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Mardi Himal yoga trek explores majestic spirituality, nature, and Himalayan view in the less trodden Mardi Himal region of Annapurna Range. Yoga, nature, and the Himalayas throughout this trip will bring you an experience that you will never forget. You can simply call it your trek of a lifetime. What you will find more amazing is the elevation gained without trouble in just a few days. You will start the trek from about 1,000 meters above sea level and reach 4,500 meters at Mardi Himal Base Camp in just five days that you do nowhere else in Annapurna region of the Himalaya. Imagine the joy of practicing yoga and meditation in this wonderful natural surroundings. It’s just a pure bliss.
You will be staying in a 3-star hotel in Pokhara and normal tea houses during the yoga hike.
Yoga practice and the instructor style will be different than what you are learning back your home. It's a group trip so the instructor will only teach with his / her way. Please be clear that this is not a private yoga tour.
It is the first day of the trip when you all meet in Pokhara. After your arrival in Pokhara, Rugged Trails Nepal will transfer you to the trip hotel. There will be a trip briefing and preparation meeting and Rugged Trails Nepal also will have your questions (if any) answered. You can take some relaxing walk around the lakeside and the town in Pokhara.
You will get ready to start the first day of the trek after breakfast. The day starts with a one hour's drive to Kande to embark on trekking journey. Your walking destination for the day is to Pothana, a beautiful overnight place with the spectacular Himalayan view from the viewpoint just above the camp. The walk will be short and peaceful today. Only after about four hours of walk, you will reach Pothana to stay overnight. This is one of the beautiful parts of Mardi Himal yoga trek, short walking day yet incredible experience. You will enjoy the walk through a lush forest, local village, and peaceful surroundings. You will practice yoga and meditation at Pothana.
You will wake up for an early morning yoga practice to prepare you for a wonderful day. Practicing yoga amidst natural surroundings will make you feel all reenergized. Trek for the day starts after breakfast and advances towards rest camp via Pitam Deurali and forest camp. It is another day of serene forest walk, first towards Pitam Deurali and then aiming to forest camp before going on the final uphill walk to rest camp to stay overnight. It is a beautiful experience of listening to the birds and breeze while walking through the forest. Once you reach rest camp, get ready for another revitalizing yoga and meditation session.
You will have another refreshing yoga session in the morning with a spectacular view of Mount Fishtail, Mardi Himal, and the surrounding valley. The walk starts after breakfast and it is another short day walk through the beautiful lush forest. You are heading to Badal Danda today that goes past low camp. It is just about three hours of walk before you reach Badal Danda. The overnight place truly stands for its name, Badal Danda. Badal is the Nepali word for cloud and Danda, the hill. When you reach Badal Danda you will be high above lush forest line just to find more of grassy pastures or simply bare hill. You will spend time doing yoga, meditating, breathing and allowing yourself more time to acclimatize at Badal Danda.
You will enjoy yet another invigorating yoga session in the morning before you proceed for your mountain breakfast. You are now ready to walk higher to the high camp and it is another short and easy walking day of the trek. It is only about two hours of a walk at the most to reach high camp that will allow you to spend more time at high camp.
You will walk through the grassy pastures, rhododendron bushes (yes now you will see the rhododendron trees getting smaller) with spectacular surroundings to the high camp only to be exposed to the breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks. You will allow yourself time to explore around the high camp, breathe the high elevation air, soak into the charisma of mountains and get ready for the final day hike to the Mardi Himal base camp early morning tomorrow. You will have calming yoga and meditation session in the evening.
It’s an early start of the day and also the highlight of the trip. You will start the day at around 04:00 in the morning and hike towards the viewpoint to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the Himalayan peaks. You will walk in the light of your flashlight at traverse the narrow, grassy trail up the hill towards viewpoint. But the final target is to reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp. The daylight dawns upon to expose you to the wonderful mountains as you walk up towards the viewpoint.
Once you reach the viewpoint, you will be awestruck by the panoramic and unexpectedly close up views of the mountain peaks in Annapurna range of the Himalayas. You will enjoy the views as you look down at the high camp far below just to realize how high you have come.
Later, you will enjoy the ridge walk towards the base camp looking the Annapurna gorge below and mountains just in front of you. You can find a suitable place in between the viewpoint and base camp to have a short yoga and meditation session before returning back down to the high camp for lunch. You trek further down to low camp after lunch to stay overnight.
Early morning yoga session will prepare you for the downhill walk to Ghalel today. The first part of the trek today goes steeply down through the forest to Sidding village. From Sidding village onwards to Ghalel village, it's a beautiful cultural trekking where you can get to walk through small local villages; see the local life, and experience mountain culture. Ghalel is a beautiful ethnic village where you will have a nice family homestay experience. You will be able to walk around the village to explore the cultural and lifestyle wonders of local people.
You will find a place to enjoy morning yoga session before you embark on the final day of walk and of this trip as well. The walk today will take you to Lumre on the bank of a small and beautiful river. The walk will bring you beautiful waterfalls and surroundings to your view. Once you are in Lumre, the walking part is over and about one and a half hours of drive awaits you. You will take a four-wheel jeep ride back to Pokhara along the river bank. This beautiful Mardi Himal yoga trek comes to end when you reach Pokhara. You will have plenty of time to laze around the lakeside after you freshen up.
Once the trip departed from the city, the guide will have rights to change and take over the itinerary to modify in case. It's a group tour. If someone goes aggressive and don't follow the guide and yoga instructor, both of them has rights to take you out from the trip. At that time, Rugged Trails Nepal will not take responsibility for the refund.
Rugged Trails Nepal haven't faced this kind of situation yet but in case of any unexpected situations like if the yoga instructor gets sick while doing the trip, Rugged Trails Nepal cannot send yoga instructor in mountains within days. In this situations, the trip will go in normal trekking way. They are human. Anything can happen in mountains without knowing. However, rest assured, the yoga instructors are well known for yoga hikes in the Himalayas, Nepal.
Robin is a 200-RYT licensed and insured yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance who believes that yoga provides not only the movement of which the bodies naturally want and need but also the clarity and peace that souls are seeking. When practiced with honest intention and dedication, she trusts that yoga can help find health and comfort in the bodies and the great truth about yourself and the world in which you live. Her yoga journey began in 2008 when Robin looked for a physical exercise that may help reduce the stress of university life and restore balance.
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