Panch Pokhari Trekking

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Trip Overview


The Panch Pokhari Trekking is a mesmerizing journey through the pristine wilderness of the Langtang region in Nepal. Spanning an elevation from 1,400 to 4,100 meters, this trek offers a unique blend of nature, culture, and adventure. "Panch Pokhari" translates to "Five Lakes" in Nepali, and these holy lakes hold religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. The trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the trailhead at Chautara, which serves as the gateway to the trekking route. As you ascend through lush forests, quaint villages, and terraced farmlands, you'll also get treatment from breathtaking views of the Langtang and Jugal Himalayan ranges. The cultural aspect of the journey shines through encounters with local ethnic communities like Tamangs, Sherpas, and Gurungs, allowing you to witness their traditions, hospitality, and daily lives. Tea houses along the route also provide cozy accommodation and warm meals, creating an authentic experience of rural Nepali living. The highlight of the Panch Pokhari Trek is reaching the five sacred lakes, nestled amidst the towering mountains. The lakes, with their crystal-clear waters reflecting the surrounding peaks, exude a serene and spiritual atmosphere. Many trekkers choose to visit during Janai Purnima, a festival in August, when pilgrims from different regions congregate to pay homage to the deities and take a holy dip in the lakes. Besides the religious significance, the trek rewards adventurers with diverse flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests, rare orchids, and various Himalayan wildlife like the red panda and snow leopard (rarely spotted).

Conclusion and Summary

The journey concludes with a descent back to Chautara, where you can enjoy a well-deserved rest and reflect on the unforgettable experiences of the trek. Panch Pokhari Trekking is a relatively less-crowded route, making it an ideal choice for trekkers seeking tranquility, natural beauty, cultural insights, and a sense of spiritual connection with the Himalayas. Overall, this 10 to 12-day trek promises to be a soul-stirring adventure for nature enthusiasts, photographers, and anyone seeking an off-the-beaten-path trekking experience in Nepal.

Trip Highlights

  • Different species of birds and wildflowers during the trek.
  • Five sacred ponds at an altitude of 4100 Meters above sea level.
  • Discover different valleys, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, etc.
  • A stunning sunrise from 4100 meters above sea level.
  • Experience Tamang culture and traditional architecture of Tamang villages.
  • Famous for Musk deer, Himalayan Black bear, Himalayan wild goat, etc.
  • Explore the colorful Rhododendron forest with some of the tallest mountains.


Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel

Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

At 06:00 PM: In the evening, our office representative will meet you for a coffee talk and will brief you on the details of your trek program.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation (6-8hrs)

At 09:00 AM: Have your breakfast and be ready for today’s guided Kathmandu cultural sightseeing. You will be exploring some of the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites of Nepal, located within the Kathmandu valley.

At. 09:30 AM: Visit Pashupatinath temple.

At.11:30 AM: Visit the Boudhanath stupa, you can have your lunch around the Boudhanath, there are several local and continental restaurants and cafes within the Boudhanath square along with the stupa view from the rooftop.

At. 02:00 PM: Visit Swayambhunath Stupa.

At. 04:00 PM: At the end, visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the famous local market area of the old Kathmandu.

At. 06:00 PM: You will be dropped back at your hotel.

Besides sightseeing, you can do the required shopping for your trek if needed.

Day 03: Drive to Thulo Bhotang and Trek to Chimti (2300m, 75km, 6-8hrs)

At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, you will drive towards Melamchi Bazar via Jarsing Pauwa. You will have lunch there and you will continue your drive to Thulo Bhotang which will take around 3 hours and covers a distance of about 75km. Throughout this route, you can see unique and beautiful Tamang villages & settlements and take a taste of their unique culture. After reaching Thulo Bhotang, you will trek to Chimti village. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04: Trek to Taap Kharka (3320m, 6km, 5-6hrs)

At. 08:00 AM: On this day, you will continue your trek towards Taapkharka which will take around 5-6 hours to walk. It is going to be a trek that covers deep forests and a difficult trail. You can also witness leeches along the trail. Overnight stay at tented camps.

Day 05: Trek to Nasimpati (3630m, 6km, 5-6hrs)

At. 08:00 AM: The trek continues from Taapkharka to Nasimpati. It will take around 3-4 hours to reach Nasimpati. Along the trail, you can witness the magnificent views of Panchpokhari as well as you can spectate the beautiful Langtang mountain ranges as well as the Helambu range. This day is not going to be as strenuous as the previous one as the jungle ends here giving way to small bushes and shrubs. Overnight stay at tented camps.

