Discover an untouched sites and territories of your beyond imaginations!!

Discover an untouched sites and territories of your beyond imaginations!!

Discover an untouched sites and territories of your beyond imaginations!!

Discover an untouched sites and territories of your beyond imaginations!!

Discover an untouched sites and territories of your beyond imaginations!!

Prems Nepal Trek (EEF – relief aid campaign 2015) at Budathum VDC of Dhading. These people are waiting for supplies…

Prems Nepal Trek (EEF – relief aid campaign 2015), this is one of the homes destroyed from the devastating earthquake at Budathum VDC of Dhading.

Prems Nepal Trek (EEF – relief aid campaign 2015), our team members are distributing the supplies at Budathum, Dhading.

Prems Nepal Trek (EEF – relief aid campaign 2015), these people are taking supplies to their home after we distributed…

Prems Nepal Trek (EEF – relief aid campaign 2015), Maina Rai one of the EEF members is having photo session with the lovely children of Budathum, Dhading.

Prems Nepal Trek (EEF – relief aid campaign 2015), at Aarkhet of Gorkha dist, these whole family members are migrating to Terai after they lost their homes above the remote part of Gorkha.

Prems Nepal Trek (EEF – relief aid campaign 2015), one of the destroyed homes at Bohoragaon of Gorkha dist.

Prems Nepal Trek (EEF – relief aid campaign 2015), Machhapokhari village of Gorkha, this lady lost her home from the quakes!!

Prems Nepal Trek (EEF – relief aid campaign 2015), Ruddhreshor village of Budanilakantha Kathmandu, where we brought the supplies as well.

Prems Nepal Trek (EEF – relief aid campaign 2015), our EEF team members are heading to Budathum VDC, still miles away to reach…. Our jeep driver did not want to go further and we did let him go home, then few of EEF members rode with the same trucks carrying supplies and the rest members hiked all the way to the place, from where we distributed the relief packages…

Prems Nepal Trek (EEF – relief aid campaign 2015), the supplies arrived at Salyantar of Dhading.

Prems Nepal Trek (EEF – relief aid campaign 2015), at Boharagaon of Gorkha, it was so good to be with those misery people…

Prems Nepal Trek (EEF – relief aid campaign 2015), they are still on waiting list to get the supplies we brought for…

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

5 Homes Handover for 5 Families (updated on 19-11-2016)

Date: 2016-03-22

On behalf of EEF (Earthquake Emergency Fund) team:
5 newly built homes are handover today for the five families (30 members), who completely lost their homes from last terrible earthquakes in Nepal.
The families originally from the remotest places called Tipling VDC of Dhading near the Ganesh Himalayas. After everything lost they come down to Chyangli – 2, Awanda of Gorkha and they got homes over there. It’s by distance 74 km away of Pokhara.
Our team could build more homes for more families, because of very limit budget we could not do as we wanted. Still our relief aid program is ongoing…

At Chyangli Awanda Gorkha, there are 200 households living. These people are severely suffering from drinking water crisis!
Because of the earthquakes, they lost water spring and it is completely dried!! So they must carry up the water with water pots or jar from the river. It is at least 600 meter far below the lower village.
In monsoon season this river brings so dark and dirty water, still for them there is no other option to drink and use for their cattle.


Our EEF team is planning for this drinking water project:
First of all near the river, need to construct a WELL and strong huge-WALL around to protect it from the monsoon river hit. Pump the water from the well and collect it in the huge reserved water tank at the 1st village and distribute it to each family.

The villagers claimed about costing it sixty thousand dollars (60,000 $) in total. But if our team able to collect twenty thousand dollars (20,000 $); then we would buy all the necessary materials including all transportation, pay for the expert masons (builders), workers, engineer etc… And for the normal work the villagers would work as a volunteer. So our target is to collect as above mentioned budget.

~ Updated on 06-10-2016 ~  

Dear all,
EEF: Ongoing housing project currently to start building another home at Chalisedanda – 5, Mirkot VDC of Gorkha, by distance about 90 km away in the east of Pokhara. Where, there are 40 households are affected from the last earthquakes; 15 households are totally damaged and those families are living under bamboo shelters made by themselves. You know it does not last longer. The rest homes partly cracked, some parts fallen and some families even built homes for themselves. According to our field visit, for the 15 + (6 families from neighboring village) = 21 families are seriously in need a home.
As the government directed and earthquakes resistance home may cost easily 10k$ per home. Depending on the location, size, model and materials etc... If you built same home in the more remote areas will cost at least double.
Now; EEF housing project has received 4k through Dr. Susan Cummings Nicholson in Virginia, https://www.gofundme.com/2sudd8s?brandedshare=1&d=119616733
The government has just provided as a first part of money (50 thousand Rs.) for the each affected family to build a home, but we found some information, this money is not been used for homebuilding, even we someone told us that one of the families took the provided money of 50 thousand Rs, and gambled for 60 thousand Rs!
EEF team never provides cash directly to the families for homebuilding, but we bring all the necessary materials and involve ourselves to build it till it does not complete.

