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Mardi Himal via Ghandruk and Chomrong trek (10 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Mardi Himal Base Camp and Ghandruk

Difficulty: moderate
Mardi Himal
Starting at $422 usd
For 1 person -Guide & Permits
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees
$31.03 /day per person for guide
+ $30 per person for guide's insurance
+ $32.50 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)

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.

Side trip via Ghandruk and Chomrong: Return via the picturesque villages of Ghandruk and Chomrong

Weather Conditions in February

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February has a slightly higher chance of precipitation than January and a slight increase in the chance of clouds, but in general it is typically a very dry month. While there is little rain, skies in the hills and valleys further from the high mountains can be hazy from dust and pollution. 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 3 days with precipitation in February. The highest point on the trek is Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500 m. During February, expect high temperatures of around 2.4°C (36°F) and lows down to -14.6°C (6°F) at Mardi Himal Base Camp.

Mardi Himal via Ghandruk and Chomrong 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.

Thu Feb 20 (day 1)

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 24.4°C (76°F) and lows of about 7.4°C (45°F) in February.

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 22.6°C (73°F) and lows of about 5.6°C (42°F) in February.

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 19.5°C (67°F) and lows of about 2.5°C (37°F) in February.

Pothana (1890 m)

About 1.5 hours from Dhampus (trail follows the ridge from Dhampus)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.1°C (65°F) and lows of about 1.1°C (34°F) in February.

Fri Feb 21 (day 2)

Deurali, Kaski (2100 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.8°C (62°F) and lows of about -0.2°C (32°F) in February.

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 11.1°C (52°F) and lows of about -5.9°C (21°F) in February.

Sat Feb 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 11.1°C (52°F) and lows of about -5.9°C (21°F) in February.

Sun Feb 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 6.0°C (43°F) and lows of about -11.0°C (12°F) in February.

Mon Feb 24 (day 5)

Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m)

About 6-7 hours round trip from High Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 2.4°C (36°F) and lows of about -14.6°C (6°F) in February.

Mardi Himal Base Camp

High Camp (Mardi Himal) (3900 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.0°C (43°F) and lows of about -11.0°C (12°F) in February.

Tue Feb 25 (day 6)

Forest Camp (Kokar) (3050 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.1°C (52°F) and lows of about -5.9°C (21°F) in February.

Wed Feb 26 (day 7)

Landruk (1565 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.0°C (68°F) and lows of about 3.0°C (37°F) in February.

Thu Feb 27 (day 8)

Chomrong (2210 m)

About 5-6 hours from Landruk
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.1°C (61°F) and lows of about -0.9°C (30°F) in February.

Chomrong
Fri Feb 28 (day 9)

Ghandruk (2000 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.4°C (63°F) and lows of about 0.4°C (33°F) in February.

Ghandruk
Sat Feb 29 (day 10)

Birethanti (1025 m)

About 3 hours from Ghandruk
Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.3°C (74°F) and lows of about 6.3°C (43°F) in February.

Naya Pul (1000 m)

About 45 minutes from Birethani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.4°C (74°F) and lows of about 6.4°C (44°F) in February.

Public bus from Naya Pul to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $2.00
Travel time: about 2 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 24.4°C (76°F) and lows of about 7.4°C (45°F) in February.

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

May 8 - May 14, 2019  unconfirmed

This trip has been proposed but will not be confirmed with the guide until a payment has been made.

Mardi Himal (7 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

Private trek
1 interested

0 confirmed trekkers

$311 usd
For 1 person to join this trek
Guide & Permits Only

Price drops to $195 if 1 interested trekker joins this trek

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
+ $15 for private trek surcharge

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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.

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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

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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

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