Dhampus Sarangkot Trek is short trek in the rim of Pokhara – easy and splendid. The trek starts from Pokhara with a short drive to Phedi and then to the Dhampus village as final destination. From Dhampus you return towards Pokhara but via another fascinating trail to Sarangkot. This short trek program in which you walk only three days in the mountains offers mixed of culture, lifestyle, and view of the Himalayan peaks.
During Dhampus Sarangkot trek you meet people of diverse cultural groups and ethnic people mainly Gurungs, Magars, and Brahmin/Chhetri. Main occupation of the people living in this region is agriculture you can see many beautiful terraced farm and farmers working in the farm/field.
Dhampus Sarankot Trek is definitely one of the best treks in the Annapurna region near the Pokhara valley. This trek fits to any age group and capabilities and ideal to those who aspire to adventure in the Nepal Himalayas and has less time to opt for longer treks into the Base Camps of the mountain peaks.
Arrival in Kathmandu. You will be greeted by our friendly representative at arrival terminal Tribhuvan International Airport. And, then you will be transferred to your hotel. You check-in at your Hotel booked for you and then after a short rest you can go to explore market area of Thamel – where you can eat your supper, change money, buy some stuffs from supermarket, or buy trekking gears – if you need to do. Later you are invited to our office in Thamel for the trip briefing. Overnight at your hotel. Delay of any kind will postpone the events for next day according to feasibility.
After breakfast, we will go for Kathmandu sightseeing tour to Pashupati Nath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa.
Pashupati Nath Temple is enlisted on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site which is located on the bank of Bagmati river and one of the biggest Hindu temples devoted to Lord Shiva. When you visit here you will get to see the cremation procedure of Hindu dead people.
Bouddhanath Temple is one of the biggest Stupas in the world in terms of height and expansion and listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. The stupa is built on Mahayana Philosophy.
After the tour you will return to hotel and prepare for tomorrow’s trip. Overnight at hotel.
In the later morning you embark on a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara – the most beautiful valley and city of Nepal with the most impressive mountain views, lakes, and fresh air. It is about twenty-five minutes flight along the central Himalaya range in which you can witness the view of Langtang range, Ganesh Himal range, Gorkha Himal massif with Manaslu, Lanjung Himal, and finally Annapurna along with Fishtail or Machhapuchre.
You can alternatively take driving option to Pokhara through the scenic snake-bend highway of the midhill Nepal. The driving is long yet adventurous and enjoying. We recommend you to drive one way and fly the other way in this trip to enjoy the beauty of Nepal.
Once you arrive Pokhara, check in to your Hotel. In the later evening you can stroll around the beautiful lake – Fewa Lake – and around the lakeside shops. Overnight in the Hotel.
You enjoy scrumptious breakfast at the Hotel and start your trek to foothills of the Himalayas with a short drive to Phedi. Drive is about quarter hour and through beautiful farming field along the Seti River. You start your walking with straight uphill of some half hour in the forest. Once you reach the ridge the view of the river valley below is splendid. Continue uphill through the cultivated field and village with lively rural life.
After some three hours walk you reach to the magnificent village of Dhampus from where the view of the Himalayan peaks is marvelous. Annapurna range and fishtail aka Machapuchhre visible just a stone’s throw away.
Enjoy lunch and rest of the day in the village and overnight stay in the lodge.
Wake up early morning to catch the stunning view of sunrise over the Himalayan peaks. After this enjoy breakfast with the view of the Himalayas.
You descend at first to Dhampus River through the field and villages before ascend to Naudanda. From here you walk in the easy flat way to Sarangkot through various small settlements witnessing rural life of Nepal. Arrive Sarangkot and enjoy rest of the time in your hotel. Sarangkot is one of the most popular hill stations to view sunrise and Himalayan panorama near Pokhara. Early morning hundreds of people come here as a day visitor.
Early morning climbs some fifty meters up to the view tower to enjoy the most enchanting view of the Himalayan panorama and sunrise. You can view Annapurna range, Fishtail, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri from this point – 3 eight thousanders among fourteen in total.
After breakfast you walk all the way down to Pokhara Lakeside where your hotel is located. It is about three hours walk downhill, steep in some parts, to reach the hotel.
Enjoy the rest of the day in the luxury. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
You drive back to Kathmandu at around 7.00 am – some 206 kms and takes seven hours. You drive through narrow mountain highway yet beautiful which stretches along the river and passes through stunning landscape. Once in Kathmandu we will transfer you to your respective hotel and you will be given free time to wander around. Overnight will be spent in hotel.
After palatable breakfast at your hotel, start tour of mysterious Kathmandu city. This historical, cultural, and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You walk through narrow lanes of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard.
Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”.
After the tour return to your hotel. If you are staying in Thamel, you can hang around this bustling tourist market and enjoy shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time and your tour ends here.
What is Included?
Airport Pick up and Drop with friendly representative
3 star standard hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu
3 star standard hotels with breakfast in Pokhara (Nepal’s 3 star hotel can be bit different than other international standard)
Tea house (Lodge) accommodation during the trekking in twin sharing basis
All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trekking
Tea Coffee (3 times a day)
A professional trekking guide, Porter (Helper) and assistant guide above 5 pax.
Air ticket (Kathmandu-Pokhara) if you choose to fly.
All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipment, all transport for Trekking Staff.
Private transfer (Pokhara - Nayapul – Pokhara)
Transfer from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Kathmandu Cultural and Historical sightseeing with a Tour guide, Private transportation, and entrance fee.
Trekking Permit (TIMS).
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).
Down Jacket, a sleeping bag, Fleece liner, and a duffel bag.
All government taxes
What is Excluded?
Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, or cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Tips for Guide, Porter, and Driver (tips not mandatory but highly expected.)
Travel insurance that should cover emergency evacuation in case of need
Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusion
This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.
Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
Duffel or Rucksack bag & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind
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).
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
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. Two pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for cold season.
10. Two pairs 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. A pair of light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
13. A 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)
Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
One 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.
Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
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).
Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
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.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
One 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
Favorite snack foods
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
One light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use
Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip
One small stainless steel thermos
All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.