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Mardi Himal (5,587 m) lies less than 20 km from Pokhara and 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 its 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 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 Machhapuchhare ridge
by a col at 5,200 meters. 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 sacred Machhapuchhare, commonly known as
The valleys and ridges south of Mardi Himal are steep and heavily wooded
with bamboo and rhododendron.
Mardi Himal
Peak Facts
Permit group: B
Height: 5587m - 18330ft
Latitude: 28.47518
Longitude: 83.92799
Location: Annapurna
Duration: 14 Days
Days 1-6:
Drive, or fly, to Pokhara.
Drive 10km to Hyangja and join the
Mardi Himal trekking route. Reach
Mardi Himal Base Camp.
Days 7-9:
Reach high camp and climb
Mardi Himal.
Days 10-14:
Return trek to Pokhara.