This is an easy going camping circuit trek through forests, meadows and villages in a non-touristy part of Nepal. Beautiful Himalayan views, pristine nature with distinct cultures and few, if any, other trekkers are the main attractions of this trek. Our final destination is the five holy mountain lakes of Panch Pokhari, a pilgrimage site for Hindus (and Buddhists) with a major festival in August.
This is an easy going camping trek that can be done any time from October to mid-December and March to early May.
|Day 1||Kathmandu to Chautara (1,200m) Your trekking guide will arrive and, after breakfast, we make a scenic car/van/bus journey to our first day’s destination, the Sherpa and Tamang village of Chautara. From our camp site you can enjoy the stunning mountain views, or explore the village, gaining an insight into local culture and daily life here. (5 hours drive).|
|Day 2||Chautara to Phusre (2,045m) We trek uphill through small village settlements and camp near a pine forest with a perfect mountain view. (5 hour trek).|
|Day 3||Phurse to Kami Kharka (2,845m) We hike through dense rhododendron and pine forests to reach Kami Kharka (meadow), a summer pasture ground for nomadic cattle herders, from here we have breathtaking views of Mts Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa and other peaks. If we are lucky and observant, we might spot mountain deer, langur monkeys or the national bird the Himalayan Monal. (4 to 5 hour trek).|
|Day 4||Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3,000m) Today’s trek is fairly level and we can enjoy wildlife spotting as we hike through lush forests of rhododendron, oak, pine and juniper. We will spot nomads’ cattle shelters on the way. In Pauwa Bas there is a shelter for pilgrims hiking to Panch Pokhari, we camp nearby. (5 to 6 hour trek).|
|Day 5||Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3,400m) We now make a 3 hour steep uphill trek followed by a downhill hike through forest with gorgeous mountain views. (4 to 5 hours).|
|Day 6||Hille Bhanjyang to Narsim Pati (3,700m) After an uphill start we enjoy a gradual downhill hike through rocky hills and rhododendron forests. At Narsim Pati there is a small rest house for pilgrims on their way to the holy site of Panch Pokhari and we have great mountain views from our campsite. (4 hour trek).|
|Day 7||Nasim Pati to Panchpokhari (The 5 Holy Lakes) (4,100m) To reach Panch Pokhari we trek for at least 3 hours up a rocky hill. This stunning setting is a secluded pilgrimage site where the Janaipurnima festival is held every August. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit here and we can see two pilgrim houses and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. From here we have excellent views of the Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling Range and Gosainkunda. (3 hour trek).|
|Day 8||Panchpokhari to Nasimpati (3,700m) An early morning rise and a 90 minute hike up Panch Pokhari to the summit for the sunrise and panoramic views of Mt Dorje Lakpa, the Jugal Himal Range etc. We then trek down for another 3½ hours to Nasimpati. (5 hours).|
|Day 9||Nasimpati to Dukang (2,100m) We trek down through rhododendron forest to Dukang. (4 hour trek).|
|Day 10||Dukang to Dhap (1,200 m) We start to trek downhill, but soon level out as we make our way through terraced fields to the beautiful village of Dhap. Most of the settlements here are Tamang and we can gain some insight into their culture, lifestyle and traditional architecture. (4 hour trek).|
|Day 11||Dhap to Melamchipul (800m) We trek down through terraced fields and stunning villages along the Indrawati River. We will camp by the river and if you like you can refresh yourself with a dip in the river! (5 to 6 hour trek).|
|Day 12||Melamchipul Bazaar to Kathmandu We make the scenic drive back to Kathmandu. (5 hours drive).
We hope you’ve had a great trek, had some adventures, tightened your belt a few notches and look forward to trekking with you again on your return to Nepal.
|Price||US$ 1,100 plus accommodation in Kathmandu.|
|Price includes||Airport pick-up and drop-off. All inclusive trek costs; all camping equipment, breakfast, lunch, dinner, trekking and park permit fees, guide and necessary porters and all their costs such as transportation, accommodation, food, equipment, insurance etc.|
|Price excludes||Food and accommodation in Kathmandu, alcoholic beverages, tips, your insurance and personal expenses.|