Mardi Himal Trekking is noted for being the lowest peak that is approved by Nepal Government for climbing. Mardi Himal exists at the close proximity of Annapurna Range and it demarks the southwest ridge of Fishtail Mountain. Southwestern face of Mardi Himal comprises three ridges and all of them are distinguished by hanging glaciers. Mardi Himal can be easily accessed from the lake city of Pokhara by covering 15 miles of distance.
It follows an alternative trekking route for Annapurna Circuit Trek. Although being at the lowest altitude, Mardi Himal is also the least climbed peak in Nepal. Once arrived at the foothill of Mardi peak, we will follow the Mardi Himal trekking route that stretches up through the eastern face of Mardi peak. We can enjoy the sights of valleys and forested ridges in the south of Mardi peak.
Difficult ascend will take us to the summit of Mardi Peak from where we will enjoy the panoramic views of magnificent Annapurna ranges and Machhapuchhre peak. Mardi Himal Climb is an easy trek. There is absolutely no necessity of earlier climbing experience. On the top of that, Mardi Himal treks remain open throughout the year.
Ace Holiday Treks currently offers 12 days of Mardi Himal treks. We will take 5hours of the drive to Pokhara and reach Phedi from where the trek begins. Then we ascend the ridge to Dhampus village and pass through the forest to Pothana from where the trail stretches through forest and meadow to Mardi himal base camp. And return back from the base camp of Mardi Himal through Siding village to Hyanja village from where we will return back to Kathmandu through Pokhara.
Itinerary Outline For Mardi Himal Trekking
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day03: Drive to Pokhara
Day04: Drive to Phedi Trek to Pothana
Day05: Trek to Forest Camp
Day06: Trek to Low Camp
Day07: Trek to High Camp
Day08: Climb to Mardi Himal Base Camp & Come back to Low Camp
Day 09: Trek to Siding village
Day10: Trek to Hyanja, Drive to Pokhara
Day11: Drive to Kathmandu
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu:
You will find our representative ready to greet you as soon as you disembark from the flight. You will be transferred to the hotel where brief orientation about the Helambu trek is provided before you enjoy the delicious welcome dinner.
Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu:
Early in the morning, we will take the light breakfast and head out for half day guided city tour during which we will explore UNESCO enlisted sites of Kathmandu namely Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Returning back, we will prepare for Helambu Trek that begins on the next day.
Day03: Drive to Pokhara:
We will chase the scenic Prithvi Highway for about 5hrs to reach Pokhara. The route offers scenic views of Trishuli River, terraced fields and green hills. Pokhara is also known as the lake city because it holds several beautiful lakes. We will stay in hotel in Pokhara and engage in necessary preparation of Mardi Himal Trek that begins from the next day.
Day04: Drive to Phedi Trek to Pothana:
45minutes of brief drive will take us to Phedi from Pokhara. Enroute, we will enjoy the magnificent view of Annapurna Himal. MardiHimal trek commences from Phedi. We will take the steep climb through forested ridge for about 2hours to reach Dhampus village from where we will lower down to Pothana village.
Day05: Trek to Forest Camp:
Leaving the main route to Annapurna Base Camp behind, we will take the bifurcating route and walk through dense pine woods. If we are lucky, we can enjoy the sight of wildlife in these woods. We will reach the clearing area where we will set our tented camp and stay overnight in forest camp.
Day06: Trek to Low camp:
An early trek will help us to exit from the forest. Leaving forest, we will continue the path through the local tea houses and lodges to the meadow of lush green vegetation where local inhabitants bring their cattle for grazing purpose. overnight in Low Camp.
Day07: Trek to Mardi Himal High Camp:
We will leave the grazing area and head north. We will cross the suspension bridge over river and follow the escalating trail through rocky terrain to Mardi Himal High Camp. It will be evening when we reach Mardi Himal Base Camp. So we will pitch our camp at the foothill of Mardi Himal.
Day08: Climb to Mardi Himal High Camp and come back to Low Camp
Trekking leader will give you proper instructions along with things to be considered before climbing High camp. We will follow the steep path upward to Mardi Himal High Camp. Summit of Mardi Himal offers striking views of Machhapuchhre peak and Annapurna Range mountains. We will lower down to Mardi Himal Base Camp and have a lunch and to go countinu Low Camp. Overnight stay in there.
Day 09: Trek to Siding village:
We will traverse the forest and take the lowering trail to culturally rich Siding village. If time permits, we will visit the houses in Siding village and acquaint ourselves with tradition and ways of living of villagers in Siding.
Day10: Trek to Hyanja, Drive to Pokhara
This is the last day of trekking. We will leave Mardi Pul and take a trek of about 4hrs that passes through few local teahouses to arrive at Hyanja from where we will drive to Pokhara. We will pursue the Baglung Highway and pass through Milanchowk for Pokhara.
Day11: Drive to Kathmandu
It takes five hours of drive along Prithvi highway to shift us back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Enroute, we will get the magnificent sights of Trishuli River and cable cars in Manakamana temple- the wish fulfilling goddess. We will return back to hotel in Kathmandu and enjoy the pleasant meal.
You will be assisted in your last moment preparation afterwards which our representative will take you to International Airport from where you will move to your next destination.
- Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
- Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
- Trekking Guide with Insurance
- Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
- Three nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu and Two night accommodation with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
- Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
- Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
- Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
- Free use Company's duffel bag.
- Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
- Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
- All needed Government fee.
- International Airfare.
- Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
- Your travel insurance.
- Nepal Visa fee
- Any kind of drinks.
- Tips for Guide and Porters
- Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.
In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.
We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.
- For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
- Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
- Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
- Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
- Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
- Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
- 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
Lower Body – Legs
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
- 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
Medicines and First Aid Kits
- 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
- 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
- 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
- 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
- 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
- 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
- 1 pair sandals (Optional).
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
Miscellaneous, but Important !
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
- Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
- 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
- A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.