This trek is an ideal way to explore the area around Pokhara in short time without missing out on the amazing views over the surrounding mountains or the experience of village life. Your trek starts in style with a gentle boat trip across Fewa Lake to take you to the start point, where a short climb will be rewarded with stunning views out across the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, 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 where you can see a stunning sunrise over the snowy Himalayan peaks. This trek is also a great extension to any of our tours of Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan.
Duration: 11 days
Maximum elevation: 2500m (Panchase Hill)
Best season: October to December – February to May
Trekking type: Tea house, camping, home stay.
*Walk through villages then climb through rhododendron forests into the view point Panchase Hill.
*Magnificent views of Annapurna panorama including Annapurna – I (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Manaslu (8156m).
*Best opportunity to see world famous Gorkha Army Gurung and Magar people's culture.
*An opportunity to visit world's famous Chitwan National Park at the end of the trip.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)
Our representative will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. He or She will brief you on the immediate arrangements and escort you to your hotel. The trip leader will hold a short briefing in the hotel regarding trek arrangements and general orientation to Kathmandu.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Today, we visit the most historical and Spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed in world heritage sites. We visit Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (Monkey temple), Bouddhanath, which is one of the largest Stupa in the world and the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara (823m / 30 min)
After breakfast, we transfer you to airport to board flight for Pokhara. It is 30 minutes very exiting flight. During the flight you will get opportunity to see many mountains. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport our guide will pick up you and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon our guide will take you around Lakeside and other popular places of Pokhara.
Day 4: Boat across Fewa Lake, Trek to Bumdi (1520m / 10 km / 3 - 4 hrs)
From Lake side we make a short boat trip across the beautiful Fewa Lake to the trek starting point. The first climb through the forest will take us up to the steps leading the World Peace Pagoda. This 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. From here, it offers panoramic views of mountains, Fewa Lake and the city below. After a chance to wander round this truly peaceful Stupa, we continue down through the forest on small walking trails, before climbing back up to join an open jeep trail snaking round the hill. We walk along this rough road and final climb of today takes us up to Bumdi village. This is Gurung and Brahman village, where we will spend the night and can learn more about these cultures and enjoy with beautiful mountain views. Here are several hotels and home stay. We can make also our own camp.
Day 5: Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang (2065m / 10.5 km / 5 hrs)
The trail continues through beautiful forest where we 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 we can hear the birds and we may even see monkeys. Emerging from the trees briefly at Thulunchour, we 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 Annapurna, Lamjung, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhre as well as three peaks over 8000m Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manalsu, in the distance. Continuing along the jeep trail takes you gently uphill to Panchase Bhanjyang. This is beautiful place. We have wonderful views of the mountains.
Day 6: Trek to Bhadaure (1670m / 7.5 km / 4 – 5 hrs)
This morning, we climb the stone steps up to Panchase hill at an elevation of almost 2500m, the highest point of this trek. From here, we will again be rewarded with stunning views over the mountains. After enjoyed with mountains and surroundings views, we steeply descend down to main trail. This afternoon consists of a gentle walk down to our campsite, with regular views of the mountains above and villages below. The campsite is situated just above Bhadaure village where we can experience mixed cultures Gurung and Brahmin. Here are also several hotels and home stay in this village.
Day 7: Trek to Naudanda (1515m / 6.5 km / 2 hrs), drive to Pokhara
Leaving camping ground, we descent down the stone steps to the Bhadaure market area 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. On reaching Naudanda, we will rejoin the highway and drive back to Pokhara. We will have late lunch in Lakeside.
Day 8: Drive to Chitwan (4 -5 hrs)
From Pokhara, we drive along the main Pokhara – Kathmandu highway to Mugling. We drive through many beautiful villages and small towns. From Muglin, we leave the main highway and turn towards right side then follow another highway to Chitwan.
Chitwan National Park is very famous for its wild animals and birds. It was declared UNESCO Natural Heritage site in 1984. There are around 600 plant species, 56 different mammals, 539 kinds of birds and 49 amphibians and reptiles found in the Park. The highlights are Asian one horned Rhinoceros and Royal Bengal Tigers.
Day 9: Tour around national Park
Boating: We boat in Narayani River by traditional wooden boat. It will be about 1 hr and during our boating, we can see many Crocodile, Rhesus Monkeys and many birds.
Elephant ride: This is also very interesting. The Maute will take us in the forest and will try to show us wild animals. During our elephant ride, we can see many wild animals including one horned Rhino, Deer and Monkeys.
Bird watching: In the late afternoon, you will take in the jungle area to see the birds. The hotel use professional bird guide for this.
Cultural Tour: For this you will take around Tharu villages. You can see typical Tharu village life.
Cultural show: In the evening the hotel organize cultural program. Specially, the local people perform their cultural dance.
Day 10: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu
There is an airport in Bharatpur from where we can fly back to Kathmandu. It is very short flight. Or we can drive back to Kathmandu. It is about 5 hrs drive. In the afternoon we visit the Thame area for shopping and have farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant.
Day 11: Departure from Nepal
We will escort you to airport for your international flight.