Nepal Trekking Expedition

Nepal Trekking Expedition

£ 2,195

Pokhara, Nepal

Nepal Trekking Expedition
Intermediate & Advanced
Multi-Day, Guides & Tours
Minimum age: 18
Pokhara, Nepal
Max. group size: 14
Cancellation: Strict
£ 2,195

Activity Highlights:

Join us on an awe-inspiring journey to the heart of the Himalayas. Our Nepal Trekking Expedition offers a unique blend of adventure, culture, and connection. Over 14 days, you’ll experience the historical wonders of Kathmandu, enjoy a breathtaking flight to Pokhara, and embark on an 8-day trek through the stunning Mardi Himal.

Key Details

  • Dates: 2 Nov – 15 Nov 2024
  • Duration: 14 Days (8-day trek)
  • Difficulty: Challenging (good fitness required)
  • Meeting Point: Kathmandu Airport
  • Trek Distance: 76km over 8 days
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,500 m / 14,760 ft
  • Group Size: 8-14 people

What to Expect

The Mardi Himal Trek, a gem in the Annapurna region, takes you through ancient rhododendron forests, high ridge lines, and traditional Gurung Villages. Witness the splendour of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I, and the revered, unclimbed Machhapuchhare. With less foot traffic, this trek offers a peaceful yet exhilarating experience, amidst some of the world’s most majestic mountains.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu:

Upon airport arrival, we’ll transport you to our Kathmandu hotel. Settle in and later, gather for a traditional Nepalese dinner.

Day 2 – Kathmandu Exploration:

Enjoy a morning tour of Kathmandu’s iconic sites, including Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Durbar Square. The afternoon is reserved for last-minute preparations and a group dinner.

Day 3 – Journey to Pokhara:

A short flight brings us to Pokhara. Meet the 3 Sisters trekking guides, attend a trek briefing, and stay overnight at the 3 Sisters Lodge.

Day 4 – Trek Commences:

Drive to Khare village, followed by a mild hike to Thulo Kharka (1950 m). Overnight at a Tea House after a 3km hike and 1066m ascent.

Day 5 – Forest Camp Trek:

Trek through oak, birch, and rhododendron forests to the Forest Camp Tea House at 2550 m. The day includes a 12km hike with 600m ascent.

Day 6 – Ascend to Lower Camp:

Trek from Forest Camp to Lower Camp Tea House at 3,400m, with a 5km hike and 900m ascent.

Day 7 – Reach High Ridge:

Hike to our highest overnight ridge point (4100 m). Leave forests for meadows and Gurung village views. Trek to Annapurna Base Camp, covering 15km with a 700m ascent.

Day 8 – Mardi Himal Crest:

Ascend to Mardi Himal’s peak (4500 m) and descend to Lower Camp Tea House post-lunch. Cover 15km with 400m ascent and 700m descent.

Day 9 – Descent to Saiti Ghhata:

Descend through forests to Saiti Ghhata on Mardi River’s banks (1350 m). The day’s hike covers 8.5 km with a 1500m descent.

Day 10 – Village Trek:

Walk through Nepalese villages with scenic mountain views, covering 8.5km with 580m descent.

Day 11 – Return to Pokhara:

Leave the mountains, walking to Khora Mukh. Catch a bus back to Pokhara for an overnight stay at 3 Sisters Lodge. Cover 9km with 400m descent.

Day 12 – Pokhara Relaxation and Adventure:

A free day in Pokhara for relaxation or additional activities like paragliding, zip-lining, or white-water rafting. Options also include boat hire, massage, or yoga.

Day 13 – Return to Kathmandu:

Fly back to Kathmandu for last-minute shopping, sightseeing, and packing, followed by a final group meal.

Day 14 – Departure:

Bid farewell to Nepal and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Location

Starting from the vibrant city of Kathmandu, we fly to the picturesque town of Pokhara, the gateway to our trek in the Mardi Himal. This region is renowned for its natural beauty and cultural richness, offering an immersive Himalayan experience.

