Mardi Himal Trek - 10 Days

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Trek through the unseen and unexplored trekking destinations in Nepal. Trek through beautiful Mardi Himal and discover the undiscovered.

Country
Nepal
Duration
10 Days
Mardi Himal Trek
Difficulty
Demanding
Activity
Trekking/Hiking
Max. altitude
4,500 m/14,763 ft
Best season
Feb-May, Sep-Dec
Accomodation
Tea House & Hotel
Meals
Included
Start/End Point
Kathmandu

Mardi Himal Trek Highlights

  • Soak in the sights of beautiful Lake city, Pokhara.
  • Walk along the beautiful trail, enjoying the scenic landscape and diverse flora and fauna en route.
  • Enjoy the stunning view of the magnificent Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Hiuchuli and neighbouring peaks.
  • Gain insight into rich natural and cultural biodiversity of Annapurna region.
  • Behold the sights of incredible sunrise and sunset view over the Annapurna massif.
  • Explore the local ethnic culture of Gurung people.
  • Enjoy natural village lifestyle, lush forest, and panoramic mountain views.

Mardi Himal Trek Overview

Mardi Himal Trek is an unexplored hidden gem of the Annapurna trekking region in Nepal. Lying in the south of one of the most popular trekking routes; Annapurna Base Camp Yet, very few trekkers have explored the beautiful rugged trail of Mardi Himal.

Perhaps, this is the best route for trekkers who wants to avoid the crowd. It gives you the pleasure of having a peaceful walk in nature even during the peak seasons. The sound of birds chirping and walking in the shadow of trees gives a trek a special flavor that is difficult to locate on other routes.

The significant highlights of Mardi Himal Trek are Mardi Himal Base Camp, traditional Nepali villages, and people’s lifestyles. Along with the trail’s rich greenery and close-up views of mountains like Mt. Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, and Mt. Annapurna South.

Likewise, Mardi Himal Trek is a blend of easy and moderate treks heavily depending on your previous trekking experience. The trek’s highest point is 4,250 meters above sea level at Upper View Point. Additionally, you can hike up to Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4,500 meters.

Therefore, your heart will be filled with every sense of adventure with the expansive panorama view of the mountains, including Mt. Machhpuchhre (Fishtail), Himchuli, and Annapurna South. Besides, that one cannot easily forget the rich flora and fauna, and the stunning Rhododendron forest, along the pathways.

The Mardi Himal Trek is unquestionably the greatest trek to experience the breathtaking mountain vistas and the greeneries of Nepal.

Short Itinerary

Day 01 :

Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400 m) and transfer to hotel.

Day 02 :

Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by tourist bus – 7 to 8 Hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 03 :

Drive to Kande (1,770 m)– 2 to 3 hour. Trek to Australian Base Camp (2,060 m) – 3 to 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 04 :

Trek to Forest Camp (2,600 m) – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 05 :

Trek to High Camp (3,550 m) – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 06 :

Trek to Upper View Point (4,250 m) – 2 to 3 hours/Base Camp (4,120 m) – 4 to 5 hours. Trek back to Low Camp (3,050 m) – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 07 :

Trek to Landruk (1,565 m) – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 08 :

Trek to Syauli Bazaar (1,220 m) – 3 to 4 hours, Drive to Pokhara (900 m) – 2 to 3 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 09 :

Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus and farewell dinner in the evening – 7 to 8 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 10 :

Transfer to the International Airport for your Final Flight Departure.

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Trip Note

Our standard itinerary might differ slightly due to unpredictable happenings and events out of our control. Factors such as flight cancellation/delay, unfavorable weather, natural calamities, newly implemented government rules, political affairs, trekkers’ health conditions, etc., are possible. Evaluating the situation’s possible solutions allow the trekking to resume as much as possible based on the best alternatives. In these times, we look for your cooperation and flexibility.

