THE LAND OF CULTURE & BIODIVERSITY
Panchase area in located just adjacent to the Pokhara valley with several trekking options from Pokhara city to the Panchase peak (2,517m).It provides an exotic natural beauty and diverse culture, linking it to the popular Annapurna area. Can have the basic amenities like food, accommodation and communication facilities with traditional hospitality from the local people .Extra permits and TIMS are not required to trek in Panchase area.
- Panchase Peak (2,517m):
A day hike away, this is the highest point in this area. Mt. Dhawalagiri (8,172m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,219), Mt. Hiuchuli (6,441m) Mt. Fishtail (6,993m) Mt. Annapurna II (7954m), Mt Annapurna III (7,575m),Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m), Mt. Lamjung (6,998m), Mt. Manaslu can be seen from here. Sunrise and sunset views from the top are spectacular and heavenly.
- Panchasae Lake:
Panchakoshi Sarober or Lake, a historical water pound surrounded by green forest is very beautiful. It offers nice view of Himalayas and there is also a village nearby. Trekking time to Panchase peak from the lake is about 2 hours.
- Shrawan Kumar “Samadhi”:
Shawan Kumar’s Samadhi is the source of the river Aandhi Khola. It takes about 2.5 hours south downward from Panchase peak to the pond.
- Bhanjyang (2066m):
This is a spot offering great view of the Phewa Lake and excellent view of Himalayan range. There are 4 hotels with beds for 10-15 people.
- Sidane (1515m0:
A Gurung village about15 minutes walk from Bhanjyang.
- Bhadaure Deurali(1640m):
This is a beautiful Gurung village where you can enjoy a view of river valley, green forest & Himalayan sciene.
- Arthar (1300m):
A large Gurung village and excellent view of Himalayan range Dhaulagiri.
- Chitre (1500m):
Gurung culture and excellent view of Himalayan range including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
- Ramjathanti (1600m):
Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) can be seen like the tail of a fish with a good view of rural landscape of Parbat, Baglung, Syangja and Palpa.
- Pame (800m):
It is very near to Pokhara city with few hotels, lodges and restaurants and local fish test.
- Ahaldanda (2000m):
The place near Bhadaure is a picturesque spot with sites for camping, offering great Himalayan view and good view of Phewa Lake.
- World Peace Stupa (1300m):
Located on the hill side of southern part of the Phewa lake, a beautiful Buddhist Stupa.
Flora and Fauna
Panchase is covered with lush green vegetation from subtropical to temperate forest all over, it also provides home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Panchase area is also an orchid paradise with 113 species of wild orchids, including 2 endemic once, 5 species of rhododendron and many herbal plants such as Loth Salla, Titte, Kurilo, Naagbeli and Satuwa plants and Khashru, Champ, Phalat, Loktha (which is used to produce Nepali paper). Leopard, bear, deer, several species of birds butterflies and other animals also inhabit in the Panchase Protected Forest.
Religious and Culture Attraction
The temple of Siddha Buba, Homekunda, Panchase Lake, Balaji Phanchyan temple, Bouddha Stupas (about 200 years old) are some attraction. The population of Panchase area is almost one lakh including Gurung, Brahmis, chhetries and other ethnic groups living in the surrounding villages.
Balachuturdashi Festival (November/December) is the biggest festival in Panchase. Shivaratri (mid February), Fagu Purnima (March), Buddha purnima (full moon, mid May) and (mid July-mid August) other special occasions are celebrated in Panchase.
When to Visit
Panchase can be visited throughout the year. September-April are the best monts for a clear view of mountains. January is suitable to experience snow. For flowers and orchid lovers, June while April to May is the best time for Rhododendron.
Code of Conduct
- Do not litter, use iodine tablets for drinking water avoid mineral water bottles.
- Respect privacy, ask before photographing people or religious sites.
- Protect plants and animals, do not remove flowers and orchids.
- Be sensitive to local cultural heritage.
- Contribute to local economy, taste local cuisine, use local products and services.
- Avoid and discourage as much as possible.
- Do not make fire and discourage woodfire.
- Try to educate the local people and empower the local.
- Encourage home stay, tea house people and small lodges slong the trails.
|From||To||Road/Trail||Means Of transport||Trail Time|
|Page Pagoda (World Peace Stupa)||1. Forest trail from across the lakeside||Boating to the other side of lake &then walk||1.5 Hours|
|2. Road up to Chhorepatan&then walk||Bus/Taxi along Siddhartha highway & then walk||20 Min. by Bus &I Hour on foot|
|3.Metalled road up to Chhorepatan &then earth||Taxi/Jeep||30 Min.|
|Peace Pagoda||Bhumdi/Bhanjyang||Forest Trail||Walk||5 Hours|
|Bhanjyang||Panchase Peak||Trail||Walk||1.5 Hours|