1. Wonderful view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain range from a close by range.
2. Stunning view of the Pokhara valley and Phewa lake from the hilltops.
3. Staying at the very welcoming and hospitable homestays of the Gurung people.
4. Enjoying the Phewa lake fish at Pame.
5. Boating in Phewa lake.
6. Visiting caves, ancient temples and the Seti river.
Dhampus-Sarangkot is a relatively easy trek in the periphery of Pokhara. It will take us to two villages - Dhampus and Sarangkot - in the northwest of Pokhara valley. Because of the moderate nature of the trek, it is also suitable for elderly and young ones.
Dhampus and Sarangkot provide a wonderful view of the mountains in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. These villages are mainly settled by the Gurung people. The Gurungs are keen agriculturalists. They rear animals and grow rice, millet, buckwheat, rye etc. Their fields are also full of fruits. They have a unique culture and lifestyle preserved in its exotic form for centuries. The main profession of the Gurung people, outside of agriculture, is joining the armed forces. They are world renowned fighters.
However, whenever a guest enters their villages, they are very welcoming and friendly. It is the tradition of Nepalis to honor guests as gods. The Gurungs are known for their hospitality. Their food and drink are unique for a visitor’s taste buds. In the evening, they will provide us a glimpse into their age old culture through music and dance.
The view of the Phewa lake and the Pokhara valley is stunning from Dhampus and Sarangkot. Equally mesmerizing is the sunrise and sunset view.
Route Summary: Kathmandu- Pokhara- Phedi- Dhampus- Sarangkot- Pame- Pokhara- Kathmandu.
Best Season: September to December and February to May
Day 01: Drive to Pokhara (820 m / 2,690 ft), 6-7 hours, and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Phedi (850 m / 2,788 ft), 30 minutes, and trek to Dhampus (1,770 m / 5,807 ft), 2-3 hours.
Day 03: Trek to Sarangkot (1,592 m / 5,223 ft), 5-6 hours.
Day 04: Trek to Pame (780 m / 2,559 ft), 2 hours, and drive to Pokhara (820 m / 2,690 ft), 20 minutes.
Day 05: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300 m / 4,665 ft), 6-7 hours drive.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be safe thus we have given full authority to your tour leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary. However, natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we hope you understand these concerns. Our leaders will give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 820 m/2,690 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will leave Kathmandu early following breakfast. The drive to Pokhara is along the Prithvi Highway. The Trishuli, Marsyangdi and Seti rivers are our companion while on road. The road follows the river trails and winds between green hills, providing a scenic drive all day long. We will check into our hotel room upon reaching Pokhara. We can go for a walk around the Phewa Lake in the evening.
Day 02: Drive to Phedi and trek to Dhampus
Altitude: 850 m/2,788 ft (Dhampus); 1,770 m/5,807 ft (Phedi)
Time: 3-4 hours
We will wake up with the sight of the beautiful Machhapuchhre mountain right in front of our eyes. We will have an early breakfast and then head to Phedi on a private vehicle. The drive is along the banks of the Seti river. Phedi means the bottom of the hill.
This is the place from where the ascend to Dhampus begins. The climb takes place through terraced fields, green forests and waterfalls. The forests are full with chirping birds and animals that show up occasionally. We will reach Dhampus after a trek of nearly three hours. We will enjoy the beautiful Dhampus sunset.
Day 03: Trek to Sarangkot
Altitude: 1,592 m/5,223 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
You will enjoy your early morning breakfast in Dhampus with the Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Lamjung mountains at the backdrop. You will bid goodbye to your homestay hosts and head for Sarangkot. Sarangkot lies on the same mountain ridge as Dhampus.
The walk along the ridge is magnificent. The mountains are continuously visible on the north while Pokhara valley is on the south. The road passes along fields, forests and occasional villages. We will reach Sarangkot and check into our hotels. The view of sunset from Sarangkot is wonderful.
Day 04: Trek to Pame and drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 780 m/2,559 ft (Pame); 820 m/2,690 ft (Pokhara)
We will go to the Sarangkot view station in the morning for a spectacular sunrise view. After spending some time at the view station, we will head back to our hotel and enjoy breakfast. We trek downhill today.
We will be heading for Pame, a place on the bank of Phewa lake. We will enjoy boating in Phewa lake and taste the Phewa lake fish. After enjoying a few hours in Pame, we will board on a vehicle waiting for us and head to Pokhara.
Day 05: Drive to Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m/4,665 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will say Pokhara goodbye and head back to Kathmandu. We will have an early breakfast and board on a tourist bus for Kathmandu. We will follow the Prithvi Highway, which we took on our way to Pokhara. We will travel through verdant green hills that house sparsely populated typical Nepali villages. You also have the option to travel by air but you will have to pay extra for it. We will complete our tour with a musical and cultural night in Kathmandu.
- Deluxe bus fare Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Standard accommodation Pokhara as mentioned in the itinerary with Breakfast
- Use of private vehicle Pokhara to Phedi and Pame to Pokhara
- Full day trek meal plan consisting of 3 meals( Breakfast,Lunch and dinner) and 3 cups of hot drinks per day
- Fruits available as per the season will be provided after night meal
- Accommodations in lodge during the trek.
- Well trained guide for trekking along with his salary and transportation costs, foods, accommodations, and insurance
- Ambition Himalaya T-Shirt
- First aid kit with the expert hand
- Expedition taxes, paper works, and company service charges for the trek
- Travel, emergency rescue charge and insurance.
- Besides 3 hot drinks, extra hot drinks and cold drinking and beverages, telephone bills, laundry charges, hot shower fees are excluded.
- Wi-fi Charger, Battery charging bill during the trek are off the package.
- Extra incentives such as tips, gifts, gratuities for the guide
- Any benefits not mentioned in Service Includes Section unless indicated on booking of the trekking.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.