Days 1 and 2
09.03.2016 - 10.03.2016 24 °C
- For consistency and as a future memory-aid for myself, I’m using the place names as they are spelled on my trekking map.
To get to the start of the Panchase trek, we drove north out of Pokhara to a little village called Kande. At 1770m, Kande is almost 1000m higher than Pokhara, so that was a pretty good head start. But then the trek started off straight uphill – a bit of a shock! That turned out to be just a shortcut to the rocky/sandy, narrow road we would follow most of the way to Bhadaure.
We had clear mountain views all morning, and just because they were behind us didn’t mean we couldn’t stop frequently to take photos.
After about an hour, our destination for Day 1 came into view. It’s the blue-roofed building at the top of the hill. The walk down and up the other side of the hill to Bhadaure (1660m) wasn’t as bad as it looked, and the path was easy. So overall, Day 1 proved to be a short - approx 2 hour - gentle introduction to our trek. The Bhadaure teahouse boasted a stunning outlook from its stone terrace, so we relaxed all afternoon, taking in the views and contemplating the days ahead.
On Day 2 we were all up early for sunrise, as it was another gloriously clear day. I think the photos speak for themselves.
The objective for Day 2 was to ascend to the high-point of the trek at Panchase Danda (2517m). The walk was mostly in shade, and it was another beautiful, sunny day.
At first the path was easy – quite open and grassy – but as we ascended it was more common to be climbing stone steps. Seemingly thousands of them... In the shady forest we saw a few early-flowering rhododendrons, and also some white Panchassee tree orchids.
The view from the top was breathtaking.
Walking down from Panchase Danda to Panchase Bhanjyang (2030m), the path once again became a bit softer and flatter.
The verdict for Day 2? A lot of ups and a little bit down.