It is advised you arrive a day before the trip starts date so you can rest and it also gives you time to buy clothing equipment and gear required for the trek. Also, it is best if you book your international flights with spare days in Nepal before and after your trek in case of any flight delays or cancellations due to technical reasons. Moreover, you have options to customize this trip where you can add on a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, Pokhara, other adventure sports or day trips around the country before or after the trek.

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Departures & Availability

Our groups are small with maximum 14 people. We create groups of independent travelers, friends and families which maintains close interpersonal connection, engage more and get into depth of the journey. Choose a date from the calendar to reserve your spot.

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Price Includes for Mardi Trek

  • All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara for 2 nights each including breakfast (Private room accommodation can be organized at an extra cost)

  • Twin-sharing or dormitory guesthouse accommodation during the trek  for 4 nights

  • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) including seasonal fruits
  • Experienced, first-aid trained, government licensed, English-speaking Ace the Himalaya's trekking guide
  • Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 clients)
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff
  • Filtered water in the trails using Water Filter or using water purification tablets
  • 1 Ace the Himalaya’s duffel/kit bag, trekking map, sun hat, Buff (Neck Gaiter) and trip completion certificate
  • Round trip Tourist bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara

  • Private tourist vehicle from Pokhara to Kande and from Syauli Bazaar to Pokhara

  • A farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes

Price Excludes

  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • International flight fare and airport departure tax
  • Any beverages including bottled and boiled water
  • Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
  • Tips to trekking staff and driver
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be acquired easily after your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with a fee of USD 50 for 30 days visa and USD 125 for 90 days visa)
  • Personal Trekking gear and equipment
  • Any expenses other than the Price Include section

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and Transfer to hotel.

Max. Altitude: Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. S/he will be displaying an “Ace the Himalaya” signboard outside the airport terminal. You will then be received and transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Overnight at a Hotel
No meals included

Note: On the day of your arrival, there will be a pre-trek meeting. During the meeting we will introduce you to the trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. We will also provide you with a complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag and cap.

Please make sure that you bring your passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy for the meeting. Besides, you need to sign a legally binding trip form as well as a non-liability disclaimer.

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Day 02: Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus

Max. Altitude: Pokhara (900 m)
Duration: 7-8 hrs drive

An early morning drive on a tourist bus takes you to Pokhara, the city of lakes. Pokhara is at a distance of 200 km from Kathmandu. It takes almost 7-8 hours to reach Pokhara. The drive will give you an opportunity to catch a glimpse of beautiful scenery, changing landscape, raging Trishuli, Marshyangdi Rivers, small towns, villages and much more en route. After reaching Pokhara, you will be then transferred to a hotel.

Overnight at a Hotel
Breakfast included

Day 03: Drive to Kande and Trek to Australian Base Camp

Max. Altitude: Kande (1,770 m), Australian Base Camp (2,060 m)
Duration: 2-3 hrs drive, 3-4 hrs trek

After breakfast we head out for Kande on tourist vehicle. The drive to Kande, the starting point of the trek, is about one and half hour duration. Upon reaching there, we begin our trek on the beautiful trail and climb upwards to the Australian Base Camp for about 3 hours. Australian Base Camp is a beautiful village, from where you can see an unobstructed view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Himchuli, Manaslu and associated peaks.

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Trek to Forest Camp

Max. Altitude: Forest Camp (2,600 m)
Duration: 6-7 hrs trek

After taking breakfast in the morning, we head out to Forest Camp that will take about 6 to 7 hours of long walk. The trail is slightly downhill from Base Camp to Pothana (1950 m) and again ascends to Deurali (2,100 m). At Deurali there is a signboard pointing towards right saying “Forest Camp”. We follow that path to reach our next destination. The trail enters a quiet jungle of oak trees, maples, rhododendrons etc. After hiking for few more hours under the shades of trees, and chirping of birds, we will reach Forest Camp where we spend our night there.

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Trek to High Camp

Max. Altitude: High Camp (3,550 m)
Duration: 6-7 hrs trek

The exciting walk to High Camp is one of the scenic walk throughout the trek. After early breakfast, we head on to the trekking trails. We walk under the shades of Rhododendron forest until we reach Badal danda and then the trail continues on the grassy ridges. The trail gradually ascends throughout the hike to the High Camp. We walk above the line of hills and the temperature reduces along the path. After walking for almost 6 to 7 hours, we finally reach High Camp.

