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Mardi Himal & Annapurna Base Camps Trek-13 days

Mardi Himal & Annapurna Base Camps Trek-13 days
Trip Facts
Destination Mardi Himal Base Camp, Annapurna Base camp
Activity Lodge to lodge trekking
Accomodation Hotels/lodges/tea houses
Region Annapurna region
Start / End point Kathmandu - Kathmandu
Duration 13 days
Max. Altitude 4,500m
Meals Included 11 lunches, 10 dinners, and 11 breakfasts
Group size 2 and above
Nature of Trek walking with regular breaks
Best Season Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November)
Activity Per Day 5 to 7 hours trekking
Transportation Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu on Tourist Bus. Pokhara to Dhampus and Nayapul to Pokhara on a bus
Grade moderate

About the Trip

Mardi Himal & Annapurna Base Camps Trek blends two beautiful hikes in the Annapurna region. The trails pass through several climatic zones, distinctive landscapes, and traditional villages (4,130m / 13,550ft) while taking you to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m/14,763ft) and then to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). Throughout your journey, you will witness several snow-capped mountains, including Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Annapurna Massif, Tilicho, Pisang, and Pungda Danda. The Annapurna Base Camp treks are popular, while Mardi Himal Base Camp trails are less often frequented.

Highlights

  • A day in Pokhara - the tourist capital of Nepal
  • Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m)
  • Relaxing hot springs at Jhinu Danda
  • High Camp (3,600m), Low Camp, Forest Camp (2,600m / 8,530ft)
  • First-hand experience of rural Nepali village life
  • Visit Ghandruk Gurung village, Gurung museum, and local monasteries.
  • Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m)
  • Hiunchuli (6,441m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna I (8,093m), Khangsar Kang (7,485m), Gangapurna (7,455m), Annapurna III (7,555m) and Machhapuchhare (6,993m) mountains

Benefits of trekking to Mardi Himal and ABC Trek with us

  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom) and online trip briefing
  • Free airport pick up on arrival & drop off on departure
  • Sleeping bags and down jacket arrangements if you do not have your own.
  • Free excess luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking store during the trek
  • Easy payment system, different modes of payment
  • Oximeter for monitoring the blood oxygen saturation level at high altitudes
  • Medical kits 
  • Duffle bag for porters

Comprehensive Trek Overview

The Annapurna region is famous as a trekking region and boasts some of the best treks in the world. This trek package combines two trip packages -Mardi Himal Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. On the first part of the trek, you will reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp and descend to Jhinu Danda. From Jhinu Danda, the second part of the trek begins as you trek north to reach Annapurna Base Camp.

The trip begins with a bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara, where we will stop for a night. From Pokhara, we will drive you to Dhampus from where the trails begin. The first day of trekking ends at Deurali as you enjoy the views of the Annapurna ranges.

From Deurali, you will head to Forest Camp and High Camp while traversing from sub-tropical regions to reach the alpine region. On your fifth day, from High Camp, you will make it to Mardi Himal Base Camp early morning to catch the tender morning rays coloring the nearby snow peaks.

After enjoying the Mardi Himal Base Camp, you will descend to Low Camp and Jhinu Danda. While at Jhinu Danda, you will not miss taking a dip in the nearby hot springs. From Jhinu Danda, the second section of the trek, the trek to Annapurna Base Camp begins. The next day, you will trek north to Bamboo, where you will stay for the night.

From Bamboo, you will heart to Deurali. The vegetations start to get sparse, and you might feel chilly as you pass through bamboo forests on the way to Deurali. After passing through bamboo forests, you will reach Himalaya, famous for its views of glacial mountain views. 

On your ninth day, you will reach Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), but before reaching ABC, you will also walk past the Macchhapuchhare Base Camp (MBC). At the ABC, you will find yourself surrounded by several stunning high peaks, including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Singu Chuli, Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang, Annapurna III, and Tent Peak. You will spend a night at Annapurna Base Camp itself.