As we experienced; this is a fastest way to build home and no chance to misuse of the provided money…


Donate!
Your donation is very welcome and highly appreciated. We as a small team but energetic and dedicated one to bring directly each your support and supplies to the real affected people and areas without any long and headache process between…

Special thanks to whom involved in this project, because of your support, at least 30 people have received homes!!
https://www.facebook.com/premsnepaltrek1/?pnref=lhc


Currently being constructed a home at Chalisedanda – 5, Mirkot VDC of Gorkha, by distance about 101 km away in the east of Pokhara. On my previous information I mentioned details about the project. Mirkot is habitat nearly 35% of the indigenous Kumal people. Please, you may have a look more information and picture to click this link: https://www.facebook.com/prem.rai2# 


Updated on: 18-10-2016


EEF: Few weeks ago, our ongoing housing project had started to build a house at Chalisedanda – 5, Mirkot VDC of Gorkha.

The wall building is just completed and the rest work will be done in next two weeks. 




Updated on: 2016 Nov. 19, Saturday

What a great privilege for us to hand-over a beautiful house to the family of Jit Bdr Kumal at Mirkot Gorkha. He has two children and a lovely wife. They had lost their house from the last earthquakes hits in Nepal. They were living under temporarily tin roofed and bamboo bar shelter for nearly two years! Including his family, there are seven other families are still living in a heart-rending circumstances and at a same place.

Building this house; financially and physically supported by Dr. Susan Cumming Nicholson in Virginia and Mr. Barkley entirely dedicated in the field; - for painting, cleaning, encouraging people around.

I did a question to one of these senior citizen “why don’t you rebuild your house at the same place? He said; first reason, he does not want to look back to this place, because he had such a terrific experienced during the earthquakes hit, in front of his eye, dramatically his house started falling part by part and within a seconds it changed into rubble and he could see only the smoky dust covered the whole sky!!

Second reason; they have no budget to rebuild!!


EEF’s goal is rebuild other seven houses as well, because they are in a same need and situation. Each house costs to complete $6K.


Donate!
Your donation is very welcome and highly appreciated. We as a small team but energetic and dedicated one to bring directly each your support and supplies to the real affected people and areas without any long and headache process between… PNT and EEF’s banking details are:


MR. PREM BAHADUR RAI
A/C No: 18-1893645-01
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK NEPAL LIMITED,
SWIFT CODE: SCBLNPKA
LAKESIDE 6, POKHARA BRANCH,
NEPAL.


Contact person in Nepal:
Prem Rai
At PREMS NEPAL TREK PVT. LTD.
Lakeside - 6, Pokhara, Nepal.
Phone: +977 9846306028
Phone: +977 9807380590





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Thursday, June 25, 2015

EEF - relief aid campagin 2015

Dear all,

Welcome (Namaste)!

PREMS NEPAL TREK (PNT) in Pokhara is a local company founded by a couple of trekking guides:

Prem Rai and Maina Rai including their professional and honest Sherpa guide members are working for the people and communities impacted from the natural disasters in the various part of Nepal.  Their profession and income source is trekking/tour guiding thru – the Himalayas of Nepal.
This company aim to bring supports for schools, orphans, financially poor students. We accept any donations financial and material etc…

There is a local team called; EEF (earthquake emergency fund) – relief aid campaign 2015, been working in the midst of heavily impacted-misery communities by supplying foods and materials.

Donate!
Your donation is very welcome and highly appreciated. We as a small team but energetic and dedicated one to bring directly each your support and supplies to the real affected people and areas without any long and headache process between… PNT and EEF’s banking details are:

A/C No: 18-1893645-01
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK NEPAL LIMITED,
SWIFT CODE: SCBLNPKA
LAKESIDE 6, POKHARA BRANCH,
NEPAL.
Website: www.standardchartered.com


Posted on April 30/2015
From the “tragic, heart-rending and devastating quake” on 25th April 2015 in Nepal, There are millions people affected, and thousands died!!
In this bitterly and naturally created situation, each-other need helping hands. Millions people from several countries around the
World are sending their greatest support to Nepal and Nepali!! The rescue teams are totally dedicated to rescue the affected people. Don’t know, how long will it take yet. The dead bodies already started rotting under ruined buildings!!
I know it is my also duty to help someone in such a situation, so my company as Prems Nepal Trek and Restoration Church, Pokhara are coordinating to bring some helps  to the needy people.
We have collected some funds from our brothers and sisters around the World. We are going to bring it to the various places in Nepal. Pastor Sanjeep Thapa and youths are involved as volunteers. On behalf of Prems Nepal Trek, will go myself and some guides are joining.
Now; we welcome all those who will to spread their helping hands with generous heart, because of it someone will get food to eat and sleep warmly… pls click the link here…https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=918785598163574&set=a.523404061035065.1073741828.100000964284786&type=1&theater


