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Mardi Himal Yoga Trek

Key Points

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Group -Size: 2-15 pax
  • Max Altitude: 4600
  • Fitness Level: Easy
Trip Overview

This spectacular Yoga trek to Mardi Himal follows the newly started trekking trail and one of the least trekked routes in the Annapurna region. Mardi Himal trek is a trek in moderate altitudes through pristine forests and enchanting villages.

Mardi Himal trek leads through many villages dwelled by different ethnic people thus offering diverse cultural experiences. After you enter into jungle area leaving lively villages back, you can see many types of orchids, various NTFPs (Non Timber Forest Products), and often encounter with wild animals. The forest dominates with rhododendron trees – the national flower of Nepal.

Your destination is up to the barren-like pasture land via beautiful ridge of the hill witnessing many other trekking trails such as Annapurna sanctuary, Ghandruk loop, Annapurna panorama, Machhapuchhre model trek, Tara hilltop trek and so on. You can view the majestic sight of other places  such as Sarangkot hill and village, Pokhara valley etc. You can enjoy the view of Himalayan peaks including Annapurna range (Annapurna I, II, III, and IV), Annapurna South, Himchuli, Tent Peak, Gandarwa Chuli, Singu Chuli, Fishtail, Mardi Himal, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, & Dhaulagiri range can be enjoyed from through peaceful and non crowded environment.

On the return, you descend through rarely visited path passing settlements of Gurung, Chhetri, and Tamang ethnic people. Tea house accommodation is very basic during this trekking, since the trekking region recently go popularity. We have combined this beautiful trek with the Yoga trip because it is one of the most ideal trek to combine with yoga since the trail is tranquil, and less people on the trail. As far as practicable you will participate in the yoga activities during the trek days.