The following morning you will leave Annapurna Base Camp and return to Jhinu Danda past Bamboo. You can take a dip at hot springs near Jhinu Danda one more time before heading for Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi to Nayapul. From Nayapul, you will drive to Pokhara. You will have one more day to enjoy the modern amenities at Pokhara before heading to Kathmandu the following day. Your trek ends in Kathmandu.

This package includes tourist bus rides from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu. However, you can fly to/from Pokhara from/to Kathmandu for an additional cost. Please refer to Annapurna and Mardi Himal trek itinerary for more details below.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Drive to Pokhara (820m / 2723ft), west of the Kathmandu Valley (1,320m / 4330ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours (205km / 127miles) 6-7 hrs
    Highest Altitude 1,350m / 4,429ft

    You will leave Kathmandu early morning on a tourist bus. The bus will leave Kathmandu and follow the Prithivi Highway, which progresses by the bank of the Trishuli and Marsyandi rivers. From the bus, you can get views of traditional villages, lush forests, and terraced fields. Pokhara is known for its phenomenal beauty, as it sits surrounded by the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhare, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu snow peaks.

    • Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
  2. day 2

    Drive from Pokhara (820m / 2723ft) to Dhampus (1640m / 5,380ft) and trek to Deurali (2,100m / 6,889ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours 2 hrs
    Trek Distance 9km / 5.5miles
    Highest Altitude 2,100m / 6,889ft
    Trek Duration 3-4 hrs.

    Dhampus is two hours drive from Pokhara, and it is from Dhampus that you will begin the trek. So, after breakfast in Pokhara, we will drive to Dhampus. On the way, you can see several traditional villages belonging to different ethnic groups, such as Brahmins, Magars, and Gurungs. In the background, you will witness Annapurna ranges welcoming you. From Dhampus, you will trek to Deurali. Deurali allows you can catch stunning views of glaciers originating from Annapurna South. 

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Trek from Deurali (2,100m / 6,889ft) to Forest Camp (2,600m / 8,530ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6km / 3.7miles
    Highest Altitude 2600m /8,530ft
    Trek Duration 5 to 6 hrs

    On this day, you will leave Deurali and head to Forest Camp on a path that elevates gently through forests full of rhododendrons, birch, oak, maple, and hemlock, providing you fantastic opportunity to spot leopards, monkeys, deer, and several local bird species. 

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Trek from Forest Camp (2,600m / 8,530ft) to High Camp (3,600m / 11,811ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 3,600m / 11,811ft
    Trek Duration 4 to 5 hrs

    You will leave Forest Camp in the morning, aiming for High Camp. The trails are steep but rewarding, providing you mesmerizing Annapurna range, Macchapuchhare, Annapurna Base Camp valley, and Mardi Himal. However, the trek starts on a route that initially passes through deep forests, and as you ascend, the forests give way to shrubs and pastures. As you trek further, to your left, you will see Modi Khola (river) Valley, and on your right lie the Mardi Khola (river) and Seti river valleys. On clear days, you can see as far as Pokhara. 

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Trek from High Camp (3,600m / 11,811ft) to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m / 14,763ft) to Low Camp (3,050m / 10,006ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 10km / 6.2miles
    Highest Altitude 4,500m / 14,763ft
    Trek Duration 7 hrs

    You will wake up early to witness the early sun rays hitting the mighty Annapurna range. Then after breakfast, we will take you to the Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m). The trails are a bit challenging, but the views of the alpine panorama from the base camp are equally rewarding. After enjoying the views from Mardi Himal, you will return to Low Camp for the night. 

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Trek from Low Camp (3,050m / 10,006ft) to Jhinu Danda (1,780m / 5,839ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12km / 7.4miles
    Highest Altitude 3,050m /10,006ft
    Trek Duration 7 hrs

    After breakfast, we continue our descent as the path weaves around several forests to Siding village, past the Gurung village of Landruk, and eventually reach Jhinu Danda. There are natural hot springs near Jhinu Danda, where you can relax your tired muscles. 

