While this trip is cultural in nature, we will be traveling over very remote terrain, at high altitude, far from medical assistance. Travelers should check with their physicians to ensure they are fit enough to embark on such a journey, and are up to date on all required vaccinations.
Mardi Himal is generally not considered a malaria risk, but travelers should check with their physicians before deciding on whether to bring prophylaxis for our short visit to the lower elevations at Pokhara. Maximum altitude reached will be approximately 4500m (14,800’). Temperature extremes can be expected to fluctuate between-3°C in the upper elevations and +35°C in Pokhara (+29°F to + 95°F), with cool to pleasant daytime highs , mitigated by the clear, sunny skies. Precipitation is possible, but unlikely. While we will do our best to ensure that we stay in the hotels and villages indicated in the itinerary, the Organizers reserve the right to change the itinerary as conditions dictate, with guest safety and comfort the primary concerns.
Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be 3*, with private bath, hot water and wifi. Because the Mardi Himal trek is a newly-established route, not yet on the radar of the masses, the tea houses haven’t had a chance to proliferate there with the same competitive zeal as they have in some other regions. A hike in Mardi Himal will be like taking a time machine back 40-50 years, to a time where lodges did not have attached baths, electricity or hot water.
Please note, the trip cost is on a sharing basis. While we always do our best to match travelers with others of the same gender, this may not always be possible. Therefore, we recommend the $500 single supplement to those for whom this may be an issue. Teahouses in Nepal typically do not honor requests for single rooms. Because of this, those booking the single supplement will have the option to sleep in their own private tent rather than inside the teahouse in a shared room. The cost of the supplement will include single rooms at our hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, as well as the rental of a tent, sleeping bag and foam mattress, which will be carried by porters.