Dec 22 - Dec 28, 2018 | 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

Would you like to request a specific guide?

If you do not specify a guide, a request will be sent to all available guides (once a payment is made and the trek is confirmed). Once confirmed, you can choose from the guides who indicated that they would like to lead your trek, or ask us to recommend a guide.

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 December

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December is probably the most underrated month to trek, one of the driest months of the year skies are often clear from sunrise to sunset. The trails and teahouses are less crowded than in November. At higher altitudes, temperatures drop as the winter season approaches so it is important to carry warm enough clothing and sleeping bags. When properly prepared December can be a great month to trek

At a glance
On average there are 1 day with precipitation in December. The highest point on the trek is Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500 m. During December, expect high temperatures of around 1.4°C (35°F) and lows down to -14.6°C (6°F) at Mardi Himal Base Camp.

Mardi Himal Trek
(Elevation Profile)

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.

Sat Dec 22 (day 1)

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.4°C (74°F) and lows of about 7.4°C (45°F) in December.

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 21.6°C (71°F) and lows of about 5.6°C (42°F) in December.

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 18.5°C (65°F) and lows of about 2.5°C (37°F) in December.

Pothana (1890 m)

About 1.5 hours from Dhampus (trail follows the ridge from Dhampus)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.1°C (63°F) and lows of about 1.1°C (34°F) in December.

Sun Dec 23 (day 2)

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 10.1°C (50°F) and lows of about -5.9°C (21°F) in December.

Mon Dec 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 10.1°C (50°F) and lows of about -5.9°C (21°F) in December.

Tue Dec 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 5.0°C (41°F) and lows of about -11.0°C (12°F) in December.

Wed Dec 26 (day 5)

Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m)

About 6-7 hours round trip from High Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 1.4°C (35°F) and lows of about -14.6°C (6°F) in December.

Mardi Himal Base Camp

High Camp (Mardi Himal) (3900 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.0°C (41°F) and lows of about -11.0°C (12°F) in December.

Thu Dec 27 (day 6)

Sidhing (1945 m)

About a 6 hour descent from High Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.7°C (62°F) and lows of about 0.7°C (33°F) in December.

Fri Dec 28 (day 7)

Lumre (1200 m)

About 3 hours from Sidhing
Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.2°C (70°F) and lows of about 5.2°C (41°F) in December.

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 23.4°C (74°F) and lows of about 7.4°C (45°F) in December.

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

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