Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

Package Details
  • Total Duration : 11 days
  • Trek Duration : 06 days
  • Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate
  • Max Elevation: 4200m at Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Mode of Trek: Teahouse
  • Trek Starts : Phedi
  • Trek Ends: Sidding Village

‘In the least, unfrequented area of Annapurna region, breathe taking scenery, traditional rural villages, warm friendly locals, serene woodlands, on the isolated trail in complete wilderness and tranquility in the close backdrop of the towering majestic Mt. Machhapuchere or Fish Tail’.

A fabulous adventure in a short duration of time, adventurer who is interested for a good challenging climb on the less technical peak then this is just for you, a scenic journey in just one week. Our trek and climb unto Mardi Himal which takes you in the southern Annapurna region. A beautiful peak and to be on top of over 5,5500 meter and in the less climbed mountain certainly adds a life time adventure thrill and achievement and to be within this unspoiled area, where you will be in complete harmony and in tranquility with the nature in this complete wilderness. Mardi Himal’s East Face is separated from Machhapuchare ridge by a col (circa 5,200m/17,060ft). The normal route of ascent reaches this col from glaciated amphitheatre that rises above a hidden plateau, also known as ‘Other Sanctuary’. These regions are seldom frequented by westerners and the ridges south of Mardi Himal. The area is quite steep sided and heavily wooded with bamboo and rhododendron. Above the forest, high alpine pastures provide good grazing and a habitat for undisturbed wildlife. As it is lowly altitude the mountain obviously has a great deal of potential for those interested in small scale exploratory climbing and the ridges will certainly present climbing challenges at a reasonable standard. This rarely visited area provides a tough trek isolated from the teahouses and lodges, which dominate most of the trekking in and around the Annapurna Range. The trail to base camp is short and sharp on ill-defined trails that would be particularly difficult in wet and snowy conditions. It is located, approximately fifteen miles or 45 km north of Pokhara as the crow flies, this mountain is the most southerly of the Annapurna range. From some viewpoints it seems little more than an outlier on the southwest flank of Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish Tail). Mardi Himal is the lowest and least climbed and visited of all the trekking peaks in Nepal. Western mountaineers first noticed this mountain by the photographs of Basil Goodfellow, taken in 1953. It was climbed to its summit by a route on its east flank by Jimmy Roberts with two Sherpas. As seen from the south, Mardi Himal terminated the Southwest ridge of Mt. Machhapuchare as a distinct and separate mass, at right angles to that ridge. On Mardi Himal South West Face are three well-defined ridges rising from rock buttresses and separated by hanging glaciers. It is the most southerly of these is said to have been climbed, but no such details has been recorded.

Outline itinerary

Day 01 Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02 Full day guided sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 Drive to Pokhara (820m)
Day 04 Drive to Phedi (1130m) and trek to Deurali (2100m)
Day 05 Trek to Forest Camp (2550m)
Day 06 Trek to High Camp (4100m)
Day 07 Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4200m) and then back to High Camp
Day 08 Trek to Sidding Village (1280m)
Day 09 Drive back to Pokhara (820m)
Day 10 Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 11 Final departure

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to hotel

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight in Hotel

Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley

After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight in Hotel

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m) 06 Hrs

After an early breakfast, we will travel by tourist bus towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalayas, made more comfortable in recent years by road repair. The drive continues with several stops on route before Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will transfer to the hotel with enough time in the afternoon for a stroll around beautiful Phewa Lake. Overnight in Hotel

Day 04: Drive to Phedi (1130m) 20 min and trek to Deurali (2100m) 05 Hrs

After the early breakfast, you will be transferred to domestic airport in Kathmandu for your scenic flight to the lakeside town of Pokhara. If we are lucky and get to right side of the plane, we can view best views of the mountains. Upon landing in the enchanting city of Pokhara which offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, five peaks of Annapurna and others, you will be received your guide and help transferring you to the trekking starting point, Phedi which will take about 25 minutes drive from Pokhara. From Phedi, your adventurous trek begins with climb the stone staircase for about two hours bringing you at Dhampus village with good view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre peaks. You will continue walking gradual up until you reach at Pothana and then will continue ahead for about 45 minutes to reach Deurali, where you will stop for the overnight stay. Stay Overnight at Teahouse

Day 05: Trek to Forest Camp (2550m) 06 Hrs

A steep uphill climb for most of the day through thick jungle with beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. You may be lucky to catch glimpses of some of the abundant wildlife; leopards, deer, monkeys and many species of birds all live in this dense jungle. After the gradual walk of about 05 hours, you reach forest camp and stop there for the overnight stay. Stay Overnight at Teahouse

Day 06: Trek to High Camp (4100m) 06 Hrs

Today is a short distance but a steep climb through the rhododendron and juniper forest. As you reach the top, you will be rewarded with the most breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre (fishtail mountain), the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annaurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal. Stay Overnight at Teahouse

Day 07: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4200m) and back to High Camp 04 Hrs

An early wakeup call today so you can appreciate the most spectacular sunrise views of the mighty Himalayas. After breakfast, you will climb to Mardi Himal Base Camp, which stands at 5300 meters. A challenging day walking along narrow, rocky trails, but all will be worth it for the awesome views of this majestic mountain environment. Mardi Himal is a sacred mountain for both Hindus and Buddhists and nobody to date has managed to reach the summit. Today, you should be able to see Nepal’s national bird, the lophophorus, flying above your heads. After spending some hours at Base Camp, you will be back to High for overnight stay. Stay Overnight at Teahouse

Day 08: Trek to Sidding Village (1280m) 06 Hrs

A steep descent to low camp following the same trail you went up. You then leave the trail and trek into the forest, heading to the Mardi Khola River. You descend further to Siding Village. Stay Overnight at Teahouse

Day 09: Drive back to Pokhara (820m) 02 Hrs

The drive now follows the contour of the river valley, gradually down between the pastures and through Tamang and Gurung villages with beautiful landscapes until reached Pokhara. Rest of the time will be at leisure for relaxation. Overnight in Hotel

Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu

After a wonderful time in the mountains, Pokhara is certainly great spot to relax after the trek and swap stories with fellow trekkers. After breakfast, we will board the bus for the 5- 6 hour scenic journey back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel 

Day 11: Transfer to airport for final departure

Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy! Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.
  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made 48 hours before departure and a 40% cancellation charge is approved besides tax, transportation and permit. See specific information below.
  • No refund will be given if the program ends before the provided itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for your early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feels it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues
  • The Company is not liable for an unconvinced or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in international flights being missed
  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal
  • Our staffs are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety, their conclusions regard safety are final and should you not follow their advice the Company cannot be held responsible for the outcome.
If you wish to cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of charges will apply:

Date of Cancellation Charge Incurred

2 months before departure Loss of deposit (40% of Total Trip Cost TTC)
29 days to 2 months before departure 50% of TTC
10 to 28 days before departure 70% of TTC
Less than 10 days before departure 100% of TTC