Around 26 km northwest of Pokhara lies Dhampus village at an altitude of 1650m. It is a small village on the hilltop. Everyone who treks to Annapurna Base Camp must go via Dhampus. It is Dhampus from where you can get the best view of Annapurna Region without going to Annapurna. The hike usually starts early in the morning post breakfast. Our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at a discussed time. He will give you a short briefing and you will head to kande in a bus transportation. kande is about 40 km away from Pokhara. It takes anywhere between 60-75 minutes’ drive depending on the road traffic. The trek starts from kande. You take the oldest trail to Australian camp which is rarely used by the locals since the motorway was built. This trail will lead you through the forest and several villages. It takes around 160 minutes on an average to reach in kande.Pokhara /kande/Dhampus/Astam/pokhara.(3 Days Trekking)
As you walk through the forest you can enjoy the peaceful environment and can occasionally spot various species of birds. The sound of chirping birds and crickets blend to create a soothing music of nature. As you approach Dhampus Village, the view of Annapurna unfolds gradually and by the time we reach Dhampus we will eventually be able to see Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) and Dhaulagiri to Lamjung. After arriving at your hotel in Dhampus. After lunch, you can either explore the village or choose to relax and enjoy the view of the Himalayas from the hotel. The following day you can wake up early to watch the sunrise. We don’t need to go any sunrise point to watch as it can be enjoyed anywhere from Dhampus Village. Later you have breakfast and start for the day and head towards Astam . It is comparatively easier climb than from kande to Australian camp.