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Panch Pokhari Trek

Panch Pokhari Trek

Panch Pokhari Trek Overview

Key Information

Duration:

6 Days

Grade:

Classic

Best Season:

October - December and March- May

Maximum altitude

4100m

Accommodation

Homestay

Transportation

Private Vehicle

Trip name

Panch Pokhari

Responsibilities:

Company

Escape the bustling city of Kathmandu and embark on a serene and less-explored trekking route with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks. Our Panch Pokhari trek offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness, taking you to one of Nepal’s sacred pilgrimage sites.

What is Panch Pokhari?

Panch Pokhari, which translates to "Five Lakes," is a group of five sacred lakes located at the base of the Jugal Himal. This trek is a hidden gem in Nepal, offering breathtaking mountain vistas and an adventurous trail. Unlike more well-known trekking routes, the Panch Pokhari trek is relatively new and less frequented by trekkers, providing an authentic and tranquil trekking experience.

Situated at an altitude of 4,100 meters, northeast of Kathmandu, the Panch Pokhari area holds significant cultural and ecological value. The trail winds through lush rhododendron forests, verdant rolling hills, terraced fields, alpine pastures, and charming remote villages. Instead of encountering hordes of tourists, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with local inhabitants and experience their way of life.

Why Choose the Panch Pokhari Trek?

The Panch Pokhari trek is a recent addition to our collection of short and rewarding treks in the Himalayas. It's an excellent option for those with limited time in Kathmandu who seek a low-key adventure. Suitable for all experience levels, from beginners to seasoned trekkers, this trek is also family-friendly, making it perfect for trips with children and the elderly.

Highlights of the Panch Pokhari Trek:

  • Proximity to Kathmandu: The trek starts with a scenic 5 to 6-hour drive from Kathmandu, making it easily accessible.
  • Less-Crowded Trails: Enjoy a peaceful trekking experience away from the crowds.
  • Ideal for Beginners: A great choice for novice trekkers seeking a tranquil Himalayan adventure.
  • Family-Friendly: Suitable for families, offering stunning mountain views and cultural experiences.
  • Diverse Landscapes: Trek through lush forests, alpine pastures, and terraced fields.
  • Cultural Immersion: Cross beautiful rivers and streams, and experience the local way of life.
  • Sacred Lakes: Explore the five lakes and enjoy the heavenly landscapes.

Trekking Routes to Panch Pokhari

There are two main trekking routes to reach Panch Pokhari. One route begins from Sano Okhareni via Chautara and the other starts from Chimti or Deurali village via Melamchi. The route from Chimti village is comparatively shorter and easier, making it a popular choice for trekkers with limited time.

Depending on your schedule, you can choose either route, and we will tailor a Panch Pokhari trek itinerary to suit your needs. You can opt for a shorter or longer trek, depending on your preference.

Short Panch Pokhari Trek Itinerary

Our short trek to Panch Pokhari begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the trailhead. From Chimti or Deurali village, we commence our trek, passing through charming villages like Chimti, Deurali, Tupidanda, and Nasimpati. As we traverse these villages, we witness the locals’ lifestyle and cultural heritage, each village offering its unique charm.

The trek includes crossing rushing rivers and streams, with stunning views of snow-capped peaks such as Jugal Himal, Dorje Lhakpa (6,966 m), Phurbi Chhyachu (6,637 m), Madiya (6,257 m), Langtang Range (7,234 m), and Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), among others. Before reaching Panch Pokhari, we ascend to Lauri Bina, from where a short walk takes us to the sacred lakes.

Upon arriving at Panch Pokhari, the first three lakes come into view immediately, while the other two are located slightly further away. We spend the night here, soaking in the heavenly views and divine atmosphere. Before descending, we visit the temple and receive blessings from the deity.

Accommodation Options: Camping vs. Teahouse Trek

The Panch Pokhari trekking route has limited teahouse accommodations. If we do not secure bookings in advance, the chances of finding available teahouses are slim, making camping a viable and often preferred option for this trek.

Panch Pokhari Camping Trek

Our camping treks are meticulously organized, with our crew handling all the logistics, including setting up tents and preparing meals. We provide comfortable high alpine tents that offer protection from the cold and wind at high altitudes. Our kitchen staff prepares delicious meals to keep you energized throughout the trek.