    • Overnight stay at Hot Spring Cottage (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  7. day 7

    Trek from Jhinu Danda (1,780m / 5,839ft) to Bamboo (2,310m / 7,578ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.6km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 2,350m / 7,700ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hours

    From Jhinu Danda, the trek heads to Chomrong village via the Nayagaon. You will pass the Chomrong river and ascend on a ridge near the Modi river. The trek continues through bamboo forests, small settlements, and terraced fields to Siruwa village and then to Bamboo village. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Green View
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Trek from Bamboo (2,310m / 7,578ft) to Deurali (3,230m / 10,595ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.28miles
    Highest Altitude 3,230m / 10,595ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hours

    The first part of the trek (trek to Mardi Himal) is already over, and now you will be following a trail to Annapurna Base Camp. At first, you will pass through a dense bamboo forest that remains cold and damp throughout the year. Then comes more forests that get progressively thinner as you reach Himalaya - a high-altitude settlement. 

    From Himalaya, you can see a glacial river flowing downwards, but you will continue on the dry and arid trails to reach Hinku Cave. From Hinku Cave, the trail descends to the Modi Khola river bank and elevates just before entering Deurali. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Panorama (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Trek from Deurali (3,230m / 10,595ft) to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m / 13,550ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8km / 5miles
    Highest Altitude 4,130m / 13,550ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hours

    Today will be a significant day as you reach Annapurna Base Camp, your dream destination. Early morning you will start the trek along the trails that provide glimpses of stunning mountains up close. Before reaching Annapurna Base Camp, you will pass Machhapuchhare Base Camp while enjoying the views of Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and Gangapurna. 

    It will take you one more hour of climbing before you reach Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). At the Annapurna Base Camp, you will stay surrounded by Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Singu Chuli, Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang, Annapurna III, and Tent Peak. The view from ABC is soul soothing and very fulfilling. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Paradise Garden Guest House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Trek from ABC (4,130m / 13,550ft) to Bamboo (2,350m / 7,700ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 14km / 8.6miles
    Highest Altitude 4,130m / 13,550ft
    Trek Duration 6hrs

    After enjoying the views from ABC (Annapurna Base Camp), it is time to return. The route progresses downhill along the Modi River and out of the Annapurna Sanctuary. You will pass Dovan and Deurali villages on the way. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Green View
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  11. day 11

    Trek from Bamboo (2,350m / 7,700ft) to Jhinu Danda (1,780m / 6,393ft) and nearby natural hot springs.

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 2,350m / 7,700ft
    Trek Duration 3-4 hrs

    You will leave Bamboo and trek uphill to Khuldighar village and Sinuwa village. As you move ahead from Sinuwa, you will reach Chomrong village. From Chomrong, you will climb for about half an hour to reach Chomrong ridge before descending to Jhinu Danda. There are natural hot springs nearby Jhinu Danda, and we will take you to the hot springs so that you can soothe your tired muscles.

    • Overnight stay at Hot Spring Cottage (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  12. day 12

    Trek from Jhinu Danda (1,780m / 6,393ft) to Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi (1,150m / 3,770ft) and drive to Pokhara (820m) via Nayapul

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 4km / 2.4miles
    Highest Altitude 1,780m / 6,393ft
    Trek Duration 3-4hrs
    Driving Hours 2-3hrs

    You will continue descending from Jhinu Danda to Modi Khola valley, passing several settlements, terraced farms, and wooden and suspension bridges. The hills slightly give way to flatter plain regions until Nayapul. The trekking ends in Nayapul, and you will take a bus to Pokhara. 

    • Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch)
  13. day 13

    Drive from Pokhara (820m / 2,690ft) to Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,450ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours 205km / 127miles (6-7 hrs)
    Highest Altitude 1,350m / 4,450ft

    It is time to wrap up the trek. After breakfast, you will take a tourist bus and head to Kathmandu. The bus will first follow the Marshyangdi river and then the Trishuli river. As the bus rolls on Prithivi Highway, you will see tall mountains, terraced farms, and lush forests. The bus makes one final climb, and you will return to Kathmandu, where your trek ends. Later in the day, Discovery World Trekking will organize a farewell dinner at Kathmandu. 

