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A detailed guide to the Panchase trek, Annapurna region

A detailed guide to the Panchase trek, Annapurna region

The Panchase trek is an off the crushed path Three-day hike by way of the agricultural areas and plush inexperienced forest within the Annapurna area. It’s a average troublesome trek with the very best level at 2500m which suggests no prior acclimatization is required. The Panchase trek provides lovely surroundings and an genuine expertise of staying with locals. This hike is a superb choice to do as an acclimatization hike earlier than going to Annapurna Nationwide park.

Panchase trek information

  • Distance – 44,5 km/27,6 mi
  • Time required – Three days
  • Start line – Pokhara, Lakeside. As an choice you possibly can take a ship from Pokhara to the World Peace pagoda and begin strolling from there.
  • Ending level – Kande (the trek may be achieved both method)
  • Highest level – Panchase peak (2500m)
  • Complete elevation achieve (over Three days) – 2762m
  • Complete elevation loss (over Three days) – 1834m
  • Lodging – tea homes/home-stays
  • Meals – momos, chapati, rice, dal

Permits – no particular permits or TIM playing cards required. Word! On the info workplace we have been advised that should you go to Kande you want a allow; technically it’s situated contained in the Nationwide park the truth is no one checks permits there, you’ll be able to go as much as Australian camp with no allow.

Route choices on the Panchase trek 

At the start we have been a bit confused on totally different routes advised on-line some websites saying the route begins and finishes at Kande (it’s a return 2-day hike), some that it begins at World Peace Temple. We checked a map and determined to start out proper from our lodge in Lakeside (Pokhara). The path shouldn’t be actually marked however utilizing an offline navigation software on my telephone (Maps.me) we had no drawback discovering the best way. A number of lodging and meals choices can be found alongside the route. It’s completely as much as you the place you need to begin and to complete, since we don’t like strolling to and again the identical means we thought-about the loop route as a greater choice, plus the half from Kande to Bhadaure (5 km) is alongside a mud street beneath development with some vans and street working machines it’s not probably the most lovely a part of the trek.

Beginning in Pokhara/ending at Kande – it’s all the time nice when you’ll be able to simply stroll out of your lodge and begin mountaineering. It doesn’t take lengthy to get out of the town to the agricultural space after which to the forest.  Complete distance – 44,5 km/27,6 mi. Elevation achieve – 2762m, elevation loss – 1834m. It’s attainable to make the primary day a bit shorter by taking a ship from Lakeside to the World Peace pagoda. 

Beginning at Kande/ending in Pokhara – it’s the identical route simply walked different method round, the primary distinction of this route choice is that you simply’ll have much less ascend and extra descend, 1834m up towards 2762m down. Complete distance – 44,5 km/27,6 mi.

Beginning and ending at Kande – it’s the simplest route choice although you stroll to and again the identical approach and as I discussed above 10 km/6,2 mi out of will probably be on the dust street. Complete distance – 30,2 km/18,7 mi. Elevation achieve = elevation loss – 1706m.

Beginning at Kande/ending at Ghatichina – the shortest route choice for those who don’t need to return the identical means is to stroll to Ghatichina and from there take a bus to Pokhara. Complete distance – 26 km/16 mi. We have been considering of taking this path to get again to Pokhara from Panchase as an alternative of going to Kande in case of rain.

Sunrise, Panchase peakAssembly dawn on the prime of Panchase Hill

Sensible info for the trek

The route is poor/not marked we and different fellow trekkers we met on the route used Maps.me offline navigation app and it labored nice, it was fairly straightforward to seek out the climbing path. Day-after-day we discover the ending level and it gave us the most effective strolling choice of getting there, typically on the best way we did see some route marking and indicators.

No permits wanted for this trek on the map you’ll be able to see that Kande is situated inside Annapurna Nationwide park however you continue to don’t want permits to entry that space.

Tea homes on the route have electrical energy and energy retailers keep in mind to cost your telephone each night time you’ll use it lots for navigation.

