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Mardi Base Camp Trek with Chitwan

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Mardi Base Camp Trek with Chitwan

Duration :   14 Days 13 Nights
The Price :   $999.00
Start Location:   Kathmandu
Age Range :   10-75

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The Mardi Base Camp Trek with Chitwan is a Cordial exclusive combination of both tour and trek packages available in Nepal. It is an extensive travel plan that features the trek to Mardi Base Camp followed by Chitwan Jungle Safari. The trip has been planned so as to suit the needs of enthusiastic travelers as well as adventurers.

 

The trek begins from the beautiful city of Pokhara and follows the route through the villages of Dhampus and Pothana. It then passes through dense forests of oak, rhododendron, and bamboo. The trail then heads towards the Mardi Himal Base Camp offering its travelers stunning views of the Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli peaks. While on your stay in Dhampus village you will also be enjoying the exhilarating panoramic view of your ethereal surroundings with traditional Gurung hospitality at your service.

 

Mardi Himal

Mardi Himal is a 5587 m peak beneath the much more prominent Machapuchhre in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is thus separated by a 5200 from the Fishtail Mountain. It was first successfully summited in 1961 by Basil Goodfellow. The Mardi Himal Trek was however opened to the public only after 2012. It is therefore also known by the name Virgin Trail. The peak is now also classified by the Government of Nepal as a Trekking Peak.

 

Pokhara

Pokhara is a metropolitan city in central Nepal. It also serves as the capital of Gandaki Province. Furthermore, it is the second most populous city in Nepal after Kathmandu and largest metropolitan city in terms of area. Moreover, Pokhara is located 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu. The city is on the shore of Phewa Lake, and sits at an elevation of approximately 822m. The Annapurna Range, with three out of the ten highest peaks in the world—Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu—is within 15–35 mi (24–56 km) of the valley.

 

Chitwan Jungle Safari

The trip then heads toward Chitwan National Park in Sauraha. The tour is known to have earned its fame with the sighting of the already endangered Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) and very rare One-Horned Rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis). Furthermore, the activities here include a Jeep Safari / Elephant Ride deep into the forest for a thrilling Jungle Safari. The ride thus unravels the mystery of other wild animals including deers, crocodiles, gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) as well as various species of birds. The trip also allows you for a quality time with the indigenous group of Tharu people and their cultural programs.

 

Kathmandu Day Tour

The package also takes you to explore the historical civilization of Kathmandu Valley. Here the travelers get an insight into UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square to witness the living goddess ‘Kumari’ as well.

 

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Mardi Base Camp Trek

 

Additional Information on Mardi Base Camp Trek with Chitwan Jungle Safari:

 

Booking your Mardi Base Camp Trek with Chitwan Jungle Safari:

We are now offering maximum flexibility for our guests’ convenience to book their trips in Nepal for 2024 and 2025. You may thus choose a date that best suits your schedule. Regarding your booking, please select one of the two available options. You may either pay USD 100 per person as a booking amount to confirm your trip or pay the full amount of USD 999 per person upfront. Moreover, if you opt for the booking, the remaining is payable via Online / Card Swipe / Cash. We also accept all of the convertible currencies including USD, AUD, CAD, EURO, GBP, SGD, etc. when you arrive in Kathmandu.

 

Booking your International Flight:

For your 14 Days Mardi Base Camp Trek with Chitwan jungle Safari, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu on Day 1 and depart on Day 14. However, having some extra one or two buffer days can prevent any issues with your return tickets.

 

Packing for the Mardi Base Camp Trek:

Please click here for a complete checklist of your Mardi Base Camp Trek. Be sure to read it carefully and pack accordingly as per your personal preferences.

 

Checklist for Chitwan National Park Tour:

As bright colors like red and yellow make it difficult for you to blend in with your surroundings, darker hues like black, brown, gray or tan are most preferable. The idea is to blend into the bush so that wildlife is undisturbed, and you can view them in their natural habitat. Moreover, as you will be in the middle of the jungle, it is highly recommended that you wear full sleeve clothes even in the summer to avoid any insect bites and skin rashes. Additionally, comfortable shoes that cover your feet effectively are also recommended.

 

During the afternoon, sunscreen is very crucial with proper eye shades as well. You might as well carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated.

 

Furthermore, it is recommended to dress in layers if you are planning for the tour during mid winter to keep yourself warm. Similarly, if you want to go on your adventure during the monsoon, you must have proper rain wear.

