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Panchase Trek – Annapurna’s Hidden Gem

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The Panchase Trek is one of Nepal’s hidden gems.

Being in the same region as the Annapurna CircuitPoon 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 beautiful scenery and mountain peak views, then the Panchase Trek is the perfect option.

On this page you will find a comprehensive and impartial guide to the Panchase Trek.

Panchase Trek

Overview

Being only 4 days long, the Panchase trek is great for beginners and will give you a real sense of what it’s like to trek some of the more 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 at Pokhara, the trek allows you to explore the amazing city and all the wonders it has to offer before leaving. Make sure you have a drink at one of the lakeside cafes! The trek begins in style as you cross the Phewa lake by boat – an experience in itself! The trail takes you past the World Peace Pagoda and then down through some lovely local villages where you can witness 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 (2,500m) 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.

Apart from being a great introduction to Himalaya trekking for novices, as well as providing an incredible experience for those with less time on their hands, the main drawcard of the Panchase trek is the beauty and diversity of the scenery: one minute there is terraced rice fields lush, the next, lush vegetation and then alpine areas!

Regional Map

The Panchase Trek begins at Pokhara, Nepal’s second city, 13,120 feet above sea level. See the map schematic.

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Recommended Map

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We recommend for the Annapurna area –  Around Annapurna 1 : 125 000: Annapurna Conservation Area – Annapurna Sanctuary. It includes detailed trails, walking distances, altitudes etc.

Panchase Trek Itinerary

Below is a detailed Panchase Trek itinerary. Please note that all operators offer slightly varying itineraries. Click each day to read more...

Day 1

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Day 4

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Video Overview

A beautiful video overview of the Panchase Trek by Jason Maraschiello It’s 10:56 long.

Recommended Guidebook

Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya by Bradley Mayhew, Joe Bindloss and Lonely Planet is the best all round guidebook for trekking in Nepal and includes 30 detailed itineraries on the most popular routes, including the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, Everest Base Camp trek and the Annapurna Circuit

For a more detailed guide book on the region then Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons guide, Annapurna: A Trekker’s Guide is a great option.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Insurance Information

Although the Panchase Trek is a relatively safe and easy trek, it is still worthwhile getting travel insurance that covers trekking activities. We recommend World Nomads, use the calculator to get a quote. 

Make sure to have insurance that covers you for any travel related risks, like lost, damaged, stolen or delayed baggage; flight delays and interruptions; and tour operators default.

This article on travel and trekking insurance provides great information on what type of insurance you need, as well as provides an easy quote calculator from a leading travel operator.

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