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A Quick Guide to the Panch Pokhari Trek

This guide to Panch Pokhari is unique because we showcase it from a first-person perspective. Having done the trek recently, we wanted to offer our insight and knowledge on how to make the most of this short but beautiful trek. So, here’s a quick guide to a hike to Panch Pokhari.

Panch Pokhari, meaning ‘ Five Lakes ‘, is a new popular hiking spot near Kathmandu for both local and foreign tourists.

These lakes are at an altitude of 4,100 meters. If you go up to the viewpoint at 4,300 meters, you can see a panorama of peaks in the Jugal Himal range, including the Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m) and Madiya (6,257 m).

This short trail is an amazing gateway for hikers, as it follows waterfalls and forested paths to the highlands. The view at the end of the trek is breathtaking and unique since there are five glacial lakes in between the hills.

For those interested in the religious and cultural aspects of Nepal, Panch Pokhari is also a pilgrimage site. There is a temple for the Hindu God of Destruction, Shiva, and bathing sites for those who want to purify themselves in holy water.

The amazing thing about the Panch Pokhari trek is that you can set up camp and stay at Panch Pokhari for as long as you’d like. Unlike other Himalayan trekking destinations , where it may be too mountainous or steep to camp comfortably, Panch Pokhari is like a picnic spot up in the mountains.

Having done this trek recently, I suggest that you take your time on the trail and at Panch Pokhari to soak up the spiritual atmosphere of the lakes.

Similar to the Langtang Valley Trek , for a short trek close to Kathmandu and those on a budget, this one takes the cake.

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Itinerary for the Short Panch Pokhari Trek:

Hiking is one of the most popular things to do in Kathmandu . Just like other short hikes, Panch Pokhari is one of the best multi-day hikes near Kathmandu.

Therefore, to help you plan your trip better, let us do a breakdown of how we went about this trip and how you can plan yours accordingly.

Day 01: Kathmandu to Chimti, Chimti to Deurali (1-2 hours)

While many start from Chautara, we started our journey from Chimti (or Chimdi), which was about a 7-hour drive from Kathmandu. Since we started our day late and left Kathmandu around 11 a.m., we reached Chimti around 6 p.m. via a rented jeep, which cost Rs. 30,000 for a round trip. Costs may be cheaper (as low as $16,000 round trip), but since we were worried about communicable diseases , we did not mind splurging on transportation.

The roads are on the rougher side, but what roads in the hills are not? You will pass by Melamchi to grab a quick lunch and then make your way to Bhotang and then to Chimti. We dropped off at Chimti and walked to Deurali, but we later found that jeeps go up to Chimti. If you are taking a local bus, however, the last stop is Chimti, and the average fare comes to around 300 to 500 rupees (one way).

After being dropped off at Chimti, we walked an hour to Deurali. We had taken tents to camp, but the locals told us it was too cold this time of year (mid-November), so we left our camping gear behind. There was a teahouse at Deurali, which was Rs. 450 for food and lodging, and we happily settled in for the night.

Day 02: Chimti to Nasimpati (3700m), 6-7 hours

We started our day fairly late at 6:30 a.m. and got lost on the way (the one where you walk about 30 minutes and see prayer flags and an old monastery and take a sharp left instead of heading straight).

We learned the hard way to always look for the red and white marker. As we didn’t notice it, we went up a hill, came to a dead end, and had to return. The red and white marker is constant on the trail, so if you are walking for fifteen minutes and do not come across it, then you are probably headed in the wrong direction.

After correcting our course and walking for 2 hours, mostly on stairs amidst forests, we stopped for a quick lunch at Tuppi Danda (2320m). The area has one lodge, so call beforehand to place your meals. We asked them to cook the instant noodles we had and, after resting for a little while, went on our way.

The stretch between Tuppi Danda and Nasimpati is long, with no tea houses or lodges in between. So we recommend you take plenty of snacks, as it is about a 4- to 5-hour uphill trek through forests, waterfalls, and eventually stone steps. Trekking was very much different than wandering around the beaches . Although we were tired, we were enjoying every bit of it. It’s a surreal experience.

Once you reach Nasimpati, you will have plenty of options for lodging, as there are tea houses that cater to pilgrims during Janai Purnima. We were told that the lodges there had enough capacity for over 100 people. Do note to call ahead during the off-season as the local lodge owners may return to their villages during heavy snowfall and winter.

We spent the night at Nasimpati, and while the beds were comfortable, it was chilly during the night.

Day 03: Nasimpati (3700) to Panch Pokhari (4100) to Viewpoint (4300) and back, 7 hours

The next day we started our trek at 6 a.m., but we encourage you to start sooner, as it is a three-hour trek to Panch Pokhari. The trails are mostly uphill, but the highlands and the rocky terrain make it an absolutely beautiful hike. We reached Panch Pokhari at 9 a.m., and after a dip in the waters near the river and a quick visit to the temple, all of us had lunch at one of the many dining halls and lodges there. We noticed there was no shortage of rooms at Panch Pokhari itself.

After lunch, we took in the views of the five lakes, and it was quite calm, with plenty of space to set up camp (if the weather was warmer). The viewpoint is about a 30- to 45-minute hike at 4300 meters and also boasts panoramic views of both the five lakes and the peaks of the Jugal Range. It is highly recommended.

We then had to bid adieu, albeit reluctantly because of a tight schedule, but we absolutely would have loved to stay a night or two at Panch Pokhari. You can relax, take in the sunset over the lakes, and explore the five lakes more, adding an extra day to the hike.

Going downhill was harder than expected. After a 3-hour hike to Nasimpati, we settled there for the night, although our initial plan was to get to Tuppi Danda.

Day 04: Nasimpati (3700m) to Deurali, 8 hours

The next day, we started at 6 a.m. and descended to Tuppi Danda for a lunch of Dal Bhat. We went all the way downhill to Deurali at around 2 p.m., where our jeep had arrived to pick us up.

Overall, the itinerary was the standard one to follow. But what we would have changed was adding an extra night or two at Panch Pokhari just so we could explore the area more.

However, the above itinerary is common and is being used by most travelers. Of course, we can change the itinerary depending on your group’s fitness level. We were not in the best shape but had been hiking, and with enough breaks and walking at our own pace, the Panch Pokhari trek was doable.

What You Need to Know for Panch Pokhari Trek:

According to the trek grading in Nepal , we would rate this trek as beginner-moderate since there are many steps to hike up.

However, there are enough resting spots to catch your breath and continue your journey. Do carry enough water or aqua tabs, as there are no lodges between Tuppi Danda and Nasimpati.

What to pack?

Since the Panch Pokhari trek is short, you do not need many changes of clothing. However, pack warm clothes to sleep in as the nights get cold. I carried my sleeping bag, which made it warmer for me, but with enough layers, it might not be necessary for you.

Pack layers of clothing, starting from a shirt to a warm fleece sweater and a down jacket, so you can shed them as you walk during the day. A cap and sunglasses will come in handy as you walk in the sun. Likewise, a pair of gloves, a winter cap, and thick, warm socks will keep you warm at night. We used a packing list that we discovered on the web.

An absolute must have been your power bank, as solar generators were only on for about a few hours each night and the plugs had to be shared amongst other trekking groups.

A walking stick will help you navigate your way uphill and take the pressure off your knees as you go downhill.

Food for Panch Pokhari

The food is basic Nepalese food : Dal Bhat with potato and spinach curry (and our new favorite, ghee from the Chauri Gai (Mountain Cow)). We used our pickles to add extra spice and flavor to our meals.

Make sure you have enough high-calorie snacks such as energy bars, nuts and seeds, chocolate bars, and rehydration packets for the trek, especially since the lodges have limited food options.

The Best Time to Go on a Panch Pokhari Trek

The best time to go on a Panch Pokhari trek is in September October in the fall and March and April in the spring. This is probably the best time to go on a trek in Nepal .

If you want to be a part of the Janai Purnima festivities, you can plan accordingly and go on the full moon in August. During Janai Purnima, people take a dip in the waters at Panch Pokhari. Likewise, they wear sacred thread around their hands and bodies for protection.

Just like Nagarkot Chisapani Hiking , Panch Pokhari is hands down one of the most diverse beginner hikes in Nepal .

As you go through lowland forests, you will be astounded to see waterfalls and cascading rivers in sparsely vegetated highlands and rocky mountain terrain. The views at the end of the journey are amazing, with the five lakes rippling in the mountain breeze and a panoramic view of the Jugal Himal range.

You can easily relax for a few days at Panch Pokhari after your trek, unlike other places in Nepal where it’s hard to find a teahouse.

We highly recommend this trek, and it’s not one to miss, especially since it’s a short hike close to Kathmandu. Also, the short hiking destination is perfect for the budget traveler and beginners looking to get their trekking break in Nepal .

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Panch Pokhari Trek

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Panch Pokhari trek is a beautiful destination and the least visited trek in the trek which is in the north of Kathmandu. Panch Pokhari means five lakes and among them, Surya Kunda is the biggest. This place is sacred for Hindu, Buddhist, and Bombo followers who are a small group of natural healers.

this is the place of significant spiritual energy for Bombo followers where they come together to join the annual powerful spiritual festival with the Hindus and Buddhists in August.

This infrequent visited remote trekking trail is near the base of Jugal Himalayan which provides many snow-capped mountain views like Dorje Lakpa(6,966m), Phurbi Chhyachu (6,637m), and Madiya (6,257m)

This trek also offers plenty of scenic views of lush green grassland, and colorful wildflowers passing through Newar, Tamang, and Sherpa settlements which are all wonderful off-the-beaten-path trekking experiences in Nepal.

Getting to the trailhead of the Panch Pokhari trek

There are few getaways to reach Panch Pokhari in which the traditional trek route starts from Chautara and can be reached by road takes around 5 hours drive. There is now another famous gateway which is Malachi Bazaar, which is now famous among trekkers in a short period of time as you reach Panch Pokhari in just a 2-3 days walk.

Trek route to Panch Pokhari

The trek route goes driving to Chautara which is the district headquarter of Sindhupalchok district then the trek goes to Sano Pokhran danda and to Kami danda for the first and second night. The trek continues to Pauwabas and to Hike Bhanjyang gradually for another two nights and the last two days go through Nasimpati and Panch Pokhari which is the final destination. Then it takes another three days to finish the trek via Tupi Danda, Dhap, and finally at Melamchi bazaar.

Required permits and fees for the Panch Pokhari trek

To trek to Panch Pokhari, you need two types of permits first you Need a "TIMS card"(trekking information management system) which costs $20 USD for independent trekkers per head and $10 USD for organized trekkers per head. The last one is the "Langtang national park entrance fee" which costs 3000 Nepalese rupees per head.

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Tourist Standard Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude 1350m | 4429ft

Our representative greets you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and transfers you to the hotel by our private vehicle. Later we have a meeting in which we talk about the trip you booked and your preparation regarding the trekking gear.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu.

  • Meals Breakfast
  • Time 3-4 Hours

The second day of the trip today starts off with finishing off your breakfast at the hotel and then our cultural guide takes you around Kathmandu UNESCO world heritage site. You will be back late afternoon then rearrange the things for the trekking if you need to.

Day 3: Drive to Chautara

  • Accommodation hotel
  • Meals Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
  • Time 5 Hours Drive.
  • Maximum Altitude 1450m | 4757ft

Today our morning starts off with a scenic drive along the Araniko highway to Chautara via Dhulikhel, the riverside town of Dolalghat which takes about 5 hours. Chautara is the district headquarter of Sindupalchok where most of the district administration offices are located.

Overnight at Chautara.

Day 4: Chautara to sano okhran Danda

  • Accommodation Camping
  • Time 6 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude 1967m | 6453ft

Our real trekking journey to Panch Pokhari begins from Chautara which goes a gradual climb to Syaule then continues to climb to Orkin Danda for the night.

Overnight at Orkin Danda.

Day 5: Trek to kami kharka

  • Maximum Altitude 2810m | 9219ft

Our trek today climbs up along the ridge through the dense forests to the beautiful grassland of Kami Kharka.

Overnight at Kamikharka.

Day 6: Trek to Pauwabas

  • Time 5 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude 3000m | 9842ft

It's mostly an easy gentle walk today along the ridge of the mountain through the forests of oaks and rhododendrons which takes you to Pauwabas for the night.

Overnight at Pauwabas.

Day 7: Hile Bhanjyang

  • Maximum Altitude 3400m | 11155ft

Today our trek still goes climbing along the ridge and forests passing several pastures ground to another beautiful place to camp at Hile Bhanjyang.

Overnight at Hile Bhanjyang.

