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Panch Pokhari Trek    

13 Days   USD $1995    Kathmandu    Kathmandu  
Duration : 13  Days
Grading : Moderate
Max Altitude : 4150 meters
Activity : trekking, road trip, sightseeing
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu
Trip Route : Ktm-Kami Kharka-Panch Pokhari-Melamchi-Ktm
Best Season : April-May,October-November

Overview

A recently opened trekking trail that has yet to be discovered by many people is always an excellent choice. If you think the same, Panch Pokhari Trek is one of Nepal’s recently opened trekking trails. The expert team of Sabbatical Explore Nepal is on the go to lead you there!

Panch Pokhari translates to "five lakes.” So, the Panch Pokhari Trek is a beautiful journey to explore the area that houses five pristine and holy lakes. These alluring five tiny lakes are locked in the foothills of the Central Himalayas, Sindhupalchowk, Nepal. Popular among local Buddhist and Hindu devotees as a pilgrimage trek, the trek is yet to be done by many outsiders.

Yes, Panch Pokhari Trek is all about the five sacred lakes, but that is just a saying. The trek also is an opportunity to explore the Central and Eastern region’s overall cultural & natural beauty. As this journey starts from Chautara of Sindupalchowk, you will move through embellished vegetation, traditional villages, amazing landscapes, and more. There is no exact listing of the things that you can experience during this trek.

Yet, the highest point of the trek is Panch Pokhari(4,100m) itself. You will trek many uphills, downhills but mostly uphills to reach the top. However, your every laborious climb will make true sense when you see the natural five ponds at Panch Pokhari and mountains & hills across the place. Along with diverse hills, you will get glimpses of Jugal Himal, Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, and more.

In a nutshell, Panch Pokhari Trek is an under-the-veil trek. Most people miss out on the adventure in the hype of other popular tours. But the Panch Pokhari Trek itinerary is equally rewarding and exciting, mark our words. 

​Also, if you love spending nights under nothing but the moon and stars, this trek has that possibility for you! It is quite different from other treks.  

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Come across an astonishing panorama of Mt Jugal Himal, Rolwaling, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang, and more
  • Spend a couple of nights under the billions of stars in a tented camp
  • Explore the Panch Pokhari region’s five holy and natural lakes
  • Ascend many uphills and several passes to reach Panch Pokhari(4,100m)
  • Witness the wild side, which is boisterous, rich, and diverse
  • Experience the unique but inspiring culture and lifestyle of the natives
  • Pass via various Tamang and Sherpa villages and be among the locals
  • Go on to explore the unexplored hills of Central and Eastern Nepal

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu


Our representative will meet you at the Kathmandu Airport to give you a warm welcome. Then, our team will transfer you to your hotel for a rest. You will rest and relax until you feel it’s enough. We will arrange for the trek checking your trek checklist and you will have dinner together with trekking team from Sabbatical Explore Nepal in Thamel in the evening. We will have a precious discussion on the Panch Pokhari Trek itinerary. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara(1,450m) | 5-6hrs


We are ready to begin. After breakfast at the hotel, we will join a picturesque drive to Chautara, the beginning point of Panch Pokhari Trek. The ride will happen over Araniko Highway for around 5-6hrs, covering 328km. Upon our arrival in Chautara, the hub of Sindhupalchok District, we will know the local market area before calling it a day in a hotel.    ​


Day 3: Trek from Chautara to Phurse(2,050m) | 5-6hrs


The hike starts from here! We will take a trail towards mountains in the north to leave Chautara. Throughout the day, we will do several uphill and steep sections. Passing through villages, terrace fields, and green vegetation, we will arrive in Phurse in the evening. There also will be times when we will enjoy views of Mt. Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa, and more. Phurse, the place for the night, is a small village of Tamangs by the pasture lands.Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 4: Trek from Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas(3,000m)| 4-5 hrs