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Trek to Upper View Point or Base Camp. Trek back to Low Camp

Max. Altitude: Upper View Point (4.250 m) or Base Bamp (4,120 m)
Duration: 6-7 hrs trek

Today we wake up early in the morning and walk for few hours to reach the Upper view point or Mardi Himal Base Camp. The view of the Annapurna Sanctuary can be clearly seen. The panoramic views of South face of Mt. Annpaurna, Himchuli and Machhapuchhre (Mt Fishtail) is truly rewarding. It’s time to experience the accomplishment of our journey to Mardi Himal base Camp. After spending few hours here, we return back to the High Camp for breakfast. After having lunch and resting for some time at High camp, we walk down for 2 hours and reach Low Camp (3,050 m).

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Trek to Landruk

Max. Altitude: Landruk (1,565 m)
Duration: 6-7 hrs trek

We start our day with a descent down the trail to Landruk village via Forest Camp added with the drastic change in elevation. After walking for around six hours we will reach Landruk. This traditionally rich Gurung village offers friendly and courtesy hospitality.

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Trek to Syauli Bazaar & Drive back to Pokhara

Max. Altitude: Pokhara (900 m)
Duration: 3-4 hrs trek, & 2-3 hrs drive

Today is the last day of trekking. We start our day with a leisurely walk down to Kyumi. The trail further continues towards Syauli Bazaar where we will take our drive back to Pokhara in tourist vehicle. Upon reaching Pokhara, we celebrate the successful trek to the Mardi Himal.

Overnight at a Hotel
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus and farewell dinner in the evening

Duration: 7-8 hrs drive

We head out for Kathmandu in a tourist bus. The journey will be about 7 hours. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, our representative will meet and transfer you back to the hotel.

In the evening, we host a farewell dinner in a fine restaurant. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).

Overnight at a Hotel
Breakfast and farewell dinner included

Day 10: Transfer to the International Airport for final departure.

Our 10 day Madi Himal Trek finally ends today. Our Airport Representative will drop you off to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal. Good bye and have a safe journey.

Breakfast included

Packing List for Mardi Trek

Here is a list of what you might want to pack for the Mardi Himal Trek. Please take this as a starting point. You’ll need layers of warmer clothing during the winter. We provide a 75 liter duffel bag for you to use for the trek. It will be given to you during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffle bag is yours to keep. Also, you can rent sleeping bag and down jacket with us at the additional fee of USD 35 for each once you are in Kathmandu.

general GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

General

  • Puffy down jacket (We have rental jackets available for an additional USD 20)
  • Four-season (zero degree) sleeping bag (We have rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
  • Daypack (35-45 liters recommended) with rain cover
upper_body GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Upper Body

  • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a free Ace the Himalaya baseball cap.)
  • Knitted hat/Beanie
  • Scarf or neck gaiter
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses
torso GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Torso

  • Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
  • Technical fabric short (2) and long sleeve (2) shirts
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
lower_body GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Lower Body

  • Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
  • Hiking pants (2)
  • Comfortable pants for inside the teahouses
  • Waterproof/windproof outer shell pants
  • Hiking shorts
hands GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Hands

  • Wool or technical fabric liner gloves
  • Hard-shell outer gloves (insulated for colder months)
feet GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Feet

  • Wool or technical fabric warm socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks (optional such as silk)
  • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
  • Ice Cleats /Micro Spikes (For trekking from November to March, it's recommended to include Ice Cleats/ Micro Spikes to prevent slipping on icy or wet surfaces.)
  • Gaiters (lightweight for dust or heavy for snow in colder months)
  • Casual shoes
undergarments GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Undergarments

Note: The quantity of each article of clothing can be adjusted to suit the preferences of each participant.

