Panch Pokhari Trek

Five Pond Lake In Gauri Shankar Himalayan Range
At a Glance
  • Duration10 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude4100m
  • ActivityOff The Beaten Trekking
  • Group Size1
  • StartsKathmandu
  • EndsKathmandu
  • Best SeasonMarch,April,May And September,October,November
Panch Pokhari Trek Highlights
  • Short and adventurous trek near Kathmandu.
  • At an elevation of 4100m from sea level, a spectacular dawn view.
  • Mesmerizing views of five sacred lakes (Panch Pokhari).
  • Less-crowded trek route.
  • Perfect trek route for beginners and experienced.
  • Trial ascends and descends through vibrant Rhododendron Forest, alpine pastures, and terraced fields.
  • Family-friendly trek.
  • Explore the ethnic culture and lifestyle of the local tribe's Famous Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal.
  • Dorje Lakpa, Phurbi Chhyachu, Rolwaling Himal ranges, Ganesh Himal,Langtang Himal ranges, Jugal Himal.
  • Explore several valleys, glaciers, waterfalls, wild animals like musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan wild goat, and far more.

 

The Pancha Pokhari Trek is a remarkable and off-the-beaten-path adventure in Eastern Nepal. The Pancha Pokhari Camping Trek has gained popularity among adventurers of all types. Trekking to Panch Pokhari takes you through stunning landscapes, remote villages, and a series of sacred alpine lakes known as Pancha Pokhari, which translates to "Five Lakes" in Nepali and is a holi destination to Hindu and Buddhist culture. 

Thus, the Pancha Pokhari Trek offers a blend of natural beauty and religious significance, making it a desirable choice for nature lovers and religious devotees.

The 10 Days Panch Pokhari Trek's main highlight is the presence of five holy lakes,  Pancha Pokhari, located atop the hills in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal. These sacred lakes hold immense religious significance for Hindus and Buddhists, and many pilgrims visit during the Janai Purnima festival, which falls in August every year. The crystal-clear waters of the lakes reflect the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Jugal Himal, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Rolwaling, and Langtang, creating a breathtaking sight that will leave you in awe.

The Trek to Pancha Pokhari starts from the ancient town of Chautara, located about 70 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu, and winds through lush green forests, predominantly featuring rhododendron, oak, juniper, and alpine trees, where you have the opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife, such as musk deer, Himalayan thar, and various bird species, making it a paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers. Along with this, you traverse the terraced fields of the traditional Tamang and Sherpa villages, offering a glimpse into the local way of life.

While you will be camping through the trek, the Pancha Pokhari Trek offers a unique experience to bound closer to nature as you relax your journey under the open and pristine start-lited sky, while your team prepares warm and fresh food, a genuine and authentic trekking experience!

As a hidden gem, your 10 days trek to Pancha Pokhari offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and spiritual significance. With its serene lakes, awe-inspiring mountain vistas, and peaceful camping experience, this trek is a must-visit for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure in the heart of the Himalayas.

 

Itinerary

After an early breakfast, you will be received by our guide and start your drive to Chautra on a local bus. The drive gives you an insight into the local experience as you will be with the local passengers. 

The drive to Chautra takes you through the scenic drive along the Arkino Highway. Depending on the driving time, it should take approx 5 - 6 hrs. 

Chautara is the district headquarters of Sindhupalchowk District. The village offers magnificent views of Himalayan ranges, lush bushes, and terraced fields. 

  • Max. Altitude:1422m/4665ft
  • Time:5/6 Hours Drive
  • Accommodation:Stay In Tent Camp
  • Meals:Lunch And Dinner

Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at the local lodge.

Embark on your trek towards Pancha Pokhari, with today's destination being Phusre. The trail predominantly consists of uphill hikes, offering scenic views of small settlements like Katarche and Syaule Bazar, as well as terraced fields and flowing streams. Keep an eye out for magnificent peaks such as Dorje Lakpa and Gaurishankar, along with neighboring Himalayas.

During your trek, our dedicated crew members will provide a satisfying lunch. 

Phurse, known for its expansive pasture lands, will be your camping site where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the grazing land, and depending on the season, you may witness animals peacefully grazing in the area.

  • Max. Altitude:2306m/7565ft
  • Time:4/5 Hours Walk
  • Accommodation:Stay In Tent Camp
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Embarking from Phurse, begin your journey with an uphill trek towards Thulo Okhareni, gradually ascending. Take a brief rest, and then continue traversing a challenging and steep climb. 

Along the way, you pass through enchanting forests adorned with Rhododendrons and Pine trees. If luck is on your side, you might be blessed with sightings of fascinating wildlife such as Mountain Deer, Langur Monkeys, and the national bird of Nepal, Danfe (Lophophorus). After the demanding and tiring ascent, you will arrive at Kami Kharka, a picturesque meadowland that serves as a grazing ground for nomadic herders.

