Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure
Pancha Pokhari TrekPancha Pokhari Trek

The Panch Pokhari Trek is one of our favorite treks and we’d be delighted to help you explore this impressive region in Nepal.

One of the popular trekking destination in the eastern part of Nepal. Panch Pokhari trek is through the untouched traditional village in stunning Himalayan Range and beautiful landscapes lie at the lap of Jugal Himal at an elevation of 4100m. This trek offers the mountains views, rich culture, adventure, biodiversity, natural beauty. The holy lakes to Buddhist and Hindu peoples. Furthermore, the trail is attraction for the views of the birds and wild animals.

Panch Pokhari trek is the trek to five different small lakes. Each lake has different names derived from Lord Shiva. The Panch Pokhari trekking is sacred pilgrimage trek often visited by many trekkers. Every year a large number of visitors from different country come to visit especially on Janai Purnima to worship and take a bath in this lake, believed to wash away their sins. The trek offers eye-pleasing and heart-stopping dramatic views of the stunning mountain range and perfect natural surrounding with diverse customs. Panch Pokhari trek explores the stunning views of Dorje Lakpa(6966m), Phurbi Chhyachu(6637m), Madiya(6257m), Rolwaling and Langtang range, Jugal Himal and the charming biological diversities. On the way to Panch Pokhari there are beautiful forests of bamboo, pine and other evergreen plants where different species of birds such as Pigeons and Doves, Parrot, Macaws and allies, Cuckoos and Anis, Barn owls, Nightjars, Tree swifts, Trogons, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, Typical Rollers, Hoopoes, Barbets Honeyguides, Woodpeckers, and Allie can be seen. During this trek get an opportunity to know the diverse culture and way of life of different ethnic people. We will pass through the village of Sherpa, Tamang and get an opportunity to understand the Himalayan culture and lifestyle. The trek crosses through beautiful green hills, dense forests, and beautiful landscapes. While passing the village we might see some of the wild animals such as Musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Monkeys, Himalayan wild goat and particularly birds and wildflowers. Pre-historic places, religious places, caves, and attractive lakes are the other major attractions of Panch Pokhari Trek. On the way to trek, there is an ancient place Dukhang believed that Kaji family used to live there noticeable through the ancient art of the structure and infrastructure. It is also said that Kaji family was connected with Rana leaders.

Panch Pokhari Trek is an easy and short trek. Every month are suitable for this trekking. This trek will experience you the basic comfort of the local people they are having in their daily lifestyle. You are offered by local foods and stay at the local shelter. This trek could be customized according to clients available time. The view of snowcapped mountains, forests, enchanting lakes and witness of the rustic life of the locals enhances the beauty of this trek. Our 10 days trek starts from a capital city and drives to Simpal, the starting point of the trek. The trek crosses the beautiful landscape, waterfalls, alpine forest, temples, and offers a stunning view of Himalayan ranges. Enroute we'll pass through the interesting village of Kami Kharka from where we can observe breathtaking view of Mt. Langtang Lirung at Langtang valley, Dorje Lakpa, and some other small peaks and then to Hile Bhanjyang. Continue ascending up a steep and rocky hill we finally treks to Panch Pokhari. This place has two pilgrim houses and a temple of Lord Shiva. From the top, we can have an excellent view of Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling Range, Gosainkunda, Kanchenjunga, and Makalu. After exploring the vicinity of the lake, our journey back to Kathmandu via Dhap, Melamchi and then drive to Kathmandu.

Highlights

√  A holy pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhist religions.
√  Explore marvelous views of many stunning Himalayas like Gauri Shankar, Langtang, Jugal, Dorje Lakpa
√  Experience the Sherpa and Tamang villages and their lifestyles
√  Explore Panch Pokhari, terraced fields, beautiful rural sceneries, and unique living style

Trip Facts

Duration: 10 days
Elevetion: 1813m - 4229m
Difficulty: Moderate
Accommodation: Teahouse & Camping
Starting / Ending: Kathmandu
Season: Mar - May & Sept - Dec
Transport : Sharing & Private vehicle 
Permits: Langtang National Park trekking permit, TIMS card
Equipment: Basic trekking gear

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.)

