A new trekking route leading to Mardi Himal has been constructed.

The 500-metre long route that begins from Melbot in Pokhara Metropolitan City passes through Astam, Dhital, Dhampus, Pritam Deurali, Dhital Lwang and Ghalel Kalimati.

The project cost is approximately Rs 1.5 million (Rs 1 million was provided by Gandaki Province government and the remaining amount by a German-based organisation).

Many tourism infrastructure have been constructed on the way. "The project aims to facilitate domestic and foreign tourists to reach the 5,587-metre mountain that has attracted many tourists lately," said the project construction committee Coordinator Bishwo Adhikari, who is also a tourism entrepreneur.

Stone floor tiles have been used at the two-metre wide routes. To reach the mountain, one can catch a vehicle up to Australian Camp through Dhampus, Kalimati and Siding. From there, they can use the route.

"We have constructed a new route to the mountain.

We believe that tourists on the way will be attracted to biodiversity and natural scenes like Laligurans forest, Rudramahadev and Panchebaja Park," he said.

Plans are afoot to construct a cycle lane on the way, according to the committee.

"It requires an additional of Rs 5 million to expand the route to Dhital," he said, adding that the federal and provincial governments had been urged to step forward in this regard.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 6 2021, of The Himalayan Times.