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Mardi Himal & Khopra Danda Trek - 13 days

Mardi Himal & Khopra Danda Trek - 13 days
Trip Facts
Destination Mardi Himal Base Camp, Khopra Danda
Activity Trekking
Accomodation lodge to lodge (tea houses)
Region Annapurna Region
Start / End point Kathamndu
Duration 13 days
Max. Altitude Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m)
Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in trek regions
Group size 2 or more
Nature of Trek trekking
Best Season Spring (March-May) & Autumn (September-November)
Activity Per Day 5-7 hours trekking on trek days
Transportation Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu on tourist bus, Drive from Pokhara to Dhampus and Nayapul to Pokhara
Grade Moderate

About the Trip

Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m) and Khopra Danda (3,660m) Trek combines the new, less crowded path in the Annapurna region. The trek trails provide fantastic views of several mountains in Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt. Fang (7,647m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m), Himchuli (6,441m), Tent Peak (5,663m), and Mardi Himal (5,587m). You will also trek through traditional villages and make it up to the Poon Hill Viewpoint.

Highlights

  • 2 Nights at the beautiful lake city of Pokhara
  • Mardi Himal High Camp (3,600m), Low Camp, Forest Camp (2600m)
  • Trek off the beaten track
  • Local cheese factory at Paudwar
  • Awe-inspiring views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt. Fang (7,647m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m), Himchuli (6,441m), Tent Peak (5,663m), and Mardi Himal (5,587m)
  • Optional Trek to the holy Kaire Lake
  • Amazing sunrise views from Poon Hill
  • Ghandrung village, Khopra Danda ridge
  • Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m)
  • Relaxing hot springs at Jhinu Danda
  • Gurung museum at Ghandruk
  • First-hand experience of rural Nepali village life

Benefits of trekking Mardi Himal Base Camp & Khopra Danda with us

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

Comprehensive Overview Mardi Himal & Khopra Danda Trek

The Mardi Himal and Khopra Danda trek is a moderate trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary. Both trek destinations - Mardi Himal Base Camp & Khopra Danda - are relatively new. Khopra Danda trail is much new than Mardi Himal. The first part of the trek takes you to Mardi Himal Base Camp, at 4,500m, and then proceeds to Khopra Danda (3,660m). 

This trek starts from Kathmandu as you board a bus to Pokhara - perhaps the most scenic city in Nepal, which sits surrounded by snow peaks. These snow peaks cast their images in the lakes in Pokhara. You will spend a day in Pokhara and enjoy its beauty.

On the second day, you will leave Pokhara for Dhampus and then trek to Deurali. It will be your first night in the trek region. From Deurali, you will head to Forest Camp through dense forests full of maple, birch, oak, and rhododendron trees. You will continue on the trails from Forest Camp and reach High Camp on your fourth day while enjoying the views of the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhare, and Mardi Himal. 

From High Camp, you will reach Mardi Himal Base Camp on the fifth day. The Mardi Himal Base Camp provides fantastic views of Annapurna I and III, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Tent Peak, Bharashikhar, and Mardi Himal. After enjoying the views from Mardi Himal Base Camp, you will return to Low Camp to spend the night. 

The trek progresses from Mardi Himal Low Camp to Landruk village, marking the second section of the trek - the trek to Khopra Danda. On the following day, you will leave Landruk and head to Tadapani, passing the famous Ghandruk village and soaking in the beauty of the Macchhapuchhare and Annapurna ranges. 

After a night at Tadapani, you will head to Bayeli Kharka through a path that passes through dense jungles that slowly give way to rich pasturelands. After spending a night at Bayeli Kharka, you will reach Khopra Danda (ridge) the next day. From the top of Khopra Danda, you will get a panoramic view of several snow peaks, including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt. Fang (7,647m) and Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m). You will be spending a night at Khopra Danda.