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

Cost includes

  • Transportation for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu on a tourist bus
  • Private transportation from Pokhara to Dhampus (trek start)and Ghandruk Phedi (trek end) to Pokhara
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast (room with attached bathroom) at Silver Oaks Inn in Pokhara
  • Accommodation (total 10 nights) in trek regions - Four nights room with attached bathroom at Jhinu Danda (2N) and Deurali (2N). Six-night standard rooms at Forest camp, High Camp, Low Camp, Bamboo (2N), and Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) (Generally twin sharing room)
  • All standard meals (11 lunches, 10 dinners, and 11 breakfasts) during the trek
  • Government licensed Discovery World Trekking experienced trek leader (guide), Porters to help trekkers luggage ( 1 porter for two trekkers, max luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg)
  • Guides and porters costs - including meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Water purification tablets
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - company's T-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking certificate of appreciation after a successful trek
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek in Kathmandu

Cost excludes

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport- (USD 50 for a 30-day stay)
  • Excess luggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per person)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival or late departure, and early return from the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, bottled water or boiled water, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance has to cover emergency high-altitude helicopter rescue and evacuation along with medical coverage
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Additional costs due to various reasons such as delays caused by circumstances outside company control like landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as excludes.

Equipment Checklist

You will need different equipment and clothing for Mardi Himal and Annapurna Base Camp trek for different seasons. However, here is a list we prepared to help you pack. Please bring the essentials only. You can store your non-essentials for free at the Discovery World Trekking store.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat, or a wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries


Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves


Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear

 

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

 

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (size depends on whether you take a porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrush)

 

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

 

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Notebook and pen
  • Extra passport photos and passport photocopies
  • Binoculars

Trip Information

Free airport pickup

Discovery World Trekking provides free airport pickup from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu during arrival and free airport dropoff during departure to all its clients who are coming for Annapurna & Mardi Himal Base Camo Trek. We provide this service so that you will not find yourself alone in a foreign country or face navigation problems. When you arrive at Kathmandu Airport, you will find our company representative holding a pamphlet with your name on it. After greeting you, they will present you with a garland and then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. To use this service, you must provide us with your flight details after booking the trek. 

 

Journey start

You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at least one day earlier before 3 pm. It will allow you time to participate in the trip briefing. During the trek briefing, we will introduce you to our trek team, provide you with vital information about the trek details, and recheck your luggage to ensure you have packed all essential items. On the trek departure date, we will take you to Pokhara from Kathmandu on a tourist bus. After spending a day at Pokhara, you will head to Dhampus, where the trails begin.   

 

Accommodations

You will spend 12 nights during the trek. Out of these 12 nights, you will spend two nights at Silver Oaks Inn in a room with an attached bathroom and other modern amenities like cable tv, laundry service, internet, etc. You will spend ten nights at trek regions in twin sharing rooms - four nights, room with attached bathroom at Jhinu Danda (2N) and Deurali (2N). Six-night standard rooms at Forest Camp, High Camp, Low camp, Bamboo (2N), and Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). We hand-select the best accommodations in trek regions. You will need at least two nights of hotel stays in Kathmandu - one before the trek starts and the other at the end - but this package does not include those stays. Kathmandu has all sorts of hotels that can match your preferences and budget. We do not want to restrict your choices. 

 

Meals

The Annapurna & Mardi Himal Base Camp is a long trek at high elevations in the Himalayas. The trek will be physically exhausting. So you will require plenty of nutritious food. Hence, we will provide you plenty of hygienic, tasty, and nutrient-rich food. However, as you reach higher elevations, the food choices will get limited. The food is mainly traditional, western, or Asian. 

