Jugal Himal Trek

Trip Duration 15
Max Altitude 4283m at panch Pokhari Viewpoint
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Time for Visit March to May, October to December

Trip Overview


The Jugal Himal Trek is a mesmerizing adventure that takes you through the stunning landscapes and remote villages of the Jugal Himal region in Nepal. This trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural encounters, and thrilling experiences, making it an unforgettable journey for nature enthusiasts and trekkers. Starting from the outskirts of Kathmandu, the trek winds its way through lush forests, terraced fields, and picturesque valleys. The trail gradually ascends, allowing trekkers to acclimatize to the increasing altitude. Along the way, you'll be greeted by breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, including Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, and Ganesh Himal. As you trek deeper into the Jugal Himal region, you'll have the opportunity to explore charming traditional villages, inhabited by ethnic communities like Tamangs and Sherpas. These villages provide a glimpse into the local way of life, with their unique customs, traditions, and warm hospitality. You can immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage, interact with friendly locals, and even sample local delicacies. The Jugal Himal Trek also offers some thrilling highlights for adventure seekers. One of the main attractions is the breathtaking Gosaikunda Lake, a sacred high-altitude lake revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. The turquoise waters of the lake against the backdrop of towering peaks create a surreal atmosphere. It's a perfect spot for some peaceful reflection and photography. The trek reaches its pinnacle at Panch Pokhari, a group of five pristine lakes located at an elevation of around 4,100 meters. This serene and untouched place offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and is considered a sacred site by the locals. It's a truly awe-inspiring destination that rewards trekkers with a sense of achievement.

Conclusion and Summary

Overall, the Jugal Himal Trek is a captivating journey that combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and thrilling experiences. It's an opportunity to escape the bustling city life, connect with nature, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you're an experienced trekker or a beginner, this trek will leave you with a profound appreciation for the Himalayan region and its wonders.

 Trip Highlight

  • One of the off-beaten treks in the alpine environment.
  • One of the most adventurous treks near Kathmandu
  • Cross several suspension bridges over the numerous glacial rivers.
  • Get insight into the cultural day-to-day life of ethnic communities.
  • Get blessed and relaxed in the tranquil higher Himalayan lakes.
  • Witness awe-inspiring landscapes and mountain ranges.
  • Witness the Spiritual Lake like Panch Pokhari, Bhairav Kunda which holds the religious and Spiritual Significance.


On your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu Valley, our representative will receive you and take you to our hotel, where you will be briefly informed about your trekking package over a complimentary dinner.

You will spend a comforting night in our hotel.

You will be taken on a one-day-long tour to visit some of the amazing historical and religious landmarks within the valley listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Such as Pashupatinath Temple, Swaymbhunath, and Boudhanath.

In addition, you will also get to wander around the magnificent Durbar Squares of Basantapur, along with the two nearby royal cities of Patan and Bhaktapur.

Today, the trek formally begins early in the morning with a drive to Chautara, which is about 5 hours from Kathmandu.

From Chautara, you will trek forward towards Syaule village, which takes only a couple of hours to conquer and lodge in the Syaule Bazaar of Syaule Village.

On this day, the plan is to reach Kamikharka Danda. For that, you will clamber the hill upward to reach Okrin Danda.

Later, you will pass through a ridge and mani walls and then ascend gradually through the forest towards a small clearing in Kamikharka Danda, where you will spend the night.

Following the route through oak and rhododendron, you will reach a large Chorten at 3,160 m altitude, which later extends further to the western slope of Chyo Chyo Danda.

From here, you will lower down, passing through a ruined stone house, to a campsite where you will pitch your camp.

The trail today follows a rocky way uphill to pasture land, which later passes through a ridge and lowers down through the forest to meet Chang Samarphu.

From here, it continues down the steep hill to make it to Hile Bhanjyang.

The trek today begins with an ascent up the hill to an altitude of 3,980 m with spectacular mountain views.

Later, it descends through a flagstone to reach Nasempati, located at an altitude of 3,800 m, to spend the night.

The maximum four-hour climb from Nasempati will take you to Panch Pokhari, a blend of five lakes at an elevation of 4,050 m.