The following morning, you will descend to Swanta. From Swanta, we will take you to Ghorepani so you can enjoy the views from Poon Hill - one of the most famous viewpoints in Nepal. After a night at Ghorepani, we will wake you up at Ghorepani and take you on a trek to Poon Hill before dawn breaks. As the dawn breaks, you will see the glorious early morning golden views of the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhare, Hiuchuli, Gurja Himal, Gangapurna, Tukuche, Dhampus, and Nilgiri Himal.

After enjoying the views from Poon Hill, you will descend to Ghorepani, have breakfast, and then trek to Nayapul via Birethanti and Ulleri. From Nayapul, we will drive you to Pokhara. The next day, you will return to Kathmandu. 

This package covers Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu transport on a tourist bus. However, for an additional cost, you can fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and/or from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Drive to Pokhara (850m), west of the Kathmandu (1,350m)

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

    Early morning, we will board you on a tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus will roll along the Prithvi Highway for around seven hours before reaching Pokhara - the tourist capital of Nepal. On the way to Pokhara, you will see Machhapuchhare and Annapurna ranges. After reaching Pokhara, you are free to explore this fantastic city.

    • Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn
  2. day 2

    Drive from Pokhara to Dhampus (1,640m / 5,380ft) and trek to Deurali (2,100m / 6,889ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours 2hrs
    Trek Distance 9km / 5.5miles
    Highest Altitude 2100m / 6,889ft

    Early morning, you will leave Pokhara on a bus and head to Dhampus. The road is quite developed and, on the way, you will pass Phedi. The Dhampus village is ethnically diverse, consisting of Brahmins, Chhetris, and Gurungs. The trek trails start from Dhampus, and you will head to Deurali on a path that passes through lush forests, and in the background, you can enjoy the views of the Annapurna ranges. From Deurali, you can gain fantastic views of glaciers originating from Annapurna south.

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

    Trek from Deurali (2,100m / 6,889ft) to Forest Camp (2600m / 8,530ft)

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

    The trails to Forest Camp are quite easy and exciting as they pass through maple, birch, rhododendron, and oak forests. The fresh smell of damp soil and decayed leaves keeps the trekking spirit alive. The trail first climbs up to the top of a ridge, then descends steeply and ascends one more time, taking you to the open grassland at Forest Camp.

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

    Trek from Forest Camp (2600m / 8,530ft) to High Camp (3600m / 11,811ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 3600m / 11,811ft
    Trek Duration 4 to 5 hrs

    You will leave Forest Camp, aiming to reach High Camp. You will be gaining a lot of altitude. So, it is wise to walk consistently. Once more, the trails pass through lush forests, and the occasional clearings allow you to enjoy the views of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal, and Annapurna mountains. After hiking for a few hours, you will reach Mardi Himal Low Camp, then ascend steeply to a ridge that finally takes you to the Mardi Himal High Camp. 

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

    Trek from High Camp (3600m / 11,811ft) to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m /14,763ft) and 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 enjoy the early sun rays hitting the gigantic mountains from the Upper View Point of Mardi Himal. It will take about two hours to reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp from High Camp. From the Base Camp, you will enjoy the views of Annapurna I and III, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Tent Peak, Bharashikhar, and Mardi Himal. The sights of Mt. Machhapuchhare (Mt. Fishtail) look stunning from the Base Camp. After enjoying the views from Mardi Himal Base Camp, you will return to Low Camp to spend 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 Landruk (1,565m / 5,134ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,000m

    The descent to Landruk from Low Camp is steep and can be tough on your knees. The steepest section falls between Forest Base Camp and Landruk. However, this day’s walk will be effortless, and you can enjoy the dense forests, full of several bird species. Landruk looks like a sibling of a much larger village Ghandruk, with ethnic Gurungs making up the dominant demography.

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  7. day 7

    Trek from Landruk (1,565m / 5,134ft) to Tadapani (2,610m / 8,562ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 10.9km / 6.7miles
    Trek Duration 6-7 hours
    Highest Altitude 2,610m / 8,562ft

    After breakfast, you will initially descend to Modi river and ascend for a few more hours to reach Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village famous for its stunning looks. From Ghandruk, you will also get great views of the Annapurna ranges and Machhapuchhare mountain. There is a Gurung museum at Ghandruk, which we shouldn’t miss visiting. The trails then pass through lush forests before reaching Tadapani.

