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Panch Pokhari trek is newly opened wilderness and promoted trekking route in Nepal which is rich in culture genuine adventure and named after five holy ponds and Hindus pilgrimage. Panch Pokhari trek offers a combination of rich cultural heritage with perfect nature and traditions of locals, unsurpassed beautiful Himalayan view and biological diversity as you trek to a group of high altitude holy lakes, sacred to both Buddhist and Hindu people so the Panch Pokhari trekking follows the remote traditional villages in the amazingly beautiful Himalayan background with the combination of miscellaneous ecology, rich cultural heritage and pilgrimage tour. Pancha pokhari includes lots of historical places, Caves & naturally beautiful lakes which are most outstanding part of Five Lakes trekking.

Panch Pokhari is holy sacred lake for Buddhist and Hindu. Our trail begins from Kathmandu after 5 hours drive; we arrive at the trek starting point called Chautara, district headquarters of Sindupalchowk. This trek passes through a mixture of beautiful mountain scenery and the terraced fields and characteristic houses of rural villages from different ethnic groups. The good hospitality of the local people could make your trek quite interesting and memorable. The route of Hille Bhanjyang goes uphill passing through forests enriched with bamboo, pine, oak, rhododendron and alpine vegetation.  We may also have chance to encounter Himalayan deer, white monkey and many others wild habitat. Passing Buddhist monasteries, Tamang and Sherpa villages where you will experience life in the village homes of Sherpa and Tamang people then they will certainly reach the sacred site of the five glacial lakes of Panch Pokhari and the life style of nomadic people unchanged by time The top of Panch Pokhari (4100m) offers an excellent view of Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling Range, Gosaikunda, Kanchenjunga and Makalu. The last day of the trip we will ride back to Kathmandu from Melamchi Bazaar crossing the Melamchi River and over viewing the Melamchi Drinking water project. 

Panch Pokhari is a very spectacular and spiritual trek which offers an ideal and interesting journey which gives the experience of lifetime. The vegetation in this Panch Pokhari trekking region abundantly crowd alpine pasture meadow & Rhododendron scrub. Mammals like Languor monkey, Assamese monkey, Picas, civet cat etc, endangered animals like Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, Himalayan fox, Wild dog etc can be found in this region. Varieties of experiences can be grabbed and experienced in this solitary off the beaten trekking of Panch Pokhari. This trek can be done all year round except for the monsoon months.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
Day 03: Kathmandu to Chautara (1200m)
Day 04: Chautara to Phurse (2050m)
Day 05: Phurse to Kami Kharka (2845m)
Day 06: Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3000m)
Day 07: Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3400m)
Day 08: Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati (3700m)
Day 09: Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4100m)
Day 10: Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati (3700m)
Day 11: Nasim Pati to Dukhang (2100m)
Day 12: Dukhang to Dhap (1200m)
Day 13: Dhap to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (800m)
Day 14: Melamchi drive back to Kathmandu
Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 16: Farewell Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

Day 2: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The next morning after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You can pay your homage visiting center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple (for Hindus) and Swyambhunath (for Buddhists). These are very ancient and historical pride of Nepal importantly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflects the uniqueness and diversity in Nepalese culture. On journey back to hotel, you can travel around the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. You can perhaps take relaxed walk through the famous streets like Thamel, King's way etc.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Chautara (1200m)
Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara village via bus which is about 5 hrs journey. Chautara is the Headquarter of Sindupalchowk district. From our camp site you can relax and enjoy the stunning mountain views. At evening if you like explore and can gain some insight into the culture and daily life of the village.

Day 4: Chautara to Phurse (2050m)
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.

Day 5: Phurse to Kami Kharka (2845m)
Today's journey is for about 6 hours. We cross through the forest covered with Oak, Pine, rhododendron and other natural vegetation. The route ascends steeply through forests full of woodcutters to the ridge crest up to Kami Kharka. Kami Kharka is another pasture for domestic animals. On the way you can enjoy the spectacular views of Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa and Jugal Himal range. Set camp in a grassy area surrounded by forest.

Day 6: Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3000m)
Today's working for about 6 hours. Crossing Kami Kharka, you begin to follow an ascending path to reach Pauwa Bas. We trek through forests enclosed with rhododendron, oak, pine, juniper and other natural vegetation. We can see some nomad’s houses for cattle on the way. We mostly work in up hills arriving in Pauwa Bas. This is a shelter for the local pilgrims. Camping overnight here.

