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Panch Pokhari Trekking

Trip description:

A newly published trail Panch Pokhari, is a combination of rich cultural heritage of Sherpa and Tamang ethnic, unsurpassed natural beauty and biological diversity. The trek goes through a mixture of beautiful mountain scenery and the terraced fields and characteristic houses of rural villages from different ethnic groups. Panch Pokhari Trekking starts five hours drive by bus or private vehicle from capital city Kathmandu to Chautara (1410m) through the hills side paddy terraces and picturesque villages. The trip begins at 1,400m from sea level and goes up to 4,100m at Panch Pokhari, a seldom-visited pilgrimage site to Tarke Gyang in Helambu or back down to the Tibetan border Tatopani. On your first day, you will experience life in the village homes of Sherpa and Tamang people. Your guide will give a short talk about altitude sickness and the highlights of the trip destination include the holy Five Lakes, the incredible Himalayan scenery and the life style of nomadic people unchanged by time. It is an excellent trekking through beautiful forests mainly bamboo, pine and other evergreen forests with glorious views of Lenpo Gang or big white peak (6979m), Dorje Lakpa (6986m), Ganchempo (6387m), Gaurishanker, Langtang, Jugal Himal range. The snow capped mountains of Jugal Himal at sunrise and the interface with Sherpa's who live in this region makes Panch Pokhari trek meaningful.


Highlights of the trip:

Gauri Shankar and Rolwaling himalaya, Magnificent mountain views of Jugal Himal, Dorjee Lhakpa (6,966m), Madiya (6,257m) and Phurbi Chhyachu (6,637m). Authentic Nepalese life style, know the production method of cheese.


Trip grading:

This trekking is suitable for any walker looking for something a little challenging and energetic. It does not require any previous trekking experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and super-strong to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.


Best season:

February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.

panch Pokhari Trekking outline itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu:
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Chautara (1450m) , 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 04: Trek Chautara to Sano Okhareni (1965m), 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Chautara to Sano Okhareni (1965m), 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Sano Okharen to Kami Kharka (2810m) , 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 07: Trek Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3000m) , 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 08: Trek Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3400m) , 5 hours
  • Day 09: Trek Narsim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4100m) -3 to 4 hours
  • Day 10: Trek Panch Pokhari- Panch Pokhari top to Tupi Danda (2320m) -6 to 7 hours
  • Day 11: Trek Tupi Danda to Dhap (1200m) -4 to 5 hours
  • Day 12: Rest day and explore the culture
  • Day 13: Trek Dhap to Melamchi (800m) -5 to 6 hours
  • Day 14: Drive back Melamchi to Kathmandu (1348m) -3 to 4 hours
  • Day 15: Final departure

Note of the above itinerary

O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Important note

Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.

short description mode of packages

In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows

Panch Pokhari trekking detail itinerary

Day 01
Arrival at Kathmandu:
Receive you in Kathmandu international airport and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu/Planet Bhaktapur in B&B plan. After refreshment we will talk further information about programs.
Day 02
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley such as Pashupatinath temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Kapan Monastery, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swambhunath Stupa.
Day 03
Drive Kathmandu to Chautara (1450m) , 4 to 5 hours
Early morning, after breakfast drive to Chautara, takes about 5 / 6 hrs scenic driving by bus or Land cruiser (depending on group size). The scenery offers our journey; foothills, ridgeline vistas, rice terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements and high hills to the Cautara. While passing along the road you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal and other mountains. A small, Chautara is headquarter of Sindupalchok district and we will camp here tonight, ready to commence walking tomorrow. From our camp site you can relax and enjoy the stunning mountain views, or if you like to explore, you can gain some insight into the culture and daily life of the village. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 04
Trek Chautara to Sano Okhareni (1965m), 4 to 5 hours
Today we have about 5 hour’s gradual uphill walk to reach in Sano Okhareni. The trail goes through small villages where we can see how the diverse ethnic groups live side by side. Our camp will setting at Sano Okhareni near a pine forest and with great views to the mountains.
Day 05
Trek Sano Okharen to Kami Kharka (2810m) , 4 to 5 hours
This morning our trip start gradual uphill walk about 1 hour to Thulo Okhareni. Then we get into the steeper climb with about 4 hours of walking through stunning, dense Rhododendron and pine forest. If we are lucky and observant, we might glimpse some wild animals such as mountain deer or langur monkeys and Nepali birdlife like the danfe. We camp on a summer pasture ground for nomadic cattle herders (Kharka) tonight.
Day 06
Trek Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3000m) , 5 to 6 hours
Today is comparatively much easier walk nice and gentle; being fairly level (‘Nepali flat’) and we can enjoy our forest trails and wildlife spotting. The course of today is about 5 to 6 hours through the lush forest of rhododendron, oak, pine and juniper and we can see some nomad’s houses for cattle on the way. In Pauwa Bas we can see a shelter for pilgrims to Panch Pokhari during full moon of August.
Day 07
Trek Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3400m) , 5 hours

After breakfast the trail leads us steep uphill stretch for about 3 hours, taking our time. We get our breath back on the steep downhill though as we descend for 1 ½ hours through the forest with birds chirping. It offers some great mountain views on our way down into our camp at Hille Bhanjyang. We stay overnight at camp.

