Mardi Himal - 9 Days

Situated just east from one of the most popular trails of Annapurna Sanctuary, the Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem. As it is a newly opened trail, few trekkers make their way to Mardi Himal Base Camp, spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal mountain and the impressive Machhapuchhre - “Fish Tail” mountain. This means that the trail is particularly peaceful and relatively empty. Machhapuchhre is a sacred mountain which has never been climbed and this is as close as you can get to this mountain. We get up close and personal with Fishtail as this is the trail leading to the foothills of this mountain and it provides a great close up views of Machhapuchhre. From the High Camp we can also see a great and vast panorama over the Annapurnas and panorama of the whole vast area from bird’s eye view point. This secluded trail is perfect for people, who want a little less crowds and commerce and a little more unspoiled nature and solitude.

This trek also offers a great cultural experience as you get to witness local life in the traditional villages of Siding and Lwang on your descent through a different trail down the other side of the hills. Lwang is famous for its organic tea plantation, stone paved streets and great mountain views. We can witness local life where people often use traditional tools and traditional methods of preparing their food – like churning butter by hand or breaking maize or wheat into grit and the flour.

The trail leads along small narrow paths, through magical rhododendron forests, until you climb out of the forest around 3,300m/10,825ft. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rough high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. From High Camp, you can climb in about 3-4 hours along a mountain ridge, to Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4,450m/14,600ft, which offers spectacular close up views of the entire Annapurna Range and especially Fishtail mountain.

There are simple teahouses and homestays along the entire route. You are likely to encounter very few other trekkers in this secluded and pristine region and we have a good chance to encounter wildlife as animals are not disturbed by many trekkers here.

Trip Details
Best Season : Sep - Nov / March - May
Trekking Duration : 9 Days
Trekking Grade : II (Moderate Trek)
Maximum Altitude : 4,450m / 14,600ft
Destination : Mardi Himal Base Camp
Trip Region/Area : Annapurna
Trip Route : Pokhara - Phedi - Pothana - Forest Camp - Low Camp - High Camp - Mardi Himal Base Camp - Siding Village - Lwang Village - Pokhara
Trip Style : Lodge / Tea House
Group Size : Min. 2 People
Starting From : Kathmandu, Pokhara and Phedi
Ending Point : Lwang Village and Pokhara
Culture : Local communities with ethnic majority of Gurung & Magar
Mode of Trekking : Tea house style (lodge trek)
Himalayan Sights : Annapurna Range - Closest Possible View of Machhapuchhre - Fishtail Mountain, Mardi Himal, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Gangapurna
Highlight : Extremely Varied Landscapes, Dense Forest, Rice-Terraces, River Valleys, Local Villages, Sunrise, Sunset, Water Falls, Local Flora & Fauna
Days Destinations Hours (hr)
01 Kathmandu - Pokhara  
  Early morning tourist coach transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During the drive you will already have stunning views over the mighty Himalaya massifs as well as green hills and dramatic river valleys. Overnight stay in Pokhara. Preparation activities for yoga trek - detailed briefing, last minute shopping and packing.  
02 Pokhara - Phedi - Pothana 1,950m/6,400ft 40min drive, 5 hr trek
  After morning yoga session and breakfast we drive to Phedi and then trek to Pothana at 1,950m. We begin our trek with a steep climb through the jungle, passing local villages until we reach Dhampus where we will have some lunch. Dhampus is a Gurung village so you will have a first glimpse of local life here and if the weather is clear we will have stunning views over the mountains. After this, we follow a gentle trail to Pothana where we stay overnight.  
03 Pothana - Forest Camp 2,600m/8,530ft 6hr trek
  A steep uphill climb for most of the day through thick jungle with beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We may be lucky to catch glimpses of some of the abundant wildlife here like deer, monkeys and many species of birds. We reach Forest Camp 2600m in the afternoon and stay overnight at a simple teahouse.  
04 Forest Camp - Low Camp 3,100m/10,170ft 3hr trek
  Today is a relatively short distance but a steep climb through the rhododendron and juniper forest. The trail is initially quite steep leaving Forest Camp but soon eases off as you get upon the ridge. From Forest Camp to Low Camp there is only a short days trekking through more jungle with occasional glimpses of Annapurna South before getting into Low Camp (3100m) after around 3 hours. There are 2 lodges in Low Camp and they are very simple, we spend the night here.  
05 Low Camp - High Camp 3,550m/11,645ft 5hr trek
  The trail leaves Low Camp in the jungle, but the trees soon start to get smaller and after about one hours trekking we find ourselves on an open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South, above the tree line. The trail undulates along the ridge and after about 3-4 hours trekking we arrive at High Camp (3550m) and we spend the night at a simple teahouse.  
06 High Camp - Mardi Himal Base Camp 4,450m/14,600ft - High Camp 6hr trek
  An early wake up call today so you can appreciate the most spectacular sunrise views of the mighty Himalayas. After breakfast, we climb to Mardi Himal Base Camp, which stands at 4450 meters. A challenging day, walking along narrow and rocky trails, but all will be worth it for the awesome views of this majestic mountain environment. Machhapuchhre is a sacred mountain for both Hindus and Buddhists and nobody to date has reached the summit. We eat our packed lunch here and return to High Camp to spend the night at the same teahouse.  
07 High Camp - Siding Village 1,880m/6,170ft 6hr trek
  On our way back we take a different route, from Low Camp there is a trail that goes down to Siding village rather than going back to Forest Camp. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village and still very much away from the busier tourist treks. It is a wonderful cultural experience finding out more about village life in Nepal. Overnight at homestay or teahouse  
08 Siding Village - Lwang Village 1,450m/4,760ft 5hr trek
  On the way from Siding you will pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. Kalimati is mainly a Brahmin village with Ghalel and Siding are mixed with Brahmin and Gurung. Finally we reach Siding, a charming Gurung village with stone paved streets, traditional buildings and great mountain views. This village is famous for its organic tea plantation. Overnight at homestay.  
09 Lwang Village - Phedi - Pokhara 5hr trek, 40min drive
  We wake up early to admire the stunning sunrise over the mountain panorama one last time, then after yoga and breakfast we depart and descend to Phedi. From Phedi, we take private transport back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.  
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What Is Included:

  • Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara by a tourist coach (7 hr journey, lunch included)
  • All necessary transportation during the trek
  • 2 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis in Pokhara on the first and last day of the itinerary
  • 7 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis in teahouses during the trek
  • 3 meals a day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner from teahouse menu)
  • Healthy snacks that we carry with us - fresh fruit, nuts, cheese, dried fruit, oat biscuits etc.
  • An experienced English speaking Yoga Teacher
  • An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide
  • Porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All staff's insurance, meals, salary & accommodation
  • Yoga Mats (to be returned after the trek)
  • Meditation Blanket (can be purchased or returned after the trek)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Souvenir sunhat
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Pokhara
  • All necessary paperwork, conservation fees and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

 

What Is Excluded:

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International or domestic airfare
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Main meals during your stay in Pokhara & Kathmandu
  • Beverages (Hard or Soft drinks, Mineral Water Bottles, Filtered Water)
  • Personal travel and health insurance
  • Personal travel equipment and medical supplies (sleeping bags and down jackets can be hired)
  • Airport's pickup and drop transportation
  • Return bus ticket to Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses on the trek (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge fee, extra porters, bottle water or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Any cost arisen due to circumstances outside of our control like landslide, road blockage, political disturbance, strike, guest sickness, natural disaster etc.
  • Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned in the program
  • Extra accommodation in Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure or early return from the trekking trail than the scheduled itinerary due to any reason
  • Emergency evacuation and oxygen cost
  • Tips for trekking guide, yoga teacher & porters

Typical Daily Yoga Trek Schedule

Morning:

  • Early Wake Up (5-10min self practice in bed – some easy stretches as taught by the yoga teacher)
  • Morning Meditation with the yoga teacher (may include sound meditation with the singing bowl)
  • Stretching & Loosening Exercises (Pre-Asana Practices - helps to release muscle pain and prevent muscle tension, prepares the joints for the trek ahead)
  • Yoga Session - Asanas, Sun Salutation, Pranayama, Short Relaxation
  • Healthy Breakfast
  • Trekking (on the way we do stretching & breathing control as well as take breaks for healthy snacks)


Afternoon:

  • Healthy Lunch / Rest
  • Afternoon Trekking (on the way we do some stretching, we also take a break for some healthy snacks)
  • Depending on the weather & trail condition we sometimes do an open nature relaxing meditation (could be on the bank of the river / inside a dense forest / in a garden / in the open air in front of the mountain panorama etc.)


