Yoga is a practice of aligning your mental, physical and spiritual self, to be more precise yoga is about connecting your body, mind and soul through discipline and practices. Yoga was originated in the Himalayas. Mardi Himal yoga trek aims to take back the yoga experience to its roots.
What could be serene, inspiring and energizing than the forests, woods, rivers, waterfalls and the mountains. The foothills of Annapurna and moreover Mardi himal, this section of the Annapurna receives only few hundred visitors year around so we are left in complete isolation to practice Yoga like the Yogis in the ancient times.
The yoga would include basic pranayama so that we could be inclusive to all. Furthermore, on our 10 day Mardi Himal Yoga trek we would practice Yoga on almost every day. We would begin from our accommodation in Kathmandu, on the banks of Phewa Lake, in the forest of Annapurna conservation area and even at an elevation of 4000 meters from the sea level. Imagine yourself practicing your yoga asanas in front of the snow capped mountains with no walls to obstruct the views, no pollution and most importantly no noise. On top, you as well will be certified for completion of yoga and trek.
|Trip Code: BT-103||Total Duration: 12 days|
|Destination: Annapurna Region||Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec|
|Trip Grade: Moderate||Group Size: Min. 2 Pax|
|Max Elevation: 4500m|
Welcome to Nepal and thank you for choosing Mardi Himal Yoga trek ! On this day you will be transferred to your hotel/hostel and you will rest and stroll around the neighborhood to get acquainted with the country. Meal plan N/A.
On the very second day we will begin by doing yoga early in the morning. The yoga will start at 7:00 am by a certified Yoga guru. The guru along with your trekking guide will brief you about the trek. The guru will brief about the yoga and asanas you will do while you are on the trek and the trekking guide will talk to you about the trek entirely. After yoga you will have your breakfast and get rest if necessary. At 11:00 am you will head out for city tour and do sightseeing of historically and religiously important sites for around 2 - 3 hours. Finally, you will do necessary shopping for your trek. This would be an opportunity to shop for Yoga pant, shoes, jackets or trekking poles. Meal plan B.
On this day we will not practice yoga as we travel to Pokhara which is 200 kilometers west from Kathmandu. The bus ride would take around 7 hours with multiple breaks in between. Once we reach Pokhara we will rest our bags and we will take rest for around an hour. After being fresh we will head towards Phewa lake to see our yoga venue by the lake side which as well offers a beautiful views of mountains. Meal Plan B.
We wake up by 6 pm and head towards our yoga venue along with our trekking guide and yoga guru. Here we will practice yoga for over an hour and head back to our hotel room for breakfast. After breakfast we pack our bags and get going to our trek put in point. It takes one and half hours to reach Kande from where we embark on our tral and inside the forest. We will walk around 3 hours because we will not exhaust ourselves. Overnight in Deurali. Meal plan B,L, D.
If the day permits you will begin your day with the views of Annapurna south and Hiunchuli. You will embrace the moment and practice yoga for around an hour facing the snow clad mountains on the open turf surrounded by forest from all sides. After yoga we will grab our breakfast, rest for a while and embark on the trail for around 3 hours to forest camp. At forest camp we break for lunch. After resting for around an hour for lunch we further head up to Low camp. Low camp is another 3 hours walk to our destination of the day. Overnight in Low camp. Meal plan B, L, D.
Another day on the trail and closer to the mountains and more wide views. With Machhapuchhre, Lamjung himal in a stone throw distance we begin our day by practicing Yoga asanas. After yoga we have our breakfast and embark on the trail that we left behind a day prior. Since we would enter thin air on this day we would not walk over 3 hours to save energy and maintain better practice of climbing in the altitude. At high camp you will be welcomed by wide stretch of mountains in the Annapurna. Overnight in High Camp. Meal plan B,L,D.
After walking on the trail and practice yoga on the trail this is a much deserved rest day on one of the most serene spots on earth. We begin yoga session at our regular time of 7:00 am and in front of the widest stretch of mountains in the Annapurna. After around over an hour of yoga session we rest and recharge our energy. This is a technology free day and we will not indulge with our gadgets but practice meditating. Depending on the weather conditions the timing will be decided then and there. You will be taught different techniques of meditation throughout the day. We will break in between for rest and food. Overnight in High camp. Meal plan B, L, D.
Another day on the trail and not before we complete our yoga session and breakfast. This day we would reach the zenith of our trek and to an elevation 4500 meters and that is of Mardi himal base camp. Trekking to base camp in tricky as we would have to walk through ridge with drop on both side. If we cannot make it to the base camp we will enjoy the view from upper viewpoint at 4300 meters. After spending brief moment up there we head back to High Camp for Lunch and further down to Low camp. Overnight in Low camp. Meal plan B,L,D.
We begin our day with pranayama and yoga position at 7:00 am, followed by breakfast and rest for couple of hours. We leave around 11:00 - 12: pm towards siding village. We will be walking downhill, hence we will not stress our knees by walking over limit. 3 hours of downhill and we will reach our final destination of Siding. Overnight in Siding. Meal plan B, L, D
Siding is a beautiful and large village and in the opening of forest and an ideal location for practicing yoga. After yoga and breakfast we walk downhill to lumre for around 3 hours to Lumre and catch our vehicle to Pokhara. The ride to pokhara takes around 2 hours. Overnight in Pokhara. Meal plan B.
Its a rest day in Pokhara but only after our yoga practices. After an hour of yoga on the banks of Phewa lake and laps of himalayas and having breakfast it is your rest day. You can stroll around and explore Pokhara on your own. Overnight in Pokhara. Meal plan N/A
This is the final day of the Mardi himal Yoga trek. We board an early morning bus to Kathmandu. With frequent breaks in between we reach Kathmandu in around 6-7 hours of time frame. Once we reach Kathmandu our trek officially comes to end. Thank you for choosing The mountain trails as your travel partner in Nepal !
- All airport and hotel transfers
- Two nights in a budget accommodation with breakfast
- Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Trekking Map
- All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, day backpacks, t-shirt, and trekking map
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters