We three Khanals; Pradeep, Purusottam, and me, Nirav, commenced our trek on gloomy, wet, and drizzling weather from Pokhara on 13th December at around 4 PM. We decided to start our trek from Dhampus, which was one of many routes to Mardi Himal Trek. The destination for the day was to reach Pothana and spend a night there.
Vehicle Services for Mardi Trek, Pokhara to Dhampus;
You can catch the bus to Dhampus from Milan Chowk, Pokhara.
The bus takes about two and a half hours to reach Dhampus.
Here is the complete video of the Mardi Trek
Mardi Winter Trek Day 1, 13th DEC
Getting off from the bus after two and a half hours of travel, we could notice small Bazar like areas which was Dhampus. As it was already dark, we could see a variety of glowing lights, that were ignited to attract tourists to their Hotels.
Ignoring all those attractions we walked through the muddy road, resulted from the continuous rain for 3 days. We were ecstatic to see the amazing view of Pokhara and nearby small towns on the way. The route wasn’t entirely good but seemed decent enough to walk.
After walking around thirty minutes from Dhampus we reached Pothana; our destination for Day 1.
We had an excellent dinner, especially the Local Ghee was special. We met a Swiss Tourist and her guide there and had friendly chat being warmed by the Local Chulo; firing the woods. Afforded lodging facilities were actually quite good. It was pouring down heavy the whole night with few thunderstorms. We were in doubt if we could commence our trekking early morning the next day.
Mardi winter Trek DAY 2, 14th DEC
To our much delight, the rain had settled, clouds were beginning to fade away and the sun was rising to shine. As we had lots of distance to cover; we backpacked our bags, filled our water bottles, took a few photos, and started the trek for the day.
After forty-five minutes of walk, we reached Deurali, where the scenario of mountains was marvelous. Utilizing the waiting time for Breakfast we captured some pleasant views.
After having the heavy breakfast, we walked further to find the hills and routes covered with snow. We were amazed to see these snows as it was our first trek on snow.
We reached Rest Camp on the evening of Day 2 to find what the real beauty of snow on Mountain is.
Mardi Winter Trek DAY 3, 15th DEC
Waking the next morning was realization of the Nepali song “बिहान उठ्ने बित्तिकै हिमाल देख्न पाइयॊस “.Hence, the perfect way to unfold the day, which befell to be the best day on the trek. After having breakfast we began the day walking on the snow; which was a little tough then what it sensed it would be like, to be honest. Sun rose to shine which meant the snow began to melt. Thus, making the trail slippery and risky. Enjoying the mesmerizing views and walking in the dense snow for around 4 hours, we arrived at Low Camp, where we had our lunch.
Strolling through the snows and enjoying the majestic snow-capped landscapes with the surreal feeling among us, we reached the High Base Camp at around 3 in the day. Taking on the advice of the returning youngsters like us, that we met on our way to High Camp, we planned to stay at the Peace Mountain Hotel. The faith in the youngster suggestion did pay dividends, as we had a fabulous time at the hotel. We tasted the Yak’s Meat and Ghee for the first time and had few drinks together with the hotel owner with tasty wild honey. View of The Mountain and Landscape was so captivating that we even stepped on snow with just slippers on, to observe and capture the moments. Landscape, Mountains Sightseeing justified the fact; Nepal is truly a Heaven.
Mardi Winter Trek DAY 4, 16th DEC
Waking up to the sunrise was just the most satisfying scene I had witnessed in a long long time (Can be seen in the above video). We were excited to go the top but as it was heavily snowing for the past few days, people were reluctant to go the view tower; so were we. With bright grain-sized snow sparkling our eyes, we along with fellow trekkers decided to climb as far as we could. Unfortunately, we were incapable to go to the view tower but nonetheless we witnessed what the attraction of Snow and Mountain really is. Paragliding was yet another magical moment that was the icing on the cake to arguably the best Trekking in my Life to date.
For More Photos and Videos of Mardi Winter Trek on snow:
Check ; Nirav Khanal
SUMMARY Of Mardi Trek
Budget – 10,000 per head is enough
Trek for 3 days to Top & 1 day to return back from Sidhing by Jeep.
Good Lodge and Hotels on the way
Warm Clothes, Gloves required
Trekking Shoes (Not Ordinary) Required
Take Chocolates and avoid Dry food
Take Adequate Water
You just can’t sense the true nature within photos and videos but got to visit it yourself.
Disclaimer – No any Profit Intended, we elevated them cause we cherished their Services
For Jeep (From Sidhing To Pokhara)
- You can catch jeep at Sidhing (If not Contact 9846802013 – Kamal for Jeep)
For Hotel at the Top (High Camp)
- There are plenty of Hotels but in case you prefer a good one, contact
- 9846354790 Shanti Ji