Mardi Himal Peak Climbing
BUNA welcomes to all kinds of outdoor lover for an interesting adventure to Mardi Himal which is approximately 15 miles 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. Mardi Himal first noticed this mountain by the photographs of Basil Good fellow, taken in 1953. It was climbed to its summit by a route on its east flank by Jimmy Roberts with two Sherpa. 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’s 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. Mardi Himal’s East Face is separated from Mt. 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’.
This region is less frequented by westerners to this valley and 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.
”Sensational views of array of high snow capped mountains, dramatic landscapes, verdant high valleys, buddhist culture, warm-friendly hospitality of high landers, pristine lakes, breathtaking view points, in the heart of world’s heritage ‘Sagarmatha National Park”.
Mode of Trekking: Tea-House / Lodge & Camping.
Climbing Grade: Alpine TD
Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous.
Highest Altitude gain on trek: 5,357m at Gokyo Ri -5,545 at Kalapatthar.
Trekking / Climb: 18 -19 days.
Total Trip: 22-23 days.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu half day sight seeing tour.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m 5-6 hours journey 200 k.m.
Day 04: Drive and trek to Dhiprung 1,675m via Mardipul.
Day 05: Trek to Simre Kharka.Approx. 2,400m.5-6 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Khorchon (3,682m)
Day 07: Rest Day at Khorchon.
Day 08: Trek to Mardi Base Camp 4,100m.
Day 09: At BC for acclimatization and preparation for the climb.
Day 10: Trek and climb to High Camp at 4,650m/15,256ft.
Day 11: Climbing Day and return to BC.
Day 12: Trek all the way to Kumai.
Day 13: Trek all the way to Mardipul.
Day 14: Trek and drive to Pokhara.
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 16: In Kathmandu.
Day 17: International Departure.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by BUNA staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where BUNA guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trek-climb, do’s and don’ts and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest afternoon checking or hiring the equipment.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding.
Approx: 35 minutes flight to Lukla 2,800m (2 -3 hrs walk) to Phakding at 2,652m. Early morning after breakfast you will be transferred from the Hotel to domestic Airport for a 32 minutes sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla, on arrival you will be received by our trekking guides. The walk is gradual and most of the way, with few ups from Tarhe khola, where you can have a superb view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m crossing a short suspension bridge, from here after a short climb brings us to the Ghat village, another 11/2hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi river.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. 5-6 hrs.
From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thermasarkhu 6,608m, from the village of Benkar, cross the long suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river, after the bridge on this busy trail of trekkers and Ghopkyo and porters, finally reaching at Monjo near the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. From here a short descend and a gradual walk brings to the suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river, after the bridge Jorsalle village is reached, the last village before Namche Bazaar is reached, after a short walk, a second bridge is reached over the same river, the walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar. The colourful houses are situated in an amphitheatre U shaped bowl.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatisation.
A leisure day to enjoy and relax around the town or visit the Sagarmatha National Park museum just above Namche Bazaar for out standing views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse,Ama Dablam, Taboche, Thermasarkhu, Kang tenga and Khunde peaks.
Day 06: Trek to Khunde / Khumjung village 3, 730m.
3-4 hrs. After a great time at Namche, trace the route above the ridge of Namche towards Syangboche just above Namche, following the trail to Khunde and Khumjung the largest of the Sherpa villages in the Khumbu area, trek leads towards the Syangboche small airstrip, the first one and half hour walk is quite strenuous uphill due to high altitude overlooking the magnificent view of Mt.Kwangde, Thermasherkhu and other neighboring peaks with an aerial view of Namche Bazaar down below. On reaching Syangboche small airstrip, take a short climb towards the Khunde village situated in the same glacial valley as Khumjung village beneath the sacred Mt.Khumbila 5,761m. A quiet gentle path brings to the sleepy village of Khumjung via Khunde for the overnight halt. At Khunde there’s a hospital built with the help of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Foundation. Afternoon visit the Khumjung old Monastery, Khumjung also has a High School built with the help of Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation.
Day 07: Trek to Phortse Tenga 3,900m.
