Panch Pokhari Trek

Panch Pokhari means 5 holy ponds or lakes in Nepali language. These ponds are situated at the altitude of 4100m with the great Hindu religious significance in the north-eastern part of Nepal in Sindupalchok district. This is very famous Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal. Hindus go there to take bath in sacred holy water to make them spiritually purification from the sin jobs.

Also, the shamans go there for the pray once in year. This is less touristic, wild and off the beaten  trekking route. It offers the splendid  Himalayan views on Jugal Himal range, Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Madiya (6257m) and Phurbi Chhyachu (6,637 m). We can explore the diverse nature and varieties of multi ethnic  culture, typical villages, local agriculture of  Tamang, Newar, Sherpa, Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung etc.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip  Title: Panch Pokhari Trek.
Maximum Elevation: 4100m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 16 Days
Mode of Operation: tented camping  Trek.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary : Panch Pokhari Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport, welcome by ART member an transfer to hotel  2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 02: Kathmandu free day trek preparation hotel  2 star  bed and breakfast .
Day 03: Kathmandu to Chautara (1418m). 6  hours by local bus. Overnight camping.
Day 04: Trek Chautara to Phurse (2218m). 5 hours Overnight camping.
Day 05: Trek Phurse to Kami Kharaka (2985m). 5 hours Overnight camping.
Day 06: Kami Kharaka to Pauwa Bas (3000m). 4 hours Overnight camping.
Day 07: Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3720m). 4 hours Overnight camping.
Day 08: Hille Bhanjyang to Narsing Pati (3700m). 5 hours Overnight camping.
Day 09: Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (Five Lakes) (4100 m). 5 hours Overnight camping.
Day 10: Panch Pokhari to Narsing Pati (3631m). 3 hours Overnight camping.
Day 11: Nasing Pati to Dukang (2100m). 7 hours Overnight camping.
Day 12: Dukang to Dhap (1200m). 6 hours Overnight camping
Day 13: Dhap to Melamchi Bazar (870m). 5 hours Overnight camping
Day 14: Malamchi Bazar to Kathmandu 4 hours  by local bus  and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping and other activities hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 16: International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfer by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-4 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu at Thamel touristic city with breakfast.
-Trekking permits of Panch Pokhari  and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in tented camping with foam mattress twin basis .
-Food (breakfast,lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Camping equipment: tents, mattress, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils,table, chairs etc.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook and porters.
-Kathmandu to Chautara  & Melamchi Bazar to Kathmandu by local  bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory government tax  and other  local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide,cook and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal visa fee 40 $  for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag -15 degree etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, cook  and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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