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Maggie's Mardi Himal Base Camp Challenge

November 08, 2024 - November 17, 2024

A challenging trek in the Annapurna region that offers breath-taking views of the Himalaya mountain range. 

Location

Nepal

Difficulty

Challenging

Accommodation and Meals

Hotel, Teahouse

Duration

10 days

Meeting Point

Kathamandu

Annual Leave

6 days

Group Size

14 - 20

Seasons

April to May, October to early December.

Walking Distance

52km

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If you are looking for a trek that is off the well worn path in Nepal, this is it.  Challenging and beautiful, with amazing views of the Annapurna range, this trek has it all.  As a recently re-opened path, the teahouses are all fairly new with facilities to match, and the food is delicious. Without the crowds, I prefer this trek to EBC, as it allows you time to absorb where you are, and to chat to locals, tea house hosts and trekkers alike.
The Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
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Altogether an absolutely fantastic trek - can't wait to do a another one! 

Caroline C

I have no words to describe the experience of standing at Upper View Point and seeing that view. It was a fantastically organised trek and I have already recommended Tribal Tracks to others (and would absolutely do another adventure with you!) Just what my soul needed ❤️

Caroline K

Overall this was a magical experience and I am very grateful for all the hard work that went on in the background to make this happen! Everything was superbly organised and seamless. I will use Tribal Tracks again and they will come with my highest recommendation!

Debs B

Trip Highlights

Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m), surrounded by towering, snow capped Annapurna peaks.

Experience distinct changes in scenery as you progress higher; beginning in 'jungle' with bamboo and semi-tropical trees, through expansive rhododendron forests which bloom in Spring, eventually reaching an Alpine environment, with grassy and rocky tops.

Enjoy Nepali hospitality as you stay in friendly teahouses along the way, and try momo and dal bhat!

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At a Glance

Join fellow supporters of Maggie's on this amazing trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal in November 2024. Self-funded and minimum fundraising options are available: see 'Payment Methods Explained' in the General Notes section. 

Reaching an altitude of 4500 metres, this once ancient route has been restored and was officially reopened as a trek in its own right a few years ago. The trail takes us along winding paths and up steep steps, through small villages, rice fields, rhododendron forests and past the teahouses, where we will stay. We gain a unique insight into Nepalese life and culture and you will be able to experience the delicious meals prepared by our teahouse hosts. As we ascend, we reach Alpine like terrain and we have exceptional views of the Annapurna massif, including ‘Fishtail’, or Machhapuchhre, to give it its proper name.


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Dates & Prices

From To Nights Price Deposit Places Enquiry
Nov 08, 2024 Nov 17, 2024 9 £2995 £500 Places Available

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General Notes

In a nutshell, almost everything!

  • International flights including departure taxes and baggage allowance
  • Tribal Tracks UK qualified mountain leader;
  • All accommodation as specified in the itinerary;
  • Supporting in-country guides;
  • Logistical support crew;
  • All transfers by private minibus or bus as per itinerary, internal flights (if applicable);
  • All meals from arrival until departure, soft drinks, tea, coffee and drinking water;
  • Virtual pre-departure briefing;
  • Dedicated pre-departure support from a named Tribal Tracks director.

This is what you will need to pay for/ buy/source yourself.

  • Personal travel insurance which should be valid and cover all activities in the itinerary;
  • Immunisation costs;
  • Personal equipment and clothing on the kit list;
  • Tipping for local guides and drivers;
  • Single supplement (for sole occupancy of accommodation where available);
  • Expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight cancellation and delays;
  • Alcoholic drinks.

It is important that you read the itinerary carefully, and take account of the rating we have given it.  

Although our challenges are not technical, they do require a good degree of physical fitness. The conditions will require stamina and strength, which you should recognise and train for. This will be a much better experience if you are fit and prepared. You should feel comfortable walking 6-8 hours per day.

In setting the maximum size of our groups, we take a number of factors into account.

Altitude, degree of difficulty, the terrain, the climate and time of year, all determine the maximum group size.  Sometimes it will be 20, sometimes it will be 8-14, but safety is always our priority.

