Panchase Trek: A Scenic Journey through Forests and Peaks

13, Jun 2023 |

In addition to the grandeur of the high peaks, the Panchase trek offers stunning views of lesser-known yet equally impressive mountains such as Machhapuchhre, Lamjung, and Gangapurna

If you're seeking a Himalayan trekking experience that offers breathtaking views without the demands of a long expedition, the Panchase trek is an ideal choice. Located near the popular town of Pokhara, this trek can be completed in just four days and is suitable for the autumn, winter, or spring seasons.

The Panchase trek is renowned for its accessibility, making it perfect for families, individuals with moderate fitness levels, or those looking for a more relaxed trekking experience. With daily treks lasting approximately three to four hours, there is ample time to soak in the natural beauty, capture stunning photographs, and immerse oneself in the tranquility of the surrounding villages.

One of the major highlights of the Panchase trek is the opportunity to witness spectacular panoramic views of renowned peaks, including Dhaulagiri, Lamjung, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, and the majestic Annapurna Himal. These awe-inspiring vistas can be savored from various points along the trail as well as from the summit of Panchase Hill, which stands at an elevation of 2,500 meters. As you traverse the Panchase area, you'll have the chance to experience the authentic rural life of the local Gurung and Brahman communities. The villages along the route provide glimpses into the rich cultural heritage of Nepal, allowing trekkers to engage with the warm-hearted locals and gain insight into their daily lives.

The trek also leads you through beautiful forests, classified as protected forest areas and known for their remarkable biodiversity. Keep an eye out for the vibrant orchid species, with over 100 varieties gracing the region. The lush greenery and serene ambiance of the forests create a serene backdrop for your journey.

In addition to the grandeur of the high peaks, the Panchase trek offers stunning views of lesser-known yet equally impressive mountains such as Machhapuchhre, Lamjung, and Gangapurna. These lesser-known gems add an extra layer of charm to the trek, showcasing the diverse natural wonders of the region.


Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Escape the Kathmandu Valley's incredible sights by hopping on a plane and venturing to the captivating city of Pokhara. Discover the beauty of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, stroll along the serene shores of Phewa Lake, and embark on thrilling adventures, all within a day of unforgettable exploration.


Day 2: Boat across Phewa Tal, hike to Shanti Stupa, continue to Bumdi

Embark on a delightful adventure, starting with a scenic boat ride across the serene Phewa Lake. From there, hike up to the renowned Shanti Stupa, an iconic symbol of peace. As you venture further along the trail, immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the forest and pass through the charming village of Lukum Swara, inhabited by Gurung and Brahman communities. Your day concludes at Bumdi village, where you can witness the authentic rural lifestyle of the locals.


Day 3: Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang

During the journey through the enchanting forest, breathtaking mountain vistas will intermittently grace the path. Look out for magnificent peaks such as Lamjung, Gangapurna, Machhapucchare, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu, which your knowledgeable guide will readily identify. The forests as traversed are a treasure trove of diverse flora and fauna, with vibrant birdlife, playful monkeys, delicate orchids, and a myriad of plants. If you're fortunate to visit in the spring, you may witness the vibrant bloom of Nepal's national flower, the rhododendron. The day concludes with a gentle ascent to Panchase Bhanjyang.

Day 4: Early morning summit of Panchase Peak (2,500 m/8,202 ft.) and trek to Bhadaure

At the break of dawn, embark on an ascent up the stone steps, approximately 500 meters, to reach the pinnacle of Panchase Peak. The early start promises breathtaking sunrise views. As you stand at the highest point of the trek, a magnificent panorama of the mountains unfolds before your eyes, revealing the awe-inspiring beauty that had been teasing you along the journey. Enjoy a delightful breakfast at the summit before leisurely descending for the remainder of the day, eventually reaching Bhadaure, where you will spend the night.


Day 5: Trek to Naudanda, drive to Pokhara

As you continue your trek, the path takes a gentle descent, following a well-trodden jeep trail that leads through picturesque villages. Passing through these charming settlements, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and witness the daily lives of the villagers. Upon reaching Naudanda, the trekking trail converges with the road, and at this point, transportation will be arranged to drive you back to Pokhara, concluding your memorable journey through this captivating region.

The Best Season to Travel

While Nepal's peak trekking seasons of autumn and spring are widely regarded as ideal, the Panchase trek offers a unique opportunity for winter exploration. With its moderate elevation and lower altitude, this trek is well-suited for the winter months. In fact, December and January bring excellent mountain views to the Pokhara region, making it an enticing option for winter trekkers. So, whether you embark on this adventure during the popular seasons or embrace the tranquility of winter, the Panchase Trek promises awe-inspiring experiences throughout the year.


The Annapurna Conservation Permit is US$20 per person

TIMS Trekker’s Permit, US$10 per person

photo credit: KimKim, Tibetan EncounterWilderness Excursion

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