Another possibility is to trek from Panchase back to Pokhara via the ridge that runs through the villages of Bhumdi and Pumdi. By taking this route you are able to complete the trek at the peace Stupa above Phewa Tal and then descend to the lake and reach lake side by boat. This route gives excellent views of the Himalaya with Phewa Tal in the foreground. No tea houses are available until the peace Stupa is reached.
We pass through many villages and you will have ample time to take photographs and interaction with the local people. Language is not a big problem as many of the local people can communicate in English. There are many different ethnic groups along the trail, but the predominant people in this area are the Gurungs. Together with the Magar and Chetry peoples, the Gurungs are famous as soldiers in the British Army, better known as Gurkhas.
For several days we will travel off the main tourist trail to Panchase, and on the third day we climb towards Panchase danda (2250m) for the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu. As we steer away from the tourist trail for several days, you will see how the Nepalese have gone about day to day life for centuries. The easiest access to Panchase is from the village of Badauri, which can be reached on foot or vehicle from Naudanda on the Baglung highway.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu, transfer hotel. Includes: (A).
Day 2: A full days sightseeing within the Kathmandu Valley. Includes: (A), (B).
Day 3: Drive, Kathmandu/ Pokhara. Includes: (A), (B).
Day 4: Pokhara / Bhumdi (1520m). Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Bhumdi / Panchase Bhanjyang (2030m). Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Panchase Bhanjyang/Panchase peak and trek Chitre (1400m). Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Chitre / Matathanti (1200m). Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Matathanti / Ghandrung (1940m). Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Ghandruk at leisure. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Ghandrung / Pothana (1900m). Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Pothana / Pokhara (820m). Includes: (A), (B), (L).
Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu by bus. Includes: (A), (B).
Day 13: Kathmandu at leisure. Includes: (A), (B).
Day 14: Transfer Airport / Departure for onward destination. Includes: (B).
Note: Abbreviation: A - Accommodation, B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner.
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