Pancha Pokhari Trekking

Panch Pokhari Trek

This ecological trek to Panch Pokhari at the base of Jungal Himal offers pristine mountain views, wide culture and true adventure. This area, northeast of Kathmandu offers a combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity as you trek to a group of high altitude holy lakes, sacred to Buddhist and Hindu people.

The trek starts from the chautara towards the tibetan border from 1,400 m and goes up to 4,000m at Panch Pokhari .The holy Five Lakes, the incredible Himalayan scenery and the life style of nomadic people are catchy. The top of Panch Pokhari (4100m) offers an brillant view of Rolwaling Range, Gosainkund, Kanchenjunga and MakaluJugal Himal Range . While trekking and walking, 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. This trek can be done all year round except for the monsoon.

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Outline Itineraries:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1200m.) takes about five hours.

Day 04: Trek from Chautara to Phurse (2045m.) takes approximately five and a half hours.

Day 05: Trek from Phurse to Kami Kharka (2845m.) takes about six hours.

Day 06: Trek from Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3000m.) takes approximately six hours.

Day 07: Trek from Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3400m.) takes approximately six hours.

Day 08: Trek from Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati (3700m.) takes about four and a half hours.

Day 09: Trek from Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4100m.) takes approximately four hours.

Day 10: Trek from Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati (3700m.) takes approximately three hours.

Day 11: Trek from Nasim Pati to Dukhang (2100m.) takes about six hours.

Day 12: Trek from Dukhang to Dhap (1200m.) takes almost six hours.

Day 13: Trek from Dhap to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (800m.) takes about six hours.

Day 14: Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu (1350m.) takes about five hours.

Day 15: Depart to Kathmandu (1350m) takes hrs

Detail Itineraries:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
The journey begins as you depart from your home country/city. Once you arrive at the Tribhuwan international airport(TIA) Airport, you are greeted by our airport representative and drive to the 3 -4stars hotel. Overnight at hotel with inclusive dinner along with the adventure discussion ahead.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
After some rest, full day sightseeing at Kathmandu(Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhu, and Kathmandu durbar square) with Leisure Holidays team . Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast. At eventide, you will be briefed about your trip.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1200m.) takes about five hours.
It is a pleasant journey through the beautiful hills, villages, forests and rivers. You camp for the night.

Day 04: Trek from Chautara to Phurse (2045m.) takes approximately five and a half hours.
The trail you follow is an ascent up to Phurse. En route, you come across many villages, farming terraces, some green hills and splendid mountain views of Gaurishanka, Dorje Lakpa and many others. Phurse is a pasture where village people bring their domestic animals for grazing. It can also be described as a small village mainly inhabited by Tamang. You camp for the night.

Day 05: Trek from Phurse to Kami Kharka (2845m.) takes about six hours.
You head uphill until you reach Kami Kharka passing through forests covered with oak, pine, rhododendron and other natural vegetation. While walking you can enjoy the spectacular views of Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa and the Jugal Himal range. Kami Kharka is another pasture for domestic animals. You camp for the night.

Day 06: Trek from Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3000m.) takes approximately six hours.
Crossing Kami Kharka you begin to follow an ascending path to reach Pauwa Bas. This day you trek through forests covered with rhododendron, oak, pine, juniper and other natural vegetation. In Pauwa Bas there is a shelter for the local pilgrims. You camp for the night.

Day 07: Trek from Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3400m.) takes approximately six hours.
The route to Hille Bhanjyang goes uphill passing through forests enriched with bamboo, pine, oak, rhododendron and alpine vegetation. Hille Bhanjyang is a ridge from where you can see magnificent views of a waterfall, river basin and village at a far distance. You can camp for the night.

Day 08: Trek from Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati (3700m.) takes about four and a half hours.
After Hille Bhanjyang, your path moves uphill until you reach Nasim Pati. En route, you encounter forests with views of the Jugal Himal range, Gaurishankar, mountain deer and danfe, the national bird of Nepal. Nasim Pati also provides shelter to local pilgrims. You camp for the night.

Day 09: Trek from Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4100m.) takes approximately four hours.
The route is a steep ascent passing through Lauribinayak Pass to Panch Pokhari. On the way, you will be enchanted by the lovely alpine forest, diverse wildlife and idyllic villages. Panch Pokhari is an interesting point of the trek. The word Panch Pokhari translates into five lakes in English. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims gather here. The summit of Panch Pokhari (5 lakes) offers an excellent view of the Jugal Himal range, Rolwaling range, Gosainkunda etc. You camp for the night.

Day 10: Trek from Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati (3700m.) takes approximately three hours.
While trekking back you move along a steeply descending path passing the Lauribinayak Pass. You camp for the night.

Day 11: Trek from Nasim Pati to Dukhang (2100m.) takes about six hours.
This day your trail climbs down passing through forests covered with bamboos, rhododendron, pine, oak, juniper and other natural vegetation. You can spot Himalayan deer, white langur and many other animals if you are lucky. Before you reach Dukhang, you come across chortens and can see prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. Dukhang is a tiny village mainly inhabited by Tamang, Sherpa and a few others. 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. You camp for the night.

