Panchase Trekking

6 Days

Annapurna region offers many short and long trekking routes that can last up to a few days or weeks long. So, have you been making plans to go on a short trek vacation in the Annapurna region?

Then Panchase Trekking is just the perfect choice for you. It is a short and moderate budget trek that takes you through beautiful villages, farmlands viewing mesmerizing mountain peaks.

Panchase trekking is also known as the Panchase peak trek which lies in the Annapurna region. It is located near the northwest side of the Pokhara city in the Gandaki Zone.

These trekking routes are one of the oldest trails that takes you viewing various magnificent mountains. You do not need any permits for trekking to Panchase.

The Panchase area was once only used for camping but later it was made for trekking as well. As time went by many tea houses were made for trekkers. The warm welcome and hospitality that the people of this area provide will astound you.

It is a low altitude walk that takes you through many farmlands and dense forests filled with beautiful vegetation of flora and fauna. You can drive all the way to Panchase but due to rough road conditions, people prefer to trek.

You begin your trip by driving all the way to Pokhara from Kathmandu and staying there for the night. The next day you drive towards Bhumdi through dirt roads and stay at one of the lodges there.

On your third day, you begin your trek journey from Bhumdi to Panchase Bhanjyang which is the highest point of this trek. It is situated at an altitude of 2500 m above sea level.

Reaching there you will stay for the night and head towards Chitre the next day. Then from Chitre, you will trek to the Birethanti and to Nayapul. Then you drive back to Pokhara. Arriving Pokhara you fly back to Kathmandu.

In this trek, you will view many snowy mountain peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Ganesh Himal, Himchuli, Manaslu, and many more.

You also get to see the beautiful view of sunrise from the peak of Panchase Bhanjyang. And the mesmerizing city of Pokhara and Kusum Bazaar too.

This trek can also be done with your family members as you hike with your children viewing beautiful scenarios.

So, pack your bags and get ready to go on an amazing journey through the old trekking trails viewing beautiful peaks of Himalayan ranges.

Highlights of Panchase Trekking

  • Moderate level short trek in the Annapurna region
  • No permits
  • Panoramic of view various magnificent mountain peaks
  • Walkthrough trails of lush green forests
  • View many species of flora and fauna
  • Limited budget trek

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Drive Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Drive Distance: 200 km

Maximum Altitude: 827 m above sea level

Today is the first day of your Panchase Trekking journey as you leave the noisy and busy city of Kathmandu behind. And head towards the beautiful city of Pokhara via Prithvi highway which is about 6 to 7 hours drive from here.

Driving through the highway you will see many small settlements along the way. As you look out the window you will be mesmerized with the scenic views you can see throughout the drive.

After a few hour’s drive, you reach Pokhara, the city of lakes situated at an altitude of 827 m. It is a famous tourist destination and the gateway for many trekking routes.

The city offers many attractions sites you can tour such as Bindabasini temple, David’s Fall, Bat Cave, and many more.

You can visit Phewa lake for boating or walk on the sidewalks viewing the beautiful scenes. You can also do a few hours cycling around the city.

After roaming around you can head back to your hotel, where you will be staying for tonight.

Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Trek Distance: 10 km

Maximum Altitude: 1530 m above sea level

After a wonderful time in Pokhara, you begin your trek journey on your second day. This day you head towards Bhumdi traveling through the Thadoo Khola.

While driving from Pokhara to Thadoo Khola you will drive past David’s Fall on the way. Reaching Thadoo Khola you begin your trek towards Bhumdi.

Firstly, you enter a lush green forest filled with different species of flora and fauna. As you walk ahead in the trails of forests you make a long ascend until you reach the ridge.

From there, you descend in the trails until you arrive at Bhumdi which is situated at an altitude of 1520 m. From here, you get to see many snowy mountain peaks such as Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, Manaslu, etc.

You will stay in one of the lodges for the night.

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Trek Distance: 10.5 km

Maximum Altitude: 2500 m above sea level

On your third day, you head towards Panchase Bhanjyang which is the highest point of your trek. It is about a 5 to 6 hours walk from Bhumdi.

You begin your trek by walking in an even path then after some time you make a descend walking through the beautiful green forests. The forest is filled with colorful flowers and trees of Oak, Pines, etc.

After exiting the forest, you make an uphill climb walking past many small villages until you reach Panchase Bhanjyang situated at an altitude of 2500 m.

Today you will have made many up and downhill walks, so you will be resting here for the night.

Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Maximum Altitude: 1400 m above sea level

On your fourth day, you wake up early to watch the sunrise from on top of the hill. It is a mesmerizing sight as the sun rises from behind the snowy peaks shining its ray in the valleys below.

Panchase Bhanjyang is a viewpoint from where you get to see many outstanding mountain peaks such as Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal, and many more.

You can also see the beautiful Pokhara valley and Kusum Bazar from here. The scenic views you get to see are quite remarkable.

After spending some time there, you now begin your trek towards Chitre by making a slight descend in the trails. After that, you move ahead and start walking in the forest trails viewing unique vegetation of flora and fauna.

You will have walked past pasture lands and made many up and downhill walks before arriving at Chitre. A beautiful village situated at an altitude of 1400 m.

You will stay the night in one of the tea houses.

