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Mardi Himal Climb is one of the most beautiful, short, easy trekking peaks in Nepal. It remains beneath the Machhapuchhre edge in the Annapurna range. Mardi Himal (5587 m), is one of the lowest trekking peaks in Nepal. It is ideal for mountaineers who want to gain some mountain climbing experience before taking on 8000m mountains. The climbers of this peak do not require any previous mountaineering experience.

The climbers can observe snow-capped mountains, including Annapurna I-III, Gangapurna, Mt. Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Fang Peak, Him Chuli, Singu Chuli, and others from the summit. The Mardi Himal region is a virgin landscape in Nepal that has yet to be explored. The remote trail of the region has very few trekkers and climbers.

Moreover, this unique peak climbing also includes a trekking adventure in the Himalayan foothills. Trekkers need to trek for around two weeks to arrive at the base of Mardi Himal. They will also have the opportunity to explore the Thakali, Gurung, and Magar community‘s culture, tradition, and lifestyle. The trails are all covered in Buddhist prayer flags, chortens, and mani walls.

Furthermore, the Mardi Himal trek is a relatively more straightforward peak climbing adventure. However, you do need a basic level of physical fitness and stamina to complete this expedition. We are offering this outstanding Mardi Himal climb package at a reasonable cost. Read further for this detailed itinerary and other relevant information in detail.

Highlights of the Trip

  • Climbing the summit of Mardi Himal (5587 m)
  • Observing the beautiful mountains, including Mt Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I-III, Mt. Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Fang Peak, Him Chuli, Singu Chuli, and others
  • Off the beaten trails and low altitude summit climb.
  • Exploring the rugged and remote landscapes in nature’s wilderness
  • Staying at local community-run local teahouses
  • Breathtaking views of hills, meadows, valleys, water streams, and other natural landscapes.
  • Exploring different culture, tradition, and lifestyle of ethnic community
  • The warm hospitality of local people of the region

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 02: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi and Trek to Pothana

Day 03: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (2,500m)

Day 04: Trek from Forest Camp to Bhaisi Kharka (3,300m)

Day 05: Trek from Bhaisi Kharka to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m)

Day 06: Summit Mardi Himal (5,587m), and trek back to Base Camp

Day 07: Trek from Base Camp to Forest Camp (2,500m)

Day 08: Trek from Forest Camp to Sidding Village

Day 09: Trek from Siding village to Mardi Khola Bridge

Day 10: Trek from Mardi Khola Bridge to Hyangja, and drive to Pokhara.

Day 11: Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Mardi Himal Peak Climbing - Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Maximum altitude: 1400m

Drive duration: 5-6 hrs

Our Mardi Himal climb expedition starts with a scenic drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. There are beautiful trails with panoramic mountain vista and green hills in the region. You can observe these beautiful landscapes along the trip. After arriving at Pokhara, you can explore around the city and rest at a hotel.

Day 02: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi and Trek to Pothana

Maximum altitude: 1400m

Drive duration: 1 hr

Trek duration: 3-4 hrs

We will start our journey by driving around an hour to Phedi, the trek's starting point. The uphill walk then leads us to a beautiful village where you can observe snow-capped mountains. From the town, we will trek to Dhampus, watching the stunning Annapurna range. We then travel towards Pothana, which is our final destination of the day. We will explore around and stay the night in Pothana.

Day 03: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (2,500m)

Maximum altitude: 2,500m

Trek duration: 5-6 hrs

We will start our trekking journey along the green forested trails to arrive at Forest camp. We will gain a lot of altitudes, around 1000 meters, to arrive at Forest camp. The natural path provides you with a breezy atmosphere where you can observe wild animals grazing and birds chirping. After arriving at a forest camp, you can explore the area and spend the night at a teahouse.

Day 04: Trek from Forest Camp to Bhaisi Kharka (3,300m)

Maximum altitude: 3,300m

Trek duration: 5-6 hrs

We will begin our trek from Forest camp to Bhaisi Kharka. The adventurous trail will pass through green forests and provide you with majestic views all around. After trekking for approximately three to four hours, we will arrive at Bhaisi Kharka. We will explore around the village of Bhaisi Kharka and experience the local lifestyle. We will stay overnight at a teahouse.

Day 05: Trek from Bhaisi Kharka to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m)

Maximum altitude: 4,500m

Trek duration: 4-5 hrs

After we have our delicious breakfast, we trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp. We will walk through the foothills of the mountain to arrive at the Mardi Himal base camp. The base camp (4,500 meters) is an excellent viewpoint of the various scenic mountain vista. We will explore and acclimatize along the area and spend overnight at the base camp.