Day 7: Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3400m)
This morning we have a steep uphill stretch for about 3 hours to Hille Bhanjyang. The route up to Hille Bhanjyang goes uphill passing through forests enriched with bamboo, pine, oak, rhododendron and alpine vegetation. In spring this can be in deep Snow with difficult icy section in the gullies. Hille Bhanjyang is a ridge from where wecan see the wonderful views of waterfall, river basin and village at a far distance. You can camp for the night.

Day 8:Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati (3700m)
Today we only have about 4 hours of walking. We take an easy on the steep uphill section to start the day, taking about an hour. The views are wonderful in clear weather. En route, you encounter forests with views of the Jugal Himal range, GauriShankar, mountain deer and Danfe, the national bird of Nepal. There is a stone house above Nasim Pati (3800m) and well trodden trails that lead off the ridge crest to both east and west. There is no running water here in the spring.Nasim Pati also provides shelter to local pilgrims. You camp for the night.

Day 9:Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4100m)
It's about a four-hour climb on a well-defined trail to Panch Pokhari; five holy lakes. This morning we have an early start to catch a stunning sunrise over the mountains. The route is steeply ascent passing through LauriBinayak Pass to Panch Pokhari. On the way, you are amazed to see the alpine vegetation and Rocky Mountains, wild life and villages at a far distance. Panch Pokhari is the interesting point of the trek. There falls an interesting festival in August called Janaipurnima. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages gather here. The top of Panch Pokhari (5 lakes) offers an excellent view of Jugal Himal range, Rolwaling range, Gosaikunda etc. Overnight in the Tented Camp.

Day 10: Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati (3700m)
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.

Day 11: Nasim Pati to Dukhang (2100m)
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.

Day 12:Dukhang to Dhap (1200m)
Today is descending day for approximately about 6 hours. Trail goes along the bank of the Indrawati River offering wonderful views of farming terraces, human settlements and green hills. The path is quite level as we make our way through terraced fields to the beautiful village of Dhap. Dhap is home to Tamang families and various different communities. It gives us a great chance to gain some insight into the lives, culture and traditional architecture of Tamang villages.There are some schools, small tea shops and a local market. You camp for the night.

Day 13:Dhap to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (800m)
Trail passes working approximately for about 6 hours along the Indrawati River passing through different villages and farming terraces. We also see a hydro electricity project on the way to Tipini our re-introduction to a road, vehicles carrying passengers and goods. 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 14: Melamchi drive back to Kathmandu
After breakfast the trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. From here take a drive of around 3-4 hrs to the Kathmandu valley. Enjoy the panoramic views all the way, enjoying the cool air and forested road.

Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.

Day 16: Farewell Departure
Pack up your entire luggage and check for anything you left. This can be the last minute preparation to leave. We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine. 
  • Local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek by Tourist bus/Private Car/Van and Flights depends on Clients requirement and budget.
  • All meals during trekking 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners, Tea and coffee).
  • Twin sharing Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trekking.
  • Trekking Permit for Panch Pokhari Trek.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents &  Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.


Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information


Bring Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.


Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel


Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.


Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.


Who can trek?

No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.


Our Trekking Dates

Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.


Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list


Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu

It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.  


Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.


How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip

 

Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 16 Days

Max. Altitude: Panch Pokhari (4100m)

Trek Grade: Moderate

Best Travel Time: February - June, September - November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Tea house during trek

Transportation:  Land Cruiser / Bus

Activity: City tour, Trekking

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Gear List

Personal necessary

The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.

01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants
05: T-shirts - 3
06. Fleece jacket or pullover or Sweater also recommended
07. 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. 1 Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket heavy one
09. Thermal Inners.
10. Socks, Cotton 2/3 pairs, Woolen 2/3 pairs
11. 2 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended, Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
14. Underwear (6)
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1

 
Other necessary equipments

1. Sleeping bag rated to (-20 degree Celsius), if traveling in winter sleeping bag liner also recommended
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
7. Toiletries
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.

For more ideas what should bring please visit the Equipment list Or get back to us on puru@abovethehimalaya.com