Panch Pokhari Trek

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Panch pokhari trekking

Panch Pokhari Trip Summary

    1. Panch Pokhari Trek Duration: 7 Days
    2. Panch Pokhari Trek Difficulty: Easy Hikes
    3. Panch Pokhari Height: 4,100 meters / 13,452 feet
    4. Trek Hour: 6 Hours daily
    5. Group-Size: 1 – 15 People
    6. Best Time: March, April, May, October, November and December
    7. Trip Mode: Lodge Trek
    8. Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/bus/Jeep

Overview

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

From holy Panch pokhari, you will have an astonishing view of snow-topped 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 five sacred lakes 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 five lakes of Sindhupalchowk are a tranquil eternity and dotted by the colorful rhododendron forest, which is extremely spectacular in the spring season. Thus, the panch pokhari sindhupalchok trek is not very difficult, so you can trek at any time throughout the year except during Rainstorms.

Panch Pokhari Trekking is one of the newly opened hiking routes in Nepal that includes a sacred and pristine group of five glacial lakes. In the last couple of years, Nepali local tourists especially college/university students and bankers are discovering the sacred panch pokhari lakes highly. Therefore sometimes the local guest houses on the hiking route have full of Nepali tourists.

How much does Panch Pokhari Trek Package Cost/Price?

The cost of the Panch Pokhari trek package with a Gokyo Treks Agency (local trekking agency) ranges between US$ 650 to US$ 925. And certainly, the trip price will vary according to the group size you are traveling with. We also have seasonal discount deals. 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. Nepali local tourists will get some discounts on early bookings.

However, we often arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

It is the standard trip package price for 7 days trek. If you are 2 people Panch Pokhari Trek cost US$ 760 for 7 days trek according to the given alpine hiking plan. We can modify the trek route and the prices according to your wishes also. Here is the price list for the Sacred lakes tours.

Price Per Person for 7 days hike in Panch Pokhari route.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 925
2 PersonUS$ 760
3 PersonUS$ 760
4 to 6 personUS$ 725
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 690
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 650

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded on this trip price, kindly check on the cost given on a tab button.

Itinerary

Panch Pokhari trek itinerary details

It is a classical panch pokhari short trek itinerary compared to most walks in this region leading up to the sacred lakes and the hill station. The particular trek route is designed for the world traveler who wishes to trek rapidly in a more comfortable, take a look at this itinerary.

1 DayArrival at Kathmandu valley. World Heritage sites of Kathmandu Sightseeing, 6 hours.

Arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport and pick you up and drop you at your hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. After some refreshments, we start to visit world heritage sites located in Kathmandu city. The day tour includes Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple (holy shrine of Hindus) where the cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati). Later on, we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square to see glorious temples and the divine Kumari Temple, and Syambhunath Stupa. In the evening, Ammar Guni will brief you about Panch Pokhari Trek trail information.

2 DayKathmandu to Melamchi and to Bhotang village drive (1,800m/5,906 feet ), 8 hours

Meet the trekking group at your hotel in a breakfast time and proceed to drive to Melamchi. We follow the Melamchi highway road passing via the Zero Kilometer route which is less bumpy. The drive from Kathmandu will take you to Melamchi and the drive further takes you to Bhotang homestay. The overland ride takes about eight hours up to Bhutan. So because of the long day overland drive, we stay at Bhotang Homestay.

3 DayNosyam Pati trek (3,621m/11,880 feet), 7 hours

We take it easy on the steep uphill section to start the day. We enjoy the gradual descent through rocky hills and rhododendron forest into camp at Nosyam Pati. There is a homestay where we could stay overnight. Many pilgrims on their way to the Panch Pokhari holy site, use to stay because of the great mountain views.

4 DayPanch Pokhari Trek (4,100m/13,452 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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5 DayPanch Pokhari hiking, trek to Tupi Danda (2,320m/7,612 feet), 7 hours

This morning we have an early start to catch a stunning sunrise over the mountains! We have about 1:30 hours 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 to Tupi Danda. We walk downhill some steep trails through the rhododendron forest to Tupi Danda (danda means ‘ridge’) at our camp.

6 DayTrek to Dhap (1,200m/3,937 feet), 7 hours

Today, we walk through terraced fields to the beautiful village of Dhap. Dhap is home to Tamang families which gives us a great chance to gain some insight into the lives, culture, and traditional architecture of Tamang villages.

7 DayDhap to Melamchi Pul Bazaar, 5 hours. And drive to Kathmandu, 4/5 hours. Trip finish.

We descend through terraced fields along the Indrawati River, admiring the scenic villages scattered throughout the Melamchi trail. Melamchi Pul Bazaar lies on the banks of the Melamchi Khola (River) and the Indrawati River. It is a relatively large town compared to those that we have passed already.

In addition, there are some basic to comfort hotels in a Melamchi Bazaar for trekkers who plan to stay there. Small tea shops, government offices, schools, colleges, a post office, and an army camp are also available in Melamchi Bazaar. If you’re feeling brave, take a cold bath or swim in the river and get back on four wheels and enjoy the scenic drive back to Kathmandu. After a long road dive, we will have a super delicious farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in a hotel.

In this way, Panch Pokhari trip ends. And we wish you a wonderful journey back home.

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Cost

How much does Panch pokhari trek cost?

Today, Panch Pokhari Trek price USD 760 per person is the standard trek price on double occupancy basis. At this price, we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation in Thamel, Kathmandu.

