Mardi Himal Peak Climbing is an extra stimulation and adventure for trekkers. The name is given to the feature and it is situated southwest of the lower slope of Mt. Machhapuchhare, which can be seen from Phewa Lake Pokhara in a triangular shape. As we shall soon see from a closer and more westerly vantage point, the mountain hold wins peak - thus its name, Machhapuchhare, which is English, means "Fishtail". Machhapuchhare is the most southerly high point of the Annapurna Massif in the Annapurna Region, the awesomely majestic grouping of mountains in the central Himalayas that includes 5 of the 12 highest mountains in the world – all at the close very close quarters to our route.
Mardi Himal is the name given to the feature of the long rising ridge and its summit from the southwesterly lower slope of Mount Machhapuchhare, the famous triangular skyline that is seen from the Phewa Lake at Pokhara. Eight-Day hiking through the forest and on above the tree line and on up to from our high altitude camp at 4,100 m. from where there are the most amazing close-quarter views of all. Now descending first through the forest, a different route takes us steeply down to the upper Mardi Khola, the torrent that has been the ice and the snow of the Mardi Himal. Although remote and still away from all the much-used trekking routes, our expedition now takes on the moods of the warm valleys and the friendly villages. Here, as we make our way along the bank of the Mardi Khola from the hillside village of Siding, down through the lovely fields, past the simple farms, and over the "interesting" bridges, there is no doubt this indeed the idyllic Nepali countryside. When we descend through the forest we find a different route down to the upper Mardi Khola.
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with the Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check-in, if time allows, you will visit the MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
Normally, you need to be trained for rock climbing a day course before starting your trek, so you will be taken to a natural rock climbing spot Balaju which is a 3 Km drive from Thamel. We will offer excellent opportunities to learn how to use climbing pieces of equipment like; rope, harness, Ice ax, and crampons while maintaining your physical fitness. Alternatively, we will start a half-day sightseeing tour with our professional tour guide to the several of most historical and spiritual Places in Kathmandu. Some of these places are considered World Heritage historic Sites such as Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath), and the Buddhist shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After coming back from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek guide and other team members. Mountain Guide Trek will brief you regarding your trek as well as we may have an opportunity to discuss any difficulties regarding our upcoming adventure. The rest of the time you could use it for traveling around the Thamel and shopping for needed equipment and other necessities. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
Start your travel early at 7:00 am, we will arrange a ticket in a tourist coach at the riverside seat to enjoy the scenery; the road follows the Trisuli River where you see many people rafting on the river. Around a 6/7 hours (200km) drive, we reach Pokhara (a city of Lake, literally); or 30 min. fly to Pokhara as per departure time. A city that offers us a magnificent view of various mountains namely Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchre, and another mountain of the Annapurna range. You have a good chance to do some last-minute shopping and self-exploration around the town (walk around a few lakes, boating, etc). (Overnight in Pokhara at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
After breakfast leaving the Mardi Pul, the trail then follows the east bank of the Mardi upstream before turning right up the hill to the Gurung village of Riban (1676m). You move ahead along the route which now becomes much steeper as it climbs uphill from the village, past a Chautara, shortly after which the trail divides. You take the right-hand fork which leads past some cow sheds. Until now the trail has been steep, it further becomes even steeper. You climb through a bamboo forest towards a massive slab of grey rock. The path bears round to the left onto the rhododendron-covered ridge. Despite the steepness of the route, the ridge line path offers ever-increasing views of the surrounding country. The path passes through a small clearing, Lalghar Kharka, and continues along a faint track to another clearing marking a high point on the ridge, which is Odane Hill. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
The route continues along the ridge line, but you need to be careful of false trails that can lead you astray. On this day you are rewarded for the previous day's hard work with cool mountain air and a stunning panorama, with Machhapuchare (6997m) straight ahead. To the west is the Annapurna I(8091m), towering above Annapurna South (7219m) and Himchuli (6441m), the western bastion guarding the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary. To the east are views of the granite mass of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna IV (7525m), and Lamjung Himal (6886m). Given that the distant summit snows of Dhaulagiri (8167m) can also be seen, three of the world's highest mountains are on view along this trek. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Leaving Kumai, you continue climbing steeply along the ridge line to grazing pastures called Khorchon. This day is a relatively short, although once again, steep trek. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
The trail now leads steeply across a ridge line to a hidden plateau beneath the south face of Mardi Himal and the South-West Ridge of Machhapuchhre; this is the 'Other Sanctuary', so-called by Jimmy Roberts. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
