Mardi Himal and Annapurna Base Camp combined Trekking
Mardi Himal and Annapurna Base camp combined Trekking is designed to offer those trekkers who prefer to explore both new trekking route and most popular route in same trek but different tests.

Mardi Himal
Mardi himal is one of the mighty mountains, which is situated in Annapunrna Himalayan Range. It is hidden gem of the Annapurna range in term of it’s unspoiled culture and unexplored nature with virgin trail. Being Annapurna region is most popular trekking destination, Mardi Himal Trek is the least visited trekking in the Annapurna region where you will be able to have nearest view of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna south and Hiuchuli.
Mardi himal route has newly opened homestay and lodge. You will be expecting basic foods and accommodation along the route .

 Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most popular trekking on the foothill of the Annapurna south specially intended for those who love to enjoy the flora and fauna, panoramic view of the Himalayan range in a comfortable way including Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Gangapurna, Himchuli and other Himalayan ranges. These wonderful views are arranged almost precisely in a circle about 10 miles in diameter with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at the center. From this glacier basin, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, the Modi Khola cuts its way south in a narrow gorge fully 12,000 ft. deep. Further south, the gorge opens up into a wide and fertile valley, the domain of the Gurungs. 

FACT OF THIS TREK

Trip Duration     

9 days Trekking

Max. Altitude:

4500 m.

Minimum Altitude:

1030 m.

Grade:

Moderate

Activities:

Trekking 

Accommodation:

Lodge

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation:

Overland

Trek Departure:

Every day throughout the week

Group Size:

2 persons (minimum) to 20 persons (maximum)

Best season:

March, April,Sep, Oct & Nov.

Available Time:

All months

Per day hiking:

5 to 6 hours

Mardi Himal and Annapurna base camp Trekking
Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Pokhara - Deurali by drive and trek - forest Camp 2600m./8580ft.) 3 hours walk
Drive to Deurali after breakfast, Today is beautiful walk through forest. You will pass rhododendron flowers and lush forest during spring.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Forest Camp-  High Camp (3,700m./12210ft.)- 4 hours walk
After an hour walking we get above tree line and towards the west there is a good view to Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. We continue walk along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes along the way. We also may encouter the colourful Danphe pheasant on this section of the trail. The view from the lodge is superb to Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Stay overnigth at lodge. 
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Excursion to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m/14850ft.)
Wake up early for sunrise and mountain view then after an early breakfast walk toward the ridge towards Mardi Himal Base Camp. We may encounter dzokpo (yak/ cow crossbreds) grazing up here as well as Danphe pheasant. You will have  spectacular close view of the Annapurna Sanctuary, south face of Annapurna, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). We stay overnight at lodge. 
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trek to Landruk (1565m./5164ft.) 5 hours walk
We head down about 1600m through the shade of the forest, and out onto terraced fields. Here, as we make our way along the banks of the Mardi Khola from the hill-side village of Siding, down through the lovely fields, past the simple farms and over the ‘interesting’ bridges, there is no doubting this is indeed the idyllic Nepali countryside.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Trek to Sinuwa (2170m./7161 ft.) 5 hours walk
Trek to Sinuwa passing through hot spring en route. Towering above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South, with the Fishtail facing it across the valley.
Meals included : Meals , Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:  Trek to Deurali ( 3200m./ 10560ft.) 5 hours walk
The trail takes us with a gentle gradual ascent following the trail above the river through thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests up the side of the canyon. We pass by Dovan, Himalaya Hotel and cross two streams over small bridges. There is also the possibility of seeing a variety of wildlife species such as wild pigs, deer, and maybe even snow leopards. We climb again to Hinko Cave, an overhanging rock. Our further climb paves the way to Deurali. Stay overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp  (4130m./13629ft.) 4 hours walk
The track remains on the west bank of the Modi, now flowing through a more wide valley, and eventually emerges into the Sanctuary. Straight ahead is the high lateral moraine of the South Annapurna glacier and the Modi follows a deep cliff to the right. You reach Machchhapuchhre base camp then continue to Annapurna base camp. The area is encircled by the peaks and is recognized as Annapurna Sanctuary. This set gives you an impressive view of huge peaks including Annapurna I, Barah Shikhar, Annapurna South and many other giant peaks.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Trek to Bamboo (2380m./7854ft.) 6 hours walk
Early morning wake up for sun rise and stunning view of Annapurna Himalayas  and  witness the dominant Fishtail. Then, we move down to Bamboo passing MBC, Deurali, Dovan and eventually reach Bamboo. Stay overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Trek to Jhinu – Kiwei and drive to Pokhara by jeep
Trek to Jhini danda – Natural hot spring and walk to Kewei then drive to Pokhara by jeep.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch

Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP)
The provision of  ACAP is to maintain and build local tourism infrastructure and preserve the nature.  Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)  permit is necessarily required for this trip. It can be obtained from government registered trekking company as Nepal alternative treks & Expeditions.  It's fee is fixed by NTNC Rs. 3000 ( Three thousand trupees) per person to Mardi himal Trekking. You can not obtain along the entry point, they may return you without carrying ACAP permit. You need passport copy, one passport size photograph and fee in Rs. 3000 ( Three thousand rupees) or equivalent  in cash to apply the permit. This permit you can use only single entry in the area but no limitation of period. We have included in the package. 

Trekker's information Management System ( TIMS)
The main aim of TIMS has come into implementation from Jan.2008.  Trekking agency's association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal tour tourism board (NTB) has jointly recording the trekker's detail and issuing TIMS for trekkers.

TIMS can be applied through Government registered trekking agency as Nepal alternative treks. TIMS fees are Rs. 2000 for individual trekkers and Rs. 1000 for organized trekker. Individual TIMS has to be obtained at NTB in Kathmandu and Pokhara yourself . You are required passport copy, one passport size photograph and the amount Rs. 2000 for individual TIMS. You have to applied by Trekking agency if you are joined trekking agency and the amount is Rs. 1000 for company joined in cash. The price is included in our services. 

Trekking Clothing equipment for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:
- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters. 
- Light weight pants, shorts
- At night -track top, pants 
-  T-shirts. 
- Long sleeve shirt, if susceptible to sunburn. 
- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes. 
- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton 
- Vaseline for feet and crutch.
- Water bottle - 2 liters.
- Sunglasses and strap 
- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch
- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage 
- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion. 
- Small daypack - 25 liters.
- Rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack. 
- Small towels 
- Warm down fiber filled jacket ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 
- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 
- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters. 
- A pair of gloves 

Travel insurance 

It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance. A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Nepal alternative Trekking. 

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What is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) ?

Acute mountain sickness is an illness that can affect trekkers at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). The highest point is 4500m. So, you have very little chance of AMS. If you be precautious about high altitude and follow our guide then you can avoid it. 

How do we know if I get AMS ?

Your symptoms will also depend on the speed of your climb and how hard you push (exert) yourself. Symptoms are as below:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • shortness of breath with exertion
  • Cannot walk in a straight line

Treatment 

  1. Rest, Rest , Rest
  2. Go down, down, down
  3. Diamox

Diamox may be given to help you breathe better. It can help reduce mild symptoms. This medicine can make you urinate more often. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug. This medication works best when taken before reaching a high altitude.

Prevention and pre-cautious 

Keys to preventing acute mountain sickness include:

  • Climb the mountain gradually and slowly
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
  • Drink plenty of fluid – 3 liters per day
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat regular meals, high in carbohydrates
  • Sleep well
  • Be well equipped

First aid

Owing to a sudden change in climate, altitude and other factors, it is obvious that there could arise some alterations in your health. It would be hard to know all aspects of Nepal's health problems.You will be eating and drinking in various outlets. Diarrhea is a common illness that a tourist would be facing. So, it is recommended to drink purified water and eat in clean outlets. Drinking and eating precautions will surely help to take care of many health problems that could arise during the trip. Staying hydrated during the travel, trekking, tours is highly recommended too. If any problem should arise during the trip. Being on good health before leaving for a trip would help you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.Though Nepal alternative treks will be carrying first aid medical kid, you are also suggested to take personal basic first medicines for in case.

Accommodation

We will leave you free to choose hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara as there will be various choices. We will arrange twin share basis room in lodges during the trek. We will arrange shared washing room and toilet.

Meals

During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) in lodges. Threre will be provided breakfast, lunch and dinner three times along the route on your choice from MENU .

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Mardi himal and Annapurna Base Camp combined trek is moderate level of trek,  suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. As we will  get the highest elevation 4500 meter, you are preferred an excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Nepal alternative treks before booking the trek

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