Day 8: Trek to Nasimpati

  • Maximum Altitude 3700m | 12139ft

Our trek today first continues climbing steeply to a hilltop(3900m) and then traverses along the ridge through the forests to Nasimpati for the night.

Overnight at Nasimpati.

Day 9: Reach Panch Pokhari

  • Time 4 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude 4200m | 13779ft

Today is an extreme climb mostly through the stone staircase to our final destination of Panch Pokhari. This place is sacred where people believe Hindu lord Shiva and Parvathi reside. There every year during the months of August thousands of people flocks together to celebrate and take bath in the lake.

Overnight at Panch Pokhari.

Day 10: Exploration day at Panch Pokhari.

Waking up in the morning we climb up to a nearby hill which provides a great overlooking view of Panch Pokhari along with stunning views of the Jugal Himalayan range and Rolwaling Himalayan range. After we can relax or we can walk up again to catch a sunset view of the mountains.

Day 11: Trek down to Tupi Danda

  • Time 7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude 2300m | 7546ft

After catching the view at Panch Pokhari and around our trek today mostly descends a long way to Tupi Danda for the night.

Overnight at Tupi Danda.

Day 12: Trek down to Dhap

  • Maximum Altitude 1200m | 3937ft

It's today an easy walk down through the forests crossing several Streams and local terrace-like fields all the way to Dhap.

Overnight at Dhap.

Day 13: Back To Melamchi Bazaar

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude 800m | 2625ft

Our last day of the trek descends passing through several local villages, and local fields, and eventually joins the motorable road. Trek still continues descending town to Melamchi bazaar which is by the big Indravati river. later if you are willing to you can take a swim in the river.

Overnight at Melamchi.

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Tourist standard hotel
  • Meals Breakfast | Lunch | Farewell Dinner
  • Time 3 Hours

Today our morning drive begins from Melamchi bazaar along the Melamchi highway to the place called zero-kilometer where we meet again on Araniko highway which is the same we drove Kathmandu to Chautara on our first day of the trek.

After reaching Kathmandu you can rest and relax at the hotel then in the evening, our representative takes you to a typical Nepali restaurant where you can enjoy Nepalese food and culture.

Day 15: Final departure

For your final departure, our representative drive you back to the airport to see you off.

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  • Transportation service to Pick you up from the airport on your arrival and drop you off at the airport for your final departure.
  • Deluxe room in Kathmandu for three nights.
  • All night accommodation during the trek.
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  • Guides and porter's food, accommodations, salary, and insurance.
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Our trip to Nepal was an adventure! Amar our guide was great and took care of us every step of the way to make sure we were comfortable and safe . Santosh and Kumar the owners , came by to say their goodbyes and treated us with hospitality and gratefulness and I can’t say thank you enough!

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Discover Altitude was the most attentive company I have ever worked with! AMAZING! Kumar and Amar made me feel like I was the most important person in their life. Amar our guide would have given us the shirt off his back if we asked. Very attentive to all our needs. Kumar also help us with queries that were not a part of our trek. Kumar would respond to all emails within 24 hours and always gave me very detailed information. I never got a "no" from this company. The customer service from Discover Altitude was truly above and beyond. I will be returning to the Himalayas and I wouldn't choose any other company to work with. My only complaint would be they feed us too much food, but it was delicious!!!

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My experience with Discover Altitude began long before our trip. Santosh was amazing - we told him what we wanted to do and he arranged it all for us. He booked the tickets and also collected them for us. This was so much easier than us working out what we needed to do at the airport!. Santosh met us at the airport with a board with our names on and welcome flower necklaces and drove us to our hotel. Each evening he contacted us by WhatsApp to confirm details for the next day. He rearranged our trips to suit the weather. The day after we arrived we were collected and taken to the airport where Santosh gave us our tickets for a return flight to Lukla, he told us where to go and how to check in. He waited all day at the airport for us as the return flight was delayed. The next day we went on a helicopter trip to Everest View Hotel - we would have gone to Kala Patthar but it was very cloudy so unfortunately we didnt go.But the trip was excellent anyway. We had an amazing time and Santosh came with us to check we were ok at altitude, and we only stayed about an hr due to the weather and altitude. We had an excellent breakfast at the hotel. The next day was meant to be our mountain flight to see the Himalayas, but Santosh booked the mountain flight for each day and then he cancelled the worst days so we could get the best day. So the day was spent at Patan Durbasquare and Bhaktapur Durbarsquare, which was a brilliant insight into how Buddhism and Hinduism were born. The following day was Full day Sightseeing : Chandragiri Hills by Cable car - To see aerial view of Kathmandu and surrounding mountain but again sadly it was raining, Next was the Monkey Temple which was brilliant - so big and so many temples and the monkeys are amazing. We learned that monkeys are excellent swimmers!. Next was the Pashupatinath Temple where we saw how the local people cremate their dead. Last was a tour around the outside of Bouddhanath Stupa which is great for shopping. Our guide for these 2 tour days (Kumar) was extremely knowledgeable. We asked if he knew where the RV café was which has great views of the airport.He made some calls and asked the driver to go by there so that we would know where it was. Our final day was the best for weather so Santosh again took us to the airport and made sure we got our tickets for the mountain flight. This was the highlight of the trip. The flight was approximately 1 hr with Shree airlines who were amazing and gave us guides to the mountains so that each one can be identified and the cabin crew pointed out each mountain to us including Everest!. The weather was excellent. Everyone had a window seat and the plane turned around and went back the same way so that everyone on each side of the plane had a great view. Santosh was brilliant re-arranging our flight for this day. We couldnt thank him enough. He collected us from the airport and took us to the R.V Cafe where he told us to let us know when we wanted to be collected. On our departure day both Santosh and Kumar both came to the airport with us to see us off. A really nice touch! They even gave us beautiful Nepali silk scarves. We had the best time ever - all thanks to Santosh, Kumar and the drivers. So if you are thinking of going to Nepal then you check out Discover Altitude. They will make sure you have the best time.

Andrew Stanley , United Kingdom

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My experience with Discover Altitude began long before our trip. Santosh was amazing - we told him what we wanted to do and he arranged it all for us, no need to look for our own tickets etc. This turned out to be such a blessing - read on! Santosh met us at the airport with a board with our names on and welcome flower necklaces and drove us to our hotel (we had booked an airport-hotel transfer. Each evening he contacted me by WhatsApp to confirm details for the next day. Without his help we would have seen nothing at all as rearranged our trips to suit the weather. The day after we arrived we were collected and taken to the airport where Santosh gave us our tickets fir a return flight to Lukla, he told us where to go and how to check in, and waited all day at the airport for us, met us and took us back, having checked we had had the best trip. The next day we went on a helicopter trip to Everest View Hotel - ( we would have gone to Kala Patthar but it was very cloudy so visibility minimal, but the trip was excellent anyway. We had an amazing time and Santosh came with us to check we were ok at altitude, and we only stayed about an hr due to the weather and altitude. The next day was meant to be our mountain flight to see the Himalayas, but Santosh rearranged the booking with the airline so that we could go on the best day - and so this day was spent at Patan Durbasquare and Bhaktapur Durbarsquare, which was a brilliant insight into how Buddhism and Hinduism were born. The following day was Full day Sightseeing : Chandragiri Hills by Cable car - To see aerial view of Kathmandu and surrounding mountain but again sadly it was raining, Monkey Temple which was brilliant - so big and so many temples within, and the monkeys are amazing. Pashupatinath Temple where we saw how the local people cremate their dead. Bouddhanath Stupa including shopping. Our guide for these 2 tour days (Kumar) was extremely knowledgeable and obliging - he made sure we had the best time, and that we got all the souvenirs we wanted. We asked if he knew where the RV café was as we wanted to go and watch the planes there overlooking the end of Tribhuvan Airport - he made some calls and asked the driver to go by there so that we would know. Our final day was the best for weather so Santosh again took us to the airport and advised us how/where to check in for our mountain flight - which was simply amazing - the day was brilliant - the flight was approximately 1 hr with Shree airlines who were amazing and gave us guides to the mountains so that each one can be identified and the cabin crew pointed out each mountain to us including the big mamma - Everest! So clear - we could not have been happier - everyone had a window seat and the plane turned around and went back the same was so that everyone on each side of the plane had a great view. Without the knowledge and help of Santosh - we would not have seen anything at all! When the mountain flight was over we were taken to RV café and collected later. We were taken to the airport the next morning for our flight home and were given beautiful Nepali silk scarves. We had the best time ever - all thanks to Santosh, Kumar and the drivers.

Janutd , United Kingdom

15 day everest base camp & gokyo lakes trek with chola pass.

15-day Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Trek with Chola Pass. Let me start off by saying... DO IT!!!. It was the most amazing and memorable experience I have ever had. If I could give a 100 stars, I would!!!! Where can I start? We booked this trip on very short notice. The 15-day trek of Everest Base camp and Gokyo lakes with Cholo pass. Our guide was the amazing Bikram Khadka or as we called him BK Daai (Dai meaning older brother). We met Kumar , Santosh & BK Dai in Thamel, Kathmandu, a couple of days before. Spoke over the plan and what to expect on the trek, including potential altitude sickness, and paid the rest of what we owed, (paying the deposit while we were still in the UK). BK dai also helped us get little bits and bobs from Kathmandu for our trek, like renting sleeping bags, etc., which was helpful. We knew we were in the monsoon season, so we knew what to expect. In Kathmandu, our flight to Lukla was delayed, with BK Dai worrying we might have to get it. Luckily, after about a 2-hour wait, we were lucky, and our flight went through, luck being the keyword for our whole trip. On our trek, BK Dai had us put in the best available room, where available and made sure we were extremely comfortable (it being off-season helped with this as more availability). The hike from Lukla to Phakding was hard, in the heat, but we made it in 3 hours. Had a sleep at a really nice hotel. The next day we left around 7 am (the usual time we started hiking throughout the whole trip) and made our way to Namche Bazaar. He made sure we were okay all the way through, explained interesting facts and points throughout the trip, and most importantly thing, made us laugh all the way through this trip. In Namche, we stayed at the Footrest Lodge, where he introduced us to his friend Gopal, an amazing and hard-working person. We stayed there 2 nights to acclimatize. After the first night, we had a clear morning, and BK Dai woke us up at around 5:30 am to take us to our first and only sighting of Everest, which was amazing. Due to the clouds, throughout the trip it was difficult. That was BK Dai, he always woke up early to see how the weather was and made sure we got the best things to see. Our initial plan was to go to Gokyo first and then to Everest Base Camp, but BK dai recommended, we should do the Everest Base Camp first, as Gokyo Lake/Cholo pass is extremely difficult, which it was (not for the faint-hearted, but amazingly rewarding). We agreed and went on the route to Everest. We made our way up the trek staying over in a couple of towns, stopping in Pheriche to acclimatise then Lobuche one night before we made it to Gorakshep. On the day we arrived at Gorakshep, we dropped our bags and went straight to Everest Base Camp, which was a tad bit treacherous, with land/rock slides and loose rocks being the path and nothing else. But, BK Dai knew exactly what and where he was going, which was comforting. The next day it was far too cloudy for Kalapatthar, so we headed back down to make our way to Gokyo Lakes. We stayed in Dzongla for the night and early next morning made our way to Gokyo Lakes through Chola Pass, and it was probably the hardest thing, way harder than the Everest Base Camp Trek. It was amazing, exciting, dangerous, and adrenaline-pumping. There were moments when we had to climb using ropes, walk over glaciers, encounter heavy snow, and the last 1 hour or so, vertically climb a cliff face. It was exhausting, but my god it was rewarding. Gokyo Lake was beautiful, but again, heavy clouds prevented us from going to Gokyo Ri. We were lucky many times throughout this trip, we never got altitude sickness, and as BK Dai always said, if you are hungry it's a good sign, which I was, all the time. We were also very lucky with the weather on some days, the views, the flight to Lukla & back. There were others we met going down, who didn't even see Everest or missed their flight and had to trek for 3 days and then get a jeep. Throughout this trip, we made many friends, clients from abroad, and guides and porters. BK dai to use was more than a guide, he was more than a friend, he was like our brother. I am not sure what this trip would have been like without him, he made it perfect and went beyond his work. From the bottom of my heart, I have nothing but love from him for making this amazing. It's incredible how much I miss him, all his stories, his jokes, his energetic personality. I can't wait to see him already. Thank you, I will never forget this in my lifetime. With a heartfelt love,

Gokul R , France

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I have completed 14 14-day Annapurna trek with Discover Altitude. I was born and raised up in a metropolitan. The materialist surroundings are around me from the day I opened my eyes. But, something was always lacking inside. Every single day, I wanted to go away from all this. Later on I explored that my inner being resided in nature i.e. mountains, Himalayan, forest, etc. Then I searched to go for a mountain expedition. In a random search, I contacted Discover Altitude and booked the earlier mentioned trek. Throughout the trek, the people from Discover Altitude were very cosy and friendly. Especially, Kumar sir and Basu swami were compassionate more than a human can be expected for. They behaved me not as client but as a friend whom they had known for a long. All the arrangements and the food they provided were very hygienic and according to my preference. Thanks to the whole team of Discover Altitude.