Accommodation

Throughout the trek, we’ll be staying in comfortable, traditional tea houses, offering a cosy, authentic Nepalese experience. These accommodations are carefully selected to ensure a restful night’s sleep after each day’s adventure.

Prerequisites

Participants should have a good level of fitness and be prepared for challenging terrain. Prior trekking experience is beneficial but not essential. Our team will provide comprehensive pre-departure support to ensure you’re fully prepared for the journey ahead.

Why Choose Us?

  • Led by Everest summiteer Mollie Hughes, co-founder Stevie Boyle, and expert female guides from 3 Sisters Adventures Trekking.
  • Collaborating with 3 Sisters Trekking, pioneers in empowering female guides in Nepal.
  • Off-the-beaten-path trekking with cultural immersion in remote Gurung Villages.
  • From pre-departure advice to all-inclusive logistics in Nepal, we ensure a hassle-free and enriching experience.

Three Sisters Trekking Company

Partnering with the trailblazing 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking, founded by Lucky, Dicky, and Nicky Chhetri, we’re proud to support their mission of empowering Nepali women. This collaboration not only offers an exceptional trekking experience but also a chance to engage with inspiring women who are changing the face of Nepalese society.

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What's Included:

  • Two highly experienced expedition leaders from Ocean Vertical including Mollie Hughes
  • Pre-departure support and advice from expert leaders from Ocean Vertical
  • Local female guides from 3 Sisters Trekking
  • Local trekking assistants from 3 Sisters Trekking
  • Breakfast and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Three meals per day while trekking
  • Afternoon tea & snacks while on the trek
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation for the duration of the trek (2 persons per room)
  • Complimentary massage after the trek from Seeing Hands, a blind organisation
  • Free branded t-shirt

What's Not Included:

  • International flights to / from Kathmandu
  • Nepalese Visa (15 days US$30 or 30 days US$50) available to obtain when you land at KTM airport
  • Travel and trekking insurance which should include emergency rescue (we can advise)
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Personal clothing and equipment (full packing list provided on booking)

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Frequently Asked Questions

The trek is challenging and requires a good level of fitness. You should be comfortable walking for several hours a day, sometimes on steep and uneven terrain. Prior hiking experience is beneficial, but not mandatory. We recommend a regimen of cardiovascular exercise and strength training in preparation.

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we’ll stay in comfortable hotels. During the trek, accommodation will be in traditional Nepalese tea houses. These are simple yet cosy, offering basic amenities, shared rooms, and an authentic experience of local culture.

Yes, all meals are provided during the trek. You’ll enjoy a variety of local cuisine, prepared by the tea houses. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, meals are included as per the itinerary. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions in advance.

Essential items include a sturdy pair of hiking boots, a warm sleeping bag, layers of clothing for varying temperatures, a waterproof jacket, a daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle, and personal medication. A detailed packing list will be provided upon booking.

Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for all participants. Your policy should cover high-altitude trekking, medical expenses, and emergency evacuation. You will need to provide proof of insurance before the trek commences.

Our itinerary is designed to allow gradual acclimatisation to high altitudes. However, if you experience symptoms of altitude sickness, our experienced guides will provide immediate assistance, which may include descending to a lower altitude or arranging for evacuation if necessary.

Charging facilities are available at some tea houses for a small fee. However, electricity can be unreliable in remote areas. We recommend bringing spare batteries or a portable power bank.

The maximum group size is 14 people. This ensures a personalised experience and allows our guides to give attention to each trekker’s needs.

We are committed to sustainable and responsible trekking practices. This includes proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures and traditions, and minimising our environmental impact. We encourage trekkers to follow these practices throughout the expedition.

Mollie is the ideal guide to lead you on this unforgettable journey. In 2020, Mollie made history as the youngest woman to ski solo from Antarctica’s coast to the geographic South Pole, covering a staggering 700 miles in just 58 days. Mollie has over a decade of global expedition experience, including conquering Mount Everest from both its northern and southern routes. She is a world record-breaking mountaineer and polar expeditioner, and director of Ocean Vertical, who run this amazing trip.

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  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts

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