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Mardi Himal |13 Days

Trip Highlights

Mardi Himal is the most southerly mountain of the Annapurna range and the lowest and perhaps least-climbed or visited of all trekking peaks in Nepal.

Trip Overview

Rising above the Annapurna Sanctuary and less than 20kms from Pokhara, Mardi Himal is the most southerly mountain of the Annapurna range and the lowest and perhaps least-climbed or visited of all trekking peaks in Nepal.

The mountain is a continuation of the south-west ridge of Machhapuchhare, from which it is separated by a col. The first ascent was made in 1961 by Colonel Jimmy Roberts who, together with two Sherpas, reached the summit via the eastern flank. This line of ascent remains the only recorded route to date.

Mardi Himal is best seen from the south. The southwest face of the mountain has three well-defined ridges rising from rock buttresses and separated by hanging glaciers. Its east face is separated from the Machhapuchhare ridge by a col at 5,200m. The normal climbing route to the summit of Mardi Himal passes through this col from a glaciated amphitheatre that rises above a hidden plateau. The summit offers spectacular views of the Annapurna Range and sacred Machhapuchhare, commonly known as ‘Fishtail’.

Although lower than other trekking peaks, Mardi Himal does require a reasonable standard of climbing ability and would appeal to those interested in small-scale exploratory mountaineering expeditions.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03 Fly to Pokhara; trek to Mardi Pul (1,050m)

Day 04 Trek to Odane Hill (2,513m)

Day 05 Trek to Kumai (3,245m)

Day 06 Trek to Khorchon (3,682m)

Day 07 Trek to Base Camp (4,120m)

Day 08 Climb to summit of Mardi Himal (5,587m);return to BC

Day 09 Trek to Kumai (3,245m)

Day 10 Trek to Ghachok (1,067m)

Day 11 Trek to Pokhara

Day 12 Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 13 Depart Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03 Fly to Pokhara; trek to Mardi Pul (1,050m)

Day 04 Trek to Odane Hill (2,513m)

Day 05 Trek to Kumai (3,245m)

Day 06 Trek to Khorchon (3,682m)

Day 07 Trek to Base Camp (4,120m)

Day 08 Climb to summit of Mardi Himal (5,587m);return to BC

Day 09 Trek to Kumai (3,245m)

Day 10 Trek to Ghachok (1,067m)

Day 11 Trek to Pokhara

Day 12 Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 13 Depart Kathmandu

Equipment List

Footwear:

  1. Plastic mountaineering boots (B2 boots)
  2. Water repellent boots with ankle support for walking
  3. A pair of Gaiters.
  4. Socks
  5. Trainers which can be used in teahouses & camps

Clothing:

  • Waterproof (trousers & jacket)
  • Trousers for trekking (Waterproof)
  • Long sleeve shirts/T-shirts (preferably non cotton)
  • Micro, Mid to heavyweight fleece & Fleece pants
  • Body warmer fleece
  • Thermals (top & bottom)
  • Down jacket

Climbing equipment:

  • Harness with 1m sling,
  • Screw gate carabiners
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Jumar
  • Mountaineering helmet

Head & Hand Gear:

  • Hat (Woolen or fleece)
  • Sun hat
  • Bandana
  • Head-torch with extra btteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Mountaineering sunglasses
  • Fleece gloves.
  • Woolen gloves

Personal Equipment:

  • Duffle bag (to be carried by porter)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat. We also provide everyone mats. Your extra mat will be helpful at the Base Camp
  • Backpack to carry water bottles, camera, lunch packs and personal clothing
  • Pee bottle
  • Sunscreen & Insect repellent
  • Water purification tablets
  • Snacks, books, MP3 players, cards etc
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Insurance certificate
  • Hand sanitizer & wipes
  • Toiletries

Personal first aid kit:

  • Any personal medications.
  • Electrolytes
  • Analgesics & throat lozenges
  • Diamox (helps with acclimatization)

Cost Included

  • Arrival & departure transfers by private vehicle
  • Twin share room (3 nights) with breakfast in a 3 star hotel
  •     Hotels can be arranged as per client’s choice which might incur extra cost
  • Domestic airplane flights strictly as per itinerary
  • Surface transportation
  • Fully organized camping
  • Tea House/tented accommodation during climb with meals (breakfast. Lunch & dinner) during trek
  • Necessary permits and fees, tents, English speaking guide, porters and cook
  • Necessary trekking and climbing gears
  •     1 climbing Sherpa for 2 climbing members
  • A dedicated Sherpa for each climber can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • Gamow Bag
  • Medical oxygen/Medical kit for staffs
  • Insurance of crew and climbing staffs as per the rules of Nepal Government
  • Staff salary, climbing bonus, performance bonus etc.
  • Staffs and equipment transfer

Cost not Include

  • International flights
  • Visa Fees
  • All type of insurance for clients (climbing members)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and other cities
  • Beverages and snacks during trek
  • Personal climbing gears and clothing (available on hire)
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Emergency rescue evacuation
  • Cargo/custom clearance fees
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, bar bills, hot showers, laundry etc.
  • All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Includes’.

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  • Trip Duration: 13 Days
  • Trip Grading: Fairly challenging
  • Max Altitude: 6,441m
  • Best Time: March to May; September to November
  • Trip Mode: Teahouse/Camping
  • Group Size: 2-10 People
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