Binita K , India

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Discover Altitude is the best institution where you can fulfill the dream of being in the lap of nature. During my Manaslu trek, Discover Altitude helped me a lot by taking care of my necessities and priorities. The team assisted me by every means from shopping to departure. They were very sensitive towards every detail.

Manoj , United Kingdom

Q1. how difficult is the panch pokhari trek.

Panch Pokhari trek involves lots of uphill climbing through the forest and steep climb through stone staircase so, you need to have the physical fitness to do this trek.

Q2. How is the accommodation in Panch Pokhari Trek?

Regarding the accommodation in this trek, teahouse accommodation is not as developed as other trekking regions of Nepal. Moreover, there are no lodges in most of the day to day night camp except Hile Bhanjyang, Nasimpati, and a rustic place to stay at Panch Pokhari. So, at least for a few days, we need to arrange tents and supplies to do this trek.

Q3. How much does it cost to trek to Panch Pokhari?

The cost always depends on the types of quality services you ask for during the trek. our trekking package provides normal service providing three meals during the trek and tents for a few days' costs $1360 USD per person.

Q4. What is the highest elevation you get to Panch Pokhari Trek?

The highest elevation we sleep in is near Panch Pokhari which is at the elevation of 4200m. We also climb up to the viewpoint hilltop which is about 150 meters higher than Panch Pokhari.

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Panch Pokhari lake is the famous tourist destination for nature lovers as well as Pilgrims. It is a group of 5 Hindu holy lakes in the Sindhupalchowk District of the central Himalayan region of Nepal. It is in the Panchpokhari Thangpal Rural Municipality ward no. 3 Bhotang. It is the 9th highest altitude wetland in the world where birds can be found. It is situated at an elevation of about 4100m above sea level. This is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal. The lake in Janai Purnima is a popular destination for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. This area is in the Lantang National Park and contains a surprising amount of forests and wildlife too.

During Janai Purnima, local devotees visit this lake wearing traditional dresses and other devotees around Nepal visit this pilgrimage. The famous Jhankri Naach can be observed here during Janai Purnima.

Panch Pokhari is a relatively unexplored, pristine and best-kept secret of nature. It has amazing beauty and moreover, indescribable sceneries.

The Government of Nepal’s Postal Services Department issued a stamp featuring Pokhari in 2011

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Things to do in Panch Pokhari

Panch Pokhari trekking is a non-tourist trekking trail in Nepal.  This ( five lakes)trekking offers beautiful Himalayan views including the Gauri Shanker, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Himalaya range, Jugal Himalayan range, Rolwaling Himalayan range, Tibetan Himalayan range, etc and also the pristine nature with district culture. Also, the Panch Pokhari stands for 5 holy ponds and Hindus religiously respect the place.

Yoga and Meditation

Yoga is a universal concept that brings scattered things together. It has been traditionally practiced for thousands of years in the Himalaya regions. The Yoga that we have today has been innovated by Lord Shiva, Lord Budhha, great sage Patanjali and Yogis. Mediation is a must-do activity in our daily lives. It gives us calmness, peace of mind and a sense of well-being. It also helps us to have better relationships, better health, and a better life. Nepal is one of the best places in the world to practice Yoga and Meditation. It has many beautiful scenic places where tourists can practice yoga and meditation themselves. Nowadays Many institutes are also offering Yoga and meditation classes in a clean, peaceful and astounding environment.

Camping is an outdoor activity involving overnight stays away from home in a shelter, such as a tent. Typically participants leave developed areas to spend time outdoors in more natural ones in pursuit of activities providing them enjoyment.to be regarded as “camping” a minimum of one night is spent outdoors, distinguishing it from day-tripping, picnic, and other similar short term activities. Moreover, camping can be enjoyed through all four seasons.

Panch Pokhari camping trek through untouched traditional villages in spectacular Himalayan landscapes. Ultimate trekking experience in an off-the-beaten-path through untouched wilderness and unspoiled settlements in the mountain of Nepal. This trek to Panch Pokhari at the base of Jugal Himal also offers pristine mountain views, rich culture, and genuine adventure. This spectacular region certainly offers a combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty, and biological diversity as you trek to a group of high altitude holy lakes, sacred to Buddhist and Hindu people.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing in Nepal is a popular activity. Nepal is one of the best countries for sightseeing, with its long history, fascinating art, and distinctive and varied architecture. The sights in the Panchpokhari are something you’d never fed of. Moreover, the very beautiful views of Dorje lakpa, Phurbu Chhyachu, Madiya, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling and Langtang range can be seen from Panch Pokhari.

Religious merits

Every year, on the occasion of Janai Purnima, hundreds of pilgrims from around the country pay a visit to the ponds. The festival of Janai Purnima usually falls in August. It is the festival when the Brahmin people of Nepal change their Janai, which they wear around the body. They go to the Panch Pokhari, takes a bath in ponds and also they change their Janai. As, the ponds are situated inthe shadow zone of Jugal Himal, the ecological system is of diverse nature. So, it adds more reason to go for camping trek as it promotes green tourism.

Panch Pokhari Mahadev Temple

Weather of Panchpokhari

The time of autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May); you can see the clear view of the mountain range in the surrounding, blue sky with beautifully scattered patches of white clouds. Rainfall occurs during the monsoon time (June to September), making it a little difficult to reach there. The weather is a bit harsh during the winter (December to February) as it experiences heavy snowfall during the time.

Best time to visit Panch Pokhari

The most popular seasons for Panch Pokhari is the seasons of spring and autumn. Autumn falls in the months of September, October, and November. Spring falls in the months of March, April, and May. Moreover, a moderate amount of sunshine and a low amount of precipitation are some of the reasons why these seasons are popular for completing this trek. The views of the mountains are also gorgeous. You can also complete Panch Pokhari in the winters (December, January, February). You have to have the appropriate gear to deal with the cold and snow in this season though. Appropriate gear and planning, you can also complete Panch Pokhari in the summer (June, July, August) season.

Making the trip towards to Panch Pokhari surreal feeds you the amazing moment of Life. This lets you both the adventurous walk and pilgrimage at the same time because of the steep and slippery the way you pass through, the more it rewards you the heavenly sceneries with along. The colorful flowers and the differently structured lush jungles make the journey more romantic and exciting. There we found the very specific settlement of the Sherpa and Tamang people in the middle of the way, providing accommodations to the visitors, which make arrival through the restless journey. Otherwise, we needed to carry out our own essentials like food and tent with our self-due to the lack of stable hotels and tea houses around the way.

But Near Panch Pokhari there are no facilities of Accommodation so we suggest you to be prepared before traveling to Panch Pokhari.

Panch Pokhari in Stamp of Nepal

How to reach

There are two main ways to reach Panch Pokhari.

One can reach to Melamchi Via Kathmandu ( which is about 68 Km far from Kathmandu) in a bus that is available from old Buspark after passing through Banepa, Dhulikhel, Lamidanda and Kunta on the way. Alternatively, Melamchi can be reached through Sankhu of Kathmandu (Melamchi is About 38 Km far from Sankhu) upon which you have to pass through Jaharisanga and Bahunpati.

  • First Way to Panch Pokhari: After reaching Melamchi, one can Trek for two-three hours to reach Panch Pokhari.
  • Second Way to Panch Pokhari: Move for Chautara (The district headquarters of Sindhupalchok) and then walk for two-three days through village and forest of Bamboo and Pine while enjoying the views of Gaurisankar, Langtang and Jugal Himal through Syaule and Chyochyo Hill to reach Panch Pokhari.

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11 days Panch Pokhari Trek

 Panch Pokhari Trek

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If you want an  ultimate trekking experience  in an  off-the-beaten-path through untouched wilderness and unspoiled settlements in the mountain of Nepal,  Panch Pokhari Trek is just an excellent option. While you hop from tea-house to tea-house in other popular trekking routes, you mostly move from one camp in the complete wilderness set in a spectacular location to the other during this trek. While you often jostle with the crowd of other trekkers in popular routes during the peak season, you are all with yourself in this route, surrounded by soothing, enchanting, peaceful wilderness.

In the lower elevations of the trail, people belonging to Tamangs, Newars, Sherpas, Brahmins, Gurungs, and Chhetris inhabit the villages, but the upper regions are totally devoid of human settlements. This makes the organized trek a necessity in the region, but a walk through pristine forests, numerous waterfalls, deep ravines, and heart-melting sceneries of Rolwaling Range along with Jugal Himal build a unique experience. In fact, you will get the real, authentic meaning and experience of trekking if you choose this trip because the other popular trekking routes are most likely to be quite busy during the trekking season.

The trek starts in Chautara, the district headquarter of Sindhupalchok. It takes six days of normal walk through villages with typical Nepalese life along with lush forests with a wide variety of vegetation to reach Panch Pokhari. As the return trip takes place through a different route, you get to explore different regions throughout your entire trekking.

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panch pokhari sindhupalchok trek

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1,450m)

Day 02: chautara to sano okhareni (1,965m), day 03: sano okhareni to kami kharka (2,810m), day 04: kami kharka to pauwa bas (3,000m), day 05: pauwa bas to hille bhanjyang (3,400m), day 06: hille bhajyang to narsim pati (3,700m), day 07: narsim pati to panch pokhari (4,100m), day 08: ascend panch pokhari hill (4300m) and trek to tupi danda (2,320m), day 09: tupi danda to dhap (1,200m), day 10: dhap to melamchi (800m), day 11: melamchi to kathmandu (1,320m), why book with us, fixed departures, request for private trip.

Healt and Fitness Requirement:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Thermal cap
  • You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance.

CANCELLATION

  • Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure
  • 30% of the total cost of the trip will be charged if cancelled between 60 to 30 days prior to departure date
  • 60% of total cost of the trip will be charged if cancelled in between 30 to 14 days prior to departure date. 
  • No refund will be provided if cancelled within 14 days prior of departure date.
  • No refunded will be provided if the guest will not show up. 
  • Regrettably, in case where the trek/tour can not be completed due to customer's own problem or sickness or unfavourable weather there will be no refund. 
  • If the trekking/tour is extended more than given itinerary extra charge will be applied accordingly 
  • If the agreed trip can not be organised due to bad weather or any unforeseen events, similar trip will be organised (in the mutual understanding with the travellers)   

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Trip Highlights

  • Different species of birds and wildflowers during the trek.
  • Five sacred ponds at an altitude of 4100 Meters above sea level.
  • Discover different valleys, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, etc.
  • A stunning sunrise from 4100 meters above sea level.
  • Experience Tamang culture and traditional architecture of Tamang villages.
  • Famous for Musk deer, Himalayan Black bear, Himalayan wild goat, etc.
  • Explore the colorful Rhododendron forest with some of the tallest mountains.

Trip Overview

Nepal's Sindhupalchowk District consists of the pristine collection of five Hindu holy lakes which is collectively known as Panch Pokhari. The world's ninth-highest wetland is there. Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims are fascinated to travel to this holy lake. Panch Pokhari trek is one of nature's most pure, least-visited, and best-kept secrets. It has amazing beauty as well as mysterious scenery.

This remote alpine region of Nepal is a must-visit due to the magnificent mountain scenery, exceptionally unspoiled natural beauty, amazing wetland features, and diverse flora and wildlife. Panch Pokhari is one of Langtang National Park's main features. It is located in the Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhuplachowk districts of the central Himalayan region. Through the trek, you will get to experience traditional Tamang and Sherpa culture as well. Visitors who are looking for a spiritual, peaceful, and beautiful trek, this short camping trek is also an ideal one. 

Panch Pokhari is a well-known Hindu pilgrimage place in Nepal. The chain of peaks known as the Jugal Himal which includes Dorje Lhakpa, Madiya, and Purbi Chhyachu. This is where the Panch Pokhari hiking is located, to the north of the Kathmandu Valley. Despite being near Kathmandu, the Panch Pokhari walk is in a far-off, uninhabited area.

