Located to the north-east of Sindhupalchowk district, Panchpokhari trekking allows relatively new off-the-beaten trekking trail experience. PanchPokhari is the Nepali term for Five Holy Ponds. Huge fare is organized each year during Janai Purnima Festival in the sacred PanchPokhari Lake during which Hindu and Buddhist devotees from far and wide visit this pilgrimage site. Along with a religious significance, PanchPokhari is equally known for its intriguing mountain views including DorjeLakpa (6966m), Jugal Mountain, PurbiGyachu Peak (6637m), Rolwaling Range and other peaks and mountains. Thus, PanchPokhari trekking allows a highly satisfying experience of wilderness trek and insight into rich cultural heritage of Tamang, Newar, Brahmin, Chhetris and Gurung ethnics.
Standard Panchpokhari trekking itinerary at Manikang Treks continues for 16days. Also known as Five Lakes Trekking, this is a deeply satisfying spiritual trek that begins from Chautara. We will take 5hrs of drive to Chautara from Kathmandu and then cross small streams, walk through alpine meadows, climb high passes and traverse rhododendron and bamboo forest where wildlife including langur, rhesus monkeys, deer and different local and migratory birds have found their shelter. PanchPokhari Trek is not much difficult and can be joined by adventure lovers who have normal physical fitness. Our professional staffs will see to it that you get the most out of your dream adventure in PanchPokhari.
When you land at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will go through custom and visa formalities. As you exit from the Arrival Hall, you will find our representative waiting for you with placard in his hand. Look for your name in a placard. After receiving you, he will transfer you to the three-star category hotel. Get refreshed. Later, you will get briefing regarding the trip. Explore the surroundings. Have a comfortable stay.
After breakfast, you will join for guided Kathmandu City Tour. Out of 10 UNESCO cultural sites in Nepal, 4 of them exist in Kathmandu alone making it the historical city. We will start the tour by visiting Pashupatinath Complex which is the most significant Hindu Temple in Nepal. Non- Hindus are not allowed an access in the main temple premises but you can still observe cremation ceremony at the bank of Bagmati River. You will also visit Bouddhanath which was listed in world heritage site in 1979 A.D. This is also known as mini Tibet in Kathmandu. Next stop will be at Swoyambhunath which is the oldest Buddhist Stupa located at the top of the hill. Swoyambhunath is the oldest stupa that dates 2500 years back. Drive further to Kathmandu Durbar Square- the ancient Royal Palace. Hanumandhoka Museum, Kasthamandap Temple, KalBhairav Statue and House of Living Goddess are places of interest. Return to hotel for comfortable stay. In the afternoon, you can shop for any trekking equipment that you require.
It takes 5hrs in private vehicle to reach Chautara from Kathmandu. We will follow Araniko Highway to Chautara which is the District Headquarter of Sindupalchowk. We will stay overnight at Chautara. This is a good place for enjoying mountain views. We can explore around Chautara village to know about the local life and culture.
Panchpokhari Trek begins from Chautara. We will walk past many multi-ethnic villages where Brahmins, Chhetris and Rai ethnics live in harmony. Following the trail along rice terraces, we will enjoy the view of Gaurishankar Mountain, DorjeLakpaPeak and other peaks and mountains as we climb up to Phurse. We will cross the vast expanse of meadow where we can see local cattle grazing over lush green vegetation and reach Phurse village which is inhabited by Tamang ethnics. Stay overnight in Phurse.
Leaving Phurse early in the morning, we will traverse oak, pine and rhododendron forest and climb uphill to the top of ridge. Moving further, we will arrive at Kami Kharka where locals take their cattle for grazing. We will enjoy views of Gaurishankar Mountain,JugalMountain range and other peaks and mountains and stay overnight in Kami Kharka.
After an early morning tea, we will follow the gradually ascending trail through rhododendron, oak and pine forest. If we are lucky, we can meet some nomadic tribe. The trail for Pauwa Bas from Kami Kharka is mostly ascending. We will stay overnight in Pauwa Bas. Pauwa Bas is used mostly as a shelter by pilgrims who visit holy Panchpokhari Lake.
Leaving Pauwa Bas, we will follow the ascending trail for about 4hours to reach HileBhanjyang. Our journey continues through bamboo, pine, oak and rhododendron forest to the ridge named HileBhanjyang. From HileBhanjyang, we can get spectacular views of cascading waterfall, river valley and far below, we can see native villages. Stay overnight in HileBhanjyang.
From HileBhanjyang, we will follow the ascending trail through forest where we can observe wildlife like mountain deer and lophophorus. We can get spectacular views of JugalMountain range, GauriShankar Mountain and other peaks and mountains. There is a rest house in NasimPati where many pilgrims take shelter. Stay overnight in NasimPati.
This is the day that we arrive at our ultimate destination of PanchPokhari. The termPanchPokhari signifies five holy lakes. We will walk to the nearby ridge early in the morning for sunrise view. Later, we will follow the ascending path and cross a Pass to reach PanchPokhari. Great ceremony is organized during Janai Purnima that falls in full moon of August. Along with religious significance, PanchPokhari is equally fascinating for mountain views. We can get views of JugalMountain range, RolwalingMountain Range and other peaks and mountains from PanchPokhari.
We will begin our return trek on this day. We will lower down from PanchPokhari and retrace the route back to NasimPati through forest. There is a rest house available at NasimPati. Pati is a Nepali term for a rest house built for pilgrims. Stay overnight at Nasimpati.
Leaving NasimPati, we will descend to rhododendron, pine and oak forest, juniper where we can observe wildlife like Himalayan deer and rhesus monkeys. We will walk along chortens and follow the trail decorated with prayer flags to the pretty tiny village of Dukhang. Dukhang is inhabited mostly by Tamang ethnics. We will visit local monastery before staying overnight in Dukhang.
Leaving Dukhang, we will descend all the way to Indrawati River. We will walk along the bank of Indrawati River. The trail is straight and levelled. Walking along terraced field, we will reach Dhap. Dhap is a tiny village ofTamangethnics. Stay overnight in Dhap.
We will follow Indrawati River and walk through different multi-ethnic villages. We can view hydroelectricity project before we reach Tipini from where we will once again get touched with modern life. Moving further, we will reach MelamchiPul Bazaar. This Bazaar is located near to the confluence of MelamchiRiver and Indrawati River. Stay overnight in MelamchiPul Bazaar.
As Panchpokhari Trek has come to an end, we will drive back to Kathmandu from Melamchi on this day. It takes ablout 4hrs of drive to take us back to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to a hotel for comfortable stay.
Enjoy a free day. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy different gift items.
You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Have a safe journey. We hope to see you soon.