Though non-veg items will be available in the trek regions, for hygiene concerns, we do not recommend you take them. Instead, you should eat lots of vegetables and liquids such as lemon tea, green tea, ginger tea, and garlic (must) soup. However, we encourage you to avoid alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, dairy, and hot chocolates.

We will provide 11 lunches, 10 dinners, and 11 breakfasts in the trek regions. Here are the food choices.

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, Butter, Cheese, Honey, Tibetan bread or Chapati, French toast with Jam, Local Tsampa porridge, Eggs, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, fruits, Vegetables, Hot drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)

Lunch: Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potatoes, Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni dishes, Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles, Vegetables, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts, (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Dinner: Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potato items, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Tenduk, Spaghetti, Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Ramen, Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc

This package does not cover personal bills (alcohol, hot (tea, coffee), and cold drinks) at bars/hotels/tea houses. Similarly, lunch and dinner in Pokhara are excluded from this package.

Best time for the trek

Annapurna & Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is possible throughout the year, and Discovery World Trekking conducts this trek in all seasons. However, you must consider the weather when deciding to hike to Annapurna & Mardi Himal Base Camp, as different seasons will provide you with different experiences. 

Most people prefer to trek in the Annapurna region during spring (March, April, May) or autumn (September, October, and November). During this time, the skies are clear, the trails are in good condition, and clear skies let you enjoy the views. Winter (December, January, February) and summer (June, July, August) season treks are less popular. In Nepal, the summer season coincides with the monsoon, which makes the trails wet and slippery. In winter the trek regions at high elevations get cold, and snowfall makes trekking difficult.

Here are the weather conditions at high trek elevations throughout the year.

 

Spring (March-May)

The treks in the Annapurna region during spring are very favorable and bring in trekkers from around the world. During these months, the temperatures are mild, the chances of rainfall are negligible, and the trails are in great condition. Trekking season begins in March, and by April, the trek trails get adorned with red, pink, and white rhododendrons. The temperature at high elevations ranges from 10 to 0°C. From mid-March, the temperatures rise gradually, and clear skies provide spectacular views.

 

Summer (June - August)

The summer in Nepal coincides with the monsoon. Though the temperatures are high, the trek regions get wet and slippery. However, the rainfall also feeds the springs, waterfalls, and rivers, making the scenery lively. At high altitudes, the day temperatures range from 10°C to 23°C, and at night, temperatures dip to 5°C to 10°C. The mornings are generally clear, but clouds appear in the afternoon and disappear at night. Nevertheless, the monsoon rain also revitalizes the vegetation giving life to trek regions.

 

Autumn (September - November)

Autumn is a busy trek season in the Annapurna region because of mild temperatures, low precipitation, and good trail conditions. The temperatures at high trek elevations can reach 20°C during the day and retreat to around 5°C at night. The summer greens give way to golden foliage that looks lovely against the blue skies. It is also a harvest season in Nepal, and you can see the grains ripening in the enclaves. Most festivals in Nepal - Chhat, Dashain, and Tihar - also fall during this season, adding a festive mood to the entire nation. 

 

Winter (December - February)

Winter treks at the Annapurna region are less popular due to low temperatures and snowfalls at the high trek altitudes. The coldest part of the winter begins in late December and lasts till early February. The temperature at Annapurna Base Camp can get as low as -10°C. After late February, the weather warms to around -5°C. Though it might be cold during these months, the skies are clear, and with fresh snow, the mountains look fantastic. If you do not mind the low temperature and have no cold allergies, you can certainly trek during winter as well,

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes very quickly.

Group/single

We conduct group as well as private treks. If you have your trek group, you will be eligible for discounts according to the group size. We can handle all trek group sizes and allocate one extra assistant guide for a group of 12 or more. However, you will not get any discount for groups Discovery World Trekking assembles. 

