Dhampus Trek

Dhampus  trek  - 3 days walking The trail winds through patchwork valleys, dense mossy forests and past waterfalls where you can stop to cool yourself. Around every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains, whole horizons of which will be revealed to you as you reach the high points of  Dhampus trek. During Dhampus trek, you pass through different Gurung, Magar and Brahmin villages where you get an insight into their cultural, social practices. In short period, you can experience the colorful culture of these people and most of all you meet Buddhist and Hindus living in harmony and peace. The main occupations are agriculture, animal husbandry, tourism business and people serving in Gorkha and Indian regiment. Dhampus trekking is a short colorful foray into the Annapurna region. The trail winds through patchwork valleys, dense mossy forests and past waterfalls where you can stop to cool yourself. Around every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains, whole horizons of which will be revealed to you as you reach the high points of your trek.

Day 01 : Drive to Phedi ,30 min & trek Thulokharka (Australian camp) 1950) or Pothana( 1890 m ) 5 hrs walk. After breakfast drive to Phedi 30min. drive and follow the stone staircases through the beautiful dense forest. Trail continues through the typical villages and terraces rice field that offer the awesome view of holy Mountain Machhapuchhre(fishtail: 6998m), Hiuchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7219m),Annapurna III (7575m), Annapurna IV (7535m), Annapurna II (7937m.

Day 02 : Trek to Ghandruk (1950 m.) 7 hrs walk. The early part of trek is gradual ascend for almost an hour up to Deurali (2100 m.) which passes through oak and mixed forests with splendid views of Manaslu, Annapurna ranges and Mardi Himal. Leaving Deurali, you begin to trek steep downwards to reach Tolkha (1840 m.), a beautiful Magar and Gurung village. To reach the next destination Landruk, a village inhabited by mostly Gurung and few Brahmins the trail is gradual descent passing through terraces and few settlements. Now the steep descent trail moves downwards to Modi Khola river and crossing iron bridge you follow steep uphill to reach Ghandruk.. There are many lodges, Gurung museum and traditional houses made of stone slabs.

Day 03 : Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul( 5 hrs walk ) and drive to Pokhara ,1.20 hrs Early morning You can enjoy from here are Annapurna South (7229 m.), Hiunchuli (6441 m.), Annapurna III (7755 m.), Glacier dome (7200 m.) and Fish tail (6997 m after breakfast you descend through Kimshe to Shaulo Bazaar. From here your trail goes quite flat until you retrace back to Birethanti. You need to walk almost half an hour to get to Nayapul. Drive from Nayapul to Pokhara.

Cost Includes

1. Airport Pick up drop.
2. Guide & Porter
3. All food (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) with tea& coffee.
4. Annapurna conservation permit & TIMS permit.
5. All private transport.
6. Accommodation.
7. Sleeping bag and duffel bag.
8. All taxes

Cost Excludes

1.  Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance,
     any kind of unforeseen expenses etc.
2. Tips for Guide, porter and driver( Tips is not compulsory but expected)

General

1.   Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
2.   Duffel bag or Rucksack and suitcase ((Optional/duffel bag we can provide one if you need it
      but is to be returned after the trek.
3.   Daypack.
4.   Down Jacket only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, Feruary, November and
      December (Optional/we can  provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.   Sun hat.
2.   Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears .
3.   Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
4.   Headlamp.
5.   Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket
      should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
6.   A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for
      cold season (optional).

Hand

1.    Golves( not  too warm  and not light ).

Core Body

1.   T-shirts
2.   Shirts
3.   Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.   Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.   Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.   women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton.

Lower Body – Legs- Feet

1.    nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton.
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    Lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    Trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts..
6.    Cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
7.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture
       resistant plastic bags.
9.    pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for cold season. 10.2 pair light
       weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
11.  light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
12.  pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
13.  pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well).

1.   Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.   Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.   Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.   Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.      
      Pleasediscuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.   1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids,
      some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive
      medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous :

1.   Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.   Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to
      change the date of your).
3.   Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.   Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your
      neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from
      having to stop and look for it.
5.   Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses
      its' effectiveness over time.
6.   Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.   Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.   Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid
      hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.   2 bandanas.

Optional

1.   1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great
      assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees,
      ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
2.   Favorite snack foods.
3.   Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
      Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember,
      keep these items light weight .
4.   Binoculars .
5.   1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok,
      but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use .
6.   Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator.
7.   A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
      that chilly late night trip.

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