  • Max. Altitude:2810m/9219ft
  • Time:5/6 Hours Walk
  • Accommodation:Stay In Tent Camp
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

After breakfast, commence your trek. Your trek to Pauwa Bas is relatively smooth and enjoyable. Walk along the scenic trail surrounded by dense forests filled with Rhododendrons, Pine, Oak, and other beautiful flora. 

You might come across a few dwellings belonging to nomadic cattle herders, providing a unique opportunity to learn about their lifestyles and hear their fascinating stories. As you reach Pauwa Bas, unwind in your cozy tents and immerse yourself in the breathtaking night scenery, creating a truly picturesque experience.

  • Max. Altitude:3000m/9842ft
  • Time:5/6 Hours Walk
  • Accommodation:Stay In Tent Camp
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

After breakfast, continue your trail ascending the hill, steadily making your way towards the summit. Viewing the magnificent panorama of lush forested hills and snow-capped mountains, 
gently descend, gradually making our way down from the hilltop. Relish the expanse surrounding that ultimately leads to Hile Bhanjyang. 

Embrace the tranquillity of the surroundings as you camp at Hile Bhangjyang.

  • Max. Altitude:3400m/11154ft
  • Time:5/6 Hours Walk
  • Accommodation:Stay In Tent Camp
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Enjoy a fulfilling breakfast prepared by your crew members. 

Today, you will be trekking to the main destination, Pancha Pokhari. Navigating rocky hills and lush vegetation accompanied by a dense Rhododendron forest, ascend through the steep climb. 
Tread along the path, with breathtaking vistas of magnificent mountain ranges, offering a picturesque spectacle.

With some gentle and gradual climbing through the Rhododendron hills, you will arrive at the entrance point to Panch Pokhari Lake, known as Nasim Pati. Take a moment to absorb the panoramic views of the surrounding hills and mountains, immersing yourself in their awe-inspiring beauty before you embark on a challenging route.

Next, continue your upward trajectory toward the Lauribinayak Pass. En route, be captivated by the distant villages, alpine forests, and snow-capped peaks that adorn the landscape, until finally reaching Panch Pokhari, the highest point of the trek.

  • Max. Altitude:4100m/13451ft
  • Time:4/5 Hours Walk
  • Accommodation:Stay In tent Camp
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Panch Pokhari means Five Lakes, Panch Pokhari is a beautiful site with five small lakes on the plain hillock. These lakes play religious importance to the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages.

Wake up to see the splendid sunrise view over the mountain ranges from Panch Pokhari. Later unfold the beauty of exploring the Pancha Pokhari and the holy site. 

Traversing through the lakes go for a short uphill hike of about one and a half hours to sight the eye-dazzling panoramas of mountain ranges including Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling, Lantang, and other Himalayan ranges, and later, hike back to the camp. You will also discover the lifestyle and culture of the locals in the area. 

  • Max. Altitude:4100m/13451ft
  • Accommodation:Stay In tent Camp
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

After breakfast, take a final glimpse of the scenic surroundings before retracing your steps to Nasim Pati. Cross the Lauribina La Pass once again before reaching Nasim Pati. 

From Nasim Pati, deviate from the previous route and proceed towards Chokar Danda. Descend through forested trails adorned with bamboo, rhododendron, pine, oak, and juniper, eventually reaching Tupi Danda. This quaint village is home to the indigenous Tamang and Sherpa communities.

 

  • Max. Altitude:2320/7611ft
  • Time:6/7 Hours Walk
  • Accommodation:Stay In tent Camp
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Descend further along the trail until you reach the riverbed of the Indravati River. From there, continue your journey by following the picturesque riverbank, witnessing the charming sight of scattered settlements with cultivated farms leading you to arrive at Dhap.

Dhap is a village located in the lower Solukhumbu region, inhabited by the Tamang and Sherpa communities. It boasts a relatively developed infrastructure, including a market and a school.

As today marks the final day of camping with your crew, take the opportunity to celebrate with a joyful dinner alongside your team.

  • Max. Altitude:1200m/3937ft
  • Time:5/6 Hours Walk
  • Accommodation:Stay In Tent Camp
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Today marks the final day of your Panch Pokhari Trek as you descend to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. Commence the hike from Dhap, following a trail along the riverbed of the Indravati River while passing by charming villages and terraced farms.

You will come across the renowned Melamchi Hydropower station, which holds significance in the region. Melamchi Bazaar is highly viewed in Kathmandu, as it supplies water to the city, relieving the water scarcity issue. The hydroelectricity project in the area is also of great importance.

