Overview

Duration :
16 Days
Secondary Activity:
Nature and Culture
Max altitude :
4,100m/13,451ft
Transportation:
Private Vehicle
Trip ends in:
Kathmandu
Accomodation:
Lodge and Tent Camp
Primary activity:
Trekking and Hiking
Group Size:
Min. 2 pax
Country:
Nepal
Trip starts from:
Kathmandu
Diffficulty:
Strenuous
Meals:
Nepali and Continental
Best Season:
Autumn and Spring
Trip route:
Kathmandu-Chautara-Phurse-Kami Kharka-Hille Bhanjyang-Nasim Pati-Panch Pokhari-Nasim Pati-Dukhang-Dhap-Melamchi Bazaar-Kathmandu

Trip introduction

“Where ever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

Panch Pokhari Trek at the base of Jugal Himal offers pristine mountain views, rich culture, and genuine adventure. Trekkers first travel by bus to Chautara, five hours northeast of Kathmandu towards the Tibetan border. This trek starts from 1,450m and goes up to 4,100m at Panch Pokhari. The lake is located in a beautiful natural setting that’s why it has become a travel destination in Nepal’s tourism industry.

We travel through a mixture of beautiful mountain scenery and the terraced fields and characteristic houses of rural villages from different ethnic groups. On your first night, you will experience life in the village homes of Sherpa and Tamang people and your guide will give a short talk on trekking, altitude sickness, and the highlights of the trek. These include the holy Five Lakes, the incredible Himalayan scenery, and the lifestyle of nomadic people unchanged by time. The unusual climatic and geographical mix makes this area a naturalist’s dream and a Mecca for those who appreciate traditional cultures. The trekking trail to Panch Pokhari is a delightful walking adventure traversing through lush forests, green mountains, traditional farming lands, traditional villages, and high hills of typical Nepal that shows views of far-off mountains lost on the horizon. On your first night, you will experience life in the village homes of Sherpa and Tamang people and your guide will give a short talk on trekking, altitude sickness, and the highlights of the trek. The higher elevation regions are mostly inhabited by Tamang, Sherpa, Gurung, Rai, Limbu, Magar communities who are originally called the Himalayan people or mountain people. Moreover, lots of historical places, religious places, Caves, and naturally beautiful lakes are other important things for a noble experience. The region of Panch Pokhari is encompassed by the various Himalayas which are Langtang Himalayan Range, Jugal Himalayan Range, Mt. Dorje Lakpa, Mt. Phurbi Chyaachu, Mt. Madiya, and the other Himalayas.

This is a very spectacular and spiritual trek which is visited by many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages visit this region every year. And the Panch Pokhari region is globally recognized as the ninth high wetland of the globe which is still unspoiled by urbanization. For those looking for a spiritual, tranquil, and scenic trek, the Panch Pokhari Trek is the one for them.

Contact Nepal Mountain Trekkers now join this amazing trek with our professional team.

Special Note:

If this itinerary doesn’t suit your requirement or if you want to customize it, please feel free to contact us. This trek could be customized as per your required time frame and budget limits.

Overview

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2
    Kathmandu Valley city tours and preparation for trek.
  • Day 3
    Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1200m/3937 ft).
  • Day 4
    Chautara to Phurse (2045m/6709 ft).
  • Day 5
    Phurse to Kami Kharka (2845m/9333 ft).
  • Day 6
    Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3000m/9842 ft).
  • Day 7
    Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3400m/11154 ft).
  • Day 8
    Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati (3700m/12139 ft).
  • Day 9
    Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4100m/13451).
  • Day 10
    Rest Day at Panch Pokhari
  • Day 11
    Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati (3700m/12139 ft).
  • Day 12
    Nasim Pati to Dukhang (2100m/6889 ft).
  • Day 13
    Dukhang to Dhap (1200m/3937).
  • Day 14
    Dhap to Melamchi Bazaar (800m/2624 ft).
  • Day 15
    Drive from Melamchi to Kathmandu
  • Day 16
    Farewell Day

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu:

As soon as you arrive at the capital city, Kathmandu, you will be met by a representative from Nepal Mountain Trekkers at International Airport terminals and he will take you to your respective hotel (Hotel Green Horizon). After checking into the hotel, you can enjoy the free time relaxing in the cozy room or stroll around the tourist hub Thamel area until the end of the day.

