Mardi Himal trek via Poon Hill

Duration: 14 DAYS

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Trip Overview

  • Trip Code: NHT4232

  • Destination: Nepal

  • Trip Grade: Strenuous

  • Max Elevation: 4200 Meters

  • Total Duration: 14 days

  • Best Time: March-May and Sept-Dec.

  • Group Size: Min. 1 Pax

From the beautiful Annapurna Mountains to the rich ethnic Rai and Limbu culture, the Mardi Himal Trek via Poon Hill is the best short trek of the Annapurna region. The Mardi Himal lays east of the Annaournas Base camp. It presents the best features and regional attributes of the remote zone of the Annapurna. This trek is a beautiful balance between a commercial trekking hub and isolated areas. 

Best Features of the Mardi Himal Poon Hill trek:

This hike takes a different approach to the regular trekking journey.  Correspondingly, it takes trekkers to the famous vantage point of Poon Hill. The panoramic views of the majestic mountains from Poon Hill are simply magnificent. Similarly, another major highlight of the trek is the ethnic village of Ghorepani. As such, Poon Hill has earned its fame as one of the best vantage points in the country because it presents panoramic views of the entire Annapurna massif. Moreover, the view of the rising sun from Poon Hill amidst the mountains is a phenomenon indescribable in words. It is something that should not be missed!

Similarly, along with the pristine natural beauty, this adventure also presents a myriad of villages occupied by the ethnic Rai, Magar and Limbu people. It is a great way to experience the diverse culture of the Himalayan people. Mani stone walls, chortens and colorful prayer flags line the trekking path. Furthermore, mountain peaks like the Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range contrast the natural beauty of the Himalayan foothills and green hemlocks.

Additionally, the Poon Hill Mardi Himala trek begins from the tourist hub of the country- Pokhara city. At the city, trekkers can enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the beautiful Phewa Lake as well.  

Is the Mardi Himal trekking difficult?

This is a moderate trekking journey. To boot, trekkers do not need prior experience to do the adventure. With Nepal Hiking Team, you will get the best services at each step of the way. The package is carefully made with ample acclimatization time and the best services in terms of accommodation, transportation, food and guidance.

Thus, join Nepal Hiking Team for the best adventure of your life! The adventure of Mardi Himal Trek via Poon Hill is a journey that will forever stay in the minds for years.  

Itinerary Expand all

Day 01 - Arrive At Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu 

You can arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport at any time. When you arrive, you will be welcomed by one of NHT’s airport representatives. He will help you get transferred to the Hotel. There are no planned activities today. Overnight stay at the Hotel.  

Day 02 - Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2,984ft) Duration: 6 Hours

A 6-hour drive to Pokhara gives you the chance to enjoy Nepal’s countryside life. Vast mustard and rice farms line the way. Pokhara is a great place to relax and enjoy the lake-side ambiance. Views of the Annapurna massif from the city are also quite spectacular. You can also enjoy a leisurely boat ride in the Phewa Lake in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel at Pokhara. Breakfast included.

Day 03 - Pokhara to Tikhe Dhunga (1495m/4905ft) distance: 9 km, walking duration: 4 hours

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

Day 04 - Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani (2850m/9348ft) Distance: 13 Km, Walking Duration: 7 Hours

From Tikhe Dhunga, the path continues further onwards, 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. After reaching Ulleri, you will then continue onwards to Nangethanti, and further still from here, lays Ghorepani. The views of mountain peaks from Ghorepani, like Hiunchuli, Tukuche Peak and Dhaulagiri along with the Annaurna peaks are dramatically magnificent. Overnight say at the guesthouse at Ghorepani, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.  