Evening:

  • Complete Guided Relaxation to rejuvenate the body & mind (yoga nidra)
  • Healthy Dinner
  • Discussion about the next day's program
  • Optional - chanting / singing / playing as part of Bhakti Yoga
  • Retire


Note: Each day & trek is different, depending on a number of factors ranging from availability of some facilities and trail conditions to the general pace of the whole group. Exact timetable cannot always be followed and would in fact destroy the free and easy going atmosphere of the trek that you have come along to enjoy. Therefore the following schedule serves as a general guideline only.

Equipment List for Mardi Himal Yoga Trek
All Year Round


TREKKING DAY CLOTHES

  • Two long sleeve tops
  • Two T-shirts
  • One pair trekking shorts
  • Two pairs full length trekking trousers
  • Trekking shoes / boots (should be well broken in before the trek)
  • Down jacket (-10 degrees to -20)
  • Rain poncho
  • Inner thermals set
  • One small backpack / day pack (around 20 to 30 lt)
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Thermal or sports underwear

TREKKING EVENING CLOTHES

  • Two long sleeve tops
  • Two T-shirts
  • One pair of trousers or pants
  • One pair of warm sleeping clothes
  • One pair of warm yoga clothes
  • Fleece top or some other warm top

OTHER EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping bag (-10 to -20 degrees) - can be hired here
  • Torch light / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Pocket money (for water, snacks, drinks etc.)
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Personal medicines
  • Personal care items (Light Towel / Soap / Toothpaste / Toothbrush / Wet Wipes / Toilet Paper etc.)
  • 30 SPF + Sunscreen & Lip Guard
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm hat & scarf
  • Flip-flops
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Few plastic bags – useful to separate clean/dry clothes from dirty/wet clothes
  • Money belt – to carry your cash and/or other valuables
  • One pair trekking poles (optional)
  • Camera with charger and spare battery

On your request we can arrange an extension of your holiday and there are many activities you can choose from, depending on your personal preferences. Here is what we can help you arrange:
 

Yoga Retreat Program

We have various residential yoga retreat programs available from 1-21 days in duration. Typical daily program includes meditation, two yoga classes, jala neti, sound immersion with singing bowls and gong, guided relaxation and daily wellness activities of foot bath, steam bath, mud bath or aromatherapy steam inhalation. Our food is organic and delicious, always cooked fresh by our skilled chef with accordance to ayurvedic principles. You can also learn to make a hand-crafted mandala, have a private sound healing session or get an ayurvedic massage during your stay on request.www.purnayoga.com.np
 

Chitwan Jungle Safari

Seated high on the back of an elephant, gain a unique viewpoint of the Chitwan National Park which is a home to significant populations of one horned rhino, tigers, leopards, wild hogs, sloth bears, many species of deer, monkeys, langurs, Gharial crocodiles, Indian bisons and many beautiful peacocks. Packages start from 3 days/2 night and longer with a variety of activities including elephant jungle safari, river canoe trip, cultural performance of Tharu stick dance, elephant bathing, jeep safari and more.
 

River Rafting

Nepal is a home to many raging mountain rivers and streams originating from the Himalayas, which makes it a perfect destination for a river rafting adventure. The excursions start from a short half day rafting tour on Upper Seti river, 1 day for Trisuli river and 2 days for Lower Seti and Marshyangdi. A longer 3 day camping excursion is required for rafting on Kali Gandaki. There are rafting tours suitable for beginners as well as more experienced thrill seekers, grades from II to V, changeable with the seasons.
 

Paragliding

Pokhara is a paradise for paragliding, on one side towering snow-capped mountains, on the other side a stunning lake surrounded by hills and terraced fields. Such landscapes are sure to take your breath away as you glide through the air seamlessly like a bird in flight. Tandem flights are perfect for beginners, a 30min adventure that gives you a taste of thermal lifts and even some acrobatics if you’re keen. Cross country is the next step with a 60min flight that takes you higher and further. All flights start from Sarankot hill, nearby Pokhara.
 

Bungee Jumping

There are two bungee jump locations in Nepal. Pokhara has a 70m vertical drop tower bungee, located just 20 minutes away from Lakeside. The jump site offers a spellbinding view of the Himalayas, the hills and the rivers that will take your breath away. The second bungee site is located on a suspension bridge hanging over a 160m deep Bhote Kosi river gorge, 100km east from Kathmandu. Both locations offer superb adrenaline rush and an unforgettable experience.
 

