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The Panchase Trek – 9 Days

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  • 09 Days
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Destination : Nepal
  • Max Altitude : 2500m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Best Season : Spring & Autumn

Highlights

  • Learn and Explore Gurung, Magar, and Bhraman Culture and Tradition
  • Views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and several other peaks in the Annapurna mastiff
  • Explore the Panchase Forest and its diversity
  • Walking through the top of the ridge along with the off-the-beaten-path of the Annapurna Region
  • Discover National Flower of Nepal, the Rhododendron with other several floras

Overview of The Panchase Trek

Panchase Trek takes us on an eight-day trekking trip through the Panchase forest in the Annapurna Region. This journey not only brings out the hidden beauty of the region but also gets us close to the Magar, Gurung, and Brahman cultures.

Start this Panchase Trek with an early morning long drive to the lakes, Pokhara. The drive takes us along the Prithvi Highway along the Trishuli River. While at Pokhara, enjoy a short boating session at the Fewa Lake. The next day, our hike takes us through the village of Thado Khola to arrive at Bumdi. This village is home to Magar and Brahman people. After breakfast the following day, we officially enter the Panchase forest.

The forest is filled with rich flora and fauna, and while here, we’ll also get to enjoy the smell and beauty of Nepal’s national flower, the Rhododendron. The narrow forest trail will take us first to Thulunchaur village and then to Panchase village. While here, we’ll hike up a steep set of stairs to get to Panchase Peak. This peak holds a small temple and museum at the top.

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu peaks. Get back to Panchase village for breakfast. Then, we hike downhill through the forest trail to Bhadaure and Naudada before driving back to Pokhara and Kathmandu to end our short trip.

The Panchase Trek is designed for those who want to explore the relatively new and unknown trail of the Annapurna Region.

Where is Panchase located?

Panchase is a hill station that towers up Pokhara, and you can see a complete view of the town from the top. The place is the bridge of five hills and covers the districts of Kaski, Parvat, and Syangjha. Panchase Bhanjyang lies from 800m to 2500m from the sea level and is the highest elevation point you will visit during the trek.

Previously, Panchase Hill was the meditation point for the sages, Guru, and holy saints, where they would spend many days meditating, but in late 2023, the place was damaged by the nearby forest fire, which forced them to move to different places. The local people, along with the government’s aid, rebuilt Panchase Hill, after which it was prepared to be a tourist destination and a trekking area for trekkers worldwide.

Panchase is not only famous for religious places and cattle grazing but is also an essential place for tourists worldwide to acknowledge some of the best views. Many worldwide trekkers trek to the spot to reach it early in the morning to view a magnificent sunrise.

Major Attractions Around Panchase Hill

Panchase Hill is a beautiful tourist attraction; however, the trek towards Panchase Hill is an adventure in itself, as many attractions surround your destination. So let’s get into it.

Siddha Baba and Panchase Lake

One of the significant trekking attractions around Panchase Hill is the Siddha Baba temple, which is very important for the local people around the hill station. People from all over Nepal visit the temple, especially the Hindus of Pokhara, Gorkha, and Palpa. The pilgrims of Nepal worship Lord Shiva at the Siddha Baba temple. The visitors pray with Lord Shiva for their greatest wish, and when the wish is fulfilled, there is the ritual of releasing a pigeon.

Apart from Siddha Baba temple, you can visit the iconic and beautiful Panchase Lake. Panchase Lake is bright blue and one of the cleanest lakes in the region. The Panchase Lake is also the source of the famous Fewa Lake, so trekkers and tourists get intrigued by Panchase Lake whenever they visit Pokhara and Fewa Tal. The surroundings of Panchase Lake are full of rhododendron forests, giant hill trails to see mountains and temples for the local people to worship.

Viewpoint Tower

Another popular tourist attraction around the Panchase area is the Viewpoint Tower, which lies on a higher elevation but is lower than the Panchase Peak. The Viewpoint Tower is the perfect place to see the complete Pokhara Valley and a mesmerising view of the Fewa Lake and Panchase Lake as the bird’s eye view. The surrounding places of the viewpoint tower are also appropriate places for resting and having lunch, or they are used as picnic spots for the local families.

Buddha Statues and Monasteries

Another major attraction around Panchase Hill is the several temples and monasteries that might attract tourists from Tibet or Buddhist countries or those from Western culture eager to learn about new cultures, lifestyles, and civilisations. These monasteries are 100 years old but are still conserved by the local people with the government’s help. The atmosphere inside the monastery is tranquil and peaceful, so you are prohibited from talking in louder voices or shouting. Several monasteries with Buddha statues were made several hundred years ago. This is also why the place is not only dear to Hindus but also to Buddhist people worldwide.

Best Season for Panchase Trek

Like every trekking destination, familiarity with the best time or season to go on the Panchase trek is essential. Generally, the best trek time in Nepal depends on the season you plan to trek.

So, let’s look at which season is the best for the Panchase Trek.

Autumn Season

Autumn Season is the best season to go on the Panchase Trek. The season falls from September to November and is perfect for the Panchase trek simply because the weather is more relaxed, with clear blue skies and no rainfall probability. The Autumn season also starts after Dashain and Tihar, the largest festival in Nepal, which means the people are still in the mood for the festival, but the trek route or the temples are less crowded, so you have plenty of freedom to explore around.

Spring Season

Another excellent season for the Panchase Trek is spring, from March to May. The Spring season also has clear blue skies and cool temperatures but has an occasional chance for rainfall. The Spring is also when Nepalese people celebrate Dashain and Tihar, which can make your trek around the temple and stupas a bit more crowded, and some might not like the crowded places. Besides minor rainfall and a more congested experience, Spring is still the best season for the Panchase trek.

