Ideal for families or those new to trekking, this scenic 4-day adventure is packed with incredible mountain views and gentle hikes between Nepali villages. Starting in the beautiful town of Pokhara, you'll set out in style with a boat trip across Lake Phewa. Then it's off into the lush landscapes of the Annapurna region, where the towering Himalaya provide a breathtaking backdrop to daily treks, culminating in a sunrise climb to the 8,202-foot (2,500 m) summit of Panchase.

Highlights

  • Take a boat ride across the beautiful Lake Phewa
  • Climb to Pokhara's World Peace Pagoda
  • Trek between mountain villages & stay in local tea houses
  • Watch the sunrise over the Himalaya from the summit of Panchase

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Pokhara, Boat across Lake Phewa, Trek to Bumdi  Bhumdi
Day 2 Trek from Bumdi to Panchase Bhanjyan Panchase Lekh
Day 3 Trek from Panchase Bhanjyang to Bhadaure Bhadaure
Day 4 Trek from Bhadaure to Naudanda, Drive to Pokhara & Departure Pokhara

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Pokhara, Boat across Lake Phewa, Trek to Bumdi

The World Peace Pagoda above Pokhara

Upon your arrival in Pokhara, start the trip off in style with a short, scenic boat trip across the beautiful Phewa Lake. From here, you'll set out on your first day of trekking, following steps through the forest to reach the World Peace Pagoda. This Buddhist stupa (shrine) is one of over 80 Peace Pagodas worldwide, built in an attempt to unite people from all over the world and promote world peace. As well as being an impressive sight in itself, from this vantage point you also get stunning views over snow-capped mountains, Phewa Lake, and the city below.

After taking some time to wander around this truly peaceful stupa, continue down through the forest on small walking trails, before climbing back up to join an open Jeep trail that snakes around the hill and through the village of Lukum Swara. The day's final climb takes you up to Bumdi village, home to Gurung and Brahman people, where you will spend the night in a local tea house and get the chance to learn more about the rich local culture. While the day's trek is gentle and appropriate for most families, you can also arrange for children under four to be carried in a comfortable porter's basket.

Walking Time: Approx 3 hours
Distance: 6.2 miles (10 km)
Elevation: 4.986 feet, (1,520 m)

Day 2: Trek from Bumdi to Panchase Bhanjyang 

Views of the towering Mount Annapurna

This morning you'll get your blood pumping with a short climb, then the track levels out as it continues through lush forest, where you'll regularly see the peaks of the Himalaya peeking out between the trees. Today is a great day for nature lovers, as the path winds amongst diverse trees and plants with a symphony of birdsong above—if you're lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a monkey!

Emerging from the trees briefly at Thulunchour, you'll continue under the cover of the forest until the path joins a dirt road that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. These include the Annapurnas, Lamjung, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhare (Fishtail Mountain) as well as three peaks over 26,000 feet (8,000 m): Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manalsu. Following the Jeep trail takes you gently uphill to reach your base for the night in the village of Panchase Bhanjyang

Walking Time: Approx 4 hours
Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5 km)
Elevation: 6,774 feet (1,520 m)

Day 3: Trek from Panchase Bhanjyang to Bhadaure 

Watch the sunrise over the valley from the summit of Panchase

The penultimate day of your adventure begins with a memorable climb up stone steps to reach the summit of Panchase. At almost 8,202 feet (2,500 m) this peak is the highest point of your trek, and you'll be rewarded with magnificent views from the top. Early risers can opt to make the ascent at dawn to experience an unforgettable sunrise over the Himalaya. After catching your breath and taking in your surroundings, you'll start your descent down the far side of the hill to Alldanda. This afternoon consists of a gentle walk down to your campsite, with regular views of the mountains above and villages below. The camp is situated just above the town of Bhadaure, where you can experience a mix of Gurung, Kami, and Brahman cultures.

Walking Time: Approx 3 hours
Distance: 4.6 miles (7.5 km)
Elevation: 5,479 feet (1,670 m)

Day 4: Trek from Bhadaure to Naudanda, Drive to Pokhara & Departure

Your journey ends back on Pokhara

Your final day of trekking starts with a descent down the stone steps to the town of Bhadaure, and continues onto the Jeep trail. After crossing a small stream and passing through the lovely village of Naudanda, the trail rejoins the highway, where your driver will be waiting to pick you up and drive you back to Pokhara in time for lunch. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore before continuing with your onward journey. Safe travels!

Walking Time: Approx 2 hours
Distance: 4 miles (6.5 km)
Elevation: 4,970 feet (1,515 m)

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