Day 06: Panch Pokhari Exploration (4010m, 5km, 3-4hrs)

At. 08:00 AM: It is the day when you will be trekking towards the Panch Pokhari which is a beautiful, subtle and holy pilgrimage site and a wonderful destination to visit. The trail to Panch Pokhari is a semi-strenuous hike that covers a duration of about 3-4 hours and a distance of about 5km. Panchpokhari is an everlasting sight for the sore eyes and you can also witness a Hindu temple nearby dedicated to Lord Mahadev. Panch Pokhari is also the 9th altitude wetland in the world. Overnight stay at tented camps.

Day 07: Hike to ViewPoint and Trek to Nasimpati (4100m, 8km, 6-8hrs)

At. 05:30 AM: Early in the morning, you will be hiking to the highest point of the trek which will be a stress reliever for you. From the highest point, you will be getting phenomenal and astounding views of the Yangri, Jugal Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, and Langtang Himalayan ranges. It will be wonderful scenery to cherish. After that, you will return to Panch Pokhari, have lunch, and trek towards Nasimpati which will cover a duration of about 3-4 hours. You will return spectacular views all the way. Overnight stay at tented camps

Day 08: Trek to Tembathang (2300m, 13km, 6-8hrs)

At. 08:00 AM: You will continue your trek towards Tembathang which will take about 6 hours from Nasimpati and covers a distance of about 13km. Upon reaching Tembathang, you can observe the beautiful Sherpa settlements and culture. Overnight stay at tented camps.

Day 09: Trek to Gumbathang (1900m, 11km, 5-6hrs)

At 08:00 AM: This day, you will be trekking towards the Gumbathang which will take about 5-6 hours to reach and covers a distance of about 11km. Upon reaching this village, you will find the opportunity to observe the Tamang cultures and traditions and the nature of settlements. Overnight stay at tented camps as well as homestay.

Day 10: Trek to Pangtang (1730m, 10km, 5-6hrs)

At 08:00 AM: This morning, you will head towards Pangtang village which will take around 6-7 hours and covers a distance of about 10km. You can observe the Newar and Tamang communities living side by side and maintaining religious and cultural integrity and harmony. You will have an amazing experience. Overnight stay at tented camps as well as homestay.

Day 11: Trek to Chanaute and then Drive to Kathmandu (1350m, 13km, 6-8hrs)

At. 08:00 AM: On this day, you will trek to Chanaute which will take around 3-4 hours and covers a distance of about 13km. Upon reaching there, you will drive back to Kathmandu. Along the trail, you can get mesmerized by the magnificent views of the mountains surrounding all around, lush forests, the sound of the free-flowing rivers, and a peaceful and serene environment.

Along the trail of Panch Pokhari, you can also observe beautiful floras, faunas, and other endangered species such as Red Panda, altitude tiger, wild boar, danfe, munal, and many more which will make your trek a memorable and acknowledging one.

You can do some last-minute shopping for souvenirs for your family and relatives. After reaching Kathmandu, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 12: Final Departure to Home

Have a safe home return!, You will have leisure time in Kathmandu after breakfast at your hotel. Our office representative will escort you to the Kathmandu airport 3 hours before on time to board your flight. It may take 30 minutes to reach the airport from the hotel.

Price Includes

  • All arrival and departure at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.
  • Private transfer (Kathmandu/Chautara/Kathmandu) as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation (3 Star Deluxe) in Kathmandu on double/twin sharing basis.
  • Tea house/local lodge accommodation during the trek on double/twin sharing basis.
  • Daily breakfast throughout the trek.
  • Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.
  • All necessary paperwork. (National Park Entry Permits and TIMS Card)
  • An experienced English-speaking licensed trek guide.
  • Porter during the trek. (Can carry a combined 20 KG baggage of 2 people)
  • One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Guide and Porter’s salary, food, and accommodation during the trek.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your traveler’s insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, duffle bags, and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Farewell Nepali dinner on your last night.

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee. (Approx. USD 40 Per Person)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport-size photos and 30 USD)
  • International flight ticket.
  • Travel health insurance. (Highly Recommended)
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver. (Not Compulsory but Recommended)
  • Sweet things like dessert/chocolate during the trek.
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
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