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.
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.
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.