For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add a 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 CUSTOMIZING 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 package price includes:-

  • Kathmandu international airport pick up on your arrival time with a private car.
  • 2 night’s double bedroom accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Guided sightseeing by a Tour Guide in Kathmandu valley with private vehicles.
  • 7 breakfast, 6 lunch, and 6 Dinner on Panch pokhari trekking routes.
  • Lodge accommodation on Panch Pokhari trekking routes
  • Langtang National Park entrance permit fees
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit fees
  • Bus transfer from Kathmandu to Bhotang village (passenger collection basis).
  • From Melamchi Bazzar to Kathmandu transfer by bus (passenger collection basis).
  • Overland grounded transportation as per above itinerary.
  • Professional English-speaking license holder mountain trekking guide.
  • Experienced porters (2 guests: 1 porter basis) because each porter carries maximum 25 kilos.
  • Salary, food, accommodation, and travel insurance for all Nepali crew.
  • Seasonal fruits like apple and pomegranates as a dessert after dinner for holy panch pokhari trekking.
  • A First Aid medical kit bag.
  • Latest updated Panch Pokhari trek map for each person, you keep this map as a souvenir.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

The holy Panch pokhari package trek price excludes:-

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • 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, all types of drinks and bar bills.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss, or damage.
  • Monuments entrance fees and donation
  • Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
  • Other things which are not mentioned above

Group join

We can organize private Panch pokhari trekking starting at any date that works for you. Check the panch pokhari map on google and get to know the places, homestay en routes on our home page. It helps you better understand where to get homestay facilities and where to get tent camp accommodation facilities en route. Please contact us for more information.

FAQ

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

Answer: Yes sure! provide us with 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: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office is for free.

Question: Is the five Sacred Ponds trekking Safe for the Solo Female Trekkers?

Answer: Absolutely. Nepal is a safe country to travel to for solo travelers; this trek is perfectly safe for solo female trekkers. We have been organizing the trek even for solo female travelers since its establishment.

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 the 5 sacred lakes trek?

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

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with the 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 advise you to bring Aqua 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?.

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?.

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 carries 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 can get it at an extra price.

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 gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for 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 your trek.

Panch pokhari trek tour highlights

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

How difficult is to go Panch Pokhari Trek?

Panch Pokhari’s journey is a fairly difficult trip in the Helambu locality. This region is still an isolated and wilderness route thus there are very few hikers to visit. Along these lines, visiting this district is compensating as far as the experience you get. There are a few homestay lodges, so it is surely difficult as far as appropriate accommodation facilities. There are a couple of teahouses in the lower parts. Nonetheless, you may need to camp in the higher rises. The most wonderful piece of traveling is you can encounter the extremely remote and rustic climate in the stunning scenes of Nepal.

journeying the sacred lakes lies at 4,100 meters above the sea. In this way, there are chances of getting a height altitude if you ascend quickly. The appropriate prescription and different insurances can assist with alleviating the danger of extreme Acute Mountain Sickness. Accordingly, prior to travel, tourists need to check and get updates about Altitude mountain sickness features and its significance.

The colder time of year and late spring are not prescribed to travel around the lakes. Hiking in the monsoon of rainstorm and summer opens you to geological danger. During the rainstorm season, the mountain landscapes are inclined to torrential slides and avalanches. In this way, it is best kept away from. Likewise, you will not positively like the leeches and earthworms along the trails. The uncertain weather and climatic conditions in summer make it unfavorable to visit mountain areas.

Winter is an awesome opportunity to investigate new spots. However, the snowfall and chilly cold in the higher rises and not really open sky make it very horrible. Likewise, there are chances of losing the traveling trail as the climate may be gloomy and snowy. This can be unforgiving. Along these lines, we never suggest you visit holy lakes during rainstorms and winter.

Panch Pokhari Trek Review

Panch Pokharai 7 Days camping tour just awesome

Rated 5 out of 5
April 18, 2018

Panch Pokhari is a great hike to everyone. It’s a beautiful cultural and off-the-beaten trek in the Himalayas but not the best route if you searching for a 8,000 meters higher mountain view.

We spend 7 days in nature with the Gokyo Treks agency. They arranged everything like all camping gear, tent, food, guide, cook and 4 other strong porters for our trip. Everything went very well so we are very happy to recommend their agency for the Panch Pokhari trek in Nepal. – Toni Kosche, Traun, Austria

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Toni Kosche, Traun, Austria

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Dear Toni Kosche, thank you for your time to send us Panch Pokhara review for our website. We hope to hear from you for your next camping trip in the Himalayas in a near future.

Beautiful and cultural trek at Panch Pokhari

Rated 5 out of 5
October 18, 2017

The trek route was the most amazing significance of nature but was a bit difficult for us as we were not professional hikers, especially in those off the beaten. Gokyo Treks and expedition agency made everything easier.

Our guide plus cook was Kamal with two other porters Mundre and Dipendra were simply amazing. Had a very good food served in the Tent, highly recommend this agency to everyone. – Fabian Chinaglia, Rattenberg

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Fabian Chinaglia, Rattenberg

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thank you Fabian for sending us the Panch Pokhari trekking review. We hope to serve you again for your next camping trip in Nepal.

Panch pokhari trek note:

Pilgrimage route at Panch pokhari distance from Kathmandu is 107.6-kilometers via Melamchi – Bhotang Road. However Kathmandu to Bhotang road distance is 81.6 km and remaining part of them, you need hikes. Trek to Panch Pokhari itinerary is subject to modification due to a condition out of our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical, and natural conditions may change the 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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