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

    Trek from Tadapani (2,610m / 8,562ft) to Bayeli Kharka (3,450m / 11,318ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 5.8km / 3.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,450m / 11,318ft
    Trek Duration 5-7hrs

    We bid goodbye to Tadapani after breakfast, and take an off-beaten path through the isolated sections of the Annapurna region. The route passes through dense forests full of oak and rhododendron trees, and through the forest apertures, you can see the stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh tallest mountain. 

    • Overnight stay at a community lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Baeyli Kharka (3,450m / 11,318ft) to Khopra Danda (Ridge) (3,660m / 11,811ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8km / 4.9miles
    Highest Altitude 3,660m / 11,811ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    On this day, you will reach Khopra Danda (ridge), but first, you will bid Baeyli Kharka goodbye and trek through rich pasturelands to Chistibung. The trail provides you the opportunity to view yaks, pheasants, and Himalayan tahrs while ascending to Khopra ridge, known for superb views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m), and Mt. Fang (7,647m).

    • Overnight stay at Khopra Community Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Trek from Khopra Danda (Ridge) (3,660m / 11,811ft) to Swanta (2,214m / 7,874ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.6km / 5.9miles
    Highest Altitude 3,660m / 11,811ft
    Trek Duration 4 - 5 hrs

    After reaching Khopra Danda, it is time to return, and on the first day, you will hike to Swanta, passing terraced fields and small settlements. Mt.Dhaulagiri will persist to dazzle you. You also have the option to visit the holy Khayar Lake. Swanta village is famous for its community cheese factory, and we shouldn’t miss tasting the local cheese. 

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

    Trek from Swanta (2,214m / 7,874ft) to Ghorepani (2,880m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8km / 4.9miles
    Highest Altitude 2,880m / 9,350ft.
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    You will leave Swanta early morning and head for Ghorepani. The route passes through thick forests, exposing you to incredible landscapes worthy of admiring. Eventually, you will cross a suspension bridge to enter Chittre village and follow the main trekking route that will take you to Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a major trek destination known for its fantastic views. With numerous accommodation options, most people who visit Poon Hill stay at Ghorepani.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Snow Land (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  12. day 12

    Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210m / 10,525ft), trek to Birethanti (1,039m / 3,250ft) -Drive from Nayapul to Pokhara (820m / 2,690ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12.5km / 7.7miles
    Highest Altitude 3,210m / 10,525ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hrs
    Driving Hours 2hrs

    You will wake up very early in the morning to catch the sunrise from Poon Hill. It will take you around forty-five minutes to reach Poon Hill from Ghorepani. The panoramic view from Poon Hill is second to none, and many treks are designed around the grand views from Poon Hill. You can see a dozen snow peaks from Poon Hill, including the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhare, Gangapurna, Tukuche, Dhampus, Hiuchuli, Gurja Himal, and Nilgiri Himal. After enjoying the views from Poon Hill, you will trek through Birethanti and Ulleri to Nayapul. From Nayapul, we will drive 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 (205 km /127 miles) 6-7hrs
    Highest Altitude 1,350m

    After breakfast, you will board a bus to Kathmandu. The bus follows Prithivi Highway one more time and heads east to Kathmandu. It will take you around seven hours to reach Kathmandu. Your trek ends in Kathmandu. Hope you enjoyed your trek and created some life-lasting memories on the trails.

