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Mardi Himal Khopra Danda Poon Hill Trek-15 days Trekking in Annapurna 2023.2024

Mardi Himal to Poon Hill Trek via Khopra Danda is a 15-day tea house trek in Annapurna. This is the best treks in Nepal for every individuals who are searching for a short and simple trek in the Himalayas. Also, a wilderness trek in Nepal is very famous for stunning landscapes, cultures and panoramic mountain views. You will walk through rural villages and lush green forests enjoying amazing views Annapurna, Fishtail and Dhaulagiri.You will get the best and unique trekking experience in Nepal with the Sunrise and Sunset view over the Himalayas from Badal Danda, Poon Hill and Muldai Hill. Mardi Himal to Khopra ridge and Poon Hill trek trail is a beautiful, less crowded trek compared to other treks in Nepal. For booking inquiry regarding Mardi Himal and Khopra Poon Hill trek cost and dates for 2023.2024, please email us at [email protected] and call or leave message on Whats App at +977 9851023742.

Trip Fact

 Name: Mardi Himal Trek/Khopra/Poon Hill

Trek Duration: 15 Days

Trek Difficulty: Easy 

Trek Season: Aug to Nov, Feb to Jun

Trek Altitude: 850m-4600m

Trek Cost: USD 880-USD 1530

Group Size: 01 - 12 people

Trek Package:  Private/Group Trek

Mode of Transfer: Bus/Jeep

Start/End of Trek: Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Mardi Himal Trek Khopra Ridge/Danda Poon Hill Trek is a new, best trekking route in Annapurna.

  • Mardi Himal Khopra Poon Hill Trek
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15-day Mardi Himal and Khopra Ridge Trek with Poon Hill offer much closer and more impressive views of the Himalayas.The trek route passes through Mardi Himal, Khopra ridge and Ghorepani Poon Hill.Khopra Ridge attains 3800 m while Mardi Himal attain 4300 m  and Poon Hill is at an altitude of overall, this is an excellent trek in Annapurna. The trip a good combination of three famous treks- the Mardi Himal, Khopra Ridge and Poon Hill.

Mardi Himal Trek is short and pristine trek follows the ridge climbing gradually to the buttresses of Mardi Himal Base Camp. This is relatively easy scenic trek in Annapurna. Khopra Ridge is more common and easier. Khopra Ridge with Khayer Lake also call Khopra Danda Trekking. This is also the most scenic and unspoiled short trek in the Annapurna Himalayas. The trek goes off the busy trekking trail. It also offers brilliant mountain scenery, wilderness landscapes in the Himalayas. 

We then trek to the mail route of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. This is the most famous short treks in Annapurna. Poon Hill is famous for the sunrise view and also the Himalayan Panorama. After watching the spectacular view of sunrise and the magnificent Himalayas, we then trek down to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara. 

Poon Hill Mardi Himal Trek Package
We offer budget, standard and full fledged package to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.Please write us email to know about these package price and what is inclusion in the cost. We come to see you soon by mail with all details price of budget, standard and full fledged trip. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking Package price ranges from USD 350 to USD 950. 

Ghorepani Poon Hill and Mardi Himal Trek with guide
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek with guide is much easier, more secure and enjoyable.The trail is well marked for most of the trek, but there are parts where it’s not clear which way to go.Guides aren’t expensive in Nepal that US$ 30 a day).They provide you with some company and their expertise will help you. Moreover, if something should happen, you will have someone to help you.

Accommodation and food on the trek
Most of the guest houses, hotels and tea houses in this area are very basic and provide minimum comfort.The bathrooms are communal with no toilet paper and in some of the hotels hot water is limited.Restaurants and hotels serve mostly vegetarian meals, the most popular dish is Dal Bhat (steamed rice and lentil soup that is generally served with vegetables), but you can also find dishes with beef or chicken.

Ghorepani Mardi Himal Trek Permit
All trekkers in Nepal must acquire the Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card. The TIMS Card is mandatory to ensure the safety and security of trekkers in the general trekking areas. In addition to the TIMS Card, you also need a to get a ACAP permit to do the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.A copy of your passport and two passport-size photographs are required to obtain a TIMS Card and ACAP permit.

