Mardi Himal Yoga Trek

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Overview


Overview

The Mardi Himal yoga trek offers a holistic approach to trekking in Nepal. It lets you maintain a healthy balance between adventure, connecting with nature, and attaining inner composure! 

As much as the Himalaya is known for its adventures, it is also the center of untouched spirituality, and the trek lets you unfold it. If you are looking for a yoga trek in Nepal, then the Mardi Himal yoga trek 12 days is the top option. This trip combines adventure and spiritual refreshment in the beautiful Annapurna region. 

The serene trails of the Mardi Himal make it the ideal yoga destination. There is no crowd, so you will get to immerse yourself in nature and unwind. You will practice yoga and meditation every day on this trek while exploring the picturesque villages, dense rhododendrons and pine forests, and towering Himalayan mountains. 

The Mardi Himal trek route is on the offbeat side. The trail ascends and descends via steep, rugged tracks. You do not need to have trekking experience to trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp, but decent fitness is required. As you practice breathing and stretching throughout the journey, you will complete the trek with less stress.

 

Highlights

 

  • Trek in the beautiful Annapurna region, enjoying stunning mountain panoramas of the western Himalayan mountains in Nepal
  • Practice yoga and meditation every day in scenic locations during the trek
  • Full days in Kathmandu and Pokhara for sightseeing
  • Follow an adventurous, offbeat route via dense rhododendron forests and grassy ridges to the Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Enjoy the serenity of the trail and connect to nature at a deeper level
  • The yoga and meditation sessions are guided by our professional and certified yoga instructors
  • Perfect for both beginner and experienced yoga practitioners 
  • Find a balance between your mind, soul, and body as you immerse
  • Manage your physical stress, posture, and breathing
  • Come across diverse vegetation and humble mountain communities along the trail

 

 

What to expect during the Mardi Himal yoga trek in Nepal?

The Mardi Himal yoga trek strengthens your mind, body, and soul. It is an exclusive voyage that pushes your bodily limits yet centers your thoughts. If you are someone who is passionate about yoga and mountains, then we highly recommend our Mardi Himal yoga trekking program. This trek will take your yoga practice to the next level. 

Our certified, professional yoga instructor will accompany you during the trek and organize daily practice sessions. You will be guided by the best yoga gurus in Nepal. Enjoying the pure mountain air and soothing scent of nature, you will trek via different camps. The Mardi Himal yoga trek begins from Dhampus (1,650 m/5,413 ft). 

You will travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Dhampus to start the journey. The trail ascends via different camps and leads you to the Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m/14,764 ft). It is the highest point of the Mardi Himal yoga trek. As the trek progresses, the landscapes and mountain views unfold. 

Giants like Annapurna (8,091 m/26,545 ft), Machhapuchhare (6,993 m/22,943 ft), Nilgiri (7,061 m/23,166 ft), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,795 ft), Hiunchuli (6,441 m/21,132 ft), Mardi Himal (5,587 m/18,330 ft), and many others bless your eyes. Not only that, but you will also get enough time in Kathmandu and Pokhara to explore the cities. 

Our Mardi Himal yoga trek itinerary provides one full day in both cities for sightseeing. Practice yoga in scenic locations and relish the adventure of the Himalayas. Get to see the simple yet satisfying mountain lifestyle of Nepal.

What types of yoga are practiced during the Mardi Himal yoga trek?

During the Mardi Himal yoga trek, you will practice a mix of hatha, vinyasa, and mindfulness yoga. These forms will help you manage your physical stress, posture, and breathing. You will be present in the moments and will be able to complete the trek with less stress. All the sessions will be instructed by our professional yoga teacher, who will accompany you on the journey.  

 

Why do the Mardi Himal yoga trek with Nepal Treks & Tour?

Our  yoga trek package is designed in a way that allows both beginner and experienced trekkers to join this trip. Moreover, you do not have to be a skilled yoga practitioner to join the Mardi Himal yoga trek 12 days. Our yoga instructor has curated all the sessions to fit everyone. 

On top of that, we also have an affordable Mardi Himal yoga trek cost. You can freely customize the itinerary with us. Our Mardi Himal yoga trek 2024 bookings are open. Get your seat now. For more information regarding the Mardi Himal yoga trek price, contact us. 

Below are some of the benefits of doing the Mardi Himal yoga trekking with us:

 

  • We will take care of all the logistics and permits.
  • Yoga mats and other expensive trekking clothes and gear are available to rent at low prices.
  • Fixed departure and assurance of a safe journey.
  • Trek with an experienced mountain guide, porter, and certified yoga instructor.
  • 3-star hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara. 
  • Complimentary airport pick-ups and drop-offs as per the itinerary. 
  • Complimentary welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
  • A friendly and professional team to help you during your trip to Nepal. 