Flying into Kathmandu is a memorable experience with the Himalaya spread out. Timepass is so quickly, enjoying the views of marvelous Himalayan ranges along with the world's highest peak Mount Everest while being on this flight. The flight will land at (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport at 1350m after you will receive Nepal entry visa which can be obtained in advance or on entry and for the visa process at Kathmandu TIA, you will take around 45min, it depends on the number of people in a queue. For the Nepal entry visa information, have to a visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. After you will exit from the gate, where you will see our company representative waiting for you withholding placard written with the company name. Company representative welcome you by offering holy Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in private vehicle. It takes around 30min to reach at Thamel from TIA via means of transportation. The scenes of Pashupatinath(sacred Hindu temple), city, full of various vehicles, peoples make our journey more enjoyable and amazing, then we reach the hotel and take rest. Thamel is full of restaurants, shopping centers, and good accommodation. Trek briefing and afterward invited to a host family for welcome dinner.
[Included meals: welcome drink]
Overnight at hotel

Day 02: KTM Valley UNESCO Heritage sites Sightseeing Tours (1350m/4429 ft.)

KTM Sightseeing tour will commence after breakfast on most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites; Swayambhu Stupa- an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley and popular with “Monkey Temple”, Boudha Stupa- the largest stupas in Nepal, Pashupatinath significant Shiva Temple & cremation center of KTM Valley. After the complete sightseeing tour, we return to the hotel & do preparation for the Himalayas trek.
[Included meals: Bed and Breakfast]
Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Scenic drive to Simpal (1813m/5948ft. ), 5hr drive

After having breakfast in the hotel at Kathmandu, we will drive to the small village of Simpal relishing the countryside view throughout the ride. On our way to Simpal, we pass through Chautara, the headquarters of Sindhupalchowk district. As we drive further, alongside different rivers and streams, the settlement starts to get sparse and green hills to dominate the landscape. The drive to Simpal is only going to add thrill to the already excited you.
[Included meals: Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 04: Trek to Kami Kharka (2810m/9220ft. ), 5-6hr walk

The journey begins with a steady walk to Kami Kharka. The trek crosses through streams, terraced farmland, and mixed settlements. After reaching Sano Okhareni we will pass by pine forest and with great views to the mountains. We also encounter some wild animals like mountain deer, langur monkeys and various species of birds. Danphe. the national bird of Nepal is also found here. Crossing several smaller settlements on the way, we reach Kami Kharka.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 05: Trek to Pauwa Bas (3000m/9842ft. ), 5-6hr walk

Ascending the trek to Pauwa Bas through the flat land. The trail goes through tranquil forest wildlife spotting area. We will enter the forested path filled with rhododendron, oaks, pine, and juniper trees. After continuing of walk through the forested area, we will get the sight of nomad's houses for cattle on our way to Pauwa Bas. Walking through the silent and tranquil forest, we will arrive in Pauwa Bas. There is a shelter for pilgrims to Panch Pokhari.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 06: Trek to Hile Bhanjyang (3400m/11154ft. ), 6-7hr walk

We leave Pauwa Bas ascending steep uphill to the top of the hill. Enjoying the views of greenery and hilly slopes we will start climbing dominated by rhododendron. From the top, we get to observe the amazing scenery of the untouched beauty of Himalayas. We take steep descend from the top through the forested area. It is a quiet walk through an uninhabited area. Relishing the amazing view of mountains on our way, we arrive in Hile Bhanjyang.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 07: Trek to Panch Pokhari (4100m/13451ft. ), 6-7hr walk

We start to trek towards Panch Pokhari through the forested trail to Nasyampati from where we get an amazing mountain view. We then continue to climb up through rocky hills to finally arrive in Panch Pokhari. Panch Pokhari signifies the meaning of five lakes. The holy lakes of Panch Pokhari do not only serve as a pilgrimage site of the Hindu and Buddhist devotees but are equally beautiful scenically. We will see two pilgrim houses. The temple in Panch Pokhari is dedicated to Lord Shiva in Janai Purnima (festival). Small houses are built for the pilgrimage devotees.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 08: Trek to Tupi Danda (2320m/7611ft. ), 6-7hr walk

Early in the morning, we will hike to the top of Panch Pokhari for the amazing view of the nature and the spectacular sunrise over the mountain. Walking about 2hr to the top we will see the sun rising view over the Himalayas and the panoramic view of Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Gaurishankar (7134m), Jugal Himal Range, Ganesh Himal Range, Rolwaling Himal Range, and Langtang Himal Range. After spending some quality time, we return back to Panch Pokhari and head towards Tupi Danda through steep trails. After the great views we, we return back to Panch Pokhari and head towards Tupi Danda through steep trails along the rhododendron forest.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 09: Trek to Dhap (1200m/3937ft. ), 5-6hr walk