Private and Group Trek
We organize group and private trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill. The bigger your group, the more discount you can get. We handle all group sizes and assign one assistant guide for a group of 12 or more trekkers. Each group will lead by a guide and porters.We assign one porter for every two trekkers. The luggage weight limit is 9 kg per trekker. Hence, a porter will not carry more than 18 kg of combined weight.

Communication on Poon Hill Mardi Himal Trek
During the Poon Hill Trek, you can use the internet at lodges/tea houses for an extra cost. However, at high altitudes, we will communicate using the phone. Depending on the kind of network you use, you might get signals at trekking regions, but they might not be strong enough. If you wish, you can buy a local sim card in Kathmandu

Ghorepani and Mardi Himal Trek Difficulty and Preparation
Poonhill is an easy grade trek. You need to walk generally 4 to 5 hrs a day, taking regular breaks enjoying stunning mountain views. Ghorepani trek trail ascend and descend fairly. So you need to have an average physical fitness and strong determination. Some days may require longer waking hours.Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

Last Minute Booking Trip
For those unable to book a trip in advance, We do accept a last-minute booking. To take advantage of this facility, you need to pay 100% of the trip cost 24 hours before the trip departures. We do our best to operate a trek at any time, but in case of last-minute booking, we can not be responsible for delays due to circumstances beyond our control such as bad weather or the unavailability of lodging. Contact us at 977-9851023742 (Jitendra) or email us at [email protected] for more information. 

