PANCH POKHARI TREK 17 DAYS

Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  17 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Group Size:  12 persons
  •  Price:  From 1950 US $ PP.
  •  Trip Style:  Camping
  •  Diffculty:  Hard
  •  Best Season:  Mar/May & Sept/Nov
  •  Transport:  Private vehicle

Overview

Panch Pokhari Trek is named after 5 holy ponds of great religious significance in the north-eastern part of Sindhupalchowk district,it is one of the new and unspoilt trekking destinations in Nepal. The route offers a beautiful Himalayan view and pristine nature with distinct culture. Panch Pokhara is situated at an elevation of about 4100m above sea level. This is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal. Panch Pokhari trekking lies to the north of the Kathmandu valley; the chain of peaks called Jugal Himal that includes Dorje Lakpa (6966m) Madiya (6257m) and Phurbi Chhyachu (6,637 m). This is a remote and unfrequented region, despite being close to Kathmandu.

 

The Trekking offers a combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty and diversity of flora and fauna. There are few villages and no hotels on this route. In some places, the route passes through villages and settlements of different ethnic people like Tamangs, Newars, Sherpas, Brahmins, Chhetris, and Gurungs. Since teahouses are not available along the route, camping trek is operated. Most part of the route is entirely free of human settlement. Panch Pokhari is one of the less explored trekking routes.

Full Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

    (Pick up from Airport and drop to your Hotel) (1335 Meters) (Hotel)
  • Day 2

    Kathmandu half day sightseeing and preparation for Trekking

    Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley (Monkey Temple) with your guide then your Trekking guide briefs you regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

    (Breakfast) (1335 Meters) (Hotel)
  • Day 3

    Kathmandu to Chautara

    Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara village via bus which is about 5 hrs journey. Chautara is the Headquarter of Sindupalchowk district. From our camp site you can relax and enjoy the stunning mountain views. At evening if you like explore and can gain some insight into the culture and daily life of the village.

    (Drive by Car/Bus) (BLD) (1420 m) (5 hours) (Camp)
  • Day 4

    Chautara to Phurse

    Trail from Chautara to Phurse is working for about 5-6 hrs. The trail passes through many small villages, farming terraces, some green hills along with some marvelous mountain views of Mt. Gaurishanker, Dorje Lakpa and many others. Easy ascend up to Phurse. Phurse is a pasture land where people from villages bring their domestic animals for grazing. It is a small village mainly inhabited by Tamang communities. Over night in the tented Camp.

    (BLD) (2218 Meters) (5 -6 hours) (Camp)
  • Day 5

    Phurse to Kami Kharaka

    Today’s journey is for about 6 hours. We cross through the forest covered with Oak, Pine, rhododendron and other natural vegetation. The route ascends steeply through forests full of woodcutters to the ridge crest up to Kami Kharka. Kami Kharka is another pasture for domestic animals. On the way you can enjoy the spectacular views of Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa and Jugal Himal range. Set camp in a grassy area surrounded by forest.

    (BLD) (2820 Meters ) (5-6 hours) (Camp)
  • Day 6

    Kami Kharaka to Pauwa Bas

    Today’s working for about 6 hours. Crossing Kami Kharka, you begin to follow an ascending path to reach Pauwa Bas. We trek through forests enclosed with rhododendron, oak, pine, juniper and other natural vegetation. We can see some nomad’s houses for cattle on the way. We mostly work in up hills arriving in Pauwa Bas. This is a shelter for the local pilgrims. Camping overnight here.

    (BLD) (3000 Meters) (5-6 hours) (Camp)
  • Day 7

    Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang

    This morning we have a steep uphill stretch for about 3 hours to Hille Bhanjyang. The route up to Hille Bhanjyang goes uphill passing through forests enriched with bamboo, pine, oak, rhododendron and alpine vegetation. In spring this can be in deep Snow with difficult icy section in the gullies. Hille Bhanjyang is a ridge from where wecan see the wonderful views of waterfall, river basin and village at a far distance. You can camp for the night.

    (BLD) (3720 Meters ) (5-6 hours) (Camp)
  • Day 8

    Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati

    Today we only have about 4 hours of walking. We take an easy on the steep uphill section to start the day, taking about an hour. The views are wonderful in clear weather. En route, you encounter forests with views of the Jugal Himal range, GauriShankar, mountain deer and Danfe, the national bird of Nepal. There is a stone house above Nasim Pati (3800m) and well trodden trails that lead off the ridge crest to both east and west. There is no running water here in the spring.Nasim Pati also provides shelter to local pilgrims. You camp for the night.

    (BLD) (3720 Meters) ( 5 hours) (Camp)
  • Day 9

    Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (Five Lakes)

    It’s about a four-hour climb on a well-defined trail to Panch Pokhari; five holy lakes. This morning we have an early start to catch a stunning sunrise over the mountains. The route is steeply ascent passing through LauriBinayak Pass to Panch Pokhari. On the way, you are amazed to see the alpine vegetation and Rocky Mountains, wild life and villages at a far distance. Panch Pokhari is the interesting point of the trek. There falls an interesting festival in August called Janaipurnima. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages gather here. The top of Panch Pokhari (5 lakes) offers an excellent view of Jugal Himal range, Rolwaling range, Gosaikunda etc. Overnight in the Tented Camp.

