Mardi Himal trek- A subtle combination of Mountain, wilderness and culture

Explore one of the most beautiful regions in Nepal- the Annapurna! Most of the popular treks in this region lies on the busy touristic trails. However, Mardi Himal trek- officially opened in 2012, has yet to draw large crowds thus giving you a true sense of exploration.
With remote trails through rhododendron forests, to sublime ridges, along with stupendous views of the dramatic Annapurna range, this trek offers an escape from the busy touristic trails with crowded lodges, thus providing a wilderness experience in the high alpine landscape.
We end the trek with a two day trek through the charming villages of Siding and Lwang. These two welcome you right into their amazing culture with their friendliness. You get an opportunity to do a tea tour, witnessing the organic tea processing, making of ghee (dehydrated butter), and even get an opportunity to join a cooking class if you are interested.
After this amazing experience we have a couple of days in Pokhara, where you can experience the amazing paragliding over the Phewa lake with the majestic Annapurna views. There are many other activities available in Pokhara from kayaking to cycling and bunjee to zip lining.
After Pokhara we take a detour to Bandipur on the way to Kathmandu.
Bandipur is one of the new emerging destinations of Nepal in the form of community-based tourism. It is an ancient Newari mountain town, untouched by modernization, thus offering a splendid variety of natural and socio cultural diversity. charming and peaceful environment, and friendly locals.Bandipur is an ancient trading town along the India-Tibet trade route, established by the Newar traders from the Kathmandu valley. With them they brought their cultural heritage and architecture which basically has remained unchanged to this day. Time seems to have stood still here, although it has taken a lot of effort to preserve the magic while developing the town as a destination. There are charming cafes and lodges offering outdoor dining along the street of the main town which is pedestrian zone giving it delicate mix of its 18th century traditional experiences with a distinctly European feel. To the North, the skyline is dominated by the Majestic Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Langtang ranges.

This is the best trip we can offer for those who wants an off the beaten track experience in Nepal, in a short period of time and with moderate level of difficulty.

Mardi Himal Base Camp

What makes this trip special

  • Explore of one of the most beautiful region in Nepal- The Annapurna
  • Opened only in 2012, this newly opened trail is less crowded than the main trails
  • Off the beaten track with moderate difficulty
  • Camp right beneath the majestic Fishtail Mountain at Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Breathtaking views of Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre and Manaslu ranges.
  • Beautiful tea gardens and rice field with green terraced farmlands.
  • Stay at local homes in the village of Lwang and experience their rich culture
  • Cooking Classes and organic tea processing workshop
  • Visit Pokhara with optional activities as paragliding/ biking/ or just relaxing
  • Visit Bandipur- An amazingly charming village with breath taking views of Manaslu ranges
A local homestay in Annapurna

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu/ transfer to hotel/ welcome dinner
Day 2: ½ day sightseeing around Kathmandu/ Rickshaw ride/ briefing
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara and drive to Kande/ trek to Australian camp (1930m)
Day 4: Trek to Kookar (2590m)- (Forest Camp) 6 to 7 hrs
Day 5: Trek to Badal Danda (3150m)- 4 hrs
Day 6: Trek to Guhe (3680m)- (High Camp) 5 hrs
Day 7: Trek to Mardi Himal BC 3 hrs
Day 8: Trek back to Low Camp 4 hrs
Day 9: Low Camp to Lwang (1500m) 6 hours
Day 10: Trek to Hyangja and drive to Pokhara (980m) 2 hours trek and 1 hour drive
Day 11: Free day in Pokhara- Activities
Day 12: Drive to Bandipur
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure

Mt. Annapurna South from Badal Danda

 

About Nepal

Nepal a tiny country, nestled in the Himalayas between India and China, is one of the most diverse and fascinating countries in the world. Covering an area of only 147,181 sq. km, Nepal encompasses the world’s highest mountains and the deepest valleys as well as low elevation rain forest.Although the width of the country is only 200 km North to South, Nepal has the highest altitude variation of any country on earth, from 20m above sea level to 8 848 meters above sea level (Top of Everest).
The country is divided in to 3 elevation Zones viz. the low Terrain, the Midhill region and the High Himalayas, which contains 1/3 of the Himalayan range with 9 of the world’s highest mountains. This wide diversity of landform gives Nepal an incredible wealth of flora and fauna.Nepal is not only famous for its landscape but also renowned for the friendliness of its people. The people of Nepal are as variable and intriguing as the country’s geography. There are more than 37 ethnic groups with their own language and culture.Hinduism is the official religion, which the majority of the people practice. Many people throughout the country are Buddhist and the two religions have co-existed in harmony over the ages. A small number of people practice Christianity and Islam.

