The Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal is a bitite eco-tour centered on the Annapurna mountain range. A short Mardi trek is a sweet opportunity to break away from the crowd. The route is decorated with beautiful landscapes and attractive mountain views, terraced farmlands, forests, and high mountain camps. The Mardi Himal trek offers stunning views of Annapurna South (7,219 m/23,684 ft), Hiuchuli (6,441 m/21,132 ft), Machhapuchhre (6,995 m/22,851 ft), and rectangular deg. Expanding, it is the vanguard of vital loudness. The Mardi Trek route offers natural beauty, making it one of the most popular treks in Nepal.Mardi Himal is located east of Modi river just before Ghorepani /Poon hill trek. Mardi Himal Trekking is a newly discovered trail that has a lot to discover and experience. Very few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal base camp – so it is maintained in terms of tradition and nature. Mardi Himal trek is the most suitable option for those who want to enjoy the beauty of Annapurna away from the crowds.
This trek gives you a view of the towering Mardi Himal (5,553 m) that rises in front of Kikatha and the sacred Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail). This is one of the amazing elements of this serene off-the-beaten-track trekking route. Traveling from temperate to alpine forests to rugged mountain terrain is undoubtedly the spirit of wilderness adventure. Grace your traveling soul with the virgin beauty of Mother Nature on this stunning alternative trekking trail in the Annapurna region.Moreover, you will see wildlife passing through the Annapurna Conservation Area. You will get a chance to see Danfe (Pheasant), Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Snow Leopard and other mountain wildlife. The Mardi Himal Trail snakes through dense rhododendron forest until you emerge from base camp. En route, you can enjoy a completely secluded drive filled with magical forests, authentic villages, terraced farms, flowing rivers, towering waterfalls and panoramic views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Snow Chuli peaks.
Gradually, the tree line gives way to alpine scrub, and the views become clearer and clearer. From the high camp (3,540 m), you can climb to the top view point for more up-close views. The top view offers an amazing up-close view of the entire Annapurna range. On the way back, we will do a circular hike so you don’t have to go back on the same trail.There are modest teahouses and homestays along the trail, and food options are limited. You will be offered a basic twin-share room with a shared toilet. Although teahouses provide warm blankets, carry sleeping bags for extra comfort and warmth.
The Mardi Himal Trek is a relatively new and less-crowded trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It offers stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range, including the famous peaks of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Some of the highlights of the Mardi Himal Trek:
Stunning mountain views: The trek offers unobstructed and close-up views of the Annapurna mountain range, including the Mardi Himal and the Fishtail peak.
Less Crowded: Compared to other popular treks in the Annapurna region, the Mardi Himal Trek is relatively less crowded, making it a peaceful and intimate experience.
Cultural encounters: The trek passes through several traditional villages, allowing trekkers to learn about the local culture and interact with the friendly people of the region.
Varied landscapes:The trek takes you through different landscapes, including dense forests, terraced fields, and high-altitude meadows, offering a diverse and memorable experience.
Wildlife sightings: The trek passes through the Annapurna Conservation Area, where trekkers have the chance to spot rare and exotic wildlife, such as the Himalayan Thar, Ghoral, and Musk Deer.
Serene High Camps: The trek has several high camps that offer serene and peaceful surroundings, providing an opportunity for trekkers to soak in the natural beauty of the region.Overall, the Mardi Himal Trek is a unique and unforgettable experience that showcases the natural and cultural beauty of the Annapurna region in Nepal.
Mardi Himal Base Camp is another beautiful trekking destination in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Like other trekking regions in Nepal, the weather at Mardi Himal Base Camp varies throughout the year.
Spring (March to May):
Spring is one of the best times to trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp. The weather is generally stable, with mild temperatures.
Daytime temperatures at lower elevations can range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit).
The higher elevations may still have some snow, but the trails are generally clear.
Summer/Monsoon (June to August):
The summer months bring the monsoon season, characterized by heavy rainfall.