Day 06: Summit Mardi Himal (5,587m), and trek back to Base Camp

Maximum altitude: 5,587m

Climb duration: 4-5 hrs

Trek duration: 2-3 hrs

This is the challenging and critical section of the trek. You will trek beautiful and challenging Mardi Himal on this day. You will have to cross some technical sections along the summit top. It provides you with breathtaking views of Mt. Machhapuchhre and other mountains in the Annapurna range.

After exploring around the summit top, we will take as many pictures as you want. We will return to the base camp in the afternoon. You will stay overnight at the base camp, observing the beautiful night sky.

Day 07: Trek from Base Camp to Forest Camp (2,500m)

Maximum altitude: 4,500m

Trek duration: 4-5 hrs

After clearing around the area and exploring further, we will trek back from the base camp. The beautiful trail and a different perspective of the region will enchant you. You can then descend back to the forest camp from where you will stay overnight at the lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Forest Camp to Sidding Village

Maximum altitude: 2500m

Trek duration: 4-5 hrs

After an early sunrise view, we trek to Siding from the forest camp. Siding is a beautiful village with many cultural settlements of ancient architecture. You can observe the locals performing their agricultural activities in their traditional attire. You can take beautiful pictures and interact with the locals with the help of your guide. After exploring around the village, we will stay overnight at the lodge in Siding.

Day 09: Trek from Siding village to Mardi Khola Bridge

Maximum altitude: 4,500m

Trek duration: 4-5 hrs

We will start our trek from Siding to arrive at Mardi Khola Bridge. We will continue our walk along the banks of Mardi Khola. This cultural trail takes you through the beautiful settlements of local people in rural settings. You can explore their traditional lifestyle and heritage.

The captivating charm of the rural region will spellbind you along the trail. You can observe the beautiful landscapes and arrive at the Mardi Khola bridge in the evening.

Day 10: Trek from Mardi Khola Bridge to Hyangja, and drive to Pokhara.

Maximum altitude: 4,500m

Trek duration: 4-5 hrs

Drive duration: 20 minutes

It is the last day of the trekking adventure. The trails of this trek pass through the rugged trails to arrive at Hyangja. You can then take a bus to Pokhara from Hyangja, which takes around twenty minutes. We can observe the beautiful terrace farmed hills and green pasture lands along the trail. After arriving in Pokhara, we will stroll around the city in the evening and observe attractive nightlife. We will rest and stay in a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 11: Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Drive duration: 4-5 hrs

We will then drive back to Kathmandu early in the morning from Pokhara. Our staff representative will pick you at the airport and transfer you to your Hotel.

Trip Cost US$ 1870 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • All entrance fees
  • Private transportation, including Hotel arrival and departure
  • Kathmandu stay with BB Plan
  • Essential Trekking and Climbing Permits
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • First aid kits
  • Professional trekking & climbing guide and porters
  • Staffs insurance and salary
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Kitchen and camping equipment
  • All government taxes and necessary paperwork
Cost Excludes:
  • Personal climbing gears and equipment
  • Personal Insurance
  • Tipping costs
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal expenses

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How tall is the Mardi Himal?

The Mardi Himal has an elevation of 5587m above sea levels.

The best time for the Mardi Himal Peak Climbing in Nepal?

Spring (April - May) and Autumn (October - November) are ideal for the Mardi Himal climbing adventure. There are moderate temperatures and stable weather conditions in the region. It is an excellent time for peak climbing and other trekking adventures in Nepal. You can also climb and trek in the off-season, but that requires proper packing and preparation.

How difficult Is Mardi Himal Peak Climbing?

Mardi Himal is a low elevation trekking peak at just 5587 m. Hence, you can complete this climb even though you have not trekked on any high altitude conditions before. With proper packing and preparation, you can climb Mardi Himal with ease.

Do you need any previous peak climbing experience to climb Mardi Himal in Nepal?

Mardi Himal peak climbing does not require any previous experience in mountain climbing. Hence, it is ideal for beginners to take this peak climbing adventure. However, they must go through a proper training regime with climbing equipment and gear.

How to tackle altitude sickness?

Acclimatization is a must while trekking and climbing in high altitude conditions. This helps to tackle altitude sickness along the region. A slow and steady trek at a gentle pace is another crucial factor for this trek. You should never climb more than 600m in a single trekking day.

