Mardi Himal Trek – 10 Days
- Trip Code: ATH15925
- Country: Nepal
- Duration: 10 Days
- Trip Level: DemandingBetween Moderate to Strenuous trip at an altitude up to 4,000m with side trips to higher elevations. This is classified as ill-defined trails, away from major settlements. Considered to be harder therefore preparation for fitness and good health conditions are essential.
- Max Altitude: 4,500 m/14,763 ft
- Activity: High Altitude Trekking
- Starts at: Kathmandu
- Ends at: Kathmandu
- Trip Route:
Kathmandu – Pokhara - Australian Base Camp - Forest Camp – Low Camp – High Camp – Mardi Himal Base Camp – Badaldanda - Pokhara -Kathmandu
- Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
- 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 Rai and Limbu people.
- Enjoy natural village lifestyle, lush forest, and panoramic mountain views.
Mardi Himal is out of the way gems and little known trekking destination in Nepal. Lying south to one of the most popular trekking route; Annapurna Base Camp, very few trekkers has explored the rugged yet beautiful trail route to Mardi Himal.
This trek can be a best route for trekkers who love to have fewer crowds of people even during the favorable seasons unlike other treks. The chirping of the birds and walking under the shades of trees provides the unique taste of trek which is very uncommon in other trail.
The major highlights of Mardi Himal Trek are Mardi Himal Base Camp, traditional Nepali villages, people’s lifestyle, up close view of the mountains including Mt. Annapurna South, Himchuli and Mt. Machhapuchre, green lush forest throughout the trail, to name a few.
Mardi Himal Trek is a blend of easy and moderate trek that largely depends on your trekking experiences. Moreover, it can be the best option for beginners to challenge the high altitude adventure. The maximum altitude for the trek is 4,250 m at the Upper view point or the 4,500 m at the Mardi Himal Base Camp.
The panoramic view of the mountains; Annapurna South, Himchuli and Machhpuchhre (Fishtail) will fill your heart with every spirit of adventure. Indeed, the flora and fauna, the green rich forests of Oak and Maple and the gorgeous national flower Rhododendron along the trails cannot be forgotten easily. Mardi Himal Trek is simply the best trek not only for magnificent mountain views, but also to discover the traditional village life and a true countryside of Nepal.
- Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 02 – Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus – 7 Hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 03 – Drive to Kande – 1 hour. Trek to Australian Base Camp (2060m) -3 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 04 – Trek to Forest Camp (2600m) – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 05 – Trek to High Camp (3,550 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 06 – Trek to Upper View Point (4,250 m) – 2.5 hours / Base Camp (4,500m) – 4 hours. Trek back to Low Camp (3,050 m) – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 07 – Trek to Sidhing (1,700 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 08 – Trek to Lumre – 3 hours and drive back to Pokhara – 3 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 09 – Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus and farewell dinner in the evening – 7 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 10 – Transfer to the International Airport for your Final Flight Departure.
Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu airport and Transfer to hotel (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.
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.
Stay overnight at a Hotel. No meals included.
Day 02 – Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus – 7 Hours.
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 6-7 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.
Stay overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 03 – Drive to Kande – 2 hour. Trek to Australian Base Camp (2,060 m) – 3 hours.
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.
Stay overnight at a guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04 – Trek to Forest Camp (2,600 m) – 6 hours.
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.
Stay overnight at a guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05 – Trek to High Camp (3,550 m) – 6 hours.
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 5 to 6 hours, we finally reach High Camp.
Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06 – Trek to Upper View Point (4,250 m) – 2.5 hours / Base Camp (4,500m) – 4 hours. Trek back to Low Camp (3,050 m) – 6 to 7 hours.
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.
Stay overnight at a guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07 – Trek to Sidhing (1,700 m) – 6 hours.
We start our day with a descent down the trail to Sidhing village added with the drastic change in elevation. After walking for around five hours we will reach Sidhing which offers the quite overnight stay for the trekkers.
