Mardi Peak - 15 Days

Mardi Peak is located just east of one of the most legendary trekking destination of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Mardi peak is still an unseen gem. Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp outstandingly positioned at the base of Mardi Himal and the Annapurna region´s most iconic mount Machapuchhre literally meaning “Fishtail”. The trail goes along small winding paths, through enchanted rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 meters. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of  Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Talking about the history of Mardi Himal, Photographs of Mardi Himal taken in 1953 by Basil Goodfellow first drew the attention of western climbers, and the mountain received its first ascent in 1961. The first route was via the East Flank and is the only one used so far. As per the local information, the present trail of Mardi Himal was the only way to ABC (starting from Dhampus). It was very difficult and underdeveloped trail then. Some old locals remember Mardi trail as a necessary evil. It was their way to Pokhara market and up. But after the establishment of Baglung Highway, people started raveling through Nayapul and the trail was abandoned by trekkers. Later in the year 2012, the trail was re-established as a short trekking route up to the base camp and regained its popularity steadily.

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 Forest camp
Day 06 Forest camp – Trek to Mardi Himal High camp
Day 07 High Camp – Trek to Mardi Himal Base camp
Day 08 Rest Day at Base camp
Day 09 Summit Mardi Himal & back to Base camp
Day 10 Base camp – trek back to low camp
Day 11 Low 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

*Note: This Itinerary is based on general itinerary. So, you can customize it by your own taste.

What is 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

What is Excluded

  • 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’.

Better clothing and equipment helps a person to stay comfortable by creating a thin insulating layers of air next to the skin. If you are new to mountaineering better clothing and equipment are required for safety.It protects climber from overheating on hot days and prevents excessive sweating which might lead to severe dehydration.

Clothing Fabric features

FabricBreathabilityWaterproofWind StopperStretchiness
FleeceExcellentPoorPoorExcellent
Laminated Soft-shell GoodGoodFairGood
Double weave softshellExcellentPoorFairExcellent
Waterproof breathable laminated softshellFairGoodExcellentFair
Waterproof breathableFairExcellentExcellentPoor

We suggest you to buy light weight equipment enough as per the itinerary for below reasons:

  1. It dries quick
  2. It is easy and quick to pack
  3. Feels comfortable during the trek
  4. Saves energy

Personal Equipment list

Head Gear

  • Hat preferably wool or fleece
  • Sun hat & buff scarf
  • Head torch(200 lumens)
  • Sunglasses (UV Protected)
  • Sun Block Cream (SPF 30)

Clothing

  • Thermal inner layer ( 2 pairs)
  • Quick dry T-shirts (Full Sleeves) (3 pairs)
  • Bodywarmer fleece(1 pair)
  • Down Jacket (1 pair)
  • Gore-tex Jackets( 1 Pair)
  • Underwears
  • Thermal trouser(2 pairs)
  • Trousers for trekking(2-3 pairs)
  • Fleece trousers(2 pairs)
  • Gore-Tex trouser( 1 pair)
  • Down pant( 1 pair)

Personal stuffs

  • sleeping bag (-40)
  • Water bottle( 1)
  • Thermos
  • Water purifier preferably tablets
  • Dry bags
  • Trekking Poles
  • Swiss army knife
  • Notebook and pen
  • Books
  • Snacks
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Towels
  • Mattress

Hand Wear

  • Inner thin gloves
  • Water-proof warm gloves
  • Gore Tex gloves

Foot Wear

  • Water repellent trekking boots with ankle support
  • Alpine boot
  • Socks ( as per requirement)
  • Sandal (Crocs will be better)

Bags

  • Strong Kit/Duffel bag to be carried by porter(15 kg Max)
  • Rucksack / Trekking bag (65 liters)

Medicines

  • Personal medications
  • We provide a first aid kit during your trip(With Guide)

Expedition Himalaya provides below technical equipment upon clients request during their climb on rental basis.

  • Alpine boot(Do mention your size)
  • Crampons( 1 pair)
  • Helmet ( 1 Pair)
  • Harness( 1 pair)
  • Screwget carabiner (2 pairs)
  • Open gate carabiner (1 pair)
  • Ice axe (1 Pair)
  • Jumers /ascender
  • Climbing rope

*Please go through this link to download the checklist for Gears & Equipment’s. Peak climbing Gears and equipment list

Tourist Visa Information

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.

Visa Charges

Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries

Multiple entries 15 days – US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 30 days – US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 90 days – US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist Visa Extension

If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu

  • Tourist visa extension is done for minimum 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of delay less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

For more information:

http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

Fig. Map from Kathmandu to Mardi Himal base camp.

(Red line represents the route to base camp and green line represents the route of descent from base camp.)

Fig. Altitude variation of the places covered during the trip

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Trip Facts

  • 15 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 5587 m
  • Strenuous, PD
  • Teahouse/Camping
  • March to May; September to November
  • Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
  • Hotel, Camping
  • Flights, private car or tourist bus
  • 12 pax Maximum