Australian Base Camp Dhampus Mountain Biking Tour
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Australian Base Camp Dhampus Mountain Biking Tour

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calender icon Duration 2.0 days
accommodation icon Accommodation Local Lodge
season icon Best Season Feb - May,
hiking icon Hiking,Sight Seeing 2.0 days
transportation icon Transportation Mountain Bike days
altitude icon Max-Altitude 2050.0 m
meal icon Meal Full Board Meals
difficulty icon Difficulty medium

Australian Base Camp Dhampus Mountain Biking Tour Overview

Australian Camp is one of the best mountain biking overnight trip destinations. Both novices to advanced riders can enjoy this trip. This tour offers pleasant views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) along with foothills. Moreover, Australian Case Camp Mountain biking trip gives you a perfect opportunity to enjoy the bliss of nature in a short amount of time. The biking journey takes you through beautiful jungle trails with birds chirping sounds. The sound of chirping birds and crickets blend to create soothing music of nature while you are biking. Furthermore, the biking trail passes through Dhampus, Lawang, and Khani villages which are occupied by Gurung and Dalit people.

Located on the north-west of Pokhara, Australian Camp set on a beautiful hilltop. It offers stunning views over the valleys and remarkable views of the Annapurna Mountain range. Australian camp was known as a ‘Thulo Kharka’. This name was given by the locals that mean bigger pasture land.  Australian Base camp is famous because it provides a 360-degree view of the mountains.

Dhampus the village is on the Annapurna trekking trail bestowed with magnificent views of the Annapurna Himalayan Range. The village is attractive, with a number of old fashioned slate-roofed houses. Dhampus village is also the gateway to the Annapurna Conservation area. So, this unique village serves as an entry point to most of the treks in the Annapurna region. Besides that, this village is blessed with the picturesque beauty of the surrounding mountains and area. Also, the astounding mountains serve as a grand backdrop to the green hills making it even more glamorous. Australian Base Camp Mountain Biking trip is best for those wishing to experience Nepal mountain scenery and ethnic culture within a short time.


Starting from the Lakeside area, the journey begins by following the edges of Phewa Lake. In the earlier part of this journey you pass through Sarangkot hill station. Along the way you will come across villages like Hyangja and Naudanda. As you continue upwards through terraced fields and lush forests the trail will lead you to Kande, where you can catch glimpses of the majestic Annapurna and Machhapuchhre peaks. Continuing on the trail you will reach Australian Camp at an altitude of 2,000 meters, where you can spend a night surrounded by natures tranquility. Leaving Australian Base Camp behind your descent towards Dhampus will take you through forest trails. Introduce you to Gurung settlements like Deurali and Potana. Finally you reach Dhampus at an elevation of 1,700 meters from where you continue to descent towards Kathmandu valley.

Ethnic Encounter

Embarking on a mountain biking trail allows you indulge in experiences with the local Gurung communities. As you venture through villages and settlements where the Gurung people reside you'll have opportunities to interact with them. The Gurung community is renowned for their hospitality and vibrant cultural heritage so engaging, with them can be quite enlightening. If you time your journey well you might even have the chance to have conversations with them observe their practices and catch glimpses of activities like farming or festive celebrations. These moments shared with the Gurung community not provide insights, into their customs, traditions and way of life but also allow you to appreciate the Annapurna range in the backdrop. These experiences have a way of leaving a lasting impact bringing a sense of depth and authenticity to the biking journey, in the Pokhara region.


Up close views of snow covered mountains, like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Machhapuchhre the Manaslu range and more.

Immerse yourself in the experience of Gurung villages.

Witness awe inspiring sunrises and sunsets that will leave you mesmerized.

Captivating views of hillside terrace farming.

Opportunity for birdwatching awaits you.

This trail is suitable, for mountain bikers of all skill levels.




Our Australian Base Camp Mountain Biking journey starts from the lakeside. We take the trail that leads toward Sarangkot first. Along the way, we can see an impressive view of the Annapurna Range including Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna II and IV Hiunchuli,  and Lamjung Himal, etc. Moreover, Sarangkot offers panoramic views of Phewa Lake, Pokhara valley, Annapurna range, and Harpan valley. After Sarangkot, we will ride forward a jeep trail into Padeli, Gyarjati. Then, we will stop at Naudanda.  We will have lunch at Naudanda.  From Naudanda, the ride then develops to the wider trail for around 15 minutes, steep up. Slowly, the rideable trail brings us to the beautiful spot of Australian Camp. We will spend a night at Australian Camp.