Day 05 - Hike to Poonhill Then Trek to Tadapani (2500m/8200ft) Distance: 9 Km, Walking Duration: 6-7 Hours

From Ghorepani, you will wake up early to trek to Poon Hill, the most famous vantage point of the country. The sunrise view from the vantage point amidst the mountain peaks is quite fantastic. After taking in the gorgeous view of the peaks, like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhare (6993 m), Annapurna IV (7525 m), Annapurna II (7937 m) and Lamjung Himal (6931 m), you will then return back to Ghorepani. From there, the trek then continues towards Tadapani, passing along terrace farms and streams. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Tadapani, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 - Trek to Landruk (1430m) Duration: 5-6 Hours 

From Tadapani, the trekking trail zig-zags its way through thick rhododendron woodlands and oak and maple trees. It is here that the regular trekking trail is discarded and instead a less-trodden rail is taken up. The vegetation becomes very verdant and the environment very peaceful and isolated. 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 stay at the guesthouse at Landruk, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.  

Day 07 - Trek from Landruk To Forest Camp (2500m) Duration: 4-5 Hours 

From Landruk, it is a steady ascent through hamlets of pine and juniper to Forest Camp. The views of the mountain peaks become more prominent along the journey. Forest camp has a sparse scattering of basic lodges and is very peaceful and isolated. Overnight stay at the lodge at Forest Camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08 - Trek to Low Camp (3,150m) Duration: 5 Hours

From Forest camp, you will follow the trekking trail along moss and lichen covered woods to Low Camp. The terrain is mostly filled with rhododendron bushes and the horizon is decorated with awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri Mountain Peaks. Like Forest Camp, Low Camp also has few basic lodges, and the panoramic view of the Himalayan valley accompanies the scene. Overnight stay at the lodge at Low Camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09 - Trek to High Camp (3,600m) Duration: 4 Hours

An hour or so above Low Camp, the trail breaks out above the tree line. Towards the west- there is a good view of the Annapurna South and the Hiunchuli Himal. The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge, ornamented with isolated rhododendron bushes along the way. You can look out for the colorful Danphe pheasants along the trail. The lodge at High Camp is larger than lodges at Low Camp and Forest Camp; the view from the lodge is also very breath-taking, as the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) looms overhead. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 - Day hike to the Upper View Point (4,200m) Duration: 4 Hours

After an early breakfast, you will walk up the ridge towards Mardi Himal. There is a well-established trail through the grass with a couple of steeper sections. It is a bit difficult, however, overall, it is not too challenging. Here, dzos (yak/ cow crossbreds) tend to graze in the beautiful pastures. In the summer, the sheep and goats from lower villages are brought up to graze in this area, so you will likely pass a number of herder’s huts along the way. After three hours, you should reach the Upper View point at 4,200m; this is where one can look into the Annapurna Sanctuary. The panoramic view is spectacular; the south face of Annapurna and all of the peaks in the Sanctuary as well as Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) stand magnificently looking down on the sanctuary. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11 - Trek to Siding Village (1,750m) Duration: 6 Hours

On the return trek, we will take a different route, thus completing a circuit. From Low Camp, there is a trail that goes down to siding village, and we shall take this path rather than going back down to Kokar. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village and still is very isolated and hidden away from the busier tourist treks. It is likely you will stay at a home in Siding owned by the person who runs one of the lodges at Low Camp. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Day 12 - Trek to Lumre and Drive to Pokhara (910m) Duration - 3 Hours Walking and 2 Hours Driving 

From Siding, you will walk out to the road head at Lumre; on the way from Siding you will pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. Kalimati is mainly a Brahmin village, while Ghalel and Siding both being a mix of Brahmin and Gurung. At Lumre, you will meet your jeep organized by us in advance to drive you back to Pokhara. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast and lunch included. 

Day 13 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

Today, we will drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara. On the way, from the left side of the vehicle, we will get to see enjoyable sight of the river gorges, mountains, rustic settlements and green terrace landscapes. Then you will be transferred to the hotel where you can just relax once you arrive at Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu. Meals: Breakfast included. 

Day 14 - Farewell/Depart Home

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport from where you will depart.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara by tourist bus then by private car to and from Nayapul.
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, meals, and
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP and TIMS, please bring 3 passport size photographs)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa Fees: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All kind of cold drinks including water, coke, Fanta, juice etc.
  • WI-Fi internet during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for airport representative, tour guide, trekking staff, driver etc.

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

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