Poon Hill, Mardi Himal Trek with Chitwan Tour

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Know before you go
  • Duration 13 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season Spring and Autumn
  • Trip Area Annapurna Region and Chitwan
  • Maximum Altitude 4,500m./14,760ft.

Highlights

  • Enjoy trekking in the lower Annapurna region
  • Trek through lush forests of rhododendron and picturesque villages throughout the trek
  • Get to see a gorgeous sunrise and breathtaking views of western Himalayan mountains from Poon Hill and Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Enjoy off-the-beaten trekking while approaching Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Meet with people from different communities while passing through remote mountain villages
  • Explore Dhampus and drive to Chitwan National Park
  • Do activities like jeep safari, canoeing, bird watching, etc in the national park
  • Visit the indigenous village of the Tharu community, where locals will welcome you with their vibrant traditional dress and famous stick dance

"Poon Hill, Mardi Himal & Dhampus Trek with Chitwan National Park Tour is the ultimate venture in Nepal that not only leads you to the three very famous trekking points in the Annapurna Himalayas but also lets you explore the wilderness of Chitwan National Park." 

Anyone can embark on this adventurous journey with us if they have good health and can walk 5 to 6 hours a day. We do not need any previous trekking experience as the Poon Hill (3,210 m/10,530 ft), Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m/14,763 ft) & Dhampus (1,650 m/5,413 ft) Trek with Chitwan National Park Tour is prepared, combining two easy trekking routes and one moderate trekking route.

We also say this trek Lower Annapurna Trek because you will be exploring the lower parts of the Annapurna region. The trek includes our favorite Poon Hill Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, and Dhampus trek in the first half of the venture. The second half trip takes you to the plains of Terai, Chitwan, where you will get to see exotic wildlife, flora, and visit an indigenous village. Usually, travelers love to extend their trekking trip to this national park that allows them to relax and enjoy a low pace jungle activities. 

Poon Hill is the famous viewpoint in the lower Annapurna region and is known for a quick trek with fantastic views of mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Tukuche, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Hiunchuli, etc. The trail ascends through picturesque villages like Ulleri and Ghorepani to Poon Hill.

Mardi Himal Base Camp trekking route is on an off-the-beaten side. The trekking route is rugged, steep, and mostly goes through dense forests. The trails offer breathtaking landscapes and mountain panoramas. You will join the route to Mardi Himal from Landruk onwards. And the last section in the trekking part is the gorgeous Dhampus village, where our trek ends. 

During the Chitwan National Park tour, you will get to see the cultural stick dance and traditional dress of indigenous Tharu people on the evening of your arrival in a nearby village. The next day, we have lots of activities for you in the national park that includes a jeep safari, jungle walk, bathing with elephants, canoeing, and bird watching.

You can book Poon Hill, Mardi Himal & Dhampus Trek with Chitwan National Park Tour anytime with us for 2022/2023. Likewise, check out our other easy trekking packages in the Annapurna region and Langtang region.

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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Meet our representative at the Kathmandu airport. He will drive you to the hotel and brief you about the day program. In the evening, you will meet with other team members over a welcome dinner and get to know your guide.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner
  • 1400m.|4592ft.

Duration: 25 minutes flight & 3-4 hours trek

Kathmandu Pokhara flight is short and offers aerial views of both cities along with beautiful mountains and green hills. From Pokhara, you will drive to Hile in a private vehicle. The trek begins from here. The route ascends through dense forests of rhododendron to Ulleri.

 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 1970m.|6462ft.

Duration: 4-5 hours

From Ulleri, you will ascend through dense forest and reach Nanghethani (2,460m). Mountains like Fishtail, Hiunchuli, Annapurna, and many others are seen along the way. Further, you will trek for one more hour through the rhododendron forest to Ghorepani village.

 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 2874m.|9427ft.

Duration: 5-6 hours

Wake up early and hike to Poon Hill, following a well-made trekking route. Poon Hill is a famous viewpoint in the lower Annapurna region if you wish to see a gorgeous sunrise and mountain all around you. Snow-capped peaks like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, Tukuche, etc are visible from this place. 

Later, descend to Ghorepani and begin trekking towards Tadapani after having breakfast. Walking through the lush forest, you will reach Banthanti (2,606 m). The trail then gradually ascends to Tadapani, following a steep forested path.

 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3210m.|10529ft.

Duration: 6-7 hours

The day begins early, and you will start trekking following green woods. Walk by small settlement areas and reach Ghandruk village. It is a beautiful village and home to legendary Gurkhas. From here, continue descending towards Landurk village for the night stay.

 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 1700m.|5610ft.

Duration: 5-6 hours

From today onwards, you will join the Mardi Himal trekking route. The route gets a little off-beat and offers a stunning mountain panorama along the way. Most part of the route ascends through dense forests.

 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3210m.|11528ft.

