Panch Pokhari Trek is named after five holy ponds and Hindus religiously respect the place. This is just northeast of Kathmandu toward show wall of the beautiful Himalayan view and pristine nature with distinct vision is the most attraction of the trek.
After having the breakfast at one of the restaurant of Thamel, we take a bus ride out of the valley and up through the hills. After 5 hours bus ride we will reach to our trekking start point called Chautara. First night we will spend of outdoor adventure right a way from the small town in a ground. Our guide gives a short brief of trekking on the first night. He also explains about the altitude sickness and all the beautiful spots from where you can see an excellent view of mountains.
During the rest of our 12 days trip, we observe the different ways of life, culture and come in contact with the people in the small village, passing through the dense forestations and meadows. The top of the Panch Pokhari (5 ponds) offers an excellent view of Jugal himal range, Rolwaling range, Gosainkunda etc. On the last day of the trip we take bus ride back to Kathmandu from Melamchi where we spend the final night of our trip.
We will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival and transfer you to the hotel for the overnight stay.
This morning we have a beautiful 5 hour drive to the little village of Chautara. While small, 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.
Trail from Chautara to Phurse 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 Phurse. 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. Over night in the tented Camp.
This morning we can start gently with about 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).
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 Pauwa Bas there is a shelter for pilgrims to Panch Pokhari
This morning we have a steep uphill stetch 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.
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.
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 Janaipurnima 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.
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.
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 reachingDukhang. 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.
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. 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.
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!
Today we get back on four wheels and enjoy our five hour scenic drive back to Kathmandu.
Free until the departure. We will drop you at the domestic airport. Fly back to home.