  • Technical fabric/quick drying is best for underwear (opportunities to launder during the trip)
  • Sports bras (women)
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes
first_aid_kits_and_medications GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

First Aid Kits and Medications

  • (Note: Guides carry medications and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are highly recommended.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • ointment
other_essentials GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Other Essentials

  • Passport
  • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toiletry kits
  • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
  • Hydration bladder
  • Towel
  • Pillowcase
  • Toilet paper (2 rolls)
  • High protein snacks (such as protein bars or nuts)
  • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying important documents and money
  • Airline tickets (Please leave a copy at our office in Kathmandu. This can be useful if there is a change in the date of the flight.)
optional GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Optional

Once in Nepal, if you have the time, you can purchase supplies and gear for hiking. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hub, is home to many shops where you can get a variety of reasonably priced trekking equipment.

  • Power bank or extra batteries
  • Cameras and mobile phone
  • Cards/book
  • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
  • Trekking poles
  • Whistle
  • Thermos for hot water

Important Information

  • We give you a free duffel bag and baseball cap during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
  • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs, will be carried by the porter throughout the walk.
  • To carry your daily necessities like cash, crucial papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc., you must have your own daypack (with a waterproof cover).
  • You can store your luggage (non- trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Down jacket with a hood is a must for altitudes above 4,000 m to keep warm. You can rent a down jacket for USD 20. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you need to reimburse the cost of USD 100 per item.
  • You can rent a 4-season sleeping bag for USD 20. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you need to reimburse the cost of USD 100 per item.

Note: Some clothing, especially form-fitting, figure-hugging items made of elastic material (like yoga pants), may offend locals. Therefore, if you choose to wear these clothes for comfort, please make sure to wear something over them.

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FAQs for Mardi Himal Trek

General

Why trek with Ace the Himalaya?

Ace has a reputation for successfully leading treks with knowledgeable leaders and staff taking care of all your travel needs. We are a certified sustainable travel company that also endorses the idea of giving back to the community by participating in various philanthropic activities. Here are 17 reasons why you should choose Ace the Himalaya for your next adventure!

Is Nepal open to travelers following the Covid-19 pandemic?

Indeed, Nepal is entirely open. Travelers are welcome in Nepal without any restrictions. Arriving travelers can obtain a visa on arrival at the Kathmandu airport as well.

What are the conditions to travel to Nepal post Covid-19?

Traveling to Nepal is now hassle-free. You don’t need a vaccination certificate or negative PCR test, but check with your airlines and transit countries for any specific requirements.

We suggest you look at the Nepal immigration site https://www.immigration.gov.np for the most up-to-date information.

What additional documents do I need?

  • Two passport-sized photos (2×2 inch) to give to our office staff
  • A copy of your international flight ticket to give to our office staff
  • A copy of travel insurance to give to our office staff

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

Yes, you need to book your own international flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

Is hiring a guide necessary even if I have trekking experience?

You can hike without a guide. A guide is there to assist you in going forward and making alternative plans and arrangements when unanticipated occurrences happen or when things get difficult. Our hiking leaders are qualified experts. When talking about their trip, our guests frequently remark on how much fun they had and how crucial their guide was to make it successful.

Can the guide speak English?

Our guides are fluent in English. All the guides that we assign speak and understand English. They’ll share with you the fascinating stories, traditions, and folklore of the mountains. The guides will also help you communicate with the locals since many shopkeepers and hosts of teahouses don’t speak English.

Weather and Temperature

What is the best time for Mardi Himal trekking?

Our trekking season for Mardi Himal extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease.

By end of September to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do this trek.

What kind of weather and temperature can I expect while trekking?

One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Annapurna region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March / April / May / June

Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Annapurna region. That is why, it can become somewhat crowded. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 0 degrees C (32 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.

July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season

This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes. However, there are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months. The excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds.

During this time, the average temperature is 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 5 degrees C (41 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.

Autumn – End of September / October / November

Similar to springtime, autumn in this region is also a crowded season. But it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.