Canyoning

Take this 1 day tour and journey through intimate passages of contorted rock and powerful blasts of water as experienced guides lead you climbing, abseiling, jumping, scrambling, sliding & swimming down steep canyon walls to pristine natural pools below. Jalberi Canyoning Zone, which is located half way between Pokhara and Kathmandu, features breath-taking scenery of untouched jungle, karst rock formations and multiple cascading waterfalls dropping one after the other into refreshing pools and rainbow gardens.
 

Zip-Flyer

Pokhara has the world's longest, fastest and steepest zipline, which is over 1.8km long, with a 600 metre vertical drop and which can travel at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The descent is only 2min long but it is sure to leave a lasting impression as you're flying over treetops, Pokhara Valley with Seti River below you and a vast space in front of you with beautiful mountain panorama in sight. Make the most of your trip, you can't zipline to such extreme anywhere else in the world.
 

Ultralight Flights

Pokhara offers a range of ultralight flight experiences. The shortest flight is just 15min and it takes you around Pokhara Valley with a mountain panorama view. A 30min flight can take you around the valley and also bring you close and personal with the Fishtail Mountain.

The 60min flight takes you into the heart of the mountains, where you will fly in between the Himalayan mountain ranges for a once in a lifetime experience and an incredible vantage point to snap some stunning photos.
 

Mountain Flight in Kathmandu

Mountain flights operate from Kathmandu airport and once you take off you don't have to wait long before you see spectacular mountain views beneath you. You get to fly over the highest mountain ranges in the world and you will also see what Mt Everest looks like from above. This is as close as you can get to the world's tallest mountain without trekking. This flight is operated in a 17 seater Beech aircraft and everyone gets a window seat, the flight duration is approximately 1 hour.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Please note these Terms and Conditions contain important information. It is essential that you read them carefully and understand them prior to making your reservation with Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt. Ltd. Please note that while booking a trip, you are agreeing to be bound by these Terms and Conditions as well as the cancellation policy and certain limitations of liability. When making your booking with Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt Ltd it is implied that you have read, understood and accepted all these terms and conditions and agree to abide by them.

1. Booking
To make your reservation you must fill out the booking form and make a booking deposit payment. Your reservation will be confirmed by email once we have received your booking deposit and a copy of your booking form duly filled out.

All treks require a booking deposit of 200 USD per person at the time of booking. Some longer treks like Everest Base Camp and Upper Mustang require a booking deposit of 500 USD per person at the time of booking.

2. Payment Methods
Booking deposit payment can be made by bank transfer, by Visa / MasterCard or by Western Union. The remaining balance can be cleared upon your arrival in Nepal by cash or credit card (credit card payment incurs a 4% charge).

a. Payment by Credit Card (MasterCard or Visa Only)
There is a 4% surcharge when you make your payment with a credit/debit card. Please download the credit card payment form and complete the necessary details in the form including your complete card details, signature (same as in your passport & credit card) and send a scan/photo of this filled form as well as a scan/photo of your passport and both sides of your card by email to info@nepalyogatrek.com

Your credit card will be charged by Alpine Travel Service (Credit Card Division) on behalf of Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt. Ltd. Please do not send the form details directly to Alpine Travel Services.

b. Payment by Wire/Bank Transfer
Please use the below details to complete a wire/bank transfer. Please note that Nepal banks do not operate the IBAN system, the below details are full and complete:

Beneficiary Name: PURNA YOGA & TREKS PVT.LTD
Beneficiary Address: TEKU, KATHMANDU, NEPAL
Bank Name: MEGA BANK NEPAL LIMITED
Bank Address: KANTIPATH, KATHMANDU, NEPAL.
Bank Account No: 0010010103716
Bank Swift Code: MBNLNPKA

Please put down your own name as the transaction reference for easy recognition.

Please note that your transfer may be subject to an intermediary bank fee on the way to Nepal as well as your own bank's transfer fee. Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt. Ltd is not liable for any bank charges incurred at any stage of the transfer process.

c. Payment by Western Union or Moneygram
Send the payment option "pickup at location" to the following receiver details:

Company Name: Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt. Ltd
First Name: Manohar
Last Name: Shrestha
Address: Teku, Kathmandu, Nepal
City: Kathmandu
Country: Nepal
Telephone Number: +977 9841436877

Note: After making the transfer please email us the receipt of your payment to info@nepalyogatrek.com We need the MTCN code, full sender name & address to receive the money in Western Union office.