 

 

Useful Information

 

Mardi Himal yoga trek difficulty

The trek is a beginner-friendly trek in Nepal. Combining yoga, breathing techniques, and meditation further makes the trek more doable. It is an entry-level offbeat trek, so previous trekking experience is not required. The trail mostly goes through dense forests. 

You will be constantly ascending and descending throughout the trek. At least 6 hours of walking is needed every day. The trekkers have to be in good shape and health to do the  yoga trekking. You can prepare for the trek by exercising and walking. 

 

Altitude sickness during the trek

The  trek takes you up to 4,500 meters. It is a high-altitude trek with a risk of altitude sickness. You can avoid altitude sickness by keeping yourself hydrated and taking ample rest. As you practice yoga and stretching daily during the trek, it will help relieve tension from your body and ultimately lower the risk of altitude sickness. 

These are some of the early symptoms of altitude sickness- difficulty in breathing, headache, vomiting, insomnia, nausea, loss of appetite, etc. Be careful of these symptoms and listen to your body. If you feel any discomfort, inform your guide. 

 

Accommodation and meals during the Mardi Himal yoga trekking

You will stay overnights in tea houses during the trek. It is simple accommodation with shared twin-shared rooms and a common washroom. Single rooms are not that easily available and cost additional money. You can carry a sleeping bag for more comfort. The tea houses offer clean beds and blankets. 

Likewise, the tea houses also offer meals to the trekkers. You will get breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a day. Apart from these three meals, you can buy additional food and beverages on your own. So, carry adequate Nepali cash for personal use. The menu has mostly dal bhat, thukpa, rice with curries, fried rice, porridge, momo, noodles, sandwiches, soups, etc. 

 

Mardi Himal yoga trek best time

You will enjoy the Mardi Himal yoga trek, mostly in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These two are the top trekking seasons and have moderate climates. The stable weather allows for clear mountain panoramas. Likewise, the region is thriving, with lush vegetation, birds, wildlife, and butterflies.

 

*Note: You will not come across any wildlife during the trek. At most, you may see a monkey or musk deer. 

 

Travel Insurance

We recommend you get travel insurance with helicopter evacuation and medical bill coverage for this yoga trek. Travel allows you to trek freely in the mountains as it protects you in unforeseen circumstances. Mardi Himal trail is a remote location with no transportation or health facility. 

If you have to get out of the trail right away or receive medical assistance, helicopter evacuation is the only way. And if you do not have travel insurance, the evacuation service is only provided if you pay upfront, which may not be ideal in an emergency.  

 

Nepali travel visa

Foreign trekkers have to obtain a Nepali travel visa to enter Nepal for the trek. You can apply for it at the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate Office in your country. Likewise, travelers from many countries can also apply for an on-arrival tourist visa, which is available at all entry points in Nepal, including the Tribhuvan International Airport. 

 

*Note: We, Nepal Treks & Tour, are not responsible for travel visas. If you fail to obtain it and can’t join the trip, the company will not be liable for any refund. 

 

Mardi Himal yoga trek packing

 

The Mardi Himal yoga trek needs the following things:

 

  • Clothing: Trekking t-shirt/pants, underwear, thermal layer, basic clothing, windproof/waterproof jacket/pant, fleece jacket, down jacket, leggings, socks, gloves, scarfs, beenie, dr towel, a pair of basic shoes/slipper, etc

 

  • Gear: Trekking boots, trekking poles, sleeping bag, day pack, reusable water bottle, pocket knife, yoga mat, etc

 

  • Toiletries and First aid: Wet tissue, toilet paper, comb, pocket mirror, deodorant, soap, shampoo, toothbrush/paste, sunscreen with high SPF, lip balm, moisturizer, general medicines for stomach, headache, diarrhea, indigestions, etc, band-aid, crack bandage, Diamox, etc

 

  • Miscellaneous: Snacks, nuts, energy bars, journal and pen, traveler games, water purification tablets, map, compass, adapter, power bank, camera, mobile, zip lock bags, cash, passport, travel visa, permits, passport-sized photos, etc

 

FAQs

What is the Mardi Himal yoga trek, and how does it differ from the regular trek?

Mardi Himal yoga trek combines trekking with yoga and meditation sessions. It allows the trekkers to experience physical adventure with inner awareness and spirituality. During the trek, you will practice yoga instructed by our professional instructor. Connect to nature and your inner voice while enjoying the adventure of the Himalayas.  

 

Will there be enough time to practice yoga in the Mardi Himal yoga trek?

