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Panch Pokhari is situated in Helambu/Langtang region and is recently opened as new trekking area. It is one of the real non tourist trekking destinations in Nepal. Himalayandreamteam offers the Panch Pokhari as a camping trek through, yet untouched traditional villages in stunning Himalayan views and beautiful landscapes. This trek offers panoramic mountains views, a rich Tamang culture and due to its nature, a genuine adventures exploration. The destination are the high altitude holy lakes that are sacred to Buddhists and Hindus. You will rewarded by close views of the Langtang Range, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling Himal and other snow-capped high peaks. First we drive by bus to Chautara, northeast of Kathmandu towards the Tibetan border. On day 9 of this pioneering trek we will reach the five lakes at Panch Pokhari, as the important pilgrimage of Hindu devotees which is known from the celebrations every year in August in memory of Lord Shiva. There are several villages of Tamang/Sherpa in this area that will provide an unique chance to observe Hindu & Buddhist culture. The unspoiled nature adds to a breathtaking experience. Back to basic, sleeping in tents, walk long hours and meanwhile enjoying life from within an ancient culture. A must for real explorers!
All year long, best time is however from October to June
Our camping trek to mountain lakes in unknown Helambu
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel +D
Himalayan Dream Team will pick you up at the international airport for your transfer to the hotel. As a welcome you will have a typical Nepalese dinner with some of the staff members, typical food coming up! And do not forget to try our typical Nepalese drink with great mood of cheers.
Day 02: Sightseeing/free day in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel, +B
After breakfast we will start for the sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu, visit the main temples of Swayambhunath (Monkey temple), Pashupatinath, the most venerated Hindu temple of Nepal and Bouddhanath, the biggest Buddhist stupa of the world. In the afternoon we show you Durbar square with an orientation tour through lively Thamel. Entrance fees and transport included!
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Chautara (1.450m, 4/ 5 hrs), o/n in lodge + B/L/D
Early morning after breakfast our trekking staff will pick you up at your hotel and we drive by bus in northern direction out of Kathmandu to Chautara. The scenery offers our journey green foothills, ridge line vistas, rice terraces, rivers, local settlements up the high hills to Chautara. On the road you will catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal and other mountains.
Day 04: Trek to Sano Okhareni (1.965m, 4/ 5 hrs) o/n in camp +B/L/D
In an almost 5 hrs walk we have to walk uphill to reach in Sano Okhareni. Today’s trail goes through small villages where we can see how the diverse ethnic groups live side by side. We will set our camp near a pine forest and with great views to the mountains.
Day 05: Trek Sano Okharen to Kami Kharka (2.810m, 4/5hrs) o/n in camp +B/L/D
After breakfast our trip start gradual uphill to Thulo Okhareni. Then we get into a much steeper part for about 4 hours through stunning, dense Rhododendron and pine forests. If we are lucky, we might get a glimpse on some wild animals such as mountain deers or monkeys and the typically Nepali birdlife that reside in the mountains.
Day 06: Trek to Pauwa Bas (3.000m, 5/6hrs) o/n in camp +B/L/D
After the strenuous tour yesterday we have a much easier walk today; being fairly level (‘Nepali flat’) and we can enjoy again nice and gentle forest trails and have time for some wildlife spotting. The trail of today is about 5 to 6 hours through the lush forest of rhododendron, oak, pine and juniper and we can see some nomad’s houses and their cattle on the way.
Day 07: Trek to Hille Bhanjyang (3.400m, 4/ 5hrs) o/n in camp +B/L/D
After breakfast the trail leads us steep uphill for about 3 hours. We get our breath back on the steep downhill as we descend for 1 ½ hours through the forest with birds chirping around us. The day offers some great mountain views on our way down into Hille Bhanjyang, where we setup our camp.
Day 08: Trek Hille Bhanjyang to Narsim Pati (3.700m, 6/ 7hrs) o/n in camp +B/L/D
Today is short trekking day; we only have about 4 hours of walking. So we take it easy on the steep uphill section to start the day. After that beginning we enjoy the gradual descent of about 3 hours through rocky hills and rhododendron forest into our camp at Narsim Pati. There is a small rest house for pilgrims on the way near the holy site of Panch Pokhari. We have great mountain views from our campsite.
Day 09: Trek Narsim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4.100m, 3/4hrs) o/n in camp +B/L/D
Today is the shortest day in our trip, about 3 hours of gradual ascent through rocky hills before we reach our destination of Panch Pokhari (panch means ‘five’ and pokhari means ‘lake’). This stunning location is a secluded pilgrimage site where the Janaipurnima (August full Moon) festival is held every year. Numerous of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit this site each year. There are two pilgrim houses and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Day 10: Trek Panch Pokhari- Panch Pokhari top to Tupi Danda (2.320m, 6/7hrs) o/n in camp +B/L/D
After breakfast we will start our trek early in morning to catch a stunning sunrise over the mountains. It takes about ½ hours uphill to see the beautiful sight of the sun rising over the Himalayas and have a panoramic view on Mt.Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling and Langtang Range. We head back down to Panch Pokhari for our camp.
Day 11: Trek Tupi Danda to Dhap (1.200m, 4/ 5hrs) o/n in camp +B/L/D
Early morning after breakfast we start our day on a quite steep downhill trail and the rest is more flat through terraced rice fields to the beautiful village of Dhap. This is home to Tamang families and gives us a great chance to gain some insight into the lives, culture and traditional architecture.
Day 12: Rest day to explore the Tamang culture, o/n in camp +B/L/D
After many days walking we will be happy with this scheduled rest day, so we sleep out and will have a late breakfast. Then our guide lead you explore around Tamang village. It might be great opportunities for nature and culture lovers. We can interact with the local people about their day to day life style and the values and traditions.
Day 13: Trek Dhap to Melamchi (800m, 5/6hrs) o/n in camp +B/L/D
Our final long trekking day will take us to Melamchi. The trail goes through terraced fields, along the Indrawati River and stunning villages and also we will pass the Sunkoshi hydropower project on the way to Tipini. Melamchi Pul Bazaar, which lies at the bank of Melamchi Khola (stream) and Indrawati River is a relatively big town for this area. There are some lodges, tea shops, government offices, schools, colleges, post office and an army police camp. Our camp we will built by the riverside and if you like you can refresh yourself with a dive in the river! We will celebrate our trekking last night singing and dancing with the local people.
Day 14: Drive back Melamchi to Kathmandu (1350m, 3 /4hrs) o/n in camp +B/L/D
After having breakfast we will wrap up our camp and drive back to Kathmandu still sightseeing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements and high hills. It takes about 3/4 hours to reach your hotel in Kathmandu by bus.
Day 15: Rest day in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel +B
After breakfast you can explore Thamel for some nice souvenirs. Maybe still interested to go to Patan or Bhaktapur and see these enchanting former King’s cities? Or just hangout on one of the many terraces in lively Kathmandu.
Day 16: Transport to international airport and fly back to home +B