Book Your Panch Pokhari Trek

We are currently accepting bookings for the Panch Pokhari trek in 2022. Additionally, early bookings for the 2023 trekking seasons (spring and autumn) are now open. Contact us anytime for more information and to secure your spot on this unforgettable adventure.

Panch Pokhari Trek Map

For detailed information about the trekking route, please refer to our Panch Pokhari trek map. It provides comprehensive details about the trail and helps you plan your journey effectively.

Explore More Short Treks

If you’re interested in other short treks, consider our Helambu Valley Trek and Mardi Himal Trek. These treks offer equally rewarding experiences with stunning landscapes and rich cultural encounters.

The Panch Pokhari trek is a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural immersion, offering an unparalleled trekking experience near Kathmandu. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced trekker, this trek promises adventure, tranquility, and a glimpse into the local way of life. Join us at Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks and embark on this unique journey to the sacred lakes of Panch Pokhari.

Panch Pokhari Trek Itinerary

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Food
Bed and Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Welcome to Kathmandu, the vibrant capital of Nepal! Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our friendly representatives will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Settle in, relax, and take in the bustling atmosphere of this historic city. In the evening, join us for a welcome dinner where you’ll meet your fellow trekkers and our experienced guides who will brief you about the adventure ahead.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Homestay
Elevation
1800

After a hearty breakfast, we embark on a scenic drive through the lush countryside to Chimti or Derali Village. Enjoy the changing landscapes as we leave the urban sprawl behind and journey into the tranquil beauty of the hills. On arrival, you’ll have some time to explore the village and interact with the local community, getting a glimpse of their daily lives and culture. Overnight stay in a comfortable guesthouse.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Homestay
Elevation
3700

Our trek begins in earnest today as we ascend through verdant forests and terraced fields, steadily making our way to Nasimpati. The trail offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. We’ll take breaks to rest and enjoy the natural beauty, with our guides providing insights into the flora and fauna we encounter. Arriving in Nasimpati, we set up camp and enjoyed a well-deserved dinner under the starry Himalayan sky.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Homestay
Elevation
4100

Today's trek is shorter but no less spectacular as we head towards the sacred Panch Pokhari Lakes. These five pristine alpine lakes are nestled in the heart of the Himalayas and hold great spiritual significance for the local people. Take time to soak in the serene beauty and tranquility of this remote location. We spend the night camping near the lakes, offering a unique opportunity to experience the wilderness in its purest form.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Homestay
Elevation
2720

We begin our descent today, trekking down to Tuppidanda. The trail is a mix of steep descents and gentle slopes, with stunning views accompanying us throughout the day. We pass through picturesque villages and dense forests, enjoying the diverse landscapes of the region. By late afternoon, we arrive at Tuppidanda, where we set up camp and relax after a long day on the trail.

Food
Breakfast and Bed
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Our final day of trekking takes us to Durali, from where we will drive back to Kathmandu. The trek this morning is a gentle walk, allowing us to savor the last moments in the hills. Upon reaching Durali, our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to the capital. Arriving in Kathmandu, check into your hotel and enjoy the comforts of city life once again. The evening is free for you to explore or rest as you wish.

Food
Bed and Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Today is a free day to explore Kathmandu at your leisure. You can visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, and the historic Durbar Squares. Alternatively, take this time to relax and enjoy the vibrant local markets and cafes. In the evening, join us for a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our trek.

After breakfast, our team will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. We hope you leave with unforgettable memories of your Himalayan adventure and the warm hospitality of Nepal. Safe travels and we look forward to welcoming you back for another adventure soon!

Panch Pokhari Trek Cost Includes?

  • Airport Picks up and drops
  • Transportation Kathmandu / Sybrubensi / Kathmandu by bus
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) including a cup of tea or coffee
  • Accommodation in a tea house ( Lodge )
  • 2 Night's hotel in Kathmandu
  • An English-speaking guide
  • Necessary porter 1: 2 (one porter for two guests)
  • All Government and local taxes
  • Langtang National Park fees
  • (TIMS)Trekkers Information Management System
  • Guide and porter salary
  • Guide porter insurance during the trekking
  • And extra services according to the guest per demand please feel free to inform us

Panch Pokhari Trek Cost Excludes?