Stay overnight at a guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08 – Trek to Lumre – 3 hours and drive back to Pokhara – 3 hours.
Today is the last day of trekking. We start our day with a leisurely walk down to Lumre 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 – 7 hours
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 will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
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.
- The price per person for the Small group Journey is fixed as stated below. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The discount is subjected to increase with the number of people in your group. Bigger the group better the discount so group bookings are highly encouraged.
See Group Booking Discount
No. of people Price per person 1-1 USD 950 2-2 USD 700 3-5 USD 665 6-9 USD 575 10-13 USD 550 14+ USD 525Check Availabile Dates: Date (Start - End) Price (Per Person) Sat, 26 Sep - Mon, 5 Oct USD 950 Sat, 3 Oct - Mon, 12 Oct USD 950 Sat, 10 Oct - Mon, 19 Oct USD 950 Sat, 17 Oct - Mon, 26 Oct USD 950 Sat, 24 Oct - Mon, 2 Nov USD 950 Sat, 31 Oct - Mon, 9 Nov USD 950 Sat, 7 Nov - Mon, 16 Nov USD 950 Sat, 14 Nov - Mon, 23 Nov USD 950 Sat, 21 Nov - Mon, 30 Nov USD 950 Sat, 28 Nov - Mon, 7 Dec USD 950 Sat, 5 Dec - Mon, 14 Dec USD 950 Sat, 12 Dec - Mon, 21 Dec USD 950 Sat, 19 Dec - Mon, 28 Dec USD 950 Sat, 26 Dec - Mon, 4 Jan USD 950 Sat, 2 Jan - Mon, 11 Jan USD 950 Sat, 9 Jan - Mon, 18 Jan USD 950 Sat, 16 Jan - Mon, 25 Jan USD 950 Sat, 23 Jan - Mon, 1 Feb USD 950 Sat, 30 Jan - Mon, 8 Feb USD 950 Sat, 6 Feb - Mon, 15 Feb USD 950 Sat, 13 Feb - Mon, 22 Feb USD 950 Sat, 20 Feb - Mon, 1 Mar USD 950 Sat, 27 Feb - Mon, 8 Mar USD 950 Sat, 6 Mar - Mon, 15 Mar USD 950 Sat, 13 Mar - Mon, 22 Mar USD 950 Sat, 20 Mar - Mon, 29 Mar USD 950 Sat, 27 Mar - Mon, 5 Apr USD 950 Sat, 3 Apr - Mon, 12 Apr USD 950 Sat, 10 Apr - Mon, 19 Apr USD 950 Sat, 17 Apr - Mon, 26 Apr USD 950 Sat, 24 Apr - Mon, 3 May USD 950 Sat, 1 May - Mon, 10 May USD 950 Sat, 8 May - Mon, 17 May USD 950 Sat, 15 May - Mon, 24 May USD 950 Sat, 22 May - Mon, 31 May USD 950 Sat, 29 May - Mon, 7 Jun USD 950 Sat, 5 Jun - Mon, 14 Jun USD 950 Sat, 12 Jun - Mon, 21 Jun USD 950 Sat, 19 Jun - Mon, 28 Jun USD 950 Sat, 26 Jun - Mon, 5 Jul USD 950 Sat, 4 Sep - Mon, 13 Sep USD 950 Sat, 11 Sep - Mon, 20 Sep USD 950 Sat, 18 Sep - Mon, 27 Sep USD 950 Sat, 25 Sep - Mon, 4 Oct USD 950 Sat, 2 Oct - Mon, 11 Oct USD 950 Sat, 9 Oct - Mon, 18 Oct USD 950 Sat, 16 Oct - Mon, 25 Oct USD 950 Sat, 23 Oct - Mon, 1 Nov USD 950 Sat, 30 Oct - Mon, 8 Nov USD 950 Sat, 6 Nov - Mon, 15 Nov USD 950 Sat, 13 Nov - Mon, 22 Nov USD 950 Sat, 20 Nov - Mon, 29 Nov USD 950 Sat, 27 Nov - Mon, 6 Dec USD 950 Sat, 4 Dec - Mon, 13 Dec USD 950 Sat, 11 Dec - Mon, 20 Dec USD 950 Sat, 18 Dec - Mon, 27 Dec USD 950 Sat, 25 Dec - Mon, 3 Jan USD 950 Sat, 1 Jan - Mon, 10 Jan USD 950 Sat, 8 Jan - Mon, 17 