Mardi Himal Yoga Trek - Annapurna Area

This spectacular Yoga trek to Mardi Himal follows one of the least trekked routes in the Annapurna. Mardi Himal trek is a remote trek at moderate altitudes through pristine forests and delightful villages that takes you further and higher into the mountains than on our Foothills of Nepal trek. Mardi Himal trek through many ethnic group village seeing their culture, custom, ritual & norms. After finishing village walk you will enter in the jungle area where you can see many types of the orchids, NTFP, with enjoy of the wildlife observation along the dense rhododendron forest. Your destination is up to brown pasture land via top ridge of the hill seeing many other trekking trail as Annapurna sanctuary, Ghandruk loop, Annapurna panorama, Machhapuchhre model trek, Tara hilltop trek other places to be seen from here are Sarangkot, Pokhara valley, 7 districts of the western Nepal. In the mountain whole Annapurna range (Annapurna I-IV, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Ten Peak, Gandarwa Chuli, Singu Chuli, Holymount Fishtail, Mardi Himal, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu & Dhaulagiri) can be seen from the nearer point with enjoying peaceful &non crowded environment. On our return we descend through seldom visited Gurung, Chhetri, Tamang villages. The tea house accommodation is very basic in the area. Mardi Himal trek is design for those people who do not like to go normal touristic route where you meet a lots of tourist and still like to do tea house.

Day 01 : Fly to Pokhara (900m) 25min.
You take an amazing, scenic  flights, sitting in the right hand site is more privilege as big Himalayan range is in right hand side. Pokhara is a beautiful valley town, with panoramic views of Annurpurna, Machapuchare, and Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is considerably less hectic than Kathmandu and is the starting point of your trek. Explore beautiful Phewa Lake, known for its tranquility and picture perfect postcards; or visit Devi Falls, a minor waterfall named after a tourist that fell inside or just free and easy. Overnight in Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 02 : Pokhara- Phedi (40 min drive) and walk to Deurali (2100m) 4.30 hrs.
Starts your day by drive from Pokhara to Phedi by Car. The trek starts walking steep hills from Phedi to Dampus .You have to climb up the stone stairs passing through terrace cultivated fields, settlements and forests, arriving the Dhampus. You will get lunch at the middle of the way in Dhampus where you can see Annapurna range and Mt. Fishtail. After lunch gradual up to reach Deurali for overnight.

Day03 : Deurali to Forest camp (2550m) 5 hrs of walk
Mardi Himal trek starts from Deurali to Forest camp through the ridge of the Goruzure Danda. On the way to Forest Camp, mostly trail goes to Steep with the thick forest of pine and Rhododendran, most of the trees are looks very old and huge. There is not any tea house on the way, so you have to prepare by yourself until to the late lunch in Forest camp which is very nice place with singing birds around the lodge. Last hour to the lodge trail is going flat and downhill.

Day 04 : Forest Camp - Low camp (3050M) 3 hrs walk.
After having breakfast trail starts bit steep until to the rest camp which is about 3o minutes walk where you can enjoy with good mountain views of Fistail and Mardi Himal . After that trail slightly goes up where you have chance to see dears if you are lucky because you have to walk through the forest then you will be at Low camp there are only 2 lodges which is very nice place to see the mountain .

Day 05 :  Low camp to High camp (3900m)3hrs walk
This is also another nice day of Mardi Himal trek walking through the Rhododrendran forest mostly you have to walk through the ridge of the hill with nice view of Chhomrung village and you can see Himchuli and Annapurna south. Some people they goes to day hiking from the low camp to until that view point which is about 45 minutes from the hotel. In that day mostly trail goes to long steep up then you feel tired though it’s only 3 hours walk to the Hotel.

Day 06 : High Camp (3900m) to Upper View Point (4300m) and back to Low camp 6hrs walk.
Mostly people they start early morning from the Hotel to the Upper view point which about 4300m it takes about 2hrs. On the way we have to walk through the ridge of the hill then you can enjoy with the many mountains like ( Fistail, Mardi Himal, Hiuchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I and more.. which is very close to you after that within we have to back to the hotel for the lunch. After finished lunch you have rest for a while then you have to be ready for coming down to the Low camp.

Day 07 : Low camp -Siding (1700m) 3hrs walk.
After breakfast at Low camp and heading descend towards Siding it takes about 3 hrs walk. Walking back straight descend to the same fine forest you can again see the beautiful Rhododendron forest. You will get your lunch at Siding where you can spend over night. This is a small and traditional village with different ethnic group.

