Take in the pristine, untouched beauty of one of Nepal’s most secluded treks.
Your trip will begin with a couple of days spent exploring the streets of Kathmandu – including a private tour through two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the local markets, and hidden temples.
After soaking up the city, it’s time to immerse yourself in nature, with a one-week trekking expedition along narrow paths, through beautiful rhododendron forests, and across rugged mountainous landscapes.
Along with breathtaking heights and stunning views, the trek is also the perfect opportunity to soak up the genuine and authentic culture of Nepal. With stops at the villages of Siding and Lwang on your descent, you’ll have the chance to discover organic tea plantations, stone-paved streets, and traditional Nepali cooking techniques. And during the trek, you’ll stay at simple teahouses and friendly homestays – another perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the Nepali way of life.
After the trek, your trip will finish with a well-earned stay at Purna Yoga Retreat, where you’ll unwind with a few days of relaxing yoga and meditation.
Purna Yoga Retreat is a safe, nurturing, and beautiful setting for anyone hoping to experience the benefits of regular yoga practice, combined with a healthy lifestyle. Purna means ‘complete,’ and yoga means ‘unity’ – and this is what Purna Yoga strives to achieve. A complete union of body, mind, and spirit, through a wide range of yoga and meditation practices.
If you’re looking for a truly authentic experience, and the chance to explore both Kathmandu city and the beautifully unspoiled nature of Nepal, this is just the journey for you.
- Tour Leader to guide the group throughout the trip
- Arrival transfer from Kathmandu Airport to Tibet Guest House
- 2 x nights accommodation at Tibet Guest House in Kathmandu on a twin-sharing basis
- Sightseeing in Boudhanath and Bhaktapur with English-speaking guide
- Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara by a tourist coach (7hr journey, lunch included)
- 1 x night accommodation on twin-sharing basis in Pokhara
- 6 x nights accommodation on twin-sharing basis in teahouses during the trek
- 3 x meals daily during the trek (teahouse menu) & some snacks
- Trekking permit & trekking area conservation fee – TIMS permit (trekking registration card)
- Experienced trekking guide & yoga teacher
- Porter to carry your backpack & food
- 2 days/3 nights programme at Purna Yoga Retreat on twin-sharing basis
- Airport transfer from Purna Yoga Retreat to Pokhara airport
- Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Flights to/from Nepal
- Travel insurance
- Main meals during your stay in Kathmandu
- Vaccinations and any necessary visa fees
- Beverages, including mineral water
- Tips for the trekking guide, yoga teacher and porters
- Personal travel equipment and medical supplies
- Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone charges)
- Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances (eg. flight cancellations, sickness etc.)
- Any other services and expenses not specifically mentioned in the programme.
29 Sep – Arrival in Kathmandu
You’ll be picked up at the airport, and transferred to the Tibet Guest House for an overnight stay.
30 Sep – Kathmandu
Today will be a fun-filled day of sightseeing at Bhaktapur and Boudhanath, followed by an overnight stay at the Tibet Guest house.
1 Oct – Kathmandu – Pokhara
Time for an early start, for the 7hr trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara by luxury tourist bus. After arrival, we’ll have a trek briefing, followed by a welcome dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
2 Oct – Pokhara – Pothana
After breakfast and a morning yoga session, we’ll drive to Phedi. From here, we’ll trek 3-4hrs to Pothana, at 1,950m. This is a steep climb through the jungle, passing local villages, and with a lunch stop in Dhampus – a Gurung village, with gorgeous mountain views. After lunch, there’ll be a gentle walk to Pothana, where we’ll stay overnight.
3 Oct – Day 5 – Pothana – Forest Camp
Today will see a steep uphill climb for most of the day, through thick jungle, and with beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If we’re lucky, we’ll catch sight of some of the incredible wildlife – including deer, monkeys, and birds. In the afternoon, we’ll reach Forest Camp, at a height of 2600m, and will stay overnight in a simple teahouse.
