Sarangkot Dhampus Nature Hike


This short, 3-day trek covers Sarangkot, Naudanda, and Dhampus; all of which are excellent view points to observe the enticing surrounds of Pokhara valley. You also familiarize yourself with at least two ethnicities along the trail: Damais in Sarangkot, and Gurungs in Dhampus. Picture the unbeatable sunrise and sunset views from Sarangkot and from the vicinities of Dhampus. Stand at Naudanda and catch a bird-eye view of Pokhara valley, the serene Fewa Lake, and the villages sitting on the hill slopes around. And have close-up views of Mt Fishtail.

At the end, you find the space of three days a magnificent sojourn, making you appreciate the fine balance between great views and panoramas of nature on the one hand; the villages and local life on the other. And that is what the greater treks in the Annapurna region serves you: a broad, varying canvass of exquisite nature accompanying an equally diverse, myriad culture along the trail.   When you are in want of time and energy required for them, Hike around Pokhara is the best alternate, a perfect miniature of longer Annapurna treks.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 2 nights and 3 days

Trip Grade: Easy

Minimum Altitude: 850m, Pokhara Valley

Maximum Altitude: 1600m, Sarangkot Hilltop

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Hike from Pokhara City to Sarangkot (1600m) via Bagar (4 hours)

Day 2: Hike from Sarangkot to Dhampus (4-5 hours)

Day 3: Dhampus to Pokhara City (2-3 hours)

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Hike from Pokhara City to Sarangkot (1600m) via Bagar (4 hours)
Start the hike after you have lunch in a good hotel in the lakeside. In about an hour of leisurely walk, you will reach Bagar. From there, another hike of about three hours takes you to Sarangkot, the highest and most famous viewpoint near Pokhara. Both up and down, heart-melting panorama open up in front your eyes. While the views upwards are dominated by the Annapurna Range, downwards lies the Fewa Lake, the city and other mountains. In the evening, walk to the view-tower to enjoy the most memorable sunset of your life. Then return to a teahouse, have dinner and rest for the night.

Day 2: Hike from Sarangkot to Dhampus (4-5 hours)

This morning, wake up early to see one of the most exquisite sunrises from the same view tower. You will experience another most unforgettable dawn of your life as you watch the scenery.  Return to the teahouse, have breakfast and hike to Naudanda, another excellent vantage point to view Pokhara valley and the Fewa Lake. From here, we move on to Ghatte Khola, where we have lunch and take a short rest. Then starts the final leg of the hike to Dhampus, a really beautiful village sitting on a hilltop. The village is inhabited by very friendly, warm-hearted Gurungs. In the evening, we will again have another charming sunset view from a viewpoint of the village. We spend night a local tea house. 

Day 3: Dhampus to Pokhara City (2-3 hours)
For the best of Mt Fishtail view glimmering in the early sunlight, we get up early in the morning and walk to the viewpoint. Then we take a stroll around the village, observing local shops, local school and daily life of the people living here. Then we return to the teahouse, have breakfast and start a descent to the city. Have lunch in a restaurant, and entertain yourself during the day choosing from numerous activities that this city offers for the travelers.

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