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Overview

Trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal offers great experiences of diverse mother nature, mountains, and multi-ethnic cultures. Therefore, the region is one of the most popular trekking destinations for many trekkers across the globe.

Mardi Himal Trek with Poon Hill into Annapurna region offers you the chances to witness the view of the mountains peak from two places - Poon Hill and the base camp of Mardi Himal. This trekking route offers the eastern view of the magnificent Annapurna Mountains.

This trek route is divided into two phases. The first phase accommodates the Poon Hill trek and the second includes the Mardi Himal trek. Both of these places are in the same region and in the same geographical settings. At an altitude of 3210 m, Poon Hill offers a breathtaking view of the mountains. The morning sun kisses the tip of the mountain and lights up the whole area. The scene to behold is simply awesome. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Himchuli, Dhampus, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, etc. mountains are seen spectacularly. En route to the top of Poon Hill, trekkers trek through the villages of Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, and Ghorepani. In fact, Ghorepani is the last densely habituated village before Poon Hill.

Mardi Himal Trek is relatively quieter in comparison to the Poon Hill Trek route. Therefore, trekkers get an ample amount of time to relish the serene green lush forest environment. Listen to the sound of chirping birds and breathe the fresh mountain air. The overnight places at Low Camp and High Camp are on the most spectacular hilltops. The cascading hills under the clouds and the towering mountains enthrall everyone. After visiting Upper View Point, trekkers head back on the same trail to Sidding.


Trip highlights

  • Remote and less travelled trail in one of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal.
  • Traverse through the ever-changing landscape with the narrow winding paths, rhododendron forests, high valleys, and rugged Himalayan terrain.
  • This trail provides the nearest and best view of the Himalayas range.
  • You pass incredibly close by the iconic Fishtail mountain.
  • Amazing view of the Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range.
  • The Annapurna Conservation area is home to the world’s largest rhododendron forest.
  • Once reached over 3000 meters above the forest line, you can spot deers, blue sheep (bharal), and the most resistant animal of the high altitude, the yak.
  • Travel along with the Modi River.
  • Traditional Gururng & Magar village & their incredible cultural.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)

As you fly into Kathmandu, you'll have beautiful views over the valley, the snow capped mountain peaks in Himalaya, and of the terraced fields below. As per your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02: Fully day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.

Today after the breakfast we will proceed for sightseeing tour in and around the Kathmandu valley. The Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambhunath temple and Boudhanath temple are the major sight-seeing areas around the Kathmandu valley. These all are listed in a world heritage sites. The Durbar Square shows us the regal life of ancient periods. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimages. Swoyambhunath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is the Buddhist temple which is very popular around the globe. Swoyambhunath is also known as money temple stands on the hilltop west of the Kathmandu valley. It can also be known as the viewpoint of Kathmandu valley. Boudhanath temple is the biggest Chhorten ever made around the world.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) – approx. 6 hours.

You depart for the six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourists paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Birethanti . Start trekking to Ulleri (1960m) – approx. 5 hours.

After breakfast, you will have a drive to Birethanti, passing the village of Lumle and Nayapul. From here, the trekking path begins towards the Ulleri. As the village is left behind, the path converges through beautiful bamboo groves. Further ahead still lays green Himalayan pastures. Views of the Machhapuchhre Himal and other Annapurna massifs are a constant majestic presence throughout. The path then reaches Ranghia village, and from here, a gradual upward ascent leads to Tikhe Dhunga.

From Tikhe Dhunga, the path continues into a suspension bridge over the river. From there, it is time to climb the 3300 stone steps to the renowned Magar village of Ulleri. Although the climbing might seem daunting, it is quite pleasant, and all the while, caravans and mule carsts keep passing up and down the stairs.

Overnight in teahouse.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2850m) – approx. 5 hours

The trail passes through beautiful forests and waterfalls and offers amazing views of the Himalayan range. Ghorepani is located at the elevation of 2750 meters and it differs from other towns with the distinctive blue roofs and houses. It is also a gateway to the most important point of the trek - Poon Hill (around 3200 meters above sea level) which offers a spectacular, 360 degree view of the Annapurna range in the Himalayas. Especially stunning in March/April when all the wild rhododendrons blossom and cover the mountainous valleys in bright red colors. The views of mountain peaks from Ghorepani, like Hiunchuli, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, and the mAnnapurna peaks, are magnificent.

