Panchase trekking is though the short trekking holidays in Nepal. If want to be away from traffic of trekkers, then trek to Panchase is the best trekking option for this. For trekking cost, fitness levels, and itinerary of trekking to Panchase, ask to local trekking expertise guide and leader.
Panchase trek holidays are suitable for all ages and fitness level of people. This rural trek offers the opportunity for close contact with the indigenous people of Nepal. On this trek, we visit quiet, peaceful villages in Annapurna filled with magnificent natural beauty.
Trekking to Panchase offers wonderful views of the Annapurna as does the Royal trek where Lamjung Himal is also visible. The Panchase trek is open to the moderately fit trekkers and can be completed in 3 to 6 days. The best time for Panchase trekking is from middle of September to May, and trekking Panchase normally can be done all round year. But in rainy season to Middle of September, there is problem of lichen.
A relatively easy Panchase trek starts from Pokhara, the city of lake, is known for a wide variety of birds and animals. Panchase off the beaten track is mixture of culture of Brahmin, Magar and Gurung with fabulous views of Annapurna, Macchapucchare (Fishtail), and Himchuli are the highlight of Panchase trekking holidays. One camping- tented camp trekking is possible, but if not mind to stay on local type of some stay, for small group tea house trek also possible in Panchase loop trekking. Please kindly check Panchase trekking Itinerary for the short idea of Panchase trek holidays.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Upon arrival meet us and transfer to hotel. In afternoon, walk to Thamel a popular tourist district in Kathmandu Valley and a bustling bazaar which offers a glimpse of Nepal’s vibrant ethnic culture.
Day 2: Kathmandu Pokhara.
After breakfast drive to Pokhara. Upon arrival meet and transfer to hotel. Check in. Afternoon walk around lake side bazaar. Pokhara is another popular tourist destination. The Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu ranges can be seen from Pokhara.
Day 3: Pokhara Bumdi (1520m, 4/5 hours, 10km) Trek
Drive to Khare Khola or Peace Pagodas stupa, built in an attempt to unite people from all over the world and promote world peace. As well as being an impressive sight in itself, from this vantage point you also get stunning views over mountains, Phewa Lake and the city below. After a chance to wander rounds this truly peaceful stupa, trek through the village of Lukum Swara. The final climb of today takes you up to Bumdi village, home to Gurung and Brahman people, where you will spend the night and can learn more about these cultures.
Day 4: Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang (2065m, 6/7 hours trek, 15km)
After a short climb to really wake you up, the track continues through beautiful forest where you can see mountains regularly peeking out between the trees. Today is a great day for nature-lovers, as the path winds amongst diverse trees and plants and you can hear the birds above – you may even catch a glimpse of a monkey! Emerging from the trees briefly at Thulchour, you then continue under the cover of the forest until the path joins a dirt road, from which you can see panoramic views of the mountains. These include the Annapurnas, Lamjung, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) as well as three peaks over 8,000m: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manalsu, in the distance. Continuing along the jeep trail takes you gently uphill to Panchase Bhanjyang. Similar to last night’s stay, this village is home to Gurung and Brahman people.
Day 5: Trek to Bhadaure (1670m, 5/6 hours trek, 8km)
Climb the stone steps up to Panchase peak (2,500m), the highest point of your trek. From here you will again be rewarded with stunning views over the mountains, and there is the option of getting up extra early to ascend to this point in time for sunrise! After catching your breath and taking in your surroundings, you descend down the far side of the hill to Aldanda. This afternoon consists of a gentle walk down to your campsite, with regular views of the mountains above and villages below. The campsite is situated just above the town of Bhadaure, where you can experience a mix of cultures as there are a range of residents including Gurung, Kami and Brahman.
Day 6: Trek to Naudanda (1515m), drive to Pokhara (800m, 3 hours trek, 7km)
Trek down the stone steps to the town of Bhadaure, and continue on to the jeep trail that takes you across a small stream and through regular villages, where you will get the chance to interact with locals and children will ask for chocolate! On reaching Naudanda the trail will rejoin the highway and your car will be waiting to pick you up and drive you back to the nature city of Pokhara in time for lunch on ‘Lakeside’!
Day 7: Pokhara Kathmandu.
After breakfast, drive or fly back to Kathmandu. Drive takes about 6 hours and flight takes 30 minute flight. In the afternoon, shop souvenir around the market to your family and friends. Join our farewell dinner with culture program in the evening.