When in Pokhara, there are a lot of optional hikes and day trips if you’re up for it. The hike to Dhampus village is perfect for those who want to experience the traditional village life and architecture off the mainstream road. Situated north from Pokhara valley, Dhampus is an authentic Gurung village offering you surreal views of the landscape and some famous peaks around the place.
To get to Dhampus, start early in the morning and drive for approx. 30 minutes to Phedi from Pokhara. After reaching Phedi, start hiking through lush green forests, attractive villages and terrace farmings which is an incredible experience. The hike is easy and undemanding, so you get to enjoy the experience without having to worry about the walk. After passing through dense forests, the view opens into a stunning view of Mt. Machhapuchhre, commonly known as the fishtail mountain. The Gurung people are famous for their hospitality and friendliness. So, expect to get showered with love from the local people.
Dhampus is actually a stop point for trekkers going higher up in the mountains, but the beauty of the place shouldn’t be overlooked for a night stay in the place. There are a lot of options for accommodation in the place depending on your budget. You can stay for the night and enjoy a starry night with the mountains illuminated by the moon. Also, the sunrise from Dhampus is a must-see, as it is one of the fantastic sights from the place. You can alternatively go on hikes to Pothana and Australian Camp. The hike to Australian Camp from Dhampus is a short one and takes you through small forests. On a clear day, you can see unobstructed views of the mountains like Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu range from Australian Camp. Pothana lies on the classic trail of Annapurna Base Camp.
Although, Dhampus being a short hike from Pokhara, it is sure that not all hikes have to be long and strenuous for an experience to cherishable. Nonetheless, this hike is suitable for those on a short vacation. You might think that just being able to see the mountains is a blessing, but the highlight of Dhampus is so much more than the mountain ranges. You have to get there to experience it yourself.