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