Overnight in teahouse.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 06: Hike to Poonhil. Trek from Poonhill to Tadapani (2500m) – approx. 7 hours

Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on.

Overnight in teahouse.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07: Trek from Tadapani to Landruk (1430m) – approx. 7 hours

You trek through dense beautiful forests, Gurung village of Ghandruk 1940 m and crossing Modi khola. It is ideal to explore natural beauty, culture and lifestyle of Gurung people, viewing the flora and fauna. All the while, the Annapurna Mountains loom down against the skyline. Eventually, you will reach Ghandruk. From here, another small village is passed, called Phedi, and crossing the Modi River, the small village of Landruk is finally reached.

Overnight in teahouse.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 08: Trek from Landruk to Forest Camp (2500m) – approx. 6 hours

Today, we have our breakfast at Landruk and ascend all the way up to Forest Camp. The trail passes through lush rhododendron forest today. The path turns to be steeper while approaching Forest Camp. The views of the mountain peaks become more prominent along the journey. Arrive at Forest Camp and explore the local area. Forest camp has sparse basic lodges and is very peaceful and isolate.

Overnight in teahouse.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 09: Trek from Forest Camp to High Camp (3600m) – approx. 6 hours

At the beginning, we pass lush forest until we get to Low Camp. Walk past Low Camp and the forest gets thinner and turns into alpine bushes. The landscapes become drier with beautiful pastures. We pass the ridges and walk towards Mardi Himal and Machhapuhhre. We gradually arrive at High camp, where we’ll see lodges bigger than Low camp. From High Camp you can see dramatic mountain views. The view from the lodge of Annapurna south, Hiunchuli Himal, and Mt. Machhapuchhre is phenomenal.

Overnight in teahouse.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10: Hike to View Point (4500m) and return to Low Camp – approx. 8 hours

Early morning enjoy sunrise over the Himalayas which looks magnificent. After breakfast, we start climbing the Mardi Himal View Point at 4500m. We capture astonishing Annapurna-I, Annapurna South, Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, Hieuchuli and Tent Peak. This is one of the challenging days as we walk on the narrow and rocky trails. However, the view at the end of the trek makes all the hard work worth it.

Mardi Himal is a sacred Himalaya of Nepal. No one has ever climbed the summit because of its sacred value. To date, it remains unclimbed. The major highlight of this day is watching Nepal’s national bird Lophophorus.

Overnight in teahouse.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11: Trek to Siding village (1280m) – approx. 4 hours. Then drive to Pokhara – approx. 3 hours.

Most of the trail on this day is gradual downhill under the shades of dense forests. Siding is a traditional Gurung village with a quiet and ambient atmosphere. The settlement is less busy even during the peak trekking seasons.

After we descend to Siding we drive back to Pokhara.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu – approx. 7 hours.

We drive back to Kathmandu on the same highway we took to Pokhara earlier. Another seven hours on the highway will give us time to observe the villages and towns on the way from a different angle. After reaching Kathmandu and checking into the hotel, we will have some free time to wander around the streets of Thamel.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu.

As per your flight time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home or any other destinations. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12 PM.

Or inform us if you want to stay longer for short tours such as Jungle Safari at National Parks, Mountain Biking, Rafting, a Tibet tour, a Tour to Bhutan or India Tour. We will be happy to assist you.

  • Trip facts

  • Trip duration : 13 days
  • Grade : Moderate to fairly challenging
  • Activity : Cultural sightseeing tour and trekking
  • Starts in : Kathmandu
  • End in : Kathmandu
  • Trek Type : Tea House
  • Accomodation : Hotel & lodge (tea house)
  • Max Altitude : 4500m