Drive by bus and car or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
The distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara is just 210 Km (130 mi), so the bus travel time is around 6 to 7 hours.The hilly road from Kathmandu to Pokhara is quite dangerous with many curves and old trucks overtaking buses and cars at high altitude.On the top of it, the buses are old and can break down at any time and make your travel time even longer.If you can, you should definitely take a 45 min flight. Even though it’s more expensive than the bus, you will be safer and save your precious time.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
On arrival at Kathmandu airport, we receive you at the airport and drive to hotel.  Prepare for trekking and meeting with guide, and stay night at hote in Kathmandu. 
Day 02: Kathmandu  to Australian Camp
Early breakfast and get tourist bus drive to Pokhara for 6 hours, and then drive for an hour by private car to Kade and trek for an hour to Australian camp, one of the best view for sunrise and sunset and also all the Himalayan panorama including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Fishtail and Hiunchuli peak. 
Day 03: Trek to Forest Camp (2554 m)
After a hearty breakfast, we start our trek with a steep uphill climb through thick forest along the beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. The forest is home for many rare wildlife and we may see rare birds and animals along the way. After walking for around five hours, we will reach Forest Camp. Overnight at Tea house
Day 04: Forest Camp to High Camp (3900m)
The trail from Forest Camp to the high camp follows a steep ascent through rhododendron and Juniper forests. The pattern for the day is a steeper climbing to get over a hillock, then relatively flat for a while and again start the ascent. On reaching the top, we will be highly rewarded with the magnificent, breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and Mount Macchapuchre. Overnight at teahouse
Day 05: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and back to Badal Danda
Today we get up early in the morning. After breakfast and with a lunch packet in our bags we hike to the absolute highlight of our trek, the Mardi Himal Base Camp located at 4500m. We walk steeply upwards on the grassy slopes. Reaching the Upper View Point the path becomes very narrow for some hundred meters. When it is covered by snow it could be difficult and slippery because both sides of the ridge are very steep. If the weather is good we will see the magnificent peaks of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchre and Mardi Himal. From the Upper View Point it takes around 30 minutes to Mardi Himal Base Camp. Coming down to the High Camp it would take us 3 to 4 hours. We stay overnight in High Camp at teahouse
Day 06: Badal Danda to Landruk village (1,565m)
Today we follow a trail to Landruk village. This is huge village that is on the way to Annapurna Base Camp. We will come to a junction that separates us between the trail heading to Low Camp on the left and Landruk on the right so we take the right one. Descending further will again bring us back inside the forest where the trail is so peaceful and quiet. Turning one and another circle we will then reach Landruk village for overnight stay. Overnight at Tea house
Day 07: Landruk to Tadapani (2610m)
Today first part we walk down to the river side then steep climb up to Ghandruk Village and continue trek to Tadapani, it is quite long walking. Ghandruk is quite a big village in the Annapurna, Nepal. Ghandruk is a popular place for treks in the Annapurna range of Nepal, with easy trails and various accommodation possibilities. After Ghandruk village we are walking through the huge green jungle with different trees and animals. Finally you reach at Tadapani; most of walking time sees the excellent mountains views and vistas. Overnight at teahouse
Day 08: Tadapani to Bayeli Kharka (3450m)
After breakfast, you will leave the main trail for next five days we will walk in a more remote area on the Annapurna region. We begin our trek by entering into the beautiful rhododendron and oak forest on upward trail. Then after small decent we continue climb gradual and soon you will emerge above the tree line to superb views of the Annapurna range. You will take lunch on the way and then continue to climb gradually we cross several pass, where the trail descends through rhododendron to an open clearing known as Bayeli Kharka, and the lodge. From the lodge, we enjoy great views of Dhaulagiri which is the seventh highest mountain in the world. Overnight at community lodge
Day 09: Bayeli Kharka to Chistibung (2975m)
After breakfast, we will descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach pastures of Lower Chistibung. Then the trail continues through forest, ascending gradually and passing through several buffalo grazing pasture before reaching Upper Chistibung which is a temporary herder´s settlement. It is high chances to see the Himalayan pheasant and Himalayan Thar on the grassy ridge above the trail. Overnight at community lodge
Day 10: Chistibung to Khopra Ridge (3660m)
To reach the ridge of Khorpa, we embark on a steady climb above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures. This area is noted for wildlife. As we approach Khopra, we go for a short walk down to viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in the deep valley and we can see the majestic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Overnight at community lodge
Day 11: Khopra excursion trip to Khayer Lake(4600m, 6 to 7 hours)
Today is long exploring day to Khayar Lake (4600m) from where we attain excellent views of mountains, green valley and river George but it is long day trip and only strong people able to do this trip. Khayar Lake is very famous for Hindu belief on the occasion of Janai Purnima. It is also believed that bathing in the lake will help attain Nirvana. Along the side of lake, we can see a number of Hindu and Buddhist shrines. The views of nature´s beauty are mesmerizing. The client who does not want to walk all the way to the lake, a half day walk from Khopra can also be arranged. Overnight at community lodge
Day 12: Khopra Ridge to Swanta Village (2270m)
After Khopra you will descend off the hillside and continue downhill on steep trail. You will retrace the route back to Chistibung. You will then head to the village of Swanta, where you will stay overnight. Along the way we get more views of Dhaulagiri with lovely terraced fields and traditional houses in the village. We will explore local school and nearby area and have supported the local school over the years, and there is time to pay a quick visit and Stay overnight at Tea house
Day 13: Swantha to Ghorepani(2800m, 4 hours)
Breakfast and a short downhill and uphill trek to Ghorepani, the best view point of Annapurna treks.
Day 14: Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga(1600m)
Wake up early in the morning, hike up to Poon hill to see the sunrise view and the Himalayan panorama of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Manalsu and Mount Fishtail, back to Ghorepani, have breakfast and continue downhill trek to Tikhedhunga.
Day 15: Tikhedhunga to Pokhara(850m, 4 hours trek and 2 hours drive back to Pokhara)
Breakfast and trek for 4 hours downhill trek to Nayapul and drive for 2 hours to Pokhara.
Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Breakfast and get tourist bus drive to Kathmandu for 6 hours. It is also possible to get flight to Kathmandu, but the cost will be addtional on the package cost.
Day 17: Kathmandu airport
Breakfast and free day on your own, walking around Thamel market and transfer to airport to get your flight back to home.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and departure transfer
  • Twin Sharing standard hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus transfer
  • Pokhara to Galeshwor by sharing jeep transfer
  • Sidding to Pokhara by sharing jeep transfer
  • All the necessary trekking permit-ACAP and TIMS card.
  • English speaking guide during the trek and all his expenses like meals, accommodation. salary, insurance and transfer.
  • Tea house lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • 3 times meals-breakfast, lunch and dinner during trek.
  • All the government taxes and company service charge
Cost not Includes
  • Private Transfer and Flight Cost-Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Porter to carry your luggage
  • Travel insurance in case of emergency for medication and rescue evacuation.
  • Lunch, dinner and sightseeing in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Personal expenses like wifi, hot shower, telephone, cost for charging battery of camera.
  • Any kind of drinks like coke, fanta, beer, whisky, bottle of mineral water, tea, coffee and hot water
  • All the cost not mention on above cost includes.

