Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration : 5 Days
  • Start - End : Kathmandu - Pokhara
  • Highest Altitude : 2500 m
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Season : Jan-Dec
  • Activity : Trekking
  • Trip Grade : 4


Panchase Trek

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This short but beautiful trek could be a superb experience for you. We start the trip with boating in the fewa lake and climb to the famous world peace stupa for a perfect view of the lake and moutains.

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It’s an ideal trek for those who have limited time but still do not want to miss out most of the beauty of Nepal. The typical local houses, reflection of Mt. fishtail on the calm fewa Lake, wonderful world peace Stupa, Hindu temple and 180 degree mountain views, all what you might have thought of.  This short but beautiful trek could be a superb experience for you.  

Day 01 : Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu
Day 02 : Cross Fewa Lake and trek to Bhumdi (Approx:1400M) via World Peace Pagoda
Day 03 : Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang (Approx:2000M)
Day 04 : Trek to Bhadaure (Approx:1400M)
Day 05 : Trek to Naudanda drive to Pokhara.

Day 1: Drive to PKR from KTM

We leave early in the morning from Kathmandu and make our way along river valleys, pass terraced fields to Pokhara and stay overnight

Driving time: 7 hours
 

Day 2: Cross Fewa Lake and trek to Bhumdi via World Peace Pagoda.

Taking a refreshing breakfast, we sail on Fewa Lake and land on next bank. A steep uphill climb through the forest for one hour takes us to World Peace Pagoda. Positioned on the top of hill, World Peace Pagoda backgrounds Fishtail Mountain range and allows us to observe the beautiful Fewa Lake.  A Buddhist Shrine painted white, World Peace Pagoda is a gateway to our trek. Following the ridge we come to the mix forest. The walk through the forest for one hour allocates Fishtail Mountain, Pokhara valley and Fewa Lake to the North. Then we follow jeep track until Bhumdi passing by terraced fields and rivers valleys. Some 25-30 stone roofed houses of endogenous Gurung people could be seen in the village and they worships a Temple that doesn't allow women and visitors to visit. Explore the village.

Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs

Height: Bhumid 1400m.

 

Day 3: Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang.

We are still to execute a short walk on jeep track which is followed by steep ascend of stone stairway through mix forests. Most of trees in the forest are decorated by Orchid flowers. Some local species of birds can be seen. Enjoy the view of Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu range en route. A short gradual downhill walk takes us to the jeep track again. Then we follow the road until Panchase.

Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs

Height: 2000

 

Day 4: Trek to Bhadaure

We can have a mesmerized view of Sunrise and some Major Mountain Ranges like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail. We have some 1 hour steep climb on stone stairway to Panchase temple through rhododendron forest. The temple is at pinnacle with well appointed 180 degree mountain view. Another gradual descend through rhododendron forests takes us to Panchase Lake. This small pool is a sacred and hosts a holy fair annually.  The trail turns to our right with a soft gradual uphill, and another short gradual downhill through the forests brings us to the village of Bhadaure.  Bhadaure has ruling demography of Gurung people, and stoned roof houses. The village screens magnificent view over mountain.

Trekking Time: 4-5 hrs

Height: Bhadaure 1600

 

Day 5: Trek to Naudanda drive to Pokhara.

A 15 minute downhill walk through Gurung village joins the trail to off road. We walk on the road for next one hour and a gradual descend on jeep track until Naudanda. From Naudanda we take a short drive to Pokhara.

Trekking Time: 2 hrs

Driving: 1 hrs

 

 

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

Visa for Nepal

All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.

You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.

1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.

2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.

3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.

4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.


Please Note:
The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate. 


Introduction:

Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!

Where ever you choose to trek in the Himalayas there are always uphill and downhill walk as a part of journey to greet you.  Forget all the hard work which need to be done; just imagine what nature will offer you up in the high Himalayas.


What to bring:

As you are going into the high Himalayas and the weather is subjected to change anytime so warm cloths are recommended all year round.  You could leave all the unnecessary items at your hotel or contact us to be storage. Just pack all your trekking gears in one bag which will be carried by our carrier and make a small day bag for yourself to carry the things which you might need during the day and for your valuable belongings.


Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the trek:


Check list:


BODY WEAR

  • Loose comfortable T-Shirts
  • Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
  • Trousers
  • A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
  • A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
  • Water and wind proof jacket
  • Water and wind proof trousers
  • Woolen or thermal gloves
  • Sun hat and sun glasses
  • Woolen or fleece hat
  • Scarf     

 
FOOT WEAR

  •  Warm woolen socks
  • Comfortable and warm trekking boots
  • Gaiters ( if snows)


ACCESSORIES

  • A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
  • Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
  • Camera, music and books
  • Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
  • An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
  • Sleeping Bag, Down jackets
  • Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
  • WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle `      boiling/hot water
  • HEAD TORCH!
  • Batteries for camera, torch etc..
  • A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
  • Walking sticks (if needed)


Note:
These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!


INSURANCE

All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.


THE TRAILS

Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!


ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.

Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).

Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.

The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.

You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.


TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS

Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.

Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.


CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT

While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.

There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:

- Pick up any litter along the trail

- Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water  Source

- In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source

- Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests

- Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled

- Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora

- Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)