Winter and Monsoon Season

Winter and Monsoon seasons are considered the worst seasons for the Panchase trek in Nepal. In the winter, the atmosphere is too cold, with foggy weather, which will block the fantastic view from Panchase Peak. Furthermore, going to the top of the mountain peaks is prohibited during winter, and there is also the chance of cold rainfall.

Monsoon season is also not fun for Phanchase trekking mainly because continuous heavy rainfall for several days will ruin the fun, making the route slippery, wet, and challenging to hike. There is also a high risk of floods and landslides in places on high hills and the banks of rivers.

If you plan the Panchase trek, you can book it during the Autumn and Spring seasons.

Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu Arrival

Alight in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. After you freshen up, meet with the company representative to get briefings about the approaching trek. When the briefing is over, talk with the company guide to find out about the things you can do during your free time here in Kathmandu.

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trip preparation Day

Today we prepare for the trek and check the last-minute checklist for trekking gears and if needed shopping around Thamel. After lunch visit Kathmandu UNESCO world heritage sites, Kathmandu Durbar Squire, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3Drive to Pokhara 1400m

Start with a long drive along the Prithvi Highway and the Trishuli River to arrive at the Cherrapunji of Nepal. During our 6-8 hours of drive, we’ll cover around 200 km. Freshen up before boating at the Fewa Lake. Enjoy the views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre peaks.

Day 4Trek to Bhumdi 1520m

After breakfast, we’ll start our hike to the Thado Khola village. From the village, our trail climbs uphill on narrow trails to arrive at the village of Bumdi. This village lies in Syangja, Gandaki zone. Bumdi is home to the Magar and Brahman people. Overnight in a local teahouse in Bumdi.

Day 5Trek to Panchase Bhanjhyang 2000m

Today, we’ll enter the Panchase forest. Hike up in a narrow forest trail to make it to the village of Thulunchaur before arriving at Panchase Bhanjhyang. The walk today offers great views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu peaks. Also, don’t forget to enjoy the red and pink hue of the national flower of Nepal, the Rhododendron. Overnight in Panchase.

Day 6Trek to Bhadaure 1670m

While at Panchase village, get up early and hike up steep stairs to get to a small temple and museum on top of a hill which is often referred to as the Panchase peak. The top offers great views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and other peaks. Back to Panchase for breakfast. Descend on an easy forest trail to get to Bhadaure village.

Day 7Trek to Naudada and Drive back to Pokhara 1400m

After breakfast, we’ll hike downhill along the steep stone steps to get to the village of Naudada. From here, it’s a short drive back to the city of lakes.

Day 8Drive back to Kathmandu 1310m

Get up early and enjoy the views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre peaks. After breakfast, we’ll be driving back along the Prithvi Highway to get to the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Enjoy your free time in Kathmandu.

Day 9Final Departure

Following an 09-day trekking tour through the Panchase forest, it’s now time to get back home or to your next destination.

Price Includes

  • Pick-up & Drop from the airport on the day of your arrival & Departure
  • 3 Night Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu
  • The Government Register's English-Speaking Guide
  • If the group size exceeds 6 people, an assistance guide will be provided.
  • One porter for two clients
  • In trekking trails, accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.
  • Trekking map
  • Trekking Permit & TIMS Card
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Staff salaries, insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Arrangements for emergency rescue services (Please make sure you have medical insurance from your country)
  • The agency service charge and the government tax/VAT
  • The certificate of achievement towards the Trip

Price Excludes

  • The cost of international airfare
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • All drinks During the Trip (Tea, Coffee, Cola, Beer, Mineral Water)
  • Personal Costs
  • Smoke
  • Insurance for travel
  • If more than the 3-night hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu meals
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • Batteries and cameras that are chargeable during the trek
  • Natural or political disturbances beyond our control result in additional costs.
  • The Extra cost of any case early return from the trip.
  • Tips for Trekking Staff

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Additional Information

Panchase Trek Difficulty

Panchase Trek is the trek around Pokhara city, but it does not lie in the Annapurna region. The trekkers on the route of Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek can expand for a few days to explore the Panchase Trek areas, adding a few more memories that will last for a lifetime.

In case of difficulty, Panchase Trek is one of the easier treks to complete, and even beginners can quickly assemble this trek without any difficulty. Anyone who wants to build their trekking experience to go to more challenging treks can start with the Panchase Trek.

The only difficulty the trekkers can face during the Panchase Trek is the constant walking up and down trails for six to seven hours daily. Generally, the Panchase trek lasts from 3 to 9 days based on the surroundings you are trying to visit, but the atmosphere is pleasant; the place is beautiful with the availability of proper basic accommodation, and many attractions can indulge you and will not make you bored.

Many people often need clarification if they get altitude sickness during the Panchase trek, which is not the case. It is one of the lowest area trekking destinations, meaning the altitude is not as high to get affected by altitude sickness. The highest elevation of this trek is the Panchase peak at 2517m, so there is absolutely zero chance of altitude sickness. You must be careful about eating hygienic and healthy foods and water and be cautious with the cold atmosphere, especially during winter and autumn.

FAQs

Do you need a permit during the Panchase Trek?

No, For the Panchase trek, you do not need any trekking permits other than your TIMS card and necessary documents.

Is there a risk of altitude sickness?

No, you will climb the highest elevation above 2300m, so there is no chance of altitude sickness.

How many days does it take to complete the Panchase trek?

The minimum day can be three days, but reviewing the details will take nine days.

Which mountains are visible from the Panchase peak?

Mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and Mt Lamjung are visible from the Panchase peak.

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