This trek begins and ends in Pokhara. It is not very difficult and offers terrific views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhare, the famous and sacred fishtail mountain of Nepal. The maximum altitude is about 8000 ft (2500 m) so it will not present any problems. The village inhabitants are mostly Gurungs, Brahmins and Chhetris although you will see the people of many different ethnic groups along the trail, including Sherpas and Tibetan traders. This is a very good trek for the people who have little time but want a taste of the mountains and village life in Nepal.
Day 1: Boat across Lake Phewa, Trek to Bumdi (1520 m)
In Pokhara, a short boat trip across the beautiful Phewa Lake will take you to the start of the trek. The first climb through the forest will take you up to the steps leading to the World Peace Pagoda. This Buddhist stupa is one of over 80 Peace Pagodas worldwide. As well as being an impressive sight in itself, from this vantage point you also get stunning views over mountains, Phewa Lake and the city below. You continue down through the forest on small walking trails before climbing back up to join an open jeep trail snaking round the hill, which will take you through the village of Lukum Swara. The final climb of today takes you up to Bumdi village.
Day 2: Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang (2065 m)
After a short climb, the track continues through a beautiful forest where you can see mountains regularly peeking out between the trees. Today is a great day for nature-lovers, as the path passes amidst trees and plants and you can hear the birds above. Emerging from the trees briefly at Thulunchour you continue under the cover of the forest until the path joins a dirt road, from which you can see panoramic view of the mountains. These include the Annapurnas, Lamjung, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) as well as three peaks over 8,000m: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manalsu, in the distance. Continuing on the jeep trail takes you gently uphill to Panchase Bhanjyang.
Day 3: Trek to Bhadaure (1670 m)
You climb the stone steps up to Panchase peak at almost 2,500 m, the highest point of your trek. From here you will be rewarded with stunning views of the mountains. Then, you descend down the far side of the hill to Alldanda. The afternoon consists of a gentle walk down to your campsite, with regular views of the mountains above and villages below. The campsite is situated just above the town of Bhadaure.
Day 4: Trek to Naudanda (1515 m), drive to Pokhara (800 m)
The day starts with a descent down the stone steps to the town of Bhadaure, and continue on to the jeep trail that takes you across a small stream and through regular villages. On reaching Naudanda, the trail will rejoin the highway from where you will drive back to the city of Pokhara.
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