Trekking during this period is not recommended due to the risk of landslides, slippery trails, and poor visibility.
Autumn (September to November):
Autumn is another excellent time for trekking in the Mardi Himal region.
The weather is clear, and the temperatures are moderate. Daytime temperatures at lower elevations can range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit).
The views of the surrounding mountains are stunning during this season.
Winter (December to February):
Winter brings colder temperatures, especially at higher elevations.
Daytime temperatures at lower altitudes can range from 5 to 15 degrees Celsius (41 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit).
Higher elevations, including Mardi Himal Base Camp, may experience snowfall, and the trails can be covered in snow.
It’s crucial to keep in mind that these are general trends, and actual weather conditions can vary. Before embarking on the trek, it’s advisable to check the latest weather forecasts and be prepared for changes in weather, especially at higher elevations. Additionally, ensure that you have the appropriate gear for the prevailing conditions, such as insulated clothing for colder temperatures and rain gear for potential rainfall.
When you arrive in Kathmandu, Sawasdee Nepal team members or I will officially greet and meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You will have leisure time, followed by an evening welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu (1,350m).
We have breakfast and then leave for Pokhara, also known as The Lake City owing to the large number of lakes in the city. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. We then check-in to our hotel and take a rest. We enjoy boating on Fewa Lake and walking through the city streets in Pokhara.
After an early morning breakfast, we start our adventure with a drive to Dhampus-pothana and start trekking from there. We walk on stone steps, terraced fields and through villages and forests before reaching Australian camp.
Reds are seen in abundance in the lush forest of the Nepalese hills, and it is no surprise that this is a major crop. We are very quiet until we reach a clearing in the forest camp. WeThe camping site is located in the Kokar area, also known locally as Acan.overnight in Forest Camp.
We continue to walk through dense forests admiring Nepal’s rich biodiversity and reach the low camp. From here, the fantastic view of Mt. Machapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) up the valley is mesmerizing. We can spend some time in the evening observing the local lifestyle. Overnight in Badala Danda (3900 m).
We trek uphill alongside a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhre. The tree lines start getting thinner and the area mostly consists of shrubs with isolated rhododendron bushes along the trail. If lucky, we might even come across the Daphne pheasant (national bird of Nepal) on our way to high camp. We ascend to high camp, which is the final destination of the day. From here the mountain views are stunning. Overnight in high camp.
At the upper viewpoint we ascend and descend, and sometimes on a steep and narrow trail. Our trail passes through pastures and we hike along a narrow ridge before reaching the Upper Viewpoint. The view of This breathtaking view includes the Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and others.o the high camp.
We take a different route in high camp that leads us to Sidhing instead of returning back down to Mardi Himal. The different routes allow us to experience something completely new and make our trek more exciting by taking a different route. A quiet stay for trekkers as it is tucked away from the busy trails. Overnight in Siddhing
By Bus/Van/Jeep : Morning we will drive back through the scenic countryside and en route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel and you own or further references you extending holiday as per your time and interest.
By Fly: Early morning fly to Kathmandu (catch left side of the airplane for the best views of Himalayans) .Transfer to your hotel; the day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu and evening celebration dinner together. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Our friendly representative will drop you off at the airport. We are sure that you will be inspired to visit Nepal again after this trek. We hope that you choose us to plan your next trip to Nepal.
