Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your respective hotel.
Day 02: Drive towards Godawari (12 km, 45 minutes’ drive) and hike over the Phulchowki hill. Afterwards, visit Godawari Botanical Garden and then drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive/Fly to Kathmandu to Pokhara (120 km) – approx. 6 hrs. drive. Upon arrival, refreshment and sightseeing tour of Barahi Temple along with an hour boat ride in Phewa Lake.
Day 04: Drive to Khare Khola and trek to Bhumdi (1520 m) – approx. 3/4 hours walk
Day 05: Trek Bhumdi to Panchase Bhanjyang (2030 m) –approx. 5/6 hours walk
Day 06: Trek from Panchase Hill (2550m) to Bhadaure
Day 07: Trek from Bhadaure to Sarangkot – approx. 5 hrs. walk
Day 08: Drive from Sarangkot to Pokhara – 30 minutes drive
Day 09: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu
Panchase trekking is a short and low altitude off -the -beaten track in the Annapurna region starting south-west side of Pokhara. Located in the west of Pokhara, Panchase hill is situated at an altitude of 2500 meter above sea level. This trek offers you various species of bird along with gigantic views of Mountains which includes: Mount Fishtail, Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Ranges. Embarking our tour, we complete our day birding tour in the nearby area of Kathmandu, Godavari. Godavari is the most famous place nearby Kathmandu which is popular for the Botanical Garden and is an ideal place for the bird lovers. Ornithologist who does not have enough time to observe the species of birds found in Nepal can engage themselves in this day biding tour. Afterwards, we will travel to Pokhara and have a relaxing evening taking an hour boat ride to Phewa Lake. The next day our trek begins from Khare Khola all the way ascending up towards Bhumdi. From Bhumdi, we trek towards Panchase Bhanjyang, the main point of our trek. While engaging in Panchase Hill Trek, we can experience different topographical structures which vary from subtropical valleys of rice paddies to ridges and green thickets where rhododendron and other wildlife are found in abundance. While on Panchase trekking you will encounter many ethnic groups of people such as Brahmin, Magar, and Gurung living in various settlements and be able to observe their unique culture and traditional lifestyle. Panchase Hill has religious significance as well. It holds a temple where thousands of pilgrims visit daily to worship and cleanse off their sin. Continuing our trek, we pass through forest, valleys, green hills, rivers and cross along Bhadaure, Sarangkot and finally ending our trip to Pokhara.
Panchase trek is suitable for all levels of trekkers from young to old, family with children and newly married couples. For Panchase trekking it is not necessary that trekkers should be experienced in hiking and trekking in the mountain. Anyone can accomplish the trekking to Panchase easily without ascending higher altitude. For Panchase trekking the months from February to May and from August to December would be the best time.
|Day 1||Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. Upon
arrival, meet and transfer to your respective hotel.
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and after clearance of customs and luggage’s, exist from the Airport Departure lounge and as soon as you exist you can see number of peoples outside holding a placard. Among them one of the representative of Nature Trail Travels & Tours, Trekking & Expedition will be holing a placard with your name in it. So, closely look at them. He will then transfer you to your respective hotels. Or else, you can visit our office and after full description about your trip, you will be driven to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
|Day 2||Drive towards Godawari (12 km, 45 minutes’
drive) and hike over the Phulchowki hill. Afterwards, visit
Godawari Botanical Garden and then drive back to Kathmandu.
You will be picked up from your respective hotel by our company’s guide. Drive for about 45 minutes in order to reach Godawari. You will pass by several towns and cover a distance of about 12 kilometer before reaching Godawari. Upon arrival, you will have breakfast and then walk around the lower part of Phulchowki where you can spot few species of birds that are common in the valley. Don’t forget to bring binoculars and camera to capture these species. Then you continue your bird watching tour by hiking towards the hill top of Phulchowki. This is certainly a great place and famous for bird watching tour and some wild life with amazing panorama of mountains views from the top. Ranges of Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal towards North West and with central Himalaya range of mountains of Langtang-Jugal Himal which continues towards North East Mt. Everest extending to other high Himalayan peaks are some of the mountain views that you can get from the top. Around this lovely forested area, about 90 species of birds have been recorded including the endemic spring babbler, as well as the Curia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Pied Woodpeckers and the Black-throated Parrot bill, to name a few. Have your lunch and after an enjoyable and peaceful stop for few hours admiring the mountains and surrounding landscapes views and its serene environment, drive leads to a descent at Godawari Botanical Garden. Here you visit Botanical Garden with exotic Himalayan plants, herbs and flowers. Afterwards, drive back to Kathmandu passing through traditional village.
