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Panchase Trek - 11 Days

This short trek is an ideal way to explore the area around Pokhara. Moreover, it is a perfect trek for those who have little time or have never done a trekking before. During the Panchase trek you will get to know the village life in the mountains while enjoying great views of the surrounding mountains. It is a low profile trekking, so you will hardly meet any other trekkers!

After a quiet boat trip on Lake Phewa you will start with a short climb through the woods up to the World Peace Pagoda. This Japanese pagoda is part of a series of 80 pagodas that were built all over the world. It is a Buddhist stupa for inspiration for world peace. You will be rewarded with a beautiful view over the Annapurnas, Machhapuchare (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri and Manaslu. These mountains form the backdrop of your trek as you walk through the forests and past a number of villages where you will become acquainted with the daily life of the locals.

The highest point of the Panchase trek is the Panchase hill, at just under 2500 metres. From here you can enjoy a breathtaking sunrise early in the morning over the snowy Himalayan peaks.

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  • boat trip on the beautiful Phewa lake, with a view of the mountains
  • Visiting the World Peace Pagoda from where you have a beautiful panoramic view
  • Minor-travelled area with many forests and authentic small villages
  • Breathtaking sunrise from Panchase
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Namaste and welcome to Nepal.

At the airport you will be welcomed by one of our employees. He has a sign with our logo on it. This way you will quickly find each other when you leave the airport.

After a warm welcome, a private chauffeur will take you by car to your hotel in Patan. Our employee will accompany you and help you with the check-in.

Depending on your arrival time in Kathmandu, you will have free time to go out. Discover the bustling old part of Kathmandu. Walk around the streets of Asan and admire the quaint markets and colourful temples and stupas.

During a short `meet & greet` with Maaike and/or Chuda you’ll get useful tips and can ask questions. You will also meet your guide for the next few days who will brief you on the journey.

You will spend the night in a standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Free day in Kathmandu

Today you can explore Kathmandu on your own. Kathmandu is a lively city with many beautiful world heritage sites.

On a hill on the western side of Kathmandu lies the awe-inspiring temple complex of Swayambunath. Climb up under the watchful eye of a colony of monkeys. Go down the back and visit Amideva Buddha Park.

Afterwards you can go to the Tibetan Buddhist heart of Kathmandu: Boudhanath. The big white stupa attracts many pilgrims who walk around the stupa. A lunch with a view of the stupa is undoubtedly an experience you will remember for a long time!

Finally, walk to Pashupatinath. This is the sanctuary of the Hindus, situated along the Bagmati river. Besides following a ritual cremation, you can also find the Saddhu’s here. These coloured holy men live around the temple.

You stay in a standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Drive to Bandipur (ca. 5 hours) - time at leisure in Bandipur

Today you will travel to Bandipur, a Newari town that is seen as an impressive museum of Newari culture. It is one of the most charming Newari towns in Nepal.

This town lies on the high ridge and the roads are covered with traditional stones. You will have an interesting walk through the city and you can also walk to one of the viewpoints, e.g. the Thani Mai temple which is situated on top of the hill and is a beautiful combination of stunning views and cultural elements. When the weather is clear you will also have a wonderful panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Close your day in a quiet spot and observe the relaxed lifestyle of the town while enjoying a snack and a drink during the sunset.

You will spend the night in a cosy guesthouse in Bandipur.

Day 4
Drive to Pokhara (ca. 2,5 hours) & free time in Pokhara

You will arrive for lunch in Pokhara, where there is a lot to do. Pokhara is situated along the beautiful Phewa Lake. The snowy peaks of the Annapurna chain are visible here when the sky is clear.

Take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the river and watch the locals fishing or repairing their boats. Or take a boat to the small island and visit the Tal Barahi temple.

In the evening you can observe an Aarti ceremony on the banks near the temple: Hindu priests perform a ritual in which flames (light) are offered to the gods.

You stay in a standard hotel in Pokhara.

Day 5
Boating over Phewa lake / Trek to Bumdi (1520m) - ca. 3 hours

With your guide and porter you will cross Lake Phewa in a boat and start your four-day trek in the Annapurna region.

Your Panchase trek starts with a climbing path through the forest. The path will lead you to the World Peace Pagoda. This Buddhist stupa is one of more than 80 stupas built worldwide in an effort to promote world peace. The Peace Pagoda in itself is worth seeing. From here you have a beautiful view of the snowy peaks, the Phewa Lake and the city of Pokhara when the weather is nice.

Along small paths you walk further through the forest, before climbing up again and walking around the hill to the village of Lukum Swara. Afterwards you will make a final climb to the village of Bumdi, where the population consists of a mix of Gurung and Brahmins.

You will spend the night in a teahouse in Bumdi.

