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Australian Camp Trek via Dhampus

Annapurna Conservation Area

Australian Camp Trek via Dhampus

Duration :   2 Days 1 Night
The Price :   $200.00
Start Location:   Pokhara
Age Range :   5-85

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The Australian Camp Trek, also known as the Dhampus Australian Camp Trek, is a popular short and easy trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It’s a great choice for those who are new to trekking, short on time, or looking for a scenic and relatively easy option.

 

Moreover, this two day trek from the beautiful city of Pokhara offers its travelers stunning views of the Himalayas, including the Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Hiunchuli. Here, you’ll also get to experience the lush landscapes and rich culture of the region.

 

Furthermore, the Australian Camp Trek is a great way to experience the beauty of the Annapurna region without having to embark on a long and challenging trek. It’s perfect for those who want to enjoy stunning mountain views, experience Nepali culture, and get some exercise in a beautiful natural setting.

 

Australian Camp

 

The real name of Australian Camp is actually Thulo Kharka, which translates to big pasture in Nepali. Originally, Thulo Kharka was a seasonal grazing area for herders from nearby villages. In the late 1980s, Austrian hikers frequented the area and started camping there, enjoying the peaceful and scenic location. Later, due to pronunciation difficulties for the locals, the name gradually transformed from Austrian Camp to Australian Camp. The place is mostly famous for a panoramic view of the Himalayas and bird watching. The travelers here can also experience the spectacular sunrise and sunset while in the region.

 

Dhampus

Dhampus is a traditional Gurung village nestled in the Annapurna region of Nepal and lies about 25 kilometers north of Pokhara. Moreover, it also serves as a popular stop for trekkers on their way to destinations like Ghorepani Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp. But it is also a wonderful destination in itself, especially for those seeking a taste of Nepali culture and breathtaking mountain views.

 

Additionally, Dhampus boasts panoramic views of the Annapurna Massif, including iconic peaks like Machapuchare (Fishtail) and Hiunchuli. Just imagine waking up to a sunrise painting these majestic mountains in golden hues!

 

Apart from the mountains, Dhampus also offers a glimpse into the traditional way of life of the Gurung people, the indigenous inhabitants of this region. You might see locals tending their terraced fields, working with their animals, or simply enjoying their daily routines. The village is surrounded by lush forests and fresh mountain air, it’s a place to relax, unwind, and connect with nature.

 

Australian Camp Trek Map

Dhampus Australian Camp Trek Map

 

Australian Camp Trek

 

Additional Information on Australian Camp Trek via Dhampus:

 

Booking your 2-Days Australian Camp Trek via Dhampus:

We are now offering maximum flexibility for our guests’ convenience to book their trips into the ACAP region for 2024 and 2025. You may thus choose a date that best suits your schedule. Regarding your booking, please select one of the two available options. You may either pay USD 100 per person as a booking amount to confirm your trip or pay the full amount of USD 200 per person upfront. Moreover, if you opt for the booking, the remaining is payable via Online / Card Swipe / Cash. We also accept all of the convertible currencies including USD, AUD, CAD, EURO, GBP, SGD, etc.

 

Packing for the Australian Camp Trek via Dhampus:

Please be advised that this trek is a beginner’s trek. So nothing special needs to be prepared. You may just pack your necessaries and get going. However, a warm jacket and a pair of comfortable shoes is recommended for the trek.

 

Trip Days:

This short and easy trek completes within two days. The travelers begin their trip on day one with a short drive from Pokhara to Phedi. Here you will begin your trek towards Australian Camp via Dhampus and back to Pokhara from Kande. The travelers will spend a night at Australian Camp itself before making their way back the next day.

 

The trip actually begins with a pickup from your hotel in Pokhara. Your guide will meet and greet you at your hotel at 08:00 AM on the first day of our trip. The travelers will then take a short (30 minutes) drive from Pokhara towards Phedi. Phedi marks the start point of your trek. You will then hike for 5-6 hours towards Australian Camp via Dhampus. Additionally, you’ll have numerous photo opportunities along the way. The travelers will enjoy their lunch at Dhampus while dinner and breakfast are served at the Mountain Guest House at Australian Camp. Additionally, your guide will provide you with briefings about timing and stops before the trek begins on day one.

 

Accommodation at Australian Camp:

The travelers will be accommodated at a Mountain Guest House for their night halt. The guest house will be equipped with hot showers and private bathrooms. Although basic, these guest houses are clean and provide a comfortable place for a good night’s rest.

 

Food:

During the trek, you will be provided with one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner. You may thus choose from a menu offering local and international cuisines as per your consideration.

 

Note: It is highly advisable to stick to vegetarian food throughout your trek, as proper toilet facilities are not available everywhere along the trail.

 

Drinking Water on the Trek:

Bottled water is available along the trail, but we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles and treat tap water to reduce single-use plastic bottle waste. Be sure to bring water treatment pills and flavorings to enhance the taste. Staying hydrated is essential, so aim to drink more than 4 liters of water per day while trekking.

 

Electricity, Charging and Wi-Fi:

Please keep in mind that you’re embarking on a trek and not exploring urban areas. While some facilities like charging and Wi-Fi are available, they are not guaranteed. We also recommend against planning to work or conduct online meetings during the trek, allowing you to fully enjoy the trekking experience.

 

Cash for Extras and Tipping:

You should have Nepali rupees for expenses such as tea, coffee, bottled drinks and Wi-Fi. Plan to carry about USD 30-40 equivalent Nepali rupees. Additionally, set aside USD 40-50 for tipping your guide and porter. The amount can vary based on the level of service provided by the field staff members.

