Hiking from Pokhara-Dhampus-Sarangkot

Region

Annapurna Region

Duration

3 Days

Max Altitude

2500m

Best Season

Any

Activity Per Day

5-6 Hours

Transportation

Tourist Bus, Private Car Or Plane Flight (optional)

Grade

2

Min Group Size

2 people

Overview

Relax in the calm atmosphere of the lower area of Annapurna. Two popular mountain viewpoints pass through this mild trail: Dhampus and Sarangkot. Experience a less than three day hike, but find yourself still in the hills, overlooking the mountains of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu.  You have a unique perspective on the massive Himalayan peaks at each of the various points of view.The Dhampus-Sarangkot Trek for three days allows you ample time to feel safe, free from the outside world's stress and anxiety. They tell nature is the best medicine–you're going to understand it's real! You'll feel rejuvenated during and after this walk.Take your photo gadgets, and create your entertainment for the people and places right in front of you. Feel cherished and submerged in the important history of the area. 

Fact about Australian Camp

"Thulo Kharkah" is the real name of the Australian Base Camp. The villages below Dhampus and elsewhere used to be the seasonal breeding ground for buffalo and cow herders. Trekkers walked unknown until the early 1990s when the routes for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek (Annapurna Basin) were already popular with Phedi – Dhampus-Pothana – Deurali, Landruk and Chhomrong and are only 15 minutes west of the town. It is said that people from Austria find it so beautiful in the late eighties that they used to come there to camp most days, because it is so quiet and uncluttered that the views of the mountains are interesting. Rather than calling it Autrian Camp people found it easy to call Australian Camp and then hence the name of this place became Australian camp. 

Highlights of Pokhara-Dhampus-Sarangkot Hiking

Gurung and mixed village community of Dhampus.

Cultures, Lifestyle, People, and Food.

Beautiful Landscapes and serene views of mountains.

View of amazing and majestic Himalayan ranges from Sarangkot.

Picturesque Sunrise and Sunset, greenery forest.

Journey To Australian Base Camp Via Dhampus

After a winding trip to Pokhara, our route begins at Phedi. From Phedi village, almost 30 minutes drive from the stunning lakeside town of Pokhara, the road to Dhampus village, one of Nepal's paradise, starts. From the vast area of Annapurne Mountain Range, you will have a trek with a beautiful view over the golden rice terraces. This 2-hour ascent to Dhampus proceeds through the wonderful forest of rhododendrons nesting different species of birds to Chandrakot Town, which is populated by the warm and welcoming Gurung men. At the height of 1592 m rises Sarangkot. This hill overlooks the valley and Lake Fewa north of the city. Our first Dhampus magic pause. A beautiful view of the mountains and a great display of the history of the hillside town, this little picturesque community. Learn the Gurung ethnic group's daily lifestyle. The next day's destination in Nepal will be Sarangkot, renowned for its spectacular view of the Himalayas, among which Dhaulagiri(8167 m) and Machhapucchhare(6997 m). There are a variety of nice points of view in and around Sarangkot. There's the spotting platform, but we're heading to some lesser known locations if we're packed. The views are most beautiful at sunrise and sunset. It is almost impossible to change the colors of the mountains, the kind of thing that makes unbelievers believers.

Outline Itinerary ( 3 Days )

  • 1

    Drive from Pokhara to Phedi and trek to Australian Camp via Dhampus

    After breakfast, we travel to Phedi by private vehicles from your hotel in Pokhara at 07:30 am in the morning. The ride from Pokhara requires 30 minute. The point of departure for this trek is Phedi. From The Australian Camp Via Dhampus requires 5-6 hours of walk. Australian Camp is a most popular area, where you can see a clear day with a breathtaking view over the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhré, Manaslu and beautiful green hills. Overnight in Austrailian Camp Lodge (B)

  • 2

    Trek to Sarangkot (1600m)

    Australian camp to Sarangkot 5-6 hours walk. Sarangkot is a place from where you can see sunrise, sunset and the magnificent view of mountains. Overnight at Mountain Garden Guest House. (B)

  • 3

    Trek to Pokhara

    After early morning breakfast, trek from Sarangkot to Pokhara which is 2-3 Hours walk. Paragliding is optional(B)

    Note: B = Breakfast, B.B = Bed & Breakfast, B.L.D = Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Include

  • Hotel pick up and drop to-fro Pokhara
  • Accomodation in Guest house Dhampus and Sarangkot in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • Transportation by private vehicle ( Pokhara - Phedi)
  • Hiking with English speaking guide and porters if necessary
  • TIMS and necessary Permits and Govt. taxes

Exclude

  • Your Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional Paragliding (USD 100)

Important Information

ACAP Permit applies to the Annapurna Protection Area Permit entry file. For trekking in the Annapurna Region, ACAP authorisation is required. You will need this permit for this trek. ACAP Permit cost NPR 3000 or US $ 30 per person.

Trip Grade: Two. A moderate trek requires you to walk 5-6 hours per day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes, however the pace of the trek will vary in compensation. If you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have strong determination, you will complete a moderate trek successfully. Exercising, particularly jogging and climbing stairs regularly for some weeks prior to your arrival is recommended to enhance your strength and fitness. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required.

FAQ's

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 3 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.

Besides trekking packages and tour operation, we arrange international air tickets to the major airports of all over the world. Himalayan social journey travel agency is the one-stop travel solution company; we offer all travel related product at the best possible rates with excellent services.

Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

The cost of our trip is based on a twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveller, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional cost will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

No refund will be made for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (20%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.

Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour/tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner in the first day at the local restaurant. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.

There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

You have to manage yourself for the drinking water. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per litre. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.

The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your Trek and Tour.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee. During the tour there will be easy access for International cal through cyber and communication Center. You will get Wi-Fi connection too in some of the places in the mountains for the extra cost. 

Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You may have to pay for Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers too (up in the mountains during the trek). Hence allocating the allowance for each day accordingly would suffice. 

  • Daypack (rucksack)
  • Backpack (a porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-litre capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are travelling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
  • Well-worn hiking boots or shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
  • A one-litre hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
  • Warm jacket Light-weight cotton clothing
  • Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
  • Light sweater
  • Bath towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
  • Trekking pole
  • Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide
  • water purification tablet)
  • Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
  • Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
  • Camera
  • Loose stomach and nausea medicine
  • Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)

If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels, Hotel Holy Himalaya , Himalayan Suite Hotel, Hotel Mulberry, Aloft Hotel, and Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenience. 

If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding (100pp), Bungy jump (70pp), Mountain flight (USD 180pp), Heli Tour (USD 800pp –based on 5pax) Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 50-60 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

If you are considering to donate, School supplies (pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels.
As for your the need of much of your trekking clothes and tour supplies and gears, they can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended. Your guide will assist you to get anything you may need here.

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their policies. So in this case, we will give options to choose a different itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

The size of the duffel bag that we provide is 60-70 liter.

Yes, you will have free access to the power in the city areas however with your ascends to the mountain and as you climb to higher altitudes, extra charge would be applicable for the use of power supply or wireless internet connections.