    • Included standard meals (Breakfast)

Cost includes

  • Transportation costs Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu on a tourist bus.
  • Private transport from Pokhara to Dhampus (trek start)and Nayapul (trek end) to Pokhara
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast (room with attached bathroom) at Silver Oaks Inn in Pokhara
  • Accommodation (total ten nights) in trek regions - 2 nights rooms with attached bathrooms at Ghorepani and Deurali, Eight-night Forest Camp, High Camp, Low Camp, Landruk, Tadapani, Bayeli Kharka, Khopra Danda, and Swanta Generally, twin sharing rooms
  • All standard meals (11 lunches, 10 dinners, and 11 breakfasts) in trek regions
  • Water purification tablets
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • Government-licensed Discovery World Trekking experienced trek leader (guide). 1 porter for two trekkers, the maximum luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg.
  • Guides and porters costs - meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • All taxes and official expenses
  • Arranging rescue operations in health emergencies (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - company's T-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking certificate of trek achievement
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek in Kathmandu

Cost excludes

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

Equipment Checklist

We advise you to bring only essential clothing, gear, and equipment for the trek. Though porters will carry your luggage, per trekker luggage weight limit is 9 kg. You can store your extra luggage at the Discovery World Trekking store for free during your trek. Here is our list to help you pack for this trek.

Head

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

 

Face

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

 

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

 

Body

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

 

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks 
  • Thick light socks

 

Essential gear

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

 

Personal accessories

  • Camera
  • Watch
  • Money
  • Cell phone

 

Extra items

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

Trip Information

Free Airport Pick up

Discovery World Trekking provides complimentary Tribhuvan International Airport to hotel transfer during arrival and hotel to Tribhuvan International Airport transfer during departure. To use this service, you must share your flight details with us. When you arrive at the airport, you will find our company representative holding a pamphlet with your name on it. They will greet you, present you with a garland as a welcome gesture and then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. We provide this service to ensure you do not feel lonely and helpless in a foreign country or face navigation problems. 

 

Journey start

You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport by 3 pm at least one day before the trek departure date. It is necessary because you will need to attend the trek briefing. During the trek briefing, we will introduce each other, provide you with essential trek information, and recheck your luggage to ensure you have not missed packing essential items. On the trek departure date, we will board you on a tourist bus to Pokhara. You will spend a night at Pokhara, and then the following morning, we will drive you to Dhampus. You will begin on the trails from Dhampus, reaching Deurali on the second day. 

 

Accommodations

You will spend two nights in Pokhara, the first one on the first day of your trek and the other on the last night of the hike. You will be staying at Silver Oaks Inna, a comfortable hotel. Your room comes with an attached bathroom, laundry services, hot/cold water, Wi-Fi, and 24-hour TV. We hand-select lodges/hotels in trek regions to provide you with the best accommodations. You will be spending 10 nights in trek regions. Among them, you will stay at rooms with attached bathrooms at Ghorepani and Deurali; and standard rooms at Forest Camp, High Camp, Low Camp, Landruk, Tadapani, Bayeli Kharka, Khopra Danda, and Swanta. 

You will need at least two-night stays in Kathmandu, one at the beginning of the trek and the other at the end. This package does not include accommodations and meals in Kathmandu. Kathmandu has a range of hotels to suit every taste and budget. We do not want to restrict your choices. 

 

Meals

Mardi Himal and Khopra Danda trek is a high-altitude trek that takes you deep inside the remote Himalayas. A long trek is an exhaustive physical activity that requires a lot of energy. Hence, you will need plenty of nutritious food. We will provide you with tasty, hygienic, and nutrient-rich food throughout the trek.

Most of the food items are traditional Nepali, Asian, or Western. However, as you get to the high elevations, your food choices get limited, and food gets expensive as well.

In this trek, we will provide you with 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 10 dinners in trek regions. This package does not include lunch and dinner in Pokhara.

Here are your food options.

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

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

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

Though you will get plenty of non-veg items, we do not recommend them for meat hygiene concerns. Similarly, nutritionists encourage you to avoid caffeinated, dairy, chocolate, and alcoholic drinks during long treks.

For maximum health benefits, we encourage you to take a lot of liquids, such as lemon, green, and garlic tea. Garlic soup is a must. 

This package does not cover alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks. Similarly, lunch and dinner in Pokhara are excluded.