4 hrs. After a wonderful time here, the walk is fairly easy for the first half, from Khumjung the trail leads to an hour downhill joining the main busy trail at Shanasa, on this area there is more chances of seeing the beautiful colourful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) national bird of Nepal and the elusive musk deer, and sometime even herd of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat). From Shanasa, Gokyo route diverts from the main trail towards north. The path climbs gently on the steep rock steps embedded in a narrow cleft in a large boulder; the two trails soon join and continue towards a large Chorten on the top of the ridge at Mong 3,973 meters. This ridge descends from Khumbila 5,716m abode of the patron god Khumbu. From this ridge, the path meanders in a series of switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Kosi at Phortse Thanghka for our overnight stop.
Day 08: Trek to Dole 4,200m. 3-4 hrs.
After Phortse, continue trek to Dole, from here the trail climbs steeply out of the valley through a patch of rhododendron forest which gives way to juniper and conifers trees. In the spring time this place will be vivid when all the flowers in bloom. This path passes many summer pastures where the Yak and other cattle graze in this high pastureland. The trek winds through the Tongba village at 3,950m and Gyele 3,960m and finally arriving at Dole. A superb view of Khumbila and Tawache 6,542m can be seen throughout the walk.
Day 09: Trek to Machermo 4,410m.
3-4 hrs. From Dole, our route climbs steadily along the side of the valley, rhododendron forest giving way to scrub juniper as altitude gains gradually. The trail climbs on a fairly level path for one hour to Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m and a further an hour to Luza at 4,390m; eventually skirting around a ridge to gain the first views of Machermo village, spread out in the valley below. There is an excellent Swiss chalet style lodge at Machermo, Arriving at Machermo on good time for the overnight halt. With time for exploration above the village. Just above the village there is a superb view encompassing Cho Oyo 8,210m and all the mountains that flank the Ngozumba Glacier.
Day 10: Trek to Gokyo 4,760m. Approx: 4-5hrs.
From here, head for the holy lake at Gokyo. By following a very scenic trail to Pangka 4,545m and then descend slightly, following one of the glacial fed rivers which flow down the west of Ngozumba Glacier. Then climb a steep rocky incline into the ablation valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first lake. Soon arriving at the second lake, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to the Cho -La (another tough route to Loboche and beyond to Everest base camp) Coming to the third lake known as Dudh Pokhari and on its east shore is the summer settlement of Gokyo at 4,790 meters. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the peak of Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters we will be camping just by shore of the lake depending upon the availability of the campsite with a good view.
Day 11: At Gokyo for local hike.
Today, a rest day and free from packing after breakfast a hike to Gokyo Ri is one of the highlight of the trip, the view around Gokyo itself is marvelous, for the very best panorama take a hike to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above the lake, Gokyo Ri at 5,357m. offers breathe taking views providing a panorama of Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and far as to Mt. Makalu in the east. A two hours climb brings you to this wonderful spot.
Day 12: To Dragnak cross Cho-la 5,430m and then to Dzong-la 4,830m. 6-7 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Gokyo, a short walk of few hours leads to Dragnak on the base of Chugyuma or Cho-la pass, just above the village of Na situated at the foot of the Ngozumba glacier. From here the walk climbs steadily towards Cho-la pass for few hours, then descending towards the small hidden valley at Dzong-la for the overnight stop.
Day 13: Trek to Loboche 4,928m Approx. 5 hours.
From Dzongla the trail diverts towards north east, the path is gentle on the hard meadow looking down below Pheriche village, today’s walk offers beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-tse 5,820m and the great wall of Nuptse. Then reaching to the junction where the path from Pheriche meets above Thugla ridge. From here you can have great view of Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the great scenic walk, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region, From here an hour gradual up brings you to Loboche, situated in the corner well hidden and sheltered from the wind. Loboche has about 5-6 Teahouses.
Day 14: Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m & Kalapathar 5,545m.