All pick up and drop off from/to International and domestic airports
A Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
Guided sightseeing to the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu City
A welcome/farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program
A Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
Annapurna Conservation Area permit and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
Three meals (B/L/D) on trekking available at Village Kitchens/Camps
Accommodations in the mountain at Village Homes (Home Stay)/Camps
An English speaking Trekking Guide along the camp crew
A porter shared between two trekkers
Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
Private land transportation before/after the trek in Pokhara
Half day city tour in Pokhara
Kathmandu-Pokhara overland transfer by a private vehicle and Pokhara-Kathmandu by regular flight
Nepal Visa fee(bring accurate 30 USD cash and two passport photographs )
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary
Down jacket,four seasonal sleeping bag rents
Travel/medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
Personal expenses such (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, WIFI etc
Tips for guides and porters
Few passport-sized photos
Map Clothing and Accessories
Lightweight thermal gloves
Windproof and waterproof jacket
Windproof and waterproof trousers
T-Shirts (full/half sleeve)
Walking shoes or sandals
Sleeping bag Food & water
Snacks ( Crackers, Chips, Biscuits, etc)
Your favorite coffee or tea bags
Water purifier Personal Hygiene and Toiletries
Quick drying towel
Sunscreen with maximum SPF
Feminine hygiene (Sanitary pads) Other Essentials
Backpack (45-60 litre)
Trekking Pole or Stick
Portable charger / power bank
A notebook and a pen is always useful
Card games (Uno, Skip Bo)
Board games (Ludo, Chess)
Duration of Mardi Himal Trek
As a short trek in Nepal, the duration of the Mardi Himal trek ranges from 4 to 6 days depending on your starting point and itinerary. Many lengthened itineraries traverse to various villages. On that note, if you start from Kathmandu, your trip days will be increased by 2 more days for transportation. Sawasdee Nepal has the perfectly crafted 5-7 days Mardi Himal Trek starting from Kathmandu/ Pokhara. If you want to start from Kathmandu, we can make arrangements accordingly. Please inquire us with your requirements for further information.
Communication during the Trek
The trail to Mardi Himal Base Camp makes its way through the dense forests of ACAP. There are numerous tea houses built along the trail for accommodation facilities. The trail for the most part navigates through deep gorges and rocky ridges of high hills. Cellular facilities in these areas while available can be disturbed most of the time. While there might be voice call facilities, data connection can be an issue during the trek. Tea Houses in Mardi Himal Trek have wifi facilities available. However, you will have to pay extra ($2 per day) for access.
Difficulty Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trek is relatively moderate compared to other Annapurna trekking in Nepal. The elevation range, availability of teahouses, technicality of the trail, and amount of crowd make this trek perfect for beginners as well as experienced trekkers. That being said, the trail after you cross Low Camp is arduous. The steep and narrow rocky paths begin after you traverse through Low Camp. The stretch from there to High Camp is risky and needs careful navigation. Also, as you hike from High Camp towards Mardi Base Camp, it is an AMS-prone zone with an elevation reaching 4500 meters. During the winter, this section is filled with snow making it difficult to traverse. In a nutshell, if done with a professional trekking agency, Mardi Himal Trek can be a comfortable and mesmerizing trekking experience for all kinds of trekkers.
Best Time for Mardi Himal Trek
Nepal boasts a diverse weather pattern throughout the year with 4 major ones: Spring(March), Autumn(September- December), Winter(December- February), and Summer(June-August). The Spring months bring out the best in Nepalese highlands. The temperature is mild with crystal clear weather which is perfect for trekking in Nepal. Another best time for a trek to Mardi is during the Autumn. With a similar pattern of weather and temperature range like Spring, Autumn months provide the best views of the Himalayas.
Cost for mardi Himal Trek
The Mardi Himal trek cost depends on the time of the year chosen for the trek. Autumn and Spring months being the best time, receives a huge number of trekkers from all over the world. Prices of lodging and transportation facilities skyrocket during these times. Make sure to book your seats in advance for a comfortable trekking experience. Summer months in Nepal are filled with heavy rainfalls all across. Winter months receive heavy snowfall which makes trekking to mountainous areas arduous. If you trek during Summer and Winter, the trail is less crowded with tea houses almost empty for most months.
Meals while Trekking Mardi Himal
Nepalese tea houses serve a diverse range of cuisine options for trekkers. Meals during the Mardi Himal Trek range from several international dishes to the popular Nepalese dish “Daal Bhaat”. Daal Bhaat is a full-course meal preferred by most trekkers. It includes Rice, Lentil, Soup, Veg curry, and pickle which carries adequate nutrients and supplies for trekking days.