Jan USD 950 Sat, 15 Jan - Mon, 24 Jan USD 950 Sat, 22 Jan - Mon, 31 Jan USD 950 Sat, 29 Jan - Mon, 7 Feb USD 950 Sat, 5 Feb - Mon, 14 Feb USD 950 Sat, 12 Feb - Mon, 21 Feb USD 950 Sat, 19 Feb - Mon, 28 Feb USD 950 Sat, 26 Feb - Mon, 7 Mar USD 950 Sat, 5 Mar - Mon, 14 Mar USD 950 Sat, 12 Mar - Mon, 21 Mar USD 950 Sat, 19 Mar - Mon, 28 Mar USD 950 Sat, 26 Mar - Mon, 4 Apr USD 950 Sat, 2 Apr - Mon, 11 Apr USD 950 Sat, 9 Apr - Mon, 18 Apr USD 950 Sat, 16 Apr - Mon, 25 Apr USD 950 Sat, 23 Apr - Mon, 2 May USD 950 Sat, 30 Apr - Mon, 9 May USD 950 Sat, 7 May - Mon, 16 May USD 950 Sat, 14 May - Mon, 23 May USD 950 Sat, 21 May - Mon, 30 May USD 950 Sat, 28 May - Mon, 6 Jun USD 950 Sat, 4 Jun - Mon, 13 Jun USD 950 Sat, 11 Jun - Mon, 20 Jun USD 950 Sat, 18 Jun - Mon, 27 Jun USD 950 Sat, 25 Jun - Mon, 4 Jul USD 950 Sat, 3 Sep - Mon, 12 Sep USD 950 Sat, 10 Sep - Mon, 19 Sep USD 950 Sat, 17 Sep - Mon, 26 Sep USD 950 Sat, 24 Sep - Mon, 3 Oct USD 950 Sat, 1 Oct - Mon, 10 Oct USD 950 Sat, 8 Oct - Mon, 17 Oct USD 950 Sat, 15 Oct - Mon, 24 Oct USD 950 Sat, 22 Oct - Mon, 31 Oct USD 950 Sat, 29 Oct - Mon, 7 Nov USD 950 Sat, 5 Nov - Mon, 14 Nov USD 950 Sat, 12 Nov - Mon, 21 Nov USD 950 Sat, 19 Nov - Mon, 28 Nov USD 950 Sat, 26 Nov - Mon, 5 Dec USD 950 Sat, 3 Dec - Mon, 12 Dec USD 950 Sat, 10 Dec - Mon, 19 Dec USD 950 Sat, 17 Dec - Mon, 26 Dec USD 950 Sat, 24 Dec - Mon, 2 Jan USD 950 Sat, 31 Dec - Mon, 9 Jan USD 950
We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.
Twin or double sharing accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast included (If you need a single room, it can be arranged at an additional cost)
Surface transfer to and from Pokhara in a tourist bus (if opt for flight, it can be arranged, however, extra charge is applicable).
Surface transfer from Lumre to Pokhara in a private tourist vehicle.
Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking trekking guide.
All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
The local staff and porters to carry your luggage and equipment during the trek (we assign a porter for every two clients).
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (which need to be returned after the trek).
Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sun hat.
Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance performance.
Trip completion certificate.
All our government taxes, VAT, tourist service charges.
Price Does not Include
Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)
International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page.)
Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $50 and $ 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
Alcoholic and cold drinks.
Personal trekking and climbing Equipment.
Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
The following gives you a general idea of the trekking equipment and clothing needed for this trek.