Itenerary

Arrive in Kathmandu – Nepal’s only international airport so far is located. On the arrival platform, our friendly representative will be there to receive you and transfer you to your hotel. After you complete check-in formality, and taking short rest, we introduce you to the market of Thamel, where you can eat your supper, change money, buy some stuffs from supermarket, or buy trekking gears – if you need to do. Later we take you to our office for the trip briefing. Overnight at your hotel. Delay of any kind will postpone the events for next day according to feasibility.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and drive to airport for a flight to Pokhara in the latter morning. You fly to Pokhara – small beautiful city situated in the lap of the Annapurna massif – parallel to the central Himalayas in which you can enjoy the view of the Langtang range, Gorkha Himal massif, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna. Arrive Pokhara and enjoy the rest of the day exploring lakeside and surrounding.
You will enjoy your delicious breakfast in the hotel and drive to Phedi – a small town located beneath the Dhampus village along the highway . From this starting point leaving the highway, you start to walk steep uphill to Dhampus. The first section is in the forest comparatively steep, and the latter stretch is gradual mixed with shorter steep section through the village and farming terraced field. You reach to the beautiful village of Dhampus from where the view of Annapurna and Fishtail is stunning. Enjoy your lunch, and continue for another three hours to Deurali passing Pothana. Overnight stay in the lodge in Deurali.
The day is relatively eventful because we pass through pine and beautiful Rhododendron forest. The trail up to the camp runs through the ridge of the Goruzure Danda. The entire trail is without any settlement and in the forest, so we carry pack-lunch and eat it on the way enjoying scenic views. You can enjoy the last stretch of flat and some downhill to the lodge. There are few lodges only and no view of the Himalayan peaks from the camp. You spend your night here at a local lodge.
You start the day after breakfast and walk your way through beautiful forest. Schedule for today is shorter in comparison to other days. The day is dedicated for acclimatization as you are at relatively higher elevation. Once you reach the destination you enjoy the lunch and prepare yourself to spend the night there at a local lodge.
Walk designated for this day is shorter too given the height differences. You should keep yourself hydrated throughout the journey. Enjoy the forest while walking. You get to witness beautiful mountains on your way including, South Annapurna, Himchuli and Mt. Fishtail. On this day, you will be able to observe settlements in higher hills and bed of mountains like Chhomrong, Ghandruk and base camp for Fishtail. Your journey ends for the day at High Camp, where beautiful view of sunset will greet you. You spend your night at the local lodge.
Most trekkers start their day early morning to the view point which takes about two hours steep walk in the higher altitude. You can choose to start after breakfast or early in coordination with your Guide. The trail is in the ridge offering stunning view, and from the view point the view of the Himalayan peaks is mesmerizing. Back to high camp for the lunch and then rest for a short while before you climb down to Low camp for the overnight stay.
After breathtaking sunrise and luscious breakfast, you walk your way down to Siding passing through beautiful Rhododendron and Pine forests. You stop at Low camp for lunch and continue walking to Siding where you spend your night at a local lodge.
Once you eat your breakfast, your day starts. You walk through unique settlements where you can observe the village lifestyle of the Himalayan foothills. You make a stop at Ghalel for lunch, which is a beautiful Gurung village – the ethnic community who live in the foothills of Annapurna and Gorkha massif – with home-stay facility to experience ethnic life. The trek is gradual up. You are to stay your night in a home-stay at Lwang. You will be spending your evening singing and dancing on folk music and experiencing local life at the fullest. This village offers a beautiful tea garden and ACAP office/check-post.
You will start your day early for a short to enjoy the tea garden and the magnificent mountain views along with. Then you come back to your homestay for the breakfast. After breakfast, trek to Koramukh from where you drive back to Pokhara. The drive will provide you with beautiful views of agricultural farms, rivers, streams, hills and local life to watch all the way. Once you are transferred and checked-in for the night at hotel, you can roam around beautiful city of Pokhara. Some attractions of city are Devi’s fall, Caves, Lakes and many more. You spend your night at the hotel.
You can explore this beautiful city after breakfast or relax and rest whole day on your own. You can go to Phewa lake for boating which is known for the tranquility, and the view of mountain peaks from the lake or even beautiful reflections in the water. You can visit Devi’s Fall, Gupteswar Cave, Peace stupa etc. Overnight stay in the Hotel in Pokhara.
You drive back to Kathmandu – some 206 kms and takes seven hours – or take a flight according to your interest. If you are driving, you drive through beautiful bending mountain highway which stretches along the river and passes through beautiful landscape. Once in Kathmandu we will transfer you to your respective hotel and you will be given free time to wander around. Overnight will be spent in hotel.
After breakfast at your Hotel, we take you to the mysterious Kathmandu city tour. This historical, cultural and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You will walk through the narrow lanes of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard. Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”. After the tour, return back to your Hotel. If you are staying in Thamel, you can hang around this bustling tourist market and enjoy shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time and your tour ends here.

What is Included?

    • Airport pick up & drop as required.
    • All meals three times a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
    • Accommodation in the tea-house lodges.
    • Hot drinks (tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate)
    • All transportation as required
    • Trekking permit
    • Four nights Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu
    • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with entrée fee, guide, and transfers
    • All temples Entry Permit in Kathmandu
    • All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear, transport etc for Nepalese staff
    • All taxes

What is Excluded?

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

     

Equipment Checklist

General

1.    Four 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  (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but has 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 placed. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the
       sun off your ears and neck.
2.    Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers 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.    One pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside
       other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
2.    One pair of 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 (Two or few in numbers as you feel required).
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.    Two women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
7.    Long shirts (Two or few numbers)

Lower Body – Legs

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

Feet

1.    Two to Four pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
2.    Two to three pairs heavyweight socks to be worn over liner socks.
3.    One pair lightweight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
4.    One pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with
       layered socks and you have worn than before to get used to it
       (otherwise, you will get lots of blisters).
5.    One pair of light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
6.    One 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 diarrhoea.
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 moleskin, 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.    One 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 lightweight
4.    Binoculars
5.    One lightweight 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 a drinking tube and tube insulator
7.    A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for a woman, some swear by them to avoid
       that chilly late night trip
8.    One small stainless steel thermos

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