Please note you can only send the payment in NPR (Nepali Rupee) to Nepal so we will use the current exchange rate NPR/USD to calculate the deposit amount received in USD

3. Cancellation

a. Cancellation by Guest
Written cancellation notice must be received and acknowledged by Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt. Ltd. Such notice commences from the day your cancellation note is received and cancellation shall be valid with acknowledgement from the company. Trip shall then be termed as cancelled and the cancellation charge would be deducted from the advance paid. Any cancellation by a Client must be made in writing and acknowledged by the Company. The Client is strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of making the booking.

The cancellation charges are expressed hereafter as a percentage of the total tour price

DATE OF CANCELLATION CHARGE INCURRED
60 days or more before departure Loss of deposit
59 - 21 days before departure 50% of services booked
Less than 21 days before departure 80% of services booked

Please note no refunds will be made if you voluntarily or involuntarily leave the trip for any reason after the trip has begun. No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals and any other services not utilized. Under no circumstance will there be a refund of any kind if you don't show up on the trip departure date or if you leave the trip after the trip has started for any reasons.

Guests have to pay for the hotel or any extra costs incurred after leaving the itinerary, Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt Ltd is not financially responsible to provide alternative accommodation after the guest has left the itinerary voluntarily or involuntarily. However we will do our best to assist if help is requested to make any alternative arrangements.

b. Cancellation by Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt. Ltd
The tour once confirmed will not be cancelled unless we are forced to do so due to circumstances outside of our control (force majeure) such as major natural disaster, major political unrest or war - only when it directly affects our operations, not due to singular localized events in any part of the country.

In the event of cancellation of the booked trip due to reasons out of our control, you are free to reschedule your trip or take an alternative trip of the same category. While rescheduling the trip, you will receive the full credit from your previously booked trip, and you will only pay the difference amount between old and new prices if the price increases for the rescheduled departure. Refunds are not possible in such circumstances but credit transfer is offered. toward an alternative trip within 24 months.

Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt Ltd shall not be liable to refund any additional expenses that you may have incurred (such as flight costs, insurance, accommodation and any other costs).

4. Change of itinerary due to reasons beyond our control
Travelling in Nepal requires a degree of flexibility, good humour and understanding as unforeseen changes to the itinerary, modes of transportation and accommodation can occur at any time. Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt. Ltd shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as government restriction, extreme weather, road blockage, political unrest, flight cancellation or delay, sickness or accident, any natural disaster (earthquake, landslide, flood, snowfall, avalanche, etc) or any other circumstances beyond our control. The given itinerary is an indication of what the group should accomplish, but not a contractual obligation. No refunds are given for unused services or unrealized dreams. But we will always do our best to keep your itinerary unchanged as much as possible.

If a domestic flight is part of the itinerary at the end of the trip (ie Jomsom-Pokhara or Lukla-Kathmandu) and the flight becomes cancelled or delayed, the guest is responsible to bear all additional expenses incurred including food and accommodation costs. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as helicopter flight to avoid international flight delays, all additional cost would be your responsibility. Moreover, Purna Yoga & Treks does not accept any responsibility for costs incurred as a result of missed international flights, but would assist to make alternative transport arrangements wherever possible.

5. Risk & Liabilities
Your safety is our number one priority and the tour leaders have an authority to make changes in the itinerary based on their risk assessment due to weather or trail conditions while the trek is in progress. Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt Ltd will not be liable for any accident, injury, health problem, emotional distress or any other health condition suffered by the client during the trip. Our packages do not include any kind of personal insurance so it is guests' own responsibility to purchase travel insurance from their own country before their trip starts. Similarly Purna Yoga & Treks will not be liable for any loss or damage of property, lost or stolen valuables or luggage.

6. Insurance
Personal travel insurance is not included in the prices quoted. While every effort is made to ensure the safety of all participants at all time, it is a condition of booking that you take out a personal travel insurance policy. To protect against unforeseen circumstances it is advisable to take a comprehensive travel insurance cover from your own country and before your arrival to Nepal. Such insurance should cover personal injury, medical expenses, death, repatriation expenses, land and helicopter rescue from high altitude (up to the max altitude of your trek - please check this carefully with your insurance provider before booking).

We also recommend that the insurance cover includes trip cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

7. Privacy & Publicity
Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt Ltd has to collect your personal information in order to obtain the necessary trekking permits and for records purposes. No private or personal information that you supply to us when making a booking will ever be used for any other purposes.

You agree that Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt Ltd may use images of you taken during the trip without compensation to you, for publicity and promotion purposes through whatever medium it chooses.

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