Panchase Trek Overview
Short and easy trek to discover the rural beauty of Nepal and experience the magic of the Annapurna region. The Phanchase trek is a very pleasurable hike that is accessible by trekkers of all age groups and fitness levels. Panchase village is a beautiful village that lies in the west of Pokhara city. It is one of the hill stations in the Annapurna Region and the summit of Panchase Hill is often considered to be the viewpoint to see the Annapurna massif. Panchase, meaning Pancha: five, Aasan: seats, is a point of five hills where they meet on the top. Covered with the lush green forest it has diverse flora and fauna.
The low-altitude trek, the Panchase trek is an ideal way to explore the area around Pokhara as it is very close to Pokhara. The trek leads you through a forest area, through rich farmlands encountering a farmhouse and buffalo sheds dot the mountainside. Despite being low-altitude trekking, the Panchase trek offers excellent panoramic mountain views. Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Lamjung, and Manaslu with other peaks are stunning from here. Trekkers also get an opportunity to enjoy the panoramic sunrise and sunset over the beautiful mountains.
Scenic drive to and from Pokhara Boat across beautiful Phewa Lake
Trek through beautiful scenery forest.
Easier trek to the Annapurna region
One of the best views of Annapurna range from Panchase Hill
Witness the rural Nepali
The short Panchase Trek starts after boating across Phewa Lake - the starting point of the trek. From there we first climb through the lush forest and lead to the World Peace Pagoda. This Pagoda is one of 80 Buddhist peace pagodas worldwide. These pagodas were built in an attempt to promote world peace and unite people from all over the world.
After exploring Pagoda, we trek through the forest on small walking trails with a stunning view. Then we climb back up to join an open trail. Following the trail, we pass through the village of Lukum Swara. And a final climb takes us to Bhumdi village. Bhumdi is home to the Gurung and Brahman people. From Bhumdi, you can see the spectacular mountain views. The view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Hiunchuli, and Annapurna ranges is amazing from here. Overnight at Bhumdi
Leaving Bhumdi, we ascend through a beautiful forest. While trekking through this trail you get a glimpse of the mountains through the trees. You will have the best day if you are a nature lover. As the path winds and you can hear birds vice above you may see some monkey. On the way, you pass through a variety of flora and fauna. You can see enough birdlife, monkeys, orchids, and many plants. Reaching Panchase hill station, you will have a splendid view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Tukuche Peak (6,920m), Nilgiri (6,940m), Varaha Shikhar (7,847m), Mt. Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt. Annapurna III (7,855m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Annapurna lV (7,525m), Annapurna ll (7,937m), Lamjung Himal (6,931m). Overnight at Panchase Bhanjyang.
In the morning after having breakfast, we climb up to the Panchase peak at an altitude of 2500m. Or you can get up earlier and ascend to have an amazing sunrise view over the mountains. After enjoying the view, our trail descends downhill to the far side of Alledanda Hill. Then we will have a gentle walk rewarded reaching the town of Bhadaure. Here we can enjoy the beautiful experience with the mix of cultures and traditions. There is a range of residents including Brahmin, Gurung, and Kami people. Overnight at Bhadaure.
With the beautiful morning in Bhadaure, we will have a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, we started our last trek to Naudanda. We first descent downhill passing stone steps to the town of Bhadaure. Then we continue on the off-road that takes you across a small stream and through tiny villages. After reaching Naudanda, we will have lunch. Here you get the chance to interact with locals. Continuing the trail, we reach Naudanda. From Naudanda the trail joins with the Baglung highway. Here, our car will be waiting for pickup. And from Naudanda we will have a drive to Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara you will have lunch and rest. Later you can stroll around the city. Stay overnight in Pokhara
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Best Time for Panchase Trek
The Panchase trek can be accessed in all seasons however two seasons are considered peak seasons featuring stable weather, pleasant temperature, and good visibility of mountain views. The two seasons are the Autumn season (September – November) and the Spring season (March – May).
The temperatures in the Spring and Autumn seasons range around 12 to 26 degrees Celsius. Both the seasons, feature warm days, bluish skies, good sunlight, and more visibility, making the perfect time for trekking in a stable and calm route. The blooming rhododendron flowers, green landscapes, and transparent mountains are the rewards if trekked in the Spring season. Therefore, the Spring and Autumn seasons welcome hundreds of people across the globe for Khopra Danda trekking.
The Panchase trek also can be accessed during Summer (June – August) and Winter (December – February). The trekking trails can be slippery, muddy, and wet due to the regular rainfall during summer whereas the challenges may come as snowfall during winter. However, if you are interested and ready to face any challenges, the Panchase trek is accessible with great preparation like adding more days with heavy clothes, and necessary equipment for rainy and snowy seasons.
Distance and Elevation
Panchase Hill lies at an elevation of 2,500 meters from 1,520 meters at Bhumdi which tells us of its diverse topography. The mountain ranges of Mt Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Mt Annapurna (8,091m/26,545ft), Mt Manaslu (8,163m/26,781ft), and Mt Ganesh (7,422m/24,350ft) can be seen from Panchase. The whole trekking trail covers around 30 kilometers/18.6 miles from Pokhara, making it one of the most attractive trekking destinations in the scenic city.