Posted on April 30/2015
Date: May 3rd 2015;- with a team of Pastor Sanjeep Thapa Bijay Rai Saroj Gotame, Maina my wife and I brought things like dry food items, clothes for children, tents, mattresses etc at Bohoragaon of Ghorkha dist. It is about 80 km far in the east of Pokhara. Where, there are nearly 90% houses collapsed, fortunately no one killed. Because, it happened in mid-day and everyone went to the fields and at least elderly people and children also were outside of the house.
It was good trip, we had great chances to see the lovely children, give them clothes and other items, and their parents. 34 families (167 members) are benefited from this distribution.
And we are continued to Lalitpur, and on 4th we will distribute things the needy people there and will return to Pokhara same day and we've been praying for the next trip to Nuwakot nearer to Kathmandu. For more… https://www.facebook.com/prem.rai2/posts/920378584670942?pnref=story


Date: 04/05/2015
With the same team, we went to Ruddhreshor height at Budhanilakantha, in the north of Kathmandu. Most of the families are living in the tents and cooking and eating outside. 50% houses are standing but you cannot live in, all of them badly cracked and partly fallen.
A leader of this village as Mr. Rabindra Baidhya said, they even have not heard about the government is providing a relief aid to the affected people of Kathmandu! Even no single media person has visited over there. He said; our team was the first, who have made a visit to this village and distributed so basic needs like our team provided: blankets, mattresses, tents and dry food items for 25 families (93 members), and we did a visit to the earthquake victims at Teaching Hospital and gave packed juice and dry food for 27 members.
It went a blessing trip, if you would give us a more chances to serve these needy people thus way, you directly may contact me in Nepal.



Posted on May 15/2015
Date: 11-05-2015,
Dear all fellows, sisters, brothers and all well-wishers to this earthquake relief aid program. Because of your best efforts my team members have come to held the successful programs at the following places. We delivered all cereal items to three different places of Gorkha dist.
1. Panch Kilometer village 90 km far from Pokhara
2. Garaapani village in the distance of 116 km
3. Machhapokhari Baguwa village 131 km away of Pokhara.
The relief packages were delivered for 104 households and 450 family members. There are 95% of houses are damaged and the remaining are also not stay able in. There are thousands of people are suffering with hunger. They need roof to survive under. Their children are unsure for future; they are mentally also bad impacted.

So, these people need your prayers, helping hands and generous heart, my team are working among them, but without your support it's impossible to bring some smile on their faces.
Our next relief aid program is; on Sunday 17th May 2015, to Budhathum VDC, ward No: 4, Lakhuwa village of Dhading.

There are 150 households and 650 family members. Additionally; we are willing to deliver same think to a village of Gorkha and Tanahu as well (35 household). We will bring cereal items mostly and some clothes for children. For more info…https://www.facebook.com/prem.rai2/posts/925312974177503?pnref=story


Posted on May 19/2015
EEF – RELIEF AID CAMPAIGN 2015
Dear Fellows, brothers and sisters around the Word, first of all thank you so much for your everlasting love, care, support and generosity for the terribly affected communities in the different part of Nepal. Our two days program on (May 17 and 18, 2015) went tremendously success.
As our target to approach the remote areas, currently our team reached at Budhathum VDC of Dhading dist. By the distance it is located 200 km away in the east of Pokhara. Exactly I have no idea, how many people are living over these villages. But the good news is; Praise God, we could deliver the supplies as (rice, lentil, cooking oil, washing soap, biscuits, salt and clothes for children) for the families of 230 and 1,345 members. Even few families got 8 - 9 members a huge joint family!
As our previous plan was targeted for 150 to 160 families and 600 – 700 members, but all the donors sent us extra donation and we were able to deliver double supplies.

We had to drive mostly broad dirt road, I like to say it more “narrow mud road” and even we had to hike some hrs to get there. By 9:30 pm, we reached the place from where we distributed the supplies. While our supplies got off the vehicle, the youths from surrounding villages helped us to carry all the items to the distributing spot was the village development committee’s hall. Where, Nepal army camp is settled for a certain period, commanded by Warren Officer Mr. Surendra Limbu. He is an excellent officer. His team members were so helpful to protect all these items whole night and morning. The VDC secretary and WO2 Mr. Limbu’s team collected all the data of most affected families; accordingly all the supplies were delivered to these people.

Situation over there are heart-rending, seeing the misery of these people torn my heart!! Well, all Nepalese are affected from the quakes, even myself also did not sleep for many nights, still sometime suddenly I feel a big shake on chair, or bed or whatever when no quake!! 90-95% houses turned into rubble and the 10-5% seems standing but not stay able inside.
Our relief aid campaign is ongoing; so the next trip will be at below mentioned places of Gorkha dist, just near the Barpak and Laprak the first Epicenter of an earthquake. As my experienced everyone focused Laprak and Barpak and Sindhupalchok, Langtang and Charikot, because of everything is damaged over these places, yes it is I agree 100%, but you need to focus also the neighboring villages, where not real present of state and the media!!

