As a yoga teacher and also a professional working in Nepali tourism sector, I get opportunities to work with yogis from around the world. I travel around Nepal and I also get to trek to the magnificence of mountains as a yoga teacher/leader. Every time I do it, I love and enjoy it as if it’s my very first time.
Leading yogis on Mardi Himal Yoga Trek is definitely an awesome experience that I recently had. I was leading an awesome French group on the six days Mardi Himal Yoga Trek as their yoga teacher. As I met them on the first day, I could see the excitement on them, of going to the mountains and doing yoga there. They were as excited as any other traveller to the mountains. The truth is that Nepalese mountain magnificence is ever and equally exciting to the first timers and repeat visitors. So the excitement of the group was my fuel to go for an awesome trip in the mountains.
The next day, when we started the trek, it was an uphill trail steps through beautiful lush forest only to emerge at a beautiful village for a cultural walking experience. We were expecting some spectacular Himalayan views from Dhampus but the mountains chose to hide behind clouds. So, not much luck for the mountains. But the walk through villages with green surroundings and lush forest was definitely the day maker.
We reached a beautiful place called Pitam Deurali to spend our overnight. Pitam Deurali again could have provided us a magnificent view but a little bad weather kept us from it. We were having a lovely yoga session on the rooftop of the teahouse we were staying in and lo, it started raining to make us rush down leaving our practice incomplete! What a great timing!
It rained throughout the night and gave us a hope for a clear weather next morning. But all in vain, except a brief glimpse of Annapurna South and it was cloudy again. We did our yoga on the verandah as the rooftop was all wet.
Our walk for the day was all through lush forest of rhododendron, schima wallichi and several other trees. The destination for the day was Rest Camp where we enjoyed another session of verandah yoga in the evening. Post dinner time at the dining hall of the tea house was purely musical. Singing, dancing and laughing joined by another group too was good enough to prepare us to sleep at the elevation of 2,600 meters above sea level.
Next morning was a spectacular one as Mt. Fishtail and Mardi Himal were standing tall right in front of us. Our morning yoga session was all on feet. We did not use our yoga mat. Instead, to enjoy the view, we did some standing yoga postures after good subtle and dynamic warm up stretching. And we headed towards Badal Danda for overnight stay. But along the way, when we reached Low Camp, the group started discussing on the possibility of trekking to High Camp instead of staying at Badal Danda. After a discussion for a while about the possibility of skipping Badal Danda camp, we finally decided to trek to the High Camp to stay overnight.
We made a contact at a tea house at High Camp to ask if rooms are available for the day and the owner said he would try to manage but we still had suspicion about our accommodation arrangements at the High Camp. Anyway, we were trekking to High Camp to stay overnight. Thankfully, when we reached the High Camp, they had two rooms for the guests and we had to adjust in the dining hall. That was perfectly fine for us as our guests got rooms to sleep but when the owner told us that he had to request a group of Nepalese, who were already staying in those rooms, to move to the dining hall, we were sad. But it was such a nice group of Nepalese youngsters that they agreed to move to the dining hall to accommodate our guests. We could not have been more thankful to them.
Next morning was early morning to hike to the Mardi Himal base camp. We started the adventure at 04:30 in the morning with flash lights and marched ahead towards the Base camp aiming the sunrise from the View Point. As we traversed narrow trail up the grassy hill, the dawn slowly started breaking and the Mt. Fishtail ridge was visible. We could see colorful sky over the mountain ridge as the sign of sun hues breaking the darkness. Almost half way through to the View Point, we were suddenly exposed to the majestic view of Annapurna South, Annapurna I and Hiunchuli that kept accompanying us throughout. We reached the view point just a few minutes after the sun came into full exposure.
It was such an overwhelming moment to be at the View Point to enjoy breathtaking views of the snowcapped mountains. After a wonderful time at the View Point, another spectacular part was to hike to the Mardi Himal Base Camp to be at the elevation of 4,500 meters above sea level.
Simply the stunning point to be on earth, Mardi Himal Base Camp boasts a fascinating view of gigantic mountains and an unforgettable experience. We enjoyed the moment of being there to the fullest before heading back down to High Camp and further down to Low Camp for overnight stay. We had another reinvigorating yoga session at Low Camp on the foggy afternoon.
Early morning view the next day was yet another spectacular one of the Mt. Fishtail with sunrise. And of course, we did refreshing morning yoga session. It was our last day of the trekking part and we traversed the downhill trail through forest to Sidding to have our lunch.
Later, an adventurous four wheel drive was awaiting us. The jeep ride back to Pokhara was probably the most adventurous part of the journey. As the jeep would wheeze past the narrow jeep track, we could feel all the bumps but the view of the surroundings made it easier for us to divert our attention from the bump and the adventure. We could see beautiful waterfalls, villages, village life and greenery around. Eventually we reached Pokhara to bring the trekking part to an end.
Mardi Himal Yoga Trek | My Yoga Adventure in the Himalaya this time was an experience with foggy forest walk and an overwhelming final, highlight day view on the hike to the base camp. The slight disappointment due to bad weather for the first few days was all gone on the Base Camp hiking day when the mountains were all in their full exposure in front of us. It was such memorable trip to cherish.
Picture Credit: Marie Rouch, France
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