Mardi Himal Peak climbing

Mardi Himal Peak climbing

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 south-west flank of Machhapuchhare. Mardi Himal is the lowest and perhaps least climbed or visited of the trekking peaks.

Once again it was Col. Jimmy Roberts who, with two Sherpas, climbed to the summit by a route on its East Flank in 1961. The normal route of ascent reaches a col from a glaciated amphitheatre that rises above a hidden plateau; the 'Other Sanctuary', as Robert calls it. Although another route has been made on the south-West Face, Robert's route is the only recorded line and the one used on most subsequent ascents.

Mardi Himal PeakObviously, the peak has commanding view of the Annapurna ranges and undoubtedly a spectacular one of Machhapuchhare the "Himalayan Matterhorn," better known as Fish Tail Peak. Few westerners visit the valleys and ridges south of Mardi Himal. They are steep-sided and heavily wooded with bamboo and rhododendron. Above the forest high alpine pastures provide well grazing and a habitat for undisturbed wildlife. Despite it lowly altitude the mountain obviously has a great deal of potential for those interested in small-scale exploratory mountaineering and the ridges, already mentioned, present obvious climbing challenges at a reasonable standard.

 

Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel.
Day 02 : Stay in Kathmandu for the official procedure.
Day 03 : Departure to Pokhara.
Day 04 : Drive to Phedi and then start trek to Pothana.
Day 05 : Trek to Forest camp.
Day 06 : Trek to Bhaisi Kharka.
Day 07 : Trek to Mardi Base camp (4120m).
Day 08 : Climb to high camp (4660m).
Day 09 : Summit Mardi Himal and back to base camp (5587m) .
Day 10 : Trek back to Forest camp.
Day 11 : Trek to Siding village.
Day 12 : Trek to Mardi Pul.
Day 13 : Trek to Hyanja and drive out to Pokhara.
Day 14 : Back to Kathmandu.
Day 15 : Rest at Kathmandu.
Day 16 : Departure on your own destination.