 

Trip grade and fitness

Mardi Himal and Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate yet highly rewarding hike. The highest trek point is Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4,500m. You will hike for five to seven hours on a trekking day, taking regular breaks to rest, enjoy the scenery, and take pictures. The trails themselves can be steep at times, with many ups and downs as well as straight sections. Previous trek experiences may be advantageous, but not necessary. A healthy person who can hike for five to seven hours while taking enough breaks and with a small backpack can complete this trek. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your trek. So, you may engage in stamina-building exercises such as cycling, jogging, and swimming a few weeks before the trek. However, if you suffer from heart, lung, or blood diseases, you need to consult your doctor before booking the trek. 

 

Typical day

Each trekking day will bring new experiences as you hike, take pictures, try local food, climb, witness new cultures and traditions, and explore new places. As you trek, your Sherpa guides will provide you with information about the places as you visit them. Porters will carry your luggage, but we expect you to bring a small backpack for your valuables and essential documents. 

The trek will begin at around seven or eight after breakfast, depending upon the length of trails to cover. We will serve you lunch, often mid-way to the next destination. After lunch, you will rest for an hour and then resume the trek. Afternoon treks will be shorter, and once you reach your destination for that day, you can snack on your extra-dietary supplements. Then you are free to explore the nearby places.

We will serve you dinner around 6:30 pm. After dinner, your guide will brief you about the next day’s plan. After this briefing and before going to bed, you can spend your time as you like. You can read books, play games like cards, monopoly, or chess, or learn light and fun Nepali words. 

 

Communication

The lodges/tea houses/hotels you will be staying in have an internet connection, and you can use this internet to connect with your friends and families. However, you might need to pay a small service fee. If you want, you can buy a local SIM in Kathmandu, but based on the network you use, the mobile signals may not be strong enough. Discovery World Trekking remains in contact with its trek teams at least once a day via the trek lead to ensure the trip is progressing as planned and everyone is comfortable. We use mobile for communication at high trek elevations. 

 

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance for Annapurna & Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is mandatory and must include helicopter rescue up to the trek’s highest elevation (4,500m) and medical coverage. As with all high-altitude hikes, there remains a chance of catching altitude sickness and other mishaps. Hence, you must submit your insurance copy to Discovery World Trekking before departing for the trek. In emergencies, we will use your insurance policy to arrange an effective rescue. 

We suggest you call the insurer and ask them specifically if the insurance policy covers helicopter rescue in addition to treatment costs. Do not just rely on what insurers say on their websites.

Passport and visa

Only Indians do not need a visa to enter Nepal. However, most foreigners can receive an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport or at immigration checkpoints along Nepal-India and Nepal-China borders. To apply for a visa, you need a passport with at least six months of validity, a passport-size photo, and visa fees. The current visa application fee is USD 50 for a 30-day stay. Children under 10 are eligible for a free visa.

SAARC (Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka) and Chinese nationals can also get free visas. However, citizens from certain countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan - may not get an on-arrival visa. So if you belong to any of these countries, you must contact your local embassy. 

The Nepal government may change its visa rules without prior notice. Hence, for the latest information, please visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/

 

Money Exchange

Nepali Rupees (NRS/Rs) is the official currency of Nepal. 1 USD = ~Rs. 130.

Despite the security of traveler’s check, we recommend you bring cash (major currencies) to avoid lengthy paperwork and high bank commissions. Banks charge 4% or more to cash the traveler’s check. However, you can easily exchange your currency for Nepali Rupees in legal money exchanges all over Thamel. These money exchanges display their ongoing rates publicly. Most hotels also exchange small amounts of foreign currency.

Since the trek regions only accept Nepali Rupees, you must exchange your foreign currency in Kathmandu based on your spending habits. We estimate that you will require USD 10 to 20 per trekking day. You can also withdraw Nepali Rupees from ATMs using your foreign card. However, you will have to pay Rs.500 as a fee for Rs.35,000 withdrawal. Most of these ATMs are open 24/7. 