You ascend steeply towards the col between the East Face of Mardi Himal and the connecting ridge of Machhapuchhre. From camp, you reach a snow color leading to the col with a steep section of perhaps 45 degrees. At the cool further steep snow slopes lead to the summit of Mardi Himal (5555m). After enjoying your hard-earned climb, you then descend by the same route to the Base Camp. We practice around the glacier for the next day's climb and Guide will teach you some methods/techniques for climb and brief you on details. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
As instructed by your guide, if the weather is perfect then early about 2/3 AM we wake up and have breakfast then be ready to leave to achieve our dream on the top of the summit (5587m). This climb is of little technical difficulty, where route finding and effort are the major problems. Late in the day, this might present avalanche danger under fresh snow conditions. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
On this day we must be kept for a reserve day for unforeseen condition as weather problems or weaknesses then you can take this day as your reserve day. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Leaving the Base camp, you descend through the high-grazing country called Khorchon and follow the same trails back to Kumai. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
On this day, you descend from Kumai which is relatively hard for weary knees, as much of the altitude gained is lost on the return to the valley. Descending on the ascent route you reach Odane Hill. Just before the high point a small track goes left down the east flank of the ridge, dropping steeply to grazing country and a good lunch spot at Hile. Later, the trail further descends more steeply to the prosperous farming village of Ghachok, in the valley of the Seti River. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
This day is the last part of your trek, as you continue along the direct route crossing the Seti to the east bank and following the main trail south. Descending the east bank of the Seti, you finally reach Pokhara in about 4-5 hrs you will be in Pokhara then you will have lunch. Finally, if you have time our guide will take you sightseeing in Pokhara valley and visit the highlights of Pokhara and the surrounding areas. The place to visit pilgrimage sites of the Hindu temple is Bindabashini, one most important and popular Hindu temples in Pokhara. Two-hour boating in Phewa Lake and visit the Barahi temple which is one on the island of Phewa Lake and another popular place David fall (Water fall), Ghupteshower cave, etc. (Overnight at a deluxe hotel on BB basis)
You could choose an afternoon flight to Kathmandu, till some hours before the flight; you may take an optional sightseeing tour around Pokhara or enjoy adventure activities such as boat riding, paragliding, etc. While returning to Kathmandu from Pokhara, be sure to catch the left side of the airplane for the best views of the Himalayas. Or if you would like to choose by bus, we will arrange a ticket in the tourist coach on the river side seat and start your journey at 7:30 am from Pokhara. Left sites seats of vehicles are nice to enjoy the scenery; the road follows the Trisuli River where you see many people rafting on the river. After 6/7 hours you will arrive at Kathmandu (beside Thamel) and transfer to your hotel. The day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last-minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. ! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration "Farewell dinner" at a traditional Nepalese restaurant together with Mountain Guide Trek staffs for successful completion of Mardi Himal Climbing! (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
Today is the last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying goodbye to the mountains as the journey in Nepal, comes to an end today, There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.
Note:- The cost includes and excludes section may give you a better idea of how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested travelers and the departure date we would get back to you with the actual cost of the trip.
If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.
The best time to climb Mardi peak is the Autumn and Spring season. These seasons have a very picture-perfect climate for Island peak climbing. The climate is steady with clear visibility of the views. This climbing is possible during the Winter and Monsoon time as well.
Guest house/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in a 2-bed room) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek and 2-night tented camp during the peak climbing, Hot Shower, and standard clean room with attached bathroom, Free Wi-Fi, Battery charge available on the trek
The main culture you can see and experience during your trek and climbing is Gurung, Tamang, and Magar.
Government-issued License holder Climbing Guide. Highly experienced guides with English-speaking skills. 1 guide for 6 travelers (can be more upon your request) and 1 porter for 2 trekkers who can carry up to 20kg (number of porters can be more upon your request) The guide can be available for the specified language.
Altitude sickness (also known as acute mountain sickness) is an unfavorable health condition that strikes our body when we are at a high altitude (above 2500m (about 1.55 mi)). If any symptoms are seen during the trek, firstly we will have a primary treatment to cure the sickness. First, we will walk down to a minimum of 150m (about 492.13 ft) from the location where the symptoms are seen, and walk down again if the symptoms are not improved. Make sure you are drinking enough water. Avoid Drinking Alcohol and Smoking. Eat light food that reaches in calories. Add Ginger and Garlic to your food. Travel to low altitude if it is possible If the victim is unable to walk down on his/her own, we can hire a horse, or we can request our porter to carry the person. Warm water and ginger juice are also served to cure sickness. If these treatments are unable to cure the patient, rescue can be done by helicopter.
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