Our target is bringing the supplies for 808 households. We will have to walk several hrs and days even. While getting off the vehicle/trucks at Sotikhola bazaar, Aarkhet, over there the EEF team will bring all items and deliver them to the villagers above mentioned, and will carry it themselves to their villages.

FOLLOWING PLACES IN OUR PLAN TO BRING SUPPPLIES:
1. Baseri VDC’s Bhaisegaon – 120 household,
2. Lapa VDC’s Lapubesi village – 100 household,
3. Lapa VDC’s Bhirkuna village – 94 household,
4. Lapa VDC’s Labu village – 200 household,
5. Mangbu VDC’s Dhunchet village – 260 household,
6. Arbang village – 34 household,
Total household: 808 households
EEF - team is humbly appeal all to donate the quakes victims, because of your each support, someone may have some food to survive and get shelter to sleep under...

Posted on May 31/2015
As you know our EEF- relief aid campaign team is working in the midst of misery. It is an ongoing mission, for the 4th round of program is targeted to bring the supplies for 808 households, but we have very limited budget, obviously, without your support we may not reach the goal. So EEF team appeal for a donation to all families, friends, well-wishers, sisters and brothers, any organizations around the world. We are a group of small team, but one thing very clear is; any donation we got is directly brought to the real affected places and communities (specially in the remote areas) without any long and headache-full processes between...


EEF – RELIEF AID CAMPAIGN 2015 (ROUND 6th) 

Dear Fellows, brothers and sisters around the Word, first of all thank you so much for your everlasting love, care, support and generosity for the terribly affected communities in the different part of Nepal. Our three days program on (June 22, 23 and 24, 2015) went success.

As our target to approach the remote areas, currently our supplies reached at Lapu and Gumda Village Development Committee (VDC) of Gorkha dist. It is also known as Manaslu region or Budigandaki valley one of the most famous trekking trail in Nepal.



By the distance it is located 180 km away in the east of Pokhara. Approximately there are 510 households and 2,700 individuals. We were not able to bring all these items to every village because of already monsoon affected the road and very difficult to access. So we asked all of them to come at Sotikhola 1 – 2 hrs hike and received these supplies.

Oh! they looked so beautiful carrying their typical Dokos (baskets) and very happy to receive those items we distributed.

Praise God, we could deliver the supplies as (rice, lentil, cooking oil, instant noodles, biscuits, salt and tents for 35 families).


Total villages that benefitted from our relief aid program are;

A: LAPU VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (VDC)
1.    Thanti village (ward no 1)
2.     Poundu village (warn no 2)
3.    Besigaon (ward no 3)
4.    Bheerkuna village (ward no 4)
5.    Lapu sirangaon (ward no 5)
6.    Khanigaon (ward no 6)
7.    Lapubesi (ward no 7)
8.    Lapumajhgaon (ward no 8)
9.    Laputhulogaon (ward no 9)

B: GUMDA VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (VDC)
1.    Khanebesi village (ward no 5)

EEF relief aid campaign team will continue to work; the next working plan is “rebuild homes for homeless”. There are urgently in need of homes for numerous homeless families in the various places across the country. The monsoon is bringing heavier rain, so we have to arrange it as soon as possible...


SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION OF:
I have been on fur missions trips with Prem in Nepal and have seen him in action.He is a Godly man and committed to helping the Nepalese people and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with them while doing that. I can't recommend him enough! He is the "real deal"!

(2) Daybyday Carmen Bensusan
Gracias a todos por participar en el Taller de Cup Cakes el pasado sábado. Recogimos 105 € y yo puse un poco más para mandar 300 € a nuestro amigoPrem Rai en Nepal. Fue un momento muy emotivo en correos y espero verme allí pronto de nuevo para hacer otra transferencia. Gracias de nuevo a todos mis alumnos, madres, padres y profesores por colaborar con Daybyday Carmen Bensusan
Otra mañana de éxito en Daybyday Carmen Bensusan Taller de Cup Cakes
Hemos recaudado 105€ esta semana así que mandaré 210€ a Prem Rai en Nepal.
Another successful morning at daybyday cupcake Workshop. We've collected 105€ so I will be sending 210€ to Prem in Nepal.

(3) Sugar & Spice Cafe - Fort Williamhttps://www.facebook.com/sugarandspicecafeFW?fref=ts
One of the Charities that will benefit from tonight's fundraiser. Please watch the video. I met Prem Rai in Nepal in 2004, he and his local team are doing amazing work on the ground in some of the remote areas that were devastated by the recent earthquakes.
If anyone would still like to donate we will have a collection box in the restaurant until the end of June x

(4) Hillary Rai Anna Walkinshaw
Prem- the work you are doing is just incredible. We hope that the money transferred today will help you carry on helping others in need. To all of you tagged (and the friends you brought along) thanks again- you can see on prem's facebook page the work he and his family are doing to rebuild affected communities. Thanks also to western union for no charges for Nepal transfers.


