Panch Pokhari Trek is named after 5 holy ponds of great religious significance in the north-eastern part of Sindhupalchowk district in Nepal. This trek is one of the new and unspoilt trekking destinations. The route offers a beautiful Himalayan view and pristine nature with distinct culture.
Panch Pokhari (4,100 m) is located northeast of Kathmandu at the base of the Jugal Himal. The period from March to May is the best time for trek to Panch Pokhari. This place has cultural, religious, and ecological importance. An important festival, the Janai Purnima festival, is held here every year in August, when Brahmin castes come here for the ritual changing of the sacred thread (janai) they wear around their bodies. Thus, the five ponds (Panch Pokhari) are regarded as sacred ponds.
Panch Pokhari is also one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas, equally revered by both Buddhists, Hindus and especially for SHAMAN.
Panch Pokhari is very spiritual place for Tamang SHAMAN. During august full moon Shaman festival is performed by the Tamang ethnic people in Pancha Pokhari. For this festival Tamang Shamans as in local dialogue they say Dhami and Jhankri, gather in this holy Panch Pokhari premises to perform their singing and dancing. On the full moon night of august Dhami and Jhankri spend whole night by singing and dancing. Moreover, Tamang Dhami and Jhankri believe that those who perform singing and dancing they become holy. In this festival junior Dhami and Jhankri obtain graduation from the senior Dhami and Jhankri. During this festival visitor also can see the Dhami and Jhankri’s way of deep spiritual practice.
Panch Pokhari is is one of the an important holy place for Hindu People. In the the Janai Purnima Hindu pilgrims come here for the ritual changing of the sacred thread (janai) they wear around their bodies. During the event, the pilgrims bathe in the sacred water and change the threads on their hands. The event occurs during the full moon every August and celebrates Shiva by emulating the sacred bathing. The pilgrims also change the threads on their wrists to red or yellow for protection. They also chant powerful Gayatri mantra.
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. 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.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1335m)
Day 2: Kathmandu half day sightseeing and preparation for Trekking (1335m)
Day 3: Kathmandu to Chautara (1420 m)
Day 4: Chautara to Phurse (2218m)
Day 5: Phurse to Kami Kharaka (2820m)
Day 6: Kami Kharaka to Pauwa Bas (3000m)
Day 7: Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3720m)
Day 8: Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati (3720m)
Day 9: Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4100m)
Day 10: Rest day in Panch Pokhari (4100m)
Day 11: Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati (3630 Meters)
Day 12: Nasim Pati to Dukang (2100m)
Day 13: Dukang to Dhap (1200m)
Day 14: Dhap to Melamchi Bazar (870m)
Day 15: Malamchi Bazar to Kathmandu (1335m)
Day 17: Departure day
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Trip Cost: 1,8650 US $ PP
Group Size: Min-2, Max-15, Ave 10
1. 2 night Hotel in KATHMANDU
2. All transfers according to the above Itinerary.
3. Foods (Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast) during the Trek.
4. All Camping Gears.
5. All necessary paper work and permits (National Park permit and TIMS)
6. Guide and porters salaries and insurance
7. All government and local taxes
8. 1 porter (Max. 20 kg) for 2 people
9. Sleeping Bags if needed.
10. Community Trek’s Duffel Bags.
1. Personal expenses
2. Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
3. Tip for guide & porter
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today is Panch Pokhari Exploration and rest day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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