Mardi Himal Yoga Trek & Pokhara Tour 12 Days

Trip Facts
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Max. Altitude 4,500 m
  • Trip Style Trek & Tour
  • Trip Type Solo or Group
  • Best Time Autumn & Spring

Highlights

  • Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp, enjoying breathtaking mountain views and diverse landscapes
  • Short and off-beat trekking route, doable for naive trekkers
  • The adventurous trail goes through different camps and lush rhododendron forests
  • De-stress and practice yoga every day while trekking, instructed by a professional yoga instructor
  • A less crowded trekking route in the Annapurna region
  • No retracing of the trail while descending
  • Get to see the daily lifestyle and culture of the locals
  • Enjoy hot springs in the Jhinu Danda

"Explore a less crowded trekking route in the Annapurna region and have an unparalleled spiritual experience on our Mardi Himal Yoga Trek 12 Days. De-stress and practice yoga & meditation in the Himalayas while witnessing tempting beauty."

Mardi Himal Trek, in general, is an offbeat, short trek. Combining yoga in the journey makes the trek even more fantastic. The guided yoga sessions every day will help you bond with nature deeply and make the trek a little easier. Located east of the Annapurna base camp trail, the Mardi Himal yoga trek explores a relatively newly discovered trekking route (opened back in 2012). 

In recent days, Mardi Himal yoga trekking has been getting popular as one of the best destinations to enjoy yoga trekking. Still, the Mardi yoga trekking route is not as bustling as other famous treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill and Annapurna Sanctuary. This yoga trek is perfect for anyone looking for a more immersive and peaceful venture.

During the Mardi Himal yoga trek 12 days, you trek with a professional yoga instructor. The day begins and ends with fantastic yoga sessions in gorgeous backdrops. Mountains like Annapurn (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Fishtail (6,993 m), Nilgiri (7,061 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), Mardi Himal (5,587 m), Tent Peak (5,695 m), etc decorates the trail. 

What makes the Mardi Himal yoga trek in Nepal furthermore exciting is not retracing the path once you reach the highest point of the trek. From the Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m), you'll use another route to descend to Jhinu Danda (1,800 m) and end the trek at Siwa (1,150 m). This part of the trail is more inclined towards cultural experience as resided by people of different communities. 

How long is the Mardi Himal yoga trek?

Mardi Himal yoga trek can be around 8 days long to 15 days, depending upon the itinerary. You can always design the itinerary as per your needs. Our Mardi yoga trekking is 12 days long. Each day you cover around 49 km. 

Difficulty

As we said, the Mardi Himal yoga trek has an offbeat trail, but it doesn't mean you need to have previous trekking experience and strong physical fitness, unlike other offbeat routes in the Himalayas. Regardless of its off-the-beaten route, the Mardi yoga trek is recommended to beginner trekkers who love adventure and challenges. 

The trail is rough and densely forested. There are steep and narrow paths too. The final ascent goes along the steep ridge of Mardi Himal. Similarly, the services in the tea houses are very basic. Thus you also have to prepare your mind to adjust to the bare minimum modern comforts. 

Preparation

Not much is needed to prepare for Mardi Himal yoga trekking. Make sure you can walk 6 to 7 hours a day. To do so, go on long walks, and if possible, go on similar terrain to make a habit. You can do cardio activities like swimming, cycling, running, jogging, hiking, etc to increase your stamina.

Altitude sickness

Starting at 1,650 metres (Dhampus), the trail ascends up to 4,500 metres (Mardi Himal Base Camp). Because of the high elevation, you have to be aware of altitude sickness. However, our Mardi Himal yoga trek itinerary has a gentle pace, and daily altitude rise is minimal, so the chances of altitude sickness are quite low. 

We cannot deny the risk of altitude sickness on the Mardi Himal yoga trek, but our expert team and adversity protocol will keep you safe & sound. Precautions like getting ample sleep, drinking plenty of water, and not consuming alcoholic drinks or smoking will help you avoid altitude sickness. 

Booking

If you are looking for a short trek in Nepal, we highly recommend the Mardi Himal yoga trek. We guarantee it'll be a life-changing trip for someone who loves nature and yoga. To book the Mardi Himal yoga trek 2022/2023, all you have to do is, send us your booking request through our site. We don't mind getting calls and texts too. We are always here to help you and answer all your questions. 

Also, check out our Everest base camp yoga trek. We can also organise a yoga trek anywhere in the Himalayas. 

