Ghorepani, Poon Hill and Mardi Himal Trek - 11 Days

Poonhill ghorapani
Mardi trek
Mardi himal
Duration11 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude4500 M
ActivitiesTrekking & Tour
Group Size2
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Best TimeRound of the year

The 11 days Ghorepani Poon Hill and Mardi Himal Trek is an unforgettable journey through the stunning landscapes of Nepal's Annapurna region. Starting in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, travelers embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of the majestic Himalayas. Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, trekkers make their way to Pokhara, a charming lakeside city and the gateway to the Annapurna region. From Pokhara, the real adventure begins as they venture into the tranquil beauty of the mountains.

One of the highlights of the trek is Ghorepani and Poon Hill, where travelers are treated to breathtaking sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The colors of the sunrise paint the sky with hues of orange and pink, creating a magical spectacle that leaves a lasting impression. As the journey continues, trekkers wind their way through enchanting forests filled with rhododendron trees, the national flower of Nepal. Along the way, they pass through charming villages inhabited by friendly locals, providing a glimpse into the traditional way of life in the mountains.

Ascending higher into the mountains, trekkers reach the base camp of Mardi Himal, offering close-up views of the majestic Machhapuchhre, also known as Fish Tail mountain. The pristine beauty of Mardi Himal is a sight to behold, with snow-capped peaks and rugged landscapes stretching as far as the eye can see. Throughout the trek, travelers stay in cozy tea houses and lodges nestled amidst the mountains, providing a comfortable retreat after a day of hiking. Here, they can relax and recharge, savoring delicious Nepali cuisine and sharing stories with fellow trekkers.

Each day brings new adventures and breathtaking scenery, from the tranquil beauty of the forests to the majestic grandeur of the mountains. It's a journey of discovery, where every step leads to new wonders and experiences.

As the trek comes to an end, travelers return to Pokhara, where they can unwind and reflect on the incredible journey they've undertaken. From the bustling streets of Kathmandu to the serene beauty of the Himalayan trails, the Ghorepani Poon Hill and Mardi Himal Trek offers an immersive adventure that will leave trekkers with memories to last a lifetime.

Main Highlights of Ghorepani Poon Hill and Mardi Himal Trek

  • Poon Hill Sunrise: Witnessing the sunrise from Poon Hill is one of the most memorable moments of the trek. As the first light of dawn illuminates the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, trekkers are treated to a breathtaking panoramic view that includes some of the world's highest mountains.
  • Charming Villages: The trek takes you through traditional Gurung and Magar villages, where you can experience the rich culture and hospitality of the local communities. These villages offer a glimpse into rural Nepalese life, with colorful houses, terraced fields, and friendly villagers.
  • Rhododendron Forests: Trekking through lush rhododendron forests is a highlight of the journey, especially during the spring season when the hillsides are ablaze with vibrant colors. The national flower of Nepal, rhododendrons add to the natural beauty of the landscape and provide a stunning backdrop for the trek.
  • Mardi Himal Base Camp: Arriving at the base camp of Mardi Himal offers trekkers the opportunity to get up close and personal with the majestic peaks of the Annapurna range. The views of Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) and Mardi Himal are truly awe-inspiring, with towering snow-capped summits rising dramatically against the blue sky.
  • Cultural Encounters: Along the way, trekkers have the chance to interact with local villagers and learn about their unique way of life. From sharing a meal with a local family to participating in traditional dance performances, these cultural experiences add depth and meaning to the trek.
  • Tea House Accommodation: Throughout the trek, travelers stay in cozy tea houses and lodges nestled amidst the mountains. These accommodations provide a comfortable retreat after a day of hiking, with warm hospitality, hearty meals, and stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Varied Terrain: The trek offers a diverse range of terrain, from lush forests and terraced fields to rocky mountain trails and alpine meadows. Each day brings new landscapes and challenges, keeping trekkers engaged and inspired throughout the journey.
  • Natural Beauty: Above all, the Ghorepani Poon Hill and Mardi Himal Trek is a celebration of Nepal's natural beauty. From towering peaks and cascading waterfalls to tranquil lakes and blooming rhododendrons, the trek showcases the breathtaking diversity of the Himalayan landscape.
Itinerary
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Your journey begins with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, where you'll be welcomed by our representative. After completing the immigration formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, lies at an elevation of 1,400 meters (4,593 feet) above sea level. Once you've settled into your hotel, you'll have some leisure time to explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu or rest and prepare for your upcoming trek. In the evening, you'll meet with your trekking guide for a briefing session and final preparations for the trek.

