REFRESHING PANCHASE YOGA TREK (7D/7N $550)
This is a panoramic trek beyond the largest lake in Pokhara, Nepal. Panchase Trek is one of the best short trekking routes around the area. An unforgettably close mountain view, a mid-hill cultural and total wilderness experience, inhabited by different ethnical groups, untouched biodiversity and natural heritage site, it is a unique photographic destination in Nepal. From Panchase you will see the great Himalayan peaks of Macchapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Lamjung and Manaslu.This trek is off the beaten path and it is unlikely that you will meet many other trekkers here, and it is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Wholde body, yoga teaching, 7 nights accommodation, yoga teaching on the trek and guide, dinner on the night of your arrival, clean water, breakfast, tea, lunch, snacks, dinner and breakfast prior to your departure.
Arrival at the Sadhana Yoga Retreat between 3 and 5 pm. Orientation will be held at 6 pm. Dinner with other guests is at 7 pm; Candlelight meditation at 8 pm; Retire at 8:30 pm.
Wake up at 5:30 am; Meditation with the group at 5:45 am; Tea break at 7:00 am; Neti Kriya (Nasal Flushing) at 7:30 am; Morning Yoga and Pranayama (breathing exercises) at 8:00 am; Breakfast at 9:40 am.
Heading to Trek at 11 am.
Boat across Lake Fewa and Trek to Bumdi (1520m)
A short boat trip across the beautiful Fewa Lake will take you to the start of the trek. The first climb through the forest will take you up the steps leading to the World Peace Pagoda. This Buddhist Stupa 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 site in itself, from this vantage point you also get stunning views of the mountains, Fewa Lake and the city of Pokhara below. After a chance to wander around this truly peaceful Stupa, you continue down through the forest on small walking trails, before climbing back up to join an open Jeep trail snaking around the hill, which will take you through the village of Lukum Swara. The final climb takes you up to Bumdi village, home to Gurung and Brahman people where you will spend the night and learn more about these cultures.
Approx. Walking: 3 hours
Distance: 10 km
Altitude: 1520 m
3rd Day | Trek to Panchase Bhanjyanga (2065m)
After a short climb to really wake you up, 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 winds amongst diverse trees and plants and you can hear the birds above – you may even catch a glimpse of a monkey! Emerging from the trees briefly at Thulunchour you then continue under the cover of the forest until the path joins a dirt road, from which you can see panoramic views of the mountains. This view includes the Annapurnas, Lamjung, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) as well as three peaks over 8,000m: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manalsu, in the distance. Continuing along the Jeep trail takes you gently uphill to Panchase Bhanjyang. Similar to the previous night’s stay, this village is home to Gurung and Brahman people.
4th Day | Trek to Bhadaure (1670m)
On this morning you will climb up the stone steps to Panchase peak at almost 2,500m, the highest point of your trek. From here you will again be rewarded with stunning views over the mountains, and there is the option of getting up extra early to ascend to this point in time for sunrise! After catching your breath and taking in your surroundings, you will descend 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 campsite is situated just above the town of Bhadaure, where you can experience a mix of cultures such as Gurung, Kami and Brahman.
5th Day | Trek to Naudanda (1515m), drive to Pokhara (800m)
This day starts with a descent down stone steps to the town of Bhadaure, and you will continue on the Jeep trail that takes you across a small stream and through regular villages, where you will get the chance to interact with locals and the children will ask for chocolate! On reaching Naudanda the trail will rejoin the highway and your car will be waiting to pick you up and drive you back to the quiet city of Pokhara in time for lunch at the centre.
Approx. Walking Time: 4 hours
Distance: 6.5 km
Upon arrival at the Sadhana Yoga Centre, we will treat you with a massage and a steam bathto soothe all the pains and aches caused by walking up and down. Then you will have a restful afternoon and dinner with the group. Candlelight meditation is at 8 pm and you will retire for the evening at 8:30 pm.
6th Day | Yoga and Meditation Day
On the last day you will follow the yoga and meditation schedule with the other guests that have been practicing at the retreat centre.
7th Day | Farewell Day
Farewell breakfast will be at 8:30 am (or earlier if requested), and you will leave the centre by 9:30 am. Transfer service is available by request to Lakeside Pokhara, the airport or the bus park.