 

Baggage and Weight Limit:

Your porter is limited to carrying a maximum of 25 kgs for every two travelers. However if you are a solo traveler or want to pay extra for a private porter you may utilize the complete 25 kgs. Else, if you have items that you don’t need on the trek, you can leave them at your Pokhara hotel for storage at no extra cost. But remember to take a photo of your bag-tag and keep it for easy identification in case the original tag is lost.

 

Availability of Guide & Porter:

As said earlier, every two travelers will be provided with a single porter and an experienced guide. Additionally, both guide and porter will be insured and well equipped with necessary items and first aid kit.

 

Highlights of Australian Camp Trek via Dhampus:

 

1. Trek inside ACAP

2. Trek to Australian Camp (2065 m)

3. Explore traditional Gurung village & their hospitality

4. Pass via lush green forests & scenic trails

5. Overnight stay at Australian Camp

6. Suitable for families & kids with no prior experience in trekking

7. Panoramic view of mountain range

8. Spectacular view of sunrise and sunset

9. Chance to sight wild animals including leopards and deers

Places You’ll See :

Pokhara is a metropolitan city in central Nepal that serves as the capital of Gandaki Province. It is the second most populous city of Nepal after Kathmandu.

1Pokhara

Dhampus is a village and Village Development Committee in Kaski District in the Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal. It has the Australian Base Camp with views of the peaks Annapurna, Dhaulagiri And Machhapuchhre.

2Dhampus

Australian Camp is a famous trekking destination from the beautiful city of Pokhara, Nepal.

3Australian Camp

Travel Itinerary:

Day 1 : Travel to Phedi & trek to Australian Camp via Dhampus (Max Altitude: 2065 m / 6775 ft)

Day one of your trip begins with a short drive (30 minutes) from Pokhara to Phedi. Phedi is a small settlement located at the base of the Annapurna range and offers a perfect start to your trek. The hike then follows a trail through terraced fields and dense forests. Here the travelers will also pass through the charming local village of Dhampus while enjoying the panoramic vista of the Himalayas before taking a halt at Australian Camp. The trek for the day may last approximately 5-6 hours. Here the travelers may also be able to sight wild animals including leopards, spotted deers, monkeys and birds. A mountain guest house later at Australian Camp will be your accommodation for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 7 km / 4.3 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals Available: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 : Trek to Kande and travel back to Pokhara (Min Altitude: 830 m / 2723 ft)

The second day of the trek begins with a spectacular view of the sunrise in the mountains. The visible range from here includes Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre. The travelers will then enjoy their breakfast and hike down towards Kande. Kande is a small settlement with few teahouses. Along the way you will pass via lush green forests and a few local villages. The trek then finally ends at Kande where the travelers take a private vehicle back to their hotel in Pokhara.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 3 km / 1.8 miles

 

Meals Available: Breakfast

F.A.Q

What is the weight limit for luggage during my trekking days?

All porters available at your service (one porter for every two travelers) can carry a maximum of 25 kilograms / 55 pounds each. You are therefore allowed to load a maximum of 12.5 kilograms / 27 pounds of luggage to your porter during your trekking days.

What about the communication services available during the trekking days?

There may be WiFi services available at your guest house for the night. However, you may even purchase data packs with your network carrier.

Can I book this package as a solo traveler?

Yes, we do book a solo traveler. However a single traveler surcharge may be applied (an additional USD 50).

What about the foods / meals during my trekking days?

You will be provided with a full board meal during your trip. You may however choose to purchase your additional meals / beverages where available. Full board meal mentioned above includes breakfast with an omelet/boiled egg, toast/local bread and one porridge with fried potatoes. During your lunch you will be served with Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, the most famous Nepalese food that contains rice and pulse / lentils with curries (vegetables/chicken) and pickle. Optionally you may choose your lunch for fried noodles with eggs/chicken/vegetables as well. For your dinner you will have an option to choose between Dal-Bhat-Tarkari/Pizza/MoMo/Spaghetti.

How difficult is Australian Camp Trek?

Australian Camp Trek is an easy trek package suitable for all kinds of travelers. It is also a suitable family trip with kids. The trip has been successfully completed by children above 5 years of age as well as elders above 85 years of age. The difficulty however mostly relies upon your will power and physical fitness. The extremities you must expect here include a 5-6 hours hike with tea breaks in between. Additionally, Cordial Trek also provides you with an experienced trek guide capable of first aid services and other assistance.

What items should I bring (or buy in Pokhara/Kathmandu) for this trip?

You may bring (or buy in Pokhara/Kathmandu) following items for this trip:

 

1. Hiking pants, T-shirts, a normal jacket, a hat, a pair of hiking boots and a towel during summer.

2. A down jacket, hats, a beanie, gloves, neck gaiter, hiking boots, warm socks, a towel and a pair of hiking pants during winter.

3. A Daypack (10-15 liters)

4. Backpack (A duffle bag will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

5. Sleeping bag (during winter)

6. Trekking Poles (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

7. A Camelbak or a water bottle

8. A sunscreen

9. A sunglass

10. A headlamp for night use

11. Your toiletries

What are the permits required for this trip?

You need not worry about any permits required. Cordial Trek will make necessary preparations for all the documents and travel permits required for your Australian Camp Trek.

What's Included

  • Company T-shirt
  • First Aid
  • Full Board Meals
  • Guide and Porter

What's Excluded

  • Beverages
  • Gratitude for Guide and Porter
  • Personal Expenses

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Trekking

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