Panchase trek value*

*for 2 individuals

Day 1

  • Snacks – NRP 100/US$1
  • Lodging + meals (meals was included within the worth) – NRP 1600/US$14

Day 2

  • Meals (lunch, dinner, tea) – NRP 1600/US$14
  • Lodging – NRP 300/US$2,6

Day Three

  • Meals (breakfast) – NRP 600/US$5,Three
  • Transport (bus Kande – Pokhara) – NRP 300/US$2,6 (150 per individual)

Complete: NRP 4500/US$40 for Three days/two individuals

Word! We had LifeStraw water filter so we might use faucet water for consuming, we didn’t purchase water on the trek. Should you’re going to purchase water add about NRP 150-200/US$1-2 pp. to the price range. A one liter bottle prices often about NRP 25, at Panchase the worth is NRP 100/US$1 per bottle.

Pokhara from the top of the hill, Panchase trekPokhara and Phewa lake from the World Peace pagoda on the Panchase trek

Problem degree

Some sources say it’s a simple trek appropriate for households with youngsters and aged individuals we don’t assume so, it’s not probably the most troublesome hike within the area the very best level is 2500m nevertheless it’s not that straightforward contemplating many steep ascend and descends on the route and remoteness of the world. I’d say it’s 5 out of 10 problem.

Guided tour or unbiased trek

Guided tour prices from US$400 per individual vs US$20 pp. that we spent on the trek  and the truth that you pay extra doesn’t imply you’ll get higher lodging or meals it’s very possible you’ll get the identical, you simply pay additional for somebody to rearrange the trek for you and naturally for a information and a porter. The primary problem of the Panchase trek is poor route marking – a information right here is perhaps fairly useful however with Maps.me app we didn’t have any drawback of discovering the correct method. It’ll be cheaper to discover a porter/a information that is aware of the route than shopping for a tour package deal.

Day 1. Pokhara, Lakeside – Pumdi, 10 km

Lakeside (809m) – World Peace pagoda (1100m) – Pumdi (1300m), 10 km/6,2 mi

  • Distance – 10 km/6,2 mi
  • Start line – Lakeside, Pokhara
  • Ending level – Pumdi
  • Complete ascend – 644m
  • Complete descend – 163m
  • Strolling time – 3h20min.

Panchase trek route map. Day 1 Lakeside - PumdiPanchase trek route map. Day 1 Lakeside – Pumdi, 10 km

We began strolling from our lodge with a fast cease on the Tourism Info workplace on the best way. We have been hoping to get a map however they didn’t have one, asking something concerning the route was pointless as they didn’t have a clue so we simply discovered Pumdi on Maps.me and adopted the instructed strolling route. It appeared to be fairly correct because it took us away from the street to the forest path, previous World Peace temple to Pumdi. The route just isn’t marked in any respect having an offline navigation  app was tremendous useful. There have been a number of vacationers on the route and many individuals on the temple so it felt fairly protected to stroll within the space.

As an choice you possibly can take a ship from Pokhara to and from the pier stroll to the World Peace temple, it should make your strolling day half shorter, about 5 km in complete however you’ll nonetheless need to climb all the best way to the temple from the pier (it’ll be fairly a steep climb).

Day 1 of Panchase trek; Pokhara to PumdiElevation profile of Day 1 of the Panchase trek; Pokhara to Pumdi

Challenges

  • Steep and lengthy ascend from Pokhara (809m) to Pumdi (1300m)

Highlights

  • The World Peace pagoda
  • Lovely views from the highest of the hill over Pokhara, Phewa lake and the encompassing

Stops on the route

The World Peace pagoda, 5,5 km/Three,four mi from Lakeside. There are a few restaurant/espresso outlets the place you can get meals or purchase snacks and water. At Elite cafe you possibly can even get a correct Espresso or Cappuccino. Every thing a bit costlier than in Pokhara; lassi – NRP 200/US$1,7, espresso –  from NRP 150/US$1,Three, water NRP 25-30/US$zero,30. I’d recommend to cease right here for lunch meals choices in Pumdi are fairly restricted. 

Pumdi, a small rural village visited by only a few vacationers so individuals right here don’t actually converse English and usually are not used to see foreigners.

  • Tea homes – sure however there are not any indicators you need to ask locals, they’ll take you to certainly one of them, we discovered it instantly.
  • Outlets – sure, one or two small outlets that promote water, snacks, sweets and funky drinks.
  • Bus cease – sure, we noticed an area bus stopping right here, I assume it goes to Pokhara or one other biggish city close by.

Residence keep in Pumdi

Worth NRP 1600/US$14 for room and meals (two individuals).

  • Bathe – sure
  • Scorching water – no
  • Asian type rest room
  • Blankets – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Retailers within the room – sure, we might cost all our units
  • Meals – sure, dinner is included within the room worth.

