Panch Pokhari Trek


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Panch pokhari trekking

Trip Summary

    1. Panch Pokhari Trek Duration: 13 Days
    2. Panch Pokhari Trek Dificulty: Easy Hikes
    3. High Altitude: 4,100 meters/13,452 feet
    4. Trek Hour: 6 Hours daily
    5. Group-Size: 2-15 People
    6. Best Time: April – December (except monsoon)
    7. Trip Mode: Lodge / Tent Trekking
    8. Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/bus/Jeep

Panch pokhari trek is commonly known as five different small lakes. Each lake has a different name and they are derived from Lord Shiva. The Panch pokhari trekking is sacred – pilgrimage trek often visited by Hindu people.

From holy Panch pokhari, you will have an astonishing view of some of the snow-capped mountains such as Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Phurbi Chhyachu (6,637m), Madiya (6,257m), Rolwaling and Langtang range, Jugal Himal, and the charming biological diversities contribute to deserving the trip. Furthermore, the trip consists of the base of the Jugal Himal range in the initial and concludes in the lower part.

Trek to Panch pokhari offers several Sherpa and Tamang settlements and cultural factors of their lifestyles and incredible hospitality. Moreover, the sacred Panch Pokhari trek passes through some beautiful and interesting localities 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.

Hike to Panch pokhari is a pilgrimage tour where the Excursionists view five sacred ponds of its surrounding. Besides that, the Panch pokhari trek is a tranquil eternity and dotted by the colorful rhododendron forest, which is extremely spectacular in the spring season. Thus, Panch pokhari trekking is not very difficult, so you can trek at any time throughout the year.


Panch Pokhari trek itinerary details

It is a classical trek itinerary compared to most walks in this region leading up to the sacred 5 ponds hill station. The particular route is designed for the world traveler who wishes to trek in a more relaxed style, take a look at this itinerary.

1 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley. Transfer to hotel

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will brief you Panch Pokhari Trek trail information.

2 Day 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. The day tour includes Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple (holy shrine of Hindu) where the cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati). Later on, we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square to see glorious temples and divine Kumari Temple and Syambhunath Stupa.

3 Day 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 our 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.

4 Day Sano Okhareni trekking (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 set campsite at Sano Okhareni near a pine forest and with outstanding views to the mountains.

5 Day Kami Kharka trek (2,810m/9,189 feet), 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 bird’s life like the Danfe (Impheant pheasant). Tonight we camp on a summer pasture ground for nomadic cattle herders (kharka).

6 DayTrek to Pauwa Bas (3,000m/9,810 feet), 6 hours

Today’s walk is nice and gentle, being fairly level (‘Nepali flat’) 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.

7 DayHille Bhanjyang Trek (3,400m/11,118 feet), 6 hours

This morning we have a steep uphill to get tophill, we get our breath back on the steep downhill though as we descend for 1 ½ hours through the forest. We have some great mountain views on our way down into our camp at Hille Bhanjyang.

8 DayNarsim Pati hikes (3,700m/12,099 feet), 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 Nasim 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.

9 DayPanch Pokhari Trek (4,100m/13,407 feet), 7 hours

Today we walk some hours of gradual ascent through rocky hills to reach our destination of Panch Pokhari (panch means ‘five’ and pokhari means ‘lake’). 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.

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10 DayPanch Pokhari hiking, trek to Tupi Danda (2,320m/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 (danda means ‘ridge’) and our camp.

11 DayTrek to Dhap (1,200m/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.

12 DayTrek 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 the Indrawati River is comparatively a big town for this area. There are some lodges, tea shops, government offices, schools, colleges, post offices, and army police camps. You can refresh yourself with a dip in the river.

13 DayDrive 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.

14 DayFinal 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?

Today, Panch Pokhari Trek costs USD 1,350 per person is the standard trek price on double occupancy basis. At this price, we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation in Thamel, Kathmandu, and of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. For example, if you could bring 10+ travelers (except you) to your trip, you are treated as a group leader. So you can hike panch Pokhari for free of cost.
For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and with the attached bathroom while 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 discounts and attractive complimentary.

Hike 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 with 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.
  • Overland grounded transportation as per above 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.
  • Latest updated Panch Pokhari trek map for each person, you keep this map as a soveneur.
  • 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.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipments .
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Monuments entrance fees and donation
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Other things which are not mentioned above
Group join

We can organize private Panch pokhari trekking starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.


Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?.

Answer: Yes sure! provide us your flight details. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to do the Panch pokhari lodge trek?.

Answer: No ! 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 the Panch pokhari camping trek?.

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and you will have Tented camping accommodation along the routes. But you need to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect on this trek?

Answer: Sacred lake Panchpokhari hike is a fully camping base trek in Nepal. However, the backpackers can also hike with basic lodge trekking just hiring a guide and porters. In outdoor camping adventure, Our professional cook will cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, bread, soups, rice, fresh vegetables. Likewise, dinner and breakfast 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 with Panch Pokhari trek?.

Answer: As you are doing camping trekking, we provide you a hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on express Panch Pokhari trekking?

Answer: In some places, you can buy bottled mineral water to drink but 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 at the campsite.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my Panch pokhari treks?.

Answer: In Tented camping trekking there is very very little chance to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!.

Question: Is there any communication facilities on Panch pokhari trekking?.

Answer: Yes! Sometimes you can get telephone services as well as the internet, so buy a local SIM card.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Panch pokhari treks?.

Answer: No!. To maintain your daily expenses on a trek you need to bring all in cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger cities.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment 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 a 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 trekking?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trek operator agency, each our porter carry a maximum of 24 kilos of Travellers backpack which means 2 guests (12 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis. 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 poles?.

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?.

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a 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 tour highlights

  • Find out some of the tallest Mountains and colorful rhododendron forest (Spring).
  • Walk through cultivated fields, multicolored Rhododendron, conifers and oak forest.
  • Best view of Himalayan scenery including Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Phurbi Chhyachu (6637m), Madiya (6257m)
  • Experience the Sherpa and Tamang villages and their life styles.

Panch pokhari trek note:

Trek to Panch Pokhari itinerary is subject to modify due to a condition out of 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 pilgrimage hiking 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, and licensed local guides who know the destination better.

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4 - 6 USD 1325
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10 + USD 1298
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