Today, we will wake up early in the morning for the sunrise. It offers anyone breathes taking view of the Annapurna’s and the Manaslu range. After capturing the beautiful sunrise view and having breakfast, we will start our ride through the lovely forest. We will first have some descend into the technical trails followed by some stairs leading to Dhampus. Moreover, as soon as we descend to Dhampus the wider trail awaits us to lead to Khani Gaun.  From Khani Gaun the trail becomes more technical until we reach to the suspension bridge. But, the ride becomes easier after passing the bridge. We will then join the authentic Gurung village recognized as Lawang. With its typical houses with the slate roofs, this village looks more beautiful. Leaving the Lawang, the trail descends to the Mardi river valley. We will have lunch at Mardi river valley. After lunch, we continue our ride to Pokhara. Finally, after reaching Pokhara, our Australian Camp, Dhampus Mountain Biking journey ends.  

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Included & Excluded Items in the Trip Package

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  • All ground transportation by Jeep support as per need.

    Full Board Meals( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Drinking water

    Best local tea house in Australians Camp 
    All necessary gears repair kits, Helmet

    First aid medicine 

    Experienced mountain biking guide


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  • Travel Insurance 

    Deserts and bar bills 

    Tips for crew members 


Trip Information

Best Time to go Mountain Biking

The ideal time to begin your mountain biking adventure is, during the spring season (March to May) or autumn season (September to November). These seasons provide suitable temperatures, clear skies and stable weather conditions that create an environment, for biking. During spring you'll experience blooming flowers and excellent visibility while autumn treats you with foliage and breathtaking mountain vistas. The trails are usually dry, during these times which makes them easy to reach and guarantees a biking experience. However it's best to avoid the monsoon season (June to August) because heavy rainfall can make the trails more difficult. Similarly in the winter months (December to February) temperatures in elevations can be quite chilly. Opting for spring or autumn will greatly enhance your biking adventure in the Pokhara region with conditions and stunning scenery, throughout your journey.

Difficulty level

This mountain biking trail can be considered easy because it has a managable incline is easily accessible and offers guided support. The route, towards the Australian Base Camp gradually ascends having slopes, which allows riders to ride at their own comfortable pace. There are also flat sections along the way. Additionally the trails proximity to Pokhara makes logistics and finding accommodations convenient making it easier for bikers to break the journey into parts. Moreover experienced guides who're familiar, with the route are available to provide guidance and support further alleviating any difficulties. Although it presents some difficulties the trail provides views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre mountain ranges making it a gratifying and pleasant biking adventure, in this area.


The mountain biking trail from Pokhara to the Australian Base Camp and Dhampus encompasses varying topography, offering a diverse and thrilling biking experience:

Pokhara to Australian Base Camp:

Initial Route:
Beginning from Pokhara the path winds its way, alongside the border of Phewa Lake offering a flat terrain that allows for delightful vistas of the lake and its picturesque surroundings. The landscape remains predominantly flat as you travel from Sarangkot to Naudada village.

As you continue along the trail it gradually starts to climb towards altitudes. The path becomes more difficult with moderate, to steep inclines particularly as you approach the Australian Base Camp.

Altitude Gain: 
The climb involves an increase, in altitude carrying riders from the height of around 800 meters, in Pokhara to the Australian Base Camp, which sits at 2,000 meters above sea level.

Australian Base Camp to Dhampus to Pokhara:

Descent from Australian Base Camp:
The route, from the Australian Base Camp to Dhampus includes a transition from upper altitudes, to lower areas. Cyclists can enjoy an exhilarating downhill ride navigating through trails and occasionally encountering steep stretches.

Dhampus and Return to Pokhara:
Dhampus, located at an elevation of 1,700 meters signifies the start of the journey down, to Pokhara. The route consists of a combination of downhill sections paths through villages and some level terrain. This provides a mix of challenges and chances to appreciate the awe inspiring scenery while making our way back, to Pokhara.


Staying Fit;
Improve your endurance and stamina by engaging in cycling and other cardio exercises. It's essential to focus on strengthening your leg muscles, for sections while also practicing riding techniques.

