Panchase is situated at the height of 900m ranging to 2,517 m above the sea level and offers graceful touch for your five sensory organs, beginning with paddy farms and grassland. Through, Lush dense forest trails under conservation enriched with various biodiversity and vegetation to inclined step stone paths in spiritual meditation land of sage and seers. Elevated for sensitizing an enchantment of cool breeze and gust of the fog flowing from himalaya to captivate most stunning landscape vistas of Mt Annapurna, Mt, Dhaulagiri, Mt. Macchapucchre and Mt. Manaslu .
Panchase is one of the significant pilgrimage sites of Hindus so it is also called as Panchadham from ancient era. Panchase is also etymologically named after Pancha in sanskrit means numeric letter five and Ashana means to sit for meditation. In yogic philosophy, the number five is considered as a sacred number and has many significance for key concepts of spiritual findings like Five elements, five sensory organs, Five organs of action, Five layers of soul and Five detoxification treatment. There is a mystical relation between number five and this area, However, this place is also the origin source of five rivers Harpan, Rati, jare, Aandhi and seti making it important watershed area together with confluxes of five peaks protected with green dense forest as shelter of diverse flora and fauna.
You will be picked up from your respective hotels . We will move ahead directly to Ghattichina from Hallan chowk which is about two and half hour drive by Local Bus.
We begin our hiking journey towards Panchase bhanjyang via forest trails and uphills ,its 5 to 6 hours hike.
Panchase bhanjyang is situated at 2065 m above sea level. Alongside, forest area this place has a thick settlement of ethnic Gurung and brahmin community.Panchase protected forest is also regarded as a biological corridor for animal movement to connect himalayan forest Annapurna conservation area and the vast tropical forest of flat Terai land. It is gaining its popularity as the best hiking destination because of forest trails and the nearest route as one can get pleasure of walking in nature and enjoy bio diversity amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. one can get to enjoy the typical rural ethnic lifestyle of Nepal. We will stay overnight in Panchase Bhanjyang.
We elevate in the middle of the junction of five peaks at around 2500m above sea level. With the objective to catch the sight of the first ray of sunshine surrounded by majestic Himalayas of all above 8000m ,it takes around two hours to reach the peak from Bhanjyang .
After catching the gleams of sunrise, we stay there for breakfast and from Panchase hill we start our downhill journey to Bhanjyang and Bhadaure Village via same trails of panchase bhanjyang, where we continuously witness splendid himalayan ranges and wilderness of jungle and reach kade respectively its almost 5 hours walk and drive back to pokhara from kade to your respective hotels.
Panchase Area is gaining its popularity for being the best walking site in beautiful nature. The Panchase area is extended in 5,500 ha. and lies in the border of Kaski, Parbat and syangja district. Many Himalayas above 8000 m can be seen from this place. This is the place with diverse flora and fauna. You can find about 113 different types of flowers including two unique species of flower which is only found in this area ,107 species of wild orchids, 5 species of rhododendron and plants such as Loktha, Khashru, Champ, Phalat , medicinal herbs as flowing wind directly from himalayas strikes and vegetations having medicinal value such as Loth Salla, Titte, Kurilo, Naagbeli, Satuwa, Paanch Aaule. Also, the Panchase protected forest is home for different animals such as tiger, deer, lagoons , beer, leopard and different species of birds. Apart from natural significance this place carries huge cultural and historical significance too, people visit the temple of shidda Baba, Balaji Phachyan Temple, Boudha Stupas, panchase lake . As this place has mystical relation with numeric letter five, it is also believed that confluxes of five peaks are five sacred meditation seats and Five pandawa ( Protagonist characters in epic Mahabharat) spent their exile period in this place .
After walking for some hours, we will reach Panchase bhanjyang where we stay overnight, Hotel out there warmly welcomes their guests and specially this place carries typical ethnic significance so community homestays are also available, so it’s up to your choice if you want to experience local life style, house made of stones and which may be low in amenities and simplistic but you would be showered with the hospitality in their way, otherwise, You can get twin sharing bedroom or camp in the lap of panchase peak.
Best Suggested time to Panchase trek is fall (March- April) and (September – December) . If monsoon starts lately and remains till October then it’s kind of cloudy. Otherwise the view at this time of year in Panchase is spectacular. Generally, this place receives maximum rainfall in overall Nepal and is considered as Wet place of Annapurna circuit.
Trekking to panchase can be done throughout the year but clothing might varies according to year, Nepal has four season
During spring season, it’s kind of windy season and panchase has subtropical temperate climatic condition so you can wear polyester inner and windcheater and comfortable joggers
During Autumn, we recommend wearing moisture wicking garments like polyester and during day time it might be sunny and due to walking you may not want much clothes in your body but during night in Autumn season is quite cold so be prepared with light down jackets too.
During winter (Mid december- mid february), it gets too cold in the Panchase area , gradually temperature falls as we reach higher so it is recommended to wear warm clothes, three layers of clothing which may be polyester inner, fleece materials as second layer and down jacket as outer. There is a little chance for snow falls too in panchase.