We will trek down beautiful terraced hills and gorges down to reach the settlement of Tamang people, Dhap. Dhap is the wonderful Tamang settlement and you’ll get to relish in the unique Tamang culture and foods in Dhap. We will get an opportunity to explore the insight of culture, tradition, architecture and their custom.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 10: Trek to Melamchi (800m/2624ft. ), 4-5hr walk

Descending from Dhap we will cross by the side of Indrawati River through the terraced fields. We pass through stunning villages and also see a hydroelectricity project on the way to Tipini and our re-introduction to a road. Melamchi Pul Bazaar lies at the bank of Melamchi Khola (stream) and Indrawati River is comparatively a big town for this area. There are some lodges, tea shops, government offices, schools, colleges, post office, and army police camp. We will camp by the riverside and if you like you can refresh yourself with a dip in the river. Melamchi is quite a populated area and open marketplace.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 11: Scenic drive to Kathmandu, 5-6hr drive

After having our breakfast in the hotel at Melamchi we will drive back to Kathmandu by bus. The drive with the views of streams, river, lush forest, and hilly settlements can be seen on the way. After reaching there our representative will transfer you to the hotel in a private vehicle. You can spend the rest of the by relaxing or shopping for gifts and souvenirs.
[Included meals: Dinner in Ktm]
Overnight at hotel in Ktm

Day 12: Departure

A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle.
[Included meal: Breakfast]

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Ktm as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]

+ Private trek with an English speaking government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 20 kg; i.e. 10kg pP)with meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner/main course) during the trek

+ Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses  as per the itinerary

+ Langtang National Park trekking permit 

+ Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration fee

+ Duffel bag and trekking map (Duffel to be returned after trip completion)

+ First aid medical kit carried by the guide

+ Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes

+ Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu with the host family


Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. For further more information, have to visit Nepal Immigration Department official website. 

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Heli Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks, and boiled water as well as snacks, desserts, etc. during the trek

- Gratuity for Guide & Porter

- Hot shower, wifi, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather-related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs, etc.

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt.

Equipment

Trekking Equipment

Have a kindly bring the following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality at a good price.

Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. Incapacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. Sunglasses

3. Warm hat

4. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

5. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

6. An emergency light

Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment- Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:

1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts

9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Useful Information

+Additional porter: 160 USD [20 USD per day]

We plan with one porter per 2 clients. If you require additional support, you can book an additional porter for the trip to lighten your load. A porter carries your bag pack for you and no more (20kg max. They don't often speak any English. They carry two backpacks that they will strap together. But you are strictly prohibited not take advantage of the porter. They are usually very proud people and will attempt to carry things that are just too heavy. Which is not good. You can leave your unnecessary stuff in Kathmandu your hotel or our office you will not need on the trek.

Have a take a small personal daypack with you. Your daypack should contain everything you need during the day but keep it as light as possible. Examples: water, some warm clothing, your camera, sunscreen, etc. Note that luggage you hand the porters might not be available to you during the day as they sometimes set their own pace.

+Hotel upgrade in Ktm: [65 USD for 4* hotel, 95 USD for 5* hotel per night]

If you feel like a little luxury before and after your trek, you can upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu to 4*/ 5* category


Nepal Visas

You need a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15-day visa and £35 for a 30-day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entries. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. For further information, visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports, there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90-day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Travelers Insurance

While you do trips through Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you will submit a copy of your insurance certificate. Your insurance policy must coverage accidents, medical expenses and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue and then personal liability. At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not. Incredible Himalayan Sherpa also advocated your Insurance policy coverage cancellation curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have must proof of the Insurance receipt, you will do initiative otherwise you can’t get any compensation.

Helicopter Evacuation

Sometimes, Helicopter rescue situations can come due to an unexpected accident, bad weather, road obstruction/blocked or other reasons. Anywhere you options for a helicopter trip in order to back to home early due to a health issue and due to an emergency that may arise during the trip. In many cases, the expense of any helicopter flight is the only responsibility of you or your policy should be covered in these cases.

Money and Gratuity

Gratuity is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to graduate their crews at the end of a trek. Money and Gratuity; it is best to bring a mixture of cash, USD, GBP, CAD, EUR. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 12 - 20 per meal in Kathmandu(if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.

Duration
10 days
Season
Mar - May & Sept - Dec
Region
Langtang
Grade
Medium
Altitude
4229m
Walking
5-6hr
Accommodation
Tea-houe & Camping