Trip Itinerary

This is a recommended trip plan. You can always make your own trip with us. You are open to request for any other required services individually or in a group.

  • Day 1:Arrive in Kathmandu
  • Day 2:Morning yoga and sightseeing
  • Day 3:Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 4:Drive from Pokhara to Dhampus (1,650 m) and trek to Deurali
  • Day 5:Trek from Deurali to Forest Camp
  • Day 6:Trek from Forest Camp to High Camp
  • Day 7:Trek from High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp & back to Low Camp (2,970 m)
  • Day 8:Trek from Low Camp to Jhinu Danda
  • Day 9:Trek to Siwa, drive back to Pokhara
  • Day 10:Sightseeing Pokhara city
  • Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 12:Departure

We'll be at the international airport terminal gate to welcome you on your arrival day. Our team will escort you to the hotel. You can do whatever you like in the remaining day. In the late evening, meet us over a welcome dinner and cultural program.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the hotel
  • MealsBreakfast only

We begin the day with an early morning yoga session. After that, our tour guide takes you to UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After the tour, we'll have lunch and take a short break. We then meet with the trek guide and prepare for the journey.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the hotel
  • MealsBreakfast only

Duration: 6-7 hours

The day begins early with a delicious breakfast. We’ll drive to Pokhara city today, the gateway to the Annapurna region. From Kathmandu, it's a smooth, scenic drive to Pokhara. We spend the evening exploring the Phewa Lake and Lakeside Market.  

  • AccommodationOvernight in the hotel
  • MealsBreakfast & lunch 

Duration: Half an hour drive & 4-5 hours trek

The trek begins today, but first, we have to drive to Dhampus. From here, we gradually trek, following a lush forested path and small villages. The trail ascends through rhododendron forests, offering beautiful views of the Annapurna range to Deurali for a night's stay. 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,100 m

Duration: 6-7 hours

We leave the Annapurna Sanctuary trail and trek toward Mardi Himal. The trail gets more remote and ascends through forests of maple, rhododendron, oak & hemlock. Soon, we reach Forest Camp, also known as Kokar to spend the night. On the way, we may get to see langur monkeys, deer, and numerous species of birds.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,500 m

From Forest Camp, we follow an uphill route that ascends through dense forests. The trees are covered with lichen and moss. The earthy scent of the trail, chirping of birds, and excellent views of the snow-capped mountains make the walk impressive. Some of the mountains we can see today are Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna South. Soon, the tree disappears, and we walk along with bushes to the High Camp. We may see the national bird of Nepal, Danphe. 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,540 m

Duration: 6 hours

We ascend to the highest point of the trail on this day. From High Camp, we begin trekking at dawn to catch a gorgeous sunrise from Mardi Himal Base Camp. The route ascends along the steep ridge of Mardi Himal. While passing by mules on the way, always be on the cliff side. Upon reaching the base camp, we get rewarded with jaw dropping mountain views and landscape. Later, we descend back to Low Camp, following the same trail back. 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,500 m

We follow a downhill steep route through lush forests to Jhinu Danda. First, we descend to Siding village, walking alongside the hill. From here, we keep dropping down until Landruk. It is a Gurung settlement area and continues the trek towards Jhinu Danda. This village has a natural hot spring that we can enjoy paying a few bucks.

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,780 m

Duration: 2-3 hours trek & 1-hour drive

The last day of the trek is short and easy. Following a downhill forested route, we walk along the Modi river and reach Siwa. From here, we hop on a local jeep and drive to Pokhara. The remaining day is free in Pokhara. 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,250 m

We have one full day in Pokhara. Pokhara is a very loved city by travellers travelling to Nepal. The city's blend of modernization and nature has won the hearts of many travellers. There are many lakes, museums, waterfalls, and caves around the city that we'll be exploring. 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the hotel
  • MealsBreakfast & lunch

AltitudeDuration: 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Kathmandu today. The drive goes along the Trishuli river, offering stunning scenery. It'll be a comfortable drive back to Kathmandu. It's your last day here, so do not miss out on shopping. In the evening we organise a farewell dinner and also give you a trekking certificate. 

  • AccommodationOvernight in the hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & farewell dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,300 m

We drop you at the airport in a private vehicle. Our airport team will help you with check-out and international airport transfer. See you soon on your next trip to the Himalayas.

    It is our regular itinerary if you are looking for a personalized or planning an offline trip. Please, feel free to share our travel experts.