Nepal at a glance:

  • Longitude: 26’12’ and 30’27’ No
  • Latitude: 80 degree 4′ and 88 degree 12′ East
  • Population: 22 million
  • Capitol: Kathmandu
  • Area: 147,181 sq. km.

The Annapurna

The Annapurna is a mountain range in the Himalayas, which lies in the North- Central Nepal. It is 55 km long range and the surrounding area is protected within an area of 7,629 square km under Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). It is the first and largest conservation area in Nepal. This region is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit.
The Annapurna Range includes one peak over 8,000 meters (Annapurna I- 8091m), thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters, and sixteen more over 6,000 meters. It is bounded by the Kali Gandaki Gorge on the west, the Marshyangdi River on the north and east, and by Pokhara Valley on the south.
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name that means “abundance of food”, but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. The foot hills of this majestic mountains has a rich agricultural fertile land where the local inhabitants grow plenty of food crops form rice, wheat, barley, corn, potatoes to apples, oranges and plenty of vegetable.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu

Once you reach KTM airport and finish with the immigration and custom formalities be
prepared to confront the confusion outside the airport which is common in most of the south
Asian countries. As you walk out of the Exit door into the passenger pick up area you will see
hundreds of people with different sign boards in their hands, taxi drivers looking for fares,
hotel touts looking for customers and porters trying to help with the luggage for tips. Please
remain calm and do not walk out of the restricted area into the crowd straight away. Remain
there and try to find the Hi On Life sign board. Once you spot it, walk straight to the signboard
and identify yourself. From here we will take care of you. When you arrive to your hotel you
will be briefed about your activities and “do’s and don’ts” while your stay in Kathmandu. When
you arrive to your hotel you will be briefed about your activities and “do’s and don’ts” while
your stay in Kathmandu. We will also collect some documents from you. Please have the
following things handy when arriving.

1. Travel/ Medical Insurance (photo copy)
2. 3 passport size photos
3. Photocopy of your passport.

In the evening we will go for a traditional Nepali dinner at Kathmandu’s finest Nepali
restaurant.

Day 2 – City tour and Trek briefing

After breakfast you will be taken for a half day city tour where you will be visiting some
historical temples and monuments. You will end your sightseeing with a lunch.
After your lunch you will return to your hotel and your Group leader will give you your trek
briefing and issue you your ‘trek pack’ consisting of a duffle bag, down jacket/or fleece sweater,
sleeping bag, inner liner for your sleeping bag and rain poncho. Your afternoon is free for you
to do your packing and purchasing your last minute items for your trek.

A street in Kathmandu

Day 3 – Flight to Pokhara (890m) Drive to Kande (1770m) and trek to Australian
Camp (2030m)

  • Flight Kathmandu to Pokhara: 30 mins
  • Drive Pokhara airport to Kande: 30 km
  • Trek Kande to Australian camp: 3.5 kms, 1 1/2 hours approx.

We depart from the hotel early in the morning and are transferred to the domestic terminal at
Kathmandu airport. From here we fly to Pokhara, which is a spectacular flight, flying west,
parallel to the mountain range with a flight time of about 30 minutes. After arrival at Pokhara
we will be transferred to our hotel in the heart of Lakeside.
From Pokhara we travel by private car for 40 mins to Kande, where the trek officially begins.
There is a steady climb along an easy trail to Australia Camp where we find our lodgings for the
night. Here there is a great big open space to relax and enjoy the views of the mountains. There
are awesome views of the Annapurna on the north-eastern side.

Breakfast with a view at Australian Camp

Day 4: Trek to Forest camp (Kookar)

  • Elevation: 2590m
  • Trekking: 6 to 7 hours

We wake up early today to get the morning view from Australian camp, which is simply breathtaking. The Annapurna range with Annapurna II, III and IV along with Annapurna South, Machapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) and Lamjung Himal dominates the Northern skyline. Further East you can get beautiful views of Mt. Manaslu, Budhha Himal, Peak 29 and Himalchuli.
After the sunrise view and breakfast we hit the trail. We begin with a small descend of about 20 mins to a small village of Pothana where your permits will be checked and make entries. From Pothana we climb for about 45 mins to reach Pitam Deurali at 2100m. From here, we leave the main trail of the Annapurna BC and Ghorepani trek and leads into complete wilderness. We trek through dense forest and head towards north occasionally coming out to a clearing with super views of Annapurna I and South with Huinchuli including Annapurna IV -II and Lamjung Hima.
We stop for lunch wherever appropriate and then continue further into the forest to reach forest camp, also called Kookar where we camp for the night.

Enjoying coffee with a view from Low Camp

Day 5: Trek to Badal Danda

  • Elevation: 3150m
  • Trekking: 5 hours.

The trail continues through the forest. As we begin to climb the vegetation starts to change with more rhododendron and birch trees with moss and lichen hanging from them. We arrive an open area from where there are fantastic view of Mt. Machapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail). There are a couple of small tea houses here. We will stop here for lunch. After lunch we will climb another hour and a half to reach Badal Danda. We will camp here for the night.

Mt. Annapurna South from Badal Danda

Day 6: Trek to High Camp (Guhe)

  • Elevation: 3680m
  • Trekking: 4 hours.

Splendid views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail can be seen from here in the morning. After spending a beautiful morning with amazing views and breakfast we begin our trek leaving behind the tall tree lines and lush vegetation for alpine shrubs and dwarf rhododendron bushes.
High camp is a small pasture with 3 lodges and the mountains are much closer now. We camp here for the night.

Mardi Himal Base Camp

Day 7: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp upper view point

  • Elevation: 4400m
  • Trekking: 4 hours.

Today we begin with a steep climb along a narrow trail with steep drops and uneven rocky steps at some places. Our sherpas will be guiding carefully looking for even grounds. After about 2 hours of climb, we pass through pastures leading along a narrow ridge to reach the Base of Mardi Himal. There are a few cow sheds and a beautiful plateau. The upper view point is another 2 hours walk from here. We get amazing vistas of Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and others. We will camp at the base of Mardi Himal.

Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchre)

Day 8: Trek to Low Camp

  • Elevation: 2950m
  • Trekking: 6 to 7 hours.

We wake up early today to get the best opportunity for amazing views of the mountains. After a liesurly breakfast with breath taking views, we start to trek back to High Camp. After High Camp we will trek further down to Low Camp.

Day 9: Trek to Lwang Ghalel

  • Elevation: 1500m
  • Trekking: 5 to 6 hours.

From Low Camp we trek back to Forest Camp and then leave our Mardi Himal trail and descend steeply through rhododendron and Maple forest to the permanent settlements closer to valley basin. Lwang is an amazingly beautiful Gurung village with rich culture and happy friendly people. This village offers one of the best opportunity to experience the authentic Nepalese countryside lifestyle and enjoy the organic food. The village farmers also grow organic tea in 50 hectors of land. There are beautiful home stays in this village and we will get an opportunity to stay a night with the local family sharing their lifestyle. The waterfall in the outskirt of the village offers one of the most exciting canyoning adventures.
We will also have our last night party with our trekking crew here.

The village of Lwang

Day 10: Trek to Khoramukh and drive to Pokhara

  • Elevation: 980m
  • Trekking: 1 hours.
  • Drive: 2 hours

After breakfast we will further explore this beautiful village. After an amazing experience at this village, we will hit the trail one last time to end the trek at Khoramukh which will take about an hour. From here we will be picked up by a jeep and drive to Hyangja on dirt road for about an hour and a half. From Hyangja we will be picked up by our van and drive for 30 mins to reach Pokhara.
On arrival at Pokhara we check in to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free. You can take a walk along the lake side or simply relax at the hotel.