Day 2 : Kathmandu Valley city tours and preparation for trek.:

After having our early meal, we start our day with a visit to the Nepal Mountain Trekkers office at Thamel. After being introduced to our team including tour guide, trekking leader, and director of operations, we head for necessary trekking preparations, getting needed equipment with the initiation of Kathmandu sightseeing around world heritage sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa are UNESCO world heritage sites that we explore till sunset. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. B included.

Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1200m/3937 ft).:

After breakfast, we will commence our journey with a scenic drive along the Araniko Highway towards Chautara village from where our Panch Pokhari Trek gets started. Chautara is the district headquarter of Sindhupalchowk District which will take about 5-6 hours of drive from Kathmandu to reach. The village offers us magnificent views of Mountains, lush bushes, and terraced fields with several significant crops like rice, wheat, corn, millet, etc. Stay Overnight at Chautara.

Day 4 : Chautara to Phurse (2045m/6709 ft).:

Today, we will be progressing towards our destination with a hike of about 5-6 hours depending upon the pace to Phurse from Chautara. It will be a leisurely ascent up to Phurse which is a meadowland for domestic animals to graze. The trail up to Phurse is blessed with several small settlements, terraced fields, small rivers, and the wonderful eye-dazzling vistas of mountain ranges including Gaurishankhar, Dorje Lakpa, and other neighboring peaks. We will stay in a tent camp at Phurse.

Day 5 : Phurse to Kami Kharka (2845m/9333 ft).:

From Phurse, we start our day with an hour-long ascent toward Thulo Okhareni, and with a little rest and photo session, we continue the steep climb for almost 4 more hours. Our trekking trail for today passes through Rhododendron and Pine forests where we might get to see various flora and fauna, birdlife, and if we are lucky then some wild animals like Mountain Deer and Langur Monkeys and the national bird of Nepal, Danfe (Lophophorus) can also be spotted. After the arduous and exhausting uphill walking, we will relax at our tent camp at Kami Kharka which is also a meadowland for nomadic herders.

Day 6 : Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3000m/9842 ft).:

As we have been through rough and tough days prior to today, this is going to be easy and fairly hike from Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas. The trail we embark upon is densely forested especially with Rhododendron, Pine, Oak, etc. Along the way, we can also spot a few houses of nomadic cattle herders and discover their lifestyles and experiences. We will relax with picturesque night scenery in a tent at Pauwa Bas.

Day 7 : Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3400m/11154 ft).:

Get ready for some steep uphill and downhill climb relishing the attention-grabbing vistas of mountain ranges. After ascending for about 3 hours and descending about an hour and a half we will arrive at Hille Bhanjyang where we stay overnight in a tent camp.

Day 8 : Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati (3700m/12139 ft).:

From Hille Bhanjyang, we will be reaching Nasim Pati today with a steep uphill climb of about an hour and descending for approximately 3 hours through rocky hills and lush bushes accompanied by Rhododendron forest. Along the way, you will be enjoying the marvelous panoramic vistas of mountain ranges. Stay Overnight at Nasim Pati in a tent camp which is a traditional pilgrimage stopover point for the pilgrims traveling to holy and spiritual Panch Pokhari.

Day 9 : Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4100m/13451).:

Finally, on this very day, we will be stepping at the holy and spiritual pristine five lakes, Panch Pokhari after a demanding gradual ascent through rocky hills. The pilgrimage site of Panch Pokhari receives hundreds and thousands of devotees from different parts of Nepal as well as India during the months of June /July, especially during the Janai Purnima festival (Ritual Thread Ceremony). There are two metal-roofed huts, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and a pile of tridents at Panch Pokhari. Stay Overnight at Panch Pokhari.

Day 10 : Rest Day at Panch Pokhari:

Early in the morning, we will wake up to see the splendid sunrise view over the mountain ranges from Panch Pokhari. We will be using this day to acclimatize ourselves and to rest and hence, we will go for a short uphill hike of about one and a half hours for sighting the eye-dazzling panoramas of mountain ranges including Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling, Lantang, etc. We will also discover the lifestyle and culture of the locals in the area after descending back to Panch Pokhari. Overnight at Panch Pokhari.

Day 11 : Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati (3700m/12139 ft).:

From the ultimate destination of our journey, we will be trekking back to Nasim Pati with steep descent via Lauribina La Pass which is one of the best viewpoints in the Langtang region of Nepal. You can get an excellent vista of the Langtang ranges from there and further, we will continue our journey thru the lush bushes enriched in alpine vegetation. Stay overnight at Nasim Pati.

