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Best months: All months except July and August
Start Point: Pokhara
Ending point: Nayapul
Trip duration: 10 days
Panchase Trek highlights
Panchase trek, a short and scenic trek, is one of the most popular treks for remarkable natural beauty. It issurrounded by beautiful rhododendron forests and stunning mountain scenery. The trek heads southwest and then north into the Annapurna Conservation Area. It passes through subtropical valleys, rice fields and high ridges of rhododendron forest. The trek takes an “off the beaten path”, trail. It offers an opportunity to explore the different cultures in the area, including Brahmin, Magar and Gurungs. The views of Annapurna, Macchapucchare (Fishtail), and Himchuliare spectacular. This area is well known as the home of the Gurung people, traditional members of British Gorkha’s army. If we have the opportunity we will get to experience Gurung cultures and Gorkhali dancing.
Panchase is a famous Nepalese pilgrim’s destination. From there we can see how the youngest generation respects the ancestor’s soul. They even worship mountain gods for the same purpose. With each step you will be attracted by the beauty of the mountains. You will benefit from its freshness to themind and body. This trek is famous for its non-tourists. It is also suitable for older people.
Itinerary details of Panchase Treks
DAY 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1300 m
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from All Trekkers Team (ATTm). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) you will pick up your luggage and exit the airport. On the other side of the door you should look for our representative. They will be holding an All Trekkers Team display board or a board with your name written on it. You will then be transferred to your hotel. After checking in you are free to rest, take a stroll around the city or visit our office. In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program and a fine meal.
DAY 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today, after breakfast, you will have a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual sites in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of PashupatiNath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine,BoudhanathStupa, one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where you will meet your trek leader and other team members. All Trekkers Team will brief you regarding the trek as well as provides you with an opportunity to ask any questions about your upcoming adventure. If you need any gear for the trek you can shop around the city this evening. We will guide you to the best shops in the area.Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 03: Drive to Pokhara 6-7 hrs drive
Early morning, we take a tourist bus to Pokhara. If you are lucky and get the right side of the bus you will take great pleasure in the views of green mountains and quaint villages. Upon reaching the enchanting city of Pokhara you will see more magnificent views. These will be the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, Manaslu, the five peaks of the Annapurnas and others. Pokhara has numerous lakes, (known as 'Tal' in Nepali) which offer fishing, boating and swimming. Strolling around the lakeside city and exploring it in the evening is enjoyable. Overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 04 Pokhara to Bumdi(1535m.)
Today, after breakfast we begin our journey. We’ll drive to ThadoKhola via the beautiful Davis Falls. From there we start trekking toBhumdi. This will take about 4 hours of walking through green forest teeming with flora and fauna. At the beginning the trail moves up a long staircase to a ridge and then drops down to Bhumdi. Bhumdiis known for its great views of several mountains:Himalchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna range and Fishtail.
Day 05: Trek to PanchaseBhanjyang (2110)
If we are lucky enough to have clear weather you will see the beautiful mountain views all along the trail to PanchaseBhanjyang. Bhanjyang is a small settlement at the foot of Panchase where you will have great views over Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake.
Day 06: Trek to Climbing Panchase hill summit (2500m.)
Today we climb to the Panchase hill summit (2500m). This is another great place for panoramic views of the Annapurna peaks, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. You will find ruins of the temple at the summit. When we’ve had enough time to enjoy the view we head back down to our base where we can relax and explore for the rest of the day.
Day 07: Trek to Badoure (1500m.)
This day you will pass through scattered villages on your way to Badoure. You will see farm fields, villages and beautiful mountain scenery. You will walk about 5 hours on this day.
Day 08: Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara (1030m.)
This is the last day of your trekking schedule. We need to walk for a few hours to get toNayapul. From Nayapulwe will catch a bus or car back to Pokhara. We will stay in Pokhara tonight. The drive back to Pokhara from Nayapul takes about half an hour.Overnight in Pokhara in nice hotel.
Day 9: Drive back to Kathmandu:
It will take 5/6 hours driving to get back to Kathmandu. You will see the same wonderful scenery as you saw on the first days drive. This is a good time to take those photos you may have missed. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 10: Farewell:
You are saying goodbye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you`ll be back to the Himalayas again!
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from All Trekkers Team will transfer you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal!