The tea gardens of Lwang village

Day 11: At Pokhara- Activities 

This day is reserved for you to explore the beautiful town of Pokhara where there are dozens of exciting activities. We definitely recommend you to do Paragliding. Paragliding from Sarangkot is regarded among the most scenic paragliding in the world. The take-off point is a grassy meadow which is a short walk from the lodge. We have experienced pilots, both local and foreigners, who will be flying your tandem paraglide. You will be airborne 30 to 40 mins depending in the thermals. We will fly above the Phewa Lake with a birds eye view of the lake and Pokhara city with amazing views of the Annapurna range towards the north. We will land on the banks of the lake and then drive to our hotel.
You can also hire a boat or kayak and spend some time in the lake or hire a bike and bike around the lake or the town. For those who want an adrenaline sport, you can try the bungee jump or the zip lining. There are many things to do in Pokhara, or simply relax by the lakeside reading book and enjoying a smoothie.

Day 12: Drive to Bandipur

  • Drive: 80 kms – 2 ½ hours

After breakfast we drive to Bandipur along a scenic highway. On arriving Bandipur, we check in to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon we can do a short hike to the caves or simply relax and walk through the old town absorbing the relaxing 18th century ambience.

Bandipur is one of the new emerging destinations of Nepal in the form of community-based tourism. It is an ancient Newari mountain town, untouched by modernization, thus offering a splendid variety of natural and socio cultural diversity. charming and peaceful environment, and friendly locals.Bandipur is an ancient trading town along the India-Tibet trade route, established by the Newar traders from the Kathmandu valley. With them they brought their cultural heritage and architecture which basically has remained unchanged to this day. Time seems to have stood still here, although it has taken a lot of effort to preserve the magic while developing the town as a destination. There are charming cafes and lodges offering outdoor dining along the street of the main town which is pedestrian zone giving it delicate mix of its 18th century traditional experiences with a distinctly European feel. To the North, the skyline is dominated by the Majestic Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Langtang ranges.

Bandipur

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu

  • Drive: 150 kms – 4 ½ hours

After breakfast we will drive along the Prithvi highway along side the Marshyandi river till Munglin and then follow the Trishuli river. Upon arrival to Kathmandu we check in to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free.

Day 14: Final Departure

According to your flight time we will drive you to Tribhuwan International Airport 3 ½ hours before your flight time.

Recommended preparation:

Although it is an easy trek, average fitness is essential, as we walk along gravel/ dirt paths. The trails are easy but have some uphill climbs as well as down hills. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Easy hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions are also recommended.

A Day On Your Trek

Although each day is different, considering the weather, general pace of the group and length of the days walk, in general your day begins with a wake up tea at around 6 to 6:30 in the morning. You will then be provided with a bowl of warm water for washing. Then you will need to pack your duffel bag and your daypack and come to the dining tent for breakfast. After breakfast we will hit the trail and usually walk for about 3 to 4 hrs before we stop for lunch. Lunches are usually picnic packed lunch. We allow you about an hour rest during lunch, which will also give enough time for the staff to prepare lunch, wash dishes and have their lunch and pack. Usually after 3 to 4 hrs of walking we finish the days walk by 4 PM. Tea/ Coffee and snacks will be served on arrival to the camp. Your Group Leader will often organize side trips in the afternoon.
Your dinner will be served around 6 PM.

Food and water

The cook and the kitchen crew prepares hot food which is normally a very balanced diet comprising of fresh vegetables and breads, to pastas and sandwiches and occasionally even cakes and pizzas. Breakfasts are usually bread eggs and cereals, and lunch and dinner are a three course meals. We make sure that you get the required amount of carbohydrates and proteins and vitamins as you burn a lot of calories walking uphills, so plenty of vegetables, canned meat and fish and eggs and cereals are carried.We provide boiled and treated water 4 times a day.