Day 12 : Nasim Pati to Dukhang (2100m/6889 ft).:

Today you will be walking through forested trails accompanied by bamboos, rhododendron, pine, oak, juniper, and other herbs and vegetations along with some endangered species of wild animals and birds. Initiating the trek with a steep descent and then on a flatter and relaxed trail until we reach our destination for today, Dukhang. Dukhang is a small village where resides the indigenous Tamang and Sherpa people. We can notice their unique lifestyle and culture, the beautiful terraced farmlands, their local crops, and of course, Prayer flags, Buddhist Monasteries, Chortens, and many more. Stay overnight at Dukhang.

Day 13 : Dukhang to Dhap (1200m/3937).:

Just like last day, we will be having a steep downhill walk before reaching the flatter land and walk-through terraced fields to the beautiful settlement of Dhap village inhabited by Tamang people where we spend time with them and discover their lifestyle and culture. Stay Overnight at Dhap.

Day 14 : Dhap to Melamchi Bazaar (800m/2624 ft).:

After walking through terraced fields, along the Indrawati River, passing several beautiful typical settlements, we will reach Melamchi Bazaar. Melamchi Bazaar is very popular among the people of Kathmandu as well because of the water supply from Melamchi to the Kathmandu project which has been very much helpful to tackle the scarcity of water in the valley. Also, the hydroelectricity project is equally significant in this area. We will stay overnight at Melamchi Bazaar.

Day 15 : Drive from Melamchi to Kathmandu:

Today, after breakfast, we shall head towards Kathmandu marking the end of this enriching and adventurous trekking experience. Through the terraced fields and lush landscapes, rolling hills, and rural settlements we shall reach Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, we can go for souvenir shopping and walk around nearby places of interest. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 16 : Farewell Day:

On the day of your journey for onward destination, our representative shall escort you to the international airport. You may extend your stay in Nepal and take other adventure packages offered to you. We hope that you had memories of your lifetime and are tempted for another adventure in this land of the Himalayas.

Price Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu(Hotel Green Horizon)
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; any items in the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • All required land transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With experience of more than a decade in working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kind of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belong to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag, down jacket, Nepal Mountain Trekkers duffer bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (Note: down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • TIMS Card and  Langtang National Parks entrance fees.
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Rescue arrangement service
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charges
  • Farewell Dinner

Price Excludes

  • Nepal Entry Visa fee (Visa Information)
  • International airfare and excess baggage charges
  • Food in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

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Trip Map:

Equipments

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch
  • Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

Upper body

  • Cotton t-shirts and thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket

Lower body

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Inner thermals

Feet

  • Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Shower sandals

Hands

  • Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
  • Creams
  • Sanitizer

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to (-20F/-30C recommended)
  • Trekking bag (Rucksack)
  • Duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits

  • Personal Regular Medicines
  • Knee Caps
  • Bandages
  • Ointments
  • Blister Tape

Miscellaneous

  • Medicines: We recommend you bring your regular medicines; we will provide a first aid kit from our side.
  • Light-weighted Towel
  • Swiss Knife
  • Passport and extra passport photos
  • Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer
  • Day Pack (35-45 L)
  • Crocs (evenings & washing)
  • Gloves (lighter & heavier for passes)
  • Camp Towel
  • Trekking Poles (optional, recommended)
  • Down Booties (optional, recommended)
  • Bladder (optional, recommended)
  • Extra Batteries
  • Battery Chargers
  • Yak Trax (for treks with icy passes)
  • Camp Washing Bowl (optional, collapsible for clothes)
  • Laundry Detergent (Kathmandu) or Bio-degradable Clothes Soap
  • Small Solar Panel (optional, recommended for iPods, iPhones, camera batteries, Kindles)
  • Zip-Lock | Plastic Bags
  • Rehydration | Electrolytes
  • Snacks!
  • Personal Medical Supplies
  • Micro Spikes
  • Medical Supplies
  • We strongly suggest bringing Western meds with you as there are a lot of Indian fakes on the market!
    Suggested: Diamox, Azithromycin, Ciprofloxacin, Tinidazole, or Flagyl & Augmentin. Bring COMPEED for covering blisters & good tasting electrolytes &/or rehydration salts (Emergen-C is a good American brand). The local versions aren’t very appealing.
  • We also recommend bringing strong knee & ankle supports & braces, ACE bandages for sprains & strains, Tegaderm &/or other would coverings. Duct tape is always useful. We’re happy to take excess medical supplies off your hands when you leave if you won’t need them and pass them on to others. We use lots of the large amount we have with us to treat locals we meet when trekking.

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