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Courtesy of Easy Treks & Expedition, experience an incredible 10 Day Mardi Himal Trek experience for 1 person from Kathmandu to Mardi Himal in Nepal, including accommodation, all meals, transportation, sight-seeing tour. Trek experience is valued at approximately $1,350 USD / £1,030 GBP*. Please note the winner will be required to separately pay for ‘Permission from Annapurna Conservation Area Project’ which costs NRS 3,000 (approx. £19.99 GBP / $26.20 USD) and for ‘tourist information management system (TIMS) card’ that costs approximately NRS 4,500 for a single trekker (approx. £29.98 GBP / $39.30 USD); as well as for all additional purchases including visa fees, international flights, further meals, bar bills, activities and excursions etc.
Auction stay dates: to be booked in advance and taken before 20 December 2021, subject to availability.
Nepal is a hugely popular tourist destination for those interested in historic temples and mountain trekking. Recently the Nepal Government announced it expected visitors to Nepal to exceed 200,000 this year alone. If you want to explore what this incredible part of the world has to offer, then what better way than by going trekking yourself?
Easy Treks and Expedition, based in Nepal, aims to customise the experience of beautiful Nepal for each and every traveller. From trekking in the majestic mountains to exploring local culture, when you’re in Nepal, you’ll feel right at home with Easy Treks and Expedition. They make it quick and easy for travellers to plan and experience adventure travel and active vacations by providing high quality, informative treks. All their guides are locals so you have a chance to learn so much about the native culture and to see the sights from a local point of view. Your safety is paramount to them and their eye for detail means that nothing is left to chance, which means you won’t miss a thing! They go above and beyond by helping to ensure that you are fully prepared for your trek, being there for you with patience and support every step of the way and often stay in touch afterwards!
This auction is for the 10 day Mardi Himal Trek, one of the top ten trekking experiences in the Himalayas and a great choice if you want to escape from crowded treks and cities which lie within the Annapurna region of Nepal. It’s one of the most popular treks because it experiences the least crowds even during high season and requires less exertion than most treks. The trek group will be up to 14 trekkers.
During the trek you will explore solitary trails complete with dense forest, interesting villages, valleys, terraced farms, and astonishing streams. Enjoy the amazing views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (fishtail), Hiunchuli and Mardi Himal. The trail also includes walking around rhododendron forest for several hours which looks amazing during March to April. Mardi Himal Trek is not only great for enjoying the beauty of mountains but also to get the taste of unspoiled culture and villages.
This journey will start with sightseeing around Kathmandu and by visiting along Pokhara where you will start your trek. Gradually you will move towards the final goal of Mardi Himal via various mountains, timberlands, valleys, delightful lakes, cascades and more. The Mardi Himal Trek begins from Pokhara from where you will take a drive to Kande and trek to Pothana or Deurali. At that point, you move towards Low Camp, then to High Camp, lastly to Mardi Himal Base Camp. After the delights of base camp, you will then trek down to Siding. From Siding, you’ll be driven back to Pokhara by private vehicle (jeep, vehicle, van or similar) provided by the agency.
This 10 days Mardi Himal Trek is interesting and popular compared to other treks in Annapurna region. As the difficulty level is medium, anyone with a basic level of fitness can do the trek.
The weather and temperature of Mardi Himal are unpredictable. The weather is variable throughout the year and the best times to trek in Mardi Himal are between November and early December as it has the best weather and temperature, or in the Spring, between February to April.
Day 1: Arrive to Kathmandu
Arrive to Kathmandu hotel and evening welcome dinner in Nepali cultural restaurant.
Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Half day sightseeing around Kathmandu which include Bouddhanath, Kathmandu Durbar square, Swyambhunath and Pasupatinath Temple.
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara and drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana(1890m/6200ft)
You drive to the trailhead, the route from Phedi is a good one and very few trekkers choose to start the trek from here. The trail is good, first slowly up, then a bit steeper to Australian dhampus (1960m – About one hour), then after an early lunch slightly uphill to Pothana (1950m) and the ACAP / TIMS checkpoint, then up again to Deurali (2100m, 4-5 hours walking). And then overnight at Lodge.