Contact person in Nepal:
Prem Rai
At PREMS NEPAL TREK PVT. LTD.
Lakeside - 6, Pokhara, Nepal.
E-mail: premmainarai@hotmail.com
www.trekwithpremrai.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/prem.rai2
Phone: +977 9846306028
Phone: +977 9804115956







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Monday, March 4, 2013

The Khopra Trek (South of Annapurnas) 2013

Khopra Trek or South of Annapurna region is one of Nepal’s last Himalayan jewels; a glittering array of panoramas, gigantic peaks and peaceful nature awaits the adventurous explorer. However, as magnificent as the mountains are, it is perhaps the people of Nepal that are its greatest asset. Trekkers visiting South of Annapurnas (Moharedanda, Khopra Ridge, ABC, Poon hill and Mardi Himal) are sure to be smitten by the mystical cultures, quaint villages, massive glaciers, mysterious forests and beautiful exciting trails with vistas. All will leave with a renewed inspiration for life; there is something very uplifting about exploring some of nature’s most magical areas…
For more pictures to see: https://www.facebook.com/prem.rai2/media_set?set=a.513657682009703.1073741825.100000964284786&type=3 

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

NATT – Trails : Mardi Himal Trek , Chapter ,May 2012


NATT – Trails : Mardi Himal Trek ,  Chapter ,May 2012

On 24th of May, 2012, three of us, Guide Mahesh Kulung Himalaya Lodge & Restaurant owner of Landruk, Shyam Rai, and I left for Mardi Himal Trek to mark the trail with blue/white colors. We did everything as volunteers. Although the ACAP officers, Mr. Lal Prasad Gurung and Mr. Narendra Lama had promised to pay something for the paint, brushes and our food and accommodation, it seemed to be taking too long to process. As my friend's time was limited, we decided to leave as early as possible and finally decided on the right time for it. We were happy and very dedicated doing it, and I was greatly inspired to do so by Mr. Andrees de Ruiter.

About Mardi Himal Trek.

This is a beautiful and rich nature trail, best thought of as a “Ridge-trail”! because most of  the time you hike along the ridge beginning from Kande, one of the best starting points for this trek, situated  36 kms. north of Pokhara. You have to follow this ridge west, until MHBC (Mardi Himal Base Camp) .The altitude starts from 1770m at Kande and reaches 4500m. at the end point ,MHBC.

You hike through just a few villages in the beginning, and at the end of the trek some particularly beautiful villages. On this trek you will have to spend 80% of the whole trip in dense pristine forest! This is a very quiet and peaceful trek – we met only an Italian tourist with a guide during our whole trip. I would like to recommend doing this trek with a minimum of 2 people or taking a Nepali guide, because it’s very peaceful and quiet and far away from access to any village.

This fascinating trip is a mixture, being both adventurous and peaceful and joyful.
Above all, when you reach  high camp , at 3900m,  or  the upper view point at 4450m, the views are breathtaking: the snow- capped peaks include Annapurna I ,8091m, Annapurna South ,7219m, Himchuli ,6441m, Annpurna Fang (Baraha Shikher) ,7647m, Khangshar Kang (rock noir) ,7485m, Gangapurna ,7454m, Mardi Himal 5553m, Machhapuchhre’s (fish tail), both peaks (6997m – 6993m) and the  beautiful sloping landscape to the south.

For those who don’t like to walk where many other tourists are hiking, then Mardi Himal Trail is perfect to do, and if you have more than 16 – 18 days for a trekking trip in Nepal, you may also combine it with the Khopra trek, including the hot spring in Jhinu Danda (1750m) at the shore, Modi khola, coming from Annapurnas . It would also be possible to go to other Tatopani (hot springs) in the Kaligandaki valley.

There are many confusing trails into the dense forest:  everywhere you can see the small trails walked by yaks and sheep, which look similar to the main trail. An officially some years ago, The Mardi Himal Route was open for the trekkers, but you don’t feel it so when you are in the dense forest of it and some narrower paths above high camp! In my experienced there are many places along the trail need to fix and put more signposts, poles and metal bar etc. Originally it was made for yak and their herders, sheep and their shepherds. Seasonally, lower villagers go up to the forest and up to the sloping grassy lands to take things like bamboo and  dhakai, a kind of wild vegetable, wild mushroom and some Himalayan herbs and Yarsa Gumba (cordyceps sinensis) .
I hope our blue/white signs will help you to find the right trails although I’m not sure how long they will last; hopefully the monsoon rain won’t wash them away. In the forest we tried to mark 10 or 20 meters between each, in both directions. I believe marking on the tree will last longer, because there are fewer chances of   the signs being washed away by the rain. Below and above High Camp, we marked on the rocks only, some of which were difficult to see, and there are long distances between the signs so you need to look for them carefully.