Our dinner was fairly primary not just like the meals you get on the favored climbing routes in Nepal. It’s principally the meals that native individuals eat; an enormous portion of rice, two slices of carrot and radish, very skinny, watery dal and a bit little bit of hen with many bones – don’t anticipate lots right here. I’d recommend to deliver some snacks with. 

The World Peace pagoda, PokharaThe World Peace pagoda, first day of the Panchase trek

Day 2. Pumdi – Panchase, 17,Three km

Pumdi (1300m) – Panchase (2080m), 17,Three km/10,7 mi

  • Distance – 17,Three km/10,7 mi
  • Start line – Pumdi
  • Ending level – Panchase
  • Complete ascend – 1220m
  • Complete descend – 441m
  • Strolling time – 5h46min.

Truthfully it was fairly a troublesome day of strolling and we have been fairly drained by the top of it. All we learn on-line concerning the hike was saying it’s a simple hike appropriate for aged individuals and households with youngsters. We’re fairly skilled hikers nevertheless it wasn’t an easy enjoyable stroll you stroll uphill all day, with some actually steep ascends.

First 6 km/Three,7 mi the path goes via rural space and small villages although there’s not a single place to cease for meals anyplace besides Peace Residence tea home after about 6 km the place we stopped for meals and tea. 

Elevation profile of the first part of Day 2 on Panchase trek from Pumdi to Peace Home tea houseElevation profile of the primary a part of Day 2 on Panchase trek from Pumdi to Peace Residence tea home, 6,3km. We stopped right here for lunch.

Second a part of the stroll is admittedly lovely by means of the forest although this half has probably the most ascends for the day. The forest a part of the path is marked with small colourful ribbons on the timber and yellow-red marks painted on the timber and rocks. In case your telephone dies and also you’re unsure which option to stroll search for these indications. Earlier than you enter the forest half ensure you have sufficient water to final you for 10 km/6,2 mi, there shall be no place to refill water and it’s the primary ascend for the day, about 830m up. There’s a water faucet simply earlier than Peace Residence tea home. The forest path is sort of slippery particularly if it rains having strolling poles can be fairly useful right here.

Elevation profile second part of Day 2; Peace Home tea house to Panchase, 11kmElevation profile second a part of Day 2; Peace House tea home to Panchase, 11km

Challenges

  • Very lengthy ascend, principally the entire day you stroll up with brief downs in between.
  • Not many locations between Pumdi and Panchase to cease for meals, principally there was just one place opened Peace Residence Tea Home, at about 6 km from Pumdi so be sure that to have breakfast at your home-stay or deliver some snacks with. 

Highlights

  • Lovely rural surroundings; inexperienced hills, rice terraces, native homes, mountains and so on.
  • The final 10km to Panchase by way of the gorgeous lush inexperienced forest.

Stops on the route

5 km/Three mi from Pumdi; Bhumdi tea home with rooms for lease, no meals obtainable.

6 km/Three,7 mi from Pumdi; water faucet, Peace House tea home with rooms for lease and a small store, can get meals right here (dal, chapati, tea). There’s a bus cease proper subsequent to the tea home, the bus goes to Pokhara.

Panchase – a small village, fairly a well-liked place for locals to return for the weekend.

  • Tea homes – sure, 4 or 5, all of them are referred to as lodges however look identical to a traditional tea home.
  • Outlets – sure, a few small outlets that promote water, snacks, sweets and funky drinks.
  • Bus cease – no, there isn’t any bus to Panchase

Joyful Coronary heart Lodge amenities

The room could be very primary and chilly. The earlier night time our sleeping luggage have been too heat, at Panchase it was nice to have sleeping luggage for under zero°C. Worth NRP 300/US$2,7 for 2 individuals.

  • Bathe – sure
  • Scorching water – no
  • Rest room – sure, an area gap rest room
  • Blankets – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Retailers within the room – sure and there’s a multi plug within the eating room
  • Meals – sure, they’ve fairly a various menu from native meals (dal, chapati and so forth.) to pasta and omelets.

Green hills and forest, Panchase trekLovely surroundings on the Panchase trek

Day Three. Panchase – Kande, 17,2 km

Panchase (2080m) – Panchase peak (2500m) – Panchase (2080m) – Bhadaure – Kande (1716), 17,2 km/10,6 mi. Bus Kande – Pokhara, 27 km/16,7 mi, 1h30min.