Sunrise from Australian Camp

High Altitude

On this trek you will be going up to 4400m, so it is important to understand the affects of altitude. The greatest provocation is going too high too fast. Hi On Life Adventures’s itinerary has been carefully designed to minimize the effects of altitude. We ascend slowly and surely allowing enough time for safe acclimatization.Headaches and breathlessness are common at altitude which in itself is nothing to worry about. In rare cases, this may worsen to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the group leader who is trained to recognize the symptoms of AMS which are severe headaches, nausea, lethargy, loss of appetite serious breathlessness even at rest. If any trekkers show such signs they will be descended to relatively lower and safer altitude. The Group Leader’s decision on evacuating such person to a safe altitude is final. Do not medicate yourself without first informing your group leader. Going to altitude slowly with adequate rest and adequate intake of fluid (3 to 4 litres per day), you will most likely have no problems apart from breathlessness on hills which is completely normal as the percentage of Oxygen in the air is relatively lower to that at sea level. The most important thing is not to worry about altitude because our team is there to take care of you.

Staff

Group leader: your most important member of your staff. Our Group leaders are highly trained in all aspects of the trek, conservation, first aid specializing on
altitude sickness, emergency procedures and have extensive knowledge of the natural history of the area.

Cook: Responsible for your food. Hygiene of a high standard is taken into consideration in preparing the food.

Sirdar: His job is to manage and organize staff duties, select and organize campsites. He is responsible for the actual operation of the trek.

Sherpas: Their job is to lead your way and distribute equal loads to the porters and also help clients and other staff when need arises.

Porters: They are responsible to transport your duffle bags and their job finishes once they reach the designated lodge. Our porters are provided with Gore-Tex suits, trekking boots, gloves, hats, socks, snow gaiters and snow goggles. Most importantly, we regulate them on a 25 Kg carrying load. Our clients can therefore feel comfortable knowing that our porters are working in a good humane condition.

Weather

The best time for this trek is March till May and October till December. If you are comfortable camping at -10C then you can do this trek also in January and February when the air is cold and crispy with clear blue sky. From March till May the temperature is pleasant with clear skies andd occasional rains. The rhododendron are in full bloom and the valleys are covered like velvet. At the beginning of the trek and towards the end, that is at lower altitude the temperatures can be between 25C to 28C during the day and nighttime temperatures between 10C to 15C.  As we reach higher altitude above 3000m the daytime temperatures will be between 5C to 10C during daytime and can drop to -5C at night in Base Camp.

Recommendations for things you should bring:

  • Water bottle: 3 bottles min 1 liter each, should be able to hold hot water
  • Day pack: medium size 30-40 liters
  • Sunglasses: Poloroid/ UV protection 2-4
  • Duct tape: Small roll for emergency fixing of torn jacket/ sleeping bags etc.
  • Stuff bags: Small stuff bags or plastic bags to organize your duffle bag
  • Money belt
  • Toiletries: Your essentials. We provide toilet papers
  • Towel: Quick dry travel towel
  • Torch: Preferably head lamp
  • Penknife
  • Sewing kit
  • Medical kit: As per your prescriptions. It should be noted that the group leader will be carrying a first aid kit.

Optional

  • Walking sticks ( highly recommended)
  • Cameras
  • Knee guard for those with bad knees.
  • Daytime snack (chocolates/ dry fruit trail mix)

Clothing

  • Trousers: 1 lightweight for easy walking and 1 warmer for colder days preferable wind/water proof, 1 stretchable running trousers for evening wear
  • Shorts: 1 (Not too high cut revealing ones)
  • T-shirts: 2 light cotton or preferably polypropylene
  • Full sleeves T- shirts: 2 preferably poly propylene or wool.
  • Hats: 1 Sunhat and 1 woolen one for colder days
  • Buff (cover for your mouth and keeps your neck warm)
  • Gloves: 1 warm woolen/ fleece and 1 medium weight Gore-Tex
  • Thermal underwear: 1 pair light weight tops and trousers, preferably woolen, and 1 pair medium weight woolen
  • Socks: At least 4 pairs (both thin and thick woolen ones)
  • Jackets: 1 fleece/ wool and 1 Gore-Tex wind/waterproof. Please note that we provide down jackets.
  • Walking boots: Preferably waterproof
  • Gym shoes/sandals For evenings

Please note: For every trek we provide these 1400 gm to 1800 gm down sleeping bags depending on altitude, and warm down jackets- you need not bring your own.