Alternatively, you can choose to savor other dishes like Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, French Fries, Pies, Pasta, Cutlets, and others. The tea houses along the trail also provide a range of beverages like juices, yak milk, curd, and other dairy items. If you have a special meal preference, we can arrange it if informed in advance. Our all-inclusive packages include 3 meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner as a standard practice.
Accommodation in Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trek Accommodation is in rural houses that provide basic lodging facilities. These houses are called teahouses in Nepal, popularly known as mountain lodges in the Alps. Tea house accommodation includes wooden structured houses with small rooms with basic amenities. Our teahouses in Mardi Trek provide at least two twin beds per room. There are other types of rooms suited for group travelers. Usually, these rooms can accommodate up to 2,3 and 4 pax. Attached bathrooms are not available at every stop and are subject to availability. The beds have foam mattresses and you will be provided with a quilt and pillow. Sleeping bags are optional for you to carry
Teahouses are operated by the locals of the area and include a dining space and kitchen on the ground floor. The dining area has a central log-fire heating system. Power sockets are provided in the rooms in Pritam Deurali. However, as you trek above Pritam Deurali, power outlets are available in the dining area only. The only power source in these areas is a solar panel. This limits the power supply in the higher areas beyond Pritam Deurali. There are Wi-Fi facilities available but for extra charges $2 per day. Hot showers are available for extra costs too.
Permits for Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trek along with all the stops in between the Pothana is encapsulated in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project(ACAP). This project is aimed at conserving the varied flora and fauna found in the region. You will need an ACAP permit for traversing in this area.
ACAP permit costs:
For foreigners: Nrs. 3000 (Approx. $30)
For SAARC Nationals: Nrs. 1000 (Approx.$10)
TIMS Card costs:
For foreigners: Nrs. 2000 (Approx. $20)
For SAARC Nationals: Nrs. 1000 (Approx.$10)
Apart from the ACAP permit, a TIMS card needs to be obtained for Mardi Himal Trekking. TIMS stands for Trekkers Information Management System. This card is vital to locate the trekkers during their travel. Security personnel will retrieve information from TIMS cards about your identity and whereabouts. Both of these permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Your trekking agent can guide you in obtaining these permits.
Preparation and fitness for Trek to Mardi Himal
Mardi Himal Trek elevation ranges from 2000 meters and elevates up to 4500 meters at Mardi Himal Base Camp. The altitudinal variation of this trek makes it moderately challenging. One must be mentally and physically prepared to make this traverse. Our trek demands 5-7 hours of walking on a muddy and rocky terrain every day. Additionally, we will have to stay at the elevation mark beyond 3000 meters for 2 days.
It is recommended that you start your fitness training at least 1 month before the travel date. We suggest you focus on Cardio exercises: (Cycling, TreadMill, Jogging, Hiking) for boosting stamina and lung capacity. Furthermore, endurance training like weight lifting, sprinting, and others can help in muscle strengthening which is paramount for this traverse. The difficulty of Mardi Himal Trek is dependent on the fitness level of an individual. It could be arduous for a beginner trekker while an easygoing traverse for some with experience. It is always better to be in perfect shape for a comfortable trekking experience.
How do we get Pokhara from Kathmandu ?
There are 3 options to get Pokhara.
Tourist Bus: Tourist Bus leave every day from Kathmandu to Pokhara by 7:00 am in the morning from Sorhakhutte. It takes around 7 hours. The Tourist Bus leaves at 7:30 am from Pokhara. It cost US$10-15 per person for standard tourist bus and US$20 per person for Deluxe tourist bus.
Private Car :US$120/ Jeep US$150/ Van US$200: You can take private Car/ Jeep / Van depending on your group size. If you hire a private vehicle, it will be more flexible.
By Flight: There are many flights to Pokhara from Kathmandu every day. You may choose to take a flight to get there. It takes 25 minutes from Kathmandu. It is a more convenient way to get to Pokhara. It cost US$100 per person one way.