Day 08
Trek Hille Bhanjyang to Narsim Pati (3700m0 -6 to 7 hours
Today is short trekking day; we only have about 4 hours of walking. So we take it easy on the steep uphill section to start the day, taking about an hour. After that we enjoy the gradual descent of about 3 hours through rocky hills and rhododendron forest into camp at Narsim Pati. There is a small rest house for pilgrims on their way to the holy site of Panch Pokhari every August full moon. We have great mountain views from our campsite.
Day 09
Trek Narsim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4100m) -3 to 4 hours
Today is shortest day during our trip. After about 3 hours of gradual ascent through rocky hills we reach our destination of Panch Pokhari (panch means ‘five’ and pokhari means ‘lake’). This stunning setting is a secluded pilgrimage site where the Janaipurnima (August full Moon) festival is held every year. Numerous of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit this site each year and we can see two pilgrim houses and the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Day 10
Trek Panch Pokhari- Panch Pokhari top to Tupi Danda (2320m) -6 to 7 hours
We will start our walk early in morning to catch a stunning sunrise over the mountains. It takes about 1 ½ 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 are incredible. We head back down to Panch Pokhari to pack up and start heading for our destination. We have about six hours down and some steep trails through the rhododendron forest to Tupi Danda (danda means ‘ridge’) and our camp
Day 11
Trek Tupi Danda to Dhap (1200m) -4 to 5 hours
After hot breakfast we will start our trip. Today we have about 5 hours of walking, 2 of which are quite steep downhill and the rest is quite level as we make our way through terraced fields to the beautiful village of Dhap. This is home to Tamang families and is gives us a great chance to gain some insight into the lives, culture and traditional architecture of Tamang villages. Stay overnight at tent.
Day 12
Rest day and explore the culture
Many days walking we are tried, so we will have late breakfast. Then our guide lead you explore around Tamang village. It might be great opportunities for nature lover and cultural interested. We can interact with local about their day to day life style amd other values. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 13
Trek Dhap to Melamchi (800m) -5 to 6 hours
This is our trekking ending of trekking walk about 6 hours to get Melamchi. The trail goes through terraced fields, along the Indrawati River and stunning villages and also sees a hydro electricity project on the way to Tipini and our re-introduction to a road! Melamchi Pul Bazaar which lies at the bank of Melamchi Khola (stream) and Indrawati River is comparatively a big town for this area. There are some lodges, tea shops, government offices, schools, colleges, post office and army police camp. Our camp will setting by the riverside and if you like you can refresh yourself with a dip in the river! We will celebrate our trekking last night singing , dancing with local people.
Day 14
Drive back Melamchi to Kathmandu (1348m) -3 to 4 hours
After having breakfast we will drive back to Kathmandu through the road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements and high hills. It takes about 3/4 hours (conditional) to reach your hotel in Kathmandu by bus/ private car.
Day 15
Final departure

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey!!!

Cost includes

  • Kathmandu airport pick up and drop off by private vehicles.
  • 3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur within BB Plan
  • All land transportation for the trip
  • Guest house / Tented camping accommodation during the trekking
  • If you choose Camping trekking; - Professional cook, kitchen helper, sherpa and required porters during trekking
  • All kitchen and cooking equipments during trekking
  • Special Trekking Permit for Manaslu Controlled region trekking
  • Fluent English speaking license holder mountain trekking guide during the trekking.
  • All land transportation as per itinerary.
  • Meals (B, L, D, A) each day during the trekking days
  • Annapurna / Manaslu Conservation Area Project permits and TIMS permits for trekking
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of all trekking crew
  • A Special souvenir from our company.

Cost excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
  • Any other things not mentioned.


We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.

Travel Insurance

To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.

Climate and Weather

The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.

Group Size

We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.

Responsible travel

Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.

Trekking equipments

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. 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 are essential 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 balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
Upper Body
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lower Body
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters (Optional)
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Optional items
  • Binoculars
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.

  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Alpine climbing harness
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device
  • Ascender
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or silhouette
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing

Responsible trekking

Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.

Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.

Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!

After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.