Best time for the trek

Though Mardi Himal Base Camp & Khopra Danda Trek is possible, throughout the year, each season brings in a new experience. If you are looking for great views, clear skies, and good trail conditions, we advise you to trek during Spring (March, April, May) or Autumn (September, October, and November). The summer (June, July, August) coincides with the monsoon, bringing in heavy rain in the trekking season, and winter (December, January, February) at high elevations is cold with heavy snowfall. 

Here is a brief information about weather conditions at high trek elevations during different seasons.


Spring (March-May)
It is a very favorable trekking season for Mardi Himal Base Camp & Khopra Danda Trek. Due to stunning views of snow peaks, clear skies, and negligible chances of rain, Spring attracts a lot of trekkers on the Annapurna region trails. From March, the temperatures start to rise, and by April, the forests get adorned with white, red, and pink rhododendron flowers. The temperatures at high trek elevations range from 0 to 10°C. 

 

Summer (June - August)
The temperatures during summer at high trek elevations are cool and inviting, but the summer season coincides with the monsoon in Nepal, bringing in a lot of rain. The skies can get cloudy, blocking the views, and the trek trails can be wet and slippery. However, if you love water, this trekking season is for you. The waterfalls look lush and inviting, the rivers swell up, and the rain induces vegetation to add thick shoots. The day temperatures range from 10 to 23°C, and nights are around 5 to 10°C.

 

Autumn (September - November)
The summer gives way to Autumn as the temperature decreases and becomes mild enough for treks in high elevations. It brings in flocks of tourists to trek trails. The lush green summer vegetation gets a golden color. Autumn is also a harvest season that brings joy to the farmers. Most festivals, such as Dashain, Tihar, Chhat, and Indra Jatra, fall during this season, making the whole environment festive and joyful. The temperatures at high altitudes start to get mild at 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. 

 

Winter (December - February)
The low temperature and snowfalls make winter treks to Mardi Himal Base Camp & Khopra Danda less popular. Early December treks are quite popular, but from late December to early February, the temperatures are freezing. The day temperatures at high elevations can dip to -10°C before rising to -5°C after early February. If you do not mind the snow and want to see the snow peaks with fresh snow, this is the time to trek. Do not trek during winter if you are allergic to cold. 

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes quickly.

Group/single

Our company organizes group as well as single treks. If you have your group, you will be eligible for discounts. The bigger your group, the more discounts you will get. However, you will not get discounts for trek groups our company assembles. We can handle all group sizes and add an assistant guide for groups of 12 or more.  

 

Trip grade and fitness

Mardi Himal Base Camp and Khopra Danda Trek is a moderately challenging, yet very rewarding trek. The highest trek point is at Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4,500m. The trails include steep ups and downs and straightforward sections that can pass through rocky regions, dense forests, terraced fields, and alpine vegetation. You will be trekking from four to seven hours, depending on the path to cover and the nature of the route, with enough breaks to rest and enjoy the scenery. Previous trek experience can be useful but not required. A generally fit person can complete the trek successfully. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the hike. So, we recommend you participate in stamina-building exercises, such as jogging, swimming, or cycling few weeks before the trek departure date. If you suffer from heart, lung, or blood diseases, consult your doctor before booking the trek. 

 

Typical day

Each day of trekking brings new experiences as you hike, take pictures, interact with locals, try local dishes, and explore the nearby trek regions. The trek usually lasts 5 to 7 hours per day, depending on the length and nature of the trail.

In the morning, you will have breakfast at around 7 or 8 am. If the trek is a long one, it's best to start early. You will have lunch around noon, often midway between the next destination. After lunch, you will rest for about an hour before continuing on the trail for another 2-3 hours. When you reach your destination set for that day, you can snack on some extra dietary supplements. Then till evening, you are free to explore the area.

Dinner is served around 7 pm, after which your trek leader will brief you about the plan for the next day. You then can spend the rest of the evening as you wish, perhaps reading, playing cards, monopoly, or chess, or learning some fun Nepali words from our crew. When you feel sleepy, you can rest in anticipation of the next day's trek.

 

Water and Electricity during the trek

Electricity is available at the lodges where you will be staying, and you can use it to charge your electronic devices, such as phones or cameras. There may be a small fee for this service.

