Trip Style : Sightseeing, Culture, Trekking, hiking and Nature
Trip Difficulty : Leisurely Plus
Trip Guide : Guided Hike
Destination : Australian Camp, Nepal
Max Altitude : 2232 Meters - 7,322 Ft
Daily Walking Hours : 4 to 5 Hours Walking
Accomodation: Hotel & Lodges
Food : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner(BLD)
Start-End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
Transport : Private Vehicle
Best Season : Good for All Season
Australian Camp Trekking Overview
Australian Camp Trekking is one of the most beautiful and shortest treks in the Annapurna region. This trek is suitable for those nature lovers who have a short period of time and want to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Nepalese Himalayas by staying in the locally owned mountain lodges. After 30 minutes drive from Pokhara to Dhampus Phedi, the amazing hike leads you towards the historic Australian Camp through the lush, green and refreshing jungles and ever-charming villages enjoying the mesmerizing Himalayan ranges, is a short and easy trek and a perfect choice for anyone with reasonably fit and eager to be in the nature surrounded by the beautiful Himalayas and friendly people. The trek is a perfect pick even for those nature lovers who are traveling with kids and senior family members.
Australian Camp family trekkingoffers a unique opportunity to experience the mountain, village, and culture of the Annapurna foothill region. The trek in the foothill of Annapurna Himal provides an opportunity to visit villages and experience the cultural life of simple folks living in the hills. The elevation does not reach over 2500 meters, therefore, it is not a strenuous trek.
The weather along the trek is quite warm except in December and January.Altitude sicknessand snow are not expected. The trail is very much used by local people and traders. Teashops dotted all along the trail make the walk interesting. The famousMachhapuchare Himal also known asFishtail Mountain can always be seen from any point on thisAustralian Camp to Dhampus Trek.
Accommodation during the Australian Camp Trek
Accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara are included in the package based on a standard hotel (3 to 4 stars) with breakfast and tea/coffee. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotel, especially in Thamel, a tourist hub, there are many hotels, guesthouses, lodges, and resorts are available. Please let us know if you want to upgrade your accommodation in Kathmandu. We provide the best 3 to 4 stars accommodation on a breakfast basis in Pokhara as well.
During the Australian Camp family hiking, we will provide the best available lodges on full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). On the first day of our hike, we will stay at Dhampus village where there are several nice lodges available with great facilities such as cozy rooms with attached bathrooms, Wi-Fi facility, comfortable beds with neat and clean bedsheets and warm blankets. The lodges serve delicious meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). The next day, we hike fromDhampus to Australian Campwhere we can find the same kind of lodge as we stayed in Dhampus village. The lodges in Australian Camp provide a breathtaking view of the Himalayas.
Meals and Drinking Water during the Australian Camp Tour
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, our trek package includes accommodations with breakfast and tea/coffee. You can enjoy your everyday breakfast at any time from 6:30 AM to 10 AM at our hotels. During the Australian Camp trek, the package includes meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and accommodations. Meals during the trek will be mostly the authentic Nepalese dishes like rice, curry, lentil, vegetable, spicy pickles, curd, plain Chapatti and etc. Other cuisines like continental, Tibetan and Indian are also available. These meals will be served as per the menu of the lodge. Beside that you can buy bars, bread, cookies, and hot chocolates, extra on the trail on your own but, remember as the elevation gets higher, the cost also gets high. In Kathmandu, we will offer a farewell dinner at the end of the trip to celebrate the grand success of your great journey.
Regarding drinking water, hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara provide 2 liters of mineral water everyday basis which is included in the package. During the Australian Camp trek, drinking water can be easily found everywhere, every next hour you can buy pure and safe drinking water from the tea-shops and lodges. Also, you can get hot water from the lodges and fill in your bottle every time it gets empty. So, do carry a reusable water bottle with yourself. We request you to not buy mineral water bottles (plastic) on the way as it will help in preserving the nature of this beautiful region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets or SteriPen with you to purify the water.
Difficulty and Physical Fitness
Australian Camp Trekking is a pretty easy, short and altitude free trek in theAnnapurna region. We have organized this trek even for the groups those were with kids aged 5 years. They enjoyed the hike thoroughly. Even though it is a short and easy trek you are required to be in good shape and with professional guidance by our crew anyone with a reasonably fit can do Australian Camp Trek. Previous trekking or hiking experience is not required.