Max Altitude: 1,400 m Accommodation: Hotel

Early in the morning, you'll catch a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, a picturesque city located at an elevation of 800 meters (2,624 feet) above sea level. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you'll meet your trekking crew and drive to Banthanti, a small village nestled amidst lush forests at an altitude of 2,210 meters (7,250 feet). From Banthanti, you'll begin your trek to Ghorepani, a beautiful village situated at an elevation of approximately 2,850 meters (9,350 feet). The trek takes around 4 to 5 hours, passing through rhododendron forests and traditional Gurung settlements.

Duration: 4-5 hrs

Today, you'll wake up early to hike up to Poon Hill, a popular vantage point offering panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Poon Hill is situated at an altitude of 3,210 meters (10,529 feet) above sea level. After witnessing a breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas, you'll descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast. From Ghorepani, you'll continue your trek to Tadapani, a charming village nestled amidst dense forests at an elevation of around 2,600 meters (8,528 feet). The trek takes approximately 5 to 6 hours, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

Max Altitude: 2,600 m

Leaving Tadapani behind, you'll trek downhill to Landruk, a traditional Gurung village situated at an altitude of 1,565 meters (5,133 feet) above sea level. The trail descends through terraced fields and dense forests, offering glimpses of local flora and fauna. Landruk is known for its traditional stone houses and warm hospitality. The trek to Landruk takes around 5 to 6 hours, providing ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture and scenery.

Max Altitude: 1,565 m Duration: 5-6 hrs

Today's trek takes you off the beaten path as you make your way to Forest Camp, a serene stopover nestled amidst the lush forests of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Forest Camp is situated at an altitude of approximately 2,600 meters (8,531 feet) above sea level. The trail ascends gradually, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. As you trek through rhododendron forests and bamboo groves, you'll be surrounded by the sounds of nature. The trek to Forest Camp takes around 4 to 5 hours, providing a tranquil retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Max Altitude: 2,600m Duration: 4-5 hrs

Leaving Forest Camp behind, you'll continue your ascent towards Badal Danda, a scenic viewpoint offering panoramic views of the Annapurna range. Badal Danda is situated at an altitude of 3,210 meters (11,528 feet) above sea level. The trail meanders through rhododendron forests and alpine meadows, offering glimpses of exotic wildlife and colorful bird species. As you trek higher into the mountains, you'll notice the landscape changing, with snow-capped peaks looming in the distance. The trek to Badal Danda takes around 4 to 5 hours, providing ample opportunities to soak in the natural beauty of the Himalayas.

Max Altitude: 3,210 m Duration: 4-5 hrs

Today, you'll continue your journey towards High Camp, the final stop before reaching Mardi Himal Base Camp. High Camp is situated at an altitude of 3,600 meters (11,810 feet) above sea level. The trail ascends steeply, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. As you trek higher into the mountains, you'll notice the air becoming thinner, signaling your ascent into the high altitude environment of the Himalayas. Upon reaching High Camp, you'll take some time to acclimatize to the altitude and prepare for the challenges ahead. Acclimatization is crucial for minimizing the risk of altitude-related illnesses and ensuring a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Max Altitude: 3,600 m

Today's trek begins with an early morning hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp, one of the highlights of the trek. Mardi Himal Base Camp is situated at an altitude of 4,500 meters (14,760 feet) above sea level. The trail ascends steeply, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. As you climb higher, you'll be surrounded by towering peaks and pristine mountain landscapes. After reaching Mardi Himal Base Camp and soaking in the breathtaking views, you'll begin your descent to Low Camp. Low Camp is situated at an altitude of approximately 3,050 meters (10,006 feet) above sea level. The trek from Mardi Himal Base Camp to Low Camp takes around 8 to 9 hours, offering ample opportunities to witness the natural beauty of the Annapurna region.

