Australian Camp Trek Overview
Nestled in the breathtaking western Himalayan mountains of Nepal, the Australian Base Camp Trek is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Australian Camp is located at an altitude of 2060 meters above the sea level overlooking the mighty Annapurna massifs. Australian Camp trek Nepal offers a truly unique and rewarding experience, showcasing the stunning beauty of the Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri Himalayas. With picturesque villages, lush green hills, and a rich cultural heritage, this trek is perfect for adventurers of all ages and experience levels.
Highlight of Australian Camp
- Australian Camp and Dhampus village
- Beautiful view of Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapurchhre, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu range etc.
- People Life style , culture
- Green Hill scenery
Australian Camp Trek Details
The journey to the Australian Camp Trek begins in Pokhara, a charming city located in the western part of Nepal. From Pokhara, you will travel via Pokhara-Baglung Highway headed westbound towards Kande, starting point of Australian Camp Trek. This distance from Pokhara to Kande is 30 kilometers which is approximately 45 minutes drive from Lakeside. Our private vehicle will pick you up from your hotel in Pokhara and you will be driven to Kande. Your hiking journey will begin from Kande as you head eastward taking the foot trail through the village.
Cultural Highlights and Local Experiences in Australian Camp Day Hike
The Australian Camp Trek offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of the local communities located in the outskirts of Pokhara. Along the trekking route, you will encounter villages inhabited by different ethnic groups, such as the Magar, Gurung, and Brahmin communities. Take the time to interact with the locals, learn about their way of life, and sample their delicious traditional cuisine. This cultural exchange will undoubtedly enrich your trekking experience. Also, adding icing on top of the cake are mighty Himalayan mountains that remain within your sight all throughout the Australian Camp Dhampus Trek.
Australian Base Camp Trek Route
Australian Camp Dhampus Trek is a short hike that begins from Pokhara, offering a delightful mix of natural beauty and cultural immersion. Starting from Kande, the trek begins with a steep ascent, which may challenge even the fittest trekkers. However, the effort is well worth it as you make your way through dense forests, passing by traditional farmhouses and experiencing the warm hospitality of the local communities.
As you continue your trek, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range. The highlight of the trek is reaching the Australian Camp, a picturesque campsite surrounded by the Himalayas. Here, you can witness the magical sunrise over the mountains, painting the sky with hues of red, orange, and pink.
The panoramic views from the Australian Camp are truly awe-inspiring, with Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, and Mt. Machhapuchhre dominating the horizon. The locals call the Australian camp, “Thulo Kharka” which means big pastureland for buffalo and cows. In the past, this camp used to serve as a camping ground for trekkers venturing for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The duration of your trek from Kande to Australian Camp is about 1.5 hours through easy going foot trails.
From the Australian camp, you will further make your way towards Dhampus, another prominent village in the foothills of Annapurna mountains. The trekking duration is about 1 hour and you reach a hilly hamlet snuggled with teahouses. Dhampur portrays a typical Gurung and Magar village which has been built for tourists. There are lots of accommodation and dining options in Dhampus and this will be your final destination before starting your return journey. Lots of trekkers name this trek as Dhampus Australian camp trek, owing to the destinations included.
You will have your lunch at Dhampus witnessing the amazing Himalayan views of the north. Post-Lunch you will begin your descent journey towards Phedi where our vehicle will be waiting for your arrival. From Phedi, another 30 minutes drive will take you to Pokhara to your hotel where your Australian camp trek ends.
Australian Camp Trek Itinerary and Duration
Duration of Australian Camp Trek can differ but it can be completed in as little as a day, making it a perfect weekend getaway. However, for those who wish to immerse themselves in the beauty of the region, we can customize the Australian camp trek itinerary based on your preference Below is a sample itinerary for the Pokhara trek to Australian Base Camp.
Period I: Pick up at Hotel, Drop at Kande
- Pick up at your hotel in Pokhara
- Drive via Baglung-Pokhara Highway to Kande (30km, 45 minutes)
Period II: Kande to Australian Camp
- Begin your trek from Kande to Australian Camp. (1.5 hours)
- Marvel at the stunning views of the Annapurna range along the way.
- Reach the Australian Camp and witness the breathtaking sunset.
Period III: Australian Camp to Dhampus,
- Further hike the rural landscape towards Dhampus
- Enjoy mesmerizing view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains
- Have your lunch at a hotel in Dhampus
Period III: Descend to Phedi, Drive back to Pokhara
- Begin your descent from Dhampus towards Phedi
- The descent is fairly easy via rural foot trail (1 hour)
- Board your vehicle stationed at Phedi
- Drive to Pokhara (30 minutes, 19 km)
Trek start and End
This trek will start after your breakfast at your Hotel and bring you back to your Hotel after the trek.
A private vehicle will come to pick you up at your Hotel and drive to Kande in 40 minutes to 1 hour. The trek will end at Phedi, and from Phedi drive back to your Hotel 30 minutes by private vehicle.
What to wear
The highest elevation of this trip is 2060m. You need to wear a light jacket, hiking shoes, a hat, a small bag, trousers, a T-shirt, a bottle of water etc. If you are doing this trip in the monsoon, you are recommended to bring Umbrella.
Available for this trek
Himalaya Trip organizes an Australian camp day hike every day. You can do a private hike with your family and friends. It is also possible to join with a group.
Australian Camp Day Trek
Your Hotel - Kande - Australian Camp - Dhampus - Phedi
- Your Hotel- Kande and Phedi- Hotel by private private and driver.
- Lunch with tea/ coffee, any soft drinks.
