Mardi was on my bucket list recently when one of my sisters mentioned about it and shared some pictures of her trek to Mardi. Picturesque and beautiful, untouched natural chastity that was yet to be walked upon, Mardi came into light only recently. Before that, only a handful of people had visited this place. The trekking route to Mardi was officially opened in 2012 and since then, hordes of tourists have flocked to this pristine landscape. However, the number is relatively low considering other trekking routes that are constantly being travelled on. Nevertheless, the number is increasing year by year.
Mardi Viewpoint with Mt. Machhapuchhre in the background
Mardi trek is said to be one of the easiest treks in Nepal. The trekking path passes through forests, and beautiful sights on the way keep you captivated throughout the journey. The trek starts from Kande towards the Australian camp. One can choose to stay at Pokhara or Kande itself overnight so the journey can begin early morning. My friend and I took a bus from Dhading to Pokhara and stayed the night in the hustling and bustling tourist city of Pokhara.
Pokhara to Kande in Vehicle and Hiking to Australian Camp from Kande
We officially began our climb to Mardi from Kande. Hiking through villages and forests, we reached Australian Camp at 5 pm after 1.5 hours of walking. This is the first stop on this 5-day trip. Distance-wise it isn't that far from the highway, but it takes time because you’re continuously climbing uphill, which slows down your pace. The climb is beautiful. The change in weather higher up—chillier with the blowing of a cool breeze—and flora and fauna all greet you as you go along.
If you don’t want to stay at the Australian camp, you can opt to stay at a place called Deurali, which is a 15-20 min walk from the camp.
Morning view from Australian Camp
2: Australian Camp to Forest Camp
The morning was something else. Greeted by the lovely sunrise that could be seen from our room followed by a range of mountains—Annapurna south, Hinchuli, and Machhapuchhre—I was awestruck by the beauty of the place. This could not have been any better. Our destination for the day was Forest camp. We'd been told it would take about 7 hours to reach the camp from Australian Camp. We reached the Forest camp at 2 'o clock in the afternoon. We reached an hour early so we decided to move ahead and reach low camp. Forest camp, as the name suggests, was somewhere in the middle of the jungle. Due to a sudden downpour, we couldn’t reach low camp and hence, had to halt at rest camp and stay overnight at a hotel.