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Max. Elevation
2030 m / 6660 ft
Group size
Min 1
Level
Easy
Transportation
Private car
Best Season
Mar, Apr, May,Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Starts at / Ends at
kathmandu / kathmandu
Accomodation
Camping
Meals

Highlights

  • Stunning views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu mountain ranges from Panchase Hill.
  • Exploring traditional Gurung and Magar villages, such as Bhumdi, Panchase Bhanjyang, and Australian Camp.
  • Immersive cultural experiences, including visits to ancient temples, monasteries, and cultural sites along the trekking route.
  • Witnessing diverse flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests, orchids, and bird species such as pheasants and eagles.
  • Enjoying peaceful surroundings and a sense of tranquility away from the crowds of more popular trekking routes.

Overview

The Panchase Trek is a lesser-known trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal, offering a blend of natural beauty, cultural encounters, and panoramic mountain views. This short trek is ideal for travelers seeking a less crowded alternative to the popular Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp treks. The route takes trekkers through charming villages, lush forests, and terraced farmlands, culminating in breathtaking vistas from the summit of Panchase Hill. With its moderate difficulty level and diverse attractions, the Panchase Trek is suitable for trekkers of all ages and abilities.

Practical Information for the Panchase Trek
1. The Panchase Trek can be completed in 4-5 days, depending on the itinerary and pace of the trekker.
2. Trekkers should carry essential items such as water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first-aid kit.
3. Weather conditions in the Annapurna region can be unpredictable, so it is essential to pack appropriate clothing for varying temperatures and weather conditions.

Insurance for the Trek
It is highly recommended for trekkers to have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuation, and trip cancellation. This provides peace of mind and financial protection in case of unforeseen circumstances during the trek.

How Difficult is the Trek?
The Panchase Trek is considered a moderate trek with some steep ascents and descents. While it does not involve high altitudes or technical terrain, trekkers should have a reasonable level of fitness and be prepared for uphill climbs and uneven trails.

Guided Tour or Independent Trek
Both guided tours and independent treks are possible on the Panchase Trek. A guided tour provides the convenience of having a knowledgeable guide who can navigate the route, provide cultural insights, and assist with logistics. However, independent trekkers can also navigate the route using maps and guidebooks, enjoying more flexibility and freedom along the way.

Accommodation and Food in Panchase
Accommodation along the Panchase Trek is typically in teahouses or guesthouses, offering basic facilities such as dormitory-style rooms and shared bathrooms. Meals are served at the teahouses and include a variety of Nepali and international dishes, such as dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soups, and tea.
    
When to Go / Best Time to Trek
The best time to trek the Panchase Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is stable, with clear skies and mild temperatures, making it ideal for trekking. Spring brings blooming rhododendron forests, while autumn offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks and vibrant landscapes.

Nature and Wildlife
The Panchase Trek route passes through diverse landscapes, including dense forests, terraced fields, and alpine meadows. Trekkers have the opportunity to encounter a variety of flora and fauna along the way, including rhododendrons, orchids, butterflies, and bird species such as pheasants and eagles.

People and Locals
The Panchase area is inhabited by the Gurung and Magar ethnic communities, known for their warm hospitality and traditional way of life. Trekkers can interact with locals, learn about their culture and customs, and visit ancient temples and monasteries that hold religious significance for the local communities.

Trip Itinerary

Your journey begins with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Thadookhola, where the trekking adventure commences. The drive offers panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, setting the stage for an unforgettable trek. Upon reaching Thadookhola, you'll embark on a trek to Bhumdi, a picturesque village nestled amidst lush forests and terraced fields. The trail meanders through charming hamlets and pristine wilderness, offering glimpses of traditional Nepalese culture and stunning landscapes. As you ascend to higher altitudes, you'll be treated to sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Upon reaching Bhumdi, unwind amidst the serene surroundings and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

After breakfast, you'll continue your trek towards Panchase Bhanjyang, a scenic mountain pass offering breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The trail ascends gradually, winding through rhododendron forests and alpine meadows adorned with vibrant wildflowers. Keep your camera handy to capture the stunning vistas and unique flora and fauna along the way. As you approach Panchase Bhanjyang, you'll be greeted by panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, providing ample opportunities for photography and relaxation. Upon reaching the mountain pass, take in the majestic scenery and soak in the peaceful atmosphere before retiring for the night.

Today's trek takes you from Panchase Bhanjyang to Chitre, a charming village nestled amidst terraced fields and rolling hills. The trail descends gradually, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape and distant mountain peaks. Take breaks to admire the natural beauty and interact with locals along the way. As you approach Chitre, you'll be greeted by warm hospitality and breathtaking vistas, providing a perfect opportunity to rest and recharge amidst the tranquil surroundings.

Continue your trek towards Birethati, a scenic village located at the confluence of the Modi Khola and Burundi Khola rivers. The trail winds through lush forests and terraced fields, offering glimpses of traditional Nepalese villages and rural life. Keep an eye out for exotic flora and fauna as you traverse the pristine wilderness. Upon reaching Birethati, take time to explore the area and soak in the serene atmosphere. You can also visit the nearby hot springs to relax and rejuvenate after a day of trekking.

On the final day of your trek, you'll trek to Nayapul, where your adventure concludes. The trail descends gradually, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. As you approach Nayapul, reflect on the memories and experiences gained during your trekking journey. Upon reaching Nayapul, board a vehicle for a scenic drive back to Pokhara, where you can reminisce about your unforgettable adventure amidst the majestic Himalayas. Take this opportunity to savor the memories and celebrate your achievements before bidding farewell to the mountains and returning home.

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Panchase Trekking

Includes

  • Pokhara to Thadoo Khola by private vehicle.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during trekking.
  • Necessary gears for camping.
  • An English speaking professional guide.
  • One porter for two trekkers.
  • Trekking permits and entry fees.
  • Nayapul to Pokhara by private vehicle.

Doesn't Include

  • Kathmandu to Pokhara transportation.
  • Hotel accommodation at Pokhara.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips to trekking staffs.
  • Rest of all that are not mentioned in cost inclusive.
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