Max Altitude: 4,500 m Duration: 8-9 hrs

Leaving Low Camp behind, you'll begin your descent towards Sidhing, a quaint village nestled amidst terraced fields and traditional houses. Sidhing is situated at an altitude of approximately 1,700 meters (5,577 feet) above sea level. The trail descends gradually, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. As you trek downhill, you'll pass through charming villages and lush forests, where you may encounter local wildlife such as Himalayan thar and musk deer. After reaching Sidhing, you'll board a private vehicle and drive to Pokhara, a scenic lakeside city located at an elevation of 800 meters (2,624 feet) above sea level. The drive takes around 3 hours, offering stunning views of the Himalayas and rural landscapes.

Max Altitude: 800 m Accommodation: Hotel

Today, you'll bid farewell to Pokhara and catch a short flight back to Kathmandu. Pokhara is situated at an altitude of 800 meters (2,624 feet) above sea level. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you'll be transferred to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind after the trek. You'll have the rest of the day free to explore Kathmandu or indulge in some last-minute souvenir shopping. In the evening, you can enjoy a farewell dinner with your trekking crew and fellow travelers, reminiscing about the unforgettable experiences of the past few days.

Max Altitude: 1,400m Accommodation: Hotel

Your 11-day Ghorepani Poon Hill and Mardi Himal Trek comes to an end today. After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for your onward journey. As you board your flight home or to your next destination, you'll carry with you memories of the breathtaking landscapes, warm hospitality, and unforgettable experiences of the Himalayas.

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Included
  • Airport transfers: Your airport transfers in Kathmandu are included, ensuring a smooth arrival and departure experience.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara is included in the package. You'll stay in comfortable hotels with all necessary amenities.
  • Trekking permits: All necessary trekking permits and entry fees are included, allowing you to trek through the designated areas without any hassle.
  • Transportation: Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back, as well as transportation to the trek starting point and back from the trek endpoint, is included in the package.
  • Meals: Meals during the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are included. These meals will be provided at teahouses along the trekking route, offering a taste of local Nepalese cuisine.
  • Experienced guide: An experienced trekking guide will accompany you throughout the trek, providing guidance, assistance, and ensuring your safety at all times.
  • Porter service: Porter service is included to carry your luggage during the trek, allowing you to trek with ease and comfort.
  • Trekking equipment: Basic trekking equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, and mattresses are included for your convenience.
  • First aid kit: A first aid kit will be provided for any minor injuries or emergencies that may occur during the trek.
  • Sightseeing: A guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and Pokhara is included, allowing you to explore the cultural and historical landmarks of these cities.
Excluded
  • International flights: International flights to and from Nepal are not included in the package. You'll need to arrange your own flights to Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses: Any personal expenses such as souvenirs, snacks, drinks, and additional meals not included in the itinerary are not covered in the package.
  • Travel insurance: Travel insurance is not included but highly recommended for your safety and security during the trek. Make sure to arrange adequate travel insurance coverage before your trip.
  • Visa fees: Visa fees for entry into Nepal are not included in the package. You'll need to obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Tips: Tips for your trekking guide, porters, and other staff are not included in the package. Tipping is customary in Nepal and greatly appreciated for excellent service.
  • Extra activities: Any optional activities or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary are not included and will be at your own expense.
  • Emergency evacuation: Emergency evacuation services in case of serious illness or injury during the trek are not included. It's essential to have adequate insurance coverage for emergency medical evacuation.
  • Additional accommodation: Any additional accommodation required due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays or cancellations is not included and will be at your own expense.
  • Alcoholic beverages: Alcoholic beverages are not included in the package. If you wish to enjoy alcoholic drinks during the trek, you'll need to purchase them separately at the teahouses.
  • Any other items not mentioned as included in the itinerary are considered exclusions and will be at your own expense.
Essential Information

What need to bring during Gore Pani Poon hill and Mardi Himal Trek

Backpack: A sturdy backpack with a capacity of at least 40-50 liters to carry your essentials during the trek.

