Panch Pokhari Trek Overview
Panch Pokhari is a group of five holy lakes in the Sindhupalchwok District of Nepal. It is the 9th highest altitude lake in the world. Panch Pokhari is enclosed by natural beauty, biological diversity, and cultural heritage. Panch Pokhari lies in the arms of the dazzling Himalayan range. It is the very famous and religious destination for Hindus and Buddhists pilgrimage and adventure lover. Most of the travellers visit Panch Pokhari in Janai Purnima (month of August).
HIGHLIGHTS OF PANCH POKHARI TREKKING:
Stunning views of the five holy lakes (Panch Pokhari).
Mesmerizing views of the mountains and landscapes during the hike.
Adventurous hike towards the remote and less tourist destination of Nepal.
Full of cultural diversity and interaction with local people.
Jugal Himalayan views, Dragon cave, Dorje Lakpa View, Habeli and Nagi Tham Danda and Indrawa
Upon your arrival in Nepal, the land of the Himalayas, our representative from Bold Himalaya will pick you up from the Tribhuwan International Airport. Then, you will be transferred to your respective hotel. You can spend your day exploring the busy Kathmandu. For the day, you can roam around beautiful Thamel and find yourself some typical local products to shop and get a close look at the bustling urban life. You can also visit restaurants and café and try out Nepali cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu
After having our delicious breakfast, we will visit the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swyambhunath), and Buddhist shrine, Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupas in the world. A stupa symbolizes the journey of a human being from the materialistic world to the world of enlightenment. The city life is vibrant as the culture and heritage reflect their ethnic identity. Later, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our guide, trek leader, and other team members. Bold Himalaya will give us brief detail regarding our trek as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. You can also go for last-minute shopping for your trek. You will find each and every branded trekking gear at Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu
We will start our journey after having our breakfast. The drive will take us about five hours through the Araniko Highway to reach the headquarters of Sindhupalchwok district in the eastern side of Kathmandu. From the campsite, the views of the lush forest, stunning mountain views, and terraced hill slope can be explored. We can also roam around Chautara Bazar to explore the charm of the town.
We will begin our trek today. The trail is interesting as we can experience the rural life, ethnic valleys, culture of the region, and the mixed settlements throughout the trek. It is a perfect example of how people of different caste and background are living harmoniously in the hilly region. With an easy ascending, we will cross small streams and the terraced farmlands. It is a beautiful day of experiencing serene nature and wonderfully scenic landscape. Then, we will reach our campsite near the pine forest offering perfect mountain views at Sano Okhareni.
We will begin our trek climbing uphill from Sano Okhareni to Thulo Okhareni for an hour. Then, the path becomes steeper and we have to climb up for about four hours. The fascinating trail goes through the dense rhododendron and pine forest. The trail is popular for the views of the beautiful birds and some wild animals like- mountain deer, langur monkeys, etc. We can also see Danphe, the national bird of Nepal. It is a fantastic day of nature, walking with spectacular views. It is such a serene place where we can find tranquillity in abundance. Then, after a gentle walk, crossing several small settlements, we will reach to a summer pasture ground and we will conclude our today’s walk. From Kami Kharka, we can have a breathtaking view of Mt. Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, and other small peaks. Overnight at the tented camp.
After having a delicious breakfast, we will start our trek. We will walk steadily through flat land. The trek goes through the tranquil forest region. Mostly, the trail we will walk today lies in the rhododendron woods along with the juniper, oak, and pine forest. Walking through the trail that is less stepped on brings some authentic experience of trekking through rural mountains. After a long walk, we can also see some of the houses of the nomads for the migrating cattle herders. We will lodge around this land in Pauwa Bas. There is a shelter for pilgrims too. Overnight at the tented camp.
Leaving Pauwa Bas behind, through the steep uphill route, we will continually ascend for about 3 hours but with a gradual pace. Then, from the top of the hill, we will start to descend through the steep downhill for about an hour and a half. We will see the exciting mountain views from the trail and will descend to our campsite at Hille Bhanjyang.
Today, we will have a pretty easy walk. The beginning of the trail is a steep uphill section for an hour. After enjoying the ambience, green panoramas, and hilly slopes, we will start to climb down for almost three hours. The trail is full of rhododendron forests and rocky hills. We will set our camp near the holy-inn that is made for the people on the pilgrimage tour. Overnight at the tented camp.
It is the most exciting day of the journey. From Narsim, we will gradually climb up through the rocky hills and reach to the Panch Pokhari. It literally signifies five lakes that are respected as the holy lakes for the Hindu people. It is seated on the base of Jugal Himal. They also make a pilgrimage trip to this place. They are the worshippers of Lord Shiva and a fair is held at the Janai Purnima festival. Small huts are built for the pilgrimage devotees. We will spend the rest of the time exploring around the lakes. Panch Pokhari is our final destination and it is the place from where we will start our trip back down towards lower altitude to come back to Kathmandu. Overnight at the tented camp.
We will start our foothill journey quite early today to catch a stunning sunrise over the mountains. From the top of the Panch Pokhari, we can see the panoramic view of Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Gaurishankar (7134m), Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling Range and Langtang Range. Then, after spending some quality time, we will retrace to the campsite and pack up the things. Then, we will descend through the steep trail all the way through the rhododendron forest to Tupi Danda, which is our campsite for today. Overnight at the tented camp
Today, after having our breakfast, we will trek through the steep downhill trail in the beginning and the second section goes through the easy trail. Crossing the beautiful terraced hillside and gorges, we will reach a tiny ethnic settlement of the Tamang people at Dhap. It is an incredible opportunity to gain the insight of culture, traditions and architectural prosperity of the local people of the village. Overnight at the tented camp.
After a delicious breakfast, we will walk through the terraced fields and the riverbed of the Indrawati river. We will cross the spectacular villages and also explore the hydroelectric project. We will walk down to Tipini and adjoin the roadway. We will reach the Melamchi Pul Bazaar at the bank of the Melamchi Khola. It is quite densely populated place with lodges, government offices, schools, colleges, post office, army police camp, and open marketplace. Overnight at guest house.
Driving hours: 5-6 hours
As we finish the trekking part of our trip, we will be driving back to Kathmandu. It is an impressive journey with shimmering views of streams, river, lush forests and the scattered hilly settlements from Melamchi to Kathmandu. We will gradually leave the wonderful mountain landscape and enter into the densely populated Kathmandu city. In the evening, we will have a Nepali cuisine farewell dinner. Overnight at 3* the hotel.
After wishing you a goodbye, our representative from Bold Himalaya will assist you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your next destination. If you have any intention of extending your stay in Nepal for an adventurous experience like Safari, Rafting, Biking Tours, Peak climbing, and more trekking in other regions, then we would be more than happy to be of help. We also welcome you to visit our country again for more experiences. It would be our bliss to help you plan your next trip to Nepal. Take care and goodbye from Bold Himalaya
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