses or lodges and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat.
Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with Nepal Mountain Trekkers only.
Though it is not compulsory to take a guide with you but if you are trekking for the first time with a purpose of exploring the best of Mardi Himal Trek and each aspect of this trek, then a highly experienced and licensed guide is the most to instruct you, help you explore as well as to take care of you.
Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottle waters or should have a water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.
a. Down or fiber filled waterproof/ wax jacket and trousers
b. Fleece jacket or pullover
c. Warm cotton tracksuit-pants
d. Shirts and T-shirts
e. Lightweight cotton long pants (3 pairs)
f. Long underwear
g. Short underwear
h. Lightweight gloves
i. Rain gear (coat, rain cover for bag)
j. Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof
k. Sleeping bag
l. Down jacket
n. Flashlight with spare bulbs, batteries, gaiters
o. Sun hat or scarf
p. Warm fleece hat
q. Sunglasses with UV protection
r. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor (100+)
s. Lip balm
t. Trekking boot: (Sturdy, ankle –support, water-resistant, well broken in)
u. Gaiters (for high pass above 3500 meters)
v. Thick socks
w. Light socks
x. Camp shoes/ Crocs
y. Sandals (1 pair)
z. Water Bottle, Purification equipment or purification tablets
aa. Cameras, Torch Light, Binoculars, Reading book, Travel games
Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.
Yes, it is possible to get hot showers during Mardi Himal Trek on the lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.
Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.
Of course, since Mardi Himal Trek is one of the most accessible treks and very popular among the trekkers, one can go for solo trekking without any worries. Because the people in there are very friendly and co-operative and you can also meet other trekkers along the way so that there won’t be any risk for solo trekkers or solo female trekkers to go for Mardi Himal Trek. Furthermore, our trekking staffs (guides) are highly experienced and dedicated to their job, so our company will be fully responsible for that note.
Yes, you will need a special permit for Mardi Himal Trek because of its existence within the Annapurna Conservation Area, you would need to request for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
The Annapurna Region lies at the border of Nepal and Tibet and is highly influenced by the lifestyle and culture of Tibetan people. There are mostly Sherpa people, who are often considered as “the born Mountaineers”, as well as Gurung, Magar, and other ethnicities like Tamang, Brahmin and Kshetris etc and almost everyone in this region practices Buddhism which is the reason you can see Monasteries, Chortens, Prayer flags, Prayer wheels, Mani walls and Mani Stones abundantly along the trails. In a nutshell, there is a mixed culture in the Annapurna Region of Nepal.
The herbs and vegetations preserved at Annapurna Conservation Area are Silver firs, Birch, Rhododendron and Juniper trees whereas the wildlife inhabitant at Annapurna Conservation are Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Serow, Wolf, and even the Himalayan Black Bear and if you are very lucky you can also spot snow leopard, red panda, two varieties of dazzling pheasants – the Crimson-horned and the Impeyan Pheasants(national bird of Nepal), Marmots, Pikas, and Marten as well.
No one shall operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drone in Nepal without obtaining permission as follows:
1. Tourists intending to fly UAV during their visit in Nepal shall obtain prior permission from the following agencies:
• Department of Tourism
• Ministry of Home Affairs
• Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (not necessary for UAV less than 2 kg and below 200 ft from ground level)
2. For research and study purpose, the permission of the following agencies is required:
• Line Ministry/Department relating to the subject matter of research/study
• Ministry of Home Affairs
• Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (not necessary for UAV less than 2 kg and below 200 ft from ground)
3. UAV Pilots should be proficient in flying and have basic knowledge of rules pertaining to drone operation
4. Do not fly UAV in a way that may cause a safety risk to the aircraft flying in the area.
5. Small flying Toys can be operated inside the private premises.
6. Flying UAVs in the public areas for fun requires permission from the local security agencies.
7. The liability of any harm to the persons or damage to the property caused due to the UAV operation shall be the responsibility of the person flying the drone.
8. Refer the following documents for detailed requirements for UAV operations in Nepal:
• ‘Flight Operations Directive No. 7, May 2015’ of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal
• ‘Procedure for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle flying’ of Ministry of Home Affairs
9. Do not use UAV other than the scope of permission.
10. Flying a UAV without due permission shall be considered Illegal and shall be subjected to the punishment in accordance to the prevailing civil aviation rules.
Likewise, the cost of flying a drone at Annapurna Conservation would vary upon the purpose of taking the drone so please proceed to inquiry along with the purpose of taking it.