Trip Cost Includes
- All airport/hotel transfers
- (standard) hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and transport
- Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
- An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, assistant trek guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter). This includes their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- A comprehensive medical kit
- Rescue arrangement service
- Nepal visa fee
- Airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu/City
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower,etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Are standard and vary according to the availability and place.
Our Panchase Trek itinerary is planned with an awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill you. The higher the altitude the less oxygen is in air. For example, there is 50% less oxygen than of the sea level. Your body needs some days to adapt to this ‘less oxygen’ environment. So for a safe trek, it is absolutely essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. We especially advise the guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.
Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements
The most significant thing that makes your Panchase Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful trek leader and crew members. Professional guides will lead your trip. All of our trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their experience appropriate to each individual trek. With an objective of sustaining local communities All Trekkers Team supplies only Nepalese staffs that have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek leaders of ATTm are also trained with and educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues:
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid
- Trekking Guide Training
- English Language
- Conservation and Biodiversity
- Rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering (applies to expeditions)
The Trekking Group
For the Panchase Trek, there will be one guide, assistant guide and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers:1 porter) This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group become sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the PanchasemTrek for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of twelve people, as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this.
Though often overlooked, it is important to mention. The trekking and expedition companies in Nepal are built on the back of hard working local porters. It is their tireless efforts carrying supplies, equipment and baggage that make the journeys to these remote areas possible. So it's very sad for that there is a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights. We assure all our porters are to be well treated, well paid and we provide a decent level of shelter, clothing and footwear. Porters who become sick are to be treated with the same care, attention as other team members - to rescue porters from dangerous situations is our duty. And for the porter's sake we inform that all trekkers keep their luggage bag weight to a maximum of 15kgs. If you need to have more weight than this additional porters can be hired. Thus we support the working conditions of the porters
Health and Experience Required:
Walking in this high Mountain Region usually requires maximum 6-8 hours of walking every day. Climbing in the high mountain is the challenging part of your adventure and will require long hours of walking. You should be prepared max 14 Km of walking or jogging exercise everyday 1 month before your Trek starts. And also a positive attitude and a strong determination are important. Previous hiking/camping experience is good to have but technical experience is not required.
It is a condition of joining any of our trips that you be protected with an insurance policy. Should medial issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs) happen it is important to be prepared. Please mind that we do not arrange or sell insurance.
Packing list and equipments:
- Big backpack
- Smaller backpack for your personal stuff (If you are using a porter and for short sight seeing)
- Two pair of wool long socks
- Three pairs of light trekking socks
- Fast drying underwear
- One pair of shorts
- One pair of light trekking pants
- One pair of warm winter pants
- Two technical long/short sleeve shirts (dry fit, fast drying)
- One fleece sweater for trekking
- Winter jacket/Dawn jacket
- Rain coat
- Comfortable “walked in” trekking boots
- Flip flops (you gonna need them to rest your feet after trekking and for the bathrooms)
- One fleece sweater for cold mountain evenings
- Thermal underwear, top and bottom
- Winter hat
- Scarf, Buff or skiing mask
- Fast drying towel
- Toiletries – Besides the basic necessary tools you are taking with you everywhere (shampoo, tooth paste and brush, shower gel, cream), you should also bring:
- Wet wipes
- Sun cream
- Toilet paper
- Antibacterial hand gel (Detol)
- Nail clipper
- Lip balm
- Tropical anti mosquito spray
- Medical kit:
- Pain killers
- Something for diarrhea
- Pills against cold
- Nose spray
- Altitude pills
- Anything about blisters (needle, compeed)
- Sore throat drops
- Cream for muscle pain
- Pills and other medicaments you usually use
- Other necessary thing you must have:
- Water purifying tabs (above 3000m the bottle water is way too expensive)
- Water bottle – 1+L
- Head lamp (for early morning trekking and the power cuts)
- Strings for hanging clothes
- Lighter and candles
- Swiss knife (with all the additions)
- Pens or Pencils (for you and for give a way to local kids)
- Note book (You want to make notes of your adventure)
- Snacks (Protein bars or biscuits for the time between meals on the trek)
- Batteries, power bag
- Phone (Emergency, internet, alarm, clock, music, photos …)
- Book (optional)
- Hooks (optional)
- Guide book