Days: 9 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)
Panchase Trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. Panchase trekking lies on the west of Pokhara city. Panchase hill gives a Himalayan Panorama that rivals that found that at Poon Hill. There are old stone-stepped pilgrimage approaches upon which one can climb past the grassland and paddy field to the vastness of Panchase, from where a magnificent view of Annapurna massif is visible so close as if one could reach out and touch them. Trekking around Panchase is a delightful journey indeed. A unique attribute of this mid-hill region is that you will not see many other trekkers only the vast ethnic diversity from this remote village of Panchase, your trip highlight will include and the majestic panorama of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu (all over 8000m). Panchase is a popular Nepalese pilgrim destination where locals pay their respects to their ancestors' souls or worship the mountain gods.
Fact of the Trek:
Trip Region: Annapurna Region and Pokhara Valley
Types of Trip: Trekking
Duration: 9 Days
Highest Elevation: 2517m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house or camping
Average Walking: 4-5 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and standard hotel in Pokhara and normal tea-houses/lodges/tented camp during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of mix culture
Major Himalayan Sights: Dhaulagiri 8167m, Manaslu 8153m, Annapurna 8091m, Machhapuchhre 6993m, Annapurna South 7219m.
Highlights of the Trip: Great and Drametic Himalayan sceneries of Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri Range, Manaslu, Machhapuchre, superb view of Pokhara valley and Phewa Lake, local culture of peoples, subtropical to temperate flora and fauna, Religious and cultural sites like temple of Sidda Baba, Homekund, Panchase lake, Bouddha Stupa and caves.
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Panchase Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara with AC tourist bus (7/8 hours),
With a morning wake up guide will pick up you and transfer to the tourist bus station and drive (approximately six hours with breaks) through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara lakeside and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explore the surrounding lakeside areas and overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Thado Khola by private car and trek to Bhumdi 1520m (3/4 hours).
Start with an early morning drive to Thado Khola by way of David Falls, which takes about 7 hours. We have our lunch in there and after lunch, ascend towards Bhumdi village, which takes 3 hours from where Bhumdi village with beautiful views of Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, Manaslu, Annapurna range and Fishtail Mountain. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Bhumdi to Panchase Banjyang 2030m (5/6 hours).
Ascend through the forest for one hour and if the weather permits, see all the mountains mentioned on Day 4. After 3 hours, lunch then walk on a gentle trail for two hours through the forest. Trek start with steady climb to westward through bushes and trees. It will be good day for those who are interested on birds. The trail then ascends to Panchase Bhanjyang for one and 1/2 hours from where more spectacular views of the Himalayan range such as Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri Range and Machhapuchhre as well as Pokhara Bazaar and Phewa Lake. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Panchase Banjyang to Chitre 1400m (6/7 hours).
The trail ascends through the forest to the top of the Panchase Ridge at 8100 feet. This is the highest point on the trek. From here we can see picturesque view of Pokhara valley, Kusma Bazar, all the Annapurna Range and the peak of Dhaulagari. The trail; ascends steeply through pastures and scattered forest top the village of Chitre. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Chitre to Birethanti 1020m (4/5 hours).
Trek through scattered villages for about two hours to the village of Thamarjung for lunch. Then an easy walk for two and 1/2 hours to reach Birethanti. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 8: Trek from Birethanti to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara (2/3 hours) and flight back to Kathmandu.
We start after morning breakfast and walk about 30 minutes passing small battis and small streams until reaching Nayapul. From there we back to Pokhara by private car and afternoon transfer to Airport. On arrival in Kathmandu, our guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax and overnight at Hotel.
Day 9: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Note: Depending on the ages of children, they get discount in trek cost and domestic flight ticket cost accordingly. Also Horse renting in Annapurna Region is USD 75 per day per horse including horse man, his food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
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Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 4 nights deluxe accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* hotel in Kathmandu and
standard hotel in Pokhara.
* Domestic Flight Ticket from PKR-KTM and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the camping trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at email@example.com
NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by clients themselves.