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The Mardi Himal trek – complete guide and itinerary

We began the Mardi Himal trek in Ghandruk after finishing the Poon Hill trek. Like on probably the most trekking routes contained in the Annapurna Sanctuary you’ve got a number of options where to start out and to finish the trek. Most people we met on the trek did the Poon Hill or Annapurna Base Camp trek before the Mardi Himal it appears fairly fashionable to combine the route with one of many different treks within the sanctuary.

Mardi Himal was the lesser recognized trek in Annapurna Sanctuary to see quite lots of people mountaineering this route was a bit of a shock for us, there are nonetheless considerably less individuals on this route compared to the Poon Hill or Annapurna Base Camp however it’s undoubtedly not as off the crushed trek as it was.

Mardi Himal trek details*

  • Distance – 40 km/25 mi
  • Time required – 4 days
  • Most popular beginning points – Kande/Ghandruk/Landruk
  • Hottest finishing points – Siding/Landruk
  • Highest level – Mardi Himal Base Camp, 4500 m
  • Complete ascend (over Four days) – 3274 m
  • Complete descend (over Four days) – 3731 m
  • Value – US$24,5 per individual per day (including permits)
  • Accommodation – guesthouses, camping (at decrease altitudes)
  • Food – Nepali, Indian, Western meals
  • Permits – TIMS card and Annapurna Sanctuary allow required

*All trekking knowledge is for our trekking route starting in Ghandruk/ending in Landruk.

Mardi Himal route options

Beginning in Kande/finishing in Siding. It’s the standard route to Mardi Himal, trekkers who come from Pokhara or Kathmandu often do it this manner. The route starts at Kande goes by means of Australian Camp to Landruk and then up to Forest Camp. For the first day I’d recommend to walk from Kande to Landruk, it’s about 12 km with average ascend. The subsequent day continue to Forest Camp. Ending in Siding is probably the guess choice for the route when you’re not planning to do another treks in the park and when you don’t need to walk the identical means from Landruk to Forest Camp and again. You’ll be able to take a jeep from Siding to Pokhara for about NPR 1000/US$9 pp.

Beginning in Ghandruk/Kyumi/finishing in Siding. Trekkers who come to Mardi Himal after finishing Poon Hill or Annapurna Base Camp trek often take this route. We began in Ghorepani it was fairly a troublesome strolling day to get from there to Forest Camp with a really steep an extended descend at first and even longer ascend within the second half. We didn’t end the route at Siding as a result of we have been nonetheless planning to trek to Annapurna Base Camp after Mardi Himal we walked right down to Landruk. Most individuals we met on the route went back by way of Siding. There is a bus or jeep choice from Landruk to Pokhara however the street is actually dangerous we took a bus from Tolka (the subsequent village after Landruk) and that journey was undoubtedly the worst experience in our lives (on a horrible dust street next to the edge) so I wouldn’t advocate it.

Beginning in Landruk/ending in Siding. It’s the shortest choice of the Mardi Himal trek if for some causes you don’t have a lot time you are able to do it but when it’s your first hike within the space I’d advocate to have an extra day for acclimatization at about 3000 m to ensure you don’t get altitude illness at Excessive Camp or Base Camp. If you want to begin in Landruk you’ll should take a bus or a jeep to get there and this trip is absolutely dangerous I’d say strolling 12 km additional to Landruk from Kande is a lot better choice.

Starting in Ghandruk/finishing in Kande. The longest route choice you get to see more plus you escape bumpy drives both from Siding or Landruk. From Kande the street is way from good however it’s a lot better than the roads inside the park. To complete this route you’ll need 5 days.

The right way to get to Mardi Himal and again

Kande – there are various buses from Pokhara that go to Kande, the journey takes 1h30min., worth NRP 200-300/US$2-Three pp. Buses depart all day lengthy each ways. Observe! Sometime after heavy rains the street will get very muddy (it’s not a tarred street) and the same journey can take 4-5 hours (we had this experience on the best way back from the Annapurna circuit, it took us 5 hours to get from Nayapul to Pokhara).

Landruk – there are few buses and some jeeps going to Landruk from Pokhara but not in monsoon season then it’ll be troublesome to seek out transport to get all the best way there or back. Buses depart in the morning between 8am and 9am but from a special bus station (outdoors of Pokhara), taxi drivers often know the place buses depart from. Bus worth NPR 500/US$4,5, jeep – NPR 1000/US$9.