 

Despite the proper preparations, you should constantly be ready for insect bites and rashes. It is therefore advisable to keep an insect repellent with you throughout the tour.

 

Arrival Information:

Once you’ve booked your flight ticket, please share the details with us so that we can provide you with a complimentary airport pickup. Our airport representative will then be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, holding our official name Cordial Trek and your nameplate as you exit the airport terminal. Additionally, if you’re arriving earlier, we can also arrange an accommodation for extra nights with add-on tours for additional cost.

 

Trek Starting and Ending Days:

The actual trekking days are from Day 3 to Day 9. The trekkers begin their trip on Day 2 with a 6-7 hours bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The travelers on Day 3 then take another short drive from Pokhara to Kande to begin their trek. Expect to spend 6 nights and 7 days completing the Mardi Base Camp Trek. You’ll begin your trek from Kande & move towards Mardi Base Camp and back to Pokhara with overnight stays in Pothana, Forest Camp, Badal Danda, High Camp, Low Camp & Kalimati.

 

Each day’s trek will begin around 07:30 AM and conclude in the late afternoon, with frequent breaks to catch your breath. You’ll have numerous photo opportunities along the way and enjoy dinner and breakfast at the same place, while lunch is en route.

 

Additionally, your guide will provide you with regular briefings about timing and stops every morning before the trek begins.

 

Accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan:

In Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan you’ll stay in a 3 Star Category Hotel with twin/double sharing beds.

 

Accommodation during the trekking days:

During the trek, your accommodation options are mostly at teahouses. Although basic, these tea houses are clean and provide a comfortable place for a good night’s rest.

 

Food:

In Kathmandu & Pokhara, your package includes breakfast only, typically served buffet-style. Except if you plan to leave for your trip early in the morning, you have an option to receive a packaged breakfast as well. During the trekking days & Chitwan Jungle Safari, you will be provided with full board meals and may choose from a menu offering local and international cuisines.

 

Note: It is highly advisable to stick to vegetarian food from your arrival in Kathmandu until the end of your trek, as proper toilet facilities are not available everywhere along the trekking trail.

 

Drinking Water on the Trek:

Bottled water is available along the trail, but we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles and treat tap water to reduce single-use plastic bottle waste. Be sure to bring water treatment pills and flavorings to enhance the taste. Staying hydrated is essential, so aim to drink more than 4 liters of water every day while trekking.

 

Electricity, Charging and Wi-Fi:

Please keep in mind that you’re embarking on a trek and not exploring urban areas. While some facilities like charging and Wi-Fi are available at an extra cost, they are not guaranteed. We also recommend against planning to work or conduct online meetings during the trek, allowing you to fully enjoy the trekking experience.

 

Cash for Extras and Tipping:

You should have Nepali rupees for expenses such as tea, coffee, bottled drinks and Wi-Fi. Plan to carry about USD 100-120 equivalent Nepali rupees. Additionally, set aside USD 100-150 for tipping your guide and porter. The amount can vary based on the level of service provided by the field staff members.

 

Baggage and Weight Limit:

Your porter is limited to carrying a maximum of 25 kgs for every two travelers. However if you are a solo traveler or want to pay extra for a private porter you may utilize the complete 25 kgs. Else, if you have items that you don’t need on the trek, you can leave them at your Kathmandu hotel for storage at no extra cost. But remember to take a photo of your bag-tag and keep it for easy identification in case the original tag is lost.

 

Availability of Guide & Porter:

As said earlier, every two travelers will be provided with a single porter and an experienced guide. Therefore, the baggage must be divided between 12.5 kgs each as every porter carries a maximum of 25 kgs. Additionally, both guide and porter will be insured and well equipped with necessary items and first aid kit.

 

Highlights of Mardi Base Camp Trek & Chitwan Jungle Safari:

 

1. Hike via beautiful village of Pothana
2. Trek inside the lush green jungles of Forest Camp
3. Spectacular 360 degree view from Badal Danda
4. Hike to Mardi Base Camp (4500 m)
5. An overnight stay at High Camp
6. Explore beautiful city of Pokhara
7. Experience Jungle Safari inside Chitwan National Park
8. Visit Elephant & Gharial Breeding Center
9. Go for a dugout canoeing ride in river Rapti
10. Explore traditional Tharu village
11. Enjoy the Tharu cultural show

Places You’ll See :

Travel Itinerary:

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On the first day of your trip, you will be arriving in Kathmandu via Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). A Cordial Trek representative will greet and pick you up from the airport. You will then check into a hotel and be briefed about your upcoming trek and get introduced to your guide.

