• Duration12 Days
  • Diffculty-LevelModerate
  • Max. Altitude4,500 m
  • Best SeasonSpring & Autumn

Overview

Follow an off-beaten and less-crowded trekking route in the Annapurna region, along with practicing yoga and connecting with your inner self during the Mardi Himal Yoga Trek. Rejuvenate your soul with daily yoga sessions, witness breathtaking views, and experience the heart-warming welcome of the locals. Mardi Himal Trek is one of the famous treks in the Annapurna region among adventure lovers, and combining yoga with it, adds a spiritual element to the venture.

During the Mardi Himal Yoga Trekking, you will be instructed by our certified yoga teacher. He/she will trek with you. The trail stretches through dense forests and goes above 3,000 meters into grassy pastures and bare slopes before reaching Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4,500 meters. 

Practice mindfulness and unwind gradually along the 12 Days Mardi Himal Yoga Trek. Explore the majestic Himalayan mountains, remote settlement areas, and exotic flora & fauna. Get to see panoramic views of snow-capped mountains like Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,693 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), and others. Mardi Himal Yoga Trek no doubt offers a lifetime trekking experience. 

Officially opened in 2012, Mardi Himal Yoga and Meditation Trek is a hidden gem of the Annapurna region. Mardi Himal Base Camp is located east of the famous Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trail follows an interfluve ridge between Modi Khola and Mardi Khola valleys. 

Yoga trek in the Annapurna region is pure bliss. The peaceful walk and unspoiled views will uplift your mood and let you enjoy the sensational beauty of the Himalayas. The chirping sound of birds along the trekking route and crisp air will renew your soul. 

Our Mardi Himal Yoga Trek itinerary is designed to let you complete the trek smoothly. We have maintained a constant rise in elevation during the Mardi Himal Yoga Trekking that increases the chance of a successful journey.

To know more about the package and departure dates, contact us anytime. Also, check out our other yoga trek in Nepal- Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek.

You'll see and experience

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  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to the starting point of the trek, Phedi
  • Follow an off-beat and adventurous trekking route in the Annapurna region
  • The trail is less crowded and offers an unspoiled trekking experience
  • Trek through dense forests and remote settlement areas
  • Instructed yoga sessions throughout the trek with the backdrop of Himalayan mountains
  • Observe the cultural heritage and lifestyle of locals
  • Explore exotic flora, wildlife, and birds
  • Witness gorgeous sunrise and mountain views from Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Unwind and get closer with your inner self
  • Master patience, focus, and endurance
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Itinerary & Map

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  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Welcome dinner

On your arrival day, our airport representative will welcome you at the international airport exit terminal gate. You can find him holding your nameplate. He will take you to the hotel and later assist in check-in. The rest of the day is free. You can relax and explore the area around your hotel. Meet with the team in the evening over welcome dinner. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast only

Early in the morning, you will meet with the yoga instructor and join a yoga session that will help you unwind and relax from the long flight to Nepal. After that, you will go on a guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Our tour guide will take you to Swayambhunath temple. It is famous as the Monkey Temple. From here, you will visit the Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa that represent the cultural heritage of two religions Hinduism and Buddhism, respectively. The tour then continues to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will see the Nepali palace, courtyards, and shrines. You will visit museums and explore the local market.

In the evening, meet with the trek guide over a short briefing and prepare for the trek. He will help you with the final packing and get you ready for the trek. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast & lunch

Today, you will drive to Pokhara, the second biggest city in Nepal and widely known as the City of Lakes. The day begins with a refreshing yoga session that will keep you motivated throughout the day. Following the Trishuli river, you will drive, enjoying gorgeous views of rolling green hills and terraced fields. As you begin to approach Pokhara, a glimpse of snow-capped mountains will come into view. 

Enjoy a short meditation session around Phewa Lake with a stunning sunset. Explore around the Lakeside Market.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:1,650 m

We will begin the day early with a relaxing yoga session and beautiful mountain views. After breakfast, get ready to leave for Phedi, the starting point of the trek. It is a short one-hour drive from Pokhara. From Phedi, you will begin climbing stone stairs and walk through terraced fields. 

