Located at an altitude of 1700 meters, Dhampus is one of the tranquil Gurung villages in the Annapurna region. The Dhampus hike is one of the easiest hiking routes around the Annapurna region. The surreal display of the mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Lamjung Himal ranges decorate the trails on the hike. Along with it, terrace farms and rustic houses add a unique charm to the entire trip. If you want to have a taste of what the Himalayas feels like, then this is the perfect hike for you. Due to its easy accessibility and improved route, it is a favorite among families. It is also perfect for those who are on a tight schedule but want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas in Nepal.
The hike starts early morning from Phedi and, on average, takes about 7-8 hours to complete. The picturesque landscape is pleasing and the views of the mountains add charm to this hike. Some of the mountains seen in this route are Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Lamjung Himal (6,586 m), and Ganesh Himal (7,422 m).
The Dhampus vantage point also offers mesmerizing views of the mountains in the Annapurna range. The gentle ascents and descents on the hike can be conquered by everyone from children to elderly people. Likewise, travelers can enjoy grand views of the majestic mountain range and feel rewarded while on the hike. Along with it, the tranquil environment of the Gurung villages will wash away all the fatigue of the hike. Travelers also get the chance to see the local Gurung culture and their daily lifestyle. Likewise, they also get to experience their daily activities and try the local cuisines at the local homestays. Additionally, you can also explore Pokhara and enjoy the charming tourist destinations in the City of Lakes.
At Himalaya Holiday Service, we strive to deliver the best services for the best experiences in Nepal. From accommodation to transport facilities, we provide top-class options as per your requirement. Along with it, our guides and staffs are professionals who are acquainted with the entire Nepal.
Level of difficulty: Easy
Max altitude: 1,700m
Religion: Hinduism, Buddhism
Ethnicity: Gurung, Brahmin, Chhetri
Transportation: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Homestay (option)
Minimum Pax: 2
Hike to one of the famous hiking destinations in the Annapurna region
Witness amazing up-close views of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre range
Experience the Gurung culture and lifestyle
Enjoy the tranquility of Dhampus and the hiking trails leading to the viewpoint
Itinerary:8 AM: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi and hike to Dhampus
At sharp 6 a.m., you’ll drive to Phedi from your hotel which is an hour away from Pokhara. After a short rest at Phedi, you’ll start your hike. En route, you get to see amazing views of the hills and mountains. The view of the sunrise from the Dhampus vantage point offers a surreal panorama of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre Himalayas. After enjoying the sunrise, you’ll explore Dhampus and continue for the rest of the day.
4 PM: Drive back to Pokhara Lakeside /Overnight Stay in Dhampus
After enjoying a hearty time at the village, you head back to Phedi and reach there by 5 p.m. Next, you head back to Lakeside via a short drive and enjoy the surreal environs around Pokhara. However, you can also opt to stay overnight at a homestay in Dhampus.
The hike starts early, so you should board a vehicle and head to Phedi before 8 a.m. If you don’t come on time, it can be difficult to adjust the schedule.
If you wish to stay overnight at Dhampus, you have to inform us before the hike. This way we can book better places for you for the best experience. If you inform on the day of the hike, it will not be entertained.
If you need trekking gear like trekking poles, shoes, or other equipment, you need to inform our staff beforehand. Otherwise, you can rent or buy from the local shops at Lake Side prior to the hike.
In case of bad weather like a heavy downpour, the hike will be postponed until further notice.
The extra charges like buying refreshments, snacks, or souvenirs will not be covered by the company.
Travelers should refrain from doing offensive actions like littering or swearing during the hike.
Is Dhampus Hiking safe for kids?
The route is easy and there is no age restriction for this hike. So, the route can be completed by children as well. Parents are advised to take care of their young children. There are some steep sections where you should keep children under proper supervision. Likewise, we will do our best to make the hike as safe as possible.
What should I carry for this hike?
It is recommended to carry a 1-2-liter backpack with a water bottle, sunblock, and washing kit. You can carry other items like personal toiletries and snacks as per your wish. If you need trekking poles, you can buy or rent around shops at the Lakeside. The route is safe, however in case you get injured, you would need first aid. So, you are advised to carry a first-aid kit with you.
Will food be provided?
We will provide three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) on the hike. There are small shops in the trail where you can buy snacks. So, if you want to buy snacks, it will be at your own cost. Besides, if you want to try other food, you have to bear the cost by yourself. In Pokhara, we can recommend some good places to eat if you want to try out new food.
What should I wear?
It is recommended to wear sun-protective clothes like long sleeves and pants. Since it can get quite chilly in the morning and late afternoon, it is better to carry a jacket or windcheater. If you’re traveling in monsoon, you must carry an umbrella and waterproof jacket or apparel.
How much cash should I carry?
Since most of your expenses on the trip are covered by the trip cost, it is recommended to carry an extra US$10-20 in case of emergency and unforeseen situations. As there won’t be any exchange counters available in the trails, you should exchange the money into Nepalese currency before heading out for the hike.