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13-Day Trekking Around Poon Hill and Mardi Himal Trek Nepal 2023.2024

The 13-day trekking around Poon Hill and Mardi Himal Trek offers best Himalayan views of Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Fishtail and Mardi Himal. The trail is more beautiful than Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This is a good alternative trek to Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit Trek. The trip begins from Pokhara and walk through beautiful villages, forests and the mountains. Poon Hill Trek with Mardi Himal is the best trip if you are looking for a short and beautiful trek in the Himalayas. This is a perfect blend of two most popular treks-the Poon Hill and Mardi Himal trek. Poon Hill Mardi Himal Circuit Trek is suitable for families with children to seniors trekkers. For booking enquire regarding 13 days Poon Hill and Mardi Himal Trek package cost and dates for 2023. 2024, please email us at [email protected] and call or leave message on What App at +977 9851023742.

Trek Facts

Name: Poon Hill Mardi Himal Trek

Duration: 13 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Season: March/June and Sep/December.

Altitude: 850m- 3300m

Cost: USD 810-USD 1360

Group Size:1 - 12 pax

Trek Package: Lodge to Lodge Trek

Transfer: Bus/Jeep

Start/Ends: Kathmandu/Kathmandu

12 nights 13 days Poon Hill Mardi Himal Trekking Package price with trip departure dates.

  •  Poon Hill Mardi Himal Trek
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13-day trekking around Poon Hill and Mardi Himal is a beautiful trek journey in Annapurna Himalayas. You will walk through beautiful villages and forest once you leave Pokhara. Poon Hill Trek with Mardi Himal will take you to the famous vantage point-Poon Hill and Badal Danda offer panoramic views of the Himalayas with the Sunrise.The Poon Hill Mardi Himal trek highly recommends for beginners to adventure trekkers.This is a perfect tea house trek as there will be nice mountain guest houses and community home stay along the trail.

The contrast landscapes and the majestic views of Annapurna and Fishtail is another best part of this trek.The first part of the trek is to Poon Hill, and continue trekking to Mardi Himal, the second part of the trekking. Mardi Himal is a newly open beautiful trekking route in Annapurna. Once we visit Mardi Himal Base Camp, and enjoying the close up view of Fishtail and Annapurna range, we then trek to Sidding 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 receive you at airport and transfer to the Hotel. Free day and Overnight stay at the Hotel.  
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m, 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.
Day 03: Pokhara to Tikhe Dhunga (1495m, 9 km,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 Ramghai village and from here, a gradual upward ascent leads to Tikhedhunga. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day 04: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2850m, 13 Km, 7 Hours)
From Tikhedhunga, the path continues further onward, 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 carts keep passing up and down the stairs. After reaching Ulleri, you will then continue onward 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 Annapurna peaks are dramatically magnificent. Overnight say at the guesthouse at Ghorepani.
Day 05: Hike to Poonhill and Trek to Tadapani (2500m, 9 Km, 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 (6920 m), Nilgiri (6940 m), Varaha Shikhar (7847 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Annapurna III (7855 m), 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.
Day 06: Trek to Landruk (1430 m, 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. 
Day 07: Landruk To Forest Camp (2500m, 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.
Day 08: Trek to Low Camp (3,150m, 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.
Day 09: Trek to High Camp (3,600m, 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 Guest house.
Day 10: Day hike to the Upper View Point (4,200m, 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 Guest house.
Day 11: Trek to Siding Village (1,750m, 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 Guest house.
Day 12: Trek to Lumre and Drive to Pokhara (910m, 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 stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.
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.
Day 14: Kathmandu Airport
Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, we transfer you to Kathmandu airport to get your flight back to home.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and departure transfer by private car
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
  • Road transfer Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu by tourist bus and by private car to and from trek start/end point to Pokhara.
  • 3 times meals -breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek
  • Twin sharing Tea house lodge accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking including their salary, insurance, equipment, meals.
  • All necessary trekking permit ACAP and TIMS.
  • All government and local taxes
Cost Not Includes
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal entry visa Fee
  • All kind of cold/hot drinks including bottle or boiled water, coke, Fanta, juice etc.
  • Expenses of personal nature like WI-Fi internet, hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide
  • Porter to carry your personal luggage.
  • 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 minimum age is 12.

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