Best Season for trekking Poon Hill and Mardi Himal
The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek can be done all year round, however it’s easier when there isn’t rain or snow on the trails.So, the best time to do the Poon Hill trek is from March to June and September to December. In these months, the weather is clearer and the temperature moderate, when only the morning and evenings are a bit chilly, leaving the days perfectly clear for splendid views of the mountains.

Equipment for Poon Hill Mardi Himal Trek
In case that you’re travelling just with a carry-on suitcase or backpacking in Southeast Asia, you don’t need to worry about the clothes you need to bring for the trek because you can rent everything you need in Kathmandu and Pokhara. And the prices are really good.But you must bring:

Head
Sun hat or scarf
Warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Feet
Thin, lightweight inner socks
Thick, warm woolen hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Gaiters for hiking in winter
Hands
Lightweight gloves
Lower Body
Under Garments
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Upper Body
T-shirts
Light weight thermal tops
Fleece jackets or pullovers
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jackets
Accessories
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare batteries
Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry inside the trekking bags
Trekking Poles
Water bottles
Toiletries
Toiletries
Tooth brush/paste
Multipurpose soap
Nail cutter
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene:
Wet wipes
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hands wash

Altitude Sickness
The Ghorepani Poon hill trek has a very low chance of altitude sickness. The highest point is Poon Hill at 3250 meters high. Here you might experience some mild symptoms like being tired and more easily out of breath. However, as you will descend to lower altitudes on the same day this should not pose a problem. 

Passport and Visa
All foreigners except Indian nationals need a visa to enter Nepal. You can get an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport or Nepal border regional offices. For a visa application, you need a passport valid for at least six months, a passport size photo, and visa application fees.The current visa cost for 30 days is US$50 which you have to pay in USD cash. Children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Chinese citizens and citizens of SAARC countries:Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka get a free visa.The citizen of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan will not get visa on arrival in Nepal.

Tipping in Nepal
Nepali culture accepts tipping and views it as proof of good service. However, tipping is at the traveler’s discretion and should reflect the quality of service provided.We advise you to tip at the end of the trek. 

Trip Extension
After completion of Poon Hill Trek, if you have extra days, we can arrange sightseeing tours around Kathmandu. Also cater your 2 nights 3 days Chitwan Jungle Safari tour, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, Everest Mountain Flight, Heli tour to ABC, EBC and Langtang.

Money Matter
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency and 1 USD =Rs 120 NPR.You can exchange most foreign currencies in banks and other financial institutions or money exchanges in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Money exchanges display exchange rates visibly for the public.

Please note that only Indian Rupee Notes (INR) of 100 and 2000 denominations are legal in Nepal. We recommend you to bring cash and exchange them for Nepali Rupees at money exchanges instead of traveler's Cheque are not accepted now in Nepal.You can also withdraw cash in Nepalese Rupees using your credit/debit card from ATMs in Kathmandu or Pokhara. You can withdraw up to Rs. 35,000 for a fee of Rs 500. Most banks in Asia do not accept old, torn and faded foreign currency notes so bring clean new notes.

Travel Insurance 
Travel insurance is compulsory for Poon Hill Trek. Though this is an easy trek with low risk of AMS. However, this mountain journey is not a normal visit due to the possibility of unforeseen or unexpected events such as injury, illness, flood, landslide and sudden climate changes.All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation - including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes. We kindly request you to send your detailed insurance policy copy before trekking departures. In case of emergencies, we will use the documents you sent us for rescue. It will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help, etc. Please make sure with the insurance company that they cover helicopter evacuation at high altitude trek along with medical costs. 

Expenses of Personal Nature
Our package does not include meals and accommodation costs in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Moreover, all our valuable clients need to bring personal spending money to cover visa fee, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, tips to guide and porter, souvenirs and so on. We recommend you to bring cash in major currencies which you can easily exchange for rupees in Nepal. Poon Hill Trek accept only Nepalese currency.

Water and Electricity
Electricity is available for camera and mobile battery recharge at an extra cost. You can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shop or fill your water bottle with boiled water at an extra cost. If you require, we can provide you with water purification pills. You shouldn't drink water from rivers, taps and wells in trek as the water might not be drinkable.

Solo Travelers-Single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Minimum Age-You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a our tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the mini

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