Siding – to get from right here to Pokhara (or other means) it’s a must to take a jeep, worth is determined by the number of individuals, season and your negotiation expertise, often it’s between NPR 800-1000/US$7,5-9 pp.

Permits for Mardi Himal

Like for some other trek inside Annapurna Sanctuary space to trek Mardi Himal you need Annapurna Conservation Space allow  (ACAP) and TIMS card. You will get each on the Tourism Info Middle in Pokhara (about 1,5 km from Lakeside) or in Kathmandu. We received ours in Pokhara, the workplace is opened Mon to Sun from 10am to 5pm. We want to do paper work in Pokhara; it’s a lot nicer place than Kathmandu, you will get round walking.

To get a TIMS  (trekkers info management system) card and a permit you’ll want a passport, insurance coverage (no one asks to point out it however you’ll want its details to fill within the type), a contact individual in Nepal (we often give our lodge particulars) and 4 pictures (could be taken at the office freed from charge).

To get TIMS card;

  • First, fill in the type that you simply get at the counter
  • Second, take a photo. You don’t should convey your personal pictures they take it proper there on the office and it’s free of charge (4 passport measurement photographs, it’s included within the worth of your TIMS card).
  • Third, give the crammed type, two photographs and NPR 2000/US$18 pp. (paid solely in Nepalese Rupee) on the counter
  • Forth, get your TIMS.

Observe! TIMS card and allow are legitimate only for one entry to the park each time you exit you’ll need to get a new TIMS card and a new allow to enter the park again. It’s checked and tasted, we met some individuals making an attempt to get with their previous papers however it didn’t work and they had to pay NPR 6000/US$55 on the entry level.

To get Annapurna Sanctuary permit;

  • First, after getting your TIMS card go to the subsequent door room and get the shape
  • Second, fill within the type
  • Third, hand the crammed type, passport, two photographs and NPR 3000/US$27 pp.(paid only in Nepalese Rupee) on the counter.
  • Forth, get your permit.

Necessary! Don’t lose your TIMS and allow maintain them until you exit the park there are control point throughout the park.

Insurance coverage for the trek

It’s highly really helpful to have a journey insurance coverage once you do any outside exercise at high altitude in truth it’s required for climbing inside Annapurna Conservation area. It’s a must to provide your insurance coverage details whenever you fill in the types for the TIMS card and the permit. No one has ever asked us to point out the insurance coverage though. World Nomads insurance coverage firm operates everywhere in the world, they have special packages for outside and mountaineering lovers. It doesn’t matter where you reside or the place you’re in the intervening time, it takes lower than 2 minutes to get a quote and you should purchase it online even in case you are already touring. Notice! We advise all the time to read the small print and make sure you buy the right coverage. Be properly coated for damage, evacuation, gear loss, trip cancellation and journey delays.

Greatest season for trekking

April and Might are thought-about to be the peak mountaineering season in Nepal once you get greatest weather circumstances because the end result all trekking routes get very busy. We all the time try to hike in border season; March or November. There are considerably less individuals but typically you might be quite unfortunate with the climate. We trekked Mardi Himal at first of March and received a variety of snow on the route the truth is Base Camp was closed no one might stroll, you couldn’t even see the route it was buried underneath snow. Another routes like Annapurna Base Camp and elements of the circuit have been closed as nicely so we needed to wait in Pokhara for a few week before we might begin climbing. It was probably the most snow in February and March that they obtained in Nepal in the last 30 years so I assume it doesn’t occur yearly simply our luck.

From Might to September it’s the monsoon season numerous rain, the roads and trails get very muddy not a pleasant weather for mountaineering in the mountains. As for the winter months I learn that some individuals like mountaineering in December – February because there are only a few individuals however it will get very cold and on the routes like Mardi Himal the place there are not any local villages it could be troublesome to seek out lodging and food because the places are closed for off season.

Guided tour vs unbiased trek

The trail is properly marked with white & blue strips more often than not it’s the only route, at the splits there are indicators pointing the directions. Discovering lodging is straightforward you just arrive at a visitor house and ask if they have a room. Though for inexperienced hikers this trek may be fairly difficult; excessive altitude, unpredictable climate, steep ascends and descends so we’d advocate to hire a guide/porter or to hitch a tour. You’ll find a guide or a porter in Pokhara or Kathmandu at one of the businesses.