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 1100 m above sea level

On your fifth day, you will be heading towards Birethanti from Chitre which is about 5 to 6 hours walk.

You begin your trek by walking past small village settlements as you view the beautiful houses made of stones. And the wonderful lifestyle of the people living in these areas.

After walking for about an hour or two you reach Thamarjung, a beautiful village where you have your lunch. Then you follow the paths viewing mesmerizing views of mountain peaks such as Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Himchuli, etc.

Walking for another 2 to 3 hours you reach Birethanti situated at an altitude of 1100 m.

This is a beautiful village that lies on the foot of Modi Khola valley which once used to be a famous Annapurna circuit trek stop. But as roads were made in a few hours distance from there its importance degraded.

But still, the village offers many tea houses and souvenir shops. You can roam around the villages as you will be staying in one of the lodges for the night.

Trek Duration (To Nayapul): 2 to 3 hours

Maximum Altitude(Nayapul): 1070 m above sea level

Drive Duration(To Pokhara): 1 to 2 hours

Drive Distance(To Pokhara): 40.8 km

Maximum Altitude(Pokhara): 827 m above sea level

Flight duration(to Kathmandu): 25 to 30 minutes

The flight distance( to Kathmandu): 146 km

Maximum Altitude( Kathmandu): 1400 m above sea level

This is your last day of the trek, you wake up early and head towards Nayapul from Birethanti. It is about 2 to 3 hours’ walk from here.

As you head out the village, you get to see the intersection point that leads towards Ghorepani. Before you cross a small suspension bridge over the Modi Khola.

You can see a check post at the intersection point where they check your permit and TIM’s card. From there you walk in the trails for a few more hours and reach Nayapul situated at an altitude of 1070 m.

Reaching Nayapul you drive back to Pokhara which is about 1 to 2 hours drive via the Baglung Highway. Along the way, you get to see many scenic views and as you reach Naudanda you get to view the beautiful Pokhara city.

Arriving at Pokhara you will be dropped off at Pokhara Airport from where you catch your flight back to Kathmandu. It takes about 25 to 30 minutes on air to reach here.

Reaching Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu which is situated at an altitude of 1400 m. We now bid you farewell as our Panchase Trekking journey ends here.

We the members of Radiant Treks hope you had a wonderful time with us and would remember us while planning your other vacations as well.

Best time to do Panchase Trekking

Any time of the year is perfect for going on a trek in this region. But Autumn and Spring season are considered the best time to do Panchase Trekking. While Winter and Monsoon are the least preferred season for trekking.

You can know more about these seasons in brief down below:

Autumn Season

This season is considered the peak season for Panchase trekking. The months of September, October, and November fall under the Autumn season. It is the most crowded time of the year.

Many trekkers visit during this season as the weather and temperature are favorable. It is neither too hot nor too cold, warm during the days and a bit chilly during the night.

The temperature tends to range from 17 degrees to 25 degrees during these months. Also, the already bloomed vegetation of flora and fauna looks awesome throughout the trails.

Spring Season

This season is another peak season after Autumn for Trekking to Panchase. The months of March, April, and May fall under the Spring Season. The routes are crowded with nature during these months.

The weather conditions are nice during this time, as it is sunny during the day and a bit breezy during the night. As for the temperature it ranges from 19 degrees to 5 degrees.

During the early months of this season, nature tends to get its beauty back as you can see the forests get their lost greenery back. Also, the flower buds getting ready to bloom makes the trek quite remarkable.

Winter Season

This season is the off-season time for Trekking to Panchase. The months of December, January, and February fall under the Winter season. These months are the coldest time of the year.

The temperature tends to range from -3 degrees to 6 degrees during these months. It gets very cold but there are low chances of snowfall occurring in Panchase.

The skies are crystal clear giving out the most beautiful view of snow-covered mountain peaks. The weather is warm during the day time but can be freezing cold as night falls.

So, don’t forget to carry warm clothes for this season.

Monsoon Season

This season is the least preferred time to do Panchase Trekking. The months of June, July, and August fall under the Monsoon Season. These months are when heavy rainfall occurs making the paths challenging to walk.

Due to continuous rainfall, the paths are muddy, slippery and filled with hordes of leches. Also, the peaks are covered with dark rain clouds hiding the magnificent mountain view.

Also, the temperature ranges from 20 degrees to 25 degrees during this time. The weather is hot and humid during these months.

There are high chances of floods and landslides blocking the trek paths. So be careful while trekking during this season.

How Difficult is the Route of Panchase Trek?

This trek can be done with your family members. And has been graded as an easy to moderate level climb. Thus, the routes are not very harsh and you can complete this trek with proper training.

If this is your first trek then it can be a bit difficult as you have to walk about 5 to 6 hours a day. And make many up and downhill walks so you need to have a healthy body and mindset.

You can increase your stamina with physical training such as cycling, running, short hikes, swimming, etc. This trek does not require any technical training.

Is Altitude Sickness a Problem in this Trek?

This is a lower altitude trek so you do not have to worry about suffering from altitude sickness. As the highest point of this trek is situated at an altitude of 2500 m.

But you need to drink plenty of water and keep your body hydrated. Also, carry energy bars and drinks. And walk slowly as walking fast can make your body lose energy pretty fast.

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