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Panch Pokhari Trek

Key Points

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Max Altitude: 4500 m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenous
  • Group -Size: 2-15 pax
Trip Overview

Panch Pokhari Trekking is designed uniquely that offers unforgettable experiences of the Nepal Himalayas. This trek is lately added in the trekking regions where five lakes of  Sacred and Pristine glacial lake system are located at an elevation of 4,060 m/ 13,341 ftThese lakes are holy among Hindus and during the festival namely Janai Purnima – that falls in full moon day of the month of July-August – large number of pilgrims reach to take dip into the icy-cold water.  

The lake system is also known for the high altitude wetland situated at the base of Jugal Himal. Water discharged from the lake flows as Indrawati River – one of the major tributaries of the Koshi River System.

Panch Pokhari Trek begins from Chautara of the Sindhupalchok district east of Kathmandu. You have prospects of enjoying cultural diversity in the region: primarily of Sherpa and Tamang people. The trek is still unspoiled by visitors, pristine, less crowded, and natural fresh.

As the trek walks of up to 4500 meters altitude, you need to have a good physical and mental preparedness. During the trek you can enjoy the view of majestic Himalayan peaks of east-central Nepal Himalayas including Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m/ 22854ft), Phurbi Ghyachu (6,637m/21774ft), Madiya (6,257 m/20528ft) of the Jugal Himal range; peaks from the Rolwaling range; and peaks of the Langtang range.  


At your arrival in Kathmandu, you meet our friendly representative at the arrival terminal. And, transfer to your pre-booked Hotel for the check-in. After a short rest at your Hotel, you can go to explore market area of Thamel – where you can eat your supper, change money, buy some stuffs from supermarket, or buy trekking gears – if you need to do. Later we take you to our office for the trip briefing. Overnight at your hotel. Delay of any kind will postpone the events for next day according to feasibility.

You start the day with delicious breakfast served at your Hotel. After breakfast, you embark for the tour of two religious and cultural sites of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. Pashupatinath Temple: It is one of the most celebrated Hindu temples in South-Asia. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and UNESCO world cultural heritage site. The river flowing besides the temple – Bagmati river – is religiously and spiritually noteworthy for Hindus. This is famous place for the cremation of dead body as well as some celebrations such as Shivaratri – Shiva’s birthday, and others. Boudhanath Stupa: It is one of the biggest Stupas in terms of size and height in Nepal and located in east of Kathmandu in the ancient trade route between India-Nepal and Tibet. The site is peaceful and culturally filled with intermixed influence of Tibetan and Sherpa roots. Stupa built in the trading route between Kathmandu and Tibet has four pairs of eyes directed towards all four directions. It is believed to be influenced by Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. After short tour of city we return to hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight will be spent at hotel.

You start your trip to Panch Pokhari with a drive to Chautara – the district headquarter of Singhupalchok of earlier administrative division converted into Chautara Municipality since May 2014 – which is some 72 Kms east of Kathmandu. It is about five hours drive in the Araniko Highway – that connects Nepal with China’s autonomous region of Tibet. Today is a day to relax after the drive. You will stay overnight in the Camp from where you can enjoy the view of lush green forest, and terraced hillside. Overnight at the tented camp.

Enjoy your breakfast at the camp cooked by our expert crew members, and then start your walk. The trail is interesting as it covers various ethnic settlements interwoven and living harmoniously in the hilly region. With an easy ascending, you cross small streams and walk in terraced farmlands to reach the campsite at Sano Okharni – near a pine forest. Overnight at the tented camp.

You start the day with about an hour uphill climbing from Sano Okhareni to Thulo Okhareni. Trail becomes even steeper and you have to climb up for about four hours. Although the trail is steep and tough climb, it is a fascinating walk in dense rhododendron and pine forest. You come across with numbers of wild animals and birds during your walk. With a gentle walk you finish the day and reach to a summer pasture ground where we pitch the camp for the night. Overnight at the tented camp.

Today is easier than the previous day as you walk steadily in the gentle slope. Your guide will say the trail is flat for today, but still expect some up and downs – that is commonly known as Nepali flat. You walk today also in the forest of rhododendron – the national flower of Nepal and bloom in Spring – with juniper, oak and pine trees along. After a long walk, you can see some of the huts/houses of the nomads of migrating cattle herders. Our camp for the night is here called Puwa Bas. Overnight at the tented camp.

After breakfast you start the day of steep climb again. You climb some three hours up – gentle and gradual though. After the climb, you descend down again – a common trait in the Nepal mountain while trekking. You descend steep for about an and half hour. You can view the Himalayan peaks during the walk. Reach Hile Bhanjyang Camp for Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

It is comparatively easy day. After breakfast as soon as you start the walk, you climb steep uphill section for an hour. Then after you climb down for about three hours. The trail is dominated by rhododendron forest and hilly slopes. We set your camp near the pilgrims inn – where pilgrims stay overnight. Overnight at the tented camp.

