Annapurna Encounter welcomes all travelers trekking for glorious view of Annapurna Panorama from Panchase Hill, one of the most picturesque trekking area in the Himalaya, Annapurna Panorama from Panchase Hill offers tremendous scenery of its varied dramatic landscapes with high snow capped mountains, visiting interesting charming traditional villages of Bhumdi, Panchase Bhanjyang, Bhadaure with Ghandruk on the famous legendary homes of the Gorkha, enlisted in British, Indian army for their bravery and loyalty, starting from semi tropic climate of rice fields to alpine country with never a dull moment as this journey offers everyday views of snow capped peaks of Annapurna, Manaslu Himalaya and then on the off beaten trail to Panchase Hill for super panorama of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Mt. Machapuchere “The Fish Tail”, trekking through serene woodlands of rhododendron, oaks, firs and many species of firs trees including many types of vegetation enrich with flora and fauna, trekking towards the main popular area of Ghandruk and Landruk villages past these beautiful villages and towards Pokhara valley with scenic Himalayan range of mountains and then concluding this awesome trip at famous tourist spot in Pokhara with its pristine lake Phewa and Annapurna range of mountains towards North.
Morning after having breakfast, drive to Pokhara on the interesting busy main Nepal highway through number of farm villages and towns with scenic landscapes and of snow capped mountains along the drive and finally reaching at famous tourist place at Pokhara the gateway to many trekking destination around Annapurna, Dhaulagiri to Mustang area.
Starting the first day trek with a short drive of an hour towards west of Phewa Lake to Ghattachina village, driving along the pristine lake Phewa and passing the town of Pame which is the end of the lake, from here 40 minutes of good drive brings at Ghattachina a small village, beginning the trek to Panchase Hill from this farm village with a climb towards Makawanpur village which is a spread out large village after the uphill, walk gets better with gradual path on stone paved with steps and leaving the farm terraces reaching a forested area of rhododendron, oaks trees with views of Annapurna Himalayan range with towering Mt. Machapuchere, from the forest walking uphill for few hours and then on the downhill trail to Panchase Bhanjyang village for overnight stop, this small farm village, located at the base of Panchase hill offering super views of Annapurna range of mountains with Manaslu peaks in the eastern horizon including the Pokhara valley.
Today starting early morning to catch the panoramic views of Himalayan range of mountains and sunrise, beginning with a steep climb through lovely woodlands of rhododendron, holly oaks and pines trees after 2 hours of hard walk reaching the top of Panchase Hill the highest point of this trip at 2,509 meters offering tremendous panorama of mountains scenery from Dhaulagiri range with Tukuche, Nilgiri’s, Annapurna wide range with Annapurna I, A II, A III, A IV Annapurna South, Huinchuli and the majestic peak of Fish Tail (Mt. Machapuchere) and as far to Manaslu range of mountains, this hill top with a view tower for better panorama, Panchase a holy spot as well with small temples, Buddhist shrine and a holy crystal clear pond, this place is flooded with pilgrims during auspicious time of end of July and August as per Hindu / Buddhist Luna calendar.
After a wonderful and enjoyable time here on this magnificent spot the highlight of this trip, from here heading downhill to Bhanjyang for lunch at leisure and then starting the walk through beautiful forest to reach at Bhaduare village for overnight stop, Bhadaure a large Gurung village with views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks.
From this interesting Gurung village, morning walk leads to a long descend into warmer area with wonderful surrounding views of hills, valleys and mountains passing through farm villages and terraces, around this area the people are more from Hindu tribes of Chhetries, Bhramins and Dalits after heading on the downhill slopes reaching the road head of Beni / Baglung –Pokhara highway at Nayapul where many treks around Annapurna area starts.
From here leaving the main road and then following Modi River to a charming village at Bhirethati for overnight stop located by the river Modi, with time in the afternoon for leisure walk to explore this nice village.
After a nice stop at Bhirethati village walk leads to follow Modi river upstream for a while on the pleasant path passing many farm villages and patch of forest to reach at Syali village, from here a big climb on the stone paved staircase following the farm lands and small villages, coming at upper Kimche village from here a gradual walk with nice views of surrounding hills, rivers and snow capped peaks, after a good walk, starting with a climb again on the stone steps to Gandruk large Gurung village for overnight stop. Afternoon after lunch visit the traditional village and its small museum with Gurung ancient treasure of handicrafts, farm tools and costumes.
After a refreshing time at Gandruk morning starts with long downhill on nicely paved stone steps to Modi River with wild honey bees hives on rock cliff hanging by the river side, on reaching a small village by the river, from here crossing the river Modi with a climb for an hour on the winding path in this warmer area with paddy terraces and patch of forest, where monkeys can be seen sometime around this area, after a nice walk with ups reaching a large village at Landruk with a break here, walk continues on the gentle trail overlooking nice views of terraces landscapes and of Annapurna South, Huinchuli, then a climb of 45 mins to Tolka village for overnight stop with views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli
Today the last leg of this trekking journey, morning walk leads along the gentle trail with the fabulous views and then heading an hour up to Deurali top, with few lodges and views of Pokhara valley, Gandruk village with Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna range. From here a gentle downhill walk brings to a beautiful overnight stop at Pothana with awesome scenery including stunning views of towering Mt. Machhapuchhre “Fish Tail”. From here downhill for a while and then a last climb of 40 minutes through woodlands and reaching at Thulo- kharka also known as Australian Camp offering tremendous panorama scenery of Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains, after a wonderful moment the last walk with an hour downhill to Kande village on the roadside of Beni / Pokhara Highway, here taking jeep or a bus drive all the way to Pokhara a drive of one hour concluding this wonderful trip on the famous tourist spot at Pokhara by the lake Phewa.
After a wonderful time in the high mountains and hills, taking a morning driving journey back to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu after 5-6 hours of nice interesting drive, transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure or last day shopping souvenirs and handicrafts.
(Optional flight back to Kathmandu of 35 minutes with great views)
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