Ghorepani Poonhill With Mardi Himal Trek

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Mardi Himal High Camp, Lwang Ghalel, Nepal
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Duration

10 Days 9 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Ghorepani Poonhill with Mardi Himal Trek is a captivating and diverse trekking experience in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Renowned for its breathtaking mountain views, diverse landscapes, and unique cultural encounters, this trek is a favorite among nature enthusiasts and trekkers from around the world.

The journey begins in the bustling city of Pokhara, where trekkers make their way toward the picturesque village of Ghorepani. Along the trail, hikers pass through lush rhododendron forests, charming villages, and terraced fields, offering an opportunity to immerse themselves in the traditional Nepalese way of life.

The highlight of the trek is the ascent to Poonhill, a vantage point that offers awe-inspiring sunrise views over some of the world’s highest peaks, including Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters) and Annapurna (8,091 meters). The sunrise spectacle amidst the snow-capped Himalayan giants is an unforgettable experience that leaves trekkers with lasting memories.

Continuing on from Ghorepani, the journey takes a less-trodden path toward the enchanting Mardi Himal Base Camp. This section of the trek leads through alpine meadows, dense forests, and pristine landscapes, providing a unique opportunity to witness the serenity and grandeur of the Mardi Himal (5,587 meters).

Throughout the trek, trekkers encounter warm hospitality from the local Gurung and Magar communities, gaining insights into their rich culture, traditions, and way of life.

Ghorepani Poonhill with Mardi Himal Trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and moderate-level adventure, making it an excellent choice for trekkers seeking a rewarding journey in the Himalayas.

Essential Tips for a Successful Ghorepani Poonhill With Mardi Himal Trek

  • Ensure you are physically prepared for the trek by engaging in regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training to build endurance
  • Take your time to acclimatize to higher altitudes to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Ascend gradually and consider acclimatization days during the trek.
  • Obtain the necessary permits, such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS card, before starting the trek.
  • Consider hiring a local guide and porter to enhance your trekking experience, provide insights, and ease the burden of carrying heavy loads.
  • Pack lightweight and essential trekking gear, including sturdy trekking shoes, appropriate clothing for varying temperatures, a warm sleeping bag, and a waterproof jacket.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets or filters to avoid single-use plastic bottles and ensure access to safe drinking water.
  • Book teahouse accommodation in advance during the peak season to secure a comfortable place to stay along the trek route.
  • Be prepared for unpredictable weather and pack accordingly. Layer your clothing to adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Learn about local customs and traditions, and respect the cultural norms of the communities you encounter during the trek.
  • Carry a basic first aid kit and any personal medications you might need. Also, purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities and emergency medical evacuation.
  • Practice “Leave No Trace” principles by disposing of your waste properly and minimizing your impact on the environment.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet throughout the trek to keep your energy levels up.
  • Listen to your body and take rest days if needed for acclimatization and recovery.
  • Plan to reach Poon Hill early in the morning to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayan peaks

Ghorepani Poonhill With Mardi Himal Trek Safety Considerations

  • Ensure that you are physically fit and prepared for the trek. Engage in regular exercise and build your stamina before embarking on the journey.
  • Proper acclimatization is crucial when trekking at higher altitudes. Ascend gradually, and take rest days to allow your body to adjust to the changing altitude.
  • Obtain all necessary trekking permits, such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS card, before starting the trek.
  • Consider hiring a local guide and porter. An experienced guide will ensure you stay on the right path, have information about the region, and enhance your safety on the trail. A porter can help carry your heavy backpack, reducing physical strain.
  • Be aware of the weather conditions in the region and pack accordingly. The weather can change rapidly in the mountains, so it’s essential to be prepared for rain, cold temperatures, and snow.
  • Be cautious while trekking on uneven and rocky terrain. Pay attention to the trail conditions, especially during monsoon season when paths can become slippery.
  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness and take necessary precautions. If you experience severe symptoms like headache, dizziness, nausea, or shortness of breath, descend to a lower altitude and seek medical help if needed.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification methods like water purification tablets or filters to avoid drinking untreated water.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet throughout the trek to keep your energy levels up.
  • Carry important emergency contact numbers, including those of local authorities and rescue services.
  • Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities and emergency medical evacuation.
  • Listen to the advice of your guide and local residents. They have valuable knowledge of the region and can provide valuable insights to keep you safe.
  • Consider trekking in a group for added safety and support. There’s strength in numbers, and it can be beneficial in case of emergencies.
  • Be respectful of the natural environment and wildlife. Do not disturb or feed animals, and avoid littering.