Autumn (last September to November) and Spring (mid-March to mid-May) are the best seasons to go on Australian Camp Trekking. The weather will be warm and clear with spectacular views. If you want to avoid the rush time and crowds then winter (December to February) will be an ideal time to go on this trek. However, the cold weather makes a hike in this time of the season difficult for many people.
If you love to see different kinds of flowers, the summer season will be perfect for you to trek in this region to explore the Nepalese national flower (Rhododendron). Where monsoon (late May to mid- September) makes everything unclear and slippery.
Enjoy a short and easy hike into Annapurna foothills
Enjoy the scenically rich trek in Annapurna, supper fantastic mountains views and epic landscapes
Experience cultural life of simple folks living in hills
Witness the grand sunrise and sunset over the Himalayas
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Alpine Eco Trek Company. You will be then transferred to a Hotel. After checking in, you can take rest stroll around the city. In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program with a fine meal. Overnight at hotel.
Today after breakfast, we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet your trek leader and other team members. We brief you regarding your trek as well as provide you opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your upcoming adventure. You might shop around the city if you need any gears for the trek during the evening time. Overnight at hotel.
In the early morning, we take a tourist bus to Pokhara, 200 km drive takes six hours. Upon reaching the enchanting city of Pokhara which offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others, we check in to the hotel. Pokhara has numerous lakes, known as 'Tal' in Nepali which offer fishing, boating and swimming. Strolling around the Lakeside city and exploring it in the evening is enjoyable. Overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.
After breakfast at hotel, we will drive to Dhumpus Phedi; the drive is about 1 hour- about 40km north west of Pokhara city. Drive through a large Tibetan camp at Hyanjha where local handicraft can be purchased and weaving of Tibetan carpet can be observed. The next village before Phedi is Suikhet. Depending upon weather, physical and logistical condition Suikhet provides alternative route to Dhumpus. The road to Phedi in the Yamdi Khola (river) valley is quite good. From Phedi start climbing up hill to Dhumpus (1770m). It takes about 2 hour easy walk up the stairs through the terraced rice field. It is a large Gurung village. There are several tea houses and lodge accommodations in this region.
From Dhumpus the trail climbs steadily and gradually to Pothana (1,890m). The gradual uphill walk is about 2 hours. Lunch stop at at Pothana. Instead of taking the main trail to Ghandrung (1,951m), one of the best-known villages in the foothill of Annapurna, situated above Modi Khola (river) we take the trail to Australian Camp (2,232m); it is a well known name and has vantage point to see the Himalaya range all around. The trail from Pothana turns southwest to Khare (1,524m) and Naundanda (1,457m). In the beginning make a gradual uphill ascend for about 45 minutes. After spending sometime at the vantage point we continue to descend the trail to Khara (1,457m); it should take about one hour easy downhill walk. Overnight lodge Australian camp.
On the last day depending upon our flight schedule to Pokhara either we walk to Sarankot or descend to Phedi to take bus to Pokhara. The walk on the Kaski ridge from Naundanda to Sarankot (1,592m) is pleasant. The walk is on the level ridge with open space all the way. The views of Annapurna and Machapuchare can be seen all along. Though the gravel road runs parallel to the trail yet it is nice to walk along the ridge. The day hike from Naundanda to Sarankot can take about 4 hour; Sarankot is a popular viewpoint for tourist and local to see the surrounding view and the Himalaya. Depending upon our time from Sarankot we can descend to Phewa lake and take boat to Pokhara. Transfer to airport Fly to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
The trip comes to an end today! If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from our company will take you to the airport approximately three hours before the scheduled flight. We wish you have a wonderful flight. See you again someday in the Future.
As the trek is easy and short and the lodges provide good enough blankets, it is not necessary to bring a lot of stuff. The weight limit for your trekking luggage is 10 kg per trekker, if you are two trekkers there will be one porter from our company and our porter will carry both of your luggage that should be 20kg max. You can carry your daypack on your own, that should be around 5 kg. On your daypack please only carry what are essentials for the hike like camera, water bottles, and other valuable belongings. You can leave your unnecessary stuff either at your hotel in Kathmandu in Pokhara or at theAlpine Eco Trekstore for free and it will be completely safe. Our leader will recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc) in our briefing time one day before the trip departure.
We did a short Annapurna (Australian Camp) hike through this agency. The entire preparation, e-mail exchanges with useful information, etc. went very well and very professionally. The hike itself was also excellent and a great guide. We highly recommend this agency and if we go back for the Mount Everest trek then we definitely book with Alpine Eco Trek. Thank you.
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