The minimum number to participate is 2. You will be accompanied by a Tribal Tracks UK Leader, Mountain Leader qualified, as well as supported by our local, in-country guides.

It is a requirement of Tribal Tracks booking terms and conditions that each supporter must hold their own travel insurance which covers the trip and the activities they are doing.

We advise you to put insurance in place as soon as possible. Your insurance must be valid and in date, covering the entire period that you are travelling for, including the return journey home.  It should cover medical and personal accident risks, and should include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services, where appropriate. We are happy to help you if you have any queries about this or have any difficulties. 

Tribal Tracks has 100% Financial Protection and has a trust account with the Protected Trust Service, member number 5566.

This means that all client monies paid to Tribal Tracks are held in our dedicated trust account, which is supervised by an independent trustee. This means that in the very unlikely event that Tribal Tracks ceases to trade, your money is safe. For more information, please visit this link. Any flights booked for you by Tribal Tracks will be ATOL protected under our own ATOL certificate.

Tribal Tracks considers the safety of all of its participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have thorough safety systems in place.

In the event of an injury, we have an evacuation plan in place for all elements of the trek route. We do ask that you look after yourself during the trek in the following way, as this will help avoid unnecessary problems:

  1. Trekking is a major challenge so make sure that you are well hydrated throughout.  You will be provided with plenty of water so please ensure that you fill up your water bottles with at least 2 litres at breakfast and again after lunch.
  2. Don't let a hot spot become a blister! The moment you feel any rubbing, stop and apply some zinc tape.  This will ensure that the tape gets rubbed, not your foot.  If you don't do this, you will get a blister.  While blister plasters are good, it is better not to have a blister in the first place.  Please also tell the Tribal Tracks leader as they are very good with feet and can help you!
  3. Hygiene. It is very important to wash your hands before eating and after going to the bathroom.  If you can't wash your hands, apply lots of anti-bacterial gel.  The 'gold standard' is hand washing, followed by gel.
  4. Communication.  If you are not feeling well, or have any sort of issue, please tell the Tribal Tracks leader.  They are there to help and are very discreet.

We know that the unexpected can happen.

While you are away, things can happen at home and people may need to get in contact with you.  This can be tricky when you are in remote areas.  So, shortly before departure, we provide you with an Emergency Procedure document to distribute to your nearest and dearest.  This sets out how to contact Tribal Tracks and the steps Tribal Tracks will then take to get in contact with you.

It is really important that you are well prepared for your physical challenge and that you are confident that you will be able to fully participate.

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in the trek, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to step out of the trek. Although this is a very rare occurrence, by booking this trip you agree to section 11 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances, we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

At Tribal Tracks, Responsible Travel is enormously important to us, and our commitment to responsible travel is evidenced in every itinerary that we prepare.

Core to our business is the belief that holidays can and should be enjoyable to the traveller but should be conducted in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible manner which brings benefit to local communities. This is implemented through a variety of measures which can be found in our Responsible Travel policy - http://www.tribaltracks.co.uk/responsible-travel-policy. We encourage you to read this and to play your own part in travelling responsibly.

Some charity trips will offer two models of payment, self-funded or minimum fundraising. What is the difference?

With self-funded, you pay the cost of the trip yourself and fundraise for the charity independently.

Minimum fundraising works slightly differently. 

You pay the cost of the deposit yourself. Then, in addition you must pledge to raise a specific sum for the charity, called the Minimum Sponsorship Sum.  This is specified on the booking form. You fundraise for this amount. Then, at least ten weeks before you depart, you must provide the charity at least 80% of the Minimum Sponsorship Sum.  At that point, your place on the trip is guaranteed. The balance of 20% follows within a specified time after the conclusion of the trek (usually 4 weeks). 

If you do not reach your fundraising target, you have the option of self-funding to reach your target or forfeiting your deposit and not going on the trip.  Our advice is to begin fundraising as soon as you can and the charity will be able to help you with this!

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Optional Extras

If you want to stay on in Kathmandu, please just let us know and we can arrange an extension for you.  Similarly, if you want to delay your return to Kathmandu and spend more time in Pokhara or the Annapurna region, that can also be arranged.

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