Panch Pokhari Trek

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Style: Camping Trek
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation: Lodge + Camping
  • Group Size: 1 +
  • Max Altitude: 4100m

Highlights of Panch Pokhari Trek

  • Scenic drive to Bhotang Village via Melamchi Bazaar
  • Flora and fauna of Langtang National Park
  • Network of five holy alpine lakes above 4,100 metres
  • Astounding vistas of Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Madiya (6,257m), Phurbi Chhyachu (6,637m) and Jugal Himal (5,825m)
  • Ethnic villages of Newar, Sherpa and Tamang communities
  • A great fair during Janai Purnima Festival in the third week of August

Panch Pokhari Short Trek is named after a group of five holy alpine freshwater lakes situated in Sindhupalchowk district. Although it is one of the short treks in Nepal and lies close to Kathmandu, it is less frequented. This is a moderate type of trekking in Nepal that you can cover within a short period. You can witness the snowcapped peaks of Langtang region, Rolwaling region, Jugal Himal and Gaurishankar Himal.

One of the new trekking regions of Nepal, Panch Pokhari is a network of five alpine lakes. It is the 9th highest altitude wetland in the world that is protecting a large variety of wildlife and vegetation. The five lakes are named Surya Kunda, Bhairav Kunda, Ganesh Kund, Naag Kund and Saraswati Kund (‘kund’ or ‘Pokhari’ means ‘pond’). The lakes situated at 4,100 metres are dedicated to Lord Shiva, the creator of universe according to Hindu religion.

To participate or observe the celebration of Panch Pokhari Lakes, you should plan this trek in the third week of August. During Janai Purnima Festival, there are thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India make a pilgrimage to pay homage to Lord Shiva. It is equally sacred place for Buddhist and Hindu people. From here, you can have the astounding view of Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Madiya (6,257m), Phurbi Chhyachu (6,637m) and Jugal Himal (5,825m).

You have to drive along the pitched and off-road from Kathmandu up to Bhotang Village via Melamchi Bazaar. You can observe the Himalayan vistas, high altitude villages dwelt by Newar, Sherpa and Tamang ethnic communities. The diverse flora and fauna of Langtang National Park are other attractions of this off the beaten path trekking in Nepal. Kathmandu Panch Pokhari trekking itinerary ranges from 4 days to 14 days depending on your vacation, desire and budget.

You can do this trek all times of the year as it is a moderate type of trekking. The highest altitude to reach is 4,100 metres from the sea level and there are no high Himalayan passes to cross. Although the trail is rugged and windy in some section, you can reach the destination without any mishaps. For this, you have to follow the instructions of the trekking guide and take some precautions. Orbit Alpine Adventure has designed 7 days’ itinerary for exploring the chain of five alpine lakes in very short time. For more information about the tailor-made trekking packages, contact us via different available media.


1. Where is Panch Pokhari?

Panch Pokhari is a group of five holy lakes declared as the 9th highest placed wetland in the world. It lies in Sindhupalchowk district located close to the Kathmandu Valley, which can be reached within four days of trekking. Trekking to Panch Pokhari is combination of driving and hiking along the off-road to rugged trail. If you want to make a travel to this region, you will get to experience teahouse trekking and camping trekking. Although it is quite close from Kathmandu, it is less frequented by the national and international trekkers due to less publicity.

2. What is the best time for Panch Pokhari short trek?

Actually, Panch Pokhari short trek can be done throughout the year as the highest altitude to reach is just 4,100m. The best time for this trek is spring when rhododendron flowers beautify the forests of Langtang National Park. Similarly, you can have the best picturesque view of the snow-clad peaks of Langtang, Rolwaling, Gaurishankar and Jugal Himal region. For more details, you can reach us via email, phone calls, WhatsApp or online inquiry services.

3. Can I do Panch Pokhari trek solo?

Of course, you can do Panch Pokhari trek solo because there is not any restricted area in this region. You just need TIMS card and Langtang National Park Entry Permit to trek to Panch Pokhari Lakes. However, we highly recommend you to hire a professional trekking guide and a porter with you. They can help you in case of any health problem or missing of the right track.

4. How far is Panch Pokhari trek?

Panch Pokhari trek is one of the shortest treks of Nepal that lies in Sindhupalchowk district close to Kathmandu Valley. You can complete the trekking to Panch Pokhari within 4 days up to 14 days as per your desire and vacation. You can drive up to Bhotang Village and then walk up to Panch Pokhari Lakes within a single day. But we suggest you to cover the distance between Bhotang village and Panch Pokhari in two days for comfort.

5. How difficult is Panch Pokhari Lakes Trek?

Talking about Panch Pokhari Lakes trek difficulty, it is a moderate type of trekking in Nepal. The highest altitude to reach is 4,100 metres and there are not high Himalayan passes to cross. You don’t have to walk more than eight hours a day and the itinerary is very short to match your limited vacation in Nepal.