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off services by private A/C vehicle.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on twin /double sharing basis with breakfast only.
  • All meals during the trek to Mardi Himal.
  • Accommodation during the trek in Tea House.
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters (ratio:2 members=1 porter) during the trek (per member max 12-13kg weight).
  • Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu by private land transportations
  • Transfer from Pokhara to Birethanti and from Sidling to Pokhara by private land transportation.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara on twin/double sharing basis with breakfast only
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs for the trek.
  • Insurance for all staff & porters
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, we recommend you to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.).
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening.
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • International flight & any other airfares
  • Nepal visa
  • Extra baggage charge if any (weight allowance 12kg+3 kg in domestic flight).
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire).
  • Tips for Guide, porters, drivers etc.
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason.
  • Personal expenses such as table drinks, snacks while walking, hot water/shower, internet, telephone etc during the Everest Base Camp trek.
  • Clients insurance and Medical expenses.
  • Any other tours, transfers and hotel accommodations other than mentioned above.
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara.


Extension Tours

Paragliding
Jungle Safari
Pokhara Tour
Rafting

Necessary Information

1. Visa to Nepal

You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. For that, you require a valid passport with 2 copies of passport size photos. Similarly, A visa for Nepal can be obtained at Nepal India border entry point at Birgunj, Nepalgunj, Kakadvitta, Bhairahawa, Gaddachowki and Kodari on the Nepal China border. A15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

2. Welcoming upon your arrival in Nepal

We will be at the airport to welcome you upon your arrival to Nepal. We will be carrying the Raj BalaTreks & Expedition placard with your name underneath. From airport you will escorted to your hotel and we help you to check-in.

3. Health Issues and Vaccinations Requirement for Mardi Himal Trek with Poon Hill

As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio.

The main health consideration during Mardi Himal Trekking with Poon Hill is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and handle the low oxygen rate.

If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you to consult your doctor about your suitability for trekking in high altitude areas before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.

4. Difficulty Level of the trek

Mardi Himal Trek with Poon Hill is a moderate to fairly challenging trek that does not require any technical expertise of mountaineering. It is basically a long hike up to the altitude of 4200 meters . The trek is only grueling because of its duration of 8 days hike up and down the hill across diverse terrains (10 days including arrival and departure). You should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercises and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.

5. Trekking Type

Mardi Himal Trek with Poon Hill is a tea house trek. A Nepalese tea house is a lodge or guest house located in one of the trekking regions in the Nepal Himalayas. At the end of the day’s trekking you pitch up and have a room and food provided. Teahouse trekking in Nepal is an incredible experience.

6. Accommodation on the trek

There are plenty of basic, clean and friendly lodges along the trail. You often have to share rooms but you can also stay in single rooms where possible. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. A few have electric blanket, hot bags (luxury lodges) and all have a spacious dining room-lounge.

We will accommodate you and your group in a comfortable local lodge each day. The Guide coordinates with the local lodge owners and a porter is sent ahead to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot always be booked in advance).

7. Food on the Trek

On trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.

To get an idea about your meals on the go, breakfast comprises a hot beverage, toasts, pancakes, eggs, etc. while lunch will include rice items, noodles, potato varieties, pizza, pasta, burger, meat items, and so on. The starters in dinnertime are soup varieties while the main course includes more or less similar items as that of lunch menu, including a dessert item and a hot beverage.

8. A Typical Day on a Tea House Trek in Nepal

We provide a comfortable experience on our teahouse lodge-style treks. Our team works hard to support you so that you can relax and enjoy trekking in Nepal. The lodges provide your meals in a communal dining room. There is a range in standard and service in teahouse lodges depending on location. i.e. lodges at higher altitude and places with fewer trekkers tend to have more basic facilities.

The day starts with getting up in your room shared with another trekker in our group. Before heading for breakfast you pack your overnight gear into your duffel bag. You would have given your breakfast orders to the guide to pass onto the kitchen last night. At the designated time the group will assemble in the dining room to eat breakfast. The menu has a range of items to choose from such as porridge, cereals, chapattis, and a  choice of egg dishes. There is also the choice of tea or coffee plus other hot drinks like the popular ginger, lemon honey drink.

While the group is having breakfast the porters arrange their loads and set off in the cool of the morning. After breakfast, between 7am and 8am, we start trekking. The pace of the trek is moderate as there is plenty of time in the itinerary to reach the lodge for tonight. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around midday at a teahouse lodge by the side of the trail.