Who wouldn't want to escape urban life's hustle and bustle for an unforgettable adventure in nature? One of the most gorgeous sites on earth is Panch Pokhari. The most lovely places to explore are the breathtaking landscapes of the town and the Sindhupalchowk lake system. . Panch Pokhari Trek route passes through some of the rural villages to reach the five ponds situated at an altitude of 4,100 meters in elevation.

A 12-day journey to one of Nepal's remote districts is called the Panch Pokhari Trek. It is one of the least traveled regions, and the lovely lakes have not been harmed by urbanization. As the ninth highest wetland on the planet, the Panch Pokhari region enjoys widespread acclaim. This hike is for people looking for a serene, spiritual, and beautiful hike. This trek starts with a six-hour drive up the Kodari route from Kathmandu to Chautara in the Sindhupalchowk district.

With our 13 days Panch Pokhari Trek itinerary, you can visit these sacred five lakes of the Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal. The trail to Panch Pokhari is not developed as other trekking trails in Nepal. Similarly, there are very few teahouses and lodges that accommodate the trekkers traveling to Panch Pokhari. Because of the fewer numbers of teahouses and lodges available in these regions, Camping is required in most parts of the trekking route.

Panch Pokhari Trek Facts:

Major attractions of panch pokhari trek:.

Panch Pokhari trek encompasses you with the beautiful delicacy of nature where you will get to explore the untouched beauty of nature. Panch Pokhari trek route is a less frequented route that is far from the hustle and bustle of the cityscapes and will engage you with the dramatic and pristine beauty of nature and will provide you with an adventurous memory for a lifetime.

Panch Pokhari:

Panch Pokhari is a fantastic location made up of five gorgeous lakes. The Indravati River is thought to have its beginnings in the lakes. The Panch Pokhari Mahatmyam, Skanda Purana, and Himwat Khand all refer to Panch Pokhari's significance. It claims that Tirthraj Prayag and Badganga Kurukshetra's pilgrimage sites, as well as the Bhairav Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, Surya Kunda, and Nag Kunda, are of equal importance.

Additionally, you can enjoy the expansive grandeur of the mountain range and a wide variety of flora and fauna. This location has amazing views of the sky, the mountains, the lake with its sparkling sapphire, and the vivid, colorful mountains. The nicest thing to see at this mind-blowing location in Nepal is a succession of clouds concealing the alluring snow-capped hills around the five transparent, clean lakes.

Mountain Ranges:

Besides the pristine and gorgeous five lakes of Panch Pokhari, you can witness the majestic views of the beautiful Himalayan ranges along the trails of the Panch Pokhari trek. You can get a mesmerizing view of the glorious mountain ranges around the routes of Panch Pokhari. You can get hold of the awe-inspiring views of the majestic vistas of the mountains such as  Gauri Shankar Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himalayan Range, Rolwaling Himalayan Range, Madiya, Phurbi Chhyachu as well as other eye-strucking ranges.

Best time to visit the Panch Pokhari Trek:

Since Panch Pokhari is one of Nepal's less used trekking routes, it is a tranquil and serene trek. The Panch Pokhari walk is one of the most beautiful treks that one should take while visiting Nepal because its nature is unspoiled and not harmed by unruly human settlements.

Moreover, the best seasons for attaining the Panch Pokhari trek are the autumn and spring seasons. The Spring season falls in the months of March, April, and May whereas the autumn season falls in the months of September, October, and November. Trekking the beautiful Panch Pokhari in these respective months will allow you to fully embrace the beauty of the lake as these seasons contain a moderate amount of sunshine and a low amount of precipitation which will make your trek not very difficult but an enthralling and memorable one. During the Spring and Autumn seasons, the weather is pleasant and stable. So, visiting this time has better chances to make the experience better.  Likewise, trekking Panch Pokhari in these seasons will allow you to witness the clear views of the serene mountains and the peaceful and gorgeous nature. 

It is not that it is impossible to complete the trek in the winter and summer seasons. You can complete the trek in the winter season (December, January, and February), but you need to take in mind the cold and harsh weather you are going to witness during this season and carry the appropriate and essential gear needed. With appropriate gear and planning, you can complete the Panch Pokhari trek in the summer season too which falls in the months of June, July, and August.

Panch Pokhari Trek Difficulty:

The moderately challenging Panch Pokhari trek is located in the Langtang valley and Helambu area. This region is little explored and frequently visited. Therefore, traveling to this area is worthwhile in terms of the experiences you can have. It is difficult to find appropriate lodging facilities in this area because it is desolate. In the lower areas, there are a few teahouses. However, in the upper altitudes, you might have to camp. The most lovely aspect of trekking is getting to experience Nepal's stunning rural and secluded scenery.

This trekking region is located at a height of above 4000 meters. As a result, having high altitude sickness is possible. The risk of severe altitude sickness, which could eventually lead to HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) and HACE, can be reduced with the use of appropriate medicine and other measures (High Altitude Cerebral Edema). As a result, it's crucial to drink enough water, eat a balanced meal, and, if altitude sickness persists, take the appropriate medications and undergo acclimatization.

Relating to the topic of the difficulty of the Panch Pokhari trek, we can conclude that this trek is not a very difficult trek. It is a moderate trek. One can complete this trek by applying a little effort and perseverance. An average healthy person can accomplish this trek without any such adverse difficulties and problems.

One of the things you should keep in mind is the packing list. You should not carry excess baggage which can lead to excess strain on your body. Necessary amenities should only be carried. For the packing list suggestions, you can visit the Nepal trekking gear checklist .

Trekking in this area is not advised during the winter or summer. Trekking in the rainy and summer months puts you in danger of natural disasters. The mountainous terrain is vulnerable to avalanches and landslides during the monsoon season. Therefore, it is preferable to avoid it. You won't enjoy the leeches and earthworms on the trails, either. Mountain places are unfavorable to visit in the summer due to the erratic weather and climatic conditions.

It's a great idea to travel during the winter. However, the upper heights' snowfall, icy cold, and little open sky make it rather undesirable. Additionally, there is a danger of getting off the trekking path if it is dark and snowy outside. This might seem harsh. Trekking should therefore be avoided in the monsoon and winter months.

How to reach Panch Pokhari?

After a drive from the Kathmandu valley, the Panch Pokhari trek begins in the town of Chautara. You can reach Sano Okhareni by making a slow upward trek. The stunning ethnic communities, simple country life, and majestic mountains will make you feel fantastic. The following track will then lead you to Thulo Okhareni. It's fantastic to climb more steeply while passing through pine and rhododendron forests. Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa, and the Jugal Himal range offer stunning and breathtaking vistas. You can reach Kami Kharka by way of the trail.

Continue on the trail, and a leisurely stroll over hills and forested areas will lead you to the stunning Pawa Bas. You must hike farther to reach Hile Bhanjyang from Pauwa Bas. You will continue your journey to Narsim Pati through a verdant forest with stunning views of the Gauri Shankar and Jugal Himal ranges. You may also come across mountain Deer and Danfe along the way (Lophophorus).

Arriving at Narsim Pati, from where you can trek to Panch Pokhari, brings the trek closer. In addition, it is a great, naturally rich location and a place of pilgrimage. Camping is beautiful when you have a view of the mountains and lakes. Beautiful sunrises over the mountains are fantastic. Panoramic views of Mt. Dorje Lakpa, the Jugal Himal Range, the Rolwaling Range, and the Langtang Valley   Range are seen from Panch Pokhari. You will hike to Tupi Danda following your visit to Panch Pokhari. You can continue your journey by hiking to Dhap and Melamchi, where you can complete your walk and catch a ride back to the Kathmandu Valley .

What to expect from the Panch Pokhari trek?

Panch Pokhari trek will be an amazing and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to explore one of the less discovered but one of the most beautiful treks of Nepal. Panch Pokhari trek will provide you with the serene views of the beautiful nature that you could ever ask for. Ranging from the beautiful landscapes to observing the tranquil views of the majestic mountains like Gaurishanker, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling Himalayan range, and many more, the Panch Pokhari trek will amaze you in every way possible and you will have different beautiful memories encaptured through this marvelous Panch Pokhari trek. Ranging from the unique and exotic floras and faunas and also getting to observe the pristine 5 lakes, the Panch Pokhari trek will provide you with a lifetime opportunity.

Detailed Itinerary

Kathmandu arrival.

Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

At 06:00 PM: In the evening, our office representative will meet you for a coffee talk and will brief you on the details of your trek program.

Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

At 09:00 AM: Have your breakfast and be ready for today's guided Kathmandu cultural sightseeing. You will be exploring some of the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites of Nepal, located within the Kathmandu valley. 

At. 09:30 AM: Visit Pashupatinath temple. 

At.11:30 AM: Visit the Boudhanath stupa, you can have your lunch around the Boudhanath, there are several local and continental restaurants and cafes within the Boudhanath square along with the stupa view from the rooftop. 

At. 02:00 PM: Visit Swayambhunath Stupa.

At. 04:00 PM: At the end, visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the famous local market area of the old Kathmandu.

At. 06:00 PM: You will be dropped back at your hotel. 

Besides sightseeing, you can do the required shopping for your trek if needed.

Drive to Thulo Bhotang and trek to Chimti

At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, you will drive towards Melamchi Bazar via Jarsing Pauwa. You will have lunch there and you will continue your drive to Thulo Bhotang which will take around 3 hours and covers a distance of about 75km. Throughout this route, you can see unique and beautiful Tamang villages & settlements and take a taste of their unique culture. After reaching Thulo Bhotang, you will trek to Chimti village. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Trek to Taapkharka

At. 08:00 AM: On this day, you will continue your trek towards Taapkharka which will take around 5-6 hours to walk. It is going to be a trek that covers deep forests and a difficult trail. You can also witness leeches along the trail. Overnight stay at tented camps.

Trek to Nasimpati

At. 08:00 AM: The trek continues from Taapkharka to Nasimpati. It will take around 3-4 hours to reach Nasimpati. Along the trail, you can witness the magnificent views of Panchpokhari as well as you can spectate the beautiful Langtang mountain ranges as well as the Helambu range. This day is not going to be as strenuous as the previous one as the jungle ends here giving way to small bushes and shrubs. Overnight stay at tented camps.

Panch Pokhari Exploration

At. 08:00 AM: It is the day when you will be trekking towards the Panch Pokhari which is a beautiful, subtle and holy pilgrimage site and a wonderful destination to visit. The trail to Panch Pokhari is a semi-strenuous hike that covers a duration of about 3-4 hours and a distance of about 5km. Panchpokhari is an everlasting sight for the sore eyes and you can also witness a Hindu temple nearby dedicated to Lord Mahadev. Panch Pokhari is also the 9th altitude wetland in the world. Overnight stay at tented camps.

Hike to Viewpoint and trek to Nasimpati

At. 05:30 AM: Early in the morning, you will be hiking to the highest point of the trek which will be a stress reliever for you. From the highest point, you will be getting phenomenal and astounding views of the Yangri, Jugal Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, and Langtang Himalayan ranges. It will be wonderful scenery to cherish. After that, you will return to Panch Pokhari, have lunch, and trek towards Nasimpati which will cover a duration of about 3-4 hours. You will return spectacular views all the way. Overnight stay at tented camps.

Trek to Tembathang

At. 08:00 AM: You will continue your trek towards Tembathang which will take about 6 hours from Nasimpati and covers a distance of about 13km. Upon reaching Tembathang, you can observe the beautiful Sherpa settlements and culture. Overnight stay at tented camps.

Trek to Gumbathang

At 08:00 AM: This day, you will be trekking towards the Gumbathang which will take about 5-6 hours to reach and covers a distance of about 11km. Upon reaching this village, you will find the opportunity to observe the Tamang cultures and traditions and the nature of settlements. Overnight stay at tented camps as well as homestay.

Trek to Pangtang

At 08:00 AM: This morning, you will head towards Pangtang village which will take around 6-7 hours and covers a distance of about 10km. You can observe the Newar and Tamang communities living side by side and maintaining religious and cultural integrity and harmony. You will have an amazing experience. Overnight stay at tented camps as well as homestay.

Trek to Chanaute, Drive to Kathmandu

At. 08:00 AM: On this day, you will trek to Chanaute which will take around 3-4 hours and covers a distance of about 13km. Upon reaching there, you will drive back to Kathmandu. Along the trail, you can get mesmerized by the magnificent views of the mountains surrounding all around, lush forests, the sound of the free-flowing rivers, and a peaceful and serene environment. 

Along the trail of Panch Pokhari, you can also observe beautiful floras, faunas, and other endangered species such as Red Panda, altitude tiger, wild boar, danfe, munal, and many more which will make your trek a memorable and acknowledging one.

