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Introduction of Guide:
Mohan Raj Bhandari, the founder of North Nepal Travels and Treks, shares his adventures with nature to inspire you to plan your next vacation in the outdoors. Mohan’s goal is to help his audience, whether they listen or read his content, to decide where to go for their next adventure. This is his and North Nepal’s team’s first-hand experience as they lead adventures to the heart of the Himalayas.
Mardi Himal Trek begins …
Last Autumn, I guided a group of Japanese trekkers to Mardi Himal Base Camp, a new and emerging trekkers favorite in the mid-west of Nepal. Our journey started with a 30 min drive from Pokhara to Phedi. Even though the early morning weather was a bit cold and foggy, the rest of the day was clear and just perfect for hiking.
The vegetation started to change as we ascended and passed through bright red rhododendrons and trees covered with moss, lichen and tree ferns. After a short lunch break at Australian camp, the trail passed through small, ethnic Gurung villages of Dhampus with outstanding views of Pokhara valley and the mountains up north. From there we hiked for about 1.5 hours to Deurali (2,200m).
On the next day, the morning was a bit foggy but opened up to a great day; clear blue sky with gleaming snow-capped mountains while hiking from Deurali to Forest Camp. Then we had lunch there and hiked up to Low Camp. The illustration from the low camp was just astounding; view of the mountain range in front of you was majestic, and when you looked down you could see the forest and villages, no words could express the beauty of Mardi Himal.
2 hrs climbed on the next day via jungle took us to Badal dada which offered the astounding 360 views of Annapurna and Fishtail mountain range. We had lunch at a Panorama Guest House with amazing views of the surrounding. Further 2 hrs hiked to High camp following the trail along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes. The guest house at High Camp was huge than Low Camp and Forest Camp with good service and wifi.
In the early morning at 5:00 am, we decided to hike up to the Mardi Himal Base Camp so we could see the magnificent sunrise view from the viewpoint. On the way, we saw sheep and goats from lower villages which climbed to gaze, so that there were numbers of herder’s huts. It seemed like everything was in our favor, so when we reached the Mardi Himal Base Camp, we observed the spectacular and very cool sunrise view. From Base Camp at the elevation of 4500m, we saw a stunning view of Mardi Himal (5,587 m), Hiuchuli (6,435 m), Machhapuchhre (6,997 m, 6,994 m), and Annapurna south (7,229 m).
We spent about 2 hrs there, and had breakfast at our guest house and descend to Badal dada – one of the best place to observe the panoramic view of Annapurna mountain range along with Machhapuchhre(fishtail) and Mardi Himal.
Change of route …
On the way back, our guests didn’t want to take the same route. So we took the trail that headed towards the Siding village rather than Forest Camp. Sidhing is a traditional village and still away from the busier modern touristic trek. We had lunch there and headed to Lumre via Kalimati and Ghale village and back to Pokhara on jeep.
- Our journey held during high season, so it was hard to manage the room for guests at Low Camp.
- We didn’t expect, but we faced slight rain due to which the trail from high camp to the viewpoint was quite steeper and dangerous.
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