Experience one of the most magical, beautiful, peaceful yet exhilarating places in all of Asia. This is a spiritual journey for those that are seeking to visit Nepal and immerse themselves in the spirituality that is offered not only in the living traditions but also in spirit of the land. Hinduism and Buddhism converge here, and is full of awe-inspiring monuments to the sacred. Join Natalie for a journey of the heart and mind as we explore the living pilgrimage sites of Kathmandu and beyond.
If you love yoga and you love adventure, this transformative divine journey will be the experience of a lifetime!
Early Bird ends May 28, 2018 and prices will increase $250
Twin Share $1950
After May 28,, 2018
Twin Share $2200
The Mardi Himal trek is a relatively new route located in the Annapurna region. It "officially" opened in 2012 and has yet to command large crowds like other treks in the region. A richly diverse trek it takes you through beautiful forested areas though to rocky mountain terrain and several base camps which may have snow depending on the time
This Trek The Mardi Himal Trek is an ideal choice for those of us who are looking for an ‘off the beaten path’ trekking experience in the quieter parts of the Annapurna region of Nepal. While trekking on this route, leading up to Mardi Himal base camp and finally the high camp, we get to appreciate the solitary trails complete with verdant forests, interesting villages, valleys, terraced farms, dazzling rivers and the extraordinary views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Hiunchuli mountains.
Mardi Himal trek is a short trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal where we stay in teahouses (lodges), try local food, appreciate the excellent hill and mountain landscape; and marvel at the panoramic views of the massive Himalayan mountains including Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Hiunchuli and Mardi Himal.
Most of the trek is a loop. From the base camp to Low camp (1 camp) is backtracking but after it'll be different.
The route is quite mixed towards to base camp. Ridge, steep portions both down and uphill to the View point.
* Visit Kathmandu's most sacred temples including The Pashupatinath Temple (Nepali: पशुपतिनाथ मन्दिर)the most famous and sacred Hindu temple complex in Nepal. Experience a private puja (ceremony) by the Temple Pujari (priest).
* Stay at monasteries including Namo Buddha, one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal.
* Our Mardi Himal adventure starts from the Himalayan capital Kathmandu with scenic overland drive to reach famed and popular touristic spot at Pokhara, blessed with natural beauty where Annapurna mountains reflects on its serene Phewa and Begnas lakes. The High Altitude Trek offers the most awesome panorama of mountains and marvelous landscapes. Our adventure begins walking along the high ridges of Annapurna area hills past traditional Gurung people farm villages of Buddhist culture and then entering into pristine woodland where in spring and summer this whole area turns into a natural garden when wild flowers are in full bloom. The trail crosses cool rivers, lush green valleys, terrace farms and warm, pristine Juniper and Rhododendron forests, hospitable villages to reach the Mardi Himal Base camp at 4500 m (14,500FT).
* Experience one of the gateways to trekking in the Himalayas, Pokhara. It will overwhelm you with one of the greatest photo spots in the world. While you walk along the shores of the Phewa lake you will be surrounded by a panoramical view over the Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna. We will also visit (Peace) Shanti Stupa balanced on a narrow ridge high above Phewa Lake, the brilliant-white Peace Pagoda of Pokhara offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Lake Phewa. Pilgrims climb the hill using paths from the different parts of the city or take a boat across the lake and begin their climb at the shore.
* Nepal homestay with a local family: Experience Nepalese village life first-hand and chance to experience living with a Nepalese family. Learn the depth of their rich culture, food, and heritage with an amazing experience of local village lifestyle. Very rarely are we given the opportunity to experience local living, and when you are given the chance, you feel honoured and grateful. It takes a lot of trust for a community to let tourists in, but there’s another level of selflessness required to invite groups onto your property and into your home.
We've capped the enrollment to 16 maximum due to the high altitude trek and also to keep the intimacy of the experience.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to hold your space and is due at the time of registration.
Full balance must be paid 60 days prior to event start date.
Cancellations must be sent in email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
60 days or more prior to the event: your entire payment will be refunded less $500 non-refundable deposit.
If retreat is full, waitlist will be available.
Retreat starts Oct 19 with a welcome dinner. Check in to the hotel anytime that day to get settled. If you have a late night arrival, you may have to arrive Oct 18.
Retreat ends after breakfast on Nov 1.
Flights: There are myriad of different ways to look for flight. I like to use www.skyscanner.com
Money: I usually just bring my ATM card for cash and use as needed when I am in Kathmandu.
Bring USD with you on the plane as you will need for your Visa.
You are welcome to bring Travelers Cheques... but I have not used them in a very long time.
ATMs are fine in Kathmandu, Pokhara and major cities but it doesn't hurt to inform your banks before coming to Nepal (sometimes banks might block your card).
Money Exchange Available:
• in Thamel
• Or Nirajan can help us with a better rate. The rates aren't as good at the airport
Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements (US Passport Holders)
Requirements for Entry:
Passport must have six months or more validity remaining at the time of entry
Visa appropriate for purpose of travel
Online application: https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa
Either apply for a visa at a Nepalese embassy or consulate before traveling, or purchase a tourist visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu) or at the following land border points of entry:
You may request:
15-day multiple-entry tourist visa ($25 USD)
1-month multiple-entry tourist visa ($40 USD)
3-month multiple-entry tourist visa ($100 USD)
4 passport photos
Bring Cash for Visa Fee
Visa fees are payable in USD. Money-changing and ATM services are available at the airport, but credit card payment is not a reliable option. Tourists may stay no more than 150 days in any given calendar year.
Yoga - Please bring leggings or very loose trousers with stretch so most of our legs will be covered.
Scarf - I always have one with me in case I need to cover my shoulders.
Evacuation + Medical Insurance ~ Here are some options:
1. Global Rescue www.globalrescue.com
Global Rescue Memberships start at $119. If you have any additional questions they can be reached anytime by email email@example.com or at +1 (617) 459-4200, or via our website,
$240 Individual - 1 month
Daytime Temperatures Range 68F - 77F
Lows are about 33F - 42F
Last time I did a trek I brought lots of layers. Can chat with you more about what I'm bringing!
You will receive a more extensive list in the Program Guide. Some suggestions are yoga mat, layers for all weather, reusable water bottle, hiking shoes.
Whatever you need for the trek, you will be able to get in Kathmandu. They have lots of street vendors who sell everything.