The average temperature during the fall is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.

Winter- December/ January/ February

Winter start from mid-December till mid-February in this region. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds.

The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C (14 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.

The temperature mentioned above is based on the outdoor temperature of the guesthouse temperature. No need to worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus an additional blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.

What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags that we rent to trekkers is about -10°C (14°F). Also, our guides can obtain extra blankets if needed at the teahouses.

Arrival and Visas

Is it possible to obtain a visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

Yes, you can obtain a Nepal visa upon your arrival at the airport. There are kiosks in the arrival hall that you use to complete the necessary forms.  The cost is USD 30 for a 15-day tourist visa, including numerous entries, or USD 50 and USD 125 for a 30-day or 90-day tourist visa including numerous entries respectively. You should carry cash (USD) with you to pay your visa fees quickly and easily, as digital payments are frequently unavailable.

Who will come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

Our staff will be waiting for you outside the airport terminal with our signboard (Ace the Himalaya). You will be accompanied to a hotel in a private tourist vehicle.

Payments and Extra Costs

How much additional money do I need per day?

Typically, USD 15 to 20 per person per day will be sufficient. This is to purchase water, tea/espresso, snacks, and hot showers in the mountains and for lunch or dinner in Kathmandu. Additionally, if you want to buy souvenirs or native Nepali goods, you can bring extra cash with you.

Is it possible to use credit cards in the places I visit during the trek?

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay a deposit later, or do I have to pay a deposit at booking/reservation?

When you book, you must pay a 30% deposit to secure your itinerary. The remaining balance can be paid upon your arrival at Kathmandu or before arrival. US Dollars cash and credit cards (Visa, Master, and American Express) are accepted once in Nepal. Please note a 4% transaction fee will be added for all credit card transactions.

How are the ATM and money exchange facilities in Kathmandu?

There are ATM and money exchange facilities almost every few meters in Thamel, where you will be staying in Kathmandu. So, you can easily use your cards to cash out limited sum of money to which a minimum charge is deducted by the ATM facility itself. You can easily exchange your foreign currencies in currency exchange centers for an exact rate.

How do I pay the remainder of my balance upon arrival in Kathmandu? US Dollars cash or credit card?

You can make payments via US Dollars cash or credit card (Visa, Master, and American Express). A 4% transaction fee is added if paying with a credit card. Thus, we encourage you to pay with USD cash if you are planning to pay upon your arrival in Kathmandu.

We prefer you pay with larger bills (USD 50 or 100).  Please note that the cash should not be older than 2009 and in good condition, as banks do not accept worn, torn, or crumpled bills.

Who Can Trek?

Do I need prior trekking experience?

Previous trekking experience is not required if you are physically healthy and have enough enthusiasm for the trek.

Are there any age requirements for the mountain trekking?

Our treks have no age restrictions if members are healthy and willing. We have had families with kids as young as 5 years do the mountain trekking, and our oldest adventurers have been in their late 70s.

Is trekking to mountain regions safe for solo female travelers?

It is safe for a female to trek alone in Nepal. Nepal is usually regarded as a safe nation for female visitors traveling alone. It is entirely safe for a solo woman to trek with Ace the Himalaya on any of our treks.

Physical Fitness

How challenging is the trek?

The trekking in Annapurna region is somewhat challenging due to the altitude and long duration of the trek. It is a strenuous journey that comprises walking 5 to 8 hours a day.

How quickly do you walk on the trail?

The average walking speed for a reasonably fit person is 4 kilometers per hour. At higher elevations, it is highly recommended that you walk slowly to help with acclimatization.

What kind of physical training is necessary for trek preparation?

For trekking, you must prepare your body to walk over uneven, hilly landscapes while carrying a backpack. Walking at an incline, jogging, cycling, and going for long-distance hikes are all good ways to exercise. You should work out for at least one hour four to five times a week for at least two months before trekking.

What are the physical standards that I need for the trek?

