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Looking for a new adventure? Come join us for this beautiful trip to the base camp of Mardi Himal, a hidden gem of Nepal along with the Jungle safari in Chitwan. This perfect package gives a golden opportunity to experience trekking in the Himalayas as well as to get closer to the wild animals in their natural terrain (all in one). Escaping away from the hustling and bustling areas this trip also rewards amazing scenery of Annapurna ranges, cultures, nature, wildlife, lifestyles etc.
Mardi Himal is a short and relatively easy trek that starts from Kathmandu as this takes you to the charming city Pokhara let you be amazed by the natural beauty than to Kande, from where the adventure begins. Following the least trodden trail away from huge crowds gives an immense opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Annapurna region. The peaceful trail passes through the blooming rhododendron forests, oak forests, charming villages, unspoiled terrain with the astounding close views of Macchapuchre(6993m) and takes you as high as the Mardi Himal base camp(4100m). Get closer with the magnificent scenery of the incredible Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8163m), Mt. Machhapuchre (6991m), Mt. Huinchuli (6441m) and Mardi Himal (5588m). The rich culture of this region provides a unique experience and presents a way of living every day in the Himalayas. As well the region is also homes to extremely unique natural biomes of ecological diversity, spot Danphe, Himalayan Thar, Musk deer, snow leopard and many others. Furthermore, the trip continues to the UNESCO world’s heritage site Chitwan National park for adventurous and thrilling activities including elephant safari, jungle walk, bird watching, canoeing ride and jeep safari. Throughout this activity get the best animal sights such as one-horned rhino, sloths, deer, Bengal tigers, colourful birds, Gharials and many others.
In addition, the Tharu culture adds more charm to this trip at the same time you can have a unique experience of Nepalese lifestyles to adore forever.
Travellers can expect some light physical activities.
Narayan Baniya (nature pathfinder) and Sumir Gyawali (yoga teacher) guide me in
this adventure. Actually they manage perfectly my short time and all the noisy
burocratic thinks like documents or Covid control. They makes me feel safely and
had care of me since the moment I reserved .. now I’m at home and still feel the
power of their experience, friendship and good nature. They makes me “enter” in
the Nepali lifestyle, from metropolitan Kathmandu until the top of the mountain
were the vibes are soo deep. Their good vibes are compatible with all, Sumir had a
clinical yogi eye and Narayan the calm you need to arrive over the clouds.. it was
like a day dreaming and I never forget this experience out of time. Thank you
A great & well organised experience. I highly recommend Himalayan
recreation to anyone planning to trek to the Annapurna Basecamp. Everything from
start to finish was all taken care of, taking away all of the stress of
organisation so that I could focus on enjoying the trek.
Ashok was very responsive on whatsapp at all times and was able to adapt the tour
when circumstances changed. For example, when my flight to Pokhara was cancelled,
Ashok arranged for a friendly driver to take me all the way there by private car
instead (I did have to wait 1.5 hours for the driver, but traffic in Kathmandu is
difficult). My guide Santosh and porter Bal were very friendly and accommodating
and were good company during the trek. They have the English skills required to
answer the majority of questions, particularly relating to the trek. Overall, a
very good experience.
The trek itself is very beautiful. It has everything, including rural villages
with rice terraces, bamboo forests, and epic mountains. The accommodation is basic
but everything you need for a trek (much better than camping). The weather
forecast is inaccurate - I enjoyed decent weather despite the forecast being
constant rain/thunder. I found the difficulty to be much easier than others state,
and could have completed the trek in 5-6 days. Almost anyone with a decent level
of fitness would be able to complete this trek (adjusting the duration to
The Annupurna Poon Hill Trip is a lovely trek through the lower elevations of the
Annupurna range of the Himalayas. Starting from Pokhara, a 90 minute drive in a
taxi drops us off at the beginning of the trek and then goes up from there. My
guide, Raj, was absolutely awesome and provided a lot of great information about
the area during our trek over the several days that this trek takes place. The
second day of the climb takes us to the small town of Ghorepani, and then an early
climb the next morning to Poon Hill.
I went on this trip in the 2nd year of the virus. According to my guide, the
number of travelers was still way down from pre-pandemic years. So, in one way, it
is a great time to travel since you will have most of the trails to yourself. The
tea houses are also pretty empty. The negative side to this is that there are
limited menu items and several places didn't have WiFi.
There are a few recommendations I would make about this trip. The first is the
ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. I took the bus and regretted it about halfway
there. While the distance is only 200 km, it took about 8 hours on the bus. If I
were to do this again, I would have opted for a 30 minute flight. It costs more,
but is so worth it.
Second, make sure you bring toilet paper with you on the trek. The tea houses I
stayed in during my trek didn't have any. So, bringing a roll of your own is a
huge help. And speaking of bathrooms, most of the toilets along the route are not
the western style sit-down toilets. Rather they are the hole in the grounds. So,
make sure to use the bathroom before leaving the tea house since the next
western-style toilet isn't until the next guest house, which could be a half day
Finally, if you have time after the trek, spend an extra day in Pokhara. It is
much more interesting than Kathmandu.
Otherwise, the trek was wonderful and the folks at Himalayan Recreation did a
great job in staying in touch, picking me up at the airport when I arrived in
Nepal, and provided excellent service all the way through.
This trip was the first we took with those guys. It was very nice, guide was
interesting and gave us a lot information about Bhaktapur and Nepal itself.