You can purchase bottled water at shops or hotels along the way, but be aware that some trekking regions may not allow plastic bottles. Instead, we recommend you bring a water bottle and purchase boiled water from hotels or lodges. We can also provide you with water purification tablets, should you ask.

Please note it is unsafe to drink water from taps, wells, or rivers in trekking regions, so we advise you to refrain from directly drinking water from these sources.

Communication

The lodges in the trekking regions have internet access, and you can use Wi-Fi to stay connected with your friends and family. You can also purchase a local SIM card in Kathmandu, but keep in mind that mobile signals may not be strong enough at high altitudes, depending on your network. Our trekking teams stay in contact with our head office at least once a day, through the team leader. We have this policy in place to ensure trek safety, as well as trek progress.

 

Travel Insurance:

The Mardi Himal & Khopra Danda trek is a high-elevation trek that passes through some remote Himalayan regions. Hence it comes with the risks associated with high-altitude treks, including altitude sickness. Therefore, it is essential to have adequate travel insurance for this trek. Your insurance should cover the cost of helicopter evacuation up to the highest point of the trek (Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4,500 meters), plus the medical treatment costs.

If you need assistance choosing an insurance provider, we can recommend companies based on the experiences of our previous clients. However, we do not sell insurance.

Before purchasing trek insurance, contact your insurer and confirm that their policy covers helicopter rescue up to the highest point of the trek (4,500 meters) in addition to healthcare costs.

Passport and Visa

Indian citizens do not need a visa to enter Nepal, and most other foreign nationals can obtain a visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport or at immigration checkpoints on the Nepal-India and Nepal-China borders.

To apply for a visa, you require a passport with at least six months of validity, a passport-size photo, and visa fees - depending on your length of stay. The current visa fee is $50 for a 30-day stay. Children under ten can get a free visa.

But, citizens of certain countries - Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan - may not be eligible for an on-arrival visa. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you must contact your local Nepali embassy.

Citizens of SAARC countries (Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka) and China can also obtain free visas. 

Please note that the Nepali government may change its visa rules without prior notice. For the latest information, visit https://www.immigration.gov.np.

 

 

Money Exchange

The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NRS/Rs). One US dollar is currently worth approximately Rs. 130.

While traveler's checks can be a secure option, we recommend bringing cash in major currencies to avoid the lengthy paperwork and high bank commissions that can come with cashing traveler's checks. Banks often charge 4% or more to cash traveler's checks. You can easily exchange your currency for Nepali Rupees at legal money exchange offices located throughout Thamel. These money exchanges display their current exchange rates publicly, and most hotels also offer currency exchange for small amounts.

If you have Indian Rupees, ensure that you have Indian Rupee notes of Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 100 only, as these are the only notes legal in Nepal.

Since the trekking regions only honor Nepali Rupees, it is best to exchange your foreign currency in Kathmandu based on your spending habits. You will probably need about $10 to $20 per trek day for miscellaneous spendings, such as hot showers, Wi-Fi charges, alcohol, etc. 

You can also withdraw Nepali Rupees from ATMs all over Kathmandu, using your foreign card, but be aware that there is a fee of Rs. 500 for withdrawals of Rs. 35,000. Generally, these ATMs are open 24/7.

 

Luggage

For every two trekkers, we will assign a porter to carry luggage. However, there is a luggage weight limit of 9 kg per person, and we do not allow our porters to carry more than 18 kg of luggage. In addition, we expect you to bring a small backpack with your valuables and essential documents. During the trek briefing, we will also re-check all your luggage to ensure you have packed all the necessary items. If you have excess luggage, you can store it in the Discovery World Trekking store for free for the duration of your trek.

 

Extra personal expenses 

While this package covers most expenses during the trek, it does not cover all expenses. So, you have to bring spending money to cover additional costs such as beverages (including hot drinks, cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks), tips for the trek crew, snacks, visa fees, souvenirs, and hotel stays in Kathmandu. The amount of money you will need will depend on your spending habits.

