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    Mardi Himal Trek (Machhapuchhare Model Trek)

    Mardi Himal Trek (Machhapuchhare Model Trek)

    Publish Date:Friday, March 24th, 2017

    Mardi Himal Trekking in Nepal lies less than 20 km from Pokhara Nepal. Mardi Himal is the most southerly peak of the Annapurna range. Photographs of Mardi Himal taken in 1953 by Basil Goodfellow. First drew the attention of western climbers, and the mountain received kits first ascent in 1961. The first route was via the East Flank and is the only one used so far.

    The mountain is a continuation of the southwest ridge of Machhapuchhare and is the 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 5200 m. The normal climbing route to the summit of Mardi Himal passes through this col. The summit offers a splendid view of the Annapurna Range and the scared Machhapuchhare, commonly known as “Fishtail”.

    The valleys and ridges south of Mardi Himal are steep and heavily wooded with bamboo and rhododendron.

    Itinerary for Mardi Himal Trekking in Nepal

    Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival.
    Day 2: Drive to Pokhara.
    Day 3: Drive to Kande (1770m), Trek to Bhichok Deurali (2100m)
    Day 4: Trek to Forest Camp (Kokar) (2550m)
    Day 5: Trek to Low Camp (3000m).
    Day 6: Trek to High Camp (3900m).
    Day 7: Rest Day / Acclimatization Day.
    Day 8: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m).
    Day 9: Trek to Mardi Himal (5553m) and back to High Camp.
    Day 10: Trek down to Sidhing (1700m).
    Day 11:Trek down to Milanchowk and Drive to Pokhara.
    Day 12:Drive to Kathmandu.
    Day 13: Departure.

    Mardi Himal Trek Distance

    Normally, distance is not measured in km/miles in any region for trekking in Nepal. We measure distance as per walking hours. In average, 5-6 hours is normal walking distance for trekking. Distance does not include trekker’s tea / coffee break, lunch break and any kind of rest during trekking.

    Mardi Himal Trekking in January

    Mardi Himal Trekking in January is very quiet with clear weather. January is regarded as a cold month; usually snowfalls are in the higher elevations with high wind and colder temperature.

    Mardi Himal is one of the season for trekking in Nepal. The chance of clear Mountain View and open sky during trekking in January is more than 75%. It rains below 3000 meter  and Snowfalls above 3000 meter in this season trekking for Mardi Himal.

    Mardi Himal Trekking in February

    Mardi Himal Trekking in Nepal in February is very quiet with clear weather. February is also regarded as a cold month; usually snowfalls are in the higher elevations with high wind and colder temperature.

    Mardi Himal is also the season for trekking in Nepal. The chance of clear Mountain View and open sky during trekking in February is more than 80%. It rains below 3000 m and Snowfalls above 3000 m in this season trekking for Mardi Himal.

    Mardi Himal Trekking in March

    March is the starting month of the warmth days leaving cold days behind and is considered as the best season for mountain climbing as well as trekking in Nepal.

    Mardi Himal Trekking in Nepal in March is completely rain free warm days and cool nights with more than 90% chances of clear views of mountains and open sky. Sometimes there might be rainfall and hail fall which makes the weather cold during trekking in March.

    The famous festival of colors called ‘Holi Festival’ is celebrated in this month. March, April and May are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    Mardi Himal Trekking in April

    April is the month of summer season considered as the best season for mountain climbing and trekking in Nepal. The weather is excellent during trekking in April with more than 90% chances of getting clear views of mountains and open sky. Climbing to higher elevation might get experience of summer snowfall and hail fall during trekking in Nepal in April. Nepali New Year is celebrated in the mid of this month. March, April and May are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    Mardi Himal Trekking in May

    During trekking in May, it is warm at lower elevations and quite moderate temperature at higher elevation which provide more than 90% chances of spectacular and excellent mountains view.

    Mardi Himal trekking is warm on this month but it might be very windy on the higher elevation with thunderstorm and lighting during trekking in Nepal in May. March, April and May are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    Mardi Himal Trekking in June

    June is the starting month of monsoon which takes ‘trekking in Nepal’ at different environment. Travelers can enjoy and interact with the nature while trekking in June.This is the best month for the farmers to cultivate which travelers also can enjoy.

    The environment of trekking in Nepal in June will be full of greenery below 3000m altitude. In monsoon the chances of clear Mountain View is around 50% only. Leeches, which believes to purify the blood, is expected up to 3000m elevation and starts decreasing above 3000m.

    Mardi Himal Trekking in July

    July is month of monsoon which takes ‘trekking in Nepal’ at different environment. Travelers can enjoy and interact with the nature while trekking in July. This is also the best month for the farmers to cultivate which travelers also can enjoy.