Panchase Trek with Family
Panchase Bhanjyang Trek is the best way to spend pleasure time with your family members during a 4-day holiday. The trekkers will get an opportunity to learn the culture and traditions of the local people after reaching places like Gurung village of Bhumdi. Panchase is a place of great significance for the locals, where they pray for the peace of their departed ancestor's souls. The trek offers an astonishing view of Mt. Machhapuchchhre (6,993m), Annapurna ranges, Hiunchuli Himal (6,441m), and the other Himalayas along the bird's eye view of Pokhara Valley and Kusma City. The Panchase trek with family in Nepal is an amazing experience, creating lasting memories of beautiful nature and warm people.
Safety and Security
Since day one, your security has been our top priority, and we are committed to providing you with the best service and protection. Our staff will meet you at the airport and assist you to the hotel. We offer professional staff for remedial services, first aid, and assistance with essential packing gear and preparation during the trek. We will provide comprehensive airport services from the moment you arrive until your final departure, including drop-off services.
Extension of treks
After a short Panchase Trek, the trek further can be extended with other treks in the Annapurna region. You can extend your trek to the famous Ghorepani and Poonhill or the stunning Annapurna Base Camp trek. Depending on the trekker's personal preferences, we offer flexibility to customize your own itinerary.
A complete service of electricity is available at the teahouses or lodges during trekking trails. They offer charging sockets and power supplies but charging electronics like mobile phones and cameras may require some additional charges.
Mobile Networking and Internet
The Internet facilities are available on the Panchase Trek, and NTC (Nepal Telecom) and Ncell provide affordable data packages for full networking on most of the trekking trails. Most trekking lodges and tea houses offer internet access for a fee via WiFi routers by paying some extra fees.
Along the Panchase trekking trail, bottled or mineral water is available at teahouses and lodges. Besides this, tap water is also available but it is recommended to use a water purifier before drinking. We suggest trekkers carry at least 3 to 4 water bottles for refilling purposes.
ATMs are not readily available on the Panchase trekking trail. Make sure to bring enough Nepalese cash (Nepalese Rupees) with you before embarking on your trek. Before starting the trek, you get the last opportunity to withdraw cash in Pokhara.
Sunhat, caps, Scarf, down jackets or fleece jackets, waterproof or windproof jackets, raincoats (during summer season), shirts, t-shirts, thermal base layers, hiking trousers or pants, gloves, trekking shoes, and hiking socks.
Gears and Accessories
Backpack, trekking poles, sleeping bags, and water bottles
Sun cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and toilet paper.
First aid items and medicine, camera, head torch, portable chargers, power banks, sunglasses, cards, and chocolates.
During your stay in Pokhara, you will enjoy luxurious accommodations at 3-star hotels.
Accommodation along the Panchase trekking trail is provided in local teahouses with double occupancy rooms that include beds, blankets, mattresses, pillows, and attached bathrooms. Single rooms are available and they will be provided for female solo travelers.
We will ensure that you have the best possible experience at the teahouses, with stunning views and scenic locations throughout the trek.
While staying at the 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, you can expect to enjoy delicious and luxurious food as per the menu provided to you. The menu offers a wide variety of dishes, giving you plenty of options to choose from for your meals.
While trekking, teahouses or hotels along the trail offer fresh, hygienic, and highly nutritious food.
Bread and Chapati (plain toast, french toast, Tibetan bread, and Chapati with peanut butter or jam), eggs (boiled, scrambled, fried, or omelet), pancakes with jam and honey, porridge (oatmeal), cornflakes with hot milk, Muesli with hot milk, rice pudding, mixed soup, fried potatoes, and baked beans.
For Lunch and Dinner
Rice with vegetables, rice with chicken curry, cheese fried rice, vegetable fried rice, egg fried rice, noodles (fried with vegetables or mixed fried), vegetable fried pasta, macaroni with vegetables, cheese, and egg, spaghetti with tomato sauce, MoMos (vegetables, buff or chicken), and pizza (chicken, mushroom, or mixed).
The duration however can be varied according to the taste and physical level of trekkers. As per the planned itinerary, it takes around 4 days to complete the Panchase trek.
The short Panchase Trek is graded as an easy trekking trail that doesn't require the past experience of trekking. Any trekkers with basic physical fitness and the capacity to walk around 5 to 6 hours a day can easily accomplish the Panchase Trek.
The optimum times for Panchase Trek are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). These months provide consistent weather, clear skies, and spectacular vistas of the mountains.
Panchase Bhanjyang - the final point of this trek lies at an elevation of 2,500 meters/8,202 feet.
This particular trek is relatively easy and short, with paths that do not require much physical exertion. Additionally, the risk of altitude sickness is very low, making it a suitable trek for children and older individuals. This location offers a serene environment, with breathtaking views of 15 peaks, abundant wildlife, verdant forests, and ancient temples, perfect for nourishing the inquisitive minds of children.
The majority of the population in the area are Gurung, although Brahmins also reside in certain areas. So, the trekkers can experience the Gurung cultures, traditions, and their daily livelihood as well as Brahmin culture as a bonus.
The starting and ending Point is at Pokhara while doing Panchase Trek.
It is crucial to have travel insurance that covers both medical and rescue evacuation facilities before traveling to Nepal.
Yes, you can get a visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. As you arrive at the airport fill out the form and proceed to the visa line. After paying the visa application fee you'll get a visa. For this, you have to bring two passport-size photos.
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