Participants in good physical condition should be able to complete this trek. If you are not physically active, we advise starting an exercise regimen two months before the trek that includes at least an hour of walking at an incline, running, or biking four to five times a week.

Incorporating hiking into your workouts is ideal. It is advised to speak with a doctor before making travel arrangements if you have any health conditions that could affect your ability to complete the trek.

Trek Preparation and Packing

What are the procedures after I make my deposit?

After making the deposit, one of our staff will email you for further information. We will require a copy of your passport photo page and your arrival/departure flight details. We will also provide you with additional trip information.

What sort of insurance do I need? How can I obtain a policy?

Travel insurance is mandatory for our hiking itineraries. We require your policy have medical evacuation coverage for the maximum elevation of your itinerary.  Insurance may also cover additional costs in the event of a flight delay or cancellation caused by bad weather, medical costs, theft, loss, and damage to your items while traveling.

Travel insurance can be obtained online by one of several travel insurance companies. Please note that insurance obtained from an airline at the time of booking your flight may not cover medical evacuation coverage.

What are the necessary items that I should pack for my trip?

You can find the necessary items to pack for the trek here on the Equipment section. Gear and equipment can be bought or rented upon your arrival in Kathmandu. If you plan on buying or renting gear in Kathmandu, please allow extra time.

Do you provide sleeping bags or down jackets for rent?

Yes, we do provide sleeping bags or down jackets for rental costs of USD 35 each. Do let us know before initiating the trek and we shall provide items.

What type of bag will the porters carry?

We provide you with a free duffel bag of 70 to 80-liter capacity that our porters will carry.  The maximum weight that porters can safely carry is 30kg, and each porter is assigned to two people.

What type of daypack should I bring?

We suggest a 30 to 40-liter capacity daypack. Wider straps and hip belts are recommended to assist you in carrying weight evenly and reduce pain.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara does provide the free storage services. So, you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

What about my passport, medications, and belongings?

Bring copies of your passport, insurance papers, and other essential items in your carry-on during your flight. If you need to take medications daily, keep them in your daypack with your other essential possessions.  You can store other non-trekking essentials in the office of Ace the Himalaya or at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Do you use porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc.

Accommodation

What kind of lodging is available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and on the trek?

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we use three-star hotels including breakfast. We use Hotel Thamel House, Gaju Suite Hotel, Hotel Jampa, or comparable-class lodging in Kathmandu. Teahouses with clean rooms are used during the trek. For further information see Teahouses in Annapurna region.

Are the guesthouses heated?

The guesthouse does not facilitate with heater or air conditioner. However, as it gets colder above 3,500m, they do have facility of hitting the dining area by providing kerosene or metal heater. USD 1 to USD 3 per person would be applicable to use this service and this is payable directly to the guesthouse.

What are the Toilet facilities in the tea house/guesthouse?

Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing toilet however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.

Is it possible to have private rooms while trekking or while in Kathmandu and Pokhara?

A private room in the teahouses cannot be guaranteed during peak season. During the non-peak season, the teahouses may provide a private room without any additional cost. The accommodation during the trek will remain very basic with twin sharing rooms and occasionally dormitory rooms for our trekkers.

We can arrange for a private room while in Kathmandu and Pokhara for an additional cost of USD 35 per room.

Is it necessary to bring toilet paper for the trek?

You can buy toilet paper in the guesthouses during the trek, but it can be expensive, so we suggest you bring some with you. You also need to bring personal items such as towels, soap, hand sanitizers, and so on.

Where do we go to toilet along the trail?

There are toilet facilities in the teahouses/lodges during the trek. Trekkers can also find private areas along the trail for emergencies.

What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

Most teahouses (lodges) in Annapurna trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard.

You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat.

I'm a vegetarian. Is that a problem?

Most of the teahouses in the mountains offer vegetarian meals. So, being a vegetarian is not a problem. Vegetarian meals are preferable to avoid food poisoning and indigestion.

Is the food in the mountains prepared to international standards in terms of safety?

Indeed, the guesthouses follow international guidelines while setting up the food and serve you clean, protected, and warm meals.

