Panchase is a popular village destination for Nepalese pilgrims, who come here to pay their respects to the souls of their ancestors and to pay homage to the mountain gods.
However it is much less frequented by trekkers, with the advantage for the few foreigners who do venture here that they can fully enjoy its intimacy and appreciate its ethnic diversity.
This trek also offers some splendid views of three 8000 m+ peaks: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu.
The area is inhabited mainly by Gurung people, who traditionally supply Gurkha soldiers to the British army.
From Panchase we follow a northern route skirting the popular Ghorepani Trail and eventually reaching the beautiful village of Ghandrung. This is the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal and is wealthy, since many of its inhabitants have been employed in the Gurkha brigades. Ghandrung is also the project headquarters of the Annapurna Conservation area. It consists basically of two clusters, with the lower village essentially providing labourers and domestics for the upper.
As you walk to the uppermost part of Ghandrung from the houses at the lower end you will have repeated views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and the top of Macchapuchhre.
The final two days of our trek, on the return leg to Pokhara, are spent on a more frequented trail via Pothana and Dhampus.
This trek is relatively easy but its virtue lies in its remoteness from larger settlements and busier trekking routes.
Day 01 : Arrival – transported to hotel — tour briefing.
Day 02 : Free time in Kathmandu
Day 03 : Drive or flight to Pokhara (6 hours)
Day 04 : Pokhara to Bhumdi trek (1520 m)
Day 05 : Bhumdi to Panchase Bhanjyang (2030 m)
Day 06 : Panchase Bhanjyang to Chitre (1400 m)
Day 07 : Chitre to Matathanti (1200 m)
Day 08 : Matathanti to Ghandrung (1940 m)
Day 09 : Ghandrung to Pothana (1900 m)
Day 10 : Pothana to Pokhara (820 m)
Day 11 : Leisure day
Day 12 : Drive or fly back to Kathmandu; transported to hotel
Day 13 : Free time
Day 14 : Transported to airport – flight to onward destination