Panchase Poonhill Trek
Overview The Panchase Poonhill Trek is a mesmerizing journey through the lush landscapes and breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna region in Nepal. This relatively short and moderate trek also offers a diverse range of natural beauty, cultural encounters, and awe-inspiring panoramas, making it a popular choice for trekkers seeking a rewarding experience. The adventure typically begins in the lakeside city of Pokhara, where trekkers are greeted with stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. From there, the trek heads towards Panchase Hill, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists, offering a unique cultural aspect to the journey.…
The Panchase Poonhill Trek is a mesmerizing journey through the lush landscapes and breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna region in Nepal. This relatively short and moderate trek also offers a diverse range of natural beauty, cultural encounters, and awe-inspiring panoramas, making it a popular choice for trekkers seeking a rewarding experience.
The adventure typically begins in the lakeside city of Pokhara, where trekkers are greeted with stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. From there, the trek heads towards Panchase Hill, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists, offering a unique cultural aspect to the journey.
As the trek progresses, the trail winds through dense rhododendron and oak forests, creating a colorful spectacle during the spring season. The region is also abundant in diverse wildlife, including various bird species and the elusive Himalayan wildlife, adding a touch of excitement to the trek.
Panchase PoonHill Trek: A Journey of Majestic Sunrises and Cultural Immersion in the Himalayas
One of the major highlights of the Panchase Poon Hill Trek is the ascent to Poon Hill, a vantage point renowned for its sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The spectacle of the sun gradually illuminating the snow-capped peaks is a truly unforgettable experience that lingers in trekkers’ memories.
Moreover, the trek presents opportunities to interact with the local ethnic communities, including Gurungs, Magars, and Brahmins, known for their warm hospitality and unique cultural traditions. Staying at teahouses along the trail, trekkers can savor traditional Nepali cuisine and gain insights into the local way of life.
The journey is relatively accessible and suitable for trekkers of all ages and experience levels. The duration of the trek is typically around 7-10 days, depending on the chosen route and pace. It offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and moderate physical challenges, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a fulfilling trekking experience in the Himalayas.
In conclusion, the Panchase Poonhill Trek is an enchanting adventure that combines breathtaking mountain views, diverse landscapes, cultural encounters, and warm hospitality, leaving trekkers with cherished memories of one of the most picturesque regions in Nepal.
- Panchase is; probably the best view point of Annapurna range near Pokhara.
- Suitable for all age group as it is an easy walk in lower Annapurna Foothills.
- Easy access from Pokhara and there are 3 different routes to start the trek.
- Low package price compared to other trekking major routes in Annapurna
Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
We take early drive/flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.). One can view green hills, beautiful valleys and some mountain views on the way. Pokhara is regarded as tourists’ paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples, etc. One can have pleasure to observe views of Phewa Taal (lake), Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Today, we trek from Pokhara to Bumdi (1525 m.). Our trek to Panchase commences from the lakeside town of Pokhara. The area around Panchase is well-known for bird watching and wildlife. After walking about 4-5 hrs, we reach Bumdi and take overnight rest at Bumdi. Bumdi is situated near Ghandruk, the largest Gurung village in the region. The village provides panoramic views of the mountains- Macchapucchare (Fishtail) Annapurna South and Himchuli.
It is our turn to trek from Bumdi to Bhanjyang (2000 m.). It takes about six hours to reach Bhanjyang from Bumdi. On the way one can enjoy the typical Gurung culture and rich bio diversity.
Trek from Bhanjyang to Tilahar (1020 m.) via Panchase (2509 m.). Trekking in this region also offers panoramic view of majestic mountains and scenic natural beauty. Overnight at Tilahar.
When the lunch is served in the camp, we commence our trek from Tilahar to Dobate (2655m.). It takes about six hours to reach our today’s destination. Overnight in the camp at Dobate.
We start our trek from Dobate to Jaljale (2975m.). On the way, one can enjoy rich bio-diversity, wild-life and unique settlement. The region is also rich its culture. Overnight rest in the camp at Jaljale.
Trek from Jaljale to Ghorepani (2856m.) via Poon Hill. It takes about five and half hours to reach the destination on normal walk. Overnight at Ghorepani.
Trek from Ghorepani to Punhill (3180 m.) to Hille (1475 m.). Punhill provides sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m.), Tukuche Peak (6920 m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847 m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m.), Annapurna South (7219 m.), Annapurna III (7855 m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525 m.), Annapurna II (7937 m.), Lamjung Himal (6931 m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast, we follow gradual descent path through rhododendron and oak forests up to Banthanti. The trail then descends to Ulleri (1960 m.), a big Gurung village from where we enjoy scenic view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. After a short trek of about 15 minutes from Tirkhedhunga, we approach Hille.
We trek from Hille to Nayapul (1050 m.) via Birethanti and drive from Nayapul to Pokhara which takes about one and half hours. Today, our trek gradually descends following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) all the way to Birethanti. Along the trail, one can have opportunity to penetrate small villages, view magnificent waterfalls and walk through the dense forests.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus. After a normal drive of seven hours, we reach Kathmandu. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal’s first Cable Car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. One can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Final Departure to home.
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast) & Other Destination Based on Trekking Area.
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Fare well dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Trekking Duffle Bag
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Bordering Kaski on the east, Parbat on the west and Syangja on the south, Panchase is considered as the highest hill of this region. Popularly known as Pancha Dham, the hill has also gained its popularity as a religious site. Hindu Pilgrimages visit Panchase in many occasions to worship god. To preserve its cultural richness and promote tourism, Panchase Development Committee has been formed recently. The rare vegetation like medicinal plants, lush green forests and wildlife deserve mention worthy. The top of Panchase offers a panoramic view of Himalayas and green valleys and terraces of midhill Nepal. It is comfortable and interesting to go to Panchase. The unique village settlement of the area is another attraction for the visitors.
This non-technical trek is suitable for the people of different walks of life. Simply, if you are fairly fit and have a little sense of adventure, no difficulties will be encountered in this trek. As the trek is designed for camping arrangement, everything is handled by our team of staff. One can enjoy closer mountain views of Annapurna Himal, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri Himal, Fishtail, Himchuli and total wilderness experience. Interacting with the local ethnical groups and experiencing untouched biodiversity is another notable attraction of this trek. This trek also offers a visit to natural heritage site and a unique opportunity for photography.
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