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel

 

Meals: None

Day 2 : Travel to Pokhara (Min Altitude: 830 m / 2723 ft)

On the second day of your trip, you will be traveling to Pokhara on a 6-7 hours drive from Kathmandu. You will then check into your hotel in Pokhara and explore the city for the day. The hotel will be your halt for the night. Optional: You might book a 30 min flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 : Drive to Kande and Trek to Pothana (Max Altitude: 1900 m / 6233 ft)

On the third day of your trip you will be taking a 45 min drive from Pokhara to Kande, a small settlement and the start point of your trek. You will then take a 2-3 hours hike towards Pothana, a traditional Gurung village. Here you will enjoy the mesmerizing view of the mountains and halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 3 km / 1.9 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (Max Altitude: 2600 m / 8530 ft)

On day four, you will be taking a 4-5 hour trek from Pothana to Forest Camp, a small settlement with tea houses. The Forest Camp will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 8 km / 5 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Trek to Badal Danda (Max Altitude: 3210 m / 10531 ft)

You begin your day five with a trek from Forest Camp to Badal Danda via Middle Camp and Low Camp over a span of 5-6 hours. Badal Danda offers you a 360 degree view of various mountain ranges including Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. Himchuli. A guest house in Badal Danda will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 7 km / 4.3 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 : Trek to High Camp (Max Altitude: 3580 m / 11745 ft)

On day six you begin your trek with breakfast and ascend on a 2-3 hour hike towards the High Camp, the final settlement with tea houses. The High Camp offers you a spectacular up close view of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. Himchuli among others. The camp will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 : Trek to Mardi Base Camp (Max Altitude: 4500 m / 14764 ft)

On day seven you will be on a 4-5 hour round trip from High Camp to Mardi Base Camp. You will then take a 2 hour hike down towards Badal Danda / Low Camp, your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 : Trek to Kalimati (Min Altitude: 1750 m / 5741 ft)

Your day eight begins with a descent of 4-5 hours from Badal Danda / Low Camp to Kalimati. The trail offers you a pass via a dense forest with scenic views of waterfalls and ethnic villages among others. A guest house in Kalimati will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 : Trek to Lumre and drive back to Pokhara (Min Altitude: 830 m / 2723 ft)

On day nine, you will be on a 2-3 hours trek down from Kalimati to Lumre, a small village. You will then take a two hours drive back to Pokhara. After checking back to your hotel in Pokhara, you will be taken for a short day tour around this beautiful city. You will then return back to your hotel for the night halt.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 4 km / 2.5 miles

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel

 

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 : Travel to Chitwan (Min Altitude: 415 m / 1362 ft)

On day ten you will be on a 4-5 hours drive towards Chitwan. Here you will be exploring traditional Tharu villages while enjoying the sunset with a cultural program in the evening. A hotel in Sauraha will be your halt for the night.

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 : Jungle Safari (Min Altitude: 415 m / 1362 ft)

On day eleven you will be on a Jungle Safari inside the Chitwan National Park. Here you will be enjoying a Jeep ride or Elephant ride deep into the core area of the forest with a chance to sight wild animals including Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Elephant and One Horned Rhino among others. Additionally you may also visit the elephant breeding center and Gharial (Crocodile) breeding center.

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 : Drive back to Kathmandu (Min Altitude: 1350 m / 4430 ft)

Today you will be on a 5-6 hours drive back to Kathmandu. A hotel in Kathmandu will be your halt for the night.

 

Optional: You may book a 25 min flight ticket back to Kathmandu.

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 : Kathmandu Day Tour (Max Altitude: 1350 m / 4430 ft)

On day thirteen of your trip you will be taken on a full day sightseeing tour of the historic city of Kathmandu. Here you will be visiting Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening you will be served with a farewell dinner and cultural program.

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel

 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 : Final Departure

On day fourteen you will be awarded with a Trip Certificate and be bidded a final farewell. We will then drop you back to the airport three hours before your final departure.

Optional: You might also book any other new trips with us.

 

Meals: Breakfast

F.A.Q

How can I get my ‘On Arrival’ Nepal Visa?

Any international traveler arriving by air can get an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at ‘Tribhuvan International Airport’ in Kathmandu. ‘Overland Travelers‘ may acquire an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at the entry points of Nepal-China / Nepal-India border at following locations:

Kakarbhitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Optional: You may also get a Visa prior to your arrival in Nepal from ‘Nepalese Diplomatic Missions‘ from your respective nations.

