Trekking and Walking

Annapurna Short Trek Dhampus & Pothana


Annapurna Short Trek Dhampus & Pothana

Durtation: 7 Days

Price: US 699 All Inclusive

This particular package of Annapurna Short Trek includes a three day trek leading to the beautiful Gurung village of Dhampus and Pothana. The trek starts after you reach Pokhara after 6/7 hours drive from Kathmandu.

(You can even take a flight, which will take about 30 minutes.) Particularly, this is one of the short treks of the Annapurna Region.

Probably a better and budget alternative to Annapurna Base Camp Trek, this ABC short trek is also an easy hike, any people leading an active life can easily accomplish without any hassle from altitude and the accent.

Notably, have you seen the “Komorebi” before?

To sum it up,  “Komorebi” is a Japanese word for “the sun rays passing through the forests”. 

On your trip to Pothana, you will encounter this view during sunset. This trek is an easy grade trek and takes you to some beautiful settlement of the Gurkhas. We spend a night in Pokhara and the next morning we head towards Kande, the trek’s starting point.

The trek leads to the rhododendron forest. It offers an excellent view of the Mount Fishtail, Annapurnas, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri and many more.

Dhampus & Pothana Highlights

  • Cultural Sightseeing
  • Superb views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri
  • Culture and Lifestyle

Even though there is a gradual movement towards modernization, Dhampus village has its own uniqueness. The captivating view of the Pokhara valley seen from Dhampus is absolutely mesmerising.

On your way, you will see many walls and carved stones. Additionally, the roof of the houses is also covered with the slates. Situated at an altitude of 1650 meters, you will get to see the stunning sunset and sunrise view, with the mountains in the background.

Along with the scenic view, you can be close to the local Gurung people, who are best known for their hospitality. Additionally, you get to see Gurung culture, tradition, food, clothing and lifestyle.

Situated in the middle of the forest, Pothana is a peaceful place to visit. After walking for 1 to 2 hours gradually from Dhampus, we reach Pothana village located at an altitude of 1700 meters. We can see mountains like Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna III and, Annapurna South. The sunset and sunrise view from Pothana is dazzling.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins

1,350 m

On arriving in Kathmandu, a Himalayan Trekkers representative will welcome you and transfer you to the designated hotel. You can stroll around the streets of the famous tourist hub, Thamel after a brief rest at the hotel. In the evening, you will be invited for a welcome dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurant. 


3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2

Drive/fly to Pokhara

30 mins flight/ 6-7 hrs drive

827 m

After breakfast, you will drive or fly to Pokhara. (You can choose either flight or driving option based on the cost you want to pay). After reaching Pokhara, you will proceed for an hour of boating in the Phewa Lake and prepare yourself for the trek tomorrow.


3 star hotel

Day 3

Drive to Kande & trek to Dhampus

1 hr drive & 4-5 hrs trek

1,650 m

After breakfast, you will be heading towards Kande which is an hour drive from Pokhara. After reaching Kande, you will start heading upwards to Dhampus walking past the Australian base camp and the rhododendron forest en route. You will also see the terraced farms and the small settlements in the lap of the huge mountains including Annapurna Fishtail and others. You will reach Dhampus for lunch and take while you will explore the village in the evening.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 4

Trek to Pothana

1-2 hrs

1,900 m

After breakfast, you will hike for another 1 to 2 hours towards Pothana, passing through the lush green forests. Enjoy the sunset view in the middle of the forest with the peaceful surrounding. Overnight stay in Pothana. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 5

Trek to Phedi & drive back to Pokhara

3-4 hrs trek & 1 hr drive

827 m

You will start the day after a warm breakfast and head towards Phedi. Most of the day you will be going down on a well-defined trail. It will be about 3 hours of a gentle walk. Upon reaching Phedi, you will be picked up by your vehicle and continue driving towards Pokhara which is half an hour drive from Phedi. After lunch in Pokhara, you will carry on for sightseeing of Pokhara city covering the Davis fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev cave, and the Tibetan refugee camp. In the evening you can stroll around the nice lakeside.


3 star hotel

Day 6

Fly/drive back to Kathmandu

30 mins flight/ 6-7 hrs drive

1,350 m

From Pokhara, you can either fly or drive to Kathmandu. If you fly from Pokhara it will be about 30 minutes of flight. If you choose the driving option it takes about 7 hours to reach Kathmandu. On the way, you can do rafting or visit the Manakamana temple (wish-fulfilling goddess) and also experience the cable car when you go up to the temple. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.


3 star hotel in KTM

Day 7

Final Departure

30 mins

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.


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Annapurna Short Trek Dhampus & Pothana Map


Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.


Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.


Whats Included

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All sightseeings in A/c vehicle
  • 1-night accommodation on BB basis in Pokhara and 3-night accommodation on BB basis in Kathmandu
  • 3-nights Accommodation in a standard tea house during the trek
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide fees
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes and official expenses

Whats Not Included

  • International Airfares and airport taxes
  • Nepal Visa Fee 
  • Trekking Equipment
  • All personal expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills, phone bills, laundry, etc.
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Your Travel insurance
  • Any extra cost occurring from Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inlcudes section

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing


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