Highlights

  • Witness breathtaking sunrise and sunset views from Poon Hill, providing stunning panoramic vistas of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and other majestic peaks.
  • Experience the serenity and beauty of Mardi Himal Base Camp, surrounded by pristine snow-capped mountains and mesmerizing landscapes.
  • Trek through vibrant rhododendron forests, especially during the spring season when these forests are in full bloom, creating a colorful and enchanting atmosphere.
  • Encounter the warm hospitality of the Gurung and Magar communities, immerse yourself in their rich culture, and witness traditional rituals and festivities.
  • Stay in traditional teahouses and lodges along the trek route, providing a chance to connect with fellow trekkers and enjoy local cuisine.
  • The Mardi Himal section of the trek is less crowded and offers a more tranquil experience compared to other popular treks in the region.
  • Experience diverse landscapes, from terraced fields and quaint villages to alpine meadows and high mountain ridges.
  • If fortunate, you may encounter various wildlife, including Himalayan Thar, deer, langur monkeys, and various bird species.
  • Capture breathtaking scenery, unique cultural encounters, and the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayan peaks.
  • Trekking through local villages and interacting with the friendly locals provides an authentic insight into the traditional Nepalese way of life.
  • The trek offers a moderate level of difficulty, making it accessible to trekkers of various experience levels, including families and beginners.
  • Enjoy the magnificent sunrise view over the sacred Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Mountain from different vantage points during the trek.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Start your journey to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, by a comfortable tourist bus.
  • Alternatively, you can take a scenic flight to Pokhara, which offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas (flight option subject to availability).
  • Explore Pokhara's lakeside area and enjoy the serene ambiance.
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.

  • Take a short drive to Naya Pul, the starting point of the trek.
  • Begin the trek and ascend through picturesque landscapes, reaching Ulleri.
  • Enjoy views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
  • Overnight stay in Ulleri.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek, passing through lush rhododendron and oak forests, to reach Ghorepani.
  • Enjoy panoramic mountain vistas from this charming village.
  • Overnight stay in Ghorepani.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Start early for a rewarding hike to Poon Hill, offering breathtaking sunrise views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Return to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue the trek to Tadapani.
  • Traverse through beautiful forests and enjoy the tranquility of the region.
  • Overnight stay in Tadapani.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Descend to Landruk, a charming Gurung village with stunning views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
  • Experience the unique culture and hospitality of the local people.
  • Overnight stay in Landruk.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume the trek, gradually ascending to Low Camp.
  • Enjoy the serene ambiance of the trekking trail.
  • Overnight stay in Low Camp.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Ascend further to High Camp, getting closer to Mardi Himal.
  • Witness breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna, and Mardi Himal.
  • Overnight stay in High Camp.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Start early for a challenging yet rewarding trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp.
  • Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.
  • Return to High Camp for the overnight stay.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Descend back to Siding, passing through lush forests and picturesque landscapes.
  • Drive back to Pokhara, enjoying the scenic countryside views (local bus option).
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.
  • You can stay on your own and relax at Pokhara.

  • Bid farewell to Pokhara and return to Kathmandu by a tourist bus.
  • Alternatively, take a short flight to Kathmandu for more leisure time (flight option subject to availability).
  • Rest and relax in Kathmandu or explore the city one last time.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Durations

10 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The duration of the trek typically ranges from 9 to 11 days, depending on the specific itinerary and the number of acclimatization days taken.

The best time to do the trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear mountain views, and pleasant temperatures.

The trek is considered moderate to challenging. It involves steep ascents and descents, varying elevations, and some sections with rocky and uneven terrain.

Yes, trekking permits are required for the Ghorepani Poon Hill with Mardi Himal Trek. The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card are necessary for entry into the region.

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available along the trek route, offering basic accommodation and meals. However, during the peak season, it's advisable to book accommodation in advance to secure a place to stay.

While it is not mandatory, hiring a guide and porter is recommended for a more enjoyable and safe trekking experience. A guide can provide valuable insights, ensure you stay on the right track, and help with any language barriers. A porter can carry your heavy backpack, reducing physical strain.

The trail is generally well-marked, and there are signposts along the route. However, it's still advisable to have a local guide who is familiar with the area to avoid any navigation difficulties.

Yes, Poon Hill is famous for its breathtaking sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Additionally, Mardi Himal Base Camp also offers stunning sunrise views, providing a serene and less crowded experience.

The highest point of the Ghorepani Poon Hill with Mardi Himal Trek is at Mardi Himal Base Camp, which is around 4,500 meters (approximately 14,764 feet) above sea level.

Tour's Location

Mardi Himal High Camp, Lwang Ghalel, Nepal

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