- Mineral water .
- One experience hiking guide his salary, all the meals.
- Our official charge and 13% Government VAT.
Whats not Included?
- Tips for hiking guide and driver.
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Australian Camp Trek Map
Himalaya Trip ensures that each of its clients receives a comprehensive map of Australian Camp Trek. A map serves as a crucial tool for navigating the trail, strategically planning the trek, and gaining a thorough understanding of the terrain. Possessing a detailed map and having the ability to interpret it correctly can be a lifesaver in the event of any uncertainties that may arise during the trekking expedition.
Cost of Australian Camp Trek
Australian Camp Trek cost is dependent on the itinerary you choose. Our standard itinerary involves a day hike to Australian Camp and Dhampus and return back in the evening. This Australian Camp Trek package includes ground transportation, trekking guide, lunch for your trekking journey. Himalaya trip offers Australian Camp day hike package for USD 35 to USD 55 depending on group size. If you have any personal preference for Australian camp trek, we can custom design the itinerary and quote in accordance with your trek.
The Australian Camp Trek is considered to be a moderately easy trek, suitable for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. The highest point Australian Camp trek is around 2060 meters, making it accessible for those without prior hiking experience. Australian camp remains one of the best beginner treks for people. You can venture on this trek regardless of your prior experience, gender, physical ability and endurance capacity.
Best Time to Trek Australian Camp
The best time for Australian Camp Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is generally clear and stable, offering the best visibility of the mountains. The spring season brings vibrant rhododendron blooms, adding a splash of color to the landscape. Autumn, on the other hand, offers mild temperatures and clear skies, making it an ideal time for trekking. Furthermore, winter months ranging from December to February are also good for this trip. Since the elevation is low, winter months don't have any weather effect in the terrain of Australian camp as well.
Australian Camp Trek FAQs
This is a day hike which requires no permits for trekking. You dont require any permit for Australian Camp trekking.
The distance from Australian camp to Dhampus measures 4.5 kilometers. It takes about 1 hour to complete this trail on foot.
The distance from Kande to Australian Camp is 4.5 kilometers. It takes anywhere from 1.5 hours to 2 hours to Australian camp from Kande depending on your pace.
Australian camp is located at an altitude of 2060 meters from the sea level.
Australian Camp is located west of Pokhara at an altitude of 2060 meters. This space used to be the first stopover for trekkers headed for Annapurna Base Camp trek before roadways were built. It takes about 2.5 hours (45 min drive, 1.5 hours trek) from Pokhara to reach Australian camp.
During the days of inception of trekking in Nepal, Australian Camp was one of the prominent camping grounds for trekkers headed for Annapurna Base Camp. This space was particularly loved by Austrian nationals for its quaint and serene surrounding. The place was first called “Austrian camp” which later on was modified to Australian Camp by Nepalese people.
The duration of Australian Base Camp Trek can be modified based on your preference day trek or overnight trek. If you want to do it overnight, you will drive to Sarangkot early in the morning for a sunrise start from Sarangkot Australian Camp Dhampus Trek. Himalaya trip offers a custom made itinerary for our valued clients. The standard duration we offer for Australian Camp trek is 1 day which involves trekking to the Australian camp, Dhampus during the day and returning back in the evening.
Available of the trip
We organise small group private trip. If you are 2 or more people in your group, you may book any dates.
The travel insurance is need in case of any emergency. It is recommend to have. If you are doing short and low elevation trek, you can do normal insurance. But if you are doing high altitude or adventure trek, you should have emergency rescue.
Last Minute booking
Normally, trekkers plan the trip before 3-9 months. Some trekkers decide the trip in last minutes. It is also possible to book your trek at last minutes. For the Last minutes booking, you need to make a full payment.
Tipping is highly expected. Our staffs try their best during the trip. After the trip, Tipping is expected. It is not fixed amount or percentage. We recommend the tipping according to their services.
When you are travelling, the safety is most important. For the safety of our clients, we trained our guide and porters. They are all register trekking / Tour / Climbing guide and experience porters.
Extra personal expenses
For the extra expenses, it is good to bring USD / Euro / Pound Sterling or ther currency. You may change to Nepali Rupees (NPR) at Tribhuwan International Airport or near your Hotel in Kathmandu. You will use only Nepali rupees during the trip.
Accept few countries , you will get on arrival Nepal’s Visa at the Tribhuwan International Airport or Nepal board. I recommend to fill up Nepal Visa online form and bring it with you. It will be faster and easy for you and visa fee is recommended to bring cash US dollar. You can’t pay by using credit card.
Trip extension or Itinerary Disclaimer
We organize small group private trip. The trip extension is possible but you have to figure out when you booking the trip.
Group joing and Fixed departure
Most of the time, we have small group private trip. Group joining or fixed departure will be available only at the clients request.
You are not taking all the lugguage on the trek. You will take only necessary gears on the trek and rest of the gears, you will store at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in our office in Kathmandu. All the Hotels have free luggage store services. It is more convenient to store at your Hotel.
- Ask permission to photograph people.
- Do not remove or purchase antiques, it is illegal.
- Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection.
- Do not anything to disturb environment or wild animals.
Normally, domestic flight is not on time. If you have international flight with domestic connection flight. It is always better to keep some gaps.
For the Booking, we need passport copy, passport size photo by email or What's App and 20% deposit.
Why Himalaya Trip ?
- Fast response
- Small group private trek
- Safety is top priority
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- Tailor made itinerary
- Seasonal package
- 200 plus trekkers take service every year
- 30-40% repeated customer