Overlooking the Hyangja valley from Lwang

Healthy and trouble free holiday

Please consult a doctor for vaccination against Typhoid, Meningitis, polio, and hepatitis. If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please give us a list of what you can and can’t eat so that we can provide proper food for you. If you are undergoing a course of prescription medicine, please ensure that you have sufficient supplies for the entire holiday. Some types of drugs including antimalarias have side effects at high altitude; therefore please consult your doctors regarding these drugs. The places you trek are mosquito free and there has been no report on malaria in Kathmandu and you do not spend time in the low land Terais.

Insure yourself:

We highly recommend you to take a comprehensive Personal Travel Insurance before leaving home. This should cover for your loss of baggage, airline delays, sickness, and accidents. It should cover all incurring costs for evacuations.

Money Matters

The ideal currency to bring with you is USD or Euro. You can exchange them in Delhi or Leh. You can also draw money from ATM machines in New Delhi or Leh.The exchange rate is 1 USD = 62 Indian Rupees approx. (subject to change)

In Kathmandu and Pokhara: During the entire trip the only meals that you need to pay for are 3 dinners and 2 to 3 lunches depending on your time of departure flight. Kathmandu and Pokhara have a wide variety of restaurants with a very wide range of price. Depending on where you eat, each meal will cost anything between 5 to 10 USD + drinks. Plus 20 to 30 USD for your taxis if you wish to go around the city.

On trek: Basically there are no place where you can spend money on the trek. However, in few places you might find small tea shops that sells cold drinks, chocolates etc. It is recomended to bring around 5 to 7 USD per day. This money is chocolates, soft drinks and beers etc and also for small donations in the monasteries.

While in Pokhara if you wish to do extra activities you need to pay it yourself.

  • Mountain flights and Ultra light flights: 120 to 200 USD depending on duration
  • Paragliding: 60 to 90 USD depending on duration
  • Kayaking, boating or biking: 2 to 5 USD depending on duration
  • Hiring scooter or motorbikes: 5 to 10 USD depending on duration

Tipping

Although tipping is entirely optional and personal matter the following is recommended as a guideline

In Kathmandu and Delhi: for bellboys, waiters and porters 50 to 100 Rupees

On the trek: At the end of the trek it is a customary to tip the field staff. The recommended amount is 80-120 USD depending on group size. The Group leader will collect the tip and then split it between the staff and put it in envelops so that the trekkers can give it to the staff during the “Farwell Ceremonies”.

Please note– the Group Leader is not included in this tip. If you want to tip the Group Leader, you can do it separately at the end of the entire trip coming back to Kathmandu.

Some Do’s and Don’ts

Nepalese people treat visitors as special guests. Although they will never rebuke you publicly for unknowingly offending them, we must consider their culture.

While in Nepal please observe the following:

  • Full or partial nudity is not accepted.
  • Over display of affection between men and women, especially in temples and monasteries are discouraged.
  • Please remove your shoes before entering monasteries and temples.
  • Never point the soles of your feet at a person or shrine.
  • Locals walk around the Mani walls and Stupas in a clockwise direction as a respect and they expect you to do the same although it is not compulsory.
  • Please ask before taking pics of a person or his/her child

 

“TODAY IS YOUR DAY! YOUR MOUNTAIN IS WAITING, SO… GET ON YOUR WAY!”
DR. SEUSS

Price includes:

  • All internal transportation, in private vehicle.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Half day guided city tour with lunch.
  • Services of English or/and Swedish speaking guide.
  • Porter’s and sherpa’s assistance.
  • 3 nights in tourist class hotel on bed and breakfast basis while in Kathmandu.
  • 2 nights in tourist class hotel on bed and breakfast basis while in Pokhara.
  • 1 night in Gaun Ghau or Old Inn in Bandipur with all meals
  • Use of a personal trek pack consisting of a duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag with a fleece inner-liner.
  • All camping facilities
  • All meals while on trek.
  • Afternoon tea/coffee service on arrival at the lodge.
  • Twin share accommodation in trekking lodges with shared bath and toilet facilities.
  • National Park fees.
  • Staff insurance, tourist service fee and all taxes applicable as per state law.