After lunch, we continue the trek and on most days we arrive at the lodge by mid- afternoon. For dinner, you get a two-course dinner (soup and main meal). The menus are quite standard with a range of dishes such as dal bhat, momos and the famous Sherpa stew. Dal bhat is a Nepalese dish of rice and lentils with vegetable curry. It is also possible to order spaghetti and pasta; pizzas; vegetable burgers and chips and fried rice.

After the meal, the leaders will discuss the plan for the next day. Afterwards, people might stay in the dining room chatting about the day’s events or playing cards. After a tiring day, most people head to their rooms quite early for the night. Tomorrow is likely to be very similar to today!

We cater for a variety of dietary requirements. There are always meals that are suitable for vegetarians. During booking, we find out if you have any dietary needs and agree upon meal plans before departure. If you have any questions about the food provided please get in touch with us to discuss further.

9.Land Transfers

From Kathmandu, you will be driven to Pokhara for 7/8 hours from Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. From Pokhara you will be driven to Birethanti, the starting point of the trek. On your return from the trek, our car/bus shall pick you from Sidling and drive to Pokhara. Further you will be driven back to Kathmandu by land transportation.

10. Personal Expenses – Approximate money you should carry on the trek.

Our 13 days Mardi Trek with Poon Hill cost is all inclusive of your accommodation, meals, permits and other official expenses.(See price includes and excludes section for more detail). Besides, other expenses depend on your spending habits. A USD 10-15 is sufficient to buy bottled water, snacks, chocolate bars, hot and cold drinks, and showers during the EBC Trek besides your included meals and accommodation.

11. Money Exchange

You can exchange money at a Bank or the money exchange counter in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Many Tourist class Hotels have money exchange facilities. For Trekking, there are Banks and exchange counters at major Tourist hubs like Namche and Lukla. These days, there are availability of ATMs everywhere in Kathmandu and some in Lukla and Namche.

12. Tips

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trekking in Nepal. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips. It is recommended that you talk to the members and hand it over individually as per the hierarchy on the last day of the trek.

13. Facility of communication available on trek

Communication during Mardi Himal Trek with Poon Hill is not challenging but there are certain things to be considered. Phone reception is available in most of the places during the trek. Likewise, WIFI services are also available on the trail. To use WIFI services, you are expected to pay a fee. These fees increase as you scale up the higher altitude. Usually, the cost of WIFI services ranges about NPR 400-500 each depending upon the location you are staying in. And another option to stay connected with your family back home is by using an internet data package if you have a local SIM card. You can buy a SIM card around the street of your trip hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara or ask your guide to arrange it one for you. However, we must inform you that internet service may not be strong in all places.

14. Luggage while trekking

During Annapurna trekking, your main luggage will be carried by porter. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 to 15 kgs for travel safety and porter welfare as per IPPG standard. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun- screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel in Kathmandu while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel's safekeeping.

15. Trekking Gears and Equipments

You will need walking boots, sleeping bag (4 seasons/ -20C rated), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack. Comprehensive list of equipment will be provided once you book your trip. It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

16. Climate & best time to do the trek

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

17. First Aid Kit

We supply a medical bag with standard medicines prescribed by trekking doctors and a user’s manual. Since our staffs/guides are not qualified for suggesting medications to western clients, we would request you to use the medicines upon your own risk. It is safer and more reliable if you have your own medicine kit and not depend on what we have.

18. Rescue /Evacuation

Your safety and security are our top priority, and we always make sure that nothing untoward happen to you. However, if anything serious like sickness or a casualty occurs, we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. As you are responsible for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it.

19. Insurance

Before joining the AnnapurnaTrekking, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. Our staff will collect your insurance details before you leave for the trek.

20. All our guides are certified guides

All our guides are certified and trained trekking leaders. Our guides are certified by the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM), Nepal. They have years of experience working in this line of work and know the different trekking trails of Nepal, mountain ranges, culture, and mountain sickness.

21. Booking Procedure

Your booking of this Mardi Himal Trek with Poon Hill will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of 20% of the total trip and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

22. Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply:

  • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (20% of the total trip)
  • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost
  • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost
  • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

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