Besides that, you should also hydrate regularly and not drink any alcohol. Diamox tablets also help to tackle the symptoms of altitude sickness along trails.

What are the tipping costs for the professional guide and the porter?

The tipping cost for a professional guide is around $5 per day. For a porter, it is about $2 to $4 per day. If you are trekking in a group, you can tip around $10 per day for a guide and $5 per day for a porter.

Are guides and a porter essential for this Mardi peak climb?

A local professional guide will help you with navigation along the trail. These local guides will also help you with a positive attitude through motivation along the route. Porters also help you carry your luggage and keep your equipment safe. You will have excellent trekking and peak climbing adventure with a local guide.

How much does the Mardi Himal Peak Climbing cost?

The Mardi Himal Peak Climbing costs around USD 1870 per person. The price depends upon the itinerary and various facilities taken during this trek.

Where will you stay along the trek?

Trekkers will stay in local tea houses along trails that provide basic facilities of meals and accommodations. There are twin beds, sheets, mattresses, pillows, and a blanket in these teahouses' rooms.

Is Nepal safe for women?

Nepal is a safe country for women. However, conservative dressing and avoiding short shorts will keep you safe from prying eyes. You should also hire guides after a proper background check and should not trek after dark.

Is travel insurance needed for the trip?

Proper travel insurance is essential, and it must cover various aspects of the trek. It should include medical emergencies, physical injuries, evacuation, flight delays, accidents, and others. The travel insurance must cover above 4000m in high altitudes.

How much should trekkers carry during their trekking?

Trekkers should carry around $25 per day in their trekking adventure. Meals and accommodations cost about $2 - $3 per bed. Other charges like charging, hot water showers, Wi-Fi, will cost you extra. Trekkers can also save costs from $25 to $20 if they spend wisely and bargain along trails.

Is oxygen required during the Mardi Himal climb?

An oxygen cylinder is not required during the Mardi Himal peak climbing as it is a low altitude climb. There is not as much thin air and low oxygen levels as other high altitude peaks. However, you should acclimatize well to tackle altitude sickness along trails.

What are the emergency protocols during the climb?

Our team members have experience in first aid. Besides that, Helicopter evacuation is also available in case of emergencies.

Trekking Route

Mardi Himal Climbing starts from a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You will drive to Phedi by bus from where you will start your trek. You will pass through Bhaisi Danda, Pothana, and Forest camp settlements to arrive at Mardi Himal base camp.

The trail of this expedition passes through dense forests of bamboo and rhododendron trees. You can also spot diverse wildlife and birds along the journey. The trail then leads us to Mardi Himal Base Camp after a trek of a few days. After acclimatizing correctly at the base camp, we will ascend the beautiful Mardi Himal.

We move towards the summit with the help of various climbing gears and equipment. Our Sherpa guides will help you to summit Mardi Himal successfully. From the Mardi Himal summit, you can observe the entire Annapurna Range of mountains, including Dhaulagiri Himal. We will return to Forest camp, Siding, and Hyenja to arrive at Pokhara.

When is the Ideal Time for Mardi Himal Climb?

This Mardi Himal peak climbing is ideal in Spring and Autumn. These seasons are not just suitable for peak climbing but all other adventures in Nepal. There are stable weather conditions and excellent environments all around the region.

Spring (March-May)

The spring season is one of the best times for any sort of outdoor adventure in Nepal. There is a tranquil atmosphere with wildflowers blooming like rhododendrons blooming in the region. Trees like junipers and oak trees are also present in this season.

Besides that, there are moderate temperatures along trails which means that you can travel comfortably. Trekkers and climbers will not experience heavy rainfall or snowfall. They will also be safe from any landslides and avalanches in this pre-monsoon season.

Spring also allows you to travel with fellow trekkers as it is a peak season for travel. You can stay in local tea houses and lodges and experience a community travel experience. However, you need to book early to be safe from any hassles, as tea houses can get packed in this peak season.

Autumn (September-November)

The Autumn months from September to November are a great time for this Mardi Himal Climb. This incredible adventure is ideal in the beautiful atmosphere of the post-monsoon autumn season. There are warm temperatures in the day, whereas early mornings and nights can get cold. Therefore, you should pack accordingly for this trek.

There are also many cultural festivals during this time of year. Therefore, you can also go on an exploration of the region and local rural lifestyle. The weather remains stable with minimal precipitation and sunny conditions. Hence, this Autumn season is ideal for the Mardi Himal peak climbing adventure.