Price excludes:

  • Personal accident and rescue insurance. You must provide your own rescue insurance
  • Mineral water, beer, soft drinks and extra tea/coffee outside of normal meal times.
  • Private room accommodation in Kathmandu unless a single supplement is paid.
  • Optional tips to guides and porters.
  • International airport departure taxes.
  • Visa costs.
  • Helicopter evacuation in the unlikely situation, although we do arrange for it and
    make the necessary documents so that you can claim from your insurance.

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Grading

Our grading system for trekking:

There are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip
Our grading are based on various factors such as length of trek and walking day, trail conditions, maximum altitude and average altitude, elevation gain/loss per day, prevailing weather conditions, temperature range, remoteness and general level of comfort.
Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us at info@hionlifeadventures.com

Grade A: Leisure

These adventure tours are our least demanding trips suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. These trips may involve long drives usually on private transport. Sightseeing trips are conducted on foot. The itinerary may also take you to remote places with basic lodging facilities and may also involve a day or two of hiking. We expect you to carry a small back pack weighing about 4 to 5 kgs.
Recommended preparation: Walking on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

Grade B: Easy to moderate

These adventures involve trekking between 7 to 10 days in remote areas where facilities are often basic. These trips involve some camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 3 to 6 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. In the Himalayas, flat trail are extremely rare sights, so there will be plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 3800m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 400m with perhaps an odd day ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to 0C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade C: Moderate

These treks are slightly more difficult. Our moderate treks are between 11 to 15 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 4 to 7 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined but with plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 4500m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with occasional harder days ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to -5C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade D: Challenging

These adventures are more challenging and remote and with altitudes up to 5600m. Our challenging treks are between 13 to 24 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 5 to 7 hours of walking each day with some days involving crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking. Generally the trails are well defined, but there will be days which involve climbing steep rocky terrains at high altitudes and crossing icy and rocky glaciers in harsh weather conditions.
The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with a few harder days ascending/ descending about 1000m. The itineraries often include rest days after such big ascents.
Temperatures can get below Zero in the daytime at high altitudes and can fall down to -10C at night.

Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

 

 

Booking terms and conditions

What are the booking procedures, terms and conditions?

The following procedures, terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our trip.

Booking:

At the bottom of each tour/trek/ expedition page that you wish to participate, you can click the link to book that trip and you will come to a page with instructions on how to book a trip with us. We will then send you an invoice for deposit payment of 250 USD, which is non-refundable. Once we receive this payment we will send you a confirmation on your reservation of the trip.

Balance Payments:

The balance payment is to be made at least 45 days prior to departure, payable by bank account transfer. If the balance is not paid when due, Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.

Cancellations & Refunds:

In case you should cancel your reservation, the following cancellation charges apply:

Days prior to trip Start date                      Cancellation Fee

31-45 days                                                              50% of trip price
16-30 days                                                              75% of trip price
0-15 days                                                                 100% of trip price

Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. However, if you wish to transfer from one trip to another, we are happy to assist you at no extra charge, provided that it is done before 60 days prior to the trip start date. Thereafter, our cancellation policy applies. Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will be regarded as full settlement.

 

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Quick Facts

Destination:
 Nepal
Trip Code:
 HS-MH
Trip Grade:
 C- Moderate
Duration:
 17 days
Trek Distance:
 85 Kms approx.
Starting Elevation:
 1750 m
Peak Elevation:
 3200 m
Accommodations:
 Oct till Dec
Best Season:
 Feb till April

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If you have extra days in Nepal, you can book an extension.

Available Extensions

Pokhara and Close up with Annapurna

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: 7 days

Pokhara & Bandipur

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: As per package

Chitwan Jungle Safari

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: According to package

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