This relatively easy trek is a wonderful introduction to the Annapurna mountain region starting in Pokhara, on the shores of picturesque Lake Phewa. The trek heads southwest, then loops north into the Annapurna Conservation Area through subtropical valleys and rice fields to high ridges of rhododendron forest. The Panchase area is known for a wide variety of birds and animals.
Our trek takes us off the beaten track and offers a chance to explore the many cultures in the area, including Brahmin, Magar, and Gurung. We’ll spend a day resting in Ghaundrung, the largest Gurung village in the area. Fabulous views of Annapurna, Macchapucchare (Fishtail), and Himchuli are a highlight here.
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 : Sightseeing Cultural Day in Kathmandu
Half day sightseeing around UNESCO Bhaktapur / Kathmandu. Your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines that reflect the ancient local traditions. There is time to explore the citys and many places of interest on your own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalised. In the evening sample a delicious traditional Nepali dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03 : Drive or fly to Pokhara
Day 04 : Pokhara-Bhumdi [1520m]
Day 05 : Bhumdi-Panchase Bhanjyang [2030m]
If the weather is clear, you will have more opportunities to view the beautiful mountains along the trail. Todays trek takes us up through forest and then on to Bhanjyang, a small settlement at the foot of Panchase. From here the views over Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake are awesome. Overnight in Bhanjyang. (5-6 hours of walking)
Day 06 : Panchase Bhanjyang-Panchase Peak-Chitre [1400m]
Day 07 : Chitre-Matathanti [1200m]
Todays trek takes us past scattered villages to the village of Matathanti, where we overnight.
Day 08 : Matathanti / Ghaundrung [1940m]
Day 09 : Ghaundrung
Day 10 : Ghaundrung-Pothana [1910m]
Start off downhill to Modi Khola, crossing on a suspension bridge. The trail turns uphill to Landrung Village, where Machhapuchhre and Annapurna are visible from the trail. It's an uphill walk through woodlands to Deurali, then a gradual downhill stretch to Pothana, where we overnight. (5-6 hours walking)
Day 11 : Pothana-Pokhara [820m]
Walk to Damphus, then along the ridge to Phedi, passing rice fields and villages on the way. Then on to Pokhara. (3 hours walking); You'll have time to relax or explore the Pokhara area. Overnight stay at hotel near Lake Phewa
Day 12 : Pokhara Kathmandu
Day 13 : Kathmandu departure
Activities Lodge & Camping trek
Trip Duration 13 Days
Max. Altitude 2500 meters
Group Size Min. 2 / Max.12 + Above
Best Season Mid February to May and October to mid December.