Panch Pokhari Trek
Panch Pokhari Trek Overview
Overview- Panch Pokhari, 9th highest wetland in a world, is really a very unique and glorious place of Nepal to explore. Even though it’s newly opened people these days are quite enjoying this place for trekking. Panch Pokhari lies at the altitude of 4010m and is magnificently situated on the base of jugal Himal. Panch Pokhari is located in north east region of sindupalchok district. Surrounded by beautiful Himalayas like Dorje Lakpa, Madiya, and Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal etc. the way to Panch Pokhari is filled with sacred and pristine group of 5 glacial lake. Panch Pokhari is believed to be group of holy lakes that Is why numbers of people visit the place on the occasion of Janai Purnima. You can see unique culture and lifestyle of native people specially Tamang and Sherpa with their great hospitality. Panch Pokhari is a very peaceful, untouched, and a very religious place with a spiritual journey.
- Day 1- arrival at Kathmandu
- Day 2- Kathmandu – chautara (5 hours’ drive)
- Day 3- Chautara- sano Okhareni (5-6 hours walk)
- Day 4- Okhareni – kami Kharka (5-6 hours walk)
- Day 5- Kami Kharka – Pauwa Bas, (4-5 hours walk)
- Day 6- Pauwa Bas- Hile Bhanjyang, (5-6 hours walk)
- Day 7- Hile Bhanjyang- Narsim Pati
- Day 8- Narsim Pati – Panch Pokhari, (3 hours walk)
- Day 9- Panch Pokhari- Tupi Danda, (6-7 hours walk)
- Day 10- Tupi Danda- Dhap (4-5 hours walk)
- Day 11- Dhap- Melamchi (5-6 hours)
- Day 12- Melamchi- Kathmandu (5-6 hours’ drive)
Best season to visit Panch Pokhari
Like most of the places in Nepal best time to visit Panch Pokhari is certainly in spring (March- May) and autumn (September- November). The days are warmer and have suitable temperature. You can enjoy the view of clear and blue sky, flowers blooming everywhere, especially Rhododendrons. There is rainfall in Monsoon making the roads slippery and muddy. It is more risky to trek in monsoon and summer as you have high risk of floods, landslides and avalanches. Weather is comparatively harsh in winter as it experience lots of snowfall and trails are snowy and hazy limiting your views.
Clothing and equipment
Clothing is very important factor to consider whenever you are traveling or trekking somewhere. Here are some ideas for your packing. Since Panch Pokhari is short trek you can only pack few pairs of clothing.
Sleeping bag buff
Waterproof pants sunglasses
Waterproof jackets torchlights
Trekking trousers charger/adapters/power bank Trekking shorts tissue rolls/ trash bags Hiking boots water bottle/ water purifier Hiking shocks travel towel
Fleece jackets wash kit
Down fold jacket safety kit
Long/short sleeved t-shirt trekking poles
Thermals tops/bottoms camera
Passport sized photographs suns cream, Lip balm
Panch Pokhari is not so risky yet very adventurous trek. However you have to walk for 4-5 hours per day which can be quite challenging. You need to prepare yourself before starting your journey. You can do light running, jogging and simple exercises to increase your muscle strength. Even though Panch Pokhari lies in such altitude, one suffering from Altitude sickness is very rare. The route to Panch Pokhari increases gradually and very slowly in height giving people enough time to adjust themselves. However staying hydrated throughout the way is very important. You can still travel if you are moderately sick but you need to postpone your journey if you are severely sick or have heart, lungs problem.
Travel insurance – You can always purchase your own travel insurance. It usually cost around 150$(15000 NRS) good for 30 days. It is important to mention or cover high altitudes since trekkers sometime really needs to be evacuated from helicopter. Travel Insurance depends on the details you have provided that’s why it’s important to notify them earlier about the altitudes you will be reaching. You can get your travel insurance from travel agencies or insurance company itself.
Visas/passports – foreigners other than Indians need to have valid visas and passports prior to visiting Nepal. The passport must hold minimum 6 months of validity to enter. You can get your Nepalese visa at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.