You can do some last-minute shopping for souvenirs for your family and relatives. After reaching Kathmandu, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.

Have a safe home return!, You will have leisure time in Kathmandu after breakfast at your hotel. Our office representative will escort you to the Kathmandu airport 3 hours before on time to board your flight. It may take 30 minutes to reach the airport from the hotel.

Here is the all required information about the Kathmandu valley cultural luxury tour in depth, feel free to contact us 24/7 for any kind of assistance. We will be available on WhatsApp to assist instantly. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, absolutely, Altitude Himalaya will be more than happy to customize the trip itinerary to your preference in terms of duration, cost, and group size.

Panch Pokhari trek is one of the less discovered but beautiful and serene trek that lies in the Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal.

You can view different beautiful mountains during the trek which include Gaurishankar Himal, Rolwaling Himalayan Range, Jugal Himalayan Range, Phurbi Chhyachu, and many more.

This region offers some fantastic hiking. The most lovely aspect of this region's trekking is the wonderful experience you have. The main attractions to discover in this region are the wetlands of Panch Pokhari, spectacular mountain vistas, sightseeing, and learning about the environment and culture. In addition, it is the ideal location for dispersed camping, photography, and yoga.

The best time to do Panch Pokhari trekking is during the Spring and Autumn seasons when there will be no active hindrance by the weather.

Langtang National Park entry permit and Trekkers’ Management Information System (TIMS) card are required to do the Panch Pokhari trek.

Services Includes

All arrival and departure at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.

Private transfer (Kathmandu/Chautara/Kathmandu) as mentioned in the itinerary.

Hotel accommodation (3 Star Deluxe) in Kathmandu on double/twin sharing basis.

Tea house/local lodge accommodation during the trek on double/twin sharing basis. 

Daily breakfast throughout the trek.

Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.

All necessary paperwork. (National Park Entry Permits and TIMS Card)

An experienced English-speaking licensed trek guide.

Porter during the trek. (Can carry a combined 20 KG baggage of 2 people)

One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.

All government and local taxes.

Guide and Porter’s salary, food, and accommodation during the trek.

Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your traveler’s insurance company.

Sleeping bag, duffle bags, and trekking route maps – if necessary.

Farewell Nepali dinner on your last night.

Services Excludes

Personal expenses.

Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee. (Approx. USD 40 Per Person)

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.

Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport-size photos and 30 USD)

International flight ticket.

Travel health insurance. (Highly Recommended)

Tips for the guide, porter, and driver. (Not Compulsory but Recommended)

Sweet things like dessert/chocolate during the trek.

All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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Panch Pokhari Trekking

Panch Pokhari Tre k is wilderness but beautiful trekking destination in Nepal. Panch Pokhari trekking visits the famous five lakes in the Himalayas. On this trek you going to have beautiful close up views of Himalayas, landscape and wilderness experience.

Panch Pokhara trek offers a real taste of local culture with incredible experience of Himalayan lakes at the altitude of 4300 meters from sea level. In this trek you also have chance to see many birds and animal with beautiful mountain and green hills having different flora and fauna. Panch Pokhari or “Five Holy Lakes” is the religious sites of both Hindus and Buddhist.

Panch Pokhari trek starts from Chautara of Sindhupalchok district. After 4 hours bus drive to Chautara Bazaar, the trekking starts for Panch Pokhari. In this trek we going to passes Sherpa and Tamang village. So you will have knowledge about their lifestyle and their daily activities.

The trekking route demands long walking hours and gets high altitude around 4300 meters. So on should have good physical strength and trekking expereince. On your first night you will experience life in the village homes of Sherpa and Tamang people and your guide will give a short talk on trekking, altitude sickness and the highlights of the trek. These include the holy Five Lakes, the incredible Himalayan scenery and the life style of their people unchanged by time. The unusual climatic and geographical mix make this area as the new world so you should join this event and you going to find the real paradise.

Panch Pokhari (Five Holy Lakes)

It is a five holy lakes s which is situated in Sindhupalchok district of Nepal. It is ninth highest wetland of world. This holy lake is decorated with the unsurpassed natural beauty, biological diversity and the cultural heritage. It lies in the arms of very beautiful Himalayan range and pristine nature. It is very popular for pilgrimage of Hindu and Buddhist. Many Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimages visit this sacred lake in Janai Purnima.

<p>Our team member will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few meters from the exit door. Please check your name at Showcard. He will bring you to hotel in Kathmandu. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. After refreshment, we will brief your plan more visibly.</p><p></p>

<p>Population: -counted nationwide in AD. 2011, Kathmandu had households: 434344 & population: 1744240.</p><p>Major Place to see: -BodhnathStupa, Pashupatinath, syombhunath, Kathmandu durbar square, patandurbar square, Bhaktapur durbar square etc.</p><p>In the morning we explore Kathmandu on an organized sightseeing tour Guide then Prepare for trekking.</p>

<p>Bus ride will take approximately 5hrs to Chautara than trek for couple of hour to Syaule.</p><p></p>

<p>The trail ascent towards to the Orkindanda to the ridge. Pass the forested area to reach to Mani walls. Trail continues uphill through mixed forest to the Kamikharka danda.</p><p></p>

<p>Trek continues through oak and rhododendron forest. There are magnificent views of mountain. Trail follows the ridge and passes ruined stone houses.</p><p></p>

<p>Trail ascends steeply through grassy pastures and stone path to the ridge at3750m. trail ascent and descend till Hile Bhanjyang.</p><p></p>

<p>The trail goes uphill to the hilchowk at3980m. in clear day there are good views of mountain. Descend gentle to the Nasem pati.</p><p></p>

<p>The trail climbs up steeply to the Pach pokhari. There are five holy ponds. In the month of June / July full moon there are thousands of Nepali visitors come for worship.</p><p></p>

<p>Trail descends all the way to Gai kharka.</p><p></p>

<p>Trail descends through the forest and pass rulers village of Yarsa to the Pach pokhari khola. Cross the bride and trail climbs up to the village of Yagri.</p><p></p>

<p>Trail descends through forest and the village of Gangjwal. When a large valley stretches ahead, there is a shermathung.</p><p></p>

<p>The path becomes gentle ascent and it leads to colorfully painted Chorten. Pass the village of Kakani and Kaphaigairi village , enter to the forest of pine to reach to melamchi bazaar. Take a bus back to Kathmandu.</p><p></p>

<p>Located of the city Patan Durbar square, Kathmandu Dubar Square, Bhaktapur Surbar Square etc. Those are worth a visit with its own full of historic structures and statues of past kings. Our final night in Kathmandu gives us a chance to go out on the town and enjoy a final dinner (optional) with our travelling companions and new-found friends.</p><p></p>

<p>As you know Nepal is offering much more then only Trekking so if you have time & interest then you could do some other activities too. Nepal Trekking in Himalaya organizes different kind of other activities to make your holiday longer.</p><p>Mountain Flight</p><p>White water rafting</p><p>Jungle Safari</p><p>Bungee Jump</p><p>Paragliding</p><p>Mountain Biking</p><p></p><p>Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and we can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.</p>

Cost Include

  • Airport Pickup and Drop by private Transport
  • All the ground Transportation by tourist bus
  • Hotel in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with bed and Breakfast (Centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower)
  • Langtang national park permit and Tims card (we need two photos each for permit).
  • All the camping equipment such as sleeping tent, Dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattress, Sleeping Bag and necessary Kitchen Equipment etc.)
  • An experience trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), trekking cook, kitchen helper, sherpa and necessary number of porter’s . their meal/accommodation/transportation/salary/insurance/equipments are included in price.

Cost Exclude

  • Personal bar bill, travel insurance/International airfare/Domestic airfare.
  • Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, tips etc.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- Available at Royal Nepalese Embassies and Royal Nepalese Consulates abroad or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing tour and all the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu and Pokhara valley.
  • Lunch and Dinner while at Kathmandu and pokhara ( Allow Rs 1500.00 per person per day for your meals and drinks)
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Panch Pokhari trek offers pristine mountain views with unsurpassed natural beauty and biological diversity. This trail nearby Kathmandu is enriched with combination of  rich culture, tradition and art. The way of life of various ethnic people is another feature to experience in this region. The grand vista of Rolwaling Range, Langtang Range, varieties of flowers, the medicinal herbs, wonderful scene of landscapes, water falls, terrace field and warm hospitality from villagers are the pleasure of this trial.

The short as well long trek can be organized in this untouched traditional villages where very  fresh organic local level food serves by the people. Tea house, camping & homestay is available here where mostly you will get great opportunity to have lively experience on unique festivals, dialect, tradition and life style of Tamang people – one of the ethinical group rich for their cultures and costumes. Furthermore, Yholmo, Sherpa, Gurung, Newar and other people also welcome you by showing their own hospitality.

Moreover, lots of historical places, Caves, Lakes are other important features for noble experience. The 9th highest altitude wetland in the world, Panch Pokhari, is source of peace, brotherhood and solace where thousands of pilgrims come on  every Janai Purnima ( The festival of thread falls in full moon day in August) from all over the country. Bhairab Kund is another attraction for visitors which as well as to  pilgrims.

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  • Transportation to trek point and return
  • English spoken guide for the trek
  • Necessary porters
  • Accomodation during the trek either in tea house/homestay or campsite
  • Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek
  • Conservation permits
  • Staff expenses, allowances and insurance
  • Sleeping bag/Jackets if needed
  • PERSONAL Expenses
  • Bar and Beverages (hard & soft drink)
  • Gratuity to staff——–
  • Insurance in case of emergency ( Helicopter evacuation—)

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“Where ever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

Panch Pokhari Trek at the base of Jugal Himal offers pristine mountain views, rich culture, and genuine adventure. Trekkers first travel by bus to Chautara, five hours northeast of Kathmandu towards the Tibetan border. This trek starts from 1,450m and goes up to 4,100m at Panch Pokhari. The lake is located in a beautiful natural setting. And hence, it has become a travel destination in Nepal’s tourism industry.

Journey: Panch Pokhari Trek

We travel through a mixture of beautiful mountain scenery and terraced fields. And characteristic houses of rural villages from different ethnic groups. On your first night, you will experience life in the village homes of the Sherpa and Tamang people. And your guide will give a short talk on trekking, altitude sickness, and the highlights of the trek. These include the holy Five Lakes, the incredible Himalayan scenery, and the lifestyle of nomadic people unchanged by time. Likewise, the unusual climatic and geographical mix makes this area a naturalist’s dream and a Mecca for those who appreciate traditional cultures.

The trekking trail to Panch Pokhari is a delightful walking adventure traversing through lush forests, green mountains, traditional farming lands, traditional villages, and high hills of typical Nepal that shows views of far-off mountains lost on the horizon. On your first night, you will experience life in the village homes of the Sherpa and Tamang people and your guide will give a short talk on trekking, altitude sickness, and the highlights of the trek. The higher elevation regions are mostly inhabited by Tamang, Sherpa, Gurung, Rai, Limbu, Magar communities who are originally called the Himalayan people or mountain people.

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Moreover, lots of historical places, religious places, Caves, and naturally beautiful lakes are other important things for a noble experience. Also, the region of Panch Pokhari encompasses the various Himalayas which are Langtang Himalayan Range, Jugal Himalayan Range, Mt. Dorje Lakpa, Mt. Phurbi Chyaachu, Mt. Madiya, and the other Himalayas.

This is a very spectacular and spiritual trek and many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages visit this region every year. And the Panch Pokhari region is globally recognized as the ninth high wetland of the globe which is still unspoiled by urbanization. For those looking for a spiritual, tranquil, and scenic trek, the Panch Pokhari Trek is the one for them.

Hence, Contact Nepal Mountain Trekkers now to join this amazing trek with our professional team.

If this itinerary doesn’t suit your requirement or if you want to customize it, please feel free to contact us. This trek could be customized as per your required time frame and budget limits.

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu:
  • Day 2 Kathmandu Valley city tours and preparation for trek.:
  • Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1,200m/3,937 ft).:
  • Day 4 Chautara to Phurse (2,045m/6,709 ft).:
  • Day 5 Phurse to Kami Kharka (2,845m/9,333 ft).:
  • Day 6 Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3,000m/9,842 ft).:
  • Day 7 Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3,400m/11,154 ft).:
  • Day 8 Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati (3,700m/12,139 ft).:
  • Day 9 Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4,100m/13,451).:
  • Day 10 Rest Day at Panch Pokhari:
  • Day 11 Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati (3,700m/12,139 ft).:
  • Day 12 Nasim Pati to Dukhang (2,100m/6,889 ft).:
  • Day 13 Dukhang to Dhap (1,200m/3,937).:
  • Day 14 Dhap to Melamchi Bazaar (800m/2,624 ft).:
  • Day 15 Drive from Melamchi to Kathmandu:
  • Day 16 Departure Day:

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu::

As soon as you arrive at the capital city, Kathmandu, you will be met by a representative from Nepal Mountain Trekkers at International Airport terminals and he will take you to your respective hotel ( Hotel Green Horizon or similar standard). After checking into the hotel, you can enjoy your free time relaxing in the cozy room or stroll around the tourist hub Thamel area until the end of the day.

