Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking

Mardi Himal is a part of the Annapurna Massif located on the south west ridge of Machhapuchhare, the “Fishtail” mountain.

A challenging trek that involves plenty of steep ascents and descents but is unsurpassed in the variety of scenery that unfolds before you. Rarely trekked and through undeveloped country this trek has to be made as a fully self-sufficient undertaking with camping every night. It can be combined with an ascent of Mardi Himal, at 5555metres, one of the easier of the trekking peaks.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu
The flight into Kathmandu is special. The final hour of the flight gives you a glimpse of the Himalaya rising above the clouds. The landing at Kathmandu is spectacular as the plane swoops down into the bowl shaped valley and skims over villages, rice fields and finally the urban sprawl.
After your first taste of Nepali bureaucracy and the haphazard baggage claim you will exit to be met by our Kathmandu representative who will be your main contact while you are in Kathmandu so make sure that you use him to answer any questions you may have.
The bus ride into the city to your hotel should take about twenty minutes. The traffic will seem chaotic – welcome to the third world!
Your hotel will be in or near the heart of Thamel – the main tourist area of Kathmandu. Everything you will need to buy or eat can be found within a few minutes walk of the hotel. Our representative will be organising shopping trips for buying last minute equipment but for now relax in the hotel and leave the crowded streets until tomorrow.

Day 2 – In Kathmandu
Allowing for  jet lag it may be hard to be up early but do try so that you can experience a less crowded Kathmandu. Breakfast at the hotel won’t appear until after 7 am so take the opportunity for an early morning stroll around the streets as Kathmandu wakes up. Just be sure to remember the way back to the hotel. One of the best morning walks is up to the hilltop site of Swoyambhunath, the monkey temple. It can be tricky to find but if you follow the trail of locals spinning prayer wheels you should find it.
Your representative will meet you for breakfast and organise the shopping trip in the afternoon for those that still have gear to buy.
After breakfast we have a scheduled sightseeing trip to the Hindu shrine at Pashupatinath followed by the Buddhist centre of Boudhanath where you can stop for lunch.
The main aim of today is to get everything ready for the trek and to stay healthy so give the local street food a miss. We will distribute your duffel bags ready to receive all of your kit. You need to pack these with all of your personal gear ready for the early departure tomorrow.

Day 3. Kathmandu to Mardi Pul
An early start to the day as the bus leaves for Pokhara at 7 am. The trip takes about seven hours, depending on traffic including two stops for food on the way. Upon arrival at Pokhara you will be met by the trekking crew and change vehicles for the short drive to Mardi Pul, the camping spot for the night.

Day 4. Mardi Pul to Odane hill
A tough first day on the trail as, after a short walk along the banks of the Mardi Khola the route starts the long ascent to Odane hill. The trail passes through stands of bamboo which are gradually replaced by old growth rhododendron forest before breaking out into the open clearing at Odane hill, some 1500 metres above the river.

Day 5.Odane Hill to Khumai
This day involves a ridge walk that offers some stunning views of the mountains from Dhaulagiri in the west to Manaslu in the east. Towering above the trail to the north is the twin peaked bulk of Machhapuchhare. The final climb to the camp site at Khumai finishes yet another hard days’ trekking.


Day 6.Khumai to Khorcho
After the last two long days trekking today is relatively short but steep. Camp will be made on some high pastures again surrounded by a magic panorama of peaks.

Day 7.Khumai to Base Camp
Another steep but short day sees you at base camp at around 4100 metres in what was named by the first visitors “The Other Sanctuary”

Day 9. At Base Camp
A day to be spent exploring the lower slopes of Mardi Himal

Day 10. Base Camp to Khumai
A repeat of the ascent but down hill!

Day 11.Khumai to HileKharka
The inward trail is followed almost a far as Odane Hill before branching off to the camp site at HileKharka, the last night under canvas.

Day 12.HileKharka to Pokhara
From Hile it is a couple of hours descent to the large farming community at Ghachok where a newly constructed road allows for a vehicle pick-up and a bumpy ride back to Pokhara. Once at the hotel in Lakeside you can make plans for a last night party with the staff who will be leaving you the next morning.

Day 13.Pokhara to Kathmand
An early breakfast as the bus to Kathmandu leaves at 7.30am. The return trip is a repeat of that coming down with two stops for food on the way. The arrival time in Kathmandu is usually by about 3 pm. If you really can’t face the return trip on the bus there is an option to fly back to Kathmandu for an additional US$70 per person. There will still be time in what is left of the day for some last minute shopping.
In the evening you will be invited to a farewell dinner at a local restaurant featuring some traditional Kathmandu dishes and a culture programme.

Day 14. Departure
A last chance for early morning sightseeing and, perhaps, even more last minute shopping before it is time for your transfer to the airport. Only ticket holders are allowed into the airport building so make sure that you have said all of your goodbyes before joining the queue at the entrance doors.


 

Cost Include

  • Includes 3 star  Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel on BB twin share basis, all meals and equipment on trek, all staff wages, food and accommodation, staff insurance, bus fares, airport transfers, sightseeing as per programme, farewell dinner, loan of duffle bag and sleeping bag, entry fees.

Cost Exclude

  • Excludes, international flights, visa fees, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, personal equipment, travel insurance, bar bills, laundry, staff tips and items of a personal nature.


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Contact Tony Parr or Dolma Sherpa

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