Mardi Himal trek value

Accommodation prices change in accordance with the season, in April and October they’re the very best. In March we paid NPR 300/US$Three for lodging for two individuals but in the high season it may be between NPR 400/US$Four and NPR 500/U$5 common.

Meals prices on Mardi Himal are fastened (at the least it says o on the menus), they improve steadily with the altitude and depend upon how lengthy it takes to ship supplies to a selected place. From Landruk on there are not any roads, it’s individuals and donkeys who carry stuff up, clearly the upper you go the costliest every part will get.

  • Breakfast (eggs, porridge, muesli and so forth.) – between NPR 300-400/US$3-Four pp.
  • Meal (pasta, rice, Dal Bhat, noodles and so forth.) – between NPR 400-600/US$Four-6 pp.
  • Tea – from NPR 40 to NPR 120/US$0,Four-1 per cup
  • Consuming water – from NPR 40/US$0,4 to NPR 120/US$1 per liter

The amenities on the route are fairly primary compared to the more widespread routes round Annapurna e.g. on the Poon Hill or Annapurna Circuit the place you will get free wi-fi, scorching shower and electricity principally at every place, on Mardi Himal most of the time for all these you need to pay additional and many locations at greater altitude don’t have these amenities.

Campbell & Alya at High Camp, Mardi Himal trek, NepalStingy Nomads at High Camp, Mardi Himal trek, Nepal

Mardi Himal trek price range (2 individuals, Four days, unbiased trek)

Permits (TIMS and Annapurna Sanctuary allow) – NPR 10 000/US$90 (NPR 5000/US$45 pp.).

Lodging (Three nights) – NPR 900/US$eight, we paid commonplace NPR 300/US$Three for 2 individuals in all places.

Food (meals, tea, snacks) – NPR 9500/US$85 or 1186/US$10,5 per individual per day for Three meals.

Transport – NPR 1520/US$13,6; bus from Pokhara o Kande – NPR 400/US$4 (US$2 per individual); bus from Landruk to Pokhara – NPR 1040/US$10 (US$4,5) pp.; return bus from Lakeside to the bus terminal – NPR 80/US$0,8  (US$0,2 pp.).

Complete: NPR 21 920/US$196 or NPR 2740/US$24,5 per individual per day.

Observe! we didn’t have a guide or a porter and didn’t purchase water on the trek as a result of we had our LifeStraw filter bottle. In case you do add to our finances; guide – US$25 per day per group; porter – US$20 can carry 2-3 individuals’s luggage (as much as 20-25 kg); 1 liter of consuming water between NPR 40/US$0,4 and NPR 150/US$1,Three (the upper you go the costlier it gets).

Money saving ideas for the trek

The greater you go the costlier meals gets so convey some snacks and chocolate with.

Deliver water filter or some other water purification system with it’ll prevent between US$2-4 per individual per day.

Try to negotiate accommodation worth if it appears too excessive, we often say that we’re going to eat Three meals within the place (we don’t cease for lunch on the best way) and get a room for our worth.

Make sure that to convey enough money with there can be no place on the route to draw money.

Lodging on the route

In contrast to another routes in Annapurna conservation area Mardi Himal doesn’t undergo local villages all stops on the route from Landruk to Base Camp are set just for the season and solely for trekkers, no one lives there completely. It’s explains poorer infrastructure on this route no electricity, no fuel shower and so forth.

Accommodation on the Mardi Himal trek is reasonable like on some other route in Nepal however you must eat at your guesthouse twice, often dinner and breakfast. Meals is the primary source of revenue for area people. On Mardi Himal accommodation was a bit of bit costlier NPR 300-400/US$Three-4 compared to the more common routes e.g. on the Poon Hill we paid NPR 200/US$2 for 2, on the circuit typically they didn’t charge us for accommodation at all.

