Panch Pokhari Trek

Trip Overview

On this trek you travel through little remote villages and forested hills which is untouched by modern civilization but still very rich in natural beauty, culture, tradition and typical way of life. Nepal is very rich in Natural Resources. Different species of plants, animals, birds and beautiful places are in Nepal. Among beautiful places “Panch Pokhari” is one of them. Panch pokhari which means five holy lakes, is located in the northern part of Kathmandu of Sindhupalchok district. It is the 9th highest altitude wetland in the world. This area contains surprising amount of forest and wildlife. Panch pokhari is religiously very important and respected place for Hindu people. Beautiful Himalayan view and clear nature with distinct culture is the most fascinating view of this region. The ethnics group of this region is Tamang, Sherpa, Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung and Newar etc. The area offers cultural heritage, natural beauty and biological diversity. The more important festivals of this area are Lhosar, Dashain, Tihar, Buddha Jayanti, Chheju, Tees and Janai Purnima.

In this area there are lots of historical places, Caves and naturally beautiful lakes which are most memorable part of trekking. We can see lots of old artistic Gumbas, Monastries, Temples on the way of Panch Pokhari. From the top of Panch Pokhari it offers an excellent view of Jugal Himal range, Rolwaling range, Ganesh Himal, Gosainkund, Kanchenjunga and Makalu. The main peak of this area are Lenpo Gang or big white peak (6979m), Dorje Lakpa (6986m) and Ganchempo (6387m). The vegetation is represented by alpine pasture meadow and Rhododendron scrub. Mammals like Langur monkey, Assamese monkey, Pikas, civet cat etc, endangered animals like Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, Himalayan fox, Wild dog etc can be found in this region. Different types of highly prized medicinal herbs like Yarsa Gumba, Cordicep sinensis etc are found in this region. Butterfly diversity is very rich in this part. Birds like Monal, Blood pheasants are found in Nasim and Yaks are found in Nasik.

Agriculture and horticulture are the main occupation of the people living in this area. Potato is the main cash crops of higher productivity in this place & has a good market even in Kathmandu valley. Local people collect various medical herbs for trading.

Most attraction of this trek is wonderful adventures like mountain climbing, rafting, bungee jump, cannoying. Varieties of experiences in a single trek can be observed. Lots of beautiful flowers, waterfalls, endangered animals can be seen here. Panch Pokhari trek is very clean destination for tourists. Panch Pokhari is naturally, culturally, traditionally rich. In the occasion of Janai Purnima (which is celebrating in July-Aug) many people come from nearby village and all over the Country for prayer in this place. Near Panch Pokhari, there is a Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva. So Panch Pokhari is a pilgrimage site for Hindus.

Oct -Dec and Feb – May are the best months for trekking in this region. There can be poor visibility but you can do trekking in July and August for the different scenery. At this time, you will see lots of Hindu Pilgrims visiting this place for Janai Purnima Festival to nullify their sins.

Day to Day Activity

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
Day 03: Drive to Chutara(1418m)
Day 04: Trek from Chautara to Phusre (2218m)
Day 05: Trek to Kami Kharka (2985m)
Day 06: Trek to Pauwa Bas (3000m)
Day 07: Trek to Hille Bhanjyang (3720m)
Day 08: Trek to Nosyampati (3631m)
Day 09: Trek to Panch Pokhari (4010m)
Day 10: Trek back to Nosyampati,
Day 11: Trek to Dukang (2100m)
Day 12: Trek to Dhap (1600m)
Day 13: Trek to Melamchi Bazaar (870m)
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu,
Day 15: Free day for sightseeing,
Day 16: End Kathmandu,

Note: You only get Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu. You’re on full board supported camping trek.

Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu:
    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley. CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
    Today there is a half-day guided sightseeing tour visiting the temples of Bodnath and Pashupatinath. Bodnath is one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world and home to a large Tibetan population, whilst Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple in the country. The tour will end at lunchtime and there will be time in the afternoon for individual exploration of the Durbar Square area of Kathmandu or Swayambunath, the Monkey Temple, with it's all seeing eyes of Buddha overlooking the whole valley. There will also be a trip briefing today. CH,
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1418m).
    We drive eastwards on Arniko highway, the only high way linked to Tibet over Dhulikhel to Dolalghat. Just after Dolalghat we leave the main road and follow the road through terraces to Chautara, administrative centre of Sindhupalchok district. It takes about 5 hrs. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 04: Trek from Chautara to Phurse (2218m),
    We have to pass through many villages, farming terraces, some fabulous mountains view of Gaurishankar, Dorje lakpa. Phurse is   a pasture land where different village people bring their domestic animals for the purpose of grazing. It is a small village mainly inhabited by Tamang People, one of the main ethnic group in this region - it takes approximately 5-6 hrs walking. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 05: Trek to Kami Kharka (2985m),
    Leaving Phurse today we mostly ascend through jungle to Kami Kharka. On the way, we walk through the forest of Oak, Pine, Rhododendron and other natural vegetation. We have to walk mostly up hills untill Kami Kharka today. We can also see beautiful views of Gaurishankar, Dorje lakpa, Jungal Himal range. It takes approximately 6 hrs. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 06: Trek to Pauwa Bas (3000m),
    We can see forest covered with Rhododendron, Oak, Pine, Juniper and other natural vegetation. Pauwa Bas is the place for shelter of local pilgrims. It can be interesting for westerner visitor’s to see local devotees walking to the temple with their minimum gear. They don’t need to carry that much for few days. They cook themselves and stay overnight at natural shelter. It takes about 6 hrs. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 07: Trek to Hille Bhanjyang (3720m),
    The way to Hille Bhanjyang goes up hill passing through forest having different plant species like Bamboo, Pine, Oak, Rhododendron (National flower of Nepal) and other alpine vegetation. From Hille Bhanjyang we can have fascinating view of Waterfall, Rivers and village in a far distance. We do approximately 6hrs. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 08: Trek to Nosyampati (3631m),
    We have to walk down through forest first and then uphill until we reach Nosyampati. On the way you can see the forests with views of Jugal Himal Range, Gaurishankhar Himal, Mountain deer and Danfe (National bird of Nepal). It takes only 4 hrs today. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 09: Trek to Panch pokhari (4010m),
    The route goes passes through Lauribinayak to Panch Pokhari. You are surprise to see alpine vegetation, Rocky Mountains and wildlife. Panch Pokhari means five lakes in Nepali. In the month of August one of the important festival in Nepal held in this place called Janai Purnima. During this festival many Hindu pilgrims from all over Nepal and India gather here to nullify their sins. Panch Pokhari offers excellent view of Jungal Himal Range, Rolwaling range and Gosaikunda etc. It takes approximately 4 hrs today. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 10: Trek back to Nosyampati,
    Leaving Panch Pokhari we retrace to Nosyampati for the night. Coming back down from Panch pokhari, we still can enjoy through forest with great views of the mountain. It takes about 4 hrs. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 11: Trek to Dhukhang (2100m),
    The trail goes down Passes through forest having different types of plants species like Bamboo, Pine, Oak, Juniper etc. Before we reach Dhukhang we come across Chortens and we can see prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. Dhukhang is a small village mainly having two different ethics groups of Tamang and Sherpa. They’re the followers of Buddhism. It takes approximately 6hrs. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 12: Trek to Dhap village (1600m),
    After crossing Dhukhang our destination today is to reach Dhap village. You have to walk along with Indrawati River with fascinating views of farming terraces, human settlements, green hills and happening different activities of the people in the low hills. It takes Approximately 6hrs. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 13: Trek to Melamchi Bazaar (870m),
    We continue along with Indrawati River passing through different villages, hydro electricity project, farming terraces. On the way we pass through Tipani to reach Melamchi Bazaar. It takes approximately 6hrs. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu.
    It’s about 3 hours drive back to Kathmandu. CH,
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast

    Day 15: Free day for Sightseeing.
    You have free day for last minute sightseeing and shopping in Kathmandu valley. In the evening there will be Nepali dinner with cultural show.CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 16: End Kathmandu.
    The trip ends after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to the airport for the flight back home.
    Included meal: Breakfast

Include/Exclude

Price Includes

» Accommodation in Kathmandu - Twin share
» Sightseeing in Kathmandu
» Accommodation on the trek -Two-person tent
» All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), snacks, welcome drink, Tea/Coffee on trek
» All domestic transport as listed in the itinerary
» Domestic flights and applicable taxes.
» All National Park permits and entrance fees
» Porters and/or pack animals to carry personal gear
» Maximum 15 kg luggage allowance while on trek
» Duffle Bag for your gear
» Sleeping Bag and inner liner if necessary
» Trek Leader, guides and camping Crew
» Comprehensive medical kit

Price Excludes

» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage, laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu
» International flights and departure taxes
» Visa and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Tips and gratuities
» Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel

Equipment List

Equipment List

NOTE:
You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu (Thamel).
PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING
Sun glasses
Chap stick/Sunscreen
Face mask or Scarf
Hand towel
Fleece beanie
Wind stopper/waterproof top and bottom
Cold weather down jacket below waist
Fleece jacket and trouser
Trekking trouser
T-Shirts (short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
Wind stopper and fleece gloves
Socks and under wears
Trekking boot
Snow Gaiter (optional)
Runners/Snickers for camps
Head torch
Water Bottle/Camel Pak
Trekking/Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Small personal first aid kit

Latest News
TAAN Pokhara Chapter Explored New Trail
A team of Trekking Agencies'' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has explored a new trekking trail that starts from Kushma of Parbat and ends at Baskharka of Myagdi district.

A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali
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