    The environment of trekking in Nepal in July will be full of greenery below 3000m altitude. In monsoon the chances of clear Mountain View is around 50% only. Leeches, which believes to purify the blood, is expected up to 3000m elevation and starts decreasing above 3000m.

    Mardi Himal Trekking in August

    August is the month of monsoon and small festivals which takes ‘trekking in Nepal’ at different environment. Travelers can enjoy and interact with the nature & culture while trekking in August.This is the month with small festivals to enjoy after hard works on cultivation.

    The environment of trekking in Nepal in July will be full of greenery below 3000m altitude. In monsoon the chances of clear Mountain View is around 50% only. Leeches, which believes to purify the blood, is expected up to 3000m elevation and starts decreasing above 3000m.

    Mardi Himal Trekking in September

    September is the end of monsoon season continuing with small festivals. It may take up to second week to end the rainy season but touristic season also begins from this month. The chance of clear sky with the good view of the mountain is around 75% during trekking in September.

    This is a starting of the peak season for trekking in Nepal. September, October, November and December are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    Mardi Himal Trekking in October

    October season is considered as the best trekking season as well as very peak tourist season in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal in October offers excellent weather and more than 90% chances of open sky and clear Mountain View with moderate temperature which makes the trekking in October wonderful. ‘Dashain’ which is the biggest festival of Nepalese people and ‘Tihar’ the festival of lights is celebrated in this month. September, October, November and December are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    Mardi Himal Trekking in November

    November season is considered as the best trekking season in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal in November offers excellent weather and more than 90% chances of open sky and clear Mountain View with moderate temperature which makes the trekking in November wonderful. September, October, November and December are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    Mardi Himal Trekking in December

    December is regarded as a cold month; usually snowfalls are in the higher elevations with high wind and colder temperature. But it is also the best season for mountain climbing and trekking in Nepal in December. The chance of clear Mountain View and open sky during trekking in December is more than 80%. September, October, November and December are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    Trekking Without a guide

    Trekking in Nepal without a guide is possible but there are some restricted areas which is not possible to trek without a guide. Government has banned certain area for trekking in Nepal without a guide. People from different countries have been trekking without a guide in many unrestricted areas from the beginning. Travelers are suggested to take a guide for their safety, avoid language problem and for navigation.

    Trekking Route

    Trekking in Nepal is easy as well as difficult depending up on the route, age and fitness level of the trekkers. According to your age and fitness level you can choose the itinerary and / or customize it.

    There are various routes available for trekking in Nepal in different parts of the country. Some routes have local tea-houses and in some route you need to take tents and kitchen equipment. In popular routes you will find many tea houses with good facilities but less popular routes can provide tea houses with only basic needs. Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Langtang Valley etc are famous trekking routes. Though there are many tea houses in these famous routes you may need to adjust in dining hall in peak tourist season.

    The prices of food & accommodation vary as per their location & mode of transportation available in that region. Almost all trekking routes are fine for every season but months are divided as peak season & off-season as per vacation in different countries in the world. There isn’t any month in which trekkers cannot trek in Nepal so you can choose as per your convenient. If you love to travel with many other nature lovers and health conscious the Autumn & Spring (peak season) will be best for you and if you love greenery Monsoon is better otherwise rest of the months will be favorable to you.

    Trekking Cost

    Trekking Cost depends upon different conditions, (i) region (ii) number of trekking days (iii) category (iv) Trekking location (v) mode of transportation available. The cost is different according to the region, like Everest is expensive because it is popular as well as cargo is needed to be carried by flight and Upper Mustang is expensive because it is restricted by the Nepal Government and special permission needed, where Dhaulagiri is expensive because it is in very remote area. Days spending for trekking in Nepal also lead to raise or decrease cost. The prices of food & accommodation vary as per their location & mode of transportation available in that region. The cost also differs in category such as tea-houses or camping trekking because we need to carry almost everything in camping trek. Trekking below 3000 m elevation is cheaper comparatively to higher elevation trekking in Nepal.

    Trekking in Nepal advice

    There are many people who come to Nepal to add an adventure and gain full exciting moments in their lives. It is better not to judge yourself and have ‘Yes I Can’ attitude for any trekking in Nepal. You need to motivate yourself to complete any kind of trekking in any season. Whatever the motivation is, it will help you to enjoy your time during trekking. There is no competition if you are trekking in Nepal; just feel that you love nature, your own health and want to spend time in the company of people with beautiful smile.

