Mardi Himal is the name of the long rising ridge and its summit (5588 m), that forms the South Western slope of Mt. Machhapuchhre, immediately below its sheer south face. Machhapuchhre, which towers majestically over the Pokhara Valley, is best known as Fishtail Mountain’ because of its twin peaks that mirror the image of a fish tail. It is superbly beautiful and is considered sacred. Permission to climb it has, so far, always been denied keeping it a virgin mountain.
This trek climbs through forests and above the tree lines to follow the ridge that takes us up to High camp(4100 m), where time is spent acclimatizing while being awestruck by the views. Annapurna South seems near enough to throw a rock at and Machhapuchhre close enough to touch. Finally, we enter the wilderness territory as we go beyond 4500 meters, where the great ice fields and blue glaciers of Annapurna Base Camp lie below. Around us, in an arc from east to west, are a dozen or more glistening snow-capped giants, with Annapurna I being the highest of them all, which provide a view that is almost impossible to beat. Conquering this wilderness territory and the incredible proximity of some of the highest mountains in the world leaves one feeling they have explored. This is an “of the beaten path” trek and you will pass through rugged country side with its serene natural beauty and authentic cultural charm.
Day 01:Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel/ Briefing about the trip
Day 02:Kathmandu Sightseeing: UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Day 03:Fly/ Drive to Pokhara (885m) 25min/ 6-7 hours
Day 04:Drive to Phedi (1130m) and trek to Pothana (1990m) 45 minutes drive and 4-5 hours trek
Day 05:Pothana to Forest Camp (2550m) 4-5 hours
Day 06:Forest Camp to Low Camp (3150m) 3-4 hours
Day 07:Low Camp to High Camp (4100m) 3-4 hours
Day 08:Trek up to 4500 m for breathtaking views then trek back to Low Camp (3150m) 6-7 hours
Day 09:Low Camp to Siding (1750m) 6-7 hours
Day 10:Siding to Mardi Pul (1160m) and drive back to Pokhara (885m) 3-4 hours trek and 1:30 hours drive
Day 11:Fly/ Drive back to Kathmandu (1335m) 25 minutes flight/ 6-7 hours drive
Day 12:Extend the trip for preferred activities or transfer to the airport for farewell and departure