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Maratika Tour

Duration
6 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Maratika Tour -Maratika is an act of defeating death. According to the legend, it was in Maratika cave where the great spiritual master of Tibet- Guru Padmasambhava and his consort Mandarava received longevity. Hence, the cave got its name of Maratika.

Maratika is an act of defeating death. It is said that Lord Shiv took shelter in Maratika cave when he was chased by Bhasmasur demon and since then the idol in the core of Maratika cave is being worshipped as Halesi Mahadev. Maratika cave is known among devotees as the wish fulfilling cave. Large groups of devotees flock around Maratika cave during Balachaturdasi and Shaivratri ceremonies. Water dripping from the ceiling of the cave is believed to bless the devotees with long life.

The existence of Maratika cave dates more than 6000yrs back. There are total three mysterious caves in the premises which are taken as the three eyes of Lord Shiv. The first cave is associated with Lord Shiv himself while second and third caves are worshipped in the image of Nandi and Bhairav respectively.

Ace Holiday Treks offer 6days Maratika Tour package which is extremely beneficial to those who are seeking for the spot for meditation. Maratika cave is ideal place for tourists who wish to follow Padmasambhava practices. Legend says that it was in this very place that Padmasambhava mastered his meditation technique and received long life. Enjoy the experience of lodge trekking in an area that is quite easy to get access yet offer all those natural wonders that the remote Nepal has to offer.

Itinerary Outline
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day02: Early morning mountain flight- sightseeing in Kathmandu- evening in Nagarkot
Day03: Nagarkot to Maratika Cave
Day04: Explore Maratika
Day05: Drive to Kathmandu
Day06: Departure
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will find our representative ready to greet you as soon as you disembark from the flight. You will be transferred to the hotel where brief orientation about the Maratika Tour is provided before you enjoy the delicious welcome dinner.

Day02: Early morning mountain flight- sightseeing in Kathmandu- evening in Nagarkot
Weather in Himalayas remains unpredictable. Most of the Himalayan region receives windstorm during day time which will obscure the vision. Early morning is considered best for mountain flight. We will leave airstrip of Domestic Airport at around 6:30am and take 2hrs of flight during which we will enjoy the close up views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu and other mountains and peaks.
We will return back to hotel and take meal. Half Day guided tour will be provided during day during which we will explore UNESCO enlisted sites of Kathmandu namely Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. We will spend night at Nagarkot which offers superb sunrise and sunset views over Mount Everest.

Day03: Nagarkot to Maratika Cave
There are two ways to reach Maratika Cave which lies in Khotang district of Eastern Nepal. You can take pleasant 45minutes of flight to Lami Danda and continue driving for about 4hrs to reach Halesi. If you prefer overland Maratika cave tour, you will enjoy the luxurious driving in tourist coach or van or car depending upon Group Size. Leave Kathmandu and follow the swirling road for about 8hrs that will take you to Katari. Ghurmi will be our next stop that exist 2hrs of drive far from Katari. The trail leaves black topped road at Ghurmi. Following the bumpy road from Ghurmi for about 4hrs will eventually lead us to Maratika Cave.

Day04: Explore Maratika
In the inner core of Maratika cave is located the idol of Halesi Mahadev which is considered as the Pashupatinath of eastern Nepal. Maratika cave exists in between Sunkoshi and Dudhkoshi rivers. Legend speaks that the great spiritual master of Tibet- Guru Padmasambhava and his consort Mandarava attained liberation. Maratika Cave is equally sacred to Hindus as it was in this place that Lord Shiv took shelter when he was being followed by the demon Bhasmasur who had ability to take life of every beings whether god or mortals.

Day05: Drive to Kathmandu
We will retrace the route back to Kathmandu.

Day06: Departure
You will be assisted in your last moment preparation afterwards which our representative will take you to International Airport from where you will move to your next destination.
Cost Included:
  • 02 nights twin sharing accommodation on BB plan in Kathmandu (Like: Normal , 3 stars , 4 stars or 5stars)
  • 01 Night twin shearing accommodation on BB plan in Nagarkot.
  •  02 nights twin sharing accommodation on BB plan in khotang
  • All Transportation via private Like: Kathmandu sightseeing with pick up drop, Kathmandu to nagarkot to Khotang To Kathmandu With AC
  • Welcome dinner in Nepali Traditional Restaurant.
  • One English speaking Guide during tours.
  • All sight seeing Entry fee
  • During tours Min. water(Drinking Water).

Cost Excluded:
  • International flights Fare
  • Airport departure taxes (from Nepal).
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • All city food lunch and dinner at local tourist restaurant.
  • And domestic flight expenses of a personal nature such as alcohol, bottled drinks including bottled water, snacks, laundry, excess baggage fees, battery charge, telephone, phone calls, tips for guides and crew member or drivers.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).

Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 6 Days
Accomodation: Guesthouse/Hotel
Seasons : All Season
Type: Modarate
Activities : Tours / sightseeing
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Maratika is an act of defeating death.
  • Maratika is an act of defeating death.
  • Ace Holiday Treks offer 6days Maratika Tour package which is extremely beneficial to those who are seeking for the spot for meditation.

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