Climb to Panchase peak for the dawn

  • Distance – four,2 km/2,6 mi, return
  • Beginning/ending level – Panchase village
  • Ascend – 422m
  • Descend – 422m
  • Time – 1h30min., return

Panchase peak climb, elevation profilePanchase peak climb, elevation profile

The height is the very best level of the trek, 2500m. The path begins on the lodge however I’d recommend to seek out out the place it begins the night time earlier than. We obtained just a little bit misplaced fortunately the woman that runs the place was awake she confirmed us the best way. The ascend could be very steep, it takes between 45 min. and 1 hour to get to the highest. I’d recommend to start out the ascend an hour earlier than to ensure you gained’t miss it. You’ll be able to depart all of your baggage on the lodge, the rooms have locks simply take water and headlamp with.

Stroll from Panchase to Kande

  • Distance – 13km/eight mi
  • Start line – Panchase
  • Ending level – Kande, bus to Pokhara
  • Complete ascend – 476m
  • Complete descend – 808m
  • Strolling time – four hours

Panchase trek route map. Day 3 Panchase - Kande, 13 kmPanchase trek route map. Day Three Panchase – Kande, 13 km

After the climb we received again to the lodge, packed our stuff, ate breakfast and began strolling. The primary a part of the route goes by way of the forest it’s a really quiet and delightful route with some nice views over the snow peaks and mountains all the best way to Bhadaure. The route goes uphill at first after which right down to the village. Notice! the steps are fairly slippery stroll down rigorously.

From Bhadaure it’s the last as long as the filth street that’s beneath development, the final 5 km are on the street, there usually are not many automobiles occasional vans and motorbikes.

Elevation profile Day 3 of the Panchase trek; Panchase to KandeElevation profile Day Three of the Panchase trek; Panchase to Kande, 13km

Challenges

  • Early wake-up, at 5.15am to make it to the highest for the dawn
  • Steep and lengthy ascend to the view level with subsequent descend again to the village
  • Strolling on the dust street beneath development for the final 5 km to Kande

Highlights

  • Dawn from the highest of Panchase Hille
  • Lovely views of the snow peaks on the best way to Bhadaure

Stops on the route

Bhadaure – a small native village. There isn’t a bus from Bhadaure however there’s a jeep to Kande that leaves within the morning. Not many individuals cease right here.   

  • Tea home – sure
  • Outlets – sure
  • Meals locations – sure
  • Water faucet – sure

Kande – a beginning/ending level for a number of mountaineering routes. 

  • Tea home – sure
  • Outlets – sure
  • Meals locations – sure
  • Water faucet – no

Snow peaks, Bhadaure, Panchase trekView on the snow peaks on the best way to Bhadaure

Getting again to Pokhara from Kande

It was fairly straightforward to discover a bus we simply walked into Kande (a small village) and jumped on the bus. It’s solely 27 km/16,7 mi from there to Pokhara however the journey took 1h30min., the street is tremendous bumpy and the bus makes many stops. It drops you 2 km away from Lakeside to get to your lodge you possibly can catch a taxi (NRP 200-300/US$2) or an area bus or simply stroll.

Packing listing for the Panchase trek

It’s a comparatively brief trek with staying at tea homes attempt to pack mild

Smartphone – it’s one of the crucial essential gadgets to tackle this hike the perfect and easiest method of discovering the route is to make use of Maps.me navigation app, make sure that to pack a telephone charger as properly

LifeStraw or another water filter or purifying drugs – it’ll prevent some cash there are a number of water faucets on the route the place you possibly can refill water plus it’s environmental pleasant

Headlamp – all tea homes we stayed had electrical energy however you’ll want a torch or headlamp to go up Panchase peak for the dawn as you begin strolling at the hours of darkness.

Sleeping bag – all tea homes we stayed had blankets however we all the time favor to make use of our personal sleeping luggage. At Panchase it was fairly chilly I feel we might get chilly sleeping solely underneath a blanket.

Rest room paper – not one of the tea homes had it should you overlook to pack a roll you should purchase it on the best way or at one of many tea homes you keep.

Lodging in Pokhara

Lakeside is the primary touristy space of Pokhara it’s crammed with lodges, visitor homes, eating places, bars and so on. right here you’ll find lodging on any finances from low cost house stays to fancy spa lodges.

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