The trail also passes by small settlement areas and lush forests before reaching Dhampus. In the evening, we will have meditation and yoga sessions to unwind from the hectic walk.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:2,520 m

Begin the day early with breathtaking views of the Annapurna range. Our yoga instructor will conduct a small session to make you ready for the day. From Dhampus, the trail ascends to Pothana. Further, you trek through dense forests of hemlock, rhododendron, oak, and maple. 

Along the way, you may get to see wildlife like monkeys, deer, and many species of birds. Likewise, views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range will be your constant companion. Evening mediation session. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:3,600 m

Another day and another yoga session with the superb landscape. After that, you will have a warm breakfast and begin ascending on a steep route. The trail will soon take you out of the tree line and further goes along the ridge, offering a sensational mountain view. You will reach High Camp that will welcome you with a panoramic view of Annapurna South and Mt. Fishtail. Evening meditation session. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:4,500 m

Today, the trail will take us to the highest point of the trek. We will walk up early in the morning and do yoga. The trek then continues along with a series of steep rocky ridges that gradually ascends to Mardi Himal Base Camp. The view from the base camp is surreal. 

You can see snow-covered mountains like Ganesh Himal, Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Dhaulagiri, etc. Spend some time at the base camp and relish the tranquility before descending back to Low Camp. We will have a yoga session in the evening to relax our muscles. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:1,780 m

Wake up and stretch your body for another great yoga session. Breathe the fresh air, exhale out all your troubles, and listen to your soul. After the session, get ready to leave for another adventurous trekking day. The trail from Low Camp descends to Landruk village.

Crossing a suspension bridge, we will continue trekking on a downhill path that leads to Jhinu Danda. You will end the day with a soothing natural hot spring bath and yoga session.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast & lunch

Today is the last day of the trek. After practicing yoga, you will trek through lush forests and descend to Siwa. From here, we will take a short drive back to Pokhara. You will have the rest of the day to relax.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast only

Wake up early and join our yoga instructor for the second last yoga session. With the beautiful views of mountains and Phewa Lake, you will do yoga. Later, our experienced tour guide will take you on the city tour. You will visit Bat Cave, Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, etc. There are many lakes around Pokhara, where you can visit. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & farewell dinner

Practice yoga for the last time and get ready to drive back to Kathmandu. You will be following the same route back. The remaining day in Kathmandu is free to do window shopping and pack. In the evening, you will join a farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • Meals:Breakfast only

Time to say goodbye with memories to cherish a lifetime. One of our team representatives will help you with a check-out from the hotel and drop you at the international airport for your flight back home.

12 Days Mardi Himal Yoga Trek begins with a long scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara that continues to Phedi. From here, you will begin trekking and reach Dhampus. Most part of the trail goes through dense forests of oak, hemlock, pine, maple, and rhododendron. On the way, you will pass by small settlement areas and get to see a range of birds. 

Passing by Forest Camp, you will ascend along a steep ridge to High Camp. Further, walk on a rocky path to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp and descend to Jhinu Danda. A downhill path from here will take you to Siwa, where the trek ends and you drive back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

Departure Dates

Book one of our fixed departure dates or custom design Mardi Himal Yoga Trek itinerary as per your requirements. We organize private solo Mardi Himal Yoga Trekking too.

Additional Info

Mardi Himal Yoga Trek difficulty 

Overall, Mardi Himal Yoga Trek is a moderate trek. You will be following the same trekking route as the usual Mardi Himal Trek, which is off-beat. People of any age can attempt this trek. Moreover, the gentle pace of Mardi Himal Yoga Trekking makes it a great option for the traveler who loves yoga and is new to trekking.

Depending upon the season and itinerary, the journey may face a little different level of difficulty. However, as you will stretch and practice yoga on a daily basis, it will prepare your body and mind for the walk. The route does not include vertical climbing, but there are a handful of steep ascents. 

Most of the trek goes through dense forests and rugged paths. You have to walk 5 to 6 hours every day, therefore good health and stamina are needed. Talking about altitude sickness, its chances are quite low. Still, be careful and inform your guide if you see any symptoms.

