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Panchase is a village away from Pokhara’s city life that preserves rural values that portray Nepal’s lifestyle. It is one of the fastest treks in Pokhara with lovely views of the highest mountains, picturesque nature and genuine culture.
When we start our trek to Panchase, we walk from Pokhara to Ghatchhina. There will be two ways to Panchase: we can take the road or walk down. We would recommend steps, otherwise we would take the road or steps, unless it is wet if it is extremely slippery.
The trek is crossed by picturesque green hills, picturesque terraced fields and very clean villages. The wild animals will be a magical experience when walking in the forests underneath the rhododendron, oak and juniper trees.
World known Gurungs, with their Gurkha stories and history, are the main inhabitants of the area. Hiking to Panchase Bhanjyang at an altitude of 2050m viewing crystal clear views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Lamjung is the best part of this trek.
This is evergreen trek possible to do all 12 months in a year best for camping. However, Spring (March-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov) are regarded as the best times to do Panchase Trek.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport our staff will receive and transfer to the hotel in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting place with shops, stores, international standard restaurants. Our guide will meet and inform you with details of the hotels and trekking to Annapurna Panorama from Panchase and more.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning our city guide will meet and take you on a sightseeing tour at places of interest. Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley steeped with history, culture. Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites with old Temples, Monasteries, Stupas, Royal Courtyard and Palaces, afternoon free at leisure preparation for the trip to Annapurna.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m - 06 hrs journey distance 220 k.m.
The morning after having breakfast, drive to Pokhara on the interesting busy main Nepal highway through a number of farm villages and towns with scenic landscapes and of snow-capped mountains along the drive and finally reaching at famous tourist place at Pokhara the gateway to many trekking destinations around Annapurna, Dhaulagiri to Mustang area.
Day 04: Drive to Ghattachina, trek to Panchase Bhanjyang 2,200 m - 05 hrs.
Starting the first day trek with a short drive of an hour towards west of Phewa Lake to Ghattachina village, driving along the pristine lake Phewa and passing the town of Pame which is the end of the lake, from here 40 minutes of good drive brings at Ghattachina a small village, beginning the trek to Panchase Hill from this farm village with a climb towards Makawanpur village which is a spread out large village after the uphill, walk gets better with gradual path on stone paved with steps and leaving the farm terraces reaching a forested area of rhododendron, oaks trees with views of Annapurna Himalayan range with towering Mt. Machapuchere, from the forest walking uphill for few hours and then on the downhill trail to Panchase Bhanjyang village for overnight stop, this small farm village, located at the base of Panchase hill offering superb views of Annapurna range of mountains with Manaslu peaks in the eastern horizon including the Pokhara valley.
Day 05: Hike to Panchase hilltop 2,509m and trek to Bhadaure 1,670m,
Today starting early morning to catch the panoramic views of Himalayan range of mountains and sunrise, beginning with a steep climb through lovely woodlands of rhododendron, holly oaks and pines trees after 2 hours of hard walk reaching the top of Panchase Hill the highest point of this trip at 2,509 meters offering tremendous panorama of mountains scenery from Dhaulagiri range with Tukuche, Nilgiri’s, Annapurna wide range with Annapurna- I, A-II, A- III, A-IV Annapurna South, Huinchuli and the majestic peak of Fish Tail (Mt. Machapuchere) and as far to Manaslu range of mountains, this hilltop with a view tower for better panorama, Panchase a holy spot as well with small temples, Buddhist shrine and a holy crystal clear pond, this place is flooded with pilgrims during auspicious time of end of July and August as per Hindu / Buddhist Luna calendar.
After a wonderful and enjoyable time here on this magnificent spot the highlight of this trip, from here heading downhill to Bhanjyang for lunch at leisure and then starting the walk through the beautiful forest to reach at Bhaduare village for an overnight stop, Bhadaure a large Gurung village with views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks.
Day 06: Trek to Bhirethati 1,200 m -05 hours.
From this interesting Gurung village, morning walk leads to a long descend into warmer area with wonderful surrounding views of hills, valleys and mountains passing through farm villages and terraces, around this area the people are more from Hindu tribes of Chhetries, Bhramins and Dalits after heading on the downhill slopes reaching the road head of Beni / Baglung –Pokhara highway at Nayapul where many treks around the Annapurna area starts.
From here leaving the main road and then following Modi River to a charming village at Bhirethati for overnight stop located by the river Modi, with time in the afternoon for a leisure walk to explore this nice village.
Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk 1,750 m -05 hours.
After a nice stop at Bhirethati village walk leads to follow Modi river upstream for a while on the pleasant path passing many farm villages and patch of forest to reach at Syali village, from here a big climb on the stone-paved staircase following the farmlands and small villages, coming at upper Kimche village from here a gradual walk with nice views of surrounding hills, rivers and snow-capped peaks, after a good walk, starting with a climb again on the stone steps to Gandruk large Gurung village for overnight stop. The afternoon after lunch visits the traditional village and its small museum with Gurung ancient treasure of handicrafts, farm tools and costumes.
Day 08: Trek to Tolka 1, 630 m - 05 hrs.
After a refreshing time at Gandruk morning starts with long downhill on nicely paved stone steps to Modi River with wild honey bees hives on rock cliff hanging by the riverside, on reaching a small village by the river, from here crossing the river Modi with a climb for an hour on the winding path in this warmer area with paddy terraces and patch of forest, where monkeys can be seen sometime around this area, after a nice walk with ups reaching a large village at Landruk with a break here, walk continues on the gentle trail overlooking nice views of terraces landscapes and of Annapurna South, Huinchuli, then a climb of 45 mins to Tolka village for overnight stop with views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli.
Day 09: Trek to Kande 1,460 m via Australian Camp drive to Pokhara.
Today the last leg of this trekking journey, morning walk leads along the gentle trail with the fabulous views and then heading an hour up to Deurali top, with few lodges and views of Pokhara valley, Gandruk village with Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna range. From here a gentle downhill walk brings to a beautiful overnight stop at Pothana with awesome scenery including stunning views of towering Mt. Machhapuchhre “Fish Tail”. From here downhill for a while and then a last climb of 40 minutes through woodlands and reaching at Thulo- kharka also known as Australian Camp offering tremendous panorama scenery of Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains, after a wonderful moment the last walk with an hour downhill to Kande village on the roadside of Beni / Pokhara Highway, here taking jeep or a bus drive all the way to Pokhara a drive of one hour concluding this wonderful trip on the famous tourist spot at Pokhara by the lake Phewa.
Day 10: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
After a wonderful time in the high mountains and hills, taking a morning driving journey back to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu after 5-6 hours of nice interesting drive, transfer to respective hotels with the afternoon free at leisure or last day shopping souvenirs and handicrafts.
Day 11: International departure for homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal with the memorable moment and awesome experience and good time with our services, as per the international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for the flight back home or to respective countries.
- Airport pickup and drop off facilitates
- Accommodation at a star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- City tour in private vehicle
- Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
- Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
- All the ground transportation as per itinerary
- Trekking equipment like down filled sleeping bag, walking poles and duffel bag
- An experienced government license holder guide and local porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Salary, Insurance, Equipment, Travel Fare, Food and Accommodation for guide and porter
- Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
- Hot Drinks (Tea and Coffee)
- Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist vehicle
- All government and local taxes
- City entrance fees in Kathmandu
- Tour guide
- Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Boiled water
- Tips for guide, porter, and driver
- Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
- Personal nature expense – alcoholic beverages, laundry, hot shower, shopping etc.