    (BLD) (4100 Meters ) (6-7 hours) (Camp)
  • Day 10

    Rest day in Panch Pokhari

    Today is Panch Pokhari Exploration and rest day.

    (BLD) (4100 Meters ) (Camp)
  • Day 11

    Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati

    Trekking back you will move through steeply descending path passing LauriBinayak Pass. The forests on way are quite rich in alpine vegetation. Camping at Nasim Pati tonight.

    (BLD) (3630 Meters) (5-6 hours) (Camp)
  • Day 12

    Nasim Pati to Dukang

    It’s about 6 hours trail. Descend down passing through forests covered with bamboos, rhododendron, pine, oak, juniper and other natural vegetation. We may also have chance to encounter Himalayan deer, white monkey and many others. We come across chortens, prayer flags fluttering in the breeze before reachingDukhang. Dukhang is a tiny village mainly occupied by Tamang, Sherpa people. There are beautiful monasteries around this area. You find local people toiling hard by farming land where they grow wheat, potato, millet, buck wheat and green vegetables.

    (BLD) (2100 Meters ) (5-6 hours) (Camp)
  • Day 13

    Dukang to Dhap

    Today is descending day for approximately about 6 hours. Trail goes along the bank of the Indrawati River offering wonderful views of farming terraces, human settlements and green hills. The path is quite level as we make our way through terraced fields to the beautiful village of Dhap. Dhap is home to Tamang families and various different communities. It gives us a great chance to gain some insight into the lives, culture and traditional architecture of Tamang villages.There are some schools, small tea shops and a local market.

    (BLD) (1200 Meters) (5-6 hours) (Camp)
  • Day 14

    Dhap to Melamchi Bazar

    Trail passes working approximately for about 6 hours along the Indrawati River passing through different villages and farming terraces. We also see a hydro electricity project on the way to Tipini our re-introduction to a road, vehicles carrying passengers and goods. Melamchi Pul Bazaar which lies at the bank of Melamchi Khola (stream) and Indrawati River is comparatively a big town for this area. There are some lodges, tea shops, government offices, schools, colleges, post office and army police camp. We will camp by the riverside and if you like you can refresh yourself with a dip in the river.

    (BLD) (870 m) (5-6 hours) (Camp)
  • Day 15

    Malamchi Bazar to Kathmandu

    After breakfast the trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. From here take a drive of around 3-4 hrs to the Kathmandu valley. Enjoy the panoramic views all the way, enjoying the cool air and forested road.

    (BL) (1335 Meters ) (Hotel)
  • Day 16

    Free day in Kathmandu

    Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.

    (Breakfast) (1335 m) (Hotel)
  • Day 17

    Departure day

    Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

    (Airport Drop by Car/ Bus) (Breakfast) (1,300m/4,264 ft)
  • Note

    Customize your trip

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.

Cost and Services

Cost Includes:
1. Complete camping trekking with full board i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner.

2. Twin sharing tented accommodation and camping equipments and Kitchen equipments
Mattress, Toilet tent, shower, Dinning tent, dinning tables, chairs etc.

3. Langtang National Park & TIMS Card entrance fees

4. 4 Nights Hotel accomodation in Kathmandu on BB Plan (Bed & Breakfast)
All
5. Necessary private transportations (Kathmandu to Chautara and Melamchi to Kathmandu)

6. Airport pick up/drops on private vehicles

7. First aid and medical kits

8. All government taxes and official charges.

9. One day full sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.

10. English Speaking Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide, Cook, assistant cook and Porters

11. Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs
Cost Non-Include: 
1. Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

2. Rescue/ emergence and insurance cost

3. Beverage and hard drinks and alcohol

4. Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.

5. Personal equipments and personal expenses.

6. In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be born by themselves.

Tour Details

#Gear List
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

 

You must bring the following items:
1. Hiking boots
2. Socks
3. Trekking trousers / pants
4. Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
5. Baselayer shirts
6. Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
7. Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
8. Waterproof jacket
9. Sunhat
10. Warm hat
11. Sunglasses
12. Thermal gloves
13. Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
14. Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
15. Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
16. Water bottles 1 L.
17. Antibacterial handwash
18. Small towel
19. Daypack, 25/30Litres
20. Trekking poles
21. Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
22. Warm jacket (down)*

 

Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite) and Glucose tablets.

 

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.

Responsible

Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.

 

Environment:

  • It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
  • Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.

 

 

Culture:

 

  • Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.
  • Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip from your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.
  • Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.
  • Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.
  • Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.
  • Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.
  • A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.
  • Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.
  • Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviours, but don’t join in either.
  • Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.
  • Ancient and sacred sites: there are a few protocol that are handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there
  • When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.
  • Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.
  • Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.
  • If you’re granted an audience with a lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).
  • If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.
  • Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!
  • Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.
  • Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.
  • The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.
  • Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.

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