What is the drinking water facility in the mountain?

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses, which you can buy at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per liter.

If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

On the other hand, water filling stations are pretty common in the Annapurna region. On the trails, they have been designated at various locations where it is safe to consume the water.

What happens if I end up staying an extra night/s in Kathmandu due to an unforeseen delay or cancelation?

In case of unforeseen circumstances such as flight cancellation, your health, or for any reason you decide to discontinue the trip and arrive early in Kathmandu then you will need extra accommodations in Kathmandu. The cost of the teahouses in the mountains is not equivalent to the cost of a hotel in Kathmandu. In such cases, we will arrange your accommodations, but you will need to pay a supplemental charge.

Can we get hot or boiled drinking water? Does it cost extra?

Yes, teahouses do provide hot boiled water for an extra charge of USD 2 to 5 per liter. The cost varies and increases at higher altitudes.

Can I shower/bathe during the trek?

Yes, most of the guesthouses provide proper running common shower and toilet facility.

Can I charge my electronic equipment during the trek?

Yes, you can charge your equipment during the trek for an additional cost. The cost will vary but is around USD 1-5 per charge. Two pins (type C) and three pins (type D) adaptors are highly recommended. Bring these adaptors or purchase them while you are in Kathmandu.

Health and Safety

Do your guides have the trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitudes?

We provide licensed trekking guides with fluent English. Our guides are certified by the Hotel Management and Tourism Center after receiving 45 days of training. Similarly, the guides receive high-altitude training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).

What are safety measures in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry on the trek to deal with sickness/accidents?

Our guides are well trained and certified in first aid. Throughout the journey, our guides will evaluate your condition and your oxygen level using an oximeter. Our head office receives continuous updates on your condition and location through the guides. In places without a phone signal, your situation will be updated through a satellite phone during emergencies.

How do you allocate guides and porters in a group?

We allocate one guide for groups of up to 8 participants. For groups of over 8 participants, we allot an associate guide. As per the size of the group, we may add more guides or divide them into sub-groups.

We provide one porter for every two clients. Two clients’ duffel bags will be carried by one porter. The weight limit is 30kg or 15kg for each client. For an additional cost, we can arrange for one porter to carry one participant’s duffel.

Is Ace the Himalaya's staff insured?

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa, and porters. Please browse through our legal docment page to view insurance details.

What vaccinations will I need?

  • Typhoid vaccination is recommended but not required

We suggest you have a dental checkup before your trip and know your blood type. It is helpful if you inform us of any medical condition that is relevant so we may convey this information in the event of an emergency. Ace the Himalaya keeps your medical condition confidential unless treatment is necessary.

How are acclimatization and altitude related?

Altitude sickness is a possibility during the trek. Air at higher elevations has less oxygen available. To avoid altitude sickness, acclimatization days and slow climbs are recommended at higher elevations. Along the trek, you’ll be assisted by our professional guides in recognizing and preventing altitude sickness.

What is necessary for sun protection during the trek?

Even when the sun isn’t shining, sun protection is essential. UV rays are reflected by the snow and the harshness of the sun will damage your skin before you notice it at high elevations. Therefore, proper clothing and sunblock are necessary. Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, clothes, etc. are vital for sun protection.

What if I am very sick in the mountain?

Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter. They are very much aware that higher the altitude the oxygen level gets lesser so to get updated on the oxygen level of our client and to know whether they are fit enough or needs extra precautions to continue.

Guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.

If I am sick, can I continue the trek after a day's rest?

The continuation of the trek depends upon your health condition. If you suffer from altitude sickness, you need to go down to a lower altitude. It takes several days to a week to recover. In group trekking, you need to discuss with your guide if you can re-connect with your group. However, you’ll be bound by time. If you are on a private trek and have extra time, the trek might be able to continue.

What kind of trekking boot would be best for the trek?

An important piece of equipment is your trekking boots. Invest in a durable and comfortable pair, preferably with water-proof lining. Boots that provide ankle support on rough ground and have stiff soles are recommended.

