Dhampus Sarangkot Trek
Background
Nepal is full of trekking routes and mountaineering destinations which offer glorious adventure. Every year, thousands of tourists flock to various parts of the country to enjoy the beauty of Himalayas. Normally, it takes a week or more to properly explore the Himalayas in Nepal but there are a few trips that are shorter and can be done with ease. As such, the Dhampus Sarangkot Trek is one of these treks which ensures that the travelers can relish the glory of the Annapurna Himalayas. Likewise, the trip also allows you to enjoy the culture and tradition of the local communities. Thus, the Dhampus Sarangkot Trek is a perfect blend of culture and scenic views and thus is famous among tourists who want a real taste of the Annapurna Himalayas.
Dhampus Sarangkot trek is among the famous short treks of Pokhara. You can complete this trek within a couple of days. The trek starts from Pokhara from where you drive to Phedi. Then, you start your ascent to Dhampus. By afternoon, you reach Dhampus village which welcomes you with beautiful views of Annapurna (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), and Dhaulagiri (8167m). You can explore the village and interact with the local Gurung people in your free time. After enjoying an exciting overnight stay at Dhampus, you head to Sarangkot after breakfast. En route, you can see amazing views of the landscapes and mountains. Then, you continue the trek to Sarangkot and enjoy the spectacular sunset view. On the third day, you head back to Pokhara after breakfast. You reach Lakeside around lunchtime and, after refreshing, you head for sightseeing. You can visit places like International Mountaineering Museum, Davis Fall and Mahendra Cave.
This trek is the whole package for people who want to have a taste of Himalayas in 3-4 days. It is also an ideal trek to do with families. Additionally, the trek is best done during the autumn and spring seasons.
At Himalaya Holiday Service, we provide the best services for our customers. We tailor our tour packages according to our client’s wishes. To add the final touch to our service, we also provide the best staff and guides to make an unforgettable trip for you.

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Trip facts:
Geography: Hills, Valleys
Location: Pokhara
Level of difficulty: Easy
Max altitude: 1,640m
Ethnicity: Gurung, Magar
Transportation: Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus
Accommodation: Homestay/ Teahouse/ Hotel
Minimum Pax: 2

Trip Highlights:
Trek to two beautiful villages in the Annapurna region, namely, Dhampus and Sarangkot
Enjoy picturesque views of mountains in Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges along with Mt. Machhapuchhre (6993m)
Enjoy the lush vegetation, farmlands, and landscape
Discover the warm Gurung culture, traditions, and lifestyle
Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi and Hike to Dhampus village|1640m| 3-hour walk| overnight in the lodge.
After breakfast, you head to Phedi via the road. The short drive takes about 30 minutes and you rest for a while before starting the hike. En route, you can see magnificent views of Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake. The mountain views also get better as you near the top. Once you reach Dhampus, the views of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre get even more breathtaking. After checking in at the lodge where you’ll stay overnight, you have your lunch and enjoy your free time.

Day 02: Trek from Dhampus village to Sarangkot|1592m| 5-hour walk| overnight in a tea house
After breakfast, you head to Sarangkot. The route is easy and has gentle descents. En route, the views of the mountains and landscapes get better. You pass by rustic settlement areas and meet friendly local people. By lunchtime, you reach Sarangkot. You enjoy your free afternoon and observe the beautiful sunset. Sarangkot is also famous for housing adventure sports like paragliding and zip-lining.

Day 03: Trek from Sarangkot to Pokhara|820m| Pokhara sightseeing
This is the last day of the trip. After enjoying the breakfast, get ready to descend back to Pokhara. The descent back to Pokhara also provides amazing views of the Kathmandu Valley. Once you check-in at the hotel, you have your lunch and head to sightsee some of the landmarks like Mahendra Cave, Davis Fall, and Peace Stupa around the Pokhara City. You can also rest and recuperate at Lakeside for the rest of the day.

Key Information
The cost of permits and other related documents are covered by the trip cost.
The company does not cover extra expenses like refreshments and souvenirs.
It is recommended to carry medicines to tackle altitude sickness. If you feel the symptoms of altitude sickness, you need to inform the guide.
You’ll get a refund if you cancel the trek 2 weeks prior to the scheduled date.
It is recommended to carry your own water bottle since water can be expensive as you ascend.
You need to wear appropriate clothes according to the season. It is recommended to carry a light jacket even in summer because the weather can get chilly in the evening.
If you wish to extend your stay, you need to tell your guide and our staff on time. This way, we can make your trip more exciting.
You can recommend places you want to visit in Pokhara and we can make an itinerary according to it.

FAQs:
When is the best time to do this trek?
The recommended season to do this trek is spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) because the weather is pleasant and stable. The temperature is also favorable to do trekking. You can do this trek at any time of the year including the winter season. However, the trails can get rough and slippery during the monsoon season.

Do I need to carry extra cash?
We suggest you carry extra money for extra expenses like refreshments and tips. It can also be useful in times of emergencies. The recommended amount is US$30 but you can bring more than that as per your wish. You need to exchange it into Nepalese currency as foreign currency is not accepted everywhere and may be difficult when you travel to remote areas.

What if I get injured during the trek?
If you get injured, our guide and staff will attend you with the basic first aid. If your injury seems serious, you will be rushed to the nearest health clinic. However, you will ensure that you will not get hurt during the whole trek and guide you through the safest way possible. Also, the trail is quite safe. So, there are less chances of getting injured.

Do I have to do insurance?
It is better to do insurance before you head for the trek but, ultimately, it is your choice. The Government of Nepal has not regulated out any hard and fast rules indicating that tourists have to do insurance before trekking. If you want to, we can arrange the best insurance companies and deals.

Is a credit card acceptable?
While modern destinations and tourist locations offer credit card service, there are other remote areas that do not accept credit cards. Thus, you need to carry cash and smaller changes as well. It is also difficult to find ATM in rural areas, so you need to withdraw your cash out at Pokhara before starting the trek.

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