Trekkers can stay in visitor homes or camp there are a few campsites at decrease altitudes e.g. Forest Camp, Low Camp I’m unsure if it’s value because you pay principally the same for camping and staying in the room so it’s not likely a cash saving choice. The guesthouses are fairly normal; simple room with beds, outdoors rest room and shower, dining space. On this route there are extra shared rooms than personal e.g. rooms for 4-6 individuals. We by no means had this on some other trekking routes in Nepal often we get our personal double room. We shared a room with different individuals (4 beds) at Forest Camp and Excessive Camp. It’s totally different at decrease altitude e.g. in Landruk, Siding and so forth. there you will get a personal room with electrical energy and power retailers.

In high season (April and October) it’s advisable to guide guesthouses in advanced especially at Excessive Camp, you are able to do it over the telephone (2-3 days beforehand ought to be high quality) for those who arrive with no reserving they may find a place so that you can sleep nevertheless it is perhaps a bench within the dining room or something comparable. Outdoors these months it is best to have the ability to get a spot without previous reserving.

Guest houses with the phone numbers on the Mardi Himal trek.Guest houses with the telephone numbers on the Mardi Himal trek. I took this photograph at Forest Camp. These aren’t all visitor homes there are undoubtedly more however these you possibly can e-book over the telephone.

You’re often charged additional for decent shower, charging your telephone or using wi-fi so before you employ any of these be certain that if it’s a must to pay additional and how a lot, they don’t all the time put signs with costs once you check-out you may get a shock.

All locations we stayed had blankets but at High Camp it could get fairly chilly we used both our sleeping luggage and blankets.

Meals on Mardi Himal

Typical food you often get mountaineering in Nepal; Nepalese, Indian, Chinese language and Western food. Local Dal Bhat (rice, lentil soup, chapati, grilled vegetable and spinach) is the perfect worth for money you guaranteed get bottomless rice and dal typically greens so it’s the perfect meal if you want to be full and not to pay so much. Soups are nice choice for starter they are all the time good and tasty. For hungry trekkers who need loads of energy I can advocate a spring roll, it’ not a standard small deep fried roll it’s more like an enormous fried pie often full of whatever they have within the kitchen (spaghetti, vegetables, rice and so forth.).

Another fatty and filling thing is Mars or Sneakers roll it’s a chocolate bar inside deep fried dough a superb addition to the primary meal. The menu on the trek is sort of numerous the primary drawback is finding something recent like vegetable or fruit you find yourself consuming lots of pasta, rice, break and sweets but after a troublesome day within the mountains I assume it’s what your physique wants.

As I already mentioned before we did this trek in between two other route because of this we started in Ghandruk and finished in Landruk. If after Mardi Himal you’re planning to exit the sanctuary and go back to Pokhara or Kathmandu you’ll be able to finish in Siding,  this feature is included within the itinerary.

Day 1. Ghandruk – Forest Camp, 9,5 km

Ghandruk (2780 m) – Kyuni (1358 m) – Landruk (1673 m) – Forest Camp (2459m), 9,5 km/6 mi

  • Start line – Ghandruk
  • Ending level – Forest Camp
  • Distance – 9,5 km
  • Time – 4h16min.
  • Complete ascend – 1110 m
  • Complete descend – 754 m

Mardi Himal trek, day 1. Elevation profile route Ghandruk - Forest CampElevation profile Day 1 of Mardi Himal trek, stroll from Ghandruk to Forest Camp

The route was marked pretty good at some locations there were arrows pointing to Forest Camp at some simply white & blue markers on rocks or timber (all secondary trails within the park are marked with white and blue). We didn’t use any GPS navigation apart from walking out of Ghandruk.

We began the day at Ghandruk it’s not probably the most traditional start of the Mardi Himal trek however we simply completed the Poon Hill trek and happened to be there. The first a part of the stroll was lengthy and steep ascend all the best way right down to the river. It took us about 1h30min. to get there. On the best way down there are a few locations  to cease for food and water.

At Kyuni (a small place on the river) you possibly can stop for lunch or relaxation from there you begin an extended and steep ascend. After about 240 m up you’ll reach Landruk we’d recommend to cease right here as properly, relaxation a bit of bit and refill water, after Landruk there can be no locations to buy or get water until Forest Camp. The ascend from Landruk could be very long and steep you’ll get very thirsty. It’s potential to get to Landruk by jeep and even by bus from Pokhara and begin walking from right here.

The ascend from Landruk to Forest Camp could be very lengthy and tiring, about 870 m up, it took us about 1h45min. to get to Forest Camp.

Forest Camp

Views from Forest Camp have been by far not as spectacular as from Ghandruk and even Landruk. In contrast to different locations on the best way Forest Camp shouldn’t be an actual village it’s principally simply a few guest homes built for tourists there are not any native individuals who stay there completely.

Visitor home at Forest Camp

We stayed at a model new place with no identify on the prime of the hill, it was the only obtainable choice. Worth NPR 300/US$Three for 2 individuals (shared 3-bed room) for those who eat dinner and breakfast here. They requested NRP 500/US$4,5 first but agreed for NRP 300/US$Three. To our surprise meals costs right here have been slightly bit cheaper than in Ghandruk.

Day 2. Forest Camp – Excessive Camp, 8,5 km

Forest Camp (2459 m) – Rest Camp (2621 m) – Low Camp (2985 m) – Center Camp (3250 m) – High Camp (3550 m), 8,5 km/5,2 mi

  • Start line – Forest Camp
  • Finishing point – Excessive Camp
  • Distance – 8,5 km
  • Time – 3h45min.
  • Complete ascend – 1100 m
  • Complete descend – 75 m

Mardi Himal trek, elevation profile day 2, Forest Camp to High CampElevation profile Day 2 of Mardi Himal trek. Walk from Forest Camp to High Camp

First half of the day was by way of the forest you can spot many various birds hiding between the tree. From Low Camp on we began seen some snow peaks and distant mountain ranges. There were many locations to stop on the best way for rest, tea, meals, water and so forth. From Low Camp the views have been getting higher and higher should you’re lucky with the climate you’ll be able to see a number of peaks e.g. Machhapchhre, Annapurna South, Mardi Himal. The stroll is hard however not as robust as the day before today, the ascend is sort of long but not as steep and tiring as on the best way to Forest Camp.

For those who really feel drained or weak you’ll be able to stop at Low Camp, it’s about 1h30min. from Forest Camp, there are a couple of tea homes there. The amenities are very comparable in all places on the path. Room NPR 300/US$Three for two individuals, scorching shower – NPR 200/US$2, wi-fi – NPR 200/US$2, charging telephone – free.

Scenery on the way from Forest Camp to High Camp, Annapurna region, NepalBeautiful scenery on the best way to Excessive Camp, Mardi Himal trek

From Low Camp you go over 3000 m going up is getting more and tougher. The greatest you can do is to walk up sluggish, often stop for rest and drink enough water there shall be a number of tea homes on the best way. For those who start having headache or any signs of altitude illness fairly keep for the night time at lower altitude, give extra time to your body to adjust and continue the subsequent day.

After the Middle Camp the surroundings was breathtaking you possibly can see mountains and canyons round, snow peaks appeared very shut, large vultures have been gliding in the skies and so on. a few of the greatest views in this part of the park.

High Camp

As I discussed at first we received plenty of snow on the route as a result of it Base Camp was closed, Excessive Camp was the last place to stop. Even at High Camp snow was as much as the roofs, water in pipes was frozen so no operating water in the whole settlement, locals melted snow for cooking and making tea. Excessive Camp has probably the most primary amenities on the route but the views from up listed here are spectacular in case you’re lucky you possibly can see superb night time sky and beautiful dawn.

There are 4 or 5 smallish visitor homes at Excessive Camp in high season it’s highly advisable to e-book a spot prematurely over the telephone.

Namaste guest home

We paid NPR 300/US$Three for two however it’s truly NPR 250/US$2,4 per individual you’ll be able to lower it right down to NPR 400/US$4 for 2 individuals. There are not any personal rooms the smallest room is for 4 individuals so be ready to share it with other trekkers. It was very chilly at High Camp the one heat place was the dining room the place everyone was sitting all day consuming tea and enjoying cards, it was in all probability one of the social tea homes on the route. The rooms have been very cold our sleeping luggage have been quite useful right here.

Day Three. High Camp – Base Camp – Excessive Camp, 9 km

High Camp (3550 m) – Base Camp (4500 m) – Excessive Camp (3550 m), 9 km/5,5 mi

  • Start line – Excessive Camp
  • Finishing point – High Camp
  • Distance –  9 km
  • Time – 5-6 hours
  • Complete ascend – 950 m
  • Complete descend – 950 m

As I already stated Base Camp was closed; on account of a number of snow the route was very harmful and slippery actually a couple of days before we arrived a trekkers from Japan had slipped down on the best way to Base Camp. We noticed a helicopter in search of him or more probably his body for two days (unsure if they ever found it). We decided to not danger apart from we didn’t even have crampons or trekking poles.

