Panch Pokhari Trek
Panch Pokhari trek is situated to the north east of Kathmandu valley and west of Rolwaling Himalaya located at an altitude of 4100 meters, Panch Pokhari trek is offers pristine mountain views, rich culture and genuine adventure. Panch Pokhari is named is after 5 holy ponds of great religious significance. Panch Pokhari trek starts from (1410m) and goes up to (4100m) at Panch Pokhari, a seldom visited pilgrimage site where the Janaipurnima festival is held in August. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages visit this site each year.
This trek starts from the large Bazaar of Chautara (1410m), descends to the Balephi Khola, and then follows a ridge to Bhairav Kunda, a holy lake at 3500m. The route then makes a circuit around the head of the Balephi Khola Valley to Panch Pokhari at 3600m. From Panch Pokhari, the trail leads to Tarke Gyang in Helambu, then back to Kathmandu. 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.
- Rim of the Kathmandu city tour
- Nearest and fresh destination from Kathmandu
- Naturally, culturally, traditionally enriched
- Varieties of experience in a single trek
- Lots of beautiful flowers
- Invaluable medicinal herbal plants
- Colorful way of lives on the whole way.
- Buddhist monastery and cultural experience
- Beautiful Helambu village which is inhabited by Sherpas
- Enter the Shivapuri National Park
- Sunrise and sunset view from Nagarkot
- A lot photographic opportunities
|Trip Grade||Moderate to strenuous trail.|
|Trip Duration||20 Nights/21 Days|
|Trip code||NAP-PCH – 060|
|Maximum Altitude||Panch Pokhari Top (4100m)|
|Trip Cost||Prices on request|
|Group Size||Minimum 2 upto 16 persons in one group|
|Accessibillity||Drive to Chautara Bazzar to trail-head from Kathmandu, start the trek according to the itinerary and trek back to Kathmandu.|
|The Route||Panch Pokhari top (4100m), 5/7-hrs average walking per day, moderate trail|
|Season||Sept – Nov / March - April|
|Trip Facilities||3+ hotel in city onB/B and camping accommodation on mountain.|
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre trip meeting and briefing will held all together with you at hotel about the daily program activities by company representative and your trip Leader/Guide where you can discuss your final questions all together.
After breakfast the day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual key attractions; including the historic Kathmndu Durbar Square, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and then finally visit to Patan Durbar square which is situated the heart of the city constitutes the focus of visitor's attraction. In the evening there will be pre-trip discussion where you can meet your group leader/guide then you can
After breakfast we drive along the Araniko Highway road to Tibet from Kathmandu to Chautara which is takes approximately 5 hours drive to reach at Chautara, the District Headquarters of Sindupalchowk.
The trails you follow is quite ascent upto 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 people from villages bring their domestic animals for grazing. This can also be described as a small village mainly inhabited by Tamang.
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 Jugal Himal range. Kami Khaka is another pasture for domestic animals.
Crossing Kami Kharka you begin to follow ascent 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.
The route upto 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 the magnificent views of waterfall, river basin and village at a far distance.
The trail climbs steeply to a hillock at 3980, and then traverses open ground along a flagstone trail to another crest. The views are wonderful in clear weather. There is a stone house above Nasem 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. Under good walking condition day 4 and 5 could be combined into one day of about six hours walking.
It's about a four-hour climb on a well-defined trail to Pach Pokhari, five holy lakes at 4050m. There are two metal-roofed huts, a sheet metal-enclosed shrine to Shiva and a pile of cast-iron tridents. During the June/ July full moon thousands of Nepali comes to worship. You should not wash in the holy stream near the temples. There is often snow on this ridge, making the trek more difficult. You can make a day trip to Panch Pokhari from Nesam Pati and avoid camping in the snow.
This day hike up to hill called Panch Pokhari top for about one and a half hours to see the sunrise and panoramic view of Mt: Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling and Langtang range etc.
Return to Nesam Pati and descend west on a good trail, past several ravines with water but no camping, to a good campsite at Gai Kharka (2530m).