This is a porter-supported trek. Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.
The weight limit for the porter is 30 kg or 66 pounds. 15 kg or 33 pounds for each client. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.
- Sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffel bag(We will provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag which is yours to keep)
- Down jacket (For winter)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat)
- Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears (For winter)
- Normal sunglasses
- Neck warmer (For winter)
- Liner gloves
- Heavier shell gloves (For winter)
- Thermal tops (For winter)
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
Lower Body – Legs
- Thermal bottoms (For winter)
- Trekking pants and shorts
- Water/windproof trousers
- Casual pants
- Good Goretex pants
- Liner socks
- Heavyweight socks (For winter)
- Waterproof hiking/trekking shoes
- Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
Medicines and First Aid Kit
(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.)
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- Anti-infection ointments
- Lip balm (SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
Miscellaneous, but Important!
- Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
- Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
- Water bottle/bladder
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)
- Adjustable trekking poles
- Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
- Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
- Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.
Mardi Himal trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey.Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition must seek medical advice/consent before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.
To prepare for this trek you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.
YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)
Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.
We use standard rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. You can rent sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.
Few 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.
At most cases, you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.
All the guest houses sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself. Hand sanitizer and a towel you must bring your own.
During the trek we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, USD 45 Per Room per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu and in Pokhara but not in the mountain especially during the peak time.
Most teahouses (lodges) in Mardi region trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season). You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get 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.
YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.
No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 1 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per littler. More higher you go it would be expensive. If you are planning to drink normal water, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must. One can purchase purification tablets or iodine in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
At the lower altitude the guesthouses may provide the facilities of hot shower. And in rest of the places (at higher elevation), warm water in the bucket will be provided for shower. For all above showers, it would cost you extra about USD 3-4 per shower. The higher you go the hot shower would be expensive.
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.
During the trekking period, cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. Changing money from Kathmandu and taking Nepalese cash is a wise idea, which we too recommend.
The travel to and from the destination will be through vehicular transportation. We provide you 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 or alternatively 4WD SUVs, more maneuverable in travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas.
We generally use tourist bus to and from Pokhara-Kathmandu. But if you want to take a flight instead then we can help you with it. However, the price may increase slightly. For domestic flights (Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu), we use Simrik Air, Buddha Air, Yeti Air and Surya Air -popular domestic airlines in Nepal. Please inquire about it during your final bookings.
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.
The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% deposit payment. You can pay the rest of the balance when you arrive in Kathmandu by USD Cash, Credit cards (Master, Visa and American Express) any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of those 4% amount)
You can clear the remainder of the money upon your arrival in Kathmandu or even before you arrive in Kathmandu. You can use USD cash, American Express, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit cards.
Cancellation notice is required, minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the trip shall then be termed as cancelled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.
Our trekking season 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.
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 this 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 region. 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. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as 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 25degrees 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 above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.
The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 deg C (14 Deg Fahrenheit), our guide can provide liner or extra blanket from the lodge in the mountain if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.
Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).
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 Oximeter in order to track your oxygen level just to make sure you are fit enough to continue your high altitude walk. Guides also 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.
Our Company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters. Please browse though Company information pages to view insurance details.
You don’t need to submit any immunization documents to enter Nepal however if you have been immunized with diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus then that is a plus point but it’s not mandatory.
We also recommend:
· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.
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.
It totally depends on level of your sickness. Once you are sick in higher altitude you need to rest at lower altitude and it at least need 3 days to a week for the recovery. If you are in private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with guide depending on your health status. If you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with guide and catch up the group later on.
No, we do not have a PAC but it is not necessarily required for the trek. But if someone requires a PAC then it can be hired on a rent for which charges will be applicable.
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the super markets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.
The hotels 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.
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.
Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. Please consult with your guide and he will update our office in Kathmandu and we can make the arrangements accordingly. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible where as If you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with your group and guide and your guide will update us accordingly.
Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
YES, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimum additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.