  • Trekking equipment any personal expenses such as alcoholic beverage drinks, phone, and laundry.
  • Emergency rescue and travel insurance. Trip cancellation costs accident or health, loss theft or damage, and personal effects.
  • Tips 

Panch Pokhari Trek Altitude Profile

Panch Pokhari Trek FAQs

The Panch Pokhari Trek is a lesser-known trekking route in the Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal, leading to a group of five sacred lakes situated at an altitude of around 4,100 meters.

The Panch Pokhari Trek typically takes about 6-14 days, depending on the itinerary and pace of the trekker.

The best time to undertake the Panch Pokhari Trek is from March to June and September to December when the weather is clear and stable.

The Panch Pokhari Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek, suitable for trekkers with some previous hiking experience and good physical fitness.

Yes, trekkers need to obtain a Langtang National Park permit and a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card to trek in the Panch Pokhari region.

While it is possible to trek independently, it is highly recommended to hire a guide or join a trekking group for safety, navigation, and cultural insights.

Accommodation is mostly in basic teahouses and lodges. In some remote areas, camping might be necessary.

The main attractions include the five sacred lakes, panoramic views of the Langtang Range, diverse flora and fauna, traditional Tamang and Sherpa villages, and the rich cultural heritage of the region.

 

The trek usually starts from Chautara, which is about a 5-6 hour drive from Kathmandu. Private jeeps or local buses can be used to reach Chautara.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, a backpack, water purification tablets, a first aid kit, trekking poles, and snacks. A detailed packing list will be provided upon booking.

Yes, there is a risk of altitude sickness as the trek reaches elevations above 4,000 meters. Proper acclimatization, hydration, and gradual ascent are crucial to minimize the risks.

Yes, drinking water is available at teahouses and villages along the route. It's recommended to use water purification tablets or a filtration system to ensure the water is safe to drink.

Teahouses offer a variety of meals, including traditional Nepali dishes like dal bhat, as well as some international options such as pasta, noodles, and pancakes. Vegetarian options are widely available.

Yes, travel insurance is essential and should cover high-altitude trekking, emergency evacuation, and medical expenses.

Regular cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and hiking practice are recommended to build stamina and endurance. It's also helpful to do some high-altitude trekking before this trek.

Panch Pokhari Trek Additional Information

Exploring Panch Pokhari: Nepal's Hidden Gem in the Himalayas

Nestled in the Sindhupalchowk District of Nepal, Panch Pokhari is an enchanting cluster of five sacred lakes revered by both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. This stunning wetland, located at an elevation of approximately 4,100 meters, is recognized as the ninth-highest-altitude wetland in the world. Despite its relatively unexplored status, Panch Pokhari offers a pristine and breathtaking natural experience, making it one of Nepal's best-kept secrets.

The Splendor of Panch Pokhari

Panch Pokhari is renowned for its awe-inspiring beauty, which includes an expansive panorama of majestic mountains, untouched natural landscapes, and diverse flora and fauna. This remarkable destination, situated in the Langtang National Park, spans the Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchowk districts in the central Himalayan region. In 2011, the Government of Nepal’s Postal Series Department issued a stamp featuring Panch Pokhari, underscoring its cultural and ecological significance.

Geographic and Cultural Significance

Located to the north of the Kathmandu Valley, Panch Pokhari is part of the Jugal Himal range, which includes prominent peaks such as Dorje Lakpa, Madiya, and Phurbi Chhyachu. The trek to Panch Pokhari not only offers stunning natural vistas but also provides a unique cultural experience, as it passes through traditional Tamang and Sherpa villages. This blend of natural beauty and cultural richness makes the Panch Pokhari trek an ideal choice for those seeking a spiritual, peaceful, and visually captivating journey.

Activities and Experiences in Panch Pokhari

Panch Pokhari is a treasure trove of adventures and mysteries waiting to be explored. From trekking through diverse terrains to engaging in spiritual practices, there is something for everyone in this magical region.

Trekking

The Panch Pokhari trek is an off-the-beaten-path adventure that offers unparalleled views of the Himalayan ranges, including Gauri Shanker, Dorje Lakpa, the Langtang Himalaya, the Jugal Himalaya, the Rolwaling Himalaya, and the Tibetan Himalaya. This trek also provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in the pristine natural beauty and distinct cultures of the region. As you traverse this non-tourist trekking trail, you will be treated to breathtaking mountain views, traditional villages, and the serene atmosphere of the five sacred lakes, which hold deep religious significance for Hindus.