Yes, we have planned the day-to-day in a way you will get ample time to practice yoga every day throughout the trek. Not only that, but you will also spend time meditating and stretching. This will make the trekking part much more manageable for you. 

 

Are there specific yoga sessions scheduled during the Mardi Himal yoga trek?

Yes, we have selected a handful of scenic places where you will be doing yoga during the trek. Likewise, you will be practicing different kinds of yoga that will enrich your journey physically, mentally, and spiritually. 

 

How does yoga enhance the Mardi Himal trek experience?

Combining yoga in your trek allows you to have a very holistic approach to your well-being while navigating the steep, rugged trails of Mardi Himal. It will increase your strength and flexibility, which lets you enjoy the journey to the fullest and also allows you to connect to nature on a deeper level.  

 

Are yoga mats and equipment provided, or should I bring my own?

No, you have to bring yoga mats by yourself, or you can rent one from us. Likewise, we only provide duffel bags to use during the trek. The rest of the trekking clothes and equipment must be managed by the trekkers. If you are on a budget, rent expensive gear like a sleeping bag, down jacket, trekking poles, etc, in Thamel. 

 

Who can sign up for the Mardi Himal yoga trek?

Mardi Himal yoga trek is a beginner-friendly trek. Anyone interested in doing a trek in the Himalayas can sign up for this trek. Previous experience is not needed, but you have to be able to walk 6 hours a day on rugged terrain. Likewise, this trek gains high altitude, so make sure you are okay with it. 

 

How challenging is the Mardi Himal yoga trekking route? 

During the Mardi Himal yoga trek, you will follow the standard route via different camps and ascend to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. It is an entry-level offbeat trek in the Himalayas. Physically fit individuals can do this trek without any worries. The trail gradually ascends and descends via dense forests. 

 

How high do we go on the Mardi Himal yoga trek? Can I bring my kids?

The highest point of the  trek is the Mardi Himal Base Camp. It is located 4,500 meters (13,779 ft) from sea level. You can bring your kids on this trek but do note that the tourist infrastructure along the Mardi Himal trail is not as great as EBC or ABC. So, your kids have to adjust a lot. 

 

How to reach Pokhara to join the Mardi Himal yoga trek?

You can travel to Pokhara via a car, bus, commercial flight, or helicopter flight. Tourist buses are the most affordable and comfortable means of transportation to travel between Kathmandu and Pokhara. 

Cost Includes


  • Airport pick up drop off by a private vehicle
  • 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu at 3-star category hotel with breakfast in twin sharing basis
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
  • Transportation by tourist bus (Kathmandu-Pokhara, and Pokhara-Kathmandu) by tourist bus
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conversation Area Permit) and TIMS Cards
  • Transportation (Pokhara-Dhampus and Lumre-Pokhara) by a private vehicle
  • 3 Nights hotel in Pokhara at 3-star category with breakfast in twin sharing basis
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trekking
  • Full board food during the trekking B, L, D
  • An experienced English-speaking guide and his all expenses during the trekking and tour including insurance
  • Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers and carries 15-20 kgs.) and their all expenses including insurance
  • Trekking route map
  • Complimentary sleeping bag (return after the trekking)
  • First aid kit
  • All the government taxes and service charges

 

 

Cost Excludes


  • International airfare
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and on the way to Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Extra nights accommodation in Pokhara, Kathmandu in case of change of plans, unforeseen circumstances and other.
  • Entance Fees
  • Personal expenses (WIFI, Device charging during the trekking, laundries, bar bills etc).
  • Tipping to the guide(s), porter(s) and driver (s)
  • Anything does not included in the cost.

Itinerary


  • Nepal Treks and Tour team will welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport upon landing. They will assist you with your luggage and escort you to the hotel in Thamel. You have the rest of your time free in the city. Settle in your hotel and relax. Later, explore the bustling streets of Thamel and join us for a welcome dinner.

  • Start the morning with a delicious breakfast, and after that, go on a guided sightseeing tour. You will be visiting some famous tourist sites with one of our friendly, English-speaking tour guides. We use the private car during the tour. First, visit the Monkey Temple and head from here to Pashupatinath Temple.

    You will then continue the tour to Boudhanath Stupa and visit Kathmandu Durbar Square. Exploring the crowded Ason Market, return to Thamel. In the late afternoon, we will gather in our office or your hotel lobby for a trek briefing. Meet with your trek guide and pack duffel bags.

  • On this day, we will travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara by a tourist bus. It will be around 6 to 7 hours of scenic drive, following a well-made highway. The route is winding and follows lush green foothills and the Trishuli river.