The descent continues through forest on a track that is sometimes steep and rough, crossing two major watercourses. Pass a few substantial villages, including Yarsa, and then descend a small and very steep trail directly to the bridge over the Pach Pokhari Khola. Climb to Hutanbrang, than descend and flow the Larke Khola downstream to the first of the two bridges below Yangri village, where there is a pleasant campsite on the east bank at 1360m.
The trail crosses bridges over the Larke and Yangri Kholas, and passes through Yangri village climbing rapidly to the west and north. There are lateral trails everywhere. At the stream crossing below and South-west of Dalegaon there is a beautiful lunch or camping site with fine water and big shade trees. The trail continues, often steeply, up through country dotted with villages and fields, scrub hillside and pleasant forest. The large village between Dalegaon and Gangkharka is called gang Wang. From Gangkharka a large trail leads into the next side the valley, where camping is possible, then the tairl climbs relentlessly for 900m to Laghang Gompa. This is a beautiful forested area and a lovely, quiet campsite at an elevation of 2800m.
It takes just over three hours from Laghang Gompa to Tarke Gyang.The trails climbs through beautiful forest, and the enters an area of small pastures, stone houses, scrub growth and cow trails. Be sure to backtrack if you find yourself headed south on the ridge trail to Sermathang. The trail down to Tarke Gyang is very steep, rough and eroded.
Down after leaving village to Melamchi River and steep climb back to Melamchi village then continues climb up to Tharepati for over night camp. From Tharepati the trail precedes passing through forests, to Magen Goth (3420m) and to Panghu. The trail descends through fir and rhododendron forest observing the view of beautiful and glittering peaks on its way to Kutumsang (2450m). .
From Tharepati the trail precedes passing through forests, to Magen Goth (3420m) and to Panghu. The trail descends through fir and rhododendron forest observing the view of beautiful and glittering peaks on its way to Kutumsang (2450m). .
The trek continues along the forested ridge climbing to Thodang Betini (2260m) and to Chipling (2170m). Making a very steep descent the trail heads to Pati Bhanjyang (1860m), a Brahman and Chhetri village. Then the trail proceeds to Chisapani where you can see the mountain views and the sunrise on the Himalaya.
This day trek leads through the forest and along the ridge; with spectacular views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal The walk towards Nagarkot has outstanding views of the Himalayas, the trail leads through interesting rural farm villages. Along the ridge between the Chisapani and Nagarkot there is excellent panoramic scenery of the surrounding verdant landscapes and snow capped mountain ranges including Sunrise and Sunset view.
After a wonderful morning where you can watch the sunrise over mountains and enjoy grand panoramic views we will continue our trek. The walk descends most of the way passing through rural farm villages giving you the opportunity to meet the friendly locals. Trek on the terraces and enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding landscapes as far as Bhaktapur city. After a good walk of 3-4 hours we reach our destination at Changhunarayan, Changunarayan an ancient temple, listed as a world heritage site; from here we transfer to the Bhaktapur for sightseeing, the city contains many temples and other architectural showpieces like lion gate, statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Picture gallery, the golden gate, the palace of 55 windows and finally an hours drive leads back to Kathmandu, where you can rest after a wonderful time up in the hills.
This full day at leisure to rest, relax or explore the local area in Kathmandu or do a bit of last minute shopping. You also have the option of doing some sight-seeing. Evening will have farewell meeting & dinner at Nepali typical restaurant.
After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.
- Documents: Panch Pokhari entrance permit and TIMS card
- Activities: Sightseeing, hiking and trekking trip as per the itinerary.
- Accommodation: 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing bedroom and 16 nights home-stay/camping on twin or multi shared bedroom during trekking
- Food: Full board on home-stay/camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and 4 breakfast in Kathmandu.
- Staffs: Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation
- Transportation: Airport arrival/departure transfer and road-head transportation.
- Company and Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes and official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation
- Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
- .Personal travel and trekking equipments
- All lunch and dinner while in city
- Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
- Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc
- Tips/Gratuities for your trekking crews
- Monastery and temple entrance fees
- Optional activities
- And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point
Please request our Trip Note advice and detailed itinerary.