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Mardi Himal trek (7 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Mardi Himal Base Camp

Difficulty: moderate
Mardi Himal
Starting at $319 usd
For 1 person -Guide & Permits
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees
$31.04 /day per person for guide
+ $30 per person for guide's insurance
+ $22.75 per person for vat tax
+ $48 per person for permits

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

Sherpana prices are based on group size. We refund you the difference if more people join your trek.
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Included Services
  • Permits ACAP and TIMS Card
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • VAT Tax 13% Nepal Government Tax
Optional Services (Porter)
  • Porter Each porter may carry no more than 20 kg (44 lb). One porter is usually enough for 2 people's gear. Government required insurance covers the porter in case of an accident while on the trip.
    $20 per day per porter

    + $30 per porter for porter's insurance
    + $2.21 per day per porter for vat tax (porter)

This trip has optional side trips. Would you like to see the options?

The route was opened for trekking as recently as 2012 and now has lodges along the trail, so it can be done as a teahouse trek. The trek has the advantage of drawing far fewer trekkers than the more well-known destinations like Poon Hill and Annapurna Basecamp. The trail ascends the ridge beneath Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peak and boasts some of the best views anywhere of this picturesque mountain.

Weather Conditions in January

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January is one of the coldest and driest months, which makes it good for Himalayan views while wearing lots of layers. While there is little rain, skies in the hills and valleys further from the high mountains can be hazy from dust and pollution. The days are short and the nights long, so you can finally catch up on War and Peace while hiking the Himalayas. Now that’s something to be proud of! Go with the e-book version, your back or your porter’s back will thank you for it. At high altitudes, temperatures can drop to well below freezing. Even during the day, temperatures may not rise much above freezing, if at all, and the snow that does fall doesn’t melt and can become hard and icy. This can make crossing high passes more difficult. During this season it may be wise to bring crampons or at a minimum a good trekking pole.

At a glance
On average there are 2 days with precipitation in January. The highest point on the trek is Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500 m. During January, expect high temperatures of around 0.4°C (33°F) and lows down to -16.6°C (2°F) at Mardi Himal Base Camp.

Mardi Himal Trek
(Elevation Profile)

Available Side Trips

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Extra rest days and overnights can be added once the itinerary is created. However any side trips must be added in this step before the itinerary is created.

Fri Jan 24 (day 1)

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.4°C (72°F) and lows of about 5.4°C (42°F) in January.

Pokhara
Public bus from Pokhara to Dhampus Phedi (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $2.00
Travel time: about 1 hour
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Private vehicle from Pokhara to Dhampus Phedi (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $15.00
Travel time: 40 minutes

Dhampus Phedi (1130 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.6°C (69°F) and lows of about 3.6°C (38°F) in January.

Dhampus (1650 m)

About 1.5 to 2 hours from Phedi (trail climbs steeply through forest and then paddy fields)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.5°C (64°F) and lows of about 0.5°C (33°F) in January.

Pothana (1890 m)

About 1.5 hours from Dhampus (trail follows the ridge from Dhampus)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.1°C (61°F) and lows of about -0.9°C (30°F) in January.

Sat Jan 25 (day 2)

Deurali, Kaski (2100 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.8°C (59°F) and lows of about -2.2°C (28°F) in January.

Forest Camp (Kokar) (3050 m)

About 5-6 hours from Pothana (trail climbs the Kali Danda Ridge through rhododendron and magnolia forest)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.1°C (48°F) and lows of about -7.9°C (18°F) in January.

Sun Jan 26 (day 3)

Low Camp (3050 m)

About 3-4 hours from Forest Camp (trail continues to climb through forest to Low Camp)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.1°C (48°F) and lows of about -7.9°C (18°F) in January.

Mon Jan 27 (day 4)

High Camp (Mardi Himal) (3900 m)

About 4-5 hours from Low Camp (trail climbs out of the forest revealing the impressive mountain peaks including Fishtail)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.0°C (39°F) and lows of about -13.0°C (9°F) in January.

Tue Jan 28 (day 5)

Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m)

About 6-7 hours round trip from High Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 0.4°C (33°F) and lows of about -16.6°C (2°F) in January.

Mardi Himal Base Camp

High Camp (Mardi Himal) (3900 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.0°C (39°F) and lows of about -13.0°C (9°F) in January.

Rating: | 2 reviews
Highlights: Ghandruk
Difficulty: easy
Return via the picturesque villages of Ghandruk and Chomrong

Wed Jan 29 (day 6)

Sidhing (1945 m)

About a 6 hour descent from High Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.7°C (60°F) and lows of about -1.3°C (30°F) in January.

Thu Jan 30 (day 7)

Lumre (1200 m)

About 3 hours from Sidhing
Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.2°C (68°F) and lows of about 3.2°C (38°F) in January.

Public bus from Lumre to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $2.00
Travel time: about 1 hour
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Private vehicle from Lumre to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $15.00
Travel time: 40 minutes

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.4°C (72°F) and lows of about 5.4°C (42°F) in January.

Pokhara
you can add extra rest days after the itinerary is created

by Israel (Germany) on Jul 28, 2019

Mardi Himal led by Pema Futi Sherpa

by Christine (Canada) on Apr 15, 2019

Mardi Himal led by Nirmala Subedi

by Nicholas (Singapore) on Mar 25, 2019

Mardi Himal led by Nirmala Subedi

The trail provides stunning views of the Annapurna range. For a short and moderate trek, it offers very rewarding views. Just a note, the tea houses are rather basic.

by Sumeer (India) on Dec 23, 2018

Mardi Himal led by Pasang Dawa Sherpa

Mardi Himal is just out of the world, I feel I am in a position to do a comparison between ABC and Himal Mardi, I would say from the overall trek (journey) perspective I would always rate Mardi Himal higher than ABC. Poonhill is only exceptional place on ABC trek where I would like to visit again someday. Thanks for reading

by Lara (Australia) on Dec 12, 2018

Mardi Himal led by Pema Futi Sherpa

It is said that this is a moderate hike... but moderate in Nepal means something different! A little bit of rock scrambling, a few steep sections... but the views are stunning. We loved it!

by Aaron (Australia) on Sep 27, 2018

Mardi Himal led by Rajkumar Sunar

by Shane (Australia ) on May 26, 2018

Mardi Himal led by Ang Pemba Sherpa

If you want very little tourist this is your trek

by Jessica (U.K. ) on Apr 9, 2018

Mardi Himal led by Mingma Nuru Sherpa

by Israel (Germany) on Jul 28, 2019

Mardi Himal led by Pema Futi Sherpa

by Christine (Canada) on Apr 15, 2019

Mardi Himal led by Nirmala Subedi