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.