The Mardi Himal yoga trek is still a hidden gem: It provides a stunning Himalayan trekking experience in the heart of the Annapurna region, taking us through local settlements and mature forests, and along a high, spectacular mountain ridge. The journey culminates in a dramatic close-up panoramic view of some of the most famous Himalayan giants as we reach the only recently opened Mardi Himal Base Camp. Depending on the amount of time you have available, and your level of fitness, this trek can range from 7-9 days.
|Price per person||7 days - US$ 650
8 days - US$ 745
9 days - US$ 835
|Destination||Mardi Himal Base Camp|
|Starting From||Kathmandu, Pokhara and Phedi|
|Ending at||Lwang and Pokhara|
This beautiful trail leads along narrow paths, through magical rhododendron forests and across the tree line at around 3,300m, where the landscape changes quite abruptly and becomes rough and mountainous, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
A climb along a mountain ridge takes us to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,450m), from where spectacular close up views of the entire Annapurna Range and especially Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain. Machhapuchhre is a sacred mountain which has never been climbed, and this is as close as you can get to it. Its Base Camp was opened only recently, which ensures relative solitude during this journey along pristine and relatively secluded paths, and good opportunity for wildlife sightings.
On our descent from Mardi Himal Base Camp, which takes us down a different trail on the other side of the hills, we experience local culture in the traditional villages of Siding and Lwang, including the use of traditional tools and traditional methods for preparing food – like churning butter by hand or breaking maize or wheat into grit and the flour. Lwang is famous for its organic tea plantation, stone paved streets and beautiful mountain views.
The following route and itinerary applies to the full 9 day trek. For shorter versions of this trek, the itinerary is adjusted accordingly.
Pokhara – Phedi – Pothana – Forest Camp – Low Camp – High Camp – Mardi Himal Base Camp – Siding Village – Lwang Village – Pokhara
Day 01 // Kathmandu – Pokhara
Early morning tourist coach transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Stunning views during the drive of mighty Himalayan massifs as well as green hills and dramatic river valleys. After arrival in Pokhara, last preparations for the trek – detailed briefing, last minute shopping and packing. Overnight stay in Pokhara.
Day 02 // Pokhara – Phedi – Pothana // 1,950m// 40min drive, 5 hr trek
We drive to Phedi from where we begin our trek with a steep climb through the jungle passing local villages until we reach Dhampus, a Gurung village, for lunch. This spot offers stunning mountain views (weather permitting). After this, we follow a gentle trail to Pothana.
Day 03 // Pothana – Forest Camp // 2,600m // 6hr trek
A steep uphill climb for most of the day through thick jungle with beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, reaching Forest Camp (2600m) in the afternoon. With a bit of luck, we catch glimpses of some of the abundant wildlife here like deer, monkeys and various bird species.
Day 04 // Forest Camp – Low Camp 3,100m // 3hr trek
Today’s trail covers a relatively short distance, but climbs steeply through the rhododendron and juniper forest, with occasional glimpses of Annapurna South before arriving at Low Camp (3100m) after around 3 hours.
Day 05 // Low Camp – High Camp // 3,550m // 5hr trek
The trail takes us toward the tree line with changing scenery, and about one hour into the journey we find ourselves on an open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South. The trail undulates along the ridge and about 3-4 hours later we arrive at High Camp (3550m).
Day 06 // High Camp – Mardi Himal Base Camp // 4,450m // High Camp 6hr trek
We rise early to experience a spectacular Himalayan sunrise, and, after breakfast tackle a challenging climb along a narrow and rocky trail. Mardi Himal Base Camp (4450m) rewards us with indescribable views of the majestic surrounding mountains. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) is a sacred mountain for both Hindus and Buddhists and has never been climbed. We eat our packed lunch here and return to High Camp to spend the night.
Day 07 // High Camp – Siding Village // 1,880m // 6hr trek
Rather than going back to Forest Camp on our way back, we take a different route, down to Siding village. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village away from busier trails, offering an authentic glimpse into Nepal’s culture and traditional village life. There is the option to stay either at a homestay or teahouse.
Day 08 // Siding Village – Lwang Village // 1,450m // 5hr trek
Today, we pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel, reaching Siding in the evening. Kalimati is mainly a Brahman village, while Ghalel and Siding have both Brahman and Gurung inhabitants. Siding is charming a charming village with stone paved streets, traditional buildings and picturesque mountain views. This village is famous for its organic tea plantation. Overnight at a homestay.
Day 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.
What Is Included
- Daily yoga and meditation classes during the trek
- Yoga Mats and Blankets
- Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus (lunch included)
- All necessary transportation during the trek
- Hotel accommodation (twin sharing) in Pokhara on the first and last day of the itinerary
- Dinner in Pokhara on the first and last day of the itinerary
- Teahouse accommodation (twin sharing) during the trek
- 3 meals a day during the trek
- Healthy snacks
- First Aid supplies
- All necessary paperwork, conservation fees and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS), and local taxes
What Is Excluded
- Beverages (Hard or Soft drinks, Mineral Water Bottles, Filtered Water)
- Personal travel equipment
- Personal expenses (WiFi, phone calls, laundry, extra porters, water, hot shower etc.)
- Personal travel and health insurance
- Any expenses related to emergency evacuation
- Any cost arising due to circumstances outside of our control such as natural disasters, strikes and political disturbances, guest sickness, etc.
- Tips for trekking guide, yoga teacher & porters