We recommend you bring cash (in a major currency) and exchange it for Nepali Rupees. Please note that trek regions do not honor foreign currency, and there are no cash exchange facilities in trek regions. 

 

Trek safety

At Discovery World Trekking, we prioritize client safety, security, and satisfaction of all of our clients. If any member of the trek group falls ill, based on the situation, our trek leader will decide whether to resume the trek or descend immediately. We are equipped with standard safety gear, first-aid kits, and oximeters to handle any situation that may arise. Our trek leaders are intensively trained in first aid and in case of emergencies, we will use your insurance to deploy a helicopter for the rescue. Additionally, you will be trekking with a group, providing an additional layer of safety.

 

Discovery World Trekking crew

Our crew members come from the high Himalayas and are acclimated to high altitudes. During the trek, you will be accompanied by a licensed and experienced Sherpa/guide who will provide information about the places you visit and porters who will carry your luggage. We prioritize the well-being and happiness of our employees and pay them well, provide them with food, accommodations, insurance, and gear for the trek, and offer medical care when needed. 

Our trek leaders have undergone intensive wilderness first aid training, are fluent in English and other languages, have completed biodiversity and conservation training, and have experience with rock climbing.

 

Responsible travel

At Discovery World Trekking, we recognize the impact that tourism can have on the places we visit and the importance of preserving these destinations for future visitors. We strive to minimize our impact by leaving only footprints behind and properly disposing of any waste. Additionally, we partner with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to offer environmentally friendly trips. By taking responsibility for our actions, we can ensure the sustainability of the local economy and the tourism industry as a whole.

 

Booking and Payment

Discovery World Trekking is a trusted and established company, that has been providing trek and tour services for over a decade. We are registered with the government and are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Hence, you can book your trek with confidence through our company.

To confirm your booking, we require a deposit of 10% of the trip cost in advance. You can pay through bank transfer, Wise, or online through our website. The remaining balance is due upon your arrival in Kathmandu and can be paid in cash, bank transfer, or Wise. We will also email you payment details and available options. Please email us a copy of your passport, travel insurance certificate, and arrival and departure flight details within a week of booking the trek. We will use these documents to complete official paperwork and other trek preparations. 

 

Tipping

In Nepal, tipping is expected as a way to show gratitude for good service. We advise you to tip at the trek end and to do so collectively. It is important to remember that the amount you choose to tip should reflect the quality of the service you received. Overall, the decision to tip and the tip amount should reflect your satisfaction with the service you received.

 

Last-minute booking

If you are unable to book in advance, Discovery World Trekking offers last-minute booking options. In case of last-minute booking, you must complete the full trip payment 24 hours before the trek departure date. Please note that while we will do our best to accommodate last-minute bookings, you cannot hold us responsible for any delays due to circumstances beyond our control, such as adverse weather conditions or limited lodge availability. For more information, contact (Call/Viber/WhatsApp) at 977-9840055491 or email [email protected].

 

Trip extensions

After completing Mardi Himal Base Camp & Khopra Danda Trek, if you have a few days extra to spend in Nepal, we can organize various activities that you can participate in. These activities may include sightseeing in and around Kathmandu, a jungle safari in Chitwan, or water sports such as canoeing and rafting. Alternatively, you may choose to go on another trek.

 

Feedback

Upon the conclusion of your trek, Discovery World Trekking will host a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. After dinner, we will also present you with a certificate acknowledging your trek achievement that you can show your friends and families. It is also a great time to provide trek feedback. We welcome and value your feedback, as it helps us to improve our services in the future.

 

Useful Info

Please note that the trek has fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and Pokhara, but we can be flexible and organize the trip at a time that suits you. We can also tailor the trek to meet your specific needs and interests.

While the itinerary provided above is a general guideline, there may be rare occasions when we need to modify the route due to safety concerns, such as bad weather, floods, or landslides. In these cases, the trek leader will decide on the best course of action, taking into account the interests of the group and after consulting with the Discovery World Trekking office.

 

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