Why Mardi Himal? Nepal’s Hottest New Trek.
Todd Forney, Sailor,Climber, Logistics Planner
22 March 2018
If you are in search of a trek in Nepal that takes a little less time, that is quite unique from the rest and is doable for the whole family, Janet Belarmino got the trek for you.
Why and what makes Janet’s trip differrent, you might ask? Well, plain and simple. She and her team provide an exclusive client to guide ratio of 1:4, and a client to porter ratio of 2:3. Meaning true expedition conditions by incorporating basecamps, staying overnight in tents, allowing one to spend more time in contact with both nature and the local people. The last night is dashed wih a little luxury of hot showers and a feast in the teahouse before departing back to Phokara. This hidden gem is situated just East of Annapurna Base Camp  which leads you to the base of Mardi Himal and the stunning Machapuchhre (Fishtail). 
Mardi Himal at the elevation of 5,587 m.
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.
“Moved by the imposing landscape and touched by the kindness and generosity of its inhabitants, like countless others you will long to return to this magical place before you’ve even left.”
Mardi Himal is the lowest and perhaps the least visited of the trekking peaks in 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.
Spend more time in contact with both nature and the local people. .
Another benefit about this trekking route is that the trail makes a small circuit up to the base camp of Mardi Himal so that we don’t have to backtrack over the same terrain.
In conclusion, Mardi Himal trek is a short trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal where we stay in basecamp and a teahouse (lodge) on the last night of your trek where you will experience local food, appreciate the excellent hills and mountain landscapes and marvel at the panoramic views of the massive Himalayan mountains including Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Hiunchuli and Mardi Himal. Sign up now and join us on one of the best trekking experiences in Nepal!
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About Janet Belarmino Forney and Belarmino Ventures

On May 16th 2007, Janet became one of the 3 women (with Noelle Wenceslao and Carina Dayondon) to be the First Women in the world to traverse Mt. Everest- climbing from Chinese ABC camp to the summit of Everest and back down to Nepal- a record still unbroken. She is the youngest mother to summit Everest, standing on top of the world 5 months after giving birth. She is also one of the first Filipinas to summit Mt. Everest and one of the first 3 Filipinas to become the first Southeast Asian women to summit Mt. Everest.

After climbing Mt. Everest, Janet took on the epic and historical sailing Voyage of the Balangay in 2010, where she and her teammates made a replica of the ancient boat Balangay carbon dated 320A.D and sailed it around South East Asia.

In 2012, Janet sailed with her husband Todd Forney and son Himalaya on their 32 ft Tahiti Ketch from Langkawi Malaysia, down the Malacca, around Singapore, across the North coast of Borneo and up the West Coast of Palawan. The same year, Janet and Todd started BELARMINO VENTURES which provide expeditions in Northern Palawan and high altitude mountaineering expeditions worldwide. She is also a motivational speaker from the world of adventure, exploration and endurance, Janet has pushed herself to the edge. August 2017. The unexpected tragedy and untimely death of Janet’s daughter recently led her and her family on the hardest expedition they have ever experienced. An expedition she never signed up for.  A 30 day trek to the valley of memories where she and her husband built a memorial for their daughter, Amihan, at 5000mtrs asl – turning tragedy into transformation, loss into legacy.  She is someone who has taken on some of the hardest and most treacherous journeys on the planet. In short, she is precisely the kind of person to inspire others to achieve great things.


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