Panchase Danda Trek -04 Days

Panchase Danda Trek  -04 Days

Panchase Danda Trek is an ideal way to explore the area around Pokhara for those short on time or relatively new to trekking, without missing out on the amazing views over the surrounding mountains or the experience of village life!

Panchase is a moderate hill located in the west of Pokhara valley rim. With an elevation of 2500m and on off the beaten path, it is a perfect destination for the taste of great hiking experience in Nepal. Culturally and traditionally, it is an important area for pilgrimage, sacred shrines, lake, stupas and caves. At the same time this area is also rich in flora and fauna that hosts numerous species of wild orchid including two endemic, rhododendrons and herbal plants with several species of birds and butterflies and mammals.

Panchase Danda Trek
Panchase Danda Trek

Panchase hill is also famous for the view of longest chain of mountain that includes Dhaulagiri peaks in the west and Gorkha Himal in the east with stunning peaks, Annapurna, Machhapuchhare, Lamjung and Manaslu.

You can also visit the wonderful, “World Peace Stupa” ridge on the way, that, that also offer a beautiful view of lake Phewa and Annapurna range.

Your trek starts in style with a gentle boat trip across Lake Phewa to take you to the start point, where a short climb will be rewarded with stunning views out across the Annapurnas, Machhapuchhare (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri and Manaslu, which will form the backdrop to much of the trek. The trail will take you up to the World Peace Pagoda, through the forest where you can see the flora and fauna of Nepal and past a number of villages where you can experience the daily lives of the local people. It takes you up to an elevation of 2500m on the summit of Panchase hill, from which (if you are willing to get up early enough!) you can see a stunning sunrise over the snowy Himalayan peaks.

Panchase-Danda Trek

Know more about Panchase Danda Trek

Highest point: 2500m (summit)

This is a camping trek where we use the spacious camping tents and other gears, though for small number of people homestay style can be also arranged.

The trek starts right after the dam side of lake Phewa in Pokhara and ends towards the lake side only. The normal duration in average is 5-6 hrs but it entirely depends on many other things. Every day the trek start after breakfast with lunch in the mid-day and camping before the evening.

What to expect
The trek in on off the beaten path, perfect destination for the taste of great hiking experience in Nepal. Culturally and traditionally, it is an important area for pilgrimage.  Also area is rich in flora and fauna that hosts numerous species of wild orchid including two endemic, rhododendrons and herbal plants with several species of birds and butterflies and mammals.

Panchase hill is also famous for the view of longest chain of mountain that includes Dhaulagiri peaks in the west and Gorkha Himal in the east with stunning peaks, Annapurna, Machhapuchhare, Lamjung and Manaslu.

When to do this hiking!
This hike can be done any time of the year. The mountain views may be missing during the months of July and August but its always great hiking experience in this natural forest with cultural experience.

Level of trek
Easy to moderate though it can be strenuous briefly for some hiker/s but is suitable for all types of people apart from the people with chronic health problem

OUTLINE ITINERARY ( Pokhara to Pokhara) 
Day 1: Boat across Lake Phewa, Trek to Bumdi [1520m]
Day 2: Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang [2065m]
Day 3: Trek to Bhadaure [1670m]
Day 4: Trek to Naudanda [1515m], drive to Pokhara [800m]

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Boat across Lake Phewa, Trek to Bumdi [1520m] From Pokhara, a short boat trip across the beautiful Phewa Lake will take you to the start of the trek. The first climb through the forest will take you up to the steps leading to the World Peace Pagoda. This Buddhist stupa is one of over 80 Peace Pagodas worldwide, built in an attempt to unite people from all over the world and promote world peace. As well as being an impressive sight in itself, from this vantage point you also get stunning views over mountains, Phewa Lake and the city below. After a chance to wander round this truly peaceful stupa, you continue down through the forest on small walking trails, before climbing back up to join an open jeep trail snaking round the hill, which will take you through the village of Lukum Swara. The final climb of today takes you up to Bumdi village, home to Gurung and Brahman people,where you will spend the night and can learn more about these cultures.

Accommodation: Camping and teahouse options available
Approx Walking Time: 3 hours
Distance: 10km

Day 2: Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang [2065m] After a short climb to really wake you up, the track continues through beautiful forest where you can see mountains regularly peeking out between the trees. Today is a great day for nature-lovers, as the path winds amongst diverse trees and plants and you can hear the birds above – you may even catch a glimpse of a monkey! Emerging from the trees briefly at Thulunchour you then continue under the cover of the forest until the path joins a dirt road, from which you can see panoramic views of the mountains. These include the Annapurnas, Lamjung, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) as well as three peaks over 8,000m: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manalsu, in the distance. Continuing along the jeep trail takes you gently uphill to Panchase Bhanjyang. Similar to last night’s stay, this village is home to Gurung and Brahman people.

Accommodation: Camping and teahouse options available Approx Walking Time: 4 hours Distance: 10.5km

Day 3: Trek to Bhadaure [1670m] This morning you climb the stone steps up to Panchase peak at almost 2,500m, the highest point of your trek. From here you will again be rewarded with stunning views over the mountains, and there is the option of getting up extra early to ascend to this point in time for sunrise! After catching your breath and taking in your surroundings, you descend down the far side of the hill to Alldanda. This afternoon consists of a gentle walk down to your campsite, with regular views of the mountains above and villages below. The campsite is situated just above the town of Bhadaure, where you can experience a mix of cultures as there are a range of residents including Gurung, Kami and Brahman.

Accommodation: Camping and teahouse options available Approx Walking Time: 3 hours Distance: 7.5km

Day 4: Trek to Naudanda [1515m], drive to Pokhara [800m] Today starts with a descent down the stone steps to the town of Bhadaure, and continue on to the jeep trail that takes you across a small stream and through regular villages, where you will get the chance to interact with locals and children will ask for chocolate! On reaching Naudanda the trail will rejoin the highway and your car will be waiting to pick you up and drive you back to the quiet city of Pokhara in time for lunch on ‘Lakeside’!

Approx Walking Time: 2 hours Distance: 6.5km

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