Panch Pokhari Trek is a relatively new trekking route that offers all the perks of a popular trek minus the huge crowds that take away from your trekking experience. With the rocky hills and a snowy embrace of the mountains, the trek won’t be easy to forget.
With famous Himalayan peaks like Mt. Gaurishanker, Dorje, Lakpa, Jugal, and Langtang Himal range greeting you, you will get the motivation and excitement. You will also get to witness a sunrise over Panch Pokhari. The sight of the morning sun rays reflecting off of five pristine lakes right next to each other will surely be a sight to behold.
The trek itself will include 10 days of walking and 14 days in total. This trek will take you right into the heart of countryside beauty. From the first day of the trek itself, you will find yourself surrounded by the greenery of fields, terrace farming, and rolling hills that disappear into each other. You will be walking through lush forests of oak, pine, and rhododendron and witnessing juniper bushes high above.
Greenery aside, you will also be visiting many settlements along the way. Here, you will find yourself getting an insider’s perspective of the day-today lives in these villages. The feeling of being transported away from your crowded city life and breathing in the fresh, crisp air. The wind in your face and the mountains in front of you, what more could you ask for?
The best time for this trek is during Spring and Autumn. This trek is of moderate difficulty, so you don’t need too much trekking experience. However, it is best to avoid trekking during the rainy season for your safety. The skies will also be much clearer and offer a better view during these seasons.
With Nepal Social Trek & Expedition, you can rest assured that our trained professionals are fully prepared to guide you on these trails. Whether it is history, culture, or architecture, our guides will be packing along their stories to ensure that you can truly understand the land you traverse. We also have porters and first aid kits handy so that we can ensure that all you have to do is enjoy your trek and marvel at the beauty around you.
For a trip that combines a visual, historical, and cultural trekking experience in one, the Panch Pokhari Trek is a perfect choice.
Why You’ll Love Panch Pokhari Trek
- The scenic beauty of the holy site of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus: Panch Pokhari (Five Lakes)
- Trekking through lush forests of pine, oak, and rhododendron
- Unobstructed views of peaks Mt. Gaurishanker, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal, and Langtang Himal range
- Rich biological diversity and stunning natural landscapes all through the way
- Exploring many remote settlements and observing the everyday lifestyle in such villages
- Hundreds of pilgrims visit this site every year during the full moon of August to celebrate the Janai Purnima Mela (Carnival)
Is Panch Pokhari Trek Right For You?
- The Panch Pokhari Trek can be quite demanding. You will be walking for 5-7 hours per day for nearly two weeks. You might need some mental and physical preparation to tackle this.
- Although this is a moderate difficulty terrain, we recommend maintaining some degree of physical fitness prior to this trip.
- Our camps in the more remote areas have the necessary amenities. You will have clean, cozy tents and hygienic food, but you may need to bring any additional materials on your own.
- The elevation on this trek crosses 3500m as we will be crossing very high passes. So there is a risk of altitude sickness. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you need to seek medical advice before booking this trek. However, we have a comprehensive first aid kit and a trained staff on board to take care of your safety.
- The weather can be quite unpredictable. Depending on your travel time, you might want to ensure preparations for such unforeseeable events.
Day to Day Itinerary Table – Panch Pokhari Trek
|Day||Itinerary||Altitude (m)||Duration (hours)|
|1||Arrival at Kathmandu||1350||-|
|2||Kathmandu to Chautara (Drive)||1200||4|
|3||Chautara to Phusre (Trek)||2045||5|
|4||Phusre to Kami Kharka (Trek)||2845||6|
|5||Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (Trek)||3000||5|
|6||Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (Trek)||3400||2020-05-06 00:00:00|
|7||Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati (Trek)||3700||5|
|8||Nasim Pati to Panchpokhari (Five Lakes) (Trek)||4100||5|
|9||Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati (Trek)||3700||5|
|10||Nasimpati to Dukang (Trek)||2100||5|
|11||Dukang to Dhap (Trek)||1200||2020-06-07 00:00:00|
|12||Dhap to Melamchipul Bazar (Trek)||800||6|
|13||Melamchipul Bazar to Kathmandu (Drive)||1350||2020-03-04 00:00:00|
- All international trekkers must travel with a licensed guide. A government registered trekking agency must arrange the trek as you will be trekking through restricted regions.
- You might want to carry a universal adapter for your charging needs as we go to more remote places. You can also purchase this in shops at Kathmandu itself.
- Your trekking guide may, at times, decide to delay or alter the standard itinerary to help you achieve success on the trek in case of poor health conditions.
- As the weather can be unpredictable, you should pack a down jacket to get comfortable even if it gets cold or rains.
- ATMs and credit card acceptance are scarce in higher altitudes, so remember to have some cash handy for your purchases.
- You might need to carry some passport size photographs for your permits along the way.
The Panch Pokhari Trek falls inside the Langtang National Park of Nepal. So you will need to obtain this permit as well as a Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
Langtang National Park Permit
The Langtang National Park Permit fees are detailed as follows:
- USD 30 per person per entry
- USD 15 per person per entry for trekkers from SAARC countries
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card
This permit is mandatory for all trekkers traveling in Nepal. For this permit, you will need to carry some passport-sized photographs and a photocopy of your passport. The costs are detailed as follows:
- USD 20 for individual trekkers
- USD 10 for trekkers in groups
- USD 6 for individual trekkers from SAARC countries
- USD 3 for group trekkers from SAARC countries