Learn more about altitude sickness, its symptoms, and preventive measures here.

Mardi Himal Yoga Trek permit

To go on Mardi Himal Yoga and Meditation Trek, trekkers have to get two permits- TIMS Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). Both permits are available at the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu. 

Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit cost: USD 20 per person

TIMS Card cost: USD 20 per person 

*Note: We arrange all necessary permits for our trekkers, so you can only focus on enjoying the trek.

Best time to go on Mardi Himal Yoga Trek

You can go on Mardi Himal Yoga Trek in spring, autumn, and winter. Among these three seasons, spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November) are considered the perfect season to do a yoga trek in Nepal. 

During spring and autumn, you will see stable weather, which is essential for successful trekking in the Himalayas. Likewise, the views are breathtaking and clear with a moderate climate. The temperature ranges between 10°C to 20°C. You can feel a little colder at night and in the morning. The fresh air and rhododendron bloomed trail enhance the yoga aspect of the journey and soothe the soul.

Winter trekking is only advised if you can endure extreme cold. Depending upon the weather condition, you may trek in the early phase of winter. However, do know that there can be trail blockage because of heavy snowfall, and teahouses at higher elevations may get closed. 

The temperature falls below 0°C, and the climate becomes very dry. Despite all the adversity, you will get to see a view unlike any other time of the year on a clear bright day. 

Food & Accommodation during Mardi Himal Yoga Trek

Teahouse is the accommodation during the 12 Days Mardi Himal Yoga Trek. Not many trekkers trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp, so the facilities in the teahouses are not that great like other famous trekking routes. Still, you will get a cozy room to spend the night and delicious food to fill yourself. 

The rooms are usually small, with twin beds and a private or shared washroom. You will get a bed, pillow, and blanket to spend the night. There is no heating system in the room, so it can get pretty cold at night and in the morning. Therefore, carry a warm sleeping bag.

Three meals will be served, as per the menu of the teahouses. You can get toast with butter/jam, egg, porridge, soup, sandwiches, muesli, chapati and veggies, tea, coffee, etc for breakfast. And for lunch and dinner, there will be dal bhat, momo, veggies, meat curry, steak, pasta, chapati, thukpa, thenduk, burger, etc. 

Tips to make the journey smooth

  • You will not find any ATM lounge on the trail, therefore withdraw enough cash to use on the way.

  • The WiFi service along the route is not that great. The connection is mostly unstable, so we highly suggest you get a Nepali SIM card with data to use the internet. At high elevations, the network may not be stable.

  • Drink at least 2 liters of water and other fluids in a day to keep yourself hydrated. Hydration is the key to avoiding altitude sickness.

  • Buy snacks and bars in the city to avoid paying expensive rates on the trekking route. Moreover, you will not find most of the usual snacks.

  • Carry a reusable water bottle and refill it instead of buying plastic water bottles on the way.

  • Trek slowly and safely.

  • Get extra batteries for your electronic devices if you do not wish to pay extra money to charge your batteries.

  • Do not touch or eat any flowers/fruits without proper knowledge about them on the trail.

FAQs

  • Q1. How long is the Mardi Himal Trek?

    It depends upon your route. As per our Mardi Himal Trek itinerary, it takes seven days to trek to Upper Viewpoint and return to Pokhara. The trail distance is around 24.3 miles.

  • Mardi Himal Trekking is a moderate trek. The trail is doable for people of all ages. There are a few rough sections, but anyone can trek on it with proper guidance.

  • The Mardi Himal Trek cost may differ as per your itinerary. Generally, the trek costs USD 1090 to USD 1750. You can also do this trek on budget, but you have to cut off some services.

  • It takes around 5 to 7 days to trek to Mardi Himal from Pokhara as per your fitness level. 

  • March to April and October to November are the best months of the year to do Mardi Himal Trekking. 

  • Yes, Mardi Himal Trek is available throughout the year. But, spring and autumn is the peak season to trek.

  • If you are trekking from Kathmandu, then you have to drive from Pokhara to Phedi, which is the starting point of the trek. From here, you ascend, passing by Deurali, Forest Camp, Low Camp, and High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp.

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