Why do people call it Australian Camp?
The real name of Australian Camp is actually “Thulo Kharka” meaning big pasture. It used to be a seasonal herding place for buffalo and cow herders from the villages below Dhampus and others.
The Australian Camp Trek in Nepal is named after the many Austrian travelers who have frequented and enjoyed this trekking route. Over time, the name evolved due to pronunciation challenges among local Nepalese people. Originally called the “Austrian Camp,” it became known as the “Australian Camp” because it was easier for locals to pronounce. This linguistic adaptation reflects the influence of language and cultural interactions in shaping the names of places in diverse regions like Nepal.
What Makes This Trek Special:
- This trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and panoramic mountain views.
- You’ll walk through rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and traditional villages, providing an authentic insight into rural life in Nepal.
- The trek is relatively gentle, making it suitable for trekkers of various fitness levels and ages.
- Australian Camp and Dhampus offer remarkable sunrise and sunset views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
- It’s a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and interact with the friendly Gurung community.
- The trek concludes with a picturesque drive from Phedi to Lakeside, where you can relax by the serene Phewa Lake and enjoy the amenities of Pokhara.
Remember, while this trek is considered relatively easy, proper preparation, including comfortable hiking gear, appropriate clothing, and some physical fitness, is essential to ensure an enjoyable experience.
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Australian Camp Trekking Trip Overview:
Trip Duration: 1 night 2 days trek
Max Altitude: 2000 meters
Transport: Private Vehicle & local bus
Accommodation: Private Accommodation in Tea Houses
Group Size: For individuals, friends and family members. All our treks are private.
Meals: All included
Day 1: Pokhara to Australian Camp
- Depart from Lakeside, Pokhara, in the early morning for a scenic drive to Khande. The drive takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
- Khande is at an altitude of approximately 1,600 meters (5,249 feet) above sea level.
- Arrive in Khande and commence your trek to the Australian Camp.
- The trek to Australian Camp is around 2.5 to 3 kilometers (1.5 to 1.9 miles) and takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.
Trek to Australian Camp:
- As you ascend, the trail gradually climbs to an altitude of approximately 2,050 meters (6,726 feet) above sea level.
- The path winds through verdant forests and charming settlements, offering glimpses of local life.
- Reach the Australian Camp in the late afternoon.
- Australian Camp is situated at an altitude of approximately 2,100 meters (6,890 feet) above sea level.
- Check-in at a guesthouse and take some time to relax while enjoying the panoramic views.
- As the sun sets, soak in the breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Machapuchare mountain ranges.
- Dinner will be served at the guesthouse, featuring delicious local cuisine.
- Spend a serene evening by a bonfire under a starry sky.
Day 2: Australian Camp to Dhampus and Return to Lakeside
- Wake up early to witness the sunrise over the Himalayan peaks. It’s a magical moment at an altitude of about 2,100 meters (6,890 feet) above sea level.
- After breakfast, embark on a trek to Dhampus.
- The trek to Dhampus covers approximately 3 to 4 kilometers (1.9 to 2.5 miles) and takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.
- Dhampus is situated at an altitude of around 1,750 meters (5,741 feet) above sea level.
- Explore Dhampus and immerse yourself in the local culture.
- Enjoy a traditional Nepali lunch in Dhampus.
- Begin your journey back to Lakeside, Pokhara.
- The drive from Phedi to Lakeside takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
- Arrive back in Pokhara, where you can relax by the serene Phewa Lake and reflect on your remarkable 1-night adventure.
This 1-night, 2-day trip offers a mix of stunning natural beauty, cultural experiences, and trekking, allowing you to savor the Himalayan landscapes and immerse yourself in the local way of life. Enjoy the breathtaking vistas, warm hospitality, and tranquil moments along this memorable journey.
- Trekking guide
- Food (meals include the main course and tea/coffee. It doesn’t include starters or dessert).
- Private lodgings
- Mineral water
- Transportation (pick up and drop services from your hotel)
- No alcoholic and soft drinks
- No Porter
1) Trekking Bag (35L to 50L Maximum)
2) One pair of trousers
3) One pair of shorts/half pants
4) Hat or Cap to block strong sunlight
5) Two T-shirts
6) Medium size quick drying towel
7) Few underwears
8) One thick coat/jacket
9) Trekking boots
10) 2 pairs of socks
11) 1 pair of sandals
12) Water bottle
13) Trekking poles (I have 2 poles)
14) Sunblock cream, face and body moisturizer
15) Sunblock spectacle
16) Basic First Aid Kit
17) Tissue paper, wet wipes, and toiletry
18) Feminine hygiene products
19) Anti-bacterial hand wash.
20) Toothbrush and toothpaste
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