We walked early morning to one of many view points and back, it took us about 1 hour. After breakfast we decided to go carried out so our itinerary was 1 day shorter than it imagined to be but we couldn’t do anything about it. We’re planning to go back to Annapurna region this yr October and will attempt our luck with Base Camp again.

Often individuals start walking to Base Camp at midnight before the dawn for 2 causes; first the weather is best within the morning (much less cloudy and windy) and second, to see the sunrise on the best way.

Various! Relying on how lengthy it takes to go all the best way to Base Camp and again and how drained you’re you’ll be able to stay at Excessive Camp or begin taking place and overnight at Center Camp or Low Camp, it’ll take you between 1h30min.-2h. to get to considered one of these locations.

Snow peaks, view-point, Mardi Himal trekSnow peaks at the dawn from the view-point as far a we might that day.

Choice 1. Day Four. High Camp – Landruk, 12,7 km

High Camp (3550 m) – Middle Camp (3250 m) – Low Camp (2985 m) – Relaxation Camp (2621 m) – Forest Camp (2459 m) – Landruk (1673 m), 12,7 km/7,8 mi

  • Start line – High Camp
  • Ending level – Landruk
  • Distance – 12,7 km
  • Time – 4h30min.
  • Complete ascend – 114 m
  • Complete descend – 1952 m

Mardi Himal, elevation profile, route from High Camp to LandrukElevation profile Day 4 of Mardi Himal trek. Long descend from High Camp to Landruk

It was an extended day of descend, virtually 2000 meters down it’s not advisable to do if in case you have any knee points. As an choice you possibly can cut up it into two days; stay in a single day at Forest Camp and continue taking place the subsequent day. The part from Forest Camp to Landruk is the steepest part on the trek. The approach down went fast and virtually effortless compared to two days that took us to rise up and we truly might benefit from the surroundings and spotted many birds in the forest on the best way.

Landruk

We really appreciated this city and on the best way up although that we’d like to stay right here and so we did. There are a number of visitor homes some are fairly fancy and expensive from NPR 700/US$6,5 but there are traditional tea houses for NPR 200-300/US$2-3 for 2 individuals. To seek out cheaper options go a bit bit down from the jeep station.

Maya Visitor Home

We favored this place, it has a pleasant garden with nice views, cozy dinning hall. It was neat and clean with a primary room, scorching shower and outdoors rest room. Worth NPR 300/US$Three for two individuals.

Choice 2. Day Four. High Camp – Siding, eight,5 km

Excessive Camp (3550 m) – Middle Camp (3250 m) – Low Camp (2985 m) – Siding (1885 m), eight,5 km/5,2 mi

  • Start line – High Camp
  • Finishing point – Siding
  • Distance – eight,5 km
  • Time – 4h.
  • Complete ascend – 120 m
  • Complete descend – 1744 m

Should you’re not planning to do another treks after ending the Mardi Himal the best choice is to go to Siding and take a jeep back to Pokhara. At Low Camp there is a cut up one route goes to Forest Camp and one goes to Siding. Observe! There’s an alternate path to Siding from Excessive Camp we did see an indication pointing the course but the route itself was buried underneath the snow I wouldn’t advocate taking this route it didn’t look protected and it’s very remoted, on the map it didn’t appear to be any shorter than taking place via Low Camp.

Packing listing for Mardi Himal

It’s a Four-day trek with staying in tea homes so try to pack mild to make the walk simpler.

Backpack – relying on how a lot you pack I’d say when you pack mild – 40l backpack might be sufficient for those who hike in winter and need extra warm garments and greater sleeping bag – 50l pack.

Smartphone – I downloaded audio books on my smartphone and at night time earlier than going to mattress pay attention it for 15-20 min.

LifeStraw or some other water filter or purifying tablets – it’ll save you some cash there are numerous water taps on the route the place you possibly can refill water and it’s environmental pleasant. It was the primary time we used our bottle and the one thing we regretted was not shopping for it long time in the past.

Headlamp – most locations we stayed on this route didn’t have electrical energy within the rooms, plus you’ll need a torch or headlamp should you begin walking early to Base Camp.

