Duration: 15 Days
Starts In: Kathmandu
Ends In: Kathmandu
Maximum altitude: 6,441 m
Grade: Strenuous, PD
Trekking Type: Teahouse/Camping
Best Season: March to May; September to November
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
Accommodation: Hotel, Camping
Transportation: Flights, private car or tourist bus
Group Size: 12 pax Maximum
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.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara(Overnight)
Day 04: Drive to Phedi and then start trek to Pothana
Day 05: Pathana -trek to Jungle camp
Day 06: Forest camp - trek Bhaisi Kharka
Day 07: Bhaisi Kharka - Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp
Day 08: Base camp - Climb to high camp
Day 09: Summit Mardi Himal & back to base camp
Day 10: Base camp - trek back to Jungle camp
Day 11: Jungle camp - trek to Siding village
Day 12: Siding village - trek to Mardi Khola Bridge
Day 13: Mardi Khola Bridge - trek to Hyanja & drive to Pokhara
Day 14:Fly to kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 15: International Departure
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries
Multiple entry 15 days – US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days – US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days – US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu
The visa extension fee for 15 days or less is USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency
The visa extension fee for more than 15 days is USD 2 per day
Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January to December)