Photographer's Note

‘Treks around Dhampus’

For trekking Nepal has become the most renowned country in the world.
Very famous treks in the country are the Annapurna Circuit, the Everest View Trek, the Everest Basecamp Trek, the Langtang trek and the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.
These treks usually vary in duration between 7 and 21 days and require not only good health but also very good fitness.

When you aren’t in super good condition or don’t feel like / don’t have the time to spend that many days in the mountains, there are also possibilities to make smaller hikes.

In a travel agency in Pokhara I booked a smaller tour (3 days, 2 nights) to Dhampus and surroundings.
This trek was inexpensive for two overnights in a simple lodge, three meals a day, an English speaking young man guiding me (a student who needed to earn the cost of his studies), transportation from Pokhara to Kande and the third day other transportation from elsewhere back to Pokhara.

Dhampus Village is located on the foothills of scenic mountains of the Annapurna Mountain Range.
The area offers views of some of the snowy peaks of the Annapurna Range.
During this trek the maximum elevation is around 1.700 metres. So without the risk of altitude sickness.

Some thoughts about this trek:

- This trek goes through a lower part of the Himalayas. Very often a wooded area. Views are sometimes limited by trees and vegetation.
- Never expect to have views of the highest peaks of the Himalayas as spectacular as on the above known and longer treks (or as spectacular as in pictures in travel guides or in offices of travel agencies).
The real sports enthusiasts (from the Everest Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek for instance) will certainly not like this trek around Dhampus or just as a warm-up for the real thing.
On the other hand, some of those great athletes are more interested in the number of hours walked daily or the overcome height difference than in seeing beautiful things.
- As mentioned in a previous note, the best views are in the morning from sunrise to about 9 am.
During the day you have to take into account low-hanging clouds that temporarily obstruct the view.
- A trek usually starts with getting up from the valley. That often means a lot of stairs.
Stairs are usually carved into the rock, so irregular in shape and height and sometimes a stone can be loose. You keep your attention when placing your feet and can therefore not just enjoy the views all the time.
Often the part with the stairs (the lower part of the mountains) is wooded and you will only see the mountain peaks through an opening in the foliage.
- My first day I went up stairs from Kande to a place called Australian Camp (so named because an Australian couple discovered that place during their honeymoon) and from there to Pothana.
The second day to the beautiful village of Dhampus that also offered beautiful panoramas. The best day of all three!
The third day (I can't find the name of the place anymore) elsewhere down other stairs to a road where a car took us back to Pokhara.

Those who have the condition to make a more difficult and longer trek will of course be much longer above the tree line and will most likely see spectacular panoramas much more often.

Maybe this doesn't sound so appealing. However, it is best to know what to expect before starting a trek.
All three photos were taken on the descent on the third day.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6087 W: 22 N: 14488] (57629)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2019-11-17
  • Exposição: 30 segundos
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-08-12 8:35
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