You can also trek and climb in offseasons, but it is generally not recommended. There are harsh weather conditions, and trails get challenging. There are frequent avalanches and landslides due to heavy rainfall. At the same time, heavy snowfall and freezing conditions make this trip challenging in winters.

How Difficult is Mardi Himal Peak Climbing?

Mardi Himal is an ideal mountain for beginners who want to start their mountain climbing journey. Climbers do not require any previous high-altitude climbing experience. However, acclimatization and training are essential before you take on this incredible mountain.

Mardi Himal is an easy climb with a short elevation. Climbers need to trek for around a week to arrive at the base camp of this mountain. Trekkers will have enough time to prepare for the climb of Mardi Himal during this trek. The significant difficulty of this climb is finding the route towards the summit. You will need to put some effort and time into this aspect of the rise.

However, the climb itself is less technical. The couloirs on the East Face col are a danger as there are high chances of avalanches with fresh snow. The steep climb towards the col is another difficult factor. There is a connecting ridge between Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre. High camp leading to the final vertical (45 degrees) before ascending to the summit is also challenging.

Besides that, you will also have to trek in a rugged and remote region. There is altitude sickness that needs proper acclimatization to tackle along trails. You will have to hike with your backpacks which can be especially difficult without a porter. Hence, these were the various difficulties of the Mardi Himal Climb.

Training Routine for Mardi Himal Peak Climbing

Mardi Himal climb is an outstanding adventure in the foothills of the Himalayas. There are various training activities that you need to perform before you start your trek. You need various trekking equipment like crampons, fixed ropes, harnesses, and others during the Mardi Himal summit.

Moreover, these training exercises will help you gain the stamina and fitness levels required for this trek. Climbers can also strengthen their physical strength, endurance and maintain mental stability. They are essential at least two weeks before this trek.

Cardiovascular activities

Cardiovascular activities, including swimming, running, cycling, hiking, and others, are essential before the trek. It will increase your oxygen levels and breathing capability and help you tackle altitude sickness along the trail.

Moreover, climbers will also gain muscles in their bodies through these aerobic activities. These will also reduce various injuries while trekking in the region's rugged and remote terrains.

Mental preparation

Mental preparation is essential in any challenging outdoor adventure. A positive attitude will help you a lot in successfully climbing the Mardi Himal. Climbers can also practice in a nearby area with day hikes to get a proper idea of the peak climbing adventure.

Besides that, you can also consult veteran experienced trekkers for tips on peak climbing in Nepal. Hence, mental preparation will take you a long way in this Mardi Himal climb.

Physical training

Physical training will help you gain endurance, stamina, and strength. It is essential for any peak climbing adventure so that you can achieve high fitness levels. Besides that, you should also separate the acclimatization days. These exercises can also help you gain arm, shoulder, and back muscles.

A good and balanced diet is also essential to complete this trek. It should contain protein and carbohydrate-rich food items. Regular hydration is also a necessary part of this trek. It helps to avoid dehydration and saves you from altitude sickness and pulmonary-related illness.

Besides that, you can also take Diamox tablets to tackle altitude sickness. You should also take your other regular medications during this Mardi peak climbing adventure.

Food and Accommodation in Mardi Peak Climbing

The Mardi Himal peak climbing adventure is ideal for those who want to enjoy the beautiful nature trails. You can also get the breathtaking snow-capped mountain vista of the region. These peak climbing adventures will allow you to stay at local tea houses. The community-run tea houses provide you with basic accommodation and meal facilities.

Moreover, you can find twin beds, sheets, pillows, mattresses, and blankets in these teahouses. The toilets are generally located outside of the actual house and are of basic squat style. However, you should carry your toiletries along the trail. Some teahouses also offer various facilities like Wi-Fi, Hot water, electronic charging, and others at an added cost.

Trekkers will get served "Dal Bhat" twice a day. It is a nutritious meal that includes rice, dal, spinach, lentils, Gundruk, pickles, etc. Otherworld cuisines include noodles, momo, Chowmein, sandwiches, pasta, burger, and others.

Tea, coffee, noodle soup, garlic soup, and others are available at tea houses. You can also carry various snacks like protein bars, granola bars, snickers, chocolate bars, and other dry fruits to munch in during this trek. However, you should not drink alcoholic beverages as they can cause dehydration. It can further lead to altitude sickness.

