May 22 - May 28, 2019 | Change

Mardi Himal trek (7 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Mardi Himal Base Camp

Difficulty: moderate
Mardi Himal
Starting at $296 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
+ $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
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

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 May

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May is the end of the ‘Spring Season’ when temperatures are more moderate and the pre-monsoon moisture increases the chance of precipitation as the month progresses. It can be hot and humid in the valleys at low elevations, so make sure you carry enough water. Like the rest of the spring, clear mornings typically give way to cloudy afternoons. At high altitudes, the precipitation can turn to snow, although at trekking elevations the accumulation does not usually get too deep. May is also the season when many 8000 m peaks are climbed so base camps of these mountains will be busy with activity.

At a glance
On average there are 12 days with precipitation in May. The highest point on the trek is Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500 m. During May, expect high temperatures of around 10.4°C (51°F) and lows down to -2.6°C (27°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.

Wed May 22 (day 1)

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 32.4°C (90°F) and lows of about 19.4°C (67°F) in May.

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 30.6°C (87°F) and lows of about 17.6°C (64°F) in May.

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 27.5°C (82°F) and lows of about 14.5°C (58°F) in May.

Pothana (1890 m)

About 1.5 hours from Dhampus (trail follows the ridge from Dhampus)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 26.1°C (79°F) and lows of about 13.1°C (56°F) in May.

Thu May 23 (day 2)

Deurali, Kaski (2100 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 24.8°C (77°F) and lows of about 11.8°C (53°F) in May.

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 19.1°C (66°F) and lows of about 6.1°C (43°F) in May.

Fri May 24 (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 19.1°C (66°F) and lows of about 6.1°C (43°F) in May.

Sat May 25 (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 14.0°C (57°F) and lows of about 1.0°C (34°F) in May.

Sun May 26 (day 5)

Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m)

About 6-7 hours round trip from High Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.4°C (51°F) and lows of about -2.6°C (27°F) in May.

Mardi Himal Base Camp

High Camp (Mardi Himal) (3900 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.0°C (57°F) and lows of about 1.0°C (34°F) in May.

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Highlights: Ghandruk
Difficulty: easy
Return via the picturesque villages of Ghandruk and Chomrong

Mon May 27 (day 6)

Sidhing (1945 m)

About a 6 hour descent from High Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 25.7°C (78°F) and lows of about 12.7°C (55°F) in May.

Tue May 28 (day 7)

Lumre (1200 m)

About 3 hours from Sidhing
Expect typical high termperatures of about 30.2°C (86°F) and lows of about 17.2°C (63°F) in May.

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 32.4°C (90°F) and lows of about 19.4°C (67°F) in May.

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

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 Christine (Canada) on Apr 15, 2019

Mardi Himal led by Nirmala Subedi