Trekking Boots: Waterproof, comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support for navigating varied terrain.

Moisture-Wicking Clothing: Lightweight, moisture-wicking base layers, T-shirts, and trekking pants for comfort and temperature regulation.

Insulating Layers: Insulating layers such as fleece jackets or down jackets to keep you warm at higher altitudes.

Rain Gear: Waterproof jacket and pants to protect against rain and wind.

Headwear: A warm hat, sun hat, and buff or scarf to protect your head and neck from the sun, wind, and cold.

Gloves: Lightweight gloves for protection against cold weather and wind.

Socks: Moisture-wicking, breathable socks to prevent blisters and keep your feet dry and comfortable.

Sleeping Bag: A warm sleeping bag suitable for low temperatures to ensure a comfortable night's sleep at teahouses or campsites.

Trekking Poles: Adjustable trekking poles for stability and support on uneven terrain, especially during ascents and descents.

Water Bottle or Hydration System: A refillable water bottle or hydration system to stay hydrated during the trek. It's essential to drink plenty of water at higher altitudes.

Snacks: High-energy snacks such as nuts, granola bars, chocolate, and dried fruit to fuel your trekking adventures.

Sun Protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses with UV protection, and lip balm with SPF to protect your skin and lips from the strong mountain sun.

First Aid Kit: A basic first aid kit with essential supplies such as adhesive bandages, blister treatment, pain relievers, antiseptic wipes, and any personal medications.

Toiletries: Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and personal hygiene items for use during the trek.

Headlamp or Flashlight: A lightweight headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries for navigating in the dark or in low-light conditions.

Camera: A camera or smartphone with a good camera to capture the stunning landscapes and memories of your trek.

Towel: Quick-drying travel towel for personal hygiene and bathing at teahouses.

Reusable Garbage Bags: Reusable garbage bags to pack out any trash and minimize your environmental impact on the trail.

Optional Extras: Binoculars for birdwatching or wildlife spotting, portable charger or solar charger for electronic devices, and a small backpack or daypack for day trips or side excursions.

Make sure to pack light and only carry the essentials to keep your backpack weight manageable throughout the trek. It's also a good idea to check the weather forecast and adjust your packing list accordingly.

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Why With Us?

Choosing to trek Ghorepani Poon Hill or Mardi Himal with Real Adventure Nepal ensures an enriching and memorable experience for several compelling reasons:

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek with Real Adventure Nepal

Expertise and Local Knowledge: Real Adventure Nepal offers experienced guides with in-depth knowledge of the Ghorepani Poon Hill route, ensuring a safe and insightful trekking experience.
Scenic Beauty and Sunrise Views: Enjoy breathtaking sunrise views from Poon Hill, with panoramic vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Cultural Immersion: Encounter traditional Gurung and Magar villages along the trek, experiencing local culture, hospitality, and customs firsthand.
Well-Planned Itinerary: Real Adventure Nepal provides a well-planned itinerary, including comfortable teahouse accommodations, meals, and transportation, ensuring a seamless trekking experience.
Small Group Size: By keeping group sizes small, Real Adventure Nepal ensures personalized attention, safety, and a more intimate trekking experience.
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Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventure: Explore the lesser-known Mardi Himal route with Real Adventure Nepal, offering tranquility and stunning views of the Annapurna range.
Professional Guides and Safety: Experienced guides lead the trek, equipped with knowledge of the terrain, weather patterns, and safety protocols to ensure a secure journey.
Natural Beauty and Serenity: Discover pristine forests, alpine meadows, and close-up views of Machapuchare (Fishtail) peak, away from the crowds.
Customizable Itinerary: Real Adventure Nepal allows for flexible itineraries, catering to individual preferences and fitness levels, ensuring a tailored trekking experience.
Quality Services: From accommodations to meals and logistical support, Real Adventure Nepal maintains high standards, ensuring comfort, convenience, and satisfaction throughout the trek.