The Panchase Trek is one of Nepal’s hidden gems. Located in the same region as the Annapurna Region, Poon Hill trek and the Royal Trek, it is often overlooked by hikers. However, if you don’t have the time to trek these routes, but still want to indulge in a beautiful scenery with mountain peak views, then the Panchase Trek is for you.
For only four days this trek is best suited for beginners and will give you a real sense of what it’s like to trek some of the wilder sections of the Himalayas. The Panchase Trek only requires moderate fitness and is perfectly trek-able for families and retirees. It’s also one of the cheapest treks in Nepal which is great for people on a budget.
Starting in Pokhara, the trek allows you to explore this beautiful city and all it has to offer before leaving. Make sure you have a drink at one of the lakeside cafes! The trek then begins as you cross the Phewa lake by boat – an experience by itself! The trail then takes you up and past the World Peace Pagoda and descends through some lovely local villages where you can experience the authentic and rustic lifestyle of the local people.
Panchase is actually one of the hill stations in the Annapurna Region and also a religious site for Hindu People. The summit of Panchase Hill (2500m) is often considered to be the best viewpoint to see Annapurna massif. However, along your trek you’ll also see other giant Himalaya peaks including Dhaulagiri, Lamjung, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu.