Mardi Himal (5587 m) Climbing

Mardi Himal (5,587 m) lies less than 15 miles from Pokhara, and is the most southerly peak of the Annapurna range. It is the lowest and the least climbed or visited peak in Nepal. Photographs of Mardi Himal taken in 1953 by Baisl Good fellow 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.

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Trip Facts

Duration: 16 Days    |    Best Month: Spring / Autumn    |    Trip Grade: Peak Climbing    |    Maximum Altitude: 5587 m    |    Starting Point: Phedi     |    End Point: Hyanja    |    Mode of Travel: Flight In & Out    |    Style of Trek: Camping

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Mardi Himal (5,587 m) lies less than 15 miles from Pokhara, and is the most southerly peak of the Annapurna range. It is the lowest and the least climbed or visited peak in Nepal. Photographs of Mardi Himal taken in 1953 by Baisl Good fellow 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.

The mountain separates the southwest ridge of Machhapuchhre as a separate mass at right angles to the ridge and is best seen from the south. The southwest face of the mountain has three well-defined ridges rising from rock buttresses and separated by hanging glaciers. Its east face is separated from the Machhapuchhre ridge by a Col at 5,200 m. The normal climbing route to the summit of Mardi Himal passes through this Col and the summit offers a splendid view of the Annapurna massif and the Machhapuchhre also known as fishtail. The valleys and ridges south of Mardi Himal are steep and heavily wooded with bamboo and rhododendron. Alpine pastures above the forest provide a good habitat for wildlife.

 

 

Mardi Himal Climbing Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing or Free day in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive or Fly to Pokhara
Day 04: Drive to Phedi and then trek to Pothana
Day 05: Trek to Forest Camp
Day 06: Trek to Bhaisi Kharka
Day 07: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp
Day 08: Climb to Mardi Himal High Camp
Day 09: Summit Mardi Himal and back to Base Camp
Day 10: Extra day for summit in case of bad weather
Day 10: Base Camp trek back to Forest Camp
Day 11: Trek to Siding village
Day 12: Trek to Mardi Pul
Day 13: Trek to Hyanja and drive to Pokhara
Day 14: Dribe or Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 15: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 16: Transfer to airport for journey back home

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