Day 6
Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang (2065m) - ca. 5 to 6 hours

After a short climb the path continues through a beautiful forest where you regularly see mountains between the trees.

This day is a wonderful day for nature lovers: the path meanders through various forests. You will hear many different birds and maybe catch a glimpse of a monkey!

In Thulunchour you leave the forest for a short while, after which you walk further into the forest on an unpaved path. From here you have a panoramic view of the mountains: weather permitting you can see the Annapurnas, the Lamjung, the Gangapurna and the Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) as well as three peaks of more than 8000 metres: the Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna I and in the distance the Manaslu.

Along a wider road you gently walk up to Panchase Bhanjyang. This village is also inhabited by Gurungs and Brahmins.

You will spend the night in a teahouse in Panchase Bhanjyang.

Day 7
Trek to Bhadaura (1670m) -ca. 3 hours

Day up the stone stairs to the Panchase peak at just under 2,500 metres. This is the highest point of your trek. From here you will be rewarded again with stunning views over the mountains. You can also get up early and walk to this point and enjoy the sunrise.

After you have rested and enjoyed the surroundings, you descend the other side of the hill to Alldanda. It is a quiet walking day, with regular views of the mountains and the villages below. Your destination is Bhadaure, where Gurung, Kami and Brahmins live together.

You will spend the night in a teahouse in Bhadaure.

Day 8
Trek to Naudanda (1515m) - ca. 2 hours / Drive to Pokhara

After a beautiful trail at the foot of the Annapurna Mountains, today is your last hiking day.

You start on a jeep track that takes you over a stream and through some villages. Here you will certainly have the opportunity to get in touch with the locals.

You’ll continue on to Naudanda, the end point of your trek.

In Naudanda, you’ll be picked up by a private car and taken back to Pokhara, where you can spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Night in a standard hotel in Pokhara

Day 9
Free day in Pokhara

There is a lot to see and experience in and around Pokhara. Today you’ll have an extra day off to spend here.

If you get up early, you can take a morning walk to Sarangkot, where you’ll be able to admire a beautiful sunrise when the weather is right.

You can also visit the beautiful Devi Falls, south of Pokhara. Other natural wonders in Pokhara are the Mahadev Guptheswor Cave and the Mahendra Cave.

The colourful old bazaar of Pokhara is also worth a visit. Or visit one of the Tibetan villages and discover why there are so many Tibetans living in Nepal.

You will spend the night in a standard hotel in Pokhara.

Day 10
Drive to Kathmandu

Today you drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu by private car.

On the way you will stop twice, including once to have lunch in a village next to the river; Malekhu.Here you can try the local catches for lunch.

After arrival in Kathmandu you can make some more visits. If it is a bit too busy for you, go and relax in the Garden of Dreams, a neoclassical garden in the beautiful middle of Kathmandu.

You will spend the night in a standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 11
Departure day

The end of your journey has come. Depending on your flight time, you may still have time to score some souvenirs or discover nice places.

At least 3 hours before the departure time of your flight, you will be picked up from the reception of your accommodation. The driver will take you to the airport.

We hope that you will take home many wonderful memories!

What's included?

  • Welcoming at the airport & transfer by private car to your hotel. Someone will go with you to help you with the check-in at your hotel.
  • Meet & greet with Chuda and/or Maaike & trekking briefing
  • 3 nights in standard hotel in Kathmandu, with breakfast
  • Transport from Kathmandu to Bandipur by private car
  • 1 night in a guesthouse in Bandipur, with breakfast
  • Transport from Bandipur to Pokhara, by private car
  • 3 nights in a standard hotel in Pokhara, with breakfast
  • Transfer by boat from Pokhara to the starting point of the trekking
  • 3 nights in teahouses during the trekking, 3 x breakfast, 3 x dinner and 3 x lunch included (drinks excl. )
  • English speaking guide during the trekking (his wages, meals, insurance and accommodation)
  • Porter for your luggage during the trekking (his wages, meals, insurance and overnight stay) - 1 porter per 2 persons - max. 18 kg
  • The necessary trekking documents
  • Transfer from end point trekking to Pokhara by private car
  • Transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu by private car
  • Airport transfer for departure flight

What's not included?

  • Visa fee of approx. 30 USD per person for 15 days: this is available upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu or in advance via the Nepalese Consulate or the Nepalese Embassy
  • Fees when visiting places of interest
  • International flight tickets Nepal: We deliberately do not include this in our price. It is easier and cheaper to book this yourself.
  • Tips for drivers, guide, porter etc..: In Nepal it is customary to give a tip. For this trip this is about € 50 per person.
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Panchase Trek

Trip Facts

  • October - May
  • 4
  • Panchase peak - 2510m
  • Easy
  • Phewa Lake / Bhadaure
  • Teahouses during trek / standard hotels
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