    Trip Map

    Mardi Himal Yoga Trek & Pokhara Tour 12 Days map

    Cost Details

    • Airport pick up and drop.
    • Guide and porters.
    • All food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) in trekking.
    • Tea house/lodge accommodation.
    • Hot drinks (Tea and coffee) 3 times a day.
    • All land transportation.
    • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card.
    • All require national park and entry Permit.
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipments, for guide and porters.
    • Sightseeing with guide and  transport.
    • All government taxes.
    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses.
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Tips for Guide and Porter (Tips are not compulsory but expected).

    Essential Info

    Best time

    The Mardi Himal yoga trek's best time is spring and autumn. Trekking from March to April in the spring is fabulous because of all the seasonal vegetation and flowers. The trail bloomed with a diverse range of flora & fauna. Whereas, October to November makes the journey intriguing, thanks to major Nepali festivals in the autumn season.

    Apart from these two factors both seasons have stable weather and clear breezy days. The excellent mountain views and the moderate climate attracts hundreds of trekkers from around the world in spring & autumn for trekking in the Himalayas. 

    Accommodation

    Mardi Himal yoga trek is a teahouse trek. As it is one of the less-visited trekking trails in the Annapurna region, the trail is not grown that much, which means the basic infrastructure. Most of the trail goes through lush forests, where you will find a few teahouses. The teahouses here are very simple, with double beds and shared washrooms. The rooms are small and can get cold in the nights & mornings. Carry a good-quality sleeping bag with you.

    Food

    The meals you will get during the venture depend on the menu of the teahouse. There will be quite a variety of dishes on the menu. Nepali and Tibetan cuisine are mostly available. You may get dishes like a sandwich, pasta, and steak at some places too. Usually, the best meal is dal bhat, and you can combine additional veggies or curry as per your wish. Likewise, there is toast, egg, soup, porridge, fried potatoes, momo, noodles, thukpa, Tibetan bread, etc also available. 
     

    Travel Insurance

    Because of the lack of proper transportation and health infrastructure, we suggest getting travel insurance for the Mardi Himal yoga trek to our guests. Mardi Himal is an isolated, remote area with high altitudes. While trekking, if your body reacts adversely to the changes in the environment or if any other medical emergency occurs (uncontrollable with first aid), we have to air evacuate you to the nearby hospital.

    Travel insurance is a safety net for you in an adventure like this in a new country. So, do get it and double-check all the clauses. You have to add emergency helicopter evacuation and medical bills in the travel insurance.

    Child Policy

    To trek with your child, get in touch with us. We'll provide you with all the necessary information for the trekking. Mardi Himal yoga trekking is doable with a kid. However, you have to be well prepared for the journey.

    Group & Private Joining

    Whether you are trekking in a group or you are a solo traveller, you can do the Mardi Himal yoga trek 12 days with us. For solo trekkers, you can either join our other group or trek privately with a guide & porter. 

    Check out our Mardi Himal yoga trek departure dates for 2022 autumn and 2023 spring/autumn, and book the trek as per your availability. Our booking process is very simple and transparent. 

    FAQs

    • Q1. How much does Mardi Himal yoga trek cost?

      The Mardi Himal yoga trek cost starts at USD 900 and gove above it. The package cost depends upon the itinerary and the services you get during the trek, so the cost may differ from one company to another.  But Admire Nepal Provides a tour in Pokhara one extra day and a sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. 

    • Mardi Himal is situated in the Annapurna region, east of Modi Khola, across the valley from Mt. Hiunchuli. 

       

    • March, April, October, and November are the best months for Mardi trekking. If you are okay with snowfall and cold, then early December is also a great time for the Mardi yoga trek. 

    • Mardi Himal viewpoint or Mardi Himal base camp is located at 4,500 metres above sea level. 

       

    • Yes, you trek with a yoga instructor. Our yoga instructor will arrange morning and evening yoga sessions during the trek. You'll learn new techniques and practice different yoga postures.

    • During the trek, you'll be practising yoga each morning before the starting of the trek and every evening at the end of the trek. So, two times a day. We choose the best places with stunning mountain views for our yoga sessions. 

       

    • We provide yoga mats for the trek. If you want, you can carry your yoga mat too. You'll need leggings or loose clothes to do yoga. Therefore, make sure to carry a few pieces.

    • Yes, you can join Mardi Himal yoga trekking even if you have not done yoga before. Our friendly team will help you during the yoga sessions and make it as comfortable as possible for you. 

       

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