Day 12: Trek from Dukhang to Dhap (1200m.) takes almost six hours.
Crossing Dukhang, you begin to follow a descending path to reach Dhap. You walk along the bank of the Indrawati river with magnificent views of farming terraces, human settlements and green hills. Dhap is yet another village and the people living here belong to different communities. There are some schools, small tea shops and a local market. You camp for the night.

Day 13: Trek from Dhap to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (800m.) takes about six hours.
You now walk along the bank of the Indrawati river passing through different villages, farming terraces, a hydro electricity project on the way to Tipini and vehicles carrying passengers and goods. Melamchi Pul Bazaar which lies at the bank of Melamchi Khola (stream) and Indrawati river is comparatively a big city of this area. There are some lodges, tea shops, government offices, schools, colleges, post office and army police camp. You camp for the night.

Day 14: Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu (1350m.) takes about five hours.
You travel in a gravel and bumpy path up to Lamidanda and then you follow the pitched road up to Kathmandu.

Day 15: Depart to Kathmandu (1350m) takes hrs
We pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop a flight back to Kathmandu. Necessary travel arrangements are made and a little time is given wandering around the near by city (wander for the gifts for the remembrance of the trip).

Note: B = Breakfast, B.L.D = Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Panch Pokhari Trek Highligths

On our Panch Pokhari Trek :

Cost Includes

  • 3 meals a day
  • Guide services for entire trek
  • Tents and sleeping mattress for accomodation
  • All arrangements to carry your luggage
  • Trekking permits

Cost Excludes

  • Gratuities, bar bills, personal expenses and insurances
  • Medical fees in case of emergency
  • Rescue and Evacuation Service
  • Any expenses due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances

Upon Arrival

When you arrive at Tribhuban International Airport, our staff will greet you and transport you to your accomodations. After resting, the next day you will have a sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural landmarks. Before departing for your trek, we will review your itinerary, introduce you to your guide and help with the final preparations for your journey.

Accommodations

You will be spending four nights at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast and while Everest Base Camp Trek, we provide the best available lodges/guesthouses on a twin-sharing basis. We provide private bathrooms with hot shower whether possible normally at Phakding, Namche and Lukla.

Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible.

Meals and Drinking Water

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. During the Everest Base Camp Trekking; your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

The general travel information that may help your journey to and through Nepal make comfortable and hassle free.

Visa requirement:

Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)

International flight accessibility to Nepal:

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal situation in Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal.

Flying From Europe: Best connecting to Kathmandu are Silk Air via Singapore, Etihad from Abu Dhabi, Qatar Airways via Doha, Thai Airways via Bangkok, Dragon Air via Hongkong. Flying From USA: North West or Cathay Pacific to Hongkong and connect with Nepal Airlines (RA) to Kathmandu.

Flying From Australia: Silk Air and Dragon Air connect directly to Kathmandu or fly by Quantas to Bangkok and connect with Thai Airways to Kathmandu.

Airport tax: Airport tax is not applicable for international flight. NRP 200 per person per sector is payable for domestic flight only.

Customs Formalities

All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs of the port of entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. The duty on articles brought by the visitor varies according to the volume and value of the goods. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods, such as tobacco and liquors, within the prescribed quantity free of duty. Carrying narcotic, arms, ammunition are strictly prohibited. Tourists are required to fill up disembarkation and embarkation cards upon their arrival and departure.

Green Channel

Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.

Import

Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarettes (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.

Export

It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal's cultural heritage and belong here. The Department of Archaeology at Ramshah Path near Singha Durbar has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country.

Currency and Foreign Exchange

The unit of the Nepalese Currency is Rupee. 1 Nepal Rupee = 100 paisa. Nepal rupee notes come in Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 500, 1000. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the foreign exchange counters at the airport. It is advised to exchange foreign currency only through the banks and authorized forign exchange. Daily foreign rates as determined by Nepal Rastya bank are published on daily newspaper or its official site www.nrb.org.np

Travel Insurance

It is strongly advised to have travel coverage insurance while traveling to Nepal. You should leave a copy of your insurance while you are away on tour.

High Altitude sickness:

Whilst on the trek, one can suffer mild to serious symptoms of high altitude sickness which is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Major initial symptoms of high altitude sickness are Nausea, vomiting Loss of appetite, Insomnia/sleeplessness, Persistent headache, Dizziness, light headedness, confusion, Disorientation, drunken gait, Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, Slight swelling of hands and face, Breathlessness and Breathing irregularity, Reduced urine output. Symptoms of AMS can appear at altitude above 300 meters. As we ascend in the mountain, air pressure becomes thin and consequently the amount of available oxygen also falls. Adequate acclimatization is always recommended in the mountain. Plenty of daily liquid intake is essential to minimize AMS effect. Our trekking team crews also carry First aid Kit along with them. In case of any difficulty When trekking in the Himalayas, you will be suggested to halt the trek rest at the guesthouse or if the symptoms cause any serious concern, it is necessary to descend to the lower altitude. In case of emergency, you will be immediately airlifted to Kathmandu city for further treatment.

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