Today towards final destination of this adventurous journey at the foot of number one, the first hour walk is gradual up the valley at the end of the grassy field, a short 20 minutes climb, the walk from here follows the rocky moraine path, as you walk you can see the icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes a short downhill walk bring you to Gorakshep on the flat field below Kalapathar 5,545m and Mt.Pumori 7,145m. Gorakshep has two teahouses, and it used to be a base camp in the early 50’s expedition to Mt.Everest. After a break here at Gorakshep continue towards Kalapatthar, a few minutes of easy walk on the sandy field, then a steep climb for 45 minutes brings you to the near level field, the walk from here is gradual till you reach the rocky spot after an hour, from here another steep climb to the top for another 1/2 hour. Top of Kalapatthar a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt.Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Everest looks within a stone throw distance, between the summit of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse on the back, the panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish, and you feel its worth the hard climb up to here and to feel at the top of the world, with all the higher snow capped giants that surrounds, it is truly a magnificent spot to be here on a clear sunny day to view an array of mountains up to the far horizon, to the south Khumbu glacier sweeps below you, and you can also see the Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier, after a great moment with the panoramic view descend for the overnight at Loboche.
Day 15: Trek to Loboche East Peak Base Camp 5,340m.
Approx: 3-4 hrs. The final day of this great adventure, continues towards Loboche East Peak Base Camp, the path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp.
Day 16: At Loboche East Peak Base Camp.
Rest day which help for the final preparation for the climb or trek and climb further to establish high camp at around 5,600m if there is space available to camp. This will make it easier and shorten the day and effort. Day 17: Climb of Loboche Peak and return to Base Camp or to Loboche. Today the final day to achieve the goal of this trip, if the weather is fine can be done in a day with strenuous effort on reaching the top of the summit grand panorama of the surrounding peaks including the number one Mt.Everest. After the climb time permitting either descend towards the Base Camp or continue towards Loboche village for the celebration.
Day 18: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m. Approx. 6 hrs.
The walk today will be easy heading downhill to a lower elevation; after the bridge route descends following the stream towards Pheriche valley, after 40 minutes of downhill the walk gets better as reach the valley floor, an hour of easy good walk brings you at Pheriche 4,243m. After a break here, a short walk brings you to the bridge from the bridge it is nearly downhill all the way with few ups in between to Pangboche, from here descend towards the bridge with a pleasant walk through the pine, rhododendron forest to Deoboche, after Deoboche 40 minutes uphill climb reaches you at Thyangboche for the overnight stop. Thyangboche offers excellent scenery of the surrounding peaks including Mt.Everest and of the majestic peal of Ama Dablam, visit the famed Thyangboche monastery as per the time rules for the visit.
Day 19: Trek to Monjo. 2,835m. Approx. 4-5 hours walk.
From Thyangboche the walk leads downhill to Phunge-tenga for an hour, after reaching the bottom cross the wooden bridge over the torrent Imja-tse river, after the bridge climb leads you back to the village of Shana-sa, from here the trail from Khumjung, Gokyo and to Namche meets. From here route follows the main busy path, to Namche Bazaar, after Namche retrace the same track to Monjo for the overnight stop, located just near after the Sagarmatha National Park entrance.
Day 20: Trek to Lukla 5 hrs walk.
Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own chosen pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 40 minutes from a place called Chop lung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.
Day 21: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. As we get hold of the boarding pass depending upon our flight time we make our way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 45 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. On reaching at Kathmandu domestic terminal, BUNA staff will receive and transfer you back to the Hotel.
Day 22: Free day at leisure.
A free day in Kathmandu please let our staff or tour officer know if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
Day 23: Transfer to Airport for the International departure. Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. BUNA staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARK AREA (1,148 SQ. KMS.) LOCATION: Sagarmatha National Park is located to the Northeast of Kathmandu in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park includes the highest peak in the world, Mt.Sagarmatha (Everest), and several other well-known peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyo, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thermasarkhu, Kwangde, Khangtiaga and Gyachung Kang. The park was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.
FEATURES: The Mountains of Sagarmatha National Park are geologically young and broken up by deep gorges and glacial valleys. Vegetation includes pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes, fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods, scrub and alpine plant communities, and bare rock and snow. The famed bloom of rhododendrons occurs during spring (April and May) although other flora is mostly colorful during the monsoon season (June to August) Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are the Himalayan Thar, goral, serow and musk deer.
The snow leopard and Himalayan black bear are present but rarely sighted, other mammals rarely seen are the weasel, marten, Himalayan mouse hare (pika), and jackal and languor monkey. The park is populated by approximately 3,000 of the famed Sherpa people whose lives are interwoven with the teaching of Buddhism.
The main settlements are Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame, Thyangboche, Pangboche and Phortse. The economy of the Khumbu Sherpa community has traditionally been heavily based on trade and livestock herding.