You arrive ! A momentous day of your trip ! You walk some three to four hours steep uphill through the rocky path and reach Panch Pokhari. Panch Pokhari –literally means five lakes – is the holy site for Hindus. Hindu pilgrims in July-August season in the full-moon day to dip into the lake water. Small huts are built for devotees who come during the festival. You spend rest of the day exploring and enjoying the surrounding of Lakes. Overnight at the tented camp.

Early in the morning we take you to the hill-top near the lake to view the magnificent view of the Himalayan peaks. From the top you can see splendid Mt. Dorje Lakpa and other peaks from Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling Range, and Langtang Range. After enjoying the morning view of the majestic Himalayan peaks, you retrace to the campsite and be ready to return back. You descend the steep trail all the way through the rhododendron forest to Tupi Danda, which is your campsite for today. Overnight at the tented camp.

You continue to climb down through steep downhill trail at the beginning and then walk in gradual trail. Crossing the beautiful terraced hillside and gorges, you reach to a tiny settlement of the Tamang people – ethnic indigenous people who have cultural tie with Tibet – at Dhap. It is a wonderful opportunity to gain the insight of culture, traditions and architectural prosperity of the local people of the village. Overnight at the tented camp.

You spend the rest day by trolling around, or cleaning yourselves after long time of the trip. Overnight at the tented camp.

Now you are in the lower land with beautiful landscapes to walk and enjoy. You walk through the terraced farming fields and the riverbed of the Indrawati river. You cross numerous villages and hydroelectric project. You walk down to Tipini and adjoin the roadway from here. We arrive at the Melamchi Pul Bazaar at the bank of the Melamchi Khola to end the day. It is quite densely populated place with lodges and marketplace. We arrange your overnight stay in the Lodge here.

It is a scenic bus journey from Melamchi to Kathmandu. The drive along river valley at first through beautiful farming terraces, and then through the bending road in the higher mountain valley provides adventurous experiences. You finally leave wonderful mountain landscape behind capturing them in your memory and enter into the crowds of Kathmandu city. Arrive Kathmandu, check-in to your Hotel, enjoy the rest of the time on your own, and rest after the trip in the mountain. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast at your Hotel, we take you to the mysterious Kathmandu city tour. This historical, cultural and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You will walk through the narrow lanes of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard. Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”. After the tour, return back to your Hotel. If you are staying in Thamel, you can hang around this bustling tourist market and enjoy shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time and your tour ends here.

What is Included?

    • Airport pick up & Droop off with representative.
    • Nepal’s 3-star level hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu.
    • English speaking licensed and experienced Trekking Guide and porter to carry your luggage and other camping equipments/cooking utensils. (If you are in a group with more than 5 trekkers then assistance guide will be provided)
    • Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters and other necessary staffs for the tented camping trek.
    • All Camping Gear( Two men tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, down jacket,
             sleeping bag, matrices, torch light, water bottle etc)
    • Hot & Cold drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate & Juice.).
    • All meals in the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.)
    • Accommodation in Tented Camps and lodges as available/required
    • Hot drinks. (Tea & coffee ) 3 times a day.
    • 4 wheel jeep (Kathmandu – Chautara || Melamchipul Bazar -Kathmandu)
    • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipment, land transport etc for trekking staff.
    • Down jacket, Down Sleeping bag, and Duffel bag.
    • Sightseeing with guide, transport and entry permits in Kathmandu.
    • All taxes and Services charge.

What is Excluded?

    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Gratuities to guide, porters and driver (Not mandatory but expected as customary thank you for the service)
    • International air ticket and Visa fee
    • Travel insurance that must include emergency helicopter evacuation

Equipment Checklist

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.


  1. Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required).
  5. Fleece liner (you can borrow with us if required).
  6. Walking poles (Walking poles are optional but recommended, and you can borrow with us if required).
  7. Water bottle with purification tablets.
  8. Hand wash liquids.
  9. Lip guard.
  10. Sun-block cream.
  11. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Cap and ears covering hat. 
  2. Glacier glasses
  3. Head torch.
  4. Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)


  1. Hand gloves (One light pair and One warmer pair)


  1. T-shirts – few.
  2. Light and weight thermal tops and warm thermal top.
  3. Light jacket and vest.
  4. Wind and rain jacket.
  5. Shirts and warm shirts.

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Long and short hiking pants.
  2. Lightweight and warm long underwear.
  3. Rain and windproof trousers and warm trekking trousers.


  1. Thin and thick socks.
  2. Trekking boots, light shoes, and sandal.
  3. Trekking Gaiters.       

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Our guide will carry first aid kit bag during the trek.  We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).

  1. Headache and fever medicine.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Burnt cream.
  4. Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
  5. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  6. Antibiotics.
  7. Blister treatments such as moleskin, hand plants and-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.


  1. One pair of Trekking poles (although listed in optional or miscellaneous this item help you tremendously in trekking, so we recommend to have it)
  2. Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).
  3. Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
  4. Pocket knife.
  5. Bandanas.
  6. Favorite snack foods and energy bars
  7. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items lightweights
  8. Binoculars.
  9. Camera.

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

If you feel something required or not required from this list, you can write to us.

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