We will take our breakfast, and we will join a trail that leads to a forest. A couple of hours walk into the woods of Rhododendron, Oak, Pine, and Juniper will bring us to a village of nomads. We will stop there for a while to take a rest and interact with locals. After the rest, we will continue trekking in the direction of Kami Kharka or Pasture. Several more hours of hiking will lead us to Pauwa Bas, the stop for the day. Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 5: Trek from Pauwa Bas to Hile Bhanjyang(3,400m) | 5-6hrs


Following a sweet night in Pauwa Bas, we will move out on the trail to reach Hile Bhanjyang. The destination for the day is a hill ridge, so there will be some steep climbings. We keep on ascending for 3 hours to arrive at the top; Hile Bhanjyang is yet to come. From the summit, we will enjoy a scenic view of green hills and white mountains. Next, we make a 1-hour descent to reach our destination, Hile Bhanjyang. Overnight in a tented camp across mountain views

Day 6: Trek from Hile Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati(3,700m) | 4hrs


Opening our eyes to an awe-inspiring view, we will have our breakfast to leave Hile Bhanjyang. We take a steep climb from the place, which goes through green vegetation. We will climb gradually by enjoying the views of the vicinity. No rush, just one step at a time, and we will be in Nasim Pati after a 4 hours of trek. The rhododendron trees will come along, and so will be the lovely mountain views. Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 7: Trek from Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari(4,100m) | 4 hrs


Today is the most awaited day of the Panch Pokhari Trek when we will reach Panch Pokhari. However, the trek is not too long, just 4 hours. So, with no hurries, we will start ascending towards the place. En route, we will arrive in Lauribinayak Pass, a famous pass for mountain scenarios. Having a beautiful break at the pass, we will move forward until we find Panch Pokhari.
Finally, we will see the five holy & tiny lakes right in front of our eyes. Each of the lakes is quite different in shape and size. A little up from the lakes is Panch Pokhari Viewpoint, a perfect location to view the lakes and mountains. We will feed our eyes from the place as well. The day full of astonishing views will end at a tented camp by the lakes.     
   
 

Day 8: Trek from Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati(3,700m) | 3hrs


Now we will start our journey back to Kathmandu as we have already explored the five lakes. To do that, we will descend to Nasim Pati via the same trail. The trek is convenient as we do not have any uphills to climb. The descending walk of 3 hours is enough to bring us back to Nasim Pati. Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 9: Trek from Nasim Pati to Dhukang(2,100m) | 6hrs


Leaving Nasim Pati back, we will head towards Dhukang. It will be a dropping trek via forest full of Juniper, Oak, and Rhododendron. We may also come across some animals in between. Out of the woods, we reach several Buddhist Chortens and an area full of prayer flags. The day will be comparatively more extended than the last day, but the trek of 6 hrs will leave us in Dhukang. Overnight in a tented camp in Dhukang, a traditional village of Tamangs and Sherpas.

Day 10: Trek from Dhukang to Dhap(1,200m)| 6hrs


Now, we march towards Dhap, another traditional village of the trek. We’ll start the day with a slow descent from Dhukang to the Indravati River’s riverbed. Then our walk continues along the river until Dhap. Along the trek, we will pass several more villages and their farming fields. Also, we will see the locals living with no time to waste. The 6 hours of trek will be done by us today to reach Dhap. Overnight in a tented camp.    

Day 11: Trek from Dhap to Melamchi Pul Bazaar(800m)| 6hrs


From Dhap, we will make a lowering trek to Melamchi Pul Bazar. The Indravati River will guide us most of the way. Just like yesterday, we will hike through various settlements. We will see the rice terraces throughout the day. Enjoying the last trekking day of Panch Pokhari Trek, we will reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar after 6 hours of leaving Dhap. Overnight in a lodge. 

Day 12: Drive from Melamchi to Kathmandu


Now we are done with the trekking. It is time for a jeep/bus drive. After breakfast in Melamchi, we will take a 3-4 hours bus ride back to Kathmandu via Helambu-Melamchi road. Next, we will get back to our hotel in Kathmandu for a rest. The rest of the day will be free time for shopping and hangouts. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Day 13: Airport Drop and Farewell


As per your flight schedule, our team will transfer you to the airport for departure. Farewell! We’ll meet you on another adventure.            

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