Trekking from Kande to Dhampus to Phedi: What it’s like

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the seriesTrekking to Dhampus

Trekking is a tourist favourite in Nepal. You get to go on a walk through villages and see the country in a very different way. However, trekking is very physically challenging. Walking up and across mountains with tens of Kg s of gear on your back can be backbreaking. For those who aren’t that fit or just want to take take an easy trek, there’s the Kande to Dhampus then to Phedi path.

First, let’s get the finances out of the way. The cost of the trek including the guide, the overnight stay at Dhampus along with meals and water cost 200$ for two people, just in case you’re wondering. Gear-wise, it’s fair to say that I was over-packing;  I took a change of clothes, a towel, shampoo, charger, camera, slippers… yeah basically I went all touristy. Looking back I probably would’ve been alright taking just a change of clothes and my camera.

Kande is a little town at 1770m of altitude we reached by car. The drop off was arranged and paid for by our travel agency. There, we got out, picked up our gear and made our way up.

A little girl saying Namaste on the way up from Kande.

The path was honestly tougher than I expected because I have a weak knee from kicking the ball too much without any warm up.

But the beauty around me was astounding. On the way up, you get an unhindered view all the way to the world peace pagoda and lakeside.

View on the way up from Kande. You can see Fewa lake easily, but the picture quality doesn’t really do the sight justice.

What immediately struck me about the trek is the genuinity of everything around me as I climbed up. I can honestly say that during this trek, I saw the realest, rawest part of Nepal that I  saw during my whole trip.

The son of a Nepali lumberjack seeing a Lebanese tourist for the first time.

The peace and serenity of this journey combined with the physical effort that’s needed to go forward really make this a once in a lifetime experience.

A sophisticated Nepali woman far away from any sort of cosmopolitan life. It’s moments like these that are so surreal; you remember that you’re in the year 2012 and yet you’re in a place that’s without time.

However, even with the views and the purest wind I’ve ever inhaled there to elate me, the ascent was steep. Every once and a while, we took pauses to enjoy the view and recover.

On the way up. Clearly over-packing.

I’ll leave you here for now. Next time, I’ll tell you about how I got to the Australian camp and you’ll witness one of the finest views in my humble opinion, so stay tuned!


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About Hanna

My Name is Hanna. I’m a digital marketer and part time writer! I’ve started this blog to keep track of my trip to Nepal, from A to Z. Stay tuned if you’re interested in visiting that magical place because everything related to the trip will be posted on here.
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4 Responses to Trekking from Kande to Dhampus to Phedi: What it’s like

  1. Shaneeza says:

    Hello Hanna!
    My name is Shaneeza. I am a 19 year old student pursuing a Bachelor of Communications in a local university in Singapore. I was Googling through the web looking for tips on how to travel alone and I chanced upon your Blog! First of all, your blog is A-MAZIIIINGG! It basically resonates my dream of travelling the world one day… starting with Nepal! I am planning to travel to Nepal alone later this year but I have no clue as to how to go about planning the travel itinerary. I was hoping that you would offer some insight as to how to go about planning for the travel. My main concern, and I think is also a main concern for many would be solo travellers, is safety. I hope that you could share some of your knowledge about travelling and more particularly travelling in Nepal. I love your blog and keep it up!

    Shaneeza :)

    • Hanna says:

      Hello Shaneeza!

      Thanks for reading!

      I think Nepal really is fantastic and a great place to visit. I would go back in a heartbeat.

      You should try to go through a travel agent with a set tour or trek in my opinion. Nepal is overwhelming for a beginner travelling alone so it’s better if you go with a group, especially if you’re trekking.

      I was there with a friend which made things easier especially since things do not always go your way when you’re abroad. Also when you’re moving between cities splitting a driver fee is way better than having to take the dreadful Nepali buses (and safer)

      Another really important thing is researching everything! Leave as little as possible to chance. Decide on the hotels you want to stay in, read the review on and, try to book in advance and call the hotel to confirm the booking! If you’re trekking make sure that you know the trail well, how hard it is, what you need to bring along.

      If you have more specific question please feel free to let me know!

      Hope this help and best of luck on your travels!

  2. Bidya Subedi says:

    Hi Hanna: Thanks for your nice blog and tips re trekking.
    Hi Shaneeza: This is Bidya living in Florida, USA and plan to go Nepal and trek from Pokhara/Phedi-Dhampus to Ghorepani-Poonhill during the third week of March. I have trekked around that area (from Nayapul to Ghandruk) in 2009. If you want some tips and help pls email me at

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