Upon reaching Melamchi, the trek concludes. You will then be transferred to Kathmandu. Enjoy the scenic drive through the mesmerizing landscapes as you enter the Kathmandu Valley. Once you arrive at your hotel, the remaining evening is yours to relax and unwind at leisure.

  • Max. Altitude:1350m/4429ft
  • Time:4/5 Hours Drive
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner

NOTE: All information in this itinerary is accurate to the best of our knowledge, considering the current situation of the itinerary. But please note that the changes might occur at any time despite our best efforts to improve our program or due to logistical regions such as traffic jams, flight schedules, weather conditions, governmental policies, or any external reasons.  

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B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner 

What's Included
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • 02 Nights Twin sharing 3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu: Breakfast included. (A single room can be arranged upon payment of an extra price of USD 60 per night).
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • Standard Tea House accommodation while trekking time on a twin-sharing basis where Possible and Tent Camp at Other Places.
  • Both-way transportation for Kathmandu-Chautara and  Melamchi-Kathmandu by Local Bus.
  • Well, I English-speaking Government License Holder and Experienced Trek leader/Guide.
  • Porters to carry your bags(1 porter for 2 guests).
  • Food, Accommodation, salary, insurance, and equipment are for all staff.
  • Free Mount Glory Duffle, and T-shirt.
  • Langtang National Park Permits and TIMS  for trekking.
  • All government, hotel, and other applicable taxes.
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with a cultural dance show.
  • Trip Completion Certificate.
  • Official expenses.
What's not Included
  • International Airfare and taxes.
  • Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All items of personal expenses.
  • Tipping for a guide, porters, and drivers(tipping is expected).
  • Any other expense which is not mentioned in a price Includes' a section.

Note: Please bring 4 Passport size photos, a copy of your passport, and travel insurance for registration

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Useful Information

Best Time For Doing Panch Pokhari Trek:

The best time for Panch Pokhari Trekking is the seasons of Spring and Autumn. Spring falls in the month of March-May whereas autumn falls in the month of September-November. During this time a climate is a moderate amount of sunshine and there will be less precipitation. You will experience the breathtaking sight of the massif.

In winter, December- January you can also attempt trekking in Panch Pokhari, but you need to have the appropriate gear to deal with the cold and snow. The weather might be a bit harsh as it can also cause heavy snowfall.

If you want to be part of the Janai Purnima festivities you can plan to visit accordingly to the full moon in August.

 

Accommodation and Facilities During Panch Pokhari Trek:

During the Panch Pokhari Camping Trek, accommodation is primarily in tents. There are very limited permanent lodges, mostly crawling with domestic tourists and with very few facilities. 

You will be accompanied by the local potters with all the necessary camping gear and food. The campsites are set up near the area of the lodges. Depending on the location, tented toilets are camped. Through the trek, you will be pampered by our crew members as they cook nutritious food and arrange all the tents. 

We recommend carrying solar chargers. Since there aren't many lodges, you have limited places to charge which costs additional.  

Overall, the Pancha Pokhari Camping trek offers an authentic and unique trekking experience. 


Who can join 10 Days Panch Pokhari Trek:

The 10 Days Panch Pokhari Camping Trek is a moderate-level trek mostly involving ascending stone-paved staircases. It requires not only physical endurance but also mental preparation. As this trek takes you to remote areas where you'll spend nights in tented camps, it is crucial to be well-prepared for camping if it's not your usual preference.  However, our team will provide the best possible facilities to make sure you enjoy your journey. 

Engage in regular cardio exercises like running, swimming, or cycling. If you have joint or respiratory issues, consult a doctor beforehand. Travel insurance, including coverage for emergency evacuation, is strongly advised. 


Guide & Potters For 10 Days Panch Pokhari Trek:

It is compulsory to hire a guide during trekking in Nepal. 

Since this is a camping trek, you will be accompanied by potters and other members who will carry and arrange all the camping gear and your baggage. 

While the guide assists you in steering the trail while keeping in sight of the surroundings, the other crew members arrange the tents at the proper location for you to rest and provide nutritious meals. 

With local friends, you will have an enjoyable and memorable journey during the Panch Pokhari Camping Trek. 


Safety and Security During 10 Days Panch Pokhari Trek:

For your safety, you will be accompanied by experienced guides and friendly porters throughout the trek.

The trail is relatively moderate to follow, but it is crucial to maintain communication with the crew, particularly the guide. Our local porters and staff members walk at a brisk pace to ensure everything is prepared before your arrival. To fully enjoy the trek, it is advised to prepare yourself physically and mentally, ensuring you are in good fitness. 

Further, you will encounter friendly locals, and maybe pilgrims along the way showing you kind hospitality and gestures. 

Staying hydrated by carrying enough fluids is essential. We highly recommend obtaining travel insurance. 

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