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Panchpokhari Trek

Duration
14 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Remained hidden for several centuries, W.H. Tilman was the first European to trek in Panchpokhari. Panchpokhari Trek is the alternative trek in Nepal that takes you through the sensational adventure to the sacred Panchpokhari Lakes. Pilgrimage trek to Panchpokhari is taken by many devotees especially during monsoon season in the sacred thread wearing festival named as Janai Purnima which occurs in Nepali month of Bhadra and coincides with month of August.

You are cordially invited to try 14days Panchpokhari trekking that is the mesmerizing journey into five lakes located at the foothill of Jugal Mountain. Leaving Kathmandu, we will head northeast and drive for about 5hours to reach Chautara which is the Headquarter of Sindhupalchowk district. Chautara is the starting point for trekking in Panchpokhari. The trail proceeds through river, forest of juniper, pine, rhododendron, bamboo and other alpine flowers where we can get the opportunity of enjoying the views of Himalayan Wildlife. We will climb to the forested ridge and observe the scenic mountain views of Jugal Himal Range, Gaurishankar and Dorje Lakpa. Moving through the trail decorated with prayer flags and chortens, we will walk through the white housed houses of Tamang and Sherpa ethnics at Nasimpati and reach Panchpokhari after climbing Laurebinayak Pass. Panchpokhari trek is religiously significant lake. We can enjoy the panoramic views of Jugal Himal Range, Gosaikunda and Rolwaling Himal Range from Panchpokhari. Return trail will be through Nasimpati and Dukhang to Melamchipul from where we will drive back to Kathmandu.

Trek Panchpokhari is the least crowded trekking route and it can be taken throughout the year. Panchpokhari trekking cost detail will be provided upon request.

Itinerary Outline

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
Day02: Drive to Chautara (1200m)
Day03: Trek to Phusre (2045m)
Day04: Trek to Kami Kharka (2845m)
Day05: Trek to Pauwa Bas (3000m)
Day06: Trek to Hile Bhanjyang (3400m)
Day07: Trek to Nasimpati (3700m)
DayO8: Trek to Panchpokhari (4100m)
Day09: Trek to Nasimpati (3700m)
Day10: Trek to Dukang (2100m)
Day11: Trek to Dhap (1200m)
Day12: Trek to Melamchipul (800m)
Day13: Drive to Kathmandu
Day14: Departure
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
As you land in the TIA airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by representative from Trekking in Nepal. You will complete your custom formalities and then meet with our representative who will take you to the luxurious hotel. You will be briefly explained about the 14days Panchpokhari Trek and then enjoy the welcome dinner in the evening.

Day02: Drive to Chautara (1200m)
We will leave our hotel early in the morning and head northeast of Kathmandu. We will cover 328km of distance in about 5hrs to reach Chautara which is the Headquarter of Sindhupalchowk district. There is facility of bank and lodges in Chautara. We will find the appropriate hotel in Chautara and stay overnight.

Day03: Trek to Phusre (2045m)
Phusre is the scenic yet small village located at 2045m altitude. We will cross the river and take the steep climb to reach Phusre which is the small village of Tamang ethnics. The route although will be tiring, it will reward us with views of Gaurishankar, Dorjelakpa and other mountains and peaks.

Day04: Trek to Kami Kharka (2845m)
Leaving Phusre village behind, we will take the steep climb through the forested ridge. Crossing the forest of pine and blooming rhododendrons, we will reach the top of ridge offering views of Jugal Himal Range, Gaurishankar and Dorje Lakpa. Ascending further, we will reach meadow at Kamikharka where we will stay overnight.

Day05: Trek to Pauwa Bas (3000m)
On this day, we will pass through rather plain land where we can have the sight of dispersed and temporary settlement of nomads. We will follow the trail through forest to Pauwabas where we will stay overnight. Devotees on their trek to Panchpokhari take rest in rest house at Pauwabas.

Day06: Trek to Hile Bhanjyang (3400m)
The trail escalates further through forest of bamboo, rhododendron, pine and oak to the top of ridge where Hilebhanjyang is located. Village of mixed ethnics exists at the top of Hilebhanjyang. We will enjoy the sight of cascading waterfall and river valley from Hilebhanjyang.

Day07: Trek to Nasimpati (3700m)
After an early breakfast, we will take the escalating trail that proceeds through forest. Later, we will arrive at the vast open expanse of land that offers striking views of Jugal Himal Range and Gaurishankar Himal. We will stay overnight at Nasimpati.

DayO8: Trek to Panchpokhari (4100m)
We will reach our ultimate destination of Panchpokhari on this day. Panchpokhari is the religiously significant trek. The region holds altogether five different lakes lying adjacent to each other and thus it was named Panchpokhari which means Five Lakes. We will pass through Laurebina Pass to PanchPokhari. Jugal Himal Range, Gosaikunda and Rolwaling Himal Range can be seen from Panchpokhari. Great fare is organized in Janai Purnima that coincides with month of August.

Day09: Trek to Nasimpati (3700m)
Return trek begins on 9th day. We will cross Laurebinayak Pass and retrace our route through forest to Nasimpati.

Day10: Trek to Dukhang (2100m)
The trail proceeds through forest of pine, juniper, bamboo and other alpine flowers for about six hours to reach Dukhang. We will walk through the way decorated with prayer flags and chortens to reach Dukhang which is the village of Tamang and Sherpa ethnics.

Day11: Trek to Dhap (1200m)
After brief descent, we will reach Indrawati River. Walking along Indrawati River, we will proceed through crop fields to Dhap which is the Tamang Village. We will stay overnight at Dhap.

Day12: Trek to Melamchipul (800m)
Following Indrawati River, we will move in and out of scenic villages and cross the terraced fields. We will view Hydropower Project in Melamchi and proceed through tea houses to Melamchipul Bazaar where we will stay overnight.

Day13: Drive to Kathmandu
We will take 4hrs of drive to Kathmandu where we will stay in hotel in Kathmandu.

Day14: Departure
You will be assisted in your last moment preparation afterwards which our representative will take you to International Airport from where you will move to your next destination.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 14 Days
Accomodation: Tea house or Guest House
Seasons : All Season
Type: Medium
Activities : Trekking and hiking
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu
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