Day 4: Trek to Forest camp (2550m/8364ft)
There is a right turn in Deurali signposted “Forest Camp” the trail is through jungle, at first up then undulating on the top of a ridge, there is a section just over half way where the trail drops steeply and then slowly gains height and then back onto the ridge and into Forest Camp (2600m) after about 4 hour trekking. After Lunch in Forest Camp, you will trek to Rest Camp (2605, 5-6 hours walking), overnight at Lodge.
Day 5: Trek to High camp (3900m/12792ft)
The trail leaves Rest Camp again in the jungle, but the trees soon start to get smaller and after about one hours trekking broke out of the jungle and onto the open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to my left. The trail then undulates along the ridge and after about 5-6 hours trekking we arrived at High Camp (3550m). and then overnight at Lodge.
Day 6: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m/14760ft)
It is possible to continue trekking along the ridge for another 4 to 5 hours to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and return to High Camp in around 4 hours – This makes a long day but there is also a viewpoint about half way. And then overnight at Lodge
Day 7: Trek to Sidding village (1280m/4198ft)
This day, we trek down to Siding. It takes around 5-6 hours trekking. And then overnight at Lodge.
Day 8: Trek to Lwang village (1500m/4545ft)
2-3 hours hike to Lwang village and exploring around big Gurung community
Day 9: Drive to Pokhara and fly back to Kathmandu
Day 10: Final Departure
Fly back to your home country
Included in your trek:
Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle.
Half day Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including entry fees with an experience tour guide.
Accommodations in Kathmandu on Deluxe hotel.
Welcome and farewell dinner in Nepali restaurant with cultural program.
Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation on mountain.
All ground transportation and flights according to itinerary.
An experienced English-speaking trekking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff salary insurance transportation as well as staff food and hotel.
Down jacket, sleeping bag (refundable)
A comprehensive medical kit.
All government tax and service charge.
Excluded from your trek:
Nepal visa fee.
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, as well as all bar bills during the trek.
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
Personal insurance and personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.
Tips for guides and porters.
Permission from Annapurna Conservation Area Project which costs NRS 3,000 (approx. £19.99 GBP / $26.20 USD)
Tourist information management system (TIMS) card that costs approximately NRS 4,500 for a single trekker (approx. £29.98 GBP / $39.30 USD)
All additional purchases including visa fees, international flights, further meals, bar bills, activities and excursions etc.
For Tips Before You Go & Guidelines For Staying Safe & Comfortable Please Scroll Down Below The Terms & Conditions.
Terms and Conditions
Luxury Travel Diary terms and conditions apply. *This auction item is valued at approximately $1,350 USD by Easy Treks & Expedition, Nepal – please note this valuation is the list price provided to Luxury Travel Diary by the Auction Prize Provider and should be used as a guide only as cheaper discounted rates may be available. No cash alternative is available. Can not be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or discount. This auction item excludes flights and transport – you will need to arrange and pay for your own flights / transportation to and from your home to your agreed Easy Treks & Expedition meeting place in Kathmandu, Nepal to coincide with your booking. Your stay is subject to availability, must be booked in advance and taken before 20 December 2021. Please note all additional purchases including further meals, drinks, activities, excursions etc. must be paid for by the winner separately. Please also note visa fees, international flights and bar bills are excluded from this prize. Please note the winner will be required to separately pay for ‘Permission from Annapurna Conservation Area Project’ which costs NRS 3,000 (approx. £19.99 GBP / $26.20 USD) and for ‘tourist information management system (TIMS) card’ that costs approximately NRS 4,500 for a single trekker (approx. £29.98 GBP / $39.30 USD); as well as for all additional purchases including visa fees, international flights, further meals, bar bills, activities and excursions etc. Please note any associated taxes / fees / entrance fees etc. and all additional purchases will be collected from the winner by the relevant property at the time of booking your stay or on departure and will not be deducted from the amount bid for the item. Winners must pay for their auction item in full via PayPal within 48 hours of the auction end. The full Terms of our auctions can be found here. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Luxury Travel Diary will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of the winners’ use or enjoyment of the prize; and the winner acknowledges that Luxury Travel Diary accepts no responsibility whether directly or indirectly for any claims whatsoever arising in respect of the prizes provided by third party providers or sponsors.
