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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 September

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Mid-September marks the start of the ‘Fall Season’ historically the monsoon would end in mid-September, however in recent years the monsoon has officially withdrawn in early October. While there is a good chance of precipitation, clear skies and lush, rice paddy terraced hills are your spectacular when it is not raining. The chance of rain decreases as the month progresses. The end of the monsoon means there is still a chance of the occasional heavy snowfall at high altitudes. Furthermore, high passes can have a lot of snow that has accumulated over the monsoon.

At a glance
On average there are 15 days with precipitation in September. The highest point on the trek is Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500 m. During September, expect high temperatures of around 9.4°C (49°F) and lows down to -0.6°C (31°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 Sep 20 (day 1)

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 31.4°C (89°F) and lows of about 21.4°C (71°F) in September.

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 29.6°C (85°F) and lows of about 19.6°C (67°F) in September.

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 26.5°C (80°F) and lows of about 16.5°C (62°F) in September.

Pothana (1890 m)

About 1.5 hours from Dhampus (trail follows the ridge from Dhampus)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 25.1°C (77°F) and lows of about 15.1°C (59°F) in September.

Sat Sep 21 (day 2)

Deurali, Kaski (2100 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.8°C (75°F) and lows of about 13.8°C (57°F) in September.

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 18.1°C (65°F) and lows of about 8.1°C (47°F) in September.

Sun Sep 22 (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 18.1°C (65°F) and lows of about 8.1°C (47°F) in September.

Mon Sep 23 (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 13.0°C (55°F) and lows of about 3.0°C (37°F) in September.

Tue Sep 24 (day 5)

Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m)

About 6-7 hours round trip from High Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.4°C (49°F) and lows of about -0.6°C (31°F) in September.

Mardi Himal Base Camp

High Camp (Mardi Himal) (3900 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.0°C (55°F) and lows of about 3.0°C (37°F) in September.

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

Wed Sep 25 (day 6)

Sidhing (1945 m)

About a 6 hour descent from High Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 24.7°C (76°F) and lows of about 14.7°C (58°F) in September.

Thu Sep 26 (day 7)

Lumre (1200 m)

About 3 hours from Sidhing
Expect typical high termperatures of about 29.2°C (85°F) and lows of about 19.2°C (67°F) in September.

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 31.4°C (89°F) and lows of about 21.4°C (71°F) in September.

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