Summary; The Mardi Himal Trek is a beautiful, wild trek, into pure nature- a true gem of the Himalaya, a quiet and peaceful environment. It may be a bit adventurous but it is a more joyful destination for those who like to be away from the hectic rush of civilization. 

Pokhara 820m – Kande 1770m (1 hr)
There are two transport options : if you want a cheap drive then you would go to Baglung bus station ( the new bus park) and catch a bus to Kande, which costs around 2 Euro, but it would take more than two hrs, because the bus  stops at many places to collect  passengers.
 The other option is to hire a taxi or car; it would bring you to Kande in 1 hr maximum. Recently it cost around 15 Euro for a single drive.

Kande – Australian Camp 2060m (1.45 – 2 hrs)
Kande is a small town with little tea shops, restaurants and cold stores. In the middle of the town, there are some NATT signs painted with red/white on the stone wall and a wooden electricity pole, which you can easily recognize. When you go by a cab or car, you may ask the driver to drop you right at the starting point for Mardi Himal Trek. It’s easy to find.
You turn to the right hand side and slowly continue further, through small villages and houses; soon you will start ascending and enter the bushes and forests of rhododendron and red sandalwood with beautiful southern views. You will reach Australian Camp, a very beautiful little village. From there you can see the Annapurna mountain range, and a little of Manaslu   and the Dhaulagiri range including Fishtail Mount and Pokhara valley in the south.
There are good campsites and four nice lodges. I would prefer to sleep here, but for a first day the trek to Pathana is also nice. Australian Camp is famous around Pokhara for a picnic spot with easy access and a beautiful mountain scene. This place is surrounded by red sandalwood and rhododendron forest.

Australian Camp – Pathana 1950m (20 – 25 min)
 The trail begins through a beautiful and pleasant short descent in the red sandalwood forest, and then let’s says, “Nepali flat “to Pathana. Sometimes you will get to see few red/white NATT-signs.
At Pathana, there are 6 nice basic lodges, 2 little bhatties and a big new lodge about to be built. There is an ACAP permit check point + tourist information centre as well. Please make sure that all your necessary permits are arranged in Pokhara beforehand.

Pathana – Pitam Deurali 2100m (45 min).
Pathana to Pitam Deurali is a wonderful hike in the red sandalwood and rhododendron forest and with some little open land between, known as buffalo pasture. After some minutes on the flat there is a slow, gentle climb up and then a bit more uphill until the flat resting place at Pitam Deurali. In between you can see some ACAP signposts and our NATT- logo in red/white. If those signs are taken away, you have to follow the straight direction; do not turn either left or right.
At Pitam Deurali, there are two basic lodges and one bhatti.

Pitam Deurali – Forest Camp (Kokar) 2550m (5 – 6 hrs approx)
Now is the official start of the Mardi Himal Trek. Leaving behind the Trekkers Inn Lodge, there is an ACAP signpost saying Mardi Route (Forest Camp). We did paint on the pole of ACAP signpost and at the corner wall of this lodge; you also clearly see the steps on the wall between the signpost and the lodge’s, behind the side wall. When you go up the steps, you immediately turn to the right and go straight, entering the scrubby forest. Then you can follow the blue/white sign. Most of the time we painted on the tree barks as there were only a few opportunities to mark on rocks.  You climb gently and in 15 – 20 minutes, you reach a little area of open land, which is buffalo pasture (you might not recognize it as a pasture for animals) where we made a larger mark on the rock in blue/white color. Coming to this pasture you might get a little confused but if you look carefully, there should be no problem finding it.
 After the pasture you enter a dense forest and you will gradually climb up (for 2 to 3 hrs). Then most of the time you hike on Nepali forest” flat “(a little up and down). Finally, after a short, gentle descent you reach the flat at Forest Camp.  From some places between Pitam Deurali and Forest Camp, you will have the chance to see vistas of Dhaulagiri and the Manaslu range. If  the weather is good ,  I suggest you  to take a packed  lunch or something to eat and  plenty to drink  as there are no  lodges, restaurants, villages or water- only dense and very quiet forest.
Between Pitam Deurali and Forest Camp there are more than two signposts showing directions to Lwang village on the other side. Do not turn left or right, just go straight, following the directions of the blue/white colored signs.
At Forest Camp (Kokar), there are three nice basic lodges. The menus (daal bhat, noodles, soup, potatoes, chapatti –tarkari, beer, coke, canned juices, teas and coffee) are good, and the food clean and fresh. Rooms and toilets are neat. This little village is surrounded by beautiful green forest. They have nice campsites as well. From here there is also a trail going down via Sidding, Lwang and Pokhara. On the western side you can see Ghandruk and surrounding villages and Modi valley.
The lodges of Forest Camp are open the whole year round; you may give them a call before you go there.
a)      Hotel Forest Camp & Restaurant at Forest Camp (Kokar)
Mobile No: 9804141348 or 9846169320
b)      Hotel Mardi and Restaurant Forest Camp (Kokar)
Mobile No: 9806635881
c)      Hotel Green View & Restaurant Forest Camp (Kokar)
Mobile No: 9806536904