Before You Go
Accommodation: You will be staying at 3-star level hotel whenever you are in Kathmandu or Pokhara. While you are trekking, you will spend your nights at tea houses or hotels with best availability and you will be provided with a room on a twin share basis.
Food: During your trip you will be provided bed and breakfast in city wherever you stay. During your trekking, you will have breakfast, lunch and dinner from the local tea houses or lodges menu of your choice which will feature Nepal, Indian, Tibetan and basic continental items.
Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is compulsory for your activities. Easy treks and expedition require your travel insurance must cover the emergency cases (includes helicopter rescue and air ambulance) with medical expenses, cancellation, loss of luggage’s and lost items. Easy Treks & Expedition will help you to arrange but is not responsible for any kinds of bills.
Once you’re ready to hit the trail, follow these guidelines for staying safe and comfortable:
Pack with the list of important items for any hike.
Sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray and a basic first aid kit are always good to carry with you.
Everyone has different medical needs but should take at least the following items:
Bandages and gauze
Alcohol wipes (or providence iodine)
Small roll of medical tape
Anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen, acetaminophen)
Antihistamines (for bee stings or bug bites)
Any personal medications even on a cold day, hikers get plenty of UV exposure, especially on mountains that don’t have a lot of tree cover. Take care of eyes and skin with UV-blocking sunglasses, plenty of wide-spectrum sunscreen, and a hat.
Protect against bugs and insects by keeping skin covered (long sleeves, hats, and long pants tucked into socks work wonders), using bug spray, avoiding strongly-scented skin and hair products.
Pack a few layers of extra non-cotton clothing — no matter how hot it is outside, it’s always important to bring an extra layer just in case you get stranded or the weather changes.
Bring a headlamp or lightweight flashlight. Make sure it has fully charged batteries.
Anything necessary to repair trail gear, including a Swiss army knife or other multi-tool, duct tape, shoelaces, needle and thread, scissors, wire, rope, etc.
Suit Up: Wool, fleece, and micro fiber are ideal for staying warm and dry. Wear a hat to retain warmth and bring a heavier layer (a puffy down- or synthetic-filled jacket is ideal). Hofstetter warns against cotton clothing because it takes forever to dry and doesn’t provide warmth when wet. In particular, avoid cotton socks like the plague, because they get wet and often cause blisters when they’re sweaty. Use wool or synthetic materials instead.
Your safety on the trail is your own responsibility. Stay on the right trail and don’t take shortcuts on switchbacks.
When hiking, pay close attention to your body. If feeling tired, stop for a break and a snack and drink. Be sure to consume plenty of water, especially on a hot, sticky day — drink before you’re thirsty to ensure proper hydration. For every hour of hiking, plan to drink half a quart to a quart of water.
If your feet start to hurt take a minute to change into dry socks and slap a bandage on the hotspot. Your body is your transportation, so give it some tender loving care.
On the trail, respect the environment and wildlife don’t touch, pick up, or eat any plants, flowers, fruit, or animals, especially if they are unfamiliar.
Always carry your trash with you. Don’t leave litter on the trail and generally minimize impact on the trails to maintain the integrity of the path and stay out of animals. Remember: the only souvenirs should be photographs and memories the only things left behind should be footsteps.
Hike at a pace where you can talk while you’re walking and know when to take a break.
Stop once every hour for 10 minutes even if you don’t think you need a rest.
Inform friends and family about the trip itinerary and map.
It’s also smart to bring a photo ID, insurance card, and credit card in case of emergency.