|Day 3||Drive/Fly to Kathmandu to Pokhara (120 km) –
approx. 6 hrs. drive. Upon arrival, refreshment and sightseeing
tour of Barahi Temple along with an hour boat ride in Phewa
On the following day, you have two options; either to drive or take a flight. It takes 25 minutes of flight through glorious peaks of Manaslu to take us to Pokhara, city of Lakes. Alternatively we can take a bus or private vehicle and follow Prithivi Highway for 6/7 hours to reach Pokhara. We leave the noisy streets of Kathmandu and follow a winding roadway along the scintillating Trishuli River. Your eyes will be occupied by the views of green lush hills, small towns, people, markets and rivers. If you feel like exploring, we can take a boat ride on Phewa Lake. We will spend our night in a hotel at Pokhara.
|Day 4||Drive to Khare Khola and trek to Bhumdi (1520 m)
– approx. 3/4 hours walk
After breakfast, take a scenic drive towards Khare Khola. The drive takes only about 30 minutes along the Tansen/Bhairahawa Highway in order to reach Khare Khola. Upon arrival at the spot, ascend uphill for about an hour to reach the first rural community of Kalabang. From here, we will begin descending down towards Bhumdi. Upon reaching Bhumdi village (1,520m), you will be able to witness the grandeur of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machapuchare (Mt. Fishtail), Mt. Himchuli.
|Day 5||Trek Bhumdi to Panchase Bhanjyang (2030 m)
–approx. 5/6 hours walk
We start today’s hike early in the morning. During clear weather, we get the chance to view great Himalayan panorama on our trails. We will climb uphill and pass through thickets. Continuing our ascending walk through forest and then on to Bhanjyang, a small settlement at the foot of Panchase, we conclude this day’s hike. Panchase Bhanjyang which is a wonderful settlement located at the foot of Panchase Hill is famous for bird watching and its views of Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake.
|Day 6||Trek from Panchase Hill (2550m) to Bhadaure
On this day, we will ascend through stone steps all the way to Panchase Hill. Panchase Hill is located at an altitude of 2500 meter and provides stunning views of Mountains and surrounding valleys. Panchase Hill is the highest spot of Panchase Hill Trek which is an ideal place to view sunrise. Along the way, you can observe various species of birds. Afterwards, we descend down towards Alldanda before reaching Bhadaure.
|Day 7||Trek from Bhadaure to Sarangkot – approx. 5 hrs.
Continuing our trek, we will have an appetizing breakfast and start our trek towards Sarangkot. Sarangkot is located at an altitude of 1550 meter and is an ideal destination for sunrise/sunset view. Recently it has also been renowned as a put-in-point for adventurous activities like: paragliding, bungee jumping and ultra-light flights. It takes five hours of walk through forest and terraces to reach Sarangkot from Bhadaure. We can even have a wonderful view of Pokhara Valley from here.
|Day 8||Drive from Sarangkot to Pokhara
Wake up early this morning in order to view the sun rise and panoramic views of Mountain ranges. Have your breakfast at one of the hotel and then drive towards Pokhara. Remaining day is kept leisure for you to explore the Pokhara city on your own. Or else, we can arrange a sightseeing tour for you in the most famous places of Pokhara which includes: Devi’s fall, Gupteswor Cave, Mahendra Cave, Bindyabasini Temple, Seti George and Bat Cave.
|Day 9||Fly or drive back to Kathmandu
Taking all the beautiful memories and capturing various species of birds in your camera, we will return back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, take rest and self-explore the town buying souvenirs for your near and dear ones.