Panchase Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Panchase Trekking is comparatively one of the easy and short trekking of the Annapurna region – a scenic trekking route which lies beyond the valley of Pokhara (the most phenomenal city in Nepal at an altitude of 2500 meters above the sea level). This Panchase area is one of the untouched region and typical culture and the standard of living of the people here are completely different than you have had experienced.

This trekking offers you the splendid view of the Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Machapuchre (Fishtail - 6993 m), Lamjung Himal (6932 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and several other peaks above 6000 meters.

On the trials of Panchase Trek, we also get to observe one of the finest crystal flawless lake, stormy rivers with deep gorges, Tibetan abbeys, and charming villages colonized by humble and sociable ethnic people of Brahmin, Magar, and Gurung communities - rich with their cultures and customs. The area within is also one of the standard religious site, where ample of Hindu Pilgrims visit during the festivals.

Our Panchase trekking starts from a scenic flight to Pokhara and on the next day, we will start our trek to Thundo Khola where we will be setting our camp to stay overnight. From this point, we get the amazing views of Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Annapurna ranges and Fishtail Mountain. The next day - we will be heading towards the Panchase Bhanjyang at 7100 feet - one of uppermost point of our trek, where you will be observing supreme exquisite views of mountains, hills, Kusma Bazar (one of the small market of this region) from this high point.

Finally, our trek comes to the end at Ghandruk passing from Pothana - Dhampus crossing over the paddy meadows and villages reaching Phedi and then taking a private vehicle to Pokhara. We then rest for a while and in Pokhara, we visit the most fabulous Phewa lake - one of the astonishing lake, Davis fall, Mahendra cave and Sarangkot hill, from where you get to view the complete Annapurna ranges. There are other recreational activities like Paragliding, Bungee jumping, etc. you can experience if you wish in Pokhara.

This trekking can be done best in the month of March-May & September-December but also anytime according to your wish. Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) have options for you to change the day to day itinerary if it does not fit your vacation, can be minimized as well as prolonged as per your wish. Panchase trekking is one of the easy trekking which can be even done with your family members guided by our specially trained guide/trekking leader. For further details about this trek, please feel free to contact or email us.

 

ITINARARY

 



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 the hotel. In the evening, you can walk around the lakeside and enjoy the sight of Phewa lake. After dinner, the overnight stay will be in the hotel.

Meals: Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Pokhara.


Day 2 - Trek to Bumdi

In the morning - we will be boating in the Phewa lake and get to the shore of another 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 on 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge or Camp.


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. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Camp.


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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Camp.


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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Camp.


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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge or Camp.


Day 7 - Trek to Ghorepani

Today’s journey will start with a decent 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge or Camp.


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 unique shades of colors to the peaks and sky 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge or Camp.


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.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Pokhara.


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.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.



 

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke Inn or similar) and A 3 Star Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Standard lodges/tea houses 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 in the group
  • All necessary paperwork 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

TRIP INFO



Hotel and Lodge on Panchase Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) arranges it’s best for comfortable and pleasant accommodation and also provides you nourished hygienic food. We will be staying at the standard hotel (rating of 2 – 3 Star) in Kathmandu whereas, in the remote areas, we will be staying at a tea house or a local lodge. We can also arrange luxurious rooms from 4 – 5 Star hotels in the cities with an additional charge but the remote mountainous regions have no such facilities.

Tea houses and local lodges in the remote region will have a usual bed with usual mattress and a pillow. Only a few of them have electricity but the rest rely on lanterns or candles lights. Booking of the room is done prior to the starting of the trek. If in case we are not able to book the room in advance, we can book it upon reaching there as these areas have ample of lodges and tea houses. If for some reason, we aren’t able to book a lodge/teahouse - we can easily set a camp which will be the most adventurous part of the trek itself.



Food and Drinks for PanchaseTrekking:

GHHT focuses on client’s safety and health and gives it the foremost priority. We make sure that each and every client get the same portion of clean, hygienic and nourishing food which is a very necessary - especially while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. But in the city, either breakfast or dinner is included. Please go through the detailed itinerary for each day to see which meals are included. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served in the same lodge where we spend overnight and our expert trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination.

Normal water will be provided free of cost but we suggest you carry water purification pills to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses, but the expense should be paid by the client as it is not included in the package.



Best Seasons:

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend the clients not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.



Luggage/Backpack on the Trek:

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary during your trek. Gears and clothes not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal do not allow more than 15 kg including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge will cover that up but isn’t included in our package.



Guide/Porter on Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team provides honest porters and well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. The porter will be carrying up to 10 kg luggage of each client. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 10 people - an additional guide will be provided and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group. 



Group Size, and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges Panchase trek with a minimum of a single client to a maximum of 12 in a group. The larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups into two or more according to the number of people. However, although you might be staying in the same lodge - but during your trek - you might be having a different guide.



Personal Expenses on Trek:

Personal expenses totally depend upon how extravagant are you in nature. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot shower (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, entrance fee (around US $ 25 ) for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals in Kathmandu (around US $ 5-7), tips for driver, guide and porters, etc. Tips to the guides, porter or any other members are not mandatory. You can tip them if you are satisfied with their service.



Available Gears/Equipment:

Trekking equipment is readily available in the stores of Kathmandu at a very reasonable price or it can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. So, you don’t have to buy or carry from your hometown.



A Usual Day on Trek:

These are the approximate guidelines for a trek on each day which may differ according to the itinerary or schedule or your pace while trekking. 

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.



Greetings at the Airport:

After booking and confirming your Panchase trek with us, we suggest you flow all the information such as - your number of days of stay, departure date, returning date, & international flight details (arrival time, flight number). After getting this information, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team can easily pick you up from the airport on time.

After you complete the formalities of the airport and come to the exit gate, you can spot GHHT member holding a placard of your name or GHHT waiting outside the terminal. After meeting and greetings, we will transfer you to the hotel in our private car. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.



Changes in the Itinerary:

Our regular itinerary of the Panchase Trek is 10 days unless you have customized it.  The itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These 10 days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also may have an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.



Safety Measures:

Client’s safety is our main priority and we make sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. If the condition is serious – we will use the rescue helicopter to take you to the nearest hospital while all the expenses will be carried out by the travel insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

 

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

 



Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary.

The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments. 



 

If you have any other questions or want to inquire more, please feel free to email or contact us.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

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

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Duration: 10 Days

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Activities: Sightseeing, Hiking, Excursion & Trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Lodge and Camping

Country: Nepal

Region: Annapurna

Price: USD 1,085

Group size: Min 1 pax

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec