Panchase is actually the name of a hill that is located in the Pokhara region of Nepal. Panchase lies around 2500 meters above overlooking Fewa Lake and offering splendid views of more than 8000meter mountains Daulagiri, Annapurna & Manaslu.
Panchase is a compound word meaning "five seats of the divine mother". "Panch" means "five", the "as" is from the root word of Asana (the Yoga schools of physical posture) meaning a seat or place and the "e(ee)" represents the female gender. The symbol of five, represents an ancient Yoga system in which a person experiences five levels of existence. Three of these levels are thinking, feeling and sensing with the Above and Below completing this symbol of manifestation. Given the mountains name, the ancient Vedics thought of Panchase as one of the ultimate places of meditation.
Panchase hill trekking is an ideal trekking destination for short trekking holidays in Nepal. Panchase trekking with its subtropical basin passes through colorful rhododendron forest providing excellent mountain views. Panchase trek is emerging as a popular village tourism destination. Panchase can be considered as one of the best short camping treks on the south-west side of pokhara in the Annapurna Region. The place is bordered on the east by Kaski, on the west by Parbat and on the south by Syangja districts. It is also a popular religion site where many Hindu Pilgrim visit during the festivals. The top of Panchase is the best view point to have a panorama of the Himalayas and green valleys and terraces of mid-hilly region. The thick forest and wildlife along the trekking trail are fascinating. There are different trails that lead to Panchase and all are equally comfortable and interesting. The village settlements are also eye catching. This is a panoramic trek beyond Phewa Lake in Pokhara. From Panchase you will see the great Himalayan peaks of Machhapuchhare, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Lamjung and Manaslu. Panchase also gives you the chance to see breathtaking beautiful sunrise views in the mornings. The terrain varies from subtropical valleys of banana trees and rice paddies to high ridges covered in rhododendron forest thus supporting an abundant array of bird and wildlife.
After Breakfast 6 hrs Drive to Pokhara (about 200km) by Tourist Bus through good scenery of River and countryside. Check in to the Hotel. Free afternoon on your own. Take a walk around Lakeside or you can do boating at fewa lake. O/n Hotel.(You can fly to Pokhara takes 25 minutes Flight)
After Breakfast at Hotel in Pokhara start drive to Damsite then start Trek to Pumdi Bhumdi. Where you stop over night by setting tented camp only after your Lunch prepared by our cook.
You will start your trek after Breakfast. After 2-3 hrs Trek you will have lunch on the way then again trek for couple of hrs then you will camp at Panchase.
Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.
Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.
As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)
Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph