“A Religious Adventure of Holy Lakes, Explore to Experience”
Panch Pokhari Trek at the base of Jugal Himal offers pristine mountain views, rich culture, and genuine adventure. This area provides a combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty, and biological diversity as you trek to a group of high-altitude holy lakes, sacred to both Buddhist and Hindu people.
Trekkers first travel by bus to Chautara, five hours northeast of Kathmandu towards the Tibetan border. We travel through a mixture of beautiful mountain scenery, terraced fields, and characteristic houses of rural villages from different ethnic groups. On your first night, you will experience life in the village homes of the Sherpa and Tamang people and your guide will give a short talk on trekking, altitude sickness, and the highlights of the trek. These include the Panch Pokhari(holy Five Lakes), the incredible Himalayan scenery, and the lifestyle of nomadic people unchanged by time. The unusual climatic and geographical mix make this area a naturalist’s dream and a mecca for those who appreciate traditional cultures.
This trek starts from 1,450m and goes up to 4,100m at Panch Pokhari, a secluded pilgrimage site where the Janaipurnima festival is held in August. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages visit this site each year. This is a very spectacular and spiritual trek.
The top of Panch Pokhari(4,100m) offers an excellent view of the Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling Range, Gosainkund, Kanchenjunga, and Makalu.
This trek can be done all year round except for the monsoon months and can be combined with a rafting tour.
Experience 14 Days of trekking to five holy lakes through untouched traditional villages in spectacular Himalayan landscapes.
Get a window seat while coming to Nepal. You’ll see wonderful mountain ranges and beautiful hills on your flight.
Following your arrival, a representative of Hiking Himalayas will pick you up from the Arrival Terminal of Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer you to the Hotel.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, we’ll start our trip today. We’ll drive towards Chautara(1600m)- the district headquarters of Sindhupalchowk district, from Kathmandu. We’ll drive through terraced agricultural lands, rivers, and forests whilst enjoying the views of mountains far away.
Overnight Stay in Chautara.
After breakfast, We’ll hit the trail and head towards Sano Okhreni. We’ll pass through different villages, cultivated lands, beautiful forests, and streams whilst interacting with the friendly locals. We’ll reach Sano Okhreni(1942m)in about 6 hours.
Overnight Stay in Sano Okhreni.
Today, after breakfast, we’ll hit the trail which heads towards Kami Kharka through rhododendron and oak forests. If you’re lucky enough, you may even get to see the Danphe Monal as this area is full of wilderness. As continuing our walk through the forest, we’ll reach Kami Kharka(2840m)– the summer pasture.
Overnight stay in Kami Kharka.
We’ll hit the trail after breakfast, today, we’ll stay in Pauwa Bas. We’ll follow an ascending trail towards Pauwa Bas(3000m)which takes us through Rhododendron, Oak, Juniper, and Pine forests. You’ll be able to see the huts of nomadic cattle herders.
Overnight Stay in Pauwa Bas.
Today, After Breakfast, we’ll hit the trail and ascend toward the top of the hill before descending down through a pine forest and reaching Hile Bhanjyang(3400m). We’ll get to see the change in landscape as we gain elevation. Throughout today’s trek, we’ll have sight of some silvery mountains.
Overnight Stay in Hile Bhanjyang.
From Hile Bhanjyang, the trail leads us steep uphill for about 1 hour, from the hilltop, you’ll get to see the panorama of the surrounding, including the mountains. We’ll now trek downhill through a rocky trail surrounded by rhododendron forests before reaching Narsim Pati(3700m). The pilgrims take shelter in Narsim Pati on their way to Panch Pokhari.
Overnight stay in Narsim Pati.
Today is the climax of this trip, you’ll finally reach Panch Pokhari after 5 days of trekking. Today can be quite tiring and challenging as we gain altitude. We’ll trek for about 4 hours from Narsimpati before reaching the holy lakes of Panch Pokhari(4100m). It is believed that taking bath in these holy lakes will neutralize your evil deeds. Panch Pokhari overlooks the Jugal Himal range, Rolwaling range, Gosainkunda, etc, we’ll rest for the night in Panch Pokhari after enjoying the mesmerizing sunset.
Overnight Stay in Panch Pokhari.
Early Morning, we’ll hike to the summit of Panch Pokhari to enjoy the sunrise and the reflecting mountain ranges of Rolwaling, Langtang, Mt. Dorje Lakpa, and Jugal Himal, and after breakfast, we’ll leave from Panch Pokhari for Tupi Dada(2310m) which will be a long descending trail. Today, in a single day, we’ll lose 1790 meters in altitude.
Overnight Stay in Tupi Dada.
Today, After Breakfast, we’ll trek downhill toward the Tamang village of Dhap. We’ll trek through terraced cultivated farmlands, forests, and deep gorges before reaching the village of Dhap(1200m).
We’ll explore the Dhap village and experience the culture, tradition, lifestyle, and farming techniques of the people of Dhap. Dhap village is mostly known for its traditional architectural Tamang houses.
Overnight Stay in Dhap.
Today, after breakfast, we’ll trek along with the terraced agricultural fields and the Indrawati River. We’ll pass various small villages and Indrawati Hydropower Project near Tipini reaching the village of Melamchi(800m).
Overnight Stay in Melamchi.
Leaving footprints in the trails and preserving the memories of the Paanch Pokhari, we’ll drive towards Kathmandu. You’ll enjoy the curvy roads of Nepal’s hills and its greenery along the way. We’ll drop you off at the hotel and today day is over.
Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, their two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural, and religious significance. There will be a half-day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath – the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Bhaktapur Durbar Square – the 15th-century palace of 55 windows, and Swoyambhunath. At the event, you will be briefed about your trip.
After we finish Sightseeing, You’ll be gifted with an evening farewell dinner in a traditional way and many other surprises, for they’ve had a quality time with you.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as a game drive at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour, or even mountain biking, etc – please don’t hesitate to let us know). We would be glad to help you. Thank you for doing this venture with us & it’s been wonderful knowing you over the weeks. Please do stay in touch in the months ahead. Bon Voyage & take care!!!
Extend Your Stay in NEPAL
Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.
The following date can be changed according to your preference. We are available all time of the year to make your Dream Trip turn into Reality.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for the Panch Pokhari trek. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However, we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
Sun hat or scarf
Light or warm fleece hat
Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or sweater
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Hiking shorts (4)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Lightweight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Headlamp and batteries
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Small wash towel
Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
Books (Highly Recommended)
With more than 20+ years of experience in the tourism industry, our agency is registered under the Ministry of Tourism. It is also a license holder of NMA, NTB, and NRB. We also provide you with local guides, who are used to the surroundings, so you won't face any difficulties in the trek.
This, Panch Pokhari trek is considered moderately challenging. You'll have to walk for longer distances and up to 5 hours per day to complete this trek. You won't have a hard time completing this trek if you're physically fit.
The best season for this trek is Spring (March, and April) and Autumn (September, and October). In these seasons, the sky is clear and the days are sunny too.
This trekking trail is relatively untouched and unexplored compared to other trails. Be involved in 15 days of religious but adventurous trekking in Psnch Pokhari.
Yes, you can change this day plan and make your own. We always welcome our client's preferences and tastes, just feel free to email us.
Yes, you are recommended to bring your own power bank for this trek. As the Panch Pokhari region is not so developed in terms of infrastructure, there may not be electricity.
On this Everest Panorama Trekking, we'll trek up to the altitude of 3870 meters.
PanchPokhari is famous for the religious importance it carries in Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage. It is also famous for it is the 9th highest altitude wetland in the world.