What Foods Can We Eat?
The Lodges have Menu; you will have your own choice. The foods are hygienic. But it is not like cities foods.
Breakfast: Simple Breakfast (Eggs any item, toast or Gurung or Tibetan Bread, Pancake, Muesli, Oat Porridge etc.)
Lunch: Nepali Thali (Plain Rice, Lentil soup, Potato Curry, Green Vegetable, Papadam,Tomato Hot spicy, Chicken curry optional), Macorani , Spaghetti, Potato item, Mo.Mo or dumpling, Pizza, Friend Rice, Fried Noodles, French fries etc.
Dinner: Nepali Thali (Plain Rice, Lentil soup, Potato Curry, Green Vegetable, Papadam,Tomato Hot spicy or pickle, Chicken curry optional), Macorani , Spaghetti, Potato item, Mo.Mo or dumpling, Pizza, Friend Rice, Fried Noodles, French fries etc.
Dessert: Fresh Fruit (Apple, orange, pomegranates, Banana with any seasonal fruit) serve as sweet dessert.
When Is The Best Time To Do This Trek?
We organize this trek every day in whole year. But if you are planning to do this trek at the best time. We recommend you following time.
Winter (December – February): This is coldest time of the year. It will be difficult to trek because of there will be heavy snow.
Spring (March – May): This is best time to trek on Mardi Himal. There will be little bit snow. You will have wonderful weather with warm temperature. You will also have chance to see the Rhododendron flowers.
Summer (June – August): This is monsoon in Nepal. There is chances of raining every day and it will be cloudy. The leeches will be there.
Autumn (September – November): This is another best time to do this trek. After the raining season. It will be fresh and clear weather will be appear. It will be warm temperature.
IMPORTANT NOTE !!!
Available of the trip
We organise small group private trip. If you are 2 or more people in your group, you may book any dates.
The travel insurance is need in case of any emergency. It is recommend to have. If you are doing short and low elevation trek, you can do normal insurance. But if you are doing high altitude or adventure trek, you should have emergency rescue.
Last Minute booking
Normally, trekkers plan the trip before 3-10 months. Some trekkers decide the trip in last minutes. It is also possible to book your trek at last minutes. For the Last minutes booking, you need to make a full payment.
Tipping is highly expected. Our staffs try their best during the trip. After the trip, Tipping is expected. It is not fixed amount or percentage. We recommend the tipping according to their services.
When you are travelling, the safety is most important. For the safety of our clients, we trained our guide and porters. They are all register trekking / Tour / Climbing guide and experience porters.
Extra personal expenses
For the extra expenses, it is good to bring USD / Euro / Pound Sterling or ther currency. You may change to Nepali Rupees (NPR) at Tribhuwan International Airport or near your Hotel in Kathmandu. You will use only Nepali rupees during the trip.
Accept few countries , you will get on arrival Nepal’s Visa at the Tribhuwan International Airport or Nepal board. we recommend to fill up Nepal Visa online form and bring it with you. It will be faster and easy for you and visa fee is recommended to bring cash US dollar. You can’t pay by using credit card.
Trip extension or Itinerary Disclaimer
We organize small group private trip. The trip extension is possible but you have to figure out when you booking the trip.
Group joing and Fixed departure
Most of the time, we have small group private trip. Group joining or fixed departure will be available only at the clients request.
You are not taking all the lugguage on the trek. You will take only necessary gears on the trek and rest of the gears, you will store at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in our office in Kathmandu. All the Hotels have free luggage store services. It is more convenient to store at your Hotel.
Ask permission to photograph people.
Do not remove or purchase antiques, it is illegal.
Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection.
Do not anything to disturb environment or wild animals.
Normally, domestic flight is not on time. If you have international flight with domestic connection flight. It is always better to keep some gaps.
For the Booking, we need passport copy, passport size photo by email or What’s App and 30% deposit.
