Panch Pokhari Trek
Panch Pokhari trek commonly known as five different small lakes located at an altitude in 4100m, has each different name and they are derived from Lord Shiva. Panch Pokhari trek is a sacred – pilgrimage trek often visited by Hindu people.
From Panch pokhari, you will have a stunning view of some of the snow-capped mountains such as Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Phurbi Chhyachu (6637m), Madiya (6257m), Rolwaling and Langtang range, Jugal Himal and the charming biological diversities contribute to deserving the trip. Furthermore, there are several sherpas and Tamang settlements and the cultural factors of their lifestyles and incredible hospitality.
Amazing Panch pokhari trek consists of the base of the Jugal Himal range in the initial and concludes in the lower part. Panch pokhari trek passes through some beautiful and interesting villages and you might see some of the wild animals such as Musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Monkeys, Himalayan wild goat and particularly birds and wildflowers along the routes.
Panch Pokhari trek is a tranquil eternity and dotted by the colorful rhododendron forest, which is extremely spectacular in the spring season. As it is not very difficult trekking, you can explore it at any time throughout the year.
Why people choose the Panch pokhari trek?
Panch Pokhari trek is easy hiking combines with the great scenery of Langtang Himalayan landscapes and mixed Cultural and Natural heritages starting from 800 m low elevation to 4100 meters with relatively short distances at a more relaxed pace. It is easy grading and family basis camping trekking tours.
The trek begins from Chautara and it includes all meals, road-head transport, services of English speaking local trekking guide and porters to carry the luggage. You will only need to carry a day-pack and you can walk at your own pace.
Panch pokhari trek highlights and Himalayan Sights
Discover some of the tallest Mountains and colorful rhododendron forest on spring, diverse in flora and fauna, the Best view of Himalayan scenery including Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Phurbi Chhyachu (6637m), Madiya (6257m)
Panch pokhari trek grading
Panch pokhari camping tent trek is an easy grade tented camping trekking in Nepal. As it is easy to trek destination, you don’t need any previous trekking experience. Our program has been prepared including rest day and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On our day hiking, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Panch pokhari trek covers
Kathmandu – Chautara – Pauwa Bas – Panch Pokhari – Tatopani hot spring – Kathamndu
Best season to explore Panch pokhari trek
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November.
Panch pokhari trek outline itinerary
01 Day: Arrival in Kathmandu
02 Day: World Heritage sites of Kathmandu Sightseeing, 6 hours.
03 Day: Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1,450m/4,742 ft), 6 hours Bus
04 Day: Sano Okhareni trek (1,965m/6,426 ft), 5 hours
05 Day: Kami Kharka trekking (2,810m/9,189 ft), 5 hours
06 Day: Pauwa Bas trekking (3,000m /9,810 ft), 6 hours
07 Day: Hille Bhanjyang trekking (3400m/11,118 ft), 6 hours
08 Day: Narsim Pati trek (3700m/12,099 ft), 4 hours
09 Day: Panch Pokhari trek (4100m/13,407 ft), 7 hours
10 Day: The Panch Pokhari hikes | Trek to Tupi Danda (2320m/7,586 ft), 7 hours
11 Day: Trek to Dhap (1200m/3,924 ft), 7 hours
12 Day: Rest day to explore around
13 Day: Melamchi bazaar trek (800m/2,616 ft), 6:30 hours
14 Day: Overland drive to Kathmandu city
15 Day: Final day of depart Kathmandu
Panch pokhari trek itinerary details
Panch pokhari tented style trek is less touristic area trek itinerary compared to most walks in this region leading up to the Panch Pokhari sacred lakes. Panch pokhari trek particular route is designed for world explorers who wish to walk nearby Kathmandu within a more relaxed manner than take a look this itinerary.
Day 01: Arrived at Kathmandu valley. Transfer to hotel
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you brief information about Panch pokhari trek programs.
Day 02: World Heritage sites of Kathmandu Sightseeing, 6 hours.
In the morning after breakfast, we start our day trip visiting world heritage sites located in Kathmandu city which includes Boudhanath stupa (also known as the oldest stupa of Nepal), Pashupatinath temple (holy temple of Hindu where the cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati), Later we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Syambhunath Stupa. And transfer to the hotel.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1,450m/4,742 feet), 6 hours Bus
After breakfast, we meet the crew and drive together to Chautara. Chautara is the headquarter of Sindupalchok district where we fix out camp tonight. From our campsite, you can relax and enjoy the stunning mountain views, or if you like to explore, you can gain some insight into the culture and daily life walking to Gidane village where we supported many projects after the earthquake disaster.
Day 04: Trek to Sano Okhareni (1,965m/6,426 feet), 5 hours
Our journey goes gradual uphill walking to reach Sano Okhareni. Our path passes through small villages where we can see how the diverse ethnic groups live side by side. We camp at Sano Okhareni near a pine forest and with great views of the mountains.
Day 05: Trek to Kami Kharka (2,810m/9,189 ft), 5 hours
We walk gradual uphill walking to Thulo Okhareni. From here we get into the steeper climb with some hours walking through stunning, dense Rhododendron and pine forest. If we are lucky and observant, we might spot some wild animals such as mountain deer or langur monkeys and Nepali birds danfe (Impheant pheasant). Tonight we camp on a summer pasture ground for nomadic cattle herders (kharka).