Packing List for Mardi Peak Climbing

Clothing

  • Thermal Underwear
  • Trekking boots
  • Full Sleeve shirts
  • Woolen gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Pair of Sandals
  • Waterproof trekking pants
  • Windcheaters
  • Socks
  • Down jacket
  • Umbrella/Raincoat

Toiletries

  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sanitary pads/Tampons
  • Toothpaste
  • Face towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Moisturizer
  • Lip Balm

First Aid

  • Water purification tablets
  • Imodium
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Diamox tablets
  • Anti-nauseant
  • Antibacterial sanitizer
  • Paracetamol

Accessories

  • Sunglasses
  • Solar chargers
  • Power banks
  • Extra batteries
  • Map
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Notebook
  • Books or Kindle

Important documents

  • Passport
  • Travel permits
  • Travel insurance

Essential Tips for Mardi Himal Climbing

  • Proper acclimatization and regular hydration is essential
  • Always hire a local professional guide or porters in the region
  • You should also check weather forecasts before you start trekking
  • Carry Diamox tablets to help you tackle altitude sickness along the trail
  • Early booking is necessary to be safe from any hassles during the trek
  • Trek gently at a slow but gradual pace and do not rush along the trail
  • Hydrate regularly and avoid alcohols to tackle altitude sickness
  • Carry tea bags, coffee powders, juice powders, and snacks like granola bars, protein bars, chocolate bars, and others
  • Get proper travel insurance that covers all details like medical emergencies, flight cancelations, theft, and other damage above 4000m

The Final Say

The Mardi Himal climb is an outstanding adventure that takes you to one of Nepal's best trekking peaks. Trekkers can observe incredible snow-capped Himalayas and other natural landscapes of the region. Moreover, the trek passes through beautiful forested trails and local settlements of the area.

Moreover, the local people's cultures, traditions, and lifestyles will enchant you along the route. Climbers should ensure proper acclimatization to climb the mountain peak successfully. Our team of experienced climbers will lead you along the journey. Overall, the Mardi Himal Peak climbing is one of the best adventures in Nepal. Contact us to know more about this expedition and book your trip now!

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Lifetime memorable trip to Mardi Himal

Me and my brother decided to opt for the adventurous and thrilling Mardi Trek. As we were browsing through the internet, we stumbled upon Exciting Nepal and their packages. They were quite impressive, and we decided to send them an enquiry about the Mardi Trek.

We were pleased with how well our queries were answered. Without wasting any time, we asked Mr Subash of Exciting Nepal to prepare an itinerary for us. So with a lot of hope and expectations, we started the trek!

The trip was outstanding with the views of snow-capped Machhapuchhre and Annapurna gleaming in the backdrop. The hike up to the base camp was a bit challenging, but the views on the top compensated it all. We also met with fellow travellers and listened to their fascinating stories all along the way!

Our guide for the trip was Mr Suman, an absolute professional when it comes to work. We had no problem communicating with him as his english was very fluent. Also he was very supportive and would help us without any questions asked! Frankly speaking, If it was not for Mr Suman, then this trip wouldn’t have been as memorable as it became. So special thank you from our side to Mr Subash, Mr Suman and the entire Exciting Nepal Crew for a fantastic experience!

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Adventurous Trekking to Mardi Base Camp

have visited Nepal about half a dozen times now, and I had never done any trekking. This sounds surprising but I have always been afraid of the mountains. When I visited Nepal in April 2019, I had already made up my mind to do a short trekking. I searched a lot for it and Mardi Base cam seemed to be a perfect start for me. Exciting Nepal was one of the many agencies, to whom I reached out. And I am so glad that I picked Exciting Nepal.

Nawang Dorge Sherpa (The name I could say correctly after only 20 attempts), was a great guy and a fantastic guide. I am glad that Subash picked him for me. There were some harsh trails towards Mardi, which I could not have completed without N.D (I prefer this over Nawang Dorge Sherpa, for obvious reasons).

N.D always picked the best places to stay, eat, and sleep. He gave me lots of tips and tricks, following which I was able to enjoy this trip even more. I was rewarded with spectacular views of mountains, hills and terrains. I cannot thank Exciting Nepal enough for this wonderful journey.
PS. N.D, remember that song you taught me (Kusume Rumal)? My boys over here love it lol.

Luke witter, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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  • Trekking Destination: 12 days
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  • Season: Sept to Nov / March to May
  • Grade Info: Hard
  • Transportation: Overland/Flight
  • Total Days: 12Days
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