Note: You must carry your valid passport and two passport size photographs (35 x 45 mm / 3.5 x 4.5 cm) along with you upon your arrival in Nepal for a Visa. Travelers from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria and Zimbabwe however require to submit a pre-application at Nepal Consular Services in their respective nations for a Nepal Visa.  

Will I be ‘Received’ upon my arrival in the Airport?

Yes, you will be received by a Cordial Trek Airport Representative with your ‘Name Sign’ on our organizational placard upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu

What is the weight limit for luggage during my trekking days?

All porters available at your service (one porter for every two travelers) can carry a maximum of 25 kilograms / 55 pounds each. You are therefore allowed to load a maximum of 12.5 kilograms / 27 pounds of luggage to your porter during your trekking days.  

What about the communication services available during the trekking days?

All hotels and guest houses in the city area are available with free WiFi hotspots. Also, all travelers with a valid passport and a photograph are allowed to purchase a SIM Card upon their arrival in Nepal. The traveler must however additionally purchase data / voice packages as per their need and stay in Nepal. There are 2G3G and 4G services available with major carriers all over Nepal. You may optionally also purchase a WiFi service in the mountains where available.  

Can I book this package as a solo traveler?

Yes, we do book a solo traveler. However a single traveler surcharge may be applied (an additional USD 200).

What about the foods / meals during my trekking days?

You will be provided with a full board meal / breakfast / complimentary dinner as per mentioned in the respective Trek / Tour package. You may however choose to purchase your additional meals / beverages where available.

 

Full board meal mentioned above includes breakfast with an omelet / boiled egg, toasts / local bread and one porridge with fried potatoes.

 

During your lunch you will be provided with Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, the most famous Nepalese food that contains rice and pulse / lentil with curries (vegetables / chicken) and pickle. Optionally you may choose your lunch for fried noodles with eggs / chicken / vegetables as well.

 

For your dinner you will have an option to choose between Dal-Bhat-Tarkari / Pizza / MoMo / Spaghetti. 

How difficult is Mardi Base Camp Trek?

Mardi Base Camp Trek is a moderately challenging trek package as it includes high altitude (4500m) hikes. The package has however been successfully completed by children above 10 years of age as well as elders above 75 years of age. The difficulty however mostly relies upon your will power and physical fitness. The extremities you must expect here include a 5-6 hours hike with tea breaks in between. 

 

Additionally, Cordial Trek also provides you with an experienced trek guide capable of first aid services and other assistance.

What items should I bring (or buy in Kathmandu) for this trip?

You may bring (or buy in Kathmandu) following items for this trip:

 

1.  Warm clothes including a down jacket / puffer jacket, inner wears, hats, a beanie, gloves, neck gaiter, hiking boots, warm socks, a towel and a pair of hiking pants as well.

 

2.  A Daypack (25-30 liters)

 

3.  Backpack (A duffle bag will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

4.  Sleeping bag (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

5.  Trekking Poles (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

6.  A Camelbak or a water bottle

 

7.  A sunscreen 

 

8.  A sunglass

 

9.  A headlamp for night use

 

10.  Your toiletries

What are the permits required for this trip?

You need not worry about any permits required. Cordial Trek will make necessary preparations for all the documents and travel permits (including TIMS and ACAP) required for your Mardi Base Camp Trek.

What are the wild animals I can see during the Chitwan Jungle Safari?

The safari guarantees you to sight the vulnerable One-Horned Rhino and give a chance to spot the already endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. The park also shelters numerous species of birds, including the Giant Hornbill. Other wild animals here include Deers, Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), Leopards and Sloth Bear among others.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in Chitwan
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in Pokhara
  • Airport Transfers
  • Breakfast
  • Company T-shirt
  • Cultural Program
  • Farewell Dinner
  • First Aid
  • Full Board Meals (Chitwan)
  • Full Board Meals (Trekking Days)
  • Guide and Porter
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Monuments Entrance Fee
  • Mountain Guest House
  • Necessary Equipment
  • Private Vehicle
  • Specially Abled Friendly
  • Tour Bus
  • Tour Guide
  • Travel Permits
  • Trekking Map

What's Excluded

  • Beverages
  • Domestic Flights (Optional)
  • Gratitude for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara
  • Nepal Visa
  • Personal Expenses

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Jungle Safari
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Snow and Ice
  • Sunrise
  • Trekking

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