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Panch Pokhari Trek 15 days

A little followed Camping trek above the Indrawati Valley climbs through remote country the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage centre of panch Pokhari ( Five Lakes), set at 4100m, in the foothills of the Jugal Himalaya. Most trekkers take seven days to reach the lakes, starting in the Village of Chautara, accessible by bus from kathmandu. It’s four days further downhill to Melamchi Pul Bazar. The trek passes through Langtang National Park.On your first night you will experience life in the village homes of Sherpa and Tamang people and your guide will give a short talk on trekking, altitude sickness and the highlight mix make this area a naturalist’s dream and a mecca for those who appreciate traditional cultures. The top of Panch Pokhari (4,100m) offers an excellent view of Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling Range, Gosainkund, Kanchenjunga and Makalu.
This trek can be done all year round except for the monsoon months and can be combined with a rafting tour.

Trip Highlights

Duration 15 Days Country Nepal
Trip Name Panch Pokhare Trekking Region Langtang
Best Time Sep-Nov, Mar-Jun Walking Hour 6/7 hours per day
Culture Tibetan Buddhist Max Altitude 4450m
Min Group Size 2 pax Max Group Size 15 pax
Meal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accomodations Guest House, Tea House
Transportation Van/ Car/ Bus/ Flight Trip Grade Moderate
Trip Start Point Suabru Beshi Trip end Point Melamchi Pull Bazar


Day 01: Arrival in kathmandu
Day 02: Full Day Sight seeing in Kathmandu valley
Day 03: Kathmandu [1350m] to Chautara [1450m]
Day 04: Trek to Sano Okhareni [1965m]
Day 05: Trek to Kami Kharka [2810m]
Day 06: Trek to Pauwa Bas [3000m]
Day 07: Trek to Hille Bhanjyang [3400m]
Day 08: Trek to Narsim Pati [3700m]
Day 09: Trek to Panchpokhari [4100m]
Day 10: Trek to Panchpokhari top, trek to Tupi Danda [2320m]
Day 11: Trek to Dhap [1200m]
Day 12: Rest day to explore the culture
Day 13: Trek to Melamchi [800m]
Day 14: Melamchi to Kathmandu
Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu to your onward destination.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01; Arrival in kathmandu
Day 02; Full Day Sight seeing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 03: Kathmandu to Chautara [1450m]
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.
Day 04: 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 05: Trek to Kami Kharka [2810m]
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).
Day 06: 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 Pauwa Bas there is a shelter for pilgrims to Panch Pokhari.
Day 07: Trek to Hille Bhanjyang [3400m]
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.
Day 08: 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 09: 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 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.
Day 10: 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 11: 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 12: Rest day and explore the culture
Day 13: 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 14: Melamchi to Kathmandu
Today we get back on four wheels and enjoy our five hour scenic drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu to your onward destination.

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Cost USD 1595 per/person

  • Airport pickup and drop to (TIA) Airport Transfer to Hotel.
  • Guided tour to Kathmandu Valley
  • Drive to Chautara by private bus / Jeep
  • One English speaking Guide (government license holder trek Guide)
  • 2 client have 1 porter ( porter carry only 25 Kg)
  • All Nepali trekking stuff Insurance and accommodation food transportation salary.
  • 3 time meal I.e (breakfast, lunch, Dinner, Tea, coffee, Hot lemon)
  • Accommodation at local guest house twin sharing
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 3/ 4 star categories twin sharing with B/B Basic
  • Langtang National park fee and TIM card.
  • Drive back from Melamche to Kathmandu
  • Porter equipment

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee (you must have your own accurate USD cash along with two passport sized photo)
  • International airfare charges
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, you will have to pay yourself)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure.
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge,
  • Extra porters, boiled water, shower, heater, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and porter

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