Duration: 5-6 hours

It is going to be a fabulous walk today. Western Himalayan mountains like Tare Kang, Annapurna South, Hiunculi, Gangapura, and many others decorate the route with their mighty presence. You will be trekking along the Mardi Himal ridge above the tree line. Further, follow grassy slopes and reach High Camp.

 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3600m.|11810ft.

Duration: 8 hours

Today, you are going to see a gorgeous sunrise from Mardi Himal Base Camp. Firstly, steeply ascend along the ridge to the base camp of Mardi Himal. The trail then goes through grassy slopes and crosses a couple of steep sections.

You may come across dzokpo (a crossbreed of cow and yak) while walking. Likewise, animals, such as goats and sheep are also seen grazing in the surrounding area. Upon reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp, you get to see sensational landscapes and mountain panorama. After spending some time here, you will trek back to Low Camp following the same path.

 

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 4500m.|14760ft.

Duration: 55 minutes

Today, the trail leads you to the lovely Dhampus village. From here, you get to see fantastic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna range, and Fishtail. You will then drive to Pokhara. Spend the evening strolling on the bustling Lakeside Market.

 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 800m.|2624ft.

Duration: 4-5 hours

From Pokhara, we will drive to Chitwan National Park. The drive will be smooth and offers superb views of rolling lush green hills, terraced fields, waterfalls, and rivers. Upon reaching Chitwan, we will move to our hotel and unpack. Later in the evening, you will visit the indigenous Tharu village. The locals will welcome you with their traditional stick dance, intriguing costume, and delicious food.

 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Wake up early and go canoeing. You will then go on bird watching and jeep safari. If you are lucky, you may get to see a royal Bengal tiger, black bear, and other animals like one-horned rhino, deer, peacock, etc during the safari. Later, you will be visiting the elephant breeding center and bath with elephants if you wish.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Duration: 5-6 hours

Chitwan to Kathmandu drive is long and scenic. The drive offers stunning landscapes and views of green hills, rivers, & waterfalls. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will move you to the hotel. In the evening, explore the vibrant streets of Thamel and enjoy a farewell dinner organized by the company.

 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, lunch & farewell dinner

You leave Kathmandu today and fly back to your home. Our airport team will assist you in check-out and drop you at the international airport terminal.

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    What's Included

    • Airport transfer services arrival/departure and local flight schedule
    • Standard hotel in KATHMANDU twin sharing basis including breakfast 
    • Two-night luxury 3-star hotel Chitwan National park with jungle activities, elephant safari, cannoning, Tharu village visit, etc.. twin sharing basis including breakfast.
    • One-night luxury 3-star hotel lakeside Pokhara
    • Accommodations during the treks twin sharing basis 
    • Standard 3 meals while on the treks breakfast, lunch, dinners, and cup of tea or coffee with meals
    • 15 years Experiences English speaking government Licensed trekking guide and 1 porter between 2 trekkers
    • Guide and porter salary, food, equipment, and insurances including on trip cost
    • All applicable National park fees when you are Chitwan national park, ACP, TIMS, and Local permits
    • Flight tickets from Kathmandu- to Pokhara
    • Pokhara to Chitwan then Chitwan to Kathmandu private vehicle service.
    • Sleeping bag down jacket if needed (It’s refundable)
    • Nepal Nirvana Trails Duffel Bag, T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purifications drop Complimentary/free
    • First aid kit with Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate( Very useful to check Altitude sickness symptoms)
    • Farewell Dinner in a fine Restaurant
    • Official expensive and government tax/vat.

    What's Excluded

    • International flight tickets
    • Nepal entry visa
    • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations
    • During trekking time personal expensive snacks, drink Beer coke, juice, water, WI-FI, etc.
    • Lunch and dinner Kathmandu
    • Tips for treks guide, porter and driver(it is expected)

    Client Reviews

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      Gabriele GentileItalyNovember 06, 2022

      Mardi Himal Trek - ottobre 2022

      Ho visitato per la prima volta il Nepal assieme ad un gruppo di Italiani, partecipando ad un trekking sul Mardi Himal. Kul (proprietario dell'agenzia) è sempre disponibile a rispondere ed aiutare i viaggiatori, anche a distanza. Bhairas e Uttar sono state delle guide amichevoli e pronte a fare fronte agli imprevisti ed a soddisfare i fuori programma (da buoni Dolomitici ci piace arrivare in cima ai monti). Consiglio ad un occidentale almeno una guida nepalese, in primis per evitare troppe sorprese (capirete quando sarete in Nepal), in secondo luogo per apprendere più a fondo la loro cultura ed il loro approccio alla vita quotidiana. Super!

      Dear Gabriele, Namaste!
      Thank you for your kind words. We’re grateful for your feedback and glad to hear that you enjoyed the trek with our guides, Bhairas, and Uttar. We look forward to the next time to serve you again.
      Best Regards,
      Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.

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