Sleeping bag – all tea houses we stayed had blankets, it was actually chilly only at High Camp so we used our summer time sleeping luggage with blankets and our tea home in Ladruk didn’t have blankets however it was pretty warm.

Mountaineering footwear – you don’t need heavy mountaineering boots for Mardi Himal, normal mountaineering footwear can be ok, I walked in my Salomon Ellips 2 (we’ve already walked greater than 2000 km in these footwear and they’re nonetheless alive), Campbell wore his new Merrell Chameleon.

Climbing socks – we all the time wear merino wool socks for mountaineering, they’re great; last lengthy, don’t take up odors, shield your ft from blisters.

Climbing poles – the whole route is principally one long and steep up at first and one long and steep down at the finish so poles might be quite helpful.

Trekking pants – Campbell all the time hikes in normal trekking pants I want sporting  tight yoga pants.

Mountaineering shirt – Colombia climbing shirts are Campbell’s favourite, I like climbing in lengthy sleeve operating shirts and sport braas.

Alya wearing a down jacket on the way to High Camp, Mardi HimalAlya on the best way to Excessive Camp, down jackets have been quite useful on Mardi Himal

Buff – we use it primarily for the solar safety as an alternative of placing sunscreen throughout our faces and necks.

Sleeping garments e.g. long cotton pajama pants and a thermal shirt for sleeping and sporting in guesthouses after the bathe it’s all the time chilly outdoors it’s great to have one thing warm and comforting. Women choices are here; pants and shirt.

Climbing towel – a lot of the guesthouses have scorching bathe although often it’s a must to pay additional for it.

Waterproof pouch for paperwork, money, telephone and so on.

Kindle – Campbell all the time takes his Kindle Paperwhite with on hikes. When you’re a proprietor of Kindle by joining Kindle unlimited program by Amazon you’ll get an entry to tons of of hundreds of e-books and audio books.

GoPro HERO7 we used it lots for taking photographs and videos, all pictures in this submit a taken with GoPro.

Garmin Fenix 5X for us it was completely value buying this watch we used numerous its knowledge to write down this submit.

Annapurna trekking map (make certain to buy an up to date version) or Mardi Himal trek map (if you’d like a very detailed route map). We used the primary one rather a lot on all our hikes, we purchased it in Pokhara, there are a couple of small guide outlets in Lakeside with many trekking maps and guide books.

First Assist package – we all the time recommendation to take it with on hikes you never know what can happen from a blister to a sudden stomach drawback or a headache.

Lodging in Pokhara

Lakeside is the primary touristy area of Pokhara it’s filled with inns, guest homes, eating places, bars and so on. here yow will discover lodging for any finances from low cost residence stays to fancy spa motels. We stayed a few occasions at OYO 11460 Lodge Romantica and stored our baggage there each time we went mountaineering. The lodge was nice; clear with good amenities, the employees was nice, the women that work there are very nice and helpful. One other place we stayed was Lodge Lake Shore;  rooms are smaller however a bit of bit fancier, nice bathe (one of the best shower we had in Nepal), excellent breakfast menu.

More lodging options

Finances options | Pokhara Youth Hostel | OYO 128 Lodge Dream Pokhara | Gauri Shankar backpackers hostel |

Center worth | Pokhara Boutique Lodge | Pokhara Selection Inn | Pokhara Batika | Lodge Center Path & Spa |

Luxurious | Temple Tree Resort & Spa | Glacier Lodge & Spa | Lodge White Pearl |

Hotel Temple Tree Resort and Spa, Pokhara. Photo credit booking.comLodge Temple Tree Resort and Spa, Pokhara. Photograph credit reserving.com

Advisable books and guidebooks

Lonely Planet Nepal (Journey Guide), 2018. Paper e-book & Kindle

Trekking Everest: Base Camp, Kala Patar and Different Trekking Routes in Nepal and Tibet. Cicerone, 2019. Paper guide & Kindle

Into Thin Air: A Private Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer. Paper ebook & Kindle.

Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Deliver Residence the Lost Youngsters of Nepal by Conor Grennan. Paper e-book & Kindle

A Step Away from Paradise: The True Story of a Tibetan Lama’s Journey to a Land of Immortality by Thomas Okay. Shore. Paper guide & Kindle

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