If you are someone who has very less time to explore and visit different ethnic communities of Nepal while traveling through some breathtaking destinations on the way then our Panchase Trek is the best trek for you. As it doesn’t take much time to complete, you will be able to explore Nepal in matter of few days, just in time for your flight back home. Nevertheless, it will give you an immeasurable insight into the rural lifestyle of Nepalese communities. In addition to that, this trek is one of the favorite trekking destinations for those travelers who are interested in photography as a whole.
Panchase Trek is a mini trek that last for about the 12 days. After your arrival to Kathmandu, the next morning we will take an early drive/flight to reach Pokhara. The next day from Pokhara through Thado Khola you drive to Bhumdi (1,525 m/5500 ft). We stay there for the overnight. From this place, trekkers can enjoy a dazzling mountain scenery which will include snowcapped giants like Mt. Himalchuli, Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Manaslu, the entire Annapurna range and the revered Mt. Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain). The next day we move on towards Panchase Bhanjyang (2,000 m/7100 ft) from there along the forest area. There are different species of birds found in this area. Here we stay there in lodge and the next day we move on to Tilahar (1,020 m). The next day we travel along different villages to reach Dobate (2,655 m). Then we head on towards Ghorepani Poonhill through Jalijale. We trek from Ghorepani to Poonnhill (3180 m) to Hill (1475 m). Poon hill provides sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Nilgiri (6,940 m), Varaha Shikhar (7,847 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Annapurna III (7855 m), Machapuchare (6,993 m), Annapurna IV (7525 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Lamjung Himal (6,931 m) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. Afterward the trail ascends through the forest as we move towards Nayapul to Pokhara where we end our trek.
It is one of newest trekking routes near Pokhara and is less visited by tourists. You could also spot abundance of wild marijuana plants growing along the trail of Panchase Trek. Along the way you will see many ethnic mixes, such as Brahmin, Magar and Gurung. The best time to visit Panchase would be Sep-Oct-Nov and Mar-Apr-May.
So, join the Incredible Mountains for this easy paced trek where you will experience a great diversity of Nepalese culture and beauty.
Arrived in Kathmandu (1300m) stay over night in hotel
Kathmandu to Pokhara : 7 hour drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (800m). Stay in hotel over night
Pokhara to Bhumdi village (1500m): trek begins with about 1-2 hours uphill though the rice terraces , once on the ridge a gradual walk for 2-3 hours though the farm village of Gurung (one of the famed Gurkha hill tribes of Nepal) with few ups and down brings you to the over night in lodge. A superb view of the Annapurna mountain range can be seen from the village.
Bhumdi village to Panchase Vanjyang (2200m) 5-6 hours :the trek from here leads to a gradual uphill leaving the farm village behind through the cool shade of the temperate forest of oaks and rhododendron and meadows with occasional view of the Annapurna range. The walk is fairly moderate for few hours, a gradual climb though the woods , another two hours downhill and uphill walk brings you to a small settlement of Punchase Bhanjyang at 2200 m altitude.
Hike to Panchase hill(2550m) and trek to Badure village: early morning about 2 hours hike to Panchase hill top at 2550m for the superb panorama of mt.Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and mt.Manaslu range , Panchase is also a holy spot during the auspicious time once a year , pilgrims from the nearby village and as far from Pokhara pay their homage. There are several religious shines around with a view tower to catch more glimpse of the panorama.Return to Bhanjyang after lunch continue nice journey to Bhadure village though the pristine rain forest till the lodge.
Badure to Naudada(1350m) 5 hours trek: one of the most easy walk overlooking the views of the snow capped mountains and the terraced farm field and fertile valleys passing through several farm village and paddy fields, as we get lower area, come across more Hindu tribe the landscapes and climate change into sub-tropical and to more rice paddy field. After 4-5 hours walk trek joins the Baghlung-Pokhara highway at Naudanda from here board on the bus for the short drive to Pokhara for overnight stay.
Back to Kathmandu by 7 hour drive stay in Kathmandu hotel over night