Mardi Himal Poon Hill Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Destinations: Nepal
  • Total Duration: 16 Days
  • Trekking Duration: 11 days
  • Trip Grade: Medium Hard
  • Max Elevation: 4200m
  • Best Season: October to December, February to May
  • Walking Hours: 5-6hrs everyday
  • Styles: Tea House
  • Starting point of trek: Phedi
  • Finishing point of trek: Naya Pul
  • Meals and Drinks: Guest houses managed by local people
  • Group Size: 2 to 16

Trip Map

  • Destination:Nepal

Mardi Hima Poon Hill Trek route is created to explore the entirely Himalaya ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. This trekking route runs on the southern face of Annapurna Himalayas and the western side of the Dhaulagiri range. The trail figures out massif views of popular mountains of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Mardi Himal Base Camp (4200m). The 16-day trek includes amazing walking on impressive forests, ridgelines, and alpine grassy lands. It is an option trek to have extra time to see the magnificent mountain views either from Mardi Himal or Poon Hill (3210m.

Medium style of the trek offers the best tea house with luxurious lodges and guesthouses in wonderful and charming prosperous villages where inhabitants are mixed of different tribal but dominated by Gurung community who are friendly people show respect in highly good culture.

The village used an uneven path with stone-paved steps leads meandering on through cultivated land terraces. Encountering some charming villages of Dhampus, Landruk, Jhinu, Chhomrong, Gurjung, Ghorepani, Ulleri and Sudame. In Jhinu, there is a natural hot spring on the bank of the Modi River to enjoy a bath and dip in it.

Fascinating views of the mountains to watch very closely from Mardi Himal, mountains are Machhapuchhare (6997m) Gandharva Chuli (6248m) Annapurna III (7555m) Gangapurna (7454m) Tharpu Chuli (5695m) Singu Chuli (6501m) Dhaulagiri (8172m), Annapurna I (8091m) Fang (7647m) and Hunchuli (6441m). Sunrise and sunset on mountains are delightful views if the weather is fine. Mt. Dhaulagiri (8172m) can be seen to the west. Poon Hill is another very popular panoramic viewpoint of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and valleys.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1200m)
  • Day 02 Sightseeing Swayambhu and Boudha
  • Day 03 Drive to Pokhara by car (max 6hrs)
  • Day 04 Pokhara to Phedi by car then Hike to Petam Deurali (2100m) (5hrs)
  • Day 05 Petam Deurali to Forest Camp (2530m) (4hrs)
  • Day 06 Forest Camp to Low Camp (2970m)(4hrs)
  • Day 07 Low Camp to High Camp(3540m)(4-hrs)
  • Day 08 High Camp to viewpoint / Low Camp(2970M)(6-7 hrs)
  • Day 09 Low Camp to Landruk (1565m(5-6hrs)
  • Day 10 Landruk to Gurjung (1610m)(5-6hrs)
  • Day 11 Gurjung to Tadapni (2600m)(5hrs)
  • Day 12 Tadapni to Ghorepani (2850m) (5-6hrs)
  • Day 13 Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Ulleri (1900m) (6-7hrs)
  • Day 14 Ulleri to Pokhara via Naya Pul (6hrs)
  • Day 15 Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 16 Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1200m)

When you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport then transfer to your hotel. A short briefing is given concerning the trekking itinerary.

Day 02 Sightseeing Swayambhu and Boudha

Day 03 Drive to Pokhara by car (max 6hrs)

Kathmandu to Pokhara is by car. Rest at the hotel and then visit the market. Pokhara is one of the busiest tourist center and the most beautiful city of Nepal. Mt Fishtail and some parts of the Annapurna range are attractively seen from here. It is both trekking starting and ending point. There are trekking shops, banks, all kinds of standard hotels for tourists. Phewa Lake has joined to the Pokhara city. People enjoy boating, paragliding, golf and horse riding.

Day 04 Pokhara to Phedi by car then Hike to Petam Deurali (2100m) (5hrs)

The first day of trekking starts with steep through a forest from Phedi. It is a stoned step about 45 minutes walking to a village. The trail heads up through fields and villages to Dhampus village mixed inhabitants of Gurung, Brahmins, and Chetri. Fishtail and Lamjung Himal can be seen from here. There are many lodges and guest houses. Local bus and hire jeeps are available but the road is gravel. Passing through the village end of its TIMS register office arrives then the trail climbs up through the forest to Pothana(1990m) where the ACAP office is to register permits. There are about half a dozen lodges. The trail gradually heads through the forest on a ridge and 40 minutes walking reach at Petam Deurali where there are two lodges. From Petam Deurali the trails split left side down is to ABC and north side trail is to Mardi Himal.

