Mardi Himal trek is the short and relatively easy trek in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. The trail is still pristine as it was only open formally in 2012. Until then it was only accessed by mountaineers or the local shepherds.
The picture was taken in 2015 when I was on a exploration team with my Australian trekker friends. I found the trek as one of the scenic and comparatively easier than other Himalayan treks. It gradually climbs the ridge of the mountain that is closest to the base city Pokhara. Since whole of the trek is walking along the ridge, there are no ups and downs and the Himalayas are looming at a distance. Just after 3 days of walking, we arrive in the alpine zone with clear sky and snow peaks all around us. It was amazing to stand above the cloud covered valley with just snow peaks protruding through them. Just clouds until the horizon. Mardi Himal base camp is at the altitude of 4,500 m. The last day exploration of the Mardi Himal base camp is difficult with 1,000 m climb of about 8 hrs.
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