Day 06: Trek to Pauwa Bas (3,000m /9,810 feet), 6 hours
Today’s walk is nice and gentle, being fairly level and we can enjoy our forest trails and wildlife spotting. We walk through the lush forest of rhododendron, oak, pine, and juniper and we can see some nomad’s houses for cattle on the way. In Pauwa Bas there is a shelter for pilgrims to Panch Pokhari.
Day 07: Trek to Hille Bhanjyang (3400m/11,118 feet), 6 hours
This morning we have a steep uphill to get uphill than we get our breath back on the steep downhill though as we descend for 1 ½ hour through the forest. We have some great mountain views on our way down into our camp at Hille Bhanjyang.
Day 08: Trek to Narsim Pati (3700m/12,099 ft), 4 hours
We take it easy on the steep uphill section to start the day, taking about an hour. Then we enjoy the gradual descent of about 3 hours through rocky hills and rhododendron forest into camp at Narsim Pati. There is a small rest house for pilgrims on their way to the holy site of Panch Pokhari and we have great mountain views from our campsite.
Day 09: Trek to Panch Pokhari (4100m/13,407 feet), 7 hours
Today we walk some hours of gradual ascent through rocky hills to reach our destination of Panch Pokhari. This stunning setting is a secluded pilgrimage site where the Janaipurnima festival is held in August. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit this site each year and we can see two pilgrim houses and the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Day 10: Hike to Panch Pokhari top, trek to Tupi Danda (2320m/7,586 feet), 7 hours
This morning we have an early start to catch a stunning sunrise over the mountains! We have about 1 ½ hour uphill to see the beautiful sight of the sun rising over the Himalayas and our panoramic view includes Mt.Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling Range, and Langtang Range. After this incredible start to the morning, we head back down to Panch Pokhari to pack up and start heading for home. We walk downhill some steep trails through the rhododendron forest to Tupi Danda and our camp.
Day 11: Trek to Dhap (1200m/3,924 feet), 7 hours
Today we walk through terraced fields to the beautiful village of Dhap. Dhap is home to Tamang families and is gives us a great chance to gain some insight into the lives, culture and traditional architecture of Tamang villages.
Day 12: Rest day to explore around
Rest day to explore around and explore the culture
Day 13: Trek to Melamchi (800m/2,616 feet), 6:30 hours
We walk down through terraced fields, along the Indrawati River. We pass through stunning villages and also see a hydroelectricity project on the way to Tipini and our re-introduction to a road! Melamchi Pul Bazaar lies at the bank of Melamchi Khola (stream) and Indrawati River is comparatively a big town for this area. There are some lodges, tea shops, government offices, schools, colleges, post office, and army police camp. You can refresh yourself with a dip in the river.
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu, 5 hours
Early morning we take a local bus (private vehicle cost an extra) back to Kathmandu city. You can do some last-minute shopping of souvenirs for your family and relatives
Day 15: Final departure day
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does Panch pokhari trek cost?
Panch Pokhari tented style trekking cost will vary according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3 stars category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and with the attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
Panch Pokhari Trek Cost Include:
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicle car / van / jeep / bus.
- 2 night’s twin sharing tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu within breakfast plan.
- Guided sightseeing by Tour Guide in Kathmandu valley with private vehicles.
- Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, Dinner) each day serve with hot drinks during the trek
- Tented camping accommodation while you are on trekking days
- Langtang National Park entrance permits and their fees
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permits and fees
- Kathmandu – Chautara and from Melamchi Bazzar to Kathmandu transfer by bus.
- All grounded transportation as per itinerary.
- Professional English speaking license holder mountain trekking guide.
- Professional and experienced cook and other kitchen helper according to the group size.
- Experienced porters (2 guest : 1 porter basis) because each porter carry maximum 25 kilogram.
- Salary, food, accommodation and their travel insurances for all Nepali crew.
- A First Aid medical kit bag.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Panch Pokhari Trek Cost Exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls …etc.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private Panch Pokhari trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Freequently Asked Questions
Question: Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flight details then you should do a request then our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience to do Panch pokhari trek?
Answer: Absolutely not. But if you can walk about 3 hours each day with a lightweight day pack would be easier.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Panch pokhari trek?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and you will have Tented camping accommodation along the routes. You need to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in this trek?
Answer: This is a fully camping trekking so our professional cook cooks a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Panch Pokhari trek?
Answer: As you are doing camping trekking, we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on Panch pokhari trek?
Answer: During Panch pokhari trek route there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the tent trekking there will be very fewer chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.
Question: Is there any communication facilities on panch pokhari tent trekking?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on Panch pokhari trek?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carry a maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis. However, Ganja la pass trek is a challenging trek so each of our porters can carry a maximum of 22 kg of your belongings. If you wish to have a private porter, you might also get it on paying an extra cost.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls ?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.
Panch pokhari trek note:
The above itineraries are subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
“What makes Panch Pokhari trek special ?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.