Take a taxi or bus from Pokhara to Phedi for the first day of your trek. Starting at an elevation of 1130m, the trail climbs steeply for about 45 minutes before you follow a stone staircase and climb over a wall to a small temple. Here, a sign directs you to the steep uphill trail to Dhampus. Once you reach the top you are rewarded with great mountain views. Follow the dirt road through the village until you reach the check post where you will have to register your TIMS permit.
The trail then climbs through the rhododendron forest as you climb to Pothana where you can see an excellent view of Machhapuchhare, the ‘fishtail’ mountain. The trail then continues through Deorali and Bheri Kharka before descending to the head of the valley into Tolka.