4 Oct – Forest Camp – Low Camp
Day 6 will be a relatively short, but steep climb through rhododendron and juniper forests. The upwards trail will ease off as we climb onto the ridge, before arriving at Low Camp (3100m). Tonight’s accommodation will be in one of the camp’s two simple, homely lodges.
5 Oct – Low Camp – High Camp
Today we’ll trek 4-5hrs to High Camp, at 3620m. The trail begins in the jungle, before leading out onto an open ridge with breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South. Once we reach High Camp, we’ll spend the night at a simple teahouse.
6 Oct – Exploration day at High Camp
Day 8 will start early, with a wake-up call to make sure you get to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over the majestic Himalayas. After breakfast, we’ll begin the climb to Mardi Himal Base Camp – at a staggering 4450m. The trek today will be challenging, filled with narrow and rocky trails, but the views across sacred Machhapuchhre will be more than worth the walk. After a packed lunch, we’ll make our way back to High Camp for the night.
7 Oct – High Camp – Siding
On the way back down from High Camp, we’ll take a different route – trekking 5-6hrs, and passing through Siding Village at 1280m. Siding is a traditional village, and a wonderful, off-the-beaten-track cultural experience not to be missed. We’ll stay here the night in a homestay, or teahouse.
8 Oct – Siding – Naya Pull – Pokhara
Today we’ll trek to Nayapul, and then drive back to Pokhara to begin our stay at Purna Yoga Retreat.
9 Oct – Purna Yoga Retreat
For the next few days, you’ll soothe your trekked-out muscles with a relaxing daily routine. All the activities at the Purna Yoga Retreat are optional, so you’ll be able to create your own schedule – filling your days with your choice of meditation, cleansing ceremonies, yoga, wellness activities, chanting and more.
11 Oct – Kathmandu
After breakfast, you’ll check out of Purna Yoga Retreat, and be transferred to Pokhara’s domestic airport for a quick 25min flight to Kathmandu, where you’ll end your trip.
Lakeside or lake view, experience the Jewel of the Himalaya.
All yoga treks in the Annapurna region leave from beautiful Pokhara, which is where you’ll stay for the first and the last night of your trip - either at a comfortable Lakeside hotel, or in a guest house next to the Purna Yoga Retreat centre. All accommodation is on a twin-share basis.
YOGA TREK ACCOMMODATION
Bring a whole new meaning to ‘room with a view.’
Each night of the Mardi Himal trek you’ll stay at teahouses, or mountain lodges. Accommodation will be on a twin-share basis - but in the high season, when lodges are limited, rooms may need to be shared by more than two people. Some teahouses have hot showers available at an extra charge. The lodges are simple and basic, with minimal facilities. But what they lack in luxury, they more than make up for in location, with many offering spectacular views on a clear day.
PURNA YOGA ACCOMMODATION
Feel right at home, in a room with a million-dollar view.
At Purna Yoga retreat, a room with a view is more common than not, with almost all ten of their rooms overlooking the gorgeous lake and surrounding hills. The twin-bed, non-smoking rooms are basic, comfortably furnished, and feature unique hand-woven mandala art. Not that you’ll be spending much time inside, with the beautiful gardens, breathtaking scenery, and your daily retreat schedule to look forward to.
Enjoy your daily meals with a view of the Himalayas on the side.
The Mardi Himal trail is a culinary journey through the rich heritage of Nepali food. Breakfast and dinner will be at the lodge or teahouse, and lunch at local restaurants along the way. All the teahouses have a variety of food on offer – like rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and soup. Many even have western dishes on their menus.
Beverages and drinking water aren’t included in the yoga trek cost. Hot and cold drinks, as well as safe drinking water, can be bought at the teahouses. And if all the walking has you feeling especially hungry, snacks like chocolate bars and biscuits will also be available to buy.
Welcome to Pokhara, Nepal.
