Trekking from Kande to Dhampus: Sunrise

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the seriesTrekking to Dhampus

I set my alarm to wake up at 5am in Dhampus in order to catch what the locals describe as one of the most wonderful sunrises. At 5am in Nepal though, the cold is extreme. I believe the temperature was around 5 degrees Celsius and it’s really unpleasant to give up your covers under such circumstances. However, once you’re outside staring at the smooth morning surroundings, you’ll be quick to forget the cold.

dhampus dawn picture

Just before the sunrise.

The morning air was fresh and pure, the calm was almost perfect and the full moon was still fresh in the sky on that November day.

All around, everyone was standing by and waiting for the new day.

newborn sun

The newborn sun


Even the locals, who must have seen this view over a hundred times, stood in reverence to the celestial presence of that view. Slowly, the rays of the sun crept through the snow capped peaks in a magical light-play and rolled through the hills and fields, providing the blessing to start a new day.

morning dhampus picture

We snapped some pictures in order to try to capture the majesty of our moments basking in the Nepal sun, but no picture can do it justice. I keep saying that don’t I. I keep insisting that the golden fields aren’t the yellow ones from the pictures, the purest white peaks aren’t same in a mere photograph and you can’t capture the wind, the sounds, the peace and the perfection of the moment in pixels.

After witnessing this morning spectacle, we moved on towards Phedi.

The trek down from Dhampus is a downward slop, and according to Prim, our guide, it would take two to three hours to get there.

We started out with a healthy pace,  but were pretty reluctant to leave the magic behind. I would have much rather gone further up the mountains than down to the city.

leaving Dhampus.

leaving Dhampus.

The road down was easier to traverse than the climb; it was a dirt road, not the stair-like paths that we went through to get to Dhampus. I couldn’t help but feel that walking up from Phedi to Dhampus than out to Kande would’ve been a better choice, logistically speaking. The climb on a dirt road is much more comfortable than climbing on stairs. I didn’t bring this up with the guide though because I didn’t feel there was much that I could change at that point.

On the way down, we passed through farmlands and small villages, people living their lives in a simple kind of content anonymity.

A town house

A town house


The path on the way down.

The path on the way down.

We got a pleasant surprise on the way down; monkeys. This band of marauders was stealing from a old lady’s field. A bunch of them would distract her and one would stealthily sneak up from behind and nick something out of the fruit trees. Smart little buggers.


The leader of sneaky monkeys

The leader of sneaky monkeys. Cheeky fella

Shortly afterwards, we arrived at the bus station. We had agreed with the tours guy that a driver would meet us but instead we had to take the local bus. It was an interesting experience and a fitting end to a life changing and humbling experience.

If I had to go back to Nepal, I would take this trek again. In fact, I’d just go trekking. The wild side of Nepal, the raw and unabashed beauty of it, is on another level. You won’t get the full experience in the tourist filled streets of Lakeside and Thamel. Nepal is on the outside of those tourist destinations. It’s on the hills and mountains, in the rivers and jungles, and in the smiles of its generous people when they greet you with “Namaste”

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One Response to Trekking from Kande to Dhampus: Sunrise

  1. Yes, Australian Camp offers one of the best sunrise view in around Pokhara.

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