If you have Indian Rupees, please note that only Indian Rupee notes of Rs. 2,000 and 100 are legal in Nepal.

 

Luggage

We assign a porter for every two trekkers, but your luggage weight limit is 9 kg, and we do not allow our porters to carry more than 18 kg of luggage. In addition, we also expect you to bring a small backpack with your valuables and essential documents. We will also recheck your luggage during the trek briefing to ensure you have packed all essential things. You can store your extra luggage, for the duration of your trek, at Discovery World Trekking for free. 

 

Trek safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees your safety, security, and satisfaction. We carry standard equipment, first-aid kits, and oximeters to ensure trek safety. If someone falls sick, your trek leader has the authority to decide whether to continue the trek or descend immediately taking into consideration the overall condition of the group. Here are some ways we ensure trek safety. Our trek leaders have completed intensive first-aid training, and in emergencies, we deploy a helicopter for rescue (funded by insurance). Furthermore, you will be trekking in a group for an added layer of safety. 

 

Discovery World Trekking crew

Throughout the trekking, our licensed and experienced Sherpa/guide will be by your side, providing information about the places as you visit them. Porters will carry your luggage. Since our crew members come from the high Himalayas, they can easily stay at high altitudes without being affected. 

We believe that only happy people can keep others happy. For this reason, we try our best to keep our employees happy. We pay our employees well and cover their food, accommodations, insurance, equipment, and gear. They also receive medical care when injured or sick. Our trek leaders are

  • Intensive wilderness first aid trained
  • Fluent in English and other languages
  • Trained in biodiversity and ecology conservation
  • Experienced in rock climbing.

 

Responsible travel

We understand that we must preserve tourist destinations today so that these regions keep on attracting tourists in the future. So, we try our best to leave only the footprints in the trek regions. Our crew members dispose of the wastes properly and do not take anything from the trek region. Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize environmentally friendly trips.

 

Booking and payment

Discovery World Trekking is a government-registered and bonded trek and tour company, providing its service for over a decade. We are also members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Hence you can book treks with us confidently. 

We require 10 percent of the trip cost as advance to confirm the booking. You can pay through bank transfer, Wise, or online through this website. The remaining trip cost is due when you arrive in Kathmandu. You can pay in cash, through bank transfer, or Wise.

We will also email you payment details along with the modes of payment available. Please email us your passport copy, travel insurance certificate, and arrival and departure flight details within a week of booking the trek. 

 

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping and views it as a validation of good service. We suggest you tip based on the trip cost, trip length, and quality of service. Further, you should tip collectively at the end of the trip. 

 

Last-minute booking

It is always a good idea to book treks in advance. However, those who decide to trek at the last minute can book treks with us after completing 100% of the trip cost 24 hours before the intended trek departure date. Though we try to conduct trips at any time, for treks booked at the last minute, you cannot hold us responsible for delays caused due to circumstances beyond our control, such as unavailability of lodging, bad weather, landslides, etc. For more information, you can contact us at 977- 9840055491 or email [email protected]

 

Trip extensions

If you have extra days in Nepal, after completing your Annapurna & Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek, we can organize several fun activities for you, such as sight-seeing tours in and around Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan jungle safari, canoeing, paragliding, etc.

 

Feedback

After completing Annapurna & Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek, Discovery World Trekking will organize a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. After the dinner, we will present you with a Discovery World Trekking trek achievement certificate. You can also use this time to provide us with trek feedback so that we can improve our services in the future. 

 

Useful info

Please note that Mardi Himal and Annapurna Base Camp include a fixed departure from Kathmandu, but if the dates do not suit you, let us know, and we can arrange the trek at your convenience. Moreover, the itinerary above is a general guideline. In rare cases, we might need to modify the itinerary details for reasons outside our control, such as landslides, unfavorable weather, accommodation unavailability, etc. In case of itinerary modifications, your guide will decide after consulting all the team members.

We look forward to taking you to Annapurna and Mardi Himal Base Camps in near future.

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