Known as the ‘Jewel of the Himalaya,’ Pokhara is where you’ll both begin and end your trekking journey. A scenic and tranquil place, Pokhara is the second-biggest city in Nepal – and a popular hub for yoga and meditation. From Pokhara, you’ll begin your trek through the Mardi Himal trail – one of Nepal’s lesser-known, more secluded trails, lined with rivers, forests, and terraces.
After the trek, you’ll finish your journey with a stay at Purna Yoga Retreat Centre – a retreat nestled into the hills in a quiet area just above Lakeside, in the northern part of Pokhara, with stunning views over Phewa Lake and the surrounding hills.
Zena Kavas - Tour Leader
Zena is a yoga teacher at Hot Yoga Wellington and her love for Nepal goes back a long way, having travelled there no less than six times. In her journeys to Nepal, Zena has completed a range of treks with the renowned Purna Yoga, trained science teachers through the Himalayan Trust, and worked and trekked in remote areas of Solukhumbu. Zena looks forward to guiding you, alongside Purna Yoga and Treks, on this latest Nepal adventure.
Purna Yoga & Treks provide life-changing experiences, with the environment in mind.
Purna Yoga & Treks feel a sense of responsibility for the environment they work in, and are committed to upholding the values of eco-tourism. They encourage guests to use refillable water bottles, follow a strict ‘no-littering’ policy, dispose of all rubbish appropriately, and choose teahouses that rely on solar heating and gas for cooking – to minimise the impact of deforestation on the region.
Caring for their staff is also a top priority for Purna Yoga & Treks. Team members and porters are given all the equipment, clothing, and insurance they need – and all yoga treks are operated according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection Group.
Purna Yoga & Treks has a strong commitment to increasing the wellbeing of their local communities; a commitment they’ve brought to life through the People Empowerment Project. Set up by Purna Yoga & Treks, and other local partners, the initiative supports young rural people in their education – providing work opportunities in tourism, hospitality, and yoga teaching.
Following the devastating April 2015 earthquake, Purna Yoga & Treks supplied aid to 8 affected villages in the Makwanpur & Dhading districts. They were able to provide more than 800 families with plastic tents, food, utensils, medicines and tin sheets for shelter. They also built 12 temporary homes for their porters’ families, and two temporary schools for 470 children – which are still in use today.
- A deposit of NZD $500.00 is required to reserve yoga trek
- The remaining balance is due 29 July 2019 (60 days prior to start of trek)
- If booking is made less than 60 days prior to start date, full payment is due immediately.
All cancellations must be made in writing to the Yoga Travel Co.
- Cancellations received outside of 60 days prior to start date of trek are subject to loss of deposit
- Cancellations received from 59 to 21 days prior to start date of trek are subject to 50% cancellation charges
- Cancellations received 21 days or less prior to start date of trek will incur 80% cancellation charges
- No refunds will be made if you voluntarily or involuntarily leave the trip after it has begun
- No refunds will be made for no-shows.
Check out what Purna Yoga & Treks guests are saying
"Purna Yoga & Treks were so helpful with everything that I needed assisting and they sure did an amazing job to give me the best and seamless trip to the beautiful location in the Annapurna region. I've learned so much from taking an 8 day trek and understanding the Hatha Yoga method. Deepest appreciation for all that they've done for me. Also a big thanks to Manahor and Prem with deepest warm and affection. Looking forward to my next trip to Nepal and booking with Purna Yoga & Treks. Katherine."KatiaMay 2019
"A very relaxing and exciting experience! The guide had a lot of knowledge about Yoga and was very humble. The trekking area is simply amazing, there is so much to see! If you are ever travelling to Nepal, you have to visit the Himalayas with Purna Yoga & Trek day tours!!"HugoApril 2019
"Mardi Himal is an amazing trek with a view on Machapuchere the fishtail mountain and the Annapurna chain. It filled my heart with sweet, sweet memories.FlorenceApril 2019
The Purna yoga trek team is like a family, there is little staff turnover, the longstanding connection and friendship between staff members make the experience very unique."
If you are a solo travelling lady, I highly recommend the experience.