After they arranged few more trips for us. First was Chitwan national park and
jeep safari. After Pokhara and paragliding. And then return to Kathmandu. It was
very helpful to have someone local there who can arrange flights, pick ups, all
the activities and return wherever needed.
We didn't have more time, but all the time we had, they managed to organize for
us, without stressing or worrying.
I truly recommend them, because they are very responsible and helpful for any
situation. I firstly met them in Kathmandu for our first trip and they helped us
with all the others.
As you arrive at the airport the representatives of the company will be there to welcome you to the city of temples and the country of the Himalayas. You will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu and there will be a short briefing about the trip. In the evening you can roam around the market places on your own. Overnight in Kathmandu hotel
Today you will be transferred to the famous tourist hub of Nepal, Pokhara. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Prithivi highway witnessing the views of thundering rivers, green hills, traditional houses and a glimpse of glittering mountains. Upon arrival check-in hotel take a rest or also you can stroll around the lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara hotel
Take a short drive to Kande, starting point of this trek. From where you can see some clear views of the Himalayas. The trail further passes through the rhododendron forests, and villages then finally to the mountain pass Deurali. Get the panoramic views of the Annapurna ranges. Stay overnight at teahouses in Deurali. Overnight in teahouse.
Today, you’ll be heading to low camp invigorating through the lush green forests of oak, maple, hemlock, rhododendron, flora and fauna. A glimpse of the Himalayas is always with you all the way to Low camp. Get closer yourself to the clear blue sky with a perspective on the layer of the Himalayan lower region and clearing valleys toward the south. If you are lucky you may get a chance to see wild animals like Himalayan Thar, Musk deer, Snow leopards and many others. As you reached the low cap you will be so close to the stunning Mt. Machhapuchre. Overnight in teahouse
The trail leads you to the High camp walking uphill alongside the rivers and passes through the magnificent moss-covered trees in classic cloud forests with swirling mist. The area mostly consists of shrubs with confined rhododendron trees also there may see the beautiful bird Danphe along the trail. As you reach the higher altitude the grassland terrain is becoming wet with snow. Annapurna South seems near enough to almost touch. The views of the Annapurna ranges are amazing and so close to the high camp. Overnight in teahouse
Wake early in the morning to observe the astonishing sunrise views over the Annapurna ranges. After then embarking on the adventure to the Mardi Himal Base Camp, the trail is more difficult than other days with a steep climb and long hours of walking. At some points, the trail becomes more vertiginous with bumpy and steep rocky steps. After the hardest trail, you will be rewarded with the magnificent views of the entire Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu ranges. Mainly the tall Mardi Himal is standing right in front of you and other peaks you’re surrounded by Annapurna I, Annapurna south, Huinchuli, Baraha Shikhar, and Macchapuchre. After spending enough time in the base camp descend back to the High camp and stay overnight.
Enjoy the close views of snow-capped mountains and sunrise before heading to Siddhing village. Retrace your steps and follow a steep descent to low camp from where the trail takes you to the forest and then to Mardi Khola. After walking along with the green forests and the glimmering river you will reach the beautiful village Siding. Then take a scenic drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara hotel.
As the journey heads to another destination Chitwan with a scenic drive through the green hills, Nepalese settlements and a glimpse of the Himalayas. Upon reaching check-in hotel takes a rest after a long drive then in the evening make your way to Tharu village for exploration followed by the elephant breeding centre with a sunset view over Rapti River. As you are in the village they welcome you and present a cultural Tharu dance. Along with experiencing their culture, traditions and lifestyles. Overnight in Chitwan hotel.
Chitwan National park, the first National park of Nepal enlisted on UNESCO world’s heritage site where thrilling activities can be done provides a great experience with wildlife. The day starts as you mount an elephant for a jungle safari; it is an exciting and must-do activity in Chitwan. Spot archaic rhino, trundling elephant, deer, beautifully coloured birds, macaque monkey, wild cat, leopards, Langur and Royal Bengal tiger etc. Then, visit the elephant stables and take a bath with an elephant in Rapti River. After that head canoeing, enjoy the views and witness crocodiles and Gharials resting at the river beds and water birds. A short walk into the jungle for bird watching, spot the variety of birds. Behold the wild lives in their natural habitat during this jungle safari. After experiencing all the activities you will be transferred back to the hotel overnight.
With enough memories on your bag packs head back to Kathmandu with a scenic drive of about 7hrs. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the hills, terraced fields, highway ships and rustling Trishuli River. Upon reaching, you will be transferred to your hotel. In your Leisure time, you can wander on your own in the Thamel areas. Overnight in Kathmandu hotel.
On the last day of the trip, today you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport 3hrs before your scheduled flight.
All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
3 standard meals a day during the trek and in Chitwan
2 nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
2 nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
2 nights' accommodation with full board at a 3-star category hotel in Chitwan
Kathmandu to Chitwan to Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus. (options private car at extra cost) (Round way)
All the activities as per the itinerary such as sightseeing in Pokhara and Chitwan jungle safari and more
Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the trip.
Porter services during a trek (1 porter = 2 trekkers).
All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.
Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
Required Annapurna National Park Permit fee and TIMS Fee
First aid medicine kit
Farewell dinner with cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.
Government taxes & office service charge
Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
Personal Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
Alcoholic drinks and any other beverages.
Personal trekking equipment or expenses
Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.