Day 2 : Kathmandu Valley city tours and preparation for trek.::

After having our early meal, we start our day with a visit to the Nepal Mountain Trekkers office at Thamel. After being introduced to our team including tour guide, trekking leader, and director of operations, we head for necessary trekking preparations, getting needed equipment with the initiation of Kathmandu sightseeing around world heritage sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa are UNESCO world heritage sites that we explore till sunset. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu. B included.

Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1,200m/3,937 ft).::

After breakfast, we will commence our journey with a scenic drive along the Araniko Highway towards Chautara village from where our Panch Pokhari Trek gets started. Chautara is the district headquarter of Sindhupalchowk District which will take about 5-6 hours of drive from Kathmandu to reach. The village offers us magnificent views of Mountains, lush bushes, and terraced fields with several significant crops like rice, wheat, corn, millet, etc. Stay Overnight at Chautara.

Day 4 : Chautara to Phurse (2,045m/6,709 ft).::

Today, we will be progressing towards our destination with a hike of about 5-6 hours depending upon the pace to Phurse from Chautara. It will be a leisurely ascent up to Phurse which is a meadowland for domestic animals to graze. The trail up to Phurse is blessed with several small settlements, terraced fields, small rivers, and the wonderful eye-dazzling vistas of mountain ranges including Gaurishankhar, Dorje Lakpa, and other neighboring peaks. We will stay in a tent camp at Phurse.

Day 5 : Phurse to Kami Kharka (2,845m/9,333 ft).::

From Phurse, we start our day with an hour-long ascent toward Thulo Okhareni, and with a little rest and photo session, we continue the steep climb for almost 4 more hours. Our trekking trail for today passes through Rhododendron and Pine forests where we might get to see various flora and fauna, birdlife, and if we are lucky then some wild animals like Mountain Deer and Langur Monkeys and the national bird of Nepal, Danfe (Lophophorus) can also be spotted. After the arduous and exhausting uphill walking, we will relax at our tent camp at Kami Kharka which is also a meadowland for nomadic herders.

Day 6 : Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3,000m/9,842 ft).::

As we have been through rough and tough days prior to today, this is going to be an easy and fairly hike from Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas. The trail we embark upon is densely forested especially with Rhododendron, Pine, Oak, etc. Along the way, we can also spot a few houses of nomadic cattle herders and discover their lifestyles and experiences. We will relax with picturesque night scenery in a tent at Pauwa Bas.

Day 7 : Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3,400m/11,154 ft).::

Get ready for some steep uphill and downhill climb relishing the attention-grabbing vistas of mountain ranges. After ascending for about 3 hours and descending about an hour and a half we will arrive at Hille Bhanjyang where we stay overnight in a tent camp.

Day 8 : Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati (3,700m/12,139 ft).::

From Hille Bhanjyang, we will be reaching Nasim Pati today with a steep uphill climb of about an hour and descending for approximately 3 hours through rocky hills and lush bushes accompanied by Rhododendron forest. Along the way, you will be enjoying the marvelous panoramic vistas of mountain ranges. Stay Overnight at Nasim Pati in a tent camp which is a traditional pilgrimage stopover point for the pilgrims traveling to holy and spiritual Panch Pokhari.

Day 9 : Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4,100m/13,451).::

Finally, on this very day, we will be stepping at the holy and spiritual pristine five lakes, Panch Pokhari after a demanding gradual ascent through rocky hills. The pilgrimage site of Panch Pokhari receives hundreds and thousands of devotees from different parts of Nepal as well as India during the months of June /July, especially during the Janai Purnima festival (Ritual Thread Ceremony). There are two metal-roofed huts, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva , and a pile of tridents at Panch Pokhari. Stay Overnight at Panch Pokhari.

Day 10 : Rest Day at Panch Pokhari::

Early in the morning, we will wake up to see the splendid sunrise view over the mountain ranges from Panch Pokhari. We will be using this day to acclimatize ourselves and to rest and hence, we will go for a short uphill hike of about one and a half hours for sighting the eye-dazzling panoramas of mountain ranges including Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling, Lantang, etc. We will also discover the lifestyle and culture of the locals in the area after descending back to Panch Pokhari. Overnight at Panch Pokhari.

Day 11 : Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati (3,700m/12,139 ft).::

From the ultimate destination of our journey, we will be trekking back to Nasim Pati with steep descent via Lauribina La Pass which is one of the best viewpoints in the Langtang region of Nepal. You can get an excellent vista of the Langtang ranges from there and further, we will continue our journey thru the lush bushes enriched in alpine vegetation. Stay overnight at Nasim Pati.

Day 12 : Nasim Pati to Dukhang (2,100m/6,889 ft).::

Today you will be walking through forested trails accompanied by bamboos, rhododendron, pine, oak, juniper, and other herbs and vegetations along with some endangered species of wild animals and birds. Initiating the trek with a steep descent and then on a flatter and relaxed trail until we reach our destination for today, Dukhang. Dukhang is a small village where resides the indigenous Tamang and Sherpa people. We can notice their unique lifestyle and culture, the beautiful terraced farmlands, their local crops, and of course, Prayer flags, Buddhist Monasteries, Chortens, and many more. Stay overnight at Dukhang.

Day 13 : Dukhang to Dhap (1,200m/3,937).::

Just like last day, we will be having a steep downhill walk before reaching the flatter land and walk-through terraced fields to the beautiful settlement of Dhap village inhabited by Tamang people where we spend time with them and discover their lifestyle and culture. Stay Overnight at Dhap.

Day 14 : Dhap to Melamchi Bazaar (800m/2,624 ft).::

After walking through terraced fields, along the Indrawati River, passing several beautiful typical settlements, we will reach Melamchi Bazaar. Melamchi Bazaar is very popular among the people of Kathmandu as well because of the water supply from Melamchi to the Kathmandu project which has been very much helpful to tackle the scarcity of water in the valley. Also, the hydroelectricity project is equally significant in this area. We will stay overnight at Melamchi Bazaar.

Day 15 : Drive from Melamchi to Kathmandu::

Today, after breakfast, we shall head towards Kathmandu marking the end of this enriching and adventurous trekking experience. Through the terraced fields and lush landscapes, rolling hills, and rural settlements we shall reach Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, we can go for souvenir shopping and walk around nearby places of interest. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 16 : Departure Day::

On the day of your journey for onward destination, our representative shall escort you to the international airport. You may extend your stay in Nepal and take other adventure packages offered to you. We hope that you had memories of your lifetime and are tempted for another adventure in this land of the Himalayas.

Price Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu( Hotel Green Horizon or similar standard)
  • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
  • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
  • We request you not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
  • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • All required land transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
  • Experienced: With the experience of more than a decade of working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge of briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kinds of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
  • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff.
  • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belong to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags, down jacket, Nepal Mountain Trekkers duffer bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (Note: down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • TIMS Card and Langtang National Parks entrance fees .
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Rescue arrangement service
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charges
  • Farewell Dinner

Price Excludes

  • Nepal Entry Visa fee   ( Visa Information )
  • International airfare and excess baggage charges
  • Food in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel Insurance/ Rescue Operation Cost
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

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  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms
  • Cotton t-shirts and thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Inner thermals
  • Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Shower sandals
  • Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to (-20F/-30C recommended)
  • Trekking bag (Rucksack)
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits

  • Personal Regular Medicines
  • Blister Tape

Miscellaneous

  • Medicines: We recommend you bring your regular medicines; we will provide a first aid kit from our side.
  • Light-weighted Towel
  • Swiss Knife
  • Passport and extra passport photos
  • Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer
  • Day Pack (35-45 L)
  • Crocs (evenings & washing)
  • Gloves (lighter & heavier for passes)
  • Trekking Poles (optional, recommended)
  • Down Booties (optional, recommended)
  • Bladder (optional, recommended)
  • Extra Batteries
  • Battery Chargers
  • Yak Trax (for treks with icy passes)
  • Camp Washing Bowl (optional, collapsible for clothes)
  • Laundry Detergent (Kathmandu) or Bio-degradable Clothes Soap
  • Small Solar Panel (optional, recommended for iPods, iPhones, camera batteries, Kindles)
  • Zip-Lock | Plastic Bags
  • Rehydration | Electrolytes
  • Personal Medical Supplies
  • Micro Spikes
  • Medical Supplies
  • We strongly suggest bringing Western meds with you as there are a lot of Indian fakes on the market! Suggested: Diamox, Azithromycin, Ciprofloxacin, Tinidazole, or Flagyl & Augmentin. Bring COMPEED for covering blisters & good tasting electrolytes &/or rehydration salts (Emergen-C is a good American brand). The local versions aren’t very appealing.
  • We also recommend bringing strong knee & ankle supports & braces, ACE bandages for sprains & strains, Tegaderm &/or other would coverings. Duct tape is always useful. We’re happy to take excess medical supplies off your hands when you leave if you won’t need them and pass them on to others. We use lots of the large amount we have with us to treat locals we meet when trekking.

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Panch Pokhari trek to sacred lakes

The Panch pokhari trek is one among the newly opened and less explored trekking trails located in Sindhupalchok district in Nepal . While the trekking is towards the base of Jugal Himal to the north-east of Kathmandu , trekkers can enjoy many pristine views of the Himalayas and also know about the cultures and traditions of various ethnic groups in Nepal .

This place is known for its cultural heritage and unique natural beauty, trek route passes through the villages exploring the Mansiri, Rolwaling , Jugal and Mahalangur range of the Himalayas. Sacred lakes of panch Pokhari are a pilgrimage site also lies at an altitude of 4100m. This trek ends at Tatopani or the last resort near the Tibetan border. The highlights of Panch pokhari trekking include various historical sites, beautiful lakes and caves.

The trail to Panch pokhari offers various awe-inspiring views the natural beauty and variety of flora and fauna make this trek a memorable experience for the trekkers. There are a number of villages on the trekking route trail passes through many remote settlements. The travelers come across with people belonging to various ethnic groups such as Sherpas , Tamangs , Brahmins, Newars, Chhetris.

The amazing views of five holy lakes, mountains and the lifestyle of villagers that are still unchanged are the remarkable aspects of Panch pokhari trek . While the naturalists enjoy the wonderful blends of climatic conditions and geographical features those who are interested in traditional cultures have a lot to enjoy here.

The Panch pokhari trek starts from 1450 m Chautara, Sindhupalchok, about five hour drive from Kathmandu ; reaches the maximum altitude of 4100m. 5 holy Lakes are famous between Hindu as well as Buddhist pilgrims. Trekking route decorated with rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity of the Himalayas .

Spiritual trek to Panch pokhari in Janai purnima festival is Popular between Nepal and Indian pilgrims. The Janaipurnima festival falls in the month of August. Except for the monsoon, trekking to Panch pokhari can be undertaken at any time. March to May and September to November are best months of the year to explore this region. It is not necessary any previous hiking and trekking experience for this camping trek . We organize trip to sacred lakes of panch pokhari as per your desire and duration of holidays .

Panch pokhari trek itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Nepal, upon your arrival in Nepal our representative welcome and assists to transfer hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing tours and preparation for trek.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1200m.).

Day 04: Trek from Chautara to Phurse (2045m.).

Day 05: Trek from Phurse to Kami Kharka (2845m.).

Day 06: Trek from Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3000m.).

Day 07: Trek from Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3400m.).

Day 08: Trek from Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati (3700m.).

Day 09: Trek from Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4100m.).

Day 10: Trek back from Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati (3700m.).

Day 11: Trek from Nasim Pati to Dukhang (2100m.).

Day 12: Trek from Dukhang to Dhap (1200m.).

Day 13: Trek from Dhap to Melamchi Bazaar (800m.).

Day 14: Drive from Melamchi to Kathmandu, evening farewell dinner.

Day 15: After this amazing Panch pokhari trek if you are interested for other activities like Safari, Rafting, Biking Tours, Peak climbing or more trekking in other region we can organize as your desire. If you decide to leave Nepal we will transfer to airport for your onward destination.

Service include

#Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle.

#Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 Nights twin sharing with breakfast

#Full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

#Transportation Kathmandu to Chautara and Melamchi to KTM by bus / Jeep

#All meals and accommodation during trekking period

#An experienced English speaking guide trained by Gov. of Nepal

#Highly experienced trekking staffs

#All governmental procedure permits fees and local taxes

#Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag, medical kit etc

#Travel and rescue arrangements

#Welcome and farewell dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant

Service exclude

*Visa fees/ international airfare to and from Kathmandu

*Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

*Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost

*Hot shower, battery recharge during trek

*Personal expenses phone calls, bar bills, extra porters etc

*Personal trekking equipment’s / gears

*Tips for guides, porters and driver

*All others expenses not mentioned on price include section

Base Camp Excursion , Kathmandu, Nepal always thinking about guest’s safety; it is our paramount concern whilst traveling with us. Trekking is an adventure tour we reach remote mountain region. Sometime health condition of member, natural disaster, and weather condition of mountain region changed unexpectedly we cannot guarantee it. Please note that trekking guide has the authority to cancel any part of Panch pokhari trekking itinerary if it is necessary due to safety concerns, be prepared to be flexible if required, otherwise trekking group leader follow the above itinerary.

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Contents of our website provide you the information as possible about trekking package Nepal. If you need extra information and wish to discuss any aspect of Kathmandu to Panch Pokhari trek map or your suitability for it please contact us; If you would like to speak with a reservations consultant, feel free to make a call at 977 9843051359

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"Join a less-visited trekking route located nearby Kathmandu and get to experience distinct trekking to one of the pilgrimage sites in Nepal on our Panch Pokhari trek."

Panch Pokhari refers to the five sacred lakes situated at the base of Jugal Himal. The trail to these lakes is adventurous and presents fantastic mountain panoramas, which resulted in creating a new trekking route for foreign travelers too. It means the Panch Pokhari trek is relatively new and not known to many trekkers. Unlike the other not easily accessible trailheads, one can reach the starting point of the Panch Pokhari trekking in a mere 5 to 6 hours of drive from Kathmandu. 

The Panch Pokhari is nestled, at 4,100 meters, northeast of Kathmandu. The region has significant cultural and ecological values. The Panch Pokhari trek route goes through lush rhododendron forests and alongside green rolling hills. You will be passing by terraced fields, alpine pastures, and picturesque remote villages. Instead of tourists, you will be more likely to come across natives along the way.

Panch Pokhari trek is a new addition to our short & easy yet equally rewarding treks in the Himalayas. If you have some spare days in Kathmandu and want to do something lowkey adventurous, then Panch Pokhari trekking is a good option. This trek is for everyone, whether you are a beginner trekker or experienced. Moreover, the Panch Pokhari trek is also family-friendly. You can trek with your kids and the elderly.

  • Short and adventurous trek nearby Kathmandu
  • Less-crowded trekking route
  • Perfect for beginner trekkers looking for a tranquil trek in the Himalayas
  • Family-friendly trek, with great mountain views and cultural experience
  • The trail ascends and descends through lush rhododendron forests, alpine pastures, and terraced fields
  • Cross beautiful rivers and streams on the way
  • Get to see the lifestyle of the local community
  • Explore the five lakes and witness heavenly landscapes

Check out our other similar short treks - Langtang Valley Trek and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek .

Panch Pokhari Trek route

There are two trekking routes that lead to Panch Pokhari. One begins from Sano Okhareni via Chautara, and the other begins from Bhotang village via Melamchi. The second route from Bhotang village is comparatively easy and short. 

Depending upon your time, you can choose either of these routes, and we will make a tailored Panch Pokhari trek itinerary for you. You can do the Panch Pokhari trek following a short or long route as you wish.

Short Panch Pokhari trek

From Kathmandu to Panch Pokhari trailhead, we reach after a scenic 5 to 6 hours of drive. Bhotang village onwards, we begin trekking through villages like Tipeni Bazaar, Dhap, Raithane, and Manekharka. Passing by these villages lets us witness the lifestyle of the locals. We will meet with the locals and get to know their cultural heritage. Every new village will welcome us with its distinct charm. 

We will be crossing rushing rivers and streams too, on the way. Snow-capped mountains like Jugal Himal, Dorje Lhakpa (6,966 m), Phurbi Chhyachu (6,637 m), Madiya (6,257 m), Langtang Range (7,234 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), and numerous others are seen throughout the Panch Pokhari trek. Before reaching Panch Pokhari, we will ascend to Lauri Bina. A few minutes of walk from here will take us to Panch Pokhari.

Upon reaching Panch Pokhari, the first three lakes come into our perspective right away. The other two lakes are located a little far away. We will spend a night here and relish the heavenly view and divine atmosphere. Before descending, we visit the temple and get blessed by the deity. 

Check out our Panch Pokhari trek map for detailed information about the route. 

Panch Pokhari camping trek or teahouse trek?

The Panch Pokhari trekking route has not many tea houses. If we do not book the accommodation on time, the chances are low of getting one. And therefore, we have to do the Panch Pokhari camping trek. Generally, trekkers do camping treks to Panch Pokhari.

While camping, our crew will organize all the tents and cook. We have comfortable high alpine tents that will protect you from cold climate and wind at high altitudes. Likewise, our kitchen staff will cook delicious meals for the group.

The booking is open for Panch Pokhari trek 2022. Moreover, we have also opened early booking for Panch Pokhari trek 2023 (spring & autumn). Contact us anytime for more information.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Bhotang Village (1800 meters)

Day 02: Trek to Nasimpati

Day 03: Trek to Panch Pokhari Lakes (4100 meters)

Day 04: Trek down to Bhotang village

Day 05: Drive to Kathmandu

Cost Details

  • Airport- hotel- airport transfer by private car in Kathmandu.
  • Twin sharing two-night hotel accommodation on BB basis in Kathmandu.
  • All necessary grounded vehicle service according to the itinerary.
  • All necessary tended and teahouse facilities during the trip.
  • Full board meals (Dinner, breakfast, and lunch) during the trek.
  • Daily allowance with insurance of Guide, porters, and other staffs
  • Local entry permit and TIMS card fees.
  • Local and government tax.
  • All official expenses and essential monuments fees.
  • Nepal arrival visa fees (Please don’t forget to bring 4 passport size photo with some change US dollar).
  • Visitor’s travel insurance (It is compulsorily required).
  • Flight tickets.
  • All personal expenses and trekking equipment. (If you require any trekking equipment, we can provide you to buy or rent in good price in Nepal)
  • Spare luggage charge.
  • Tips for guide, porters and other staff. (Expected, this is the best way to thank them for cooperating throughout the trip.)
  • Any additional expenses which are not declared above the Price Included sector.

Day 01 Drive to Bhotang Village (1800 meters) The day will adventure, after breakfast, our journey starts to Bhotang village by local bus is off-road express through Melamchi bazaar and Indrawati River. Slowly, almost 6 to 7 hour we will reach to Bhotang village. Overnight at the local hotel.

Day 02 Trek to Nasimpati Our Trek will start after morning breakfast, we ascend up to the mountain through stone steep trails with passing Rivers, flora, fauna and ridges throughout hiking. After 7 to 8 hour, we will reach our destination and overnight at tented camp.

Day 03 Trek to Panch Pokhari Lakes (4100 meters) To reach Panch Pokhari will take 3 to 4 hour by a gentle walk. We will move to Panch Pokhari after regular activities. The full-day sightseeing in Panch Pokhari, hike up to the ridge where we will explore magnificent Himalaya range with five holy lakes. Overnight at tented camp in Panch Pokhari.

Day 04 Trek down to Bhotang village We will descend to Bhotang village from Panch Pokhari alongside rivers, jungle, wood bridge and scenery. After 8 to 9 hours descending, we will reach to Bhotang village. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 Drive to Kathmandu Morning breakfast then drives to Kathmandu via Melamchi bazaar where will have lunch and continue drive towards Kathmandu. When we reach Kathmandu then transfer to hotel by local vehicle. Overnight at the hotel.

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A typical local shelter

Important Note

There’s another way to reach Panch Pokhari. It is a long way. It takes about 13 days is we take that route. The trek starts by taking a drive from Kathmandu to Sano Okhareni via Chautara. Then the next morning you will walk uphill to Kami Kharka. Then you will reach Hile Bhanjyang (3400m). The next day you will pass Tango and reach Nasimpati, where you will spend your last night before Panch Pokhari. Then the next morning you will reach your destination, Panch Pokhari. After viewing everything you will back with the shorter route. The route will lead you to Melamchi and you will take a bus from there and return back to Kathmandu. Overall whichever route you take, you will have an equal amount of fun and an amazing experience.

This is a camping trekking designed for camping lovers in the world. It is also a customized package itinerary where visitors would change the itinerary or request to the new package. The camping trekking offers a wonderful Himalayan Ariel landscape with the scenery of the village, a villager, lifestyle, culture, festivals, terraced fields, flora and fauna throughout the trip.

There, in the Panch Pokhari route rarely seen teahouse amenities all season. Thus, we have been operating the camping trekking in the Panch Pokhari trail. We used to transfer all necessary tent, food, table, chair, gas, stove, and another essential thing by porter during the trek. Panch Pokhari Trekking will lead a specialized leader, focused on the quality service.

Sometimes, we organized a teahouse trek in the Panch Pokhari. The month of August, there is celebrating Janai Purnima Mela (carnival). A huge number of domestic visitors visit the area. You will get local food and shelter easily there. Somewhere, you will get the chance to stay overnight in the small guesthouse but not enough amenities. Teahouse trek is fewer operating in the Panch Pokhari route.

There is raining July to August, sleepy trail and leech. You should take a raincoat, plastic bag, salt in the backpack. Salt and “SANCHO” is a good herbal medicine to remove Leech from your body. Temperature, cold in the night and day is hot in Panch Pokhari. Thus, keep light and dry soon clothing with one warm jacket in the backpack.

Make sure that while the trip may be canceled, the cause of the strike, bad weather, and any other issue but you do not worry we will manage all situations. 

  • Trip Duration 5 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Max Altitude 4210 meter
  • Transportation: Public Bus or 4W Jeep
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Tented camp and Lodge
  • Max. Altitude: 4210 meter
  • Season : Autumn and Spring
  • Trek Style : Camping and Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size: Min. 2 pax
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Panch Pokhari Trek is one of the trekking routes loved by many tourists in today’s context. this trek is well known as five different small lakes Nepalese people. Thes five lake has their own name and is also known as derived from Lord Shiva. Panch Pokhari is located in the northeast part of Kathmandu at the base of the beautiful mountain called Jugal Himal. This trek is often visited by Hindu religious people and is also known to be sacred.

The beginning point of this trek is Chautara of the Sindhupalchok and you will reach this Chautara of Sindhupalchok by bus in 5-6 hours from Kathmandu. One of the amazing features of Langtang National Park is known as Panch Pokhari. Every year many Brahmin people came to this place to change the sacred thread(Janai) at the Janai Purnima festival.

Many Hindu pilgrims visit here(Panch Pokhari) to worship Lord Shiva and have huge respect for this place. You can see amazing snow-capped mountains from this lake. Some of the mountains that are seen from Panch Pokhari are; Dorje Lakpa (6966 m), Madiya(6257 m), Phurbi Chhyachu(6637 m), Jugal Himal, Rowling, and Langtang ranges . You can hilarious sunsets and sunrise on this trek from Panch Pokhari. You can also see stunning biological diversities on this trekking route.

This trekking trail lies at the base of the Jugal Himal range. You can see many people from Sherpa and Tamang community and their hospitality behavior will also attract you. you can also learn their culture, tradition and also hospitality behavior. the landscape of this trekking route is amazing and which have helped in viewing stunning snowy mountains.

Panch Pokhari means 5 holy ponds and this place is religiously respected by all Hindu pilgrims. Their way of living is also unique and amazing. During this trek, you can see many villages and also various flora and fauna. Musk deer, Himalayan black bears, Monkeys, and a Himalayan wild goat are one of the attractions of this trek. 

You can also see many wildflowers and beautiful birds too. You must have the good physical condition in order to enjoy this trek. you will be at a height of 4100 m above sea level. Panch Pokhari is 258 km far from Kathmandu. You can also enjoy Panch Pokhari Mela every year. The main highlights of this trek are waterfalls, gorges, ancient caves, and also many valleys. 

This trekking trail is loved by many tourists because it is not so crowded and you can feel peach here. this trekking route doesn’t have tea houses like other trekking trail. In the spring season, you can see an amazing red forest due to rhododendron and many high hills. The scene seen in the hills due to rhododendron will be remembered for a lifetime. You can also see eye-catching snowy mountains too.

