Panchase Trek is a short and easy camping trek that lies in the west of Pokhara. This is a magnificent trek in Nepal that starts and ends in the attractive ‘City of Lakes’ Pokhara. The highest altitude of Panchase trekking is about 2500m high above sea level. This trekking provides you with magnificent mountain views like Annapurna Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, Manaslu Himal, Ganesh Himal, Fishtail (Machhapuchhre), Himchuli, and other peaks while you are hiking along the Panchase trail. There are awesome attractions on this trip. This trek also provides you with lovely villages and mid-hill cultural life experiences. This is also a typical family trip when you can hike with your children watched over & supported by our highly experienced crews. Panchase is one of the most popular short treks in Nepal.
Panchase Trek‘s Trails follows up and down on the hills with paddy fields, forest, and grassland. The route is pretty tough for trekkers heading up to Ghorepani. Panchase trek is a famous destination that lies in the Annapurna region but most backpackers are unaware of this trek. Panchase Bhanjyang is the highest point of this trek from where we can able to see the most stunning views of hills, Kusma Bazaar, and Pokhara (The city of Lakes). During this trek, watching birds is the most eye-catching scene. Sometimes, you need to walk for about five to seven hours. In fact, this trek is a combined travel package that provides tours and trekking experience in a single trip. This trek also provides opportunities for some great photography.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu(1300m/4264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing (4-6hrs)
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (6-7hrs drive).
Day 04: Pokhara to Kande by drive and trek to Bhadaure (1670M)/3hrs
Day 05: Bhadaure to Panchase Bhanjyang (2065M) / 4hrs walk
Day 06: Panchase Bhanjyang to Bhumdi (1520M) / 4.5hrs walk
Day 07: Bhumdi to Pokhara via Peace Pagoda / 5hrs walk
Day 08: Pokhara to Kathmandu by drive / 7hrs drive
Day 09: Departure Day.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
One of the representatives from HSA will pick you up from the International airport and take you to your hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
You will proceed on to Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square or Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Swayambhunath Stupa after breakfast in the morning. Swayambhunath is said to be more than 2000 years old, is perched on a hillock 77 meters above the valley floor, and offers a bird’s eye view of Kathmandu City. Tour of Patan is known as Lalitpur or the “city of beauty” and is the oldest city in the valley. A great center both for the Newari Buddhist religion and traditional arts & crafts with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara (900 mtr)
Our trekking staff will receive you at the hotel at around 6:30 am and take you to the tourist bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:00 am. Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, and Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 4: Pokhara to Kande by drive and trek to Bhadaure (1670M) / 1hrs drive & 3 hrs walk / Overnight at the lodge.
Day 5: Bhadaure to Panchase Bhanjyang (2065M) / 4hrs walk / Overnight at lodge
Day 6: Panchase Bhanjyang to Bhumdi (1520M) / 4.5hrs walk / Overnight at lodge
Day 7: Bhumdi to Pokhara via Peace Pagoda / 5hrs walk
Day 8: Pokhara to Kathmandu by drive / 7hrs drive / Overnight at mountain lodge. After breakfast, commence your return journey back to Kathmandu.
Day 9: Departure Day.
Our Driver will depart you at International Airport to connect the international flight.
- Airport Drop and Pick up.
- 3 – Star Category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara including Breakfast.
- Teahouses/Lodge accommodation including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek.
- Farewell dinner at the end.
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu world heritage sites.
- Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu transportation by Tourist bus.
- An experienced English – speaking trekking guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers :1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging.
- Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure Duffel Bag
- All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Trekking permit).
- All government and local taxes.
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara 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 Pokhara(and also in the case of early return 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
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also, understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
Important Documents And Items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
- Bandana or headscarf,
- Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
- Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Prescription sunglasses (if required)
- Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket
- Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
- 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
- 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
- 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
- Non-cotton underwear briefs
- 1 pair of Hiking shorts
- 1 pair of Hiking trousers
- 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
- 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
- 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
- 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
- Cotton socks (optional)
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
SleepingRucksack And Travel Bags
- 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
- 1 large duffel bag
- A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
- Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
- 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
- Small, personal first-aid kit.
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
- Water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Female hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti-bacterial handwash
What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me ?
This trek is suitable for any Age of people thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey.
Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay a deposit later or do I Have to pay a deposit at booking/reservation ?
Yes ! The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and a 30% deposit payment. You can pay the balance of the money when you arrive in Kathmandu.
Will somebody come to pick me up from the airport upon my arrival ?
Yes, our airport representative from himalayan Sanctuary adventure will be there to greet you at the airport. They will be displaying your name outside the arrival terminal than you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight.
What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu, Pokhara and in trekking ?
We use standard rooms at 2- star Category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara including Breakfast . Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We recommend you to have sleeping bags, it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. In teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.
Where do we go to toilet along the trail ?
Wherever possible we utilize the toilet facilities provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail. However, in case of emergency trekkers are recommended to find a private, scenic spot!
What is the best season for this trekking ?
Our trekking season extends March, April, May and August, September , October, November. By the end of September through to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November is the best time .
Is the food in the mountain prepared to international standard in terms of safety ?
Yes, the food is very safe during the trekking but we recommend you to eat vegetarian and local food.
What if I am very sick in the mountain ?
Guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and the situation of every client. During the time of emergency, our guides are alert and keep updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when the client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.
Can I obtain a visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport ?
Yes, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.
How much additional money do I need per day ?
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 20 to USD 30 per person a day will be enough to buy meals, bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.
Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking ?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains
What mode of transportation do you use ?
We provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private Private vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans, tourist bus to and from Kathmandu/ Pokhara.
Is water provided and is there water for drinking available at higher altitudes ? Is it filtered/boiled ?
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and tea houses so can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 to USD 3 per litter. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.
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