Day 05 Petam Deurali to Forest Camp (2530m) (4hrs)

The Forest Camp trailheads to the north on the ridge through a thick and beautiful forest. The first step of climbing up is bout 45minutes and then walking on gradually passing through forests of rhododendron and maples. Beautiful walking in the forest on the ridge. About an hour climbing up from Petam Deurali the trail descends down on the left side and climbs up again. While walking in the forest we can see huge trees dripping with mosses and in some places, there are viewpoints for villages valleys and mountains. Just before reaching Forest Camp the trail descends through forest to Forest Camp where there are 6 lodges are in a group surrounded by jungle.

Day 06 Forest Camp to Low Camp (2970m)(4hrs)

After breakfast trekking starts climbing the trail of High Camp again through a dense forest of rhododendron. After 45 minutes you reach Rest Camp where there is a lodge to serve rooms and food. The trail continues to follow up in a dense forest and take attention interlace roots of trees on the path. Zigzag path but comfortable heading inside the magnificent jungle walk to Low Camp where there are cluster lodges old and new. It is surrounded by rhododendron trees.

Day 07 Low Camp to High Camp(3540m)(4-hrs)

From Low Camp, the path heads to north inside the rhododendron forest. One hour and a half walking up we arrive at Badal Danda where 4 lodges are lined up along the ridge. From this point nice views of Annapurna ii, Mardi Himal, Fishtail, Hiunchuli, and Annapurna South. Ridge trail past grassy land gradually climbing up 2hrs eventually at High Camp. The High Camp is situated on a ridge where there are about half a dozen good guest houses.

Day 08 High Camp to viewpoint / Low Camp(2970M)(6-7 hrs)

Early in the morning leave for viewpoint better to see the sunrise on mountains. The trail a few minutes ahead northeast splits left and right sides. Most of the trekkers use right-side trail reason is its easy but long way. we continue on the ridge to a viewpoint. As we reach the viewpoint and the mountain views are excellent. Two small bamboo house tea shops serve you tea and coffee. If you want to see a wide range of Mountain then walk on ridge trail to Upper view Point another 1 hour further. Enjoying a nice view of surrounding snow-capped mountains are Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m) (Hiuchuli) (6141m), Tarekang (7069m), Gangapurna(7454) and Annapurna iii (7555m),  Fishtail (6997m) and Mardi Himal. Descend to High Camp and reverse to Low Camp.

Day 09 Low Camp to Landruk (1565m(5-6hrs)

We follow back to the Forest Camp trail. Just before Forest Camp the trail to Landruk separates to the right side on the forest trail. As the ridge is crossed then steeply descends to Landruk village about 2 hours following the jungle trail. Views of valleys and villages are remarkable while walking on the trail. The natural walking local path drops to Landruk village of Gurung. The village is a beautiful adorable and recommended a place to spend a night.

Day 10 Landruk to Gurjung (1610m)(5-6hrs)

The trail ascends passing lovely forests and waterfalls. New Bridge is crossed over Modi Khola after 10 minutes of climbing up there are three lodges. Above the lodges forest and bamboo bushes to Kimrong Khola (river). An attractive long suspension bridge is used to cross the river to Jhinu Danda (1750m) has some comfortable lodges. From Jhinu Danda 20 minutes walk down through a forest at the bank of Modi Khola where there are two hot spring ponds with cement bathing pools. Hot water natural comes out from the ground. Pick up Jhinu Danda trail to Chomrong one of the very steep climbing paths joinsTaglung this place is a meeting point of main Ghandruk Chhomrong route. we escort the Tadapani trail about 1:30 to be at Gurjung is a beautiful settlement Gurung ethnic. The trail leads flat then about 15 minutes climbing up to a viewpoint that has a nice tea shop with the lodge. From this point, pleasant trail follows flat and descends through impressive forests of bamboo. Finally, we reach Gurjung village peaceful and calm Gurung village that exhibits views of villages.

