Mardi Himal Trek season
Mardi Himal Trek season is spring and autumn. March to April and October to November are the peak time to trek to Mardi Himal because of stable weather and moderate climate. The trail offers gorgeous mountain views, and the temperature ranges from 5°C to 18°C. The clear warm daytime with a hint of crisp air is perfect for walking. Nights and mornings are quite cold comparatively.
Other seasons like winter and monsoon are considered off time to go on Mardi Himal Trek. You can trek in early May and December. You have to be extra careful and attentive while trekking in the off-season. The monsoon rainfall and heavy snowfall in the winters make the trail slippery and strenuous.
Mardi Himal Trek difficulty
Mardi Himal Trek 12 Days is one of the best treks for beginner trekkers in the Himalayas. The Mardi Himal Trek route is moderate, which means you have to be physically fit to go on this trek. The trail is remote, with a few tea shops and limited facilities. You will be walking 6 to 7 hours a day, so your stamina and will to complete the trek is very important.
The terrain is steep, rugged, and passes by dense forests. Likewise, the risk of altitude sickness is always there because of elevation. Our Mardi Himal Trek itinerary has ample rest days that lowers the chances of altitude sickness. To prepare for the trek, you can go on a few short hikes and exercise to increase your stamina and core body strength.
Symptoms of altitude sickness
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath with exertion
- Inform your guide if you see any symptoms of altitude sickness
- Take plenty of rest and drop to a lower altitude to spend the night
- Keep yourself hydrated
- Do not consume alcoholic drinks
- Maintain your ascent under 500 meters a day and include ample rest days in your itinerary
Mode of transportation during the trek
You will be using private vehicles during the Mardi Himal Trek. From Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice versa, we have a comfortable tourist bus. Kande is the starting point of the trek, where you will reach in 40 minutes of drive from Pokhara.
Likewise, the trek ends at Mardi River Basin, from where you will drive back to Pokhara in an off-road vehicle. It will be a one and half hour drive. There is also airport pick up and drop available in a private vehicle, as per our Mardi Himal Trek itinerary.
Electricity and Charging Facilities
To charge your electronic devices, you can use charging booths available in the teahouses. You may have to pay a few extra bucks to use the service. Carry spare batteries or a solar charger for your convenience.
Sim Card and WiFi
You will get WiFi in most of the tea houses along the Mardi Himal Trek route. However, due to height and weather, the connection may not be stable all the time. Be informed that you may be asked a few bucks for the service.
If you want, we will arrange a Nepali SIM card with data for you. Do not high your hopes. The cellular network connection will not be stable either all the time.
During the trek, every member of the group packs their stuff in a duffel bag with a weight limit of 10kgs per trekker. The porters will carry the duffel bag, whereas trekkers carry a day pack with essentials. Any extra clothing or luggage you can leave in the hotel's locker room during the trek for free.
When it comes to trekking for children or underage people, we have a different policy. The underage trekker has to be exposed to some sort of previous high-altitude ventures to join Mardi Himal Trek. Likewise, he or she has to trek with a verified guardian.
Other than this, we will also need a few additional information before we can confirm the booking for the kid. Get in touch with us to know more about our child policy.
Tipping to crew members
Don't take tipping awkwardly. It's the best way to show your gratitude towards the crew after the completion of the trek. You can tip any amount you wish. Usually, trekkers tip USD 5 to drive, USD 10 to tour guide, and USD 150 to trek guide/porters (by every member of the group). The above numbers are only an example.
Personal expenses are not included in the Mardi Himal Trek cost. Any extra snacks, beverages, or use of services like hot shower, WiFi, etc during the trek are not covered in the package cost. Likewise, travel insurance, souvenirs, tips, and international flights are also not covered in the package cost.
Insurance, rescue, evacuation
Travel insurance is necessary while trekking in the Himalayas. Mardi Himal Trek explores a remote area where there are no hospitals or any other modern infrastructures. Therefore in case of any emergency, our last resort to offer you medical assistance is through air evacuation. Make sure your travel insurance covers medical bills and emergency air evacuation up to 6,000 meters.
Travel insurance is only for the worst case. As you will be trekking with an experienced trek guide, you don't have to worry about anything. Our guides are trained to offer first aid and exposed to handle the crisis in the Himalayas.