Panch Pokhari trekking is a great alternative trekking. The final point of this trekking is Panch Pokhari at 4600m, a holy pilgrimage site. Different vegetation and culture, getaway traffic of trekkers is a special feature of Panch Pokhari trekking. This is a tented camp trekking, a good physical fitness and good trekking equipment is required for Panch Pokhari trekking. Ask to local trekking expert for the cheapest and best trekking deal and more trekking information.
Panch Pokhari Trekking is great place to views the Crystal Mountains. The trek will lead culture and genuine adventure, offering a trekking experience to the base of Jugal Himal towards north East of Kathmandu. This area is a combination of rich culture heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity, beginning at Chautara. Home to Sherpa and Tamang people, the trek starts from 1400m and goes up to 4000m at Panchpokhari, a seldom visited pilgrimage site.
Panch Pokhari trekking offers an ideal and interesting journey which gives the experience of lifetime. Panch Pokhari is a religious place for Hindus where the trekkers can see a sheet metal enclosed shrine to Shiva and the two metal roofed houses. A trek in this area involves a lot of climbing on narrow trails. Very few groups of trekkers do this trekking. There is no any tea house facility. A full organized team and preparation is required for this trekking. You will have tented camp accommodation during Panch Pokhari trekking. Two men dome or ‘A’ shaped tents are provided for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Meals are prepared by our cook. We provide three tasty and nutritious meals daily with drinks.
Travel insurance is must before joining this trekking which will cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. In case of serious sickness or a casualty which we believe will not happen, we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Chautara (1450m)
This morning we have a beautiful 5 hour drive to the little village of Chautara is the headquarter of Sindupalchok district and we will camp here tonight, ready to commence walking tomorrow. From our camp site you can relax and enjoy the stunning mountain views, or if you like to explore, you can gain some insight into the culture and daily life of the village.
Day 2: Trek to Sano Okhareni (1965m)
Today we have about 5 hours of gradual uphill walking to reach Sano Okhareni. Our path passes through small villages where we can see how the diverse ethnic groups live side by side. We camp at Sano Okhareni near a pine forest and with great views to the mountains!
Day 3: Trek to Kami Kharka (2810m)
This morning we can start gently with a 1 hour of gradual uphill walking to Thulo Okhareni. From here we get into the steeper climb with about 4 hours of walking through stunning, dense Rhododendron and pine forest. If we are lucky and observant, we might spot some wild animals such as mountain deer or langur monkeys and Nepali birdlife like the Danfe. Tonight we camp on a summer pasture ground for nomadic cattle herders’ kharka.
Day 4: Trek to Pauwa Bas (3000m)
Today’s walk is nice and gentle, being fairly level ‘Nepali flat’ and we can enjoy our forest trails and wildlife spotting. We have about 5 to 6 hours through the lush forest of rhododendron, oak, pine and juniper and we can see some nomad’s houses for cattle on the way. In Pauwabas there is a shelter for pilgrims to Panch Pokhari.
Day 5: Trek to Hille Bhanjyang (3400m)
This morning we have a steep uphill stretch for about 3 hours, taking our time. We get our breath back on the steep downhill though as we descend for 1 ½ hours through the forest. We have some great mountain views on our way down into our camp at Hille Bhanjyang.
Day 6: Trek to Narsim Pati (3700m)
Today we only have about 4 hours of walking. So we take it easy on the steep uphill section to start the day, taking about an hour. Then we enjoy the gradual descent of about 3 hours through rocky hills and rhododendron forest into camp at Narsim Pati. There is a small rest house for pilgrims on their way to the holy site of Panch Pokhari and we have great mountain views from our campsite.
Day 7: Trek to Panch Pokhari (4100m)
Today we arrive! We have about 3 hours of gradual ascent through rocky hills to reach our destination of Panch Pokhari Panch means ‘five’ and Pokhari means ‘lake’. This stunning setting is a secluded pilgrimage site where the Janai purnima festival is held in August. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit this site each year and we can see two pilgrim houses and the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Day 8: Trek to Panch Pokhari top, trek to Tupi Danda (2320m)
This morning we have an early start to catch a stunning sunrise over the mountains! We have about 1 ½ hours uphill to see the beautiful sight of the sun rising over the Himalayas and our panoramic view includes Mt.Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling Range and Langtang Range. After this incredible start to the morning, we head back down to Panch Pokhari to pack up and start heading for home. We have about six hours down some steep trails through the rhododendron forest to Tupi Danda (danda means ‘ridge’) and our camp.
Day 9: Trek to Dhap (1200m)
Today we have about 5 hours of walking, 2 of which are quite steep downhill and the rest is quite level as we make our way through terraced fields to the beautiful village of Dhap. Dhap is home to Tamang families and is gives us a great chance to gain some insight into the lives, culture and traditional architecture of Tamang villages.
Day 10: Rest day and explore the culture
Day 11: Trek to Melamchi (800m)
Today we have about 6 hours of walking. We walk down through terraced fields, along the Indrawati River. We pass through stunning villages and also see a hydro electricity project on the way to Tipini and our re-introduction to a road! 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 12: Melamchi to Kathmandu
Today we get back on four wheels and enjoy our five hour scenic drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 13: Kathmandu Tour
After breakfast, our tour guide will take to for historical monuments sightseeing in Kathmandu valley such as Bhaktpur, Pasupatinath, Boudhhanath, and Kathmandu durbar square, Monkey temple (swyambhunath) and in the evening farewell dinner in Restaurant, overnight at Kathmandu in Hotel.
Day 14: Kathmandu Aiport.
After breakfast, Relaxing/shopping and drop to Kathmandu international airport for onward destination.