Day 11 Gurjung to Tadapni (2600m)(5hrs)

From Gurjung the trail passes through villages. A short suspension bridge is crossed then enters the village. As we descend to Kirmrong Khola a wide and new bridge is crossed to climb Chuile. From Kimrong Khola slowly and gently continue climbing up passing villages to Chuile village is in my view one of the best viewpoints of Mt. Annapurna South (7319m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Machhpuchhare(7997m). Passing above Chuile, we follow up the trail which leads through a thick forest of rhododendron, maple, and oak. Pleasant forest trailed explores huge and old trees are covered with bushy moss. In the spring trek, the forest is completely in the red flower of rhododendron. Different types of birds chirping in a calm forest make your trekking enjoyable. Monkeys and deers are lucky to see them. The path is good to walk but continues climbing up to Tadapani where there are more than half a dozen lodges are available but always crowded with tourists.

Day 12 Tadapni to Ghorepani (2850m) (5-6hrs)

The trail to Ghorepani is wide and smooth. Hiking 5-6 hours completely on the forest trail which explores forests of maple, cedar, rhododendron, and mountain bamboo bush. From Tadapani, we follow steps down the path to a stream and then climb up to Thulo Odar (big cave). The trail levels to Ban Thanti entering forests of rhododendron. The path is difficult to walk on slippery interlaced of the trees. After Ban Thanti, climbing up continue to Deurali Pass (3100m). Enjoyable walking on the ridge. Views of mountains are heartbreaking if the weather is clear. Now the stoned steps stairs descend inside the forest of rhododendron ends to Ghorepani is on a ridge is mini touristed meeting point from Tatopani, Ulleri, and Tadapni so the hotels and guesthouses are crowded with tourists. Bakery, souvenir shops, and book shops are available in Ghorepani. we present the permits at the police check-post.

Day 13 Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Ulleri (1900m) (6-7hrs)

Early morning hiking to Poon Hill to see the sunrise and panorama views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya ranges. Most people reach Poon Hill before sunrise. From Ghorepani, it takes 1 hour climbing up Poon Hill. Poon Hill is a panorama viewpoint to see Mt Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak (6848m), Nilgiris and to Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhare (6997m). On top of Poon Hill stands Poona hill Tower just nearby a tea shop serves you hot drinks for local business. Back down to the lodge after breakfast a long day of descent passing pleasant dense forest. The trail explores a sparkling stream, trees covered with busy moss and huge rocks on them hanging wild beehive. when the forest walking ends above the Ulleri Village (2000m) and the valley view opens to the south direction. Ulleri village is a charming settlement of Magar ethnic.

Day 14 Ulleri to Pokhara via Naya Pul (6hrs)

Today is the last day of trekking. We follow a steep down stoned steps staircase to Bhurungdi Khola to cross it a suspension bridge and another a bridge on Tikhedhunga Khola. 10 minutes walking up Tikhedunga arrives further 15minutes to Hile village (1430m). The trekking trail follows down the dusty road past Sudame, Ramdwali and Birethanti village where we register the permits to exit. A short walking along the bank of Modi Khola reaches Naya Pul. From Naypul a car or a van drive you to Pokhara.

Day 15 Fly to Kathmandu

Day 16 Departure from Kathmandu

 

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off
  • Three nights hotel accommodation B & B in Kathmandu
  • Two nights B & B in Pokhara
  • Licensed trained trekking guide
  • Porters to carry goods
  • Accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner in trekking) included coffee & tea
  • Transportation by land and air
  • All necessary documents permit for trekking
  • National park/ conservation area entry permit
  • City tour in Kathmandu ( Swayambhu and  Boudha stupa)

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel trekking insurance
  • Major meals, lunch, dinner during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Excess baggage charge more than airlines allowed both domestic and international
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, drinks, phone & laundry
  • Visa fee (easily get on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport)
  • Tips and gratuities for field staffs
  • Rescue travel insurance trips cancellation costs
  • Lost theft and damage to baggage, Accident or health emergency
  • Electric charge devices

Equipments & Gears

Trekking shoes, down jacket, trekking pant, gloves, hat, woolen cap, sunglasses, raincoat, headlamp, walking stick, water bottle, sleeping bag, trekking bag waterproof and changing clothes

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