8 Days of Great Trekking in the Annapurna Mountains
Many people have never trekked, and while the idea of trekking in the mighty Himalayas is intriguing, it is also a big scary. They may wonder "Can I do It?" They may also not have much time, or maybe they have young children and are not sure that they can handle a long trek in the mountains. Let us assure you, if you would like to try a beginners trek that has plenty of good scenery and culture, then we at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition invite you to experience the Easy Family Trek of Dhampus/Australian Camp! It is just eight days in length, with only four days of trekking.
This trek is good for a number of reasons. The Gurung village of Dhampus is a beautiful village with great views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Dhampus is the entry point for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which protects the uniqueness of the land and its culture.
The trek brings you in touch with nature. It is ideal for small children, first time trekkers, or older people with artificial joints who still want to get into the out of doors.
From here are exception views of the famed Machhapuchhre (also known as Fishtail Mountain). Rising majestically 6,990 m, it looks like an upended fish with its tail flapping in the breeze. There are a number of other snowcapped peaks to see, including Dhampus Peak, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna I.
Sunset is beautiful from Dhampus as the white snowcapped peaks change colors as the rays of the setting sun sink below the horizon.
The village is home of the famed Gurung people. These people are famous as fighters as the Gurkha soldiers. Fierce warriors, they offer incredible hospitality to people who come and visit. Gurung's make great fighters, but they are also great lovers and they love people. They will be happy to sit down with you, inviting you for a cup of hot tea while sitting on a veranda overlooking the mountains.
Our company is pleased to be able to offer this easy, yet rewarding trek as part of its package deals for its clientele. This is one of our lowest price treks. It may be low in price, but not in beauty in opportunities.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
DAY 2 – Fly or Drive to Pokhara (elev. 820 m)
DAY 3 – Pokhara to Dhampus Village (elev. 1650 m)
DAY 4 – Trek to Australian Base Camp (elev. 2165 m)
DAY 5 – Explore around Australian Camp
DAY 6 – Trek to Kande-Nagdanda Himalayan Deurali Resort (elev. 1770 m)
DAY 7 – Return to Kathmandu
DAY 8 – Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be met by your representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. You will be escorted to your hotel where there are complimentary welcome drinks and a short briefing with plenty of time to relax from your flight.
DAY 2 – Travel to Pokhara (elev. 820 m): Today is your choice. You can fly to Pokhara or take the scenic bus route through the various canyons and along rushing mountain rivers as you travel to the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. Nestled in the heart of the Annapurna Mountains, this city is famed for its scenic beauty as it is nestled on the shores of Phewa Lake. If you choose to go by plane, your flight will get you to Pokhara in just 25 minutes as you fly along the backbone of the Himalaya Ranges. In Pokhara, take time to do some boating on Phewa Lake or visit the many interesting sites and attractions in and around the city. We will spend the night at a hotel in Lakeside location.
DAY 3 – Travel Dhampus Village (elev. 1650 m): We leave Pokhara by private vehicle for the village of Phedi, where we take the trail up stone staircases for a pleasant, three hour walk to the village of Dhampus. Along the way, there are great views of the mountains, canyons and traditional farms created in terraces along the mountainsides. Part of the trail will pass through some old growth forests. Dhampus offers some incredible views of Annapurna Massif and Machhapuchhre. It's a three hour walk today, with plenty of time to enjoy the village and its sights in the afternoon. We will spend the night in the village.
DAY 4 – Trek to Australian Base Camp (elev. 2165 m): This morning begins with breakfast overlooking the mountains. Today's journey will take us first to the village of Pothana, which is our halfway mark for the day. We follow stone staircases, which have been laid by the local village development committees in order to facilitate movement of goods in and out of the mountains. Keep in mind that the only way food and supplies comes in and out to the residents is on these footpaths. They are the "highways" of the Himalayas. The trek to Australian Camp is around three hours, and enjoy the day at the hotel here. There are beautiful sunset views from the hotel, where we will spend the night.
DAY 5 – Australian Base Camp: On this day, we spend our time doing some exploring around the hotel and the beautiful area around this place. There will be a jungle walk through the rhododendron forests that surround Australian Base Camp. There are great views from here of the mountains, as well as Phewa Lake and the city of Pokhara. From here, we can see Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna mountain ranges. Rest, enjoy a cup of tea or explore to your heart's content. We will spend one more night here.
DAY 6 – Trek to Kande-Nagdanda Himalayan Deurali Resort (elev. 1770): Today is a short, two hour trek as we at first walk down a gentle path before descending stone staircases to the village of Kande. This is about a two hour walk. From here, we take a private vehicle to the Resort where you can relax your body and mind as you get in touch with nature. The Resort is a great place to experience true Nepali hospitality as you relax and enjoy the incredible views. We will spend the night at the Resort.
DAY 7 – Travel to Kathmandu: Our trek has come to an end, and it is time to return to Kathmandu. We drive from the Resort to the airport in Pokhara to catch a short flight back to the capital city. Be sure to sit on the left-hand side of the plane for incredible views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Mountain Ranges as the plane returns to Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be transferred to your hotel by our private car. In the evening, there will be a special farewell dinner organized by Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition.
DAY 8 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.
Your safety is of paramount importance while traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. However, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes due to weather conditions, health conditions or any member of the group, unexpected natural disasters, etc. The team leader will do everything possible to ensure that the trip runs according to plan. Be prepared for any last minute changes. The Himalayas are big and wild, and worthy of your respect.
For the Easy Family Trek Dhampus-Australian Camp, there will be a trek leader and Sherpa Porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can run this trek for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of trekkers in any group is 12 people.
All accommodations for the Easy Family Trek Dhampus-Australian Camp are on twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.
We offer two types of accommodations on this trek. In Kathmandu you will stay two nights at a Three Star Hotel and one night in Pokhara. As there are no Three Star Hotels available on the trek, you will spend four nights in standard tea houses. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional dal/bhat and momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty.
The trek does include a farewell dinner where you will experience a cultural show with music, dance and the finest of local foods. There is also a daily breakfast in hotels and on the trail.
Dear Swiss Nepal Family, I enjoyed the trip a lot and next time we will be better prepared what to bring. We certainly look forward to using your se..2011-04-29 more