You can trek in this trekking route(Panch Pokhari trek) throughout the year. This trek is a not difficult trek but you need to take care of your health because the height may affect you. this trekking trail is not considered as hard so any aged tourist can enjoy this trek.

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Panch Pokhari Trek itinerary is a recently opened and non-battered trekking spot of eastern Nepal. Popular as a religious trek among the Hindu and Buddhist devotees this Panch Pokhari trekking is a desirable adventure among any type of adventurers. This unspoiled destination has satisfied its every visitor whether it’s natural or religious longing.

Panch Pokhari, i.e. Five holy lakes are the major attraction of the Panch Pokhari trek. These holy yet most pristine lakes lie on the top of the northeast hills of Sindhupalchowk , Nepal. The top not only provides the lake displays but also the alluring eye shots of the various Himalayan ranges like Jugal Himal, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Rolwaling, and Langtang.

Moreover, Panch Pokhari trek routes fall through the beautiful landscapes of eastern hills. The routes are dotted with the impressive forests mainly with Rhododendron, Oak, Juniper, Alpine trees. The smell of these forested trails is like nowhere else. Additionally, the trekking circuits some time turn towards the vast and scenic pasture lands. And the animal grazing over the pasture lands is a kind of view that impresses everyone.

Also, Panch Pokhari trekking trails run through the yards of the unique Tamang, Sherpa settlements. This Panch Pokhari trek provides a brief insight into their lifestyles and cultures. Sometimes also termed as Panch Pokhari cultural trek, this trek is a perfect combination of natural and cultural beauty of Eastern-Nepal .

To wind up, Panch Pokhari trek is a perfect walking and nature exploring experience. This adventure will take you to the unexpected but most pretty places of Nepal.

Highlights of Panch Pokhari Trek

  • Walking amidst the beautiful forests of Rhododendron, Juniper, Oak, and Pine
  • Dramatic views of mountain peaks like Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Hima, Rolwaling Himal
  • Explore the unique Tamang and Sherpa settlements and their lifestyles
  • Passing by some vast and beauteous pastures
  • Adventurous trekking towards the less visited and rural tourist spot of Nepal
  • Alluring eye shots of the five sacred yet beautiful lakes, i.e. Panch Pokhari(4,100m)
  • Camping in the various impressive tourist sites

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Drive Time : 5-6 hours

Altitude Gain : 1450m

Panch Pokhari trek will start with the scenic bus drive from Kathmandu to Chautara . The bus will drive you through the beautiful Araniko Highway . Along the drive hours, you can stroll your eyes over the picturesque landscape views. Your destination, i.e. Chautara is nearly 328km away from Kathmandu which can be covered in 5 to 6 hours by bus . The time can vary with the bus speed and traffic congestion.

Chautara is the trek start point of Pach Pokhari trek which is also the headquarter of the Sindhupalchok district. After arrival at Chautara, you’ll explore the market area of it before checking into the lodge. You can also see the mountains and landscapes from the ridge of Chautara. Night stay at the Local lodge of Chautara.

Trek Time : 5-6 hours

Altitude Gain : 2,050m

From Chautara, you will hike towards the Phurse by enjoying the elegant mountain views. The trail to Phurse is a bit steep and uphill which takes 5 to 6 hours to complete. You will pass through some watchful local villages and their farmlands. The views of Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar peaks will tease you all the way.

After all the hurdles of the day, you’ll reach a small Tamang settlement, Phurse village. “ Phurse ” means pasture land so this village is the centre for grazing. With the wide pasture lands, this village provides a scenic display. Overnight at the campsite in Phurse.

Trek Time : 6-7 hours

Altitude Gain : 2,845m

After the night rest at Phurse, now you’ll head towards another pasture land, i.e. Kami Kharka. Just like the Phurse, Kami Kharka(2,845m) is also equally beautiful with its vast pasture grounds. It takes trekking time of 6 to 7 hours to reach Kami Kharka from Phurse.

You’ll hike through the appealing forest of Pine, Oak, Rhododendron trees. While moving ahead, you’ll get an eyeshot of the awe-inspiring peaks. Completing the forested trails, you’ll land yourself at attractive grazing land, i.e. Kami Kharka. Overnight at the campsite in Kami Kharka.

Trek Time : 4-5 hours

Altitude Gain : 3,000m

Today, you’ll reach out for Pauwa Bas through the steady forest route. The trek is quite easy as it does not demand any serious climb, the walk is just by crossing the beautiful forest of Kami Kharkha. The routes covered with tree roofs will enchant you. Rhododendron is the tree not to miss out, as this reddish tree-flower beautifully decorates the green forest. The forest is also equally populated by the Oak, Juniper and Pine trees. If you are here in the Autumn and Spring season, these trees provide a scenic trekking environment.

Out from the forest, you’ll see a village inhabited totally by the pastoral Nomad peoples. You can lay there for some rest and share wisdom with the free-living souls. The observation of these people can enlighten your thinking as well. After walking for nearly 4 to 5 hours from Kami Kharka(Pasture) you will reach Pauwa Bas(3,000m). Overnight at a campsite in Pauwa Bas.

By leaving Pauwa Bas behind it is time for the trek to Hile Bhanjyang(3,400m). Today’s destination is at the hill ridge so you have to make an ascend here. Firstly, you will make an uphill climb which takes around 3 hours to reach the top. Upon the reach at the top, you can enjoy the vision of green forest hills and snow mountains.

Then, it's time to make the gentle descend from the hilltop which takes around 1 to 2 hours to reach the bottom. Enjoying the view of the wide surrounding all the way, you’ll reach Hile Bhanjyang. Night Stay at the campsite in Hile Bhanjyang.

Trek Time : 4 hours

Today will be the shortest trek day of the entire Panch Pokhari Trek itinerary, you have to walk for just 4 hours . The four-hour-long stretch will take you to Nasim Pati(3,700m) . You’ll start with the steep climb by enjoying and relishing the picturesque views. With the greenery surrounding it is very enjoyable to walk even the uphill route.

With some more hours of a gentle and slow climb through the Rhododendron hills, you’ll reach the gateway of Panch Pokhari Lake , Nasim Pati. From Nasim Pati, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding hills and mountains. Overnight at the campsite in Nasim Pati.

Altitude Gain : 4,100m

Today is the most awaited day of the Panch Pokhari trek itinerary because you’ll get to see the beautiful lakes of Panch Pokhari. But before that, you have to make the ascent of 4 hours from Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari. You’ll pass through the Lauribinayak Pass to reach Panch Pokhari site. Along the climb, you’ll get impressed by the view of distant villages, alpine forests, snowy mountains. And then you’ll arrive at the highest point of Panch Pokhari trek , Panch Pokhari(4,100m).

Panch Pokhari means Five Lakes , Panch Pokhari is a beautiful site with five small lakes on the plain hillock. You will stroll around the edges of the Lake to get natural pleasure. These lakes play religious importance to the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages.

From the top of Panch Pokhari Hillock, you can see the alluring mountains as well. Various mountain ranges like Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang Himal Range, Jugal Himalayan Range are clearly observable from the Panch Pokhari ridge. After the view, you will call it a day by joining the campsite at Panch Pokhari.

Trek Time : 3 hours

Altitude Gain : 3700m

After finally making it to Panch Pokhari, it's time to return home. So, on the first homecoming day of Panch Pokhari trek, you’ll make a descent to Nasim Pati.

You’ll retrace the same route to return to Nasim Pati.

You have to do gentle descents through the downsloping trail. Then cross the Lauribinayak pass once again to view the clear forest and rocky landscapes. And after the slow and steady downfall of 3 hours , you’ll be back again at Nasim Pati. Overnight at the Campsite in Nasim Pati.

Trek Time : 6 hours

Altitude Gain : 2,100m

After another night at Nasim Pati, you’ll make a stretch to reach the Dhukang before the nightfall. You’ll start the trek through the alluring trails dotted with the various tree species like Oak, Juniper, Rhododendron, etc. If lucky, you will also see some Himalayan deers and monkeys roaming around the forests. Make out of the forest and you will come across the Buddhist Chortens decorated with the colourful prayer flags.

Walking for 6 hours through the beautiful trekking route that started from the Nasim Pati, you’ll finally reach the Dhukang(2,100m) . It is a small village mostly populated by the Sherpas and Tamangs. You’ll explore the hardship lifestyles of these tribes. Here at Dhukang, you can also roam around the monasteries of the village. Dhukang village is just perfect for cultural exploration. Overnight at the campsite in Dhukang.

Altitude Gain : 1,200m

From Dhukang, you will start the 6 hours long down trek to Dhap. You’ll make continuous descent until reaching the riverbed of the Indravati River. And following the banks of the river, you will march forward to Dhap. While walking the bank trials, you will view some local settlements and their farmlands. You‘ll come across some people ploughing their fields with the bulls.

Dhap is another settlement of the lower Solukhumbu region inhabited by the Tamang and Sherpa communities . Dhap has a relatively developed village with the market and school around. You can try local snacks at the market of Dhap village. The Dhap will be the last camping area of the entire Panch Pokhari trek. Overnight at the Camp in Dhap.

Altitude Gain : 800m

Today, you’ll hit the lowest altitude of this entire Panch Pokhari trek, i.e. Melamchi Pul Bazaar(800m). Before that, you have to walk down from Dhap to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. Firstly, you’ll follow the easy riverbed trail of the Indravati River. Following this route, you’ll pass by various villages and farm terraces.

Also, you’ll cross the famous Melamchi Hydropower station . After the 6 hours of trek from Dhap, you’ll get to see the market of Melamchi Pul Bazaar. This area is a bit more developed than the prior stops. Melamchi Pul Bazaar is the last rural overnight destination of Panch Pokhari trek, so make the most of it. Nightstand at the lodge of Melamchi Pul Bazaar.

Drive Time : 3-4 hours

Altitude Gain : 1400m

Now it's time to return to Kathmandu. You’ll do a 4 hours long scenic bus ride from Melamchi to Kathmandu via Melamchi-Helambu road. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll enjoy your tour success and farewell dinner in the evening.

Best Time for Panch Pokhari Trek

Just like most Nepal treks, Panch Pokhari trek is also suitable during the Autumn and Spring season . Autumn is the unbeatable travel season for Panch Pokhari trek. September, October, and November are the months of Autumn season. These months provide friendly conditions to travel; clear blue skies, green surrounding, unobstructed mountain views , ideal temperature are the perks of Autumn season.

Similarly, Spring is also the most favourable time to do Panch Pokhari trek. March, April, and May are the months of the travel-friendly Spring season. Spring is a time of blossoming where everything changes its colour and shape. Clear weather, no or little rain, average temperature, clear climatic conditions are the advantages of the Spring season.

On the contrary, Winter and Monsoon/Summer seasons are the two least-favourable times for the Panch Pokhari trek. December, January, and February are the months of the Winter season in Nepal. Winter is the coldest season of all and trekking during the season is adventurous but difficult. Snow-decorated terrain views and empty trekking routes are the perks of the Winter season.

With the proper equipment, pre-plan, and trekking guidance the Panch Pokhari trek during winter is possible. The early months and late months of the Winter season are the easiest and less difficult if you are opting for the Winter season.

Likewise, Monsoon/summer season is the least-picked time for Panch Pokhari trek. June, July and August are the months of Summer season in Nepal. All thanks to the periodic rainfalls and overcast conditions. The trails are quite slippery and muddy during monsoon season.

It doesn’t mean that Panch Pokhari trek is impossible during Monsoon season. If you are equipped with right gears and guided by the experienced guides, Panch Pokhari in Monsoon is a ready deal.

If you want to do Panch Pokhari trek in Summer, i.e. Monsoon season, pack the bag in either early or late summer months. These days receive fewer rainfalls than the middle month days.

Panch Pokhari TrekDifficulty

Panch Pokhari trek is a moderate trek, i.e. not so easy and not so hard. The highest point of this trek is Panch Pokhari(4,100m) itself. The altitude gain is not straight up rather it ascends slowly, which means there are low chances of altitude sickness.

There are some steep climbs to make in the Panch Pokhari trekking itinerary. If you possess an average level of fitness, this can be an easy cup of tea for you. Prior trekking experience is a plus factor for this trek.

If not so experienced, you can do some cardio and hiking training several months prior to the trek date. These training will boost your pain endurance level and mentality, which are the prominent factors for any trek. Hill hiking, Gyming, Running, Swimming, Jogging and Cycling are the possible workouts for the Panch Pokhari trek preparation.

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