Panchase Trekking is one of the comparatively easy and a short trekking in the Annapurna region which is one of the scenic trek which lies on the beyond of the pokhara valley which is the most phenomenal city in Nepal at an altitude of 2500 meter raise above the sea level. This area is one of the untouched and typical cultures and the standard of living are completely different where you get to experience the different types of cultures.
This trekking offers you the splendid view of the Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Machapuchre (fishtail)6, 993 meter, Lamjung Himal6932m, Dhaulagiri8,167 meter and other including peaks above 6000meter. Also get to observe one of the finest crystal flawless lakes, stormy rivers with deep gorges, Tibetan abbeys, and charming villages colonized by humble and sociable ethnic people of Brahman, Magar, and Gurung rich with their culture and custom. It is also a standard religion site where ample of Hindu Pilgrim visit during the festivals.
This trekking starts from the airstrip to the pokhara and on next day we will start our trek to Thundo Khola where we will be setting our camp to stay at night. From here we get the amazing views ofGanesh Himal, Himalchuli, Manaslu, Annapurna range and Fishtail Mountain. Next days we will be heading towards the Panchase Bhanjyang at 7100 feet which is one of uppermost point where you will be observing supreme exquisite views of mountains, hills, Kusma Bazar (one of the small market of this region). Finally our trek come to the end at Ghandruk to Pothana-dhampus and passing over the paddy meadows and villages we will reach Phedi and take a private vehicle to Pokhara and rest for a while and visit the most fabulous phewa lake one of the astonishing lake, Davis fall, Mahendra cave and sarangkot where you get to view the complete Annapurna ranges and also there is other recreational activities like Paragliding, bungee jumping etc. where you can experience this activities if you want.
This trekking can be done in the month of March through May & September through December. There is no such precise month you can do this trek an anytime according to your wish.
Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) gives ample of facilities like if this day to day itinerary does not fit we can change it and even can be minimized as well as prolonged as your wish. This trekking is one of the easy trekking which can done even with your family members with our special trained guides and trekking leader. For further details about this trek you can go through our website or contact us either email us.
Day 1 - Drive to Pokhara
On day first, you will be taken to Pokhara from Kathmandu by a bus or a light vehicle. The road goes along the banks of Trishuli river passing through Kurintar, Muglin to join the banks of Marsyangdi River. We will stop for lunch somewhere near Muglin. After reaching Damauli, we will drive for some time along the banks of Seti river to finally reach Pokhara. It will take about seven hours for the drive. En route, you can observe terraced fields, village settlements, beautiful landscapes and forests. Once you reach Pokhara, you will be transferred to a hotel. In the evening, you can walk around the lakeside and enjoy the sight of Phewa lake. After dinner, overnight stay will be in the hotel.
Day 2 - Trek to Bumdi
In the morning we will be boating in the Phewa lake and get to the other side. Our trek starts from here. First we walk to the World Peace Stupa. It is one of the 80 peace stupas built to promote peace all over the world. From there, the views of Pokhara city below and peaks above are remarkable. We will continue to walk through the forest as the trail goes up and down across the village of Lukum Swara until we reach Bumdi. We will walk for about five hours in the first day of trekking. It is a small village of mixed Gurung and Brahman communities situated at an altitude of 1525 meters. We will either find a lodge to stay or camp outside.
Day 3 - Trek to Bhanjyang
We continue to walk through the forest on the third day. We will be enjoying the sights of birds in the forests and even small wildlife creatures such as monkeys can be seen. After we reach a place called Thulochaur, that means ‘big ground’, we can see a number of peaks such as Annapurnas, Lamjung, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and Manalsu. After five hours of walk, we will reach an altitude of 2000 meters at the village of Panchase Bhanjyang. It’s another village of Brahmin and Gurung communities. We will find a suitable place to camp overnight.
Day 4 - Climb Panchase hill and trek to Tilahar
Today will be an interesting day. We will finally climb the Panchase Hill, the main highlight of this trip. You can enjoy the views of mountains and natural landscapes from the altitude of 2509 meters. Then we will have a sharp descent to Tilahar at 1020 meters altitude. It will take six hours to reach Tilahar. Overnight stay will be in our camps.
Day 5 - Trek to Dobate
From the lower altitude of 1020 meters at Tilahar, we will again ascend on this day gaining significant altitude by the end of the day. It will be a relatively tough day. We will be walking for about six hours, mostly uphill. By the end of the day, we reach Dobate. It is situated at an altitude of 2655 meters. After reaching Dobate, tents will be set up nearby for camping overnight.
Day 6 - Trek to Jaljale
It will be a relatively easier walk on this day from Dobate. We will walk through few settlements and forest with lush vegetation without acquiring much in altitude. The walk will last about five hours. The destination for this day is Jaljale. It is located at 2975 meters altitude, nearly at the same level as the yesterday’s resting point.
Day 7 - Trek to Ghorepani
Today’s journey will start with a descent and after crossing a wooden bridge the trail will go up to Bhanzham village. We will pass through a forest of fir, rhododendron and oak trees and more villages like Lhi and Shoyo on the way. Tibetan culture is seen in the stupas, monasteries and mani walls in these villages. On the hill there is Ripum Gompa, a Buddhist monastery. From the hill, we can have views of Mt Manaslu and Mt Fishtail. Moving further, we will pass Shyala village while enjoying views of more mountains and finally reach an altitude of 3480 meters in Samagaon village, today’s stopping point. It’s a nice village along a river and offers a beautiful sunset view.
Day 8 - Climb Poon Hill, Trek to Hile
In the morning, we will climb Poonhill early so that we don’t miss the spectacular sunrise view. It’s one of the best places in Nepal to enjoy sunrise view where the lights paint a unique shades of colors to the peaks and skye that can be seen from the height of 3180 meters. After the beautiful sunrise view, we will head towards Hile. We will walk through the forests of oak and rhododendron through the villages of Banthanti, Ulleri and Tirkhedhung.. It will take about five hours to reach Hile which is at 1475 meters altitude.
Day 9 - Trek to Birethanti to Nayapul
In the last day of trekking, you walk along the bank of Bhurung stream until you reach Birethanti. It is famous for the local fresh fish. Few settlements and a waterfall will be crossed in the way to reach Nayapul. Nayapul is the end point for this trekking program at the altitude of 1050 meters. Our vehicle will be ready to pick us from Nayapul and take us back to Pokhara. Overnight stay will be in a hotel.
Day 10 - Drive to Kathmandu
This will be the final day of our program. Unless you have other plans, we will drive to Kathmandu via Damauli, Muglin and Kurintar. It will take six to seven hours to reach Kathmandu depending on the road, weather and traffic conditions. Once again, the drive will be along the fields, settlements, beautiful houses and banks of Seti , Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers. The trip ends after we reach Kathmandu.
INCLUDES & EXCLUDES
What is included?
- All the transportation between airport and hotel
- 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard) and 2 night in a 3 star hotel in pokhara with breakfast
- 7 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu and Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
- All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
- An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- All government and local taxes
What is not included?
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- 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
Hotel and Lodge:
Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.
Meals and Drinks:
We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.
Best Season to Travel:
The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.
Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.
Guide/Porter on Trek:
We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group.
Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:
Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides.
Personal Expenses on Trek:
Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.
Gears Available in Kathmandu:
For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.
A Typical Day on Trek:
On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.
Our Greetings at Airport:
We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:
Our usual itinerary of the trek is 10 days which is main customary and pragmatic. In this 10 days itinerary it has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.
Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of. If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.
Booking and Payment:
For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable. The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.
An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas
hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014
We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.
Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.
Visited October 2015