Day to Day Itinerary

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When you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the representative of Orbit Alpine Adventure receives there. Then, he or she transfers you to the hotel, which is booked for your accommodation. After getting some rest, you can take a visit around Thamel that is the tourist hub of Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Wellcome Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

You start the travel early in the morning after having breakfast from the hotel in a private jeep or a public bus. You drive along the off-road by crossing Melamchi Bazaar crossing the Indrawati River. You can enjoy the dramatic vistas of Himalayas and wonderful landscapes barren and covered with green forests.

Finally, you reach Bhotang Village which is a mountain village dwelt by Tamang, Newar and Bishwokarma ethnic group. You can find the typical Tamang culture and tradition followed by the pastoral Tamang community there. When you reach there, you can visit the local schools like Bhotang Devi Secondary School of the community. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Bhotang Villag
  • Altitude: 1800 m/5,906ft)
  • Time: 7 Hours

After having breakfast, you begin the trekking through the rugged trail that passes through the lush jungles of Langtang National Park. You can observe diverse flora and fauna of the national park. Walking for about eight hours along the uphill and downhill track, finally you reach Nasimpati for the night rest at a tented camp. You can enjoy the stunning view of the mountain peaks of Langtang region, Rolwaling and Jugal Himal.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Nasimpati
  • Altitude: 3.700m/12,139ft
  • Time: 8 Hours

Today, you begin the journey to Panch Pokhari Lakes, a group of five holy lakes situated at the elevation of 4,100 metres. By covering the gently steep track through the dense forests of Langtang National Park, you reach the pilgrimage site. These alpine freshwater lakes are dedicated to Lord Shiva, the supreme deity of Hindu religion. Panch Pokhari is the world’s 9th highest altitude wetland supporting a large variety of flora and fauna to maintain biodiversity.

If you plan Panch Pokhari Short Trek in the third week of August, you can observe the crowd of Hindus and Buddhists. During Janai Purnima Festival, there is a pilgrimage to Panch Pokhari Lakes for about seven days. A large number of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit this holy site to pay sincere homage to Lord Shiva. You can enjoy the astounding vistas of Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Madiya (6,257m) and Phurbi Chhyachu (6,637m). Similarly, the picturesque view of Jugal Himal (also known as Baden-Powell Peak: 5,825m) is the other striking feature. As there are no teahouses around Panch Pokhari Lakes, you spend the night at a small huts built for the pilgrims and visitors. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Pokhari Lakes
  • Altitude: 4100 m/13,451ft
  • Time: 4 Hours

Get up as early as you can to enjoy the sunrise view of the snowcapped peaks of Langtang and Rolwaling Himalayan Ranges. After taking breakfast, you begin the journey by descending along the rocky trail passing through lush forests. You can have occasional glimpses of wild animals and birds during the journey. You can also sight the alluring outlook of Jugal Himal, which is the closest mountain from the Kathmandu Valley.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Bhotang village
  • Time: 9 Hours

Today, you begin the retreat overland trip to Kathmandu along the off-road and blacktopped roads. You can relish the Himalayan view of Mt. Gaurishankar, Jugal Himal and Langtang Himalayan Range. Crossing the rivers, bridges, forests and distant view of mountain villages, you arrive Kathmandu. Then, the representative of our agency shifts you to the hotel. In the leisure time, you can go shopping or take a stroll around Thamel to collect some souvenirs and garment items. In the evening, the agency organizes a farewell dinner party at a cultural restaurant around Thamel to owe our respect to the guests.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Time: 7 Hours

This is the final day of Kathmandu Panch Pokhari Lakes trek which you have already done successfully! The team member of the agency transports you to the Kathmandu Airport as per you flight schedule.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Cost Details

  • 2 night three star hotel in kathmandu with breakfast
  • Well experienced trekking guide with strong and honest potter for campaigning trek of Panch Pokhari Trek. Note:- 1 potter for two guests and separate potter for carrying logistic equipment.
  • All food during the camping trekking period
  • Separate tent for camping during the trekking time
  • Tea, coffee, hot water and with hot bucket shower during the camping trekking time.
  • All kinds of ground transportation upon your arrival till to final departure
  • Insurance of guide potter and their food, salary with camping tent including transportation.
  • Special well trained cooked for kitchen during the Panch Pokhari Camping Trek
  • Farewell dinner with bottle of beer by Orbit Alpine Adventure at last evening in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa with international flight ticket cor coming to Nepal and return back home
  • Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu
  • All kinds of personal gear during the camping trek
  • Tips and donation for guide, potter and driver for your Nepal Panch Pokhari Camping Trek
  • All kinds of alcoholic drinks and personal shopping
  • Kathmamndu city tour

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