To the mountains and back

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A much needed short break that included mountains, green hills and beautiful lake. By Hemanta Maharjan

Everybody loves taking a break from their schedule and I am no exception. When an opportunity arose to go for a short hike to Dhampus, I jumped at the opportunity and within few days I was on my way to Pokhara along with group of Chinese tourists.

After a six hour journey by bus from Kathmandu, we reached the beautiful lake city of Pokhara, the transit point for our short hike to Dhampus. That evening in Pokhara, I walked around the lake, something that I recommend everyone to do, especially in the evenings. The hazy hills in the distance and the boats bobbing on the lake make for a calm sight. For dinner, along with the Chinese group we headed for dinner at Boomerang Restaurant, one of the oldest restaurants in the Lakdeside and after which I dropped by at the Club Amsterdam to enjoy the live music. Around midnight I headed back to the hotel, tired with all the day had brought and excited about tomorrow at the same time.

After an early morning breakfast we drove to Kande, the starting point for our hike to Dhampus. The drive to Kande was a beautiful one with sights of rivers, villages, fields and with plenty of turns that started once crossed Phedi. After one and half hour in the jeep we reach Kande and started our hike to Dhampus immediately.

Walking past sparse villages, terraced fields, forests, stopping time and again to enjoy the beautiful view of Pokhara valley and the Phewa Lake, we reached Australian Base Camp (ABC) after three hours. The sight of the Annapurna Range so up close had everyone in our group so happy and some even started jumping out of joy, flowed by lots of photos. Everyone got busy with their camera. As for me I occupied a table in a small restaurant, ordered a beer and just stared into the horizon where lofty mountains playing hide and seek with clouds. We had our lunch at a small restaurant called Angle’s Guest House Restaurant and after which we continued with our hike to Dhampus which was just two hours away. And as planned we reached Dhampus just before sunset and from the hotel where we stayed we watched the sunset behind the mountains, painting the sky red to pink.

annapurna south from Aus Camp

After a nice dinner that night, along with the other guests we tried some night photography, taking photos of the night sky and the stars. The following morning we woke up early to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas and were left awed by the mountains namely Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Fishtail, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. After a sumptuous breakfast, we headed back to Pokhara and after two hours of hiking reached, Phedi from where we took a 45 minute ride to Pokhara. Later in the evening and the final night in Pokhara, I hopped couple of bars, enjoyed the nightlife and early morning next day headed back to Kathmandu. And that drew the curtain over my short break, which had mountains, villages, gorgeous scenery and a beautiful lake city.

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