Do you guys have a PAC (Portable Altitude Chamber)?

Yes, we have access to a portable altitude chamber in case of an emergency. It is not essential to carry during the trek. Though, we can use arrange it upon request for an extra cost of USD 200.

Practical Matters

What is your cancellation policy?

Notice should be provided 20 days before the trip start date in case of cancellation. The trip can be canceled for justifiable reasons. Once the trip is canceled, a fee of 30% of the trip cost is retained for administrative costs.

However, the trip amount is entirely non-refundable if the cancellation is not made before the 20 days as per our terms and conditions. For submitting a claim to your insurance company after the cancellation, we can assist with documentation such as a receipt of monies paid. Refund will not be provided for unused accommodation in case of trip cancellation caused by personal reasons/sickness/weather.

More information about our cancellation policy can be found here in Terms and Conditions page.

Do I need to tip my guide and porter? How much would that be?

Tipping is expected and appreciated. You can tip your trekking guides and porters based on your satisfaction and enjoyment. We suggest you spend at least 10% of your total trek cost for tipping staff. You’ll learn more about how much to tip your group’s guides and porters during our pre-trip briefing in Kathmandu.

Is there any communication while we are trekking?

Yes. The guides carry local cell phones, so you can use their cell phones if necessary and reimburse them. Assuming you have brought your cell phone, you can obtain a local SIM card and use it. Our guides or representatives can help you get a local SIM card after your arrival. There is the availability of Wi-Fi at most teahouses for an additional cost.  We utilize satellite telephones for emergencies.

Does it cost an extra amount if I am a solo traveler?

If you are a solo traveler and book one of our published dates, there is no additional fee. If you sign up for a private trip or change the trip date from one of our published trip dates, you will be charged an additional fee.

Is there a provision for a refund policy if I don't accomplish the trek?

Trekkers occasionally fail to complete the journey for medical or personal reasons. In this situation, be aware that we do not issue any refunds for products purchased or unused trek days. We must pay our administration staffs, guides, and porters, purchase trekking permits, and all other booked accommodations in advance, so our expenses remain the same.

Who else will be joining my trekking group?

If there are any, you will be allocated to a trekking group. The details of the personal data of your group members cannot be disclosed. However, feel free to contact us if you have queries about other trekkers in the group and we shall give you a general idea of the ages, nationality, and sex of your group members. Chances are you will be trekking with others unless you have booked a private trip.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

You can extend your trekking trip for an additional cost. Potential arrangements will be made if we get a request from your guide. This is applicable for private or solo trips as the itinerary can be easily adjusted. The addition of extra days is bound by time when you are in a group. Therefore, discuss with your group and guide, what changes can possibly be made.

I want to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes, you can extend your holiday. Ace the Himalaya offers many options and alternatives for your holiday extension. For more information, you can visit our Day trips pages.

Transportation and Flights

Do I need to book my international flights for the travel to Nepal?

Yes, you must book your international flights. We are a local agency and do not make international flight arrangements. You can easily browse through flight tickets in airlines sites to book ones most feasible for you.

What form of transportation do you utilize?

We provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans, tourist bus to and from Kathmandu/ Pokhara. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless you are traveling in cooler areas.

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  • Ace the Himalaya believes in giving back to the communities that surround and support tourism in Nepal. Ace provides logistical support and, if needed, cash donations to the projects of Sambhav Nepal (a local NGO).
  • Sambhav Nepal and Ace work together to plan volunteer programs that will bring in foreign volunteers and make use of their enthusiasm, time, and talents in a variety of projects.
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  • Of the few Travelife Partners in Nepal, Ace the Himalaya is one. We respect the procedures for sustainable tourism. Our excursions are socially and environmentally conscious, leaving the lowest possible impact in the Himalayas.
  • About 80% of Ace the Himalaya’s staff members are natives of the regions where our trips are organized. It is one of our sustainable and responsible efforts to help local communities, support small businesses, and promote regional culture and way of life.
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