Panchase Trek (Annapurna Region)

Panchase Trek (Annapurna Region)

Overview

Panchase Trek is the ideal way to explore the area around Pokhara for those who are short on time or relatively new to trekking.  Your trek starts in style with a gentle boat trip across Lake Phewa to take you to the starting point, where a short climb will be rewarded with stunning views out across the Annapurnas, Machhapuchhare (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu, which will form the backdrop of th trek. The trail leads through the forest where you can see the flora and fauna of Nepal and past a number of villages where you can experience the daily lives of the local people and finally ends at the World Peace Pagoda. It takes you up to an elevation of 2500m on the summit of Panchase hill, from which (if you are willing to get up early enough!) you can witness the stunning sunrise over the snowy Himalayan peaks.

The destination of this short trek is the traditional local village of Panchase. which features spectacular panoramic views of Machhapuchhere, Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Lamjung Himal in the west of Pokhara. The trekking route passes through many villages so that you may experience the local culture and their hospitable welcomings. The Magars, Chhetris, and Gurungs are the main inhabitants of this region, and you will witness these different cultures. The Panchase Trek can either be continued to reach Karkinetta or to trek to Kusma along the Baglung highway. Another possibility is to trek back to Pokhara via the ridge that runs through the villages of Bhumdi and Pumdi.

Day 1: Boat across Lake Phewa, Trek to Bumdi [1520 m] 3 hours walk.

Day 2: Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang [2065 m] 4 hours walk

Day 3: Trek to Bhadaure [1670 m] 3 hours walk

Day 4: Trek to Naudanda [1515 m], drive to Pokhara [800 m] 2 hours walk.

 

Day 1: Boat across Lake Phewa, Trek to Bumdi [1520 m.] 3 hours walk.

From Pokhara, a short boat trip across the beautiful Phewa Lake will take you to the start of the trek. The first climb through the forest will take you up to the steps leading to the World Peace Pagoda. This Buddhist stupa is one of over 80 Peace Pagodas worldwide, 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 round this truly peaceful stupa, you continue down through the forest on small walking trails, before climbing back up to join an open jeep trail snaking round the hill, which will take you 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 2: Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang [2065m] 4 hours walk

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 Thulunchour 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 3: Trek to Bhadaure [1670m] 3 hours walk

This morning you climb the stone steps up to Panchase peak at almost 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 Alldanda. 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 4: Trek to Naudanda [1515m], drive to Pokhara [800m] 2 hours walk.

Today starts with a descent 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 quiet city of Pokhara in time for lunch on ‘Lakeside’!

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