    On the way, we will see beautiful views of terraced fields, waterfalls, and mountains. We will spend the evening enjoying a lovely sunset at Phewa Lake and exploring the Lakeside Market.

    Altitude

    822 m/2,697 ftM

    Accommodation

    Hotels

    Meals

    B

    Duration

    7 Hours

  • Today, we will drive from Pokhara to the starting point of the trail. Following verdant hillsides and forest, the trail ascends to Dhampus. It is a beautiful village with stunning views of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, etc. The village itself is very attractive, with traditional homes and rhododendron trees.

     

    *Note: You will start and end every day with light stretching, yoga, and a meditation session instructed by your yoga teacher. Likewise, during the trek, you will do yoga and meditation at different beautiful locations, including the Mardi Himal Base Camp.

    Altitude

    1,650 m/5,413 ftM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    L, D

    Duration

    5-6 Hours

  • Leaving Dhmapus, we will continue trekking towards the Forest Camp. The trail continues to Pothana and from here, follows an uphill trail to Pitam Deurali. We will trek through a lush forest of rhododendrons.

    As we keep trekking, the forest gets dense and also includes trees of oak, maple, and hemlock. The surrounding gets serene. We will reach Forest Camp to spend the night. This place is also known as Kokar.

    Altitude

    2,600 m/8,530 ftM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    6-7 hours Hours

  • From Forest Camp, we will ascend to the Low Camp (2,900 m/9,514 ft). The trail goes through dense forests with hundreds of rhododendron trees. From here, we will climb for another one and a half hours via the forest to Middle Camp.

    Further, the trail ascends to Badal Danda, which unfolds a breathtaking mountain panorama. We will then trek along the Mardi Himal ridge covered with grass and scattered rhododendron bushes.

    On the way, we may get to see Danphe, which is the national bird of Nepal. The mountains are fantastic throughout the day today. We will see views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, etc.

     

    Altitude

    3,585 m/11,762 ftM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    3-4 hours Hours

  • Today, we will reach the highest point of our trek, the Mardi Himal Base Camp. Follow a steep, rugged trail via a grassy ridge and gradually ascend to the base camp. On the way, we may see dzo, a hybrid of yak and cow.

    In around three hours of climbing, we will reach the base camp of Mardi Himal. The mountain vistas are heavenly from here. After enjoying the views and doing a quick yoga session, we will retrace the trail back to Low Camp. The later part of the trek is mostly downhill walk.

    Altitude

    4,500 m/14,764 ftM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    7-8 hours Hours

  • We will begin the day with a delicious breakfast. We have a long descent ahead of us on this day. Leaving Low Camp, follow a downhill route that steeply descends, crossing Nannge Danda. The mountain views are excellent.

    From here, we will follow a different route and continue through the rhododendron forest. Trek past small villages and terraced fields to Siding for the night stay. We will witness the mountain lifestyle and culture of the locals in this village.

    Altitude

    1,750 m/5,741 ftM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    6-7 hours Hours

  • Distance: 11.3 km/7 miles

    Altitude:

    Duration:

    Accommodation: Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and farewell dinner

     

    It is our last day of the trek. From Siding, we will trek downhill via dense forests. The trail passes by small settlements and crosses suspension bridges on the way to Lumre. From Lumre, we will drive back to Pokhara using a local jeep or bus. The evening is free in the city. Rest and explore as you wish.

    Altitude

    822 m/2,697 ftM

    Accommodation

    Hotels

    Meals

    B, L

    Duration

    5 hours Hours

  • Accommodation: Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast only

     

    Today, we have a full day in Pokhara. We will start the day with light stretching and our yoga session. After that, we will drive to Sarangkot for a gorgeous sunrise view. From here, we will visit a few tourist sites like the International Mountain Museum, Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, Bat Cave, Begnas Lake, etc. Get to see the lifestyle of the locals and explore local markets.

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    Trek distance: 201 km/125 miles

    Altitude:

    Duration: 7 hours drive

    Accommodation: Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and farewell dinner

     

    After a big breakfast, return to Kathmandu following the same highway. The ride will be comfortable and scenic, like the last time. In Kathmandu, the guide will drop us at the hotel. The remaining day is leisure. We can rest and later go on a shopping spree. In the late evening, join us for the farewell dinner.

    Altitude

    1,400 m/4,593 ftM

    Accommodation

    Hotels

    Meals

    B, D

    Duration

    1,400 m/4,593 ft Hours

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    Meals: Breakfast only

     

    You will depart from Kathmandu on this day. Our team will take care of your airport drop. They will pick you up from your hotel on time and also help you with the luggage. Feel free to tip them as a thank-you gesture.

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