Here, you will get to worship and take the blessing of Shiva enclosed by sheet metal in two metal-roofed huts with an iron trident, which can be seen near Panch Pokhari.

This day is taken as the rest day when you will lie down, relax, and ease tired muscles to pull yourself up for the upcoming treks.

If you like, you are free to roam around Panch Pokhari afterward.

Early this morning, you will descend through the forest all the way to a meadow with lush greenery vegetation, which goes by the name Kharka and is located at 2,530 m.

On a very fortunate day, you will get to see the very rare Himalayan goat (Thar) grazing on the land.

On this day, you will lower further down and pass through the thick forest, then small rivulets to make it to Yarsa Village.

Later, you will follow the steep downhill to reach a bridge over Panch Pokhari Khola (river) and climb Hutanbrang.

After that, the trail lowers down to Yangri Village, where you will call it a day.

From Yangri, you will pass through Gangdwang village and Tarkeygyang to the village of Gangyul.

Later, you will pursue the trail downward through the forest to a large gompa in Chumik and ascend uphill to Sermanthang.

The trail of today goes through the small villages of Nigale, Gyalsha, and Raithani Gyangp, from where it stretches through the forest to the village of Dubhhachaur.

From here, Melamchi Pul Bazaar is just a bit far.

You will head for Kathmandu early this morning. The Chabahil bus stop is just 59.2 km from Melamchi, and it takes about 2 hours of driving to make it to the Kathmandu Valley.

We will assist in your last-moment preparation and take you to Tribhuvan International Airport, which will take you to your next destination.

We wish you a safe journey and expect to serve you again

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Start Date Price Availability

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 2/3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Fare well dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.

Price Excludes

1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara

Gears And Equipment

Useful Info

Trekking the Jugal Himal, especially if you are planning to include the Panch Pokhari, requires careful preparation to ensure a safe, non-bothersome, and enjoyable journey. Here are some useful, comprehensive checklists to help you make the most of your trekking in the Jugal Himal range:

Physical Fitness to trek Jugal Himal and Panch Pokhari

Trekking at high altitudes comes with inherent risks, and physical fitness plays a paramount role in determining the difficulty level of trekking in the Jugal Himal region or any mountainous area in Nepal.

So, it is advisable to engage yourself in a structured fitness program that includes endurance programs, cardiovascular exercises, and strength training, incorporating hiking or hill climbing into your daily routine to stimulate the trekking conditions you’ll encounter on the way.

In short:

  • Start regular cardiovascular workouts, strength training, and endurance activities to improve your stamina and fitness.
  • Make sure to practice uphill climbs and descends.

Jugal Himal Panch Pokhari Trekking Difficulty

The Jugal Himal Panch Pokhari trek is an easy to moderate trek that ascends gradually through the rugged terrain to a forested path, climbing a few steep sections. The trek overall is 4,000 m abovesea level, with an everyday hike of 6-7 hours. So, there are chances of getting altitude mountain sickness (AMS).

Hence, it is essential to be well prepared, including proper acclimatization to the altitude, being equipped with the right gear, understanding the challenges, and maintaining your body. If you do so, the Jugal Himal Trek can be a rewarding adventure in a less-inhabited, remote, and unexplored area.

Condition of accommodation in the Jugal Himal Trek

The Jugal Himal Panch Pokhari Trek is one of the marvelous, less-trodden trekking routes of Nepal, completely in the serenity of nature. Certain parts of the trekking sectionaren’t even habitual;therefore, finding proper accommodation can be a difficult part of the trek, favoring camping.

However, rest assured, you’ll find basic teahouses and lodges that facilitate a basic room with twin beds and shared bathrooms along the route, which might not provide the same level of convenience as more popular trekking routes yet assure your comfortable trekking time.

The Jugal Himal Panch Pokhari altogether meets your goal to experience the very rural atmosphere and keep your anticipation realistic while being amazed by the variations in service and cleanliness found throughout the trekking route of the Jugal Himal.

What is the food like in the Jugal Himal trekking region?

Food in the Jugal Himal Panch Pokhari Trek is similar to many other trekking regions in Nepal, which are usually a safe and wholesome amalgam of local and international cuisines, emphasizing more on providing nourishing meals to trekkers.