Day 08 : Siding –Lwong(1460m) 5hrs of walk
Breakfast at siding then mostly trail goes down about 2 hours to the next village is called Ghalel where we have take lunch there is newly started home stay so we can get simple Nepalese Dal Bhat  after that another 3 hours to the Lwong mostly trail goes short steep and flat through the small village. On the way to the Lwong there is small stream you can take bath you feels very hot while you are walking and there is mother group will welcome you by singing and dancing in some folk songs in the evening.

Day 09 : Lwong – Khoramukh (1530m) 45minutes walk and Pokhara 1:30 hrs drive.
Early morning walk to tea garden (30minutes) to see the panoramic view of green tea garden and also the view of mountains. After that come back to Lwong for the breakfast and walk down to Khoramukh and take drive to Pokhara. Rest of the day free and easy. Pokhara is a beautiful valley with panoramic views of Annurpurna, Machapuchare, and Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is considerably less hectic than Kathmandu and is the starting point of your trek. Explore beautiful Phewa Lake, known for its tranquility and picture perfect postcards; or visit Devi Falls, a minor waterfall International mountain museum or or just free and easy. Overnight in Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 10 : Relax day in Pokhara as it is nice city.
Pokhara is a beautiful valley town, with panoramic views of Annurpurna, Machapuchare, and Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is considerably less hectic than Kathmandu and is the starting point of your trek. Explore beautiful Phewa Lake, known for its tranquility and picture perfect postcards; or visit Devi Falls, a minor waterfall named after a tourist that fell inside. Overnight in Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 11. Drive back to Kathmandu,6 hrs by private car/van.
This morning, we depart for Kathmandu It Is an scenic drive with landscape, villages, town and great rivers where people enjoy the white water rafting. Along the ride you will see Alost of things happening around. The rest of the evening is free and easy. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 .Sightseeing to Bhaktipure and rest of the day is shopping or free and easy.
Bhaktapur also known as Bhadgoun, Durbar Square is spacious, beautiful square is packed from end to end with ancient temples and monuments including the ‘Lion Gate’ and ‘The Bell of the Barking Dogs.’ It’s a great place to explore for an hour or two and absorb the local life, another highlight is Nyatapola Temple: Dating back to 1702, this five-story pagoda is an impressive sight. Staring down at you from the terraces are intricately carved figures of wrestlers, elephants, lions and griffins. The Dattatreya Square is Bhaktapur’s third dazzling gem. The seat of royalty till the 15th century, the area still houses a great number of historic monuments including many wondrous Maths (residential mansions) and temples. The Peacock Window, which is also called the "Mona Lisa of Nepal", is a rare masterpiece in wood. Dating back to the early 15th Century, the unique latticed window has an intricately carved peacock in its centre. You will also enjoy poetry farm and old town of Bhaktipur.

Cost Includes

1.    Airport picks up & Drop.
2.    All food (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
3.    Accommodation.
4.    Hot drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate).
5.    All transportation.
6.    Trekking permit.
7.    Four nights Hotel with break fast in Kathmandu.
8.    Sight seeing in Kathmandu valley.
9.    All temples Entry Permit in kathamndu.
10.    All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear, transport etc for Nepalese staff.
11.    All taxes.

Cost Excludes

1.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client's personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen & personal expenses
2.    Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.

General

1.    4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be
       returned after the trek)
2.    Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it
       but is to be returned after the trek)
3.    Daypack
4.    Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.    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.
2.    Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
3.    Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
4.    Glacier glasses-
5.    Headlamp
6.    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).
7.    A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

1.    1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside
       other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
2.    1 pair warm gloves
3.    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

1.    T-shirts (2).
2.    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
3.    Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.    2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
7.    Long shirts(2)

Lower Body – Legs

1.    2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
6.    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.
7.    1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
8.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture
       resistant plastic bags.

Feet

1.    2-4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
2.    2-3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
3.    1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
4.    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).
5.    1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
6.    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)

1.    Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.    Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.    Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.    Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
       Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.    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

1.    Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.    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).
3.    Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.    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.
5.    Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses
       its' effectiveness over time.
6.    Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.    Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.    Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes,
       and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.    2 bandanas.

Optional

1.    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
2.    Favorite snack foods
3.    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
4.    Binoculars
5.    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
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
7.    A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
       that chilly late night trip
8.    1 small stainless steel thermos

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