    Dehydration is only problem faced by the normal trekkers so drink water regularly and keep moving as per normal itinerary which helps your body to adjust the altitude. But if you have any problem of medical condition such as high blood pressure, heart conditions, neurological disorders, asthma, pregnancy, epilepsy, artificial limbs, previous dislocation, recent strains, recent breaks or recent surgery requiring stitches then you have to consult with the doctor before trekking in Nepal.

    Best time of years

    The best time for trekking in Nepal begins and lasts throughout the year. In autumn and spring season, you can see open sky with the clear view of mountains. In monsoon season, the way is full of greenery. In winter season, you can see incredible scenery. Therefore, you can choose any season for trekking in Nepal as per your convenient. If you love to travel with many other nature lovers and health conscious the Autumn & Spring (peak season) will be best for you and if you love greenery, Monsoon is better. So, you can choose the season as per your interest.

    trekking route map for Machhapuchre model trek

    ITINERARY

    Day 1:
    Kathmandu Arrival.
    Day 2:
    Drive to Pokhara.
    Day 3:
    Drive to Kande (1770m), Trek to Bhichok Deurali (2100m).
    Day 4:
    Trek to Forest Camp (Kokar) (2550m).
    Day 5:
    Trek to Low Camp (3000m).
    Day 6:
    Trek to High Camp (3900m).
    Day 7:
    Rest Day / Acclimatization Day.
    Day 8:
    Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m).
    Day 9:
    Trek to Mardi Himal (5553m) and back to High Camp.
    Day 10:
    Trek down to Sidhing (1700m).
    Day 11:
    Trek down to Milanchowk and Drive to Pokhara.
    Day 12:
    Drive to Kathmandu.
    Day 13:

    Departure.

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    Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

    Day 2: Drive to Pokhara

    Day 3: Drive to Kande (1770m), Trek to Bhichok Deurali (2100m)

    Day 4: Trek to Forest Camp (Kokar) (2550m)

    Day 5: Trek to Low Camp (3000m)

    Day 6: Trek to High Camp (3900m)

    Day 7: Rest Day / Acclimatization Day

    Day 8: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m)

    Day 9: Trek to Mardi Himal (5553m) and back to High Camp

    Day 10: Trek down to Sidhing (1700m)

    Day 11: Trek down to Milanchowk and Drive to Pokhara

    Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu

    Day 13: Departure


    Checklist

    Clothing:

    Clothing for the travelers during ‘Tour in Nepal’ are suggested to check as per the season you are travelling and high altitude trekkers should bring / take as per during ‘Trekking in Nepal’ as well as ‘For above 3500 m altitude’.

    Winter Season (October – February)

    • Warm Hat / Cap, Sunglass
    • Scarf / Masks / Tissue / Bandanna
    • Warm gloves
    • Jacket
    • Long-sleeved clothes (Shirts, Sweaters)
    • Trousers
    • Woolen Socks
    • Comfortable Shoes

    Summer Season (March – September)

    • Hat / Cap, Sunglass
    • Scarf / Masks / Tissue / Bandanna
    • Light / Windproof Jacket
    • Half Shirts / T-Shirts
    • Trousers
    • Cotton Socks
    • Comfortable Shoes
    • Raincoat / Umbrella

    During Trekking in Nepal,

    • Trekking Stick,
    • Light T-shirt / Shirt,
    • Half / Quarter Pants,
    • Towel,
    • Slipper,
    • Water bottle,
    • Thermos,
    • Personal medication and First-Aid-Kit with Sun-screen Lotion, Cold-cream, Lip-protector,
    • Chocolates & Snacks along the way,
    • Small back-pack (self-carry) to carry instant stuffs,
    • Backpack – carry by porter(s),
    • Flashlight / head-light / torch-light with batteries,

     Also Required

    • Personal entertainment (Reading book / I-pod / portable MP3),
    • Digital Camera with batteries,
    • Multi-plug,
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Ear plugs
    • Locks for bags
    • Money belt
    • Insect repellent
    • Pocket knife
    • Toilet articles
    • Waterproof backpack cover

    For above 3500 m altitude,

    • Warm Hat / Cap,
    • Warm Scarf / Masks / Tissue / Bandanna,
    • Waterproof Hand-gloves,
    • Down Jacket,
    • Gore Tex Jacket,
    • Warm Sweaters,
    • Woolen Shirts,
    • Warm Muffler,
    • Gore Tex Trouser,
    • Warm Trousers,
    • Thermal Underwear,
    • Woolen Socks,
    • Comfortable shoes (light but full trekking boot-waterproof),
    • Light sleeping bag
    • Waterproof backpack cover.

    Documents needed while trekking in Nepal,

    • Flight info
    • Insurance info
    • Passport
    • required visas
    • vaccination certificates
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information
    • Passport size photos
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