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Panchase trek is one of most popular short treks around Pokhara. Panchase trek takes you to Panchase hill (2500m), which is a great viewpoint to witness Dhaulagiri and Manaslu peaks. Pancase trek package costs USD 300/Pax that includes all necessary services such as guide, porter, transportation, accommodation, food and gears.
Panchase hill trek is a recently opened trek offering traditional Nepali culture and village lifestyle. This trek can be done in different durations such as 2 days, 3 days and even 4 days. The trail is easily accessible by transport. Panchase trek from Pokhara is suitable for trekkers of all age groups and physical condition.
You can choose different routes for Panchase trek. But the route starting from Australian camp to Panchase and back to Pokhara is probably the best one.
3 day Panchase trek is an off the beaten trail that passes lush green forest in the Annapurna region. Here are some highlights of this trek.
Panchase trek package costs USD 300/person that includes all necessary services such as transportation, permit, necessary documentation, staff insurance, accommodation, food and taxes. There is no hidden or unseen cost. If you are travelling in a group of more than 2 person, please inform us to get lower package rates.
There are several routes to do Panchase trek. Please find the most scenic route map below.
Panchase trek is one of the most beautiful and easy trek in Nepal. Here is the day-to-day detail itinerary for 2 Nights 3 days Panchase trek from Pokhara:
Early morning, we will pick you up at 8am from lakeside Pokhara and drive to Kande. We suggest you to have your breakfast before 8am. The drive takes less than 1 hr. We begin our trek from Kande; the trail is uphill all the way to Australian Camp. You can enjoy the majestic views of Annapurna ranges, Macchapuchre, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri and Lamjung Himal from the Australian camp. After eating warm lunch at the Camp you will trek down to Dhampus. Dhampus is a scenic village inhabited by Magar and Gurung communities. Spending sometime in Dhampus, we trek further down to Phedi and then finally drive back to Pokhara.
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Early morning watch sunrise and mountain views over warm breakfast. Thereafter we will trek down to Kande and continue uphill walk to Bhadaure for two and half hours where warm lunch will be served. The trail goes through forest with backdrop of Annapurna mountain range.
After lunch we continue our uphill trek to Panchase Bhanjyang which also takes about two and half hours. Panchase Bhanjyang offers you a taste of rural Nepali lifestyle and great mountain views.
Note: If you still have energy, you can trek to Panchase hill to watch widest mountain views starting from Dhaulagiri to Langtang. Morning sunrise and sunset viewing is not recommended due to poor trail condition. Headlamp is highly recommended during the trek. Dinner will be served at your guesthouse/hotel.
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After breakfast at 8 am, we will start our downhill trek to Ghatichinna for around 3 hrs. The trail passes through forest patches with a possibility of encountering wildlife and birds. During September to November, the marihuana plant can be seen in full bloom. This trek is not considered ideal in monsoon season due to the risk of leeches and impenetrable undergrowth. After arriving in Ghatichinna, we will ride back to Pokhara.
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Here are some important information about this trip.
Panchase trek is an off the beaten path 3-day hike through the rural areas and lush green forest in the Annapurna region. It is a moderately difficult trek with the highest point at 2500m which means no prior acclimatization is needed. The focal point of the Panchase Trek is reaching Panchase Peak (2,500 metres above sea level) which provides great views of the amazing Annapurnas.
This is a great entry-level hike for the Himalayas as it’s possible to do it quite quickly and without prior acclimatization.
Panchase trek is a short trek from Pokhara. It is beautiful and easily accessible from Pokhara. There are different routes for this panchase trek and they are:
Panchase lies at a height ranging from 800 to 2,500 meters above the sea level which tells us of its diverse topography. The mountain ranges of Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Annapurna, Mt Manaslu and Mt Ganesh can be seen from Panchase, which is the source of Fewa lake, and rivers like Rati, Jare, Andhi and Seti. The area lies at a distance of 28 kilometers from Pokhara, making it one of the attractive trekking destinations from the scenic city.
The accommodation in this route is quite basic compared to other popular trekking trail such as Ghorepani Poon Hill or Annapurna Circuit in Annapurna. Local people run home stay services at Kalabang and Pumdi villages offering staying in local home.For those; who loves experiencing local culture and don’t mind going through basic facilities then it is firsthand opportunity to discover the locals and their life style. The food is usually rice, potatoes, noodles, eggs, momo, chapati etc and tea, coffee for table drinks. Dal Bhaat (a Nepalese set meal comes with boiled rice, lentil soup, fried/cooked vegetable and pickle) is served in home stays. For beverages and bar, there are cold drinks, beer, distillery drinks and Raksi (local wine).
Panchase is not the most difficult trek in Annapurna region, the highest point of this trek is 2500m.It has many step ascents and descents on the route and the remoteness of the area.
The main difficulty of the Panchase trek is poor route marking – a guide here might be quite helpful but with Map and you didn’t have any problem of finding the right way.
Autumn (October and November) are ideal as most rains should have stopped by then and the views keep getting better – but it isn’t too cold, yet.
As the elevation for the Panchase Trek isn’t very high, it’s also possible to do it in the colder winter months of December, January and February.
Spring (March to May) would be wonderful with even fewer people than autumn and beautiful flowers all around.
Summer (June to September) can’t be recommended unless you love leeches or plan to not walk through the forest.
This trek is suitable for any age group people thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey.
While trekking wherever possible you will utilize the toilet facilities provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail. However, in case of emergency trekkers are recommended to find a private, scenic spot!
In the touristic city like Kathmandu, Pokhara ,Chitwan etc you can use your cards but while going to mountains you need to carry the local currency.
Went on the 3D2N Panchase trekking experience.
Must really give our heartfelt thanks to our knowledgeable guide (Ram) and our porter (Nur) for making the trek fun and informative. Learn alot about the Nepalese culture during the trek from conversing with Ram. The service they provide is impeccable, always checking on our condition, personally serving us food, and ensuring all necessary logistics are taken care of. Would surely recommend this beginner trek (no prior experience and training needed) to anyone who loves walking through serene, untouched forest and picturesque villages, enjoys the peace of the countryside and meeting friendly locals along the way~
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