Forest Camp (Kokar) – Rest Camp 2700m (45 min – 1 hr).
The trail goes through the courtyard of Hotel Forest Camp and Restaurant. At the corner wall of toilet we painted and put a little arrow.  You follow the blue/white mark on the tree bark. The hike is an easy uphill start from right behind the Hotel Forest Camp. After 7 to 10 minutes, you will turn right and walk straight, going gently up and down. Finally you will climb up and you will reach Rest Camp. There is a basic teahouse there with a few bedrooms to sleep in; they also have the same menu as Forest Camp, although I think they are able to prepare less food. They have beer, coke, teas and coffees as well.

Rest Camp – Low Camp (Humal) 3000m (2 ½  to 3 hrs approx).
The trail starts from the end of the right corner of the teahouse and soon you can see the blue/white marks on the tree bark.  Most of the time it is a gradient ascent, after just a few meters ,  turn  right and continue straight; there is some uphill and “Nepali flat” then later there are mostly gradual trails, ascending into the dense rhododendron forest. Before 15 – 20 minutes; you reach a flat trail; finally you’re at Low Camp. There are two basic teahouses with restaurants with similar menus to Forest Camp. This is a very beautiful place with a beautiful campsite as well. It is surrounded by a beautiful rhododendron forest, a very quiet and peaceful environment, with a view of Machhapuchre and Mardi Himal, when the weather is clear.
The teahouses are closed from mid May – end of July, but if you make a phone call a few days earlier, they will open the restaurant and rooms for you at any time.
From here (Low Camp) a trail goes down to Sidding and further villages as well.
a)      Hotel Laligunras Garden & Restaurant Low Camp (Humal)
Mobile No: 9846183583 or 9846087626

Low Camp (Humal) – High Camp (Kew) 3900m (4 or 5 hrs max)
You still follow the blue/white sign, entering the scrubby rhododendron forest by a gentle ascent of 10 – 20 minutes, and then start going up the trail in the dense forest till reaching the lower viewpoint (3289m). This will take 1 ½ – 2.00 hrs. Now begins a grassy slope. From here you can also see many wonderful mountain views, especially at sunrise and sunset.
Now, you continue further up to High Camp,  hiking  mostly on the grassy slope, up steep and some narrow paths and into some little rhododendron forests. Sometimes you may find difficulty in seeing our signs, because it was very difficult for us to find good rocks at the right distances. Sometimes we also had to use small rocks to paint on so when the grass grows higher those signs may be hidden.
If the weather is good, this hike is also one of the nicest, because you have the chance to walk along the yak beaten trail on an open ridge with great mountain views: the Annapurna range , Machhapuchre,and the southern green landscape;  below,   can be seen the very deep Modi river valley,  including Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Sinuwa and Dovan .
At High Camp, there is only one teahouse at present (though another teahouse is about to be built soon), named Hotel Trekkers Paradise & Restaurant (mobile phone; 9846087624 or 9846087625 or 9806691496 to Mr. Sudip Gautam, who has been playing an important role in promoting the Mardi Route). It has nice basic rooms and can sleep a total of 24 people at once. It also has a wide and beautiful campsite. There is a good dining hall, an Indian sharing toilet and bathroom. They have a menu: available are noodles, macaroni, chapatti, Tibetan bread, soups, daal bhat and vegetable curry, egg items, tea and coffee.
This place itself is a natural viewpoint tower! In all directions you can see breathtaking views, including Machhapuchre, Mardi Himal, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Baraha Shikhar, Himchuli and the southern slope including Pokhara valley! This place is also very suitable for yak and sheep-you can see many yaks around. Oh, Madhav Gautam, the yak herder, gave us fresh milk! Fantastic Himalayan milk!! There are a couple of yak shelters as well.