While the dish variation might get limited and may vary in taste compared to urban areas, they are still filling and hearty, rich in carbs and protein to keep you energized. As per the water, make sure to drink purified or boiled water to avoid waterborne diseases and carry water purification tablets or portable water filters, including a refillable water bottle.

In addition, dietary options can also be limited during the peak trekking season, so it is a wise idea to inform your trekking agency or teahouse of specific dietary preferences, such as vegan meals.

To sum it up, the accommodation and food found in the Jugal Himal region are basic, and the options might get limited as you move closer to the higher Himalayas, which bridges you with the local people, culture, and Nepali hospitality.

Here is a list of common found you’ll encounter during your Jugal Himal Packpokari trek:

  • Dal Bhat
  • Potatoes
  • Porridges
  • Tibetan dishes
  • Noodles
  • Eggs
  • Bread
  • International cuisines: pasta, pizza, fried rice etc.

Weather in Panch Pokhari Jugal Himal Trek

The weather in the Panch Pokhari area during the trek differs from season to season. It is an essential step to consider the time of the year and trek accordingly, as weather can impact your trekking experience significantly.

Here is what the weather looks like at four different times in the Jugal Himal Panch Pokhari region:

Weather in Spring (March-May) of Panch Pokhari Jugal Himal

The weather in the spring at the Jugal Himal during the day is pleasant and steady in the lower lands, initiating a comfortable hike that ranges from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F).

While the nights are chilly and the thermometer drops noticeably, the fully bloomed species of wildflowers, including rhododendrons, add color to the landscape, composing the most popular trekking season in the region.

Trekking Jugal Himal Panch Pokhari in Summer

Summer is the monsoon season in Nepal when it rains frequently, often cloudy skies, and crawls leeches on the muddy and slippery trekking trail.

Therefore, it is normally not advised to trek in the Jugal Himal and Panch Pokhari regions during the summer season due to the potential risks of floods and landslides en route.

Nonetheless, when geared appropriately, summer offers exceptionally verdant hills, roaring rivers, and surrounding views.

Autumn (September to November) in the Jugal Himal Panch Pokhari Trek

Autumn in Jugal Himal Panch Pokhari is noted for clear skies and reliable weather conditions that provide excellent visibility of the striking mountains and landscapes, making it favorable for trekking. So, it is also considered one of the best seasons to trek after spring.

The days are usually warm and sunny when the temperature at day measures 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) in lower elevations, drops below zero at night, and gets cooler in the higher altitudes.

Should you consider trekking Jugal Himal in Winter?

The winter weather in Jugal Himal Panch Pokhari goes sub-zero and is extremely cold, with possible snow dumping. Furthermore, there is a high risk of mountain sickness due to low oxygen.

Therefore, it is less preferred by amateur trekkers and should be kept in consideration, but when prepared for the cold with adequate cold-weather gear that includes a warm sleeping bag, insulated clothes, and a quality down jacket, it can be a rewarding trekking experience for your lifetime.

Any special permits to trek Jugal Himal Panch Pokhari?

No, you do not require any special permits to trek the Jugal Himal range. But since they come under the Langtang National Park area and a TIMS card has been compulsory to ensure safe and sound trekking, you will have to obtain:

Langtang National Park Permit

The Jugal Himal region falls within the Langtang National Park boundaries; therefore, trekkers must obtain an entry permit that usually costs around NPR 3,000 (approximately USD 25) per person for foreigners, valid for the duration of the trek.

TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card

The TIMS card helps authorities keep track of trekkers for their safety and security purposes, which is the utmost concern of travelers. It is facilitated by the TIMS checkpost in Pokhara and the offices of the Nepal Tourism Board in both Kathmandu and tourist heaven, Pokhara.

The TIM card fees vary depending on the type of trek and the season. Which is usually around NPR 2,000 payable in Nepali currency only.

Please note: Permit fees and regulations in Nepal change over time, so it is crucial to check with the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) or the relevant authorities for the most up-to-date information not only on permit requirements, costs, and procedures but also on your comfortable trekking in Nepal. Furthermore, you may want to consider a travel and trekking registered agency to assist you on your journey and make your travel more fun and hassle-free.

Jugal Himal Trek Route Map

Jugal Himal Trek Route


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