Panchase Trek is considered short and easy trekking, starting from Pokhara. Panchase is the name of the mid-hill that lies on the south-west side of Pokhara bordering Kaski to the east, Parbat to the west and Syangja to the south of Nepal. While trekking, you will enjoy unforgettable close -up Himalayan Mountain Views, incredible ethnic and cultural diversity with wildness experience. Panchase hill is inhabited by different ethnic communities such as Brahmin, Magar, and Gurung. The surrounding area has been well- preserved for its biodiversity and natural heritage sites, the rural settlements dominated by Gurung communities.
The journey begins in Pokhara from where you will be transferred to the trek starting point with a short climb. En-route you will enjoy stunning views of beautiful mountains. Panchase hill lies off the beaten tourist path and it is unlikely that you will meet any other hikers around the hill. The topography varies from subtropical valleys abundant with banana trees and rice paddies to high ridges beautified by rhododendron forest. The highest elevation of the Panchase hilltop is 2550m meters from this point one can see a mesmerizing sunrise over the snowy peaks early morning.
Panchase hill trekking is highly recommended for those who are interested in exploring local culture, easy walking trail and non-touristy areas in the Annapurna region. It is an ideal hill- walking in the mid-hill region for a family with children, elderly people and for those who have a short time but would like to see cultural sites and enjoy natural exploration. Trekkers slowly walk through the pristine wilderness with several stops in mid-hills villages, meet the local people and enjoy the view of green Hills and Himalayan Mountains.
On the return journey, we will walk back to Pokhara through Sarangkot trail and end in Pokhara. The best season for Panchase hill trekking is Autumn (October and November and Spring (March & April). Anyone can do this trek as there is no age barrier or fitness level.
Arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to your Pre-booked hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening when you’ll enjoy a welcome drinks with your guide and introduce each other. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your city tour of Kathmandu. You will visit the Boudhanath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River and continue drive to Patan Durbar Square to take in ancient Nepalese architecture and end your tour after a lunch. Then, you will visit the Patan museum. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Drive to Pokhara which takes about 6 to 7 hours approx. As soon as you reach Pokhara you will be transferred to Hotel.Pokhara is situated in the mid -western Nepal. It is linked by the main highway of 200 km driving distance from Kathmandu, and by air approximately 20 to 30 minutes flight with a sweeping panoramic view of the mid- western Himalaya. Mother Nature has certainly blessed this fertile valley with outstanding scenery of the landscapes, snow -capped mountains, moderate tropical climate, and beautiful pristine lakes of Begnas, Rupa and Phewa. The most stunning of Pokhara’s sights is the magnificent panorama of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South. Among these high peaks it is the towering majestic Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish Tail) which dominates all others in this range Pokhara with its natural beauty is also a starting point of trekking, mountaineering expeditions and it’s an ideal spot for all types of holiday makers.
We drive from Pokhara to Kali Khola (1,100m.) the starting point of the trek. From here, we begin our trek along the right back of the Kali Khola, following the steep stone steps. The trail will soon fork into two. We take the path that turns left and ascends to the farm fields on the mountain flank. The other straight path crosses a stream and leads to the village on the opposite river bank. In this area mix of ethnic people live in harmony. From the lower part of Kalabang village, we ascend and finally reach Bhumdi (1,475m)
From Bhundi, we will make a gentle ascent on the wide route along the stone walls. While trekking, you will see the Annapurna Himal on your right. After passing the chorten, you will reach flatland on the ridge, where a meadow stretches out. After this meadow, a gentle ascent on the ridge continues. The path is stone- paved & it is easy to walk on. It gradually goes into a forested area. We turn left here and move on to the mountain flank ahead. When we reach the flank, the trail zigzags up the steep slope gaining about 50m of elevation and traverse the wet flank with some slopes. We take our lunch in a small valley. We ascend for about 20m from the valley and cross over the ridge & we will come to a grazing land (Kharka) with an open view. Ahead of this Kharka we will follow a trail on the flank with many slopes and then descend on a wide pass. From the pass, we follow a path on the ridge where many rhododndrons are seen. Then, we follow a level path and then descend the stone steps until we reach the Panchase Bhanjyang. This open village on the pass offers a beautiful view of Annapurna. The inhabitants are the Gurungs. The village is fragrant with the sweet smell of Magnolia in mid March-April.
Early morning visit Panchase hill-3000m for the great sun rise view and trek down to Dimuwa. It takes about 5/6 hours walk. Overnight at tented camp.
The trail takes us gently uphill through the rhododendron and magnolia forest, with daphne bushes and orchids hosted by the bigger trees. We see storm-torn trees broken by the winter snows and wind before breaking into a meadow with a small stream. Here, we lunch then rejoin the trail, climbing upward through clumps of bamboo to reach Dobato.
On the way we will enjoy rich bio-diversity, wild-life and unique settlement. The region is also rich its culture. Overnight at tented camp.
A steady climb out of the village leads us to a ridge at 2300 m. We will get the first glimpse of the spectacular Dhaulagiri Himal (8167 m), stretching across the horizon. We lunch while enjoying full view of the mountains and then we gradually climb up into open pastures. Overnight at camp at Phulbari.
As you ascend along the path that leads to a forest, you will find Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge. We come across magnificent forests of oak and rhododendron. After crossing several crystal-clear mountain streams, and an nother few hours of trekking through the forest, we will reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani literally means “horse water” and is a popular watering spot for mules, which ply this route from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond. For proper acclimatization, we stay overnight at Ghorepani.
Early morning we hike to Poon hill to catch an amazing view of the sunrise. After breakfast, we descend to Tatopani through the rhododendron forest amidst the magnificent natural vistas. As you near Chitre, you get an awe-inspiring view of Dhaulagiri range. The path then leads through terraced fields to Sikha, a Magar village clustered on a ridge. You continue descending, gradually at first and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a short climb, you cross the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and from thereon, it is only a short distance upstream to Tatopani. Tatopani takes its name after the hot springs near the river below the village.We head back downstream to the village of Thikhedhunga where we will stop for the night.
After savoring the mesmerizing sight of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and other Himalayan giants from the popular vantage point of Poon Hill we leave Ghorepani and march ahead for Nayapul. You further descend towards Birethanti. Birethanti lies stretched beside the Modi River and has resourceful town. On your trails of stone steps, we pass through dense forest and a small village of Ulleri. From Ulleri, a very steep section leads down to Hille on the Bhurungdi Khola. Forty minutes beyond Birethanti, you come to the main road. Now you can easily access any means of transportation to drive to Pokhara. In the evening, you are free to wander by the lakes of Pokhara.
We drive back to Kathmandu through the endless terraces of lowland Nepal, the six hour drive get back us to the buzz and bustle of Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today as per your international flight time, our staff will come to pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the international airport for your final departure.