Yoga and Meditation

The serene environment of Panch Pokhari makes it an ideal location for practicing yoga and meditation. The Himalayan region has a long tradition of these practices, which are believed to bring together the scattered elements of one's life, providing calmness, peace of mind, and a sense of well-being. Many institutes in Nepal offer yoga and meditation classes in picturesque settings, allowing visitors to rejuvenate their minds and bodies amidst the beauty of nature.

Homestay

Homestay in Panch Pokhari is a unique experience that allows trekkers to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Himalayas. This outdoor activity involves overnight stays in homestays, providing an opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of urban life and enjoy the tranquility of the wilderness. The Panch Pokhari homestay trek takes you through untouched traditional villages and spectacular Himalayan landscapes, offering a rich cultural heritage, unparalleled natural beauty, and biological diversity.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing in Panch Pokhari is a visual feast. The area offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, including Dorje Lakpa, Phurbu Chhyachu, Madiya, Jugal Himal, the Rolwaling range, and the Langtang range. The unique architecture, fascinating art, and long history of the region add to the allure, making it a popular activity for visitors.

Religious Significance and Festivals

Panch Pokhari holds significant religious importance, particularly for Hindus. Every year in August, hundreds of pilgrims visit the lakes to participate in the Janai Purnima festival. During this festival, Brahmin people change their sacred thread (Janai) and bathe in the holy waters of the ponds. The festival is a vibrant celebration of faith and tradition, drawing devotees from across the country.

The Myths and Legends of Panch Pokhari

The five lakes of Panch Pokhari are steeped in myth and legend. According to local beliefs, these lakes are considered the daughters of Lord Shiva and Parvati, with each pond bearing a name that reflects its familial significance: Jethi, Mahili, Swahili, Kaili, and Kanchi Pokhari. The area is also believed to be the abode of these deities, adding to its spiritual allure.

Ecological Importance

Situated at the base of the Jugal Himal, Panch Pokhari boasts a diverse ecological system. The wetland is home to a variety of flora and fauna, making it a haven for nature lovers and researchers alike. The unique combination of high-altitude lakes, lush vegetation, and rich biodiversity makes Panch Pokhari an important ecological site.

Weather and Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Panch Pokhari is during the autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) seasons. During these periods, the weather is pleasant and stable, offering clear views of the surrounding mountains and blue skies with scattered clouds. The monsoon season (June to September) brings heavy rainfall, making the trails slippery and challenging, while the winter season (December to February) can be harsh with heavy snowfall and frosty conditions.

How to Reach Panch Pokhari

There are two main trails to reach Panch Pokhari. The first trail starts from Sano Okhareni via Chautara, and the second, more preferred route, begins from Bhotang via Melamchi. The journey from Kathmandu to Bhotang involves a scenic drive through cultural settlements and natural landscapes. From Bhotang, the trek proceeds to Deurali and then to Nasempati, with beautiful valleys, rivers, and streams along the way. The final leg of the trek leads to Laure Bhanjyang before reaching Panch Pokhari.

Panch Pokhari Short Trek

For those with limited time, the Panch Pokhari short trek offers a condensed yet enriching experience. This trek provides a glimpse of the mountain wetlands, cultural villages, rivers, valleys, and remote atmosphere of the region. The journey is filled with scenic beauty, cultural encounters, and a sense of adventure, making it a rewarding experience for all trekkers.

Trekking Difficulty and Precautions

The Panch Pokhari trek is considered moderately difficult. The area is relatively unexplored and less visited, which adds to its charm but also presents certain challenges. The higher elevations may require camping, as accommodation facilities are limited in the upper regions. Trekkers must be prepared for altitude sickness and take necessary precautions. It is advisable to avoid trekking during the monsoon and winter seasons due to the risk of avalanches, landslides, and harsh weather conditions.

Panch Pokhari is a mesmerizing destination that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and spiritual significance. Whether you are a trekker seeking adventure, a pilgrim looking for a sacred journey, or a nature lover wanting to immerse yourself in pristine landscapes, Panch Pokhari has something to offer. The breathtaking mountain views, serene lakes, diverse flora and fauna, and vibrant cultural experiences make this a must-visit place in Nepal.

Embark on an unforgettable journey to Panch Pokhari with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks and discover the hidden gem of the Himalayas. Let the pristine beauty, rich culture, and spiritual serenity of Panch Pokhari captivate your heart and soul.

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