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Australian Camp Hike – Hiking Around Pokhara

Nepal

Australian Camp Hike

Nepal

Trip Overview

Australian Camp Hike is the best short hike nearby Pokhara. Situated on a beautiful hilltop at an altitude of 2060 meters, one can enjoy an unobstructed jaw-dropping view of the Annapurna Range and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Its real name is “Thulo Kharka” which means big pasture.

A neighbor to the local Dhampus village, Australian Camp is also one of the key gateways to many famous treks in the Annapurna Region. Through the camp, you can go for the Mardi Himal Trek, Ghandruk Poonhill Trek, Annapurna Base Camp, and Mohare Danda Trek.

For people looking for a quick escape from the city and its urban humdrum, the Australian Camp is perfect for a short hike around Pokhara. The magnificent golden rays of the sun kissing the snowy white Annapurna range during the sunset and the beautiful horizon leaping over the sky is a moment that can move anyone.

Weather at the Australian Camp 

The Australian Camp is on top of a hill making nights cool and cold because of the breeze carried by the northern Annapurna Range. The days are warm but not humid.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Hike to Australian Camp, a popular viewpoint near Pokhara
  • Majestic views of snow-covered high mountains including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Manaslu range.

Itinerary

Drive from Pokhara to Kande. Hike to Australian Camp Hike. Drive Back to Pokhara. 

After an early breakfast drive to Kande by a private vehicle. Once you reach Kande, your 2 hours hiking trail starts from there. First, you will be walking downhill and then uphill until you reach Australian Base Camp. The trail is a steep stone-paved surrounded by forests. You will see the silent Pokhara valley resting peacefully in the lap of green hills.

There is nice walking trail from Kande to Australian Camp, a beautiful village best known for its incredible views. On a clear day you can see an unobstructed view of the Himalayan Mountains of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu range and also beautiful green hills.

From Australian Camp, we will trek to Dhampus through the jungle trail. Dhampus is a typical Nepali village where we will have lunch. 

Now, you trek from Dhampus to Phedi along an age-old trail of stone steps. At Phedi your driver will be waiting to take you back to Pokhara.

Notes:
  • Pick up time: 08:00 AM
  • Drive Duration: 1 hour approx
  • Hike Duration: 3 hours approx
  • Altitude: 2200 meters

Services Included

  • Private transfer from Pokhara to kande and Phedi to Pokhara
  • English Speaking Hiking Guide

Services Excluded

  • Lunch during Hike
  • Travel and medical insurance including evacuation and cancellation
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Royal Mountain Travel

Impact Footprints

  • This Australian Camp hike focuses on four UN Sustainable Development Goals:
    • Partnership for the Goals (SDG17): Lunch will be at a local tea-house that boosts the local economy and community of the rural part of Nepal. Still, many households of the rural population of Nepal are deprived even of basic needs. So, Royal mountain travel, a sustainable tour operator in Nepal has been continuously trying its best to partner with communities and improve their standard of living.
    • Life on Land (SDG 15): Permits for Annapurna Conservation Areas to curtail overexploitation and maintain authenticity. This fully supports the preservation of the forest and wildlife. Annapurna Region is home to various species of wildlife and plants.
    • Climate Action (SDG 13): Nature doesn’t need us, we need nature. So, it’s our responsibility to protect the nature and environment. As a responsible tour operator in Nepal, a key focus we have is to avoid single-use plastics in all our ventures and tours.
    • Decent Work (SDG 8): The local involvement for the betterment of their economic condition via sustainable income and productive employment opportunities, we have managed to provide decent work for all. As culture and traditions are the two main aesthetics of Nepal, locals are happier to fully utilize them to open doors of opportunities for the community.

Overall my experience with Royal Mountain Travel was pure joy. If you want to plan your hike in the Himalayas, make sure to ask for Bikram as your guide and Med as your porter.

Aleks C
Aleks C |

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