Astam Village Trek Tour
Astam Village trek tour is an exploration of mountains and villages near Pokhara, Nepal. It offers a taste of Nepali Village life and magnificent mountain views of the Annapurna Range as well as amazing sunsets and sunrise over the Himalayas. On this trip besides Astam, you will also visit beautiful villages named Hyangja Kot, Dhampus, and also Australian Camp.
Astam village is one of the proper places for the view of sunset and sunrise on the Annapurna range. This village is now popular as an eco-village because of its conventional way of living a local lifestyle and importantly, using alternative technologies for a sustainable environment.
From Astam village you enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view of the Annapurna range. The mountain peak you can see from this village are Annapurna South (7273 m), Machhapuchhre (7059 m), Annapurna I (8090 m), and Annapurna IV (7525 m). Thus in the sunrise time set your time-lapse camera to watch the peaks turn into gold color.
Astam village provides the travelers with a traditional Nepali village experience providing home comfort with an ecological base in a rural environment. It is the perfect destination for a hike where you find the homestay service. There are several traditional houses surrounded by the cultivated fields and forests that provide an opportunity for close observation of the lifestyle of a local inhabitant. The cottages are made of split stone with a slate roof.
Dhampus is also one of the famous mountain villages that you also visit on this trip. Stone paved trails with the thatched-roofed stone house along with both sides provide a magnificent view of the typical village setup. This village is home to the ethnic Gurung community.
As you approach Dhampus Village, the view of Annapurna unfolds gradually and by the time you reach Dhampus, you will eventually be able to see Mount Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) and Dhaulagiri to Lamjung.
Similarly, Hyangja Kot village is also famous as a viewpoint of Annapurna Ranges. Further, Australian Camp, locally called Thulo Kharka is set on the ridge of the hilltop through beautiful forest trails on the western side of Dhampus village.
Indeed, the Astam Village trip is a great way to escape the crowds, hustle, and bustle of city life. It is the best way to watch massive mountains and to experience Nepalese culture and farm life. If you are not content with long days hiking but still want some walking experience into the isolated hamlet then Astam village day hiking tour is the best option for you.
It is an easy and fully guided hiking tour where our friendly trekking guide organizes everything and ensures you have a wonderful time. This trek is also suitable for families with young kids and beginners. Astam Village hiking tour is possible throughout the year, but Spring, Autumn, and Winter are the best seasons.
In summary, the Highlights of the Astam Village Trek Tour are as below:
• Admire the 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayas and hilly landscape
• The happiest hiking near Pokhara Nepal
• Discover the typical village lifestyle
• Explore a local farm and see how exotic produce is cultivated
• Enjoy the organic lunch
• Delve into the village farming life
• Beautiful sunrise and sunset view
ITINERARY OF ASTAM VILLAGE TREK TOUR
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our officer will receive and welcome you. He/she will be displaying your nameplate outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. At the hotel, you will have a trip briefing. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
In the morning, you will be transferred to Tourist Bust Station, Sorahkhutte nearby Thamel to take the bus to Pokhara. The driving distance is 210 km and it will take around 6 hours drive. Pokhara is also called a city of lakes which has Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Rupa Lake, and more. It also offers the panoramic view of Fishtail Peak (Machhapucharre 6,993m), Annapurna (8,091m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu (8,156m), and Lamjung Himal. Upon reaching Pokhara check-in at Hotel. Free and relax. You can walk around the lakeside in Pokhara, explore the market and relax. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara
Note: Kathmandu Pokhara is also connected by flight. If you take a flight it will take 25 minutes.
Day 3: Drive from Pokhara to Hemja. Trek from Hemja to Astam Village (Altitude 1568 meters). Average Walking 3/ 4 hours
In the morning our guide meets you at the hotel. Have breakfast at the hotel. Then you drive to Hemja (Milan Chowk). It takes around 40 minutes. From Milan Chowk, you start your trek slowly to Astam village through the village and forest. This village is 3 to 4 hours trekking from Milan Chowk. Astam eco-village is situated at an altitude of 1568 m and 20km northwest of Pokhara. Explore the Astam village and enjoy the wonderful Himalayan vista. Overnight stay in guest house/ lodge in Astam.
Day 4: Trek from Astam Village to Dhampus via Hyangja Kot village (Altitude 1708 meters). Average Walking 5 hours
Astam village is one of the proper places to see the wonderful Sunrise. Thus wake up early in the morning and enjoy the Sunrise with magnificent Mountain views. After breakfast, you start trek towards Dhampus. After Astam Village, you pass through the Hyangja Kot village. Hyangja Kot village is also famous as a viewpoint of Annapurna Ranges. We will reach Dhampus in the afternoon. Explore Dhampus Village and its surroundings. Overnight stay in guest house/ lodge in Dhampus.
Day 5: Trek from Dhampus to Australian Camp (Altitude 2000 meters) to Kande. Average Walking 4 hours. Drive from Kande to Pokhara.
Wake up early in the morning and again enjoy the sunrise view over Mt Annapurna from Dhampus. After breakfast, you again start trek to Australian Camp (2000 m). It is only around 2 hours walking from Dhampus to Australian Camp. From Australian Camp, you can also enjoy the panoramic landscape as well as the snowcapped mountains like Annapurna, Fishtail, etc. From Australian Camp, you will descend to the place called Kande along the highway. It is around 2 hours walking from the Australian Camp to Kande. Our car will be waiting for you at Kande to pick up and drive all the way to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara check-in at Hotel. Then free and relax. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara
Day 6: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Tourist Bus Terminal at Pokhara. Then you board the tourist bus. You will follow the same highway through beautiful rivers, hills, and small Nepalese settlements. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check-in at the hotel. Free time to explore Thamel Market. Evening, you will be offered a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural show. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 7: Departure from Nepal.
The trip concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
• The above itinerary can be customized according to your available time period, interest, and requirements.
• We also organize Astam Village Trek Tour from Kathmandu as well as from Pokhara.
• From Pokhara one day Astam Village Hiking tour is possible which we also do it.
EXCELLENT HIMALAYA: THE OPERATOR OF ASTAM VILLAGE TREK TOUR
Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition is the leading trekking operator and company managed by local tourism experts and Sherpas who have more than 20 years of experience organizing treks and expeditions into the Himalayan zone. We will take care of all permits and logistical matters, including food and accommodation on the Astam Village Trek Tour.
Please contact us by email at [email protected] or WhatsApp/ Viber/ Signal at +977 9851203181 for any further information about Astam Village Trek, package price, or any questions. Once we receive your request message, we get back to you within 24 hours.
PACKLIST OF ASTAM VILLAGE TREK TOUR
• A pair of trekking boots or trekking shoes suitable for off-road walking
• A windcheater style jacket
• Long sleeve shirts
• Trekking pants
• Rubber sandals
• Trekking poles
• Water bottles
• Water purification system
• Sun hat/warm hat
• Sleeping Bag