Nepal Country Visa and Entry Procedure
Here are two ways to obtain a Nepalese visa. The first one is via the Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed in your country. As of the second way, you can easily obtain an On-Arrival visa at the entry/exit points stationed across the country. You can fill out an application form and provide the necessary documents to receive an On-Arrival Visa. Travellers can choose different visa types according to the length of their stay in Nepal.
The visa for 15 days costs USD 30, USD 50 for 30 days, and USD 125 for 90 days. Also if your visa is about to expire but you are not yet done exploring the country, you can get your visa extended for USD 3 per day and if your visa has already expired, it costs USD 5 per day. This information regarding updated Visa Fees is available at the official website of the Department of Immigration at http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/post/notice-regarding-visa-fee-updates.
International flights are only available through the only International airport i.e. the Tribhuvan International Airport. If you are planning on travelling to Nepal by air then TIA is your only option. Flights can be boarded from India, Dubai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur among many other destinations.
Travelling by land you have two options, via India and China. There is also a direct railway line connecting India and Nepal along with several bus facilities for travelling across the border from India.
Travelling by road through India is the most easily accessible. You can travel to Nepal through Sunauli- Bhairahawa, Raxaul – Birgunj, Siliguri- Kakarbhitta, Banbasa – Mahendranagar, or Bahraich- Nepalgunj. Kodari and Kerung are two entry/exit points stationed at the Nepal-Tibet border.
Popular Destinations to Visit
There are numerous travel destinations in Nepal; each with a unique identity and story of its own. Kathmandu is one of such destination, with dozens of sightseeing to do, eateries to try out, and handicrafts to shop. Next up is Pokhara which enchants its visitors with its serene lakes and the enthralling views of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Fishtail ranges. Similarly, Lumbini, Chitwan, Bandipur, and Palpa are a few other destinations which are ripe for tours and leisurely vacations. Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park are two of the most popular destinations for jungle safari and wildlife exploration.
As for adventure sports, Kathmandu and Pokhara offer plenty of choices including rafting, bungee jumping, zip-lining, and paragliding. Likewise, the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions stand out as prominent destinations for treks, peak climbing trips, and expeditions.
Things to do in Nepal
The nation is considered to be a paradise for trekkers and grants an exciting number of choices. On these treks, you will witness the grand views of the Himalayas and the cultural prosperity of the ethnic communities along the trails. Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek are two of the most popular treks in Nepal.
For those who are not satisfied with just gazing up at the mountains, you can go for a mountaineering expedition and peak climbing. While expeditions take you to mountains above the height of 6,500 meters, the destinations of peak climbing trips are low-lying peaks which can be summited even by amateurs. Everest (8848m), Annapurna (8091m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) are popular expedition sites whereas Island Peak (6189m), Mera Peak (6476m), and Pisang Peak (6091m) are the notable peak climbing destinations.
Short tours and sightseeing in Nepal are also quite popular among travellers in Nepal. Likewise, adventure sports like rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, canyoning, rock climbing, zip-lining, and mountain biking are also among the things that can be done in Nepal.
Trekking Seasons in Nepal
The country lies in the temperate zone and has four distinct climates: spring, summer (with monsoon), autumn, and winter. Normally, the best time to trek in Nepal is in March-May (spring) when the skies are clear, trails are filled with blooming flora, and the temperature is just right.
Another appropriate season is mid-September to November (autumn), during which the temperature is moderate, skies are clear, and mountain views are stunning. The summer season (June – August) is occupied by heavy rainfall increasing the chances of landslides in the hills, while the winter season brings in harsh weather conditions and extreme cold. However, there are treks which can be done during winter and monsoon as well.
Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang regions lie in the rain-shadow area so, they are ideal trek destinations during monsoon. Likewise, easy and low-altitude treks like Ghorepani Poonhill and Tamang Heritage Trek are perfect during the winter season.
While trekking in Nepal is extremely satisfying, altitude sickness might get a better hold of you at times. The air pressure and oxygen concentration decrease the higher you travel.