High Camp – Upper View Point 4450m – High Camp (7 – 8 hrs)
Today you should start earlier, but do not start in the dark if you don’t know the trail. You still see blue/white signals till Upper View point. After you have hiked 20 to 30 minutes, further on to the trekker’s paradise of High Camp, there is a trail junction at the bottom of a high hill. Though it seems the real trail goes directly up through the dangerous steep hill, (and yes, some crazy trekkers and local people would take it because of the shortcut), I would never recommend you to do so, for then you would put your life at risk!
Immediately from this junction you can turn to the right and you should look for the blue/white marks on the rocks. I hope they will last, even though we were not able to find the most suitable and best rocks. When you have just turned right, as I said above, you will see a flat, wide place, looking like a little dried up pond and you should walk through it. Further along you can see more marks and then continue straight for 15 – 20 minutes. After that, turn left, going steeply upwards. In another 15 – 20 minutes, you will reach a little pasture, then turn towards the left hand side and trek continually and gradually up the grassy slopes. In 15 – 20 minutes, you will join the trail junction coming up through the dangerous path.  Then you follow the blue/white marks, before reaching the Upper View Point; for some hundred meters the path is very narrow.  When it is covered by snow, it will be especially difficult and slippery, because both sides are very steep and you hike just along the ridge. But if the  weather is good, you get a great chance to view the Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna south 7219m, Himchuli 6441m, Baraha Shikhar (Fang) 7647m, Tent peak 5695m, Singachuli 6501m, Gangapurna 7454m, Gandarvachuli 6248m, little summit of Annapurna III 7555m, both peaks of Machhapuchre (Mt. fishtail) 6993m – 9997m and Mardi Himal 5553m, MBC (Machhapuchre Base Camp), Deurali, Dovan, Sinuwa, Chhomrong, Ghandruk and  the southern slope, including Pokhara valley and
MHBCW (Mardi Himal Base Camp W) 4500m, to go from the upper view point Mardi Himal Base Camp will take about 30 minutes only.
Coming down to High Camp Hotel would take 3 – 4 hrs maximum. Except for some hundred meters of narrow path, it is not that difficult, as long as  there is no snow on the way.
This day trip is quite adventurous, beautiful, joyful and definitely worth it.

Forest Camp (Kokar) – Landruk 1560m (5 – 7 hrs approx)
After 5 – 8 minutes you hiked on the same trail you came up before. There is a trail junction where we marked the big tree’s bark in blue/white color, showing Pathana as straight on and Landruk to the right, going down.
After you descend for about 15 – 20 minutes, there is a steep and narrow path for about four to five hundred meters, and then you still keep descending.
 I felt as though I were walking in the dense forest to take things for animals or felt I was a shepherd. When you go further down, you feel it to be a very quiet and peaceful and nice trail in the forest. Then soon you see the village of Landruk just below you and again there are very steep steps. You drop down the little stream, cross it and continue further on for 3 -5 minutes, turn left and follow the stairs down to enter the village of Landruk, soon you reach at a trail junction between the Annapurna camping ground and the Hotel Peaceful guest house, where we painted with blue/white signs, with arrows showing three directions:  Mardi H. Trek, Pokhara, and Ghandruk.  With this final act, we had finished our Mardi Himal Trek, Chapter: May/2012, of the NATT-trails.

We hope our NATT-signs will help you finding your trail and enjoy it. And please let us (Mr. Andrees de Ruiter www.nepal-dia.de and Prem Rai www.trekwithpremrai.blogspot.com ) know if you would like any further information, on any aspect and we will try our best for you.

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Itinerary;

Option; (a)

Day 01: Pokhara 820m to Pathana 1950m (3. 25 – 4 hrs approx.)

Day 02: Pathana to Forest Camp (Kokar) 2550m (5 – 6 hrs approx.)

Day 03: Forest Camp (Kokar) to Low Camp (Humal) 3000m (4 – 5 hrs maximum)

Day 04: Low Camp (Humal) to High Camp (Kew) 3900m (4 – 5 hrs).

Day 05: Day trip to Upper View Point 4450m (7 – 8 hrs approx.)

Day 06: High Camp (Kew) to Forest Camp (Kokar) 2550m (5 – 6 hrs)

Day 07: Forest Camp (Kokar) to Landruk 1560m (5 – 7 hrs)

Day 08: Landruk to Jhinudanda (Hotspring) 1750m (3 – 4 hrs maximum).

Day 09: Jhinudanda (Hotspring) to Sewai 1300m (4 hrs approx.). From there you can
drive to Nayapul or directly to Pokhra by jeep (2 – 3 hrs in maximum)

Day 10:  An extra reserved day.


Option; (b)

Day 01: Pokhara 820m to Pathana 1950m (3.25 – 4 hrs approx.)

Day 02: Pathana to Forest Camp (Kokar) 2550m (5 – 6 hrs approx.)

Day 03: Forest Camp (Kokar) to Low Camp (Humal) 3000m (4 – 5 hrs maximum)

Day 04: Low Camp (Humal) to High Camp (Kew) 3900m (4 – 5 hrs).

Day 05: Day trip to Upper View Point 4450m (7 – 8 hrs approx.)

Day 06: High Camp (Kew) to Forest Camp (Kokar) 2550m (5 – 6 hrs)

Day 07: Forest Camp (Kokar) to Pathana 1950m (4 - 5 hrs)

Day 08: Pathana – Kande and get a cab or bus and ride to Pokhara (3 hrs approx.)

Day 09:  An extra reserved day.


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