Panch Pokhari Trek – 16 Days

Trip Facts

  • Total Days - 16
  • Trekking Days - 10
  • Hotel in Kathmandu - 4 Nights
  • Trek Grade - Moderate
  • Altitude Maximum - 4070m
  • Type of Trek - Camping
  • Best Season - Spring / Autumn
  • Walking Time - 5 to 6 hours each day
  • Highlights - Landscape / Lake / Culture

Panch Pokhari is a group of 5 Hindu holy lakes in the lap of Jugal Himal. These holy lakes are decorated with the unsurpassed natural beauty, biological diversity and the cultural heritage. It lies in the arms of very stunning Himalayan range and pristine nature. It is very popular among Hindus and Buddhist for pilgrimage. Many Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims visit these sacred lakes during Janai Purnima.

The major attractions of Panch Pokhari are excellent mountain views and pristine nature with distinct culture. The magnificent views of Jugal Himal, Langtang Range, Rolwaling Himal and other surroundings mountain peaks are unrivaled. Panch Pokhari is recently opened and unspoiled trekking destinations in central region of Nepal. The route offers stunning Mountain View and pristine nature with distinct culture. Panch Pokhara is situated at an elevation of about 4100m above sea level. Panch Pokhari trekking lies to the north of the Kathmandu valley; the chain of mountains called Jugal Himal that includes Dorje Lakpa (6966m) Madiya (6257m) and Phurbi Chhyachu (6,637 m). The Trekking offers a combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty and diversity of flora and fauna.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambhunath & Patan
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Chautara
Day 04: Trek Chautara to Sano Okhreni
Day 05: Trek Sano Okhreni to Kami Kharka
Day 06: Trek Kami Kharka to Saddle Kharka
Day 07: Trek Saddle Kharka to Hile Bhanjyang
Day 08: Trek Hile Bhanjyang to Nasimpati
Day 09: Trek Nasimpati to Panch Pokhari
Day 10: Exploration Day in Panch Pokhari
Day 11: Trek Panch Pokhari to Tupi Danda
Day 12: Trek Tupi Danda to Dhap
Day 13: Trek Dhap to Melamchi
Day 14: Drive Melamchi to Kathmandu
Day 15: Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 16: Departure

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1334m) and you will be met by one of our representatives and transfer you to the hotel. Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 02: Visit Swoyambhunath and Patan: start our tour visiting a magnificent Buddhist stupa called Swoyambhunath which is 10 minutes drive from Thamel. Then a short drive to one of the oldest cities of Kathmandu valley which is called Patan; to witness its incredible architecture from medieval period.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Chautara (1418m): start our adventure with a scenic drive to Chautara. It is about 5 hours drive through the scenic hills, villages, and forests to Chautara.
Overnight: Camping
Driving Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 84m

Day 04: Trek Chautara to Sano Okhreni (2010m): start our trek with gradual climb passing through Gaurati and Syaule. Continuing our trek with similar pace we trek to Sano Okhereni.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 592m

Day 05: Trek Sano Okhreni to Kami Kharka (2845m): relatively uphill trek as we gain about eight hundred meters today. The route goes through forests covered with oak, pine, rhododendron and other natural vegetation. We can have the view of Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa and Jugal Himal range.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 835m

Day 06: Trek Kami Kharka to Saddle Kharka (3315m.): as we continue our trek, we go through the lush forest of rhododendron, oak, pine and juniper. It is about 5 hours trek through the forest and pastures.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 - 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 470m

Day 07: Trek Saddle Kharka to Hile Bhanjyang (3720m.): following the lush forest enriched with bamboo, pine, rhododendron and alpine vegetation we climb to Hile Bhanjyang which is situated right on the ridge of a hill. It offers great view of water fall, river basin and surrounding peaks.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 405m

Day 08: Trek Hile Bhanjyang to Nasimpati (3700m.): it is fairly easy and short day as it is gradual walk for about 5 hours to Nasimpati. The trail goes through the forest rich with flora and fauna.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 4 -5 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 20m

Day 09: Trek Nasimpati to Panch Pokhari (4070m.): climbing through the alpine forest and Laurebina Pass we trek to our final destination Panch Pokhari. Panch Pokhari is a group of 5 Hindu holy lakes in the lap of Jugal Himal. These holy lakes are decorated with the unsurpassed natural beauty, biological diversity and the cultural heritage.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 4 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 370m

Day 10: Exploration Day: we spend the day exploring the area around the lakes and the view point to catch magnificent views of the mountain peaks and surroundings of the region.
Overnight: Camping

Day 11: Trek Panch Pokhari to Tupi Danda (2330m.): we start our day retracing our steps back to Nasimpati then we turn to south west towards Melamchi valley. It is mostly downhill trek through the rhododendron forest all the way to Tupi Danda.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 1740m

Day 12: Trek Tupi Danda to Dhap (1260m): as we continue our trek, we descend steeply for the first part of the day and continue our trek through the terraced fields and gorges to Dhap. It is a traditional village of Tamang; one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 4 - 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 1070m

Day 13: Trek Dhap to Melamchi (870m): following Indrawati River and walking through the terraced fields we trek down to Melamchi. It is fairly enjoyable trek going through the several small villages.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 - 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 390m

Day 14: Drive Melamchi to Kathmandu (1334m): a scenic drive back to Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Driving Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 464m

Day 15: Free Day in Kathmandu
Overnight: Hotel

Day 16: Transfer to Airport and Departure

The tour price includes:

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport.
  • Accommodations in Kathmandu on twin sharing BB Basis
  • Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants
  • Transport, guided visits and entry of the monuments
  • Private vehicle Kathmandu – Chautara / Melamchi - Kathmandu
  • A professional Tour / Trekking Guide, Assist. Guides, Cooks and Porters
  • Private vehicle during sightseeing
  • Full board during trekking (AP Basis)
  • Drinks (Tea and Coffee only)
  • Accommodation in tents / camping during the trek
  • Permits – National Park permit / TIMS (for trekking)
  • Your international flight re-confirmation.
  • All necessary documents and government tax.
  • Insurance for staff

The tour price does not include:

  • International Flights
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident/repatriation helicopter/medical care)
  • Alternative / additional transportation (flights / vehicles), Accommodation in case of bad weather, flood, landslide, heavy rain, strike, road blockade etc.
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone, hot shower etc.
  • Tips for trekking staff or bus driver.

NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.



Weather Report

Climate:
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.

Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year.  Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer.  Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C.  Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.

The summer/monsoon period - It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.

Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.

In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.

TREKKING GEAR

  • Day back-pack
  • Gore-Tex Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Micro Fleece
  • Trekking Trousers
  • Hiking shoes (Boots)
  • Runners (sport shoes)
  • Trekking Socks
  • Rain poncho
  • Sun-glasses
  • Water bottles
  • Thermal underwear(long)
  • T- shirts
  • Sunscreen/lotion
  • Flip flop (sandal)
  • Towel
  • Hat(Baseball cap)
  • Pristine drops (Water purifier)
  • Head light / flash light
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Gloves
  • Wind Proof Trouser(s)
  • Personal medical kid
  • Toiletries

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