As such, altitude sickness is an illness that the human body suffers from due to these reasons. The symptoms of the sickness include lack of appetite, nausea, weakness, lightheartedness, sleep disturbance, tiredness, and headache. These symptoms generally appear when moving upwards of the height of 2,400 meters from sea level.
You can adopt different measures to avoid altitude sickness like a walk at a slow and steady pace, avoiding smoking, and stopping at different stations to acclimatize. Before beginning your trek, make sure you have a first aid kit with ibuprofen or paracetamol and Diamox. If anyone falls victim to altitude sickness, it is necessary to inform the trip leader and descend to a lower altitude. In extreme cases, it might also be necessary to perform Heli rescue and emergency evacuations.
Accidents can happen anywhere so, it is recommended for all tourists to get travel insurance before visiting Nepal. Depending upon the insurance policy and the company, the insurance will look after tragic like theft, loss or accidental damage of gears and other belongings, baggage, and medical emergencies. Likewise, the insurance should also include helicopter evacuation and any kinds of mishaps that might occur during adventure sporting like bungee jumping, rafting, and zip-lining. No one is capable of foreseeing accidents, but each individual can buy an insurance policy to lessen the effects of the accident.
Banking, ATMs, and Money in Nepal
Nepalese Rupees is the official currency of Nepal. The banknotes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 whereas coins of 1 and 2 are available in Nepal.
While travelling to Nepal, banking and money exchange are not a huge deal in big cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu. When you head to rural areas, the availability of banks, ATMs, and money exchange booths becomes fairly scarce. So, it is best to withdraw enough cash and exchange the currency in major cities. You can also exchange foreign currencies for Nepali Rupees at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You need to be updated about the exchange rates which are available at the official website of Neal Rastra Bank at https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php.
Internet and Communication
It is quite easy to access the Internet in Nepal. Using Wi-Fi is a widely used way to communicate and use the Internet. Wi-Fi is easily available in major cities and even in some remote destinations. When trekking to remote locations, Wi-Fi might not always be available; so, using cellular data is the best way to communicate over the Internet. You can buy a Sim-card in Nepal at a reasonable price which allows you to make an international call. Also, you can use mobile data while you are in the areas without Wi-Fi. Telephone, Fax, and newspapers are a few other forms of communication in Nepal.
Internal Flight Delays
Due to the geographical diversity and unpredictable climate in the Himalayas, internal flights are often delayed or cancelled. Weather conditions like heavy rainfall, storms, or fog can disrupt flights. So, it is wise to spare an extra day or two as buffer days, in case of flight delays and cancellations. Likewise, it is also necessary to note that the weather conditions are great during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. If you have enough time, you can also choose road transportation in such cases.
Health and Safety Including Traveling alone in Country
The country is very safe for all tourists and travellers. The country is not experiencing any armed conflicts, religious wars, or grave crimes. Travelling alone is also perfectly sage and you will find willing Nepalese to help you with your travel issues. We also advise solo travellers to inform their loved ones and authorities like local police about their travel destination and itinerary to remain on the safe side. However, there are many issues that you need to consider to trek alone. So, you should have ample knowledge and idea before going on a solo trek.
In case of medical emergencies during your trek, you can visit the nearest health post which provides basic medical services. If the medical complication persists, you’ll have to head to the hospitals in towns and cities. Similarly, it is also necessary to follow a healthy and hygienic lifestyle when travelling in Nepal to stay fit and healthy.
Why Sawasdee Nepal ?
24 hrs response
Small group private trek
Safety is top priority
Recommended on TripAdvisor
Tailor made itinerary
100 plus trekkers take service every year
50-60% repeated customer
Useful Nepali Phrases
How are you?
Tapaii lai Kasto Chha?
I am fine.
Malai Thick Cha
Have you eaten? (used often as an informal greeting)
The trek is considered moderate, making it suitable for trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness. However, it's always a good idea to engage in some physical preparation before embarking on the trek.