Taking Care of Your Bike;
Make sure your bike is in good condition by checking the brakes, gears, tires, and overall functionality. It's always wise to carry a repair kit, spare tubes, and the necessary tools for any on-the-go fixes that may be required.

Choosing the Gear;
Prioritize safety by wearing a fitted helmet and cycling attire. Consider wearing shorts for added comfort during rides. Additionally, bring along layers of clothing to adapt to changing weather conditions and gloves for grip and hand protection.

Staying Hydrated and Nourished;
To keep yourself hydrated throughout the ride make sure you have water with you. Pack energy bars, snacks, and a packed lunch to refuel during breaks. Remember to incorporate carbohydrates and proteins into your meals, for energy levels.

Safety Precautions;
Make sure to adhere to traffic regulations particularly when sharing the road with others. Remember to use lights and reflectors especially if you're cycling during low light conditions. It's important to maintain a distance, from both cyclists and vehicles.

Being Weather Wise;
Always check the weather forecast before embarking on your cycling adventure. Be prepared for changes in weather conditions especially if you'll be riding through areas where the weather can be unpredictable.

Prepared for Emergencies;
Carry a first aid kit with you at all times along with emergency contact information. Familiarize yourself with facilities or emergency services that are accessible along your planned route.

Consider Group or Guided Tours;
If it is your time cycling on this route or, in the region it may be beneficial to join a guided tour or ride with a group of fellow cyclists.

Important Riding techniques

Uphill Climbing:
Maintain a steady pace and rhythm to conserve energy.
Use lower gears and distribute your weight evenly to maintain traction.
Shift your body weight forward to prevent the front wheel from lifting on steeper ascents.

Downhill Descents:
Keep your body loose and flexible to absorb shocks and bumps.
Shift your weight to the back of the bike for stability and to prevent going over the handlebars.
Use both brakes, but modulate them to avoid skidding. The front brake provides more stopping power but requires caution to prevent flipping.
When you are crossing obstacles, like rocks or small pits lift yourself off the seat to absorb impacts. 

Body Posture:
To absorb shocks it is important to keep a position, with bent elbows and knees. 
Always keep your head up. Look ahead to anticipate any changes, in the trail. 
Make sure to adjust your body position depending on the terrain in order to maintain stability throughout the ride.

Learning exercise:
To improve your skills it's important to practice these techniques, in various environments.
Consider participating in skills clinics or joining group rides where you can learn from other riders.

Essential Items to Carry

Cycling Gear:
Apparel(Comfortable moisture-wicking clothing suitable for cycling)
Gloves to protect hands and provide a better grip.
Cycling Shoes for pedaling efficiency.

Bike Essentials:
Bicycle Repair Kit(Tools, pump, spare tubes, and patch kits for quick fixes)
Bike Lock
Water Bottle Cage

First Aid Kit
Reflective Gear/Lights for visibility during low-light conditions.

Personal Essentials:
Sunscreen and Sunglasses
Insect Repellent
IDs and Cash

Clothing and Accessories:
Rain Gear including waterproof jacket.
Warm Layers for colder weather
Backpack or Panniers

Camera/Phone: Capture the scenic landscapes and memorable moments.
Reusable Bags: Handy for carrying purchases or storing items.




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Frequently Asked Question

The trail offers a combination of climbs, descents, different terrains and changes in altitude. It can be considered easy to moderate.

Absolutely! You can find accommodations like lodges or teahouses in Dhampus and the Australian Base Camp. Additionally Pokhara has a variety of lodging options to choose from.

Definitely! There are bike shops in Pokhara that provide a range of bikes suitable for mountain biking. They have options, for skill levels. We will take care of arranging the bikes for you.

The ideal seasons, for a biking experience are spring (March to May). Autumn (September to November). These periods offer weather conditions and maintained trails. It's best to avoid the monsoon season (June to August) and winter (December to February).

Absolutely! Experienced guides who are well acquainted with the route can accompany bikers throughout their journey. They provide guidance, assistance and enriching insights about both the trail itself and the local culture.

For this trail its recommended to use mountain bikes with suspension that're suitable for off road terrain. Many riders choose suspension bikes that are specifically designed for trails.

Safety measures include wearing appropriate safety gear, carrying a first-aid kit, staying hydrated, being aware of weather conditions, informing someone about the route, and biking with caution, especially on challenging sections.

Camping might be possible in designated areas. However, it's essential to check regulations and obtain necessary permissions before camping.


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