Panch Pokhari Trekking is wilderness trekking and newly promoted trekking route in Nepal which is named after five holy ponds and Hindus pilgrimage. Panch Pokhari trek offers a beautiful Himalayan view and perfect nature with district culture and traditions of locals. This Panch Pokhari trekking follows the remote traditional villages in the amazingly beautiful Himalayan background with the combination of miscellaneous ecology, rich cultural heritage and pilgrimage tour. There are lots of historical places, Caves and naturally beautiful lakes which are most outstanding part of Five Lakes trekking.
Panch Pokhari is a holy sacred lake for Buddhist and Hindu. After 5 hours drive from Kathmandu, we arrive at the trek starting point called Chautara, the district headquarter of Sindupalchowk. This trek passes through a mixture of beautiful mountain scenery and the terraced fields and characteristic houses of rural villages from different ethnic groups. The good hospitality of the local people could make your trek quite interesting and memorable. The route of Hille Bhanjyang goes uphill passing through forests enriched with bamboo, pine, oak, rhododendron and alpine vegetation. We may also have a chance to encounter Himalayan deer, white monkey, and many others. Passing Buddhist monasteries, Tamang and Sherpa villages reach the sacred site of the five glacial lakes of Panch Pokhari. The top of Panch Pokhari (4100m) offers an excellent view of Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling Range, Gosaikunda, Kanchenjunga Treks and Makalu. The last day of the trip we will ride back to Kathmandu from Melamchi Bazaar crossing the Melamchi River and overviewing the Melamchi Drinking water project.
Nepal Panch Pokhari trek offers an ideal and interesting journey which gives the experience of the lifetime. The vegetation in this Panch Pokhari trekking region abundantly crowds alpine pasture meadow and Rhododendron scrub. Mammals like Langur monkey, Assamese monkey, Picas, civet cat etc, endangered animals like Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, Himalayan fox, Wild dog etc can be found in this region. Varieties of experiences can be grabbed and experienced in this solitary off the beatenTrekking in Panch Pokhari.
Day 1 : Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have the meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have the same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2 : A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The next morning after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You can pay your homage visiting the center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple (for Hindus) and Swyambhunath (for Buddhists). These are very ancient and historical pride of Nepal importantly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflect the uniqueness and diversity in Nepalese culture. On the journey back to the hotel, you can travel around the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. You can perhaps take a relaxed walk through the famous streets like Thamel, King's way etc.
Day 3 : Kathmandu to Chautara (1200m)
Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara village via bus which is about 5 hrs journey. Chautara is the Headquarter of Sindupalchowk district. From our campsite 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.
Day 4 : Chautara to Phurse (2050m)
Trail from Chautara to Purse 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 Purse. 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. Overnight in the tented Camp.
Day 5 : Phurse to Kami Kharka (2845m)
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.
Day 6 : Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3000m)
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.
Day 7 : Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3400m)
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 we can see the wonderful views of waterfall, river basin and village at a far distance. You can camp for the night.
Day 8 : Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati (3700m) 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, Gauri Shankar, 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.
Day 9 : Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4100m)
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.
Day 10 : Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati (3700m)
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.
Day 11 : Nasim Pati to Dukhang (2100m)
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 reaching Dukhang. 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. Overnightat Camp.
Day 12 : Dukhang to Dhap (1200m)
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. You camp for the night.
Day 13 : Dhap to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (800m)
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.
Day 14 : Melamchi drive back 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.
Day 15 : 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.
Day 16 : Farewell Departure
Pack up your entire luggage and check for anything you left. This can be the last minute preparation to leave. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.